Dr. Rock McNulty is the Smithville Independent School District’s Superintendent of Schools. He is in his nineth year as SISD’s superintendent and is practicing his 32nd year in education. Before entering the education field, he served four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy and 26 years of service in the U. S. Navy Reserve. He works with the Board of Trustees, district staff, parents, students, and the community to ensure a continued quality education, safe learning environment, and opportunity for all students in the district to be successful in school.
A Message from the Superintendent, September 2017
Welcome to Smithville Independent School District, home of the Fighting Tigers! We are ‘intentionally growing excellence’ this year in every area of school. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the 280 employees who serve approximately 1,760 children in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who attend Smithville Schools, I want to welcome you to a new school year! Every new year brings with it a great promise of hope – for success, new relationships, better grades and attendance, improvement in …… (You can fill in the blank). Hope can lead to success for a child in school. In a 2015 Gallup Education poll on student success in school it stated that ‘hope’ is the greatest factor or predictor of future success for students. We as parents, teachers, administrators, and community members can make the difference by promoting hope for our children. Join me in encouraging our students to make dreams a reality in the coming school year.
We live in challenging times as we prepare our children to compete in both a local work arena and an expanding global market. Smithville I.S.D. has nearly a 150 year legacy of strong public schools and excellence in education. The home of the Tigers, we are proud of our past, determined in the present, and hopeful in the future to continue that legacy of excellence during the 2017-2018 school year. Each day we should give all our students the gifts of hard work, encouragement, determination, compassion, service, and perseverance so that we will produce involved, well informed, and responsible citizens who will give back to their community, the state, and our great nation.
We at Smithville ISD are committed to inspiring greatness and growing excellence. We have a lot to be excited about this year. Our student performance has improved each year the last four years. We are involved in planning and construction of a new junior high school, a new athletic facility, and renovations for our other campuses. Henry Ford stated, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; and working together is success.” Success is taught and then ‘caught’. It is human nature that once we have experienced success we want more! We will continue to adopt and require high standards and are committed to improvement in each subject, each program and in the area of service and giving back to our community.
Two goals remain the foundation for Smithville I.S.D. The first is to love kids. The second goal is to become a district of “Academic Distinction” as outlined in the state accountability rating system. This will only be done through the collaborative effort of staff, students, parents, and the community. I encourage you to become involved in our schools in a positive way. I am reminded daily of our resilience and “can do” spirit. Smithville schools are committed to creating successful school experiences for every child. We will not let anything stand in the way of a child’s success in school. President Lyndon B. Johnson was right when he said, “yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” I hope this year will be a winning year for every student and that doesn’t mean the first place ribbon! There will be disappointments but I am convinced the race is won one step at a time, one child at a time through hard work, determination, and perseverance. We have the heart of a Tiger in Smithville! It is my hope that each of you, adult and student, will be inspired to grow and accomplish great things this year.
Thank you for sharing your child, entrusting us with sharing in their growth and education, and for your valuable contributions to Smithville I.S. D. in preparing our children for the future.