Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Creekview Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

Friday, November 2, 1:45pm – 3:30pm
3201 Old Denton Rd Carrollton, TX 75007 (map)
Join us for the Creekview Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally! The parade will start at the intersection of Peter's Colony and Standridge and continue down Peter's Colony to Creekview High School. The parade will end by the gym and then proceed to the Homecoming Pep Rally from 2:30-3:30pm. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

An Opportunity to Remember

The Creekview Moving Ground Dance Company attended the Tennessee Dance Festival and had the opportunity to study several different dance methods.  Ashton Overbeck & Berlyn Keith also participated in a feedback session for Ashton’s student choreography.

Moving Ground performed “Fragile State of Mind” in the Celebrations! members concert and Ashton performed a duet “Awaken from the Dark” at the Student Choreography Concert and was selected for the “Cathie Ault Kasch Student Choreography Award Honorable Mention.”

The Moving Ground Dance Company is directed by Ronelle Eddings.

Blalack Middle School Teacher Wins Teacher of the Month

Mr. Woodson, teacher at Blalack Middle School, was chosen as Teacher of the Month for October by City Credit Untion and featured on Good Morning Texas.  Mr. Woodson was nomiated for this recognition by one of his students.

Just in time for the Holidays!

The R. L. Turner Choir is currently taking orders for Poinsettia's. There are three colors available, red, pink, and white, at a cost of $11each.   Plants will be delivered the week of Nov. 26-29th. Bulk purchases also available.

The Choir is also selling Tamales from Nuevo Leon at $12 a dozen! Choose from Chicken, Cheese/poblano, or Beef. They will be delivered on December 13.

Please email Laura Wheless at whelessl@cfbisd.edu  to place your orders. 

Turner Advances Two Cross Runners to Regionals

Turner harriers (cross country runners) finished in the top ten individually at the 6-5A Cross Country Meet qualifying them for Region I-5A competition to be held in Lubbock on Saturday, November 3, 2012.  Fernando Orellana took 5th place with a time of 16:57.17, breaking the 17 minute barrier for the three mile course.  Eduardo Jasso finished 9th with a time of 17:08.88.  As a team, the Turner boys finished in 5th place.

Congratulations on their success at the District level and best wishes at the Region I-5A Meet.  Head Cross Country coach for Turner is Drew Maher.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Introducing the *NEW* CFB-TV!

The district cable channel has received a much needed makeover.  It has a new format with a fresh look. Information is being added daily so check back often to see news and announcements.

CFB-TV can be seen on cable television in Carrollton and Farmers Branch or can be viewed live on a computer by visiting www.cfbisd.edu/cfbtv.

Here is how to find us on your TV:

Time Warner - channel 15.5 (without a cable box)
Time Warner - channels 95 and 98 (with a cable box)
Verizon - channel 38

click here to fill out a short survey about CFB-TV

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2012 Service Awards Dinner, a set on Flickr.

On Oct. 24, teachers, principals and staff who have worked for the district 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years were honored for their years of service.

Ranchview Cross Country Sends Two to Regionals

Congratulations to Ranchview cross country who qualified one male and one female runner for Region II-3A cross country competition to be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Vandergriff Park in Arlington hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington.

Paulena Lynch finished in third place in the girls’ division and Grant LaSelle took tenth place in the boys’ division.  As a team, the Ranchview girls finished in fourth place. The top three teams and the top ten individual runners advance to regional competition.

The Ranchview cross country team is coached by Stephani Perkins.

ECHS Student & Teacher Take 3rd Place in Metroplex Essay Contest on Economics

Early College High School student Mark Mallari and his history teacher, Joseph Kruk, placed third with their essay in the Fiscal Fitness: Economics Competition held by the Texas Council on Economic Education.

This economics competition offered high school students in the DFW Metroplex area the opportunity to express their educated, nonpartisan opinions – in an essay – on the direction that the United States should take to continue on a road to prosperity.  These recommendations were based on research of the current status of the U.S. economy through the study of statistics and recommendations from experts in the field of economics and fiscal policy.

Did You Know? Students Can Text A Tip Anonymously

Secondary campuses in C-FB ISD have a relatively new tool that allows students to anonymously communicate concerns via email or text messages to identified campus staff members through School Messenger’s Talk About It messaging service. Watch this video to learn more about the Talk About It system.

