All students currently in 6th, 8th or 10th grade must complete a new physical to participate in athletics. Your child can get a physical on May 24th from 5pm-7pm at the FHS Gym. Please click to see the flyer for important details.
Special Olympics Banquet
Date: 5/24/2017, 6:30 AM – 8 PM
Location: FHS Cafeteria
FISD Employee Recognition Banquet
Date: 5/25/2017, 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Location: FMS Cafeteria
Memorial Day Holiday or Bad Weather Make-up Day
Dr. Bays recognized Tami Hernandez, FNE Paraprofessional, for her contributions that go far beyond her job title. Ms. Hernandez’s primary role is teaching students in the FNE computer lab. She says her favorite part of the job is working with the kids, “I take pride in contributing to the development of their technology skills, often in building them from the ground up. I love knowing that they’re going off to middle school at the end of their elementary years with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful.”
Along with her normal responsibilities, she does many things outside the scope of her computer lab duties that significantly enhance the FNE experience for students and staff. She helps with the Robotics and Art Clubs, assists teachers with technology issues and problems, keeps the FNE website updated, spends extra hours at campus events, is a member of the campus Technology Committee, and will be helping with FNE’s summer STEM program. She does these things not because they are her job, but because she believes they help people grow and learn. “I really enjoy being able to provide a welcoming, fun, educational environment for the students here at FNE. I'm always learning — always! In the technology world, constant learning is vital, as it is in a state of continuous change. You have to be flexible and willing to tackle new obstacles, to work outside of your comfort zone and become acquainted with devices and techniques that may or may not be your personal cup of tea,” said Hernandez.
At FISD we focus on our students’ and staff’s strengths. We believe that when people are able to apply their natural strengths in their daily work, the benefits are abundant both for the individual and for his/her peers. Ms. Hernandez is a perfect example of this and we are grateful for the difference she makes at FNE!
From 4:30 to 5:30 every Wednesday, you can find the FHS Police Explorers on campus either in the library, lab or even on the track. The club, started by the FISD Police Department, is made up of students who are interested in law enforcement as a career. Each week, FISD officers and community guests teach the students about police work and related topics. They cover things like the Penal Code, resisting arrest, lawful protection of property, DWI awareness and the dangers drug use.
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The community is invited to get healthy with FISD at the Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 29th. The walk/run starts at 8:30am at the Tiger's Den parking lot and the Wellness Fair starts at 10:30am at the FHS Gym parking lot. Click above for registration and vendor information!
Graduation will be held at Eschenburg Field at 8pm on June 2, 2017.
Birthday presents are great, but FSE Teacher, Mrs. Kathy Silva, decided to use her birthday as a learning opportunity for her students, instead. To celebrate her birthday, she asked her students, and their parents, to give back to the community by donating new fleece blankets or new stuffed toys to the Children’s Alliance of South Texas (CAST). CAST is a local child advocacy center that provides comprehensive counseling services to child victims of abuse and their non-offending caregivers.
Part of being future-ready at FISD is instilling in our students the importance of community and contributing to the greater good. Mrs. Silva’s example showed her students that giving can be even more rewarding than receiving. She said, “My students were so excited whenever someone would bring in a donation! They would cheer and want me to take a picture of them with their donations!”
FISD is proud to have teachers like Mrs. Silva showing our students that caring about others is more than just talking about kindness, it’s also about taking action to make other’s lives better. Mrs. Silva says that her favorite thing about her job is, “making a small difference in the life of a child.” We want Mrs. Silva to know that it’s not a small difference she is making, it’s significant and it’s lasting.
Many times students know what they want to do, but they might not always know how they are going to get there. Dr. Bays recognized FHS Counselor, Kimberly Ackley, for creating opportunities that help students forge a clear path to their future.
Mrs. Ackley has been vital in helping students understand their high school four-year plans and their futures beyond graduation. Students at FHS have so many choices: Alamo Area Academies, Dual Credit, Advanced Placement, and Mrs. Ackley does an outstanding job explaining these options to both students and parents at parent nights and campus events. She also works hard to ensure every 10th grader at FHS has the opportunity to take the Texas Success Initiative assessment so they all have the option of taking dual credit courses or attending the Alamo Area Academies. Another important contribution Mrs. Ackley makes is her assistance in planning the FHS SAT Boot Camp that helps college bound students prepare for that important entrance exam.
Mrs. Ackley has worked at FISD for 19 years in many different capacities, but we believe her final destination is where her passion lies. She credits the entire FHS counseling staff, “It's our entire department; it’s not a one man team.” Mr. Schroller, FHS Principal, sums-up her contributions perfectly, “Mrs. Ackley is always willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that our students are prepared for a prosperous life.”
At FISD, teachers work continually to refine their own practices and create better learning outcomes for students. This year, Algebra I teachers at FHS have integrated several new practices to improve their own teaching and better serve their students. Working with their administrators and campus instructional coach, Algebra I teachers periodically video tape themselves teaching a lesson. Watching the video together, the teachers, administrator, and instructional coach identify areas to improve the lesson, student engagement, and overall instruction. They have also changed their assessment model and now formally assess student understanding every three weeks rather than waiting until the end of a unit of study. Assessing and intervening early to clarify student misconceptions allows teachers to better meet student learning needs and address small challenges before they become larger deficits in learning. These examples exemplify the commitment of FHS staff to continually work to improve their craft and better serve the students of FISD. #FISDGreatStaff
“The only way to improve is to ask people what we can do better.” This is one of Dr. Bays’ favorite things to say. She takes feedback seriously and not just the feedback from adults. It’s important to her that we listen to our students’ voices, and that is why she created the FHS Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC). They are a diverse group of students with varied interests and backgrounds that she and Mr. Schroller, FHS Principal, meet with regularly during the school year.
At the meetings, students are encouraged to share ideas, concerns and questions they have about their school, and, as a result, things are happening! In the coming weeks, you will notice a few additions at FHS; one hundred college banners will hang in the hallways, 10 blade flags will be placed around the campus that announce, “At FHS, WE MAKE IT HAPPEN”, and 24 Tiger/Jaguar banners will adorn light poles in the parking lots.
And, if you’re on campus, you might hear morning announcements with information concerning career fields or personal “shout-outs” to students about accomplishments or good character, you might see a member of the U.S. Military talking to our students, or you might notice a television in the hall outside of the counseling office with information about college visits and scholarship opportunities being displayed. Yep, those are all results of the SSAC’s input.
Because students are given the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with school leaders, they are able to change the culture of their campus, the place where they learn, grow and spend the majority of their time between August and June. Mr. Schroller sums up why he values their input so much, “I want FHS to be a place that when a current student, new student, or visitor comes to FHS, it captures their eyes, ears, and heart from the onset, and they can feel the positive culture. I don’t just want to talk about the culture the students want, I want to make it real, and I want to put their voice in action.”
Alyssa Flores and Isaac Silva are the January Students of the Months. Read more about these exceptional students by clicking above.