Read about the many great things happening at FISD in the November edition of the FISD Update!
Think College Thursday
Location: Wear a College Shirt!
Poth ISD is hosting a 5K run/2K walk on Saturday, November 21st beginning at 9am at Poth City Park. All proceeds go to Floresville High School Tornado relief. Thank you, Poth ISD! Click above for the registration form and more information!
The District-wide Career Day that was to be held on December 4th at FHS will be rescheduled to a date during the second semester.
The FHS Italian Co-op plate sale that was scheduled for Sunday, November 15 has been moved to Sunday, December 6th. The times and location are the same, which will be the back of the culinary arts area from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.. Pre-Sale tickets are available through any coop student or Mrs. Rogers.
To make up for the lost instructional days, the early release day previously scheduled for November 11th has been changed to a full day for FHS STUDENTS ONLY. All other FISD campuses will follow the early release schedule. FHS students will be dismissed at 4:05 on Wednesday, November 11th.
Congratulations to Angel Roberson and Dennis Siegal, November Students of the Month. Click above to read more about these outstanding FHS students!
“He’s my hero. He saved my life and saved my friends’ lives.” That’s what Fernando Hernandez, junior at Floresville High School said about his bus driver, Felipe Ramirez. Dr. Bays recognized Mr. Ramirez for being the kind of employee every school hopes they have in every position. In the face of tremendous danger, Mr. Ramirez’ only thought was to protect the children in his care.
On Friday, Mr. Ramirez was waiting for the FHS students who attend the Alamo Area Academy at St. Philips College, like he does every day. But Friday was different. As the tornado blew through Floresville, and specifically Floresville High School, Mr. Ramirez was calm, courageous and confident as he made decisions that would ultimately keep those students from harm. As tree limbs and debris was flying around the bus, he waited and helped every student get on the bus before taking them to a safer area.
Juan Hernandez, Fernando’s father, said, “I, as a parent, am so grateful and blessed to have a bus driver/guardian angel like Mr. Ramirez”. We agree that Mr. Ramirez was a guardian angel and hero to those students on Friday. When asked about being a hero, Mr. Ramirez said, “Those kids are the heroes. They go to college every day. My life is mostly done but theirs is just beginning.” It doesn’t surprise us at all that when we asked him what his favorite thing about being a bus driver is, he said, “I love the kids.”
Thank you, Mr. Ramirez.
Did you know that FISD has 70 years of experience on its Police Force? FISD has welcomed a new Chief of Police, Fidel Villegas, and a new officer, Gilbert Santos, both formerly San Antonio Police Officers with 26 and 27 years of experience respectively. Our third officer, Henry Guerra, has 17 years’ experience and in his 8th year with FISD. With this experience, come new ideas and new procedures that are helping keep our students safe.
During Red Ribbon Week, our officers are presenting at every FISD campus about the dangers of drugs and how making smart choices can save lives. Each presentation is a bit different and age appropriate. For the first time in many years, we have McGruff the Crime Dog visiting our elementary schools to help our younger students begin to think about making good choices every day. Our FHS students will actually be hearing from an individual who is currently incarcerated and the effect that addiction and crime has had on his life. This realistic approach is intended to show our older students that making bad decisions can result in permanent consequences.
It’s not just Red Ribbon Week where our enhanced police force is charting new territory. Recently, FISD hosted an active shooter training that included area law enforcement agencies. While we hope that this training exercise is never put into action, parents can rest assured knowing that there are procedures in place to keep students safe even in the most dangerous situations.
FISD is proud to say that our police force is proactive rather than reactive. They are visible and building relationships with students, taking a hands-on approach to help students make positive decisions and be responsible citizens. The FISD Police Force is an integral part of preparing our students for prosperous lives.
When the superintendent receives a long and glowing letter about a single employee, you know that person is doing something right. Dr. Bays received a letter just like that about FISD Bus Driver, Gary Widner. There are few things more difficult than entrusting the safety of your kindergartner to a stranger during those first few weeks of school, but one parent learned quickly that her little one would be in the best hands, and here is her story.
“My daughter started kindergarten and was very nervous to be on the bus because she can be extremely shy and timid at times. Luckily, her brother would be on the bus with her for the first year and that helped us feel a little more comfortable. However, she and I immediately felt comfortable and confident that Gary was a great bus driver who put the children first and would make sure they were safe.”
The parent describes that Gary is firm but fair and takes the time to not only tell students the rules, but also explains why the rules are made and how they keep the students safe. She says, “I feel that explanations such as this will benefit a child and allow them to reason out situations and make better choices in the future.”
The letter goes on to detail an incident where Mr. Widner actually called the parents’ home just to make sure their daughter was okay after the excited kindergartner dropped the tooth she lost earlier in the day. The parent describes how he remains calm and patient, even in stressful situations, which keeps the children calm and feeling safe. She closes her letter with this, “I am very thankful that my child is riding a bus with a driver that she and I are comfortable with. My child’s safety is of the utmost importance, as I am sure all parents feel this way. The great thing is that I also believe the children’s safety is of the utmost importance to Gary as well.”
Thank you, Mr. Widner, for being the kind of bus driver, and person, that a mom and dad can trust to keep the most important thing in their lives safe and happy.
Did you know that FISD bus drivers log 1200 hours of training in a school year? It’s National School Bus Safety Week and we are proud of our bus drivers and thankful for them for so many reasons.
In the last year, the FISD Transportation Department has seen many changes. These changes are not only making our students safer, they are also streamlining processes and helping our drivers provide great customer service to students and parents.
One major accomplishment this year is the full implementation of the Transfinder software, which provides electronic routing, field trip requests and fleet maintenance, making operations more efficient and allowing parents online-access to bus routing information. The FISD Transportation staff has gone through hours of training to make this transition successful, but, it’s not just the technical side of things that have changed. Our drivers have not only logged hours of safety and software training but have also received training that helps them connect and communicate effectively with students. Being a bus driver involves more than just driving; they are the care-takers of our children at the beginning and ending of every school day. FISD is making sure our drivers have the skills they need to keep your kids safe and happy on their buses.
This week you will see our bus drivers making kids smile by enjoying theme days during bus safety week. When you see them wearing silly socks or crazy hats this week, remember to thank them for the difficult job they do and for making the safety of your children their number one priority.