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William B. Travis High School 11111 Harlem Rd. Richmond, TX 77406 Fort Bend ISD Phone: 281.634.7000 Fax: 281.634.7010

Volume 2 / Issue 2

For the parents, staff, students, and community of Travis High School

December 2008

Principal's Message Hello fellow Travis Tigers! We are fast approaching the end of our first semester of the 2008-2009 school year. Our athletic teams were totally awesome in varsity play this year, surprising many of the other schools that such an “upstart” high school could do so well! However, it was not a surprise to anyone who knows how hard our players and coaches’ work to exhibit their best athletic ability with our standard “class and character”. Our students have embraced their academic studies with the same determination and drive. We have increased the number of students taking the Pre-SAT and the SAT exams from last year. Also, the class enrollment for the Advance Placement courses has grown considerably from the previous year. The band and dance team have performed superbly in several area and regional contests this fall. Three of our orchestra students were selected for the All State Orchestra. These are but some of the examples of the level of participation and accomplishment shown by our students each day. As we approach the end of this first semester, I encourage each student to continue studying and earn their highest grades yet! Parents, if you are unsure of how to assist your student in preparation for these last few weeks, contact one of our counselors or your child’s teacher. As always, if I may be of assistance, please call me. And, as we say around here each morning, “It’s a Great Day to be a Travis Tiger!”

2009 Travis Teacher of the Year

English/Language Arts department chair Linka Pace was named 2009 Travis Teacher of the Year in November. The selection process began with nominations by faculty who then voted on three finalists who were interviewed by a committee and required to submit an essay. The other two finalists were English instructor and coach Luke Chauvin and mathematics department head Kim Johnston. Pace is now entered in the FBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year competition. The winner will be named in the spring.

Principal JJ Kyle congratulates English/Language Arts department chair Linka Pace on being named 2009 Travis Teacher of the Year in November.

TOY finalists Luke Chauvin, Linka Pace and Kim Johnston

Travis Mission Statement In partnership with home and community, it is our mission to create an environment of mutual respect and belonging in which we strive for excellence in both academic and extra-curricular programs.

Williams Named Region 4 Secondary Teacher of the Year

Administration J.J. Kyle – Principal 281-634-7004 Karin Grisdale – Associate Principal (Seniors) 281-634-7011 Doug Thompson – Assistant Principal (A –G) 281-634-7082 Bob Banks – Assistant Principal (H-O) 281-634-7080 Kyle Lovetinsky – Assistant Principal (P-Z) 281-634-7081

Counselors: Ronald Monachello - Freshmen 281-634-7025 Sophomores, Juniors And Seniors: Tiffany Chaney (A- E) 281-634-7018 Marci Nichols, Lead Counselor (F-J) 281-634-7015 Jeanne Andrews (K-Q) 281-634-7016 Crystal Collins (R-Z) 281-634-7026 Registrar: Cynthia Charles 281.634.7020 Attendance

While this happened earlier in the year, we have not produced a newsletter to share this information with parents. Congratulations to Stephanie Williams of Travis High School, who was named Region 4 Secondary Teacher of the Year at a special awards dinner held earlier in the year. Williams was selected as FBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year and progressed to the regional competition as a finalist. She will advance to participate in the Texas Education Agency’s annual Texas Teacher of the Year Program, where two teachers (elementary and secondary) will be selected in October to represent the entire state. Williams has 14 years of teaching experience and two of those years have been teaching mathematics at Travis.

Students Compete In UIL Practice Meets Accounting students consisting of Jackie Lin, Jose Ayala, Cindy Tran, and Mohammed Syed traveled to Pflugerville and captured 1st-4th places consecutively and took the 1st Place team trophy home as well at a practice tournament in Pflugerville. Students then went to Westfield High School and took 2nd place, 4th place, and 6th place and 2nd place top team.  Winners include Jose Ayala, Jackie Lin, and Rizvan Chowdury, and Cindy Tran. Parth Upadyay took 3rd and Aaron Clift captured 6th in the Computer Applications contest. Parth Upadyay took 1st, Nasir Adaya 3rd and Aaron Clift 5th and top team in Computer Science. Fourth place in Literary Criticism went to Jessica Chow and Science took 3rd place team and 4th place individual.    Students will compete in Math, Social Studies, Science, Ready Writing, and Accounting in the next tournament in Bryan.

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THS Marketing Class Assists With BerriBlends Grand Opening


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Students in Crystal Mills’ marketing class assisted with the grand opening of BerriBlends, Richmond’s newest frozen yogurt and premium coffee shop, early in November.

