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The Colony High School Graduates Featured in The Dallas Morning News

2013 June 10

Congratulations to the class of 2013! Check out The Colony High School (TCHS)’ valedictorian, Sara Jendrusch and graduates Raizel and Xenia San Miguel in The Dallas Morning News‘ graduation feature video. Check it out here!

Cougar Pride: Senior Edition!

2013 June 5

vegas gold cougar head retouchedJune 8, 468 The Colony High School (TCHS) Cougars will graduate and take their place as part of the school’s long line of pride, tradition, character, excellence and achievement. In commemoration, a special edition of Cougar Pride was created. In it, we take time to celebrate the class of 2013, honor Cougar Pride and pass on advice to future Cougars. Check out the Cougar Pride: Senior Edition here!

“Insights” – End of School Year Edition

2013 June 5

Catch Stewart’s Creek Elementary (Stewart’s Creek) student Marcus Moore in this month’s episode of “Insights” with Lewisville ISD (LISD) Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell. During the show, elementary students meet and interview Dr. Waddell.

Watch the video here!

Last Day of School, Early Dismissal and Graduation

2013 May 31
As a reminder, the last day of school is Thursday, June 6. All campuses will dismiss early. High school students will be released at 12 p.m., middle schools at 1 p.m. and elementary schools at 12:30 p.m.
TCHS Graduation June 8! Congratulations to The Colony High School (TCHS) class of 2013! Please join us in recognizing these students’ achievements at graduation on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. in the University of North Texas (UNT) Coliseum.
Summertime Pride! Cougar Pride and Cougar Pride Daily will continue to be published intermittently throughout the summer. If there’s a specific topic you’d like to see covered, please email Brittany Whitacre at whitacreb@lisd.net. Weekly and daily updates will resume when school starts in August.
First Day of School! The first day of school for the 2013-2014 school year is Monday, Aug. 26. Click here for the full academic calendar.
Have a safe and happy summer!

Go Cougars! – May 31 Edition

2013 May 30
A TCHS Culinary Arts student poses with Deuce the Prairie Dog at the Frisco RoughRiders game.

A TCHS Culinary Arts student poses with Deuce the Prairie Dog at the Frisco RoughRiders game.

TCHS Culinary Arts Students Contribute to Cookbook
Medical City Children’s Hospital (Medical City) and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association have partnered with The Colony High School (TCHS) to bring the “Kids Teaching Kids” program to fruition. For the second year, TCHS Culinary Arts students worked one-on-one with a Medical City registered dietician and Texas Chef’s Association mentor to create fun, nutritional snacks. These recipes were then combined with photos taken by TCHS’ student photographer and designed into a book with the help of TCHS graphic design students and teacher, Laquisha Ballard. Thanks to Medical City, the books, complete with nutritional facts and simple pantry ingredients, were then handed out to every fourth- and fifth-grade student in the district.

On May 4, TCHS’ Culinary Arts students participated in the cookbook launch event at the Frisco RoughRiders stadium. Way to go, Cougars!

TCHS athletes Jared Wiseman, Aaron Miller, Hunter Wilson and Victoria Rendon sign letters of intent to play collegiate sports.

TCHS athletes Jared Wiseman, Aaron Miller, Hunter Wilson and Victoria Rendon sign letters of intent to play collegiate sports.

TCHS Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
The following TCHS student athletes have signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports: Jared Wiseman, basketball at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Aaron Miller, basketball at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; Hunter Wilson, baseball at Austin College in Sherman, Texas; and Victoria Rendon, softball at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas. Congratulations!

TCHS' choir poses at the school following their big win at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble contest.

TCHS’ choir poses at the school following their big win at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble contest.

TCHS Choir Students Score at Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition
Congratulations to the following choir students from TCHS for their awards at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition, held May 25 at The University of Texas at Austin:

Silver Medalists in Vocal Solo: Emilee Albert, Victoria Bielstein, McKenna Dennis, Bonnie Utter, Jordon Yates, Kendall Young and Mackenzie Young.

Gold Medalists in Vocal Solo: Victoria Diaz-Garcia, Lauren Tipps, Samantha Welle, Abigale Yarbrough and Kiara Zapata

Gold Medalists in Women’s Trio: Victoria Diaz-Garcia, Mackenzie Young and Kiara Zapata

TCHS, Griffin and Lakeview Students to Be Honored for Mural Paintings
Art students from TCHSGriffin Middle School (GMS) and Lakeview Middle School (LMS) will be honored for their work painting murals at Stewart’s Creek Park in The Colony at the city’s June 4 city council meeting. “I commend your art teachers and your incredibly talented (and fun!) art students, who did an outstanding job making the mural project a reality,” Pam Nelson, Community Services Director for The City of The Colony said. Come out to the meeting on June 4 at 7 p.m. at The Colony City Hall (6800 Main St., The Colony) to support these budding artists!

