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Written by Julie Kluthe   
Monday, 11 February 2013 19:01

We are all Jaguars.

Our Flower Mound Jaguars are exemplary. We train them from a young age to be exemplary.

In elementary school, our youngsters pounce on new ideas. They learn to read, and new worlds open to them. They make amazing connections through the miracle of mathematics. History becomes real. They are curious about the world around them. They see and create beauty in art, and they expand their imaginations through drama. They are exemplary.

In middle school, they join forces with students from neighboring schools. They sharpen their claws and get ready to compete. They join an athletic team or take up an instrument. They build on their strong academic foundation. They expand their circle of friends. They develop their skills and gain confidence. They are exemplary.

Our middle schools merge, and our kids are Jaguars. The Flower Mound Jaguars are known across the state and nation in academics, music, athletics, and art. Our students find kindred spirits in areas that are too varied and numerous to list. They are exemplary. We’re training them from a young age to be exemplary.

The strength of our elementary schools leads to our strong middle schools. The strength of our middle schools leads to our strong high school.

The strength of our schools makes our Flower Mound community stronger. This is a community-wide issue, and every student in our community deserves the strongest education possible.

But shifting demographics are working against this system. Talented athletes are cut from sports teams at one crowded middle school, while orchestra students struggle to put together an ensemble at an underutilized middle school. One heavily populated middle school transforms art and home ec rooms into classrooms, while an underpopulated middle school has a classroom available for cheerleaders.

We all want our children to have a top-notch education. We want them to be able to participate in teams and clubs. We want them to work together and to be proud of their school system. We need to make sure every school has the resources, teachers, and space it needs to put every child on the path to success. Delaying a rezoning that obviously needs to happen, while cutting programs and teachers at certain schools, would be irresponsible. Change is not easy, but ultimately it will lead to better opportunities for everyone in the Flower Mound High School feeder zone.

We start as Dolphins, Eagles, Voyagers, Stars, Wildcats, Bears, and Gators. We become Falcons, Knights, and Panthers. But in the end, we’re all Jaguars.

We are Flower Mound Jaguars.


Julie Kluthe
Flower Mound, TX

 

 

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+2 #24 Tammy Lilly 2013-02-22 11:23
"We are all Jaguars" is a euphemistic tagline designed to make those of us whose kids are being ripped away from their elementary campuses feel better. I have not heard a single person say that all of these elementary and middle schools are not great schools. BUT my children wore Liberty Eagle shirts to school today. Being a Flower Mound Jaguar is in the very distant future for them. Right now they want to stay at the school where they have friends and connections with faculty and staff members. I have not seen one single piece of factual data to support removing my children from their home campus.
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+5 #23 @Interesting 2013-02-14 07:50
Amen Interesting. Haven't we been through enough in this town? Most families are united with this effort to find a solution to the current LISD rezoning issue. Ugly Flower Mound politics have no part in this process.
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+3 #22 Interesting 2013-02-14 06:36
@poor There are many questions we should ask candidates for school board. What they think about the importance of schools in establishing community is an important one but just one of them.

You have pointed out a good question now leave it alone. You are using it to incite fear - STOP! We don't need to play politics with our kids. Flower Mound residents should get out, talk with the candidates and vote!

I love how this issue is starting to bring residents together. There is even a community drawn map on facebook. When we don't fight or play fear politics we can actually work together for what is best for our WHOLE town.

So @poor get on board for building a better tomorrow or get out of the way - Flower Mound is no longer listening to fear and hate.
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+7 #21 Poor leadership 2013-02-13 21:25
ANYTHING is an option if it gets four votes from the board. Take no comfort in the reassurances you hear from anyone. One board member up for reelection this year is famous for saying that the FM people need to come down and mix with the common people. Class warfare is despicable from anyone!
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+11 #20 Wake Up! 2013-02-13 20:48
Quoting end that rumor now:
Quoting Really?:
I know a few GRE parents who are not totally against that move, but 1) want to see a more comprehensive solution, and 2) are afraid that this is the first move in potentially rezoning some current FMHS feeder schools into a HS with a Lewisville address.


