SPRING ART SHOW
KEYS Academy students showcased their artwork at the Spring Art Show held at the Harlingen Public Library on the evening of May 31st. The event was coordinated by Mrs. Oneida Trevino, KEYS Academy fine arts teacher, in conjunction with the Harlingen Parks and Recreation Department. Student artists, parents, and community members admired the amazing artwork exhibit while enjoying refreshments. To view a slideshow of the event's photos, click here.
HCISD SECONDARY TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Mr. Tony Fraga received an unexpected visit during first period on Monday, May 1st. HCISD Superintendent, Dr. Art Cavazos, and his Senior Team were here to congratulate Mr. Fraga for being selected as HCISD's Secondary Teacher of the Year. The celebration included a plaque and a $500 grant awarded by the Harlingen Area Educational Foundation in Mr. Fraga's honor. Congratulations, Mr. Fraga! To read more about this year's HCISD teacher of the year selections, click here; to see photos of Mr. Fraga's celebration, click here.
HEB EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD
Mr. Tony Fraga has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2017 HEB Excellence in Education Awards from a pool of more than 1,300 applicants across the state of Texas. Mr. Fraga was presented with a certificate of participation and a $250 HEB gift card for making it to the semi-finals. Congratulations, Mr. Fraga! To read more about Mr. Fraga and his accomplishments, click here.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Mr. Tony Fraga has been selected as KEYS Academy's Teacher of the Year for the 2016 - 2017 school year. Mr. Fraga teaches mathematics for the Upperclass Program and has taught at the KEYS campus for 26 of his 29 years as an educator. He always has a cheerful, positive attitude even though many of his students find math to be their most challenging subject. Mr. Fraga's main objectives for his students is for them to master the content necessary to earn all of their math credits for graduation, pass their STAAR exam, and to be college ready. Congratulations on your success, Mr. Fraga!
5K RUN/WALK & 1 MILE FUN RUN
Help spread awareness and prevent child abuse by participating in this year's 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run. The event will be held at KEYS Academy on Saturday, April 1st and will benefit Valley Haven Inc. and the HCISD Teen Parenting Program. Click here to download a registration form.
Congratulations to our students whose artwork was published in the 2016 edition of Celebrating Art! CelebratingArt.com is devoted to the promotion and appreciation
of student art, and motivates student artists through its contests. The top
entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative works of
today's student artists (less
than 30% are accepted to be published). Entries are accepted from students
across the US and Canada. Click here to see some of our students' artwork.
"DRESSED" FOR SUCCESS
The iPads in Mrs. Trevino's Art class are now "dressed" in stylish red covers thanks to the generosity of one donor from Corpus Christi. Mrs. Trevino posted the classroom's needs for iPad covers for her Digital Classroom on DonorsChoose.org in September and received the Amazon shipment in early January.
The students and staff of KEYS Academy participate in several community service projects during the Christmas holidays. Students visit the children who are patients at Valley Baptist Medical Center and the elderly who attend La Familia Adult Day Care Center. Staff members participate in the "Adopt an Angel" project and provide Christmas gifts to the children who attend the Garden Day Care. It's all about spreading Christmas Cheer! Click here
to watch a video of our Christmas activities.
'TIS THE SEASON
Our very own Posada Choir performed a few Christmas carols to get students and staff in the Christmas spirit. Our principal, Mr. Nieto, even joined in to sing-a-long during the performance of Feliz Navidad. Congratulations on a job well done, students! You all did an amazing job! To watch a video of the performance, click here
FEAST OF SHARING
Students volunteered their time at the 23rd Annual HEB Feast of Sharing on November 18th at the Harlingen Community Center. Some of the tasks included serving meals, making popcorn, and cleaning and resetting tables. After their hard work was complete, students were treated to a delicious turkey dinner and enjoyed live music and dancing. Many thanks to our students for donating their time to our community!
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT DAY
Parents, grandparents, and guardians were invited to join us for Parental Involvement Day held on November 17th. Parents were encouraged to sign the Parental Involvement Pledge which confirms their commitment to their child's education. Refreshments were served, and everyone had the opportunity to mingle before the school day began. A special "Thank You" goes out to the parents who attended; we appreciate YOU!
GLADYS PORTER ZOO
Biology students had the opportunity to explore the grounds of the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville on November 11th. They interacted with domesticated Nigerian dwarf goats and a miniature Zebu in the "Small World" exhibit, and were able to touch a variety of stingrays in the touch tank of the Aquatic Center. The field trip was an exciting and educational experience for everyone!
THANK YOU, VETERANS!
On Veterans Day, two of our very own teachers were recognized by staff members and District Administrators for their honorable service to our country. Pictured above are from left to right: Mrs. Rosalinda Vargas, Assistant Superintendent for Human Services; Mr. Tony Fraga, Math Teacher; Mr. Isidoro Nieto, KEYS Academy Principal; Mr. Gus Villanueva, Social Studies Teacher and Mrs. Melissa Nieto, Director of Human Services for Secondary Education. The veterans were presented a certificate of appreciation and shared a few words about their experiences while serving in the armed forces. Thank You, Veterans! We appreciate your service to our country.
On October 14th U.S. Border Patrol Agents Quiroz and Flores presented "Operation Detour," an anti-smuggling program for students. During the presentation, agents discussed the dangers and consequences facing people who become involved with drug and immigrant smuggling. Agents also informed students of the tactics smugglers use to lure young people into helping them.
Remi Garza, Cameron County Elections Administrator, and his staff spoke to students on October 14th about the voter registration process and the importance of exercising one's right to vote. Students were given the opportunity to apply for positions as election clerks which would introduce them to the electoral process and possibly inspire them with an interest in their government.
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Laura Miles, a senior, has been selected as Student of the Month for October. Laura's favorite subject is science and her favorite television show is Grey's Anatomy, which may be the reasons why she hopes to become a trauma surgeon in the future. Looks like you are on the right path, Laura! Congratulations! Student of the month selections are based on the 3 As - Academics, Attendance, & Attitude.
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Carlos Castaneda has been selected by UCP teachers as October Student of the Month. Carlos is a senior who likes playing basketball and enjoys carpentry. His goal after graduating is to attend college and become a civil engineer. Sounds like a great plan, Carlos! Student of the month selections are based on the 3 As - Academics, Attendance, & Attitude.