THE COUGAR WEEKLY
SMHS weekly publication Vol. 1 Issue 33 5/13/2022
$291,915 Reasons to be Thankful..
Santa Maria ISD would like to give a big thank you to TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez and Executive Director Pat Hobbs for awarding SMHS FFA and Welding Class the Jobs and Education Texans Grant (JET Grant). The grant totaled $291,915 dollars and with those funds Mr. Cavazos, our FFA teacher and sponsor was able to purchase a Lincoln Electric TorchMate 4800 table along with a 4000C pipe attachment. In addition several other welding shop necessities such as an Edwards 50-ton Iron worker, a Ranger 330 gas welder, a Lincoln 360 multi-processor welder, a Miller 355 multi-processor welder were purchased and the shop also was able to update its ventilation exhaust system. The students will now have the opportunity to learn how to cut silhouettes with the CNC 4800 table and attain AWS welding certifications by utilizing the welding machines. The Lincoln 4000C pipe attachment will enable the students to cut pipe coupons and practice for certification purposes. Students will also gain valuable experience by using the various machines that are currently being utilized in the welding industry.
JET GRANT PURCHASES...
FFA students enrolled in the welding class now have state of the art equipment to work with.
gear up news...
On Tuesday, May 9th 26 members of the GEAR UP Class of 2024 had an opportunity to take a field trip to Texas A & M University in Kingsville, Texas. Mrs. Nora Jimenez our GEAR UP Counselor reports that sophomore cohort students were given an orientation session of admission requirements, tuition costs, scholarship opportunities, dorms, and student events that take place during their enrollment period. Students were able to tour the campus buildings and were taken to the dorms, recreation hall, and library. Overall the onsite experience was immensely rewarding and surreal to the students and they enjoyed themselves very much. The trip helped to enable students to develop an awareness for the distance between the school and their homes helping them to formulate a future travel and logistics plan.
This week we give you a brief recap on a man who is no stranger to the limelight or in this case the “spotlight” as we highlight Mr. Jose R. Guzman, SMHS CTE Business Teacher. Mr. Guzman is a native of the RGV and calls Lozano, Texas his hometown. For those that need to brush up on their RGV geography, Lozano is on the outskirts of Rio Hondo. He obtained his BBA from Pan American University in Edinburg, and for the last four decades he has served students in various districts throughout South Texas with the last four coming at SMHS. Those that know Mr. Guzman well can attest that aside from his teaching duties he has also devoted and dedicated a great deal of his life to coaching basketball. In fact, he is one of few select coaches that can claim to have more than 600 plus career victories to his name along with numerous district, bi-district and area titles. When Mr. Guzman has not been in the classroom or in a gymnasium, you can also find him teaching RGV youngsters the art of correctly driving an automobile as he is a certified Texas Drivers Education teacher. Shortly after joining SMISD, Mr. Guzman was instrumental in getting a Driver's Ed program started at the high school. In addition to his teaching duties, UIL Academics is another area that Mr. Guzman has an affinity for. In fact since coming on board at SMHS, Mr. Guzman has also served as the UIL coordinator for our school. Lately, several of our students have had great success in their respective events by placing in the district meet and advancing to the regional meet. Mr. Guzman is a truly unique one of a kind educator/coach. Thank you Mr. Guzman for bringing your expertise and experience to SMHS.
San Antonio or Bust..
Senior Class Sponsors Mr. Martinez and Mrs. Wieronski informed The Weekly that this year's senior trip is alive and well and most importantly, on schedule. The Senior Class eagerly awaits with anticipation as they are scheduled to depart for their two day San Antonio trip and their last excursion together on the 27th of May. Throughout the year, the class held various fund raising activities to help make their trip a reality. Beside the camaraderie that a five hour school bus trip lends itself to, a full itinerary will be awaiting them. After arriving one of their first stops will be Andretti's an indoor amusement hub with arcade games, a go-karting track & bowling, plus a casual restaurant. After a day full of go-kart racing, laser tag, and arcade games they will follow that with a well-deserved senior dinner at one of San Antonio's finest. The following day our Senior Cougars will wake up bright and early and mentally prepare themselves for a day of ear-piercing screams, thunderous laughter, and fun life-long memories at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Here is wishing them a safe fun-filled Senior Class Trip and may the travel gods accompany them.
cartoon of the week (Cow)
This past Sunday on May 8th, Mother's Day was celebrated. In Mexico, their Mother's Day festivities were held on Tuesday, May 10th. In honor of all the mothers out in Cougar Land we share this cartoon that could not have delivered a better message.
picture of the week (POW)
Our pic of the week comes to us from Quinta Mazatlan a historical Adobe mansion and nature and birding center located in McAllen, Texas. An excellent way to spend some time out in nature.
message of the week (mow)
the cupcake club (Birthdays)
Its time to wish our fellow Cougars a Happy Birthday! And this week we have a whole "range" of Cougars blowing out birthday candles. Freshman Kayla Martinez kicked off the festivities as she called May 9th her day of birth. The following day on the 10th it was Sophomore Rosendo Fernandez turn to have a cupcake of his choice. On Wednesday the 11th, we had Senior Keilani Ruelas being sung the birthday song as well as recent Junior transfer Cameron Wood and on Thursday the 12th we had sophomores Ivan Rico and Juan Gutierrez receiving Happy Birthday Wishes. This week no faculty or staff members celebrated a birthday. Please do reach out to the students celebrating theirs and inquire about their memorable festive day, and express your good wishes to them if you haven't done so already.
Kindness it costs nothing, but means Everything!
Happy BDay to YOOOUUUU! And many More!!
Principal Viera Says...
Another week of celebrations has just passed us by. Mother's Day in the United States was celebrated on Sunday the 8th and Mexico celebrated theirs on Tuesday the 10th. Thank you mothers for all you do to encourage your son/daughter to do better throughout their lives. Your nurturing spirit of the past, present, and future makes everyone’s life and society better.
This was also an extremely important week for our students who took their End of Course Exams (EOC). This week our freshmen and some re-testers took the Biology EOC and our juniors took the US History exam. 100% of the students were present to take the exam. Since we had everyone test there will be no need to offer a make-up test session. Thank you for doing your part to encourage your son/daughter to attend school to participate in their test session.
We will be sending progress reports this weekend. Please take the time to discuss the grades with your son/daughter. The final grades will be posted soon. We will finish the school year with an awards assembly on June 2nd to help recognize our students' accomplishments. This will be followed on Friday with our graduation ceremony for the 2022 senior class. Have a great weekend and as always Go Cougars!