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'Kinder Roundup' begins for Northside ISD

Northside ISD expects 7,400 new kinder students

Kindergarten is going to be a popular place for the Northside Independent School District during the next school year.

The district is expecting one of its largest groups of first-time students to walk onto its campuses in August.

"We're expecting a record breaking 7,400 new 5-year-olds to enter the system this year," said NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez.

To handle the crowds, the district is holding what it calls a "Kinder Roundup" all this week. It offers parents a chance to reserve space for their children in their neighborhood school.

"They can only go up to 22 students per teacher. We will not exceed that," Gonzalez said. 

"The parents of all five year old children should get to a Northside neighborhood school this week and register your children."

Gonzalez said once classes fill up, students will be sent to the next closest school to their homes.

Patty Gonzales was among the first to show up for the roundup at Martin Elementary Monday morning, hoping to secure a seat for her son, Damarcus.

"We just live down the street so it's easier to drop him off and get him ready for school," she said. "I looked for all his shot records and had everything ready for him."

Gonzales knows the drill because she has two older children who attended Northside schools.

School district officials said it's important that parents are prepared when they arrive to register their children.

In addition to bringing all of the child's updated immunization records, parents should also be prepared to show the child's birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of residence, such as a utility bill.

Northside's Kinder Roundup runs through Friday.