1 A publication of the San Antonio Independent School District Spring 1999 Inside this issue: Construction update Page 3 Graduation schedule Page 2 New calendar features later start date, eliminates intersessions In a move designed to cut costs, the Board of Education recently approved a more traditional instructional calendar for the school year. The new calendar replaces one adopted in January Major changes include elimination of the two-week fall and spring intersessions, which were used for remedial and enrichment instruction. The new school year also will start about a week later than in recent years. The reporting date for teachers is Aug. 3. Classes start Aug. 9. Staff recommended the changes to offset anticipated shortfalls in the District s budget. The calendar will save the SAISD approximately $3.6 million this fiscal year. The current, modified year-round calendar format was initiated Districtwide during the school year. Prior to that, individual schools were able to choose between traditional and year-round schedules. Copies of the new calendar will be distributed to students at their schools. The calendar also may be viewed on the SAISD HomePage, Instructional Calendar Aug. 9 First day of school Sept. 6 District holiday (Labor Day) Oct. 11 Nov District holidays (Thanksgiving) Dec. 17 Dec. 20-Jan. 3 District holidays (Mid-winter break) Jan. 4 Jan. 17 District holiday (M.L. King Jr. Day) March 10 * On student holidays, teachers are on duty and District offices are open. On District holidays, schools and offices are closed. March District holidays (Spring break) April 21 & 24 District holidays April 28 District holiday (Battle of Flowers Parade) May 24 Last day of school SAISD.NET A new home on the Web There were no moving vans, no boxes, and no tearyeyed goodbyes. Yet despite the lack of physical evidence, the SAISD has just completed a move of worldwide proportions. On March 22, the SAISD HomePage on the World Wide Web moved to its new address at In addition to the obvious benefit of a new, easy-to-remember address, the change also means faster Internet access for SAISD students and staff. The address change also marks the completion of a massive redesign of the site. Highlights include an all-new Facts & Figures section, with current statistics on District schools, employees, budget and taxes, and student performance. The SAISD Bond Construction Program also has its own section on the site, featuring project summaries for proposed improvements at each campus. Old favorites with a new look include the Latest News section, featuring on-line access to District publications as well as School Board Agendas and Updates for each meeting. The District Schools section also sports a splashy new design, and continues to be the gateway to individual schools Web sites. Since it first went on-line in early 1996, the SAISD HomePage was accessed through the Texas Education Network (TENET), the joint venture of The University of Texas and Texas Education Agency that first brought Internet access to Texas public schools. However, the demand for better, faster on-line access recently prompted Technology Network staff to look to the private sector for Internet service. The District s current contract is with Southwestern Bell Internet Services. Interim Superintendent s Message Staying the course toward a new century Throughout its 100-year existence, the San Antonio Independent School District has been a trendsetter and leader among the state s and nation s public school systems. Programs developed in this district serve the varied needs of children, while new policies have been aimed at improving the instructional environment. Early this century, the SAISD led the way in the development of vocational programs and opened a night school for students who worked. In the 1920s, Superintendent Jeremiah Rhodes, for whom one of our middle schools is named, implemented the nation s first comprehensive junior school system. In 1945, Eloise Japhet School opened as the first facility in Texas for physically disabled students. Ten years later, the SAISD became the first large district in Texas to integrate public schools in the wake of the Brown vs. Board of Education case. In 1986, we were the first district in this area to hold school board elections by singlemember district, a decision that was widely lauded. For the school year, we implemented magnet schools in all eight of our high schools, Continued on page 2
