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In the Schools: April 19, 2017

Representatives to co-host service academy forum

Students interested in attending the nation's military academies are invited to attend an information forum co-hosted by several congressional members.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29, at the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts, 1110 W. Debbie Lane in Mansfield. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Officials as well as current cadets and midshipmen from all five military academies — U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy — will be available for questions. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC representatives will also be on hand to talk about service opportunities at the university level.

The event is jointly hosted by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, as well as U.S. Reps. Sam Johnson, John Ratcliffe, Jeb Hensarling, Joe Barton, Kay Granger, Kenny Marchant, Roger Williams, Michael Burgess, John Carter, Pete Sessions and Marc Veasey.

Denton ISD

Kindergartner signs teaching contract for 2033-34 school year

Brenden Flowers may not be in the third grade yet, but he knows he wants to be a third-grade teacher.

Evers Park Elementary School kindergarten student Brenden Flowers signs a promissory letter April 12 from Denton ISD that stipulates that upon graduation from Denton High, completion of an education degree including appropriate certifications, the district would accelerate him through the hiring process to begin teaching at a district school for the 2033-34 school year.DRC/Jeff Woo
Evers Park Elementary School kindergarten student Brenden Flowers signs a promissory letter April 12 from Denton ISD that stipulates that upon graduation from Denton High, completion of an education degree including appropriate certifications, the district would accelerate him through the hiring process to begin teaching at a district school for the 2033-34 school year.
DRC/Jeff Woo

The Evers Park Elementary School kindergartner signed an "intent to hire" letter with Denton ISD last week that promises an accelerated hiring process with the district once he completes his education degree and required certifications. Flowers is set to graduate high school in 2029.

Throughout his time as a student with the district, he'll be paired with mentor teachers and put in the Education and Training program at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex if he chooses.

"Brenden is exactly who our program is targeting," Denton ISD Deputy Superintendent Richard Valenta said. "He's bright, well respected by his classmates and eager to learn and lead."

Denton Calvary Academy fourth-grader Jordan Lassiter shows off her prize after she received a perfect score at the Texas Woman's University Science Fair for her project that demonstrated the effects of ocean oil spills on marine life.Courtesy Denton Calvary Academy
Denton Calvary Academy fourth-grader Jordan Lassiter shows off her prize after she received a perfect score at the Texas Woman's University Science Fair for her project that demonstrated the effects of ocean oil spills on marine life.
Courtesy Denton Calvary Academy

Lake Dallas ISD

District accepting open enrollment applications

Lake Dallas ISD is opening up its campuses to resident and non-resident transfers for the upcoming school year. 

Transfers will admitted on a first-come, first-served basis and will depend on campus capacity. Applicants will be accepted on a case-by-case basis as administrators review academic history, discipline, attendance and state test scores.

Completed applications are due by May 31 and will then be turned over for district approval. Parents will be notified electronically about the status of their child's application.

For more information, call Lake Dallas ISD at 940-497-4039 or go to www.ldisd.net.

— Compiled by Caitlyn Jones

Featured image: James Shaffer walks up to the microphone to speak to students Tuesday at Guyer High School on the dangers of distracted driving. Shaffer, who lives in Argyle, lost his wife and daughter last year in a car crash that police say was caused by another driver who was texting while driving. Several area businesses partnered with local law enforcement agencies and students at Guyer for an assembly warning about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.
DRC/Jeff Woo