The Falcon Reporter

The Official Fowler Newsletter - Back to School Edition 2021

Important Dates


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Auditions for Fowler Theatre Arts’ Fall Show are coming soon. Please check or stop by room 315 to chat with Mrs. Cortez!

Counselors’ Corner

The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time for Fowler Middle School students. This is a great time for all students to step out on the right foot as they journey through many fun and significant opportunities ahead in the 2021-2022 school year. The counselors, along with all staff members, value the opportunity to work with students and parents to make the middle school years a positive and challenging time as students learn and grow in all aspects of their lives.

With this goal in mind, we have several exciting events planned throughout the school year and several important dates for you to put on your calendar.

August 12-19, 2021- Schedule Change Requests – Schedule Change Requests – Students may have their parents email schedule change requests beginning Thursday, August 12th, and they must be submitted NO LATER THAN August 19th. Parents may only request a schedule change for Advanced classes, no electives.

August 24, 2021 (3:45 – 4:15 pm) – Clubs and Organizations Fair in the Fowler Cafeteria

August 30, 2021 - Power to Change Classroom Meetings – “What is a Class Meeting?” & “Counselor Introduction Video”

September 1, 2021 (9:00-10:00) – Coffee with the Counselors –Counselor Introductions and Services Provided – Fowler Library

September 7, 2021 - Power to Change Classroom Meetings – “Having Difficult Conversations”

September 13, 2021 - Power to Change Classroom Meetings – “STOPit Training”

September 13-17, 2021- College Week Monday – Wear a college t-shirt with jeans; Flight Time teachers hand out college questionnaires Wednesday – Drawings during lunches

September 20, 2021 - Power to Change Classroom Meetings – “Bullying Prevention”

September 27, 2021 - Power to Change Classroom Meetings – “All Character Traits Overview”

October 4, 2021 - Power to Change Classroom Meetings – “Purpose”

October 12, 2021- Signs of Suicide Presentation (10 minutes, All Grade Levels during 1st period)

Catherine B. Fowler Library News

The Catherine B. Fowler Library is open from 7:55 to 4:05 daily. Students may come to the library before and after school to work on homework and check out books. Students will come for checkout, reading activities, and lessons on a regular basis through their ILA classes. At the teacher’s discretion, students may occasionally be allowed to visit the library with a pass.

Library Website

Visit the library website to access MackinVIA, our databases for research, book recommendations, and other library-related information.

Get Involved @ Your Library!

Does your student love to read and spend time with other readers? There are several ways Falcons can get involved at the library!

SLAB (School Library Advisory Board)*—Students in SLAB help with all sorts of library projects, such as decorating book fairs, keeping the library clean and organized, and shelving books. SLAB members are chosen by application process. Applications are online and available now on the library website.

Library Lunch Bunch*—Three times a semester, students will meet in the library during lunch for a fun book-related activity. Each event will have a separate sign-up sheet which will be available in the library one week before each event. Students are welcome to attend any or all of the meetings.

Rubik’s Cube Club*—A gathering for people who either love Rubik’s, or want to learn. Any skill level is welcome. Sign up sheet will be available in the library.

If your student is interested in being a part of the library fun, please have him/her attend the Club Fair in the cafeteria on August 24th to get more information.

Looking for a good book?

Try the FMS Library blog! Here you’ll find book reviews on middle grade and young adult novels, tagged by genre and reviewed by your librarian!

Save the date!

The fall Scholastic Book Fair will run October 25th-29th!

*To provide social distancing, available spots will be very limited this year, so early sign up is encouraged.


Academic Pentathlon Students Place at Nationals

Fowler Middle School students competed in the National Academic Pentathlon competition recently and brought home medals in the individual and team competitions. Check out this article for more info:

Student Council

Do you want to be an integral part of the Fowler Falcon Family? Do you want to be involved in supporting our Falcon students and staff? Then, the Fowler Student Council wants you to join us!

If you are interested, there is an application packet that needs to be completed by August 27th. You can visit Mrs. Madden in room 707 or use this link to access the material.

Student Council elections for officers and representatives will take place during Flight Time on August 30th.

Welcome New Faculty

Steven Alexander

This is me at Cadillac Ranch on my way home from family trip to Palo Duro Canyon (note the FMS & falcon I painted on a tire hub). Earlier this summer I got to camp, hike, and canoe in the hills of Arkansas with my boys and a wonderful group of youth. My son and I even squirmed inside a cave carved by a waterfall! I love to explore nature--and just about everything else--and get a kick learning about people, history, archeology, geology, the oceans, space, insects, etc. And we get to do all that in SCIENCE!

