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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Nimitz Middle School and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy students looked forward to a visit from Chinese language students from Lee High School and ISA (International School of the Americas).
On Jan. 12, the students gave an interactive lesson on Chinese greetings and numbers 1-10 to the eighth graders. The middle schoolers excelled at learning many Chinese activities such as, Chinese yoyo, badminton, chopsticks usage, and coloring the numbers 1-10.The students also got a Chinese name as part of the lesson.
This dynamic lesson is a great way to promote Chinese language class to upcoming ninth grade students heading to Lee High School, or one of its magnet programs. Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 1,197,000,000 people speaking the language, of which 873,000 million speak Mandarin. Learning this language and its culture will only drive students to further success.
Original feature located here.
The Mighty Montgomery Mustangs from North East Independent School District - NEISD, in partnership with the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association and Blue Cares, hosted the 4th annual, "A Very Montgomery Evening with Santa". More than 1,100 members of the Montgomery Mustang community came together for an evening filled with holiday cheer, visits with Santa, beautiful classical music, and delicious hot dogs and hamburgers provided and prepared by the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association.
School Counselor and Testing Coordinator, Crystal Brooks said of the festivities, "From our magical music-filled entry (thank you, Christopher Gokelman!) to our delicious dinner of burgers and dogs, from yummy snacks of cookies and cocoa to songs and fun with carolers and crafts, a fabulous time was had by all! Santa proclaimed this the best "A Very Montgomery Evening" with Santa event yet!"
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