Thank you to all of our Seguin ISD community members who took the time to respond and provide feedback to our online calendar survey. The majority of respondents (844) favored keeping the currently approved calendar with the Aug. 20 start date. The earlier start date of Aug. 13 was favored by 436 respondents.
Unforeseen circumstances withstanding, the calendar with the Aug. 20 start date will be used.
Congratulations to the Seguin High School Matador Class of 2020! You did it!
Please review the FAQs for the June 6 graduation ceremony. We hope you find these helpful. If graduates or families have questions, please call Seguin High School at 830-401-8000.
The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees will be regular board meeting on May 26. You can find the agenda at the link below:
May 26 - Regular Board Meeting
Seguin High School will host a live graduation event for the Matador Class of 2020 on Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Due to the Matador Stadium rebuild project, the graduation ceremony will take place at Canyon High School Stadium, 1510 IH 35 in New Braunfels, at 8 p.m.
Due to social distancing guidelines, each graduate may have a total of 5 guests attend and the stands will be marked for family groups of five. Two year olds and younger do not need a ticket. Wristbands will be provided to graduates for their guests.
“We are fortunate to be able to offer our deserving graduates and their families a live graduation. Due to safety precautions, the ceremony will look a bit different compared to our traditional Matador commencement. But I’m glad we have the opportunity to honor the Matador Class of 2020 seniors in a safe, outdoor venue,” said Dr. Hector Esquivel, Seguin High School principal.
The June 6 event will be live streamed online and Seguin High School staff is moving forward with plans to host a virtual graduation on May 31 at 3 p.m.
Seniors will receive information from Seguin High School administration about picking up graduation materials including entry wristbands, designated parking passes, a parking map and more.
“We appreciate Comal ISD offering up Canyon Stadium free of charge for this special event,” Esquivel said.
Confetti, balloons, noisemakers, signs, posters, banners, streamers and beach balls are prohibited in the stadium. Each guest may bring in two unopened bottles of water.
If the live graduation event has to be cancelled due to weather related issues or unforeseen circumstances, it will not be rescheduled.
In February, the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees approved an instructional calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. However, as the majority of classroom learning in spring 2020 was interrupted due to COVID-19, Seguin ISD is considering an alternative calendar for 2020-2021.
The district is asking community members to review both calendars, select a preference and provide comment through May 29 at 5 p.m. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey and share your feedback.
En febrero, la Junta de Síndicos de Seguin ISD aprobó un calendario de instrucción para el año escolar 2020-2021. Sin embargo, como la mayoría del aprendizaje en el aula en la primavera de 2020 se interrumpió debido a COVID-19, Seguin ISD está considerando un calendario alternativo para 2020-2021.
El distrito está pidiendo a los miembros de la comunidad que revisen ambos calendarios, seleccionen una preferencia y hagan comentarios hasta el 29 de mayo a las 5 p.m. Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para completar la encuesta y compartir sus comentarios.
Five years ago, 19 Seguin ISD middle school students had a dream to earn a diploma and associate degree during their four years at Seguin High School.
That dream is now a reality thanks to the Seguin Early College High School (ECHS) program.
Seguin ISD partnered with Alamo Colleges – St. Philip’s College in 2014 to create an opportunity for Seguin High School students to learn at a level above and beyond the traditional high school experience. The Seguin ECHS allows students to earn college credits, free of charge, through their high school coursework. For students who take the most rigorous path in the program, the result is a Seguin High School diploma and a St. Philip’s College associate degree after four years as a Matador.
Seguin High School Class of 2020 seniors who achieved this prestigious honor are Kassandra Acuna, Carmen Bower, AJ Burns, Norma Chapa, Dalton Ferris, Selena Gutierrez, Shelby Lee, Kayla Lopez, Haley Lozano, Joseph Lutz, Lilian Martinez-Espinoza, Guadalupe Narvaez, Andrea Noriega, Tim Polcyn, Logan Procknow, Esperanza Rocha, Virginia Sierra, Sierra Soto and Maria Valdez Morales.
Since the Early College High School program is free for Seguin High School students, the cost savings realized by families is significant, according to Anna Lisa Garza, director of Seguin ECHS.
“These 19 Seguin ECHS students earned more than 60 college credits for a savings of $12,900 per student in tuition and fees. As a group, the Class of 2020 ECHS students earned over 1,150 credits, saving their families more than $245,100, she said.
“During their junior and senior years, these students were classified as full-time college students. I am extremely proud of them and applaud the amount of work and dedication they put forth over the last four years.”
Dating back to 2018, this is Seguin ISD's third cohort of Seguin ECHS students who have simultaneously earned a diploma and associate degree through the program.
“Normally, these students would have participated in the annual St. Philip's College graduation ceremony. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was canceled. However, our students are invited to participate in the St. Philip's College December graduation ceremony as official associate degree recipients. Even though we weren't able to celebrate our students at the St. Philip’s ceremony this spring, we are still extremely proud of their achievements and plan to honor them in a variety of other ways,” said Seguin High School Principal Dr. Hector Esquivel.
Seguin ISD eighth grade students who are interested in the Seguin ECHS program are encouraged to contact Garza at 830-401-8000, ext. 30712.
Seguin ISD parents:
If you have a child who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020, your child may be eligible to enroll in the Pre-Kindergarten program at Ball Early Childhood Center (ECC). Please complete this online form at https://bit.ly/2Lv9K3o to provide information about you and your young Matador by May 29.
Once the form is completed and submitted, Ball ECC Principal Debra Reiley will send a confirmation email.
