District News

An Important Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Parents,  

Fort Sam Houston ISD personnel take very seriously their responsibility to provide for the safety of our students. Today, the district was notified that a threat was being made toward a San Antonio area school. The threat was not specific to any particular school or school district, but did allude to mass violence being committed on April 24, 2014.  

At this point, San Antonio’s Regional Intelligence Center (SARIC), San Antonio Police Department, and the FBI are in the process of evaluating the validity of the threat and tracing the source. Fort Sam Houston ISD staff are cooperating with the 502d Security Forces Squadron to ensure that everything is being done to safeguard our schools, students, and faculty members on Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston. This collective and coordinated response will continue as the threat is investigated.  

District and school staff take all threats seriously and will increase safety measures throughout the week as schools remain open. In addition, the 502d Security Forces Squadron will also increase its presence on our campuses. The San Antonio Police Department asks anyone with tips or information which may help authorities with this situation be directed to call 210-225-TIPS (8477).  

Thank you for your understanding and support in this matter. 

- Dr. Gail Siller

Dr. Morgan Receives Trinity Prize for Excellence in Education
Congratulations to FSH Elementary School teacher Dr. Melanie Morgan who was named this year's recipient of the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Education. Each year, Trinity University honors teachers from each of the 20 school districts in the San Antonio area as "distinguished" educators. Two of those teachers are named recipients of their highest honor and are named the winners of the Trinity Prize. At the award ceremony held on April 11th, Dr. Morgan received a Tiffany & Co. crystal apple, an H-E-B cash award, and a commendation from Mayor Julian Castro.

Celebrate "Month of the Military Child"!
Since 1986, installations, schools, and communities have designated April as, “The Month of the Military Child”.  The celebration recognizes the contribution that military children make as their parent or parents serve our nation. At FSHISD, we are honored to serve our military children and their families. Please join us this April in celebrating our Military Kids with a full calendar of activities! Click HERE to see our planned activities.

Due to the school inclement weather closures on January 24, Fort Sam Houston ISD schools will be in session on Friday, April 25th for a make up day. Classes will begin at the normally scheduled time, but will dismiss early that day. The Ft. Sam Houston Elementary School will dismiss at 11:45. Cole Middle and High School and the Military Coop will dismiss at 12:30. All regular bus routes will run at those times.

Board Approves 2014-2015 School Year Calendar
At its regular board meeting in February, the FSHISD School Board unanimously approved the school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. A copy of the calendar can be found HERE. It can also be found under the calendar tab on the district website.

District Introduces Safety Tracker App
In our continuing efforts to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for our students and staff, the Ft. Sam Houston Independent School District introduces our new FSHISD Safety Tracker App. The app, available for iPhones and Android devices, allows users to submit safety concerns they might have with the district and our schools. Users can submit text messages, images, or video and the submissions can be anonymous if desired. School administrators will receive notification of the submissions and will review all tips entered through the system. Directions for download (including the school codes needed for using the app) can be found HERE. Thanks for your continued support of FSHISD!

Elementary News!

It's Time to be a STAR on the STAAR !
Our teachers, students, and administrators have done an incredible job in preparation for the upcoming STAAR tests. Now more than ever, our teachers have been able to identify our students' strengths as well as needs. Every effort has been made in getting our students ready for the upcoming state assessment administrations.

As a parent, there are some things that you can do to help your child's performance on the test. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep prior to testing. He or she will also need breakfast before the test begins. Encourage your child to do his very best on the test and to take the test seriously. Unlike the TAKS test you may have been accustomed to, each STAAR test has a four hour time limit. Also be aware that if your child misses the STAAR test for a specific content or course, make-up tests will be given during the testing window. We want to make every effort to help your child be successful on the STAAR tests and want to thank you for your help in preparing our students for the Spring STAAR tests.

Also, please note that guests are not permitted on campus at any time during testing. We have to eliminate distractions during this timed testing window so please try to have your children at school on time and avoid picking them up early. Guests will also not be permitted in the cafeteria during lunch times as students on campus may still be testing. We appreciate your support.

April 1st: 4th Grade Writing, 5th Grade Math
April 2nd: 4th Grade Writing, 5th Grade Reading
April 22nd: 3rd & 4th Grade Math
April 23rd: 3rd & 4th Grade Reading, 5th Grade Science

Our Parent Teacher Organization Wins BIG!

Congratulations to the Fort Sam Houston Elementary School's Cougar Cub Parent Teacher Organization Board for winning the Small Group Volunteer Organization of the Year for JBSA.

Congratulations to Joy Kellner - Volunteer of the Year JBSA for her work with the FSH Spouse Club (and our Box Top Coordinator).

Congratulations to Christina Frost - Volunteer of the Year JBSA Nominee for her work as our PTO President.

All our volunteers have worked so hard and deserve recognition and thanks for their selfless service and dedication.

THANK YOU, Volunteers!

Yearbooks for Sale!
Would you like to capture the memories from the 2013-2014 school year? Now is the time to order your 2013-2014 yearbook! Your order can be placed at http://fshe.picaboo.com online through May 5th or with THIS form through May 16th. The price of the yearbook is $30 and includes an e-yearbook version as well.

