February 19th Weekly e-Newsletter

A Message from the President


Please join us next Wednesday, February 25, at 8:30am, in Room 310 for the next PTA general membership meeting. We will be looking for volunteers to be on our nominating committee for next year’s board.  Elections will be held at the April 29 meeting.  We are also looking for new coordinators for our standing committees.  Book Fair was a HUGE success and we will share those results as well.


Also, listed below is the information regarding he PTA Council meeting being held Thursday, February 26, at 10am in the Admin Building.  Guidelines for starting new PTA chapters in the two new schools will be discussed.


Finally, a BIG THANKS to the new parent volunteers who attended the information meeting this week. We look forward to working with you!

See you in the halls.  Ricci Dunn

Help Launch a New PTA in Dripping Springs Schools

On Thursday, February 26, at 10am in the Administration Building, the DSISD PTA Council will have Monica Pipes from Texas PTA and she will be addressing the steps that need to be taken in order to start two new PTAs at the elementary and middle schools that are being built.  She will give an overview of the timeline, finances, etc., and then will take questions.  Since DS only has recent experience with launching one completely new school (Rooster Springs in 2007) this is a great opportunity for the Council to partner with administration and help make a seamless transition for all of the students and families who will be shifting to the new schools when they open in the fall of 2017.  That may seem like a long way off but chartering, funding, and filling a new PTA can be a multi-year effort.  All interested parents are invited to attend.

A Message from DSHS PTSA President Melinda Lawson Regarding the Proposed Concrete Batch Plant

 As President of the Dripping Springs High School PTSA and representative of its Executive Board Members, our mission is to be a powerful voice for all children; to be a relevant resource for families and communities; and to be a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.

To this end, we are requesting a public meeting from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, to hear relevant information related to the proposed Concrete Batch Plant on Bell Springs road in Dripping Springs.

Information provided to date indicates that 70 tons/140,000 pounds of particulate matter will be released into our air every year. Additionally, large concrete vehicles will be driving on Bell Springs Road twelve hours a day, 7 days a week.

This is particularly concerning in regards to the air quality our children and families will be breathing as a result of the particulate matter being released.

Additionally, our school district buses utilize Bell Springs in their routes to safely provide transportation of our children to the schools within our district. With large cement vehicles frequenting Bell Springs, this presents hazardous driving conditions for our buses and our children occupants.

Understanding the close proximity of both our middle school and high school to the proposed site, we feel it is critical that the citizens of Dripping Springs have an opportunity to be presented with the facts and have an opportunity to provide feedback and concerns.

We encourage all parents of Dripping Spring Independent School District to become informed regarding the implications of this facility as it relates to our families and children both when they’re at our schools and in our homes. Individuals can request a public meeting by going to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality website and referencing permit number 126306.

A website has been created for more information:


Read to Succeed Update!

We know you’ve been reading and reading, so it’s time to log those minutes and get them turned in!  The deadline for turning in your completed reading log for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program is Friday, February 20th.  You earn a free Six Flags ticket for participating!!  Additional logs are available in the front office.  Contact Alicia Putman with any questions.

Save the Dates

*Saturday, April 11 is the Annual Father/Daughter Ball.  This annual event is open to little girls ages 4-12, plus younger siblings, and is sponsored by Denise Ladner.  More information can be found on the DSISD website.  Go to Community Services on left toolbar, then Online Registration, and click on Community Programs, then General Interest and you’ll see the third option is the Father/Daughter Ball.  Early Registration ends April 4, and all couples must be registered by April 9.  There are no walk-ins allowed for the ball and photo packages are available when registering.

*May 1 is the annual DSE Talent Show ! 
More details to come.

Reflections Art Program Winners

Congratulations to these five students for advancing to the State competition of the Reflections Art Program!   All of the Award of Excellence winners have advanced to State and State results are expected March 1st.

Stephanie Gearing
“All American Girls”
Primary: Literature
Award of Excellence – DSISD Council

Michael Gearing
Primary: Musical Composition
Award of Excellence – DSISD Council

Vivian Gomez
“Puppy Love”
Primary: Photography
Award of Excellence – DSISD Council

Natasha Newton
“The Sunrise”
Intermediate: Photography
Award of Excellence – DSISD Council

Vivian Gomez
“Love Around the World”
Primary: Visual Arts
Award of Excellence – DSISD Council

The following students were also recognized for their Reflections entries.

Deshawn Senevirasne
“The World Would Be a Better Place If…”
Intermediate: Literature
Award of Merit – DSISD Council

Jaydn Wogick
“The End of War”
Intermediate: Musical Composition
Award of Merit – DSISD Council

Ella Revill
“Nature is a Beautiful Thing”
Intermediate: Photography
Award of Merit – DSISD Council

Emilee Spridgen
“Keep Helping”
Intermediate: Visual Arts
Award of Merit – DSISD Council

Nico Hendriks
“Equality & Respect”
Intermediate: Visual Arts
Award of Merit – DSISD Council

Nathan Douglas
“Beautiful Tree”
Primary: Photography
Award of Merit – DSISD Council

Valentina Monti
“A Happy Earth”
Primary: Visual Arts
Honorable Mention – DSISD Council

Congratulations to all our artists who competed in Reflections this year!

Calendar Dates


25  PTA General Meeting-8:30AM

Junta General de PTA -8:30AM

26  Music Program – Fifth Grade @ 6:30 p.m.

Programa de Musica – Quinto Grado@ 6:30 p.m.

28 Marathon Kids Final Mile @ Burger Ctr

Ultima Milla: El Evento de “Maratón Kids” @ Centro de Burger

Sharpen the Saw

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I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.