Welcome back to the 2013-14 school year,
It is hard to believe that the first day of school is already in the books. Football and volleyball seasons are in full swing and the band and drum line are ready to crank it up! As we embarked on our Back to School Tour on opening day, you could really feel the energy and enthusiasm on every campus. We are very excited about the new year and are looking forward to many great successes for 2013-14.
In Manor ISD, we do so much more than just transfer knowledge to students in classrooms. We build relationships and provide a culture of continuous improvement resulting in innovative, proficient, empowered, forward-thinking students. In Manor ISD we believe that there is more to education than what happens in the classroom. We strive to instill a strong work ethic, exceptional communication skills, a collaborative mindset and a culture of persistence. Our students never give up, never give in, never quit. Simply put, we believe that if you work hard, communicate well, collaborate with others and commit to finishing what you started, you will be successful.
This past May, the President of the United States chose to visit our school district. He generally visits only three schools per year and he chose Manor ISD. He came because our district was moving in the right direction and implementing innovative practices that were truly making an impact. The President was very clear about the great things going on in Manor ISD when he said on national television, “Folks around here are doing something right, and I think the rest of the country can learn from what you’re doing.”
Manor ISD is a rapidly growing, diverse district with many challenges. However out of these challenges come many successes, such as the national recognition of MNTHS which has built a model in which campuses from all over the nation visit each year. Most recently 5 campuses received distinction designations under the state’s new accountability system. The successful transformation of our athletic program has created a new tradition, beginning with their successful march to the state semifinals by our Manor Mustang Football Team this past year. Our fine arts program has seen tremendous growth which has produced incredible success at the state and national levels. Our CTE programs are growing by leaps and bounds with new and innovative pathways soon to come. The President was right, we ARE doing something right around here, but we want more.
This year, we are raising the bar in every program, every department, and at every campus so that we can prepare all of our students for success beyond high school. We will be committed to monitoring and ensuring that everything we do benefits and ensures student success. Instruction will be focused on “standards-based backward lesson design” to ensure that our students are achieving at the highest levels. For those of you who are familiar with Stephen Covey, he talks about this when he talks about “begin with an end in mind.” This isn’t really anything new. It’s just doing what makes sense.
Our efforts will also be focused on improving attendance. Students simply cannot reach their highest potential if they are not in class. The final area of focus this year will be on preparing students for life after graduation. I have said many times that I have often questioned what happens to our students as they make their way across the stage in June and are not able to find their way to college. We owe it to every student to provide them with as many opportunities possible to secure a pathway for success. We will provide rigorous and challenging courses for every student regardless of the pathway that they choose. I am personally committed to doing everything possible to ensure that every student who walks across the stage in June, is prepared for college or has a certification in their hand that will help them to embark upon a career of their choice.
Manor ISD is committed to working hard together to close the gaps that separate our students from achieving all they can be! With your help and your commitment we will make it happen. Please join me, and the rest of the amazing staff here in MISD as we encourage every student to be the very best, to work hard, communicate effectively, collaborate, and commit to finish what they started. Thank you for your support. It’s going to be a great year!