Friday, August 31, 2012

Dallas Morning News article: Bienvenidos/Welcome greetings in chalk at the two-way dual language Janie Stark Elementary

The chalk artists were out before dawn with bilingual greetings on the sidewalks at Janie Stark Elementary School in Farmers Branch. Stark Elementary offers two-way, dual-language classes--part of a trend to improve bilingual education across Texas and in other parts of the nation. The end ...

Dallas Morning News article: Two-way dual-language classes debut at Vivian Field Middle School

Two-way dual-language classes debut at Vivian Field Middle School
Teacher Wilmar Mejia moved seamlessly through his first day as a teacher of world cultures and geography with a special crew of 14 students at Vivian Field Middle School. They're all part of  two-way, dual-language program that began in kindergarten at Janie Stark Elementary School. ...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Holiday Already?

Free Labor Day Clipart 
There is no school on Monday, September 3rd.

All campuses and district offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Proud Parent Pics -- First Day of School 2012

All smiles the first day of school...that's what we like to see! 

The following pictures of C-FB ISD kids on the first day of school were submitted by parents.  We have had 84 pictures submitted so far but it's not too late to add more.  Share your pride and joy with us by submitting your pictures by clicking here

Get the inside scoop on C-FB ISD

Do you love your campus? Do you love C-FB ISD? Tell others and be a C-FB Ambassador!

Community Ambassador Academy

September 11, October 30 and December 4
(participants will attend all three sessions)
11am - 1pm
Lunch provided

Meetings held at the Technology Learning Center
2427 Carrick Street
Farmers Branch, TX 75234

For more information:

Training provided by Friends of Texas Public Schools

Friday, August 24, 2012

NSHS Grad Named Starter for the Colorado Rockies

Andrew Brown, 2003 graduate of Newman Smith High School, was an 18th round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 and is now a starter for the Colorado Rockies. Brown is both a designated hitter and a catcher. After attending NSHS, Brown attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

2009 NSHS Grad Has Prestigious Internships in Washington, D.C.

Brakeyshia Samms, a 2009 Newman Smith High School graduate recently completed internships with the Democratic National Committee and the United Stated Department of Justice. Samms has been accepted into the competitive School of Public Policy Class of  2014 at George Mason University. Samms is in the Master of Public Policy graduate program.

RLT Theater Department Awarded Grant

The R. L. Turner Theater Department has been awarded a grant through the Dallas Theater Center and their Project Discovery program. The $13,487 grant provides the following:

  1. RLT Theater receives 35 tickets to all 6 shows in the Dallas Theater Center season
  2. Transportation to and from the DTC will be provided
  3. Pre-show workshops for for RLT students, taught by active members of the DTC productions
  4. Post-show talk back with the artistic Director, cast members and audience of DTC productions.

CHS Student Selected as TILF Scholarship Recipient

Creekview High School student, Kevin King, has been awarded the Houston Endowment, Inc. Scholarship of $1,000 through the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation (TILF). TILF scholarships are awarded based on several criteria, including high grade point average, high school rank, high college entrance exam scores and successful participation in UIL academic competition.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

First Day of School - Say Cheese!

The first day of school is a very exciting day for everyone!   We invite you to capture the moment and share it with us. 

Send us a picture of your kiddo(s) on the first day of school and we may feature it on our website, social media and other C-FB communications. 

We've made it easy!  Just click here to submit your photos.

Food for Thought

Our Student Nutrition Services team has started a new blog.  Become a follower and find out the great recipes and menu options being served to your children at school.

Check out the new blog.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

High School Cafeterias - New Look and New Menus

Food For Thought: Cafeteria Managers Demonstrate New Menu Items: The high school cafeteria managers met last week to prepare and demonstrate some of the new menu items being served in the newly renovated...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Don't Forget Your Lunch Money!

The 2012-2013 breakfast and lunch menus are available online. 

You don't have to wait until the first day of school to give them lunch money.  We have a convenient online payment option available. 

Free and reduced meal applications can be submitted online need to wait until the first day of school to apply. 

Visit our Student Nutrition website for menus, payments and other useful information.

Golfing for Healthy Smiles

Annual Family Health Center Charity Golf Event
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012
Established by PGA TOUR Professionals Scott Verplank and Andrew Magee, this non-profit social and golf event has helped thousands of less fortunate children, their families and senior citizens receive counseling and dental care. It is through your generosity and thoughtfulness we are able to achieve our threshold of $40,000 of charitable giving helping fund services so desperately needed.

The Magee/Verplank/Watts Endowment Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas assist the uninsured and senior citizens of the Farmers Branch and Carrollton community. The event starts with the traditional Sunday evening Gala filled with fantastic activities. Meet our honorary chairmen Andrew Magee and Scott Verplank, learn about our charity, mingle with others while wagering on the countless silent auction items, and partake in the live auction extravagance.

