SOUTHSIDE ISD SURPLUS SALE
Southside ISD Surplus Sale begins April 18. Surplus Sale can be found at www.onlinepros.com . All sales must be through the online auction, please contact the Purchasing Department for item viewing on April 24. SISD Purchasing Department
Joseph Alaniz, 210-882-1600, ext. 5158.
PEARCE PRIMARY SCHOOL STAFF TREAT CHILDREN TO A STAAR PEP-RALLY
The students from Pearce Primary School were treated Wednesday morning with a big STAAR pep-rally in preparation for the big test. Students wore t-shirts that said, "Shine Brighter Than the STAAR".
Students from throughout SISD are ready to tackle the STAAR test!
SOUTHSIDE ISD EMPLOYEE INVITED TO BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT AREA DISTRICT
Jorge Topete, SISD's Parent and Community Education Coordinator was recently invited to be the Keynote Speaker at a Judson ISD district-wide Parent Conference 2014 entitled "Empowering Parents for Student Success". The conference was highly attended by JISD parents, students, staff and administrators. Mr. Topete has been with Southside ISD for 8 years and has also been invited to be a guest presenter at San Antonio's upcoming IDRA conference, which will be held April 24 at the Whitley Theological Center. Any SISD parent interested in attending the IDRA conference, please contact your child's school.
J.L. MATTHEY SYMPHONIC BAND EARNS TOP RATINGS
The J.L. Matthey Symphonic band recently participated at a UIL Concert/Sight-reading contest and earned a 1st Division in Concert and a 2nd Division in Sight-reading. Students had to prepare three selections of music for the concert portion of the contest. For the sight-reading portion, students had to play a music they had never seen before at sight. They were given 8 minutes to prepare for this but were not allowed to reproduce or make any sounds on their instruments. A 1st Division rating is considered a Superior Performance and a 2nd Division rating is considered an Excellent Performance. Congratulations to the J.L. Matthey band for a job well done!
SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL EXPLORERS BRING HOME VARIOUS 1ST PLACE AWARDS
April 11-12, 2014, Southside ISD hosted the TPSA State Student Competition, here in San Antonio, Texas. Over 300 competitors from over 22 High Schools from all over the State of Texas participated in the event. The event was a huge success and The Southside ISD Police Explorers placed very high in a number of events. The SHS Police Explorers placed 1st in the Traffic Stop Event, 2nd in SWAT, Building Search and Foot Pursuit, and 3rd in Felony Traffic Stop and Inmate Processing. Congratulations to all of our student participants and to the SHS Sponsors of the Police Explorers, Officer Eduardo Espinoza, Officer Daniel Ramos and Instructor Nelly Garza.
SOUTHSIDE ISD TEACHER OF THE YEAR HONORED AT TRINITY UNIVERSITY
Ms. Brenda Barajas was honored at Trinity University’s Teacher of the Year ceremony on Friday, April 11th. Ms. Barajas was one of twenty distinguished educators from around the area who were voted by their peers as making an impact on students and peers. Each was presented with a Tiffany Apple and a commendation from Mayor Julian Castro. SISD is very proud of Ms. Barajas. Thank you for your dedication to the students of Southside ISD!
PEARCE PRIMARY SCHOOL'S FIRST GRADE HOLDS ITS ANNUAL READING RESTAURANT
This year's annual Reading Restaurant was bigger than ever, with lots of parents in attendance.
First grade students have been preparing all year for this exciting event where parents, special guests and students from other grades enjoy listening to first graders read to them. On the menu: Appetizers, just enough to get someone's appetite interested for more reading. Main Courses, full flavored and robust reading. Desserts were scrumptious treats that were sure to please. One of the first grade teachers Ms. Loriann Garses said, "This is an exciting activity for the students, and one they look forward to every year."
In picture: Pearce Primary School parent Mrs. Serenity Stringer and her son Aiden Stringer reading to her
SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GOLF ARE THE DISTRICT CHAMPIONS
The Southside Cardinals led by sophomores Obed Alvarado and Devin Erfurth are the 29-4A District Champions. The game was played Monday and Tuesday April 7th and 8th. Alvarado opened with a 75 on the first round and teammate Devin Erfurth closed the second round with a 73 at the Pleasanton Country Club. Anthony Perez, Jesse Esparza and Ryan Erfurth also had low scores to secure the Cardinals 12th District Title. Alvarado was overall District Champion and Erfurth was Runner Up. The Cardinals advanced to the Region IV-4A Tournament at Comanche Trace Country Club in Kerrville. CONGRATULATIONS CARDINALS!!
L to R: Ryan Erfurth, Jesse Esparza, Obed Alvarado, Devin Erfurth and Anthony Perez
KENS5 AND SACU RECOGNIZE SOUTHSIDE ISD GALLARDO ELEMENTARY TEACHER
KENS5 Anchor Barry Davis along with San Antonio Credit Union representatives showed up to recognize Southside ISD's KENS5 Excel Award recipient, Mrs. Melissa LeComte, Art Teacher at Gallardo Elementary.
