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December 6, 2007

West Campus Wonderland

Filed under: education, San Antonio — texased @ 6:12 pm

The story till now: South San ISD wants to shut down low performing, low enrollment school. Parents protest and attempt to get a court injunction which is denied. The school district retaliates by suing the parents for court costs. The parents’ lawyer, David Van Os, has a press conference and reads a blog posting supposedly by the school district’s attorney.

Fake Blog Post Riles West Campus Community – Yahoo! News

The blog posting — littered with grammatical and spelling errors — read:

“Save West Campus has cause alot of inconvience for the community … ,so when the district files a lawsuit against the parents of Save West Campus,each of them individualy,that’s the only way to recover the legal fee’s the taxpayers had to pay,so if they claim they have no money,we will file to seize their property,assets & have thier wages garnish,when we win the lawsuit. And hope this will put all this to and end.”

Now is anyone actually surprised that the school district’s attorney said that he did not write the post or have anything to do with it? So what are the possibilities here?

  • Someone, presumably on the parent side, planted the post. Does the person really think lawyers write like and is that a reflection of the education quality provided by South San Antonio?

  • David Van Os actually writes like that which is why he thought it was the real thing? If true, that would explain why they lost their injunction.

  • The school district planted the post knowing that David Van Os would jump on it before verifying it’s authenticity. What does that say about Van Os’ reputation? What does that say about the administration’s respect for the parents?

It’s a sorry situation when the district sues the parents who were pursuing their right to be heard in court. It’s a sorry situation when the parents go to court to solve their problems when there was a school board election that occurred at the same time. It’s a sorry situation when you can’t figure out who to feel sorry for.


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October 3, 2007

San Antonio School District College Nights

Filed under: education, San Antonio — texased @ 7:17 pm

Announcements

Judson ISD College Fair

The 21st annual Judson ISD College Fair is Oct. 9 at Wagner High School from 7-8:30 p.m. The fair is designed to help families begin planning for college. Ninth through twelfth grade students—and their parents–can visit with representatives from dozens of state and national colleges and universities.

“College representatives will provide educational information about their campuses and share helpful tools to plan for college,” said Blanca Muniz, Wagner High School college counselor.

“All area high school students are welcome to attend,” Muniz said. For more information, contact Ms. Muniz at 662-5000, ext. 1594.

San Antonio Homeschool Event

NISD College Night at UTSA

10/9/2007 Tuesday

6:00:00 PM

Northside ISD will hold its annual College Night at the University of Texas at San Antonio Loop 1604 campus from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Please refer to the publicity flyer (More Info link) for recommended times. Please plan to park at the Farris Athletic Complex on Loop 1604. Buses will shuttle participants to and from UTSA every 15 minutes from 5:45 to 9 p.m. http://www.nisd.net/calendar/eve/2556

San Antonio Homeschool Event

NEISD Hosts College Night

10/10/2007 Wednesday

6:00:00 PM

Students and parents are invited to attend College Night on October 10, 2007 from 6-9 p.m. at the Piper Bass Student Center and Littleton Gym at Blossom Athletic Center. College Night is an annual event that brings more than 100 colleges from around the United States directly to North East ISD students and their parents. Local-area colleges will have representatives in the Piper Bass student center, and out-of-area colleges will be in Littleton Gym. For more information on College Night, contact Linda Pratt at collegenight@neisd.net.

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October 1, 2007

San Antonio SAT Prep

Filed under: Homeschooling, San Antonio — texased @ 7:07 pm

Announcements

SAT Prep Class

Offered by: Pauline Bauml (math) and Cayce Yarbrough (language)

Both of these teachers are well known, respected and valued in the home school community. Studies have shown that prep courses will boost students’ test scores significantly and, with these two teachers, your student will look forward to these beneficial classes.

Location: Our Lady of the Lake University, Metz Building

Dates: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, 2007

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

On-time fee: $150 plus $20 registration fee

Walk-in fee: $150 plus $40 registration fee

All material provided.

To register: mail $20 registration fee to Pauline Bauml. Must be postmarked by Oct. 17, 2007 to be “on-time.” Please do not mail after this date.

For questions or to register, please contact Pauline Bauml:

9130 Oak Downs

San Antonio, TX 78230

(210) 287-1898

September 26, 2007

San Antonio Science Fair Planning Seminar

Filed under: education, San Antonio — texased @ 6:54 pm

 

Science Fair Planning Seminar

The Alamo Regional Academy of Science& Engineering (ARASE) is holding a planning a seminar on Saturday, September 29th 2007 to discuss with teachers, parents, and students the steps necessary fordoing a science fair project. This will be a great opportunity to get some great tips to gear up for the Science Fair which will be held sometime early 2008.

The seminar will be held at the UT Health Science Center in the Briscoe Library Foyer. Registration begins at 7:30 am and the sessions will be conducted throughout theday from 8:303:00. If you are interested in attending, you must complete a registration form which can bedownloading off our local website at:

http://hackberry.chem.trinity.edu/SAACS/

You may also contact BobFanick at rfanick@swri.org

San Antonio Chapter of the American Chemical Society

Alamo Regional Science & Engineering Fair Seminar Registration Form

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September 24, 2007

PSAT Info for San Antonio Homeschool Students

Filed under: education, Homeschooling, San Antonio — texased @ 6:45 pm

Calendars : Northside Independent School District – San Antonio, TX 78238

October 17, 2007 7:45 am to 12:30 pm PSAT Testing Opportunity for Home School Students

Home school students whose instructional level is either Grade 10 or 11 are eligible to take the PSAT at Northside ISD schools if they live inside the Northside boundary.

