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Last week, Superintendent Hindt was awarded his doctorate!   Dr. Hindt is very relieved the process is completed.

Stafford High School senior, Cristian Martinez, has been selected to receive one of ten scholarships awarded by HoustonWorks USA. Career Bridge Counselor, Cherise Roberts, said the selection is a very competitive process and Cristian was selected from over 250 submissions.  Stafford can be very proud of Cristian!  He will be honored at a reception hosted by HoustonWorks for the recipients, family and guests in May. Go Spartans!

On April 5, eight Stafford High School JROTC students helped Classic Chevrolet with its 2nd Annual Classic Chili Challenge.  The Challenge is a fundraiser for the Sugar Land Police Association.  The cadets set up and supervised games for the younger children attending the event.  Classic Chevrolet was very appreciative of the cadets’ enthusiasm and support and it was a very worthwhile community service activity for the JROTC.  Go Spartans!

Three Stafford High School theatre students won awards at the district UIL One-Act Play contest.  Jahi Harrison won All-Star Cast; Greg Franks won Honorable Mention All-Star Cast; and Cassandra Enemuo won All-Star Crew.  Go Spartans!

The Stafford Spartans Track & Field team competed at the Texas Relays and were amongst the best teams in the State! The following are the results from the event.   Go Spartans!
110m hurdles – Easy Anyama finished 2nd out of the top 27 hurdlers in the State!
100m – Charles Anumnu finished 4th and Carlton Anumnu finished 6th out of the top 27 in the State!
4X200m relay – Carlton Anumnu, Easy Anumnu, Tristan Barnett, and Charles Anumnu finished 3rd out of 27 teams!

The Stafford Middle School Bands received top scores (all 1’s and one 2) at last week’s UIL competition!  The Band Boosters are hosting their 7th Annual BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, April 28.  Tickets cost $8 and deadline to purchase is this Friday, April 20th.  Tickets are available at the high school from band students, boosters, and directors.  Go Spartans!

SMSD gave away over 15,000 new and used books on Saturday in conjunction with the 10th Annual Stafford Auto Show!  The Auto Show was the largest ever with thirty-two cars entered!  Winning the Best of Show was a 1958 Chevy Apache.  Thank you district and community volunteers, students, and the SMS Student Council and Chain ReAction Club members for your involvement.  Go Spartans!

Five DECA students from Stafford High School received top awards at the State Career Development Conference held in Corpus Christi in March and two will compete at the  International Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28 – May 2.  Medallion Winners are Nicholas Gee, Calvin Quindara and Cristian Martinez for Chapter Creative Marketing Written Event.  Finalists competing at the International Level are Rosalie Sta Ana and Diana Panis for Financial Services Team Decision Making.  The Stafford High DECA organization was recognized at the state conference for being a TOP Chapter in the 100+ Club and the #11 largest Chapter in the State of Texas with over 120 members. Go Spartans!

The district PEAK Gifted and Talented Student Showcase is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 5:30-8:00 pm in the Stafford Civic Center.

Twenty SHS students will be recognized for their community involvement at the Investment in Youth Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9, 11:30 am – 1:15 pm at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond.  The students, members of the Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) team and Stafford’s Green America (GTA) chapter, will have an opportunity to present information on their activities to attendees.  Tickets to the event can be purchased from the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and proceeds are used to fund post-secondary scholarships.

In the Feb/Mar edition of the Caribbean Heritage Texas Foundation newsletter, Stafford Middle School 8th grader, Lance Byron, is featured in its salute to young people.  Lance is very involved in academics, athletics, and volunteerism and in the article “credits a team of significant others who have influenced him in becoming the functionally successful person who we celebrate today.”  Included are SMS teachers Sandra Miller, Alvin Williams, Andre’ Berry, Byron Thompson, Ernie Bennett, and counselor Carol Childress.  The entire article can be read at the link below.  Go Spartans!

http://issuu.com/cahft/docs/cahft_newsletter_february-march_2012

The Stafford KickStart program is hosting its Annual Spring Belt Ceremony in the SHS Competition Gym on Wednesday, May 9, 6:30–8:00 pm.  Over 200 students representing grades 6th- 8th will demonstrate their martial arts abilities before receiving their belts.

The SMSD School Board Election scheduled for May was cancelled and incumbents President Ettienne Zak and Trustee Virginia Rosas will remain on the Board for the next three years.  Congratulations!

The City of Stafford City-Wide Pride Spring Clean Up is this Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Registered student organizations with adult sponsors will receive a free t-shirt, lunch, and special awards.   Students should not attend unless registered and accompanied by an adult sponsor.

B.A.P.S. Charities is hosting a Walk-A-Thon on Sunday, May 6th to provide Stafford students with scholarships.  Registration is 8 am and the walk begins at 9 am in front of City Hall in Sugar Land Town Square.  Additional information and registration is available at https://my.bapscharities.org.

Comerica Bank representatives have provided financial education to SMS and SHS students during the past year and opened savings accounts for 39 SMS school students. The savings account program involves a bank representative collecting  students’ deposits at the school.  In May the bank will present financial course completion certificates to the students and also award 25 eReaders pre-loaded with summer reading selections.  Thank you CoAmerica Bank!

SMSD’s Career Bridge Counselor, Cherise Roberts, was awarded the 2012 Sister to Sister Empowerment Award by the Texas Women’s Empowering Foundation (TWEF) at its recent luncheon.  She was one of  17 women recognized for providing outstanding community service and leadership.  Go Spartans!

Discounted Astros tickets for this Friday’s 7:05 pm game against the Los Angeles Dodgers are available at the link www.astros.com/stafford .  The jersey pictured below will be given to the first 10,000 people attending.  Every ticket purchased through the link, or using the information on the flyer attached, will provide the Stafford Education Foundation with a donation!

Great things are happening at SMSD!

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