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Dr. Moreno's 18-years of experience includes serving as a classroom teacher, education consultant, principal, and senior executive director for curriculum and instruction. Dr. Moreno holds a bachelor of science in applied learning and development degree with a Bilingual/ESL certification from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of science in educational administration degree from Texas A&M University - Kingsville, and a doctorate of educational leadership degree from Lamar University.
 

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Superintendent's Message, April 19, 2016

Dear La Vernia Community-
 
It is hard to believe that we are in the home stretch of our school year. Our students, led by our amazing teachers, have accomplished so much.  Last night I had the opportunity to observe the talent of our 2nd grade students as they performed on stage.  Theatre Arts plays a vital role in the development of the “whole child.”  The communication and collaboration skills they acquire through the Arts helps to develop an inner confidence they need to succeed in life.  There will be an additional performance this evening, April 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the District auditorium. You are all invited.
 
As you may have seen through District communication, we are one week away from early voting for Bond 2016. I will be hosting Town Hall Meeting II this evening at 6:30 p.m..  The presentation and tour will be held at the the HS Main Cafeteria.  You will hear first hand information on the recommendations and answer any questions that you may have.  A tour of the High School will also be offered for those that are interested. It is our hope through our information packets, the bond website, and live presentations, community members will have the necessary information to make a personal informed decision. Please exercise your right to vote.   


 
General information regarding the bond can be found at www.lvisdbond.org. Please visit the LVISD Bond website to see what is proposed.
 
Sincerely,

Jose H. Moreno, Ed.D.
Superintendent
 

Superintendent's Message, December 18, 2015

Dear La Vernia Community,
 
La Vernia ISD is in the process of developing a long-range facilities plan (LRFP). The plan serves as the vehicle that will drive our decision making as it pertains to facilities and program offerings to our students. In late spring, our Board of Trustees hired Davis Demographics to conduct a demographic study. Their charge was to provide us with a report highlighting a 10-year student enrollment projection. Our projections indicate that we should grow by 800 additional students within the next 10-years! This, of course, requires our school district to assess our current infrastructure to be able to accommodate this level of growth. Huckabee Architects was hired in October to lead the way on our next phase of the LRFP. Their role is to analyze our current infrastructure and provide our Board with final facility recommendations to meet our enrollment and academic program needs. Our Board will then determine when to call for a future bond election.
 
Community input plays a key role in the development of the LRFP. Last night we held our first of five LRFP committee meetings. The committee, which is comprised of 25 parents, business partners, employees, and community members, received the State of the District and a financial snapshot of La Vernia ISD, which led to a discussion geared toward understanding the bond process. Future meetings will include a review of the history of capital improvements, capital expenditure needs, facility condition assessment, and facility recommendations based on the final architect assessment. We have a highly engaged committee and are proud of their commitment to serve our school district. I will be updating you on a monthly basis as we progress on the LRFP process.
 
On another note, the holiday season is upon us. Our students and staff are ready to spend quality time with their families and friends. They have worked hard this first part of the school year. I hope that you enjoy the next couple of weeks and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
Sincerely,
Jose H. Moreno, Ed.D.
Superintendent
 
 

Superintendent's Message, Oct. 21, 2015

Dear La Vernia Community,
 
The growth that we are experiencing in La Vernia brings new ideas, values, and traditions. The core values that we live by are only as strong as the ability that we possess to hold each other accountable to those values.  Last Friday night at the football game, I was so proud to know that I serve such an incredible community.  Our marching band normally presents during half-time, but due to the homecoming ceremony they marched at the end of the game.  Instead of our football, dance, and cheerleading teams leaving to celebrate the big win, our “teams” sat on the field to watch our band play and march their show.  That evening exemplified the “soft skills” that we are teaching our students that are characteristic of the family values that our community holds so dearly.  All parents want the best for their children.  I believe that our core values and family ties are attracting the growth within our La Vernia community.
 
Our current enrollment is 3,226 students compared to 3,105 two years ago at this time. That is an increase of 3.75%.  Last year we graduated 238 seniors and we are projected to graduate approximately 290 students in 3 years with our current freshman class.  I have met a number of people that remember having around 100 graduating seniors just 15 years ago!  With growth in our schools’ enrollment comes great responsibility.  Our Board of Trustees and I are aware of this and hired a demographer to conduct a demographic study.  The demographer provided to us a final report indicating student projections for the next 10 years.  This is step one in transitioning to a long-range facilities plan (LRFP) which will provide a review of our current building infrastructures.  The LRFP will also provide us the opportunity to design classroom spaces to meet the demands of a 21st century education, in order for our students to receive the highest quality education that you expect from LVISD.
 
