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Elementary registration slated for Aug. 2-3

Denton Independent School District’s new school year begins Aug. 27, and to help families prepare in advance for the first day of school, all of the district’s elementary campuses will have specific days set aside to complete the registration process.

All elementary students who registered through the district’s online enrollment process can complete their registration process by verifying their current address from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 2-3. Parents and/or legal guardians can also update health cards at this time.

Any current district student who has not registered for the upcoming school year can do so by using the Denton ISD online enrollment process found on the district homepage at after Thursday.

New student registration, which refers to any student who has not attended school in Denton ISD, must be completed at the campus with parents and/or legal guardians providing the following details:

•  Picture identification (Texas driver’s license, state-issued identification, passport, etc.);

•  Social Security card (not required but accepted);

•  Birth certificate;

•  Immunizations record;

•  Proof of residence;

•  Entry/withdrawal form (if applicable);

•  Transcripts (if applicable);

•  Enrollment card(may download from district website and complete in advance);

•  Health card (may download from district website and complete in advance);

•  Race/ethnicity form;

•  Standard residency questionnaire;

•  Home language survey; and

•  Occupational survey

For additional information or assistance on new student registration, contact Darrell Muncy, director of student support services, at 940-369-0263.



Salary schedules increased

The Lake Dallas school board recently approved a $1,500 salary step increase for the district’s professional employees.

On average, it is a 3 percent salary increase for all employees who are on teacher, nurse, librarian and counselor contracts. The approval of the raise shows the district’s continuing goal for employee retention, according to district officials.

“We value our employees,” Karla Landrum, executive director of human resources said. “It is our intent to remain competitive with salaries in the [Dallas-Fort Worth] area.”


NCTC dual credit agreement signed

Lake Dallas Independent School District and North Central Texas College have signed the 2012-13 dual credit agreement to offer college courses at the high school.

The agreement continues a long and successful relationship with the college. The classes are increasing in popularity each year as students see the value in gaining college credit while in high school.

“Registration has grown from 215 dual credit students last year to 273 enrolled in courses for the 2012-13 school [year],” said Fernando Natividad, director of instructional services. “That’s an increase of over 25 percent in the 18 approved dual credit courses that will be offered this year.”


New special education director named

Lake Dallas Independent School District has named Mark Ruggles its director of special education.

His move from the position as Lake Dallas High School LSSP (Licensed Specialist in School Psychology) to director for the district was approved at the June school board meeting.

Ruggles earned a bachelor’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana, a master’s degree in psychology from the University of North Texas and a doctoral degree in school psychology from Texas Woman’s University.

His doctoral dissertation was on the cognitive profiles and symptom presentation of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He has worked in the special education department at Lake Dallas ISD since 2003. In addition to his work in the schools, he has taught graduate courses in subjects such as intellectual and academic testing, consultation and supervision and learning disabilities.



Art students receive high marks

Liberty Christian art students recently learned they scored a 3 or higher on their Advanced Placement portfolios.

In May, Liberty seniors submitted 18 Advanced Placement portfolios to the College Board in two-dimensional design, two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional design.

“In July, students’ scores were posted, and all 18 received a score of 3 or better,” said Brandon Graham, art AP teacher.

Seven portfolios scored a 3, seven more scored a 4 and four received the top score, a 5. Among the students achieving a top score were Youngman Chun, Megan Corradino, Ben Lytle and Virginia Sitzes.

“Colleague Joanna Mann and I are very excited about these outstanding results,” Graham said.

Each year, students submit AP portfolios for college credit in the same way that other AP students take an AP test for college credit.

The College Board recommends with a score of 3 that students are “qualified” to receive college credit for their work achieved in high school. A score of 4 is defined as “well-qualified,” and a score of 5 is “extremely well-qualified.”



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