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Inside Frenship A Publication of the Frenship ISD Public Relations Department 501 7th Street | Wolfforth, TX 79382

WELCOME Inside Frenship is a district publication dedicated to giving you a closer look at Frenship ISD. In the following pages, you will discover how our culture of service—the Frenship Way—is lived out by our students and staff every day. Enjoy reading about the ways we stay true to our vision: Seek Perfection … Capture Excellence. #TheFrenshipWay

Staff & Contributors Dr. Michelle McCord Superintendent Emily Solis Director of Communications & Community Engagement Macy Lopez Communications Manager Meredith Caudle Communications Specialist Keith Patrick Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Curry Photography On the Cover The photo provided by Kayci Smith, Frenship High School teacher and varsity cheerleading sponsor, features FHS’s NCA All-American mascots, Tony and Tina. The two participated in Texas Tech University’s cheer camp.





The Landscape of Frenship in 2019

Created to Thrive in a Fast Growth School

FHS Media Program

Hey Tigers





Bassett Protects, Serves Frenship Community

Serve. Help. Heal.

Booher Receives PTA Award

Equipping Students with Powerful Experiences





As District Grows, So Does Leadership Development

Frenship Closes Gap in Dual Language Learning

Feeding More than Minds

What is the Frenship Way?





Beyond the Classroom

Four Programs, One Production

On the Sidelines: Trust, Loyalty, Family

Frenship Tigers Sports Spotlight





Frenship Foundation for Leadership: On a Mission

Hands-On Learning for a Cause

Frenship Advances in Curriculum Strategies

Frenship by the Numbers




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THE LANDSCAPE OF FRENSHIP IN 2019 By Dr. Michelle McCord, Frenship ISD Superintendent


art of the identity of Texas has always been defined by size. “Everything is Bigger in Texas” doesn’t just reverberate across the state, but across the world. The vast geographic size of our homeland, the world-ranked size of our economy, and over the last 20 years, the size of our state’s population has been a boasting point as well. The so-called “Texas Miracle” saw Texas’ wealth and population increase as other parts of the country were hit hard by recession and the housing crisis. But as we are all aware, with growth comes challenges for infrastructure, housing and perhaps most importantly—education. The future workforce of the South Plains, Texas and our country must be educated to compete in a global economy for jobs that don’t yet exist. Additionally, skilled workers for the trades must be educated to become construction workers, linemen, carpenters, framers, plumbers, electricians, masons and the list goes on and on. Schools recognize these needs and Frenship ISD, as well as those across our region, are working diligently to meet those needs through innovative programs and partnerships. Most recently, Frenship High School has partnered with Lubbock Habitat For Humanity to enable construction students to build a home each school year. Students will hammer every nail, plumb every pipe and see the finished product of a home built before they graduate from Frenship High School. That is an experience that can only be found when education responds to the needs of its community and takes the classroom to the job site. But as Texas grows in population and prosperity, some school districts face greater challenges than those presented by the demands of the job market. Record growth brings exciting opportunities for students, but it also stretches our infrastructure and resources to the breaking point. More than 5.1 million students a year are educated in Texas’ 1,031 public school districts. That incredible number is the result of a 15.6 percent increase in enrollment over ten years and the growth is not slowing. Texas’ 75 fast growth school districts, of which Frenship is one, represent 7.3 percent of all districts, but they educate 33 percent of the state’s total enrollment and

an incredible 78.5 percent of new students enrolling each year across Texas. The housing boom in the areas south and southwest of Lubbock and in Wolfforth, the ongoing growth of the Milwaukee corridor, the completion of the Marsha Sharp Freeway and the eventual completion of Loop 88, all ensure that Frenship will continue to face the challenges of growth for many years to come. We are thrilled to face those challenges in the ways that our community finds most appropriate. Growth isn’t only a harbinger of challenges however, there are welcome opportunities and innumerable positives as well. Thriving and growing school districts are a vital component of strong communities and continuing economic progress. Seventy-five fast growth districts are located within a state that has experienced positive employment gains since 2011. From 2000-2014, fast growth school districts across Texas invested approximately $33.1 billion into construction projects to accommodate their growing enrollment. More than 27,000 jobs and $24.7 billion in labor incomes for downstream vendors and suppliers were supported as well. Growing school districts strengthen housing markets, make the South Plains more attractive for young families and improve the overall quality of life. The quality of life in the Lubbock area is fantastic thanks to visionary leaders who have invested in our community, our schools and our infrastructure for decades. Frenship is proud to be a part of this community and I am blessed to lead our District in this exciting time. Many may not realize that Frenship now has 14 campuses and 11 of those are located within the city limits of Lubbock, serving both established neighborhoods and new construction. While we may no longer be the small district out in Wolfforth, we still proudly serve students and families within Lubbock, within Wolfforth and all across the western portion of the rural areas of Lubbock County. For Frenship ISD, “Everything is Bigger in Texas” covers a lot of ground, but we’re loving every minute of it and I want to say thank you to our community for your incredible support.

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Frenship ISD enrollment has increased 35% in 10 years.

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renship ISD has experienced tremendous growth since its inception in 1935. Today, almost 85 years later, Frenship ISD is considered a Fast Growth School District by the Fast Growth School Coalition in Texas. The mission of the coalition is to provide a collective voice that educates and advocates investment in the state’s fastest growing school districts. Practically, this means delivering high-quality education and making good use of tax dollars. The following criteria must be met to be considered a Fast Growth School District:

In the last 10 years, student enrollment has grown more than 2,600 students. This number is almost equivalent to student enrollment at Frenship High School, 2,746.

1. Enrollment of at least 2,500 students during the previous school year; and 2. Enrollment growth over the last five years of at least 10%; or 3. A net increase of 3,500 or more students

Out of 1,031 Texas school districts, the 75 fast-growing districts enroll more than 33% of Texas’ public school children and more than 78% of new students in Texas annually.

As of the 2018-2019 school year, Frenship ISD had a total enrollment of 9,955 students. Additionally, over the last five years, Frenship ISD has grown by 12.8%. Therefore, Frenship ISD meets the criteria set forth by the Fast Growth School Coalition.

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CREATED TO THRIVE IN A FAST GROWTH SCHOOL How Frenship ISD is Staying True to Values and Students By Macy Lopez


or more than 80 years, Frenship Independent School District has been on a continuous path of growth and success. From a graduating class of thirteen students in 1935, to a class of more than 600 in 2019, Frenship has become a prestigious district rich in tradition and true to its values. In her nine years at Frenship ISD, and four as Superintendent, Dr. Michelle McCord, has been committed to creating a thriving environment where learners maximize their potential and emerge as empowered, equipped and diverse leaders who exemplify the Frenship Way. “Frenship has an unshakeable resolve to stay true to their values,” McCord said. “As our student population increases, our beliefs remain the same—to guarantee that every child on every campus receives a premiere education.” Throughout her almost decade of service to Frenship ISD, McCord has seen the District grow by 2,600 students and four additional campuses. “Most people don’t realize that the majority of school districts in Texas have a student population of 1,000 or less,” McCord said. “Our student population at Frenship has grown quickly and steadily. We are right at 10,000 students, and we have to make sure we accommodate that growth, but also remain intentional with our beliefs.” In her first year at Frenship, Oak Ridge Elementary had recently opened as the seventh elementary campus in the District. Two years later, Heritage Middle School became the third campus for 6th through 8th grade students. In the fall of 2016, Upland Heights opened its doors as the 8th elementary school, and just one year later, the FHS Ninth Grade Center was built to accommodate for the rapid growth at the high school level. “Everyone has challenges,” McCord said. “I would 6

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rather face this particular challenge of growth over worries in decline. It’s exciting, but it’s also expensive.” Frenship ISD is the 13th fastest growing school district in the state of Texas. There are 100,000 new students enrolled every year in the state, and only 75 districts across the state account for that student growth—Frenship being one of them. “New schools mean new staff, new principals, cafeterias, infrastructure, electricity and other bills,” McCord said. “It can be a burden on the taxpayers in our community, but we are very grateful for their constant support.”

