Cross country state qualifiers were recognized at the Huffman ISD Board of Trustees meeting. Photo by Beverly Horner

The Huffman ISD Board of Trustees recognized the male and female cross country state qualifiers from Huffman Hargrave High School at the November meeting.

The board focused on the ACT and SAT district-wide results and the District Social Worker Report.

Dr. Joel Nolte presented the ACT Five-Year Data, SAT Participation and Performance Data, SAT Data: Intended College Major and Degree-Level Goal, and the SAT Score Sending Institution data.

“In 2019, while we had slightly less students taking the ACT test compared to 2018, the students’ scores were slightly higher compared to the composite scores from 2015-2019. In fact, our students scored better in English, reading and science compared to the past four years, and on par in mathematics,” Nolte proudly proclaimed.

Additionally, there was a higher take-up rate on the SAT test. The total base of test takers was nearly an even split between males and females, with a wide representation from multiple nationalities.

The next report presented showed the intended college majors that were specified in the demographics asked of all test takers. From the base of students that took this test, the highest intended majors included business, management, marketing, engineering technologies and health or clinical sciences. This speaks well of the students and teachers in terms of preparations for various fields of occupation as well as higher education.

The final report presented to the board and all attendees showed the next steps in terms of intended college post-Hargrave High School for either an in-state private or public college education. The front runners included Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, University of Houston, Stephen F. Austin State University and Baylor University.

Nolte introduced Monica Oncale, who presented the District Social Worker Report. Oncale is the district-wide mental health social worker approved and hired this past spring.

Oncale spoke about the accomplishments in the area of mental health of the district.

“We have created a partnership with U of H as an example of the success of our programs,” she said. “That is, we have acquired three interns who have assisted our students in many capacities while fulfilling hundreds of degree- or field-specific hours for their career path.”

“In addition to the internships, our programs also provide suicide support, crisis assessment intervention and grant submission,” added Oncale.

“Our goals include adding and adopting an anti-bullying program and implementing a Random Act of Kindness initiative. Finally, plans are also in the works to offer a Parents’ Night by where we plan to discuss the topic of vaping and prevention. Details will come via social media very soon,” Oncale said.

Finally, additional topics were discussed according to the agenda, including district tree removal, the general fund, Microsoft license renewal and construction settlement agreements.

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting will be held Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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