Welcome, Agents of Shadow Glen!

We can’t wait to hear more about how your missions are going!

In Agent Bowe’s class, the Homelessness Team is organizing to collect donations for a local shelter.  The Disease Team is recruiting volunteers to organize a fundraiser to make care packages for sick children.

In Agent Brown’s class, The Donald Trump team is developing an infomercial stressing positivity and inclusion.  The Animal Cruelty Team is recruiting volunteers to help run a fundraiser to help a local humane animal shelter.

In Agent McCorkle’s class, a team focused on Racism is excited to make YouTube videos, Instagram posts, and letters to Donald Trump about stopping racism.  The team focused on Violence hopes to research who makes laws about gun control, and write letters to them about helping to stop gun violence.

In Agent Garcia’s class, another team dedicated to stopping Racism plans to talk to the counselor about creating a “No Place for Racism” club at Shadow Glen Elementary.  The team dedicated to stopping Abuse wants to make posters and organize a march to raise awareness about many different kinds of abuse.

Missions in Progress at Gullett

To all you agents out there – here’s an update on what some of the courageous leaders at Gullett are working on:

The team focusing on mass shootings  put up posters around their school. They’ve also continued writing petitions and letters to the government asking for stricter gun control.

The team focusing on animal cruelty made posters, and they are working on a fundraiser for local shelters.
The team who wants to stop terrorism is focusing on first learning more about the issues related to the problem before diving into action!
The Environment team organized with other students to pick up trash during the last 5 minutes of recess. This was successful for a little while, but they lost steam, especially after the winter break. They also recognized that while they had been picking up trash, others were still littering so it didn’t feel like they were making a huge difference. They decided to make posters encouraging people to stop littering, and spreading the message to others to help pick up trash during the last 5 minutes of recess.   Great evaluation of your success and trying again, Team Environment!

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 Presidential Meadows Elementary

We can’t wait to learn more about your missions, Agents of Presidential Meadows Elementary!

Agent Perez’s class is tackling pollution and deforestation; Agent Garvey’s class is taking on homelessness and racism; and Agent Herbst’s class is working hard to stop world hunger and animal abuse.

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