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West Plano People (Newspaper) - August 12, 2005, Dallas, Texas HOME Night against crime 2A H NEIGHBORS Hitting the links for hope 3A Qr llh Z MIXED ADC 752 MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 FRIDAY AUGUST 12 2OO5 PAPERSCOM VOL 2 ISSUE 32 ONE QUARTER PISD Rating Falls to Acceptable School district officials still encouraged by student progress under higher standards By Jessica Hoover Staff Writer After years of being recog nized Piano ISD dropped to academically acceptable in the Texas Education Agencys accountability ratings released last week James Ashby the districts director of assessment and accountability said the drop was related to Hispanic black and economically disadvan taged students scores on the science portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests TEA has toughened its pass ing requirements on the TAKS each year for the past three years This year students had to get more answers right on the test Even though a student might have met the standard requirement last year several subgroups fell behind We compiled the individual score scales of the students and noticed that we have more students scoring better than last year Mr Ashby said However despite the stu dents increase in their scores that didnt keep up with the state increasing the require ments Only 290 school campuses received the highest rating exemplary compared to 518 in See Page 8A I1OTOS IAVIN THOROUGHBRED MAX Susan Sowell lyman on her farm in Piano with Max a thoroughbred horse The land has been in her family since the 1950s Woman Bets the Farm and Wins Ninety acres in heart of West Piano offer riding lessons day camps By Leah Shafer Contributing Writer When country singers croon about wideopen spaces and cattlegrazing places they arent usually referring to a plot of land in the dead of the city But Collinwood Farm is nothing like the suburban houses and shop ping centers surrounding it in West Piano Located near the intersection of Spring Creek and Windhaven park ways these 90 acres are the oldest working farm in the city and home to summer day camps yearround horseback riding lessons birthday parties and company meetings The farm has been in owner Susan Sowell Lymans family since her grandparents bought it in the early 1950s A few years ago she decided to make the farm her primary vocation I was teaching preschool at the time and I had been a horseback rider since I was 6 and I decided it would be wonderful to put together my love of horses and children she said I wanted to do this as a way of sharing the farm and the beauty of being outside Ms Lyman unknowingly hit an underserved market business has doubled since last year and she fin ished her last summer camp last Friday Day camps include horseback riding tennis archery arts and crafts scavenger hunts and nature walks HORSES arent typical in Piano Collinwood Farm is an exception as Frosty the pony demonstrates We give them a chance to explore nature try things they wouldnt get to do otherwise she said Its very physical as opposed to sitting in front of the video games The property includes a historic farmhouse from 1861 game house bunk house swimming pool tennis court horse riding arena fishing lakes creeks a herd of Black Angus cows barns a barbecue grill zip line hammocks a swing set hay rides basketball pingporig pool and poker table horseshoes and badminton Its a little bit ofcountry in the middle of the city You have no idea because you cant even see a house when youre here Ms Lyman said Ms Lyman with her three children run the summer camp and actually move from their Highland Park home to the farm five days a week during the summer The farm will offer Englishstyle horseback riding lessons from September through December and January through May Classes are offered on beginner and intermediate levels for children 8 and up and for adults as well See FARM 6A Music for a New Year STAIT Il l JKKKMV IKSNI IT DRUMMER BOY Piano West junior Matt Bunker shakes the rust off as he and rest of the for anothefschopfYearduririga practice last week Piano ISD classes started Monday Homeowners Expand Their Piano Castles Builder says more space remodeled bathrooms game rooms popular By Allen Houston Staff Writer Drive down a street near Gleneagles Country Club or Willow Bend Polo Club and youre likely to see construc tion crews hard at work reno vating homes Piano may almost be buiitout but many residents are choosing to give face lifts to their castles David Gregory president of construction management company Gregory Associates renovates many homes in West Piano He said the surge in remodeling is driven by residents who want to stay in the city but want additional room to stretch out People like the community they like the schools the access to shopping and to Dallas but they want more space he said Sec risES Itigc fA Justice by For Fellow Teens Court opens youths to judgment by peers By Amy Hallford Special Contributor The 16yearolddefendant sat in the witness box with his head down at the Piano Municipal Court Building as the prosecutor recommended that he complete 105 hours of community service in order for alcoholrelated charges to be removed from his record But instead of a middleage assistant district attorney bent on teaching young punks a lesson the person who stood before the court requesting the punishment was a peer to the defendant another 16yearold William Gu The two were brought togeth er by Piano teen court which was established in the early 1980s to teach accountability and introduce the judicial system to Pugc 8A READER POLL Last weeks question Should a player guilty of using steroids be eligible for entry 4nto the Baseball HaH of This weeks question Given recent safety concerns shoud NASA permanently ground the shuttle Voteonine peoplenewspaperscom WEATHER Partly Cloudy HI99F L077F Partly Cloudy HI99F L077F Partly Cloudy HI95F L078F
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