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.
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.
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
Please visit the FBISD Planning for Our Future webpage to get Facts You can Rely On regarding District-wide Feeder Pattern Planning
I am writing once again to remind you that we are in the process of gathering community feedback regarding the District-wide feeder pattern proposal. We shared the preliminary proposal publicly during the week of October 20. We are also busy studying enrollment projections and other important data to determine ways in which the proposal might be improved. On November 17, we will share a revised proposal with the Board of Trustees. We are dedicated to preparing recommendations that will enable the District to use existing facilities in a way that demonstrates good stewardship of our public resources – always in support of our district mission of inspiring and equipping all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine.
It’s important to me that you receive accurate information about the ongoing planning for the proposed feeder patterns. Your best source of information is the Planning for Our Future page on the FBISD website. Specific information about feeder patterns can be found on the Community Dialogue: District-wide Feeder Patterns webpage.
If you would like to provide feedback, questions, or comments, the Online Survey will be available until midnight on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Feedback provided during the Community Dialogue meetings and through the Online Survey will be considered as we continue in the planning process.
Additionally, you will find a link in the left-hand navigation bar to the Chat with Charles: Let’s Talk communication platform if you have a specific question.
Reminder: Election Day is this coming Tuesday, November 4. The FBISD Bond Proposition is on the ballot. . Your voice matters. Please vote
Please share this information with your community contacts. Thank you for your participation in this planning process.
Have a great weekend!
The health and safety of our students and staff is the number one priority in Fort Bend ISD. With the recent heightened awareness and concern over infectious diseases, we want to use this opportunity to let you know what precautions, procedures and preventative actions the District’s health officials are taking to protect our children in FBISD. We also want to share important information with you so that you and your families can take all necessary precautions.
The District is aware of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the risk of a widespread outbreak in the United States is very low and the Agency and its partners are taking the necessary precautions.
Fort Bend ISD has stringent procedures that we follow in accordance with the Center for Disease Control guidelines. The District will continue to take all necessary precautions under the direction of the Fort Bend County Health Department, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Center for Disease Control.
To keep you informed, we would like to share an update from the Fort Bend County Health Department. They are monitoring the situation and are in direct contact with state and federal health officials.
“On September 30, 2014, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed a positive laboratory test result for the Ebola virus from a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, TX. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed DSHS’ positive laboratory result. The patient arrived from Liberia in West Africa to visit family members in North Texas during the previous week. He presented to the Dallas County hospital with a recent travel history and symptoms consistent with Ebola and specimens were submitted to both laboratories for testing. The patient is in isolation under standard, contact, and droplet precautions. Persons who had contact with the patient are being identified, informed, and monitored.
According to both DSHS and the CDC, the positive result on the patient in Texas does not represent an increased risk to the general community. The virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or unprotected mucous membrane) with the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus, or with infected animals. Ebola is not spread through the air, water or, in general, by food; however, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling raw bush meat (wild animals hunted for food).
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services is monitoring this situation as public health investigations are unfolding in Dallas County and elsewhere. Currently, medical and public health professionals from Dallas County, Texas, DSHS and CDC are actively combining their efforts to contain the infection of the sick individual and also to control its transmission to the close personal contacts of the ill person. Public Health officials are aware of how to stop Ebola from further spreading through case finding, isolation and supportive treatment of ill people, and further isolation of contacts if they develop symptoms.
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services’ Public Health Emergency Program has also forwarded health advisories, health alerts, and health worker risk communication information to local health care providers across Fort bend County to increase their awareness on the situation.
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services continues to monitor the Dallas County situation through conference calls with various agencies. Situational awareness and monitoring the case for public health impacts that may affect Fort Bend County is a high priority.”
You can find the latest information about health care concerns from expert medical officials at the following websites:
As with any health situation or illness, Fort Bend ISD health officials and our school nurses are aware of the symptoms and protocols related to communicable diseases and constantly monitoring and educating students and staff. The District will continue to closely monitor the situation and remain in contact with health authorities.
We thank you for your continued support, and if you have questions about health issues related to your child, please contact your campus nurse.
Dr. Christie Whitbeck
Fort Bend ISD
* A Spanish version of this message will be posted in announcements on the District’s website on Friday, October 3.
* Una versión en español de esta mensaje será publicado en los anuncios en la página web del Distrito el viernes, 3 de octubre.
Happy Monday! I hope your family enjoyed the Fort Bend County Fair Day Holiday and long weekend. I love our district’s tradition of recognizing this important county-wide event because the Fort Bend County Fair provides another opportunity for so many of our students to display their talents and hard work. Plus, much of the money raised through fair activities is funneled back into the pockets of our students in the form of scholarships that support their post high school education. It’s a win-win – especially when you add the turkey legs, roasted corn, and various fried delicacies we get to enjoy!
As a public school district, FBISD is dependent upon your active collaboration as we consider decisions that will impact your school and the overall district. As I write this, we are busy communicating information about the November 4, 2014 Bond Election, and we have begun the process of studying feeder patterns, school boundaries, and how our current high school academy program will be affected by the implementation of House Bill 5 (HB 5). We will ask the Board of Trustees to consider many important decisions over a short window of time, and we want you to have ample opportunities to provide feedback regarding the actions the administration will recommend to the Board.
Because there are so many different things taking place at once, I want to ensure you are aware of the key dates and processes that will be used to arrive at each recommendation.
November 4, 2014 Bond Election
• The Board called the election on August 18. Since that time, we have been busy sharing bond program information throughout the community. It is our desire to educate the entire community about the things included in the bond program so each voter may make an informed decision about their vote.
