Welcome back MISD students
What a privilege it was to welcome over 9,000 students back to our 10 campuses across Montgomery ISD yesterday! The start of a new school year is always a beautiful opportunity to be reminded of why each of us chose this profession and the difference we can make in each of our student’s lives.
When I think back to starting the role of superintendent last year, I’m so proud of the work we have achieved. As a school district community, we have worked together to develop our Pathway to Premier Strategic Plan and our board of trustees approved raises for each of you after an immense amount of effort to balance the budget. I’m excited to continue the work necessary to make Montgomery ISD the Premier School District in the state of Texas on our journey from “Good” to “Great”.
Insights from professional development leading up to student return
District staff spent Tuesday, August 10th in professional development to prepare for the start of the school year. Montgomery ISD administrators held trainings for teachers and staff that were divided by department, grade level and content areas. The morning was spent doing a variety of activities including planning, reviewing content, and developing lessons. Collaboration across the district with professional development is one way we can focus on our mission of #OnePathTogether and striving to offer all students in Montgomery ISD the best education and preparation for the future!
Montgomery ISD continues to grow at a rapid pace
MISD finished the 2020-2021 school year with 9,031 students and as of today we have over 9,400 enrolled students. This growth rate is already exceeding the predictions made just a few months ago when Montgomery ISD received their demographic study and growth prediction from Population and Survey Analysts. This type of rapid growth brings both excitement and a few challenges, especially with so many students enrolling in the weeks leading up to school starting. With this unexpected increase in enrollment, you will of course see a few classrooms that have reached their capacity. It should come at no surprise that we have job postings for positions at many of our district campuses and are seeking to fill those positions quickly.
The exciting news is that people want to come to Montgomery ISD. It is clear that they want their students to be on our campuses and they believe that we have the best to offer their children. Rapid growth always comes with growing pains, and while we should accept those with grace and patience, we should also celebrate that the Pathway to Premier is going to be full of such amazing opportunity and everyone wants to be a part of it. If you’re new to the district, we welcome you, and we hope you will do your part to make this year a successful one!
Rapid testing, vaccine opportunity and the district’s COVID-19 tracker
Montgomery ISD has resumed free COVID-19 rapid testing at the Education Support Center for students or staff members wishing to be tested. To receive a test, appointments must be made online. You can schedule an appointment by clicking here.
Rapid testing is not required, but is a courtesy service being offered to our students and staff.
On Thursday, Aug. 19 and Friday, Aug. 20, Montgomery ISD will serve as a vaccination site for any eligible individual who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine being administered will be Pfizer and they will be administered at the District Education Support Center, located at 20774 Eva St., Montgomery, TX 77356.
Links to sign up for the vaccine are below.
August 19: https://getthevaccine.dshs.texas.gov/txces/s/txsignup?language=en_US&eventId=a1L8y0000005L9pEAE
August 20: https://getthevaccine.dshs.texas.gov/txces/s/txsignup?language=en_US&eventId=a1L8y0000005LAEEA2
Receiving the vaccine is not required. This service is being provided as a courtesy to students, staff and members of the community.
As of yesterday, the district’s re-designed COVID tracker became available on our website at www.misd.org. The tracker will be updated daily and now includes the number of positive cases by day, campus and grade level.
You can review all of the district’s health protocols and see a list of frequently asked questions by clicking here.
MISD and Montgomery Area Chamber partnered for back to school prep
Please watch this video highlighting our back to school partnership with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. We continue to be thankful for their efforts in helping us prepare for a successful 2021-2022 school year.
Dr. Morrison’s Interview on FOX 26
In case you missed it, Dr. Morrison was interviewed live on FOX 26 during the first day of school!
You can see the full interview here!