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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Board Approves Land Exchanges and Purchases for Future Schools and Agriculture Facility

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 15th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (October 15, 2014) – On Monday, October 13, The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees met during a Special Called Meeting and unanimously approved the exchange and purchase of four parcels of land to be used for future FBISD schools and facilities.

The four parcels are located in two general areas including the Harvest Green Development near Travis High School and Sienna Plantation. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD to Host Town Hall Meetings

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 16, 2014) – At the August 18 Board meeting, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees called a $484 million bond election for November 4, 2014 to address the District’s growth, to provide safety and security improvements, and to upgrade the District’s technology infrastructure. Fort Bend ISD invites community members, parents, guardians and students to attend one of 12 Town Hall meetings to be held starting Tuesday, September 30 to learn more about the FBISD Nov. 4, 2014 Bond. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Local Teacher named 2014 Presidential Award Finalist

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 09th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 9, 2014) – Lisa Baum, a third-grade science teacher at Colony Meadows Elementary School, is one of only eight Texas teachers named a finalist for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers the PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to K-6 grade teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Trustees Approve Revisions to Board Policy

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 27, 2014) - This month, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved revisions to board policy governing attendance boundaries and feeder patterns. Based on the adoption of this revised policy, the administration is developing procedures, a timeline, and comprehensive plan to put the new policy into action.

The policy revisions reflect the items closely reviewed, including the board’s overall philosophy regarding attendance boundaries, feeder patterns, and distribution of programs. The policy addresses priorities held by the community, as well as the board’s desire to maintain neighborhood schools, reserve “pure” feeder patterns, maintain a student-centered approach, ensure students zoned to campuses are not moved or negatively impacted when distributing programs among schools, and create attendance boundaries that will stand for five or more years when possible.

The administration has begun to develop a long-range plan to address district feeder patterns and boundaries, including new attendance boundaries for two new elementary schools scheduled to open in 2015 and 2016. Based on a new demographic update and other information that will be available in late fall 2014, the administration will review the data and implement a community engagement process to bring recommendations to the board.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD High School Football Season Tickets Available for Online Purchase

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 24, 2014) – Season football tickets are currently on sale for Fort Bend ISD’s 11 high schools. Tickets are valid for regular season games only (not post-season) and will be valid at Mercer or Hall Stadiums for all home and visitor games for that school. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Briscoe Junior High Principal Attends Harvard Leadership Institute

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 13th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 13, 2014) – Briscoe Junior High principal Michael Semmler, spent part of his summer at the Leadership Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Semmler was awarded a spot summer 2014 program through Raise Your Hand Texas.Semmler_HarvardSigna

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Child Nutrition Staff Available to Help Families Register for School Meal Plans

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 6, 2014) – To help provide students with the nutrition they need to be successful in school, Fort Bend ISD’s Child Nutrition Department offers breakfast and lunch meals to students each school day. Students can buy breakfast for $1.25 (elementary and secondary) and lunch for $2.25 (elementary) and $2.50 (secondary). Children who qualify for the Reduced-Price School Meal program may buy lunch for 40 cents and breakfast for only 30 cents. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Terry High Holds Back-to-School Events

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - Terry High School will hold its freshmen orientation “Fish Camp,” 9 am to noon, Aug. 13, starting in Graeber Auditorium.

Fish Camp is for incoming freshmen and any students new to Terry. Incoming Rangers will have an opportunity to meet with administrators, coaches, teachers, and counselors and see what clubs and organizations they’d like to join. The event is being coordinated by Terry’s Student Council. Parents are also welcome.

The Terry Ranger Reveille for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 8 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 3 pm, Aug. 12 and Aug. 14. Students can pick up schedules, apply for parking permits, and visit with counselors.

Terry is located at 5500 Ave. N in Rosenberg. Call 832-223-3400 for more information on either event.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – New Student Walk-In Registration Dates Set for July 28 and 29

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 23, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD has established Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29 as walk-in registration days where parents may enroll students new to the District at any FBISD school. Schools will hold morning registration from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and afternoon registration will take place from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm each day. Families who are unable to attend the walk-in registrations will need to make an appointment to register students on additional days.

Parents of all students new to FBISD begin the process by completing the New Student Online Registration Process. Parents may complete the process from their home computers or at a computer available on their student’s campus. A link is provided on the District’s website. To complete the process, parents will need an email address to successfully create an account.

To make an appointment to enroll their child, parents who have completed the online process should call the school in which their child will attend. No appointment is needed for the walk-in registration dates of July 28 and 29.

Current FBISD students who have moved to another home within the District and will be zoned to a different school in 2014-2015 are not required to complete the online registration. Parents of rezoned students should call their new campus to make an appointment.

To ensure that registration goes smoothly, families are asked to bring the following documents when enrolling their children in Fort Bend ISD:

  • Birth Certificate or its equivalent (for students younger than age 12)
  • Most recent report card or grade transcript
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residence, including a deed, current lease, or mortgage agreement
  • A recent utility bill (water, gas, electric)
  • A student’s Social Security card or a state-assigned ID number
  • A government issued photo ID (TX Driver’s License/ID Card) of the student’s parent or guardian, which provides their FBISD address

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Provides Educational Opportunities and Programs for Homeless Youth

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 23, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD has a policy to ensure that each homeless youth has access to the same free public education and related services as every other school-aged student who attends a school in FBISD.

FBISD’s Special Programs Department and campuses work together to improve the educational outcomes for homeless students by addressing areas of enrollment, transportation, academic, social, and psychological needs.

Amanda Hartley, Title I Coordinator in Special Programs, serves as the District’s Homeless Liaison. For information on services provided to our homeless youth, please contact her at 281-634-1355.

Sugar Land, TX News – Common Threads Sponsoring Back-to-School Fair

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) – Lamar CISD’s Common Threads program, the Texas Children’s Health Plan and Children’s Dentistry of Texas are sponsoring a back-to-school fair, located at Common Threads, 710 Houston St., Richmond.

The fair will be July 26, from 9 am to 1 pm.

There will be free school supplies for children, grades k-12. Every child must be accompanied by an adult.

Qualifying families can also pick up school clothing, or a voucher to obtain clothing at a future date. Talk to your child’s school nurse for qualification information.

Vaccinations and health screenings will also be provided, as well as nutrition, health, and safety information. Please bring a vaccination record if you plan to have your child vaccinated.

There will also be fun activities, including door prizes, face painting, popcorn, and music.

Clothing and school supplies will be provided to Lamar CISD students only.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Launches New Website

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD recently launched a new website that contains several new features to help parents, students, and community members access District information in a quick and efficient way. With more than two and a half million visitors last year from approximately 150 countries, FBISD’s website is a vital communication tool for the District.

Some of the new features include:

  • Global Icons, representing the most visited webpages, that appear on the top right corner of every page
  • A Translate function to assist the District’s diverse population in receiving messages more clearly
  • Dedicated Tabs for Community, Parents, Students, and Staff with organized information specific to their needs and interests
  • Quick Links for popular webpages
  • An Events section highlighting upcoming districtwide happenings
  • Announcements and Headlines & Features sections with timely information
  • A Search FBISD bar to assist users in locating information quickly

On each webpage, visitors will also find contact information for FBISD departments that will direct them to staff who can answer questions they may have.

As parents and students regularly visit their respective campus websites for information, they will notice periodic upgrades and redesign elements, most of which will occur during Phase Two of FBISD’s new website launch, coming soon.

For optimal user experience, modern browsers (such as Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox) should be used when viewing the website. To visit the new FBISD website, go to www.fortbendisd.com.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Five Fort Bend ISD High School Graduates Among Additional College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced approximately 1,600 additional winners of 2014 National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities, and among them are five Fort Bend ISD high school graduates.

FBISD’s 2014 Additional College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners are:

  • Alexander Aitken – Clements High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
  • Michael LoPiccolo – Clements High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
  • Tanner McKerlie – Clements High School, National Merit University of Nebraska – Lincoln Scholarship
  • Alay Shah – Hightower High School, National Merit Baylor University Scholarship
  • Olivia Wright – Austin High School, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship

These Merit Scholar designees join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

This year, 181 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,100 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 106 private and 75 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia. This final group of winners brings the number of 2014 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,600. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of approximately $33 million. In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit Scholarships were offered—2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships, for which all finalists competed, and more than 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who met criteria specified by their grantor organizations.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Welcomes Four New Members to School Leadership Team

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees recently approved four new school leaders. Joining the FBISD school leadership team are: Jennifer Kapral, associate principal at Lake Olympia Middle School; Theresa Bathe, assistant principal at Highlands Elementary School; Yvette Huerta Mendoza, assistant principal at Holley Elementary School; and Julie O’Hara, assistant principal at Ridgemont Elementary School.

Jennifer Kapral most recently served as a program director at Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit education advocacy organization that supports public education in Texas. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal and coordinator/teacher at the International High School at Sharpstown in Houston ISD. Kapral received her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

Theresa Bathe has devoted more than 30 years to education, having served as a first- and second-grade team leader, and a fifth-grade Special Education teacher at Meadows Elementary School. She has also worked as an envision Math curriculum reviewer for Scott Foresman Publishing Company. Bathe earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Sam Houston State University and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University.

