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  • Director's Blog 10-8-21

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 10/8/2021 6:30:00 PM

    Director’s Blog

    October 8, 2021

    Announcements

    6K had their first launch this week.  They were able to launch their bottle Rockets on the football field.

     6K Launch

    6K will begin the Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO) PBL on October 13 with special guest, Texas State Senator Jose Menendez and Heather Vaughn from the UT Moody College of Communications who sponsor SUSO.  Look for information about the requirements for this project from Mrs. Femmel.  The best projects at KSAT will advance to the local Civic Fair sponsored by UTSA for an opportunity to advance to the State Civics Fair. That competition is in February 2022 at the state capital in Austin.  The past few years, we have advanced teams to the state competition.

     

    7K had their first launch on Thursday.  The weather was great, and we had a successful launch day. Their Garden Project will kick off soon.

    7K Launch

     

    8 KSAT students have been testing out on all general lab and power tool safety!  They are just getting started in the American Rocketry Challenge national competition.  KSAT has participated since 2007.  It is the world’s largest rocketry competition and KSAT has done very well over the years!  The students picked their teams and started using the engineering design process with engineering notebooks in early September.  After building their design in Rocksim, a CAD program used by NASA, each team ordered their parts.  They have just started construction of their team rockets this week. We are planning to launch towards the end of October and in mid November.

    At 8K’s tour last week to the Engineering Technology Academy at Roosevelt, they entered numerous classrooms and saw all the unique electives, industry grade machinery, and complex projects that the high schoolers were working on.  Many KSAT Alumni enjoyed seeing their teachers and telling the students how their experience at ETA was a great extension from KSAT.  

     

    Important dates:

    • Next Monday, October 11 is a School Holiday.
    • There will be early release on October 20 and 21. Students will be released at 1:50 pm.
    • Picture day will be October 26. Mark your calendar.  More information will be coming about that day

    Recruiting season will begin in late October.  If you have 4th or 5th grade children or friends,  or if you have an 8th grade students looking for a high school program that fits their interest, please encourage them to attend one of the Magnet Nights found at the link.

    Final Thoughts

    October is a month where students should be settling into the school routine.  This is a time for students to work so they can have the grades they desire at the end of the semester.  Check the Parent Access often, and encourage your child to work hard to complete their assignments.

    Enjoy the three- day weekend.

     

    Stephen Watson Ed.D.

    Director of the Krueger School of Applied Technologies

    Twitter : @SWatsonKSAT

    Facebook: @KSATNEISD

    Youtube- Krueger School of Applied Technologies - KSAT

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  • Director's Blog 10-1-2021

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 10/1/2021 6:30:00 PM

    Director’s Blog

    October 1, 2021

    Announcements

    The 6 weeks progress reports were handed out to the students this morning.  If your child did not receive or bring home their progress report, you may log into Family Access to see your child’s current grades. Reach out to the teachers if you have further questions.

    6K will begin the Speak Up Speak Out PBL in the next two weeks.  Look for information about the requirements for this project from Mrs. Femmel.  The best projects at KSAT will advance to the local Civic Fair sponsored by UTSA for an opportunity to advance to the State Civics Fair. That competition is in February 2022 at the state capital in Austin.  The past few years, we have advanced teams to the state competition.

    7K is waiting for the weather to cooperate so they can launch their first rocket for the year. With the recent rain, we are hopeful this will happen soon. They also recently visited the Botanical Garden to begin their Garden PBL. More information on the project will be coming soon.

    8K visited the Engineering Technology Academy (ETA) at Roosevelt this week.  All KSAT students who end the year in good standing, receive automatic admission to ETA. To complete the busy day, the students began a new Minecraft Engineering Project. The task was to form a team of 3 or 4 “Minecrafttronauts” that had to use a variety of skills and knowledge to work their way through a series of teacher-designed escape rooms. Upon completion, they “traveled” to Mars in a rocket and were greeted with a set of tasks that included the design/construction of an escape room complex and a special mystery task awaiting them in the center of NASA’s Mars settlement.

