Your school board members are committed to public education
and the continuing success of your students and schools.
Take time in January to thank them for being champions for our kids.
2017 All-Star Team
Champions for Kids
The 5.3 million students in our Texas public schools depend on the adults in their communities to see that their educational opportunities are the best they can be. Our schoolchildren can’t vote in bond elections, can’t debate testing or vouchers, and can’t run for the school board. They are totally dependent on us to provide for them.
It is absolutely critical that we adults take this responsibility seriously. We must be the guardians who ensure that we have excellent, nurturing, inspirational schools for our children—all of our children. We can’t focus solely on our own children; we are responsible both for them and for the others who will make up their communities in the future.
Take the time to learn what you need to know to carry out your responsibility to our children. Vote in elections. Understand the issues. Stand up for Texas public schools when you talk with your neighbor and when you speak to your representatives in Austin.
Additionally, take a moment to say thank you to your fellow citizens who have stepped up to serve as trustees for our public schools.
In Texas, more than 7,100 generous people have offered to help through board service. They receive no pay for their dedicated efforts. They not only volunteer their time and effort for our local schools, but they also speak up for our system of public education on a statewide level. They are your neighbors, and they care.
These public servants sit through meetings, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns, and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community at large. They bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to their task, and they take their responsibilities seriously. And the whole community benefits from their vigilance in providing good schools.
Each January, we pause in our regular activities to say thank you to these dedicated volunteers. We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy on behalf of our children and our communities. Local school board members are an all-star team, focused on our schools. Join me in celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January by expressing your support and gratitude to them.
Thank you to our school board members: Cathy Goolsby, Frank Glass, Sid Hammonds, Jimmy Harris, Brant Carpenter, Scott Carpenter, and Clint Pigg (not pictured.)
Prairie Valley ISD Awarded Top Distinction
Each school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) compares and rates school districts based on factors such as STAAR test scores, graduation and dropout rates, types of classes and certifications offered, and college readiness. Based on those comparisons and ratings, districts and campuses are awarded distinctions. This year, the TEA has awarded its top district-wide distinction to Prairie Valley ISD in Post-Secondary Readiness. Prairie Valley ISD is one of only 24 districts out of the 1274 school districts in the state of Texas to receive this honor for the 2015-2016 school year. This means that PVISD is in top 2% of all districts, no matter the size, in the state of Texas based on their Post-Secondary Readiness standards. The Prairie Valley elementary, middle, and high school campuses all played an important role in the reception of this distinction.
To be awarded the Post-Secondary Readiness Distinction, a district must be ranked among the highest in multiple areas. Those areas are graduation rates, dropout rates, college dual credit participation, ACT and SAT test participation, Career and Technical Education certifications offered, advanced courses offered, and STAAR and EOC test averages across the district. This distinction is comparable to past awards given to school districts such as Exemplary and Blue Ribbon Schools.
In addition to the district-wide distinction awarded in Post-Secondary Readiness, the PVISD campuses received multiple individual distinctions as well. Campus distinctions are awarded to those that are in the top 25% of schools in the state of Texas. To receive any campus distinction is an honor in itself. The Prairie Valley Elementary campus received distinctions in 3 of the 5 available, which included the Reading/English Language Arts Achievement, Student Progress, and Post-Secondary Readiness. The middle and high school campus received 4 of the 7 available, which included the Reading/English Language Arts Achievement, Student Progress, Closing the Performance Gap, and Post-Secondary Readiness. Other schools in the county or area receiving campus distinctions were Nocona High School with 1, Nocona Middle School with 1, Forestburg High School with 1, Montague with 2, Bowie High School with 3, Saint Jo Elementary with 5 and Saint Jo Middle and High School with 2. To see a complete list of all school district and campus distinctions for Region 9, please visit
Prairie Valley is led by Tim West, superintendent and Lisa Sadler, principal. Mrs. Sadler attributed this honor to the students and teachers of Prairie Valley. “I love my job at Prairie Valley and it is because we have the best teachers and students. It takes hard work and dedication from everyone from PreK to the senior class. We are a family, a team, from top to bottom.”
Mr. West added, “We are very proud of our staff and students and we would not be able to provide the quality education if it weren’t for their efforts. It takes students, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, counselor, office and maintenance staff and the support of our school board to earn this distinction and I am very proud.”