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KSAT Kids: With failing students and COVID cases on the rise, what’s a school district to do?

This week’s student spotlight highlights 3 impressive Boerne-Champion High School students

This incoming school year will be unlike any other in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and the San Antonio Independent School District has one more reminder to for all students and staff: Face coverings will be required for all.
This incoming school year will be unlike any other in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and the San Antonio Independent School District has one more reminder to for all students and staff: Face coverings will be required for all. (San Antonio Independent School District)

Hello parents, teachers and students!

Well, we’ve made it to November and Thanksgiving break is just around the corner. What are you thankful for?

San Antonio area school districts are currently hard at work, even with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. The question everyone now wants answered is, “Is remote education working?”

To that end, KSAT reached out to officials with one of the largest school districts in our area who said they are now seeing more students failing due to the new method of instruction. Many districts are starting to contemplate a full return, but some teachers associations, however, say virtual learning must remain an option -- especially with COVID-19 cases again on the upswing. It’s an apparent conundrum that still doesn’t have a perfect answer, and unfortunately it looks like it won’t have one for quite some time.

In this week’s KSAT Kids' student spotlight, we highlight three Boerne-Champion High School juniors who were selected to be part of a prestigious NASA aerospace program. Tyler Dennis, Robert “Sy” Gutierrez, and Jonathan Segurathe will take part in projects and briefings directed by NASA engineers and scientists, as well as receive tours of NASA facilities. Well done!

Parents, are you looking for a fun, educational activity for the kids? Check out Meteorologist Kaiti Blake’s latest home science lab -- this one a cool demonstration with cabbage and water that teaches both patience as well as how plants work, in a straightforward and colorful way.

And while it may be November, your kids may want to go to swimming after hearing this. One of “America’s largest indoor waterparks” is opening today in Round Rock, just north of Austin. The Kalahari Round Rock Resort has 30 waterslides, 20 pools and whirlpools and will include a rock-climbing wall, a 23-foot LED projection TV screen, adult grotto swim-up bar, cabanas and waterfalls. Sounds like fun for the whole family.

For students still seeking additional schooling help, the San Antonio Public Library continues to offer resources to help with their lessons. We also have a list of places offering free Wi-Fi for students and their families.

Stay safe and wash your hands, everybody!

-Ben Spicer

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Here’s what can be found on KSAT Kids for Thursday, November 12:

Student Spotlight

Three Boerne ISD students chosen as part of NASA’s Texas High School Aerospace program

Juniors Tyler Dennis, Robert “Sy” Gutierrez, and Jonathan Segura will work with teams at NASA on lunar colonization as part of the NASA Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) Program.

PHOTO: From Left to Right: Tyler Dennis, Robert “Sy” Gutierrez, and Jonathan Segura.
PHOTO: From Left to Right: Tyler Dennis, Robert “Sy” Gutierrez, and Jonathan Segura. (Boerne ISD)

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Student activities

KSAT Kids Home Science: The cabbage water movement experiment

Are you looking for something fun to do at home that has a little bit of science behind it?

KSAT Kids Home Science: Cabbage water movement experiment
KSAT Kids Home Science: Cabbage water movement experiment

Have you heard of hot cocoa bombs? Here’s where to buy them or how to make them at home

Have you been wondering what those chocolate spheres are that people keep pouring hot water over in videos on social media?

Try it out Tuesday - Hot Chocolate Bombs on Live in the D
Try it out Tuesday - Hot Chocolate Bombs on Live in the D

‘Story time in the Garden’ to take place at San Antonio Botanical Gardens each week in November

The San Antonio Botanical Gardens is offering children’s storytime weekly during the month of November.

"Story time in the Gardens" is one of several events at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens in November.
"Story time in the Gardens" is one of several events at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens in November. (KSAT)

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