Edgewood Excellence A BI-MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - FIESTA EDITION
MARCH & APRIL 2018
A Message from Edgewood ISD Interim Superintendent, Phillip Chavez
“I am proud of Edgewood ISD for the consistent focus on student success and outcomes. As a product of our district, I am excited to see the direction in which EISD is heading. I am confident our faculty and staff will maintain their focus on excellence and student achievement. All board meetings will now be livestreamed and archived on YouTube. Our Scholar Board of Education drafted a policy that addresses scholar voice and will present to the Board at the May board meeting." - Phillip Chavez, Interim Superintendent
Top Stories Around the District Fiesta Royalty stops by Stafford Elementary to Fiesta Floss & Motivate Students“ To kick off the Fiesta activities, the Texas Cavaliers brought Fiesta royalty King Antonio XCVI, his Queen and men to meet our Stafford students and bring a little fun to their school day. During the King’s presentation, students put a Fiesta spin on the popular dance, the “floss” and got the King dancing. King Antonio XCVI also shared a great message about following your dreams and focusing on education.
“Luchadora”Performance Wrestles to Success The student cast and crew of the play, Luchadora, brought two nights of comedy and traditional culture to a packed audience at Wrenn Middle School. The play began where grandmother, Nana Lupita, shared her experience growing up as a tomboy in 1960s Texas. She is excited to learn about a world championship match until she discovers her sick father is one of the wrestlers. With the help of a magical mask maker, Lupita secretly trains to take her father’s place. However, it becomes difficult to keep the secret from her close friends and father.
2018-2019 Pre-K Round Up Registration!
Have you registered your child for 2018-2019 Pre-Kindergarten?
Don’t miss a great opportunity for you and your child to learn more about your campus’ Pre-K program. Get a chance to speak to your campus principal, ask questions you might have and learn more about the curriculum. Reach out to your nearest elementary for more information on registering.
Doris M. Perez Selected as Bilingual Administrator of the Year
The San Antonio Area Association for Bilingual Education has named Doris M. Perez as Administrator of the Year for the organization. Ms. Perez is the Director of Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) and has worked at EISD for 24 years with three of those years in her current role.d, Bilingualism removes global language barriers and leads to collaborative learning”.
The San Antonio Area Association for Bilingual Education bestows the
Special Olympics Brings Out The Champion in All Students
Our special education students recently competed in relays, jumps and races during the 2018 Special Olympics. Lauren Gallagher, Adaptive Physical Education teacher and Special Olympics Coach, says this event promotes an inclusive learning environment that builds up self confidence. "We want to see our students have equal privileges as others when it comes to athletics. Their eyes light up when they see their friends, classmates and cheerleaders supporting them.”
San Antonio Symphony Serenades Edgewood
Elementary students enjoyed the sights and sounds of the San Antonio Symphony’s performance at EISD’s Fine Arts Academy. The concert was part of the symphony’s Young People’s Concert series and focused on San Antonio’s Tricentennial Celebration. The musicians played songs referencing the Battle of the Alamo, cattle drives during the late 1800s, the roaring twenties, the 1968 World Fair and songs honoring the armed forces. As part of the celebration, the symphony also held a citywide art contest open for all students attending the concert series. Students were asked to interpret music through art. An estimated two thousand entries were submitted with only forty being showcased through the symphony. Cristofer Cedillo, Loma Park Elementary third grade student, was selected as one of the forty winners and has been invited to attend a reception honoring his work at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
Edgewood Unveils New Program for Growth Edgewood ISD held an information and education fair for paraprofessionals, auxiliary staff and substitutes interested in professional development. The event is part of the new P.R.O.U.D. program, which stands for Professional Resources Offering Unlimited Development. The semester-long session will offer resources and special training to help employees take the next step towards their career goals. College admission, financial aid, resume writing, interview training and access to career path resources are a few of the opportunities offered to the participants of the program.
Minutemen Powerlifter Finishes Strong at State Competition
Congratulations to Memorial High School senior powerlifter, Mateo Garcia, who earned fifth place at the Texas High School Men’s Powerlifting Association (THSMPA) 2018 State Championship! Garcia was one of twenty-five athletes who competed in the 220 pound weight class that consisted of squat, bench and deadlift. “I went the extra mile so I can take you [coach] to state,” said Mateo. “We talked about it all year and I wanted to make it a reality.” Garcia dominated at regional competition where he completed 1,530 lbs. in his weight class of 220 to qualify for state competition. Students from more than twenty area high schools participated including campuses from San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Victoria.
