History Made! An Edgewood ISD Band Competes at

    Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional Championship

     BOA MHS 2017
    On Friday, November 3rd, the Memorial Band competed at the Bands of America Contest. The contest was held at the Alamodome. Bands from all over Texas and Oklahoma competed in the prestigious contest. This was the first time that an Edgewood ISD band program competed at this caliber of competition. Congratulations to the band and band directors Esteban "Steve" Montalvo and Ray Lozano.

     BOTH EISD High School Bands Earn a First Division at
    UIL Marching Contest
    and Advance to AREA MARCHING CONTEST
    Congratulations to the Kennedy and Memorial HS Marching Bands. The bands competed at Judson ISD Rutledge Stadium on October 21st. Both not only earned a first division at UIL Marching Contest, but also advance to the UIL Area Marching Contest on October 28th. Area Marching Contest will be at Gupton Stadium, in Cedar Park. Memorial HS performs at 9:45am. Kennedy HS performs later in the afternoon, at 3pm. Admission is a one time fee of $5 (Prelims and Finals). Administrators get in free with badge.
    Good luck to both bands!
    KHS with Orta guys with trophy

     Memorial Marching Band Wins 2nd place at
    US Bands 2017 Yamaha Cup
    MHS with US Band trophy
    Congratulations to the Memorial Band! On Octiber 14th, the band won second place at the US Bands Contest, held at Judson ISD Rutledge Stadium.
    The band competed aganst bands from the San Antonio and central Texas area. Band Directors for the band are mr. Esteban Montalvo and Mr. Ray Lozano.

    Kennedy Art Student Wins
    City-Wide Art Contest 
    Kennedy art student, Max. E., won first place in the high school division of the SA Fire Department Poster Contest.
    Max was awarded a trophy and recongized for his artwork on Saturday, October 14th.
    Congratulations, Max! Art teacher for Kennedy HS is Mr. Jose Villalobos.
    max wins award

    Memorial Band Wins Sweepstakes at UIL
    On April 6th, the Memorial Band competed at the UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest. The band earned a first division in both concert and sight-reading portions. The judges were extremely complementary of the bands overall sound, intonation and musicality.  
    UIL 2017 MHS  

    Memorial Band Performs at Disney World
    During spring break, the Memorial Band marched, in parade band fashion, at Disney World, Magic Kingdom. The band not only had to fundraise for the trip, there was also a selection process for performing in Disney. The students represented Edgewood ISD as part of the "Disney Performing Arts" series. As part of the trip, the students also visited the Universal Studios theme park.
    Disney 2017  

    Via Poetry on the Move Art Contest: 
    Five students will have their illustrations featured inside VIA buses for the month of April, to celebrate National Poetry Month. These students are: 
    Megan Alejos: (11th,MHS)
    Dina Manzano (12, KHS) 
    Joe Villarreal (12, KHS) 
    Jorge Rodriguez (9, KHS) 
    Adriana Borrego (11, KHS)  
    VIA on the Move 2017  

    Academy Art Students Place in Battle of Flowers Art Contest
    Students from the Fine Arts Academy were recognized this past Sunday, April 2nd, at the Battle of Flowers Band Festival Cover Contest Award Ceremony at the San Antonio Garden Center. Over 300 submissions were received this year and the top 30 art works were framed and on display on the exhibition. Three Academy art students were in attendance: 
    Ariana Guerrero, (11th, MHS) placed 6th in the top 30th
    Tracey Muzquiz, (10th, KHS) placed 13th in the top 30th
    Abigail Martinez, (11th, KHS) placed 14th in the top 30th 
    BOF Winners 2017  
    Congratulations Edgewood Academy
    Dance Team!
    The group competed last Saturday, February 4th, in New Braunfels. The group won the following honors at the HTE Dance competition:
    • Varsity Officer Novelty Champion Varsity
    • Medium Team Hip Hop Champion
    • Officer sweepstakes for scoring higher than 85 in all three routines
    • Team super sweepstakes for scoring 95 in all three routines
    • outstanding choreography
    • officers outstanding entertainment
    • team outstanding entertainment
    • "Espirit de corps" award given to only one team in the entire competition for bringing the house down with applause.
    • Student, Brandon Fierro, won Grand Champion in the division 11-12 soloists from over 35 students. He was also got offered a job as an HTE staff member, which he gladly accepted.
    • The team qualified for Nationals- March 25th
    Congratulations, Mrs. Soradya Solis-Del Valle, dance director, and dance team!

