June 2, 2020
Dear Northside ISD families,
As this historic school year wraps up this week, I want to thank you for all you have done and continue to do as a partner with Northside ISD. We have appreciated your support as we switched to distance learning when our school buildings closed in March. I know that we all have questions and concerns about what reopening our schools will look like in the fall.
Please be assured that there is a huge amount of work being done at the district level to prepare. We have formed a Task Force for Reopening Schools that is developing multiple plans for fall 2020 that maximize the educational opportunities for students while adhering to local and state health guidelines. These include: on-campus instruction with required social distancing and safety measures in place; distance learning from home; and a hybrid blended learning model where students are both on campus in smaller groups and at home for distance learning.
We need your input on these possible scenarios, on our district communication efforts, and your experiences with distance learning during this school year. This feedback will allow us to continuously improve and look toward reopening.
While federal, state, and local authorities will determine the safety measures necessary, we also value our community’s opinion. We ask that all families complete a survey linked here now, and again later in the summer, as we know that there are and will be changes and updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, state, and nation. This survey is open for your input until Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
There is much more work to be completed in the coming weeks before plans are refined, finalized, and implemented. Our priorities continue to be threefold – to ensure the health and safety of our families and staff; to continue to provide high-quality instruction for our students; and to support the nutritional needs of students who rely on us for meals.
Thank you for your support of your students’ education and of Northside schools.
Dr. Brian Woods
June 1, 2020
It's hard to believe this is the last week of school! While this isn't my final message for the school year, here are a few things to know as we navigate these last 4 days. Look for another message on Thursday as together we'll celebrate the end of the 2019-20 school year for our Panther Family!
NISD Property Collection & Locker Content Pick-Up - Tomorrow, Tuesday, we'll be collecting all textbooks, library books, 12th grade uniforms, etc. and you'll have a last opportunity to claim your belongings left in academic, gym, ag, and fine arts lockers. Drive through the bus loop between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Note that the bus loop is the only drop-off/collection point tomorrow.
Technology Collection - Please continue to hold on to Chromebooks or hot spots checked out during distance learning. As soon as collection dates are set by NISD technology staff, we'll ask you to drop off any NISD technology you've borrowed.
Summer Programs - High School summer offerings will be announced soon and while things remain fluid, we expect a combination of virtual and in-person opportunities for our students. These will include credit acceleration (replacing the traditional in-person summer school), credit retrieval, and extracurricular camps as allowed under TEA and UIL guidelines. Once plans are shared with us and available at nisd.net, we'll communicate them to you through School Messenger.
Yearbook Distribution - Yearbooks are scheduled to be delivered to the campus around June 12. Once they arrive and are inventoried, we'll schedule a drive-through yearbook pick up.
Grades & Final Report Cards - Students should make sure they're completing their last assignments and submitting them to their teachers as soon as possible as teacher will be completing final grade submission later this week. Please review student's grades in HAC and contact the appropriate teacher if you have questions prior to them starting their summer. Final grades indicating credits awarded will be available in HAC after June 12 and report cards will be mailed after that.
In-Person Graduation Recognition - For students who signed up for the in-person campus graduation recognition, look for an email Wednesday with your assigned appointment date and time at the parent email you submitted when registering.
Virtual Graduation - Work continues on putting together the O'Connor Virtual Graduation Ceremony. NISD indicates that it will be available online around the end of June.
Fines, Fees & Property - You must clear your record prior to receiving your diploma so please make sure to drop off textbooks, uniforms, etc. that you might still have. Look for additional information about an early drop-off date for senior's technology and how to pay for fees or textbooks that are lost so you can get your diploma.
Graduation Stoles - If you are still waiting for an NHS or Honor Stole, they have not yet arrived. As soon as they do we will contact you.
Final Transcripts - Last Tuesday seniors received this information about final transcripts from Ms. Schmidt, our head counselor, in their student email. Please review it carefully.
You can now order your final transcripts online at
Final transcripts WILL NOT be sent until AFTER school is done and all grades have been finalized.
1. Transcripts CANNOT be mailed to your home address. If you order a transcript to be mailed to your home address, you will receive a PDF version of your transcript only.
2. In the check out section of the online order form there are 2 options:
High School Transcript - will be sent now $3.00
2020 Final High School Transcript - will be sent after graduation $3.00
* choosing both will charge for both*
3. In the 'Special Instructions' section of the online order form please put "FINAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT"
Good afternoon seniors and parents,
We want to keep you updated on the latest information regarding graduation ceremonies.
Northside ISD continues to study several different options to honor the Class of 2020, in addition to the virtual graduation ceremony that you have heard about. These options are not what anyone wanted. However, we are committed to providing you and your families a way to recognize this important milestone in your life and not just in a virtual way. We are adhering to guidance from the Texas Education Agency and health officials on in-person graduations. It is important to us that we commemorate seniors in the safest manner not just for you, but also for your families and our school staff. As you can imagine, this is quite a challenge with the large size of our graduating classes.
We also want you to know that we have heard your concerns. We understand that there will be family members that won’t be able to attend in-person ceremonies because of the public health requirements. We understand that by waiting until July, there are some graduates that won’t be able to attend due to military, college, and work commitments. These are all valid concerns and we are trying to balance them while respecting you – our seniors – and your families.