“We’ll continue to face growth in numbers, and we’ll see updates to the District. But the constant will be for us to positively seek innovative solutions to address current and future growth while honoring Frenship’s rich tradition of excellence.” Dr. Michelle McCord McCord said the standards and expectations for students at Frenship ISD is held high to ensure that learners are equipped for the endless opportunities the future holds for them. “We are committed to fulfilling the will of the community,” McCord said. “We don’t get distracted by other outside districts. We stay true to the community’s expectations of Frenship.” When looking forward to the future, McCord says Frenship will see changes, but will remain constant in

its vision to—“Seek perfection … Capture excellence.” “We’ll continue to face growth in numbers, and we’ll see new updates to the District,” she said, “but the constant will be positively seeking innovative solutions to address current and future growth while honoring Frenship’s rich tradition of excellence.” In 2016, staff, parents and the community came together to establish specific measurables to implement in an ongoing effort to provide an excellent education to students and families. “We spent several months collaborating with our community members to plan for Frenship’s future,” McCord said. “It is because of the dedication of those who came before us, as well as the commitment to equipping every student for the future, that Frenship has such a history of success.” The Frenship ISD Board of Trustees has shown its dedication to the success of the District by remaining forward thinking, McCord said. The biggest challenge isn’t the growth itself, it’s trying to stay ahead of it.

“The leaders of this District are determined to ensure the success of every student, staff and stakeholder of Frenship ISD,” McCord said. “Their agenda is never personal but always innovative and looking towards the future.” Every decision being made for Frenship ISD doesn’t just have a short-term effect but has the capability of influencing the next 50 years. “Being able to serve as the Superintendent for Frenship ISD is a great privilege of my life,” McCord said. “I am grateful to the parents of the District for entrusting us with their children, their education and their future endeavors. When I’m having a hard time deciding on what’s better and what’s best for our students, I look through the lens of our shared beliefs,” she said. “It helps to sharpen the focus.” One thing will always ring true for the District—the character, traditions and culture of Frenship ISD will be preserved through every new challenge and opportunity that comes from being a fast-paced growth school district.


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L-R: Brad Draper—President, David Miller—Vice President, Kyle Rogers—Secretary, Brandon Autrey, Mikella Newsom, Jamey Phillips, Greg Robinson

The Frenship ISD Board of Trustees is made up of seven professionals who volunteer their time to serve the Frenship community. The Frenship Board of Trustees acts as the District’s policy-making board and as the official representative of the people for all public education in Frenship ISD. In addition to adhering to policies and procedures that are in the best interest of Frenship students, the School Board views their position as an opportunity to be servant leaders. “Individually, our Board members are experts in their respective career fields,” said Dr. Michelle McCord, Superintendent of Frenship. “Yet, these seven ambitious and gifted professionals set aside personal interests and work together with empathy, consistency, self-awareness, self-discipline and emotional intelligence. These critically important leadership attributes are evident through the countless achievements of our learners.” One example of the Board of Trustees leadership includes their “one-time lump sum” payment of $1,000 to all full-time staff members in May 2019. This lump sum includes all full-time staff—teachers, administrators and maintenance. This is the fourth year in a row the staff has received such payment. Another example of the Frenship Board’s effective leadership is their determination to move beyond the verbal communication of the District’s shared beliefs.

“This Board works well together as a team of eight with the Superintendent. We respect each other’s different strengths and perspectives. Our first priority is always what is best for kids and then what is best for the community.”

Brad Draper, President Turning aspirations into achievements requires the conversion of shared beliefs into actional steps that guide the District’s daily work. “Our Board advocates for our students and our staff while engaging the community. They cultivate the understanding that we must produce learners who emerge as empowered, equipped and diverse leaders in a thriving community,” said McCord. “I have the privilege to serve alongside seven extraordinarily talented and humble leaders.” To learn more about the Frenship Board of Trustees and upcoming Board meetings visit: >> About Us >> School Board

FHS MEDIA PROGRAM Industry Professional Steps Into the Classroom and Steps Up the Media Game By Emily Solis


nder the leadership of media veteran, Ray Rush, the Frenship High School Media Program has reached new heights and achieved many goals in the short twelve months since its re-launch in 2018. The program has been a part of the curriculum at Frenship for several years, and Rush’s involvement has allowed it to grow and expand in both equipment and student involvement. “This is my legacy,” said Rush. “I wanted to spend the last few years of my career building a program that will impact generations of students. I’ve learned a lot over the years and it’s my honor to be able to share the knowledge and experience I have with the 10 10 Inside Inside Frenship Frenship

students in the media program at Frenship.” Rush and his students operate state-of-the-art equipment to produce the highest-quality video available on the market today. Rush is teaching techniques that are up to par with those in the professional industry of television and other broadcast media. The students are learning how to apply skills they learn to various forms of media, both traditional and new, including social media. The FHS Media Program operates a YouTube channel called ‘Frenship High School Media’ where their work is published for all Frenship audiences to see. All

videos on this channel are shot and produced by Rush and his students. More than 100 videos have been created in just one year’s time under his direction. It is thanks to Rush and his media students that the District has an Inside Frenship television program that runs on the CW channel. You can find feature videos on programs in the District, such as Culinary and Robotics, as well as full-length sporting events, graduation ceremonies and much more. In addition to the day-to-day life in the classroom, Rush and his students can be seen around the community at Frenship Foundation events, theater performances and other activities. Showcasing what is happening around the District allows audiences a unique and engaging experience. “We are trying to bring to life what the students and staff at Frenship are doing,” said Rush. “It’s an exciting time in the District where you can see growth

everywhere you turn. We are adding programs and initiatives that enhance the learning experience for students, and it’s fun to be able to highlight that through video.” As the FHS Media Program continues to grow, so does the opportunity for the Frenship community to be a part of it. “We are always looking for students, staff or programs to feature in a video,” said Rush. “We have tools in place to be able to tell the story of Frenship in new and engaging ways. Make sure you watch for all the stories that will come in the new school year. You may just be one of them!” Video allows viewers to see and hear all about what’s happening at Frenship. To see the latest productions, search for ‘Frenship High School Media’ on YouTube or watch for streaming capabilities through the Frenship website in the 2019-2020 school year.




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BASSETT PROTECTS, SERVES FRENSHIP COMMUNITY Frenship Enhances Safety and Security Efforts with New Chief of Police By Emily Solis


renship ISD selected a veteran police officer and family man who has dedicated his life to serving others as the new Chief of Police for the District. Roy Bassett, named Police Chief in January of this year, served the city of Lubbock for 32 years before joining the Frenship community. During his time with the Lubbock Police Department, Bassett served as detective of juvenile crimes, a sergeant in Patrol and Administration, Public Information Officer and most recently as Deputy Chief. During his time as a detective, Chief Bassett investigated all manner of crimes involving juveniles as suspects—everything from petty thefts to murders. He also spent much of his time dedicated to investigating crimes with children as victims, including sexual assaults, abductions, injury to a child and murder. Bassett is married to wife, Jennifer, who is an attorney in Lubbock, and they have four grown children. He enjoys being PopPop to a new granddaughter, Ada, who is a future Frenship Tiger. When given the chance to serve in the Frenship community, Bassett said he jumped right on the opportunity, because he could see that Frenship shared the same values as him. “My love for my family bleeds over to my work,” said Bassett. “I wanted to be a part of a system that gives every child the same learning opportunity that my kids were given.” After decades of serving the Lubbock community, the transition to Frenship and a school district setting has been rewarding for Bassett, and it reminds him of why he got into law enforcement in the first place. Bassett described his passion for the work at Frenship as reinvigorating. “At Frenship, we all operate as one big team,” said Bassett. “The Frenship Way culture, which is that of service, transcends all departments and campuses, and everyone is focused on the good of the District.”

