Parents hear elementary change plans

first_imgLocal NewsGovernment Pinterest Noel: 534.Pease: 644.Travis: 354.Zavala: 506. ECISD agenda. Parents hear elementary change plans Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img By admin – April 24, 2018 Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. The idea of converting Noel and Pease elementary schools into lower grade and upper elementary level campuses was brought to parents at Noel Elementary Monday.About 20 parents attended the gathering in Noel’s school library. Another component of the rezoning plan would pair Zavala and Travis elementary with one becoming a prekindergarten through first or second grade campus and the other focusing on the upper elementary grades.The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider boundary changes for elementary and middle schools and the reconfigurations at its meeting set for 6 p.m. today at the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.The plan would meet the state’s requirements for repurposing schools that are in their fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability ratings while focusing on early childhood literacy with more prekindergarten spots available. Officials have said early childhood literacy is an area of weakness.Ector County Independent School District has eight campuses on improvement required status. Ector Middle School, Noel and Zavala elementary schools are in their fifth year. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Crowe has met with parents from Travis and Pease and planned to meet with parents from Zavala later on Monday. Pease would be prekindergarten through second grade and Noel would be for grades three to five.Pease has more classrooms available than Noel, so students wouldn’t have to go to portable buildings.“We think this will really benefit our kids,” Crowe said.He added that Noel Principal Stacy Johnson and Pease Principal Autumn Sloan discussed the idea even before it was brought up by administration.If parents have children in different grade levels, there will be a shuttle available between the campuses and starting times will be staggered so parents will be able to deliver their children on time. Crowe said start times will be adjusted, depending on how this works.Pease is in its third year of IR and Travis has met standard.Crowe said Zavala would be prekindergarten through first grade or second grade and Travis would be second grade through fifth grade or three through five. Crowe isn’t sure yet what grades would be where because he said if the schools don’t get out of IR, they have to have 75 percent new students.After the first year, Pease would be prekindergarten through second grade and Noel would be three through five.Although “in our hearts” we know the schools will get off of improvement required, Crowe said the district has to act proactively. Officials won’t know if they will come off the list until June. And trying to take corrective action before school starts wouldn’t be enough time, he added.Crowe said he has heard from several principals who say running an elementary school is like running two campuses, because some principals have expertise in early childhood and others may know more about grades two or three through five.Crowe said there is an academic advantage to reconfiguring the campuses this way and it prevents a state takeover.“You don’t want to give up local control,” he said.Johnson said looking at data from Noel and Pease, the students perform at the same level and both are projected to get out of IR. She added that Sloan has experience in early childhood education and the kindergarten through second grade at Noel has been struggling to put that foundation in place.Officials have said that the services a child receives will follow them from campus to campus.Johnson said she would still be involved with all the students and the students would see familiar teachers and students at their new school, if they have to move.Crowe has said incoming fifth-graders and eighth-graders would be able to stay at their campuses.With a prekindergarten through second grade campus, Crowe said staff development can focus on early childhood literacy.He said the schools will not be renamed and class sizes will remain the same.Currently, Crowe said there are few if any prekindergarten classes on the north side. In this scenario, the district will open four pre-k classes — two in the morning and two in the afternoon.Prekindergarten is half day. Crowe said this would give 88 more students a chance at prekindergarten.He said students who attend prekindergarten rather than daycares in town do better in school. Plans are to invite daycare providers to ECISD training because it will pay off in the long run.Both campuses have Camp Fire as an after-school program and that will continue, Crowe said. The older students would come to the younger sibling’s campus.Sherrie Posey, who attended Monday’s meeting, has a student attending Noel. She attended Noel as a youngster and loves the school.