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Aug/Sept 2011

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Message from our Principal PTSA Open House Message from our President Student News Texas PTSA Parent Volunteers

Message from our Principal

Dr. Joe Rodriguez Harlingen High School South

Student of the Month Homecoming HCISD College Night

Hello and welcome to a brand new school year. I am honored to return to Harlingen High School South and assist in raising standards for our students. Continuing the tradition of South excellence both in and out of the classroom will be the standard we expect to uphold and improve on this year. Based on many discussions and observations, I know that everyone at South is committed to providing a world class education and a safe learning environment for our students. Last year we met some important goals. I want to applaud our hard working students, excellent teaching and support staff, and of course our parents for results. The foundation that was created is a true testament to the focus everyone has for making our students competitors in todays world. As with all school years, this year we have some challenges to undertake. First and foremost, the focus will be on achieving high standards of success in academics and extracurricular activities, while understanding that we also have a responsibility to ensure our students are taught the life skills needed to function in an ever-changing society. I believe that every South community member will do all that is required to make sure students are our first priority and that every decision focuses on high levels of achievement. I want to invite anyone and everyone to stop by to discuss any concerns that they feel need to be addressed. I believe that, by working as a team and addressing the issues, we can not only be a step above, but we can move a step beyond.

PTSA Fundraising PTSA Membership Drive

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HOSTS Counselors Calendar Yearbook Hospitality

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Hawk Football Schedule Lady Hawk Volleyball Schedule Mission Statement* PTSA Board*

Dr. Joe Rodriguez, Principal Harlingen HS South PTSA Page 1 Aug/Sept 2011


Tuesday, September 6, 2011 Harlingen HS South Cafeteria 6:00 pm

Message from our President Judi Peters HHSS PTSA

On behalf of the entire PTSA board, I would like to say Welcome back! to our fabulous Hawk Teachers, Staff, Parents and Students and extend an extra-special welcome to our incoming freshmen and upper classmen that may be new to our campus. Upon entering the halls of HHSS this year, excitement is evident. Our PTSA board is excited, too. This is going to be a great year! We invite all parents and students as well as family and community members, to join our organization. School involvement is a proven way to ensure your child succeeds. By becoming a member of PTSA, you are sending an important message to your child - one that says you care about them in the present and in the future, and that you value education. Membership is only $6.50 per person and the benefits are numerous. We have many opportunities to volunteer and invite you to fill out a volunteer form at our Open House scheduled on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 in the HHSS cafeteria. Or, you may contact our volunteer chairperson, Debra Bennett by emailing Even if you are not able to volunteer your time, your membership will help our organization with our fundraising efforts which ultimately benefit our staff and students. Since we value our HHSS teachers and staff, our Hospitality Committee provides many perks for our teachers. We work with the administration to enhance the look of our school through our Beautification Committee. We host the Masquerade Ball and Graduation Celebration for our students. We recognize two Students of the Month each month during the academic school year as well as offer student scholarships. PTSA encourages and offers many opportunities for community service including work with the Humane Society, Sunny Glenn Childrens home and our Christmas Angel Tree. The first student meeting will be Wednesday, September 7 during both lunch periods (room to be announced). Our first fundraiser will be our annual BBQ Tailgate on Friday, October 7. We invite you to purchase tickets at Open House or contact our Fundraising Chair, Alayne Villarreal by emailing . Then, join us for the BBQ before heading over to Boggus Stadium to support our amazing South Hawk football team. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your 2011-12 HHSS PTSA President. I look forward to seeing you all at our Open House on September 6, 2011 beginning at 6:00 pm. We will have a short general meeting followed by a NEW way of visiting your childrens teachers and classrooms. See you there!!!

Student Meeting Announcement Caitlin Peters, Student President First HHSS PTSA Student Meeting will be on: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Both Lunches Room TBA We will be voting for Homecoming Representatives. Pizza will be served. Anyone interested in joining is welcome. Please make a list of the activities you would like our student organization to do this year and bring it with you to the meeting.

