For the second time in a single month, we’ve had to cancel school due to winter weather. Decisions like these are difficult. Parents must scramble for daycare, valuable instruction time is lost, and the decision impacts all the communities we serve in Wylie ISD. I want to keep your kids safe, protect our employees, and ensure that every decision is made responsibly with love and care that earns your respect and trust.
As a person of faith, these decisions include a lot of prayer that, in addition to your safety and security, something good will come from every experience that brings us together. Once again, our kids, educators, and parents turned a challenge into cherished moments. The response to our latest challenge made my heart swell with pride. My prayers were answered. I shared my gratitude on social media, and I want to share it with you here, too.
From our bus drivers and teachers to our administrators and local city managers, we came together to safely get our students home on Wednesday. Canceling school is never as easy as it seems, but we worked together to ensure a smooth closure for Thursday and our safe return the following day. How great is a school district where the kids help to lead the way!
I was also so proud to see students and teachers and parents alike helping each other scrape ice off of windshields. We truly have a wonderful community that cares for one another and helps each other in times of need. Thank YOU for your service to our district!
The foundation of our school district is based on character. We focus on essential character traits and how we live character in a way that builds hope, well-being, and engagement in our hearts and the hearts of those around us. We call living these values the Wylie Way!
These are amazing examples of the Wylie Way and could best be defined as civility. Civility is defined as general courtesy and kindness. Our capacity for civility can be measured by the kindness we show each other by caring and giving in the spirit of fostering the common good.
Civility is also measured by the way we treat others and our capacity to be respectful and focus on what unifies us that promotes the common good as well. Circumstances like an ice storm and pandemic are great tests of civility. James Allen said, “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.”
I am proud of the character of our school district and the civility revealed in times of crisis. I often say that our character is a feature of Wylie ISD that makes us special. The past few years have been challenging for everyone—locally, nationally, and globally. With this in mind, we would like your perspective on civility. Please take a moment to complete this short opinion survey.
Understanding where you come from helps us better serve you. Thanks for all you do to promote character education, the Wylie Way!