Our goal is to support FBMS as an active and collaborative organization. We appreciate your ideas and involvement. Please contact any board member or committee member listed for further information on how to get plugged in and volunteer. FBMS PTO needs your help to complete our myriad of initiatives in support of the school.
Calling all alumni, community members, current & future Panther families: join us at Frank Black 60 on Saturday, August 19 from 8 to 11 a.m. for a free pancake breakfast, reunion and school showcase. Questions or to volunteer: email@example.com. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/FrankBlack60. See Flyer for more details.
With school out for the summer, the PTO e-newsletter will be moving to monthly emails. Weekly emails will resume before school starts in August. If you need information during the summer, remember you can always check the PTO website or the PTO's Facebook page!
Incoming 6th grade families, mark your calendars for the summer socials just for your class. This is a fun opportunity to get together and meet your new classmates!
There is a sixth grade summer social June 25 from 2-4pm in the FBMS cafeteria. All incoming 6th graders and their families are welcome!
Next month the sixth grade summer social is a pool party in the FBMS pool on July 30 from 2-4pm.
Hope to see all of you at these events!
Incoming 6th graders, FBMS is offering a summer bridge camp just for you! It is June 26-30, 8:30am-4:30pm, and it is FREE! The flyer for bridge camp can be found here. If your 6th grader would like to attend, fill out the application and turn it in to the FBMS office by June 15.
If you have any questions, contact Ms. Dean at 713-613-2505.
For students attending summer school this summer, see the FAQs about summer school and the bell schedule. If you have any further questions, please contact either Mr. McClish (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Scott (email@example.com).
In case you weren't aware - Every HISD student ID doubles as a library card at the Houston Public Library (HPL). Younger students without a student ID were given a Learning Link card by their school. Visit www.HoustonISD.org/LearningLink to learn how to log in with your student ID for free, 24/7 digital access.
- 8th grade promotion ceremony 10:00 AM in the FBMS Auditorium
- The 8th grade promotion ceremony is this Thursday, May 25, from 10am-12pm in the auditorium with refreshments to follow in the gym. Students may be checked out by parents following the ceremony at the checkout stations adjacent to the courtyard.
- Dress to the ceremony should be semi-formal with the colors of red, white, black and grey. Dresses, sundresses, blouses, slacks, button-up dress shirts and ties are all appropriate dress.
- No jeans, spaghetti straps, backless shirts, form fitting clothing or high heels above 1" should be worn.
- BECAUSE OF SEATING CAPACITY LIMITATIONS: ALL 8TH GRADERS WILL RECEIVE EXACTLY TWO (2) GUEST TICKETS. A TICKET WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO THE EVENT. Tickets will be distributed Tuesday and Wednesday this week during homeroom period.
- No balloons or distracting items will be allowed in the auditorium during the ceremony. There will be a check in booth for these items in the atrium.
- Any questions regarding promotion may be directed to Mr. McClish and the 8th grade office
Field day is Tuesday, May 23rd. All grade levels. Students may dress in athletic wear as long as it follows the FBMS free dress guidelines - 7th Grade must arrive in School Uniform for Awards, then may change into Field Day Clothing. In case of rain field day will be cancelled, there is no make-up day.
6th grade- 1st. period,
7th grade- 4th period,
8th grade 2nd period.
The Variety Show DVD's are on sale! They are $10 and Ms. Hall and the Theater Department are selling them until the end of the day on Thursday! They can get one from her classroom, room 504, starting Tuesday, May 23rd.
For those students signed up already for the DC / NYC trip in June - Tuesday May 23rd at 5:30 PM there will be a final “Before Trip Check-In”. We will meet in the FBMS Library.
Thank you to all of the many volunteers and supporters of the FBMS PTO! Due to the generosity of the FBMS community the PTO was able to provide almost $20,000.00 this year in grants to many teachers, groups, and teams. Here is a list of the grants awarded!
The best place to get information over the summer is to "Like" the FBMS PTO Facebook Page. The PTO newsletter will move to a monthly newsletter over the summer and won't start up again until Mid-August. So for up to date information, please follow the FBMS PTO Facebook Page!!
Lockers need to be cleared out by Wednesday! Please make sure your child has everything out by end of day on Wednesday! Custodial locker clean out will begin immediately after school on Thursday. Any items left in lockers will be disposed of or donated.
HISD is in the process of approving the budget for the 2017-18 School year. The final budget for 2017-18 is scheduled to be approved by the board on June 22, 2017. This past Thursday a budget workshop was presented to the board with some recommended changes in funding.
One of the recommendations was a significant reduction in Magnet Funding. The budget workshop presentation that was published on the HISD website is attached.
Some interesting observations:
- HISD Budget for 2017-18 is $1.9B.
- The proposed budget has $0 increase in the PUA (per unit allocation) for all students.
- Current Magnet Funding is about $21.5M; about 1% of the entire HISD budget.
- The current proposal includes a significant reduction in Magnet funding (Vanguard funding is currently @ $410/student reduced to $0 in year 3. Other magnet funding categories will be eliminated or reduced to approx. $50/student).
- In 2016-17 FBMS received $109,880 in funding for our Vanguard Designation. If funding is maintained FBMS would receive $153,340 in 2017-18. The current proposal would eventually eliminate this funding from the FBMS school budget.
- Proposed teacher raise options presented: Option A - 2% resulting in a $26.6M budget increase; Option B - 5% resulting in a $61.4M budget increase.
- Proposed increased funding for the Achieve 180 program would be $24M.
- According to an HISD Board member, Superintendent Carranza does not think that a reduction in Magnet funding will impact the results of the programs that are being funded.
Please take the opportunity to review the Budget Workshop Form. According to the proposal there are plans to have a meetings to solicit community input. Feel free to share any opinions or concerns with your HISD Board Member.
The final PTO meeting of theyear will be on Thursday at 8:30am. Immediately following there will be Coffee with Principal Castagnoli! Come out and hear about the great things happening at FBMS!