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!
Over 300 AP students from ten SAISD high schools gathered for the first AP Super Saturday of the year at Fox Tech High. Students received enrichment and tutorials in 50 specialized sessions delivered by AP Teachers, Instructional Coaches, and Consultants. We look forward to our next Super Saturday on May 5th!
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!
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
January 20, 2018 was a special day for students on the Sam Houston Academic Decathlon team when all their hard work and studying paid off garnering them the 1st Place slot for medium schools. This Regional Tournament was hosted at Northside’s Warren High School and included teams from all SAISD high schools as well as Alamo Heights, Boerne, and Northside. This honor cleared the path for the Hurricane Scholars to compete at the state Decathlon tournament which will take place in Frisco, Texas in February.
Students who participate in Academic Decathlon are known as “decathletes” and they compete by deeply studying a topic designated annually. This year’s topic focused on the continent of Africa and found students exploring literature by reading the novel Things Fall Apart, while also studying the music and art of various African regions, and science with a focus on HIV and malaria. Students also study economics, mathematics, and social science.
Decathlon teams include nine students from each school who compete in three different divisions. Three students with “A” averages represent the Honors division, three students with “B” averages represent the Scholastic division, and 3 students with “C” averages represent the Varsity division.
Decathletes compete by writing a timed essay, delivering a prepared and impromptu speech, participating in an interview and taking exams over the core areas of study. Students accumulate points for their performances in each of these individual contests, and their individual points accumulate to create their team’s total point earnings. Students also compete as a team in an event called “Super Quiz.”
Sam Houston’s team, coached by Veronica Marines and Kathleen Sadler, included students who also earned top point totals in their divisions as well as the winning Super Quiz team.