Friday, May 27, 2011

C-FB ISD Educational Foundation Grant Prize Patrol

In May, the C-FB ISD Educational Foundation visited various campuses to award grants. Than you to the Foundation for their support of C-FB ISD!

Polk Middle School Creates DMA-like Experience

Polk Middle School built an exhibit in their foyer to mimic a similar exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art, in which the small 4-paneled room was filled with balloons. Students used geometry and other skills in building the exhibit and then guessing the number of balloons.

Las Colinas Elementary PYP Exhibition

On May 25, 5th grade students from Las Colinas Elementary IB World School held their PYP (Primary Years Programme) Exhibition. Small groups of students collaborated on a historic project with the central theme of "Where we are in time and place." Each group gave presentations to visiting students, staff and parents using visual aids, props and PowerPoint presentations as they taught their audience about the impact of the event or invention they studied had on a certain time period and how it affects us today.

Retiree Dinner 2011

Congratulations to the staff members who are retiring in 2011. These are the photos of the retirees who were able to join us for our 2011 Retirement Celebration. To our Retirees - Best of luck in your future endeavors and we will miss you! Thank you for your years of service to our district.

Bond Referendum 2003 - Good Elementary

Good Elementary will be getting a new campus in about a year - the new structure being built around the existing structure and the current building eventually razed and converted to a parking lot. Highlighting in these photos, low ceilings, narrow hallways and things that are here today and will be gone one day. The spot where some temporary buildings stood is now vacant.

Bond Referendum 2003 - Long Middle School

Recently Completed - re-sodding of athletic field at Long Middle School. Coming soon - new concession stand. Yeah!

Rosemeade Elementary Incorporates Geography on Field Day

On May 27, students from Rosemeade Elementary celebrated "Field Day - Passport Around the World."
The students "visited" various geographic locations represented by activity stations; Australia, Mexico, the Middle East, Switzerland, Ireland, Africa, the Bahamas, Greece, Italy, USA, and Iceland, where they engaged in physical activities representing the diverse cultures. The students learned fun facts about the geographic locales they visited as well as how each area is governed.

Good Elementary 5th Grade IB PYP Exhibition

On May 26, fifth grade students at Good Elementary IB World School held an exhibition for staff, students and visiting parents. Groups of students taught on subjects they studied.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Las Colinas Student Wins National PTA Award

Patrick Park, a student a Las Colinas Elementary has received an Award of Excellence from National PTA for his visual art entry entitled "The Earth Help." Congratulations!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Photos from Appreciation Day 2011 - An Innovation Celebration

C-FB ISD appreciates our staff and volunteers - We said "thank you" on May 13 at an event on the Carrollton Square along with our partners The Downtown Carrollton Association, DART, and Blue Bell Ice Cream. Thanks to our sponsors and all the shops and restaurants in the Square for making the event a success!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

ECHS Has a New Chemistry Lab

Early College High School students now enjoy new equipment and facilities at the new chemistry lab at Brookhaven College. The lab was paid for by a generous donation from Methanex.

Online Survey for Parents of Secondary Students

For the past several years, we have annually asked for input from parents of elementary aged students through a paper survey sent home with students. From time to time,  we have also conducted random sampled phone surveys of secondary parents. This year, we would like to expand the annual input received by including the parents of secondary students with the same survey used for the parents with elementary students but just in an online format.

We value your input and we request that you take a few moments to answer this short survey about your child's secondary campus. We will use your input to help us evaluate the effectiveness of our programs, campuses and the district.

Thank you in advance for giving us your input through this short survey.

Secondary Survey Link:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Riverchase Elementary Book Character Day

Students at Riverchase Elementary dressed up as characters from their favorite children's books.

CHS Wins TDS Cup

On May 16, Creekview High School was awarded the TDS Cup for having the best Teens in the Driver's Seat Program in the state of Texas.

La Villita Read-Aloud Day

On May 13, volunteers visited La Villita Elementary to read children's books to the students.

