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Relationships are Built on Communication

At FISD, we are working hard to provide a variety of effective communication options to connect our schools, parents and communities because we know that relationships are built on communication. In fact, FISD is right on target according to a survey from the National School Public Relations Association which revealed that parents want school news delivered through technology.  Below you will find a list of options available to parents and or community to access information about the many great things that are happening at FISD. 

FISD Web Page
http://www.fisd.us/

FISD Focus – keeping staff and community informed about the actions of the FISD Board of Trustees
http://www.fisd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=191619&type=d&pREC_ID=533199

FISD Update – quarterly publication highlighting happenings in the district and on campuses
http://www.fisd.us/ourpages/auto/2012/9/6/44093515/FISD%20Update%20October%207_%202014.pdf

Superintendent’s Blog – bi-monthly posting that you can subscribe to
http://www.fisd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=328353&type=u&pREC_ID=401397

News and Announcements – weekly happenings at FISD
http://www.fisd.us/

Our Story – stories about our students and staff that define our FISD culture
http://www.fisd.us/

District Fact Sheet – available on the district web site
http://www.fisd.us/apps/download/2/X0RHcXfZcpqEPFdNHDcoqxsMu60r1New61KsLSu1iGA2AkKe.pdf/District%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

Remind - texting service to inform of school closings or delays due to inclement weather
http://www.fisd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=192459&type=d&pREC_ID=642258

Floresville ISD Facebook – link at the bottom of our web page
http://www.fisd.us/

Coffee and Conversation – meeting for parents and anyone interested in learning more about FISD.
http://www.fisd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=192446&type=d&pREC_ID=660156 

txGradebook - parent portal providing parents and guardians Web access to information about their students
https://txsuite.net/247901txc/Login.aspx

Blackboard – FISD’s automated phone, text and email that can be sent to parents – phone number and email addresses need to be on file and up to date on your child’s campus to ensure that you are notified through these options.

Using effective communication is crucial to relationships and to our success as we strive to promote a positive, collaborative learning environment.  Constantly seeking out ways to improve communication is one more way that FISD is working with our staff, parents and community as we prepare our students for a prosperous life.

PATRIOT DAY – THANK A FIRST RESPONDER

Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.  Alan Jackson asked us, “Where were you when the world stopped turning that September Day?”  Do you remember where you were? 

I remember exactly where I was – I was the FMS principal and had just entered FISD Administrative Offices for a meeting when I noticed colleagues gathering around a TV.  We spent the next few minutes in silence and disbelief – staring at the TV.  I felt numb.  It was so unimaginable that it was difficult to comprehend. 

The good news is that, not only did America remain strong in the face of massive terrorist attacks, but as a result of this tragedy, Americans had a heightened appreciation for first responders, the men and women who put their lives on the line when the lives of others are in danger.  I offer my thanks and appreciation to all first responders.

As we reflect and remember 9/11 and the significance of this day in our nation’s history, FISD invites students, staff and community to wear Red, White, and Blue this Thursday, September 11, 2014!  All campuses will have a moment of silence immediately following announcements in remembrance of 9/11.

Patriot Day - Wear Red, White, and Blue Thursday!

Welcome back, Staff, Teachers, Students and Parents!

Welcome back!  I hope your summer break was wonderful and you are re-energized for the 2014-15 school year.  FISD staff spent this past week participating in professional development that was motivating, inspiring, and will serve as a valuable tool to prepare them for the year ahead.

 

As your superintendent, having high expectations for academics and educating the whole child, I envision FISD as a district which is recognized for its integrity, as well as its commitment to excellence. With responsibility as my number one strength, and my personal belief in continuous improvement, you can rest assured that I will take ownership of this vision and I invite you to do so as well.

 

Our goal is to nurture each and every one of our students to prepare them for a prosperous life, whether they are college bound, interested in a career right after high school or choose to pursue military service.  To do this, our students need each Floresville ISD employee to be focused on their success.  As we look forward to the year ahead of us, I would like to thank the FISD staff in advance for your COMMITMENT to our students as you FOCUS on their individual needs and your RESILENCE as you WORK HARD to prepare them.

