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On The Cover: Brand New School YearABy Kathi Holzschuhernew school year is underway!Busses are running, football isstarting, bands are practicing, and students and teachers are getting to know one another.The 2022-2023 school year comes with high hopes for a hassle and drama- free experience. With COVID somewhat in the rear-view mirror and heightened and tightened security measures in place, parents and students should feel excitedand hopeful for the new academic year.As students return to school, they look forward to meeting new friends and participating in extra-curricular fun. There are clubs and activities of all types; robotics, cheerleading, sports, band, chess, tennis, pickleball-you name it! Schools provide these experiences to reach their students at their primary place of interest. An added benefit is that these programs offer students some much-needed mental downtime and,in many cases, social and team-building practice.We wish all teachers, students, and families the best of luck as they move through this school year. Savor the moments. They tick by the title of Grand Champion. Judges are nationally known professionals with “a wealth of experience and knowledge thatReagan Cheer Hosting Clinic On Sept 17make TMC one of the competitions you won’t want to miss.”SCu b m i t t e d B y R e a g a n C h e e rome cheer with the BEST! The Reagan High School Cheerleaders are hosting their annual clinic onSaturday, September 17 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Open to K-9th graders. Participants will learn sideline chants, jumps and basic tumbling from the Reagan cheerleaders. They will also receive a t-shirt, bow, snackbag, game ticket and cheer opportunity at the Reagan vs Marshall varsity football game on Sept 23. Registration is $65 through Sept 16; $70 walk-in on Sept 17. Register online at cheer_clinic_2022 or email jsalaz5@neisd. net with questions.There’s Magic In This Tuscany Heights ClassroomLet the Band Competitions Beginsuper regional competitions, with winners competing in the grand championship in November.In other band competition news, Reagan will compete in the Texas Marching Classic on October 8 in Austin. High school bands from across the state compete in one of three classifications, 1A-4A, 5A, and 6A, toCourtesy of NEISDYou can feel the magic as soon as you step into Melina Johnson’s classroom at Tuscany Heights Elementary School. That feeling is totally by design. The inspiration comes from the iconic Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus. “I grew up watching the Magic School Bus, so I try to bring that magic to my classroom,” said Johnson. “When I am teaching them something, I do everything I can to bring it to life for them. I want it to be magical, fun, engaging and connected to the real world. These are concepts they’re going to use in their real life.”It takes a lot of work and a whole lot of love to emanate that magic feeling for her students. But Johnson is up for the job. She comes from a family of educators. Her husband is active-duty military and that’s what brought her family to San Antonio. She taught pre-K and first graders before teaching fifth grade at Tuscany Heights. No matter the grade level, Mrs. Johnson finds away to bring her lessons to life – just like Ms. Frizzle.“I feel like fifth graders are just big first graders in a lot of ways. They love to have fun and work together on engaging activities. They love that magic in the classroom, so I try to bring the fun every day. On Earth Day, I dressed up as Miss Frizzle!”Johnson just finished her second year at Tuscany Heights. Her impact on campus was felt as soon as she joined the team. Teachers don’t get into this profession for awards or recognition. But it’s no coincidence that she was the 2022 Trinity Prize nominee for Tuscany Heights. She was also North East ISD’s elementary representative in the 2022 Alamo Area Alliance of Black School Educators (AAABSE) Teacher of the Year contest.“I was so proud and excited. It felt to be recognized and honored, especially as a teacher – sometimes we don’t get our flowers. So, it felt really meaningful.”y Kathi HolzschuherBFall is the start of the competition season for high school bands. The kick-off for two North East ISD highschools, Reagan and Johnson, is the Music for All’s Bands of America Marching Band Championship. Both schools will participate in the regional competition in Katy, Tx, on October 1.Bands of America allows students to demonstrate their musical skills and talent. It also provides band directors with valuable feedback from nationally recognized judges. All high school bands are eligible to participate and can choose to compete or enter to receive input only. The intention is to provide the best adjudication and feedback in an atmosphere of support, enthusiasm, and encouragement.The top twelve bands from each regional competition will compete in one of three6www.stoneoakhighlights.comSeptember 2022

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