Educators encouraged to apply for tech grant
The Association of Texas Professional Educators Foundation is accepting applications for its technology grant through Nov. 2.
Two $2,500 grants will be awarded during the 2012-13 school year to Texas educators in public schools for the purchase of classroom technology resources.
The ATPE Foundation was established by the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Grant applicants do not need to be members of ATPE.
For more information and to download the application, visit www.atpefoundation.org/technologygrant.asp .
Ann Windle School for Young Children
Public invited to open house on Oct. 30
October is Head Start Month and Ann Windle School for Young Children is celebrating by inviting parents and the public to an open house at 9 a.m. Oct. 30 at the school, 901 Audra Lane.
Ann Windle School is the Denton school district’s headquarters for its Head Start program. It is federally funded and provides a full-day educational program for economically disadvantaged children who are at least 3 years old. The instruction includes a strong preschool instruction, individualized attention and low student-teacher ratios.
Head Start was initiated nationwide in 1965 as an eight-week summer program, and it was extended to public schools that fall. In 1998, it was expanded to full-day services.
Head Start has been housed at the Ann Windle School since it opened in 2002. The district implemented Head Start in 1990, and it was previously part of the Sullivan-Keller Early Childhood Center.
Ann Windle School provides Head Start to more than 190 students for the entire school day.
For more information about the event, call 940-369-3900.
Denton High School
School record set for blood drive donation
Denton High School students and staff recently partnered with Carter BloodCare to host a blood drive benefiting a community blood bank and set a school record in donations.
Denton High students and staff donated 172 units. Staff members Robin Hay, Emily Parks and Angela Money organized the efforts.
Junior ROTC partnering to help a local veteran
The Denton High School Air Force Junior ROTC is partnering up with Honor Flight to send a local U.S. veteran to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Denton High Junior ROTC cadets are raising funds to help cover expenses for the trip and are asking for the community’s support.
Once funds for airfare and accommodations are met, Honor Flight will set up a departure date for the Denton High-sponsored veteran.
Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that works to transport veterans to visit their war memorials and meet with other veterans.
For more information or to make a donation, contact retired Lt. Col. Robert West, Junior ROTC instructor at Denton High, at 940-369-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ginnings Elementary School
Ginnings to host first 5K and 1-mile walk
Ginnings Elementary School is inviting students and parents from all Denton elementary schools to participate in the first Jag Jog 5K and 1-Mile Walk at 8 a.m. Oct. 27 at Ginnings, 2525 Yellowstone Place.
Registration for the event is $10 for the 1-mile run and $20 for the 5K. Participating schools with up to 10 members can pay $100 per school team. Students or staff with Denton ISD identification cards pay $15 for the 5K. After Oct. 20, registration fees will cost $5 extra.
All proceeds go toward the Ginnings physical education department’s fundraising efforts for new playground equipment.
For more information, call 940-369-2700.
Guyer High School
Guyer orchestras’ Fall Concert set for Friday
The Guyer High School orchestras will host their annual Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the school auditorium, 7501 Teasley Lane. Admission is free.
Guyer High’s Rhapsody orchestra will perform numbers by Mozart and Shostakovich, which it will enter into the prestigious Texas Honor Orchestra competition. The Philharmonic and Cadenza orchestras will take turns performing musical works by Mussorgsky as well as samples of other world music.
For more information, contact orchestra director Michelle Brians at 940-369-1000 or email@example.com .
Dodge contributes $1,700 for band
Guyer High School Band students and families participated in a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser recently and raised $1,700 for the band booster club.
The Dodge brand contributed $20 for each test drive in a 2012 Dodge Durango, Journey or Grand Caravan. The fundraiser took place on Aug. 23.
“We love working with the parents and students in our community,” Rick Wick, general sales manager for Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Denton, said in a news release. “We were very happy with the community turnout at the Dodge Booster Club school fundraiser.”
The Dodge brand donated nearly $476,000 to high school booster clubs last year.
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Debate team rewarded with early success
With the addition of debate in the association in which Liberty Christian School competes, the school created a new debate class and students have already competed in two tournaments to date, with more planned this month.
In its first tournament Sept. 15, four members of the debate team competed at Holy Trinity Catholic High School’s Hurricane Tournament in Temple, and three of the members placed at the tournament.
Sophomore Hunter Harwood placed sixth in the varsity division of Lincoln-Douglas debate, and junior Mark Slack placed eighth and freshman Brandon Belokin placed ninth in the novice division of Lincoln-Douglas debate.
On Sept. 29, Liberty took 12 debaters to the Gainesville/Lindsay high school tournament and contended with eight other schools and more than 40 debaters.
Junior Jacob Elliott took second overall, sophomore Bret Worley placed third, and Harwood placed fourth.
Finishing in the top 15 were freshman Conner Price, 10th; sophomore John Paul Kosub, 11th; junior Spencer Mackenzie, 12th; junior Mark Slack, 13th; and freshman Brandon Belokin, 15th.
The debate class is open to any student in Liberty’s upper school.
Other new classes in Liberty’s upper school include: Web and media design, “Life Calling: Preparing for Life Beyond High School,” Spanish III Pre-Advanced Placement, intermediate calculus, sports management, anatomy and physiology, and 3-D art AP.
For more information, call the school at 940-294-2000.
24 students inducted in National Honor Society
Four seniors and 20 juniors became National Honor Society members at a Sept. 25 induction ceremony at Liberty Christian School.
Members are selected based on consideration in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character.
In the spring semester, sophomores, juniors and seniors are considered for membership once they have met Liberty’s scholarship requirements. After this invitation, students provide information to the school’s Faculty Council to support their candidacy for membership.
The National Honor Society inductees are Ben Menard, Shawn Graybill, Timmy Miller, Matt Marrs, Michael King, Aaron Ilami, Rusty Vittrup, Benn Hawkins, A.J. Seely, Coleman Gannon, Ian Harrington, Jacob McAlister, Taylor Walker, Emily Wheeless, Emily Lawson, Natalie Lipscomb, Rachel Rainwater, Olivia Asprey, Audrey Ilami, Chelsi Patton, Virginia Sitzes, Elise Collins, Maggie Quam and Erin Hoffman.
The chapter’s community service projects include a canned food drive with the student council and a teddy bear roundup for underprivileged children. Members also provide leadership and serve within Liberty, commending teachers and hosting a breakfast during Staff Appreciation Week.
Schools to raise breast cancer awareness
In an effort to promote breast cancer awareness, students from Argyle High School and Argyle Middle School will participate in a “Pink Out” event on Oct. 19.
The schools’ student councils, cheerleaders, bands, and volleyball, football and cross country teams have all joined in the campaign, along with faculty and community members.
The “Pink Out” event is designed to bring about awareness and encourage people to get checked for breast cancer.
To show their support, volleyball players and cross country runners are expected to wear pink socks on Oct. 19.
For the Oct. 19 game against Carrollton-Ranchview High School, Argyle varsity football players will wear pink wristbands, pink ribbon stickers on their helmets and pink spats.
The band will wear “Think Pink” shirts and pink gloves. The cheerleaders will wear the shirts and use pink pom-poms.
School officials have reported selling more than 700 “Think Pink” shirts so far. Proceeds from sales of shirts and other items will be donated to breast cancer research.
Donated pink items will be distributed at some volleyball and middle school football events and the “Pink Out” varsity football game.