To read interesting reports and parent news, please visit Texas Family Magazine.

Parent Volunteers Needed

PTSA is always looking for and needing parent volunteers to help out. If you have time or just want to get involved without having to organize an event then please contact Debra Bennett our Parent Volunteer Coordinator. Her number is: 789-7721 or e-mail her at

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Students of the Month

All seniors, who are PTSA members, are encouraged to apply for PTSA Student of the Month. Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Finchs office. Completed applications should be returned to Mrs. Finchs office and will be picked up the first Friday of each month. Two students are recognized each month at City Council PTSA meetings. Applications remain on file and applicants remain eligible throughout the school year. Seniors, you should be very proud of your accomplishments, community service, and the offices you have held throughout your high school career. Come by and apply for Student of the Month so we can celebrate you and all your accomplishments. We want to acknowledge all that you have done. Julie Gonzales, Chairman Victoria (11) HCISD College Night Thursday, September 15, 2011 TSTC Cultural Arts Center 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
College Night is for all HCISD high school Junior and Senior students and their parents to have an opportunity to visit with numerous college representatives. Representatives from over 60 colleges and universities from all over the United States, plus our local colleges and the Military will be on hand to provide useful information on their respective schools or branch of service. Please encourage your students to attend this very important event.

HHSS PTSA 4th Annual Tailgate Barbeque October 7, 2011

$6.50 a plate
Drive through before the football game 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

PTSA student members will be voting for their Homecoming Representatives at their first PTSA student meeting to be held, Wednesday, September 7. Two senior PTSA members will be chosen by the student members to represent our organization. The students will also decide on their theme and the decorations for the homecoming representatives parade transportation. Student Chairpersons for the committee are Senior, Zach Hoelscher and freshman, Kurt Hoelscher. Please show your support and Hawk pride as they put together the organizations Homecoming activities. HHSS Homecoming activities will include Spirit Week, Parade and Bonfire, Football Game against PSJA Memorial (GO HAWKS), and Homecoming Dance. Submitted by Julie Hoelscher, Homecoming Committee Zach Hoelscher, (12) Kurt Hoelscher (9)

Homecoming week is scheduled for October 17 21, 2011.

In front of the HCISD Administration Building.


Harlingen High School South PTSA has been very busy conducting its annual membership drive. Our first event of the year took place August 8th 12th where parent and student volunteers manned the PTSA booth signing up new members at registration. Many thanks to all the volunteers. If you have not already joined PTSA there will be another opportunity to join at the Open House and General Meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. There will be a registration table at the front door of the cafetorium where you can join. As a member, you will receive four newsletters throughout the year keeping you up-todate with the school calendar, activities and other important information. PTSA members are also eligible for discounts at national retail chains. We hope you will join us and help support Masquerade, Graduation Celebration, Student of the Month, our scholarship program for graduating seniors and teachers, and our many other worthwhile projects. Thanks so much to all our volunteers for helping with the drive and for the continued support of Harlingen High School South PTSA!

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Reading is in need of volunteers. There are openings on Tuesday for both first and second period classes. Please contact Rita Scoggins at HHSS for more information. Your gift of time is much appreciated!

A Note From the Counselors

September 15 TACRAO/ College Night at TSTC Cultural Arts Center (HHS hosts) 6-8pm 16 College Roundup #1 during the day in Library Lab & Room 101/ApplyTexas 0ctober 6 College/ Financial Aid Parent Night at South Cafeteria/ classrooms 6-8PM 18-21 TAKS 22 ACT testing 28 College Roundup #2 in Library Lab & Room 101/Apply Texas November- College Awareness Month 2 ASVAB 5 SAT testing 18 College Roundup #3 in Library Lab & Room 101 December 3 SAT testing 9 College Roundup #4 (if needed) in Room 101 10 ACT testing 19-20 College Applications/KUDER 20 Jan. 2 Christmas Holiday If you need more information please feel free to call me. Veronica Perez College and Career Rm. 101 (956) 427-3870 or 3835

