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August 2008 to Present | 2007 - 2008 | 2006 -2007 | 2005 - 2006 | 2004 - 2005

  • FISD Looks Back at 2006-2007
  • Nathan Navarro, FHS Class of 2003, Graduates from West Point
  • FISD Students To Attend Summer Lone Star Leadership Academy
  • FISD and City Win Keep Texas Beautiful Award
  • Borchardt Principal Honored by Peers
  • Middle School Students Selected in Duke Talent Search
  • Steven Zhu Named TASSP All-State Academic Excellence Team
    Steven Zhu, senior at Frisco High School and Valedictorian of the FHS Class of 2007, has been selected by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as a member of the TASSP All-State Academic Excellence Team.
  • Centennial Journalism Awards Announced
    The Centennial High School journalism department completed a successful year with newspaper staff member sophomore Kelsey Jarzombek earning a fourth place finish in news writing at the state UIL competition, held May 3 in Austin.
  • Ehmke Awarded National Lifetime Achievement
    Renee Ehmke, Frisco Independent School District Board of Trustees member, PTA volunteer and former teacher, was honored this month by the Frisco Council of PTAs with a National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also honored by her home campus of Curtsinger at its May PTA meeting, according to Sarah McCardle of Curtsinger PTA.
  • RACC-TV Takes Home Awards
    The Foundation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced regional winners of the National Student Television Award for Excellence, recognizing outstanding television journalism by high school students
  • Frisco Teams Hone Skills at Octathlon, Pentathlon and Lone Star Competitions
    As Frisco continues to expand its participation in the Academic Decathlon competitions, the teams for the competitions in lower grades continue to grow and perform well. Borchardt Elementary placed 2nd in the state’s elementary Lone Star Competition.
  • Frisco Noon Rotary Honors Seniors
    Each month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club highlights the achievements of outstanding FISD seniors. On Thursday, May 10, Rotarians honored Kellyn Deaigneault, Logan Conatser, Amber Greenday and Josh Pena.
  • Nathan Navarro, FHS Class of 2003, Graduates from West Point
    Nathan Navarro of Frisco has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a minor in Information Systems Engineering from West Point and will now begin officer training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.
  • FISD Students To Attend Summer Lone Star Leadership Academy
    Several FISD elementary and middle school students will be attending the Lone Star Leadership Academy this summer. The programs are held around the state to develop leadership schools and introduce students to significant Texas historical and political sites.
  • FISD and City Win Keep Texas Beautiful Award
    Keep Texas Beautiful announced the City of Frisco Environmental Services and FISD as winners of the 2007 Sadie Ray Graff Education Leadership Award and the Keep Texas Beautiful Government Award on Tuesday, May 22.
  • Borchardt Principal Honored by Peers
    Borchardt Elementary Principal Betty King of Frisco ISD was recently named District 10 TEPSAN of the Year for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), according to information release from TEPSA.
  • Middle School Students Selected in Duke Talent Search
    Several seventh grade students from Frisco Independent School District’s middle schools have been recognized by the Duke Talent Search for their performance on standardized test scores achieved in elementary or middle school. The Duke Talent Search is a program that covers a 16-state region and is participated in by more than 6,000 junior high schools and middle schools.
  • Teachers On Ice Match Still Goes to West Side
    The annual teachers on ice game was another great success.  Not only did it raise valuable money for the FEF scholarship program, it also provided a lot of fun entertainment for families.
  • Welcome the Class of 2007
    Frisco and Centennial High Schools held graduation ceremonies on Monday, May 28, at the Garland ISD Special Events Center. More than 900 seniors graduated.
  • Soccer Association Knows How to Invest A Dollar for the Future
    In this era of soaring home and gas prices, Frisco Soccer Association is proof that a dollar can go a long way. The organization’s annual scholarships through the Frisco Education Foundation begin as a dollar taken out of a child’s soccer registration fee. One has only to look at the Frisco soccer fields to know that those dollars can add up over the years.
  • ISM Students Present Projects, Thank Mentors
    Only time will tell if the students who participated in the Independent Study and Mentor program (ISM) at Frisco High School (FHS) and Centennial High School (CHS) will continue their interests in law, science, teaching, music, fashion design, architecture, film production, and the many other fields studied this year. But the final projects displayed at the end of the year indicate that the ISM class continues to attract some of the best and brightest Frisco has to offer.
  • FISD Hosts First Song Fest
    Frisco Independent School District held its first Song Fest this month at Wakeland High School. The event featured the choral ensembles of the district’s 22 elementary schools and benefited from a distinguished panel of judges, according to Melissa Ringel, lead elementary music teacher for the district.
  • Spears Elementary PTA Donates Funds to FEF
    Spears Elementary PTA has donated $10,000 to the Frisco Education Foundation to endow a scholarship. Beginning in 2008, a $500 scholarship will be given to a graduate whose family is associated with Spears. In 2010, a former Spears student will be graduating and be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Fisher's NASA Adventure
    On Thursday, May 10, 2007, from 9:30am-10:15am, Fisher Elementary 5th Grade students took part in NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) program in which astronauts become aquanauts onboard the Aquarius underwater habitat! Fisher students were able to ask questions of aquanauts "live" during the program. Fisher is one of 24 schools across the country that will participate in this “live” NASA mission.
  • Fair In The Square Donates Funds to FEF
    Frisco Square, a master-planned lifestyle community in the heart of Frisco, recently hosted Fair in the Square, a family-oriented carnival.  Talley Amusements—who operates the rides, food and midway at both the State Fair of Texas and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, among others—brought great fun to Frisco with an atmosphere filled with rides, food, games and attractions.
