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    Horns Up Half Hour - Cedar Hill ISD's Podcast about Scholars, Staff and Community. Our guests will be individuals from the District and the community. This podcast is for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of all things, CHISD.

  • EPISODE 8: A Conversation with Cedar Hill ISD Director of Athletics Melanie Benjamin

    by Length: 26:42

    Melanie Benjamin was promoted to Director of Athletics last spring, after serving as Interim Director of Athletics. She's faced challenges that none of her predecessors have in the past, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Benjamin discusses the measures that CHISD Athletics has taken with regards to COVID-19. We also discuss the various CHISD Fall Athletic Programs and the CHISD Alumni who are excelling at the collegiate level.

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  • EPISODE 7: A Conversation With Cedar Hill ISD Director of Special Education Alva Walker

    by Michael Sudhalter Length: 24:17

    We had a chance to speak with CHISD Director of Special Education Alva Walker about the ways that the Special Education Department has adapted to serve scholars during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We also spoke about their future plans and discussed the fact that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

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  • EPISODE 6: A Conversation With Cedar Hill ISD Graduate Dr. Jessica Edwards

    by Michael Sudhalter Length: 22:13

    Cedar Hill ISD Class of 2005 Graduate Dr. Jessica Edwards is a family medicine physician in New Braunfels, Texas. She is also a health policy advocate and op-ed writer who recently started "Straight Facts, No Chaser", a podcast about social justice.

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  • EPISODE 5: A Conversation with Cedar Hill Mayor Stephen Mason

    by Michael Sudhalter Length: 33:19

    We catch up with Cedar Hill Mayor Stephen Mason, a Class of 2000 Cedar Hill High School Graduate and a current CHISD parent. We discuss several topics including Mayor Mason's time as a CHISD scholar, the strong partnership between CHISD & the City of Cedar Hill, social justice, COVID-19 and more.

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  • EPISODE 4: A Conversation with Cedar Hill Education Foundation (CHEF) Leadership

    by Michael Sudhalter Length: 21:42

    On this episode of the "Horns Up Half Hour", we visit with Cedar Hill ISD Education Foundation (CHEF) Executive Director Denise Root and CHEF Board President Monica Kinney. We discuss their recent fundraising efforts, future plans and the strengthening of CHEF's relationship with CHISD.

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  • EPISODE 3: A Conversation with Cedar Hill ISD Head Softball Coach Jennifer Davis

    by Michael Sudhalter Length: 33:10

    Cedar Hill High School Head Softball Coach Jennifer Davis graduated from CHHS in 2004 and was a leader on the Lady Longhorns' best softball team in school history. They reached the Regional Championship Game in the spring of her senior year. Davis earned a Division I softball scholarship to the University of Texas-El Paso.

    Sixteen years after graduating from CHHS, Davis has returned to Cedar Hill as the head softball coach and business teacher.

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  • EPISODE 2: A Conversation with Cedar Hill ISD Chief of Police James Hawthorne

    by Michael Sudhalter Length: 36:42

    Cedar Hill ISD Chief of Police James Hawthorne is our guest on the "Horns Up Half Hour" Podcast. Chief Hawthorne grew up in Fort Worth, graduated from the University of Texas-Arlington and worked for most of his career with the Arlington Police Department, retiring as Assistant Chief.

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  • EPISODE 1: A Conversation with Cedar Hill ISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson

    by Michael Sudhalter Length: 36:03

    Our first guest is CHISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson, who is approaching his one year anniversary with the District. Dr. Hudson and his Cabinet have been busy planning for the upcoming school year. While that is usually a challenging task, the unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic has made it exponentially more difficult. We will discuss the CHISD Blueprint - the plan to open our schools up.

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