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Feeder Changes Approved

At the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees meeting, the Board unanimously adopted a District-wide Feeder Pattern and Boundary plan to serve as a guide for current and future growth within Fort Bend ISD, and also approved new attendance zones to align feeder patterns and plan for the opening of the District’s newest elementary schools. Their actions followed months of planning and community engagement, and also mark an unprecedented accomplishment in our District’s history. Never before has FBISD taken such a comprehensive approach to align feeder patterns and balance enrollment District-wide.

Because these decisions will affect so many of you and your students next year, I wanted to take a few minutes to share important implementation information.

Throughout these last few months, I know there have been many questions about the transition process. I understand that as parents, you want to know where your child will attend school next year, and what is being done to support students as they change schools. Many of you attended Community Information Meetings last week to ask these important questions, and now that the Board has taken action, there are more details to share.

The new boundaries approved by the Board of Trustees last night will affect 11 high schools, 13 middle schools, and 15 elementary schools next fall, including the new Elementary School 46. The Board also created boundaries for the opening of Elementary School 47, scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

The board approved all boundary changes that were presented to the community during last week’s Community Information meetings, but amended the recommendations that will affect two elementary schools. As a result, the entire Woodstream neighborhood in First Colony will now attend Colony Meadows Elementary School and Fort Settlement Middle School.

The new and updated attendance boundaries will be posted on the District’s “Planning for the Future” webpage very soon. In addition, please read the following implementation information carefully.

Implementation
Elementary Schools
• Students currently enrolled in kindergarten through fourth-grade will attend their new zoned schools in the 2015-2016 school year.
• Incoming fifth-graders will have the option of staying at their current campus next year, but transportation will not be provided. This option is only available at campuses that are not projected to have capacity exceeding 120 percent.
Middle Schools
• Students currently enrolled in fifth-grade, sixth-grade, or seventh-grade will attend their new zoned schools in the 2015-2016 school year.
• Incoming eighth-graders will have the option of staying at their current middle schools next year, but transportation will not be provided.
High Schools
• Students currently enrolled in ninth-grade, tenth-grade, and eleventh-grade will remain at their current campus and be eligible for transportation until their graduation.
• Students entering ninth-grade and who have older siblings currently attending their zoned high schools can choose to attend the same campus as their sibling, but transportation will only be provided through their older sibling’s graduation. This provision does not apply if the older sibling is attending his or her current campus through an intra-district transfer, inter-district transfer, or as a participant in an academy program.
Transfers
• Students currently attending a middle school or high school campus through an approved intra-district transfer will remain at their current campus until completion of the highest grade offered at that campus.
• Any student affected by an attendance zone boundary change may apply for an intra-district transfer in accordance with District Policy and applicable administrative transfer procedures.
Academies
The feeder pattern and boundary changes approved by the Board of Trustees considered only live-in enrollment and enrollment projections, exclusive of academy programs.
As a result of projected high school enrollment, the District decided to relocate two academy programs, the Global Studies Academy, currently at Clements High School, and the International Business and Marketing Academy, currently at Bush High School. These academies will both move to Travis High School, where there will be sufficient space to house the programs. Incoming ninth-graders who are selected to participate in these academy programs will begin their studies at Travis High School, while students currently enrolled in these programs will complete their studies at their current campuses. All other academy programs will remain at their current campuses.

In closing, I would like to reiterate that the entire District leadership team is committed to serving all of our students, regardless of where they may live, or what schools they may attend. An implementation team, made up of District-level and campus-level staff, has been established to ensure that we are meeting the needs of every student. This team has the knowledge, expertise, and experience necessary to accomplish this important task.

Thank you, once again, for actively participating in this process over the last 18 months. I realize this has been an emotional journey for many of you, who took the time to advocate for your students. We appreciate that you joined us and made your voices heard. As a District, we are now better prepared for the future – and to continue to our mission of inspiring and equipping all of our students to pursue futures beyond their imagination.

Charles Dupre

 

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Emergency Preparedness Begins at Home

This important message is being sent to you on behalf of FBISD Chief of Police David Rider.

January represents a new beginning. Fresh starts, resolutions, and cooler weather all seem to consume us this time of year. So I thought it might be a good time to refresh our thoughts around a basic safety mindset to set the tone for the rest of the 2015 school year.

I am the den leader of my son’s Cub Scouts group, and our meeting this month focused on being prepared for emergencies. We talked about what to do in several situations, including house fires, car accidents, boating accidents and even falling through ice. The book we referenced during our discussion actually tells the scouts to carry spare change so they can make a phone call at a pay phone.

