700 teachers from eight schools knock on doors to meet their students

What: 7th annual Community Block Walk for Holmes and Business Careers high schools, Ross Middle School, and Esparza, Linton, Martin, Powell, and Villarreal elementary schools

When: 8:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 20 (Buses arrive with teachers by 8am)

Where: Begins in the Holmes HS competition gymnasium, 6500 Ingram Road, 78238

Who: About 700 Holmes, Business Careers, Ross, Esparza, Linton, Martin, Powell, and Villarreal teachers, 8 principals, NISD Superintendent Brian Woods and invited elected officials

Monday morning is the first day back to work for Northside ISD teachers. To help kick off the new school year, about 700 teachers at Holmes, Business Careers, Ross, Esparza, Linton, Martin, Powell, and Villarreal will hit the streets to visit as many families as possible and greet students before the first day of school, Aug. 27.

NISD Superintendent Brian Woods will speak to teachers in the Holmes HS gym before the Block Walk begins. Holmes Cheerleaders, ROTC, Mariachi, and Dancers will also be there to perform for staff. The national anthem will be sung by Holmes alum Marina Garcia, whose impromptu performance at a volleyball game almost two years ago went viral.

All staff will be bused to Holmes and then return to their campuses to begin the Block Walk at approximately 9:30 a.m. Teams of three or four teachers will either drive or walk to houses and apartment complexes in their attendance zones. Most have about 30 stops to make.

The principals at these schools (all schools eventually feed into Holmes HS) hope the Block Walk will help strengthen the relationships between school staff and families which in turn will increase student attendance and parental involvement.

Contacts on site: The Principals will be available for interviews – Holmes Principal Ada Bohlken, Business Careers Principal Randy Neuenfeldt, Ross Principal Faustino Ortega, Martin Principal Evelyn Cobarruvias, Esparza Principal Gabriela Garcia, Linton Principal JJ Perez, Powell Principal Priscilla Paul, and Villarreal Principal Roxanne Gutierrez. (Spanish interviews available)

Media is welcome to follow teams of teachers into the neighborhoods. 

Note- there is major construction at Holmes HS; please park by the administrative building on your left when you enter the campus off of Ingram Road. There are a limited number of parking spots.