Dear Williamstown Independent Families,
It is hard to believe, but the calendar has quickly turned to yet another month. November is the month synonymous with the time to be thankful. Although we should be thankful all year long, we are reminded to pause and count our blessings when the calendar changes to November. The US Department of Education, National School Board Association, and other associations across the country set aside the week of November 13-17 to observe and celebrate American Education Week, which gives all Americans a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.
The Williamstown Independent School District has staff dedicated to our vision of Preparing Students for Productive Citizenship by following the mission of Engaging, Educating, and Empowering ALL Students. Our staff ensures an environment that is not only safe and secure, but also caring and trusting. They care deeply about all students, as they are our #1 priority. We have many activities, programs, and options to meet the needs of students and our small, intimate, family atmosphere allows a personal touch that is unmatched. I hope you can take the time this month to thank our teachers, instructional assistants, and support staff. I am grateful and honored to have such wonderful individuals on the Williamstown staff.
American Education Week also allows us to set aside time to thank the community for their support of public education. Our students could not experience the success they do without the involvement and support of our parents, community members, business leaders, and elected officials. We are blessed to have a community that values education and goes above and beyond to support students in our schools.
This month we also take time to honor our veterans and all that they have done for us in service to our nation. In observance of Veterans' Day, our district, in partnership with the City of Williamstown, will be honoring veterans on November 10th. We will begin with a complimentary breakfast for veterans and their families at 8:15 in the cafeteria followed by a special Veterans' Ceremony at 9:00 in the high school gym. Please join us as we pay tribute to these brave men and women.
Lastly, I am so grateful for our students. How endearing it is to see high school athletes engaging with our elementary students, band members supporting our players, and tons of school spirit from Kindergartners to Seniors. I have the opportunity to see the work they are accomplishing in class and talk with them about their future aspirations. You can all be very proud of and thankful for our amazing students. They represent Williamstown well. Our student athletes will be displaying their talents at the annual Orange and Black night on November 3rd beginning at 7:00.
In closing, I encourage you to take some time during this month to reflect on the school year. Celebrate victories, learn from defeats, and express gratitude to those who have made a difference. I am thankful to call Williamstown my home and to be working with wonderful students and staff in a community that supports our efforts.
With Demon Pride,
Williamstown Independent Schools