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VISD faces adversity by shaking it off, stepping up

By BY ROBERT JAKLICH
Nov. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.


It has been another amazing week in the Victoria ISD. During my visits throughout our "612 Square Miles of Excellence" I am constantly reassured that we are surrounded by outstanding "Change Agents" and "Difference Makers" who serve daily as "Champions for our Children." Rich Devos once stated: "The only things that stand between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible." It has also been said that: "In the winds of change, we can find our true direction." As we experience this change process from TAKS to STAAR, we sincerely appreciate the efforts of everyone as we strive to provide quality learning environments and quality opportunities for all. Although we possess all the attributes to reach our goal of "Achieving Success for All Students," we are still faced with and tested by adversity. However, it is how we choose to react to adversity that ultimately determines our success or failure. The parable "Shake it Off and Step Up" is a wonderful example of the wind of change and the will to overcome adversity.

A farmer owned an old mule that fell into a well. After assessing the situation, the farmer reluctantly determined that neither the mule nor the well was worth saving. So, he called his neighbors together and enlisted them to help bury the mule in the well. Initially the old mule was frantic, but as the dirt kept hitting him on his back, something happened. It dawned on the mule that every time a shovel load landed on his back, he would "Shake it off and step up." This he did, blow after blow. Shake it off and step up . Shake it off and step up. No matter how painful the blows or how distressing the situation, the mule fought the panic and just kept on shaking it off and stepping up. Before too long, the mule had triumphantly stepped through the mouth of the well. What seemed like it would bury him, actually helped him, all because of how he handled adversity.

In the VISD, we will continue to work together as we meet our challenges with hope, determination and great expectations. We are dedicated to teacher quality, enhancing classroom support and accelerating student learning. We truly appreciate the support of our community and thank you for reminding us "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Robert Jaklich is the superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. Contact him at 361-788-9202 or through the VISD website visd.com.

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