  • Bright Receives $1,000 Donation from ALGCC
    The Assistance League of Greater Collin County, a philanthropic organization serving the area, presented a check for $1,000 to Bright Elementary this month for the Bright Book Club, a program directed at encouraging a love of reading and the Homework Club.
  • New State of the Art Facility on its Way
    by Michael Boren, FHS Journalism Student
    Interested in being an investment banker, an animation cartoonist, or the next renowned chef of the future? The Frisco ISD Career and Technology Center will provide an opportunity for students interested in those fields and more beginning the Fall of 2008.
  • FISD Names Directors for 2007-2008
    At a special meeting on Monday, April 30, FISD board members discussed the budget for the coming year and hired administrators for lead central office positions.
  • Dell Sponsors Annual Top Ten Luncheon
    Frisco Independent School District honored the top ten graduates from Centennial High School and Frisco High School on Thursday, May 3rd with a luncheon awards ceremony sponsored by Dell, Inc. at Josephine’s Bistro. It was an opportunity to salute FISD’s finest students and an opportunity for the 2007 top graduates to salute a favorite teacher.
  • Teachers on Ice Has Coaches, Captains and Teams Excited
    Frisco Independent School District teachers are gearing up for the 4th Annual FISD Teachers On Ice hockey game hosted by and benefiting, the Frisco Education Foundation.
  • Service to District Honored
    Each year Frisco Independent School District gathers all the employees together – from the bus drivers to the administrators – and salutes those who have been with the district for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. This year there were so many employees, FISD used the spacious auditorium at Prestonwood Baptist Church.
  • Texas History Comes Alive For Middle School Students
    Seventh Grade is known for many things – the kids get taller, the boys start football and everyone takes Texas History. It is a time when students, whether born here or relocated, become indoctrinated in Texas lore and legend – learning everything from the ways of the native tribes, the story of Goliad and the Alamo and pride in the state’s rich heritage.
  • FEF Scholarship Night Makes Dreams Come True
    The expectations were high and the parents were proud at the annual Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship Night held April 12. The Foundation Board and the various organizations and families who fund scholarships through FEF were excited to be handing out college money to a record breaking number of seniors.
  • Boatright Named President of Texas School Assessors Association
    Laura Boatright, tax assessor for Frisco Independent School District, was recently installed as president of the Texas School Assessors Association (TSAA) at the annual TSAA Conference in Austin. The TSAA was created to encourage the professionalism of assessment personnel; to promote a closer relationship between school administrators, appraisal districts, and tax professionals; to be involved in the legislation of tax issues; and to keep members informed and educated.
  • Wilson Named VP of State Nutrition Association
    Lena Wilson, director of Child Nutrition, has been elected vice-president of the Texas Association for School Nutrition. Wilson will serve one year as vice president and then assume the position of president the following year. Wilson has been with the district since 1998.
  • Frisco Artists Soar With Butterflies
    Each year, Frisco art teachers begin to pull out their lesson plans on symmetry and books about butterflies when they know Butterfly day is near!  That is because there is a tradition in entering the EmilyAnn Theatre’s annual butterfly art contest each spring.
  • Titan TV Wins State Awards
    The Titan TV news team brought home numerous awards at the State UIL competition for Journalism, in-fact they brought home more awards than any other school competing.
  • WHS Band Wins First Sweepstakes Award
    The Wakeland High School Symphonic Band took the school’s first Sweepstakes Award at the recent UIL Concert and Sightreading contest.
  • Pioneer Math and Science Team Takes 1st Place
    The Pioneer Heritage Middle School Math and Science Team went to State Competition in San Antonio and walked away with 1st place honors in science. It was the first state academic award to be won by a PHMS team in the school’s history.
  • FHS Students Win Top Awards at Talent Show
    Three Frisco High School AP Art students won top awards at the Regional High School Art Young American Talent Show sponsored by the Visual Arts Guild of Booker T. Washington HS for the Performing and Visual Arts at El Centro College Gallery on Thursday, April 12.
  • Frisco Noon Rotary Honors Seniors
    Each month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club highlights the achievements of outstanding FISD seniors. On Thursday, April 12, Rotarians honored Frisco High seniors Amanda Kwong and Jacob Scarbrough.
  • All City Choir Takes Top Honors At Festival
    Very few elementary school choirs compete in the DD Festivals Lone Star Showcase competition because of the high expectations of the judges, according to Kim Foster, Fisher Elementary music teacher and All City Director, but Frisco All City Choir was prepared to be critiqued closely and came home with three top honors.
  • PTA Reflections Winners
    The Frisco Council of PTAs recently honored winners and participants in the Reflections program with an awards ceremony.
  • FISD Students Observe Earth Day Early
    The Friday before the official Earth Day celebrations in the city and around the country, was a day for Frisco campuses to celebrate as part of the school day.
  • Retired Teacher's Association Meeting, May 1
    Frisco's Retired Teachers Association will have its May meeting Tuesday, May 1, at 9:30 a.m in the training room at 6928 Maple Street. A continental breakfast will be served and the meeting will follow. District 10 president Mary Jane Hamilton is the special guest. New officers will be installed. This is open to any retired school personnel or persons interested in education.
  • 2007 Frisco ISD Child Nutrition Survey 
    The Frisco ISD Child Nutrition Department is conducting its 2007 survey. We appreciate your feedback in helping us to meet the needs of the students of Frisco ISD.
  • Frisco Noon Rotary Honors Seniors
    Each month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club highlights the achievements of outstanding FISD seniors. On Thursday, April 5, Rotarians honored Brittany Weaver and Sean Michael.
  • Frisco Noon Rotary Honors Seniors
    Each month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club highlights the achievements of outstanding FISD seniors. On Thursday, March 22, Rotarians honored Chanel Matney and Shahram Allahyari.
