Wednesday, November 30, 2011

June R. Thompson Food Drive

The June R. Thompson Elementary School donated 435 cans of food to Metrocrest Social Services.

Kent Pre-K Enjoys Thanksgiving Luncheon

On Nov. 17, Pre-K students at Kent Elementary enjoyed a Thanksgiving themed luncheon, including a pie they mixed and baked themselves.

McCoy Colonial Day 2011

Colonial Day is a 5th grade tradition at McCoy for over 25 years. Students dress in period clothing, engage in colonial period games, food and craft activities.

Rainwater Students Make Video on Bullying

On Nov. 18, students at Rainwater Elementary saw a student-made video drama on Bullying. Actors in the video then discussed their roles. Students also sang songs and celebrated November birthdays.

Creekview Applied Academics Honors Veterans with Flag Ceremony

Creekview's Applied Academics honored Bill Hill and Officer Kevin Stiles during a Flag Raising Ceremony on Veterans Day. During the week of Nov. 11, the students studied about the five branches of the military service, how to honor veterans and how to treat the flag respectfully.

Freshman, Matthew Werneke (pictured), helped with the flag raising and folding. The group was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by junior Noemi Gonzalez.

Good Elementary Staff Sign Steel Beam Used in New School Construction

On Nov. 28, staff at Good Elementary signed a steel I-beam which will be visible  to students and staff inside the school once the new building is completed.

Trojan Boys Beat Bishop Lynch at Swim Meet

On Nov. 17, Trojan Swim Team captain, senior JJ Echaniz, broke his own record in the 500 Freestyle competition as Newman Smith hosted Bishop Lynch. The Trojan boys won the meet 100-49, setting a winning record of 4 wins, 3 losses. Enchaniz also won the 100 Breast-stroke, while Adrien Lewis took the 200 IM.

Naomi Mizuno and Gerri Bergman, swimmers in the Trojan Girls' team, won the 100 Breast and 100 Back respectively, while Bryn Smernoff took two second place finishes. Jacki Brewer, who dropped time in two events to qualify for next week's Frisco Invitational. For her efforts, Brewer was named the team's fifth "Athlete of the Week."

Frisco Invitational Qualifiers: Adrien Lewis, JJ Echaniz, Eric Drake, Andrew Rivera, Zac Carver, Gerri Bergman, Naomi Mizuno, Jacki Brewer, Katie Swanson (relay)

4A TISCA Qualifiers: Adrien Lewis (100 Breast, 200 IM), Gerri Bergman (100 Back, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 50 Free, 100 Free, 500 Free, 100 Breast), Girls 200 Free Relay, Boys 200 Free Relay, Bryn Smernoff (200 Free), Naomi Mizuno (100 Breast, 200 IM), JJ Echaniz (100 Breast, 200 IM, 500 Free), Boys 200 Medley Relay

Trojan Debaters Win Tournament & Qualify for State

On Nov. 19, the Newman Smith Debate Team competed at the Granbury Tournament, winning the tournament in two events and adding 3 more qualifications for the State Championship Tournament.

Individual results are as follows:

Michael Schrag -1st place Congressional Debate. Michael is now qualified for State in two events.

Tanya Rajan & Diana Pop- 1st place Public Forum Debate. Rajan is now qualified for State in three events. Pop is now qualified in two events.

Sarah Grace Withers- 3rd place Lincoln Douglas Debate. Withers is now qualified for State in this event.

Cody Yao, Michael Schrag and Sarah Grace Withers were all in the semifinals of Extemporaneous Speaking.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Newman Smith Student Wins $30,000 Entrepreneurship Award

Newman Smith’s International Business Academy student, J. J. Echaniz, teamed with six peers from the Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science to win the New Venture Creation Contest from the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas.

J. J. and his team members were the first high school group to win the New Venture Creation Contest in the prestigious entrepreneurship competition. They received the grand prize of $30,000 for the development of their winning project, "Forward Tutoring!"
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Gift Wrapping to Support Creekview Post Prom

Need help wrapping gifts? Support Creekview Post Prom and let Creekview help wrap your gifts on December 3 or 10 from 12 noon - 6 p.m.  Santa's Helper Supporting Creekview Post Prom

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ranchview and Freeman Join Together to Help Feed the Homeless in Irving

The Freeman Elementary Student Council, in partnership with the Ranchview High School Student Council, participated in a Peanut Butter and Jelly drive for the Irving homeless.

