Parental Involvement Newsletter

April 2015

It's the 6th Six Weeks Parents!

Dear parents and community members:

Thank you for making it a priority to be involved in your children's education and for all the many activities that you participated in throughout the year. We couldn't do our job without your help and involvement. We also want to thank our parent volunteers for their selfless sacrifice in giving their time and talents to the schools that they serve. Please remember to stay informed about summer school and summer camps that will be offered to our students. Working together nothing is impossible!

This newsletter has several important items:

  • Media Madness Program - May 5th Information
  • Parent Survey Information - We need your input
  • Camp Good Sam - Website link has more information
  • Alice ISD Campus Activities & Events
  • Parents of the Month pictures
  • Content area newsletters for the 6th Six Weeks

In case you missed them click below for previous newsletters:

February 2016

January 2016

November 2015

September 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

November 2014


Media Madness Parent Program

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Place: Alice HS Activity Center

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

[5:30 - 6:00 Food will be served/visit the PTA booths]

Media Madness Descritpion:

Media Madness provides parents and caregivers the tools to successfully manage their children’s “screen time”, effectively monitor media messages and content, and realistically modify your approach as children grow and technology advances. Topics will include: cyber safety tips, cyber-bullying, and social media responsibility.

Suggested Audience:

All Parents/Students, Dubose,Memorial,WAMS,AHS

Child care for ages 5- 9 only will be provided.

This parent program provided as a free benefit of TxPTA.

HB 5 District Evaluation of Community & Student Engagement; Compliance

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Parent Survey - Encuesta para Padres

It's that time of the year again for getting parent and student surveys completed!

Alice ISD is conducting an evaluation of selected programs and would like to invite parents to participate in a school survey. As per Texas Education Code 39.0545-Section 46 of House Bill 5, districts are required to evaluate their performance at the district and campus level in 8 areas of community and student engagement and in 1 area of policy compliance.

Parents we need your input. If you have children that attend different campuses within Alice ISD please visit the campus websites to complete a survey for each school or you are welcome to complete a hard copy of the survey that can be turned in at the campus. Your responses are very important to us and we appreciate your participation.

¡Es ese tiempo del año para conseguir las encuestas de padres y estudiantes!

El distrito escolar está llevando a cabo la evaluación del desempeño en la comunidad y la participación de los estudiantes - HB 5 Sección 46 ( TEC 39.0545 ). Alice ISD le gustaría invitar a los padres a participar en una encuesta escolar.

¡Padres necesitamos su opinión! Por favor, visite el sitio web de Alice ISD o el sitio web de la escuela de su hijo y seleccione un enlace para enviar su encuesta. Si necisitas su encuesta en Espanol pida a alguien en la escuela y te darán una y la puedes devolverla a la misma escuela.

¡Le damos las gracias por la participación en este proceso de la encuesta. Su opinion es importante para nosotros.

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Parent Advisory Council

P.A.C. Meeting Held in March

On March 9, 2016 Alice ISD held a Parent Advisory Council meeting to discuss upcoming events. As always we had great attendance. The meeting was conducted by PAC President Yvonne De la Garza.

Items on the agenda were:

*Old Business Update: Spring Parent Presentations on Media Madness

*Revisions on HB5 Community and Student Engagement Surveys

*2016-17 Parent Conference Theme and design

*Campus Committees for School Compacts and Parental Policy

Our next P.A.C. meeting will be April 28th at William Adams Middle School from 1:00 - 2:30.

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday, April 28th, 1-2:30pm

901 East 3rd Street

Alice, TX

Tentative items on the agenda:

  1. Details on Media Madness Program
  2. Recommendations for revisions or updates on Parent Involvement District Policy
  3. Reminders on Campus Parent Involvement Policy and School Compacts
  4. Fall 2016 Parent Involvement Conference plans

Volunteer Week Appreciation!!!

Valuable is the work you do

Outstanding in how you always come through

Loyal, sincere, and full of good cheer

Untiring in your efforts throughout the year

Notable are the contributions you make

Trustworthy in every project you take

Eager to reach your every goal

Effective in the way you fulfill your role

Ready with a smile like a shining star

Special and wonderful -- that's what you are!!

