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A Message from Dr. Blaine to the SBISD Family


Dear SBISD Family,

As we approach the end of the school year, it's become a tradition for me to pause and reflect. From the victories claimed on the tracks, courts and fields to the ongoing academic successes within our schools and classrooms, there's an abundance of excellence to celebrate.

Despite the financial challenges we worked through over the past many months, our focus on achievement for Every Child remains stronger than ever.

From a record number of students recognized as National Merit Finalists last fall, to millions of dollars in scholarships earned by our graduates who are headed off to amazing colleges and universities, to success on state and national exams where our students continue to outperform their peers across Houston, Texas, and the nation, our students have achieved amazing things.

Over 140 students would have been honored at last Monday’s Board Meeting had weather and power cooperated!  Their recognitions extend from reaching state-level UIL athletic competitions, to elementary students placing in a city-wide golf tournament, and from speech and debate excellence at the state and national levels, to a student whose art was selected to hang in the U.S. capital! Our students are simply the best!

I also want to celebrate the students who didn’t win the awards or make the honor roll this year. Their efforts are every bit as impressive, sometimes even more-so. Many of our students overcome incredible odds just to get to school every day. We applaud all our students who have worked hard this year, who have developed and learned in their own way to be the best they can be.

As important as their academic growth and preparedness, we also celebrate our students’ development of the Core Characteristics of a T-2-4 Ready Graduate. Stories throughout the year have spotlighted our students for being ethical and service minded, empathetic and self-aware, persistent and adaptable, resourceful problem solvers and great communicators and collaborators.

Each student’s success serves as a testament to the profound impact of our dedicated teachers, counselors, nurses, school leaders, coaches, SNS workers, bus drivers, CIS colleagues and all who touch the lives of our students every day. You may be the one reason they come to school, and I thank you for all of your hard work and effort this year.

Recent groundbreaking celebrations for the Guthrie Center and Agricultural Science Center under the 2022 Bond Program, continued work under the 2017 Bond Program, and the induction of our inaugural Northbrook High School Rise Early College cohort are additional points of pride for great things happening in SBISD.

To our families, your support is the foundation of our success. Whether through active participation or steadfast encouragement at home, your partnership is critical to the success of our students, teachers, and staff. I thank you for making your children’s education a priority, for choosing SBISD and for entrusting your children to us.

I also thank our PTA leaders and members, our 12,000+ volunteers (a new district record!) and our generous partners, who have a huge and lasting impact on our children and our schools. We could not do what we do without you!

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the significant impact last week’s derecho weather event had on our families, staff, and community. Amidst the chaos and power outages, our community rallied, as always, extending a helping hand in the face of adversity. Our elected officials, faith communities, non-profits, and myriad organizations selflessly stepped forward, manning cooling stations, distributing hundreds of thousands of meals and offering a smile to those in need.

This spirit of camaraderie reaffirms my belief in the resilience of SBISD, and our community at large. On behalf of all of us in SBISD, please know how grateful we are for all you have done and continue to do as we recover from this unprecedented storm.

I also thank our Board of Trustees for their incredible support, not just over the past week, but over the entire year. Your leadership and support means so much.

To the remarkable Class of 2024, congratulations on reaching this milestone on your educational journey. Know that you carry with you the support and admiration of our entire SBISD family. 

I wish you all a safe and joyful summer. Thank you for your continued support. Here's to a fantastic end to the school year, filled with #SBISDProud moments.

Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools