Friday, August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016

The Supt Dish              
                                                                                                   August 26, 2016

It is an exciting time of the year as we complete the first week of school.  At GISD, we have welcomed back 1,328 students! With “Meet the Teacher” night, first football games of the season, issuing laptops and textbooks, we are all very optimistic for a great year in 2016-17.

We have many fantastic things going on in GISD this week. From our state ranked volleyball team continuing their success from last year, our award winning marching band and cheerleaders preparing for the year, to our innovative teachers, GISD is prepared to meet the challenges of the 2016-17 school year. But where do we want to be in the future?

During the summer, GISD began the process of developing a five-year strategic plan. Representatives from each campus and community members have gathered several times during the summer, collaborating and developing strategies for us to meet the challenges in providing a superior public education for our children.  We have also included some of our recent graduates sharing their perspectives in our meetings. The results is the development of a) our beliefs, b) a vision c) profile of a Goliad graduate and d) profile of a Goliad teacher.  Our next steps are to develop strategic objectives with specific results and finalize the plan to present to the Board of Trustees in October.
As we continue to explore ways to enhance the education of our children, we are excited that GISD has been invited to attend a STEM Summit sponsored by Chevron. Harnessing Human Energy for STEM Success will take place at the Johnson Space Center in Houston October 26-28. De Helmer, GISD Director of Curriculum & Instruction and GHS Principal Brenda Gohmert will be in attendance with selected leaders from Texas school districts. During the Summit, Ms. Helmer and Ms. Gohmert will hear about advanced science concepts, meet with astronauts, see how astronauts train in an underwater lab, and have VIP tours of the Johnson Space Center.
As the first week comes to a close, I want to thank all of you for your commitment to our children. May this year bring many successes to all!

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