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

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)

Sam Houston Takes First in Regional Academic Decathlon

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.

Congratulations Hurricane Scholars!