Dr. John Folks, one of Texas ' most revered and beloved educators, devoted more than 40 years of his life to public education as a teacher, administrator, and national student advocate. Previous to his 10-year tenure as Superintendent of Northside ISD, Dr. Folks served as Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dean of the School of Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Superintendent of Midwest City-Del City Public Schools in the Oklahoma suburbs, and Superintendent of Spring ISD near Houston.
Dr. Folks entered the Northside ISD in 2002, and during its 10-year term, the District won numerous awards, all while facing enormous growth in enrolment and serious financial challenges. In 2005, Northside was the first district in the state to win the HEB Excellence in Education Award, and in 2007, NISD was one of the five national finalists for the Broad Prize, the Nobel Prize in Education.
Dr. Folk's most personal achievement came in 2011 when he was elected Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards for his state-wide leadership and his unwavering and consistent support of Texas public education. Dr. Folks retired in 2012 and is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) must be turned off and not accessible during the day of school unless you are in the school designated' electronic device zone' or use the instructional' teacher approved' device. Students who violate this policy will be subject to rising penalties, which may include confiscation of the device and allow the parent to pick up the device. Students will follow specific guidelines on PEDs in Section B and Section E of the Student-Parent Handbook, including the Acceptable Use of District Technology Resources.
Students are expected to fly by transport on the bus allocated to them. It's a privilege to ride a bus, not a right. Students may be given a different seat on the bus. Only a family emergency will require the transfer of a different bus. Staying with a friend overnight is not an emergency. In order to take a different bus home, a letter must be sent by the parent / guardian the day before or in the morning and sent to the Vice-Principal's office for administrative approval. Parent contact will be made before the end of the school day to check for changes. Please keep in mind that the number of students allocated to the bus will be taken into account before the approval is given. All bus routes and student assignments are rendered through the transport offices of the district.
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