Enrollment Boundary Map Options & Survey
02/20/2020

The Seguin ISD Rezoning Committee has drafted two proposed enrollment boundary maps. The community is invited to review the maps and provide feedback. View the maps and comment online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/seguinzones. Additionally, the maps will be available for community review at Seguin ISD District Office (1221 E. Kingsbury St.) on Feb. 26, 2020 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

 

Please provide your input before March 1, 2020.


Online registration new for Seguin ISD
02/20/2020

This summer, Seguin ISD parents will register students online for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

“We believe this process will greatly benefit our parents and guardians by allowing them to enroll their children quickly and at their leisure. Online registration will keep parents from having to stand in line and fill out multiple paper forms,” said Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, superintendent.

 

Online registration will be mandatory for all returning and new students to Seguin ISD for the fall.

 

“With this new, automated process the back-to-school time should be easier for our families,” he added.

 

The online system should be live when registration begins in July.

 

Once finalized, the district will provide parents with instructions for creating accounts, tutorials on how to register, timelines for registering, and support options. This information will be shared on district social media outlets and at www.seguinisd.net as well.


Black History Month - Grace & Sherwood Thompson
02/20/2020

Grace and Sherwood Thompson

Grace Smith Thompson was born and raised in Bay City, Texas. Her father was a master electrician, philanthropist and civil rights activist. Grace and her four brothers learned at an early age, from both parents, to be active in church and community.

 

Grace graduated from A.G. Hilliard High School in Bay City and attended Wharton County Junior College before transferring to Texas A & I University in Kingsville. There, she received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1969, an M.S. in Education in 1976 and a Mid-Management Certification in 1986. She taught for 28 years in Kingsville ISD before coming to Seguin in 1990.

 

She spent several years teaching second grade at Jefferson Ave. Elementary before becoming a counselor there until her retirement in 2002. After retiring, she returned to Seguin ISD to work as interim principal at McQueeney Elementary and as a counselor at several elementary schools. Sherwood Thompson was born in Wheelock, Texas. He and his brother and two sisters spent their childhood in many Texas towns since their father was a preacher. When Sherwood was in seventh grade, the family moved from Houston to Kingsville. He graduated from Kingsville High School before attending Pratt Junior College in Kansas. He transferred to Texas A & I University where he played football and was active in the Baptist Student Union. While he was still a student, he served as a police officer for the Kingsville Police Department.

 

While at Texas A & I, Sherwood met the love of his life, Grace Smith. They were married in 1965 in Bay City. They have one daughter: Dr. Teresa Lynn Thompson who is a training specialist for the Texas Workforce Commission.

 

Sherwood taught History at Kingsville High School and coached golf and football. He later became a counselor and then principal at Colston Elementary in Kingsville ISD. In 1990, he was hired to be principal of Ball Elementary in Seguin ISD until he retired in 1997.

 

Grace and Sherwood have been active in the Second Baptist Church and the McQueeney Lion’s Club where Sherwood has served as president for three years and Grace has flipped hundreds of hamburgers and baked many cakes. Sherwood also served on the board of the Heritage Museum.

 

Grace’s community involvements include serving on the Mental Health Mental Retardation Board, Family Awareness Board and as a committee member for the Coalition for a Drug-Free Community. She is a long time member of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Organization which is an honorary organization for women educators.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson have touched the lives of thousands in Seguin and Kingsville by sharing their time, gifts and talents.


Teacher Spotlight
02/19/2020

Shantill VannCongratulations to the teacher spotlight of the week Mrs. Shantill Vann from Barnes Middle School.

 

1. Describe your teaching career at Seguin ISD

 

I am currently in my 11th year of teaching all of which have been at Jim Barnes Middle School. I teach 8th grade Science and in previous years 7th grade Science, I am also the Department Lead.

 

2. How do you instill rigor and relevance in your classroom?

 

Rigor and relevance begin with building relationships, getting to know your students and setting high expectations. My goal is always to create an environment where students feel safe and are allowed to ask questions, explore and or make mistakes. I guide students in thinking critically with probing questions/activities and then I ask them to reflect on their personal experiences thereby making it relevant.

