House Bill 5

New graduation details to be discussed in FISD parent meetings

The changes caused by legislation passed in Austin last year and how it affects current and future Friendswood High School students will be explained in numerous upcoming parent meetings.

Parents of this fall’s incoming 9th grade students at FHS (the Class of 2018) should attend a meeting at the FHS Cafeteria on Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m.

House Bill 5 created for those students and the ones that follow a process similar to declaring a major, which are called “endorsements.”

To graduate, students will continue to have the currently required English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Languages, Fine Arts, Physical Education and electives. They will also need four credits in at least one of five endorsement paths. Endorsement choices are: 1) STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), 2) Business and Industry, 3) Public Services, 4) Arts and Humanities, and 5) Multi-disciplinary Studies.

Prior to the February 27, 7 p.m. meeting will be an “Endorsement Fair,” at 5:30 p.m. Parents of current eighth graders will receive a detailed letter regarding that event.

Current FHS students are not required to makechanges to their academic plan to comply with House Bill 5. If they want toknow more about the endorsement options, they can attend a meeting for parentsof current high school students. The first meeting is Thursday, February 13 at7 p.m. at the Friendswood High School Cafeteria. An identical meeting will beheld in the FHS (newly renamed) Myrlene Kennedy Auditorium on Monday, February17 at 9 a.m.

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