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 NISD Convocations Kick-Off A New School Year
  This year’s Northside ISD’s theme is Northside Legends, celebrating individuals who work to positively impact the lives of others.
SBy Alissa Reinhard
ince 2002, Northside ISD has hosted Back-to-School Convocations, special pep rally-style events to
greet all NISD staff back to a brand new school year while setting the stage for the year’s work. This year, NISD hosted six Convocation events over three days in August with approximately 4,600 staff members attending each day.
Each new school year at NISD also embraces a theme. This year’s? Northside Legends – past, present and future.
“Not to be confused with superheroes, our legends are all of those individuals who on a daily basis work to positively impact the lives of others,” explained Barry Perez, NISD Executive Director of Communications.
This year’s Convocation, like others before it, highlighted amazing student performances coordinated by the District’s Fine Arts department and featured approximately 500 student performers from NISD’s middle and high schools. The event began with a spectacular patriotic number with members of 11 NISD high school bands performing the National Anthem, the Clark High School Air Force JROTC presenting the Colors, and a NISD Police Officer and Northside graduate leading all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
During the Convocation, Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods also touched on the accomplishments of the district. The Class of 2018 (the most recent data available) had a
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94.3% graduation rate and 7,000 graduates. There were also 7,000 graduates in the Class of 2019 and they earned more than $194 million in college scholarships. The Class of 2019 earned 55,485 hours of college credit. At an average cost of $649 per semester hour for tuition and books alone, that saved approximately $36 million.
In the 2018-2019 school year, middle school students earned over 11,000 high school credits and NISD students earned 4,600 industry-recognized certifications. Six NISD schools were named National PTA Schools of Excellence for the 2019-2021 award cycle: Evers, Nichols, Forester, and Scarborough elementary schools, Briscoe Middle School, and Clark High School. Fine Arts programs are also excelling in NISD with 87,500 students involved in 5,000 galleries, performances, concerts, and theatrical productions. Fifteen thousand students in grades 7-12 participate in the District’s Athletic program. Last year 201 students earned Academic All State honors and 160 student athletes were awarded Athletic scholarships to play at the next level.
Dr. Woods also outlined some of the District goals for the 2019-2020 school year including maintaining the Northside culture; working on performance in measures of college, career, and military readiness; and continuing to enhance Career and Technical Education offerings in middle and high schools.
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