Panther Press 

Week of April 19th

SA Prep Families,  

Testing season is fast approaching! Our champions have been learning and growing all year long and it's time for them to show what they know. Although STAAR testing isn't for accountability this year, we still want all of our champions to do their best. 

                    Be safe, wash your hands, and (continue) to wear a mask.

-SA Prep Admin Team  

COVID, Dashboard
Now Enrolling
We are now enrolling for the upcoming school year for 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade! 
If you know anyone interested in enrolling their champion at SA Prep please have them apply at! For more information we can be reached at 210-473-2698. 
Apply TODAY!
Ready for Success, Daily Attendance 

Champions should be logged in or at school everyday by 7:45 AM. The class will start promptly at 8:00 am. Attendance is a major part of our school funding and allows us the opportunity to provide more for our champions. Also, when champions are in class they are learning.
Academic  Update
Per TEA, Texas schools will continue to take the STAAR test in grades 3 and up at the end of this academic year. STAAR tests will be one of the many things that show your child's academic progress and achievement this year. All testing will take place IN-PERSON per TEA requirements. Specific testing dates will be communicated as we get closer to the Spring, but we wanted to share that NO at-home testing will be available

STAAR Dates 
STAAR Practice Dates 
Parent Feedback  Survey 

Thank you for trusting us at San Antonio Preparatory with your child's education. Please use this quick and direct feedback form to send your questions, comments and concerns for administrators and staff. We will check daily and will respond appropriately within 2 business days, depending on the severity (student safety first!) 

Your opinions matter greatly and it takes a village to transform lives!  
Parent Feedback to Admin
School Directory
Please see our school directory with the emails of all staff and our staff communication flow chart.
Parent Communication Flow Chart
Below is our parent communication Flow Chart. Please be sure to follow the chart before escalating issues and concerns to Administration 

Important Dates 

April 22nd: Career Day during school
April 23rd: Student Holiday No School
April 24th: Community Drive @ 10-3 and Food Truck Fest

Parent Portal 

Are you set up on Parent Portal? Parent Portal is a website that allows you to access your student’s information for grades and attendance.

Please reach out to your classroom teacher for your champion's login information.

Watch the videos below to learn how to set up your ascender account.


Parent Partner Group (Formerly Parent Prep Club)

President: Jessica Gray 
Vice President: Olivia Jewell 
Secretary: Afryea Clark
Staff Delegate: (must a current staff member): Vacant 

It's hiring season at SA Prep and we want parents to have an opinion on our next hires!

If you are interested in being a part of our hiring process and sitting on a parent panel from Monday- Friday please reach out to our PPG President, Mrs. Gray at 210- 452-8336 or via email: 

As we begin to plan for testing season we need your support. The PPG will collecting unopened healthy snacks and treats for the testing days for our champions and staff.

If you are interested in donating snacks or monetary funds  please reach out to our PPG President, Jessica Gray at 210- 452-8336 or via email: 
Parent Parent Group Zoom Link
Join the PPG as a voting member
Carpool Initiative

SA Prep Athletics 

Track Practice is on campus Monday- Friday from 4:45PM to 6:00PM.
In order for Athletes to compete they need to have a sport physical on file and passing based on their last report card

SA Prep Champion of the Week 


5TH GRADE LANGSTON HUGES: Sebastian G (Connection)
5TH GRADE CESAR CHAVEZ: Alissa A (Connection and Identity)
6TH GRADE WEB DUBOIS: Shyhim M (Love) 
6TH GRADE NELSON MANDELA: Jaxen M (Connection)
7TH GRADE JAMES BALDWIN:  Zaniya H (Identity and Culture)
School Events 
Panther Spotting 
Team work makes the dream work! Our champions hard at work during group work, small group and stations time 
Staffing Update 
  • Due to unexpected circumstances Mr. Escobar Ruiz, has decided to resign effective April 19, 2021. Mrs Beltan (Ms. Young) and the 6th grade team have already created a transition plan to make sure champions are still supported until the end of the year.
  • Welcome Ms. Saunders! She is our new permanent sub for remainder of the 20-21 school year and will be supporting Nelson Mandela. 
Staff Spotlight 
This week's Staff Spotlight is Ms. Ellis our 6th grade ELA and Social Studies teacher 
Ms. Ellis was born and raised in the small town of El Campo which is 70 miles south of Houston. She attended UTSA and then continued at Walden to obtain a Masters in Social work. Her passion is working with youth in underrepresented communities and advocating for those still finding their voice. In her free time, Ms. Ellis does work for foster children who have been displaced from their home. Ms. Ellis plans to continue working with young adults in San Antonio and surrounding areas. 

Five fun facts 

1. Ms. Ellis LOVES Harry Potter.
2. Ms. Ellis is a certified foster mom.
3. Ms. Ellis loves cold chocolate pudding on pizza.
4. Ms. Ellis is the first person in both her maternal and paternal family to obtain a Masters degree. 
5.  Ms. Ellis loves piercings and tattoos.
Community's Pinboard
We are one big community! Please see a list of community partners, updated frequently.

1. Legends Barbershop: 14910 Nacogdoches Rd. #1669, San Antonio, TX 78247. (Ask for Bruce)
Discount: $15.00 for both adults and students. Students can use their Champion Dollars. 

2. Bayseas Restaurant: 217 S. WW White Rd. San Antonio, TX 78219. 
Discount: Employees receive a 15% off entire menu. 

3. Momma Luv's Soul & Carribean Food: 2427 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78218.
Discount: 12% off on the entire menu for both employees and students. Students can use their Champion Dollars.

4. Chop it up Barbershop: 8021 FM78 Suite. 121, Converse, TX 78109. (Ask for Duane or Oscar)
Discount: $15.00 for both adults and students. Students can use their Champion Dollars. 

5. Nola Eatz: 5514 Walzem Rd. #3, San Antonio, TX 78218.
Discount: 15% off the entire menu for employees only. Students will have a special menu starting at $5.00-$12.00 and can use their Champion Dollars.

6. Braids on Phire: 8021 FM78, San Antonio, TX, 78244.
Discount: $30.00 off of all hair dues for employees. Students receive $30-$50 off all hair dues and can use their Champion Dollars.

7. Midas: 4255 N. Foster Rd.
Discount: 15% discount off of all services done by Midas at this location. Synthetic Blend oil changes at $16.99 (up to 5 quarts). Full Synthetic oil changes at $39.99 (up to 5 quarts)

8. Shebah Dental:9160 FM78, Converse,TX  78109
Discount: 5% discount off 
employees who have no insurance or 5% off services your insurance does not cover

8. Royal Cutz Barbershop: 1950 Austin Highway, San Antonio TX78218
Discount: 15% champions and $20 for employees

School Safety 

San Antonio Prep considers the health and well-being of our students and staff to be of the utmost importance.

We will continue to practice our COVID screenings, mask wearing, outdoor breaks, social distancing when possible and frequent sanitizing. We also have a day and night crew to support with deep cleaning. We also: 

  • Limit class sizes to a max of 18 students (3 per table) 
  • Staggered breaks
  • All meals in the classroom (including breakfast) 
Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. 
- Barack Obama
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