Harlandale Insider week of feb. 4

Rayburn News Crew to be featured on News 4 SA

Rayburn Elementary School’s News Crew will be featured in WOAI NBC News Channel 4 San Antonio's segment "Go Public with David."

News 4 Anchor David Chancellor recently stopped by the campus to watch the talented group of students in action while they filmed their live broadcast in the library.

Every morning, Rayburn News Crew members share information about what is happening at their school to their fellow students, as well as health tips, weather, lunch menu items and fun exercises. As members of the school’s Kids School Health Advisory Council (KSHAC) program, they also strive to promote a healthy lifestyle on campus.

Chancellor was so impressed with how the kids worked together that he even asked for their autograph.

Third-grader Elizabeth Segura, one of the co-anchors, told Chancellor that she decided to join the News Crew because she hopes to be a television anchor one day.

“I watch the news every morning with my grandma, and I thought, maybe I could that that too,” she said. “It’s very fun.”

Elizabeth added that even when the crew make mistakes, they always support each other.

“We believe in each other and tell each other that we can do it,” she said. “The best part about being in News Crew is that I can meet people that I haven’t met make a lot of friends.”

The segment is scheduled to air on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. on WOAI NBC News Channel 4 San Antonio.

Way to go, Rayburn News Crew!

Leal Middle School celebrates Black History Month

Leal Middle School celebrates Black History Month

Leal Middle School is hosting its third annual Black History Month Celebration with fun and educational events taking place throughout the campus.

This week, the school kicked off the celebration by highlighting influential Black men and women in history during morning announcements and hosted a “Black is Beautiful Day"

“Black History Month gives us, as educators, the opportunity to shed light on significant Black people and culture that helped to build the country that we live in today,” Seventh-grade ELA Teacher Olivia Robinson said. “As a Black teacher, I think it's crucial for our students to see the beauty and power in Black culture.”

The celebration will continue with “Black Cinema Tuesdays,” where students will enjoy several films such as “Black Panther,” “Race,” and “Pride.” Guest Speaker Dr. Eddie J. Kirby, director of Enterprise Information Business Applications at CPS Energy, also gave a presentation Friday afternoon and talked about his experience in both Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups.

“Black History Month is a powerful acknowledgement and appreciation for how Black leaders past and present matter and have contributed to the fabric of the United States. I hope that students will see the immense value of multiculturalism and break free from learned assumptions or stereotypes in order to create a school campus culture that is accepting and kind,” Sixth-grade World Cultures Teacher Maribel Gonzalez said. “Through celebrating Black History Month, we are teaching students to be proud of their own culture and heritage by recognizing similarities in our struggle for civil rights and recognition.”

Along with the film screenings and guest speaker, the campus will hold a Black Culture Book Mark Competition. Students will be encouraged to decorate a bookmark that represents Black culture for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the movies.

“Through a myriad of activities such as classroom activities related to all content areas, art builds, film screenings and speaker presentations, students will learn that Black history represents leaders and accomplishments that are diverse and impactful. They will learn that they can make a difference too,” Gonzalez concluded.

Harlandale Middle School hosts Family STEAM Night

Harlandale Middle School hosts Family STEAM Night

Harlandale Middle School students enjoyed an evening full of learning during the school’s Family STEAM Night on Feb. 7.

As a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, students participated in a variety of hands-on activities and interactive challenges.

“We know that the STEAM fields in general can be somewhat intimidating, especially to children who haven’t experienced them in their community or culture, so we want kids to get out here and realize that just being naturally curious is the foundation of this,” Harlandale MS Science Teacher Kimberly Jones said. “Ideally, we would want for some of them to choose a STEAM field as a career.”

The young innovators stopped by every station, which included VEX Robotics, Forensics Fun, Space Docking, Catapults, Stop Motion Animation, Heart Rate Math, Straw Rockets and a Planetarium.

Eighth-grader Magdalena Keller was excited to attend and participate in all the activities.

“My favorite part has been robotics, it’s been a lot of fun playing the games,” Magdalena said. “I want to be an architectural engineer, so I always like the games where you have to use teamwork.”