Yvette Huerta Mendoza most recently served as a fifth-grade dual language teacher at Taylor Ray Elementary School in Lamar Consolidated ISD. Prior to that, she served as a bilingual teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School and also completed her student teaching at Burton Elementary School in Fort Bend ISD. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Bilingual Education and her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.

Julie O’Hara brings a wealth of leadership experience to Fort Bend ISD, having worked as a summer school principal, fifth-grade math and science teacher, an At-Risk specialist/testing coordinator, and a math/science instructional specialist for Cypress Fairbanks ISD. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Science from Grand Valley State University and her Master’s degree in Education Management from the University of Houston.

Sugar Land, TX News – 2014 Fort Bend ISD High School Football Season Tickets go on Sale in August

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 16, 2014) - Season football tickets will go on sale for Fort Bend ISD’s 11 high schools in August. Tickets are valid for regular season games only (not post-season) and will be valid at Mercer or Hall Stadiums for all home and visitor games for that school. As before, the season ticket entitles you to your assigned seat at home games. When you are a visitor, the ticket will act as general admission to the game, with no assigned seating. After season ticket sales are over, the remaining chair back seats will be sold on a “first-come, first-served” basis. All tickets sold during the football season will be general admission tickets. Tickets sold at FBISD stadiums will cost $8.00 each. For the 2014 football season, parking will be free of charge.

  • Online (credit or debit) purchases will be available through a link on our District website at www.fortbendisd.com on August 4. Please note that a convenience fee will be added to ticket purchase when processed online.
  • Tickets will be sold (cash or check only) at the Wheeler Field House Box Office located in the FBISD Athletic Office (16403 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479), from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • On August 4-15, only season ticket holders from 2013 can purchase tickets for seats they held in 2013.
  • On August 18-28, all remaining season tickets will go on sale to the general public on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Season ticket sales for all Fort Bend ISD high schools will end on August 28 when the first game kicks off the 2014 season. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – FBISD Board Member Jim Rice Finalizes Leadership Training

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 10th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 10, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD trustee Jim Rice has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). During the fifth session, June 26-28, school board members in the 2013-14 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team’s findings following year-long research. Class participants selected topics related to public school boards facing change and selected narrowed research fields for in-depth study. Their research focused on topics that included strategies to deal with school choice, creating advocacy programs that work, meeting the educational needs of all children, loss of local control, and embracing changing culture.

FBISD Board member Jim Rice, right, receives his Master Trustee recognition from Robert Duron, TASB Assistant Director for Governance Services, after completing the year-long Leadership TASB program.

The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB’s Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth. More than 1,000 new and veteran school leaders received extensive training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities.

After the graduation ceremony June 27, participants joined the ranks of more than 700 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.

The 2014 Leadership TASB class, composed of 31 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes and property wealth. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students.

Sugar Land, TX News – Burton Elementary Summer School Celebrates Independence Day

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 27, 2014) - An Independence Day celebration came early for students enrolled in the Bilingual and English as a Second Language summer school program at Burton Elementary School. During the week of June 23, the students completed activities focusing on the importance of Independence Day and what it means to be a proud American. To commemorate their studies, the students took part in an indoor parade, where they dressed in patriotic attire. They also gathered in the school’s cafeteria to perform chants and songs for their parents and summer school staff.

“The teachers and staff did an outstanding job of incorporating Independence Day activities within the guidelines of our summer school program,” said Elizabeth Williams, Summer School Principal at Burton Elementary School. “Students were actively engaged in many hands-on experiences, and just truly enjoyed themselves.”

Pictured (left to right) are: students Jorge Garcia, Juan Monge, and Marissa Magana; Rosy Martinez, Summer School Facilitator; and Elizabeth Williams, Summer School Principal.

Pictured (left to right) are: students Jorge Garcia, Juan Monge, and Marissa Magana; Rosy Martinez, Summer School Facilitator; and Elizabeth Williams, Summer School Principal.

Sugar Land, TX News – Chris Morgan Named Principal of Kempner High School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 27, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD named Chris Morgan as the new principal of Kempner High School.  Most recently, Morgan served as principal of FBISD’s Bowie Middle School after serving as principal of Garcia Middle and Walker Station Elementary Schools.  Prior to coming to Fort Bend ISD, Morgan was a principal in Irving ISD and began his teaching career 20 years ago.

“I’m very excited about joining the Kempner High School family,” said Morgan.  “I am looking forward to working with the incredible staff and continuing the culture of academic excellence that has been established at Kempner. Go Cougars!”

Morgan received his Master of Education in Administration from Texas Women’s University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University.  He is currently attending Rice University’s Educational Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program.

Sugar Land, TX News – FBISD Administrative Offices and Campuses Will be Closed June 30 through July 4

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 27, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD Administrative offices and campuses will be closed the week of June 30 through July 4. The District will resume its summer four-day schedule (Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm) on Monday, July 7. This schedule will be in operation through the week of July 28 (August 1 being the last Friday we are closed). FBISD will resume regular work hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm) on Monday, August 4.

Sugar Land, TX News – Summer School Students Participate in Cultural Celebration at Mission West Elementary School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 25, 2014) - As part of their summer learning experience, students enrolled in Bilingual/English as a Second Language classes at Mission West Elementary School took part in a multicultural festival to recognize and celebrate the diverse population represented in the summer program. Students in 21 classrooms joined school staff and parents in the celebration that featured cultural artifacts and exhibits, spirited song and dance performances, and cultural meals prepared by parents and staff members representing countries from around the world. Participants also wore traditional garments representing their native land.

“The multicultural festival was a rewarding experience for everyone involved,” said Jennifer Spears, Summer School Principal at Mission West Elementary School. “Our students, staff and parents were eager to share various aspects of their cultures and learn about others as well. It was an exciting summer activity for us.”

Shown (from left to right) are: Eryad Bachachi, Summer School Principal Jennifer Spears, Malia Bachachi, Shalimar Bachachi, Nijad Bachachi and Talla Ameen.

Sugar Land, TX News – FBISD Seeks Parents to Serve on Campus Language Proficiency Assessment Committees

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 25, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD is seeking qualified parents to serve on its Language Proficiency Assessment Committees (LPAC) for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Serving on the committee gives parents the unique opportunity to offer input regarding placement, review, assessment, and end-of-year decisions concerning students who are English Language Learners (ELLs).

To qualify, you must be a parent or guardian who:

  • has a child actively participating in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program
  • is not employed by Fort Bend ISD

There are currently openings on committees at various FBISD campuses. For more information, contact Yunghee Choi at 281-634-1553 or yunghee.choi@fortbendisd.com.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Board Approves 2014 – 2015 Budget

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 18th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 18, 2014) - The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved a $561,700,652 operating budget for the 2014 – 2015 school year at its June 9 regular business meeting. The FBISD budget reflects an increase in the property values of the District and is designed to provide educational services for a projected 72,317 students. The 2014 – 2015 budget is balanced and fiscally conservative while still supporting Board priorities and instructional programs.  The 2014 – 2015 district budgeted cost per student is $7,767 with more than 64 percent of the budget allocated to instruction.

Included in the budget is a minimum of four percent salary increase for all teachers and an increase in the starting teacher salary to $50,000 from $46,500 that the Board approved in April. This budget also provides adjustments to the Teacher Salary Schedule to provide greater consistency in raises as teachers advance in experience. Additionally, the approved budget includes a salary increase for all other staff that is four percent of mid-point. As stewards of taxpayer funds, Fort Bend ISD designed this balanced budget to meet need to be competitive and recruit the best and brightest, while being frugal with taxpayer funds.

Budget includes new positions for the 2014 – 2015 school year
The budget includes the addition of 395 new campus positions – 253 teachers and 142 campus support staff – and 57 non-campus staff to address identified district priorities. Many of the new campus positions address class size, significant special education concerns, and counselor workload. Some positions address the needs of schools with growing enrollments. By adding more outclass teachers, assistant principals, and other supporting jobs, the District will better ensure smooth campus operations at our larger schools. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Brian Gibson is Named the New Principal of Velasquez Elementary

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 18th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 18, 2014) - At its regular June meeting, the Lamar CISD Board of Trustees approved Brian Gibson as the new principal of Velasquez Elementary.

Prior to becoming principal at Velasquez, Gibson served as an assistant principal at Edgar Glover Jr. and Sugar Mill elementary schools in Fort Bend ISD. He also taught 2nd and 4th grades, and served as a campus math specialist in Fort Bend ISD.

Gibson earned his bachelor’s degree at Sam Houston State University and master’s in Education Administration from Prairie View A&M University, where he is pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Brian Gibson is named the new principal of Velasquez Elementary

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Board Reviews Master Capital Plan

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 13th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 13, 2014) - At the Regular Fort Bend ISD Board Business Meeting on June 9, the FBISD Board of Trustees reviewed a long-range Master Capital Plan presentation to prioritize the District’s capital needs that include: construction, security, technology, and transportation projects, as well as facility and educational adequacy deficiency improvements over the next decade.

The priorities in the Master Capital Plan were developed as part of a three-phase plan and based on significant community engagement for developing a Facilities Master Plan, a Security Master Plan, and a Technology Master Plan. These plans served as guides in prioritizing the immediate and long-range capital needs for the District. The administration also discussed with the Board their recommendation to call a November 2014 bond election for Phase One of the plan in the range of $333.4 million.

