Back to School 2018 – Bus Route Information

Carroll ISD will begin welcoming students back on August 20. In order to make the first day as stress-free as possible for all Dragons, CISD has a website set up where families can find out the bus route and bus number for their student.

Parents only need their address, student’s grade and campus to access the information on the website.

Bus Route information will be made public on August 15.  You can access the Bus Route Information portal by clicking here.

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Champions Club Membership Sales Begin Thursday, August 23

Be one of the first to become a champion and experience the world class amenities and benefits Champions Club has to offer!

Champions Club at The Marq will be opening its doors to members this winter. Memberships will be on sale beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

All memberships are inclusive of Champions Club amenities and benefits; however, resident families may choose to opt out of child watch. Please see the membership options below to find the best one for you and your family.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on August 23, you will be able to purchase your membership online or in person at our sales office. If you choose to purchase your membership in person, City staff will be available to help you and answer any questions you have. Please see our special sales office hours below.

Membership Sales Office Hours
Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake
285 Shady Oaks Drive

Special Hours (August 23–31)
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Regular Hours
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Be sure to check out www.ExperienceChampionsClub.com to learn why Champions Club is the perfect place for fitness and fun in Southlake. You can also follow us on Facebook or sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive the latest information.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (817) 748-8955 or email us at memberships@themarqsouthlake.com.

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Celebrate National Dog Day August 26 with Pet-Friendly Dining in Southlake

Grab some grub with your best furry friend in Southlake on Sunday, August 26, during National Dog Day. With more than two dozen pet-friendly patios in town, celebrate this pawesome occasion and dine out with your dog.

Hungry for fresh? You and Fido will find scratch food fast at Café Express. With recipes crafted by James Beard Award winning Chef Robert Del Grande, who was inspired by European café cuisine and his deep Southwest roots, savor freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas and more. Outdoor seating and large table umbrellas offer an inviting atmosphere, complete with plenty of passersby around Southlake Town Square for a dog-watching good time.

Enjoy flavors from the coast at Rockfish Seafood Grill. The chef-driven, distinctive menu features guest favorites like Shrimp Baskets, Fish Tacos and Seasonal Wild Copper River Alaskan Salmon. Quench your thirst with a signature Rock-a-Rita margarita and ice cold beer—or a refreshing bowl of water, if you’re a dog. With nautical décor to match the seafood dishes and a fenced-in outdoor patio shaded by trees, this restaurant is a lucky catch for both people and pets.

Order some pizza with your pup at Mellow Mushroom. With groovy pizza names like Kosmic Karma, Funky Q. Chicken and Holy Shiitake Pie—and equally unique customizable toppings ranging from salami and sausage to tempeh and tofu—enjoy a psychedelic taste sensation with your dog on Mellow Mushroom’s covered, partially enclosed outdoor patio.

Take tu perro to Torchy’s Tacos for a south-of-the-border flavor fiesta. Founded by a former executive chef turned food trailer entrepreneur, Torchy’s Tacos now has several brick-and-mortar locations. Having garnered many awards and national praise for “tacos for every appetite,” patrons will find creative cuisine in hand-held form with fillings ranging from fried avocados and seared ahi tuna to Jamaican jerk chicken and beef brisket. Park yourself and your pup at one of the outdoor picnic tables, and don’t forget to save room for Lil’ Nookies (fried chocolate chip cookie dough dusted in powdered sugar and topped with cherries).

Drive thru with your dog. If you’re grabbing a cup of coffee for yourself, be sure to ask for a complimentary puppuccino for your pal at Starbucks or a puppy latte at Dunkin’ Donuts—a small cup filled with whipped cream. Chick-Fil-A and Sonic have also been known to give dog treats to pup passengers.

Visit the online Southlake Dining Guide to review all dog-friendly dining options as indicated by a paw print icon next to the name of the restaurant. For more information on all of the ways Southlake is pet-friendly, including parks, grooming, pet-friendly hotels, pet-focused retail shops and more, visit the Pet Friendly page on VisitSouthlakeTexas.com.

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School is back in session. Give yourself more time for your commute.

