Coming Attractions Nov. 15, 2013
Nov. 15, 2013
Nov. 16 (Sat) — SAISD students to participate in Historic Homeowner Fair
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pearl, 303 Pearl Parkway
Jefferson High School architecture students will serve as volunteers in the Kid’s Corner of this event where homeowners can meet with preservation experts, knowledgeable tradesmen and city departments to learn about maintaining, caring for and restoring their historic houses. This event originally was scheduled for September but cancelled due to weather.
Nov. 16 (Sat) — SPARK grand opening
10 a.m. at Neal Elementary School, 3407 Capitol Ave.
The community is invited to bring their running shoes and take advantage of the one-fourth-mile track and other amenities afforded them at this green space at Neal Elementary implemented through SPARK, a program designed to create public partnerships for neighborhood park space on school grounds. Other features include a soccer field and recreational resting areas. SPARK collaborators include SAISD, the city of San Antonio, the San Antonio Parks Board and San Antonio Sports.
Nov. 16 (Sat) — El Mundo es Tuyo (the world is yours) Through Education town hall meeting
10 a.m. at Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave.
This event hosted by Spanish-language sports media FOX Deportes is designed to provide students and parents with information on financial aid and the admission process for higher education. Kicking off the town hall meeting will be a public discussion featuring Marco Davis, the deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence of Hispanics. Panel participants will include college admission representatives from the San Antonio Education Partnership, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Palo Alto College and St. Mary's University.
Nov. 16 (Sat) — Fall festival and custom car show
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lowell Middle School, 909 W. Thompson Place
Families from the eight Burbank High School cluster of campuses are invited to this funfest featuring wheels and entertainment provided by DJ Rage. Presentations will focus on anti-bullying, affirming self respect and the importance of parental involvement in a child’s academic success. The custom car demonstration will be courtesy of local car clubs and private owners, some of whom are parents of Lowell students.
Nov. 18 (Mon) — Happy Meals book giveaway
10 to 10:30 a.m. at Herff Elementary School, 996 S. Hackberry St.
Ronald McDonald will distribute books to all pre-kinder students as part of the restaurant chain’s National Family Literacy Day observance.
Nov. 18 (Mon) — School Board meeting
5: 30 p.m. at Burnet Center, 406 Barrera St.
Nov. 19 (Tues) — Mayoral visit
10:15 a.m. at Lanier High School, 1514 W. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This visit from his Honor Julián Castro is among several scheduled at SAISD schools to promote education.
Nov. 19 (Tues) — Literacy Night and Book Fair
5 to 6:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Elementary School, 1717 W. Magnolia Ave.
Parents and their children will participate in a variety of reading and literacy games and fun activities they can do at home to supplement classroom learning. To further enhance reading opportunities, representatives from the San Antonio public library will be in attendance to help families sign up for library cards. Literature also will come to life through students and staff dressed as their favorite storybook characters for a contest.
Nov. 20 (Wed) — TPR to host ‘Skipping Up’ screening and panel discussion
7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake University Thiry Auditorium, 411 S.W. 24th St.
SAISD parents and students are invited to join filmmakers Jim Mendiola and Faith Radle for the showing and stay for a panel discussion including Mayor Julián Castro, Jeanne Russell, chief strategist for SA2020, and Jose Franco, former SAISD’s Middle School Partners Program participant. Moderator will be Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies.
“Skipping Up,” a PBS short documentary, follows three SAISD Twain Middle School students in the spring of 2012 as they were completing the District’s nationally recognized Middle School Partners Program. Through MSP, select 8th-graders who have been retained at least one year have the opportunity to graduate with their peers by spending half their school day on 8th-grade core subjects and the remainder online working on their high school courses. Twain was one of two District middle schools to pilot the program in January 2010. Since October 2010 SAISD has offered MSP at all 14 District middle schools through a $14 million, five-year U.S. Department of Education grant. The documentary was produced for the Independent Television Service in support of the American Graduate initiative, which aims to share ways to reduce high school dropout rates in the Latino community. Event sponsors are TPR and OLLU.
Nov. 22 (Fri) — Homecoming celebration and flag football game
8:30 to 10 a.m. at De Zavala Elementary School, 2311 San Luis St.
The Lanier High School band, cheerleaders and JROTC members, some of whom attended De Zavala, will provide entertainment for this annual event. Featured festivity will be a flag football match between teachers and 4th- and 5th-graders.