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New School Year is off to a Great Start

2011 August 23
by HISD Communications

We are off to a great start in the new school year! Teachers jumped right into their lesson plans and students are excited about what they’re learning. I visited four of our campuses on the first day of school and you would think that classes had been in session for six weeks. Everybody is working hard and I know we are on the right track.

My first stop yesterday was Davis High School. Principal Jaime Castaneda and his team are doing great things at that school. Students there are now performing well enough on AP exams to get credit for more than 100 college courses a year. It’s wonderful to see students challenging themselves in higher-level classes. Two years ago, many HISD high schools offered few, if any, AP classes. We have been working to change that, and this year, we will have at least 15 AP courses in all of our high schools. Davis is an example of the kind of school that exists when you combine an exemplary principal, highly effective teachers, and an intense focus on academic rigor.

I want to thank everyone at Davis for inviting me to spend some time with them yesterday. Jaime really captured the excitement of the new school year and I want you to have a chance to hear from him.

I love visiting our schools. It’s the best part of my job. Later this week, I want to show you around to Lovett Elementary, the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy, and the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, all of which I also visited yesterday.

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