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Free Resources from the San Antonio Public Library for Back to School

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YOUR MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL SUPPLY IS YOUR SAN ANTONIO PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD

San Antonio Public Library wants to remind students and their families of the many free resources available with a San Antonio Public Library card. Throughout the school year, the Library serves the community in multiple ways by offering resources to support children, teens and educators. Here are a few examples:

Online Homework Help
Access tutors online who are ready to provide elementary, middle and high school level help with math, science, English and social studies (in English or Spanish). You can also access practice lessons, worksheets, study guides and videos 24/7.

Learning Express Library
Access SAT and GED prep books online, 24/7. Work through the practice tests for math, reading, and social studies, or download eBooks on writing and grammar. You’ll also find writing courses and practice tests.

Free WiFi and Public Computers
Visit one of our 30 locations to use free Wi-Fi or take advantage of the Library’s public computers and printers. Visitors can also borrow a laptop at some branches to use while there.

Research Resources
The Library has a wealth of databases for students to find solid, cite-able sources for almost any subject. Try Explora for Elementary School, Primary Search, Explora for High School, Academic Search Complete or MasterFILE Premier, to name a few.

After School Activities
The Library hosts weekly teen-only (13-18) activities at all of 30 locations, and some also have activities just for 9- to 12-year-olds. Stop by after school and make new friends while you learn crafts, watch movies, and experiment with new technologies. Some locations also offer after-school snacks so you can fuel up before you start on your homework!

eBooks and eReading Rooms
Need to read a book for an assignment and can’t find it? Try looking for an eBook version!  The Library also offers eReading rooms that provide a great virtual environment for children and teens to browse within the San Antonio Public Library digital library. Each room is customized to display content only for the particular browsing audience, cataloged by reading level.

The Teen Library at Central
At the Teen Library at Central, there is a lab that allows 3D printing, a computer lab, free Wi-Fi, gaming space and even a recording studio. And the teen book collection keeps growing, with titles that include teen fiction, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) materials, manga and graphic novels. The books are available for checkout throughout the Library system. The Teen Library at Central is located on the 3rd floor of Central Library at 600 Soledad St.

Ask a Librarian
Librarians are information ninjas. They can help you find those elusive books on obscure historical events or find the answer to complicated reference questions. Talk to them in person (we also have teens’ and children’s librarians) or call them at 210-207-2500 or 210-207-2678. You can also click the Ask icon at mysapl.org or text the Library at 210-591-7445.

Bexar County residents can sign up for a San Antonio Public Library card in person at any one of 30 library locations or digitally using a mobile phone number with the Libby app from OverDrive.  Visit mysapl.org or call 210-207-2500 for more information about these free resources and more, and for a map of all 30 San Antonio Public Library locations.

To learn more, go here.

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Diversity and Inclusion at Alamo Colleges

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By: Jose Macias Jr., D2, ACCD,

When people say things like the “system is broken” or “everything is fixed” – what they are really saying is that they have little faith or trust in the system. Instances of corruption, oppression, and a lack of accountability over the decades, have done little to restore confidence in government. Government seems to benefit those “who have” verse those “who have not.”

I have been addressing this issue for over ten years as an elected official. I won my first election in 2010 due to the climate of distrust in Judson ISD over a bond package that was mismanaged. A stadium renovation project that voters approved for 4 million dollars ballooned to over 10 million dollars. The construction company said that operational cost had increased since the bid as justification for the increase. It is something I never believed.

Anger in the community was off the charts, and as I began my work in trying to understand the process, I began to understand how the “system” was built. I also understood how linked bond and construction projects were directly tied to the classroom and to student success. Poor facilities meant that our students were not getting the very best environment to learn, and taxpayers were not getting what they paid for. As a school board member, I had to be diligent about understanding our construction strategies just as much as I had to be about our curriculum, teacher retention, and support programs.

In my role serving District 2, I can apply that experience to helping Alamo Colleges grow even stronger. Since it is all about student success, it is imperative we build an efficient system. During my first 100 days in office, I met with many minority business owners in D2 and asked them about their experiences in doing work for Alamo Colleges. Many of the responses were not kind. There was an overwhelming sentiment that we were not being inclusive of small minority businesses.

I recognized immediately the significance of this disconnect, and I committed then to help my district. I reached out to the Alamo Black Chamber of Commerce, The Hispanic Contracting Coalition, and the Fair Contracting Coalition (FCC) and began significant dialogue about creating inroads to greater inclusion of small minority businesses at Alamo Colleges.

Many hours and countless conversations have taken place across District 2 in preparing to take next steps to increase diversity and inclusion practices at Alamo Colleges. It is critical that our business partners reflect our community, and just as important that our tax dollars benefit businesses operating in our community as well.

Our data does reflect a strong record of utilizing minority businesses at Alamo Colleges, but our current course has not bridged the disconnect felt by a large group of minority business owners. With some modifications in our strategies and policies, we can bridge that disconnect.

The issue of diversity and inclusion is something that I know is important to my constituency, and if it is important to those I represent, then it is important to me. After all, the core of representative governance strongly implies that you must “Represent” and “Fight” for the community you serve. That is what I call “Truth.”

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Sam Houston H.S. Has A New Principal

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Sam Houston High School in the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has a new principal. Ms. Sharene Dixon has been named the new campus leader starting this 2020-2021 school year. Students, parents, teachers, community and stakeholders will have an opportunity to meet their new leader and participate in a virtual celebration this evening via Zoom. The Meeting ID: 964 2198 1219 Password: SHHS.

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School Re-opening Update

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 15, 2020) – Following today’s announcement from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that local public health officials that orderTexas schools closed for in-person instruction this fall will not risk state education funding, Metro Health with the support of the COVID-19 CommunityResponse Coalition will convene a task force to make local recommendations the public health authority for Bexar County.

“We’ve heard from many parents, teachers and administrators with concerns about starting the school year with in-person instruction while cases ofCOVID-19 are surging in Texas,” said Assistant City Manager and InterimMetro Health Director Dr. Colleen Bridger. “This task force will work together to help us make an informed decision about the best way to proceed with the health and safety of our children and all school staff as our highest priority.”

School districts typically fall under the authority of the State of Texas, not the City of San Antonio or Bexar County. However, the TEA has effectively given the authority to local communities to decide whether schools will open with in-person learning, rather than just remote learning.

The task force will include teachers, parents, students, teachers’ unions, school districts, universities, pediatricians and public health professionals. The task force will meet this week and will make recommendations about the safe reopening of schools in Bexar County. Updates will be shared at covid19.sanantonio.gov<http://covid19.sanantonio.gov/>.
FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS
  1.  Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes<https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ready-south-texas/id1090438177> andGooglePlay<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quickseries.BexarTX&hl=en_US> stores  

2.  Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates  

3.  Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  

4.  Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov

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