The 2012 Yearbook Early Bird Sale is on sale ($75 each book) until the end of September or until 50 books have been sold (whichever comes first). Sales are going fast. You can order on-line at with a credit or debit card. Yearbooks purchased on-line must be paid in full but if they fill out an order form which can be picked up in classroom 605 payments can be made up until late January. Please take advantage of this Early Bird Sale because the 2012 Yearbook will never be sold this low again. After 50 copies have been sold, the price jumps to $85 thru the fall and $95 during early spring. Also, Picture Days are coming soon. Seniors Fall Photo make-ups will be Saturday, Sept. 17th (no sitting fee) and underclassmen (9-11) will be shot Wed & Thurs Oct 5th & 6th. Seniors get a proof that same day! Photos will be taken by Trevino Photo 956-7835274 in our school cafeteria. Call or e-mail yearbook advisor Mrs. Biada Galvan at for more info. Biada Galvan Yearbook

On Friday August 19, the 20112012 school year kicked off with a Back to School Breakfast for South teachers and staff. The breakfast was catered by Lubys Cafeteria and enjoyed by everyone. The room was decorated with table coverings, plants, balloons, candy filled mugs and other door prizes. The teachers had a great time and many signed up to be members of PTSA. Thank you everyone!! PTSA would like to thank our wonderful teachers and staff at Harlingen High School South. We appreciate all that you do for our kids. Have a great 2011-2012 school year!! Debra Bennett and Cathy Fox Hayley (9) Kaitlin (12) HHSS PTSA Hospitality

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DATE 9/2 9/8 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/13 10/21 DAY OPPONENT SITE TIME Friday Brownsville Pace Thurs. Weslaco OPEN Friday Edinburg Economedes** There Friday Harlingen** Friday PSJA** Thurs. PSJA North** Friday PSJA Memorial** (Homecoming) Friday Edinburg North ** Friday Edinurg** ** District 31-5A Head Coach: Student Activities Director: Gilbert Leal Randy Cretors 7:30 pm Boggus 7:30 pm There 7:00 pm


DATE 9/1 9/10 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/15 10/20 10/27 11/3 DAY Thur. Sat. OPPONENT SITE There South TIME 7:00/TBA 11:00/TBA

Boggus 7:30 pm Boggus 7:30 pm There 7:00 pm

Brownsville Pace Weslaco OPEN Thur. Edinburg Economedes** Thur. Harlingen** Thur. PSJA** Sat. PSJA North** 12:00/10:00 Thur. PSJA Memorial** Thur. Edinburg North ** Thur. Edinurg** ** District 31-5A

South 7:00/5:00 Boggus 7:00/5:00 There 7:00/5:00 South There South There 7:00/5:00 7:00/5:00 7:00/5:00

2011 Freshman Green/Orange Football Schedule

(subject to change) DATE DAY OPPONENT 9/1 9/10 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/6 10/15 10/20 10/27 11/3 Thur. Sat. SITE TIME

Boggus 7:30 pm

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7:30 pm

Boggus 7:30 pm

Brownsville Pace There 5:30/TBA Weslaco South/There 9:00/TBA OPEN Thur. Edinburg Economedes** There 7:00/5:00 Thur. Harlingen** Boggus/South 5:00/5:00 Thur. PSJA** South 7:00/5:00 Sat. PSJA North** There 12:00/10:00 Thur. PSJA Memorial** South 7:00/5:00 Thur. Edinburg North ** There 7:00/5:00 Thur. Edinurg** South 7:00/5:00 ** District 31-5A