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Travis Theatrical Company To Present Bye Bye Birdie The Travis Theatrical Company is gearing up for the 2009 Spring Musical, Bye Bye Birdie. With a cast of 45 students (and a few teachers in a surprise cameo), this is by far the biggest production that Travis High School has seen yet, according to Kyle Martin, director.

Winter Ball Set Dec. 6   On Saturday, Dec. 6 Travis will hold the first THS Winter Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight.  Tickets will cost $10 and will be on sale Dec. 1 – 4. “We look forward to a wonderful night dancing and visiting with our surprise guest”, Jennifer Frnka, sponsor, said.

National History Day Project All Mr. Lyons’ World History classes (AP and Advanced) will be participating in the National History Day project. Please check his website for due dates. You can also check to find information about research help, requirements, example projects, and other useful information. Please email Mr. Lyons if you have further questions.

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The FIRST Senior Prom for Travis High School will be held Saturday, May 23 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the JW Marriott on Westheimer.  The theme is Masquerade. We will need parent volunteers to help with decorations and to serve as chaperones.  If you are interested, please contact Noelle Hodge or Duffy Lieber, Senior Class Sponsors.

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AP 2009 Exams Schedule Week 1 Monday, May 4

Morning Session – 8 a.m.

Afternoon Session – 12 noon Comparative Government and Politics French Language

United States Government and Politics

Computer Science A Tuesday, May 5* Computer Science AB Spanish Language Calculus AB Wednesday, May 6 Calculus BC English Literature and Composition Thursday, May 7 German Language

Friday, May 8


Morning Session – 8 a.m.

Biology Monday, May 11 Music Theory Chemistry Tuesday, May 12 Environmental Science English Language and Composition Wednesday, May 13 Italian Language and Culture Macroeconomics Thursday, May 14 World History Human Geography Friday, May 15 Spanish Literature

French Literature Japanese Language and Culture European History Studio Art (portfolios due)

Afternoon Session – 12 noon

Dec. 10 7 p.m. Getting Ready for College Financial Aid Program for Juniors and Seniors and their Parents Jan. 20, 2009 7 p.m. Financial Aids Forum Workshop (Tips for completing the FAFSA)

Chinese Language and Culture

United States History

Week 2

Upcoming Events From The Counseling Office

Jan. 27, 2009 7:30 a.m. Making it Count: Junior Assembly Afternoon Session – 2 p.m.

Physics B Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism


Art History

Testing Dates,   Second Semester

Microeconomics Latin Literature Latin: Vergil

Travis Pro Grad Support Travis High School Pro Grad and get a break from cooking!  Local  area restaurants will donate a percentage of your bill to Travis High School Pro Grad when you tell them. Pepperoni’s will be hosting Pizza Nights on the first and third Mondays of the month. This includes dine-in, pick-up or delivery orders at Pecan Grove and New Territory locations.  La Cocina Restaurant on FM359 will donate a percentage of sales on Wednesday nights. Chick-Fil-A (Greatwood location only) will donate a portion of each sale on the third Friday of the month if you say you are supporting Travis Pro Grad.   Be sure to mention “Travis Pro Grad”. Support Travis ProGrad this Holiday Season by purchasing your Christmas tree at Enchanted Gardens or Enchanted Forest. They will donate 10% of your purchase back to Travis ProGrad. Come shop at either location for a beautiful tree! Enchanted Gardens is located at 6420 FM 359 Road in Richmond and Enchanted Forest is located at 10611 FM 2759 Road in Richmond. This fundraiser takes place Nov. 28-- Dec. 24. Remember to mention Travis ProGrad at the time of purchase!

March 3rd 9 grade Reading TAKS 10 grade TAKS ELA 11 grade Exit TAKS ELA   March 3-6 Exit Level TAKS Re-test   April 27-28 10 grade LAT Testing   April 28th -May 1st 9th, 10th, 11th TAKS Testing AND TAKS Re-TEST Exit Level

TRAVIS PRO GRAD UPCOMING EVENTS: Nov. 14-16..........................Barnes & Noble Bookfair at First Colony Mall Nov. 17...............................Pepperoni’s Night in New Territory and Pecan Grove Nov. 19 & 26......................LaCocina Night on FM 359 Nov. 21...............................Chick-Fil-A Night (Greatwood location only) Dec.5,6,12,13, 19 & 20......Holiday Hayrides in Pecan Grove Dec. 1 & 15........................Pepperoni’s Night in New Territory and Pecan Grove Dec. 3,10,17 Dec. 19...............................Chick-Fil-A Night (Greatwood location only)

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Exam Schedule First Day 7:30-8:15 8:20-9:05 9:10-9:55 10:00-10:50 10:55-12:25 12:30-2:30

Jan. 13, 2009 and June 1, 2009 1st period review 2nd period review 3rd period review 4th period review 5th period review and lunch 6th period exam

