Education Celebrations: New course offerings for next year

By Diane Boyett
Jan. 26, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 25, 2014 at 7:26 p.m.

The second half of the school year is underway, and in 19 weeks, another graduating class will walk the stage with thoughts of a future that is bright with opportunity because they received a strong education foundation.

That future is a gift from our community in offering powerful support of our schools.

On the topic of bright futures, new course offerings that are coming next school year are largely attributable to the partnerships of industry, higher education and Victoria ISD. The future employers of our students spent time at Victoria West High School last week meeting with students about opportunities afforded to them by starting career training in high school. This week, the employers will be at Victoria East as Operation Payday activities continue.

Last week, our fifth-grade students spent some time learning about the middle school they will attend next school year. The transition camps offered them a quick look at the opportunities that await them as sixth-graders.

The learning opportunities are not only for students. On Monday, Liberty Academy is hosting a parent night so parents can learn about the Early College Center. That meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Liberty Academy. On Tuesday, Victoria West hosts a parents night for incoming students who are in the eighth grade. Victoria East hosts a similar meeting Feb. 11.

On Thursday, Victoria East will hold a parent information session on dual credit course offerings.

To help prepare for college finances, Victoria West will host a parent information session Feb. 11 to go over the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Victoria East will hold a session on FASFA on Feb. 13. More information on these meetings is available on the campus websites or call your school.

This is the last week of School Board Recognition Month. Across the state, districts and communities have been using this month as an opportunity to express thanks for the men and women who serve on boards of trustees. Here in Victoria, Board President Tami Keeling said she was humbled and honored by the show of support for the board. "Our title is our job," she said. "We are trustees of the public investment and belief in our schools. Every one of us was elected to be a bridge between the community and our schools. Part of what we do is to facilitate communication between the community and schools. We strive to be accessible.

"We view everything through the lens of what is in the best interest of student learning," she said. "Sometimes, our decisions are met with great support and other times, the support is divided. We sometimes take hits in the court of public opinion.

"But our bottom line is that what we do has to be in support of our children. We represent the community and build the future one student at a time. We are blessed to have a powerful connection with parents, the community and the schools. We face challenges, but we have the tools right here to meet those challenges. This is an incredible time to be a part of Victoria ISD."

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



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