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Sanger ISD

Clear Creek Intermediate School

Students win $2,500 library for classroom

Fourth-grade students at Sanger’s Clear Creek Intermediate School recently won a statewide contest that resulted in $2,500 worth of books for their classroom.

Clear Creek classes were challenged in fall 2012 by Assistant Principal Stephanie Lance to enter the Scholastic Inc. energy conservation academic incentive sponsored by Oncor. Sara Armstrong’s fourth-graders accepted the challenge, which required them to study the Energy Savers program lessons and then create postcards with words and pictures that showed energy-saving tips for home and school.

The Energy Savers lessons align with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards, which, in this case, aim at using fun math, science, social studies and language arts activities to help in the learning process.

Armstrong’s students reviewed the Energy Savers lessons and discussed them in October. They then used Scholastic’s template to create their postcards with energy-savings tips and submitted them for the contest.

Armstrong’s class was one of only 10 classrooms throughout the state to win.

“One of the favorite tips that the kids learned was to unplug ‘vampire electronics’ such as cellphone chargers and game consoles when not in use,” Armstrong said. 

Other tips the class used for the postcards included hanging clothes out to dry, instead of using clothes dryers, and being sure to turn off lights when no one is in a room, she added.

The $2,500 worth of books ended up being about 200 titles covering a wide range of reading skills so that all the students can enjoy them.


Liberty Christian

Leadership academy enters second year

The Martin J. Noto Christian Leadership Academy is in its second year, consisting of 54 freshmen and sophomores who are studying Max Lucado’s book, You Were Made to Make A Difference. The book challenges them with principles such as the following: “You were made to belong to God,” “You were made to reach out to others” and “You were made to change the world.”

“The academy aims to help students develop leadership skills for use in their future endeavors,” said Rhonda Smith, one of the teachers sponsoring the academy.

In the academy, students gain valuable life skills and tools to help them in whatever they choose to do, and the leadership training they receive will be extremely helpful in the future, according to school officials.

In addition to studying the book, students practice leadership skills in various ways and glean valuable information from guest speakers.

As a part of the monthly class, students perform a minimum of two service hours each quarter.


Bible classes help mom in desperate need

Matt Bowles, middle school youth pastor at Liberty Christian, saw a video at church of a single mother with five children living in south Dallas and needing basic necessities that most people take for granted.

“This family submitted their home to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition but did not get chosen,” Bowles said. “The house fell on their gas line so they do not have gas to the house. The family makes fires in the backyard to heat water to bathe in. The mother has been cooking for six people on a two-burner plug on a camping stove.”

He said when he saw the video he thought, “Students in my middle school Bible classes at Liberty will help — we’ve got this.”

Bowles showed the video to his students, and in no time, his students contributed $500 in Target gift cards.

“We wanted to give this mom the chance to get what she needed,” Bowles said.


Students, teacher team up to win first place

Two Liberty Christian School juniors set their goal to start a business club on campus. They obtained the support of their academic advisor and principal, then asked economics teacher Richard Jones to be its sponsor.

One problem: The regional competition was upon them, and they wanted to compete in economics, yet they weren’t slated to take the course until next year, according to school officials.

So Jones gave students Grace Dansby and Brooke Hadley a “crash course” in macroeconomics, and the girls won first place. They travel Feb. 27 to Houston for the Business Professionals of America (BPA) state competition.

On Jan. 26 at Guyer High School, the girls presented their five-page paper in the five-minute time limit, answered questions by the judges afterward and won first place in the economic team research project competition.

Both Hadley and Dansby have similar goals regarding college and their future.

Dansby and Hadley aim to hold regular meetings with guest speakers who will share their experience in the business field, and once the club opens for membership after the state competition, require members to complete a set amount of service hours as well.


Student wins $1,500 scholarship in contest

Virginia Sitzes, a Liberty Christian School senior, won second place with her artwork “Game Face” in colored pencil on paper at the Fort Worth Stock Show Art Contest and was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Sitzes plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall and major in art. Currently, she is building a drawing portfolio for Advanced Placement credit, with a concentration on faces.


Winfree Academy

Students compete in academic decathlon

Seven students from the Winfree Academy Charter School Denton campus recently participated in an academic decathlon event. 

Student participants in the Jan. 25 event in Lufkin were tested in 10 areas.  Denton Winfree competed against five or six other small high schools, according to school officials.  

Roger Bryant, Rani Stromberg, Olivia Winters, Stormy McCandless, Dakota Boyer, Fabio Pescina and Teresa Dalton represented their school well by winning four medals.  Bryant earned a medal for math in the general competition for small schools, and Stromberg, Bryant and Boyer earned the highest score and a medal in their team division.  Team sponsor Rebecca Parratt and her assistants, Janet Nachtweh, Shelly Varin,  Ernest Smallwood and Sharon Warwick, accompanied the AcaDec team to Lufkin for the event along with coaching them as they prepared.

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