Excellence in Rockdale ISD
Dr. Howell Wright

A s the school year winds down, it becomes a time of reflection for many. Graduation is just around the corner, students are preparing for a vacation, and staff members are planning their summer professional development.

Our students continue to perform well in many different avenues. In fact, we just received our 11th grade TAKS scores (this is the last class that is required to pass TAKS for graduation) and the percentage of students that passed the Language Arts test is 92 percent, Science 94 percent, Math 85 percent and Social Studies at 98 percent. This group of students improved in every area when compared to their scores from last year.

Greatness in schools is a result of many accomplishments. While test scores can be important and we are proud of our students and their scores, our students excel in many other areas that are just as significant.

One of the finest examples of high performance includes the many accomplishments of this year’s band students and their leaders. For the first time in a decade, the band is a Sweepstakes winner because of their excellent performances on the marching field, in sight-reading and in concert on the stage. I also received a letter last week from the executive director of their last contest describing the band’s superior performance and behavior.

Only two weeks ago, our Junior High Band sent many students to a contest in Sealy where most of them earned awards of excellence. Their performance was so amazing that a band director from another school sent an e- mail stating that our band impressed him so much that he was returning to his district and changing his practices to model after our band.

This past week, the high school Fine Arts department hosted their annual Visual Art Show where student artwork was exhibited in the foyer of the auditorium. Their artwork was fabulous and was judged by the patrons for its showmanship. Following the art contest, the Beginning Band, Junior High Band, Jazz Band and High School Band stirred the passion of the audience, the staff and the performers.

Other examples of greatness in our schools are exemplified by the number of new inductees to the National Junior Honor Society for junior high students and the National Honor Society for high school students. Also, the many athletic teams and individuals that performed beyond the district level in football, cross country, girls’ basketball, tennis, golf, power lifting, track and field, softball and golf are to be commended. The performance of our FFA teams and individuals at different fair contests for livestock animals and the construction projects has been great. In addition, the performance of our students in the UIL One-Act Play and academic teams and individuals are examples of success in our schools.

I am proud of our students and staff, and it is refreshing to see the excellence they exhibit every year.

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