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Frisco ISD eNewsletter: October 10, 2019

Oct 10, 2019

New Open Spaces and Furniture Enhance Student Learning

 

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TRE and HB 3 Help Frisco ISD Trim Class Size

Increased funding for day-to-day school operations has allowed Frisco ISD to reduce average class sizes across the District to the lowest levels in several years. The state of Texas requires school districts to ask for an exemption and notify parents within 30 days whenever class sizes exceed 22:1 in grades K-4. FISD asked for 39 waivers from the state this fall, down from 144 at the same time last school year.

“Smaller class sizes have been a priority of the Board for some time and we are pleased to see them come to fruition,” said School Board President Chad Rudy. “The best part is that it’s happening at a time when homeowners are paying lower property tax bills despite increasing valuations.”

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FISD Names High School #11, Attendance Zones Determined Next Year

Frisco ISD’s eleventh high school will be named Emerson High School after the original name of the City of Frisco. The town was named after Francis Emerson, a McKinney businessman who owned the land where the original townsite was located. The campus, located on the far eastern edge of the District in McKinney, will open in 2021. FISD will create attendance boundaries for the school next fall. Frisco ISD will utilize existing school capacity to accommodate student enrollment growth and delay any additional zoning changes until the 2021-22 school year as well.

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State Law Gives Students a Second Chance at Diploma

A change in graduation requirements in the state of Texas has given some Frisco ISD students the opportunity to receive a high school diploma, years after they attended FISD schools and completed all the District’s curriculum requirements. Prior to the graduating Class of 2015, students had to pass exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests in order to receive a diploma. Now, students who met all District requirements for graduation can receive their diploma by completing additional online coursework or a real-world project. This opportunity will be available to qualifying students through 2023.

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Help FISD Gauge Community Interest in Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten

Take the Frisco ISD Pre-Kindergarten survey now through Oct. 21 at friscoisd.org/Pre-K. In addition to parents of current three- and four-year-olds who may qualify for the free full-day program next school year, FISD also wants to hear from families who have younger children and families who would not expect to qualify to attend for free but would potentially be interested in a tuition-supported program. This will help the District gauge broader interest in Pre-Kindergarten and plan for enrollment over the next several years.

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