From the Desk

From The Desk of Rick DeMasters


From quotes to poems, we are constantly reminded to be thankful during the month of November. The dictionary defines thankfulness as a “feeling or expression of gratitude.” From celebrating our veterans to gifting our local charities, this time of year remind us all to help those in and around our community and is what funnels our passion to express our gratitude. It is especially moving when we witness our actions of gratitude in those of the students we serve.

We are thankful for organizations like the Celina PTA, that work very hard to support our students and faculty through programs and incentives throughout the year. The first weekend of November, the PTA will be bringing back the tradition of Fall Festival to be held on the Celina and O’Dell Elementary campuses. This fun, fall activity will be held on Friday, November 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm. PTA members have been hard at work organizing this special event and hope that you will grab the family and enjoy the different activities that will be available that evening. The Celina PTA will also be hosting their first annual Reflections Fine Arts Program to be held during the third week of November. We are very excited to be able to host this national competition for our students to display their creativity.

Next, on the agenda will be the Celina High School Veterans Day celebration on November 8th. This is an event where gratitude overflows from those that have organized and sponsored this event to those that are our guests and to whom we give honor. Doors open at 8:00am, with breakfast served at 9:00am for veterans and their family members. The program starts promptly at 10:15am in the CHS auditorium. The Celina Band and Choir programs will perform and we have scheduled some special presentations that will make this day one to remember for all in attendance.

On the athletics side, our Varsity Girls Cross Country Team will be traveling to Round Rock to compete in the State Cross Country Meet to be held on November 3rd, 2018, and the entourage will also include two of our Varsity Boy’s Team members as well. We wish them all good luck as they prepare for the State meet. Our CHS Basketball programs will start out running with numerous tournaments scheduled throughout the month. Coach Kristin Cole will head up the Varsity Girls program with help from Coach Sherry Ollison. Both of these ladies bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the game and we are very excited to see this program grow under their leadership.

Last, but not least, the district will be closed from November 19th-23rd for Thanksgiving Break. Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and it is our hope that your break is filled with joyful times and relaxation among family and friends. To our families, students, faculty and community members, we are thankful for all that you do to make Celina ISD great!

Safe Travels and Happy Thanksgiving to All!