Noonan Elementary Holds a Writing Showcase

Teachers over at Noonan Elementary School have been strongly pushing students to write as much as they can and to write in as many disciplines as they can. On March 19th students in grades K-4 proudly displayed their best writing around the hallways. The classes were competing against each other and the class with the best showcase won an incentive. Each grade level had a unique theme in which students created writing pieces that explained or described what they learned. The displays were impressive and the students were so proud to show off their work. Congratulations Noonan Mustangs for your commitment to become life long authors!

Salazar Elementary Holds Easter Egg Festivities

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Dubose Intermediate

Dubose Intermediate

Let the STAAR Games begin!!

March 22, 2016

Math, Science,English teachers had a table designated table with STAAR testing materials to share with parents. The various stations helped parents understand the difficulties of the STAAR exam questions and helped parent realize just how much their children must learn.

April is Austism Awareness Month

Saenz Holds Third Annual Autism Parade

Saenz Elementary had their 3rd Annual Autism Parade on April 15, 2016. The parade promotes Autism awareness and teaches students how to be understanding and supportive of their classmates. The parade allows students to show their support by leading a march around the track chanting, "Autism powers we're all Super Stars". Saenz Elementary was presented a check in the amount of $5,200 from Manny Munoz.

Manny Munoz, a High School student, raised money and earned an Eagle Scout badge from a 5K he put together on April 2, 2016, called, "Manny's Autism Awareness 5K". With some of the proceeds from that 5K run, he donated a portion of it to Saenz Elementary's Special Education classrooms. Our hats off to Mr. Manny Munoz for his awesome work and his contribution to the Special Education Students at Saenz Elementary.

The Special Education classrooms are taught by: Javier Garcia, Wilma Hinojosa, and Mary Yantis. Their aides are Delia Naranjo, Monica Lopez, and Maggie Ramirez. The campus is led by principal Marina Garza and her assistant principal is Elizabeth Blair. Alice ISD's Director of Special Education is Gracie Garcia.

Volunteers of the Month


Spring into Good Health

Alice ISD and Community Action Corporation of South Texas teamed up to host a community health fair that was free to the public. The event was held on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 - 2:00 at the Alice Veterans of Foreign Wars V.F.W. hall.

The days events included a golf tournament, free health screening for cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure, informational booths on stroke & heart disease prevention, weight & nutrition information, and a 5K Run/Walk. Agencies from all over the Jim Wells County area were on hand to provide information to participants. Healthy food, snacks and drinks were provided throughout the day and door prizes were also given out.

Curriculum Content Newsletters for 6th Six Weeks

ELAR: It's All About Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

Please click this link for more information:

Social Studies 6th Six Weeks Newsletter

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Science 6th Six Weeks Newsletter

Please click this link for information on science content:

Making Sense of Math Newsletter

Please click this link for information on math content:

Federal Programs: Parent Involvement

Departments and Contributors

Marta L. Salazar - Parent Involvement Coordinator

Mrs. Sandra Smithwick - Parent Involvement Asst.

Mrs. Hope Grove - Parent Involvement Secretary

Federal & Special Programs

Dr. Alma Garcia - Director of Federal Grants, State Grants, Bilingual/ESL Programs & Migrant and Homeless Liaison

Parent Involvement Campus Liaisons

Sandra Smithwick - William Adams Middle School

Barbara Koenning - Hillcrest Elementary

Linda Lee Dominguez - Salazar Elementary

Sandra Ordones - Mary R. Garcia Elementary

Devin Renee Guerra - Schallert Elementary

Josie Juarez - Saenz Elementary

Nelda Garcia - Alice High School

Belinda Munoz - Noonan Elementary

Alma DeLa Garza - Memorial Intermediate

Anna Gallegos- Dubose Intermediate

Federal Programs Department

Dr. Alma Garcia, Marta Salazar, or Hope Grobe