Monday, October 14, 2013

ISM Symposium Connects Students and Business Professionals

Community volunteers shared college, career and life advice with about 200 Frisco ISD students during the annual Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) Business Symposium on October 11.
ISM is a challenging course elective designed to help Frisco ISD juniors and seniors explore their career interests and prepare for the future. It falls under the auspices of the FISD Gifted and Talented program and requires an application in order to ensure students are prepared for the rigor and course expectations.
During the symposium, local professionals volunteered their time to conduct mock interviews, evaluate student resumes and help students build networking skills.
“You have to think about what you’re going to do to get to where you want to go,” Mary Kay development specialist Lisa Ploeg told a student from... (Continue Reading... >>)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tornado Created By ISM Student

The footage shows the test run of the home-made tornado by Martin Satrio.  Martin was studying Meteorology during his time in the ISM program.  He is now studying Meteorology at Oklahoma University.

Martin's had the opportunity to work under the mentorship of Tim Marshall of HAAG Engineering.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Student Publishes Photography Book

Nicole Salinas, a 2013 graduate of Liberty High School, can add published photographer to her resume.
Salinas worked with photographer C.G. Jackson during the 2012-2013 school year as part of her participation in the District’s Independent Study and Mentorship program.
As part of her ISM coursework, Salinas was required...  (Click to Read More >>)

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Monday, July 1, 2013

How to Win Friends & Influence People - Collaberative Product

The first annual Frisco ISD - ISM Art Festival was hosted at Liberty High School and coordinated by Jake Baker, Zee Moosa and Christian Rusli.  One of the products created was a short film that was written, filmed, and produced by multiple Frisco ISD ISM students.

How to Win Friends and Influence People:

Saturday, June 15, 2013

World Journal of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery - Student Publishes Article

Junior, Ashley Nguyen has not let any obstacle keep her from making an instant impact on the medical field.  With the help of her mentor, Dr. Kristine Guleserian, Ashley was able to publish an article "Surgical Repair of a Ventricular Septal Defect in a Child with Situs Inversus Totalis and Dextrocardia: a Case Report" in the World Journal of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.

About Dr. Guleserian:

Dr. Guleserian, also known as Dr. G, serves as an attending cardiothoracic surgeon and the surgical director of pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Along side that, she is also an associate professor at UT Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. G graduate college from Harvard University with a concentration on the Greek language. She then went on to get her medical degree at the Boston College of Medicine.

Aside from performing surgery on children as young as a few days old, Dr. Guleserian also focuses some of her time on research. She is the author of numerous articles documenting her findings and thoughts on topics that are quite new to medical literature. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Special Perceptions - ISM Student Making an Impact

ISM II student, Morgan Fritz has created a blog called "Special Perceptions" to help those in need.  Check out her blog (Click >>)

Before I begin posting campaign successes, I wanted to explain why I am doing what I am doing. My sister has Down syndrome, my uncle has Williams syndrome, and my mother is a special education teacher. Therefore, I have been surrounded by the "special needs" community my whole life.
My junior year of high school, I began my two-year journey in the Independent Study and Mentorship program at my high school where I have had the opportunity to study in-depth the profession of speech-language pathology. While shadowing speech-language pathologists, I fell even more in love with children and people with intellectual disabilities and felt that that speech-language pathology was my calling. When the special education coordinator at my school came to one of my extracurricular club's meetings asking for ideas and volunteers to help her with coordinating White Ribbon Week (national disability awareness week), I gladly stepped up to help her. I made signs, involved my fellow cheerleaders, hung white ribbons around the school, ran disability simulation activities at all lunches, created a banner for students to sign pledging to never use the word "retarded" derogatorily, and made a video advertising disability awareness including testimonials from people with disabilities that was played on Liberty's weekly broadcast. More information can be found on the Frisco ISD website at the following link:

           Moreover, after I saw the change the pledge and the entire advertisement had on my classmates, I knew I had to take the campaign to the next level as part of my Independent Study and Mentorship speech-language pathology product. I named the campaign "Special Perceptions," and I will be posting pictures, videos, and updates on the status and success of this campaign on this blog. Hopefully, through special perceptions, others with understand how people with special needs need to be perceived and treated. Using the word "retarded" derogatorily, even if not meant in a negative way, hurts the person with intellectual disabilities as well as his or her family and friends. Thank you for your support!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Class of 2013 - Top 10

ISM was well represented in this year's Liberty class of 2013 Top 10.  Congratulations!

*Xin Chen
Noah Eldridge
*Sebastian Garza
*Jeremy Kao
Odelia Kim
*Tiffany Kuan
Rachel Montgomery
Christine Park
*Bharath Sevugan, valedictorian
Harrison Tran, salutatorian
* = ISM student

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Published Novel - ISM Student Launches Book Sales

During his journey through ISM, Eric Dulin was able to write, edit and publish a novel called "Redemption" under the mentorship of Travis McNair.

"Arigus Vanes thought that unveiling his past would enlighten him. Spark some sense of guiding purpose in his life. Who he is. Why he is running. Instead he is thrown into a war between a Segmentum, led by Kaitus and Vongromas, and the twisted abominations of the Black Blood Virus. Arigus has no idea where, much less who his friends are in the pandemonium as he searches for them across the refugee camps. Between all of the horrors he encounters in his journey across Kingston, the greatest of all is himself. Still coming to grasps with the revelations of his life, he realizes that Itarus had changed him somehow, granting him a vast array of abilities he can barely comprehend. Powers that make him a god among men. Powers that make him not question who he is, but what."

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Storm Spotter Training - Clarice Dyson on NBC 5

"Approximately 400 people come to learn, hone skills on storm-spotting in anticipation of Spring storm season" Who can forget the video images from Chopper 5 of tractor trailers spinning hundreds of feet above the ground on April 3, 2012? No one in Fort Worth's South Hills High School Auditorium on Saturday could forget. In fact, that's why many showed up. "Texas is one of the states that has a bunch of storms so I think it's important for the public to know how to identify storms and communicate about them," said Clarice Dyson, a high school student in from Frisco who wants to be a storm spotter. "We had people spotting the tornadoes [last April] as they were forming," said NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock. "That's the thing about being in a (Click to Continue Reading >>)