Humble ISD board members accept a first place Magna Award for the district's innovative summer camp, Camp Nobis Est. From left are Steve Dunmore, president of Sodexo-School Services; Brent Engelage, board trustee; Heath Rushing, board trustee; Robert Sitton, board vice president; Angela Conrad, board parliamentarian; Charles Cunningham, board trustee; Dr. Guy Sconzo, superintendent; and Marie Bilik, deputy executive director of NSBA.
Humble Independent School District was honored as a first-place winner in the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Magna Awards program. Camp Nobis Est, a summer camp designed to help rising sixth-graders weather the challenges of middle school, was one of five programs nationwide to earn a first-place spot in the category for districts serving more than 20,000 students.
A“The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities,” according to a statement from NSBA. Humble ISD Board of Trustees members accepted the honor during the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon at NSBA’s annual conference in Nashville.
“Our board and our district are immensely proud to be honored among the nation’s very best,” Humble ISD Board President Robert Scarfo said. “Programs such as Camp Nobis Est demonstrate what we’re really about, and that’s ensuring every student has every opportunity to succeed.”
Camp Nobis Est was created when Humble ISD middle schools began to notice an increase in discipline referrals and decreases in attendance and test scores. The week-long summer camp was established to teach soon-to-be sixth-graders about work ethic, goal setting and teamwork. The camp has helped middle school students succeed, and gave rise to a similar camp, Keep Calm and Lead On, to prepare rising freshmen for high school and peer leadership.
“Our effective education is essential in educating the whole child,” Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo said. “The summer camps do an amazing job of laying down that foundation and giving our students resources to be successful.”
An independent panel of school board members, administrators and other educators selected the winners from nearly 250 submissions. All of the 2015 winners are highlighted in a special section in the April issue of American School Business Journal.