Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Nine NSHS Trojans Selected as Academic All-State

Nine student-athletes from Newman Smith High School were selected Academic All-State by the Texas High School Coaches Association for 2012. The THSCA recently announced that eight seniors in the NSHS Football Program were selected Academic All-State (Honorable Mention) and one senior earned Academic All-State 2nd Team honors. The student-athletes were selected based on academic achievement for the 2012 academic year. To be considered for an Academic All-State award a student’s grade point average, test scores, and transcript (including advanced courses) are evaluated by officials from the THSCA.

NSHS seniors selected Academic All-State (Honorable Mention) Team are:
  • Ryan Huntley
  • Trevor Lucky
  • Anthony Obeido
  • Pablo Ortiz
  • Alec Rasmussen
  • Roman Saucedo
  • Edward Valadez
  • Jacques Wisner
Kevin Miller was selected Academic All-State, 2nd Team.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Turner Tennis Provides Meals for the Holidays

The R. L. Turner Junior Varsity and Varsity Tennis Teams worked together to provide 1600 meals for those in need around the holiday season. Athletes organized a school wide collection, gathered, and counted perishable items for 3 weeks.

Superintendent Shares A Good Story

Superintendent, Dr. Bobby Burns, shared a good book with some first grade students at Farmers Branch Elementary before the holidays.

Dr. Burns is an avid reader and enjoys sharing his love of literacy with students as often as possible. 

Ranchview Golf Team is Multi-Talented

Students from the Ranchview High School Golf Team preformed a musical Christmas show at Silverado Assisted living Center as a community service project for 2012.

Creekview Student Achieves Perfect Score

Congratulations to Creekview High School student, Matt Millican-Estrada for making a perfect score on the SAT.  

A perfect SAT score is 2,400 points. Approximately 1,000,000 students take the SAT each year and on average, only 20 of them get a perfect score.

Over 700 Books Donated by C-FB Business Partner

C-FB ISD business partner, Monitronics,  recently held a book drive for Farmers Branch Elementary and collected over 700 books for the library and classrooms.  The students and staff at the Farmers Branch Elementary were ecstatic to receive such a tremendous gift. 

Our Partners in Education are a vital part student achievement.  To find out how you can partner with C-FB ISD, please fill out the Partners In Education interest form. Once you have filled out the form, the Strategic Communication Services Office will contact you regarding your partnership.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Now Hiring Substitue Teachers

C-FB ISD is looking for qualified and enthusiastic substitute teachers.  If you are interested in employment with the district, visit our website to review the requirements and fill out our online application. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December VIP's Honored

Our VIP's (Very Important Profession of Teaching) honored at the December 6th board meeting are as follows:

Rebeca Illescas, Perry Middle School
Yea Ri Jo, Davis Elementary School
Mary Ann DuTeil, Marie Huie Special Education Center
Gretchen Felber, McLaughlin/Strickland Elementary School

click here to view the photo gallery

The VIP (Very Important Profession of Teaching) program is the district’s way of saying “Thank You!” to our professional staff for being innovative leaders in learning, who diligently work to meet the needs of all our students. Honorees are recognized at School Board Meetings for their efforts in making our schools a great place for quality learning to occur. VIPs have been honored through the program for over 25 years. Principals at each campus choose VIP honorees or ask the staff at their campus to choose an honoree.

The business partner of the month was First Baptist Church in Farmers Branch.

Newman Smith Symphonic Orchestra Performs at Carrollton Rotary 2012

Newman Smith Symphonic Orchestra Performs at Carrollton Rotary 2012, a set on Flickr.

On. December 13, students in the NSHS Symphonic Orchestra performed for the members of the Carrollton Rotary Club.

Communications Director Recognized for Service

Director of C-FB ISD Strategic Communication Services, Angela Shelley, was honored as the Paul Harris Fellow at the December Carrollton Rotary Club Meeting.  The award was presented by C-FB ISD Superintendent, Dr. Bobby Burns.  Angela was chosen for this award for her dedication to the district and her service to the students and staff of C-FB ISD. 

December Early Release Days

December 20 and 21, 2012

The early release schedule is as follows: 
• Elementary Schools release at 10:40 a.m.
• High Schools release at 11:20 a.m. 
• Middle Schools release at 12 noon 
• Bea Salazar will release at 10:35 a.m. 
• Early College High School will not release students early
• Grimes Education Center will NOT release early

Pre-K PM students will attend on the December 20 and dismiss at 10:40 a.m. Pre-K AM students will attend on December 21 and will be dismissed at 10:40 a.m. 

Buses for the schools will run according to the early release schedule. 

Tour of Lights with the Turner Theater Club

R. L. Turner Theater Club will host a Farmers Branch Christmas light driving tour on Monday, December 27 from 6:30-9:30pm. 