2 2 SchoolZone DateBook May Parent Academy Graduation 6:30 p.m. Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University Parent & Community Council General Sessions 9 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Fox Tech High School, 637 N. Main Ave Holiday Memorial Day June 1 Citizens Oversight Committee Meeting 6 p.m. Fox Tech High School 637 N. Main Ave. 3 Last Day of School 3-9 High School Graduations (See Story This Page) 13 GED Graduation Ceremony 1:30 p.m. Jefferson High School 723 Donaldson Ave * The Central Office is at 141 Lavaca St. Board meeting times and locations subject to change. Call for the latest schedule or check the SAISD Web site at Superintendent s Message continued from page 1 offering students a great variety of special-emphasis courses of study, from fine arts to science, engineering, and technology. For this school year, the Board adopted a mandatory school uniform policy, a program now touted by parents and educators alike as making a positive difference in student behavior and the learning environment. This spring, as we celebrate the centennial of the SAISD s creation as an independent school district, the Board of Education, administration, and stakeholders must deal with a number of critical issues from preparation of the budget for next year to the program offerings at our high schools to the continuation of the student uniform program. There are no easy answers, but the path to resolving these matters lies in our communicating and collaborating as a community that cares about our children and future. In this, too, the SAISD is second to none in our commitment to engage all stakeholders parents, students, staff, residents, business persons, and taxpayers in the crucial business of educating our future citizens and community leaders. We welcome your opinions and suggestions. We want your participation in community forums, focus groups, task forces, and parent assemblies. We need your support in many ways. These are, after all, the public schools, and they can be the best only if we have the understanding, involvement, and support of the public. Even with our different opinions and preferences, it is always possible and always best to come to the table as friends and neighbors who share a deep and abiding interest in the care of our most precious resource our children. Interim Superintendent Class of 99 sizing up caps and gowns Some 2,600 seniors are candidates for graduation this June from the San Antonio Independent School District s eight high schools. Graduation ceremonies June 3 Brackenridge High School Alamodome 450 Leslie Davila Luciana Anaya June 5 Sam Houston High School 260 Tai Dillard Cristen Darden June 5 Jefferson High School Alamodome 345 Erika Hernandez Sandy Sifuentes June 6 Burbank High School 267 Liliana Villarreal-Mejia Juan Ramos for all schools will begin at 7 p.m. Below is the schedule of ceremonies, including (in order) the location, the number of candidates and the valedictorian and salutatorian for each school SAISD Graduations All begin at 7 p.m. June 7 Fox Tech High School 300 Valerie Vasquez Eva Coché June 7 Highlands High School Alamodome 402 Jaclyn Munn Michael Morin June 8 Lanier High School 310 Elizabeth Espinosa Rosalinda Penuelaz June 9 Edison High School 300 Jeyhan Kartaltepe Marivel Tovar New Life for Historic Building Family of the late Dorothy C. Pickett join SAISD officials for the March 11 dedication of the facility which bears her name. Formerly Fannin Elementary School, the 93-year-old structure at 1931 E. Houston St. was refurbished after standing vacant for more than 25 years. It will re-open this fall as the Dorothy C. Pickett Academy, an alternative campus for middle school students. Mrs. Pickett served as a teacher and administrator in the SAISD for nearly 40 years. Cutting the ribbon are (left to right) School Board President Tom Lopez, Trustee Mary Esther Bernal, Board Secretary James Howard, Trustee Dr. Julian Trevino, and Mrs. Pickett s daughter-in-law Pat Pickett, son James Pickett, daughter Donnie Pickett Dixon, and son-in-law Dr. Robert Dixon.
3 SAISD begins celebrating 100 years of learning Feel free to sing Happy Birthday! The San Antonio Independent School District turns 100 this May. As the world prepares for the new millennium, students and staff - both past and present - are planning a year s worth of celebrations to commemorate the SAISD s second century as an independent school district. One hundred years ago on May 2, the first election was held for the new board of trustees of San Antonio s public schools, signifying the District s separation from city governance. George W. Brackenridge, namesake of SAISD s second high school, became the first board president. In observation of that anniversary, District staff and the San Antonio Schools Archives Association planned an old-fashioned ice cream social for May 2. The event, held at the 113-year-old Navarro School campus, was to include free, narrated trolley tours highlighting several historic school sites, and exhibits of District memorabilia. SAISD s Central Office building at 141 Lavaca