Carroll ISD Earns Seventh AP Honor Roll Distinction

Carroll ISD is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that was named to the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Out of the nine years that the AP District Honor Roll has been in place, Carroll has received the designation seven times, more than any other district in Texas.

“CISD is once again delighted that our students are being acknowledged by the College Board for the commitment, hard work, time, and energy invested into achieving being named to the 9th annual AP Honor Roll,” said Janet McDade, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. “Our outstanding AP teachers should also be congratulated for their outstanding work in preparing our students for these exams.”

To receive this honor, school districts in the U.S. and Canada must simultaneously increase the access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintain or improve the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.

National data from 2018 show that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. Carroll ISD is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“We are thrilled to receive this award again this year.  This award epitomizes the hard work of both our staff and our students,” said Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Gina Peddy. “Not only have our students continued to increase their participation in the AP program, but they have continued to improve their scores, as well.  We are honored to receive this award and we are proud of our students and staff who made this award possible.”

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December Southlake Business Spotlight: Precision Ortho Express

Precision Ortho Express is the featured business for December’s Southlake Business Spotlight.

The walk-in, immediate access, full service, state of the art Orthopedic, Sports Medicine & Spine clinic is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. Their team of board-certified orthopedic specialists treat a variety of ailments including sprains, fractures, strains/sprains – ligament injuries, joint pain, neck/back pain carpel tunnel, work related injuries, regenerative medicine and injection therapy.

If you have a sports/orthopedic injury, work related injury or chronic condition, you can receive immediate care by orthopedic specialists without the time or expense of an ER visit.

From weekend accidents, sports injuries, arthritis, to work-related accidents, they are here for you offering state of the art, hospitality based Orthopedic, Sports and Spine Care.

Learn more about Precision Ortho Express from the previous City Council meeting and the Southlake Business Spotlight blog.

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Insider’s Guide: Tips for Celebrating the Holidays in Southlake

Oh, what fun it is to visit Southlake, Texas, during the holidays! From sparkling displays to festive family fun, Southlake is the perfect destination for holiday cheer. Here is our insider’s guide for where to shop, eat, play and stay during the most wonderful time of the year.

Making a holiday shopping list and checking it twice? With more than 130 stores (everything from Apple and Pottery Barn to Kendra Scott and lululemon athletica) in Southlake Town Square, as well as many other hot spots, like Shops of Southlake (Central Market, DSW, Nordstrom Rack and more) and Park Village (REI, Beauty Brands and Sur La Table, to name a few), shoppers will find something for everyone on their holiday shopping list. With the rush of the holiday season, the Holiday Concierge in Southlake Town Square can even help guests stay organized by helping with movie showtimes, buying gift cards, checking restaurant menus, getting directions and information about stores, and making dinner reservations.

Hungry for a holiday helping? If you’re out last minute Christmas shopping, stop by Wildwood Grill and Del Frisco’s Grille on Christmas Eve for special holiday menu features. Copeland’s of New Orleans will also be open Christmas Eve serving its full menu of Cajun items, as well as on Christmas Day from 7AM-7PM serving a special Christmas Platter of holiday ham or turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dressing, cranberry sauce and cornbread. Copeland’s famous Cajun fried turkeys are also available for pre-order for holiday dinners at home.

Get in the holiday spirit with seasonal activities. The holidays would not be complete without a visit with Santa. Stop by Santa’s Village in Southlake Town Square where kids of all ages can have their picture taken with jolly ole St. Nick (and even reserve one-on-one time with him) or simply drop off their letters to Santa at the Village Post Office. While you’re there, enjoy a nostalgic tour of Town Square by horse-drawn carriage rides. Just across the street, foodies can take holiday cooking classes at Shops of Southlake’s Central Market – including decorating a gingerbread house, Tex-Mex Christmas and An Italian Christmas Eve. Enjoy a bit of holiday cheer for FREE during Wine Walk in Park Village on December 13. Visit the various shops there from 6-9 p.m. for wine tastings, light bites and a Sommelier presentation.

