Reflecting On the School Year

We’re at the close of the 2017-2018 school year, and it has been a difficult year in some ways. We are all heartbroken about the recent tragedy in Santa Fe, which is so close to us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and to the entire school district that suffered such a loss. We admire their courage to finish the year, and we support their efforts to stand strong together as they work through the healing process.


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Our district started school late this year due to the Hurricane Harvey, which devastated so much of our area. Many of those affected by Harvey have moved back into their homes, although some are still working toward that goal. During this difficult time, we saw the community work together to rescue those trapped in their homes, assist families in removing their personal belongings, help with demolition, set up donation drives, and feed families and volunteers. The spirit of giving was all around us and served as proof that we live in a community where people care about each other.


Once school got underway, we have seen our students excel in academics, fine arts, sports, robotics, MCJROTC and in many other areas, showing their resilience. Nearly 1,500 seniors will walk across the stage to accept their diplomas this year. Our students have been offered more than $11,130,000 in scholarships, and more keep rolling in. We are fortunate that they are graduating from one of our excellent Goose Creek CISD high schools, prepared for college and/or a career. A third of our IMPACT Early College High School seniors received their associate degrees even before they were awarded their high school diplomas, and several more are within six hours of completion.


Our new Stuart Career Tech High School, also an early college high school, opened in the fall with a freshman class and four academies – Advanced Automotive, Environmental Conservation, Culinary Arts and Manufacturing and Industrial Maintenance. SCTHS provides an educational program which allows students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a vocational setting.


Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who supported our 2018 Bond, especially the Citizens Facilities Planning Committee. These volunteers spent many hours assessing and prioritizing the needs of our district. This work will be utilized moving forward as the district growth continues to challenge our ability to serve our community.


I hope you will have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, relax and rejuvenate or even catch up on a few projects this summer. Thank you for all that you do every day for our students, our schools and our community. I look forward to hearing about your summer break next fall. Aloha!