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Hawk, Houston named to Texas Honors Circle

Hawk and Houston elementary schools were recently named to the state comptroller’s Texas Honors Circle.

The two Denton elementary schools were among a group of 329 campuses in the state to meet the requirements established by the comptroller office’s annual Financial Allocation Study for Texas for receiving the honor. The study evaluates spending practices by districts across the state as they relate to academic performance.

Hawk and Houston each received a five-star rating, the highest possible score, by increasing their academic progress while spending less than most of their fiscally comparable campus peers.

To receive the distinction, state elementary schools needed to receive a five-star rating and secondary schools needed four-and-a-half-star rating.


Denton High School

School group slates annual fajita fundraiser

The Denton High School Air Force Junior ROTC will have its fourth annual fajita dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the school, 1007 Fulton St.

Advance tickets are on sale for $8, with all fajita plates sold at the door costing $10, and can be purchased from a Denton High ROTC cadet. The plates all come with a choice of chicken or beef fajitas, rice, beans, pico de gallo and flour tortillas.

All plates may be picked up at the north entrance (facing Crescent Street) of the school in the ROTC parking lot. Proceeds from the event will go to the cadet corps student activity account.

For tickets or more information, call 940-369-2142 or e-mail at .


Guyer High School

Students, teacher of the month named

Guyer High School named its monthly Wildcats, students and teacher of the month for September. These students and teacher were recognized by the student body and staff for their outstanding display of school pride and character, and were honored at a recent breakfast.

The students of the month were: Jane Igbeka, freshman; Syed Mahmood, sophomore; Katia Medrano, junior; and Suzette Palmer, senior.

The Wildcats of the month were: Nicole Mendyka, freshman; David Haynes, sophomore; Evan Smith, junior; and Elizabeth Weaver, senior.The teacher of the month was JoAnna Kegans, who teaches child development courses and is the cheerleading sponsor.


Blanton Elementary School

Renaissance Festival scheduled for Friday

Blanton Elementary School will have its annual Renaissance Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

This year’s festival will feature performances by the Blanton Squire Choir and ArsOrffeus instrument ensemble as well as numbers by the school orchestra and band. The festival annually features a variety of food options and games for the entire family.

The Blanton king, queen and their royal court will also be crowned at the festival. The event supports the school’s PTA. For more information, call 940-369-0700.


Houston Elementary School

Spaghetti dinner set to benefit teacher

Sam Houston Elementary will have a spaghetti dinner benefitting teacher Krystee Lawson from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in the school cafetorium.

Cost is $8 for those older than 14 and $5 for students 13 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the school for three serving times, which will begin at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

Lawson is a fourth-grade teacher, who has taught at Houston for more than a decade, and has battled an extended illness. All proceeds from the dinner will go to help the Lawson family with medical expenses.

Those unable to attend but wanting to help, can make a donation to the Lawson Family Benefit Fund at any Denton-area DATCU location.

For more information, call 940-369-2900.


Crownover Middle School

Teacher to attend economics conference

Frances Dornan, a sixth-grade math teacher at Crownover Middle School, was recently selected by the Texas Council on Economic Education as one of 10 educators to attend the 51st annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Kansas City, Mo. later this month.

Each of the 10 educators will attend the conference through a grant provided by the Texas Council on Economic Education recognizing some of the top teachers in the state. The teachers will attend training sessions aimed at educating students to be wise consumers and producers to help sustain the economy.

Dornan has been teaching 27 years and has become well-known as a secondary mathematics teacher in the district – including being named teacher of the year.



School learns, serves during Missions Week

Liberty Christian School students experience Missions Week through Friday as they study other cultures, pray for people and groups around the globe, and learn how they can make a difference. Three out of the five days will focus on places where Liberty students will travel on mission trips this year — Uganda, Europe and El Salvador.

On these mission trips, students volunteer in an orphanage and school in Uganda, partner with Liberty Christian School in Ireland and assist churches in El Salvador to help those in need.

During Missions Week, a day will include a missions’ fair where students will hear from Christians who have lived in different parts of the world.

The week will culminate on Missions Day on Monday, when students will spend a school holiday, Columbus Day, serving in the community.

“On Missions Day, students will help with manual labor projects, prepare meals for the homeless, lead worship services and share the good news of the gospel,” Upper School Youth Pastor Chris Searcy said.


Theater presentation open to community

Around the World in 80 Days comes to the school’s stage this weekend as students bring 19th century characters to life from this classic adventure novel.

Join fearless character, Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet as they race to beat the clock in this enormous feat that puts his fortune and life at risk.

The surrounding communities are invited to this adventure that school officials say is perfect for the entire family.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. The school is at 1301 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle.



Sanger Middle School

School receives technology grant

Sanger Middle School was recently named a recipient of the Technology Learning Program Grant, which is a competitive grant that allows the school to integrate 21st century learning skills into core subject areas.

The school received $99,961.45 to to purchase 120 iPads, protective covers and residential Internet access for those students who do not have Internet access.

The technology lending program that Sanger Middle School is proposing ties in with the district technology plan in that it promotes the use of technology to support the use of problem-solving and higher-level thinking skills to raise the levels of student success and academic achievement. 

This grant proposal was written by Chris Miller, instructional technology director for the school district and assisted by Deana Steeber, principal at Sanger Middle School.



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