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Southside High School

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Julia Huggins is the Southside High School teacher of the year for 2022-2023. She is a 9th grade Biology teacher and the Science Department Chair. Mrs. Huggins sets high expectations for her students and is always pushing them to be their best. She is a dedicated department chair who is always supporting and helping her teachers be successful. Southside High School is lucky to have such a dedicated educator. Thank you Mrs. Huggins for all that you do for our students and staff.

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Colin Long is a 10th grade student who is a campus leader who models all the Cardinal rules of being safe, respectful, and responsible. He is a great peer tutor in class. He also assists all students to help them feel safe and comfortable. We thank Colin for all his hard work and are excited to see him excel at reaching his goals.

Julius L. Matthey Middle School

It is with great pleasure that I announce the Matthey MS Teacher of the Year for 2023, Ms. Laura Martinez. Ms. Laura Martinez has been a lifelong cardinal. She is a favorite with students and staff. She will represent Matthey Middle School as our candidate for Southside ISD Teacher of the Year. We are fortunate to have such a committed member of the Matthey family and look forward to her continued success.
Xavier is an 8th grade student at Matthey who exemplifies what it is to be an "All-Around" Cardinal. He is not only a member of our Matthey Athletic Program, but he is also an A & B student in All Pre-AP classes. Xavier is always active in meaningful classroom discussions and can always be counted on to steer the class in the right direction. Xavier is also a very kind and respectful young man who does not hesitate to help out fellow classmates in times of need.

Losoya Middle School

Ryder Aguilar is a seventh grader at Losoya Middle School. He is an enthusiastic, well-mannered young man. Ryder is taking all Pre-AP classes this year and is involved in athletics. He played basketball and is trying out for soccer. He participates in an outside baseball league and can play all outfield positions, first base, and also pitches. He loves sports and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and his Dobermin Pinscher, Zayne. We look forward to seeing his continued successes here at Losoya.
Jason Garcia has been voted Losoya Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2022-2023. Coach Garcia is an 8th grade science teacher, and the Science Department Chair. He sets high expectations for his students and is always pushing them to be their best. In addition to teaching, Coach Garcia coaches football and track. He was the offensive coordinator for our undefeated 7th grade football team this year. Thank you Coach Garcia for all you do for the students of Losoya Middle School.

William Pearce Primary

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Pearce custodian, Frank Hernandez, has a personality and positive attitude that lights up our hallways with students and staff. Frank is always willing to go above and beyond for our campus. He loves to be encouraging, supportive, and humorous. Thank you Frank for greeting everyone you see, keeping our campus in tip top shape, and spending your time with our Pearce family. We appreciate you!
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Pearce 4th grade student, Ariana Aba, is the kindest and most positive person you will ever meet. She loves Math, Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter, jumping on her trampoline, and learning how to play piano. Ariana is helpful, respectful, and a great big sister. Thank you, Ariana, for your encouraging attitude, always trying your best, and your continued contribution to our campus. Stay sweet! We love you!

Heritage Elementary

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Our Staff Cardinal Spotlight this week is Edward Anthony Gomez. Mr. Gomez is the new Instructional Coach for Heritage. Mr. Gomez was a 3rd grade teacher at Gallardo prior to joining the Heritage team in January. Mr. Gomez hit the ground running on his first day at Heritage. He has a passion for helping others be successful. He truly has a servant leadership mindset. Mr. Gomez has done incredible work in the short time he has been here. Thank you for joining our team and making a difference.
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Ashley E. Martinez is a respectful and diligent 5th grade student at Heritage. Observant and cooperative, her favorite thing to do is learn. She especially enjoys Math, her favorite subject. At home, she also enjoys jumping on the trampoline. As a 5th grader, Ashley is most looking forward to being on the same campus with her older sister. However, she will miss her Heritage teachers. We will miss her, too!

Freedom Elementary

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Freedom has one of the best coaches in Southside ISD, Coach Marie Vaquera. She started with Freedom as an assistant coach many many years ago. She is a Southside ISD Alumni and proud parent of 2 boys. Today she leads the district with some of the many wins in our Intramural league. Coach keeps the kids engaged and teaches them the value of good sportsmanship with a winning attitude. We are lucky to have Coach Vaquera on our team!
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Our Cardinal Spotlight recipient this week is one of our amazing 5th grade dual language students, Yuridia Salazar. Courage means taking risks, big or small, on the things that you are not comfortable with. This student is an excellent student and always does her best. I see the look on her face when she knows the answers to questions in a lesson but doesn’t jump to answer. For her, the courage to raise her hand or join in conversations with her peers has evolved in these few weeks of school. She is showing courage in these areas that are out of her comfort area. I am so proud of her and can’t wait to see her continue being courageous! -Mrs. Peralta

Gallardo Elementary

Ms. Janet Flory is a skilled dyslexia specialist who has a wealth of knowledge on ways to best support struggling learners and how to make reading a better learning experience for all students. She has led professional learning experiences for staff at Gallardo, is invested in finding every way possible to support her students, and is a reflective educational leader who thrives to improve student learning outcomes. Ms. Flory has an after school phonics club that students are eager to join and learn from. We are beyond grateful to have Ms. Flory as our dyslexia specialist and as an educational leader for Gallardo.
Leo is a hard worker who puts forth his best effort in all he does. He is also quick to help others, especially when it comes to technology. He is the "Chromebook Expert" in our classroom. He is a very respectful and responsible young man, and is an active member of our campus community. He participates in the Yearbook Club and displays quality Cardinal habits at all times.

Menchaca Early Childhood Center

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Joel you are AMAZING!!! While the rest of your class was lined up waiting for the teacher, you came over and helped another student clean up the puppet area that he was playing in all on your own. I am so proud of you for your hard work. You are a true Cardinal and a role model to other students. Keep up the great work!!!!

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Sandra Gonzalez is a paraprofessional in our dual language program. She goes above and beyond each and every day. She arrives early to welcome our earliest learners who arrive at 6:30 to provide them that safe space and a smile. Mrs. Gonzalez has been back up to the front office and filled in whenever and wherever she is needed without hesitation. She is an elemental piece to our puzzle!