Military Families

Welcome Military Families

51 Independent School 51 (NISD) welcomes our military families! We support our military students and families to help ease the challenges they face due to deployment and relocation. This page was created to provide you with valuable information.

Military Family

NISD welcomes military students and families who have been transferred to a local military installation. Parents or guardians who a dependent is a current or former member of the United States military, Texas National Guard, or reserve force in the United States military or who were dependent of a member of the United States military, Texas National Guard, or reserve force in the United States military who was killed in the line of duty.

Students with school counselor

Counseling Services

Counseling Services supports all students in the  NISD community by providing counseling for academic, emotional, and personal development. We focus on each student's potential for growth.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Students in 51’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs spend much of their time learning through a hands-on approach that prepares students for occupations and further study. CTE programs are available in middle and high school and in many career areas of interest to students.

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Counseling Support Groups
Because children experience a variety of concerns at different ages, 51 Independent School 51 offers school counseling services to all children in grades Kindergarten through 12. The purpose of school counseling is to help children make maximum use of their educational experience. Schools offer different kinds of groups to help children with the following topics: self-esteem, decision-making skills, coping and life skills, peer pressure resistance strategies, and social relationships. In particular, to help support our military children, many schools offer a small group called “We Serve Too.”

Military pride clubs are established in several 51 schools with many military children. The focus is providing military children and their families an opportunity to socialize with other students/families with similar concerns.

Counselor Training
The 51 ISD Guidance Department offers additional training opportunities for counselors about the specific needs that military children face. This counselor training also teaches specific strategies/techniques that can be used when working with military children.

Military Children and Family Task Force
The 51 ISD Guidance and Counseling Department formed a task force of school counselors who meet several times a year specifically to discuss current military concerns and any resources available to our military families.

The NISD Guidance and Counseling Department developed a book bag filled with children’s books and curriculum specifically designed to target handling change (i.e., deployment, moves, loss, and coping). Counselors use this book bag as a resource to develop guidance lessons, small group sessions, and individual sessions.



Parenting Sessions
51 provides many parent education opportunities throughout the district.

Many 51 schools sponsor military events such as Celebrate Freedom Week, Veterans Day Assemblies, Hall of Honor, Trevor Romain and the Comfort Crew, Salute Night, and Purple Up! Day.

Service Projects
51 service projects supporting military causes include Cup of Joe for a Joe, Linus Project, Fisher House, and Wounded Warriors.


mission is to Support. Connect. Empower-for military families by military families

provides one free sign to welcome your hero home. You only pay for shipping

is designed to help young heroes cope with the effects of war and deployments

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helps with support for the social and emotional resiliency of military kids

has resources and articles for military families

provides housing when you have a service member hospitalized for injury, illness or disease

is an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country

provides support for widows/ widower of service members who died on active duty

is the nation's largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth

has resources for parenting/raising responsible children

is a resource for mental health tools

includes the Interstate Compact

(MCEC) Resources for military families

provides free camps for children in military families

serves school districts with a high concentration of military children

has free books, DVDs, resources, handouts, etc.

provides financial assistance for students who are children of former, current or retired military

connects Service members, veterans, and their families with support

strives to educate the community, parents, professionals, and leaders about mental illness

provides support for children and youth impacted by deployment

has resources for military families

provides grants for the children of National Guard/Military Reserve who are currently deployed

provides emergency aid and support for military families

provides child care programs for military families

is a student-led, faculty-advised program that aims to care for new students. The S2S program offers military and civilian students opportunities to build friendships and introduces them to their new community. It provides fun ways for new students to connect with other students, build new peer-to-peer groups, and encourage new students to perform better in school. 

has online tutoring and homework help

helps parents record reading books online/via video/tape recorder to be sent to their child

is an initiative to help U.S. Military personnel and their families transition back into civilian life after service ends

has DVDs and curriculum for military families

Joint Base San Antonio School Liaison

Dianna L. Fryer

Dianna L. Fryer is the School Liaison Program Manager for JBSA-Lackland, San Antonio, TX. She connects schools, families, and communities to meet the unique needs of PreK-12 military-connected students by serving as the installation point of contact for all local military child education matters. By working with local schools and other agencies, Ms. Fryer cultivates communication pathways between families, schools, community stakeholders, and the military. She also customizes real-time solutions for military-connected students facing transitional barriers and educational gaps by staying connected with agencies that provide education services to our military-connected families.

Dianna Fryer, JBSA-Lackland
Office: 210-671-8388
Cell: 210-850-5737

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

View essential digital resources for students, parents, education professionals, and influencers in multiple formats: videos, webinars, and downloadable documents.