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United in Grief, United in Hope

Tonight, Floresville ISD and Southside ISD students and fans are wearing white in honor and in memory of those lost or injured as a result of the shooting in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, November 5th.  Our teams are tied for first place in the district 29-5A championship, but the competition between the schools is met with unity, solidarity, grief and love as we unite on this evening.

Southside Superintendent Mark E. Eads extends his support, “It is in times like these that it is important we all stand together in the face of evil acts. Our children always come first. Southside is here to support our sister schools in whatever way we can. Our hearts and prayers are with Floresville and all the other districts affected.”

I would like to express my appreciation of support coming in for the students, families and communities affected. As we move forward with our children in the days to come, it is comforting to see and feel the support that surrounds us. Standing together strengthens us. The attendance and spirit of love means more to us than you may ever know.

The color white is one of peace and love. We hope to spread the message with this effort so that all communities can heal and find comfort during this time of tragedy

As we remember the events of September 11, 2001 and the importance of First Responders, FISD will honor one of our own fallen officers. On Friday, September 15th, Floresville ISD will honor Detective Benjamin Marconi and his family during the pre-game ceremony at the Tiger Football game. Detective Marconi was a member of the Tiger Football Team as a young man and a beloved member of our community. The Tigers will officially retire his jersey at the end of this season and will also wear the emblem above on their helmets. 

We invite you to help us commemorate this great man and his contributions as both a Tiger and public servant.  The ceremony will begin at approximately 7:05pm at Eschenburg Field.

Sincerely,
Sherri Bays, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Floresville ISD

Dr. Bay with her grandchildren
Grandparents Day

Some of my most precious childhood memories are of times spent with my grandparents, and I hope that when my own grandchildren are all grown-up, they will feel the same way. If you have ever had the opportunity to be at Floresville North or South Elementary on Grandparents Day, you have seen with your own eyes that there is just something special about that connection between a grandparent and a grandchild. This connection couldn’t be more obvious; it’s shown in the way faces light-up with wide, cheek to cheek grins as they give great big hugs. I am not only talking about the kids, but the grandparents, too! Many thanks to FSE and FNE staff who worked hard to plan this opportunity to not only honor our grandparents, but to give grandparents one more chance to show their grandchild just how important they are to them.

Not only are grandparents a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories and love, but there is so much we can learn from them. If you are fortunate enough to still have your grandparents, make sure you reach out to them today and let them know how very important they are to you! Happy Grandparents Day to all of the awesome FISD grandparents.

#FISDPaysItForward

FISD Parents, Guardians, and Community Members

 

In October of 2015 after a tornado hit our city, Floresville ISD was on the receiving end of tremendous generosity as we repaired and rebuilt our schools. Today, FISD has the opportunity to “pay it forward” and make a difference for others in a similar, but even more catastrophic, situation. FISD would like to work together to provide targeted donations to Aransas County ISD. During our time of need, we found that specific, organized donations were of tremendous help. Because of our own experience, we would like to invite FISD staff, students, parents and community to participate in the districtwide donation effort outlined below.

 

Floresville North Elementary &

Central Office

Loose leaf paper

Scissors

Note cards

Rulers

Post-it notes

Play Dough

Paper Towels

Glue

 

Floresville South Elementary &

Transportation

Pocket folders

Quart/Gallon Ziploc bags

Staples/staplers

Map pencils

Pencil Sharpeners

Baby wipes

Markers

Student Backpacks

Floresville Middle School, Maintenance &

Food Service

Pens

Pencils

Highlighters

Tissues

Clorox wipes

Crayons

Tape/tape dispenser

Copy paper

 

Floresville High School, Alternative Center & Technology

3-Ring binders

Composition Books

Backpacks (for teachers in transit)

Clipboards

Paper clips

3 Hole Punch

Hand sanitizer

Wall Clocks

Expo markers

 

Donations can be dropped-off at the front office of your child’s campus or at the FISD Administrative Offices located at 1200 5th Street. FISD will also be collecting monetary donations for Aransas County Schools at the FISD Administrative Office. All donations will be accepted through September 12, 2017.

One of FISD’s Core Beliefs is, “We believe that helping one another strengthens our community.” Sometimes, the community is larger than just what lies within our city limits. Thank you for being the embodiment of that core belief.

Sincerely,
Dr. Sherri Bays
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Teachers are Dream Makers

Go to the Floresville ISD Facebook page and leave a message on the teacher appreciation post for a teacher that made a difference in your life!

 In an effort to recognize teachers for the challenging, but critically important work they do, we created the Dream Makers Banquet which honors academic and teaching excellence.  The Top 10 graduates of the FHS senior class identify their Dream Maker; a teacher who through their teaching, guidance and care, have helped to make their dreams come true.  It has been described by guests as an “amazing event” that allows students to share how their teachers have inspired and encouraged them in their academic and/or personal lives. 