Freeman collected 183 jars of peanut butter, 139 jars of jelly, 84 loaves of bread, and 51 boxes of sandwich bags. Both groups of student council members made 2,790 PB&J sandwiches for the Irving community.

Congratulations to the students at Freeman and Ranchview for collecting the necessary ingredients and making  sandwiches. We are proud of your community involvement - You are truly making a difference in our neighborhoods.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

C-FB Receives Two Gold Performance Acknowledgments

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) awarded C-FB ISD with two Gold Performance Acknowledgments (GPA).  The GPA system recognizes districts for high performance on indicators other than those used to determine accountability ratings. 

C-FB ISD received awards for high achievement in the number of College-Ready Graduates and the number of students earning Commended Performance on the Social Studies state exams.  Congratulations students and staff. 

Check Out Creekview's Jewelry, Ceramics On Carrollton's Square

Visit the Carrollton Downtown Square, 1102 W. Main Street, Carrollton on Sat., Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to purchase jewelry and ceramics made by student artists in the Creekview High School Jewelry and  Ceramics classes.

The students will be selling their beautiful jewelry and functional ceramic pieces.  Students and their teachers invite you to also come and see some snow as you view some hand-crafted "one of kind" jewelry and ceramics!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Kent Third Grade Choir Celebrates Thanksgiving 2011

On Nov. 16, third grade choir students at Kent Elementary sang for classmates and parents in patriotic and Thanksgiving-themed attire.

Stark Grows "Starkie," the Giant Zucchini

The Janie Stark Garden was dedicated on Apr. 22, 2011 and was built by the Stark PTA and Dad's Club. The garden is maintained by P.E. instructor, Coach M. Coach M. tended the garden up to 4 days a week during the summer to water and prune each bed.  Students and staff celebrated when Coach M. discovered one of their plants had produced an 18-inch-long, 7 pound zucchini - affectionately known as "Starkie."

Interested in IB or an Academy?

Correction: Information for parents of 8th graders at 7 pm on Nov. 15 and Dec. 1 at the Technology and Learning Center, Room 120, 2427 Carrick Street in Farmers Branch.  More information here.

High School Academies:
C-FB ISD is recognized as an innovative leader in learning. We have earned this recognition by offering state of the art technology for teachers and students as well as special programs for academic enrichment. We are proud to offer a full range of special programs designed to suit the needs of all of our students. 

Middle School UIL One Act Play Competition

The Middle School One Act Play Competition is Sat., Dec. 3 at Newman Smith High School beginning at 1 p.m.

All six middle schools will be competing in this event. 
 Performance order: 
1 p.m. Blalack - "The Bridge to Terabithia" 
2 p.m. Bush - "Step on a Crack" 
3 p.m. Field - "Ruby's Story" 
4 p.m. Perry - "The Great Pandemonium" 
5 p.m. Polk - "The Girl in the Mirror" 
6 p.m. Long - "The Taming of the Shrew"

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Brown Bag Seminar On November 30

The district’s diversity committee has scheduled its first brown bag lunch seminar for Wed., Nov. 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room H125 on the Brookhaven College campus, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch.  The focus of Wednesday's seminar will be on racial/ethnic diversity.

This seminar is the first of a lecture series planned for the year. The community is invited to attend.  For more information, please contact Early College High School principal Rosie Oliveira.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Creekview Teacher Brian Horn Receives Texas Humanities Award 2011

Humanities Texas is pleased to announce that Brian Horn of Carrollton has been named a recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. Matt Jack, district communications and outreach representative for U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant, and Humanities Texas Board Member Paula Peters
presented Dr. Horn with his award on Wed., Nov. 16, at Creekview High School.

Humanities Texas presents these awards annually to Texas classroom teachers who have made exemplary contributions in teaching, curriculum development and extracurricular programming. Nearly two hundred and thirty teachers across the state were nominated for the 2011 awards.

Field Middle School Celebrates Veterans Day 2011

On Nov. 15, faculty & students welcomed veterans and celebrated Veterans Day with patriotic songs and other festivities. Visiting students and staff from Russia were also in attendance, and spoke concerning a similar celebration in their country.

Blalack Middle School Celebrates Veterans Day

On 11/11/11, Blalack Middle School celebrated Veterans Day, inviting veterans and first responders to attend. The Blalack Honor Band, Choir & Orchestra performed.

