Students Take To Runway

Students demonstrate their modeling techniques on the runway.
Students demonstrate their modeling techniques on the runway.

Submitted By Bob McCullough

Thirty-six students from the Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland – each with an accompanying “buddy” – modeled the latest fashions at the “Hand in Hand: A Night on the Runway” benefit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center, 5223 David Edwards Drive.

The Academy serves students with special needs ages 12 through 24 and prepares them for life and work. Models from The Academy student body were partnered with “buddy” students from TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas.

While strutting her way down the runway, a model waves to her adoring audience.
While strutting her way down the runway, a model waves to her adoring audience.

“The fashion-show participants walked hand in hand down the runway and model beautiful clothes provided by Macy’s Department Store,” said Dr. Susan Bineham, The Academy’s head of school. “Thus came the inspiration for the name of this fiesta of fashion, fun and friendship.”

The Hand in Hand event sought to raise funds for non-profit The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, an innovative, nationally accredited school for students with mild to moderate special needs. There, students receive a blend of academic, life skills and vocational instruction to help each one reach his or her maximum individual potential.

“It’s truly inspiring to see our students confidently take to the runway and model the latest spring outfits, much to the delight of their parents, family members and friends,” Dr. Bineham said.

The evening’s festivities, coordinated by The Academy’s Parents Teachers Friends and Others (PTFO) support organization, included a light meal. Individual tickets for the dressy-casual event were priced at $75 apiece, and tables of 10 could be reserved beginning at $1,000.

TMI in San Antonio is the flagship private school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas for students in grades 6 through 12. Established in 1893, TMI is the oldest Episcopal Church-sponsored, college-prep school in the Southwest. Visit for more information.

Stone Oak Elementary School Enjoys Busy Spring

Stone Oak ES students proudly display their awards
Stone Oak ES students proudly display their awards

Submitted By Deborah Deel

The first week of April was a busy one for Stone Oak Elementary School Bobcats. Monday started off with an author visit from author/illustrator Jeff Mack. Students were entertained by his illustrations and writings.

On Wednesday, April 6th future Stone Oak Bobcats attended the annual Kindergarten Roundup while their parents attended a meeting in the library. Parents had a chance to hear from the administration, teachers, and PTA officers and ask questions to help prepare them for their child’s upcoming academic adventures. Wednesday was also National Walking Day. Students participated by walking the track at school.

Thursday of that week was the annual Fairy Tale Bowl for the 2nd grade. Each class was represented by a team of 4 students. Students answered questions in a game show format. Questions came from both classic fairy tales and newer “fractured” fairy tales that the students were encouraged to read so as to prepare for the contest. Teams were made up of students from each class with the most knowledge of the books.

Friday finished the busy first week of April with the 3rd grade field trip. Stone Oak 3rd graders continued their tradition of a field trip to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. The rest of April continued to be busy with field trips for the kindergarten, 4th and 5th grades, the Bike Rodeo, the 1st grade Fiesta Float Parade, and the 3rd grade Animal Café.

The beginning of May brings more STAAR testing. The 2nd grade field trip will be on May 12th. The Battle of the Books for 3rd and 4th grades will be on May 17th and May 20th. May 17th is also the NEISD Track and Field Meet at Heroes Stadium. The 5th grade will hold their Wax Museum on Tuesday, May 24th and the 5th grade Party is on the following Thursday. Field Day ends the busy month on May 27th and provides students an opportunity to enjoy the warm weather with games and inflatables.

Vineyard Ranch Ready For STAAR

Students prepare for STAAR exams.
Students prepare for STAAR exams.

Special To Welcome Home

Vineyard Ranch was well prepared for the standardized tests that occurred in April and May. Third, fourth, and fifth grader students participated in a STAAR pep rally organized by music teachers, Heather Elizondo, and Ashley Hester. Each grade level planned a performance to share with the rest of the testing students. The fourth grade chose to sing their writing camp chant.

In the spirit of solidarity, cheerleaders from Reagan high school joined in the festivities by pepping the group up with their cheers. The crowd shouted “Vineyard Ranch, Broncos” as the cheerleaders showcased their exciting stunts. The pep rally finale involved a debut of a music video created by the Vineyard Ranch faculty, volunteers, and students to the beat of Kelly Clarkson’s song “Dance with Me.” Ashley Hester sang the new lyrics in our version “Close to Victory.” In an effort to increase school spirit, every student and teacher on campus was included in the production of the video. The students enjoyed watching their classmates and teachers sing and dance.