Padres de Seguin ISD:
Si tiene un hijo que tendrá 4 años el 1 de septiembre de 2020 o antes, su hijo puede ser elegible para inscribirse en el programa de prejardín de infantes en el Ball Early Childhood Center (ECC). Complete este formulario en línea en https://bit.ly/2Lv9K3o para proporcionar información sobre usted y su joven Matador antes del 29 de mayo.
Una vez que se haya completado y enviado el formulario, la directora de Ball ECC, Debra Reiley, enviará un correo electrónico de confirmación.
The closure of school buildings this spring has forced our students and teachers to adapt to distance learning. While this new way of instruction and learning has been challenging, the need for students to focus on schoolwork has not gone away.
In order to pass courses for the spring 2020 semester, it is imperative for students to complete their online or packet assignments. Based upon May 12 data, an alarming number of sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth grade students are failing one or more core subject areas because the students are not submitting completed assignments to their teachers.
Students and parents are encouraged to work closely with teachers and campus administrators this week in order to receive credit for assignments and pass courses.
El cierre de los edificios escolares esta primavera ha obligado a nuestros estudiantes y maestros a adaptarse al aprendizaje a distancia. Si bien esta nueva forma de instrucción y aprendizaje ha sido un desafío, la necesidad de que los estudiantes se concentren en el trabajo escolar no ha desaparecido.
Para aprobar los cursos del semestre de primavera de 2020, es imprescindible que los estudiantes completen sus tareas en línea o en paquetes. Según los datos del 12 de mayo, un número alarmante de estudiantes de sexto, séptimo, octavo, noveno y décimo grado están reprobando una o más materias principales porque los estudiantes no están enviando tareas completas a sus maestros.
Se alienta a los estudiantes y a los padres a trabajar estrechamente con los maestros y los administradores del campus esta semana para recibir crédito por las tareas y aprobar los cursos.
The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees will be hosting a board workshop on May 14. You can find the agenda at the link below:
May 14 - Board Workshop
As Seguin ISD transitions to online student registration this summer for fall 2020, parents of students will be instrumental in making the new program a success.
In order to register online, a current and valid email address must be on file with the district or campus. Parents and guardians with an existing Parent Portal account can update an email address at https://bit.ly/2YK9cyI. Or, parents may call their student’s campus to provide an email address beginning Monday, May 11.
An email address on file is necessary for parents to create an online registration account in July.
Also in July, several days will be set aside for parents to visit the Seguin ISD district office for assistance with setting up an email account or performing online registration.
More information about online registration will be shared over the next several weeks.
A medida que Seguin ISD haga la transición al registro de estudiantes en línea este verano para el otoño de 2020, los padres de los estudiantes serán fundamentales para que el nuevo programa sea un éxito.
Para registrarse en línea, una dirección de correo electrónico actual y válida debe estar archivada en el distrito o el campus. Los padres y tutores con una cuenta existente en el Portal de Padres pueden actualizar una dirección de correo electrónico en https://bit.ly/2YK9cyI. O bien, los padres pueden llamar al campus de su hijo para proporcionar una dirección de correo electrónico a partir del lunes 11 de mayo.
Es necesaria una dirección de correo electrónico en el archivo para que los padres creen una cuenta de registro en línea en julio.
También en julio, se reservarán varios días para que los padres visiten la oficina del distrito de Seguin ISD para obtener ayuda para configurar una cuenta de correo electrónico o realizar el registro en línea.
Se compartirá más información sobre el registro en línea durante las próximas semanas.
Dr. Gutierrez is proud to share news about two new leaders at Seguin ISD schools.
Principal, Vogel Elementary School
Rhonda Jubela is a Seguin High School graduate and instructional leader with the district for the past six years, most recently serving as the Principal of the Ball Early Childhood Center. As an elementary leader, Ms. Jubela has led at the forefront of Response to Intervention (RtI), helped to boost attendance rates, and uses her instructional coaching strengths to grow and develop teachers. Ms. Jubela’s ability to lead calmly, understand the community as an alumni and parent, and strong sense of Seguin ISD pride will ensure a seamless transition for Vogel Elementary School.
Principal, Ball ECC
Debra Reiley has committed over 30 years serving the students of Seguin ISD, most recently as the assistant principal at Ball ECC. Ms. Reiley’s strong early literacy knowledge and experience has been a value add at Ball ECC for the past five years. I have no doubt that this campus, which has grown significantly the past three years, will continue to excel at preparing PK students to be Kindergarten ready.
Over the past few weeks, Seguin High School administrators have been evaluating options to acknowledge the accomplishments of the Matador Class of 2020.
Principal Dr. Hector Esquivel and his staff now have a plan.
“All of our students have seen unprecedented change the last couple of months but their flexibility, patience and understanding have been incredible. My heart goes out to our seniors who did not see the COVID-19 crisis coming. That being said, we want to make sure our seniors are appropriately recognized for their accomplishments at Seguin High School, he said.
"We will celebrate our senior class with a virtual ceremony called SHS Senior Celebration 2020 on May 31 at 3 p.m. This streamed event will include the traditional speeches and each graduate will be showcased with a photo and his/her major academic accomplishments. Our staff is working with Jostens and we will share more information with our seniors during cap and gown distribution on May 7 here at the high school,” he added.
It is important for seniors and their families to celebrate in the safety of home, he said.
A live graduation event is also in the works but due to COVID-19 concerns it is tentatively planned for June or July.
“Once local and state officials allow us to congregate in larger groups, we will determine the feasibility for a live graduation ceremony in a nearby stadium on June 19 or July 17 as we had originally planned. This will include the graduate procession, certification of the class, walking the stage, turning the tassel and the traditional tossing of the hats,” he said.
Diplomas will be handed out at the live commencement event. Seguin ISD administrators will share additional information when the date is set.
For information on senior end-of-year activities and events, call Seguin High School at 830-401-8000.
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