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FMHS Student Featured in The Dallas Morning News

2013 June 10
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Congratulations to the class of 2013! Check out Flower Mound High School (FMHS)’ graduate Kevin Rutherford in The Dallas Morning News‘ graduation feature video below.

Vickery Elementary Celebrates 10 Years of Educational Excellence

2013 June 6
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Charter members of the Vickery faculty pose for a photo with Vickery’s namesake, Ms. Marjorie Vickery.

Charter members of the Vickery faculty pose for a photo with Vickery’s namesake, Ms. Marjorie Vickery.

May 31, Lewisville ISD (LISD) community members, along with Vickery Elementary (Vickery) staff and students – past and present – gathered at the school to celebrate its 10th anniversary of engaging students to enjoy thriving and productive lives in a future they create.

Members of the Lewisville High School (LHS) Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) opened the ceremony with a presentation of colors and the Vickery choir sang the National Anthem. Vickery Principal Patricia Cheatham introduced members of the LISD Board of Trustees, including President Carol Kyer and Vice President Kathy Duke; charter members of the faculty; and the school’s namesake, Ms. Marjorie Vickery.

LISD Board of Trustees Vice President Kathy Duke offered a few words of encouragement to guests.

“The anniversary celebration of a school is a wonderful time to reflect and reminisce precious memories formed within its walls,” Duke said. “Whether you are a teacher here currently, have had a child attend Vickery – or even if you attended this school yourself – you are a part of the Vickery community. Each one of you, in some way, have had your lives touched by someone in this building – whether a teacher, administrator, nurse or staff member – and none of it would be possible without the support of our wonderful Lewisville community.”

Vickery’s namesake, Ms. Marjorie Vickery, offered words of praise for the school.

“I’m honored to share my name with this school,” Ms. Vickery said. “Continue working as you have for the last 10 years and you will always be an excellent school and a great place for students to learn and grow.”

Following Ms. Vickery’s remarks, teachers who have been at the school since it opened its doors 10 years ago spoke about their fond memories.

“Has it really been 10 years?” teacher Gail Warner said. “Vickery is my family, and it’s my family’s family. In 10 years, we’ve all had marriages, children, and some even have had grandchildren. Two of my own children attended Vickery for a time, and many of the teachers have brought their children to this school, and it’s all been shaped by our Vickery family.”

Afterward, the celebration continued with a school-wide cookout, cake, bounce houses and a dance party, sponsored by Vickery’s PTA.

Jaguar Pride: Senior Edition!

2013 June 5
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FMHS LogoJune 10, 800 Flower Mound High School (FMHS) Jaguars 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 Jaguar Pride was created. In it, we take time to celebrate the class of 2013, honor Jaguar Pride and pass on advice to future Jaguars. Check out the Jaguar Pride: Senior Edition here!

“Insights” – End of School Year Edition

2013 June 5
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Catch Liberty Elementary’s Sarvani Ganapavarapu 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.

Bluebonnet Elementary fifth graders travel to the Cameron Park Zoo and Inner Space Cavern

2013 May 31
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Bluebonnet students pose outside the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas.

Lewisville ISD (LISD) fifth-grade teachers at Bluebonnet Elementary took their classrooms on the road with Education in Action’s “Water Rocks” Travel, Explore and Learn Field Trip. The students visited Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo and Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown to experience what they are learning in fifth-grade science.

At the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, students explored the Brazos River Country exhibit, tracking the Brazos River from its source near Lubbock on to the Gulf of Mexico. Students investigated many animals living in the five ecological regions of Texas through which the Brazos River passes with a focus on each animal’s unique adaptations and ecological niche.

Throughout the day, the students participated in numerous hands-on activities to learn about many of the Earth’s cycles, systems, and processes. Students learned about the water cycle and the beneficial function of the world’s wetlands through participation in a watershed model demonstration. The student scientists discussed the rock cycle and worked in groups to classify rock, mineral, and fossil samples. At Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown, students panned for, and identified, minerals found in the cavern. The students concluded their day by watching the Earth’s processes at work as they toured the highly decorated Inner Space Cavern.

Education in Action’s Travel, Explore, and Learn Field Trips make it easy for Dallas/Fort Worth area teachers to take their 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classrooms on organized, fun, and meaningful site-based learning experiences. Education in Action handles all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, so participating teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.

Go Jaguars – May 31 Edition

2013 May 31
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FMHS student Alexis Brown poses with her sisters in front of her service project for her Gold Award for the Girl Scouts of USA.

FMHS student Alexis Brown poses with her sisters in front of her service project for her Gold Award for the Girl Scouts of USA.

