Gus Garcia chess team and sponsors have much to be proud of this year as the reigning five-time district champions. The team is looking forward to the upcoming district tournament. Scholars have started to develop their independent thinking, logic skills and phenomenal strategy at after-school practices. “Our students apply these strategies to the game and their school work as well,” Mrs. Kinard, Gus Garcia chess sponsor said. “…and it translates greatly.”
Original article here.
The East Central Indie Festival (ECIF) was an outrageous success. Thanks to the community partnerships and EC Campus Clubs for taking part. This was the final project for EC Music Biz. The students designed, marketed, and hosted this festival (the only HS indie music fest in the US). Next year, watch for other exciting Music Biz events in addition to ECIF. In 2018-19 the students will bring a World Music Fest and Cultural Expo and a Country Music Fest (around Rodeo season).
Original article in the ECISD newsletter here.
Rivard Report Article: (an excerpt) "Alamo Heights High School students will vie for $10,000 – and bragging rights – in a “Shark Tank” style competition that will take them through the group process of becoming a startup. The 130 junior and senior students are participating in the year-long Heights Business Incubator, an elective course that leads students from the idea phase to the development phase and through to pitching the product for their new business. The winners will receive $10,000 to fund their entrepreneurial venture."
For the full article, go here. Photo: Bonnie Arbittier/Rivard Report. Mckenzie Hervey (center) speaks about her group's busines plan.
Twenty-four Lanier HS seniors completing College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence), a program of Ernst & Young, were presented with scholarships, cords, certificates and duffel bags.
This is the third year of the program at Lanier, which serves students in grades 11 and 12. This year's cohort of 24 juniors and 24 seniors have been mentored by EY volunteers to encourage their continuation to college.
Original article featured on SAISD's Facebook page here.
The South San Antonio High School Dancin' Cats Dance Team kicked off the Fiesta festivities with a bang making appearances at various events throughout San Antonio. They attended Senior Fiesta, Fiesta De Los Reyes, Fiesta Festival hosted by the San Antonio State Supported Living Center, and Fiesta de los Niño's. They made such a good impression at all events that they have been asked to perform next year. While at Senior Fiesta the students were invited to perform for the 89th Texas LULAC State Convention at the beginning of June which is a true honor. While at Fiesta De Los Reyes the Dancin' Cats were given the opportunity to appear on two T.V. stations; Kens5 and Univision San Antonio 41. Congratulations Dancin' Cats for successful performances during Fiesta!
Original article featured on the South San ISD Facebook page here.
Exploring virtual reality through apps, using Chromebooks and iPads to create movies and daily news broadcasts, and building tiny homes to explore future careers in construction. Northside schools are finding unique ways to engage students in learning and an annual event allows students and teachers to share the successes from their campuses.
Students from more than 105 elementary, middle and high schools will participate in this year’s Expo, which has been split into two days due to high attendance in previous years. Also new this year are displays from Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Schools will have tables at the Sports Gym and visitors will watch technology demonstrations, robotics demonstrations, and talk to students and teachers in an interactive and informal setting. Some programs, like the tiny home and automotive programs, will showcase their work outside the Sports Gym due to space constraints. Among the topics showcased this year are: mobile devices in the classroom, campus camps and clubs, real world projects, and global learning experiences.
Original article on Northside ISD's Facebook page here.
Meet Joshua, a second grader at Tuscany Heights Elementary School. Joshua earned three second-place medals at the NSBE Jr competition. The National Society of Black Engineers promotes science and technology while encouraging students to explore, research and create.
Also, Joshua has been accepted in the San Antonio Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen STEM-A program. He is one of 20 San Antonio area students that will learn aviation careers and the role of aviation in everyday life, all while gaining an appreciation for the story and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Over the next nine months, Joshua will have a chance to meet with aviation experts, attend field trips to Randolph Brooks AFB and the San Antonio airport, experience a flight stimulator and finally “co-pilot” a real airplane for graduation from the program. To top it off, his first week with STEM-A coincides with the flight unit being taught at Tuscany Heights.
Original article on NEISD's Facebook page here.
The Alamo Heights Choral Program, under the direction of Angus McCloud, is an award-winning music program that offers district students a solid foundation in musical performance, music theory and musicianship. Students in this program are offered a wide range of experiences that include: live performances, field trips, UIL competitions and more. The Choral program is known for its strong and supportive community in which students of all abilities are welcome and celebrated. Help support the program:
Members of the community service organization, Students Offering Service, from Nimitz Middle School/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy had the opportunity to explore Confluence Park with Spurs player Rudy Gay. The club received a grant earlier this year from the Spurs Silver and Black Give Back to build an outdoor classroom and garden at their school. They were chosen to explore Confluence Park since the park itself was built as one large outdoor classroom. The students were able to participate in activities led by the San Antonio River Authority to learn about the outdoor classroom aspects of the park so that they can get ideas to take back to the outdoor classroom they are building. The students were able to learn about native grasses, water reclamation, the importance of water, and much more. Rudy Gay spent time with the students and helped them during the scavenger hunt around the park. The students were very excited to get this experience and can't wait to implement some of the ideas to their outdoor classroom.
