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Happenings In Panther Nation - December 2020

During this time of year, I gravitate towards spending time reflecting on the last twelve months' events. This year is no different, and I have spent time reflecting on my One Word for 2020.

The word that found me for 2020 is Peace. I know, I had the same thought...REALLY?? As I thought about my word and this past year, several thoughts rolled around in my head:

I really missed the mark on my One Word 2020!

I have a totally different definition of Peace than how 2020 defined it.

Things were moving too rapidly in 2020 for me to have Peace.

I may need to have a do-over in 2021.

As I continued to replay the year from the perspective of Peace, I began to look at 2020 through a completely different lens. This allowed me to gain a different perspective and for me to contemplate different thoughts:

I began to wonder if I truly missed the mark on my One Word, or was it really the perfect word for a chaotic year like none before.

Maybe, my expectation of what the word Peace was supposed to look like during 2020 was off the mark.

Could it be that the pace of 2020 was truly designed to force me to seek Peace?

After it is all said and done, is it possible that I don’t need a do-over?

Peace was the perfect word for me in 2020! It became more than a word to focus on; it became a state of being. Peace became something that I strived for, searched for, and prayed for. It was elusive and seemed to be just outside my grasp. Just today, I have gotten closer to experiencing it than at any time during the year as I read this statement:

Peace is not the absence of conflict but is the sure and steady conviction that God is with us in the struggles and challenges of this life.

I don’t understand why 2020 unfolded as it did, but I understand why my One Word was Peace. It was a reminder that this life isn’t designed for me to control and that I’m not supposed to solve every single problem. The events that I experienced were a wake-up call that I need to rest in the moment and celebrate the people around me. This year has focused me on the fact that peace is not found in the avoidance of struggles and challenges but is found when we accept that God has in the perfect situation for a time such as this!

I hope that each of you has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


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School Board Update

During the December Board Meeting, the following items came before the School Board:

Kyle Johnson presented an overview of the School Financial Integrity Rating System and the Westwood ISD rating.

The School Board unanimously elected Carolyn Booker as President, Jeff Cooper as Vice-President, and Mike Kelly as Secretary.

Christine Bedre gave an overview of the Westwood ISD Curriculum and Instruction website.

The School Board reviewed the proposed 2021-2022 Instructional Calendar. This item was presented as a First Read and will be presented to the School Board as an Action Item in the January meeting.

Kyle Johnson presented an update on the fiscal year to date through the 1st Quarter for the 2020-2021 budget year compared to the two previous years.

Mr. Stanford and the Board of Trustees discussed the Proud Panther Award.

Mr. Stanford and the Board of Trustees discussed the Long Range Steering Committee process and reviewed the draft Profiles.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the resolution of the Board of Trustees of Westwood ISD requesting a Waiver of State Assessment for the 2020-2021 School Year from the Commissioner of Education.

The Board of Trustees unanimously accepted the resignation of Mike Bentley - District 1 Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Remote Homebound Instruction Waiver.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the resolution authorizing the continuation of the leave granted through the Family First Coronvirus Relief Act.