Treat the kids to some holiday fun, too. Mark your calendars for Story Time with Mrs. Claus on December 20, a fun time filled with holiday stories, hot cocoa and cookies. Another option is Holiday Break Camp Mania, a fun and safe environment where kids can enjoy arts and craft activities, field trips and plenty of play time. With multiple camp dates, it’s a great opportunity to keep children entertained while on holiday break.

“We really enjoy attending all of Southlake’s holiday events. Visiting Santa, watching the tree lighting, and enjoying the many other activities and entertainment that make this season so special for our family each year,” stated Mark Guilbert, president of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce.

Stay the night in Southlake. Conveniently located in Southlake Town Square, Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square is within walking distance from shopping, dining and holiday attractions. The boutique hotel has 248 spacious guest rooms with European-inspired design, an in-house restaurant – Copeland’s of New Orleans, a 24-hour fitness center and is even pet-friendly. If you’re bringing the kids, consider the Family Fun Package, which includes breakfast for four and free high-speed Internet access. Getting away with your significant other? The Celebrate in Style Package includes a complimentary drink upon arrival and in-room breakfast for two.

Just off of State Highway 114 and a short drive from DFW Airport, Cambria Southlake DFW North offers 175 generously sized and contemporary guest rooms with Texas-inspired flare. Tech-savvy guests also love the modern amenities, including RoomioTV-enabled flat screen TVs that turn mobile devices into remote control (for streaming Netflix, YouTube or accessing Photos) and the Ivy by GoMoment virtual texting assistant, which allows guests to text hotel staff to facilitate quick and easy answers to questions. Guests can savor Texas flavors and locally-made beers and wines in-house at Social Circle Bistro. Don’t forget to ask about the Breakfast Package and discounts for seniors and members of the military.

With ever-updating events and attractions, stay in-the-know with the latest holiday happenings by downloading the Visit Southlake App! Explore what the city has to offer, including upcoming events, popular restaurants, downtown hot spots, shopping and points of interest. You can access the Visit Southlake App from the website or by visiting the app stores on iOS or Android smartphone devices and downloading the app.

With a season full of merry and bright festivities, make Southlake your Home for the Holidays!

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Southlake Students Received Constituting America Proclamation

Southlake Students were honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for their outstanding achievements through music to promote our country’s founding principles and U.S. Constitution.

Gabriella Tommasi, Joshua Landgraf and Taylor Landgraf were inspired to enter the Constitution America’s, “We The Future” contest and won! The purpose of the contest is to promote the three branches of government and checks and balances. Tommasi won for her song, “The Constitution is the Right Solution” and Joshua and Taylor Landgraf won for their submission, “Constitutional”.

The students were honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and were presented with a Constituting America Proclamation by Mayor Laura Hill.

See the rest of the proclamation below.

  Constituting  America  educates,  engages,  and  empowers America’s rising    generation    through    their    three   cornerstone   programs: interactive   educational   presentations   to   students   of   all   ages, nationwide  scholarship  contests, and 90-day annual online studies; and,

Whereas, Actress Janine Turner, founder & co-president of Constituting America, spoke at Eubanks Intermediate School in honor of Constitution Day 2017, and Gabriella Tommasi, Joshua Landgraf and Taylor Landgraf were inspired to enter Constituting America’s “We The Future” Contest and won; and,

Whereas, we commend Gabriella Tommasi for her winning song “The Constitution is the Right Solution,” and Joshua and Taylor Landgraf for their winning song “Constitutional”; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby recognize Gabriella, Joshua and Taylor for their outstanding achievements through music to promote our country’s founding principles and U.S. Constitution.


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CISD Holiday Performances 2018

Many Carroll ISD schools have upcoming performances to showcase the talents of their performing art students. All information was provided by individual campuses. Please check with specific schools for questions regarding their performances.

