• TSPRA offices will be closed Nov. 25-27. 

    TSPRASeal2InchEnjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. The TSPRA State Office will be open as normal Monday, Nov. 30. 

  • Register for the 2016 TSPRA Annual Conference at Horseshoe Bay Resort

    PRFitwebTSPRA is now accepting conference registrations. Click here to access the links to register. If you're registering as a member, you MUST be logged into the website to access the form. 

  • Apply for a 2016 Conference Scholarship 

    PRFitwebTSPRA is giving away two scholarships to members for the 2016 Annual Conference. For eligibility information and instructions on how to apply, log in to the TSPRA website and click "Scholarships" in the left hand Member Area menu.
  • Congratulations to
    the TSPRA Peachjar winner:
    Veronica Castillon

    Castillon VeronicaVeronica Castillon of Laredo ISD will receive a scholarship for the 2015 NSPRA National Seminar in Nashville courtesy of Peachjar. 

  • Watch the 2015 CTPS 
    Video Contest Winners

    RBFCU Logo 2012Click here for links to the statewide video winners for the 2015 Celebrate Texas Public Schools Video Contest, sponsored by Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union.

TSPRA E-newsletter

Issue 216, November 18, 2015
In this issue...

Feature Story
Celebrate Giving Tuesday in your district

Other Stories
 Proposed bylaws changes
Scholarship deadline
♦ Sponsor Spotlight

Upcoming Events
and MORE!home newspaper


Broaden your punctuation horizons

Did your high school English teacher scare you off from using semicolons? Fear not, for they're easier than you might remember.
Semicolons are meant to link two related yet independent clauses – meaning they can stand as sentences on their own – without requiring a conjuction. Take a look at these three examples:  
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; and the training was easy to implement.
Use a comma with "and" or other conjuctions rather than a semicolon
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; our schools are safer this year too. 
Clauses that aren't linked should be separated by a period. 
Good: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; students' test scores are up 12 points.
Both clauses here relate to the new math curriculum, so it's fine to link them with a semi-colon.

TSPRA Tweets

Kari Hutchison, director of communications for Comal ISD, served as the 2006-2007 president of the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA). Kari HutchisonKari is a graduate of Trinity University where she earned a degree in broadcast journalism. After graduation in 1982, she took a position as an editor and writer for the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio. Later, she became public relations director for Incarnate Word College, now known as the University of the Incarnate Word.

Kari and her family then moved to Anthony, Texas, the town where she grew up. She then took a position as a communications specialist for El Paso Electric. In 1989, she made the move into public school communications when El Paso ISD hired Kari as a communications specialist. A promotion soon made her executive director of communications and business partnerships, a position she held for the next ten years. During this time, Kari earned her master's degree in communication studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

In 1999, Kari and her family moved to the New Braunfels area where she was hired by Comal ISD as director of communications. According to Marc Walker, superintendent of Comal, "Kari is really the consumate professional in everything she does. She's passionate, sincere, honest, modest and sought out by others. And she is a leader of the people."

At her installation as president during TSPRA's 2006 Annual Conference, Kari presented "TSPRA, a Voice of Trust" as her presidential theme. One of the goals she set for her year was to increase membership.


TSPRA is preparing to launch a member satisfaction survey with the help of our sponsors at K12 Insight. Stay tuned for more details.