Fairfield ISD

Wed
13
Feb

Election filings underway

Although the county has no election this year, city council and school board are gearing up for early voting in April as each have three seats open.

Up for council re-election are Place 3 Keith Daniels, Place 4 Landis Bayless, and Place 5 Jason Bosley. Although election packets have been picked up for city council, none were turned in by presstime Tuesday.

The deadline to apply for the election is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

FISD Interim Superintendent Tony Price reported three places up for election on the school board, for which one application has been submitted

Wed
30
Jan

Superintendent pool narrows

Fairfield school board has narrowed down the superintendent candidates to two, said Interim Superintendent Tony Price Tuesday morning. 

"We had 47 candidates of which four had first interviews," said Price.

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Wed
28
Nov

TxDOT traffic study planned

The intersection U.S. 84 West and Post Oak is a mess of traffic during peak times: 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m. This photo was taken at 7:40 a.m. Monday morning.
Photo by April Walker

After numerous complaints from citizens and concerned parents, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has decided to conduct a Signal Warrant Analysis at the intersection of Post Oak and U.S. 84 West in Fairfield.

There have been accidents at the intersection over the years because of the current flashing caution light combined with a speed limit of 55 MPH. The study will be performed by the TxDOT Traffic Office during February.

“February is a date selected to ensure that school is in session outside of holidays and resources are available to conduct the study,” said Bobby Colwell, TxDOT public information officer.

Wed
14
Nov

"The run for those that don't" is Saturday

“Runners” still have time to train for the upcoming .5K race – about 1,637 feet – planned for Saturday, Nov. 17. The “run for those that don’t” kicks off at 9:30 a.m., with packet pickup at the energy station with coffee and donuts on the courthouse square.

Participants can register for two levels: Underachiever and VIP. The Underachiever is $25 and includes a backpack, a .5K sticker, a race T-shirt, and refreshments. The VIP package is the crème de la crème. For just $50 this package offers couch potato transportation. Kids 12 and under can register for just $15.

VIP entrants will ride the race route via VIP Couch Potato Transportation along with a VIP completion medal and entry to the VIP tent area.

Wed
17
Oct

Board tours FHS kitchen

Piper Niswanger, Chloe Carter, and Ariana Thurman take a moment from serving school board members Tuesday, Oct. 9, to take a photo with teacher Laura Craddick.
Photo by April Walker

FISD school board trustees were treated to an array of appetizers during last week’s tour of the newly renovated culinary arts department. Laura Craddick, head of the department, and her students prepared the tasty spread which featured roast beef sandwiches, hot seafood dip, macaroons, and more served in an Alice in Wonderland themed room.

Craddick said the remodel began in May with new countertops, new sinks and handwashing stations, a gas range with grill, convection oven, commercial refrigerator, stainless steel table, and an exhaust and fire suppression system.

Wed
18
Jul

FISD teacher roster finalized

School board officials finalized the teacher roster for the upcoming school year. There have been several new hires and position changes in recent weeks throughout the district. School is slated to begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, for Fairfield ISD. Fairfield Junior High School is hosting a 6th grade orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 30, for all incoming sixth graders.

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Wed
30
May

Keep kids active through summer with FISD camps

Another school year has come and gone and FISD is preparing for a full summer of athletic, drama, art, and music camps for the students. Camps will be taught by FISD coaches and teachers beginning in June. Camps are as follows in date order:

 

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Wed
30
May

Teachers recognized

Mary and John Gordon Small were recognized for their contributions to the students of FISD.
Photo by April Walker

After a long running career with Fairfield ISD, Mary and Gordon Small were inducted into the Educator Hall of Fame last week during the annual awards ceremony hosted by FISD. Mary Small retired in 2004 after a 25 year career teaching sixth grade science at Fairfield Junior High School.

"She made a significant contribution," said Beth Henrichs, intermediate school principal.

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Wed
21
Feb

FISD undergoes deep cleaning in wake of influenza

The cleaning crew of SSC Service Solutions tackled first the junior high campus before taking the rest of the week to clean the other campuses and buses of Fairfield ISD.
Photo by April Walker

Using hospital-strength disinfectants, the crew of SSC Service Solutions performed a deep cleaning of each Fairfield campus and all district buses after school officials closed the campuses last week. Students returned to school Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The flu has plagued this area since the season began in September 2017. FISD Superintendent Tony Price said there were 150 absences just last week in the district.

Cleaning crews, led by SSC Service Solutions owner Cecelia “Miss CeCe” Sweeney tackled each building, beginning with the junior high school followed by elementary, intermediate, and high school campuses. Buses were cleaned Monday, Feb. 19.

Miss CeCe said her crews wiped down door knobs, desks, counters, tables, lockers, pencil sharpeners, water fountains, and more. All sports equipment and toys were also disinfected.

“Everything we think a kid or teacher touch, we're wiping it down,” she explained.

Thu
10
Aug

FISD utilizes new technology

Several Fairfield ISD teachers took a summer training class to learn to use the new Google Expeditions Virtual Reality Kits.
Courtesy photo

Thanks to a $10,000 grant Fairfield teachers are learning to utilize new technology for the upcoming school year. Fairfield Junior High School Media Specialist Tammy Gawryszewski wrote the Region 12 Technology Foundation Grant and hosted summer training sessions for the 30 virtual reality kits the district received.
Through Google, students can enjoy virtual field trips to more than 640 locations in – and out – of this world.
“VR is not to take the place of traditional lessons, but to enhance and improve on the experience,” said Gawryszewski. “VR makes the lessons memorable.”
Google Expedition Virtual Reality Kits currently offer 640 free field trips. The 360 degree panoramas and 3D images allow students to explore incredible locations while the teacher guides them along.
Included field trips are:

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