Dear Williamstown Independent Families,
Happy November! The first nine weeks of the school year have come and gone and it is hard to believe we are almost through the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year. As the calendar turns to November, we are reminded to pause and remember all of those things for which we are thankful.
An important event where we can show gratitude is the celebration of Veteran’s Day. This year we will honor our veterans for their service to our country on Monday, November 11 at 9:00 in our high school gym. Veterans and their families are invited to a free breakfast before the ceremony in the high school cafeteria beginning at 8:15. We invite our community to share in this day as we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have answered the call of duty.
Another opportunity to express gratitude is during American Education Week, which is observed and celebrated from November 18-22. The US Department of Education, National School Board Association, and other associations across the country set aside the week to give all Americans an 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 is 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 developing the whole child, and understand that students 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.
Another reason to be grateful is for our opportunity and privilege to vote in elections. I encourage all eligible voters to inform themselves on the candidates and then exercise their right to vote on Tuesday, November 5. School will be closed on election day as our cafeteria space is utilized for voting.
Additionally, schools will be closed November 27-29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. I wish all of our students, staff and families a wonderful holiday filled with good food, family, fun, and laughter.
As I take a moment to reflect on the school year thus far it is filled with many student and staff accomplishments. The soccer team made history by advancing to regional tournament play in only their second year of competing and the volleyball team also followed suit by advancing to regional tournament play. The cross country team won their regional championship and advance to compete at state on November 2. The Williamstown Band of Spirit had another great year with their show “Out of the Maze” and finished 5th in state competition. Students are also making progress in the classroom and events such as STREAMin Demon night show an interest in continuous learning.
Lastly, I encourage our community to attend the annual Orange and Black Night on Friday, November 15. The program begins at 7:00, but a parade through downtown Williamstown will take place beginning at 5:45.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children and for all of the support we receive from our community.
With Demon Pride and Gratitude,
Williamstown Independent School District