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Three goals in one game by Frisco Reedy soccer player

Hat trick: Congrats to Alex Reinert on scoring three goals in Frisco Reedy’s 4-2 boys soccer victory over Wakeland on Friday. Reedy also topped Frisco this week.

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Girls basketball: Allen, Plano, Plano East win by slim margins; Owens scores 36 points for Plano West

Allen edged Plano West, 59-56, as Sydney Hardeman scored 19 points  and Klaire Bentley scored 11. Plano West’s Jaden Owens scored 36 of her team’s 56 points. Morgan Smith had eight on Friday.

Plano’s Jordyn Merritt scored 20 and Emma Halverson had 12 in a 55-53 win over McKinney. Quincy Noble pumped in 22 points for McKinney with Kayla Mautry adding 10 and JaMiya Braxton nine.

Plano East held off Denton Guyer, 56-52, behind 19 points from Tavy Diggs and 16 from Kendall Parker.

Wylie beat McKinney Boyd, 63-44, as Madi Miller scored 20 points. Lauren Brown had 16. Brynee Scott had 17 for Boyd. Symmone James added 13.

Frisco Reedy defeated Wakeland, 55-40, as Christina Mason scored 14 points. Jadyn Bauss had 13 and Mary Rose Foster 12. Kyra Kelley scored 11 for Wakeland.

Frisco Liberty, led by 13 points from Katelyn Burtch, 11 from Randi Thompson and 10 from Kelsey Kurak beat Centennial, 50-16.

Frisco Independence topped Heritage, 54-43, in overtime. Independence had a 13-2 run in overtime. Shelby Dugas scored 23 for Independence, and Ashley Batac scored 15 and Trinity Garcia had 14 for Heritage.

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Frisco ISD launching AP Capstone Diploma program

Frisco ISD will introduce the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone diploma program beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. The program will bring two additional AP courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, to all interested students in grades 10-12.

The new courses are designed to help students develop college and career readiness skills such as completing independent research, writing critically, collaborating with others and presenting work in front of peers.

“AP Seminar is a gateway course that helps prepare students for the rigor of AP classes,” said Angela Romney, Area Director for Secondary Instruction. “It is great for students who have never taken a Pre-AP or an AP course before. It is also great for students to develop skills to be successful in taking multiple AP courses.”

Students will be able to earn an AP Capstone Diploma by completing and scoring a 3 or higher in the AP Seminar and Research courses and taking and scoring a 3 or higher on four additional AP courses.

AP Seminar and AP Research will be taught at Heritage, Liberty, Reedy and Wakeland high schools. Through Frisco ISD’s academic shuttle system, all high school students will have access to the program.

“All parents want the best opportunities for their children, and we share that same desire,” Romney said. “We want parents to know that we are listening to their feedback and exploring our ability to offer additional academic programs, especially at the high school level, that will provide a wide range of rigor while aligning with the goals of Frisco ISD.”

Students and parents are invited to learn more about this opportunity, which will begin next school year with 10th and 11th graders. Two informational nights are scheduled later this month to introduce the program and answer questions:

  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Independence High School, 10555 Independence Parkway.
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 – Reedy High School, 3003 Stonebrook Parkway.

Frisco ISD is committed to increasing academic programming options available to students, as outlined during the 2015 strategic planning process.

Already, one new course is producing great results for students. Frisco ISD launched GT Humanities this school year with 650 freshmen identified as Gifted and Talented learners.

For several years, GT students were urged to take AP classes, but there was not a high school class geared specifically to their learning style. Now, GT Humanities incorporates history, literature from various world traditions, visual and fine arts, architecture and music in two-year program. Students who take the full course will gain college readiness skills and be well-prepared to take their English End-of-Course exam and the AP World History test.

Even more opportunities may be on the horizon.

One program mentioned frequently by community members during strategic planning was International Baccalaureate (IB), a well-respected program that provides a global perspective for students and encompasses a wide variety of courses.

A committee was formed this past fall to research the IB implementation process, estimated timelines and logistical and financial implications for Frisco ISD, given the District’s model of multiple, smaller high schools.

Ultimately, the committee will recommend if the IB program is feasible in FISD, and if so, when it could be implemented. The application and authorization process typically takes two to three years, if this is a direction the District chooses to pursue. At this time, the continued focus on Advanced Placement and broadening those opportunities is having an incredible impact on students.

 

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