Falcon Focus

Week of January 19, 2015

Do you have something to add, or a correction to be made??

Please email Tandi Owen: tandrea.owen@forneyisd.net

A Note From Dr. Johnston

It has been another great week at North Forney High School. We are excited to begin the 2nd Semester when we return from the 3-day weekend. Students will report to their 1st Semester - 1st period class on Tuesday. We will hand out 2nd semester schedules at that time.

We hope everyone enjoys the weekend! Both the boys and girls basketball teams play Forney this evening. Boys are at NFHS and girls are at FHS...both varsity games start at 7PM.

Friday Funny

With pointed fangs I sit and wait; with piercing force I crunch out fate; grabbing victims, proclaiming might; physically joining with a single bite. What am I?

See bottom of Falcon Focus for answer...Happy Friday!

Support Falcon Nation...Join PTO

Are you looking for a way to support our students and NFHS? You can join the NFHS Parent-Teacher Organization just send an email to NFFalconsPTO@gmail.com for more information.


Creativity abounds

NFHS counselors would like to thank the students in Practicum in Education and Training class for their beautiful new bulletin board where they will recognize students for their acceptance into college.

The creativity of these students is amazing!!

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Choir Students Compete at All-State Choir Competition

This past Saturday three of our own competed in the fourth and final round of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) TX All-State Choir competition. I am pleased to inform you that two of our singers were seated in the choir and one was named as an alternate.

Lauren Dalton, senior, was named an alternate to the choir in the alto I section.

Kyle Grubbs, senior, was seated fourth chair in the bass II section. This is Kyle’s second trip to All-State.

Trent Hall, junior, was seated third chair in the bass II section.

To achieve this goal is a high honor. Some 15,000 student begin this long process in September and from that about 440 singers are selected. Please join me in congratulating these student for their hard work and dedication. Go Falcons!

Band Members Working Hard towards All-State Band

This year was a good year for North Forney in the All-Region process. Our students compete against students from across Region 3 (Richardson ISD, Mesquite ISD, Garland ISD, Royse City ISD, Terrell ISD, and Forney ISD) for spots in the region band. Earning a position in this band is a huge honor and the students that earned a spot in the region band are:

9th Grade Region Band Members:

Devin Beamon - Trombone

Andrew Fitzgerald - Trombone

Austin Patricia - Trombone

Haley Cwiakala - Bass Trombone

Thomas Kersey - Percussion

HS Region Band Members:

Kristen Clark - Piccolo

Becky Blackshear - Flute

Jared Walker - Oboe

Melissa Ramirez - Eb Clarinet

Erica Ly - Bb Clarinet

Jason Lippert - Trumpet

Bishop Gragg - French Horn

Erica Porras - French Horn

Charles Thompson - French Horn

Di Menique Demps - Bass Trombone

Noah Dorsey - Bass Trombone

Jacob Shaheen - Euphonium

Alex Peters - Percussion

Once the Region round has completed - only the top players advance to Area. This year representing the Pride at Area were:

Area Representatives:

Kristen Clark - Piccolo

Becky Blackshear - Flute

Jared Walker - Oboe

Melissa Ramirez - Eb Clarinet

Erica Ly - Bb Clarinet

Bishop Gragg - French Horn

Di Menique Demps - Bass Trombone

Alex Peters - Percussion

The students traveled to Tyler on Saturday, January 10th to compete for the Honor of All State Musician which puts these students in the top 1% of musicians in the state of Texas. Those students that earned a spot in the TMEA 5A State Band are:

All State Representatives:

Becky Blackshear - Flute

Bishop Gragg - French Horn (first sophomore all stater at NFHS)

Di Menique Demps - Bass Trombone (first 2 time all stater at NFHS)

Mr. Wood is incredibly proud of all the students that worked hard to compete in this process and he is incredibly proud of the students that advanced to the State level. They have truly achieved something remarkable and will head to TMEA All State Convention on Feb. 11th to represent themselves and our program.

What's Happening On-Campus

Cross Town Hoops, anyone?

NF Falcons boy's basketball hosts Forney High this Friday. Games begin at 5 pm with the varsity game beginning at 7 pm.

Boys Track and Field meetings

The boys track and field team will have a short mandatory meeting for athletes immediately after school on Tuesday, January 20 in the athletic film room.

Parent meeting for boys track and field will be held on Monday, January 26th at 6:00pm with the location TBD.

Blood Drive

NFHS will host the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Friday, January 23rd during the school day

Students who would like to donate:

  • If 16, you can donate with parent permission
  • If 17 and older, no permission required
  • There are certain weight and height requirements. Please check with the Health Science students at lunch during sign-ups

Softball Tryouts

Softball tryouts are Friday, January 23rd from 3-5:30 pm and Saturday, January 24th from 10-12. You must have a physical and you must stop by and notify Coach Delozier that you are coming to tryouts

Yearbook - Last Chance DEADLINE

The last chance to order a 2014-2015 yearbook is JANUARY 30, 2015, cost is $60.