St. predates the creation of the district as an independent agency. This photograph taken in 1912 by a resident of Lavaca Street shows a flag raising ceremony at what was then Lamar Elementary School. The original portion of the structure (at right) was built in The section to the left was added around When the building was part of the city-operated school system, the top floor of the section on the right was a school and the bottom floor housed a fire station. This structure is on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction program picking up the pace As the end of the 20th century comes to a close, San Antonio s oldest school district is accelerating its major transformation designed to better prepare students in the next millennium. Expediting the SAISD s historic bond-funded construction program will help meet students needs sooner and save taxpayers money on their investment in education at the same time. In September 1997 District voters approved a $483 million bond issue, then the largest election of this sort in the history of Texas public schools. Currently, construction projects totaling more than $25 million are under way or about to begin at 24 campuses. These include major additions and renovation projects at Ball, Graebner, Huppertz, Gates, and Madison elementary schools and physical education facilities at 19 schools. Ultimately the bonds will fund more than a dozen new schools plus classroom additions and major renovations throughout the SAISD. Projects at 39 schools are now in the design phase, while those for 15 other campuses are in the final working documents phase that precedes construction bids Continued on page 6 Significant Dates in the History of San Antonio Public Schools 1828 First free primary school established in San Antonio de Bexar San Antonio City Council forms free public school system State of Texas takes over and runs free public school system City regains control of public schools High school building opens for classes at current site of Fox Tech San Antonio public schools become independent of city control First charter of San Antonio Independent School District First night school instituted Brackenridge High School opens Superintendent Jeremiah Rhodes starts nation s first comprehensive junior school system of grades SAISD begins new approach to teach English to non-english speakers Jefferson High School opens. Main Avenue High School becomes San Antonio Vocational and Technical High School Alamo Stadium completed through the Works Progress Administration Eloise Japhet School opens as state s first facility for physically disabled Los Angeles Heights, Hot Wells, and W. W. White school districts consolidate with SAISD. 1950s Largest building program in SAISD history adds 28 new schools, 66 additions, and over 1,000 classrooms SAISD first large school district in Texas to integrate in compliance with Brown vs. Board of Education Under agreement with Office of Civil Rights, SAISD begins voluntary desegregation SAISD replaces junior highs with middle schools, grades Voters approve $45 million bond issue to air-condition 75 SAISD schools First SAISD trustee election by single-member districts Magnet schools open on all eight SAISD high school campuses Voters approve $483 million bond issue for new construction and renovations throughout District District implements mandatory student uniform program. 3
4 4 District educator honored for teaching excellence For me teaching is a joy. The opportunity to touch the lives of my students is a special gift. An educator depicted by her principal as someone who demonstrates all the qualities we seek of a teacher and professional has earned the prestigious Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award. Jill Haney of Twain Middle School and two other Bexar County-area educators were honored April 16 at Trinity University. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize. Haney earlier was recognized by the SAISD Board of Education as the District s 1999 Teacher of the Year. I cannot think of a more deserving person for this honor, Twain Principal Martin Bera wrote in his nomination letter. I always look forward to visiting her classroom and use her teaching style as a model for others to follow. She has the highest expectations of Fifteen schools cited for student achievement The Texas Education Agency has awarded 15 District campuses nearly $40,000 in rewards for school improvement. The schools were among 823 statewide honored as part of the Texas Successful Schools Awards System (TSSAS). More SAISD campuses earned the TSSAS honor than any other Bexar County school district. SAISD elementary schools and their cash awards are Arnold, $1,657; Baskin, $1,949; Beacon