A new program at the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District is aiming to provide more than a basic education. On Tuesday morning, Harlingen CISD flipped the switch on its first student-run radio station, KHGN. view article arw

A new application for a Central Texas school district will hopefully empower students to speak up when they've experienced bullying or saw something suspicious at school. At a board meeting Monday night, Belton ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon gave the green light for the district to use the anti-bullying app. view article arw

Give three middle school student a small square of foam, 10 popsicle sticks, 20 coffee stirrers, six straws, nine paper clips, one Ziplock bag, 1 paper plate, four brass fasteners, two plastic cups and five index cards. In 45 minutes, what will they come up with? If they were playing by the rules of the Lubbock Independent School District STEM Challenge on Monday at the Science Spectrum Museum, they hopefully built a structure of at least 1,000 cubic centimeters that was capable of withstanding 100 mph per hour winds. view article arw

The Spring ISD board of trustees approved $1.3 million to convert a building formerly used as an ITT Technical Institute campus into its new teacher training facility. The new facility will be located at 15651 North Freeway near East Richey Road and will be remodeled to provide coaching and training to teachers. view article arw

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For Sweeny Elementary School instructor Matthew Way, teaching students in new, dynamic methods is the key to the future. view article arw

In an effort to better communicate with parents, Little Elm ISD has rolled out a new bus locator app. The SafeStop mobile app provides expected bus stop arrival times and bus locator information to parents who want or need to know. “I believe this app will be extremely helpful to parents who might be waiting at home wondering how much longer will they have to wait,” said Cecelia Jones, director for communications. “I think we do a really great job partnering with Goldstar about communicating buses that might be running behind schedule. But this new feature is just another added bonus to our communication.” view article arw

San Antonio-based retail grocer H-E-B LP and its chairman and CEO, Charles Butt, are contributing $2 million toward a planned Centers for Applied Science and Technology, or CAST, charter campus at Brooks.The new CAST Med High School, set to open in fall 2019, is expected to boost to local health care and bioscience, the Alamo City’s leading industry, by educating a new pipeline of needed medical professionals and researchers for the San Antonio area. The contribution from H-E-B and its top executive will help fund startup costs and renovations for the new Southeast Side high school, officials with the San Antonio Independent School District and CAST Schools said. view article arw

Students, parents and community members in La Joya now have another way to report concerns happening on school campuses. The app, called ‘Anonymous Alerts,’ launched by the school district has been live since the start of the school year. Now a few months in, La Joya ISD Police Chief Raul Gonzalez said the app has done exactly what it was meant to do, continue to keep the students safe. view article arw

Tuesday the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees held their October Work Study to hear updates on several events and issues in the district. During the meeting, trustees voted 6-0 to approve the contract with the Ector County Elections Office to conduct the November 6 tax ratification election.  view article arw

Middle-school and high-school students and their families had fun and learned at the same time during Burkburnett ISD’s S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) fair. More than 30 booths with hands-on activities set up at the high school offered visitors opportunities to get excited about S.T.E.M. fields of study. view article arw

Spring ISD is rolling out an online tool for students, parents and staff to report bullying. The new online tool, launched Oct. 1, also complies with David’s Law, which was passed in 2017 and encourages school districts to establish policies to intervene if harassment occurs in person or online. view article arw

Next January will inaugurate the 86th session of the Texas Legislature. Every two years, the elected state representatives and senators of the people of Texas meet together to write and pass legislation. In connection with our local officials and community leaders, preparation for this upcoming legislative session is already underway. As it approaches, I look forward to sharing with you the issues we are preparing to tackle to address the needs and concerns of our district. view article arw

Quitman High School robotic students are working to keep up with today’s science, technology, engineering and math field by elevating curriculum and working toward future competitions. Students are working with 3D printers to build their materials and construct robots. David Cross, physics, engineering design and robotics teacher, said working with the robots and printers helps students become familiar with university-level work. view article arw

