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Travis High School Faculty Newsletter - April 22, 2019


Monday, April 22

Professional Development Day - 7:00-3:00 - See agenda below

Exams and Reviews due to Department Leader by end of day for approval

4:00 PM - Summer PD Registration Begins - Use PHASE 1 High School Catalog

Tuesday, April 23

TIGER TUESDAY:Wear your favorite TIGER gear!

Student Directed Play Showcase - 6:00 PM

Athletic Winter Sports Banquet - 6:30 PM

Baseball: vs Kempner @THS 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 24

College Wear Wednesday

AP Exams Pre-Administration Session - 2nd and 3rd period

ROTC Banquet - 6:00 PM

Thursday, April 25

Spring Underclassmen Awards Night 6:30 PM

Softball PLAYOFFS: @ Katy HS 6:30 PM

Friday, April 26

It's Friday, We Wear RED!!!

Senior Walk and Decision Day - see schedule below - Lunch Schedule and 5th period impacted for EVERYONE - ALL Seniors have A lunch; Upstairs has B lunch; Downstairs has C lunch

Baseball: JV v Bush @THS 4:30, 7:00; Varsity @Bush 7:00

Softball PLAYOFFS: vs Katy @THS 6:00 PM - Game 3 @8:00 PM if needed

IBMA Spring Banquet - 6:30 PM

Saturday, April 27

Dance Team Tryouts

This week's Tiger Shout Out goes to Mrs. Grimm! With us being short a bookkeeper, Mrs. Grimm has taken on many extra duties and she does so with a smile on her face! Thank you, Karen! We appreciate you!!!

April 22 Professional Development Day Agenda

Mindful Mondays

Senior Walk and Decision Day Schedule 2019

8:15 - Seniors attending Oakland/Bowie meet in commons to check in then load busses

9:00 – Arrive at Oakland and begin walk

9:30 – Load buses and depart for Bowie

10:00 – Arrive at Bowie and line up to enter the building

10:10 – Start walk around campus then back on buses

10:30 – Seniors on campus will report to the auditorium

10:45 – Return from Bowie and enter auditorium

10:55 – Start Decision Day celebration and Walk instructions

11:30 – “A lunch” All seniors have this lunch. No lunch served. Students report to 5th period - Upstairs Classrooms have B lunch; Downstairs Classrooms have C lunch

11:35 – Teacher take attendance and then line the halls outside their classes and designated areas.

11:45 – Seniors begin walk (Auditorium, Upstairs at Tiger, Down upstairs main hall and down the back stairs in J, up C hall to B, through commons to big gym)

11:55 – Celebration in big gym. (music, confetti cannon, big balloons)

12:15 – Seniors eat pizza in small gym

12:55 – Seniors dismissed to 6Th period.

2019 Summer PD Resources

Summer PD Registration opens on Monday, April 22nd at 4:00 PM. It is important to note that we are a PHASE 1 campus when registering. See the video and catalog linked here for assistance! Additional information can be found in the Teaching and Learning Schoology Group under Resources as well as in eLearning under Resources. As you are aware, the opening of PD Registration can sometimes feel like "Black Friday" trying to get your spot secured first. The network will only allow 2000 people in the registration site at one time. If you are trying to register Monday afternoon/evening and get an error message, log out and back in until you are able to get in. Just be patient - it will work! :)

End of Year Textbook and Teacher Material Collection

Mrs. Vargas is currently collecting teacher resources, materials, and/or class sets. If you have any outstanding textbooks, teacher resources, and/or materials that you may not be using or plan on using for the remainder of the school year, please let her know. She will make arrangements with you to collect them.

See list below for current items issued.

Don't forget to recognize your students with a POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRAL!!

The Positive Office Referral should be used when a teacher wishes to reward a student for something academic or behavioral. This differs from the ROAR award in that Positive Office referrals can be issued at any time and for any positive behavior worthy of reward. The ROAR award is for students working hard over a period of time and producing academic results. To submit a Positive Office Referral, CLICK HERE. Students that receive a POR will be called in by an administrator and will also be awarded 25 Tiger Pride points!

Teacher Toolkit

As we all look toward the end of the year, it's clear that our students begin to "check-out." One way to keep them involved in their learning process and end the year strong is goal setting! Setting individual goals by providing even a little time in class for our students (and us!) to recommit to learning and refocus our attention may provide that final push we all need. Try setting aside some time in class this week to have your students write an academic goal they have between now and the end of the year. Here is a quick video detailing what this may look like with your students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFVG__cTCmw&feature=youtu.be

High School: Modeling Goal Setting


Video 4-6: Scaffolding Goal Setting: World History, Ninth Grade, LTHS, La Grange, IL James Milkert, World History teacher at LTHS is scaffolding goal setting...

End of Year Resources

The Travis Tiger Class of 2022 needs a sponsor! If you would be interested in this highly rewarding role (the rewards are mostly intangible, but yeah…), please email Mr. Pope!!

Announcement for Students!

Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors – Would you like to climb the Great Wall? Would you be interested in exploring Hong Kong? Have you ever wanted to be a global ambassador? If so, this opportunity is for you! The FBISD Student Leadership Department would like to invite you to apply to be a member of the 2019 FBISD Student Delegation that will visit China next fall. For more information, please see the informational poster located in the cafeteria and/or pick up an informational flyer located in the front office. Applications are due April 22nd and are considered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Setting Up Challenge Questions on New Portal

Click Here for Job Aid to complete this task - everyone MUST complete

As we continue to provide you enhanced services, Information Technology will publish a Self-Service portal (MyFortBendISD) for resetting your password. The new portal introduces a security feature that is new to the district, challenge questions, that simplifies the password recovery process while adding a level of protection to your district identity. In addition to setting up three required challenge questions, staff will be also create three Help Desk verification question and answer sets. The Help Desk verification provides the ability for the Customer Service Center to assist you with processing a forgotten password. The portal will be accessible within the district as well as available from home, using either district or personal devices.