Students can text their tip to 662-801-0242.  The tip should include the topic, campus administrator's name and then the text of the message, each separated by a period.  Students can text the word "help" to 662-801-0242 for instructions about how to send in a tip.

Third Annual Festival at the Switchyard in Downtown Carrollton

Everyone is invited to attend the Festival at the Switchyard!
Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m.
Historic Downtown Carrollton (map)
Activities kick off with Radio Disney’s Rocking Road Show from 11am-1pm, followed by a great lineup of entertainment throughout the day. Enjoy a variety of music and free activities such as bungee trampolines, video games, crafts, sports midway, a zipline, facepainting and more! 
Visit carrolltonfestival.com for information on parking, entertainment and vendors. 

CHS Volleyball Takes 2nd Place in District 10-4A, Heads to Bi-District Match

The Creekview High School Volleyball Team, fresh from taking second place in District 10-4A competition, will take on Frisco Heritage, third place from District 9-4A, in a bi-district volleyball match at Hebron High School, 4207 Plano Parkway, Carrollton 75010, at 7:00 p.m. on Tue., Oct. 30, 2012.  Ticket prices will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.  Passes accepted will be the 9-4A and 10-4A District Administrator/Athletic Passes, TGCA, and THSCA.  Employee activity cards will not be accepted nor will athletic punch cards.  Creekview is the home team for this match.  Best wishes to the Creekview volleyball team and head coach Angel Mauterer as they begin post district play.

Last Living Navajo Code Talker from WWII Visits RLT

On Oct. 13, R. L. Turner High School welcomed the last remaining Navajo Code Talker from World War II, Chester Nez. Nez explained to the students that he was one of 29 Navajo young men recruited in the U.S. Military’s top secret program.

The Code Talkers used the unique language of Navajo and created their own code to be used by the U.S. Military and to thwart attempts at cracking the code. Throughout the war, no attempts by the Japanese government were successful at cracking the code. The program remained top secret until it was declassified in 1968. Until that time, Nez and the other Code Talkers were unable to tell their families what they had done during the war. Nez’s story has now been published in the book, Code Talker: The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers.

Local news affiliate, CBS 11, visited RLT to interview Mr. Nez. The video can be viewed on their website here.

RLT’s FFA Students Win Honors at State Fair of Texas

Students from R. L. Turner’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) competed at the State Fair of Texas Livestock Show, earning several honors.

Jackie Harvey-Campos placed 3rd with her cow
Kelsey Balluch placed 2nd with her cow.
Marina Shelley placed 1st, 2nd, & 3rd with her rabbits

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ranchview High School Receives 2012 College Readiness Award from State Council

On Oct. 12, Ranchview High School received the “2012 College Readiness Award” from the Texas ACT Council. The honor was awarded to Ranchview for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the past five years while significantly increasing their level of achievement and college readiness. The Texas ACT Council is comprised of secondary and postsecondary educators who advise ACT, Inc. on the utilization of ACT programs and services in Texas schools and colleges.

ACT, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development and the publisher of the ACT Assessment. The ACT Assessment is the college admissions test that is used and accepted by all colleges nationwide and throughout Texas. In 2012, over 39% of Texas graduating high school seniors took the ACT in Texas while the total number of Texas students taking the ACT has increased over 40% since 2008.

Lion Marching Band Scores Superior Rating at UIL Contest

On Oct. 20, the R. L. Turner Lion Marching Band competed in the 5A Region 24 UIL Marching Contest at Standridge Stadium. The Lions earned a First Division rating (Superior Rating) and they now advance to the Area B Marching Contest to be held on Oct. 27 at Clark Stadium in Plano.

Ranchview Band Earns First Division Superior Ratings at UIL Competition

On Oct. 20, the RHS Band competed in the Region 24 UIL Marching Contest, earning straight first division Superior ratings from all three judges. The Wolves are advancing on to the Area B Marching Contest on Oct. 27 in Denton, TX.

CHS Orchestra Members Selected to Region 24 All-Region Orchestras

On Oct. 13, ten members of the Creekview Orchestra were selected into the very competitive Region 24 All-Region Orchestras. The process involves hundreds of students vying for 88 spots per orchestra, this being the first step in the All-State Orchestra selection process.

