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JANUARY 9TH - JANUARY 15TH 2022

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

12/6-1/19/2022 PTA in partnership with World Wear Project Clothing Drive is Dec. 6th -Jan. 19th (See info below for more information)

1/11 FISD School Board Meeting 6:30PM-7:30PM, 5515 Ohio Drive, Frisco, TX 75035

1/11 Career and Technical Education Night 6PM-7PM (See info Below)

1/11 Rising 6th (current 5th graders) Parent Meeting @ 6:00 in Griffin Café

1/12 FISD Dual Credit Information Night 6:00PM-7:00PM (See info Below)

1/12 Pandemic Population Presentation 6:00PM-7:00PM (See info Below)

1/12 FISD Achieve Mentor Training @ FISD Administration Bldg. 5:30-6:30PM (See info Below)

1/12 7th Grade Boys Basketball vs Vandeventer @ Vandeventer Middle School, 6075 Independence Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75035

1/12 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs Vandeventer @ Griffin Middle School, 3703 Eldorado Pkwy, Frisco, TX

1/13 8th Grade Boys Basketball vs Vandeventer @ Griffin Middle School, 3703 Eldorado Pkwy, Frisco, TX

1/13 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs Vandeventer @ Vandeventer Middle School, 6075 Independence Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75035

1/17 NO SCHOOL - MLK HOLIDAY

1/18 Rising 7th (current 6th graders) Parent Meeting @ 6:00 in Griffin Café

1/18 Rising 8th (current 7th graders) Parent Meeting @ 6:00 in Griffin Library

1/21 2022-23 Course Requests Due in HAC for Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

TRANSPORTATION: Student Pick-up and Drop-off

Griffin Parents/Guardians:

Here are a few reminders to help keep our students safe and expedite the pickup and drop off process at Griffin Middle School.


Morning:

  • Drop off is either in the front of the school or on the cafeteria side. Cafeteria and front doors open at 7:45AM.
  • Please avoid dropping your child off inside the fire lane in the front of the school, this space is reserved for buses.
  • School buses have priority in the front of the school and vehicles should proceed with caution when in close proximity.


Afternoon:

  • Afternoon pick-up: 8th grade is North side by Eldorado, 6th and 7th grade is South side by Cafeteria.
  • Only buses should be in the front (East side) of the building.
  • The front of the school is closed to all vehicles, except school buses in the afternoon.
  • Pickup students ONLY in the designated lanes to the right hand side. Follow the traffic flow map for afternoon pick-up.
  • Please pull forward in the carpool lines to keep the line moving and to allow other cars to enter the parking lot.
  • There are 2 lines to enter the south entrance off of Lenox and one line for exiting. Do not enter on the exit lane as this could cause a backup or accident.
  • Parking on the school side of Lenox is not permitted between 2:00-4:00PM. Parking on Lenox has caused a backup onto Eldorado which is unsafe.


General:

  • The speed limit on campus is 10 MPH at all times.
  • All lanes must stop at the stop sign on the west side or back of the building, and the stop sign on the east side of the building before the cross walks.
  • Pay attention to the cross walk locations to avoid stopping or parking on them. Stopping on the cross walks provides a dangerous environment for students.
  • Please remember your vehicle must be at a complete stop in a school zone if using your cell phone. If the car is in motion, using your phone is against the law.
  • Please remember to be patient and courteous to your fellow parents. We understand pick-up and drop-off can be hectic due to the sheer volume of cars on campus.
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FISD Career and Technical Education Night 1/11

Students in grades 8 - 11 and their parents are invited to learn more about Career and Technical Education Programs and Dual Credit offerings in Frisco ISD.


The event will be in a webinar format and will start at 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


Register Here

DATA CLERK Corner: Semester Grades for Marking Period 1 and 2

Semester grades for Marking Period 1 and 2 are available for viewing on your student’s Home Access Center (HAC) account or the parent’s Guardian Gateway account.


If you have questions about HAC, please email GMSHac@friscoisd.org. Thank you.

Grade-Level Assessment Calendars

Core grade-level teachers will embed a Google Assessment Calendar on their Canvas homepage which will provide assessment dates for all grade-level courses.

The links to the calendars will also be added to the Griffin webpage and are included below:


6th Grade Assessment Calendar


7th Grade Assessment Calendar


8th Grade Assessment Calendar

Griffin Soccer and Cross Country

7th and 8th graders interested in soccer and/or cross country should sign up on the posted sign-up sheets that are located in the athletic locker room halls. Sign-ups will be available through January 28th. Please sign-up ASAP so the coaches can get you the needed paperwork required to participate. You do not have to be in girls/boys athletics to participate in soccer and/or cross country.


