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Southside High School

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This week's Southside HS Cardinal Spotlight is on Mrs. Lesa B. Rodriguez and Junior Markus Davis. Mrs. Rodriguez and Markus have worked together since Markus was in the 3rd grade. They can often be spotted walking to classes across campus. Mrs. Rodriguez supports Markus through his day. This is Mrs. Rodriguez's 19th year at Southside. She looks forward to coming to school everyday because she "works with amazing, caring, and devoted teachers." When she is not at school, she enjoys
reading, riding her bike, and watching Walt Disney movies. Her favorite food is fried chicken with french fries and vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Mrs. Rodriguez loves her job and her community, "as long as I have breath in me, I will be here for years to come."
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Markus Davis is our student Cardinal Spotlight of the Week. Markus is the oldest of 3 siblings and loves to dance. He loves to participate with and interact with his classmates. He is also very creative and recently made a ceramic bowl in Mrs. Friddle's Art Class. He loves his classes and his teachers. He has a Dachshund named Penny.

Julius L. Matthey Middle School

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Mrs. Barton is the glue that holds the Matthey Middle School Student Support Services department together. She is extremely knowledgeable, has tremendous insights and is very caring towards students and staff. Her excitement and positive attitude are a huge asset to the Matthey family.
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Kazabry is a Matthey Middle School 8th grader who exemplifies our Cardinal rules. She is safe, respectful and responsible. She goes above and beyond her duties as well setting a prime example of what our student body should represent. We can always count on Kazabry to get the job done with a smile.

Losoya Middle School

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Elijah Delgado: since joining beginning band last year, Elijah has worked extremely hard and pushed beyond expectations set out for him and his peers. He auditioned into the Symphonic Band this year, which is Losoya's varsity band. Additionally, he volunteered to join the jazz band playing the drum set. Elijah routinely comes in after school to improve his percussion skills, and prepare for his region band audition. He is a leader within the percussion section.
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Joel Sanchez is the Boys Athletic Coordinator at Losoya. He is fit and active along with the players. He is strict, but fair with the students and has earned their loyalty and respect by his strong standards and work ethic. He instills a pride in them and they want to be their best and do their best. In his free time, Coach Sanchez likes being in the outdoors and going on adventures with his wife and sons.

William Pearce Primary

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Pearce first grade student Timothy Benavides loves math and playing sports. He is always a respectful and responsible student who follows in his sibling’s footsteps with Cardinal pride. He loves watching Disney movies with his family and spending time with mom. Welcome to the Pearce hallways Timmy! We are so happy to have you!
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Pearce paraprofessional Jessica Zapata is a fabulous employee! She can be found taking lead in almost everything on campus. When she is not spending time with her Pearce family, she is spending time with her husband and kids. Jessica has been someone who continues to grow in the Southside community. Her creativity, willingness, and hard work ethic is greatly appreciated. Thank you Jessica for all that you are - we couldn’t be Pearce without you.

Heritage Elementary

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The Heritage Staff Spotlight is a new member of our team, Ms. Esmeralda Saucedo Guerrero. She is one of the 2nd grade Dual Language teachers. With 23 years of experience, we are so lucky to have her at our school. She drives very far, but says it’s all worth it because she looks forward to her days with her students. Ms. Guerrero says we have the best students! It’s probably because we have such awesome teachers like Ms. Guerrero. Whenever you see her, she is smiling and saying hello. Her students love that she works hard to be sure they learn all they need to know. Congratulations Ms. Guerrero!
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Jerome Mack is a sweet and friendly third grade student at Heritage. Jerome enjoys coming to school and has excellent attendance. He is very focused this year on doing his best work. He has shown a strong willingness to participate in class. He takes school very seriously. We are very proud of the daily effort Jerome puts forth in all of his classes. Jerome, congratulations on being our Cardinal of the Week. We are so proud of you!

Freedom Elementary

Ms. Zuniga is one of our fabulous 1st grade teachers. She is also team lead and has done a wonderful job working with her team. She is very creative and energetic in the classroom. Her students love her. Ms.Zuniga is a proud SISD alumni and we couldn’t be more proud of the amazing educator she has become.
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When it comes to reading, third grade student Emmett Perez is on top of it. He loves to read and is often reading any chance he gets. His teacher says, “He is new to Freedom and has transitioned very well! Emmett has shown that he is responsible, respectful and is always ready to learn. I am so glad to have him in my class!” -Mrs. Aguillon. Keep up the great work Emmett! Keep reading and you will go far!

Gallardo Elementary

We are excited to announce Ms. Adrian Timmons as this week’s Cardinal Staff Spotlight for Gallardo E.S. Ms. Timmons is a flexible leader willing to go above and beyond to support the needs of all of our Cardinals. She is an instructional leader who targets student learning in every capacity possible. She is instrumental to our campus operations and provides feedback on how we can make our campus better everyday. We are fortunate to have her as a collaborative and dedicated leader in advocating for the best for our students.
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Joshua is a great asset to our Cardinal community. He is hard working, a team player, respectful and a wonderful student in general. His classmates respect and look up to him. He is a perfect example of an exemplary Cardinal Scholar. Ms. Montalvo is extremely excited to have him in her class this 2022-2023 school year and we are excited to see all he does at Gallardo.

Menchaca Early Childhood Center

Sethe Faz is in Mrs. Combee’s kindergarten class and he is an outstanding young scholar! He is kind and helpful to his peers, and enjoys team work! Sethe is caring, has empathy and compassion for others, considerate, patient, and is very generous. Sethe loves to practice forming letters and numbers with Play-Doh and listening to stories. He has a real love for learning. Sethe is a wonderful young man and a great leader! Way to go Sethe for displaying the Pillars of Character.

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Mrs. Rubio is one of the exceptional paraeducators who teaches PK-3. This is Mrs. Rubio’s 2nd year with MECC. She is dedicated, knowledgeable, and she gladly pours all of her expertise for the better education of children. Mrs. Rubio is also a member of our Southside community.