Monday, May 16, 2011

C-FB Golfers Place at State Tournament

At the 4A Girls’ Golf State Tournament played last week in Austin, the Creekview girls’ team placed 4th overall. After finishing Day One in 7th place, the Creekview team had an outstanding Day Two team score of 311 to finish with a two day total of 650 and jumping them up three slots to finish just out of the medals. Individually, April McCoy finished second in the state (79/71 = 150) to win the silver medal and her teammate Jennifer Park tied for third in the state (75/76 = 151) one stroke back of McCoy. Other Creekview team members are Paige Nelson (90/79 = 169), Mica Eastin (95/85 = 180), and Anya Anders (95/88 = 183).

In addition, Newman Smith sophomore Eji Kwon represented C-FB as an individual medalist at the state tournament. She shot an 85/81 (166) which puts her in the top 30 golfers in the state.

Creekview is coached by Kerry Gabel and Newman Smith is coached by Patrick Horrigan.

Creekview Speech Team Named National Champions

The Creekview Speech team was named National Champions this weekend. The National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) was held in San Antonio and Creekview with 6 students edge out its completion to receive the Mid Division National Championship title. Creekview’s entire entry advanced to the elimination rounds.

Quarterfinalist (Top 24) were:
Kevin Kehl (Freshman) and Patrick Lyons (Freshman) in Duo Interpretation

Semifinalist (Top 12)
Maddie Wright (Sophomore) and Michel Ferguson (Freshman) in Duet Acting

Mitchell Ferguson (Junior) 5th place in Original Oratory
Kevin King (Junior) and Mitchell Ferguson 4th place in Duo Interpretation
Kevin King 3rd place in Original Oratory

Newman Smith Athletes Named State Champions in Track and Field

Congratulations to the Lady Trojan Track Team for an outstanding performance at the State UIL Track Championships Friday in Austin. The Trojans finished 5th overall as a team at the state meet. This is the first time in school history that the Newman Smith Women's Track program has finished 5th at the state UIL meet.

For the second consecutive year Courtney Okolo won the 400 Meters Dash at state with a time of 53.79! This is the first time in school history that a student athlete has won two back to back individual state UIL Track championships!The team won the 1600 Meters Relay, 400 Meters Dash and placed 3rd in the 800 Meters Dash. The team of Kaila James, Mia James, Adriana De LaRue, and Courney Okolo are State Champions in the 1600 Relay with a time of 3:49:75, a personal best for the team. Also, Okolo placed 3rd in the 800 Meters with a time of 2:15:37. Congratulations Okolo, K. James, M. James, and DeLaRue for a championship level effort at State. The Lady Trojans are coached by James Busby and Lesley Gardner.

Additionally, congratulations to Brett Wyatt for a 4th Place Finish at the UIL State Track and Field Meet in the Shot Put! Wyatt's throw of 56-06 1/2 Friday was slightly under his best throw for the season but it , none-the-less, was an outstanding effort. Wyatt is coached by Patrick Holladay and Phillip Wester.

Also, Melissa Gonzalez of Creekview took second in the 300m hurdles, with a time of 41.79. Breaking 42 seconds in the girls’ 300m hurdles is quite an accomplishment. In fact, the announcers for Flo-Track who carried live coverage of the meet indicated that Melissa’s time and the winner’s times were among the fastest in the nation this year. They, too, would have finished first and second at the 5A level.

In addition, Ranchview had five athletes represent C-FB at the 3A level at the state track and field meet. Their events and places were:

Michaela Williams – 5th place – Triple jump – 37’ ¾”

Kendall Cox – 6th place – 300m hurdles – 46.58

Antonisha Stewart – 7th place – 100m hurdles – 15.10

Shanice Randall – 9th place – 100m hurdles – 15.23

Chris Wimby – 7th place – 400m dash – 49.67

Newman Smith Student Places Fourth at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to Daisuke "Dennis" Takeda for earning a 4th Place Finish at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) today in Los Angeles!

Competing in the "Energy & Transportation Division" Takeda's project, "Algae as Biodiesel" propelled him into the award round against extremely talented science students from around the world.

The competition attracted 1,540 competitors from the USA and 65 nations.

It is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. It provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 65 countries , regions, and territories to showcase their independent research.

The Intel ISEF is considered the premier global science competition for students in grades 9-12.

All science and engineering projects were judged by a panel composed of six Nobel Laureates.

