Friday, April 29, 2011

Creekview Baseball Team Advances to Play-offs

Congratulations to Creekview baseball who finished 9-4A play in second place and who will advance out of district to take on third place team, McKinney High School, from District 10-4A in a best of three series to be played next week. Game One will be played at Creekview High School at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Game Two will be played at McKinney High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Game Three, if necessary, will be played at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at McKinney Boyd High School. Creekview will be the designated home team for the neutral site game at McKinney Boyd, should that game be needed.

Ticket prices will be $5.00 per game for adults and $3.00 per game for students.

Newman Smith Debaters Awesome Awards

The Newman Smith debate students have had exceptional performances recently. NSHS Debate is coached by Robert Martin and Chris Agee.
  • On Apr. 16, the Newman Smith High School debate team won two individual region titles, and second place in another debate event, earning more points than any other school in the region. The UIL 4-A Region 2 competition, held at the University of North Texas, culminated with the Trojans earning the regional championship. With only 12 students qualifying for each event state-wide, NSHS has three debaters that will be advancing to the UIL State Championship Tournament.

    Individual results are as follows:
    Tanya Rajan- First place Persuasive Speaking
    Diana Pop- Second place Informative Speaking, quarterfinals in Lincoln Douglas Debate
    Sarah Grace Withers- First place Lincoln Douglas Debate. Sarah has an undefeated 11-0 record in UIL competition this year.
  • The Newman Smith Debate Team has qualified a second student to the National Tournament of the National Forensic League (NFL). NFL Nationals will be held in Dallas this summer, and NSHS Debate will be represented by two Juniors who qualified through the North Texas Longhorn District in two different events. Tanya Rajan placed first in United States Extemporaneous Speaking, and Diana Pop placed first in the Senate in Congressional Debate. This will be Pop's second trip to Nationals after attending last year in Public Forum Debate. Additionally, first-year debaters Paulina Herran and Priya Solanki placed first and second in Novice Congressional Debate, and are preparing for their chance to qualify next year.

    Individual Results:
    Diana Pop--Outstanding Senator, National Qualifier, Senate, Congressional Debate
    Tanya Rajan--Second Alternate, Senate, Congressional Debate
    Sam Winstel--Finalist, House, Congressional Debate
    Sarah Withers--Finalist, House, Congressional Debate
    Paulina Herran--Outstanding Representative, Novice House, Congressional Debate
    Priya Solanki--Superior Representative, Novice House, Congressional Debate
    Joe Heath--Finalist, Novice House, Congressional Debate
  • On Apr. 2, the Newman Smith Debate team won UIL District 9-4A Debate Championship at Frisco High School. NSHS won six of the nine spots that advance to region leaving only three spots for the rest of the schools in the district.

    Individual results are as follows:
    Lincoln Douglas Debate:
    First place- Sarah Grace Withers
    Second place- Diana Pop
    Third place Kathy Chan

    Persuasive Speaking:
    First place- Tanya Rajan

    Informative Speaking:
    Second place- Diana Pop
    Third place- Sam Winstel
    Fourth place- Sarah Grace Withers

Ranchview Softball Advances to Playoffs

Ranchview Lady Wolves Softball team won the 12 - 3A district championship by defeating FW Diamond Hill 15-0. The Lady Wolves were undefeated, defeating all their district opponents by more than 10 runs (run ruled). The Lady Wolves draw a bye in the first round of the play-offs and will face either Sanger or Van Alstyne in the second round.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thompson Elementary Celebrates Earth Day

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On Apr. 23, Thompson Elementary School celebrated Earth Day by having a "Lights Out" day. Students brought their flashlights to school and school lights were kept off as much as possible where abundant window light was available.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Early Voting for School Board Election

Early Voting begins May 2 for the May 14, 2011 local elections.  Dallas County Elections Department oversees the C-FB ISD School Board Election.  Here are the dates and times of early voting:

  • May 2 to May 6, 2011 (Monday through Friday) 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • May 7, 2011 (Saturday) 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • May 8, 2011 (Sunday) 1:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • May 9 and May 10, 2011 (Monday and Tuesday) 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Below is a list of Early Voting Locations within C-FB ISD; however, voters may vote early at any of the Dallas County Election Early Voting sites.

