Stafford MSD …. Did You Know…

Bye Bye Birdie will be performed at the Stafford Centre this Friday and Saturday!  The award winning musical production is set in the 60’s when Conrad Birdie, the biggest Rock and Roll star of the era, is being drafted into the Army.  Songwriter and Conrad’s agent,  Albert Peterson,  is convinced he can save his fledgling music company and marry his girlfriend if he can swing a deal to get Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show kissing a high school girl goodbye as a “symbol” of him kissing all teenage girls across the USA.

Directed by Stafford Choir Director, Ladricca Price, the cast includes over 85 students from the elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools.  Show times are 7:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 1  and at  2:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 2.  All performances are at the Stafford Centre-Performing Arts Theatre, located at 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477.  Co-sponsored by the City of Stafford,

Stafford Choral Boosters Club, Stafford Municipal School District, local businesses, churches, Stafford parents, SYBA, and many Fort Bend County political leaders, tickets can be purchased online at www.staffordcentre.com or call the Stafford Centre at (281) 208-6900 to set up your group seating.  Group rates for 10 or more in the General Seating Section are $7.

Three Stafford High School seniors will sign letters of intent to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue their academic and athletic career as members of the Longhorn Track and Field Team!  The students are Easy Anayma and twin brothers Charles and Carlton Anumnu.  The signing will take place on February 6, 2013, at 9:00 am in the secondary schools library.  In addition, Charles and Carlton have also been accepted to the nationally ranked Cockrell School of Engineering at UT.  Both young men have studied in the SEAL Academy for the past four years.

Eighteen Stafford Elementary School students recently earned high marks at the district UIL Academic Competition!  The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders earned medals in Art, Creative Writing, Music Memory, Number Sense, Oral Reading, Ready Writing, and Spelling including five 1st Place medals and four 2nd Place medals.

Six Stafford Spartans were recently recognized by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5619 for their accomplishments!  Eighth grader Miracle McRae was the second place winner in the VFW Patriot Pen contest.  Kira Malone, also an eighth grade student, was the third place winner.  At the high school-level Voice of Democracy contest students, and JROTC cadets, Cheyenne Goodson, Chelcee Williams and Bryan Pari-an swept 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.  Ms. Dana Rouse was recognized as the secondary-level Teacher of the Year at the Post-Level and was also selected as the winner at the District (city of Houston) level.

Three Stafford High School FFA students are participating in the Houston Livestock Show!  Ryan Mazoch will show rabbits and a hog; Mekalya Havens is showing a hog; and Donnell Jones will show his Scramble Heifer.

Stafford alum Marques Zak has accepted the role of Finance Manager for the Innovation Finance division of PepsiCo!   In this role, Marques will support Growth Ventures with responsibility for managing the innovation pipeline for Stacy’s as well as the Growth Ventures Value portfolio, including Stax and Cracker Jacks.  Marques was recently recognized by PepsiCo management for providing outstanding leadership during his two and a half year tenure supporting the Food Service Division.

The secondary schools’ Spartan Network has entered the Region 6 Education Service Center contest for Morning Announcements Videos!   To view the entry open the following link or copy and paste the link into your internet browser. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aLVoAUWAwk&list=UUSolZhnZEtzznWOPKOBEv9g&index=1  Go Spartans!

Parent Education is the focus of two upcoming events!  The Elementary School is hosting Family Math Night and the secondary schools are hosting Bridging the Gap: Academic Night for STAARS to provide tips to parents to help their child be successful on the upcoming STAAR assessment and beyond!  Both events are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7th:  Family Math Night  in the elementary cafeteria from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; and, Bridging the Gap is 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm in the secondary library.  Go Spartan Parents!

Calling all Golfers – Registration is open for the 4th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament!   Scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land, this FUN event includes breakfast, lunch, adult beverages, contests, and GREAT door prizes including premium golf equipment, electronics, technology and more!  All proceeds from the golf tournament are used exclusively to impact students through scholarships and classroom grants.  As a result of past support for this event, over $74,000 has been distributed to teachers to purchase technology including iPads, electronic readers, computer software, Scholastic News magazines, and numerous other types of educational equipment and supplies that could not be purchased within the current budget.  In addition, 40 graduates received $1,000 scholarships to assist with post-secondary education!    Information is available on-line at http://staffordmsd.org/default.aspx?name=community.edfdtn and on the attached registration form.  Companies purchasing sponsorships can use the event to reward employees, entertain clients, or thank customers.   As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Let’s play golf and support students!

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is offering a class to become a Certified Angler Education Volunteer!  The class includes several areas of Angler Education and will advance your knowledge of Fish Identification, Rigging Lines, Eco-System, Fish Habitat, Stewardship, and Event Preparation.  Participants will receive an Instructor’s Guide, resources, give-a-ways, and most importantly a life-long appreciation to teach the same knowledge to generations to come.  The workshop is on Saturday, March 30 at Sea Center Texas, located at 300 Medical Drive, Lake Jackson, TX 77566.  To register go to http://ec.volunteernow.com/custom/1353/ and register as a volunteer, to “Teach Outdoor Skills – Angler Education, authorize criminal background check and sign up as an “Angler Ed Instructor-Pending”.  For additional information contact Greg Akins at 281-534-0123 or Genevieve Lung at 512-389-8183 or Genevieve.Lung@tpwd.state.tx.us

To learn more about SMSD programs visit the “News” page on the district web-site at  http://staffordmsd.org/default.aspx?name=news.homepage

Go Spartans, great things are happening at SMSD!

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