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.