Second Day 7:30-9:30 9:40-11:40 11:45-1:10 1:15-2:30

Jan. 14, 2009 and June 2, 2009 2nd period exam 4th period exam 5th period lunch/class 7th period review

Third Day 7:30-9:30 9:40-11:45 11:45

Jan. 15, 2009 and June 3, 2009 3rd period exam 5th period exam Early Dismissal

Fourth Day 7:30-9:30 9:40-11:45 11:45

Jan. 16, 2009 and June 4, 2009 7th period exam 1st period exam early dismissal

Volleyball Team The Tiger Volleyball team made history in November by being the first Travis team to make it to the finals of the  Region 3 Volleyball Tournament.   Travis attacked the Katy Tigers in the Semi Finals winning 3 straight games to move on to the finals on Saturday.   They faced a strong Clear Creek team who had been to the Regional Tournament the past 3 years.  The Tigers put up a tough fight but came up one match short of the State tournament.   The Lady Tigers  took the Runner-Up Regional trophy with great pride and finished the season as Undefeated 18-0 District Champs, Bi-District Champs, Area Champs, winners of the Regional Quarter Finals and Semi Finals, and Regional Runner Up placing them in the top 8 5A teams in the State of Texas with a season record of 36-10.  They had an amazing ride and made many memories along the way that will last Forever.  The Tigers have four seniors who played in their last match as Travis Tigers: Setter Brittney Anderson, Right Side Hitter Ashley Dorroh, Libero Shelby Hillman, and Setter Ashleigh Lucco.   Great Job Lady Tigers!  Travis is very Proud of you! Thanks go out to all the fans who supported the Lady Tigers this season and this past weekend.

Softball Tryouts Softball tryouts begin on Jan. 26. Get in contact with Coach Crissman if you have any questions.

Travis Cheerleaders Win Camp Champion Award Once again the Travis Tiger Cheerleaders represented William B. Travis High School with honor and pride as they participated at UCA Cheer Camp at Texas A & M University August 4th through 7th. In addition to winning the prestigious “Camp Champion” Award for their Large Varsity Extreme Routine, THS also brought home six All-Star Cheerleaders. They are: Sophomore, Kayli Hyek; Junior, Jessica Neal; Seniors, Chaleste Love, Leanna Orsak, Joe’l Sanchez and Co-Captain Reagan Davis. Three Senior Cheerleaders received the honor of being invited to join the UCA Cheer Staff next year. They are Chaleste Love, Reagan Davis and Madison Henry. For the first time, THS was represented at Mascot Camp by junior Kayla Posey.

Boys Cross Country Team Wins District The boys cross country team won district and was the first district champion in Travis high school history and will compete in regionals on Nov. 8th.   Spencer Buxton won his second straight individual district championship. In a record time of 16:03

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Brandon Wilhide finished 4th out of 120 golfers in the Huntsville Invitational October 24th & 25th.   The Varsity Boys place first in the Brazoswood HS Invitational.  They were the reigning Champs going in, and repeated while setting a one – day school record of 307.  Chad Currie finished 3rd individually.

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Travis Tigers Sub-Varsity Basketball Day Date Tues. Dec. 2 Thur.-Sat. Dec.4 - 6

Sat. Sat. Tues. Thur.-Sat.

Dec. 6 Dec. 6 Dec. 9 Dec. 11 - 13

Tues. Fri. Tues. Wed. Fri.-Sat. Tues. Sat. Sat. Mon. Sat. Tues. Sat. Tues. Sat. Tues. Sat. Mon.

Dec. 16 Dec. 19 Dec. 30 Dec. 31 Jan. 2-3 Jan. 6 Jan. 10 Jan. 17 Jan. 19 Jan. 24 Jan. 27 Jan. 31 Feb. 3 Feb. 7 Feb. 10 Feb. 14 Feb. 16

Opponent B.F. Terry @ Manvel J.V. Tournament @ Kempner Tournament @ Foster Tournament @ Foster Tournament @ Brazosport @ FB Austin Tournament @ Santa Fe Tournament @ Westfield @ Cy Fair Stratford Elkins Clements Tournament @ Hightower Kempner Austin @ Clements @ Willowridge Dulles @ Marshall @ Elkins Hightower Bush @ Austin Clements

JV 6:00 TBA

ÂŽ One Student at a Time...