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Adm. Building 1445 N Perry Road
Farmers Branch City Hall 13000 William Dodson
Farmers Branch
Frankford TownHomes 18110 Marsh Lane
Josey Ranch Library 1700 Keller Springs Rd.
Valley Ranch Library 401 Cimarron Trail
Other early voting locations may be found here.
Map of all Early Voting Locations.
Election Information

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Newman Smith Softball Advances to Play-offs

Congratulations to Newman Smith softball on garnering the 4th play-off spot out of District 9-4A by winning back-to-back tie breaker games this past Saturday. Newman Smith will now advance to the UIL state softball play-offs and will take on Rockwall High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at Plano West Senior High School. Ticket prices will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Newman Smith Sports Medicine Class Exhibits Character

Newman Smith students in Sports Medicine I collected a variety of supplies that will help the volunteer firefighters and the evacuees displaced by this wildfire near Possum Kingdom Lake. What a great way to demonstrate the C-FB ISD character value of service!

Creekview Softball Advances to Play-offs

Congratulations to Creekview softball on their 3rd place finish in District 9-4A play, earning them a play-off spot. They will take on Wylie High School in a best of three series at Plano East Senior High, 3000 Los Rios, Plano, on April 29-30. Tickets, per game, will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. More info at Good luck!

Ranchview Baseball Advances to Play-offs

Congratulations to Ranchview High School baseball who ended regular season play in District 12-3A tied for first place.  A tie-breaker game will be played to determine which team gets the #1 seed and the bye coming out of district into play-offs.  That game will be played Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., at Ranchview High School.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Janie Stark Earth Day 2011

Fifth graders at Janie Stark Elementary, under the supervision and direction of Mr. Malkowski (PE), Ms. Rhodes (Art), Mrs. Madl (Music), and Mrs. Coil and Mrs. House (PTA), planted a vegetable and herb garden and started a compost bin in the school’s courtyard for Earth Day.  The students are very eager to see the fruits of their labor literally grow and prosper.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Newman Smith Student Named 2011 Gates Millennium Scholar

Lance Banks, Newman Smith High School senior, was named a 2011 Gates Millennium Scholar. This is the third consecutive year that a Newman Smith High School student has won the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Lance Banks was one of 1,000 top high school scholars worldwide that was selected for the prestigious award.

The scholarship, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides scholarship funds to selected scholars to attend any U.S. accredited college or university. The scholarship is renewable based on the GMS Program guidelines.  And if a student pursues graduate studies in the fields of Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Library Science, Mathematics, Public Health or Science, the scholar will be eligible for additional GMS fellowship funding that will extend through the master and doctoral degree levels of study.

More information about the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program is available at

Creekview and Smith Players Advance to State Golf Tournament

The Creekview girls’ golf team won the Region II-4A championship to earn a berth at the state tournament, May 9-10. Leading the way for Creekview were April McCoy and Jennifer Park who took first and second place medalist honors. Rounding out the Creekview team were Paige Nelson, Anya Anders, and Mica Eastin. Also qualifying for state as an individual is Newman Smith’s Eji Kwon. Eji tied for third place.

McWhorter Elementary Hosts Recycling Drive

McWhorter Elementary is hosting a recycling clothes drive on April 23, 10am-5pm. Drop off gently worn shoes, clothing, belts, purses, backpacks, caps, hats, toys and stuffed animals. The items collected will be weighed by World Wear Project and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Heart House Dallas. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

C-FB Students Named 2011 NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Scholar-Athletes

The National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas announced the 52 students who will be honored for their accomplishments on and off the field at the club’s third annual awards banquet. C-FB athletes selected were: Creekview – Jordan Funches, Newman Smith – Braxton Bearden, and R.L. Turner – Paul Mata.

NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Announces High School Scholar-Athletes Press Release

Creekview One Act Play Advances to State Competition

For the 10th time in the 13 year history of Creekview High School, the One Act Play has advanced to UIL State Competition. Individual honors include: Jenna Reeves, Outstanding Technician, Mitchell Ferguson, Best Actor for fourth consecutive competition, Maddie Wright, All-Star Cast, Kevin King, All Star Cast and Andrew McVay, Honorable Mention All-Star Cast.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dallas Mavericks Mascot, Champ, Visits Janie Stark Elementary

Creekview Student Wins First Place in Congressional Art Competition

Creekview Student Wins First Place at Congressional Art Competition

Creekview student Trang Tran was awarded first place in the 11th Annual Congressional Art Contest representing the 24th district of Texas. Congressman Kenny Marchant made the presentation. Trang’s drawing will be displayed for one year in Capitol tunnel connecting the U.S. Congress and the Congressional offices.

