Frisco ISD eNewsletter: April 8, 2021

Apr 08, 2021

Frisco ISD Receives National Recognition for Music Program

For the fifth year in a row, Frisco ISD has been named as one of the 2021 Best Communities for Music Education in the United States. The District was recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education and achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. FISD values the role of the arts in fostering the development of the whole child. “Students who participate in music exhibit enhanced social benefits, teamwork skills and how to give and receive constructive criticism,” said Fine Arts Coordinator Chris Cansler. “Fine arts is more than the final product, it’s about the process of facing a challenge and overcoming it.”


Help Frisco ISD Provide Books to Students in Need

Research shows that 80% of the achievement gap between middle-income and lower-income children accrues during the summer. Frisco ISD is appealing to the community to help bridge this gap by gifting new books to economically disadvantaged students to engage with over the summer. The District set a goal to distribute books to more than 8,500 students before the end of school. As of yesterday, 3,055 books have been purchased for the campaign, which ends April 23. Thanks to a partnership with Scholastic, parents, staff and community members can make a difference for as little as $2-3 per book.


Registration Opens April 19 for Secondary Summer School

Incoming high school students looking to accelerate their credit requirements for graduation can sign up for Secondary Summer School starting April 19. The program will be held online June 1-24. In addition to opportunities for advancement, summer school courses are also offered at the middle and high school levels for credit recovery. Webinars are scheduled April 21 and May 3 to provide more information. A list of available courses and details regarding the registration process are also listed online.


Elementary Students Win Statewide Competition for Composting Efforts

April is Earth Month, and students at Taylor Elementary are leading the way with a composting program that will kick off on campus April 22 for Earth Day. Third grader Christina Quintana, fifth grader Noah Quintana and fourth grader Brock Simpson developed a plan to compost food waste from the school cafeteria and divert it from the landfill. Already, their efforts have been recognized statewide as grand champions of the junior division of the Community Problem Solving Competition hosted by the Texas Future Problem Solving Program. The students unpackaged and composted 136 pounds of food from the Taylor cafeteria and several neighboring campuses that went bad as a result of February’s winter storm and power outages.


Special Education Services Available to Private and Home-Schooled Students

Frisco ISD is responsible for identifying, locating and evaluating children from birth through age 21 with known or suspected disabilities who reside in and/or attend school within the school district’s boundaries to determine whether a need for special education services exists. The District will host an informational meeting online on April 27 for parents of home-schooled students or students who attend nonprofit private schools to learn more about the opportunity to receive some special education services through the District. Students not enrolled in Frisco ISD are not entitled to the same services that the child would receive if he or she was enrolled in a public school; however, students who are home-schooled or attend nonprofit private schools are eligible to receive speech-language therapy or assistive technology services, which includes devices that support hearing and communication impairments.

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