North East ISD’s Helpful Tator Tot Patrols

In North East ISD’s Wilderness Oak Elementary School cafeteria, fourth-grader Ben Theesfeld remembered what it was like to be a Kindergartner struggling to open food containers and milk boxes. Ben, like many other fourth-graders, decided to become a member of the Tator Tot Patrol.
Students in the Tater Tot Patrol give up fifteen minutes of their lunchtime to help the Kindergarteners.

“The job is to help them open their food and have a good conversation with them. It’s fun to hear what their day has been all day,” Ben explained. “I have friends in Kindergarten now just from doing this! It just feels good to help them out.”

Assistant Principal Milsi Perez said, “We started it last year as a way to give our fourth graders a way to serve and show their leadership skills in the cafeteria.” Perez continued, “There was one time, a very sweet little boy came into the cafeteria and he was just extra somber that day. One of the Tater Tot Patrols that were assigned to his table went and gave him a hug and helped him open up his food. Then just sat with him for a second and that extra minute of attention, just so that the child knows, ‘I am important and can get help from everyone in the school’ because we are a family,” Perez added.

Hear the full story about this helpful group here:

TATOR TOT PATROL – North East ISD

Introducing the TATOR TOT PATROLS!!In a packed cafeteria at Wilderness Oak Elementary School, a line of hungry students are ready to eat. For the youngest diners however, it’s not always easy to get started. “I had a lot of trouble opening my stuff. Especially when I got salad, I couldn’t open the box,” fourth grader Ben Theesfeld said.Nine-year-old Ben remembered what it was like to be a Kindergartner struggling to open food containers and milk boxes. “Opening milk to drink is really important. I just think it’s really helpful to have people on the job working,” he said. So Ben decided to step in and help. He joined the school’s Tater Tot Patrol. “The job is to help them open their food and have a good conversation with them. It’s fun to hear what their day has been all day,” Theesfeld said.“We started it last year as a way to give our fourth graders a way to serve and show their leadership skills in the cafeteria, Assistant Principal Milsi Perez said. She said it opens up positive conversation between the students and helps brighten their day. She remembered one moment in particular that she found touching. “There was one time, a very sweet little boy came into the cafeteria and he was just extra somber that day. One of the Tater Tot Patrols that were assigned to his table went and gave him a hug and helped him open up his food. Then just sat with him for a second and that extra minute of attention, just so that the child knows, ‘I am important and can get help from everyone in the school’ because we are a family,” Perez added. Students in the Tater Tot Patrol give up fifteen minutes of their lunch time to help the Kindergarteners. “I have friends in Kindergarten now just from doing this! It just feels good to help them out,” Theesfeld said. Tater Tot Patrols like Ben continue to spread a positive message. “I want to be a Computer Scientist. I want to build computers when I’m older. I want to encourage these kids to get a good job and have a good lifetime,” he said. “I think that one of our purposes is to teach kids that they can serve in little ways or big ways, in any way they feel called to do so,” Perez added. Discover #theNEISDway, where our educators create a welcoming environment for every student. #RootEdWildernessOak

Posted by North East Independent School District – NEISD on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

 

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.

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.

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.

Alamo heights choral program -ahisd

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The Alamo Heights Choral Program, under the direction of Angus McCloud, is an award-winning music program that offers district students a solid foundation in musical performance, music theory and musicianship. Students in this program are offered a wide range of experiences that include: live performances, field trips, UIL competitions and more. The Choral program is known for its strong and supportive community in which students of all abilities are welcome and celebrated. Help support the program:
https://www.32auctions.com/ahc

2nd Grader with a big future-neisd

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Meet Joshua, a second grader at Tuscany Heights Elementary School. Joshua earned three second-place medals at the NSBE Jr competition. The National Society of Black Engineers promotes science and technology while encouraging students to explore, research and create.
Also, Joshua has been accepted in the San Antonio Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen STEM-A program. He is one of 20 San Antonio area students that will learn aviation careers and the role of aviation in everyday life, all while gaining an appreciation for the story and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Over the next nine months, Joshua will have a chance to meet with aviation experts, attend field trips to Randolph Brooks AFB and the San Antonio airport, experience a flight stimulator and finally “co-pilot” a real airplane for graduation from the program. To top it off, his first week with STEM-A coincides with the flight unit being taught at Tuscany Heights.  
Original article on NEISD’s Facebook page here.


Future Career showcase from northside isd

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Exploring virtual reality through apps, using Chromebooks and iPads to create movies and daily news broadcasts, and building tiny homes to explore future careers in construction. Northside schools are finding unique ways to engage students in learning and an annual event allows students and teachers to share the successes from their campuses.
Students from more than 105 elementary, middle and high schools will participate in this year’s Expo, which has been split into two days due to high attendance in previous years. Also new this year are displays from Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

Schools will have tables at the Sports Gym and visitors will watch technology demonstrations, robotics demonstrations, and talk to students and teachers in an interactive and informal setting. Some programs, like the tiny home and automotive programs, will showcase their work outside the Sports Gym due to space constraints.  Among the topics showcased this year are: mobile devices in the classroom, campus camps and clubs, real world projects, and global learning experiences.
Original article on Northside ISD’s Facebook page here.


Dance Team at fiesta -south san isd

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The South San Antonio High School Dancin’ Cats Dance Team kicked off the Fiesta festivities with a bang making appearances at various events throughout San Antonio. They attended Senior Fiesta,  Fiesta De Los Reyes, Fiesta Festival hosted by the San Antonio State Supported Living Center, and Fiesta de los Niño’s. They made such a good impression at all events that they have been asked to perform next year. While at Senior Fiesta the students were invited to perform for the 89th Texas LULAC State Convention at the beginning of June which is a true honor. While at Fiesta De Los Reyes the Dancin’ Cats were given the opportunity to appear on two T.V. stations; Kens5 and Univision San Antonio 41. Congratulations Dancin’ Cats for successful performances during Fiesta!

Original article featured on the South San ISD Facebook page here