Amarillo ISD officially names new career center

David Gay
 
| Amarillo Globe-News

As of Thursday morning, the Amarillo Independent School District’s career center has its official name: AmTech Career Academy. The district’s Board of Trustees approved the name during a special meeting. 

According to previous Globe-News reports, officials with the academy presented the board with the possibility of a name and a shield logo for the facility during the Oct. 19 regular board meeting.

The academy will be an expansion of the Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL) and will be located at 3601 Plains. 

During the meeting, AACAL Principal Jay Barrett said more than 1,500 emails were sent to students, teachers and community members, seeking input for a potential name. More than 800 responses were received, ranging from keeping the AACAL acronym to other career and technology-centered names. 

But Barrett wanted the name to stand out among the pack, representing the stature he said he believes the campus is going to hold in the community and throughout the region. He said AmTech fulfills that purpose. 

“We aren’t going to be a typical high school so we wanted to have a name that reflected the kind of school that we will have and the kind of breadth of service that we prepare to offer our entire region, starting with Amarillo, of course,” Barrett said. “…This will be one of the most innovative high school campuses, certainly in the Panhandle, if not Texas, if not the country. We want innovation to be what we are all about. We never want to stop growing. We never want to stop learning. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can for the success for our students.” 

According to a news release, additions to the new career academy not found in typical high schools will include a 3,500-square-foot robot and drone coliseum for classwork and competitions, an audio-visual and video production studio where students will produce content and an auto tech and collision repair center. 

Because the facility now has an official name, Barrett said officials can move forward to getting the name out there, recruiting students for when the campus opens in the 2021-22 school year and recruiting companies to be a part of the project. 

The message of the academy is evident to Barrett through its shield logo and its four sections, he said. The compass offers students direction. Keys represents how education opens doors for students. The flame represents the burning passion students will have for their careers and the scroll represents that final graduate and/or certification.

But the overall shield also represents something very important to Barrett, he said. 

“When you think about a shield, you think about protection. You also think about something traditional and our shield is a reflection of tradition because we want success and we want career development to be a tradition in our community, starting really as early as pre-kindergarten,” he said. “We want to start kids on that pathway of thinking about ‘what do I want to be

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Former Katy ISD rodeo pavilion may be renamed after career educator

The former L.D. Robinson Pavilion that will house Katy Independent School District’s Project Teach Your Kids Early program may soon be renamed “Martha Aki ECI Project TYKE.”

At its meeting on Monday, Oct 26, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees received the recommendation from a Naming Advisory Committee.

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Aki currently serves as the director of the Early Childhood Intervention Project TYKE program but plans to retire in December after 28 years with the program. During an education career that spans four decades, Aki has worked in several roles, as a specialist, a teacher to students with auditory impairments, an early childhood special education teacher and a kindergarten teacher.

During Aki’s time as director, the ECI Project TYKE program formed a successful group coaching model where the parent, child and provider all participate. Her department has brought together ECI programs from across Texas for training. According to a news release, parents and staff members that have gone through Project TYKE and those that are presently active attest to how she leads compassionately, respectfully and professionally. Under her leadership, the Katy ISD Project TYKE program has become known as one of Texas’ best ECI programs, the release stated.

“Our program and staff have always provided quality and excellent year-round services to the infants and toddlers of Katy ISD,” Aki said. “ … We are excited and proud that we will have a place to call our home.”

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She added that over the years, nearly 17,000 children have been referred to ECI Project TYKE and that the program has welcomed and served each one. She said thanks to the efforts of the Katy ISD school board, many of the students have graduated and been successful.

Aki holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and education of hearing-impaired students from Trinity University and a postgraduate degree from the University of Houston with an emphasis in elementary education. Her two sons are both Katy High School graduates.

The 25,000-square-foot pavilion located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane has in years past hosted rodeo and FFA competitions until they were moved to the Agriculture Sciences Center in February 2019. In March 2020, the board approved plans to repurpose the facility.

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Members of the Katy ISD community are invited to a public forum from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, that will discuss the proposed name. Because of the pandemic, it will be available through the Public Forum Livestream. Those that would like to make comments should sign up in advance through an email with their name, email and phone number sent to [email protected] by 2 p.m. on Nov. 4. Speakers will receive a call during the forum, by audio only.

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Galveston ISD to Install More Than 250 COVID Killing Air Filtration Units Across the District

GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Galveston ISD has partnered with Integrated Viral Protection (IVP) with plans to install 281 biodefense indoor air protection units throughout its 12 campuses and other facilities. A press conference was held at Burnet Elementary School on October 22, 2020 to showcase the state-of-the-art COVID killing devices and hear from its inventor, IVP CEO and famed engineer Monzer Hourani.

“We are tired of having to live like this,” proclaims Hourani. “If you think of all I’ve done and all of my other inventions, then multiply them by one million to compare it to this one. This invention will kill COVID-19, it’s a gift from God.”

The Houston-based company’s air filtration system is proven to immediately eliminate 99.999% of airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus through the use of heat, UVC light, and HEPA filter technologies.

Galveston ISD is currently installing 79 small classroom units called the R1 and 37 larger S1 units for spacious areas. The district paid $100,000 for the first shipment of 116 devices and plans to order another 165 units for an estimated $249,000, totaling 281 units throughout the district.

“This is not just for COVID, this is for the overall health of all of our students,” remarks Galveston ISD Superintendent Dr. Kelli Moulton. “We know that when they are in school, they learn more and they learn better. We are proud to be the ISD partner for this program.”

Galveston ISD is a public school district in Texas that serves more than 7,000 students. Its 12 Schools of Choice campuses consist of traditional and theme-based schools, charter schools, STEM programs, magnet schools, and a mega-magnet high school established in 1884. The district’s mission is to Educate, Engage and Empower EACH student for a life of Excellence. To learn more, visit www.gisd.org.

Island of Excellence. World of Opportunity.

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Humble ISD Education Foundation to host flexible golf tournament in November

The Humble ISD Education Foundation will be hosting the 2020 Humble ISD Education Foundation Golf Tournament at Kingwood Country Club on Nov. 13

This year, the foundation will allow competitors to compete at different times so they can social distance while supporting the event. Participants are able to register and schedule a tee time at Kingwood Country Club between Oct. 13 and Nov. 12. Golfers will use an app to enter their score.

“School is in session, which means our teachers need our support. Playing in this tournament is a great way to support Humble ISD educators.” said Daniel Contreras, who is the Chair of the Humble ISD Education Foundation’s Golf Committee.

To register you can go online to www.humbleisdfoundation.org/golf.aspx. Registration will be open to individuals, teams and sponsors. There will be an online action, hole in one prizes, virtual awards ceremony and online vendor shopping. The foundation will provide breakfast and lunch and will hold a live zoom event to announce winners and close the online auction.

The proceeds from the event will support big ideas Humble ISD educators have to bring innovation and creativity into the classroom.


“Humble ISD educators have creative ideas on how to teach in a way that gets kids excited about learning, but these creative ideas sometimes need additional funding,” said Humble ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Jerri Monbaron. This is where the foundation comes in. This charity tournament is critical to the Foundation being able to help these teachers bring innovation to classrooms. We are grateful for the sponsors and golfers who choose to play for a great cause.”

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