  • Wakeland High School Winterguard Takes 1st Place
    The Wakeland High School Winterguard earned 1st place at the North Texas Colorguard Association Championships, according to Gerry Miller, Director of Bands at WHS. The WHS Winterguard team competed with 16 other schools and took a lead of 8.0 points for the championship. The WHS guard has been under the direction of Chris Kichline, instructor and Meghan Yankee, guard tech.
  • FISD Students Honored at Youth Art Month State Capitol Exhibit 2007
    Five FISD art students were honored as part of the Youth Art Month State Capitol Exhibition on Sunday, March 4th in Austin. 100 of the 300 entries submitted statewide were selected by the YAM committee for this special exhibition which is sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association.
  • Frisco Noon Rotary Honors Seniors
    Each month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club highlights the achievements of outstanding FISD seniors. On Thursday, February 15, Rotarians honored Kourtney Connor and Kristi Morris. Kourtney is the son of Melvin and Stephanie Connor
  • Congressman Johnson Visits Smith Elementary
    Congressman Sam Johnson visited Smith Elementary recently to recognize the students and staff for the school’s Blue Ribbon Award. He presented the school with a flag that was flown over the nation's capital.
  • FHS Art Students Visit Hall Sculpture Garden
    Sometimes it can be rewarding to explore the world in your own backyard or down the street. Such was the case recently when Frisco High School art teachers took 101 Frisco High School Students and 14 adult sponsors to see 40 internationally recognized sculptures at Hall Sculpture Garden at Gaylord and the Tollway. The event was funded by a Target Field Trip Grant won by teacher Diane Bray.
  • Late Winter/Early Spring FISD Athletic Wrap-Up
    by David Kuykendall, FISD Athletic Director
    I’m busting out at the seams of how proud I am of our athletes in Frisco ISD. With baseball and softball play-offs, regional/state golf, tennis and track competition yet to go, it has been a season to remember for the FHS boy’s soccer team, as well as our regional qualifiers in track, tennis and golf.
  • 2007 Texas Legislative Priorities/Education
    Frisco ISD – As our constituents watch this legislative session, we want them to know that from the perspective of their local ISD, the following are issues we as a district are following and are priorities for our attention in speaking with our representatives and senators.
  • Sign-up for School Beat eNewsletters
    Frisco ISD's “School Beat" is a free email news service designed for parents, students, community members and relocating families. Current news and information about Frisco ISD will be sent via email to "School Beat" subscribers.
  • The Frisco Association for the Arts T-Shirt Design Winner Announced
    The Frisco Association for the Arts first annual T-Shirt Design Contest winner was announced at an evening reception at Capitol One Bank in Frisco on February 15, 2007.
  • Wakeland High School Results for UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition Impressive
    This month, 43 Wakeland High School Band members competed in the UIL Region XXIV Solo and Ensemble Competition at Frisco High School. Of those competing, 27 earned a Superior Rating (1st division - 63%) with either their solo, their ensemble, or both.
  • Principals to Attend Library Conference
    The librarians at Bledsoe Elementary School and Clark Middle School nominated their school principals Beverly Woodson of Bledsoe and Mary Dowd of Clark to attend the Strong, Libraries, Strong Scores session at the Texas Library Association conference in April.
  • CHS Students Attend Regional Visual Art Scholastic Event
    Several CHS Art Students attended the Texas Art Education Association’s Regional Visual Art Scholastic Event on Saturday, February 3 at Williams High School in Plano.
  • Frisco High School Senior to Spend Spring Break Observing Primates
    Grace Gulley is going on a tropical getaway for Spring Break. She will undoubtedly pack sun screen but the trip will not be a lazy day on the beach. She will be spending long days in the Costa Rican country side observing monkey troops, armed with a Global Positioning System device and binoculars.
  • Come Together...
    The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to Frisco ISD on Thursday, March 1, and provided a group of students an opportunity to work with the latest and greatest in music technology and to learn more about the possibilities of a related career.
  • Green Eggs and Ham Served Up to Corbell Kindergarten Students
    Corbell kindergarten students have something in common with late author Dr. Seuss and his character Sam I Am – they have had green eggs and ham.
  • Winter Wrap-Up 2007
    By David Kuykendall, FISD Athletic Director
    We have had a great winter of competition in Frisco ISD from high school basketball, swimming and wrestling to middle school basketball. As we have grown, it has become harder to make sure that everyone that deserves recognition receives it in my seasonal wrap-up articles.
  • Frisco ISD Names High Schools #5 and #6
    The FISD Board of trustees approved names for the next two high schools - #5 and #6 - at the Monday, February 12, regular meeting of the Board.
  • FISD Students Recycle More Than 26,000 Phone Books
    Congratulations to FISD students, staff and parents for their participation in the city's phonebook recycling effort.
  • Pioneer Heritage Middle School Students Experience the Acclaimed Drum Café
    Pioneer Heritage Middle School students were intrigued and inspired by the internationally acclaimed Drum Café on Thursday, February 8th, 2007. This was the company’s first performance in the North Dallas area.
  • Christie Students Learn All About the Great State of Texas
    First Grade students at Christie learned all about the Great State of Texas in an integrated curriculum that included measuring and graphing cowboy boots, writing out a trail mix recipe and learning about measurements, reading and writing ranch brands and singing and reciting Texas songs and poems.
  • Diversity Day at Fisher Elementary a Huge Success
    "Take a walk in someone else's shoes," was the theme of the diversity day event at Fisher Elementary on Tuesday, January 30.
  • Note to Realtors and Builder Representatives:
    The District has a brochure packet available.  We would be happy to mail one copy to you or if you desire multiple copies, come by our office and pick them up.  Contact the Communications Office at 469-633-6060.
