The Hawk Report

Christa McAuliffe MS Parent Newsletter - Week of Nov. 7th

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A Message From Our Principal, Mr. Lemon

Greetings Hawk Nation Parents and Students,

November is a month to be thankful, and we are so grateful for each and every Hawk that walks through our doors. And parents, we appreciate you too for all that you do in partnering with us to make this school year a success. We could not do this without you!


As we continue through the 2nd nine weeks, we ask that you keep the following important updates in mind:


  • PTA Meeting with be rescheduled. We will reschedule our PTA meeting to another day so that our families and staff can enjoy their day off, celebrating the Astros. Stay tuned...


  • Come and support our extra curricular activities! Basketball season has begun and we are off to a awesome start. We also have theatre performing their One Act Play, "Antigone Now" on Thursday and Friday of this week. Please show your support for all of our Hawk groups and join us for an event or two.

  • Our "CMMS Winter Wonderland" Winter Dance is coming Friday, December 9th. All grade levels will be able to purchase tickets for the special event. Parents, please remind your student(s) that in order attend, they cannot have an ISS/OSS assignment, referral for Skipping, Disruptive Behavior, and/or Inappropriate Physical Contact / Fighting, or more than 5 tardies from Monday, Nov. 7 up to the day of the dance. If you would like to donate decorations, snacks, or drinks to the dance, please contact Dr. Johnson at KimberlyD.Johnson@fortbendisd.com.

  • Progress Report 3 grades posted last Tuesday (11/1)! Please review your student's Skyward account and make sure that all grades are passing (70 and above). We are encouraging students to strive for A's & B's as we know that our Hawks are more than capable of high academic success. Should you have a question or concern about your student's grade, please contact the classroom teacher.

  • Please remember our cell phone policy! Parents we really need your help with cell phones and earbuds. Students are not allowed to have them seen or heard from 8:25am to 4:10pm. Please assist us by speaking with your student and reminding them that their phone and earbuds should be put away while at school. Should you need to reach your student during the day due to an emergency, please call the school and ask to speak with their grade-level administrator; please do not call or text your student. Below is our phone policy should your student's phone be seen/heard.


  • Attendance Matters! Each instructional day is filled with new material and additional opportunities for student growth. It is essential that we have our Hawk Scholars in attendance each and every day, for the entirety of the day. Please remember that Texas has a 90% rule that states that a student must be in attendance 90% of the time to receive credit for a course. Should an emergency or illness arise and your student must be out, please be sure to send a note to Ms. Katrina Taylor, CMMS Attendance Clerk, at Katrina.Taylor@fortbendisd.com, so that the absence can be excused.

  • Earlier in October we reviewed our campus expectations to ensure our Hawks continue to be Hawk PROUD. Feel free to review the presentation with your student, and continue to encourage them to make good choices each and every day.


Let's continue to work together, and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. Remember, we are Hawk Nation... Hawk Proud!


Mr. Trevor Lemon

Principal, Christa McAuliffe MS

Come See the Hawk Theatre Company!

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Attention 8th Grade Parents... It's Time to Apply for Willowridge HS P-TECH!

Fort Bend ISD is expanding college opportunities for students, thanks to an exciting partnership with Houston Community College (HCC). Students who attend Willowridge HS P-TECH Early College will not only take high school courses, but will also take classes at Houston Community College and earn a high school diploma and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in four years.


Click here for more information about WHS P-TECH and how to apply.

Support Our Hawk Athletes!

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Hey Hawks... Remember... No Cell Phones / Earbuds from 8:25am - 4:10pm

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PTA Meeting - Postponed

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The Lending Library - Parent Agreement Forms

Don't Forget...

Free and Reduced Meal Application

Click the Yellow Bar to complete the 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Meal Application. A new application is needed each school year. All families are asked to apply!

FBISD Whole Child Health Initiative

As a part of the Whole Child Health Initiative, Fort Bend ISD is excited to present our second parent webinar of the 2022-23 school year: "Exploring Post-Secondary Options." The parent webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 16th at 6 p.m.


Whole Child Health, focuses on Whole Child Health, is aligned with FBISD's Profile of a Graduate, and is committed to supporting and developing the mental, behavioral, social, emotional, and physical health of all students in FBISD.


Links: Exploring Post-Secondary Options

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Just a Few Reminders...

Athletic Clear Bag Regulations

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Voter Approval Tax Rate Election

During its Monday night regular business meeting, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) for the November 8, 2022 election.


The state legislature requires voter approval of a tax rate increase that generates additional revenue for public schools.


Voter approval of the proposed tax rate of $1.2101 (the same rate as last year) will generate additional revenue. The District is planning to use the additional revenue to:


  • Address the deficit
  • Provide funding for safety measures, including assigning police officers to every elementary school campus
  • Allow increased compensation for teachers, raising starting pay to $60,000 for 2022-23
  • Allow for increased compensation for auxiliary staff and paraprofessionals
  • Allow for long-serving staff to receive years-of-service supplemental pay for their commitment and dedication to FBISD


Fort Bend ISD has a $47 million deficit due to lower than projected student enrollment growth, increased staffing for special education students, past decisions about budgeting for innovative academic programs, expiration of government funding received during the pandemic, and inflation.


A VATRE is one component in a two-part approach to eliminate the District’s deficit. The other component is strategic budget tightening. FBISD has already reduced its spending by $15.4 million as of June 2022.


With a successful VATRE, the tax rate will be $1.21 for every $100,000 of property valuation. That’s $1,210 per year or $101 per month per $100,000 of valuation.


There would be $0 impact on the property taxes for those with over 65 or disabled exemptions, although taxes may increase because of any new improvements made to homesteads (such as an addition or pool).


Visit www.fortbendisd.com/vatre for more information.

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