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Travis High School parent newsletter, Dec. 2008

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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 fellow Travis Tigers! We are fast approaching the end of our first semester of the 2008-2009 school year. Our athletic teams were totally awesome in varsity play this year, surprising many of the other schools that such an upstart high school could do so well! However, it was not a surprise to anyone who knows how hard our players and coaches work to exhibit their best athletic ability with our standard class and character. Our students have embraced their academic studies with the same determination and drive. We have increased the number of students taking the Pre-SAT and the SAT exams from last year. Also, the class enrollment for the Advance Placement courses has grown considerably from the previous year. The band and dance team have performed superbly in several area and regional contests this fall. Three of our orchestra students were selected for the All State Orchestra. These are but some of the examples of the level of participation and ac-complishment shown by our students each day. As we approach the end of this first semester, I encourage each student to continue studying and earn their highest grades yet! Parents, if you are unsure of how to assist your student in preparation for these last few weeks, contact one of our counselors or your childs teacher. As always, if I may be of assistance, please call me. And, as we say around here each morning, Its a Great Day to be a Travis Tiger!

    2009 Travis Teacher of

    the Year English/Language Arts depart-ment chair Linka Pace was named 2009 Travis Teacher of the Year in November. The selection process began with nominations by faculty who then voted on three finalists who were interviewed by a committee and required to submit an essay. The other two finalists were English instructor and coach Luke Chauvin and mathematics depart-ment head Kim Johnston. Pace is now entered in the FBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year competition. The winner will be named in the spring.

    Principal JJ Kyle congratulates English/Lan-guage Arts department chair Linka Pace on being named 2009 Travis Teach-er of the Year in November.

    TOY finalists Luke Chauvin, Linka Pace and Kim Johnston

  • 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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    Students Compete In UIL Practice Meets

    Accounting students consisting of Jackie Lin, Jose Ayala, Cindy Tran, and Mohammed Syed traveled to Pflugerville and captured 1st-4th places consecutively and took the 1st Place team trophy home as well at a practice tournament in Pflugerville. Students then went to Westfield High School and took 2nd place, 4th place, and 6th place and 2nd place top team. Winners include Jose Ayala, Jackie Lin, and Rizvan Chowdury, and Cindy Tran. Parth Upadyay took 3rd and Aaron Clift captured 6th in the Computer Applications contest. Parth Upadyay took 1st, Nasir Adaya 3rd and Aaron Clift 5th and top team in Computer Science. Fourth place in Literary Criticism went to Jessica Chow and Science took 3rd place team and 4th place individual. Students will compete in Math, Social Studies, Science, Ready Writing, and Ac-counting in the next tournament in Bryan.

    Winter Ball Set Dec. 6

    On Saturday, Dec. 6 Travis will hold the first THS Winter Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets will cost $10 and will be on sale Dec. 1 4. We look forward to a wonderful night dancing and visiting with our surprise guest, Jennifer Frnka, spon-sor, said.

    Williams Named Region 4 Secondary Teacher of the Year

    While this happened earlier in the year, we have not produced a newsletter to share this information with parents. Con-gratulations to Stephanie Williams of Travis High School, who was named Region 4 Secondary Teacher of the Year at a special awards dinner held earlier in the year. Williams was selected as FBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year and progressed to the regional competition as a finalist. She will advance to participate in the Texas Education Agencys annual Texas Teacher of the Year Program, where two teachers (elementary and secondary) will be selected in October to represent the entire state. Williams has 14 years of teaching experience and two of those years have been teaching mathematics at Travis.

    THS Marketing Class Assists With BerriBlends Grand Opening

    Students in Crystal Mills marketing class assisted with the grand opening of BerriB-lends, Richmonds newest frozen yogurt and premium coffee shop, early in November.

    Senior Prom The FIRST Senior Prom for Travis High School will be held Saturday, May 23 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the JW Marriott on Westheimer. The theme is Masquerade. We will need parent volunteers to help with decorations and to serve as chaperones. If you are interested, please contact Noelle Hodge or Duffy Lieber, Senior Class Sponsors.

    National History Day Project

    All Mr. Lyons World History classes (AP and Advanced) will be participating in the National History Day project. Please check his website for due dates. You can also check to find information about research help, requirements, example projects, and other useful information. Please email Mr. Lyons if you have further questions.

    Travis Theatrical Company To Present

    Bye Bye Birdie The Travis Theatrical Company is gearing up for the 2009 Spring Musical, Bye Bye Birdie. With a cast of 45 students (and a few teachers in a surprise cameo), this is by far the biggest production that Travis High School has seen yet, according to Kyle Martin, director.

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    Travis High SchoolTiger Tales

    December 2008Published Four Times Per Year

    11111 Harlem Rd.Richmond, TX 77406

    Issue # 2

    Upcoming Events From The Counseling Office

    Dec. 10 7 p.m.Getting Ready for College Financial Aid Program for Juniors and Seniors and their Parents

    Jan. 20, 2009 7 p.m.Financial Aids Forum Workshop (Tips for completing the FAFSA)

    Jan. 27, 2009 7:30 a.m.Making it Count: Junior Assembly

    Testing Dates, Second Semester

    March 3rd9 grade Reading TAKS10 grade TAKS ELA

    11 grade Exit TAKS ELA

    March 3-6Exit Level TAKS Re-test

    April 27-28

    10 grade LAT Testing

    April 28th -May 1st9th, 10th, 11th TAKS Testing

    AND TAKS Re-TEST Exit Level

    AP 2009 Exams Schedule

    Week 1 Morning Session 8 a.m. Afternoon Session 12 noonMonday, May 4 United States Government and Politics Comparative Government and PoliticsFrench Language

    Tuesday, May 5*Computer Science AComputer Science ABSpanish Language


    Wednesday, May 6Calculus ABCalculus BC Chinese Language and Culture

    Thursday, May 7English Literature and CompositionGerman Language

    French LiteratureJapanese Language and Culture

    Friday, May 8 United States History European HistoryStudio Art (portfolios due)

    Week 2 Morning Session 8 a.m. Afternoon Session 12 noon Afternoon Session 2 p.m.Monday, May 11

    BiologyMusic Theory

    Physics BPhysics C: Mechanics Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

    Tuesday, May 12ChemistryEnvironmental Science Psychology

    Wednesday, May 13English Language and CompositionItalian Language and Culture Art History

    Thursday, May 14MacroeconomicsWorld History Microeconomics

    Friday, May 15Human GeographySpanish Literature

    Latin LiteratureLatin: Vergil

    Jan. 30Last day to add a one-semester course*See website for 2nd semester drop/add deadlines

    Feb. 2-6National School Counselors Week

    Feb. 3, 2009 6:30 p.m

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