The San Antonio Public Library and the McNay Art Museum were also present to offer fun, creative activities.

After completing every activity, students and their families enjoyed a delicious cupcake.

Lady Indians victorious over McCollum

Lady Indians victorious over McCollum

Memorial Stadium was filled with excitement as the Harlandale Indians and McCollum Cowboys Varsity Girls Soccer Teams faced each other during their rivalry matchup game on Feb. 5.

The Lady Indians displayed great teamwork and took home the win 2-0.

“We feel thankful for the win. We are excited for the rest of the season, and we know we have to continue to put in a lot of hard work,” Harlandale High School Head Coach Sonia Marin said. “We respect all the teams in our district and will continue to stay focused and work hard to accomplish our goals!”

Congratulations, Lady Indians!

HISD Boys Soccer teams draw in matchup

HISD Boys Soccer teams draw in matchup

The Harlandale ISD Boys Soccer teams went head-to-head for a district win Tuesday evening at Memorial Stadium, but both teams ended the game in a 1-1 tie.

The longtime rival matchup between the Cowboys and the Indians was intense, as each team continued to stand their ground until the clock ran out. The boys not only displayed great teamwork and competitiveness, but also made it an exciting game to watch!

“This game was a physical and high energy game, which always occurs when we play McCollum,” HHS Varsity Boys Soccer Coach Frank Aguilar said. “We are looking forward to the next couple of games and hoping to get back in the win column, which would be crucial for us to stay in the mix for the playoffs.”

Tonight the Indians will take over Memorial Stadium and face Memorial at 7 p.m. The Cowboys will have an away game going against Seguin at Matador Stadium at 7 p.m.

Good luck to both teams!

GT students visit San Antonio Museum of Art

GT students visit San Antonio Museum of Art

Gifted and Talented (GT) students in third and fourth grade recently visited the San Antonio Museum of Art.

All of the 13 Harlandale ISD elementary campuses visited the museum to learn how art supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Groups of students enjoyed guided tours and visited various parts of the museum.

Tour guides introduced students to a variety of paintings, sculptures and engineering works of art. Students learned about the time the art was created including the types of materials available during the era, the type of technology used, how math played a crucial role in how the pieces were formed, and why pieces of art from a particular culture had similar characteristics.

After the tour, students were invited to take part in a STEAM challenge. They were given a bag of materials and were asked to create a 3D sculpture without the use of any adhesives. Students were really excited to take their artwork home to show their parents. At the end of the day, students were also given a free pass to invite their family to the museum.

Harlandale Bridging Committee celebrates CTE Month

Harlandale Bridging Committee celebrates CTE Month

The Career and Technology Education (CTE) Department decided to kick-off CTE Month by hosting a Bridging Committee Industry Advisory Meeting at McCollum High School on Feb. 7.

Harlandale ISD high school educators and local industry leaders attended the meeting, which included San Antonio Sheriff’s Department representatives, firefighters, emergency technicians, a McDonald’s owner, a Texas State Technical College employee and USAA Real Estate agents.

The Harlandale Bridging Committee was established to create a platform for teachers and industry partners to collaborate.

The meeting discussed different CTE events going on during the month of February such as SA Works Job Shadow Day participation, field trips to post-secondary institutions and business sites, as well as different guest speakers attending schools.

“Strengthening and developing this amazing network allows students that opportunity to reach beyond just the classroom,” Harlandale Bridging Committee Chairman Ray Garza said. “We hope to continue growing and building our committee so that our students can succeed and achieve their goals.”

If you are interested in learning more or joining the Harlandale ISD Advisory Committee, please contact Tracy Anderson at tracy.anderson@myhisd.net.

Jewel Wietzel parents visit Alamo Employment Center

Jewel Wietzel parents visit Alamo Employment Center

Jewel Wietzel Center parents and staff recently visited the Alamo Employment Center on South Flores.

During the visit, parents and staff had the opportunity to tour the center and hear about different employment services that are available to young adults with disabilities and their family members.

