The Wayside Insider News from Wayside Schools - Summer Break Edition



Congratulations on another great year in the books!

We’ve had an exceptional year, and I am very encouraged by the tremendous academic and personal growth our scholars achieved. Each presentation, homework assignment and essay puts them one step closer to the ultimate goal: college. None of this would be possible without encouragement and guidance from you. I’d like to thank all of you for your continued support of our scholars.

I’d also like to take a moment to wish our teachers and scholars a wonderful summer break. You’ve all worked incredibly hard this year, and you’ve earned a relaxing, restful time. I look forward to seeing you back at school in July eager and ready to tackle the year ahead!

Together we prepare college ready, community engaged citizens.

Matt Abbott, Superintendent

What's In This Edition:

  • Network News: Highlights from our 2019 graduation ceremony, our All Means All winners for the school year, End-of-Year Roundup, 10th-grade personal projects, summers at Wayside, and the 2019-20 calendar.
  • Upcoming Events


Congratulations, Class of 2019!

The Class of 2019 is off to change the world! On May 24, our 32 seniors received high school diplomas in front of friends, family and Wayside staff at the Texas Capitol. We are incredibly proud of this outstanding group of scholars, and can't wait to see what they do next.

Campus & Teacher Awards

This morning, the entire Wayside Schools team gathered to celebrate wins for the year. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Campus and Leader winners for Spring 2019.
  • Best Attendance for Spring: Wayside: Eden Park Academy
  • Most Improved Attendance for Spring: Wayside: Eden Park Academy
  • Lowest Scholar Mobility in Spring: Wayside: Eden Park Academy
  • Highest Q12 Score for a Team in Spring: Wayside: Altamira Academy
  • Most Improved Q12 Score for a Team in Spring: Wayside Schools Network Operations Team
  • Highest Q12 Score for a Leader in Spring: Francisco Garcia, Director of Campus Operations
  • Most Growth for a Leader in Spring: Dr. Katherine Fugate, Director of Special Education
All Means All school-wide winners for 2018-19.

Overall All Means All winners for each school and the entire network were also announced.

  • Overall Winner for Wayside Schools: Diana Diez, Wayside: Altamira Academy
  • Wayside: Altamira Academy: Diana Diez
  • Wayside: Eden Park Academy: Lisa Haydt
  • Wayside: REAL Learning Academy: Maritza Gladyn
  • Wayside: Sci-Tech Middle School: Jennifer Pennington
  • Wayside: Sci-Tech High School: Matthew Payne
  • Network Support Team: Fernando Suarez

End-Of-Year Roundup

From field days to graduations, the last week of school is always an exciting time to be a Waysider!

10th Grade Personal Projects

Tenth-graders at Wayside: Sci-Tech High School presented their IB Personal Projects in May. This is an open-ended assignment where scholars pick a topic of interest to them, and research extensively. This year's wide-ranging topics included Korean culture, dance, sleep cycles, mastering the high jump, the foster care system, and many more.

Summer At Wayside

Did you know Wayside Schools doesn't close for the summer? As our teachers and scholars depart for the summer, our Wayside Schools Network Support Team (NST) is gearing up for a productive nine weeks!

FACILITIES: Our facilities team provides upgrades to all Wayside Schools campuses over the summer.

ENROLLMENT: Our enrollment team works throughout the summer to meet new families and spread Wayside's message. This summer, they'll be attending several community events and enrolling new families. If you know anyone interested in attending Wayside, there is still space in select grades for 2019-2020. Contact our enrollment team at enroll@waysideschools.org.

COMMUNICATIONS: We'll stay in touch over the summer. Expect to see emails and texts with back-to-school information, including shuttle routes, school supplies and dismissal maps. We will also keep you updated on Facebook. Make sure to like our page to stay up-to-date on news in the upcoming year.

LEADERSHIP: Over the summer, our Leadership team sets priorities for the upcoming year, and helps roll them out to each campus. In addition, they work to purchase new equipment for the schools, balance budgets, and on-board new staff.

2019-2020 Academic Calendar

Download the calendar by clicking here.


  • July 1-5: Network Offices Closed
  • July 19: Teachers Return to Campus
  • July 29: Meet The Teacher
  • July 31: First Day of School

Stay tuned for more updates from us over the summer!

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