Frisco ISD Students Showcase Spelling Skills

Congratulations to our very own Revanth Muppana! Our class is so proud of your accomplishment!

Maus Middle School sixth grader Revanth Muppana finished in second place, falling in seven rounds with the word bacteriophage.

Muppana was defeated only by eighth grader Chetan Reddy of Plano ISD’s Rice Middle School, a four-time winner of the Collin County Spelling Bee, three-time winner of the Dallas Morning News Regional Spelling Bee and three-time participant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

This was the first year Maus hosted a spelling bee and sent a student to compete in the county bee. Only sixth graders participated in the competition.

“Revanth’s mother quizzed him over a large list of recommended words, approximately 50 words a night and then 100 words per night,” said Ginger McClendon, Maus sixth grade study skills teacher. “We are so proud of Revanth’s hard work and to call him a friend, student and Mountain Lion.”

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Destination Imagination Teams Qualify for State Competition

Fourteen student teams from Frisco ISD schools advanced from Destination Imagination regional competition this past weekend.

Destination Imagination is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. In working to solve the Challenges, teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking.

There are seven new Challenges to choose from each year. Each of the Challenges is developed by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge that allows participants to develop social and problem solving skills.

Up to seven students make up each team, under the direction of an adult Team Manager. Each season takes place from September through May. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend two to four months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions.

Regional winners advance to state competition in Katy, Texas on April 12-13. Congratulations to the following teams:

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Ten Destination ImagiNation Teams Headed to State in April

Ten Destination ImagiNation (DI)I teams qualified to attend the state competition in Corpus Christi on April 13-14th, according to information provided by parent managers and teachers. The teams represent the following FISD schools:

  • Borchardt
  • Corbell
  • Taylor
  • Riddle
  • Ashley
  • Bledsoe
  • Smith
  • Clark
  • Fowler
  • Heritage

Gifted and Talented Coordinator Julie Martin noted that a total of 23 teams qualified for state from this region – the 10 FISD teams among them. Principal Matt Kimball of Smith was proud to note that two of the teams have links to Smith Elementary and winning parent manager Sunita Patel. A third grade team from Smith that is managed by Patel is headed to state as is her sixth grade team from Clark. The Clark team, managed by Patel, was last year’s Global champion,and its members were Smith fifth graders at the time of the win.

The Heritage High School DI Team, of which Maus‘ very own Shivam Duttis a member, placed first in the Regional tournament. They will be going to the Texas State competition in Corpus Christi. The team also won the Renaissance Award for their outstanding skill in designing a giant barn, engineering special effects and a soundtrack, and performing as though they were in a movie trailer. Their props were amazing with lots of chick-fil-a cows. They were connected with pvc pipe and rotated around to look like a herd of cows running, and their costumes were priceless.Congratulations, students and parents! The Heritage Team Manager is Brenda Bannoura (

Destination ImagiNation is an international competitive program that promotes team work, critical thinking, problem solving and other 21st century skills. Areas of competition include challenges, which can have theatrical, structural, improvisational, scientific or technical focuses.

The FISD teams range from third grade to high school. After successful state competition, teams compete at what is called Global Finals. Teams that compete at Global Finals represent well over 100 countries.

DI teams begin preparing for tournaments months in advance. DI competition features challenges that are science and math based, and others in the arts. Each challenge has a technical and a creative element to the challenge.

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YEA! Students Visit Quest Recycling

December 16, 2011
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Yea students visit Quest
Future entrepreneurs visit Quest Recycling in Frisco.

Recently middle and high school students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy hosted at FISD Career, Educations and Technical Center took a field trip to Quest Recycling Services. Brian Dick, CEO of Quest Recycling Services, provided the class an overview of Quest and his journey of becoming an entrepreneur.

About the Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more! By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job–not just take a job! YEA!’sÔ direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom. In 2008, YEA!Ô “spun-off” from the University of Rochester, where it was formed in 2004 with support from the Kauffman Foundation, to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc., which is currently launching sites in colleges, universities and high schools across the country to provide comprehensive, exciting entrepreneurship education, leadership development and innovation training to youth between the ages of 11 and 18 years old in the United States thereby making the program available to students at a variety of geographical regions, and providing them with skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call the Frisco Chamber of Commerce at (972) 335-9522 or visit



Parents of students in eighth and ninth grade are invited to attend an informational meeting about the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) test.

FISD Administration Building
5515 Ohio Drive
6:30 pm
Wednesday, January 25.

Please RSVP to Patrice Dunn at



Former student news –
Former FISD student Ethan Bonar recently collaborated on a book with his employer, Lloyd Lowe, Sr. Ethan works for his advisory company and they wrote a pictorial and practical book entitled, “Life’s Bridges, Building Your Bridge to Financial Wealth.


Opportunities –
Please don’t forget to look at the opportunities area of the intranet to see ways to help others, like the Cupcakes for a Cause fundraiser on Sunday at Dimples Cupcakes for our little friend at Purefoy –