DSA – SRR Spotlight: Texas History Day

Did you know that the Divine Savior Academy has two campuses located in Texas? Our Sienna Campus is located in Missouri City, Texas. And just 200 miles over you’ll find our Santa Rita Ranch Campus, located in Liberty Hill, Texas.

Read along to see how our Santa Rita Ranch Campus took part in Texas History Day. 

What is Texas History Day?

Each year Texas students are encouraged to participate in National History Day program in Texas. More than 65,000 students participate in the National History Day program by creating and presenting original research papers, exhibits, performances, websites, and documentaries based on a Texas topic. Texas History Day allows students to develop:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills   
  • Project management skills
  • Research and reading skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Self-esteem and confidence

The 4th and 5th-grade students from Santa Rita Ranch joined in on this tradition by completing a “My Texas City” social studies project for their Texas History course. This project was brought to our Santa Rita Ranch Campus by Lisa Achilles, Santa Rita’s Admissions Director, and Academic Support Coordinator.

How Our Students Participated

Divine Savior’s elementary curriculum engages students in inquiry-based learning that develops problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Our students gain exposure to a variety of social science disciplines. These include:

  • Communities
  • World Cultures
  • Values and Customs
  • History
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Current Events
  • Economics
  • Concept of Globalization 
  • Civics

So for Texas History Day, we created a project that fits with our curriculum. Students were required to choose a city or town in Texas that begins with the same first letter of their last name and create a tri-fold display of their chosen city. Students had to present it to the class/school on Texas History Day. Along presenting their research, students had to dress up to represent their town’s culture or historical significance and learn and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag.

How our Families Supported and Celebrated with our Learners

Our DSA families came to the Texas History Day event and walked around to each presentation, asking questions and listening to our students show off what they learned about their Texas city or town. This fun learning experience even inspired several students to take day trips with their families to experience the city or town they selected for their assignment.

What an exciting celebration of our State of Texas! We are very proud of our student Texans!

-Lisa Achilles, Admissions Directory and Academic Support Coordinator

Our DSA social studies curriculum gives students the necessary tools to be active, responsible, and well-adjusted citizens and leaders. The “My Texas City” project did an excellent job at exposing our children to several social science disciplines and allowed them the opportunity to develop a variety of skills that will stay with them for life. We can’t wait to do it again!

Learn more about our Elementary Academics here:https://divinesavioracademy.com/student-journey.aspx

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