Monday, October 31, 2011

NSHS Homecoming Pep Rally 2011

Newman Smith High School held their 2011 Homecoming Pep Rally on Oct. 28. At the event, Courtney Okolo was honored as the Verizon Community Leader of the Week.

Ventriliquist Entertains at Strickland Intermediate

On Oct. 28, ventriliquist Dennis Lee held a special puppet presentation for Red Ribbon Week for students. Students were told about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.


BMX Trick Rider Gives Anti-Drug Message to Rosemeade Elementary

On Oct. 24, a BMX bike rider demonstrated several tricks he learned after years of practice. He explained the importance of bicycle safety as well as how avoiding drugs, alcohol and tobacco helped to make him successful in pursuing his dreams.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ranchview High School Students Collecting Coins to Find a Cure

Ranchview High School students are participating in the Pasta for Pennies campaign which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from Oct. 30 through Nov. 18. For three weeks, students will bring in spare change to save the lives of people touched by blood cancers, such as leukemia.  These diseases strike more children and young adults under the age of 20 than any other type of cancer.

Ranchview High School has set a goal of $1,500 for this three-week campaign.  This fundraiser is sponsored by the Ranchview's Softball and Baseball programs.  To recognize the students of the school's highest fundraising classroom, Olive Garden will provide a Pasta Party.
In 2009-2010, over $22 million was raised by schools throughout the country, which participated in School & Youth Programs such as Pennies For Patients. Last year, a record-breaking 535 schools in North Texas raised over $636,000.

This year, the North Texas Chapter hopes to exceed that goal with the help of Ranchview and many others collecting change for this service-learning program endorsed by the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC). Funds raised through these schools support the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This year's goal is set at $675,000, and Ranchview High School is helping the North Texas Chapter reach that goal.

Veteran's Day Celebrations

In C-FB ISD, character counts.  Honoring those men and women who currently serve or have served our country is a large part of our character education program.

Several C-FB schools will honor Veterans, our Military and our First Responders in November.

  • R. L. Turner High School Veteran's Day Celebration, Nov. 2 at 9:30 am
  • Newman Smith High School Veteran's Day Celebration, Nov. 3 at 10 am
  • Blalack Middle School Veteran's Day Celebration, Nov. 11 at 2 pm
  • Vivian Field Middle School Veteran's Day Celebration, Nov. 15 at 2:45 pm
We encourage all community members to join us for these special celebrations to honor those who serve our nation and community. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DEA Helicopter Visits Blair Elementary

On October 25, the DEA Helicopter landed at Blair Elementary. The pilots aboard and other DEA officers spoke to the students about staying drug-free, making healthy choices, and the meaning of Red Ribbon Week. The campus celebrated Red Ribbon Week in various ways including the landing of the DEA Helicopter.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Way to Go Ranchview Band

The Ranchview High School Band earned First Division and Superior ratings from all judges in the UIL Region 24 Marching Band Competition held Saturday.

Other accolades that the Ranchview Band has received include:
  • UIL Marching Contest: I, I, I
  • Midlothian Marching Band Showcase: I, I, I, I, I; first place  – music, first place - overall
  • Tournament of Champions: I, I, I, I, I; second place - overall, first place - music
  • 13 Consecutive First Division, Superior, Ratings in 2011-2012
  • 115 Consecutive First Division Ratings overall since 2006

Please congratulate the Ranchview Band members on their tremendous accomplishments and hard work!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Holiday Cards Featuring Artwork from C-FB ISD Students

A project of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Educational Foundation

Kids Cards Logo

All artwork is created by C-FB ISD elementary students. Card sales fund scholarships, teacher grants and more.

Polk Thinks Pink - 2011

On Oct. 19, Polk Middle School students took the shape of a ribbon on the football field, holding pink ribbons, then releasing them. Many students & staff wore pink for the occasion. Way to go Polk Panthers!