All-Region Philharmonic Orchestra
Joe Davies
Guinn Gruber
Emily Hay
Yamilex Vega
Cecilia Zaldivar
Sarah Alexander
Angela Kvitek

All-Region Symphonic Orchestra
Samantha Guu
Joshua Choe
Kim Phan

RHS Swim & Dive Team Breaks School Record

Ranchview’s swimming and diving team officially opened the season at home, hosting Prosper along with the other C-FB high schools. While Prosper took the point win, the Wolves made highlights very early in the 5-month competition season.

Senior Sinjin Venegas won the 200 and 100 Free-style, while also winning the boys’ 200 Free-style Relay (featuring Venegas, Kazuomi Motoike, Eric Arumugam and Yooung Jeon). Venegas smashed the school record by 3 seconds, earning him the title “Athlete of the Week.”  Additionally, Motoike won the 100 Back-stroke.

Lady Wolf Sarah Rovi was the top swimmer on the girls’ team, earning third in the 100 Free-style and second in the 100 Back-stroke.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Trojan Swimmer Breaks School Record

On Oct. 18, Newman Smith’s swimming and diving team officially opened up the competition season, hosting Prosper. While Prosper took the point win, the Trojans swimmers had highlights including a new record.

Senior Adrien Lewis took the victory in the 200 IM that broke the school record.  Lewis also added a win in the 100 Breaststroke, earning him the title of NSHS “Athlete of the Week.”

 Connor Shackelford won the boys’ diving competition.  Taylor Mason won the 200 Freestyle and joined Bryn Smernoff, Kaleigh Putter and Jacki Brewer on the winning girls’ 400 Free Relay.

Friday, October 19, 2012

RHS Wolves Raise $1K for MDA

On Oct. 18, a member of the Irving Fire Department “arrested” Ranchview High School Principal, Sherie Skruch, for the Muscular Dystrophy Executive Lock–up. Ranchview’s students and staff “bailed her out” with a $1000 donation to MDA.  The money will go to send a child to camp and to provide necessary immunizations.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Local Wal-Mart Supports Central Elementary Teachers

Jerry Dunbar and Peggy Basham, representatives from Wal-Mart, presented Central Elementary teachers with a $50.00 gift card. Twenty teachers’ names were drawn to select winners of the gift cards.

Former NSHS Student Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week

On Oct. 8, 2012, former Newman Smith High School Trojan, Randall Joyner, was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week by a panel of the league’s media. Joyner currently plays for Southern Methodist University.  Starting for an injured teammate, Joyner notched a team and career-high 14 tackles and recorded two interceptions as SMU shutout UTEP in El Paso, 17-0.

Trojan Boys XC Team Takes Title at Invitational

On Oct. 13, the Newman Smith Varsity Boys Cross Country team took the Rick Neill Invitational 4A title. This marks the third consecutive week that they Trojans have been crowned champions.

The team members were Jeffrey Moore, Danny Debes, Gerson Lagunez, Kevin Debes, Ricardo Salinas, Cullen Renfro, and Juan Bettancourt.

Mustang Speech Team Takes 1st Place at Guyer Tournament

On Oct. 6, the Creekview Speech team competed at the John Guyer Speech Tournament, placing 1st out of the 24 competing schools. Junior Michael Ferguson was named top overall competitor out of the 200+ students in the competition.

Individual placings were:

Brigid Ludwig-Dramatic Interpretation 7th place
Michael Ferguson & Sean Kennedy-Duo Interpretation 5th place
Patrick Lyons-Humorous Interpretation 5th place
Ernesto Soriano-Prose Reading 5th place
Ernesto Soriano-Dramatic Interpretation 5th place
Natalie Walker-Original Oratory 5th place
Maddie Wright- Poetry Reading 5th place
Amy Jarboe-Original Oratory 4th place
Natalie Walker-Prose Reading 4th place
Brigid Ludwig- Original Oratory 3rd place
Cristina Pop & Blake Rushing-Duet Acting 3rd place
Maddie Wright- Dramatic Interpretation 3rd place
Maria Lozano & Natalie Walker-Duet Acting 2nd place
Patrick Lyons-Original Oratory 2nd place
Jean Claude Prudhomme-Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd place
Maddie Wright- Prose Reading 2nd place
Hallie Auerback-Poetry Reading 1st place
Michael Ferguson-Dramatic Interpretation1st place
Michael Ferguson-Original Oratory 1st place
Ernesto Soriano-Humorous Interpretation 1st place

RLT Student Named Verizon Community Leader of the Week

On Oct. 1, Verizon named R. L. Turner student SukJoon Choi as their Verizon Community Leader of the Week. Choi mentors other students in the Turner band and is in the top 2% of his class academically. Verizon presented R. L. Turner High School with a check for $1,000 in Choi’s name to celebrate RLT’s continued mission of high achievement for all students.

