Saturday, June 19, 2021

Driven by Data: Southlake Recognized for Performance Management

With 30,000+ residents, 1,100 acres of parkland and open space, 245 miles of road, 180+ miles of sidewalk, and 15+ public and private schools our City is a living, breathing story of data and numbers. Managing the City requires careful attention to ensure that priorities are handled efficiently.

As Chief Operating Officers in their respective areas, Assistant City Managers Benjamin Thatcher and Alison Ortowski work with each department to identify and work toward performance management goals.

Recently the City was recognized with an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Certificate of Achievement for Performance Management affirming the City’s efforts to effectively manage resources to achieve service goals.

“We are so pleased to be recognized for this work,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “The data that we collect and share with residents, businesses, and the City Council is vital. It helps us work with the Council to envision the future, ensure high-quality services for our residents, and determine smart action plans that support a high quality of life.”

“Performance management is a bedrock principle of professional local government management,” ICMA Executive Director Marc A. Ott said. “By recognizing these leaders, ICMA hopes to encourage others to make a commitment to collect and analyze data, report it transparently, and use it to continuously engage their communities and improve their organizations.”
Yelverton points to Champions Club at The Marq Southlake as one example of how the City uses data and citizen input to make decisions.

“Survey after survey told us that residents wanted a community and recreation center,” stated Yelverton. “The Council, supported by Southlake’s Community Enhancement Development Corporation, took that information and worked with staff to create the vision for a beautiful and sustainable facility. Likewise, data helps us make business decisions and operate the facility safely and effectively. The building as it exists today is a perfect illustration of using relevant data to achieve goals.”

Another example of data’s power? The performance of the Southlake Fire Department. From first responder medical training and emergency response times to making sure the engines and medic vehicles are in tip-top condition, Chief Michael Starr and his command staff use key data points. They even produce an annual report that shows exactly how they use data to their best advantage.

“The data helps us perform optimally when it counts,” said Chief Starr. “Our team must function at the highest standards at a moment’s notice. That’s why we use the information gained from our training sessions and emergencies and apply them at the next opportunity. It’s what helps us improve our performance and serve our residents and business with excellence.”

These are just a few ways the City uses data in its day-to-day activities to achieve a culture of robust performance. ICMA will formally recognize Southlake for its achievement at its 105th Annual Conference in October. The group advances professional local government management worldwide through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics.

Carroll Show Choir Upcoming Performances

Carroll Show ChoirJoin members of the Carroll Show Choir an afternoon concert on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Carroll Senior High School Auditorium. The performance comes after the students spend the day in a UIL Clinic perfecting their skills. Parents are encouraged to bring young students interested in choir to the afternoon concert to experience the show choir.

Under the leadership of Marla Ringel and Bradley Kerley, Carroll choirs are receiving tremendous education in music performance and are excelling in competition.

Choir parents say that attending a choir concert today is great for all ages.  Jennifer Pike says, the concerts are well developed, generally keeping to a one hour limit, and very entertaining.

“I am always blown away by the talent and planning involved in one of these shows and I encourage everyone to attend, ” Pike added.

Following the February UIL Concert, there will be another concert scheduled for May 19. The annual Spring Show is a big end-of-year concert that has historically been entertaining and fun. Currently, the time for the concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. and is expected to last a hour and a half.

CMS Band Wins National Honors

CMS_Band2014The Carroll Middle School Wind Ensemble has been named a Commended Winner in the 2014 Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project. This places the Carroll Middle School Band as one of the top middle school band programs in the country.

The CMS Wind Ensemble won this honor by submitting a live recording this past May of their challenging program of music that included “Prestissimo March” by Karl L. King and “Butterfly’s Ball” by Ryan Fraley.  The Mark of Excellence program received 224 entries from thirty-five states this year.

All entrants receive a compilation CD recording of the winning band performances. Winners are also recognized in regional and national publications and conventions.

The adjudicators were Richard Floyd, Director Emeritus of UIL Music, Professor Anthony Maiello of George Mason University, and Professor Stephen Davis of the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

The members of the CMS Wind Ensemble are to be commended for representing their school and community at the national level in the highest regard, and for their hard work, dedication and unprecedented success throughout the year.

The CMS Wind Ensemble is directed by Michael Oglesby, Nathan Brazell, and Sara Scott.

