Pascual Gonzalez, Executive Director of Communications, received the 2014 Key Communicator Award from the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA).
The following individuals have been recognized at an NISD Board of Trustees meeting for state and national achievements
Tatiana Benavides, a student at Warren HS, placed third in Essay at the United States Academic Decathlon National Tournament held in Hawaii. Teams from throughout the nation, as well as teams from China and London, competed at this national competition.
Mary Lagleder, a history teacher at Warren HS, won the Rising Star award at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards dinner in Houston recently. She was recognized for her creative and innovative approaches to teaching, and received $5,000 for herself and $5,000 for her campus.
Northside ISD has one of the largest high school bowling leagues in the state and can now boast the number one team in the state. The Warren HS boys' bowling team placed first at the Texas State High School Bowling Tournament, competing alongside 72 teams from across the state (36 boys and 36 girls).
NISD swimmers were state winners at the UIL State High School Swimming and Diving Championship Meet held Feb. 21-22 in Austin. In addition, the Brandeis HS Boys team finished second place overall in the state. Students and their coaches were recognized by Trustees.
Kent Page, a science teacher at Carnahan ES, is one of 102 teachers throughout the country to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award, first given in 1983, is considered the highest recognition in the United States that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive for exemplary teaching.
Ina Perales, science department coordinator at Warren HS, is one of six recipients nationally to be awarded the 2014 Robert E. Yagar Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award by the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA). The award acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of science education.
Rosemary Perez, Director of State and Federal Programs, received the Migrant Service Award from the Association for Migrant Educators of Texas (AMET).
Manuela Haberer, Vice Principal of Leon Springs ES, has been selected as the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Region 20 Assistant Principal of the Year. She now advances to the National Outstanding Principal of the Year competition.
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).
NISD is one of only three school districts in Texas to receive the National Procurement Institute's Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award. This annual award is earned by organizations that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a high score based on standardized criteria.
Kimberly Gaskill, a kindergarten teacher at Adams Hill Elementary School, was presented a life-saving award by the American Red Cross for her selfless act of helping a stranger.
Two alert Behlau Elementary School employees are local heroes as a bad situation could’ve turned immensely worse if not for their quick thinking.
Darien Williams, a student at The Reddix Center, is a recipient of the 2013 "Yes I Can!" award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
Kent Page, the science academic support teacher at Carnahan ES, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program for the second time. He is one of six finalists from Texas and now moves on to the national competition.
Six members of Warren High School's Academic Decathlon team captured six medals at the World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions held at Yale University earlier this year. Winning students included Kevin Bowie, Aaron Chan, Patricia Flores, Mridhul Maddela, Claudia Rocha and Ashley Zamarripa.
Bus driver Anna Arguello was presented the Northside Citizenship Award for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a 7th grader from Luna MS that was choking on a piece of candy on her school bus. Through her quick action, she was able to dislodge the candy, allowing the student to breathe again. The Northside Citizenship Award was created in 1999 to recognize deserving individuals who make a positive impact on the Northside ISD community.
Evers ES was one of two schools in Texas to receive a $2,500 technology grant from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation for the 2012-13 school year.
Clyde E. Lehmann, a teacher at Health Careers High School, has been selected as one of the 2013 honorees of the Texas Exes Award for Outstanding Teachers, sponsored by the Texas Exes (UT alumni association), the President's Office, and the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Board of Trustees recognized Bobby Blount for his service as a member of the Board of Directors of Texas Association of School Boards.
Jennifer Cobin, a Communities In Schools intern at Westwood Terrace ES, was presented with the prestigious Northside Citizenship Award for helping to rescue two students who fell into a creek on their way to school Sept. 14. Cobin and another CIS staff member who were on their way to staff development saw two sisters who attend MLK Academy trying to cross a high-water crossing after missing their school bus. Without regard to their own safety, Cobin and her colleague jumped into the creek to rescue the students.
Members of the 2011-12 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.
Kent Page, the science academic support teacher at Carnahan ES, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program for the second time. The PAEMST program recognizes kindergarten through sixth grade math and science teachers whose innovative methods bring learning to life in the classroom. He is one of six finalists from Texas and now moves on to the national competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.