Upcoming Board Meeting
04/21/2018

The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees is hosting a Regular Board Meeting on 04/24/2018 at 6:30 PM.  You can find the agenda at the link below:

 

April 24 Regular Board Meeting

 


Pre-kindergarten program registration April 23-26
04/20/2018

Ball Early Childhood Center has set registration dates for the 3- and 4- year-old pre-kindergarten/Head Start program located at 812 Shannon Ave.

 

The early registration dates are April 23, 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration will occur in the school gym that is accessible from San Antonio St.

 

To enroll in the program, students must be three or four years old on or before September 1, 2018 and meet one of the following criteria:

 

  • Family income meets guidelines for eligibility for reduced price or free lunch program (National School Lunch Program). Eligibility is based on the income of all members in the household.

 

  • The child is limited in speaking and comprehending the English language.

 

  • The family is homeless.

 

  • The child’s parent is an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserved component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority, or who was injured or killed while serving on active duty, or

 

  • The child has been in the conservatorship (foster care) of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing.

 

Required documents for registration include immunization records, birth certificate, the child’s Social Security card, emergency phone numbers, driver’s license, household income information or food stamp/TANF eligibility group number, and two proof of residency documents such as utility bills with current address and proof of health insurance.  If eligible, a parent military ID and a pre-K eligible letter from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services may be required.

 

Seguin ISD’s pre-kindergarten program is designed to develop skills necessary for success in the public school kindergarten program to include language, pre-reading, mathematics and social skills. For more information, contact Ball Early Childhood Center at (830) 401-1281.


Attention Seguin ISD athletes
04/18/2018

All 2018-19 incoming seventh, ninth and eleventh graders, plus those with a previous injury requiring surgery, a change in medical history or a student coming into athletics for the first time must have a physical prior to competing in school athletics.

 

Local physicians will be on hand to administer athletic physicals in the Mat House (Seguin High School Athletic area) on April 25 and July 25, 5:30 p.m.- 7 pm. Cost is $25.00, cash or check only.


Seguin ISD to offer opera for all
04/17/2018

Mozart’s Don Giovanni is coming to a theater near you.

 

Thanks to a partnership with the Texas Concert Opera Collective (TCOC) and the availability of a new Performing Arts Center, the Seguin ISD Fine Arts Department is proud to offer student and public performances of the opera in May.

 

Students from Seguin ISD and area schools can attend two open dress rehearsals free of charge on May 2-3.

 

“In the past, we have bussed students to San Antonio or Austin to experience opera and other fine arts performances. Transporting students to out of town venues costs time, money and resources. Now that Seguin ISD has a state of the art performance facility that seats 888, we can bring opera programs to Seguin. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with TCOC for the benefit of our music programs, students and community,” said Mark Buley, Seguin ISD director of fine arts.

 

He notes that in addition to the performances for students, Don Giovanni, sung in Italian with English subtitles, will be performed May 4-5 for the general public. Tickets for these performances may be purchased at texasoperacollective.com and start at $20 with discounts offered for veterans, seniors and children. Half of all revenue, after TCOC’s hard costs are covered, will go back to Seguin High School.

 

“The partnership with TCOC affords our students access to opera free of charge, provides masterclass instruction from professional performers, and will allow students to participate in select productions. In return, TCOC will utilize the Performing Arts Center,” he said.

 

TCOC, formed in October 2017, is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in New Braunfels under the direction of Elizabeth Herlitz Cortes. The group consists of 22 professional opera singers, active musicians and conductors who regularly perform nationally, overseas and regionally with Opera San Antonio, Austin Opera and Alamo City Opera.

 

“We are excited to share our art form because we believe that music is for everyone. Opera focuses on the peaks and valleys in life—the events that define us. It is able to reach audiences on a very human level in a way that no other art form does. Being able to bring this experience to community, and especially the students of Seguin, on a regular basis is a win-win for everyone,” Cortes said.


Seguin ISD elementaries link recess to academics through LiiNK Project
04/17/2018

Students enrolled in two Seguin ISD elementary schools can look forward to more time spent at recess when school starts in the fall.

 

That’s because the district will implement the first phase of the LiiNK Project which is designed to improve learning and behavior through increased physical activity.

 

LiiNK stands for Let’s Insipire Innovation N’ Kids, a program coordinated by Dr. Debbie Rhea at TCU. LiiNK is operational in eight Metroplex-area school districts.

 

When school starts this August, Jefferson and McQueeney elementary schools will offer recess for four 15 minute periods each day. Three Seguin ISD elementary campuses will implement LiiNK in fall 2019 and two more elementaries in fall 2020. Despite the planned increase in physical activity, classroom rigor is not compromised with the program. In fact, it actually increases.

 

LiiNK’s research shows that children who engage in more physical activity/unstructured play and quality content daily will do better academically than children who are sedentary, less creative and active, and pressured with the quantity of academic content daily.

 

This spring, Dr. Rhea has been providing training to Seguin ISD elementary campus staff so that LiiNK is up and running at the two campuses when school starts this fall.

 

Pete Silvius, director of whole child initiatives as Seguin ISD, will oversee the program.

