Welcome to the March edition of Volusia Parent Magazine. It’s remarkable that we are already into the third month of 2019. I am so pleased with what I have seen from our school district. There is still a long way to go in this school year, and I am excited to see the learning that will take place.

      January brought a lot of excitement. First, congratulations to Ian Jackson for being named the 2020 Volusia County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Jackson is an AVID teacher at Taylor Middle-High School. We are so proud and can’t wait to see him represent our school district this upcoming year. Next, we had the 52nd Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair. We have some talented students in Volusia County Schools, and it is no more evident than at the science fair. These students put forth a lot of hard work into their projects.

      February was Black History Month. All month long, our schools spent time focusing on the wonderful and groundbreaking contributions of African Americans in our country’s history. As the month went on, we were reminded of the impact these individuals made on this great nation.       

February is also often referred to as Heart Health Month. It’s a time when our school district focuses on making health-conscious decisions. We encouraged all our staff, students, parents, and community members to focus on healthy living. February is a time we make a concerted effort to focus on health and make wise decisions with meal choices and extracurricular activities.

James T. Russell, Superintendent of Volusia Schools

February, unfortunately, also marked the one-year anniversary of the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our hearts continue to go out to all those families who lost a loved one and the families that have been affected by this senseless act. It is something we hope to never see happen on our school campuses, and our focus is to ensure all students are arriving home safely each day. I am thankful for the security measures that are being implemented on each campus, and how students and staff are collectively working to make sure the campuses are a safe place for learning.

      In March we celebrate Read Across America, Music in Our Schools Month, Social Work Month and Youth Art Month. Our students and teachers are very busy learning and having fun.

      We would love for Volusia Parent Magazine readers to also check out our district Facebook and Twitter pages where we have started highlighting our teachers, students and alumni in video segments. You can find us at @Volusiacountyschools on Facebook and @volusiaschools on Twitter.

Thank you and enjoy this edition of Volusia Parent Magazine.

Thank you,

James T. Russell, Superintendent