Dear Edcouch-Elsa Community,
I am delighted to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year. I am truly honored and proud to continue to serve and lead our amazing school district as your Superintendent. Our theme this year is “Reconnecting to our Past to Reimagine Our Future.” We are building upon a rich history and tradition to innovate and provide new opportunities for our students. The major focus for this year is to create a safe and secure learning environment while cultivating connections with students resulting in respectful relationships. By working together, we are reimagining a future that will move the Edcouch-Elsa ISD into a new era of opportunities for students, parents, and the entire EEISD community.
Our students are much more than a score on the STAAR test, but we are excited about the progress they are making with the support of our dedicated staff, administrators and teachers. Edcouch-Elsa schools saw improvements in overall scores with over 27 points in gains across campuses. In the academic growth domain, schools grew students by 22 points. Notably, Rodriguez Elementary increased its letter grade to a B from a C and Truan Junior High exited required comprehensive school support status and earned a B rating. Garcia and LBJ both earned a B rating with LBJ earning three distinction designations. I am so proud of all our campuses and look forward to continued success.
This summer we continued to develop and enhance our teaching and learning initiatives through engaging and collaborative professional learning with administrators and teachers. We are updating our security and safety practices to ensure that our students return to a safe and secure environment. We will be showcasing these great programs and highlighting the joy of teaching and learning. We invite you to our schools to take part in our children’s educational experience.
An additional focus of our work together this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Chronic absenteeism has been shown to have a negative impact on student learning. All of us, including parents and families, play an important role in promoting student attendance. Staff, teachers, administrators, and counselors will offer student support to improve attendance, and we encourage parents to ensure daily attendance. Everyone in our community can make a difference by helping students and families understand that attending school every day is critical to their academic success. Together we can make school attendance a community priority so that all our students achieve success.
As I look forward to a new school year filled with excitement and hope, I cannot fully express how fortunate I am to be part of such a wonderful school district and community. I am honored to serve the students, parents, staff and the entire Yellow Jacket community. Welcome back to 2022-23!
Dr. Greg Rodríguez