Dr. Jaklich letter on UIL / Fine Arts participation

Dear VISD Family Member,

We hope you are enjoying a “Tremendous Thursday” across the VISD. This past Sunday and Monday, I was in Round Rock serving as a member of the UIL Legislative Council. It is a great experience which also allows me the privilege to share all the remarkable opportunities that YOU provide to our wonderful students. The UIL Legislative Council is made up of 32 public school administrators from across the state of Texas. School Superintendents from all of the 1,030 public school districts, select 24 Superintendents from each of the six conferences (1A-6A), in each of the four geographical regions, to serve as a member of the council. The remaining 8 positions are at large appointments determined by the Chair of the Legislative Council to ensure that a balanced representation of ethnicity, gender and school populations exist.

The UIL is the largest interscholastic organization of its kind in the world. This voluntary membership exists to provide outstanding educational extracurricular academic, athletic and music contests. The UIL continues to operate as a part of the University of Texas at Austin and has molded and influenced tomorrow’s generation of leaders for over 100 years. The purpose of the UIL is to organize and properly supervise contests that assist in preparing our students for citizenship in the real world. The goal of the UIL is to provide character building educational activities, maintained by equitable and consistent rules that guarantee good sportsmanship and fair play for all. The UIL provides this exceptional opportunity to 2.2 million students in more than 70 activities, each year.

I also have the honor to serve as the vice chair for the UIL standing committee for music. In reviewing numbers across the state from the 2013-2014 school year, there were 728,000 students who participated in various UIL music activities. 118,000 students participated in marching band and over 1,000 students participated in the State Wind Ensemble Festival. Out of 1,429 entries who participated in the Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest, 739 were band, 470 competed in choir, 192 participated in orchestra, and 28 were represented by guitar.

Research shows that students involved in the arts programs are more likely to stay in school and develop the attributes of leadership, problem solving, higher order thinking, flexibility and persistence.  In the VISD we are proud to be a member of the UIL and we wholeheartedly are committed to providing quality academic, athletic and fine arts programs across our “612 Square Miles of Excellence.” In regards to our fine arts programs, we currently support and maintain the following; Band, Mariachi, Ballet Folklorico, Piano, Dance, Orchestra, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal and Elementary Music. We invite you to come and witness first-hand the amazing talent of our students and staff as they have the opportunity to perform in state of the art facilities such as our VISD Fine Arts Center. Please visit our website to enjoy the next upcoming performance.

Zig Ziglar once stated; “Kids do not make up 100% of our population, but they do make up 100% of our future.” On behalf of our Board of Trustees and our entire school district, thank you for your continuous support of our students and for all that YOU do to make the VISD such a special place to be.

Have a wonderful day. J

Robert Jaklich, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Victoria Independent School District
“Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day.”
                          Achieving Excellence For ALL

Great Day at UIL Region 14 Marching Contest on Saturday

Please congratulate the VEHS Band.  They received a Superior rating at UIL Region 14 Marching Contest.

Please congratulate the VWHS Band.  They received an Excellent rating at UIL Region 14 Marching Contest. 

UIL for our band programs only advance to the State Contest every other year in Texas.  Our students will be working to advance next school year to Area, and then on to State.  Congratulations, we are very proud of all our band programs.

Orchestra Tryouts in Laredo over the weekend

Orchestra students tryout for All-Region Orchestra.  7 out of 11 students made the group.  We are very proud of these students and directors!  We are VISD Proud!

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Skyler Jones alternate viola – will perform
Claire Wang 10th chair viola
Cameron Caldera —auditioned on cello
Kayla Bonugli —auditioned on bass
Erika Garcia —auditioned on cello
Jade Burriss —auditioned on viola
Morgan Familio 3rd chair bass
Evelyn Perez 11th chair 2nd vln
Michael Ceballos 8th chair bass
Miguel Garza 14th chair 2nd vln
Eddie Ebner 9th chair vla

Middle School students from across Victoria competed at Region Auditions

Choir - Howell Choir members at Region Choir auditions Choir - Victoria MS students prepare to audition for Region ChoirMiddle School students from across Victoria competed at Region Auditions on Sat. Oct. 18.  Congratulations to the following students who earned a spot to perform with the Region Choir on Sat. Nov. 15th in Rockport.

Patti Welder – Madajah Orta

Stroman – Chantal Lopez, Dominique Amador, Alyssa Flores

Howell – Michea Bell, Abby Barnett,  Emily Krus, Kendall Karnowski , Camryn Castillo, Jazymne Bedford,  Jaime Bonneau, Adriana Jaramillo, Andrew Alexander,Cade Carter, Joshua Garcia, Josh Stehling, Joey Martin

Texas Future Music Educators at work this week-end

image1Over the weekend, middle school band students from Cade, Howell, Patti Welder, and Stroman met at Victoria East HS to participate in the Middle School Region Clinic. This free clinic, hosted by members of Texas Future Music Educators, was designed to help these young musicians with the scales and etudes they are preparing for their Region Audition in November.

Students were provided with one on one time from TFME members on Saturday morning.

In addition to benefiting the middle school students, the TFME members also gained valuable teaching experience. As educators in training, the opportunity to teach one on one lessons builds confidence, speaking skills, and working with younger aged students.

This clinic was an important step in building stronger band programs, both at the middle school and the high school levels. All of the students involved were excited to be apart of it, and can’t wait until the next one!

Victoria West Band of Warriors win Grand Champion!

IMG_4440Congratulations to the Victoria West Band of Warriors on their success at the Edna Cowboy Invitational this past Saturday.  The Band of Warriors won all 5A Captions (Music, Visual, Percussion, and Color guard) in preliminary competition and received a “one” from all the judges.  They were ranked first going into finals.


In finals competition, the Band of Warriors placed first, winning Grand Champion for the contest beating out all bands from 2A to 6A (24 bands competing in the contest).

We are very proud of all the hard work and dedication these students have shown!


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