NBC5: Frisco Doctors Use Augmented Reality During Spine Surgery

NBC5 TV DFW reporting: Doctors in Frisco are using three dimensional technology to ease back pain. They’re the first in the state to use augmented reality during spine surgery and their patient told NBC 5 health reporter Bianca Castro he’s now able to get back to life before back problems.


Almost 8,500 Frisco ISD college-bound students advance in AP programs #APHumanGeography #APWorldHistory #APEnglish #APUSHistory

Frisco ISD’s Advanced Placement (AP) program has grown to become one of the largest in Texas, with 8,475 students taking 17,843 AP exams in the 2019-20 school year. This is an increase of more than 925 students and 1,800 more exams administered than the year before.

Dr. Angela Romney, managing director of academic programs, said: “AP courses focus on building skills, such as critical thinking and writing skills, that are helpful for students as they move forward with additional AP courses or university-level coursework. This year’s AP exams were unique due the pandemic and students were able to take their exams at home on any device they had access to – computer, tablet or smartphone.

“Despite moving to virtual instruction in the spring, Frisco ISD’s AP teachers continued to teach students at a high level so that students were prepared for the revised exam format, which did not include any multiple choice questions and relied heavily on essays,” she said. “Students rose to the occasion and successfully exhibited the skills they had been working on all school year.”

The AP program provides students with a pathway to earn college credit while in high school.

Frisco ISD offers 32 AP courses that span all subject areas.

The four most popular AP Exams taken in FISD in the spring were

AP Human Geography at 2,088 exams,

AP World History at 1,883 exams,

AP English Language at 1,780 exams and

AP US History at 1,463 exams.  

AP courses are rigorous, college-level courses that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the College Board standards and skills. Students may earn college credit by taking the AP exam in May and scoring a 3 or higher. 

Even as the FISD AP program expands, the student success continues to remain high with 75 percent of all exams taken earning a 3, 4 or 5 making the student eligible to earn college credit. 

More than 51% of the Frisco ISD Class of 2020 scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during their high school career.

Students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams were deemed AP Scholar Award winners, while students who completed and scored a 3 or higher in an AP Seminar and Research course and scored a 3 or higher on four additional AP courses were recognized with an AP Capstone Diploma.

Frisco ISD had 3,178 or 38 percent of the students who took AP Exams earn an AP Scholar Award or AP Capstone Award.

Click here to learn more about the FISD Advanced Placement program.

Ninja Nation opening second location; first in Frisco TX, next in Murphy TX

Ninja Nation, America’s leader in world-class obstacle course arenas, will be opening of its fourth location in the United States, its first franchise location and second location in the Dallas, Texas, area. The Arena is set to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.

Ninja Nation’s world-class obstacle course arenas are great for kids and adults of all ages. Jump in a class taught by a coach or drop in for open gym.

The 12,100 square foot facility at 150 E Farm to Market Rd 544 in Murphy will bring the professional and high energy Ninja Nation experience to life with state-of-the-art equipment, group classes, birthday parties, open gym, special events and competitions that will empower everyone to push their minds and bodies to the limits they never thought possible.

Texas based business owners Bill and Mary Jane Journey are Ninja Nation’s first franchisees to open in the Texas Market.

“Being a part of the Ninja Nation family is such a fun and rewarding experience for us!” said Bill Journey. “We love the opportunity to create a ninja facility in Murphy, Texas, and look forward to making a significant positive impact on kids and the whole community. There’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing people come together as part of the ninja community and support each other as they learn to overcome the many fun and challenging obstacles on the course. People also end up gaining the strength and confidence in themselves to overcome life’s obstacles along the way.”

Ninja Nation Founder and CEO Wayne Cavanaugh said he is thrilled to open the second location in Texas and our first Franchise location with Bill and Mary Jane Journey.

Ninja Nation’s Cavanaugh said, “We have seen the sport of Ninja taking off in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and we are thrilled to have Bill & Mary Jane opening their Ninja Nation in Murphy.  We are looking forward to being an integral member of this vibrant and dynamic community.”

Ninja Nation in Murphy, Texas, say they are thrilled to have Tyson Faifer, the first comedian to compete on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, join the team as arena manager. He has a passion for fitness and making people laugh, and he now brings his leadership and passion of the sport of Ninja to Ninja Nation. 

Tyson Faifer said, “Ninja Nation is the ultimate place for family fun, I jumped at the chance to help bring this project to life!”

Ninja Nation offers monthly memberships, organized group fitness classes, open gym, events, competitions, field trips, birthday parties and even a mobile unit for a Ninja obstacle courses anywhere.

The inaugural Texas location opened in Frisco, Texas, in October 2018, and Ninja Nation has two additional Arenas in Colorado and five mobile Ninja obstacle courses throughout the United States.


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Frisco Education Foundation Class of 2020 scholarship recipients series @friscoisd

See Frisco Education Foundation website for information on scholarships.

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Class of 2020: Frisco Education Foundation scholarship recipients series

Congrats to Class of 2020 scholarship recipients. See Frisco Education Foundation website for information on scholarships.


See Frisco Education Foundation for information on scholarships.

Scholarships: Frisco Education Foundation recipients series @friscoisd #classof2020

See Frisco Education Foundation website for information on scholarships.

Slideshow https://youtu.be/9B7UwwL2_y4

Go to Frisco Education Foundation website to learn more about scholarships.

Congrats Class of 2020 Frisco Education Foundation scholarship recipients

Congrats to Class of 2020. For information on Scholarships, go to Frisco Education Foundation website.

Slideshow https://youtu.be/9B7UwwL2_y4

See Frisco Education Foundation website for information on scholarships.

Congrats Frisco Education Foundation scholarship recipients series @friscoisd

We are carrying on our series of scholarship recipients into August. For information on these scholarships, go to Frisco Education Foundation website

See the Frisco Education Foundation website for information on scholarships

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