Frontier Bowl celebrates 55 years
Nearly 10,000 administrators, teachers, students, family members and community members gathered at Memorial Stadium for the 55th annual Frontier Bowl on Nov. 2.
To kick-off the big game, the Harlandale and McCollum choirs teamed up to perform a remarkable performance of the national anthem.
Despite the cold weather, the Harlandale Indians and McCollum Cowboys battled with determination and showed terrific team effort. The excitement in the stadium was palpable as both teams made magnificent catches and runs, as well as incredible passes.
Ultimately, the Indians defeated the Cowboys with a 54-0 win!
The mascots, marching bands and school chants captured the true essence of the game - the Harlandale community coming together as one big family.
In honor of the longest-running high school bowl game, both high schools took part in several traditions throughout the week leading up to the game.
The cheerleaders and dance teams decorated central office in all things maroon, green and gold, campus leaders came together at the traditional “Round Up” event at McCollum HS and each school hosted fun Night Pep Rallies.
Tailgating is definitely one of the most popular traditions that gets better each year. Barbeque pits and vehicles were spread out among both parking lots as smoke from the fires were grilling up tasty food items such as turkey legs, fajitas, sausage and burgers for all to enjoy.
The inaugural Big Bib BBQ Rib Eating Contest, sponsored by HESA, also took place during the tailgating.
Harlandale ISD also introduced the five new members of the Harlandale ISD Hall of Fame in front of the home crowd. The inductees this year are Harlandale HS alumni Javier “Jay” Mora and Antonio “Tony” Soto Jr., McCollum HS alumni Jacob Garcia and Terry Raley, as well as community service honoree Esequiel “Zeke” Mendoza.
McCollum softball player signs with Lamar University
McCollum High School senior Nicollette Ramirez signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Lamar University on Nov. 14.
Family, friends, coaches and administrators gathered in the Main Gym to cheer on Nicolette as she put pen to paper and made her decision official.
Prior to the official signing, the talented softball player expressed her gratitude toward her coaches, teammates, teachers and family for their unconditional support throughout the years.
“Thank you to everyone that is here, my support system is amazing and I couldn’t be here with you,” Nicolette expressed.
Career Days inspire Adams Elementary students
Young students at Adams Elementary recently got a glimpse of real-life occupations during the school’s annual Career Days on Nov. 7-8.
More than 40 local professionals made a special visit to the school across the two days to introduce students to a variety of fields available to them.
Some of the professionals that students had the opportunity to hear from included nurses, fire fighters, authors, pharmacists, municipal court case managers, paramedics, professional wrestlers, animal care workers, police officers, dental assistants, food service workers, counselors, librarians and armed forces personnel.
“Students were given the opportunity to ask questions and participate in hands on activities that gave them a glimpse of what each career entailed,” Adams Elementary Social Worker Jennifer Montes said.
Throughout the presentations, students took notes and drew pictures to help them remember their experiences
HISD teachers recognized for integrating digital literacy in the classroom
A total of 12 Harlandale ISD teachers earned special recognition for being top users in the nation of the software program Learning.com for the 2017-18 school year.
The program, used in all elementary and middle schools, gives students the opportunity to learn and develop digital literacy skills such as keyboarding, word processing, computational thinking and coding.
To celebrate their achievement, Harlandale ISD Instructional Technology Facilitators Sara Dunn, Marguerite Lowak and Amy Montesdeoca hosted a special reception, with the help of Shelly Pulliam, at Central Office on Nov. 12.
“It was important for us to recognize these teachers because they are going above and beyond to teach students how to use digital literacy which will help prepare them for college and the workforce,” Dunn said.
All the teachers received a certificate as they enjoyed their delicious refreshments. Principals Sylvia Tovar, Dr. Traci Smith and Taleen Bloom were also in attendance to support their teachers.
The awards were classified into three categories:
Digital Literacy Champions (top 16 – 20 percent of Learning.com teachers nationwide): KMS Teacher Lesley Fielding, KMS Teacher Yvette Escobedo, Gilbert Elementary Teacher Claudia Garcia, Morrill Elementary Teacher Erika Jaramillo and Adams Elementary Teacher Kristen Guevara.
