TCC student headed to law school at 16 featured on Good Morning America

A Tarrant County College student who is making headlines for completing college and heading to law school at the age of 16 told her story nationally on Good Morning America.

Haley Taylor Schlitz is co-enrolled at TCC and Texas Woman’s University and will earn both her associate degree and bachelor degree in May. She will go on to Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law this fall. Taylor Schlitz spoke to Good Morning America about her education journey as a gifted student.

“I went to public school up until 5th grade, and then once I reached 5th grade my parents

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Southlake Police Officers Graduate from ILEA Academy School

On February 22nd, 2019, five members of the Southlake Police Department graduated from the School for Police Supervision held by the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA).  The school was taught here in Southlake from January 28th to February 22nd at the North Police Station and four police officers and one civilian attended.

Courses covered topics ranging from leadership and supervisory accountability, motivation and counseling, community policing and procedural justice.  Attendance can count towards undergraduate credits from Tarleton State University and attendees can earn 120 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement credit.

The Southlake Police Department was represented by K-9 Officer Nate Anderson, Detective Josh Ellis, Officer Myles Jenkins, Officer Micah Davis, and Police Records Manager Sarah Blum.

“I’m very proud of the dedication and hard work these employees put into the school,” Chief Brandon said.  “This was a huge commitment for them as they work to become the next great leaders of the department.”

About the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA):
As one of the premier educational organizations for law enforcement executives, managers and supervisors, ILEA provides top-quality, academically-based courses, seminars and workshops across the U.S. and internationally to prepare law enforcement officials for today’s challenging management and ethical issues. ILEA is a division of the Center for American and International Law (CAIL), a non-profit educational organization headquartered in Plano. Texas, that works to improve the quality of justice throughout the U.S. and the world.

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What’s stopping you? Student enrolls at TCC at 13, prepares for law school at 16

2019 is a big year for Haley Taylor Schlitz. In May, she will earn her associate degree as well as her bachelor degree. This fall, she goes on to law school. It is also the year Taylor Schlitz gets her driver’s license. She is only 16 years old.

Taylor Schlitz’s education experience began in public school. Recognizing her gifts, her parents decided to homeschool her beginning in the fifth grade. Taylor Schlitz accelerated through primary and secondary curriculum and graduated from high school at 13-years old. She and her parents decided TCC was the next step.

“Community colleges

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High school artists encouraged to sign up for prestigious competition

Calling all Fort Worth high school students: the fifth annual Betsy Price Art Competition is now accepting entries.

Selected students will be showcased in a group exhibition May 1-18 at Fort Works Art. The grand prize entry will hang outside the mayor’s office at City Hall for a year.

Every year, close to 600 North Texas high school students apply for the exhibition, with a juror selecting 40 exemplary works to be included in the show. Last year’s exhibition was juried by Andrew J. Walker, executive director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Apply by March 31.

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A Promise Made Is a Promise Kept: School Safety Task Force Initiatives Move Forward

Earlier this year, the City committed to working with school and law enforcement professionals to find new ways to strengthen and enhance school safety in Southlake schools.

Task Force Member list“I’ve said before that our most precious resource deserves our best efforts. We made a promise to do more to protect our children, and with the work of this partnership, we’re ready to deliver,” said Mayor Laura Hill.

The Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) is funding $550,000 to support the implementation of new safety and security initiatives.

Changes that will come to schools include two additional SROs at the high schools, rifle-rated protected glass and video intercoms for each school with the ability to see and screen anyone coming into the school. Additional initiatives are underway to protect Southlake schools that are not made public, for security purposes.

“Once implemented, some of the changes will be easy to see when you visit the schools,” said Police Chief James Brandon. “And some people won’t see, but that’s by design. The safety and security of our students is our top priority. Parents can rest assured knowing we’re going to do everything we can to keep their children safe.”