    EISD Elementary Art Programs Win Big
    in Texas Cavaliers Art Contest
    Congratulations EISD Elementary Art Department!  The Texas Cavaliers announced this week that the Edgewood Independent School District has 2 City Council District Winners and 2 Runners-Up.
    City Council District 5 WINNER
    Student:              Stephani Garces
    Grade:                  Fifth
    School:                 F.D. Roosevelt Elementary         
    Art Teacher:       Miriam Martinez
    City Council District 6 WINNER
    Student:              Priscilla Castillo
    Grade:                  Fourth
    School:                 C.P. Stafford Elementary             
    Art Teacher:       Jeannette Waid
    City Council District 5 RUNNER-UP
    Student:              Dayanara Torres
    Grade:                  Fourth
    School:                 Alonso Perales Elementary         
    Art Teacher:       Veronica Ramirez
    City Council District 6 RUNNER-UP
    Student:              Nicholas Ramos
    Grade:                  Fourth
    School:                 Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary  
    Art Teacher:       Teresa Gutierrez
    As first place winner for District 5 and 6, the winners will each receive a check for $3,000 which will go toward their school’s art program.  The winners will also receive a 1-week summer scholarship to the Southwest School of Art.  And, of course, King Antonio and his entourage will pay a visit to each of their schools!  Also, the winners’ artwork will be featured in this year’s Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade Program.  The two winners, along with the other Contest finalists will compete for a Grand Prize that could earn their school an additional $2,000 for a grand total of $5,000!
    The Runners-up will be receiving a check in the amount of $1,000 via the mail, which will also go toward their school’s art program. 
    In total, EISD elementary art programs won $8,000 in funding for art programs! 
    Edgewood ISD Band Students Take Chairs at
    TMEA All-District/All-Region Band Auditions 
    On December 3rd, Memorial and Kennedy High School Band students auditioned for the Texas Music Educators All-Region Band. The contest, open to all 5A band students from Region 11, was held at Medina Valley High School.
    Kennedy High School had two students make the district band, four students placed into the Texas Music Educators All-Region Band, with one student advancing to Area/State:
    • Felicitas Adame, All- District, French Horn

    • Emily Rodriguez, All-District, Clarinet

    • Bella Goff, All- District and All-Region, flute

    • Cassandra Sanchez, All- District and All-Region, Bass Clarinet

    • Jasmin Magallanes, All- District and All-Region, clarinet

    • *Roe Arteaga, All- District and All-Region, flute  (advancing to Area/State auditions in Corpus Christi on January 7th)


    Memorial High School had seven students placed into the TMEA All-District band, one of which was also placed in the All-Region Band and is advancing to Area/State:
    • Lisette Aguilar, All- District, flute
    • Israel Gonzales, All- District, Bass Clarinet
    • Jasmine Cruz, All- District, Alto Sax 
    • Elijah Hernandez, All- District, French Horn
    • Jose Flores Garcia, All- District, Trumpet
    • Jacklyn Salazar, All- District, Euphonium
    • *Anthony Tovar, All- District and All-Region, Tenor Trombone  (advancing to Area/State auditions in Corpus Christi on January 7th)




    Congratulations Edgewood Fine Arts
    Academy Thespians!
     Thespians 2016
     The Edgewood Fine Arts Academy Acting Company competed at the Texas Thespian Festival Theatre Conference on Dec. 2.

    Five students received the highest rating-Superior/National Qualifier:
    Mikayla Johnson-Monologue
    Michelle Martinez & Jaryd Serna- Duet Acting
    Damion Gutierrez & Julian Trevino- Duet Acting

    Six students received an Excellent rating:
    Jazzlin Torres & Jaden Serna- Duet Acting
    Chasity Baerga & Jeremiah Gonzalez- Duet Acting
    Renah Pena & Yesenia Saenz- Duet Acting

