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Just because Watson is a Technology Center doesn't mean we are not creative! We are all about twenty-first century skills such as: creating, collaborating, critical thinking, problem-solving, digital citizenship, real world connection, producing, synthesizing, and evaluating. In fact all of those skills are just as applicable to Music, Art, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
If you are wondering how we accomplish all this, we invite you to click on the links below.
Watson students invited to GISD STEAMposium
Nine Watson students have been invited to participate in the GISD STEAMposium event on Saturday, May 16, at the Curtis Culwell Center. The STEAMposium is an interactive Science, technology, engineering, art, & math event with a keynote speaker and an award ceremony.
Congratulations to all our Watson students and teachers for their hardwork and creativity while completing their STEAM projects.
Watson Clubs are a success
Friday clubs have started at Watson and they are a success. They have given students and staff the opportunity to learn and experience things they have never been involved with before. Students chose from a group of clubs and will attend on most Fridays until the end of the school year. You can see the list of clubs here.
The clubs cover almost every topic you can imagine, including Reading, Writing, and Fine Arts. Here are a few of the clubs that focus on those topics.
- Arts and Books - Students will be reading a new story every week and expressing their feelings about the story through art. Students will use different medias such as; watercolors, chalk, beads, and paper.
- Music Around the World - Students will explore world cultures and their music. They will be creating instruments and learning songs. The club will culminate with a special performance for their parents.
- Young Authors - Students will research a favorite person or animal. With their knowledge they will start the process of creating their own book. They will be both the illustrator and the author.
- Music Makers - Students will be learning the basics of piano and music theory. This will be done using iPods, iPads, and Garage Band.
- 3D Drawing - Students will learn to draw in 3D using analog and digital resources.
With the exciting clubs Watson is having this year it will be a treat to see what is on offer next year.
School supplies for 2015-2016 school year
The Watson MST PTA is now selling supplies for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a very convenient way to shop for your student's supplies. Their supplies will come prepackaged and delievered directly to their classroom. This means no more fighting crowds at the store. You can order by completing an order form (English/ Espanol) and returning it to school. You can also order online by going here and entering code WAT066. You will find the list of supplies here.
Watson Teachers visit The Ron Clark Academy
Four fortunate teachers had the opportunity of a lifetime! During spring break, four members of our Watson staff visited The Ron Clark Academy. Our educators came back inspired, energized, rejuvenated, and most importantly full of new and ground breaking ideas to implement in the classrooms. "Visiting RCA was the most incredible staff development experience of my entire career. We witnessed classroom instruction at is very BEST!", said one enthusiastic teacher. "This is the most excited I have ever been," said another eager teacher. To learn more about The Ron Clark Academy visit here.
Watson's new media studio
Recently Watson MST installed a new media studio in an underused conference room. The studio includes walls painted in chroma key green, cameras, an audio system, and live production system. This new equipment will allow Watson to produce morning announcements with cutting edge production values. It is open to any classroom to film and produce almost anything they can imagine. Watson's morning announcements crew has hit the ground running in the new studio and we invite you to see behind the scenes of the new morning announcements here.
Watson Teachers learn to code
On February 25, Watson Teachers spent their professional development engaged in coding. The Teachers learned why learning to code is important and how they can integrate it into their classroom. They used several different apps and websites to experience how fun it can be.
The next day Ms. Tinney shared her new knowledge with her classroom and let them experiences coding for themselves. Ms. Tinney said that her class, "Loved it! I told them ahead of time that this is problem solving so they need to think out the problem. No one asked for help or gave up trying!" Watson Teachers are excited about sharing this with their students.
Watson's students and staff celebrate College Day
As part of our commitment to ignite our students’ passion for college, our students and staff celebrate College Days! During these designated days, students are encouraged to wear a college t-shirt with jeans. There are plenty of activities focused on setting their goals for higher education. For instance, students in Mrs. Chavez class did a research project about the university that they would like to attend. Students then used this information to create a digital presentations using iMovie, Keynote, Educreations, Tellagami, Powtoon and Animoto, to share with students and parents.
The remaining college days for the 2014-2015 school year are April 29th and May 27th. We look forward to seeing our Wildcats rocking their college t-shirts. Watch here.
Watson's first boosterthon was a total success! We would like to thank our dedicated students and teachers for their support. Also, a very special thanks to our PTA members and our wonderful volunteers for their tireless efforts. Watson MST Rocks!!! Watch here
Vote for Your Favorite Teacher to Win Teacher of the Month
At the end of each month the GISD teacher with the most votes will be named as teacher of the month, and win this car to drive for a month...Learn More
Watson is so social
You can follow us @Watson_Wildcats for all the latest Watson news and updates on Twitter.
If you are not on Twitter just just text 'follow Watson_Wildcats' to 40404 and you will receive all of our information via TEXT message! You can also follow GISD @gisdnews.
If you haven't done so already, you can also "like" the Watson MST PTA page on Facebook, and tell your fellow Wildcat friends. We'll keep you in the know!