Monday, June 28, 2010

C-FB ISD Announces New Principals for 2010-2011 School Year

Joe LaPuma will lead Creekview High School. Mr. LaPuma is currently the principal at DeWitt Perry Middle School. He has worked in C-FB ISD for five years. Mr. LaPuma has nineteen years of experience in education.

Before coming to C-FB ISD, Mr. LaPuma served as the assistant principal at Stephen F. Austin Middle School in the Irving ISD. He was an ESL teacher and coach at Chester W. Nimitz High School in Irving ISD for six years and at North Dallas High School in Dallas ISD for one year. Mr. LaPuma was a physical education teacher and coach at Lincoln Junior High School in El Paso ISD for two years. Mr. LaPuma has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas as well as a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Matthew R. Warnock will lead Barbara Bush Middle School. Mr. Warnockis currently the associate principal at Ranchview High School and has worked for C-FB ISD for twelve years.

Mr. Warnock has been an assistant principal at Ranchview High School, science department chair at Creekview High School and science teacher at Creekview High School. Mr. Warnock has also served as the assistant principal for summer school at R. L. Turner High School.

Joseph R. Copeland III will lead Dan F. Long Middle School. Mr. Copeland comes to C-FB ISD with twelve years of education experience. Mr. Copeland has served for the past five years as the assistant principal at Lake Highlands High School in the Richardson Independent School District.

He also taught Spanish at Lake Highlands High School. Mr. Copeland hasserved as a physical education instructor and dean of discipline at HenryClay Middle School in the Los Angeles United School District. Previous tohis tenure in Richardson and Los Angeles, Mr. Copeland worked at Wilmer Hutchins High School as a Spanish and English as Second Language (ESL) instructor and department chair.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

C-FB ISD Anticipates Recognized Rating

Based on preliminary achievement and completion/graduation data from the 2009-2010 school year, the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District anticipates a Recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency. “The extra effort of our staff and students has resulted in stellar achievement for our school district. I want to thank our staff for their commitment to high achievement for all students,” said Dr. Bobby Burns, superintendent of schools.

Press Release - C-FB ISD Anticipates Recognized Rating

Monday, June 7, 2010

June 3 School Board Meeting

In C-FB ISD, we are continually looking for ways to openly communicate with our parents, staff and community. We now be provide the regular School Board Meetings as video on demand segments. Please feel free to watch the School Board Meeting. We have also provided the "School Board Agenda" for your reference.

June 3 Board Agenda

June 3 School Board Meeting Recognition Photos

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

May 27, 2010 Board Meeting Photos

Barbara Bush and Ranchview Receive IB Authorization Giving C-FB an Elite Distinction

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (C-FB ISD) is proud to announce that Barbara Bush Middle School and Ranchview High School have received authorization through the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as a Middle Years Programme school. C-FB ISD, now, is one of the 146 elite districts and schools in the world that offer an IB continuum from kindergarten through twelfth grade. There are only 17 schools in North America that can claim this special distinction. C-FB ISD is the second public school district in North Texas to offer the IB continuum through all grades.

In C-FB ISD, we offer a Primary Years Programme for elementary students in kindergarten through fifth grades at Las Colinas Elementary and Good Elementary. The Middle Years Programme serves students at Barbara Bush Middle School and Ranchview High School in grades six through ten. At Ranchview High School, we offer a Diploma Program for high school students in grades 11 and 12.

The Middle Years Programme

Over the last three years, Barbara Bush Middle School and Ranchview High School have traveled a journey to become part of the International Baccalaureate community. Although, the Middle Years Programme is in its infancy at Barbara Bush and Ranchview High School, IB is already having an important impact on the campuses. Students are showing a willingness to participate in community service as they begin to view their school as a community and not just a place to complete schoolwork.

Mavon Wall, IB coordinator at Barbara Bush explains, “The staffs at Barbara Bush and Ranchview are using IB to help students become well rounded, confident, independent, life-long learners with the awareness that other cultures are part of their lives and differences only mean a better understanding of their place in the world. In an increasingly global marketplace, the internationally minded can have the edge. These students develop problem solving and critical thinking skills that help them be part of a world community which believes in understanding through education.”

The IB program curriculum itself is no different than any other in C-FB ISD. All schools must teach the required state mandated essential knowledge and skills. What sets apart the Middle Years Programme is the philosophy and the framework of presenting the curriculum. As Ms. Wall explains, “Teachers utilize active learner-centered approaches which focus on questioning, critical thinking and problem solving to involve learners so they can better understand curriculum.”

The Middle Years Programme also includes:
• Problem and project based learning is used to promote understanding.
• Collaborative and cooperative learning helps students achieve a common academic goal.
• All students participate in a second language, sustained and continuous over the five years of the program.
• Students complete a minimum of 50 hours in a technology which promotes the design cycle.

For more information about IB programs, visit