I am Oscar Cantu, Jr., alumus and current principal of Russell ES in Brownsville, Texas. If you are an alumnus, former faculty/staff member, or a former administrator, please contact us via the link on the Russell homepage.
On that note, we are celebrating our 100th year of service to Brownsville in February 2016.
We have designated Thursday, February 18th as our Gran Fiesta celebrating our centennial! This celebration is scheduled for the Thursday before Charro Days Week (February 22-28, 2016). Our celebration will include music, food, historical presentations, family activities, visiting former teachers/staff members, former administrators, alumni and hopefully, if completed, the re dedication of the original building.
The Russell ES learning community extends a heart-felt invitation to you for February 18, 2016.
Please let us know if you can make it. Nuestra casa es su casa.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Note: If you have any pictures or other memoriabilia, please let me know. We are developing an exhibit from the last 100 years and would love to feature your artifacts.
Yours in Service,
O. Cantu, Jr.
Russell ES Principal and Alumnus
On September 15, 2015, students at Russell participated in International Dot Day. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
open house september 28,2015
book series & author of
buddy fun meet oct. 7, 2015
amazing student math websites
Great Principals, Great Schools
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 2015 as “Principals’ Month” in Texas.
Oct. 3, 2015 University of Texas at Austin Senior, Sarah Cantu, spoke to 5th grade students at the onset of Russell ES Saturday Science Adventures. She covered topics including college and career readiness, time management, budgeting, an the importance of literacy.
Sept. 26, 2015 5th grade students participated in a tour at UTRGV Edingburg campus.
Russell Mission Statement
Russell Elementary School, rich in cultural heritage, will produce well educated graduates who can pursue higher educational opportunities and who will become responsible citizens in a changing global society by utilizing all resources to provide equitable opportunities for students.
rocky reads program
Many thanks to Peter Piper Pizza for dictionaries
for all 3rd grade students!
5th grade robotics field trip september 26, 2015
Module 1: Why students need choice?
Module 2: How to get started with Genius Hour?
Module 3: Navigating the Project's Ups and Down
Module 4: Final Presentations, Grading, and Reflections
2014 Grand Prize Poster Winner
Maria Gonzalez Ibar, Patrick Henry Elementary School, Arlington, VA
Let the 2015 Grand Prize Winner be from Russell this year!!
book fair book preview
Principal's Literary Picks (click here)
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featured ALUMNUS for october
Michael Anthony Steele has been in the entertainment industry for over twenty years. He has worked in many capacities of film and television production from props and special effects all the way up to writing and directing.
For the past seventeen years, Mr. Steele has written exclusively for family entertainment. For television and video, he wrote for shows including Wishbone, Barney & Friends, Boz, and The Green Bear Next Door. He has authored more than one hundred books for various characters including: Batman, Green Lantern, Shrek, Spider-Man, Garfield, Speed Racer, and The Penguins of Madagascar.
For the past six years, Mr. Steele has visited schools and libraries across the country. His exciting author visits include audiovisual elements that show writing tricks and techniques, explain behind-the-scenes action from his days of working in the movies, and incorporate music and storytelling. The theme of his presentations is how each of student can achieve their dreams if they keep telling themselves these four simple words that he uses, "I Can Do That!"
Mr. Steele is a Russell Elementary School alumnus. He can be contacted through his website: michaelanthonysteeele.com
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