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    UCP GRADUATION 
    Students, parents, family members, and KEYS Academy staff celebrated during the Upperclass graduation ceremony held on June 23 for students who graduated throughout the 2015-2016 school year.  Joining in on the celebration were Dr. Alicia Noyola and Dr. Joe Rodriguez, who are part of the Superintendent's team, and Board Members Mr. Eladio Jaimez and Mr. George McShan.  Many thanks to everyone who came out to support our KEYS Academy graduates!  Click here to view a slideshow of the graduation ceremony. 

     
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    SUMMER SHOWCASE 
    Schools from across the district submitted artwork created this past school year to be featured in the Valley Morning Star’s Student Content Summer Showcase.  KEYS Academy students Brandon Barajas, Meraly Flores, and Gabriela Rivera had their artwork featured in the June 20th edition.  Click here to see the artwork.

    ACP RECOGNITION CEREMONY
    On Friday, June 3rd, friends and family gathered to celebrate the Accelerated Program students who were recognized for their school year accomplishments.  Students received  certificates for Honor Roll, Highest Overall Average, Most Credits Earned, and Fine Arts.  Student speakers, Damian Herrera and Israel Garcia, III shared their experiences at KEYS Academy.  Congratulations on a successful school year, students!  To see a slideshow of photos of this event, click on the image above. 

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Danielle Salinas, a senior, has been selected by UCP teachers as Student of the Month for May.  Danielle enjoys taking her puppy out for walks and likes listening to Classic Rock.  After graduation, Danielle plans on attending college to become an Auto Collision and Repair Specialist so that she can eventually open up her own shop.  Sounds like a great plan, Danielle!  Student of the month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Yuliana Cruz has been selected by UCP teachers as Student of the Month for May.  Yuliana likes to sing and enjoys listening to country music.  Her favorite class is Teen Parenting because she has learned about child development which has helped her become a better parent.    After graduation Yuliana plans to continue her education so that she can have a successful career and provide a good home for her family.  Good luck, Yuliana!  Student of the month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.   

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    WELLNESS FIELD DAY
    Students enjoyed a day of fun during the 1st annual KEYS Academy Wellness Field Day on May 20th.  Events included Sumo Wrestling, Human Bowling Ball, Human Hungry Hippos, and an Obstacle Course.  The afternoon concluded with team sports activities and a refreshing snow cone from Kona Ice.  Special thanks go out to Coach Garza for coordinating the events and to everyone who helped make the day a success!  Click here to view some pics of the day's events. 

     
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    WELCOME, MR. NIETO
    The HCISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Isidoro Nieto as Principal for KEYS Academy during the regular May board meeting.  Mr. Nieto served as Principal for Weslaco High School and has worked in education since 1979 serving as teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal for Weslaco ISD.  Welcome to the KEYS Academy family, Mr. Nieto! 

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    STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD
    On Wednesday, May 18th, our very own Victoria Martinez met with the HCISD Student Advisory Board, Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos, and Manny Vela, CEO of Valley Baptist Medical Center.  The Superintendent and CEO "swapped" jobs for the day and met with the Student Advisory Board at Stefano's Brooklyn Pizza Restaurant afterwards to discuss their experiences.   Looks like you had a great time, Victoria!  Thank you for representing our campus!

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    RISING LEADERS GRADUATION
    The Rising Leaders Class XXIII was honored at a graduation reception on April 27th at the HCISD Administration Boardroom.  The Rising Leaders program identifies students who have displayed great potential for leadership and allows them to participate in a series of workshops aimed at further developing those leadership skills.  A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Barbara Guerra, club sponsor, and to Mr. Isidoro Nieto for presenting the certificates.  Click here to see a slideshow of KEYS Academy's Graduating Rising Leaders.