Dennis is coached by chemistry teacher Karl Jones.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Creekview, Ranchview Baseball Play-off Games

The Creekview baseball team won its best of three bi-district series over McKinney and  will take now on Dallas Hillcrest in an area round series.

Game 1 scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wed., May 11, 2011, at Hillcrest High School, has been rained out.  If there is a further revised play-off schedule, we will post the updated information. 

The original schedule is below:
  • Game 2 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Fri., May 13 at Creekview High School.
  • If a third game is needed, it will be played at 1:00 p.m. at Highland Park High School. Ticket prices for games 2 and 3 are $5.00 each for adults and $3.00 each for students. Passes accepted are THSCA, 9-4A, and THSBCA.

The Ranchview baseball team, champions of District 12-3A, had a first round bye. In the area round series, the Wolves will play Bonham High School. Ranchview will travel to Bonham on Thurs., May 12 for a 7:00 p.m. game.

Ranchview will host Bonham at Kelly Field in Carrollton at 7:00 p.m. on Fri., May 13. If a third game is needed, it will be played at noon on Saturday at Frisco Heritage High School. Ticket prices for each of these games will be $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for students with the THSCA, 12-3A, and THSBCA passes accepted for admission.

Please note: Weather could dictate changes to either Ranchview’s or Creekview’s games.

May 5 School Board Meeting

May 5 School Board Agenda

UIL State Results: Creekview One Act Wins State Championship

Creekview has a successful UIL State meet showing.

The One Act Play, "Death of a Salesman," was named the 4A state champion with Mitchell Ferguson winning Best Actor and the Samuel French Award! Jenna Reeves won Outstanding Technician. Results

The Girls Golf team placed 4th at the state meet the team comprised of: April McCoy, Jennifer Park, Paige Nelson, Mica Eastin and Anya Anders. Golfers April McCoy individually placed 2nd and Jennifer Park individually placed 4th in 4A.

Junior Mitchell Ferguson placed 4th in Poetry Reading.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Las Colinas Student Featured on My Fox DFW - Hometown Hero: Fuzzils

From MyFoxDFW:

Clarice Tinsley’s Hometown Hero this week is an 11-year-old Irving girl who created the Fuzzil to raise money for her school library.

What is a Fuzzil? It is a wild and furry pencil topper with plastic eyes that wiggle. And it was the must have item this year at Las Colinas Elementary School.

Fifth grader Zoe Venglarik created the creatures and sold them each for $1 in order to raise money to buy new library books.

Everyone from kindergarteners all the way up to the fifth graders bought them like crazy. At last count, Venglarik had raised $1,034 by selling her pink, white, black, green, brown and even leopard print Fuzzils.

The money should help the library buy 75 to 100 books; that’s a huge gift and a big deal in this time of state school budget cuts.

Venglarik said she got the idea for her venture after taking an international baccalaureate class and learning about the impact of literature on people’s lives. Plus she loves books and wants to pass that love on.

Even though next year she’ll move to a new school and won’t be around to read all the new books, she said countless other children who attend Las Colinas Elementary will for years to come.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Country Place Elementary Debuts New Cloud Terminals

To save costs on computers, secretaries and teachers at Country Place Elementary are now using terminals that access applications and files "in the cloud" (on the Internet) in lieu of using a hard drive. All of the contents of the device, including an optical drive, are contained in the flat-panel display.

Instead of replacing aging computers every 3 years, these terminals will likely only need replacing every decade, and come at a far smaller price point than a traditional computer.

Janie Stark Elementary Enjoys Kite Day Photos

On Apr. 29, students at Janie Stark Elementary flew kites with classmates, teachers and parents. Older students helped younger students assemble and repair their kites, exemplifying one of the district's character values, cooperation.

Fire Department Visits Blair Elementary to Celebrate "Fired Up for Literature"

On May 6, the Farmers Branch Fire Department made a visit to Dave Blair Elementary to join students and staff in honoring two students, Danyelle Lampkin & Naomi Nino, for reading in excess of 1,000 hours.

R. L. Turner Community Day Photos

On May 6, R. L. Turner High School opened its doors to the community for coffee and a tour of their facilities, academies and classrooms.

