Dr. Steve Chapman
We ended a successful 2013-2014 school with more student and staff honors. Congratulations to our 2014-2015 HEB ISD Education Foundation “Empower to Excel” Grant Program recipients. More than 22 different campuses, departments, or teams applied for funding this year and the decisions were very difficult to make. The Education Foundation awarded 19 grants totaling $55,845 for projects that will be implemented next school year. The projects range from a “3-D Printer” for high school design and robotics to “Raising Ready Readers” among our elementary students. We are fortunate to have such a strong community partnership. I also want to congratulate Ben Benjadol of Central Junior High School. Ben placed 11th in the nation at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, DC. While that is impressive enough, the process began earlier this year when more than four million students took the exam to try and qualify for their state’s competition and then try for a chance at the national competition. Ben was part of those original four million who aspired to get to nationals. In addition, Ben Benjadol and Ryan Earll have qualified for Grand National recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. These students scored at or better than 90 percent of recent high school graduates who tested on at least one part of the ACT or SAT. Our students are in junior high school. They certainly have bright futures ahead of them. We have many talented students and staff in HEB ISD and I look forward to another successful school year.