31 Yearbooks for sale

Stratford parents and students: Need a graduation or birthday gift for your student? We still have some yearbooks for sale in Room 228! Once these are gone – that’s it for 2017! $85. Come see us now!

Anton Segal Memorial Scholarship

The winner and finalists for the Anton Segal Memorial Scholarship were named at awards night on May 10th.

Winner: Taran Morford
2nd Place: Elizabeth Gex
3rd Place: Mason Lamberton

This $4000 scholarship is sponsored by Hungry’s Cafe and is awarded to a Stratford junior to pursue their interest in multiculturalism or their education. Congratulations to Taran Morford and our finalists!

Anton Segal Memorial Scholarship Winner. Taran Morford and Sue Nowamooz, owner of Hungry’s Cafe

Congratulations to SHS PTSA Scholarship Recipients!

SHS PTSA Scholarship Winners

At Senior Honors Night, on May 17, 2017, twenty-one Stratford High School PTSA scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each were awarded to Stratford Seniors. These scholarships were made possible because of the generous donations made to the PTSA’s Scholarship Fund. The following outstanding Seniors were scholarship recipients:

  • Juanita Antunez Ortiz
  • Kellen Cerveny
  • Jacqueline Comparin
  • Caroline Crawford
  • Kendrick Dooley
  • Devin Fahey
  • Savannah Gulliver
  • Lexi Henckel
  • Sol Herrera
  • Courtney McCord
  • Jordan Meza
  • Oriana Molleda
  • Justin Moore
  • Luis Nucette
  • Hannah Pruitt
  • Cindy Tax
  • Amayrani Tobias
  • Nomaris Velez
  • Ken’Asia Woods
  • Heream Heream
  • Camila Zapater

Congratulations to these incredible students as they begin their college journey. Thank you to those who did so much to make these scholarships possible: SHS Vice President for Scholarships – Karen Alexander; and Scholarship Committee members – SHS 12th Grade Principal Laura Villaflor, SHS 12th Grade Counselor Greg Fore, SHS Registrar Gene Rutland and SHS Post-Secondary Counselor Deann Franklin.

Congratulations to SHS PTSA Sister School Scholarship Recipient!

Juana Sister School Scholarship Recipient

Stratford PTSA Sister School Scholarship Recipient Juana Zambrano with PTSA President Kim Selzman

The Stratford High School PTSA is proud to be a sister school to Northbrook High School through the Spring Branch Council of PTAs’ Sister School Solution initiative. This year, as part of that partnership, the Stratford PTSA sponsored a $1,000 scholarship through the Spring Branch Education Foundation to be awarded to a deserving Northbrook High School graduation senior. The recipient of this year’s Stratford PTSA Sister School Scholarship is Juana Zambrano. Juana was recognized at the SBEF Bright Stars event on May 18, 2017 and congratulated by PTSA President Kim Selzman.  Juana will attend Texas A&M University in the fall where she plans to study business. Congratulations to Juana Zambrano!

Anna Skelly Receives Texas PTA Scholarship

Stratford senior, Anna Skelly, was recently announced as a 2016-2017 Scholarship Award winner. The Texas PTA offers $1000 scholarship to high school seniors annually. Anna was one of 18 students in the state of Texas to receive this award.

The Texas PTA scholarship process focuses on the impact an applicant’s family, teachers and PTA have had on their goals to continue their eduction. Congratulations to Anna Skelly!

Stratford PTSA Wins SBISD Outstanding PTA Award

Stratford High School - Outstanding PTA Award

Stratford PTSA was once again awarded the SBISD Outstanding PTA Award – Gold Level at the SBISD Council of PTAs’ Awards Luncheon held on May 9, 2017. The Council makes this award each year to encourage the development of strong local PTAs by recognizing their endeavors to make every child’s potential a reality through parent programs, teacher appreciation/support, communication practices, officer training efforts, and service to all students and members.

Stratford PTSA is proud to be recognized for its work throughout the 2016-2017 school year as it has continued to be a supportive and integral part of the educational experience of our high school students and teachers and has continued to work to keep our parents informed and involved with our school. If you are interested in helping us in the 2017-2018 school year, please contact incoming PTSA President Julie Haralson at julieharalson@sbcglobal.net.

Message from the Clinic

If your child has medication stored in the clinic please pick up by June 1st. We cannot keep medication over the summer and any medication remaining in the clinic after 3pm on June 1st will be discarded.
All medication forms need to be renewed every school year and forms for the 2017/2018 school year can be found here: https://cms.springbranchisd.com/healthservices/home/links-resources

If you have any questions please call the clinic at 713-251-3436

Class of 2018 Senior Portraits

Parents of 2018 Seniors: Strawbridge Studios will take all senior yearbook portraits this summer and twice during the fall semester. Please mark your calendars now. Strawbridge will send you an appointment time, but you can reschedule. Please do not forget to take care of this. Seniors must take this photo in order to appear in the senior section of the yearbook. Questions: Email Lillian.Harris@springbranchisd.com or call Strawbridge Studios directly at pcarter@strawbridge.net, 713-898-6414.

