Ivonne Durant: Happy New Year TEAM EPISD!

I hope that the break provided you an opportunity to get some rest and you are now rejuvenated and ready to give 100% to our children. The spring semester is a critical time for us as we prepare for state testing. The sum of our work is certainly more than testing, but testing is our way to communicate to our community and state that all is well with learning in EPISD. Thank you for coordinating intervention groups, providing additional support, accelerating the learning for those students who are doing well, and simply being diligent to ensure that every student has a great outcome for testing.

It is our goal to provide you with the support you need to continue to make 2015-2016 the best year EPISD has ever had. As hard as it is to believe, we are already looking ahead to 2016-2017. We have a unique opportunity in front of us as we explore becoming a district of innovation. It has been truly exciting to have such positive support from our school community. Thank you for your dedication. As our Superintendent has stated, our goal is to remove barriers and give us the freedom to support our students at the highest levels. We will need each of you to be thinking about what these possibilities are for our district as we brainstorm how to get better at getting better. As an example, how awesome would it be to be able to start school a week earlier in August and get out in May? If we become a district of innovation, we could take advantage of this opportunity. This exchange of 5 days would even help to balance the number of days each semester. Keep this in mind as you w ill soon have an opportunity to give feedback about the proposed 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 instructional calendars.

The possibilities are endless and the potential is great. The best is yet to come in EPISD and I am so glad that you are part of it! Do keep an eye out for the calendars as they get posted on our website so you can examine, discuss at your campus, and then vote for your choice. I especially want to thank the many people from DEIC, our teacher organizations, and the Principal Leadership Team, who have given time and effort to provide meaningful input.

Ivonne Durant

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