Original post on NEISD Facebook page here.
The Alamo Heights High School Athletic Training Student Aides and Sports Medicine class attended the Alamo Area Athletic Trainers Association Student Workshop last Friday at Trinity University. The students took part in learning about ankle anatomy by observing an ankle dissection by Dr. Marque Allen of Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio. They also learned about Athletic Training in the rodeo, using a scoop stretcher, and rehabilitation tools such as cupping and dry needling. Students competed in an ankle taping contest, quiz bowl and Athletic Trainer Olympics. Over 500 student athletic training aides attended this event.
Original post located on AHISD Facebook page here.
NASA Physicist, Ginger Kerrick talking with Randolph High School students about passion, grit, perseverance, and following your dreams. Mrs. Kerrick became the first non-astronaut Capsule Communicator (Capcom), first Russian-training-integration instructor, and the first Hispanic female NASA Flight Director in 2005.
Original post located on RFISD's Facebook page here.
Congratulations to the Price Elementary Robotics team as they received first place at the First Lego League competition. This was the team's first time competing and they came out with a huge victory!
Original post located on the South San ISD's Facebook page here.
Amanda Hoffmann, and eighth grade student at Corbett Junior High School, took first place in the Meat Science Skillathon at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Her efforts earned Hoffmann her first Stock Show and Rodeo belt buckle, the pinnacle of achievement in the competition. The Meat Science Skillathon is a hands-on and interactive competition that challenges contestants regarding their knowledge of Meat Science and BBQ concepts. Elements include a written exam, identification, yield grades, quality grades and BBQ cookery skills.
Hoffmann also placed second in the Swine Skillathon and earned fifth place in the Food Challenge (Fruits and Vegetables) category.
Original post located on SCUCISD's Facebook page here.
Floresville Elementary kicked-off Read Across America Week with Hat Day, of course, honoring Dr. Seuss! All week, there are fun activities that promote reading. Remember, all reading is good reading!
Original post on the Facebook page here.
Medina Valley 8th grade students competed in the Regional level National History Day. Mariah and Ashlyn Persyn placed 2nd with their Clean Water Act of 1972 in the group exhibit, and will be moving on to represent their District at the State level in Austin on April 28th. These young ladies also received the Special Award for their STEM topic. We congratulate these our Panther ladies for their hard work and dedication when you get the chance!
Featured on the district's Facebook page here.
Jefferson High School has become an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Diploma Programme for its juniors and seniors. The rigorous standards in an IB education are recognized and respected around the world for being among the highest in college-preparatory education.
Research indicates that Diploma Programme graduates complete college faster than their peers, feel more prepared for college-level coursework involving research, and are better able to cope with demanding workloads and time-management challenges. More than 1,600 colleges and universities in the nation currently offer college credit for Diploma Programme exams.
Read more here on the SAISD website.
LibraryPalooza is an author festival for teens in Northside ISD, San Antonio. This event is free and open to the public.
This year’s event includes the following authors:
Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author and Cybils Award winner
Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner
Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, NAACP Image Award, and long listed for the National Book Award. He was recently featured on “CBS This Morning” and “The Daily Show.”
Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the GoodReads Choice Debut Award
Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, winner of the Eisner Award, Printz Award, recipient of the Genius Grant from the MacArthur Fellows Program, and New York Times bestselling author
Jeff Zentner, New York Times Notable list, winner of the William C. Morris Award and long listed for the Carnegie Medal
Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books on site (or bring from home) and have them signed by the authors. The event is open to middle and high school students. There is no cost for the event and no advanced registration is required. Food will be available for purchase (cash only) via food trucks during the lunch break in the back bus loop and concessions in the cafeteria. A percentage of all sales will go to Friends of Northside Libraries. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Northside Libraries, and is made possible in part by contributions from Northside ISD, H-E-B, Barnes & Noble, and Whataburger.
Original article located here.
The Madison High School Army JROTC cadets sweated it out on the circuit obstacle course provided by the Army Fitness Team. It was an individual event created to push each cadet to maximum fatigue. The course included battle ropes, medicine ball lunges, a weight pull, pull-ups, and of course, push-ups.
The challenging event was timed and the cadets competed to have the fastest time. Some of the cadets completed the course multiple times in an attempt to improve their scores. Cadets Sara Gibb and Michael James tied the winning time at 1 minute and 12 seconds. “The course really helped me to identify my strengths and weaknesses all while having a great time,” said Cadet Dylan Romero. This was such a successful event that the Madison JROTC cadets have already requested the Army Fitness Team come back to do it again.
Original article located here.
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