 

Preparing students for a prosperous life is not easy work, but I can’t think of a better staff and community to be working with in that pursuit.  I am looking forward to this school year as we work together to make good things happen for each other, our students and our community. 

The 2014-15 school year at FISD was kicked-off with our annual Ice Cream Social, Friday night at Eschenburg Field.  The stands were packed with proud parents, family, community, students and staff, while the field was crowded with students and staff representing a variety of extra-curricular activities including athletics, band, cheer, color guard, dance and ROTC. 

 

Participation in extracurricular activities provides students opportunities to learn about teamwork, discipline, healthy competition, success and loss - all of which are valuable life lessons.  In addition, it provides an opportunity for parent involvement, which is critical to the success of not only our students’ academic achievement, but is also a factor in effective campuses.  Your attendance at an extra-curricular activity shows support for our students, our schools and our district.

 

The athletic booster club coordinated the event with help from FHS staff.  The emcee of the social was Jay Tope of SA Sports, during which water was donated by Mark Brown with State Farm, and after all introductions were made, ice cream was served in cups donated by McCoys.  Athletes, cheerleaders and dance team donated ice cream.  Band students donated the sodas and parents volunteered their time to serve the ice cream floats to all in attendance.  This is the perfect example of the kind of teamwork and partnerships needed throughout the school year to ensure success for our FISD students. 

 

Thanks to all of our Floresville Family – students, staff, parents and community, for working to make the Ice Cream Social a huge success.  I look forward to working with all of you throughout the 2014-15 school year. Your involvement makes a positive difference in Floresville ISD.  Working together, FISD students will be prepared for a prosperous life.

Communication is Key to a Successful Relationship

At FISD we know that communication is key to a successful relationship, which is why we are always looking for ways to keep you accurately informed as efficiently and quickly as possible. In addition to the recent efforts to keep our community informed, such as the FISD Focus and FISD Update, ware implementing the Remind101 texting service to inform the FISD community regarding school closings or delays due to inclement weather.

Remind101 is a service that provides FISD a safe way to text message faculty, staff, students and parents. In fact, we know some of our teachers are already using this option to communicate with their students and parents. Using Remind101 can allow FISD to more effectively and securely get information out without needing to know phone numbers.  This service is confidential and your information will not be given out or seen when text messages are sent. It is a one-way messaging service therefore you will not be able to reply to any of the text messages you receive.There is no cost to sign up for Remind101, but standard text messaging rates may apply.

Below you will find a number and a code.  To subscribe, text the code to the number. At that point, you will be "subscribed" to the FISD account. Any time FISD sends a message regarding inclement weather via Remind101, anyone subscribed will receive it.

Number: (830) 261-4721   Code: @fisdw

Using effective communication is crucial to relationships and to our success as we strive to promote a positive, collaborative learning environment.  Constantly seeking out ways to improve communication is one more way that FISD is working with our staff, parents and community as we prepare our students for a prosperous life.

Reflecting on 2013-2014

As I reflect on this past year, there is much to be proud of at FISD.

 Our FISD staff has demonstrated throughout the year their willingness to Cross the Line as we have been committed to our students, working hard to focus on providing challenging, meaningful learning experiences and bouncing back as we have learned from mistakes. In our efforts to develop the whole child, FISD students have been encouraged to use their strengths to make a difference and create a chain reaction of kindness, which was documented in two videos produced by our own FHS Video Production class. (watch video)

 FISD graduates are post-secondary ready, with plans to enroll and graduate from college, complete their military contracts, or be successful in the workforce with 175 students committed to attending college, 5 attending technical schools, 12 joining the military, and 36 joining the workforce. In addition, our students have competed successfully at the district, state and national levels in extracurricular events that challenged them both mentally and physically.

 FISD has also worked hard this year to be transparent and open with our communications. The FISD Focus has provided a summary of FISD Board meetings, keeping staff and community informed about the actions of the FISD Board of Trustees. Open Forums on campuses have given FISD staff the opportunity to share their successes and challenges. We have also kept staff, parents and students informed by utilizing technology like Facebook and Remind 101.

