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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Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Home Investment Partnership (Home) Program

The City of Fort Worth is providing interested affordable housing developers and nonprofit organizations with this Notice of Funding Availability regarding federal grant funds from the CDBG and HOME programs. The City will be awarding approximately $3.28 million in federal funds to Major Projects under this NOFA. This will include $1.08 million to be available in July 2018, as well as $1.2 million in CDBG funds and $1 million in HOME funds anticipated to be available as of October 1, 2018. An additional $2.2 million in CDBG and HOME funds is expected to become available as of October 2019.

Major Projects eligible under this NOFA must serve low and moderate income households and/or neighborhoods and must comply with all applicable regulations of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) governing the CDBG and HOME programs.

An RFQ for affordable housing developers accompanies this NOFA. Developers interested in receiving federal funds to support such projects are invited to review the NOFA and submit Qualifications in order to be considered for future funding.

Eligible activities under this Major Projects NOFA include the following:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Permanent Supportive Housing for Formerly Homeless Persons
  • Neighborhood Revitalization activities such as:
    • Home Repair
    • Multi-family Rehabilitation
    • Installation of Sidewalks, Street Lights, Streets, and other infrastructure improvements
    • Park Improvements
    • Community Center Improvements
    • Other activities eligible under the CDBG Regulations
      • Accessibility Improvements to benefit persons with disabilities such as
    • Housing accessibility
    • Public Facilities accessibility
    • Infrastructure accessibility

Public services and social services (such as child care, youth or senior services, etc.), direct financial assistance to individuals, rental assistance, purchase of equipment, operations and maintenance activities, and economic development activities are specifically not eligible under this NOFA. A separate Request for Proposals for such social services activities will be issued at a later date.

Applicants who are interested in submitting a Major Projects proposal are required to attend one of the following pre-proposal conferences held by the Neighborhood Services Department located at the City Hall Annex building, 3rd floor Conference Room, 908 Monroe St, Fort Worth Texas, 76102:

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Proposals must be submitted through online software. Procedures for this submittal will be explained in detail at the pre-proposal conferences. Proposals will not be considered for funding if the applicant does not attend one of the above mandatory pre-proposal conferences.

The City of Fort Worth reserves the right to reject any and all proposals

Copies of the NOFA and application instructions are available on the Neighborhood Services web page, or by calling Eric Vodicka at 817-392-7583, or by email.

All proposers must submit a Statement of Intent to Apply form no later than 11:59 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Final proposals are due to the Neighborhood Services Department by Friday, March 16 at 11:59 pm, 2018. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.

For questions regarding eligible activities under this NOFA and RFQ, please contact:

Chad LaRoque, Acting Housing Development and Grants Manager


Barbara Asbury, Compliance and Planning Manager

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Library Launches New Literacy Week Program

The Southlake Library is launching it’s first-ever Early Literacy Week Program for preschool-aged children.

The Library staff created a week of fun and engaging programs to help instill a love of reading at an early age with an emphasis on literacy. The program offers several stimulating classes and hands-on activities.

Youth Services Librarian Stacy Wells says, “The new program grew out of the Library’s participation in the Read Across America Day Initiative which takes place nationally on March 2, Dr. Suess’s birthday. We wanted to create a week-long program to encourage  literacy and reading, especially among our youngest readers.”

Below is the list of activities the Library has scheduled for the week of March 5, 2018.

Caregiver/Child Workshop

March 5, 10:00 a.m, in the Library

Join us as we kick off our early literacy week with some fun stories and guided hands-on activities.

Hands-On Literacy

March 6 and 8, at 2:00 p.m., in the Library

This come-and-go style program allows caregivers and children to work through hands-on literacy stations at their own pace.

Bunnies are Funny!

March 7, at 11:00 a.m., 3rd Floor of Town Hall

A fun and interactive storytelling of The Little Red, with a surprise visit from a furry friend.

Library Play Date

March 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Library

Play is a great way to foster and encourage early literacy. This open play session will include blocks, manipulatives, and musical instruments. Snacks will also be provided.

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss any of the fun and exciting events planned for Early Literacy Week.

If you have any questions, you can call the Library staff at (817) 748-8076.

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Carroll Water Polo Players Selected For Olympic Development Program

Carroll High School Water Polo athletes Ryan Perham, Ashley Chand, Sydney Jones, and Matt Hahn (alternate) have been selected to the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Team.

The Olympic Development Program (ODP) serves as a forum to identify and train athletes from all over the country to represent USA Water Polo through domestic and international competition. ODP involves 13 different geographic zones throughout the country and the top 14 athletes chosen from each zone move on to compete and learn at the ODP zone Championship in February.

The high school Water Polo season begins in February also, and all four athletes will be competing for Southlake Carroll again this year. Although water polo is not yet a UIL sport, it is expected to be ratified in the coming years. For the last four year, the Southlake Carroll teams have advanced to The Texas State Championship Tournament with the girls winning 1st place in 2015 and the boys advancing to 2nd place overall in 2016.

Carroll also has 4 former athletes currently playing water polo in colleges around the country, all of whom participated in the ODP process. Head Coach Keeley Lowery is enthusiastic about the sport at Southlake Carroll and has seen the development of the sport in this area first hand. She sees that “more and more kids are playing year round and are participating in club water polo and programs like the ODP camps. It can only help improve the
level of play at the high school level. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and can’t wait for the season to start”.

Coach Keeley Lowery is joined this year by coach Keith Gomez and the water polo season
starts on February 19th.

