• Monthly Superintendent's Blog

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 4/1/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Dear Everman Community,

    Well, it’s April and with that comes Spring which we all hope brings consistent sunny days.  The trees and bushes that lost their leaves over the winter begin to grow new leaves and flowers because the temperature of the air and soil starts to warm up and the hours of daylight increase as the days get longer with the coming of spring.  I think you would agree that there was really not much of a winter this year.  I was reminded the other day that the students have a few more weeks left in school.  Wow! The days in the 2018 - 2019 school year passed swiftly. 

    As we get closer to the end of the school year, please keep in mind the importance of attendance:

    • Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.
    • Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.
    • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
    • Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as a chronic absence.
    • When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

    As educators, we all know the month of April brings on State Assessments.  I believe our students are well prepared and will certainly do their best.  Our students are very confident in knowing they can accomplish any goal they set for themselves.  In fact, our wonderful teachers have done an outstanding job preparing students.  The hard work that has occurred since the start of school will pay off.

    As I always say, it is imperative that we prepare our students to compete globally.  In order to compete students must have 21st-century skills, including communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking that will prepare them for college and careers of the future.

    Remember the vision statement of “One Goal…One Purpose…Student Success” pushes us as parents and educators to provide students with the great educational opportunities so that they can perform at a very high level in today’s society.  Remember, Everman ISD Is The Place To Be!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Curtis Amos

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  • March News

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 2/27/2019

    Dear Everman Community,

    As mentioned in a previous newsletter, EISD has been informed about the future housing developments in the district that will affect student and community growth within the next 1 – 5 years.  Several preliminary discussions have taken place within the district and with the City of Everman regarding ways to accommodate the growth.  The growth will affect district’s facilities, roads, and current traffic patterns at our schools and throughout the City of Everman.  Hearing about the housing developments brings a lot of excitement and unique opportunities such as:

    • Four Seasons at Clear Creek – Oak Grove Shelby Road and Race Street
      • 220 Units Phase I (Completed)
    • Four Seasons at Clear Creek – Oak Grove Shelby Road and Race Street
      • 200 Units (Phase II)
    • Stallion Pointe – Race Street
      • 264 Units Phase I (Completed)
    • Stallion Ridge – Race Street
      • 203 Units (Phase II)
    • Orchard Village – South of Shelby Road and West of Rendon
      • 1000 Residential Lots
    • Hanna Ranch – Forest Hill Road
      • 500 Residential Lots
    • Logan Square – Oakgrove Shelby and Race
      • 500 Residential Lots
    • Kingspoint – Oakgrove Shelby and McPherson
      • 77 Residential Lots (Phase III)

    In order to accept the growth, the district will have to take a strong look at a bond proposal.  The bond proposal after carefully analyzing district’s need can be proposed without a tax increase.  In fact, for the last four years, the district has decreased the tax rate for the community of Everman and we are hoping to do the same for a fifth year.  We believe this is well deserved of all community members in Everman ISD. It certainly take a team to make this work!

    Within the next few weeks, EISD will form a Community Bond Committee to evaluate capital improvement needs of the district and to provide recommendations to the Board of Trustees on long-range facilities planning; amendments to the Facility Master Plan; and the scope of work and timing of future bond programs.  Some of the responsibilities of the committee will include:

    • Provide recommendations on long-range facilities planning and amendments to the Facility Master Plan;
    • Evaluate current use of district facilities and review critical needs;
    • Evaluate technology, transportation and unmet facility needs;
    • Refer potential boundary changes if needed to optimize the use of district facilities to the Boundary;
    • Engage the community in dialogue regarding long-range facilities and capital improvement needs;
    • Assist district-wide community outreach efforts to increase public awareness of the facilities planning process, capital improvement plans and proposed bond programs;
    • Develop recommendations for long-range capital improvement needs;
    • Develop facilities modernization plans;
    • Evaluate tax impact and long-term investments of taxpayers; and
    • Develop recommendations for the scope of work for potential future proposed district bond program(s).

    As mentioned in My Texas Public Schools - Bonds 101: Questions and Answers

    For more information visit: https://www.mytexaspublicschool.org/The-School-System/Funding/Bonds-101-Questions-and-Answers.aspx

    What are bonds? How long does it take to pay them off?

    Bonds for school projects are very similar to a mortgage on a home. To finance construction projects, the district sells bonds to investors who will be paid principal and interest that is limited by law to 40 years.

