KSAT Kids: NEISD teacher recognized by Grammy Awards; massive sunflower field opens next month; local parent wades into mask debate

This week’s teacher spotlight is on Matthew Trevino, Roan Forest Elementary’s music instructor

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AP Photo/Jae C. Hong. (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Hello parents, teachers and students! How are you all doing during this last grind before summer break? I know we’re all ready for some rest and relaxation as we start to see the weather begin to warm up.

There was some big educational news this week as the school board for San Antonio’s second-largest school district announced that they were easing some of its COVID-19 protocols that have been in place during the school year. The North East Independent School District will now allow students to remove masks during recess and outdoor physical education classes, all while allowing parent meetings and parent-teacher conferences to be done in person.

In another area school district, we hear from a mom who has been rallying others to voice their displeasure over the Comal Independent School District decision to eliminate the district’s mask mandate.

Olivia Weisinger has been organizing protests and filing grievances with the Texas Education Agency over the district’s handling of its COVID-19 policies. While working to make changes, she found her community has become immensely divided.

In this week’s KSAT Kids’ teacher spotlight, we highlight Matthew Trevino, Roan Forest Elementary’s music instructor whose passion for teaching has gotten him three Grammy nominations in four years. This year he once again was nominated for his teaching of music.

“Waking up and getting to make music with these awesome, young little musicians is just the coolest thing,” Trevino said.

Families that are looking to spend some time outdoors can visit a field of sunflowers that are blooming right in our area. Traders Village on the Southwest Side recently announced a 10-acre field is expected to be available to the public beginning in early May. There will be a petting zoo, as well as opportunities for professional photo packages.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is now teaching children and families how to fish with educational events through next month. The goal for the program is to increase fishing knowledge and strengthen family bonds.

And for those 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.

Have a great day everyone!

Ben Spicer

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Here’s what can be found on KSAT Kids for Thursday, April 15:

Teacher Spotlight

NEISD Roan Elementary School music teacher gets noticed by Grammy Awards

North East ISD’s Roan Forest Elementary school music teacher Matthew Trevino goes above and beyond when it comes to teaching music to his students.

NEISD Roan Elementary School Music Teacher Gets Noticed by Grammy Awards

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Family Activities

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department partners with education based organizations to teach kids how to fish

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has partnered with some education based organizations to increase fishing knowledge and strengthen family bonds while enhancing a connection to the outdoors.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department partner with education based organizations to teach kids how to fish

You can visit a 10-acre sunflower field in San Antonio next month

Traders Village in San Antonio recently announced that it has planted a 10-acre field of sunflowers, expected to be open to the public May 1 - 30.

Generic image of sunflowers. (Pixabay)

Masterpieces at the famous Louvre Museum are now online for the world to see

The Louvre Museum in Paris has announced that on its website everyone can now enjoy the collections it holds, as all of the works have been brought together for the first time online.

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past the deserted Napoleon courtyard and the closed Louvre museum and pyramid in Paris, France. (2020 Chesnot)

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