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FLORENCE, Texas 76527
Phone: (254) 793-2850
Fax: 254-793-3055
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Local Trustee Participates in Leadership Program


(Austin) Edward Navarette, trustee from Florence ISD joined 34 other school board members from across Texas November 17-19 at the second session of the Leadership TASB class of 2017. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 1,000 to 159,000, and reflect a similar range of property wealth.

Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB.

Meeting in San Antonio, the trustees heard featured speaker Mark Elberfeld, president of the Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership in Atlanta, GA. Elberfeld is a recognized authority on leadership training and focused on characteristics of leaders as servants. This was the first of three sessions on servant leadership in which the class will participate. The class also visited Uvalde CISD and Knippa ISD to learn about innovative programs and the boards role in student success.

Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled , February 16-18; McAllen, April 20-22; and Fort Worth, June 22-24. Each session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments between meetings. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has more than 800 graduates to date.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million public school students.


Once again, the Florence ISD Education Foundation presented our Teacher of the Month, Julio Verdi with a check for $250.00 to be used for classroom supplies.  Angela Gower, FES Assistant Principal, made the presentation.  We appreciate the continued support of the Education Foundation.  


The teacher of the month for January is Julio Verdi.  Mr. Elder and Mrs. Beckerley both nominated him.  Mr. Verdi is new to FISD this year and teaches Spanish and Study Skills at the middle school as well as Spanish classes at the high school. Mr. Verdi has also developed relationships with students and has been the teacher selected to participate in several spirit contests during the year. He is always willing and happy to help support the campus in any capacity. In addition, Mr. Verdi has taken the initiative to develop and implement a community English language class for Spanish speaking parents which has been very well received and attended throughout the year. Mr. Verdi has a servant’s heart and desire to be a positive role model for his students and the community he serves.



In honor of School Board Appreciation Month, we recognized our board members at the January Regular Board Meeting.  Each campus had prepared something to present along with a small token of our appreciation from the district.  Thank a Board Member today!

 A Message From the Superintendent


RE:  School Board Appreciation Month

Please join me in celebrating School Board Appreciation Month in January by expressing support and gratitude to FISD Board Members:  Ed Navarette,  Brenda Thompson,  Jason Earp,  Dena Shelton, Joshua Atkinson,  David Iiams, and Jeff Stone. 

These servant leaders volunteer their time to sit through countless meetings, study detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns, attend school functions and make important decisions in support of our students.  Their tireless efforts not only benefit the students, but the community as a whole.  They take their responsibilities seriously. 

I have had the opportunity to work with many board members over the years.   I can say, without a doubt, the individuals I have had the privilege to work with in Florence are the absolute best.  They care deeply about the success of our students, Florence ISD, and the community as a whole. 

Once again, I encourage you to take the opportunity to express your gratitude for the selfless service these board members provide to our community.


Paul Michalewicz

Superintendent of Schools, Florence ISD



The Florence ISD Board of Trustees recognized FISD Band students and their sponsors at the regular December meeting. 

On October 22, 2016, the band earned a 1st Division rating, which UIL recognizes as a "Superior" rating and is the highest rating awarded by UIL! The Band consisted of 13 high school students and 17 8th graders.

Several M.S. students were also recognized for having earned selection into the Association of Texas Small School Bands (A.T.S.S.B.) Middle School All-Region Band.

Congratulations to this fine and young band!

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Florence FFA Brings Home the Gold!
National FFA Results! ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 10/22/2016
Source Page: Central Office News

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Florence FFA Brings Home the Gold!
National FFA Results! ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 10/22/2016
Source Page: Central Office News

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Florence FFA Cleans Up Main St.
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Posted Date: 09/29/2016
Source Page: Central Office News

2016-2017 Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are Now Available.
Applications for Free and Reduced Lunches for the 2016-2017 school year are now available online in english and spanish. Please complete the application and return to your child’s school. You can ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 06/20/2016
Source Page: Central Office News

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UIL Congressional Debate competed at State!
Shayla Stewart competed at the State UIL Congressional Debate Contest at The University of Texas January 10, 2017. Shayla was proud to show Mr. Michalewicz her certificate with the UIL State Golden ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 01/12/2017
Source Page: High School news

Florence Middle School Campus Improvement Plan
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Posted Date: 11/18/2016
Source Page: Middle School News

Registering at Florence Middle School
Items you will need when registering at Florence Middle School ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 11/08/2016
Source Page: Middle School News

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Order your No Place for Hate T-shirt!
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Posted Date: 01/18/2017
Source Page: Elementary News

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Congratulations Students of the Month for November!
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Posted Date: 01/04/2017
Source Page: Elementary News

Parental Involvement Connection
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Posted Date: 08/15/2016
Source Page: Elementary News

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Elementary School Start Time
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Posted Date: 08/02/2016
Source Page: Elementary News

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Buffalo Football Play-off Game
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Posted Date: 11/05/2016
Source Page: Athletics News