If you don't order a yearbook, you are not guaranteed one. There is no waiting list for extras and no extras are ordered.

The 2015 yearbook includes videos from the year! How? With an app called Aurasma. Download the free app to any smart device. Pull out a dollar bill, let your smart device scan the back of it, and watch the video play on the device. You can also visit the Aurasma web site and scan some of their pictures to view more videos…There’s MORE to the 2015 yearbook than meets the eye. You won’t want to miss a copy of this exciting book!

Order today! www.jostensyearbooks.com

Not feeling well...

Please remain home from school if you have:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or above - individuals should not take medication to mask a fever, and then come to school. Treating a fever does not treat the cause of a fever. Individuals should not return to school until fever free for 24 hours without medication.
  • Diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting - if an individual has vomiting or diarrhea in the morning before school, it is best to stay home until free of symptoms without medication
  • Red eyes with yellow-green discharge or crusting
  • Undetermined rash

Counselor's Corner


SAT at NFHS on Saturday January 24, 2015.

Things to KNOW:

  • Arrive by 7:30am
  • MUST have admission ticket AND picture ID in order to be admitted to testing
  • Bring number 2 pencils and a calculator
  • Leave you cell phone at HOME!!!!

Dual Credit Meeting for Parents

When: Thursday, February 5th at 6:30

Where: NFHS Auditorium

What: Any student interested in taking dual credit college classes next year should attend. Dual credit is available for 10th -12th grade students.

See information regarding TSI testing below

If you cannot attend this meeting, the same information will be presented on Monday, February 2nd at 6:30 at FHS

Financial Aid Night

When: Wednesday, February 18th at 7:00pm

Where: NFHS Auditorium

What: An SMU representative will give financial aid information on all aspects of collect financial aid, including FAFSA

TSI Testing at NFHS required to register for Dual Credit classes

When: Thursday, February 19, during school hours

Where: NFHS

What: Students must take the TSI test in order to enroll for dual credit classes. Cost is $30, payable to NFHS.

Sign-up: February 4th (WED) -February 11th (WED) during all lunches

College Acceptance

Has your child received an acceptance letter from a college or university? Please have your child bring this letter to the counseling office, so that we may make a copy. The counselors will soon begin making their “college wall” of all students accepted to a college or university for next fall.

It's never too early...

...to begin gathering information about college. Go to www.collegeforalltexans.com to find helpful information about the college process, college costs, and financial aid.

A planning guide to aid in your quest: http://goo.gl/fdQdPM (please be patient, it's 18 pages and it may take a few moments to open).

Looking for Scholarships on the web??

Are you looking for scholarships? Search engines require you to create a profile and they will then send you scholarships opportunities which may apply to you. There should be NO cost involved with any of these search engines:

· Fast Web: http://www.fastweb.com

· Zinch: www.zinch.com

· Tuition Funding Sources: http://www.tuitionfundingsources.com/

· Scholarship Points : http://www.scholarshippoints.com/

· Every Chance Every Texan: http://www.everychanceeverytexan.org/

Please visit the Counseling Center website (http://goo.gl/KuLoDo), to find the latest scholarship updates under Money for College.

As always, if you have questions please contact your student's counselor.

A-F - Ms. Rain

G-N - Ms. Baughman

O-Z - Ms. Byrd

After School Intervention (ASI)

Giving effort and meeting timelines are habits that can be developed. Please continue to encourage your student to strive to give their best effort and submit each assignment on-time or before the due date.

We appreciate your support as we challenge our students to set, raise, and achieve personal learning goals.

If you have not had an opportunity to view the video on ASI, please click the following link.


If you have questions for a specific staff member please use the links below to identify contact information and tutorial times.:

Teacher emails: http://goo.gl/ESaQp9

Teacher tutorials: http://goo.gl/gvh9aW

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 16

Boys BASKETBALL vs. Forney HS

Girls BASKETBALL @ Forney HS

Saturday, January 17

Powerlifting meet @ Forney HS

Monday, January 19

Student/Staff Holiday

Tuesday, January 20

Boys BASKETBALL vs. Terrell HS

Girls BASKETBALL @ Terrell HS

Boys Track & Field meeting

Thursday, January 22

Volleyball Banquet

Friday, January 23

Blood Drive (see additional information above)

Boys BASKETBALL @ Royse City

Girls BASKETBALL vs. Royse City

Softball tryouts (more info above)

Saturday, January 24

Softball tryouts

Academic Concern?

Teacher emails: http://goo.gl/ESaQp9

Teacher tutorials: http://goo.gl/gvh9aW

You can also contact your child's Student Service Suite. Student Service Suites consists of an Assistant Principal and Counselor and are divided by alphabet. NFHS Student Services contact information is: 469-762-4159 (NFHS main line) and ask for the following Student Services Suite

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Email Tandi Owen at: tandrea.owen@forneyisd.net

Friday Funny Answer: A stapler

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NF Falcon Image by the talented Cole Tucker