DATE OPPONENT 9/3 Sharyland 9/6 McAllen 9/10 *Economedes 9/13 *Harlingen 9/17 *PSJA 9/20 *PSJA North 9/24 *PSJA Memorial 9/27 *Edinburg North 10/1 *Edinburg 10/4 *Economedes 10/8 *Harlingen 10/11 *PSJA 10/15 *PSJA North 10/18 *PSJA Memorial 10/22 *Edinburg North 10/25 *Edinburg *Denotes District Matches Head Coach: L. Garza Varsity Assistant: B. Molina JV Dark: D. Esparza LOCATION Away Away Away Home Home Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Home Away Home Away TIME 6:00/7:00 6:00/7:00 11:00/12:00 5:30/6:30 11:00/12:00 5:30/6:30 11:00/12:00 5:30/6:30 11:00/12:00 5:30/6:30 11:00/12:00 5:30/6:30 11:00/12:00 5:30/6:30 11:00/12:00 5:30/6:30

2011 LADY HAWK JV Light/9 Light/Dark VOLLEYBALL

DATE 9/3 9/6 9/10 9/12 9/17 9/19 9/24 9/26 10/1 10/3 10/8 10/10 10/15 10/17 10/22 10/24 OPPONENT LOCATION TIME Sharyland Away 11:00/10:00/10:00 McAllen Home** 7:00/6:00/6:00 *Economedes Away 10:00/9:00/10:00 *Harlingen Home** 7:30/5:30/6:30 *PSJA Home** 10:00/9:00/10:00 *PSJA North Away 7:30/5:30/6:30 *PSJA Memorial Home** 10:00/9:00/10:00 *Edinburg North Away 7:30/5:30/6:30 *Edinburg Home** 11:00/12:00 *Economedes Home** 5:30/6:30 *Harlingen Away 11:00/12:00 *PSJA Away 5:30/6:30 *PSJA North Home** 11:00/12:00 *PSJA Memorial Away 5:30/6:30 *Edinburg North Home** 11:00/12:00 *Edinburg Away 5:30/6:30 *Denotes District Matches **Home games: JV Light play in Main Gym on Mondays and Practice Gym on Saturday 9th Light play in Practice Gym 9th Dark play in Main Gym Coach: JV Light A. Cardenas 9th Dark D. Cruz 9th Light R. Amitrani


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Mission Statement To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children. To assist parents in developing skills they need to raise and protect their children; and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation. Harlingen South PTSA Newsletter is published four times per year August/September, October/November, January/ February and April/May

Harlingen High School South PTSA Board

Office Name Principal Dr. Joe Rodriguez Administrator Mrs. Debbie Finch President Judi Peters Vice President Membership Sharon Helsley-McGinley Vice President Programs Marcia Kitten Corresponding Secretary Eileen Anderson Recording Secretary Sylvia Perez Treasurer Linda Alexander Parliamentarian Traci Forman Historian Karen Lillard Arts In Education Deborah Vaughn Beautification/Environmental Lisa Mendez City Council Representative Laurie Simmons Graduation Celebration Valeska Lambert Homecoming Julie Hoelscher Hospitality Debra Bennett Hospitality Cathy Fox Fundraising Alayne Villarreal Legislative Luis Garcia Masquerade Chairman Robin Odom Masquerade Coronation Masquerade Decorations Angela Gonzalez Masquerade Food Cyndie Haden Newsletter Ramona Garcia Publicity Debbie Groves Student of the Month Julie Gonzalez Scholarship Angel Sanchez Spec. Student Project Student Liaison Marcia Kitten Teacher Liaison Rhonda McKinney Volunteer Coordinator Debra Bennett Harlingen HS South PTSA Newsletter Harlingen High School South 1701 Dixieland Road Harlingen, TX 78552 Student(s)

Caitlin (11), Ashley (10) Sheldan (11) Justin (11) Erich (9) Rachel (12) Ethan (12) Alexandra (11) Meredith (10) Jesse (12) Jennifer (11) Teddy (10) Marshall (11) Austin (11) Zack(12) Kurt (9) Hayley (9) Kaitlin (11) Caroline (9) Andrew (9) Sydney (9) Alexis (10) Alexandra (10) Zach (12) Rebecca (9) Caitlyn (11) Victoria (11) Angelica (10) Justin (11) Erich (9) William (12) Madison (10) Hayley (9) 956-427-3800

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