Trang will be flown to Washington D.C. for the presentation where she will stay for three days and be given a personal tour of the Capital by one of Congressman Marchant’s assistants.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Arrive Alive-Don't Text and Drive Event at Creekview

Davis Elementary Fourth Graders First to Embark on an iPad Adventure

Fourth graders at Davis Elementary are the first elementary students in C-FB ISD to use the iPads as a learning tool. The iPad will be used as an engaging tool to teach and reinforce learning in math, language arts, science and social studies through specialized apps aligned to the district’s curriculum.

April 7 School Board Meeting Videos

Videos from the April 7 School Board Meeting.

April 7, 2011 Board Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 22 is a School Day

Remember that because of the snow days in February that April 22 is a regular school day...All campuses and offices will be open. See you in school on April 22.

Monday, April 11, 2011

C-FB Students Excel

What do the AVID program, debaters and Biodiesel fuel have in common? They are all recent accolades for students in C-FB ISD. Check them out here...

Advanced Placement Student Art Exhibit to run May 25 through June 3

What: C-FB ISD and Brookhaven Visual Arts Department have partnered together for an Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate student art exhibit.

Who: Students from Creekview, Newman Smith, R. L. Turner and Ranchview submitted one art piece out of their portfolio for the exhibit.

Where: Brookhaven College Forum Gallery: 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75244

When: The exhibit will run May 25 through June 3. On May 26 there will be a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in which the Brookhaven visual arts staff will distribute art scholarships to several students. Please contact Brookhaven College at 972-860-4700 for gallery hours.

April School Board Meeting Photos

Congratulations to our VIP teachers from Ranchview and R. L. Turner High Schools for the recognition at the April 7 School Board Meeting. National Merit award winners from Ranchview and Turner were also honored. The School Board recognized Sony Electronics as a Business Partner for their commitment to C-FB ISD. Congratulations to these honorees.

The students recognized were Ranchview seniors Acacia Howard, Jae Chung and Chazz Teal and Turner students Steven Murray, Ann Lee, Arafel Bruce, Cesar Diaz and Michael Steele. The teachers honored were Amy Rasmussen (Turner) and Leslie Yager (Ranchview).

Be watching for photos from next month's School Board Meeting (May 5) for recognitions from Newman Smith and Creekview as well as presentations from Kacie's Run and Tools for Schools National Excellence Award.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Still Time To Register To Vote For May Elections

The Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade is reminding Texans that the deadline to register to vote in the May elections is Thurs., April 14.   In a news release, Ms. Andrade said, "Registering is easy.  The application has only nine questions, and one of them is your name."

There aren't any statewide issues on the May 14 ballot, but many cities, school districts and other local entities are holding elections to determine local leaders and vote on local issues. C-FB ISD will have a school board election on that Saturday.  For information about that election, click here: Election Information

You will find voter registration applications in your county election offices.  Secretary of State Andrade also says that some post offices and libraries also have the applications.  However, the application can be found on the state's voter information website. State Voter Registration Website

Are you already registered?
To confirm your voter registration status, you may select one of three methods to perform a search:

• Your Texas driver's license number, if you provided it when you applied for voter registration;

• Your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate;

• Your first and last name.

Use this link to determine if you are registered to vote:

Check to see if you are registered.

Thompson Elementary Has an Innovative Green Idea

Innovative Green Idea: The Thompson Elementary Student Council and the PTA volunteered after school to clean and sort used drink pouches so that they could be shipped to a recycler that handles those items. Way to go Thompson!

Accolades Abound in C-FB ISD

Students and staff in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD are simply amazing! Each and every day, they are achieving at high levels. Our students are setting the bar high and continuing the soar past it. In the classroom, on the field and in state and national competitions, our students are shining bright.

We encourage you to check out all the great accolades about our students and staff.
You can always submit an Accolade about a student or staff member through our Spotlight Form.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Vivian Field Middle School Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Community Celebration

What: Vivian Field Middle School will commemorate its 50th anniversary with a community celebration including face painting, live music, food, caricature artist, raffle drawings and much more

Who: Parents, alumni, students and members of the community are welcome to come and join in the festivities

Where: Vivian Field Middle School football field (the event will move into the two gyms if there is inclement weather), 13551 Dennis Ln. Dallas, TX 75234

When: Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Field 50th Anniversary