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Superintendent's Update

Friday, August 26, 2016:  We have had a great first week.  Monday morning, Vince the Vandal and Elmo were in the middle of town waving and greeting our students and parents as they made their way to school.  I have heard so many positive comments about this Vandal tradition.  Our younger students absolutely love it! 

This year, Van ISD was able put a smile on the faces of students in PK – 6th grade by giving them an “After High School Comes College” backpack.  These Vandal red backpacks were well received by over 1,200 enthusiastic students.  The district was able to fund this initiative from a grant designed to meet the needs of school wide Title I campuses.  In keeping with our No Excuses University commitment, we chose to combine our Vandal logo with the NEU motto as we constantly remind our students that their education does not end with a high school diploma.

Speaking of our motto, we had approximately 150 students at Van High School sign up to take Dual Credit Courses through Tyler Junior College on Thursday.  As I stated during convocation, the number of students we have taking dual credit courses has progressively increased over the last four years.  Our After High School Comes College initiative is having a positive and profound effect on our students.

Starting this school year, Van High School will be partnering with Tyler Junior College to offer Dual Credit Automotive Courses.  Students in the program will earn both high school credit as well as college credit.  Additionally, students in the program will be earning credit towards ASE Auto Tech certifications.  Of the approximately 150 students who signed up to take dual credit courses through TJC yesterday, twenty-five signed up to take these dual credit automotive courses.

Technology Update:  We are off to a good start!  After week one, the vast majority of our upper grade levels have their iPads.  Our plan is to roll out the iPads to the lower grades next week.

Construction Update:   I am constantly amazed at how much our construction crews can accomplish in a short amount of time.  J.E. Rhodes Elementary School is coming up quickly.  A week and a half ago the inside of the build was an open shell.  There were no interior walls; just open spaces with lots of steel girders.  I was able to go inside the building this past Wednesday.  Wow!  It has changed dramatically.  The interior walls are going up and classrooms and certain areas such as the cafeteria, gym, and library are now recognizable.  For the most part, the classrooms on the east side of the building have been blocked.  It is starting to take shape!  Our tennis courts are 100% complete at both the junior high and high school.  The Career and Technology Education Center at the high school campus is coming along as well.  Crews are working on the site utilities.  The next step will be the building of the forms to pour concrete.      


See previous updates here.  

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