Texas City ISD is celebrating its 100th anniversary. We are proud of our history and the progress since 1905 and we look forward to continuing the strong tradition in Texas City to make the next 100 years equally if not more successful.

This historical time has inspired me to look deep into our district’s history. Much of what I found detailed the construction and remodeling of schools and other facilities as the district grew and aged.

For a school to function as it should it must be far more than a composition of brick and plaster and water fountains and cooling units. Oh certainly these are important for the physical comfort and well-being of its inhabitants but these constitute only the material aspects of the building.

A school must also be a place where minds can be opened to learning where children are allowed to grow where there is a free interchange of ideas in order that knowledge may flourish.

If I had the power to make a wish for each child that enters this school district it would be that he or she does the best that he or she is capable of doing. This is not a unique wish.

It is indeed the basic desire and goal of every TCISD employee. We know this is the wish of our parents who trust us to educate and inspire their children.

No one wants to see a child fail. Everyone wants children to learn grow and succeed.

Your school district strives to provide support for our community and a better future for our children. Every child enters the Texas City Independent School District with unique talents and abilities.

Every child has varying levels of academic accomplishments. In this school district our responsibility is to help each student reach the highest level possible.

Texas City ISD has set its sights on being an exemplary school district as we continue academic excellence extracurricular achievement and technology advancement. In doing this we encourage parents community members students and staff to work as a team to ensure our students are receiving the best education possible. There are many volunteer opportunities within the schools.

We have volunteer partnerships with businesses in the community advisory committees for each school and many student activities at the campus level.

So if you are able to volunteer please join us in making these important school experiences for the children.

Students graduating today from Texas City ISD will face a highly skilled job market. Though we do not know what technology the future holds for them we do know they are prepared to meet those challenges.

The college dual credit program advanced placement courses the training program for college entrance tests and the career and technology program are a few of the highlights for our students.

We wish our graduating seniors the best of luck in these next few years as they prepare themselves for earning a good living and supporting our country in helping one another. We want these graduating seniors to come back and be a part of our community like so many alumni who came before them.

Texas City is a wonderful city in which to live and raise a family.

I know this because I grew up here and chose to stay here to raise my own family. For the next 100 years we are committed to continue to make our schools and community shine with outstanding student faculty and staff accomplishments.

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Richard Ettredge is superintendent of schools for the Texas City Independent School District.

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