Tentative schedules can be found on our Griffin Athletic Website.


Questions? Please contact your coordinator:


Girls: Megan Condotta, condottm@friscoisd.org

Boys: Chris Beran, beranch@friscoisd.org

FISD DUAL CREDIT INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR 1/12/2022

The FISD Dual Credit team will host an informational webinar on Wed., January 12th from 6-7 PM.


The team will explain dual credit and will share about the various dual credit options available to our FISD high school students.


Webinar registration is available through the link in this flyer. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YCtL5YXRDs1XFjuhWfs2KeJZhbS7OR00/view?usp=sharing)

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Tim Elmore and the Pandemic Population

Students today are already the most anxious generation in modern history and now they live in the most anxious time.


Tim Elmore will discuss his book, The Pandemic Population, which provides best practices for leading in a crisis as well as creative ideas to sustain morale and collaboration among students. It’s perfect for educators, parents, and coaches who lead kids.


January 12, 2022


6:00-7:30PM


REGISTER HERE

FISD Achieve Mentor Training

The FISD Achieve Mentoring program is seeking caring and committed adults from across the community to provide student support and inspire success in school and life.


Please complete this form and let us know you are planning to attend an upcoming training to learn more about this valuable opportunity to serve as an FISD student mentor this school year!


Please RSVP below to attend this event.


Training Location: FISD Administration Building; 5515 Ohio Drive, Frisco, TX 75035.

Park in rear of building, enter training room entrance, enter Training Room A.


Contact: Randall Ford

Email: fordra@friscois.org


Register Here

2021-2022 SECONDARY GIFTED/TALENTED SERVICES REFERRAL INFORMATION

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TECHNOLOGY: Chromebook Repairs

Please refer to the 1:1 In The Middle Handbook for information and see the Repair/Replacement information below.


Repair/Replacement Information

  • The first incident will be repaired for free.
  • The second incident will require the student to pay $20 to help cover the cost of repairs.
  • The third incident will require the full cost of the device repair.
  • In the instance that the damage to the device is intentional, the cost of the repair will be based on the damage regardless of how many incidents have occurred.
  • Lost or broken chargers must be paid for to receive a replacement.

Estimated Replacement Costs

  • Chromebook: $300
  • Battery: $110
  • Screen: $160
  • Keyboard: $17
  • Keyboard & Touchpad: $65
  • Power Cord: $36

Griffin PTA in Partnership with World Wear Project Clothing Drive December 6th, 2021 - January 19th, 2022

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Griffin Basketball Concessions Sign Up

It was a great Football and Volleyball season, and now we start Griffin's Basketball season. The PTA is once again running all home game concession for both Girls and Boys 7/8 Grade Basketball and you help is needed. Please take a look at the sign up and see where you can help out.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EA8A62EA3F5C61-griffin6


Thank you for your support.

Griffin PTA

Deep Thoughts & Family Discussion

Each family is encouraged to discuss these questions/thoughts during dinner throughout the week.


  • Great work ethic is a talent rather than a skill.
  • Conflict on a team is healthy.
  • In order for a collaborative team to be successful, it is important for them to like each other.
  • When it comes to discipline, it is important to treat everyone the same.


“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ John Wooden

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Dallas Cowboys Class Act Program

The Dallas Cowboys and Reliant are excited to kick off year two of the Cowboys Class Acts Program!


Cowboys Class Acts honors teachers that constantly encourage, lead and strive for excellence in the classroom. This year the Dallas Cowboys and Reliant will recognize a teacher in the DFW area for their phenomenal work empowering our youth each month from September-February.


New this year, the six (6) teachers recognized as a Class Acts teacher of the month will each receive a $4,000 grant. It is our hope that these funds will allow them to continue to impact their students and further their mission of education.


Below is the nomination link to share with your parents, and staff encouraging them to nominate a deserving teacher from your campus! The application period is now open and will close on January 31st, 2022.

https://www.dallascowboys.com/news/cowboys-class-acts-2021

Teachers On The Rise Program

Market Street Supermarkets and Mrs Baird’s Bread are proud to bring its popular Teachers On The Rise program to North Texas. These two companies have hosted Teachers On The Rise for the past twelve years in West Texas/Panhandle and are looking forward to honoring your great teachers this school year because we know great things happen in our classrooms every single day.