 

“Our goal is that LiiNK will improve student health, create higher expectations of social responsibility, increase creativity for more effective classroom learning, decrease testing anxiety burnout from spending too much time cooped up in school,” Silvius said.

 

“As we’ve trained over the past few weeks it has been exciting to see our campus staff get excited about LiiNK. The increase in recess time will be an adjustment for students and staff alike but ultimately it is going to benefit our students. After all, that’s why we are here,” said Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, Seguin ISD superintendent.


April 21 School Safety Summit for parents, students
04/16/2018

Seguin ISD is hosting a School Safety Summit on April 21 to inform families about the district’s safety practices and local resources currently available within the community.

 

The event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, will be held at Seguin High School. Kirsten Legore, Seguin ISD executive director of student services, organized the event following recent events in Parkland Florida and Las Vegas.

 

“What started out as as simple event has grown into a sizable conference. The outpouring of support from local organizations has been tremendous. It goes to show that safety measures, especially for our children, and the resources available to our families in Seguin are of tremendous interest, she said.

 

“We are excited that Lisa and Greg Crane, the co-founders of the A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Training program, have pledged to serve as keynote speakers for the summit. Additionally, Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, Communities in Schools, Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center, Guadalupe County Juvenile Services, Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter and Seguin Police Department will be in attendance and provide informative presentations on their programs,” she said.

 

Several topics will be addressed including mental health, safety and awareness, school safety and security.

 

“Our goal is to inform our families so that they are armed with knowledge on Seguin ISD campus safety procedures and resources available throughout the community. We encourage our stakeholders to be a part of this summit,” she said.

 

Free childcare will be provided so that parents can attend the conference sessions.


SISD State of the District presentation April 16
04/10/2018

Seguin ISD is hosting a second State of the District presentation on April 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Seguin High School Performing Arts Center (PAC).

 

Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, superintendent, has planned the event to update the community on recent initiatives, including the strategic plan, District of Innovation and others.

 

“We have experienced considerable positive progress as a district since our last State of the District event in November. I am looking forward to sharing the status of recent projects as well as some of the items we are considering for the future. I encourage anyone with an interest in Seguin ISD to attend this event in our wonderful Performing Arts Center,” he said.

 

Several initiatives of the district’s new strategic plan, approved by trustees in March, are underway, including the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, a Facilities Committee and a Key Communicators Committee that is tasked to serve as ambassadors for Seguin ISD.

 

Gutierrez notes that businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring future State of the District presentations are encouraged to call (830) 401-8609.


Seguin ISD DI teams are Global bound
04/10/2018

For the twelfth straight year, Seguin ISD Destination Imagination (DI) teams have qualified for Global competition in Knoxville, TN after excelling in State competition held April 7-8 on Arlington.

 

Of the five teams at State, four qualified for the Global event scheduled for May 21-27.

The Weinert Elementary School 6 Fighting Matadors team of Cort Conway, Lanie McCown, August Panozzo, Caleb Pape, Griffin Welfel and Whitley Wiatrek took second place honors in the Fine Arts Challenge category. This is the first Seguin ISD third grade team to reach the Global tournament.

 

Taking fourth place in the Fine Arts Challenge category was the Barnes Middle School sixth grade Live or DI team of Chase Dominguez, Desiree Dominguez, Karissa Holden, Dylan Ranft and Chandler Stephenson.

 

The Barnes Ride or DI sixth grade team of Bailey Garcia, Addyson McDowall, Makenna Phillips, Kaelyn Rhodes, Mya Rivas and Elizabeth Suarez finished fourth in the Engineering Challenge.

 

Finishing eighth in the Service Learning Challenge were Barnes sixth graders John Walker Baker, Jo’Lena Fogg, Tilden Nash, Aidan Vargas, Sophia Vela and Rayjen Tovar of the Magic D Eyes team.

 

“Our Seguin ISD DI teams did a great job at the State competition and I am extremely proud of our four teams that advanced to represent Seguin in the Global competition. A lot of hard work and effort from our students, parents and team managers goes toward DI competition. Congratulations to all of our teams for another fine year,” said Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez, who attended the State competition to support his students.

 

Michael Olstad and Pam Krippner coordinate Seguin ISD’s Destination ImagiNation award-winning programs.


Seguin ISD Choir news
04/08/2018

The Seguin High School Varsity Treble Choir will perform at the UIL Choir Concert and Sightreading Contest at 5 p.m. on April 17. The contest will be held at Johnson High School in San Antonio. The Varsity Mixed Choir will be performing on April 18 at Johnson at noon.

 

At the regional level of Solo and Ensemble, varsity choir students earned 28 medals. Nine students qualified for State to perform solos on May 26 at UT Austin.

 

The Briesemeister Non Varsity Treble Choir earned its first Sweepstakes (first divisions in both Concert and Sightreading) for the first time since 2006.


Upcoming Board Meetings
04/08/2018

The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees is hosting a Board Workshop on April 10 and Team of 8 Training on April 12 at 6:30 PM respectively.  You can find the agendas at the links below:

 

April 10 Board Workshop

April 12 Team of 8 Training