Joy, peace, contentment

Robert Westbrook
Milano ISD Superintendent

I t is hard to believe we are at the end of the fall semester. I t seems l ike just yesterday it was August and our students were in the midst of volleyball, football and cross country practices and teachers were preparing for the upcoming school year. N ow, our s tudents are currently in the process of taking final exams and our teachers are busy grading exams, projects, etc. and preparing to post final grades for the semester. H owever, a ll the stressors of the end of the semester will soon give way to the Christmas holidays.

Christmas is a great time for reflection. This time of year I often find myself thinking about the things I value most—quality time with family and friends, education and the caring people I work with on a regular basis. I am reminded again of how much we in the Milano Independent School District have to be thankful for; dedicated and inspiring instruction and support service staff in our schools; motivated and eager students; and involved families, to name a few.

During the Christmas season our efforts and thoughts turn to giving. The season affords all of us a great opportunity to reflect on our blessings and realize the true meaning of the season. The staff and students of Milano ISD are very busy at this time of the year with schoolwork, performances and events. Even with all of this, our students and staff continue to find time to think of others and reach out to those less fortunate. I am a lways amazed and humbled with the abundance and wide variety of the community projects that take place in our schools. Thank you for your passion, persistence and generosity in making this happen. Through your efforts, individually and collectively, we do make a difference to others.

Our teachers and staff take a great deal of pride in knowing that at the end of a semester filled with hard work, you have influenced the lives of the young people you work with on a daily basis. There is also a sense of relief that the term is over and a vacation is but hours away. We are all ready for a vacation and the opportunity to enjoy the celebrations of the season with our families and friends.

On behalf of Milano ISD, I extend our wish that the joy, peace and contentment of the Christmas holiday season be yours. However you are spending this holiday season, we wish you good health, the pleasure of spending special time with family and friends and a New Year filled with hope and optimism. Merry Christmas and God bless.

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