As funny as that sounds, there is a message there, and our students need to hear it and understand it from an early age. At school, we conduct fire drills every month and other drills each semester. We create memory markers so students will know what to do in case of an emergency at school. However, very few families have a plan in place at home.

I would encourage each family to create a simple plan for different types of emergencies in the home. If the family has to evacuate the house, where will everyone meet? When is it appropriate to call 9-1-1? What should younger students do if a stranger approaches while the kids are playing outside? Take the time to teach them a simple plan – and practice it.

For older students, more age-appropriate responses to emergencies can be implemented, but they still need to be practiced. Teach them to be aware of their surroundings whether at home or at the mall. What are the expectations for contacting an adult if they are away from home, and how would they do that?

Discussing and practicing these plans will give our students confidence when faced with an emergency. It will also help them as they transition out of the house and begin their journey through life as an adult. In short, they will be prepared.

 

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Martin Luther King Day

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Cold Weather Update from FBISD

This important message is being sent to you on behalf of FBISD Chief of Police David Rider.

As we welcome students back from the holiday break, we would like to take a moment and let you know about the District’s efforts to ensure a safe and comfortable learning environment during this week’s forecasted freeze.  

The National Weather Service is predicting below freezing temperatures for the greater Houston area in the overnight hours of Wednesday leading into Thursday. No precipitation is expected, so we plan to continue operating with normal schedules. Student safety is the District’s top priority. While we can’t change the temperatures, we can work to make sure students are warm and out of harm’s way.

Please understand that weather forecasts are subject to change, and the District is constantly communicating with emergency management officials and the National Weather Service to determine if further actions are necessary. The District’s website will be updated daily this week, and any emergency school closures will be communicated with parents and the community through the District’s email and phone notification system, School Messenger, as well as through local media channels. Those who miss media announcements can call the District’s Severe Weather Hotline at (281) 634-INFO (4636).

FBISD Athletics adheres to the District’s Cold Weather Policy when considering whether sports activities and practices should be cancelled or postponed. This policy is available to view on the District’s website here.

Protocols are also in place to make sure facilities staff, transportation workers, and emergency responders are all aware of potential weather issues and ready to act if needed.

Please make sure your students are dressed appropriately during these cold conditions. Thank you for your ongoing support as the District works to ensure all students reach their full potential. 

David Rider

 

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Happy New Year 2015

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QVMS GT Academy and Feeder Patterns information

Please note the important announcements provided below:
Community Information Meetings – Feeder Patterns and Boundaries
On January 12, the administration will update the Board of Trustees on the Feeder Pattern and Boundaries plan, and also discuss an implementation plan and policy changes that will serve as a guide during the transition process. The updated feeder patterns, attendance boundaries, and implementation plan will then be shared with the community during two Community Information Meetings on January 21 and January 22. More information on these meetings is included below. I hope you will be able to attend.
To view a news release on this topic, please click here.

Application/Recruiting – Quail Valley Middle School GT Academy
In January of 2015, the application process will begin for fifth-grade students interested in attending the GT Academy at Quail Valley Middle School. This academy offers an alternative learning environment where the District’s Gifted and Talented students can be challenged and stimulated. Any fifth-grade students who have been GT identified will be eligible to attend, however eligibility and admissions requirements are changing for 2015-16.
A meeting will be held on January 13 at Quail Valley Middle School at 6 p.m. for prospective students and their parents to learn more about the academy and the updated acceptance criteria. More information can be found below, and as a reminder, a letter will be sent to GT identified fifth-graders when we return from the holiday break.
To view a news release on this topic, please click here.

High School Academy Programs
Applications for the District’s High School Academies will also open in early 2015. We will share more information after the Board approves feeder patterns and boundaries.

Online/Distance Learning
On Monday, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved policy changes that affect online and distance learning opportunities for our high school students. These changes were necessary to ensure consistency at all of the District’s 11 high schools and maintain course integrity.
As a result, students will now be limited to receiving a maximum of two credits for distance learning courses that are not provided at their campus and may only enroll in courses that are provided by an FBISD-approved vendor. In addition, to make sure that weighted coursework is included in GPA rankings, students must complete these courses by the end of the first semester of the student’s senior year.
More information on the new policy is included in a news release.

Community Information Meetings – Feeder Patterns and Boundaries
January 20, 2015
Travis High School Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
11111 Harlem Road
Richmond, TX 77406

January 21, 2015
Elkins High School Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
7007 Knight’s Court
Missouri City, 77459

Quail Valley Middle School GT Academy Information Night
January 13, 2015
Quail Valley Middle School, 6:00 p.m.
3019 FM 1092
Missouri City, TX 77459

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hotcakes with Dad

Come join us for Lantern Lane’s 1st Annual Hotcakes with Dad from 7:00 – 8:00am in the school cafeteria!

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