Welcome back and Happy New Year!
Can you believe it is 2017?! Like many of you, I sit back and wonder where the time has gone. A few years ago I had three girls in elementary school. Now, I have one in college, two in high school, and one in junior high. It is crazy how fast time continues to go. I hope you were able to enjoy and relax with your friends and loved ones over the holidays.
The 84th legislature passed HB 2804, changing the Texas school accountability system so that every campus and district receives one of five ratings from A-F. Much like students receive grades in individual subjects (which are combined for a GPA), the law requires schools and districts to be issued grades based on five different areas of performance or “domains,” and these five grades must be combined into a single overall rating. The ratings will be issued for the first time in August 2018, but the law requires a preliminary work-in-progress report noting potential grades by domain to be issued to the legislature by January 1, 2017. Given the limitations of data available, this report will feature possible grades for four of the five domains and will not include an overall rating for any campus or district. Given the agency’s current work-in-progress, the domains would be combined as reflected in the chart below:
-Domain I (Student Achievement) and Domain II (Student Progress) = 35%
-Domain III (Closing Performance Gap) = 20%
- Domain IV (Postsecondary Readiness) = 35%
- Domain V (Community and Student Engagement) = 10%
For more information, please visit the TEA website under Student Testing and Accountability.
Although we have been on break, many of our athletic teams have been practicing and competing over the holidays. Our varsity boys’ basketball team placed 2nd at the Pasadena basketball tournament that concluded on Dec 31st with our team losing in the championship. Big congratulations to the following students for their remarkable achievements in being recognized by the Texas Girls Coaches Association: Grace Custer Cross-Country All-State, Brittany Bryant Volleyball Academic All-State, Maddie Bryant Volleyball Academic All-State, Virginia Herring Volleyball Academic All-State, Kylie Lewis Volleyball Academic All-State, Grace Shea-Han Volleyball Academic All-State and Anna Skelly Volleyball Academic All-State. In addition to our athletic teams, our theater team is preparing for their musical, Me and My Girl! Opening night is January 26th at 7:30 and it will show over two weekends. Get your tickets now—visit Stratford Playhouse! Also, the Playhouse Gala is Friday, January 20th at 7pm. This is the theater’s annual auction/ fundraiser so please attend or donate to support the best high school theater department in Texas!
Before the break we had our annual Power Reviews for final exams. The numbers were: 1034 students and over 1200 Chick-fil-a breakfast biscuits ordered! A big shout out to Jim Herrington, our 10th grade counselor who created the google docs for students to sign up as well as the master list for teachers. Also, I need to mention our PTSA’s willingness and ability to stand in the gap to pay our teachers beyond what the school was able to pay. I can’t think of a better reason or a better time of year to pay our teachers a little extra for them coming up to school on a Saturday to tutor our students for final exams – Thanks teachers, and thank you PTSA!
I’m so excited about the Spring semester of 2017! As I reflect on 2016, I can’t help but think about how blessed our school is by our students, staff, parents, and community! I continually hear from former students on how much they appreciated their time here as Spartans and how prepared they were for their college classes. The Class of 2017 has only a few months to go before they walk across the stage. It will be here before we know it!
Happy New Year Spartans!
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