RLT Students Selected for All-Region Choir

On Oct. 15, the R. L. Turner students Jeannie Fee, Sita Velasquez and Kristina Pettyjohn were selected for the All Region Choir. Additionally, Fee advanced to Pre-Area in the All-State Choral Process.

CHS Students Placed into TMEA Region 24 Choirs

Creekview High School Choir students successfully auditioned and placed into the TMEA Region 24 Mixed and Treble choirs on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

The following students placed in the TMEA Region 24 Treble Choir:

Aysia Holmes (Alto II), sophomore
Danielle Pope (Alto II), junior
Chandler Renshaw (Alto I), senior
Mackie Thomas (Alto I), junior
Madison Tiller (Alto II), junior
Caitlin Webb (Alto II), senior

The following students placed in the TMEA Region 24 Mixed Choir and will advance to the Pre-Area round of auditions in the Texas All-State Choir process:

Amanda Altenhofen (Alto I), junior
Joshua Baber (Bass I), senior
Ryan Becnel (Bass II), senior
Joe Davies (Bass II), sophomore
Javier Galvan (Tenor II), senior
Damian Holmes (Bass II), sophomore
Melanie Purdy (Soprano II), senior
Aaron Thomas (Tenor II), senior
Micah Willis (Tenor II), sophomore
Madelyne Wright (Alto II), senior

These dedicated students spent countless hours preparing challenging music to compete against students from across the metroplex. These talented young musicians represent Creekview and C-FB ISD in high achievement in the performing arts.

Red Ribbon Week

Future C-FB: Parenting Young Children: Printable of the Week: Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 22 - 26 C-FB ISD encourages healthy choices all year but we dedicate one week a year to teaching our students ...

Central Elementary Teachers Receive Grant

Congratulations to Central Elementary School teachers Eleanor Tumminello and Amy Romero for their innovative teacher grant, "Discovering Science through Technology," which was funded by the C-FB ISD Educational Foundation.

This grant (3,692) will be used to purchase iPad media devices. In the science class, students will use the IPad media devices to view and create science videos. These videos will enable students to improve their science vocabulary and further their understanding of science concepts while concurrently expanding their technology skills. Students will learn how to utilize the devices through lessons taught by the library media specialist during class or in the after school computer club.

The Mission of the C-FB ISD Educational Foundation:
*Promote academic excellence
*Stimulate creative thinking
*Encourage innovation
*Broaden life experiences
*Enrich classroom teaching

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Davis Elementary Students are Technology Teachers

Davis Elementary Third Grade Bilingual students taught First Graders how to use productivity apps on iPads on October 3.

Just so you know...

Our website may experience intermittent downtime on Wed., Oct. 17 between 12 am & 6 am as we perform scheduled server maintenance.

The Human Calculator Visits Blalack Middle School

On Oct. 9, Scott Flansburg, “The Human Calculator,” visited Blalack Middle School. Flansburg holds the Guiness World Record for being the “Fastest Human Calculator.”  He demonstrated his fast adding, subtracting, multiplying and division skills to students, and taught various methods on how the students could also quickly calculate numbers. He invited students to compete for the position of top “mathlete” on his site, http://www.mathletics.com. The grand prize for the top mathlete is an iPad and trip to New York for an interview on a morning talk show.

NSHS Student Artwork Exhibited

Artwork by 8 Newman Smith High School AP Art students is being exhibited at Town North Bank through the month of October.

The artists are:
Bianca Hill
Sophia Glasser-Kerr
Daniel Gomez
Brigitte Martinez
Phuoung Nguyen
Ola Onuoha
Nicole Schifferdecker
Aracin Warren

click here to see a slideshow of artwork and map to the bank location.

ECHS Students Featured in Photography Exhibit

On Oct. 11-23, photos from Early College High School students who are members of the Photography Club will have their photos on display in a gallery on the campus of Brookhaven College. The exhibit, Photo Essays: Experiments in Visual Literacy, grew out of an assignment in Professor Nancy Barlow’s HIST/ENG 1301 Learning Community class, in which students were to take a picture, describe and explain it, exploring meanings and connections the photo evoked. Professor Daniel Rodrigue gave a guest lecture on the composition of photographs.  Understanding  the similarities in written and visual composition led to Photo Essays.

