R.C. Rodríguez, Director of Bilingual and English as a Second Language, was recently honored with the distinguished 2012 Stéén Award. Stéén, which is a mixteca word meaning educating, was presented by Dr. José Ángel Córdova Villalobos, Mexico's Secretary of Public Education (SEP), and other Mexican dignitaries during a convocation held in August at the Ministry of Public Education of Mexico in Mexico City.
The following individuals have been recognized at an NISD Board of Trustees meeting for state and national achievements
The Board of Trustees recognized outgoing members of the Northside Educational Improvement Council (NEIC), which includes 19 parents, community members, and business representatives appointed by Board members. In addition, 19 professional staff members and one paraprofessional elected by their peers also serve on the Council.
For the fourth consecutive year, NISD can claim a Region 20 Teacher of the Year - times two for this year. Barbara Purkhiser, a second grade teacher at Galm ES, is the Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Theresa Heim, the AVID coordinator and reading teacher at Connally MS, is the Region 20 Secondary Teacher of the Year. Heim recently was named one of six finalists in the state and will now vie for Secondary Teacher of the Year. Both Heim and Purkhiser will be honored at a luncheon in Austin on Oct.
Linda Gann, Northside Secondary Math Specialist, was chosen as the E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award winner by the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM). This award recognizes contributions to the improvement of mathematics education at the state and/or national level.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Northside ISD by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The District has received this award for the past 20 years.
Member volunteers of the 2011-12 School Boundary Advisory Committee (SBAC) were formally recognized by the Board for their service and were presented with certificates of recognition. The SBAC is responsible for reviewing all boundary changes, holding public hearings, and presenting recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The committee is composed of two patrons from each middle school attendance area in NISD who are parents of elementary, middle, or high school-age students. Outgoing members and the middle school area they represent include:
Faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a member of the University Council for Educational Administration, presented Superintendent Dr. John Folks with the 2012 Excellence in Education Leadership Award in recognition of extraordinary commitment and support for the improved preparation of school administrators.
Emily Swoboda, an English teacher at Communications Arts HS, won the prestigious leadership award at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards recently in Houston. Swoboda received $10,000 for herself and another $10,000 for her school. More than 4,000 nominations were submitted this year by H-E-B customers, employees, and community members. In March, Swoboda was announced as a finalist in the leadership category, which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years of experience in the classroom.
Sarah Conway, a College and Career Specialist at Warren HS, was selected for the Colin Powell Award by Our Community Salutes, a national nonprofit organization that recognizes high school seniors who plan to enlist in the military. The Colin Powell Award is presented in each local organization in honor of the work of area high school counselors in providing guidance, counseling and mentoring; and in educating, coaching and assisting all students as they assess their accomplishments, talents, interests and aspirations.
Margaret “Peggy” Greff, Academic Dean at Brennan HS, is the recipient of the 2012 Southwestern Region AP Award for Administrators by the College Board. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant positive impacts on the Advanced Placement Program within his or her school or district. She will be presented the award during the College Board's Southwestern Regional Forum in Little Rock, Ark. in February. The administrative team from Brennan HS, led by Principal Gerardo Marquez, was present for the recognition.
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Members of the 2010-11 Administrative Internship Management (AIM) class were formally recognized by the Board for their accomplishments and presented with Certificates of Completion. The AIM class is a year-long program that identifies and trains current and potential administrators.
The Board of Trustees officially honored Dr. John Folks for being named the 2011 Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards.
Abby McAlpin, a swimmer from O'Connor HS, participated in the Deaf Swimming World Championship meet in Portugal this summer.
Late last school year, in two separate incidents, the expertise and poise of two NISD school nurses saved the lives of a student and a father.
Abhinav Sangisetti, an eighth grader at Rawlinson MS, was one of 274 students who competed in the national Scripps Spelling Bee in National Harbor, MD. He made it through two rounds of the spelling bee before being disqualified. Sangisetti will be attending Health Careers HS next school year.
Stevens HS musician Emily Rubio, daughter of Stevens HS band director Robert Rubio, placed second in the 2011 Texas State Farm Original Score Contest with her original composition, "A Texas Portrait."
The National Latin Exam is a worldwide test given to Latin students. During the first week of March, approximately 137,000 Latin students from the United States and 16 foreign countries participated in the National Latin Exam. The test covers general knowledge of the Latin language, classical mythology, ancient customs, derivatives, and reading comprehension skills. Only 568 students in the world achieved a perfect score, six are from Clark HS, and three are from Health Careers HS.
