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Special ed dept. sets parent resource night

The Denton school district’s special education department will have a parent resource night at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27, at the district’s Professional Development Center, 1212 Bolivar St.

This event will offer an informational overview of how families can plan ahead for the care and well being of their children with disabilities. A guest speaker from Life Planning for families of Special Needs, an agency that helps families with financial planning for children with special needs, will be on hand to discuss various options.

A brief reception will be held prior to the presentation, which will begin at 6 p.m. 

For more information or to RSVP for the event contact Darby Ahlfinger, special education supervisor, at 940-369-4091. For special assistance with a Spanish or sign language interpretation, contact Heather Wilkins at 940-369-0681.


No school Oct. 8; early release set for Oct. 1-5

Students in the Denton school district will have a three-day weekend Oct. 6-8, with all elementary schools being released early the week of Oct. 1.

Elementary students will be released early at 12:50 p.m. Oct. 1-5, for parent-teacher conferences. Buses will depart from the elementary schools at 1 p.m. during that week.

On Oct. 8, all students will be out of school so teachers and staff can attend staff development workshops. Oct. 8 also is considered the students’ State Fair of Texas day. All students have received complimentary tickets to attend the fair on the weekdays.

Schools will reopen at their regularly scheduled times Oct. 9.


Ryan Elementary

Ryan Watch DOGS kickoff set for Monday

Ryan Elementary will be have a kickoff party for its new Watch DOGS (Dads Of Great Students) program from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday in the school cafeteria.

Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and big brothers of Ryan students are invited to attend with their children and learn about becoming a member of the Watch DOGS program and the benefits it has on students. Free pizza and drinks will be served.

For more information, contact Ryan Elementary counselor Shannon Raikes at 940-369-4610.


E.P. Rayzor Elementary

International Day of Peace observance set

Students and staff at E.P. Rayzor Elementary will be displaying artwork on their school grounds in observance of International Day of Peace at 7:20 a.m. Friday.

More than 100 E.P. Rayzor students will gather at the school and set out pinwheels and peace banners they created in art class as part of the Pinwheels for Peace project. This will mark the third consecutive year E.P. Rayzor students will be greeting families and students with their peace-inspired artwork before the start of the school day.

Started by two Florida art teachers in 2005 as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in their lives, Pinwheels for Peace uses pinwheels to remind others of childhood — a time in their lives when things were peaceful and joyful. More than three million pinwheels were created by students and planted in more than 3,000 locations across North and South America, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East last year.

Various Denton school district art teachers have been involved with the movement the last three years, helping students express their creativity through peace-inspired art.


Denton High School

Bronco Bash volleyball tournament set

The Denton High School volleyball team will play host to Bronco Bash 3, its annual middle school volleyball tournament Saturday at the high school Purple Pit, 1007 Fulton St.

The tournament, which will feature Denton middle schools and several others from the area, will start at 9 a.m., with the championship match tentatively slated for 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Denton High Volleyball Booster Club.

For more information, contact the school at 940-369-2000.


Hawk Elementary

Annual MavFest scheduled for Friday

Hawk Elementary will have its annual fall festival, MavFest, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the school.

This year’s festival will feature new carnival-style games, a cakewalk, obstacle course, bounce houses and a variety of food options. In addition, there will be a silent auction and raffle for prizes, with all proceeds benefitting the Hawk Elementary PTA.

For more information, contact the school at 940-369-1800.



Argyle High School

Student council remembers Sept. 11

The Argyle High School Student Council participated in its annual memorial of Sept. 11 victims last week.

The council set up a memorial table in the hall of the school, wore T-shirts they had designed for the event, and took time to remember all of the victims who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001.


Argyle Middle School

National Junior Honor Society has induction

Argyle Middle School recently named new National Junior Honor Society officers and inducted new members.

At the Sept. 4 event in the Argyle High School Auditorium, new officers took their pledges and explained the seven principles the members abide by: scholarship, citizenship, service, character, leadership, respect and honor, school officials said.

Inducted were 64 new members between the seventh and eighth grade, and six new officers.



Sharp, Vick win school teaching awards

Liberty Christian School has recognized teachers Missy Sharp and Cynthia Vick as recipients of the Golden Apple Award.

The Golden Apple Award recognizes teachers who have served the students at Liberty a minimum of five years and have consistently displayed concern for students’ achievement outside the classroom, as well as within.

These teachers also display consistent, high-quality, engaging classroom innovation, according to school officials.

Sharp, upper school social studies and German teacher, said it is great to work at a school where teachers are recognized for their dedication.

“At Liberty, we love our students and want to provide opportunities for them to succeed and grow and be the best they can be,” she said.

“The reward of the Golden Apple keeps us teachers encouraged to do our best.”

Sharp graduated from Liberty in 1988 and the University of North Texas in 1994, with her teacher’s certification and degrees in history and German.

Sharp began her teaching career in the Lewisville school district.

Cynthia Vick is the upper school math department chair and has taught math for 28 years. She is in her fifth year at Liberty.

“I love teaching math to my students,” she said. “If they leave my room feeling like the lesson was easy, then I know I did my job. I was able to convey the concepts in a way they understood.”

“Even though I have been teaching for so long, I still get such joy teaching students and building relationships with them. I want students to feel that my room is a place of refuge.”



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