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Tulia ISD.... More Than the ABC's

Tulia ISD.....More Than the ABC’s

About this time every spring school districts across the state begin receiving scores from the state assessments taken a few weeks ago. Sadly, campuses and districts often are judged solely on the yearly results. Not to be misunderstood, Tulia ISD also has high expectations, but it is not just based on the state assessment. Tulia ISD will use the state assessment as it was originally intended, as a formative tool to identify areas for intervention as well as enrichment. The assessment does not paint the whole picture of the quality of education that our students receive each day from our dedicated teachers, staff, and administration. Our students are learning the ABC’s but we want students to learn valuable life lessons as well. Our goal is to prepare our students for work, citizenship, and community. We want our students to appreciate the difference between making a living and actually living.

Our campuses strive to be exemplary in a multitude of ways: academic achievement, fine arts, athletics, community service, digital learning, safety, 21st century workforce skills, and college and career readiness. Let me share a few things that highlight many of the wonderful things we have achieved in Tulia ISD. This year our One Act Play advanced to the state competition; most of our sports teams advanced to post district play; our Band was awarded sweepstakes (Division 1 rating in marching and concert/sightreading) for the 2nd consecutive year; our welding program is recognized statewide and had numerous state and national award winners; our auto mechanics program had a state winner; we had the FCA student/athlete of the year for the Panhandle; we had the girls athlete of the year in the Panhandle; we had 3 tennis players medal at the state competition; and several band students competing at the state solo/ensemble contest. Let me also brag about our Veteran’s Day programs at Junior High and Highland; can food drives at Swinburn; staff and student fundraisers benefiting Snack Pak 4 Kids and other worthy causes; and pink out VB game for cancer patients. The impact of these activities on a student’s education cannot be measured but we all know the value added to the student’s life. I’m sure I am overlooking other accomplishments but this illustrates the quality of our students and programs that make up the other part of a student’s education.

Two years ago we began the process to transform the way our students learn. Providing students the opportunities to discover, create, and be designers of their learning will improve engagement. Each year we will discover more and better ways to utilize the technology in the classrooms. Also, looking ahead the construction remodel of our HS kitchen into a Culinary Arts Program has begun. Construction of a new 8 lane track and field will begin next week. To enhance the academic opportunities beginning in the fall we have added a GT/UIL teacher for the elementary campuses; and have added an UIL Academic Coordinator for the HS. I’m proud that our school board has a desire to provide the best possible education and continually looks to upgrade programs and facilities.

We have had a great year in Tulia ISD. We will continue to strive for excellence, both in and out of the classroom. I want to say thank you to the community for your support of the schools and the students. I am Proud of our Students. I am Proud of our Teachers. I’m Proud of Tulia ISD. Tulia ISD….More Than the ABC’s!

Sincerely,

Steve Post, Superintendent