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.


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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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Youths ready entries for fair

The 39th Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo will kick off Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds. The fair, which continues through March 29, will include more than 700 entries in various categories including breeding animals, market animals, tractor driving, public speaking and home economics from Denton County youths ages 8 to 18.

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Argyle ISD puts bond up for vote

ARGYLE — The Argyle school board has called a $45 million bond election for May 10 for projects including a new middle school, upgrades to athletic facilities and the high school, improvements to district technology, and new school buses.

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School districts assess superintendents

Several area school superintendents, including Denton’s Jamie Wilson, received their annual evaluations last month in closed-door sessions with their district’s school boards.

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Incentives given for early notice

Hoping to get a leg up on hiring for the next school year, two area school districts are offering incentives to teachers and other employees who give early notice that they will be leaving their jobs.


A sweet surprise

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.

Some Argyle ISD staff to have guns

ARGYLE — Some Argyle school district employees will be armed with guns and are authorized to use force if necessary to protect students under a new district policy approved this week.

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Firm to present details on new high school

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.

Gregory to resign district seat

Denton City Council member Dalton Gregory announced this week that he will resign his District 2 seat in order to run for an at-large seat on the council.

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Schools await word on changes

A decision from the State Board of Education on revisions to high school graduation requirements is expected to be handed down this month, and Denton school district staff members are working to make sure they — and students and parents — are ready.

Eggheads under pressure

The cast of Ryan High School’s staging of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee can list a few challenges right off the bat.

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Neighbors at the top

The road sign indicating the Denton County limits is in need of an update. Welcome to Denton County, Home of Champions.

Grads in green

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DISD seeks name ideas

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.

Denton ISD survey to gauge technology use

Denton school officials say they plan to survey students, staff and parents electronically on their use of technology to help the district develop a new technology plan.

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Parents provide feedback on zones

CORINTH — Proposed changes in elementary school attendance zones drew questions but little opposition from parents this week at the first of two public hearings on the Denton school district proposals.

Police: Little Elm woman arraigned on charges

A Little Elm woman faces felony charges after getting on a school bus Tuesday and injuring three children, police said.

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Back on track

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Yarn spinner seeks winner

Texas Woman’s University graduate student Shane Strawbridge wants to take his next show to the kids, so to speak.

Technological treasure hunt

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.

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The Denton school district’s seven middle schools each placed at least one student in the Texas Music Educators Association all-region choir.

DISD to dedicate middle school

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.

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Veterans Day events dot county

Veterans Day ceremonies throughout Denton County will honor past and present members of the military, including events today at the Courthouse on the Square.

Rising to the light

Officials with the theater arts department of Guyer High School knew staging two musicals was an ambitious plan, but when more than enough students showed interest to stage both, the department got to work.

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Lake Dallas students earn ride to film fest

LAKE DALLAS — Seven audio/video students from Lake Dallas High School used scholarships to attend last week’s 20th annual Austin Film Festival and Conference.

School launches film festival to raise money

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.

Cano picked to lead McNair

The Denton school board named Deborah Cano of the Aledo school district as the new principal of McNair Elementary School.