Missions Initiated at Linder Elementary!

We’re so excited about all the brand new missions initiated at Linder Elementary!

In Agent Carrizalez’ class, the “Peace to the World” team plans on creating a group letter to end gun violence that they hope to mail to lawmakers.  There’s also a group of new agents hoping to march to end hunger and poverty.

In Agent Aguilar’s class, one team wants to write letters, start a petition, and march to end the deportation of loved ones.  Another team wants to create a fundraiser to help cure diseases like cancer and asthma.

In Agent Muneer’s class, there’s a team of new agents eager to help stop animal abuse by creating a club that will pass out flyers and maybe even create a website.  There’s also a team hoping to boycott gasoline and use other forms of transportation as a form of protest against high gas prices.

Good luck on your missions, agents!

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Welcome, Brentwood Agents!

Welcome, Agents of Brentwood Elementary!

In Agent Thomas’ class, the agents have decided to help stop pollution by making signs and announcements to spread their message; another group is excited to help end world hunger through a food drive.

In Agent Shirey’s class, one group of agents wants to help stop animal abuse by starting a boycott of companies who do product testing on animals; they plan to research what companies do this first, and then make posters and signs to spread the word of the boycott.  Another group wants to speak out against the racism and intolerance they’ve identified in Donald Trump’s public statements.   They’ll begin by pledging to make their own school welcome to everyone as part of the No Place for Hate wall and presentation, and will make posters and signs as well.

In Agent Olivares’ class, the agents want to do a fundraiser to help end poverty.  They plan to research organizations who help with this cause, and are hoping to find adult sponsors and corporate sponsors to help them.  Another group also wants to speak out against the racism and intolerance they’ve identified in Donald Trump’s campaign, and they started working on posters and signs.

Missions in Progress at Presidential Meadows!

Mission Update:
Agent Perez’ class chose the topics of deforestation and pollution during their CIA training. Since both groups have similar goals, they decided to work together to write letters to the government asking for better laws to protect the environment, particularly regarding deforestation and emissions from factories.
In Agent Herbst’s class, Team End Homelessness is working on creating care packages to give to homeless people. Team End Racism is working to create a play that raises awareness of some of the issues they’re concerned about, and how we can work together to solve them.
In Agent Garvey’s class, Team End World Hunger is working to start a food drive at their school. They also learned more about what organizations in the area are working to alleviate hunger, and how they can join those organizations to help. Team End Animal Abuse is working on a video that raises awareness and shows teaches how to be a responsible pet owner. They’re hoping to collaborate with Austin Pets Alive! to see if they can go there to get footage of the animals.
Congratulations, Agents!  You’re making great progress!  We’re proud of you!  Remember to keep evaluating your success and trying again and again and again!

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Great work, Ortega Agents!

We had a great time finding out how the Agents of Ortega Elementary are doing on their missions!

Agent Zettl’s class wanted Austin Pets Alive! to start classes on how to
be a responsible pet owner for people when they adopt pets. One of the
students took action and called them to ask about this possibility.
Kudos to her for being brave and taking action! Unfortunately, APA
didn’t think that it was going to be something they could do right
now. So we evaluated success and tried again.

It turns out Agent Pacheco’s class also chose the topic of animal abuse
to start solving, and they had the idea to make a fundraiser to donate
to APA.  Both classes decided to join forces, and got started right
away making posters and making notes of what steps need to be taken
next to work out details with the principal. They have decided to put
on a talent show, and people can either pay a small admission fee or
bring pet supplies to donate, and all proceeds will go to APA. They
also had a lot of great ideas like making it an outdoor show so that
they could incorporate a pet talent show/ costume contest. People can
bring their dogs and enter the show! They will of course have to touch
base with the principal to make sure this is ok. Some students also
had the idea to invite APA to come out to give a brief education piece
on how to be a responsible pet owner. This way, the group that wanted
to form education classes can incorporate their ideas into the
fundraiser!  You can hear about this project here!

The other group in Agent Zettl’s group decided to start solving the
problem of smoking and cancer. They had talked about writing letters
to stores in Austin asking them to take cigarettes off their shelves,
but we decided this may be a better end goal. To start with, they had
a discussion about how difficult it is to quit smoking and how people
will find a way to smoke even if some stores stop selling them. After
talking about the dangers of smoking and how it affects other people,
they started writing letters to people they know who smoke, telling
them how it’s harmful and asking them to try to quit.

