Let's keep the momentum going!
Our fall semester has gotten off to a good start, with employees and students embracing their roles and responsibilities as members of the Fort Bend ISD team. During our back-to-school Convocations, we came together full of energy and cheer as we renewed our commitment to serving our students and supporting one another in our endeavors. We were also reminded of "the bigger picture" by speakers - Steve Uzzell, renowned National Geographic photographer; Tony Brigmon, Southwest Airlines "Ambassador of Fun;" and Melvin Adams, former Harlem Globetrotter - who inspired us to pursue our passions, dared us to be great and wake up with a purpose, and reminded us that life should be fun.
As we continue through this school year, let's keep the momentum felt during Convocation going strong and focus on what makes us great. Each of us plays an important role in the District - whether we are teaching lessons, counseling students, preparing meals, driving school buses, repairing computers, writing news releases, painting classrooms or preparing budgets - and are valued members of the FBISD team!
Following are photos from FBISD's 2016 Convocation.

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October 2016 Events
National Principals Month
Oct. 10 - Board Agenda Review Workshop
Oct. 11/12 - Band Nights
Oct. 13 - Fort Bend Chamber State of the Schools
Oct. 14 - Secondary Professional Learning Day and Early Release All Students
Oct. 16 - Sullivan Elementary Dedication
Oct. 17 - Student Holiday and District Professional Learning Day
Oct. 17 - Regular Board Meeting

Board of Trustees to host Listening Tour

Fort Bend ISD's Board of Trustees is coming to a school near you in order to hear from employees, parents, community members and other stakeholders during its first-ever "Listening Tour." Board members will hold four of their monthly board workshops at FBISD campuses during the 2016-17 school year, beginning at Marshall High School on October 10, 2016. Click here for details.
FBISD maintains tax rate for 7th consecutive year
2016-17 tax rate set at $1.34 per $100 valuation
During its Regular Business Meeting Monday, September 19, the FBISD Board of Trustees adopted a tax rate of $1.34 per $100 valuation, with $1.04 to be used for maintenance and operations and $0.30 to be used for payment of bonds. The adoption of the 2016-17 tax rate marks the seventh consecutive year that the District has maintained the overall tax rate of $1.34, and comes as the District faces financial uncertainties due to the state's public school funding formula.
McAuliffe celebrates 30th anniversary
All current and former McAuliffe Middle School "Hawks" are invited to attend the school's 30th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held on the campus and will include speakers, including current Principal Mary Brewster, a tour of the campus, carnival-type games and activities, food items, and more!
Fort Bend Education Foundation News 
Come and shimmy at annual Fort Bend Education Foundation Sugar Shindig

The Fort Bend Education Foundation is hosting its 2nd Annual Sugar Shindig and all Fort Bend ISD employees and campus volunteers are invited to attend. The adults-only event will be held Friday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Safari Texas.  Guests will vie for the best cake made by prominent Sugar Land bakers, including our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre and his wife, Seeju.
Educators invited to attend FBEF Grant Writing Workshops

As in previous years, the Fort Bend Education Foundation will host Grant Writing Workshops to give educators an opportunity to learn how to write successful grant applications for the Foundation's Grants to Teachers and Schools Program.
Employees enjoy Fort Bend ISD Night at Skeeters

District employees took part in Fort Bend ISD Night at the Skeeters, presented by the Fort Bend Education Foundation, prior to the start of school. Employees helped fill the stands at Constellation Field to see Sugar Land's Minor League baseball team. Among the participants were our 2016 District Teachers of the Year Cleveland Mouton (FBISD Elementary Teacher of the Year) and Richard Embrick (FBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year), who threw out the first pitch. Pictured are (from left) are Cleveland Mouton, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre, and Richard Embrick.
Kudos! Recognizing Employees for a Job Well Done!
The Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA) presented Fine Arts Assistant Director Tammy Patterson with the 2016 Choral Excellence Award. Each year, TCDA recognizes deserving association members who have shown exceptional talents and dedication to their chosen profession through their contributions to choral music in Texas, mentoring efforts, continued advocacy for future choral organizations and support of their colleagues and students. 
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board awarded Shaughn Thomas, AVID Coordinator at Lake Olympia Middle School, a $45,000 grant to support the "Invest in YOUrself" project. He is among more than 800 applicants and only 63 grant recipients this year. Thomas will lead his school's Wall St. Warriors, an after-school financial literacy club, in supporting the project by teaching their friends, as well as family and community members, about the importance of saving and investing money.
Two Fort Bend ISD teachers - Melissa Cohen-Nickels, a science lab teacher at First Colony Middle School; and Lauren Gaspard, a World Cultures teacher at Madden Elementary School - were named winners of the 2016 Tech Tank, sponsored by the District's Digital Learning Department, with funding provided by the Fort Bend Education Foundation. They were honored during the closing session of this year's Digital Learning Conference.
Former Vikings return to school to teach next generation

Former Dulles Middle School "Vikings" and current teachers - Justin Davidson, Sally Kirk, Amy Moyer and John Kretlow (pictured clockwise from top right) - have returned to their old "stomping grounds" to inspire the next generation of students. Davidson teaches Physical Education and Health classes. Kirk is the Head Orchestra Director. Kretlow teaches Spanish classes, and Moyer coaches track and volleyball. Welcome back, fellow Vikings!

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