The biggest transition for Bassett has been the style of police work. For 32 years, he incorporated beats with many functions, but now his single focus is on the safety and well-being of students and staff. Bassett leads a team of nine sworn officers, which includes one K-9 officer. Frenship is committed to hiring only officers who are the perfect fit for the District. This means they are experienced in law enforcement and want to work in a school district setting. What does a day in the life of a Frenship police officer look like? The day of a Frenship police officer as described by the Chief is similar, but different in many ways, than a day serving a city or county. The school officer’s day begins by ensuring every student makes it safely in the building at each campus. Then it is up to each officer to make sure they are visible and accessible to students and staff as needed throughout the day. The parking lots and crosswalks are areas that stay busy, so the officers ensure drivers maintain appropriate speeds and are using caution in areas where pedestrians are present. Along with the safety aspects of the day-today operations of the officers comes the disciplinary component. “A Frenship officer has a fair amount of discretion when it comes to making an arrest,” said Bassett. “If a student makes a poor decision, we work with the administrators at the campus or district level to determine what’s best for the District and the student. Ultimately, our goal as officers is the same as the District—to make sure we’re helping students become well-rounded assets to society.” Bassett and his team take the time to invest in the children they serve. They guide students when they make poor decisions by reminding them that bad decisions lead to not attaining their goals. Bassett explained that sometimes there are non-negotiables, cont. on page 17 >>





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which are behaviors that require legal action because it affects the safety of the student or others around them. But when given the opportunity, the officers try to help the student first. “The Frenship police officers know the students, and the students know them,” said Bassett. “In a school district this big, you could assume it would be hard to get to know people. But I see a lot of connections between our officers, the students and the staff. It’s rewarding to see the respect everyone has for our team.”

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In addition to the relationships shared by Frenship staff and law enforcement, the Frenship safety and security processes consist of: •

Frenship students need a positive and safe environment which will allow them to focus on their academics. The safety and security of students and staff is Frenship ISD’s top priority.

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“The most important thing for me is making sure we’re doing the most to protect and serve, and provide the best environment for everyone involved,” said Bassett.

Safety and security programs, led by both the District administrative team and the Frenship ISD Police Department, allow the development and monitoring of a safe learning environment for staff and students. Safety and security processes, programs and policies are developed with the working relationships between: • • •

District and Campus Staff Frenship ISD Police Wolfforth Police Department

Frenship Legal Counsel Lubbock County Sheriff ’s Office Lubbock Police Department Lubbock County Emergency Operations District, City and County Judges

District and Campus Emergency Response Teams The Frenship ISD Student Code of Conduct Frenship ISD Emergency Operations Plan Safety Training, AED Program, Concussion and Concussion Management Protocol, Mental Health Peace Officer Training Staying abreast of current trends, concerns and changes in the area of school safety and communicating and/or implementing those changes as necessary

When asked what Bassett would like the Frenship community to know about he and the Frenship police officers, his answer was simple. “I want the Frenship community to know that we are here to help,” said Bassett. “Reach out to us, because we can’t address issues we don’t know about. If anyone ever has any questions or concerns, we are accessible and available to assist.”



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SERVE. HELP. HEAL. Frenship’s Nurses are Critical Part of Education System By Emily Solis


n a District that’s comprised of 14 campuses and more than 1,200 staff members, it could be easy to overlook a very special group of people who can be described as the heartbeat of the District. As a new school year begins, it’s time our attention is turned to the nurses who care for the nearly 10,000 students of Frenship ISD. You may wonder what the day of a school nurse consists of. As one Frenship nurse described it, “We never know what is going to happen when we walk into our office in the morning,” said Kathy Balko, nurse at Frenship Middle School. “Believe me, anything can happen, and it does. Our caseload is unpredictable, and our clients range in age from infant to geriatric. We are here for everyone that steps into our building.” From medication administration to assessing illnesses and injuries, a nurse’s day is full. The nurses are also part of the Campus Emergency Teams and help with planning, CPR instruction and first aid instruction. They also conduct state-mandated screenings such as vision, hearing and scoliosis, and manage immunizations enabling students to maximize their learning potential. “Our offices are health clinics and mini-emergency rooms,” said Catherine Mousavi at Willow Bend Elementary. “Flexibility is the name of our game. We never quite know what the day will bring.” “My job is so much more than weeding out the sick from the healthy,” said Evyn Box, Oak Ridge Elementary nurse. “My biggest priority is loving on these kids, connecting with each of them, knowing every single student’s name and making each of them feel that they are important.” “We often use not only our nursing skills, but mother, counselor, fixer-of-all-things skills to help our students get through the day,” said Whitney Weems, nurse at Frenship High School. “I think a bizarre thing

for me is having to argue with a high school student about whether they can stay at school with their 102 temperature, so they don’t miss class and get behind. I’m having to talk them into a free pass home when they are sick.” Being a school nurse also has its set of challenges. There are societal issues that deter some students from functioning in class, as well as mental health issues that continue to rise. “The most challenging part of school nursing is to see parental and societal issues that hinder students,” said Mousavi. “I try to instill responsibility in the child for their own health, no matter how young they are.” “The most challenging part about my job is probably when you see people in need and you have given them all the resources you have and they choose not to take them,” said Hannah Ducas, Bennett Elementary nurse. The Frenship nurses are an inspirational group of ladies who chose a career of helping to heal people and a lifetime of serving others. “When students are able to catch their breath and smile back at you … their hearts full of trust for you … that’s the best part of my job,” said Mikka Love, Legacy Elementary nurse. “The biggest blessing and rewarding parts of my career have been the bonds and relationships I have formed with these kids,” said Ducas. “My office has been a place of peace, healing, restoration and faith. It’s been a sanctuary for kids and adults. It’s not just a nurse’s office.” “Most nurses get into this profession because they feel called to serve, to help and to heal,” said Box. “We are not looking for high praise or recognition. School nursing is no joke and a lot more demanding job than most people realize.” #TheFrenshipWay


“My office has been a place of peace, healing, restoration and faith. It’s been a sanctuary for kids and adults. It’s not just a nurses office.” —Hannah Ducas

“The most rewarding thing is definitely all the smiles and hugs from the kids,” said Alise Hutcheson, Upland Heights Elementary nurse. “They make you feel like a celebrity when you walk down the hallway. The parents say, ‘I don’t know what I would do without you!’ That is definitely what keeps me coming back every day.” Next time you see a school nurse, remember to thank them for their service to students and everyone around them. It can be a thankless job, but they continue to love and serve as they were called to do.


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renship ISD extends a huge congratulations to Cheryl Booher, retired principal of Legacy Elementary, for her recognition as the Texas PTA’s 2019 Elementary Principal of the Year. Booher was honored during the PTA Talk of Texas luncheon on Saturday, July 20 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. She said the recognition wasn’t about her, but rather a community of parents, teachers and administrators all working together for the common goal to do what is best for children. “Being an educator is one of the most important jobs you could be called to do,” said Booher. “It’s all about servant-leadership and making positive relationships.” When asked what she’d miss most about being in education, she said it was the relationships she’s developed over the years with children, teachers and Frenship staff.

“Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel like the end of my educational career,” said Booher. “I’m confident that God has something bigger in store for me that involves advocating for children.” Congratulations, Cheryl, on your well-deserved honor and on a lifetime career of serving others!

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EQUIPPING STUDENTS WITH POWERFUL EXPERIENCES National Grant Allows for Hands-On Agriculture Experiences through ‘Tiger Gardeners’ By Macy Lopez


n the spring of 2018, five local farmers nominated Frenship ISD to receive the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant from the Monsanto Fund in the amount of $10,000. The Grow Rural Education program allows eligible farmers to nominate their local public school district for grants to help enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) education. Since Grow Rural Education began in 2011, it has awarded more than $16 million to more than 900 school districts in rural communities across the United States. After being nominated, Frenship was selected and awarded $10,000 in the summer of 2018. As a result of the funding, a team of Frenship staff created a new and exciting program called Tiger Gardeners that focused on improving the understanding of agriculture concepts in elementary students.

