Fossil Hill Weekly Newsletter

Wildcats in "The Know"

September 23, 2016

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Campus News

In connection to the observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, students from Ms. Isern’s Conversational Spanish class created a t-shirt to showcase their own family heritage. As part of the project, each student represented their family place of origin, as well as some family traditions like a special celebration and their family’s favorite food.

En conexión a la celebración del mes de la herencia hispana, los estudiantes de la clase de Español Conversacional de Ms. Isern crearon una camiseta para mostrar su propia herencia familiar. Como parte del proyecto, cada estudiante represento el lugar de origen de su familia, así también como algunas tradiciones familiares como una celebración especial y una comida favorita familiar.

1st Six Weeks ends on Friday!!

Friday, Sept 30 is the last day of the 1st six weeks. Please make sure you are logging into HAC to check your student's grades. Nothing should be a surprise once the report card goes home. There is no time like the present for our students to take advantage of tutorial time. Teachers have posted tutorial times on our school website as well as within their classrooms for the students. If your student is needing a little help with homework, has missed a lesson, or just wants to follow up with the teacher, please be sure to have him/her stop by. Students are allowed to report to the classroom as early as 8:00 if a tutorial is posted and we can call a room to see if the teacher is available otherwise. If your student knows he will be reporting to tutorials in the morning, please get a pass from the teacher the day before. All teacher email addresses are available in our staff directory for you to contact if you ever have questions. Take advantage of going over your student's planner and be sure to ask about homework and look for upcoming due dates and tests.

Keller ISD Marching Expo, Tuesday Sept 27

Beginning at 7 p.m., bands from throughout the District will take the field for a fun and exciting night highlighting the talent of our District's exceptional bands! Every Keller ISD middle school and high school band will perform, with the high school bands showcasing this year's marching programs. The night will conclude with a grand finale, performed on the field by more than 3,000 high school and middle school musicians!

Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased from any band student. All proceeds from the Marching Expo will provide funds for the KISD Music Enrichment Program.

The In-n-Out Burger Cookout Truck will be back again this year beginning at 6 p.m. and will offer a $5 meal deal that features a burger, chips and a drink. Quantities are limited. Of the proceeds from those sales, 75 percent will go to KISD Fine Arts programs, while the other 25 percent will be donated to charities in the Keller community.

Keller ISD Athletics Complex is located at 500 Pate-Orr Road North in Keller.

The KISD Fine Arts Department would like to thank Bell's Music and Kim's Kloset for their support of this year's event!

Don't miss this exciting night of music, marching, and more!

Keller ISD Marching Expo
7-9 p.m. Tuesday, September 27
Keller ISD Athletics Complex
500 Pate-Orr Road North
Tickets: $5

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fossil Hill Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes is meeting the first and third Friday of each month from 7:55-8:20 AM in portable 2. If your student is interested in becoming part of the organization, please have them stop by for a visit with Mr. Murphy or simply visit the meeting and see if it's the organization they are looking for. We will be participating in "See You at The Pole" on Wednesday, Sept 28 at 8:00 AM and are hoping for even more than the 50 students that are already attending the meetings. FHMS students are invited to participate in "Fields of Faith" with their parents at Dragon Stadium in Southlake from 7:00-8:45 PM on Saturday, October 15th. For more information, visit the link below.

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Keller ISD College Colors Day, September 21 Was a Great Success!!

College Colors Day was participated in by students and faculty alike at The Hill last week. Many students were photographed to be included in this year's Fossil Hill Yearbook.

I can definitely say that my burnt orange was definitely under represented with all the TCU purple and Aggie maroon that was seen up and down the halls all day. We even had own Assistant Principal, Mr. Brown supporting his alma mater of Texas Wesleyan University in full graduation attire! Be sure to see Mrs. Leichliter and Mrs. Guess as well Ms. Anderson's door dress ups!

Back The Blue Plate Special

Law Enforcement officers and other first responders are invited to visit any Keller ISD school any day October 3-7 for a free breakfast (7:30-8:00) or lunch (11:00-1:00). It is a small way for Sodexo to thank you- our everyday heroes- for all that you do to protect and serve our communities.

Parental Involvement Opportunities for Keller ISD


We are pleased to announce our upcoming Parent Sessions. The sessions will take place at our Title I Parent Center (North Riverside Elementary) at the date and time noted. We encourage you to come out and join us as we explore different topics. Registration is required by email. If you have any questions or to register contact our office at

10/6 Creating Customs and Memories

9:30am- 10:45am

11/7 Making Rules and Enforcing Consequences

6:00pm- 7:15pm

12/8 Parenting the Second Time- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

6:00pm- 7:15pm

North Riverside Elementary Room #109

7900 North Riverside Drive

Ft. Worth, TX 76137

*All sessions are limited to Title I Parents and require a minimum of 10 participants registered for the session to take place.


