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Preschool open house set for 9 a.m. today

The Denton school district’s Adopt-A-School program will have a preschool open house from 9 to 10 a.m. today at the Ann Windle School for Young Children and Gonzalez School for Young Children.

The event allows prospective parents and community members the opportunity to preview the district’s two early childhood education centers, get a firsthand look at students working in classrooms, tour the facilities and ask any questions pertaining to the school or the district’s preschool programs.

The district offers preschool programs at five elementary schools — Borman, Cross Oaks, Newton Rayzor, Paloma Creek and Stephens — in addition to the two designated preschool campuses.

This open house will give people the chance to see how the schools and programs operate during a normal school day.

Denton ISD currently offers programs for 3- and 4-year-olds whose parents meet certain income requirements, children who have disabilities, deaf children, children who are limited English speakers, homeless or a military dependent. There also is a tuition-based academy at Gonzalez and Cross Oaks planned for the 2012-13 school year.

The programs’ availability varies by location, so parents taking part in the open house will be able to have their questions answered about which programs are available at their campus of interest.



High-schoolers earn spots at UIL contest

Denton ISD band students have taken 31 spots in the upcoming University Interscholastic League state solo and ensemble competition at the University of Texas on May 26.

Denton High School had 15 students earn the prestigious Division I rating and qualify for the state competition.

Denton High soloists include Sarah Ben-Ezra, Alexi Dollar, Kevin Ford, Cameron Ginnings, Abby Harris, Camden Hunt, Truett Ide, Meng Wei-Lee, Sade Lowery, Quivari Maddox, Betsy Magdaleno and Omar Rivera.

Denton High students who qualified for ensembles include Andy Cho, Abby Harris and Betsy Magdaleno — flute trio; Kevin Ford, Matt Jorgensen, Meng Wei Lee and Brandon Mullins — saxophone quartet; and Cameron Ginnings, Camden Hunt and Quivari Maddox — trumpet trio.

Seven Guyer High School students earned the Division I rating and qualified for the state competition. Guyer soloists include Lucero Alonso, Jackie Peterson, Mikaeyla Pyle and Julie Song. The trombone trio of Cameron Hogan, Josh Kammer and Kolton White grabbed a state ensemble spot.

Ryan High School had nine students earn a Division I rating and qualify for the state competition. The students who qualified for solos include Ethan Brown, Jacob Campbell, Asiah Claiborne, Kelsey Cogswell, John Hodge, Kathy Modrow, Ridge Tull, Susana Urbina and Erica Yarbrough.

Several other Denton ISD students earned Division I ratings at the regional solo and ensemble competition at Saginaw High School, including Robert Bayer, Craig Beane, Tim Burke, Andy Cho, Nico Cortes, Truett Ide, Matt Jorgensen, Samantha Perez, Yiming Su and Jason Van Horn, Denton High; Morgan Deal, Ruthie Dennis, Gabby Fontes and Mollie Ramsey, Guyer High; and Sara Guerrero, Chris Hoye, Zsuzsa Ratlif-Johnson, Annalise Sagaribay and Emily Staniszweski, Ryan High.



Denton High School

Students participate in linguistics competition

Four Denton High School students recently participated in the invitational round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad held at the University of North Texas.

An estimated 1,500 students from the United States and Canada were invited to take part in the annual competition. Members of the German Club at Denton High — junior William Parker, junior Nataly Godina, sophomore Damien Ketcherside and freshman Sasawat Satumtira — took part in the competition.

The annual competition tests students’ knowledge of linguistics and second languages through complex puzzles. In the process, students learn about logic, diversity and the consistencies found in various languages.

William Parker was one of 150 students who advanced to the second round of the competition and will next compete for a chance to participate in the finals in Slovenia.


Nelson Elementary School

Expo students raising funds for water well

Second-graders in Nelson Elementary School’s Expo program for talented and gifted students have initiated a Water Challenge Pledge fundraiser to raise money to help dig a water well in an underdeveloped African nation.

These students have organized a schoolwide pledge to give up sodas, sports drinks, juice, milk and other drinks for at least a five-day period and drink water instead. For each day a student drinks only water, they would also pledge a $1 donation to the Water Challenge Pledge.