    Important dates:

    • October 11 is a School Holiday.
    • There will be early release on October 20 and 21. Students will be released at 1:50 pm.
    • Picture day will be October 26. Mark your calendar.  More information will be coming about that day

    Recruiting season will begin in late October.  If you have 4th or 5th grade children or friends,  or if you have an 8th grade students looking for a high school program that fits their interest, please encourage them to attend one of the Magnet Nights found at the link.

    KSAT on Social Media

    In addition to the KSAT Twitter page and the Facebook page, KSAT has a YouTube Channel. We are working on new video content to post for this year.

    Final Thoughts

    We are at the end of week 7. September went by very quickly.  At this time, I feel like we are in a good rhythm and students are acclimated to being back on campus. Remember to reach out to the teachers for specific grading questions.  If there are situations you feel needs my attention, certainly send me an email as well.

    Have a great weekend.

     

    Stephen Watson Ed.D.

    Director of the Krueger School of Applied Technologies

    Twitter : @SWatsonKSAT

    Facebook: @KSATNEISD

    Youtube- Krueger School of Applied Technologies - KSAT

     

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  • Director's Blog September 3, 2021

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 9/3/2021 6:30:00 PM

    Director’s Blog

    September 3, 2021

    Week 3 is complete.  KSAT is off to running start.  7K and 8K received their Chromebooks this week.  6K teachers have Chromebooks to use in the classroom. 7K will take our first field trip next week. We will launch our first rockets in late September and early October. We have exciting things happening on campus.

    Announcements:

    Monday, September 6th – Labor Day Holiday – No School

    Tuesday, September 7th - Information on upcoming Progress Reports

    • Grades are due by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 7th
    • Progress Reports will be available in Family Access on Friday, September 10th

    Friday, September 10th - Early Release: Student release time: 1:50 p.m.

    Wear your Red, White, and Blue in honor of Patriot Day.

    Saturday, September 11th - Patriot Day on September 11th honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Each year Americans dedicate this day to remembering those who died and to the first responders who risked their own lives to save others. 

    Tuesday, September 14PTA- Meet the Teacher/ Greenback Night.  The PTA Meeting will begin at 5:00 pm followed by an opportunity for you to walk your child’s schedule and meet all their teachers.  PTA will have a marketplace set up so you may purchase spirit items for your child to wear on Fridays and to join PTA. For more information about PTA, you may go to their website at https://krueger-pta.square.site/.

    Absences - Students who are absent need to bring a note to the attendance office when they return. Completion of work in Google classroom may keep your student from falling behind on schoolwork, but they must follow up with a parent or doctor’s note so the attendance office can appropriately code the absence.

    For information about the district’s COVID Protocol, visit the Critical Updates page. If you have questions about quarantine protocols, call Nurse Pitts, our school nurse, at 210-356-4703.

    More calendar information is posted on the campus and KSAT home page, including football and volleyball schedules and KSAT Field Trips and Launches. 

    Repeat Announcements

    Bell Schedule

    Monday has a different bell schedule than Tuesday through Friday. On Monday, the students get out at 3:20 pm.  Tuesday through Friday, the students are released at 3:50 pm. Click the link to see the bell schedule:  KMS/ KSAT Bell Schedule

    Transportation

    The KSAT magnet shuttle bus schedule can be found at the following link: KSAT Bus Schedule .If your child rides a Krueger bus, click this link for the Krueger bus routes.

    If you have any questions, send me an email, or contact transportation directly.

    Social Media- Stay connected to KSAT through our social media accounts:

    Twitter : @SWatsonKSAT

    Facebook: @KSATNEISD

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Nkk_JH4x20RptyLw33OQA

    If you have not done so, please connect with the SKYWARD Parent Access.

     

    Have a great weekend.

    Stephen Watson, Ed.D.

    KSAT Director

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  • Director's Blog 8-27-21

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 8/27/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Director’s Blog

    August 27, 2021

    It has been a great two weeks with the kids back on campus.  Here is some information that may be helpful.

