The Jag News
FM9 Student Led News - September 1, 2016
Jaguar Nation helps Louisiana Flood Victims
One of the priorities of the Jaguar Softball Team has always been community service, so we are starting off this school year with plans for a donation drive to help communities in Louisiana affected by the recent floods. Our donation drive plan is three-fold:
- We will be collecting a variety of items from our softball families at our tailgate party, prior to this Friday's football game.
- At school, we'll have our players collect items (i.e. toothbrushes, baby wipes, hairbrushes, deodorant) during a one-to-two week period, beginning the second week of school
- We will gather all items and help load the delivery truck when collection is complete.
Step up to the plate and help out. Bring all donations to Coach Larriba (Room 9240) or Coach Burkhardt (Room 9241).
Here's a list of all donations needed:
Gloves, Masks, Anti-Microbial Agents (Mold killers), Rubber gloves, Good masks, Garbage Bags (for people to take home), Clorox wipes, Laundry detergents, Paper towels
Fans or Dehumidifiers, Crow bars, Box cutters/knives, Squeegees, Blowers, Square Edge Shovels
Toiletries & First Aid
Toothbrush, Band Aids, Razors, Brushes, Deodorant, Mouthwash
Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Adult diapers, Pull Up diapers, Children's and infant Tylenol
Children & Pet Supplies
Baby Supplies (bottles, formula, food, diapers, wipes, pacifiers, etc.)
Games and toys for children at shelters
Pet food (Dog and Cat)
Blankets & Towels
Blankets and toiletries for the shelters, Pillows, Comforters, Bedding - King and queen, Bath towels and washcloths
Men's rubber boots and closed toe shoes, Diabetic socks
Food & Water
Ready to eat non-perishable food, Cases of water/ water bottles
Canned & Dried goods (Vienna Sausage, Canned beans/dry beans, Canned Chicken/Tuna)
The Lady Jags Softball team can always count on Jaguar Nation to help others in need. Let's knock this out of the park and help our Cajun Cousins to the east.
Jaguar Sports Calendar
4pm - FM9 White Football vs. Lewisville @ FMHS
5:30pm - FM9 Silver Football vs. Fossil Ridge @ FMHS
5:30pm - JV Silver Football vs. Fossil Ridge @ Fossil Ridge HS
7pm - FM9 Navy Football vs. Fossil Ridge @ FMHS
7pm - JV Navy Football vs. Fossil Ridge @ Fossil Ridge
*SPIRIT DAY - Wear Red, White, & Blue (USA Day)*
**Pep Rally Day - upstairs classrooms attend**
5:30pm - Freshman Volleyball A & B vs. Plano Clark @ Plano Clark
5:30pm - JV 1 Volleyball vs. Plano Senior HS @ Plano HS
6:30pm - Varsity Volleyball vs. Plano Senior HS @ Plano HS
7:30pm Varsity Football vs. Fossil Ridge @ FMHS
Thinking About College
Better Understand Your GPA and Class Rank Will Affect You
Being a freshmen and coming into a new environment at FM9, we have a lot of questions. How do I know where to go? What’s the whole new schedule situation? How are the new teachers? What is a GPA and class rank and how will it affect my college application process? Keep calm and don’t worry. It’s a concept that can be a little confusing, but is an important tool that you can use to keep an eye on your grade and make sure you're on a good path to get into your “dream school”.
Depending on what school you are applying for, they will have certain requirements that you need to meet in order to attend that university. They will look at your GPA, class rank, which school you went to, your essay/application, resume, teacher recommendations (if needed), and other factors that make you you.
For example, prestigious schools such as the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University will only take the top 7% of your class, which is roughly rank 63 and lower out of the 900 students or so in our grade. Other schools like UNT will accept you no matter what if you are in the top 10% of your school, but will accept around the top 50% with a high SAT/ACT score. If your GPA or Class Rank isn’t where you wanted it to be by your junior or senior year, don’t worry, you’ll still have the chance to save yourself with the college entrance exams.
Though this may help you a bit, you definitely shouldn’t plan on using it to make up for a poor GPA, but instead use it to boost yourself even further in your academic success and make colleges want you even more! It’s not too much to worry about right now, but your class rank is definitely an important factor of your application that you will want to keep in the back of your mind through your high school career.
What the counselors here at FM9 suggest is to look at your GPA at the end of the year, so the Average is accurate. The same should happen with your class rank. You are being compared to others based on your GPA, so if you aren’t taking a lot of classes that can add to your GPA, your class rank will be lower. That means that you shouldn't worry if you're getting all A's, but still only rank #200. Look at your schedule and if you aren't taking many core classes, wait until the end of the year to examine your ranking and GPA, and you will be much more pleased.
Students should also be aware of how grades are weighed and how it could positively effect the grades being made in some classes compared to others. What Mrs. Roach and Mr. Gifford suggest to better help your GPA, is to "go for the grades, not the weight." This diagram below illustrates how much more beneficial it is to get better grades and have less weight than get poor grades with more weight.
Schedule a meeting with your FM9 Counselor if ...
- You're feeling stressed
- You feel like a class is too easy
- You have any further questions
The best thing to do is to take classes that are interesting to you, and are a good fit for you. Strive for the best grades you can get, and remember to have a great freshman year!