Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Southlake Students Received Constituting America Proclamation

Southlake Students were honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for their outstanding achievements through music to promote our country’s founding principles and U.S. Constitution.

Gabriella Tommasi, Joshua Landgraf and Taylor Landgraf were inspired to enter the Constitution America’s, “We The Future” contest and won! The purpose of the contest is to promote the three branches of government and checks and balances. Tommasi won for her song, “The Constitution is the Right Solution” and Joshua and Taylor Landgraf won for their submission, “Constitutional”.

The students were honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and were presented with a Constituting America Proclamation by Mayor Laura Hill.

See the rest of the proclamation below.

  Constituting  America  educates,  engages,  and  empowers America’s rising    generation    through    their    three   cornerstone   programs: interactive   educational   presentations   to   students   of   all   ages, nationwide  scholarship  contests, and 90-day annual online studies; and,

Whereas, Actress Janine Turner, founder & co-president of Constituting America, spoke at Eubanks Intermediate School in honor of Constitution Day 2017, and Gabriella Tommasi, Joshua Landgraf and Taylor Landgraf were inspired to enter Constituting America’s “We The Future” Contest and won; and,

Whereas, we commend Gabriella Tommasi for her winning song “The Constitution is the Right Solution,” and Joshua and Taylor Landgraf for their winning song “Constitutional”; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby recognize Gabriella, Joshua and Taylor for their outstanding achievements through music to promote our country’s founding principles and U.S. Constitution.


School is back in session. Give yourself more time for your commute.

Schools haven’t been the only ones saying goodbye to summer break and preparing for the new school year. The City of Southlake has been gearing up too! Back to school means more traffic and more sharing of the road.

With the increase in traffic as school starts again, be sure to give yourself more time to travel. Traffic congestion will pick up as more parents and school buses are delivering students to school. And don’t forget about all the excited new drivers, driving to school for the first time. Ten extra minutes can go a long way during your commute.

“Students are not the only ones who have to rethink their priorities when school starts,” notes Southlake Transportation Manager Stephanie Taylor. “This time of year is a great reminder that getting somewhere safely is more important than getting somewhere quickly. A child’s life is worth far more than cutting down your commute. Slow down and stay alert.”

Safety is a top priority in Southlake. As part of the City’s back to school efforts, Southlake Public Works checks school zones every year before the start of the new school year. School zone flashers and crosswalks are inspected to make sure they are in good condition for students.

This year, four CISD schools had crosswalks restriped and signs updated: Carroll High School, Rockenbaugh Elementary, Carroll Elementary and Old Union Elementary Schools.

Several roadway updates over the summer will also help with the increased traffic as school starts again. Portions of Continental Boulevard were resurfaced, and the Kirkwood Boulevard improvements added more traffic lanes, sidewalks and traffic signals on the north end of Southlake. The North White Chapel widening project moved along on schedule over the summer as well. While work on North White Chapel will continue throughout the school year, the hours of possible construction lane closures will take place between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to avoid school arrival and dismissal traffic.

Roadway improvements will help with commutes, but Taylor encourages motorists to take an active role in ensuring safe travel.

“With more motorists, pedestrians and cyclists on the road, all of us have to step it up when it comes to traffic safety,” says Taylor. “Back-to-school traffic means we all have to be more patient and pay more attention.”

The City offers several ways to stay connected to mobility in Southlake. Follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and check out the ConnectSouthlake.com site for traffic, construction updates and all things mobility.

Southlake Youth Action Commission Accepting Applications

Are you a Freshman or Sophomore living in Southlake or attending CISD? Would you enjoy learning more about the City of Southlake, attending City events, and earning volunteer hours? Then you should fill out a SYAC application today!

SYAC members will meet monthly, on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:15PM at Southlake Town Hall.

SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2016.

What is SYAC?
The Southlake Youth Action Commission is a group aimed at teaching students more about their local government. Commission members will meet with each city department and learn about its role within the city as well as attend city events and participate in volunteer opportunities.

If you’re a student and you’d like to learn more about what government looks like at the local level, SYAC is a great opportunity. Apply to join today!

Learn more about SYAC by visiting www.cityofsouthlake.com. Questions about the application process, contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.

Southlake Student Delegation Visits China

Imagine traveling back in time 1,500 years. Three Southlake Carroll students,  Peter Mountford, Anna Ponzo and Ty Ponzo, got an experience of a lifetime over Spring Break when they traveled with Southlake Sister Cities to Suzhou Wuzhong, China.

Suzhou, one of Southlake’s Sister Cities, was founded in China in 514 BC and is known as the Venice of the East with its gardens, canals and area water towns. In partnership with the Jiangsu Foreign Language School, the students were paired with host families and treated to school days in China. Daily activities included classes in calligraphy, painting, traditional Chinese music and dance, and more. The host school arranged for daily cultural trips to discover some beauty of the ancient world.

Students spent one day in Luzhi, an elegant water town constructed 1,500 years ago, located near Suzhou and surrounded by five lakes. It holds 41 quaint ancient bridges, built in the Song (960–1279), Yuan (1271–1368), Ming, and Qing dynasties. So Luzhi is known as the “Museum of Chinesebridges”.

