Other District Events
R.T. Barrera Eagles Continue Soaring Into Healthy Eating With Community Harvest
Once again, the R.T. Barrera Elementary School Eagles celebrated a bountiful harvest from their Community Garden. Established through the generous support of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, in partnership with Long Live Texans and the Starr County Coalition for Working on Wellness, the R.T. Barrera Elementary School Eagle Garden is one of 24 community gardens established across Starr County planted with the hope of changing the county’s wellness outlook.
"The students really enjoy this project because it is a great hands-on activity that teaches them not only about health, nutrition and fitness, but also important science and math lessons because they learn about the growth and life cycle and they have to learn about weight and measurement when they harvest the food and weigh the food - it has been such a great experience for our students and we know they have taken it home to their families," said School Principal Olga V. Gonzalez. "We have heard the stories about students starting gardens at home and it has been a tremendous response. I'm very proud of the commitment of our staff and our school community to this project. We also thank the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for their support because without them, none of this would be possible."
During the Harvest Day Celebration, the students harvested vegetables, learned about healthy snacking, saw life science demonstrations and enjoyed hay rides around the school. Also, the different grade levels competed in a healthy cook-off using vegetables harvested from the school garden. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension also announced that R.T. Barrera was the local winner of the Walk Across Texas Competition, which is an annual competition to encourage schools and organizations to promote health and fitness. R.T. Barrera students logged in more than 8,000 walking and running miles for the competition!
“Congratulations to R.T. Barrera on this accomplishment,” said Yolando Morado, county extension agent with Starr County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office. “You are really doing an excellent job here and this school is a role model for others to follow in your continued commitment to health and wellness!"
R.T. Barrera Students Ava Garza Appears in Film Distributed Across U.S., Canada
Congratulations to seven year old R.T. Barrera Elementary School student Ava Garza who appears in a supporting role in the new film "CIA" by Amal Neerad, a director from India. The film is currently playing in select AMC theaters across the United States and Canada, including at the Cinemark Hollywood USA in McAllen. A clip of the movie can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=53Qn0CJ4ws8&feature= youtu.be.
Last year Garza made her debut on the big screen at the internationally acclaimed CANNES Film Festival in France. When Garza was just 5 years old she starred in the short independent film, "VOLVER" in which she played "Isa". The short film depicts how Isa starts a struggle between life and death while in a comma state. During her deep sleep, Isa visits heaven. Somewhat troubled and sad for the unknown place, her fears diminish when she encounters her grandmother.
Roma ISD wishes Garza the best of luck in her continued film career!
Roma ISD Names Two District Teachers of the Year for 2016 -2017
Two true superheroes for education were selected as Roma ISD’s District Teachers of the Year for 2016-2017. Ruth Chapa of Veterans Memorial Elementary School was named the Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and Renae Cervantes of Roma High School was named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.
"Congratulations to these wonderful women who dedicate countless hours to their craft at Roma ISD," said Superintendent Carlos Guzman. "We are very proud of the hard work they put forth every day on behalf of the district and know that they have made a tremendous impact on the lives of hundreds of children that have come through our doors. We know that as they progress to the Region One Teacher of the Year Competition they will serve as superior role models of what we offer at Roma ISD - true superheroes for education. On behalf of the entire Roma ISD family I commend them on their commitment to excellence and their unwavering dedication to our community's children. Thank you again for all you do and know we count ourselves blessed to have you as part of our proud Gladiator Nation!"
Both teachers will be honored by the Roma ISD School Board and Administration at the Board Meeting on May 25, 2017. They will now prepare a packet for submission to the Region One Teacher of the Year Competition for consideration alongside their peers from across the regional service center. They will also be honored by Region One at a banquet in August.
Ramiro Barrera Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting of New Multi-Functional PE Slab
Students at Ramiro Barrera Middle School wasted no time taking to the court to play volleyball at their new outdoor PE Slab. The school held a ribbon cutting today to celebrate their new multi-functional facility, which will allow students to train at any time for a variety of sports.
"We want you to take pride in this new court, which means you should take care of it, use it well and make sure you are good guardians of it for the future ," said Roma ISD PE Coordinator Octavio Cantu. "We want to thank our School Board and Superintendent Guzman for supporting this initiative, which will give you students a chance to have more facilities to train. I hope that when I come by here I’ll see you taking full advantage of this new slab and not just during, before or after school – you come here and practice on weekends too because you need to develop your skills and become the best athletes possible.”
Students at Ramiro Barrera Middle School can use the slab to train for most any sport, but special amenities are available for volleyball and basketball.
"Special thanks goes to PE Coordinator Octavio Cantu for his diligence in coming up with this idea to add additional training resources for our district that can be provided on a small budget,” said School Board President Leticia Garza-Galvan. “He is great at listening to his PE staff, as well as the students and helping find solutions to their needs and working with the board to come up with ideas that benefit our community. We thank him for this and helping further the PE Program at Roma ISD.”
