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FISD Goes Gold

Floresville ISD Family and Community,

Tonight, FISD has invited Janet Pollok to conduct the coin toss at the football game. Ms. Pollok lost her son, Luke, to childhood cancer when he was 10 years old. This week, FISD went Gold to help fund Childhood Cancer research. For some of our families, a cure will come too late, but for many, across the country and in our own community, research could bring the cure that will save lives.

Joining Mrs. Pollok this evening will be families who have fought and are currently fighting this difficult battle. We will be honoring fighters Darian Ibarra, Jalie Carrasco, Daisey Perez and their families. In memory of those who are no longer with us, we will also honor Alyssa Olivo, Joey Tamez, Keilani Touchstone and their families. We appreciate they are taking the time to be with us tonight and for fighting for not only their children, but the children of others.

Thank you to the many students, staff, parents and community members who have supported our efforts to raise funds this week. FISD will be donating over $2000 to childhood cancer research as a result of your generosity.

#FISDGoesGold #BeBoldGoGold #FightLikeAKid #FISDPurposeful #FISDCharacter #FISDandtheCommunity

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Did you know that every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer? Every school day, 46 kids are diagnosed and 7 of those will die. Floresville ISD is joining the fight to find a cure for childhood cancer, this September. We’re asking you to help raise awareness by participating in the “Gold Out” at the Tiger Football game on September 7th. For $10, you can buy a gold t-shirt with the “Step Up For Childhood Cancer” message. The proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a foundation that supports childhood cancer research. Let’s help, together. You can order a shirt between now and Friday, August 31st at 11am. The order form is attached and on the FISD Website. The form and money can be returned to the front office of your child’s campus or, for anyone that doesn’t have a child at FISD, it can be returned to the FISD Central Office, 1200 5th Street. You will be able to pick-up your shirt on Thursday, September 6th wherever you turned-in your form.

Awareness=Funding=Research

“We believe that helping one another strengthens our community.” #FISDGoesGold

Tax Ratification Election

As an entity that teaches civic responsibility, I appreciate those of you who exercised your right to vote in the tax ratification election.  The voters have spoken, and we are already moving forward with that feedback and finalizing the budget for this year.  After being asked, I want to make it clear that budget adjustments will be made in order to keep the two police officers we recently added to provide additional security on campuses. 

The good news is Floresville ISD always has its students’ best interests in mind, and the dedication of our staff to our students is stronger than ever.  With that said, we have very exciting and important work ahead of us as we begin the FISD Strategic Planning process in September.  The work of public schools is more challenging now than ever before, as we prepare students for jobs and careers that don’t yet exist.

As public schools are faced with financial challenges and asked to do more with less, I will continue to advocate on behalf of our FISD students and staff as the 86th Legislative Session is called to order January 8, 2019.  You can rest assured I will work with the FISD Board of Trustees to continue to be fiscally responsible and seek out every opportunity to receive additional funding for our district.  It’s an honor to serve Floresville ISD students, staff and community.

Safety Message

FISD Parents and Community,

After the recent school shooting in Florida, I know that you may be concerned about the safety of your children while they are at school. I want to reassure you that safety and security has been and continues to be a priority at FISD.  Our staff is my family and your children are our children; we work every day to provide a safe and secure environment for both. This week, the District Leadership Team met and discussed the importance of reminding staff to be vigilant - keeping our eyes and our ears open at all times, checking to ensure doors and entrances are secure, ensuring visitors have passes and reporting anything out of the ordinary. I want to share with you some of the things FISD has in place to make sure your children are safe at our campuses.

To ensure consistent and specific responses to crisis situations, an Emergency Operations Plan, as outlined by the Texas School Safety Center (TSSC), is utilized at FISD. A safety and security audit of all Floresville ISD facilities was completed in 2017, submitted to the TSSC, and presented to the Board as required. FISD met, or exceeded, all standards of this comprehensive audit.  We have implemented recommended improvements as we continue to work to provide the safest possible learning and working environment.  To protect campuses further, there are additional measures and protocols in place that are unpublished for security reasons. Additionally, we are enhancing a Multi Hazard Training Manual that will help to guide staff through more specific scenarios.  

We also have taken thorough measures on campuses to ensure the physical safety and security of staff and students. Every campus conducts monthly drills and evacuations so staff and students know what to do in different types of emergency situations. Each campus uses the Raptor Visitor Management System that requires all visitors to check-in at the campus office and undergo a screening before entering the building.  All campuses now have main entrances with secure vestibules.  All staff members are required to wear photo ID badges.  

By recognizing and encouraging acts of kindness and reminding students and staff of the importance of taking care of each other, we are proactively focusing on creating a caring and respectful environment throughout our district. We encourage you and your children to use our Stay Alert system, to report unkind or concerning behavior via email or phone.

We also know that when we work and communicate with each other, our students and staff will have the safest and most secure environment. That is why we continue to provide opportunities to keep parents informed about important safety topics. Most recently, FMS hosted a parent night with information about the dangers of social media and the importance of parents monitoring their child’s use of it.

In December, FISD once again facilitated the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) with city, county and state law enforcement at one of our campuses. In addition, an Intruder Assessment was conducted and suggested improvements have been implemented.  FISD also has a contractual agreement with both city and county law enforcement to provide support when needed. Both entities also monitor our campuses when school is not in session. Finally, in December we received a grant to add another officer to the FISD Police Department.

Unfortunately, these are anxious times, and our children are seeing and hearing about things that are deeply disturbing to us even as adults. If your child needs help processing their thoughts and feelings, specifically as it relates to trauma and grief, do not hesitate to reach out to their school counselor. Please know that safety is and will continue to be a priority for FISD and that we proactively plan so that we can be best prepared in the event of a crisis. Anyone with concerns or suggestions is encouraged to contact your child’s campus principal or central office staff at 830-393-5300.

Sincerely,
Dr. Sherri Bays
FISD Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

Hope Matters

What is hope and why does hope matter? Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Hope is about our future. It can be about our immediate future, it can also be long-term. Adults can be hopeful about having dinner with good friends or being a contributing member of a team. Children can be hopeful about going out to recess or learning something new. A community can be hopeful about selling cupcakes. Hope comes in different shapes and forms for different people. When we have hope, we are more likely to be committed to our work at hand.

There are things we can do to be more hopeful and even encourage others around us to have more hope. In education, we need to challenge every student to find at least one goal they are excited about, we need to teach them how to develop multiple pathways to achieve that goal, and then we need to help them overcome the obstacles they encounter until they can do it on their own. Research tells us hope predicts which students show-up for school and how well they do. Hopeful students completed more courses and had a better report card than less hopeful students. Hope is even a predictor of graduation.

If we commit to making hope a priority every day, then especially in difficult times it is easier to cope, because we have that foundation. Life is hard, and now, more than ever before, we need to understand that cultivating and having hope is not just another tool in our toolbox, it’s an essential tool.

Learn more about hope and the amazing things happening at FISD by clicking on the link below

https://1.cdn.edl.io/lSgWRdagXpwKmViy6wh3ttw4B7zJG9NSBfqHPMEb6aoChZE4.pdf

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.