With excitement in the air, the administration, teachers and staff for the new Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy met for their first staff meeting on May 16.
While getting acquainted, Vivian Bauer, principal at Cano Academy, shared her high expectations for the upcoming year. She encouraged teachers to bring excitement to their classrooms and teaching methods, and to assist the students in any way possible.
“Today, we are here to celebrate this historical moment for our campus,” said Bauer. “We are together for the first time as educators, and I’m ecstatic to have a faculty and staff ready to work toward the vision for student success.”
The over 75 faculty members in the room shared that same consensus while expressing their enthusiasm for the start of the school year. To help raise school spirit, the Raven, which was selected as the mascot during the January 2013 Board of Trustees meeting, was front and center throughout the meeting area.
The Cano Academy, 1701 Lozano, will serve all ninth grade students from Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South. The technology-focused campus is based on the Project Based Learning model, which concentrates on the students’ application of information, where teachers serve as learning facilitators rather than lecturers.
The objective is to place students into one of five academic schools that will serve as programs of study throughout their high school education and provide more attention to struggling students during an important year of high school.
The campus will open to an estimated 1,300 students in Fall 2013.