National Night Out brings HISD community together
Hundreds of families in the Harlandale ISD community came together at Memorial Stadium to celebrate the 35th annual National Night Out (NNO) event on Oct. 2.
NNO is celebrated each year across the nation to strengthen relationships in the community and to promote police-community partnerships in our neighborhoods.
This year’s event featured a talented line-up of student performances, Zumba sessions, free food, games and raffle prizes. District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran and School Board President Juan Mancha also shared a few words to show support for the annual event.
Elementary choirs sang their hearts out while cheer and dance teams showed off amazing routines. High school mariachi bands delivered the final performances of the evening, earning a standing ovation from the crowd.
More than 20 local organizations and vendors were also on hand to share information about their services and handed out free items to attendees.
Carroll Bell celebrates learning with fun Camp Out
Third through fifth grade students at Carroll Bell Elementary School celebrated the end of the first six weeks with a fun and interactive Camp Out on Oct. 3.
The event was organized by Carroll Bell Teacher Victoria Martinez to give students a real world experience of what they have been learning in the classroom.
“We are doing projects for our homework and incorporating technology,” Martinez said. “And, we thought it would be neat that for every six weeks we have some kind of culminating event afterwards.”
As part of the homework projects, the students had the opportunity to choose their own assignments such as writing a camping story, creating shopping lists and budgets for camping trips, or studying maps to calculate distances between parks and trails.
“After planning the projects, we realized a lot of them had never been camping,” Martinez added. “So, we thought it would be cool to give them a hands-on camping experience. It’s been really fun!”
During the Camp Out, students participated in different stations throughout the campus, where they learned how to make s’mores, tie a rope, play fun camping games, set up a tent, make friendship bracelets and even learn how to cast a fishing line.
Way to go, Carroll Bell!
Families enjoy Literacy Night at Schulze Elementary
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss.
Schulze Elementary School transformed into “Seussville” to host a fun and interactive Dr. Seuss-themed Literacy Night on Sept. 27.
Administrators and teachers dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character and welcomed students and their families to celebrate the joys of reading.
Teachers created fun and interactive activities based on some of Dr. Seuss most popular books including “The Cat in the Hat,” “There’s a Wocket in the Pocket,” “Fox in Socks,” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
Families also enjoyed special book readings, memory games and participated in trivia games using the app “Kahoot!”
“Tonight is all about celebrating literacy with parents and families,” Schulze Elementary Principal Victoria Treviño said. “Our goal is to encourage all our students to read and to show them just how fun reading can be.”
Way to go, Schulze Elementary!
Collier Elementary opens learning garden
Children, families, teachers and administrators celebrated the grand opening of a new learning garden at Collier Elementary on Sept. 27.
The garden, which promotes healthy nutrition and physical activity, will serve as an outdoor classroom for Collier students and enrich science learning.
Through the program, students will learn how to grow and harvest their own vegetables, make better food choices and prepare nutritious recipes they can share with their families. Teachers will follow a fun curriculum provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in San Antonio.
“This is our first school-wide garden, so we’re super excited,” Collier Elementary Pre-K Teacher Melissa Acosta said. “The kids can’t wait to start working. It is something totally brand-new for them, and I think it will be a fun learning experience for them.”
All grade levels will have the opportunity to participate and work in the garden. Together, they will plant oregano, cilantro, basil, tomatoes and much more.
“I think it’s important to expose kids to a lot more things out there,” Acosta added. “This garden will not only help them in life, but will also help them right now with what they’re doing in science, math, reading and writing, so it’s going to help them all across the board.”
Way to go, Collier Elementary!
HISD celebrates Custodial Worker Appreciation Week
In honor of Custodial Worker Appreciation Week, Harlandale ISD would like to thank those who make our district shine day-in and day-out.
School custodians not only maintain every school building, they play an essential role in the health, attitude and pride of our students and staff.
From cleaning classrooms to trash disposal, Harlandale ISD depends on school custodians to do a wide variety of jobs to make schools great places for students to learn.
“We would like to thank our exceptional custodians for their commitment to our students, staff, schools, facilities and community,” HISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal said. “The work that each of our custodians performs is vitally important to the success of our mission. These faithful, dedicated employees are an essential part of our Harlandale family.”
Harlandale ISD extends a sincere thank you to every custodial staff member for their commitment and dedication to the district.
Harlandale HS hosts Pink Out football game
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Harlandale Indians hosted a Pink Out Football game when they played against the Harlan Hawks on Oct. 4.
Families, teachers, cheerleaders, dancers and band members 'pinked out' the stands to show their support for the Harlandale Indians and breast cancer awareness.
Good luck to the Harlandale Indians as they take on the Winn Mavericks on Oct. 12 at Eagle Pass! Go, Indians!
The CTE Department held its first Bridging Committee Meeting of the school year on Oct. 3! Industry leaders, college recruiters and CTE teachers joined together to create advisory committees for each CTE program at HISD. If you are interested in learning more about the HISD Advisory Committee please contact Tracy Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Billy Logwood at email@example.com.