The North East ISD Board of Trustees met for its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, May 8 and went over a full agenda, which featured several wonderful recognitions. Here is a brief look at some of the highlights.
The Reagan TFA State Sweepstakes
The Reagan High School (Texas Forensic Association) speech and debate team competed in state and dominated the competition. They competed against all 1A through 6A public schools and all private schools, which makes earning the coveted state championship so significant. Brian Eanes and Matt Reichle direct and coach the team to success. The Reagan Speech and Debate team has enjoyed an outstanding competitive year thanks to the support of Reagan faculty and administration, especially their principal, Brenda Shelton.
NEISD Student Volunteer of the Year
On behalf of the Volunteer Program, Brook Pate, District Volunteer Coordinator, was honored to present the NEISD Student Volunteer of the Year. The recipient of this year’s NEISD Student Volunteer of the Year Award went to Elijah Johns. Elijah truly exemplifies the 360-degree student. The senior at Johnson High School is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, and National Honor Society. He is also a member of the Red Cross Club and puppy PALS at Johnson.
Elijah has dedicated over 200 hours to his school and his community through partnerships with several organizations. Over the last year, he has volunteered for the Shoe Box Project, Magnolia Home, St. PJ’s, Wounded Warriors and the San Antonio Food Bank. His largest and proudest volunteer experience was starting his own free basketball camp offered to kids in the San Antonio area. For the past three summers, he has been hosting, organizing and running the weeklong camp. He was able secure a venue, donations and sponsorships in order make this camp happen. During the camp, kids worked on basketball fundamentals and learned about the importance of healthy living.
KSAT’s rocketry students set for launch
The Krueger School of Applied Technologies (KSAT) Rocketry program is literally soaring to new heights. The students returned from the NASA Student Launch in Huntsville, Alabama with a couple of awesome awards. The competition is comprised of 18 secondary school teams and 40 universities. Going on its ninth year competing, KSAT—the only middle school—won the Altitude Award for middle/high school. This goes to the team closest to the target altitude of 5,280 (one mile). KSAT had an altitude of 5325! The University of Notre Dame and the University of Louisville are the only schools that got closer to the target altitude out of 56 other teams! Tracy Thomas and Maria Guerrero instruct and coach the Rocketry team. Don Cosgrove was also recognized for his direction and assistance in the program.
ETA’s rocketry students saving the planet
NASA Student Launch is a research-based, experiential activity requiring an eight-month commitment from students only to design, fabricate, test and launch a rocket, as well as complete a lengthy series of real-world comprehensive flight reviews, all overseen by NASA staff, engineers and scientists. ETA students worked diligently to design, construct, test, launch, and successfully recover a reusable rocket and payload to an altitude of 5,280 feet above ground level (AGL). The teams experiment focused on a creative solution in utilizing a parachute system designed to capture smog particles from the atmosphere upon descending back down with the intent to clean the Earth’s atmosphere. Christina Moreno is the instructor and coach of the ETA Rocketry Team.
The Education Service Center AP of the Year
Twenty administrators were recently named Region Assistant Principals of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TAPSA). Representing our own Region 20 Educational Service Center is Wilderness Oak Elementary School’s Rachel Robertson. This peer-based award recognizes assistant principals for their commitment to student learning as evidenced by exceptional school leadership. One of these will be selected at the 2017 National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas. Supported by Horace Mann, the national award recognizes leaders who are committed to excellence through programs designed to meet academic and social needs of all students; have firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations; show strong educational leadership by setting high expectations for school staff and students; and exhibit exceptional leadership in a particular school program. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of assistant principals throughout Texas, North East ISD is proud to be home to one of the 20 selected.
Posted on 05/09/2017