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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Roscoe School Initiatives Featured by Raise Your Hand, Texas

Instructor James McDanolds flies a drone at the STEM center.
Roscoe Collegiate ISD is in the news again. This time the school’s initiatives are the subject of a feature article on the Raise Your Hand, Texas website. Raise Your Hand, Texas is an advocacy group supporting the improvement of public education in Texas through innovation and policies for visionary leadership and advance of student learning. According to their website, they invest millions of dollars in developing high-performing school leaders to improve outcomes for over five million Texas students.

Many of their published stories focus on cutting-edge programs that are already available in public schools across the state, programs that ultimately benefit Texas families and the state’s future economy. And their article on Roscoe’s program is one of these. They mention the Edu-Drone program and the Edu-Vet plan, both initiatives of the STEM academy, as well as the robotics program and the high rate of seniors who graduate with Associate’s Degrees. Testimonials are provided by Greg Wortham of New Amsterdam Global, Mary Ross, Director of Workforce Solutions of West Texas, and Todd Stroud of Hoofstock Genetics.

Included in the article is a video well worth watching. Among other things, it features selected RCHS students discussing the program. The article was published on Monday as this is National School Choice Week. It includes links to Facebook and Twitter, and this week the organization is running ads in the Texas Tribune and Quorum Report that feature the RCISD story. You can view it by clicking this link:



Aiden Richburg shows his hog at the Nolan County Stock Show.
Here are the results of Roscoe FFA students who placed in last week's 2017 Nolan County Stock Show in the Nolan County Coliseum last weekend:

               Darbee Drake -3rd place

               Madison Gonzales - Grand Champion
               Anselma Acuña - 3rd place / Junior Showmanship
               Alfonso Islas - Sr. Showmanship
               Ty Fullwood - 2nd and 3rd places (2)
               Tait Fullwood - 4th place
               Zeke Murphy - 1st place and Breed Champion
               Kaylee Palacios - 2nd place
               Aiden Richburg  3rd (2), 5th, 7th places
               Breona McQueen - 6th place
               Montana McCoy - 7th place

Jaycee Baker of  Highland shows her hog.


The Plowboys returned to winning ways with a strong second half over Anson here at home Friday night. Although they trailed 21-19 at halftime, they came away with a 15-point victory. Here are the stats for the game:

Plowboys 56 – Anson 41

Scoring by quarters:

Plowboys          12        19        40        56
Anson                13        21        33        41

Individual scoring: Jose Ortega 15, Jack Phillips 12, Johnathon Cuellar 12, Clemente Aguayo 8, Jayden Gonzales 5, Brandon Lavalais 3, Brayden Beal 2.

The Plowboys’ next game will be with Albany in Albany Friday evening.



Bergan Trevino shoots a free throw against Anson. (Photo by Zane Graves)

In a game played in Roscoe Friday evening, the Plowgirls lost a district game to Anson 44-37. Here are the stats for the game.

Anson 44 – Plowgirls 37

Scoring by quarters:

Anson              12        25        33        44
Plowgirls           3        10        26        37

Individual scoring: Kinzie Buchanan 10, Veronica Cuellar 10, Bergan Trevino 6, Bonnie Wilkinson 6, Jaleigh Morales 5.

The Plowgirls had an open date yesterday. Their next game will be Friday evening when they face Albany in Albany. Tipoff is at 6:30pm.



Mark your calendars for the next “Third Sunday” Lunch.
February 19, 11:30am-1:30p.m.
Menu:   Homemade Beef Stew, Cornbread/Crackers,
              Salad, Dessert, and Drink    $7 per plate

The Roscoe Community Center will be hosting a Roscoe Community Garage Sale.
Saturday, February 4, 8am to 3pm
If you are interested in renting an indoor space to set up your items, please contact Connie Baize at 325-338-1287 for more information.

We are currently running a Rental Special for the months of January, February and March.
Hurry and Book your events!!
Call Misty Reynolds for more information – 325-338-1005


John Baumann

Up-and-coming singer and songwriter John Baumann will make his debut at the Lumberyard Saturday night. A native of San Antonio who has also lived in Lubbock and Amarillo, he is now based in Austin but spends most of his time on tour, often opening for Willie Nelson. He has co-written songs with Pat Green, Cory Morrow, and Wade Bowen.

He recorded his first EP, West Texas Vernacular, in 2012 and his first album, High Plains Alchemy with the single, “Gulf Moon,” in 2014. Since then, he has released another EP, Departures, which contain his signature songs, “Bay City Blues” and “Vices.”

For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Yesterday's dusty sunset.

This past week’s weather was generally stable and warmer than average. Highs were in the sixties and lows in the forties from Thursday through Sunday. Then Monday and yesterday were warm and sunny with the high on Monday at 74°F and yesterday 73°. High winds were a problem on the weekend with winds up to 32mph and gusts up to 40 on Saturday and 33mph with gusts up to 43 on Sunday. Yesterday afternoon also was windy enough to kick up some dust visible on the horizon.

Since the last week of January is typically the coldest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, I guess we should feel lucky that there is no snow or sleet in the forecast. Starting with today, though, it will be colder than it has been for the past week. The high today will reach only 54°. But that will be as warm as it gets for the rest of the week with highs in the low fifties and lows around 31° through Saturday. Sunday will be a bit warmer with a forecast 59° high and then all next week should see highs return to the sixties with lows in the forties. Skies will be clear to partly cloudy, and there is no precipitation in the forecast.


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