At A Glance
Mid-Year 2018 - 2019
As we near the completion of our first semester I must praise the work of our dedicated staff! You have poured yourselves into new instructional methods and concepts designed to individualize instruction for students and consistently seek ways to maximize student growth while supporting decision-making with appropriate data and progress monitoring. We have discussed the desire to move student achievement to the next level or, as we have also referred, to become the “Flagship District” of East Texas and these types of efforts will help establish HISD as such. Leaders are leaders not because they do what everyone does but because they do more than what others do. Thank you for being leaders of our children!
The new drop-off procedures at Elementary have been implemented and we appreciate our parents adhering to these. It is difficult to detach when our children seem so vulnerable and protective instincts for parents dominate emotions but the procedures allow for a more secure and orderly environment and, with the increase in social violence, student and staff safety must be a top priority.
HISD welcomes HISD Police Department’s first Chief of Police, Mike Hanks! We are excited to have Chief Hanks and appreciate the board’s commitment to providing trained personnel who can work with us on prevention, preparedness, efficient response, and reunification/recovery.
The fencing project has been slowed by weather but we are hopeful that it will be completed this month or early next. Our goal is to provide greater security to our campus for students and staff while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing facade. Restricting access points to campuses does create inconveniences but is vital for safe and secure schools.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released the A-F ratings and HISD has received a rating of “B”. No A-F grade may truly indicate the great things going on in every Texas school nor adequately reflect the challenges in every Texas school. HISD strives to provide the highest quality of education every day for all of our students and we are extremely proud of our staff and students, not for a grade received on a once a year test, but for the work they do every day.
We have and will continue to use data such as the STAAR to gauge how we are doing in comparison to the rest of the state so that we may enrich where we are successful and improve where we are challenged.
Welcome new Hornet staff members!
Elementary: Brooke Leone, PK teacher. Aimee Boswell, Nurses Aide
Middle School: Tineshia Green, Instructional Aide/Athletics Coach
High School: Olivia Maxwell, Full time sub for History
Police Chief: Mike Hanks
Maintenance & Transportation: Shannon Crowell
The HISD Board is very interested in how our employees and community members feel about our schools. During the spring semester HISD will seek this information in the form of staff and community surveys. All surveys will be anonymous with intent to learn about our strengths and areas to grow so that we can best serve our students and create an enjoyable environment for students and staff. Please participate and let us know your thoughts.
Great things are going on at HISD!
The Hornet Club and Bridge programs were very successful reaching over 100 children each! Our ES and MS boys and girls have been outstanding in the UIL Academic competition. The Little Green Band brought home straight 1’s in Marching while sending individual members to the next level in twirling and all region band! The Hornet Football team made the playoffs for the second straight season! Our boys and girls competed well in cross country and volleyball and now are playing some exciting basketball. Ag is gearing up for some shows they will be attending next semester and is building an awesome aquaponics lab!
Our Previous Quote to Ponder:
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
Doesn’t this sound like great advice for educators in dealing with today’s children. The world is changing so rapidly we can’t afford to limit our children’s learning. They must be lifelong learners who think beyond the box and we musn’t be that box! It is interesting to note that while his quote is so applicable for educators today, Mr. Tagore lived from 1861-1941.
This Issue’s Quote to Ponder:
Change is the end result of all true learning.
Thanks for inspiring our kids!