Multicultural Resources for Fox Tech High School
Due Date: 11/7/2007
25 Multicultural Resources for Fox Tech High School:
1. Rumbo de San Antonio
2. San Antonio Express News
3. THE PRICE OF ADMISSION by Daniel Golden
4. TESTED, by Linda Perlstein
5. IT’S OK IF YOU’RE CLUELESS by Terry McMillan
6. LATINO CULTURAL CITIZENSHIP Claiming Identity Space and Rights
7. COLLATERAL DAMAGE How High Stakes Testing Corrupts Schools by Sharon L. Nichols and David C. Berlinger
8. THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros
9. VIOLENCE IN AMERICAS SCHOOLS by R. Thomas Murray
10. CHICANAS AND CHICANOS by Robert M. DeAnda
Community Resources Contact # Contact Name
11. The Alamo 210 255 1391 Laura Garcia (Event Coordinator)
12. Institute Of Texan Cultures 210 458-2291 Blanca Valdez
13. The Witte Museum 210 357 1866 Aaron Luther
14. River Center Mall 210 225 0589 Chris Oviatt General Manger
15. San Antonio Children’s Museum 210 212 4453 Ext 1310 Sharon Franks (Event Cor.)
16. VIA Metropolitan Transit 210 475 9008 Ruth Olivarres
17. San Antonio Public Library 210 207 2500 Kendra Trachta
18. San Antonio College 210 733 2482 Alice Johnson Hooks (Advisor)
19. International Bank of Bank (IBC) 210 518 2500 Melissa Soto
20. Nix Heritage Center(Clinic/Hospital) 210 579 3800 Angela Diehl (Marketing rep)
21. Alamo Music Center 210 224 1010 John Gleitman
22. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 210 207 8560 Mary Alvarado
23. Circle of Care Daycare (SAISD) 210 212 4773 Ruth Miller
24. St Joseph’s Church 210 227-0126 Barbara Oliveira
25. Salvation Army 210 226 2291 Charles Mederis
Community Resources - Contact # - Contact Name
11. The Alamo- 210 255 1391- Laura Garcia (Event Coordinator)
12. Institute Of Texan Cultures - 210 458-2291 - Blanca Valdez
13. The Witte Museum - 210 357 1866 - Aaron Luther
14. River Center Mall - 210 225 0589 - Chris Oviatt General Manager
15. San Antonio Children’s Museum - 210 212 4453 (Ext 1310)- Sharon Franks (Event Cor.)
16. VIA Metropolitan Transit - 210 475 9008 - Ruth Olivarres
17. San Antonio Public Library - 210 207 2500 - Kendra Trachta
18. San Antonio College- 210 733 2482 - Alice Johnson Hooks (Advisor)
19. International Bank of Bank (IBC) - 210 518 2500 - Melissa Soto
20. Nix Heritage Center(Clinic/Hospital) - 210 579 3800 - Angela Diehl (Marketing rep)
21. Alamo Music Center - 210 224 1010 - John Gleitman
22. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center - 210 207 8560 - Mary Alvarado
23. Circle of Care Daycare (SAISD) - 210 212 4773 - Ruth Miller
24. St Joseph’s Church - 210 227-0126 - Barbara Oliveira25. Salvation
25. Salvation Army - 210 226 2291 - Charles Meder
Rumbo de San Antonio is a Spanish newspaper in San Antonio that is available to the students who are of ESL can read. In this newspaper there is a surplus of resources that the students may use. There are multicultural resources that students may receive in this newspaper. Many of the students’ parents already receive this newspaper.
San Antonio Express News is the number in newspaper here in San Antonio. Besides having sports, world, national, and local news, it also has a section called “Culturas”. Students can use this section as a resource because it provides several different cultures and lands from other countries. It’s available in subscription, in stores, and most bookstores and coffee shops for free. The students can use this paper to expand their knowledge on the world around them.
The book THE PRICE OF ADMISSION by Daniel Golden, proves to be an immediate resource to the students from Fox Tech high school that is available at the Central Library right across the street. This book allows the student realize what is out in the real world which allows them in turn to be aware of Nepotism and favoritism in the selection process of the elite colleges. There are many middle class and lower class students that may be overlooked at Ivy League colleges who have the test scores and have made the grade. If they wondered why they didn’t get in the elite colleges after reading this book they shall wonder no more. This book promotes awareness of what the bigger picture of getting into college is really like to the minority and lower- middle class students. This book gives the facts and doesn’t sugarcoat why student’s from Fox Tech high school who are eligible to get into these schools are immediate looked over to others of “somewhat importance” like Al Gore average son jumped over more qualified candidates because of the social and political ties he has.