  • FHS Art Students Advance To State Vase
    Nineteen Frisco High School Art students with 21 works advance to State VASE Art competition at the University of Houston at Clear Lake on Saturday, April 14th.
  • Youth Art Month State Capitol Exhibit Showcases FISD Student Works. On Sunday, March 4th, five FISD art students will travel to Austin to be part of the Texas Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month State Capitol Exhibition, awards ceremony and reception
  • FHS Students Named Finalists in National Merit® Scholarship Competition. Two Frisco High School students have met all requirements necessary for advancement to Finalist standing in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards to be offered in 2007.
  • Pioneers of Jazz Invited to Addison Jazz Fest
    The Pioneers of Jazz has been selected as one of only two middle school jazz bands in the entire country to perform at the Addison Jazz Fest, according to Christian Holzer, assistant band director at Pioneer Heritage Middle School.
  • All Four Frisco ISD High Schools to Compete in State Finals for Academic Decathlon. Frisco high school Academic Decathlon teams continue their march of excellence this year with all four teams, Frisco, Centennial, Liberty and Wakeland High Schools qualifying to compete in San Antonio in February for the state title.
  • Fisher Celebrates Valentine’s Day with a Gift to the Miracle League of Frisco!
    Hearts and friendships . . .Valentine’s Day at Fisher was all about showing that we care.
  • Frisco Noon Rotary Club Recognizes Seniors
    Each Month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club recognizes the outstanding achievements of Frisco ISD seniors.On Thursday, January 11, Rotarians honored Brent Holtrop and Jessica Hope, seniors at Frisco Centennial High School.
  • Liberty High School Students Earn 37 First Division (“superior”) Rankings. On Saturday, February 3rd, Liberty Band students participated in the UIL Region 24 Solo & Ensemble contest held at Frisco High School.
  • FHS Band Students Recieve a Division One Rating
    Congratulations to the following students in the FHS Band for receiving a division one rating.
  • Wakeland High School Academic Decathlon Team is State Bound. The Wakeland High School Academic Decathlon Team is the fourth FISD high school team to be headed for state competition in San Antonio this month.
  • FHS Senior Accepted to USC Film School
    Eva Coleman, broadcast journalism teacher and Executive Producer of RACC-TV, at Frisco High School, says she doesn’t think her student, Daphne Wu, has totally grasped the enormity of being accepted into the prestigious University of Southern California Film School.
  • Rotary Club Recognizes FISD Seniors
    Each month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club honors the outstanding achievements of Frisco ISD seniors. On Thursday, February 1, Rotarians recognized Zhantein Chang and Tyler Vogelsberg of Centennial High School.
  • Board President Named Citizen of the Year
    Frisco School Board President Buddy Minett named Citizen of the Year for 2006. Read more in the Frisco Enterprise.
  • Frisco High School German Students Heading for State. Five Frisco High School German Students are eligible to compete in the State German Contest after performing well at Winterfest, the regional German competition at Plano Senior High School.
  • Frisco High School Academic Decathlon Team Places 1st in 4A Regionals. Last weekend (Jan. 19-20) the Frisco High School Academic Decathlon team traveled to Lancaster High School to compete in the Region VIII Academic Decathlon competition.
  • Liberty High School Academic Decathlon Team Claims 3A Regionals. The Liberty High School Academic Decathlon team, in only its first year of competition, claimed the Regional Championship this past weekend (Jan. 19-20) at the 3A Region VII Academic Decathlon Competition at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas.
  • Centennial High Academic Decathlon Team is State Bound. The Centennial High School Academic Decathlon team competed this past weekend at the Region 8 Meet in Lancaster HS.
  • Curtsinger Named Top Performing School in the Stars Stick to Reading Program. Curtsinger Principal J'Lynn Anderson greets players from the Dallas Stars as the campus is recognized as the winner of the top performing school in the Stars Stick to Reading program.
  • Mayors' Youth Council
    Students from Centennial, Frisco High School, Wakeland and Liberty High School tour the new police station headquarters as member's of the Mayor's youth council.
  • Wester Middle School Launches Reading Initiative
    On Friday, January 19th, 2007 students and staff at Wester Middle School in the Frisco Independent School District received a free copy of the book Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by new and award-winning author, Jordan Sonnenblick.
  • Staley Hosts Math and Science Competition
    Saturday, January 20, Staley Middle School, the oldest middle school in Frisco, hosted Frisco’s first ever Texas Math and Science Coaches Association Math and Science competition.  This organization, TMSCA, uses the UIL’s format for the number sense, calculator, math and science events.
  • Smith Elementary Officially Celebrates Its Blue Ribbon Designation. Smith Elementary officially celebrated its Blue Ribbon Designation on January 18. More than 700 people attended the evening event including County Commissioner Phyllis Cole, Mayor Mike Simpson and Superintendent Rick Reedy.
  • Frisco ISD Elementary Spring Song Fest Scheduled
    Wakeland High School will be the site of the first Spring Song Fest offered for Frisco’s 22 elementary school choral ensembles, according to Melissa Ringel, lead teacher for elementary music and Daryl Trent, Frisco Independent School District’s Director of Fine Arts.
  • Game of Life
    “Secord passes to Drake.”
    "He’s to the 20.”
    “The 10. The 5.”
    This may sound like a touchdown run for the championship football game; however, no trophies here. This was the commentary for a much more rewarding experience…washing dishes at the Dallas Life Shelter
  • District ADD-ADHD Parent Education Class Well Attended. The parents who gathered together for the AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder commonly called ADD or ADHD) nodded repeatedly as J. Gail Gibson, lead parenting specialist from Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, described the clues to identifying a child with AD/HD. They had seen at least one of the symptoms if not more in their children and sometimes in themselves.
