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Catch the Weekend Buzz! 05/06/2016-05/08/2016

Catch the Weekend Buzz! 05/06/2016-05/08/2016

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

Frisco Police Seek Help to Identify Suspect of Invasive Visual Recording

Frisco Police Seek Help to Identify Suspect of Invasive Visual Recording

FRISCO, TX –The Frisco Police Department is asking for help identifying a male suspect who is...

Dirk Nowitzki’s 2016 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game 

Dirk Nowitzki’s 2016 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game 

  Benefiting the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and Heroes...

Embracing the Whole Wide World

Embracing the Whole Wide World

Earth Day is this month and it provides an excellent opportunity to get your preschooler or...

Frisco ISD Plans Two New Elementary Schools to Open in 2017

Frisco ISD Plans Two New Elementary Schools to Open in 2017

Frisco ISD is moving forward with plans to open two new elementary schools in the 2017-18 school...

Popular Frisco Restaurants Unite Against May 7 Alcohol Proposition
Frisco, Texas – The Frisco Chamber of Commerce announced today that many of Frisco’s best known restaurant owners have made a joint commitment to support a vote AGAINST the upcoming alcohol sales ...
Frisco Police Incident Reports 04/25/2016-05/01/2016
DATECFS#OFFENSE/INCIDENTLOCATION 04/25/2016 16038072 ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAM TO VEH>=$200 PRESTON RD / SH 121 04/25/2016 16038116 ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAM TO VEH>=$200 P ...
Frisco Police Seek Help to Identify Suspect of Invasive Visual Recording
FRISCO, TX –The Frisco Police Department is asking for help identifying a male suspect who is believed to have used a cell phone to video or photograph a juvenile female in the female portion of the ...
Frisco Police Arrest Reports 04/28/2016-05/01/2016
ARREST#DATEOFFENSE/CHARGELOCATION 16000824 04/25/2016 PUBLIC INTOXICATION - DRUNK IN PUBLIC 9200 WORLD CUP WAY 16000825 04/25/2016 DWI 8100 DALLAS PKWY 16000826 04/25/201 ...
Northbound Dallas Parkway Closed Between Eldorado Parkway and US 380 Saturday Morning For Bicycle Ride
(April 29, 2016) Segments of northbound Dallas Parkway (and some adjoining roads) will be closed Saturday morning, April 30, for the “Bike MS” bicycle ride.  The ride starts at the Embass ...
Rosenthal & Wadas to offer Aspiring Attorney Scholarship
Rosenthal & Wadas is pleased to announce the Aspiring Attorney Scholarship, a new undergraduate scholarship offered to high school seniors across Collin County, giving them the opportunity to win ...
Reedy High School Makes Wish Come True for Young Boy
The Force is with a boy named Rivers and so is Reedy High School. Rivers is five years old and will be a kindergartener in Frisco ISD this fall. He was the special guest of Reedy High School on Frida ...
FISD Athletes Headed to State Track Meet
Over 50 FISD athletes competed in the UIL Region II-5A Track & Field meet held Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at Maverick Stadium on the UT Arlington campus. In the team competition, the ...
FISD CPR Curriculum Helps Student Save Her Dad’s Life
The City of Frisco is crediting Frisco ISD and its CPR curriculum for helping a 12-year-old middle school student save her father’s life. Paramedics say without the quick action of sixth grader A ...
Frisco ISD Now Registering Students for the 2016-17 School Year
Frisco ISD encourages new and returning families to register for the 2016-17 school year, which begins Monday, August 22. By completing the process early, families get a jump-start on preparing for t ...
La Madeleine Pledges to Raise Funds for 1.2 Million Meals to Fight Childhood Hunger with Children’s Hunger Fund
Frisco's la Madeleine Country French Café, 8008 State Hwy 121, Suite 100, is fighting childhood hunger through its “Hearts for Hope” campaign this May.   Frisco, along with cafés across ...
North Texas Athlete Heading Behind the Iron Curtain to Compete in Russian National Sport
Frisco, TX – April 26, 2016 – Local athlete and personal trainer, B.J. Bliffert, recently announced he’ll be heading back to St. Petersburg, Russia for the fourth time to compete in the World Ke ...
Autism Awareness Month