We won’t soon forget the Class of 2020 – your achievements, your perseverance during these final months of your high school career, and your strong desire to recognize the conclusion of your public school career in Northside ISD. We all want this moment for you too. A final decision will be shared next week. Thank you for your patience as we work through various logistical challenges.
This callout and email is being sent to all students who have registered to take one or more Advanced Placement exams and their parent/guardian. AP Exams will begin next week (May 11) and run through May 22. Due to school closures nation-wide, all exams will be given online at home, and each exam will begin at a specific time. It's suggested that you check in for your exam online 30 minutes prior to the start time. Makeups will be available June 1-5 for any student who misses the scheduled exam. Students should pay attention to the start time for our time zone - Central time. Please contact your AP teacher if you need more information about your exam date and time, but here's the link and a complete schedule (below).
Students will receive an e-ticket by email two days before their scheduled exam. This e-ticket will also be available in My AP (which is their College Board account). This e-ticket is the ONLY way to access their AP exam on the scheduled date and time.
There is an online demo available for students to practice how to use the e-ticket, submit typed or handwritten responses, and test out their technology. We really encourage students to practice with the demo this week to make sure everything works properly. You can find this demo at ap2020examdemo.collegeboard.org/ and in our AP Google Classroom (join code is ilvc5db). Please let your AP teacher know if you can’t access the demo - this might mean that your device won’t support the online AP exam. We still have technology that can be checked out from OHS by informing your teacher of your need or emailing the school at OConnor@nisd.net. You can find out more at this College Board Website: AP 2020 Exams - 5 Steps To Get Ready and can also contact our AP Coordinator, Rachel Hinojoza (email@example.com), with any questions about AP Exams.
While I know like for everything else these AP testing changes aren't ideal, I have full confidence that because of the hard work of you and your teachers all year long you're ready to give your best on test day! Good luck!
Parents - NISD will begin Student Data Validation for all current students in 5th through 11th grades on Monday May 11th. Please make sure to complete this process between May 11th and June 4th to ensure your student is counted for enrollment next year. This entire process will be done through the Home Access Center (HAC). If you already have a HAC account for reviewing grades, attendance, viewing report cards or completed Priority Registration on an elementary student, you are ready for Monday. If you do not have a HAC account, or need assistance with HAC - please complete the form found on the NISD.net - parents page (also found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSekcDWcg7A2sUMXdUpJ0bFpdjpo9G27o02S5IdWx2rdf44IzA/viewform) and you will receive directions via email within 48 hours.
Also remember we are finalizing course selections for next year. If you missed the Apr. 15 deadline for making any updates to your course requests because of the school closure, please email your counselor this week with the change or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get it to them.
I hope this message finds you and your family members healthy and doing well. Even though the weather feels like summer, our students should be focusing on their last five weeks of distance learning through Google Classroom. In addition, we hope that our AP students are preparing for their exams coming up in the next two to three weeks, that our 9th through 11th graders are looking forward to their return to campus and all that makes life at O'Connor special in August, and that our seniors are finishing strong and looking forward to the ultimate goal they set when they got to OC, completion of all high school courses and graduation with the Class of 2020! This isn't an easy time for anyone, students, parents, or OC staff, so I appreciate everything each of you is doing to make the best of this situation we find ourselves in. Students and families, your OC teachers and staff miss you. Go to this video to see how much! https://gopro.com/v/DbM8NP4g48mQ7
5th Six Weeks Report Cards - The 5th Six Weeks ended last Wednesday, and report cards are scheduled to be uploaded and available in HAC this evening. Students and parents can access it by logging in to HAC, clicking the grade icon at the top of the page, and selecting the tab that says RC for report card. Here are step by step instructions: Accessing Report Cards in HAC Trouble accessing HAC? Scroll to the middle of the NISD Parent Page for help at this site: https://www.nisd.net/parents. As we finish these last five weeks of school, use tips included here to support your O'Connor student: NISD Best Practices for Parents in Supporting Secondary Distance Learning.
Other Technology Help - NISD has extended hours for technology assistance to further meet your needs. If you need device repair support for a district device or MiFi hotspot, call 210-397-0020 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. M-F. Students or parents who need user name, password or Google Classroom support should call 210-397-7700 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. M-F or email email@example.com.
Pick-Up & Return of Property - We are still awaiting guidance for students to return NISD property like books, uniforms, and equipment to us and at the same time claim their belongings from campus lockers. Once we received that we'll communicate it to you.
Seniors & Graduation Information - For scholarships to be printed in the graduation program insert, if they haven't been submitted already to a counselor please use the form that students can access when logged in to the NISD Portal at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeaNvKLlbOPwxGxWK8gr6_vm5vwUGXba6VZDQydNIVBhQj8pQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1. The deadline to submit this information to the campus is Friday, May 15. Remember, we want to be able to list any scholarships seniors earned and were awarded, not just those you intend to use. Jostens Caps, Gowns, and merchandise that has been paid for in full will be delivered by Josten's to the campus soon. Once we receive them, we will set up a pick-up plan and communicate that to you. In the meantime please contact Jostens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-826-7961 to pay your remaining balance. Other information about graduation and the submission of photos for virtual graduation will be forthcoming soon.
As always, if you need anything please reach out to us through email and someone who can assist you will get back to you as soon as possible.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay focused Panthers!