2023-2024 News Articles

AIMing Higher: Accelerated Math Opportunities for Elementary Students
AIMing Higher: Accelerated Math Opportunities for Elementary Students
Castleberry ISD offers the Acceleration in Math (AIM) program to students in kindergarten through fifth grade who are currently enrolled in the district and meet specific eligibility criteria. Students who qualify for AIM have the opportunity to advance in math beyond their enrolled grade level.  
Castleberry ISD’s Esports Team Shines at 2024 Burleson ISD Winter Invitational
Castleberry ISD’s Esports Team Shines at 2024 Burleson ISD Winter Invitational
On Saturday, February 10th, the Castleberry Esports team, comprising 16 students from Castleberry High School (CHS) and Irma Marsh Middle School (IMMS), participated in the 2024 Burleson Independent School District (BISD) Esports Winter Invitational. The event saw a turnout of over 215 students from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, each competing in one of the following games: Rocket League, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, NBA2k, and Fortnite. 
Celebrate CTE Month Castleberry ISD Career and Technology Education
Celebrate CTE Month with Castleberry ISD: A Focus on Real-World Skills and Career Success
Castleberry ISD invites the community to join in the celebration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month this February. The month-long celebration will highlight the integral role of CTE in middle and high school education, recognizing the teachers, students, and businesses that contribute to the success of these programs. 
Mariachi Program Dominates at UIL
Mariachi Program Dominates at UIL and Advances to the UIL State Mariachi Festival for the Second Year in a Row
Congratulations to Castleberry ISD’s JV Mariachi Los Reyes and Varsity Mariachi Los Leones for earning straight 1’s at the UIL Region 5 North Zone Competition held at North Side High School in Fort Worth ISD on Saturday. 
Locally Elected, Community Connected
January is School Board Recognition Month
January is School Board Recognition Month and Castleberry ISD is celebrating its trustees for their dedication and commitment to the district and its students. 
Castleberry ISD Board of Education Election 2024: Key Dates and Candidate Information
Castleberry ISD's Board of Education Election will be held Saturday, May 4, 2024. Place 3 and Place 4 on the District’s Board are up for election. The Castleberry ISD Board of Education consists of seven at large board members serving terms of three years, with elections held annually.  
Free Tech Fundamentals Program for High School Graduates
Castleberry ISD and NPower Texas Expand Free Tech Fundamentals Program to Graduates
Castleberry ISD is looking for recent graduates and community members between the ages of 18 and 26 who are looking to start a career in tech. The district is partnering with NPower to offer a tuition-free Tech Fundamentals program that will provide participants the skills needed to fast-track their tech career and be job ready in six months. Those interested do not need to have prior technology skills or training.  
Congratulations! TMEA Distinguished Administrator Renee Smith-Faulkner
Superintendent Renee Smith-Faulkner Named TMEA Distinguished Administrator
During a Castleberry ISD school board meeting, Superintendent Renee Smith-Faulkner received a surprising and heartwarming recognition. Dr. Steven Moss, the Director of Fine Arts, revealed a well-kept secret from Item 7B on the agenda. The Texas Music Educators Association recognized Mrs. Smith-Faulkner as a distinguished administrator, an honor rare in the state. Dr. Moss highlighted the Association's global uniqueness and impressive statistics, and Mrs. Smith-Faulkner was presented with a bouquet of roses symbolizing her years of service. The surprise continued with an upcoming honor from the Fort Worth City Council, showcasing the district's commitment to fine arts education. 
Welcome Christina Jarvis Innovation Leader
Castleberry ISD Welcomes Christina Jarvis as Innovation Leader
Castleberry ISD welcomes Christina Jarvis as the district’s newest Innovation Leader. Jarvis joins Castleberry ISD from Carroll ISD where she has served as an Instructional Technology Specialist for a year. She started her career in education 25 years ago as a special education teacher in Fort Worth ISD. 
Annual Breakfast Kicks-Off Red Ribbon Week
Annual Breakfast Kicks-Off Red Ribbon Week 2023
Since 1990, Castleberry ISD and the River Oaks Lions Club have joined forces to educate students and the community about the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Annually, Red Ribbon Week encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles during the week of October 23rd through 31st. 
