Woods' Weekly is written by Superintendent Brian T. Woods and is sent to Northside ISD staff every Monday to keep them updated on local and state education issues.
|June 2, 2014|
Good morning! It’s hard to imagine that this is the final Monday of the school year. I know that many of you have looked forward to this week for some time now. For those of you whose last day of the school year is this Friday, I hope that the week brings you fun and excitement, but also allows you to set your students off in good stead for next year. Please encourage them to keep learning over the summer as I know you will. Whether they are going to kindergarten or college, first grade or directly to military service, your impact on your students will last them a life time – what an incredible legacy! For those of us who will return to work next Monday, thank you for all you do to keep our schools safe, clean and productive so that student learning remains our top priority. I was fortunate to attend the Construction Careers Parade of Homes last week both as a judge and as a spectator. The quality of the work that our students and instructors produced is simply amazing. At the public event on Saturday over 1,700 people came to see the homes – what an amazing turnout. Congratulations to Principal Phil Edge, the staff at Construction Careers and especially the students for their amazing display of creativity and skill.
Last week we also held our second SPARK (school park) dedication. This program is a partnership among NISD, the City of San Antonio and San Antonio Sports. The program allows, with city and school district funds, the construction of a walking area and various stations for students, families and community members to access outside of school hours to promote community fitness. We dedicated the SPARK at Villarreal and Passmore recently and will dedicate the one at Boone later in the fall. I’d like to thank Linda Seewald and Jeff Stivors in our Health and PE Department for their advocacy on this issue and our Board for their support of this important community resource.
We also celebrated the 25th anniversary of Elrod Elementary last week. The program was highlighted by student performances and, of course, by Mr. Elrod himself.
It was quite an honor and privilege to visit with Mr. Elrod and to see the great things that have happened at the school named for him in the last twenty five years.
As I look back on the school year it has been one filled with the pride of accomplishment for NISD students and staff. We keep on making progress on so many fronts and continue to enjoy the highly valued support of our community. This continued success and the positive reputation it contributes are key to why NISD is considered a leader across Texas. Further, I believe that our trajectory continues to point upward. We have not yet reached our full potential and as long as we are willing to be reflective about our practice, look for and implement improvements we will continue to improve!
Looking forward to next year, we will continue to deal with student population growth. However, with the passage of Bond 2014, that should be a manageable challenge. State testing seems always to be with us and we will strive to do well without having our sole focus be spent on standardized testing. By the way, our scores look very good from this spring’s testing. Of course, there are areas that still need work.
To that end, we will continue to speak about rigor in every NISD classroom setting – regardless of whether we talk about math or automotive technology, reading or agricultural mechanics, fine arts or athletics. We will also “look forward” to the coming legislative session that begins in early 2015.
Personally, it has been my honor and pleasure to serve as your superintendent for another year and I look forward to many more years with Northside. I want to thank all of you for your work and advocacy on behalf of our organization and our very important clients – our children. I hope that the coming months allow you to slow down a little and enjoy the things that make you the happiest. This will be the last issue of Woods’ Weekly for the school year – enjoy your summer!
Have a great week!