According to the America’s Farmers website, “These grants are helping to improve test scores, but better yet, they’re getting kids to think bigger about their tomorrow.” Keith Patrick, Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Frenship ISD said the grant opportunity was incredibly impactful for the District. “This grant was initiated by ag producers in our community; they made it possible,” Patrick said. “Through their commitment to our students, we had an opportunity to help our second graders gain a better understanding of agriculture and where it fits in their everyday lives. As Frenship continues to grow, continuing to reinforce the importance of agriculture as part of our heritage and our future is vitally important to our community.” cont. on page 25>>

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Patrick and Frenship ISD Science Coordinator, Sarah Burleson, collaborated to fund, implement and support the program across Frenship’s eight elementary campuses. “By integrating garden boxes, Texas AgriLife Extension curriculum and providing teacher stipends at those campuses, second graders had an exciting hands-on tool as part of their science, math and even language arts instruction,” Burleson said. “We were very intentional as well to ensure that the ‘Literature in the Garden’ curriculum would help improve student mastery of specific concepts related to the science of agriculture, plants, animals and the environment,” explained Burleson. A few facts about Tiger Gardeners include: •

With the grant, Frenship purchased the Literature in the Garden curriculum, part of the Junior Master Gardener program through Texas AgriLife Extension The Frenship High School Construction program built 16 raised garden beds which were placed and filled with soil at each elementary campus

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The Frenship High School Engineering program constructed PVC and plastic coverings for each box for fall growing Second graders utilized these gardens as instructional tools as part of their second-grade science curriculum all year long Each campus determined what to do with their crops (sell, donate or other uses)

The local nominating farmers included Eric Caswell, Jerry Blair, Rocky Fred, Walt Hagood and Tatum Bessire. The five men gave Frenship the opportunity to create an empowering experience in rural education and pursue goals and values from the District’s Strategic Plan. • • • • •

All learners will engage in meaningful, relevant, hands-on learning experiences All learners will be exposed to various fields of interest to cultivate a deeper understanding and passion for a successful future All learners will be involved each day in collaborative, challenging and engaging classroom experiences Frenship will expand partnerships that utilize staff, learners, business and community members Frenship will implement a K-12 approach for learners to experience hands-on, real world learning experiences

A variety of vegetables including carrots, lettuce, radishes and more were planted, tended to, harvested and utilized in many ways at each elementary campus. The Tiger Gardeners program allowed the secondgrade students at each elementary campus to learn marketing skills by selling the produce. It also gave them the opportunity to give back to the community by donating vegetables to the local food bank. Some students even began their own gardens at home because of their experiences at school. While the Monsanto grant enabled Frenship to start the program, District leadership has committed to continuing the program after seeing incredible outcomes and student experiences associated with the Tiger Gardeners program.



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renship is the 13th fastest growing school in the state of Texas. While embracing the challenges that this growth can bring, Frenship still believes people are the most valuable resource. As part of this belief system, several processes and programs are put into place to ensure each staff member has an opportunity for professional development. As a result, several leaders are born out of the District every year. For the 2019-2020 school year, the following staff members will be serving in new leadership roles.

Chera Bessire, Principal of Bennett Elementary

Cale Bridges, Principal of Terra Vista Middle School

Rhonda Dillard, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Michelle Elliott, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Jill Jaquess, Director of Special Education

Carole Kidd, Principal of Legacy Elementary

Cassandra Slayton, Executive Director of Leadership Development

Aimee Stroope, Principal of North Ridge Elementary

Emily Solis, Director of Communications and Community Engagement

Michelle Traylor, Director of Technology



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renship is committed to equipping all learners with necessary technology tools to increase their capacity and readiness in the classroom. Preparing our students for the careers of tomorrow demands a proficient, robust and diverse technology environment. Whether entering the workforce, military service or higher education, Frenship strives to prepare learners to be successful in their next step after graduation. The District utilizes Microsoft Office 365 for all staff and students. This cloud-based environment allows multiple collaboration tools that prepare students for higher education or work opportunities both at school and at home. Currently, the District supports more than 12,000 active connections on a wired network connected by an estimated 389 miles of cable. Additionally, wireless access was extended to the agricultural, athletic and transportation facilities. In 2019, Frenship purchased interactive displays for all Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms to support collaboration and active learning. A variety of tools are available for all students to develop 21st century skills through creativity, design and problem-solving. Delivering a safe and secure computing environment is a balance between convenience and security. Cybersecurity is becoming a larger component in the District Strategic Plan because network resources provide the foundation of services for learning and business operations.


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FRENSHIP CLOSES GAP IN DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNING Enrollment Numbers of English Language Learners Continue to Rise at Frenship By Emily Solis


renship ISD proudly serves every student and family with services in and beyond the classroom. Frenship’s Dual Language Program specifically serves every student with focused, language-based instruction that meets their linguistic and cognitive needs. The number of students that are English Language Learners (ELs) in Frenship schools continues to increase year after year. “The mission of the Frenship Dual Language Program is to ensure that all English learners are placed in a language instructional program that allows them to develop and attain English proficiency while meeting challenging state academic standards,” said Senon Cruz, Coordinator of Bilingual/ESL for Frenship ISD. There are currently 448 active ELs in the Frenship District. Of these students, 19 are newcomers in Frenship schools, which means they are from another country and are entering US schools for the first time. A few facts about the Dual Language Program at Frenship ISD include:

literacy and academic skills in their primary language and in English. “This program emphasizes the mastery of English language skills, as well as mathematics, science and social studies, as integral parts of the academic goals for all students to enable English learners to not only meet minimum requirements, but excel in their various classes,” said Cruz. As the program continues to soar, so do the Frenship staff members who serve the students every day. Robert Nunez, who is a fifth-grade Dual Language teacher at Willow Bend Elementary, has been in education for nine years and has seen success on a national level. Nunez was named National Dual Language Teacher of the Month in April of this year by Nunez tells the story about his humble beginnings and the journey that led him to education.

There are currently 29 different languages spoken in Frenship ISD. The Dual Language Program serves students from Pre-K to ninth grade. Frenship offers adult classes in Engligh as a Second Language at no charge to parents. Parents learn and practice the basic techniques of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the English language. All Frenship staff is English Language Proficiency Standards trained.

“I grew up working in the cotton fields during middle school and later as a mechanic in high school,” said Nunez. “I was not prepared for college because I was always working so much. I dropped out and became a truck driver in the oilfield industry. My mother insisted that I go back to school to be a teacher. Eventually, I found a narrow window of opportunity as a non-traditional student, married with three children, and started taking remedial courses. I ended up graduating Summa Cum Laude and earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University.”

The goal of the Dual Language Program is to enable English learners to become competent in the comprehension, speaking, reading and composition of the English language through the development of

Nunez applies this same determination to his teaching and encourages his students to stay focused on their goals as well. “My classroom is a very close-knit family,” said Nunez. “I see in my students

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renship ISD’s student population is continuously growing and diversifying. The following student demographics were collected on December 6, 2018, and reflect the 2018-2019 school year.







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OTHER STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS Career & Technical Education Gifted & Talented Special Education English Language Learners Bilingual

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eaching staff, support staff and maintenance have also grown in number with the increasing student population. The following employment statistics provide a snapshot of Frenship employees.


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an honest spirit to look out for each other and encourage one another. They truly are invested in one another, whether it is academic or social support. In everything, we strive to do it with excellence.” Frenship is committed to dedicating the time and resources it requires to see every learner succeed. Whether it is through continuing education and professional development of staff, or additional programs and resources for students, Frenship works towards enhancing the curriculum and classroom experience every year.

certificates of completion of curriculum and share in the joys of achievement with their students. As the need continues to grow, so do the efforts and expansion of the District’s Dual Language Program. More information about the growth can be found at: >> Departments >> Curriculum and Instruction >> ESL/Bilingual

“Biliteracy is a gift and a craft,” said Nunez. “It is a big deal that students can conduct research, think and problem solve in two languages. Biliteracy is the ability to read for comprehension and listen for understanding in two or more languages. It is the beauty of expressing orally, or in written form, in two languages. One of my greatest rewards as a teacher is seeing my students’ growth throughout the year and witnessing their development of biliteracy.” Each year, the Dual Language Program reflects on the successes of their learning with a Bilingual Celebration hosted at Terra Vista Middle School. The celebration consists of food, culture, fun and entertainment allowing both new and established Dual Language families to get acquainted. The students dress up in attire representing their culture and perform dances, songs and skits to entertain and celebrate with their family members in attendance. This is an opportunity for the District to award

Dual Language Curriculum Department • Bilingual/ESL Coordinator • 1 Bilingual/ESL Specialist • 1 ESL Administrative Assistant • 8 Full-Time Bilingual Certified Teachers • 1 Full-Time Bilingual Interventionist • 1 Part-Time Dual Language Interventionist • 2 ESL Support Staff