    Texas Thespians hosted over 7,000 students this year in Dallas, TX.
    District Altar Contest 2016
    On October 28th, a reception and awards ceremony was held for the district-wide Dia de Los Muertos Altar Art Show. The district mariachi, Orgullo de Edgewood, performed as visitors perused the altars. Awards were 1st-3rd in each caption: elementary, middle school and high school. Award winners for the altar contest were as follows:
    Elementary School:
    1. HBG Elementary School, art teacher is Teresa Gutierrez
    2. Perales Elementary School, art teacher is Ms. Ramirez
    3. Winston/Las Palmas, art teachers are Ms. Palencia and Ms. Hernandez 
    Middle School:
    1. Brentwood Middle School, art teacher is Mr. Parry
    2. Gus Garcia Middle School, art teacher is Ms. Reyes
    3. Wrenn Middle School, art teacher is Ms. Garcia 
    High School:
    1. Fine Arts Academy, art teachers are Mr. Villalobos and Mr. Martinez
    2. Kennedy High School, art teacher is  Ms. Erdie
    3. Memorial High School, art teacher is Mr. Hernandez

    HBG 2016




    Pereles 2016




    Memorial Band Earns Straight Ones
    at UIL Marching Contest  
    The Memorial High School Band competed at the 5A Region XI UIL Marching Contest on Saturday, October 22nd. The contest was held at Rutledge Stadium, in Judson ISD. All three judges rated the band as a first division. The band is under the direction of Mr. Esteban "Steve" Montalvo and Mr. Patrick Aguirre. Congratulations, Minutemen!
    UIL 2016 Marching  
    Memorial High School Band Receives the Grammy Signature Schools Community Award
    For their outstanding efforts in music education, the Memorial Band was awarded $2,000 by the Grammy Foundation and Hot Topic Foundation. The Hot Topic Foundation provided the funds as part of their initiative to award deserving music programs around the country. The Grammy Foundation and Hot Topic Foundation work to draw attention to the importance of music education as a core element in school curricula. Congratulations to the Memorial Band Directors, Mr. Esteban Montalvo and Mr. Patrick Aguirre, and the Memorial Band students.




    Winston Elementary Strings is Nationally Recognized
    Congratulations to the Winston Elementary Strings program and Mr. Joe Vasquez, their director. NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants recognized 118 schools across the nation with the SupportMusic Merit Award (SMMA), honoring individual schools that have demonstrated strong support for and commitment to music education. The Winston Elementary String program was one of the 118 schools recognized. Pictured is a proclamation from Texas Gov. Abbott.
    Gov Abbott
    Congratulations Wrenn Art Students!

    Each year the YWCA San Antonio invites middle school students to enter their artwork in the 2016 Stand Against Racism: Celebrate Diversity Art Contest. This year, Wrenn Middle School had four students make it to the top twelve. They are Elise Escobar, Alexandria McDaniels, Ariana Ybarra, and Jacob Perez.
    Arian Ybarra (6th grade) won 1st place and will be featured as the official 2017 YWCA San Antonio Stand Against Racism: Celebrate Diversity Poster. In addition, the top 12 posters will be featured in the 2017 YWCA San Antonio Stand Against Racism: Celebrate Diversity Calendar.



    2016 Congressional Art Winner 
    Gil 2016  
    On May 15, 2016, Fine Arts Academy Memorial Junior Mikala Gil, won first place in the 20th District Congressional Art Competition with her cut paper drawing titled "Weeping Wela."  Mikala competed with other high school students in the Bexar County area in this juried event. Mikala and her mom will be flown to Washington, D.C. for a reception at Capital Hill, where her artwork will be on displayed as part of a year long exhibition. 
    Congratulations to the Academy Middle School Orchestra Program
     Orchestra 2016
    Under the direction of Mr. Robert Sabo, the Academy Middle School Orchestra received a first division in sight-reading at the UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest. Since the 2013-2014 school year, the orchestra program has grown over 60%. Mr. Sabo conducts the high school and middle school string orchestras. He also tutors students at Winston Elementary. Great work, Mr. Sabo!

    Congratulations to both the Memorial
    Junior Varsity and Varsity Concert Bands!  
    Both concert bands earned a 1st division at the UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest on April 13-14, 2016.
    The contest was held at Boerne Champion High School. Director are: Mr. Esteban "Steve" Montalvo and Mr. Patrick Aguirre.
    Congratulations, Bands! 
    MHS Varsity 2016
     MHS JV 2016

     Congratulations to the
    Brentwood Middle School Band!
    BMS 2016  
    Congratulations to the Brentwood MS Band. They received a first division in concert at the Region XI Middle School Band Contest. The contest was held at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy on March 10th. The band is under the direction of Mrs. Shellie Davila. 