 At FISD, our teachers are our most critical asset.  Teachers make a significant impact on the lives of the students they teach.  I only wish that every single teacher could hear from at least one student how they have made a difference in that student’s life.  I believe that teachers work so hard every day on the task at hand to do what is best for kids, that they don’t realize the impact they have on students’ lives, not to mention the future of our nations democracy.  I truly believe the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession and I cannot say thank you enough to our teachers.  Teachers, please know that you are appreciated and respected for all that you do.

 

FISD Staff, Parents and Community,

On March 25th, a “Save Texas Public Schools Rally” was held in Austin.  Many who attended commented the Mineral Wells Superintendent John Kunz gave an amazing speech in support of public schools and the critical role that it plays in our ability to survive as a state.  He eloquently articulated what many advocates of public education believe.  I was inspired by his words and thought you might be too.

 http://savetxschools.org/kuhn2017/

The 85th legislature is currently in session.  I encourage you to contact your legislators to share your beliefs about public school and the possible use state funds to pay for or support a school voucher, education savings account or tax credit scholarship program or a similar program through which a child may use state money for nonpublic education.  In Wilson County your legislators are: Senator Judith Zaffirini judith.zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us and Representative John Kuempel John.Kuempel@house.state.tx.us .

Words Can Give Purpose

“Inspired” is the word that best describes me as I leave FHS teacher Mike Haag’s English IV classroom, where I observed his students conduct a Skype interview with Steve Hartman, CBS News Correspondent featured weekly on the CBS Evening News in his segment, “On the Road”. I am inspired to know that FISD teachers are creating real world experiences like that for our kiddos.  It was inspiring that Mr. Hartman touched on so many of the things that are important to FISD – Character, Hope, Doing something your good at (Strengths)…..we are on the right track! 

Everyone should know that this successful individual became a CBS News Correspondent because a TEACHER told him he was good at writing.  I am inspired, and humbled, to be reminded of the powerful impact and long term effects our words can have on students.  Of course it’s not just teachers’ words that matter.  ALL of OUR words matter – mine and yours.  What have you said to a child today that would encourage them, build their self-esteem, make them more confident….. give them purpose?  I am inspired because I was just reminded that I am part of the most important profession that exists, one that shapes students’ lives and our futures.

It probably is not a surprise to most of you that last week was Celebrate Texas Public Schools Week, but what you may not know is that it was created by the Masonic Lodges to provide Texas Public Schools Week was created by the Masonic Lodges to provide an opportunity to celebrate our state’s free system of education. And rightfully so, our state’s future success comes through the quality of education received by public school students.   

 

Great things are happening in Public Schools across Texas, and specifically at FISD.  In our FISD Updates, our goal is to bring attention to the many untold success stories and zero-in on the accomplishments of our outstanding students and staff. I hope that by sharing we are not only informing, but we are inspiring schools to continue to achieve and improve.  Just as important, I hope that we are communicating the importance of the teaching profession.  I am not aware of any other profession that has such a significant impact on not only the future of our students, but the future of our state, nation and world. 

 

FISD is striving to create environments that are full of hope and encouragement. Our vision is to prepare students for a prosperous life by providing a solid foundation with dedicated efforts by educators and support from parents and the community. Working together, we equip our students with the tools necessary to be future ready.

 

Last week we celebrated Texas Public School Week, in the latest edition of our FISD Update, we are celebrating our students’ varied accomplishments https://1.cdn.edl.io/MjplKT0GXaZz7t9MG9vqEzGgKDzfD0PWYOq2A7zc4mVVApxA.pdf . You will see that they are excelling in arts, academics, sports and service. Public schools give students a place to explore their talents and find success using them. FISD is a proud Texas Public School.

Core Beliefs in Action

“We believe each individual is unique” and “that everyone deserves access to a quality education” are two of FISD’s Core Beliefs. I am proud to say that two stories about how those beliefs were put into action are being shared on a large scale.  Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency shared a story about a unique student and how FHS staff members worked to meet his needs.  The story highlights that educators do great things for kids every day, but these teachers recognized what the student has done for them as well. 

https://www.facebook.com/Floresville/posts/1087055601403363

The second example, being recognized in the greater San Antonio area, validates that FISD is engaging our students by allowing them to explore careers of interest to them.  KSAT 12 is 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 this Friday, February 7th.  The winning program will be announced 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

 

Kudos to the students, parents, community and staff members who helped to develop our FISD Core Beliefs.  Treating each other with care and respect, building on individual strengths and preparing students for careers that are meaningful to them are just a few of the ways FISD is preparing our students for a prosperous life.

Thank you, FISD Board of Trustees!

At the January FISD Board Meeting, campuses surprised the Trustees with tokens of appreciation: baskets of goodies, cookies, and even an autographed baseball – all in an effort to say thank you and to emphasize that working together, they make an All-Star Team.    The two elementary campuses produced a video which was entertaining, but along with the humor there was some wisdom shown at a very young age https://youtu.be/cDbYaMOqNK4

 

When asked what makes an All-Star Team, the kids hit the nail on the head, describing the work of our Trustees by saying things like: Never Give Up, Hard work, Trust, Focus, Helping one another and Teamwork.  I couldn’t have described our FISD Board of Trustees better myself.  Each of them truly cares about our students and staff.  Please join me in thanking our FISD Board of Trustees for their time and commitment to FISD.