Red 6:00

Gray 4:30

TBA TBA 6:00

TBA 4:30

4:00 4:30 10:00 10:00

TBA 5:30 6:00 11:30 11:30

4:00 4:30 10:00 10:00

5:00 9:00 9:00 10:00 9:00 5:00 9:00 5:00 9:00 5:00 9:00 5:00

6:30 10:30 10:30 11:30 10:30 6:30 10:30 6:30 10:30 6:30 10:30 6:30

5:00 9:00 9:00 10:00 9:00 5:00 9:00 5:00 9:00 5:00 9:00 5:00


4:30 TBA

5:30 6:00 11:30 11:30 TBA 6:30 10:30 10:30 11:30 10:30 6:30 10:30 6:30 10:30 6:30 10:30 6:30

All District 23-5A games in italics. All Home games (in bold) to be played at Travis High School

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Travis Tigers Varsity Basketball Day Date Tues. Dec. 2 Thur.–Sat. Dec. 4-6

Opponent B.F. Terry Spring Branch Tournament. Tue. Dec. 9 @ Brazosport Thur.-Sat. Dec. 11 - 13 Outback Tournament Tues. Dec. 16 @ Westfield Fri. Dec. 19 @ Cy Fair Tue. Dec. 30 Stratford Sat. Jan. 3 Elkins Thur. Jan. 8 Hightower

Time 7:30 TBD

Site Travis H.S. TBD

7:30 TBD 7:00 7:30 1:00 2:30 7:00

Brazosport H.S. TBD Westfield H.S. Cy Fair H.S. Travis H.S. Hopson F.H. Hopson F.H.

Sat. Sat. Tues. Fri. Mon. Fri. Mon. Fri. Mon. Sat. Tue.

4:00 4:00 5:30 5:30 5:30 7:00 4:00 4:00 5:30 1:00 7:00

Wheeler F.H. Wheeler F.H. Wheeler F.H. Hopson F.H. Wheeler F.H. Hopson F.H. Wheeler F.H. Wheeler F.H. Wheeler F.H. Wheeler F.H. Wheeler F.H.

Jan. 10 Jan. 17 Jan. 20 Jan. 23 Jan. 26 Jan. 30 Feb. 2 Feb. 6 Feb. 9 Feb. 14 Feb. 17

Kempner Austin Clements Willowridge Dulles Marshall Elkins Hightower Bush Austin Clements

All District 23-5A games in italics. All Home games in bold.

Yearbooks On Sale Through Smart-Pay

FFA Takes Honors

The 2009 Travis Stripes yearbook is on sale now through Jan. 20, 2009, through Parents of all Travis students should have received two letters from Taylor Publishing Co./Smart-Pay containing purchase information, including a unique customer number which can be entered on the site for quick access. However, even if parents do not have or have misplaced the customer number, they can still order. “Just enter your first name and last name, and choose the state, city and school,” Dianne Smith, Travis Media Team adviser, said. Books can be purchased via credit card or check through Smart-Pay. The price of a book is $72.50, and other options, such as plastic covers, nameplates, yearzines and autograph sections are also available for purchase through the web site. “At the present time, no books can be purchased on campus. All orders must go through Smart-Pay,” Smith said. “When books are delivered in the spring, if there are any extras available they can be purchased here at school for $85 cash. You definitely save money by ordering early through Smart-Pay.”

The Travis FFA competed in our annual Leadership Development events recently. They competed on a district level against 19 other schools from the area. The top six teams in each event receive a banner. Last year the organization had 12 members and brought home 1 banner. This year the goal was to win three banners, but they came home with five. Only two of the members had ever gone to this competition before. “Our future looks bright. We are only losing two seniors next year,” Heather Mills, sponsor, said. • Radio broadcasting team- 6th place • Public Relations team- 4th place • Senior Creed Speaking- 6th • Junior Creed Speaking-5th • Job Interview event- 5th

Yearbook Congratulatory Ads Available Parents who would like to congratulate their students for a job well done, graduating, or for just being neat kids are invited to place an ad in the 2009 Stripes yearbook. Sizes include a full page ($350), one-half page ($260), one-fourth page ($140) and one-eighth page ($75). Color and black-and-white ads are the same price. Full-page and one-half page ads can be purchased through at the same time a yearbook is purchased. Credit cards or checks are accepted. All sizes are available for purchase through the Travis Media Team at the school, payable by cash or check. Checks should be made out to THS Activity Fund. (Designate “yearbook ad” in the “for” area.) Deadline for ad purchases is Jan. 15, 2009. “At that time we will have to give an exact page count to the publisher, so we cannot accept any more ads after Jan. 15,” Dianne Smith, Travis Media Team adviser, said. All pictures for the ads must be submitted digitally and should be 300 ppi resolution or higher in order for them to print best. The Media Team suggests pictures be submitted on a CD rather than through email. Guidelines for the number of pictures for each size are as follows: full page: 5-7; half-page, 3-4; one-fourth page: 2; one-eighth page: 1. “If a collage is desired for the full-page ads, we can accept more pictures,” Smith said.

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