    Great News From The Texas Cavaliers Art Contest:
    We are proud to announce that Edgewood ISD has WINNERS and a RUNNER-UP in the 2016 Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade Art Contest:
    City Council District 5 WINNER:
                    School:        Roosevelt Elementary
    Student:              Andrea D.
    Grade:                  Fifth
    Principal:             Tina Garcia
    Art Teacher:      Miriam Martinez
    City Council District 7 WINNER:
                          School:    L.B. Johnson Elementary
    Student:             Aden C.
    Grade:                 Third
         Principal:        W. Price Allen
                  Teacher:          Michael Wilburn
    City Council District 5 RUNNER-UP:
                       School:         Roosevelt Elementary
    Student:              Jacklyn C.
    Grade:                  Fifth
    Principal:             Tina Garcia
    Art Teacher:       Miriam Martinez
    The Winners will be receiving a check for $3,000 which will go toward the school’s art supplies.  They will also receive a 1-week summer scholarship to the Southwest School of Art.  And, of course, King Antonio will pay a visit to the Winners’ schools.  The Winners’ artwork will be featured in the Texas Cavaliers River Parade Program.  The Winners will also compete with the other finalists for an additional $2,000 which could bring their total check to $5,000!
    Jacklyn C. will receive a check for $1,000 which will go toward the school’s art program.
    On behalf of the Texas Cavaliers, we extend a cordial invitation to the Cavaliers’ Press Conference on Thursday, March 3rd at the Coates Chapel, Southwest School of Art at 300 Augusta Street, at 10:30 am, where  King Antonio will announce the GRAND PRIZE WINNER.   
    Again, congratulations and thank you for your enthusiastic support of the Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade Art Contest.  We hope that you, the EISD Superintendent and the corresponding principals, teachers, the young winners,  and their families will join us at the Press Conference on March 3rd. 
     Congratulations, EISD Elementary Art Department!!!!!
    $7,000 total in funding for 3 elementary art programs! 
    Youth Art Month 
    Art Contest
    Internationally recognized San Antonio Artist and Kennedy Alumni Alex Rubio, paid a visit a to Edgewood Fine Arts Academy on March 30th to judge EISD's Youth Art Month Exhibition. YAM is celebrated annually around the nation to promote and recognize art education. This event showcases the work created by students in elementary through high school.
    Winners of the YAM Art Contest were: 
    1) A Morales (Stafford)
    2) Marc J. (Winston)
    3) Paris Escobar (HBG)
    Middle School:
    1) Julius Tovar (Gus Garcia)
    2) Kimberly Galvan (Gus Garcia)
    3) Samantha Earls (Gus Garcia)
    High School:
    1) Rubi Rios (Academy)
    2) Bethany Tober (Academy)
    3) Jorge Garcia (Academy)
    The winners will be recognized at the Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) Art Show, along with the Cinco de Mayo Art Contest winners and the winners from the "red dot" People's Choice Awards.
    Congrats to the
    Memorial HS Band!
    The band competed at the regional level of UIL Solo and Ensemble and had:
    112 students receive first division medals
    22 students are advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May. 
    At the regional level, students are judged on their small ensembles and solos and rated a 1st through 5th division, with 1st division being the highest rating. Those who receive a one on a class one (the most difficult music) ensemble, advance on to the state contest at UT Austin. Soloists who memorize their class one solo and receive a 1st division, also advance to state. 
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    Congrats to the 
    Kennedy HS Band!
    The band competed at the regional level of UIL Solo and Ensemble and had:
    36 students receive first division medals
    4 students are advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May. 
    At the regional level, students are judged on their small ensembles and solos and rated a 1st through 5th division, with 1st division being the highest rating. Those who receive a one on a class one ensemble, advance on to the state contest at UT Austin. Soloists who memorize their class one solo and receive a 1st division, also advance to state.

     Winston Elementary Competes
    at ACADEZ Folklorico Contest
    The Winston Folklorico competed on April 8, 2016, at the ACADEZ Ballet Folklorico contest. The contest was held at the Scottish Rite Auditorium. Winston was the ONLY group to be accompanied by LIVE music. The Winston orchestra/mariachi performed as the folklorico danced their selections for contest. Pictured, below, are the mariachi and folklorico, outside the Scottish Rite Auditorium.  
    Winston Elem Folk & Mariachi  
    Fine Arts Academy Ballet Folklorico
    Takes Home Trophies  
    On Friday, April 8th, the Fine Arts Academy competed at the ACADEZ Folklorico Competition at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.
    The following groups won trophies for their performances... 
     1st.    Ensemble.   Oaxaca.     "Zandunga"
    1sts Ensemble.    Jalisco.      "Tapatio". "Caballito"
    1st Small Group.  Michoacan.   "Los Viejtios"
    1st. Cuadro.         Veracruz.     "La Burja" "Hasteque". Iguana"
    1st Ensemble.     Tlaxcala.        "Toros"
    2nd. Solo.            Jalisco.            "Ausente".   (Kelsey Hasler)
     Congratulations to these students and their teacher, Mr. Don Nunez.

