Sunday, September 26, 2021

Carroll Students Make Impact on Duke Academic Talent Program

DukeTIPStudents from Carroll Middle School and Dawson Middle School participated in Duke University Talent Identification Program’s (Duke TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search this spring.

The Duke TIP dentifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams (ACT or SAT) to learn more about their abilities.

Duke TIP hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who score highest on these ACT or SAT exams. This year, of the over 64,896 participants nationally, 21,775 students have been invited to attend state recognition ceremonies and 1,894 students have been invited to the grand recognition ceremony.

This year, 76 Carroll ISD seventh grade students participated in the Duke TIP. 53 Carroll ISD students qualified for State Recognition, 3 qualified for Grand Recognition, 22 qualified for Academy for Summer Studies and 38 qualified for Center for Summer Studies. One seventh grader received a perfect math score.

“As seventh graders, these students have achieved scores on the ACT or SAT rivaling those of half of college-bound seniors who took the tests. We are extremely proud of our ceremonies honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their achievement and encourage them in their academic potential,” says Martha Putallaz, PhD, executive director of Duke TIP and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.

Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors 36 ceremonies in 16 states during the months of May and June. Speakers include university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials, and accomplished former Duke TIP students.

The grand recognition ceremony honors seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests. The event will be held May 19 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina. Mary-Dell Chilton, PhD, of Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc., will be this year’s keynote speaker.

Also at the ceremony, TIP will honor its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winners for their accomplishments in their respective fields.

Anne Harkavy, JD; Rachel Newcomb, PhD; and Alex Rampell will receive awards. Anne Harkavy is the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Enforcement with the U.S. Department of Energy. Anne serves as legal counsel representing the Department and helping to enforce mandates to ensure manufacturers deliver products that meet energy and water conservation requirements. Rachel Newcomb is an associate professor of Anthropology and Diane and Michael Maher Professor of Distinguished Teaching at Rollins College. Rachel has written multiple scholarly articles on issues ranging from marriage and reproductive rights of women to the role of non-governmental organizations in the advancement of women’s rights in North Africa. Alex Rampell is an entrepreneur and investor in Silicon Valley. Alex is founder and CEO of TrialPay.

Click here for more information about the program.

Dragon Academic Team Members Advance to State

The Dragons made an impressive showing at Region 1-5A UIL Academic Meet. Overall, a dozen students and two teams qualified for State. The meet was held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock May 1-3. The state meet will be later this month, May 19-21 at the University of Texas at Austin campus. Click here for additional information about the state meet.

Regional Competition results below:

OVERALL STANDINGS (top 5 out of 40 schools):

  • 1st: Flower Mound                  153
  • 2nd: Southlake Carroll     119
  • 3rd: Irving MacArthur              103
  • 4th: Keller                                98
  • 5th: Arlington Martin               88

* Indicates a State Qualifier

Computer Science – 1st Place Team *

  •             Reid Long – 3rd Individual *
  •             Anjie Liang – 6th Individual *
  •             Matt Kendzior *
  •             Elijah Snow *

Social Studies – 2nd Place Team *

  •             Jarod Chaney – 3rd Individual *
  •             Kelly Danner – 6th Individual *
  •             Kelsey Taeckens *
  •             Brownwyn Sutherland *

Speech – 2nd Place Team

Informative Speaking

  •             Kevin O’Brien – 1st Individual *
  •             Michael Formella – 3rd Individual *
  •             Ali Prasla – 5th Individual

Persuasive Speaking

  •             Azhar Hussain – 1st Individual *

Literary Criticism

  •                 Kenny Martin – 1st Individual *

Carroll Academic Teams Among Top in Texas

At the Best of Texas UIL Meet earlier this month, the Carroll Social Studies and Computer Science teams finished among the top 10 in the state. Both teams finished in first place after Round 1. Complete results are outlined below:

Social Studies – 1st place Team (coached by Mr. Irish)
Individual Standings: All Carroll students finished in the top 10 in the State!

  • 1st place – Kelly Danner
  • 3rd place – Jared Chaney
  • 4th place (tie) – Kelsey Taeckens
  • 4th place (tie) – Bronwyn Sutherland
  • 10th place – Alexis Bowen

Computer Science – 1st place Team (coached by Ms. Woessner)
Individual Standings: All Carroll students finished in the top 10 in the State!

  • 1st place (tie) – Reid Long
  • 1st place (tie) – Matt Kendzior
  • 5th place – Zech Hein
  • 7th place – Nikhil Ravi
  • 8th place – Elijah Snow

Teams continue to compete in advancing rounds. Click here for contest details.

