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Superintendent's Monthly Message Archive

2018

October 2018

 

Fall is here! The cooler temperatures and the crispness in the air is a refreshing change to those days in August. We are busy at LISD this month with lots of activities and events. We
have a couple of ½ days built into the calendar for this month, and I want to make sure everyone understands the calendar committee’s intent for those days. The first early release was on October 12 th , and that day is the last day of the 9 week grading period. That afternoon was used to allow teachers time to finish grading and entering grades for report cards. Teachers are stretched so thin with the number of tasks they are expected to do, and this day gives them time to get everything done without taking their personal time to do it. The second early release is scheduled for October 19 th , and that will be a day that everyone, including the staff will leave early. When the committee was planning the calendar, there was a discussion about the loyalty and spirit that this community has, and the way we all travel and support the Eagles. This year we are in a UIL district that requires us to drive 2 hours to a couple of our opponents. The early release on October 19 th was created to allow all students and staff the time to get to the game. We will have another football early release in November, when we
have to travel another long distance.
 
Congratulations to our band!! On October 13 th , they competed in the band marching contest at Blinn. They received “Best Band”, “Best Color Guard” and “Best Drum Major”! We are so proud of these students and the directors! They will compete in the UIL Marching Contest on October 20 th in Giddings.

Our student athletes are showing out this season all the way around. We have had some dedicated runners in cross country, some great volleyball matches and some fierce and hard- fought football games. Our varsity volleyball team is moving quickly towards a spot in the play- off, and our varsity football team should be right behind them with their own play-off adventure. We are so proud of the way these students represent the district!

October has been declared as School Principals’ Month! I would like to extend my gratitude to our principals. These men and women work tirelessly to manage and lead the campuses at LISD. They are all passionate and dedicated to the success of the students and the staff. We are seeing great things at all of the campuses, and I am so proud to get work beside them as they work daily to make this district AWESOME! Thank you Ms. Garrison, Mr. Johnson, Mr.
Ladd, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Wolf.
 
If I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN EAGLE!!!!

November 2018

November, a month to focus on the blessings we each have and to express gratitude for those things that bring us our happiness! I am thankful for a job that I love, in a wonderful community with co-workers who focus on students every day!  I appreciate the opportunity to serve the students and the staff at LISD!!

 

This month we move quickly towards those school holidays, but with lots of activities and events.  Our football team is still moving on and working hard as we start the play-offs the week of November 12-16.  Watch for updates of specific dates and times of games.  Our girls’ basketball season begins this month.  We play Lady Eagle basketball weekly on Tuesday and Friday nights, with a couple of tournaments thrown in the mix during the weekends.  LISD will host our annual boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament November 29-December 1st.  Come out and support your EAGLES!!

 

We have moved our regular monthly board meeting to November 5th due to a required training for me and the board that is scheduled on November 12th.  The public is always welcome at the board meetings.  We begin each month at 6:30.  We also have a DEIC meeting this month on November 14th at 4:00.  If you are on this committee, mark your calendars.  We will be having a lockdown drill on Thursday, November 8th across the district.  We will be working with local law enforcement to identify ways we can become more effective and efficient with our safety and security procedures. 

 

This year, we will have a week off for the Thanksgiving holidays.  Students and staff will observe the holiday from November 19th-23rd.  I hope each of you spends lots of time with your family and friends and enjoys every minute with a thankful heart.  My girls will be joining us here for the Thanksgiving holidays this year, and I can’t wait to show them how awesome this community is. I am so very thankful, incredibly grateful and unbelievably blessed.  I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving full of great food, lots of laughter and memories too many to count!

 

IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN EAGLE!!!!
December 2018
 

Merry Christmas!

This is my favorite time of the year.  It is so much fun to see the excitement on the faces of all of our students (and staff) as they eagerly await the holiday break and Christmas time with their families.  I love the lights, trees, and decorations that bring a spirit of fun and happiness.  More than anything else, I love this time of year for the reminder that it gives us all of the blessings that we have in this life. 

This month brings lots of events and activities in the district.  We have basketball in full swing.  LMS basketball games are on Monday nights, and LHS plays on Tuesdays and Fridays, in addition to tournaments that are also on the schedule.  I encourage you to check the LISD website for a full list of dates and locations for games. GO BIG GREEN!!!

In addition to athletics, we also have lots of other activities.  The LMS One Act Play students will give a public performance on Saturday, Dec 8th at the YAC at 7:00pm.  LES will host the PTO Family Fun Night on December 6th.  Don’t miss this fun and exciting time!  This year, we will host other districts at LES for the elementary academic UIL meet on December 11th.  Due to the impact of having those other districts on campus, and needing staff to man the competition, we will have an early release on this day.  The LMS One Act play will compete in the UIL competition on December 12th.  Our LMS students will compete in academic UIL competition in Rockdale on December 13th.

