TEA recently announced that Finley-Oates Elementary is part of a select group of schools earning all possible academic distinctions in the 2016 accountability system. Finley-Oates earned the following distinctions: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Top 25% in Student Achievement, Top 25% in Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. Click the link to read the full story!
Finley-Oates Elementary has awesome math students, and we would like to recognize some of these! Third grade students use Think Through Math, a program meant to strengthen and reward math achievement, and research shows that students who pass at least 30 lessons in TTM perform better on assessments. The Success Lab recently recognized students meeting the 30-lesson goal by inducting them into the Think 30 Club. Click READ FULL STORY for more info!
Providing a challenging and enriched curriculum is one of the goals at Finley-Oates. As part of this process, 2nd grade classrooms have been given Think Tanks to use with students. Think Tanks are challenging and engaging tubs containing activities built around a central theme. The tanks can be used independently by small groups of students during centers, allowing teachers to work with individual students. Each tank contains a reading activity, a writing activity, a craft activity, and extension activities. Eventually, the goal is to extend the Think Tanks to other grade levels.
Third grade students at Finley-Oates recently experienced “Christmas Around the World”. During this activity, each 3rd grade classroom was transformed into a different country, and students used their “passport” to travel between the cultures. For more information and photos, click READ FULL STORY.
Finley-Oates Elementary believes that reading is one of the most important skills students can have, and one secret to building that skill is having high quality, high interest books available for students at all times. To help achieve this goal, Finley-Oates is in the process of building up the classroom libraries of its teachers and increasing the number of books available to students. Recently, they were able to add over 600 books to the school’s collection.
IStation is Finley-Oates Elementary's reading assessment and intervention program. On the first school day of each month, Finley-Oates students are assessed on their reading skills. In an effort to promote reading and create enthusiasm for the program, Finley-Oates teachers donned capes and iStation shirts in support of our students. Overall scores for the October assessment were up over the previous month. WAY TO GO, FINLEY-OATES STUDENTS!!!
The First United Methodist Church of Bonham is partnering with Finley-Oates Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year. As part of this partnership, the FUMC congregation is involved in several projects benefiting the students of Finley-Oates. Each month, the change from their collection is dedicated to a mission project. During the month of August, that project was a school supply drive for the students of Finley-Oates. The congregation is also collecting Box Tops for Education. This is a program where companies donate funds to the school for each Box Top collected. Finally, the church has adopted staff members as their “prayer partners” and is praying for these educators and their students on a daily basis. Finley-Oates would like to send out a big “THANK YOU!” to FUMC of Bonham and its congregation!
Bonham ISD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty issued the following statement regarding the new A-F state accountability system.
The 5.3 million students in our Texas public schools depend on the adults in their communities to see that their educational opportunities are the best they can be. Our school children can’t vote in bond elections, can’t debate testing or vouchers, and can’t run for the school board. They are totally dependent on us to provide for them.
A Regular Meeting of the Bonham ISD Board of Trustees has been set for Monday, December 12, 2016, to be held at 6:00 pm in the boardroom at the Administration Building. Please see the attached notice for more information.
Bonham ISD’s own Christine Miller of LH Rather Junior High has recently received the Outstanding Conservation Educator award in recognition of her exemplary work and dedication to teaching the highest standards of conservation awarded by, Fannin Soil & Water Conservation District #5220.
A regular meeting of the Bonham ISD Board of Trustees has been set for August 15, 2016, to be held at 6:00 PM in the boardroom of the Admin building. A reception to welcome our new staff will be held prior to the meeting at 5:30 pm in the Bailey Inglish cafeteria. Please see the attached notice for more information.
Bonham ISD was pleased to have partnered with the Bonham Public Library in their annual Summer Reading Program this year! Our goal was to provide our students opportunities to discover new interests, new books and the pure pleasure of reading just for fun.
The 2016-2017 school year brings campus administrative changes within the district, as Principal positions are filled within our ranks with current Assistant Principals. BISD is proud to announce the new administrators advancing into the Assistant Principal positions at both I.W. Evans Intermediate and L.H. Rather Junior High.