This is an open invitation to all C-FB ISD families and community members to come out and view the beautiful lights. The tour starts on Valley View at Farmers Branch City Hall (map) and concludes at the Farmers Branch Historical Park where Santa will be waiting. 

Admission is free but donations will be accepted to help the R. L. Turner Theater Club.

event flyer

Polk Middle School Spreads Holiday Cheer

Ted Polk Middle School students and staff have been spreading the holiday cheer and promoting the season of giving this November and December. This year, the Ted Polk campus created “The Panther Holiday Service Program”. It is a program created to make a difference by donating items and conducting collection drives to aid local families living in the Polk feeder school system. The Holiday Service Program includes school wide programs for our Family Christmas Adoption Program, a holiday basket project, a can food drive for Metrocrest Services, and collection for miscellaneous household supplies and toiletries. During the months of November-December, the campus raised a little over $2,500 for these initiatives.

Some of the program highlights include:
  • collected over 1,500 canned food items 
  • created 30 food baskets for Polk and feeder school families 
  • adopted 15 families (a total of 43 kids- between the ages of 10 months to 18yrs)

United in Compassion

Students and staff at R. L. Turner High School gathered in green and white to show support for Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Students at Davis Elementary Lend a Hand

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbookThe Student Council and Green Team at Davis Elementary collected canned food for the Metrocrest Service Center during the month of December.  The two groups took the canned goods to the Holiday Store where they helped to unload the cans.  While there, they learned about how the Metrocrest helps people in need.  Students participated in filling 256 boxes which will be given out to families who come for help during the holiday season.

C-FB ISD Earned Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Award

C-FB ISD has earned the Texas Comptroller SILVER Leadership Circle Award.  The Comptroller of Public Accounts created the Leadership Circle program to recognize local governments across Texas that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.  In order to receive the SILVER award, an entity must meet a minimum of 12 identified criteria out of 20. Information about the program along with a list of recognized entities is available at the Comptroller’s Texas Transparency website. 

Mustangs Perform in Region 24 All-Region Orchestra Concert

Members of the Creekview High School bands and orchestras performed in the Region 24 All-Region Orchestra concert.

Bottom Row:
Cecilia Zaldivar, Yamilex Vega, Emily Hay, Joe Davies, Diane Huseman, Morgan Reiner, Madison Goad, Mackie Thomas

Top Row:
Kim Phan, Angela Kvitek, Sarah Alexander, Guinn Gruber, Samantha Guu, Damian Holmes, Amy Fang, Joshua Choe

C-FB Students Participate in Annual Elks Hoop Shoot Contest

Approximately 3,300 students, ages 8 – 13, participated in the annual Elks Hoop Shoot Contest from schools across Carrollton-Farmers Branch this December.  One hundred students were selected by their physical education teachers to attend the contest at Blalack Middle School on Dec. 15.  Fifty-two students shot 25 free throws each to determine the winner in each of three age brackets, further broken down by gender.  The top six winners from C-FB will move on to the Plano Contest the first week in February.  Should they not be able to attend, the second place finisher in that category will be notified so that they can represent C-FB.

First and second place finishers:
Age Bracket Gender 1st Place / School 2nd Place / School
8 & 9 Girls Anna Blackwell (McCoy) Ziya Sims (Landry)
8 & 9 Boys J.C. Gueco (McCoy) Cordell Roberts (Davis)
10 & 11 Girls Marilyn Lewis (Davis) Taleah Washington (Landry)
10 & 11 Boys Jailen White (Landry) Elihoenai Jackson (Blalack)
12 & 13 Girls Libby Helm (Polk) Deijah Jones (Field)
12 & 13 Boys Jonathan Boyer (Polk) Gabriel Cortez (Field)

Trojan Debaters Celebrate Their 3rd December Win

Newman Smith High School Debate students Sarah Grace Withers and Sam Winstel won 1st place in Public Forum Debate at the Berkner High School tournament, taking their 3rd win this December. In winning their 3rd straight tournament the students have a 20-1 win/loss record, winning 13 straight debates over the last two tournaments.

Both students were also in the Semi-finals of Extemporaneous Speaking.

Newman Smith Debate is coached by Robert Martin and Christopher Michael Agee.

NSHS Graduate to Begin Training as Surgeon

Newman Smith High School 2009 graduate, Matt McMahon has been admitted to the University of Texas San Antonio Medical School. His professional training as a career surgeon will begin in July 2013.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Turner Cross Country Reads to Elementary Students

The Cross Country team at R. L. Turner High School took some time out of their schedule to read to elementary students at Central Elementary. Some of the students used their bi-literacy in Spanish and English to reach a wide diversity of classrooms.