Additional highlights of the trip included a stroll down Pingjiang Road, a preserved 800-year old water lane in Suzhou, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Suzhou Museum and a 2-day tour of Shanghai. Students were educated in the more recent history of Shanghai and the influence World War II had on the area. Jeff and Catherine Wang, of Southlake Sister Cities, led the excursion and Southlake’s City Librarian, Cynthia Pfledderer, served as a chaperone.

The Southlake Sister Cities program partners with the City of Southlake to offer exchange trips for both students and adults between Sister Cities Tome, Japan and Suzhou Wuzhong, China. For more information about Sister Cities and the exchange programs, please visit: southlakesistercities.org.

Sister Cities Delegation arrives from Tome

On Wednesday, March 23 a Sister Cities delegation of students from Tome, Japan will arrive in North Texas. As part of their trip delegates will tour Southlake, meet Mayor Laura Hill, visit Johnson Elementary School, and also tour DPS North.

After their visit to the DFW area, Southlake Sister Cities will be hosting a Sayonara Potluck Party for the departing Tome students. The party will be Saturday, March 26 at 6:00 PM in Southlake Town Hall on the 3rd floor. The event is open to the public, please bring your family and friends.

For more information on this and other programs and events, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019 or visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com.
SSC will provide meat and drinks. Arigato in advance!!

"Kids Take Over the School Day"

Interim Police Chief James Brandon and School Resource Officer Frank LaGrassa are pleased to welcome Southlake’s latest recruit, SRO student John Hicks. Today. SRO Hicks will be shadowing SRO LaGrassa as they deliver library notices, help during lunch time, and walk the halls keeping things safe at Walnut Grove.

SROs Frank LaGrassa and student SRO John Hicks

SROs Frank LaGrassa and student SRO John Hicks

Several students at Walnut Grove Elementary School have new roles for the day as the school celebrates, ‘Kids Take Over The School Day.’ These students were excited to share the day with their adult counterparts and get a first hand view of their tasks.

Let’s introduce your to your new school education team for Friday, May 29, 2015:

Austin Etheridge as the Superintendant
Jackson Dockal as the Principal
Evan Watts as the Assistant Principal
Marcus Nguyen as a Science Teacher
John Hicks as the student School Resource Officer

Students from Tome, Japan Visit Southlake

Students from Tome, Japan who will visit Southlake March 20-24

Students from Tome, Japan who will visit Southlake March 20-24

Southlake Sister Cities welcomes students from Tome, Japan to Southlake March 20-24, 2014. As part of the the Sister Cities agreement Southlake has with Tome, a trip to each city is organized once a year to provide cultural exchange opportunities for Tome and Southlake students. For over two decades, the exchange program offered through Southlake Sister Cities has developed strong bonds between the two cities.

While in Southlake, the Japanese students will stay with host families and experience American culture first-hand. The students will create life-long friendships with their families as they enjoy home-cooked meals and participate in family traditions. Many host families will also take their exchange student around the Metroplex to explore some of DFW’s most famous attractions.

Southlake Sister Cities has also planned many group activities for the delegation to ensure a fun and educational experience. On Friday, the students will take a tour of Southlake. The tour includes: Central Market, several Carroll ISD schools and City of Southlake facilities. On Saturday evening, a “Students Only Party” will be held at one of the host family’s homes to allow students from both countries an opportunity to mingle and learn more about one another.  A farewell potluck party will be held in Town Hall Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. to wrap up their trip.

In June, a delegation of Southlake students will travel to Tome to experience life in the Far East. In addition to experiencing Japanese culture, customs and cuisine first-hand, the host families escort the youth ambassadors to many places in Tome, known for its samurai history, as well as scenic Matsushima.

Southlake Sister Cities (SSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering global understanding, friendship and communication through education and exchanges. Membership is open to individuals, youth, families, non-profit/civic organizations, for profit businesses and patrons.

For more information about Southlake Sister Cities or how to become involved in upcoming exchange programs, please visit  www.SouthlakeSisterCities.org or contact the Southlake Community Services Department at (817) 748-8019.

Durham Students Participate in Mix-It-Up Lunch

How does our understanding and perspective change based on interaction with others?

One way to answer this is to identify, question, and cross social boundaries. “Mix it Up at Lunch Day”, a national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance, has identified the cafeteria as a place where social divisions are often visible in schools. On Friday, Feb. 14, Durham Intermediate School students moved out of their comfort zones and connected with someone new over lunch. All DIS students participated in various activities during lunch and enjoyed mixed fruit snacks purchased by the PTO.

“Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common.”

Vote for Carroll Contestants in Chinese Student Music Video

Carroll ISD Chinese program students need your help to win an international music video contest. Students produced a 3-minute video called 白龙马  (Bai Long Ma, White Dragon Horse) as an entry to the WorldWide Online Spring Festival Gala Contest.

The video is about White Dragon Horse, who used to be a white dragon but was put under a spell and became a horse to serve Monk Tang in retrieving the first Buddhist mantra from India for China.

Viewers can vote for the Carroll ISD contest entry now through February, 28. Click here to be redirected to the voting site. Voters will need to create an account before they can vote. Detailed voting instructions are available here.