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Superintendent New Year's Message
Happy New Year to all members of Bear Nation! I hope that our students, faculty, staff and their families had a wonderful holiday break filled with joy, rest and relaxation and are prepared to return in 2019 to finish the business we have begun.

GISD’s Vision Statement is “Achieving Excellence Together”. We witnessed many examples of this statement in action during the fall semester of 2018. 

Our school teams and support departments created and implemented mission plans that have both narrowed our focus and help guide our work to maintain safe, nurturing and academically challenging environments for our students. Students at all levels have embraced personal goal setting and are guided by their teachers each day to meet or surpass those goals. Parents have taken advantage of the parent-student-teacher conference days and are monitoring the goal setting and achievement process.

Additionally, our co-curricula programs are achieving at high levels. The UIL academic teams at Weldon and Gladewater Middle had good showings at their fall competitions. The GHS band received a “1” rating at competition. Our FFA team showed well at area events and produced Champions and Grand Champions. And performance groups from all levels including drama and choir put smiles on our faces with their plays, concerts and Christmas caroling. 

Our athletic programs also had great seasons. The Bear Cross Country Team had a record setting year. The Junior Varsity Football Team finished the season undefeated and the Varsity Bear football team capped off an 11-2 season with a deep playoff run. Though this list is not all inclusive, it details several reasons why it’s a great time to be a Bear!

As we begin 2019, Gladewater ISD renews its commitment to excellence in education. Guided by our Board of Trustees and with the support of our community, we will meet and surpass the goals that have been set for us and the goals that we have set for ourselves. We will continue to meet students where they are and give them the skills and character traits needed for growth. We will continue to expand educational, co-curricula and extra-curricula opportunities for all students. We will challenge our students to dream big and help them make their dreams realities. And we will do all of this together—as a team. 

Best wishes for the new year! Go Bears!

Sedric G. Clark
Superintendent of Schools

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