On May 7, the Bonham ISD stakeholders voted to pass the $30 million bond to build a new Bonham High School. Since the election, District administrators, BHS staff and Stantec architects have been diligently working on the schematic design of the new building.
Bonham ISD is proud to announce Mrs. Karli Fowler as the new Principal at I.W. Evans Intermediate. In 2015-2016, Fowler served as the Assistant Principal at Evans, working under the leadership of Susan Baker, who resigned from Principal at the end of the year.
Dave Ketcher retires as Principal at BHS, Ryan Prock moves from Rather to BHS, and Traci Daniel advances to Principal at Rather
The Bonham ISD Board members took the oath of office at the Special Board Meeting held on Thursday, May 12. Serving two-year terms are Chance Roberts in Place 1 and Dana Porter Roscoe in Place 2. Beginning a three-year term are Sean Floyd in Place 3, Jason Fox in Place 4, and LaTonia Arris in Place 5. Returning to the Board for the remaining year of their term is Lance Davis in Place 6 and Chad Burnett in Place 7.
In honor of National Police Week, BISD showed our appreciation to our local law enforcement officers. I W Evans honored our Bonham PD with gifts and a card for the department's police dog, Kato. Finley-Oates put together treat bags for the Bonham PD officers as well as Fannin County Sheriff's deputies. Bailey Inglish students worked together to make a personalized poster for the officers to hang in their office. Mrs. Rattan, Mrs. Fox, and Mrs. Baker delivered the goodies to the officers today. Thank you to all of our past, present, and future officers for all that you do to keep our students and community safe!
Three Bonham High School athletes signed letters of intent to play at the next level. Lexi Orsak will play soccer at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS in the Fall. Leighton Hartwell and Bryson Jones will both continue their baseball career in the Fall. Leighton moves on to Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma and Bryson will be attending Ecclesia College in Springdale, Arkansas. Congratulations to our Lady Warrior soccer and Warrior baseball programs on the success of these athletes!
In Bonham ISD we do not condone bullying or discrimination of any kind, for any reason. And, when it is noted we take action to prevent such behavior. At this time all students, teachers, staff and visitors shall continue to use the restroom facility for which God equipped them. And, there is no plan at this time to retreat from that platform. I believe this decision is representative of the values embodied by the citizenry of Bonham, Texas.
When the Bonham Independent School District called a bond election in February, district leadership wanted the voters to tell the school district what to do. On Saturday, Bonham voters voiced their support of building a new high school campus after approving a $30 million bond proposal. The proposal passed 68.18 percent (977 votes) to 31.82 percent (456 votes).
I would like to personally thank all of the Bonham ISD stakeholders who exercised their civic duty and voted in the May 7, 2016 election. An incredible 1433 people voted in the Bonham ISD election, which included five Board of Trustees seats and the $30 million bond for a new high school. The stakeholders have elected to pass the BISD bond election, with a total of 977 (68.18%) votes for the bond and 456 (31.82%) votes against the bond. A total of ten candidates ran for election in five open seats on the BISD Board of Trustees.
On May 7, Bonham ISD registered voters will go to the polls to vote in the school bond election and the Board of Trustees election.At the February 15, 2016 meeting, the Board of Trustees voted upon the Long Range Facility Planning Committee recommendation by calling a bond election for $30 million to focus on the needs at Bonham High School. The bond proposal includes construction of a new high school, multipurpose center, theater arts stage, expansion of current weight room, provide a new fire alarm and roof on the current vocational building, and asbestos abatement and demolition of the current high school. The proposal recommended saving the gym and vocational facilities which reduces the overall cost of a completely new high school facility.
Fannin County Special Education SSA has planned a week of celebration April 18-22 in honor of Staff Appreciation Week. The FCSSA staff serve Blue Ridge, Bonham, Dodd City, Ector, Fannindel, Honey Grove, Leonard, Sam Rayburn, Savoy and Trenton ISD’s. Being spread over the ten districts we serve, it keeps everyone very busy. The hard work and countless hours each one puts into their job does not go unnoticed. The dedication you show to the students and their families go above and beyond any job description. Thank you for all you do!
