Dear Parents and Students:
I hope you had a great summer and we want to thank you for making Varnett your school of choice for the 2013-14 school year.
As we start the new year on Aug. 26, I’m pleased to announce that our district and each of our three campuses exceeded accountability standards in student achievement, student progress and in closing the performance gap based on the results of last year’s STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) tests.
This announcement is the latest in a series of good news that speaks to our commitment to a quality education for our children. In 2012, Varnett was named among only 28 percent of districts statewide to meet tough academic standards as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. And recently, the TEA designated Southwest PreK as a “PreK Center of Excellence” in recognition of preparing students for kindergarten. Finally, kindergartners through second grade students posted the highest Stanford scores ever at Varnett.
In the STAAR testing, the district posted performance index scores of 76 in student achievement, 43 in student progress and 77 in closing the performance gaps involving economically disadvantaged students. The target scores were 50, 43 and 55, respectively. In addition, the Southwest and East campuses earned “distinction designations” in the areas of reading, math, science and writing.
We want to thank the parents for their commitment in supporting the education of their children. I also want to thank all the members of the Varnett team for making these accomplishments possible.
Remember that the school bus signup for the upcoming school year is Aug. 19-21 at the campuses and spots will be allotted on a first-come, first serve basis. Take note that classes start at 8 a.m. each weekday. And at the end of school, it is imperative for parents of PreK through 2nd grade students to meet their children at the bus stop or they will be returned to the campus until someone picks them up
I realize that many of you face an adjustment period as students transition from summer activities to the start of the school year. Gearing up for school can trigger a certain amount of anxiety so I offer these tips to our parents and students:
*It's time for students to get back into their bedtime routine and say goodbye to late summer nights.
*Parents are encouraged to set goals and targets for learning so our students can hit the ground running.
*Encourage your children to make new friends and notify us immediately if there are any signs of bullying. Such behavior will not be tolerated at Varnett.
*Make sure your children have the required vaccinations.
*Learn as much as possible about Varnett and your child’s campus. Visit the campus, ask questions and check out our website, www.varnett.org.
*Take advantage of the supplemental education tools on our website. Look for “Educational Websites" on Varnett's home page.
You may take comfort in knowing that Varnett will continue to provide and utilize the latest technology available to ensure that parents and students keep pace with the ever-evolving digital age and the demands of the marketplace.
In closing, we are looking forward to an exciting and rewarding school year. We know you have choices and I thank you for entrusting Varnett with your children’s education.
Dr. M. Annette Cluff, Superintendent