Dragon Academic Team Captures Sweepstakes Title

Congratulations to the Carroll UIL Academic Team as they captured another top 3 Overall Sweepstakes Title at the Denton Ryan UIL B Invitational Meet. Coaches say the meet was a challenge and a testament to the overall strength of this year’s team. Next up for the UIL Academic Team is the District Meet, March 22 @ Northwest High School.  Results are listed below:

Denton Ryan HS UIL B Invitational Meet Results:

Southlake Carroll – 3rd place Overall Standings

Social Studies – 1st place Team (coached by Mr. Irish)

Individual Standings:

  • 1st place – Jared Chaney
  • 2nd place – Kelsey Taeckens
  • 3rd place – Kelly Danner
  • 4th place – Alexis Bowen
  • 7th place – Bronwyn Sutherland

Computer Science – 1st place Team (coached by Ms. Woessner)

Individual Standings:

  • 2nd place – Elijah Snow
  • 3rd place – Anjie Liang
  • 6th place – Shyam Sabhaya

Current Events – 2nd place Team (coached by Ms. Frank)

  • 2nd place – Daniele Brombilla
  • 5th place – Ray Teer

Literary Criticism – 3rd place Team (coached by Mr. Irish)

Individual Standings:

  • 6th place – Anthony Munson

Journalism (coached by Ms. Rose)

Individual Standings:

  • 5th place Feature Writing – Samantha Smith

Science (coached by Mr. Olson and Mr. Nell)

Individual Standings:

  • 5th place – Drew Anderson

Other teams that had strong showings:

  • Math, Number Sense, and Calculator Applications (coached by Mr. Tubbs)
  • Accounting (coached by Ms. Rose)
  • Spelling (coached by Mr. Irish)

Carroll to soar upward in 2014

Carroll ISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys. Photo credit: Star-Telegram Ian McVea

Southlake — When David Faltys talks about 2014 he exudes confidence.

From where the Carroll Independent School District superintendent is sitting the district is heading in a positive direction.

“It just seems like our team has gotten more cohesive, our goals have gotten more clear and everything that we’ve seen, our needle is pointing up,” he said. “I don’t see any reason not to improve in every area.”

The district is coming off marquee academic success shown by the highest number of national merit scholars the district has ever seen as well as increased participation and scoring in Advanced Placement classes and exams.

To route the expected upward trend, the district will spend most of 2014 developing a strategic plan that will guide the district with a vision to 2020.

Faltys said the district regularly studies issues, but the strategic plan will be one of the most comprehensive and will set the district’s goals and values.

“This will be the most formal approach that we’ve had in several years,” he said.

A committee composed of 60 percent district staff and 40 percent community members will lead the process.

“Were incredibly excited for the opportunity with the strategic plan,” Faltys said. “We want to make sure we are moving in the same direction that our community wants us to move in.”

Faltys talks excitedly about the use of technology in the classroom.

He said the first step was laying the infrastructure with obtaining district’s own fiber network for Internet usage, and putting teaching technology in every class and creating policies for students to be able to use their own devices like tablets and smart phones in the classroom.

He said now that the infrastructure is in place teachers can better engage with their students.

“What was interesting was we had teachers who wanted kids to bring their phones, those innovative teachers were doing cool things with the door closed.”

At the start of this academic year, the district opened enrollment to Southlake residents who lived in Keller Independent School District. Carroll saw a 50-student gain from those transfers and saw an overall improvement in enrollment.

Faltys said enrollment is better than the past three or four years and is slowly increasing. The district has just under 7,800 students and Faltys said the district has the facilities to support roughly that number. He added that the district may do a demographic look in the spring to get more information about expected enrollment.

One of the challenges this upcoming year is the state’s passing of House Bill 5, which would gives the district the opportunity to reshape student assessment.

Faltys calls the bill a game changer, but districts are being tasked with creating plans without state rules in place.

“House Bill 5 is going to be a challenge,” he said “We have to build our own evaluation system by May, June, but the rules have not been set yet.”

Another challenge Faltys sees for the district is financing. As Texas school districts are in a lawsuit with the state over cut funding, the district is looking for ways to deliver quality education with less money in the coffers.

The superintendent says a challenge is establishing the best practices districtwide with less funding, but added that the district will always overcome these challenges.

“It’s just such a phenomenal district and it’s because of not only because of the staff, but the community and our kids,” Faltys said. “The kids that come to us are just amazing.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli