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Important Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

October 17 - PSAT Make-Up

October 19 - Magnet Tour (1:00 PM)

October 20 - Freshman C2 Academic Dean Session

October 21 - Saturday Tutorials

October 21 - Prospective Parent Coffee (2:00-3:30 PM)

October 26 - Senior College Night (5:00 PM)

October 26 - Magnet Tour Day (1:00 PM)

October 27 - Progress Reports Go Home

October 27 - Freshman C1 Academic Dean Session

October 28 - Prospective Parent Coffee (9:30-11:00 AM)

October 28 - Prospective Parent Coffee (3:00-4:30 PM)

October Calendar

Senior College Night

Mark your calendar for Senior College Night. All seniors and their parents are invited to join us on Thursday, October 26, 2023. The night will start with a general senior meeting, followed by two college sessions - Nuts and Bolts of the College Application Process and Financial Aid/Scholarships. Students should bring their charged laptops so they can log-in to their Schoolinks accounts. If a parent is coming without their student due to an activity conflict, it would be helpful to have their school laptop to log-in to Schoolinks so you can fully participate. Families should RSVP. Please RSVP by Monday, October 23, 2023. Earlier RSVPs are helpful for planning. We look forward to seeing you there!

*This night is only for seniors. There is a College Night in the spring for 10th and 11th grade families.

Cohort 6 Field Trips

In support of our project, Washing the Water, students from Cohort 6 attended three different field experiences. On Monday, October 9th, each PBL group selected members to visit either the 69th Street Wastewater Treatment Plant or to Mason Park’s Constructed Wetland. Following their PSAT on October, 10th, all students joined in on a call with the San Antonio Water Supply for a virtual tour of their Water Recycling Center to find out “What Happens After the Flush.”

In our project, students will be designing a wetland to remediate the impact of human settlement. Seeing how this was done on an industrial level at the Wastewater Treatment Plants, and on a more passive, environmentally friendly way at the Mason Park Wetland and San Antonio’s Water Recycling Center will help them make choices with location, design, and infrastructure of their proposed wetlands.

For our exhibition on November 16th, students will display their wetland CAD model and discuss how it will impact an urban area in Houston area. To culminate the project, they will contact a Houston-area elected official to encourage them to invest in wetland infrastructure in their districts.

Cohort 1 Field Trip

On October 10th Cohort 1 explored to Armand Bayou Nature Center. Students learned about various animals including a real-life buffalo and an alligator. They also hiked in the forest, caught bugs in the prairie, and scooped up life from the pond. They had a great time connecting their real-world experience to their current project, Survival.

Cohort 2 Field Trip

Cohort 2 explored the Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens on Tuesday, October 10th! Students were able to meet some amazing wildlife while wandering around the multilevel exhibit. While half of the cohort was in the pyramid, the other half was at the Learning Center getting a lesson about Rainforest Conservation. We learned about what makes a region into a rainforest (both tropical and temperate), what kinds of wildlife live in a rainforest, and the different rainforest resources we humans benefit from. This field excursion connects to our current project because we are learning about how humans are impacted by their environment and how we impact the environment. Our teachers at the learning center also taught about deforestation, poaching, and other human activities that are endangering rainforests and the animals that call them home. 

Cohort 5 Photosynthetic Efficiency

Environmental Sustainability students in Cohort 5 had previously designed their own labs to test photosynthetic efficiency in order to collect and interpret graphical data, and use sensors and tests that will be used again late in the unit.

In the picture shown, a student is testing the photosynthetic efficiency of spinach in a dark environment to gauge the effectiveness of photosynthesis in a darkened environment compared to a lighter one. This picture consists solely of the experimental setup for this trial.

Spanish 2 Projects

Students in Spanish 2 finished their first project about Famous Hispanic Athletes. They created posters and the other students listen to their presentations by scanning a QR Code located in each poster. 

Spirit Week Dress Up Days

Underclass Student Government Election Results

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected for Student Government:

President - Dario Rodriguez

Vice-President - Victoria Long

Secretary - Logan Scott

Treasurer - Joseph Heikkinen

Historian - Kendrick Shorter

Student Senators - Celeste Martinez , Yafeu Thomas, Ash Richardson, Audrey Olligschlaeger, Madison Dedman, Kyla Newport, Kayla Hensley, Caitlin Smith, and Serenity Haardt.

