Falcon Focus

Week of November 24, 2014

Do you have something to add, or a correction to be made??

Please email Tandi Owen: tandrea.owen@forneyisd.net

A Note From Dr. Johnston

I hope that you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving. Jim Rohn was quoted as saying we should "only rest long enough to gather strength." It is my hope that your family is able to find time to rest, relax and reflect on the many things that we each have to be thankful for in our lives.

Enjoy this week's Falcon Focus. We will see you on Monday, December 1st.

Academic Concern?

Teacher emails: http://goo.gl/ESaQp9

Teacher tutorials: http://goo.gl/gvh9aW

You can also contact your child's Student Service Suite. Student Service Suites consists of an Assistant Principal and Counselor and are divided by alphabet. NFHS Student Services contact information is: 469-762-4159 (NFHS main line) and ask for the following Student Services Suite

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Friday Funny

What is a turkey's favorite dessert?

See bottom of Falcon Focus for answer...Happy Friday!

After School Intervention

At North Forney High School we believe our students are capable of great things. Learning is ALWAYS our goal and we don't all learn things at the same rate but we must learn.

Part of the role of a teacher is to evaluate the progress a student is making toward a learning goal. By analyzing the progress toward the target, a teacher can determine if a student has been successful; if there is a need for additional instruction or practice; or if it is a matter of the student not providing the opportunity for the teacher to measure his or her learning. Simply put, a student must do the work before a teacher can determine what additional help, if any, is needed.

One of the expectations at NFHS is that all students will give their best effort the first time - this includes students completing the work assigned on-time and complete. Beginning December 3rd, failure to meet this expectation will result in a student being assigned by their teacher to an After School Intervention (ASI) on either Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 4:00-5:30pm. The assigning teacher(s) will submit the work that needs to be completed and student will work to finish assignment(s) during this time. Students will have some choice on the day they attend. Students will be required to stay for the entire time of the ASI, regardless of when they finish the work. If you have not had an opportunity to view the video on ASI, please click the following link.


We look forward to the benefits ASI will bring to our students and campus.

That First Bad Haircut

Please help a yearbook student out

We all have that one haircut in our past that we dread finding pictures of...I'll totally admit mine was a mullet. Business in the front and party in the back. Mind you, I was only in 3rd or 4th grade so not much business or party, but I seriously cringe when we find pictures of that time and the family loves to laugh.

I share this with you because we have a student who is planning a spread in the yearbook that will showcase our students and their first bad haircut. Come on parents...it's another great way to embarass your kiddo and you know you live for those moments (at least my mom seemed to).

If you are willing to share this time in your child's life, Katherine needs:

  • A picture of the bad haircut
  • When did this haircut occur?
  • Was there a reason: a dare, was it for a camp, did the guard fall off the blade at the salon (yes I've seen this happen), or was it just "hip," I use that word lightly, at the time
  • Email this information to katherine.buie@edu.forneyisd.net

Thanks for your help!


High School Musical was AMAZING!!!

If you didn't get a chance to see Talon Theatre's production of Disney's High School Musical...it was AWESOME!!!! A huge congratulations on four nights of stunning performances. The actors and crew were shining stars, and you would never have known that the band was playing live because they were THAT GOOD!!

In fact, the show was submitted by Theatre Director Jessica Kent to Dallas Summer Musical Theatre Awards contest. This means that 6 members of DSM were here to judge the performance on Friday night and "they were BEYOND impressed with our students. They couldn’t believe they were all high school kids AND they couldn’t believe that our high school band played live! They said it sounded like a track it was so good."

If your kiddo was part of this production, give them an extra pat on the back for a job WELL DONE!!!!

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9th grade All-Region Band

This past Saturday, 20 students from North Forney High School traveled to Rockwall Heath High School to compete with other musicians from Forney, Mesquite, Terrell, Royse City, Garland, Rockwall, and Richardson ISD’s. We had 6 students earn a spot in the 9th grade region band!

Austin Patricia – 3rd Chair Trombone

Devin Beamon – 6th Chair Trombone

Andrew Fitzgerald – 9th Chair Trombone

Jevon Hernandez – Trombone Alternate

Haley Cwiakala – Bass Trombone Alternate

Thomas Kersey – 4th Chair Percussion

Varsity Tennis places at Kaufman Fall Festival

The Falcons finished third out of 9 teams in the Kaufman Tournament. Cedar Hill won the tournament and Kaufman finished 2nd. NF finished ahead of WM and FHS from our district.

  • Savannah Mincey finished 2nd in girls singles
  • Oscar Melgar and Fausto Mendez finished 2nd in boys doubles
  • Brendan Richardson finished 4th in boys singles.

The future is bright because with the exception of only 2 senior girls (who will be missed) the entire squad is back for 20152016 season.

Counselor's Corner

Please visit the Counseling Center website (http://goo.gl/KuLoDo), to find the latest scholarship updates under Money for College.

