We're honored to receive the Government Project of the Year Award from AACOG (Alamo Area Council of Governments). The mission of the Alamo Area Council of Governments is to enhance the quality of life of all residents of the Alamo Region in partnership with elected and appointed officials, funders, community partners and beneficiaries. These awards are given annually to completed governmental entity-based projects that have significantly impacted the community for the better. We're thrilled to be recognized among such a distinguished group of members and to represent the contributions from our seventeen area ISDs.
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.
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.
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.
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
Congratulations to the following students who had an outstanding show at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Photography Contest.
- Sarah Haftorson was the Grand Champion and won several Best of Show categories and tied for the Judg'ss Choice award
- Micah Pierce tied for the Judge's Choice Award
- D'Aysia Mack, Chase Marafioto, Katherine Middleton, and Leonardo Urrego also won numerous Best of Show awards. All of their work will be on display inside the Coliseum during the stock show and rodeo.
Original post on the Ft. Sam Houston Facebook page here.
The SkillsUSA program is a great pathway that encourages students to learn all sorts of ways to make themselves marketable in today's workplace. It helps them discover their potential in abilities and aptitude and the Judson High School Automotive Teams, part of SkillsUSA, is a perfect example of how students are doing just that. Students recently qualified to represent their school, JISD and SkillsUSA District XI in state competition coming in April. Congratulations to all of them!
Original post located on the Judson ISD website 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.
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 cheerleaders placed 4th in the 5A-D2 division at the UIL State Cheerleading Championship. They competed against 60 schools in the prelim division; earning 2nd in Band Dance and 5th in Fight Song. The team advanced to Finals where the competed in against the Top 20 teams where they earned 4th.
Original article 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.
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.
For the past three years, North East ISD student artists and other students in collaboration with the art students have participated in Operation Proud Nation. Operation Proud Nation is a community wide program that takes place in cities across the country. Students (grades 8-12) in each city along with veterans, members of the military and military families, create an 8.5”x11” artwork and attach a message thanking members of the military for their service and sacrifice.
Thousands of artworks are collected from coast to coast and used to create a giant 4’x8’ mosaic mural that is installed at the Pentagon. In addition, each city receives their own 4’x6’ edition of the mosaic mural that members of their community helped to create. Participants can also see the mosaic mural online in the Project S.N.A.P. Online Art Museum, and see how their artwork fits into the “big picture” as well as the message that they wrote. In addition, a copy of each artwork is mailed to a member of the military. Last year NEISD created 627 artworks for this project and this year students created 940. We are a large part of this amazing project and an integral part of acknowledging the tremendous contribution our military makes to our communities, the city of San Antonio, our state, and our nation.
Original article posted on the North East ISD website 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.
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.
Sept. 28, 2017 – San Antonio ISD's Travis Early College High School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School based on its overall academic excellence. It is one of two schools in Bexar County to receive this honor and among 312 public and private schools in the country selected as exemplary high performing schools. See recipient list of Exemplary High Performing Schools from DOE.
“We are very proud of Travis Early College High School for receiving this national recognition,” said SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “This represents the high standards of school staff and students and their ability to achieve academic excellence."
Original post located here.
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