eNewsletter: November 2, 2012

Nov 02, 2012

Frisco ISD to Add Emergency Text Messaging Service

Parents should keep a close eye on their cell phone next Tuesday, November 6.  They will receive a text message inviting them to “opt in” to Frisco ISD’s new SMS text messaging service.

The District will only use the service to provide timely and relevant information including school cancellations/delays, threatening weather and other emergency communications. Parents will not be charged for the service, but Frisco ISD will not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by parents for sending or receiving text messages.

Parents will receive a text message on Tuesday that looks like this:

“Frisco Independent School District messages. Reply Y for aprx 3 msgs/mo. Txt HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. See schoolmessenger.com/tm”

In order to participate, parents MUST REPLY to the text message with one of these key words: “Y,” “YES,” “SUBSCRIBE,” “OPTIN,” or “OPT IN.”

To opt out of the service, parents simply should not respond to the text message. They will not receive any additional text messages.

The new service is provided by School Messenger. To learn more, visit www.SchoolMessenger.com/tm.

Frisco Community Parade Set For November 10

Frisco Community ParadeSeveral Frisco ISD schools and student groups will participate in the Frisco Community Parade, which is held each November to mark Veterans Day and celebrate community pride. The event features floats, marching bands, sports teams, civic organizations, local businesses and more.

This year, the parade will be held on Saturday, November 10. Participants will leave FC Dallas Stadium at 11 a.m., travel east on Main Street through historic downtown and finish at North County Road. The parade theme is Welcome Home, in part to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  

“It’s all about tradition, school and community spirit,” said Christie Elementary Teacher Jodi Morrison. “Coming together and creating something to represent our school.”

For more information, visit www.friscotexas.gov/parade.

Art Students Create Gifts from the Heart

Lorena Diosdado with her portrait and recipient in GuatemalaAn art project at Hunt Middle School is reaching across the globe – connecting students with disadvantaged children they’ve never met. The school joined the Memory Project, a nationwide initiative in which art students create original portraits for children living in orphanages around the world.

The purpose of the portraits is to provide them with a special memory of their youth, to honor their heritage and identity and to help them build a positive self-image. The project also provides an opportunity for young Americans to open their hearts to children who have endured many hardships and to promote the value of sharing kindness with others.

In total, Hunt students made portraits for 10 children living at orphanages in Guatemala and for 11 children at orphanages in Afghanistan. Students recently received digital photos of children accepting the portraits.

"At times, it was frustrating because there was so much pressure for it to be good,” said Hunt eighth grader Lorena Diosdado. “But in the end, it was rewarding to see that what I made made somebody smile."

Follow this link to read more.

Parents Invited to CTE Showcase and Career Fair

Frisco ISD invites parents to visit the Career and Technical Education Center to explore its more than 20 programs of study. The state-of-the-art facility will host a Showcase and Career Fair on Thursday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 9989 Wade Boulevard, Frisco.

Middle school and high school students will learn about programs in health science,
information technology, hospitality & tourism, agriculture & construction and much more. Nearly 100 business professionals will also share information and advice about their career and educational journey.

The school strives to provide students an authentic environment in which to explore their future. We invite parents to stop by the event and share their enthusiasm with students.

Campus Activities Highlight Reasons to Be Drug Free

Frisco Chamber of Commerce Donated Bows for Red Ribbon WeekFrisco ISD schools hosted speakers and events the week of October 22-26 to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. The annual drug and violence prevention campaign encourages students to make healthy choices, set a good example and say no to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

At Pioneer Heritage Middle School, students were challenged to answer this sentence: The best me is drug-free because… The Second Annual Essay Contest asked students to interview an adult of their choice and write about what they learned from the conversation. An art contest also encouraged students to show what a drug-free lifestyle looks like.

“It helps get the kids more involved,” said Kris Brown, co-chair of the PTO’s Red Ribbon Week committee. “At this age, a lot of times middle school students listen more to their peers. We wanted to engage them with an adult whether it was a parent, teacher or mentor.”

Learn about some of the other events at our schools.

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