A Message from Dr. Z
Dear Tomball ISD Families and Staff,
As your proud Superintendent of Schools in Tomball ISD, I want to officially welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. More than ever, I am fortunate to be able to serve the students and staff of this Destination District as we continue to work together and persevere through these uncertain times as a community.
I applaud each and every one of you for your ability to adapt to new challenges and new beginnings, while holding strong to your passion for education and learning. This year will look different, but I am confident that our staff is up for the challenge and our students are ready to return and learn, all while maintaining high levels of excellence in all that we pursue.
This global pandemic we are experiencing has caused a disruption in how this school year will look but we assure you that whether students chose face-to-face learning or instruction through our Tomball Virtual School, we are ready to Return to Excellence.
We look forward to implementing Schoology, our learning management system district-wide to support the learning efforts of our students, while also understanding there is a need for additional resources such as curbside meal service for our virtual students and access to Chromebooks and hotspots. The District is making every effort to provide the necessary resources so every student can excel in either learning environment.
As we are continually receiving updated guidelines, a Parent & Student Handbook, featuring health and safety protocols for face-to-face learning, has been designed and is available for our families to reference on TomballISD.net.
The start of a new school year has the ability to re-energize me and I know that Tomball ISD will continue to achieve at high levels. In fact, we take pride in earning the distinction of the highest-rated school district in back-to-back years with an A grade by the Texas School Accountability System.
This success is built on collaboration and you all play an integral role in maintaining our reputation of excellence as we continue to grow as a district at an annual growth rate of 6%. As always, growth comes with innovation and we are excited to begin this school year with the opening of two brand new facilities in Grand Oaks Elementary and our Ag Science Project Center at Tomball High School.
These new facilities, along with many others in the construction phase, are representations of the unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality teaching and learning environment for our students and staff.
The remaining Bond 2017 projects, including our new Grand Lakes Junior High School and our District Stadium and Community Center, are on schedule for their projected completion dates, so we look forward to the opportunity to showcase those as they are completed.
I would be remiss if I didn’t extend thanks to the community which supports Tomball ISD in every decision we make. It really does take an involved and passionate community to fully understand the importance of accommodating growth and we are very fortunate to have the support of our close-knit community.
As I wrap up, I want to remind you that as we venture into this new school year, remember that we are all in this together. There is no doubt we will be faced with challenges, but with every challenge, comes an opportunity to extend grace, patience and love to one another.
To our staff, thank you for your flexibility and willingness to go above and beyond to support the needs of our families. To our community, we are extremely blessed to have the opportunity to educate your children, so thank you and to our students, I challenge you to embrace the educational opportunity that this year brings and encourage you to give your very best.
Again, we look forward to the 2020-2021 school year and welcoming you back. Tomball ISD is not just a district, but a destination and we thank you for being a part of our family. We are Team Tomball and I can’t wait to get this year underway.
Wishing you all the very best in 2020-2021,
Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora
Superintendent of Schools
September 4, 2020