Betsy Conn – Staff Spotlight

Bales fifth-grade language arts teacher Betsy Conn has worked at Bales since its opening 26 years ago. She grew up in Nacogdoches and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University alongside her husband Lance. The two then started looking for jobs and found themselves in Friendswood. “I knew nothing about Friendswood, I didn’t know anything at all,” Conn said. “I … Read More

Harley Imamura – Student Spotlight

Every name has meaning, but some seem more suitable for their owner than others. Bales Intermediate fifth-grader Harley Imamura has a name that carries with it unique significance. His first name “Harley” comes from his father’s love of motorcycles; an ode to Harley Davidson. “Imamura” originated in Japan and means “new village.” Much like the root of their surname, the … Read More

FISD District leaders shadow students on campuses

During the week following students’ return from Winter Break, Friendswood ISD District leaders were asked by Superintendent Thad Roher, who also participated, to shadow a student for part of a school day. Roher said he asked administrators and principals to participate in the activity in order to better understand students and what they go through while at school. “We are … Read More

Macie Simecek – Student Spotlight

Famous painter Bob Ross once said, “Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere – you only have to look to see it.” Ross was able to bring the beauty of this world to life through art, something Bales third-grader Macie Simecek knows a lot about. Inspired by the works of artists like Ross and Frida Kahlo, aspiring … Read More

FHS students teach kids in Bales’ Spanish Club

Every Friday morning this school year, select Friendswood High School seniors are working with 140 Bales Intermediate students to teach them the basics of the Spanish language in the Bales’ Spanish Club. The partnership is the result of a new Board-approved class at the high school called Spanish Seminar. For FHS students to be a part of the class, they … Read More

Sharon Dixon – Staff Spotlight

Whenever Bales 5th grade teacher Sharon Dixon was a little girl, her dad would tell her she could do anything – be anyone – she wanted if she put her mind to it. As she made her way through life, Dixon held tight to her father’s words and became many things: a student, a volunteer, a wife, a mother, a … Read More

Natalie Alnas – Student Spotlight

When you hear the word “genius” perhaps your mind immediately thinks of Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein, but Friendswood ISD believes anyone can be a genius, no matter how famous or how old. Genius Hour is something that was implemented across elementary schools in FISD four years ago. The idea was taken from big-business companies like Google and Microsoft who … Read More

Bales and Windsong Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State

On Feb. 16, students from Westwood Elementary, Bales Intermediate and Windsong Intermediate competed in the Destination Imagination Gulf Coast Regional Competition. One Windsong team and one Bales team won first place in their respective divisions. Bales also came home with the Torchbearer Award for making a difference in their community, and Windsong won the Instant Challenge Medal for having the … Read More

Student Spotlight – Vanessa Marsh, Danna Cai, Alexis and Jolie Jackson

On the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 26, the Wesley Center at Clear Lake United Methodist Church was filled with the sounds of all kinds of different instruments playing all kinds of different melodies. It was a hodgepodge of noise and music and chatter; however, the loudness in the room was drowned out by the beating of four young ladies’ hearts … Read More

Student Spotlight – Oscar Garza-Guerrero

Like many students, Bales Intermediate fifth grader Oscar Garza-Guerrero, 10, started the school year with a fresh, new haircut. Unlike most students, the reason for Garza-Guerrero’s haircut was not to make an impression on his classmates, but rather leave an impression on his neighbor’s heart. Garza-Guerrero’s neighbor of four years, Jennifer Harper, has been battling cancer and lost her hair … Read More