Preliminary plans for the Phase One capital needs for the next three years include:

  • $279.8 million for construction projects: new construction of elementary schools in Aliana and Riverstone, as well as two other schools; classroom additions, current facility deficiencies, educational adequacy deficiencies, and building system life-cycle needs;
  • $34 million for security and safety upgrades: security cameras, security vestibules, window film, security fencing, access control, emergency generators, new emergency notification system, and others;
  • $15.7 million for transportation needs: bus cameras, bus global positioning systems (GPS), and new school buses;
  • $65.7 million for technology infrastructure: Internet infrastructure upgrade, wide area network refresh, data center SAN and virtualization, data center facilities modifications, wireless network deployment, local area network refresh, and others;
  • $18.4 million for land purchases; and
  • $19.2 million for other needs: athletic facility life-cycle replacements, white fleet vehicle replacements, energy conservation initiatives and bond support. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Laureen Sanford Named New Principal of Holley Elementary School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 11th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 11, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD recently named Laureen Sanford as the new principal of Holley Elementary School. For the past two years, Sanford has served as assistant principal of FBISD’s Meadows Elementary and was assistant principal of Commonwealth Elementary for three years prior to that. She has 14 years in education, all in Fort Bend ISD, and started her career as a third-grade teacher.

“Laureen is an exceptional leader, and I’m excited about the experience and ideas she’ll bring to the Holley Elementary family,” said Dr. Javier Villarreal, FBISD Assistant Superintendent.

Sanford received her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria, and her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston-Downtown.

Sugar Land, TX News – Math Earns Mission Glen Elementary School Student Academy Award

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 6, 2014) - Mission Glen Elementary School (MGE) third-grader, Eric Martinez, received a 2014 Academy Star Student award as a “runner up” in the awards program sponsored by EPS Literacy and Intervention’s Academy of Math. The award honors students who have overcome significant challenges to build proficiency in math, as well as teachers who go above and beyond on a daily basis to provide their students with every opportunity to improve their skills.

Pictured with award honoree Eric Martinez are: (from left to right) Assistant Principal Melissa Mehall, Special Education Teacher Chastity Gonzalez and Principal Kari Bruhn.

MGE Special Education teacher, Chastity Gonzalez, has worked closely with Martinez challenging him daily in math through the online EPS Math Academy, and the hard work has paid off. EPS representatives Peter Cleary and Lynne Cook presented Martinez with the award on May 22.

Sugar Land, TX News – Work Group Members Named For UH Sugar Land Transition Team

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - The UH Sugar Land Transition Team has begun its work in earnest with the appointment of Work Group members. UH System Chancellor Renu Khator has reviewed and invited a diverse group of University and community stakeholders to participate in this important effort. A complete list of the members engaged with each of the Work Groups is included on the website: uhsa.uh.edu/sugarlandtransition.

The Steering Committee, led by Paula Myrick Short, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs for the UH System, reviewed the charge of each of the four Working Groups in an initial meeting with the members. Short emphasized the importance of an open and transparent process, with broad engagement and communication with all stakeholders.

The 19-member UH Work Group, under the leadership of Earl Smith, interim chief health officer at UH, is working toward the smooth transfer of the UH-Victoria nursing program to the University of Houston. Current plans are to make the transfer effective Sept. 1, 2014.  The Work Group is identifying the tasks and changes necessary to mitigate the impact on nursing students, faculty, and staff.

The 30-member UH Victoria Work Group, led by Charles Alcorn, director of corporate and foundation relations at UHV, has begun its work to develop a proposal to make UHV a self-sustaining destination university. The Work Group has established subcommittees to envision and recommend realistic goals and plans to achieve the transformation of UHV from a two-year senior university and extension operation to a four-year destination university. A national consulting firm is being contracted to assess the costs required to implement the transformation. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Gridiron Legends Promote Good Health at Brazos Bend Elementary School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - Former NFL players are making their way into area classrooms to promote healthy eating habits among students. J.J. Moses, former Houston Texans Kick Returner, and Don Trull, former Houston Oilers Quarterback, recently surprised students at Brazos Bend Elementary School with a visit as part of the Gridiron Legends Fit for Life Program.

Pictured (from left) are Don Trull, PE Teacher Sandra Arreola, Brazos Bend Principal Ida Ford, Assistant Principal Stephanie Viado and J.J. Moses.

Presented by Kelsey-Seybold, the program promotes healthy living and an active lifestyle through a fun-filled, interactive presentation. Moses and Trull spoke to students in grades 3-5 about the benefits of eating a healthy diet and surrounding themselves with positive people. Trull also demonstrated his athletic ability by throwing passes to students throughout the presentation.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Names Kristi Corbitt as Director of Elementary Curriculum

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - Kristi Corbitt has been named Fort Bend ISD’s Director of Elementary Curriculum. She began her career in education 10 years ago as a teacher at Seven Hills Elementary in Northwest ISD. In 2009, she was named assistant principal at Walker Station Elementary School and also served in that position at Burton Elementary School prior to receiving her new position.

Kristi Corbitt, Director of Elementary Curriculum

“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to support and work collaboratively with FBISD teachers and staff in creating a positive learning environment where students can reach high academic goals,” said Corbitt. “In my new position, I will continue to support school staff as we work toward our common goal.”

Corbitt received her Master of Arts in Education in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas.

Sugar Land, TX News – Terry High Lady Rangers Basketball Team’s Coach is Named Outstanding Coach of the Year in Texas

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - Melissa Fields, coach of the Terry High Lady Rangers basketball team, is the 2014 4A Outstanding Coach of the Year in Texas.

Fields received the Dean Weese Outstanding Coach Award from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches May 16 at the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Annual Clinic.

The award is named for Texas basketball legend Dean Weese, a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, winning 10 state titles, four national college titles, and four National Women’s Invitational Tournament titles.

The Lady Rangers were 22-10 on the season and reached the Regional semifinals, the furthest the team has ever gone in the playoffs.

Fields is finishing up her 18th year at Terry and has been in teaching and coaching for 23 years.

Sugar Land, TX News – FBISD Names Steve Shiels as Director of College and Career Readiness

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - Steve Shiels has been named the Director of College and Career Readiness for Fort Bend ISD. Most recently, Shiels served as the College and Career Readiness Director in Pflugerville ISD. Prior to that, he was a high school lead counselor in Pflugerville ISD and a middle school lead counselor in Austin ISD. He also served as a counselor in the Chicago Public Schools system for several years after working as a case manager and therapist in Illinois. Shiels began his career as an English teacher in Umea, Sweden.

Shiels received his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Illinois, and his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Broad Field Social Studies from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

Sugar Land, TX News – Armstrong Elementary Afterschool Soccer Program Keeps Girls Active and Social

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 4, 2014) - A new soccer program offered this spring at Armstrong Elementary School is giving young girls the opportunity to get active, while building self-esteem and friendships. Thirty fifth-grade girls take part in the program, meeting once a week after school to play soccer and have fun socializing with each other.

Pictured are participants of Armstrong Elementary School’s soccer program.

Data Specialist Callie Day and Paraprofessional Elsa Villarreal thought of the idea after realizing that the girls needed an afterschool outlet that would allow them to be active and build friendships. With the support of their Armstrong Principal Lori Craig and Student Wellness Coordinator Stephanie Kellam, the idea became a reality. Kellam secured donations of soccer equipment (including soccer balls, goals, cones, bags and water bottles) from UnitedHealthcare, who now serves as the program sponsor. A team manager was selected and second-grade teacher, Vanessa Villalobos, also joined forces with Day and Villarreal in creating positive experiences for the girls. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Highlands Elementary School Celebrates “Diversity at Work” at Annual Event

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 4, 2014) - Highlands Elementary School hosted its 23rd Annual Multicultural Parade of Nations and Festival that welcomed many students, staff, parents, and community members to a celebration of cultures. This year’s theme, “Diversity at Work: Our School was Built on It,” reflects the school’s proud heritage of embracing people representative of cultures from around the world. The theme was prominent throughout the celebration and appeared on t-shirts that were proudly worn by parents and staff.

Parade leaders pictured (from left) with their “Kids Are First” banner are students Mason Soto, Olivia Luhnau, Samantha Uschold, Kayla Moya, Olivia Flores, Josephine Griffith, Trace Hankins, Brady Culberson, Austin Sanchez and Preston Oliver.

The annual event gives participants an opportunity to share in Highlands’ rich culture by taking part in a parade of nations highlighting students and teachers from all grade levels dressed in ethnic clothing, an assembly featuring sing-a-longs and slide presentations, and a festival of cultural foods, games, rides, and other fun activities for families to enjoy.

Sugar Land, TX News – PE Coach Inspires Hunters Glen Students to Complete First Marathon

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 3, 2014) - Hunters Glen Elementary School students proudly completed their first marathon, which was held on their campus during Physical Education classes. The students ran a mile (an equivalent of four laps around the block) during PE class each day, with many students running more than a mile.

Shown with the Hunters Glen marathon runners are Principal Angela Dow, PE teacher Lewis Rhone (left), and Music teacher Theresa Grayson (right).

“The students didn’t think they could actually complete the entire marathon,” said Coach Lewis Rhone, “but once I explained how the mile could be divided into smaller distances, they were excited to join in.”

