Spicewood Elementary School




MFISD technology lets Spicewood Elementary student with leukemia connect to class

Mary Groth/Special to The Highlander
First-grader Lilly Clark participates in class activities from her hospital bed using her tablet and a live streaming service. The system allows her to interact with her classmates like she is present in class.





By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

School districts all have circumstances that require creativity and ingenuity to effectively teach their students. In a modern world, technology can be used to assist in those endeavors, and nobody knows that better than Spicewood Elementary gifted and talented teacher Mary Groth.


Marble Falls discusses relocating STEAM Academy

Marble Falls ISD STEAM Academy students demonstrated one of their projects to their parents and peers at a December open house. The district is looking at moving the academy campus from Spicewood Elementary to Marble Falls Middle School.






By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The Marble Falls Independent School District school board last week weighed the benefits and drawbacks of relocating the newly-founded STEAM Academy to Marble Falls Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year.


Marble Falls schools adds STEAM to the learning process

STEAM Academy students from Marble Falls ISD fuse science, technology, engineering, math and the arts to make learning fun and applicable to the real world.




Special to The Highlander
Marble Falls ISD has introduced STEAM Academy for the 2018/19 school year. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

The first program consists of approximately 75 6th-grade students, with the program coordinated out of Spicewood Elementary School. 

Each year school officials plan to add another grade of students until the program includes 8th grade students.  The goal of the STEAM Academy is "to offer integrated learning of the core academics through the lens of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math." 

Coordinators believe that learning should be engaging and cross-curricular while focusing on real-world learning opportunities. 

The daily schedule will offer combined academic classes, art, music theater, pe, technology, Project Lead the Way, as well as a specific PBL (problem based learning) class. 


Spicewood students are 'on the air'

Spicewood Elementary students Payton Glaser, left, and Drake Taylor introduce the the school's new bywords for success on YouTube.com: http://bit.ly/1Z4I2ZX

Spicewood Elementary School (SES) students made an appearance on YouTube.com last week.

They took vision, mission, and motto statements and translated them into a video.

“We began the process by discussing and coming to a consensus on our core values as a campus,” said Sonya Smith, an SES instructional coach. “The staff discussed our campus needs and dreams for the future.”

They adopted the district motto, "Learners today...Leaders tomorrow...Mustangs Forever!", to emphasize unity with Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD).


SWE helps foster kids

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula/The Highlander
Spicewood Elementary teachers Casey Marquez, Judie Jenkins and Kelsy Hickingbottom join Leadership Club students Hunter Cozby, Micah Bridges, Aleks Ludlum, Samuel Sugeno, Brooke Vestel, Addison Dehorty, Rylan Kent, Zoey Wider, Patience Gottschalk, Jared Smith, Reaghan Brown, Canon Cochran, Lucy Netzer, Cooper Cochran, Micah Netzer, Cameron Ivey, Landon Fletcher, Abbey Kinzel, Ava Beltran, Eli Webb, Hudson Dehorty, Alice Sorrell, Tanner Hannusch, Quincy Jett, Bree Herrera, Morgan Rockwood, Ava Carter, Madison Hardaway, Sophia Mills, Jake Carter, Elijah Blackington, Zy Kent, Payden Quinn, David Bertino, Maddox Rodriguez and Bailey Newberg. (Not pictured is teacher sponsor, Audrey Beltr

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

The Highlander

Children in foster care often have to move from home to home, toting their personal items in plastic bags along the way. Sometimes they don’t even sleep on the same pillow as they did the night before.

Children in the newly-0formed Leadership Club at Spicewood Elementary helped fellow youngsters by holding a donation drive for personal care items, ranging from socks to shampoo, as part of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for the Highland Lakes Area project known as the CASA Case Project, a partnership with the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls.

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