Sharks Focused on Football By: Dominique Wilson

With a new school year comes a new football season.  The football team has put last year’s season behind them and are focusing on the challenges that await them this year.  The boys began preparing through 2-a-days practice three weeks before school started.  Senior, DJ Miguez is looking forward to the first game against Cushing.  “The guys are putting forth more effort and we are becoming more unified.  I expect more of a competition from both teams this Friday night.”IMG_0216

Shark Expectations for New School Year – By: Ja’leigh Cerf and Aisha Vaughn

It feels just like yesterday was the last day of school, but yet here we are starting another great school year.  Some new fish have been added to our growing ocean of Sharks.  Notable newcomer to high school, Korie Dominick, is a member of the Varsity Cheerleaders, as well as, a freshman on the Varsity volleyball team. “I just want to fit into high school,” says Korie.  Korie is also excited about taking Mrs. Henderson’s class.  Overall, it seems like Korie has a great year ahead of her!  Fourth grader, Julianna Nunez, is new to Sabine Pass.  Julianna had a wonderful first week of school because “it was nice and [she] made new friends and met new teachers.”  Julianna has a brother who has joined the 6th grade class this year.  Jose Nunez says “I wasn’t worried about coming to Sabine Pass because it seemed like a nice school.”  Jose enjoyed gym class because they started the week by doing a Fitnessgram.  He is already looking forward to joining the basketball team next year.

Risk Management Students Explore Professional Options

On February 18, 2015 Mrs. Deslatte accompanied Kiara Baker, Kayly Barragan, Bridget Roberts, and Karli Stelly to the insurance agency of Bowen, Miclette, and Britt in Houston.  While there, the students met with numerous professionals and learned about the wide variety of professions available in the insurance industry.  From there, Mrs. Deslatte and her students enjoyed lunch with students from the University of Houston-Downtown, who are currently participating in their Insurance and Risk Management degree program.  They were accompanied by Dr. Wendy Braniff, the director of the program.  Following lunch they attended the Houston Insurance Day Convention and Exhibit Hall where they met hundreds of insurance professionals and enjoyed learning more about the insurance and risk management industry.

Next Tuesday, Mrs. Deslatte and her students will be traveling to San Antonio where they will participate in a review class over Insuring Personal Auto Exposures, followed by a certification exam.  This will be one of the five exams needed for these students to earn their Certified Insurance Service Representative designation.  This opportunity was made available to these students thanks to the generous sponsorship donations by Ms. Kathleen Hicks, CIC-Tenured, her company, HR&R, LLC; Mr. Robert Rogers and his company Clear Lake Consulting, Incorporated; in partnership with the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.

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Pups to Sharks Showcase: Jessica Flores

Senior, Jessica Flores, has attended Sabine Pass since Pre-Kindergarten.  Her first teacher was Ms. Weeks.  Jessica was born on December 10, 1996.  Jessica is the last of her five siblings to graduate from Sabine Pass.

During middle school, she participated in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, and UIL.  She continued UIL throughout her high school career.  Jessica has also been a cheerleader for six consecutive years.  Jessica has been a member of OAP since her freshman year.  Jessica has been nominated for many student accolades throughout her tenure at Sabine Pass.  During the homecoming game in 2014, Jessica was crowned one of two Homecoming Queens.  In the course of her thirteen years as a Sabine Pass Shark, Jessica has made a strong effort to be a very involved student.

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Next week, our Pups to Sharks Series will focus on Alan Almond!

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3D Printer Provides Excellent Projects for All Ages

Teachers are always looking for ways to provide a hands-on experience for some of their lessons.  Throughout the years, technology has been incorporated into lessons to provide better resources than worksheets and textbooks to help educate students.  Many students have had the opportunity to use materials that have been printed from a 3D printer.  The 3D printed resources have been used in lessons to teach about the anatomy of a heart, DNA strands, and how volcanic eruptions happen.  Mrs. Henderson’s class was able to study the anatomical structures of a heart before beginning dissection.  The 3D model was the exact size and shape of a real heart.  This allowed the students to identify different parts of the heart, but in a much cleaner setting.  Mrs. Henderson also taught high school students about DNA using 3D models.  Mrs. Gonzales’ class enjoyed creating volcanic eruptions using a 3D volcano, baking soda, red food coloring, and vinegar.   “Using a 3D model helped keep students engaged in the lesson.”  Ms. Bates already has a museum project scheduled for May.  Her students will take pictures of an object and have a 3D model printed of the item.      DSCN5597