About 2,000 Latin students representing 97 public and private schools from across the State of Texas competed at the Texas State Junior Classical League Latin Competition. The students competed in contests based on their knowledge of the Latin language, ancient history and classical culture. Marshall High School placed 8th and Clark High School placed 1st in the Lower Division Team Sweepstakes. Northside Health Careers High School placed 1st in the Upper Division Team Sweepstakes.
Governor Rick Perry awarded scholarships to attend a science and engineering academy this summer at the University of Texas at Arlington. Students were selected for the academy based on their performance at the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair. All four Northside students are from Jay Science and Engineering Academy.
Over 1000 students, grades 6-12, were invited to Houston for International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, Environment) Project Olympiad (also known as I-SWEEEP) competition that concentrates on research into living in sustainable ways. All costs are underwritten by corporate sponsors for students from 43 states and 70 countries to participate.
The top projects at the state science fair level and exceptional projects at the regional science fair advance to Intel International Science and Engineering Fair competition (there is no national level). Over 1200 finalists from fifty countries traveled this year to Los Angeles this month to compete for over $3 million in scholarships and prizes.
For the Exxon-Mobile Texas Science & Engineering Fair, Middle and high school students complete independent research projects, and then present their findings on display boards. Teams of judges interview students on their work and results. Students can advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair through this state fair.
Texas Junior Academy of Science competition where middle and high school students complete independent research projects, and then share their studies in an oral presentation before a panel of professional scientists who interview the students on their work. Students advance to this state competition at Texas A&M through the Regional Junior Academy of Science competition at UTSA and a formal review of their experimental abstracts.
NISD student athletes qualified for the state track and field meet in their respective events on May 13 and 14 in Austin, Texas. These students represent the finest track and field athletes in Region 4.
Mariana (Mahuiyang) Rong from O'Connor High School is the UIL 5A High School Tennis State Champion. She is now the first female athlete to win a state tennis championship for the District, and the first UIL championship for the school. Tennis Coach is Donna Van Auken.
The UIL High School Swimming and Diving Championship Meet was held on February 18-19. NISD students represented their high schools and NISD at this prestigious competition as they demonstrated great athleticism and character. Congratulations to these students for competing at the highest level in the state of Texas.
Just like their motto stated, The Taft Boys Basketball team were truly Austin Ready, by having one of the best seasons in school history. They finished with an overall record of 34-6, 29-1 vs All Region 4 opponents and were District Champions, Area Champions, Regional Champions, and State Semifinalist. They finished ranked 4th in the state and were ranked number 1 in the final city rankings. During the season, they also won the San Antonio ISD Tournament and set a school record by winning 22 games in a row. We are extremely proud of the young men and women who helped make this a dream season.
In only its third year of competition, NISD High School Bowling Club now has teams from each high school. This makes NISD the biggest promoter of High School Bowling in the state of Texas and in the nation.
The Texas Cavaliers River Parade Art Contest is an elementary art contest which selects finalists from each City Council District plus one Non-City Council District. The finalists each receive a summer scholarship to the Southwest School of Art, $1,000 for art supplies for their school, and a special school visit from King Antonio. The Grand Prize winner of this contest rides in the parade with the Grand Marshall. Of the total 11 finalists, four were from Northside including the Grand Prize winner and the runner-up for Grand Prize.
The honorees are:
The annual Western Art Contest and Exhibit recognizes outstanding artists interested in Western Art. The top 50 pieces are exhibited at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The top 25 pieces are auctioned to the highest bidder, with each student artist receiving the full amount of the winning bid in the form of a college scholarship award. NISD had a top 50 piece that was exhibited and a top 25 piece that was auctioned for a total of $12,500 in scholarship monies.
2011 is the 50th year of the Texas Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest and Capitol Exhibit. Each year a winner in each division - elementary, middle, and high school -- is selected in the Flag Contest and 100 pieces of artwork are selected to hang in the state Capitol in Austin. NISD had the 1st place winner in the elementary division of the flag contest and also had one art piece selected to be hung in the state Capitol.
The U.S. Congressional Art Competition is a national competition offered to high school art students each year. Students enter original artworks based on a theme initiated by the U.S. House of Representatives. Hyun Ah (Christina) Lee is the sole winner from NISD this year. As part of the award for winning, she receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for her and her family, and her artwork will hang in the Capitol Building for one year.
