Castleberry High School Among Eleven Schools Spotlighted in TEA Best Practice Case Studies  

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has spotlighted eleven campuses across the state as part of a best practices case studies project. The TEA best practice studies project highlights how each campus, designated by TEA as High Performing and High Progress Title I Reward Schools, excels in critical areas such as academic performance, teacher quality, school climate and leadership effectiveness.

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced last year that eleven campuses would be part of a project highlighting successful classroom efforts in schools with a high percentage of students from economically disadvantaged families and high mobility rates. The project takes a close look at best practices in the following school districts or charter schools:

• Amarillo ISD – Glenwood Elementary School
• Austin ISD – Blackshear Elementary School
• Brownsville ISD – Ortiz Elementary School
Castleberry ISD – Castleberry High School
• Garland ISD – North Garland High School
• Houston ISD – Park Place Elementary School
• Los Fresnos CISD – Los Fresnos High School
• Pittsburg ISD – Pittsburg Intermediate School
• Uplift Education – Summit International – Middle Campus (Arlington)
• YES Prep Public Schools – YES Prep - West (Houston)
• Ysleta ISD – Glen Cove Elementary School

“The work taking place at these eleven schools reflects some innovative principles that can be applied in districts all across our state,” said Commissioner Williams. “It is my hope that by sharing these best practices, all schools can be in position to help their students thrive and succeed in the classroom.”
As part of the case study project (carried out by representatives from TEA and the Austin-based Texas Comprehensive Center), members of each campus’ leadership team met with field researchers who conducted interviews to learn more about a school’s improvement practices and successes. Interviews were conducted with the principal, teachers and the district coordinator of school improvement, as well as other campus leaders.

After the site visits, researchers utilized the information to develop campus highlight case studies. The final case study for Castleberry High School is now available by clicking on:

Reward Schools Case Study Project, Castleberry High School, Castleberry ISD, May 2015.

In addition, TEA will distribute the case studies as part of its Texas school improvement trainings.

Earlier this year, TEA published a complete list of Title I Reward Schools in Texas. For more information about Title I Reward Schools and to view the list, please visit the TEA webpage at:
  New Principals Start 2015-2016 School Year at Castleberry ISD  
  Both secondary campuses at Castleberry ISD will start the new school year with new principals. We are proud to welcome Dr. Amy Ellis at Castleberry High School and Mr. Derrick Spurlock at Irma Marsh Middle School.

Dr. Amy EllisDr. Amy Ellis is a graduate of the University of Mary Harden Baylor with a degree in Spanish and Speech Communications, and received her Doctorate from Texas A & M- Commerce in 2013 and brings four years of high school administrative experience and two years of central office experience to CISD. She was selected as Rookie Teacher of the Year for Waxahachie High School.

Dr. Ellis has served as a high school administrator in both Waxahachie ISD and Carroll ISD. She has a great portfolio of educational presentation at both the state and national level.

In addition, Dr. Ellis is fluent in Spanish and has worked as a translator on mission trips in both Guatemala and Mexico. She believes in consensus building, communication, and creating a positive culture for learning.

Derrick SpurlockMr. Derrick Spurlock, the new principal at Irma Marsh Middle School, is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University. He has a degree in English Language Arts and Physical Education and earned his master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. He began his career as a Language Arts teacher and coach in Dallas ISD.

Mr. Spurlock has a wealth of experience with diverse student populations. He was a two time teacher of the year at Hood Middle School in Dallas. Mr. Spurlock was an AVID teacher, trainer, district coordinator, and is a national staff developer. The AVID program’s focus is ensuring that schools support students with the right tools to close the achievement gap to be college and success ready.

He has three years of district level administrative experience, two years’ experience as an associate principal, and four years of experience as a middle school principal. Mr. Spurlock believes in consensus building, coaching teachers, and helpings students and staff build a growth mindset.

We are looking forward to successful years with both Dr. Ellis and Mr. Spurlock as part of the Castleberry ISD family and community.

  Castleberry ISD Registration Information
  Online Registration for 2015-2016 School Year
With the current school year ending, it is also time to start preparing for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Online Registration is available for all Castleberry ISD schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

Parents who have a Skyward Family Access account will be able to login and complete a large part of the registration process online. Online registration is highly recommended to all parents. If you are the parent or guardian of a CISD student, but have not yet signed up for a Family Access account, please go to, select “Family” at the top of the page from the menu, then select “Sign up for Family Access.”

