Welcome to 2016!

What an exciting year to be a Bobcat. There are so many wonderful things going on in our district, and I want to to thank each of you for the support you provide to the students, staff, administration and our school board. We could not help students accomplish their dreams without working as a team with the staff, parents and community members. I want to challenge each of you to continue to help our district create a plan for the future. First, please consider the following scenario:

Imagine you and three friends decide to go on a fishing excursion to a lake. The four of you coordinate transportation, lodging, the time of departure, and other details. It would seem reasonable to assume that you were all going with ambitions to catch largemouth bass. However, what would happen to the trip's outcome if each person's vision of the weekend differed from that assumption? What if one person plans to spot eagles, another is looking for lakefront property, and a third hopes to catch anything that will pull on the line, while you are there for sun and leisure?

You could have avoided any confusion and better harnessed efforts by explicitly asking your companions during the planning stages:

  • What is the actual purpose of the trip?

  • What are the goals of the attendees?

  • What does everyone envision for the weekend?

Whatever the context, the point is the same: if a group wants to move forward, it needs to develop an understood, agreed-on purpose.

This spring as a team we will work on a long-term vision for Fruitvale ISD. We will ask the hard questions about what we want for the students in this district. What is the dream for where we want our school to be in all areas. We are going to create a common vision that not just the staff at Fruitvale ISD, but the parents and community can agree to work toward as a district. We will have belief statements about the education we want students to receive in our district. We will then build goals to reach our vision by working together.

My hope is that we will dream big for our kids, and look to their best future as a school district. It will not happen overnight, but if we want to move forward, we must develop an understood agreed-on purpose that we all can work for each day.

If you are interested in working with a team in developing a vision for the district please email me at bainr@fruitvaleisd.com or call or come by the administration office. If you have ideas that you want shared with the team, email me those ideas.

A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is a call to become something more. As a district, we will aspire to do more, be more, accomplish more for the dreams of the children.

Thanks for all you do for our kids every day!


Rebecca Bain

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow