ECISD to celebrate outstanding teachers

first_img Previous articleExchange student gets Texas souvenirNext articleSOCCER: Falcons trio pitching in for Sockers FC Odessa American Facebook By Odessa American – May 21, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp ECISD to celebrate outstanding teachers Ector County ISD leaders will honor their 2020-21 Outstanding Teachers Monday with dinner and a movie at the Big Sky Drive-in Theatre, 6200 W. Highway 80 in Midland.The movie features a scene with each of the 43 campus award winners. This year’s event will include a meal for award winners and a guest, music, a photo booth and the feature presentation — a recognition of the teachers.The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. with the reel rolling at approximately 9:10 p.m.Each spring, ECISD schools nominate teachers on their own campus. Those nominees are narrowed down then sent to a district committee of teachers that ultimately chooses the honoree for each campus.This year’s 43 ECISD Outstanding Teachers are:Alternative Center–Reynaldo Duran-math.Permian High–Teri Richardson–Algebra I, Math Department Chair.Odessa HS–Brandi Fischer–English II Multi Classroom Leader (MCL).Odessa Collegiate Academy–Joshua Payan–Algebra 2, Geometry, College Prep Math.OCTECHS–Emilee Trammell–Algebra II, Algebraic Reasoning.George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa–Cheraldin Celis–AP (Advanced Placement) English Language & Composition, French I and II.Career & Technical Education–Cheryl Cunningham–Family Consumer Science, Education & Training Dual Credit.Wilson & Young MS–Charlotte Hampton–eighth grade AVID.Nimitz MS–Hugo Stierholz–eighth grade Math, Honors Algebra I.Ector College Prep–Anneliese Espinoza–eighth grade ELAR (English, language arts).Crockett MS–Rebecca Norris–7th grade ELAR.Bowie MS–Jimena Wolfle–Choir.Bonham MS–Ronnie Neal–Social Studies Department Chair.Zavala Elementary–Nancy Valeriano–Kindergarten Bilingual.West Elementary–Tiffany Rodriguez-Kindergarten.Travis Elementary–Sarah Hawkins–third-fifth grade Science.San Jacinto Elementary–Andrea Gomez–fourth grade Math.Sam Houston Elementary–Erica Rodriguez–first grade.Ross Elementary–Kelsa Bertrand–second grade.Reagan Elementary–Amy Barnes–fifth grade ELAR.Pease Elementary–Rocio Castillo–second grade.Noel Elementary–Nelda McGuire–fifth grade bilingual.Milam Elementary–Casandra Contreras–kindergarten.Lamar Early Education Center–Lina Hernandez–pre-k.Jordan Elementary–Byron Baulch–fifth grade Social Studies & Math Enrichment.Johnson Elementary–Naomi Herrera–first grade.Ireland Elementary–Kara Whitten–kindergarten.Hays Elementary–Erika Pocaterra–fifth grade bilingual.Gonzales Elementary–Amy Ortiz–third grade math, science, social studies.Goliad Elementary–Jeanette Ortiz–Physical Education.Fly Elementary–Mandy Clark–fourth grade math.EK Downing Elementary–Rocky Phillips–kindergarten.Dowling Elementary–Candace Ontiveros–kindergarten.Cavazos Elementary–Windy Quilodran–kindergarten.Carver EEC–Karla Gray-Ramirez–Pre-K Dual Language.Cameron Elementary –Diana Tavarez–third grade.Burnet Elementary–Dana Gerber–third grade.Burleson Elementary–Monica Lopez–first grade.Buice Elementary–Mary Linda Carrasco–fifth grade.Blanton Elementary–Jasmine Bryant–fourth grade.Blackshear Elementary–Samantha Hutson–third grade.Austin Elementary–Courtney Hawley–prekindergarten, kindergarten.Alamo Elementary –Jennifer Natividad–pre-k. Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Twitter Facebook WhatsApp TAGSEctor County ISDOutstanding Teachers EducationECISDlast_img read more

