Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!
They say the only person who likes change is a wet baby. While that may be true, in ECISD we are certainly going through a great many changes for this school year. We can either fear those changes or embrace them and realize that change is the only thing that will move us forward.
As you are aware, the beginning of this school year certainly has had its challenges. We delayed the opening of school for both Odessa High and Permian High. On the sixth day of classes two power poles broke in from of Crockett Middle School and we had to remove the students and cancel classes for both Crockett MS and Pease Elementary. But one thing has been very clear during these trying incidents: the students, parents and staff in ECISD are flexible and committed to making the best out of whatever situation we are faced with throughout the year.
All campuses spent the first week of school incorporating “Team Building” activities into their schedules. While this may not seem important in stable conditions, let’s keep in mind that not only with our growth, but also with the rezoning of the campuses last year many students are attending new schools this year. Couple that with two-thirds of the middle school populations being new, and more than one-half of the students at OHS and PHS never having attended a high school previously, and we needed to take some time to get to know the students and allow the students to get to know the staff.
I am filled with optimism for this school year. We are not where we need to be, but we are certainly making great strides in that direction. I have seen more enthusiasm at every campus than at any other time since I have had the privilege of being a part of this district and this community.
We are shooting for perfection, however as the great Vince Lombardi said, “We know perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we will find excellence along the way!”Get to know your son/daughter’s teachers. Get involved in the schools. I wish each of you a very successful and blessed school year!
With Deep Respect,Tom Crowe