SUMMER DATES:
Mon June 261- 4 p.m.
Tues – Thurs – June 27-29 9 – 11:30 a.m. & 1 -3 p.m.
Mon July 17 1 – 4 p.m.
Tues –Wed July 18 -19 9 – 11:30 a.m. & 1 – 3 p.m.
Thurs: July 20 9 – 11:30 a.m. & 1 – 2 p.m.

SCHOOL DATES:
Tues, Aug. 29 8 -11:30 am & 1-2:30 p.m.
Mon, Oct. 30 8 -11:30 am & 1-2:30 p.m.

Extra yearbooks available

Students who did not pick up their yearbooks on May 17 after school can get them May 18 and May 19 during the school day in Room 228. Anyone who still wants a book and did not pre-order a book can purchase an extra book for $85 cash or money order in Room 228. We have 50 books left. They will sell on a first-come, first-serve basis. Email Mrs. Harris with any questions: Lillian.Harris@springbranchisd.com

Parents – Order next year’s 2018 yearbook now and check it off the list! The website is up and running now. Go to www.balfour.com or www.smart-pay.com. Students who have already ordered when school starts will be eligible for gift cards.

Congratulations To Our PTA Honorary Life Membership Recipients!

Congratulations to PTA Honorary Life Membership Recipients

Each year, the Stratford PTSA awards PTA Honorary Life Memberships to several of our members. This award is one of the highest forms of recognition bestowed by PTAs in Texas to let a volunteer know how much their dedication to serving children and the community is appreciated.

At our PTSA meeting on May 10, 2017, Vice President for Membership Anna Farris announced the five recipients of this year’s PTA Honorary Life Memberships. They are:

  • Deann Franklin, SHS Post Secondary Counselor
  • Lynn Hollister, SHS Student Services Counselor
  • Anna Skelly, SHS Student Leader
  • Diana Bates, SHS PTSA Vice President for Directory (2 years) and Volunteer
  • Kim Selzman, SHS PTSA President (2 years) and Volunteer

Congratulations to our 2017 PTA Honorary Life Membership Recipients! We thank all of you for your dedication and service to Stratford High School.

Get Involved with Parents for Full & Fair Funding

Parents for Full and Fair Funding

The PTSA welcomed Jenn Espey to our April 19, 2017 to tell us about Parents for Full & Fair Funding of Texas Public Schools (PF3). Jenn is the parent of children in our district and is working with PF3 to improve the funding of public education for all children in the State of Texas.

Parents for Full & Fair Funding is a grassroots movement started by parents and concerned taxpayers living in and sending children to schools in SBISD. This movement is rooted in a deep concern about how the complex and outdated funding formula (known as “Recapture” or “Robin Hood”) is detrimentally impacting our district.

The State has a long-standing constitutional mandate to provide free public education, but it has not been a fair funding partner for quite some time. In fact, the State of Texas relies on your SBISD local tax dollars to help bankroll the State’s General Fund, shortchanging over 5 million Texas public school students – including 35,000+ SBISD students.

This year, SBISD will send three times more funds to the state ($66 million) than it will receive in state funding ($17.5 million). Next year, SBISD is forecast to pay $91 million in recapture. That’s nearly 22 percent of locally generated revenue.

PF3’s mission is to make public school funding full and fair – and keep education dollars in education. For the current Session, PF3 is petitioning Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus to make these three changes:

1. Elimination of the homestead exemption penalty from the recapture formula.
2. Funding for full-day Pre-K programs & the inclusion of full-day Pre-K student enrollment when determining the amount of recapture local taxpayers must pay the state.
3. Reimbursement to school districts subject to recapture for their transportation costs.

PF3 hopes everyone in SBISD will join them to make education a top priority of the Texas Legislature. When parents take action, notice is taken – and change can happen.

You can become a PF3 member and get involved by taking action:

SHS PTSA Officers for 2017-2018 Elected

Congratulations to all of our newly elected SHS PTSA officers for the 2017-2018 school year.  These new officers are:

  • President – Julie Haralson
  • 1st Vice President – Scholarships: Karen Alexander
  • 2nd Vice President – Membership: Julie Turrentine
  • 3rd Vice President – Directory: Caroline Roberts
  • Treasurer: Cindy McGinty
  • Secretary: Lorraine Alvey

Thanks in advance to these ladies for their service!

Installation of our new PTSA officers will take place at the final PTSA meeting of the school year, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the SHS Auditorium, immediately preceding 9th – 11th Grades Honors Night.

Special Meeting of Stratford High School PTSA – May 3, 2017

Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 4 of the Stratford High School PTSA Bylaws, a special meeting of the Stratford High School PTSA is called for Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Stratford High School Cafeteria. The purpose of this meeting is to elect the President of the Stratford High School PTSA for the 2017-2018 school year. No other business will be conducted at this meeting.

Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stratford PTSA President Kim Selzman at kimselzman@gmail.com.

