Hello Panther Nation!
Wow! Can you believe we are in the final six weeks of 2018-19? This year has been a whirlwind of achievements in academics, arts and athletics, and we are not done yet! On one hand we are counting down the days to summer and all of the fun and adventure it has in store, but on the other hand we have a lot to accomplish before our last day of school!
At the top of mind this week is a double-header meeting on Thursday (April 25) that I encourage all parents/guardians to attend. At 5:30 pm, the FBMS PTO will host a general meeting in the Community Center at to elect the new PTO board for the 2019-2020 school year. This meeting is open to all parents and is a great opportunity to learn how you can volunteer with the organization, whether it be a board or chair position or a few hours when your schedule allows.
Following the PTO board elections, there will be a meeting for the parents of current 6th and 7th grade students at 6 pm, also in the Community Center. This meeting will address course selection and advanced course options for the next school year. We will have Spanish translation services available for our Spanish-speaking families so please join us!
Looking ahead, I have great news to share about our 2019-20 school year! We are so happy to announce that Houston ISD has approved seven new teacher/staff positions for our school! Our goal is to reduce class sizes and this is a huge step in the right direction! I will provide additional information about the positions and the new faces that will fill them in the coming months. Rest assured, we are doing our due diligence to ensure that these positions will be filled with caring and sharp individuals who have the best interest of our Panthers at heart!
In the coming months, I will pull together several (?) student groups to provide feedback about Frank Black MS – what we are doing right and where we need to improve. I feel this is a great way to end a dynamic school year. Our staff will take the feedback and look for ways to implement improvements in the immediately and in the future. As we always say, our students are our best resource so let’s proactively tap into that resource and implement change together!
A few safety reminders as we sprint into our final six weeks:
· If you plan to drop off your child on Chantilly traveling towards Piney Woods, please have them exit the vehicle on the side adjacent to the sidewalk in front of the church. We have seen several students exit the car on the side adjacent to traffic, which poses a safety hazard.
· Remind your child they must walk to the crossing guard to cross the street at the designated crosswalk. We do not want students crossing the street in between vehicles along Chantilly with ongoing traffic.
· Do not pass around vehicles that have stopped to drop off their child.
· Please stop at the stop-sign in the car-riders lane and check for students and staff members crossing.
· Before exiting the car-riders lane onto Chantilly, please stop and watch for students at the exit gate who may be crossing.
· Drive cautiously around the school and be on the lookout for the crossing guard and students crossing.
· Lamonte is another option for drop-off where students can utilize the sidewalk to enter the campus without crossing any streets. As a recommendation, entering the school in the car-riders lane on Piney Woods is always the safest means of drop-off for your children.
Last, but certainly not least, to enhance our campus safety, the doors to the 6th grade annex building and Fine Arts Building will now be locked. There is a buzzer and a teacher/staff key card pad at each door (similar to the main building doors).
I am so proud of our Panthers and continue to be amazed at their desire to learn and grow, their creative spirit and their drive to make a change in their worlds and our world.
Please remember that my door is open anytime!
Ms. Rhonda Honore’