Windham partners with Mullin ISD, TDCJ. Begins new High School Diploma program in prison
Texas’s first in-prison High School Diploma (HSD) program in more than 30 years is underway, with a new class of 42 female HSD graduates recognized in December, 2014. This unique program began with approximately 30 other young women earlier in the year, thanks to a unique partnership among Windham School District (WSD), Mullin Independent School District (ISD) and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
TDCJ offenders who were incarcerated at the time they had nearly earned a diploma were given an opportunity to attend classes at the San Saba Unit, with WSD providing desks, computer equipment and high school software. Mullin ISD provided the teaching staff for these students behind bars, who met the eligibility criteria for enrollment in Mullin ISD courses, according to Texas Education Agency guidelines. WSD provided administrative oversight, and TDCJ provided classroom space and security services. The program opened on February 18, and the first graduation of 27 took place in June amid cheers from graduates, parents, and teachers. Contagious pride in accomplishment and intense emotions were on display as each student received their diploma from Mullin ISD and a certificate of completion from WSD. The program’s second class of 42 diploma recipients was also recently honored at San Saba, along with eight GED recipients.
Students in this program gain course credit in subject areas needed for the Texas HSD. Diplomas are awarded when all coursework and required state assessments are passed.
"We are exceptionally proud of these graduates for working hard to earn their diplomas despite tough circumstances. They have turned their negative situations into personal, family success stories," WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter said. "Mullin teachers have provided excellent instruction to these young women, and their families have given the women the backing needed to make positive changes in their lives. This becomes a better story for generations to come. We thank TDCJ and Mullin ISD for the exceptional support they gave to make this program a reality."
San Saba High School Partnership
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Message to WSD employees:
State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) 2017: NOW – Oct. 31!
Once again Windham School District is privileged to support the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), allowing employees to make donations to eligible charities of their choice. Employees at every campus have the option to participate, and WSD is proud of the legacy employees promote through caring for others.
The Windham School District raised $22,314 statewide last year for SECC, topping the 2015 total of $20, 470.
This year's WSD goal is $24,800!
If you are on a unit, you will need to turn in your SECC contribution, cash or payroll deduction (the easiest way!) ASAP to the school office or WSD designee. Donations will then be sent to Dina Valenta in the WSD Administration Business Office and become part of the WSD campaign total. Charity choices and codes are found in the SECC booklets at each school site or go to http://www.secctexas.org/. Forms should also be available at your work site.
If you are in the WSD administration offices, please visit the Superintendent's Office to make your gift to the charity or charities of your choice! Donations may be made with checks, cash or payroll deduction (the easiest way!). In addition, WSD Administration's Annual SECC Silent Auction is scheduled for Oct. 5 in Huntsville (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ) All employees and WSD friends are welcome to participate, and the auction features hundreds of items in a wide variety of values. Unit and school fundraisers may also involve silent auctions, bake sales, food sales and other events. Everyone is encouraged to also enjoy participating in SECC events held by TDCJ and other agencies.
For the third year, WSD fundraising for SECC will include the sale of official WSD shirts and jackets to school district employees. New items will be hoodies and unit vests/aprons. Proceeds will go to designated SECC charities. More details regarding shirt orders and will be emailed to employees in mid-September.
How do WSD employees help us meet the overall WSD fundraising goal?
- Make a cash, check or payroll deduction donation at your job site.
- Order a new WSD shirt or hoodie (profits to SECC!) –or a few! – Details to be announced soon!
- Participate in WSD fund-raising activities at your site for SECC.
- Enjoy the privilege of helping others in need!
Unit employees should be sure their donations are sent to Dina Valenta in the WSD Business Office in Huntsville, preferably as a campus group.
Do not use truck mail. Please hand deliver or use U.S. Post Office (campus donations need to be sent through the registered mail with tracking number; do not send cash through the regular or truck mail).
Your participation and donations are appreciated! Please join us in helping make a difference in many lives!
Un mensaje del Superintendente Dr. Clint Carpenter & Martha Fields, Director Interino de la División de Instrucción:
El Gobernador de Texas Greg Abbott proclamó el mes de octubre de 2017 como el "Mes de los Directores" en Texas. En todo el país, los estados se están tomando el tiempo para agradecer a los directores por su dedicación para crear éxito estudiantil y seguridad escolar. ¡Los directores del Distrito Escolar de Windham no son una excepción!
Se espera que los directores sean líderes educativos, disciplinarios, constructores de comunidad, voceros, analistas de presupuesto y guardianes de mandatos e iniciativas de políticas. Los directores establecen el tono académico para sus escuelas y trabajan en colaboración con los maestros para establecer objetivos de rendimiento y mantener altos estándares de currículo. A pesar de los desafíos de trabajar dentro de los confines físicos del Departamento de Justicia Criminal de Texas, estos educadores proporcionan el liderazgo, el trabajo duro y la visión necesarios para ayudar a sus estudiantes adultos a reconstruir sus vidas y alcanzar una segunda oportunidad.
Estamos sinceramente agradecidos con los Directores de WSD por el arduo trabajo diario, la experiencia y la pasión que comparten para ayudar a otros a transformar sus vidas. ¡Están haciendo la diferencia todos los días! Por favor dígales "¡Gracias!" Por un trabajo bien hecho!
Directores de WSD ... y el personal del distrito se reúnen en el "Blueprint Training" en Navasota para trazar planes de estrategias de liderazgo enfocadas, experiencias de aprendizaje mejoradas y un año exitoso para los estudiantes y programas de Windham.
Perry praises WSD graduates for educational accomplishments : ‘You’ve done something you didn’t have to do’ - Rep. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) recently recognized hard work and educational accomplishment in a West Texas prison.
Campus tours share WSD's success story: Notes from WSD Division of Instruction Director Amy Lopez (From "Good Things" Report, Jan. 18) - "Key policy analysts from the Governor's office recently requested to tour a couple of our campuses in West Texas," reports WSD Division of Instruction Director Amy Lopez. "Principals Azure Mach and Richard Hamilton hosted the large group, showing them what we do and how we serve our students. Our teachers and students were on point and the visit was a great success.
2017 PACT conference scheduled for October - The George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville TX will once again host the biannual PACT (Public Awareness-Corrections Today) conference on Oct. 21, 2017.