Kim Selzman
2016-2017 President
Stratford High School PTSA

Anonymous Reporting Available on Stratford Website

If you are experiencing a problem with bullying at Stratford High School or have other discipline-related concerns regarding our school, you can leave your concerns for the principal on the Stratford High School website. Just visit this page to complete the anonymous reporting form:

https://cms.springbranchisd.com/shs/Anonymous-Reporting

You do not need to include your name unless you would like the principal to follow up with you. All messages will be taken seriously and will be worked on promptly. This website is checked daily by the principal. That being said, if you are experiencing a serious problem that needs immediate attention, you are urged to tell a teacher, school leader or other trusted adult as soon as possible.

Volunteer to Help New SHS Students

SHS Volunteer
Interested in volunteering to work with our students? We are looking for parent volunteers to help our refugee and newcomer students practice their English speaking skills in a low-stress environment. These students are ESL students who are quick learners and just need someone to spend some 1-on-1 or small group time with them as they read to you, play language game activities and just talk. The activities will be provided by the teacher.

This 5 minute YouTube video by Stratford ESL teacher Carol Salva explains how you can easily help and the tremendous impact your time will have: http://bit.ly/LanguageVolunteers.

Parents are already doing this type of volunteer work at other SBISD schools and seeing incredible success. We want to offer our Stratford kids the same opportunity!

You can sign up by using our Sign-Up Genius form:

Sign-Up Genius Form for Helping New Students

You should check in at the SHS Front Office and then meet up with Ms. Salva in Rooms 352/353. Questions? Email Ms. Salva at carol.salva@springbranchisd.com. And thanks in advance for your assistance!

Class of 2018 Garage Sale this Friday and Saturday!

Great deals can be found at the Stratford Class of 2018 “Giant Garage Sale”

Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2017

Students and parents have collected over 6000 square feet of treasures, that are all priced to sell! Everything from gently used clothing, furniture, antiques, toys, bikes, household items, collectibles, artwork and so much more! Come support this parent led fundraising event at our new location,

10303 Katy Frwy @ Benignus Plaza

Stratford Playhouse Students Awarded UIL One Act Play Awards

Stratford Playhouse performed “The Trojan Women” in the UIL One Act Play Contest for District 15AAAAAA on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
The following received UIL Awards:
Rachel Harsley (role of Hecuba) All Star Cast
Rachel Stone (role of Cassandra) Honorable Mention All Star Cast
Bayle Goldman (crew) Best Technical

Photo: Rachel Stone, Bayle Goldman, Rachel Harsley

PTSA is Looking for Arabic-Speaking Volunteers to Help SHS Teacher

SHS Math Teacher Olivia Shirley is looking for Arabic-speaking volunteers to assist with her grade-level Geometry class. Volunteers do not need to be experts in math to help – the teacher gives the lesson and volunteers are just needed to translate what is said to students. Volunteers can also help with translating student questions to the teacher. Translators would be especially helpful with “one-on-one” student/teacher work.

Volunteers need to check in at the Front Office and then meet in SHS Room 201 from 11:47 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated). Volunteers are needed on these dates:

  • March 6, 8, 10, 21, 23 (12:06-1:30 p.m.), 29
  • April 4, 10, 12, 17

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Ms. Shirley at olivia.shirley@springbranchisd.com. Your help is greatly appreciated!

The Sparta Fund Wants to Help YOU Help Our Kids!

Sparta Fund Logo

Do you have an idea for an incredible project that would significantly impact the education of our Stratford kids? Are you interested in enhancing the learning experience of our students? Does your great project just need some funding to get going? Then why not apply to the Sparta Fund?

New this year, the Stratford High School PTSA’s Sparta Fund is dedicated to enhancing excellence in the education, health and welfare of the students of Stratford High School. The Sparta Fund Committee is now looking for projects, both big and small, that deserve funding. The Committee is now taking accepting applications and hopes to fund several fantastic projects this year. requests for the fall.

All Sparta Fund funding requests must follow the Sparta Fund Guidelines. You can view the Guidelines and complete a Sparta Fund on-line request form by visiting:

http://stratfordptsa.com/sparta-fund/

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Sparta Fund Committee Chairperson, Amy Harrington, at amyh@rwr.com.

Please note: Funding requests must be for items or events that are appropriate for purchase by the PTSA. Such items include, but are not limited to, non-consumable instructional and educational materials, PTSA-sponsored programs or events, technology items, campus beautification, and support of appropriate organizations within Stratford High School.

Stratford Teams Take 1st Place at Odyssey of the Mind Contest

Congratulations to our two Stratford High School Odyssey of the Mind teams which both finished in first place at the recent Regional Tournament! Seniors Andrew Dawson, Joshua Chan, Jessica Sheldon, Riley Timmreck, Caroline Crawford, Randall Royall and Nestor Mejia took first in the Balsa Wood Problem. Juniors Madeleine Wylie, Jacinda Isbell, and Max Schein, along with Natalie Lee, Cameron Chan, and Drew Chan won for the Theatrical Problem. Both teams advance to State and will compete in the State Tournament on April 8th at Waller High School. Way to go Spartan OM teams!

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