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Frisco ISD eNewsletter: April 5, 2018

Apr 05, 2018

CTE Center Receives National Distinction for Engineering Program

Frisco ISD’s Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program is thriving, and it is expanding in the 2018-19 school year.

The Career and Technical Education Center was named a PLTW Distinguished School for increasing student access, engagement and achievement in PLTW programs. Teacher Ken Strong was named the Texas PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year earlier this year.

High school students from across the District can take PLTW engineering courses at the CTE Center. FISD will add the elementary PLTW program, PLTW Launch, starting in this fall at Bright Academy, the District’s first School of Choice. In addition, a $20,000 grant is funding a pilot of the middle school PLTW program at Vandeventer Middle School.

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Students Place at State Science & Engineering Fair

A student from Fowler Middle School was the top Frisco ISD finisher at the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair held March 23-24 in San Antonio. Eighth grader Aayush Kadakia won one of only five top prizes handed out statewide in the junior division. His research project, which explored the impact of metal nanoparticles on fermentation, was awarded the 2nd Place Grand Life Sciences Award.

Another nine FISD students placed or received special honors at the state fair, including Nelson Middle School’s Aditya Chebrolu, who won first place in computational biology and bioinformatics.

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Frisco ISD Student Art Selected for Display

Frisco ISD student artwork is displayed in Austin each March as part of Youth Art Month, and three students had their artwork selected for additional honors at the state and national level.

Artwork by Gwen Sawyer of Frisco High School and Srinivas Devarajugetta of Scoggins Middle School was selected for the national display for Youth Art Month (YAM). Ryan David Li of Heritage High School had his YAM work chosen for the Governor’s Gallery, a select exhibit on view in the Governor's Office for a year.

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DEVELOP THE WHOLE CHILD

In an effort to share common language and enhance support for Frisco ISD students, the Guidance and Counseling Department is launching a monthly focus on one positive character trait or skill. The handout will provide parents, teachers and community members with talking and practice points to foster personal growth.

The subject will be the topic of staff discussion meetings each month as a part of FISD’s focus on the whole child. Lessons will also be given to teachers for student meetings and advisory time.

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