Parrie Haynes Ranch
During an educators’ visit to Parrie Haynes Ranch in April, Ellison High School science teacher Jack Reed explains to three campus instructional specialists how his students surveyed a stream and figured velocity during regular field visits to the property. This year, more KISD teachers are expected to take their students to the acreage 13 miles south of Killeen.
Outside the classroom
Ellison High School science teacher Jack Reed, in hat at left, plans to take his earth science, aquatic science and environmental systems classes to Parrie Haynes Ranch near Killeen once a week this school year for the fourth year. His relationship to the property's advocacy group has opened up the land to all KISD schools. Here Ellison students measure the depth and width of the Lampasas River.
Over the past three years, Ellison High School students in science teacher Jack Reed’s classes have forged the way, learning to do science on the Parrie Haynes Ranch south of Killeen. On May 3, these students caught several alligator gars in nets while surveying the Lampasas River. A group of educators toured the property in April and groups from other schools have started using the natural resource.
In April, secondary-level district and campus leaders visited Parrie Haynes Ranch to see firsthand the learning opportunities on the 4,000-acre property. Here, Patterson Middle School science teacher Diane Untalan instructs a group of campus instructional specialists on the banks of the Lampasas River. Untalan also brings students to the property for hands-on lessons.
Ellison High School science teacher Jack Reed, kneeling in hat, completed his third year taking his students weekly to Parrie Haynes Ranch for learning science in nature. On April 13, Reed introduced a group of KISD district and campus leaders to the possibilities of taking science outside the lab to the streams, riverbeds and other natural resources on the property south of Killeen. Educators hope more schools will take advantage of the relationship forged between KISD and Parrie Haynes.
Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012 4:30 am
Updated: 7:56 am, Wed Aug 7, 2013.
One Killeen teacher’s vision to take science outside seemed to take root this past spring, leading a procession of teachers, administrators and students to a parcel of river-fed ranchland south of town.
Parrie Haynes Ranch is steeped in the community’s history. Colorful former owners William and Parrie McBryde Haynes knew Texas governors personally. As bank president and property holders the Haynes helped lead Killeen from small farming and railroading to a full-fledged city.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012 4:30 am.
Updated: 7:56 am.