I also love books, superheroes, drawing, writing, making stuff, and collecting interesting objects and graphics. Everything has a story to tell and will inspire a sense of wonder and appreciation if you look. So...I studied creative writing at LSU, earned an MFA in Comics & Sequential Art from SCAD, worked as an animator and designer at Science For Kids and other companies, taught college for two years in Dallas, and served as a teacher's assistant for three years in FISD before joining the science team at Fowler. I am fascinated by all students can do, and can't wait to discover your gifts, see your smiles, laugh often, and all exclaim "Wow," as we look behind the curtain of this insanely rich world together. I promise you will feel safe, valued, and engaged. All I ask is that you bring an explorer's mindset, respect your peers, and share your talents. Welcome back! Let's Rock This!

Demi Devlin

Howdy! My name is Demi Devlin and I am excited to be starting my fourth year of teaching. I have the pleasure of being a new Fowler Falcon this year where I will be taking on advanced 7th Grade Science and coaching Girls Athletics. I grew up in Orange, Texas and had the opportunity to continue my education at Paris Junior College where I also played volleyball. I then transferred to Texas A&M University where I met my husband. In my free time I enjoy reading, jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and hiking with my two dogs. I am so excited to be a part of the Falcon family and am looking forward to meeting all my students!

Gianni Fiannaca

Hi! My name is Gianni Fiannaca. I am from Rochester, New York, but have lived in the DFW area for the last 11 years. I graduated this past June from the University of North Texas with a BA in English - Language Arts and a minor in Education. As a former student and graduate of FISD, I am so excited to be back in the district where I became inspired to teach. I cannot wait to share my passion for ILA with all of my students as we work together to grow and learn over the next several months. In my free time, I can be found chipping away at my giant backlog of books, visiting art museums, adding to my sneaker collection, and wedding planning with my fiancée.

Nicole Hartford

My name is Nicole Hartford and I will be starting my 2nd year of teaching, but 1st year here at Fowler. I am excited to join the Fowler family and continue my passion in teaching and now coaching! I graduated from Texas A&M in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in University Studies-Education. By the time school starts in August, I will have graduated from TWU with my master's degree in Teaching, Leadership, and Collaboration. I am a big Texas A&M fan. GIG EM! I grew up in McKinney, Texas which means Frisco was never too far! Outside of work my hobbies include being a dog mom, planning our wedding with my fiancé, hanging with family and friends, or reading.

Cynthia Hildinger

Hello! My name is Cynthia Hildinger. I am from New Orleans, LA, but I have lived in Texas for 23 years. I attended LSU then transferred to the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating in 2003 with BA in Psychology with a focus on teaching. I have been married to my husband, Robert, for 20 Years, and we have two amazing children, Bella and Andrew. Bella will be a Senior, and Andrew will be a Junior at Independence High School. We also have two pups we adore, named Luna and Nola. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the last 17 years, during which two of those years I worked as a paraprofessional for Plano ISD. I love, love, love football, and I am a hardcore Saints and LSU fan. From August to the Superbowl, my hobbies consist of watching football and only football! I am so excited to be working again as a para and can’t wait to meet all the new kiddos!

Britany Kutch

I am so excited to be a part of the Fowler Falcon Family (say that 3 times fast…HA)! I will be the Study Skills and Academic Recovery Teacher. This is my 13th year teaching and 4th year in FISD. My passion is teaching students to see and BELIEVE in their infinite potential every single day! I have 2 amazing but crazy kids: Madison who is a 6th grade volleyball loving girl and Mason who is an 8th grade soccer loving boy! My husband, Trent is the varsity boys’ soccer coach at Independence High School in Frisco. When I am not teaching, I am working with 5 incredible ladies at my small woman run business, love to travel and explore the world, watch my kiddos play volleyball and soccer and play with my VERY crazy water loving golden doodle dog! I am super excited about the magic of new beginnings here at Fowler Middle School!

Victoria Lien

Hi Fowler Falcons! My name is Victoria Lien and I'm excited to be the Head Director of Orchestras. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Performance with teacher certification (Summa cum Laude with Honors from the Honors College) from Texas Tech University and recently graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master of Music Education degree. Prior to Fowler, I was the Assistant Director of Orchestras at Liberty High School in Frisco, where I started the Parent+Teacher Orchestra, a group of beginner parents and teachers who meet once a week to learn to play. When I'm not teaching, I love to draw, run, try new foods (and boba places), and travel. I'm looking forward to making music with the Fowler Orchestra family and can't wait to meet everyone!

