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