Society

Parental involvement increases student achievement levels

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

The 2013–2014 year is under way! Our first day of school was Monday and we had 432 students report to class, compared to 399 students on the first day of school a year ago. This represents an increase of over eight percent. We have a very welcoming school district with high expectations for our students and our staff is working hard to ensure our students will have a positive and rewarding school year.

On behalf of our board of trustees and the entire school district, our focus on “Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day” will not waver, and we will remain steadfast in our commitment to you to provide the very best educational opportunity as possible to ensure our students are able to pursue their dreams and ambitions upon completion of high school.

Our schools need parental support by encouraging student daily attendance and becoming actively involved in your child’s education. Research shows that students who are in attendance regularly and whose parents are actively involved in the education of their children have higher achievement levels and this also increases the child’s success in college and the workplace after graduation. The combined effort on all of our parts provides a win-win.

I encourage you to be involved in the school and community. Please utilize our web page and know that we will seek all avenues of communication to update you on school matters. You and the quality staff employed by the district spend the most time with our children. Modeling quality character traits and promoting academic success shapes young people into life-long learners that will be successful in life. Milano is an excellent district and place to raise children.

Student activities are in full swing. Our varsity football team opens their season on Thursday night in Del Valle against the Del Valle junior varsity team. Wendy King and the Lady Eagles’ volleyball teams have been competing for a couple of weeks and are off to a great start. They will be competing in the Robinson tournament this weekend. Come out and support the Lady Eagles, as they epitomize teamwork and dedication.

The cross county team opens their season by traveling out to Sonora this weekend. Sonora is a couple of hours northwest of San Antonio, and is geographically much different than Milam County. This trip is funded in part by our Athletic Booster Club, and will provide our runners with an educational opportunity to see and experience a different geographical area of our vast state.

Reminder, while Monday, Sept. 2 is Labor Day, Milano ISD will have a regular school day with all buses and classes at regularly scheduled times.

Have a great week.

rwestbrook@milanoisd.net


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