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Southlake Hosts Representative Capriglione’s School Safety Forum

On Monday, September 10th, State Representative Giovanni Capriglione arranged and moderated a panel of experts to speak about school safety.

The panel consisted of Allen Smith (Grapevine/Colleyville Director of Emergency Management and School Security), Kevin Kinley (Keller ISD Director of Safety and Security), Chief James Brandon (City of Southlake Police Chief), and Jill Tate (member of the Texas School Safety Board, appointed by Greg Abbott).

“We are fortunate to live and work in an area where our regional partnerships and Carroll ISD constantly work together to achieve the same goal– keeping our kids safe,” Chief Brandon stated.

Each member of the panel spoke for approximately 10 minutes about their constant work to keep our kids and students safe and to build healthy relationships with students.

Chief Brandon also spoke about the School Resource Officer program and Mayor Hill’s previous announcement about allocating $550,000 in the fiscal 2019 budget for school safety improvements.

The panel concluded with a Question and Answer session from the audience.  You can find video of the panel at:

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It’s time to head back to school. Be safe.

Schools are opening, and walking to school is a great way to start the day. It’s important to stay safe while walking, so keep in mind these tips from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

Always walk on the sidewalk when one is available; never walk in the street. Avoid parking lots and driveways where cars may be backing out and vision can be limited.

When crossing a street, follow these guidelines:

  • Always stop at the curb or edge of the street.
  • Look left, right and then left again before walking. Look behind you and in front for traffic while crossing.
  • Listen for cars. Do you hear any loud sounds?
  • When you are sure there is no traffic nearby, begin crossing.
  • Always walk, never run, across the street.

It’s important to be seen while walking to school. Wear bright colors or reflective gear. Be sure to walk with friends or family members — not only is it safer, but it will be more fun!

Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Always pay attention to what is happening around you when walking to school. It’s safer and may help you avoid being hurt.

Sharing the road with young pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4-7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.

A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks and in all residential areas.
  • Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

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Back to School 2018 – Welcome Back Events

While the Carroll ISD elementary schools host “Meet the Teacher” events to kick off the school year, the intermediate, middle and high school campuses have fun events planned as well to help welcome students back to campus. Helping students have smooth transitions from year to year is one piece of the Carroll ISD Strategic Plan and these CISD campuses are dedicated to making the new school year start successfully.

Dawson Middle School and Carroll High School hosted their welcome events last week, but the schedule is full for the remaining secondary campuses the next few weeks.

Whether they are hosting a luncheon for students new to their campus or hosting a locker decorating night, each student should be able to find an event on their campus to help them get ready for the new school year.

The campus schedules are as follows:

Durham Intermediate – 817-949-5300
August 16: Meet the Teacher: 5th Grade 1:30 – 2:45 p.m., 6th Grade 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. *Meet the Teacher is a come and go event. Upon arrival, students will report to gym to receive schedule then report to homeroom to drop off supplies, set-up locker, meet teachers, and walk building. Parents are welcome to attend.

Eubanks Intermediate – 817-949-5200
August 16: Dragon Camp: 5th Graders 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 6th Graders 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. *Parents drop off at arrival time and pick up at end time. Students will receive schedules at this time.
August 28: Locker Decorating Night 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Carroll Middle – 817-949-5400 
August 15: Dragon Camp – All 7th Graders and New 8th Graders, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                                                                                                                *Parents drop off at arrival time and pick up at end time. Students will receive schedules at this time.
August 15: All 7th Grade and New 8th Grade Parent Orientation, 5:30 p.m.  – CMS Cafeteria
August 16: Locker Set- Up:
Upper lockers (Odd #s) 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.; Lower lockers (Even #s) 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Carroll Senior High (Grades 11-12)
August 16: Student Council Guided Tours for new students at 1:00 and 3:00 pm
August 20: New Student Lunch in the library at 1:00pm hosted by the PTSO


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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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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 site for traffic, construction updates and all things mobility.

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