Frisco’s Burger 21 names local Heart of Autism their April Charity Partner for Autism Awareness Month and hosted their #Bcharitable Fundraising Day on April 21, 2016. Frisco’s Heart of Autism p ...
Shrimp & Crawfish Boil to Benefit Growing Boys & Girls Clubs
Frisco, Texas (April 12, 2016) - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County (BGCCC) announces that their 7th Annual Shrimp & Crawfish Boil will be held on Saturday, April 30th, at the corner of L ...
Frisco Seniors Celebrate Earth Day by Planting Sensory Garden and Tree for Memory Care Residents
FRISCO, Texas April 13, 2016 – Seniors in Frisco are giving back to Mother Nature this Earth Day and getting their green thumbs dirty in a hands on activity. Residents at Mustang Creek Estates of Fr ...
Know the Signs and Symptoms of Stroke: FAST
Byline by Dr. Maushmi Sheth at Centennial Medical Center   May is National Stroke Awareness Month and it’s a good time to remind the community that during a stroke, every secon ...
Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away
Congratulations to everyone who picked up their new Ivy rain barrel this past Saturday! Through our third annual partnership with Rainwater Solutions, the City of Frisco helped to distribute 257 rain ...
A Guide to Fertilizer
Plants need organic matter as well as water, and a fertilization schedule can be helpful to plants growing in our tough North Texas climate. Unfortunately, many homeowners apply the wrong fertil ...
WaterWise Landscape Makeover - Creating a Prairie Wildscape
North Texas is Blackland Prairie country . Before this region was developed, huge swaths of tallgrass extended along graceful sloping hills for as far as the eye could see. Today, very little t ...
Diagnose Insect Problems in Your Lawn
In the great outdoors, insects are a part of life. Many are beneficial and their presence is often an indicator of a healthy garden. However, the presence of some insects may indicate a problem ...
2016 Robertson Cup National Championship begins in one week
Final three teams who will join Wichita Falls to be determined this weekend FRISCO, TEXAS – The 2016 NAHL Robertson Cup Championship begins in one week and will be held from May 12-15 at the Braema ...
RoughRiders Welcome Fourth-Largest Crowd in Franchise History Sunday
DR PEPPER BALLPARK COMPLETELY SOLD OUT The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, completely sold out Sunday’s game at Dr Pepper Ballpark shortly after the gates opened at ...
NAHL announces 2015-16 season awards
Todd Burgess of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs named NAHL’s Most Valuable Player and Forward of the Year FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the remainder of its awards ...
NAHL announces 2015-16 Divisional Awards
Four Divisional MVP’s include Hunter Shepard (Bismarck), Kristofers Bindulis (Aston),Todd Burgess (Fairbanks) and Hampus Sjodahl (Odessa) FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) h ...
Fox Sports Southwest to Air Eight Roughriders Games
FORMER BIG LEAGUER MIKE BACSIK, RANGERS PAUL KRUGER JOIN BROADCAST THURSDAY  The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, are pleased to announce that the club has entere ...
Catch the Weekend Buzz! 05/06/2016-05/08/2016
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  ...
Dirk Nowitzki’s 2016 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game 
  Benefiting the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and Heroes Foundation Friday, June 10, 2016, at 7 p.m. Dr Pepper Ballpark 7300 RoughRiders Trl, Frisco, TX 750 ...
FC Dallas, U.S. Soccer, Frisco ISD and City of Frisco set to break ground on $39 million stadium improvement and National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum
Groundbreaking will include a special guest and announcement of 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees         WHAT:           &nbs ...
Catch the Weekend Buzz! 04/29/2016-05/01/2016
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  ...
Moms Eat Free on Mother’s Day at Piada Italian Street Food
WHAT: Piada Italian Street Food will celebrate Mother’s Day by offering Moms a free Piada, pasta, or chopped salad when their child brings a handmade card into the restaurant on Sunday, May ...

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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