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FEEDING MORE THAN MINDS Frenship Offers ‘Tiger Bites’ Summer Feeding Program to Combat Food-Insecurity in District By Macy Lopez


or 85 years, Frenship has strived to provide the best for its students in instruction, facilities and technology. While Frenship’s rich tradition of excellence is evident through academic achievements, athletic accomplishments and overall student success, there are parts of the Frenship culture that cannot be measured through scores, rankings or competitive outcomes. The culture of community service that is so important to Frenship’s identity continues to be a driver of its innovative solutions. Superintendent Dr. Michelle McCord recalls the moment that was the impetus for Frenship’s Tiger Bites summer feeding program, an initiative that helps provide food security for area students outside of the school year. “I was familiarizing myself with some growing areas of Frenship and turned down a road I’d never been down,” said McCord. “I reached an unpaved portion and found myself face-to-face with the realities of poverty in our community. While I’m aware that 42% of our families qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program, I felt a bit ashamed that I wasn’t more aware of the real challenges our students and families are facing daily. But our kids and families aren’t percentages, they’re people facing daily struggles and I wanted to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help.” Under her direction, Tiger Bites was born in the summer of 2018 and with it a journey of building partnerships across the community and within Frenship itself. All focused on meeting the needs of families right here at home in the community Frenship serves. Prior to the summer feeding program, Frenship worked with partners to provide food options over Thanksgiving, the duration of Winter Break and some weekend backpacks. 36

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However, once the school year ended, so did the assistance. McCord recognized that families may find themselves in need unexpectedly from the loss of a job, a medical emergency or any other unexpected factors. Being responsive to those needs was necessary to stay true to the core values of Frenship’s culture, being a community-centered District and helping those in need is at the heart of the Frenship Way. “I became aware of the reality that, as a District, we could be doing more to meet the needs of our students and families,” McCord said, “but especially during the summer months.” Frenship teamed up with Aramark to provide an innovative solution to food insecurity across the area over the summer break. In addition to providing meals to students at campuses holding summer school classes, Aramark provided meals at two City of Lubbock parks within the District. By adding central locations like Hinojosa and Duran park, any barriers associated with transportation and working parents were removed, allowing children of all ages from nearby neighborhoods to access quality lunches. In 2019, the program was expanded to include a third site at the Frenship Soccer Complex. Beginning the first week of June and going through the first week of August, meals were provided at all three locations Monday through Friday. Serving times were also staggered in order to reach as many families as possible. Frenship also ramped up the advertising for the feeding sites with banners and signage around the community, electronic communication, social media and multiple flyers sent home in various ways. “My favorite part about Tiger Bites in the summer is that it’s open to any child,” Keith Patrick, Director

of Entrepreneurship and Innovation said. “There are children and families everywhere who can benefit from the Tiger Bites feeding program, and Frenship is proud to provide feeding sites open to the entire community. Anyone 0-18 eats completely free of charge at Tiger Bites sites over the summer.” Additionally, through a partnership between Frenship’s Casey Professional Building, First Baptist Church of Lubbock and Frenship Athletics, staff, students and college interns visit each site daily to spend time providing positive interactions with the kids in attendance by playing games, visiting with each child and providing mentorship. In 2018, the Tiger Bites program served around 1,700 meals. In 2019, that number more than tripled. Part of that success was due to the new J.T. & Margaret Talkington Boys and Girls Club built within Frenship ISD adjacent to Duran Park. An additional 70 kids were served every day through the partnership between the Boys and Girls Club and Frenship. Another example of a partnership first and foremost serving the needs of children. “The program has taken off and as with many

programs, Frenship is an innovator in this area,” Patrick said. “According to partners at the Texas Hunger Initiative, no other school district has successfully built feeding sites outside of their school buildings that we’re aware of. We have also consolidated all of our additional feeding efforts throughout the year under the Tiger Bites umbrella encompassing summer, winter and weekends. Under that umbrella we have expanded existing relationships and built new partnerships that are allowing us to be more successful in how and when we reach our students and families in need.” Any Frenship student can receive a weekend food bag provided by a coalition of area churches throughout the school year. Additionally, food boxes provided by St. Clair Orthodontics are provided at Thanksgiving, and more than 300 backpacks of food are sent home over the winter break thanks to the Rotary Club of Lubbock, FBC Lubbock and Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. Anyone interested in accessing school year food assistance or helping with these programs can contact Keith Patrick at or the counselor at any Frenship campus.



WHAT IS THE FRENSHIP WAY? Frenship Students Define What it Means to SERVE By Emily Solis


renship ISD defines the Frenship Way as, “the lens we look through to SERVE.” But what does that mean to a staff member or student? And how does that apply to everyday life within the Frenship community?

In an effort to better portray what the Frenship Way embodies, we asked Frenship High School students to tell us what the Frenship Way means to them. It was very inspiring to hear what they had to say. One student defined the Frenship Way as:

“The Frenship Way isn’t a collection of a few people making outstanding acts of kindness. It’s not a set of stories of saint-like students who achieved extraordinary feats of charity. The Frenship Way is a standard. The Frenship Way is best seen in the everyday character of the Frenship community. It’s making sure that no one sits alone or ensuring that every student has a chance at success.” — Tara Findley, Frenship High School Tara is this year’s winner of the Frenship Way essay contest and the recipient of a scholarship from community partner and Frenship family, Wright Realty & Design. You can find the full essay—‘The Expectation’—from this year’s winner on page 39.


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areer and Technical Education (CTE) is a national program directed by Advance CTE. Their vision is to transform and expand CTE so that each learner—of any background, age and zip code—is prepared for career and college success through state leadership, advocacy and partnerships. Nationally, Advance CTE offers 16 Career Clusters that represent more than 79 Career Pathways. Of the 16 National Career Clusters, Frenship ISD offers 15 clusters and 80 courses. The Frenship ISD CTE department prepares college and career-bound students for highskill, high-wage and high-demand jobs through cultivating personal passion and active learning. Students are exposed to CTE training at various levels starting in elementary. In middle school, students begin taking CTE courses and can explore courses throughout their secondary education. Eventually, students may earn CTE industry certificates. Amy Baker is the Career and Technical Education Coordinator at Frenship ISD. To learn more information about the Frenship CTE program visit: >> Departments >> CTE

Statistics shown to the right reflect the 2018-2019 school year.

Frenship ISD offered seven free exams for industry certification

108 students earned an industry certification

2,674 students took a CTE course in grades 7-12

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Recognizing the Staff Who is Behind the Scenes at Frenship ISD By Macy Lopez


renship ISD—a District with more than 1,200 staff and 10,000 students. A District with 14 campuses, an administration building and athletic facilities. Frenship stretches for miles from North to South and East to West.

These departments are seen every day, inside and outside of every part of the District. From sunrise to sunset, and well into the late hours of the evening, this group of individuals dedicate themselves to the working elements of Frenship.

The teachers serve the students, administrators serve the teachers and the Board of Trustees serves the whole District. The collection of those groups would be seen as the makeup of the District, but there is a dedicated group of individuals behind the scenes who serve every soul within Frenship ISD in ways that may easily go unnoticed. This group is Maintenance, Custodial and Grounds.

Derek Cobb, Director of Operations, said their goal as a department is to maintain a clean and comfortable learning environment for students and staff of Frenship.


