A Message from the Superintendent

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Vernon ISD Teacher Retention Video

The future Vernon Elementary School

The Vernon High School Addition

Vernon Community,

As we bid farewell to the remarkable Class of 2024, we celebrate their outstanding achievements and commend them for setting a benchmark of excellence for future classes to emulate. This graduating class has left an indelible mark on our school community by achieving a 100% graduation rate, with all 140 students successfully crossing the finish line and obtaining their diplomas.

Moreover, the Class of 2024 has distinguished itself by reaching a College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) mark of 98.5%. For those unfamiliar, CCMR signifies a crucial metric that gauges a student's preparedness to embark on the next chapter of their lives post-graduation. It encompasses a range of criteria, including college acceptance, industry certifications, enlistment in the military, and workforce readiness.

I have said many times and, in many ways, that Vernon ISD kids are the absolute best kids I have ever worked with. In the summer of 2023 I worked with school board trustees to develop district goals and our team of eight well knew what we wanted for our schools and worked to develop a plan for getting there.

Part of the plan called for the kids allowing me and the campus leadership to “lean” on them. What I mean by “leaning” is I asked them to do something I knew they were not going to want to do. For us to reach the 98.5% CCMR plateau, a great majority of these kids had to take an extra class, and they did not receive that information until October. After some expected grumbles, once we explained the need, the rationale, and their benefit, those kids rolled up their sleeves and basically said bring it on.

Applauding Class of 2024 For Accomplishments

The fact that nearly all members of the Class of 2024 met or exceeded this CCMR standard is a testament to their dedication, hard work, and unwavering commitment to their future success. These students have not only excelled academically but have also demonstrated their readiness to excel in various post-secondary pathways, be it higher education, vocational training, or military service.

As we applaud the Class of 2024 for their exceptional accomplishments, let us also acknowledge the collective effort and support provided by our educators, families, and the entire school community in nurturing these students along their educational journey. This graduating class serves as a shining example of what can be achieved through perseverance, resilience, and a shared commitment to excellence.

To the students of the Class of 2024, as you venture forth into the world beyond the halls of VHS, may you carry with you the lessons learned, the friendships forged, and the values instilled during your time here. Your achievements have set a standard of excellence for future classes to aspire towards and have undoubtedly left an enduring legacy within our school walls. We are immensely proud of each and every one of you, and we have no doubt you will continue to make us proud in all your future endeavors.

Congratulations, Class of 2024, on leaving an indelible mark of excellence!

 Dr. Kermit Ward
Vernon ISD Superintendent