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New program aims to ease parking frustrations in certain neighborhoods

The city’s new residential permit parking program addresses safety concerns about spillover parking in neighborhoods adjacent to nonresidential facilities that attract large volumes of vehicles.

The program identifies areas where neighborhoods are eligible for a residential permit parking program as determined by traffic studies.

Neighborhoods surrounding these facilities may be designated as a resident-parking-only zone:

  • Texas Christian University.
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center.
  • Will Rogers Memorial Center/Dickies Arena.

Resident-parking-only zones may be one or more blocks of residential streets where on-street parking is limited to residents or residents’ visitors or vendors. To park in these zones, vehicles must display a valid permit. At this time, there is no cost for permits.

Resident and vendor permits

Residents who own property or occupy a residence (single-family home, duplex or multifamily unit) located within a designated resident-parking-only zone must submit an application for a permit. Each residence may receive up to three annual permits and two vendor permits (for yard crews, child care providers or other service companies).

Unlimited visitor and temporary permits are also available.

Annual permits and vendor permits are valid for one year beginning Jan. 1 and expire Dec. 31 of each year, and must be picked up at Will Rogers Memorial Center or 405 W. Seventh St.

Stickers are used for annual permits, and hangtags are used for vendor permits. Permit pickup is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visitor and temporary permits

Visitor and temporary permits are available for residents who have guests arriving. These permits are valid for 24 hours.

Temporary permits are for those times when residents are using a temporary vehicle or have long-term guests. These permits may be requested online, and they are valid for 30 days.

There is no cost for either a visitor or temporary permit.

Complaints related to vehicles parking in a resident-parking-only zone with no permit can be directed to 817-392-2091. For complaints outside of normal business hours, residents can call the Fort Worth Police Department non-emergency number at 817-392-4222. A police officer may respond and issue citations as appropriate.

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Special Needs Assistance Program aids the entire community

A man-made accident, terrorist act or severe weather disaster can strike quickly and without warning. All Fort Worth residents should know what to do and quickly move to shelter in these situations, but residents with a disability can find it especially difficult to get out of harm’s way.

According to the July 2016 U.S. Census Quick Facts Report, 7.8 percent of Fort Worth residents under the age of 65 were reported to have some type of disability. That is more than 66,000 Fort Worth residents, and that number grows substantially when you add in residents 65 and older.

That is why the City of Fort Worth hosts the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP).

This SNAP program is not federal food stamps, but a local database that contains information about residents with disabilities who may not be able to evacuate their homes, or simply want to provide advance information on their disability to emergency first responders.

SNAP registration is available in English and Spanish, does not define or limit what a disability would be, is free to all Fort Worth residents and should be reviewed annually to keep information current.

Register online, call the Office of Emergency Management at 817-392-6170 or mail a registration request including name and contact information to: Office of Emergency Management, 200 Texas St., Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Emergency management personnel will assist residents with phone and mail registration.

Information provided in the SNAP program helps emergency management personnel plan for future disasters and provides advance knowledge of the resident’s specific disability to emergency first responders after a disaster or 911 call.

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Traveling for the holidays? Sign Up for the Vacation House Watch Program

Planning to take your family on a fun‐filled holiday vacation this winter?

You’ll want to sign up for the FREE Vacation House Watch program. Once you are signed up, officers with the Southlake Police Department will help keep an eye on your home while you’re out of town.

A police officer will check on your home (once per shift) to ensure it is locked, armed and secure. Homeowners are encouraged to utilize this program in order to feel safer and more comfortable about leaving their homes for an extended period of time.

If a homeowner wishes to request a date change, return early or extend their vacation, this can easily be done by calling the non-emergency number for our 911 dispatch center at 817‐743‐4522. Please include name, home address and new dates and the officers will be informed of the updated information.

Signing up for the Vacation House Watch Program is easy. Simply complete the online form on the City of Southlake website and submit it electronically. For more information about the Vacation House Watch Program click here .

Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While You Are Away

  • Arrange to have your mail held by the post office
  • Stop your newspaper delivery for the period you will be out of town
  • Leave a few lights on to give the appearance someone is home
  • Don’t forget to set your security alarm if you have one
  • If the temperature is expected to drop below 32 degrees, leave a faucet dripping inside your home.

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2017-2018 S.K.I.L. Students Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program

Congratulations to the newest group of Carroll ISD students selected to Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (S.K.I.L.) for the 2017-2018 year.

Students of the program are selected from the Carroll ISD junior high school at the beginning of each academic year. The program allows students to participate in a meaningful way to make the Southlake community better. “This is the third year for the program and it’s already been a huge success. The students in S.K.I.L. are our future leaders of tomorrow,” said Mayor Laura Hill.

Training future leaders brings in a new generation of fresh ideas and helps to foster an interest in good government. “We are excited to welcome these future leaders and looking forward to a year filled with lots of learning and educational experiences for the group,” said Deputy Director of Economic Development & Tourism Daniel Cortez.

The selected students are: Meghan Bakoo, Julia Bramlage, Pranav Chandupatha, Jonathan Ciccone, Devan DeLugo, Kennedy Erikson, Charlotte Lanier, Reagan Larimer, Samantha Lowe, Pranav Manjunath, Sebastian Poorman, Peyton Proksch, Logan Reid, Samuel Salazar, Sahaj Singh, Jack Tucker, Nolan Midolasik, James Wade, Cameron Waltz, Hannah Xu.

For more information about the S.K.I.L. Program click here.


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