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Weekend Picks: Rock and Rave

first_imgRock and Rave – Atlanta, GeorgiaRock & Rave is back for its second year and promises to be even better and more fun than last year. The event takes place at Stone Summit Climbing in Atlanta, Georgia. All proceeds benefit The Southeastern Climbers Coalition, The Access Fund, The Carolina Climbers Coalition and Paradox Sports.Outdoor personality and Patagonia ambassador Timmy O’Neill will host with Tommy Caldwell, Kai Lightner, and Lisa Rands headlining. The presenting sponsor is Outdoor Research.Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Advance tickets will be available for pickup or purchase at Stone Summit. Organizers strongly encourage picking up tickets before the event.Stone Summit has agreed to allow car camping in the back parking lot. Porta-Jons and a dumpster will be provided.Doors open for pre-registered patrons who have picked up tickets at stone summit at 6:30pm. Doors open for everyone else at 7 pm.Silent auction runs 7 pm-10 pmTable bouldering with salewa at 7 pmSpeed climbing challenge with cash, swag and prizes at 7 pm.Super-highball bouldering challenge with even more cash and prizes from 8:30 pm -10:30 pm.Timmy O’neill comedy sketch at 10:45 pm.Prana yoga & quiet room all night.Black Diamond stoke raffle drawing with grand prize of $2000 in Black Diamond equipment at 10:30 pm.Then rave on until 2 am.Click here for directions.For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

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UW awaits first Frozen Four appearance

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald PhotoProgram high of 34 wins: check. WCHA regular-season championship: check. WCHA postseason championship: check. First Frozen Four appearance in school history: check.With only one trophy left up for grabs — the NCAA title — the 2005-06 Wisconsin women’s hockey team (34-4-1) began their final week of practice in preparation for their final two games and a chance to win it all.”Do or die.” That was the message UW head coach Mark Johnson conveyed to his team Wednesday as the Badgers readied for their first Frozen Four appearance in the program’s history.Friday the Badgers will face off against the No. 3-ranked St. Lawrence Saints (31-4-2) for the right to compete in Sunday’s national championship game. St. Lawrence plays in the talented ECACHL conference, where they played against perennial powerhouses such as Harvard and Princeton.Like most eastern teams, the Saints bring strength and physicality to the forefront. On defense, the Saints are led by two sophomore defenders in Annie Guay and Kerri Wallace. Together the two have combined for 55 points and a plus-59 rating while leading a defense that allows a miniscule 1.3 goals per game.”I’ve played against some of the girls on St. Lawrence and they’re very strong on defense, but I think our team has way more depth than them,” junior defender Bobbi Jo Slusar said. “I know they have big, strong players, but with our speed, we will be ready to go.”Depth is one area where the Badgers have been unmatched by their opponents this year. With three capable lines on both offense and defense, the Badgers have thrived in late game situations by outlasting their opponents.Also favoring the Badgers this weekend is the massive ice surface they will play on at Mariucci Arena. The Badgers are used to playing on the large Kohl Center ice sheet compared to their opponent, St. Lawrence, who plays in the cozy confines of Appleton Arena.”Its going to be challenge for all four teams because the ice surface there is even bigger than the Kohl Center, so we want to create and use the space to our advantage because we have some skilled players when there in open space,” Johnson said. “We have depth, speed and a group that moves the puck well, and through that we’ll create opportunities and have good puck possession in our offensive zone.”This season, both Wisconsin and St. Lawrence have relied heavily on their prolific offensive attacks. Both teams are averaging four goals per game and have scored nearly identical totals along the way. On offense, USCHO and WCHA Player of the Year Sara Bauer leads the Badgers. Bauer, who has 57 points on the year, is one of three finalists for the coveted Patty Kazmaier Trophy that is awarded to the best female player in the nation. The Saints counter with a finalist of their own in Sabrina Harbec, who has 61 points on the year.”At this point, there are only four teams left, and you got two very talented squads with a lot of talented players, and when you get to this point of the year, you need your best players to be your best players in order to be successful,” Johnson said.Like any playoff scenario, goaltending will be the X-factor for the Badgers, who enter the weekend with options at the position. As of late, senior Meghan Horras and freshman Jessie Vetter have competed vigorously for the starting job. Together they boast 1.24 goals against average.Johnson maintains he has not yet made his choice on who will start Friday, but he plans to make that decision today.”A lot of different things go into the decision,” he explained. “Agility, athletics, who the team is most comfortable with, how many shots you anticipate, and then it all comes down to a gut feel. Your decision gets analyzed for 60 minutes and at the end of the day it either works or doesn’t work.”St. Lawrence also has two qualified goaltenders of their own in Jessica Moffat and Meaghan Guckian who have a combined a 1.28 GAA.In terms of offense, defense and goaltending, these two teams are mirror images of each other and according to Johnson it will all come down to execution.”Any coach will tell you when you get in these situations it all about executing for 60 minutes and if we do that, then we get to play one more game, and if you don’t, you’re going home,” he said.last_img read more

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LA Clippers can’t overcome triple-double by Thunder’s Russell Westbrook

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I was born in 1988,” Westbrook said.It also was the first triple-double with at least 20 points and 20 assists since Rod Strickland did it for the Washington Wizards in 1998.“That’s unheard of,” Durant said. “Words can’t even describe it because it looks so effortless, easy and smooth in the game, and you don’t even know what’s going on.” Westbrook made 9 of 15 shots and all seven of his free throws. It was the 30th triple-double of his career, his 11th this season, second straight and third in his past five games. The Thunder are unbeaten this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double, and 26-4 in his career. “Just a win, man,” Westbrook said. “More important just to see all my teammates happy and all see my teammates enjoy the game and enjoy this win. That’s the most important part for me, is just making sure everybody feels comfortable about their game.” OKLAHOMA CITY >> Kevin Durant couldn’t think of a real-life example of what he saw Russell Westbrook do on Wednesday night.It resembled a video game.“NBA 2K,” Durant said. “On rookie.”Westbrook had 25 points, a career-high 20 assists and 11 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Clippers 120-108. According to STATS, it was the first triple-double with at least 25 points, 20 assists and 10 rebounds since Magic Johnson did it for the Lakers in 1988. center_img Durant had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka added 15 points for Oklahoma City.Jeff Green scored 23 points and J.J. Redick had 22 for the Clippers. Chris Paul added 12 points and 16 assists, and he made just 5 of 15 shots.The Thunder extended their lead to 21/2 games over the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference standings.“They got a little bit of everything tonight,” Paul said. “They got the shots they wanted. They got 3s. They got layups. They got a little bit of everything.”Westbrook’s performance was the highlight of an otherwise somber day for the franchise. The Thunder already were reeling after assistant coach Monty Williams’ wife, Ingrid, was killed last month in a car crash in Oklahoma City. Part-owner Aubrey McClendon died last week in a one-car accident in Oklahoma City, then Thunder guard Dion Waiters’ younger brother, Demetrius Pinckney, was shot and killed Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Thunder reflected on McClendon’s life with a video tribute and held a moment of silence for McClendon and Pinckney before the game. The Thunder were ready at game time. Their 39 points in the first quarter were a season high, and helped them take a 10-point lead. Westbrook’s eight assists in the period tied a career high for the first.The Clippers trimmed Oklahoma City’s lead to 64-62 at halftime. The Clippers shot 59.5 percent in the first half, while the Thunder shot 52.2 percent. Westbrook had 17 points and 12 assists at the break.Durant went to the bench to rest midway through the third with the Thunder leading 79-75. Two quick assists from Westbrook to Ibaka doubled the margin and forced the Clippers to call a timeout. The Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 93-83 heading into the fourth.In their loss to the Clippers last week, the Thunder squandered the 17-point lead they took into the fourth quarter. This time, they finished the job.“I thought it was growth,” Westbrook said. “I thought we did a good job of sticking together.”NotesCoach Doc Rivers called a timeout 63 seconds into the game after the Clippers fell behind 5-0. He also was called for a technical in the first quarter. … Luc Mbah a Moute sat out with a left eyelid laceration. … The Clippers were outrebounded 52-29 and had just two offensive rebounds.Thunder: Waiters returned to Philadelphia to be with family and was not with the team. … Enes Kanter scored 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the first half. last_img read more

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State to Review Complaint Accusing Broward Sheriff of Lying on Paperwork

first_imgFlorida’s Department of Law Enforcement confirmed on Wednesday that it plans to review Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony’s sworn affidavit, which asserts that he has never had a criminal record sealed or expunged and pledges his answers were “true and correct.” DeSantis was unaware about the killing when he appointed Tony as sheriff in January of last year.Tony told the Sun Sentinel on Sunday that he not believe the disclosure would have affected DeSantis’ decision.“You’re saying that I should have disclosed a horrific incident that I faced as a 14-year-old kid, where I had to survive a shooting,” he said. “… Why would I put myself in a position where I’m talking about a brutal attack that I survived, for the sake of an interview? I don’t think anyone would have done that.” Broward prosecutors sent the so-called “affidavit of applicant” to FDLE for review. “We did receive a complaint and we will review the complaint,” said Gretl Plessinger, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. “We do not have an active investigation.” Stacey Witalec, the spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania courts, says no records are publicly available, and she could not say whether the records from Tony’s case were sealed or expunged. His campaign consultant, Eric Johnson, told the newspaper that the 1993 paperwork was sealed after Tony was cleared. He also argues that Tony did not commit any mistakes on the form. According to Johnson, a question on the form asked if a “criminal” record had been sealed, and he reiterates that Tony had been found not guilty. “It was not a criminal record, because it wasn’t a crime,” he added.Tony is seeking election for the first time this summer. He is running against Scott Israel, the man he replaced when Gov. DeSantis suspended Israel for what the governor considered to be the Sheriff’s Office’s failures in mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017.Report: Broward Sheriff Tony was Involved in Fatal Shooting at Age 14 Local newspaper accounts from 1993 say Tony, then age 14, killed an 18-year-old man in Philadelphia. Tony told the South Florida Sun Sentinel the Sunday that he did not think he was technically “charged with a crime” and claimed it was a case of self-defense.last_img read more