The rumor that East FM is going to be rezoned to the LHS feeder system is a convenient scare tactic/conspiracy theory to keep parents from allowing any rezone from going forward.It has been refuted by Dr. Waddell's office, Dr. Rogers, several principals and school board members. One of the norms of the rezoning committee was WE ARE ALL JAGUARS. It is malicious and despicable to perpetuate that rumor in order to stoke East/West tensions.


That rumor is being perpetuated by a rezoning committee member all over Facebook. Won't point fingers at any one school or committee member but it is pretty blatant on Facebook.
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-1 #19 Sarah Mitchell 2013-02-13 20:44
East FM being rezoned into LHS is not a rumor, but a fear. As we watched LHS Harmon being built some of us saw how close it was to FM, and we thought...could they? A couple of PTA moms I knew was concerned and they asked Dr. Waddell just this last couple of months and he reassured them that no, that was not an option. I understand we all have our fears, this is just one of mine and several other residents. Please do not call it a rumor, because that is not what it is.
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-3 #18 end that rumor now 2013-02-13 20:04
Quoting Really?:
I know a few GRE parents who are not totally against that move, but 1) want to see a more comprehensive solution, and 2) are afraid that this is the first move in potentially rezoning some current FMHS feeder schools into a HS with a Lewisville address.


The rumor that East FM is going to be rezoned to the LHS feeder system is a convenient scare tactic/conspiracy theory to keep parents from allowing any rezone from going forward.It has been refuted by Dr. Waddell's office, Dr. Rogers, several principals and school board members. One of the norms of the rezoning committee was WE ARE ALL JAGUARS. It is malicious and despicable to perpetuate that rumor in order to stoke East/West tensions.
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+11 #17 LousySituation4All 2013-02-13 18:42
This is a horrid situation for everyone. It is awful that kids will be bussed. it is awful that schools are having programs and faculty cut.It is awful to have 9 portables and barricades in the hall. It is a lousy situation. The problem with boundaries is someone is always on the edge of it. There are Liberty kids that back up to Wellington. There are Shadow Ridge kids that are a block from Forestwood. There are Garden Ridge kids across from Forest Vista and Forest Vista kids that are closer to Donald. My main issue is that Wellington is NOT an average sized neighborhood, it is larger than some small towns. To say the entire neighborhood should remain intact is wrong. I agree that specific sections of Wellington(Hill crest, Brandywine, Woods) should not be divided.Encompassing all of Wellington is unrealistic. What it comes down to is that kids are bussed every day and are fine. When schools lose teachers, that is where the school is ruined and eventually hurts the high school.
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+11 #16 Common Sense 2013-02-13 14:01
I can't help but wonder how many of these comments are from actual town residents, and how many from outside parties that stand to gain from dividing Flower Mound parents further and further apart. I've heard nothing but good things spoken about all the schools involved. What's wrong though with home owners wanting to retain their property's value and give their kids that luxury of walking to school (that they thought they had paid for when they purchased their homes)? It's disheartening to hear that other schools might be seeking to solve their own lack-of-programs issue by forcing children to be bussed across town to attend. They'd be horrified if someone tried to do to use their own children as a bargaining tool in that way. Where is the common sense and respect for the families (most of whom overwhelmingly respect ALL of the schools in FM), but just want to attend the closest school, and not have new developments take that away from them?
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+4 #15 Really? 2013-02-13 13:54
@Wowzers. I agree 100%. @Are you sure: Pretty sure on most fronts. The paper passed out by LISD last night indicates 9 portables at MMS, but I thought I heard 10 somewhere previously, so sorry about that. I guess I am not too familiar with the Toll Bros. development you speak of. If it is the one I am thinking of, it seems geographically that it would be zoned for FVE/FMS (or even Vickery), but maybe not? GRE's current 5th grade class is indeed only 80 kids. Taking into account grandfathering, that move in isolation just wouldn't put that many additional bodies in FMS. I know a few GRE parents who are not totally against that move, but 1) want to see a more comprehensive solution, and 2) are afraid that this is the first move in potentially rezoning some current FMHS feeder schools into a HS with a Lewisville address.
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