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.
|November 12, 2018|
Good morning! I want to thank the teachers and administrators at each of our schools that served as polling locations last week. Your thoughtful placement and supervision of the polls helped make it a good day for both voters and our students. I also want to recognize and thank all staff, but especially teachers, who struggle to teach our electoral process in the face of what most would agree was a campaign filled with attack ads and other disappointing behavior. I can’t imagine how hard that must have been with a room full of students.
With regard to public education in our state, we had a fairly good outcome. It is now time for us to move forward (as a school system and as a community) and reinforce the importance of civil dialogue. It is not so important that we agree, but that we communicate. Unfortunately, our kids have seen too many recent, high profile examples of personal attack over policy discussion and Twitter rant over debate that generates a calm agreement to disagree or, better yet, a finding of common ground. I know you are asked to teach many things, but I can’t think of a skill that is more important for our young people than the ability to work with a diverse group in a productive, civil manner.
Thanks to all of you who played a role in honoring veterans last week and today. I was able to attend the ceremony at the NISD School Museum and was thrilled to see the looks of appreciation on the faces of the veterans in the audience. I know that after today we will have similar reports of touching events and messages of thanks from all over the district. Thank you for honoring veterans and, more importantly, for planting that notion of appreciation in our students.
Last week we also held the opening ceremonies for the NISD HS bowling league. Thanks to our high school principals and their staffs for supporting this program that attracts so many of our students.
We have not only large numbers of NISD students participating, but they continue to have success at both the local and state level. I have been amazed to see the college scholarships that some students have earned as a result of their success in bowling.
An amazing four NISD schools’ volleyball teams recently played in the regional quarterfinal round. Two of those schools, Clark and O’Connor, advanced to the regional final held last weekend. I was so proud to see two of our schools in the final. After a hard-fought, five set match, O’Connor will advance to this weekend’s state tournament in the Dallas area. Good luck, Panthers!
We also recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Nellie Reddix Center. As most of you know, “The Reddix,” as students and staff call it, educates some very special learners. Thanks to principal Robin Fields and staff for putting on a wonderful ceremony that really highlighted the students. As always at an event with Reddix students, I laughed and cried. Happy 25th anniversary and here’s to a lot more years of serving students and families well and concentrating far more on abilities than disabilities.
Last weekend, I was honored to attend the San Antonio Women’s Chamber Gala. At this event, long-time NISD trustee Katie Reed was honored for her contributions to our community. Mrs. Reed was recognized as a Star for advocating, connecting and empowering women, girls and family in our community. It was wonderful to join Mrs. Reed, her family and many of our trustees for this well-deserved recognition.
Finally, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! All of us are so busy and appreciate just a little time to slow down and reconnect with what we are personally thankful for. Please know that I am thankful for you. Thank you for all you do to benefit NISD students.
Have a great week!