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Patsy’s Legacy grants honor longtime teacher, help educators

Patsy’s Legacy grants honor longtime teacher, help educators

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET —  Shady Grove Elementary School physical education teacher Sindra Salinas sees it every year: kids who haven’t developed the fine and gross motor skills they need to fully participate in gym class. A sensory gym would be a solution, but the funding wasn’t there. (more…)

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First Baptist Christian School students get on on the floor after detecting smoke (it’s fake and not dangerous). Marble Falls Fire Rescue firefighters used the Safety House to teach students about fire safety. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls firefighters teaching students fire safety with realistic scenarios

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — As the smoke filled the small room, Marble Falls Fire Rescue firefighter Dan Kramer asked the five First Baptist Christian School students the first thing they should do. A couple of hands shot up as one student called out, “Get on the floor.” (more…)

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The Oct. 25 deadline is approaching for high school applicants within the Pedernales Electric Cooperative boundary to submit an essay for the Washington, D.C., youth tour. Courtesy photo

PEC seeks high school applicants for Washington youth tour

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Ten local high school students have a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., with submission of a persuasive essay about the Pedernales Electric Cooperative. (more…)

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DPS watching closely for drivers violating school bus safety laws

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Law enforcement agencies are paying extra attention during National School Bus Safety Week, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is leading the charge. (more…)

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First Baptist Christian School registering students; classes start Aug. 28

MARBLE FALLS — First Baptist Christian School is roaring into the new school year, which starts Monday, Aug. 28, for the Lions. The school, which offers a Christian-based education for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, is located at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls is located at 3151 RR 1431 East. Call (830) 798-1333 or go to famf.org for more information. File photo

Faith Academy of Marble Falls classes start Aug. 15

MARBLE FALLS — As the earliest starting school in the Highland Lakes, Faith Academy of Marble Falls gets going Tuesday, Aug. 15. That doesn’t leave much time for Faith students and families to get ready for the first day. (more…)

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Arthur Adams’ efforts brought FCA to Highland Lakes schools

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO SPICEWOOD — It wasn’t so long ago that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the Austin area had only eight groups on eight campuses, none in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Learn what Head Start is (and isn’t) at Marble Falls open house April 21

Learn what Head Start is (and isn’t) at Marble Falls open house April 21

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Aletha Laterza, the Marble Falls Head Start center director, and Sarah Dominguez of Head Start, know what many people think their program is, but it’s not. “People think that this is a day care,” Dominguez said. “But it’s not.” (more…)

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School booster clubs holding ‘Meets’ to begin new year

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — All four area high school booster clubs invite fans to meet players and coaches representing their communities during the annual gatherings at each high school in the next 10 days. And best of all, events are free for fans. Just show up wearing your school’s colors. (more…)

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Texas sales tax holiday Aug. 5-7

Texas sales tax holiday Aug. 5-7

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Get ready to hit the stores because the Texas sales tax holiday rolls back around Aug. 5-7. According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website, the sales tax holiday exempts “most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and uses taxes.” (more…)

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Highland Lakes seniors graduating this weekend

Highland Lakes seniors graduating this weekend

MARBLE FALLS — Commencement season is here again. Six area high schools are getting ready to send the next wave of graduates into the world over the next several days. (more…)

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Fledgling Kingsland Charter School sees spike in enrollment

Fledgling Kingsland Charter School sees spike in enrollment

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER KINGSLAND — The list of potential pupils is growing as organizers of the new Kingsland Charter School opened enrollment for the tuition-free institution for kindergarten through eighth grade. “They’re planning on opening this fall,” said Zane Lewis, pastor of The Hill Church in Kingsland. (more…)

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PEC offering $50,000 in scholarships to seniors

JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative is offering $50,000 in scholarships to high school and home-schooled seniors in its service area. Eligible students may apply at pec.coop/scholarship. All scholarship materials must be submitted online by March 25. (more…)

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Master Gardener group offering horticulture scholarships

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association officials cite at least two big reasons for offering scholarships. “We really want to encourage students who are studying something horticulture-related to keep at it,” said the association’s Lavona Fry. “And college is so expensive that we want to help some students.” (more…)

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Filing for spots on Highland Lakes school boards starts Jan. 20

Filing for spots on Highland Lakes school boards starts Jan. 20

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — While voter attention is mostly focused on the upcoming Republican and Democratic primaries in March, Highland Lakes school districts are getting ready for the May 7 election. (more…)

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Follow the speed limit and put cellphones away when driving through school zones. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

School year brings buses, more traffic and students — practice caution

MARBLE FALLS — Area public schools start a new academic year Aug. 24 and Aug. 25, depending on the district, so what does that mean for your workday commute? More traffic in the mornings and afternoons, particularly near schools. (more…)

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Head Start accepting preschool registration for Burnet County

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Local families interested in registering their preschooler in Head Start can now apply for the 2015-16 school year. Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities, which oversees Head Start programs in the two counties, announced that it is accepting applications for the early childhood education program. The program is open to ages infant to […]

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Faith Academy’s Russ Roberts new AD at First Baptist Christian School

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Former Faith Academy of Marble Falls head football coach Russ Roberts has been named the new athletic director at First Baptist Christian School. Roberts announced his hire July 23. (more…)

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Realtors group offering scholarships to local graduates

MARBLE FALLS — The Highland Lakes Association of REALTORS is accepting applications for its annual scholarships. The deadline is June 30. The association is presenting scholarships to past graduates of Marble Falls, Llano, and Burnet high schools and Faith Academy of Marble Falls. Students must have graduated before Jan. 1, 2015. (more…)

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Summer shouldn’t be a break from learning … or fun, educators say

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — It’s summer time. For thousands of school kids across the Highland Lakes it means one thing: summer break, the celebration of time away from school, from learning. But hold on one second. While summer break is usually a two-and-a-half month hiatus from school, should it be a break […]

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Cleo Helms (left), William Hardy, Diaz Beltran and Jeff Martich are proud of the medals they earned for learning more than they were expected, according to Math Olympics lead organizer and education advocate Peyton Wolcott.

Math Olympics takes the calculation out of problems

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — To illustrate how important attending the Math Olympics pizza party was for 70 students, consider this: One boy cried at the thought he didn’t earn enough points for an invitation. (more…)

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Roddick Youth Tennis Foundation going off court and into class with teacher awards

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF GRANITE SHOALS — Developing a love for tennis is not the only function of the Roddick Youth Tennis Foundation. That was clear when the foundation’s Blanche Roddick approached Rob O’Connor, superintendent of the Marble Falls Independent School District, to tell him the foundation would underwrite three district awards for $2,500 […]

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Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association scholarships for ag and horticultural students

BURNET — The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association is accepting applications for scholarships to area students. The deadline is April 30, 2015. (more…)

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Getting your reluctant reader to open a book — and enjoy it

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SPICEWOOD — One of the biggest challenges as an educator for Spicewood Elementary School principal Leslie Baty is turning reluctant readers into voracious ones. “Reading really does lay the foundation on pretty much on which the rest of their education is built,” she said. “But if they’re not reading or […]

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Charter school eyeing Kingsland; informational meeting Oct. 27

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSLAND — Kingsland area families could have another choice when it comes to educating their children if a charter school organization decides to open a campus in the community. According to several Kingsland residents, Gateway College Preparatory School is considering opening a new public charter school in the lakeside community. Gateway College […]

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Burnet CISD holding presentations on $26.75M bond; election is Nov. 4

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With the November election approaching, Burnet school district officials are hoping to address questions and concerns regarding a proposed $26.75 million bond on the upcoming ballot. (more…)

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