Online registration will begin Tuesday, July 14, 2015 and will end Friday July 31, 2015 at midnight. A link for registration will be available, here, on the CISD Homepage at that time. After completing the online registration process, parents will still need to visit the campus during regular registration (see below) to receive a “fast pass” to complete proof of residency and parent identification in a quick and easy process.

On Site Registration
CISD students register at the school they will attend in August 2015. The schedule for on-site registration is as follows:
  • Tuesday, August 4th
    All returning elementary students
    7th & 8th Grade at IMMS / 11th & 12th Grade at CHS
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Wednesday, August 5th
    All returning elementary students
    6th grade at IMMS and 9th & 10th grade at CHS
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Thursday, August 6th
    New students & late registration - All campuses
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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News & Events

Castleberry ISD Welcomes New Member to the Board of Education
Posted on 07/07/2015
Angela Branch, Administrative Assistant to the Board of Education, swore in the new Castleberry ISD Board Member, Dewey Taliaferro to Place 3 at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 8, 2015.  READ MORE...
Healthy Summer Meals for Kids
Posted on 07/07/2015
When school is out, summer meals are in. The SFSP (Summer Food Service Program) starts up when school ends to ensure our students continue to have access to healthy meals during summer vacation.   READ MORE...
New Principal at Castleberry Elementary Starts 2015-2016 School Year
Posted on 06/19/2015
Castleberry Elementary will be starting the new school year with a new principal. Ricardo Montalvo will be replacing Hollie Lancarte who retired at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.   READ MORE...
2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian for Castleberry High School
Posted on 05/22/2015
Katelyn T. is the valedictorian of the Class of 2015. Katelyn has been a dedicated and triumphant Band member at Castleberry High School. She made All-Region Band in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and All-Area Band in 2013 and 2014. Her band participation  READ MORE...
Castleberry ISD Selects New CISD Superintendent of Schools
Posted on 05/08/2015
The Castleberry Board of Education has named John Ramos as the lone finalist for the Superintendent position within Castleberry Independent School District.  READ MORE...
Posted on 03/06/2015
Because of the inclement weather on February 23rd and 24th, Castleberry ISD will need to make up those days of instruction. According to the district calendar, the days designated are April 3, 2015 and June 5, 2015. All students and staff will need to report to school and work on those days.  READ MORE...
Receive Important Texts and Emails from Castleberry Schools
Castleberry ISD is excited to announce the launch of a new service that will enhance communications to our families by allowing the district to send important information via Text Messaging. The district will use text messaging to provide information that is timely, relevant, and for emergency situations.  READ MORE...
Give a Tip to Crime Stoppers
If you are interested in helping your school, the district, and local Crime Stoppers enforcement keep your school and the surrounding community safe, there is a way you can take personal responsibility. Join other schools and school districts in Tarrant County as they make a difference by going to  READ MORE...
Inclement Weather or Other Emergencies
During inclement weather or other emergencies, citizens should tune in to these stations concerning school closings: KXAS Television-Channel 5 WFAA Television-Channel 8 FOX4-Channel 4 WBAP 820AM Radio KLTY 94.9FM Radio  READ MORE...
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Upcoming Events
Date and Time: Jul 09, 2015 8:00AM-10:00AM (CST)
Location: Gary S. Jones Administration Building

Date and Time: Jul 09, 2015 12:00PM- 4:00PM (CST)
Location: A. V. Cato Library Learning Commons

Date and Time: Jul 13, 2015-Jul 17, 2015
Location: A. V. Cato Elementary

Date and Time: Jul 14, 2015-Jul 31, 2015

Parents who have a Skyward Family Access account will be able to login and complete a large part of the registration process.  If you are the parent or guardian of a CISD student but have not yet signed up for your Family Access account, go to, select “Family” at the top of the page, select “Sign up for Family Access”.

A link will be available on the CISD Homepage.  After completing the online registration process, parents will still need to visit your campus during regular registration where you will receive a “fast pass” to complete proof of residency and parent identification in a quick and easy process. 

Date and Time: Jul 14, 2015 12:00PM- 4:00PM (CST)
Location: A. V. Cato Library Learning Commons

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