The opportunities this year for students have been endless! We have set our goals high, and these high expectations will lead to tremendous academic and extra-curricular success. Thrall Elementary and Thrall Middle School were able to capture UIL District Academic Championships, and many other positive activities have been a success for our students. We have won State in other events and even qualified for Nationals in FCCLA, but now the COVID-19 has put so many things on delay. We have continued to set our standards and expectations high.
During this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been so many decisions Thrall ISD has been and will continue the process of making regarding instructional and program decisions. The faculty and staff are getting acquainted to the adjustments in delivery and schedule for their students.
As our students and parents have been amazing in responding to this change, we will be moving in a proactive manner to adjust the next school year calendar and facilitate late summer academies to "extend" the current year for those students who do not meet mastery or may not be able to complete the required and expected curriculum to keep as much pace to keep a high standard.
The next 2-3 months provide uncertainty regarding where the "peak and the leveling off" might be regarding the coronavirus. This may require for some activities to be delayed until September or even later; if this is the case, we may have time to bring small groups to the classroom so they can have teacher contact and intervention can result. As decisions are made by administration, faculty, and the board trustees, there will be information prepared and shared with parents and students
The part of sadness that sets in for me as the leader for Thrall ISD includes the potential for delayed activities such as graduation, banquets, Thrall Field Day, Kindergarten Graduation, the MS Bridge Ceremony, incomplete UIL sports, academic contests, and many other popular activities that have become a tradition. We will work to provide the necessary activities if possible, but many of these are simply lost in the process of COVID-19 taking over on our daily schedules. The principals and Team of 8 will be reaching out to our students and community to request your opinion and will be conducting a survey or unique ways to provide a platform for graduation for the Class of 2020 along with other related ideas.
Through each of these challenges, we will become a stronger and more resilient Tiger Family.
We WILL NOT Return to NORMAL; We WILL Return to BETTER!
Tommy Hooker, Proud Superintendent of Schools!