Southlake Police Offer House Watch Program When You’re Away

With the inevitable blazing summer heat comes pool parties, get togethers, and family vacations.  One benefit of living in a community like Southlake, is our House Watch program.  If you plan on leaving for a weekend or a week, fill out a quick online form notifying the Southlake Police Department when you will be gone and when you will return.

After your quick registration, officers each shift and our citizens on patrol will be notified you are out of town.  When they aren’t answering calls or conducting traffic stops, they will come by your home, check the doors and verify the information you provided us.  If there’s a strange car in your driveway, then you’ll be getting a call asking about it.

There’s a few other questions we ask you to fill out as well, to make sure we are aware of all of the surroundings.  For instance, have you left pets in your yard that might surprise and attack one of our officers?  Have you scheduled a pool cleaner or a lawn mowing service that might be at the house?  Is your alarm set?  Should lights be on inside and are they on a schedule?  The more information your give us, the better we can protect your home.

The House Watch program is an invaluable tool and is available every day of the year.  So whether you take a week off to see grandma in New York or leave for a weekend staycation in Fort Worth, you can have the peace of mind knowing your home is being watch by Southlake’s finest.

Please also remember to update us if your travel plans change—if you get home early, if one of your kids “drop by” from college, or if all of the sudden there’s a Doberman in the back yard.  Just log into the House Watch account or contact our dispatch at 817-743-4524.

Creating a House Watch account is quick and easy.  Head over to

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Weigh-in on public art projects for 2018 bond program projects

The Fort Worth Art Commission will conduct two public hearings on the Draft Public Art Plan for the 2018 Bond Program.

The first meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 11 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. The second public hearing will be in early July at an Art Commission meeting.

The draft plan proposes locations and budgets for public art projects associated with streets, parks and new library, fire, animal and police facilities. Residents can weigh in on public art projects that will be commissioned over the next five years using 2018 bond funds.

After the hearings, the Fort Worth Art Commission will make a final recommendation to the City Council. A copy of the draft plan is available.

Fort Worth residents are invited to review the plan and comment at a public hearing or submit written comments via email or mail to Fort Worth Public Art, Attn: Sam Brown, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX, 76107.

The Art Commission will review written comments that are received by 5 p.m. July 9 before making a final recommendation.

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CISD Considering Random Drug Testing Pilot Program

On June 4, Carroll School Board members will discuss first reading of a policy to begin a random drug testing program for students in grades 9-12. The Board and Administration have been studying the possibility of a drug testing program for the past several years and if implemented, would model the local policy after other school drug testing programs across the state.

A survey link was sent to parents, staff and student email addresses to collect feedback for Board consideration. More than 2,000 people had participated in the survey in the first 24 hours. The deadline is just before midnight on June 15. Trustees won’t make a final decision on a policy until after the survey closes. Respondents are able to alter their responses up until the survey closes June 15.

Although no decisions have been made, school officials are expected to recommend a pilot program that tests 10-40 percent of students in grades 9-12 who are participating in extracurricular programs beginning as early as this fall. School officials cannot include the entire student population because of federal case law, but parents of students who do not participate in extracurricular activities could request that their child be added to the pool of randomly selected students. All parents and students subject to the potential drug testing program would attend informational meetings and sign permission forms to participate. Under the proposed pilot program, parental agreement would be mandatory for extracurricular student participation.

Some districts require students who apply for an on-campus parking permit to be part of the random group of students tested. CISD is surveying respondents about adding student drivers to the pilot program. School officials say random drug testing can help ensure the health and safety of others when students are driving on campus and/or competing against other students.

Yet to be determined is exactly how many students will be tested and how often, as well as whether or not the district will use urine or hair follicle testing. Administrators are recommending monthly testing of a randomly selected group of students involved in athletics, fine arts, dance, cheerleading and other school-sponsored and/or school-owned clubs where students compete against other students. The purpose of the program is also to prevent injury, illness, and harm resulting from the use of illegal and performance-enhancing drugs or alcohol. It is estimated the pool of students who fall into those categories would be about 2,300 at the high school and senior high level.