As this feature becomes available at campuses, Teachers will have the ability to assist students with resetting passwords within the same system.

New FBISD Visitor Policy

The following is the expectation of FBISD when we have visitors to our campus. These protocols are for the safety of all on campus and will help to ensure that visitors do not roam our campuses without approval/appointment. Please note – this includes any meetings – such as parent conferences, 504, ARD or other.

For Meetings: Classroom, Counselor’s Office, Administrator’s Office

The receiving employee will let the receptionist know they are expecting a visitor and what time the visitor is expected. Once the visitor comes to campus, our receptionist will check them in and call the receiving employee. The receiving employee will come to the front office to escort the visitor to the meeting space.

Visit to Clinic:

Once the visitor, most likely parent, comes to campus, our receptionist will check them in and call the clinic. After the clinic verifies the visitor, office staff/student aide will escort the visitor to the clinic.

Lunch: The front office calls to an administrator on duty in the commons and informs them of a parent visiting their child for lunch. The administrator acknowledges and waits to receive the parent at the Tiger. The parent might walk to the Tiger unattended if a student aide is not available.


The front office will call the registrar’s office to let them know that they have a visitor. The visitor will be met at the registrar’s office. When the visitor needs to go to the counseling office, the registrar’s office will call to let them know they are on their way. Student aides will be used as much as possible to escort visitors.

These protocols are expected to be put into place in FBISD.

Student Teacher Conference Form

Updated form for 2nd semester

Employee Student Transfers 2019-2020

The Employee Student Transfer window will open to current full-time, benefits eligible employees for the 2019-20 school year on April 10, 2019. Employee Student Transfer applications will be accepted April 10 through May 1, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. A list of closed campuses will be posted on the Department of Student Affairs website.

New and current full-time employees requesting an Employee Student Transfer for the 2019-20 school year must complete an online application during the application window.

NOTE: Late applications will not be accepted and will require the student to attend school at their home campus for the 2019-20 school year.

Use of Edgenuity for Grade Repair

Thank you to all of our teachers that are utilizing grade repair in Edgenuity to increase student success! Please remember that if you are assigning units or lessons in Edgenuity for grade repair - you must use those courses marked Blended. OC and CR are for full credit classes.

If you are not yet taking advantage of Edgenuity for grade repair and would like additional information, please contact Mrs. Blake or Coach Lane. They can assist you with log in procedures and assigning lessons.

Professional Growth Opportunity through Peer Observation!

As discussed at the faculty meeting, we are rolling out opportunities to observe other teachers to see the many amazing things we have going on at Travis High School!! Use the links below to request to observe another teacher and/or let us know you are willing and able to be observed!

To have your name added to the Tiger Board (volunteering to allow others into your classroom), please use this link or add your name to the Tiger Board in the front office behind the mailboxes: https://goo.gl/forms/7jK0Im7OS0bvqDSD2

If you or your PLC would like to observe classrooms, please use this request link: https://goo.gl/forms/qLZNDRfCTr4w4vOq2

Exemption Information


- If a student is doubled up in Science, can they exempt both? Yes, they can as long as they don't exceed the total number of exemptions.. For example, a junior may choose to exempt two science courses, 1 social studies, 1 math, and choose to take their English final.

- What absences count towards exemptions? All absences coded E and U will be counted towards exemption totals. T and L will also count - 3 tardies/lates equals 1 absence for exemption purposes.

Don't Forget to Sign Up for your Biometric Screening!

Important Dates for Seniors - Spring 2019

Senior Teachers - Please POST!

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April 29

End of Progress Report #8

May 1

Faculty Meetings - Mandatory STAAR Training - every period during conference and at 2:50

Department Leader Meeting

May 2

Senior Awards Night

May 4


Prom- The Downtown Aquarium - 8:00 PM

May 6-8

STAAR Testing

May 10

Senior Exemption Forms Distributed in Advisory

Senior Exam Reviews Distributed to all Seniors

Senior v Faculty Basketball Game - 2:15 - Activity Schedule

Senior Sunset

May 14

Underclassmen Exemption Forms Distributed in Advisory

Underclassmen Reviews Distributed to all Underclassmen

May 15

Senior Exemption Forms Due 3:00

May 16

Spring Football Game

May 17

Underclassmen Exemption Forms Due 3:00

May 6-17

AP Testing

May 20

Senior Trip

May 22

Senior Lunch, Senior Slide Show, Graduation Meeting

May 23

Graduation Practice

Graduation Duties Faculty Meeting - 2:30 PM

May 24

Graduation 4:30 - Smart Financial Centre


Check out Advisory Courses in Schoology!

9th grade Access Code: 9RPJK-MPNR7

10th grade Access Code: MTPC8-VJHXW

11th grade Access Code: 6P8DB-Q3QXP

12th grade Access Code: VWF3J-W62C3

Weekly Advisory Lesson Plans are located in the 4th 9 weeks folder of your appropriate Schoology Course under the appropriate dated week. You MUST log in and JOIN the correct Schoology course to access the videos and materials for this week's lessons.

REMINDER! Power Points should be downloaded to computer from Schoology to view embedded videos and hear the voice overs!

Fridays We Wear RED - Tiger Pride Points Link


Our campus IT is Joshua Martin and his office is in the library! Please remember to put in a CRM ticket instead of emailing him when you have a request. If he spends his time putting in your tickets, he loses time to work on the tickets! Click Here for instructions. THANK YOU!

How to Reset Your Network Password

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