Mar

30

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 30, 2014

Monitor Photo/David Webb KISD Superintendent Sam Swierc (left) presents a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Jim Collinsworth, former school board president. Collinsworth is now chair of the new Kemp Education Foundation.

Monitor Photo/David Webb
KISD Superintendent Sam Swierc (left) presents a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Jim Collinsworth, former school board president. Collinsworth is now chair of the new Kemp Education Foundation.

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

KEMP–The Kemp Education Foundation recently received its letter of determination from the Internal Revenue Service establishing it as a nonprofit group clearing the way for operations to begin.
Dr. Jim Collinsworth, who is the chair of the foundation organized last year, presented a report of the group’s goals and plans to the Kemp Independent School District Board of Trustees March 24. The initial goal will be to raise $50,000 to fund grants, he said.
Collinsworth noted the foundation leaders want to support innovative efforts and exemplary teaching to enhance and enrich classroom experiences in the school district. “It’s pretty much wide open,” Collinsworth said. “Think outside of the box.”
The foundation will support student programs, projects and initiatives that do not receive tax-based funding.
Collinsworth said the foundation would soon be mailing out correspondence to businesses seeking support, and it would be setting up tables at community events to introduce the concept to the community. The next presentation will be at the Kemp Wildflower Festival April 12 at the city park.
Grant proposals are now being accepted by the foundation, and the last day for teachers to make application this year is April 17.
The foundation’s finance and governance committee is chaired by Vidal Jones, the development committee by Rhonda Markham, the marketing and events committee by Robin Reedy and the program committee by Sarah Wright.
Other members of the committees are Dorothy Locklin, Lynda Page, Jim Stevenson, James Whitehead, Jerri Henderson, Sharron Rankin, Melinda Polk, Laura Peace, Deborah Doss, Tommy McSpedden, Russell Bryan, Harvey McDougald, Joy Long and Tom Anderson.
The foundation will also be coordinating events such as school banquets and Homecoming activities. Extensive planning is underway for Homecoming 2014 that will include a bonfire, campus tours, pep rally, former student honors, football game, halftime festivities, street dance, parade, alumni dinner, an alumni football game and class parties.
Information will be made available through the year at www.kemphome-coming.com. The next meeting will be at the First National Bank of Kemp at 2 p.m. Sunday (today) March 30.
For information about Kemp Education Foundation visit www.kempeduca-tion foundation.org. P.O. Box 296, Kemp, TX 75143. 903-498-1312
In other action, the trustees:
• approved increasing the price of student lunches by 10 cents for students who pay full price. All other prices for breakfasts, reduced-payment lunches and adults will remain the same.
• decided trustees would attend 2014 Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth June 26-28 at the Omni Hotel rather than traveling to San Antonio.
• approved student band camp at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford July 6-11.

Mar

30

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 30, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell


Thirty-two returning National Junior Honor Society members (back rows on stage) at Kemp Junior High School welcome the addition of 56 new members in an induction ceremony March 25. New members (in alphabetical order) are Bethany Alexander, Dylan Ashcraft, Joe Becerra, Jaise Bowie, Logan Bray, Case Breeze, Colton Breeze, Bailey Burke, Abbigail Bynum, Tyler Capehart, Cameron Clamon, Ryan Crow, Chloey Dalrymple, Hunter Davis, Madison Duncan, Ariana Else, Stephen Erikson, Matthew Floyd, Lilia Fonseca, Damon Ford, Denise Gamino, Amy Garcia, Andrew Haertel, Jacklynn Hefti, Savannah Henderson, Hector Hernandez, Shane Hughes, Peyton Irvin, Mallorie Jackson, Kenzee King, Kamryn Lewis, Kaitlyn Lightfoot, Valeria Lira, Sierra Martin, Erica McGill, Evelyn Mireles, Maria Mireles, James Nelson, Natalie Pate, Michael Pavatt, Dalton Powell, Dakota Price, Noah Pryor, Jardan Rabon, Juan Rodriguez, Catrina Ross, Laurel Shelton, Jaime Silk, Christopher Sizemore, Jillian Smith, Luis Soto, Colby Starnes, Laynee Tanksley, Alexander Tanner, Traci Watts and Austin White. They join current members Breanna Blue, Callista Camacho, Malia Cantrell, Barrett Chambers, Jaylin Contreras, Carly Delaney, Kelli Easterly, Camron Elliott, Hannah Esparza, Matthew Gilbert, Alexander Glass, Veronica Herrera, Donna Hyde, Savannah Jones, Richard Lowrie, Kassandra Mast, Ariana McDonald, Kaden McSpedden, Giselle Montanez, Crystal Ragsdale, Jesus Ramirez, Megan Raymond, Heaven-Lei Richmond, Harlie Tarno, Blake Taylor, Dylan Taylor, Lauren Thomas, Ashton Thompson, Haylie Thompson, Carmen Villarreal, Dahlia Webb and Alexander Wilson.

Mar

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 16, 2014

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo


Kindergarten February Students of the Month at Kemp Primary School are (from left) Andres Badillo, Brilynn Fischer, Hutson Cromer, Emilia Rodriguez, Savannah Rankin and Nora Ross (not pictured).
More photos can be found in the Sunday, March 16, 2014 issue of The Monitor.