Welcome Diana Colby District Lead/High School Librarian
Diana Colby Named Incoming District Lead/High School Librarian
Castleberry ISD welcomes Diana Colby as the district’s incoming lead/high school librarian. Colby joins Castleberry ISD from Keller ISD where she served as a librarian at all levels and most recently as the district library facilitator for the past 11 years. She started her career in education 16 years ago as a Texas History Teacher in Keller ISD. 
Happening This Week! Community Events for Homecoming!
Call Your Friends and Invite Your Neighbors: All are Invited to Celebrate Castleberry's Homecoming
Cheer on the Lions as they celebrate this year's Superheroes Leading the Way Homecoming! The annual community parade is on Thursday at 6:00 PM. Following the parade, everyone is invited to the Burning of the Letters Community Pep Rally event! Details, times, and locations for all homecoming events are available on this page. 
Castleberry ISD Joins Statewide Effort to Raise Fentanyl Poison Awareness in October
October is Fentanyl Poison Awareness Month and Castleberry ISD is joining school districts across the state to raise awareness about the increasing threat posed by Fentanyl to the health and safety of youth.  
Get #VoteReady
Get #VoteReady at Community Drive Through Voter Registration Event
Since 2012, National Voter Registration Day has helped more than 5 million people register to vote for the first time or update their registration. Castleberry ISD is excited to offer a community drive-thru event on September 19 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Stop by the north end of the high school, look for the white canopy and be "Vote Ready"! 
Castleberry ISD Earns State's Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating
Castleberry ISD Earns State's Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating
Castleberry Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A” for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The “Superior Achievement” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Castleberry ISD’s financial management and reporting system. 
All three Castleberry Elementary Schools Recognized as "CS100 "All In"
All Castleberry Elementary Schools Recognized as "CS100 "All In"
CS is Elementary™ announced the winners of the CS100 and CS100 “All-In” Awards for commitment to K-5 Computer Science Education. Among the twenty Texas elementary school awardees, A.V. Cato Elementary, Castleberry Elementary, and Joy James Academy of Leadership, have each been awarded the coveted "All-In" CS100 Award. This recognition celebrates their outstanding dedication to computer science education and their unwavering commitment to preparing students for the digital age. ​ The "All-In" CS100 Award is a national recognition that acknowledges elementary schools across the country for their exceptional efforts in aligning instruction to meet state or district standards for computer science education. This distinction serves as a testament to the dedication of our educators and administrators to provide our students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in an increasingly technology-driven world. 
Castleberry ISD Earns District of Distinction Award for Leading the Way in Visual Arts
Castleberry ISD Earns 2023 TAEA District of Distinction Award
The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) announced the 68 winners of the 2023 District of Distinction Award. Among the list of honorees is Castleberry Independent School District. The districts received the honor for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and build social emotional learning that connect learners to their community and beyond. 
Castleberry Yard Signs
Enhance Your Home's Exterior with a Stylish Castleberry Yard Sign
Showcase your Castleberry pride by purchasing a 24" by 18" full color yard sign to display in your front yard or other area. Signs are just $15 each and are ready for pickup within three weeks of ordering. 
Free After School Program
Castleberry ISD Offers Free After-School Program with 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant
Castleberry ISD is a recipient of the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. This grant is intended to provide Castleberry ISD students with academic support, enrichment activities (including STEAM, sports, gaming, and more), social-emotional learning, leadership skills, high-impact tutoring (HIT), snack and dinner. 
Welcome! Jacki Smith, 21st CCLC Specialist
Castleberry ISD Welcomes Jacki Smith as 21st CCLC Specialist
Castleberry ISD welcomes Jacki Smith as the district’s new 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program Specialist. Smith joins Castleberry ISD from Birdville ISD where she served as a Site Coordinator and Family Engagement Specialist for the past two years. She started her career in education five years ago as Federal Programs Assistant and Parent Liaison at Franklin County School District. 
Congratulations! Kristen Schmitt, Literacy Instructional Coach
Kristen Schmitt Named Literacy Instructional Coach
Castleberry ISD is thrilled to announce the promotion of Kristen Schmitt as the district’s new Literacy Instructional Coach. Schmitt has served the Castleberry Independent School District for the past four years as a fourth grade ELAR teacher at Joy James Academy of Leadership. Prior to joining Castleberry ISD, she started her career in education at Fort Worth ISD, where she was a third and fourth grade teacher. 
