Santa Fe ISD utilizes community partnerships to align school and community resources in order to produce successful students, strong families and engaged communities. We combine quality education with enrichment opportunities to ensure all our students are successful.

Our mission is to prepare all members of the Santa Fe Independent School District learning community to achieve and succeed through innovative strategies and collaborative relationships.

Santa Fe ISD schools extend the school day and week, reaching students, their families and community residents in unique ways. As a result, we are uniquely equipped to develop our students into educated citizens who are ready and able to give back to their communities.

TRIBE University is a new and unique program for Santa Fe ISD. This new program is aligned with one of our Santa Fe ISD board goals in supporting all families at school and at home for lifelong learning success by maintaining ongoing open communications with students, parents, staff and community. Along with our board goals, one of the district’s Public Relations Department goals is to provide workshops throughout the year, that includes alternative delivery methods for communication to parents and the community.

Thus, Tribe “U” provides the district and community members a firsthand look inside the operations of the school district. Sessions will be held throughout the 2016-17 school year. Enrollment is open to any parent, business leader, and/or community member within Santa Fe ISD. Sessions will include information about different aspects of public education including teaching and learning, curriculum, instruction and assessment, school finance, personnel selection and recruitment, tour of facilities and campuses, meeting district and campus level administrators, district special populations and special services, the role of superintendent/board member and community partnerships/education foundation.

Teamwork ensures that all partners share a common vision. The entire community and all involved partners should agree on the same goals and expectations.

Relentless in working together to establish formal relationships and collaborative structures for the future.

Innovative in engaging our community partners to contribute to new ideas and creative thought processes.

Belief, trust and confidence in our district. Encouraging open dialogue about challenges and solutions.

Everyone where all means all — every child — every day.

Our first session will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the training rooms at the Elizabeth “Yaws” Cowan Education Center. The topic is “2016 Santa Fe Bond,” which will provide information regarding the upcoming bond referendum in the Nov. 8 general election. Subsequent sessions will be held on Jan. 9, March 21 and May 8. For more information, visit

Recognizing the generous assistance provided to districts by parents, businesses and other community organizations, this is the district’s way of expressing appreciation and offering assistance in providing information and encouraging others to become involved in our schools. By sharing resources, expertise and accountability, Santa Fe ISD can address challenges related to essential conditions for learning by concentrating on a single access point — our students’ needs.

Patti Hanssard is the assistant superintendent for human resources and the public relations officer for SFISD.

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