In the past we have earned such distinction both at the high school and the elementary but never as a district. We have to add that this is the third year in a row for the elementary to receive an “Exemplary” status. All this recognition does not happen by accident but more so through a concerted effort exhibited by all parties concerned.
Our teachers have an advantage of having fewer students to work with when compared to other bigger districts. This edge allows our teachers to work more closely with each and every one of our students.
Periodic benchmarks are reviewed to determine what specific areas need to be addressed in the curriculum, but more so which particular students are in need of more intensive help. Smaller classes are not the sole reason for success.
Devoted teachers are the key factors and we have an abundance of such individuals. We cannot forget the leadership of our campuses because it is through their guidance, encouragement, and assuring the teachers have what is needed to be successful that rounds out the formula.
A school district can do all the right things to advocate success yet it is still up to the student to take the initiative to be successful. Our students are motivated to reach that goal both through teacher encouragement and a self-driven attitude. They have done well and we are all proud of them.
Last but not least are the parents of our children. Our parents are very supportive of our school district. They respond positively to parent conferences and are receptive to helping in however they can to make a difference in their children’s progress. Everyone cares and that promotes success.
An area not addressed enough that corresponds to a school’s success is what takes place behind the scenes. The yards are being mowed, the hallways shine like glass, a building is having a face-lift, and the smell of paint is in the air. These projects done by custodians and maintenance individuals help provide the environment where students can feel good about our schools.
Our district is on the crossroads of nowhere— where one blinking light guides you to Rockport 30 miles away, Refugio just as far, or Port Lavaca 20 miles away. Even so, we as a school district hold our own and continue to provide the best we can for our students.
So now the challenge is set for this coming year to work diligently to maintain the status that all concerned have earned.
Yes, we are very proud of our achievements.