Hill, $2,366; Bonham, $1,369; Burnet, $2,184; Hillcrest, $2,507; Japhet, $2,383; Pershing, $1,586; Wilson, $2,476; Woodlawn, $3,043 and Woodlawn Hills, $2,175. Middle schools receiving the honor are Longfellow, $3,898; Rhodes, $2,525; and Twain, $4,080. Sam Houston High School earned $5,000. The awards were based primarily on student performance on the spring 1998 Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). TAAS measures 3rd- through 8th-grade and 10th-grade reading, writing and math skills. Cash awards from $500 to $5,000 per school were given based on the number of students served. Campuses received TSSAS awards only if they ranked in the top 25 percent of all schools in the same comparison group statewide. herself and her students, Bera added. Haney, who has taught integrated language arts at Twain since 1992, also interned there while a student at Trinity University. Now, she herself is a mentor to interns from her alma mater and to new language arts teachers at Twain. For me teaching is a joy. The opportunity to touch the lives of my students is a special gift, Haney wrote in her Trinity Prize nomination letter. I think it is critical that teachers come to middle school because they want to work with young adolescents. I am at Mark Twain because I love working with this age group. They are so bright. They question everything. They keep me thinking and thinking keeps me young, she wrote. Haney has served as the school s language arts and reading department chair since This year she coordinated Twain s first Family Reading Night. She also sponsors the Twain Junior Optimist Club, is her academic team s curriculum leader and a National Reading Styles Trainer, and has served on the school s Instructional Leadership Team (ILT). The 1987 Bend (Ore.) High School graduate earned her bachelor s degree in English with high honors from Trinity in She is the eighth SAISD educator chosen for the Trinity prize since the award s inception in SAISD tops in National Board Certification applicants Nineteen San Antonio School District educators have completed the first two-year phase of the prestigious certification program conducted by the National Board for Professional Teaching. The SAISD has more candidates in the program than any other district in Texas. The District supports them by paying the application fee and a modest stipend to each successful candidate. Through the National Board certification process, educators demonstrate effective teaching practices as measured against high, rigorous standards. A National Board certificate is a credential attesting to a teacher s commitment and abilities. Offered on a voluntary basis, the advanced system of National Board certification complements state teacher certification and is used by some states as an option for teachers advanced licensing requirement. SAISD elementary educators in the program are Lisa Barrera, De Zavala; Lynn Carr, Pfeiffer; Floy Beth Chambers, Graebner; Ilna Colmere, Neal; Rachel Gonzales, Smith; Debra Ann Holzman, J.T. Brackenridge; Mary Huerta, Woodlawn; Jana Iannello, Margil; Edna Moore-Sawey, Smith; Donna Risz- Martin, Collins Garden; Nancy Sanders, Woodlawn; Jeannette Schiappa, Wilson; Judith Tarter, Woodlawn Hills; and Earline Williams, Bowden. Secondary school candidates are Sheri Jones, Maria Delaney, and Rachel Zepeda of Tafolla Middle School; Gwen Smiley of Whittier Middle School; and Raquel Beechner of Jefferson High School. SAISD students win state, national accolades Edison senior NMS finalist Edison High School s valedictorian is a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist. The distinction places Jeyhan Kartaltepe in a group representing less than 1 percent of the nation s graduating seniors honored by the College Board. The acclaim is based in part on students performance on the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) collegeentrance exam. The College Board also recognized other SAISD students for academic achievement. Martin Samarripa II of Brackenridge, Juan Ramos of Burbank, Ivan Silva of Fox Tech, and Anna Nunez, Daniel Pacheco and Tania Trejo of Jefferson have been named National Hispanic Scholar finalists. They are among some 3,000 honorees recommended to colleges and universities as outstanding candidates for admission. HBO lauds Adelante Academy production A videotaped play by Adelante Academy students earned critical acclaim in the HBO Remembers Four Little Girls contest. The play - written, acted and produced by students at the alternative high school for former dropouts - made the Home Box Office top 25 list. More than 4,000 entries were submitted in the contest commemorating four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of an Alabama church. Accolades par for Edison golfer A national honor and a state title are among the most recent accolades