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TSPRA E-newsletter

Issue 264 February 15, 2017 Newsletter
In this issue...

Feature Story
Star Awards information

Other Stories
♦ Final conference checklist
♦ Shuttle schedule
♦ School Communications Legal Workshops

Congratulations,
Upcoming Events
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GOOD TO KNOW

Broaden your punctuation horizons

Did your high school English teacher scare you off from using semicolons? Fear not, for they're easier than you might remember.
 
Semicolons are meant to link two related yet independent clauses – meaning they can stand as sentences on their own – without requiring a conjuction. Take a look at these three examples:  
 
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; and the training was easy to implement.
Use a comma with "and" or other conjuctions rather than a semicolon
 
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; our schools are safer this year too. 
Clauses that aren't linked should be separated by a period. 
 
Good: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; students' test scores are up 12 points.
Both clauses here relate to the new math curriculum, so it's fine to link them with a semi-colon.

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SteveWeb2010Our 2010-2011 TSPRA President, Steve Valdez, comes from Weslaco ISD. As a reflection of the organization’s diverse membership, Steve is the organization’s first president to come from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas with a background in TV News and from the electronic media component of our public relations association. He worked as a photojournalist in the Tucson and Phoenix markets before going back to his home in Texas as a general assignments reporter for the local CBS news affiliate.

Steve comes from a family of educators beginning with his father John Valdez, who at the age of 74 is still teaching at the local community college. His mother Elizabeth, now retired, was a County Head Start teacher for 29 years. Steve is a father of five children, Julio, 33, John, 32, Jessica, 25, Josh, 21 and Jed, 19, and two grandchildren, Noah, 13, and Luxy, 7.

During Steve’s 15 years as a TSPRA member, he has proven to be a hard worker. He was taught the value of hard work early in life while he and his family of five brothers and sisters migrated to the north for summer work. His work ethic is evident in the success of his cable access education channel in Weslaco, were his team has won numerous TSPRA awards in video, editing, reporting, and other electronic media categories.

His theme for the year has an interesting twist. Steve has taken what is typically known as the Honor Roll and has altered its meaning by making one simple change. He has exchanged the letter “l” in the word “roll” and replaced it with the letter “e,” Honor Role. As public relations professionals, Steve believes that it is our responsibility to perform our roles as educators with honor. He believes that honor is a contagious characteristic and looks forward to promoting individuals in our public schools that show honorable traits in their daily dealings with our Texas children.

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