FMHS Jaguar Going for Gold

Alexis Brown, Flower Mound High School (FMHS) 11th-grader, is involving local elementary schools in her project to complete her Gold Award – Girl Scouts of the USA’s highest honor. Brown’s project involved setting up donation centers at Wellington, Liberty and Old Settlers Elementary schools to collect new and lightly-used children’s books donated by Lewisville ISD (LISD) parents and students. Currently, the books are being collected, sorted and donated to the Dallas and San Diego United Service Organization (USO)’s chapters, which donate to families of United States service men and women. Brown hopes these books will make a difference in the lives of hundreds of kids. Brown is expected to receive her Gold Award in July. Way to go, Alexis!

Students Earn National Merit Scholarships

This week, The Dallas Morning News published an article including 2,500 student names from the Dallas area, who were named winners of the college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship! Click here, to see which FMHS Jaguars earned a scholarship. Fantastic job, Jaguars!

FMHS Jaguar Lauren Cox (No. 13) recently earned  a place on the Women’s Olympic Basketball Team.

FMHS Jaguar Makes Olympic Team

Congratulations to FMHS Lady Jaguar Lauren Cox, who recently earned a prestigous spot on the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team. Cox will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. June 9 to begin practicing for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)’s U16 Championship, which will take place in Cancun, Mexico June 19-23. Read Cox’s interview on USA Basketball’s website to learn more about her experience. What an awesome accomplishment, Lauren! Good luck in Mexico!

 

FMHS DI team places 6th at globals. Team members from left to right: Shanelle Roberts, Elise McCarthy, Christine Henry and Miranda Smithey.

 FMHS DI Team Takes 6th Place at Globals

On May 22-25, FMHS seniors Elise McCarthy, Christine Henry, Miranda Smithey and Lewisville High School (LHS) senior Shanelle Roberts, traveled to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. with team manager Sorrel McCarthy, where their team the “Roy G. Bivletts” competed as a secondary level Destination Imagination (DI) team at the International Global Finals Tournament against 66 teams from around the world. The team took 6th place in the Central Challenge and 11th place overall. To qualify for Globals from Texas, which is the largest and most competitive DI affiliate in the world, teams must win 1st place at their regional Tournament, then place in the top four at the Texas State Tournament. Competing against 20 teams at state this year, this team of talented girls came in 3rd place overall, qualifying them a second time in a row for Global Finals. They are the only high school team in the entire region to make it to Global Finals the past two years in row. As seniors, they also participated in a DI graduation ceremony while at Globals, and were honored to be selected by the head of Texas DI Sue Shanks to represent Texas teams at a luncheon with the CEO of DI, Chuck Cagle. The group has been together as a team for ten years and were happy to make it all the way to Globals in their last year to compete together. What an impressive achievement, DI team!

FMHS Jaguar Wins UIL Calculator Application Competition

FMHS student Adeesh Jain placed 5th in Mathematics at the state UIL Contest.

FMHS Jaguar Adeesh Jain recently took 5th place in Mathematics at the state University Interscholastic League (UIL)’s Calculator Applications Contest - a first for FMHS. Students who qualify for state must place in the top three spots at Regionals or by being a member of a 1st place team. Eight students from FMHS qualified either as individuals or as part of a team. Jain qualified in Calculator and Mathematics by winning 1st place at Regionals. Additional state qualifiers include: Aaron Tan, Aditya Durvasula, Lakshmi Menon, Jimmy Cao, Jon Boisvert, Sarah Song and Niharika Koka. The Calculator Applications Contest involves a thirty-minute test comprised of 70 mathematical problems that are solved with a handheld calculator. Nicely done, Adeesh!

FMHS seniors, who attended Bluebonnet Elementary, took a trip down memory lane last week for Senior Breakfast at their former elementary school.

LISD Social Media Town Hall Recap

2013 May 30
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THsmall square4Back by popular demand – Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) hosted its second annual online Social Media Town Hall that streamed live on Tuesday at www.lisd.net, garnering approximately 4,077 mentions on LISD’s social media channels.

This year’s town hall allowed parents and citizens to learn about how the district is implementing its Strategic Design initiative for all LISD students to enjoy thriving, productive lives in a future they create. Viewers heard directly from students, teachers, principals and LISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen F. Waddell about the many different ways the initiative is being implemented in the classroom.

All five LISD high school feeder patterns were represented during the event, including Hicks Elementary (Hicks), who presented on “Going Global”; Ethridge Elementary (Ethridge), who talked about a recent project-based learning (PBL) activity; Downing Middle School (DMS), where students and principal Lisa Lingren discussed transformation in education; Shadow Ridge Middle School (SRMS), who presented on Google Docs; and Lewisville High School (LHS), who discussed the district’s 1:X program – a groundbreaking, transformative installation of a flexible learning environment that gives students technological devices to access, create, share and collaborate as digital citizens.

