Coming Attractions - October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012

Oct. 27 (Sat) — SAISD students to lead Haunted Family Workshop
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Architecture at the Pearl, 200 E. Grayson St.
Jefferson High School architecture students will lend their assistance to children in creating their own custom-built haunted houses. Their participation is part of an ongoing partnership between Jefferson’s Architecture & Environmental Studies Magnet and the San Antonio Architecture Foundation.

Oct. 29 thru Nov. 1 — Free family fitness

Starting at 5 p.m. at the SAISD schools listed below.
The popular Zumba dance fitness program is being offered to the community weekly through December at eight District campuses. The free classes are in partnership with Health Collaborative, a local network of citizens, community organizations and businesses. Upcoming sessions will be:

● Oct. 29 (Mon) – at Burbank High School, 1002 Edwards St.

● Oct. 29 (Mon) – at Lanier High School, 1514 W. César Chávez Blvd.

● Oct.  30 (Tues) – at Brackenridge High School, 400 Eagleland Drive

● Oct.  30 (Tues) – at Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave.

● Oct.  30 (Tues) – at Highlands High School, 3118 Elgin Ave.

● Oct.  31 (Wed) – at Sam Houston High School, 4635 E. Houston St.

● Oct.  31 (Wed) – at Rogers Elementary School (for the Edison High School community), 620 McIlvaine St.

● Nov. 1 (Thurs) – at Fox Tech High School, 637 N. Main Ave.

Oct. 30 (Tues) — Certified Tourism Ambassadors Program launch to feature SAISD students

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Mission Concepcion Sports Complex, 714 E. Theo Ave.
Members of the Burbank High School Orange Jacket’s cheer and pep squad and the Bulldog Band have been invited to host a pep rally for the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau’s launch of this program designed to assist business owners in helping to set San Antonio apart as a tourism destination.

Oct. 30 (Tues) — Second Annual INSPIRE Awards Gala and alumni tours

Tour times listed below. Event to start at 5:30  p.m. at Villita Assembly Building, 401 Villita St.  
The gala will honor the District’s past and present shining stars comprised of alumni and teachers who are making a significant difference in education and inspiring others. The evening also will feature entertainment by student performing groups and a showcase of their work. Proceeds will contribute to increased educational opportunities for District students. Event sponsor is the SAISD Foundation, a 501CR public charity that exists solely to support the District’s schools, programs and teachers. Earlier that day some of the honored alumni will tour their alma maters. Confirmed are the following:

● 10:30 a.m. at Sam Houston High School, 4635 E. Houston St. Civic leader Karyne Jones.

● 10:30 a.m. at Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave. Attorney David Frederick

● 2 p.m. at Highlands High School, 3118 Elgin Ave. Drs. Robert and Beverly Brown,  Boston University president and BU director of development, respectively.
Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 —  Election Day-inspired lessons in democracy
Days, times and locations listed below.
Patriotic SAISD students will be participating in a variety of civic activities through Election Day. Some upcoming events will be:

● Oct 30 (Tues) – 2:45 p.m. at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, 2123 W. Huisache Ave.  A mock debate between students portraying President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be sponsored by the junior class at this all-girls school. The role of moderator also will be played by a student. This all-school event will be held in the auditorium.

● Nov. 1 (Thurs) – 7:30 to 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at J.T. Brackenridge Elementary School, 1214 Guadalupe St.  To add an air of authenticity to the school’s mock election, staff portraying the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates and Uncle Sam will greet students and parents during morning drop off as patriotic music is played.  Polls will open at 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 31 (Wed) — Storybook parade

1:30 p.m. at Franklin Elementary School, 1915 W. Olmos Drive
SAISD Trustees, Interim Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez and the police captain from Franklin’s neighboring substation have been invited to join in this celebration of literacy. As special guests they will ride in cars provided in partnership with a local car dealer, while members of the Edison High School band will supply musical accompaniment to the younger students marching in costumes representing their favorite storybook characters.

Oct. 31 (Wed) — SAISD College Night

6 to 8 p.m. at the Alamo Convocation Center, 110 Tuleta Drive
College and university representatives from schools nationwide will present information on entrance requirements, housing, financial aid and scholarships to higher education-bound students Districtwide.

Nov. 2 (Fri) — National Blue Ribbon celebrations to include mayor’s lunch and student procession to city hall

Starting at 11:45 a.m. at Fox Tech High School, 637 N. Main Ave.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will hold his monthly luncheon with business and community leaders at this historic downtown campus in recognition of Fox Tech’s selection as a national Blue Ribbon School. Afterward, students and staff will walk to nearby city hall where District 1 Councilmember Diego Bernal will present them with a proclamation honoring this designation.

Nov. 3 (Sat) — Rummage sale to benefit Voices for Animals Club

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Highlands High School, 3118 Elgin Ave.
Proceeds will benefit Highlands’ Voices for Animals Club, an advocacy group that helps to pay for veterinarian care and find homes for stray cats and dogs.

Nov. 3 (Sat) — Kingdom for Kids playground dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony

4 p.m. at Smith Elementary School, 823 S. Gevers St.
Children can have fun on two new age-appropriate playgrounds, thanks to City Year San Antonio, the Downtown Rotary Club and other partners. Smith’s is the latest SAISD beneficiary of playgrounds courtesy of Kingdom for Kids.

Nov. 3 (Sat) — Third annual Chile Bowl Gala

5:30 p.m. to midnight at the Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St.
Alumni from SAISD’s Fox Tech and Lanier high schools will enjoy an evening of festivities including auctions, dinner and dancing with proceeds to fund scholarships for their alma maters. Distinguished alums to be honored include Lanier graduate Joe Bernal, a former Texas senator, congressman and State Board of Education member and William “Bill”Sinkin, a humanitarian and San Antonio Solar founder who was graduated from Main Avenue High School, now Fox Tech. The gala was established in 2010 to keep alive the spirit of the beloved Chili Bowl, a 67-year football rivalry that ended in 2009 as part of Tech’s transition into a stand-alone Magnet high school. For more information visit

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