From the Desk of Superintendent Terry Mears
Terry L. Mears
It is with great excitement that we welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year. Holmes District Schools constantly strive to ensure our students achieve their highest potential by providing a rigorous curriculum that will ensure success in college or their chosen career. Our staff and our dedicated teachers recognize that every child has been entrusted to us to prepare them for their future.
Several events have occurred this past year that have changed our lives forever. Your children’s safety has always been the most paramount in the education of our students. However, now the state has enacted legislation that requires our district to meet certain safety criteria. We are working with the state in order to meet their criteria and we are developing our own plan to fit our community. When our doors open for the 2018-2019 school year each of our schools will have a dedicated School Resource Officer. Access to our students will be constantly monitored and changed as needed. STUDENT SAFETY WILL CONTINUE TO BE OUR PRIORITY! I ask for your patience, understanding and support.
Even though there is an extreme focus on “safe schools”, which is warranted, the Holmes District School Board is committed to providing the resources necessary to educate our students and ensure they graduate college-or career ready. Reading and math continue to be areas of focus. We will also continue our SNAP (Seniors Needing Assistance Program) to ensure that all our students graduate with a high school diploma. The district consistently uses the comprehensive assessment system dictated by the State of Florida to ensure that all results are evaluated for reliability and effectiveness in improving instruction, student learning, and the conditions that support learning. We continue to provide meaningful professional development for teachers that will be beneficial in the classroom every day and will impact student achievement. In addition to a strong academic preparation, we offer industry certification programs through our high schools in the areas of agriculture, welding, business, culinary, and aerospace. Attaining these certifications provides students with employment opportunities immediately after graduation.
Holmes County Schools welcome and encourage parent and community involvement. As an entire team, we can work together to create a solid foundation for learning to help ensure the future success of our young citizens.
We are excited about the 2018-19 school year and the opportunities it will bring for our students to succeed. We hope you will join us on our mission to provide a sustainable pathway for all Holmes County students to realize and achieve their dreams.