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Frisco ISD eNewsletter: August 10, 2017

Aug 10, 2017

Back-to-School Bash

Join FISD families for the annual Back to School Bash sponsored by One Voice, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and La Vision on August 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centennial High School, 6901 Coit Rd. Enjoy free family fun for all. The event includes children’s activities, hot dogs, drinks, vendor booths, and school supply giveaways throughout the day until supplies run out.

 

FC Dallas Hosts Back to School Pre-Game Party

Join FISD at the FC Dallas Back to School night against the Colorado Rapids on August 12 at Toyota Stadium. A fun back- to-school carnival with inflatables, face painting, music, and special prizes will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. Free lunchbox cooler bag to the first 5,000 fans through the gates. Order Tickets -- use promo code FCD17.

 

School Health Advisory Council Application

The application deadline to serve on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) ends August 17. The council assists the District in ensuring that the local community values and health issues are reflected in District health education instruction. SHAC is a committee made up of both District employees and community members. Read about the committee and download the application.

Student Ambassadors Train to Help Peers Form Connections

Just as band members and football players work on their skills as the new school year approaches, Frisco ISD Student Ambassadors also gear up for a new school year.

 

The new team of Ambassadors do not march or lift weights but they do brainstorm on improving the emotional climate at high school campuses and participate in activities to hone their communications skills. They risk sharing personal experiences with each other or talking to teens from other high schools about what is happening on their home campus. They don’t text it – they talk to each other and they aren’t shy about speaking their mind.

 

Student Ambassadors are nominated each year by faculty and staff at all of the District high schools. They are chosen as a peer support group to assist with school climate and work with the Guidance and Counseling department to present information and activities that address serious issues such as suicide prevention or substance abuse. The Ambassadors begin meeting and training over summer break.

 

Substance abuse and stress among teens were the two most common issues identified by the Ambassadors this summer. They had great insight and ideas to alleviate these ongoing problems.

 

“How can you ease these issues into conversation? How are you going to handle going back to campus and talking about these things?” James Caldwell and Patti Wilson of the FISD Guidance and Counseling department asked in response to the student’s suggestions. Ambassadors have to be willing to be key communicators in the classroom but also in the hallway, the gym, or the school parking lot.

 

“We need to help them (teens with abuse problems) connect with the community and school. The opposite of addiction is connection,” observed Zaki Sayyid of Liberty High School.

 

Suggestions for improving student life and campus climate were: more student-led marketing on campus, combining multiple interest groups to work together on projects, expanding diversity programs, student-to-student mentorship programs and bonding activities.

 

Ansh Jain of Reedy High School said students need spaces and times on campus where they can be comfortable talking about difficult subjects, such as drugs, racism, discrimination, and stress over academics. He said he would rather see conversations taking place than another viewing of a PowerPoint on bullying.

 

The students’ forthright attitudes as they shared ideas back and forth indicate that this year’s Ambassadors are gearing up to make 2017-2018 at their campus a year where their peers can be free to speak up and speak out.

Immunization Information

Is your student back-to-school ready? State law requires children be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases to attend school in Texas. FISD requires up-to-date records (or a valid medical or conscientious exemption) to find out a student’s teacher at Elementary Meet the Teacher Night or to pick up his or her class schedule at secondary schools. More on immunizations

School Supplies, PE Uniforms, Meet the Teacher Night

 

Back to school means new pencils, pens, notebooks, and crayons! Each campus has posted information about schools supply lists and upcoming events on their individual websites. Some campuses have fun get-togethers before the school start date, as well.

 

If you haven’t received communication about August dates, please email your campus.

School Calendar

Do you keep a paper copy of the school calendar in the car and on the refrigerator? Many families do! Your 2017-2018 school year calendar is available online.

FISD AD David Kuykendall Recognized

 

David Kuykendall, Frisco ISD Athletic Director, was named as the Kelly Reeves State Award of Merit recipient at the annual PBK Sports-THSADA Hall of Honor Banquet held in Houston in July. THSADA is the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association.

 

“Coach K”, as he is affectionately called by those who work with him, has been Athletic Director in Frisco ISD since 1993, when he joined the District as both AD and head football coach of Frisco High School – at that time the only high school in Frisco. He has helped lead the District’s athletic program through amazing growth, playing a key role in coordinating with many renowned sports entities such as Hunt Sports Group, FC Dallas and the Dallas Cowboys organization to provide great athletic opportunities for FISD athletes.

 

“The recipient must have demonstrated long term contribution of leadership and service to the profession of interscholastic athletics at the state and national level. The award is presented by NIAAA in each state by the state selection committee. Kelly Reeves who passed away in 2009 was part of the driving force in the implementation of the LTI (leadership training) curriculum in Texas so that members of THSADA had the opportunity to develop professionally. Pauletta Reeves presented the award to Coach K,” said FISD Assistant Athletic Director Grace McDowell.

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