Family Engagement Program

North East Independent School District

Why do Teenage Boys Need Structure?

Helping teenage boys presents some interesting and unique challenges, including how to help them manage their time. By the teen years, boys have begun to explore activities that interest them on their own time. We spend a lot of time, as parents, trying to channel the energy of boys when they are younger, finding activities they can enjoy, learn from, and possibly excel in. Whether it is sports or computers, drawing or cooking, boys need activity. By the time they become teenagers, though, they are frequently deep into activities, progressing along in sports by being on several teams, or taking apart and rebuilding computers in their own time. Most adolescents find that school takes up the majority of their day. Add in after school activities, homework, some sleep and family time, these teenagers frequently have more to fill their day than most adults. And while these activities can seem overwhelming to both teenage boys and their parents, it is important to remember that teenage boys need structure, and these activities are teaching them life lessons about how to best manage their time. Here are five reasons why teenage boys need structure:

1) Time management

2 ) Lack of structure tends to equal trouble

3) The structure of various activities helps boys figure out what they enjoy

4) Structure creates self-discipline

5) Structure could help protect against anxiety and depression

Click here to read the entire article Psychology Today

Adapted from Psychology Today, Boys will be Boys, Lee Bare Ph.D.

Early Childhood-Language Development

Children begin learning language as soon as they are born. Research shows children learn more words and are more prepared for school if they hear a lot of words and are encouraged to talk from the time they are babies. Not all babies and toddlers learn language in the same way or at the same pace. But you can help your child develop language with three basic principles.

-Set the stage for communication. Pay attention to what your child is doing and get down at eye level so your child can see and hear you.

-Talk to your baby as much as possible. The more words a baby hears the better. Talk about what's going around you and what you are doing together. Name emotions, tell stories, describe events, sing songs, and play games.

-Encourage your child to talk. Acknowledge your child when he or she smiles, gestures, makes sounds, or says words. Encourage your child to communicate more by asking questions and giving choices. For a fun activity, see how long you and your child can keep your conversation going.

If you are worried about your child's language development, talk to your child's doctor.

-Adapted from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

NEISD Instructional Technology Services

Our goal is to prepare teachers and students for an interconnected digital world by encouraging best teaching practices and facilitating effective technology integration to increase student engagement and create lifelong learners.

Free Microsoft Office for NEISD Students

Free Microsoft Office!

Did you know that NEISD students over the age of 13 are eligible to install the Microsoft Office suite of apps onto a personal device for FREE while they are a student at NEISD? In order to install, follow these steps:

  1. Sign up at

  2. Log in with NEISD username and password (*username must include “” at the end)

  3. Verify eligibility

  4. Navigate to download page

  5. Install Office 365 ProPlus

For further questions, you may call the NEISD Help Desk at (210)356-3375.

Family Specialist Spotlight

Martha Diaz is proud to be an NEISD Family Specialist. She joined the district in 2008 and knew instantly that she was meant to be an advocate for families. She highly enjoys building connections and offering support to parents and students. Martha was raised in Eagle Pass, TX and moved to California after high school graduation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Martha had a previous career in Southern California as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, where she had a successful business for many years. After living in California for 20 years, she returned to Texas. Being a Family Specialist has allowed Martha to utilize her counseling background in conjunction with being an advocate for families. Additionally, she offers many resources, educational workshops, including English as a second language classes, and provides unconditional support to families. Martha is also a huge proponent of higher education, so it was no surprise that she returned to college and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from UTSA. Currently, Martha is excited to be the new Family Specialist at both Driscoll and Harris Middle Schools. Martha and her husband Carlos have been married for 28 years. They have two children and two fur babies. Their daughter attends Texas A&M University in College Station and their son is a high school senior. They all love movies, music, the beach, traveling, and enjoy many family trips together.