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Sabrina Medrano, a senior, has been selected by UCP teachers as Student of the Month for April.  Sabrina's favorite subject is math because "most of it's easy and common sense," but it can be challenging at the same time.  After graduation, Sabrina plans to attend college to become a Registered Nurse or join the Army to become a medic.  Congratulations on your accomplishments, Sabrina!  Student of the month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  

    EARTH DAY 2016 
    Earth Day 2016 at KEYS Academy was celebrated Friday, April 22nd.  Activities to commemorate the special day included revamping wooden frames into key holders, glass jar terrariums, wooden birdhouses, pinecone birdfeeders, 3-D cereal box monograms, and edible Earth Day treats.  Many thanks to Ms. Patterson for organizing the event and to other staff members for making it all possible.  Click on the image above to see a slideshow of the day's activities.   

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    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
    Amber Cortez was recognized by the District for her PTA Reflections Competition entry at the HCISD School Board meeting held on Tuesday, April 12th.  Amber's artwork, "Girl of Nature," received the Award of Excellence in Visual Arts for the High School Division and advanced to the State level.  Congratulations on a job well done, Amber!

    CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS WALK/RUN
    Walkers, runners, and volunteers gathered at KEYS Academy on the morning of Saturday, April 2nd to participate in the 3rd Annual Child Abuse Awareness 5K/1 Mile Walk/Run to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Texas and the HCISD Teen Parenting Program.  Many thanks to everyone who made this event a success!  Click on the image above to view a slideshow of photos of the day's event. 

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    KEYS Academy UCP teachers selected Stephanie Torres as Student of the Month for March.  Congratulations, Stephanie!  Student of the month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Juan Rojas, a senior at KEYS Academy, has been selected as Student of the Month for March.  Juan is a senior whose favorite subject is Algebra because he likes dealing with numbers, and his favorite short story is The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.  After graduation, Juan plans to join the U.S. Marine Corps.  Congratulations, Juan!  Student of the month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude  

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    4 THE COMMUNITY INTERVIEW
    Brenda Garcia, HCISD Teen Parenting Coordinator, and Kathy Dittman of Prevent Child Abuse Texas were interviewed by KGBT's Nicole Hickl to promote the 3rd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Run/Walk which will be held on April 2 at KEYS Academy.  For more information and to register for the walk, click here; to see the interview, click on the image above. 

    CAREER DAY 2016
    On March 9th, students were given the opportunity to explore various career options during Career Day 2016.  Representatives from  U.S. Border Patrol, TSTC, Harlingen Family Dentistry, Harlingen Fire Department, and Friendship of Women, Inc. shared information related to their respective fields.  A special thanks to our Rising Leaders for assisting our guests with the presentations.  View a slideshow of photos by clicking on the image above. 

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Victoria Martinez has been selected as Student of the Month for February.  Victoria is a senior at KEYS Academy and plans on attending TSTC after graduation to complete her basics.  She then plans on transferring to the University of Texas in San Antonio to study physical therapy.  Sounds like a great plan, Victoria!  Student of the month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude 

     
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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Justin Medrano, a senior at KEYS Academy, has been selected as February's Student of the Month.  Justin's favorite subject is science which is probably the reason his favorite television show is The Big Bang Theory.  Justin plans on attending college to become a radiologist.  We wish you great success, Justin!  Student of the month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.    

     
    YOUNG LIVES MATTER
    As part of the Advisory Program at KEYS Academy, Friendship of Women, Inc. of Brownsville presented information to students on the issues of Teen Dating Violence, Healthy Relationships, and Bullying, which are all topics covered in the Young Hearts Matter Campaign.  Ms. Claire Batsell helped raise student awareness about these topics and provided them with valuable information and resources to further educate themselves. 

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    PTA RECOGNITION
    Congratulations to KEYS Academy's PTSA for receiving the 2015 President's List Award!  This award represents that by December 19, 2015, our PTSA had achieved Active Status with Texas PTA and recruited more members than last year.  Many thanks to KEYS Academy parents, students, teachers and staff, and community members who joined our PTSA and helped us earn this recognition!

