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Southside High School

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As a first year member of the Cardinal family, Coach Christa Carrasco led our softball team to a playoff appearance. Coach Carrasco supports our student athletes by demonstrating the core values of hard work and teamwork. We thank you for your compassion and dedication to helping our students reach their maximal potential.
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Our amazing Senior Cardinal Joseph Castaneda demonstrates his leadership skills by prioritizing school work and making memories during his high school journey. He has been a member of the Cardinal football team, cheer squad, and as a class sponsor. He believes every future Cardinal should follow their dream and make them happen and be optimistic while overcoming the hills and valleys of their journey. We are very proud to have Joseph as part of our Cardinal family.

Julius L. Matthey Middle School

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The Cardinal Spotlight for the week is Mr. Carlos Peralta. Mr. Peralta serves as our Library Media Facilitator. He has been employed at Southside for the last five years and has had many different roles during his time at Southside. He is a great asset to Matthey and is definitely a team player with a can-do attitude that helps out whenever and wherever he is needed. Mr. Peralta is definitely an asset to our school district and our community.
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The Cardinal Spotlight for the week is 7th grader Maddison Jordan. Maddison is a great student with a bright future. She participates in student council, yearbook, and journalism. She is an honor roll student who looks to contribute positively to the building of great campus culture. We look forward to a great future from Maddison.

Losoya Middle School

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Mrs. Mayen teaches 6th grade Math and Math Strategies at Losoya Middle School and is in her 8th year working on campus with 5 of these years being a full-time teacher. She is a hard working and dedicated professional who is always willing to lend a hand and does whatever it takes to place her students in the best position to succeed. She works hard to build relationships with her students and encourages them to always give their best effort and never be afraid to ask questions. Her structures and procedures provide a positive learning environment for all students whether it’s during class or after school tutoring. We are very proud of the teacher she has become, and know that she is an asset to our school community.
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Brahlon Gonzales is a 6th grade student at Losoya MS. He is a polite, respectful young man who follows directions well and stays on task. Brahlon takes great responsibility for his learning, is never shy to ask for help and makes sure all assignments are turned in. He has a great sense of humor and is always ready to help his peers and teachers around the classroom. He came in mid-year and took to what we were doing in no time. Outside of the classroom, Brahlon enjoys playing with his dog, riding his bike, video games, and his favorite subject is Math! We expect good things to come out of him in the years to come.

William Pearce Primary

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Our Pearce Cardinal Spotlight Staff Member of the Week is Ruby Castaneda. She can always be found spreading cheer among our students and staff. Whether she is welcoming students in the morning, working with students in the gym during PE. or coaching intramural soccer or volleyball, she is dedicated to supporting our children. Thank you Ms. Castaneda for all you do!!
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The Pearce Cardinal Spotlight Student of the Week is math whiz Beau Payton. From Go-Kart racing to raising show pigs, this fourth grader's talents extend to all areas of his life. Beau's favorite school subjects are math and science so it's no wonder he excels in both. Outside of school Beau is a natural on the baseball field playing 3rd base and he is a Junior member in Southside FFA. Whether he is working hard on his academics, being a great friend, or hitting a triple during the weekend's baseball game, Beau loves a challenge and brings his best to all he does. We are so proud of you Beau!

Heritage Elementary

This week’s staff spotlight is assistant principal, Joey Martinez. He has been at Heritage for five years and 28 years in education. As he sings his way into retirement, we will miss his smile, positivity, and sense of humor along with his upbeat announcements over the intercom. We thank him for his years of service to the Heritage community and we wish him all the best in his retirement.
The Heritage student spotlight is 4th grade student, Adrian Ramos. This young man has worked so hard while at Heritage that he is now a bilingual student. But this is not the reason he was chosen. Rather, it is because he is kind, thoughtful, always wanting to help others, and is one of the most respectful students on our campus. We are so proud of you and cannot wait to see what next year brings. Congratulations Adrian!

Freedom Elementary

Mrs. Cindy Herrera is another Amazing Super Paraprofessional! She pours her heart into helping our students grow and learn. She is a hard worker, very dependable, and is always looking out for the best interest of the child. She gives off a calming and peaceful vibe that in turn helps you to feel more calm when you're around her. Thank you Ms. Cindy for all you do!
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John is a third grade student at Freedom Elementary. He is a hard working and helpful student! John is always willing to participate in class and volunteers to help his classmates and teacher with whatever may be needed. John is always ready to learn with a positive and radiant attitude!

Gallardo Elementary

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Gallardo is proud to announce Ms. Paige Horner as this week’s cardinal spotlight! Ms. Horner is a passionate educator who has developed long lasting relationships with her students, their families and her colleagues. This is her third year looping with her students. It has become part of Horner’s professional practice to use data driven practices to enhance and yield high student achievement and growth from her students. This year, Ms. Horner has fearlessly taken on new challenges such as taking on the role of a teacher mentor by hosting a student teacher and chaperoning her 5th grade class on a 3 day/2 overnight field trip experience to Bamberger Ranch. Congratulations and thank you for always going above and beyond for our Cardinal Scholars, Ms. Horner
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Jacob is always ready to help his classmates learn and he loves to read to them. He is one of the first ones ready to raise his hand answer questions in class. Jacob is engaged and motivated to learn and has an awesome attitude.

Menchaca Early Childhood Center

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Mr. Mendoza was new to MECC back in September as one of our amazing Assistant Principals. He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and a growth mindset. He has excellent interpersonal skills and interacts with students, parents, teachers, school staff, and district employees on a daily basis. As a leader of the campus, he makes sure there are plenty of opportunities for teachers to help improve their practice, which helps children learn and grow. Along with the rest of the administrative team, he has quickly gotten involved in building a strong staff culture. Thank you for all you do, Mr. Mendoza!
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Heidi works hard at home to complete her homework consistently and has really grown and shown improvement. She loves to dance and is learning to talk about what she needs and wants. I am so proud of her.