Monday, October 17, 2011

On Oct. 14, the Ranchview Wolves held their 2011 Homecoming Parade. Students from Riverchase Elementary, Freeman Elementary and Bush Middle School also attended the event.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Walmart Donates to McKamy Elementary Teachers

Walmart (Old Denton & Trinity Mills) visited McKamy Elementary on Oct. 5 to distribute $100 gift cards and goodie bags in a random drawing to ten teachers. Thank you Walmart!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pinwheels for Peace: Project at Dan F. Long

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21, 2011, Dan F. Long Middle School participated in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace. Art students “planted” pinwheels with messages of peace in the garden in front of the school.

Over 170 Dan F. Long Middle School Art students created the pinwheels and wrote their thoughts about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. On the other side, each student designed a visual expression their feelings. The students assembled the pinwheels in class and displayed them on the International Day of Peace as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

Katherine Broadwell is the Art teacher at Dan F. Long.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning approximately 500,000 pinwheels pinwheels on September 21. In 2010, over 3.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

October 6 School Board Meeting Video, VIP Photos and Agenda

October 6, 2011 School Board Meeting Agenda

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

RLT launches Online Newspaper

The journalism strand in R. L. Turner's Academy for Media Arts and Technology (AMAT) has launched an online newspaper featuring stories, pictures and video. The students are using all areas of AMAT to create an online journalism environment.

To see RLT"s online newspaper:

Rotary Club Supports Farmers Branch Elementary

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club donated school supplies and backpacks for a mentoring program at Farmers Branch Elementary School. The school received the following supplies:
85 composition books
108 spirals
25 backpacks
102 glue sticks
79 packages of pencils
4 highlighters
142 folders
15 packages of markers
19 packages of colored pencils
30 boxes of crayons
6 pencil boxes
18 pairs of scissors
6 packages of Sharpie markers
6 packages of binder clips
6 packages of pencil top erasers
2 packages of sticky notes
2 packages of wet wipes

In addition to providing funds for school supplies, the club has provided mentors to five C-FB ISD schools; over the last 13 years, the members from the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club have mentored more than 150 C-FB ISD students.

Target, Rotary Club Join Forces for Schools

Target's Scott Keen with
school supply donation
For the second year, the Target Store in Carrollton at Josey Lane and George Bush Tollway has donated approximately $1,200 in school supplies to the district thanks to the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club. The 1,254 packages of filler paper and 353 notebooks have been distributed to Dave Blair Elementary, Carrollton Elementary, Central Elementary, and Kathryn S. McWhorter Elementary.

The store’s Asset Protection Executive Team Leader Scott Keen coordinated the donation from Target and worked with Regina Edwards, Past President of the Rotary Club, and Archie Nettles, former Rotaract member at Brookhaven College, to deliver the supplies to the district.

Dr. Bobby Burns, Superintendent of Schools, said, "We appreciate Target's support of C-FB ISD, our campuses and students. We also thank the store for believing in public education and supporting the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club. Target's efforts along with the Rotary Club are impacting the lives of the C-FB ISD students."

Vivian Field Inviting Veterans To Special Assembly

Vivian Field Middle School will honor veterans in a special assembly on Tues., Nov. 15 at 2:45 p.m. in the school's gym,13551 Dennis Road, Farmers Branch.  Principal Dan Ford said, "We are extending a special invitation to our veterans because the students and staff are planning a special tribute to those who have served our country."

The school is inviting all veterans in the community to attend assembly and be recognized.  Veterans should contact Ms. Marisol Nichols (972-968-3905 or  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ranchview Band Wins At Midlothian Showcase

The Ranchview High School Band was awarded the Outstanding Musical Performance and Best In Class awards at the Midlothian Marching Showcase on Sat., Oct. 1. The band competed against 27 other bands.

District Announces Early Release Times for Exams and Staff Development

Early Release Days and Times for C-FB ISD

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 10 Fair Day Holiday

October 10 is a student holiday in honor of Fair Day. We hope our students enjoy the day off and the State Fair of Texas. Classes will resume on October 11.

Remember, State Fair visitors can park for free at DART Rail stations and then take the Green Line directly into Fair Park. Two stops serve the fairgrounds: Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the main fairgrounds entrance, and MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the MLK entrance (Gate 6) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Share your Fair Day photos with us here