Students at Floresville South Elementary were all abuzz yesterday as they had the opportunity to learn more about career options in our area. Presenters ranged from Doctors, Engineers, and Taxidermists, to DPS officers, HEB truck drivers, Journalists and Chefs – just to name a few. In addition to informing students of the many options, some of which require college graduation, and others that do not, presenters stressed the need for good character. Dr. Wade Krause told students it was important to be kind, caring and trustworthy, he said patients want a doctor they can trust. San Antonio Fire Fighter, Steven Ibrom, stressed the importance of making good decisions – because bad decisions as a youth could possibly impact your career options later in life. While I was visiting classrooms, one student asked me if she could fly a car. My response was, “well first you need to design it!” FSE, FMS and FHS are all scheduled to have career days in the spring which have intentionally been designed to get our students thinking about their future college and career plans – the intent of House Bill 5.
In January 2014, the Texas State Board of Education established the rules that govern House Bill 5 (HB5) and the Foundation Graduation Program requirements for the 2014-2015 freshman class. The bill provides more flexibility for high school students to pursue either higher education or a career pathway. It received widespread support among educators and several business groups that are experiencing a need for skilled labor as the Texas economy continues to grow and diversify. House Bill 5 Graduation Plan created a foundation diploma that all students are expected to meet and offers several endorsements in areas such as business and industry; science, technology, engineering and math; public services; the arts and humanities; and multidisciplinary studies, which is a variety of advanced courses. An Endorsement is an area of focus designed to have a positive influence on our students’ future college and career plans.
The Foundation Graduation Program also allows individual students to receive Performance Acknowledgments on their transcript/diploma. During high school, a student may earn a performance acknowledgment for outstanding performance: in dual credit courses by earning 12 or more hours of college credit, in bilingualism and bi-literacy, on an AP test with a score of 3 or better, on the PSAT, the SAT, or the ACT, or by earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license. Any current 10th or 11th grade FHS student interested in moving from the 4x4 Graduation Plan, to the HB5 Graduation Plan, should contact their counselor.
In conclusion, students are encouraged to take rigorous coursework that supports their college and career goals. The Foundation Graduation Plan with an Endorsement will help students be college and career ready upon graduating from high school. To learn more about the Foundation Graduation Requirements, see information at the following link: http://www.fisd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=193900&type=d&pREC_ID=548555
We are excited about expanding FISD’s traditional role in public education to include Community Education. By growing a mutually supportive relationship between home, school, and community, we will be able to provide lifelong learning opportunities, increase community involvement in our schools, and efficiently use our resources.
By design, Community Education takes advantage of local resources and capabilities and responds to an individual community's particular needs and wishes. We are starting this journey with small steps by offering two courses: Microsoft Word 101 beginning February 24th and Nutrition Education beginning February 17th. In order to cover the cost of the instructor, at least 10 people will need to sign-up for the courses to be held. For more details on these two courses, please click here or visit the District’s web site under the “Preparing You” tab.
If you have an area of expertise that might be a future course offering or if there is a topic you would be interested in learning more about, please contact Assistant Superintendent Clay Rosenbaum at 393-5300 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. At FISD, we believe that public schools are the foundation of our community. Working together, we can help individuals in our community prepare for a prosperous life.
Floresville Independent School District is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students by creating an atmosphere of care and respect. One way we can do that is to seek out opportunities to educate our students’ caregivers on the very real dangers that are present on the Internet and social media sites.
FISD would like to invite all parents/guardians to a 45 minute presentation detailing the threats to our children via the Internet and social media. The presentation will be conducted by Special Agent, Larry Baker. Special Agent Baker has worked with the FBI for 15 years, the past 10 of which he has served on the FBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children investigative program. Special Agent Baker will provide statistics and detail actual FBI-San Antonio investigations in order to illustrate the severity and magnitude of this threat. Safety recommendations will also be provided regarding how to utilize the Internet and social media in a safe manner. Please note that this presentation is recommended for parents/guardians only.
Monday, January 12th, 2015
6:30pm, Floresville Middle School Cafeteria
Seeking out ways to partner with our community to keep our students safe is one more way that FISD is working to ensure our students are prepared for a prosperous life.
Those who know me, know that I believe student voice is a critical piece to our success at FISD. To me, giving students voice means empowering students to effect change by offering them an outlet to be heard which, in turn, can provide the District opportunities for continuous improvement.
Whether I was a middle school teacher or a campus principal, I have always sought out opportunities to sit down with students to talk to them, to understand them, and to learn from them. The superintendency has been no different for me as I have met with Student Advisory Committees at Floresville Middle School and Floresville High School. Middle school students have shared what they like about our school – ranging from serious issues, like continuing our anti-bullying focus and offering advanced courses to opportunities to have some fun, like dressing up each day during Red-Ribbon Week. At FHS, when I asked students what the worst thing was about being a freshman, I was pleased to hear that they had no complaints, in fact, they commented it was a really good time. One of my favorite things to ask students to do is describe the qualities of a good teacher. Our high school students talked about teachers that “like to teach”, “treat students with respect”, “are passionate”, “are knowledgeable”, and “try to understand and get to know us”. Along with these comments, it was no surprise to me when students shared names of teachers in our district that fit this bill! Discussing issues students would like to change is an opportunity for us to better explain why we do what we do, or possibly consider making some changes as we strive for continuous improvement.
My hope in engaging in these collaborative discussions with students is that they feel a greater sense of ownership with our educational processes. Creating a school environment where students are confident enough to respectfully express how they feel about what we are doing is a good sign that we are on the right road to preparing our students for a prosperous life. It is our responsibility to ensure academic and personal growth in these kiddos, but we can learn so much for them as well. We have great kids here at FISD and I love spending time with them!
Last week, as a way to offer Thanksgiving cheer, the Floresville South Elementary administrators each took a grade level and offered to be their lunch “delivery” person. When the principal, Shelley Keck, walked into Mata’s to pick up an order, the owner, Alex DeLeon greeted her. When Mrs. Keck shared that she was picking up lunch for some teachers, Mr. DeLeon refused to let her pay and covered the cost of the meal for the teachers. This is just one example of many businesses here in Floresville that support and show appreciation for our teachers.
As Ms. Keck walked out, several people offered to help carry food and they all shared with her how awesome our teachers are. When Ms. Keck shared this with our FISD Leadership Team she said she wished all FISD teachers could have been there and felt the caring and admiration from that group of people. Never underestimate the power of a kind word or action. It may affect one or many, many people without you even knowing it. At FISD, we call those actions Acts of Kindness.
The Thanksgiving holiday gives us an opportunity to step back from the many demands of our work to reflect on and appreciate our families, our friends, and our freedom. I am thankful to work at Floresville ISD and live in Floresville – a community that not only notices our teachers’ hard work, but appreciates it as well. I want to take this moment to thank our Floresville community for their commitment and support of FISD. Together, we are preparing our students for a prosperous life.
I, along with the FISD School Board, wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!