It might be summer but school zones are in effect through the beginning of August, although the times are slightly altered. All Northside ISD campuses are used for either summer school programs or as drop off/pick up sites for students.
For elementary and middle school campuses, flashing lights are in effect from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday June 7 until June 30.
For high school campuses, flashing lights are in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday June 7 until August 3.
However with special summer programming, the school day may be extended at some campuses. Please slow down in school zones and observe the flashing lights.
NISD is operating a variety of summer schools and programs at high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and special schools. In addition, thousands of adults and students are also enrolled in dozens of adult and community education classes.
For more information about NISD Summer Schools, visit the Summer School website.
Eight Northside high schools were ranked among the top schools in the state and country in the latest rankings from The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. Six Northside high schools are included in The Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. More than 2,300 high schools were ranked nationwide.
Ranking State National
Communications Arts High School #37 #129
Health Careers High School #51 #235
Business Careers High School #66 #442
Clark High School #114 #1043
Warren High School #115 #1047
John Jay High School #120 #1192
Three factors were used to determine the rankings- percentage of students whose families qualify for lunch subsidies, index score, and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, also called equity and excellence.
The index score is calculated by taking the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.
Four Northside high schools have been included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best High Schools rankings:
Ranking State National
Health Careers High School #32 #197
Clark High School #136 #1329
Brandeis High School #143 #1534
Brennan High School #169 #1983
The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates, and how well they prepare students for college.
The top 15 seniors at Canyon, Smithson Valley, and Canyon Lake high schools, as well as the top five seniors from Memorial Early College High School, were honored at the Comal Education Foundation’s Jan Heckendorn Academic Recognition Banquet on May 17 at the McKenna Events Center in New Braunfels.
Students were able to invite a teacher, counselor, or administrator they felt was very influential during their academic career.
Students wrote a short essay, explaining why they choose to honor that individual.
Rusty Brockman, of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, emceed the event. He read each essay as the students and their honoree walked across the stage and the Comal Education Foundation Board members and executives from event sponsor Wells Fargo Bank congratulated them.
Cady Calhoun, a senior at Memorial Early College High School, said of her elementary school G/T teacher MaryKay Erben: “Ms. Erben, through facilitating creative higher-thinking projects and assignments, was able to educate, inspire, and impact the lives of hundreds of rowdy, “G/T-brained”, out-of-the-box thinkers.”
In addition, two students, Smithson Valley High seniors Kalyn Mizelle and Jacob Emmons, both received $2,500 Jan Heckendorn Scholarships. The banquet is named in the memory of Heckendorn, a founding CEF board member.
The students and teachers recognized were (in alphabetical order):
Canyon Lake High: Student Matthew Adams, teacher Warren Graham; student Sharon Alexander, teacher Lee Willing; student Duncan Coleman, teacher Rhonda Riali; student Bailey Drum, teacher Kimberly Paisley; student Melissa Gaxiola, teacher Kathryn Lemons; student Calvin Graves, teacher Debbie Copeland; student Emma Gray, teacher Mary Beth Gallagher; student Sydney Johnson, teacher Charles Van Houten; student Treven Martinez, teacher Joseph DeSantis; student Christopher Moffitt, teacher Tina Platt; student Noelle Robinson, teacher Sharon Monzingo; student Bronwen Sandle, teacher Penny Bagby; student Zachary Sawyer, teacher Therese Pilzner; student Rosaleah Stammler, teacher Cynthia Pike; student Hannah Wunderlich, and teacher Kimberly Moses.
Memorial Early College High School: Student Cady Calhoun, teacher Mary Kay Erben; student Lydia Congdon, teacher Bobby Johnson; student Abigail Grathwohl, teacher Micah Aten; student Kurt Kucera, teacher Richard Muenich; and student Aaron Stevens, and teacher Tia Weidenfeller.
Canyon High School: Student Justin Lee Becka, teacher Alyson Martin; student Kayla Brown Cochran, teacher Elizabeth Blackford; student Dylan Kyle Day, teacher Rob Rush; student Robert Rene Dibello, teacher Brad Arnold; student Erika Addington Emmons, teacher Zebulon Burleson; student Sydney Lynne English, teacher Abel Candia; student Samantha Ann Lewis, teacher Stacey Jones; student Edward Ross McDonald, teacher Sharon Streger; student Renata Gerena Morfin, teacher Kaye Guidry; student Maike Lynn Morrison, teacher Michelle Koehl; student Kellin Seamus Murphy, teacher Gary Anderson; student Abigail Alexandra Newland, teacher Mary Anderson; student Vincent John-Michael Pacilio, teacher Kevin Randle; student Marielena Pecina, teacher Misty Friedsam; student Gus Herman Stephens, and teacher Jennifer Eldridge.
Smithson Valley High School: Student Sheyenne Davis, teacher Troy Mann; student Jacob Emmons, teacher Laquita Sellers; student Bernadette Flehmer, teacher Danette Bermea; student Mateusz Garstecki, teacher Brigitte Deyle; student Victoria Gibbens, teacher Joni Woodchick; student Bailey Grams, teacher Holly Leach; student Grace Hannemann, teacher Brittney Lanehart; student Colt Hermesch, teacher Sarah Burkhardt; student Ethan Howell, teacher Denise Nipper; student John Kutac, teacher Jennifer Klar; student Jessica La Fond, teacher Bart Cooper; student Abigail Millard, teacher Sandra Boldway; student Emma Tharp, teacher Christina Post; student Veronica Vasquez, teacher Kathryn Rutledge; student Erin Wimberley, and teacher Robert Casselberry.