    PTA Greenback Night will be September 14- 5:30- 7:30 pm.  This is an opportunity for you to walk your child’s schedule to meet all their teachers.  PTA will have a marketplace set up so you may purchase spirit items to wear on Fridays and to join PTA. For more information about PTA, you may go to their website at https://krueger-pta.square.site/.

    More calendar information will be coming out soon including football and volleyball schedules and KSAT Field Trips and Launches.  Check the KMS/ KSAT Calendar on our home page

    School starts at 8:20. Breakfast begins at 7:45. After Breakfast, all KSAT students will report to the MPC until the entry bell rings.

    Here is some information for this school year I sent previously about this year.

    Bell Schedule

    Monday has a different bell schedule than Tuesday through Friday. On Monday, the students get out at 3:20 pm.  Tuesday through Friday, the students are released at 3:50 pm. Click the link to see the bell schedule:  KMS/ KSAT Bell Schedule

    Transportation

    We had some hiccups the first week, but I belief those have been worked out. The KSAT magnet shuttle bus schedule can be found at the following link: KSAT Bus Schedule .

    If your child rides a Krueger bus, click this link for the Krueger bus routes.

    If you have any questions, send me an email, or contact transportation directly.

    Social Media- Stay connected to KSAT through our social media accounts:

    Twitter : @SWatsonKSAT

    Facebook: @KSATNEISD

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Nkk_JH4x20RptyLw33OQA

    If you have not done so, please connect with the SKYWARD Parent Access.

    To keep parents up to date on the district’s COVID response, NEISD has a link to Critical Information Updates.

    As I previously mentioned,  I have a new assistant who started on the first day of school ,August 16.  Rose Gonzalez is her name, and her number is same- 210-356-4706. Her email address is: rgonza22@neisd.net . Please reach out to her with any questions.

    Have a great weekend.

    Stephen Watson, Ed.D.

    KSAT Director

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  • Director's Blog August 15

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 8/15/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Good Evening KSAT Parents,

    Welcome to the 2021- 2022 School Year.

    We are so excited to have all the students back on campus.  From our Falcon Camp attendance, it appears that many of you are ready as well.  We had a great turn out and hope you enjoyed the activities of the evenings.

    School starts at 8:20 each day. Breakfast begins at 7:45.  On Monday, students will report to their 2nd period classroom as soon as they finish breakfast or arrive on campus if they are  not eating breakfast at school.  Our first day procedures will be conducted in the 2nd period.

    After Monday, KSAT students will report to the MPC after breakfast or when they arrive on campus until the entry bell rings.

    Here is some information for this school year.

    Bell Schedule

    This year, Monday has a different bell schedule than Tuesday through Friday. On Monday, the students get out at 3:20 pm. The bus schedule indicates the earlier release time.  Tuesday through Friday, the students are release at 3:50 pm. Click the link to see the bell schedule:  KMS/ KSAT Bell Schedule

    Transportation

    The KSAT magnet shuttle bus schedule can be found at the following link: KSAT Bus Schedule . Please note the different time on Monday compared Tuesday through Friday.

    If your child rides a Krueger bus, click this link for the Krueger bus routes.

    During the first few days of school, the buses often run late.  Be patient.  If you have any questions, send me an email, or contact transportation directly.

    Social Media- Stay connected to KSAT through our social media accounts:

    Twitter : @SWatsonKSAT

    Facebook: @KSATNEISD

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Nkk_JH4x20RptyLw33OQA

    If you have not done so, please connect with the SKYWARD Parent Access so you can check on your students academic progress.

     Mask Mandate: New information about masks came out late this afternoon. Effective tomorrow (August 16), face coverings for NEISD students and staff are optional.  However, the District strongly encourages everyone to wear a mask inside all District facilities in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    For more information, NEISD COVID information can be found at the link to Critical Information Updates.

    Finally, I have a new assistant starting on Monday (August 16).  Rose Gonzalez is her name, and her number is same- 210-356-4733.

    Let me know if you have other questions.

    Stephen Watson, Ed.D.

    KSAT Director

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  • Director's Blog- Falcon Camp August 12 and 13

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 8/2/2021 6:00:00 PM

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    Our office is open again.  Here is some information I would like to share with everyone as we move towards August 16.