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“A clean learning environment promotes health, attitude and pride in students, staff and community,” Cobb said. “The Maintenance, Custodial and

Grounds staffs work very hard to make sure the campuses and other facilities are ready to operate optimally every day.” Cobb said he believes he has the most dedicated and hard-working staff in the state. “Our staff takes great pride in their daily tasks,” Cobb said. “They are hardworking and strive to serve in any way that they can to help accommodate any needs within the District. They even put in extra hours when inclement weather events occur to assure the safety of students and staff.” Balt Padilla, Custodial Coordinator, said the custodians at Frenship are second to none. “Frenship custodians have an invaluable role every day in the work they do to maintain our District’s facilities,” Padilla said. “Our custodians are the first to arrive at the school buildings. They open the school, turn on lights, put up the flags and are ready to receive staff and students to a clean, safe learning environment. They are the last to leave after cleaning the entire facility and shut down the campus to get ready for another day.” Padilla said he is grateful for the Frenship community who often recognize and thank his staff for going the extra mile, especially during the summer. “The work our custodians do can easily be taken for granted,” Padilla said, “but we are fortunate that Frenship’s administrators, faculty and staff often let them know how much they are appreciated for good work they do.” During the summer months, the Maintenance, Custodial and Grounds staff work from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to detail and clean every fixture and piece of furniture, scrub and recoat floors, vacuum and clean carpets, mow and repaint facilities and much more. Aramark Food Services is another moving piece of the District. Joyce Trevino, Director of Food Services, said good nutrition is essential for sound academic performance and impacts the health and

success of students. “It is our commitment to increase nutrition awareness and to encourage students to choose healthy meals,” Trevino said. “By offering wellbalanced and appealing food choices, we help students stay fueled and focused for a productive day.” When asked what she would like the community to know about her staff, she said she would like the perception to change about food service programs. “It’s a very complicated job with every step being guided by USDA/TDA regulations,” Trevino said. “Our food service staff is hardworking, dedicated and committed to our students’ nutrition. They work very hard every day to create an open and friendly environment for our students to enjoy their dining experience.” Durham Bus Services makes transportation available to all students within Frenship living two or more miles from their school. This service is provided at no cost to students and through a partnership with Durham and Frenship ISD. Edward Esparza, General Manager of Durham Services, said the drivers of Frenship ISD enjoy their jobs and are very caring of the students on their routes. “We take pleasure in transporting Frenship students safely to their destination,” Esparza said. “Our drivers have classroom and student management training, which allows for a safe and fun experience when riding the bus.” Cobb said each of the departments serve the Frenship community in unique ways. Their time and dedication to work and the 11,200 souls within the District is appreciated and respected by everyone, but especially him. “You can’t ask for a better group of people,” Cobb said. “Frenship is extremely lucky to have these boots on the ground who go above and beyond every day.”



FOUR PROGRAMS, ONE PRODUCTION How the Fine Arts Programs have Joined Forces to Reach One Goal By Macy Lopez


renship’s Fine Arts Musical—a yearly production that has brought home five prestigious awards in the last three years of competition including Best Musical Direction, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress and Best Actor…twice. The work of art performed in two separate acts begins long before the first curtain call. As soon as the students come back for the fall semester, auditions and rehearsals immediately begin. “For the Fine Arts Musical, we start with auditions the second week of school,” said Jake Lierman, Head of the Theatre Arts Department. “Once a cast is set, we rehearse four days a week, every week, until showtime in December.” Lierman said the rehearsals include more than just reading lines from a script. There are music

rehearsals, choreography classes and technical design that are all part of making the magic happen. Because many individuals with their own programs to direct are involved in the process, rehearsal times are structured strategically and diligently to ensure the best instruction is being given. “The choreographers and I are there pretty consistently every rehearsal,” Lierman said. “Amy Moss, Director of Choirs, comes in once a week and does vocals up until show week, and then she is there every day with us to ensure the perfect pitch and tone. The technical theatre kids work tirelessly every day making the vision and set come to life. Scott Carter, Associate Director of Bands, comes in on the week of our show with his orchestra, and we put all of the pieces together.” From beginning to end, there are multiple working parts that require the students to dedicate a significant amount of time outside of school to the production. Melissa Oakeley, Dance Teacher and Varsity POM Coach, said the students who choose to participate in Theatre and in this musical, sacrifice a lot of time that could be spent off stage. “It is a very, very busy season with football, pep rallies and musical rehearsals,” Oakeley said. “We do our best to juggle it all, but it takes a great deal of time and dedication from the students and teachers involved, and the students never cease to amaze us.” Oakeley said they have about 60-100 students participate and attend the five-hour rehearsals. She said they try to coordinate rehearsals to maximize efficiency and allow for everyone to not have to be at the school every day, all day, although they usually still end up staying longer than anticipated. “We did the math this past year to see how many hours we invest into these productions,” Oakeley said. “For just us dance teachers, it’s about 250-300 hours after school working with these amazingly cont. on page 47 >>



WHAT IS TIGERS LEARNING FRAMEWORK? TIGERS Learning Framework was designed by Frenship teachers and administrators to serve the unique needs of students and equip every learner for an ever-changing world. In TIGERS, each letter represents one phase of learning in the cycle of instruction. TIGERS Learning Framework empowers Frenship to: • Utilize a tool that blends instructional goals with Frenship’s beliefs • Align teaching methods to researchbased instructional practice • Increase student engagement • Articulate the learning experience with all stakeholders • Continue Frenship’s rich tradition of academic excellence


talented kids and choreographing each number. We take this program very seriously, and we want the community to see just how talented our kids are.” Lierman says all the help and assistance is extremely beneficial to the overall production, but some of the challenges that come from so many hands involved comes in fine-tuning all the minor details. “One thing I love about our team is that we don’t settle for mediocre,” Lierman said. “We shoot for our absolute best. With this musical being a competition piece, we make sure it is ready to do just that— compete. This Fine Arts Musical has gotten our kids in front of some of the biggest names in the industry.” “Our kids are the real deal,” Oakeley said, “and we have some of the most talented directors working hard to put Frenship on the map. I’m proud to say we are doing just that, and we will continue to raise the bar each year.” Oakeley said one of her favorite things about being a part of the musical is having the chance to come together with the other Fine Arts teachers and

combine their expertise to create magic. “I love sitting next to Scott Carter and talking him through my movement as he coordinates with the music he is orchestrating,” Oakeley said. “Then to see Amy Moss giving vocal direction at the same time—it’s incredible. It’s a truly special time where we can join forces in an awesome way and show the students how layered this process is, and the team we have created within the departments is super fun and supportive of one another.” Lierman said he can’t really put into words how much time and energy it takes to make it all possible. He said you have to be in the trenches to understand the magnitude of a piece like the Fine Arts Musical. “I could not be more blessed to have such a hardworking team,” Lierman said. “The time, blood, sweat and tears that they sacrifice every year is completely selfless. I think I can speak for all of them when I say, it’s worth it. When you see those kids take that bow with such pride, there is no better feeling. In that moment, they have reached the stars ... You just can’t beat that.” #TheFrenshipWay


ON THE SIDELINES: TRUST, LOYALTY, FAMILY From One Sideline to Another, Four of the Frenship Football Coaches have a Unique History that Sets them Apart By Macy Lopez


he year was 1992. The place was a small West Texas town called Canyon, which was the home of a fighting Division II college football program. The boys behind the football pads knew little about the bond that would soon develop on the field and would carry them long into their futures. It was the perfect stage for forming a brotherhood that would last decades, but no one knew that, yet.

Coach Rib, Jay and Erik were a huge part of my life then and they’re still a huge part now.” Ribaudo laughed remembering one of his first interactions with Kirkpatrick, who played defensive lineman at WT. “This guy comes up to me over and over trying to correct the way I’m spelling his name on the depth chart,” said Ribaudo. “Finally, I just turn to him and yell ‘Who are you? Get back on the field!’”

Canyon, Texas, home to West Texas A&M University (WT) and the fighting Buffaloes became the place that laid a foundation for a group consisting of players Jay Northcutt, Caleb Holt and Erik Kirkpatrick, and Coach Mark Ribaudo. In the fall, this group stepped onto the football field unaware of the history that they were about to make. Recalling his early days at WT, Northcutt remembered the first time he met Coach Ribaudo. “I was trying to play college football somewhere,” said Northcutt. “I ended up contacting Coach Rib and meeting him at the McDonald’s to bring him my highlight video on a VHS tape,” he said with a laugh. “Coach Rib took a chance on me that day, and I never forgot it.” Northcutt went on to play safety for the Buffs during his college career. Holt, who played defensive end for WT, said Ribaudo was like a father-figure to them. He was able to motivate the team to reach heights they hadn’t reached before as players and as men. “Coach Rib—we all looked up to him,” said Holt. “I personally tried to do my best to make him proud.

Ribaudo coaches Kirkpatrick (41) at WT in 1994.