    Kennedy Band Advances to

    Area Marching Contest

    KHS Wins at UIL

     Congratulations to the Kennedy High School Band for earning a one on October 17th, at the 5A UIL Marching Contest. The band is under the direction of band directors Roy Martin and Jonathan Wright. The band will now advance to the Area Marching Contest at Calallen High School on Saturday, October 24th. The band is scheduled to perform at 8:45AM.

    Fine Arts Academy Art Students Shine
    at State VASE Contest
    T with VASE

    On April 27th, 3 Edgewood Academy students, accompanied by their teacher Ms. Anabel Toribio, participated in the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event. The contest is a UIL equivalent competition for the visual arts. Mikala Gil, a Memorial sophomore, earned a medal with a superior rating of "4" for her cut paper drawing. Rubi Rios, a Memorial junior, earned a medal with a superior rating of "4" for her self-portrait charcoal drawing. Linai Valdez, a Kennedy junior, earned a "3" excellent mixed media graphite drawing. The artworks will be on view at the Senior Showcase and Exhibition on May 21st. Please congratulate these students if you see them. We are very proud of their hard work and dedication. The art department would like to thank the Academy teachers and staff for supporting our student's artistic endeavors. Finally, the art department would also like to thank Mrs. Denise Rubio for helping  arrange the overnight trip and Mr. Juarez and Dr. Dromgoole for their continuous support and time.

     Congratulations Middle School Band Students!
    On April 29th, 2015, 82 band students from Wrenn, Brentwood and Gus Garcia competed in the second annual EISD Solo & Ensemble Contest. The contest was held at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy. Students played a solo or ensemble for judges. Students were rated a 1st division, 2nd division, or 3rd division; with a first division being the highest rating.
    *Gus Garcia had 10 students earned first divisions, 8 students earned second divisions and 1 student earned a third division.
    *Wrenn had 17 students earn a first division, 10 students earned a second division and 4 student earned a  third division.
    *Brentwood had 21 students earn a 1st division and 11 students earned a second division.
    Congratulations students and directors!

     Cinco de Mayo Art Contest Winners
    CDM winner
     EISD students submitted art work for the annual EISD Cinco de Mayo Art Contest. Judges this year were Mr. Antonio Barrera, Edgewood HS Alumni and San Antonio Fiesta Cover Contest Winner, and Mrs. Patricia Morales, Southwest School of Art Director. Winners will be recognized at the May 2nd Cinco de Mayo Festival. At 11am, winners will be presented their awards at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy Art Gallery. Winners this year are:
    First place
    M. Alejos
    Memorial HS
    9th grade
    Second Place
    S. Robledo Reyes
    Edgewood Fine Arts Academy
    10th grade
    Third Place
    A. Flores
    Las Palmas ES
    4th grade
    Honorable Mention
    C. Vasquez
    LB Johnson ES
    5th grade
    Las Palmas Elementary Ballet Folklorico Wins Honors
     At the Juan Cuestas Acadez dance competition the Las Palmas fifth-grade group brought home first place for small group. The  fourth grade group won second place for small group. The largest group, the fifth-grade group, won third place honors for ensemble.The groups are under direction of their music teacher, Mrs. Regina Kazmir.
    Memorial Band Receives Certificate
    from Senator Jose Menendez
    In recognition of  their National Association of Music Merchants Award, Senator Menendez honored the Memorial Band with a certificate of congratulations.
     Edgewood Academy Theater
    Student Wins
    Essay Contest
    Celeste Lozano won the Las Casas Foundation-Linda G. Tillery Essay Award in which she wrote a piece on why Theatre Arts is important in her life. She was one of two in San Antonio who received the award. There were 120 applicants. She was presented with a $1,500 scholarship on April 26th at the Joci Awards Performing Arts Scholarship Competition at the Empire Theatre.

