Hays CISD, in partnership with the E3 Alliance and Get Schooled, announced Simon Middle School as the Central Texas Region Middle School winner of the Graduate for Más Fall Attendance Challenge. Nationwide, Simon placed 14th out of all participating middle and high schools. The Challenge was a friendly 10-week competition to rally students to improve attendance and stay focused on education. More than 135,000 students participated nationally in the 2013 Fall Attendance Challenge.
Get Schooled, in partnership with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, sponsored the Challenge in districts throughout the country from October 7 to December 13, 2013. Partnering with local school districts and backbone organizations such as E3 Alliance, the Challenge provided students with incentives and fun, educational activities that engage students while providing college-planning information and promoting a peer culture that supports attendance improvement and academic success.