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Freshmen to start with first-day program

The 2012-13 school year begins Monday for all students in the school district, with the exception of high school freshmen.

All ninth-graders will get an early, first-hand look at high school life at their respective campuses Friday with Freshman First Day.

The program allows first-year high school students to attend classes and walk the halls on their own, and get acclimated to the larger campuses.

The program also introduces participants to various school clubs, organizations and programs without the added stress of a typical first day of school.

Bus transportation for students who would normally receive it will be provided.

Lunch will be available for purchase or students may bring food from home.

For more information, contact the student’s high school: Denton High School, 940-369-2000; Guyer High School, 940-369-1000; and Ryan High School, 940-369-3000.


Grandparents Day, Gridiron Night on tap

The school district’s Adopt-A-School: Partners in Education and Grandparents in Public Schools programs will host the fourth annual Gridiron Night at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

The football event, which is part of the district’s Grandparents Day on Sept. 7, will feature a fun-filled evening at the varsity game between the Ryan Raiders and Wichita Falls Rider.

The Denton grandparents’ group and its partnership sponsors will provide free tickets and transportation to and from the game at two locations:

•  Robson Ranch Clubhouse: Buses depart at 6:30 and6:45 p.m.

•  Denton ISD Central Services building: Bus departs at 1307 N. Locust St. at 6:30 p.m.

All volunteers in the grandparents program are encouraged to attend.

Grandparent volunteers, Robson Ranch residents and others interested in learning more about this rewarding program are also welcome.

All participants will get seats in a stadium suite, food and drinks. DISD will also recognize the grandparent volunteers at the game.

The Grandparents in Public Schools program, which was initiated in 2000, has become an integral part of the district’s volunteer efforts and the event has become a way to thank its participants and encourage others to join the experience.

Sept. 7, also has been designated as Grandparents Day throughout the district’s schools.

At the game, there will be an opportunity to register in the DISD Senior Citizens Athletic Pass program.

The program gives DISD grandparents the opportunity to support athletics with free admission to all high school and middle school athletic events and half-price admission on reserve seating at all varsity football games.

To reserve a spot or get more information, contact Sharon Cox at 940-369-0006 or by e-mail at .

Spaces are limited.


Denton High School

School slates annual Purple Out block party

The Denton High School class of 2013 will host the second annual Purple Out block party at Bronco Field at 3 p.m. Aug. 31.

Purple Out II will feature music from a live DJ, carnival-style games, food vendors and an all-around fun party atmosphere.

All Denton High students, families, alumni and supporters are invited to join the festivities and wear purple.

Admission is free, but all proceeds raised will benefit service projects for the school’s senior class.

The event will lead up to the kickoff of the season-opening home football game between the Denton Broncos and Bishop Lynch Friars at Bronco Field.

Tickets to the game are $6 in advance for adults, $3 in advance for students and $7 at the ticket window.

For more information, call 940-369-2000.


LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex

Production class seeks sports broadcasters

The audio and video production class at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex is looking for students interested in sports broadcasting or hoping to study broadcast journalism in college to serve as sports broadcasters for the upcoming DISD football season.

All interested high school students should be able to communicate in a clear and concise manner, while also demonstrating the ability to learn and accept instruction.

Football knowledge is helpful, but not required.

The class produces and video records all the varsity football games at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. 

All games will be replayed on the DISD TV channel, which is available to Charter and Verizon cable television subscribers.

All interested applicants should be in good academic standing and be willing to commit to the schedule required of the class.

For more information, contact instructor Chris Vochoska by e-mail at .


Sanger High School

High school students being issued laptops

Sanger High School students are being issued laptops after attending a brief orientation.

“The initial excitement of both parents and students was obvious when more than 135 students received their laptops in the first orientation session alone,” said Shannon Saylor, principal of Sanger High. “They could not wait to check out their new laptops.”

Students will be able to use the laptops at home and at school.

Superintendent Kent Crutsinger said the district wanted to change the classroom culture, making it more engaging, interactive and creative, and the district decided MacBook laptops — at $782.00 each — were the best investment.

In the past, many of the district’s classrooms were outfitted with three computers for students and one for the teacher. Going forward, those technology investments will be supplanted by the MacBooks.

For now, the laptops will not carry its textbooks electronically, but eventually they will and at much lower cost than the hard-copy textbooks that can cost $200 or more.

Chris Miller, director of instructional technology for the school district, said past technology investments only benefited students when they were at school.

In March, the Sanger board of trustees officially granted final approval to purchase about 800 new MacBook laptops for the 2012-13 school year.

High-density wireless access was installed at Sanger High and Sanger Middle School. The district also increased wireless connectivity on all campuses to support teachers and mobile labs. In addition, phase two reallocated existing, viable technologies at Sanger High to other campuses along with more staff development.

Administrators will collaborate with campuses to increase technology at lower grades as well.


Lake Dallas ISD

District to join in ambassador program

The district will participate in Friends of Texas Public Schools Ambassador Training Program.

Ambassador training is designed to “change the conversation about Texas public schools,” according to founders Scott and Leslie Milder.

The nonprofit organization is committed to educating Texans about the strengths and achievements of public schools.

The training will consist of four two-hour sessions for a group of 40-50 educators representing each campus and department in the district.

Each session will begin with a 15-minute celebration of the strengths and achievements at Lake Dallas and close with challenges to the participants to champion the ambassador mindset on their campuses and in their departments.

“Inspiring educators to become ambassadors will strengthen pride and public confidence in the education profession,” Scott Milder said. “We hope to restore pride in our schools and pride in the teaching profession, leading current teachers to remain in the profession and others to consider teaching as a career. In the end, we hope that our positive voice will inspire schools to continue to achieve and continue to improve.”


Change made in Falcon football schedule

The Lake Dallas Falcon varsity football team will open the season at home at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, against Richardson Pearce.

The game was moved up to allow it to be broadcast on Channel 21. The season schedule can be found on the school district website.



School welcomes new and returning students

The faculty and staff of Selwyn College Preparatory School recently participated in four days of meetings and training to prepare for the first day of school on Thursday.

“This time of year is always very exciting,” said admissions director Talitha Ledet. “We are welcoming 29 new students to the Selwyn community.”

At the annual Back-to-School Picnic on Tuesday, new and returning families had the opportunity to visit classrooms, meet the teachers, order spirit wear and sign up to volunteer for the upcoming fall events.

On Thursday, classes will begin at 8:15 a.m., and the school lunch program will be up and running.


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