Kirkpatrick admitted he was trying to make sure he didn’t get overlooked. His football career at WT and later becoming a colleague to Ribaudo proved his persistence paid off. Kirkpatrick went on to be a graduate assistant for the WT football program giving him his first taste of a coaching career. “We all built a trust in each other during our time at #TheFrenshipWay


WT that defines who we are today,” said Kirkpatrick. “We know everything about each other and have lived a lot of life together. Our stories go way back, and that makes what we have really special.” “I was a young coach learning how to be a leader,” said Ribaudo. “These guys joined the team and gave me all they had every day despite the fact that they didn’t always get the best version of me.”

After their time at WT, the four men went separate ways to start careers and families in different towns. Northcutt moved to California and was involved in the security industry. Holt headed to Albuquerque, NM and worked for a mortgage loan company. Kirkpatrick went into education as a teacher and coach, which eventually led him into school administration. Ribaudo continued coaching at WT and eventually moved into coaching roles at other universities. For a couple of years, the players and their coach led separate lives in different towns. For the three who weren’t in coaching, however, there was always a tug at their heart strings to get back on the field. “I enjoyed what I was doing in my administrative role,” Kirkpatrick said, “but I missed the game, and I missed the kids. I needed something that put me back in a position to have a direct impact on kids’ lives, and also allow the kids to make an impact on me.”

Holt and Kirkpatrick on the sidelines at WT.

It was under the lights of Kimbrough Stadium at WT that these three players and their coach developed a loyalty to each other that would be woven into the fabric of a 6A high school football program more than two decades later. It was the values and work ethic instilled in them during this time that would develop these individuals into a group of coaches equipped to lead a growing program at Frenship High School. Northcutt, Holt and Kirkpatrick became connected off the field as well. After a year of living next door to each other in the dorms at WT, the three rented a house together for the duration of their college career. That’s when talks of working together in the future began. “We just always talked about coaching a team together,” Kirkpatrick said. “It was something we thought would be really great if it could ever happen, but we weren’t actually expecting it to.” “We would talk about the chance of one of us becoming a head coach somewhere,” said Holt, “and said that if it ever really happened, the rest of us would come along to help.”

Northcutt and Holt spent two years out of coaching and both spent nineteen years as coaches in other towns before running into each other at the Bobby Davis Coaches Clinic at Frenship. Then in 2016, Holt saw the head football coach position for Frenship ISD open and knew exactly who needed to apply for it. “I called Jay and told him about the position,” Holt said. “I knew he would be the best person for the job and was more than qualified.” Northcutt decided to see where the opportunity might take him, and the conversation about coaching together began again. After a lengthy interview process, Northcutt was announced as the new Head Coach for Frenship Football in the spring of 2017. “I was excited, honored and humbled,” Northcutt said. “I had all of the feelings that I couldn’t put into words. Being able to lead a program like Frenship Football that has such tradition and a history of success was a true blessing. I hired these guys because they are good at what they do and because they are great men, not because they are my buddies.” The opportunity talked about so long ago was actually cont. on page 55 >>

FRENSHIP FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF Head Coach: Jay Northcutt Offensive Coordinator: Caleb Holt Defensive Coordinator: Mark Ribaudo Special Teams Coordinator: Erik Kirkpatrick Varsity Assistant Coaches: Jaime Carrasco, David Crume, Chris Fanelli, Wes Havens, Evan Hearn, Casey Oldham, Brandon Roberson


Frenship Football Head Coach, Jay Northcutt


he Frenship ISD athletic programs are having a positive impact on students and the entire Frenship community. Frenship Athletics is committed to maintaining a program that reflects the attitudes and values of the District with the goal to constantly improve techniques to reflect the modern needs of student-athletes. “We place constant focus on adapting and developing attractive programs by creating a positive culture that prepares students for team success, and most importantly, success beyond high school,” said Kenny Catney, Frenship ISD Director of Athletics.


Head Coach: Chad Reynolds Student Athletes: 60


Head Coach: Kayci Smith Student Athletes: 36


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BASKETBALL - BOYS Head Coach: Paul Page Student Athletes: 53

CROSS COUNTRY Head Coach: Amanda Kirkpatrick

Student Athletes: 51

BASKETBALL - GIRLS Head Coach: Trent Hilliard Student Athletes: 63


Head Coach: Jay Northcutt Student Athletes: 354


Keith Patrick has served Frenship since 2015. Patrick has served as the color analyst for Frenship Baseball broadcasts for two seasons and provided in-game and halftime stat reports for two seasons of Frenship Football. A lifelong sports fan, Keith has found a love for Frenship Athletics and the role sports and all competition plays in the development of young people. “I love being a part of bringing the action to family members and fans who can’t make it to every game,” said Patrick. “It not only connects them more closely to the students, but it also helps tighten the bonds that tie Frenship ISD together and make it such a special place. I’m incredibly honored to be a part of the Frenship family and I couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity to be the Voice of the Tigers and follow in the footsteps of some incredible broadcasters.”

GOLF - BOYS Head Coach: Daniel McDonald

Student Athletes: 24


Head Coach: David Crume Student Athletes: 40

SOFTBALL Head Coach: Robby Dickenson

Student Athletes: 35


Head Coach: Stefani Shortes Student Athletes: 70


Head Coach: Roger Whipkey Student Athletes: 16


Head Coach: Lauren Denning Student Athletes: 55


Head Coach: Chris Wiles Student Athletes: 61


Head Coach: Randi Trew Student Athletes: 53


Head Coach: Melissa Oakeley Student Athletes: 28


Head Coach: Scott Smith Student Athletes: 48


Head Coach: Chris Fanelli Student Athletes: 94


Head Coach: Clinton Wood Student Athletes: 60


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becoming a reality. With Northcutt becoming a head coach and having the chance to bring in new staff, the players and their coach had a rare opportunity to step on the field together again. “When I heard Jay was named as head coach, I was really excited for him,” said Ribaudo. “This meant there was an opportunity for the four of us to be together again. This group of players at WT wasn’t my most winning team, but of all of the teams I coached, this was the group I had shared the best memories with.” “Here was this unbelievable opportunity to come back into coaching,” Kirkpatrick said. “It was an honor to come back together with this group of guys who I trusted and who I knew would be successful.” By the end of spring 2017, Northcutt, Holt, Kirkpatrick and Ribaudo were members of the same football team once again—this time representing the fighting Frenship Tigers. “Twenty years ago, I gave this kid an opportunity to play on my football team,” Ribaudo said. “And twenty years later, that same kid gave me an opportunity to be a part of his team. These boys, these men, they’ve been loyal to me since WT.”

“These guys are great members of the community and just good, good men,” Holt said. “I’d follow any of these guys anywhere in any job. I trust them that much.” Ribaudo said the love and friendship the coaches of Frenship Football have for each other and for the game is something they want their players to experience. “Our coaching and our influence on them—this is where a brotherhood starts,” said Ribaudo. “We want our players to love Frenship Football, but to love each other as well.” Northcutt said the coaches on his staff are more than old teammates—they’re family. Now in their third year as a coaching staff for Frenship Football, they are seeing the program come together as planned. The coaches and the team continue to grow, but it’s what was born early on that has stood the test of time. “I see their passion in their work with these studentathletes,” said Northcutt. “I know their morals and values align with the vision for success at Frenship. That’s why what we’re building here works. We’re still growing, but you won’t find a more determined and committed group. That’s what we promised to each other twenty plus years ago, and that’s what we promise to bring to these boys and this program every day.” #TheFrenshipWay




he Frenship Foundation For Leadership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving back to Frenship ISD. The Foundation provides monetary support through student scholarships and teacher grants to further educational learning at Frenship. Donations are received from individuals, corporations and other foundations to fund educational programs and projects that are in alignment with the District’s Strategic Plan. The Frenship Foundation was created in the spring of 2003 when three Frenship employees had circumstances arise out of their control that created financial difficulties for them and their families. The Frenship Employee Emergency Relief Fund (FEERF)

was created to help Frenship families facing extreme financial burdens. FEERF is still helping District employees today. As for the student scholarships the Frenship Foundation provides, the criteria is slightly different than a typical scholarship. Often students are awarded financially through scholarships for athletic skills, test scores and grade point averages. However, the Foundation chooses to recognize students who exemplify exceptional character. “We believe it’s so important to recognize and reward character and leadership qualitities in our students,” said Emily Solis, Director of the Frenship Foundation. “Our scholarship program validates

those students who choose to make good decisions, even when times get tough. This is one of my favorite parts of the Foundation—seeing great kids rewarded for great character.” In the spring of 2004, the Frenship Foundation organized an annual golf tournament—The Drive for Leaders—as a major fundraiser for the student scholarship program. Since the inception of these scholarships, Frenship graduates have been granted $766,200. In 2012, the Frenship Foundation added the Foundation Gala. Funds from this event were designed to be given to teachers in the District who have shown innovative practices that may require additional funding to continue that endeavor. Since 2012, the Frenship Foundation has awarded approximately $194,000 to teacher grant winners. The Frenship Foundation also oversees the Alumni & Friends organization. Alumni & Friends have awarded three Fallen Tiger Memorial Scholarships since 2016. This scholarship fund was established to remember fellow students who are no longer with the Frenship family. This group also started awarding the Wolfforth Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year a cash prize as a way of saying ‘Thank You’ to outstanding teachers that are working with students in the District.