 

3. As an educator, you cultivate, inspire and empower. What does this mean to you?

 

As an educator, I have the privilege of working with young people and the opportunity to grow, develop and nurture these students. My teaching extends beyond science to incorporate life lessons. It is very important that my students see themselves not as who they are but who they can become. My job not only allows me to teach, but it also allows me to speak life into students, to plant those seeds that will hopefully lead to successful paths. That is why I do what I do. Everyone deserves to have someone that believes in them.


School boundary input sought for Seguin ISD
02/17/2020

After months of meeting, poring over maps and evaluating enrollment numbers, the Seguin ISD rezoning committee has two revised elementary attendance zone maps for community input.

 

The draft maps will be on display Feb. 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. at Seguin ISD District Office located at 1221 E. Kingsbury St.

 

Parents, guardians and students are encouraged take a look at the maps and provide comment.

 

Relatively static enrollment numbers have allowed Seguin ISD to keep current attendance boundaries in place for approximately nine years. With impending growth, plus full classrooms at certain elementary schools, the time has come to redraw boundaries to better equalize elementary campus enrollment numbers, said Bill Lewis, Seguin ISD chief operating officer and associate superintendent of technology.

 

“Fast growing districts shift attendance zone boundaries every four to five years. We have been able to accommodate students with our current boundaries for much longer than that. However, now is the time to incorporate and publicize any changes so that our families know where their children will be going to school in the fall,” he said.

 

Lewis notes that the Rezoning Committee has done a great job evaluating the attendance zones.

 

“From the onset, we wanted the committee, which is made of up parents and teachers who reside in the district, to make recommendations based upon current and forecast data. The two draft maps that will be on display Feb. 26 reflect their hard work and dedication,” he said.

 

Following the community input phase, a demographer hired by the district will take the suggestions and attempt to incorporate them into a single map. Ultimately, the Seguin ISD board of trustees will have to consider and approve any changes during an open school board meeting.


Seguin ISD School Board seeks community involvement for superintendent process
02/14/2020

The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees has employed Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to assist with the search for a new superintendent. The Board has requested that school personnel and the public be involved in developing a profile of the leadership qualities desired of the person the Board should seek to become the new superintendent.

 

Click here to access the Leadership Profile Questionnaire

La Junta busca la participación comunitaria para el proceso superintendente

 

La Junta de Síndicos del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Seguin (ISD) ha empleado los Servicios de Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) para ayudar con la búsqueda de un nuevo superintendente. La Junta ha solicitado que el personal escolar y el público participen en el desarrollo de un perfil de las cualidades de liderazgo deseadas de la persona que la Junta debe tratar de convertirse en el nuevo superintendente. Haga clic aquí para acceder al Cuestionario de perfil de liderazgo

 

Click here to access the Leadership Profile Questionnaire


Black History Month - Clarence and Evelyn Little
02/13/2020

Clarence and Evelyn LittleMr. Clarence Little, a Seguin native, was born in 1932 and graduated from the historic Ball High in Seguin. He later attended Samuel Huston College on a football scholarship, until the college merged during his junior year with Tillotson College on Oct. 24, 1952, and became known as Huston-Tillotson College. The school was the sole provider of higher education for African-Americans in Central Texas until the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which launched the period of desegregation. Mr. Little was a proud participant of the first graduating class of the joint schools in 1953. During college, Clarence became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. before he was drafted into the Army where he served two years.

 

Seguin native Evelyn Spears Little also attended Ball High and Huston-Tillotson College where she graduated in 1954. Mrs. Little was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in college and was an active member who participated in the sorority’s service projects in Seguin after college.

 

Clarence and Evelyn Little married in August 1954 and began dedicating their lives to serving the community and schools in Seguin. Mrs. Little became the librarian at Ball High and played an integral role in the integration process by becoming the first African American librarian at Seguin High School in 196s. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and sang in the choir at Wesley Harper United Methodist Church. She retired from Seguin High School in 1989.

 

Mr. Little’s first teaching job was at Carver High School in Lockhart. He later taught at Seguin schools and served as principal at Burges Elementary, Juan Seguin Elementary and Erskine Elementary. Clarence retired and came back to Seguin ISD to serve as a truancy officer for six years. All told, his total years of educational service in our community spanned more than 40 years. He was the first African American member of the Seguin Rotary Club and still serves as an active member. He also served on the Library Commission, the Starke Park Golf Course Advisory Board and the Springs Hill Water Board.


