Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! This is the start of my fourth year as superintendent of Orange Grove ISD. It continues to be a pleasure and an honor to serve in our school district where we work hard each day to make our schools a great place to teach, learn, and compete.
This school year, with in-person instruction beginning on September 8, has been the most unusual start of school in my 37 years in the profession. What comes to mind immediately is that even with the tremendous change in all areas of school life caused by our reaction to the coronavirus, we still need to teach children…with a teacher in the classroom full of students.
I believe that relationship is central to everything a teacher can accomplish in the classroom. Our challenge this year is to build a relationship with students virtually with 40% of our student body learning from home. This is no small task and truly requires a skill set for teachers that is complicated and without precedent for the majority of our teachers. To describe a learning environment that is remote, full of technical questions, and with an over-reliance on parent support may appear as unreasonable, to say the least. But we press forward. This becomes our new work as we seek to serve children.
OGISD continues to offer a broad range of opportunities for our students. It is also a place to form relationships, learn new and beneficial things, and prepare for future endeavors, whether it is college, a career, or the military. Our school district is also a place where students can feel safe and secure, where positive student behaviors are promoted and expected, and where learning and preparation are critical factors in our success.
OGISD pledges to place student learning and achievement at the top of the list, today and every day! Our effort and focus serves to enhance the quality of the public school experience for each student. That is work we commit to every single day. And when we fail, I expect to hear from you.
OGISD will work hard to provide each student with the kind of educational experiences that promote individual growth and development, even as we adapt to a different set of learning circumstances. We continue to strive to build a student learner profile that not only demands excellence in all academic areas, but provides students with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of high-quality activities. Developing well-rounded young people is an incredible task and can make a difference in our community and beyond.
Because STAAR testing was cancelled at the end of the 2019-2020 school year we have no current results. That is more problematic than I can explain in this short letter. Each year we need to measure student learning in the most reliable and valid way that we can. Not having the STAAR test administered does mean that this critical measurement has not occurred. Our school ratings will transfer from last year and should we have testing in the spring, we will be able to measure learning across the different subject areas.
I wish the best for all students and staff this school year. May success and prosperity touch us all!
Randy Hoyer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Professional Experience for Randy Hoyer
2017 - Present Orange Grove ISD, Orange Grove, Texas
2014 - 2017 Skidmore-Tynan ISD, Skidmore, Texas
2012 - 2014 Kenedy County-Wide Common School District, Sarita, Texas
1999 - 2012 North East Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas
Bush Middle School 2004 - 2012 Principal
Krueger Middle School 1999 - 2004 Principal
1995 - 1999 North East Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas
MacArthur High School 1997-1999 Assistant Principal
Driscoll Middle School 1995-1997 Assistant Principal
1989 - 1995 North East Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas
1988 - 1989 Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1984 - 1988 Santa Rosa Independent School District, Santa Rosa, Texas
2009 - 2013 University of Texas at Austin Degree: Doctorate, Educational Administration, Certification: Superintendent
1989 - 1993 University of Texas at San Antonio Degree: Master of Arts, Educational Leadership Certifications: Mid-Management, Special Education
1979 - 1984 St. Cloud State University Degree: Bachelor of Science, Sociology Certification: Social Studies Composite
1979 Litchfield Senior High School, Litchfield, Minnesota