Hunters Glen Elementary thanks the marathon sponsors, including H-E-B and BlueCross BlueShield, who helped make the event enjoyable for students.

Sugar Land, TX News – School Community Comes Together in Building of New Playground Pavilion

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 30th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 30, 2014) - Oakland Elementary School students and staff are enjoying a new playground pavilion thanks to the generous donations and efforts of school supporters. The new structure was funded with donations from the Waterside Estates Community Association, Fort Bend County Mud District No. 118, Oakland Elementary’s Physical Education Department, and the school’s PTO.

Shown during the ribbon cutting ceremony are (from left) Jason Kirby, Fort Bend County Mud District No. 118; students Avery Smith and Gavin Allen; Romain Barski, President of the Waterside Estates Community Association; Wendy Perry, former Oakland PTO Board Member; and (back) Lori Hoeffken, Oakland Elementary School Principal.

The school hosted a dedication ceremony in April to reveal the new playground pavilion. More than 1,100 students joined school administrators and staff, as well as former principal Barbie Herrington, in gathering to give thanks to those responsible for the structure. Fifth-grade Student Council members Gavin Allen and Avery Smith opened the ceremony giving thanks to the special guests. The school choir sang a special song written by music teacher, Tory Randle, with assistance from fourth and fifth-grade choir members; and Principal Lori Hoeffken presented special guests with plaques in appreciation of their contributions. Following the dedication ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception organized by counselor Tonichia Jackson.

Oakland Principal Lori Hoeffken thanks the honored guests.

Sugar Land, TX News – University Branch Library Receives Donation from Friends of the Library

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX (May 29, 2014) - The Friends of the University Branch Library recently presented a check for $3,970 to the University Branch Library to help underwrite the costs of special programming for the library’s Summer Reading Club and for family cultural events planned throughout the year. On behalf of the Friends organization, Kathy Novosad presented the check to Joyce Berger, Youth Services Manager of the library.

Other members of the Friends organization who were also present were Renee Mathews, Israel Kaboga, and Ed Rubenstein, along with staff from the library’s Youth Services department.

The money will be used by the library to help fund family programs, cultural events, and materials not included in the regular budget. Many of the extremely popular programs during the library’s Summer Reading Club are made possible thanks to money donated by the Friends organization.

The Friends organization raises funds for the library through quarterly book sales and annual membership dues. New members are always welcome, and board positions are available for interested volunteers.         (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Oakland Student Turns Classroom Lesson into Charitable Event

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 29, 2014) - Teachers often wonder how students will respond to classroom lessons and whether they will apply the skills and information they receive to their personal lives. So when Oakland Elementary School second-grade teacher Janet Lavong learned that her student Carson Padilla turned a classroom lesson into a charitable event, she was thrilled.

Lavong presented a study unit on homeless and charitable deeds to her class, and unbeknownst to her, the unit made a big impression on Padilla, who decided to make his “Changers Group” a reality. His charity of choice was the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides shelter and support to families of hospitalized children. With the help of his parents and residents of Waterside Estates, Padilla raised $1,200 from the sale of Rainbow Loom bracelets that he made and sold at his neighborhood’s annual garage sale. An area businessman matched Padilla’s amount by $1,000, making the total amount Padilla donated to the Ronald McDonald House, $2,200.

Padilla is shown with his mother, Kerry Padilla at the Ronald McDonald House Charities facility.

“My husband and I are thankful that Miss Lavong helped Carson tap into his charitable side and see that he can help make a difference in the world,” said Kerry Padilla. “He’s already making plans for next year’s charitable event.”

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Partners with Fort Bend ISD

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 28, 2014) - Tristan Gray, star shortstop for the Elkins Knights’ varsity baseball team, was preparing for his all-important senior season when he dislocated his knee cap in a preseason practice.

Fortunately for Gray, Elkins athletic trainer June Tomlin was at practice that day. She responded immediately, and once Gray was stabilized, she called team physician Dr. Timothy Sitter on his cell phone and alerted him.

When the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital orthopedist examined Gray, he determined that the injury was not season-ending but would require physical therapy. Dr. Sitter outlined an extensive physical therapy program, and twice a day at school, Tomlin worked with Gray on the appropriate conditioning and strengthening exercises.

When the season started, Gray was back in peak condition, and he proved it by being named co-MVP of District 23-5A and signing a national letter of intent to play baseball at Rice University.

Gray was fortunate to have an experienced, licensed athletic trainer onsite at the time of his injury, one with a direct connection to one of the area’s leading sports medicine specialists. Now, thanks to a unique partnership between Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and Fort Bend Independent School District, that comprehensive approach to athletic injuries will now be possible across the district. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Lamar Consolidated Educational Secretaries Association Awards Scholarships

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 28, 2014) - Eight Lamar Consolidated Independent School District seniors each received a scholarship from the Lamar Consolidated Educational Secretaries Association, LCESA, at the group’s annual End of School Year Luncheon at the Fort Bend Country Club in Rosenberg.

Lamar Consolidated High School’s Victoria Cavazos and Chiamaka Ujari, Terry High’s Clayton Gardovsky and Marcella Quinones, Foster High’s Mallory Soto and Alyssa Stone, and George Ranch High’s Tiffany Silva and Alexander Davis will all continue their education with help from the Association’s $500 scholarships.

2013-2014 Scholarship Winners – Front Row: Alyssa Stone, Mallory Soto, Tiffany Silva, and Chiamaka Ujari.
Back Row: LCESA president Melissa Rodriguez, Alexander Davis, Victoria Cavazos, Marcella Quinones, Clayton Gardovsky and LCESA Scholarship Committee Chair Becky Melendez.

Each year, the Lamar Consolidated Educational Secretaries Association awards scholarships to one deserving student at each Lamar CISD high school.

“This is the first year that the Association has been able to award two scholarships per high school and it’s something that we wish to continue,” said Becky Melendez, Scholarship Committee Chair. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Jessica McMullen Named New Principal of Schiff Elementary School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 27, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD recently named Jessica McMullen as the new principal of Schiff Elementary School.  Prior to coming to FBISD, McMullen served as principal of an Alvin ISD (AISD) elementary school for two years and as an assistant principal at another elementary school for four years.  She was named Principal of the Year in AISD in 2013.  McMullen’s goal is to influence academic, social and personal growth of her students, teachers, and other administrators through leadership, instruction, empowerment, and engagement.

“I am truly humbled by the great honor entrusted to me by this wonderful district to lead this amazing family of students, educators, parents, and community toward continued success at Jan Schiff Elementary,” said McMullen.  “I absolutely love what I do because I have the unique privilege to make an impact in the lives of children and teachers each and every day, and I look forward to celebrating our achievements in the future that will be the result of the collective efforts by all.”

Jessica McMullen, Schiff Elementary School Principal

McMullen began her teaching career 12 years ago as an elementary teacher in Hudson ISD, with responsibilities including Math Department Chair, Campus Trainer, and District New Teacher Trainer and Curriculum Writer.  She also taught at both the middle and high school levels at Hudson ISD, and was very involved with various extracurricular activities and competitions.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Anthony Indelicato Named Fort Bend ISD Assistant Superintendent

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 27, 2014) - Dr. Anthony Indelicato was named Assistant Superintendent at Fort Bend ISD’s May 19 Regular Board Meeting. Indelicato is currently the principal at Kempner High School, which he’s led for the past four years. Previously, he worked as an Educational Leadership Specialist at Region 4, as both a principal and assistant principal in Klein ISD, and as an adjunct professor at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Indelicato began his education career as an art teacher.

Dr. Anthony Indelicato, FBISD Assistant Superintendent

“Anthony brings successful middle school and high school experience to the Assistant Superintendent role,” said Dr. Christie Whitbeck, Deputy Superintendent. “He has shown strong leadership and collaboration with his peers and community. We look forward to his addition to our team and know that his contributions will help move our district to the next level of excellence.”

Dr. Indelicato received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina.  He received both his Master of Education in Administration and Doctorate of Education from Sam Houston State University.

Sugar Land, TX News – Bond Refinancing Saves District $15.2 Million in Future Interest Costs

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 21st 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 21, 2014) - On Wednesday, May 14, Fort Bend ISD completed a refinancing of 2004 bonds that will save the District an estimated $15.2 million in interest. With the assistance of the District’s financial advisor, First Southwest, the transaction took advantage of a favorable market and the savings were substantially higher than what was originally projected. The bond refinancing was approved by the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees in June 2013. Additionally, the District will have the opportunity to pay off $7.7 million of debt early without increasing its debt service tax rate of $0.30.

“We are dedicated to managing our resources in a manner that is proactive, prudent, and conservative,“ said Charles Dupre, Fort Bend ISD Superintendent of Schools. “I am thrilled that this refinancing will save FBISD taxpayers over $15 million in interest, which will help our tax rate remain one of the lowest in the Houston area and allow us to address the district’s growing enrollment without a significant tax increase.”

In addition, through the bond rating process, Standard & Poor’s upgraded the District’s credit rating from AA to AA+. Fort Bend ISD is one of only 15 public school districts in Texas that has a rating of AAA or AA+. According to Standard & Poor’s, the upgrade reflects Fort Bend ISD’s ongoing economic growth and strong financial performance. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Three New Trustees Elected to Fort Bend ISD School Board

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 20th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 20, 2014) - Three new trustees were elected to the Fort Bend ISD School Board on May 10 and were sworn in during the May 19 board meeting. The three new trustees were elected to serve three-year terms.

