Stafford Did you know…

The Spartan Varsity Football team will play Jack Yates High School in a Bi-District game tomorrow,  Nov. 16th.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7 pm in Butler Stadium and the Spartans are the home team.  Pre-game tickets can be purchased from 7 am – Noon, and 1-4 pm in the Stafford Field House.  Pre-game prices are $4 for students and $6 for adults.  All tickets purchased at the game are $8.  Go Spartans!

This past Saturday Stafford Middle School competed against 28 schools in various Science Olympiad events at Cy Falls High School.  The events included  Food Science, Experimental Design, Heredity, Boomilever, Disease Detectives, Rotor Egg Drop, Helicopters, Metric Mastery, Forestry, Write It Do It, Sounds of Music, Shock Value, and Mousetrap Vehicle.  All students worked hard and demonstrated exceptional school spirit.  Two students were awarded 2nd place in the Mousetrap Vehicle! Go Spartans!

Also on Saturday, fifty-five Stafford Middle School Band members competed with over 400 other students at the Junior High ATSSB All-Region Band Auditions.  Thirty-nine Stafford band members were selected for one of the three All-Region bands and one student placed alternate.  Go Spartans!

Four Middle School Choir students advanced to the Middle School/Junior High All-Region Honor Choir.  The students are Merek Draper, Terress Jenkins, Noel Macal, and Talya Monroe.  Go Spartans!

The 8th Grade football TEAM is undefeated this year!  The team has a 7-0 record this year and 15-0 record over the last two years!  Go Spartans!

This Mighty Stafford High School Band recently competed at the UIL Area Marching Contest and advanced to the highest level it has ever reached!   The band placed 6th in Finals completion which is one place away from competing at the State level.  Director Rod Rodriguez vowed that the band will reach State in their next opportunity!

The Lady Spartan’s Volleyball team is the District 24-3A Runner Up, Bi-District Champions, and Area Runner Up!  The Lady’s lost to Orangefield last Thursday to end a great season!  Go Spartans!

The Varsity Boys Cross Country team won the district 24-3A Cross Country Championship and the Varsity Girls team placed 3rd.  The team also has two individual state qualifiers!  Lynette Amaram finished 5th out of 158 runners and Amanuel Tesfay finished 9th out of 160 runners.  Both will also represent Stafford at the UIL State Championships this upcoming weekend!  Go Spartans!

Stafford High School sophomore Michael Samuel was the Fort Bend Ultimate’s Student of the Week in the October 25, 2012, Houston Chronicle.   Go Spartans!

Two Stafford High School students are participating on the Mayor of Houston’s Youth Council!   The brothers, Brandon and Devin Herrera, will serve as a Council Member and Senior Aide and both recently took the oath of office during an inauguration ceremony held in the City Hall’s Council chambers.  The 44-member Council will learn about city government and advise the Mayor and Council on youth issues.  Brandon and Devin were selected by a panel of advisors from a pool of over 300 applicants that submitted essays and applications.

The Primary and Elementary School P.E. programs are hosting their annual WALK FOR DIABETES next week (Nov. 19 – 20) in the Primary and Elementary gyms.  To participate, contact Carl Jones and Melinda Fauver.

The Stafford High School JROTC  hosted a Veteran’s Day Ceremony and luncheon last Friday in the secondary library.  The event included students singing, reading essays and poems, and presentation of a large banner thanking former and current members of the military signed by high school students.  Thank you Veterans for your service!

Through a partnership fostered by Career Bridge Counselor Cherise Roberts, Comerica Bank has provided financial literacy lessons to Middle school students for the past two years.  Last year forty 7th and 8th grade students opened savings accounts and thirty-five have maintained the accounts through this year.  Bank representatives, including Houston Market President, J. Downey Bridgwater, have invited these students and their parents to attend a “Thank-Ful Celebration” tomorrow to celebrate their continued demonstration of saving money.  Go Spartans!

Stafford High School students regularly perform Community Service benefitting local non-profits.  On Nov. 3rd the JROTC assisted Second Mile Mission on a food outreach effort and National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society members supported the Gobble Hobble.  YIP students traveled to five county non-profits last Saturday to perform service and a group traveled to Sugar Land Health Care Center at the end of October to beautify the grounds.   HCC videographer Stacee Hawkins created a video of the activity which can be viewed at the following link http://youtu.be/msa_t2Y1sPk or on the “News” page at the district’s website.  Go Spartans!

Pictures and runner’s results from this year’s Gobble Hobble are linked to the Education Foundation page at the district website.  The link is  http://www.staffordmsd.org/preview.aspx?name=community.edfdtn   Congratulations to the winners!

SMSD employees, students, and their families can purchase an all-day pass to the Downtown Aquarium for $11 next Wednesday.  The Stafford Appreciation Event includes unlimited access to the Indoor Aquarium, Shark Voyage Train, Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Lighthouse Dive.  Employees must present an ID badge and students must present an ID badge or report card to receive the discount.  There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased.  The flyer is linked to the district “News” page at http://staffordmsd.org/default.aspx?name=news.homepage

Great things are happening at SMSD!

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