For more information, contact: Elizabeth Bingham 214-850-1405. 
View the flyer here.

Creekview Band Annual Fundriaser

The Creekview High School band will be hosting their 15th annual Dinner and Silent Auction on Sep. 22 at 3201 Old Denton Road, Carrollton, TX 75007.

Donation and sponsorship opportunities are available and appreciated.  

Click here to view the donation letter and silent auction form.

For more information, please contact:
Angie O’Dell

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Future C-FB: Parenting Young Children: Supercharged Brain

Top Five Brain Foods (source: 1.  Fish 2.  Avocados 3.  Blueberries 4.  Spinach 5.  Eggs Click here to find out ...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to School Registration Information

This is an important week for registering your students for school.  Visit our website for campus specific dates.

Here is what you need to register a new student:
  • Birth certificate (original)
  • Social Security card (if available)
  • Immunization record (see new requirements)
  • Last report card
  • Lease/Mortgage
  • Utility Bill
  • Transcript/Withdrawl form from previous school (if available)
  • Two proofs of residency
    • Current lease or mortgage and current utility bill (gas, water, electric)
    • Or driver’s license, voter registration, bank or insurance statement

C-FB Nutrition Department Goes Green

The C-FB ISD Nutrition Department is going green in 2012-2013.  Free and reduced lunch paper applications will no longer be mailed to each household. Please apply online by going to Paper applications will only be available at the Student Nutrition office at 1505 Randolph St. in Carrollton or from the Cafeteria Manager at the school. Parents should complete only one application per household.

The Student Nutrition Department will review all applications. Parents will be notified of the results within ten days of receipt of the application. Notification letters will be mailed to the address on file with the school so parents should ensure it is accurate.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Congratulations to Courtney Wilson from Thompson Elementary for her innovative teacher grant, "iPad Innovation," which was funded by the C-FB ISD Educational Foundation in 2012.

The purpose of the iPad Innovation project is to motivate students to become more innovative thinkers and learners in writing. The use of technology can help students with the physicality of writing as well as help them learn and apply powerful tools that are necessary to become innovative thinkers and writers.

Pictured above is (from left to right) Steve Edwards, Executive Director of Educational Foundation; Courtney Wilson of Thompson Elementary and Nancy Watten, Educational Foundations Board Advisor.

Bright Spots

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High Achievement

Bright Spots, a set on Flickr.

We are reaching HIGH ACHIEVEMENT for all students.  Check out these facts about C-FB ISD.

Creekview Athlete Secures Scholarship

Congratulations to Creekview graduate, Miriah Lopez, for being awarded a $1,000 Avery Air Student Athlete Scholarship from local business, Avery Air.  She will be a freshman at Texas State University this fall.

Monday, August 6, 2012

METSA Students have Social Skills

Before school ended in May 2012, our Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy (METSA) students participated in a cross-curricular project, Social Media for Social Good, in partnership with University of Indiana and four other Indiana New Tech Schools. Teams selected global issues from the United Nations’ list of Developmental Goals, developing solutions (including social media) to bring awareness to the issues and to help solve them.

The students first presented their solutions to their home room, with the top team from each room presenting their solutions to a panel of experts from non-profit, marketing and social media in a school-wide assembly.

Two teams, Food2Fly and Ken-Ya Help, were asked by the panel to combine their efforts into one project so that they could present their work to Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce.  During their presentation, the team also shared information with the audience as to how they can use social media in their business.

METSA team has been asked to share their findings with the members of Hispanic Chamber on Aug. 22.

Board Meeting Dates Posted

June 7, 2012 School Board Meeting The C-FB ISD Board of Trustees have scheduled 11 regular school board meetings for 2012-2013.  There will be one each month except in July. The meetings will be held the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. except in January due the district’s Winter Break schedule. The January 2013 meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17.  Click here to view the full meeting calendar. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Homework already?

Nah!  We're just helping you get ready for it.

We have a new "printables" section for students on our website.  New C-FB printables will be added weekly so check back often.

Caution: This activity is habit forming!

We have 24 Boards and 1,047 pins and counting!  There's some good stuff there.  Check it out!

Show Her the Money!

Recent Ranchview graduate Shannon Lynch was awarded one of nine scholarships of $5,000 per year for four years by the Schindler Elevator Corporation. The scholarship program is open to children of Schindler Elevator employees in the United States who are juniors in high school. All participants were first screened on their PSAT scores taken in their junior year of high school. The top ranked students were then evaluated on their academic record, contributions to the school and community, self-description of activities, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Lynch plans to attend SMU in the fall.

The Sweet Sound of Success

The Creekview High School Symphony was named Runner Up in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Full Orchestra competition. This is the second time CHS Symphony has placed in the extremely competitive competition. CHS was one of 3 orchestras in the immediate area that made it to the top 6 performing symphonies.