Nelson began the fundraiser Monday and will continue to take pledges through March 16. The Expo class has set a goal of raising $3,000 during the two-week period to help fund the well. The money would go to a village the students have adopted through the Water Project, a nonprofit organization that provides water to communities in Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Sudan.

Community members can help Nelson achieve its goal by supporting the fundraiser online at .




Pilot Point Intermediate School

PTO raises money for classroom iPads

The Pilot Point PTO earlier this semester donated about 20 iPads to the Pilot Point Intermediate campus.

PTO board member Dawn Alagood said it’s the group’s hope that the devices provide much-needed technology in classrooms and provide dedicated teachers with a new and exciting teaching tool. The iPads, she said, are a way to promote computers and tablet usage for completing daily lessons, assisting with learning and allowing hands-on experience for all students.

The PTO raised money to purchase the more than $12,000 in technology upgrades through a series of fundraisers including the fall festival, book fair, chocolate sales, bingo night and directory ad sales.

Anyone interested in sponsoring an iPad for a class or donating towards the purchase of one, can e-mail  or .



Argyle Intermediate School

Sixth-grader to vie for rodeo princess

Rhiannon Kosla, a sixth-grader at Argyle Intermediate School, will compete March 22 at the 37th annual Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair for the title of rodeo princess.

The youth fair will take place March 19-23, and the rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. March 24 at the North Texas State Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. in Denton.

For more information on the rodeo and or to purchase tickets, e-mail Tanya Kosla at .



Sanger High School

Team named runner-up in science competition

The “A” Team at Sanger High School placed second in last weekend’s 2012 Dolphin Challenge regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

The placing makes the team — made up of students Colten Youngblood, Hayley Brey, Eli Springer, Carlos Valls and Zachary Fargo — an alternate for the science bowl’s national finals in Baltimore this April if Loggerhead Challenge champion Langham Creek High School of Houston cannot compete.

During last week’s regional challenge in Galveston, students were asked to demonstrate their knowledge of marine and coastal science answering questions from fields including biology, physics, chemistry, geology, geography, mathematics and social sciences.

The Dolphin Challenge is one of two science bowl regional competitions hosted annually in Texas by the Texas Sea Grant, and it is open to high school teams from North and East Texas.The Loggerhead Competition is held in Corpus Christi and open to teams in South and West Texas.



ICCS places third in acting competition

Immaculate Conception Catholic School took third-place honors with its production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl, during the Area 3 Private School Interscholastic Association competition March 3 in Austin.

Kate McDonald and Madison Bruno were named to the all-star cast. Will Owens and Olivia Johnson were named honorable mention all-star cast honorees. The school’s crew received first place for best crew. Riley Fran Salas received all-star crew recognition.

The play was under the direction of Eric Grunor with assistance from Tina Jezek and Denise Williams.

Cast and crew members included Kate McDonald as Maggie; Will Owens as Father/Tom; Madison Bruno as Visitor; Olivia Johnson as Guardian Angel; Hannah Dickson as Grandmother/

Third Woman; Scott Wisker as First Man; Reagan Krueger as First Woman; Katherine Holmes as Trudy; Ashleigh Wolf as Second Woman; Daniel McDonald as Third Man; Steven Wood as Fourth Man; Lauren Will as Fourth Woman; Avery Mayville as Jane; Gabriella Castillo as Nita and Taylor Schertz as Sara/Usher.


Chess club wins invitational

The Denton Catholic Chess Club took the championship during the club’s invitational chess tournament Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

Chess Club sponsors are Katherine Dunlop and Kelli Briones.

The following results were recorded:

•  Third grade: Michael McDonald, Immaculate Conception, first place; Makenna Connors, Immaculate Conception, second place; Rafael Rondon, Sacred Heart, third place

•  Fourth- and fifth-grade girls: Catherine Fleitman, Sacred Heart, first place; Katherine Dunlop, Immaculate Conception, second place; Victoria Mills, Immaculate Conception, third place

•  Fourth- and fifth-grade boys: Peter Zampino, Immaculate Conception, first place; LoGi Lee, Immaculate Conception, second place; Andrew Muljana, Immaculate Conception, third place

•  Overall team competition: Katherine Dunlop, Logi Lee, Andrew Muljana, Adrian Nobre Gomes and Peter Zampino, Denton Catholic Chess Club, first place; Catherine Fleitman and Rafael Rondon, Sacred Heart, second place.




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