The policy under consideration June 4 would give parents/students five days after a positive drug test to share information about medication or another medical explanation for a positive result. An initial positive test would be confirmed by a second test of the same specimen before being reported as positive. Upon receiving results of a positive test, the district would schedule a confidential meeting with the student, the student’s parents and the coach or sponsor of the extracurricular activity to review the test results and discuss consequences.

School administrators say their goal is to deter drug use among high school students and to provide help to those families who have a student who tests positive. Based on the policy being proposed, any student who has a confirmed positive result after being randomly selected for testing, would be required to participate in the next three testing rounds in addition to sitting out of extracurricular activities for a brief period and attending a drug/alcohol counseling program. Further failed tests would result in additional suspension periods from extracurricular participation. School officials say parents/students could choose from a list of free and/or paid counseling programs or select their own program. Confidential drug test results would not be released to treatment centers without written consent of parents.

The cost of the random drug testing program depends on the type of testing, the number of students tested and the company chosen to perform the tests. School officials say they reviewed policies in Grapevine-Colleyville, Keller, Frisco and McKinney. The recommendation is for a testing budget of $25,000 to $50,000.

“It’s not as expensive as one might think, and our goal is to give students a reason to say no and to provide resources and counseling to families with a student who tests positive,” said Janet McDade, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. “The district would put out an RFP (request for proposals) from professional testing labs and consider price, reputation, testing logistics and confidentiality when selecting a company.”

Officials say most of the districts who participate in random drug testing programs test for alcohol, performance-enhancing substances including anabolic steroids, marijuana, cocaine, methaqualone, benzodiazepines, phencyclidine (PCP), methadone barbiturates, propoxyphene, amphetamines and opiates. Not every drug is tested on every subject during the random testing periods. Students who are randomly selected do not get advanced notice but are escorted under adult supervision by a school employee of the same gender to a testing site that includes a closed restroom stall for privacy. The student simply provides a simple urine sample. Of course, the district could decide to use hair follicles instead depending on survey results and the recommendation of the testing company.

CISD Administrators have been working with the Policy Services Division of the Texas Association of School Boards to develop local policy wording. Trustees will consider the survey results and policy recommendations in June. Policies are typically adopted on two readings.

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Drunk and Distracted Driving Program Comes to Carroll High School

Carroll High will host “Game Over,” a program aimed at raising awareness of both drunk and distracted driving among teens on May 23 and May 24.

Wednesday, May 23, will feature a mock car accident and realistic response from City of Southlake Fire and EMS, Careflight, and Southlake Police. Students will be on site to witness the first responders work through the crash site. Student volunteers will serve as actors in this mock crash presentation. This will take place at Carroll High School at 800 N. White Chapel and should begin at 9:30 and conclude at approximately 10:45.

Also, throughout the day, additional volunteer students will be pulled from class every 15 minutes to represent the frequency that a teen is killed by a drunk or distracted driver. Each time, a Police Chaplain, Police Officer, and the Grim Reaper will enter a classroom and read an obituary prepared by the parents, then remove the student from class. These students will have makeup applied to represent their ‘death’ and they will return to class, where they will not speak for the remainder of the day. This is to reinforce that student is no longer there.

The following day, May 24, CHS will be hosting a student assembly featuring a guest speaker who has been affected by drunk driving. Students will hear her story and how these actions have affected her family.

This program is a very powerful reminder of the effects both drunk driving and distracted driving have on teenagers. Officers hope that this experience will help students make the right decision when it comes to drinking and driving, as well as texting and driving.

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TCC to Launch New Veterinary Clinical Assistant Program Sept. 10

Animal lovers can apply their passion to a rewarding and in-demand career that starts with Tarrant County College’s new Veterinary Clinical Assistant (CVA) Program.  A collaboration between Tarrant County College South and the Crowley Independent School District, this program is being offered at the Crowley South Campus Center.

