17 August . 2018
Frisco ISD’s Memorial High School focuses on “Warrior” qualities
Frisco ISD’s gleaming new Memorial High School welcomed its first students in mid-August, but there was no formal dedication ceremony. That will happen next May, when students, teachers and community members join together for the school’s first Memorial Day service.
The Memorial Day program will become an annual tradition at the new school, according to Principal Jennifer Redden.
“We will honor not only the veterans of our U.S. armed forces, but also all of the police officers, firefighters and other first responders who serve our communities,” she said. “We will also work to instill the qualities of our mascot, the Warrior, in our students throughout the school year.”
After the Warrior was chosen as the mascot for the new high school, the staff surveyed district students who would be attending Memorial in its inaugural year.
“We wanted to find out what traits our future students thought a Warrior should have. They told us bravery, character, loyalty and wisdom,” Redden said. “We named our four main hallways in honor of these traits. This will help us live up to the Warrior ideal each day, and it will also help students orient themselves within our 300,000-square-foot building, which has a beautiful new and unique design.”
Character, along with academics, will be a focus for Memorial High School. Each student will have a mentor teacher and group that they meet with two days a week to review grades and character development. Each student will also have an online portfolio where they can explore their academic interests and potential career options. Students will learn “soft skills” for the real world, including how to shake hands when meeting someone, how to be financially responsible as a young adult, and even how to change a flat tire.
The first-year student body for Memorial High School is about 1,100 students, Redden said. Prior to the first day of class, teachers and other faculty members met with all students and their families, dividing into teams and making porch visits throughout the neighborhoods zoned to the school.
Redden is beginning her 15th year as an educator as principal of the new school. She started as a math teacher at Highland Park High School in Dallas in 2003, and came to Frisco ISD in 2005, as a math teacher at Centennial High School. She was part of the opening faculty at Heritage High School in 2009, becoming assistant principal in 2011. In 2013, she became associate principal at Heritage, and she was named principal of Memorial High School in 2016.
Memorial High School is located at 12300 Frisco Street, about 5 miles from Hollyhock.
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