The new trustees are:

  • Jason Burdine – Position 1, who resides in the west side of the District.

  • Kristin Tassin – Position 4, which is an at-large position.
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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Ranked 4th Among Greater Houston Area’s 2014 Children at Risk Rankings

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 19th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 19, 2014) - The 2014 Children at Risk Rankings have been released and Fort Bend ISD is ranked fourth among the 13 large school districts in the Greater Houston area. Additionally, five FBISD schools are among the top 10 schools, and 25 earned an “A” letter grade. Districts and campuses are ranked on student achievement, campus performance, and student growth.

Children At Risk strives to improve the quality of life of children across Texas through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy. Since 2006, its ranking system has highlighted the successes and need for improvement of local public schools. The rankings not only provide a tool to parents and students, but also provide information to campuses and districts on how they perform relative to their peers and compared against successful models of high-performing public schools.

Children at Risk awarded the top 10 high schools and the top five middle and elementary schools in the Greater Houston Area at an awards ceremony. Five FBISD principals were also honored with certificates commending their schools’ performance and ranking on the 2014 Children at Risk Ranking Lists. Principals Gene Dupont (Colony Meadows Elementary School – 2nd), Joanna Hagler (Commonwealth Elementary School – 7th), Julie Diaz (Fort Settlement Middle School – 2nd); Dr. Jennifer Nichols (Sartartia Middle School – 4th), and David Yaffie (Clements High School – 8th) received certificates on behalf of their FBISD schools. Their schools also earned an “A” letter grade based on the Children At Risk rankings. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Williams Elementary’s Nurse is Honored at Luncheon

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 16, 2014) - For her dedication to the children of Williams Elementary, Nancy Nowak was honored May 8 at the Houston Chronicle’s Salute to Nurses luncheon.

Sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health and Houston Methodist Hospital System, the luncheon honored the top 100 nurses in the Houston area.

Nowak, who is retiring at the end of the school year, is the only nurse Williams has ever had, arriving on campus when it opened in 1985.

“To keep from crying, I tell the students I finally passed the (assessment test) and I am moving on,” Nowak said.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Ray Elementary Principal is District 4 TEPSAN of the Year

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX (May 7, 2014) - Ray Elementary principal Ben Perez is the District 4 TEPSAN of the Year for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

Members from the 20 TEPSA Districts across the state annually recognize colleagues for their outstanding service to the association. Honorees will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception June 11, at the Austin Renaissance Hotel.

“These exceptional school leaders go above and beyond the call of duty to serve their students and colleagues,” said TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart.

Perez, whose career in education spans 18 years, is currently serving as TEPSA District 4 President. He was the 2013 named Lamar CISD Elementary Principal of the Year. He is a graduate of Terry High School.

TEPSA has served Texas Pre-K – 8 school leaders since 1917. Member-owned and member-governed, TEPSA has more than 5,800 members who direct the activities of 3 million PreK-8 school children.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Seven FBISD Students among 2014 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 6, 2014) - The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently released the names of the first group of winners in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Seven Fort Bend ISD students are among the approximate 1,000 distinguished high school seniors who won corporate-sponsored National Merit awards financed by more than 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

FBISD’s 2014 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners are:

  • Annie Chang, Clements High School – Chevron Corporation Scholarship
  • Ashley Chen, Clements High School – Chevron Corporation Scholarship
  • Michelle Lu, Austin High School – Fluor Scholarship
  • Sarth Raj, Austin High School – BP Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
  • Jenny Ren, Austin High School – Fluor Scholarship
  • William Wang, Clements High School – Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. Scholarship
  • Miranda Zhou, Clements High School – FMC Corporation Scholarship

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Sugar Land, TX News – St. Laurence Student Sings to “Strike Out Autism”

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 6, 2014) - Congratulations to St. Laurence Catholic School S.P.I.C. E. student, Jacob Martin, who was chosen to entertain the Sugar Land Skeeter’s Baseball fans during the seventh inning stretch at a recent ballgame to help celebrate, “Strike Out Autism Day” benefiting Hope 4 Three.  Jacob gave a wonderful performance by singing “God Bless America” for the crowd of fans. Jacob is a 6th grader enrolled in the “Special People In Catholic Education” (S.P.I.C.E.) program at St. Laurence Catholic school.  The S.P.I.C.E. program is designed to support the education of children with special needs in our community.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Lamar CISD’s Kindergarten Roundup for 2014-2015

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 24, 2013) - Lamar CISD’s Kindergarten Roundup for the 2014-2015 school year will be April 28-May 9. Registration will be open at all Lamar CISD’s elementary campuses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

Online pre-registration is available at www.lcisd.org. After completing the on-line registration, parents must come in person to the school to bring documentation and verify information.

Lamar CISD has three early childhood programs: PPCD, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten.

The Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) is for children with severe learning problems caused by poor speech, vision, or hearing. Children with physical, mental, or emotional difficulties are also eligible. Lamar CISD will screen any child whose development is of concern to his or her parents. Please contact the Special Education office at 832-223-0400.

Lamar CISD offers full-day kindergarten classes for all children who are five-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2014.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Provides Plan to Address Overcrowding at Commonwealth Elementary

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 18, 2014) - Fort Bend Independent School District is taking measures to address projected overcrowding at Commonwealth Elementary (CWE), with plans to close enrollment for the next two years.  Parents are invited to attend a meeting on April 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the FBISD Annex (3119 Sweetwater Blvd.) in the main auditorium to learn more about the plan.

After consideration of projected growth, facility-use studies, and parental feedback, District officials developed a detailed plan to address the challenges due to excessive enrollment at CWE.  Highlights of the plan include:

  • Enrollment at CWE will be capped for the next two years.
  • New students will enroll at Austin Parkway Elementary, which has been designated as the overflow campus to relieve Commonwealth.
  • If necessary, Colony Bend Elementary will be utilized as an overflow campus if Austin Parkway reaches maximum capacity.
  • The kindergarten projected enrollment mirrors the outgoing fifth-grade enrollment; therefore, new kindergarten students were admitted to CWE during the District’s recent kindergarten enrollment window.
  • New students who currently have a sibling attending CWE in kindergarten through fourth grades will be allowed to enroll at CWE.
  • Students who attend the overflow campuses become students of that campus and participate in activities at the overflow campus. Bus transportation is provided to and from the overflow campuses from neighborhood bus stops, if students meet the District’s established criteria for school transportation.

For more information, please visit the Commonwealth Elementary website by visiting www.fortbendisd.com and clicking on “Schools.”

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Board Approves 4% Raise for Teachers and Staff; Adds New Positions

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 09th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 9, 2014) - FORT BEND ISD ―At a Special Called Meeting on April 7, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved staffing and compensation recommendations for the 2014-2015 budget that includes an increase in the starting salary for teachers to $50,000 and a percentage increase on the teacher pay scale ranging from 4% to 8.6% for 2014-2015 to become more competitive overall and to address high turnover with teachers with 10 or less years of experience. The district will be addressing other critical points on the teacher pay scale in future years.

“It is critically important to have the best staff serving Fort Bend ISD and hiring the right employees will enable the district to focus on our mission to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine,” said Dr. Charles Dupre, Superintendent of Schools.

The recommendations are based on the board’s core beliefs & commitments, achieving board-adopted goals and priorities, and a long range financial forecast that substantiates sustainability. The recommendations balance these objectives, while being good stewards of taxpayer funds.

The plan was developed in collaboration with a budget & compensation committee comprised of teachers and employees throughout the district, the teacher forum with representatives from all 74 schools, principals and feedback from the Board.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Addresses Overcrowding at Commonwealth and Oakland Elementary Schools

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 7, 2014) – Fort Bend Independent School District is taking measures to address overcrowding in high growth areas where two elementary schools have significant increasing student enrollment – Commonwealth and Oakland Elementary Schools. The District is developing the best solutions possible based upon the unique circumstances of each school.

Commonwealth Elementary School to address growth over next two years

Fort Bend ISD will be capping enrollment at Commonwealth to address enrollment growth for the next two years until a future elementary school opens. After meeting with parents at the school, the District decided that a proposal for a fifth-grade center at Fort Settlement Middle School would not be the best way to address the longer range view of enrollment growth. District officials instead have a new plan.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Richmond Student Receives Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (March 27, 2014) – Aniyah King, a third-grade student from Richmond, TX has been awarded a Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through Youth Service America. The grant will support King in leading a community service project for Global Youth Service Day.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Receives 2014 TASBO Purchasing Award of Merit

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 19th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (March 19, 2014) – For the third consecutive year, Fort Bend ISD received the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Purchasing Award of Merit recognizing excellence in school purchasing operations.

During its Annual Conference, TASBO recognized 24 organizations that demonstrate excellence in adhering to professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services. Many of these school districts and organizations, including FBISD, have been recognized multiple times since the inception of the award six years ago. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Cornerstone Christian Academy Students Receive Duke TIP’s State Recognition

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 10th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (March 10, 2014) – Leah Marut and Lanz Reyes, students at Cornerstone Christian Academy, have received state recognition as part of the Duke TIP seventh-grade talent search. Leah scored a 1590 on the SAT and has been invited to participate in the Center for Summer Studies. Lanz scored a 19 on the ACT and has been invited to participate in the Academy for Summer Studies. Both students will be invited to a special awards ceremony where they will receive medals for their accomplishments.