    How do bonds work?

    The sale of bonds begins with an election to authorize a specific amount—the maximum the district is allowed to sell without another election. The school district sells them as municipal bonds when funds are needed for capital projects, usually once or twice a year. Bids are taken from interested buyers, usually large institutional investors, and are sold at the lowest interest rate offered. The rate is based on the district’s bond rating: the higher the bond rating, the lower the interest rate to sell the bonds. Principal and interest on the bonds are repaid over an extended period of time with funds from the Debt Service tax rate.

    How can bond money be used?

    Proceeds from a bond issue can be used for the construction and renovation of facilities, the acquisition of land, and the purchase of capital items such as equipment.

    What, other than bricks and mortar, is typically included in a facility referendum?

    A referendum may include money for technology, buses, land for future schools, portable buildings, and the cost of selling bonds.

    What is a bond election?

    A school bond election gives individuals an opportunity to vote on paying for the construction and renovation of school facilities. It is a request to give the elected Board of Trustees the authority to sell bonds when facilities are needed.

     

     

     

    What is the difference between a bond authorization and bond sales?

    A bond authorization specifies the amount of bonds the district is authorized by the voters to sell. Bond sales may occur over a period of time with the date and amount of each sale determined by the Board on an as-needed basis.

    If the bond election is passed, does the school district immediately incur the debt?

    The bonds do not cost the district anything until they are sold. Even though the voters approve the bond issue, costs do not incur until the bonds are sold.

    If the bonds are approved, is the district obligated to spend the money?

    No. Voter approval is an authorization for the district to issue bonds. They will be sold in the future only when funds are needed.

    Will my district be able to sell its bonds at a favorable rate?

    The district’s bonds should receive a high rating due primarily to the guarantee by the Texas Permanent School fund. Whether the market will be favorable for the district’s bonds depends on both the district’s bond rating and the current interest rates.

    Paying for schools

    A school district’s tax rate consists of two parts: 1) Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and 2) Debt Service (I&S). Maintenance and operations taxes fund the General Operating Fund, which pays for salaries, supplies, utilities, insurance, equipment, and the other costs of day-to-day operations. The Debt Service tax pays off school bonds, somewhat like paying off the mortgage on a house.

    What is the difference between the M&O and the Debt Service tax rates?

    M&O taxes are used for day-to-day operations to pay for salaries, supplies, utilities, insurance, fuel, etc. Revenue from the Debt Service tax rate can be used only to retire bonds sold for specific purposes: construction, renovations, buses, portable buildings, land, technology, and the cost of issuing bonds.

    How will this bond election affect homeowners who are over 65?

    School district taxes on residents’ homesteads are frozen in the year the taxpayer turns 65 years of age and will not increase because of a school bond election.

    As we look into the future, below you will find possible projects for discussion:

    • Early Childhood Center – (Pre-K – K)
    • STEM, STEAM, or STREAM Academy
    • Schools of Choice (Selected programs within a school)
    • First – Fifth Grade Campuses
    • Classroom Additions to Townley Elementary
    • Classroom Additions to Baxter Jr. High
    • Career & Technical Education Center

    As I always say, it is imperative that we prepare our students to compete globally.  In order to compete students must have 21st-century skills, including communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking that will prepare them for college and careers of the future.

    Remember the vision statement of “One Goal…One Purpose…Student Success” pushes us as educators to provide students with the great educational opportunities so that they can perform at a very high level in today’s society.  Looking forward to continued success this year and always remember, Everman ISD Is The Place To Be!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Curtis Amos

     

     

     

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  • February's News

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 1/30/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Dear Everman Community,

    Great things are happening in Everman ISD!  Enrollment continues to increase, student achievement continues to rise, teachers are working hard to prepare students for success, administrators are leading with a purpose, maintenance continues to do a great job taking care of facility needs, cafeteria employees are serving tasteful meals, and bus drivers are transporting students from home to school safely.  Everyone is working together as a team to ensure we all do whatever is necessary for students to be successful.  It’s all about “Teamwork.” Certainly, I would be remised if I did not mention the parents.  Yes, you play a big part in the development of your child’s education.  We here at EISD thank you for the job you are doing to stay involved and committed to seeing that your child receives a great education.