  • Pioneer Heritage Orchestra Student Performs Well in Young Artists Competition. Frisco's Jung Choi, a student at Pioneer Heritage Middle School, was 2nd place winner in the Junior Winds Division of the Plano Symphony Orchestra's 2007 Collin County Young Artist Competition which was held this past Saturday, January 6, at the Collin County Community College in Plano
  • Frisco and Centennial High Schools Each have All-State Band Students. Four Frisco students have been named All-State after participating in the Area A All Area Band Auditions in at Abilene Christian University this month. Centennial and Frisco High School each had two students named as All-State.
  • Two District Teachers Honored by Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas. Shannon Keller, kindergarten teacher at Curtsinger, and Kimberly Weber, special education teacher at Ogle, were honored for work they did last year at Bright Elementary by being awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award for their teamwork with student Lexi Jackson.
  • Ashley Bluebonnet Bash
    Ashley Elementary School students gathered in the library to cast their votes for the Texas Bluebonnet award. Almost 170 students participated this year at Ashley. Each year the Texas Library Association gathers a list of 20 newly published books aimed at students in third through sixth grade.
  • Artistic Star Sculptures Tour Campuses
    A display of stars will line the exterior of several FISD campuses this winter. The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco invited schools and community members to decorate large metal stars this past fall
  • Wester Storyteller to Attend National Youth Storytelling Showcase. Keith Kibby, a seventh grade student at Wester Middle School, was selected to participate in the National Youth Storytelling Showcase in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee the first week of February.
  • Safety Town Welcomes First Visitors
    The Frisco Fire Department’s Safety Town greeted its first “residents” recently in preparation for the full grand opening of the tiny city.
  • Rotary Club Recognizes FISD Seniors
    Each month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club honors outstanding Frisco ISD seniors for their achievements.On Thursday, January 18, Frisco High seniors Whitney Newman and Alex Holton were recognized.
  • January is School Board Appreciation Month
    Each year teachers tell their students that January is School Board Appreciation Month. It never fails that some students assume the school board are the people who put up the notices on the school marquees – or the school boards.
  • Smith and Curtsinger Teams Accept Blue Ribbon Awards
    Representatives of Smith and Curtsinger Elementary Schools attended the National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony and presentations November 9 and 10th in Washington D.C. The award ceremony was the culmination of several weeks of celebration since the official notice the schools had been selected.
  • Curtsinger Elementary Celebrates Blue Ribbon Award
    The students, family and friends of Curtsinger Elementary School gathered Tuesday, November 28, for the school’s official celebration of the recent National Blue Ribbon School designation.
  • Pioneer Heritage Middle School’s Harmony to Perform with Plano Symphony. Pioneer Heritage’s Harmony chorus performed at the Eisemann Symphony Center recently with the Plano Symphony Orchestra as part of the Collin County Ballet Theatre's production of the Nutcracker and will work with the Orchestra again this holiday season
  • The Prize Posse Surprises 22 Teachers with Grant Money
    The Frisco Education Foundation’s Prize Posse fanned out across the district last week to give the longed-for knock on the doors of the lucky teachers who won the Grants for Great Ideas funds for this year.
  • Channel 11 Meteorologist Jeff Jamison Visits Ashley Elementary 1st Graders. First graders at Ashley Elementary got the “inside scoop” on meteorology as Jeff Jamison, meteorologist for Channel 11 News, paid the First Grade classrooms a visit. 
  • Career Day at FISD Middle Schools
    Friday before a holiday is always a challenge for middle school teachers – either kids are leaving early to go on family trips or they are so excited about the upcoming break they can’t concentrate – but Wester and Staley Middle School solved the issue of  keeping their students attentive by scheduling the annual career day speakers for November 17.
  • Texas Recycles Day Brings Excitement for Smith and Christie Students. The City of Frisco Environmental Services Department held two contests this fall and the winners were announced Wednesday November 15 on Texas Recycles Day.
  • 4 FHS Softball Players Sign Scholarships Early
    The Frisco High School Softball program has proudly announced the early signings of 4 players who will graduate in May of 2007.
  • A Letter from Dr. Reedy About School Safety
    Dear FISD families,
    Tragically school shootings are once again in the nation’s headlines. The incidents reported in Vermont, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Pennsylvania are terrible reminders that no community and no school, public or private, is immune from violent acts that can hurt or kill innocent victims.
  • In the News: A Message from Dr. Rick Reedy, FISD Superintendent of Schools: A great deal has been in the media lately about the testing irregularities that were reported by Caveon Test Security – a group with which the state contracted to do data analysis on the results of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests.
  • Is FISD under the same Stage 3 Residential Watering Restrictions? Answer: Yes.
    We are working very closely with the City of Frisco to make sure that we abide by the watering stages/restrictions. However, the restrictions for Frisco ISD are slightly different than that of a residential homeowner.
  • Centennial High Titan TV Brings Home National Title. Congratulations to Titan TV. They recently competed at the National Journalism Convention in Nashville and brought home top honors.
    Team Awards
    1st place Best of Show
    Pacemaker Award for the newscast
    Individual Awards
    Drew Graham-Superior in Sports Story
    Brittany Crew/Cristina Burke-Excellent in News Story
    Danielle Russell/Justin Inman-Excellent in Feature Story
  • Frisco Noon Rotary Club recognizes FISD Seniors.
    Each month, the Noon Rotary Club of Frisco highlights the outstanding accomplishments of FISD seniors. On Thursday, November 2, Rotarians honored Centennial High School seniors Natalie Neal and Bryan Giribuldo.
