Parents and Community Members:

Each year Texas school districts are required to build two make up days into their instructional calendar.  The purpose of these days is to recapture missed instructional time due to some unforeseen circumstance such as a hurricane, ice storm, or flood.  Unfortunately, our community suffered severe flooding on November 2nd and 3rd,causing our students to miss two instructional days.  In the past, this missed time would require us to attend school on our designated make up days.   However, this year we have another option to consider when working to make up the missed time, and it will prove to be a better option than using our make up days.

During the spring 2015 legislative session, the Texas Legislature considered and passed HB 2610.  This bill amends Texas Education Code (TEC),§25.081, by striking language requiring 180 days of instruction and replacing this language with language requiring districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, including intermissions and recess.  The bill also allows school districts to add minutes as necessary to compensate for minutes of instruction lost due to school closures caused by disaster, flood, extreme weather conditions, fuel curtailment, or another calamity.  What this means is that we no longer have to count the number of instructional days, but must ensure we are meeting the minimum number of instructional minutes.  This gives us the option to adjust the remaining number of school days to meet the minimum minute requirement without requiring students to attend school on our two make up days (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Good Friday).

In our analysis of the instructional minutes on each campus, we found that on three out of our four campuses no change in the instructional day is necessary to meet the requirements of HB 2610.  We also discovered that in order not to attend school on the scheduled make up days, the high school schedule would need to be adjusted in the second semester.  Below is a complete listing of the changes necessary to forego attending school on the two designated make up days.

Changes to be implemented beginning January 19, 2016:

  • Transportation Services – No changes to the current schedule

  • China Elementary – No changes to the current schedule

  • Sour Lake Elementary – No changes to the current schedule

  • Henderson Middle School – No changes to the current schedule

  • Hardin-Jefferson High School – Changes to start and end times are as follows:

            Beginning 1/19/16 the school start time will move to 7:55am (from 8:00am)

            Beginning 1/19/16 the school end time will move to 3:05pm (from 3:00pm)

            Morning tutoring will begin at 7:30am and end at 7:50am

Please remember that these changes do not take effect until January 19, 2016,the first day of the second semester.  If you have questions or need further clarification, please contact the High School at (409) 981-6430.

Kathryn Embersics
Golden Triangle Trainer of the Year
Kathryn Embersics

Parent Notice

The 2013-2014 Federal Report Card has been posted under "Educational Accountability – Federal Report Card" on the district's web site. To view Hardin-Jefferson High School's  report go to:

The 2014-2015 Texas school report card has been released. You can access it by clicking the link below. If you would like a printed copy or if you have any questions about this report please contact the high school front office at
(409) 981-6430.

2014-2015 Hardin-Jefferson High School - School Report Card.pdf


Student of the Week

Student of the Week- 

Benjamin Stone
Benjamin Stone 9th grade
UIL Academics- Number Sense, Math and Science
Cross Country, Track and Band

Athlete of the Week


Shelby Seymour
Female- Shelby Seymour, Golf

Jaxson Wirth
Male- Jaxson Wirth, Soccer

Faculty/ Staff of the Week

 Coach McDermand

I’m very grateful for being recognized as the teacher of the week.  I teach world history and world geography at the high school, and I also coach the cross country and soccer teams.  Being from this area originally, I really enjoy challenging our students to think outside of the box, and to examine what is going on outside of their immediate vicinity.  No matter what field they go into after high school, problem solving and critical thinking skills will be useful, so my hope is they can learn some of that in my classroom.  Though I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the tasks of the classroom, and the time commitment to the sports programs that I work with, I would never want to give up either duty.  It is a great day to be a Hawk!

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