Dear LVISD Community
I recently read a book called Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner which focused on cultivating the minds of young people who will change the world. In his book, Wagner explored what parents and teachers must do to develop the capacities of young innovators. He revealed how adults can nurture creativity, use failures as opportunities to persevere, and ways to spark the imaginations of our youth.
Truett Cathy, CEO and founder of Chick-fil-A wrote, “We impact others by the life they see in our routine as we live.” In his book, Doing Business the Chick-fil-A Way, Truett’s genuine nature and passion for helping others to create opportunities to help themselves, especially children, was evident throughout his business practice and decision making. His philosophy was centered on the creation of innovative practice through the act of inspiration.
The common message between these two entrepreneurs is that inspiration serves as a catalyst for innovation. I share this message with you because as a community and school district, our role as parents and educators is to continually find ways to inspire and challenge our youth to their highest potential. Our aligned efforts will ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills that will lead them to future opportunities in their lives versus their lives choosing opportunities for them.
I want to close with a quote by Mark Houlahan that states, “If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author.” I invite you to join us in helping our students to write their life stories.
The La Vernia ISD is here to serve. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can be of service to you.
José H. Moreno, Ed.D.
Dear LVISD Community,
Recently I met a young man from our community while shopping in San Antonio with my family. He introduced himself and shared that he was a La Vernia I.S.D. student. He started his conversation with a handshake, a formal introduction, and a “Yes, Sir.” It gave me great pride to know that he was one of our own. I naturally took advantage of the opportunity to find out more about him. He knew where he was going to college, which career path he wished to pursue, and the next steps needed to make his dream a reality. What intrigued me the most about this young man was that he was not only thinking about his immediate future, but was planning toward graduate school. I share this story with you because I sensed a level of energy and excitement from an individual who obviously knew where his life was taking him, or should I say where he was taking his life.
This young man was taking control of his life and not allowing life to take control of him. What I failed to mention earlier in my story was that he was the youngest of three siblings, being raised in a single parent household, and would be the first to attend college in his family. Statistically the odds of this young man attending college are against him, but there are some things greater than statistical odds such as drive and determination. I have no doubt that he will succeed.
Life throws many curve balls at us. How and when we choose to swing the bat will determine if we strike out, get to first base, or hit a homerun. As a community, let’s continue to make the education of our children a top priority by ensuring that they attend school every day and arrive on time. Let’s commit to highlighting their strengths and using those strengths as tools to create choices and opportunities for them through a quality education. Let’s work together to instill a sense of drive and determination in all of our students, so that they have several choices and opportunities to hit homeruns.
The La Vernia Independent School District is committed to excellence. Thank you for all you do to support our students and school district. Please let us know how we can better serve you and your children.
José H. Moreno, Ed.D.
On behalf of our board of trustees and myself, I would like to welcome everyone back to what promises to be a fantastic school year. Our schools, buses, staff, and teachers are ready to welcome our students.
The La Vernia Independent School District is committed to excellence. Our focus on leadership development, teaching and learning, and accountability will ensure that your children are receiving a quality education that prepares them to graduate with vital 21st Century skills.
In La Vernia ISD, our motto is that “we are committed to knowing every student by name and need.” Be assured that we are committed to ensuring that your children will receive the individualized attention they deserve to challenge their thinking and prepare them to become productive and responsible citizens.
I welcome you to visit our website for reminders and updates on our new start and end times for our campuses. Our website also includes access to applications for the YMCA after school program.This program is for working parents who may need additional options for after school care. It is exciting and well organized, geared toward PK-5 grade students with a focus on homework support and fun physical education activities. Also check out the Bus Route Information link. Our new Infofinder Transportation program will provide you, as parents, easy access to your designated bus stops, pick up and drop off times. As you may be aware, there is a new city ordinance for making right turns only during school hours on FM 775 and FM 1346. Be sure to watch for the signs as you exit as a reminder of this new city ordinance.
We hope that you take advantage of the many opportunities that we have planned for you to get involved in the education of your children. Know that our doors are open and that together, we will make a difference in the education of our students. GO BEARS!
Have a great school year!
Dr. Jose H. Moreno
Superintendent, La Vernia ISD