Tiger Tales Feb. 9

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parent newsletter of Travis High School, Fort Bend ISD

Text of Tiger Tales Feb. 9

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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

    Hello Travis Tigers We are in our second month of the new semester and there are many exciting things happening on campus. We started the semester by watching history in the making with a school-wide viewing of the Inauguration of President Obama and Vice-President Biden. Along with Austin High School, Travis High School was represented at the events of the Inaugural Week as over 25 of our students and staff traveled to Washington D.C. to witness the event. We encourage you to come and see our sports teams and other extracurricular events which showcase the many talents of our Tigers. The boys and girls basketball teams are headed into the last half of their season and the soccer season is underway with both sports having high expectations to make district play-offs. Our softball, baseball and track teams will be starting their season shortly. Our Fine Arts Department showcased the many talents of our actors, singers and musicians with the musical production of Bye Bye Birdie. Academically, we are gearing up for all kinds of testing Advanced Placement, PSAT, SAT, ACT and the state assessment - TAKS. Be looking for more information regarding these tests and schedules by accessing our school web site and listening to our call-out messages. In addition, we are preparing for the 2009-10 academic year. Course Selection Night was held on Feb. 3 in the Travis HS auditorium. Our counselors are also visiting the middle schools and Travis classrooms to assist students with the selection of classes for the 09-10 school year. We are in the beginning stages of preparing for Travis High Schools FIRST gradu-ating class. The Class of 2009 is scheduled to graduate at 9 a.m. on Sat., June 6 at the Toyota Center. We applaud this class not only for being the first to graduate, but for their show of leadership as they pave the way for all of the Travis community to enjoy the spirit and traditions that make the high school experience complete. In addition, the Class of 2009 will celebrate on May 23 with the FIRST Senior Prom to be held at the JW Marriott in the Galleria. More information on Class of 2009 events as well as other school-wide events can be found on the school website. We are proud of all the efforts of our Tiger students, parent organizations and staff, and we hope to see you at many of the upcoming events. Thank you for your continued support of Travis High School.

    Sincerely, Karin Grisdale

    Associate Principal

  • Administration

    J.J. Kyle Principal281-634-7004

    Karin Grisdale Associate Principal (Seniors)

    281-634-7011Doug Thompson Assistant Principal (A G)

    281-634-7082Bob Banks Assistant Principal (H-O)

    281-634-7080Kyle Lovetinsky Assistant Principal (P-Z)


    Counselors:Ronald Monachello - Freshmen

    281-634-7025Sophomores, Juniors And Seniors:

    Tiffany Chaney (A- E)281-634-7018

    Marci Nichols, Lead Counselor (F-J)281-634-7015

    Jeanne Andrews (K-Q)281-634-7016

    Crystal Collins (R-Z)281-634-7026

    Registrar:Cynthia Charles281.634.7020

    AttendanceTayma Sheffield281-634-7040

    Nurse:Gabriella Lischau


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    Area Businesses Helping Pro Grad Local area businesses have signed on to support Travis Pro Grad. Please consider these restaurants when dining out:

    Pepperonis in Pecan Grove and New Territory will donate 20 percent of sales to Pro Grad on the first and third Mondays of each month when you mention Travis Pro Grad. This includes dining in, pick up or delivery. La Cocina Restaurant on FM 359 in Richmond will be hosting Travis Pro Grad night every Wednesday. Mention Travis Pro Grad when placing your order and a portion of the proceeds are donated to us. Chick-Fil-A sponsors Travis Pro Grad on the third Friday of the month from 4-10 p.m. at their Greatwood location. Be sure to mention Travis Pro Grad.

    Other businesses include:Christian Brothers Automotive in New Territory will donate 10 percent of your pretax bill to Travis Pro Grad for work done at their shop. This includes maintenance and repairs, a/c, engine diagnosis, transmission service and repair and brakes, among other things. You must present a flyer at the time the work is done. The flyer is located on the Forms page of the Pro Grad website. Integrity Tire and Auto on Hwy 90 in Richmond has signed on as a new sponsor. They will donate 10 percent of the cost of work done at their shop to Pro Grad. All you have to do is mention Travis Pro Grad when you take in your vehicle. If you give them your seniors name, they can earn Tiger Tokens for this donation.Consign your gently used clothing to Under the Rainbow Childrens Boutique at 910 FM 359 in Richmond and 100 percent of the profit will go to Travis Tiger Pro Grad. Travis Pro Grad now has a Randalls number, so if you shop at Randalls, please support us by stopping by the courtesy booth to complete a Good Neighbor Form designating Travis Pro Grad to receive donations when you shop. The Travis Pro Grad number is 11887. Kroger will donate a portion of your purchases to Travis Pro Grad. The Kroger Plus Card Neighbor to Neighbor form can be downloaded from the Travis Pro Grad website. Complete the form and take it to Krogers customer service booth when you shop.

    For more information on Travis Pro Grade, visit www.travistigerprograd.com.

    Spring May Bring Exam ExemptionsFor Students

    Students who have a minimum grade of 80 in applicable courses and have met the minimum standards on their TAKS test (2100 scale score) may be exempt from semester exams this spring. Students may not have more than four absences in each class, and being tardy three times to a class will equal one absence (for exemption purposes only). Absences in school-sponsored activities or due to death in the immediate family are not counted in assessing eligibility for exemptions. Students can not have a removal to CAEP/DAEP/JJAEP and any outstanding fees or fines. Ninth graders are only exempt from English and math exams. Sophomores will be exempt English, math science and social studies exams. Juniors and seniors will be exempt from all exams. However, students eligible for exemptions may take one or more exams to improve their semester average. This is optional and initiated by the student or parent.

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    Travis High SchoolTiger Tales

    February 2009 Published Four Times Per Year

    11111 Harlem Rd.Richmond, TX 77406

    Issue # 2

    Student Trainers Attend Workshop The Travis student athletic trainers attended the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers Society 22nd Annual Student Trainer Workshop on Jan. 10. In the taping competition, senior Jessica Zalewski finished fifth and junior Nicki Conte finished 10th. Travis was the only high school to have two students finish in the top 10.

    (Front) Gabrille Williams and Jessica Zalewski, (middle) Sarah Afrondozo, Sydney McLin, Leah Bell, Nicki Conte, (back) Travis assistant trainer Michelle Hiett, Kellie Shotwell, Christian Ohuabunwa, Ereal Woo-ten, Krystal Bennett, Elyce McAfee, Cameron Carr, Travis head athletic trainer Branson Roberts.

    Juniors Urged To Take The SAT

    The counseling department wants to remind parents that students should take the SAT during their junior year. The SAT is a measure of the critical thinking skills a student needs for academic success in col-lege. The test is offered seven times a year in the United States. The test takes 3 hours and 45 minutes and is divided into 10 sections. The SAT helps college admis-sions officers make fair and informed admissions decisions. Students may take the SAT as many times as they would like.

    Dollar Grams HelpingTo Inform Students Of Available Scholarships

    To provide scholarship information to juniors and seniors, the counseling department has developed the Dollar Gram sys-tem. Dollar Gram posters are hung in the commons area, the A hallway and stairwell 1. The Dollar Gram posters list various scholarships that are currently available, the dollar amounts of-fered, deadline dates and the web addresses. The Dollar Grams are updated and posted once a month in the same designated areas.