 I want to share my sincere gratitude with our FISD staff members, parents and community for your individual contributions as we work together to prepare our FISD students for a prosperous life.

FISD Supporting Veterans

Floresville ISD honored Memorial Day and the men and women who have died defending our country by raising funds for military veterans and their families.  We took part in the 2014 “Jeans For Troops” fundraising drive benefiting the GI Go Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment, go to college, access their health care and financial benefits, and link to housing. 

 

During the drive, we gave our employees the opportunity to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI Go Fund.  Preparing our students for a prosperous life includes modeling acts of kindness and generosity as a reminder to our students that Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who have fought and died to preserve our liberties, our freedoms, and the American way of life. 

 

Thank you, Veterans, for your service to our great Nation, the United States of America.   

 

For more information about the GI Go Fund, visit www.gigofund.org.

#thankateacher

Students, Parents and Community Members,

May 5-9 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  It is a time to show our appreciation for teachers by thanking them for their care, efforts and contributions.  A teacher’s highest reward is feeling the true appreciation and gratitude of his or her current or former students. If you feel that a particular teacher is or has been crucial in your personal growth or that of your child’s, please let them know. You will make their day.

FISD Teachers,

Thank you for all that you do for our students.  I appreciate your focus, hard work, commitment and resilience as you work with children day-in and day-out.  Thank you for accepting the challenging job of not only educating FISD children, but also for instilling character and confidence as we work to prepare students for a prosperous life. 

#thanks #teachersareawesome #fisdteachersrock #teachersrule #weloveourteachers

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” 
Henry Adams

Reading is Fun and Critical to Success

FISD is celebrating Read Across America this week in our ongoing effort to encourage our students to read. We know that young children who have a strong, positive relationship with books are excited and motivated about learning to read, and do so with greater ease and success. Older students who develop a love of reading reap tremendous personal and academic benefits throughout their lives. 

District Librarian Mrs. Varnon scheduled guest readers to read to students at both elementary campuses throughout the week.   Elementary and FMS students are participating in read-a-thons, while the FHS library is showing book trailers on the large screen as well as including a Book of the Week segment in FHS Untamed, their weekly video announcements. 

Staff members are joining in the fun as well.  Floresville North Elementary staff started the day with green eggs and ham tacos.  All FISD staff members completed a form that is posted for students and colleagues alike naming their favorite book, author and why it is one of our favorites.  This simple book share has already sparked conversations resulting in specific books being requested from our libraries!

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday than reading to a child? When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to our Floresville students that reading is fun and important – preparing them for a prosperous life.

FISD Counselors Help Students Build Magical Futures

This week we are celebrating National School Counseling Week to focus well-deserved attention on the unique contribution school counselors make to our school system. The theme of this year’s Counseling Week is “School Counseling: Building Magical Futures,” highlighting the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

School counselors benefit districts in so many ways.

FISD Counselors……

  • help our parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal and social growth of their children
  • work with teachers and other educators to help our students explore their potential and set realistic goals
  • partner with our community to utilize resources that support our students and their families
  • are committed to helping our students explore their abilities, strengths, interests and talents as they relate to career awareness
  • help our students reach their full potential
  • are an integral part of the educational process that enables all FISD students to achieve success in school. 

We appreciate our counselors for being a vital part of the educational process for all students as we prepare them for a prosperous life. Thank you, FISD Counselors, for your commitment to helping our students build magical futures!

Thank an FISD Trustee!

January is designated School Board Recognition Month in Texas, and this is an excellent time to thank our Board of Trustees for their commitment and contributions to all FISD students, staff and taxpayers.

School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be for every child.  They voluntarily accept the enormous job of governing our school district, focusing on the future success of every FISD student. Developing confident leaders and productive citizens with character and knowledge in preparation for a prosperous life is a tremendous task.  Great leadership always begins with willing ears, a positive attitude and a desire to make a difference.   

We appreciate these local leaders for truly caring about our kids.  Thank you, Trustees, for dedicating your heart and hands to FISD!

