Allen Americans hockey team selects Ice Angels

Congrats to the 2014-15 Allen Americans Ice Angels
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Frisco ISD growing fast; three schools under construction

Frisco ISD welcomed nearly 49,000 students for the first day of school on Aug. 25 – a jump of approximately 2,500 students since June.

Five schools, including Independence High School and Hosp, McSpedden, Newman and Scott elementary schools, opened to students and teachers for the first time.

The new schools bring the total number of campuses in Frisco ISD to 61 for the 2014-2015 school year, including seven high schools, 13 middle schools, 37 elementary schools and four special program centers.

Student enrollment is projected to grow to 66,000 students by 2020, and FISD expects to welcome its 50,000th student this school year.

Despite the growth, the District remains committed to smaller, personalized learning environments.

“We will continue to focus attention on staying connected and engaged with each other, with students, and with you as parents,” Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon wrote in a back-to-school letter to the community. “We believe our partnership with you is of significant importance to the success of your child in their educational journey.”

Two schools have been closed to additional students for the 2014-2015 school year. New students enrolling at Stafford Middle School or Ashley Elementary School will enroll at nearby schools instead, with transportation provided by the District. Both campuses are over capacity.

Frisco ISD has three schools under construction to relieve overcrowding and prepare for incoming students. They include Reedy High School, Trent Middle School and middle school No. 15, which has yet to be named. All will open in fall 2015

Reedy High School, 3003 Stonebrook Parkway, will open with ninth and tenth graders to primarily relieve Frisco High School.

Wakeland High School will need relief as well. Trent Middle School, 13131 Coleto Creek Drive, will open to relieve Stafford Middle School. Middle school No. 15 will open near Stonebrook Parkway and Teel Parkway to relieve Pioneer Heritage Middle School.

The process to create attendance boundaries for the new schools and to make other needed zone adjustments will begin this October, with a final decision expected in December. Learn more about the rezoning process.

Site preparation work is also underway for high school No. 9, which will open in fall 2016 near Lebanon Road and Ohio Drive.

The plan is to open the school with ninth graders only to limit impact on students living in areas recently impacted by rezoning with the opening of Independence this fall. Without high school #9, two of the high schools on the east side of Preston Road will be over capacity in 2016, with the other two pushing capacity.

High Noon on the Courthouse lawn returns in September to McKinney TX

McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), housed in the former Historic Collin County Courthouse, presents free activities and live entertainment during High Noon on the Courthouse Lawn every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in September. Bistro tables will be set up, and people are encouraged to enjoy lunch and entertainment on the lawn.

Entertainment and Activity Schedule:

  • Sept. 5 – Slappy & Monday: Theatrical clowns & physical comedians
  • Sept. 12 – Build a Bowl: Clay workshop with SPARC
  • Sept. 19 – Tuba Quartet: Dallas Wind Symphony

Grab a bite at any of the downtown McKinney eateries and come enjoy the High Noon activities. A full list of the downtown merchants can be found on the downtown website. While there is not a High Noon event scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26, residents and visitors are invited to attend Oktoberfest in Historic Downtown beginning at 4 p.m.

MPAC is situated at 111 N. Tennessee St. For more information, visit mckinneyperformingartscenter.org or call 972-547-2650.

Frisco ISD Superintendent welcomes new students, teachers

Dear Frisco ISD family,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! Whether you are a returning family or new to the Frisco ISD, we hope you are excited and ready for the 2014-15 school year!

We have officially greeted more than 600 new professional educators to Frisco ISD this summer. They began with a warm welcome at the New Teacher Breakfast, jointly sponsored by FISD, the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, along with area businesses, organizations and community leaders.

We will be more than 6,000 staff members strong as we finalize preparations for this school year. Frisco ISD is opening five new schools to meet the needs of growth, for a total of 61 campuses, and it is likely that FISD will welcome the 50,000th student sometime during this school year. This fall we will be creating student attendance zones for Reedy High school, which will relieve high school overcrowding on the west side of the District. In addition, we will be creating zones for Trent Middle School (opening in 2015) to relieve Stafford Middle School, which has a capped enrollment at this time. Students moving into the Stafford zone this year will be temporarily attending Griffin Middle School. We are also preparing a 15th middle school to relieve Pioneer Heritage Middle School and will be rezoning for that school this fall as well. All three will open in the fall of 2015.

With the completion of those schools, funds from our 2006 bond program will be expended. That program was intended to meet the needs of 52,000 students and it is, as we are projected to exceed 52,000 students in 2015. We thank you for your support in the passage of the May 2014 bond election, which authorized $775 million in bond funds to build 14 new schools to provide for the needs of up to 66,000 students. At this time we are projected to enroll that number of students in 2020.