Shedonna Mark

Greetings to our Fabulous Fowler Falcons ! My name is Shedonna Mark and I am so excited to be joining the Fowler Family. I am a previous midwest nester from Ohio. After a driving trip to visit the state of Texas I decided this was the place for me. I obtained my degree in Actuarial Mathematics from Kent State University in Ohio and then packed up everything and moved on down to the great state of Texas. My passion has always been to teach so I began teaching high school mathematics 4 years ago. I have since started a family of my own. I have a set of twins (1 boy, 1 girl), who are almost three years old. They are fun, loving, and full of energy which keeps me young. This led to me having a high interest in joining the Frisco School System since this will be the school system they will be in as well. I have been blessed to join the Fowler Family. In my off time, I enjoy sports heavily. My main focus is basketball as I also coach a girls AAU basketball team. This has helped mold me into the person I am today. I love staying up to date on the current events in the world and listening to music when I'm not tending to my very rambunctious children. I can’t wait to share life experiences with all my friendly Falcons. Looking forward to making new memories!

Catie Navidad

Hello Fowler Falcons! I am so excited to join the Fowler family this year! My name is Catie Navidad and I will be one of the PE Teachers at Fowler as well as assistant swim coach for Independence High School and Reedy High School and the assistant diving coach for the district. This will be my fourth year teaching and coaching, I graduated in 2015 from the University of Texas at Arlington. I have a passion for coaching and motivating my students to strive to be the best they can be, both in the classroom and in the community. When I’m not teaching, I love to go exploring with my husband, hang out with my three dogs, read, and travel as much as possible. I look forward to a new beginning and a fantastic year!

Mahima Nigam

My name is Mahima Nigam, and I am so excited to be a part of Fowler family this year! I am very passionate about teaching and feel blessed to be part of such a great school. I love to ignite passion, and love of learning in my students to get them ready to be future leaders. This is my 5th year teaching and first year in Frisco ISD. I will be teaching Advanced Algebra 1 and Advanced Geometry. I have Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering and am currently working on my Master’s in Information Science from TAMIU. I have been married to my husband ,Anurag for 17 years and have two beautiful daughters, Anusha in 8th grade and Anvesha in 5th grade. In my spare time I like to spend time with my kids, sketching and drawing , and travelling to new places. I look forward to a great school year !

Holland Smith

Hello! My name is Holland Smith. I am excited to join the Fowler family! I have been teaching and coaching for 14 years, but this is my first year at Fowler. I teach PE and coach 7th grade volleyball, basketball, and track. I graduated from Southern Arkansas University where I played volleyball for 4 years. I coached and taught in Coppell the last 4 years. I have one daughter, Mya, and two dogs, Max, and Shadow. We spend most of our time at the park and the pool. I am looking forward to a great year!

Mark Swoveland

I am Mark Swoveland, and I will be teaching 7th grade Texas history this year at Fowler. After four years of teaching, I am so excited to join the Fowler team. I have been teaching in Frisco at Staley Middle School as a US History and Texas history teacher. Over the last four years, I have become passionate about teaching students to be engaged citizens while focusing on critical reading skills. Outside of school, I am the father of two young children, married to my beautiful wife Amy, and a doggy dad to two feisty cavapoos. My life's quest is to find the perfect beach.

Fairrin Thomas-Anderson

Hello Falcon Family! My name is Coach Thomas-Anderson (Coach Anderson), and I will be starting my 5th year teaching and coaching. I will be teaching PE, as well as coaching volleyball, basketball, track, and soccer. I graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) in 2017 and earned my bachelor's degree in Education. I have a passion for helping students not only grow in their athletic abilities, but also grow to be great leaders on campus and in the community. I enjoy leading FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) with students and student-athletes. FCA is a program that I have been involved in since I was in middle school in Mansfield ISD. In my free time, I like to attend sporting events with my husband, coach AAU basketball, read a good book, write blogs, and watch Netflix. I look forward to a great school year! GO FALCONS!

Matthew Tremmel

Hey Fowler Falcons! I'm Matthew Tremmel and I'm so excited to be teaching in FISD. I actually went to Fowler back in the day and graduated from Liberty HS. I went to the University of Kentucky for my Bachelor's degree in Music Education and came right back to teach here. I'll be working with the bands at Fowler MS, Clark MS, and Lebanon Trail HS as the assistant percussion director. I've played all kinds of music: orchestral, concert band, jazz, marching band, steel pan, African drumming, Brazillian samba, Balinese gamelan, you name it! Aside from teaching, I compose music for percussion ensembles and I write and run modules for tabletop RPGs. I can't wait to help make some music at Fowler!

Ali Weil

Hello hello! My name is Ali Weil. I will be teaching 6th and 8th grade math this year. Last year I student taught at Fowler and was lucky enough to be hired on second semester. I am extatic to be back and see so many familiar faces around campus! I am originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago. Going to Southern Methodist University brought me to Texas and I instenly fell in love. At SMU I recieved a BS in Economics and Education. I am now living in Dallas with my dog, Pippen. I am a huge foodie so restaurant suggestions are always welcome. In my free time I love to travel with my friends or family. I am so excited for my first full year teaching at Fowler!