There will be an informal gallery talk by a handful of the participating students On Oct. 11 at 12:30 p.m. and the exhibit will run through Tues., Oct. 23. The Basement Gallery’s exhibitions are free and open to the public.

click here to see a list of exhibitors

Thursday, October 4, 2012

CHS Dance Company Chosen to Perform

The Creekview High School Dance Company, Moving Ground, was selected to perform their new work entitled “Fragile State of Mind” at the Tennessee Dance Festival in the Celebrations Showcase on Sunday October 21, 2012. 

Senior choreographer, Ashton Overbeck, was selected to perform in the Student Choreography Project showcase.  She will receive feedback on her work, and will have the opportunity to have her work adjudicated against the other student pieces resulting in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places which come with scholarship funding.

The dancers who will be traveling and performing at the Tennessee Dance Festival are:

Keeyonna Hooker
Ramsha Ibrahim
Alisha Jobe
Ke'Ondrea Johnson
Berlyn Keith
Amber Mathes
Amy Nguyen
Jenny Nguyen
Ashton Overbeck
Keyla Perez
Faith Reynolds
Emily Sterling
Alex Sutherland
Mackenzie Taylor

Ranchview High School Teacher Chosen

Joy Henderson, World Geography teacher at Ranchview High School, was chosen by the Texas Education Association Student Assessment Division to serve on the Geography 2012 STAAR review committee to help in the selection of test questions for the May 2013 STAAR test.

C-FB ISD is honored to have a teacher on our staff that is recognized by the State of Texas as a leader in the subject of World Geography.

Be Cyber Smart

October is National Cyber Safety Awareness Month.

Visit StaySafeOnline.org for tips and resources on how to protect your children while they are online. 

Furneaux Students “Fancy Up”

Students in Mr. Ware’s class at Furneaux Elementary have been working on “fancying up” their writing during the first four weeks of school. Students are learning to edit by checking for complete sentences, capitalization and punctuation, while learning to revise by adding details or clarifying ideas to ‘fancy up’ their stories.  To celebrate their hard work, the class dressed up in “fancy” attire and shared their work with their classmates, the principal, the librarian, and other teachers at Furneaux.

Mustang Speech Team Takes 2nd Place at Tournament

On Sep. 29, the Creekview Speech Team competed at the Newman Smith High School Speech tournament. Creekview took 2nd place sweepstakes out of 34 schools competing.

Finalists were:
Ernesto Soriano- Prose 5th
McKenzie Horwitz- Original Oratory 5th
Natalie Walker- Humorous Interp 5th
Natalie Walker- Original Oratory 4th
Blake Rushing & Christina Pop- Duet Acting 3rd
Hallie Auerback- Poetry 3rd
Michael Ferguson- Dramatic Interp 3rd
Brigid Ludwig- Original Oratory 2nd
Patrick Lyons- Poetry 2nd
Kevin Kehl- Dramatic Interp 2nd
Michael Ferguson- Original Oratory 1st
Maddie Wright- Dramatic Interp 1st

RLT’s NJROTC Takes 2nd Place in Armed Drill Team Competition

On Sep. 22, the R. L. Turner NJROTC completed competition at the Denton ISD Drill Meet. RLT competed against 17 schools in Armed Regulation Drill, taking 2nd place.

The team included:
From R. L. Turner High School
Bryan Amaya
Christian Taitano
Ross Gaudet
Alberto Vasquez
Mark Alonso
Luis Castillo

From Newman Smith High School
Jonathan King
Auston Lewis

AMAT Students Use Smart Technology to Access Multimedia

Students in Mr. Wheeler’s senior-level, video production class, use smart technology to access multimedia presentations to help with film projects they are working on. Mr. Wheeler has created online videos that his students can access to dive deeper into what has been discussed in class. Videos include discussions by Mr. Wheeler, video tutorials on film technique, online video Power Points and much, much more.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Three Outstanding C-FB Students Chosen as Leaders

C-FB ISD had three students out of 956 chosen to participate in Education in Action's 2012 Lone Star Leadership Academy programs.

The selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student’s demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school/community activities. 

The C-FB students chosen to participate are:

Trevor Edmeads - Blalack Middle School
McKennon Brown - Las Colinas Elementary
Autumn Taylor - Rainwater Elementary