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More than 5 million students. More than 1,200 school districts. Only one Texas school nutrition director of the year.

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Some students get out of school for the summer not knowing exactly how they will spend their time. That is not the case for Ariel Draper, who heads back for the third consecutive year to the Lone Star Leadership Academy for her final learning opportunity.

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Two years ago, Elliott Lowman made a PowerPoint presentation on computer programming, including its history and the creation of microchips, for the Gifted Education Project Showcase at Clements/Parsons Elementary School in Cove.

  • By Regina Anderson | Special to the Herald
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COLLEGE STATION — Cheerleaders from Copperas Cove High School earned a top spot at a private cheer camp, competing against high school squads from across Texas and racked up a multitude of awards.

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Many elementary students may think marshmallows and jellybeans are terrific snacks and that spoons and toothpicks are utensils with which to eat them. But students at Hettie Halstead Elementary School saw them through an entirely different dimension as they took them 3-D.

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Robert Stroup knows about self-discipline. The West Point graduate served his country in the U.S. Army before deciding his heart was with teaching children. Stroup pursued a Texas teaching certificate through A+ Texas Teachers.

  • By Catherine Sharbeno | Special to the Herald
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COLLEGE PARK, Md.— For Christopher Armstrong and Emma Bodisch, the sights and sounds of the National History Day competition were familiar. They both competed in the junior division while attending Copperas Cove Junior High. Joined by fellow competitor Noah Luna, they were in Maryland once again.

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Randy Troub is a man of few words. But when he speaks, his students and his staff listen. The former science teacher and coach is loved by his students and staff and will walk the halls of Copperas Cove Junior High for the last time June 22. After 33 years of service to children, he is retiring.

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The junior high years can be difficult for any child. But for military children, there are some additional challenges with constant moves, deployments, changes in school requirements and other things that keep the academic environment from remaining stable.

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Seating more than 100,000 fans each game, the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at the University of Texas-Austin can seem overwhelming to anyone on the field, especially when you are only 5 feet tall, weighing a mere 100 pounds.

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As students headed out the door for summer break, Hettie Halstead Elementary School librarian Teresa Ingram and library assistant Rita Seffrood knew that some students would return in the fall with a decline in reading development simply because they have not participated in a formal literac…

  • By Vanessa Blomquist | Special to the Herald
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Bull market or bear market? Second-grade students at House Creek Elementary School were playing the market with their own goods and services as they studied economics learning financial literacy and about wants and needs, goods and services, producers and consumers; spending and saving, and …

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As students head out the door for summer break, Hettie Halstead Elementary School librarian Teresa Ingram and library assistant Rita Seffrood know that some students will return in the fall with a decline in reading development simply because they have not participated in a formal literacy p…

  • By July Kelley | Special to the Herald
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Fifth-grade student athletes at Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School needed to not only demonstrate their athletic ability but also their desire to be part of something bigger than themselves if they want to participate in the district track meet. They had to want to be part of a team.

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Upon learning they could have a part in charitable giving, first-graders in teacher Yvonne Miller’s class at Hettie Halstead Elementary School decided to host a gently used toy drive, an idea that sprouted after some personal finance lessons that taught the difference between saving, spendin…

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BELTON — More than 420 Central Texas College students received their associate degrees or certificates of completion May 12 during CTC’s spring commencement ceremony at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

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Teachers come up with creative ways to make learning fun for their students, but Williams/Ledger Elementary School second-grade teacher Melanie Craig has divided and conquered the art of teaching and learning in a very delicious way.

  • By Sabrina Rivera | Special to the Herald
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Nosecones, mass, constraints and aerodynamic resistance became indispensable knowledge for Copperas Cove Independent School District elementary students at House Creek who faced off against their friends in the Straw Rocket Showdown.

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April showers may bring May flowers, but students also know that the beginning of May brings the final rounds of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing regardless of the past weather patterns.

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SAN ANTONIO — Michael Jackson may be singing about being “Bad,” in his iconic No. 1 hit, but the Copperas Cove Starlettes dance team was anything but that according to the judges at the Showtime International Fiesta Texas Drill Team Contest in San Antonio.