Academic Decathlon is a program that provides high school students across the U.S. an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities. In addition, the Academic Decathlon involves members of the business/industry as active supporters of a program promoting academic excellence. Students are tested in ten categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Music, Language and Literature, Speech, Interview, Mathematics, Science, and Super Quiz. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded for individual and team scores. Winning teams advance through local, regional, and state levels of competition.
The following individuals have been recognized at an NISD Board of Trustees meeting for state and national achievements
The GT Leadership students competed in the JA Banks in Action 2010-2011 North American Competition to see how effective they are at managing a bank. By taking on the role of banking business leaders, they made corporate decisions to steer their banks to success. Each bank's performance is based on the following factors: net profit, return on assets, return on equity, loan share, deposit share, and capital ratio. After the city-wide competition, the top five teams advanced to the North American competition, where they came in second place.
Three seventh grade GT students scored at the Grand Recognition Level of the Duke University annual Talent Search Program. SAT or ACT college entrance examinations are administered through the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP). Duke TIP routinely evaluates their ceremony score levels to make sure that they are in line with the national percentile rankings (NPR) for juniors and seniors (traditional testers) taking the SAT and ACT.
The National Spanish Examination Contest was given by more than 3,500 teachers throughout the United States. The National Spanish Exam recognizes achievement in the study of the Spanish language; and encourages further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish.
Brandeis teacher Brigitte Deyle received the "Duden Award," which recognizes a teacher of German for outstanding efforts and achievements in providing high-quality instruction in German. This year is the 22nd year for the Duden Award. This award is presented by the "Bibliographisches Institut" and the "American Association of Teachers of German."
The purpose of the National German Examination is to recognize achievement in the study of the German language, and to promote proficiency in the German language. This examination is administered each year to more than 26,000 students in the United States. Three students from Brandeis High School scored above 90 percent on this difficult examination. They were the only students from San Antonio to achieve this accomplishment.
The state contest, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin in February, is the culminating German language event for the three regional Texas competitions. The contest includes events in academic, cultural, and performance categories. More than 1,500 students from more than 90 schools competed this year. This makes the Texas German contests the largest contest in the nation and the only one of its kind.
Texas History Day, a part of the National History Day program, is a yearlong education program that culminates in an annual state-level history fair for students in grades six through 12. It provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their interest in and knowledge of history through creative and original papers, performances, documentaries, websites, or three-dimensional exhibits. This year NISD had a large number of students who won regional competition and qualified for the state competition in Austin.
Northside ISD, with corporate support from Booz Allen Hamilton and Mitre Corporation, has hosted the South Central Texas Regional Middle School and High School Science Bowls for the last several years. Each school fields up to three teams each with four members and one alternate. Teams compete in a game show format academic quiz on science, math, and technology topics. The winning team advances to the National Middle School Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. In addition to the academic competition, each middle school team designed, built, and raced a model solar-powered car. This year, Rawlinson Middle School represented NISD at the national competition.
Clark High School's yearbook, The Witness, has been featured as an exemplar in Balfour's Yearbook of yearbooks as a National Design Manual winner. Balfour published copies of The Witness to share with high schools across the nation.
The Interscholastic League Press Conference, the journalism branch of the University Interscholastic League, conducts competitions that result in individual awards and ratings of student publications. The Marshall Rampage earned this highest ranking for the 17th consecutive year and was nominated as finalist for the Star Award, the highest overall honor a student newspaper can receive from the UIL. The Clark Chronicle placed in the top 10 percent of newspapers statewide through the Interscholastic Press Association.
Erin Dunbar, a student at O'Connor High School, placed third in the Congressional Debate at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament. The Texas Forensic Association promotes the interests of interscholastic speech by encouraging a spirit of fellowship among participating students and teachers. Activities viewed as central to the organization's function include debate, theatre, and competitive individual speaking events.
The National Forensic League vision is that every child in the United States will be empowered to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker, and leader in a democratic society. Tournament events include humorous interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation, and congressional debate.
Lauren Zook, a student at Marshall High School, was the recipient of the University Interscholastic League award. The UIL sponsors four journalism contests - news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, and headline writing. Students compete at the district level, and then the top three places advance to regional competition. From regional competition, the top three places advance to state competition.
The quality of a school's publications and how they present themselves to their reading community is a guidepost to the quality of the publishing school. ASPA, through its competition, provides advice on page design, story layout, graphics, headlining, cover design, advertising placement, photography and a variety of other useful items. Each literary magazine is scored on a point system by a panel of judges who are experienced faculty advisers for scholastic publications.
Sponsored by Abydos Learning International, Inc. (formerly the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas), this statewide competition recognizes outstanding student writers of prose and poetry at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Students and their families are honored at a reception at the Abydos Learning Trainers' and Teachers' Annual Conference.
