FISD Announces National Merit Finalists
Forty-five members of the Class of 2017 have been named National Merit Finalists through top academic performance, leadership, volunteerism and testing.
To become a Finalist in this prestigious national competition, students must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. SEE THE LIST OF FINALISTS
All Nine High Schools Compete at State Academic Decathlon
Four Frisco ISD high schools earned top-10 finishes and students from eight campuses took home more than 50 individual medals at the Texas Academic Decathlon State Meet in El Paso.
Wakeland High School placed fifth in the medium schools division, with Centennial and Lone Star high schools finishing back-to-back in seventh and eighth place. Lebanon Trail High School also had a stellar showing on its initial visit to the state competition, placing seventh overall in the small schools division.
In addition, Heritage High School Coach Gabe Fain was named the Tom Norris Texas Academic Decathlon Coach-of-the-Year for medium-sized schools. READ MORE
Wrestlers and Swimmers Bring Home State Titles
Four Frisco ISD wrestlers, one swimmer and two relay teams won state championships at the Wrestling State Tournament and State Swimming and Diving Championships.
The defending state runners-up from Liberty High School once again finished second in the state in the girls’ wrestling team competition. The boys’ team from Centennial High School finished third, while the boys’ team from Liberty took fourth.
Four swim teams finished in the top ten in the team standings. They were the girls from Frisco High School (third), the Frisco High boys (fifth), the Wakeland High School girls (fifth) and the Reedy High School girls (tenth). Wakeland Coach Melissa Howard was named the National Federation of State High School Associations State Coach of the Year for Boys Swimming and Diving. SEE MORE HIGHLIGHTS
Registration for Mindbender Academy Set for March 17
Make your plans now – registration for the always-popular Mindbender Academy will take place at 7 a.m. on the Friday after Spring Break, March 17. The good news is, there are more spots available than ever before.
The summer camp, hosted annually by the Frisco Education Foundation, encourages Frisco ISD middle school students to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art and math.
“We are excited to be able to expand our offering to 800 FISD students, which will include a project-based component we hope will give students the opportunity to take a deeper dive into a specific discipline they may have an interest in,” said Peter Burns, past president of the Frisco Education Foundation Board of Directors. “It is our hope that we can continue to inspire our Mindbender participants with fun and challenging activities that introduce them to multiple career opportunities within the STEaM fields.”
Registration is limited to one session per camper. LEARN MORE
Students Turn Trash into Musical Treasure
A group of freshmen from Lebanon Trail High School are giving new life to discarded and donated items, while spreading their love for music around the globe. The band and orchestra students, who call themselves the “Second Chance Band,” are transforming unwanted junk into musical instruments to send to needy children in Latin America and the Middle East.
The “upcycling” project is part of the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national STEM competition where students in grades 6-12 create practical solutions to address environmental issues. The group has already won $10,000 through the contest and is hoping to claim the $30,000 national prize. LEARN MORE
Arts in the Square to Feature FISD Artwork and Performances
Save the date for Arts in the Square, the outdoor fine arts and crafts festival that takes over Frisco Square each spring. This year’s event will be held April 1 and 2 and will once again feature Frisco ISD student artwork and fine arts performances.
The official poster for the event was designed by Juleanna Culilap, a graphic design student at the Career and Technical Education Center. It features the artwork of students from Sparks Elementary, Hunt Middle School and Reedy High School. READ MORE
FISD to Host Realtor Update on March 23
Work in residential real estate or know someone who does? Frisco ISD will host an informational event for area real estate agents from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 23.
Leaders will discuss issues that may be of interest to people working with relocating families – whether they are moving to Frisco ISD from another Texas school district or another state or country. LEARN MORE