March 12, 2021

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Hello KISD,

This past Sunday in church, I was reminded of Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities and the opening line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” As we are now at the one-year mark of the beginning of the global pandemic, I find myself reflecting on Dickens’ line.

We have faced challenges that never could have been predicted from schools being forced to shut down; the uncertainty of how and when to reopen to the recent “Snowmageddon“… all this within ONE calendar year. We have completely revamped our educational system to facilitate online learning and host UIL events in a way that gives our students the the opportunity to not just participate but to do so at a high level. Times of difficulty give us the opportunity to appreciate the good. We have faced the challenges, responded to them, found a way through, and will continue to move our district forward. I am so very proud of our staff with their tireless efforts that have gone into ensuring our students success. We have a lot to celebrate and reflect on but most of all we have a lot to look forward to.

We have been conducting community stakeholder meetings on the first Thursday of each month at Kennedale Junior High and they have been very successful. The purpose of these meetings is to map out the KISD belief, mission, and vision statements which will lead to the development of a district dashboard. We also have several developments that are starting up and we will be planning how to address the anticipated growth they will stimulate in our district. I encourage you to join us at the next meeting on April 1 at 6:30 P.M. in the KJH cafeteria.

As we go into Spring Break, I want to remind everyone that we will be maintaining our Covid-19 procedures when we return. We were fortunate to be able to solicit help from the Arlington Fire Department and Chief Crowson to expedite our staffs opportunities to receive the vaccine on Wednesday and remain hopeful our cases remain low when we return from spring break.

I hope you all have a safe and restful break. 


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