Battle of the Bluebonnets

Team SISD will have its second annual Battle of the Bluebonnets reading competition from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 in the District Service Center board room. SISD’s Battle of the Bluebonnets, the first contest of its kind in El Paso which debuted last year, challenges and tests students’ knowledge about Texas Bluebonnet Award books in a game show style trivia contest.

SISD students also participated in voting parties in January for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, in which students read books from the TBA reading list and vote on their favorite. The author of the winning book is honored at the Texas Library Association in April.

Escontrias Elementary fifth-grade student Mercedes Lopez will be one of 10 students selected from across the state to help present the Texas Bluebonnet Award at the annual conference. She will represent Team SISD and the El Paso area.

Spring Games set for April 12

More than 700 special needs student-athletes, representing schools from across SISD, will take part in the annual Spring Games, which will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 at the Student Activities Complex. The games, which is celebrating 31 years, are one of the district’s biggest events.

Elementary students will compete from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and secondary students will compete from 2 to 5 p.m. Both sessions will begin with an athletes parade. The special needs students will participate in track and field events, such as 10 and 25 meter walks, assisted walks, and 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter runs. Other events include relay races, wheelchair races with and without assistance, bike races, ball throws and javelin throws.

SISD celebrates first Comic Con

Socorro Independent School District high school students gathered for the first-ever Team SISD Comic Con, a unique event that encouraged youngsters to refine their creativity in their learning while exploring non-traditional forms of literature and storytelling, in December at the District Service Center.

“Literature trends are moving into more dynamic venues like video games and movies outside the world of basic books and graphic novels,” said Marcy Sparks, SISD’s library services coordinator. “We designed Comic Con to be an opportunity for students to take away something informative on a career choice option, and highlight the things they enjoy doing.”

The fun event enhanced students’ literature knowledge and career awareness by showcasing creative talent from a variety of vendors and well-known artists. Students also learned how to develop their own comic books and graphic novels and participated in cosplay contests, anime workshops, and a comic artist competition.