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SHSU dean's and president's list

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062322 SHSU awards

Spring dean’s list announced

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Sam Houston State University in Huntsville recently released its Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester. These are undergraduates who achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 out of a perfect 4.0 in all work attempted while enrolled in not less than 12 semester hours.

From Corrigan: Kaylee Conarroe, Makenna Hughes and Jackson Kilgore.

From Goodrich: Lauren Blair.

From Livingston: John Aguero, Destiny Arispe, Matthew Atkinson, Vanessa Baldobino, Sarah Banks, Javier Casas, Klarissa Casas, Tomas Diosdado, Ian Feest, Sebastian Garcia, Emanuela Gjoka, Xhorxhina Gjoka, Jada Henderson, Hannah Kincade, Lauren Lewis, Manuel Martinez, Sara Moore, Tanner Orn, Jordan Potter, Rachael Presley, Joshua Pridgen, Eduardo Rios, Ian Rushing, Cody Smith, Jammie Trujillo-Cotton and Norman Wooldridge.

From Onalaska: Alexis Edwards, Madison Faber, Courtney Fink, Katelin Forrester, Alexis Hensley, Jordan Jessup, Jessica Mayhew and Tisha Whittington.

President’s honor roll announced

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville recently released its President’s Honor Roll for the Spring 2022 semester. These are undergraduates who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average in all work attempted while enrolled in not less than 12 semester hours.

From Corrigan: Jackson Kilgore.

From Livingston: Destiny Arispe, Tomas Diosdado, Hannah Kincade, Tanner Orn, Jordan Potter and Jammie Trujillo-Cotton.

From Onalaska: Alexis Hensley, Jessica Mayhew and Tisha Whittington.

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062322 campbell awarded scholarshipLHS 2021-2022 FFA chapter president Kaylie Campbell has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Kaylie graduated sixth in her Livingston High School Class of 2022 and will attend Texas A&M in the fall. In 2022, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will award 350 four-year, $20,000 Houston Area Scholarships to outstanding students graduating from Houston-area public school districts in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller County. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s educational programs are a significant part of the program’s goals of benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. All recipients of these scholarships must demonstrate academic potential, citizenship/leadership and financial need, and they must attend a Texas college or university. Courtesy photo


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More fishing events scheduled

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062322 more fishing events

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Polk County Hookers, the local fishing club, is hosting two more “Fishing with Michael” events in July. Through the event, anglers may spend $100 and be taken out on Lake Livingston for the day by Local Guide Michael Richardson and other Hookers. A popular event, the spots fill up quickly. Two were held in

June and Michael blocked out two more days in July. The new dates are July 13 and July 20.

“These trips are lots of fun and a great way to enjoy fishing the lake for white bass at a shared price. Michael provides the boat and the expertise, equipment if you need it, and cleans your fish. We will schedule 6 anglers per trip,” Head Hooker Mike Bischoff said. “To reserve a spot, just send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 713-875-7976 with the date you would like to fish. The cost is $100 payable to Michael the day of the trip.”

Additionally, the City of Onalaska is looking for adult volunteers to assist kids – help manage rods, bait hooks, land fish, etc. – for the Kids Fishing Derby on July 4. Anyone interested can just show up the day of the event, state that you are a volunteer for the fishing derby and parking will be free.

“Let’s help the next generation of fishing enthusiasts develop a love for the sport of fishing,” Bischoff said.

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Rotarians learn about hospice care

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062322 rotarians learn hospice

By Emily Banks Wooten
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Julie Wolf and Christina Wood of Kindred Hospice recently put on a program for the Rotary Club of Livingston. Wolf, who studied gerontology in her master’s program and was named national clinician of the year, has been with hospice for 21 years. Wood is a hospice care consultant and has been with hospice for 10 years.

Wolff said her father became sick in the 1990s with glioblastoma brain cancer and the family employed hospice toward the end of his life and it was a horrible experience.  “I never felt so alone and so frightened.” That’s when she went into hospice.

“Hospice is a benefit for people at the end of their life, if they have a medically terminal illness or a life expectancy of six months or less. After Medicare insurance follows suit, your physician sends an order to hospice, or it can also be a family member. A nurse will go out and conduct an evaluation,” Wolf said.
A medical director oversees all of the care. In addition to the medical director, other team members include a registered nurse, a volunteer coordinator, a bereavement coordinator, a chaplain and a social worker. “The team meets every 14 days to review every single patient,” Wolf said, adding that end of life education and resources are provided for the family and the chaplain is non-denominational.

“Hospice provides all of the supplies such as diapers, wipes, gloves. We provide all of the equipment whether it’s a hospital bed, wheelchair, walker, commode. It’s a very comprehensive benefit. It’s one benefit that I think Medicare got right,” she said, stressing the continuity of services.
Wolf tried to address some of the questions and misconceptions she’s heard over the last 21 years.

“Hospice is not a place. It’s a service. We have Alzheimer’s patients, cancer patients, stroke patients, cardiac issues. You don’t have to have a do not resuscitate order. People think there’s a sense of giving up. What we do is very little. We try to make every day for you and your loved one the very best it can possibly be. You can still see your own doctor,” Wolf said, commenting that those are the really common myths.

“At times when people do too well, we have to discharge them back to their regular healthcare. Typically, when people come into our service, they don’t want to leave our service because of the continuity,” Wolf said.

She added that they are starting to have a process for veterans and that it’s a new initiative for them.

Wood, who said this is not what she planned, that she set out to be a teacher, said she is here to be a resource for the people in her community.

Kindred Hospice is located at 210 West Park Dr. Suite 107 in Livingston. The phone number is 936-327-5888 and the website is www.kindredhospice.com.

