Ag Updates

December Edition

GRADES COUNT

Please be mindful that grades count towards eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities. If you are NOT passing your classes at the end of the semester you will not be eligible to show at the Gerlach Stockshow. In order to show your animal you must be passing all of your classes by December, 18th.

FFA BOOSTER CLUB MEETING

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 7pm

Sandra Day O'Connor High School, Leslie Road, Helotes, TX, USA

Booster club meeting will be held for all students and parents. A recording will be sent out the following day. This meeting will cover changes to the Gerlach Stockshow, volunteer opportunities, and other important information as we get closer to the stockshow. Please makes plans to attend.

OUR NEW OFFICIAL LOGO

Big picture

Magnet School Application Information

Next year our ag program will officially change into the Agriculture Science & Technology Academy. All incoming freshmen will need to apply via nisd.net/schools/magnet. Applications are open from November 30th- January 18th. Acceptance letters will be sent out on January, 29th and commitments from students will be due on February 8th.


We will be holding 2 open houses for prospective students and families on December 3rd (last names A-L) and December 15th (last names M-Z) at the Vickery center at 6:30pm. Students and parents will have an opportunity to meet the staff, ask questions and tour our facilities.


Please assist us in spreading the word about our great program!

A 1st year Ag parent's perspective...Bill Taylor & his daughter Peyton!

Agriculture Science & Technology Academy Parent Perspective

Introducing our new police officer-

Mr. Rolando Perez

I am Officer Roland Perez, Northside ISD Police. I'm originally from Edinburg, Tx and grew up as the oldest of 6 brothers and sisters. I started my career over 14 years ago with the Mission Police Department, then later worked for the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. In 2016, after much consideration, I relocated to San Antonio after being hired by San Antonio ISD Police Department. While working for SAISD, I covered such campuses as Wheatley Middle School, Poe Middle School, occasionally Highlands High School, and patrol. In September 2019, I was hired by Northside, and after training was assigned to Warren High School. When the opportunity presented itself to become the Officer for O'Connor, I jumped at the chance to take on a new responsibility. I'm happy to have been selected, and hope to offer the highest quality police service I have to offer. Mr. Perez will be providing our campus with 24/7 protection for our animals and our facilities. He is residing on site next to the Q building shop.

The best administrators in NISD...

Mama's let your babies grow up to be Ag kids...

GOOD LUCK AT THE STATE FFA COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND!

Our students will be competing this weekend at the state FFA competition which will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19. Mason Pouncy will be competing in the job interview category and our senior chapter conducting team will also be competing in the leadership development events. We wish them the best of luck!
Big picture
Big picture

December Teacher Feature: Mr. Brian Clay

Mr. Clay was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Clay graduated from O'Connor in 2011 where he participated in the FFA program and showed chickens and turkeys. Following high school Mr. Clay attended Texas A&M University where he majored in Agricultural Science. Graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 allowed Mr. Clay to swiftly return to work at his alma mater in 2015 as an Ag teacher. Mr. Clay runs our greenhouse, coaches FFA teams and handles all poultry and horticulture projects. In 2018 Mr. Clay graduated from Texas A&M University Kingsville with a masters degree in Agriculture Science. Brian also serves as the chair of the Former Students of O'Connor FFA organization which works to reconnect alum to the program & current students by fundraising and volunteering. Mr. Clay is a man with many accolades including: Texas A&M poultry judging national champion, Texas High School Poultry Judging Champion, Texas A&M Poultry Judging Champion and has trained with the National winning team. Mr. Clay was also Northside ISD's 1st year teacher of the year in 2016. Mr. Clay is married and is the father to two little girls, Emily and Catherine. In his spare time he loves to saltwater fish, hunt, and go hiking. The aspect of being an Ag teacher that Mr. Clay enjoys the most is working with the the students on FFA teams. He believes the skills they learn while participating in these events set them up for their future in public speaking, decision making skills, responsibility and obtaining a competitive edge. We are lucky to have Mr. Clay on staff and we thank him for all that he does!