    We are looking to finish strong this semester, but in order to do so everyone has to be involved.  I am proud of the district initiatives, which are moving in the right direction such as the Intervention Blocks, Kindergarten Dual-Language Program, and the EISD Literacy Plan: Read, Write, & Achieve.  As you know, I am passionate about ensuring students are reading by the end of their second grade school year.  This must happen in order for students to be successful throughout their educational career.  As mentioned in our EISD Literacy Plan: Everman ISD shares a passionate belief that literacy instruction is at the forefront of creating an enriching learning environment that provides students with the necessary tools and strategies to become fluent, skillfully literate 21st Century Learners.

    Why is reading important?

    • Reading expands a child’s vocabulary.
    • Reading helps to build a child’s self-confidence.
    • Reading helps a child make sense of the world around them.
    • Reading leads to a child’s future academic success.
    • Reading enhances a child’s imagination.
    • Reading helps improves a child’s grammar.
    • Reading helps improves a child’s writing skills.

    Our vision statement of “One Goal…One Purpose…Student Success” pushes us as educators to provide students with the great educational opportunities so that they can perform at a very high level in today’s society.  As we strive to work towards a common goal and understand the rationale, it is imperative that all stakeholders take ownership in educating every child. We must continue to work as a team to ensure the best for all EISD students.  Remember, “Everman ISD Is The Place To Be!”

    Thank you,

    Dr. Curtis Amos

     

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  • November 2018

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 10/31/2018 1:00:00 PM

     

    Everman ISD has decided to implement some new food service and menu changes with the assistance of a food service consulting company, Walker Quality Services. This company works with other districts in our area, so we know they will do great works with our staff and program. Mr. Walker and his team have fed tons of students, in addition to working with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers. His team of chefs, consultants, and dietary resource management staff will work with the Everman ISD Child Nutrition department to create the ultimate program. We are eager to hear from you as we continue to raise the bar.

        

    Starting November 8, 2018, we will have new menus with a variety of daily options. We will feature for all students’ entrée salads such as popcorn chicken, fajita, and taco salad.

     

    Elementary Campuses: Popular menu items such as the Fun Lunch Bag, entrée salads, and hot entrées will be on the main lunch line daily; students can select other veggie sides, salads and fruits. Students will select meals from a selection of offered entrees each morning in their homeroom class and submitted to the cafeteria each day. Several ideas and menu items are in store for the students, including possible cookouts on Field Day.

     Jr. High/High School: We will feature a variety of salads, baskets, rotating bars, entrees, and drinks. Students can select new ala carte favorites such as spicy chicken sandwiches, personal pan pizzas, taquitos, chicken strips and more. We will be implementing a new stir-fry station featuring different fresh sautéed veggies, meat toppings, and different sauces. Please make sure you check the menu daily and know which option your students will choose. To expedite the serving lines, please make sure to update your meal account balances. The meal prices will remain the same; however, we do not accept credit payments for ala carte items.

     

    I want to extend a personal invitation for you to join us on Tuesday, November 13 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM at Everman High School cafeteria for an opportunity to sample an array of new menu items for this school year. For additional information, please contact Becky Noon, child nutrition director, at 817-568-3590.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Curtis Amos

     

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  • Update on New Construction

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 9/13/2018 1:40:00 PM

    New Everman ISD Administration Building Coming Soon

    Jerilyn K. Pfeifer Administration Building

    In July 2012, Everman ISD purchased the 53,652 sf headquarters campus of Avcor Health Care Products, Inc., for $1,229,106.00, which appraised previously for an amount of $1,750,000.00.  The two buildings located at 1520 Everman Parkway had a mix of offices and warehouse space, which was ideal for a district administration building.  The intent of the purchase was to allow for valuable classroom space needed due to the student growth, which was previously occupied by district staff on campuses.  In addition, the facility allows district administrators to be centralized into two buildings located on one property. 

    Since the purchase of the Avcor Health Care Product, Inc., the district saved funds over a five to six year period for the purpose of renovations.  Currently, some district staff members are housed in the smaller of the two buildings.  The timeline for completion of the renovations is scheduled for the end of November 2018 with a projected move-in date of December 2018.  I am certainly proud to say that the purchase of the facility and renovations were not a result of spending bond dollars.

