Jefferson students shine, Board approves 2011-12 district calendar

There was no shortage of culture or celebration during Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees featuring a stellar principal’s report by Jefferson Elementary, recognition of the district’s National Center for Educational Achievement honorees and the acknowledgement of Ben Milam Elementary’s fourth state championship chess team.

The Board also adopted the district’s 2011-2012 calender, which can be found by clicking here.

HCISD offered employees two options for next year’s calender. The Board adopted draft one, which received 59 percent, 670 votes, of the total 1,138 casted votes.

But before the Board could get to official business, the students and staff of HCISD’s campuses stole the show.

The first recognition from the night was Ben Milam Elementary’s state champion chess team.

“We’re are so proud of the achievements of this group,” Principal Rosie Cobarrubias said. View a video highlight of the Ben Milam chess team by clicking here.

The Board then recognized Dr. Rodriguez, Ben Milam, Long and Bowie elementary schools for being named to the NCEA “Higher Performing List.” Click here to read about the NCEA.

“The NCEA recognizes only the campuses that are the best of the best,” Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores said. “These four campuses in Harlingen were recognized because they are adding value to the educations of all the students at their schools, preparing them for middle school, high school, college and career.”

The Jefferson Elementary team were the show stoppers for Tuesday night’s meeting. A group of students and staff presented the campus’ Mandarin Chinese program.

“I never in my wildest dreams thought I would see a program at an elementary school of this high level,” Trustee Greg Powers said.

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