Students encouraged to attend college fair
The Denton school district is joining the University of North Texas in promoting the seventh annual NorTex College Fair. It will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the UNT Coliseum and Gateway Center.
The event is free but students are encouraged to register in advance at www.gotocollege
fairs.com and print their confirmation or have their confirmation accessible on a smartphone or tablet.
In addition, members of the district’s counseling services department will be taking part in forums about getting into college and on how to acquire financial aid. Denton students are also encouraged to check in at their participating high school’s table and check in with their counselor.
More than 100 colleges and universities from across the state and nation are expected to attend.
Past attendees have included: Cornell, Harvard, Louisiana Tech, Michigan State and Texas A&M universities, the University of Notre Dame, University of Texas, UNT and the U.S. military academies.
For more information, call 940-369-0160.
Students participate in leadership program
The school district had 10 students from four campuses take part in the 2012 Lone Star Leadership Academy over the summer.
The participating students included:
• Blanton Elementary School — Stacee Goldstein, fourth grade; and Ceanna Cooksey and Sebastian Vazquez, fifth grade;
• Savannah Elementary School — Christie Penny, fourth grade; and Hannah Newburn, fifth grade;
• Harpool Middle School — Jordan Goldstein, seventh grade; and
• Navo Middle School — Heather Heon and Holly Heon, sixth grade; and Omar Mohamed, eighth grade.
These students were part of a distinguished contingent of 956 students that took part in a weeklong program designed to build leadership skills and teach children about Texas. Students visited the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the Texas Capitol building, the Alamo, the San Jacinto Monument and Museum, NASA and many other important historical, political, environmental and scientific sites. The educational field trips varied in regard to their academy’s location, but Denton had students participate in each of the four locations.
The event was sponsored by Education in Action, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young Texans to become informed and active leaders in their communities.
Paloma Creek Elementary School
PTA slates hot dog supper on Thursday
Paloma Creek Elementary School will have a hot dog supper from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The event will begin with a brief informational PTA meeting, followed by a picnic-style hot dog supper near the school playground. Cost is $3.
For more information, call 972-347-7300.
Ryan High School
Assistant principal recognized for work
Ryan High School Assistant Principal Eldridge Moore was recently recognized for his work on the 13th edition of Texas Public School Organization and Administration: 2012.
The textbook is common literature for those working toward positions in school administration in the state. Moore served as an editor and reviewer of the publication.
He is entering his third year as an assistant principal at Ryan High.
He previously served as a teacher and administrator in the Frisco school district and worked at the Learning Center at the University of North Texas.
A graduate of Southern University in Louisiana, Moore received his master’s degree from Texas State University and is pursuing his doctorate at UNT.
Strickland Middle School
Families invited to take on Rachel’s Challenge
Students, parents and members of the Strickland Middle School community are being asked to take part in “Rachel’s Challenge” today as part of a campus-based, communitywide initiative.
Strickland students will take part in an informative session regarding the program in the morning, with parents and community members invited to learn about its benefits at a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. This portion of the program is aimed at showing adults how they can support and reinforce the positive choices Strickland students will be making at school and in the community.
Named for Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the school shootings at Colorado’s Columbine High School in April 1999, the Rachel’s Challenge program is based on diary entries and an essay Scott wrote the day before she died that entailed her goals and beliefs in life.
The program challenges students, in a variety of ways, to look for the best in others and to use kindness and compassion throughout their lives to make an impact on the world around them.
For more information on “Rachel’s Challenge” at Strickland, call 940-369-4200.
Butterfield Elementary School
Foundation awards school a literacy grant
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded one of its Youth Literacy grants totaling $2,500 to Sanger’s Butterfield Elementary School.
The grants are distributed to assist students having difficulty with reading, reading below grade level and to assist with implementing new or expanding youth literacy programs.
Larry Beam, principal at Butterfield Elementary, said the grant will be used at his campus to fund the license for its Lexia reading program, “a self-paced program that allows students to work at their level,” develop good reading skills and improve phonemic awareness, an additional year.
