Education Celebrations column: School year three-fourths over
Victoria school district teachers are wrapping up the third nine-week grading period and attending professional development opportunities.
It is difficult to believe that three-fourths of the school year is past.
And, as we have nine weeks remaining in this school year, the work is already well underway for the coming school year. Preregistration for the 2014-15 school year is in process on our campuses.
High school students and their parents have been making course selections and working with counselors to determine the best graduation plan for each child.
The students who will be part of the incoming freshmen classes are wrapping up their course selection processes this week. It has been a major undertaking this year with the significant changes offered under the legislation commonly referred to as House Bill 5.
We cannot praise our district counseling staff enough for being able to wade through massive changes in what we can offer while still affording current high school students the option of staying on the existing graduation plan options.
Parents have been invited to multiple meetings to learn what is new and how the changes will affect their child. What remains constant is the commitment of every person in VISD to make certain that every child in every classroom every day has every opportunity possible to help them succeed.
Last Monday, we shared the joy of student success with the presentation of the Board of Trustees Excellence Awards. The awards are presented to the top students in fifth through 12th grades. It is not an award based solely on academics. The students honored with the awards also have excellent attendance habits and a record of no disciplinary infractions. We congratulate these students, their parents and their teachers and campus support staff. It is a team effort, and we celebrate their excellence.
And, on the topic of excellence, congratulations are due to all 14 participants in the regional spelling bee. The students learn so much from their participation, and their composure throughout a very long evening was exceptional.
The audience got a learning experience, as well, because I suspect that most of us had never heard of at least a few of the words. Personally, I extend thanks to the students for requesting definitions of the words. I learned many new words.
And the celebration of excellence continues as VISD students took high honors at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Show. Victoria East student Ashley Miska earned the Grand Champion Award. That is the highest level award that a student who opted not to place the artwork for auction can receive. And Victoria West student Ben Fogal, whose artwork advanced to the auction, saw his artistic creation garner $36,900.
But the honors did not end there. Three VISD students were awarded the prestigious Glassell School of Art Scholarships. Those students are Piper Kallman of Cade Middle School, Jordan Benavides of Victoria East and Donivan Vecera of Howell Middle School. The VISD show that was at the Victoria Fine Arts Center in early January was named the best show in the entire Houston livestock show system.
Diane Boyett is the communications director for Victoria school district. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.