SPRING ART SHOWKEYS 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 YEARMr. 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 AWARDMr. 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 YEARMr. 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.CELEBRATING ART
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 SUCCESSThe 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.CHRISTMAS CHEERThe 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 SEASONOur 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 SHARINGStudents 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 DAYParents, 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 ZOOBiology 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.OPERATION DETOUROn 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.VOTE!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 MONTHLaura 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 MONTHCarlos 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.STUDENT OF THE MONTHTristen Brewer, a senior, has been selected as Student of the Month for September. Tristen's favorite subject is history because he likes "leaning about the world and past events." His interest in art and computers has led him to consider a career in graphic design/animation. Tristen also enjoys travelling and may also consider becoming a missionary. Congratulations, Tristen! Student of the month selections are based on the 3 As - Academics, Attendance, & Attitude.STUDENT OF THE MONTHThe Upperclass teachers have selected Kayla Moody as Student of the Month for September. Kayla is a junior whose favorite subject is math because it comes easy to her. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Kayla! Student of the month selections are based on the 3 As - Academics, Attendance, & Attitude.JUDGE GONZALEZ VISITSOn Friday, September 30th, Judge Sallie Gonzalez came to speak to our students about the importance of education, attendance, and goal setting. This presentation is part of our campus Advisory Program which focuses on different topics that impact our students both in and out of school. We appreciate Judge Gonzalez's service to our students and community. Thank you, "Judge Sallie!"TSTC FIELD TRIPA group of juniors and seniors boarded a bus and headed to Texas State Technical College on Tuesday, September 6th to explore continuing education opportunities that the Harlingen campus has to offer. Some of the programs visited were Computer Maintenance Technology, Wind Energy Technology, the Nurse Assistant Program, and Automotive Technology. The field trip gave students the opportunity to tour the campus and explore their options for the future.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOLKEYS Academy students were warmly greeted by their principal and teachers on Tuesday, August 23rd, the first day of the 2016-2017 school year. Students participated in an "icebreaker" activity that served as an opportunity to get to know one another. Everyone at KEYS Academy is looking forward to a productive and successful school year! Click here to view a slideshow of photos of the first day of school.MEET THE PRINCIPALParents, students, teachers, School Board Members, and HCISD Administrators gathered to "Meet the Principal," Mr. Isidoro Nieto, on Wednesday, August 17th. Mr. Nieto served as interim principal at KEYS Academy since January and was officially selected to serve as Principal during the May Board meeting. Mr. Nieto 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!
UCP GRADUATIONStudents, 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.SUMMER SHOWCASESchools 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.