Mrs. LeComte was selected by a committee and by her peers at Gallardo to represent SISD. SISD Superintendent of Schools Ricardo Vela and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Phil Chavez were there to witness this great recognition. Gallardo staff and students were excited to see
get the famous Excel Award apple. Congratulations to Mrs. Melissa LeComte!
SOUTHSIDE ISD ALE, LIFE SKILLS STUDENTS CREATE A WORK OF ART
While studying the Civil Rights Movement in America students were shown a Norman Rockwell picture and a short Disney Movie on Ruby Bridges. They studied several Civil Rights Leaders such as Cesar Chavez, Mrs. Truth, MLK, and Gandhi. The students were then asked to draw a picture that describes the struggle in America during the Civil Rights Movement. One of the students, Taylor Yanta, drew this amazing picture of Ruby Bridges completely from memory. This work of Art was created during the Government/U.S. History class by the student in the ALE (Alternative Learning Experience) Life Skills class.
PEARCE PRIMARY CHOIR STUDENTS PUT ON A SHOW AT THE SA RAMPAGE
Members of the Pearce Choir were invited to sing at the San Antonio Rampage game on the evening of Friday, March 28. They sang the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada", to honor the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs team. Choir director Christian Withers, the students and their parents enjoyed the game together as well.
SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL HOSTS SUCCESSFUL UIL DISTRICT 29-41 ACADEMIC MEET
Saturday March 29, Southside High School hosted the UIL District 29-4A Academic meet and had tremendous success. Our UIL team won 2nd place Sweepstakes with 388 points totaled from 25 events. We had 6 individual 1st place finishes, 4 1st place teams and 5 2nd place teams. In all we have 26 Regional qualifiers! Results and Regional qualifiers for each event are below.
These students should be congratulated for representing Southside so well.
HERITAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOSTS PARENTS EVENT
On March 19th, Heritage hosted a HeadStart Fatherhood initiative to encourage young fathers to become involved in their child's education. "Game Night" was the theme and Family Services Association, Ms. Elizabeth Garcia, from Heritage and Family Services Association, Yolanda Orozco, from Freedom hosted the event. Game night provided families with games that they can play at home with their children. Kids and parents enjoyed the event.
THE SISD SCHOOL HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (SHAC) THANKS YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT WELLNESS EXTRAVAGANZA EVENT
Southside ISD held its 11th annual Wellness Extravaganza Saturday, March 22, where hundreds were in attendance. The event was packed with students, parents, staff members and community. Children's choirs from all schools were represented at this exciting and informative event, where sessions for parents and community members were also offered. Over 40 agencies were in attendance sharing important information about the free services they can provide to our Southside community.
SHAC meetings are every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. in the PDC (Dr. Lozano Bldg, off Martinez-Losoya Rd.). Parents are invited to attend.
SISD, SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL’S UIL PERFORMANCE WAS SPECTACULAR
NOTE: COME CHECK OUT THEIR FREE PERFORMANCE THIS THURS. MARCH 27 AT 5 & 7 PM AT THE SHS AUDITORIUM
"The Learned Ladies", by Moliere
Last week, the (University Interscholastic League) UIL One Act Play students from Southside competed and won Alternate at the zone contest. Sarah Stevenson won a medal for Honor Crew and Esteban Morales, Anna Miller, Anjelica Lozano, Jonathan Guillen, Hunter Baker and George Franco won individual acting awards for their roles. Theater Director Brandon Robinson said, “All of the students involved represented Southside spectacularly and performed the best show they have ever done and I could not have asked for anything more.”
The following students were also part of the cast and crew and should also be congratulated on the excellent performance: Elizabeth Clement, Taylor Ochoa, Alexandra Rivas, Samantha Lopez, Jacob Hernandez, Benjamin Miller, Enrique Franco, Emily Lopez, Christopher Skoog and Shawn Silva.
Southside also held the District 29 4A UIL One Act Play contest this Saturday with Memorial, Medina Valley, McCollum and Harlandale competing.
To be announced: The SHS students are planning a public performance this week for the community. These students have worked tremendously hard and deserve for their work to be seen one more time.
SOUTHSIDE ISD GOES PUBLIC!
PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE GREAT!
GALLARDO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECEIVES MONEY FOR BOOKS
The Gallardo Elementary School library was recently awarded the 2014 Target Books for Schools Program grant. The school was awarded the $500 Books for Schools Award. Books were provided by First Book Marketplace. Target is also contributing another $450 in items for the library.
Joe Centeno is a Target employee who nominated the Gallardo Library for the reading program. His three daughters attend Gallardo Elementary.
Pictured: Christina 1st grade, Adrianna 4th grade and Isabella 2nd grade.
J.L. MATTHEY MIDDLE SCHOOL HOLDS ITS FIRST EVER AVID COLLEGE FAIR
J.L. Matthey Middle School holds its first ever AVID College Fair. AVID stands for, “Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance.” Matthey Middle School AVID students researched colleges, prepared business cards and posters of their college. The students answered questions from the student body all in an effort to inform other students about college.