Teacher Spotlight
02/13/2020
Teacher SpotlightCongratulations to our Teacher Spotlight of the week, Vielma Martinez from Koennecke Elementary!

 

1. Describe your teaching career at Seguin ISD.

 

I am proud to say that I was able to come back and be a teacher at a district that opened its door when I first arrived in the United States. I started working at this amazing campus, Koennecke Elementary, in August 2018. I was hired as the first Dual Language cohort Spanish kindergarten teacher. The administration and staff from Koennecke embraced and welcomed me with professionalism and care. I am very passionate about teaching and being able to cultivate the minds of the students and inspire them to be good citizens. To me, being a teacher is not only about academics, it extends further down to building friendships, memories, and learning from one another.

 

2. How do you instill rigor and relevance in your classroom?

 

I instill rigor and relevance inside of my classroom by encouraging high-level questions with real-life examples. The students take ownership of their work and learning through active participation, powerful conversations, and becoming responsible for their own learning. I stand by the motto that students are little teachers and can do everything and anything. Students work in collaboration with their peers and take charge of teaching a second language (Spanish/ English) to their peers.

 

3. As an educator, you cultivate, inspire and empower. What does this mean to you?

 

As the passionate teacher that I am, cultivating little minds means to prepare them for the real world and their future. I inspire my students to be independent, hardworking, critical thinkers, problem solvers, having good manners, and caring for one another. Lastly, to empower students to believe that they can do it: ¡si se puede! As an educator, this is important because it means that students are prepared for what the future holds. I plant the seed, and watch them grow and flourish into great students.


Alumni Spotlight
02/07/2020

City of Seguin IT EmployeesThe City of Seguin is grateful for the work and dedication put forth by five staffers who are graduates of Seguin ISD. Melina Muniz, Justin Ramirez, Leeanne Schievelbein, Joseph Tripoli and Juan Rivera make Shane McDaniel, Director of IT for the CIty of Seguin, very proud.

 

"All of these Matadors are outstanding in their respective ways and many of them have been recognized as employees of the month by the City of Seguin. Seguin ISD should be proud of these graduates as they are all doing great things in the name of technology for the City of Seguin. I do hope it resonates for any of the students considering a career in technology as well," McDaniel said.

 

The group has won numerous individual and team awards for their efforts. Check out this impressive list of accomplishments:

 

Team awards:

2019 Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers (TAGITM) Excellence Award

 

Melina Muniz – IT Technician, Matador Class of 2009

Promoted from Library IT Specialist to IT Technician

Recognized as a subject matter expert in library technology by the Texas State Library

Associate degree in Applied Science in Computer Network and Administration from San Antonio College (SAC)

Will complete Bachelors of Science in Computer Network Operations and Security from Western Governors University in 2021

CompTIA A+ and Project+ certified

6 years with the City

 

Justin Ramirez - IT Operations Manager, Matador Class of 2010

Recognized as Texas Public Sector CIO Academy Outstanding Manager 2019

City of Seguin employee of the month, October 2018

Bachelors of Business Administration Information Systems from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014

Extreme Networks Certified Specialist – Campus EXOS Switching and Routing

Promoted from IT Technician to IT Systems Administrator to current role

5 years with the City

 

Leeanne Schievelbein – IT Service Desk Supervisor, Matador Class of 2003

Recognized as Texas Public Sector CIO Academy Rising Star 2019

City of Seguin employee of the month, July 2008 and October 2019

City of Seguin Making a Difference award recipient, twice

2017, 2018 and 2019 Help Desk Champion

Promoted from Library Shelver to Library Clerk to Library IT Specialist to IT Technician to her current role

17 years with the City

 

Joseph Tripoli – IT Systems Administrator, Matador Class of 2009

Palo Alto Networks Certified Security Engineer

CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified

Prior military, United States Navy

Will complete Bachelors of Science in Computer Network Operations and Security from Western Governors University in 2021

1 year with the City

 

Juan Rivera – IT Systems Administrator, Matador Class of 2003

City of Seguin employee of the month, February 2019

Promoted from Help Desk Technician to Public Safety and Radio Technician to current role

7 years with the City Way to go Matadors!

