SAN ANTONIO -

While the McCollum Cowboys had a game plan prepared to meet the test of the South San Bobcats on Friday night on the field, school officials had their own game plan to take on low writing and reading scores on the STAAR test.

The program is called the Wrangler Writing Workshop. Every student -- ninth through twelfth grades -- spends 45 minutes every day, four days a week, getting back to some of the basics.

"We figured they need to write and they need to write a lot more and get better at it," said Patrick Hopkins, English Department chair.

The idea came from the principal, is implemented by the teachers and so far, it has gotten a positive response.

“This is really helping me out with the writing. It's helping me out in persuasive expository stuff, so it’s pretty good," said Jacob Martinez, a sophomore at McCollum.

“It's not just geared towards the state assessment, it's actually to help them with their life," Hopkins said.

South San gets new high school

South San is now helping students with everyday morale since they just opened their brand new high school.

“Just the whole new atmosphere and everything of the new school is awesome. It makes you want to learn,” said Ryan Morales, a South San senior.

The school is not only new but also features a one-of-a-kind planetarium.

“We were in the planning meeting and they told us to dream. (They asked us) 'If you could have anything you want, what would you want?'" said Millicent Marcha, South San academic dean.

They not only reached for the stars, but they were able to grab a few.

“Not many people can say they have a planetarium at their school,” said Daniel Delgado, a South San senior.