earned by a talented Edison High School golfer. Christi Cano was named the Girls Division Junior Golfer of the Year by the Southern Texas Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America. She also was selected an Honorable Mention Polo Golf Junior All-American at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. Lanier student Texas DECA president Delegates representing 2,500 Distributive Education Clubs of America chapters statewide elected Pablo Rodriguez president of the Texas Association of DECA. He is a junior in the Lanier Magnet School of International Banking and Business. Hawthorne artist recognized For the second time in two years a Hawthorne Elementary student triumphed over middle and high school competitors to win the Fiesta Student Art Contest. Tanya Gonzalez won this year s overall award, while three other Hawthorne students swept the elementary school category. She is only the second elementary school student ever to be overall winner in this competition sponsored by the city of San Antonio Parks and Recreations Department. Earlier this year Tanya was one of only 50 students whose drawings were displayed during the ChildArt USA Festival and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. Hawthorne student Tanya Gonzalez and her art teacher, Diane Sosa, show off Tanya s top award-winning entry in the annual Fiesta Student Art Contest. Page artist earns national honors The art work of Page Middle School student Nicholas Fraga earned him a trip to the nation s capital where he was honored by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. The 7th-grader, along with Urban SmARTs, of which he is a member, received the Coming Up Taller award. Urban SmARTs is among 10 programs nationwide honored for teaching youths the value of the arts as an alternative to drugs or gangs. Robotics teams among the BEST Student engineering teams from Edison and Highlands high schools finished in the top three of 21 area campuses that squared off in a robotics technology competition. Highlands placed second and Edison third at the contest sponsored by SA BEST - San Antonio Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology. Edison went on to place 8th and Highlands finished 13th at the state-level contest. The Highlands robot also earned honors as the Most Robust. Brackenridge student tops in Russian Brackenridge High School junior Elizabeth Lopez earned a gold medal in a national contest for Russian language students. Nine of her classmates in the Multilingual Studies Magnet School at Brackenridge and three students in the Multilingual Program at Tafolla Middle School also placed in the 1998 Russian Essay Contest, which drew thousands of entries. Japanese linguist places first in state Tafolla Middle School 8th-grader Mayra Mejia is the Texas state champion following her firstplace finish at the 10th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest. She and five of her Multilingual Program classmates were among 50 students from private and public schools statewide who competed in the contest at Rice University. Two SAISD musicians all-state Daniel Cervantes of Brackenridge High School and Christopher Jensen of Jefferson performed with the Texas All-State Band in February during the 1999 Texas Music Educators Association convention. The two were chosen for the honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at district, region, and area levels. 5
5 6 Learning need not take a summer break Summer doesn t have to mean a vacation from education. For thousands of SAISD students, summer 99 will provide time to learn for fun, bring up grades or get a jump on the school year ahead. Applications were distributed in late April. Several programs will be offered. High School Credit Basic courses include English I-IV, algebra, geometry, social studies, biology, chemistry, and integrated physics. All choice slips must be signed and returned no later than 4 p.m. May 14. Optional Extended Year Program (OEY) Remedial courses are offered to elementary and middle school students in danger of not being promoted. Elementary students will receive daily academic instruction in math and reading. Bilingual instruction also will be provided. All middle school students will be taught reading, math, social studies, and science. SAISD Summer School High School Credit June 9-July 8 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lanier High School $50 for half credit $75 for full credit Registration May a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lanier, 1514 W. Durango (Late registration June 7) Optional Extended Year Program (OEY) June 9-25 Elementary school - 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At 20 locations Middle school - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. At