NZISD reviews TAPR

Posted 1/14/20

The North Zulch Independent School District (NZISD) board held their monthly meeting for January Thursday and reviewed the district’s Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), which was released in December.

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The North Zulch Independent School District (NZISD) board held their monthly meeting for January Thursday and reviewed the district’s Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), which was released in December.

Every year, TAPR pulls together a variety of information regarding the performance of each school district’s students. The performance is broken down into groups including ethnicity and socioeconomic status. They also provide extensive information on district staff, programs and demographics.

NZISD’s overall district accountability rating was listed as a ‘B’. The district also “meets requirements” in terms of Special Education Determination Status.

The reports encompass a number of categories from 2018-19. It can be viewed in its entirety by visiting the Texas Education Agency’s website.

The board also approved the adoption of a resolution authorizing the coverage of maintenance notes for their planned energy savings project.

The project will include removing the district’s old HVAC systems and replacing them on both the elementary and secondary campuses. They will also update the lighting at their facilities across the district.

The board also approved the purchase of new safety equipment, including an updated security door system and an outdoor video intercom system. The upgrades will be purchased using funds from the district’s $25,000 Safe and Secure School Grant.

In other news, the district presented several teachers with funds through their new Principal Innovative Teaching Grants. The program was implemented by the district to support and encourage excellence in teaching.

“This was our very first year doing this, so everything was new,” said Elementary Principal Janie Pope. “We are just excited to get it up and going. We are hoping next year will offer even more grant opportunities. It is our goal to grow this each year so that we can continue moving forward with it.”

The first grant was presented to fourth grade teachers Dana Diserens and Alice Fraley in the amount of $4,817 for their project “Influencing Tech Savvy Readers”. The project allows teachers to use technology and informational books to create an alternative classroom. The technology will allow students to create reading channels and videos where they can become part of the story.

“Our students are going to use technology such as green screens, iPads and videoing to create interactive channels,” said Diserens. “We wanted to use that to influence careers that are not necessarily common.”

The technology will also incorporate STEM learning into the classroom that will help prepare them for a 21st century workforce.

The second grant was awarded to secondary science teachers Cory Barrington and Dawn Grove in the amount of $3,746 for their project “Physics is FUN-damental”.

Funding will be used to purchase materials and equipment for the science classes to attend the annual Math and Science Day at Six Flags. They will take measurements, calculate speed, determine rates of travel and calculate their own pulse rate changes as they experience rides that link mathematical and scientific concepts.

The funding itself came from the district and was ultimately determined by a committee. For further specific details regarding the funded projects, visit NZISD’s homepage online for in-depth videos.

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