Duke TIP press release

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) is a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with opportunities to support their development.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Career Day Events Help Students Explore Future Possibilities

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted February 18th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (February 18, 2014) – Eighth-grade students in Fort Bend ISD are exploring career paths as they take part in Annual Career Day programs at their campuses.

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Pictured at Bowie Middle School (from left) are: Kyle Alencar, Lorenzo DeCamps, Principal Chris Morgan, Hannah Callison, Grace Renfrew, teacher Lori Sartain, and Shelby Reagan.

Career Day gives students the opportunity to interact with area professionals to receive first-hand knowledge of various career industries and learn about the preparation needed to pursue desired careers. Students also have the opportunity to increase their awareness of extended learning opportunities, such as service learning and internships.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Application Process Re-Opens at Six FBISD High School Academies

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted February 13th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (February 13, 2014) Fort Bend ISD – As a courtesy to parents who are interested in having their students apply to academies, Fort Bend ISD has re-opened the application process at six high school academies. FBISD also reminds parents and students of the approaching deadline for applying to the GT Academy at Quail Valley Middle School.

Spaces are still available at the following two academies:

  • International Business and Marketing Academy at Bush High School
  • Digital Media Academy at Hightower High School

Students who have not committed to another academy are encouraged to look into the exciting opportunities offered at these two academies and submit an application.

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Sugar Land, TX News – School Bus Safety Contest Winners advance to Regional Competition

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted February 11th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (February 11, 2014) – Fort Bend ISD congratulates students who were named winners in the School Bus Safety Poster Contest, sponsored by the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation. FBISD’s Hodges Bend and Lake Olympia Terminal staff judged poster submissions from students in their service areas.

The first-place winners have advanced to the regional competition, which will be held on April 8 during the Gulf Coast Association of Pupil Transportation’s business meeting. Regional winners will advance to the state competition, held in June.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Kempner High School Science Project utilizes Fresh Tilapia

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 30th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 30, 2014) - Some students were a bit hesitant, but overall Kempner High School Aquatic Science class students enjoyed taking part in an art project that involved using fresh Tilapia. Science teacher Robert Anderson led his class in a fish-print project, which was an adaptation of the Japanese art form, Gyotaku. The project was a culminating activity following the students’ study of the anatomy of fish.

Tyronda Thomas, Jordan Johnson and Alexandria Cannon are shown working on the project.

Tyronda Thomas, Jordan Johnson and Alexandria Cannon are shown working on the project.

 

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Sugar Land, TX News – Leadership Session on Volunteerism Inspires FBISD Students to Give Back

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 23, 2014) – Student participants in Fort Bend ISD’s Student Leadership 101 program were inspired to become more involved in their communities after hearing powerful messages from three Fort Bend County professionals regarding their volunteer service to our community.

The FBISD leadership group visited with representatives of CASA House, Project SMILE and Bethel Ministries during their monthly session, sponsored by FBISD Board Vice President, Susan Hohnbaum.

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Ruthanne Mefford, Executive Director of Child Advocates of Fort Bend (left), leads students in a role-play.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Cornerstone Christian Academy performs at the Houston API Luncheon

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 07, 2014) – Cornerstone Christian Academy Middle School Band and Choir under the direction of Rachel Sabol, traveled to the ExxonMobil Building in downtown Houston to perform for the American Petroleum Institute’s luncheon at the Petroleum Club.

The American Petroleum Institute (“API”) is a nonprofit organization of oil and gas professionals dedicated to providing a forum for discussion of energy related issues and promoting actions to improve the energy industry through education and personal interaction.

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SugarLand, TX News – Wessendorff Middle School Teacher Wins Latin Grammy Award

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 10th 2013

SugarLand, TX News  (December 10, 2013) ― Like most teachers, Christina Martinez-Benitez has a hobby she enjoys while away from the classroom.

Unlike most teachers, Martinez-Benitez’s hobby is collecting Grammys.

Martinez-Benitez, in her second year as the Director of Bands at Wessendorff Middle School, recently went to Las Vegas to collect the Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album.

Christina Martinez-Benetiz in the Wessendorff Band Hall

Christina Martinez-Benetiz in the Wessendorff Band Hall

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Cornerstone Christian Academy Students Qualify for Duke University Talent Identification Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 05th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (December 5, 2013) ― Cornerstone Christian Academy staff and families honored 50 fourth- through seventh-grade students who qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program. In order to qualify for this nationally elite group, students must score in the 95th percentile or above in a nationally normed standardized test.

“This is a great accomplishment for our students and our school,” says school principal Gracie Stelly. “It really is a reflection of CCA’s growth in the area of academic excellence. I can’t wait to see how many more we add to this group next year.”

Sugar Land, TX

 

Fort Bend Junior Service League Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 05th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (December 5, 2013) ― The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) is offering two scholarship programs to assist women in Fort Bend County who desire to further their education.

The FBJSL Volunteer Scholarship – The FBJSL Volunteer Scholarship applicant must be an outstanding Fort Bend female high school senior who has completed at least 100 hours of high school community service, has a minimum GPA of 2.5 and desires to pursue higher education in the 2014-2015 school year.

The FBJSL New Beginnings Scholarship – The FBJSL New Beginnings Scholarship applicant must be a Fort Bend woman who has a specific degree or career advancement goal in mind and who has had a break in her education following high school graduation, completion of her GED, or last full-time semester at an accredited college, vocational school or university.

Front row (from left): BRC Members Katherine Minter and Katharine Hunton; Volunteer Scholarship Recipient Arielle Schochler; Volunteer Scholarship Recipient Victoria Rigsby; and FBJSL 2012-2013 President Laura Thompson. Back row (from left): BRC Members Renee Jaramillo, Tanya Pal and Tin Salas.

Front row (from left): BRC Members Katherine Minter and Katharine Hunton; Volunteer Scholarship Recipient Arielle Schochler; Volunteer Scholarship Recipient Victoria Rigsby; and FBJSL President Laura Thompson. Back row (from left): BRC Members Renee Jaramillo, Tanya Pal and Tin Salas.

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Fort Bend Education Foundation to Benefit from Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa Party

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 04th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (December 4, 2013) ― Let Sugar Land’s Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa pamper you on Sunday, January 26 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Make a donation to the Fort Bend Education Foundation of $10 and you will receive one of the following for free: mini facial, mini massage, hot towel foot treatment, hot towel hand treatment, peppermint scalp massage, mini cold stone face massage or aromatherapy.

Katy, TX

Shelbie Farquar, Preet Munday, Terri Wang, FBEF VP of Community Affairs, Rafael Marquez; Owner, Peggy Jackson, FBEF Board Member Randi Henson, and Morghann Milburn

Additional mini spa services available for $10 each. Snacks and beverages will be served, along with games and prizes and introductory memberships specials. Additionally 10% of all other retail sales will be donated to the Foundation. Space is limited. Reserve your space today by calling 281-265-0065.

Fort Bend ISD Title I Social Workers to present at Annual Conference

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 03rd 2013

Sugar Land, TX (December 3, 2013) ― A team of Fort Bend ISD Title I Social Workers have been invited to present a session during the 23rd Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference, which will take place February 26-28 in Austin. The conference is designed to give school-based social service providers the skills, strategies and technologies needed for school social work practice in the year 2014 and beyond.

Pictured (from left to right) are Title I Social Workers Kristie Valdez, Regina Garza, LaSonya McArthur, Sara Stansbury and Priti Avantsa.

Pictured (from left) are: Kristie Valdez, Regina Garza, LaSonya McArthur, Sara Stansbury, and Priti Avantsa.

 

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Sugar Land Caring and Giving Project

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 26th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 26, 2013) ― Children at Primrose School of Sugar Land have spent the past month taking part in an annual Caring and Giving project which benefits the Houston Food Bank.

Sugar Land, TX

This program provides an opportunity for children to experience what it means to really help others. The children have spent time learning about proper nutrition, counting money and planning skills as they gathered their money, shopped grocery store ads and used their math skills to figure out how much they could buy with their money.

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Fort Bend GT Academy Students Selected to Present at Rice University Poetry Reading

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 22nd 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 22, 2013) – Thirteen Fort Bend ISD GT Academy students and one Academy alumni presented poetry during a recent poetry reading hosted by Rice University. The students were selected to take part in the event after submitting poetry they wrote based on their experience at the university’s “Words & Art” event, held at the Marshland by Gaia Exhibit, which featured floor to ceiling images depicting Houston’s urban change and development created by Baltimore street artist, Gaia.

Pictured (seated, from left) are: Dylan Sky MacAdams, Mehul Mittal, Anya Pazhoor, Ethan Chow, Kanika Talwar, Sairaja Kurelli; and (standing, from let) David Sebek, GT ELA teacher; students Catalina Chang, Colby Sanders, Leo Dong, Kedar Pandya, Satwik Misra, Siddharth Khurana, Hannah Abraham, and GT ELA teachers Joe Bernhart and Nicole Frazier.

