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Big Smiles at SAISD

Texas Education Agency has published the 2013 state accountability system ratings for the school districts and campuses of Texas public schools. The ratings are issued in three categories: Met Standards, Met Alternative Standards, or Improvement Required. They are based on a system using four indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of the state’s schools. The four areas are:
• Student Achievement - a snapshot of student performance across all subjects on the STAAR tests.
• Student Progress – Growth or improvement evaluated by subject and student group independent of overall achievement levels.
• Closing Performance Gaps - improving academic achievement of the economically disadvantaged student group and the lowest performing race/ethnicity student groups at each campus or district.
• Postsecondary Readiness - Includes measures of high school completion and other components.

Districts and campuses with students in Grade 9 or above must meet targets on all four indexes. For those that achieve the rating of Met Standard, Distinction Designations may be earned in the following three areas have also been assigned: Top 25 Percent Student Progress; Academic Achievement in Reading/English language arts; and Academic Achievement in Mathematics.

At Santa Anna ISD all of the rated campuses met the performance standards except for the Early EE-12 special education campus, which was rated "Improvement Required", even though it served only two Santa Anna students and should have been in the Alternative Standards classification. Region XV support personnel are currently working to rectify the situation.

SAISD received the Met Standards rating district-wide. The High School campus and the Elementary campus also Met Standards, with the Secondary campus receiving a Distinction Designation in the Reading/Language Arts area.

“There is always room for improvement,” District Superintendent James Bible said. “We see improvement with our economically disadvantaged students and in our subgroups. But, overall, I am pleased with the results and feel like we’re headed in the right direction. This faculty is second to none in its efforts to provide our students with the best education available anywhere.”

Santa Anna Summer Band Practice Information for Grades 7-12

Hello. My name is Randy Hunsaker and I am the band director replacing Mr. Mitchell for the upcoming school year. From what I have heard and observed, I have some pretty big shoes to fill. The Santa Anna High School Band has quite a great reputation and has been very successful for the past several years with many great traditions. I hope to continue these traditions and pledge to work my best to lead this band on a path of continued success. I am really looking forward to getting to know you. I am also looking forward to supporting our football team as much as possible during the fall and wish them their continued success.

I would like to start our summer band program on Monday, August 12 at 11:30 in the morning. That will only give us 15 rehearsals before our first performance. Also, I would like to meet with the Drum Major and any upper classmen who can on Thursday, August 8th at 11:00 AM to discuss your traditions and goals for the year. I would like to use “Drill Instructors” to help teach the under classmen our marching fundamentals. So the schedule will be as follows:
Thursday, August 8 11:00am Drum Major and upper class- men, including those who want to help as drill instructors
Monday, August 12 11:30am Full Band Rehearsal
Tuesday, August 13 11:30am Full Band Rehearsal
Wednesday, August 14 11:30am Full Band Rehearsal
Thursday, August 15 11:30am Full Band Rehearsal
Friday, August 16 11:30am Full Band Rehearsal

We will rehearse the week of August 19th also, but I’m not sure of rehearsal times right now because of teacher in-service that week. Will let you know as I find out.

I hope this letter finds you enjoying the last part of your summer break. As said before, I am looking forward to meeting all of you and becoming part of the Santa Anna tradition of excellence.

Randy Hunsaker

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