News & Updates
Welcome to all NEW Military-Connected Students and Families!
We are thrilled that you will be a part of the SCUC-ISD family! We have many systems in place to support you!
U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Awards SCUC-ISD with NEW Grant!
SCUC-ISD was recently notified that we have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA.)This is a five year, K-12 grant that will begin on Sept 30, 2021-May 31, 2026.
Project RAMP-UP Wellness (Readiness in Academic, Mental, and Physical Health) seeks to successfully meet three goals:
(1) increase science achievement for elementary-aged military- connected students,
(2) increase science achievement for secondary-aged military-connected students, and
(3) improve mental and physical health and wellness for secondary-aged military connected students.
The goals will be achieved by employing a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework to identify and support military-connected students who are just entering the district and/or at-risk of not meeting proficiency the Texas state accountability science test.
Some specific strategies and supports include: (a) timely science and social emotional screeners for military-connected students entering the district, (b) frequent academic and social emotional wellness records reviews, (c) STEAM labs/makerspaces for innovative instruction, (d) extracurricular STEAM and Wellness clubs and activities to promote achievement, belonging, and overall wellness, (e) Supplemental health science/wellness instructional supports, and (f) Military Support Specialists to ease transitions, promote wellness, provide supports, and assist military-connected students, their families, and teachers.
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD seeks to provide an atmosphere for all students to be inspired, innovate, and excel. DoDEA funds will support our mission to empower all our students to fulfill their lifelong potential through inspiring learning experiences.
The grant will maintain the two amazing Military Student Transition Specialists (MSTC--to be referred to as Military Support Specialists in year two: MSS) Tina Barber and Ronnie Williamson. Dee Thomas will serve as the Grant Project Director. This will be our planning year and we will be posting updates right here!
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math for KIDS of ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD is the proud recipient of an innovative STEMKAMP (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics for Kids of Active Military Personnel) grant, as part of a Department of Defense allocation, which will provide a weeklong summer camp designed around hands-on experiences in STEM-Related fields. Only ten military-connected school districts were chosen to receive funding for the grant beginning in year 2021.
With this partnership, SCUC ISD will be able to offer the summer camp for three years to approximately 75-150 eligible third through eighth graders each year, staffed by district teachers and staff who will be fully trained and paid for by the grant. All supplies for the week and funds for a field trip are also included in the allocation. The camps will offer hands-on learning experiences and exposure for STEM-related fields, and opportunities for students to practice critical thinking, problem solving, laboratory skills and higher-order thinking skills. Military-connected and additional non-military students will be eligible to attend.
According to Goshen Education Consulting, Inc., collaborating with iBIO, created the program, “…based on published research data showing that students who express an early interest (by eighth grade) in pursuing a STEM career are two to three times more likely to graduate with a STEM college degree.”
NEW UPDATE!!! SCUC-ISD was notified that Goshen Education and DODSTEM has increased our 2022 STEMKAMP enrollment number to 200!!!!
This is an increase of 50 students who will be able to come experience STEMKAMP with us June 13-17, 2022. Information and registration will begin after Springbreak 2022. WATCH our FB page and SCUC-ISD social media sites for information!
2022 STEMKAMP DATES ANNOUCED!
Save the date! June 8-13, 2022 will be our second annual STEMKAMP week! Registration sign-up will be after spring break 2022. Watch
for more details to come!
STANDING STRONG-STANDING TOGETHER DODEA Grant 2016-2021
At the secondary level, grades 7-12, SCUC-ISD had a five year US Department of Defense Education Activity grant, which provided us two full-time military student transition consultants (MSTC) who were assigned to the junior high schools and high schools. The SCUC-ISD Board of Trustees has extended their service for 2021-2022 and they will continue on as a part of our new 2021-2026 Ramp-Up Wellness grant. They are here to help guide you in your new school surrounding, assist you in whatever you may need and also connect you with other students. If you are moving on from SCUC-ISD, our MSTCs can assist you in getting current information and contacts at your new school.
We Serve Too!
If you are in grades K-6 many of our elementary and intermediate schools have WE SERVE TOO Clubs! This is a fun and active club that will also have a community service projects. Parents if you are interested in supporting your campus' WE SERVE TOO club, please contact your campus school counselor! We are also looking for squardons or units who would like to sponsor campus WE SERVE TOO clubs!
Many military parents are dealing with concerns about their children’s education in the era of coronavirus, and moving to a new duty station may only compound those worries and the uncertainty. Here is a GREAT article from Military Times with advice for military parents with extra worries about kid's fall education:
Blue Star Books
Free books and resources for militaryfamilies to include FREE CARIBU Subscriptions for Active Duty, Activities to Beat Boredom, Helpful Reading Tips for Parents, and COVID-19 Helpful Resources ttps://bluestarfam.org/knowledge-base/
TEA has a dedicated webpage to update the public on Covid-19 information regarding safety and schooling in TX.
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