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Road closures throughout Frisco Square March 28 - 29 for 'Arts in the Square'

Road closures throughout Frisco Square March 28 - 29 for 'Arts in the Square'

(March 26, 2015)  Coleman Boulevard, which is the main entrance to Frisco Square and the...

Catch the Weekend Buzz! 03/27/2015-03/29/2015

Catch the Weekend Buzz! 03/27/2015-03/29/2015

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

 Frisco Family Services 21st Annual Gala will bring Collin County community together as ONE

Frisco Family Services 21st Annual Gala will bring Collin County community together as ONE

Raising funds to prevent hunger and homelessness and address other urgent needs FRISCO, Texas,...

Collin College Trustees Welcome New President

Collin College Trustees Welcome New President

Dr. Neil Matkin is a remarkable leader, and we are very excited to welcome him to Collin College,”...

Elementary Schools to Host 2015-16 Kindergarten Round-Up

Elementary Schools to Host 2015-16 Kindergarten Round-Up

Frisco ISD invites parents to pre-register their children to enter kindergarten for the 2015-2016...

Road closures throughout Frisco Square March 28 - 29 for 'Arts in the Square'
(March 26, 2015)  Coleman Boulevard, which is the main entrance to Frisco Square and the Frisco Public Library, will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, for “Arts in the Square ...
Frisco Police Incident Reports 03/16/2015 - 03/22/2015
DATE              CFS#          OFFENSE/INCIDENT LOCATION03/17/2015 15024614 ACCIDENT INVO ...
Frisco Police Arrest Reports 03/16/2015-03/22/2015
ARREST#    DATE            CHARGE LOCATION OFFENSE 15000566 03/16/2015 LEBANON RD / PLANTATION LN DRIVIE W/LIC INV W/PREV CONV/S ...
Frisco Police Investigate Shooting
FRISCO, TX – The Frisco Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that occurred on 03/23/2015, in the 14000 block of Turnbridge Dr. Dispatchers were notified of the incident at 7:29 pm ...
Town Hall Meeting to be held March 23; 2014 'Year in Review', City Election on Agenda
(March 18, 2015)  It could be remembered as the ‘year of the shovel’.  For Frisco, it’s another example of ‘Progress in Motion’. During a March 23 Town Hall Meeting the City of Fri ...
Elementary Schools to Host 2015-16 Kindergarten Round-Up
Frisco ISD invites parents to pre-register their children to enter kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.  All 37 elementary schools will host Kindergarten Round-Up the week of April 6-10 f ...
Arts in the Square to Highlight FISD Fine Arts Programs
Frisco ISD students and teachers will showcase their artwork side by side with professional artists this weekend during Arts in the Square. The two-day festival will feature more than 120 local and r ...
Students Raise $12,000 for Water Well in Swaziland, Africa World Water Day: Sunday, March 22nd
Frisco middle and high school students raised over $12,000 in less than six months to build water well for Swaziland, Africa and will announce their achievement on Sunday, March 22nd as a part of Worl ...
Mindbender Academy Registration Set for Friday, March 20
Registration for Mindbender Academy will take place online at www.mypaymentsplus.com beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015. The popular summer camp, which is a program of the Frisco Education ...
Easter Eggstravaganza
23nd Annual Easter Eggstravaganza, Saturday, March 21, 2015     FREE EVENTAges: 12 and under1-4 p.m.; Egg Hunt: 2 p.m. sharp! Toyota Soccer Center, 9200 World Cup Way (Fields 9-1 ...
Frisco Family Services 21st Annual Gala will bring Collin County community together as ONE
Raising funds to prevent hunger and homelessness and address other urgent needs FRISCO, Texas, March. 24, 2015 – Advanced Fixtures, Inc and the Frisco community are coming together for a night of m ...
Collin College Trustees Welcome New President
Dr. Neil Matkin is a remarkable leader, and we are very excited to welcome him to Collin College,” said Mac Hendricks, who chairs the college’s Board of Trustees. “At every phase of the search p ...
6th Annual You Be The Tour Guide Photo Contest
(Frisco, Texas) March 19, 2015 ~ Last year the Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau received more than 300 entries in the You Be the Tour Guide Photo Contest. This year it’s possible those entrie ...
Spring Clean Your Home and Spruce Up Your Wardrobe!
As we enter into spring, Frisco Family Services hopes you’ll consider cleaning out those pesky, cluttered closets in your home and donate your new or gently used clothing and household goods to our ...
Elevate Life Church to Host Free Easter Festivities and Original “SEE” Musical Production
(Frisco, TX) March 17, 2015— Elevate Life Church is excited to invite their North Texas neighbors to celebrate the Easter season with them this year. The Frisco church will be hosting free, family-f ...
Rain Gardens
Rain gardens, also known as bioretention areas, are a great way to incorporate beautiful native plants into your landscape while helping to reduce stormwater runoff and pollution. As stormwater runs ...
Attend Frisco's Fix a Leak Workshop
On average, leaks account for 10,000 gallons of water wasted per household every year. That’s enough to fill a backyard swimming pool!   The City of Frisco is teaming up again with the Environm ...
Daylight savings time is good time to check sleep habits
Frisco physician discusses how new sleep guidelines relate to Sunday's time change FRISCO, TEXAS, MARCH 10, 2015 — How much is enough when it comes to sleep? It’s a question that may be on the m ...
Drip...Drip...Drip...
That leaky faucet or running toilet may not sound like much water, but according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), household leaks waste more than one trillion gallons of water annually ...
Easter Bunny Arrives at Stonebriar Centre Tuesday, March 10
Kids invited to join the bunny for breakfast and movies on Saturday, March 21 FRISCO, TX (March 3, 2015) – Tuesday, March 10 is an eggstra-special day at Stonebriar Centre! That’s when the Easter ...
RoughRiders add Rick Revoir to front office
Experienced sales executive is new VP of Corporate Development FRISCO, TEXAS (MARCH 24, 2015) - The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, are pleased to announce the ...
Texas Legends Recap 03/24/2015
 Friday, March 20th the Legends took on Austin.  Texas was paced by Justin Dentmon (27 points, eight assists), but the Spurs defeated the Texas Legends 126-113 on the SWBC Court inside th ...
Frisco RoughRiders announce 2015 television schedule on KTXD 47
KTXD 47 TO AIR 20 FRISCO GAMES THIS SEASON FRISCO, TEXAS (MARCH 23, 2015) – The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, will once again televise 20 games on KTXD 47 this se ...
NAHL announces Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey 3/16/2015
Austin forward Trevor Boyd named Central Division Star of the Week  Fairbanks goalie Kevin Aldridge named Midwest Division Star of the Week Keystone goalie Alex Blankenburg named North Division S ...
Frisco Roughriders To Host “Full House” Theme Night On June 12
Custom Uniforms, Trip To San Francisco & Visit From “Uncle Joey” Highlight Special Night At Dr Pepper Ballpark FRISCO, TEXAS (MARCH 16, 2015) – The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliat ...
Catch the Weekend Buzz! 03/27/2015-03/29/2015
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 ...
6th Annual Arts in the Square
Frisco, TEXAS (March 24, 2015) – In collaboration with the Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Square Property Owners Association presents the 6th Annual Arts in the Square, benefitting the F ...
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Student Artist Poster Contest VIP Reception 2015
Frisco, TEXAS (March 17, 2015) – In collaboration with the Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Square presents the 6th Annual Arts in the Square, with proceeds going to the Frisco Education F ...
Catch the Weekend Buzz! 03/13/2015-03/15/2015
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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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