Message from the Superintendent

In 1972 the Harlandale Memorial Monument was established in memory of former students who gave their lives in service to their country. On Memorial Day, May 26, at 9 AM, the Harlandale community is invited to gather in front of the Harlandale Memorial Stadium once again to pay respect to the ninety-four individuals whose names are inscribed on the memorial.

Adams Elementary SPARK Grand Opening will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, May 7 at 135 E. Southcross. Please join us as we thank dignitaries from our city who have partnered with our school district to create this newest home of a San Antonio Sports SPARK park.

Excitement mounts as 138 students who have been accepted into the STEM Early College High School make plans to enter the 9th grade in August. The support of the Harlandale ISD community has been incredible as our district has launched this life-changing opportunity.

Tejeda Academy graduation ceremonies are scheduled June 5 at the Boggess Center. The Freeman Coliseum will be the site of Harlandale High School’s graduation on June 12 and McCollum High School’s graduation on June 13. All graduation ceremonies will begin at 7 PM.

Southside Reporter – Issue October 17, 2014

October is National Principals Month and we are grateful to our campus principals for their visionary leadership. They have a passion for our students to achieve the highest academic standards. In addition to overseeing personnel, budgets, facility management, safety, and discipline, they help shape a positive community for our children and their families.

The Frontier Bowl will be held at Memorial Stadium on Friday, November 7, when McCollum and Harlandale High Schools will face off. Reserve seating tickets ($8.00), and student tickets ($4.00) will go on sale at the Athletics Office at 1201 96th Street, beginning Monday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. General admission tickets ($7.00) will be sold only after reserve seating has been sold out. There will be a limit of twenty-five tickets per buyer.

Southside United Against a Violent Environment (SUAVE), in partnership with our school district, hosted National Night Out at the Memorial Stadium on October 7. Over two thousand of our neighbors turned out for food, live entertainment, and to visit information booths provided by many of our community service partners.

Congratulations to the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. Rosie Gonzalez and Robert Villafranca are Harlandale High School alumni recipients; John Mark Calk and Richard Garcia are McCollum alumni. Antonio Arevalo is an inductee in recognition for Community Service. The Hall of Fame banquet will be held on November 5 and inductees will be recognized during a pre-game ceremony at the Frontier Bowl on Friday, November 7. Tickets may be purchased for $12 at the Business Office located at 102 Genevieve Drive, or at the door the night of the banquet.

All military veterans are invited to be part of the Veterans Recognition Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 24, with a reception starting at 6 p.m. and recognition prior to kickoff. With military ID, veterans will enter the game for free through the home side pass gate.

The annual Harlandale Education Foundation Golf Tournament will be hosted at the Republic Golf Club on Friday, October 31. Proceeds from the tournament will provide scholarship funds for every high school graduate who pursues a higher education. Contact Public Information Office at 989-4355 for more information about these upcoming events.

Southside Reporter: October 3rd, 2014

As September comes to a close, we have lots of good news to report to our community. The U.S. Department of Education announced that Harlandale ISD met the criteria to receive a $750,000 grant under the Fiscal Year 2014 Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program. The grant supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade. The funding will help increase student achievement and reduce the technology gap by providing students and their families with access to a wide range of literacy resources.

We were recently notified that the USAA Foundation awarded $10,000 to the district to support 2014 education programs.  We are grateful to the USAA administration and employee team for investing in the lives of students in the Harlandale community.

The McCollum High School class in Principles of Oil and Gas has received recognition from the Air & Waste Management Association in the form of a $1,000 donation. Representatives presented the check and encouraged students to pursue a career in oil and gas as the field continues to boom. They also praised the students for taking advantage of this new opportunity. Our business partnerships directly impact over 15,200 students from Pre-Kinder through high school, and leave a lasting legacy that will positively impact generations to come.

Harlandale High School won a contest supporting World Heritage Status for the San Antonio Missions and received $1,000 from the Chuck and Maudie Boggess Scholarship Fund. John Boggess, owner of Boggess Communications is a 1975 McCollum graduate and the communications consultant working with the National Park Service on the World Heritage project. During a special reception, Boggess and representatives from the SA Missions presented Principal Fred Anthony with the $1,000.

Students will be released early on Wednesday, October 15th.  High school testing is scheduled for October 20 – 24.  Our annual Veterans Recognition Ceremony will be held at Memorial Stadium on Friday, October 24, starting at 6 PM.  All veterans are invited to attend and will be allowed to enter for free through the home side pass gate.  Each branch of the military will be recognized prior to kickoff.

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back to School

Harlandale Family;

On Monday, August 25, for the 120th year, Harlandale ISD will welcome students to our classrooms. I want to say thank you to all of our employees for making the past two weeks successful and memorable. The District tried a new way of holding staff development this year and we appreciate the staff at the Boggess Center, Terrell Wells Middle School and McCollum High School for hosting the sessions. Thanks also to each of the facilitators, and to all of you who signed up in a timely manner and attended.

