Tiger Tales Dec. 2009

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Tiger Tales parent newsletter of Travis High School, Richmond, Texas

Text of Tiger Tales Dec. 2009

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    Travis Mission StatementIn partnership with home and community, it is our mission to create an environment of mutual respect and belonging in which we strive for excellence in both academic and extra-curricular programs.

    William B. Travis High School11111 Harlem Rd.

    Richmond, TX 77406Fort Bend ISD

    Phone: 281.634.7000Fax: 281.634.7010

    As hard as it is to believe, this first school semester is fading fast! Our Tigers are anxiously getting ready to tackle the first semester final exams. This is always a stressful time for everyone parents, students and teachers. Please, help your student get prepared for the final exams by showing an interest in what he/she needs to do in order to finish the semester in a strong positive manner. Are there assignments still to be turned in? Is there a major project or test still to be taken? Assist your student by asking subject content questions from the review materials. A very good way for all students to prepare for the exams is to get enough rest each night. Encourage your child to eat breakfast each morning. Simple as those two things sound, both make a big difference in a students ability to handle the mental stress of final exams.

    In these past months, we have experienced several successes in our academic contests, athletic programs and performing arts competitions. Inside this newsletter, you will find articles providing information on just how great are Travis Tigers. The second semester will find us working on course selection for 2010-11, preparing for college entrance exams, taking TAKS, becoming excited about Prom and our senior graduation plus dozens of other events. There is never a truly calm time during the school year. Each week brings different activities, opportunities and challenges.

    On behalf of the faculty and staff of William B. Travis High School, I wish each of you an enjoyable holiday season!

    J.J. KylePrincipal

  • Administration

    J.J. Kyle Principal281-634-7004

    Karin Grisdale Senior Principal281-634-7011

    Doug Thompson Assistant Principal (A Ga)281-634-7082

    Bob Banks Assistant Principal (Gb-Oc)281-634-7080

    Kyle Lovetinsky Assistant Principal (Od-Z)281-634-7081

    Counselors:Ronald Monachello - 9th Grade

    281-634-7025Jeanne Andrews - 10th Grade

    281-634-7016Tiffany Chaney - 11th Grade

    281-634-7018Marci Nichols - 12th (A-J)

    281-634-7015Crystal Collins - 12th (K-Z)


    Registrar:Cynthia Charles281.634.7020

    AttendanceTayma Sheffield281-634-7040

    Nurse:Gabriella Lischau


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    Shared Dreams Toiletry Drive To Be Held In February Travis High School will hold its Shared Dreams Toiletry Drive Feb. 1-5. Shared Dreams is a program that provides children in the Fort Bend Independent School District with clothing and items needed to attend school and depends on donations of items to meet student needs. We welcome donations of any of the following new items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, con-ditioner, combs, hairbrushes, deodorant, bath soap, shower gel and socks (all sizes). Donations can be placed in the Shared Dreams Drop Box, located inside the front entrance doors of the school from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 1-5. Volunteers will also be collecting at the car drop off at the front entrance every morning before classes begin. For further information or questions, please contact travisvips@yahoo.com.

    Parent Volunteers - Apply Online Parents and community members wanting to volunteer at Travis High School are required to complete the online registration and application on the districts Web site, http://winocweb.fortbend.k12.tx.us/Ap-pentry/ All previous criminal history checks (paper forms) are no longer valid. This new policy and procedure began on the first day of school. Parents working with the Athletic Booster Club, Travis Band Booster, Travis Belles, Orchestra, Swim Team, Theater Booster, ProGrad and any other groups on-campus and off-campus are responsible for completing this requirement and confirming when they are cleared. You must be approved before working with our students or helping with fundraising. This is essential to the safety of our students and the integrity of our organizations. Please start from this secure Web site: http://winocweb.fortbend.k12.tx.us/Appentry/ If you would like to confirm that you are clear, have any questions or would like detailed instructions, please contact travisvips@yahoo.com.

    Eye Of The Tiger Online Check out the happenings at Travis High School on our online newspaper at www.travistigernews.com. The news is updated throughout the day. In addition to the informa-tion that you need to know, the online edition is packed with stories about students and teachers at Travis High School.

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    Travis High SchoolTiger Tales

    December 2009 Published Four Times Per Year

    11111 Harlem Rd.Richmond, TX 77406

    Issue # 2

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    Countdown To CollegeSenior Year (From WellsFargo.com/collegeready)December

    Gather the data needed for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Attend the financial aid night at Austin High School on Dec. 8.

    JanuarySubmit your completed FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as possible.

    FebruaryCheck to see if mid-year transcripts have been sent to schools to which you have applied.Plan to sign up for AP exams.

    MarchLook for your Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail. Pay attention to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and discuss it with your parents.

    AprilWatch the mail for acceptance letters and financial aid award letters. Compare financial aid packages. Bring a copy of any letters you get to the counselors office so that we can include the information on the Senior Awards Night Program.Choose a school and send in a deposit by the deadline. Contact the financial aid office at your chosen school to make certain your application is complete.

    MayTake AP exams. Write thank yous to the people who wrote you letters of recom- mendation.

    June 5, 2010 11 a.m.Celebrate your high school graduation.

    Junior Year (FromWellsFargo.com/collegeready)December

    Learn about eligibility requirements for federal and private student loans. Talk as a family about how much you can afford to spend for your education. Attend the financial aid night at Austin High School on Dec. 8.

    JanuaryPlan for the next round of tests: the SAT and the ACT.

    FebruaryInvestigate private scholarships and other aid programs. Check with your parents employers, local membership organizations or programs related to your intended course of study.Plan to sign up for AP exams.

    March Use spring break to visit colleges on your list. Register for the SAT or ACT. Take an exam prep course to help you succeed.

    AprilVisit the three to six schools on your final list. Schedule an admissions interview and an overnight stay. Take time at each schools financial aid office to collect information.Begin preparing essays for admission and scholarship applications.

    May Take AP exams. Take the SAT and/or the ACT.

    June Continue researching organizations that award scholarships to graduating seniors. Review scholarships that are listed on the THS Web site. Check admissions application deadlines for the schools for which you are applying.



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