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Apr 20, 2014   07:50 PM
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The Ballinger Speech Team brought home the team championship from the UIL District Meet held in Wall, March 24. Individual placings were: Thomas Luna and Sara Wright-3rd CX Debate; Kaleigh Schniers and Jordan Frierson-4th CX Debate; Luke Carter-2nd Poetry; Zakk Ottmers-4th poetry; Julie Fischer-5th poetry; Thomas Luna - 4th Prose; Rian Jones-6th Prose; Hadley Hatler-1st Persuasive Speaking; Sarah Wright-2nd Informative Speaking; Molly Jones-3rd Informative Speaking; Hadley Hatler-1st LD Debate; Lauren Harral 2nd LD Debate and Top Speaker award. "We qualified six speakers for the Regional UIL Meet that will be held in Odessa College, May 2-3. You advance to the UIL Regional Meet by placing 3rd or higher in each event. I am very proud of the students and the outstanding work performed at the district meet," commented Sherran Geistmann, BHS speech coach.

Apr 20, 2014   07:40 PM

San Angelo, Texas – James Harkins, Director of the Texas General Land Office in Austin, will speak about historical archives and records available to genealogists and historians including online resources. Records from the GLO have been used for generations to secure entry into several lineage societies, like the DRT, SRT, and more.

The meeting begins at 7:00 PM, Thursday May 1st, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3536 YMCA Drive. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge. For more information call (325) 942-5741 or (325) 944-8403 or or visit our website at   

Apr 20, 2014   07:37 PM

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Apr 20, 2014   07:31 PM

The Senate Education Committee met April 14, 2014, in an interim hearing to review two charges:

The high school English Language Arts and STAAR Alternate testing requirements.
The implementation of House Bill (HB) 5.

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Apr 20, 2014   07:21 PM


Ballinger, TX – April 8, 2014 — Ballinger Elementary School was recently awarded $800.00 in grant funding by Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) to purchase educational materials that will help support the delivery of high quality music education to over 400 BES students. “We were able to purchase two Orff instruments for the students to use to create music and enrich their musical experiences at Ballinger Elementary,” said Ida Lee Ellis, Ballinger Elementary Music Teacher.

Teaching innovations by German composer Carl Orff emphasize the use of short, repeated melodic and rhythmic patterns on xylophones and rhythmic instruments to develop musical skills. The xylophones most used for this purpose are known as Orff instruments. These instruments are now used quite frequently in the music classes of Ballinger Elementary, especially in developing accompaniments for songs used in class.

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