Principal's Message

Greetings Parents and Students,

We’re past the middle and into the latter part of the year. There are still exciting times in our path. We are done with TELPAS testing and are now going for the STAAR exam as well as end of the year activities.

This is it… We’ve been waiting for this. We’ve been waiting not in fear, but eager for the chance to show how hard everyone has been working. And so, we welcome the opportunity to prove to ourselves and everyone why we believe hard work pays off.

Here at J. A. Kawas Elementary we believe what 5-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci once said: “I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot”

As our Teachers prepare engaging lessons to teach new concepts and our Librarians enhance this knowledge through interesting thought-provoking books. We have a tireless group of Parent Volunteers, Support Staff and Administrators working every day to ensure that our students thrive in a safe academic environment where everyone is respected and valued.

I am very proud to be Principal of such a wonderful campus and to be working with some of the most dedicated and caring teachers and staff our district has to offer.

As always, my sincerest thank you to our parents for being involved in our students’ education and for supporting every academic initiative our campus undertakes.

Now everyone,  let’s run towards this final challenge so we can trample it under our foot!


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Ms. Vanessa L. Ortegon, Principal

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