Superintendent Message (June 2, 2017)

Closing out the school year

June 2, 2017

Dear SAISD Staff,

As we close out the school year, I want to thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to our District and our students. We are flush with change, and I want you to know how much I appreciate the extra effort it takes to continue moving forward. Together, all in, we were relentless in our pursuit of excellence, and as a result, we had progress to celebrate.

I’m always invigorated by our students and their achievements, and there are so many of those to celebrate at this time of the year. Last week, I had the privilege of attending our annual Shining Scholars reception to celebrate our top seniors and their accomplishments. A few days before that, I helped recognize our athletes during the Night of Champions. Starting tonight, I am pleased to attend the first two of our upcoming SAISD graduation ceremonies, and am looking forward to marking this milestone with our students.

We have students heading to a range of colleges and universities. They include Tier One and top liberal arts colleges, such as the University of California-Los Angeles, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Amherst and Middlebury colleges; state colleges, including the top-tier University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University; and local universities, including St. Mary’s University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

This is just the beginning for them and all of our students as they enter the next phase of their schooling, and we hope that we will hear from some of them as they settle into college.

While it will slow down a bit this summer, we will begin offering summer school sessions for students starting in June for those needing additional support, as well as providing a number of enrichment camps in a variety of fine arts.

Additionally, our Athletics Department will roll out the Athletic Conditioning & Enrichment pilot program, or ACE, for middle and high school students. The program opens up the schools’ weight rooms for summer use, offers nutrition sessions with the District dietician and provides two nutritious meals per day. It’s a positive way to keep students connected to their school during the break.

Education, of course, is a never-ending process for everyone. To help student success, employees who are off during the summer will return earlier than the Aug. 14 school start date to participate in structured professional development and training activities. 

Our overall goal continues to be that all SAISD students graduate well-prepared for college and career, receiving support and encouragement along the way to help make their college dreams a reality. We continue to believe that every student is capable of performing at high levels, and when our students are consistently performing at those levels, we will have become the national model for other urban school districts that we want to be. We will continue to focus on our 5-Year Goals because if we can meet those goals, we can achieve the rest.

Next year, Year 3 of our transformation efforts, we will call on you for the same amount of focus and perseverance as we build up the new programs we put in place this year. As we work together to achieve what’s best for our students, we all will have the opportunity to collaborate, learn and grow. In the meantime, I hope you have a great -- and restful -- summer.