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

Caroline Velek – Student Spotlight

To dance is to tell a story; each turn a new chapter, each movement a reflection of peaks and valleys. To dance is to enliven tales that may not otherwise be told, so today, let us dance with Caroline Velek as we tell her story. Velek is a senior at Friendswood High School and the Grand Marshal of the Wranglerettes. … Read More

Jeff Yalden – Parent Power Session

On March 27, motivational speaker Jeff Yalden spoke to FHS students, employees and parents across Friendswood ISD. “I’m a man who lives with mental illness and I’m proud of that,” Yalden began his speech. “I have major depression, bipolar type 2 and PTSD.” From an early age, Yalden said he knew he struggled with mental illness, but he did not … Read More

Student Spotlight – James and Nathan Pine

It doesn’t take a gathering of angels appearing above their heads to get James and Nathan Pine to “come sail away.” The Windsong fifth-graders make the 1977 Styx song background noise as they compete in regattas, both nationally and internationally. The Pines’ interest in the sport came after spending time sailing with their grandpa during the summer when they were … Read More

Student Spotlight – Michael Richards

Imagine a world without baseball games, without movie theaters, without certain restaurants, without circuses. Imagine living in a state of constant fear. That world was Westwood Elementary second-grader Michael Richards’ reality from the time he was a baby. It was not until after his first birthday that Michael’s parents discovered their son had been born with a life-threatening peanut allergy. … Read More

Remembering Walter Wilson

With heavy hearts, we grieve the loss of a pillar of the Friendswood ISD family, Walter Wilson, who passed away on March 11, 2019. During his 36 years of service is FISD, Wilson served in many roles, but perhaps the role he was best known for was being a friend to all. When we remember Wilson, words such as “kind,” … Read More

Student Spotlight – Cole Brock, Skyler Cloyd and Nicole McGill

Whoever said breakfast is the most important meal of the day clearly has not experienced lunch at Friendswood Junior High. In early February of this year, the Best Friends Lunch Club began. It originated as a pilot program earlier in the year when teachers selected a few students to eat lunch with the special education students a couple of times … Read More

Houston Kraft returns to FISD

Mother Teresa once said, “People crave attention and appreciation more than they do bread.” This idea that people need love to survive is something Houston Kraft, motivational speaker and kindness advocate, promotes as he travels around the United States in an attempt to teach love and kindness. On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Kraft returned to Friendswood ISD to speak with Friendswood … Read More

Daniel Londa – Student Spotlight

The Scout Oath reads as follows: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” The obligations that come when taking the Scout Oath are to be completed not … Read More

Student Spotlight – Sam Legendre

Ready, Set, Teach is a two-block class at Friendswood High School that allows high school students to help in elementary school classrooms four days of the week. In those classrooms, the Ready, Set, Teach students aid in working with the students and teachers in an effort to prepare themselves to work in education one day. Amongst these students is senior … Read More