The Falcon Reporter
Fowler's Official Newsletter
Congratulations Mrs. Fry - Fowler's Teacher of the Year!
Learning Environment Change Window is Nov. 9-13
Parents and guardians who want to change their child’s learning environment can update their selection Nov. 9-13. Families will continue to have two choices for learning in Frisco ISD: on-campus or virtual instruction. No action is required by parents who wish to maintain the same learning environment.
New selections will go into effect for the third nine weeks of school, which begins Jan. 5. Although the change window may seem early, two extended school breaks fall between the change window and the start of the second semester. The selected time frame will provide staff with sufficient work days to make the necessary changes to student and teacher schedules.
Please keep in mind, the instructional environment change period may potentially impact your child whether or not you request a change.
Changes will be accepted via the Student Portal through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. Click here for more information, including instructions for how to request a change.
Photos for Yearbook
For the second nine weeks, sixth grade students will continue our study of chemistry. We are finishing physical and chemical properties and changes, then moving forward into the Periodic Table of Elements. After Chemistry, we will begin our unit on Space! We will learn about the organization of our solar system and the relationships among the various bodies that comprise it. In addition, we’ll study the history and future of space exploration, including the types of equipment and transportation needed for space travel.
For this 9-week period, students in ILA will be reading mentor texts and watching various video clips that answer our essential question: "How do animals and humans interact?" As students are exposed to various examples of human-animal interactions, they will begin to formulate their own opinions about the relationship between animals and humans.
For the 2nd nine weeks in math, we will have started our 3rd Module which includes Ratios, Rates, and Percents. Students will be able to convert from fractions to decimals to percents and learn how to write equivalent ratios and rates. After that, students will then move into computations of rational numbers and the coordinate plane for module 4 where students will learn how to work with negative numbers and understand the relationship between real life situations and positive/negative numbers.
In 6th grade world cultures we will continue our journey around the world by studying the geography, history and cultures of Latin America. We will be particularly focusing on our study of economics of the region. We will then continue our world trek to Europe, studying the geography, history and cultures of the continent, with a focus on the origins of democracy.
7th graders have been very adventurous this fall! Texas history classes have been traveling back in time to the Spanish Colonial era from 1680-1760 and the Mexican National era. This past week, we traveled to the year 1821; Mexico has won independence from Spain, and Texas is now part of Mexico. Students will be learning about empresarios (such as Stephen F. Austin) who began colonization of Mexican Texas with settlers from the United States in Unit 3.
All science students are beginning their journey through the human body systems. We will be working on science labs to help students gain a better understanding of the human body.
Math classes are beginning to study non-proportional linear relations. We will then move into percentages. Please involve our mathematicians as you budget for your holiday shopping and take advantage of those great discounts!
In ILA, we are in the midst of Unit 2 and discussing adversity through different people, settings, and time periods. It’s something our students can really relate to right now. Students are writing expository essays about this topic by focusing on writing a thesis that is supported by examples and evidence. Please encourage your student to read outside of class to help expand their expository writing skills and vocabulary--the science proves it makes a huge difference in their academic success!
It is so great to be back in school! In ILA, we just finished Unit 1 answering the questions, what are the challenges of growing up and what lessons can we learn? Students presented a speech, conducted interviews, and read varied genres of texts. In Unit 2 we will answer the question: what can we learn from the past? Students will have the opportunity to apply reading, writing, and research skills we learn throughout the unit and research an issue she/he finds pertinent in answering the essential question. Continue to check HAC and encourage nightly reading for at least 45 minutes!
Math 8 will be working on functions, proportional and non-proportional linear equations.
Fowler 8th Grade Scientists in both F2F classes and the Virtual Academy have concluded their study of chemistry, and are excited to be initiating their work with physics. We look forward to an in-depth study of speed, velocity, acceleration, and balanced/unbalanced forces during the second nine-weeks!
Fowler 8th grade United States History students in both F2F classes and Virtual Academy have recently learned about the characteristics of the 13 colonies and the American Revolution. They will continue their historical journey by investigating the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, and principles of the Constitution.
Welcome New Faculty Members
Kendra Beck - Assistant Principal
My name is Kendra L Beck and I have the honor of serving as the new Assistant Principal of Fowler Middle School. I am a native of Dallas Texas. I spent 4 years studying at Texas Tech University and hold a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Education Administration from Lamar University. I am starting my 16th year as an educator. My first 10 years were in Coppell ISD as a 7th grade Science teacher. The last 5 years I was an Assistant Principal in Aubrey ISD. I have one son who is a senior at Lone Star High School. I love spending time with my family and close friends. My favorite activities include watching my son play football and traveling. I look forward to meeting and working with each of you! I am excited to be a part of Fowler Middle School and look forward to serving the school and community. It’s a great day to be a Falcon!
