Click above to find the links for the 2017 FISD Parent Survey.
FSE 5th Grade Science Benchmark
Wear Your PowerUp Shirt!
FISD Pre-K/Head Start Round-Up
Date: 4/4/2017, 3:30 PM – 6 PM
Location: FSE Cafeteria
Click above for information and requirements for the FISD Pre-K/Head Start Program.
FISD is proud to announce the campus Teachers of the Year. Congratulations to these outstanding and dedicated educators:
FNE: Krystal Franklin
FSE: Teresa Sisti
FMS: Linda Lucio
FHS: Cassie Earl
Alternative Center: Jennifer Hoelscher
Read the FISD Update to learn about the great things happening in our district!
The FHS Cyber Security Team won the SA Live and Go Public Cool Schools voting. Tune in to KSAT 12 on Monday, February 20th, at 1pm to see FHS celebrate!
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.