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.
October 26, 2020
Good morning! The Student Information Systems (SIS) department has worked hard the last few weeks to find ways to assist teachers in managing the changes with attendance in the synchronous and asynchronous methods we must use this year. Last week campuses were given two reports to assist with being able to reconcile attendance based off of engagement records in Schoology. These records show any engagement mark that is permissible under TEA guidelines to be used as engagement in the LMS and thus to prove attendance. What that means, especially for secondary teachers, is that there will no longer be a need to go back to previous days and look for asynchronous activity and change an absence to an RA. Office staff will take on this work to relieve this burden on teachers.
SIS has also worked with our vendor for TAC and teachers now see a new "RA" attendance column for taking Remote Asynchronous attendance. Teachers will no longer need to use the drop down menu for entering RA for those students present in the asynchronous setting, they can just check the box. Reminder, it is still important that attendance is taken on every student, every day, and in every class in middle and high school. Thank you to Erika Foerster and her team for these improvements!
The annual United Way campaign is underway. This year’s campaign theme is "Always United For Good. Now United For Change." Thousands of Northside employees or their family members receive direct services from United Way each year. Given the job loss and food and housing insecurity we are seeing, now more than ever, supporting United Way partner agencies is essential for our community. Please consider donating here. Log in using your NISD email address and full e-number. The campaign ends this Wednesday, October 28.
Congratulations to Rayburn MS Mariachi Vocal Star Melanie Terrazas for being selected as a "top 7 finalist" in the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition. Mariachi Vargas is an internationally renowned mariachi ensemble that annually auditions young vocal stars for the honor to perform with Mariachi Vargas. Melanie is the ONLY representative from San Antonio qualifying as a finalist in a field of 1,000 vocal entries. Congratulations also to Rayburn MS Mariachi Instructor Michael Acevedo and best wishes to Melanie in her finalist audition for this honor!
It is hard to believe we are just 8 days away from election day. If you have already voted, thank you. If you still need to make it to the polls, I encourage you to take advantage of early voting which ends this Friday. All polls have extended their hours to 8:00am-10:00pm. Visit https://www.bexar.org/DocumentCenter/View/4572/Early-Voting-Locations-and-Hours-of-Operation-PDF to find the location nearest to you. Depending on where you live, you may have a long ballot. Please don’t stop expressing your opinion after President. Many of the so called down-ballot races are very important to public education in our state. Remember, your vote is your voice!
As I visit campuses each week, I see people working not only hard, but smart as well. We are all solving problems we could not have identified before. That is, for all of us, tiresome. Please continue to prioritize taking care of yourself and your colleagues. It's important now to practice self-care and foster social and emotional well-being. Here is Be Well - Edition 13: https://www.smore.com/6bqae-be-well?ref=email
Have a great week and be well. BTW