As the North Texas region continues to grow, so does the number of pets, creating a need for qualified veterinary clinical assistants in private clinics, laboratories, animal hospitals, animal shelters and even zoos throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


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Tennis Program Takes District; Qualifies Many for Regionals

Both the Dragon Boy’s and Girl’s tennis teams captured the District 5-6A titles this past Wednesday & Thursday in Flower Mound. The Dragons qualified for 13 of the possible 16 regional spots from our district.

Kelly Kunz/Tiffany Landgraf – Girls Doubles 1st place
Arman Dave/Nick Ryniak – Boys Doubles 1st place
Chris Lash/Taylor Reusche – Mixed Doubles 1st place
Ashley Kim –  Girls Singles 1st place
Kristina Kepic/Sam Lowe – Girls Doubles 2nd place
Ryan Schmuhl/Miles McClanahan – Boys Doubles 2nd place
Rory French/Mahi Raju – Mixed Doubles 2nd place

The regional tournament will be held at the Arlington Tennis Center on April 18-19.

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Professor Sheffield Completes Texas Master Naturalist Program

In order to gain a greater understanding about our area’s environment, Ping-Sha “Pansy” Sheffield (Biology) embarked on an impressive professional development project through the Texas A&M Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“I am proud to have graduated from the Cross Timbers Texas Master Naturalist class because it’s the beginning of a new chapter of learning for myself,” she wrote. “My graduate degree is in Physician Assistant Studies, but my current professional goals are to learn about our environment and share that passion with my

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TCC Launches New Veterinary Clinical Assistant Program

Animal lovers can apply their passion to a rewarding and in-demand career that starts with Tarrant County College’s new Veterinary Clinical Assistant (CVA) Program.  A collaboration between Tarrant County College South and the Crowley Independent School District, this program is being offered at the Crowley South Campus Center.

As the North Texas region continues to grow, so does the number of pets, creating a need for qualified veterinary clinical assistants in private clinics, laboratories, animal hospitals, animal shelters and even zoos throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


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Carroll ISD Announces Digital Dragon Program

A portion of the Carroll Bond that was approved by voters in May 2017 was devoted to upgrading current technology and also the introduction of technology devices into every classroom. The Digital Dragons Program is being implemented to not only assist in the rollout of student devices but also will be used as an educational program to prepare students for the digital world they live in.

Digital Dragons Program is designed to prepare students for the digital world of tomorrow, foster their digital skills that are considered attractive to colleges and employers, open up creative ways for students to experience different types of learning, and also provide equal access to technology anytime, anywhere.

Preparing students for the world they will encounter after their time in Carroll ISD is more than just teaching them how to physically work with devices, but also to teach proper online etiquette and digital citizenship. With social media, online communities and digital footprints, understanding the proper way to use technology professionally and personally are very important for students as they move through the school system and into the real world.

To learn more about the Digital Dragons Program, watch the video below and visit the Digital Dragons Website.

Digital Dragons Program from Carroll Dragon TV on Vimeo.


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City’s mowing program now underway

With recent rains and spring-like temperatures, grassy areas in parks and along roadways will soon begin to sprout.

Here’s what’s you need to know about the City of Fort Worth’s mowing schedules for 2018:

  • The city began mowing parks and traffic dividers (medians) on Feb. 12. Right-of-way mowing begins March 9.
  • Mowing contracts for traffic dividers are set up on a 14-day cycle from Feb. 12 through November. Rights of ways are on a 28-day cycle from March 9 through November. And park mowing is on a 14-day cycle from Feb. 12 through June, then on a 21-day cycle from July through November.
  • The city is responsible for maintaining 377.45 miles of rights of way, 173.25 miles of medians and 1,878 acres of parkland.

To report areas that need mowing, call 817-392-1234.

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