Welcome Claudine Avila 21st CCLC Director
Castleberry ISD Welcomes Claudine Avila as 21st CCLC Director
Castleberry ISD welcomes Claudine Avila as the district’s new 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Director. Avila joins Castleberry ISD from Birdville ISD where she served as Project Director for the past four years. She started her career in education 20 years ago as a paraprofessional. 
Back to School Traffic Routes
Traffic Routes for Each Campus
Castleberry ISD welcomes all students back for the 2023-2024 school year on Wednesday, August 9! In preparation for the first day, parents are encouraged to be aware of the traffic flow for each campus. While school is in session, please be extra cautious in traffic. Be aware that school traffic zones will be in effect during morning drop off and afternoon dismissal. Students will be walking to and from school, so please be cautious while driving and be aware of pedestrians.  
Castleberry ISD Back to School Guide 2023-2024
Back to School Guide 2023-2024
Castleberry ISD welcomes students back for the 2023-2024 school year on Wednesday, August 9. The information included in this guide is designed to help parents and students prepare for a successful start to the new school year. 
Castleberry ISD Transitions to ParentSquare to Streamline Communication
Castleberry ISD Transitions to ParentSquare to Streamline Communication
Castleberry ISD is excited to share the district is transitioning to a different communication platform called ParentSquare. This unified communication platform is designed to engage every family with school communication and communication-based services—from the district office, campus principal, and teacher—all in one place. The platform offers a whole host of tools that allow the district, school administrators, and teachers to communicate more effectively with families.  
Welcome Dr. Mark Page, Assistant Principal, Castleberry High School
Dr. Mark Anthony Page Named Assistant Principal at CHS
Castleberry ISD welcomes Dr. Mark Anthony Page as the newest Assistant Principal at Castleberry High School. Dr. Page joins Castleberry ISD from Killeen ISD where he served as an assistant principal for the past year. He started his career in education 17 years ago as a high school speech teacher and coach in Gainesville ISD. 
Castleberry ISD Welcomes Jenny Royer as Elementary Math Instructional Coach
Jenny Royer Named Elementary Math Instructional Coach
Castleberry ISD welcomes Jenny Royer as the district’s new Elementary Math Instructional Coach. Royer joins Castleberry ISD from Amphitheater School District in Arizona where she served as an Assistant Principal for five years. She started her career in education 20 years ago as a fourth grade teacher in Jordan School District. 
Welcome Haley Reynolds RLA Instructional Coach
Haley Reynolds Named Secondary RLA Instructional Coach
Castleberry ISD welcomes Haley Reynolds as the district’s new RLA Instructional Coach. Reynolds joins Castleberry ISD from Fort Worth ISD where she served as a secondary English Language Arts teacher and department leader for the past three years. She started her career in education 10 years ago in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD where she was first an English teacher at the high school level and later an English teacher and AVID site coordinator at the middle school level. 
Congratulations! Michelle Owen, CTE Instructional Coach
Michelle Owen Promoted to CTE Instructional Coach
Castleberry ISD is thrilled to announce the promotion of Michelle Owen as the district’s first CTE Instructional Coach. Ms. Owen has served the Castleberry Independent School District for the past three years with the CTE team teaching business. Prior to joining Castleberry ISD, she started her career in education in Fort Worth ISD as a CTE teacher for three years. 
Welcome Morgan Long Literacy Instructional Coach
Morgan Long Named Literacy Instructional Coach
Castleberry ISD welcomes Morgan Long back as the district’s next Literacy Instructional Coach. Long returns to Castleberry ISD from Fort Worth ISD where she served as a Student Success Specialist for the past two years. She started her career in education 10 years ago as an ESL teacher in China. 
Welcome! Diane Burnett, Special Education Coordinator
Diane Burnett Named Special Education Coordinator
Castleberry ISD welcomes Diane Burnett as the district’s next Special Education Coordinator. Burnett joins Castleberry ISD from Alvarado ISD where she served as the Director of Special Education for the past three years. She started her career in education thirty years ago as a special education teacher in Wisconsin.