Denton ISD’s eighth middle school finally has a name. After a lenghty open meeting, board members deliberated into the early morning hours Wednesday during closed session and voted unanimously to dub the building the Dr. Rudy and Rosemary Rodriguez Middle School. The name honors a local couple who share a passion for education and have contributed to Denton schools since the 1970s.
Wearing a signature green-colored University of North Texas V-neck T-shirt, Jordin Phipps, an 8-year-old from Garland, emphasizes her words because she believes them, pounding her fist as she speaks, creating a blur with the blue watch on her small right wrist.
The Denton school district has made a controversial (or, as the school board called it: courageous and brave) move regarding grading policies to take effect next year. The new policy throws deadlines out the window by allowing students to turn in late work at any time and retake tests over and over. It also does away with the six-week grading periods, replacing them with nine-week periods.