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.
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.
More than 200 students from Harlandale HS, McCollum HS and STEM ECHS visited 10 local businesses Friday morning as part of the city-wide Job Shadow Day, hosted by San Antonio Economic Development Foundation’s SA Works program. Now in its third year, Job Shadow Day hosted more than 3,000 students across the city with more than 120 employers.
“Students will get to see employees of these businesses in action and also learn about the industry they are visiting,” HISD CTE Coordinator Tracy Anderson said. “They will see how important it is to have ‘soft’ skills and workplace etiquette that industry needs from all new employees.” HISD students were excited to spend a day outside of the classroom to get a glimpse of the professional world. They had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of potential careers in the engineering, education, automotive, marketing and hospitality sectors.
“Many have not seen the industry that they are interested in this close,” Anderson said. “Having students apply the skills learned from their classes, including industry certifications, listening to guest speakers and taking field trips to these sites, is important as they continue to prepare for College and Career Readiness.”
The students were matched up with local businesses based on their career interests. Some of the employers included The Witte Museum, C.H. Guenther & Sons, Pre-K 4 SA, Goodwill Industries and Baywood Hotel-Hilton Garden Inn.
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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.
Communities in Schools Space Club students from our four Harlandale ISD middle schools conducted a science experiment by launching two high altitude balloons into the stratosphere on Dec. 15. The students built two payloads that included two GoPro cameras, a SPOT GPS, a flight computer and sensors. Each payload was attached to a parachute and latex balloon filled with helium. Students and teachers, along with a surprise appearance from KENS 5 meteorologist Paul Mireles, counted down from 10 before letting the latex balloons filled with helium go.
“This is a world-class experiment,” CIS STEM Project Director Natasha Wilkerson said. “The students not only learned how to work together, but also how important math is in everyday life.” Once the balloons were released, they rose about 100,000 feet. After a couple of hours, the balloons popped and slowly descended back to Earth.
“The GoPro cameras captured all the footage, the GPS tracker helped us get our balloons back, and our flight computer will give us temperature and pressure data,” Wilkerson added. Students were able to track the balloons in real time via GPS and are excited to analyze all the retrieved data in the classroom.
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