Bell County Sheriff's deputies went to the campus of Rogers Independent School District on Friday as a precaution after the campus was put on a precautionary lockdown. Major T.J. Cruz with the Bell County Sheriff's Department said there was no active shooter at the location, but deputies were investigating the nature of what triggered the lockdown. He said there appeared to be no imminent threat to students at the school. view article arw

More than 12,300 MacBook Air laptops made their way into the hands of EPISD students this summer as part of the District’s continued efforts to provide opportunities for more modern and active learning. The laptops, which are funded through the 2016 Bond initiative, were distributed to students in sixth through 11th grade. EPISD currently enjoys a 1:1 distribution of computer devices for students at every grade level. “Thanks to the voters of the District we have been able to provide state-of-the-art technology to our secondary students,” said Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “EPISD students have the tools necessary to become successful in a global economy. The MacBooks will compliment teacher-led instruction to help students reach their academic goals.” view article arw

With so many students unable to access the Internet in their homes, Brownsville ISD Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas says she is determined to reduce the digital divide in her community. “One of the challenges Brownsville has is many of our parents are very poor. So, they do not have access to the Internet. We are looking at how we are going to increase the number of families who can have access to the Internet,” Zendejas said. Zendejas spoke to the Rio Grande Guardian and RGV Public Radio 88 FM at BISD’s first ever Innovation, Strategy and Educational Technology Bash, held at Veterans Memorial Early College High School on Saturday. view article arw

Spring Branch Independent School District and its nonprofit partner, Spring Branch Education Foundation, have announced plans to create a student-centered informational dashboard that will improve its current data system and meet the growing needs of students and families for current information. Through this project, SBISD will overhaul its data architecture so that information once inaccessible will now be delivered real-time to educators, learners and parents. A complete view of student progress will enable educators to provide the right support at the right time, according to Christina Masick, SBISD chief information officer. view article arw

Late'jah Whittaker has always loved science. She started making robots in the fourth grade. In the fifth grade, she attended her first computer science-based program, learning how to program and make games. In high school, she excitedly registered for an Advanced Placement computer science course. But when she walked into class for the first time, she was shocked. "It was a class of about 30 people, and there were only three girls, and none of them were black," said Whittaker, who is black. "I felt like I needed to prove myself, and to do that I had to work four times harder than anyone else. It was a lot of stress to have." view article arw

Scurry County is now a green energy partner with multi-billion dollar company, Amazon! In February, we told you about Snyder ISD receiving a $50,000 check out of the deal, to expand the district's stem program. This fall semester, that program has come to fruition. The new classroom fueling STEAM careers in west Texas. STEAM takes on the abbreviation of STEM, except there has been an 'A' added to the acronym, standing for agriculture and art. view article arw

CITGO has expanded the STEM program here in Corpus Christi. The focus of the “STEM” program places a special emphasis on subjects like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. view article arw

On Thursday at 6 a.m., the Hereford Police Department was made aware of a possible threat involving a student at the Hereford Preparatory Academy. The threat was made via social media and was reported to Hereford ISD staff who in turn reported it to the Police Department.   view article arw

Longview ISD trustees have voted to give students more freedom to use cellphones on the high school campus as part of a new student code of conduct approved Monday. The previous policy gave cellphone privileges to high school students only during their lunch periods. If a phone was confiscated, a parent or “other responsible adult” could pick up the device after school for $15 fee, the policy stated. Because “times have changed,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Ross said Wednesday that the district amended its “outdated” cellphone policy. view article arw

Students at one Round Rock ISD campus no longer have the option of being distracted by their phones even if they don't want to pay attention in class. New this school year Success High is forcing students to turn over their phones by placing them inside cloth pockets attached to the classroom wall before they sit down at their desks. School leaders discussed the idea for years but consistently faced opposition from some teachers who worried the students wouldn't be exposed to new technology.  view article arw

The San Antonio Independent School District plans to open another single-gender school. The all-girls school, which will offer a program aimed at science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, will be based at Page Middle School. SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez said single-gender schools offer parents more options when it comes to public education and helping shape students into leaders. view article arw

