Welcome to the 2015-16 school year. The Varnett staff is excited about this school year and all the potential it holds to do great things for our students by continuing to provide a safe environment, quality staff and advanced technology tools.
All regularly-assigned teachers are certified or House approved by the state of Texas. We recently completed eight days of very intense professional development. Teachers will receive additional training this year in science and math since both of these courses will be taught online. The students are glad to be back and have enjoyed telling teachers about their summer reading assignments. They will be rewarded for their effort. The reading initiative will be continued throughout the year. Stay tuned for the next steps in this initiative.
We encourage you to visit our district or attend various functions the schools will be hosting this year. As you visit, look for:
- Varnett’s mission statement in English and Spanish posted in each of the classrooms;
- Parent liaison on each of the campuses;
- Additional instructional coaches on each PK-5 campus;
- Interventionists to provide tutorial assistance in reading and math during the school day; and a new Director at the Southwest Campus.
A calendar of events is posted at varnett.org and on each of the campus pages. We encourage you to use these calendars as your guide to help in planning activities with your children.
Please remember that school starts at 8:00 a.m. This means the gates will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. to prevent any disruptions in the classrooms or during the morning meetings. We ask you to assist us in ensuring that your children show up on time and in proper uniform.
I am happy to announce that breakfast will be free of charge for all of our nearly 1,700 students in the district. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Last school year, all schools “met standard” on the Texas Accountability Rating System. The Southwest campus earned two stars of distinction, the Northeast Campus earned one star of distinction and the East campus earned 5 stars of distinction. As you visit our campuses, please take time to congratulate the staff and the directors on a job well done. Thanks to those who have already attended our open houses, parent meetings and Grandparents Day celebration.
The 2015-16 school year started smoothly and orderly and it is one in which we all know will be better than the last.
Welcome to The Varnett School where excellence is always expected!
Dr. Margaret Stroud