Owl Pride

Volume 1 Issue 14 January 11th, 2021

School Board Appreciation

Navigating to Success

The challenge involved in providing an excellent educational experience for the many, varied students in our district is a challenge that requires dedication and creativity in the best of times. The year 2020, however, was not the best of times.

The past year required an unusual combination of skills and talents from district leaders. Unexpected circumstances resulted in changes in laws and regulations, and those statewide changes required adaptability, quick problem solving, teamwork, and leadership at the district level.

Navigating through unfamiliar waters became a daily task, complicated by the differing opinions and desires of various constituents. These uncertain and sometimes treacherous circumstances created challenges for even the most seasoned among us. A steady hand on the rudder was absolutely required, and that’s exactly what our district’s board provided.

Our trustees came through when we needed them most this year, charting a course that protected our most vulnerable, while ensuring that academic progress could continue for all students. It was a daunting situation, but they navigated to success with unerring determination.

Board service is a volunteer effort, accepted by only a few in the community. It is a tough job with no salary. It is a critically important job that requires an election and then mandated training. It is a responsibility that takes time, a mature outlook, and careful decision-making.

School board members are the largest group of elected officials in the state, numbering more than 7,000 statewide. They are farmers, doctors, business owners, retirees, and young professionals. They are people you see in the store, at the game, and in your neighborhood. They are often overlooked, but their contributions cannot be overstated. They are shaping tomorrow.

Take a moment to recognize your local trustees. Take a moment to honor the work they are doing to help your students sail into the future. Take a moment to say thank you for the work school board members are doing on behalf of your students and community.

Join me in celebrating School Board Recognition Month throughout the month of January.

Choose to be GREAT Focus of the Week- Growing

This week we are focusing on the G in GREAT, growing. This is all about having a growth mindset. Another way to look at this is the power of yet. At school we don't have things we can't do, we have things we can't do YET. Try to make this a part of how you handle things such as homework at home. Your student may be working on things that they can't do YET. Keep encouraging them to get better each and every day!

Coming Up...

Basketball Schedule
  • · January 11th Basketball vs Sonora girls away, boys home

    · January 16th Basketball vs Christoval home

    · January 18th Basketball vs Stanton girls away, boys home

    · January 23rd Basketball vs Eldorado, away

    · January 25th Basketball vs Compass girls home, boys away

    · February 1st Basketball vs Crane girls away, boys home

    · February 8th Basketball vs Coahoma girls home, boys away

Breakfast/Lunch Menu

Principal's Page

The B in the ABC's of Student Success is BEDTIME.

Awwwwww, Mom! Already? Sound familiar? On average, children need 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night as a minimum. Sleep is important for many reasons. Lack of sleep can cause kids to be hypersensitive, impatient, or cranky. It is more difficult for children to concentrate and learn when they are tired. (Some doctors even believe that during sleep the brain "files away" what is learned during the day.) Encouraging quiet activities such as reading just prior to bedtime offers a transition that helps children relax.

Counselor's Corner

Please check out these newsletters. They have some GREAT information!

As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child's education.

Phone: (325) 884-3728 ext. 422

Email: shelbie.mckay@rcisd.net