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Catch the Weekend Buzz!  11/28/2014-11/30/2014

Catch the Weekend Buzz! 11/28/2014-11/30/2014

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

Design & Construction Updates Announced For Wade Park, Massive $1.6 Billion Mixed-Use Development In Frisco

Design & Construction Updates Announced For Wade Park, Massive $1.6 Billion Mixed-Use Development In Frisco

Frisco, Texas – November 25, 2014 – Work is progressing forward for Wade...

A WaterWise Thanksgiving

A WaterWise Thanksgiving

Cooking a big meal for friends and family this Thanksgiving week? Kitchens tend to see...

Assistance Needed in Identifying Burglary Suspect

Assistance Needed in Identifying Burglary Suspect

Frisco Police Department Case Numbers: 14-88896 & 14-99978 On Thursday, November 13, 2014,...

Operation Once in a Lifetime Toys for Troops Toy Drive at Frisco Square

Operation Once in a Lifetime Toys for Troops Toy Drive at Frisco Square

Frisco, TEXAS (November 21, 2014) –Frisco Square Property Owners Association is proud to announce...

Frisco Police Incident Reports 11/17/2014 - 11/23/2014
DATE              CFS#         OFFENSE/INCIDENT LOCATION11/18/2014 14101288 ACCIDENT INVOLVING ...
Frisco Police Arrest Reports 11/17/2014 - 11/23/2014
ARREST#     DATE           CHARGE LOCATION OFFENSE 14002301 11/17/2014 3300 PRESTON RD ALLEN PD WARRANT ALLEN PD WARRANT DALLA ...
Road closures for streets surrounding Frisco Square for Saturday morning for 5K event, November 22
(November 21, 2014) The streets surrounding Frisco Square and the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center will be closed Saturday morning, November 22, between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. for a 5K event.  ...
Frisco Fire Department Marks 100 Years Of Service On Nov. 22; Public Invited To Celebrate ‘Century Of Service’
(November 20, 2014) Celebrate a century of service this Saturday, Nov. 22. at Central Fire Station, 8601 Gary Burns Dr., as the Frisco Fire Department marks 100 years of service.  Festivities beg ...
Burglar arrested by Night Shift Patrol Officers!
Just after midnight last night, Night Shift Patrol Officers responded to a burglary in progress call in the 7700 block of Brookview Drive. When officers arrived on scene, the suspect was detained as h ...
How Preschool Can Stimulate Your Child’s Development
The first 5 years of your child’s life are crucial for brain development. During this time, your child’s brain cells are forming connections from viewing the world around her, both at school and a ...
Seniors Can Apply December 1 for College Scholarships Offered through Frisco Education Foundation
Calling members of the Class of 2015! The Frisco Education Foundation scholarship application will be available online at www.friscoeducationfoundation.org beginning Monday, December 1 at 1 ...
District Leaders to Host ‘Coffee Talks’ at FISD High Schools
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon, along with a member of the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, will host coffee talks throughout the school year at each of the FISD high schools. Upcoming sess ...
Frisco ISD eNewsletter: November 7, 2014
School Board to Hear Input on Rezoning    Citizens wishing to address the Board of Trustees regarding rezoning may sign up to do so Monday evening during the regularly scheduled Bo ...
"It’s a Wonderful Life in Newman Village" Supports Frisco Education Foundation
Bring the family for some fun in Newman Village and support the Frisco Education Foundation at the same time. Baylor Medical Center at Frisco presents “It’s a Wonderful Life in Newman Village” ...
Design & Construction Updates Announced For Wade Park, Massive $1.6 Billion Mixed-Use Development In Frisco
Frisco, Texas – November 25, 2014 – Work is progressing forward for Wade Park, the massive 175-acre, $1.6 billion, mixed-use destination project that broke ground this sum ...
Operation Once in a Lifetime Toys for Troops Toy Drive at Frisco Square
Frisco, TEXAS (November 21, 2014) –Frisco Square Property Owners Association is proud to announce that we are partnering with Operation Once in a Lifetime (OOIAL), and their Toys for Troops toy driv ...
The Man Behind the Music Has a Christmas Wish
Did you see the sax-wielding guy playing holiday music at the Frisco Market Street last year? The man behind the music is David Lowe, and he has a Christmas Wish. A few years ago, David made the deci ...
Frisco Residents Form Coalition To Stop Wal-Mart And Pursue Options For Referendums And Recall
Frisco, TX, November 19, 2014 - Following a vote of the Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission to recommend putting a big box Wal-Mart Superstore at the corner of FM 423 and Stonebrook Parkway, homeown ...
The 2014 Children’s Medical Center Adopt-A-Family Program
ABOUT THE PROGRAM – Adopt-A-Family,coordinated by the Children’s Medical Center social work department, is a holiday gift programthat directly benefits the hospital’spatients and their families. ...
Let it Rot! Attend Frisco's Introduction to Composting Workshop
Discover ways to use your kitchen scraps to create a healthy garden. This free workshop will discuss the benefits and uses of composting, types of composting, and how to use these techniques to natura ...
Winterizing Your Perennial Garden
Texas has relatively mild winters when compared to the more frigid temperatures experienced further north, but many perennials may still need some care and protection in your landscape prior to a ...
Don't Bag Those Leaves!
This year, instead of bagging those leaves that you’ve raked up in your yard, take advantage of this autumn offering by adding them to a compost pile. Composting lets the nutrients in you ...
What will the end of Quantitative Easing Bring?
It doesn't seem possible it's been almost six years since Quantitative Easing (QE) came into play to help shore up the U.S. Economy. Now, our government holds around $4.5 Trillion in assets. Yes, I di ...
Chunk Your Junk at Frisco's Environmental Collection Ctr.
6616 Walnut St.November 158 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Noon) It's the perfect time to 'Chunk Your Junk' on Saturday, Nov. 15.  With the holidays just around the corner, get your home ready for family and f ...
NAHL announces Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton Hockey
Minot forward Blake Lizotte named Central Division Star of the Week Minnesota Wilderness goalie Brock Kautz named Midwest Division Star of the Week Springfield goalie Dryden McKay named North Division ...
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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 11/28/2014-11/30/2014
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 ...
Christmas in the Square 2014
Frisco, TEXAS (November 20, 2014) –Frisco Square Property Owners Association, NBC5 and City of Frisco announce the 10th annual Christmas in the Square Light Extravaganza. Christmas in the Square beg ...
Catch the Weekend Buzz! 11/21/2014-11/23/2014
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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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