Roma Middle School Gets New Multi-Functional PE Slab
Congratulations to the students at Roma Middle School who will now be able to enjoy their new outdoor PE Slab! The school held a ribbon cutting recently to celebrate their new facility, which will allow them great access to train outdoors on a multi-purpose slab.
"We want to thank the Roma ISD School Board and administration for their continuous concern and support for student health and fitness," said Roma ISD PE Coordinator Octavio Cantu. "This slab provides our students and staff great flexibility because it can be used for basketball, volleyball, conditioning and other activities. It can be used before and after school, as well as on the weekends when the kids want to get in more practice and we certainly want to encourage them to use and make the most of the facilities at their school. This is just a great thing for the school community and I know they are excited."
Students at Ramiro Barrera Middle School will soon have access to a similar facility at their school.
"We would like to thank PE Coordinator Tavo Cantu for coming forward with this idea and seeing the project through to make sure our students have great fitness facilities," said Roma ISD School Board Member Dagoberto Salinas. "He always puts the kids first and this is just another idea that he came up with to ensure they have access to practice and train at any time. We thank him for his continued leadership."
Roma Middle Student Council Cleans Up Roma Park for Earth Day
On Friday April 21st, the Roma Middle School Student Council decided to clean up the City Roma Community Park in honor of Earth Day. Students cleaned around the playground area and around the little league stands making the park a cleaner and safer environment for all children and players visiting the park. The Texas Say What! Youth Community Liaison provided RMS Student Council with various supplies in order to make this event a success. Thank you parents and advisers for making this event possible. (President: Andrik Garcia , Vice President: Roberto Muniz III, Secretary: Julian Barrera, and Parliamentarian: Valeria Ramirez, Advisors:, Mrs. Karina Eliserio ,Mr. Jose R. Ramirez and Ms. Anakaren Lopez)
Congratulations to the Roma High School JROTC Program on hosting a terrific Military Ball. The students prepared a wonderful evening under the direction of their instructors. Congratulations to all the student honorees from the evening. Roma ISD and the entire Starr County community are very proud of all your hard work!!
Roma High School JROTC Program Hosts 3rd Military Ball
Albert Esco, Staff Share Expertise With Roma High School Students
Roma High School students had a great time learning about hair and makeup styles at a special tutorial session given by Albert Esco and his staff. Esco shared expertise on quick up do's, curling trends, and also talked about his upbringing in Starr County. He encouraged students to never give up on their dreams and always strive for more.
Congratulations to all the participants at this year's Roma ISD Gladiator Dance Festival!
Roma ISD Superintendent's Easter Egg Hunt a Scueess
Roma ISD FFA Students Have Excellent Showing at 2017 RGV Livestock Show
Congratulations to the Roma ISD FFA students who competed at the 2017 Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show! The Roma High School students had a wonderful showing overall.
In the Farm Shop Division there were more than 548 projects entered and Daniela Urbano brought home the Grand Champion BBQ Trailer in the 10 Foot, 1 Inch and Over Category. In the 10 foot and Under BBQ Trailer Category, Taiz Ochoa brought home the Grand Champion BBQ Trailer. Also in the 10 Foot and Under BBQ Trailer Category Jenevy Garza earned 2nd Place and David Rico earned 3rd Place. Alejandro Salinas brought home 5th Place in the Flatbed Trailer Division. Lictor Barrera earned an Excellent Ribbon with a Hexagon Fire Pit, and Cecilia Solis, Ramon Sepulveda and Peter Rodriguez all earned Excellent Ribbons with Round Fire Pits. Both Ana Perez and Gabriela Perez earned Excellent Ribbons with their Metal Art Candle Holders.
In the Animal Division, there were more than 250 market goats, 150 market lambs, 200 market steers, and 600 market hogs competing this year. Daniela Urbano’s steer earned 3rd Place in the Market Street Division, qualifying her animal for auction, which sold for $1,250. Urbano also earned 6th Place in the Market Goat Division. Melissa Lopez’s animal earned 5th Place in the Market Goat Division and Alvaro Ibanez’s hog earned 5th Place in the Market Hog Division.
The Roma ISD Junior FFA students also performed very well at the show with Jaime Adan Castillo earned 3rd Place with his Market Hog, which qualified for auction. Sebastian Lopez earned 4th Place with his Market Hog. Kaylon Ramon earned 4th Place with his Market Lamb and Armani Cantu earned 10th Place with a Market Goat. (Photos courtesy Danelo Gonzales.)
Roma Middle School Students Enjoy D.C. Learning During Spring Break
During Spring Break 2017 a group of Roma Middle School 8th Grade students had the opportunity to explore the wonders of the Washington, D.C. area to understand our nation's great history and enjoy some culture as well. They listened to the Sounds of Freedom, visited Jamestown, the National Zoo, the National Cathedral, the White House, the National Archive, the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam War Memorial among many other places. One morning they also woke up to snow! They had an amazing experience and enjoyed a safe and fun time. A big thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Adrian Guerra who annually plan and chaperone the trip during spring break each year to give students this excellent opportunity!