Stark Elementary Grandparent Lunch 2011

On 11/11/11, Stark Elementary invited parents, grandparents and veterans to join students during their lunch period.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lady Trojan Basketball Teams Win Championships

This past weekend the Lady Trojan Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball teams traveled to the Haltom Tournament. The Varsity had a very strong showing beating Haltom 27-56, Arlington, Heights 35-50, and Paschal 20-51. The Varsity went 3-0 in the tournament, taking home the Championship trophy. 

Senior Kiara Perry and sophomore Kaelin Montgomery were selected to the All-Tournament team.

The Junior Varsity also dominated their division by beating Haltom 35-45, Arlington Heights 20-42, and Paschal 21-44. Like the Varsity, the JV swept the competition and are the Haltom Tournament JV Champions.

Creekview Wrestling Takes Skyline Invitational

Creekview Wrestling team won the Skyline Invitational Wrestling Tournament.  The teams participating were  Creekview, Highland Park, Grand Prairie, Skyline, Wylie East, Lovejoy, Trinity Christian, Western Hills, Paschal, Molina, and Sunset.

Individual Results 

Smith Wrestlers Place at Arlington Invitational

Newman Smith Wrestlers got off to a good start at the Arlington Invitational. On varsity, JD Kennedy 138 and Kevin Herrera 220 took third place.

On Junior Varsity, Steven Gunel (220) placed first, Cyle Yoder (113), Ari Dinsmore (120) and Markus Smith (145) placed second, Jonathan Ong (145), and Cristian Don Juan (152) placed third.

Trojan Swimmers Break School Records

Chalk up another school record-breaking swim for JJ Echaniz. The senior captain held off a charging Adrien Lewis in the final length to lower his own mark in the 500 Free as Newman Smith played host to Bishop Lynch this week. The Trojan boys earned a convincing victory (100-49) to establish a winning record of 4 wins and 3 losses. In other events, Echaniz won the 100 Breast, while Lewis took the 200 IM. The girls’ team lost to a strong Bishop Lynch squad (116-58), but Naomi Mizuno and Gerri Bergman won the 100 Breast and 100 Back respectively, while Bryn Smernoff managed a pair of second place finishes. Also notable was the performance of sophomore Jacki Brewer, who dropped time in two events to qualify for next week’s Frisco Invitational. For her efforts, Brewer was named the team’s fifth “Athlete of the Week”.

Frisco Invitational Qualifiers: Adrien Lewis, JJ Echaniz, Eric Drake, Andrew Rivera, Zac Carver, Gerri Bergman, Naomi Mizuno, Jacki Brewer, Katie Swanson (relay)

4A TISCA Qualifiers: Adrien Lewis (100 Breast, 200 IM), Gerri Bergman (100 Back, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 50 Free, 100 Free, 500 Free, 100 Breast), Girls 200 Free Relay, Boys 200 Free Relay, Bryn Smernoff (200 Free), Naomi Mizuno (100 Breast, 200 IM), JJ Echaniz (100 Breast, 200 IM, 500 Free), Boys 200 Medley Relay

Two Records Fall As Wolpack Boys' Swim Team Earn First Victory

Ranchview swimmer Sinjin Venegas broke his own school mark in the 500 Free, then teamed up with Kazuomi Motoike, Eric Arumugam and newcomer Tyler Rozelle to smash the school record in the 400 Free Relay as Ranchview played host to Bishop Lynch this week. The boys’ team won its first dual meet of the season by the slimmest of margins (60-59). Venegas also won the 200 Free and Motoike was third in the 100 Back. The girls’ team lost to Bishop Lynch 126-44, but Sarah Rovi won the 500 Free and became the second Wolf to qualify for the 4A TISCA Championship in December. The team recognizes Madison Worrell for her continued improvement, which has earned her a trip to Frisco next weekend for the Frisco Invitational. Worrell was named the team’s fifth “Athlete of the Week”.

Frisco Invitational Qualifiers: Kazuomi Motoike, Sarah Rovi, Madison Worrell, Lauren Naylor, Cinthya Ponce

4A TISCA Qualifiers: Kazuomi Motoike (100 Fly), Sarah Rovi (500 Free), Ilya LeBoulch (Diving)

Time Warner Cable Supports RLT FIRST Robotics Competition Team

Time Warner Cable awarded the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team at R. L. Turner a $1,000 grant for their 2012 competition season.  C-FB and RLT want to thank Time Warner Cable and FIRST in Texas for their generous support of the program.

