Abalos tackling ECISD problems

first_imgHome Local News Education Abalos tackling ECISD problems By admin – February 25, 2018 Previous articleECISD sets parent meetingsNext articleGOOD NEWS: Junior League Graduates admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Delma Jimenez Abalos and her nine brothers and sisters were raised knowing education was a must, and she is bringing that approach to her second stint on the ECISD Board of Trustees.It was a tough undertaking for the 64-year-old Odessa native to go back to college in middle age, get bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UTPB and become a history instructor 15 years ago at Odessa College; so it is with utter sincerity that she tells young people getting an education is worth the effort, no matter how hard it may be.Abalos’ late father Rafael, an oilfield construction worker, and late mom Viola had only gone to elementary school and the eighth grade, respectively, and were unyielding on the subject. “There was no choice about going to school,” she said.“We were not quitting, and we were graduating. If we got punished at school, it would be a lot worse at home. I definitely think more parents should take that attitude. So many kids are not coming from that kind of an environment.”Nine of the Jimenez kids graduated from high school, and the one who didn’t earned a GED. After graduating from Ector High School in 1971, Abalos attended Odessa College and married her husband Richard, an attorney with whom she has three children and two grandchildren.She was a secretary at Magnetic Media from 1974-76 and Ector County personnel director from 1982-88.Abalos credits Richard for his encouragement and financial backing and her mother and sisters for helping with her children when she enrolled at UTPB in the mid-1990s, earning a bachelor’s degree in history and government and a master’s in American history, for which her thesis was on “Mexican-American Military Veterans.”“What I thought was so impressive was that so many young men enlisted,” Abalos said. “They didn’t want to be drafted to go serve our country. They were very heroic. I’m proud to be an American, but I’m proud of my Mexican-American roots.”She was an Odessa school board member from 1988-2004, and she defeated incumbent Teri Ervin for a four-year term last May.Asked if she experienced discrimination like that reported by Vickie Gomez, who was on the board from 1976-88, in a November 2016 interview, Abalos said, “No, because Vickie paved the way for me.“She had fought those big fights like our school desegregation fight.”Abalos recently weathered two family crises when her sister Diana Campos died Dec. 4 and brother Ruben Dec. 31. “It was a very tough month,” she said.Her big educational goal is to help ECISD and its “improvement required” schools get on track and out of Dutch with the state. “Friends encouraged me to run because of the situation we find ourselves in,” Abalos said, adding that the school board, administration and teachers “are working on it and doing a good job.”She said the numerous volunteers from the community who have pitched in at the schools are making an impact.Abalos said teachers are sometimes told by teenage boys, “I can make more money than you do working in the oilfield.”“But I always say, ‘Education is something you will have forever,’” she said. “‘Nobody can take it away from you, and besides that, you should be a lifelong learner.’“Kids today are living in a much more difficult environment than we had when I grew up. We had family all around us, so we didn’t dare mess up. When I was in elementary school, I knew one person whose parents had divorced, and there were only a few in junior high. Divorce causes a lot of problems. I was able to do a lot because I always had family around to help me.”For 34 years, Abalos has belonged to a group called “The Group” that meets for lunch each fourth Monday at various restaurants. The late Lee Buice was one of the original dozen women who have slowly dwindled to five, also including Peggy Dean, Grace King, Lorraine Perryman and Betsy Triplett-Hurt, who says Abalos “doesn’t judge people by what’s on the outside but by what’s on the inside, in the heart.“Delma is passionate, intelligent and fun,” said Triplett-Hurt, who chairs the Odessa Development Corp. “She laughs at herself and pokes fun at others as well. She has a heart for so many people and all kinds of people. That’s one of the reasons why education is so important to her, although she doesn’t believe everyone has to have a college degree.“Delma is selfless. In all these years, when her sister and brother died was the first time I saw her cry. Yet she made sure the rest of her family was taken care of. Instead of sitting around talking about something and bad-mouthing it, she gets in there and gets to work. She is humble and yet very self-assured. She is an achiever.”Perryman, a former Odessa mayor who has known Abalos for almost 40 years, said they met at a political function and have been friends ever since. “What I loved most about Delma from the moment I met her and continue to love today is that she knows who she is and stridently stands up for what she believes in,” Perryman said.“She’s a watchdog for what some might consider the underdogs, but she doesn’t feel like that about anyone. She sees everyone through the same eyes. She’s a strong advocate for people from all walks of life to see that they are respected and treated equally.“Delma is integrally involved in Odessa and is a powerhouse of enthusiasm,” said Perryman, who volunteers at Ector Middle School with Jo Ann Davenport Littleton and Chris Cole to mentor students and sponsor awards and gifts for attendance, good behavior and scholarship.“She is one of our community’s greatest assets and is the best friend a person could ever have.” Local NewsEducation Abalos tackling ECISD problems Facebook OCA top 2 were ESL students Facebook WhatsApp Virgin Coco MojitoUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay center_img Registration set for engineering camp Pinterest Twitter Noel earns award Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Ector County Independent School District school board member Delma Abalos speaks about her reasons for rerunning for the ECISD school board during an interview Wednesday afternoon at Richard C Abalos Law Offices. 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Russia: Moscow Schoolchildren Visit Northern Fleet