Kirsten Bonifacio, a student at Luna Middle School, is the recipient of the 2010 Scholastic Art and Writing Award. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and its 108 Regional Affiliates recognize young artists and writers with Gold Keys, Silver Keys, and Honorable Mention Certificates. This year submissions numbered more than 180,000 works of art and writing from across the nation. Each work is reviewed by a panel of arts professionals for the following criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
Linda M. Kelly, a chemistry teacher at Marshall High School, is one of two San Antonio high school science educators to be named winner of the 2011 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She was chosen from 19 distinguished educators who were nominated by their school districts in recognition of outstanding performance in public education. After teaching 23 years, Kelly still proclaims, "Chemistry is my love."
The NISD Purchasing Department received an Award of Merit from the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO). Much of the award's emphasis is based on the Best Practices in Purchasing as identified by the Legislative Budget Board during the Texas School Performance Review process, and on the Purchasing Module in the Management Section of the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide published by the Texas Education Agency.
Cornelius Phelps, principal of Connally MS, was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Administrator Award by the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members (TCBSBM). He received the award at the TCBSBM Summit recently, along with $500 for the school.
The O'Connor and Taft High School marching bands qualified for the Texas State UIL Marching Contest in 2010.
Several Northside students were selected to the Texas Music Educators Association All State Band, Choir, Orchestra or Jazz Ensemble.
Marshall High School student journalists garnered multiple individual achievement awards at this summer's Interscholastic League Press Conference at the University of Texas.
Several Northside ISD publications earned recognition at the Texas Association of Journalism Educators Fall Fiesta convention in San Antonio in October.
The Chronicle, the Clark High School newspaper, earned a Pacemaker Award, one of the highest national awards a high school newspaper can receive, from the National Scholastic Press Association.
Two NISD students have been named National Achievement Scholar semifinalists.
Northside students were named scholar finalists in the 2010-11 National Hispanic Recognition Program.
Northside School District students were named commended students in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Northside School District students were named semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
O'Connor High School placed fourth in the nation in the FFA's Ag Mechanics event, which tests both technical and agricultural mechanics skills. During the event, members completed a written exam and demonstrated problem-solving and hands-on performance skills.
O'Connor High School won first place at the state FFA competition for both levels of Chapter Conducting, making it the first time in at least 25 years that a single high school won both the junior and senior levels of the contest.
Northside high school students attended the annual National Junior Classical League Competition at North Dakota State University in Fargo last summer. These students participated in academic, artistic, and athletic competitions with some of the best Latin students from around the country. NISD students are:
In Cross-Country, Northside had six individuals from four high schools who finished in the top 10 out of more than 150 runners at the Region 4 Cross-Country Meet. These outstanding student/athletes went on the represent Northside at the state cross country meet. They are:
The Stevens High School Varsity Football Team was recognized for making it to the 5A state semifinals. With a record of 11-4, the Stevens Falcons advanced to the state semifinals to play Pearland at the Alamodome. Team members include:
Martin Elementary School has received the “Silver” certification of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System. The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
Nancy Ramos, a biology teacher at Health Careers High School, was selected as one of the 2011 honorees of the Texas Exes Awards for Outstanding Teachers...
Danielle Chapa has received the national National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Louis Coy, senior clarinetist in the Clark High School band, was selected as the concerto winner of the 2010 Youth Orchestra of San Antonio Concerto Contest.
The Northside Citizenship Award was created in 1999 to recognize deserving individuals who have made a positive impact on the Northside ISD community. The Citizenship Award is presented to individuals and/or groups whose actions are "above and beyond the normal day's scope of activities" and/or may be unique.
Brandeis High School Air Force JROTC cadets Dawn Naville and Jonathan Mercer recently were awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross.
Dr. Laura Cox, a molecular gene scientist at Southwest Research Institute and a part-time coach/consultant for the NISD Aquatics Program for more than 20 years, is the recipient of the "Ousley Award".
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Northside ISD by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
The Northside Suburban All-Stars recently captured the Senior League Softball World Series title with a 17-0 record.
Member volunteers of the 2009-10 School Boundary Advisory Committee (SBAC) were formally recognized by the Board for their accomplishments and were presented with certificates of recognition.
The Board of Trustees recognized outgoing members of the Northside Educational Improvement Council (NEIC), which includes 19 parents, community members, and business representatives appointed by Board members.
Daniel Leija, a fifth grade teacher at Esparza ES, has been chosen as a finalist in the Texas Teacher of the Year program.
Kent Page, a fifth grade teacher at Carnahan ES known for his hands-on lessons with students, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.
Both the 2009-2010 Stevens yearbook, Tradition, and the school newspaper, The Talon, have received the All American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association.
- O'Connor and Clark HS Academic Decathlon State Qualifiers
- JA Banks in Action National Qualifiers
- Duke University Talent Search Program Grand Level Winners
- NISD High School Bowling Club State Winners
- Water Polo, Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers
- Track and Field State Qualifiers and Winners