As we continue the outstanding work we do with our students for this final month of the school year, I want to take some time to reflect on the many accomplishments Tomball ISD has had this year. I never lose sight of the fact that these accomplishments are the direct result of the hard work that Tomball ISD faculty and staff do every day to lead and support our students through an academic program of high expectations and rigor.
Tomball ISD was again recognized by The College Board with a spot on the AP District Honor Roll, a testament to the commitment we have to engaging all of our students in our most challenging programs. Tomball received the distinction of being the only school district in Harris County rated with straight A’s under the Texas School Accountability System. The Tomball ISD Board of Education is once again being nominated for Board of the Year while several external organizations such as Niche.com, SchoolDigger.com, and Texas Smart Schools recognized Tomball with high ratings for the outstanding academic achievement of our students and the superb fiscal management of the district. A final and very special honor is the designation of Lakewood Elementary, Tomball Elementary, Oakcrest Intermediate, Creekview Elementary, and Canyon Pointe Elementary as Great Expectations® Model Schools. It is rare that any campus with so few years of experience with the program be recognized as a model school, much less five within the same district!
Tomball ISD students and teams competed at the highest levels in athletics, fine arts, CTE, agriculture, and academics in a variety of sports and fields including robotics. An early estimate on the scholarship offers which Tomball ISD graduates received this year is near $16 million.
It is always my pleasure to highlight and recognize the amazing faculty and staff of Tomball ISD. The Superintendent’s Shining Stars program was designed to celebrate campus educators who approach teaching and learning creatively. This year I am so pleased to have had the honor of recognizing eight of these amazing staff members.
Along with these outstanding teachers, I’d like to congratulate all of the campus Teachers of the Year, the District Teachers of the Year, the Principals of the Year and the Paraprofessionals of the Year. I am so grateful to each one of these for their commitment to the students of our district.
The District took bold and positive steps this year in planning for the future and in creating new programming to serve the needs of our community. The framework for a new Five-Year Strategic Plan was designed with the input of over 80 stakeholders including teachers, students, parents, Board Members, administrators, community members, and business representatives. The District’s first ever Two-Way Dual Language Program will launch next school year at Rosehill Elementary School where classrooms purposely mixed with native English speaking students and English language learners will receive instruction in both English and Spanish to foster a bilingual mastery of the curriculum.
In another part of the district, near Tomball High School, district employees will now have access to a district day care program designed to prepare young children for success in school. It is that diapers-to-diploma type of vision which makes Tomball ISD such a special place. A place where we hold steadfast to our District Vision that Tomball ISD students will lead in creating the future.
Every day Team Tomball fills me with gratitude and awe. Thank you all so much for your commitment, your hard work, and your collaboration in making all of these accomplishments possible. We educate from the heart and therefore we are TISD, not just a district, but a destination.