Coming Attractions March 4, 2011

March 4, 2011

Ongoing thru March 14 — Trustee filing period for May election
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 2 to 5 p.m. March 14 ONLY at

SAISD’s Department of Governmental & Community Relations, 141 Lavaca St.
Qualified citizens interested in running for School Board in Districts 2, 5, and 6 may file for election and pick up packets. Election Day is Saturday, May 14.

March 5 (Sat) — JROTC District drill meet
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wheatley Middle School, 415 Gabriel St.

Approximately 170 cadets representing all eight SAISD JROTC high schools battalions will compete in areas including: squad inspection; armed squad drill (using replicas of the 1903 Daisy Springfield rifles); platoon inspection; platoon drill; color guard Inspection; color guard; and flag folding. Lending assistance will be the District’s two LOTC middle school battalions and cadet volunteer support staff. The competition – which is free and open to the public - will conclude with an awards ceremony.

March 5 (Sat) — SAISD 5th-graders to ‘Explore UT’
8:30 a.m. (departure) and 4:30 p.m. (ETA return) at De Zavala Elementary School, 2311 San Luis St.

The actual physical distance is less than 100 miles. But this road well traveled could take youngsters from the District’s De Zavala Elementary to places they only have dreamed of going. Or have not yet imagined. Accompanied by their teachers, 5th-graders will explore their prospective educational futures at an all-day event that the host - University of Texas at Austin - calls the state’s “Biggest Open House.” In addition to touring the campus and partaking of performances, lectures, and exhibits, they will get a taste of dormitory living by lunching at the Jester Center Dining Hall. Funding for the trip was provided through teacher donations and a partnership with New Braunfel’s Marble Slab Creamery.

March 5 (Sat) — Dropout symposium workshops
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fox Tech High School, 637 N. Main Ave.

Educators, parents and students from throughout Bexar County will discuss ways to keep teens in school. The symposium will feature guest speakers, discussion panels and activities. Topics will include: facing the issues; successful strategies; parental involvement; mentoring; students taking their futures seriously; and more. Symposium sponsor is the Alamo Area Alliance of Black School Educators whose president, Mae Olison, also is principal of SAISD’s Washington Elementary School.

March 5 (Sat) — ‘BE COOL, PACK THE SCHOOL’ perfect attendance reward
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Two Bow Ranch, FM 37, Medina, Texas

This field trip for students from SAISD’s Page Middle School is provided by the GAMER (Giving Americans Motivational Education for the Real World) program as part of the “BE COOL, PACK THE SCHOOL” perfect attendance campaign. 

March 6 (Sun) — Annual Jefferson High School ‘FashionAble’ Style Show
1:30 p.m. at Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive

Youth with special needs no longer need to choose between style and function. Thanks to fashion design students, they now have their very own line of couture, with clothing modified to accommodate each model’s disability. Emcee will be Gordon Hartman, founder of the support organization Gordon Hartman Family Foundation. This year the show - originated by Jefferson High School teacher Sandra Starr - has opened participation to fashion design students from two non-SAISD high schools as well. Proceeds from the $5 admission fee will benefit the Spina Bifida Association.

March 7 (Mon) — International guests to visit
1:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Harris Middle School, 325 Pruitt Ave.

While in town to judge the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair, visitors from countries including Bangladesh, Egypt, Mexico, New Zealand and Thailand will tour this in-district charter school specializing in scientific inquiry and visit classrooms and science labs. Their visit to the Alamo City was at the invitation of the San Antonio Council for International Visitors in conjunction with the U.S. State Department to showcase this nation’s science and technology education. Harris was chosen as an example of how students are being prepared to enter the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

March 7-10 — Applications accepted for pre-kinder and Head Start programs 
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alamo Convocation Center, 110 Tuleta Drive

Parents of 3- and 4-year-olds eligible for these programs my submit applications for the 2011-12 school year. Students will be selected based upon specific criteria including need. For more information call 222-8591.

March 8 (Tues) — Jefferson High School student exhibit
5 p.m. at the Architecture Foundation of San Antonio, 200 E. Grayson St.

Works by Estrella Perdomo will be shown in her first exhibit. The Jefferson High School student’s theme will feature natural voices, and the seven pieces will include contemporary style and art nouveau depictions in acrylic, pencil, and watercolor.

March 8 (Tues) — Visit by El Rey Feo
2:15 p.m. at Maverick Elementary School, 107 Raleigh Place

His royal highness El Rey Feo (aka the “ugly” king), will grace his loyal subjects with a visit to promote literacy, education and San Antonio’s rich history. Two Maverick students who are members of the king’s official court also will be recognized.

March 8 (Tues) — Zumba Dance Night
6 p.m. at Maverick Elementary School, 107 Raleigh Place

In honor of National Nutrition Month, the school’s PTA is sponsoring an evening of exercise, and health and wellness tips.

March 9 (Wed) — Bully awareness banner ribbon-cutting ceremony
9:30 a.m. at Schenck Elementary School, 101 Kate Schenck Ave.

Making its official debut will be the new anti-bullying campaign “Our School is too Cool to be Cruel.” Slogan creator Danie Soliz also will be recognized. The 5th-grader’s phrase was selected for the campaign following a schoolwide slogan contest.  Also to be debuted is an anti-bully pledge created by the Student Council. Funding for the banner was provided by the school’s PTA.

March 10-11 — Radio Disney wellness visits
Representatives from the popular network Radio Disney AM 1160 will present health and fitness tips for students on:

● March 10 (Thurs) - 9 a.m. at Barkley-Ruiz Elementary School, 1111 S. Navidad St.

● March 11 (Fri) – 9 a.m.  at Franklin Elementary School, 1915 W. Olmos Drive
March 12 (Sat) — M.A.S.H. Bash
2 to 5 p.m. at Highlands High School, 3118 Elgin Ave.

Members of the school’s Voices for Animals Club in conjunction with SpaySA is sponsoring free spaying and neutering for cats and dogs. Information on responsible pet ownership also will be provided. Activities will include an animal costume contest, dog trick show, music, food and other fun activities. Proceeds will benefit Voices for Animals. M.A.S.H. (Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital) Bash is among the services club members provide including rescuing pets abandoned at or near their school and ensuring medical care for those in need. 


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