Schools haven’t been the only ones saying goodbye to summer break and preparing for the new school year. The City of Southlake has been gearing up too! Back to school means more traffic and more sharing of the road.

With the increase in traffic as school starts again, be sure to give yourself more time to travel. Traffic congestion will pick up as more parents and school buses are delivering students to school. And don’t forget about all the excited new drivers, driving to school for the first time. Ten extra minutes can go a long way during your commute.

“Students are not the only ones who have to rethink their priorities when school starts,” notes Southlake Transportation Manager Stephanie Taylor. “This time of year is a great reminder that getting somewhere safely is more important than getting somewhere quickly. A child’s life is worth far more than cutting down your commute. Slow down and stay alert.”

Safety is a top priority in Southlake. As part of the City’s back to school efforts, Southlake Public Works checks school zones every year before the start of the new school year. School zone flashers and crosswalks are inspected to make sure they are in good condition for students.

This year, four CISD schools had crosswalks restriped and signs updated: Carroll High School, Rockenbaugh Elementary, Carroll Elementary and Old Union Elementary Schools.

Several roadway updates over the summer will also help with the increased traffic as school starts again. Portions of Continental Boulevard were resurfaced, and the Kirkwood Boulevard improvements added more traffic lanes, sidewalks and traffic signals on the north end of Southlake. The North White Chapel widening project moved along on schedule over the summer as well. While work on North White Chapel will continue throughout the school year, the hours of possible construction lane closures will take place between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to avoid school arrival and dismissal traffic.

Roadway improvements will help with commutes, but Taylor encourages motorists to take an active role in ensuring safe travel.

“With more motorists, pedestrians and cyclists on the road, all of us have to step it up when it comes to traffic safety,” says Taylor. “Back-to-school traffic means we all have to be more patient and pay more attention.”

The City offers several ways to stay connected to mobility in Southlake. Follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and check out the ConnectSouthlake.com site for traffic, construction updates and all things mobility.

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Back to School 2018 – Elementary Early Release Schedule

All Elementary Campuses (Carroll, Johnson, Old Union, Rockenbaugh and Walnut Grove) will have early release days the first week of the 2018-2019 school year.

This week is not only used to help CISD’s youngest Dragons adjust to their new school schedule but also it gives the teachers an opportunity to conduct beginning of the year benchmark testing.

The schedule for the first week of school (elementary only) is:

August 20 – 24
Preschool: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kindergarten – Grade 4: 7:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Regular School Hours Resume on Monday, August 27
Preschool: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kindergarten – Grade 4: 7:40 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

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Carroll ISD Earns “A” From TEA

Schools around the state of Texas received their first ‘grade report’ from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on Wednesday. Carroll ISD received an “A”, scoring 96 out of a possible 100 points in the various areas measured.

In previous years, TEA released a report showing which schools met state education standards, based on five areas: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, post-secondary readiness and community and student engagement. This year, the state narrowed those areas down to three: student achievement, student progress, and closing performance gaps.

Student Achievement measures whether students have met grade-level expectations as measured by the STAAR test. This rating also takes graduation rates and how prepared students are for life after high school into consideration. School Progress measures how much better students performed on standardized testing this year versus last year. It also compares student performance to similar districts. And finally, Closing the Gaps measures the percentage of different groups of students that are performing above state goals in four areas.

Individual campuses will not be officially rated until next year’s report is released, however, if the campuses had been included, all 11 would have earned an “A” as well.

“We’re proud of our students and staff for continuing to excel at whatever measures of accountability the state decides to use,” said Superintendent David Faltys.  “We believe the measure of our success is much more than one grade, one test or one snapshot of a given day.  Our true accountability lies in the rigor and high expectations for excellence we call our staff and students to every day.”

Dr. Faltys said CISD stands with other districts across the state in calling for a less complicated system of accountability that truly represents the education students are receiving.  “In Carroll, it’s more about quality teachers engaging our kids in a way that inspires them to realize their full potential,” he said.

For parents and community members that would like to read more about the new letter grading system, TEA has made videos available on their website that explain the new system more in-depth.

