Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools,
Sports, and Students December 2016
FBCA CHEERLEADERS RAISE FUNDS FOR BREAST CANCER
Fort Bend Christian Academy hosted its annual Tackling a Cure varsity football game for breast cancer awareness on Sept. 30.
Since October was breast cancer awareness month, the cheerleaders held a Pink Out pep rally and sported pink pom poms and hair ribbons. For the game, the football players wore pink wristbands.
Pink Out shirts were sold prior to the event, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Rose, a nonprofit breast cancer organization in the Houston area. A check for $500 was presented to The Rose, and two breast cancer surviors, Patty Matthews and Nina Krenek, were honored during halftime.
“I love being a part of the team because it gives us the opportunity to raise school spirit and spread awareness for different causes,” co-captain Taylor Lanclos said. “Being a cheerleader allows me to reach out to different ages at the school, like the elementary kids we help for junior cheer, and for the breast cancer survivors at the game. It is our job as cheerleaders to set an example for our school and the best way to do this is by making a difference in the community around us. It is a privilege to be a part of this squad.”
FORT BEND ISD STUDENTS AND STAFF “GO PINK” DURING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Fort Bend ISD students and staff joined the nation in supporting those affected with the disease, while spreading awareness of the importance of early detection, education and available support services.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. Approximately 1 in 8 (12 percent) of women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Through services provided by ACS and other organizations, improvements in cancer research, treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer.
In recognition of the month-long awareness campaign, FBISD students and staff sponsored numerous “Pink Out” events, hosted Breast Cancer Awareness walks and breakfasts, partnered with Mammosafe for onsite mammograms and participated in other events and activities.
FBISD BAND AND ORCHESTRA RECOGNIZED IN 2016 MARK OF EXCELLENCE PROJECT
Seven of FBISD’s band and orchestra programs have been named winners in the 2016 Mark of Excellence Project. The winners are among 236 of the finest musical ensembles, representing 36 states nationwide, to enter the competition.
Sponsored by the Foundation for Music Education, the Mark of Excellence Project is a nonprofit organization that promotes music education through scholarships and other projects. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top-quarter are selected as National Winners, and the second-quarter receive Commended Honors. The project consists of the National Wind Band Honors, the National Orchestra Honors, National Choral Honors, National Jazz Honors, National Percussion Ensemble Honors and the Citation of Excellence.
FBISD earned the following awards in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project:
- National Winner – Fort Settlement Middle School Honors Band (directed by Greg Countryman and Theresa Baragas);
- Commended Winner – Clements High School Symphonic Band (directed by Daniel Galloway).
FBISD orchestras named Commended Winners in the National Orchestra Honors project are:
- Austin High School Camerata Orchestra (directed by Carolyn Vandiver and Elizabeth Mandic-Nowak);
- Dulles High School Honors String Orchestra (directed by Michael Isadore);
- Dulles High School Honors Symphony Orchestra (directed by Michael Isadore);
- Fort Settlement Middle School Chamber Orchestra (directed by Angela Peugnet);
- Garcia Middle School Symphonic Orchestra (directed by Priscilla McGar).
SLCS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MOCK PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Middle School students in Jessica Gunter’s Social Studies class at St. Laurence Catholic School in Sugar Land recently participated in an unprecedented mock presidential debate. Students were placed in either the Democratic or Republican party or chosen as moderators. Their private political views were not factors in which camp they were placed.
Each party designated the presidential candidate, the vice-president candidate, marketing team and research team. Each class voted for the issue they were to research and debate. The moderators were then tasked with coming up with the questions the teams would face, keeping the questions secret once approved by Gunter, as they are in the real-world debates. Moderators also researched past speeches and stances made by the parties to hold the mock candidates and their teams accountable for past statements. Gunter acted as the facilitator, making sure the teams had what they needed, as this was a completely student-run debate.
Students researched matters such as the benefits and disadvantages of the North American Fair Trade Agreement. The middle-schoolers also debated constitutional matters, including how to balance gun violence, the Second Amendment, and mental health.
The students also prepared their talking points, rebuttals and questions. Spontaneous questions from the crowd followed up on points made by the candidates. This non-partisan activity engaged critical thinking skills focusing on the issues and the different considerations each issue encompasses.
Students then cast their vote for who they want to be the next president and gave their opinions on the most important issues.
QUAIL VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ADDING UP THE VICTORIES FOR MATHCOUNTS
Quail Valley Middle School students were in it to win it during the Star Learning 2016 MATHCOUNTS Competition on Oct. 15. They dominated in all categories.
MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide middle school mathematics competition held in various places across the country. The site of the latest competition was at Quail Valley Middle School, and the competition covered everything from geometry, combinatorics, counting probability, number theory and algebra.
The event was made up of three rounds:
Sprint Round: 30 questions with no calculators allowed; Target Round: 8 questions with calculators allowed; Team Round: 10 questions with calculators allowed.
