Rockenbaugh Elementary Robotics Team Succeeds at TCEA Inventions Contest

Rockenbaugh Elementary sent three teams to the TCEA Inventions Contest on Saturday, January 13, where one team placed 2nd out of 17 total teams, and will be advancing to the State Finals in April.

Each Inventions team follows the engineering design process to create a robot that solves a real world problem. Teams keep a detailed logbook and prepare a six-minute presentation for the judges. Students showcase their research, robot performance, robot design, marketing strategies, and presentation skills for the judges at the TCEA Inventions Contest.

The RockenBots (2nd Place Team): Isabella Selvakumar, Jacob Cohen, Jaini Parekh, Avani Dayal

The Unknowns: Holden Killion, Shane Basser, Nathan Starr, Abhishek Tyagi

The Unicorn Squad: Calli Stevens, Carter Williams, Abby Williams, Thomas Paskvan

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TCC Adjunct Professor Appointed to Task Force on Academic Credit and Industry Recognition

Tarrant County College Adjunct Professor Vanessa Steinkamp is leveraging her scholarly experience and commitment to service as a member of the Task Force on Academic Credit and Industry Recognition by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Steinkamp, a respected government instructor at TCC Northeast in Hurst, will serve along with Mike Bell of Henderson, Tac Buchanan of Amarillo, Sam Hurley of Athens and Jim Yeonopolus of Harker Heights. Terms are set to expire on Dec. 1, 2021.

The five-member task force was created by Texas HB 553 during the 85th legislative session to identify academic credit and

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City Council Briefs for the Week of January 15, 2018

On January 16, 2018, the Southlake City Council called a General Election for May 5, 2018, to elect the Mayor and Council Place 2.

Mayor Laura Hill is up for re-election along with Council Place 2 currently held by Shawn McCaskill. Both Mayor Hill and Councilmember McCaskill hope to serve the community for another term.

The candidate filing period runs January 17 through February 16. Candidate packets are available in the City Secretary’s Office in Town Hall on the second floor. Early voting begins April 23 and ends on May 1, 2018.

City Council also took action on the proposed ordinance concerning Short-Term Rentals on January 16. A second reading and public hearing are scheduled for the February 6, 2018, Council meeting. Council is considering whether to prohibit the operation of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) within Southlake.

Also, Mayor Laura Hill proclaimed February as LiveFit Southlake month. LiveFit promotes good health and an active lifestyle. Southlake offers lots of free health and fitness programs for the whole family. Find out more here.

If you missed this week’s City Council meeting, you can watch it in its entirety here.


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Don’t want the flu? Here’s what you can do

Tarrant County Public Health reports that the Fort Worth area is experiencing a flu outbreak that is one of the more serious of the past decade.

“Recognize the early symptoms of this disease and consult your health care provider so you can get on an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu or Relenza. This could lessen the severity of the disease for you,” said Russell Jones, chief epidemiologist with Tarrant County Public Health.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to hospitalization or death.

Important flu prevention tips for everyone:

  • Get a flu vaccine and avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you’re sick, limit personal contact to keep from infecting others. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever ends.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean shared spaces more often — desks, office equipment such as keyboards and phone receivers.
  • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness. They are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines and are not available over the counter.

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May 5, 2018, Election Draws Near

On January 16, 2018, the Southlake City Council called a General Election for May 5, 2018, to elect the positions of the Mayor and Council Place 2.

Mayor Laura Hill and the Council Place 2 position held by Shawn McCaskill are up for re-election.

The last day to file an Application for Place on the Ballot is February 16, 2018. Early voting begins on April 23, 2018, and ends on May 1, 2018. The last day to register to vote is April 5, 2018.

Election Dates

Last Day to file an Application for Place on the Ballot:  February 16, 2018

Early Voting:  April 23, 2018 – May 1, 2018

Election Day:  May 5, 2018 – Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Last day to register to vote:  April 5, 2018

Candidate packets may be picked up in the City Secretary’s Office on the second floor of Town Hall during normal business hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, the City Secretary’s Office is happy to assist you. The number is 817-748-8183.

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TCC to Explore Diversity and the Law with Presentation of “The Defamation Experience”

Underscoring its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Tarrant County College’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) is hosting a program designed to help participants understand bias and how it affects the work and learning environment.

In partnership with TCC Northeast Student Development Services, OIDI will host “The Defamation Experience,” an interactive, live performance dealing with diversity issues and the law on Wednesday, February 14 at 11 a.m. at TCC Northeast in the Larry J. Darlage Center Corner (NSTU 1615A). TCC is the first higher education

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Interested in Health, Wellness and Your Community? Join the new Health and Wellness Committee.

Would you like to help shape the future in Southlake? Are you someone who is interested in health or wellness? Is your community important to you?

If you answered yes to these questions, apply now to the new Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee.

Need to know more?  Southlake is full of health and wellness experts, enthusiasts and advocates who we’d like to help us put together the new Health and Wellness Master Plan. Here are a few examples of ideas the committee could explore.

Built & Natural Environment – How can parks be more senior-friendly? This topic may include looking at how landscape and lighting requirements can increase public safety, and developing criteria to evaluate the overall safety of development proposals;

Transportation – This could include highlighting existing Community Service Agreements, such as Call a Ride Southlake (CARS). The committee may also explore sidewalk connections and how incorporating Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) into roadways might encourage safety and increase mobility;

Aging Population – Another important focus area includes examining opportunities to increase the quality of life for seniors in the community and those that wish to “age in place” through policies and programs. This may consist of reviewing ordinances in terms of existing requirements for family or “mother-in-law” quarters as families may serve as caregivers for aging relatives;

Mental Health & Wellness – Topics within this category may include working with healthcare professionals on community needs related to anxiety and depression and other mental illnesses;

Partnerships – This ultimately speaks to how the City of Southlake will pursue partnerships with groups such as health care providers, the Carroll Independent School District, and possibly other community service organizations that focus on health and wellness initiatives.

Southlake City Council recognizes the importance of health and wellness issues and has included this new component in the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan. While this plan element is new, it will build on recommendations from other plans. For example, the LiveFit Program has been successfully implemented as a health and wellness program in the City. “The success of LiveFit demonstrates that health and wellness is something we can all relate to. I’m looking forward to the invaluable insight committee members will provide us as we move forward with this new component of the 2035 Master Plan,” says Senior Director of Planning & Development Services Ken Baker.

City Council is seeking applicants of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging those with professional experience or interest in health or wellness topics to apply. Committee members will be asked to meet about once a month over the course of several months, to work alongside City staff to develop this master plan element. They will be reviewing existing city policies; evaluating the current health and wellness landscape in Southlake; analyzing current and future wellness needs and topics; and formulating recommendations to City Council related to health and wellness.

Interested in applying? Visit the Health and Wellness Plan page on the City website to learn more about the application process. Applications are due by February 16, 2018.

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