More about FRC

Creekview Orchestra Student Named to All-State Group

Creekview High School had three extremely talented young musicians advance to the Area stage for All-State Orchestra: Samantha Guu, Josh Choe, and Jaibock Lee.

Junior Samantha Guu was selected into the All-State Symphony Orchestra and ranked 15th overall in the State of Texas. The process starts with thousands of students coveting a spot in this prestigious organization and is whittled down to 72 violinists.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Trojan Debater Wins Awards at Tournament

On Oct. 29, Newman Smith debater Michael Schrag competed at the Plano West Speech Tournament and placed 1st in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking, 3rd in Congressional Debate and reached semi-finals in Dramatic Interpretation. The combined effort earned Schrag the Inaugural Richard Holland Memorial Award and gave the Trojans the sweepstakes trophy for "squad efficiency." Schrag is now qualified for the TFA State Tournament in March. On Oct. 22, Schrag also took 3rd place in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking and was a finalist in Congressional Debate at the Guyer Speech Tournament.

Upcoming Holiday Schedule

Please remember:
  • Nov. 21-22 are Student Holidays
  • Nov. 23-25 are District Holidays - All campuses and district offices are closed.
We wish you a safe holiday and look forward to seeing you back at school on Mon., Nov. 28. 

Check Out Our Campus Report to Communities

Campuses in C-FB ISD have created a Report to the Community to keep our families and community members informed about our campuses.  These reports provide a quick look at accolades, demographics, facts and information pertinent to the campus. We encourage you to read and share the information about your child's campus. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Early College High School Student Tour

Eighth grade students interested in learning about the Early College High School Program at Brookhaven College are invited to tour the ECHS facilities this Thurs., Nov. 10. Parents are to drop students off at Building S on the Brookhaven campus at 8 a.m. with a signed permission slip. ECHS will also host a Parent Information Meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Building P on the Brookhaven campus. For more information, please call 972-968-6200.

24th Annual District Math Competition

Students throughout the District in grades 3, 4 & 5 will compete for ribbons, medals and trophies in either the Team Problem Solving Competition or the Individual Competition of the 24th Annual District Math Competition on Sat, Nov. 12, 9am – 12pm at Creekview High School 3201 Old Denton Road in Carrollton. The Awards Ceremony is at 11:00 am in the large gym at Creekview. Good luck to the students competing in this event.

Check out photos from last year's event.

Smith Cross Country Runners Place at Regional Championships

Smith runners Danny Debes and Garrett McCarthy competed in the UIL Region 2 Cross Country Championship held on Sat., Nov. 5, at Vandergriff Park in Arlington, TX. Newman Smith Junior Danny Debes placed 12th and Senior Garrett McCarthy placed 133rd.

Smith Band Places at State Marching Competition

Newman Smith, one of the top 24 4A Marching Bands in Texas, finished 14th overall at the UIL State Marching Band competition. This is the Smith marching band's second consecutive trip to state.

Congratulations to the students and band directors Andy Rein, Robert Parks, Trevor Kay and Tamara Coalson.

Ranchview Volleyball Players Receive Honors

Ranchview Representation on 2011 12-3A All-District Volleyball Team

MVP: Shannon Lynch, Sr.
Offensive of the Year: Alison Mauch, Jr.
Libero of the Year: Makenzie Francis
Setter of the Year: Emily Adkins, Jr.
Coach of the Year: Michael Kuban

1st Team All- District:
Ali Mauch, Jr.
Emily Adkins, Jr.
Makenzie Francis, Sr.
Shannon Lynch, Sr.

2nd Team All-District:
Daisy Kang, Sr.
Antonisha Stewart, Jr.
Audra LaCroix, Sr.
Asia Bell, Soph.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Creekview High School Wind Symphony Prepares to Perform at the 2011 Midwest Clinic

Congratulations to the Creekview High School Wind Symphony on their invitation to perform at The 65th Annual Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference held at McCormick Place West (Chicago, Illinois) in December.
The Midwest Clinic--the world's largest instrumental music conference--presents nearly 40 concerts including orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands, and chamber music ensembles for almost 16,000 participants from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. The Creekview High School Wind Symphony was selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants to perform at the conference this year.

In addition, the Creekview Wind Symphony is also to be congratulated for their recent recording advancement from the Area B competition for the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band competition to the state level. The recording was one of the top fourteen considered on July 24 in San Antonio for the prestigious TMEA Honor Band award. Creekview's Wind Symphony placed eighth in the 4A State Honor Band competition.