first_imgGroup of Moscow schoolchildren arrived at Northern Fleet (NF). Soon they will visit the flagship of Russian Navy – aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov.Visiting the aircraft carrier which was recently deployed to the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, schoolchildren will chat with sailors and officers participated in that long-range cruise, familiarize with the ship, living and service conditions of naval mariners.The visit of Moscow schoolchildren to Admiral Kuznetsov is arranged under trilateral patronage agreement between the carrier’s commanding staff, Hero of the Soviet Union N.G. Kuznetsov Foundation, and administration of 1465-th Education Center named after Admiral N.G. Kuznetsov (Moscow).According to NF Deputy Commander for Personnel Affairs RADM Anatoly Minakov, that agreement was tied in order to cooperate in patriotic education of the younger generation. Recently, it was a 5-year anniversary of the agreement. Throughout this time, the fleet hosts Moscow guests and offers them museum excursions and on board trips.When in the Murmansk region, schoolchildren will visit not only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov but NF Marine Regiment deployed next to Norwegian border. They will get acquainted with different types of small arms and watch service conditions of conscription servicemen.Several days of the visit to Murmansk region will be full of cultural events. Moscow kids will meet with Severomorsk schoolchildren, visit NF Museum, its branch K-21 submarine, Naval Aviation Museum, Murmansk Regional Museum, and other cultural institutions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 28, 2012; Image: mengxiang View post tag: Northern View post tag: fleet Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Moscow Schoolchildren Visit Northern Fleet Russia: Moscow Schoolchildren Visit Northern Fleet View post tag: Moscow View post tag: Schoolchildren Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Visit March 28, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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The Magpie Salute Impress With Cover-Heavy Set In Atlanta [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images While there’s little love between brothers Rich and Chris Robinson, there’s no shortage of adulation for their former band The Black Crowes. The Magpie Salute is the new ten-piece band featuring The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson in addition to former bandmates Marc Ford, Sven Pipien, and Charity White. In addition to these Black Crowes’ alumna, Joe Magistro, Nico Bereciartua, Michael Bellar, John Hogg, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen round out the roster for the band. Over the past few months, the hype around the project has been building since The Magpie Salute released their debut self-titled album. Currently on tour in support of such, the band has gained full momentum with their most recent stop was in Atlanta, Georgia at the Buckhead Theatre.The Friday night show featured a cover-heavy setlist, with performances of The Black Crowes, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley & The Wailers, and Hookah Brown, as well as originals by Rich Robinson and Marc Ford. The energy stayed strong through their 20-song set, with incendiary musicianship blasting through the instruments of the artists on stage.Photographer Emily Butler was there to capture the magic, as you can see in the full gallery below.Setlist: The Magpie Salute | Buckhead Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 8/18/17Omission, Exit (The Black Crowes), Horsehead (The Black Crowes), Hotel Illness (The Black Crowes), Comin’ Home (Delaney & Bonnie), The Vulture (Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club), Down the Road (Rich Robinson), Good Friday (The Black Crowes), Girl From a Pawnshop (The Black Crowes), Miserable (The Black Crowes), Tumbling Dice (The Rolling Stones), Custard Pie (Led Zeppelin), I’m Free (Marc Ford), Trial and Faith (Rich Robinson), Rebel Music (Bob Marley & The Wailers), Tied Up and Swallowed (The Black Crowes), Walk Believer Walk (The Black Crowes), Greasy Grass River (The Black Crowes), Sometimes Salvation (The Black Crowes), My Morning Song (The Black Crowes)The Magpie Salute | Buckhead Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 8/18/17 | Photos by Emily Butlerlast_img read more

