||Fifth Grade teacher Suzie Almy coordinated the last event for 2014 at A.V. Cato Elementary, an exciting Spelling Bee. Ms. Almy and Janice Sladovnik, along with Teacher-Librarian Allison Fitzgerald were the judges at this stimulating event just before the holidays began at A.V. Cato Elementary.
Seventeen brave and stellar spellers all lined up to compete to become the champion speller at their school. Those 17 students were:
The excitement built as each word was read and each contestant carefully spelled to the best of his/her ability hoping to last until the next round. As the bee goes, though, eliminations occurred. The countdown continued until there were only two left standing, Lizbeth D. and Luke S.
You could feel the enthusiasm elevate from the audience and pressure build from the contestants. It wasn’t long before, the winner emerged.
Luke S. celebrated as the 2014 Spelling Bee Champion at A.V. Cato Elementary. Runner-Up was Lizbeth D. What a nice Christmas gift for them both!
||January is School Board Recognition Month Castleberry ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools.
“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students,” said Gary S. Jones, Castleberry Independent School District superintendent. “As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas schoolchildren.”
“Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” Jones said. “It’s more important than ever before that the community supports public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children or undermines our public schools,” he said.
Board members serving Castleberry Independent School District are: David Holder, President, Tracy Gallman, Vice President, Kenneth Romo, Secretary, Doug Lee, Mary Lou Martinez, W.E. "Bill" Seybold, and Cathy Gatica.
“Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $ 37.5 million, 4,044 students, 519 employees, and six campuses. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students now and in the future,” he said.