Norris Teacher is a High Impact Teacher of the Year Finalist
Congratulations to Norris Elementary second grade teacher Laura Newell for being named a Texas Computer Education Association High Impact Elementary Teacher of the Year finalist! The award is for educators who advance teaching and learning through innovative technology. Newell will be recognized on Feb. 9 at a private reception during the 2022 TCEA Convention & Exhibition. Winners will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony in March. No matter the results, Frisco ISD is proud of Newell and her innovative teaching!
FISD Students Win Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage students to participate in STEM, learn to code and inspire their pursuit of careers in computer science. Each congressional district names its own winners and this year, Frisco ISD students won in two districts.
United States Congressman Van Taylor announced Liberty junior Sarthak Dhawan and Centennial junior Rudransh Arora as the winners for the 3rd District of Texas for their WorkBee app. WorkBee "uberizes" the holidays by providing homeowners with a platform where they can find, review, schedule and pay for holiday light installation services efficiently with trusted contractors. Independence High School junior Kunal Tiwari and freshman Ashvin Tiwari were awarded Honorable Mention for their Pocket Tutor app.
United States Congressman Michael Burgess of the 26th Congressional District announced Teen Shield Addiction as the winning app. The app was created by a team composed of four Frisco ISD freshmen students: Iishaan Inabathini, Sreeja Surisetti and Ratik Kasarla of Reedy High School and Abhiram Nandiraju of Frisco High School. The app allows parents to submit a weekly form about their child’s health and analyzes the parent’s answers and displays the potential risk level for substance abuse by their teenager. The app also lists helpful measures that parents can take to address a possible problem with their child’s health.
The winning entries will be displayed electronically in the U.S. Capitol building for the next year, along with other winning entries from participating congressional districts across the country.
Special Education Coordinator to Chair the Texas Professional Diagnosticians
Congratulations to Special Education Coordinator Jennifer Vasquez who has been named Chairperson of the Texas Professional Educational Diagnosticians for the 2021-22 school year. She was elected and is currently serving in her fifth year of a six-year term on the TPED Board. TPED is an organization of professional educational diagnosticians who have achieved a higher degree of excellence within the profession.
As a member of the Board, Vasquez is contributing to the diagnostician profession and advocating for students with disabilities. Since joining Frisco ISD last school year, Vasquez has led the FISD diagnostician team and encouraged those eligible to pursue this esteemed recognition. The Special Education Department is incredibly proud of her leadership in our district and across the state.
Students Advance in Vex Robotics World Competition
Congratulations to Pioneer Heritage Middle School seventh grader Austin Huang and Reedy High School ninth grader Helen Liu for taking part and advancing in the Vex Robotics World Competition. The pair is currently placed sixth in the world right now out of thousands of other teams. Best of luck in upcoming competitions!