five-time district chess champions – edgewood ISD

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Gus Garcia chess team and sponsors have much to be proud of this year as the reigning five-time district champions. The team is looking forward to the upcoming district tournament. Scholars have started to develop their independent thinking, logic skills and phenomenal strategy at after-school practices. “Our students apply these strategies to the game and their school work as well,” Mrs. Kinard, Gus Garcia chess sponsor said. “…and it translates greatly.” 
Original article here.

indie festival in east central isd

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The East Central Indie Festival (ECIF) was an outrageous success. Thanks to the community partnerships and EC Campus Clubs for taking part. This was the final project for EC Music Biz. The students designed, marketed, and hosted this festival (the only HS indie music fest in the US). Next year, watch for other exciting Music Biz events in addition to ECIF. In 2018-19 the students will bring a World Music Fest and Cultural Expo and a Country Music Fest (around Rodeo season).  
Original article in the ECISD newsletter here.

Business Programs in public schools

“Shark tank”- style at alamo heights isd

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​Rivard Report Article:  (an excerpt) “Alamo Heights High School students will vie for $10,000 – and bragging rights – in a “Shark Tank” style competition that will take them through the group process of becoming a startup. The 130 junior and senior students are participating in the year-long Heights Business Incubator, an elective course that leads students from the idea phase to the development phase and through to pitching the product for their new business. The winners will receive $10,000 to fund their entrepreneurial venture.”
For the full article, go here.  Photo: Bonnie Arbittier/Rivard Report.  Mckenzie Hervey (center) speaks about her group’s business plan.