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Frisco ISD eNewsletter: June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018

Frisco ISD Updates Policy Regarding GPA for Rank

Frisco ISD is making a number of policy changes that District leaders hope will encourage students to make course selections based on their individual interests and improve their chances of being admitted to colleges and universities of their choice.

Starting in the 2018-19 school year, the District will stop publishing class rank beyond the top 10 percent. In FISD, large numbers of students are often separated by tiny fractions of a point in the grade point average (GPA) for rank calculation.

“Frisco ISD is a highly competitive school district and many students outside the top 10 percent have impressive academic and extracurricular credentials,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Waldrip. “By removing class rank from their transcripts, colleges will be forced to consider students not just in relation to their classmates, but in relation to all applicants from across the state and nation, where the chances of them standing out in the crowd are much greater.”

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School Board Approves 2018-19 Budget

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees approved a 2018-19 budget that invests in additional support for students and higher salaries and improved benefits for staff.

The $514.8 million budget includes funding for dozens of new positions that will relieve counselors and allow them to spend more time addressing students’ social, emotional and mental health needs.

It also prioritizes the District’s efforts to attract, retain and support high-quality staff. Teachers will see an average pay raise of 4.9 percent.

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Take Advantage of Summer Immunization Clinics Next Week

Will your child be ready for the first day of the 2018-19 school year? State law requires children to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases to attend school in Texas.

FISD is an offering an opportunity next week to help families get up-to-date on immunizations before classes resume. Shot records or a valid medical or conscientious exemption must be on file at each student’s school.

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Mindbender Academy Uses Fun to Inspire STEAM Careers

Mindbender Academy, designed to spark the excitement of incoming sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), welcomed nearly 800 students over the last two weeks. The camp held at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center featured learning through hands-on activities.

“You can do anything here. Coding, arts, science, everything,” one camper said. “It’s like a wonderland.”

Each year, partner businesses support Mindbender Academy, which was created 10 years ago by the Frisco Education Foundation (FEF), a non-profit organization that supports FISD students and teachers through educational programs, college scholarships and grants for educators.

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