Central Elementary has been named to the 2017 - 2018 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll for its high achievement and student success. The program, sponsored by the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. Central Elementary is one of 729 public schools in Texas to be recognized. The 2017 - 2018 Honor Roll is developed by Educational Results Partnership (ERP), a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness. ERP maintains the nation’s largest database on student achievement and utilizes this data to identify higher-performing schools and districts. Schools that receive the ERP Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the ERP Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. “We are proud to be recognized as an ERP Honor Roll School by educational and business leaders in Texas,” said Nancy Flores, school principal. “Our teachers and administrators are committed to reaching higher levels of academic achievement and continuously improving our practices. We are pleased to see our hard work and dedication translating to positive outcomes for all our students.” “Educational success must be data-informed,” said Greg Jones, ERP board chairman. “These Honor Roll schools and districts are improving student achievement and we have the data to prove it. It’s critical that the business community support and promote educational success as today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce.” “At ERP we are committed to closing achievement gaps and removing educational obstacles for historically disadvantaged students,” said James Lanich, Ph.D., ERP president and CEO. “These bright spot schools and districts are implementing programs and practices that are improving educational equity and accelerating student success. We need to shine a spotlight on their work and encourage others to replicate it.” In Texas, the ERP Honor Roll program is supported by numerous businesses and organizations, including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Chevron Corporation and Enterprise Holdings Foundation.
Following an interview and resume workshop with Rhonda Shay, Human Resources Business Partner for Phillips 66, Junior WIT students from Palacios High School put their new skills to the test doing mock job interviews with Phillips 66 employees. In addition to the interview, students also underwent a resume critique. Besides improving their interviewing skills, students learned more about career opportunities at Phillips 66 and went through some of the activities the company does with their new hires. These activities helped improve team communication and listening skills. This opportunity gave these students valuable real-world experience that they can use later on in their careers. Thank you to Phillips 66, Mrs. Shay, Mrs. Brunner and the other employees that made this opportunity possible. Back row - Daniel Castanon, Steven Phan, Jannifer Le, Alondra Rubio, Brenda Mancera, Lanae Tucker, Timothy Kessler, Noah Zamarripa, David Cruz, Javier Figirova, Jackson Engel, Jonathan Segovia, and Daniel Zamora Front Row - Samantha Garcia, Justin Vu, Hannah Tran, Salvador Carrillo, and Hailey Fuentes
On April 18th, members of Palacios High School’s POWER SET organization traveled to Sweeny High School to compete in the Phillips 66 Olympics with other area POWER SET groups. Teams contained members from multiple schools and their objective was to build a device that could sort different sized objects to simulate the process of separating crude oil into different products. Groups had only a certain amount of time, money, and resources to build, as well as prepare a brief presentation. After time was called, groups presented and tested their creations.
Members of Palacios’ POWER SET were on all three placing teams. Also, special awards were given for different categories. Summer Brandstatt won “Most Energetic.” Tamara Perez won “Future Mechanical Engineer.” Christina Peterson won “Most Curious.” Maria Muniz won “Best Shoe” (she is currently wearing a boot for an injured foot). And finally, Bailey Grones won “Most Likely to be a Safety Specialist.”
Pictured left to right, back to front:
Tamara Perez, Quynh Nguyen, Lili Vu, maria Hurtado, Brooke Vandenbergh, Mai Nguyen, Karla Goytia, Maria Serrato, Erika Espinosa, Katie Nguyen, Dorothy Nguyen, Monsterrat Garcia, Kayla Vu, Kaitlyn Marroquin, Jessica Muniz, Matia Muniz, Christina Peterson, Priscilla Nguyen, Bailey Grones, Summer Brandstatt, and Sarah Tran.
Palacios ISD is excited to partner with Upbring Head Start to provide a full day Pre-school Program for all 4 year old students and qualifying 3 year old students. See flyers for important parent meetings and registration information for the Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs. Current 3 year old students will need to complete new registration forms at school. Current enrolled 4 year old Pre-K students going into kindergarten do not need to register. Click on the following links for more information. Pre-K Information in English & Spanish; Kindergarten Information in English & Spanish.
PISD is proud of the following students who have been announced as the top 10% of their graduating class of 2018. Please congratulate them when you see them! Valedictorian- Lili Vu, Salutatorian- Priscilla Nguyen, Lisa Nguyen, Salvador Carrillo, Bailey Grones, Rachel White, Montserrat Garcia, Samantha Hernandez, and Sarah Filip
POWER SET traveled to East Side and had lunch with their Power GRID mentees again. These lunch visits are great opportunities for the mentors and mentees to chat about new happenings in their lives, to vent, and to celebrate accomplishments. This mentoring relationship provides both parties with support and helps to build social skills.
The RoboSharks, FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics team #4641, from Palacios High School competed at the South Super Regional Robotics Competition with 71 other teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The competition was held in Athens, Georgia. The team competed with some of the best teams in the World, finishing in 28th place with four wins and five loses in the qualification rounds. At the end of the competition, the RoboSharks were honored to be awarded a Wild Card position to advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston, TX on April 18th – 21st. The RoboSharks would like to thank our many sponsors, Palacios ISD, and our community for the continued support of this great program. We would like to dedicate our season to the founder of PISD Robotics, Mr. Warren Morris III. We are excited to compete at the World Championship and hope to make everyone proud.
Back row L – R Noah Zamarripa, Jamie Gatica, Edwin Miranda, Tyson Nguyen, Captain – Clayton Stuhrenberg Front Row L – R Co-Captain – Lisa Nguyen, Jordan Nguyen, Griffin White, Kaleb Mikeska, Joe Pena, Erin Claudon
The PHS band is pictured with their UIL Sweepstakes trophy they earn Tuesday, March 6th. They were the only high school band to earn the coveted trophy all day. The event was hosted at the Palacios High School Fine Arts Building. 18 bands competed all day. Bands presented a concert program selected from a UIL required list of songs. They also had to perform a piece they had never seen before. The director has only seven minutes to explain the song before the band has to perform for the judges. Palacios scored the only sweepstakes of any high school all day. This means that they have received top judge ratings for marching band, concert performance, and sight reading. This is the second year in a row PHS has earned this honor. The band is directed my Jim Popham and Briana Harmon.
The 2018 Yearbook Campaign is here. Yearbook staffers will be available during lunch beginning March 9th to assist you in ordering your yearbook. As a special bonus, students who order now through March 30 will receive the special “March Madness” price of $40.00. After that, the price goes up to $55.00. So, be sure to order your 2018 Ebb Tide yearbook early. Please make checks payable to PHS Yearbook. If you have any questions, please email Amy Morales at email@example.com or call (361) 972-2571
The recent tragic events which occurred in Florida serve as a brutal reminder of the importance of the safety and security of our schools. The Palacios Independent School District would like to reassure our community that the safety and security of our students and staff perpetually remains our top priority. Our schools have up-to-date emergency operations plans which were reviewed and improved upon at the end of last year to include increased collaboration with our local law enforcement. Additionally, members of our staff have been trained on the specifics of these plans under which we conduct periodic drills to ensure that everyone knows their respective roles during any time of crisis. Click here to read full story.