Welcome to Castleberry High School 

The mission of Castleberry High School is to provide a positive learning environment that engages, mentors, and motivates students to excel as successful lifelong learners.


Important Messages for Parents and Students

  Students, please take a moment to help with this important survey. Your input about campus safety is valuable to our campus administrators and staff. Thank you!

  The Castleberry community is invited to participate in our Spring Blood Drive on May 2 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. in the Library. Please click here to make an appointment or contact Ms. Lauren McCrary for more information.

  Contact Information: It is very important that we have parent and emergency contact information updated in our Skyward Family Access database for emergencies. Please take a moment to make sure your information is current and accurate. Click here to download instructions.

Spotlight on our English Department

This month we feature our English department at Castleberry High School. Our English teachers are Bill Svehlak (lead), Katie Smith, Cindy Hancock, Mary Heath, Stefanie Mathews, Melanie Zamudio, and James Ivey.

All English teachers are available for tutorials every school day--both before and after school.
  What students are reading this semester in their English classes:

Bill Svehlak teaches English III and AP English Language and Composition. Mr. Svehlak has taught at Castleberry High School for ten years. He was born and raised with three sisters in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Texas Tech in 1991. In 2001, Mr. Svehlak went back to school, earning a master’s degree in English from The University of Dallas. Many cold nights driving from his garage apartment to the university across town in winter with no heater in his car makes him appreciate the reward that comes from sacrifice. Mr. Svehlak believes in the potential of every student to achieve any goal they set.

Katie Smith teaches English I and Pre-AP English I. Mrs. Smith has taught at Castleberry High School for four years. She was born in Fort Worth and raised in the small town of Paradise, Texas. She enjoys teaching in CISD because of its hometown feel. Mrs. Smith received her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Midwestern State University in 2006 and a teaching license from The University of North Texas in 2009. Mrs. Smith was one of the Teachers of the Year for CHS for the 2011-2012 school year, and this is an accomplishment for which she is very proud. Mrs. Smith married her childhood sweetheart in 2010 and they have two doggie children, mini-dachshunds named Rider Storm and Eleanor Rigby.

Cindy Hancock is currently teaching English 4 and AP English 4. Mrs. Hancock will celebrate 10 years at Castleberry High School this year. During these 10 years, she has taught all four English classes and enjoyed opening students’ eyes to the world of literature. Mrs. Hancock brings a vast experience to the classroom due to her world travels and living in the Far East. Her family includes a loving husband of 27 years and two handsome sons, all of whom love to travel and enjoy reading.

Mary Heath teaches ESL and English III. Ms. Heath is also the yearbook sponsor. She has taught at Castleberry High School for six years. She was born and raised in Farmers Branch, Texas. Ms. Heath earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas in 2000. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Heath holds her students to high standards, but she is always willing to work with any student to help them succeed.

Stefanie Mathews teaches English II and Pre-AP English II. Mrs. Mathews has taught at Castleberry High School for two years. She was born and raised in a military family and has traveled and lived all over. She attended the University of South Florida and finished her Bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Arlington. Mrs. Mathews resides in Fort Worth with her husband, who is also a teacher, and her two boys, Grayson and Archer. Her hobbies include reading books of all genres, cooking, and playing any and all sports.

Melanie Zamudio teaches English I, English II, English III, and English IV. This is her tenth year as an educator, her second year teaching at Castleberry High School. Mrs. Z (as her students call her) was born in San Diego, California. She moved to the North Texas area while she was still very young, so she calls North Texas home. Mrs. Z is married, has two children, one dog, one cat, and a hamster. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Secondary Education, both of which she earned at the University of North Texas in Denton. Mrs. Zamudio is a dedicated teacher. Her greatest wish is for her student’s to be successful in school so they may be successful in life. Her favorite quote is: “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” as said by Mahatma Ghandi.

James Ivey teaches English 2 and AP World History. Mr. Ivey is teaching in his first year at Castleberry High School and fourth overall. His previous teaching experience all took place in Grand Prairie ISD, with two years at Dubiski Career High School and one year at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Kennedy Middle School. After taking a long hiatus from his first stint in college, he graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History and Communications, and an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Weatherford College on the same May weekend in 2010. His wife, Wendy, heads the Culinary Arts and Hospitality pathway at Castleberry High School. Two of his three children, Faith and Isaac, attend Castleberry Elementary. For now, a quote from Ludwig van Beethoven best fits his view towards students seeking success. “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise me to the Divine.”


School Information

School hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Pickup time: 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Cafeteria Prices
School Supply List

Bell Schedule

Regular (M, W, F)  Mentor/Journey (Tu, Th)
Pep Rally (for 4 Friday home games)
 1 8:00-8:54 8:00-8:49
Announcements: 8:59-9:05
8:54-9:49 8:55-9:50
 3 10:04-10:58  9:54-10:43
Assembly: 10:48-11:18
 4 (A Lunch)
Lunch: 11:03-11:33
Class: 11:38-12:33
Lunch: 11:23-11:53
Class: 11:58-12:48
Lunch: 10:50-11:20
Class: 11:25-12:15
 4 (B Lunch)
Class: 11:03-11:58
Lunch: 12:03-12:38
Class: 11:23-12:13
Lunch: 12:18-12:48
Class: 10:50-11:40
Lunch: 11:45-12:15
 5 12:38-1:32 12:53-1:42  12:20-1:10 
 6 1:37-2:31  1:47-2:36  1:15-2:05 
 7 2:36-3:30  2:41-3:30  2:10-3:00
Pep Rally: 3:05-3:30

NCLB Report Card

You can now view the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) report card for the state of Texas. This report card includes information on every school campus with in a school district in Texas. The report card provides the public with information about:

  • Assessment results for the LEA and campuses

  • Graduation rates for secondary school students

  • Performance of school district and campuses on adequate yearly progress (AYP) measures.

  • Number and names of Title I schools identified as in need of improvement

  • Professional qualifications of teachers in the LEA and campuses

Click here to view the report card.

CHS School Supply List for 2013-2014

 70 page spiral composition wide ruled notebook 3
 No. 2 pencils 10 
 Wide ruled notebook paper (150 count)  1 pack  
 Colored pencils (12 count) 1 box 
 Blue or black ballpoint pens 10
 3 ring binder (2 inch) 1
Art supply list will be provided at the beginning of school year. Art kits will be available for purchase.  

News & Events

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) publishes an Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) report and School Report Card (SRC) for our campus. In addition, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires our campus to provide a Texas NCLB Report Card.

All these reports for the previous school year can be accessed from
this link.

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