‘Attendance Matters’: San Antonio municipal court launches consistent school attendance campaign
The San Antonio Municipal Court has partnered with Pre-K 4 SA and Communities in Schools to launch the Attendance Matters campaign, addressing the importance of consistent school attendance and tackling the challenges associated with chronic absenteeism.
Southwest ISD police push for integrated active shooter training for responding agencies during emergency calls
Southwest Independent School District police officers have been receiving more active shooter drills training this summer as they prepare for a new school year. The district's chief is calling for an integrated training exercise involving agencies called to assist in an emergency.
Michigan kindergartner brings ready-made margaritas to snack time, shares with classmates, reports say
Parents of children at a Michigan school are outraged after a child brought a bottle of ready-to-drink Jose Cuervo margaritas and shared it with several of her Kindergarten classmates during snack time, according to a report from Local 4 News in Detroit.
South San ISD board members call for special meeting following comments heard on open mic
Three South San ISD board of trustees have requested a special meeting to discuss comments captured by an open mic following the end of a regular meeting and just before the start of a closed meeting on November 17th.
Comal ISD hopes multi-million dollar propositions pass for improvements, teachers’ pay
Comal Independent School District is hoping voters will approve a multi-million-dollar bond that would include building new schools and upgrading several infrastructure projects. As the second fastest growing school district in the nation, with a population of over 27,000 students, school officials say this bond package will target their concerns with growth and capacity.
Nervous about the return to school? Here’s how you can help keep your child’s mind at ease.
Some students are gearing up for the start of the school year, and some maybe feeling anxiety about what the return will look like. Experts say try to ease your children's concerns and teach them some tools on how to cope with that anxiety.
Puente de Cuentos: Building a bridge between languages
Starting school with limited or no English skills may make keeping up with reading and vocabulary challenging. However, there is an intervention program called “Bridge of Stories” that is helping build these kids’ language skills in both English and their home language. “She speaks at school, so she only speaks English, but at my house she speaks Spanish,” said parent, Ana Guerrero de Vargas. AdPreschoolers placed in a Spanish-English intervention group had better vocabulary and storytelling skills in both languages than those who did not receive the bilingual storytelling intervention. “There’s intentional overlap between the Spanish and English lesson so that we can kind of build a bridge between the two languages,” stated Spencer.
Texas teachers’ unions say Abbott’s mask mandate reversal could have ‘disastrous consequences’
Ad“Abbott’s callous new orders throw our public schools, students, and teachers into chaos, because it leaves open the question of whether masks will be required in all schools. But the teachers’ unions say the mask reversal leaves school safety protocols unclear. Read the full statements issued Tuesday from the teachers unions below:Full statement from Texas State Teacher’s Association President, Ovidia Molina:Like Gov. The Texas State Teachers Association urges the governor to keep his mask mandate in place, especially in our public schools, and see that it is enforced. Recent findings by the CDC that noted low transmission rates of COVID-19 in public schools have been touted to encourage in-person learning in Texas schools.
Parental support is critical when it comes to math achievement, study says
How can busy parents support their kids’ math learning? A new study shows when it comes to math achievement, a parent’s support is critical. They found more maternal support led to better math skills and better school readiness. Experts say parents of any income level should engage with their kids whenever possible. Other studies find that students in the United States rank below eight other countries in reading but below 30 other countries in math.
Could online schools be the future of education?
SAN ANTONIO – Is online learning the future of education? In Texas, there’s already a handful of public online schools that are Texas Education Agency accredited campuses and provide a 100% virtual instructional program to students. One of these virtual schools is the Texas Online Preparatory School. From El Paso to all the way to Texarkana,” said Forrest Smith, head of school at Texas Online Preparatory School. Northside ISD parent Jenny Maldonado said her kids have been learning online during the pandemic.