Student Nutrition To Launch New School Lunch Payment System For Upcoming School Year

The 2019-2020 school year is just under a month away and Carroll ISD is preparing for the launch of another exciting school year. Over the next month, the district will be releasing important Back to School Information on MySouthlakeNews, social media and through their Dragon eBlast.

In the upcoming school year, the Child Nutrition Department will introduce its new computerized Point of Sale (POS) system. This new system will assist the department in increasing the level of service they provide. The system will launch the first day of school, August 19, 2019.

Students will continue to use their current ID number (“S” number) to access their lunch accounts. This number can be found in Family Access under Student Information.

Every student in Carroll ISD has been entered into the computerized system along with the student’s meal balance from last year. We strongly recommend parents/guardians deposit money into the student’s account via MySchoolBucks. However, the system is quite flexible and students can still pay in cash.

Check prepayments are also accepted; simply place your child(s) ID number(s) on the check.

If there is more than one student in a family in either school, one student may make deposits to their sibling’s accounts as long as you give us the ID numbers of each student and tell us the amounts to deposit to each account. Keep your ID number confidential! Parents will need to create a MySchoolBucks account to deposit money and view purchases. Visit with your child’s name and “S” number to create an account, make deposits, set up auto payments, and low balance notifications.

At mealtime, students will pick up their meal, enter their ID number on the keypad or scan their cafeteria provided ID card (K-2 only), and the money will be subtracted from their account.


Q: What if my child qualifies for Free or Reduced meal prices?

A: Your child’s information is noted in the system, and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students without any special indication to the students.

Q: What will stop the student from purchasing more than the parent allows?

A: If this is a problem with your child, simply notify Debra Emond,, in writing with your limitations, and we will enter it into the system.

If a student’s meal account gets low, our staff will remind them. If the student forgets his or her money, it will allow a negative balance up to the equivalent of 2 meals or $6.00 for elementary/intermediate and $6.50 for middle/high school.

Money in the student’s meal account at the end of the school year will be carried over to the next school year.

Q: What if my child has a food allergy or intolerance?

A: If your child has a special “food” medical concern, once we are notified of it by your child’s school nurse, this information will also be placed in the system to alert our staff to help monitor their meals.

There will be some inconveniences in the first few days as the students and staff members become familiar with the new system. If you have any questions please call Susan Wilson, Director of Student Nutrition at 817-949-8240.

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Student Leaders Honored in Fourth Annual SKIL Awards Reception

The City of Southlake along with CISD Trustees and members of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce came together on Thursday, May 9 at The Marq Southlake to honor the students involved in the SKIL (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership) program in the fourth Annual SKIL Awards Reception.

SKIL is a youth leadership program where students and adults can work together to make Southlake a better community by enhancing engagement with the City’s youth through educational and leadership opportunities. The program was created in partnership between the City, the Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce.

“I always had the vision for SKIL to be an opportunity for our community’s youth to have a seat at the table with our local leaders and help us solve our local challenges.  SKIL has given these young leaders a chance to learn how things work in our community, what it takes to get them done and how good choices can be made,” said Mayor Laura Hill, the founder of the SKIL program.

Over the last year, SKIL students have had the opportunity to spend a day on the job with area business leaders during the program’s Annual Day of Internship, where area businesses like The Barrows Firm, Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU), Highland Landscaping and many others gave students an inside perspective to their business operation. The students also got the opportunity to learn from leaders at TD Ameritrade, who became a partner in the SKIL program just this last year. The students learned about the inner workings of the financial services company and presented solutions to obstacles that were presented.

In addition to learning about businesses, municipal government and school district operations, the SKIL students paid a visit to the Texas State Capital, where they had a chance to meet Representative Giovanni Capriglione and Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen about important matters affecting everyone in Texas and the importance of leadership in those matters.

“This program has become more comprehensive and illustrates all the different aspects that impact a community,” said City Staff Liaison, Daniel Cortez. “Not only do the students learn about what’s going on locally, but they get the chance to see how it fits into the larger picture with our state leadership.”

Since the program began in 2015, it has seen a phenomenal amount of support from the community and program volunteers. Each year, 20 high school Junior students are selected by Carroll Senior High School staff, which now makes a total of 80 students that have participated in the program.

