November 2018
Parent Engagement in Region 20
Dear Parents and Families,

The month of November provides a special time to reflect on what we are thankful for. One thing that we can be thankful for is that our community has many opportunities for enrichment for our families.
We are pleased to be able to share some of those opportunities with you here.

The UTSA Pre Engineering Program (PREP) is gearing up for its 40th year as an outstanding summer program. If you have children in the 6th grade, read more about applying for Year 1 of the PREP program below.

If you haven't heard of BiblioTech, learn more about this free, all-digital public library and the many activities that they offer for your family. There is much more to learn about in this month's newsletter.

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

The Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) Is Now Accepting Year 1 Applications For Summer 2019 -
For Current 6th graders!

The Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) is an academically rigorous mathematics-based summer enrichment program conducted at several college and university campuses in San Antonio, as well as, across the State of Texas and Nation.
PREP identifies middle and high school students who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and helps prepare those students for success in advanced studies and careers by providing a challenging academic program that emphasizes the development of abstract reasoning and problem solving skills and exposure to careers through speakers and field trips.

Arts & Culture

The UTSA mariachi ensemble returns this semester. Come out and welcome back director Michael Acevedo and the students in the festive and traditional musical group.

Take 6

DECEMBER 1 @ 8:00 PM

Spectacular ensemble blend and phrasing TAKE 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history, with ten Grammy’s, ten Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), Best Jazz Vocal Group honors…

36th Annual Holiday Saxophones
Sunday, December 2, 2018 12PM & 7PM
Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe Street

The DoSeum Offering Low-Cost Admission to
Low-Income Families

Starting Saturday, families that receive federal food assistance benefits can visit The DoSeum for $3 a person.

The San Antonio kids museum joined the  Museums for All initiative , launched by the Association of Children's Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to expand access to museums and build lifelong museum-going habits, according to a news release.

Next UTSA Ready Day is Saturday, December 8th

The UTSA READY Program is an early awareness, academic preparation bridging program for high school juniors and seniors (11th and 12th grade students). The FREE Program helps students polish their reading, writing and mathematics skills in preparation for college level course work. The program is free and open to the community. The next session is Saturday, December 8, 2018. Registration is required.

They have many exciting events happening at cafécollege!
Get to Know
Bexar County's BiblioTech is the first all-digital public library in the United States. BiblioTech is located in Bexar County, Texas. Since the doors of the first branch opened on September 14th, 2013, BiblioTech has actively worked to bridge literacy and technology gaps in San Antonio and surrounding areas by establishing a community presence at the physical locations as well as an online presence through the digital collections and resources.
Membership to the library is free to all Bexar County residents. Access to the digital collection is available 24/7.

Our Mission
Provide all Bexar County residents technology access to enhance education and literacy, promote reading as recreation, and equip all members of our community with necessary tools to thrive as citizens of the digital age.

Identifying and Addressing Leaks in the STEM Education Pipeline (ED.GOV)

Students need a strong foundation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math, including computer science) education to be prepared for the careers and challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Algebra I is considered the “gatekeeper” course to advanced math and science, with early access and enrollment crucial for students’ future success in STEM. However, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s newly released “ data story ” , while 80% of public school students are able to take Algebra I early — in 8th grade — only 24% of students actually do so. This “leak” in the STEM pipeline can have long-term effects on students’ education and career opportunities.

Steps to Better Thinking: Four strategies to help develop computational thinking skills

“Computational thinking is going to be a defining feature of the future,” starts the article in Wired Magazine. Powerful words about an old concept with newfound energy behind it. Doubtful? Check out how ubiquitous it has become: there’s computational biology, computational library science, computational mathematics, computational design. Throw out any subject, and you’re likely to be able to find a reference to the computational version of it.
So, what is computational thinking? Well – there’s lots of conversation about...

Roy Juarez Jr. Will Be Keynote Speaker at the Annual Texas Mentoring Summit
Mentors and Mentoring Advocates are Invited to Register for the Texas Mentoring Summit and Nominate an Outstanding Mentor

The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for P-20 Initiatives and is proud to host the 7th Annual Texas Mentoring Summit (TMS) January 10-January 11, 2019, at University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown in San Antonio, Texas.