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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 02/05/2016-02/07/2016

Catch the Weekend Buzz! 02/05/2016-02/07/2016

Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve compiled a list of activities for easy viewing....

Trick-A-Trout Kid Fish, February 13, 2016

Trick-A-Trout Kid Fish, February 13, 2016

The City of Frisco Parks & Recreation Department hosts annual Trick-A-Trout Kid Fish at...

May 2016 Elections

May 2016 Elections

Candidate Application For a Place on the Ballot: Now Open (Through Feb. 19) Candidates may now...

Under Construction: More Roundabouts Coming to Frisco in 2016  

Under Construction: More Roundabouts Coming to Frisco in 2016  

  A new 'round' of changes is coming to Frisco roads this year.  Two multi-lane...

Award Nominees Announced for 32nd Annual Frisco Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Celebration, presented by The Dallas Cowboys

Award Nominees Announced for 32nd Annual Frisco Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Celebration, presented by The Dallas Cowboys

Frisco (Jan. 14, 2016) – Finalists for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce’s 32nd Annual Awards...

Frisco Police Incident Reports 01/25/2016-01/31/2016
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Frisco Police Arrest Reports 01/25/2016-01/31/2016
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Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Promotion and New Addition to Team
(Frisco, Texas) February 1, 2016 ~ The Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today the promotion of Ryan Callison to Director of Marketing and Communications, as well as the hire of Wesley ...
May 2016 Elections
Candidate Application For a Place on the Ballot: Now Open (Through Feb. 19) Candidates may now file an application for a place on the ballot if they are interested in running for a place on Frisco C ...
Under Construction: More Roundabouts Coming to Frisco in 2016  
  A new 'round' of changes is coming to Frisco roads this year.  Two multi-lane roundabouts are under construction in city limits.The first will open at The Star development (Gay ...
Student Graphic Artist Winner for the Official Arts in the Square Poster
In collaboration with the Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Square presents the 7th Annual Arts in the Square, with proceeds going to the Frisco Education Foundation and Frisco Family Service ...
Norris Elementary Hosts Surprise Military Reunion
Norris Elementary helped make a military homecoming even more special for two second grade students. Twins Ava and Mya Keefe have a close relationship with their older sister, who was deployed for mo ...
School Board Honors Students, Accepts Donations at Meeting
View Board Book/ View Meeting Video During the January 19th regular meeting of the School Board, trustees honored the Lone Star High School football team for its record-setting bid for the ...
Trick-A-Trout Kid Fish, February 13, 2016
The City of Frisco Parks & Recreation Department hosts annual Trick-A-Trout Kid Fish at Frisco Commons, located at 8000 McKinney Road on February 13, 2016.The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs ...
Career and Technical Education Center to Host Building Tours
The Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center will show off approximately 44,000 square feet of new space as part of its annual tours  for middle and high school students and parents ...
Basketball 101 For Women: benefiting National Breast Cancer Foundation
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Piada Italian Street Food Partners Donates $5,000 to the FC Dallas Foundation
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Frisco volunteers to produce 1,000,000 life-saving meals
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It's Not Too Late To Help Those In Need
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Frisco Dodge Donates $6000 for Toy Drive
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A Hard Look at Planning Turf Reduction
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Dallas-Based Lifeologie Institute Co-FounderKicks Off National Expansion to Better Mental Health
Nearly one in five Americans experience mental health and relationship issues every year, yet available treatment options have been slow to adapt or encourage collaborative and client-center ...
Cultivating an Indoor Succulent Garden
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Grow with Us in 2016!
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Planting the Seeds of a Healthy Spring Landscape
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NAHL announces monthly player awards for January 2016
Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Reggie Lutz named the Easton Hockey NAHL Forward of the MonthLone Star Brahmas defenseman Dalton Skelly named the Easton Hockey NAHL Defenseman of the MonthBismarck Bobcats ...
Toyota Stadium to Host Leg Two of U-23 U.S. Men's Olympic Qualifying Playoff
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NAHL announces Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey, February 2, 2016
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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 02/05/2016-02/07/2016
Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve compiled a list of activities for easy viewing. If you would like to add an event in future editions, please send it to ...
Award-Winning Exhibit Coming to St. Philip’s Frisco as Part of National Tour, March 17-20
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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 01/29/2016-01/31/2016
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Frisco ISD is putting high school students on the path to success, while also saving students and their families hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in college tuition.

Nearly 50 percent of current juniors and seniors are enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course.

Last spring, 75 percent of FISD students who took an AP Exam scored a three or better. In most cases, a student who scores a four or five will receive college credit for the course, though policies vary by college or university.

In addition, 19 percent of this year’s seniors are taking dual credit courses offered in partnership with Collin College. If students pass the class, they receive both high school and college credit.

“There’s no doubt advanced placement and dual credit courses can have a tremendous impact on students who are planning and saving for college,” said Frisco ISD Director of Student Improvement Kenny Chandler. “But these classes also drive student achievement and help ensure our graduates are prepared for the challenges of college and career.”

Liberty High School senior Shivam Gupta is a prime example. He loaded his schedule with AP classes across several subjects beginning his sophomore year.

“I take AP mostly for the rigorous courses because I think they will challenge me for college,” he said. “They offer the right environment where you can succeed. It’s a good environment to learn in.”

Gupta, who plans to major in finance this fall at the University of Texas at Austin, is just one of thousands of FISD students taking AP Exams this month.

“If I can get rid of a lot of those freshman classes, I’m saving a lot of money and a lot of time,” he said.

District wide, more than 3,200 students enrolled in nearly 7,000 AP courses this school year.

At Liberty alone, students are participating in more than 1,200 AP Exams. About 60 percent of the school’s 2,000 students chose to enroll in at least one of the 21 Advanced Placement courses offered.

“Our teachers do a great job of recruiting and identifying the students,” said Liberty Principal John Burdett. “We want to challenge those students who have the capability and help ease the transition to college or even work.”

AP courses have helped create an environment where students can persevere, work hard and test their abilities in a safe and comfortable setting. Almost 90 percent of Liberty students who take an AP course enroll in another the following year.

“Success breeds success,” Burdett said. “It builds confidence and that’s what happens when students get into these classes and succeed.”

Students are extremely motivated, and often times positive peer pressure encourages additional students to take AP classes.

“They want to do it,” said Natevidad Casas, who teaches advanced AP math classes at Liberty. “They know that they need to know the material and pass the AP Exam in order to get credit.”

Frisco ISD educators are there to help students every step of the way. Teachers offer tutorials and mock exams to help students get ready.

The District also requires all AP and Pre-AP teachers to attend week-long trainings in the summer that are specific to the courses they teach. A majority of teachers participate in additional professional development to stay current on new materials and teaching strategies throughout their tenure. All of the Summer Institutes are endorsed by the College Board, the organization that oversees the Advanced Placement testing program.

“They do prepare you really well,” said Liberty senior Christine Park. “If you want to do well on the exams, they will give you all the resources you need.”

It’s just a small part of Frisco ISD’s commitment to providing all students with opportunities to succeed in college, career and life.

“It starts in elementary school and middle school,” Burdett said. “The design of the curriculum, high expectations, all of that prepares our students and sets the foundation. High school is just the culmination of all of our efforts.”

 

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