Fort Sam Houston Elementary School

Dr. Joseph Cerna » Welcome


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     We thank all members of the Fort Sam Houston learning community for an excellent 2017-2018 school year.  As we prepare for the 2018-2019 school year, we are guided by our shared vision:


 Our purpose is to provide our students with a world-class educational experience based on Literacy, Stakeholder Collaboration, Parental Involvement, Real Life Experiences, Social Emotional Learning, Instructional Technology and Innovative Student Engagement Strategies for continuous progress.

     Our ideology is reflected in our campus and F.S.H.I.S.D. beliefs and core values that guide us in our daily practices.  It is our duty to provide our families with superior service without fail.


     The keynote for the 2018-2019 school year is, "Celebrating the Gifts of All Children."  The collective mindset at Fort Sam Houston Elementary is to provide students with innovative opportunities for learning that are influenced by students' strengths.Collaboration and partnerships with community agencies, families,and local businesses will be emphasized in order to support our campus program and reinforce Fort Sam Houston I.S.D. beliefs.



      As always, we proudly serve military families and exist to serve the military child. We value and accentuate the talents of our uniquely diverse learning community including all students, parents, faculty and staff.


     Parents, we appreciate your support and look forward to learning alongside your children as we are a community of learners.  Attendance is important for student success.  We believe that, "If you're not here, you're not learning." 


     Please ask your children about Fort Sam Houston Cougar Cub P.A.W.S. (Practice Respect, Accept Responsibility, Work Together, and Stay Safe).  We explicitly teach and model P.A.W.S. throughout the school year and base our campus and classroom management systems in these expectations.
     Again, thank you for your continued support.  I look forward to another excellent and memorable school year for all of us.
J. Cerna, Ed. D. 
Fort Sam Houston Elementary Principal