3 districts seeking superintendents

Three Denton County school districts are trying to find new superintendents this summer as the school year rapidly approaches. Aubrey, Little Elm and Pilot Point are among 42 Texas school districts with superintendent vacancies, according to TexasISD.com. The website is a source of school news for educators.

Solar-powered fusion: Team heads to Austin as part of challenge

A ray of sunshine is what it takes to fuel one Liberty Christian School team. On Wednesday, 11 students from the Argyle school hit the road bound for Austin as participants in the 21st annual high school Solar Car Challenge.

Lone Star Technology in Action conference begins

From tips for creating a website to learning Google basics and from using 3D printers and pens to building a social media presence, the fifth annual Lone Star Technology in Action conference offers something for educators and local residents alike.

In the Schools

Dismissal bell marks start of program

Lake Dallas school district parents will have an opportunity Tuesday to preview the district’s new after-school program, InZone Extended Day.

Apple Tree reaches its goal

An official with Interfaith Ministries of Denton said the nonprofit agency has met its Apple Tree Project donation goal, which will allow distribution of backpacks, school supplies, clothing and shoes to 1,500 needy schoolchildren in Denton next month.

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School board weighs costs

The Denton school board will convene for a special meeting today to consider the guaranteed maximum price for grading work on the district’s fourth comprehensive high school and roof repair for facilities damaged by hail in April.

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CyberCamp reaches out to girls

A new camp is on the Texas Woman’s University campus this week, teaching local high school students about cybersecurity and how to protect a system online.

Lake Dallas school trustee resigns

Lake Dallas school board secretary Carol Jula said the July 21 meeting will be her last as a school board member. Jula said she plans to relocate to Fort Worth and gain “some personal time.”

New Sanger principal from down the road

Charlene Parham, an assistant principal at Guyer High School, will begin work as principal at Sanger High School on Monday, according to the district’s superintendent.

In The Schools

Ex-choir director pleads guilty

A former Guyer High School choir director has pleaded guilty to having an improper relationship with a student, according to county officials.

Argyle wins third straight Lone Star Cup

Tuesday’s announcement from the University Interscholastic League was something folks in Argyle knew was coming for a third straight year. The Class 3A Lone Star Cup is going to be in Argyle for another year.

Lake Dallas changes school attendance zones

Four future housing developments within the Lake Dallas school district have had their elementary school attendance zones changed, according to school officials.

Denton ISD suggests seeking more support

The Denton school board on Tuesday night encouraged city officials to reach out to other interested parties in their efforts to sell the full-service hotel, restaurant and convention center project to the community.

Argyle, Lake Dallas schools boost pay

Most employees working for the Argyle and Lake Dallas school districts can expect a pay increase come next school year.

Board approves 4 new buses for Sanger ISD

The Sanger school district will soon add four new school buses to its fleet. At a school board meeting last week, trustees gave their approval for the district to purchase two 71-passenger buses and two 14-passenger buses, according to Eric Beam, Sanger’s deputy superintendent.

Denton ISD eyes 1-cent tax hike

The Denton school district is proposing a 1-cent increase to the debt service portion of the tax rate, which would take the debt service rate to the state’s 50-cent cap.

Terrier leaving Pilot Point

PILOT POINT — Just a year into his superintendent contract, Byron Terrier and the Pilot Point school district are parting ways.

Charter school to break ground on new facility

Vista Academy intends to break ground today on a facility slated for construction on property located at Interstate 35 East and Meadowview Drive in Corinth.

School districts begin summer hours

Through Aug. 1, Denton school district facilities will have extended hours Monday through Thursday and will be closed on Fridays.

Denton school district plans public hearing

The Denton school district will have a public hearing for its proposed tax rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year at 6 p.m. today.

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Graduation day arrives

Today is graduation day for nearly 1,500 high school seniors from the Denton school district. Ceremonies for Denton’s three comprehensive high schools begin at 11 a.m. with Denton High School, followed by Guyer High at 2:30 p.m. and Ryan High at 6 p.m. All three graduation ceremonies will take place at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

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Inspiring confidence

It’s the last week of school at Hodge Elementary and Principal Mary “Sam” Kelley is briskly walking up and down the hallways.

