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NISD's mission is to provide all NISD students who are eligible to ride the bus a safe, efficient, nurturing environment that supports the educational and extra-curricular objectives of the district.


Northside ISD continues to enforce its “No Shots, No School” policy. Texas law requires all public school children have current immunizations in order to attend class.

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School Mascot: Eagles

School Colors: Blue and Gold

Mission Statement:
"Learning and Leading to Achieve Our Dreams"

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Thomas Buente - Principal
Welcome to Howsman Elementary’s principal’s page. My name is Tom Buente and I have been the principal at Howsman since the 2006-2007 school year. Before coming to Howsman I held the following positions in education: Principal at Comfort Elementary, Comfort ISD; Vice Principal at Thornton Elementary, NISD; 5th Grade Teacher at Colby Glass Elementary, NISD; and 5th Grade Teacher at Brewer Elementary, SAISD.

I earned my bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, and I received my master’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

I hope you find your experience with Howsman to be as rich and rewarding as I have. The faculty and staff at Howsman are truly some of the best educators I have ever worked with, and I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them. Our students, parents, and community are wonderful and provide a great deal of support to our school. Howsman Elementary is a great place for students, parents, faculty, and staff to prepare for tomorrow.
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Shannon De La Cruz - Associate Principal

The Associate Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. They can be reached by email at shannon.delacruz@nisd.net or by phone at 210-397-2365.

My name is Shannon De La Cruz and I have been in education since 2005. Prior to becoming the Associate Principal of Howsman, I started my teaching career at Southwest ISD as a kindergarten teacher. Then I transitioned to Northside ISD where I taught at Mary Michael Elementary and Ed Cody Elementary in grades 3rd and 4th. I eventually became a Special Education Coordinator and teacher, where I supported students and their families at every grade level.

I earned my bachelor’s and Master's degrees at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I grew up in San Antonio and am also a product of Northside ISD in which I attend Westwood Terrace Elementary, Anson Jones Middle School, and John Jay High School. I am also the proud parent of three sons who are Northside students and a husband who is a Northside teacher.

It is an honor to give back to Northside and be a part of the Howsman family. I look forward to watching our students grow and supporting our parents and community as we build a foundation of learning.

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