Chevron and the nonprofit community development group BakerRipley are opening a hub in East Aldine to advance entrepreneurship and STEM education. Called Fab Lab Houston, the facility will cater to a variety of users, including youth, teachers, adults, and entrepreneurs. view article arw

On Thursday morning, public and private stakeholders from across Bastrop County gathered at the Bastrop Public Library in a discussion about high-speed internet access for rural residents. The discussion was hosted by nonpartisan policy organization Glasshouse Policy and lead by Texas Senator Kirk Watson and Texas Representative John Cyrier. County Judge Paul Pape and Precinct 2 commissioner Clara Beckett, representatives from the Bastrop Independent School District, members of the public and more weighed in on the issue. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 5-2 to approve an agreement with Proximity Learning to provide virtual teachers for four classes of American Sign Language at the two high schools. Two would be at Odessa High School and two at Permian High School at a cost of about $60,000. Board President Doyle Woodall and trustee Carol Gregg voted against the motion as read but supported the idea of trying this approach with the ASL classes, the board recap said. view article arw

Tuesday evening, the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees voted on a small pilot program of virtual classes with four American Sign Language classes at Permian High School and Odessa HS. The cost for the teachers is estimated at $60,000. ASL, one of five foreign language options for our high school students, is the third most popular request behind Spanish and French. Of 174 requests for ASL, only 74 students can currently be accommodated (in ASL 2) because of the inability to find teachers for it.  view article arw

The Tomball High School gym erupted into cheers and applause when the cast of the CBS sitcom “Young Sheldon” arrived to present five schools with grants to promote learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The grant, created by the nonprofit of show producer Chuck Lorre, the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, will be awarded to Tomball High School, Tomball Memorial High School, Creekside Park Junior High School, Willow Wood Junior High School and Tomball Junior High School. view article arw

Simulation labs are an important component to becoming a nurse and now virtual reality is becoming an important part of simulation programs. At the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, simulation provides students a safe environment where they can gain confidence and proficiency in their clinical judgment and nursing skills. Growing from approximately 2,500 square feet to over 5,000 square feet, the school expanded its skills labs and is designing several high-fidelity sim spaces, such as a birthing suite, an operating room and a home health setting.   view article arw

This school year, the Abilene Independent School District is using an app called CrisisGo to help keep students and staff members safe during school hours. Dan Cottner, AISD Safety and Security Coordinator, said that the app allows teachers to alert every other teacher at the school, along with staff members, local law enforcement and first responders all at once. view article arw

Students at the Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center are learning to save lives when help may be too far away. Tyler ISD is now offering EMT courses, with an extra EMT Wilderness certification, which aims to teach students how to care for a patient in the field. Instructor Matthew Singleton spent the summer in Colorado in order to bring the techniques home for students at the CTC. The students will learn how to treat prolonged exposure to the elements and how to stabilize patients when ambulance or rescue may be hours away. view article arw

Students at the Frisco Independent School District are now able to anonymously report concerns such as school violence, bullying and harassment through the mobile app, “STOPit.” The app officially launched on the first day of school, and in just two weeks it has been downloaded almost 19,000 times. When each student downloads the app, they are given a campus code when they register. That code is linked to the students account. Therefore, each report filed will go to the appropriate school administrator. After the assistant principal receives the report, they can message the student back and forth to receive additional information. view article arw

The Department of Education is warning schools about phishing attacks aimed at students' financial aid after reports of such incidents at several colleges. A spokesperson for the department said in a statement on Saturday that multiple schools have reported malicious hackers gaining access to student financial aid in phishing attacks. The attacks, the department said, are getting through student emails via their institution's password-protected website. view article arw

As technology continues to branch out and become more ubiquitous, school districts must decide how to regulate student use of cell phones, smart watches and other devices. Local public and private education entities have each taken different approaches. Trinity Episcopal School has never allowed cell phones in the classroom, while Eanes ISD established new districtwide technology regulations this school year. Lake Travis ISD incorporates cell phones into instructional time, but if students do not adhere to district rules, phones are confiscated and a $15 fee is required to get them back. At Leander ISD teachers set phone-use rules for their classrooms. view article arw