As always, if you have questions please contact your student's counselor.

A-F - Ms. Rain

G-N - Ms. Baughman

O-Z - Ms. Byrd

Academic Awards Ceremony

All academic awards invitations have been sent home via your student. We look forward to seeing you on December 8th to celebrate the successes of our students. The ceremony begins at 7:00pm in the NFHS Auditorium.

Upcoming College Visits

The following colleges will be on campus during lunches:

  • University of North Texas on December 9th
  • Stephen F. Austin on December 19th

Come pick up some information about these awesome Texas colleges.

College Acceptance

Has your child received an acceptance letter from a college or university? Please have your child bring this letter to the counseling office, so that we may make a copy. The counselors will soon begin making their “college wall” of all students accepted to a college or university for next fall.

It's never too early...

...to begin gathering information about college. Go to www.collegeforalltexans.com to find helpful information about the college process, college costs, and financial aid.

A planning guide to aid in your quest: http://goo.gl/fdQdPM (please be patient, it's 18 pages and it may take a few moments to open).

Looking for Scholarships on the web??

Are you looking for scholarships? Search engines require you to create a profile and they will then send you scholarships opportunities which may apply to you. There should be NO cost involved with any of these search engines:

· Fast Web: http://www.fastweb.com

· Zinch: www.zinch.com

· Tuition Funding Sources: http://www.tuitionfundingsources.com/

· Scholarship Points : http://www.scholarshippoints.com/

· Every Chance Every Texan: http://www.everychanceeverytexan.org/

Testing Information

SAT Registration

  • Late registration is currently being accepted for the December 6th test date.
  • Visit www.collegeboard.org to register
  • NFHS is not a testing site for this date

STAAR End-of-Course Retest

STAAR End-of-Course retesting will occur December 1-5, 2014.

  • Monday, December 1 - ELA 1 STAAR
  • Tuesday, December 2 - Algebra 1 STAAR
  • Wednesday, December 3 - ELA 2 STAAR
  • Thursday, December 4 - Biology or US History

Extra! Extra!

Applebee's Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

The Lady Falcon Softball team is selling tickets to an Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on December 6th starting at 8am. The tickets are $10. You can purchase them even if you can’t make the breakfast if you would like to support the softball program. See your Lady Falcon ball player or Coach Delozier, Coach Lee or Coach Garner if you are interested.

You can still shop the book fair

The online book fair is available until December 2nd and all items ordered will be delivered to NFHS for easy pick-up.

Online shopping for the NFHS book fair is available at:


Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit Kaufman county Relay for Life.

Save the Date


Tryouts: Begin Monday, December 1st at 4:00pm

Appropriate dress: Athletic soccer gear, shin guards, socks, shoes

Thanksgiving Break

November 24-28, 2014

Toys for Forney Kids

What: Toys for Forney Kids campaign drive under the direction of Forney/North Forney AFJROTC cadets

Dates: December 1-11, 2014

Goal: 500 toys to provide Christmas presents for children in need

This drive is in partnership with the local fire department and other local organizations with the goal to keep all donations in the Forney area.

Academic Awards Banquet

When: December 8th at 7:00pm

Where: NFHS Auditorium

Why: Celebrate academic successes of our students

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 21

BASKETBALL (B) vs. Wylie East HS (HOME)

JV BASKETBALL (B) vs. Wylie East HS (HOME)

9th BASKETBALL (B) vs. Wylie East HS (HOME)

BASKETBALL (G) vs. Crandall HS (HOME)

JV BASKETBALL (G) vs. Crandall HS (HOME)

9th BASKETBALL (G) vs. Crandall HS (HOME)

Monday, November 24

BASKETBALL (B) vs. Kennedale HS (AWAY)

JV BASKETBALL (B) vs. Kennedale HS (AWAY)

9th BASKETBALL (B) vs. Kennedale HS (AWAY)

BASKETBALL (G) vs. North Mesquite HS (AWAY)

Tuesday, November 25

SWIM-vs. Forney HS @ Rockwall YMCA

November 28 & 29 (Fri/Sat)

BASKETBALL (G) - FISD Tournament


Tuesday, December 2

BASKETBALL (B) vs. Wills Point HS (AWAY)

JV BASKETBALL (B) vs. Wills Point HS (AWAY)

9th BASKETBALL (B) vs. Wills Point HS (AWAY)

December 4-6 (Th-Sat)

SWIM- McKinney non-Tisca qualifier (December 4 & 5)

BASKETBALL (B) - Kennedale Varsity Invitational

BASKETBALL (G) -Wills Point Tournament

JV BASKETBALL (G) -Wills Point Tournament

9th BASKETBALL (G) -Wills Point Tournament

Don't see your team's success, event, save the date??

Email Tandi Owen at: tandrea.owen@forneyisd.net

Friday Funny Answer: Peach gobbler

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NF Falcon Image by the talented Cole Tucker