Scarborough Elementary School students Naomy and Raul Bernal had no idea what to expect when they gathered in the school library with their classmates, Principal Jeannine Keairnes, Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods, and other District leaders on Friday morning. All the 4th grader and 2nd grader knew was that their classes were invited to help celebrate a milestone Northside event.
The District officially hit an all-time high in enrollment, topping 100,000 students for the 2013-2014 school year. To commemorate the historic occasion, District officials surprised the students who pushed Northside past the 100,000 mark - a brother and sister who were enrolled at the same time.
It wasn’t until Dr. Woods called them by name that Naomy knew for certain that she and her brother were in for a big surprise.
“When Dr. Woods said it was two siblings, I thought maybe it could be us, but I also thought, how exciting it was for the students he was talking about,” Bernal said. “When he said our names, a huge smiley face was the first thing that came to my mind.”
The siblings moved to Northside this year, and already feel like part of the Husky family at Scarborough Elementary School.
“This is the best welcome we’ve ever received,” says Kimberly Guzman, the children’s stepmother. “It is really an honor to be part of this historic event in Northside. What a blessing for Naomy and Raul. It’s not easy to transition to a new school in a new state so today is really exciting for them.”
The students and their family received gift baskets, courtesy of the Northside Education Foundation, that included tickets to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and a YMCA membership. Their teachers received $250 grants, courtesy of NEF, to purchase classroom supplies.
The Northside Museum Association presented the duo with two journals- one, a copy of a 4th grader’s journal from 1909, and the other, a blank journal for them to record memories of their education this year.
All the students in attendance joined NISD officials in signing a commemorative ‘100,000th student’ sign that now hangs at the school. It will eventually be displayed at the Northside School Museum.
“Even though we are talking about a huge number, we cannot forget what these numbers represent- our students,” said Dr. Brian Woods, Northside Superintendent. “No matter how large we grow in Northside, we always want to remain connected to the students we serve.”
This was a short-lived celebration- Northside topped 101,000 students earlier this week. Four years ago, in September of 2009, Northside ISD celebrated the enrollment of the 90,000th student. Scarborough Elementary School is no stranger to Northside’s rapid growth. The school opened in 2008 and is located in an explosive-growth area off of FM 471, outside Loop 1604. Three new elementary schools have since opened nearby, including Franklin Elementary School this August. Hundreds of former Scarborough Huskies now attend Franklin Elementary School.
Northside added about 2,500 new students this year, a trend that will continue for the foreseeable future. The District also opened three new schools and three more schools are under construction.
Visit Northside's Facebook page to view an album of pictures from the 100,000th student celebration.