Pampa ISD

#TogetherWeCan January 2021

School Board Appreciation- Servant Leadership

January is School Board Appreciation month in Texas and as a school district we traditionally take this opportunity to recognize and honor our Board of Trustees for their service to the Pampa ISD. As with many things this past year, we are celebrating our Board a little differently this year. Before covid, we invited our Board members to join many activities on our campuses. Additionally, our culinary arts students would prepare a meal for the January Board meeting in which spouses and district leadership would attend to enjoy food and fellowship with our esteemed trustees. Of course, we are still following covid-19 protocols and want to continue to keep everyone as healthy and safe as possible, so we have modified our celebrations this year with hopes to bring back these wonderful traditions very soon!


As I reflected on the service and work of our Board this past year, I found myself with a genuine feeling of respect and gratitude for the efforts and actions of each Board member. I have always appreciated their altruistic mindset and their service to our school district and community. As you know, serving on the school board is both an elected position but also completely voluntary. They spend hundreds of hours reading policy, education law, district documents, preparing for meetings, participating in meetings, and being accessible in our community to stakeholders. This is the job! However, when covid-19 became a real concern for our community, the Pampa ISD Board didn’t shy away from the work nor did they back off from their commitments.


I am so very proud of the genuine concern our Board showed for our students, staff, and community’s safety all the while acting out their roles and responsibilities with a balanced and common-sense approach. They were quick to pass local policy that provided our district the flexibility we needed to meet the immediate and long-term needs of our students. They appropriated funds to acquire much needed safety equipment, supplies, devices, and even staff to do the most important work at each step of the way. I am so grateful for them not only as a Superintendent, but as a mother of a PISD student and as a member of the Pampa community.


We are not out of the woods with covid-19 just yet, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our Board of Trustees have worked alongside me and our staff every step of the way showing the compassion and commitment of true servant leaders. As we begin to look to the future, our Board has begun a strategic visioning and goal development process that will result in a 5 year plan to ensure that our students have the opportunities and resources they need to meet the mission of our district: to become learners who are compassionate, competent, confident and future-ready! I know that they will continue to lead with servant-hearts and student-centered minds! Please join me in celebrating our Trustees:


Matt Brock, President

Lance DeFever, Vice President

Luis Nava, Secretary

Cay Warner, Member

Richard Qualls, Member

Denise Intemann, Member

Dr. David Godino, Member



Dr. Tanya Larkin

Superintendent

2021 School Board Appreciation

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IMPORTANT CALENDAR CHANGES

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Family Focus-Parent & Family Resources

Kidshealth.org says that "Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important." For the complete article and information related to these tips visit https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/homework.html.


1. Know the teachers and what they are looking for.

2. Set up a homework friendly area.

3. Schedule a regular study time.

4. Help them make a plan.

5. Keep distractions to a minimum.

6. Make sure kids do their own work.

7. Be a motivator and a monitor.

8. Set a good example.

9. Praise their work and efforts.

10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help.

Behavior On Demand Videos

Family Resources

The Pampa ISD Counseling Department offers on-demand resources for parents and families on topics such as Support Student Feelings, The Power of Yet, Making Routines and Schedules, Five To Thrive and Much More! Be sure to check them out at the Pampa ISD YouTube Channel. We will feature one of the videos here in our newsletter each month.


This month, our feature video is by our District social worker, Suzanne Pingel. She shares resources available for families and how she can assist you with needs that you may have during the year.


Mrs. Pingel provides a monthly newsletter with information for families that can be accessed at the button below.

Family Resources by Pampa ISD Social Worker, Suzanne Pingel

Region 16 Family Engagement Resource Newsletter

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Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your local school district or charter school for more information about the Child Find process. You may contact Jennifer Studebaker, Director of Special Education, at 806-669-4700 or 1233 N Hobart Pampa, TX 79065.
Pampa Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact Dr. Abigayle Barton, Assistant Superintendent or Jennifer Studebaker, Director of Special Programs at 806-669-4700 or 1233 N Hobart Pampa, TX 79065.