Woods' Weekly

Woods' Weekly

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.

May 23, 2016     

Good morning!   A couple of weeks ago we (NISD) in conjunction with Go Public and the Texas Association of School Boards held a business and education forum.  At this event school and business leaders were invited to sit together and hear and think about the ways business can support schools.  However, we know that schools also have to support local businesses by producing a workforce product that helps business accomplish its goals. 

I would never say that our role is solely to produce workers.  In fact, I see our role as producing productive citizens generally.  However, the phrase “college and career ready” that most of us agree is a reasonable way to describe the metric of our outcomes does imply some degree of workforce readiness.  Regardless, the forum was well attended and we heard some great ideas about how schools and business can work better together to our mutual benefit.  And, after the Texas Supreme Court ruling a number of days ago, this working together appears more necessary than ever.

We also held the Foundation’s 5K recently.  Over 3,000 NISD staff, families and supporters were present to support NEF.  The event raised money that will be driven right back into NISD classrooms for innovative programming.  Thanks to all who organized the event and attended!

A couple of Friday’s ago we held another important event.  The Child Nutrition awards luncheon recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding cafeteria managers and assistant managers.  Under the leadership of Director Thomas Wherry, Child Nutrition serves over 110,000 meals per day and nearly 20,000,000 meals per year to NISD students and staff.  For many of our students, the meals they consume at school are their best source of nutrition.  I want to express my appreciation to the many employees in this department for their dedication to our students and staff.  Without them many of our children would not be ready to learn each day.

Last week I was fortunate to attend the Construction Careers Parade of Homes a couple of times.  I served 

as a judge in the competition and, let me tell you, that was tough.  The student work on the tiny homes is nothing short of amazing.  Each of the four projects is impeccably well designed and both the interior and exteriors are so well thought out.  Each one made me feel like I wanted to live is less than 150 square feet J  On Saturday I got to go back to the public event and see the homes be auctioned off.  Over $100,000 was raised to continue this high quality programming for Northside kids.  Congratulations to Principal Phillip Edge, all of the CCA staff and mostly the CCA students on their incredible work.  You can see one of the many media stories on the project here:

I want to congratulate one of our students in particular for his amazing accomplishments.  C. Kane Ybarra of Warren HS is the Express News Player of the Year in golf for 2016.  In addition to that, he is four time repeat District 27-6A Champion, four time Region IV qualifier, and four time qualifier for the State Golf Tournament!  We’re talking about real talent here.

Congratulations also go to the Holmes Huskies baseball team who won two games on Saturday to advance to the regional semifinals.  What a joy to watch these talented young men play, but it was a little nerve racking.

Finally, I hope you have a good Memorial Day weekend.  All of us should take some time to remember the meaning of this holiday.  There are still many Americans for whom Memorial Day is particularly poignant.  One of my favorite quotes about the meaning of the holiday is by Ronald Reagan.  He said, “I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is.  Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.”  Those who preserve this liberty on our behalf (whether they died in the service of these values or are a family member who lost a loved one) deserve our supreme gratitude.  

Have a great week!