Smooth Start–Busy Year Ahead

As we move through the second six weeks of school, I’m grateful that this year began so smoothly. Last year, as you remember, Hurricane Harvey hit our area before we could start school, and some people are still dealing with the devastation. That time in our lives, while it was challenging, will be remembered for the generous support and encouragement offered by others in our community as well as from across the nation. The mantra “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” will live with me forever.


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Beyond the uninvited weather phenomenon, our district persevered many other administrative changes. Last year was tumultuous with regards to more changes than are customary in a single school year. This year, although we expect growth to continue, we look forward to focusing on refinement of what we do well rather than implementing more programmatic change.


I’m proud that all schools in our district received an accountability rating of Met Standard, the highest rating granted by the Texas Education Agency for 2018 for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). In addition, our campuses earned 26 distinction designations. Thanks to our students and staff throughout the district for their hard work and effort, and congratulations to Alamo Elementary for earning all six distinction designations, the most any campus can receive.


Our Citizens Bond Planning Committee, comprised of 69 volunteers from the community and district, has started meeting to help make decisions about the future of our district regarding facilities and programs to further empower our students as they receive the quality education expected by the Goose Creek community. Information about financial data, demographics, needs for new construction and renovations, technology gaps and more will be provided by internal and external professionals to prepare the committee, with help from a neutral facilitator, to make difficult decisions leading to a bond package that will serve the community, the district and our students. This is a complex process, and we thank these committee members for donating their time and talents to serving our district.


Many people are aware that Goose Creek has instituted alternatives to the traditional high school track, including IMPACT Early College High School and Stuart Career Tech High School, including the school-within-a-school academy programs at the high schools. Research has shown that students learn best in smaller learning environments and feel a more personal connection when they are engaged in decisions about their academic futures. Goose Creek CISD will continue to explore these options in lieu of perpetual rezoning.


All through the year, our schools display the talent and hard work of our students at open houses, programs and sporting events. We hope you will attend some of these events and activities and that you will stay involved with your child’s education. I visit our schools frequently, and I am always pleased to see the great things that are going on throughout our district. The school/community relationship is important to the success of our students, and I hope you will continue to be a part of it.