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

AP/NMSi Parent Night

Superintendent Pedro Martinez addresses a crowd of about 150 students and parents at the Brackenridge Advanced Placement/ National Math Science Initiative Parent Night. This event was held to inform the community about the partnership between NMSi and Brackenridge to help support students so that they can find success in their courses and be ready to successfully attend top tier colleges and universities. 

Opportunities were covered for students to find help and support in after school and Saturday enrichment and tutorial options. Students will also be able to qualify for $100 subsidies for qualifying scores on AP Exams. 

Finally, links were made to these efforts and how they will impact student growth on SAT Exams. 

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.

Full-Year Pilot

Advanced Placement teachers and administrators met at the Highlands High cafeteria on August 2nd to receive training on the College Board Full-Year Pilot.

The Pilot will provide additional support and resources during the 2017-18 school year, which will include access to a new system enabling year-long, college level practice and instruction in AP classrooms. Students will have an earlier sign-up for testing by Nov. 1, 2017. An early commitment from students to sit for an AP Exam, supports students’ academic confidence and ownership of their own learning.

Guest speaker Trevor Packer addresses district AP staff at Highlands.