    Although, the current administration building has the namesake of our previous superintendent Dr. Jeri Pfeifer, her name will continue to follow us as it will be mounted on the outside of the new administration building.  Dr. Pfeifer served as the superintendent of Everman ISD for 10 years until her retirement in December of 2014. In addition, the current boardroom has the namesake of Ms. Barbara Novikoff, a former employee of the district and secretary to three former superintendents, Dr. Joe C Bean, Dr. Dan Powell, and Dr. Jerilyn Pfeifer. A plaque will be mounted on the wall near the new boardroom in her honor.

    Later, the district will plan a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the students, parents, staff, and community.  We look forward to your participation in the event. 

    Remember the vision statement of “One Goal…One Purpose…Student Success” pushes us as educators to provide students with the great educational opportunities so that they can perform at a very high level in today’s society.  Looking forward to a successful year and always remember, Everman ISD Is The Place To Be!

    Sincerely,

    Curtis Amos, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

     

    construction photos

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  • September 2018

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 8/30/2018 8:00:00 AM

    During the first few days of school, we have experienced an increase in student growth.  For the first time in school history, Everman ISD’s enrollment count is over 6,000 students.

    Here is the breakdown as of Friday, August 24, 2018:

    Bishop (489)     E. Ray (493)     Souder (556)     Hommel (383)     Townley (469)

    Powell (452)     Johnson (503)     Baxter (1015)     Everman High School (1687)  Everman Academy (47)

    As you can see, we are growing!  Two years ago, we began discussions about the projected growth of the district. Soon, we will begin discussions about planning additions to campuses and possibly constructing new buildings to support the student growth. Later this year, I will provide more information to you regarding how the district can add classrooms to existing schools without increasing taxes. Until then, we will continue to communicate with developers about their plans for building homes in Everman. I am excited that the positive work we are doing and the excellent educational programs we provide promote EISD in such a way that families have a desire to move to the area.

     Now, let us look at literacy.  One of the district’s initiatives is implementing the Literacy Plan: Read! Write! Achieve! Many of you understand and have heard me say that our students will be reading by the end of 2nd grade, which is a skill set we must not take for granted. It is imperative that we as a community take part in helping our students to read and write so that they can have a successful future. As you know, literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being.  Let us work together to ensure that all EISD students read on a daily basis.

    We observe National Hispanic Heritage Month in September. According to NEA, “National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the groups’ heritage and culture.” Please join the district in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by participating in activities taking place at your child’s school. 

    Allow me to reiterate, it is imperative that we prepare our students to compete globally.  In order to compete students must have 21st-century skills, including communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking that will prepare them for college and careers of the future. My hope is that through the collaborative efforts of EISD educators, parents, and community students will be prepared to compete globally and equipped with the tools needed for the 21st-century.

    Our vision statement of “One Goal…One Purpose…Student Success” pushes us as educators to provide students with the great educational opportunities so that they can perform at a very high level in today’s society.  As we strive to work towards a common goal and understand the rationale, it is imperative that all stakeholders take ownership in educating every child. We must continue to work as a team to ensure the best for all EISD students.  Remember, “Everman ISD Is The Place To Be!”

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  • Back to School 2018

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 8/17/2018 9:20:00 AM

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Everyone is full of energy and ready to open the school doors for our students.  I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and was able to spend time with family and friends.  As we know, a new school year starts the beginning of establishing new friendships, meeting new teachers, students, and parents.

    Some of our district initiatives for the 2018-2019 school year will include:

    • Kindergarten Two-Way Dual Language Program
    • District Literacy Plan- Read, Write, Achieve!
    • Redesign of the Master Schedules
    • Curriculum Redesign

    As I always say, it is imperative that we prepare our students to compete globally.  In order to compete students must have 21st-century skills, including communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking that will prepare them for college and careers of the future. My hope is that through the district initiatives, students will be prepared to compete globally and equipped with the tools needed for the 21st-century.

    Our vision statement of “One Goal…One Purpose…Student Success” pushes us as educators to provide students with the great educational opportunities so that they can perform at a very high level in today’s society.  As we strive to work towards a common goal and understand the rationale, it is imperative that all stakeholders take ownership in educating every child. We must continue to work as a team to ensure the best for all EISD students.  Looking forward to a great year and always remember Everman ISD Is The Place To Be!

