PSJA ECHS just started a new tradition with their feeder schools called "The Graduate Walk". Eighty DAP graduating seniors were on our campus for a Graduate Walk in their caps and gowns. The hope is to give future Bears a glimpse of what they are working towards and at the same time, the graduates are being cheered on for their accomplishments by younger students.
Congratulations to 8th grade student Jaysen Garcia, for being part of the Middle School All Region Mariachi! Jaysen auditioned and was accepted to perform at this weekend's All-Region Mariachi Clinic and Concert as violinist. He has made PSJA history in being the very first middle school student in our district to audition and earn placement in this prestigious middle school mariachi group. Also a special congratulations to PSJA HS Mariachi director Ms. Adriana Olivan for her teaching.
On March 7th and 8th, both the Symphonic Band (under the direction of Michael Craft) and Varsity Band (Art Cano) earned a "Division 1 Superior Rating" at the 2017 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation. This marks the first year both bands received division 1's from all 6 judges, ranking the Austin Band Program #1 amongst the other 16 competitive bands in the Tri-City. The Symphonic Band earned their first ever superior rating in the school history. Cano and Craft extends their gratitude to the students, staff, and parents of Austin MS. Our community success is a testament to your dedication. Thank you. And Go Bruins!
Congratulations goes out to the Austin Middle School Junior Varsity Orchestra for receiving a Superior Rating in U.I.L. Sight-Reading competition. They are directed by the talented Mr. Andy Arrango. They competed at PSJA Early College High School on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
On Friday, January 20th the 6th Annual "Battle of the Books" competition was held at Southwest High School and I am happy to announce that Austin Middle School was awarded 1st place. Last year these same students competed and they came in fourth. However, with hard work and dedication these students were able to come out at the top this year and beat out all the rest of the middle schools. Congratulations, Alexander Maldonado, Cassandra Rios, Alejandra Reyes, and Fernanda Reyes. Go Bruins.
Parents, we still over 100 8th grade students whose parents have not come in to electronically sign their child's Career Pathway for High School. You can stop by Mrs. Reyna's office for all 8th graders (A-L). Mrs. Camacho office for all 8th graders (M-Z). Any time will be fine, no appointment necessary, it takes about 5 minutes. Thank You.
Students, Parents, and Staff, Student Council is sponsoring a canned food drive. The 6th period class with the most donations will get a Chick Fil A lunch. Friday, November 18th at 12 noon is the deadline. Last year we had over 1,200 cans. Lets beat last year's record.
Once again, our Bruin orchestra students auditioned and won several chairs in this years TMEA Region XV All Region Middle School Orchestra. These kids were featured in the all region concert at McAllen High School. They did a wonderful and memorable job! We are very proud of the AMS administration, parents, students and teachers who all contributed to this opportunity and success! Bravo!
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD high school students are taking advantage of the early college opportunities provided by the school district even after the regular school year is over.