Timberwilde Elementary School opened in August of 1980 with a western Trailblazer theme under the leadership of Principal Bobbye Behlau. We continue to carry out many Trailblazer traditions including the fifth grade class engraving a bench for the school each year. We have a life-sized stagecoach used for reading in the library and a beautiful Trailblazer mural painted on the back wall of the cafeteria. It was painted in 1984 by three faculty members to remind us of our Trailblazer roots. Over the years, the stately Timberwolf included in that mural, emerged as our school mascot. Our students proudly wear their Timberwilde Timberwolf school tee-shirts on Fridays to show their school spirit.
There were 785 students enrolled at Timberwilde in 1980. That number has fluctuated greatly over the years, with as many as 1,200+ students enrolled during our "portable" years. This year we anticipate an enrollment of about 750 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grades.
During the past five years, Northside Independent School District has invested more than two million dollars to renovate our school with a new roof, new air conditioning system, new energy efficient lighting, removal of all asbestos and new floors. Our intercom system and fire alarm system have been replaced. We've also gotten a new phone system and technology upgrades including new computers and laser printers for each teacher. The school clinic was remodeled to add a restroom for students who are ill. The office foyer was updated to improve visibility. Several special education classrooms were redone to comply with federal and district standards. We also have an upgraded art classroom. All these improvements are a result of Northside's commitment to maintaining quality facilities throughout the District.
Timberwilde has been designated as a federal Title I school. Because more than half of our students meet the criteria to qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program, we now receive Title I monies to fund a second reading specialist, a full-time math specialist, a parent education coordinator , additional tutoring for students, and additional instructional resources. The goal is to close the achievement gap between students who are economically disadvantaged and those who are not. Because research shows a close correlation between parent involvement at school and student achievement, we will be seeking this year to involve all of our parents in our school programs.
Our PTA has also greatly supported our students and faculty immensely over the years. Signs of their contributions are everywhere, including on our playground and our beautiful outdoor classroom. The PTA has also enriched our students' lives by raising the funds for a variety of programs, especially student field trip experiences. Parents also serve our school as PAL volunteers and student mentors.