    KSAT Falcon Camps

     

    Thursday

    August 12

    6K (6th KSAT )*

    5:30 pm – 7:00pm

     

    Friday

    August 13

    7K and 8K

    5:30 pm – 7:00pm

     

    *KSAT students will on need to attend the camps for KSAT and do not need to come on Saturday.

     

    During the camp, students will be given a tour of the campus, receive a tentative schedule and the KSAT teachers will provide students with information to help you be ready for August 16 and beyond.

     

    Check out the KSAT Website (neisd.net/ksat  )for more information about dress code, bell schedules, backpacks (which do not have to be clear this year) and school supplies.

     

    Stephen Watson, Ed.D.

    Director of Krueger School of Applied Technologies (KSAT), Krueger Middle School

    Email: swatso1@neisd.net

    Phone: 210-356-4733  Fax: 210-650-1124

    Twitter : @SWatsonKSAT

    Facebook: @KSATNEISD

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Nkk_JH4x20RptyLw33OQA

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  • Director's Blog

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 4/1/2021 4:30:00 PM

     

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    Director’s Blog

    April 1, 2021

    Announcements

    Tomorrow, April 2 is a school holiday for Good Friday.  Enjoy a three-day weekend. We also have a holiday on April 23. This was originally scheduled for the Battle of Flowers but is now just a student holiday. 7K has the STAAR Writing test on  Tuesday April 6th.  

    KSAT is launching rockets again.  Our first launch, on Tuesday this week, went very well. Check out the pictures and video of our 7K launch on Twitter and Facebook. 6K and 8K have several launches scheduled over the next few weeks so look for permission slips from your child. 

    KSAT on Social Media

    In addition to the KSAT Twitter page and the Facebook page, KSAT now has a YouTube Channel.

    On YouTube, search for “Krueger School of Applied Technologies – KSAT” or try the link below:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Nkk_JH4x20RptyLw33OQA?view_as=subscriber

    We are posting content as new videos become available. So, subscribe to get notifications of new posts.

    KSAT on the NEISD webpage-  Check out the article on the NEISD webpage about our all-female CyberPatriots teams.  Find the article at:  https://www.neisd.net//site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=250&ModuleInstanceID=21391&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=194594&PageID=1238

    Recruiting

    We are still accepting applications for the KSAT program 21-22 school year.  I receive calls every week from parents who are just now discovering the program.  Often the parents have heard about the program from their neighbors and friends.   Parents and students who share their experiences in the KSAT program are often the best recruiters. Please encourage interested families you know to apply. Even though we are past the initial deadline, we will consider them as we work through the waitlist.  More information about the magnet programs and the online application can be found at  https://www.neisd.net/magnetprograms or feel free to contact my office directly at 210-356-4706.

     

    Final Thoughts

    Summer will be upon us quickly.  We still have some work to do with testing and the final push to cover all the curriculum.  So encourage your child to continue to work until the last day of school.  Then we can all enjoy a break from this crazy school year. We hope to see the COVID numbers continue to decline so we can enjoy the summer fun we traditionally have during the break. 

     

    Have a great weekend.

     

    Stephen Watson Ed.D.

    Director of the Krueger School of Applied Technologies

    Twitter : @SWatsonKSAT

    Facebook: @KSATNEISD

    Youtube- Krueger School of Applied Technologies - KSAT

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  • Director's Blog March 5, 2021

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 3/5/2021 6:30:00 PM

    Director’s Blog

    March 5, 2021

     

    Announcements

     

    Spring Break is next week from March 8-12.  It looks like the weather will be nice so hopefully you and your family can have some outdoor time.

    Today is the last day of the 3rd nine weeks.  Teachers will finalize grades on the 15th and 16th. Check your child’s grades in the Parent Access portal.  We have one nine weeks to get all the final year grades up to an acceptable average.

