Moreno's Message

Superintendent Briefings

September 19, 2017

Dear La Vernia Community,

It is the 21st day of school and our La Vernia Bears are shining. Our teachers have worked hard to establish beginning of the year routines and procedures, which will allow them to focus on providing quality instruction throughout the day.

The District is off to a great start with Rachel’s Challenge. Our students’ focus on modeling behaviors of Kindness and Compassion are evident in their actions. As an example, the high school FOR Club (Friends of Rachel) welcomed all their peers with homemade cookies and a smile on the first day of school. Also, I was so proud to see the empathy our La Vernia Bears from the Primary, Intermediate, Junior HIgh, and High School showed toward the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Their efforts to donate supplies to the families directly impacted by this storm was a life lesson that cannot be learned in a book. Not only that, but our Secondary student leadership teams came up with an idea to collect nonperishable food items at our opening football game two weeks ago. Our community efforts raised over 1000 lbs. of food to be donated to families in need! These random acts of kindness and compassion will continue to shape our identity because “We Are La Vernia.”

I would like to thank our Primary parents for their patience as we adjusted our morning drop off procedures. Their commitment to get their children to school on time has improved the average start time by 10 minutes! That is the equivalent of 50 minutes of instruction a week. This was important because English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) is the first content area of focus in an effort to increase the percentage of students reading at or above grade level by the end of their second-grade year. Every minute counts. Thank you Primary parents!

We need your help with Student Attendance. During the past three years we increased our Average Daily Attendance (ADA) by 1%, increasing from 95.5 to 96.6%. Last year we dropped by the same equivalent of 1%. As we continue to increase in enrollment, which we have, it is vital that our students attend school daily. Our goal this year will be to meet and exceed the 96.6% benchmark. As of today, our cumulative average is 97.3%. Let's keep up the momentum!

Be on the look-out for updated communication on Moreno’s Message in the near future. We will be forming a community task force this year geared toward ongoing dialogue related to the La Vernia community and school district. The task force will focus on topics related to the growth and development of our community and future school district projects where you can be of assistance. We will also be looking for community, parent, and business volunteers to participate on the Educational Excellence Committee (EEC). The committee is made up of 2/3 teachers and 1/3 community representation. The EEC will focus on academic initiatives in LVISD and your input is valuable to our continuous improvement.

Your commitment to partner with LVISD will prepare our students for future opportunities. As always, thank you for your belief in La Vernia ISD. We are here to serve.

Jose H. Moreno, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools