Fossil Hill Weekly Newsletter

Wildcats in "The Know"

March 4, 2018

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Student Safety is our top priority

As we near Spring Break with longer days and nicer weather ahead, we know students tend to become restless and are eager for the school year to end. It is also the time of year that we like to remind our families of the importance of working together to ensure the safety and security of all students. At Keller ISD, safety is a top priority.

In an effort to help prevent student behavioral issues, we are urging our parents, teachers, and students to take the time to discuss potential discipline matters and the consequences associated with them. For example, when a student tells another student that he/she is going to harm another person or cause widespread harm on a campus using a prohibited weapon, it is immediately handled as a terroristic threat, which is a term used by law enforcement officials to describe these types of behaviors. In this example, the student involved would be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and could also face criminal charges. The District is required to contact the local police department when a terroristic threat is made. The same is true if a student brings any type of prohibited weapon onto school property.

Terroristic threats can also be made through the irresponsible use of various social media platforms. Students should not post messages and/or images of prohibited weapons that are of a threatening nature, mistakenly believing that they won’t face any consequences since they are not at school at the time of the post. Regardless of whether or not the threat is made on social media from home or it is before/after school hours, it is a terroristic threat that would result in serious consequences. The student would face disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and could also face criminal charges. Again, the District is required to contact local law enforcement officials when a terroristic threat is made regardless of how or when it was made.

We will continue working to educate and remind our students of the seriousness of these types of inappropriate behaviors. We encourage you to take this opportunity to talk with your student about messages shared either in person or digitally and about making responsible choices.

A message from Keller Police Dept @kellerpolice

Parents, please remind your children that threatening messages WILL be taken seriously by @KellerISD and its partner police departments, and they have real-world consequences. And as always, #SeeSomethingSaySomething

Teacher of the Year Band Director Mrs. Darlene Janeski

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Wildcat Band Students Earn Leadership Award

We are proud to announce that the following band students have been recognized as earning the Wildcat Leadership Award. These students demonstrate qualities that set them apart from other Wildcats. Not only are they performing at an instrument level during solo competition equal to that of a 12th grade student, they represent themselves in a manner that demonstrates PRIDE: preparedness, respect, integrity, determination, and excellence.

Brian Clark

Emily Coltrin

Brayden Fleming

Anthony Grosse

Cheryll Huddleston

Monica Meyer

Jake (Jesse) Severance

Samantha Nellor

Alejandro Vasquez

Parent reminder: our Band lock in will be taking place Friday night at FRHS beginning at 6:00 PM. See additional details provided from Mrs. Janeski.

Choir UIL Contest on Tuesday

We want to wish good luck to all of our choir students participating in their UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest taking place at Fossil Ridge HS. Special thanks to Mr. Castanuela to preparing them for Tuesday's contest.

Snacks on Campus


Please help us in knowing what your student is bringing to school. We have seen a few students bring extra snacks, candies, chocolates .... to school in order to sell them to other students. This is not permitted. All fundraisers occurring on campus must be approved following KISD procedures. In addition, extra snacks or food items may not be brought and shared with other students due to food service regulations.

Thank you for helping us with this.

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KISD Tax Rate "Swap & Drop"

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FHMS PTA needs your nominations for next year's committee.

We are looking for multiple positions and several teacher representatives. Come be a part of PTA and share your ideas of how we can help out our school, teachers and students.

Please send your nominations to

AVID @ The Hill

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Counselor's Corner

Houses of Honor and PRIDE

7th Grade Houses Integrity, Leadership, & Loyalty

8th Grade Houses Integrity, Leadership, & Loyalty

As a friendly reminder counselors are always available to students to talk about safety concerns and their well-being.

7th to 8th grade and 8th to 9th grade registration is now complete.

Need to make a schedule change for 2018-2019 school year?

You may come by the office to fill out a Schedule Request Change Form. All requests must be submitted by March 31.

3/9- Girls Inc is coming to 1st and 9th period girls athletics to talk about communication skills, bullying

Parenting Resource:

early dismissal

While there may be emergency situations, we ask that all parent requests for early dismissal be done in person before 3:30 PM each day. After that time it is difficult to get your students down to the office before regular dismissal.

Reminder that you must be in the office in person to pick your student up for early dismissal. We can't allow students to leave the school unaccompanied before dismissal.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 817-744-3050. We sincerely appreciate your help!

Nurse's Notes for The Hill

Please feel free to reach out to "Nurse Bas" anytime at or at (817) 744-3050.

It is almost time for spinal screening at FHMS! Screening will take place on Monday and Tuesday 3/19-3/20. During the screening, boys and girls will be required to remove their shirts. Girls are required to wear a halter top, bra, or swimsuit top under their regular clothing. As a recommendation, we have found that wearing athletic/sports attire can make the screening process go smoothly, but it is not required. If you do not feel comfortable having your student screened, or your student does not feel comfortable being screened, please let me know. While the screening is important, I completely understand if you prefer that your pediatrician performs a spinal check, and would be happy to make accommodations.

Be prepared, stay healthy!

Fossil Hill Sports

We are now in between seasons getting ready for track and soccer and we invite you to support our students in representing The Hill in the bleachers and showing your spirit for the Wildcats. Games and other campus events can be found on the campus calendar link below as they are posted and will added here as well.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: $4.00

Students: $2.00

Athletic Ticket Card: $25.00 (good for 15 admissions)

Fossil Ridge Sports

Fossil Ridge is a member of District 3-6A UIL alignment along with other Keller ISD high schools, Haltom, Weatherford, and Abilene. The 3-6A District Executive Committee has determined that no outside food or drink be allowed into the stadium. The decision for this new rule is primarily to ensure the safe environment for all patrons.

Use the link below to view the game schedules for basketball. Show your Panther Pride and support the kids.

Home and visitor general admission for high school games:

Presale before 4pm game day-

Student $4

Adult $6

At the gate and after 4pm -

All $8

Reserved seats:

Anytime $10

Know before you go to the stadium

New policies regarding your upcoming visit to Keller Stadium. Visit the link below