GMS students won big awards at a recent robotics competition at CCE.

GMS students won big awards at a recent robotics competition at CCE.

Here Come the Robots
GMS students met up with Downing Middle School students at Career Center East (CCE) recently for their very first robotics competition. Twenty teams were given the task of creating a program for their robot to collect atoms and catalysts and moving these items to a molecular reactor while creating a variety of hydrogen/oxygen molecules. Students spent the first hour working with high school robotics students, completing their robot designs and perfecting their programs. The afternoon competition was points-based, and students were given four opportunities to run their programs with a two-minute time limit for each competition. The following GMS students placed in the competition:

1st: Andre Phanh and Matthew Kramer

2nd: Erin Mussey and Austen Quick

3rd: Akemi McCann and Christian Slack

5th: Megan Isaacs, Alex Trampert and Colton Tadlock

B. B. Owen Elementary Opens Small Mart

Owen students pose at the grand opening of the school's Small Mart.

Owen students pose at the grand opening of the school’s Small Mart.

May 16, B. B. Owen Elementary (Owen) hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening of its “Small Mart,” an area on campus to provide opportunities for project-based learning (PBL) strategies and economics, math and literacy development across all grade levels. Way to learn, students!

Cultural performers dance at Independence's "United We Stand" event.

Cultural performers dance at Independence’s “United We Stand” event.

 

CCE Video Game Design students collaborate with Independence kindergarteners.

CCE Video Game Design students collaborate with Independence kindergarteners.

Independence Elementary Hosts “United We Stand” Event
Independence Elementary (Independence) recently hosted its final showcase event of the year, “United We Stand.” The event celebrated students’ research/writing projects and the campus’ diversity. Approximately 25 different countries were represented at the event, including Pakistan, El Salvador, Oman, Mexico, Argentina, Ireland and Honduras.

Independence Elementary Kindergarteners Collaborate with CCE Students
May 28,Independence kindergarteners walked over to CCE to participate in a Video Game Design class with CCE students. They learned the ins and outs of video game design, and even came back on May 30 for beta testing. Way to go!

Ethridge Student Receives Surprise of Her Life
Ethridge Elementary (Ethridge) fourth-grader Kristyn Collins got the surprise of her life on May 24 when both her mother, U.S. Army Sgt. Wykeshia DeFour and step-father, Russell DeFour, walked into her classroom at school. Mr. and Mrs. DeFour are both stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan and will be home on leave until June 7. Hooah!

Ethridge fourth-grader Krystin Collins' mother and step-father, U.S. military members home from Afghanistan, surprised her at school last week.

Ethridge fourth-grader Kristyn Collins’ mother and step-father, U.S. military members home from Afghanistan, surprised her at school last week.

Reading is Fun: LISD Superintendent of Schools Reads to Peters Colony Elementary Students

2013 May 30
LISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, read to students at Peters Colony Elementary as part of Children's Literacy Week.

LISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, reads to students at Peters Colony Elementary as part of Children’s Literacy Week.

Recently, Lewisville ISD (LISD) Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, visited Peters Colony Elementary (PCE) to read books to students in four different classrooms as part of Children’s Book Week.

Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the United States, established in 1919 and administered by Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a love of reading in children. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores and homes for young readers and books to connect.

As part of the week-long celebration, Dr. Waddell visited Special Education, kindergarten, third- and fourth-grade classrooms to read to students, involving the diverse community, staff and students to use their strengths, resources and talents to provide engaging, innovative experiences for all learners.

One book Dr. Waddell chose to read was “Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds. “Ish” tells the tale of Ramon, who loved to draw until a single reckless remark by his older brother, Leon, turned Ramon’s carefree sketches into joyless struggles. However, Ramon, through the eyes of his little sister, Marisol, saw the world differently. In the book, Ramon learned that thinking “ish-ly” was far more wonderful than “getting it just right.”

“Reading to the students at PCE was a true honor,” Dr. Waddell said. “The book, ‘Ish,’ struck a cord with me and reminded me why I do what I do and why it’s

Dr. Waddell discusses books with PCE students.

Dr. Waddell discusses books with PCE students.

important to teach students getting it right isn’t always the best option – doing what you love and doing it well is far more important.”

As Reynolds writes in the book, “‘This is one of my favorites,’ Marisol said, pointing. ‘That was supposed to be a vase of flowers,’ Ramon said. ‘But it doesn’t look like one.’ ‘Well, it looks vase-ISH!’ she exclaimed. ‘Vase-ISH?’ Ramon looked closed. Then he studied all the drawings on Marisol’s walls and began to see them in a whole new way. ‘They do look…ish,’ he said.”