There are many new faces in the Harlandale ISD and for those newcomers, welcome to the family. To those of you who are returning, welcome back and thank you for continuing to invest in the Harlandale community. Many of our staff members have been preparing for the new school year and we appreciate everyone’s diligence and hard work. Our campuses will be open Saturday, August 23rd, so that teachers will have extra time to get classrooms ready to deliver dynamic lessons on Monday morning.

Reaching higher together we will work to achieve more academic accomplishments as we provide the highest quality education in secure, well-maintained facilities. Thank you for all you do to make a positive difference in the lives our children. I wish you the best of success during the 2014-2015 school year.

Southside Reporter

The beginning of this school years marks the 120th year of education in the Harlandale ISD. In less than a month students will return to classes. The first day of school will be Monday, August 25. New school hours will be in effect the first day of school. Elementary students will attend class from 7:45 am to 3:15 pm. Middle school students will be in class from 7:55 am to 3:45 pm, and high school hours will be from 8:20 am to 4:05 pm. Students arriving after the start time will be considered tardy. This instructional day will provide our students with more time and attention devoted to core subjects.

We look forward to seeing newly enrolled and returning students. All students enrolled in the Harlandale district are required to comply with the No Shots, No School policy, as required by state law. The University Health System’s Children’s Clinic, located at 834 W. Southcross, provides immunizations, physical exams, Well Child checkups, minor acute care, sports physicals, medication prescriptions, and health education on nutrition, disease and injury prevention. To make an appointment, call 358-TALK (8255).

Public education empowers our students to be and do whatever they wish to be. One-hundred percent of our teachers are highly qualified. Free breakfast and lunch is available to every student. We offer free SAT and ACT testing for all juniors and seniors, and free PSAT and ACT Plan testing for underclassmen. Our district provides safe campuses with modern classrooms and state-of-the-art equipment. Students at all grade levels have the opportunity to participate in educational, physical, artistic and social after-school and extra-curricular activities. Harlandale ISD is home to thirteen elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and four centers and academies. Harlandale High School houses the Health Professions High School, the San Antonio Film School, Microsoft Academy and classes in Cosmetology. McCollum High School hosts the School for Leadership and Public Service; classes in Culinary Arts and Auto Tech courses. The STEM Early College High School will open this fall. While the new school is under construction, over one-hundred thirty ninth graders will begin classes at the Boggess Center.

Please check the district website for updates on back-to-school information, including immunization requirements and school supply lists.

Southside Reporter

On June 16, the Harlandale ISD Board of Trustees voted to increase the Superintendent’s salary to bring Mr. Madrigal’s income in line with that of his peers who work in school districts of comparable size and demographics. Under Mr. Madrigal’s leadership during the past school year alone the District has enjoyed being the recipient of several grants such as the Saucony Shoe Company’s $10,000 award; Marathon Oil Corporation & LULAC’s $20,000 launch of the Science Corps at Terrell Wells Middle School; Zachry Foundation’s gift of $43,555 for the Reasoning Mind math program; HEB’s donation of $20,000 to our Social Workers to help at-risk families, and we were recently awarded the $1,351,018 Carol M. White Physical Education grant. The Tesoro Corporation donated $200,000 to initiate the STEM Pipeline Project at all Harlandale ISD middle schools. The STEM Pipeline Project will include new curriculum as well as an after school program to provide middle school students with greater knowledge, awareness and basic skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Mr. Madrigal’s visionary leadership launched the STEM Early College High School, which has enrolled over 130 students who will attend dual credit courses beginning in 2014. Under his guidance, property once used for the Columbia Heights Learning Center was affordably purchased from the City, and will be used by the school district for college readiness, FAFSA counseling, and for evening adult literacy classes. This year Harlandale ISD employees pledged donations of $51,617 to the Harlandale Education Foundation. The 2014 high school graduates earned a record dollar amount of scholarships to attend prestigious colleges and universities. The school district has once again been nominated as a Top Workplace and holds that title for the fourth consecutive year. The district is considered land-locked, yet over the past two years student enrollment has increased by 390 students.

On June 23, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the budget for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Funding was approved to hire additional staff who will have a direct impact on student learning. Ninth grade students who will attend the STEM Early College High School will experience the Summer Bridge Program from July 21 to August 1. Students will become oriented to college life as they attend classes at Palo Alto.

The school district will continue to comply with the No Shots, No School policy, as required by state law. For students needing immunizations before the first day of school on August 25, the University Health System’s Children’s Clinic at Collier Elementary is conveniently located at 834 W. Southcross and provides services to all students. Please check the district website for updates on back-to-school information, including immunization requirements and school supply lists.

