Following regional competition in Helotes on Feb. 9, five Seguin ISD Destination Imagination (DI) teams have qualified for state competition in Corpus Christi on March 22-23.
In the Service Learning Challenge, the Seguin High School team of John Blair, Gage Compton, Leo de Leon, Serenity de Leon, Gabriella Mendrano and Christian Molina took first place and also earned a prestigious Renaissance award.
A first place finish in the Fine Arts Challenge for the Seguin High School team of Serenity de Leon, Christian Molina, Victoria Ramirez, Gabriela Ricon, Jaden Tovar and Karla Vazquez has earned a trip to state for the members.
The Barnes Middle School team of Brylynn Baker, Carter Dunn, Shelby Just, Madison Kirchner, Ava Sauceda and Rayjen Tovar earned a Renaissance award and first place in the Scientific Challenge.
Addyson McDowall, Paisley Ortiz, Mya Rivas and Faithlyn Vasquez, also from Barnes Middle School, received first place honors in the Engineering Challenge.
Laine McCown, August Panozzo, Caleb Pape and Griffin Welfel of Weinert Elementary School will compete at state following a first place finish in the Fine Arts Challenge.
At state competition, teams will vie for a global competition spot to be held in Kansas City on May 22-25.
Miss Lizzie M. Burges was born in Seguin, Texas, on March 4, 1883. She was the daughter of Alice and Harry Burges, second in a family of six children. Miss Burges was a graduate of the original Guadalupe College, an institute of higher learning for African-Americans established in Guadalupe County, which was located on the same site as the Burges campus.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from this college in 1904. She began her teaching career the following fall semester after earning a permanent teaching certification. The late Dr. W. B. Ball was her first principal at the A. Lincoln School on the site of the present Lizzie M. Burges School. The Lincoln School was later named Ball High School. Here, Miss Burges taught her beloved children in Seguin for 44 years until her retirement. One of her students went on to become the last principal of Black public education in Seguin, Mr. Henry F. Wilson, who served from 1945 until integration was effected in 1966.
Miss Burges has been described by her family, students, and friends as a modest, lovely woman; a dedicated, conscientious, capable teacher, and a strong worker in her church. She was a devoted member of Second Baptist Church and walked to church every Sunday from her home on Jefferson St. For 40 years she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. Miss Burges loved music, nature, children, and family and was loved by all.
The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees is hosting a special board meeting on February 12. You can find the agendaat the link below:
February 12 - Special Board Meeting
Pre-K 4 Bilingual Teacher
Ball Early Childhood Center
1. Describe you teaching career at Seguin ISD.
I've been working for Seguin ISD for 4 years and am a proud alumni of the entire Seguin ISD school system. It's a joy to be able to give back to this community and to the district that saw me grow up. I've always had a heart and a passion for teaching bilingual children and this year I began teaching in my very own bilingual classroom at Ball ECC! I love coming into my class every day to inspire my students. To see a child grow, succeed and celebrate small victories throughout the year is priceless and drives me to teach every day!
2. How do you instill rigor and relevance in your classroom?
I want my students to walk out of my classroom door feeling confident in the skills and knowledge they acquired that day. For that reason, I hold every one of my students to a high learning standard. I strive to provide quality and enriching learning experiences that are not only relevant but culturally appropriate for them. Many times I'll decode words for them into their native language, read books that will prompt challenging questions and push them to ask, ask, ask! Of course, all while having fun along the way!
3. As an educator, you cultivate, inspire and empower. What does this mean to you?
To cultivate, inspire and empower students is such a great honor! Every day I get to mold the minds of my students and inspire them to dream bigger! I want to equip my students with the skills and knowledge that they can use not only in the classroom, but in the real world as well. I also want them to be proud of their culture and their bilingualism too! Porque el que sabe dos idiomas vale por dos! I open their imaginations to a world outside our four walls and encourage them to not only be better students, but to be better people too. I have a great responsibility in that I'm shaping the leaders of tomorrow and I'm lucky I get to do this every day!
Seguin ISD and Texas State University are excited to offer STEM Saturdays for Seguin ISD 4-8 grade students! This is a great opportunity for students to enhance their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Flyer with additional information.
Seguin High School is hosting a pair of Early College High School (ECHS) informational meetings for all eighth grade parents from Barnes and Briesemeister middle schools.
The presentations will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13 with a noon session at Seguin ISD District Office (1221 E. Kingsbury) and 6 p.m. at Seguin High School (1351 E. Cedar).
“These meetings will serve as excellent resources for our eighth grade parents and students. Attendees will receive an overview of the Early College High School program at Seguin High School and learn about the pathways available for our future high school students. Plus, we will be available to answer any questions,” said Anna Lisa Garza, ECHS director.
At the meeting, information will be shared regarding the many benefits and values of ECHS, associate degree student expectations and upcoming ECHS recruitment and enrollment events.
All current Seguin ISD eighth grade students and their parents/guardians are welcome to attend either session.
For more information, contact Garza at (830) 401-8000, ext. 30712.
Though small in stature, there was nothing small about the impact that Leslie “Goldie” Harris had on the students he taught and coached or on the adults who were fortunate enough to know him and work with him. Leslie Harris, referred to affectionately by some as “Coach” and by others as “Goldie,” served as football, basketball, tennis and track coach and as geometry, history and biology teacher in Seguin ISD at Ball High School, Saegert Middle School and Seguin High School. Under Coach Harris’s leadership, Ball High School was the state runner-up in football in 1955, state runner-up in basketball in 1947 and state champion in 1949. The school also produced the 1949 girls state 200-yard relay champions.
Mr. Harris received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Southern University in Louisiana in 1941. His coaching career was put on hold as he entered the armed forces, seeing time in the European Theater in World War II. Following his service to his country, Coach Harris returned to begin his employment with Seguin ISD in 1945. He continued his education with graduate work at Texas Southern University.
In addition to his dedication to public school education, Coach Harris volunteered his time to his church and to many civic and social organizations in Seguin. He was a longtime member of the NAACP and held the position of president of the local chapter. During his term as president, the local group added its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Freedom March and annual awards banquet. Mr. Harris also served on several civic committees including the City of Seguin Planning and Zoning Committee. He was a 1994 Vision Award winner presented by the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise.
Leslie Harris retired in 1979 after 34 years of teaching and coaching, all in Seguin ISD. In his letter informing the district of his retirement plans, Coach Harris said of his professional experience, “I have enjoyed every minute, hour, month and year.”
After his retirement, he continued a life of service in the community, including mentoring the youth of Seguin and serving as their role model until his death on April 3, 1995. Leslie “Goldie” Harris Gymnasium was named in his honor by the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees on August 13, 2002 and was dedicated on August 15, 2004.
View Dr. Gutierrez's Feb. 1 video blog, highlighting the LiiNK Program, at http://bit.ly/2MPitgU.
Have a great weekend Seguin ISD!
The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees is hosting a board workshop on February 5 and 7. You can find the agendas at the links below:
February 5 - Board Workshop
February 7 - Board Workshop
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