“I don’t necessarily feel a lot better just because my daughter doesn’t like change and she’s going to be going into second grade, so I hate that she’s having to move for just one year and then she’ll come back. Noel and the staff here is wonderful. She’s used to them. They’ve worked really well with her, so I hate that she’s going to have to move for just one year,” Posey said.She added that she’s still not sure why prekindergarten is being added if the campus is already IR.“I think they need to be focusing on k through five as it is, but I guess we can always use more preschool schools. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I can see why they would want to act proactively before it’s out of their hands, so I can see why they’re doing it. I just hope like it said it doesn’t cause too much disruption and there’s a lot of chaos and confusion,” Posey said.She added that her daughter had substitute teachers the first half of the year, so she knows there’s a teacher shortage.Elma Santos, who has a prekindergarten student at Noel, said the idea of the reconfiguration is good because teachers will be able to focus more on the younger children.With more prekindergarten spots available, Crowe said teachers would be trained and more would be recruited.He said parents have been pretty calm about the idea of the change and see the logic behind it. Crowe added that he thinks parents are nervous about the idea, because it’s different but they can’t argue against the logic of it.“They don’t want the state coming in taking over the district. … I think they kind of like the idea of the early childhood type setting where the pre-k through two are all together, where it can be focused on early literacy because that’s one of our challenges is early literacy,” Crowe said.If You Go Twitter Facebook What: ECISD Board of Trustees meeting.When: 6 p.m. today.Where: Board room of the administration building at 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.Agenda: Trustees will consider boundary changes, the reconfigurations for elementary and middle schools and several other items. More Information Previous articleGUEST VIEW: If you quit, you won’t feel good about anythingNext articleSULLUM: Handing out pamphlets is not a crime admin School Populations:last_img read more

Power ‘Perfect’ in IndyCar GP

first_imgIndianapolis, Ind. – It was a repeat performance of last year for WIll Power, claiming both the pole position and the win for the second year in a row at Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix.  Power’s now won three of the five IndyCar road races ever held at the world’s most famous race facility, driving for car owner Roger Penske. The Australian took the lead back on lap fifty-one (of eighty-five), and led until the checkered flag.  Power said he’s never driven harder than he did in this race and that, “Every lap was like qualifying.” Adding that he drove perfectly and hit his marks all day.Scott Dixon turned the fastest lap of the day and drove his Chip Ganassi Racing car from an eighteenth position start to finish second.  Despite earning a podium spot, Dixon said it was a frustrating weekend at the track, with his team struggling to find the right setup for his car.  Rookie Robert Wickens, Veteran Sebastien Bourdais, and American Alexander Rossi round out the top five finishers — all five driving for different teams.Josef Newgarden has won two races this season and was the IndyCar Series points leader heading into today’s event.  Though the Tennessean finished outside the top ten, after spinning and stalling his car during a passing attempt in turn twelve, he still holds the series points lead.Early rain threats failed to materialize for the entirety of a race that saw only two cautions.  All but three cars finished on the lead lap. This win marks the 200th in IndyCar for Team Penske.  This first race of The Month of May serves as the opening act for the 102nd running of The Indianapolis 500, set for Sunday, May 27.  Tune in to Country 103.9, WRBI for coverage of every lap!last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: OF