Your Child's Safety Matters!
We do all we can to keep your child safe when they are on campus at Fort Sam Houston Elementary. Many precautions and security measures are taken to protect your children. However, we need your help once they arrive at home. Please review the attached JBSA Youth Supervision Policy.

2013-2014 School Year Is Almost Over!
The 2013-2014 school year ends on June 6th! Below you'll find our end-of-year events.

Important Dates Coming Up

Apr. 22nd - STAAR Testing [3rd/4th grade Math]
Apr. 23rd - STAAR Testing [3rd/4th grade Reading; 5th grade Science]
Apr. 25th - Weather Make-up Day
May 5th - 9th - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9th - Early Release 11:45 a.m.
May 15th - 3rd Grade Play & Fine Arts Show Case
May 22nd - Great American Picnic 5:30-6:30 pm
May 23rd - Field Day (5th grade at Cole MS Stadium)
May 26th - Memorial Day Holiday
May 27th - 2nd Semester AR Party
May 28th - Step Up and Fly High (PK-4th)
May 29th - Field Day (PK-4th)
June 2nd - 3rd Grade Awards 8:15-9:15 (classrooms) & 2nd Grade Awards 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 (classrooms)
June 3rd - 5th Grade Awards 8:15-9:50 (Cafeteria)
June 4th - 1st Grade Awards 1:45-2:30 (classrooms)
June 6th - Last Day of School and EOY Parties @ 1:30 p.m.

Important Information

We Need You - Volunteer Today!
Volunteers are a vital part of our school community and offer many advantages to student learning and development. We enjoy having strong parental involvement on our campus and encourage you to volunteer your talents. For the safety and security of our scholars, we must have a Volunteer Background Check completed prior to service. Click HERE to download a copy. We encourage all interested members to complete the application prior to the school year or activity to ensure sufficient time for processing and approval.

Start Clipping to Support Our School!

Start clipping those Box Tops for Education labels and sending them in to support our school community. The PTO will be sponsoring quarterly prizes for the top classes so send them in today. For your convenience, click below for collection sheets!

10 Labels Collection Sheet

25 Labels Collection Sheet

50 Labels Collection Sheet

Checking In & Picking Up Students
As started in the 2009-2010 school year, we will continue with the streamlined checking in and picking up process for students. In order to pick up your child or check them in you must have a VALID STATE-ISSUED IDIt will not accept a CAC card, dependent, or retired military ID. The system is in place in most San Antonio area school districts and allows a quick check of the ID through a database and allows for personalization of the visitor pass to be printed (when applicable). This was put in place for the protection and safety of all of our students. We thank you for your understanding and support.

Monitor Your Child's AR Points from Home!
Students in 1st - 5th grade will soon receive their Accelerated Reader account information. With AR, students can can take quizes based on books read and accumulate points to work toward incentive prizes. And now, you can monitor your child's AR points using the AR Home Connect Website. At the site, you can see a virtual shelf of books read, see average and total scores, and even sign up for email notification of tests. You can access the site on the "Parent Resources" page found under the "Resources" tab of this page. Click HERE to view a video demonstration on using Home Connect.

Free Technology Training Online!
The Fort Sam Houston ISD  recently purchased a site license with Atomic Learning, an online resource for technology video tutorials. The service provides "as needed" access to over 40,000 video tutorials covering over 120 software applications. In addition to being a great resource for students and teachers, all FSHISD parents can also access the site! To obtain your free username and password, email our Director of Instructional Technology, Dr. Roland Rios, at rrios@fshisd.net. Please supply your name and your child's name and school. To see a quick tutorial on how to use Atomic Learning, click HERE.

Wednesday, April 23
Elementary School STAAR Testing
3rd & 4th Grade Reading
5th Grade Science
(Closed Campus/No Visitors)
During Testing
Friday, April 25
Early Release/Fiesta Battle of the Flowers
Bad Weather makeup day
Monday, April 28
Elementary School
Arbor Day Celebration -
9:00 AM at the Conservation Cabin
Elementary School Student Council Meeting
Thursday, May 1
Elementary School Parent Preview Maturation
in Computer lab and Library
3:00 -4:00 PM
Monday, May 5
Teacher Appreciation Week

Fort Sam Houston Elementary School is a tremendous place to learn, grow, develop, and succeed in a safe, nurturing, and child centered environment in which our children can grow academically, socially, and emotionally. We encourage our children to learn, celebrating their creativity, initiative, and individuality, through their daily interactions in the classroom, as well as, through their participation in many supplemental and enriching programs. Our students are focused on always doing their “personal best” for greatest achievement as we continue to set the bar high both academically and in character education. 

Staff members are dedicated and committed to the success of every child, and their professionalism is greatly acknowledged. Our parents/guardians and volunteers, through their continued involvement, help provide the support and interaction that contributes to a wonderful partnership between home and school, benefiting the children at FSHE. Community support provides access to additional activities, events, and resources that augment our educational focus. 

We will collectively continue to provide the best to all our children. Thank you everyone for making Fort Sam Houston Elementary School a special place to learn and grow together.