After Dr. Waddell read to students, he discussed a variety of topics with them, including personal connections he made with the books he read students and his own reading habits.

“It was very special having Dr. Waddell on our campus,” Assistant Principal Amy Acosta said. “We so appreciated the way he validated student responses and took personal interest in them.”

Students truly enjoyed Dr. Waddell’s visit.

“I liked when he was talking about his job,” third-grader Elizabeth Alvarez said.

Also as part of Children’s Book Week, PCE faculty, staff and students dressed as book characters to celebrate. Principal Toni Hall dressed as Superman from the “Superman” series; Assistant Principal Adam Gray dressed as Bengal tiger Richard Parker from “Life of Pi”; and Assistant Principal Amy Acosta dressed as Pinkalicious from the series of the same name.

“Children’s Book Week encourages readers to celebrate the richness and diversity of children’s literature,” PCE Library Media Specialist Katie Cox said. “While we celebrate reading during this special week, I also encourage all students to read throughout the year and into the summer. Reading opens the mind and conjures up the imagination.”

As President Thomas Jefferson said, “I cannot live without books.” What books can you not live without?

Community Comes Together for Strategic Design Breakfast at The Colony High School

2013 May 29
LISD Superintendent, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, presents a Strategic Design update to The Colony community members.

LISD Superintendent, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, presents a Strategic Design update to The Colony community members.

Recently, members of The Colony community joined together for a Strategic Design breakfast with Lewisville ISD (LISD) Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, at The Colony High School (TCHS)’ Cougar Café.

Over a delicious breakfast prepared and served by TCHS’ Culinary Arts students and Culinary Arts teacher Terri Booth, Dr. Waddell presented an update on the district’s Strategic Design initiative to guests, including The Colony Chamber of Commerce members Kirk Mikulec and Perry Schrag; PTA presidents from various TCHS feeder schools; members of The Colony Chamber of Commerce; and LISD Board of Trustees President, Carol Kyer, Vice President, Kathy Duke; Secretary, Trisha Sheffield, and newly-elected member Dr. Mark Welding.

“Strategic Design implementation is happening throughout LISD,” Dr. Waddell said. “Many schools in the TCHS feeder pattern are taking the lead in this effort, and I’m proud to share those efforts with our dedicated community members.”

During the presentation, entitled “Leading Change,” Dr. Waddell gave an update on Cougar Nation and its

Griffin Principal Michele Sandefur shares her feelings about the Griffin charrette process.

Griffin Principal Michele Sandefur shares her feelings about the Griffin charrette process.

recent successes. He told guests about TCHS junior Eric Yang, who made a perfect score on his SAT test; discussed how boys’ track won both district and area meets, girls’ softball won district, girls’ basketball were named regional quarterfinalists and wrestlers made it all the way to the state meet.

He gave community members examples of how Strategic Design is being implemented across the district: Lakeview Middle School (LMS), whose students partnered with The City of The Colony to spend a day at The Colony City Hall learning about government and how it relates to them and their household; TCHS’ economic students, who recently gained a real world, realistic experience about economic development and community planning via the three-week long UrbanPlan program; and Peters Colony Elementary (PCE) students who discussed via a video their excitement for the school’s 1:X initiative coming this fall.

Dr. Waddell also discussed big changes coming to The Colony community with the building of the new Camey Elementary (Camey) and Griffin Middle School (Griffin) in the coming months. Dr. Waddell explained to guests how the proposed designs of both schools have and will come together through a charrette committee process led by PBK Architects, Inc. (PBK) and administrators, teachers, parents, community members, and most importantly, students.

Camey Principal Livia Callahan discusses her excitement for the new Camey.

Camey Principal Livia Callahan discusses her excitement for the new Camey.

After showing videos for both Camey and Griffin, the schools’ respective principals, Livia Callahan and Michele Sandefur, shared their excitement about the new schools.

“I am so excited I could stay up here and talk all day!” Callahan said. “We are thrilled about the prospect of this new school and can’t wait for the day its doors are opened.”

Sandefur shared the excitement for Griffin.

“This is an exciting time for us,” she said. “I truly believe the charrette process is a positive, exciting process because all of us at LISD – including those of you in the room today – care about our students and our community.”

Following a brief question-and-answer session, LISD Board of Trustees President Carol Kyer recognized TCHS’ Culinary Arts students for their hard work and thanked the community members for attending the breakfast.

“All schools in LISD are your schools,” she said. “The doors are always open and we encourage you to visit them and tour them. From Flower Mound to Frisco and all municipalities in between, LISD is well represented in Strategic Design, and you are a part of that.”