Digital Literacy Experts (top 6 – 15 percent of Learning.com teachers nationwide): LMS Teacher Wendy Maron, SWF Elementary Teacher Joshua Romero, Columbia Heights Elementary Teacher Christina Hernandez, KMS Teacher Caroline Macias and KMS Teacher Annie Zoll.
Digital Literacy Masters (top 5 percent of Learning.com teachers nationwide): HMS Teacher Tricia Kilbride and Carroll Bell Elementary Teacher Charlotte Kreusel.
McCollum students learn about school psychology
In light of School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW), Trinity University student Edith Pantoja visited McCollum psychology classes to speak to students about the school psychology profession on Nov. 14.
Pantoja, who is currently completing her psychology internship at Harlandale ISD, talked about the important role school psychologists play to help all students thrive.
She shared that this year’s SPAW theme is “Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!” A password is a personal key for unlocking any number of areas of potential in our lives. School psychologists are skilled at assisting students and staff in unlocking the resources, proactive and preventative skills, and positive connections necessary to unlock one’s full potential to succeed in school and life.
Harlandale ISD Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Marlo Mitchell-Gonzalez hopes the visit helps raise awareness about school psychology among students.
“We want to let students know that this is a potential career path to go down because there is a critical shortage of school psychologists at this time,” Mitchell-Gonzalez said. “We all know what a teacher or counselor does, but a lot of people don’t know about school psychologists. We want them to know the pros of becoming a school psychologist.”
Harlandale ISD’s Licensed Specialists in School Psychology currently assist students ages 3-21 every day to strengthen connections between home, school and the community. They provide academic, behavior and mental health supports, evaluation, assessment and data analysis, and consultation with teachers and families.
Thursday Night Lights: Harlandale HS wraps up great season
The Harlandale Indians kept their spirits high as they braved the cold and faced the Wagner Thunderbirds in their playoff game on Nov. 15.
Football fans filled the bleachers to cheer on the Indians one last time this year.
Congratulations to the Harlandale Indians on a great football season! We are looking forward to another exciting season in 2019!
Stonewall flanders' ACE families relax with art
Stonewall Flanders’ ACE program held a successful night of painting with families on Nov. 14.
ACE Family Engagement Specialist Maria Ayon explained that painting can be therapeutic as it allows the mind to focus on the images at hand and on nothing else.
“This focus toward one central topic relieves stress on the mind, and in turn, relaxes the body,” Ayon said.
She added that the greatest benefit was the fact that painting provided parents and children a great platform to bond and to spend valuable time together.
A big thank you to the ACE families at Stonewall Flanders for their dedication and participation to ACE family events!
San Antonio College, in conjunction with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted the 9th Annual CORE 4 STEM Family Day Expo this past weekend. Harlandale ISD middle school students got the opportunity to explore STEM careers right here in San Antonio. KSAT 12 was on hand to feature all the excitement and interviewed Kingsborough Middle School student Asjahanna Garcia! Way to go, Asjahanna!
In honor of Veterans Day, Harlandale HS Cafeteria staff recognized their team member Jose “Jay” Montanez for his service to our country. Montanez served in the Army from 1999-2008. He is a recipient of two Purple Hearts and now serves 1,850 students at Harlandale High School. “We are proud to have Jay on our team and thank him for his service,” Harlandale HS Cafeteria Manager Olivia Lopez said.
Morrill Elementary celebrated the fun in reading and writing with Author’s Day on Nov. 15. Each grade level focused on a different book with interactive activities. Parents were also excited to join in on the fun. Congratulations to the first grade team for winning the bulletin contest! Grade level teams were scored on originality and creativity, student work, book theme and the activity they did. As the big winners, all of first grade enjoyed a nacho party in the afternoon!
Through the ACE after school program, Gillette Elementary students in the Culinary Club learned how to read recipes, make smoothies and no-bake pies! “I hope students will learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills when presenting their food items,” Gillette Elementary Academic Dean Julia Gimbel said. Students are very excited to share with their parents what they have cooked and learned. “Thank you ACE for partnering with Gillette to create these wonderful experiences for our students!” Gimbel added.