District Overview 

Historical Perspective – Saltillo, Texas was named after Saltillo Mexico by store keeper John Arthur. The town was settled before the civil war and granted a post office in 1860. St. Luis Southwestern Railroad laid 1.5 miles of tracks in 1887. The community was also known as ‘Twin Groceries’ as a second store opened up across the road from the original mercantile. By 1885 Saltillo had a school, and a population of sixty. The Public School was operational by 1905 with 84 students. By 1914 the town had 350 residents, a number of stores, and a newspaper called the Saltillo Signal. Saltillo prospered during the 1920's, but in the early 1930's its population decreased.

Geographical Context – Today, Saltillo has a population of 825 residents. Of these residents, 257 are school age. Although Saltillo is unincorporated, the small rural town has a post office and a volunteer fire department. Saltillo is considered to be the poorest community located in far eastern Hopkins County located 16 miles from the county seat of Sulphur Springs. Saltillo is 96 miles east of Dallas and 84 miles west of Texarkana, Texas located just North of Interstate 30 on Highway 67 and FM 900.

Strengths and Accomplishments – Saltillo is small, yet excellence is achieved as the school seeks to be resourceful. Strengths and accomplishments include: receipt of US News and World Report Bronze Award for Best High School in the Nation 2009 & 2012; rating of “Met Standard” was earned on the STAAR Test in 2013; recognized as “Distinguished” in 2013 for Reading and Language Arts on STAAR state assessment, and Ratings for Saltillo ISD under the previous School Rating System from 1994 – 2012 include: 3 Exemplary Ratings – 1997, 2002, 2003; 12 Recognized Ratings – 1994,1995, 1998, 1999,2000, 2004,2006,2008,2009,2010,2011,*2012 – (school attained same rating of Recognized as the year before), and 4 – Acceptable Ratings 1996, 2001, 2005, 2007.

Saltillo earned “Gold Performance” under previous assessment system where Saltillo received multiple awards for: Attendance Rate, College Readiness, Commended Writing, Math, Social Studies, Texas Success Initiative in ELA and Math. The school won District Championship or runner up for the last 10 years at Elementary and Junior High UIL Academic Meets. Saltillo competes in the Regional and State UIL Academic Meets consistently at the high school level.

Mission Statement and Core Beliefs – Saltillo ISD seeks “To prepare all children to take a meaningful and productive place in society, by providing a quality education that enables all children to achieve. Our Mission is to prepare all students to excel in future education and in the competitive workplace.” There are seven (7) fundamental beliefs that drive instruction and interaction with families and community. We believe: 1. All children can and will learn. 2. Respect is due all students as individuals who learn at different rates. 3. All students should be given an opportunity and the support to develop a positive self-image. 4. All students must be challenged and motivated to learn. 5. A partnership of school, parents, and the community should share in the responsibility to empower students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing future. 6. In providing a safe, secure, and healthy educational environment and 7. Technology must be used to enhance teaching and learning.

Student and Community Demographics – Of the 825 residents 67% (359) are high school graduates, 11% (59) have an associate or bachelor degree while 4% have a master degree. Eighteen Percent 18% (96) of residents have not completed high school. Fifty-two percent of the household incomes earn less than $32,000 annually. This attributes to 62.5% of all students being on free and reduced lunch. The challenge is to raise the level of student and family expectations. Students are challenged to learn as local resident Colleen Hoover, a 1998 Saltillo Graduate, is now a multiple New York Times Best Selling Author.

Traditions and Milestones – In a small community, camaraderie and team work is essential for learning and working well together. Basketball, cross country, and agriculture serve as traditions. Milestones for the school includes: state runner-up girls basketball – 2012-2013, 2000-2001; 2013 girls basketball Most Valuable Player in Texas - Victoria Stretcher and Regional Champs for Girls Basketball in 2013; Regional Tournament appearances and Regional Quarterfinalist in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. The program is consistently one of the top performers in the state.

Other awards include: Regional Qualifiers in boys basketball 2011 – 2013. The Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams competed in state Cross Country Meets from 2011 – 2013.

Saltillo was the Agricultural Mechanics State Champions in 2009 and National Qualifiers. The program has qualified for State 17 times since 1992. The Agricultural Department consistently has students attain the State FFA Loan Star degree with 4 students in 2013 and 2 students in 2014. There are also multiple winners in the Program History event.

Family and Community Engagement – Saltillo School is the hub of most community events. Many people say, “the school IS the community.” Activities involving parents, alumni, and community members are essential as people want to be involved when they feel valued.

Parents feel welcome and included. That is why Saltillo ISD has an extremely active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that hosts a fall carnival larger than any other in the county. Funds raised enhance student’s educational experience. The PTO and Future Farmers of America (FFA) auction are just two of many family events where people support the school in addition to huge, packed to capacity, basketball games.

Connections Between Activities and School Success – Parent Involvement is the direct link to student success. Parents and grandparents are celebrated and come to the school to read to children. Students eagerly anticipate parent and grandparent days. It is more than meals, it is tradition. Meet the teacher night, open house, Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners are more than activities, they are detailed events making learning more memorable.

Correlation Among Activities and School Improvement – Even though Saltillo has less than 1,000 residents. The community has established a Kerry W. Garmon Memorial Education Foundation. The long time revered superintendent, Kerry Garmon, believed that being from a small school and a small town should never limit your potential or opportunity. Therefore students are aware that when they apply themselves, there are funds available to help advance their educational interests.

Effective Communication – Saltillo School communicates with parents through the IRIS alert system. Calls are made to home and cell phones with timely reminders about assignments and upcoming events. Text messages are sent regarding student updates.

Families can obtain information through the district web site at http://saltilloisd.net/. Parents have viewing access to the grades of their children. The calendar of events keeps everyone well informed. Cafeteria menus are easily accessible along with other helpful information and links.

Student assignment folders go home nightly. The folders allow teachers and parents to share information which ensures lines of communication to maximize student learning and success. Weekly newsletters are sent home with students to record progress and share information for at-home extension activities to reinforce learning.

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