Ott's Outlook

May 2019

It’s hard to believe that the school year will wrap up in 31 days. As we begin to see the finish line, we will celebrate our students’ accomplishments through multiple recognition ceremonies during the month. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Our students are truly incredible! For some, they will be the first person in their family to walk across the graduation stage and earn their diploma. For others, they will celebrate achieving at the top of their class earning countless advanced academic honors. For others, the success may be more subtle in that they have been inspired, motivated, and empowered to achieve more than they ever thought possible—that is our mission and how powerful it is to see it become a reality!

As proud as I am of our students, I am equally proud of our staff, families, and community partners who have supported them along the way. Investing in our students is the single most important action that we can take to impact student success. The old adage “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” is fundamentally true when it comes to our students. Investing in students demonstrates that they are cared for and this can take on many different forms. From designing lessons that connect to their interests to asking about their day to ensuring that they have the best resources possible, every one of these actions makes a difference in our students’ lives.

Thank you to each person that has invested in our students this year. You have helped to instill the value of learning in our future leaders and that makes for a bright future!

Bobby Ott


  • Two TISD staff members were selected as statewide semi-finalist for HEB's Excellence in Education Awards--Billy Madden, Principal at Lamar Middle School and Maribeth Brown, PLTW teacher at Kennedy-Powell Elementary.
  • Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy and the Bell County Master Gardener Association were recognized by the Texas Master Gardener Association for their collaboration on a research project.
  • THS had two students qualify for the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event--Victoria Aramanda & Carly Moore.
  • THS One-Act Play placed 5th in the State at the UIL competition!
  • Two THS students were named to the UIL All-Star Cast: Seth Little and Sierra Amalbert (Honorable Mention)
  • THS Lady Wildcat softball made the playoffs for the first time in 6A and they are preparing for the Area Round this week!
  • THS Wildcat and Tem-Cat track qualified a combined nine events for Regionals!

...Now that you know, please share these exciting accomplishments with others!


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May 27 -- All TISD campuses and offices will be closed.

June 1 -- 130th THS Graduation Ceremony


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BSWH Rejuvenate Retreat for Our IB Students

Much like the retreats designed to help renew energy and focus for their Senior Leadership and Executive Team members, Baylor Scott & White Health designed this session to support our IB students as they wind down this school year and prepare for the next. Truly a great partnership and unique opportunity for our students!