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One Act Play has high hopes with Shakespearean spin-off

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

OAPWith their performance of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," students in Deer Park High School's One Act Play hope to land a spot at the UIL state competition. Photo by Holly Galvan.

Deer Park One Act Play is set to dazzle the crowd and judges at its regional competition April 23 at 5 p.m. at San Jacinto College’s Central campus.

OAP is preforming “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” which focuses on the characters who died in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with a focus on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Deer Park One Act Play received All Star Cast and outstanding technician awards in the Bi-District competition.

OAP Director Kelly Lawrence said student actors Alec White and Eli Martinez are both seniors and have acted together in class and onstage for their entire high school careers.

Maritime companies scout for interns and employees at SJC

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SJC MaritimeScoutingJordan Gray, maritime student at San Jacinto College, interviews for an internship with Jason Buster, Mark Murphy, and Brian Sadler with Cheryl K Marine. The maritime company was one of 10 companies that recently visited the College to interview students for summer internships and employment. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.Ten maritime companies looking to hire interns and full-time employees recently conducted interviews with students at the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus.

After a day of maritime transportation classes, the students gathered their resumes, took to the hallways, and waited their turns to speak with company representatives to vie for internships. Companies that interviewed students included Higman Marine, Buffalo Marine, Cheryl K Marine, Harley Gulf Marine, Marquette Transportation, Martin Marine, G&H Towing, Harbor Services, J.A.M. Services, and BaySmart.

"It's really cool that companies come here and interview us in our classrooms," said Richard Zienty, who interned last summer with Buffalo Marine and rode from Houston to Lake Charles and everywhere in between. "I'm interviewing for my second internship this summer but I'm also looking to get hired with a company.”

Texas ranks third in the nation, with Houston ranking second, for all domestic maritime industry jobs, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers Study released by the American Maritime Partnership. Having a maritime training program just around the corner allows local maritime companies access to a pool of candidates ready for work in the maritime industry. Companies like Higman Marine, Buffalo Marine, and Cheryl K Marine have hired San Jacinto College interns and employees for the past three summers.

Engineering degree program recognized as leader in retention and transition

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SJC named 1 of 3 Hispanic Serving Institution award recipients

SJC HSI Retention and Transition AwardThe San Jacinto College engineering sciences associate degree program has been named a recipient of the Excellence in Retention and Transition for Hispanic Serving Institutions award by Texas A&M University. Pictured left to right: Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College South Campus provost; Andrew Vines, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair for chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics; Dr. Karen Duston, San Jacinto College South Campus engineering program coordinator and professor; Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College deputy chancellor and president; and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College chancellor. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.San Jacinto College is one of three Texas Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) to be designated a recipient of the Excellence in Retention and Transition for Hispanic Serving Institutions award by Texas A&M University for its engineering sciences associate degree program.

Each award recipient institution receives a $1,500 award and an invitation to present at Texas A&M University’s HSI Mid Years Engineering Experience Conference (MYEEC). The international conference focuses on the middle years between engineering students’ first year and the final year, which includes an emphasis on sophomore retention, and discipline specific and professional preparation in their junior year.

Both Andrew Vines, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair for chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics, and Dr. Karen Duston, San Jacinto College South Campus engineering program coordinator and professor, presented their paper, “Instilling Student Confidence,” which highlighted successful student success strategies of the College’s engineering sciences associate degree program including confidence in the engineering program, confidence in student support, and confidence in completion of the program and successful matriculation into a four-year engineering program.

DPHS students reach for the long arm of the law

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

DPHS CJclassDeer Park High School gives students potentially interested in a career in law enforcement a way to get an inside look into criminal justice. The criminal justice class is an introduction to law enforcement careers. Photo by Holly Galvan.For Deer Park High School students that have an interest in any aspect of law enforcement, the criminal justice class can give students more information. Students in the criminal justice class learn the foundation of law enforcement and an inside look in the field.

Student Resource Officer Jason LaPoint showed students various equipment that was in their police vehicles that officers would need while out on patrol such as crime tape and traffic vests.

“We don’t want to place ourselves in dangerous situations. Items we keep in our vehicles can keep us safe,” said LaPoint, who is a Deer Park Police officer.

Officer Del Wilcoxson asked the group if they are interested in a career in law enforcement and got various responses. Some students want to be police officers, in the FBI and lawyers.

Glitches causing issues with STAAR testing statewide

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

Deer Park ISD reporting problems with 5 student tests

focus testingAs students across the state began their STAAR standardized testing, news of problems with the test began emerging as well.

Reports throughout the state on Monday stated software programs logged off students during the exam; lost some students’ places on their test; and did not save students answers.

The problems were limited to students taking the online administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

According to the Texas Education Agency, some districts across the state reported to TEA and Educational Testing Service (ETS), the vendor administering STAAR statewide, that students’ previously selected responses on an online test were not appearing. This would occur once a student logged back into their online test after either officially logging out, being timed out after 30 minutes of inactivity, or in situations where districts have temporarily lost connectivity to the Internet. Other issues have also been identified.

In Deer Park ISD, some minor issues were reported, according to Matt Lucas, the district’s director of communications.

AVID puts middle-of-the-pack students on fast track to college

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AVIDDPHS students can receive tutoring in small groups or one-on-one in AVID classes. AVID prepares students for college and helps students raise their grades. Photo by Holly Galvan.Students in Deer Park ISD have the opportunity to receive help to get them to the next level academically through AVID classes.

The AVID Deer Park High School program has 379 students enrolled. Around 163 of those students have been in AVID for three or more years. Students can enter the program as early as seventh grade.

AVID-Advancement Via Individual Determination is a college-preparation program. AVID students receive time to collaborate with their peers and with college tutors over school and college prep.

Students are invited to join AVID. The classes are targeted for students in the academic middle with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. DPHS AVID teacher Cassandra Himes said she sees students make more informed decisions for college after attending the class.