Wow, what a short, hot summer! Much has happened since May 30, 2008, the end of the last school year. SSISD staff have worked hard all summer to prepare for a successful start of the 2008-2009 school year.
Monday, August 25 was the first day of classes. The most evident change in this school year is the school start time. The first bell sounds at 7:50 am and school begins promptly at 7:55 am. The final bell to end the instructional day sounds at 3:37 pm. Throughout the day as well, the passing periods have been shortened by one minute. Why the change in the operation of the school day? Primarily, the school start time, end time and the adjustment of the passing periods was a result of the need for more instructional time with students. Students need the rigor of the core classes, but they also must have time to take technology, participate in physical education, music and have lunch and play on the playground. Extending the school day and shortening the passing periods allowed administrative staff to construct a schedule that would provide students with the academic rigor they need but also, allow them to participate in the electives and other classes of which they want to participate. Most students in high school are required to take 4 courses in math, science, social studies and English, along with a variety of other required courses. Without extending the school day and offering 8 periods a day, students would be limited in their choices. Also, face time with teachers is imperative to student learning, and the extended time throughout the district will improve academics.
Another change that citizens may notice is the designated student parking at Armadillo Arena. Safe passage, no congestion, and limited parking on Commerce Street and on 9th street should be the result of the new parking arrangement.
We at San Saba ISD are very excited about the start of this school year. We have assembled an incredible staff to work with the children of this community. Not only are these people great with kids, the staff working at SSISD are great people who will contribute to the dynamics of this community.
Please look for ways to support the staff and students of this school. We are a team of individuals working for the success of school children, and we want you to be a member of our team. Please come to our events, our football and basketball games and other productions! You are always welcome.
Please remember that our website is the key to keeping up-to-date on school happenings. Please visit www.san-saba.net to view events and find information you need to know about SSISD.
See you at Rogan Field! Go Dillos!
If you have any questions about this article or any other question about school happenings please contact me at 325/372-3144.