With the 501(c)(3) status, the Foundation can give teachers a tax credit for their annual donations to FEERF, as well as donors to the annual Drive for Leaders golf tournament and the Foundation Gala. To find out more about the Frenship Foundation for Leadership or to donate to the mission, visit:



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HANDS-ON LEARNING FOR A CAUSE Local Partnership Provides Home Building Experience for Students for a Great Cause By Keith Patrick


renship ISD has never shied away from seeking innovative solutions to provide the most valuable and impactful educational experiences for its students. When Tracy Pope came to the District as the new construction teacher, he brought a big vision and now it’s about to become a reality.

that must be answered to ensure the safety of students. But often, the more difficult a problem is to solve or a program is to build, the better it is for students. There is no greater driving force for Frenship leadership in every decision made than to ask the simple question “What is the best thing for kids?”

“I knew Frenship had the community support, administration and exceptional students to make something like this happen,” explained Pope. “We’ve worked through a lot of options and possibilities and I couldn’t be more excited about what we’re about to build. It’s great for the family and our students will gain incredible real-world experience.”

Students in Career & Technical Education (CTE) are involved in programs ranging from communications, marketing and business to agriculture, construction, automotive and engineering. All of them gain highly specialized experiences and a program like this enables them to make more informed choices about their future educational and career paths.

Over the 2019-2020 school year, Frenship High School construction students will be building a home in a Lubbock neighborhood. Frenship has built a new partnership with Lubbock Habitat for Humanity which will provide a home annually to deserving families and afford FHS students the opportunity to build a home from the ground up as part of their school day. Students will be involved in every facet of the homebuilding process from observing foundation work to framing, plumbing and wiring the home themselves.

“Students will work in teams with identified roles, just like in the real world. They’ll have the opportunity to experience framing, electrical, plumbing, drywall, cabinet installation and plenty more,” said Pope. “With those experiences we can give them much more focused and personalized help in identifying training programs to seek after high school and which sector of the construction industry to look for employment in.”

“Just imagine your own career and consider the impact if you’d had the opportunity to successfully complete everything your job entails from start to finish, all as a high school senior. Students will hammer every nail, plumb every pipe and see the finished product of a home built before they graduate from Frenship High School,” explained Frenship Superintendent Dr. Michelle McCord. “That is an experience that can only be found when education responds to the needs of its community and takes the classroom to the jobsite.”

Frenship continues to build partnerships with organizations like the West Texas Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders to provide the most relevant instruction and employment opportunities for its students. For more information or to be involved with this program contact Amy Baker at

Building a program like this requires innumerable conversations, questions and the involvement of many people within Frenship ISD. From tool storage to restrooms, transportation and liability, all are questions #TheFrenshipWay


FRENSHIP ADVANCES IN CURRICULUM STRATEGIES As Education Changes, the District Adjusts to Meet Needs By Emily Solis


renship ISD’s mission is to educate and develop all learners by providing a foundation to empower them to reach their maximum potential and realize their opportunity of choice.

The District believes that:

1. People are the most important resource 2. A passion for learning is essential for success 3. A commitment to excellence results in Frenship ISD creating a premier environment for our students 4. Each student has an opportunity to reach his/ her potential 5. Our District puts our students first 6. Frenship is a community-centered district, grounded in our history, our achievements and respect for our culture 7. Character is essential to the development of leadership Frenship’s Curriculum and Instruction Department is dedicated to ensuring authentic learning experiences and assessments. The District’s vision for providing the best education possible for all learners starts with strategy. In 2010, the vision statement and beliefs were created by the stakeholders of Frenship ISD. The beliefs and goals were aligned to the vision statement “Seek Perfection ... Capture Excellence.” The District completed another strategic design process in 2016 in which a group of stakeholders set goals for the next five years. This group created the call to action that reflects the Frenship ISD community expectations. “Frenship will create a thriving environment where learners maximize their potential and emerge as empowered, equipped and diverse leaders who engage and collaborate to positively impact communities.” Specifically, the 2016 Strategic Plan goals include: • We will optimize partnerships with businesses and the community. 60

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We will positively seek innovative solutions to address current and future growth while honoring Frenship’s rich tradition of excellence We will ensure authentic learning experiences and assessments We will establish and preserve the character, culture and traditions of Frenship ISD We will educate and protect district fiscal planning We will ensure consistent school and parent connections We will capitalize on all communication methods

Two outcomes of the most recent Strategic Planning process were developing the attributes of a Frenship Learner and Frenship Leader and capturing the attributes of the Frenship Way to preserve the culture in Frenship.

FRENSHIP ISD LEARNER PROFILE The Frenship ISD Learner Profile was created through a collaborative process involving 150 teachers, campus administrators and district administrators. This dedicated group identified the most impactful attributes that learners in our community possess. A learner isn’t necessarily a student; teachers, administrators, parents and community members are learners too. Through ongoing communication and collaboration, Frenship ISD will remain a strong and unique community focused on education and leadership. ACADEMICALLY EQUIPPED A learner who integrates academic skills into all life situations and possesses the ability to analyze, think critically, problem-solve and produce creative solutions. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR A learner who uses interpersonal communication by actively listening, applying verbal and written skills, as well as appropriately utilizing technological tools to achieve desired results.

RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN A learner who is accountable to self and others, is civically engaged and understands his/her role as a member of the local, state, national and global communities. The learner is also an ethical, disciplined citizen of integrity who understands the impact of personal actions. PASSIONATE LEARNER A learner who is confident, curious, persistent and selfmotivated to explore, discover and engage the world. FRENSHIP ISD LEADER PROFILE Leadership has been identified through strategic planning as one of the most important attributes of Frenship learners. Our community is heavily invested in ensuring that leadership development for students, staff and administrators remains a top priority as Frenship continues to grow and change. The Frenship ISD Leader Profile was developed through a collaborative strategic planning effort with the community. It provides the guidance needed for Curriculum and Instruction to support the building of leadership programming across Frenship ISD.

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Person of character who serves with integrity to develop leaders Facilitates effective two-way communication with all stakeholders Responds to the needs of diverse stakeholders with innovative solutions Thinks critically to build capacity through reflective, inspirational leadership

The campus culture is evolving into teacher teams who strategically design lessons, consistently reflect on their instruction and critically analyze student work to monitor effectiveness. Instructional coaches provide on-campus TIGERS Learning Framework training and support throughout the year. This is an ongoing process that is improving educational outcomes for learners. For more information on the Frenship Curriculum and Instruction Department, please visit: >> Departments >> Curriculum and Instruction




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DISTRICT MAP A community-centered district dedicated to nearly 10,000 students, rooted in pride and tradition since the first graduating class of 1936. With 14 campuses stretching across the cities of Wolfforth and Lubbock, the District spans two communities. Since its beginning, Frenship ISD has seen 84 years of excellence with achievements both great and small. More than 1,200 faculty and staff members dedicate their time and effort to educating the next generation. The Frenship Independent School District has seven strategic goals in place to help our District grow and improve as we create an environment that fosters success in every student’s life.

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