Hello! My name is Cissy Fry, and I couldn't be happier to be joining the Fowler Falcons this year! I grew up moving around quite a bit as my dad was in the Air Force; a fun little fact about me is that I was born at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Unfortunately, I don't remember my time there, so that's on my bucket list! We moved to Plano, Texas in 1986, and I graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 1992. I then studied at Texas A&M University (Whoop!) and graduated in 1996. From there, I student taught at Forest Meadow Junior High School in Richardson ISD where I ended up teaching for four years. Finally, I came to Frisco ISD in 2001, and for the last 15 years, I have taught at Roach Middle School. I recently got remarried; my husband Eric is a buyer at Qorvo. My son Bryce will be entering 9th grade this year and attending Independence High School, my stepson Josh is heading to UNT as a freshman this fall, and my stepdaughter Hanna is continuing her masters in Child Life at TWU. We are currently building a house in McKinney and can't wait to fill it with fun loving memories! I enjoy anything to do with sports, the Aggies, and music! I look forward to meeting all of you in the fall; we are going to have the BEST school year!!!
Hello Fowler Falcons! My name is Stephen Castoral and I will be teaching 8th Grade U.S. History here at Fowler Middle School. I completed my student teaching here at Fowler, and I am excited to be continuing my career here. To share a little about myself, I originally lived in New Jersey for 20 years before moving to Texas five years ago. I spent a lot of my childhood playing sports. I played baseball, I wrestled for both middle and high school, and I have a black belt in karate. I am a recent graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in History. My passion for history started during high school. After learning about a topic, I enjoyed coming home and discussing it with my father who also had a passion for history. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I travel as much as I possibly can during my free time as well. I like to experience different countries, and immerse myself in their culture, to learn as much as I can about the world. I am thrilled to be teaching here at Fowler, and I am looking forward to helping your child learn about history!
Hello Fowler Falcons! My name is Zainab Azeem and I am very excited to be joining the Fowler Family. This year will be my 10th year as a teacher and my second year at Frisco ISD. I moved to Texas three years ago and feel proud to call this great state home! I have been married to my wonderful husband for 13 years and have three lovely children, a daughter in sixth grade, a son in second grade, and my youngest son starting Pre-K this fall. In my spare time I love cooking, trying new recipes and taking family road trips! I'm looking forward to starting this new adventure!
Hello, my name is Gerardo Luna and I am so excited to be joining the Fowler family. I will be serving our students as an 8th grade social studies teacher and an instructional coach. I am from El Paso, Texas and moved to the DFW area 10 years ago. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of History. After a few years of teaching I continued my education and earned a Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. I am starting my 11th year of teaching and loving every minute of it. For the past 10 years I served as a social studies teacher, leader, and curriculum writer in Plano ISD. I spent 8 years teaching at the high school level in various subjects and 2 years teaching United States history in middle school. I realized that I love teaching middle school and I am so happy to be working with the learners at Fowler. In my free time I love to spend time with my dogs, hang out with friends, and attend concerts. I am looking forward to serving our learning community and feel grateful to have found a position at such a wonderful school.
My name is Donald Bruce and I will be joining the faculty this year as an assistant band director. I am originally from Manchester, New Hampshire, and moved to Texas in 2003 to attend the University of North Texas. At UNT, I studied music education and euphonium performance and graduated in 2009. After graduation I accepted a job as an assistant band director in Frisco ISD where I worked at Stafford and Griffin Middle Schools. The next year I transferred to Fowler Middle School and served as an assistant band director from 2010-2013. I attended the University of North Texas from 2013-present, where I completed a masters in euphonium performance, and am currently one dissertation shy of earning my doctorate in Euphonium performance. I expect to graduate in December of 2020… fingers crossed! I currently work teaching private low brass lessons in Lewisville ISD and Coppell ISD and serve as the professor of euphonium at the University of Texas at Arlington. I am an avid fly fisherman and disc golfer and enjoy doing pretty much anything that gets me out in nature. I am very excited to return to Fowler this year and I look forward to meeting all of you.
My name is Krista and I'm so grateful and excited to join this Fowler family! I was born and raised in Ohio but have been fortunate enough to live in some terrific places, like Colorado, recently Florida, and now the great state of Texas! My husband, James, and daughters Ava and Gianna are the highlights of my day, and we enjoy getting outside and exploring as much as possible. I come from a family of educators (I earned my English Education degree from Miami University in Ohio), and so grateful to have been able to come back to the classroom after some time in corporate and then ministry. I believe every student has a gift and a calling, and one of my greatest privileges is to be able to walk with students as they grow into adults and into their purpose! I strongly believe in the concept of finding the flower among the weeds instead of finding the weed in the flowers; I love encouraging others and being a part of a great team! Happy to walk alongside you!
Hello Fowler Family! My name is Madison Bennett and I will be starting my 5th year of teaching and 3rd year in FISD. I am excited to be joining the Falcon staff this year. I will be teaching PE, as well as coaching Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016 with a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology. Health and Fitness have always been a big passion of mine. Outside of work I am usually hanging out with my two dogs, riding my bike and on a pretty day, I can be found at the lake. I am looking forward to growing with the Fowler community this year! Go Falcons!!
