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Kyle Whileyman, assistant principal at Blanton Elementary School, listens as Blanton first-grader Zachary Saye reads a book during the Reader’s Cafe event earlier this month at Lee Elementary School.
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Human resources specialist wins award

Regina Wright, human resources specialist for the Denton school district, was recently presented the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators.

Wright is president of North Central Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators and a member of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators’ nominations committee. She has been with the district since 1995.


Ryan High School

Strutters win 8 awards at area competition

Ryan High School’s Strutters recently competed at the Showtime International Texas DanceChallenge at Keller Central High School, winning seven team awards and one individual honor.

The Strutters were named grand champions in the medium team division. The Strutters also swept the best in category awards in their division, winning for best jazz, pom and lyrical performance.

Ryan’s drill team finished the event with the judges’ award and sweepstakes honors in the medium team division for jazz, pom and lyrical performance.

Kati Sharbono earned the Just for Kix Kickmaster recognition in the individual portion of the competition.

Officers for the 2011-12 Strutters include captain Nicole Pennington, lieutenant captain Kati Sharbono, and senior lieutenants Haley Ford and Karen Bonilla.

Cassie Mayer is the Strutters’ coach and sponsor. She is assisted by Keli Jones.


School foundation recognizes CoServ

CoServ Electric was honored at Denton Public School Foundation’s 10th annual Groundhog Gala for donating a $20,000 Teacher Assistance Grant. CoServ Area Manager Tracee Elrod presented the check at the foundation’s February board meeting.

“It’s gratifying to partner with such a wonderful foundation that impacts the futures of our local youth,” Elrod said in a news release.


Borman Elementary School

Black History Month Program set for Feb. 28

Borman Elementary School will host its annual Black History Month program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28, followed by an encore performance from 6 to 7 p.m., in the school cafetorium.

The program will feature musical performances by second-grade students and the fourth- and fifth-grade honors choir. Other presentations and performances will include a student fashion show, showcasing traditional African attire; the AstroTones Borman teachers gospel choir; the “Let’s Move” Borman dance team; Denton school district musical therapy; Chosen Vessel dancers; and the 4 Him and House of Prayer Mimes and a re-enactment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The evening program will also feature Borman’s “soul food” reception.

Borman is located at 1201 Parvin St.

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


Denton High School

Denton High scores big at German competition

Denton High School students brought home top honors — including several students qualifying for state honors — at the annual Winterfest German arts and academic competition in Plano.

More than 600 students from the Dallas-Fort Worth area took part in the German competition. Five Denton High students will now advance to the Texas State German Contest on Feb. 25, at the University of Texas.

Lillia Dean scored two of Denton High’s individual wins in doll costume and Culture Test II. Sean Burrows earned a first-place showing in Sight Reading II. Brianna Broussard earned a victory in girls bicycling, while Elena Souris earned a win in pastel and watercolor painting.

The Denton High German Team also posted wins in pretzel relay and sportsfest scavenger hunt.

Advancing to the state competition in individual events are: Sean Burrows, Sight Reading II; Lillia Dean, doll costume, needlework; Christian Luke, original model, Culture Test II; Marisol Muniz, Spelling II; and Elena Souris, Extemporaneous III, listening, original poster, reading test.

Earning top 10 finishes in individual events for Denton High were Will Cates, Robert Looney Avery McCormick and Davida Rios.

Sandra Dieckman is Denton High’s German Club sponsor.


Rivera Elementary School

Rivera to host Black History Month event

Rivera Elementary School will present its annual Black History Month Celebration at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the school cafeteria.

This year’s event will feature student-oriented music and skits as well as a hat parade chronicling African-American achievements. Dr. Patrick Bradley, director of music at Westside Baptist Church, will serve as a special musical guest.

Rivera is located at 701 Newton St. For more information, call 940-369-3800.


Wilson Elementary School

Wilson to focus on black history Thursday

Wilson Elementary School will be celebrating Black History Month with a daylong program Thursday.

The program will feature student presentations and special guests from throughout the community speaking on black history, telling stories and sharing books or poems that have made an impact on their lives.

For more information, call940-369-4500.


Wilson choir members to sing in national choir

Wilson Elementary School recently had five members of its All-Star Choir selected to the Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Children’s Choir.

Fifth-graders Victoria Bustos, Jillian Cheek, Samson Hudson, Allie Smith and fourth-grader Morgan Cayce auditioned and were selected from among thousands of entries from across the country. This is the second selection for both Victoria and Samson.

The students will join the National Children’s Choir in performing at the OAKE National Convention next month in Phoenix.

The Wilson All-Star Choir is under the direction of Cecile Johnson.



Monaco Elementary School

Volunteers, donors help grow learning garden

A garden is beginning to grow at Monaco Elementary School in Aubrey, thanks to the generosity and time of volunteers.

In partnership with Lowe’s home improvement store in Denton, an outdoor classroom will feature trees of various kinds, vegetables and flowering plants including a Texas wildflower section and a sensory garden.

On a work day last semester, several volunteers showed up to lend a hand, shovel, rake and offer their gardening expertise for the Monaco Learning Garden. Volunteers from Lowe’s and students, parents and teachers added mulch to flowerbeds, created paths, assembled benches and constructed greenhouses.

School officials thanked Lowe’s for its generosity, in addition to TBK Materials LLC for a donation of mulch, and Easy Gardener for edging and spikes.



Selwyn student earns Eagle Scout rank

Zeeshan Merchant, a 10th-grader at Selwyn College Preparatory School, has earned 22 badges and will be awarded his Eagle Scout rank at a Feb. 26 ceremony. Merchant, who is 15 years old, belongs to Troop 758 of Carrollton.

Fifteen scouts of the 120-member troop will earn their Eagle rank at the ceremony.

For his Eagle Scout project, Merchant built a “tumble tower” similar to the game Jenga and a rolling cart to store the game. He also refinished chairs for the library as part of his project.

He is the son of Anwar and Sakina Merchant of Carrollton, and the brother of Selwyn alumna Zahra, a junior at Brown University.


Selwyn reschedules admissions events

Selwyn College Preparatory School has rescheduled admissions events for parents and prospective students 13 months to 12th grade. New student applications will be accepted at the events.

Upcoming admission events include:

n Winter Preview: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Prospective students 13 months to 12th grade and parents can visit the campus and gather information about the school.

n Kindergarten Preview: 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Prospective kindergarten parents will receive important information about the program.

n Middle School Preview: 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Prospective sixth-grade students and their parents are invited to meet with school administrators to hear about the academic and enrichment opportunities.

Selwyn is located at 3333 W. University Drive. For more information, call admissions director Talitha Ledet at 940-382-6771 or visit .

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