June 1, 2014
Dear Edgewood Community:
The academic year has come to a close and we would like to thank you for trusting us in educating your children. We have many success stories to share with you. First celebration is the areas where our students improved on STAAR. We saw nice gains in our 4th grade, 6th grade, 8th grade and ALL areas of high school. Although the gains in some instances are significant, we know we have a lot of work to do. Writing is an area where we have to improve the most. I am happy to announce that our teachers are committed to improving writing. Edgewood ISD is offering a three-week writing course during July and August and we have 68 teachers that have registered for this training. This is evidence of the commitment our teachers have to your children. They are willing to come to Edgewood for 12 days during their summer break to better understand the writing process, which is essential for success on STAAR, Advanced Placement tests and SAT/ACT.
The teachers will also be busy this summer learning the new math knowledge and skills that are going to drive what we teach and how we teach math from Kindergarten to 12th grade. This is a major change brought by the State of Texas. We will also be training teachers to learn the new math and science books that will be used in our schools.
We are also excited about the summer school and enrichment activities we have for Edgewood students. Everything from academic support to fine arts and athletic activities will be offered for all Edgewood students. We encourage you to enroll your child in our summer programs. Research shows a child that is engaged and involved with other students in team activities and academic support through the summer returns to school in the fall ready to learn new content and does not regress academically as a child that is not involved in summer activities. We will also provide our students in 5th, 8th and high school another opportunity to take the STAAR exams.
Edgewood ISD will provide lunch for our students during the summer. Please take advantage of this great service for our students in our community.
We in the academic division are working to find the right staff and administration for the new Edgewood 6th Grade Academy. We are thrilled about this new “school within a school”. Many of you attended our informational meetings about the 6th grade academy, but if you have questions, please call our office for information. There is also an information video available that can be found on the district website landing page ready for you to view.
Edgewood ISD has proudly served this community for over 100 years. Although there are new charter schools moving into our neighborhood, we are committed to serving the community for the next 100 years. IDEA Public Schools is NOT part of our district. They do not hire highly qualified certified teachers; they do not have a cap for teacher/student ratios, meaning they can have up to 40 students in a classroom. They also do not provide your child with the extra curricular activities we provide for students enrolled in our district.
We are committed to improvement; bringing 21 Century skills for all students and generating college ready students in Edgewood ISD.