TESTED, by Linda Perlstein is book that would allow not only the community of Fox Tech, but the students at Fox Tech high to have a better understanding of what it is like to live in the era of NCLB. It goes on to explain and teachers are over blamed and how many administrators are being accused of not knowing what is going on, but the reality is that this may be a result of a failed government system. This allows the students to have a better understanding of the NCLB and what it all intels.
IT’S OK IF YOU’RE CLUELESS is a book for the college bound students who want to go college, but have no clue on what steps it would take to get there. Terry McMillan tells of her wisdom of getting into college. This could benefit and can be used as a resource for the students at Fox Tech she terry goes on to describe the difficulties of peer pressure and the role that parents play in what kids are going to be after they graduate. This resource for the students would answer many of the unknown questions that are lingering in the minds of the college bound students of the Fox Tech students.
LATINO CULTURAL CITIZENSHIP Claiming Identity Space and Rights is a book of how Latinos living in the United States are still being deprived of their rights. They are allowed to express themselves culturally through food and through wardrobe, but the opinions of the Latinos are soon hushed and shoved under the rug when we try to voice them in our society. Since about ninety percent of the students at tech are of Latin descent, this resource would give students’ a better understanding of how politics in the U. S. is perceived by their own people. This in turn would help the students be prepared for the real world. Earlier in the semester Professor Clark said that white supremacy still exist in the U.S. today. This book is the perfect example from the Latino point of view of how it still exists in America.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE How High Stakes Testing Corrupts Schools by Sharon L. Nichols and David C. Berlinger is a resource that may enable the Fox tech students and teachers’ learn how testing can be a plague on American schools and how tests are able to allow schools to get ahead or behind the education system. Berlinger describes how pressure is the root that destroys the educational system and the foundation of the school. High pressure testing what many students go through in high school each year. When reading this book faculty and staff of fox tech would have a better understanding of what testing is evolved into.
THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is account of what Sandra Cisneros’s life was like through a fictional girl. This is an excellent source for students because this is what most the students go through in their everyday life. It gives an account of what it’s like to grow up in a poor neighborhood, or be darker than most of the people around you. It a fascinating view of another culture, and would benefit any student to read it, no matter what culture they come from.
VIOLENCE IN AMERICAS SCHOOLS by R. Thomas Murray is a book that may benefit students and the surrounding neighborhood from Fox Tech in the sense that all schools whether elite or poverty stricken show evidence of violence. Fox Tech experiences violence in waves. This book would promote fundamental awareness for the faculty and staff of Fox Tech enabling them to understand be effective in cases of violence.
CHICANAS AND CHICANOS in Contemporary Society is a book by Robert M DeAnda that depicts the life of students’ in school and the Chicano Race. Students from Fox Tech can benefit from this in the sense that they learn more about what other Chicanos have gone through and what many other Chicanos are going through.
The Alamo is a historical landmark which is one of San Antonio’s main attractions. This landmark offers many to those in the city and of those individuals who travel to marvel in all its historical beauty. The Alamo gives the community and especially of the young generations, a chance to recognize the importance of history and a physical sense of its self. This historical resource helps students to experience and gain the knowledge of Texas and its history. The Alamo has no cover charge to visit which allows for all those who want to participate in enriching their minds, have it available to them at any time. Educators can also arrange for field trips for their students by calling the Shrine desk at the Alamo to have a group tour.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is a community resource that expands knowledge of a wide variety of cultures. With its rich multicultural education center, the institute becomes a source of experience for those who want to learn about other cultures. One of San Antonio’s yearly celebrations, the Folk life Festival, is held at the Institute of Texan Cultures which entails all different cultures from all around. This community resource is one that can expand one’s learning experience with another culture.
The Witte Museum is an educational and hands-on approach to learning new historical experiences and individuals or things that existed in that particular time period. The museum offers exhibits such as the dinosaur exhibit, which gives a student a more ideal representation of how dinosaurs existed on the earth long ago. There are activities and descriptive details of dinosaurs and their existence. In addition to the Witte Museum, there is the H.E.B. Tree House which is designed to allow students to experiment with different materials and projects to gain the knowledge of how particular things in our world develop and work.
The Rivercenter Mall is a large shopping location where locals and tourists shop and get to experience the sites on the river. Not only is it a tourist attraction, it is also a place where the students in the surrounding community can come together and enjoy their weekends or it serves as a place of employment. The Rivercenter also is a place for students and others to experience various types of music on the river, cultural celebrations and holiday festivities.
