Penny Project Alamo Heights Holocaust memorial

Alamo Heights ISD Students Make Anti-Bullying Statement with Penny Project

Teacher Lisa Barry of Woodridge Elementary School spearheaded a classroom project to collect 6 million pennies to represent the number of lives lost during the Holocaust. Her students became involved in this project which then turned into a fundraiser for schools across Alamo Heights ISD. So far, they have collected over 100,000 pennies, and they are determined to keep it up! Money from the project is donated to local charities and the San Antonio Holocaust Memorial. Ms. Barry has a goal to teach this generation of students to think about how each of them can make a difference. The project reminds the students of the importance of tolerance and the unfortunate outcome of bullying on a large scale. These Alamo Heights kids are becoming young humanitarians one penny at a time.

 

South San Antonio ISD STEM Engineering

Hands-On, Engaging Lessons, Project-Based Assignments at South San ISD

David Padilla is a p1opular teacher at one of South San ISD’s four specialty academies.  Students at the STEM Academy at Dwight Middle School praise Mr. Padilla for his hands-on and engaging lessons and project-based assignments.  Mr. Padilla encourages girls to get excited about STEM, and he communicates to all of his students that failure is part of learning.  

Southside ISD: Southside High School Student Finds Safety at School

In Southside ISD, student Robert Posada finally found a safe place to belong. Robert moved to Southside to escape dangerous surroundings in California. He is now flourishing as a successful senior, inspirational role model, skilled welder, and dedicated volunteer at Southside High School. He considers some of his Southside teachers to be family, like Priscilla Mota. Through friendship and guidance from SHS teachers, Robert will be the first in his family to graduate from high school, and he will begin college in the fall! This Southside Cardinal credits his school and it’s Cardinal traits, “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible” for saving his life and helping him find his place and his calling.

 

Drama Club

Dolphin Drama and Book “Speed Dating,” Check out our Extraordinary Educators in Southwest ISD

Go Public is highlighting some of the top mentor and educator stories in each district to give you a peek into what it takes to produce amazing students. Here are a few examples of why SWISD and Go Public is so proud of these educators!

-Mrs. Patterson’s 7th-grade science class at Judith A Resnik Middle School learns by singing. Mrs. Patterson uses the beats to modern music and subs song lyrics for science vocabulary so that her students find it easier to recall and comprehend.

-Mr. Carl Dickerson of Sky Harbour Elementary School has given back to the students and community by creating a theater club called The Dolphin Drama program. His drama students are enjoying success in the entertainment world in high school and beyond. You would be surprised to know that his student performers are only in elementary school, and one of his former students is now starring in a Netflix series!

 

-Big Country Elementary School teachers use fall fest to encourage team building activities amongst students and staff.

 

 

-Southwest ISD’s Ms. Trejo inspires students to love reading and learning. These kids speak about what they love the most about their favorite teacher and mentor, Ms. Trejo.

 

 

 

-Mr. Pearson of Scobee Middle School introduces his students to a “Speed Dating” book event. He allows the students to write their “first impressions” of the book, i.e. the cover, all the way into developing a real “love story” for the book they choose. Such a clever way to engage these readers!

Teachers Inspire

District Roundup: NOV 2018 – Inspiring Hearts, Minds and Ideas

Leadership and community is our November theme this year where students in public schools learn to connect to their hearts, expand their minds and to create ground-breaking ideas. Our public schools have a crucial role in helping to cultivate a civic-minded community of the future. Read more about our educators that go out of their way to make mastery of standards fun, to schools learning the importance of giving back in this edition of the District Round-up.