Centennial Teacher is Finalist for Lifetime Achievement Award
Jane Smith, a science teacher at Centennial High School, has been recognized as a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Lifetime Achievement Secondary Award. The honor salutes educators with more than 20 years of experience for their passion and commitment to the teaching profession, innovation and creativity in the classroom and professional growth and development. As a finalist for the state award, Smith received $1,000 as well as $1,000 for CHS.
Early Childhood School Featured in Statewide Newsletter
Frisco ISD’s Early Childhood School, which serves three- and four-year-olds from across the District in a high-quality preschool program, was featured in the March issue of the Texas Education Agency’s Early Childhood Education newsletter. The spotlight included several photos and information shared by Principal Melissa Ellis. “Each classroom has a teacher who is triple certified in the areas of general education, special education and English as a second language, along with at least one full-time teaching assistant,” Ellis wrote. Check it out here!
Trent Student Wins State Honor in PTA Reflections
Artwork by Edward LoCicero, a sixth grader at Trent Middle School, received Texas PTA’s Overall Award of Excellence in Visual Arts in the special artist category of the Reflections program. As a statewide winner, LoCicero advances to National PTA for the final round of judging. This year’s Reflections theme was Heroes Around Me.
Liberty, Lone Star Basketball Players Selected as District MVPs
After stellar senior seasons, Liberty High School’s Zion Richardson and Lone Star High School’s Adryana Quezada were selected by coaches as the District 9-5A basketball MVPs. Richardson led the Liberty boys team to a co-District championship with Lone Star, while Quezada led the Lone Star girls team to a co-District championship with Liberty. FISD coaches also selected the players for the All-District teams. Find the girls team here and the boys team here.
Essay Contest Sends Staley Students to Austin
Staley Middle School encouraged seventh and eighth graders to think critically about ways they could help improve public education in Texas. The winners of the essay contest got the opportunity to travel to Austin as part of PTA Rally Day at the State Capitol. The winning students, Lauren McCoy, Courtney Millstone and Victoria Mendy, wrote about the contributions they could make and how elected representatives would benefit from meeting them.
Lawler and Talley Students Place in LEGO Robotics Event
A team of students, including Avin Gupta of Talley Elementary and Rhea Sunil Senan and Rithvik Avula of Lawler Middle School, won the Champions Award at the North Texas Regional Championship of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL). The competition, which uses LEGO MINDSTORMS, challenges students to use creativity and technical knowledge to design robots to solve real-life problems. The team finished in the top four of the nearly 500 competing teams and now advances to the FIRST LEGO League Razorback Open Invitational at University of Arkansas in May, where they will compete against 72 national and international teams.