Exploring virtual reality through apps, using Chromebooks and iPads to create movies and daily news broadcasts, and building tiny homes to explore future careers in construction. Northside schools are finding unique ways to engage students in learning and an annual event allows students and teachers to share the successes from their campuses.
Students from more than 105 elementary, middle and high schools will participate in this year’s Expo, which has been split into two days due to high attendance in previous years. Also new this year are displays from Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Schools will have tables at the Sports Gym and visitors will watch technology demonstrations, robotics demonstrations, and talk to students and teachers in an interactive and informal setting. Some programs, like the tiny home and automotive programs, will showcase their work outside the Sports Gym due to space constraints. Among the topics showcased this year are: mobile devices in the classroom, campus camps and clubs, real world projects, and global learning experiences.
Original article on Northside ISD's Facebook page here.
LibraryPalooza is an author festival for teens in Northside ISD, San Antonio. This event is free and open to the public.
This year’s event includes the following authors:
Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author and Cybils Award winner
Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner
Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, NAACP Image Award, and long listed for the National Book Award. He was recently featured on “CBS This Morning” and “The Daily Show.”
Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the GoodReads Choice Debut Award
Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, winner of the Eisner Award, Printz Award, recipient of the Genius Grant from the MacArthur Fellows Program, and New York Times bestselling author
Jeff Zentner, New York Times Notable list, winner of the William C. Morris Award and long listed for the Carnegie Medal
Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books on site (or bring from home) and have them signed by the authors. The event is open to middle and high school students. There is no cost for the event and no advanced registration is required. Food will be available for purchase (cash only) via food trucks during the lunch break in the back bus loop and concessions in the cafeteria. A percentage of all sales will go to Friends of Northside Libraries. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Northside Libraries, and is made possible in part by contributions from Northside ISD, H-E-B, Barnes & Noble, and Whataburger.
Original article located here.
It's the Final Four of Reading competitions at schools around San Antonio to see who can read the most. At Glenoaks ES, students are working together to make a difference. And, every dog may have his day, but so do the cows, pigs, and sheep at the annual Gerlach Livestock Show and Sale!
Original article and video recap located on the NISD website here.
First graders at Ott ES investigated artifacts from the past in the library’s “Invention Museum.” To prepare for their visit, students studied Thomas Edison and his contributions. At the library, the students were guided through various inventions such as a 1930’s rotary phone, a 1901 Underwood typewriter, and a 1950’s television. Previously only seen in photographs, the items brought history to life for the students.
Original article located here.
Girls on the Run at Hobby Middle School embraces the differences on our campus through a nurturing, inspiring and physical activity-based youth development program for middle school girls. The program empowers our girls to: advocate for themselves in a meaningful and effective manner; lead with positive decision making skills; and express their gratitude for others through well thought out words and actions. Girls on the Run is a cultural transformation program that seeks to bring out a young girl’s genuine spirit and build upon their values in an effort to promote our leaders for tomorrow. The girl-centered approach provides an environment where the girls get to know each other better in order to build community within their school. The program is transforming, compassionate, and empowering.
Girls on the Run was featured as one of November's Cool Schools on KSAT's SA Live.
This is the first year an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course has been offered in Northside ISD and it is currently only at Brennan and Marshall high schools. Twelve students are enrolled at Marshall and under the guidance of teacher Billy Soliz, are learning entry-level patient and emergency care. The course, which spans two class periods each day, builds upon skills learned in the pre-requisite course Health Science Theory. Upon completion of the course, students can schedule a computer-based national registry test and apply for state certification as an EMT-Basic. The EMT-Basic certification means students could be hired by private ambulance services, volunteer fire departments, or as an ER tech at a hospital. Paramedic training is a more rigorous college-based program.
“You’re work ready with an EMT-Basic certification and it can be used as a stepping stone to move on to other things in your career, including nursing, medical school, and even physician’s assistants programs,” Soliz said. “In this class you can fine tune patient care and communication skills.”
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