Ott's Outlook

April 2020

Ott's Outlook - April 2020
If you would prefer to read a transcript of the Dr. Ott's video message, please click on the link below.

District COVID-19 Information

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The Superintendent’s Leadership Award began about 18 months ago. I wanted a way to recognize students, staff, and community members who exemplify the definition of service to others above self. Since its inception, we have given this award to a handful of individuals and celebrated them at our board meetings.


As we are somewhat limited on how we can recognize people for the time being at public board meetings, I will publicly announce here and now that Jacob Bates is the next recipient of the Superintendent’s Leadership Award.


When we announced on March 13, that we would be extending Spring Break due to concerns over COVID-19, one of the first phone calls I received was from Jacob Bates who owns Bird Creek Burger Co. with his wife Carleigh. Jacob wanted to know what he could do to support the district during this time. He knew that we were planning to start providing student meals that Monday so he offered to support the school nutrition staff who were going above and beyond to make sure our kids were being fed. That next week, Jacob and Bird Creek Burger Co. provided free meals to the Temple ISD school nutrition and custodial staff.


This act of service above self is what defines true leadership. Many of us hear of a need and may be inspired to make a difference but taking the initiative to make that next step and take action is what sets Jacob apart.


On behalf of Temple ISD we are truly grateful and I hope you will all join me in thanking Jacob and supporting Bird Creek Burger Co. as they resume take-out and catering services on April 8th!

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  • THS Theatre won District UIL OAP for the 28th consecutive year!
  • Temple ISD's Blended Learning program was featured in the March/April 2020 edition of Texas School Business. Check out the article and/or access the issue below!
  • Dr. Ott was selected to attend and awarded a scholarship for the Urban Superintendent's Association of America Summer Academy in Rochester New York next year.


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

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Texas public schools have benefited tremendously from the generous support of businesses and organizations in their community. Whether they choose to champion the marching band, a CTE class, a whole school, or the entire district, local businesses and community groups are vitally important to the success of our students.


The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) understands the value of these partnerships and has a recognition program to recognize local business and organization support of public schools. We are please to announce that Cloud Construction has been selected to TASB's state-wide Business Recognition Program for their support of and partnership with the district.


Please join us in thanking Cloud Construction for supporting Temple ISD!

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Remote Learning through May 1

Student & Staff Holiday--April 10

Student Holiday--April 13

Alternate Access to Temple HS begins April 3

Starting April 3, access to Temple HS will be re-routed due to the N. 31st St. construction project that is beginning. All traffic will need to use 23rd St. to access THS. From 23rd St., traffic will then be routed onto Stadium Rd. between the football stadium and tennis courts. All exiting traffic will loop around the parking lot back onto Stadium Rd. to exit the campus by way of Houston Ave. or 23rd St. Please see the map for details. Thank you for your cooperation during the construction!
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TEA's "Apart We Stand Together" Campaign

The Temple community must work together to fight COVID-19. The Texas Education Agency has asked all school districts in the state to help support this effort. Please do your part in practicing social distancing to stop the spread. If we stand apart as a community now, we will be together again soon!

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Need Help? 211 Texas is Here for You

If you or someone you know are struggling during this time, please reach out for help. United Way of Central Texas in collaboration with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission offer a FREE program to connect people with local service. Dial 211 or 877.541.7905 today to talk with a trained specialist.
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