FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS 2017
Video #1 / Forney vs. Berkner
Video #2 / Forney vs. Terrell
Video #3 / North Forney vs. Dallas Spruce
Video #4 / North Forney vs. Wylie East
Video #5 / Forney vs. Royse City
Video #5 / Forney vs. Royse City (Video #2)
Video #6 / North Forney vs. Royse City
Video #7 / Forney vs. West Mesquite
Video #8 / North Forney vs. West Mesquite
Video #9 / Forney vs. North Forney
All home game video footage is taken by Mr. Luna and created by students in the Synergy program under the direction of Mr. Segovis.
On any given day, if you visit Forney ISD’s administration building, you are likely to see something rather unique: a small army of students working side by side with district leaders. The program is called Synergy and it is unlike any other student leadership program in the world. Each day, forty-two junior and senior level students spend two hours at Forney ISD’s central office, serving the needs of the district in a variety of ways. They assist curriculum writers by helping vet exemplar lessons. They work with the district’s Innovation & Design team to produce a variety of instructional and marketing resources. They participate in principal and leadership meetings to ensure that the student voice is heard when decisions are being made. All the while, they develop future-ready skills in preparation for life after high school.
Synergy was created to provide this element of student voice in the leadership and direction of the district. In most school districts, central office personnel are several steps removed from the students, so it becomes easy to make decisions that benefit the administrator rather than the student. By bringing the students into not only the decision-making process, but the central office itself, this distance is eliminated and the time-honored question of “What is best for the student?” receives much more than lip service.
While the program is still in its infancy, its impact is being felt throughout the district. Last spring, these students participated in the hiring process of new teachers. A Synergy student sat on the panel of every teacher interview at the district job fair, providing insightful feedback from their unique perspectives. Many of the teachers who were ultimately offered positions in the district have commented on how powerful it was to look across the interview table and see a student scoring their responses. At the same time, the students had the opportunity to experience the interview process in an unforgettable way.
Student participation has also completely changed district leadership meetings. Their voice provides a unique focus to the needs of the student in every decision-making process. Their very presence in our offices and corridors has breathed new life into the administration building, giving many of the district administrators an unprecedented opportunity to have day-to-day interactions and conversations with the students they serve. We look forward to the unique contributions of these students as the Synergy program continues to grow and take shape.