May 5 School Board Meeting Photos

Congratulations to our VIPs teachers - Suzanne Reese, Jennifer Bridgforth, Kacie's Run team, Indoor Air Quality Team and the student honorees from Creekview and Smith including our Gates Millennium student and National Merit honorees. Students honored:

Creekview Student Places At State UIL Academic Meet

Creekview's Mitchell Ferguson placed fourth in the state in the University Interscholastic League State Poetry Meet.

C-FB ISD Named Top 100 Community for Music Education for Fifth Time

Our district has been named a Top 100 Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation for the fifth time. We earned this distinction in 2004, 2007, 2008 2009 and now in 2011.

For 2011, 179 programs were honored, including 172 school districts and seven schools. 2011 marks the first year that individual schools received the designation. The school districts and schools named in 2011 represent 32 states.

There are 14 Texas school districts on the list. They are Arlington, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Denton, Fort Bend, Frenship, Garland, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Katy, McKinney, Midway, Northwest, Pasadena, Plano and Richardson.

This program recognizes districts across the United States for their commitment and support of music education in schools. According to the NAMM Foundation, the districts selected have an “unwavering commitment to provide music education for their students.”

Each school receiving the “Best Communities” designation scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey’s grading process. Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials and advisory organizations reviewed the data.

For more information about the Best Communities for Music Education program, visit

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ranchview Softball Play-off Game

Ranchview's softball team will have a one-game play-off against Anna High School in the area round of the UIL state softball play-offs.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. Fri., May 6. The game will be at Frisco High School's Cotten Field, 6928 Maple, Frisco 75034.

Admission prices are $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.

Early Voting For May 14 Election Continues

Early Voting continues through next Tuesday (May 10) 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.

1445 N Perry Road


13000 William Dodson
Farmers Branch
18110 Marsh Lane
1700 Keller Springs Rd.
401 Cimarron Trail

Other early voting locations may be found here.

Map of all Early Voting Locations.

Election Information

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

RLT Soccer Players Named in Dallas Morning News

R. L. Turner Soccer players, Isai Mireles and Jacob Van Compernolle, were featured in The Dallas Morning News as First-Team All-Area for Soccer. It is the first time in RLT history that players made this selection.

You're Invited - R. L. Turner Community Coffee and Open House

Open House for R. L. Turner High School - May 6

C-FB Athletes Qualify for State Track and Field Meet

Following yesterday’s regional meets, C-FB will be well represented at the 3A and 4A state track and field meets to be held in Austin on Friday, May 13.

At the 4A level, Newman Smith girls finished third as a team with the following state qualifiers:
Courtney Okolo - 1st place in 400m dash (54.85) and 1st place in 800m run (2:17.14)
1600m Relay Team comprised of Kaila James, Mia James, Adriana DelaRue, Courtney Okolo, and alternate Morgan Williams) – 1st place (3:49.67)

Newman Smith boys had Brett Wyatt qualify – 1st place in shot put (57’2-1/2”)

Creekview girls finished eighth as a team with Melissa Gonzalez qualifying for state in the 300m hurdles – 2nd place (43.20)
Kasie Trigg is state alternate in the high jump – 3rd place (5’4”)

At the 3A level, Ranchview girls finished fourth as a team and they had four state qualifiers:
Antonisha Stewart – 1st place 100m hurdles (15.27)
Shanice Randall – 2nd place 100m hurdles (15.51)
Kendall Cox – 1st place 300m hurdles (46.09)
Michaela Williams – 2nd place triple jump (37:08)

Ranchview boys had one qualifier:
Chris Wimby – 2nd place 400m dash (49.75)
Armstrong Nworka is state alternate in the 100m dash – 3rd place (11.02)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Photos: Janie Stark Elementary Enjoys Kite Day

On Apr. 29, students at Janie Stark Elementary flew kites with classmates, teachers and parents. Older students helped younger students assemble and repair their kites, exemplifying one of the district's character values, cooperation.

Photos: WFAA Reporter Cynthia Izaguirre Visits DeWitt Perry Middle School

On Apr. 22, WFAA reporter, Cynthia Izaguirre, visited with the students of Perry Middle School. She explained how she was inspired as a middle school student to become a TV reporter and that her efforts began in middle school to reach for that goal. She encouraged students to study and stick to their dreams.