Art Protégé Chosen at Sabine Pass

Senior, Alan Almond, was recently chosen as one of 24 area high school students to display their artwork at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas.  AMSET has organized an annual art contest for the past 29 years for twelfth-graders to showcase their skills and learn about museum exhibition practices.  Local high schools sent in 150 entries.  Alan had the opportunity to attend a framing session to learn to frame artwork, as well as, help other participants with their frames.  A formal opening reception and awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, February 24th.  His artwork can be viewed at AMESET and will also tour regional schools from March 23rd through May 1st.

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High School Students Win SERTOMA Essay Contest

On Wednesday, February 25th, representatives, Debbie Neef and DiAnn Hollar, from SERTOMA came to Sabine Pass School to present two awards.  Among many entries, Juniors, Zade Delgadillo and Marlen Mungia, were chosen for their excellent essays they submitted for SERTOMA’s National Heritage Essay Contest earlier this school year.  Both students received a special reward and a certificate honoring their outstanding writing ability and presentation of ideas.

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Students Form UNICEF Organization at Sabine Pass

Sabine Pass high school students recently created a new student organization with the goal of helping other students and their community.  S.H.A.R.K.S. is a UNICEF-sponsored association that stands for Students Helping At-Risk Kids Succeed.  “While filling out college applications, I was not happy with the absence of involvement in student organizations or community service,” said S.H.A.R.K.S. President, Kiara Baker.  She took her concerns to Mrs. Deslatte and discussed them with her class.  “We created this group because we feel that students need to be involved with their community.  It provides excellent leadership opportunities and can help set up a positive environment at school,” said Mrs. Deslatte.  S.H.A.R.K.S. officers are Kiara Baker, Karli Stelly, Kayly Barragan, and Bridget Roberts.  The girls are looking to start the group this year with hopes of it growing into a successful organization in the coming years.  If you are a middle school or high school student who is interested in joining S.H.A.R.K.S., please see Mrs. Deslatte for more information.

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Shark Byte Yearbook/DVD Discount

Welcome, Shark Byte readers!

If you are planning on purchasing a yearbook or DVD, time is running out.  This week, we have a “Shark Byte Reader Discount” that will save our readers $5 on the purchase of a DVD or yearbook.

Our Fall Sports and Organization DVDs are on sale through the end of this week and yearbook sales end in April!  If you purchase either one this week, just say or write down the code word (SHARKBYTE). With the code, DVDs will cost $10 and yearbooks will cost $50.  See Mrs. Guidry if you are interested!

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Guidry at juguidry@sabinepass.net.

Feature Story -Pups to Sharks Series

The Sharks Loyalty Showcase provides a look at Seniors who have attended Sabine Pass from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Sabine Pass has four seniors who were students in the old building.  Each week, readers will get to know each of the seniors and discover their history with Sabine Pass.  This week’s Loyal Shark is Layne Cox.

Layne’s first teacher was Pre-K/EC teacher, Cynthia Weeks.. His family moved to Sabine Pass in June of 1996 and Layne was born May 29, 1997.  Layne has 2 brothers, Tray & Richard, who both graduated from Sabine Pass. Layne became involved in sports at an early age.  He started playing baseball and football at the age of 4 in Groves, Port Acres and YMCA. During High School he has lettered in Football, Tennis and Golf.  He is also a member of the North China 4H where he has shown his animals at the Southeast Texas Fair. He attends Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont and belongs to the CSM (Calvary Student Ministries). He has volunteered at nursing homes and beach cleanups.  His hobbies are playing video games and air soft. Though Layne has a busy school schedule, he is also an employee at Market Basket.  In 2014, he won a $500 scholarship for being an escort for CavOILcade.  Layne is the definition of a loyal Shark.  Times were hard during Hurricane Rita.  His family was forced to move out of Sabine Pass after losing their home during the storm, but Layne did not move to another school district.

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