FSE Robotics teams competed in a VEX IQ Ringmaster Challenge. During this challenge, two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points. Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge that include driving skills and programming skills. In addition to the Ringmaster Challenge, students completed a STEM project and presented it to a panel of judges (Volunteers from Valero).
Original article and list of winners, located here.
First graders at Ott ES investigated artifacts from the past in the library’s “Invention Museum.” To prepare for their visit, students studied Thomas Edison and his contributions. At the library, the students were guided through various inventions such as a 1930’s rotary phone, a 1901 Underwood typewriter, and a 1950’s television. Previously only seen in photographs, the items brought history to life for the students.
Original article located here.
Féria Mundial event held at Shepard Middle School, showcased culture from foreign countries around the world. After much research, students participated in demonstrations of food, music, and dance. The community, students, and staff created a festive learning experience that celebrates the unique qualities found in each country, culture, and people.
The competition puts teams of high school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period. The operating systems that they might tackle include Windows 7, 8, 10, Windows Server, or Linux Ubuntu 14.
This is the tenth year of CyberPatriot. The high school division has over 4500 teams registered in ‘open’ and ‘service’ categories. There are also over 1100 teams registered in the middle school category.
The Stacey teams would like to thank mentors MSgt David Sorensen and A1C Ray Hamelin for sharing their time and knowledge about cybersecurity.
Original, full article located here.
More than 55 students from 15 schools such as Alamo Heights, Brandeis, Memorial and Lanier were there going head to head with Cole students. But before the day was over, our very own Eldred Brinson received 3rd place for his Peach Cobbler Cupcake.
Culinary students' busy weekend continued because the next day they served dinner to 130 guests at the Best Medic Competition. This event consisted of two weeks of planning, coordination and finally food preparation. For 5 days, the students worked on the spaghetti dinner, perfecting the sauce, rolling and decorating sugar cookies, boiling noodles, and baking bread. After loading everything onto the bus, they were on their way to set up. After a few setbacks (forgetting silverware and the sweet tea container), the night went smoothly as speakers gave their presentations and medics got second spaghetti plates.
The following week, two students competed in the St. Philips College Fall Invitational Cake Decorating Challenge. Eldred Brinson and Catherine Nichols each prepared a 3-tier decorated Thanksgiving theme cake. Catherine Nichols' cake was awarded the 3rd Place trophy and students learned the value of detailed planning and experienced the stress of transporting a large cake across town! These successful projects were made possible with the help of our brand new 20 quart commercial mixer!
Overall, the students had some busy weeks filled with wins and laughter. Special thanks to Mrs. Skidmore for all the hard work she has put in and for guiding these students.
Article submitted by Cole Senior Brielle Cooper
This special assignment is a fun tradition now at SISD. It is a district wide competition during “Freedom” week and “Constitution” week. Each student is asked to draw an image that captures the meaning of freedom, independence and patriotism for our country, state, city or school. The district winner this year is 3rd grader Luzelena Saucedo, from Pearce Primary. This image will be the official 2018 Southside ISD Fiesta medal. Fiesta medals will be on sale in the spring. For information on medals, call Central Office. Original article in the Southside Newsletter here.
Flag Football competition is one of the newest officially recognized sports of the 22 sports offered by Special Olympic competition and it’s growing in Texas. Early in December the San Antonio STAR Soccer Complex hosted the Special Olympics Texas State Flag Football Championship and JISD sent two teams to the competition. Both the Patriots and the Thunder-Rockets came out of the Region 20 competition with silver medals. This time around at the state level they were among 25 teams…including two from Chicago that took the field.
These JISD teams showed they were well coached and disciplined playing well on both sides of the ball. These athletes mowed through the competition, including the invaders from Chicago! They played JISD football and won the Special Olympics Flag Football State Championship. Patriots and Thunder-Rockets one football family, one State Championship! Congratulations to these Special Olympians.
Original article in the Judson Post here.
Families gathered at Carroll Bell Elementary School Thursday evening to engage in a number of activities for the school’s annual STEM Family Night. Students and parents experienced up to 15 different hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math located in several classrooms, library and gym. Teachers were on hand to help guide parents and students through every challenge as they rotated from station to station. Together, they had the opportunity to create and launch “Straw Rockets,” “Build a Boat” and keep it afloat, and use their problem solving skills to build the “Tallest Tower.”
Families were also able to see their children’s science projects displayed in the school’s hallways. Pre-K through second grade students worked on a classroom project together, while third, fourth and fifth grade students created their own science project individually such as “How to make penny shinier” and “What affects a plant’s growth.”
Original article in Harlandale's January 8th newsletter.
Aviation Club has been at Bob Hope Elementary since 2016 in an effort to encourage students to discover aviation. The club opens students’ minds through education and hands-on experiences. The club guides students to learn about the possibilities in aviation degrees and career paths. Aviation Club works with Palo Alto College where students are able to experience a flight simulator, and learn about ground control and weather.
Originally featured as a KSAT SA Live Cool School in September.