Rachel Peña, President
District 3

Neysa Choate, Vice President
District 4

Ryan Bippert, Secretary
District 2

Bill Meuth, Treasurer
District 1

Nancy Jurgajtis, Member
District 5

Steven Ibrom, Member
District 6

Kenneth Leonhardt
District 7

Service, Giving, Accomplishment and other Great Things happening at FISD

     As we prepare our students for a prosperous life, concern for others and action to make the world a better place are a focus at FISD.  Through service and giving, students not only see their part in the larger community and learn why it is important to help others, but it can also be life changing for them as well. We all have the ability to perform many small acts of kindness that make great things happen. FISD students and staff have worked diligently to make good things happen for other people during this holiday season.  To learn more about Service, Giving, Accomplishment and other Great Things happening at FISD, click the "Great Things" link.

Good Choices at FISD!

We know the key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal and staff. This month we honored the hard work and dedication of our principals for National Principals Month.  Let a principal know how much you appreciate them, it will make their day!

FISD students and staff participated in Red Ribbon Week activities, focusing on alcohol and drug prevention awareness.  As I visited the district this week, messages of preventing drug abuse by making good choices were visible on all campuses.  Elementary students and staff were dressed as their favorite characters as they were, “Showing good character by being drug free”.  Middle school students pledged to be drug free and middle and high school students dressed up to call attention to a drug-free lifestyle with days such as “Red Out” and “Super Hero Day”.  Anti-drug messages were posted at the Alternative Campus as well.  One catchy, but hard hitting slogan was, “He died for the want of another breath, as he smoked himself to death”. Our children have the right to grow up drug-free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen!

Another choice made every day by FISD students and staff deals with how we choose our attitude and treat others. At the conclusion of our Rachel’s Challenge presentations, our students and staff were asked to accept the following challenges.  Secondary has five challenges: 1) Look for the Best in Others, 2) Dream Big, 3) Choose Positive Influences, 4) Speak with Kindness, and 5) Start Your Own Chain Reaction.  Elementary has four challenges: 1) Use Kind Words, 2) Do Nice Things, 3) Include Others, and 4) Start Your Own Chain Reaction.  Committing to these positive choices will make FISD a better place to be.  Imagine how our Floresville community could be transformed if there were a community-wide commitment to these challenges?

October was an exciting month at FISD.  Not only did we recognize our principals, but time was dedicated to emphasizing the importance of choices.  The choices we make can have a positive or negative impact on us and those around us, both physically and mentally.  FISD is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students by creating an atmosphere of care and respect, as we prepare our students for a prosperous life with character, knowledge and confidence.

The End of Bullying Begins with Us!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention. FISD students and staff are showing support of bullying prevention by wearing orange this month.

As FISD continues to work to create a Community of Character, we are once again asking our students and staff to accept Rachel’s Challenge: to go out of our way to show compassion, which will start a chain reaction of the same. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.  By turning the story of a tragic death at Columbine High School into a mission for change, Rachel's Challenge is helping create safer learning environments and making a world-wide impact.

FISD PK-8 students will attend a Rachel’s Challenge Presentation next week designed to encourage students to treat others with kindness and respect. The sophomores at FHS, along with FISD staff, will be participating in a Chain Reaction Day through Rachel’s Challenge. Chain Reaction is designed to draw students together to break down barriers and influence students to make positive changes in attitudes, behaviors, and values:

Bullying/Teasing - Willingness to reach out for help – Gossiping - Openness of expression - Judging others - Valuing others - Having empathy towards others - Having a hopeful outlook on life

Students respond to the day’s challenges with self-reflection and the acknowledgement of personal responsibility that leads them to start their own positive Chain Reaction.

 Rachel’s Challenge is all about simple acts of kindness. At FISD every time a student, teacher, or staff member experiences an Act of Kindness, an AOK link is made. At the end of the year, all campuses will bring their links together to make one incredible chain of kindness. Join FISD and accept Rachel's Challenge to start a chain reaction of kindness! If you have an act of kindness that you would like to add to our FISD and Community Chain, send us an email about it at kwilkerson@fisd.us .  Thank you for helping us “Prepare Our Students for a Prosperous Life with Character, Knowledge and Confidence”.