Superintendent's column: District activities show attitude of excellence
BY ROBERT JAKLICH
March 3, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated March 2, 2014 at 9:03 p.m.
As I travel across our "612 Square Miles of Excellence," I have the distinct privilege and honor of visiting with our VISD stakeholders. Throughout these visits, I am constantly reminded how fortunate we are to be surrounded by such bright, articulate students; outstanding, dedicated teachers and staff; parents who truly desire the best for their children and community members who are committed to making a difference in our students' lives each and every day.
In our quest for excellence in education, we must always include the word quality in our conversations. A wonderful example of this commitment to quality can be found in the following events. On Thursday and Friday of this past week, the Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent presented "Texas Our Texas" on the grounds of the VISD Mitchell Guidance Center. More than 1,000 students from the Victoria ISD and surrounding school districts were able to receive a glimpse of life in the early days of Texas. The students experienced exhibits, animals and a true living history to celebrate Texas Independence Day. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Melissa Dixon, executive director of the Children's Discovery Museum, and all the staff and volunteers who made "Texas Our Texas" such a successful experience.
Also Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the Victoria County Spelling Bee sponsored by Victoria College, the Region 3 Education Service Center and the Victoria Advocate. We truly appreciate the sponsors and their efforts in choosing to serve as champions for our children. The spelling bee began with 29 spellers from the public and private schools in Victoria County. After almost two hours of extremely intense competition, a top speller was named. Congratulations to Schorlemmer Elementary fourth-grade student Taylar Rhoden, who is the top speller in Victoria County; Vickers Elementary fifth-grade student Emma Parker, who will serve as the runner-up; and Cade Middle School sixth-grade student Peyton Quimby, who will serve as the alternate. Both Taylar and Emma will represent Victoria County at the Regional Spelling Bee on March 18, and the winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will advance to the national competition held in Washington, D.C. We would also like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and congratulations to all the students who participated in the Victoria County Spelling Bee competition. We are proud of all of our students and their efforts in a job well done.
As we continue to create a quality learning environment, quality instructional programs and quality opportunities for all students and staff, we realize that all of our actions come down to choice. In the story "Live a Life that Matters," the author asks the reader, "When it is all said and done, how will the value of your days be measured?" What will matter is not what you bought but what you built - not what you got but what you gave. What will matter is not your success but your significance and not what you learned but what you taught. Living a life that matters does not happen by accident. It is a matter of choice.
On behalf of our board of trustees and our entire school district, we truly appreciate your belief in our students, your commitment to excellence and your choice to create a future of hope and endless possibilities for all of our students.
Robert Jaklich is the superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. Contact him at 361-788-9202 or through the VISD website, visd.com.