The Falcon Zone Flyer
August 3rd, 2023
September 18, 2023
Happy Monday - This week's flyer is FULL of great information!
Our first Falcon Zone Coalition Meeting is this Thursday at 4:00 at Bennett Ranch in the Middle School Annex. Please see below for more information and RSVP!
Huge shoutouts to some Falcon Zone sponsors - Jersey Mike's, Panda Express and BJs Brewhouse! All of these amazing companies have supplied the zone with some wonderful meal cards and achievement awards for our students.
In addition, Texas Roadhouse is a huge supporter of schools and has donated some free meal certificates for our teachers! Those teachers featured each week "In the Zone" will receive a free Empowered Teacher meal voucher! Thank you TXRH!
FZ Community Liaison
From Superintendent Smith...
So many incredible things happen in the Falcon Zone each and every week. When our community comes together, with our schools at the center, amazing things happen. Seeing our schools support each other to celebrate our kids only further grows this community and more amazing things happen. This is why we have two empowering moments over this past week.
Woodmen Hills Elementary sponsored a Food Truck Night where community had multiple options to choose from for dinner. A multitude of families showed up, some with their own lawn chairs and tables, and enjoyed the time to connect with everyone. I watched as members of our community met new and returning families and I enjoyed the conversations along with many WHES staff members. The parking lot was transformed into a block party of sorts with everyone enjoying the nice weather, company, and great food options. We value our Falcon Community and it was so awesome to see our Tornado Nation family having a great time together!
We also had our 2nd grade team from Bennett Ranch Elementary show off their Dragon creations at the end of their unit. Students participated in a parade around BRES to show off these awesome creations and our Falcon Middle School Firebirds welcomed them with open arms. These 2nd grade students marched their parade through the FMS Annex and all of our 6th grade Firebirds cheered for the 2nd grade Bulls. It was awesome to see the excitement and large smiles that each of our Bulls had on their faces as they marched their parade around. Seeing our middle school students celebrate our younger generation was incredible. The 2nd graders were also excited as their fellow Bulls cheered them on around the school as well. Seeing our staff members and kids celebrate and recognize each other definitely promotes a positive atmosphere throughout our schools and community. I appreciate how our schools work together and the support that they show each other!
Let's keep this going as we continue to grow our Falcon Community stronger together!
Community Forum at FMS
Parents and students are invited to attend a community forum at FMS on Wednesday September 20th from 4-6pm. Admin, counselors, and staff will be on hand to address cultural differences at Falcon Middle School. We will work together to brainstorm ideas and create ways to stop the division and bring our students and families together. Translators will also be present to assist families who may not speak English as a first language.
If you have any questions please reach out to Joy Kovanda. We hope to see you all Wednesday!
IN THE ZONE
Algebra 2 teacher Cathy Herzog, uses direct instruction and modeling to support her students' understanding of math. Students have the opportunity to write in their notebooks or work on their laptops during class. Students are able to turn and talk with their table partners to answer questions and come up with solutions.
Theatre teacher, Jen McDonald, participated in a national webinar this last week though the Modern Teacher Network. As one of the panel experts, she was able to offer distinctive insights into crafting student-centered classrooms from a teacher's vantage point. Way to represent the Falcon Zone Jen!
Julie Platt, Reading Interventionist, utilizes SIPPS (a research-based foundational skills program proven to help both new and struggling readers) to support students at FES. Empower Hour groups are built with intention and students are placed in groups that best meet their needs. Julie works unbelievably hard to close gaps and she is a champion for kids!
A huge shout out to Les Schwab in Falcon for helping a D49 family who had a tire issue and needed lug nuts tightened and a safety check done. Thanks for being amazing!
Rebekah Lusk, Falcon Zone CEA, presented them with a D49 Community Partnership Certificate.
Falcon Zone Staff Recognition
In the Falcon Zone we pride ourselves on having the most incredible staff! We want to give our community a chance to recognize those people that make a difference in our schools and for our students every day! Please let us know who is making a positive impact for your student. Let us know who has gone above and beyond to enhance your experience in our zone. Let us know who is doing an outstanding job!
Every staff member that is recognized will receive a note of recognition and a shoutout in our community newsletter. Staff members include not only teachers but secretaries, administrators, custodial & kitchen staff, paras, etc.
We want to know who is making a difference! Thank you for taking the time to fill out this quick form!
We 💚 Our D49 Teachers
Thank you to everyone that took the time to recognize some of our amazing staff members. Below are the recognitions gathered from last week!
Mrs. Fitzpatrick (FESoT) - Ms. Fitzpatrick has ignited a passion in my son for school, for the first time in grade school. He is being encouraged and met where he’s at, treated as a whole person and he’s excelling. What a gift of a lifetime!
- She is one that will help and aways goes above and beyond.
FMS 8th Grade Red Team (Sundberg, Gregory, Nelson, Young, Coleman) - is united to meet the needs of students and are supporting students to be goal oriented. They take time to call parents to celebrate positives and are available to students during lunch, etc. for any support needed. They are making a huge difference in the lives of these 8th graders before they transition to high school next year!
Heather Scovel (WHES) - Heather has a true passion for what she does. Not only does she encourage and empower all of her students daily to be the best version of themselves, she assists them however needed to help them succeed. As a parent appreciate that she as a educator challenges my child to his full potential daily because he is capable of great things.
Jen McDonald (FMS) - She participated in a national webinar panel through Modern Teacher where she shared her strategies for forming relationships with students and building a strong classroom culture. Way to go, Jen!