Tarkington Parents and Community:
Welcome back to the 2021 – 2022 school year! I hope this letter finds you and your families well-rested. We are excited about the triumphant return that we have enjoyed for this school year.
The 2020–2021 school year was full of success stories despite all of the dealings with a global pandemic, and we are all anticipating continued success and achievement for our students and staff alike for this school year. Our schools continue to be the most highly regarded learning community in the area, and this year we will continue to build on this success. Professional learning opportunities and leadership initiatives have been and will continue to be a cornerstone of our growth as a district. Keeping our focus on students and their learning will continue to be our driving force in decision-making.
Please know that you play an integral part in your child's education. All of our campuses welcome and encourage parent involvement. Your student receives the best education when you and our dedicated teachers work as a team. A parent's enthusiasm, support, and involvement inspire students to do their best, along with the teacher's ability to teach what they need to learn. Together we can achieve beautiful things.
At times, it is natural for a parent to have questions or even a concern at their child's campus during the school year. However, it is important that questions or concerns be dealt with by the person closest to the issue to be resolved in the best and most efficient manner possible. Therefore, I encourage parents to discuss their questions or concerns through informal conferences with the appropriate teacher, principal, or other campus administrators. When problems are expressed as soon as possible, it allows for early resolution at the lowest possible administrative level.
TISD staff is excited to welcome parents and students back to school. We have spent considerable time talking about communication and the type of environment we want to create for our students.
If you are a parent of a school-aged child, please be engaged in your child's education. We must never forget that a child's first and most important teacher is their parent. If you do not have a school-aged child, please consider volunteering or mentoring at a local school. It is rewarding to know you can positively impact a student and even more rewarding the impact the student might have on you.
We have a busy and exciting year before us! Thank you for the privilege of serving your family, your children, and our community. I know this will be another great year on the Prairie. Thank you for your commitment to your child's education, and I look forward to seeing you in the very near future.
Dr. Marc Keith