Broncos Read Night at Las Colinas Barnes & Noble

On Oct. 20, the Las Colinas Barnes and Noble welcomed Barbara Bush Middle School for their first "Bronco Night." Approximately 240 students and 500 friends and family members participated in this night of family literacy.

The Language Arts team at Barbara Bush worked  with Barnes and Noble to create an event where families could come and talk about books. The teachers read aloud, gave book recommendations, and encouraged families to read together. Students who attended the event were automatically entered in a raffle of Barnes and Noble gift cards and spent much of the evening looking through books. The Barbara Bush choir, band, and orchestra entertained parents and other customers. Younger children in attendance were treated to storytelling and even a performance by the eighth grade theater production class.

A member of the Barnes and Noble team commented, "This is the largest turn out for an event since the release of the last Harry Potter book." A portion of the night's sales will go back to Barbara Bush in the form of books for classroom libraries.

Mr. Warnock, Principal at Barbara Bush Middle School, was also pleased with the event. "We are very grateful to Barnes and Noble for hosting the event, and look forward to making it an annual tradition here at Barbara Bush!"

Monday, November 7, 2011

Creekview Volleyball Advances Deeper into Play-offs

Congratulations to Creekview volleyball on their resounding three game victory over Dallas Woodrow Wilson on Friday night.  Creekview now advances to the quarterfinal round of the play-offs.  They will play Richardson Pearce, the 10-4A district champions. 

Play-off information will be posted in the district Event Dates Calendar

Friday, November 4, 2011

Smith Veterans Day 2011

Newman Smith High School held its annual Veterans Day assembly to honor men and women who have given service to our country.

Check it out: Testimonials from Ranchview Homecoming Game

Nov. 3, 2011 School Board Meeting

Photos of educators honored as VIPs (members of the Very Important Profession of Teaching) at the C-FB ISD Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 3, 2011.  Schools are Blanton, Riverchase, Rosemeade, Janie Stark, Vivian Field.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

RLT Celebrates Veterans Day 2011

On Nov. 2, R. L. Turner welcomed veterans from the community as they celebrated the sacrifices made by those in uniform.


Ranchview Drumline Performs in Citi's USA Flag-Raising Tour

Way to go Ranchview Drumline! Ranchview drumline performed for visit by Olympian Jeremy Wariner and Paralympian Gina McWilliams in Irving. The event was part of the Citi's USA Flag-Raising Tour.  Read more in The Dallas Morning News: and online.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Volleyball Results in C-FB ISD

Creekview High School
Congratulations to the Creekview High School girls' volleyball team. The team placed second place in District 9-4A. 

The Lady Mustangs defeated Highland Park 3 games to 1 in a bi-district game on Nov. 1.  Creekview defeated Highland Park, 25-15, 26-28, 25-19, 25-18.  Way to Go Lady Mustangs!

Ranchview High School
Congratulations to the Ranchview girls' volleyball team. The Lady Wolves are the 12-3A District Champions. The team had 10-0 district season.

Ranchview has a first round bye in the play-offs and will automatically advance to the area round of the play-offs. The area round game information has not been announced.

Share Your Story At Creekview Homecoming Game

We invite parents and friends to share their story regarding how C-FB ISD has impacted their families via recorded testimonials from 6-7 p.m. Friday at Standridge Stadium.

Look for the sign near the steps of home entrance of the stadium.

If you can't make it to game,  visit the "Share Your Story" section of the district's website, and submit a written testimonial:  Share Your Story online

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Newman Smith Band Advances to State

Congratulations to the Newman Smith Marching Band for qualifying for the UIL State Marching Band Competition scheduled for November 8, in San Antonio. The band, competing in the Region 24B Area Band Competition on Saturday, finished fourth among the top 30 bands in North Texas to qualify for its second consecutive State UIL appearance in two years. 
Finalists in Area Competition from the most elite secondary programs in Texas were:

Liberty High School
Centennial High School
McKinney High School
Newman Smith High School
Sherman High School
Frisco High School
Southwest High School
Wakeland High School
Aledo High School
Birdville High School

The six bands selected to compete at State were Aledo (6th Place); Sherman (5th Place); Newman Smith (4th Place); Birdville (3rd Place); Wakeland (2nd Place) and Centennial (1st Place).

Congratulations to the students and band directors Andy Rein, Robert Parks, Trevor Kay and Tamara Coalson.