The Finley-Oates PTO invites the community to attend a public forum with the Bonham ISD Board of Trustees candidates. The PTO organized this event in order to give the candidates an opportunity to get their message out to the voters and simultaneously help the voters make an informed decision at the polls.
On Wednesday, March 23, Rotarian and B.I.S.D. Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty invited Scott Miller to join him in presenting an informative program to the Rotary Club on the Bond election which has been called for May 7. Dr. Beaty informed Rotarians of the process which led to the election being called, reviewed the tax rate and fund balance history, and the projected tax rate impact on homeowners if the constituents choose to pass the bond election.
The March students and staff of the month were recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting held on Monday, March 21. Each month, two employees are recognized from across the district for excelling in their professional area. In March, BHS Chemistry and Physics Gretchen Shook was recognized as Teacher of the Month and Lisa Russum, BHS Principal’s Secretary, was selected as Paraprofessional of the Month.
Now is your chance to get a Chromebook in the hands of your 6th-12th grader. BISD is extending a Chromebook purchasing opportunity to students in grades 6-12. The cost is $165 (tax included. This price is good ONLY while supplies last, so don't wait until the deadline (April 13).
Bonham ISD Communications recently earned five prestigious 2016 Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Star Awards for excellence in school communications. The awards were announced February 24 at the association’s annual conference in Horseshoe Bay. Leslie Crutsinger, BISD Communications Specialist, is an active member of the TSPRA organization and accepted the awards at the annual conference.
Applications for 2016-2017 Fannin County Head Start are now being accepted for children within Fannin County who will be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2016. Children that are already in the program do not need to register again. Children with disabilities are included in the regular program, with individual education and special services as needed.
In an effort to give voters in Bonham ISD an opportunity to learn more about candidates in the upcoming school board election, North Texas e-News published statements from all school board candidates. Follow the links for each candidate's picture, bio, and vision for Bonham ISD. Follow the link in the article to see all the Board candidate information.
1st Team: Erika Porter; 2nd Team: Ashley Watkins; Honorable Mention: Maggie Hunt, Ali Anzaldua and Hannah Fulmer; Academic All-District: Erika Porter, Maggie Hunt, Ali Anzaldua, Hannah Fulmer, Ashley Watkins, Lexi Whisenhunt, Haleigh Solano, Hannah Hipps
The War Dancers competed in their second competition tonight at The Colony High School, and the team knocked it out of the park! They have worked tremendously hard since their last contest, and they received better scores as well as bigger awards this time around. Awards received: 1st runner up small ensemble Super sweepstakes on team dances Best in class contemporary Best in class jazz Best in class pom GRAND CHAMPION on total team dances
In February 2014, Bonham ISD received a complaint notice from the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation regarding the ADA compliance at Warrior Stadium. BISD was given the opportunity to create a plan and respond to the complaint with the plan of action to bring the stadium into compliance.
The February students and staff of the month were recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting held on Monday, February 15. Each month, an employee are recognized from across the district for excelling in their professional area. In February, Brandy Godbey, Business Services Specialist, was recognized for her hard work and dedication to the efficiency in the Business Services department.
The Board’s charge to the committee was to offer the Board of Trustees a thorough list of projects that merit consideration over the next ten years. After thorough analysis and cost consideration of all needs, the committee developed a recommendation for the Board of Trustees to call for a $30 million bond election to address what they determined are the school district’s most pressing facility improvement needs, which are all centered upon the high school.
Bob Utter Ford Lincoln Kia, Bonham High School, and members of the local community raised $1,680 for Bonham ISD extracurricular activities at a test-drive event earlier this year, as part of Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program. More than 80 Bonham area residents test-drove a Ford vehicle during the event. For every person that drove a Ford vehicle and completed a survey, Ford donated $20 to the school. Blake Utter presented the check to Bonham ISD Athletic Director Tony Johnson prior to Friday’s Varsity boys’ basketball game.
Congratulations to all students who competed in the District Academic UIL meet in Melissa. Students from 2nd grade through 8th grade participated and numerous BISD students earned medals and ribbons as a result of their hard work. Congratulations!
