Dear Stephen F. Austin High School Parents and Students, For the past three and a half school years nothing has brought me more joy in my professional life than my service as your school principal. I have watched our students excel beyond their imagination, our parents give of their time to volunteer, and our faculty and staff work day in and day out to ensure students not only meet the grade and testing expectations, but emerge with a greater love for learning. In my time here the school has improved and even thrived in many ways: In both the 2012-2013 and the 2013-14 school years, the school met the Texas Education Agency's highest state rating of "Met Standard," earning distinctions in the categories of "Top 25% Student Progress" and "Postsecondary Readiness." Over the past two years, 100% of our students were accepted into two year, four year, and other post secondary institutions. Over the past four years, school attendance has improved every year, growing from 92.9% to 94.4%. School attendance is critical to schools because if the students are not in school they are not learning. Secondly, annual school funding depends on an attendance formula. Over the past four years, the data shows that the school climate has improved, with significantly lower disciplinary referrals. It is with mixed feelings that I write this announcement. The coming weeks will be my last at Stephen F. Austin High School (AHS) as I transition into a new position at HISD as the Assistant Superintendent of Family and Community Engagement. The new role will allow me to serve and empower HISD parents, families and comunity members as educational partners and advocates to help all of our students succeed in school and beyond. HISD is forming a hiring committee to help select your next principal, and I am confident a great leader will be chosen to continue to build upon the phenomenal work that is already happening at AHS.
Please take a minute to learn about the impact that the Academic Achievers Program has had in the lives of our students by viewing this video.