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FBISD opens Thornton Middle School

August 8, 2018

Fort Bend ISD will celebrate the first day of school with the opening of a brand new middle school in Sienna Plantation, a master-planned community near Missouri City. Ronald Thornton Middle School will open its doors Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 1909 Waters Lake Blvd. Principal Jeanna Sniffin said she is excited to help launch the new middle school.

“I was principal at Sienna Crossing Elementary School and am moving to the new middle school with many other families that I have been principal with at the elementary level,” Sniffin said. “I have known some of these kids since kindergarten, which I think is amazing. I think it will be fun to continue to watch the kids grow and mature and get involved in athletics and fine arts and clubs.”

Superintendent Charles Dupre said he was proud the campus was named for Fort Bend ISD educator Ronald Thornton, who served as the band director of Willowridge High School from 1989 until his passing in 2010.

“He was a phenomenal teacher who knew how to connect and engage with his students on a deep level,” Dupre said. “When he was at Willowride high school, the band program was extremely successful and was national recognized.”

Approximately 1,100 sixth, seventh and eighth-graders will attend the new 228,556 square-foot campus, which was designed to accommodate up to 1,200 students.

“Our hopes and dreams are to instill a passion in students for learning and instill a work ethic so that they are hard workers. Lastly, we hope to instill a sense of perseverance so that our students don’t give up easily,” Sniffin said. “We hope to give our students this foundation because we feel like these are lifelong skills that will help them further their education and help them as they enter the workforce and will help them with life in general.”

knix@hcnonline.com

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