  • Fall Sports Wrap-up. Wow, What a Fall!
    by David Kuykendal, FISD Athletic Director
    Someone forgot to tell the athletes in Frisco ISD that adding two more high schools would decrease the likelihood of post season advancement for their school’s program. You see, the fall of ’06 may go down as one of the best falls ever.
  • Children’s Book Week Celebrated
    Frisco elementary schools are celebrating Children’s Book Week Nov. 13 – 17th with guest readers, reading marathons, and contests for drawings of book characters and bookmarkers.
  • FEF Chili Challenge: Tasting Room Only
    The annual FEF Chili Challenge, which funds the Sue Stafford Scholarship, was a big success this year bringing in right at $9,000 and bringing some really fine chili cooks together.
  • Frisco Urban Forestry Board Shares a Tree with Second Graders. The Urban Forestry Board, a citizen’s board that works with the City of Frisco’s Parks and Recreation Department, planted trees and held a tree education program for second grade students at Christie Elementary School and Sparks Elementary School on November 8.
  • New State of the Art Facility on its Way
    Interested in being an investment banker, an animation cartoonist, or the next renowned chef of the future? The Frisco ISD Career and Technology Center will provide an opportunity for students interested in those fields and more beginning the Fall of 2008.
  • Teacher’s Lesson in Love Continues for Two Years
    A few years ago Ginger Morrison had Shelby Hill in her third grade class at Bright Elementary. Ms. Morrison shared with class that she had decided to grow her hair long enough to donate to Locks of Love, a program that provides human hair for wigs for children who have undergone chemotherapy
  • Annual Family Math and Science Night at Smith Elementary
    Smith Elementary, 2006 NCLB – Blue Ribbon School, held their 5th Annual Family Math and Science Night.
  • FISD Schools Honor Veterans
    Frisco schools will honor the men and women who have served our country in the military throughout the week of November 6-10 with a variety of special programs
  • Veterans Celebration Continues to Draw Crowds
    This week students throughout the state observe Celebrate Freedom as a time to study the constitution, government and the sacrifice of our military. It is not unusual for schools to invite veterans or servicemen to speak during the week prior to Nov. 11.
  • Ashley Elementary Students Enjoy Family Art Night
    Paint brushes, sponges, paper, and a variety of other materials were spread out in Ashley’s gym and cafeteria, at the PTA sponsored Family Art Night.
  • Bio Day at Curtsinger Elementary
    The third grade class was dressed in some amazing costumes on October 31st. They were not dressed up for a holiday party. These third grade children looked just like another person, a person from their biography report.
  • Liberty High School Celebrates Topping Out
    Liberty High School’s new home at 15250 Rolater Road has reached the point where it is ready to be “topped out,” a construction term for the day a facility is ready to have the very top beams put into place.
  • Orchestra Students Sweep Through All-Region
    Frisco Independent School District middle school students competed in the All-Region XIV competition.
  • Raccoon Band Receives Superior First Division Rating At UIL. On Saturday, October 21, the Raccoon Band completed their final competitive performance of Mistura da Danca, their 2006 field production.
  • Centennial High Announces National AP Scholar Awards. CHS students honored in 2006 AP Scholar Competition.            
  • Centennial Receives Superior Rating for Fourth Year. The Centennial High School Band traveled to the Region 24 UIL Marching Contest at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton.
  • Frisco High Announces National AP Scholar Awards
    FHS students honored in 2006 AP Scholar Competition.
  • Curtsinger and Smith Elementary Schools Are Blue Ribbon Schools. The U.S. Department of Education has named Curtsinger and Smith Elementary Schools as two of the 26 Texas winners of the prestigious No Child Left Behind – 2006 Blue Ribbon School designation.
  • First Graders Travel East and West to Discover the World
    First grade students at Bright Elementary put their lessons in map skills, science, comparisons and government to work this month when they boarded school buses and toured Frisco – they even took a pretend trip to Australia without crossing Highway 121.
  • Student Safety: Frisco Fire Clowns Visit FISD
    Ashley Elementary started their morning with many rounds of laughs, Wednesday, October 11, as the Frisco Firemen Clowns paid a visit, complete with their “stick horses” and “Safety town” city.
  • Frisco Teachers Camp Out to Learn Environmental Curriculum
    This month, 27 Frisco teachers, whose grade assignment ranged from kindergarten to high school, gave up their weekend to attend the first annual Camp Frisco.
  • Mayor Mike Simpson Visits Ashley Second Graders
    The second grade students at Ashley Elementary were paid a visit by Frisco’s mayor, Mike Simpson, on Friday, September 29. Mr. Simpson came to talk to the second graders after they had studied about Frisco’s past and present and the role of the mayor and city council
  • Staley Students Participate at Great Steak of Texas
    Staley Middle School guitar students took part in the Great Steak of Texas.
  • Grand Marshal for the Frisco Community Parade Announced. Brigadier General Michael B. Cates, a native of Frisco and the son of Bill and Lois Cates of Frisco, is practicing his wave and debating whether to wear his uniform or his old high school cap as he fulfills the role of grand marshal of the Frisco Community Parade November 11.
  • Frisco Invited to Pick the Tastiest Bowl of Red Annual FEF Chili Challenge Set for Nov. 10
    In past years there has been green chili, white chili, chili with beans, and chili without beans but no matter what the color or ingredients, the annual FEF Chili Challenge always promises a good time and a chance to taste some of Frisco Independent School District’s best chili.
  • The Stars Are Bright for Frisco Elementary Art Students. The Rising Star Gallery is a new display at the Great Steak of Texas festival set for September 30 and October 1 of this year.