In collaboration with Texas Workforce Solutions’ Marissa Garcia, parents were given a presentation describing the importance of work for individuals with disabilities and how the Center and Texas Workforce Solutions (TWS) can help make the dream of employment a possibility for their young adults.

Along with the resources available through TWS, parents were also given a presentation from the Alamo Area Council of Government (AACOG) and heard about the programs and services this organization offers to individuals with disabilities. Services included consumer benefits screening, Medicaid waiver programs and assisted residential living.

This is the first year the Jewel Wietzel Center has provided the information session opportunity to its parents and staff and everyone felt the time was very well spent and look forward to continuing this information session.

Video Feature

video: HEF Employee Fund Drive

The 19th annual Harlandale Education Foundation Employee Fund Drive has officially kicked off and will run through Feb. 20. All money raised through the drive is given out in scholarships to Harlandale ISD seniors.

This year, we are celebrating with a fun 70’s theme to try and hit $70,000! Every dollar donated will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous friend of Harlandale ISD. So remember, whatever dollar amount you donate, it will be doubled!

Day 1 kicked off with a video of some of the coolest cats in Harlandale ISD! Watch below:

Another far out feature to this year’s Fund Drive is prizes! All Harlandale employees are eligible to win! Can you dig it?!

Prizes include a brand new smart TV, one night stay at the Double Tree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown Hotel, a family 4-pack of movie passes and game cards, a Keurig, a NutriBullet, a Google Home Mini, a George Foreman Grill, a $25 VISA gift card, a 5-pack full service gift book from The Wash Tub, a three-month membership to YMCA, a cooler and cooler float, gift cards to local restaurants and businesses (including Wing Stop, Olive Garden, Bubba’s 33, Whataburger, Subway, Chick-fil-a, Top Golf and Starbucks), and an AMERICUS DIAMOND pendant valued at $500!!

Harlandale Highlights

Harlandale Highlights

Congratulations to both the MHS and HHS Varsity Mariachi groups on advancing to the State Mariachi Finals! Both groups recently competed at the Mariachi UIL Region Competition and received the highest rating of 1 and qualified for the Mariachi State Competition which will be held in Edinburg on Feb. 22-23! Their director is Edwardo Cantu. Way to go, Mariachi students!
Columbia Heights Elementary art students exhibited their Japanes inspired artwork during the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Family Day “Journey to Japan” on Feb. 3! Students also had the opportunity to experience the beauty of Japanese culture through tours and art activities including samurai helmets, origami, Noh theatre masks, sumi-e brush painting and more! Way to go, art students!
Wright Elementary School celebrated the 100th Day of School with a fun parade, posters and many 100-year-old walking around very sloooowly!
Harlandale High School Cosmetology students recently participated in the Skills USA District Competition held at Burbank High School! Big congratulations to all the student participants and winners! Projects: Best of show (state qualified) – Celeste Garcia; Blue Ribbon (state qualified) – Yazmine Frias, Larissa Gonzalez and Miranda Rios; Red Ribbon – Jasmin Sevilla and Chloe Hernandez. Barbering Competition (state qualified): Ricardo Flores – second place; Edward Rodriguez – third place. Nail Care Competition (state qualified): Lauren Martinez – first place; Larissa Gonzalez – second place.
Schulze Elementary School celebrated the 100th Day of School with fun and creative activities for the students!
Rayburn Elementary recently rewarded its students who completed different reading challenges with an exciting Technology Day! Way to go, Panthers!
Harlandale High School students recently participated in the SA Works Job Shadow Day and visited a local Wells Fargo office!
The Harlandale/Leal Advanced Treble Choir and Treble Singers represented their schools with grace and pride at the first ever Children's Chorus of San Antonio Songfest at Trinity Baptist Church on Feb. 2. The choir festival showcased the female singing voice and featured special guest performances from the Harlandale/Leal Advanced Treble Choir and a combination performance of all choir groups that participated. Way to go, choir students!
Wright Elementary celebrated a day of kindness and appreciation for teachers on Feb. 8!

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