four locations Voyager June :30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At 20 locations GET SET June a.m. to 1 p.m. Four middle schools PREP June 7-July 28 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Times may vary by site.) Driver Education Program June 9-July 8 Classroom instruction 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Driving instruction by appointment Lanier High School $165 per student Registration May a.m. to 2 p.m. Extended Year Services (Special Education) June 9-July 8 Elementary School 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Middle School 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summer Elementary School Sites Bonham, J.T. Brackenridge*, Cameron, Collins Garden, Crockett*, Fenwick, Forbes, Highland Park*, Hillcrest*, Hirsch, Japhet, King, Lamar, Margil, Maverick, Pershing, Ruiz, W.W. White, Wilson, Woodlawn Hills* *Bilingual sites Summer Middle School Sites Cooper, Longfellow, Page and Poe. Targeted students will be provided English as a Second Language (ESL) reading classes. Parents will be notified of their child s acceptance May Voyager Selected elementary school students will explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. Transportation between the home campus and the 20 summer school sites will be provided daily for all students. GET SET (Great Educational Times in Science, Engineering and Technology) Selected middle school-age students will study water conservation. Transportation will be provided between the students home campus and the four program sites. Applications must be returned to the Highlands Science, Engineering & Technology Magnet School no later than May 21. Students must attach a copy of their third nine-week report card. Bond Construction Update continued from page 3 PREP (Pre-freshman Engineering Program) This math-centered enrichment program is designed to prepare middle and high school students for college studies in science and engineering. PREP is held at local college or community college campuses. Driver Education Program This course meets all state minimum requirements for young drivers of 32-classroom hours, seven hours in-car instruction, and seven hours observation. Offered at Lanier High School only. Extended Year Services Instruction will be provided to about 90 eligible special education students identified as needing continued services during the summer. As of early April, seven other major projects were in the bidding and award stage Brewer, Cotton, Sarah King, Kelly, Pfeiffer, Rodriguez, and Schenck elementary schools. Kamal ElHabr, executive director of the Construction Management Network, said staff and architects are picking up the pace in order to beat other area school districts to the best deals and contractors. Last year, voters in both the Northside and North East school districts approved large bond issues, thus increasing competition for area architects and construction firms. With that much work available, we know that construction costs will go up more rapidly, ElHabr explained. We re working hard to get all of our projects assigned to architects and get bids out to contractors before the neighboring districts get their projects ready. While construction costs thus far are within the District s Facilities Assessment Program estimates, an anticipated 7.5- to 12-percent annual inflation rate could cause projects to go over budget. In order to control costs, District staff has recommended reducing the size of classrooms from the proposed 850 square feet to 800, which is still above state standards. SAISD officials also are optimistic the District will get good deals on purchasing property needed for new schools and campus expansions. They also hope for higher-thanexpected yields on income from investment of the bonds. The first $263 million in bonds were sold in December 1997 to fund projects in the first of three bond program phases. Staff expects to sell another $100 million in bonds late this year and the final $120 million by late in the year Under Construction Major Additions and Renovations Ball Elementary Gates Elementary* Graebner Elementary Huppertz Elementary* Madison Elementary* * Projected May 1999 start Elementary P.E. Facilities Arnold Ball Bowie Brewer Cameron Carvajal Fenwick Foster Gates Highland Hills Huppertz Kelly King Ogden Pfeiffer Riverside Park Rodriguez Schenck Woodlawn