The PSAT test date for 2007 is Wednesday October 17 with all home school students testing at one central site in Northside, the Patrick Teicher Student Services Building located at 5651 Grissom Road, 78238.

Interested parents should complete the registration form attached to this notice making special note of the requirements for this testing opportunity. Please contact the Testing and Evaluation Department at 210-397-8726 for more information.

For NEISD area

NEISD Press Release — PSAT for Home Schooled

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

Registration:

The 2007 PSAT/NMSQT test date for North East ISD is Wednesday, October 17. You must sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT at the North East department of Guidance Services.

This test will be administered by North East ISD. If you are a home-schooled student, please contact Guidance Services at 804-7139 to find out about registration, time, and location for testing.

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September 6, 2007

Not even the teachers are safe

Filed under: San Antonio, Teacher issues — texased @ 10:16 am

As if they don’t have enough to worry about:

Robbers Target Elementary School Teachers | WOAI.COM: San Antonio News

Northside ISD told News 4 WOAI that burglars, who may be trying to pose as parents, are sneaking into classrooms at the end of the school day and stealing teachers’ wallets and purses.

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May 9, 2007

Scholarship opportunity

Filed under: education, San Antonio — texased @ 1:39 pm

So you aren’t stuck blogging.

MySA.com: KENS 5: Education

The local chapter of the Association of Hispanic Journalists is accepting applications for 2007 scholarships.

Scholarships up to $5,000 are available for San Antonio and Bexar County minority college students pursuing a career in the communications industry.

Applications are available at http://www.saahj.org or by calling (210) 250-3501.

The deadline to apply is May 26.

January 28, 2007

Judson ISD Open Textbook Forum

Filed under: San Antonio — texased @ 4:49 pm

District Calendar – 2/6/2007:

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, 5:30 – 7:30 pm Administrative Office Board Room and Conference Room, 8012 Shin Oak Drive, Live Oak, Texas

January 18, 2007

San Antonio Ice Storm

Filed under: education, San Antonio — texased @ 11:57 am

Split Tree

This has nothing to do with education except for my own. I know we were very lucky in that we suffered no lasting harm from the recent ice storm however, we did loose our tree.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a very big deal. But we live in south Texas (as oppose to the pine forests of east Texas) and it was a big oak tree that covered our entire back yard. It was one of the reasons that we bought the house. If you have ever seen how they clear cut around here before they build, you would understand how rare it is to find such a tree in a fairly new subdivision.

Last night at about 9:30 we heard it crack and fall against the side of the house. It was the side of the tree that covered our yard. The other half shades three other yards. It did some damage but nothing that can’t be replaced except, of course, the tree itself. We’re waiting to hear if the other half of the tree can stand on it’s own or if it will have to come down.

Split Tree Full Image (large file)

November 14, 2006

Mixed signals, ignored signals

Filed under: Parental Involvement, San Antonio, Texas — texased @ 10:00 am

This is a big deal in Texas since anyone in the top ten percent in the class is automatically accepted at any state university.

MySA.com: Metro | State:

Dozens of parents of high school students in the North East Independent School District let school board members know late Monday they’re not happy with how the district calculates class rankings, saying it pushes students out of extracurricular activities and hurts their chances at college admission and scholarships.Superintendent Richard Middleton told the board he’s appointing a committee of staff members, faculty and parents to review a policy in place since 2004-05, in part because of concerns recently raised by parents.

The district measures each student’s academic performance by adding the scores from selected courses: English, math, science, social studies, foreign language, advanced placement and pre-advanced placement. Electives, such as band and sports, don’t add points to a student’s rank.

The policy, Middleton said, was put in place after recommendations by a similar committee to more accurately reflect a student’s true preparedness for college work.

But many parents, who didn’t become aware of the policy until notices of slight modifications were sent out last summer or until the latest rankings were sent out earlier this year, complained it encourages students to abandon extracurricular activities or elective courses, leading to less well-rounded students.

Apparently weighting AP and Honors classes isn’t enough to encourage students to take more AP classes.

MySA.com: Metro | State:

Alicia Thomas, associate superintendent for instruction, told the board that under the previous policy “there was a lack of incentive for students to take rigorous class work.”District staff told the board that enrollment in the top 30 advanced placement courses has risen 20 percent since the policy was put in place.

So why are the parents complaining now? Obviously, plenty of students got the message if the enrollments in the classes went up. Why did some parents not get the message? It could be poor communication between the district and the parents. Or it could be just another symptom of people being so self absorbed that they don’t pay attention to mere announcements until it hits them in the face.Ultimately, I don’t think band and athletics should be excluded. How many students are going to take AP Music Theory is there is a disincentive to take band? As for athletics, it would only further isolate athletic programs as feeder programs for college sports. Even colleges include PE colleges when calculating a student’s gpa.

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