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    SAVE THE DATE! 
    The 3rd Annual 5K & 1 Mile Walk/Run for Children will be held on Saturday, April 2 at KEYS Academy.  This fundraising event, which benefits Prevent Child Abuse Texas and the HCISD Teen Parenting Program, is a fun family event that raises awareness of the importance of commitment to child abuse prevention.  SAVE THE DATE, and join us in this great cause!  For more information or to register for the event, click here.

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    FIRE PREVENTION CONTEST
    KEYS Academy seniors, Vanessa Ruiz and Meraly Flores were both recognized in the 12th grade division of the Harlingen Fire Department's Fire Prevention Poster Contest.  Vanessa Ruiz was awarded a 3rd place ribbon and Meraly Flores received a 2nd place ribbon.  Meraly was also awarded a 2nd place trophy in the high school division.  Her poster will advance to the next level of district judging and will advance to State if she places there.  Congratulations, Vanessa and Meraly! 

      
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    DOWNTOWN HARLINGEN TOUR
    KEYS Academy's Rising Leaders enjoyed a tour of downtown Harlingen on Thursday, January 21st.  The tour included information on the history of Harlingen as well as a discussion of the area's architecture and art.  Walking tours of the downtown area are held every Saturday morning and are free and open to the public.  To read more about the student's tour and to see photos in the Valley Morning Star, click here

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    JUDGE GONZALEZ VISITS 
    On Friday, January 15th, Judge Sallie Gonzalez came to speak to our students about the importance of education, attendance, and goals.  This presentation was part of our campus Advisory Program which is implemented into student schedules twice a week for one class period.  Thank you, "Judge Sallie!"  We appreciate your service to our students and community.   

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Carlos Galarza, a senior at KEYS Academy, has been selected as Student of the Month for December.   Carlos' favorite subject is history because he enjoys "reading about the past and how it has brought us to the present."  After high school, Carlos plans to attend college, pursue a career he enjoys, and travel the world.  Sounds like a great plan, Carlos!  Student of the month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.   

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Julissa Palacios, a senior at KEYS Academy, has been selected as Student of the Month for December.   Julissa's favorite subject is science and she enjoys spending her spare time with family.  Julissa plans to attend college after high school and become a registered nurse.   Good luck, Juliisa!   We know you can do it!  Student of the month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Zoe Alvarez, a junior at KEYS Academy, has been selected as Student of the Month for November.   Zoe exemplifies the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and AttitudeCongratulations on this accomplishment, Zoe!  We are proud of you!

     
    COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT 
    KEYS Academy students participated in the annual Christmas community service project at Valley Baptist Medical Center's Children's Ward.  Santa and his elves brought gifts to the children and had a great time working on arts and crafts projects for the holiday.  Great Job, students!  Looks like everyone had a wonderful time!    

     
    PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT DAY
    Parental Involvement Day was celebrated throughout the District on Thursday, November 19th.  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 in signing the pledge.  We appreciate your support!

    VETERANS DAY
    Our very own KEYS Academy teachers, Mr. Tony Fraga and Mr. Gus Villanueva were recognized for their service to our country during a Veterans Day breakfast on Wednesday, November 11th.  Their photos are included in a slideshow (above) along with other veterans who are part of the KEYS Academy family.  With respect, honor, and gratitude, we thank our veterans today and every day. 


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    PERFECT ATTENDANCE
    Students with Perfect Attendance during the first quarter were recognized on Tuesday, November 3rd.  Eric Vela was the lucky winner of the drawing for an iPad mini; Anthony Gonzalez, Joshua Cantu, Meraly Flores, and Mary Ramirez received certificates and runner-up prizes.  Congratulations to all of the students for their Perfect Attendance achievement!  Keep it up!
     
    R.O.P.E.S. 
    On Friday, October 30th, 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.

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Josephina (Jaycee) Gomez, a senior at KEYS Academy, has been selected as Student of the Month for October.  Jaycee's favorite show, Chicago Fire has inspired her to become a paramedic.  After graduation, Jaycee plans on enlisting in the Army to pursue her future goal of becoming a paramedic.  Good luck, Jaycee!  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.    
     
     "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 30th.  KEYS students lined the hallways and greeted the little ones with smiles and treats.  Everyone had a "SPOOK"-TACULAR time!!! 

