Education Celebrations column: Education a family matter

By Diane Boyett
Feb. 2, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 1, 2014 at 8:02 p.m.

We have long held that education is a family matter, and we are seeing the true evidence of that across the Victoria Independent School District.

Through a partnership with the Victoria Adult Literacy Council, F.W. Gross Elementary School is hosting evening classes for GED and learning English to help our parents and school neighbors. This is a wonderful opportunity to change the lives of people who need help getting ahead.

For the first week of classes, Early Childhood Coordinator Michelle Yates said nine adults took part. She's extending an invitation to anyone who would benefit from the GED classes or English language classes to take advantage of the programs.

The GED classes are offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and the English as a Second Language classes are offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Classes are in the Parent Center at F.W. Gross Elementary, 1208 S. Navarro St. More information is available by contacting Yates at 361-788-2898, ext. 41408.

Parents are also learning more about the expanding opportunities for our high school students with the new graduation plans. Despite the cold, many future Victoria West parents turned out for an information session last Tuesday evening on what awaits their eighth-grade children as they move up to high school next year.

The parents of incoming freshmen at Victoria East are invited to a similar meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in the East Auditorium.

A series of parent nights for current high school students will also begin this week at the VISD Conference Center. Parents of students who are currently sophomores are invited to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. More parent meetings are set for the coming weeks. Visit the VISD website for dates and details.

Changes under House Bill 5 will open the door for more opportunities for our students to take the courses that they find more relevant to their futures. We are fortunate to have new career and technical course offerings this year that will result in certifications and college course foundations. More dual credit courses leading to college credit while still in high school are also coming next school year.

Parents of students who are ready to head to college are encouraged to take advantage of special meetings next week to learn more about financial aid and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Victoria West parents and students are invited to a meeting Feb. 11, and Victoria East parents and students are invited for a meeting Feb. 13. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.

These are exciting times to be a student in VISD. Opportunities are endless in helping our students become productive members of our community. We celebrate all the community partnerships that make these opportunities possible.

Diane Boyett is the communications director for Victoria school district. Contact her at



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