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Guyer High School

‘Damn Yankees!’ set for next month

Guyer High School Theatre will present the production Damn Yankees! at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-3 and Nov. 8-10.

The show is being presented in the school auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door and at the Guyer High School front office during the school day.

The Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre will also screen the production on Nov. 2.

Damn Yankees! is a musical comedy from a book by George Abbott. It’s the story of a man who makes a pact with the devil for his baseball team to win the league pennant and beat the New York Yankees.

Eleshia Crotwell, Guyer High theater director, said the musical performance “is going to be an exciting production.”

For more information, contact Crotwell at 940-369-1156 or via e-mail at .


Ryan High School

Student named Youth Leader of the Year

Caitlyn Vaughn, a Ryan High School senior, is the North Texas Council on Youth Leadership’s 2013 Youth Leader of the Year scholarship recipient.

She was recognized during a ceremony at the Golden Triangle Mall on Oct. 14.

The scholarship, distributed by the North Texas Council on Youth Leadership, recognizes students for their leadership skills and academic achievement. Regan Fentress of Guyer High School was a finalist for the award.

Vaughn is the daughter of Buddy and Amanda Vaughn of Aubrey. She is a member of the National Honor Society, show choir, church choir and a social program for student with disabilities. She plans to pursue a degree in music education.


Strutters junior dance clinic set for Nov. 10

Ryan High School’s dance team, the Strutters, will have its annual fall dance clinic from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the school’s gymnasium.

The clinic will feature instruction from Strutters sponsor Cassie Mayer and members of the award-winning team. Girls in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to attend and learn actual dance routines performed by the Strutters. There will be a short performance for all family and friends at noon in the gymnasium.

Cost for early registration is $20 and includes the clinic, snacks and a Strutters T-shirt. Checks can be made out to Ryan High School Strutters and mailed to 5101 E. McKinney St., Denton, TX, 76208, in attention of Mayer.

All registration forms received after Oct. 31 will be charged an additional $5. On-site registration will also be available the morning of the clinic from 8:15 to 9 a.m.

Participants should bring a water bottle, dress comfortably, wear sneakers and come ready to dance.

For more information, contact Mayer at 940-369-3000 or by e-mail at


Calhoun Middle School

Benefit book fair scheduled for Saturday

A book fair benefitting Calhoun Middle School is scheduled for Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Golden Triangle Mall. The school’s PTA is organizing the event.

A percentage of every sale made with a book fair voucher or a mention of book fair is being contributed to Calhoun Middle School by Barnes & Noble.

Purchases made online at between Saturday and Nov. 2 by using the book fair voucher identification on the payment page during checkout will go to the school.

Customers will also have an opportunity to select books from an in-store wish list display, complied by school teachers and staff, for purchase for the school library and classrooms.

Proceeds will fund programs throughout the school.

Several events are scheduled, including Halloween Story Time, with a special guest — Biscuit! — at 11 a.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., Jason Henderson, author of the popular teen series Alex Van Helsing, will be signing copies of his newest book Alex Van Helsing: The Triumph of Death and offering writing tips to any young and aspiring writers.

Also, a costume contest will take place at 5 p.m., trick-or-treating will occur throughout the mall from 5 to 7 p.m. and Spooky Halloween Story Time will take place at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Amy Harper, community relations manager at the Barnes & Noble in the Golden Triangle Mall, at 940-383-9737 or .


Ann Windle School

Public invited to Tuesday’s Open House

October is Head Start Awareness Month, and the Ann Windle School for Young Children is celebrating by inviting parents and the public to an Open House at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the school, 901 Audra Lane.

Ann Windle School is headquarters for the Head Start program for the Denton school district. Board President Mia Price, Supt. Jamie Wilson and Principal Phyllis Hollinshead are scheduled to speak at the event.

For more information about the event, contact the school at 940-369-3900


Ryan Elementary

Annual Wrangler Roundup set for Nov. 2

Ryan Elementary staff and volunteers will conduct the school’s annual neighborhood fall carnival, Wrangler Roundup, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2. The school is located at 201 W. Ryan Road.

This year’s event will feature a variety of games, bounce houses, food and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ryan Elementary PTA, and all neighborhood children and community members are welcome.

For more information on the event, contact the school at 940-369-4600.



Holiday Shopping Extravaganza set

Argyle High School will have its Holiday Shopping Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the high school, 191 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle.

The event benefits Project Graduation, a parent-driven program that helps keep graduating seniors off the streets on the night of their high school graduation. Parents and volunteers play host to an alcohol-free party, which includes an evening of activities. The 2013 Argyle High School senior class began the fundraising for Project Graduation when the students were in the seventh grade, according to organizers, and it has been a priority to conduct one fundraising event per year.

Expected items for sale at this year’s event will include clothing, home and holiday decor, cookware and serving items, handbags, hats, jewelry, scrapbooks, clipboards, personalized frames, handmade soaps, quality cosmetics, Argyle gifts, spirit ware, college and sorority items, food and more.

The event is also expected to include face painting and a raffle.

Admission into the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is free. For more information, contact the high school at 940-262-7777.



Author visits two elementary schools

Lake Dallas and Shady Shores Elementary schools welcomed Arkansas author David M. Sargent Jr. on Oct.19, according to school officials.

Students were delighted to meet Emma, Tatum, Daphne and Spike, the characters of Sargent’s books.