To read the report sent by TEA, click here.

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School Board Opens Application for Volunteer Committees

The Carroll School Board invites interested parents and taxpayers to volunteer their time and expertise on several Board Advisory Committees, including the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), the District Advisory Committee, Campus Site-Based Decision-Making Committees and more.

Completed applications must be returned to the Superintendent’s Office, 2400 N. Carroll Avenue in Southlake by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14. Submitting an application does not necessarily guarantee participation on a committee.  Members of the SHAC must be accepted and voted into their positions by the Carroll School Board. The membership of some committees, like the District Advisory Committee and Campus Site-Based Committees, must comply with state law.

In addition to the committees mentioned above, the Board also operates an Audit Committee and a Budget & Finance Committee.

Click here for a copy of the 2018-2019 Board Committee Application.

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More Road Closures on Brumlow Avenue Starting Saturday, August 18

UPDATE 8/14/2018 – Due to the rainy weather, the scheduled closing of the TexRail crossing on Brumlow Avenue is now planned for 8/18/2018 weather permitting.

Drivers should try and avoid Brumlow Avenue during the day Saturday, August 18. TexRail has advised the City of full northbound lane closures for concrete sealing and striping operations. The closure is expected to take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The southbound lanes will remain open during this operation.

On Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21 (new dates) there will be alternating closures of the southbound lanes for same operations however through traffic will be maintained.

Visit the TEXRail Construction website for any updates: http://www.texrail.com/status/construction-updates/

Aug 11 Brumlow Closure

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra Presents DSO on the Go

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform this September as part of the DSO on the GO concert series, which brings the orchestra outside the Meyerson Symphony Center and into neighborhoods and communities around North Texas.

The DSO will perform on September 9, 2018, at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, TX. The all-Bach program includes Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe featuring DSO Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson and Principal Oboe Erin Hannigan.

“These concerts will be a great way for our neighbors around North Texas to enjoy the Dallas Symphony close to home,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Orchestra President & CEO. “We’re especially delighted to feature two of our principal musicians, Nathan Olson and Erin Hannigan, as soloists. We hope audiences will enjoy their performances and connect further with their orchestra.”

DSO on the GO was launched in 2012 with a classical concert in Allen, Texas. In the 2018/19 season, DSO on the GO will feature the full Dallas Symphony Orchestra playing classical and pops concerts in cities and neighborhoods across North Texas. DSO on the GO concerts include familiar classical pieces and popular light classics, with concerto soloists who are principal musicians from the Dallas Symphony.

Tickets may be purchased at www.mydso.com or by calling 214.TIX.4DSO.

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Southlake City Council Makes Changes to Champions Club Membership Fees

The Southlake City Council updated the Champions Club membership fees at their August 7 regular meeting.

City Council initially discussed the fees at their June 28 meeting after receiving feedback from residents.  They then directed staff to return with options that included rate changes for residents. These options were presented to the City Council who unanimously voted to approve:

  • Increasing the resident discount from 10% to 20%
  • Increasing the corporate discount from 5% to 10%
  • Allowing residents to opt out of child watch services, which are included in the pricing structure. This results in a $10/month discount on family memberships.

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If you are looking for a healthier lifestyle, are interested in learning a new skill or just want to relax by the pool, Champions Club at The Marq Southlake has you covered.  This new 82,000 square foot facility opens this winter and includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor fieldhouse and track, basketball courts, a playground for the Little Champs in your life and a spectacular indoor pool that features a zero-depth entry, water slides, a not-so-lazy river and lap lanes.  These world-class amenities coupled with fun recreational programming are the perfect combination for you and your family to create lifelong memories.

Membership sales begin later this year and all memberships will include access to 50+ fitness classes, child-watch, priority registration and other perks like guest passes, member appreciation events, and access to discounted rentals on just about every room in the building.

Be sure to check out ExperienceChampionsClub.com to learn why Champions Club is the perfect place for fitness in Southlake. You can also follow us on Facebook to find the latest Champions Club news.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (817) 748-8955 or email us at memberships@themarqsouthlake.com.

 

 

 

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