Welcome to our Newest Panthers!

The FBMS PTO would like to extend a warm welcome to our incoming 6th grade class and their families.  We were as surprised as anyone to that magnet notifications came out while we were all on spring break vacations, so bear with us as we get our act together!

To get familiar with your new school, please take a few minutes to "like" us on Facebook, "follow" us on Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter.  There will also be an FBMS Class of 2022 Facebook group just for the incoming 6th grade families, with a few "old-timers" included to answer any questions you may have.  

Next Friday, March 29, is your student's first chance to attend an event at FBMS.  Our annual Color Run will be held from 4:15-5:15pm and is open to current students, incoming and prospective students, and the community.  It is tons of fun and a great way for your student to get comfortable on campus.  But register now, as registration closes this Friday!  Register HERE.

The next week is a busy one (you will learn that FBMS is a busy place!).  FBMS Adventure Camp will be held after school on April 2 and 3 (students may attend either or both days).  Adventure Camp is open to any current fourth or fifth graders.  Registration will be open soon.  And Signing Day is April 4 from 6-7:30pm.  Signing Day is open to all prospective students and their families (magnet-accepted, zoned, or those interested in a possible transfer).  For magnet accepted students, you will have an opportunity to turn in your paperwork on Signing Day.  The school store will also be open for those who want to purchase school gear.  

There will also be an Ice Cream and Coffee event for incoming 6th grade families on the evening of May 9, and the school store will be open that evening as well.  And stay tuned for information on socials for incoming 6th grade students over the summer.  Of course, we also invite you to attend our PTO meetings.  The next general meeting is April 25 at 5:30pm.  And the final general meeting of the year will be a morning meeting on May 23.  Both meetings will be held in the Community Room, which is located just off the parking lot.  

Again, welcome -- we are so glad you are here and hope you are excited to begin your middle school journey!

Amy Maddux

FBMS PTO President

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PTO Nominations for the 2019-2020 School Year

The Nominating Committee of the FBMS PTO is seeking nominations for the 2019-2020 PTO Board.  To access the form, please click English/Spanish. Nominations are due by Friday, April 12th and may be turned-in to the PTO mailbox in the office.  If you have any questions, please contact Nominating Committee Chair, Mary Sharon Komarek at marysharonk@gmail.com.  Click HERE for position descriptions and PTO Bylaws.

The following positions are available:

  • President

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary

  • 1st VP of Education

  • 2nd VP of Fundraising

  • 3rd VP of Community Building

  • 6th Grade Representative

  • 7th Grade Representative

  • 8th Grade Representative

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RED ALERT: The deadline to sign up for the annual Frank Black Middle School Color Run is this Friday, March 22! Your confirmed registration gives the GREEN LIGHT to COLOR RUN on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 4:15-5:00 pm at Frank Black Middle School! 

In addition to our very own Panther students, we are TICKLED PINK to invite students from FBMS feeder schools and future FBMS students – and even parents! - to come out and have some fun! Everyone who registers will get a Color Run T-shirt that will be powdered with color during the run around the FBMS track!  

The cost to participate is $5 for students and teachers and $10 for parents and community members. Forms distributed in homeroom can be returned completed to the FBMS Main Office or at lunch on Wednesdays at the Frank Black Market in the cafeteria. Please make checks payable to “FBMS PTO,” and be sure to sign the waiver as part of your registration and provide your T-shirt size (adult sizes only).

There are also fun sponsorship opportunities, including the “Color Sponsor,” which is only $50 per color! Last year we had sponsorships from TRUE BLUE alumnae of our local elementary schools - it is a great way to show pride for the elementary school you attended and welcome all of the 5th graders from that school who will attend FBMS next year!  If you are interested in any level of sponsorship, please contact Alice David at colorrun@fbmspto.org.

Now you’ve seen it in BLACK & WHITE, so don’t miss out on the COLOR RUN FUN! 

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Outdoor Classroom Coming to FBMS!

Students at the University of Houston School of Architecture are working at designing FBMS’ first outdoor classroom. The outdoor building is expected to be completed this Summer, and it will consist of a 296-square-foot steel shade canopy that will add to the school’s existing outdoor space, which has a butterfly garden, pond and benches. For more information, click the following LINK.

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CVHS Offering Summer Theatre Camp

CVHS Offering Summer Theatre Camp

Carnegie Vanguard High School's Theatre Department is thrilled to be offering Spotlight, a two week theater camp August 5-16, 2019 for students ages 11-15.  

The award winning CVHS Theatre troupe will guide student campers through a variety of activities that will culminate in an original production at the end of camp.  

Any questions can be directed to 1cvhstheatre@gmail.com.

Info can also be found on the CVHS Theatre website  http://carnegietheatre.com/spotlight-camp.

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"When I Grow Up Expo" this Weekend

More than 100 exhibitors from local companies will be on hand to help students explore their options in high-demand, high-growth industries at the seventh annual “When I Grow Up Expo.” 

The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23 at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W. 18th Street, 77092). 

Students will have the opportunity to talk with local employers about future careers and compete in various competitions in subjects such as cosmetology, movie making, construction, and culinary skills.  

