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Timpson Bear Update

Timpson ISD Bear Update
Calendar of Events –
Tues. April 12 – TISD Board of Trustees Meeting - 6:30 pm
------------------------ FFA Area IX CDE Sam Houston State University
------------------------ Softball vs. Gary @ Home – 5:00 p.m.
------------------------ Baseball vs. Mt. Enterprise  @ Home (due to Mt. Enterprise field conditions) – 6:30 p.m.
Wed. April 13 – TES Benchmark Testing
----13th & 4th------ District Track Meet @ Beckville JVB, VB, VG
Thurs. April 14 – TES Benchmark Testing
Fri. April 15 – TES Benchmark Testing
---------------------- End of fifth six weeks
---------------------- Softball vs. Joaquin – There @ 5:00 p.m.
---------------------- Baseball vs. Joaquin – Home @ 6:30 p.m.
New Elementary Playground -  A new Timpson Elementary  School playground will be built as one of the building projects pending passage of the TISD Facilities Bond election.  Election day is Saturday May 7 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 the High School Gym Foyer.  Early voting will be Monday April 25 through Tuesday May 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the TISD Administration Building at 836 Bear Drive.  The current playground has several concerns that need to be addressed including its location and the fact that there is no covered area and no restrooms available.  The current location of the playground presents several safety issues.  It is located across the street from the elementary building which requires students to cross McLaughlin Street.  It is a busy traffic area throughout the day due often to people coming to the elementary school.  Teachers are watchful and travel with students across the street to the playground because there is almost constant traffic there but it is always a concern when children as young as 4 years old are crossing the street. Sometimes cars do not stop at the sign. Another concern about the current location of the playground is that two sides of the playground do not belong to the school district; therefore, the district cannot always control who would have contact/proximity to the students; McLaughlin street on one side of the playground and private property is on the other side.  This situation does not offer the safety and protection for students that district personnel prefer.  The facilities bond plan is to relocate the elementary playground to the current site of the vocational agriculture building just next to the elementary.  A new vocational/ag building will be built in another area allowing the current site to house the playground.  This site will allow enough space for an outdoor playground as well as renovating the current vocational/agriculture building to be a covered pavilion in the playground.  This will provide opportunities for shelter in bad weather as well as expanding the types of activities students will have access to including an outdoor classroom with hands-on learning that will expand upon skills learned in the classroom.  The new location of the playground will provide a safer environment for students.  The restrooms currently in the vocational agriculture building will be renovated for elementary student use.  Having restrooms available to students while on the playground will also increase safety because currently when a student on the playground needs to go to the restroom the teacher has to take students back to the main building leaving her class to be supervised by the remaining teachers.  The playground is used throughout the school day for recess.  It serves students in grades Pre-K – Fifth grade.  If you have questions about the facilities bond plan, Superintendent Dr. Mid Johnson will have an informational meeting about the facilities plan and bond election on Monday May 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Timpson High School auditorium.  Everyone is invited to attend.
Timpson FFA Competes -  Timpson FFA competed at the Tri-County Soil and Water Conservation District contest on April 6th at Attoyac Farms in Chireno, TX.
Forestry Team placed 2nd and advanced to the Texas FFA State Forestry Contest on April 27th. Team members - Hunter Smith, Cutter Smith, Chandler Burgay and Dustin Pledger
Land Judging placed 3rd - Team Members Tristan Hilburn, Ryan Clay Stamps, Haylon  Powers and Zach Molloy
Forages Team - Trevor Duke and Jeremy Wagstaff
Tractor Drivers -Team Members Isaiah Molloy placed 4th, Chase Clever and Connor Hairgrove

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