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Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Spring 2015
Dear Thrall Parents/Guardians and Students,
 
The current school year has had a tremendous start and the staff has been leading our students to success in their various endeavors. Thrall ISD affords students the opportunity to be as involved as they choose in a variety of activities. Whether you are a student in our full-day, fully-engaged Pre-Kinder program, a student reaching AR Goals in the Elementary, a student learning personal skills and character-building at the Middle School, or one of the majority of High School students who are preparing for the next level in your life; Thrall has it ALL!

The objective was to set our goals high, and these high expectations will lead to tremendous academic and extra-curricular success. We continue the College Readiness initiative for students and this year have added the opportunity for the Vocational Certification through the Tech-Connect Program. Our students have the opportunity to network with students from other local districts and have the opportunity to attend the EWCHEC Center (Hutto, Tx.) to gain certification in several vocational areas. This is an amazing project providing our students with an opportunity to immediately gain employment upon graduation from Thrall High School. Whether a student chooses to be a part of a strong UIL Academic program or to compete in any of the extra-curricular activities, they will be a part of a competitive school district!

This summer we added new classrooms for the High School, continue to remodel classrooms throughout the district, and added more technology for interactive learning in classrooms. Our focus this year at all levels is Student Growth, Building Capacity for Future Plans, and Raising Expectations. This leads to the display of outstanding leadership and the desire for tremendous academic success as we prepare our leaders for their future.

We look forward to a successful and productive year- Go Tigers!
 
We Can, We Will, All Together! Sincerely,

Tommy Hooker

Superintendent of Schools, Thrall ISD
 
 
 
 
Did You Know:

The Leadership Team is preparing a Facility Needs Assessment and will be having on-going discussions regarding the Financial Impact and Architectural Aspects for future construction growth. Currently, the enrollment has been stable and is not exceeding the 3.5% mark (good thing) but we have the need to expand facilities to meet academic goals by adding updated, modern space and by re-modeling some of our current classrooms that have not been updated since the early 1980's. Our Pre-K students eat lunch as early as 10:15 and our 5th graders have class in outdated and small classrooms. Additionally, a portion of secondary students still go outside to the portables for class; these are just some of the examples we are planning to address through our facility assessment. This is the proactive measure we will take to be prepared for any future growth in years to come. Our students are the best and deserve the best!

TCEF, the Thrall Community Education Foundation brought back the Fall Harvest Festival for the 1st time in several years! The board worked hard with the community to raise over $50,000.00 this year! The goal will increase greatly for the future as the purpose is to support learning opportunities for our students.

UIL Classifications changed in the 2014/2015. The number cut-off to stay in 1A previously was 199 and that number moved up to 219 (9th-12th grade). This year, the UIL created a smaller 1A District with a limited number of schools and bumped most of the other schools up a classification. Thrall is considered a 2A for the next 2-year cycle along with district competitors Thorndale and Granger. Essentially, our district competition doesn't change. We will have room to grow and remain as a 2A District in the future

Transfer students accepted at Thrall must meet the Board approved transfer policy and has rigorous standards, many are denied by not meeting expectations. Students wanting to transfer must be willing to contribute to the Tiger Community. The district receives between $5000-$7000 for all students in state funding for the ADA depending on which programs they participate; this includes transfer students.

Tech Connect COOP is available and our students will be able to choose their degree plan under HB 5 and may decide to earn a certificate (some are Dual Credit) in Plumbing, Welding, Culinary Arts (currently at Thrall), Construction Trades, Auto Technician, Electrical, HVAC, and possibly Computer Programming through Texas State Technical College also known as TSTC.
We look forward to finishing a successful and productive year - Go Thrall Tigers!
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Upcoming Events

JH Boys BB vs. Thorndale
Date: 2/2/2015, 5 PM 8 PM
Location: Thrall
JH Girls BB at Thorndale
Date: 2/2/2015, 5 PM 8 PM
Location: Thorndale
MS-HS PTO Meeting
Date: 2/2/2015, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Location: HS Library
JV/V Girls/Boys BB vs. Bartlett-Senior Night
Date: 2/3/2015, 4 PM 10 PM
Location: Thrall
NJHS Induction Ceremony
Date: 2/5/2015, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Location: Gym


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