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Frisco ISD eNewsletter: November 16, 2017

Nov 16, 2017

Survey Provides Feedback on High School Model

More than 4,100 people took a survey aimed at engaging the community on the size of Frisco ISD high schools, with 80 percent of respondents wanting to continue the small school model.

Each of the District’s ten existing high schools has a capacity of 2,100 students, which is lower than high schools in many other school districts as large as FISD. The cost for operating more 5A schools is not significantly more than the cost of operating fewer 6A schools, about three to five percent more.

Four in five people who took the survey said the small school model factored into their decision to move to Frisco ISD. Most respondents chose “the student feeling more connected to the school” and “more opportunities for extracurricular” when asked to choose the most important advantage of smaller high schools. Of the 10 percent of respondents who are not parents and not employed by the District, 69 percent were in favor of continuing the small school model.

The survey is part of a larger effort this fall to gather feedback on the high school model. A long-range planning committee made up of community members is also examining the issue, along with groups of staff members and students. Survey results and input from each group will help the Board of Trustees plan for FISD’s next high school. High schools take approximately three years to design and build. Current enrollment projections show the District’s 11th high school will be needed in 2021 or 2022.


Liberty Runners Win 5A State Championship

The girls’ cross country team from Liberty High School brought home the school’s first-ever team state championship earlier this month. Liberty senior Carrie Fish led the way for the Redhawks and FISD, finishing second in the girls’ race. Her teammate, sophomore Amelia Jauregui, took seventh place. Teammates were Kallin Brown, Kelsey Holden, Gabriela Leyva-Montiel, Kira Robinson and Kaylen Ruiz.

In all, Frisco ISD sent 26 runners to compete in the Cross Country State Championships, including the girls’ and boys’ teams from Wakeland High School. Also finishing in the top ten were Wakeland junior Nick Hendrix and Reedy High School freshman Colleen Stegmann.


Marching Bands Place at State Contest

Wakeland and Lone Star high schools represented the District’s marching band programs at the UIL State Marching Band Contest in San Antonio. Wakeland earned the fourth spot in the state and Lone Star placed 12th in the preliminary judging.

The schools offered each other encouragement and received a tremendous amount of support from across FISD, highlighting the District’s sense of family and community. Pictured are members of the Frisco High School Band offering their congratulations to the Wakeland Band at a recent game.


Non-Profit Delivers Food and School Supplies for FISD Students in Need

Frisco Fastpacs delivered boxes of backpacks and school supplies this week to be distributed to schools and students in need across FISD. The non-profit also partners with the District to put food directly into the hands of students who need it the most, providing pre-packed bags of breakfast, lunch and dinner items for students to eat over the weekend. Frisco Fastpacs plans to distribute hygiene packs to participating students quarterly throughout the school year as well.

Are you interested in becoming an FISD Partner in Education? Frisco ISD welcomes the involvement of businesses, organizations and individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of students. There are many levels of partnership and ways for you to share your time, talent and resources with our students and schools.


Mark Your Calendars

NOV 16-17 - Football Playoff Games

NOV 20-24 - Thanksgiving Break

NOV 27 - Attention Class of 2018: FEF Scholarship Application Available

DEC 5 - Coffee Talk with District Leaders

DEC 11 - School Board Meeting

DEC 18 - No School / Winter Break (THRU JAN 2)


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