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 Week of October 15, 2012 
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Congratulations to Christine Hawthorne, a science teacher at Barber Middle School, for receiving a $100 Classroom Supplies Grant from Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union. Thank you to GCEFCU for their support of Dickinson ISD students and staff!

DHS Band gets ready for two big marching contests

The Dickinson High School Gator Marching Band will be busy the next few days with two big marching contests.

The band will host the Gator Marching Festival starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 20 at Sam Vitanza Stadium. Eleven bands are attending the contest, which gives the groups one last chance to practice their performances before UIL contest. The DHS band will play at the contest only as a non-competing participant.

UIL Region contest is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, also at Sam Vitanza Stadium. Bands will begin competing at 4 p.m., with the DHS band scheduled to perform last at 8:35 p.m. The bands advancing to the next level, Area on Oct. 27 in Galena Park, will be announced at the end of the night.  
Red Ribbon Week set for
October 22-26

Dickinson ISD students and staff will be honoring Red Ribbon Week October 22-26 and pledging to stay drug-free. Thank you to Maxim Insurance for the generous donation of red ribbons each year for students and staff to wear declaring they are "proud to be drug free!"
Students get a taste of the real world 
at Dickinson High Reality Town event 

Reality Town Freshmen students at Dickinson High School got a taste of the real world Wednesday morning and a few of them didn't like it.
Students quickly realized that paying bills and handling real life scenarios was a lot of work and they were happy to still be a student. 

Reality Town USA is an educational program that gives realistic financial experience to high school students and allows them to do things like buy a car and house or get insurance, all while staying on a budget. Students are given a scenario in life. They have to adapt to that way of life with the family they are given and with the amount of money they make.

"Each student gets a book that tells them their name, what their job is, how much money they make, how many kids the have, if they are married or divorced and if they get child support," Assistant Principal Alex Rodriguez said. "It also tells them if their spouse works and if their kids are in activities. What they have to do is go around to different booths and do things like buy a car and get insurance. They must buy a house and even make sure it is in their price range." 
The event is made possible with a lot of help from businesses leaders in the community, including insurance companies, banks, home improvement, beauty, day care and many others in the area who set up booths around the gym to help students with their decisions and to show them where they could go wrong.  
"Students have to learn to live within their means. It shows them that if they want a nice new truck, they may not have as nice of a house. They also have to have money for groceries, health insurance and entertainment," Rodriguez added.

Students also learn to compose a personal resume, submit a job application, write checks and balance a check register. At the end of Reality Town, students work with their teachers to analyze their experience and discuss what they learned.
Autumn Mason crowned
2012 DHS Homecoming Queen

Homecoming Queen and King Congratulations to Dickinson High School senior Autumn Mason, who was crowned Homecoming Queen before the start of the game Oct. 12 against Clear Creek High School. She joins Homecoming King Adrian Gonzales, who was named Homecoming King earlier in the week at the Homecoming Pep Rally. Congratulations to both Autumn and Adrian! 
Calder Road students take stand
against bullying on Unity Day

Unity Day at Calder Road Calder Road Elementary recently participated in Unity Day, which is a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach and education. Calder Road students wore orange, participated in assemblies and created a school family Unity Chain pledging to not participate in bullying and stand up for those who are being bullied. Each student decorated a link in the Unity chain and signed a pledge.    
Dickinson ISD Citizen's Facility
Task Force to meet October 22

The Dickinson ISD Citizen's Facility Task Force will have their first meeting for 2012-2013 at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 22 at the Education Support Center to look at student growth for the new school year and begin talking about facility needs the district will have in the coming years.

If you are interested on serving on this committee, contact Tammy Dowdy at 281-229-6080 by Friday, October 19.  
Six DHS choir students advance to Region level through All-State Choir auditions

Several Dickinson High School choir students have been working hard on All-State Choir music since school started in August and six students recently were chosen to advance to the Region level. The students performed Sept. 29 in the first round, District level, of the All-State Choir auditions.

The six DHS students chosen to advance to the second round, Region level, on November 3 are seniors Marcus Bell and Jeffery Wadkins; sophomores Brianna Bell, Samantha Jaramillo and Robyn Reichle; and freshman James Llanos.

Good luck to these students on their next performance!  
McAdams choir students earn
All-Region Choir recognition

More than 800 junior high students from 22 area schools auditioned October 6 for a place in the All-Region Honor Choir. Catherine Romero, Nicy Estudillo and Colton Powers from McAdams Junior High were selected for this choir, which is the highest honor an individual singer can achieve at the junior high level.

These students will perform October 27 with other students from the area in the All-Region Honor Choir.