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    APRIL STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Meraly Flores has been selected as KEYS Academy's Student of the Month for April.  Meraly is a junior whose favorite subject is Science.  Meraly would like to attend Stanford University  and become either a heart surgeon or an athletic trainer.  Great plans, Meraly!  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude. 

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    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
    Abel Meza was recognized at the HCISD Board Meeting held on Tuesday, April 14 and was presented the PTA Reflections Award of Excellence.  This is only one of the many awards Abel has received for his artwork during his high school career.  Congratulations, Abel!  We look forward to seeing more of your amazing masterpieces in the future!

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    MARCH STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Abigail Jaime has been selected as KEYS Academy's Student of the Month for March.  Abigail is a recent graduate who never failed to exemplify the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude while she attended KEYS Academy.  Congratulations on your graduation and for being selected Student of the Month for March, Abigail!

     
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    2nd ANNUAL WALK/RUN
    Hundreds of community runners, walkers, and volunteers made an early appearance the morning of Saturday, March 28th to participate in the 2nd Annual Child Abuse Awareness Walk/Run.  The event was coordinated by Prevent Child Abuse Texas and the HCISD Teen Parenting Program to promote child abuse awareness.  To read the Valley Morning Star's article on the walk click here, or to see a slideshow of the day's event, click here.

     


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    2015 RGV LIVESTOCK SHOW 

    Abel Meza, received the honor of Best in Show Reserve Grand Champion in the High School Art Division at the 76th Annual Rio Grande Livestock Show held March 13 - 22.   Abel's artwork entitled, Jefe de Jefes was completed using Prismacolor pencils.  Congratulations, Abel!  To view a slideshow which includes Abel's artwork along with other entries, click here.

     
     
    GLADYS PORTER ZOO FIELD TRIP
    On March 12, ACP students ventured on an educational field trip to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.  Students were given a behind the scenes look of daily zoo activities and were given the opportunity to pet and even feed some of the animals.  A fun AND educational time was had by all!  Click on the slideshow above to check out the day's adventures.

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    FEBRUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Sasha Salinas was selected as KEYS Academy's Student of the Month for February.  Sasha graduated on February 17th and already has plans to attend college this summer!  Way to go, Sasha!  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  Congratulations, Sasha! 

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    HARLINGEN POLICE OFFICERS EDUCATE STUDENTS
    On Friday, February 6th, Commander Miriam Anderson and Officers Banda, Gonzalez, and Martinez from the Harlingen Police Department visited with students to discuss Internet and Cell Phone Safety and the laws that govern appropriate use of each.  Students watched videos, participated in group activities, and were able to ask the officers questions related to the topic.  KEYS Academy would like the to thank the Harlingen Police Department for taking the time to help educate the youth of our community.   

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    JANUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH

    Syrenna Martinez was selected as KEYS Academy's Student of the Month for January.  Syrenna is a Senior and will be graduating early in February.  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  Congratulations, Syrenna! 

     
    HARLINGEN 5K WALK/RUN 4 KIDS
    Click on the YouTube video above to listen to "Valley Matters" with Sergio Sanchez on KURV 710 AM and learn how the Harlingen 5K Walk/Run 4 Kids got started.  Guests on the show include Mark and Kathy Dittman, who share their story about their daughter Maggie, and Brenda Garcia, Teen Parenting Coordinator for Harlingen CISD.  The Harlingen 5K Walk/Run 4 Children is an awareness fundraising event to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Texas.  To register for this year's event click here. 

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    FIRE PREVENTION POSTER CONTEST
    Congratulations to Abel Meza for placing 1st for 11th grade and 2nd in the High School division for the City of Harlingen Fire Prevention Poster Contest.  His poster will advance to the District level where it will compete against entries from the entire Rio Grande Valley!  Congratulations, Abel and good luck in the District competition! 

     
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    NATIONAL READ-A-THON DAY 2015
    The Student Council participated in the Reading Party at Vela Middle School on Saturday, January 24th.  The party gave readers of all ages the opportunity to gather and enjoy some time with a good book along with some hot cocoa, cookies, prizes, book swaps, and even the chance to meet some therapy dogs!  Student Council members are pictured above with HCISD Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos.  Click here to see a collage of pics of the event. 

     
    COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
    KEYS Academy students participated in the annual community service projects at Valley Baptist Medical Center's Children's Ward and La Familia Adult Day Care.  Santa and his elves sang Christmas carols, and even provided treats and activities for everyone!  Great job, students!  Looks like everyone had a wonderful time!   

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    DECEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Adrian Garza has been selected as KEYS Academy's Student of the Month for December.  Adrian's favorite subject is math, but he is also interested in Criminal Justice and plans to attend college to become a teacher and coach.  His goals also include becoming a part of the Hidalgo Vipers basketball team.  Good luck in your future endeavors, Adrian!  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.

     
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    ACP FIELD TRIP TO IMAS 
    ACP students visited the International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen on Tuesday, November 25th.   The museum provides a unique opportunity for visitors to participate in hands-on science exhibits and to learn original works of art while encouraging creativity and innovation.  It was a fun learning experience for everyone! 

