Harlandale Insider Week of Oct. 1

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.

LMS hosts #BlueOutBullying Day

LMS hosts #BlueOutBullying Day

To kick off the first week of Bullying Prevention Month, IMPACT students at Leal Middle School hosted a #BlueOutBullying Day on Oct. 4.

All students, faculty and staff were encouraged to wear blue to show that the campus is committed to being a bully-free zone.

For IMPACT President Juliet Hernandez, it was important to spread awareness and take a stand against bullying.

“Bullying is a big issue in schools these days, and we just need to make it stop already,” the eighth grader said. “The whole month of October, we will be making announcements, and we put up posters around the halls. I hope we can spread awareness and put an end to bullying.”

The day was a success as many students and teachers were seen wearing blue and sported blue ribbons in support of #BlueOutBullying Day.

“It makes me feel good to see everyone in blue because it lets me know that they are supporting it and want to put an end to bullying too,” Juliet concluded.

Way to go, Leal MS!

Carroll Bell celebrates learning with fun Camp Out

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

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

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!

HHS student attends LEAP summer event

HHS student attends LEAP summer event

Harlandale High School senior Nathan Uvalle was one of 30 high school students selected from across the state to participate in the annual Leadership, Employment and Advocacy Project (LEAP) at Texas A&M University College Station during the summer.

The educational 10-day training program focuses on helping the youth with disabilities develop leadership and advocacy skills.

While at Texas A&M University, Nathan got a glimpse of college life as he spent time in the campus student union and dorm rooms. He also had the opportunity to enjoy fun recreational activities.

“I enjoyed walking around the campus and learning about its history and background,” Nathan said. “The dorms were my favorite part, it was really fun!”

This year’s LEAP event also included a tour of the State Capitol, a meeting with state level officials and one day of mock legislative sessions.

According to Harlandale ISD Transition Facilitator Gerald Gawlik, students who participate in the program are equipped with leadership plans to implement upon return to their communities, employment skills and a plan to attain independence.

“Each student comes back a little more confident about their future,” he said.

Way to go, Nathan!

HISD celebrates Custodial Worker Appreciation Week

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

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!

Harlandale Libraries provide tools for English Language Learners

Harlandale Libraries provide tools for English Language Learners

Monthly Column by Coordinator of Libraries and Instructional Materials Lisa Kulka

When I was a kid my family had a set of encyclopedias that came from the grocery store.

Each week when my mom shopped she could buy one volume of the encyclopedia for 99 cents. It took many months but we ended up with a complete set.

Maybe that’s where my desire to become a librarian began. My dad and I would play a game where I would open up a random encyclopedia volume (such as the “H” volume), pick a topic (Hoover Dam), and I would ask him to tell me everything he knew about that topic. He was a genius! (And still is at 80 years old!) I loved those encyclopedias! Nowadays, not many homes have sets of encyclopedias.

But did you know that you have access to a digital encyclopedia that is paid for by our school district?

Take a few moments to check out Encyclopedia Britannica Online. (Username is: Harlisd. Check with your student or librarian for the password.) Access it from any computer, tablet or even your phone.

You can use it for homework and save articles to the your account for later use. It’s available in three levels: elementary, middle and high so that students can work at just the right reading and information level. It will translate articles into Spanish, but also has a Spanish language version: Enciclopedia Moderna - Britannica.

Take a moment to check it out! It’s a valuable learning tool, but there’s fun stuff to do there too. Play a game with your child and have them quiz you about what you might know about an interesting topic.

Bonding with your child over an encyclopedia? It worked for me and my dad!

See other digital resources that are available here.

Questions about Harlandale ISD’s libraries? Contact Lisa Kulka: 210-989-4345

Harlandale Highlights

harlandale highlights

Congratulations to the McCollum Cowboy Band on winning "Best 5A Band" at the second annual Seguin Marching Festival on Sept. 29! The percussion also won "Best Percussion!"
Congratulations to the Harlandale High School Band for winning “Outstanding Color Guard” in Division 5A at the East Central Marching Festival on Sept. 29!
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 tracy.anderson@myhisd.net or Billy Logwood at billy.logwood@myhisd.net.
Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal held the first Parent Advisory Committee meeting of the school year on Oct. 4. Cabinet members and the HISD Police Department were also on hand to share updates and to answer any questions from parents.
Wright Elementary fourth grade students created more than 75 letters and drawings to wish the McCollum Cowboys the best of luck in their football game against the Winn Mavericks tonight at Memorial Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. Way to go, Wright Elementary! Good luck, Cowboys!
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Harlandale ISD brought a mobile mammogram screening unit to Memorial Stadium on Oct. 5. The service was open to employees and staff.
Harlandale ISD partnered with HEB to provide free flu shots to HISD employees and their family members who are covered under the District's health plan! There will be another flu shot opportunity for employees and their families at the Harlandale HS library on Oct. 8 from 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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