NISD students honor veterans this week

November 8, 2011

Students in Northside ISD will celebrate freedom and democracy throughout this week, with ceremonies being held at campuses all over Northside ISD to honor those who have fought and served to protect our country.

Here's a few of the events happening at Northside ISD campuses:

Wednesday, Nov. 9:

The NISD Museum Association located at 6632 Bandera Rd, Bldg D., will host a Veterans' Day Celebration at 10 a.m. with former employees and veterans. Former NISD Superintendent and Korean War Veteran Jack Jordan will preside over the ceremony which includes remarks by retired U.S. Navy Capt. Joe LaRocca, former Marshall HS ROTC teacher; and Gloria Anderson, who will talk about her brother, a former NISD student who lost his life in WWII. A flag ceremony in front of the NISD Museum will precede the program. Performing at the flag ceremony will be Marshall HS Percussion Teacher Kevin Tabb on drums and Stevenson MS Band Director Jim Cain on trumpet.

Thursday, Nov. 10:

Briscoe Middle School, 4265 Lone Star Parkway, will hold its second annual Veterans' Day Celebration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The entire front parking lot will be shut down to accommodate special guests, performing groups, and special vehicle displays. Performing are the Brennan High School, Taft High School, and Briscoe Middle School choirs; Marshall, Taft, and Brennan high school ROTC; San Antonio Bagpipers; Alamo Squadron Model Club; Humvees from Camp Bullis/Lackland AFB; Geronimo Village Fire Dept ETA 0815; and the UTSA Color Guard. Briscoe MS has one of the largest military populations in the district (28 percent).

Friday, Nov. 11:

Martin Elementary School, 730 Canterbury Drive, 7:45 a.m. The Holmes HS Color Guard starts out the ceremony, which will include songs from the school choir and special guest speaker, Master Sgt. Hallie Vardell from Holmes HS.

Wanke Elementary School, 10419 Old Prue Road, 7:50 a.m. Active and retired members of the armed forces will be invited to the stage to be honored at this ceremony to be held in the school's courtyard. The program includes songs by the school choir, the reading of a Veterans Day poem, and remarks by special guest speaker Ruben ViaFranca.

Ott Elementary School, 100 Grosenbacher N., 8 a.m. Students will gather in the school's courtyard. Highlights include students from the Brennan JROTC unarmed drill team performing a demonstration called "The Shining Stars." Also, veterans present will receive a handmade "thank you" card from first and second graders. The Ott Choir will sing a medley of the songs from the four military branches, and student speakers will deliver messages to the active and retired military guests attending the ceremony. Note: A unique highlight will be five students whose parents are deployed will speak about what it is like to have a parent deployed and why their parent is a hero to them!

Adams Hill Elementary School, 9627 Adams Hill Drive, 8 a.m. The Pre-K, first and second graders will start the festivities off with a parade. Other participants include Jay High School ROTC and drill team, Veterans' Day writing contest winners, and the Adams Hill ES Choir.

Locke Hill Elementary School, 5050 DeZavala, 8 a.m. Features the Clark HS Color Guard, Rawlinson MS Band, Camp Bullis National Guard Unit (Engineering & Intel Battalion Units), and the Clark High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Elrod Elementary School, 8885 Heath Circle, 8:15 a.m. School namesake and retired Army Air Corps Serviceman Jimmy Elrod will be the special guest speaker. He also will present the school with a large bronze eagle statue (which was suppose to be a surprise from the principal, but somehow got leaked :-) Veterans Day student artwork will be shown on the screen, and a musical tribute to veterans and members of the armed services will be sung by the Elrod Choir.

Glenoaks Elementary School, 5103 Newcome Drive, 8:15 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the gym and include the posting of colors, pledge, National Anthem, recognizing honored guests, a Reader's Theater, and choir performance.

Zachry Middle School, 9410 Timber Path, 8:30 a.m. Dr. Darrell Piersol, a veteran of World War II will speak to the students about what it was like to be a teenager serving as a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps at that time. The school will also debut a special song based on a true story written by teachers at the school. About five years ago in Denise Spinelli's eighth grade English class, a student repeatedly fell asleep in class. When asked about it, the student said that he was staying up late in order to talk to his brother who was serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. About a month later, the student told the teacher that he would no longer be falling asleep in her class. When asked why, he said with tears in his eyes that his brother had been killed in action. The song, "I am Soldier," is based upon the true story of what happened to the brother of that Zachry MS student.

Braun Station Elementary, 8631 Tezel Road, 8:30 a.m. Highlights include performances by the Braun Station ES Choir and Stevenson MS Band; participation by local veterans; and a Veterans Day Parade by the Kindergarten students.

Cable Elementary School, 1706 Pinn Road, 9 a.m. A 50-minute assembly will be held with military personnel from the United States Armed Services, as well as Cable ES students.