Board in Action
Both current and former NISD Board members and superintendents were treated to a lunch as part of the District’s Board Appreciation Month activities. These men and women have shaped the foundation of the District and continue to work for the benefit of all NISD students.
Pictured are (from l-r, front row) Ed Rawlinson, Annie Holmes, Dr. Brian Woods, Nancy Collins, and Katie Reed; and (back row) Bobby Blount, Karen Freeman, Carl Raba, Lynn Britton, Terry Zablocki, Raul Fernandez, Gerald Lopez, and Dr. John Folks.
Board Secretary Gerald Lopez spoke at a parent cafecito at Carlos Coon ES about helping students with the transition from elementary school to middle school. He is pictured with Jordan MS Principal Anabel Romero and Carlos Coon ES Principal Mark Garcia.
Gerald Lopez, NISD Board Secretary, joined 33 other school board members from across Texas on Nov. 15-17 in Amarillo for the second session of the Leadership TASB class of 2019. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. Participants, who complete all required elements of the study, will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB
Board Vice President Carol Harle and Trustee Joseph Medina joined Superintendent Dr. Woods at the kickoff event for the 11th season of NISD high school bowling.
Northside Trustees joined Dr. Woods in Austin as he was named the Texas Superintendent of the Year at the annual TASA/TASB Convention. The full story is on the NISD News website.
Board Vice President Dr. Carol Harle and Trustee Katie Reed joined Superintendent Brian Woods at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 'Tribute to Joe Straus' luncheon honoring the outgoing Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
On Oct. 12, all NISD students and staff will be invited to sign a Declaration of Respect as part of the District’s anti-bullying initiatives. Counselors have been equipped with training, materials, and lessons for classroom presentations that teach necessary skills to students to promote a safe, respectful, and healthy school climate.
Members of the Board of Trustees signed their own Declaration of Respect, as a show of support for the program spearheaded by the NISD Guidance & Counseling Department led by Dr. Kimberly Ridgley. Dr. Woods signed on behalf of staff.
Pictured are (from l-r) Dr. Brian Woods, Superintendent; Gerald Lopez, Board Secretary; Katie Reed, Trustee; M’Lissa Chumbley, Board President; Bobby Blount, Trustee; Dr. Carol Harle, Board Vice President; Karen Freeman, Trustee; and Joseph Medina, Trustee.
Board Vice President Carol Harle made her entrance at the annual Convocations by riding a hover board on stage at the Sports Gym with the help of students from the John Jay Science and Engineering Academy.
Trustee Joseph Medina joined Dr. Woods at the annual Convocations for Northside ISD teachers and staff. The theme for the event was "This Is Northside."
Board President M'Lissa Chumbley joined Holmes HS teachers as they visited a family's home during the school's annual Block Walk event. The group welcomed the students and presented them a bag of back to school information.
Board Secretary Gerald Lopez, Vice President Carol Harle, President M'Lissa Chumbley, and Trustee Katie Reed attended the pep rally at Holmes HS before the 7th annual Block Walk. Teachers and staff from eight schools start the school year by visiting students and families at their homes. The Board Officers are joined by Dr. Woods and the eight principals whose schools participate each year - Ross MS, Linton ES, Martin ES, Esparza ES, Powell ES, Villarreal ES, Holmes HS, and Business Careers HS.
Trustee Katie Reed joined new school namesake Dr. Linda Mora on the first official tour of Mora ES.
Trustee Bobby Blount, Trustee Katie Reed, Vice President Carol Harle, and President M'Lissa Chumbley served as facilitators at the Servant Leader Summit at the Sports Gym in July 2018. The day was meant to encourage high school student athletes to be leaders "on purpose, for a purpose." The annual leadership event is part of the Athletics Department's mission to help students go Beyond the Game and be influencers on their campuses and in the community.
Since 1991, the NISD Board of Trustees signs a Code of Ethics annually, reaffirming their commitment to adhere to educational and ethical standards.
According to Superintendent Brian Woods, NISD is probably one of very few Districts where the Board and Superintendent (on behalf of the staff) sign a code of ethics.
"Northside ISD has an outstanding reputation, and a huge reason for that is because we hold ethics in high regard," Board President M’Lissa Chumbley said. "We sign the Code of Ethics annually to remind each of us to always put the needs of our students first."
The Team of Eight – the seven elected Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Woods – handed out over 6,700 diplomas to graduates at 11 ceremonies in June 2018.
Trustee Bobby Blount gives advice to a Powell ES team at the 22nd annual Solar Car Races. He wanted them to improve their car before the next race. Blount is the long-time organizer of the event, which this year featured more than 370 teams.
Board Vice President Carol Harle and Trustees Karen Freeman and Katie Reed competed in the Adult Solar Car Races at Gus Stadium on May 12. The team designed their own solar car, just as the student competitors do, and competed against teachers and event sponsors.
Trustee Katie Reed and Board President M'Lissa Chumbley are pictured at the Locke Hill ES 150th anniversary celebration with Dr. Woods and former Locke Hill ES student Ernie DeWinne.
Board Secretary Gerald Lopez spoke on behalf of all NISD Trustees at the 25th anniversary celebration for McDermott ES on Feb. 7, 2018. He is pictured with student emcee, and Student Council President, Humberto Sanchez.
NISD Board members stay active in the community as a way to advocate for public education and Northside ISD. Pictured (center right) are Board member Katie Reed and Board Vice President Dr. Carol Harle participating in a Northside Chamber of Commerce Education and Work Force committee meeting.
Trustee Karen Freeman was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Helotes Area Chamber at their annual Awards Dinner recently. NISD was well-represented at the event with the AF JROTC from O’Connor HS performing the Missing Man Table Ceremony, and Emma Baggs from Jordan MS singing the National Anthem.
Board President M'Lissa Chumbley, Vice President Carol Harle, and Board Secretary Gerald Lopez attended a Texas-sized pep rally as part of Harlan High School dedication festivities. They are pictured with the school's Hawk mascots.
Board President M'Lissa Chumbley is a longtime mentor at Business Careers High School and a member of their Mentor Hall of Fame. She is pictured with her mentor students Georgina DeAnda and Chloe Castillo.
Board Vice President Carol Harle is serving as a mentor at Business Careers High School. She is pictured having lunch with her mentor student Marina Amaya.
Trustee Bobby Blount visited Ott Elementary School for the school's first PTA meeting and Parent Orientation of the school year.