    Memorial Band Earns
    Straight Ones at UIL
    Memorial Band all 1s
    Under the direction of Mr. Esteban "Steve" Montalvo, the band received the highest honor of "straight ones" at the 5A UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest, held in Boerne, Texas on April 16th. The band earned a first division in both stage performance and sight-reading.  The band received the larger UIL trophy today because of their sweepstakes rating for marching band this past Fall and for today's sweepstakes results.
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    Memorial High School’s Music Education Program Receive National Recognition

    San Antonio, Texas Memorial High school receives the SupportMusic Merit Award for the 1st time

    New research shows students involved with community music programs demonstrate improvement in subjects such as reading

    San Antonio, Texas. March 18, 2015 – Memorial High School Band has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  Memorial HS joins 120 schools across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2015.


    The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.


    To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Memorial High School answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Center of Public Partnerships and Research, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.


    Music education in this school is important because it keeps students involved in an activity that promotes team work as well as excellence of performance as an individual.  It also promotes transformational leadership from each individual student, not only student leaders.  It also gives students an opportunity to advance their skills to further their music education in the collegiate level.  Further, community involvement plays an integral part in the students becoming good citizens, said School Official, Dr. Emma Dromgoole, Fine Arts Coordinator for the district.


    As Memorial High School finalizes its 2015–2016 budget, the announcement of receiving The NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school.


    Community music programs have been drawing increased attention this school year because of a landmark study by Northwestern University brain scientists. These researchers found new links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading.

    Beyond the Northwestern study, other reports indicate that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, such as processing math and learning to cooperate in group settings.  Edgewood Independent School District is a public school district based in San Antonio, in Bexar County, Texas (USA).



    About The NAMM Foundation


    The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world. The Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.



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    Kennedy JV Band Earns 1st Division
    at UIL 
    Kennedy JV band 1
    On April 15th, the Kennedy JV Band, under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Wright, received a plaque for their first division concert rating at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest at Boerne Champion High School. The band received a superior rating of 112 for their stage performance. This is only the fourth year of existence for a second band (JV Band) at Kennedy to compete at UIL. Congratulations to these students and their director.

    Kennedy Jazz Band Takes Honors
    at Jazz Competitions
    This has been a very successful year for the Kennedy Jazz ensemble. In April, the Kennedy Jazz band competed at the Palo Alto College Jazz festival and took 2nd place. This is only their second jazz festival in their short existence (third year). The Jazz ensemble also competed in the South Texas Jazz festival at Brandeis High School in February, earning Excellent ratings. Ellaine Elias also received an award for “Outstanding Soloist at the same festival. Great job, jazzers! The Kennedy Jazz Band is under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Wright.
    Youth Art Month
    Gallery Show is a Success
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     On March 26th, EISD held its annual "YOUTH  ART MONTH" gallery show at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy Gallery. District campuses submitted and posted artwork to display in the gallery. Winners of the Youth Art Month Contest will receive their awards at the Cinco de Mayo Gallery opening on May 2nd (times is TBA). Special thanks to Ms. Anabel Toribio for assisting with the opening and assisting teachers with set up areas. Congratulations to all district art teachers and their students for a great show!
    The results for the Youth Art Month People's Choice Awards:
    1st Place: C. Martinez, Stafford, Mrs. Waid
    2nd Place: A. De la Cruz, Stafford, Mrs. Waid
    3rd Place: Lupano R., LBJ, Mr. Wilburn
    Middle School:
    1st Place: Dzyre Alva, Gus Garcia, Ms. Reyes
    2nd Place: Anavey Ochoa, 6th grade Academy, Mrs. Gutierrez,
    3rd Place: Meena Herrera, Gus Garcia, Ms. Reyes
    High School:
    1st Place: Rubi Rios, Fine Arts Academy,Toribio
    2nd Place: Daeshja Sealey, Fine Arts Academy,Toribio
    3rd Place: Marissa Esteves, Fine Arts Academy, Toribio
    Memorial HS Drum-line Wins Second Place
    in TCCG Contest
     During Spring Break weekend, on Saturday, March 14, the Memorial High School Color Guard and Drum Line traveled to Georgetown, Texas to compete at the Texas Color Guard Circuit competition.  The contest was held at Eastview High School. The Minutemen Indoor Drum Line won a 2nd Place Trophy in the Scholastic Marching SAA division for their performance of "Clowning Around".  The MHS Indoor Drum Line made history by being the first ever group from Memorial High School to receive a trophy in a percussion circuit competition.  The two units now qualify to compete at the State TCGC competition on March 28, 2014.  The Guard will compete in Pflugerville, Texas at Henderickson High School and the Drum Line will compete in College Station, Texas at the Reed Arena.  