• During the coming weeks, FBISD will host 12 Town Hall meetings regarding the bond. The first two meetings will take place tomorrow, and a complete listing of dates and locations may be found at www.fortbendisd.com. We will also share bond information at numerous service and civic club meetings, and community meetings. Please take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about the FBISD bond program that will impact our entire community.
• There is an abundance of information about the bond on the FBISD website – www.fortbendisd.com.
• The last day to register to vote in the November 4 election is Monday, October 6.
Feeder Patterns and School Boundaries
• On August 18, the Board of Trustees approved a new Board Policy to govern how the District establishes feeder patterns and boundaries. It is the Board’s goal to establish well-aligned feeder patterns and boundaries that are able to remain unchanged over an extended period of time. As a growing school district, we will have to evaluate and update boundaries on a regular basis, especially when we build new schools. However, we are committed to doing so in a way that minimizes the impact on students and the communities in which they live. We recognize that it is good for students to move through their years in FBISD with the support of both their peers and community. We also recognize the relationship between your home value and the way in which we manage our feeder patterns and boundaries.
• On September 15, the Board of Trustees approved our plan and timeline to study district-wide feeder patterns and boundaries. They also approved the hiring of a consultant to support our efforts.
• During the coming months, we will prepare recommendations for the Board’s consideration as follows:
o District-wide study of all feeder patterns – In January 2015, we will ask the Board to consider approval of all feeder patterns in FBISD. When we share our recommendation with the Board, we will also provide an implementation timeline that shows when each change would take effect. We expect to implement any feeder pattern changes over a period of time. Some might be effective immediately (2015-16 school year), while others would be implemented as new schools are built or enrollment grows during the next two to five years.
o Regional study of school boundaries – In January 2015, we will ask the Board to consider approval of boundaries for two new elementary schools to be built in Aliana and Riverstone. We will also propose approval of some additional boundary changes designed to support the new feeder pattern alignment and/or provide relief to some campuses that are significantly overcrowded. At this time, we expect any new boundaries approved in January to take effect during the 2015-16 school year. The complete listing of schools that will be affected by the boundary study will be shared publicly in October.
• As we consider possible boundary changes, we will assemble small, local focus groups at each school that will be affected by the boundary study. We will work with campus principals to identify the small focus group that will be asked to provide feedback on our preliminary proposal.
• During October, November, and December, we will share our recommendations with the Board of Trustees before hosting Community Dialogue meetings at which you will be invited to provide feedback about any proposed changes. We will also host Community Information meetings to share our final recommendation prior to asking the Board of Trustees to take action in January. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this important series of meetings. A complete listing of dates and locations may be found on the Planning for the Future webpage.
High School Academy Programs
• On September 15, we shared with the Board of Trustees our timeline for studying high school academy programs in relationship to the District’s implementation of career pathways and graduation endorsements related to HB 5.
• For several months, we have been studying existing programs and the District’s capacity to enhance and expand the number and type of career pathways available to students. We are also evaluating how any enhancement or expansion would impact current academy programs.
• In November, we will share a preliminary proposal with the Board of Trustees. At that time, we will also share a proposed implementation timeline to demonstrate how currently enrolled academy students might be impacted by any proposed changes to the existing structure.
• In November, we will host two Community Dialogue meetings at which you will be invited to provide feedback about any proposed changes. The dates and locations for these meetings may be found on the Planning for the Future webpage.
• We will ask the Board of Trustees to consider action on any recommended changes at their Board meeting in December, for implementation with the 2015-16 school year. Again, our recommendation will include an implementation timeline designed to minimize impact on currently enrolled academy students.
As I previously mentioned, it is a very busy fall in FBISD – all this, along with our continued efforts to fulfill our district mission for each and every student! I understand that so many changes at once can be overwhelming, but the items outlined above are matters of great concern to our community. It is important that we bring each one to resolution at quickly as possible so that we may focus our full attention on student achievement and our commitment to inspire and equip each student for a bright future following high school.
As always, I seek your patience, feedback, and active engagement as we work together to fulfill our community’s expectations for the best school district in Texas – Fort Bend ISD.
There are several after school programs available to you and your child(ren). Here are just 2 local options. Please contact the individual programs for additional information if you are interested.
FBISD Extended Day Program -
The Fort Bend ISD Extended Day is a program that offers both before and after school child care for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The program is in operation at all of the district’s elementary schools and operates from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is in operation on all school days, most staff development days, and from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during spring break. There is a $50 registration fee and tuition varies depending on which program you chose. There are 3 different program options available to parents.
Children are provided a snack, assisted with homework, and offered developmentally appropriate activities with a thematic approach as part of the program. Character development is encouraged through community service projects. The mission of the program is to provide a safe, supportive environment where children can learn positive values, self-awareness, and leadership skills to prepare them for a lifetime of contributions to our community.
The following is NOT endorsed by FBISD, Lantern Lane Elementary School or the LLE PTO. It is for informational purposes ONLY!
Missouri City offers a free after school program at the Missouri City Rec & Tennis Center. Please contact Ms. Valeri directly for more information regarding this program.
I hope the first day of school was excellent for you and your children! I wanted to spread the word about our after school program, Rec Kids, here at the Missouri City Rec & Tennis Center. Rec Kids is free for children aged 5-12, runs from 3:30-5:30 PM Monday-Thursday and provides a safe, fun after school environment for children. The daily schedule is:
• 3:30-3:45 p.m.: Check in and snack
• 3:45-4:15 p.m.: Homework/reading
• 4:15-5 p.m.: Gym time
• 5-5:30 p.m.: Craft/art time
Please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns. I hope to see many of you very soon!
Fitness Events & Children’s Programs
Missouri City Parks & Recreation
2701 Cypress Point Drive
Missouri City, TX 77459