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Jordan Ortiz Bally, a senior at KEYS Academy, has been selected as Student of the Month for September.  His favorite subject is English because according to Jordan, "it is my virtue."  Jordan enjoys singing until the neighbors complain and hopes to "make it big one day and be an example to people."  We look forward to that, Jordan!  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.   

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    SCHOOL NUTRITION PRODUCT EXPO 
    As a member of the District's Student Advisory Board, Victoria Martinez (left) attended the School Nutrition Product Expo on Thursday, October 15th at the South Padre Island Convention Center.  Accompanied by Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos, the students taste tested foods presented by food vendors who sell to local school districts and filled out evaluation forms stating how they liked specific foods.  Thank you for being the "voice" of KEYS Academy students, Victoria!

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    HPD PRESENTATION
    Officers from the Harlingen Police Department visited students on Friday, October 9th to speak to them about driving safety and the dangers of driving while intoxicated.  Students watched a video about Reginald Stephey and Jacqueline Saburido, the driver and victim of a drunk driving accident, whose lives were both significantly impacted by the accident.  Officers stressed to students how one bad choice to drink and drive can lead to serious consequences that can affect the rest of their lives.  

     
    EDUCATION & CAREER EXPO
    KEYS Academy seniors were invited to attend the Education & Career EXPO held at the Casa de Amistad on Thursday, October 8th.  The EXPO has been a community-wide effort by businesses, educators, and community leaders working together to help Valley high school students prepare for career success.  Students were given information about career opportunities available in the RGV and the educational institutions providing programs of study for those careers. 

    WEIRD SCIENCE
    Students from Miss Lauren Rocha's biology class recently completed some activities and a lab while studying plant and animal cells.  Students made a solution with bubbles and created a film on a square of straws to represent the cell membrane.  They then passed objects through the film without bursting the bubble to demonstrate the membrane's flexibility.  Students also created yummy 3D cell projects.  GREAT JOB, STUDENTS!!!

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    STUDENT OF THE MONTH
    Hope Deaton, a junior at KEYS Academy, has been selected as Student of the Month for August.  Hope's favorite subject is English, and she enjoys reading poems and short stories in the literary subgenre, dark romanticism; her favorite author is Edgar Allen Poe.  Hope plans on becoming a dental hygienist in the future.  Student of the Month selections are based on the 3As:  Academics, Attendance, and Attitude.  Congratulations, Hope!

    MOCK ELECTION
    Students were given the opportunity to vote in a Mock Presidential Election on Friday, September 11th during their lunch breaks.  To prepare for election day, students created campaign posters of the candidates who were listed on the ballots and displayed them throughout the hallways.  To see these posters and pics of the election, click on the image above.   

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    "Jefe of Jefes" by Abel Meza 

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    "Happy" by Marissa Flores

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     "Blue and Purple" by Cassandra Gonzalez

     ART CONTEST WINNERS

    Student artwork was entered in Celebrating Art, an international art competition that center on motivating student artists by showcasing their artwork in printed form.  Only a select few are chosen from among thousands of entries from the US and Canada.  The following students were featured:  Cassandra Gonzalez, "Blue and Purple;" Marissa Flores, "Happy;" and Abel Meza, who received High Merit Status for his Prismacolor, "Jefe of Jefes."  Congratulations, students! 

     

    BACK TO SCHOOL! 

    KEYS Academy students were warmly welcomed by administrators, teachers, and staff on Monday, August 24th, the first day of the 2015 - 2016 school year.  We look forward to having a productive and successful school year!  Click on the image above to view a few pictures of the first day of school.


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    WELCOME, MRS. GUTIERREZ!
    KEYS Academy welcomes Mrs. Yolanda Gutierrez who will serve as Interim Principal for the next few weeks.  Mrs. Gutierrez served as KEYS Academy principal from 1994 to 2010 when she retired.  We appreciate her returning to KEYS Academy to assist our staff and students in helping make the 2015-2016 school year a productive and successful one!