LISD Donates $75,000 to West ISD

2013 May 29
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LISD Student Advisory Board members present a check to West ISD School Board President Larry Hykel and Superintendent Marty Crawford. Lewisville ISD donated approximately $75,000 to West ISD.

LISD Student Advisory Board members present a check to West ISD School Board President Larry Hykel and Superintendent Marty Crawford. Lewisville ISD donated approximately $75,000 to West ISD.

May 17, Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) delivered approximately $75,000 to West Independent School District (WISD) in West, Texas, where an explosion at a fertilizer plant recently devastated the city.

The money was raised via the “Give ‘em $5” campaign, launched by LISD in April, asking faculty, staff, parents and students to donate at least $5 to help WISD. Thanks to the generosity of the LISD community, the money will help support WISD’s students, faculty and staff as they work to rebuild.

“I am proud of the LISD community,” LISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen F. Waddell said. “We were able to use our strengths, resources and talents to provide an innovative learning experience  for our students to see the importance of helping others.”
After the funds were collected, LISD Student Advisory Board members and their student council advisors boarded a bus to deliver a check to WISD Superintendent Marty Crawford and School Board President Larry Hykel.
“The gratitude expressed by the WISD Superintendent, School Board President and School Board Trustees when we arrived was a moment that will stay with me and hopefully the students forever,” Flower Mound High School (FMHS) teacher and student council sponsor Jennifer Owens said. “These men choked back tears of joy and thankfulness for what LISD did. I believe this experience will move our students to always find a way to help others.”

Students were honored and excited to be involved in the process.

“Going to West was a life-changing experience for me,” Lewisville High School (LHS) student Michael Jiménez said. “Seeing the devastation in person and not just on the news made it so real. We could feel the pain of the WISD Superintendent and School Board President as we spoke to them about their schools, teachers and students. They were very appreciative of LISD’s donation and were emotional as they told us how the funds would help them. I was thankful all five LISD high schools had representatives there to share in this experience of giving together.”

LISD Communication Survey

2013 May 27

logoEvery parent has voice in Lewisville ISD’s (LISD) mission to design and implement a learning organization that provides engaging, innovative experiences every day. Today, we are asking for your feedback.

As the district moves forward in implementing our Strategic Design, we are seeking input on the information you would like to receive from your student’s campus and LISD. One of our core beliefs states, “Education is a shared responsibility of the community.” For LISD to truly partner with our parents and community, we need information about your expectations.

Based upon the results of this survey, we will develop a communication framework to implement at the campus and district level, creating a two-way dialogue between LISD and our parents. The results will also shape what is communicated, by whom, and when. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. All answers are strictly confidential, so please provide honest feedback.

To participate, click on this link or copy-paste the entire following link between quote marks (NOT including the quote marks) in a web browser

http://research.zarca.com/k/RQsQPXSQsSsPsPsP“.

LISD Building Neighborhood Connections

2013 May 27
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logo_inside_lisdLewisville Independent School District (LISD) is seeking participants to be part of its INSIDE leadership program for the 2013-2014 school year. INSIDE, which stands for Interested Neighbors Staying Informed of District Efforts, launched this unique program three years ago. To date, more than 120 citizens have spent a year going behind-the-scenes to learn how the district operates.

As the district begins preparing for the 2013-2014 school year, LISD is recruiting community members to join next year’s class. This program is an in-depth eight- to nine-month program with two-hour sessions. The three goals of this program include:

  • Fostering a single community philosophy
  • Serving as a conduit to the 13 municipalities served by LISD
  • Engaging the community in an open dialogue format where members can receive an in-depth perspective through campus tours, presentations and discussions of how LISD operates

This hands-on discovery program allows community members who live or work in the school district to learn firsthand how the district is addressing challenges. LISD is extremely excited to provide our citizens this opportunity to discover how our district operates. Citizens will also learn how LISD makes decisions, how tax dollars are budgeted and spent and how curriculum is developed.

Each monthly session addresses a different area of the district’s operations. The first meeting will be an opportunity to meet fellow team members and administrators. In subsequent sessions, participants will learn budgeting, finance, demographics and long-range planning and much more.

At each meeting, participants will break into teams and participate in roundtable discussions and have the opportunity to explore issues in-depth and later report back to the whole team.

Participants will not sit still – the program is designed to be interactive, hands-on and an open forum for communication. Tours and demonstrations are just parts of the whole experience.

Most importantly, the leadership program is an opportunity for all residents in its 13 municipalities to meet one another and foster a neighborhood connection. Creating and strengthening relationships is a unique benefit of this program.

If you are interested in participating in next year’s class, please fill out the leadership program inventory, which is used to help identify what citizens want to know. After filling out the form, submit it to the Office of Public and Community Relations at permettik@lisd.net. For additional questions, call 469.948.8152.