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UHV, Stroman Middle School formalize Adopt-A-School partnership

June 1, 2013 at 1:01 a.m.

University of Houston-Victoria and Victoria Independent School District leaders and Stroman Middle School eighth-graders gathered Wednesday for an Adopt-A-School partnership ceremony in the Stroman library. Pictured in the front row are UHV President Phil Castille, left; Estella De Los Santos, UHV professor of mathematics education and member of the VISD Board of Trustees; and VISD superintendent Robert Jaklich. Pictured in the back row are Stroman Principal Lisa Cortez, left; Stroman students Katlyn Salina and Zachary Wallace; Fred Litton, dean of the UHV School of Education and Human Development; Dawn Maroney, incoming Stroman principal; and Stroman student Tiffany Martin.

The University of Houston-Victoria has adopted Stroman Middle School in an effort to help those students achieve academic goals and prepare UHV education majors for the teaching profession.

As part of the Victoria school district's Adopt-A-School program, faculty and students from the UHV School of Education and Human Development have tutored Stroman students and worked with Stroman teachers on methods to bolster academic performance during the 2012-2013 school year.

"We all have the same goal of school improvement," said Estella De Los Santos, a UHV professor of mathematics education and a member of the VISD board of trustees. "By working together, we are sharing knowledge and resources as well as providing an important learning experience for the future teachers UHV is preparing."

The Adopt-a-School program allows area residents in businesses, organizations and institutes of higher learning to volunteer time or donate equipment or supplies to a particular school. While UHV faculty members and students have volunteered at Stroman in the past, the idea of making the relationship formal came out of a meeting between Fred Litton, dean of the UHV School of Education and Human Development, and VISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich.

"Both the superintendent and I were new last year, so we met to get to know each other and brainstorm ways we could mutually benefit VISD and UHV students," Litton said. "While the Adopt-A-School concept has been around a long time, we both felt it would do a considerable amount of good in this particular situation."

UHV President Phil Castille welcomed the increased interaction between the university and VISD.

"This agreement creates another opportunity for UHV to contribute to the well-being of the Victoria community and partner with our dedicated colleagues at VISD," he said. "In return, our students will be gaining hands-on training, and our faculty members will get real-time feedback from the classrooms."



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