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Denton ISD

Spots open for annual Apple Tree Project

Denton ISD students on free or reduced lunch are eligible to register for the annual Apple Tree Project organized by Interfaith Ministries.

Every summer before school starts, the group puts together backpacks filled with school supplies and clothing to give to economically disadvantaged students. Spots in the program fill up fast, so organizers encourage parents to sign up soon.

To register, parents should bring a valid photo ID and their child's birth certificate if they're entering kindergarten. They should also supply the child's date of birth, grade level and clothing sizes.

For questions, call 940-565-5479 or email info@ifmdenton.org.

Following is a full schedule of available registration dates:

Wednesday, April 5 — 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Rivera Elementary School.

Tuesday, April 11 — 3 to 6 p.m. at Hodge Elementary School.

Wednesday, April 12 — 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Ginnings Elementary School.

Wednesday, April 19 — 3 to 6 p.m. at Calhoun Middle School.

Saturday, May 6 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stephens Central Administration Building.

Registration for prekindergarten begins Friday

Parents and guardians wanting to enroll their children in Denton ISD's prekindergarten program next year can set up an appointment at a campus on April 1.

Campuses that offer free half-day programs include Gonzalez and Windle schools for young children as well as Borman, Cross Oaks, Lee, Newton Rayzor, Paloma Creek, Rivera, W.S. Ryan and Stephens elementary schools. Pre-K Academies, which allow parents to pay for services, are open at Gonzalez, Cross Oaks and Paloma Creek.

During registration, parents must bring proper identification for themselves, proof of residency in the form of a utility bill or lease agreement, the child's birth certificate, updated immunization records and Social Security card. After the first phase of registration is completed, families will receive a code to complete the process on the district's registration website, Infosnap.

To qualify for the free program, families must meet at least one of these criteria:

— Are limited English speaking,

— Qualify for free or reduced lunch,

— Are active military dependents, 

— Have been with the Department of Family and Protective Services, or 

— Are homeless.

For more information or to set up an appointment, call the campus you are interested in enrolling at. Find phone numbers and more information at www.dentonisd.org/domain/17.

Guyer High School

Applications open for Guyer band craft fair

Local vendors can apply for a spot at the first Guyer High School Band Craft Fair next weekend.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8 at Guyer, 7501 Teasley Lane. Musicians will perform while vendors sell home and garden products.

To request a vendor application, email guyerband2vp@gmail.com or go to http://guyerbandcraftfair.weebly.com.

Navo Middle School

Navo to host first art show

Parents and community members are invited to Navo Middle School on April 11 to view artwork created by students. The school's art show will take place in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m.

The event will showcase pieces from sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders that are also available for purchase. For $30, parents can buy their child's framed artwork to display in their homes. Reproductions will also be available in case more than one attendee wants to purchase a piece.

If you can't attend the art show but would still like to make a purchase, send cash or a check to your child's art teacher. Checks can be made out to Navo Middle School and a portion of the proceeds will go the the school's art department.

Denton Calvary Academy

Science students advance to city science fair

Six science students at Denton Calvary Academy will visit Texas Woman's University next weekend to show off their winning science fair projects.

The school had its own science fair for fourth- and fifth-grade students earlier this month, with first through third place advancing to the TWU Science Fair on April 8.

The following students took the top spots at the school fair:

Fourth grade: first place, Jordan Lassiter; second place, Sydney Marquez; third place, Joshua Jones; honorable mention, Sophia Valederrey.

Fifth grade: first place, Kate Wright; second place, Joshua Robertson, third place, Markus Muellenborn; honorable mention, Grace Askew.

Lake Dallas ISD

District names 2017 Teachers of the Year

Five Lake Dallas ISD educators received the district's Teacher of the Year distinction. They will represent their respective campuses as a district committee selects the elementary and secondary teachers of the year next month.

Cymica Gallahan was named Corinth Elementary School's Teacher of the Year. She teaches fourth grade and has been with the district for 10 years. She received her bachelor's degree from Texas Woman's University and graduated from Lake Dallas High School in 2001.

Deborah Zertuche won the distinction for Lake Dallas Elementary School. She teaches bilingual pre-K and has been with the district for eight years. She received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from TWU and earned certifications in bilingual and special education.

Dawn Grey won Teacher of the Year for Shady Shores Elementary School. She has taught first and second grade during her 11 years with the district. She received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton and is currently working on a master's in education from Lamar University in Beaumont.

Casey Harl was recognized at the Lake Dallas Middle School campus. He teaches eighth-grade math and algebra as well was Pre-AP algebra and geometry. He has been with the district for 11 years and received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Texas A&M University.

Kelli Whiteside took the Teacher of the Year title for Lake Dallas High School. She has taught English III in the district for 13 years and held the English department chair position for 12 years. She received a bachelor's degree in secondary physical education with an English minor and is an alumna of Lake Dallas High School.

Liberty Christian School 

Real estate summit scheduled for Thursday

Liberty Christian will host its second Real Estate Summit at 9 a.m. April 6 at the school, located at 1301 U. S. Highway 377 in Argyle.

Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads will join developer Sparky Pearson and Argyle's Director of Economic and Community Development Matt Jones to discuss the business climate and upcoming developments in Argyle and nearby communities.

A light breakfast will be provided at the free event. Attendees are asked to make reservations at www.libertychristian.com/RESummit.

— Compiled by Caitlyn Jones