Hartman's Camp Invention
It's a week where kids are encouraged to think beyond the conventional...outside the box...from a different angle...whatever your favorite expression is that means approaching problems or challenges with new eyes. That's what goes on at Camp Invention events at a number of elementary and middle schools during the summer. Students spend a week sketching, tinkering and creating. Examples of the kinds of projects kids get to work with...prototyping the next video game craze...Mazeworld. Or, creating a free-style racing kart. It's full of fun and learning that allows students to discover how the world works through dynamic methods. Before the summer is over, close to 600 kids will have participated in Camp Invention weeks at a dozen campuses.
Camp Invention at Hopkins ES
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It's interesting to see what individual students do during their summer break. Some like sports and being outdoors, others love the opportunity to read...still others like Kitty Hawk (former 8th grader) Eliana Parada chose to use at least a bit of her summer to develop her leadership skills. She attended the SkillsUSA Summer Leadership Conference at Canyon of the Lakes in Burnet, Texas. It gave her the chance to learn skills such as parliamentary procedures, officer duties, etiquette in social settings, public speaking and how to run a meeting. One of the challenge assignments Eliana was given was presenting a 30 second elevator speech on what SkillsUSA is all about.
Because of her outstanding skills, Eliana was chosen as District Secretary/Treasurer for District 11 and was picked to attend the Washington Leadership and Training Institute in Washington D.C. in September. She was one of the youngest of the 250 attendees at the conference that came from around the state. Also attending the conference was Kitty Hawk Advisor and District 11 Director Julian Acevedo.
The end of the school is filled with a mixed bag of emotions...saying goodbye to a grade level means saying bye to a teacher that was inspirational or it may be just looking forward to a fresh start and new challenges. Olympia Elementary School was one of the many elementary schools that hosted graduations for its students...particularly 5th grade students that will be moving on to the secondary level. Many proud parents, family members and friends looked on as their accomplishments were recognized and celebrated. Olympia Student Council President Kaiden Tompkins gave a farewell address to the 5th grade class. The event concluded with a rousing round of applause as Principal Dr. LeBleu introduced everyone to the school's contribution to JISD's 6th grade class for the 2015-16 school year.
Junior Dental Intern Zoe Albidres taking impression
When you watch a football game, one of the details you may not think much about is the protective mouth guard that each player must have. It's a safety tool that prevents so many injuries to the mouth and teeth. A number of local dentists and dental assistants volunteered their time and resources to help out Judson football players. They provided 130 players with custom fitted mouth guards at no cost to the students...a value of $350.00. The Judson Dental Internship Program teamed up with Dr. Campos, Dental Hygienist Paola Romero and several other dentists and dental assistants of the Greater San Antonio Hispanic Dental Association, UT Health Science Center Dental School, Campos Family Dental and Rolling Oaks Dental to make this happen. Thank you to everyone who took time for this valuable donation. They showed they are dedicated to promoting oral health and injury prevention for kids playing sports.
Dr. Campos taking impression
Judson Dental Intern Gwen Martinez and Zaria Hall taking impression
Hygienist Paola Romero taking impression