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Catch the Weekend Buzz!  10/31/2014-11/02/2014

Catch the Weekend Buzz! 10/31/2014-11/02/2014

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

Dallas Cowboys And Omni Hotels & Resorts Partner To Build Hotel At Cowboys Headquarters

Dallas Cowboys And Omni Hotels & Resorts Partner To Build Hotel At Cowboys Headquarters

Cowboys and Omni to Develop Upscale Property in Frisco, Texas FRISCO, TX (October 30, 2014) –...

Arborfest & Buffalo Stomp This Saturday, Nov 1, 2014

Arborfest & Buffalo Stomp This Saturday, Nov 1, 2014

Arborfest and the Buffalo Stomp are both scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1.  ArborFest is at 9...

The Great Pumpkin Explosion!

The Great Pumpkin Explosion!

Saturday, November 1st 11 AM to noon at Frisco Square FREE charity event - fun (and educational)...

Gathering Information about Childcare via the Internet? Look for These Important features

Gathering Information about Childcare via the Internet? Look for These Important features

One of the fastest and most efficient ways to gather information is via the Internet. There are...

Dallas Cowboys And Omni Hotels & Resorts Partner To Build Hotel At Cowboys Headquarters
Cowboys and Omni to Develop Upscale Property in Frisco, Texas FRISCO, TX (October 30, 2014) – The Dallas Cowboys and Omni Hotels & Resorts are partnering to develop a new hotel at the future s ...
Frisco Police Incident Reports 10/20/2014 - 10/26/2014
DATE              CFS#          OFFENSE/INCIDENT LOCATION10/24/2014 14093575 ACCIDENT INVO ...
Frisco Police Arrest Reports 10/20/2014 - 10/26/2014
ARREST#     DATE          CHARGE LOCATION OFFENSE 14002104 10/20/2014 6400 PRESTON RD POSS MARIJ-<2 OZ POSS CS PG3 <28G 14002105 10/20 ...
Frisco Community Parade November 8 10 a.m. - New time!
Registration is underway for the Frisco Community Parade.  This year's theme is 'Wild, Wild West'.  Frisco resident and World War II veteran Bob Smith is being honored as Parade Grand Marsha ...
Frisco to Hold Special Election Nov. 4; Early Voting Underway Through Oct. 31
The City of Frisco will hold a Special Election Nov. 4 so voters may vote FOR or AGAINST a measure which will allow the Frisco City Council to decide whether or not it wants to allow eligible busine ...
Frisco Education Foundation Celebrates 15th Birthday at Gary Burns Fun Run
More than 6,000 people joined the Frisco Education Foundation on Saturday, October 25 for the Gary Burns Annual Fun Run outside Toyota Stadium. The one-mile fun run/walk and 5K certified race has bec ...
Frisco ISD Schools Selected for Healthy Zone School Recognition Program
Fourteen Frisco ISD schools are participating in the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program, a joint effort of The Cooper Institute and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to promote healthy practices ...
Gathering Information about Childcare via the Internet? Look for These Important features
One of the fastest and most efficient ways to gather information is via the Internet. There are website with advertisements, discounts, and features about anything that you can imagine and childcare i ...
Cadence McShane Selected By Frisco ISD For Career And Technical Education Center Assignment
State-of-the-Art High School Campus to Undergo Comprehensive Expansion and Improvement to Support Growing Enrollment (Addison, Texas) – Will Hodges, President of Cadence McShane Construction Compa ...
Frisco ISD eNewsletter: October 23, 2014
Support the Frisco Education Foundation This Saturday  There are two opportunities to support the Frisco Education Foundation this Saturday, October 25. The non-profit is celebrating 1 ...
Share the Love, Frisco
In the city of Frisco, there are kids whose only meals are what they eat at school. In fact, there are over 150 homeless children in our city. The children are on the free/reduced meal program at scho ...
Frisco Residents Jay and Jenny Allison Honored as 2014 Baylor Parents of the Year
WACO, Texas (Oct. 28, 2014) – Jay and Jenny Allison of Frisco, Texas, were honored as Baylor University’s 2014 Parents of the Year during the University’s annual Family Weekend celebration Sept. ...
19th Annual Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market Nov 5-9 Plano - Proceeds support local nonprofits
Over ten thousand shoppers join in holiday shopping during the Junior League of Collin County’s 19th annual ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Market at the Plano Centre.  This five-day fundraiser fea ...
8th Annual Charity Classic at Stonebriar Country Club, Friday, Nov. 7
City House has been chosen as Stonebriar Country Club's local charity of choice for their 8th Annual Charity Classic. The golf tournament will be held at the Club in Frisco on Friday, November 7. The ...
Local Kids Help Raise Awareness with “Lemon Aid”
Frisco, Texas -- The children of Newman Village are taking control of the fourth annual makeshift fundraiser originally started by kids. Children from all around the community are going to be attempti ...
St. Philip’s Frisco Hosts 10th Annual ‘Gifts of Grace’ Market Nov. 2, 8 & 9
Get ready to start your Christmas shopping! St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Frisco is preparing for its 10th annual Gifts of Grace Market November 2nd – 9th. This one-of-a-kind market provides sh ...
"Fall Back" Into Saving Water
We’ve reached that time of year again….Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 AM. While Stage 3 Water Restrictions remain in effect, Frisco relaxes its time-of-day restrictio ...
A Good Fall Foundation
Stage 3 Water Restrictions permit once per week watering on your regularly scheduled trash day using residential sprinkler systems. These restrictions are designed to reduce water waste from over-wate ...
WaterWise Fall Workshop Series Drip Irrigation 101
Efficient irrigation is essential to sustainable landscapes. With water restrictions becoming commonplace in many cities across North Texas, homeowners are discovering that efficient landscape irrigat ...
Showcase Your Business At The 24th Annual Merry Main Street!
Don't miss your chance to be part of 24th Annual Merry Main Street as we ring in the holiday season in Frisco! This event will be held Saturday, December 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the ...
Legends Announce Return of Live TV Broadcast on KTXD47
FRISCO, TX  - The Texas Legends have announced the return of their television broadcast partner, KTXD. With the renewed partnership, all 2014-15 Legends home games will once again be broadcast l ...
MLS Cup Playoffs Match Recap: FC Dallas 2, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
Late PK sends FCD through to Western Conference semifinals Kevin Lindstrom MLSsoccer.com   FRISCO -- Tesho Akindele and Michel kicked off the MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, with a ...
Frisco ISD Community Night at FC Dallas Sat, 10/25
Please make plans to join us this Saturday for Frisco ISD Community night with FC Dallas.  This is the last regular season game of the year.  FISD students receive a FREE ticket for the mat ...
FC Dallas takes control of own destiny with win in Colorado
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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 10/31/2014-11/02/2014
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 ...
Arborfest & Buffalo Stomp This Saturday, Nov 1, 2014
Arborfest and the Buffalo Stomp are both scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1.  ArborFest is at 9 a.m. at Frisco Commons and hosted by Urban Forestry Commission and Frisco Garden Club. Two trees will b ...
The Great Pumpkin Explosion!
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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 10/24/2014-10/26/2014
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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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