  • FISD Art Students Exhibit at 2006 TASB Conference. State Youth Art Month Chairman, Sherry White, announced this week that all six of Frisco ISD’s art entries into the Texas Association of School Board Exhibition were accepted for the 2006 state conference show.
  • Wakeland, Liberty High Schools Shine at March of Champions. Wakeland High School placed 4th in the Frisco March of Champions Saturday, which is a contest for the top A, AA, and AAA schools in North Texas.
  • Frisco Community Parade Will Salute the Troops on Nov. 11. A hallmark of the small town feel in Frisco has been the fall “homecoming parade.” With the growth of the area and the number of high schools serving students in the Frisco Independent School District growing to four, the event has evolved into a Community Parade that celebrates the community spirit of the area. See
  • FHS Graduate Works Throughout College but Scholarship Eases Financial Burden. Kim Craig is a familiar face to many Frisco residents, particularly if they are patients at Lee Dental of Frisco. Craig, a graduate of Frisco High School and Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship winner, has worked her way through school as a dental assistant. She is now in her final year of Dental Hygiene School at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.
  • Battery Recycling Contest Sponsored by City of Frisco
    The City of Frisco and Frisco Independent School District will celebrate Texas Recycles Day by kicking off a battery recycling contest at each FISD school, according to Jeremy Starritt, Environmental Education Coordinator and Dianne Miller, FISD Recycling Coordinator.
  • Grants for Great Ideas Encourages Teachers to Think Outside the Box. The Grants for Great Ideas Program for Frisco Independent School District teachers is a way for the Frisco Education Foundation to help students and teachers enjoy an enhanced learning environment.
  • Frisco Education Foundation Recipient Says Frisco Schools Cares About Kids. Lupe Gaona is a Gary Burns Memorial Scholarship winner and Frisco High School graduate who knows his community cares.
  • Centennial Band Takes Top Honors at Major DFW Invitational Contests. The CHS Titan Band has been competing heavily during the last two weeks.
  • Frisco Noon Rotary Club recognizes FISD Seniors.
    Each month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club recognizes outstanding FISD seniors. On Thursday, October 26, Rotarians honored Kelsi Daniel and Nicolas Ibanez of Frisco High School.
  • Seniors Recognized by Frisco Noon Rotary
    Each month, the Frisco Noon Rotary Club recognized the outstanding achievements of FISD seniors. On Thursday, October 5, Rotarians honored Centennial High School seniors Rebecca Choi and Byung Joon (John) Park.
  • Frisco Noon Rotary Honors FISD Seniors
    Each month the Frisco noon Rotary Club honors seniors from FISD high schools.On Thursday, September 28, Rotarians recognized the outstanding accomplishments of Steven Zhu and Chelsea Drescher.
  • Centennial Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. An “Norm” Qi and Siyao “Mark” Fan have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. The two Centennial High School students may now attempt to meet the requirements to be selected as finalists.
  • Frisco High School Announces National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students. Chelsea Drescher and Steven Zhu, both Frisco High School seniors, have been named National Merit Semifinalists, according to Rick Burnett, principal of Frisco High School. The two high scoring students must now keep up their academic progress, complete an essay and follow up on other requirements to be considered for the selection of finalists in this national scholarship program.
  • Four Students Named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. The National Hispanic Recognition Program, established in 1983, is a College Board program that provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic high school seniors and identifies them for post-secondary institutions.
  • Frisco Dedicates Third High School in Honor of Former Superintendent. Dr. Justin Wakeland served as superintendent of Frisco schools for 19 years, laying the groundwork that has allowed the district to successfully manage the challenging waters of being the fastest growing school district in the nation.
  • Grants for Great Ideas Helps Fund Author Visits for Students and Teachers. Thanks to Grants for Great Ideas, a teacher grant program sponsored through the Frisco Education Foundation, and a generous $2,500 donation from Horace Mann Insurance, thousands of Frisco ISD students and staff will be informed and inspired by two noted authors this year, according to Leigh Ann Jones, FISD Library Facilitator.
  • FISD Hope Rising Coordinator Receives Spirit of Mercy Award.
    Patricia “Patti” Kubanet, coordinator of FISD’s Hope Rising trauma and loss program, has been named the 2006 recipient of the Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna Award/Spirit of Mercy from her alma mater Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo, New York.
  • Miss Texas Visits Frisco
    Miss Texas Shilah Phillips of Frisco made her first appearance in FISD schools Tuesday morning, Sept. 19, at Gunstream Elementary.
  • Weldon Corbell Elementary Dedicated
    Friends, colleagues, and former students of Weldon Corbell remembered the towering principal fondly Sunday as Corbell Elementary was dedicated in West Frisco.
  • Portia Ross Taylor Elementary Dedicated
    Former students and family of Portia Ross Taylor joined the parents and students in Frisco Independent School District’s new Taylor Elementary School to remember and celebrate the life of this fine teacher and the opening of the new school.
  • Dr. J.M. Ogle Elementary Dedicated
    The descendants of Dr. J.M. Ogle were on hand September 10 to dedicate the elementary school named in honor of this Frisco pioneer. Ogle Elementary School is the first Frisco Independent School District facility to be built in the McKinney portion of FISD. It is located in Craig Ranch.
  • Isabel Pierce Sem Elementary Dedicated Sept. 10
    The first woman to be elected as a Frisco School Board Trustee, Isabel Sem, was all smiles Sunday September 10 as Isabel Pierce Sem Elementary was officially dedicated. She is the daughter of a teacher and credited her parent’s with her respect for public education
  • Textbook Update
    As you are aware, the state has changed how textbooks are distributed to the Texas public schools. The Texas Education Agency no longer maintains a textbook warehouse, so textbooks that are already in use now come from other school districts who have a surplus, as well as the publishing warehouses.