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Trojans surprised us on Saturday

first_imgI’m an idiot.OK, not exactly. But I certainly look like one if you go back and read this past Friday’s Daily Trojan.Pumped up kicks · Senior kicker Andre Heidari went 2-for-2 USC’s win over Stanford on Saturday. Heidari has never missed a field goal against the Cardinal and has nailed the game winners the last two seasons. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanI was the only of five sportswriters to predict in the Best Bets table that USC would lose to Stanford. I was absolutely rooting for the Trojans to pull off the upset and exploded with the other couple thousand USC fans in Stanford Stadium as senior kicker Andre “The Lumberjack” Heidari’s 53-yard field goal attempt went through the uprights. But my attempt to be the smartest guy in the room last week backfired, and I may have to start picking against USC every week for good luck.I stand by the thought process behind my prediction; USC obviously outscored Stanford, but I wouldn’t necessarily say the squad outplayed the Cardinal. Nonetheless, the Trojans proved that the media — myself included — very much underestimated how good this team is.A look at the stat line and it’s easy to figure out why the score looked the way it did Saturday. Stanford had 413 yards to USC’s 291, 21 first downs to 16, eight penalties for 68 yards to 10 penalties for 87 yards and 33:47 time of possession to USC’s 26:13. But the one stat that matters most wasn’t in Stanford’s favor, as the Cardinal had two turnovers and USC had none.The timing of the two turnovers, both fumbles, was huge. The first one came just after senior linebacker Hayes Pullard was ejected from the game for a targeting penalty on a big Stanford kick return. Just when it seemed like Stanford had grabbed all the momentum, the Cardinal gave it right back. The second one came on Stanford’s final drive at USC’s 25-yard line and sealed the win for the Trojans when a touchdown from Stanford would have stolen it.The other big stat a little deeper in the box score illustrates another telling story: USC made both of its field goal attempts while Stanford missed two of three. Those six points left on the table would have been the difference with all else equal.And that’s not even counting the field goal attempts Stanford passed up because of a lack of confidence in the team’s kicking game that day. The Cardinal punted from USC’s 29-yard line instead of attempting a 46-yarder on its second drive. Stanford went for it on fourth-and-1 on USC’s 3-yard line instead of kicking but got stopped on the sixth drive and punted from USC’s 32-yard line on the eighth drive instead of attempting a 49-yarder.I’m not an accounting major, but I’ve got over two touchdowns’ worth of points left on the table by Stanford because of special teams. Maybe you chalk up the turnover on downs to a well-executed goal-line stand by USC instead of a bad play call. But a field goal attempt would have made sense there in such a close game, and Steve Sarkisian elected to kick when the Trojans had a fourth-and-1 from Stanford’s 7-yard line.So with all of that considered, did USC win the game or did Stanford lose it? Do all those mistakes indicate that the Trojans are a better team than Stanford, or that USC just got lucky a bunch of times? There’s obviously a little bit of both, but the implication of where the balance lies is huge. I think there’s a very good chance USC and Stanford play again in the Pac-12 championship game, a victory which will almost certainly guarantee a spot in the four-team national championship playoff.If you had told me before the game that USC was going to win because of its exponentially superior placekicking, I would have called you an idiot. I haven’t always had faith in Heidari, and I would have gone for it instead of kicking on both the fourth-and-1 from the 7-yard line and the fourth-and-5 from the 35-yard line. But me not knowing anything has been a consistent theme this column, and Sarkisian turned out to have made the right call in both situations without the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. Heidari does love beating Stanford, but Stanford’s kicker Jordan Williamson went 18-for-22 last year, so I imagine he would play better in a rematch.The fact that USC showed toughness when it mattered most, though, is something I should have seen coming. The team has been mentally tested with adversity early this season, all of last season and really all of the last four years since the NCAA sanctions. So it wasn’t surprising — though it was very impressive — to see how the team reacted to the Pullard ejection.It looked like a very soft call from the stands — though replay and most commentary confirm it was a legitimate call given new targeting rules — and it would have been very easy for the team to let anger with the officials snowball given the loss of a senior captain for the rest of the game (and the first half of the next game), especially after the sideline flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct just before the snap. Instead, the team directed all that energy towards forcing a fumble on the next play, arguably the biggest moment of the entire game.Whether Stanford’s problems were aberrations or indicative of endemic weakness in the program is yet to be seen. We’ll find out when the Cardinal plays Oregon and possibly in the conference title game.But that conference title game is looking like a distinct possibility for USC. UCLA had another very underwhelming non-conference performance, and the Trojans are now the top-ranked team in the South division, though that race is far from over.With how exciting this new rivalry has become, and with the Pac-12 championship game scheduled to be played in the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium, I would love nothing more than a rematch for Weekender round two. Luke Holthouse is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and policy, planning and development. His column, “Holthouse Party” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

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