TALAS E-newsletter – June 25

Posted on June 25th, 2020
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Ysleta ISD Announces New Principals

In preparation for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year, the Ysleta Independent School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Martinez as the new principal at Eastwood High School, and Maribel Guillen as the new principal at Riverside High School, effective July 1.

Martinez, the current principal at Eastwood Knolls International School, began his career with Ysleta ISD 26 years ago as a middle school science teacher at Eastwood Knolls. He went on to serve as assistant principal at Mesa Vista Elementary, then as principal at Pebble Hills Elementary before taking on his current position at Eastwood Knolls International. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Sul Ross State University.

Guillen, current principal at San Elizario High School, is a proud graduate of Riverside High School. She began her professional career 22 years ago as a geography teacher at Ysleta High School, and went on to serve as a social studies teacher in both middle school and high school, and as a high school assistant principal and principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in educational leadership from UTEP.
Brownsville Schools Approve Contract Extension For Superintendent

The Brownsville School District Board is keeping the district superintendent around a few more years.

On Tuesday, the school board was putting the final touches to the new contract approved on June 16th. It extends Rene Gutierrez’s contract as Superintendent through June 30th, 2023. He first took on the position in July 2019.
Principal Appointments

Garland ISD
Lucas Pizaña was appointed as principal of Williams Elementary School in Garland ISD. Most recently he served as an Assistant Principal at Caldwell Elementary School in Garland. His experiences in education include being an administrative intern, second grade teacher, third grade teacher, and district committee member.

He earned both his graduate and undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. His graduate degree is in Education Leadership and Policy Studies, and his undergraduate degree is in elementary education.

Mesquite ISD
Raquel Flores was named assistant principal of Motley Elementary in Mesquite ISD. She has eight years of educational experience and began her career in Richardson ISD at Bukhair Elementary School as a bilingual teacher before coming to Achziger Elementary School in Mesquite ISD. At Achziger she was a fourth-grade bilingual teacher and student success teacher.

Flores received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, graduating magna cum laude. She earned a master’s degree from Lamar University.
Lockhart ISD to Provide Supplies, Chromebooks to All Students
The Lockhart Independent School District announced this week it will provide school supplies and a Chromebook for every student in the upcoming school year. The plan will cover all students, from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The only item parents will need to purchase for students is a backpack, the district said. For parents who are unable to purchase a backpack, officials say a variety if charitable organizations are stepping up to help.

Under the plan, every student will be issued a Chromebook for use throughout the year, transforming LISD into what’s known as a “one-to-one” district two years ahead of schedule. The term one-to-one is given to a school district that provides its students with things like laptops, tablets, and other movile devices. Or, in other words, every one student gets one piece of educational technology to call their own for the entire year.

8 Central Texas programs suspend summer workouts due to COVID-19 contact
Eight Central Texas high school athletic programs have suspended summer strength and conditioning workouts after reported close contact with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, June 23.

Hutto, San Marcos CISD, La Grange and Bastrop ISD along with Lake Travis, Austin, Manor and Bowie High Schools have all suspended athletic camp activities for a various amount of time due to concerns or connections to the novel coronavirus.

On Monday, Hutto ISD announced it was postponing athletic activities until June 30 after a participant tested positive for COVID-19. Lake Travis said in a tweet on Monday that its summer conditioning program will take a break until July 6.

Austin ISD superintendent says families may go 100% online under certain conditions
At the AISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz said the district will give some families the option to attend classes completely online if they fit certain criteria.

“We are great in-person. And I think we do our best work when in the classroom,” Dr. Cruz said. “But we will provide some choice to our parents, given health conditions.”

The superintendent confirmed the start of school will begin August 18 and that the district is still pushing for a hybrid model, where students will learn partially from home and partially in-person. He said that the district is preparing to be “agile,” with the opportunity to safely and quickly alternate to 100% distance learning for all students and a face-to-face model with teachers.

Other developments in the board meeting including further clarifications on transportation.

Supporting Your Career
53 words to describe yourself in an interview
and on your resume
In daily life, people aren’t usually asking you how you describe yourself, but during the job search process, it’s an extremely common question. Even if they interviewer doesn’t come right out and say “tell me about yourself”, they generally want to know about you as a person when they ask behavioral interview questions, STAR interview questions, or questions like “what is your greatest strength?”

The same notion goes for your resume and cover letter. In a career change cover letter, it’s even more important to select the right words. When you are describing your responsibilities and passions, you are essentially just describing who you are. Believe it or not, just like resume action words, the words you use to describe yourself are extremely influential in how people view and remember you. So here is a list of 53 words to describe yourself during your job search, whether it is in your interview, on your resume, or in your cover letter.

Tiny Cities Run by Children Inside Texas Schools Are Teaching Social-Emotional and Project-Based Learning — Along With How to Pay Your Taxes

I can help the next in line,” says Azalea Arredondo, leaning forward on her elbows and craning her neck to make eye contact with the next customer. He’s busy chatting with the person in line behind him. Arredondo signals again, more urgently, “Next in line!”

The customer, startled, shuffles forward to pay his taxes.

The bureaucratic scene is familiar to anyone who has waited in line for government services — at a DMV or Social Security office, for instance — except for a couple of details.

Arrendondo, the all-business “IRS agent,” is in first grade. Her shoulders barely clear the top of the desk, and a giant rainbow-colored bow bounces on top of her head as she swings her legs.

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Educating Beyond COVID-19: Forging A Path Forward in K-12

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