Most everyone can agree that teachers are some of the most significant contributors to a child's growth and development. They not only educate, they inspire, motivate, encourage, and care. It's a job that often requires hours long after the school day ends. Yet, when you ask a teacher about their work, you'll often see passion and joy about what they do.
Public schools, within an independent school district (not those that are within a charter network), have strict requirements for teacher certification. In addition, school librarians must obtain a Master's degree in Library Science. The five requirements to become a certified teacher are:
Go Public Gives Social Media Marketing Experience to East Central High School and UTSA College Students
(San Antonio, TX) - Gathered in a small auditorium style classroom at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) campus, students from East Central High School’s Service Learning Project and UTSA collaborate on strategies for the Go Public social media campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McCollum HS students in Cowboy Productions recently put their talents to the test at the SkillUSA regional competition held at Brackenridge High School and advanced to state! A team of four students participated in the Broadcast News Production contest and won first place. Two students served as the news anchor team, one student served as the team’s director/technical director, and one student served as the floor director. Each team had to write and produce their rundown before assigned contest time. Students then produced and completed a three-minute newscast as if it were live. Teams were evaluated on their broadcast writing ability, voice quality, diction, timing and pacing and performance techniques. A team of two students participated in the television (video) production competition and won second place. The two contestants planned and shot a video on location to convey the “theme” of the event. Editing was done in the contest area with special emphasis on professional production of the video by industry standards, quality of audio and video, and adequate conveyance of the “theme” to the viewer. Congratulations to the Broadcast News Production team composed of Xavier Flores, Alexis Garcia, Elida Luna and Carlos Montantes and to the Video Production Team composed of Amaru Ruiz and Ceasar Molina! The state competition is slated for April in Corpus Christi, TX.
Original article located in the Harlandale newsletter here.
It's the Final Four of Reading competitions at schools around San Antonio to see who can read the most. At Glenoaks ES, students are working together to make a difference. And, every dog may have his day, but so do the cows, pigs, and sheep at the annual Gerlach Livestock Show and Sale!
Original article and video recap located on the NISD website here.
The Ed White Middle School CyberPatriot team, coined “The Cyber Eagles” are enjoying hard-earned recognitions after placing first in the city, second in the state of Texas and 46th in the nation after state round competition hosted by Our Lady of the Lake University. The CyberPatriot program is designed by the US government to educate and train young people how to actively protect computer vulnerabilities from hacking attacks. They defend against various attacks on several different operating systems in three qualifying rounds of competitions that last six hours each.
This intense competition has brought out the best in the Cyber Eagles—named after the school mascot. It’s a focus endurance test for the students as they need an attention to detail and great research skills to compete effectively. Joining the CyberPatriot program prepares students for careers in all fields of cyber security, from business applications to government positions.
Original article located on the NEISD website here.
The FMS UIL Academic Team came back from the Alamo Heights UIL Academic Meet with 29 medals and ribbons for Poetry, Impromptu Speaking, Listening Skills, Spelling, Ready Writing, Editorial Writing, Science, Maps, Graphs and Charts, Social Studies, Art Painting, Math and Number Sense. Congratulations to the top finishers!
Madison Jordan (7th) Spelling
Matthew Montoya (7th) Number Sense
Gabby Gilliam (6th grade)-Listening Skills
Hannah Merced (8th)-Spelling
Ileana Hernandez (6th) Ready Writing
Keira Middleton (6th) and Sadie Desselle (8th) Editorial Writing
Arianna Labrada (6th) and Hayden Thompson (8th) Spelling
Kiera Middleton (6th) Maps, Graphs and Charts
Calysta Rethaber (8th) Art Painting
Original post located on the Floresville ISD Facebook page.
Some of the greatest figures in American and world history paid a visit to Paschal Elementary School on January 26, 2018 as part of the annual Living Wax Museum program. Third grade students dressed up as historical and modern-day characters, allowing visitors to hear their life story with a push of a button.
Students dressed up in full regalia of the historic times, emulating Presidents and First Ladies, Texas Independence heroes, military heroes, civil rights icons and famous inventors.
Original article located here.
Armstrong Elementary was transformed into a hub for all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) at their first ever STEAM Family Night. Students and their families had an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities such as DIY lava lamps, insulator stations, and powering lightbulbs without electricity. A live art show was also in the mix featuring original art from students of different grade levels.
Also in attendance was the San Antonio Astronomical Association (SAAA). The association provided several powerful telescopes for stargazers to have a stellar view of the planets. “We are showing them the real world. They get to see it with their own two eyes,” said Danielle Rappaport, Public Programs Coordinator of the SAAA. “We answer questions about constellations and planets and also give parents advice on how to purchase a stargazing instrument.”
Mrs. Sheryll Putnam, 5th grade teacher of Armstrong Elementary, says the reasoning behind this event is to introduce students to the STEAM field and inspire them to be proud of their many talents. “I want everyone to see that our students can be talented and smart in so many different ways…” said Sheryl. "To be able to open up opportunities like these is a great start for our school and our children."
Original, full article located here.
This week Lackland's 3rd through 5th grade classes had a “Book Tasting” in the library. Students “tasted” books that were not what they usually checked out. The students were excited to discover new books to read.
Cole High School students Parker Shuck and Brandon Guzman-Morales recently found a bug in a program from Facebook. While developing their own iOS app, the students downloaded the Facebook "API" code which would allow users in their app to log in using their Facebook account. But, the code they downloaded from Facebook didn't work. They were able to find the bug in the program and decided to email the engineers at Facebook to let them know. It was significant enough that the Facebook engineer that fixed the bug sent both students Facebook t-shirts, stickers, and $45 worth of Facebook coupons!
Original article located here.
Sam Houston HS heads back to the Texas Academic Decathlon The team qualified for state based on performance at the Region IV contest. Sam Houston placed first overall in addition to taking top honors in the team Super Quiz. Also ranking were Travis coming in fourth, Lanier coming in fifth and Burbank coming in sixth. YWLA took second in the team Super Quiz. Individual students also earned medals.
This is the seventh time in nine years that the Hurricanes have qualified for the state meet.
Full article located here.
U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro had a homecoming of sorts Friday morning at Edgewood Independent School District to recognize students who show promise in the STEM field. Castro, who was born on Plainview Drive within the district and whose father taught for more than two decades in Edgewood ISD, returned home to recognize the local winners of a coding competition.
Read the full article by Rivard Report's Emily Donaldson here.
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.
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