Students from QISD earn Google Cloud Certification

QISD students at FHS were recently invited to participate in a new professional certification program from Google and six earned recognition! AV Productions instructor Galen Rosenberg and QISD Technology Trainer Peggy Clore administered the test to 38 students from the Arts/AV career cluster on Wednesday, Dec. 12, and FHS students Damon Poynter, Ethan Benton, Kamilah Arvizo, Joseph Shanklin, Nicholas Conaghan, and Riley Sandoval earned Google Cloud: G Suite Certification. The test measures the ability to use all of Google's G Suite office applications separately, together, and in a collaborative mode with other users. The school district makes extensive use of Google's educational technology resources, including Chromebooks and Applied Digital Skills curriculum, and that use merited an invitation from the technology giant to participate in the program as part of the pilot testing group. 


Roton wins first student grant from QISD Foundation

The Quinlan ISD Education Foundation is proud to announce the first recipient of $1,000 for this school year’s student enrichment grant program. There is a total of $2,000 available to currently enrolled students each year. $1,000 is still up for grabs.

Ford High School sophomore Tyler Roton applied for a student enrichment grant to be able to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders that will take place this coming summer. He is the son of Jerry and Brandy Roton. Tyler is an outstanding student at Ford High School who has maintained straight A’s, is involved in the FHS Band, ACE Karate program where he has earned a black belt and is on target to enter in the free QISD Associate’s Degree program.


Elbow Grease and Ambition drive QISD PRIDE Graduate Rebecca Grasse

The PRIDE Academy is an example of education in a different setting offered to Ford High School students. There are various reasons that students have made a choice to attend the PRIDE Academy. PRIDE offers a way for students to obtain their high school diplomas in a nontraditional format. PRIDE stands for Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. It takes daily effort for the students to reach their goals while they are attending the PRIDE Academy.


QISD spends day honoring Veterans

QISD students in four separate assemblies held in various schools throughout the city spent the day honoring Veterans for their commitment to sacrifice and to serving America.

The Nov. 8 ceremony featured a full afternoon of musical performances, a patriotic gallery displaying student art work from Thompson Middle School and Ford High School and musical performances including the National Anthem, Military Hymns from each branch of service and the playing of TAPS. The all-district choir featuring students of all grade levels in the district sung together and were accompanied by the Ford High School band ensemble


QISD provides resources on bully prevention

The Quinlan Independent School District held a bullying awareness event at the Personal Responsibility in Daily Effort (PRIDE) academy building last Thursday evening.

Director of Student Leadership and P.R.I.D.E. academy Michael Tull said that this awareness event is one of the many efforts in the district to help promote student safety for both kids and parents.

“One of the most important things about bullying prevention we want our children to come to school to feel safe and its also important and give them ways to build their self esteem and confidence in themselves,” said Tull. “Study after study shows that … just getting a student to believe in themselves can increase their academic performance. Their self belief and confidence will help them be successful.”

The event provided students and parents with information and awareness on bullying and various types of bullying.


Panther Band attends Dallas Winds concert

The W.H. Ford High School Panther Band attended the Dallas Winds concert on Tuesday evening, April 17, at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas, according to Quinlan ISD Director of Fine Arts and Director of Bands Marty Filip.

The concert was titled “Pipes and Drums” and featured the Epoch Percussion Quartet performing Dinuk Wijeratne's percussion concerto “Invisible Cities.”

Filp said during the second half of the concert, the students witnessed the world premiere of Andrew Boss's Symphony for Organ and Wind Ensemble featuring the Meyerson's magnificent Lay Family Concert Organ.


QISD Education Foundation awards 14 grants

“The Quinlan ISD Education Foundation has officially announced grants awarded for the 2018-19 school year, and we cannot be more excited,” said Vice President of Programs Barbara Norris.

Quinlan ISD Director of School Community Relations Tiffony Upchurch several marked several changes this year in applying for a student enrichment gran resulted in the highest number of teachers applying for grants to date.


Four QISD students achieve karate black belts

Four Quinlan Independent School District ACE Panther martial arts students on Saturday were awarded karate black belts.

Angel Alvarado, Tyler Roton, Tanner Oliver and Jonathan Daniel are the first students to become black belts through the Panther Martial Arts program.

David Sleeper, a QISD educator who works on the C.B. Thompson Middle School campus was tested for his black belt in Shorin Ryu.


TMS Blue Babes at win competition Team captain Tori Scott solo champion







The Blue Babes drill team won the competition Saturday in Mabank.

"It was a full day for us leaving at 6:30 a.m. and returning at 9:15 p.m., but the girls were anything but tired putting their heart into each routine. The most touching part was the team prayer for success and safety before each performance," said Director Sarah Holland.

The awards won include 1st place, High Kick and Jazz; 1st place, Modern; Best in Category, Pom Routine; Judges Award; Sweepstakes Award; and Championship Circle Award.

"For solos, our very own eighth-grade captain, Tori Scott, took Solo Champion for her individual routine. We are so very excited and proud of our team," said Holland.

TMS directors are Director Holland and Assistant Director Ashley Gandy.


WH Ford Choir earns Superior ratings

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W.H. Ford High School Choir received ratings of Superior on solos and ensembles at the Sachse contest Saturday, Feb. 10, and will advance to state competition in May.


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