first_imgYou need at least three OFs for your fantasy baseball team, but realistically, you need five to seven depending on your league settings. Throughout the season, you’ll go through many more than that, so having options and taking some chances on potential sleepers and breakout possibilities is a must. There’s no offensive position loaded with more lotto tickets than outfield, which is why it’s so tough to compile rankings and put together a thorough cheat sheet. Whether it’s a top prospect or an undervalued veteran, outfield ADPs are all over the place — and we know the final stats will be all over the place, too.Outfield is a unique position because you can just as easily find a power-speed threat as you can a a big power producer or a stolen base artist. Our list has more power-speed guys because they’re always good for balancing a roster and more difficult to find at other spots, but you can find sluggers, too. Nomar Mazara, Rangers. Mazara probably seems like the opposite of a sleeper considering he’s posted remarkably similar stats in his first three seasons in the majors (outside of an outlier 101 RBIs in 2017). But the important thing to remember is that he’s only 23, so a power surge feels likely at some point. The Rangers are reportedly working with Mazara to develop more pop– something that already was occuring on a per-game basis last year — and when that comes, look for more overall production. Other fantasy owners might be bored/disappointed with Mazara, so you can likely get him at a discount.Christin Stewart, Tigers. The 25-year-old lefty has averaged 28.3 HRs at various levels of the minors and majors over the past three seasons, and he didn’t look overwhelmed in his 17-game call-up last year, posting 13/10 K/BB ratio. Both of those rates seem likely to get worse this year, but Stewart can still club homers even if he’s a drain in average.Chris Shaw, Giants. Admittedly, Shaw is a low-percentage “sleeper”, but the 25-year-old lefty has power, which is shown by the 24 HRs he hit in 101 games at Triple-A last year. His 22-game call-up in the majors last year was largely forgettable, particularly his 37.1-percent K-rate, but he could wind up being a cheap source of power off the waiver wire at some point this season. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetObviously, not all of these players will hit. Some might wind up not even playing much. But it’s good to have more names on your radar, even if you’re in a shallower league. Baseball is a long season full of injuries, and OF is a position that will see plenty of guys go on two- or three-week hot streaks. If you grab some high-upside options late (or slightly earlier than expected, depending on the player), you’ll likely find yourself with at least one surprise contributor.2019 Fantasy Baseball OF SleepersEligibility based on Yahoo’s default settingsRamon Laureano, A’s. A full season of at-bats can yield 20/20 production from the 24-year-old Laureano. Playing time is far from a given in Oakland’s crowded outfield, but Laureano posted 19 HRs and 18 SBs in 112 games between Triple-A and the majors last year, which included a solid .288/.358/.474 line during his 48-game MLB stint. The strikeout rate was high (28.4 percent), but his solid defense and ability to draw walks should keep Laureano in the A’s lineup most days. Avisail Garcia, Rays. The past three seasons, the Rays have had a surprise 30-HR hitter. In 2016 it was Brad Miller; in ’17 it was Logan Morrison and Steven Souza; last year it was C.J. Cron. If that trend continues, Garcia is a likely candidate after popping 19 homers in 93 games for the White Sox last season. In ’17, he cut way down on his Ks and used a ridiculous .392 BABP to post a .330/.380/.506 line, which has to mean something even if the BABIP isn’t repeatable. As it stands, the 27-year-old OF/DH is fighting for playing time in what might be a make-or-break season, but if he puts it all together, he’ll have major fantasy value.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Harrison Bader, Cardinals. Bader impressed with a 12/15 showing in 138 games last season, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the 24-year-old righty flirted with a 20/20 campaign this year. While he won’t help much in batting average or OBP, he should do well to compile stats in the other categories.Domingo Santana, Mariners. It’s easy to forget Santana had a 30/15 season for the Brewers in 2017, especially after the 26-year-old slugger bounced between the bench and Triple-A last year. Now in Seattle, where playing time shouldn’t be an issue, Santana is free to do what he does best — hit homers, take walks, and steal a few bases. Fantasy owners might be scared off after last season and the move to a much worse hitters park, but it’s encouraging to note that Santana actually hit for more power on the road than at home during his breakout ’16 campaign, slugging .512 on the road and only .382 in Milwaukee. He has the pop to hit homers anywhere, so expect plenty of stats despite a mediocre average.2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | Each teamSteven Souza Jr., Diamondbacks. Pectoral injuries (and poor play) limited Souza to only 72 games last year, so, like Santana, it’s easy to forget he had a 30/16 season in 2017 with the Rays. Souza actually struck out less and made more hard contact last season, so even though his stats were down, that’s an encouraging sign. Given his home park, Souza is always a threat for solid power-speed production and shouldn’t be overlooked.Eloy Jimenez, White Sox. Jimenez isn’t quite Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in terms of rookie hype, but the 22-year-old righty should make his debut relatively early and is expected to produce from Day 1. He hit .337/.384/.577 with 22 HRs in 108 games between Double-A and Triple-A last year. Jimenez doesn’t steal bases, but he can hit for a good average while providing plenty of run production, making him worth the cost of doing business.Cedric Mullins II, Orioles. The Orioles are rebuilding, so young players like Mullins are going to get every chance to fail while swinging and running with reckless abandon. That isn’t necessarily good for wins, but it can be good for fantasy owners. The 24-year-old switch-hitter didn’t do much in his 45-game major league stint last year (.235/.312/.359), but his 2018, split almost equally between Double-A, Triple-A and the majors, he produced 15 HRs and 23 SBs. One good sign from his major league debut was that he didn’t strike out a ton (19.4-percent strikeout rate). A decent power-speed season is possible at a bargain-basement price.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserLeonys Martin, Indians. Martin has long teased fantasy owners, and now at 30, he might have missed his window. Still, there’s reason to think he can be a valuable fantasy contributor this year, The Indians OF is full of potential sleepers, though guys like Bradley Zimmer (shoulder) and Greg Allen will need to get healthy and/or get into the lineup before they can start stealing bases for fantasy owners. For now, Martin has a starting job, and after hitting 11 HRs and stealing seven bases in 84 games last year spent mostly in Detroit, he’ll be in Cleveland, which is a lefty-hitters’ paradise. A 20/20 season might be optimistic, but Martin can provide a little pop, a little speed, and likely some runs if he gets everyday playing time.Austin Meadows, Rays. Meadows has lost a little of his top-prospect shine, but with a fresh start in Tampa he’ll get a chance to make good on his talent. The 23-year-old lefty did well in his first major league action last year, posting a .287/.325/.461 line in 59 games split between the Pirates and Rays. His K-rate (20.9 percent) was manageable, and his six homers and five steals show he can give you a little of everything. Meadows might be a year or two away from a major breakout, but even a small one this year will give him everyday fantasy value.David Dahl, Rockies. You might remember Dahl from everyone’s sleeper list prior to 2017, but rib and back injuries (and crowded Colorado outfields) have limited him to only 77 games the past two seasons (all last year). With the depth chart thinned out, Dahl stands to be an everyday player in ;19 if he can stay on the fiheld, and based on last year’s 16-HR, five-SB output in abbreviated playing time, the 24-year-old outfielder could finally have that big breakout we’ve been waiting for. Byron Buxton, Twins. Buxton sunk more than a few fantasy teams last season with a truly miserable 28-game campaign that saw him spend much more time on the DL and in the minors than in the Twins lineup. We’ve seen him produce in stretches, but a full season seems like too tall of a task for the strikeout-prone 25 year old. Still, it’s tough to totally turn your back on Buxton’s potential, which was on full display during the second half in 2017 (.300/.347/.546, 11 HRs, 13 SBs). At this point, there are more reasons, including injury history and approach at the plate, to avoid Buxton than draft him, but given his cheap price tag, he’s a worthwhile lotto ticket who could pay off in a big way.Victor Robles, Nationals. Robles isn’t exactly a secret, but he’s still a breakout candidate. The 21-year-old speedster put up a .288/.348/.525 line in 21 major league games last year, and even at his young age, he could pop 15 HRs and steal 30 bases with a full season worth of at-bats. He might not quite hit those benchmarks, but even a 10/20 season has value, especially if Robles is scoring runs and hitting for a decent average.Delino DeShields, Rangers. After a disappointing 2018, many fantasy owners are off DeShields, but he remrains a major SB threat. DeShields seems to be on an every-other-year plan, hitting .261 with 25 SBs in ’15 and .269 with 29 SBs in ’17 (in 120 and 121 games, respectively), but in ’16 and ’18, he combined for 28 steals and hit under .217 both years. Obviously, he’s not a sure thing, and even in a good year, he’s a mediocre average hitter with very little power and RBI potential, but he can approach or surpass 40 steals if he plays 145 games. He’s good on defense and has always been able to draw walks, so that raises his odds of staying in the lineup and getting on base. The other pure speedsters will cost you more, but DeShields could match their production at a reduced cost.last_img read more