Borman Elementary School first-grader Trace Holdsclaw gives his mentor, Don Slater, a birthday cake celebrating Slater's 99th birthday at a surprise party at the school Thursday. Slater is among more than 30 residents of Robson Ranch who board a school bus every Thursday to volunteer at Borman as a mentor. The program with Robson Ranch is now in its 10th year and is funded through the district's Adopt-A-School Partners in Education program.
The Denton school board will get a new look at plans for a fourth high school in the district at its meeting tonight. VLK Architects will present details including “artistic renderings, pullouts of shared spaces and classroom spaces,” and energy efficient and sustainable features proposed for the school and the school site plan, said Superintendent Jamie Wilson.
Got an idea for a school facility name? Officials with the Denton school district want to hear it. The district began accepting nominations this week for naming future facilities, including a new school under construction in the Lantana area that is now known only as Elementary School No. 22. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 31, and district officials say they intend to post information for nomination forms on the district website.
Butterfield Elementary School third-grader Brantly Stokes scans the bar code on his teacher Shaundra Padron’s shirt during the Poetry in the Park event Thursday at Porter Sports Complex Park in Sanger. Butterfield third- and fourth-graders used smartphones or tablets to scan bar codes posted on trees, light posts or anywhere they could find them, as shown below, for which they received a poem written by a Butterfield student that they read out loud to their class. The event continues today but will be moved indoors to the school because of inclement weather.
The Denton school district will formally dedicate its newest middle school tonight as its namesake looks on. Longtime educator Bettye Myers said she plans to be on hand for the dedication of Bettye Myers Middle School, which opened its doors to students on Aug. 26.
Wilson Elementary School is taking a different approach in raising funds to purchase iPads for learning. Rather than have students sell products or go out for pledged donations, school staff members recently launched the Wilson Film Festival. Earlier this semester, each class at the school created iPad videos that have been posted online, and through Dec. 31, people are being asked to vote for their favorite video by making donations.
Two school-related issues are before Denton County voters on the Nov. 5 ballot. Residents in the Denton school district are being asked to vote for or against a $312 million bond package, while those in the Lewisville school district will elect a candidate to an unexpired term on the school board.
“I’m scared, I’m scared,” said a frantic-sounding Michael Bryce Underwood while calling 911 late Aug. 31. One day after the 17-year-old Underwood was indicted on a manslaughter charge and 911 recordings were made public, reactions were muted among those who knew the victim, Guyer High School student-athlete Nathan Maki.
In less than 20 minutes, the town hall meeting to discuss the 2013 Denton school bond election came and went. Aside from the five bond committee members and four representatives from the Denton school district, three people attended what may be one of the only town hall meetings conducted on the issue, on Monday night at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.