Happy New Year Spring Hill!

Hoping for a Happy, Safe, and Prosperous new year.

Greetings Panther Nation!

Starting in 2015, I plan to send a mid-week message on Wednesday to the Spring Hill family. The purpose of the message is to inform and share great news from around the district to celebrate and share with the Panther Nation! But, I can't do this without your help. When ever you catch something great going on in the classroom, extra curricular, or community, please send the great news and any pictures you might have, to either me or Cathy Reed. We are looking for great news to share about employees, students, campus, or the district as a whole. I know there are great things going on in your classrooms so send those shout-outs my way.


Panther Family Updates

  • Debbie Qualls. Reached her 5th week out of having her transplant and in all reports and feedback from her doctors she is doing outstanding, far better than most. She has to have 4 biopsy's to confirm that she is not rejecting the heart. She has had 2 and they both came back good. She has made a few trips to Longview for a couple of nights at her home. She is so unbelievably thankful that she is feeling so good and is ready to embrace life with a whole new zeal!
  • Garrett Plumlee is back at school! He is still recovering from his accident this fall but he looks great and we are glad to have him back at school.
  • I had the pleasure of visiting with Savannah Wulbrecht over the Christmas break. She was in great spirits and hopes to be back at school in the next few weeks.
  • Please continue to keep the Harshaw family in your thoughts. Pam is back at work this week. Dealing with tragedy is difficult, and it helps to have friends to help support you in the journey.

Kudos

  • Welcome Suzanne Mitchell! Suzanne is taking over the assistant principal position at the Primary school. Suzanne is a recently retired principal in Pine Tree and has helped at the Primary campus most of the fall as a substitute.
  • From Peggy Mayfield. "I am so proud that four of our Primary teachers are beginning work on their Master’s degrees and another one will begin this summer. Kathy Stark (Special Education teacher) is working on a Masters in Special Education with a Diagnostician Certification, Jerilyn Zackary (1st grade) Masters in Reading, Alicia Smith (Second grade) Master in Counseling and Psychology, Rianna Williams (Kindergarten) Mid-Management, Michelle Jackson (1st grade) will begin working on a Masters in Reading this summer.
  • From Denny Lind. Servant Hearts are Contagious! Thanks to Tony White for the bus and Mrs. C. Jones for organizing students to work the 2nd annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign!
  • From Amy Doron. Mrs. Deluca, Thank you so much for taking the time to share these compliments with us! Mrs. Taylor is a great teacher and I'm so glad that all her efforts have not gone unnoticed! Merry Christmas to you also!

    On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM, Michelle Deluca wrote:

    Hi Mrs. Doron,

    I just attended the Grade 5 Christmas concert and wanted to touch base quickly.

    I have to say in all the years attending Christmas concerts for my children, this was truly the best. On a couple notes, kudos to the teachers for getting all those students in place and ready so quickly. That in itself was a large task I'm sure. Kudos to Ms Taylor for preparing them so well. She created a really enjoyable and uplifting program. And the kids did such a wonderful job, they really did. I was truly impressed.

    Thank you and have a wonderful holiday.

    Michelle Deluca

Just in case you missed my welcome letter

Dear Panther Nation,
It is a great pleasure to introduce myself and a privilege to join the Spring Hill Family. I would like to take this opportunity to say I am honored and very excited to be your Superintendent. The Spring Hill School District is one of the finest school districts in Texas. Since I have arrived, I have witnessed the tradition of excellence that exists here and the strong sense of family and pride in the schools. I feel this culture is due to the wonderful teachers and coaches we have leading and inspiring students and the hard work of our students, leadership, and support staff.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and my family. First and foremost, I am a Christian, husband and father. I was born and raised in Houston, attended Texas Tech where I met my wife, Amy, and have worked in the Amarillo, Brazosport, and Hutto school districts. Amy and I have been married for 18 years. We have two children; Madison (14) and Will (10). Madison will be a freshman at Spring Hill High School and Will is in 5th grade. I know you will welcome them and make them feel at home the same way you have welcomed me into the Spring Hill family.
I believe that schools make a huge difference in the lives of our children and that the experiences they have are just as important as the academic piece. I want Spring Hill to be known not only for its academic excellence and extracurricular programs, but also for the positive and healthy educational environment of our classrooms and hallways, and the positive, character building relationships between staff and students. I take very seriously the responsibility we have as educators to make a difference and I want all staff to be committed to give their very best day in and day out.
My Mission as your Superintendent is to work with you to make Spring Hill ISD the best school district in the State of Texas! That mission has to include pride for who we are, a purpose for what we do, and a passion that fuels us to reach our goals. My passions are academics, character, and service. I want Spring Hill to be build students who are at the top academically, who exhibit strong leadership and character, and who have a heart for service. It is critical to every student’s success that they become connected, have positive role models, and graduate from high school with mindset and skills necessary to be successful in the uncertain, but promising future that awaits them. This starts in kindergarten and builds in each grade.
I want to challenge all of us to come together over the next few months to really take a hard look at who we are as a school district. What is our identity? What do we want to be known for? Who do we want to become? Each of you will have an opportunity to share what you are passionate about when it comes to Spring Hill ISD and your role in this great district.
I also want to thank Mr. Rick Flanagan for his leadership of Spring Hill ISD during the transition. He has helped make my transition very smooth.
My wish for each of you during this holiday season is to truly enjoy every minute of the Christmas season and your time off, recharge your batteries, and create lasting memories with friends and family.
Lastly, love what you do, never forget why you do it.


With great pride,

Steven Snell

Go Panthers!