The San Antonio Children’s Museum is an educational resource to those students who want to experience different hands-on lessons or share the experience with their family. There are so many activities and lessons to partake in for the students. Each lesson has a different theme and activities to engage in to heighten their sense of discovery and educational learning at the same time. The Museum is open to the public and requires a entrance fee but the facility also accommodates those individuals and families who cannot afford the fee, free admission so they too can experience the museum and all it has to offer.
The VIA Metropolitan Transit plays a vital role in the students’ lives in and around the community of the school. The buses not only take community members to their destinations but also the students utilize the bus system to go to and from school and also means of traveling to work or other destinations around the city. The VIA participates in school programs that offer field trips for students to experience the VIA bus and gain an understanding of the importance of riding the bus safely and they can experience riding the bus for the first time.
The San Antonio Public Library has an overabundance of resources that are available to the students of Fox Tech. Although it is not often students’ check out books from this library there is a table that is has all sorts of sex education pamphlets on the second floor of the library. Students’ who go up the escalator to the second floor are immediate introduced by this type of resource. There are at least students’ that come through the library everyday to meet or hang out with friends. Even though students don’t actually check out books or other resources they will sit and do some homework at the tables at the library.
San Antonio College is the closest college to Fox Tech High School. When you go to a Fox go Tech Graduation about 75% of the students will either join the work force or attend San Antonio Community College. This is likely the #1 resource that students seek after they graduate from college. It is close and many of their friends are going to be there after college. This would allow them to keep in touch with their own background and bring a sense of comfort when they get into college.
IBC Bank is available to the students at Fox Tech High school. This bank is located within walking distance of the school and allows students to seek financial advice and when they are of age to open a bank account they may do so. This fundamental resource allows for knowledge in money management and the ability to experience a lifelong necessity.
Nix Heritage Center is where the students can benefit from a smaller hospital to better suit their needs, while still getting the benefits of the latest technology. The Nix has been around for 75 years and offers everything from a general practitioner to inpatient and outpatient hospital care. There is health care for everyone's needs and the center also provides community classes for such things as nutrition, child birthing, and baby care classes. This helps teach the students how to care for themselves and their families.
Alamo Music Center provides musical instruments to rent or own for the students. Here they can purchase books, flashcards with music notes, almost anything they need to study music. There are several different instructors to teach them piano, guitar, drums and brass instruments. They have Alamo Music Center available to them whether they’re part of the band or if they want to learn music on their own.
Henry B. Gonzalez Center is a building could benefit the students because if they have an event/function it would be ideal to hold it at this facility since it can hold 1.3 million square feet of people! There’s also the Lilia Cockrell theater and the Alamodome which fall under the same family of buildings and function the same way, it would just depend on how many people need to be held inside. Events such as graduations, fairs, meetings, etc. have been held there since 1968. In addition, it has easy access to the mall, parking garages and restaurants thus putting money back into the city to provide more funding for the school.
Circle of Care Daycare (SAISD)is located right next to Fox Tech it makes it easy for the students because they don’t have to go out of their way to drop off their children or siblings. It also allows the students who have children to have a place to keep their kids while they finish their education. Lastly it provides a job for students while giving them firsthand experience taking care of children.
The Salvation Army provides relief for families in need. The students can benefit from the Salvation Army for multiple reasons. Some of these reasons include providing emergency shelter and if a student’s house ever burned down they could go there. It provides an adult daycare center, rehabilitation, and meals. It’s a shelter, a home like environment, and provides some stability for the students which unfortunately so many are lacking in their lives.
St. Joseph’s Church: Besides being a facility to worship at, the students benefit because it’s a chance to connect with the community at parties, fundraisers, volunteering and other such events. It also is a place to get mentored and just have someone listen to the students and help guide them through the various stages of their lives. It’s been around since 1876 and has Spanish, German and Mexican cultures which allow the students to have a view of other cultures beliefs and ideals.
Cisneros, Sandra. (1984) THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET New York: Vintage Books
Thomas, Murray (2006) VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS Connecticut: Library of Congress Cataloging
Perlstein, Linda (2007) TESTED New York: Henry Holt and Company
McMillan, Terry (2007) IT’S OK IF YOU’RE CLUELESS New York: The Penguin Group
Golden, Daniel (2006) THE PRICE OF ADMISSION NEW YORK: Crown Publishing Group
Nichols, Sharon and Berlinger, David (2007) COLLATERAL DAMAGE Massachusetts, Harvard Education Publishing Group
Flores William and Rina Benmayor (1997) LATINO CULTURAL CITIZ ENSHIP Boston: Beacon Press
DeAnda, Robert (2006) CHICANAS AND CHICANOS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY New York: The Penguin Group
http://www.salvationarmysatx.org 11/6/07 Made by the Salvation Army