HISD kicks off school year with energetic convocation

HISD kicks off school year with energetic convocation
Posted on 08/17/2017
2017 HISD Convocation

The 2017-18 school year got off to a festive start for Harlandale ISD teachers and staff at the district’s annual convocation ceremony held at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium on Aug. 16.

Excitement and optimism filled the room as hundreds of educators gathered under one roof to celebrate one of the most memorable events of the year.

HISD Public Information Officer Natalie Bobadilla welcomed everyone back and presented a gift to Terrell Wells Middle School Teacher Sarah Vallejo for creating this year’s district theme: “Honoring Tradition and Inspiring Change.”

Next, it was time for some fun and games. With the help of the audience, a few teachers participated in a Harlandale-version of “Pin the Tail,” “Finish the lyrics” and trivia questions. Everyone was a winner!

Roll call is always one of the most anticipated moments of convocation, and this year did not disappoint. Every school, sporting their school color T-shirt, showed off their school spirit with energetic cheers and chants.

HISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal received a warm welcome as he recognized teachers for their hard work and dedication before announcing new plans for the school year.

“It’s always a pleasure to reunite with our educators who are returning for another school year,” Madrigal said. “Let’s applaud these employees who have helped establish traditions here in Harlandale.”

He mentioned how the district’s ultimate goal is to provide effective and engaging instruction for every student.

“Excellence in education is our highest priority. That calls for a focus on curriculum and instruction,” Madrigal said. “We will continue to focus on providing ways for our teachers, administrators, parents and students to work together to seek out best practices; to test them in the classroom; to continuously improve processes, and focus on results.”

Anne Grady, this year’s keynote speaker, is an internationally recognized speaker and author who shared her personal story and how everyone is “strong enough” to overcome adversity and master change. She also shared strategies to find courage and combat stress.

In the end, Grady encouraged all HISD teachers not to give up, leaving everyone feeling inspired and motivated for a great new year!

The district will welcome students back to school on Monday, Aug. 28. 

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