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District planning parenting conference

The Denton school district's Counseling Services Department will host "Empowering Families," an information session on how to develop effective parenting skills, from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 at Ryan High School.

The event kicks off with a free breakfast and registration from 8 to 9 a.m., followed by the parenting programs.

"No matter where you are on the parenting journey, you will benefit from attending Empowering Families," Barbara Haflich, parenting coordinator for the Denton school district, said in a news release.

Keynote speakers for the event will be Patrice Dunn, parent support coordinator for the Frisco school district, and social worker Ramiro Valdez. Other speakers will include Stephen Allen, a family therapist whose talk will be on "Smart Discipline"; Mauricio Corredor, a fifth-grade teacher at Rivera Elementary School; and Elena Esparza, a diagnostician for the Denton school district who will discuss "Understanding Parenting and Power." There will be presentations in English and Spanish.

"You will leave this conference with skills you can use immediately and increased confidence in your job as a parent," Haflich said.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes complimentary child care for children 2 years old and younger. Ryan High School is located at 5101 E. McKinney St.

For more information, call 940-369-0598.



DISD sending all-state musicians to event

The Denton school district will send 11 students from its three traditional high schools to perform with the all-state band, choir and orchestra at the annual Texas Music Educators Association convention Feb. 12 in San Antonio.

Six students will represent the district in the all-state choir, four in orchestra and one in band.

The district's all-state choir representatives are Meghan Kajihara, Piper Johnson and Bryan Pineda of Ryan High School; Nathan Schafer and Nicole Thompson from Denton High School; and Brenna Doughtery from Guyer High School. The district's choir directors are David Rives, Ryan; Mark Baker, Denton High; and Michael Pricer, Guyer.

The district's all-state orchestra representatives are Beckah Maxwell-Leroy and Anna Ryu, from Denton High; Kayla Cunningham, from Ryan High; and Adam Oh, from Guyer High. The district's orchestra directors are Tanya Schwoch, Denton High; Tami Peterson, Ryan High; and Michelle Brians, Guyer High.

Denton High School's Andrew Chadwell is the district's lone all-state band representative. Brian Wilson is the Denton High band director.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Denton school district has sent 10 or more performers to the convention. Since 2007, the district has produced 62 all-state representatives in musical fine arts.



School board meeting set for 6 p.m. Feb. 15

The Denton school board has rescheduled its February meeting for 6 p.m. Feb. 15.

The school board usually meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the Central Services Building, 1307 N. Locust St. in Denton.

However, the board will meet on the third Tuesday in February so that members can attend Denton County Days, scheduled for the fourth week in February in Austin. The purpose of the event is to allow county, city, business and school officials to meet with Texas legislators on issues that affect Denton County.



Borman Elementary School

Borman partners with bookstore for fundraiser

Borman Elementary School will partner with Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Golden Triangle Mall to host a book fair fundraiser Feb. 10.

Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of all sales made with a voucher during the book fair to Borman. The money raised will help the school purchase additional educational materials for its library.

Borman student groups will provide entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. during the event. Also that evening, Wylaina Hildreth, senior librarian at the Denton Public Library, will perform a reading of Wham! Pow! Bang!

Customers can make any purchase with special vouchers designated for Borman, which are available at the school's office.

Golden Triangle Mall is located at 2201 S. Interstate 35E. Borman Elementary School is located at 1201 Parvin St.

For more information, call 940-369-2500.



Black History Month program set for Feb. 17

Borman Elementary School is slated to host its annual Black History Month program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17, with an encore performance from 6 to 7 p.m. in the school cafetorium.

The program will feature student presentations, including a fashion show with traditional African attire and a musical performance by the AstroTones student choir. Also performing will be the Borman teachers' gospel choir. In the evening, special guest and accomplished jazz musician Arlington Jones will perform.

Both programs also will feature Borman's "soul food" reception, with authentic African-American food and drinks served.

For more information, call Amalaneze Herron at 940-369-2500.



Ryan High School

Scholars, Raiders, teacher recognized

Ryan High School announced its scholars, Raiders and teacher of the month for January. Students in grades nine through 12 were recognized by peers and staff members for their school spirit, academic achievements and character.

The students and teacher were recently honored by Ryan parents and staff at a special breakfast in the school's Renaissance Hall.

The January scholars of the month were freshman Erica Yarbrough, sophomore Eva Sadowski, junior Nicole Milliet and senior Kaitlyn West.

The January Raiders of the month were freshman Jacqueline Kennedy, sophomore Jonathan Meza, junior Tara Bradley and senior Melanie Ashton.