December 11, 2018

Dawson Middle School Jazz Band Winter Concert
6:30pm @ CSHS Auditorium

Durham Intermediate Choir
6pm @ DIS Cafeteria

December 12, 2018

Carroll Middle School Bands Winter Concert
7pm @ CSHS Auditorium

December 13, 2018

Rockenbaugh Elementary 4th Grade Musical
2pm and 7pm @ RES Cafeteria

Carroll Elementary 3rd Grade Holiday Musical
7pm @ CES

CHS/CSHS Winter Band Concert
7pm @ CSHS Auditorium

December 14, 2018

Winter Choir Concert (participating choirs: EIS, CMS, DMS, CHS/CSHS)
6:30pm @ Whites Chapel United Methodist Church

December 17, 2018

Johnson Elementary Choir: How the Penguins Saved Christmas
8:15 and 9:15am @ JES Cafeteria

Eubanks Intermediate and Dawson Middle School Bands Winter Concert
7pm @ CSHS Auditorium

December 19, 2018

Rockenbaugh Elementary RESPECT Choir: Polar Express Sing Along
2pm @ RES Cafeteria

December 21, 2018

Old Union Elementary Holiday Sing Along
9am @ OUES Cafeteria

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Southlake’s Safety Team Aims to Improve City Practices & Reduce Workplace Risk

Southlake’s Safety Committee members were honored recently with a City Manager Commendation for their commitment to excellent safety practices and their role in promoting a culture of safety for the municipal organization.

When Southlake’s Human Resources Director Stacey Black learned that on-the-job injuries with medical costs or lost time decreased by 25% over the previous fiscal year, it made her smile. She believes this success is due, at least in part, to the efforts of the City’s hardworking Safety Committee. The group is an interdepartmental team whose mission is to keep employees and the public safe through mindful business practices aimed at reducing risk.

“A few years ago we saw a need to be a little more intentional with our safety practices,” said Black. “In fact, we set a goal of creating a strong culture of safety so that our employees return home at the end of the day or their shift in the same condition they arrived.”

Following an organizational safety audit, the team was formed and put into place under the leadership of employees Chad Minter and Tim Slifka.

“We value the well-being of our employees and the public we serve, and this guides our work,” explained Minter. “Last year we arranged for more than 900 hours of civilian safety training for various workgroups, and have worked since the beginning to create workplace practices that prevent accidents. We make a difference because we proactively focus attention on safety, and take corrective steps when needed.”

The team has worked to:

  • implement vehicle speed monitoring and alerts,
  • understand workplace injuries and how to prevent them,
  • evaluate City vehicle accidents for operational improvements,
  • reduce building safety hazards within City facilities,
  • purchase safety materials and equipment,
  • learn more about best practices for staying safe,
  • put procedures in place to improve workplace safety.

City Manager Shana Yelverton has the highest praise for the performance of the team. “Their importance and effectiveness can’t be overstated,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what outcomes are achieved over time.”

For their strategic and committed work, each member of the Safety Committee has received a formal commendation, and thank you. Above photo from left to right: top row, Mike White, W. Wood, Ryan Arthur, and Tim Slifka. Middle row, Ryan McGrail, Robert Burns, Chad Minter, and Eric Lusk. Bottom row, Shane Cloud, Terry Holloway, and Andrew Merrick.

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Dragons Remain Undefeated; Advance to Quarterfinals

Not even an hour and a half long rain delay during halftime could slow down the Dragons offense that continues to put up points in abundance during this impressive playoff run. The Dragons endured the rain delay and the Trinity attack to advance on to the quarterfinal round of the UIL state football playoffs by a final score of 35-7.

The Dragons took on the Trinity Trojans, a long time rival and highly respected opponent, at Apogee Stadium on the campus of UNT in Denton last Friday evening. The Dragons continued their trend of scoring early and often in this one. The opening drive for the Dragons was capped off by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Senior Will Bowers to Junior Wideout and Defensive Back R.J. Mickens. Bowers would go on to throw for 245 yards and two touchdowns on the game. He would add a rushing touchdown to his stat line late in the second half as well.  Senior Running Back T.J. McDaniels ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns as well for the offense.

After the Trojans scored on their opening drive of the game, the Dragon defense completely shut their offense down for the remainder of the contest. Graham Faloona led the Dragons with 18 total tackles. Preston Forney finished the game with 17 tackles. The usual high performing Trojan rushing game could not find their usual groove against this tough Dragon D.

The Dragons will take on Duncanville this upcoming Saturday, December 8, at the Star in Frisco. Kickoff is set for 4:30 and tickets are available here. This is the ONLY location to purchase tickets for this game. Your ticket will get you into all three games that are being held at the Star that day, but there will be no “in and outs” allowed.

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Keep Southlake Beautiful by Planting a Street Tree

It’s that time of year again—time to order the street trees that will keep Southlake beautiful for generations to come. Trees will be available for purchase through January 31, 2019.

Trees are essential for a healthy ecosystem, but they also have a direct impact on our own health and well-being. They protect us from the blazing summer heat, mitigate air and water pollution, reduce stress and encourage people to get outside and stay active. The greener the community, the happier and healthier the residents!

The City of Southlake’s annual Street Tree Program is dedicated to keeping Southlake healthy and beautiful all year long. Through this program, Southlake residents can purchase a tree for half price with the City covering the remaining costs. The following four varieties of trees are available through the program:

Visit our website for more information. Trees will be planted in designated locations in late winter/early spring.

Trees can be purchased until January 31 either through the Parks and Recreation online portal or at the Community Services office (1400 Main Street, Suite 210). Only one tree per Southlake household.

To learn more about the City’s Street Tree Program and other Keep Southlake Beautiful initiatives, visit our website or call (817) 748-8019.

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Swim and Dive Compete at Home Against Coppell

Over 70 Dragon swimmers were in action Thursday Night at the CISD Aquatic Center in a matchup with Coppell High School. The Dragon squad consisted of ALL of the JV Swimmers, with a few of the Varsity swimmers mixed in as they competed against Coppell’s Varsity Team.

The Dragon Girls won their meet, 165-118, while our Boy’s Squad fell to Coppell, 158-126.

Top 3 relay finishes for the Dragon included:
1st Girls 200 free relay 1:51.22 with Astrid Langoe, Sarah Chappell, Reyna Clark and Erin Vanderbush
2nd Girls 200 med relay 2:00.17 with Reyna Clark, Sarah Chappell, Emily Hatcher and Vivi Pettigrew
2nd Boys 200 med relay 1:48.73 with Mark Li, Cam Walter, Luke Wenger and Dutch Mark
2nd Boys 200 free relay 1:43.13 with Dutch Mark, Sam Hernandez, Pablo Valderrama and Christian Youssef
2nd Boys 400 free relay 3:39.60 with Luke Wenger, Cam Walter, Mark Li and Leo Lin
2nd girls 400 free relay 4:03.19 with Bryn Frieling, Vivi Pattigrew, Emily Hatcher and Erin Vanderbush
3rd Girls 200 med relay 2:00.51 with Olivia Jones, Gabby Tadlock, Katie Baek and Bryn Frieling
3rd Girls 200 free relay 1:56.68 with Whitney Wood, Gracey Melville, Sarah Nguyen and Katie Baek
3rd Girls 200 free relay 4:08.78 with Astrid Langoe, Gabby Tadlock, Olivia Jones and Camryn Moore.
3rd Boys 400 free relay 3:54.46 with Eric Eaton, Adam Khalil, Luke Huhem and Jacob Huhem

Top 3 individual finishers for the Dragons included:
1st Vivi Pettigrew 200 free 2:08.04 PR
1st Whitney Wood 200 IM 2:22.23 PR
1st Cam Walter 200 IM 2:08.16
1st Emily Hatcher 50 free 27.33
1st Sam Hernandez 100 free 56.30
1st Vivi Pettigrew 500 free 5:38.18 PR
2nd Sarah Chappell 200 free 2:08.29 PR
2nd Luke Wenger 200 free 1:58.42 PR
2nd Olivia Jones 200 IM 2:22.25 PR
2nd Dutch Mark 50 free 25.26
2nd Katie Baek 100 fly 1:07.60
2nd Emily Hatcher 100 free 59.73 PR
2nd Eric Eaton 500 free 5:22.15 PR
2nd Gabby Tadlock 500 free 5:42.18
2nd Adam Khalil 100 free 57.46
2nd Sarah Chappell 100 breast 1:09.86 PR
2nd Cam Walter 100 breast 1:08.87
3rd Bryn Frieling 200 free 2:10.85 PR
3rd Leo Lin 200 free 2:03.14
3rd Katie Baek 200 IM 2:30.49
3rd Camryn Moore 50 free 27.69
3rd Sam Hernandez 50 free 25.55
3rd Bryn Frieling 100 free 1:00.03
3rd Gracey Melville 500 free 6:11.15 PR
3rd Olivia Jones 100 back 1:08.24
3rd Mark Li 100 back 1:02.33 PR
3rd Gabby Tadlock 100 breast 1:13.20
3rd Mark Dutch 100 breast 1:09.67 PR

