Posted Date: 03/09/2018
Spring is in the air, and I’m sure that both students and staff are looking forward to a well-deserved break. The school year is moving quickly, and we at Blanco ISD are working fast and furious to keep the pace. We have come to the time of the year where the rigors of the classroom join the many extracurricular opportunities that are available. It is important that we work together to achieve a balance for our students so that they can reap the benefits of a well-rounded education experience.
Safety of our staff and students is always a priority for us at BISD. We continue to discuss safety measures and conduct drills with staff and students on a regular basis. District officials are meeting with law enforcement agencies in the area to become more familiar withon another and discuss preparedness. These experts will provide guidance in standard response protocol and make recommendations that will strengthen and improve our emergency operations plans. The district is also working with the sheriff’s office to provide guidance to parents and students with regard to the dangers of inappropriate social media use. More information will be provided soon. Blanco students continue to display excellence in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. The elementary and middle school UIL Academic teams continued their dominance of the district. The boys and girls basketball teams were both district and bi-district champions. FFA students competed successfully in many stock shows and judging events. The Panther band had 30 students advance to state, and FCCLA students are donating their time for community service projects. The high school UIL Academic teams are honing their skills, spring sports are in full swing, and spring concert season is upon us. Finally, our student councils, honor societies, clubs, cheerleaders, and other student groups are serving the school and community in many ways. Wow! What a great time to be a Blanco Panther!
School districts are required to provide 75,600 minutes of instruction for students per school year. When a school calendar is designed each year, there are enough minutes built into the calendar to cover bad weather days. Even with the late start on December 8 and January 17, and the cancellation of school on January 16, we have enough minutes to cover that missed time. Therefore, we will not need to make up the day or time that was missed.
Speaking of instruction, the 2018-2019 school calendar has been adopted. Students will start school on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. School hours of operation have been adjusted due to the number of student days in the calendar. Please visit blancoisd.com to view the calendar. The Blanco Education Foundation is now officially an organization designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative instructional approaches. BEF has received a Certificate of Formation from the Secretary of State and a Tax ID from the IRS. The organizing committee is primarily community members who are dedicated to supporting the staff and students of our district. At the foundation's next meeting, they will establish by-laws and install a Board of Directors, and then begin fundraising activities. It is very exciting to see the community involved for our benefit. If you are interested in joining this great organization, please contact the BISD Central Office.
Have a relaxing spring break! This much-needed break will give everyone the opportunity to catch their breath and enjoy a little time away. I am hopeful that our staff and students will use this time to re-energize and return with a renewed sense of purpose ready to meet the challenges of the spring semester.
As we look back on the past with pride, we look forward to the future with promise.
Superintendent, Blanco ISD