Dr. Cone’s Perspective

Last week, I mentioned Natalia ISD’s upcoming 2nd Annual Parent Symposium and Resource Fair. The fair will be held on Saturday, March 23rd from 9 AM to 1 PM at Natalia High School. Mark your calendars.
This past week, I traveled with four board members (Tiffany Rodriguez, Paul Almendarez, Gordon Gentry, and Andrew Besa) to the Texas Association of School Board’s Winter Governance Conference. Our Board Members did a great job of presenting information about the district’s work this past year in implementing Lone Star Governance. They received positive feedback from trustees from other school districts. There were also several inquiries from other districts about how they might start Lone Star Governance research based best practices in their district. Kudos to our trustees for leading the way.
There are a multitude of opportunities to learn and become engaged in the process of improving our schools.
First, back to our Parent Symposium. I urge you to attend. Our Board of Trustees and Administration will be presenting on Lone Star Governance. They will be talking about the process, our student outcome goals, our progress, as well as taking questions.
Second, I encourage you to attend one of our upcoming school board meetings. We strive to dedicate 50% or more of our time discussing and reviewing the academic progress of our kids. We recognize students and teachers that are exemplifying the characteristics of meeting our student outcome goals, We typically also show video insight to some of the best practices that are going on within our classrooms. Everyone is always welcome to attend.
Third, we will be holding a community dinner for our Administration and Board of Trustees to engage with our community, parents, and students in a two-way discussion about Lone Star Governance and Student Achievement. The event will be held on Monday, April 1st in the afternoon. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Dr. Donald Stewart at 830-663-4416 x6002. Space will be limited.
Building strong partnerships with our community, parents, and students are foundational in improving our school system and providing a quality education.