The program is used daily for kindergarten through second-grade students, and the school is in its second year using Lexia.
The grant, coupled with funding from the Sanger Education Foundation, will allow the school to extend the license for the program three years, Beam said.
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Liberty Christian slates college fair Thursday
More than 100 representatives from colleges, universities, and service academies will visit Liberty Christian students Thursday at the school’s college fair.
Being a college preparatory school, Liberty provides this opportunity every year for representatives to meet with its students who began preparing for college long before their senior year.
The academic advising office at Liberty aims to help students find their college fit.
Two of the advisors traveled to Harvard University’s Summer Institute on College Admissions in June that was co-sponsored by the College Board, a group that oversees Advanced Placement courses that are offered at Liberty.
Seminars covered many subject areas, including how admissions decisions are made, paying for college, and the Internet and admissions.
Fifth-graders compete in art, literacy festival
Fifth-grade students at Liberty Christian choose electives to encourage the development in the fine arts in theater, music, or art. Fifth-grade students who chose art competed in the statewide Children’s Art and Literacy Festival in Abilene that celebrated the artwork of Dr. Seuss.
Mandy Welton, Liberty lower school art teacher, saw all of her students’ artwork displayed at Abilene’s The Grace Museum, just one floor away from the artwork she displayed when she was a college student at Abilene’s Hardin-Simmons University.
Liberty Christian students placing at the festival included Halle Duininck, first place; Tylor and Taylor Henderson, who both tied for second place; and Cassie Scrivner, third place.
Welton’s private art school student, now second-grader Molly Monschke, also won first.
Liberty Christian seniors bond at retreat
Liberty Christian seniors began the year with a memorable student retreat in Lueders, just outside Abilene.
“My boys could not stop talking about the trip and how impactful it was,” said Liberty parent Gary Hartzler. “My family has had continuous spiritual conversations since they returned.”
Seniors were led by Liberty’s youth pastors, Chris Searcy and Kate Davis.
Students departed for the trip after the football scrimmage on Aug. 23 and returned Aug. 25, right before school started.
The trip, which was free for the students, included paintball, swimming, and sports tournaments.
The class even filmed a music video.
Most importantly, the trip included group gatherings, when students spent time thinking about and planning a successful senior year, and worship times, when students listened to inspirational messages, prayed and worshipped together, and grew closer to the Lord.
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPCORPORATION
Merit scholarship semifinalists named
Nearly 50 area students are among the 16,000 semifinalists recently named for the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
The high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for some 8,300 scholarships totaling $32 million to be distributed next April and through July.
To advance and become a finalists, semifinalists must submit a detailed application with information about their academic record, school and community service, leadership abilities and awards.
Semifinalists must also submit a letter of recommendation, an essay and earn scores on the SAT that confirm their performance on a previous PSAT exam.
Area students named semifinalists include:
• Argyle High School: Davis W. Coghlan
• Liberty Christian School: Emily E. Edwards
• Ryan High School: Iris E. Hill and Sarah K. Miles
• Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science: Dylan R. Airey, Maria G. Bueno, Kevin Chang, Alex B. Chen, Ethan Chen, Howei L. Chen, Kevin Chen, Alexander K. Cheng, Tina M. Chu, Akshar Dash, Sawyer D. Foyle, Alvin Z. Gao, Ari Gao, Aisha Gillan, Lynn X. Guan, David Z. Hao, Jianing Jenny He, Samuel Holderman, Daniel Huang, Emily Y. Huang, Jeremy K. Huang, William Huang, Janice Jiang, Karen Kashyap, Nihal R. Koduri, Yifei J. Li, Alice Liu, Yashwanth Makkapati, Warren K. Mo, George Qi, Emily Tan, Amy L. Tian, Wendy Tong, Sally A. Tran, Larry A. Xiao, Helen Xiong, Chenyao Yu, Faith J. Yu, Christine L. Yuan, Hekai Yue, Feimei Zeng and Allen R. Zhao;
• Homeschool: Emily K. Crouse of Ponder.