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Belton ISD Employees Celebrate New School Year

Teachers and staff in Belton ISD gathered virtually Thursday morning to celebrate the 2020-2021 school year.

Convocation, held in August each year, typically brings together the district’s nearly 2,000 staff members at the Bell County Expo Center for a morning of inspirational messages from Board members and administrators along with energetic live performances by student groups. 

“We were still hoping to create the excitement and energy our staff expects from convocation, but in a virtual way because of COVID,” said Elizabeth Cox, executive director of communications and community engagement. “It’s important to pause for a moment to reflect and be inspired before diving into a new year, maybe even more so now with the challenges of COVID.”

During the event, Superintendent Matt Smith told employees they had many things to be proud of as they looked in the district’s rearview mirror, including offering remote learning experiences last spring and planning an exceptional graduation ceremony for more than 800 graduates in June.

“But today, I’m asking you to look through the windshield,” he continued. “We have a distinct opportunity today to approach this future with hope and optimism. We have the world in front of us moving forward. I ask you to focus on one thing. We are one BISD and, based on what you told me in the spring, we have one clear purpose here - to create exceptional learning experiences for each and every student every day.”

The video continued with introductions of each of the district’s campuses and departments, all revolving around the #WeAreOneBISD theme, and recorded performances from these student groups:

  • Belton High Marching 100
  • Lake Belton Stampede and cheerleaders
  • Belton High School Magic Belles and Lake Belton High School Silver Spurs
  • Orchestra student Julie Johnson

The following message was shared by Board of Trustees members, who took turns saying each line:

This year is different.
But it’s also the same.
You’ll be wearing masks.
But you’ll be smiling under them - same as always.
You’ll be staying physically apart.
But you’ll be working closely together in support of kids - same as always.
You’ll love and care for your students.
You’ll love and care for your students - same as always.
We are so grateful for your commitment to your students and each other.
You’ve pulled together in amazing ways to innovate lesson plans.
… to innovate school procedures.
… to innovate creating exceptional learning experiences for each and every student.
We know our students continue to be in great hands this year.
And we are so thankful for the role each of you play.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.
We are behind you and believe in you.
There’s no place we’d rather be than right here, in the Big Red Community.
We are one Big Red Community.
We are one BISD.

View other parts of convocation at: https://bit.ly/351CFXL.