6 7 EL AÑO ESCOLAR EMPIEZA EL 9 DE AGOSTO El Consejo de Educación recientemente ha aprobado un calendario de instrucción más tradicional para el año escolar El primer día de clases será el 9 de agosto, aproximadamente una semana más tarde que en años recientes. El último día de clases será el 24 de mayo. El nuevo calendario, que reemplaza el aprobado en enero de 1998, no incluye los descansos de dos semanas en el otoño y en la primavera, que el presente calendario incluía. Los estudiantes recibirán copias del nuevo calendario en sus escuelas. El nuevo calendario también puede ser visto en el lugar del distrito en la Internet en la dirección: MENSAJE DEL SUPERINTENDENTE INTERINO Durante sus 100 años de existencia, el SAISD ha sido un líder y establecedor de innovaciones. Al principio de este siglo, el SAISD estuvo entre los primeros distritos escolares en ofrecer programas vocacionales y clases nocturnas. En los años 1920s, el SAISD inició el primer programa integral en la nación de educación media. En 1945, la Escuela Eloise Japhet abrió sus puertas como la primer instalación escolar en Texas para alumnos con incapacidades físicas. En 1955, el SAISD se convirtió en el primer distrito escolar de gran tamaño en Texas en integrar las escuelas públicas. En 1986, el SAISD fue el primer distrito en esta área en elegir a sus miembros en distritos de un sólo miembro. Durante el año escolar , el SAISD inició escuelas magneto en todas sus escuelas superiores. Estas escuelas especiales ofrecen a los estudiantes una gran variedad de cursos con enfoque especializado, desde las bellas artes hasta las ciencias, ingeniería y tecnología. Este año escolar el SAISD se convirtió en uno de los distritos escolares más grandes en la nación en requerir el uso de uniformes por estudiantes. Esta primavera, celebramos el centenario de la creación del SAISD como un distrito escolar independiente. Actualmente, los miembros de la mesa directiva, la administración y las personas interesadas están tratando con muchos asuntos de importancia crítica. Estos incluyen la preparación de un presupuesto para el siguiente año, programas escolares para nuestras escuelas superiores y si continuamos o no el requisito de uniformes escolares. No existen respuestas fáciles, pero todos debemos de trabajar juntos como una comunidad que se interesa y se esfuerza en proveer a nuestra niñez una mejor educación para brindarles el mejor futuro posible. Sus opiniones y sugestiones son bienvenidas. Estas son las escuelas públicas, y la única manera en que pueden mejorar es con su comprensión, participación y apoyo. Superintendente Interino Zona Escolar SE OFRECEN CLASES DE VERANO Detalles acerca de los programas de escuela de verano les fueron dados a los estudiantes durante el mes de abril. Los padres de familia que no hayan recibido esta información deben de ponerse en contacto con la escuela de su niño. Crédito de Escuela Superior Cursos básicos incluyen Inglés I-IV, álgebra, geometría, estudios sociales, biología, química, y física y química integradas. Programa de Calendario Extendido Opcional Cursos de remedio para alumnos de escuela primaria y media en peligro de reprobar y no pasar al siguiente año. Voyager Estudiantes seleccionados del jardín de niños al quinto grado practicarán sus habilidades en lenguaje, matemáticas y ciencias; estudiando a los dinosaurios. GET SET (Great Educational Times in Science, Engineering and Technology) Participantes en este programa para alumnos de las escuelas medias estudiarán el ahorro de agua. PREP (Pre-freshman Engineering Program) Este programa enfocado en las matemáticas prepara a los alumnos de escuelas medias y superiores para estudios a nivel universitario en ciencias e ingeniería. Programa de Educación de Manejo Este curso llena los requisitos estatales mínimos. Los jóvenes choféres deben de completar 32 horas de clase, siete horas de instrucción en el vehículo y siete horas de observación. Servicios de Año Extendido Se proveerá instrucción a todos aquellos estudiantes de educación especial elegibles que necesitan de servicios continuos. Vea la página 6 para mayor información de los horarios y lugares. FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS #100, SAISD! La comunidad entera del SAISD está celebrando el cumpleaños número 100 del distrito escolar independiente. Personal del SAISD y la Asociación de Archivos de Escuelas de San Antonio planearon una ceremonia para el 2 de mayo en la antigua Escuela Navarro. En esa fecha, 100 años pasados, la primera elección fue celebrada para los nuevos miembros de la mesa directiva del SAISD. Esto siguió a la separación del SAISD del gobierno de la ciudad. CLASE DEL 99 SE PREPARA PARA GRADUARSE Unos 2,600 del doceavo grado son candidatos para graduarse este mes de junio de las ocho escuelas superiores del SAISD. Las ceremonias de graduación para todas las escuelas empezarán a las 7 p.m. Vea la página 2 para una lista completa de fechas, lugares, el número de candidatos y de los lugares de honor para cada escuela. SE ACELERA EL PROGRAMA DE CONSTRUCCIÓN El distrito escolar más antiguo de San Antonio está acelerando su programa para construír nuevas escuelas e instalaciones