The teacher of the month for January is Keiston Alexander, a special education teacher and assistant coach for football and track.



Guyer High School

Students, teachers of the month recognized

Guyer High School named its Wildcats, students and teachers of the month for January. These students and teachers were recognized by the Guyer student body and staff for their school pride and character, and were honored at a recent breakfast.

The students of the month were freshman Chase Cowan, sophomore Alexis Brautovich, junior Megan Koch and senior Asal Nadari.

The Wildcats of the month were freshman Christina Suikkari, sophomore Cassie Vigil, junior Jessica Miller and senior Brenna Dougherty.

The teachers of the month were Bridget Matamoros and Ron Rogers. Matamoros is a math teacher and sponsor of the Math Olympiad Team. Rogers is the head tennis coach.



Denton High School

Bronco Junior Cheer Clinic set for Saturday

The Denton High School cheerleaders will have their annual spring Bronco Junior Cheer Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the school's gymnasium.

The clinic is open to girls in pre-kindergarten (4- or 5-year-olds) to eighth grade, with each age group learning its own routine. Each junior cheerleader will receive instruction, a T-shirt, pompoms, a light snack and an invitation to cheer at a Bronco football game next season.

Junior cheerleaders will perform for parents and friends at noon in the gym and will perform again at the annual Mr. DHS Texas Pageant on Feb. 11.

All participants must wear workout clothes and tennis shoes, have their hair in a ponytail and bring their own water bottle.

Cost is $20 by today or $25 at the door. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

For registration forms or more information, e-mail Cristina Pollard, DHS cheer sponsor, at  or call the school at 940-369-2000.



Savannah Elementary School

Savannah PTA hosting sock hop on Feb. 11

Savannah Elementary School will host a sock hop fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11 in the school's cafeteria.

The dance will feature hula hoop and dance contests as well as 1950s decor and dress. Tickets must be ordered in advance, and students must be accompanied by an adult for admission. Student drop-off will not be allowed.

Cost is $5 per person and includes a hot dog, a Coke float and an assortment of sweets. Dance photos will be available for $2 apiece.

All proceeds benefit the Savannah Elementary School PTA.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 972-347-7400.




Sanger schools host Rachel's Challenge

Sanger's high schools and middle school recently participated in Rachel's Challenge, a nationwide effort to inspire and empower individuals to make a positive impact in their community.

Students and faculty that participated in the assemblies and student leader training were asked to accept the following five challenges:

• Eliminate prejudice by looking for the best in others

• Set goals

• Keep a journal

• Choose their influences wisely

• Perform small acts of kindness, starting with family and friends

After an assembly, students who agreed to take part in the challenge signed a banner. More than 300 community members also attended a Rachel's Challenge evening event.

Sanger High School also has started a Friends of Rachel Club. Many such clubs have popped up across the country as a result of Rachel's Challenge.

Students also will be signing up to serve on various Chain Reaction Teams, which aim to continue the "chain reaction" of kindness and compassion started by Rachel's Challenge.

Rachel's Challenge was conceived to honor Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim in the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. Her father began touring the U.S. to discuss his daughter's message of compassion, illustrated in the journal entries, essays and drawings she left behind. One of her essays contained the phrase that Rachel's Challenge was founded on: "How do you know that trust, compassion and beauty will not make this world a better place to be in and this life a better one to live? … You may just start a chain reaction."

For more information about Rachel's Challenge or the Friends of Rachel Club, e-mail Amy Giddens at .




Students bring home business awards

Members of the Krum High School chapter of the Business Professionals of America recently competed in the regional BPA Leadership Competition in Grand Prairie, bringing home two second-place awards.

Showcasing their knowledge of desktop publishing and office procedures, the students represented Krum positively after many months of hard work and practice. Two Krum students placed second in their competitions, earning them the privilege of continuing on to the BPA state conference March 3-5 in Fort Worth.

The two students moving on and the categories in which they placed are: Makayla Burton, Medical Office Procedures; and Tracy Berg, Legal Office Procedures.




Spelling bee winners advance to contest

Will Owens, an eighth-grader at Immaculate Conception Catholic School, is the 2011 school-level spelling bee champion.

Owens and Vanessa Aguilar, also an eighth-grader and runner-up in the contest, will represent the school at the Denton County Bee at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the William T. Bolin Administrative Center in Lewisville.

Seventh-grader Danielle Drews took third place.

Students in the fourth through eighth grades participated in the contest.

The top two students in the Denton County Bee will advance to the Dallas Morning News Regional Bee on March 26 at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The champion of the Regional Bee will advance to Washington, D.C., for the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee and will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the event.



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