Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2009-2011 Strategic Improvement Plan and 2010 AEIS Report to the School Board

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is focused on one goal: high achievement for all students. The Strategic Improvement Plan, as adopted by the School Board, guides the work of the School Board and the district.

"It is through the hard work and academic focus of our staff, students and School Board that we are a Recognized school district. C-FB ISD is an innovative leader in learning. Our focus on high achievement allows and encourages our staff to be creative and innovative in their thinking and teaching thus resulting in great success for our students and district,” said Dr. Bobby Burns, superintendent of schools.

2009-2011 Strategic Improvement Plan

2010 AEIS Board Presentation

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Innovation in C-FB ISD...

Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District is "an innovative leader in learning." This is our brand…This is what sets us apart from other school districts. That's what people think about us -- people who have businesses in our community; people who work in our schools; people whose children attend our schools; people who are educators in other school districts.

From the inside, our people are innovators. They value creativity, relevance and rigor in learning. They respect and honor the diversity of our families. They impact all aspects of corporate and family life in the six communities C-FB ISD serves. They do not compromise high expectations for themselves or their students. They live the character values of cooperation, integrity, pride, respect, responsibility, service and citizenship.

Creativity, relevance and rigor are not just found in our Fine Arts; they permeate the curriculum because we know that students find school work much more appealing when what they are learning relates to today's world. That's why we now have a virtual campus … why our high schools now offer academies in international business, media arts and technology, engineering, biomedical professions, and law and criminal justice. It is also why R. E. Good became the first public elementary school in northeast Texas to receive International Baccalaureate authorization for the Primary Years Programmae and why Ranchview High, Las Colinas Elementary and Barbara Bush Middle Schools are now offering International Baccalaureate.

Innovation goes beyond technology. Innovation means taking an appropriate risk. Innovation means being a creative thinker. Innovation means being a lifelong learner.

Do you have a story to tell about innovation in C-FB? Share it with us at

Friday, January 21, 2011

C-FB Athletes Participate in NFL Super Kids Sharing Event

C-FB ISD athletes donated over 2,000 gently used sport equipment, new board games, and school supplies to the NFL Super Kids Sharing Project. These student athletes exhibited the character value of service and are to be commended for their commitment to the community. Way to go!

Super Kids Share Books, Sports Equipment:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Upcoming Fine Arts Performances

On Jan. 19, fine arts students at Newman Smith High School rehearsed for their upcoming musical performance, "The Music Man", which will be held Jan. 27-29.

Also, R. L. Turner is performing "Macbeth" on January 20, 21, 22 and January 27, 28, 29 at 7 p.m.

For show and ticket information from either school, visit

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD has an innovative fine arts program which boasts 12 students that have made All State Band, Choir and Orchestra this year.

C-FB ISD Internet Safety Week is January 24-28

Internet Safety Flyer

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Secret Service Agent Visits McKamy Elementary 4th and 5th Graders

In C-FB ISD, we live the character values we have adopted: pride, cooperation, responsibility, respect, integrity, service, and citizenship. Our teachers and staff teach these characters to our students. McKamy Elementary students learned about service, responsibility and respect as well as the aspects of the profession and the dedication and commitment to excellence of secret service agents which begins in elementary school.

As students learn at high levels academically and incorporate the district character values in their daily lives, they will be prepared to solve our country’s most pressing problems.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

District Holiday; Participating In Saturday's Parade

Monday, January 17 is a district holiday in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District. All campuses and offices will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.

In 1994, the Congress designated the day as a national day of service.
On Saturday, January 15, many from C-FB ISD will join in 14th Annual Martin Luther King Parade which begins at 10 a.m. behind Carrollton City Hall on Jamestown. That’s one way our students and staff honor Dr. King’s legacy to service by participating in this local community parade.

Here’s the parade route so you can come and see C-FB ISD students in action: The parade will start on Jamestown Street (behind Carrollton City Hall) and travel west to Josey Lane; south on Josey Lane to Keller Springs; east on Keller Springs to Kelly Blvd.; south on Kelly Blvd. to Ted Polk Middle School at 2001 Kelly Blvd.

After the parade, there will be a program at Ted Polk Middle School, 2001 Kelly Boulevard, Carrollton. The parade is sponsored by Christ Community Connection, Inc. in partnership with the City of Carrollton.