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$5,000 ‘SHOWVIVOR’ RETURNS DEC. 26; POPULAR FREE ONLINE CONTEST FEATURES $2,500 TOP PRIZE & REQUIRES PLAYERS TO TAB ONE IN-THE-MONEY RUNNER PER DAY

first_img                –SHOW STREAK The player that has the longest “show” or no-worse than third place finish streak at the end of the Spring Meet will win the Grand Prize of $2,500. Players are advised that if they fail to make an online selection on a given day, their streak is still alive, but they will not receive credit for days missed.                 –WIN STREAK This carries a $1,000 prize and is intended to reward players who have selected the most consecutive first place finishers. If a player fails to make a selection on a given day, his or her streak may continue, but the player will not receive credit for any days missed.–TOTAL WINS At the conclusion of the Spring Meet, the player with the most total wins will take a $500 prize.TOTAL PLACES This too, carries a prize of $500 and rewards the player that selects the most total places (second place finishes) through both the Winter and Spring meets.WIN PAYOUT At the end of the Spring Meet, the player who has tabbed the highest single day win payout will be awarded a $500 prize.Fans are encouraged to sign up as early as possible at santaanita.com/showvivor, although registration will be available after Dec. 26. Daily online selections must be made no later than 10 prior to first post time each racing day. Please note, special early first post time on opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26, is at 12 noon.                For additional Showvivor details, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2015)–Santa Anita’s popular free online “Showvivor” will again be available to fans everywhere on the track’s opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26. Showvivor will offer participating fans $5,000 in prize money, highlighted by a $2,500 top prize–to be awarded to the longest “show streak” over the course of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, which concludes on April 10. A new contest will begin in the spring on Thursday, May 5.Showvivor participants are required to select one horse from one race per racing day, and that horse must run no worse than third in order for the player to “Showvive.” If the player’s horse of choice fails to finish 1-2-3, that individual is not eliminated, as he or she may start up a new streak the next racing day. The player with the longest show streak at the conclusion of the Spring Meet will be declared the winner of $2,500.Along with the longest “show streak” there are a total of five separate ways to win, beginning Dec. 26:last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA HANDICAP QUOTES – SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017

first_imgJAMES JERKENS, SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “He was in a nice spot the whole way, and then when the leader kicked away a little on the turn, for a second it looked like he was getting a little discouraged.“Javier was able to head him to the outside, out of the dirt, and I felt good right before they turned for home. I felt like, ‘May the best horse win.’“It didn’t look on paper like there was much pace, so it didn’t surprise me that he was placed where he was. He’s been showing up in all of his races, so I think he should get some (respect) now.” FRANK STRONACH, OWNER/BREEDER OF SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “This is my third win in the Big ‘Cap (Frank Stronach also owned Milwaukee Brew who won the 2002 & 2003 Big ‘Cap’s.) Of course any time you win a Grade I it is a thrill, especially this race.“I was kind of sitting there quiet (watching the race.) He’s had a lot of bad racing luck and he’s better than what he has shown. Today it all worked out.” TRAINER QUOTES             NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Frank Stronach. Shaman Ghost was bred in Ontario, Canada at the Stronach-owned Adena Springs North. RAFAEL BEJARANO, MIDNIGHT STORM, SECOND: “I didn’t try to send him right away, I just left him alone. At the first jump he was stepping slow but I didn’t rush him. I let him go and when I got him to the lead I tried to hold the pace, letting everybody follow me. It was good.“I stayed on the rail, and the horse relaxed. He was really, really relaxed the whole race. I tried to get the jump at the start and tried to steal the race, but the winner was much the best today.“With my horse, it was the first time running the mile and a quarter on the dirt. I think he did a really good job.” JAVIER CASTELLANO, SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “I knew there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race so I just wanted to focus on the horse on the lead, Midnight Storm, and keep track of him. (Shaman Ghost) was comfortable the whole way.“I knew I had it won at the eighth pole. I asked him for full speed at the eighth pole, and he gave it to me, right away. I said ‘Yes!’”“I tried to get away from Midnight Storm in the stretch. I could tell that my horse was a little sensitive to going by the other horse. I switched my stick to my left hand, tried to make him switch leads to go by and that’s what he did.“He’s a classy horse. With not a lot of speed in the race, I had to ask him a little, put him really close to the pace and he responded. Very classy horse.” JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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Santa Clara accuses Levi’s Stadium manager of conflict in handling contracts