NASA High School Aerospace Scholars Program Deadline Approaching

Texas High School Aerospace Scholars is an authentic STEM learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s missions and become the next generation of explorers. HAS is a year-long commitment for Texas high school juniors which starts in the fall with a four-month online learning experience related to space exploration, Earth science, technology, and aeronautics. Highest achieving students receive an invitation to a five-day gamified virtual summer experience (Moonshot) mentored by NASA scientists and engineers. Energy has had many students participate and enjoy this program. If you have any interest in aerospace, which highly encourage you to apply. The deadline is October 19th.

Energy FRC

This school year has brought in so many new recruits to the Energy Heroes 5892 FRC team. We are excited to have such a big group of students interested in robotics. FRC is a club designed to push students to become innovative thinkers and work as a group to construct a robot that will go far in all First Robotics Competitions. Last year we achieved 31st in the state of Texas and are looking towards World Competition in 2024. This school year a brand-new group of highly motivated students have started learning the basics of robotics to succeed in the 2024 competition season. FRC welcomes 50 members this year, this is the highest number of students ever to be in an afterschool STEM club and we are honored to continue the growth mindset for these students in STEM. Students have been assigned to certain captains in FRC and are learning things like: CAD Design, Programming, manufacturing, mechanical, electrical pneumatics etc. The wonderful thing about FRC Energy Heroes is that if students are not fully invested in the STEM aspect they can be a part of our Media group or our business plan group building skills in marketing, outreach and more. We started our own spirit group with a new set of students interested in helping build up the spirit of FRC in and out of school. If you are interested in robotics reach out to Mr. McNinch or Mr. Hernandez and they can guide you to choosing which aspect of FRC best fits your likes. 

Outdoor Sports Club

The Outdoor Sports Club will be participating in some cool things happening this semester! The club provides opportunities for students at Energy to have access to community engagement through recreational sports. For the first time, Energy students will compete against another opponent for Flag Football, Basketball, Track & Field and Soccer. This is done through a partnership with Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools. Unified Champions School is a unique Special Olympics program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education to promote inclusion and acceptance among students with and without intellectual disabilities. Students at Energy will oversee those athletes with disabilities while mentoring them on and off the field. Students will emphasize qualities such as leadership, team building, and accountability. We encourage you all to come out and support if possible! Soon, we will be fundraising for our State trip to cover team essentials for competition. Look for information coming soon on how you can support! If you are interested in learning more, see Mr. Parks.


Upcoming Events:

October 28 - Strake Jesuit High School

November 17-18 - State Flag Football 

Texas' New State Vaping Law

Senior News and Information

Senior Dues

It's time to pay senior dues. Senior dues covered the costs associated with the graduation ceremony, a professional graduation photo, yearbook, cap and gown, diploma cover, senior panoramic picture, senior events, senior t-shirt, senior breakfast, prom (senior's ticket), and senior week activities. If the senior class decides to add in additional events, those may incur additional costs.

Early Bird Payment (August 14, 2023 - October 20, 2023)

Cost: $300

Link here: https://schoolpay.com/link/23-24earlybird 

Regular Payment (October 21, 2023 - January 31, 2024)

Cost: $325

Link here: https://schoolpay.com/link-23-24seniordues 

Late Payment (February 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024)

Cost: $350

Link here: https://schoolpay.com/link-23-24latepymt 

*Installment plans available upon request.

**Free/Reduced Lunch reduced fee available upon request.


College Corner

Emily Cortinas

Advisor College, Career, Military Readiness

College Field Trips

This week our seniors attended college field trips. Students visited Rice University, Texas A&M Galveston, St. Thomas University, University of Texas, San Jacinto Junior College, or University of Houston. Students toured the campus and were able to get a taste of campus life. We even ran into some Energy alumni!

Upcoming College Dates: 

10/15 - Texas A&M Engineering Application Deadline

10/16 - Carnegie Mellon Rep Visit

10/17 - Oberlin College Rep Visit

10/18 - Vanderbilt College Rep Visit

10/19 - Texas Tech College Rep Visit

10/23 - College of Wooster Rep Visit

10/24 - UH College of Engineering Rep Visit

10/26 - College Night for Seniors and Senior Parents

10/28 - ACT Test Date

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