Category Archives: School news

It’s that time again: School’s in session

Many local ISDs are going back to school today, so please mind your speed and driving behaviors in and around school zones. Keep an eye out for students walking or riding bikes. 

Also, be aware of the rules in and around school buses, and if a bus stops in front of you…STOP!

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Courtesy of the Grapevine Police Dept.

Lockheed Martin Makes Students’ Designs Come to Life

POSTED BY: DFWNEWSFLASH

Fort Worth — Fort Worth ISD’s Western Hills High School’s STEM class received a surprise on Thursday, April 25, courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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Photo: Stacey Doud

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) class has been designing 2-D models of innovative aircraft that may help solve practical problems which hamper hurricane and earthquake relief efforts.

Their classroom was secretly “renovated” for the day by Lockheed Martin, which provided equipment the students used to turn their 2-D designs into 3-D realities.

Read more from The Rambler…

Classes resume at Grapevine schools after 3 campuses receive bomb threats

By Sara Coello, Breaking News Reporter

Updated at 11:10 a.m.: Revised to reflect that classes have resumed.

1519099860-NM_26GRAPEVINEPOLICESTOCKRB01_57543428Three Grapevine campuses were evacuated Monday morning after officials received bomb threats through the front office.

Grapevine police responded to Grapevine Middle School and Cross Timbers Middle School and students were removed from the buildings, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD announced around 9:30 a.m. 

Cross Timbers students were moved to the Mustang Activity Center and Grapevine Middle School students were placed on buses while police dogs swept the campuses, which were determined to be safe.

Read more from the Dallas Morning News…

BREAKING NEWS: Richardson ISD will move to single-member districts to settle Voting Rights Act dispute

 

Story was updated Jan. 17 at 1:06 p.m. to include comments from Plaintiff David Tyson Jr. and his attorney William A. Brewer III

risd-admin-buildingRichardson ISD will change the way it holds school board elections following the settlement of a lawsuit that accused the district of discriminatory practices.

After a year of negotiations with plaintiff and former trustee David Tyson Jr., the district agreed that five of its school board members will be elected to represent single districts, while two will oversee the district as a whole.

The settlement announcement came Jan. 17 after a closed-door meeting with the board and its attorneys.

Read more from Community Impact…

A $100,000 teacher salary, an extended school year incentive program: 5 education items to watch in the Texas Legislature

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When the Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 8, the state’s school finance system will be one of the major items lawmakers will have to tackle.

The Legislature was tasked in 2017 with making recommendations for improvements to the existing school finance system through the newly created Texas Commission on Public School Finance, according to the Texas Education Agency.

A report released by the commission Dec. 31 provides a slew of recommendations for the Legislature to consider this year, ranging from a $100,000 teacher salary to providing additional instructional days for disadvantaged learners.

Read more from Community Impact…

School is back in session

39572465_2304497169565480_5475013851248328704_nGrapevine-Colleyville ISD is back in session. 

Please monitor your speeds in and around school zones and school buses. 

We hope all of our educators have a fantastic day as they are welcoming back the future leaders of America. Thank you for answering the call to teach.

Texas school district to arm teachers for upcoming school year

By: Natalie Hee

 – Navasota ISD has approved a plan to arm their teachers when school resumes next month. In April, the school board approved to utilize the Guardian Plan on all seven of their campuses. 

The district has approximately 3,500 students and faculty in total and is located a little over an hour northwest of Houston, close to College Station. 

Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick said Navasota has never had any actual shootings in their district, but the hope is that this pro-active approach will allow authorized personnel to defend themselves in the event of an active shooter on campus. 

Read more from Fox 26…

Local DFW area school districts approve additional campus security measures in FY 2018-19 budgets

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In response to recent public safety scares, several school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have reevaluated their safety resources on campus, and have approved additional funding toward security improvements.

Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Lewisville, Grapevine-Colleyville and Carroll ISDs all have recently allocated additional funds into their fiscal year 2018-19 budgets to enhance campus security. These funds include hiring additional school resource officers, who are police officers trained to work in schools, or SROs.

Read more from Community Impact…

Coming soon: A-F school rating system

Senator Larry Taylor

Senator Larry Taylor

State lawmakers recently rolled out a new system for school assessment and accountability that includes A-through-F ratings for districts and individual campuses.

Currently, districts and campuses are assigned a rating of “met standard” or “needs improvement” based solely on how students perform of state-mandated standardized tests known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test. Under the new system, STARR and end-of-course exam scores would become one of five measures used to rate schools.

Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), chair of the Texas Senate Education Committee, sponsored the bill in the Senate which established the A-through-F rating system as well as the creation of a new commission to study assessment and accountability issues.

“HB 2804 greatly improves the Texas public school accountability system by providing a more accurate and comprehensive measure of school performance,” Taylor said in an email to The Journal. “With these new tools, like using an A-F campus rating system and the creation of the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessment and Accountability, we will be better able to encourage, educate, and empower Texas students.”

Based on five components

In addition to standardized test scores, the new rating system is based on four additional measures including the progress made on STARR test scores from year to year and how well a district or campus is able to close the gap between high-scoring students and other racial, ethnic or socio-economic groups of students that have historically scored poorly on the STARR test.

The third component involves a mix of academic measures such as dropout and graduation rates for high school students, attendance rates for middle and junior high students, AP completion rates, college readiness measures and the number of students who earn technical-program certification among other things.

For the final component, district officials will be allowed to choose three categories for evaluation from a list provided by the Texas Education Agency. The categories would include a variety of choices such as an evaluation of fine arts programs or career and technical programs for example. Districts would choose three categories for the entire district’s evaluation and then would also be able to choose three different categories for each campus.

According to HB 2804, the new A-through-F rating system will finalized over the next two years with the first set of ratings to be released for the 2017-18 school year.

In addition to putting a new rating system in place, HB 2804 calls for the creation of the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessment and Accountability (TCNGAA).

Going forward, the 15-member commission will to perfect and develop new systems of student assessment and public school accountability. Among those who will serve are the chairs of the Education Committees and the Committees on Higher Education from both the Texas House of Represtatives and the Senate, a member of the State Board of Education, top educators, an assessment research expert, a parent representative and civic, business and community leaders from across the state.