Woods' Weekly is written by Superintendent Brian T. Woods and is sent to Northside ISD staff every Monday to keep them updated on local and state education issues.
Good morning! Last Friday, on many Northside campuses, the day started with ceremonies to honor veterans throughout our community. I have heard many stories of touching events and messages of thanks from all over the district. My visit to Krueger ES was a wonderfully done ceremony that featured bands from Jefferson MS and O’Connor HS. Thank you for honoring our nation’s veterans and, more importantly, for planting that notion of appreciation for military service in our students.
As we go through the rest of this semester and next, I thought you might appreciate brief updates on our Board’s work in the search for a new superintendent. In the week before last, our Board hired a search firm and met with that group this past week to discuss the processes and timelines they will use. Next, will come a formal notice that the job will be available in Texas and throughout the nation. By the end of this month, the search firm will reach out to prospective candidates they feel have the skill set and would be a good fit for us. I will keep you posted.
You’ve heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about GivingTuesday? The Northside Education Foundation (NEF) is participating in this international day of giving on November 29 in support of our students and educators. On GivingTuesday consider making a $10 gift and join others at #10forNEF whose small acts of kindness can collectively make a big impact. Stay up to date with all things GivingTuesday on November 29 by following NEF on Facebook or Twitter. Together, we can do great things!
We recently hosted a group of around 200 school superintendents and their cabinet staff. A part of that visit included tours at five of our campuses. The participants were blown away by what they saw and were so thankful for the staff and student time. Thanks to Cole, Franklin, Leon Valley ES, and to Ross MS and Marshall Law and Medical for hosting us and showing off your teachers and students!
Someone recently sent me a blog post by Bill King. He describes, in a very succinct way, the challenges we face as a nation with regard to electing a majority of rational people to state and national offices. He says:
We hear a great deal today from both parties about protecting democracy. According to Republicans, democracy needs to be protected from illegal voting, while Democrats decry election deniers. But the truth is, neither party gives a tinker’s damn about what the majority of the American people want. The only thing they are concerned about is what a majority of their primary voters want.
On issue after issue, polling shows that there is a broad consensus among Americans on most issues…
The truth is that we have a political system that routinely frustrates the will of the American people. There are many reasons we have evolved into this anti-democratic paradigm. Certainly, the reliance on the primary system to nominate candidates combined with extreme partisan gerrymandering is the principal culprit. But also, the conspiracy of the two dominant parties to restrict electoral competition plays a large part…
But the change will be slow until the rational middle of America stands up and says it has had enough of the extremism and demands change.
It’s long past time for reasonable people to, as he says, “stand up” and say no more to candidates on the extremes who have no interest in solving real problems and helping the majority of Texans and Americans. If you look at election results from around the nation last week, we saw a move toward balance. Hopefully, this is a lasting trend.
Finally, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! All of us are so busy and appreciate just a little time to slow down and reconnect with what we are personally thankful for. Please know that I am thankful for you. Thank you for all you do to benefit NISD students and families. Have a great week! BTW