In order to better serve our students and community, registration for the youngest students in Northside ISD is being moved to January 2019.
Priority registration for current NISD Kindergarten students runs from Jan. 7 – Feb. 1, 2019.
Pre-Kinder pre-registration and Kindergarten Roundup will be held Jan. 22 - Feb. 1 at your neighborhood campus.
“What sets Northside’s Pre-Kinder program apart from other programs is the high quality of our staff and facilities,” says Tai-Nina Castaneda, instructional specialist for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs at NISD. “We teach a concept-based curriculum tailored to four-year-olds.”
In Pre-K, students develop oral language and vocabulary skills, identify the letters of the alphabet, and develop critical phonological awareness skills and begin to learn foundational math and science skills. Children learn to interact with others and form relationships with fellow students and staff at the school which allows for an easier transition into Kindergarten the following year.
In Texas, Pre-K is not a required grade; however, NISD offers half-day classes for children who are four years old on or before September 1 and meet certain criteria. To view the criteria go to https://nisd.net/prekinder.
In Kindergarten, students are taught concepts to develop skills in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. They also are exposed to and grow in the areas of computer, art, music, and physical education.
To be eligible for Kindergarten, children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1. All elementary schools throughout the District will hold special Kinder Roundup events so that children and their parents can tour the school and meet staff members.
“Kinder Roundup is the best time for parents to meet school administrators and staff, and orient children to a school setting,” Castaneda said. “The vision of NISD’s early childhood program is to provide high-quality learning environments that value foundational skills and meet the needs of the whole child.”
All Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers are certified
In Northside, all Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers are certified by the Texas Education Agency in early childhood education, with many of them certified in Bilingual education also. In addition, all Instructional Assistants are credentialed.
“Our staff knows how to individualize their teaching to each child,” Castaneda said. “What sets our teachers apart is the quality of staff and the continued professional development and support that they receive at NISD. No child is the same, so we need to learn how to best teach them, and that’s what NISD teachers do the best. We want them to have a bright beginning.”