Volume 1 , Issue 4 | November 2019
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Veterans Day at FISD....More than a Holiday
This was the 15 th year of the FISD Veterans Day Ceremony, and I can say with certainty that it was as meaningful as the first. The ceremony has changed in 15 years, and one of the most significant changes is that our students are the speakers, presenters and performers. From the placemats at the breakfast to the speeches at the ceremony, they are all created and delivered by our students. Students are doing more than listening about how to be grateful for the sacrifices of our veterans and their families; they are actively engaged in learning about and celebrating service to our country. At our elementary campuses, veterans were honored at assemblies and receptions and they even visited classrooms to speak to students about their service. On November 11 th , FISD did not have a holiday for students. What we did have was far more meaningful in my opinion, a day where we took time with our families and community to honor the men and women who have given their lives to the service of our country. I’ll close with the words of Kaylee Loggins, FHS senior, and Veterans Day Ceremony speaker.
“Thank you for sacrificing the time away from your friends and family. Thank you for sacrificing missed holidays and special occasions. Thank you for sacrificing your safety so that we can have ours. Thank you for being courageous so that we do not have to be. Thank you for taking on the emotional, physical, and mental pain of war so that we do not have to experience it. Thank you for fighting for us and our nation.”

Wishing each of you a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by those you love most.
Valero Awards FISD Education Foundation $1o,000 Grant
FISDEF Officers with Valero CEO
The Floresville ISD Education Foundation attended the 2019 Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children Award Presentation Breakfast where they recieved $10,000 from proceeds raised through this year’s Valero Benefit for Children Tournament. Valero celebrated a record-breaking year, raising $15 million for charities across the U.S. FISDEF members in attendance (pictured L-R), Vice President of Programs, Michelle Talley, FISD Foundation President Stacy Meuth, Chairman, President and CEO of Valero Energy Corporation Joe Gorder, Foundation Secretary Courtney Cantu. Thank you to Valero and the FISD Education Foundation for investing in FISD teachers and students.

Photo of Social Worker Jennifer Grant
The FISD Social Work Department has a new face, Mrs. Jennifer Grant, FISD Social Worker. Some of her goals for the department include identifying FISD children with unmet basic needs, addressing the needs of FISD’s special populations including migrant, homeless, foster, and military, and meeting the social and emotional learning needs of our students. 


Listen to Mrs. Grant, Dr. Galloway and Ms. Guerra discuss how the FISD Social Work Department is helping our Floresville Family on Episode 10 of the T&L Talks podcast.

Great People Doing Great Things
Floresville FFA Leadership Teams Head to Area & State
FFA Students Standing with Awards
The Floresville FFA had six Leadership Development Teams qualify for the Area VII FFA Contest, a record for the FHS FFA. The Public Relations Team placed first and the Agriculture Advocacy Team place 2 nd, earning them spots at the State FFA Leadership Contest in December. Congratulations and good luck to Abby Murphy, Ana Stanley, Makayla Gonzales and Peyton Jarzombek, Public Relations Team members and Abby Saenz, Karina Lyssy, Haleigh Peterson and Caly Rethaber, Agriculture Advocacy Team members.  

Jaguar Volleyball Area Finalists
The Jaguar Volleyball Team had a successful season finishing district play with a record of 11-5 sending them to the playoffs. In the first round, the Jaguars beat Burbank 3-0, earning them a spot in the Area final. At season’s end, the Jags had an overall record of 31-12 and several district awards.

FNE Feeding Floresville Families
Floresville North Elementary Student Council collected over 1,300 non-perishable food items during their Fall Food Drive! All donations are headed to Floresville Food Pantry to help our Floresville families. Thank you to the FNE Student Council for being a living example of one of FISD's Core Beliefs, "Helping one another strengthens our community".
Designing Innovative Learning Environments: Collaborative Spaces
If you google “skills employers are looking for”, you will find collaboration on every list. Fortunately, not only does the FISD Portrait of a Graduate identify collaboration as an essential skill, the FISD Strategic Plan also specifically addresses collaboration. FISD is identifying and equipping at least one space at every campus that will promote collaboration among students. The way a space looks and functions impacts student learning.

Texas Education Agency Awards FISD $125,000
Superintendent with 2 Administrators
Floresville ISD is one of 25 districts selected by the Texas Education Agency to receive a $125,000 Blended Learning Planning Grant.
 
Blended Learning is an instructional model that combines traditional teaching methods with electronic or online resources. It allows a more flexible learning environment to engage all students, regardless of their learning style.
 
The grant will support the work outlined in the FISD Strategic Plan to implement
student-centered instructional models through innovative teaching and learning practices. FISD is proud of the work done by Dr. Rhonda Wade and her team to ensure that the district has additional resources to enhance learning.
Photo: Dr. Rhonda Wade, Denise Knight, Dr. Sherri Bays
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