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!

SAISD Spanish Spelling Bee Winners Announced!

After a successful SAISD Spanish Spelling Bee held this week at Cooper Academy, we are pleased to announce that our 1st place winners will represent us in the annual Education Service Center, Region 20 Spanish Spelling Bee. This event will take place on Saturday February 3, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. We will have representation at this event in the following three categories: 3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th and 9th – 12th grade students.


1st Place: Martha Flores -4th grade -Neal Elementary
2nd Place: Brenda Reyes -3rd grade -Margil Elem
3rd Place: Adrian Nunez -3rd grade- Sarah King
4th Place: Isel Garcia-5th grade -Highland Park
5th Place: Ruth Avila -5th grade-Bonham Academy

Middle School

1st Place: Paola Jauregui – 7th grade – YWLA
2nd Place: Kerany Barrera – 7th grade – Rogers Academy
3rd Place: Jesabel Llanas – 8th grade – Tafolla MS
4th Place: Luis Hernandez- 6th grade – Harris MS
5th Place: Zara Mendoza – 8th grade – Tafolla MS

High School

1st Place: Maria Garcia- 10th grade – YWLA
2nd Place: Paulina Rodriguez – 9th grade – Edison HS
3rd Place: Alizon Bernardez – 10th grade – YWLA
4th Place: Sofia Carrasco- 12th grade – Jefferson HS
5th Place: Javier Benitez – 9th grade – Lanier HS

World Languages: SAISD Launches The AP with WE International Service Program at Edison HS & Rogers Academy

The AP Spanish Language and Culture class at Edison High School was selected by College Board to join the AP with WE Service Pilot Program for the 2017-2018 School Year.  The AP students from Edison will be working with the students from Rogers to build a community of collaboration and mentorship via tutoring services that seek to support younger students to sucessfully transition into high school.  “The AP with WE Service program provides teaching modules that align to AP course content and can be directly implemented into an AP course curriculum. Each module focuses on an actionable topic, such as hunger or education, and incorporates WE’s service-based learning framework and resources. The WE model helps teachers and students to identify local priorities and translate classroom learning into hands-on innovation and problem solving.”

World Languages: Chinese Moon Festival at Longfellow Middle School

Parents, students,and faculty gathered to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year.  Ms. Ward, Longfellow Mandarin Chinese teacher, highlighted the origins and meaning of this festival.  There was music, arts and crafts, and food.  Overall, it was a community building experience.