eNewsletter: November 14, 2012

Nov 14, 2012

Frisco ISD Launches Free Mobile App

Download the App!Frisco ISD is putting critical information at your fingertips. Students, parents and employees now have quick and easy access to District and school information on their smart phones.

The District has launched a new mobile application, which is free to download. It is currently available on both the Apple iPhone (iOS) App Store (iTunes) and Android Play Store. Just search Frisco ISD or visit www.friscoisd.org/ios or www.friscoisd.org/android from your smart phone.  

The app features news, upcoming events, lunch menus, contact information and maps and directions to FISD schools. It also connects users to resources including Home Access Center (HAC), the District’s Facebook page, Twitter feed and more.

“The app provides another way for District stakeholders to access District and school information in a way that is convenient and user friendly,” said Executive Director of Communications Shana Wortham. “We think it will be especially relevant and useful to our parent community and we are looking forward to hearing back from them regarding this effort.”

Board Members Work to Select New Leader

Members of the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees are meeting this week in special session to identify the right applicant for the job of superintendent.

The Board is meeting to interview and deliberate on candidates for the position. Board members have said they are looking for a servant leader who can build collaborative relationships, embraces the District’s small school philosophy and views the position of FISD superintendent as a professional destination rather than a stepping stone.

Dr. Rick Reedy previously announced his intention to retire after 37 years in the District. He will serve until a replacement is named.

Grants Support Classroom Instruction 

Tadlock Elementary Counselor Sarah Perry Accepts GrantThe Frisco Education Foundation awarded 40 grants to Frisco ISD educators this month totaling $65,000. Winners of the Grants for Great Ideas! program were surprised at their schools with an oversized check on November 5 and 6.

The annual program encourages educators to think outside the box. Applicants describe a project and how it would benefit student achievement. The Frisco Education Foundation selects winning applications and provides funds to make the ideas a reality.

“It really gives you a sense of purpose when you can hear from the teachers and see the faces of the kids who will be impacted by it,” said Foundation President Elect Peter Burns. “For me, it’s really exciting and rewarding and makes me even more committed to what I’m doing to continue giving teachers and students that opportunity.”

Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $265,000 to enhance learning for students across the District. Learn more about Grants for Great Ideas!

Support Our Football Teams in the Playoffs

Make plans to catch Frisco High School, Lone Star High School and Centennial High School in football playoff action this Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.

FHS faces Highland Park at Apogee Stadium in Denton, LSHS battles Gainesville at Denton Bronco Stadium and CHS takes on West Mesquite at Kimbrough Stadium in Murphy.

Discounted advance tickets will be sold at the schools until 2 p.m. Friday and at the Athletic Office, 6950 Stadium Drive, until 4 p.m. Friday. Frisco ISD badges will not be accepted at any venue. For more information, call FISD Athletics at (469) 633-6120.

Campus Events Honor Veterans

Student Artwork at Smith Elementary Frisco ISD honors the bravery and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. Activities on many campuses taught students about citizenship, love for country and respect for those who serve or who have served the United States in uniform. Students are urged to learn about veterans in their own families, share patriotic music and display letters and posters thanking veterans for their service.

Students at Smith Elementary had the opportunity to share their sentiments recently during Veterans Day assemblies. All parents, grandparents and other relatives who are veterans were invited to the school to be recognized.

Lance Corporal Matthew Darwin, a 2011 graduate of Centennial High School and Smith alumnus, spoke about his service in the Marine Corps Reserve and asked students to remember why we celebrate Veterans Day.

“Don’t just make it one day. Make it every day all year,” he said. “It’s the greatest feeling in the world when someone comes up to you and thanks you for serving. It’s a reminder of why we joined. It’s encouragement to keep going.”

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 15 – FISD Career and Technology Education Showcase and Career Fair, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 9889 Wade Boulevard, 75035.
  • November 19-23 – No School, Staff Development/Thanksgiving Break.
  • November 26 – Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship Applications Available Online, www.friscoeducationfoundation.org.
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