Northside Council of PTAs is THANKFUL for all of our wonderful members who work to be a voice for our students! Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Hello Northside PTA volunteers, families, and patrons!
It is wonderful fall weather and it is almost December. It is so hard to believe that we are close to being one third through the school year. Yet, that has not stopped our PTAs in Northside from shining. So many great things are happening both at the district/Council and local units levels.

First of all, I want to congratulate our superintendent, Dr. Brian Woods on recently being named as the Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards. This is a prestigious and well earned honor for both Dr. Woods and Northside. Dr. Woods is a strong supporter of PTA in Northside and we appreciate all he does for our group. Now the rest of Texas knows what we in Northside have known
all the time.

As of today, our total membership in NISD PTA is around 20,500 members. I know it will grow a lot this week as locals tend to send in memberships at the end of each month. So thank you, volunteers, for helping spread the word about PTA through your membership drives.

At Council, we finished twelve Foundations training and a number of position trainings to help support our PTA helpers. Through the Foundations sessions, we trained approximately 350 new people. We are busy with committees and planning for the Reflections program, the Title 1 Project, the Jack C. Jordan Scholarship Fund, Founders Day, and Rally Day. The Council VPs are in constant contact with local presidents offering support to each and every one of them.

Our local PTAs are doing great as well. As of today, we have had 94 of our local PTAs achieve the Good Standing status with Texas PTA. We have 81 PTAs with 100 members or more, with the highest being Garcia Middle School with close to 800. 10 of our PTAs have earned the Golden Apple award for 100% faculty and staff, and many other PTAs have earned numerous awards from Texas PTA thus far for their membership drives. Even more important to us in Northside is the fact that 30 PTAs have earned the Northside Membership Goal award for signing up at least 100 members and increasing their membership over last year by at least 5%. We will continue to grow that number because
of all the great work done by our local leaders.

We hear everyday about the great things PTAs are doing on their campuses for the students. Festivals are definitely happening all over the district, great programs for students are being held, innovative fundraisers to pay for these programs are taking place, etc. It is just good to know that the education of our students in Northside is being
furthered by the efforts of our fabulous volunteers.

As the holidays quickly approach, please remember to take time for your families. It is important as adults that we model appropriately for children and let them know how much we love and value them.

On behalf of Council, I want to thank each of you – parents, grandparents, family members, community members, teachers and administrators for all the work you do each day on behalf of the children in NISD community. Please continue to join PTA this year and as we pass the word to our communities that we “Back the Future.”


Larry Rowe – President
Northside ISD Council of PTAs