The Quail Valley Middle School team of Naveen Mukkatt, Jeremy Zhou, Will Sun and Michelle Wang came in first place. Second place went to Fort Settlement. Third place went to a school outside the District, Beck Junior High.
In the individual category, QVMS swept in every spot:
First Place – Naveen Mukkatt; Second Place – Jeremy Zhou; Third Place – Will Sun; and Fourth Place – Rich Wang.
Learn more at starlearning.com/mathcounts-practice
HOPE FOR THREE AT DULLES HIGH SCHOOL
Hope For Three recently shared its signature awareness campaign, “It’s Cool to Care” with students of Dulles High School (DHS). The goal of the program is to educate, enable and empower young people about other young people with unique abilities – autism.
According to local statistics, there are 3,000 students with autism enrolled in school districts of Fort Bend County. This number does not include students attending private programs in the area. “It’s Cool to Care” is an interactive program offered to various schools and organizations. Olayinka Olajubutu, a student who helped coordinate the event, is a Hope For Three Teen Huddle Member and Dulles Pal Member.
For more information, call 281-245-0640 or visit hopeforthree.org.
CALVARY EPISCOPAL PREP STUDENTS VISIT U.S.S. LEXINGTON
Fifth-grade Calvary Episcopal Preparatory Crusaders recently enjoyed their first overnight field trip, which was spent aboard the U.S.S. Lexington in Corpus Christi with faculty sponsors Crystal Brock, Jerry Krogel and Juliana White. Students got to see many different parts of the ship and learn about its function and history. It was a trip filled with learning and memory making.
LAMAR CISD THIRD-GRADERS RECEIVE DICTIONARIES
Every third-grade student in Lamar CISD has his or her own dictionary, thanks to the Rosenberg Rotary Club. Every year, the Rotarians travel the District distributing free dictionaries. The club finished their deliveries to all 23 Lamar CISD elementary schools at the end of October.
DRABEK ELEMENTARY STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL ELEMENTARY HONOR SOCIETY
Thirty-six fifth-grade students at Drabek Elementary recently made history as they became the first class to be inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society. A ceremony was held for them on Sept. 28 to honor and celebrate them.
“Last year was my first school year as principal and it didn’t take long to realize what a special gift we have here in so many of our students,” principal Wendy Nunez told the audience. “We are constantly looking for ways to celebrate, acknowledge and stretch these students to really pursue our District’s mission, which helps them pursue futures beyond what they can imagine.”
Rita Drabek, a long-time Fort Bend ISD educator, principal, and retired school board member whom the school is named after, attended the event. “I congratulate you. You’ve already done a lot. You’re being recognized for what you’ve done in school up to this point,” Drabek said. “You have studied hard. You have good grades. You have responsibilities. But you have also shown that you have leadership potential.”
Drabek even wore the National Honor Society pin she received back in 1947. “This is a very special day for me,” she told the students. “Sixty-nine years ago, I was inducted into the National Honor Society.”
Fort Bend ISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Anthony Indelicato, and Trustee KP George also attended to congratulate the students. Indelicato also noted another honor Drabek Elementary received. To learn more, go to nehs.org.
TUTS ANNOUNCES SHOW TITLES FOR PARTICIPATING TOMMY TUNE SCHOOLS
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has announced the production titles from the schools participating in the 15th Annual Tommy Tune Awards. Created by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers.
The show titles and upcoming run dates for each FBISD school are as follows:
William B. Travis High School, The Addams Family, Nov. 17-20 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 19-20 at 2 p.m.
William P. Clements High School, Honk!, Jan. 19-21 and 23 at 7 p.m.
B.F. Terry High School, The Addams Family, Jan. 20-21 and 23 at 7 p.m.
George Bush High School, Sister Act, Jan. 19-21 and 27-28 at 7 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin High School, Into the Woods, Jan. 19-21 and 21 at 7 p.m.
Dulles High School, The Little Mermaid, Jan. 19-21 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Foster High School, The Little Mermaid, Jan. 20-21 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 21-22 at 2 p.m.
Ridge Point High School presented The Wizard of Oz in October.
George Ranch High School presented Into the Woods Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 15.
TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are named after Broadway legend, Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus Tommy Tune.
The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the public. The awards will be held on April 18, 2017. For more details, call 713-558-2640 or go to TUTS.com/TommyTune
FORT BEND ISD JOINS NATION IN CELEBRATING NATIONAL PRINCIPALS MONTH
Fort Bend ISD honored the hard work and dedication of outstanding school principals during National Principals Month in October. The observance gives the community an opportunity to say “thank you” to school leaders and to share with the community all the great things that principals do to support students, staff, parents and community members.
FBISD currently has 76 principals, 29 associate principals and 133 assistant principals leading its campuses. In addition to serving as instructional leaders, principals also coordinate the implementation of the district’s approved curriculum in all courses, analyze data and develop plans for student achievement, supervise operations and personnel and provide leadership in developing budgets and master schedules.