  • FHS AP ART Student Art Recognition
    Eric Llamas, a 2006 graduate of Frisco High School, has received exciting news from the College Board following submission of both his 2-D Design and the 3-D Design Advanced Placement portfolios exams this May.
  • On-Line Program Keeps Parents, Students and Teachers Connected. Beginning in mid-September Frisco Independent School District will implement eSchool+, a student communication system that includes a home access center that is a secured, web-based tool. The new system will allow parents of high school and middle school students to see posted grades and daily attendance in classes. Students may use the program to monitor their grades and check assignments.
  • Two-Story Middle School Design Unveiled
    Some of the FISD middle school sites will work better with a  two-story design, including middle school #8 projected to open in 2008. The design shown in this animation was presented to the Board of Trustees at the August, 2006 meeting.
  • 2006-2007 Budget Update
    At the August regular meeting of the Board, trustees approved the 2006-2007 operating budget of $167.5 million, including an estimated $15.5 million recapture payment.
  • Independent Studies Students Looking for Mentors. Frisco High School and Centennial High School students who are participating in the Independent Studies and Mentoring class met at the FISD Maple Street Complex to practice mingling, interview techniques and to hear advice from administration and community leaders about personal grooming, presentation and manners.
  • Who Do The Teams in Frisco ISD Play……It Depends
    As Frisco ISD has grown to four high schools and six middle schools, on any given night it can get pretty confusing as to who plays who, when and where. We have two high schools that play all varsity/sub-varsity competition at the 4A level, one high school that plays all varsity/sub-varsity competition at the 3A level, and one high school that plays varsity individual sports and sub-varsity team sports.
  • FHS Art Students Win National Art Honor Society Awards. Seven Frisco High School students won eight awards in the Texas State Slide Registry sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association and the National Art Honor Society for 2006, according to June Waggener, FHS art teacher. Each NAHS member submitted slides of three of his or her best artworks for consideration.
  • Tricia Anne Boswell Named Region 10 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the year. Tricia Anne Boswell, Assistant Principal of Pioneer Heritage Middle School in Frisco has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as a Region 10 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the year.
  • eSchool Home Access Center
    Frisco ISD is excited about the installation of eSchool+, a new student information system that will replace several programs in the district. One module of this system is Home Access Center, a secured web-based communication tool that will allow secondary parents and students to access several types of information including attendance, grades and assignments. The Home Access Center will be replacing the Edline service that FISD has used in the past. FISD plans for the system to be functioning by September 15th. This will allow time for the staff to be trained and information to be entered.
  • 2006-2007 Budget Update
    As the summer comes to an end, the FISD Board of Trustees and Administration continue to refine projections and are close to finalizing the budget for the 2006-2007 school year. Estimated assessed taxable values have now been finalized, and an increase of almost $2 billion is helping to clarify the revenue picture for the district.
  • Welcome to the 2006-2007 School Year!
    The weeks building up to the start of a new school year are always filled with excitement and anticipation as if it were the first. Despite the fact that many of us here in FISD have several years of experience under our belts, we still get to enjoy many “firsts” in this growing and diverse school system.
  • 2006-2007 Dates & Times for Meet the Teacher and Curriculum Nights - all Schools
    Frisco ISD invites you to visit your schools on the following dates:
  • Tax Office has New Home at FISD
    The FISD tax office has been relocated to the Administration Annex of Frisco Independent School District. The offices are no longer in the main administration building but in the newly constructed annex. The annex is still part of the Maple Street Complex but is north and east of the central administrative offices. Upon entering the Maple Street Complex parking lot drivers should drive toward the softball field and take a right. There is parking available near the annex. Technology and Finance are also located in the new facility. | Tax Office | Directions | Site Map |
  • FISD Kicks Off New Year with Convocation at Embassy Suites
    Murray Banks, nationally recognized educator and athlete, spends August and September giving motivational speeches to school districts as they begin the new year, but even he was a bit in awe of a district that fills a hotel ballroom with its employees and has an employee number that is equal to a small city in his home state of Vermont.
  • Frisco High School Band Begins New Era
    Frisco High School Band begins a new era this school year. Long-time band director Daryl Trent, who began the program in the 1970s, has taken his new position as Fine Arts Director for Frisco schools and Preston Hazzard has taken up the baton as the new director of bands.
  • District Thanks Chamber for Breakfast
    At the beginning of each school year the Frisco Chamber of Commerce welcomes the newly hired teachers with breakfast, goody bags, and door prizes.
  • New Teachers Honored with Breakfast, Prizes and Words of Wisdom. More than 500 new teachers were the honored guests at the annual Frisco Chamber of Commerce’s New Teacher’s Breakfast at the new Wakeland High School Monday.
  • Allison Miller to Direct Frisco Education Foundation
    Allison Miller, chairman of the Community Relations Committee for the Frisco Education Foundation and eight-year veteran Frisco Independent School District employee, has been named FEF director.
  • Frisco High Awarded EDS Technology Grant
    EDS selected Frisco High School as one of the nine recipients in the North Dallas area of the EDS technology grants
  • 2006-2007 Preliminary Budget Considerations
    As the FISD staff and Board develop the budget for the 2006-2007 school year, changes in state law and the needs generated by growth have been the primary topics of discussion.
  • The Year in Review – 2005-2006
    On the night of August 6 as FISD prepares for a new school year, Pizza Hut Park opened and FISD elected officials and administrators were special guests at this event. FISD partnered with the city and Hunt Sports Group to help bring this venue to Frisco.
  • UIL 2006-08 Re-Alignment
    Every two years, in the first week of February, the statewide governing body of secondary school athletics (commonly known as the University Scholastic League) hands down the district assignments that every high school in the state will be competing in for the next two years.