Kuentz

Campus Information

Principal:
Lori Gallegos
Vice Principal:
Kasey Crick
School Hours:
7:45am - 2:50pm
Phone: (210) 397-8050
Fax: (210) 695-4810
Year Open:
2009
School Mascot:
Coyotes
School Colors:
Silver, Black

Boundary Information

Bond Information

Construction funded by Bond 2007

Charles L. Kuentz, Jr.

12303 Leslie Road
78023 Helotes , TX

Namesake

Charles Kuentz was a beloved Northside band director who instilled in his students a passion for music and taught them about the importance of character, commitment, and work ethic.

Kuentz grew up in a musical family that often would get together with friends for jam sessions on Sunday afternoons. His mother played the piano, his father played the fiddle and accordion, and Kuentz played the trumpet, just like his older sister.

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Charles Kuentz was a beloved Northside band director who instilled in his students a passion for music and taught them about the importance of character, commitment, and work ethic.

Kuentz grew up in a musical family that often would get together with friends for jam sessions on Sunday afternoons. His mother played the piano, his father played the fiddle and accordion, and Kuentz played the trumpet, just like his older sister.

Though Kuentz lived in the Woodlawn lake area as a boy, he frequently visited his grandparents' dairy farm in Helotes. His grandfather was Henry T. Brauchle - also a musician, an educator, and a Northside namesake. O'Connor High School, and now Kuentz Elementary School, sit on the site of the former Brauchle dairy farm.

After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1952, Kuentz enrolled in Texas Lutheran College. It was here that he met his wife Judy, a fellow musician and future NISD music teacher. Kuentz was studying to become a minister until his college band director suggested he think about a career in music.

Kuentz quickly realized that "ministering" to children through music was his calling. Kuentz switched majors, and after completing his degree, he began working as a music teacher and band director in Rocksprings, Charlotte, and Three Rivers.

His family, which would eventually include six children, returned to San Antonio, and in 1969, Kuentz became the band director at Jefferson, his alma mater. In 1974, he joined Northside, first at Hobby Middle School, and then a year later, at Marshall High School.

He revolutionized the Ram Band, bringing in showmanship, choreography, and music that made the half-time performance a must-see event at football games. He put the Ram Band on the map ( and in the record books ) when they were invited to play in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. in 1977. To help raise money for the trip, students held a "band-a-thon" to break the Guinness World Record for the longest, continuously playing band. It took 52 hours, but they broke the record.

Despite the many accolades and awards the Ram Band received, students say it was the life lessons Kuentz taught them that had the biggest impact. Kuentz served as a father figure to many of his students, serving as a role model for self-discipline, teamwork, and taking pride in one's work.

In 1982, Kuentz moved to Rudder Middle School to be the school's first band director. He retired in 1992, but still remains actively involved with music as Director of the Helotes Community Band.

The Kuentz tradition of music, education, and character isn't likely to fade anytime soon. Numerous former students of Kuentz have gone on to be music teachers and educators, including three of his own children, who all teach in Northside ISD.

August 29, 2016
Cisneros, Quiñones to speak at free family engagement conference
Two well-known figures will be keynote speakers at the second annual Family Engagement Conference to be held Friday, Sept. 30 at Northside Activity Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 21, 2016
NISD offers free & reduced-price meals for qualifying students
Northside Independent School District (NISD) announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

 

March 31, 2016
More than 7,500 kindergarten children expected to register
Once again, Northside is expecting a large kindergarten enrollment for the upcoming school year, making it all the more critical that parents register their children during Kinder Roundup in order to secure a seat at their neighborhood school. More than 7,500 kindergarten students are expected to enroll for the 2016-17 school year.