In Agent Pacheco’s group, the other team was Team Pro-Peace, which is
working on the problem of terrorism. This group had chosen this topic
a few hours before the bombings in Paris a few weeks ago. We reviewed
what had happened in that situation and talked a little more about the
issue. This group had started creating a website. So far they have the
ideas of putting news articles on there and a peace plan/ petition for
people to sign. This group continued working on the design of the
website and decided to add a place where people can donate, watch
videos, see photos, and find help if they’re in need of assistance.

Welcome, Gullett Agents!

Welcome to the CIA, Agents!  Good luck on your missions!

In Agent Wilson’s class:

The Homeless Pets team plans to get the word out about how to be a responsible pet owner. They are making posters, writing speeches for the local news, and designing a wall calendar.
The Poaching team is forming an in-school club that intends to partner with local businesses to promote ethical treatment of animals.

In Agent DeAtly’s class:

The Cancer Team is organizing a Cancer Awareness assembly where students can speak.  They will also be putting together a care package for young patients at Dell Children’s Hospital.
The Animal Abuse team is writing speeches to share with their school about ways to treat animals with respect.

In Agent Child’s class:

The Destroying Land and Nature/ Construction group is planning to start a club to pick up trash at their school. At recess, they’re given a 5 minute warning before recess is over, so they had the idea to use their 5 minute warning to pick up trash around the playground.
The Terrorism group talked a lot about what’s currently going on in the world, how terrorism takes different forms, and how it relates to racism and war. The students plan on doing more research, and also will write letters to Congress encouraging them to accept Syrian refugees.

 

In Agent Valentino’s class:

The Animal Cruelty team would like shelters to do more trainings for pet owners to be responsible, and also to better ensure the health of the animals while they are in the shelter. They plan on making a petition and writing letters to local shelters, and also making posters to put in shelters about how to be a responsible pet owner.
The Mass Shootings group talked about doing a march to the Capitol, asking for more gun control. They plan on making signs and a petition for their march.

Missions Initiated at Pioneer Crossing

Welcome, Agents of Pioneer Crossing!

In Agent Manor’s Class:
The Racism Team is going to do more research, and talked about the possibility of a rally. They’d also like to ask law enforcement to conduct racial equality trainings for police officers.
The Terrorism Team would like to write letters to President Obama and Greg Abbott to accept Syrian refugees into the country, and to encourage peace talks in the Middle East.

In Agent Lopez’ Class:
The Animal Extinction Team is going to start a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund, and also do more research on the root causes of this problem.
The Pollution/ Littering Team decided to do a rally to raise awareness of the issue. They will start with a rally at their school and possibly go next to other places in town like community centers or even the Capitol.
In Agent Bui’s Class:

The Animal Cruelty Team is starting a club at their school to promote animal safety and habitat  conservation.
The Human Malice Team wrote letters to President Obama urging him to promote peace and to stop gun violence. They are excited to spread the message of harmony to their community.

In Agent Chafin’s Class:
The Homelessness Team is working with Ms. Carter to prepare weekly announcements promoting empathy and giving.
The Kids in Trouble at School Team is preparing speeches to make on the announcements encouraging their peers to help each other do well in school.

Welcome, Agents of Ortega Elementary!

Welcome to the CIA, Agents of Ortega Elementary!

We can’t wait to hear how your missions go.

Agent Zettl’s class, the animal abuse team decided to volunteer to create classes at Austin Pets Alive that teach people how to be responsible pet owners when they adopt. The cancer/smoking team learned how CVS took cigarettes off their shelves, so they decided to write letters to other stores asking them to do the same.

In Agent Pacheco’s class, the animal abuse team decided to do a fundraiser (most likely a talent show) and raise money for Austin Pets Alive. We hope they will join forces with Agents in Agent Zettl’s class, since they chose the same topic and both wanted to get involved with the same organization! The terrorism team talked more in depth about what it is and what’s currently going on. That team is considering protesting, but we encourage them to do more research to learn more about this problem as well.

We look forward to returning to Ortega to learn more about your courageous leadership on these issues!