Director's Blog December 18, 2020

Posted by Stephen Watson on 12/18/2020 6:30:00 PM

Director’s Blog

December 18, 2020

Announcements

The winter break begins on Monday December 21 and lasts until January 1.  Students return to campus or virtual on January 4 and it is a “A” day. (This is an update from my previous blog"). It is also  an early dismissal day.  For middle school, this means all students will need to leave campus at the 1:50 bell.  The only exception is for students in KIN who will report to KIN at 1:50.  There will be no after school activities. If basketball can resume practice on that day, the coaches will communicate that schedule to the parents.

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

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Recruiting opportunities in January

An on-campus KSAT OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for January 20, 2021 AT KREUGER - 438 Lanark San Antonio, TX 78218. This event is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Information on this event can be found the KSAT Website at www.neisd.net/ksat.

The magnet application system is open right now. The same system is used for all middle school and high school magnet programs. The deadline is February 12, 2021.  Any students who apply after that date will automatically be placed on the Waitlist.

For recruiting this season, I have been doing virtual 5th grade campus visits when I have been invited.  However, it is more critical than ever to have parents and students share their experiences in the KSAT program. Please encourage interested families you know to apply.   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.

Note for 8th grade KSAT students. It is time to start deciding your high school choice. Current KSAT 8th grade students receive automatic admission into ETA.  Scan the QR code or look for more information sent to you from ETA to reserve your seat in the program next year.  If you do not receive these emails, please reach out to Mr. Lozano (rlozan1@neisd.net ) and he will send the information directly to you.

QR ETA

Face Coverings (Repeat Message)

“Face coverings help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by reducing droplets if the face covering is worn securely over the nose and mouth. According to the CDC, cloth face coverings offer some protection to you and are also meant to protect those around you in case you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and don’t have any symptoms. Certain types of face coverings are more effective than others. Beginning November 30, 2020, masks with valves will not be permitted for students or employees. Gaiters and bandanas will only be permitted for outdoor use.”

 

Final Thoughts

As I am writing this blog, I can feel the anticipation of the break which starts at the close of business today for all practical purposes.  This fall has seemed very long. As we plan for the spring semester, we hope the situation outside of school will improve and we can get more students back on campus.  We will continue to meet the needs of our students In-Person or Virtually until we are instructed to bring everyone back to campus.

I am looking forward to having some time with my family and getting some rest.  Two weeks seems like a long time until it begins.  When January 4th comes, the time will have been too short. However, I always enjoy getting back to school and interacting with the students. I look forward to the start of 2021.  With each new year, there is always hope for new beginnings.  As always, I hope to lose weight, exercise more and spend more time renewing my mind through books and podcasts.  One challenge 2020 has brought is spending quality time with people.  The COVID restrictions, separate us from each other physically, but also emotionally.  Therefore, my biggest goal is to develop stronger relationships with those around me. I may have to put on a jacket and sit in lawn chairs in my front yard to spend quality time with my neighbors and friends. This requires prioritizing my time so I can get together with those people.  I often let my life get busy doing “stuff” that I lose focus on the things most important to me which are people. At the end of the day, the relationships are more important than any accolade or material possession we accumulate.  During this break, I challenge you to identify and schedule time with those people who are the most important to you.

Have a great break.

Stephen Watson Ed.D.

Director of the Krueger School of Applied Technologies

Twitter : @SWatsonKSAT

Facebook: @KSATNEISD

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