VASE competition allows academically eligible high school students an opportunity to present and defend their original artwork one-on-one with a certified art juror in order to qualify for state. This year 19 pieces advanced to state and 14 received 1st place state medals. The Gold Seal Award is given to the top artwork selected from all the 1st place medal winners across the state of Texas; Northside ISD captured 2 of these Gold Seals.
Since the school's opening, Brandeis High School's UIL One Act Play has ranked in the top 20 5A High School programs in the state. By qualifying for Regionals every year and appearing at the state meet last year, Brandeis HS UIL One Act Play has the most consecutive wins for a new school in Texas. Brandeis' artistry and achievement have been commemorated with a photo of their production on the UIL Academic website. Congratulations to the cast of "Madonna."
The University Interscholastic League One-Act Play Contest, founded in 1927, is the largest high school play production contest in the world. More than 14,000 Texas high school students participate in Zone, District, Area, Region, and State contest. In the UIL 4A One Act Contest, Brennan HS was named a 2011 One Act Play Regional Qualifier for their performance of "Cinderella Waltz."
The Texas Thespian All State production of "Our Town" was performed in Corpus Christi this year. Out of the thousands of students auditioning throughout the state of Texas, Zachary Teague, a senior at Taft High School was the only San Antonio actor selected for this production. In addition, Teague was elected this year to the Texas Thespian Student State Board, where he served as communications liaison for all the Thespian Troupes in Texas.
Students from O'Connor, Taft, Stevens and Clark high schools will be representing the state of Texas at this year's National Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June, 2011. These students will compete for national honors in various theatre categories. As state winners, they also qualify to audition for college and university scholarships.
ReNee Nadeau, Thornton Elementary Music Teacher, has been selected as the very first recipient of the Charlotte Louise Dashiell and Lota M. Spell Endowment Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) promotes critical thinking and problem solving through competitive events. Students are challenged to apply technological skills and engineering principles as individuals and in teams. The TSA state winners competed in events related to their training in the content areas of metal production, architectural graphics and communication graphics.
Skills USA produces quality, well-trained, entry-level employees by developing leadership skills and pride in workmanship in such areas as automotive service technology, automotive collision repair, cosmetology, construction, welding and electrical trades. Skills USA state winners are recognized for their superior workmanship and acquisition of high-level, technological occupational skills.
The Health Occupations Students of America organization hosts competitive events that test knowledge of medical terminology and medical procedures. Students competing in these events show they possess the knowledge and skills that will allow them to deliver safe, effective, efficient, quality health care.
Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) helps students expand their leadership potential and develop skills through planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication. Through competition, students strengthen their creative, critical thinking and vocational skills.
Business Professionals of America helps prepare students by advancing their leadership, citizenship, technology, and academic skills. State winners are recognized for their excellence in achieving the skills required for a world-class workforce.
FFA develops student potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural leadership activities. Leadership Development Events focus on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and their knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization.
FIRST, or For Inspirations and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an innovative robotics competition which builds knowledge of science, technology and engineering. Students work under strict rules, limited resources and time limits to design, build and program a robot to perform a specific function based on sound engineering principles. Students competed in head-to-head competitions against other teams from across Texas, United States and Mexico.
Cyber Patriot is a high school cyber defense competition in which teams must defend servers and a computer network from active attacks. Students must find vulnerabilities, anticipate hackers and know what to do when their firewall has been penetrated, all while avoiding shutdown of their servers. Students from Brennan and Warren were part of the team from Information Technology and Security Academy who advanced to national competition in Washington, D.C. and won 3rd place in the nation.
Rita Woodfill, O'Connor HS, is one of 20 high school educators in the nation to receive the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award. The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award recognizes high school educators for supporting young women's participation in computing and technology. Each Educator Award recipient will receive up to $1,000 for professional development related to computing education. She was selected from more than 900 applications.
On Saturday, April 23, teams from throughout the state gathered at Pasadena High School in Houston for the World Scholars Cup Regional Meet. The event was emceed by former Houston Mayor Bill White.
Academic Decathlon is a program that provides high school students across the U.S. an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities. In addition, the Academic Decathlon involves members of the business/industry as active supporters of a program promoting academic excellence. Students are tested in ten categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Music, Language and Literature, Speech, Interview, Mathematics, Science, and Super Quiz. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded for individual and team scores. Winning teams advance through local, regional, and state levels of competition.