    Summer Camp Scholarships Awarded to
    Fine Arts Academy Visual Arts Students
    On March 17, 2015, the following art students received scholarships to attend summer classes at the Southwest School of Art:
    Rubi Rios, MHS, Marco Vasquez, KHS, and Mikala Gil, MHS

    Congratulations Mr. Sabo and the Fine Arts Academy Orchestra!
    Sabo with strings
    The orchestra made school district history by taking the first high school orchestra in EISD to UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest. The group, under the direction of Mr. Robert Sabo, earned a first division plaque for their concert performance and a rating of 2, for sight-reading.
    Great job making school district history, EISD orchestra department!

    Texas Cavaliers Awards $9,000 to Elementary Art Campuses
    All EISD elementary campuses participated in the annual Texas Cavaliers Art Contest. EISD winners are:
    City District 7 winner: Alissa H., 3rd grader from LBJ $3,000 awarded to the LBJ art department!
    City District 5 winner: Johnny G., 5th grader from Roosevelt Elementary $3,000 awarded to the Roosevelt art department!
    City District 6 runner up: Jasmine E., 5th grader from Stafford Elementary  $1,500 awarded to Stafford art department!
    City District 5 runner up: Randy A., 5th grader from Roosevelt Elementary $1,500 awarded to Roosevelt art department!
    In all, $9,000 is being awarded to EISD ART DEPARTMENTS!!!! Congratulations to these students and their art teachers: Ms. Miriam Martinez, Ms. Jeanette Waid, and Mr. Michael Wilburn!!!!

    Congratulations Middle School Region Band Members!
    Middle School Region Band auditions were held Saturday, November 1st at Connolly Middle School.  Students from the districts that make up Region 11 – Edgewood ISD, Northside ISD, Harlendale ISD, Southside ISD, Southwest ISD, South San Antonio ISD – competed  on their instrument for the chance to earn a “chair” in the 2014-2015 Region Band.  8th grader Candyce Lozano earned a 2nd chair position on Alto Saxophone, 7th grader Jennifer Adame earned a 2nd chair position on Bari Saxophone, and 8th grader Ranulfo Avalos earned an alternate chair position on Tuba. 
    BMS students

    Brentwood Band & 6th Grade Academy Band Receive TMEA Grants!

    Congratulations to Mrs. Shellie Davila & Mr. Chris Cintron. Both have received sheet music grants for their music
    programs. Brentwood will receive $1,000 and the 6th grade campus will receive $991. Way ta go, Band Directors!


    Fall Festival 2014 a Success!!!

    Congratulations to the winners of the stage performances:
    1st: The Edgewood Rockstars Dance Team
    2nd place: Orgullo de Edgewood Mariachi
    3rd place: The Edgewood Ballet Folklorico

    Fall 2014


    Congratulations to the winners of the Altar contest:
    1st: Stafford Elementary
    2nd: Gardendale Elementary (Mr. Minks, Gardendale art teacher, is pictured)
    3rd: The Fine Arts Academy

    Memorial Band Wins at UIL Marching Contest

    On October 18th, the Region XI UIL Marching Contest was held at Gus Stadium. The Memorial Band performed their field show "Dance Again" which featured songs by artists such as Jennifer Lopez and Celia Cruz. The band received a first divison. Judges remarked on the improvement of marching style and the excitement of the show. Congratulations to the band, their directors Mr. Montalvo and Mr. Aguirre, to the band boosters, and to the MHS staff. Good job, Minutemen!
    MHS Band

    Band, Dance and Cheer Perform at the New EISD Family Service Center

    On September 11th, the district opened their new "Family Service Center."
    As per district officials, the facility offer GED/ESL classes, nutrition classes, health services, a college center, parent ambassadors, a student and parent clothing center, a computer center, a partnership with CPS Energy and with San Antonio Water System, a crisis center, and a food pantry.
    To celebrate the opening, the Memorial & Kennedy High School Bands, Cheer, and Dance Team entertained the community and school officials.
     Memorial Band Students Performing
    Pictured above are members of the Memorial Band performing at the Family Service Center.

    Memorial Band Wins Third Place at the East Central Hornet Invitational Band Festival
    Mr. Montalvo with MHS Drum Major and color guard members