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.
FBMS gear for the 2019-2020 school year will be available to purchase online starting July 1. All purchases made online during this period will be available for pickup at Panther Camp* (mornings of August 20, 21, and 22, 2019).
*If you are unable to pick up at Panther Camp, the school store is located in the cafeteria and is open every Wednesday during lunch throughout the school year. You may send your student to pick up items ordered during pre-sales.
The store will also be open for in-person sales during Panther Camp and every Wednesday during lunch throughout the school year. We accept cash or check. During Panther Camp, we also accept credit cards.
The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) provides volunteers and fundraising assistance to the school. All memberships show support of your child and the FBMS PTO. The Panther Level (Base) membership is for one family (up to 2 adults) and includes voting privileges, one vote per household. Your email address will be added to the FBMS PTO E-blast.
Memberships are now available for the 2019-2020 school year!
From now until October 31st, there are six levels of membership in addition to the Panther Level (Base Level) membership. Each level has its own benefits- click here for details! The greater your support, the more we can do for our Panthers! Thank you!
Service Saturday at Frank Black Middle School takes place June 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers will meet in the community center. Projects will include painting, organizing, and doing repairs/improvements. If you have any questions or wish to rsvp, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All incoming 6th graders are welcome to the Summer Social on Sunday, June 23rd from 2-4pm. It will take place at the FBMS cafeteria. Kids, parents and their families are welcome to attend.
We are passing along the letter below on behalf of our wonderful 8th grade dean, Mr. McClish. He has been such a big part of all the great things that have happened at FBMS the past six years. We will miss him so much, but wish him the very best and know that he is going to be an amazing principal. Thanks for everything Mr. McClish.
The FBMS PTO
Greetings Panther Parents, Students, Staff and Faculty!
After six wonderful years of working with the best students, parents, teachers and administrators in HISD it is time for me to bid a very fond farewell to the Frank Black Middle School Community. I have been fortunate enough to have been offered the opportunity to serve as the new principal of the School at St. George Place here in HISD. While this is indeed exciting, it is also bittersweet because of all the memories, relationships and connections I have made with so many wonderful parents, families and students over the years. I am so thankful for the impact you have made on me and of course am always at your service.
To the parents and families: Thank you so much for all of your support over the years. I have never met such thoughtful and selfless people and was amazed with the way that you cared about all of our students at FBMS. The partnership between our parents and school personnel are one of the special hallmarks of our school, and I am so thankful for each of you that have touched my life over the years.
To our teachers and staff: We have an outstanding faculty that is not only talented, but more importantly committed to our students and being a support and facilitator of their success. Our students were blessed with a great group that challenged them with high expectations while at the same time serving as positive role models on how to carry themselves.
To my fellow administrators: It has been an honor to learn under remarkable principals such as Ms. Honore and Mr. Castagnoli, who each have taught me so much and guided me along the path of being the leader I am today. I am also incredibly thankful for my fellow deans and administrators who each supported me and made up some of the best professional teams I have had the pleasure to work with.
To the students: I will miss you immensely and I look forward to hearing about all the great things that you will do in high school and beyond. It has been a pleasure to be your dean over the years.
I am so grateful to have served at FBMS. Being a Panther has been the most rewarding professional experience of my life and I am excited to see what is on the horizon for our students and FBMS community in the years to come.
Details on reading and math assignments are on the FBMS home page under QUICK LINKS. There is a link for the reading project for all grades. There are separate links for different math grade level assignments.
The reading assignment is open to all FBMS students. Students who read one book and fill out the Google readers response page will receive a 100 as a grade. Students who read two books and fill out two reader responses will also receive extra credit and an ice cream treat. We strongly encourage participation from all students.
We made it! On behalf of the PTO and myself, I wanted to thank all of the parents, faculty, administration, staff, and of course our wonderful kiddos for an amazing year. I have never been a “PTO mom,” but then again the FBMS PTO is not your ordinary PTO. The support of the parents and the school for our kids is nothing short of amazing. Knowing this, this “non-PTO mom” could not refuse the opportunity to serve as president this past year. And I was not disappointed--with your help, we raised more money than ever before, had more volunteers than ever before, gave more teacher grants than ever before, and are funding more next year for the school than ever before. I am truly grateful for your support.
I am also looking forward to the great things that will continue to happen--and be improved upon!--next year under the leadership of the new board. Some amazing people officially became your PTO leadership as of last week’s PTO meeting. It simply could not be a more exciting time to be at FBMS. And although my term as president is coming to an end, I will still be around in a supporting role, and still look forward to working with many of you. If you haven’t had a chance to get involved in the PTO yet, or think the PTO is not for you, I encourage you to give it a chance next year. There are big jobs and small jobs, jobs for working parents and jobs for stay at home parents, year-long jobs and one-time jobs, and just a lot of ways to support your kiddos’ school!
Have a wonderful, relaxing summer!!
FBMS PTO President (Emeritus!)
Only one more week left!
May 29 - 8th grade promotion ceremony - 10:30am at Delmar
May 30 - 7th grade awards ceremony - 9:30am at FBMS theater
May 31 - 7th grade EOY field trip to Main Event; 8th grade EOY field trip to Fiesta Texas; 6th grade awards ceremony at 9:30am at FBMS theater; report cards go home
June 5 - first day of summer school
Mamma Mia! This week’s schedule is Winner Takes (it) All!
Start out Tuesday with A DAY!!
Also, there will be no after-school care on Friday, May 31st. Parents should make arrangements to have their child picked up that day.
Beginning June 12, parents can access their child’s STAAR results and a suite of other resources to support summer learning at home by visiting TexasAssessment.gov. HISD schools will also receive paper copies of the STAAR Report Card to distribute to parents over the summer.
HISD also maintains a STAAR page on the district website that contains instructions in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Vietnamese on how to access STAAR scores, testing calendars, FAQs, sample test questions, STAAR policies, and much more. There are also STAAR policies regarding testing and tips to prepare your child for STAAR.
For questions, please contact your child’s principal or counselor.
This is the last weekly FBMS PTO newsletter for the 2018-2019 school year. During the summer, expect to receive one newsletter per month. Have a great summer!
HISD’s no-cost Summer Meals Program will serve breakfast and lunch at more than 250 school sites Monday through Thursday, beginning June 5 and running through July 3.
Children do not need to be enrolled in summer school to participate in the program, and no paperwork, registration or proof of income is required. Adults can also participate by purchasing breakfast for $2.75 and lunch for $4. Specific serving times vary by campus, so parents are encouraged to call the school and confirm before they arrive.
All HISD meals are nutritionally balanced to ensure children receive the vitamins and nutrients needed to maintain a healthy diet.
To find no-cost meals after July 3, contact the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department at 713-676-6832 or dial 2-1-1.
Hey Panther Family! Will your student be changing schools next year? Or did your student graduate and you have a new family member entering FBMS? You can update your online options by scrolling to the bottom of the emailed newsletter and either clicking on 'update your preferences' OR 'unsubscribe'.
Students will clean out their lockers this week on Tuesday. All items must be removed from the locker, including the padlock.
Also, if your child lost anything this spring at school, they should visit lost and found in the library. There are clothing items, glasses, books, lunch kits…a little of everything! Please have your child claim it before it gets donated!
Most classes taken for high school credit will have required summer homework. Parents will be notified over the summer if their student is eligible for those classes and will be given a copy of the homework at that time. All FBMS students have optional reading and response homework. The reading list and online response form will be posted soon on the school website. Those students who successfully complete the summer reading homework will receive a 100 on the assignment. Those who successfully complete two or more books and responses will also receive an ice cream prize.