Me complace anunciar las diferentes sesiones de padres que se aproximan. Las sesiones se llevaran a cabo en el Centro de Padres (North Riverside Elementary) a la hora y fecha indicada. Les animo a venir y juntos vamos a explorar distintos temas. Para registrarse o si usted tiene alguna pregunta póngase en contacto conmigo,

10/6 Creando Costumbres y Memorias

9:30am- 10:45am

11/7 Haciendo Reglas y Cumpliendo Consecuencias

6:00pm- 7:15pm

12/8 Creando por Segunda Vez: Abuelitos Creando Nietos

6:00pm- 7:15pm

*Los servicios son limitados para padres de Título I y se requiere un mínimo de 10 participantes para que la sesión se lleve a cabo. Se estarán ofreciendo clases de inglés por las mañanas, si está interesado por favor mande un correo electrónico para tener una junta y empezar el curso. Este es el 3er año que se ofrecerán las clases y vamos a continuar el currículo en el nivel 4.

North Riverside Elementary Room #109

7900 North Riverside Drive

Ft. Worth, TX 76137

Bring Your Dad to School Day

Friday, Oct 7, 2016 will be our first Strong Fathers, Strong Families event. Dads are encouraged to attend school with their child that day in order to participate in activities and lessons designed to involve and engage families in their child's educational achievement. More information will go home in the coming days so save the date on your familiy calendar already.

It's Yearbook TIme!!

It is that time of year to pre-order your child’s yearbook. All students were given an order form, but there is also one below for your conveinence. The price is $30 until September 30th, after which the price will rise to $35. Students can either bring cash or check to MS. Anderson in room 222, or you may order online.

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Fossil Hill Sports

Football, volleyball and tennis are underway and cross country is kicking into gear. We invite you to support our students in representing The Hill on the court, field, and track. Games and other campus events can be found on the campus calendar link below.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: $4.00

Students: $2.00

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

Something to Ponder

So I really liked this one because it spoke to me regarding how our students are so different and need different levels of support. Some students need more intense support to grasp a concept while others need less structure so they can explore and discover through their own learning. This article explains how it is all about "choice, challenge, and change ".

-Ms. Gonzales

Counselor's Corner

Fossil Hill is blessed to have a spectacular team of counselors working with our students. They are always available to speak to you and/or your student so don't hesitate to call us at (817)744-3050.

*On Monday, Signs of Suicide will be presented to all 7th graders through the CAT Advisory period. If you student returned the Opt Out letter, they will not attend Cat class but will be located elsewhere during the presentation.

* House Bill 5 Guidance lessons for all 8th graders will be starting in October. See the iGraduate link on the KISD Webpage for more information.

*Have your student share their grades with you daily. HAC (Home Access Center) is an excellent resource to monitor student grades.

*UIL Eligibility grade check is this Friday, September 30th. No pass, No play IS FOR REAL!!!! Teachers are not required to accept last work so please make sure you are talking to your student about the importance of staying op top of their grades.

+Great study resource

Loren Clanton & Amber Meitz (A-F)

Paul Higgins (G-O)

Cynthia Kearney (P-Z)

A Parent's Guide to Canvas

Would you like to know how to use Canvas to help support your student? What is it? This is where many teachers post assignments, notes, and resources for their students. Here are some directions that include a video to walk you through the process of setting up your own Canvas account.
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Nurse's Notes

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

As a Reminder:

Students are not allowed to carry medications with them throughout the school day. All medications require a form to be completed and submitted to the nurse's office. This will allow the medication to be given in the nurse's office.

Additional information is available at KISD Health Services

If you need an Epi-Pen, you may go to the following link for assistance.

Fossil Hill PTA

We are always looking for parents to join PTA to support our students. Membership is just $7.50 for the year and helps us in supporting our school. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us with any questions:

Brandy Dillon at visit our Facebook page at


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Casey's Kids Community Event

The 19th annual Keller ISD Casey's Kids Fun Run will be held Saturday, November 14, at the KISD Natatorium.

Proceeds from the 5K/1-mile run benefit are kept locally to benefit Keller ISD families and are distributed by KISD School Counselors.

The event began as an idea by long-time KISD counselor Janie Casey who wanted to create a way for families to support each other by providing monetary donations toward purchasing necessities for KISD students in need, all while providing an outlet for enjoyment, exercise, and socialization. The result was a "Fun Run" where families could participate together to support a worthy and noble cause.

Early registration ends Friday, November 6, to guarantee a Casey's Kids Fun Run T-shirt. If you are turning in a paper copy to your school, please have it there by 10:00am. If you are registering online, please do so by 11:59pm.

After November 6, the price increases to $30 for all 5K entries and $25 for all 1 mile entries, including late registration, which will be accepted up until 7:30 a.m. the day of the event.

The school with the most participation, including adults and "virtual" runners, will be awarded the Casey's Cup to display in their trophy case until the running of the 20th Annual Casey's Kids Fun Run. I have told the students that if we can get 25 students to register for the run, i will run along with them.

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Fossil Ridge Sports

Fossil Ridge is now 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 football and volleyball. Show your Panther Pride and support the kids.



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Be sure to see the interview of Fossil Ridge Homecoming Crowning of the KIng... or should I say Kings!