This is an exciting time in La Vernia ISD. Our Board of Trustees and staff are geared toward greatness and are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that our students receive the very best education that they deserve.  Thank you for your continued support and know that we are here to serve you.   

 
Sincerely,
 Jose H. Moreno, Ed.D.
Superintendent
 

Superintendent's Message, September 4, 2015

Dear LVISD Community,
 
I would like to welcome you back to a transformational year at the La Vernia Independent School District (LVISD). I hope that you enjoyed your summer and that you and your family were able to relax and spend some quality time together because time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.
 
It is an exciting time in LVISD. I used the words “transformational year” because we are in the midst of developing a Future Ready Plan which will transform the identity of our school district and the services that we provide to our students. This summer we completed Phase I of the Future Ready Plan with input from community, parents, students, and staff members. As a result of the collaborative efforts of all who were involved, LVISD now has a new Board adopted Vision, Mission, Portrait of a Graduate, and District Priorities. Please visit our website at www.lvisd.org to review our Future Ready Plan.
 
A theme threaded throughout the plan is that LVISD will prepare students to excel in their future by igniting innovation and creativity, fostering individual growth, and instilling a passion for learning. We believe that equipping our students with the skills to compete in a global market will ignite an entrepreneurial spirit that will drive them to create the jobs that have yet to be created. Empowering our students to look beyond today and to reach towards tomorrow will enrich their education and passion for learning.
 
Thank you for embracing change in LVISD and allowing us to “color outside the lines,” in our thinking. We invite you to get involved and help us create future opportunities for our youth. La Vernia ISD is here to serve you.
 
Sincerely,
José H. Moreno, Ed.D.
Superintendent
 
 

Superintendent's Message, May 27, 2015

Dear LVISD Community,
 
We are at the threshold of completing the 2014-2015 school year. The La Vernia Independent School District (LVISD) has taken some bold steps to provide our students with learning opportunities that you as a community have embraced. The following are just a few to mention:
  • Our school district is on track to meet and exceed last year’s attendance rate by .8%. This has been a combined effort between students, parents, and our LVISD staff.
  • We broadened the opportunity for our students to acquire Spanish as a second language by implementing LVISD’s first Pre-K dual language program. Cohort 1 is now prepared to enter Kindergarten with a head start when compared to other school districts that traditionally begin their programs in Kindergarten. Cohort II will begin during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Our high school program now offers American Sign Language (ASL). There was such a demand for this class that additional sections will be added to meet the requests of our students.
  • In an effort to provide additional dual credit opportunities for our high school students, LVISD partnered with the Alamo College Academies. We are proud to announce that fourteen of our sophomore students were selected. Candidates were required to take the TSI exam as well as apply for this program with limited seating. Our Alamo Academy students will acquire up to 30 college hours, a Level 1 Certificate in their career pathway, and a high school diploma.
Providing our students with high interest courses, a rigorous curriculum, and the commitment to knowing every student by name and need will continue to propel our school district forward. I want to thank you for your commitment and belief in LVISD. Let’s finish this year strong!
 
Sincerely,
José H. Moreno, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Superintendent's Message, April 20, 2015

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.

Sincerely,

José H. Moreno, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Superintendent's Message, March 15, 2015

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.

Sincerely,

José H. Moreno, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Superintendent's Message, February 2, 2015

Dear Community:
 
As parents and community members, there is a single thread that connects us all; the unyielding desire to provide our students and children with a quality education that will prepare them to be productive and responsible citizens. In the La Vernia Independent School District, it is our mission to make this happen. In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins states that “greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” His message conveys that when individuals walk with purpose, it is inevitable to not collide with destiny. An example of this is our district goal of increasing student attendance in our school district. At the beginning of this school year, administration and staff made a concerted effort and established plans to increase student attendance rates.
 
As educators we understand that when our students are in school, they learn. With your help, we managed to not only increase our cumulative attendance at every school, but to meet and exceed our goal of 96.2% this first semester with a 96.9% attendance rate. It is important to recognize that last year at this time we were at 95.8%. That is a 1.08% increase! This one example is proof that when a community and school district work together to meet a common goal, great things happen. I would like to include our cumulative report providing you with actual week-to-week data celebrating your schools’ attendance performance.
 
Congratulations and let’s continue our momentum together. Thank you for everything you do as parents and community members. My team of LVISD staff, our school board, and I are here to serve.
 
Sincerely,
José H. Moreno, Ed.D.
Superintendent La Vernia ISD
 

Welcome Back!

Good Afternoon,
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. Jose H. Moreno
Superintendent, La Vernia ISD

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