TALAS E-newsletter – August 22

Posted on August 22nd, 2019
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FSHS grad new principal at Buena Vista

Adelina Acala is the new principal of Buena Vista ISD, taking the helm from Julian Castillo, who was promoted to district business manager.

Acala took the position after moving back to the area from Houston, where she spent the last 17 years.

Acala is a Fort Stockton High School 1998 graduate and left shortly after to go to college at the University of Texas at San Antonio for her undergraduate, and then the University of Houston for her graduate degree.

Acala said growing up she couldn’t wait to leave and didn’t appreciate the small town life. But now she has a better understanding after living the busy city life.

People around the country rally to send postcards to students in El Paso to show them ‘there is plenty of good in our world’
Two teachers in El Paso, Texas, who put out a call for people to send postcards to their students after a  mass shooting at a local Walmart , have been inundated with more than 1,000 cards and counting.

“It has been a very humbling experience to receive such an outpouring of love and kindness from everyone,” Teresa Garrett, a fourth-grade teacher at Tom Lea Elementary School, told “ Good Morning America .”

“We’re just so blessed and overwhelmed and happy with the response,” said Elvira Flores, a fourth-grade teacher at Hillside Elementary School. “The students’ reactions are priceless.”

Opportunities with…

  • Reading/Language Arts Specialist (Program Specialist V)
  • Blended Learning Program Manager (Program Specialist VI)
  • Regional Manager (Program Specialist VII)
  • Dean of Students – Yates High School

Irving ISD Irving ISD
  • Director of Bilingual Programs (Anticipated 2019-2020 SY) – Central Office
  • Title III EL Coordinator – Secondary (Central Office)
  • Director of Early Childhood Programs (Anticipated 2019-2020 SY) – Central Office
West Oso teachers, librarians given $100 Amazon gift card to start school year
Teachers and librarians in the West Oso Independent School District were surprised Monday with a special gift from their superintendent.

During the district’s convocation, where all staff gathers before the start of the school year, West Oso ISD Superintendent Conrado Garcia unveiled the generous surprise. He gave each teacher and librarian a $100 Amazon gift card to buy anything they need for their classrooms.

There are close to 200 members of the West Oso ISD faculty!

Garcia said his team deserves it after they raised their school rating from a 71 to an 88. He has been the superintendent at West Oso ISD for four years and said he wants teachers to know their work is appreciated.
San Marcos CISD issues laptops to all middle, high school students
About 4,300 students in Hays County will have their own laptops this school year as San Marcos CISD rolls out its new technology initiative to make sure every student has access to the same resources.

Middle school students started picking up their Chromebooks Monday and will continue through Wednesday. High-schoolers will get their Windows laptops the first week of school. The district starts classes Monday, Aug. 26.

The district started giving students the devices last year, but this year every secondary student across three schools will have one.

Read more here: San Marcos CISD
New Career Opportunities
Texas Association of School Administrators TASA Career Center
Hazard, Young, Attea Associates https://hyasearch.com/browse-jobs /
Region 17 ESC http://jobs.esc17.net/
The most successful people get up at this ridiculous hour of the morning
Don’t you feel more virtuous the earlier you’ve gotten up in the morning? Or perhaps you’re just one of the lucky ones who are simply wired that way. Amerisleep surveyed over 1,000 people, both early and late risers, about the perks and quirks of hopping right out of bed, and what motivates (or doesn’t) those of us who hit “snooze.”

Rise and grind: 67% of respondents said they woke up between 4 a.m and 7 a.m. – overall, the wake-up time of early risers was 6 a.m., by 44%.

Toeing the line: early risers deemed (by a 43% margin) that 7 a.m. was the latest you could get up and still call yourself an early riser.

National News
Lessons in Leadership: 5 administrators share advice for first-year principals
Taking on responsibility for the success of a building filled with students and educators is no small feat. Even for experienced educators making the jump to administration, the first day — let alone the first year — as a principal carries a ton of pressure. 

To help alleviate some of the stress, we asked a handful of veteran superintendents and principals from a variety of districts nationwide what advice they’d give to first-year principals. Here’s what they had to say.

Read more here: Lessons in leadership
THE UNAFRAID Highlights DACA Youth Caught in Immigration Reform Battle on AMERICA REFRAMED
This fall, America ReFramed, the Peabody-award winning documentary series from American Documentary, Inc. and WORLD Channel, shines a light on National Hispanic Heritage Month as it takes audiences behind the headlines and into the lives of three Latinx DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients fighting for their right to higher education. An unflinching and humanizing look at the immigration debate, access to higher education and the ideas of who belongs in America today, The Unafraid, directed and produced by Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney, premieres on Tuesday, October 1, at 8 p.m. ET on WORLD Channel and online at www.worldchannel.org.
Read more here: The Unafraid
4.5 Million Young People Nationwide Are Not Working or in School. How Cities Are Working to Get Them Back on Track — & Avoid the School-to-Prison Pipeline
For Dionna Camino, it was caring for her terminally ill father. For Shelby Morales, it was an unexpected pregnancy at age 14. For both, it was too much responsibility too soon that knocked them off the tightrope of getting through high school and college to land a good-paying job. Now, they are among the estimated 4.5 million so-called opportunity youth nationwide — 16- to 24-year-olds who are neither in school nor working — struggling to put their lives back together.

Researchers say there are around 75,000 disconnected youth in Los Angeles; 43,000 in Philadelphia; 36,500 in Baltimore; and 35,000 in San Antonio’s Bexar County, where Camino and Morales live. Disengaged from both education and the labor force, these young people are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, too often finding themselves in the school-to-prison pipeline.

Read more here: 4.5 million young people
This year the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents is offering a total of five (5) scholarships to Latinx leaders to provide assistance towards an advanced degree program in education. Click on the link below for more details and application process.

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