Modeling Core Beliefs

One good thing about returning from the holiday season is the opportunity to share with our community the selflessness of our FISD staff and students, as they worked hard and long to ensure those in our community who were need, would have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. Their generosity never ceases to amaze me. Generosity not only benefits those on the receiving end, it also benefits the person who is dishing it out. By actually slowing down during the holiday season and focusing on the needs of others, we are often doing ourselves a real service by engaging in the one activity that will dramatically improve the quality of our own lives. Dennis Prager said, “Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” When I read this quote, I thought about one of FISD’s Core Beliefs, “We believe that helping one another strengthens our community”. After reading the latest edition of our FISD Update – Great Things, you will understand why I am so very proud of all that our FISD students and staff are doing to make our community strong by giving life to that core belief.

 

You can learn more about the generosity of FISD by clicking on the link below to read our annual edition of Great Things!

 

https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/XUSsY4m7xPMYThB4lKreQOB4KPQZor10Xhx2AUL2CVwsLAMr.pdf

School Quality is Made-up of More Than a Single Letter Grade

As we work together to provide a quality education to FISD students, I felt it was important for you to have information on the A-F Accountability Rating System. Click on the link to learn about research that clearly communicates the A-F school rating systems fail as an indicator of school quality, and how you can have a voice in helping the Legislature understand that no single letter rating will ever be able to adequately capture the actual effort and effectiveness of a school. 

 

Before we leave for our Winter Break, I want to say how much I appreciate the FISD staff and all that they do for our FISD students each and every day.  I have been touched to see the outpouring of generosity from our students, staff and community to help make sure those less fortunate have a Merry Christmas.  Wishing you and yours the very best as we look to 2017! 

FISD Career Day

 I wanted to say a special thank you to everyone involved in planning, organizing, supervising and delivering K-12 students to our first ever FISD Career Day.  Not only were the elementary students engaged in the many career opportunities, but an added benefit was their excitement about seeing FHS.  What a great, unintended motivator!  High School and Middle School students were exposed to careers that aligned with specific career pathways.  During lunch, I had an opportunity to visit with several of the presenters who commented on our immaculate facilities, had praise for our students behavior and were appreciative of the opportunity to share with K-12 students about the many, many career opportunities they will have to choose from.  We very much appreciate the presenters who shared their time and knowledge with our students. 

 FISD is on the most inspiring mission I can think of – preparing our future leaders!  It’s great to see that our community is excited to work with us, as we prepare our students for a prosperous life! 

Our Core Beliefs at Work

With Thanksgiving upon on us, I thought it was the perfect time to speak to a few of our Core Beliefs: 

  • We believe character values are the building blocks of a prosperous life.
  • We believe mutual respect is the foundation for a safe and nurturing environment.
  • We believe that helping one another strengthens our community.

Whether it’s a community reaching out with thoughts and prayers for one of our students who has been injured, or staff members who work together to make students successful and literally make their dreams come true, or our school family reaching out to support one of our own in illness or loss - there are honestly too many to list, but you can see that Floresville ISD’s Core Beliefs are in action every day. 

Before we all go our separate ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, I wanted to take a minute to share how thankful I am to work in a district where one can find great examples of care and respect being modeled on a daily basis.  Not only am I thankful, but I am inspired and hopeful when I have opportunities to work with and observe our students and the dedicated staff that lead and support them.  Please take a moment to view this short video, which is a compilation of the student-led Veteran’s Day Celebrations throughout FISD.  It reminds me to be thankful I am an American and for the many, many privileges that come with that title. 

https://youtu.be/LFQ6uZXBe4M

#FISDGreatStaff #FISDGreatKids #FISDandTheCommunity #FISDHelpingOneAnother #FISDCharacter #FISDPurposeful #FISDThankful

This month, thousands of schools, communities, organizations, and individuals are speaking out against bullying and raising awareness for bullying prevention. At the October FISD School Board Meeting, our Board of Trustees, along with staff members across the district signed the Declaration of Respect.  By signing, we pledge to be caring adults who help bullied students, listen carefully to all students who seek our help, act on their behalf to put an immediate stop to bullying, and work with other caring adults to create a safe environment for all FISD students.  Many students and staff also came together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion by wearing orange in observance of Unity Day.  Providing a safe learning environment for all students is an ongoing focus at FISD, with planned activities throughout the year to remind our students and staff that we should show respect and care for each other every single day. 

In order to address specific incidents of bullying, it is critical that campus administration be notified.  We depend not only on our staff, but on students, parents and the community to bring to our attention any alleged incidents of bullying so that we can fully investigate and address them.  This is a great example of how, working together, we can teach and protect our children.  To be prepared for our future, our students need to act with respect and integrity to contribute to the greater good. 

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words – I think this one sums it up nicely.  #FISDCharacter #UnityDay2016