Click the following LINK for more information.

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8th Grade BBQ on 3/30, Volunteers Needed

The 8th Grade BBQ is Saturday, March 30th from 11am-4pm. A ticket is required for food pick up, and drive thru service will be available.

Parent volunteers are still needed and can sign up below: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eaba92ea1fd0-fbms3

We are needing 7 adults and 10 students per shift: 9am-12pm, 11am-2pm and 1pm-4pm.

All tickets and fundraiser money is due Friday, March 22nd. Please contact Mr. McClish if you need an extension.

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Young Musicians Encouraged to Apply for the Houston Youth String Orchestra

The Houston Youth String Orchestra's 2019-2020 applications are now available. For more information and for applications, please go online at www.hyso.info. There will be auditions for two separate orchestras. Please note that both orchestras accept students beginning at the age of 5 and above (no upper age limit). The application deadline for both orchestras is April 15, 2019. Both orchestras will have the opportunity to receive regular sectional coaching from musicians from The Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, among others. 

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Triathlon Training Begins this Week!

Triathlon Training Begins this Week!

"Team Oak Forest" now has over 155 kids registered for the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon!

Training will begin this week, and the training e-mails have been sent out to those that have registered. Please let us know if you have registered, yet did not receive them.

There is still time to join the team. Click the link to register and be sure to type "Team Oak Forest" as the team name. Then send an email to kidstriathlon@oakforestpta.com to let us know your child's name, grade and teacher.

This is one of the favorite events for the kids. Not only do they stay healthy & fit, they get to accomplish something cool with their friends. To top it off, your triathlete gets a free t-shirt for being on the team too. Join now!


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An Update from PTO President, Amy Maddux

Panther Family:

I enjoyed seeing everyone who came, danced, and spent money at the Anchors Up auction! You can view and order photos of the fun night here! While we are not ready to give a final number (too many loose ends still being tied up), I feel confident enough to report that we believe that the auction grossed approximately $100,000!!! Thanks to everyone who came out -- and especially our incredibly dedicated auction committee -- for making this happen. These funds are always important, but even more so now given the budget issues facing HISD schools. We are now getting to work on the many academic, athletics, and arts initiatives that the money raised will fund.

Our most recent PTO general meeting was last week and included a screening of the documentary “Screenagers.” Afterwards, many parents expressed appreciation to our administration for the rules regarding phone use at school (don’t!). If you are interested in learning more, the folks behind Screenagers have a “Tech Talk Tuesday” blog to which you can subscribe. I can’t claim that I actually sit down with my kids and have great conversations with them about their screen use, but I do find it contains useful information as my kids begin to navigate their evolving screen time in middle and high school.

Our next PTO general meeting is Thursday, April 25. It will be early -- 5:30pm -- and will be followed by a 6pm meeting for rising 7th and 8th grade parents (i.e., parents of current 6th and 7th graders). The administration holds this meeting every spring to provide information about what courses are available after 6th grade, what students are eligible to take advanced courses for high school credit, and the pros and cons of taking high school courses in middle school. It should be worthwhile to attend both meetings!

The PTO’s next endeavor is looking forward to next school year. To that end, thanks to the following parents who have agreed to be on our nominating committee: Holly Inderrieden, Mary Sharon Komarek, Tracy Lisewsky, Jeana Teeter, Aide Zamarripa, and Michelle Galindo (alternate). If you are interested in becoming more involved with the PTO, please let one of them or me know. We have all sorts of jobs. Big jobs and small jobs. Year-long endeavors, single event focuses, and just occasional needs. Jobs that involve volunteering during the school day and jobs that you can do on your own time. Jobs that require special talents, and jobs that require none at all. Jobs that involve leading people, jobs that involve working on a committee with other people, and jobs that you can undertake by yourself without having to talk to anyone! There really is something for everyone and we would love to have you.

And that is a perfect segue into my last report! Last fall we did not have a library chair, but two people who had not previously been involved with the PTO stepped up (thank you Emily Smith and Evangelina DinoLopez!) and took on our pie sales and Love Your Library campaign. I am pleased to report that both were successful, the latter campaign just ended, and we EXCEEDED our goal. That means 150 new books for the FBMS library. This is a perfect example of one of the many ways that we can all make a difference for our school via the PTO. I hope that you will consider joining us!

Amy Maddux

FBMS PTO President

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8th Grade Parent Meeting Tuesday, March 5th

8th Grade Parent Meeting Tuesday, March 5th

Parents, there is an 8th grade parent meeting on Tuesday, March 5th from 6pm – 7:30pm in the Community Center.

This is a program supported by HISD's department of Innovation and Postsecondary Programming, aimed to educate and support families on the following topics:

  • College and Career Planning


  • Personal Graduation Plans

  • GPA and Class Rank

  • Assured College Admissions

  • College Credit

  • School Choice and Magnet Programs

We will also have representatives on campus from Heights, Waltrip and Scarborough who can help answer questions regarding the transition to high school as well as specifics regarding their campuses.

This is a program that is designed for 8th grade students and families, but really can be of use for all middle school families.

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