Teacher of the Month: Lauren Bethel Paraprofessional of the Month: Tina Callahan Bonham High School: Tyce Kissling and Alexis Besch L.H. Rather Junior High: Jacob Kennedy I.W. Evans Intermediate: Peyton McBroom Finley-Oates Elementary: Paula Garcia
Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, the BISD board is responsible for an annual budget of $15 million, 1,870 students, 350 employees, and 5 campuses, and manage to do all of this while maintaining the lowest tax rate in Fannin County.
Seniors Erika Porter and Amanda Edwards were recently named to the Volleyball All-Texomaland teams. Erika was selected as All Texomaland First Team. Erika was previously named the Offensive MVP in District 12-4A, with 663 kills, .408 hit percentage, and 301 digs. Amanda was named All-Texomaland Honorable Mention. Amanda was previously named First Team in District 12-4A.
We are excited to announce that Bonham High School's Cosmetology Program is expanding and will now be open to the public every Thursday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning February 4th. We have some great students involved in this program and are excited to be able to provide them this opportunity!
Della's House of Giving Afterschool Program at Finley-Oates begins this week. This program is FREE and provides homework help, enrichment, and food for all students who attend. Care is offered until 5:15pm every school day. A registration form was sent home with the students and it is not too late to get a child enrolled in the program. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers at Della's House of Giving for this opportunity for our families!
The December students and staff of the month were recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting held on Monday, December 14. Each month, two employees are recognized from across the district for excelling in their professional area. In December, the Maintenance & Transportation department was given the opportunity to recognize two staff members for their outstanding service. They chose to honor Judy Lewis, department secretary, and Melissa Daniels, Transportation Specialist.
The Bonham High School and Junior High came together to host a Winter Art Festival on Tuesday, December 8. Art was displayed throughout the auditorium for parents and guests to admire and L.H. Rather art was sold to visitors as a fundraiser for their art program. BHS displayed a variety of different styles of artwork, including art that was entered into the Fannin County Fair earlier this semester. After the art viewing, the BHS Theater department performed A Charlie Brown Christmas followed by the Outsiders.
Bonham ISD is excited to offer our college bound students an opportunity to tour university campuses for the second consecutive year. Last year, several tours were planned and proved beneficial to students deciding their next step after high school. December 1st and 2nd, junior and senior students traveled by bus to tour Texas A&M, University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University. The students learned the admissions criteria and experience first-hand what campus life is like in the residence halls and the overall college experience.
The Bailey Inglish campus of Bonham ISD held a high-energy rollout rally to celebrate the next stage of implementation of the Apple ConnectED grant. Balloons, banners, and apple-themed decorations set the stage for the teacher rollout party on Monday, October 26.
The floor plan is a 100’ x 160’ structure and is designed for both small and large animals. Glenn engineering has surveyed the land and drew a topographic map to determine optimum site placement of the barn. The three location recommendations will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the regular meeting on Monday, October 19.
Bonham High School is proud to offer several great opportunities to their students this academic year. We have organized two overnight college tours and six day tours to various colleges and universities, with the first overnight trip in November.In order to keep the costs down for our students, we are seeking donations from the community.
In the fall of 2013, the Bonham ISD Board of Trustees approved a list of numerous facility improvement projects recommended by the Capital Projects Committee. It has been nearly two years since the district secured the money to improve a multitude of facilities. The list of capital improvement projects was extensive and has improved facilities across the district, aligning with one of the board goals: to provide our staff and students with the best facilities possible. In order to remain transparent, Dr. Beaty has provided a detailed update on the current state of these projects and has answered additional questions of public concern.
Welcome to Finley-Oates Elementary! Finley-Oates is located in Bonham, Texas, a rural community in North Texas. Here, our goal is to ensure that all students achieve their full potential.
The future begins with me!
Please help students by getting them to school on time.
School begins at 7:40.
K & 1st Dismissal is 3:05.
2nd & 3rd Dismissal is 3:15.
Doors locked until 7:00 am.
All visitors to our campus are required to sign in at the front office. Please bring a valid Texas driver's lisence or an ID Card.