Tiger Tracks

Parent Newsletter - Issue #289 - September 13, 2020

This Week at a Glance

Monday, September 14
  • Synchronous Instruction Periods 1-4 Bell Schedule


Tuesday, September 15

  • Camo Spirit Day
  • Synchronous Instruction Periods 5-8 Bell Schedule


Wednesday, September 16

  • College Wear Wednesday
  • Synchronous Instruction Periods 1-7 Bell Schedule


Thursday, September 17

  • Synchronous Instruction Periods 1-4 Bell Schedule


Friday, September 18

  • On Fridays We Wear Red
  • Synchronous Instruction Periods 5-8 Bell Schedule
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Growing Leaders Advisory Lesson

Parents, last week in advisory students discussed why it's important to think critically. Check out the article used to guide their discussion.

Tennis Try-Outs

Wednesday, Sep. 16th, 4pm to Thursday, Sep. 17th, 6pm

Travis High School Tennis Courts

When: Wed; 9/16/20 and Thurs; 9/17/20

What time: 4-6 pm

Where: Travis Tennis Courts.

Must have done: Physical and all electronic forms.

Must bring: Tennis racket, tennis shoes, a mask, a water jug. Optional: a fold up chair

Please contact Coach Martinez at brian.martinez@fortbendisd.com

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Quaranzine: Voices from the Pandemic

This one is for all the writers, poets, photographers, crafters & other visual artists! We need your submissions for a new collaborative project from the FBISD High School Libraries, Quaranzine: Voices from the Pandemic. The deadline for our first online issue is September 18, 2020. Visit https://tinyurl.com/yxob7zd7 for more information!

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Vaping by U.S. teenagers has fallen dramatically this year, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The survey, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggests that the number of school kids who vape fell by 1.8m in a year, from 5.4m to 3.6m. Kenneth Warner, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan’s school of public health, who has also tracked a recent decline in teen smoking to all-time lows of about 6%, comments: “This does look like a very substantial decrease in a single year and it’s very encouraging.” Among the likely factors, Warner underlines the general negative publicity surrounding vaping. Also, Juul preemptively pulled all its vaping flavors except menthol and tobacco last fall ahead of federal action.

Washington Post

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Cyber Safety Outreach Day

The purpose of this virtual event is to empower parents to stay on top of their families safety through education on important safety precautions and potential online dangers kids are exposed to in today’s society.

Email AttendanceTHS@fortbendisd.com if your child is absent

Help Promote School Spirit!

Our Tiger Pride Points system was put in place 3 years ago to help promote school spirit. It is a fun way to support the students’ activities/sports, dress up during spirit days, and provides an extension to an already positive school culture. With this, students can earn prizes based on the points they accumulate throughout the semester. That prize money has to come from somewhere and in the midst of a global pandemic, fundraising to keep such programs going has been a struggle. We typically raise our money on campus; therefore, that poses the question, "How will we make up for not being able to hold many fundraisers the end of Spring 2020 semester, and now into the Fall?" We need your help! Tiger Pride Points support ALL students on campus, not just Scream team. This is simply the donation page/account we use to support all students. This is taking the place of many fundraisers to continue providing rewards and activities all students have the opportunity to earn.

Student Donation Page (Scream Team)

Make a Donation Here

Funds will support all students

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Getting Logged In

Video Tutorial - 1st Time Laptop Access for Parents/Students

Please share this link with staff, teachers, parents/guardians, or students who may need help with logging in or using their laptops for the first time. It covers a variety of issues parents/students may encounter.

Link: https://youtu.be/A79WNvCHqxQ

Parent FAQs from Online Training Courses

Click here for more answers to online learning tools and how parents can support students with Teams and Schoology.

For now, if your student is experiencing issues with their student password, please visit www.fortbendisd.com/studentpassword for instructions. This video is a helpful tool to prepare you and your child for online learning in Teams, Schoology, and Skyward. A Technology Resources page is also available for more information.

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Child Nutrition - Free & Reduced Meal Application and Grab and Go Meals

FBISD encourages all families to complete the Free & Reduced Meals application, at SchoolCafe, and families who qualified in the 2019-20 school year will need to reapply.

Grab and Go Meals will be available at 10 locations this school year, beginning August 17, for only FBISD students at one of the following status categories - “Paid,” “Reduced,” or “Free.” Students and parents will need to use their student ID number or badge at the locations to purchase meals.


Please note the closest location to your campus in your campus newsletter, found below, and make note of meal prices.

· Dulles High School

· Elkins High School

· Hightower High School

· Hodges Bend Middle School

· Kempner High School

· McAuliffe Middle School

· Missouri City Middle School

· Ridge Point High School

· Travis High School

· Willowridge High School


Links: Free & Reduced Meals application - https://www.schoolcafe.com/fbisd; Grab and Go Meals - https://www.fortbendisd.com/grabandgomeals

Details for Online Learning

Please click here to view the daily student schedule during virtual learning. Important things to note:

  • Attendance will be taken during all synchronous classes and the state law for 90% attendance is in effect. Students need to plan on logging in to their classes for direct instruction every day during these times.
  • Each class will have approximately 30 minutes of asynchronous learning experiences each week. Time in the schedule is allotted for this, but students may also complete asynchronous activities during other times outside of the school day (just like traditional homework).
  • Teachers will post their tutorial times in Schoology, but students should also communicate with their teachers through the Microsoft Teams app about specific help as the need arises.
  • We are on a block schedule of sorts, but students will see all seven teachers on Wednesdays for class check in’s.
  • Students will no longer have to log in to multiple sites- 1Link is now a single sign in solution. Click here to learn more.
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Your contribution will help support periodic Staff specific activities and appreciation events, such as the Welcome-Back breakfast, luncheons, and holiday festivities throughout the year. Gifts and various spirit related items may also be included.

**Donations may be made for any amount -- $10, $20, $50 you choose!

Donations to Travis HS are tax deductible. Please save your receipt for tax purposes.

**Thank you for your generous support!

Questions? Contact: Becky.Martinez@fortbendisd.com

Make a Donation Here

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THS Counseling Suite

Follow them on Twitter @TheTigerSuite

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Counselor and Administrator Splits

Counselors

Dwelvin Oliphant, Lead Counselor

Ladale Webster-Lamb (A-Ch)

Monet Newsome (Ci-Go)

Jeanne Andrews (Gr-La)

Cheryl Clark (Le-Ok)

Brenell Young (Ol-Sh)

Tanya Johnson (Si-Z)


Principals

Sarah Laberge, Principal

Adrienne Garcia, Associate Principal

Damien Bassett, Assistant Principal (A-C)

Lisa Long, Assistant Principal (D-I)

Derryk Pope, Assistant Principal (J-M)

Tara Baker, Assistant Principal (N-R)

Erik Smith, Assistant Principal (S-Z)

To request that an announcement be added to this newsletter send information by Friday at 3:00 PM to

Ms. Garcia

Associate Principal

adrienne.garcia@fortbendisd.com