APEX Presents "Vivez Joyeux — A Celebration of French Music"

Metroplex musicians come together to perform an afternoon of French chamber music. The performance will be in the sanctuary of White’s Chapel UMC in Southlake, TX, at 3:00pm on Sunday, January 26th, 2014. Performing chamber music from different French periods, the ensemble will culminate the program with the suite from the ballet La Revue de Cuisine by Bohuslav Martinû.

The musicians involved are members of the Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestras, as well as UNT faculty. A sextet including piano, winds, brass, and strings contributes to a wonderful mix of instrumental color on this program.

This family-friendly concert will feature small chamber works from different time periods of French music, including the music of Caude Bolling, Lili Boulanger, and François-Joseph Garnier. The final piece, incorporating the full sextet of musicians, is the suite from Bohuslav Martinû’s La Revue de Cuisine. Originally a short one act ballet telling the silly tale of a group of kitchen utensils, this musical suite reflects the joy of the music scene in Paris just before the hardships of WWII.

Keep your program and take it along to La Madeleine-Grapevine, and receive a 15% discount on your meal! You can enjoy a meal just after the concert, or up to 2 weeks following. APEX says “merci” to our good friends and fellow Francophiles at La Madeleine – Grapevine!

“Vivez Joyeux — A Celebration of French Music” can be heard on Sunday, January 26th, 2014, at 3:00pm, in the sanctuary of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, in Southlake, TX. All are welcome.


State Conference Among Jazz Band's Upcoming Gigs

Members of the Carroll Jazz Band have a very busy spring semester. Students are in full swing rehearsing for a list of high profile performances scheduled in the coming months.

On Friday, February 14 the Carroll Jazz Band will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association annual conference in San Antonio. Invitation to play at the conference goes to only one group a year.The band is chosen by a blind audition process by a panel of judges who are college educators from around the state.

Carroll Jazz will take the stage with guest artist Stockton Helbing. Helbing is formerly the drummer and musical director for the Maynard Ferguson Big Band and is now the drummer for trumpeter Doc Severinsen.

“I’m greatly looking forward to my performance as guest artist with Carroll High School’s top jazz band at TMEA this February, Helbing said. “Carroll’s top jazz group is always one of the most talented high school groups that I get to work with each year thanks to the hard work of the students and the world class jazz education provided by my good friend David Lown, who is also a top not jazz saxophonist in his own right.”

“This is our highest-profile event this spring,” said David Lown, Director of Jazz Bands for Carroll ISD. “The TMEA Invited High School Jazz Ensemble is our top group; it’s similar to the Honor Band system for concert bands in Texas.” A publicity video for the TMEA performance is featured below.

In addition to the TMEA Conference performance, Carroll Jazz will also be playing the Jazz Education Network Annual Conference in Dallas on Friday, Jan. 10. More performances will follow later in the spring including the UTA, TCU and UT Jazz Festitvals, as well as the Allen Jazz Festival, Southlake Jazz Festival, Art in the Square and the Carroll Jazz Spring Concert.

Carroll Campuses Honor America's Military Heroes

The Carroll Dragons honored America’s Military Heroes in grand fashion this Veterans Day. Nearly every campus hosted patriotic assemblies Monday, Nov. 11, with the exception of Walnut Grove Elementary School and Rockenbaugh Elementary School. Walnut Grove hosted their Veterans Day event Friday, Nov. 8 and Rockenbaugh will host their celebration on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Many of the elementary campuses included performances from third and fourth grade students. Highlights include student choirs and in a unique show of patriotism, students and Old Union showed off their fancy footwork with an athletic routine set to patriotic music.

Students in the middle grades were treated to various guest speakers, some included older veterans who spoke of the historical significance of the military. One Dragon parent, in active military spoke with students at Eubanks Intermediate and Dawson Middle School in separate assemblies via Skype. U.S. Navy Captain, Johnny Marshall is the father of Jake (EIS) and Zach (DMS) Marshall. Capt. Marshall spoke to students from his location in the Horn of Africa.

Carroll Senior High School and Carroll High School featured performances by the Dragon Band. CHS student Sophia Formella sang the National Anthem to begin the Veterans Day assembly. Student Chris Weisberg played Taps to a standing crowd, marking the end of the Veterans Day event at CSHS.

A photo slideshow of Veterans Day events across Carroll ISD is featured below.