Pictured (seated from left) are: Dylan Sky MacAdams, Mehul Mittal, Anya Pazhoor, Ethan Chow, Kanika Talwar, Sairaja Kurelli; and (standing, from left) David Sebek, GT ELA teacher; students Catalina Chang, Colby Sanders, Leo Dong, Kedar Pandya, Satwik Misra, Siddharth Khurana, Hannah Abraham, and GT ELA teachers Joe Bernhart and Nicole Frazier.

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Clements High School students benefit from $15.7 million Fort Bend Education Foundation grant funded by Schlumberger

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 20th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 20, 2013) ― Computer Science students at Clements High School are exploring the field of engineering by taking part in a pilot program made possible through a $15.7 million Fort Bend Education Foundation grant funded generously by Schlumberger. 

The pilot program will provide educational programs to assist students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) labs. Included in the agreement are 25 Licenses for Petrel Software, which supports the study of petroleum, earth science and technology, as well as 25 Licenses for Ocean Kit Software that are geared toward science, technology and engineering. Schlumberger will also provide a new computer lab equipped with 25 computers.

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Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Welcomes Sugar Land’s Quadruplet Boys

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 07th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (November 7, 2013) – On October 8, 2013, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital joyfully celebrated the births of four healthy brothers to Sugar Land’s Aggour Family.

Alfredo Gei, M.D., Tamir Aggour (dad), Omar Aggour, Kareem Aggour, Tamara Aggour (sister), Marwa Farrag (mom), Saif Aggour, Deen Aggour and Sandra Uribe, RN, BSN

Alfredo Gei, M.D., Tamir Aggour (dad), Omar Aggour, Kareem Aggour, Tamara Aggour (sister), Marwa Farrag (mom), Saif Aggour, Deen Aggour and Sandra Uribe, RN, BSN (Photo by John Lynch/Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital)

According to the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Club (NOMOTC), in 2011 there were a total of 3,953,590 births, 239 of which were quadruplet births. With so few quadruplet births, the Aggour identical triplets Deen, Kareem and Omar along with singleton Saif definitely beat the odds.

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Thousands Attend Texian Market Days

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 04th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (November 4, 2013) – Over 6,000 guests explored four historic sites and a plethora of activities at George Ranch Historical Park on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. The Park was bustling with excitement over the weekend as guests traveled from miles around to experience over 100 years of Texas history at the 30th Annual Texian Market Days, benefitting the Fort Bend County Museum Association’s educational programs and historic preservation efforts.

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Ridge Point High School Band and Color Guard Head to State

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 29th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 29, 2013) – The Ridge Point High School Marching Band and Color Guard, led by Director Dr. Michael Barnes and Assistant Director Andrew Lee, have made school and district history by advancing to the UIL State Marching Band Contest.

This is the first year that the band and color guard have advanced to the competition, and they are only the third Fort Bend ISD band to do so. (They follow the Austin High School and Clements High School Bands.)

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Lamar CISD Program Helps Students “Recover” Their Love of Reading

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 28th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 28, 2013) - Reading Recovery is just what it sounds like – a program that helps students recover from a faulty start, catching them up with their classmates.

But it recovers something else: children who love to read.

Reading Recovery teacher Jessica Thibodeaux with Smith first-grader Lucki covarrubio

Reading Recovery teacher Jessica Thibodeaux with Smith first-grader Lucki Covarrubio

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Eleven-year Winning Streak for Bush High School Navy JROTC

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 17th 2013

Fort Bend ISD (October 17, 2013) – For the eleventh consecutive year, Bush High School Navy JROTC cadets earned the first place overall award for their outstanding performance at the Fort Bend ISD Drill and Skills Competition, held at Kempner High School.

Luis Salazar, Male Color Guard Commander; Trashawn Sillimon, Armed Exhibition Commander; Daniel Mendoza, Battalion Commanding Officer and Armed Regulation Commander; Siomara Ayala, Female Color Guard Commander; and Rosmeri Ayala, Unarmed Drill Team Commander.

Luis Salazar, Male Color Guard Commander; Trashawn Sillimon, Armed Exhibition Commander; Daniel Mendoza, Battalion Commanding Officer and Armed Regulation Commander; Siomara Ayala, Female Color Guard Commander; and Rosmeri Ayala, Unarmed Drill Team Commander.

The competition invited all FBISD JROTC Drill Units to enter the competition and demonstrate their skills. The units were evaluated on Personal Appearance, Armed and Unarmed Drill, Color Guard Demonstration, and Physical Fitness prowess.Bush cadets earned the first place overall award after receiving first place in the following areas of competition:

  • Armed and Unarmed Drill
  • Male Color Guard Demonstration
  • Female Color Guard Demonstration

Campbell Elementary Kids Celebrate Pinwheels for Peace

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 11th 2013
Pinwheels for Peace

Campbell Elementary students

Campbell students in Art teacher Deborah Holzhuter’s class were introduced to International Peace Day. This event is held word wide. Their students celebrated by making a pinwheel and taking it out to put in their school-wide pinwheel display. This is the second year our school has participated in this event as they, “Imagine… whirled peace!”

David Crockett and Sugar Land Middle Schools Raise Cancer Support Through Volley Pink Project

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 10th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 10, 2013) – David Crockett and Sugar Land Middle Schools raised $1,040.47 for the Volley Pink Project volleyball game October 4 at Crockett. It is the third year the two schools have teamed with the Fort Bend Junior Service  League to help local cancer patients with the costs associated with their treatment. Each school contributed just over $500 to the cause.

 

Stacey Rouze, DCMS nurse and volleyball assistant; Antwanita Bonom, DCMS volleyball coach; Chanel Johnson, DCMS volleyball coach; Heather Carroll, FBJSL Director of Community Relations; and Thomas Graham, DCMS Principal. Front row (l to r): Favour Alejo, Sugar Land volleyball player, Karen Efron, Sugar Land volleyball coach; Debbie Cooper, Sugar Land volleyball coach and co-coordinator of the Volley Pink Project; Versie Turner, DCMS volleyball coach; Stephanie Carter, DCMS volleyball coach; Cindy Dempster, FBJSL President; Debbie Buckner, FBJSL President-Elect; and Joshua McLain, co-coordinator of the Volley Pink Project.

Stacey Rouze, Antwanita Bonom, Chanel Johnson, Heather Carroll, Thomas Graham; front row from left: Favour Alejo, Karen Efron, Debbie Cooper, Versie Turner, Stephanie Carter, Cindy Dempster, Debbie Buckner, and Joshua McLain.

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U.S. Army Drafts Terry High School Principal Vera Wehring

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 08th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 8, 2013) – The U.S. Army has drafted Terry High principal Vera Wehring. Wehring is one of only 15 principals in the United States selected by the Army and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to attend the inaugural leadership and professional development in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Wehring and Araguz

Wehring and Araguz

 

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Austin Bulldogs Marching Band and Angels Dance Team Compete

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 03rd 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 3, 2013) - Despite the thunder at the end of their preliminary performance, the Austin Bulldog Marching Band and Angels Dance Team finished in second place at the fourth annual Friendswood Marching Festival.

Austin Bulldog Marching Band and Angels Dance Team

Austin Bulldog Marching Band and Angels Dance Team

Stephen F. Austin took home the awards for best auxiliary and best general effect in both the preliminary and finals competition. This year the band and Angels are under the direction of Bob Chreste, Michael Roche, Clark Gardner, Lilian Mason, and Ashlee Williamson.

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Kempner High School Student Receives Award of Bravery

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 27th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 27, 2013) – Ben Nguyen, a Kempner High School sophomore and member of Boy Scout Troop 911-Sugar Land, was honored with an Award of Bravery from the Sam Houston Area Council in recognition of his immediate response to assisting his grandmother during an emergency. Nguyen treated his grandmother for shock after she lost consciousness at a family dinner.

Ben Nguyen

Ben Nguyen

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Former Terry High School Student Competes on The Voice

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 25th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 25, 2013) – Tamara Chauniece Williams has always had a talented voice. But can she be The Voice? In the coming weeks, the 2008 Terry High School graduate will appear on NBC’s The Voice, where she will compete against singers from across the country.

Tamara Chauniece

Tamara Chauniece

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Oyster Creek Elementary Student Named Winner in Skeeter’s Reading Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 25th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 25, 2013) – Sugar Land Skeeters players Michael Nix (pitcher), Kevin Rios (infielder), and Adam Godwin (outfielder) visited Oyster Creek Elementary School to congratulate fourth-grade student, Eduardo Guerra, on winning the Skeeters reading program contest.

 

Oyster Creek Elementary student, Eduardo Guerra, is shown with Sugar Land Skeeters players (from left) Michael Nix, Kevin Rios and Adam Godwin.

Oyster Creek Elementary student, Eduardo Guerra, is shown with Sugar Land Skeeters players (from left) Michael Nix, Kevin Rios, and Adam Godwin.

 

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Austin High School Students Score Well on National Spanish Examinations

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 20th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 20, 2013) - Recently, several Spanish language students from Stephen F. Austin School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2013 National Spanish Examinations were recognized by the Fort Bend ISD School Board.

