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!
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
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
Dr. Tonya Knowlton
LISD Superintendent of Schoolsv