Parent compact meeting Monday
Robert Westbrook
Milano ISD Superintendent

Last week was Fire Prevention Week and I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our local volunteer fire department. They provide an invaluable service to all of us, and are prepared to answer the call at a moments notice.

Being a native of Milano, it amazes me at how far our fire department has come over the years. Not only do they serve as our first responders in times of emergency, but they also teach, and last week they visited our elementary and provided an educational program over fire safety to our elementary students. In addition, our students were able to go out and see the fire trucks. Our students love to see the firemen and the fire trucks.

This is a good week to have a family talk about fire. What will you do if late at night your home catches on fire. Do you have an escape route planned? Where is the family meeting if the home should be ablaze? Having some in front and some in back of the home can create a situation where one is missing, and someone reenters a burning home. Network, plan, and meet to count that all family, including pets are safe. You will be glad that you did.

On Monday, Oct. 21, we will be having a Title One Parent Compact meeting. The meeting will be held in the elementary cafeteria and all parents are encouraged to attend. The school-parent compact is a written agreement between teachers and parents. The compact serves as a clear reminder of everybody’s responsibility to take action at school and at home so that children can learn what is required of them. It is a written commitment indicating how all members of a school community—parents, teachers, principals, students and concerned community members—agree to share responsibility for student learning.

The purpose of this agreement is to help parents and teachers come to a consensus on the responsibilities of the individuals influencing student’s achievement. However, the underlying assumption is that a student’s academic success will improve when the home and school work together. Overall, if the compact is taken seriously and implemented effectively it will assure that there will be support for the academic success of the student by enhancing effective communications between school and the home. Our principals are putting together campus and district site based decision making committees. Site based decision making is used to develop and maintain the various programs/procedures/operations that take place in Milano ISD. Our goal is to ensure that teachers, parents, and other community members have an active voice in local education matters.

Our committees are designed to give each member the opportunity to serve in an advisory role for the planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of the campus and district educational programs. Primary tasks for the committee are to review budgets and to address initiatives for school improvement. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact Marsha Lassetter at 512-455-2533.

On Monday, our cross country runners will travel to Round Rock for their district contest at Old Settlers Park. While they run in invitational meets, they only have one district contest as opposed to other sports that have multiple district contests. The hard work and dedication they have exhibited in the early morning training hours before school, and before most of us have gotten up, will be on full display Monday. We wish them the best at district.

On Friday, our football team is looking to bounce back from a difficult loss in Burton by traveling to Somerville and taking on the Yeguas. Come on out and support the Eagles, they are entertaining.

On Saturday, the Lady Eagle volleyball team will host Holland and on Tuesday the 22nd will travel to Thrall. Currently, the Lady Eagles sit atop of the district standings.

The Milano Opry will be held this Saturday, Oct. 19. Come on out and enjoy good food, fellowship and great music. This monthly event benefits our senior class in the form of scholarships. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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