SMSD Did You Know…

Stafford students in grades 1st – 5th read 631,375 minutes during the month of November, 2010 to win 3rd place in the Houston Rockets Read to Achieve contest.   Competing against 49 greater Houston area schools, Stafford readers will be recognized at a reading rally in the high school competition gym on Tuesday, May 31st from 1:45 – 2:45 pm.  The rally, co-hosted by the University of Phoenix and the Rockets, will feature Clutch, the Rockets mascot, who will award the schools with books and an $150 check for Scholastic products.

Yesterday, primary school students lined the school sidewalks along Spartan Drive to cheer on principal Kim Vu, assistant principal Karen Hatter, and counselor Minot Santos as they raced each other on tricycles.  The race was a reward for students collectively earning over 3,000 Accelerated Reading points.  Ms. Santos won the race but the students won by reading more and having a great time laughing and cheering.

Stafford Intermediate School students and teachers entertained parents and guests at their 7th Annual International Gala.  Held May 19th, students presented information on Marco Polo’s Excursion from Europe to Asia and the trade routes that linked Ancient China and the empires of the west.  Entertainment included an Asian Dance team and students performing a Turkish Dance.  Asian food was also part of the well-attended event.

At the Scholarship Breakfast held on Monday, graduates were recognized for earning over $2 million in awarded scholarships!  The seniors will continue to be recognized at Senior Awards on Tuesday, May 31, at 7:00 pm in the Stafford Civic Center.  Scholarships from B.A.P.S. Charities, James N. Ratcliff Memorial, Bruce M. Neal Memorial, and SMSD Education Foundation will be announced at the event.

End-of-the-Year and TAKS Celebrations are occurring at every campus.  With the support of the City of Stafford, many groups are taking advantage of the municipal pool and students are demonstrating their expertise in the water.  Thank you pool manager Mary Jo VonFeldt and the City of Stafford for making this an annual event.

At a Special Called meeting on May 23rd, SMSD trustees voted 7-0 to finalize the hiring of Lawrence Hindt as superintendent of SMSD.  He has jumped into the new position and at last night’s Joint Budget Workshop, he presented information concerning the 2011-12 budget.  Mr. Hindt will begin working fulltime at SMSD on July 1st.

At a Special Called meeting on May 24th, the SMSD School Board elected officers.  Mr. Ettienne Zak was elected president, Mr. Ed Castillo vice-president, and Ms. ShaMekka Pratt-Simmons was elected as secretary.

Stafford High School recently hosted its 2nd Annual Job Fair.  Two-hundred, forty-three students in grades 10-12 learned how to write resumes, dress, and talk to prospective employers prior to the job fair in workshops given by Career Bridge Counselor Cherise Roberts.   At the job fair, one hundred and fifteen students talked to representatives from Target, Whole Foods, Academy, Lowes, Rice and Gardner Consultants, City of Stafford, Fort Bend County, and Workforce Solutions.  Attendees also learned about local college opportunities at Wharton Junior College, Houston Community College, and University of Houston.  Two recommended online job sources for students were www.groovejob.com and www.shagajob.com.
Stafford High School will graduate approximately 205 students on Thursday, June 2nd beginning at 7:00 pm at Sugar Creek Baptist Church located at 13333 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land.  In an effort to ease parking issues, SMSD will  provide five shuttle buses from the high school back parking lot beginning at 5:45 pm.  Two activity buses will also transport guests from the Sugar Creek Baptist Youth LYF Center located on the opposite side of the Southwest Freeway.  If you are attending graduation, you are encouraged to arrive early and take advantage of the free and convenient shuttle services.

Last spring, Stafford children were made the recipients of an invaluable gift that will positively impact their lifelong educational experience.  That gift was the Oyster Creek Rotary Club offering to sponsor the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for Stafford children.  The library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children’s classic The Little Engine That Could that is mailed, one book every month, to any child from birth to age five living in Stafford with a 77477 zip code.  The program originated in 1996 as a way to encourage children and their families to become excited about reading, regardless of the family’s income.  The Oyster Creek Rotary Club is paying for the books and mailing costs and has collaborated with Stafford Primary School to identify and register recipients.   Registration forms are on the primary school web-page.

The Fort Bend County Library located at 1530 Texas Parkway, Missouri City is inviting Stafford families and SMSD staff to its Adult Reading Kick-off on June 4th, from 10 am to 4pm.  A presentation highlighting  free and inexpensive places and events in Missouri City, Houston and surrounding areas called “Vacations on the Cheap” will be given from 11 am to 12:30pm.
The library is also encouraging students to read with its Reading Book Clubs for children, teens, and adults.   Prizes will be awarded for books and hours read.

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