 

#TeamSeguin #OnceAMatadorAlwaysAMatador


Black History Month - Fred & Coleta Byrd
02/07/2020

Fred and Coleta ByrdFred Charles Byrd was born on August 17, 1923, in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in San Antonio. He entered the United States Navy and served until 1945. Upon returning from the Navy, Fred worked for Pete Smith Motors. He started working for the Seguin Police Department part-time and eventually was employed full-time, ending with a lustrous 25-year career and ranking as a sergeant. Fred Byrd was the first African-American policeman in Seguin, fulfilling his dream. He also was the first African-American member of the Evening Lions Club.

 

Coleta Beatrice Wright Byrd was born on August 10, 1928, and is a native of Seguin. She attended and graduated from Ball High School in 1944 at the young age of 15. She then went to gain a post-secondary education from Samuel Huston College which is present-day Huston-Tillotson University located in Austin. She graduated in 1948 with a degree in Education and then began her teaching career in 1950 within the Seguin Independent School District.

 

Fred and Coleta Byrd met and married on July 24, 1948. They lived in San Antonio for a short time before relocating back to Seguin. They were active, life-long members of Wesley-Harper United Methodist Church. Mr. Byrd served on the finance committee and Mrs. Byrd held many offices in the church, including in the choir.

 

Both contributed to Seguin ISD through the school board and classroom. Fred was the first African-American to serve as a board member for Seguin ISD. He served two terms. Coleta had a 44-year teaching career with the district. She taught for 21 years at Ball High School in History, Physical Education, and Dance. Additionally, she coached basketball, tennis, track & field, cheerleading, and the pep squad. She also worked at A.J. Briesemeister Middle School for 12 years and headed the History department and was named Teacher of the Year. Coleta worked for Even Start and Teen Parent Programs for 11 years as well. After retiring, she stayed active by serving as a board member of the 4H Club, the Women’s Shelter, Guadalupe Valley Hospice, and the city's Mental Health Mental Retardation committee. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Pink Ladies of Guadalupe Valley Hospital. Coleta Byrd has been honored by the Zonta Club and the Republican Women’s Club.

 

The Byrd couple serves as one of many "firsts" in our community and Seguin ISD!


Seguin ISD superintendent search started
02/07/2020

The search for a new Seguin ISD superintendent is officially underway.

 

On Jan. 30, trustees voted 6-0 to select a search firm to provide a framework for the process. Among the proposals submitted, Executive Search Services (ESS) through the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) was chosen to facilitate the search process. Trustees hosted a special school board meeting on Feb. 6 where ESS representatives Butch Felkner and Craig Stockstill publicly shared a timeline of the search process and answered questions from trustees.

 

The superintendent position was posted on the TASB web site on Feb. 7. It can be viewed at https://bit.ly/31zeUmc. Additionally, a link to the TASB job posting is available through the Seguin ISD web site at https://bit.ly/37213Gc.

 

Timeline dates, which are subject to change, include:

• March 5, 4-7 p.m., community involvement sessions

• March 31, 12 a.m., application deadline

• April 7, 6:30 p.m., review of applications

• April 14-16, 6:30-10 p.m., initial interviews

• April 21, 6:30 p.m., prepare for follow-up interviews

• April 27-29, 6:30 p.m., follow-up interviews

• May 5, site visit to home district

• May 6, 6:30 p.m., vote to name a finalist

• May 28, 6:30 p.m., vote to hire a finalist

 

Upcoming details on the search, including information about an online survey, will be shared with the community via social media, web, media and more.


Matador construction report
02/06/2020
View the bi-weekly Matador Stadium construction report here.

How UIL realignment affects Seguin High School
02/03/2020

The Texas University Scholastic League (UIL) released realignments for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 and as a result, Seguin High School will have new competition.

 

In football, Class 5A Division 1 District 12 will include Seguin, San Antonio Veterans Memorial, Harlandale, McCollum, New Braunfels Canyon, Buda Johnson, Dripping Springs and Kyle Lehman.

 

Basketball and volleyball teams competing in District 26-5A will include Seguin, Boerne Champion, Buda Johnson, New Braunfels Canyon, Dripping Springs, Kerrville Tivy, Kyle Lehman, Alamo Heights and San Antonio Veterans Memorial.

 

For view complete lists of high school realignments, visit https://realignment.uiltexas.org/.


Upcoming Board Meeting
02/03/2020

The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees will be hosting a special board meeting on February 6. You can find the agenda at the link below:

 

February 6 - Special Meeting