Last week, the district opened its Facebook Page to receive questions from community members about the Strategic Design process. Questions were also submitted live on Facebook, Twitter and emailed to info@lisd.net, and during the town hall, these questions were answered live by Dr. Waddell and the panel, comprised of students, teachers and principals.

Last year, the district embarked on transforming learning and teaching by engaging more than 5,000 citizens to share their highest hopes for LISD’s students. Through this process, a Strategic Design team was formed and a new vision, mission, core beliefs, goals and objectives were developed to ensure all LISD students are learning at profound levels. Today, more than 11,000 citizens have been involved in the process. Through LISD’s social media town hall, citizens had the opportunity to learn more about the many ways to become involved in the LISD Strategic Design process.

For more information regarding LISD’s Strategic Design initiative, visit: www.lisd.net/vision or for additional questions, contact Karen Permetti, Public Information and Community Relations Officer, at permettik@lisd.net.

View a recording of the Social Media Town Hall!

Flower Mound High School Unveils Cyber Café

2013 May 30
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FMHS students, faculty and staff gather before unveiling a student-created mural in the campus' new Cyber Café.

FMHS students, faculty and staff gather before unveiling a student-created mural in the campus’ new Cyber Café.

“Move that bus,” is what Flower Mound High School (FMHS) students, faculty and staff were chanting during the unveiling of the school’s new cyber café May 29 – an opportunity to introduce a new flexible learning environment for students and staff to utilize for collaborative learning experiences.

Similar to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” – a famous home renovation television show on ABC – an unused classroom at FMHS recently received a new facelift with the help of FMHS art students Katherine Choi, Sofie Rain Nieminen and Sarah Yu, who were commissioned by the school to create an inspiring mural.

“We hope whoever uses this space will enjoy our painting,” Choi said. “We really enjoyed working together. This was our first mural and we were all able to bring different ideas to the design, which will help us in the future.”

At the beginning of the unveiling ceremony, visitors walked into a room with iPads at every table; bean bag chairs; flexible tables that pull apart for additional flexibility and collaboration; and a huge painting of a school bus on butcher paper covering the artists’ mural.

Guests view the student mural during the FMHS Cyber Café unveiling ceremony.

Guests view the student mural during the FMHS Cyber Café unveiling ceremony.

Guests were greeted by Principal Sonya Lail, who introduced the students and explained the semester-long journey the artists embarked on to create a beautiful piece of artwork – which after an entire room chanted in unison “Move that bus,” – the mural was revealed to showcase a creative bulletin board with little mementos and notes left behind by the artists. Next to the bulletin board, the mural continues to include a row of windows looking out onto a college campus, and if you look closely at the mural, one will notice three personal portraits of each artist painted within it.

“We wanted our students to be involved in the process and to have creative freedom to draw an inspiring mural to encourage anyone in the room to look toward their future,” Assistant Principal Jan Murphy said. “The campus setting is a nice touch because we have a lot of students who are college bound at FMHS, and we take pride in that.”

Lewisville ISD (LISD) Board of Trustees Secretary Trisha Sheffield; newly-elected LISD Board Trustee Kris Vaughn; LISD West Zone Leader Rhonda Godbey; FMHS administration; as well as Forestwood Middle School Principal David Tickner – who was the principal at Forestwood when Choi and Yu were in middle school – were among the many students and guests in attendance.

LISD Board of Trustees members were honored to be invited to the ceremony.

“I think it is amazing when our students become a part of the process, and this amazing artwork will forever be on display and a part of the school,” Trustee Sheffield said. “I like that it becomes something for students to take ownership of the process and design.”

Trustee Vaughn also shared her excitement for the new space.

“I am excited for the opportunities students, faculty and staff will have from this gathering place,” Trustee Vaughn said. “This is exactly what LISD’s Strategic Design is all about, and I hope this flexible learning space will be used all the time. This is a great place for anyone to work.”

On behalf of the FMHS administration, a $100 gift donation was given to each of the three artists to show appreciation for their hard work, time and dedication to completing the piece.

In addition, FMHS senior class president Priya Mathew was in attendance to announce the mural as the FMHS’ class of 2013 senior gift to the school.

Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to utilize the space and are able to reserve it when needed.

As Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

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 Building Neighborhood Connections

2013 May 29
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logo_inside_lisdThe Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) is seeking participants to be part of the 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 first-hand 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 the 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 our 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.