The Dragon Varsity Team will compete next at the Mansfield Swim & Dive Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Dec 7 & 8. The following Saturday, Dec 15, our Dragon JV Team will compete at the Irving Invitational. Those two meets will conclude the 2018 Fall Dragon HS Swim/Dive season. The Dragons will continue to train over the holiday break and return for their championship season in January.

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New Biz List: December 2018

Would you like to know about the new businesses in town? If so, you are going to want to subscribe to the Economic Development New Biz List. The list not only gives you an update about recently opened businesses, but it will also tell you what’s coming to Southlake in the next few months.

Now Open

  • Precision Ortho Express: Precision Ortho Express opened at 245 W. State Highway 114.  The business offers same daycare for weekend accidents, sports injuries, arthritis, to work-related accidents, they are here for you offering state of the art, hospitality based Orthopedic, Sports and Spine Care. 682-477-4313
  • Sweet as Sugar:  Sweet as Sugar opened in Southlake Town Square at 116 State Street. At Sweet as Sugar Children’s Boutique, you will find everything from a decadent posh couture outfit for a special night out to a stylish dress for a tea party, or a comfy set for a play date.. 214-934-3362
  • Creamistry: Creamistry opened in Park Village at 1161 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 202. The ice cream shop uses liquid nitrogen to craft ice cream of different flavors so customers can customize their orders with a selection of toppings including cereal, candy, fruits, nuts and sauces. 817-329-9677
  • Outdoors Unique: Outdoors Unique opened at 705 Commerce Street.  They want to help you recover from storm damage to your home.  We specialize in roofing repair/replacement, deck and fence restoration, gutters, and windows. No job is too big or small.  817-410-4000 or 817-893-3986
  • DFW Skin Surgery Center: DFW Skin Surgery Center has opened a satellite office in Southlake at 2485 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 200.  DFW Skin Surgery Center specializes in all aspects of dermatological surgery and you can get the attention and care you’ll come to expect and enjoy. 817-303-6647
  • The Old Nocona Boot Factory: The Old Nocona Boot Factory opened in Southlake Town Square at 234 State Street. Staying true to its roots since day one, each pair of Nocona Boots is made with the finest leathers and quality materials paired with a style that is all about a “Let’s Rodeo” attitude, embracing the spirit of the *Wild West as Miss Enid did so many years ago. 817-329-9660
  • Laser Away: Laser Away opened in Southlake Town Square at 1240 Prospect Street. They offer aesthetic services including hair removal, tattoo removal, body contouring and skin rejuvenation. They use only cutting-edge technologies, and we employ only the most qualified and experienced medical staff.  817-482-6798
  • The Yoga Studio: The Yoga Studio is now open at 1431 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 519. They are over 5,400 square feet with double studios, offering over 50 classes per week including 6 formats, heated and non-heated, HIIT and aerial yoga.  817-410-7770
  • The Floor Source & More: The Floor Source & More opened at 2225 W. Southlake Blvd., Suite 465. With over 40 years of experience, they’re here to help you find the highest quality hard-surface flooring or carpeting for your home or business.. 682-477-4257
  • The Glass Guru: The Glass Guru opened in October at 2211 E. Continental Blvd., Suite 190. They offer services for glass repair and replacement, windows, doors, screens, mirrors, showers, and more. 817-345-6283

Find out more here.

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