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Blue Origin provides first-time tours to area high schools

April 28th, 2016

(photo courtesy of RICK STEPHENS)Presidio High School students at the the Blue Origin Test Site.   Also pictured are Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23), Jenny Tavarez of WIll Hurd’s district staff, PISD Superintendent Dennis McEntire, Rocketry Team Advisors Aimee Peralta and , Belinda Dolino, Scott Wasserman, Birth2Work staffers Elane V Scott and Rick Stephens and Blue Origin …

Reading and literacy front and center at Marfa ISD

Reading and literacy front and center at Marfa ISD

April 21st, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – As the end of the school year nears, the Marfa ISD board of trustees and school administration are taking steps to gear up for the 2016-2017 school year.

Superintendent Andrew Peters and Principal Oscar Aguero presented the board a reading plan for the upcoming school year. The plan has been in …

Presidio robotics team impresses judges at Botball competition

April 14th, 2016

(Photo courtesy of AIMEE PERALTA)Presidio Rocketry and Robtics Club won multiple awards at the Botball Regional Tournament.

PRESIDIO — Students in the Presidio Rocketry and Robotics Club brought home two awards from the Botball Regional Tournament in Houston this past weekend.

Presidio High School students won the Judges’ Choice award for outstanding engineering design …

Presidio high school rocketeers advance to national challenge

April 14th, 2016

By CAMERON DODD

PRESIDIO — Two teams from the Presidio High School Rocketry and Robotics team successfully qualified for the national Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). Teams Light-year and Blue Nova will compete against each other and 98 other teams from across the country at the TARC Final Fly-Off on May 14 in Virginia.

Presidio’s Rubner recognized as Texas STEM Educator of Excellence

April 14th, 2016

PISD Technology Director Carmen Rubner

By CAMERON DODD

PRESIDIO — Presidio High School Technology Director Carmen Rubner will be recognized next month as a teacher of excellence by the statewide organization Educate Texas.

Educate Texas is a private-public partnership supported by, among others, the Office of the Texas Governor, the Bill and Melinda Gates …

Marfa Rotary partners with school for blanket program

April 7th, 2016

From left, Joslyn Lujan, teacher Mrs. Thornsburg, Mona Garcia, Johnnie Gomez, school principal Mr. Aguero, Martin Zapata, Gaby Soto, and Rotary Club President Clint Weber.

MARFA – The Marfa Rotary Club has a new community project within the Marfa school district thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Peggy Thornsburg and to generous donations …

Marfa ISD students, parents to read in statewide event Monday

April 7th, 2016

MARFA – Marfa ISD will join tens of thousands of Texas students and their families on Monday in a statewide celebration of literacy called Texas Reads One Book when students simultaneously watch a videotaped reading of the first chapter of Charlotte’s Web by Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett.

Across the state, more than …

Marfa Robohorns finish season in style

April 7th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The Marfa ISD robotics teams wrapped up their seasons with competitions in Wolfforth and Lubbock.

MHS Robohorns

Marfa High School Robohorns (MISD team photos)

Ten students, Robotics teacher Rob Crowley, and Superintendent Andrew Peters made the trip to the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Hub City Regional in Lubbock. …

Presidio native, experienced educator Laura Portillo hired by PISD

March 31st, 2016

(Photo courtesy of LAURA PORTILLO)Dr. Laura Portillo, second from left, with from left, her son Joe Portillo III, daughter Eliana Yvonne, and husband Joe Portillo Jr. at Eliana’s graduation from Texas Tech University, December 2015.

By CAMERON DODD

PRESIDIO — Presidio High School graduate Dr. Laura Portillo began her teaching career working in her …

Presidio ISD school board to form education foundation

March 31st, 2016

By CAMERON DODD

PRESIDIO — The Presidio Independent School District Board approved Thursday the formation of an education foundation to fund programs and services for the district and its students.

The foundation will be established by the PISD school board but will operate independently, according to PISD Superintendent Dennis McEntire. As a 501c3 not-for-profit …

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