As the latest 20 students of the SKIL program were honored at the May 9 reception, a scholarship was also awarded by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. The recipient was Zeena Mahmud, who demonstrated a high level of engagement in the program and willingness to lead in a variety of capacities.

For more information about SKIL, please visit the City’s website.

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What’s stopping you? Student overcomes challenges of genetic disorder and gets on pathway to career

Students, faculty and staff at Tarrant County College Northeast can’t miss Catherine Spurgin. She’s the one always in purple.

“Purple backpack, purple coat, purple shirt, purple lanyard – her favorite color is purple!” said Susan Thillen, one of Spurgin’s instructors.

For Spurgin, purple has deep meaning, reflecting both her faith and what she has overcome to reach where she is today.

“It’s a color of royalty,” explained Spurgin. “I’m the daughter of the One True King Jesus Christ. It’s also one of the colors for Sotos syndrome.”

Sotos syndrome is

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CSHS Student Council Elected TASC State Secretary; Rakes in Other Recognitions

After campaigning for over seven hours and delivering a speech to over 5,000 Texas Student Council members, Carroll Senior High School has been elected as the Texas Association of Student Council Secretary for the 2019-2020 school year.

Junior Libby Lester will be the CSHS representative who will sit at the TASC leadership table, but she will be representing CSHS as a whole during this tenure. CSHS ran on the platform of “Love Is…”, a platform dedicated to the awareness of teen dating violence.

In order, to even make it on the ballot for the election, Lester and CSHS had to be nominated for the position. Two Texas schools nominated Carroll Senior High. They would end up running against Keller Timber Creek and George Bush High School. In the end, CSHS earned over a 51% majority in the vote, so there was no need for a runoff.

Carroll Senior High StuCo has been receiving quite a bit of recognition lately, in addition to the recent election win. Senior Jack Tucker recently received one of the Texas Associations of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) scholarships. This scholarship is awarded to five seniors who show leadership and academic success through their time in high school.

Charlotte Lanier received a TASSP Academic Scholarship as well for her hard work in the classroom.

For the second year in a row, the CSHS StuCo has been named a National Gold Council. This is a nationally recognized honor for councils that set a standard for what Student Councils should be doing.

Their homecoming video, “This is Us”, was named a Top 10 state finisher and the council as a whole was also a sweepstakes winner.


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Student artwork unveiled at Mexican Consulate

The Mexican Consulate welcomed a thought-provoking art installation Monday with the unveiling of an 8’ x 6’ seamless tile mural featuring artwork submitted by more than 30 Tarrant County College art students as part of its contest to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Consulate.

“Art inspires partnerships, for this day would not have been possible without the creative collaboration between the Mexican Consulate and TCC,” said TCC Trinity River President Sean Madison. “Most importantly, art has the capacity to build bridges between cultures, reminding us of our shared

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Mexican Consulate to celebrate 100th anniversary with installation of mural featuring TCC student artwork

On April 1, the Mexican Consulate will install art created by Madeleine Devarennes, winner of a student art contest managed by Tarrant County College. An 8’ x 6’ mural will be unveiled during a special ceremony that morning in the Documentation Department waiting area at the Consulate, currently located in Dallas.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Consulate, which originally opened in Fort Worth, all TCC students were invited to submit a design for a mural project that depicted the interconnected communities of Texas and Mexico. The contest was coordinated by two

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What’s stopping you? Student travels around the world to pursue her helicopter-flying dreams at TCC

Learning to fly a helicopter isn’t easy—especially in your second language.

That was the scenario faced by Tarrant County College student Yuno Niwano, who emigrated from Japan to pursue her dream of becoming a news helicopter pilot.

“When I researched getting helicopter flight training, I found out that the training cost is more affordable in the States compared to Japan,” said Niwano. “I also figured there are more opportunities as a helicopter pilot in America.”

She looked into a variety of programs. TCC stood out because it would give her the opportunity to earn her

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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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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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TCC team places second in the nation in Student Research League competition

A team of Tarrant County College students ranked among the best in the nation in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ (AMATYC) 2018 Student Research League competition.

The Student Research League tasks students with formulating a solution to an open-ended research problem. The 2018 challenge centered on determining the safest place in the United States to live, based on exposure to natural disasters. Participants selected mathematical tools that best fit the problem, collected data, created a mathematical model to reflect the data and researched and interviewed

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