Sam Houston Academic Decathlon Team Honored in City Council Chambers

On March 28, 2018 the Sam Houston Academic Decathlon team and their sponsors were honored by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the City Council for their outstanding achievements.  At the time of this recognition, three of the seniors had received full rides for college!  We are incredibly proud of our Hurricanes!

A+ Academics Elementary and Middle School UIL

2017 – 2018 marked a record year for Elementary and Middle School students’ participation in the SAISD A+ Academics UIL district tournaments.  1,362 students participated in academic contests including Art, Calculator Applications, Chess Puzzles, Creative Writing, Dictionary Skills, Maps/Graphs/Charts, Ready Writing in both English and Spanish, Number Sense, Modern Oratory, Spelling in both English and Spanish, Music Memory, Science, and Oral Reading in both English and Spanish.

Students competed by preparing in their events in advance and then on tournament day by performing, taking tests and speaking to earn medals and ribbons for 1st – 6th places.  Students also earned points for their schools for each place earned.  Points were totaled to award the top three point earning schools with sweepstakes trophies.

Below are photos of our Sweepstakes Schools for each tournament.  We can’t wait for next year’s contests!

Zone 1 1st Place: Bonham Academy
Zone 1 2nd Place: Highland Hills Elementary
Zone 1 3rd Place: Kate Schenck Elementary
Zone 2 1st Place: Hawthorne Academy
Zone 2 2nd Place: Arnold Elementary
Zone 2 3rd Place: Maverick Elementary
Middle School 1st Place: Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Middle School 2nd Place: Harris Middle School
Middle School 3rd Place: Bonham Academy

Chembridge- Dr. Biberdorf visits with SAISD students March 23, 2018 at ACC

UT Chembridge professor demonstrates chemical reactions for SAISD students. Students from Burbank, Edison, Highlands, Houston, Jefferson, and Lanier all gathered at the  Alamo Convocation Center to learn from their online Chembridge professor, Dr. Biberdorf, for a face to face class.

Dry ice and colored water

Hot water and dry ice.

District AVID Student Essay Winners

AVID students in 6th – 12th grades had the opportunity to participate in an essay writing contest as part of their semester final for their AVID elective classes.  One student at each grade level was recognized from across the district for creating an outstanding piece of work expressing their response to the prompt: What makes AVID unique? How has AVID helped you?
Cynthia Martinez, SAISD AVID Coordinator recognized the following students for their essays along with the AVID teachers and administrators who support them:
6th Grade Winner from Longfellow Emily Velasquez with Dr. Terry (principal), Mr. Bermea (AVID Teacher), Ms. Martinez (District AVID Coordinator) and Mrs. Rodriguez (Campus AVID Coordinator)
7th grade winner from Longfellow Erick Salas with Mr. Reyna (AVID Teacher) and Ms. Martinez (District AVID Coordinator)
8th grade winner from Harris Aiden Garcia with Ms. Martinez (District AVID Coordinator), Dr. Velasquez (principal) and Mrs. Castillo (AVID Teacher)
Students from Travis – 9th Grade Winner Nathan Paredes, 10th grade Winner Rozlyn Olivas, 11th grade Winner Armando Hernandez and Mrs. Arredondo (principal)
12th Grade Winner Lesly Hernandez and Coach Beresford (AVID Teacher)

World Languages: Annual AATSP Academic Contest “Colores, Voces, y Poesía”

San Antonio ISD hosted the Annual AATSP Academic Contest, “Colores, Voces, y Poesía” at Longfellow Middle School. This is the second year the event has been hosted in the district. The following students placed in the competition:

  • 1st Place Poster Contest – Manuel Mendoza – Edison High School
  • 2nd Place Original Poetry Contest – Maria Guadalupe Miranda – Phoenix Middle College
  • 2nd Place Poetry Level 4-6 – Anna Sofia Carrasco – Jefferson High School
  • 3rd Place Poetry Level 4-6 – Manual Garcia – Tafolla Middle School
  • 3rd Place Poetry Level 1 – Victor Romero – Jefferson High School
Poster by Manuel Mendoza, a student at Edison High School. Manual will compete at the national level with this entry.

World Languages: 2018 Texan Cultures Asian Festival

The San Antonio ISD World Languages teachers from Longfellow and Tafolla Middle Schools took a group of students on a Learning Expedition to the Institute of Texan Cultures. While there, students experienced firsthand the annual celebration of the Chinese New Year. They were also able to experience examples of the many Asian cultures that have influenced the development of Texas.

One of the highlights of the day was a performance given by Longfellow students enrolled in the Chinese Mandarin class under the leadership of SAISD Chinese teacher Dr. Liang Ward. This group was invited by the Confucius Institute at UTSA to perform and dance for the event.

We are proud of our SAISD World Languages Program, teachers, and students’ stellar performance.

World Languages: 2018 Region 20 Spanish Spelling Bee

Two San Antonio ISD students gave an outstanding performance at the 2018 Region 20 Spanish Spelling Bee competition. This event is part of the educational highlights of the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the City of San Antonio.

High school student Maria Garcia from YWLA placed second and middle school student Paola Jauregui from YWLA placed third in their respective competitions. Paola will now represent SAISD in the 2018 National Spanish Spelling Bee that will take place in San Antonio this summer.