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2 DPISD robotics teams crowned champions at state

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

robotics 2016Three Deer Park ISD teams went to the state robotics competition and two of those teams brought home the first place prize. Photo by Shaib Alagily.Three teams from Deer Park ISD presented ideas for the futures at this year’s state robotics competition.

Deepwater Junior High’s invention team, Automatic Tank Wheelchair Corp. won first place by designing a wheelchair that will climb stairs. Members of that team were Andres Cano, Herbert Lopez and Cesar Cardenas.

Lopez said their invention would help disabled people be able to get up and down stairs.

“Putting in the gyro sensor was the hardest part. It is a little box that will control the wheelchair and make it stable so the person will be safer in the chair,” said Lopez.

Cano said the difference between their robot and others is that theirs could potentially change the world.

“We just knew we had made first. Sometimes I got myself nervous that we weren’t going to be in first place but then it just turned out to be a miracle or something,” he said.

Deer Park High School had two robotics invention teams advance to the state competition, with one team placing first. Debora Mroczek, Erin Taylor, Chase Moen and James York designed and built a CPR robot that earned the state’s top spot.

Mroczek said the team came up with the idea for the robot because they wanted a robot that could help people.

“After some brainstorming, we thought of how seniors have to learn CPR to graduate now. This could potentially help students like us,” said Taylor.

Taylor said the hardest part of building their robot was making it stable.

“We had to come up with a design which is a prototype. It would fall apart very easily. We had to think of a lot of different ways to make the robots stable,” said Taylor.

It took the DPHS robotics team seven months to conceptualize and build the robot and design a marketing plan.

“[The Robotics teams] accomplishment would not have been possible without our student’s commitment and determination to be the best and without the support and commitment of our [Chief Technoloy Officer] and [the] Technology department to the Robotics program,” said DPHS Robotics teacher Shaib Alagily.

Seventh-grade students Alex Mendoza, Brennon Landry, Greg Ortega from Bonnette Junior High also competed at state robotics competition. They tied for 16th place with a robot that would mow and water people's yards.

Landry said the hardest part of the process for their team was building the robot.

“It took a while to be built. Setting up how the robot was going to be laid out took time. Deciding which parts are [going to] be where because it was such a big robot,” said Landry.

DPISD announces summer meal program

Written by staff. Posted in Schools

The Deer Park Independent School District will offer meals at no charge to all children ages 18 and younger as part of its Summer Food Service Program.

No enrollment or registration is required to participate in this federally-funded program. Adults are also encouraged to participate. The cost for an adult breakfast is $2.50, and a lunch is $3.75.

Parkwood Elementary School
404 Parkwood, Pasadena, TX 77503
June 6, 2016 – August 4, 2016
Monday through Friday
Breakfast 7:30 a.m.- 9 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

For menus and more information, check the Headlines section at

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DPISD announces new administrators

Written by staff. Posted in Schools

Deer Park ISD croppedAt the end of the recent regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, Board Members approved four administrative personnel recommendations, setting in motion a larger administrative reorganization that will take place in the District over the next few months.

Cindy Hart, currently serving as director of mathematics, was named executive director of instruction by the School Board. In addition to her new role overseeing the Department of Instruction, Hart will continue to supervise mathematics district-wide.

After working six years in Spring Branch ISD, Hart accepted a position in Deer Park ISD in 1985. She taught fifth grade at San Jacinto Elementary for a number of years and was named department chairperson in 1993. In 2004, she moved to the Department of Instruction and accepted a position as an instructional specialist for K-6 science and mathematics. Over the last 12 years, her role has expanded and her title changed from coordinator to director. Hart earned her bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University in 1978 and her master of education degree from the University of Houston in 1992.

Escorts shine bright at annual Spring Show

Written by Deer Park Photos. Posted in Schools


The Deer Escorts closed the year with the drill team's annual Spring Show. The stage was filled with music, dance and a few special guests in front of a packed Performing Arts Center at Deer Park High School South campus. Click on the image to see a full gallery of the annual tradition, courtesy of Deer Park Photos.

Education Foundation presents $291K check to DPISD

Written by Andrew Pressley. Posted in Schools

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The Deer Park Education Foundation presented Deer Park ISD with a check for $291,236.55. That number represents the total amount of grant funds to be distributed by the Foundation during the 2016-17 school year. Photo by Andrew Pressley