But even as we continue to grow in the ranks as one of the larger school districts in the state, we are committed to our mission of knowing every student by name and need. In order to sustain that mission, we continue to work as a team to ensure that each one of us is doing our part to support every level of the organization to make a difference where it counts – in the classroom. We will continue to focus attention on staying connected and engaged with each other, with students, and with you as parents. We believe our partnership with you is of significant importance to the success of your child in their educational journey. Because of that, and because we welcome so many families during the school year, we are planning two dates – one in the fall and one in the spring – to host new parents in a mini-orientation to the District. We know that many of our families are new to Texas and to how things operate within our school system, and we hope this will be helpful in navigating the waters of a changing environment.

So as I speak to all of our employees the week before school starts, we will be celebrating another new beginning and looking forward to all of the possibilities that a new school year brings. It is a time to start over, to make new friends and to reconnect with old ones; a time to build on relationships and on previous learning. We value this time together to be reminded of how fortunate we are to be here in the Frisco ISD family and how blessed we are to be entrusted with these amazing students. This is going to be a great year as we continue in our work to meet the needs of students and to create a place where they can thrive. The framework of our efforts is in the form of these three big questions –  is each student learning what he/she is supposed to learn, is each student learning at the appropriate level, and at what level are they engaged? We will depend on you to help us know how we are doing along the way.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Lyon
Frisco ISD Superintendent of Schools

Frisco Family Services adds three directors to board

Frisco Family Services (FFS) recently welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors. Heather Bowers, Principal at Lone Star Benefits; Luke Meldrum, Owner of Maverick Color Labs; and Andrew Sefzik, Associate at Strasburger & Price, LLP join the 17 other FFS Board Members who work tirelessly for the advancement and oversight of Frisco Family Services’ mission of helping members of our communities who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency.

Frisco Family Services Director Nicole S. Bursey said: “We’re very excited to welcome Heather, Luke and Andrew to Frisco Family Services’ Board of Directors. Each of them brings great skills, talents and experiences that will be so beneficial to our organization.”

Frisco Family Services Board Officers are: Mike Mullen, President (Sonexus Health, President); Karen Cunningham, President Elect (The Hopkins Group, Senior HR Consultant); Paul Boyd, Vice President – Operations Development (Cloud9B2B, Founder)Ricardo Cordon, Treasurer (Rent-A-Center, Inc., Executive Vice President of Mexico)Keith Wright, Asst. Treasurer (Branch, Banking & Trust, Senior Vice President)Dani Smith, Secretary (Law Office Of Dani Smith, Attorney at Law); and Jennifer Barnes, Assistant Secretary (Community Volunteer).

Riding 4 Meals Run will rev up funds for Frisco Family Services Food Pantry as more people seek meals

Frisco Family Services’ Second-Annual Riding 4 Meals Motorcycle Run returns to town on Sept. 20. Riders will join honorary chair Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, on a beautiful ride on North Texas roads with entertaining stops.

Proceeds from the motorcycle run will raise funds for Frisco Family Services’ Food Pantry, which last year distributed more than 572,000 pounds of food to those in need in the Frisco and Frisco ISD (which includes parts of Little Elm, McKinney and Plano) communities.

Nicole S. Bursey, Frisco Family Services executive director, said., “Even though there are reports that the economy is improving, we’ve seen a 23.5% increase this past year in our food pantry usage. Participating in Riding 4 Meals will help us keep the food pantry stocked so we can meet the needs of families who depend on us.”

The ride will start and end at the Frisco Resale parking lot (9125 Dogwood St., Frisco) with stops along North Texas roads. Along the route, riders will be able to earn more entries into a drawing to win two tickets from Southwest Airlines along with other prizes. At the end of the ride, participants will enjoy great food from area restaurants, live music, games for bikers and non-bikers, a precision skills show and a classic car show.

The cost is $25 per rider and $15 for a passenger and includes participation in the ride, food, festivities, and many opportunities to win prizes. The first 200 to sign up will receive a free Riding 4 Meals patch.

Donation and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information on the Riding 4 Meals Motorcycle Run, to register or to become a sponsor, visit www.riding4meals.org or call Kimberly Girard at 972-335-9495.

Frisco Family Services is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization serving the communities of Frisco and Frisco ISD. The mission of Frisco Family Services is to help members of our communities who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. FFS houses the only food pantry in Frisco and offers financial assistance for critical needs such as rent/mortgage, gasoline and utility payments.  FFS sells and distributes clothing, furniture, and household items through Frisco Resale. Special programs include: Summer Lunch Program, Back-To-School Fun Fair, Thanksgiving Food Distribution and FFS Holiday Program. FFS also offers life skills classes, educational assistance and employment support to adult clients.

David James chosen as Interim Police Chief in McKinney TX

The McKinney City Council approved a contract to appoint David James as Interim Chief of the McKinney Police Department. James starts Aug. 5.

James has more than 37 years in law enforcement service, management, supervision and training experience. He served for 21 years as a Captain in the Dallas Police Department and most recently served 15 years as the Police Chief for the City of Carrollton, Texas, before his retirement in 2010.

Following retirement: David James has served as Interim Police Chief in various cities around the Dallas-Fort Worth. James will work as Interim Police Chief while the City of McKinney conducts a nationwide search for a permanent Police Chief.

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