If you come and watch the parade, here are some of the C-FB ISD schools and students who you will see:

• The Newman Smith High School Trojan Band, Cheerleaders, Troyanns and Football Team. The football team will be honored at the end of the parade for its amazing 2010 season.

• Riverchase Elementary School’s Student Council.

•The Farmers Branch Student Council is teaming up with the classes of Mrs. Reiser, Mrs. Dimas and Mrs. Mecca to honor Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream". The students will share their dreams and distribute pencils with messages and encourage others to dream.

• Bernice Chatman Freeman Elementary students with banners.

• The R. L. Turner High School Lionettes.

• Dan F. Long Middle School cheerleaders, AVID students, and Student Council members.

• Rosemeade Elementary School students, led by music teacher Kaleena Loard, singing or playing songs on their recorders.

• Kathryn S. McWhorter Elementary School’s Choir and parents.

• Charlie McKamy Elementary School’s Safety Patrol marching and chanting about Martin Luther King’s contributions to society.

• June R. Thompson Elementary School fifth graders and the Cougar mascot on a decorated flatbed truck.

• Creekview High School’s boys’ basketball team and students in the Bridging the Gap Mentoring program.

Did you know that C-FB ISD has a set of character values? The seven values are cooperation, integrity, pride, respect, responsibility, service and citizenship.
They were established in 1996 by a committee of parents, high school students, community members, teachers, and administrators. And, in 2008, the Board of Trustees reaffirmed them. Our students, teachers and staff participation in Saturday’s parade validates our character values.

As students learn at high levels academically and incorporate the district character values in their daily lives, they will be prepared to solve our country’s most pressing problems.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Welcome To 2011; Check Out Activities

Welcome to the second half of the 2010-2011 school year. We are off to a great start as our students got back to classes this week. We are already off to a full round of activities, and we encourage our families and community to come out to support our students, campuses and district.

Here are just a few upcoming highlights. If you need more details, you can always check out the event dates section of
  • Fri., Jan. 7, starting at 5 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: The C-FB ISD New Year's Classic Swim Tournament at the C-FB ISD Natatorium, 1334 W. Valwood Parkway, Carrollton (next door to the district's Standridge Stadium). All district swim teams will participate.
  • "The Great Cell Phone Drive" is underway at R. L. Turner High School. This is a fundraiser for the orchestra program, and it's very easy. From Jan. 8 to Jan. 15, individuals can drop their cell phones off at R. L. Turner, 1600 Josey Lane, Carrollton or at any of these additional locations: Turner Hardware, Valley View Farm (2825 Valley View Lane #304, Farmers Branch), Joe's Pizza (Beltine Road/Josey Lane, Carrollton), Kroger (Valwood/Josey Lane, Farmers Branch), Dr Pepper Star Center (Stemmons Freeway/Carrick Lane, Farmers Branch), Brookhaven Country Club Athletic Department (Farmers Branch).
  • Mon., Jan. 10 is a special day at Carino's Restaurant, 510 W. 635, Irving. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Carino's will host a Community Day to raise funds for our All Stars Team (C-FB ISD's Special Olympics athletes through Kacie's Run. Patrons eating at Carino's must mention Kacie's Run, and Carino's Italian Restaurant will donate a percentage of the day's sales to our All Stars. Thank you, Carino's and to everyone who enjoys a night out at the Italian restaurant!
  • The January C-FB ISD School Board meeting is Thurs., Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 1445 North Perry Road, Carrollton. Board agendas can be found at at agendas.

  • The C-FB ISD Council of PTA and Educational Foundation are gearing up for the Tenth Annual Gently Used Book Sale. Donations are now being accepted at all schools, the Administration Building and the Community Learning Complex. (see Directory of Schools)

  • You can also drop off donations at the Sale Site, Trinity Valley Shopping Center, 2660 North Josey Lane, Carrollton 75006 (Josey Lane at the George Bush Turnpike). Just look for the giant "Book Sale" sign above the specific store front (check for hours). You can donate your books in the name of your favorite C-FB ISD school or the C-FB ISD Educational Foundation. Please mark your boxes so volunteers know that a donation is being given "in the name of a particular entity."

    Both organizations are looking for book lovers to help set up the "Gently Used Book Sale." Please contact if you would like to volunteer.

    Gently Used Book Sale Dates: Feb. 24 & 25: 10 a.m. t0 9 p.m.; Feb. 26: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 27: noon to 6.

    Remember, you can keep informed about the sale by checking out the sale's website: