Principal's Bulletin

Week 2: August 31-September 4, 2020

Dear Families,

I want to begin by thanking each of you for your patience and understanding as our first week of virtual learning got off to a bumpy start. Despite the technical difficulties that the district experienced, I can honestly say that our staff and students did an outstanding job. We know that there is still a need for some of our students to be connected with technology and internet and I want to assure you that we are working to meet our communities needs.

Thank you for your continued support!

Peace, Love, & Eagles!

Mrs. Zagala


Returning Students to On Campus In-Person Learning

The following information was released by the district and was sent out in the Superintendent's weekly newsletter to parents on Friday:

The District will begin providing some in-person instruction beginning on Sept. 8 after Labor Day using a methodical and tiered approach to bringing students safely back into schools. The plan will allow for students who are most academically in-need to return first and in small, controlled numbers. The District will continue to monitor and assess health conditions and assuming those metrics continue to trend in a positive manner, more students will be invited back to schools using the tiered approach.

There is no anticipated timeline or schedule for when groups will be allowed to return to in-person instruction as it is dependent on health conditions. However, NISD will monitor conditions on a regular basis and decisions on which students will be brought back for in-person instruction will be communicated to families.

As a general guideline, families who selected in-person instruction will have a two-week notice for when their child may return. We know that many families are excited about the prospect for in-person learning and so are we! However, we will ramp up numbers of students in buildings slowly to ensure the safety of our students, their families, and staff. Please bear with us as we try to make the best decisions for everyone.

As a campus, we will begin notifying parents on Monday, August 31st if your child is able to return to in-person learning on September 8th. We appreciate your support and patience during this time. For more information from the district, please use the link below.

Need Help With Schoology?

We will be hosting a virtual Parent Cafecito on Monday, August 31st at 6:00 PM to help parents with Schoology. Campus staff will walk parents through the process of logging on to Schoology, joining live lessons, as well as accessing and submitting assignments. We will have an English session as well as a Spanish session. Please use the links below to join us on Monday at 6:00 PM.

Schoology Resources

If you have any questions about Schoology, you may also visit Virtual Learning Hub or NISD Student Hotline at 210-397-0020. The hotline is manned seven days a week: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. We hope these resources will provide you with the support you need to continue to make Schoology a successful everyone.

Additional Tech Resources

Northside’s Technology Services has added two new ways to contact the Student Hotline for student technical support.

• Toll Free Number: 1- 877-768-4630
• Chat Feature:
• Original Hotline Number is still available at 210-397-0020

Online Student Homework Support

Starting Monday, Aug. 31, NISD will offer Online Student Homework Support provided free of charge to all NISD students after hours and weekends. Our goal is to assist students in the academic content areas of Reading/ELA, Math, Science, and/or Social Studies. A certified Teacher Tutor will provide assistance to your child via video conferencing, screen share, or chat.

The Online Student Homework Support hours are: Monday through Thursday 4 to 8 p.m. for elementary students and 6 to 10 p.m. for secondary students; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all levels; and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. for all levels.

Students will be able to access the link beginning Aug. 31 through Schoology under the courses tab, in the Home Access Center (HAC) under the school links tab, and in their NISD portal with an icon that signifies Student Homework Support. We look forward to supporting all of our students that need assistance in the content areas.

Meals--Curbside Lunch (Monday-Friday 10:00-1:00)

During virtual learning, lunch will be served curbside daily from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Be prepared to provide your child's name and teacher name. If you have have a child that attends Rayburn Middle School or John Jay High School you will need their name and student ID number to get their meals.

Morning Announcements

We hope that students will join the campus administration every morning at 7:40 AM for announcements. The link to the morning announcements is below:

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