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    'TIS THE SEASON
    Student Council members kicked off the holiday season on Friday, December 5th by assisting The Salvation Army with bell ringing during their Red Kettle Christmas Campaign at the Sam's Club in Harlingen.  The Campaign enables The Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide.   Many thanks to the students for contributing their time to this worthwhile project!

     
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    THANKFUL PAWS 
    Student Council members represented KEYS Academy at the Humane Society of Harlingen's "Thankful Paws" event on Saturday, November 22nd.  Each of the students went above and beyond while volunteering their time to help care for sheltered animals.  Great job, students!

    FEAST OF SHARING
    KEYS Academy students put on aprons, hairnets and gloves to volunteer at the annual HEB Feast of Sharing on Friday, November 21st.  The volunteers, which included Student Council members, ACP, and UCP students,  helped set tables, served food and drinks, and even assisted with the clean-up!  Thousands attended the event filled with music, entertainment, hot meals, and fellowship.   Many thanks to our student volunteers who helped spread the spirit of the holidays by providing a service to their community.  Click on the image above to view a picture slideshow.

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    PERFECT ATTENDANCE 
    Students who had perfect attendance during the first quarter were recognized on Thursday, November 20th.  Nicklas DeBrooke was the lucky winner of the drawing for an iPad mini; Rey Torres and Jose Carrera both received runner-up prizes.  Congratulations to all of the students for their Perfect Attendance achievement!  Keep it up! 

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    NOVEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Luis Villafana has been selected as KEYS Academy's Student of the Month for November.  Luis's favorite subject is math because he likes "working with numbers and solving problems that there's only one answer to."  Luis is only a few days away from graduation, plans to attend college and hopes to have a business of his own someday.  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  Congratulations, Luis! 

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    PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT DAY
    Parental Involvement Day was celebrated throughout the District on Thursday, November 13th.  Parents and guardians were invited to visit their child's school to sign the "Parental Involvement Pledge" confirming their commitment to their child's education.  Research shows that parental involvement is considered to be the key to a child's educational success.  We would like to thank the parents who came to join us at KEYS Academy to sign the pledge and commit to their child's education.  THANK YOU!  

     
    VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION 
    KEYS Academy's students and staff came together on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to honor the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Special thanks to the Student Council and their sponsor, Mrs. Guerra, who helped make this event possible.  Please enjoy the slideshow above of  veterans who are teachers, former students, or family members of KEYS Academy students and staff.  We appreciate your service to our country.

    "HALL" - O - WEEN STROLL Children from the Garden Daycare at KEYS Academy took their annual trick-or-treating "HALL"-O-WEEN stroll down the hallways on October 31st.  KEYS students lined the hallways and greeted the little ones with smiles and treats.  Everyone had a "SPOOK"-TACULAR time!!! 


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    OCTOBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Abel Meza was selected as KEYS Academy's Student of the Month for October.  Abel's favorite subject is art because of his love for drawing.  He is a very creative individual and can make his drawings "come to life."  Abel's plans are to attend college to obtain degrees in Culinary Arts, Business, and Auto Body Collision so that he can one day own a restaurant and mechanic shop.  Sounds like a great plan, Abel!  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  Congratulations, Abel! 

    R.O.P.E.S.  On Friday, October 17th, Accelerated Program students participated in R.O.P.E.S., a series of activities which focuses on team building skills.  These physical and mental challenges require group interaction and help develop communication and trust within members of the team.  Special thanks to the Harlingen High School JROTC who helped coordinate the R.O.P.E.S. activities.  Click on the slideshow above to see photos of the event.


    coordinate the R.O.P.E.S. activities.  Click on the slideshow above to see photos of the event.


    AMAZING SKIES
    KEYS Academy Student Council members volunteered their time at the Amazing Skies event on Saturday, October 18th at the Texas State Technical College Cultural Arts Center.  The students assisted in projects and activities and were also able to visit with NASA astronaut Mike Fossum.  Special thanks to student council sponsor, Mrs. Barbara Guerra, for coordinating this community service project.  Congratulations on a job well done, Student Council!  Click on the image above to see pics of the event.

     


    THE LEARNING CONTINUES 
    Students were released early on Friday, October 17th, but the learning still continued at KEYS Academy.  Teachers and administrators gathered for an afternoon of Professional Development which included a Team Building Luncheon, Motivational Literature, and Collaborative Learning Platforms.  The KEYS Academy Team also reviewed the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol and is shown in the video above demonstrating how to implement it  in the classroom.  Great job, KEYS Academy Team!

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    STUDENT RECOGNIZED FOR ARTWORK
    Alainie Rada won Honorable Mention in the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce "Mi Cultura" Art Contest.  Alainie, an eighth grader, was one of only four middle school students chosen from hundreds of entries throughout the Valley.  Alainie will be recognized at the Hispanic Heritage "Dia de la Raza" reception on October 22nd at Frank Smith Toyota in Pharr.  Congratulations on a job well done, Alainie!!!

