WELCOME AG STUDENTS AND PARENTS

September 2021 Newsletter- AG UPDATES

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE

Parents and students welcome to the 2021-22 school year and our first official year as a magnet school. I am so excited to see a full campus and helping things get back to normal. I am sure we will face many challenges but I believe that together we will persevere. We are so glad you have become a part of our school and look forward to being Northside Reunited!

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. I wanted to make sure that all students and parents understand that I am the administrator who will handle all discipline and attendance matters for current Ag students. We will be enforcing the Ag student code of conduct, and holding our Ag students to a high standard. In regards to clerical items like parking passes, textbooks, IDs, etc. that will be handled mainly by the O'Connor administration. Please see below for helpful back-to-school information. You can download the form as well for your convenience.


*REMINDER OF BARN HOURS: weekdays 6am-8:50am, 2:45pm-8pm & weekends 6am-8pm*

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COUNSELING UPDATES

I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I wanted to let everyone that I have officially changed my name from Zablocki to Wilson. If you need to email me pamela.wilson@nisd.net is my new email.


1) I have taken over as the counselor for all students who are enrolled in Ag courses. This means 9th-12th grade AG students are all in my caseload. My office is housed in E114, not in the A building. My office phone number is 210-397-4760.


2) Any information you need about colleges, scholarships, community resources, testing, etc. can be found here: https://oconnorcounseling.weebly.com/


3) Please see below for a list of O'Connor clubs that students may join.

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Mr. Hawkins- Our new Agriculture Program Coordinator!

Mr. Hawkins oversees and coordinates all agriculture activities, clubs and serves as the stock show liaison. Congratulations to Mr. Hawkins on his new position!

Introducing Mr. Woller: Ag Facilities Supervisor

Mr. Clinton Woller is an O'Connor alumni who graduated from OC in 2008 and will be serving as the farm manager and intro to Ag Mechanics teacher back at his alma mater. While he was a student at OC he raised pigs and participated in Ag Mech, and also worked alongside the Ag teachers for three summers as a contract laborer. Mr. Woller holds a degree in Agriculture Education from Texas State University. Prior to coming back to his home here at OC, Mr. Woller worked at the "school we will not mention" that has orange and navy blue as their colors for 9 years teaching special education and science courses. Mr. Woller grew up on a sheep and cattle ranch that is not far from O'Connor that has been slowly surrounded by NISD properties. Woller's ranch has an awesome fishing pond and a plant nursery that his father manages. Mr. Woller is married to the English Department Coordinator at Brennan High School and she also graduated from the O'Connor Ag program. In his spare time, you can find him reading Marvel comic books, watching movies, working out, or just being outside. Some random facts about our farm manager include: he does not eat sugar or fried foods, he has never ridden a horse, and he was on the homecoming court 3 times in high school, but never won.

Introducing Mrs. Jenschke

Mrs. Jenschke was born and raised in Weimar, TX. Both of Mrs. Jenschke's parents were ag teachers so she explained that she grew up as a blue and gold FFA baby! Mrs. Jenschke was heavily involved in Ag in high school and participated in a little bit of everything including FFA leadership development events (LDE's) and career development events (CDE's), held officer positions within FFA, raised chickens, pigs, and steers, and community service. Following high school, Mrs. Jenschke went off to College Station, TX to obtain her bachelor's and master's degrees in Agriculture Science from Texas A&M University (WHOOP). Mrs. Jenschke is married (to a former Aggie football player!) and together they have two sons (9 months old and 3 years old). When Mrs. Jenschke is not teaching or in the barns she can be found reading, going to the movies, spending time with her family, and most recently collecting bugs. It is obvious that Mrs. Jenschke loves sharing her passion for agriculture and FFA with her students. She loves building relationships that go beyond just students and teachers in a classroom setting and providing students with knowledge that they can take with them after high school. Pretty soon the family tradition will continue when her boys get to participate in all that high school agriculture has to offer!

INTRODUCING MS. BODE (STUDENT TEACHER)

Ms. Ashtyn Bode comes to us from Texas A&M University (WHOOP) to complete her student teaching alongside Mrs. Minze this fall. Ms. Bode will graduate in 2021 and hopes to obtain a career teaching Ag in the near future. Growing up in Dripping Springs, Ms. Bode had extensive experience with 4H and FFA where she raised pigs. Ms. Bode enjoys spending time with her dog and working with kids from her hometown on their show projects. Watch out for Ms. Bode because she holds a student record at Texas A&M for the fastest crawfish peeler!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021-2022 FFA OFFICERS

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SEPTEMBER EVENTS

September 2nd: SEITZ FUNDRAISER BEGINS! This fundraiser is important because it provides funding for our students to participate in camps, conventions, contests, travel costs, and other miscellaneous activities.


https://www.seitzfundraising.com/store/fundraiser.aspx?ID=408CF9E4


September 7th:
FFA Meeting for students (Ag Multipurpose building) and Booster Club meeting for parents in the cafeteria at 7 pm.


September 9th: Deadline to order chickens for the Gerlach Stockshow.


September 15th: Senior Parent night for O'Connor 6:30 Auditorium O'Connor


September 14th: 9th grade parent night 7 pm Auditorium O'Connor (all 9th grade OC & Magnet school students can attend)


September 25th: PIG DELIVERY & DISTRIBUTION


September 28th: PROJECT MEETINGS (MANDATORY) - for all animal and non-animal projects.


September 29th: Seitz Fundraiser ends

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