Stony Point in run­ning for na­tional honor

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — MELISSA B. TABOADA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — RACHEL RICE, CEDAR PARK-LE­AN­DER STATES­MAN

Stony Point High School, as of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, was ranked num­ber three among hun­dreds of schools across the coun­try in a con­test tied to the Get Schooled cam­paign, which aims to im­prove at­ten­dance and sub­se­quently school fund­ing. The school has im­proved its at­ten­dance rate by 5.1 per­cent.

The Get Schooled pro­gram tar­gets sev­enth-through-10thgraders and en­gages schools in a seven-week chal­lenge.

The con­test, which ends Tues­day, gives schools a chance to earn points through at­ten­dance im­prove­ment and by stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in on­line math, sci­ence, so­cial stud­ies or word games, play­ing on­line scav­enger hunts that teach re­search skills or by sub­mit­ting nominations of teach­ers.

The school with high­est points wins and will get a visit from a sur­prise celebrity.

Stony Points falls be­hind Mount Pleas­ant High School in Rhode Is­land and A. Philip Ran­dolph in Florida. Other Cen­tral Texas schools ranked in the top 20 in­clude Le­an­der High School in the No. 11 spot, Austin’s Gar­cia Mid­dle School in 14th place, and Hays’s Simon Mid­dle School at No. 18.

The Wil­liamson Mu­seum will host its First Fri­day event from 6 to 8 p.m. down­town on the Square.

The Sun City Dulcimers will per­form Christ­mas mu­sic at the event. The mu­seum is also host­ing a vin­tage toy ex­hibit that features a toy chest filled with re­pro­duc­tion toys and games.

The mu­seum, 716 S. Austin Ave., will also be sell­ing vin­tage toys, the Texas Capi­tol Christ­mas or­na­ments and Cen­ten­nial Court­house or­na­ments.

The Un-Named The­ater Project is pre­sent­ing “All I Want for Christ­mas,” a hol­i­day pro­duc­tion of the Ge­orge­town Din­ner The­ater.

The pro­duc­tion features a va­ri­ety of clas­sic hol­i­day tunes and is sched­uled at 8 p.m. Fri­day and at 5 p.m. Satur­day in the Lock­ett Ban­quet Room at Burger Univer­sity, 119 W. Sev­enth St.

Tick­ets cost $30 for din­ner and the per­for­mance. They can be pur­chased at ut­pchrist­mas.brown­pa­per tick­ets.com.

Fam­i­lies who want their chil­dren to re­ceive gifts have un­til Fri­day to sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions for the Brown Santa pro­gram of the Wil­liamson County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, said Peggy Braun, Brown Santa trea­surer.

Do­na­tion bar­rels are set up at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions and county of­fice build­ings. Do­na­tions will be picked up Mon­day.

Mon­e­tary do­na­tions can be made at the Wil­liamson County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, 508 South Rock St. in Ge­orge­town.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to wilco.org/Coun­tyDepart­ments/Sher­iff­sOf­fice/BrownSanta/tabid/2332/lan­guage/enUS/De­fault.aspx.

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