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School supplies to be provided for younger students

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062622 school supplies livingstonThe Livingston ISD School Board recognizes the All-American cheerleaders, which include Shelby Flannery, Ashley Moore, Ja’Nayah Pickens, Savannah Ruiz, Lilly Haynes, Maci Hill, Mallory Lester, Jaxson Potter, and All-American Mascot is Jayson Potter. Courtesy photo

By Brian Besch
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The Livingston School Board approved purchases from the 2022-2023 school supply list for Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grades, highlighting the regular meeting for June.

Livingston ISD Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins closed Monday’s meeting expressing his appreciation.

“Our students will continue to need backpacks, and we will work to get the word out in our community,” he said. “Each year, many churches, community-based organizations, and individuals give out hundreds upon hundreds of backpacks to our students. Livingston High School does not have a school supply list, but their supplies are extremely dependent on what classes they take and minimal in volume. We appreciate the board approving this purchase to help our families.”

The meeting opened with student recognition. The Parade of Champions extended into Monday to include the Livingston baseball team on their successful season. Not only were the Lions district champions, they also earned bi-district and area championships, advancing to the regional quarterfinals. Team members include Chevy Peters, Caden Vickery, Damian Ruiz, Lane Ward, Ta McNeal, Gage Morris, Luke Jones, Blyson Vallejos, J.T. Smith, Kolton Clack, Stephen Scott, Jordan Bush, Kason Nelson, Josh Smith, Mitchell Hathaway, Jordan Huson, Cody Patranella and Copeland Bush.

Also recognized was Livingston All-American cheerleaders Shelby Flannery, Ashley Moore, Ja’Nayah Pickens, Savannah Ruiz, Lilly Haynes, Maci Hill, Mallory Lester, Jaxson Potter, and All-American mascot Jayson Potter. The cheer coach is Casey Fleming.

The board recognized Maci Hill for winning National History Day first place in Senior Division Individual Documentary. Leading up to the national competition, Hill earned first place at the regional history day event and at Texas History Day in Austin with her documentary titled “Communist in the Cornfields: Roswell Garst’s Citizen Diplomacy.”

The board approved an amendment to the 2022-2023 LISD School Calendar, which will eliminate flex days and add a five-day break in the month of October. Bad weather days are scheduled for the end of the school year, with a tentative graduation date of May 20, 2023.

“We will include semester final exams with an opportunity for students to earn an exemption based on good attendance and other factors,” Hawkins said. “Wehave always offered Saturday school, but students will need to make up attendance and credit as they fall below the threshold and not wait until the end of the year. We will have to be more proactive, and it will take the school, students, and parents to make this more effective. This new calendar will give much-needed breaks, allowing for recovery time for students and staff during the school year. The pandemic stresses have made an impact collaterally on all of us, and we must acknowledge this in how we operate.”

The quarterly investment report was presented by Ben Davidson, LISD Chief Financial Officer. The beginning balance on Feb. 28, was $41,015,391, and the ending balance on May 31 was $37,811,347. The interest earned in March was $9,592.64, April was $15,606.94, and May was $28,376.83. The board approved the quarterly investment report. The board also approved the adoption of an order authorizing and providing for the defeasance and redemption of certain outstanding obligations of LISD, authorizing the execution of an escrow agreement and containing other related provisions. The adoption will include redeeming the last maturity of the series 2017 bonds and saving $30,000.

Hawkins presented the personnel report, sharing a recent survey from a state teacher organization.

“Fifty percent of the members surveyed are either looking at retirement or walking away from the profession,” Hawkins said of the survey. “In February of 2022, the Bureau of Labor and Statics noted there were 380,000 educational jobs open. The Texas Association of School Boards noted after two years of uncertainty due to the pandemic, coupled with the ongoing challenges in the current educational environment, teachers are at a breaking point.”

The data observed by the Texas Teacher Shortage Task Force found compensation, student behavior, lack of institutional support, and lack of respect from community and parents were main causes for leaving the profession.

According to Texas Education Agency’s Commissioner Mike Morath, 69% of Texas teachers in classrooms that were certified for the 2021-2022 school year were alternative certified. Twenty percent of the teachers were certified through traditional means, entering college with plans to become a certified teacher.Morath presented data that teachers with four or more years of experience yielded students that performed better. Teachers with less than five years of experience and those alternatively certified make up a large portion of those leaving the field.

Over the past three years, the district turnover rate has been below or at the state average. At LISD, there have been 87 professional positions hired over the summer, which is an increase from the average of 50 normally hired. The teacher turnover rate this year is 31.6%, and paraprofessionals are at 28.5%.
“As a school board, you have done everything that is necessary to keep the district competitive,” Hawkins told members present. “Our employee salary schedule is competitive. You gave the district the flexibility to hire employee pools. If these things were not in place, we would have been like many of the districts in other counties with pages of openings and no pool to draw from, and unfortunately, they will open school with vacancies.

“This morning, we had three professional openings. We have more new teachers who are buying houses and investing in our community, and the vast majority of this group that we welcome are experienced teachers. We have a small group of new teachers that are LHS graduates, which is a reflection of hard work by everyone to recruit Lions back to Lion Country. It’s important to hire students that we ‘grow.’

“We have had turnover, but we have fortunately hired staff that we feel will be a good fit with our current staff. You have to take great pride that we are part of the most recruited school district in a 60-mile radius. Folks want our staff as teachers and administrators. This is a huge compliment, as I see it as the ultimate flattery of Lion Country. Our results speak for themselves, and we are only getting better each year.”

Under the consent agenda, the board approved an articulation agreementby Culinary Institute LeNotre and Livingston High School.

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