In The Schools

Cap and gown season

Several thousand Denton-area teenagers will close one chapter of their lives and enter another in coming weeks as they pick up their high school diplomas and enter adulthood.

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Known for her presence

AUBREY — Maintaining perfect attendance is something Aubrey High School graduating senior Bridgett Parker has worked on her entire school career.

Next principal visits Argyle Intermediate

ARGYLE — Renee Funderburg, assistant principal at Prairie Trail Elementary School in Flower Mound, has been named the new principal at Argyle Intermediate School.

In the Schools

Space to create

Using 3-D pens and a 3-D printer, students at Denton High School and others recently designed artwork including ships, jellyfish, dragons, cellphone covers, a theater mask and a replica of the Eiffel Tower. The activity was offered with the help of Round Rock-based Dim3Printing, a 3-D printing company, which gave a presentation May 12 during the school's student art exhibit. According to school district officials, it was the first time students at Denton High have had the opportunity to use 3-D technology for creating artwork.

Principal retiring with a ‘full heart’

For Audrey Staniszewski, the principal at Denton’s Wilson Elementary School, the relationships she formed with students and their families didn’t end when the students left fifth grade and set out for middle school.

Principal making a shift

A new principal has been named to lead Hodge Elementary School beginning in the fall. Patty Jensen, now principal at Cross Oaks Elementary School, will succeed Hodge Principal Sam Kelley, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

DISD planning for Bostic’s departure

The Denton school district is working on a transition plan for Assistant Superintendent Robert Bostic’s exit from the district now that he has been formally hired as superintendent for the Stafford Municipal School District.

Argyle ISD bond package wins support

Voters in Argyle on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a $45 million school bond package, with 59 percent approving the package in complete but unofficial returns.

Teachers get show of thanks

Teachers in Denton County were showered all week with a host of events and activities, food and gifts as a show of gratitude for the work they do.

In the Schools

Argyle teacher recognized during awards ceremony

Brenda Williams, a fifth-grade science teacher at Argyle Intermediate School, was one of 40 finalists of teachers and principals recognized by grocer H-E-B on Saturday at the 13th annual Excellence in...

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Teaching dreams within her reach

By 9 years old, Nadia Williams was on a path toward becoming an educator. That was the year she began creating lesson plans and teaching lessons to her younger brother and cousin, both then 3 years old, during summer months.

In the Schools

DISD administrator tapped for new job

Robert Bostic, the Denton school district’s assistant superintendent for academic programs, is the lone finalist for the Stafford Municipal School District superintendent job.

DISD set to change grading system

The Denton school district is changing its grading system in secondary schools by moving to a nine-week grading period with less emphasis on homework and extra credit assignments.

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Making the cut

While Argyle football players worked their way through the fall season to the state championship, a team of young filmmakers was right by their side at practices, taking road trips across the state and sometimes working in freezing weather. Now the filmmakers are facing a championship of their own, of sorts.

In the Schools

Denton ISD cancels school board elections

The Denton school district has formally canceled the May 10 school board elections since there are no contested races in the district.

Denton school district employee dies at age 45

The Denton school district is mourning the loss of Shonna Morelos, an educational diagnostician who has been with the district since 2008. Morelos, 45, died Tuesday morning, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of her death was not disclosed.

In the Schools

Denton ISDFoundation to award scholarshipsThe Denton African American Scholarship Foundation will recognize nine graduating seniors from Denton, Guyer and Ryan high schools with scholarships this month.The...

Board votes to name new school for Adkins

The newest elementary school to the Denton school district is being named for retired educator and former school board member Dorothy Adkins.

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Stories to fill fest

A group of juniors and seniors at Denton High School gather in a circle to practice an exercise called “Zoom.” The objective: Get a ball of energy around the circle as soon as possible.

Two options for site of new high school

The Denton school board will consider the location for its next high school Tuesday. School district Superintendent Jamie Wilson said board members will decide between two properties along the U.S. Highway 380 Corridor for placement of the district’s fourth comprehensive high school.