District News

School To Watch

posted Dec 18, 2015, 7:28 PM by Adrian Monteon   [ updated Dec 18, 2015, 7:31 PM ]

It is with tremendous pride and excitement we share that our Firebaugh Middle School has been recognized as a School To Watch.

We want to congratulate the FMS staff and community - you are so deserving of this recognition. Your hard work and commitment to being the best you can be is contagious.
"Schools to Watch" is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999.

Through the Schools to Watch initiative, the National Forum identifies school across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grade schools:

They are academically excellent — these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.

They are developmentally responsive — these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.

They are socially equitable — these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.

To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.

The District is proud of each and every staff member who made this possible.

Special Education Program Highlighted

posted Jul 21, 2015, 8:08 AM by Adrian Monteon   [ updated Dec 18, 2015, 7:28 PM ]

In another example of how Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District continues to increase and improve services for early intervention, our Director of Student Services, Andrea Valadez, has shared an article that highlights the great things that FCOE does to meet student need throughout the county. However, the article also highlights the efforts of our staff to push past challenges in this case for our most vulnerable population; our Special Education (SPED) students. It is important to point out that while this article highlights our Shines Program and Shines staff, our entire SPED department and staff district wide are all doing great things each and every day for all of our SPED students. 

Beyond what is mentioned in the article, our Shines staff hold "classes" for the parents, including dads as well as moms, of our SHINE's students. Parents learn strategies that they can use at home to improve their interaction and relationships with their children while also learning new ways to play with their children at home. 

Our Student Services Director, Andrea Valadez, has led and supported our SPED Department (staff, students and parents) and has helped the rest of our staff see and understand how we can work together to help our SPED students reach for the stars. Our challenge will be to continue to ensure that all of our SPED students continue to reach their maximum potential (increasing and improving services).

For the article please click below

4 Star Rated Preschool

posted Jul 16, 2015, 8:58 PM by Adrian Monteon   [ updated Jul 16, 2015, 8:58 PM ]

It's official!!! Bailey Preschool was just awarded a 4 star rating through the Fresno County QRIS System. This is huge for our program, Thank you to all preschool staff and school district for your continued support of early education!
It is one thing to have preschools, but it is so important to have a high quality program. Our students are in great hands and we will continue to grow our program.

Founding Founder Appreciation Wall

posted Jul 10, 2015, 11:12 AM by Adrian Monteon   [ updated Jul 21, 2015, 11:21 AM ]

The Foundation for Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified Schools welcomed donors with a reception to thank them for their generous support. The evening concluded as the foundation's founding funder's were honored with the unveiling of the donor appreciation wall, displaying their names.

For more information about the foundation click here.

Team Marco

posted Apr 17, 2015, 4:37 PM by Adrian Monteon   [ updated May 20, 2015, 5:49 PM ]

Firebaugh Community Begins Goodwill Campaign to Raise Donations for 13-Year Old Student with Cancer
Over 500 Students and Teachers at Firebaugh Middle School Unite to Raise Spirits, Funds for Student with Leukemia Through Lip Dub, T-shirts, Donations; $2200 Raised To-Date

FIREBAUGH, Calif. – April 16, 2015 – Firebaugh Middle School, one of five schools in Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified School District, today launched a good-will campaign in efforts to raise donations for seventh-grade student suffering from Leukemia, Marco Arias. The entire Firebaugh Middle School (FMS) team, comprised of over 500 students and teachers, sacrificed their fifth period on Thursday, March 26, to film a school-wide lip dup in efforts to raise the spirits of Arias. The FMS team has also been selling TEAM MARCO t-shirts for donations and will be setting up a GoFundMe account to ease the financial burden of the Arias family. 

Marco Arias was diagnosed with Leukemia in November of 2014, the same week of his thirteenth birthday. Prior to diagnosis, Marco and his family led a quiet life in Firebaugh, California, a small farming community with a population of about 7,500. Marco’s father works in the fields of Firebaugh and is the sole provider for the family, including Marco, his two sisters and older brother. 

Marco is currently receiving chemotherapy treatments at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, CA, about 35 miles east of Firebaugh. With the dire effects of chemotherapy, Marco spends every other week in the hospital. The treatments, time, and distance have taken both an emotional and financial toll on Marco and his family. 

“Marco’s unfortunate journey with cancer has been incredibly heartbreaking to our entire community,” said Marcus Sosa, principal, Firebaugh Middle School. “But we are determined to fight this battle together and will continue taking any measure possible to assist the Arias family in this time of need. We are only at the beginning of this campaign to bring Marco back to FMS and look forward to seeing his smiling face again.” 

The Firebaugh students and faculty will be debuted the FMS TEAM MARCO lip-dub to Marco, his family and the entire FMS community on Friday, April 17 at a rally held at the Firebaugh Middle School gym. TEAM MARCO t-shirts are being sold for $10, in which 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Arias family to ease medical and travel expenses. Over $4,120 has been raised to-date, but the FMS team hopes to encourage the greater community at large to raise additional funds for this family in-need.

About Firebaugh Middle School
Firebaugh Las Deltas Unified School District is a small rural district serving approximately 2,200 K-12 grade student and about 72 preschool students. The community of Firebaugh is about 40 miles northwest of Fresno and is very dependent on agriculture and agri-related businesses. Firebaugh Middle School serves students grades six through eighth grade with about 505 students. The After School Program runs Monday through Friday and serves 100 students offering a homework center, enrichment activities, field-trips, assemblies and social activities The school has twenty-four full-time certificated teachers; one 4/7 certificated staff; 4 five hour certificated tutors that assist with intervention. The school has a library with 30 desktop computers where students access Accelerated Reader, a computer lab, and fifteen portable computer labs with 480 laptops available for all content areas. The campus has wireless access. The community is comprised of a variety of ethnicities: 95% Hispanic, 4.8% White, .02% Asian. 

Firebaugh Middle School has: 
  • 33% English learners (predominately Spanish speaking) 
  • 98% of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunches 
  • 10% mobility rate 
  • migrant population of 45% 
  • 67% of the parents who do not have a high school diploma
  • 8% of parents have some college. 

The fact that 8% of parents have some college is a significant challenge for this school because this percentage is 47% lower than the state average. Firebaugh Middle School operates under a School Wide Plan. The programs at the school include a core program of ELA, Math, Science, Social Science, P.E. Special Education, an English Learner program, Migrant services and Speech and Language services. The school staff are implementing Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI) in ELA and Math to ensure that all students access support that is needed for them to succeed academically. The Staff meets on a weekly basis during PLC time to review student achievement data informing instruction.

Media Contact:
Marcus Sosa
Principal – Firebaugh Middle School

Congratulations Dr. Sablan

posted Dec 11, 2014, 9:42 AM by Administrator FLDUSD   [ updated Jul 16, 2015, 8:29 PM by Adrian Monteon ]

As a long standing Board Member of the Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District, we would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Oscar Sablan for winning the California Medical Association's annual K.M. Plessner Memorial Award.  This award is given each year to honor the California physician who best exemplifies the ethics and practice of a rural country practitioner. 

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