Teachers On The Rise is a student/family nominated teacher recognition program honoring three teachers every month for the remainder of the school year—one winner in elementary, one middle school winner and one high school teacher. Now that we are back and better than ever, with in-person learning, we are excited to see what this school year has to offer.


Entering is easy. Students and families can log onto www.NorthTexasTOTR.com or simply google Teachers On The Rise. Once at the nomination site, they will enter in a little information about themselves and then tell us why their teacher deserves special recognition. Perhaps a teacher made a student feel welcome on the first day of school, or a student would like to honor a teacher they had in years’ past--these are stories we want to hear about. Tip: We know teachers are nice, funny and great, but we want to know why they are nice, funny and great. Please be as detailed as possible on your nomination.


We will continue to honor three teachers every month this school year—one from elementary, one from middle school/junior high, and one teacher from high school. The teachers will receive a great prize packet from our sponsors including a $100 Market Street gift card and a $100 American Express gift card from Mrs Baird’s Bread! The student or family who nominates a winning teacher also receives a $50 American Express gift card, so it 'pays' to enter!

We know school around the holidays can be stressful at times, so we want to know the great things teachers are doing to make learning fun, effective and memorable, and flexible. They deserve the recognition, so tell us about them today at www.NorthTexasTOTR.com and we look forward to honoring your great teachers and students this school year.

RAIL Tutoring Program

Frisco ISD teachers are now offering weekly online tutorials in the evenings, saving parents time and money that might otherwise be spent on outside tutors.

The tutorials are facilitated by District teachers who have worked with the Teaching and Learning Department to ensure alignment between what happens in the classroom and what is covered in online tutorials. Tutorials are at 6 p.m.:

  • Mondays - Math
  • Tuesdays - Social Studies
  • Wednesdays - ILA
  • Thursdays - Science

Learn more about how to access the tutorials here.

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Griffin Middle School Career Day 2022

Griffin Middle School annual 8th grade Career Day will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022. We could use your assistance with recruiting speakers for this event to share their occupation with our 8th grade students. (See Career Day Flyer below).

COVID-19 Priority Testing for Staff and Students

Students and Staff Get Priority Access to COVID-19 Testing

Frisco ISD has partnered with Nomi Health, a COVID-19 testing facility, to make sure students and staff have convenient access to free PCR and antigen testing. The testing site located at the northwest corner of Technology Drive and World Cup Way has a priority access line for FISD staff and students. Individuals are not required to use Nomi Health. Learn more about registration.

Support the Frisco Education Foundation through Amazon Smile

You can support the Frisco Education Foundation by shopping on smile.amazon.com. Choose the Frisco Education Foundation as the recipient and .5% of the purchase price will go straight to the FEF.

The Frisco Education Foundation is the 501(c)3 not-for-profit that exists solely to benefit the students and staff of Frisco ISD. Click here to learn more about the FEF.

FRISCO ISD Fine Art “Musings” Newsletter

The District is proud of fine arts students and staff across the District and wants to make sure you are aware of the robust and relevant fine arts happenings throughout the year.


Click here to find the latest newsletter or sign-up for the newsletter to get it directly in your inbox.

FRISCO ISD PODCAST

Check Out the FISD Podcast

In the third episode of The Frisco ISD Podcast, Managing Director of Guidance and Counseling Dr. Stephanie Cook joins us to discuss social-emotional learning. In this episode, we discuss its meaning and how parents can support their students throughout their SEL journey. Listen now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

FISD Printable Calendars

Get to Know the Calendars on the District Website

The Frisco ISD calendar section has numerous functionalities. You can customize your calendar to include only the district calendars that are applicable to you before printing, subscribing or syncing to your Outlook. For example, high school athletics and middle school fine arts can each be specified by campus and activity.

Check out the FISD Community Folder

Check Out the Community Folder

The community folder area of the District website is full of advertisements and links to information about goods and services that may be of interest to the FISD community. You can find everything from discounts on kids’ camps to volunteer opportunities. The folder does not represent the viewpoint of the District and is not an endorsement of the advertiser, products, or services listed.

GRIFFIN MIDDLE SCHOOL HOURS

SCHOOL HOURS: 8:25 AM - 3:45 PM School doors to the main entrance and cafeteria will open at 7:45 AM each day.


A.M. tutorials begin at 7:55 AM and P.M. tutorials end at 4:05.