In The Spotlight: April
Apr 10, 2014 08:44AM
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Carroll Academic Team Takes Sweepstakes Title
The Carroll UIL Academic Team captured another Top Three Overall Sweepstakes Title during the UIL B Invitational Meet. Coaches agreed the meet was a challenge and a testament to the overall strength of the Dragons this year. The next UIL District Meet will take place on March 22 at Northwest High School.
Boys Diving and Swimming Sweep State Title
The Dragons earned their fourth consecutive Class 5A state title and became the third school in UIL history to accomplish such a feat. The Lady Dragons finished with a silver medal, ending one point behind state champion Austin Westlake. Dragon swimmer Jonathan Roberts became a back-to-back 500 freestyle state champion with a state record finish, winning by 10 seconds. He also added more gold with a state title in the 100 backstroke and assisted in Carroll’s state title in the 200 medley relay. In the 500 freestyle, Dragon swimmer Conner Dobbs earned a bronze medal, and diver Nat Hernandez earned a bronze medal in 1-meter diving.
Carroll ISD Hires Two Assistant Principals
Carroll Middle School Administrator Joey Calvillo is now a Dragon. The 12-year secondary school teacher brings his experience to Dragon Nation. He previously taught World Geography at Keller Timber Creek High School and is replacing Stephanie Mangles, who was promoted to Carroll Middle School principal in October. Dawson Middle School hired Christina Benhoff as assistant principal. She is currently the assistant principal at Walnut Grove Elementary and will remain there this spring until the transition for her replacement is complete.
GCISD Students Soar in Visual Arts Awards Program
Students from both Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine high schools participated in the Regional Visual Arts Scholastic Event. This year, students submitted 58 artworks with 44 receiving the highest possible score of four, 13 received a three and one student received a two. As a result of their efforts, five students are advancing to state, including Jiani Hou, Courtney Ma, Dorothy Tran, Alisandra Vega and Andre Aguliar.
Carroll ISD is set to See Stars
Carroll Dragons will gaze into the starry-night sky after receiving a grant through the Hudson Foundation to build an astronomy observatory. The City of Southlake will also purchase a portable star lab to be used by both students and community members. The Dragon Astronomy Observatory will be located at Johnson Elementary School, pending approval by city council members. Carroll ISD plans to utilize this grant in a variety of ways, including an observatory built on one of the Carroll ISD campuses, school and community stargazing nights and formation of campus astronomy clubs.
Carroll Goes Green with Pizza Garden Project
Dozens of blue bins are popping up throughout the halls of Carroll Senior High School to assist a green effort put forth by Environmental Science and Life Skills students. Approximately 2,500 bottles will be used to construct a water-bottle greenhouse. The greenhouse will be installed behind the CISD Aquatics Center and will be home to a variety of herbs and vegetables. "The Pizza Garden Project" is an effort conducted by students to work together by collecting bottles and preparing them for construction while science students cultivate seedlings to transfer to the greenhouse upon completion. The project is slated to continue year after year as students learn various life skills, including soil, plant life, gardening and organic versus inorganic.
Carroll Jazz Orchestra Named Essentially Elington Finalist
Carroll Independent School District Jazz Orchestra has the right to toot its own horn after being named a 2014 Essentially Elington finalist. Essentially Elington is the largest and most prominent national high school jazz contest — often referred to as the "Super Bowl of jazz competitions." Carroll will join 14 other bands from across the country at the finals in New York City, May 8 through 11. The jazz orchestra was chosen through a blind audition process. The finalists will participate in a three-day festival that includes clinics, performances and mentorships.
Emerald Belles Take Home Best Overall
The Emerald Belles won first place overall at the Crowd Pleaser Dance Competition, receiving awards and $500. Carroll was awarded the highest scoring team dance of the day for their high kick routine. Additionally, the Belles won first place in jazz, kick and lyric dances; first place in the Division; Outstanding Choreography; Outstanding Technique; Winner's Circle and first place overall in the jazz and kick category. The Belles officers came home with the highest awards as well, earning first place in all their routines; Outstanding Choreography; Outstanding Technique; Elite Circle and first place in the Division.
GCISD Approves Executive Director of Athletics
Phil Blue is joining the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD family as the executive director of athletics. Blue currently serves as the director of athletics in Georgetown ISD, which is similar to GCISD — consisting of two high schools and a student enrollment of 10,500. Under his leadership, Georgetown High School won the District All-Sports Championship for seven consecutive years. Blue has a 29-year coaching history success, serving in various roles, including head football coach and offensive coordinator. A key element of Blue’s leadership is his focus on professional development for his coaching staff by promoting professionalism, leadership and communication.
Grapevine Students Named Harvard Champions
Two Grapevine High School students were named Harvard Speech and Debate tournament champions in Cambridge, Mass. Maryn Richardson and Sana Moti took home the top spot during the tournament. Harvard hosts the largest high school invitational speech and debate tournament in the country, with more than 300 entities in each event. Students earned this opportunity by advancing through a qualification process. In the future, Grapevine students will continue their competition season through district, state and national tournaments.
Keller ISD Coordinator Wins Sue German Award
Keller ISD Language Arts Learning Coordinator Pam Barksdale received the Sue German Award at the 28th Annual Abydos Literacy Conference in San Antonio. The Sue German Award is presented to teachers and administrators for loyalty, excellence in teaching, commitment to quality education and superb staff development. It’s the highest honor given by Abydos Learning, formally the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas.
Westlake Academy Students Travel to Austin
Westlake Academy fourth grade teachers took their classrooms on the road to the live music capital of the world as part of the “Proud to be Texan” field trip. The trip included a visit to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Texas State Capitol to experience the history of the Lone Star State. While at the capitol, students visited the office of their legislators, Sen. Kelly Hanson and Rep. Giovanni Capriglione. The tour featured a visit to the Senate and House of Representative chambers, allowing students to see firsthand where Texas laws are made. The road trip is a part of the Education in Action’s Travel, Explore and Learn program.