The Athens Homecoming Court

This is Homecoming Week in Athens. Here are photos of the Homecoming Court broken down by class via our Instagram feed.

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Exchange student returns to AHS

Bernardo Braga Da Cruz recently returned to Athens High School where he spent the 2001-2002 school year as an exchange student from Portugal. Cruz was a member of the AHS soccer team, which in 2002 was co-district champion and bi-district champion. He returned to Athens in October with his wife, Joana, to attend the wedding reception of his host-family brother, Austin Cates. The two played soccer together and — when Cruz’s original host family announced they were moving from Athens — the Cates family happily took Cruz in. (Toni Garrard Clay/AISD)

Teacher of Year says trust is key to a great classroom

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Athens ISD’s Secondary and Elementary Teachers of the Year are, respectively, Dallas Robertson and Brenda Meyer. Robertson teaches freshman U.S. history and is the head baseball coach and head freshman football coach at Athens High School. Meyer teaches third-grade math and science at Central Athens Elementary. Both are wonderful examples to their students and colleagues at AISD.

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

If you walk into Brenda Meyer’s classroom at Central Athens Elementary, you might find yourself in Candyland or in an “escape room” or under blacklights. Her students adore the room transformations so much, they hardly notice they’re learning new math concepts or reading comprehension skills — and the children aren’t the only ones having a good time.

“I love it,” said Meyer, the corners of her eyes crinkling with a smile. “My motto in the room is work hard; play hard. I build relationships with my students to make them want to do the work. But they’re kids, and they need the play part in order to be more enthusiastic about the work part.”

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Three local campuses earn all available distinctions

Three Henderson County schools were among the 400 campuses that achieved a Met Standard rating in the 2018 state accountability system and also earned all distinction designations applicable to their individual school, according to Commissioner of Education Mike Morath

The schools are Tool Elementary School from Malakoff ISD and Southside Elementary School and Lakeview Elementary School from Mabank ISD.

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AHS 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian

Ideal Ademaj (left) is valedictorian and Jacob Moore is salutatorian of the Athens High School class of 2018. Graduation is Friday, May 25. (Toni Garrard Clay/AISD)

Ideal Ademaj is the Athens High School valedictorian, and Jacob Moore is the Athens High School salutatorian. Ademaj has a grade point average of 108.635; Moore’s is 108.094. The commencement ceremony is Friday, May 25, at Athens High School.

Ademaj is a member of AISD’s Pinnacle Early College High School program and graduated with an associate’s degree from Trinity Valley Community College on May 11.

Born in Athens to restaurant-owning Albanian immigrants, he attended school at AISD beginning at the age of 4. In fourth grade, he competed in the UIL math competition, winning that year’s regional number sense meet. That extracurricular activity continued throughout his school years, with Ademaj qualifying for the Regional UIL Academic Meet repeatedly in high school, right up to his competing in number sense in the UIL State Academic Meet this May.

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