From the desk of Dr. Kirk Lewis

Updates from the Superintendent

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Lessons Learned

For many adults, our fondest memories of high school tend to revolve around the activities in which we were involved and the scores of relationships developed with friends and teachers along the way.  I know students today feel the same way. Students who choose to disconnect miss out on so much, not only while in school, but afterwards when the truths we learned through those activities and relationships became life lessons.

That is one reason why I enjoy attending events like the Pasadena ISD Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet or the various high school Hall of Honor receptions. When I get a chance to visit with alumni of any of our schools, I usually hear stories about how a coach, teacher or custodian said and did things that taught them how to live.

At the recent Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet we heard Gawain Guy, one of Dobie’s track stars in the 1980s, talk about the life lessons learned from his coach and fellow Hall of Fame inductee, John Blake, lessons that still influence him today.  As important as it is to teach the academics, we know we also teach by example…in the way we live and act. It is a glorious and grave responsibility.


Special thanks to the community for supporting the Pasadena ISD Athletic Hall of Fame and attending this special event. Thanks to the inductees who stand as examples of success, commitment and dedication and who share such profound words of wisdom with the students who attend the ceremony.

When our students connect with their schools through their participation in school activities, they learn lessons that last a lifetime. How grateful we are when these same individuals take the time to share those positive messages with today’s students! Thanks also to all the great teachers and staff in Pasadena ISD who are teaching the same life lessons to today’s students.

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Welcome Back, Alumni

Welcome Back, Alumni

Special Agent LeRoy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS reminds me weekly that “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”

It’s true. Institutional pride binds us together. As college alumni, we connect experiences with other Red Raiders, Aggies, Longhorns or Cougars. As high school graduates, we take pride in being Eagles, Trojans, Texans, Longhorns or Mavericks. For too many years, Pasadena ISD failed to actively reach out to alumni of our schools. We want to make up for that oversight.

A large number of alumni have been returning to our high school homecoming activities in recent years. Al Carter, communications coordinator for Pasadena ISD and SoHo alum, and a number of his friends took significant steps to build a viable alumni association for South Houston High School. The Trojans planned extensive activities this year involving hundreds of former students. The school inducted a new class of graduates into its Hall of Honor.  We’re seeing similar interest grow among alumni of Pasadena’s other high schools.

Graduates from all of our schools distinguish themselves each year in every conceivable career. Not limiting themselves to homecoming activities, many of our graduates give time and resources to the school that provided them such a solid foundation for success.

Welcome back alumni. We’re awfully glad you’re here.