SAISD Coming Attractions
San Antonio Independent School District
141 Lavaca St. / San Antonio, Texas 78210
Jan. 10 (Sat) — ‘The Met: HD Live in Schools’ program
Noon at Regal Cielo Vista Stadium 18, 2828 Cinema Ridge
“La Rondine” by Puccini is the first of four live opera broadcasts participating District 8th-grade choir students and their directors will see this semester. SAISD is among 18 school districts nationwide selected for this program that beams performances by the New York Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center to movie theaters worldwide. Participation in the program is part of a comprehensive fine arts lesson including vocals, music, history, set design, costuming and theater.
Jan. 16 (Fri) — ‘Teach Me SAISD’ videos red carpet premier
6 p.m. at the Instituto de Mexico, 600 HemisFair Plaza Way
These future FaceBook, YouTube, and Web page favorites will debut before an audience of their student producers, cinematographers, publicists, stars, parents, and SAISD staff. Following the red carpet premier, the 30- and 60-second “Teach Me SAISD” marketing videos will be shown internationally on social networking sites to recruit prospective teachers. They were produced by teens from three District high schools with talent provided by elementary students.
Jan. 17-18 — MLK holiday observances
M.L. King Academy at 3501 MLK Drive
Among the events the school named for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will host in his honor will be:
â— Jan. 17 (Sat) – noon. ‘Know Why You Are Marching Civil Rights and Film Series.’
Inaugurating the third-year of this ongoing series will be a presentation by civil rights attorney Alvin J. Bronstein, whose clients have included King, the National Association of the Advanced of Colored People, and the Black Panther Party. Musical entertainment will include performances by students from the host school. Series sponsors are SAISD, M.L. King Academy, Calvert International Consulting, Neighborhoods First Alliance, Frost Bank, Wellcare, FOX 29, MY 35, and Univision Radio.
â— Jan. 18 (Sun) – 6 p.m. ‘Trouble the Water’ screening. This documentary details how husband and wife self-described street hustlers use their experience of surviving Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans as impetus for a fresh start. Awards “Trouble the Water’ has earned include Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Who: SAISD 8th-grade choir students
What: ‘The Met: Live in HD Schools’ program participants
When: Jan. 10 (Sat) – Noon
Where: Regal Cielo Vista Stadium 18, 2828 Cinema Ridge
More: It will be better than front-row seating at Lincoln Center when students and
their choir directors experience Puccini’s “La Rondine” performed live by the New York Metropolitan Opera and transmitted in high definition to movie theaters throughout the world.
SAISD is among 18 school districts nationwide chosen to participate in the groundbreaking program the Metropolitan Opera launched in 2006 to reinvigorate this genre of performance and bring it to a broader audience. “The Met: Live in HD” captures onstage action at the Lincoln from a variety of angles through use of 10 robotic cameras and state-of-the-art technology. Viewers also have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes for live interviews with the performers and crew members.
Back in the classroom, “The Met: Live in HD” lessons will continue for the participating SAISD students as part of a comprehensive fine arts curriculum including vocals, music, history, set design, costuming and theater.
‘Know Why You Are Marching’ summit to highlight MLK holiday
SAN ANTONIO, – The SAISD school whose name honors the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be among the official host sites for events in observance of his yearly memorial commemoration. M.L. King Academy is at 3501 MLK Drive.
• Civil rights program – Jan. 16 (Fri) at 1:30 p.m. Keynote speaker will be T.C. Calvert, president of Neighborhoods First Alliance.
• Know Why You Are Marching Civil Rights and Film Series – Jan. 17 (Sat) at noon. Civil rights attorney Alvin J. Bronstein, whose clients have included King, will be special guest speaker. During his 50-year career, Bronstein also has represented numerous groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Black Panther Party, and has directed the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) National Prison Project. Musical entertainment will be provided by M.L. King Academy students, the True Vision Baptist Church Choir, and the Sons of Thunder Gospel Jazz group.
• ‘Trouble the Water’ screening – Jan. 18 (Sun) at 6 p.m. This documentary details how self-described street hustlers, an aspiring rap artist and her husband, survive Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters in Ninth Ward New Orleans and use the experience as a fresh start. The film, directed by “Fahrenheit 9/11” producers Tia Lessin, and Carl Deal, won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
• MLK Day March – Jan. 19 (Mon) starting 9:30 a.m. The procession will begin in front of the school and conclude at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa St.
These events are part of the “First Annual Know Why You Are Marching Civil Rights and Film Series – Organizers Summit” sponsored by SAISD, the ACLU of Texas, the San Antonio Chapter of the ACLU of Texas, Neighborhoods First Alliance, CPS Energy, and Frost Bank. For a complete listing of summit activities visit website