Students and staff will be dismissed on an early release schedule on December 19th for the Christmas break holidays.  Staff members will return to campus on January 7th.  Students will return for the second semester on January 8th.

 

As we near the holiday break, I wish each student, staff member and community member a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

2019

January 2019

 

Happy New Year! School is back in session and the activities and events are abundant and the learning is in full swing.

 We are currently working on writing long-range plans for technology, transportation and facilities.  We are working with Region 13 in writing an effective and meaningful long-rang facilities plan.  We have a goal to get a good picture of our facilities needs and conditions.  With that information, we will move forward with a plan that meets our needs and prepares for future needs.  I will keep the community and the district updated as we move forward with the process.

We are also working with our emergency Operations committee to evaluate our safety and security plans for the district.  We will be establishing a drill calendar and new processes and procedures for security incidents.  Ensuring the safety and security of the students at LISD is a priority, and we will continue to strive for continual improvements in all of our safety protocols. 

We are still working on the curriculum audit at the secondary campuses, and we should have reports ready for the audit by mid-spring.  We will continue to work across the district to ensure the very best instruction in all of the classrooms at LISD.  What we do in the classrooms every day with your students is our priority.

If I can do anything to assist you or your student, please do not hesitate to contact me.

IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN EAGLE!!

 

Dr. Tonya Knowlton

 

February 2019

 

It’s February!!

 

Love is in the air, and unfortunately so are lots of germs.  We are fighting to keep everyone healthy in the district.  The custodial staff is working hard to disinfect daily by wiping down desks, tables, door knobs and light switches, in addition to their normal cleaning tasks.  February is traditionally one of the lowest attendance months of the year, and we are trying to fight that trend.  So far we have been able to keep our attendance rates up, and we are monitoring them daily for any dips or issues.  Remember that if your child is sick or running a temperature, we are asking that you keep them home to help prevent additional sickness.  We are ready for some sunshine and warmer temperatures to get us out of this season!

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the baseball and softball fields, you should take a drive by.  Thank you to the athletic booster, the coaches and the many local companies who donated their time and materials to provide new backstops, new netting, and lot of additional concrete for each facility.  The grounds and maintenance staff has also worked hard to get the infield and outfields looking amazing as we begin these seasons.  The softball field is also going to get a new scoreboard thanks to the donation of Round Top State Bank.  (It should be here before the end of the season!) The facilities look great! Good luck to our student athletes! Go Eagles and Lady Eagles!!!

Our facilities committee is working hard to write a long-range facilities plan for the district.  We met on February 4th and will meet again on February 25th.  At the Feb 4th meeting, the engineer spent time explaining his preliminary findings while evaluating the facilities in the district.  While the results gave us a lot to discuss, we are working on prioritizing the needs across the district.  We will start writing the plan at the Feb 25th meeting as we focus in on the level 1 priorities.  As we see it for now, a cafetorium and some safety issues are rising to the top as the priorities in the district.  We will discuss how we want to proceed in the plan and what will be taken to the board for approval at the Feb 25th meeting.  I encourage everyone to come be a part of this process and give your input into the decisions.  February 25th at 6:00pm at the central office.  I hope to see you there!

The calendar for next year will be voted on by the staff this month, and we will take it to the board for approval in March.  Watch for those updates!

If I can do anything to assist you or your student, or to answer any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!

 

As always, IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN EAGLE!!

 

Dr. Tonya Knowlton

LISD Superintendent of Schools

April 2019
 
It’s Spring! The weather is starting to show bright sunny days, and we are gearing up for an awesome end to this school year. We have lots of  earning still to do, but we are excited about the fun activities and events that fill our calendars at this time of the year. I encourage you to check out our district calendar on the website to find opportunities to see our students in action. They are amazing!!
 
State testing is upon us, and it is a very important day for showing what we know. However, it is NOT what defines us. We will use the testing as a great tool to diagnose strength, weaknesses, and especially growth. We encourage all of our students to do their best and show how much they have learned this year. Our focus is on individual success and individual growth. We want to see all students reach their potential on these tests and other assessments in their future.

We will have a special called board meeting on April 22, 2019 at 7:00 in the high school library to hear the reports from the investigation firms and the educational service center as they finish up their work for the district in regards to grade discrepancies at the high school. Each entity will give a report to the board and the district will issue a statement at this meeting. We thank the community for their patience and support while we worked to find all of the answers to the concerns. We want every student and parent to have confidence in the grades at LISD.

As we near the end of another fabulous year, I am so excited that I get to be a part of this awesome district. I am humbled by the heart of this community and the people I get to serve. If I can ever be of assistance to you or your student, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 

Dr. Tonya Knowlton

LISD Superintendent of Schoolsv