Message from the Superintendent
Dear Chapel Hill ISD Students, Parents, and Community:
Welcome! We are very excited about all of the great things happening in CHISD! We are committed to being a STUDENT CENTERED SCHOOL and preparing FUTURE READY STUDENTS.
After several years of transition, our elementary reconfiguration efforts are complete. Chapel Hill ISD now services our elementary students with three PK-5 campuses: Jackson Elementary, Kissam Elementary, and Wise Elementary Fine Arts Magnet. All three campuses provide outstanding programs to meet the unique needs of our students. Our elementary principals are focused on providing our students with engaging classrooms and a wealth of experiences to assist in their academic growth.
Chapel Hill Middle School, in collaboration with the University of Texas at Tyler, will continue to offer an outstanding after-school enrichment program to interested students. If you have a student at CHMS and haven’t heard of this opportunity, you will want to learn about this unique program! In addition, CHMS offers a number of courses not typically offered to middle school students. Why? We believe that students that are involved (i.e. dance, theatre, web design, engineering/problem solving) are more successful in school.
Chapel Hill High School provides exceptional educational opportunities to students, including: AP and Dual Credit courses, Culinary Arts, Health Science, Music, Welding, Robotics, Rocketry, Drafting/Engineering and so much more. We are so excited about the opening of Chapel Hill Collegiate, an Early College High School partnership with Tyler Junior College. In addition to a strong academic program, CHHS offers many successful extra-curricular and student service opportunities to our students through Band, Dance, Athletics, Student Senate, and National Honor Society, just to name a few.
I want you to know that CHISD is committed to preparing your child with the necessary skills for success in the 21st Century! In fact, you may have heard a lot of talk about 21st Century Skills in education recently and may have wondered what these skills are and why these skills are important to your child. In order for our students to be successful in today’s life and work environments, they will require far more thinking skills and content knowledge. Our students must have the ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in our globally competitive information age. This will require us to provide real world learning that will equip our students with specific skills to survive in the 21st Century in careers that have not even been created.
In addition to the content that we teacher our students, we must also intentionally teach our students the following 21st Century Skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. We can no longer just impart knowledge to our students; we must engage our students in real world learning where our students construct knowledge. Ultimately, we believe that we must have STUDENT CENTERED SCHOOLS and FUTURE READY STUDENTS.
The CHISD employees are committed to the following shared values: Love, Teamwork, Perseverance, Service, Accountability, Integrity, Hard Work, and Faith. With that, our employees’ commitment to the community we serve is to love and care about our students (your children) and to do everything we can to ensure each student’s academic and extracurricular success. We want this year to be the very BEST year for your child and are committed to working to that end.
Your partnership in our efforts to provide a quality educational experience for your student is crucial. Please know that your presence and involvement on our campuses is welcomed and encouraged.
Welcome Back and Have a GREAT Year!
Donni Cook, Ed.D.