of the Fighting Elks
SCHOOL INFORMATION &
SCHOOL CALENDAR for 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
Meet The Teachers Weds, Aug 23 – 5;00 – 6;30 pm
Meet The Elks (HS Gym) Weds, Aug 23 – 7:00 pm
First Day of Classes Monday, August 28, 2017
Labor Day – No classes Monday, September 4, 2017
Inservice – No classes Monday October 9, 2017
Thanksgiving Holiday Tuesday Nov 21 – Early Release
Weds, Thurs, Friday – No classes
Christmas Holiday Thurs Dec 21 & Fri Dec 22 – Early Release
Monday Dec 25, 2017 – Friday Jan 5, 2017 (No Classes)
First Day of Class 2018 Monday, January 5, 2018
Inservice – No classes Monday, January 15, 2018
Inservice – No classes Monday, February 19, 2018
Spring Break Friday, March 6 – Early Release
Mon - March 12 – Fri – Mar 16 – No classes
STAAR Days Thurs, March 29 – Early Release
Friday, March 30 – Inservice Day
Monday, April 2 - regular classes
Tuesday April 3 – Friday April 6 – STAAR
Inservice – No classes Friday, April 20
STAAR Days Monday, May 7 – Friday May 11, 2018
Early Release Thurs – May 31, & Friday June 1
Graduation Friday, June 1, 2018
Camille Symmank, Elkhart Elementary student, wins entry in 'Don't Mess With Texas' art contest "bold">
Art featured in 2016 Calendar
(Press Release from Keep Texas Beautiful)
AUSTIN — Keep Texas Beautiful and The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) have selected artwork by Camille Symmank of
Elkhart Elementary in Elkhart to appear in the 2016 Don’t mess with Texas® Calendar as one of 13 winning entries from across
the state in the annual Don’t mess with Texas® Elementary School Art Contest.
TxDOT and Keep Texas Beautiful organize the contest as a way to motivate young Texans to help keep the state beautiful by not
littering and by encouraging others to protect Texas roadways and its environment from unsightly trash. The contest was open
to Texas elementary school students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade and sponsored by H-E-B and Central Market. Students
submitted their best designs that promoted the Don’t mess with Texas® or Keep Texas Beautiful litter prevention slogans.
“It’s incredible how much we can learn from the thought and creativity of students” said De J. Lozada, Travel Information
Division Director at TxDOT. “We’re proud that this contest calendar highlights the talent of these bright young Texans while
encouraging us all to do our part to ensure that our beautiful state also continues to shine.”
Symmank’s entry was one of 8,228 entries received by Keep Texas Beautiful and TxDOT from elementary schools from across the
state. Each winning artwork is assigned to a month and will be placed in the 2016 Don’t mess with Texas® calendar. Each winner
also will receive an iDeaUSA 8 tablet donated by H-E-B and Central Market.
“I am always amazed at the artistic talent demonstrated by some of our state’s youngest residents,” said Cathie Gail,
executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “We had a tough time narrowing the entries down to just 13 winning designs. Their
hard work on these beautiful entries helps us remind all Texans about the importance of putting litter where it belongs—in a
trash can—and not along our roadsides.”
All student winners will be showcased on the Don’t mess with Texas® and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and at the 2015 Keep
Texas Beautiful annual conference. Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will win a $100 H-E-B
and Central Market gift card.
At the November 19, 2012 school board meeting of the Elkhart ISD, board members voted 6-0 to
commit $1,222,060 of the fund balance to be used for future building projects, grounds projects,
and capital improvement projects.
School Board earmarks $1 million for future building improvements
Dr. DeSpain presented the proposal concerning the fund balance to the board for their discussion
and consideraton. He said that there was $3,329,060 in the fund balance as of August 30, 2012
and that approximately $700,000 would cover payroll obligations, accounts payable, maintenance,
and other miscellaneous expenses per month. The TEA recommends that school districts keep at
least 3 months of operating expenses in available funds. The three months for the Elkhard ISD
would be about $2.1 million (3 x $700,000), so Dr. DeSpain told the board that he recommended
committing $1,222,060 for the future.
Board Vice-President Holloway chaired the meeting. Employees of the Month were Deanna Lock
(High School Professional) and Rhonda Jordan (Elementary Employee.) Students of the Month
were Laynie Tubbs (Elementary), Laci McEnturff (Intermediate), Alex Thlang (Middle School),
and Josie Graves (High School.)
The board recognized the volleyball team and the cross country teams. During the citizen
open forum time, no one spoke. The board voted to appoint Lori Garcia to the School Health
Advisory Committee for this 2012-2013 school year. Several amendments to the 12-13 ISD budget
were presented and approved.
Agenda posted for December 17, 2012
school board meeting
A called meeting of the Elkhard school board is scheduled for December 17, 2012. The agenda items listed (in part) are:
Discussion and approval of the 2011-2012 financial audit report from Smith, Lambright, & Associates.
Discussion of an update on the Technology Lending Program.
A closed Executive Session to consider discipline of a public school child, or complaint or charge against (school) personnel.
The Elkhart School Board met in regular session September 24th. Melody Farrow was recognized as the Elementary Employee of the
Month and Cindy Pace was recognized as High School Employee of the Month.
Students of the Month were introduced to the board. They were: Camila Dominguez (Elementary School), Kathryn Esparza
(Intermediate School), Jacob Urbina (Middle School), and Luis Banuelos (High School).
During the Open Session, Carson Wages, Director of the Anderson County Appraisal District, addressed the school board.
Following Mr. Wages appearance, the board discussed the Anderson County Appraisal Budget, then approved the budges for
2012-2013 as had been presented. Voting “For” the budget were members Barnett, Estes, and Ham. Voting “Against” the
budget were members Holloway and Fincher.
Next, the board discussed the Elkhart ISD's FIRST Report (Financial Integrity Rating System.) Dr. DeSpain briefly
summarized the report and that the formal Public Hearing will be held during the October regular meeting.
Debbie Taylor presented a list of names to the school board, recommending these to be appointed to the School Health
Advisory Committee for the 2012-2013 school year. The board approved the following new members: Dr. Debbie Taylor,
Janette Cooper, Melody Farrow, Pepper Thomas, Kodl Huff, Harold Holloway, Christi Davis, Sharyn Hightower, Amanda Welch,
Teresa Woodall, Christina Comstock, Tammy Denny, Michelle Harris, and Luis Banuelos.
School Board splits 3-2 in approving new Appraisal District Budget