Academy Students Place Third at FAME
Edgewood ISD juniors Mikayla Johnson and Damion Gutierrez earned third place at the 2018 Margaret Tobin FAME Awards for a Duet Scene from Euripides’ “Medea.” The scholars competed in the final round of competition on Sunday, April 8, 2018 in the Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University. They have received a $250 grant for the theatre program. Johnson also received the Young Master award from the 2018- 2019 Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Only fifteen to twenty students received this title state-wide. Johnson will receive a $5,000 grant to study theatre arts which will be at the New York Film Academy and the Houston Shakespeare Conservatory.
Coding Students Invited to Prestigious Aviation Dinner
Brentwood Middle School sixth grade coding students were invited to attend the 2018 Aviation Award Dinner sponsored by the Dee Howard Foundation. The organization donated $750 to Brentwood’s Project Lead The Way Program. Our students also participated in a field trip touring the facilities at the Scobee Education Center. As part of the aviation program, the students were also invited to the Young Eagles First Flight Experience where the students will learn about aircraft and flying and experience a free flight with an experienced pilot.
Mustangs Win City-Wide Reading Contest
Loma Park Elementary was awarded the 2018 Read to the Final Four Championship. The competition aligned with EISD’s super reader theme. “At Loma Park, we always stress that we are number one!” said Loma Park Principal, Wendy Salazar. “At our kick-off pep rally students created goals with what they wanted to accomplish.” The announcement was made at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The grand total of reading minutes for the campus was 102,377. On top of winning the overall championship, third grade student, Dionicio Olivarez, was recognized as the top reader with a grand total of reading minutes of 30,794. Dionicio will receive a bike and helmet from Gotta Ride Bikes in San Antonio. The school will also receive a library make over by Scholastic valued at $5,000.
Student-led Board Pushes the Importance of JFK HS Student’s “La Llorona” Painting Takes Top Spot in Art Contest Student Voice
The Scholar Board of Education, made up of scholars from around the district, held their first livestreamed board meeting with elected officials, peers, and campus administrators in the audience. The board drafted a policy that states students must have a voice in the decision-making of the district. This drafted policy will be submitted to the Texas Association of School Boards for review and feedback. State Senator José Menéndez, District 6 Councilman, Greg Brockhouse and District 5 Councilwoman, Shirley Gonzales, shared their experiences and personal stories of building relationships within their community and succeeding as city leaders.
Audrie Morin, junior at J.F. Kennedy High School, won the San Antonio Metro Health Start and San Antonio Public Libraries art contest promoting art, literacy culture and healthy families. Her painting is a depiction of “La Llorona” in part of the exhibits theme “Pride in the Westside.” It will be on display for seven months at the Las Palmas Library and will then move to other libraries for viewing. Audrie also specially-designed the winning 2018 EISD Fiesta Medal.
Show your #EdgewoodPride and Purchase a 2018 Fiesta & Cinco de Mayo Medal, created by students here at EISD!
Candice Chapa - 8th Grade E.T. Wrenn Middle School Teacher - Ms. Garcia Cinco de Mayo medal
Sophia Medellin - 5th Grade Stafford Elementary Teacher - Ms. Waid Edgewood Cinco K t-shirt
Audrie Morin - 11th Grade John F. Kennedy HS & Fine Arts Academy Teacher - Mr. Martinez Fiesta 2018 medal
To purchase a medal, contact the Office of Communications at 210-444-7955.
Calendar of Events Friday, May 4, 2018
E.T. Wrenn Middle School Weird Science Night 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Edgewood ISD SA300 Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 11, 2018
STAAR Testing All high school grade levels - Algebra, Biology, U.S. History
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
National Teachers’ Day
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
National Nurses’ Day
Thursday, May 10 – Friday, May 11, 2018
Jose Cardenas Early Childhood Center Mother’s Day Celebration: Tea with Mom – 1:30 pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Mother’s Day STAAR Testing Monday: Grades 3rd,4th – Math Grades 6th,7th – Math
Monday, May 14 – Friday, May 18, 2018
Tuesday: Grades 3rd, 4th - Reading Grades 6th,7th - Reading Wednesday: Grades 5th, 8th - Science, Alegebra II Thursday: Grade 8th - Social Studies
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Regular School Board Meeting – 6:00 pm District Conference Center
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Gus Garcia Middle School Electives Family Night 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday, May 28, 2018
Memorial Day (schools/offices closed)
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Memorial High School Graduation Alamo Convocation Center 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Kennedy High School Graduation Alamo Convocation Center 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with us! Make plans to attend our Cinco De Mayo Celebration! Filled with Fun, Food & Entertainment for the entire family!
Video Highlights KSAT-12 Story
John F. Kennedy HS Junior, Audrie Morin, wins San Antonio Metro Health & Public Library Art Contest for her painting of “La Llorona.”
Gardendale Elementary STAAR Confidence 2018 Finesse
Watch our teachers put on their own rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” to build confidence for STAAR testing!
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