Proven to contribute to happiness and enhance academic success, students all across the region are mastering Fine Arts.
From Broadway actors, a nod to Boys to Men, and an out-of-this-world jazz band, check out what Alamo Heights, Floresville ISD, Harlandale ISD, Judson ISD, North East ISD, Northside ISD, Medina Valley ISD are doing in this monthly edition of our San Antonio Public School District Roundup.
Commonly used to reflect and record humanity, acting, music, and mixed media art are critical programs. Creating art can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork which helps our students live a more complete and enriching life. Despite funding challenges, school administrators are continually finding ways to continue these remarkable programs. If you are a supporter of the arts, reach out to your local school district and ask for how you can support your local school programs.
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.
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:
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.
Go Public issued a call for art and photography high school students' work to be soon featured on three San Antonio city buses. Our goal is to showcase student talent, academic programs, and the myriad of choices and opportunities available in our ISDs. Stay tuned as the buses will be revealed this spring. Thanks to all of the students, teachers, and schools below (starting from top row, left to right):
Sanctuary by Emily Fielding, Floresville HS
Not Mammals by Karoline Hernandez, Alamo Heights HS
Sunset by Patrick Heusinger, Alamo Heights HS
Intrinsic Blue by Melissa Leon, Alamo Heights HS
Digital Attractions by Melanie Perez, Roosevelt HS, NEISD
Patriots by Stephanie Owen, Roosevelt HS, NEISD
A Western Night by Shylyn Bourland, Roosevelt HS, NEISD
Megan Alejos, Edgewood Fine Arts Academy, EISD
The Illusion of Purity by Jacinto Baltazar Rodriguez, Roosevelt HS, NEISD
Hunting by Sean Sanders, Floresville HS
Breadth by Braylee Christie, James Madison HS, NEISD
Dreamer by Oscar Melendez, East Central HS
180 by Kalle Duncan, Alamo Heights HS
When I See Lugo by Katherine Stothoff, Alamo Heights HS
One, Two, Three, Eyes on Me by Elizabeth Friedsam, Alamo Heights HS
Nothing is Ugly by Bianca Jimenez, Floresville HS
Floating Wood by Precious Brown, Roosevelt HS, NEISD
A Father's Message by Leslie Brown, Floresville HS
Puzzling Beauty by Brianna Trevino, Stacey Jr. Sr. HS, Lackland ISD
Gifted by Emily Wilken, Stacey Jr. Sr. HS, Lackland ISD
Forbidden by Alyssa Sorenson, Stacey Jr. Sr. HS, Lackland ISD
Piano Lessons_Sophia Arguelles, Medina Valley HS, MVISD
Paper Lanterns by Frankie Rivera, Medina Valley HS, MVISD
Rust by Dylan Galvan, Medina Valley HS, MVISD
Sunset by Savannah Boltinghouse, Medina Valley High School, MVISD
Hello by Emily Wilken_Stacey Jr. Sr. HS, Lackland ISD
Just a Dog by Sophia Arguelles, Medina Valley HS, MVISD
Refracted by Sydney Collins_Stacey Jr. Sr. HS_Lackland ISD
Shangri La by Tayah Greaves_Stacey Jr. Sr. HS_Lackland ISD
Spacing Out by Alivia Vazquez_Stacey Jr. Sr. HS_Lackland ISD
Bantu Beauty by Teunice Curtis, Young Women's Leadership Academy SAISD
The Alamo Heights Swimming and Diving team had an outstanding weekend of swimming and diving at the Regional Championships in Rosenberg. The girls finished 2nd while the boys placed 3rd in overall team competition.
In all, swimmers won 3 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 19 bronze medals. The top 3 divers will go to state automatically. The top 2 swimmers go to state automatically, plus the next fastest 8 swimmers/relays from all 8 regions. The UIL takes 3rd to 8th place finishers from all 8 regions and tabulates the top 8 swimmers/relay from that group (6 X 8=48). Of the 48...the top 8 move on to state.
Full post with all winners listed on AHISD's Facebook page here.
The Alamo Heights High School Spurs Dance Team is state and nationally ranked for their dance skills, artistic expression and team performance. Our Spurs Dancers are spirit leaders in our school, promoting positive spirit through dance. Showcasing their moves to the music, these dance team members put the exclamation point on any performance!
Dance is discovery. Working creatively, a student explores the mind and body. The student is allowed to make an individual statement, a discovery and expression of self. Students share their knowledge and skills through a variety of performances including football halftime shows, pep rally performances, junior dance clinics, camps, community and invitational performances, and state and national contests, clinics and master classes.
The Dance Team was one of three programs featured in January's Go Public "Cool Schools" with KSAT's SA Live.
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.
The Alamo Heights High School Choir embraced the traditions of the holiday season with the Madrigal Dinner, an annual event that features a meal divided into courses, each heralded in song! The music, traditionally from the medieval and renaissance periods, and students dressed in period costumes, provided the perfect setting to celebrate the season. Parents volunteered their time to transform the school cafeteria into a magical castle. The event is a long-standing favorite tradition of students and audiences alike. (Sincere thanks to Debra Diperi for sharing her photos of the Madrigal Dinner.) Original post here.
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