     

    KSAT was on the NEISD Webpage highlighting the parent of a current student who was in the first KSAT class in 1998.  Read the story  titled “ KSAT celebrates first second-generation student” at the link below.

    https://www.neisd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=21391&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=193472&PageID=1

    KSAT Aerospace Teachers were highlighted for their efforts to continue providing opportunities for students to build rockets during these times of COVID.  See the story titled "KSAT teachers problem-solve just like students" at the link below.

    https://www.neisd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=21391&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=193404&PageID=1

     

    The week we return from the break, we will have our KSAT Virtual Signing Night for current 5th grade/ incoming 6K students.  This event will be held on March 17th at 6:00 pm.  Those who have accepted seats will be notified with access information to this event.

     

    This spring has been tough on everyone and I hope you and your family are able to get some rest so we can finish the year strong.

     

    Stephen Watson, Ed.D.

    Director of the KSAT Magnet Program

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  • Director's Blog February 12, 2021

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 2/12/2021 6:30:00 PM

    Director’s Blog

    February 12, 2021

    Monday February 15 is a regular school day.  However, the following information is posted on the NEISD Website as of 4:00pm on Friday 2-12-21.


    NEISD monitoring winter weather | 2.12.2021

    The National Weather Service has indicated there is a chance of frozen precipitation on Monday morning, possibly extending into Tuesday. District officials will monitor weather reports and reports from the Texas Department of Transportation. The Superintendent will determine whether on-campus instruction will occur.

    If the decision is made that travel to and from schools is not in the best interest for students and staff on those days, students will work asynchronously at home via teacher-provided lessons.

    Your child’s school will provide you additional information.

    Please contact your school if you have any questions.

    On Sunday night and Monday morning, please monitor all media outlets including social media for the latest information on NEISD.


    Magnet Applications were due February 12th. Offers and waitlist notification will be sent out on February 19th.  If anyone missed the deadline, they may apply, but they automatically are placed on the waitlist.

    For more information about KSAT, please visit www.neisd.net/ksat .  On that page, you will find links to the application, the KSAT Brochure, and a link to the virtual hall used during our virtual open house.  In the "hall", you can explore the program and hear from some of the teachers about their grade level.

    Reach out to my office at 210-356-4706 if you have further questions.

    Be safe and warm this weekend.

    Stephen Watson, Ed.D.

    Director of Krueger School of Applied Technologies

    Twitter : @SWatsonKSAT

    Facebook: @KSATNEISD

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Nkk_JH4x20RptyLw33OQA

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  • Director's Blog 2-2-21

    Posted by Stephen Watson on 2/2/2021 6:30:00 PM

    Early Dismissal February 3 and 4

    Middle schools have early dismissal Wednesday (February 3) and Thursday (February 4).  Because of our weird schedule this year, the instructional day looks like every other days except all students will leave campus at 1:50 pm after the last class.  There will only be one bus run which is at 1:50 pm. If you child rides the magnet shuttle, please make sure they are picked up as soon as they arrive at the home campus. There is no tutoring on campus after 1:50 pm.  The only students who should be on campus after 1:50 pm are the students in KIN and athletes staying for track practice.

    Magnet Applications due February 12th.

    The NEISD Magnet applications are open now.  If you know someone who may be interested in applying for KSAT for the 2021-22 school year, let them know the deadline to apply is February 12th. If they apply after February 12, they automatically go to the waitlist and will be considered for admission later in the process. February 12th is also the deadline for 8th grade students who wish to apply to a high school magnet as well. 

    For more information about KSAT, please visit www.neisd.net/ksat .  On that page, you will find links to the application, the KSAT Brochure, and a link to the “virtual hall” used during our virtual open house.  In the "hall", you can explore the program and hear from some of the teachers about their grade level.

    Since we are closed to visitors and we have had limited face to face recruiting events, I created a “KSAT Informational Video Spring 2021” found at the link below to provide a quick overview of the program.  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXiluSe1j9o

    Current 8th grade KSAT students get automatic admission into ETA, but you must let them know you are coming.  See the ETA website for more information.

    Reach out to my office at 210-356-4706 if you have further questions.

    Have a great evening.

     

    Stephen Watson, Ed.D.

    Director of Krueger School of Applied Technologies

     

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