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Glitches causing issues with STAAR testing statewide

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

Deer Park ISD reporting problems with 5 student tests

focus testingAs students across the state began their STAAR standardized testing, news of problems with the test began emerging as well.

Reports throughout the state on Monday stated software programs logged off students during the exam; lost some students’ places on their test; and did not save students answers.

The problems were limited to students taking the online administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

According to the Texas Education Agency, some districts across the state reported to TEA and Educational Testing Service (ETS), the vendor administering STAAR statewide, that students’ previously selected responses on an online test were not appearing. This would occur once a student logged back into their online test after either officially logging out, being timed out after 30 minutes of inactivity, or in situations where districts have temporarily lost connectivity to the Internet. Other issues have also been identified.

In Deer Park ISD, some minor issues were reported, according to Matt Lucas, the district’s director of communications.

AVID puts middle-of-the-pack students on fast track to college

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

AVIDDPHS students can receive tutoring in small groups or one-on-one in AVID classes. AVID prepares students for college and helps students raise their grades. Photo by Holly Galvan.Students in Deer Park ISD have the opportunity to receive help to get them to the next level academically through AVID classes.

The AVID Deer Park High School program has 379 students enrolled. Around 163 of those students have been in AVID for three or more years. Students can enter the program as early as seventh grade.

AVID-Advancement Via Individual Determination is a college-preparation program. AVID students receive time to collaborate with their peers and with college tutors over school and college prep.

Students are invited to join AVID. The classes are targeted for students in the academic middle with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. DPHS AVID teacher Cassandra Himes said she sees students make more informed decisions for college after attending the class.

DPHS students on a mission to end cancer

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

ACYSDPHS students are on a mission to help end cancer. Members of the American Cancer Youth Society are seeking donations for an upcoming Relay for Life event. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Williams.In the ongoing fight against cancer, students at Deer Park High School are doing what they can to help. The American Cancer Society Youth Club gives DPHS students an opportunity to raise funds and support students effected by cancer.

Elizabeth Williams is a Spanish teacher at DPHS and facilitates the ACSYC.

“The purpose [of the club] is to raise awareness of cancer on our campus and within the community, especially regarding risk reduction, prevention, and early detection, as well as making a difference in the lives of those who suffer from the disease,” she said.

Several of Williams’s students have family members fighting cancer. Two years ago Angelica Juarez, one of Williams’s students, was struggling with her mom’s recent cancer diagnosis. Williams decided to start a Relay for Life team with her students as a way to help Juarez and show support. That first year the club raised $2,500 in two weeks by selling “May the Cure be with You” shirts and continued as a club the following year. She said she realized the hunger among her students to do something to end cancer.

Library, Education Foundation present bookmark contest

Written by staff. Posted in Schools

StridesforSchoolsThe Deer Park Public Library and the Deer Park Education Foundation are hosting a joint bookmark contest for area students age 4-20

During the contest – which will officially begins March 10 – students are invited to design a bookmark with the theme of “Fitness and Well-Being” for a chance to win not only a Barnes & Noble gift card, but also a chance to have their work reproduced and distributed as bookmarks. All entries will be displayed at the April 30 Strides for Schools event.

According to Jennifer Torres, Deer Park Education Foundation cordinator, entry forms will be available for pickup at the Deer Park Public Library and all Deer Park Independent School District libraries.

Participants will have until Thursday, March 24 to design their bookmark entry and return it for judging.

SJC celebrates Maritime Center opening

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

MTCGrandOpeningSJC maritime student John Erlich, shows Maritime Center visitor David Knowles the controls in a ship simulator. The campus held its grand opening ceremony this week. Photo by Holly Galvan.

San Jacinto College ceremoniously opened its new Maritime Technology and Training Center. The center is the college’s fourth campus, located at 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte. The new facility was built to meet the demands of the region’s growing maritime industry.

Some 300 guests including the college’s board of trustees and numerous elected officials were present at the grand opening ceremony, led by San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer.

The Maritime Technology and Training Center was officially opened with the ringing of the bell and a flag raising and ribbon cutting ceremony. The flag now flying on the flag pole at the maritime campus is the flag that flew over the US Capitol building in Washington D.C. on the first day of classes earlier this year.

Cotton Watkins tourney to raise scholarship funds

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

Deer Park ISD logoThe 14th annual Cotton Watkins Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on April 23. The tournament will start at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at the Battle Ground Golf Course located at 1600 Georgia Ave.

Players can register individually or in teams. The registration fee for an individual is $125 and includes golf, range balls, lunch, two mulligans and the monster drive hole. The registration fee for a team starts at $500. There will be a hamburger buffet served at the golf course for players in the tournament. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available for the event.

The tournament is an 18-hole Florida scramble which is a variation on the typical scramble where one player on each team sits out each shot.

The tournament is named in memory of Cotton Watkins, a Deer Park ISD former teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent.