Monday, June 14, 2021

Parents, School Officials and Police Discuss School Safety Concerns at Recent SPARK Meeting

On March 29, the Southlake Police Department joined Carroll ISD officials and participated in the SPARK Community Panel on School Safety. More than 100 community members met at The Marq Southlake to be a part of the discussion.

Police Chief James Brandon and Superintendent Dr. David Faltys, along with School Resource Officers, school counselors, principals and other school officials were on hand to answer questions.

Chief Brandon called the night a great exchange of information. “It was an honor to be a part of the panel. I was especially appreciative of the thoughtful and engaging questions provided by the parents in attendance. While recent events in Parkland, Florida have created more questions about school safety, the Southlake Police Department School Resource Officers (SROs) are a dedicated to doing everything they can to achieve the highest standards of safety and security in every Carroll ISD school,” said Chief Brandon.

The night offered the opportunity for the Police Department to learn more about what concerns parents and what the department can do to support their efforts. The Southlake SRO program has been in place since 2005, and in 2013 expanded to include all Carroll ISD schools.

“These are dedicated police officers who make it a point every day to teach, mentor and protect. I believe we have a great team in place and parents should always feel free to reach out to me or their campus SRO if questions arise,” said Chief Brandon.

For more information on our the Southlake Police SRO program please go to CityofSouthlake.com/SouthlakeSROs

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S.P.A.R.K. ~ Anti-drug Message ~ Starting a Conversation With Your Tweens and Teens

Talking to your tweens and teens about drugs can be awkward and difficult for many parents. How do you start a conversation with them? What do you say? Where can parents find experts with the right information to share with teens?

SPARK is just the answer you are looking for. “Students and Parents Against Risks to Our Kids”, or SPARK, is a group led by Southlake Mayor Laura Hill. The program is sponsored by the City of Southlake and its Police Department and the Carroll Independent School District.

SPARK was created to bring awareness about tween and teen drug use. The program gives parents valuable information and provides them with the right tools and messaging to start a conversation with their children.

The next SPARK meeting will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the DPS North Training facility at 100 East Dove Road. Guest speakers will include Riley Shaw from the District Attorney’s office, Calvin Bond, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), a narcotics detective with the Southlake Police Department, and School Resource Officers (SROs) from Carroll ISD’s middle and high schools.

The evening will be very informative and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. Please see the flyer for more information. We hope to see you there.

Spark Anti-Drug

Rescheduled – SPARK Helps Parents Spot the Signs of Youth Injuries

Is your child involved in sports?  Would you know the signs of a concussion?  If the answers are yes and no, then mark you calendars for the next SPARK meeting called Youth Injuries – What are the signs of overuse? Concussions what you need to know.

SPARK will have experts in to have an honest talk with parents about the signs that something might be wrong.  This SPARK event takes place starting at 7:30 p.m. on March 30, 2015 at the Carroll High School Lecture Room (back of the school) 800 North White Chapel Road.

See you there.

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SPARK Helps Parents Spot the Signs of Youth Injuries

Is your child involved in sports?  Would you know the signs of a concussion?  If the answers are yes and no, then mark you calendars for the next SPARK meeting called Youth Injuries – What are the signs of overuse? Concussions what you need to know.

SPARK will have experts in to have an honest talk with parents about the signs that something might be wrong.  This SPARK event takes place starting at 7:30 p.m. February 23, 2015 at the Carroll High School Lecture Room (back of the school) 800 North White Chapel Road.

See you there.

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SPARK Program Tackles Dangerous Phone Apps

SPARK will host a meeting entitled “Technology Terrors,” on January 26, 2015 from 7:30p.m. to 9:00p.m. This adults only event (18 and older) will take place at Southlake Town Hall located on the third floor. Jody Hawkins, Information Systems Security Officer at Cook Children’s Hospital will be speaking at the event on this issue.

If you have questions, contact Laura K. Hill at place5@ci.southlake.tx.us.

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Save the Date: Staying Alive in Southlake CPR Training Event-Saturday, February 15

SPARK Community SAVE THE DATE for a family event ! Take a tour the brand new State-of-the-art Southlake Fire Station, have everyone in your family learn “hands only” CPR and get great tips on living happy and healthy!

 

SPARK Tackles Topic of Drugs & Alcohol

SPARK will host a meeting entitled “Not My Child? Not My Problem: Drugs, Alcohol, & the Realities of Our Kid’s World,” on October 21st from 7:30p.m. to 9:00p.m. This parents only event will take place at the Southlake DPS Building located on Carroll Avenue. Assistant District Attorney, Riley Shaw and an agent from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) will be speaking at the event on this issue.

If you have questions, contact Laura K. Hill at place5@ci.southlake.tx.us.

SPARK to Tackle Another Tough Topic

On March 7th from 7:30p.m. to 9:00p.m., SPARK will host a meeting entitled “Tough to Talk About, but Important to be Educated On: Sexually Transmitted Diseases” for parents and high school students grades 9-12. The meeting will take place at Carroll High School Lecture Room off White Chapel (back of school next to SAC). Dr. Jason Terk from Cook Children’s will speak on the issue. The meeting will be informative but not graphic. As a parent or student, you will feel comfortable with Dr. Terk’s presentation.

If you have questions, contact Laura K. Hill by calling 817-797-0782 or e-mailing lhill@downeypublishing.com.

S.P.A.R.K. to Offer Meeting with Parents on Issues Facing Today's Children

You are invited to a powerful town hall meeting on February 4, 2013 at 7:30pm – 9:00pm at Carroll Senior High School. Parents and Students (Grades 7-12) are urged to attend.

S.P.A.R.K. wants to start a conversation in every home. Our children are growing up in a very difficult world where Anxiety and Depression are far too prevalent. Questions to be addressed at the meeting include:

  • Learn about TeensTogether: A program where teens have a safe place to come together.
  • How do parents and children talk to each other about painful subjects?
  • How does a parent know when their child is struggling?
  • What can your child do if they see a friend in crisis?

The Grant Halliburton Foundation will present this “Must-See” program. Please go to www.granthalliburton.org for more information. Any questions can be directed to Laura Hill at 817-797-0782 or Lhill@downeypublishing.com.