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Promise of a new year

The end of a calendar year and the beginning of a new one always brings two major thoughts to mind — remembering what occurred during the past 365 days and looking forward to the next 365. When the year 2012 began, Ennis ISD was in the middle of a challenging school year. The tuberculosis outbreak […]

Smarter choices with phones

Raise your hand if you’re addicted to your smart phone. For the record, my hand is up.

School safety paramount to EISD

In the extensive news coverage of the tragic shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a phrase has been used by several reporters:

Are you ready for the challenge?

Next month, Ennis Independent School District will accept Rachel’s Challenge.

Christmas music in the EISD

I’m glad that there are four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year instead of the typical three. Educators usually consider that period of time an instructional wasteland because, really, would you rather make a salt map of South America or scheme and bargain with Santa?

iPads expand student learning

Ennis ISD is very proud to roll out an innovative technology initiative that will provide a new 32-gigabyte, Wi-Fi only, Apple iPad to each seventh grade student.

Communication success vital

A few weeks ago, the EISD Board of Trustees had a workshop session where we examined some of the things that we want to expand and things we want to improve. One word that cropped up in almost every topic of discussion was communication. That term describes both a real concept and a euphemism for some other ideas.

A big change to Houston’s menu

Football and Fajita Friday Night — quite a change from the Sam Houston Elementary Fish Fry!

School finance suit gets going

For folks who enjoy following politics, the current events landscape is a ripe harvest. The national election is just two weeks away and most voters have probably decided who they will select for the top spot but there are lots of down ballot positions of extreme importance to education. I hope those will get consideration, too.

Education — it’s not a business

One of my favorite pieces of wisdom from Sir Winston Churchill is: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

Gearing up for the next session

Last weekend, several EISD administrators and board members participated in the annual TASA/TASB Convention in Austin.

Outreach efforts succeeding

I am enjoying watching the development of the various outreach programs that are happening at our campuses — both for the positive outcome that we expect from better contact between school and parents and also for the creative and alliterative names that are being assigned.

Looking ahead to the fall

The 29th Annual Chamber Auction is behind us now and what a great night we had.

Time to promote, not disparage

This Friday morning, for the second year in a row, Ennis will be the featured city on Channel 8’s WFAA Daybreak program. Throughout the early morning broadcast, community members will put their best foot forward in promoting Ennis, Texas.

First day of the new school year

The first day of school! For many youngsters, that’s a major life milestone. Even for grownups, those soaring school ceilings and long halls that seem to curve over the horizon are a little intimidating.

Let’s hit the reset button together

I’ve been around computers long enough to know where to find the reset button. When the system starts to freeze, it’s easy to hit that button and make everything new again.

A new theme: Smile and move

This week is one of the most enjoyable of the school year — it’s the week when teachers come back to school.

Alamo dedicated to success

Since January, it has been my pleasure to be the principal of the Alamo Alternative Education Center. For those of you who are not familiar with the Alamo Center, we house DAEP, Horizons, BRIDGES, and the district parent center.

More thoughts on change

Several weeks ago, I heard a great example story from the pulpit.

Change an inevitable reality

Most of us had grandmothers who seemed to have an unending supply of adages or summative comments for which there was just no comeback.

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