SMSD … Did you know?

Today is the last day for early voting at both the SMSD Administration Building and Stafford City Hall.

Both locations have extended hours from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm today.  This Saturday, May 14, is Election Day and voting will take place only at Stafford City Hall.

The ballot has three elections:  SMSD Trustee election for two positions, SMSD Bond referendum with four propositions and the Fort Bend County W.C. & I.D. No. 2 Bond Referendum with one proposition.  SMSD Bond Election information is available in both English and Spanish at the district web-site linked to the 2011 Bond Election page.

The Stafford 21st Century Intermediate School Robotics Team recently placed second in the Marketing Robotics Division at the Kid’s Day HP Robotics Tournament.  Competing against forty area school teams, Stafford students Kelsey Benjamin, Ginald Young, Payne Rodriguez, Kahleab Hill, Kameron Hill, Tiana Elepano, Kylar Edison, and Jessica Robinson placed high in all categories.  The junior engineers also individually received prizes including an HP Wireless Three-In-One Printer, Microsoft Office Software 2011, an HP Digital Computer Camera and Digital Camcorder, an HP High Definition DVD Player & Shrek Series DVD’s, a new backpack with a month supply of school supplies, and a Custom HP Calculator Notebook.  Their coaches, 7th Grade Science teacher Mr. Byron Thompson and AmeriCorps team member Ms. Hannah Vu, are very proud of their achievement.

Five Stafford High School DECA students competed against over 15,000 students from all over the world at the International Career Development Conference and Competition held April 29 – May 3 in Orlando, Florida.  The competitors — Mihn Pham, Calvin Quindara, Ike Enwere, Alex Huynh and Heather Vanderwarker — “did an amazing job at competition and represented Stafford High School in a very professional manner,” said teacher and advisor Stacy Palmer.   Mihn Pham and Calvin Quindara competed as a team in Sports and Entertainment Marketing and were overall winners in their event for testing and role play.  Pham and Quindara were the only team from Texas to walk across stage and receive medals for their outstanding performance in this event.

Six Stafford High School students competed in the UIL Academic State Meet at the University of Texas in Austin May 5th-7th.  The students, Angel Romero, Breanne Valenzuela, Krystal Solomon, Keiara Charles, Shan Siddiqui, and Spencer Woody returned with awards and had a wonderful opportunity to gain more experience in competition.  Spencer Woody returned with medals for Top Chemistry (2nd Place) and Science (4th Place) and also earned 13th place for individual Mathematics.  Shan Siddiqui earned 7th place in Ready Writing and Romero, Valenzuela, Solomon, and Charles were recognized as an “Honor Crew” for State Speech.   Six students continue to compete at state level in Austin as the UIL One Act Play Honor Crew.

Over 1,000 muffins were served at the primary and elementary schools at the Mom & Muffins event held last Thursday and Friday. Fathers volunteered at the event and served the moms.

Last week’s Choir Banquet and program included shining students, great music, and good food.  Choir Booster members and choir director Ladricca Price deserve a huge shout-out for their efforts to recognize student talent and achievements. Another active volunteer group is the Stafford Spartans Athletic Booster Club (SSABC).

At last Friday’s banquet, the SSABC gave out $8,000 in scholarships, in addition to providing every coach and athlete with a ticket to the event.  This financial support was in addition to the $2,500 that was given to the athletic program for the purchase of PE uniforms for all athletes in grades 7-12.  President Lisa Thompson said she is very appreciative of the parents that have assisted with year-long fundraising through the athletic concession stands.  She announced at the banquet that the board has several openings for next year.

New officers for the 2011-12 school year will be elected at the next SSABC Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 16 at 6:30 in the middle and high schools’ library. Interested parents that want to volunteer or add their name to the ballot can email her at lisat1119@aol.com.  Involved parents are a key component of successful children.

A celebration of the achievement and creative feats of SMSD’s Gifted and Talented students will be on display at the district’s Promoting the Enrichment and Advancement of Knowledge (PEAK) Showcase next Monday, May 16th, from 6 – 7:30 pm in the Stafford Civic Center.  The event is open to the public.

State Representatives encourage you to communicate your thoughts on education financing and other legislative matters such as HB 670 which is the House version of Smoke-Free Texas’s legislation.  If you are unsure of your Representative’s name, you can follow this link to find out who represents you:  www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us.
You can also access contact information for your Representatives by following this link, and then clicking on the Representative’s name in the list.www.capitol.state.tx.us/Members/Members.aspx?Chamber=H

Each year, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, Emergency Management Coordinators and officials with local jurisdictions join together to recognize Hurricane Preparedness Week on May 22 – 28, 2011. This is an excellent time for schools and SMSD employees to review emergency phone trees and the procedures at home and work for securing equipment and facilities before and after a storm.  Right click the link that follows to  download 2011 Hurricane Preparedness Week materials.

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