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    NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK 
    In recognition of National School Lunch Week, October 13th-17th, District administrators helped serve meals in school cafeterias and encouraged students to find a balance between healthy eating and physical activity.  Dr. Pamela Flores, KEYS Academy Principal, and Parental Involvement Director, Dr. Jose Luis Cavazos are shown above explaining to students how important it is to have the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.  Thank you,  Dr. Flores and Dr. Cavazos!  Your service was greatly appreciated!

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    SEPTEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH 
    Destiny Flowers was selected as KEYS Academy's Student of the Month for September.  Destiny is a senior and just one credit away from graduation.  Her favorite subject is history because she enjoys learning about events that occurred in the past.  Her plans for the future include becoming a phlebotomist and simply being the best mother to her son, Dezmond.  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  Congratulations, Destiny! 

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    STUDENTS TEACH FACULTY
    Alexis de la Fuente , Adela Resendez, and Damaris Aparicio, pictured above, attended the Harlingen Daycare Conference on September 27th.  The KEYS Academy students are employed with the HCISD's Garden Daycare and were trained on recognizing signs of child abuse and the process of reporting, documenting, and preventing it.  They presented a PowerPoint  to teachers during a faculty meeting summarizing the information they learned during the six hour course.  Outstanding job, students! 
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    OPEN HOUSE/PTSA
    KEYS Academy held its Open House and first PTSA meeting for the 2014-2015 school year.  Parents, students, and teachers came together on Monday, September 29th to select the PTSA's new executive board.  Pictured from left to right are Barbara Guerra-Treasurer, Oneida Trevino-Arts in Education Chair, Perla Martinez-Hospitality Chair, Vanessa de la Cruz-Secretary, Albert Gonzalez-Vice President, and Karina Lopez-President.  After the meeting, Dr. Pamela Flores, principal, invited parents and students to visit the classrooms to become more acquainted with the dedicated educators of KEYS Academy.

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    STUDENTS REGISTER TO VOTE 
    On Friday, September 26th, students 18 years and older gathered in the cafeteria and were given the opportunity to register to vote.  Students were informed about the requirements of becoming registered voters and how their vote can have an impact on jobs, healthcare, education, the economy, and other community issues.  Special thanks to Ms. De la Cruz and Mr. Garza for coordinating this event. 
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    UCP FIELD TRIP
    Upperclass students in Ms. De la Cruz's U.S. History class visited the Hidalgo County Courthouse on Friday, September 19th.  Attorney Kelsey Snapp gave the students a tour of the courthouse and explained the different functions of the judicial branch.  Students also learned about the different jobs and career opportunities available at the courthouse.  Click here to see some photos of the field trip.

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    AUGUST STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Andrea Montes was selected as KEYS Academy's Student of the Month for August.  Andrea, a junior, likes to paint and draw cartoons as well as realistic pictures.  Her interest in art has led her to consider a career in graphic design.   She has a love for animals and is interested studying veterinary medicine as well.  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  Congratulations, Andrea!

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    HARLINGEN DAYCARE CONFERENCE
    Preventing Child Abuse One Child at a Time:  Recognizing, Reporting, and Preventing Child Abuse is a professional development workshop for child care and school personnel sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Texas.  This workshop will be held at KEYS Academy on Saturday, September 27.   Pre-registration is $20 if postmarked by September 20th; on-site registration is $25.  Click here for more information. 

     
    WELCOME STUDENTS! 
    KEYS Academy students were warmly welcomed by administrators, teachers, and staff on Monday, August 25th on the first day of the 2014 - 2015 school year.  During the first week of school, students attended an orientation presented by Accelerated and Upperclass teachers reviewing topics such as attendance, dress code, and school expectations.  Dr. Flores, principal, offered some words of encouragement to students to make it a successful and exciting school year.  Click here to see a slideshow of photos.

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    MEET THE PRINCIPAL 
    Parents, students, teachers, School Board Members, and HCISD Administrators gathered to "Meet the Principal" on Wednesday, August 20th.  Dr. Art Cavazos, HCISD Superintendent, officially introduced KEYS Academy's new principal, Dr. Pamela Flores and welcomed her to the KEYS Academy team.  Dr. Flores shared some background information about herself and the goals she plans to accomplish at KEYS Academy.  Refreshments were served and everyone had the opportunity to personally meet Dr. Flores.

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    KEYS ACADEMY WELCOMES DR. FLORES 
    The students and staff of KEYS Academy welcome our new principal, Dr. Pamela Flores.  Dr. Flores has been an educator since 1997 holding several assistant principal positions  in San Benito and teaching positions in the lower Rio Grande Valley.  We are excited to have Dr. Flores as part of our winning team and look forward to a successful new school year under her leadership.  WELCOME, Dr. Flores!  

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    VMS's SUMMER SHOWCASE  Secondary schools from across the District submitted student artwork that was created this past school year to the Valley Morning Star.  KEYS's very own, Kent Largo and Ruben Turrubiartes were featured in the August 4th edition.  Displayed above is Kent's piece, Seabird and Ruben's entry, My Bull.  Congratulations on a job well done!  To view the rest of the artwork featured click here..