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Military Dad to Reunite with Sons During Surprise Homecoming

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On December 14, 2016 two NEISD campuses welcomed Major Evan Chung of the United States Army as part of a surprise reunion with his two sons; Trey Wilson  a sixth-grade student at Lopez Middle School and Hunter Chung a tenth-grade student at Reagan High School. Major Chung’s nephew, Ryan Bush, was in the same class as Hunter when Major Chung arrived. The students had no idea that their father and uncle had returned after a 6-month deployment in Afghanistan.   Major Chung had been serving his third tour overseas. Surprising his two sons and nephew in front of their fellow classmates kicked-off his return to the United States and the holidays with his family. Major Chung’s wife, Nickola Wilson-Chung, a Retired Major in the Army was in on the big surprise for her sons and nephew. Major Chung has served in the military for 19 years. Welcome Home would like to thank Major Chung and his family for their years of service and dedication.

January 2017 Was School Board Recognition Month

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January was great time to focus on the crucial role an elected board of trustees plays in our communities and schools. The North East ISD Board of Trustees is made up of seven community leaders. They receive no pay for their dedicated efforts. They not only volunteer their time and effort for our local schools, but they also speak up for our system of public education on a statewide level. These public servants sit through meetings, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns, and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community at large. They bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to their task, and they take their responsibilities seriously. The whole community benefits from their vigilance in providing good schools. Each January, we pause in our regular activities to say thank you to these dedicated volunteers. We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy on behalf of our children and our communities. Local school board members are an all-star team, focused on our schools.

Join us is saying thank you to our All-Star Team!

Shannon Grona, President, District 5
Brigitte Perkins, Vice President, District 7
Sandy Hughey, Secretary, District 1
Tony Jaso, Trustee, District 6
Jim Wheat, Trustee, District 4
Edd White, Trustee, District 2
Sandi Wolff, Trustee, District 3


Enthusiastic Students Start The New Year

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Students in art teacher Charis Taylor’s fifth-grade classroom not only got to learn two-point perspective but also were able to draw the tree house of their dreams in the process. “One of the reasons I teach the two-point perspective lesson is, not only to hit the element of art-space, but also to have students use math skills and a ruler to draw the actual tree house,” Taylor said. “We do this two times to make sure that we all get the steps and concepts correct. It also gives them a chance to look at something from a different point of view and then draw it.” From there, the students were able to use their imaginations and choose a theme for their tree house. They were able to use iPads to explore their theme a bit more to help with visuals to add to their tree house. A couple of the more interesting tree house themes were The Wizard of Oz and Pokémon. To finish their works of art, students had their choice of a multitude of media including, pencils, sharpies, colored pencils and paint. “I love art class because it’s so much fun,” said student Victoria Beck. “You can always be as creative as you want to be.” Students in Taylor’s classroom recently completed a project painting Winter Birch Trees, and later this semester will work with string art and clay.