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Nimitz S2S wins Middle School Team of the Year Award

Valeria, Jade and Robert Gonzalez with their MCEC AwardWednesday, July 20 Update: Nimitz Middle School is the Student 2 Student Middle School Team of the Year! They were recognized today at the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Global Summit in Washington, DC.

Nimitz students Valeria Trejo, Jade Garcia and Junior Cadets Instructor and Student 2 Student (S2S) Sponsor Robert Gonzalez represented Nimitz, NEISD and all of San Antonio at the Global Summit this week.


Tuesday, July 19 Update: The Nimitz Middle School Student 2 Student (S2S) program proudly received the 2022 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award today!

The group was recognized at the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Global Summit in Washington, DC, earlier today. 

The Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award recognizes successful partnerships and projects that ultimately benefit military-connected children. In this case, Nimitz partners with the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) and Navy Recruiting. Through this partnership, Navy personnel visited the school and were treated to VIP tours from S2S students.

S2S students continue to expand their service projects - from caring for and distributing Chromebooks on campus, partnering with PetSmart to deliver a plush pet to every student on campus and helping keep the school clean. Through every step, the Navy provides support through teaching, judging and applauding the work being done by Nimitz S2S. 

Way to go! 

Robert Gonzalez and the S2S kids in the gym at NimitzNimitz Middle School is proudly representing North East ISD at the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Global Summit in Washington, DC this week. Students Valeria Trejo and Jade Garcia are attending along with Junior Cadets Instructor and Student 2 Student (S2S) Sponsor Robert Gonzalez.

“We’re really excited to represent NEISD on a national level,” said Gonzalez. “The kids will have the opportunity to speak with other kids from around the country and ask questions about what they do at their school and how they do it.”

H-E-B is funding the entire trip to Washington, DC. Nimitz was selected after submitting a video about the program and its impact on students and the campus.

S2S connects civilian students with new military students the day they arrive to ensure they have a friendly face to answer questions, show them around, eat lunch together and more. NEISD is proud to have the S2S program in place at every elementary, middle and high school.

Nimitz S2S students stand proudly beside their bannerThis award-winning initiative isn’t just for military students. It’s used to welcome any new student on campus.

“Everything Student 2 Student is trying to accomplish we were already doing in the Junior Cadets so it’s the perfect fit,” said Gonzalez. “My kids really flourish in this program and our new kids assimilate so quickly because they feel a connection right away.”

Junior Cadets at Nimitz is a preface to JROTC at Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High School. Gonzalez spent 22 years in the Navy before he began teaching. In fact, his last post was as a Fire Marshall on the USS Nimitz. He helped launch the program at Nimitz seven years ago and he has watched students flourish in the program ever since.

Adding S2S to the mix has strengthened Junior Cadets, Nimitz and the District as a whole.

“Not only are they meeting someone giving a tour – they’re meeting their peers. At the end of the tour they bring them to their first class and the kids introduce them to their peers and they make sure someone is always with them at lunch every day. We check in every day. And then before long, a lot of them become cadets and student ambassadors.”

Posted by Lila Stanley
Posted on 7-18-22