The author talked to the students and teachers about writing, and he explained how his dogs inspired him to write about the silly things they do and their crazy antics. He encouraged the students to write a book of their own.

After introducing each dog and showing off their tricks, Sargent chose several teachers from the audience to hold the dogs during his presentation. The students petted the dogs as they left the gym after the show.

The author visited the students at Shady Shores Elementary in the morning, and Lake Dallas Elementary students were treated to the show in the afternoon.


School board recognizes students

The Lake Dallas school district Board of Trustees recognized three Lake Dallas Elementary students for their outstanding leadership as student mentors.

Fifth-graders Sienna Campbell, Hunter Prat and Reagan Yaklin received certificates from the school board during the Oct. 15 board meeting. These students volunteer each morning to arrive at school early to tutor and mentor second-grade students.

The school board also recognized three Lake Dallas Middle School students for their heroic actions at the lake that made local and national news.

Zach Palmateer, Jack Copeland and Caleb White called 911 after hearing distress calls at the lake.

A family that had been stranded on a capsized boat for more than four hours was rescued due to the action the boys took that day.

The students were presented with certificates of honor by the board.


Board recognizes principals

Gov. Rick Perry declared October 2012 “Principals Month” in Texas.

The Lake Dallas school district board, during an Oct. 15 meeting, recognized the district’s five campus principals, alternative education director and 11 assistant principals for their hard work and dedication to students and staff.

The principals and Disciplinary Alternative Education Program director were each presented with certificates from Perry at the board meeting. These district leaders were interviewed earlier in the week about their backgrounds and goals for their campuses.

District principals include Jennifer Perry, Lake Dallas Elementary; Deon Quisenberry, Corinth Elementary; Vangee Deussen, Shady Shores Elementary; Jim Parker, Lake Dallas Middle School; Kristi Strickland, Lake Dallas High School; and Mike Cromis, director of DAEP.


District earns state’s highest fiscal rating

The Lake Dallas school district announced that the district received a rating of “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas.

The rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of the district’s financial management and reporting system, according to district officials.

This is the 10th year of FIRST, a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999. The primary goal of FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.


Lake Dallas High School

Band wins UIL marching contest

The Lake Dallas High School band took top honors at the regional University Interscholastic League marching contest in Carrollton last weekend. The band received Division 1 ratings from all three judges in the contest.

This is the second straight year the band, under the direction of Denise Kennedy, has received the top rating after advancing to area competition last year.

The 2012 marching show “Tango” includes songs “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla, “Red Cape Tango” by Michael Daughtry and “El Tango De Roxanne” by Mariano Mores.

Led by senior drum majors Holly Haile and Cory Hays and junior drum major Ryan Steil, the

140 band members started working on the show before school started and have worked to perfect the performance the last two months, according to district officials.

The UIL road ends at region contest for 4A bands like Lake Dallas, which went to state competition last year. Texas has so many high school bands that the UIL switched to an every-other-year advancement schedule years ago. This year, bands in the 3A and 5A classifications get the opportunity to go to area and state competitions.

To finish out the marching season, the band will perform the show again Thursday at halftime of the Wichita Falls-Lake Dallas football game in Wichita Falls and at halftime of the last home game at Falcon Stadium on Nov. 2. Its last performance will be at the Centennial Marching Festival on Nov. 3 in Frisco.


Volleyball team honors senior players

At the Lake Dallas-Guyer volleyball game last week, the Lady Falcons recognized their senior players before their final home game.

Each senior was introduced and escorted by their parents.

The four seniors are Keegan Gossett, Megan Dando, Amanda Edwards and Allie Wagoner.



Students learn to build bridges

Shady Shores Elementary School second-graders are learning more than the three R’s — they are learning to build bridges, according to district officials.

After studying the different types of bridges — from arch to suspension bridges — the students, in groups of three, developed a plan for building their own bridges.

The goal was to build a bridge that spanned a 12-inch space between two abutments that would hold the weight of a cup of 20 pennies. Each group chose their supplies from a list and was required to specify the quantities needed for the bridge they would build. Most of the groups chose to use index cards, string, craft sticks, paper and straws as building materials.

They were only allowed to use 12 inches of tape in their construction.

“They were very cautious with their materials,” Assistant Principal Jennifer Bryant said. “I heard one of the students tell another, ‘We only have two more inches of tape — use it wisely.’”

Students will continue learning from this project this week as they calculate the cost of their bridge, district officials said.



LCS sets Preview Day for Tuesday

Liberty Christian School is having its Preview Day from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

The campus is a college preparatory school for preschool through 12th-grade students.

Rodney Haire, Liberty Christian founder and president, will be on hand to meet individuals attending Preview Day. Administrators from each area of the school will provide prospective families with valuable information, while teachers will show their classrooms in action, and upper school students will provide personal tours, according to school officials.

Liberty is located at 1301 S. U.S. Highway.377 in Argyle. Learn more about the school at


Bank launches contest to support education

First State Bank has launched its second Facebook contest that will benefit three area high schools.

The bank will donate $15,000, awarding $5,000 to one high school in each of three divisions.

To support a high school, individuals are being asked to log onto the First State Bank Facebook page and liking the page when prompted. In addition to that, people must also vote for their favorite high school.

For more information on the contest, call 940-349-5444 or visit .


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