    Thanks,

    Dr. Curtis Amos

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  • May Monthly Message

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 5/3/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Dear Parents, Staff, and Students:

     The end of the school year is upon us.  At the end of this month, we will watch our graduates from Everman Academy and Everman High School receive their diplomas as they head off to college, military and the workforce. We congratulate our EISD seniors and wish them well. In addition, the Everman Collegiate High School has 25 students receiving their associates degree from Tarrant County Community College, prior to participating in Everman High School graduation.  This will be the first graduating class to accomplish this goal in EISD and at TCC South Campus.  We are proud of the hard work and dedication each student gave on a daily basis to achieve their degree.  They were determined and it showed!

     We will also say goodbye to retiring faculty and staff whom we will greatly miss. Please join me in congratulating each of them for the many lives they impacted in a positive way. EISD has been truly blessed because of the knowledge and expertise you shared with us. Many EISD students have experienced success and will continue to do so as they become productive citizens because you had a hand in creating and opening the door of knowledge as well as making each student believe they could achieve every goal they set for themselves.

     For the returning staff and students, I know that you will enjoy your time off and return geared up for the 2018-2019 school year.  I am looking forward to another exciting year for EISD.

     Lastly, to our parents, we really appreciate you for challenging your child to be the best they can be each day.  Keep up the great work and be sure to encourage your child to read over the summer break.   

     Have a great summer and we are looking forward to an exciting 2018-2019 school year!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Curtis Amos

    SuperintendentGraduation

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  • April's Monthly Message

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 4/2/2018

    Dear EISD Parents, Faculty, and Staff:

    The month of April is finally here.  I’m sure many of you have waited patiently for the warmer weather.  Here recently, I have made visits to several school evening programs to share information about the projected growth for our district.  I believe that you, the stakeholders, should be kept informed about the projects forthcoming.  Eventually, it is you that the district will depend on to help accommodate the growth whether that is through adding additional classrooms to specific schools or possibly building another educational facility.  I am excited about the future of Everman ISD and the opportunity our educators have to impact the lives of more students due to the growth. 

    Many of you asked great questions at the presentations regarding the roads in our district.  Well, with growth comes more traffic.  The City of Everman and the City of Fort Worth are working together to discuss traffic plans.  In addition, the Mayor of Everman has played a very integral part in ensuring traffic studies are completed so that the City of Fort Worth and the City of Everman create a plan that works for all. 

    This is a great time to be in Everman ISD. It’s because all stakeholders are coming together to make Everman ISD the best.  We all need each other to ensure that every child receives the best education and as a result are able to compete in a global society.  We will not settle for less!

    Sincerely,

    Curtis Amos, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • March Monthly Message

    Posted by Nikita Russell on 3/1/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Dear EISD Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

    It appears that we are about to move into the spring season.  This year’s cold and flu season was a tough one for EISD.  Although attendance for teachers and students decreased during this time, we were still able to stay upbeat and continue with meeting our goals.  With the warmer temperatures just around the corner this also means spring break is near.

    The Superintendent’s Rally with the students was wonderful!  Students appeared excited and enthused to participate in the event.  It was evident through the verbal interactions and competitions that students are ready to take on the challenge of the state assessments.  Many were eager to share the strategies they utilized daily to help them experience success. As each student spoke, it was obvious that they were confident while sharing their answers.  I know that their teachers were proud of them as they stood in the aisle and shared the strategies with every student in the auditorium.

    Our students in Everman are awesome!  I had an unforgettable visit from three E. Ray students (Felipe, Gabriel, and Aaron) who represented their school as “Principal” for the day.  The students wanted to come by and converse about higher level courses for elementary students and their future after graduation.  They asked questions which confirmed that EISD is headed in the right direction.  Their interest involved courses such as coding, robotics, engineering, and other languages.  I was extremely excited to answer questions from the students who understood the importance of ensuring they were prepared to compete in a global society.

    In fact, they also understood the important role some teachers have on the lives of students.  They believe teachers deserved higher salaries because everyone is touched by a teacher in this world.  They stated teachers were the most important people in this world and if they were the president they would give each teacher a healthy raise. I’m so grateful that students understand the positive impact teachers make in their lives.  A teacher has the power to make or break a student’s day, but if you spoke with these three students you would see that they believe in their teachers.  I do know that when students believe in you, they will do whatever it takes to make you proud.  Our teachers are the best!  It means a lot when students see and know that you care. Remember, it’s all about the students.

    Sincerely,

    Curtis Amos

    Superintendent

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