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Ducks in a Row - Message from Superintendent Devin Padavil

November 2nd, 2022
 
This year is flying by and I want to take a moment to thank our parents for the support you show our extracurricular students. The Marching Band season came to a close this past week and the great experiences our students enjoy cannot happen without supportive parents. The same is true for athletic and academic organizations. Thank you to the parents that volunteer to support our kids.
 
Election day is November 8th and Early Voting ends this Friday. Thank you to everyone that has voted and we encourage everyone to be informed and vote. Safety is on the ballot. Acquiring land for future growth is on the ballot. Expanding Career and Technical (CTE) certification and career opportunities is on the ballot. Addressing costly building repairs is on the ballot. Those who vote decide the outcome.
 
Our schools are implementing a system of tests to measure student progress over the course of the year. In the 19 months I have had the privilege of serving as Superintendent, we have added benchmarks to provide teachers and principals better information to adjust learning for improved student performance. We are grateful for the time our teachers take to use these assessments to help our students learn. It is also worth noting that our earliest benchmark tests, like Renaissance 360, typically have results that are lower than what our students can actually perform at the end of the year. However, it is good information to use to improve along the way.
 
Adjusting practices is tough work for our teachers, but it is necessary. If we do the same old thing, we yield the same old results.
 
I am proud of the direction of our schools and the work coming together.  We are going to accomplish our mission to inspire, equip, and empower every student to achieve their unique potential.
 
Regards,
 
Devin Padavil, Ed. D.
Superintendent | Taylor ISD
October 18th, 2022
 
October is National Principals Month and I am thankful for the Taylor ISD Principals. Leadership sets the tone of a school and being a school leader in 2022 is challenging. You have to be comfortable with high expectations, responding to setbacks and challenges with productive optimism, supportive to staff, and focused on the main priority of schools: improving learning. Our principals have demonstrated these traits in the 1st semester and we are grateful.
 
As the daylight hours get shorter, please drive carefully around our schools.  Please use the main drop off areas, no matter how long they seem.  Dropping off in neighborhoods can risk the safety of our kids as they dash to school around traffic. It is worth noting our bond proposition in November that is focused on safety will include a redesign of traffic lanes around elementary schools and TMS.
Our schools are helping students set goals in order to improve achievement. Student learning in Taylor improved in the 2021-22 school year, but we saw declines in math according to the state test. Our teachers are working hard to prepare students by making strong connections between the learning our teachers provide and the format of the state test in May of 2023. We are already seeing positive results as evidence of their hard work.
 
Speaking of positive results, our Taylor Band is on a roll as they head into the Area Contest in Liberty Hill on the 29th of this month. I had the pleasure of watching their last performance in Giddings and after over a decade of watching high school bands as an administrator, I can tell you the sound and performance of Taylor's band students is beyond impressive. This band is going to represent our community well at the end of this month.
 
Fall sports are past the halfway point and we are very proud of our middle school and high school athletes. Our volleyball team at THS is very close to being in the post-season, varsity football is seeking their first district win, middle school athletes continue to show improvement, and cross country ended their season with some strong finishes. Thank you to our coaches for the countless hours you provide our kids.
 
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and brings awareness to a disorder that is a learning impairment for writing, reading, and spelling. The intelligence of a dyslexic person is never in question. We encourage everyone to wear red on Wednesday the 19th to support the awareness of this disorder and remove negative stigmas.
 
At Monday's Board Meeting, the school board reviewed board policy for possible future action and they amended board policy to include Narcan at our secondary schools to be cautiously prepared for cases of Fentanyl use across Central Texas. The hire of Lynn Botts as Technology Director was approved. The board also listened to a report on how our counselors and administrators are intentionally improving College, Career, and Military Readiness for all high school students.
 
As always, please reach out to us if we can provide any support to your child.
 
Sincerely,
 
Devin Padavil, Ed. D.
Superintendent | Taylor ISD