At A Glance
The HISD Board of Trustees, on March 9, voted to become a District of Innovation! This status allows our district some flexibilities to address the needs of our students and community. Click HERE to see the HISD plan.
HISD hosted our third Student Support day on March 10! Attendance was very good and it was exciting to see our students on a Friday prior to spring break. Once again there were many great activities going on which provided unique learning opportunities for our students while reinforcing/building positive relationships. Thank you, HISD staff, for your dedication to our students!
85th Legislative Session
SB 3 passed the vote in the Senate and will now be heading for the House. I appreciate Senator Nichols opposition to this legislation and am hopeful that our Representatives from the House will see the fallacy of this legislation as well. The following link gives an interesting perspective on the history of vouchers and their intent:
SB 788 is another proposed bill of concern for teachers as it seeks to reduce retired teachers’ health insurance benefits. Rather than stepping up for our retired teachers, the bill reduces the amount paid by the state to deal with a projected $1.6 billion dollar shortfall.
SB 463 & HB 966 could have a positive effect in removing the sunset provision on IGCs thus allowing these committees to examine the circumstances around students who may have passed all coursework but fell short on standardized testing in determining graduation eligibility.
If you would like to contact your elected state officials and contribute your voice to the legislative process, you may find contact information at the following site:
We are looking for a Director of Curriculum and Instruction and I am excited about the possibilities of this position. Our principals, teachers, and students are the best in the state and deserve the support of someone who can solely focus on academics.
We have requested qualifications from architectural firms to provide insight as to facility needs and for maintaining or updating our older structures. HISD has many outstanding facilities to serve our students and the maintenance and updating of these while envisioning future needs is an ongoing part of our facility plan. We will continue to strive to provide our students with the best academics from the best educators in the best environment.
HISD welcomes new Hornets! Shannon Mitchell joins the MS Life Skills class as an instructional aide through the Sabine County Shared Services Arrangement. Welcome Shannon!
Great things are going on at HISD this month! Our HS academic UIL team finished second in the spring meet just 6 points behind first place. Congratulations to all our students who participated and placed. Ag students also showed their stuff at the county show and rodeo. Baseball, softball, and track athletes continue to compete. Good luck to all Hornet athletes and competitors!
Last Month’s Quote
Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
Leonardo da Vinci
Simple but true. Educators, like most parents, long to see our students surpass us. The gift of education is not to sustain a defined knowledge base. It must create problem solvers and modern day pioneers who go beyond what we imagine possible.
April Quote to Ponder:
We must become what we wish to teach.
Thank you for being here for our kids!