Mrs. Chong and Gold recipients - Poonam Vaidya, Safiyah Bharwani, TJ Brooks, Elliott Seiler, and Zoha Momin.  Not pictured- Jennifer Kaufman and Agnes Archibong

Mrs. Chong and Gold recipients – Poonam Vaidya, Safiyah Bharwani, TJ Brooks, Elliott Seiler, and Zoha Momin. Not pictured- Jennifer Kaufman and Agnes Archibong

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Join Fort Bend County Libraries for “Gulf Coast Reads”

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 17th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (September 17, 2013) – Fort Bend County Libraries invites the public to join in the “Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page” reading program, a community-wide reading project encouraging communities to read and discuss a particular book together in October and November. The 2013 selection for “Gulf Coast Reads” is Peter Heller’s debut novel, The Dog Stars.

The Dog Stars

The Dog Stars

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Kempner High School Seniors Expect Another Frenzy of Fun at ProGrad ’14

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 10th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (September 10, 2013) - “I keep hearing about this thing called Pro Grad. What is Pro Grad?” Great question.  Pro Grad is actually short for “Project Graduatio.”

Project Graduation was formed in 1980 to prevent drug and alcohol-related tragedies during commencement season. It began in Oxford Hills area of Maine after the area experienced seven alcohol and other drug-related teen deaths during the 1979 graduation season. Adults planned alcohol-free activities as part of a post-graduation party, in lieu of student-run events with alcohol or drugs. They called this chemical-free party “Project Graduation.”

Kempner seniors and their parents are creating a fantastic night of celebration for the Class of 2014.

Kempner seniors and their parents are creating a fantastic night of celebration for the Class of 2014.

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Fluor makes Back to School special for Hunters Glen Elementary Students

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 28th 2013

Fort Bend (August 28, 2013) - Back to school was made extra special for the students at Hunters Glen Elementary School. Each student received a new backpack filled with school supplies, courtesy of the Fluor Corporation. Fluor Cares, the employee volunteer program, sponsors a school supply drive each summer, collecting supplies (such as notebooks, crayons, rulers and glue) for students in grades PreK through fifth.

 

Fluor Cares volunteers are shown distributing backpacks to students at Hunters Glen Elementary School.

Fluor Cares volunteers are shown distributing backpacks to students at Hunters Glen Elementary School.

 

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Free GED and Pre GED Preparation Classes at the Literacy Council

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 12th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (August 12, 2013) – The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is announcing its 2013-2014 schedule for upcoming GED and Pre GED preparation classes. Those needing to prepare for the GED test can attend these classes—free of charge. While the classes are free, there is a $30 registration fee.

Fort Bend Literacy Council

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FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre Recognized by the Fort Bend Education Association

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 09th 2013

FORT BEND (August 9, 2013) – Representatives of the Fort Bend Education Association (FBEA) presented Charles Dupre, Fort Bend ISD Superintendent of Schools, with an award on August 8 in appreciation of his dedication and commitment to the students and staff of Fort Bend ISD. FBEA is an affiliate of the Texas State Teachers Association, which works to unite, organize and empower public education advocates to shape public education in Texas and provide a quality public school experience for every child.

FBISDT.J. Baker, FBEA president and paraprofessional at Lake Olympia Middle School; Superintendent Charles Dupre, and Anastasia Hay-Shelton, FBEA secretary and math teacher at Garcia Middle School.

Fort Bend Teen Service League Announces Membership Drive

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 06th 2013

Fort Bend (August 6, 2013) – The Fort Bend Teen Service League (FBTSL), a mentoring project of the Fort Bend Junior Service League, is welcoming teens across Fort Bend County to join the FBTSL. Membership is open to girls in grades 9-12. The final informational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 300, across from Guru Burgers & Crepes in Sugar Land Town Square. Encourage the teen girls in your life to attend this fun, social and informative meeting and find out how being a member of the FBTSL can enhance their high school experience.

 

Teen Board Photo 2013-2014

Front from left: Valencia Vara, Placement Coordinator; Amanda Truong, Director of Publicity; Victoria Celestine, Big Sister Representative; Alexis Breeze, President Elect; Kaitlyn Key, President. Back from left: Janna Tulabot, Placement Coordinator;  Aileen To, Photographer; Megan Takahashi, Director of Fundraising; Sreya Raju,  Director of Development; Cara Wilkerson, Vice President; Haley Foster, Director of Membership.

 

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Sugar Land Area Welcomes Two New Lamar ISD Leaders

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 02nd 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (August 2, 2013) – Two campus leaders have been named as Lamar CISD prepares for the 2013-2014 school year. Deana Gonzales will lead Jackson Elementary, and Eric Nicholie takes the helm at George Jr. High.

Deana Gonzalez

Deana Gonzalez

 

Eric Nicholie

Eric Nicholie

 

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Fort Bend ISD Principals Serve Community of Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 01st 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (August 1, 2013) - Two Fort Bend ISD principals were elected to serve as officers for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Christina Hopkins of Rosa Parks Elementary School will serve as District 4 President-Elect, and Laura Ramirez of E. A. Jones Elementary School is the new Third Vice President of Membership. Officers from the 20 TEPSA districts across the state were installed at the association’s July Leadership Conference.

Christina Hopkins

Christina Hopkins

Laura Ramirez

 

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Students in Sugar Land, Fort Bend Enjoy Summer Fun With Dr. Health E. Hound

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 26th 2013

Dr. Health E. Hound joined students at the hula hoop station.

Sugar Land, TX – (July 26, 2013) - Students enrolled at the Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Summer School Program at Armstrong Elementary School enjoyed a visit from Dr. Health E. Hound and other representatives of UnitedHealthcare during the school’s Wellness Wednesday event on July 24. The UnitedHealthcare representatives joined Armstrong summer school staff in promoting healthy lifestyles by involving students in physical activity and health lessons.

Felicia Holmes, Armstrong Elementary Summer School Principal; first-graders Martha Garcia, Maria Gomez, Jonathan Lara, Julio Diaz; and Diane McDonald, Summer School Coordinator.

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Fort Bend Student Places in Online Chess Tournament

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 25th 2013

Fort Bend, TX (July 25, 2013) – Brazos Bend Elementary School second-grader, Harvey Zhu, recently participated in the second annual Online National Chess Invitational Championship.

Harvey Zhu plans his next move

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Thirty-three FBISD Teachers among First Graduating Class of Apple Core Teacher Academy

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 10th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (July 10, 2013) - Thirty-three Fort Bend ISD teachers, representing all grade levels, were among the first graduating class of the Apple Core Teacher Academy, hosted by the District’s Educational Technology Department. The teachers completed approximately 20 hours of professional development on various Apple software and hardware. As part of their training, they explored social media networks Edmodo and Twitter, and created original projects featuring applications such as Keynote and iMovie, as well as components learned in an iTunesU course.

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Teacher from The Honor Roll School in Sugar Land Selected for Prestigious NASA Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 03rd 2013

Sugar Land, Texas – July 3, 2013 – The Honor Roll School in Sugar Land is pleased to announce that Ms. Cinnamon Baldwin, a science teacher for fifth and sixth grades at the school, was selected from across the nation for the prestigious LiftOff Summer Institute professional development program, which was held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas from June 23 through 28.

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Promoting Healthy Eating was the Recipe for Success at Heritage Rose Elementary

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 26th 2013

Sugar Land, TX - Recipe for Success instructors joined teachers at Heritage Rose Elementary School in teaching second-grade students how to grow, harvest, and cook their own healthy meals. Funded by a United Health Foundation grant, the program at Heritage Rose introduced students to the entire cycle of food, and empowered them to prepare healthy meals and snacks for themselves.

Student Alex Weigel shares the ingredients of his team’s meal with judges.

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Dulles Vikings Baseball Team Scores Big with Stellar Season

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 26th 2013

Sugar Land, TX ― The Dulles High School (DHS) Vikings baseball team provided much excitement for their team, parents, fans and school as they continued to advance in the playoffs, eventually earning a spot at the 5A State Championship game in Round Rock at Dell Stadium.

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Joe Wright, Terry High School Teacher, Retires

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 21st 2013

B.F. Terry High School math teacher Joe Wright retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Born in Oklahoma, Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma University. He worked for Mobil Oil Corp. before becoming a teacher 15 years ago. Wright was honored at the end-of-the-year staff meeting.

Joe Wright with THS Principal Dr. Vera Wehring

Terry High School Student Accepted into Summer Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 19th 2013

B.F. Terry High School freshman Natalia Alanis was accepted to the summer program at the University of Houston’s Sales and Marketing program. Only 20 applicants from the Houston area were selected for this honor.

Natalia Alanis

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Quail Valley Elementary Staff Thank Mentors for Success with Students

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 12th 2013

Quail Valley Elementary School (QVE) hosted an ice cream social prior to the end of the school year to thank its volunteers for contributing to the school’s successful mentoring program. QVE mentors committed a minimum of one hour a week to meeting with students who benefitted greatly from the added guidance, support, and encouragement provided by the adult volunteers.

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Walk With Pride Program Now Accepting Applications

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 12th 2013

Registration is now open for children of families wanting to take part in the Walk with Pride shoe program. Each child who is eligible will be invited to a participating Payless Shoe store location to pick out a new pair of shoes on August 18th. Deadline for applications is August 2, 2013.

Top: Commissioner Richard Morrison, Commissioner Grady Prestage, Judge Robert E. Hebert. Commissioner W.A. Meyers, Commissioner James D. Patterson, Middle: Samuel Cole, Kayleigh Blonder, Solomon Cole, Earl White III, Bottom: Camryn Castro, Briana Spikes, Briana Gonzales, and Zachary Gonzales

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