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Mixed Emotions Felt Among the Blanco ISD Family on First Week of School
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • Posted September 5, 2013

The 2013—2014 school year got off to a great start on Monday. However, the Monday’s excitement was dampened on Tuesday when it was learned that high school counselor Michele Skillman had lost her battle with breast cancer.

“We lost a dear and valuable member of our Blanco ISD family,” said Dr. Buck Ford. “The teachers and students who knew Mrs. Skillman and her family carried them in their thoughts and prayers throughout the week.”

In a beautiful outpouring of grief and support, students, teachers, parents, community members, and the Skillman family came together in front of the high school Wednesday morning to honor the memory of Mrs. Skillman, and to show and demonstrate support of each other during this time of sorrow.

High school principal Dr. Dustin Barton said, “I am especially grateful for the expression of support for Mrs. Skillman and her family by staff, students, and community members on Wednesday morning before school. It was truly a special event in honor of a wonderful mother and educator whom I admired for her courageous spirit.”

“I am lucky to have the fortunate opportunity to witness Mrs. Skillman’s work ethic, positive demeanor, and willingness to support students for the past six years. Mrs. Skillman will have a lasting impact on myself as well as all students and teachers she worked with.”

“Mrs. Skillman made BHS a special place to work and BHS will strive to do great things for our students in honor of Mrs. Skillman.”

Dr. Barton reported that in addition to the outpouring of sympathy in regards to Mrs. Skillman, the week at Blanco High School has run “...exceptionally smooth.”

“This is attributable to the thorough planning and preparation by our staff and teachers,” said Barton.

“I would like to commend the students of BHS. Each student arrived with a great attitude and with a willingness to take on the challenges associated with high school. All staff and students are anticipating an excellent year.”

The high school will host a “Meet the Teachers” night on Wednesday, September 4. Parents of incoming 9th graders will meet at 6:00 PM in the library, and then all parents will meet in the cafeteria at 6:25 PM.

Middle School

“The first week at BMS has been exciting and productive, but we have carried a very heavy heart due to the loss of Mrs. Michelle Skillman,” said middle school principal Keitha St. Clair. “Students, faculty, and staff have supported one another through this sad time.”

“We have focused on the things that Mrs. Skillman always encouraged students to focus on…doing the right thing and working hard.”

“I’ve been pleased with student behavior and effort. The students tell me every day how much they are enjoying their teachers and classes.”

“This is going to be a great year at BMS.”

The middle school will host a “Meet the Teachers” night on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:00 PM.

Elementary School

“The beginning of school is always an exciting time, and that excitement is definitely heightened by the additions and renovations now in place,” said elementary principal Linda Romano.

“We had a wonderful turnout for Meet the Teachers Night, and welcomed many new families. We’re excited about the potential of having one of the best school years ever.”

“The students, staff, parents, and our community have all been a part of a great opening week!”

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