2014-2015 WISD Bragging Rights
WISD and all campuses earned the accountability rating of Met Standard for the 2014-15 school year. The district also earned the distinctions of Academic Achievement in both Reading ELA and Math. All campuses earned distinctions for the same year. At this time, accountability ratings have not been released for the 2014-15 school year.
Preliminary testing results for the 2014-15 school year show WISD scoring above the state in all subjects for grades 3-8. End of Course (EOC’s) results for the HS show that the district is at or above the state in all five subjects assessed. Passing standards for math grades 3-8 have not been set for the 2014-15 school year; therefore, scores are not available at this time. Math scores for grades 3-8 will not count in the accountability ratings for the 2014-15 year.
WISD saw a sustained increase in student enrollment of over 200 students at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
During their first year, the Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation gave over $23,000 to WISD teachers and awarded 17 grants.
Throughout the district, Elementary Student Council and National Elementary Honor Society members were active in leading service projects. These projects involved the entire campus’ students and staff. Raised thousands of dollars and collected countless items for the local community including the Salvation Army, local food pantry, meals on wheels, American Heart Association, and countless others. One Campus also was also able to raise enough money to provide a brand new pair of shoes for every child enrolled in that campus’ pre-kindergarten program.
Whitehouse Junior High students collected a record-breaking number of coats during their Coats for Kids collections drive. To date, they collected the largest number of coats collected by any school in Smith County with 815 total coats. The project was led by WJHS Student Council.
The Wildcat Band earned the top honor among High School bands for the 21st year, receiving a “Superior” rating at the UIL Marching Contest.
The Whitehouse First Ladies earned several awards and top honors at both local and National competitions. The Ladies earned a second place overall title in the Largest National contest in the state and were named national and international champions in several categories that they competed.
WHS Career and Technical Education Department had another successful year. Each year through the programs offered by the CTE, students have the opportunity to add value to their high school diplomas in the form of free college dual credit, scholarships, career certifications and hands on experience. Through the CTE programs a student may become certified in adobe, QuickBooks, Microsoft office, pharmacy technician, nurse’s aide, safe serve, education fundamentals, veterinary assistant, American Welding Society and hunter’s safety. Each certification is free to students in the programs. These certifications allows students to graduate from high school with the skills and certifications to enter, high skill, high wage and high demand jobs.
In addition to previously offered dual credit courses, approximately 140 students participated in the first year program between WHS and Tyler Junior College that provided technical dual credit courses free of charge to WHS students. Several of the CTE organizations received top honors at the state and area level competitions. The business program went on to compete at the national level. As a direct result of participation in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America at WHS one of our students earned the opportunity to introduce the First Lady at an event that was held at the Whitehouse in Washington D.C.
The WHS girls’ athletic program achieved things they have not done before breaking and setting many school records. The boys’ athletic program was also very competitive in the 2014-2015 school year.
Over 2 million in the form of scholarships were earned by members of the 2014-2015 WHS graduating class.