para sus estudiantes. El paso más apresurado del histórico programa de construcción financiado con bonos ayudará a satisfacer más rápidamente las necesidades de los estudiantes y ahorrará dinero a los contribuyentes al mismo tiempo. En septiembre de 1997 los votantes del Distrito aprobaron una emisión de bonos por $483 millones de dólares, en ese entonces, la emisión de bonos escolares de construcción más grande en el Estado de Texas. Actualmente, proyectos de construcción con un total de más de $25 millones se están realizando o a punto de empezar en 24 escuelas. Estos incluyen ampliaciones mayores y proyectos de renovación en las escuelas primarias Ball, Graebner, Huppertz, Gates y Madison e instalaciones para la educación física en 19 escuelas. Al final, los bonos financiarán más de una docena de nuevas escuelas además de adiciones de salones de clase y renovaciones mayores a todo lo largo del SAISD. Proyectos en 39 escuelas están actualmente en la fase de diseño, mientras que otros 15 están en la fase de documentación final. Tan pronto como el mes de abril, otros siete proyectos mayores estarán en la fase de propuestas y otorgamiento de contratos. Estas escuelas primarias son Brewer, Cotton, Sarah King, Kelly, Pfeiffer, Rodriguez, y Schenck. Para poder controlar los costos, el personal del distrito ha recomendado el reducir el tamaño de los salones de clase de los propuestos 850 pies cuadrados a 800 pies cuadrados, lo cual está por arriba de los requisitos estatales. Los oficiales del SAISD también están optimistas de que el Distrito conseguirá buenos tratos en la compra de las propiedades necesarias para la construcción de nuevas escuelas y las ampliaciones de las existentes. También esperan dividendos más altos de los esperados en la inversión de los fondos generados con la venta de los bonos. Los primeros $263 millones en bonos fueron vendido en diciembre 1997 para financiar proyectos en la primera de tres fases del programa de construcción. El personal espera vender otros $100 millones en bonos al final de este año y los finales $120 millones al final del año Vea la página 6 para una lista de los lugares en construcción. CLASES DE VERANO PARA ADULTOS Adultos de 17 años de edad o mayores que deseen empezar o continuar sus clases de alfabetización este verano pueden hacerlo en lugares seleccionados a través de la ciudad. Todas las clases son gratis. Aquellos interesados se pueden inscribir a cualquier hora en el lugar que ellos elijan. Las clases incluyen Educación Básica, Preparación para el GED, Inglés como Segundo Lenguaje (ESL), Civismo, Alfabetización en Español, y un programa de Transición GED. Para una lista de los lugares vea la página 8. Para mayor información acerca de fechas y horarios, llame a la oficina de Educación para Adultos y la Comunidad del SAISD en el
7 8 ADULT EDUCATION SITES AND CLASSES OFFERED SITE Margarita Huantes Learning Center 1411 Guadalupe St., Bob & Jeanne Billa Learning Center 1033 Ada, St. Mary s Learning Center One Camino Santa Maria, St. Philip s Learning Center 1801 Martin Luther King, Willie Velasquez Learning Center 1302 N. Zarzamora, St. Mary Magdalen Church 1710 Clower, Monte Sinai Iglesia Metodista Unida 1438 Hillcrest, McKinley Center 2926 S. Presa, BCOIC 1023 Pine, Project Learn to Read 211 N. Park Blvd., Adult Education classes continue in summer Adults 17 and older who want to begin or continue their literacy classes this summer may do so at selected sites throughout the city. All classes are free of charge. Those interested may enroll at any time at the location of their choice. Classes include Basic Education (BE), GED Preparation (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), CLASSES OFFERED ESL only BE/GED (June / July) BE/GED only BE/GED only ESL, Spanish Literacy, Transitional, Pre GED Citizenship (CITZ), Spanish Literacy, and a Transitional GED program. For more information regarding dates and times, call the SAISD Adult and Community Education office, San Antonio Independent School District Board of Education Thomas C. Lopez, President Sylvia Ward, Vice President James Howard, Secretary Paul Talamantez Jr., Asst. Secretary Mary Esther Bernal Connie Rocha Julian H. Treviño Interim Superintendent SchoolZone is funded through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Parent HelpLine In this edition Calendar School starts earlier, intersessions cut Page Years of Learning SAISD begins centennial celebration Page 3 Noticias en español - página 7 Building Update The latest on school construction Page 3 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID San Antonio, Texas Permit No San Antonio Independent School District 141 Lavaca Street San Antonio, Texas Telephone: (210) ******ECRWSS RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER