Go Public Gulf Coast brings to you this Cool Schools Week Spotlight.
Skyward FBISD is an internationally-recognized school district that equips and empowers students to achieve beyond what is imagined of them.
On its 82 campuses are 11 high schools. Additionally, James Reese Career and Technical Center serves to foster small learning communities focused on career-based education.
Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides each student with challenging career pathways by using real world experiences to foster the development of evolving skill sets, attitudes, and beliefs. FBISD students at all eleven high schools have access to advanced CTE programming at James Reese Career and Technical Center; here they have access to rigorous sequences that fulfill graduation endorsement requirements, along with opportunities for end of program industry certifications or dual credit opportunities. CTE programming also extends into elementary and middle school settings through field trips or district-wide initiatives.
Students participate in extra-curricular activities and organizations designed to develop them as leaders and entrepreneurs, such as Future Business Leaders of America, Health Occupations Students of America, SkillsUSA and Technology Student Association. Furthermore, Enterprise Learning Labs allow them to earn money while gaining hands-on work experience while serving the community.
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District 49 offers innovative programming options for its high school students, such as two early college high schools and multiple pathways in technology. These programs enable them to gain up to 60 hours or two years worth of tuition-free college credit in addition to earning their high school diploma.
Athletic programs within our District provide an effective means of instilling responsibility, values and sportsmanship among student athletes. Many go on to pursue athletic and academic opportunities in college and beyond.
District is offering one-time retention and recruitment supplement payments of up to $1,000 to full-time, benefits eligible employees in positions which most directly contribute to student and staff safety and security, such as police officers, special education teachers/aides/assessors and registered or licensed vocational nurses.
Extended Day programs on school campuses provide children with a safe, supervised environment before, after, and during holidays and intersessions if sufficient enrollment has been reached. Students receive meals as well as activities designed to enhance educational enrichment.
In both 1987-88 and 1990-91, on average fewer than half of central city schools and one fifth of rural schools offered extended-day programs; higher proportions of high-minority public and private schools located near urban fringe areas reported offering extended-day programs than low-minority ones.
Parents must present photo identification at the time of pick-up for their Extended Day child. Registration can be seen on EZChildTrack and parents will be charged monthly fees; students enrolled can participate in After-School activities with additional fees depending on which program was selected; enrollments can also be changed at any time without incurring a charge.
Whole Child Health Initiative
Students thrive and learn best when their physical, safety and social-emotional needs are taken care of. Ohio’s Whole Child Framework offers schools an ideal plan to fulfill this imperative to enable full engagement in learning experiences while cultivating life-skills.
Research has demonstrated the efficacy of community schools as one way of effectively meeting low-income community needs. Community schools provide structure and collaboration necessary for meeting such needs effectively in low-income areas, by organizing around student and family centric activities that enhance learning opportunities while connecting them to various services and resources in their local area. They foster an atmosphere of cooperation between school members and members of their surrounding community.
The FBISD community school network offers an opportunity for district and school administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals, families and community partners to share ideas and best practices to ensure every child in our schools is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. In addition, monthly webinars are held as well as the development of a professional community of practice.