The award-winning Edison HS choir - under the direction of teacher Valerie Rizanji - was a big hit at a recent San Antonio Spurs game. The Golden Bear choir performed the national anthem at the Spurs vs. New York Knicks game on Dec. 28. Original post on SAISD's Facebook page.
Girls on the Run at Hobby Middle School embraces the differences on our campus through a nurturing, inspiring and physical activity-based youth development program for middle school girls. The program empowers our girls to: advocate for themselves in a meaningful and effective manner; lead with positive decision making skills; and express their gratitude for others through well thought out words and actions. Girls on the Run is a cultural transformation program that seeks to bring out a young girl’s genuine spirit and build upon their values in an effort to promote our leaders for tomorrow. The girl-centered approach provides an environment where the girls get to know each other better in order to build community within their school. The program is transforming, compassionate, and empowering.
Girls on the Run was featured as one of November's Cool Schools on KSAT's SA Live.
Nimitz Middle School and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy students looked forward to a visit from Chinese language students from Lee High School and ISA (International School of the Americas).
On Jan. 12, the students gave an interactive lesson on Chinese greetings and numbers 1-10 to the eighth graders. The middle schoolers excelled at learning many Chinese activities such as, Chinese yoyo, badminton, chopsticks usage, and coloring the numbers 1-10.The students also got a Chinese name as part of the lesson.
This dynamic lesson is a great way to promote Chinese language class to upcoming ninth grade students heading to Lee High School, or one of its magnet programs. Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 1,197,000,000 people speaking the language, of which 873,000 million speak Mandarin. Learning this language and its culture will only drive students to further success.
Original feature located here.
Music is the great equalizer, bringing generations together, often with one verse or refrain of a familiar song. The Alamo Heights High School Choir program is recognized for its talented performers and vocal quality! Represented at the regional and state level annually, choral students are known for their musical skills and creative performances.
The word “inclusive” comes to mind when thinking about the AHHS Choir Program. No student is excluded from the opportunity to sing or perhaps just feel the music. McLeod has encouraged many students with special needs to be a part of the program. Even though they may sing off-key, or perhaps cannot sing or speak a word, all are welcome.
Every day, choral students are directed and inspired by their teacher, Angus McLeod. His lessons stretch fall beyond the walls of the choir hall. You hear his lessons in the voices of his students even when they are not in his choir room, singing the words to the latest contest piece or performance number as they walk down the halls, or gather during lunch. His lessons are lifted up in song, but carried forever in their hearts.
This is the first year an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course has been offered in Northside ISD and it is currently only at Brennan and Marshall high schools. Twelve students are enrolled at Marshall and under the guidance of teacher Billy Soliz, are learning entry-level patient and emergency care. The course, which spans two class periods each day, builds upon skills learned in the pre-requisite course Health Science Theory. Upon completion of the course, students can schedule a computer-based national registry test and apply for state certification as an EMT-Basic. The EMT-Basic certification means students could be hired by private ambulance services, volunteer fire departments, or as an ER tech at a hospital. Paramedic training is a more rigorous college-based program.
“You’re work ready with an EMT-Basic certification and it can be used as a stepping stone to move on to other things in your career, including nursing, medical school, and even physician’s assistants programs,” Soliz said. “In this class you can fine tune patient care and communication skills.”
Read original, full feature here.
Writing was a family affair at the FSE Writing Olympics! Family members and their kindergartners wrote and illustrated their own short stories. Together, they went through the writing process beginning with a brainstorming activity that helped the student decide what to write about. To help, teachers provided some prompts to guide their work, for example, “What is your favorite family tradition?” “What is your favorite family vacation?”. After choosing his/her favorite topic, the student began to write under the interested and watchful eye of the family member.
One of FISD’s Core Beliefs is “We believe that education is a shared responsibility throughout the community,” and the Writing Olympics is a perfect example of making educating students a collaborative effort between teachers and their families. The best learning happens when students know that their academic success is important at home as well as at school. Thank you to the FSE kindergarten parents, grandmas, grandpas, aunts and uncles for participating in the Writing Olympics, and showing your child that learning is a priority.
Original feature located here.
Ag science classes got a visit from Steven Branecky, Dottie the dairy cow, and Southwest Dairy Farmers. Students learned about the dairy industry and got to see a milking demonstration at the Medina Valley ISD Future Farmers of America Project Center.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Gibson, Board Trustees, Team One members and Samuel Clemens High School staff received a tour of the new CTE building, the first completed building from the $137 million bond referendum approved by voters last November. The 17,500 square foot facility opens January 10, 2018. Among the subjects to be taught in the new CTE building include: Wood shop, STEM lab, Engineering/Robotics, Animal lab (small animal management), Floral lab, and Welding.
The child development class has volunteered another year to distribute gifts for the Salvation Army angel tree. This organization brings Christmas cheer to over 7000 children in the San Antonio area. Gifts are provided by local citizens, helping those we have applied for Christmas assistance. Stacey students enjoyed working behind the scene to bring a smile to a child’s face Christmas morning.
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