LISD showcases educational opportunities to visitors

LISD showcases educational opportunities to visitors
Posted on 03/02/2018

DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE 


Contact: Christina Courson, Public Information Officer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Date: March 2, 2018

LISD showcases educational opportunities to visitors  

District tour is first of series highlighting public schools in region   
        

Lockhart ISD hosted a group of 21 visitors for a tour of schools in Lockhart, showcasing what instruction and learning looks like in the district. The group was comprised of individuals involved with residential realty, commercial realty, construction, business, the editor of the Lockhart Post-Register, and representatives from the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Lockhart’s Economic Development Department.The tour is a first of a series of tours coordinated by the GSMP highlighting public schools in the region.

Tour participants visited Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary, Lockhart Junior High School, and Lockhart High School, visiting classrooms and seeing learning in action.  Visitors were excited to see teachers and students in action, getting a first-hand look at the opportunities offered to LISD students.

“Lockhart may be a small town, but the opportunities here are anything but small,” said LISD Public Information Officer Christina Courson during the tour.

One of the highlights of the tour was a student panel of speakers, Lockhart High School seniors Edith Cortez, Tori Acord, and Austin Young. They described their academic journeys, specifically describing the coursework and experiences that prepared them for their next steps after graduation this year. 

Cortez began kindergarten without speaking English and in need of ESL services. She has taken a total of 10 AP classes and has applied to nine universities. She has already been accepted by Texas A&M University  and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Acord earned Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification by the state last year through the CTE program at the high school. She currently works as a CNA at a local nursing home and has applied to universities in Texas and Iowa with the hope of becoming a registered nurse.

Young is in an apprenticeship with HOLT CAT, paired with a professional mentor to teach him every aspect of the business of big  machinery. He is on track to complete his apprenticeship with the opportunity of a full time position upon graduation and the potential to benefit from tuition reimbursement through the company. 

“We expect every student to have high expectations of themselves and fully pursue their goals in college and professionally,” said Superintendent Susan Bohn. “Likewise, we have high expectations of ourselves and of our community to support our students to achieve those goals. In Lockhart, students have every opportunity to become whatever they want to be. It’s our job to make that happen.”

The GSMP serves as the regional economic development organization of the City of San Marcos, Hays County, and Caldwell County. The organization is hosting an Education Summit Monday, April 2, to help provide businesses a better understanding of how public schools in the region prepare students for the workforce through advanced academics and career and technical education (CTE).

Bohn is also a member of the GSMP Board, serving as a representative for public schools in the region.


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Tour group at AB Strawn Elementary

The tour stopped first at Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary. 

Experiencing the solar system through virtual reality

This visitor got to participate in a science lesson about planets using virtual reality technology at Lockhart Junior High School.

From left to right:  Lockhart High School seniors Tori Acord, Austin Young, and Edith Cortez

From left to right: Lockhart High School seniors Tori Acord, Austin Young, and Edith Cortez

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