It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year is behind us! This year has definitely been one of unprecedented challenges and experiences. However, our Fowler family is thriving as students, staff members and families have shown their dedication to prove that we truly are STRONGER TOGETHER. As we press onward toward the end of first semester, there are a few important dates and opportunities we want you to be aware of.
November 2-13, 2020 -Angel Collection
Fowler Middle School is participating in a service project to sponsor “Angels” during this holiday season! “Angels” are less fortunate children in this community, Frisco ISD.
We are asking for a monetary donation (cash only), and we will be purchasing gift cards using the donations.
All donations can be dropped off in the front office with the receptionist. Please send all monetary gifts (cash only) by Friday, November 13, 2020.
Thank you in advance for your donation. We are excited about making this project a success!
November 16, 2020 - Power to Change Classroom Meetings (Character Lab – Gratitude)
December 7, 2020 - Power to Change Classroom Meetings (Character Lab – Curiosity)
Fall Book Fair
The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is in full swing, and runs through November 8th!
You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:
- Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
- All orders ship direct to home
- FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
- All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards
Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:
*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.
Books from Last School Year
If your student has books on his/her account from last year, please try to locate those and bring them back to campus. You can bring them to the front office, or, if you prefer a contact-less option, drop them in the return cart that is available in front of the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm. If your student is a 6th grader and the books are from one of our FISD elementary schools, you may still return it to Fowler. We will ensure it is returned to the correct library.
If you cannot locate the books, and you are financially able at this time, please contact Mrs. Laferriere at firstname.lastname@example.org for the price of the book and payment options.
Our libraries lost many books due to the Covid-19 shutdown, so we appreciate your attention to this matter. Thanks for helping us keep our libraries full of great books for our kids!
Library to Go Curbside Checkout
Parents of Virtual Academy Students! Did you know your student can check out books from the Fowler Library even if he/she is learning from home? Click here: https://sites.google.com/friscoisd.org/fowler-library/library-to-go-curbside-service for instructions on how to request and pick up print books! All of our books are carefully quarantined for a minimum of four days after they are returned and before they are passed on to the next student.
Free Ebooks and Audiobooks through Sora
Remember that ebooks and audiobooks are always FREE on Sora, FISD’s online reading platform. New titles are constantly being added, so be sure to check it out frequently. Download the app from the iTunes store or Google Play, or access online at www.soraapp.com.
In Frisco ISD, we value providing student opportunities to participate in academic competitions. We are using this year to transition from the traditional Math/Science team competition to a new competition that will not require overnight travel in coming years. Due to ongoing COVID complications, the middle school Math/Science Team will not be competing at TMSCA in San Antonio this year. Currently we are looking at a way to continue to challenge our students with STEM competitions and better align with high school academic competitions.
We will continue to have the Math/Science team this school year and will look into enrichment activities and virtual competitions options. Information will be communicated to students through Fowler’s Math and Science Team Canvas course. Students who have not requested joining that course can still email Mr. Peterson at email@example.com to be added to the course.
Our recent Spanish Club virtual meeting was a huge success! In our last meeting on October 27th, students got the opportunity to learn about Día de Los Muertos (The Day of The Dead), which is a Spanish holiday that honors loved ones who have passed away. The students also participated in fun activities virtually, such as a Kahoot about Día de Los Muertos! They had lots of fun learning about Spanish culture and even got to take a few pictures at the end of the meeting! Tune in to our next meeting to embrace more Spanish culture!
~ Congratulations to our newly elected Spanish Club Officers for the 2020-2021 school year! They are President: Shreshta Kotha, Vice-President: Eesha Nagireddy, Secretary: Aneesh Chintala & Director of Publicity: Nikhil Kotta.
By: Nikhil Kotta
Destination Imagination Support Changes
Beginning this 2020-2021 season, Frisco ISD will not have Destination Imagination campus coordinators or a district liaison. We recognize the value of the Destination Imagination competition and support parents as they continue to provide these opportunities for their children. Information about the 2020-2021 DI season may be found here.
For further information or direct inquiries about the program, please contact the DI regional directors listed below.
Nikhil Dhoble - firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Taylor - email@example.com
More information about the program can be found on the NeXT Region Website as well as the Destination Imagination Website. The NeXT Region website provides training opportunities and regional information to support parents throughout the DI season. The National Destination Imagination Website will also be helpful for updates pertaining to this season as they are ensuring safety for everyone involved.
Middle school evening tutorials
World Languages Announcement:
Are you interested in receiving high school credit for languages that you already speak? Check out this LINK for more information. After checking out the link, you may contact Jennifer Sanogo at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for testing. Please include the testing date, Student name, Student ID#, language for testing and any formal education in that language (if any).