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The city of Santa Clara filed an ethics complaint this week accusing the general manager of Levi’s Stadium of possible conflicts of interest by buying stocks in two companies that do work for the stadium.The San Francisco 49ers, who manage Levi’s on the city’s behalf, disclosed in a letter to the city last week that stadium manager Jim Mercurio purchased stock from Visual Labs in 2017 and VenueNext in 2018.He reported those stock purchases in annual economic disclosure forms …last_img read more

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South African endurance swimmer tackles Hawaii’s Valley of Bones for conservation

first_imgRecord-breaking long-distance swimmer Sarah Ferguson, who has swum some of the country’s fiercest ocean passages, has set her sights on the Ka’iwi channel between the Hawaiian islands as her next challenge, all while drawing attention to the detrimental impact of ocean pollution. South African swimmer Sarah Ferguson has tackled some of South Africa’s most challenging open water swims, including the Robben Island Freedom Swim and the Umlanga to Durban endurance race. Her next challenge is the Ka’iwi channel close to the Hawaiian islands at the end of July 2017. (Image: Breath Ocean Conservation)CD AndersonThe former competitive pool swimmer turned endurance open ocean swimmer is hoping to become the first African woman to conquer the mighty 42km Ka’iwi passage, known as the Valley of Bones, at the end of July 2017. Ferguson is already a seasoned endurance swimmer, having swum all the major South African open ocean challenges, including the Robben Island swim and the popular Umhlanga to Durban race.(Image: Wikipedia)In Hawaii, Ferguson will not only face the Valley’s ferocious waves and unpredictable currents, but will also have to be wary of the area’s unique but dangerous ocean wildlife, including various species of sharks, jellies and the illusive but deadly Portuguese Man-of-War bluebottle.Ferguson writes on her official blog the swim is not to be taken lightly, and she has done as much preparation as possible to complete it, including open swims around the Western Cape and the KwaZulu-Natal coast.To counter the extreme heat of the northern summer, Ferguson will swim most of the channel at night, with an able back-up team alongside her all the way.In her introduction on her fundraising page on the GoFundMe website, Ferguson writes: “The main objective of this swim and all my preparatory swims is to create awareness of the dire need for ocean conservation as well as to educate rural communities on the importance of conservation and development.”Partnering with various South African and North American conservation groups, including her own Breath Ocean Conservation team, the I Am Water Trust and Hawaiian community group Deep & Beyond, her trip will not only include the epic swim, but also a series of educational workshops with communities, especially young people, encouraging them to make the necessary changes in humans’ relationship with the ocean in order to protect the planet as a whole. Meanwhile, as she mentally prepares for the challenge of her life, all for a worthy, global cause, Ferguson and Breath Ocean Conservation are accepting donations and sponsorships on her official website and through the GoFundMe page.For more details on her epic swim, visit the Sarah Ferguson website and Breath Ocean Conservation Facebook pageSource: Sarah Ferguson website, YouTubeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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10 months agoKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna win

first_imgKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna winby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKalidou Koulibaly has thanked Napoli teammates and fans for their support during the weekend’s defeat of Bologna.While suspended for the game, Koulibaly dominated the proceedings after last week’s racist insults from Inter Milan fans.After the 3-2 win, he took to social media to say: “The emotions of this day and this victory will remain forever in my heart: thank you”.Le emozioni di questa giornata e questa vittoria resteranno per sempre nel mio cuore: grazie #NapoliBologna 3-2 #ForzaNapoliSempre#KK26#famiglia#DifendoLaCittàpic.twitter.com/tYiY6jrDGP— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 29, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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