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Frisco ISD eNewsletter

Mar 24, 2017

School Board Begins Process to Find Next Superintendent

The Board of Trustees accepted a letter of retirement and resignation from Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon at this week’s Board meeting.

After 31 years in public education, Dr. Lyon has been named the first president of Cooper Youth, a division of The Cooper Institute, where he will lead a national effort to advance preventive health practices for children. His last day with the District is June 30.

“We’re sad to see Dr. Lyon go, but we are proud he is leaving remarkable pathways for continued successes at this great school district,” said Board President Anne McCausland. “As we plan ahead, we look forward to working together as a Board to gather feedback from educators and staff, families and the community on characteristics desired of our next superintendent.”

The School Board is planning a special workshop next Monday morning to discuss enlisting the help of an executive search consulting firm to assist with the process and timeline for naming a successor.

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FISD Sees Shift in Demographics of New Students

Updated enrollment projections from the District’s external demographer predict FISD will grow to 58,232 students by October of this year. At nearly 56,500 students today, Frisco ISD is now the 15th largest school district in Texas, putting it in the top one percent of all districts across the state for size.

Demographers also predict a recent trend will continue with regard to the demographics of new students. Traditionally, FISD saw the most growth at the elementary level. That is no longer the case, as home values have increased and the area is less affordable for younger families.

“There is no starter home in Frisco anymore,” said Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon, noting projections show the District will add approximately 600 new students at both the elementary and middle school levels, and more than 1,100 new students at the high school level.

FISD closely monitors growth in neighborhoods, new construction and population trends, as they impact annual rezoning efforts and planning for new schools.

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Focus on the Whole Child: Achieve Happiness with These Simple Steps

Is happiness the result of life circumstances, or your approach to the world? Frisco ISD is encouraging students, parents, staff and the entire community to participate in a 21-Day Happiness Advantage Challenge starting April 3.

Psychologist Shawn Achor argues that individuals can improve their happiness and educational and business outcomes by journaling, expressing gratitude, sharing acts of kindness and taking a few minutes to exercise and observe quiet time each day.

By encouraging everyone to participate in the challenge and read Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage, Frisco ISD hopes to reach outside the classroom and inspire the entire community to develop a more positive outlook.

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Calling Incoming Kindergartners for the 2017-18 School Year!

Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2017-18 school year is now available for families with students turning five years old by September 1.

Parents should plan to complete the online form and attend Kindergarten Round-Up at their child’s future school the week of April 3-7.

Early registration gives parents information to ease the transition into kindergarten and assists the District in planning for enrollment growth and staffing needs. A new video also highlights ways parents can help their children get ready for kindergarten.

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Home Access Center: There’s an App for That!

Did you know you can check student attendance, grades, assignments and class schedules from your mobile device?

Home Access Center is available online at hac.friscoisd.org/homeaccess or through the eSchoolPLUS Family mobile app by SunGard K-12 Education.

Students and parents can download the app from Google Play or the App Store to quickly check student progress. Simply choose your school district name and state and log in with the student’s Home Access Center credentials.

 

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Frisco ISD to Host Tour for Residents Aged 55 and Older

Frisco ISD is excited to invite residents aged 55 and older to participate in the 4th Annual Senior Bus Tour on Wednesday, April 5. The event is open to all citizens – retirees, grandparents, newcomers or just any interested FISD taxpayer.

“This is an audience that may not be connected to our schools, or have even stepped inside a classroom in many years,” said Chris Moore, executive director of communications and community relations for Frisco ISD. “This is an opportunity for them to experience our schools first-hand and learn about District operations and the opportunities we offer students.”

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Register to Vote in the Board Election by April 6

New to town, or need to update your address? Thursday, April 6 is the last day to register to vote in this year’s School Board Election, set for Saturday, May 6. Early voting begins April 24.

Places 4 and 5 are on the ballot this year for three-year terms. Trustees are responsible for hiring the superintendent and working with staff to set the direction of the school district.

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