2013-2014 School Year

Thank you students, parents, teachers, employees, Board of Trustees for making the 2013-2014 school year a great success. Congratulations to the 112  graduates from Tejeda Academy; 373 from McCollum High School and 400 who attended Harlandale High School.    This year’s graduates who do not receive the Pell Grant are eligible for a $1,250 scholarship through the Harlandale Education Foundation.  Those who do receive the Pell Grant will be awarded $625.  These scholarships are available in large part due to the generosity of Harlandale ISD employees along with a friend of Harlandale, who matches dollar for dollar each employee’s contribution.

We want to remind parents that all students enrolling in the Harlandale district next school year will be required to comply with the No Shots, No School policy, as required by state law.  The University Health System’s Children’s Clinic at Collier Elementary is shortening its hours of operation for the summer. Throughout the month of June, the clinic will be open on Mondays & Wednesdays, 8am-1pm; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1pm-6pm, and closed on Fridays. The Clinic at Collier, at 834 W. Southcross, opened August 2013 and has since seen thousands of HISD school children as well as their siblings.  The Clinic provides immunizations, physical exams, Well Child checkups, minor acute care, sports physicals, medication prescriptions, and health education on nutrition, disease and injury prevention. To make an appointment, call 358-TALK (8255).

The first day of school will be August 25.  Please check the district website for updates on back-to-school information, including immunization requirements and school supply lists.

 

End of the Year Message

Dear Harlandale Family Member;

Another school year has come to an end and we hope you enjoy your last day of school with our students. At the beginning of this school year we adopted the motto “Your Future Starts Here!”

This week many of you have celebrated promotion ceremonies.  Staff at Tejeda Academy, the Extended Learning Center, Harlandale High School and McCollum High School are preparing for graduation ceremonies.  Everyone has worked together to make sure our children have received the best education to prepare them for success in the 21st century.

We have enjoyed being the recipient of several grants such as the Saucony Shoe Company’s $10,000 award; Marathon Oil Corporation & LULAC’s $20,000 launch of the Science Corps at Terrell Wells Middle School; Zachry Foundation’s gift of $43,555 for the Reasoning Mind math program; HEB’s donation of $20,000 to our Social Workers to help at-risk families, and we were recently awarded the $1,351,018 Carol M. White Physical Education grant.  On May 28, the Tesoro Corporation donated $200,000 to initiate the STEM Pipeline Project at all Harlandale ISD middle schools. In partnership with P16Plus of Greater Bexar County and Communities In Schools of San Antonio, the STEM Pipeline Project will include new curriculum as well as an after school program to provide students with greater knowledge, awareness and basic skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The STEM Early College High School has enrolled over 130 students who will begin classes in the temporary facility located at the Tejeda Academy while a brand new high school is being constructed.  Harlandale ISD employees exceeded our goal by pledging donations of $51,617 to the Harlandale Education Foundation.   Our district has once again been nominated as a Top Workplace and holds that title for the fourth consecutive year.  The Board of Trustees provided a salary increase this year to every Harlandale family member.  By careful financial planning our district continues to maintain a healthy fund balance.

It is an honor to serve as your Superintendent and I thank you for another successful and rewarding school year. Enjoy your summer break and remember:  YOU make a difference.

Southside Reporter

Wednesday, May 21 is an early release day for all students. Please use caution when driving in school zones.

In 1971 the Harlandale Memorial Monument was established in memory of former students who gave their lives in service to their country.  On Memorial Day, May 26, at 9 AM, the Harlandale community is invited to gather in front of the Harlandale Memorial Stadium once again to pay respect to the ninety-four individuals whose names are inscribed on the monument.

Thanks to the San Antonio Sports Foundation, District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, and Mr. George Block, Adams Elementary is home to a new SPARK facility. The park will conveniently benefit our children and their families as we work together to achieve physical fitness.  For the third year, our district has been awarded Gold Level Recognition by the San Antonio Business Group on Health. This award recognizes our efforts to promote physical activity, nutrition, and awareness about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use.

This month students are busy with end-of-the-year events, celebrations, fine arts programs, recognitions and award ceremonies.  We are proud of the progress and accomplishments our students have achieved during this school year.  Our students are the reason we say “The Future Starts Here!”  The month of May is also when our district honors retirees and employees celebrating milestone years. Harlandale ISD recognizes the value of all of our employees and the importance of what they do daily to invest in the education of our children.  We are grateful to our employees who have earned us recognition as a Top Workplace for the past four years.

Students will be released early on the last day of school, Thursday, June 5. The Frank Tejeda Academy graduation is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 5 at the Boggess Center.   Harlandale High School graduation will be on Thursday, June 12 and McCollum High School’s graduation will be held on Friday, June 13.  Both of those ceremonies will be held at the Freeman Coliseum starting at 7:00 PM.

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