Alumni Spotlight
10/14/2019

Johnathan DoerrJohnathan Doerr graduated from Seguin High School in 2011. He is an alumnus of the Mighty Matador Marching Band and was drum major for the 2010 marching season. During his time at SHS, he achieved second chair saxophone in the TMEA All-State top band. Johnathan was also a state finalist in Business Professionals of America for his competitive plans to build a net-zero energy cost and eco-friendly resort off the shores of Sydney, Australia.

 

Johnathan went on to attend Texas Tech University to pursue a degree in music education. While in Lubbock, Johnathan was a consistent member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Texas Tech’s premier band. As a member of this ensemble, he was a part of a multitude of composition premiers, tours, and national conference performances. As a member of the Texas Tech saxophone studio, Johnathan performed at multiple North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, Texas Music Educator conferences, as well as an appearance at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. Johnathan has had the pleasure of performing for some of the world’s most renowned saxophonists including Claude Delangle (Paris Conservatory), Jérôme Selmer (CEO of Selmer Instruments), Jeffrey Loeffert (Oklahoma State University), Matt Sintchak (University of Wisconsin) and many more.

 

During his time at Texas Tech, Johnathan founded a drum corps called The Guardians. Drum corps is essentially the marching band’s major league. The Guardians are now a consistent Drum Corps International World Championship class finalist. The Guardians tour across the nation each summer, making appearances in dozens of states. This includes performances at the Alamodome in San Antonio and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Students come from all over the nation and the world to audition for the Guardians. The Guardians have accepted auditions from students from as far as Japan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Johnathan was the youngest corps director in the modern history of Drum Corps International, at 19 years old. The Guardians have also received recognition from Grammy award-winning artists, such as Chance the Rapper.

 

Johnathan is an active marching drill designer, arranger, and clinician. He has worked with companies such as Gary P. Gilroy and several high schools and collegiate marching bands across the nation. Now residing in Boulder, CO, he currently teaches band.

 

One of the most important lessons Johnathan learned from Seguin High School was that you are the only person in control of your destiny. You will achieve as much or as little as you set out to achieve in life. Johnathan also stresses that no matter the route you end up taking in life, you are not alone and that you are loved.

 

Johnathan contributes some of his successes to the opportunities Seguin provided in business development and music. Without the resources available to him at critical points in his development at Seguin High School, he is unsure of where he would be today.


Seguin ISD bolstered by two federal grants
10/10/2019

As part of the ongoing effort to create opportunities for all students to be empowered, to grow and to learn, Seguin ISD pursues grant funding to help support this mission.

 

Recently, the district was awarded a School Climate Transformation Grant. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the grant funds initiatives for schools to enhance the learning, climate and behavioral outcomes for all students.

 

The grant is for $750,000 a year for five years, totaling $3.75 million.

 

“I am excited that Seguin ISD is the recipient of the School Climate Transformation Grant. This program will create opportunities for the district to enhance our proactive approach to support our students districtwide. In addition to staffing and training, the grant will ultimately allow us to implement a layered system to improve our overall student climate through engagement, safety and environment, said Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, Seguin ISD Superintendent.

 

"I, along with the Seguin ISD board of trustees, express our gratitude to Congressman Vicente Gonzalez for writing a letter of support during the grant application process. We are proud of his continued support of Seguin ISD.”

 

Additionally, the district was awarded two years of funding for the COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program through the U.S. Department of Justice. This will allow the district to use the funds to improve schools and school grounds through evidence-based school safety programs. This grant is for $238,114 over a two-year award period.


Upcoming Board Meeting
10/04/2019

The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees will be hosting a board workshop on October 9. You can find the agenda at the links below:

 

 

October 9 - Board Workshop


Matador Stadium construction report
10/04/2019
View the bi-weekly Matador Stadium construction report here.

Throwback Thursday
10/03/2019

Juan SeguinJuan Nepomuceno Seguin was born on October 27, 1806, in San Antonio, Texas. His parents were Erasmo and Maria Flores Seguin. At that time, Texas was a part of Mexico. Erasmo was postmaster General of Bexar and may have established Los Nogales as a postal drop. Later, he was Mayor of San Antonio.

 

As a young man, Juan Seguin met and became friends with some of the Anglo settlers coming into Texas. He and his father were particularly friendly with Moses Austin and his son Stephen F. Austin. As relations between the new Texans and the Mexican government became strained, he realized that he believed in the Texas cause to become independent. He became a hero of the Texas Revolution.

 

In 1839, the citizens of a community called Walnut Springs voted to change the name of their town to honor Juan Seguin. On February 25, 1839 “Seguin” was formally named. Juan Seguin Elementary school was named in honor of Colonel Juan N. Seguin, a great Mexican-Texan and a distinguished leader of the Republic of Texas. Seguin valued the richness of our bilingual and multicultural area. Juan Seguin Pre-Kindergarten began as the Hispanic elementary school in Seguin, then became an integrated elementary school. In 1987-88 the campus became a kindergarten school and in 1998 the campus housed kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students until kindergarten classes were moved to each K-5 elementary campus in 1999.


Matador Stadium Construction Timeline
10/03/2019
The Matador Stadium project schedule, courtesy of general contractor F.A. Nunnelly, is available here.