The Beaumont ISD 2016-17 Convocation was held Tuesday, August 16, at the West Brook High School Performing Arts Center. Two sessions were held; one at 9am for elementary school staff and 1pm for secondary school staff. The event began with the presentation of colors by the West Brook NJROTC and the pledge led by Central High School class president Jabari Clark. The invocation was given by Reverend Willie Williams from King Middle School.
Elementary Division Teacher of the Year Velvet Malbrough urged teachers to have a growth mindset in order to serve our students. “We must praise progress and truly be a community environment,” Malbrough said. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.” Teachers were uplifted by Secondary Division Teacher of the Year Melissa Chapman as well. “We are set apart for a meaningful purpose; educating not only students, but providing help for the future.”
Superintendent Dr. John Frossard began his convocation with good news and bad news. “The bad news is that we had to cut the speaker fee for today’s event,” Frossard said. “The good news is that after budget review, a recommendation for a three percent raise will be presented to the board.” After some brief housekeeping and acknowledgements, Frossard talked about giving students a chance. “Our students need a chance and I want to give them that chance. I want to help you give them that chance.”
Frossard concluded, “As an educator and an employee, we must not be defeated. As a district, we must not be defeated. We have an entire generation to prepare like those before us did for us. We have thousands of students counting on us. You are my miracle workers. I am honored to work with you, I am proud of you, and I am counting on you to have another great year!” Along with movie trivia and clips, the BISD staff was pumped and ready for another successful school year!
Several vendors were on hand for the convocation. AT&T provided bags and screen wipes, the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission gave out information on carpooling, and Harbor Hospice handed out cookies. Associated Teachers Professional Educators provided literature as well. The Ozen High School Cheerleaders passed out copies of the BISD School Zone and the West Brook Jazz Band provided music before and after the event.
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