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!
Student Holiday/Staff Development
Location: All Campuses
FISD Board Meeting
Date: 2/20/2017, 7 PM – 8 PM
Location: FISD Administrative Building
8th grade Make-Up Parent Night for 4 year plan
Date: 2/21/2017, 6 PM – 7 PM
Location: FHS Library
Vote for one of our FHS programs on KSAT 12 Cool Schools! They are highlighting the FISD Culinary Program, Cyber Security Program and District Career Day. You, and all of the viewing area, will have a chance to vote online for one of those programs until Friday, February 10th. The winning program will be highlighted on KSAT 12 at 8:30 AM, on a LIVE segment from FHS!! Be sure to share the link with your friends and family, too! Let's get the word out about the great opportunities FISD staff are creating for our students!! http://www.ksat.com/sa-live/cool-schools
FISD is applying for the "District of Innovation" designation. Click above to see FISD's District of Innovation Plan.
Read Dr. Bays' blog thanking the FISD Board of Trustees for their commitment to our school district and highlighting a video thank you from FNE and FSE!
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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.
What does it take to get a 2,826% increase in the usage of a resource? Ask the FISD Library team, because that’s the percentage of increase they’ve seen in the check-outs of eBooks from all of last year to the first HALF of this year! It hasn’t been easy, but, if you ask them, it’s been worth it.
It started by looking at data that was a little bit difficult to swallow. In a digital age, the fact that in all of FISD, last year, only 557 eBooks were checked-out isn’t what you want to see. So, Mrs. Sharon Varnon, District Librarian, decided to make the use of eBooks a focus. Now, it’s easy to say it’s a focus, but what they did was make a strategic and sustainable plan to make eBooks a go-to resource for students and staff.
“It’s important that we adapt to the changing times. Kids in college have to be able to use digital resources and we need to prepare our students,” said Mrs. Varnon. But, introducing students to eBooks wasn’t all that had to be done. “We also had to make sure the library staff was comfortable with them and could help teachers and students who were also learning to use them for the first time,” said Varnon. That’s when she and the Library Facilitators really dug-in; they attended training and made a plan for each campus. A plan that has resulted in 16,300 check-outs in a semester, compared to 557 check-outs all of last year. According to Mrs. Varnon, both teachers and students are now asking for digital resources instead of avoiding them.
Students being able to use resources like eBooks increases their digital literacy, which is the ability to use technology to navigate, evaluate and create information. In this day and age, digital literacy is incredibly important to success in almost any field. We are excited that Mrs. Varnon, Ms. Ramsey, Mrs. Gerrard, Ms. Aguilera and Mrs. Nickles are making focused, intentional efforts to help our students prosper in an increasingly technological world.