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Denton Public School Foundation

Coats for Kids Ride helps area students

Students in the Denton, Lewisville, Lake Dallas, Sanger and Krum school districts were the beneficiaries of the second annual Coats for Kids Ride on Nov. 25.

Almost 1,000 coats were donated by more than 500 participants in the motorcycle trek from downtown Lewisville to downtown Denton. The coats were then collected and donated to the Denton Public School Foundation, which in turn, gave them to Denton school district social services to find students in need.

More than half of the new coats collected were given to Denton students through school counselors at the elementary and middle school level, with the district’s social services department reaching out to area school districts in need to distribute the rest of the donated items. Any gently used coats collected were donated to Denton County homeless shelters.

“This event shows an incredible outpouring of community giving and sharing with kids who might not otherwise have a warm coat this winter,” said Jackie Jackson, foundation executive director. “It serves as an example of not only community giving, but of school districts working together for the support of our students.”

Any family still needing a coat should check with their school counselor for availability or contact Barbara Haflich at 940-369-0599.


Lagrone Advanced Technology Complex

Dinner with Santa holiday event set

Students at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex will have their annual Dinner with Santa from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13, in the school commons.

The event will feature a three-course dinner prepared and served by students in the ATC culinary arts program. All guests will also have a professional-quality photo taken with Santa Claus by students in the ATC commercial photography program.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. All prices include dinner and a photo.

For more information on the event, contact Will Milne at 940-369-4850 or by e-mail at .


Guyer High School

Wildcat Choir slates Madrigal Dinner

Guyer High School Choir will have a Feast of Carols and Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, and at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, in the school commons.

The event will feature performances by members of the Guyer Choir in a medieval setting as well as entertainment from that period. A three-course dinner with “the King and his Court” will also be served.

Tickets are $15 per person and sold in advance only. Deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 12, and all proceeds from the event benefit Guyer Choir.

For more information on the event, contact Stephan Evans at 940-369-1000.


Students, teacher of month recognized

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

The students of the month were: Mason Smith, freshman; Lucas Sapiens, sophomore; Hannah Alspach, junior; and Katherine Martin, senior.

The Wildcats of the Month were: Leslie Fredrickson, freshman; Martin Bernal, sophomore; Chloe Ramos, junior; and Jud Kinzy, senior.

The teacher of the month was Jeff Jones, who teaches anatomy and physiology.


Lake Dallas High School

Senior selected as ExxonMobil co-captain

Senior Zeby Poycattle represented Lake Dallas High School as the ExxonMobil honorary co-captain at the Dallas Mavericks-Los Angeles Lakers game on Nov. 24.

He had the privilege of participating in pregame shooting on the court, sitting on the bench during player warm-ups and meeting the team captains at half-court. In addition, he received two tickets to the game.

Zeby was nominated for the honor by Laura Poignant, Lake Dallas High academic adviser.

“I looked through all my seniors for who I felt best met the criteria,” Poignant said. “I had two candidates that I nominated from the senior class. My qualifiers were they had to be at least in the top one-fourth of the class, good leaders, active in their school and have good grades.”

Zeby serves as president of the senior class, student council and National Honor Society, as well as vice president of the math club. He also plays on the varsity tennis team and keeps stats for the football team’s Internet and radio broadcast.

When he was notified of his selection, he was given a choice of games.

He chose the Lakers game because of the star players both teams have and was thrilled when he got to meet Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant along with all of the Mavs.

“I am a big-time Mavs fan, especially a Dirk Nowitzki fan,” Zeby said. “I was so excited when [they] won the NBA championship by beating the Miami Heat two years ago!”


School district receives statewide recognition

Texas School Business magazine recently announced that the Lake Dallas school district’s English as a Second Language Parent Center program is one of 12 initiatives being honored in the magazine’s “Sixth Annual Bragging Rights 2012-2013” special issue.

“Bragging Rights” recognizes school districts that have implemented programs that are bettering the lives of students, schools and communities. The special issue, which accepts nominations and selects 12 stories to highlight, was distributed to more than 8,000 readers with a vested interest in Texas public education.

“We were impressed by the district’s awareness that strong families make strong students and by the dedication of the people who staff the parent involvement centers,” Katie Ford, Texas School Business editorial director said. “This is a model program, and we’re proud to highlight it as an example of excellence in Texas public education.”

The district’s ESL Parent Centers provides a series of workshops for ESL parents. The workshops are designed to educate parents on various topics, such as early literacy, technology, the English language and family communication.

This year’s workshops include “Partners in Literacy,” “Effective Parents, Successful Kids,” “Typing and Computer Tech,” and “Samba Aerobics.”

Workshops are held during the lunch hour on school days, weeknight evenings and Saturdays throughout the school year with child care provided for many of the workshops.

Since 1954, Texas School Business has served as the independent voice for public education in Texas. To read “Bragging Rights” online, visit



Argyle Intermediate School

Museum presents ‘Fire and Ice’ event

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science paid a visit to Argyle Intermediate School on Nov. 28 to present a “Fire and Ice” assembly to all fifth- and sixth-graders.

“The interactive and dynamic program allowed students to have fun while learning about how physical and chemical changes occur,” Principal Lisa Hartman said. “Students volunteered in this exciting show to explore how temperature affects matter and what happens when fire and liquid nitrogen are applied.”

The new Perot Museum of Nature and Science opened last weekend in Dallas.



Advanced Placement Scholars announced

Students at Liberty Christian School received recognition from the Advanced Placement Scholar Awards for 2012.

The AP program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.

Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college.

The awards include the AP Scholar, the AP Scholar with Honor and the AP Scholar with Distinction.

The title of AP Scholar is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Those Liberty students include: 2012 Valedictorian Lindsey Grigg, who is attending Dallas Baptist University; senior Luke Kornet; 2012 graduate Ryan Leaverton, who is attending the Colorado School of Mines; 2012 graduate Alexandra McMillan, who is attending Texas A&M University; 2012 graduate Austin Pritchett, who is attending the University of Texas; and senior Christopher Svatik.

The title of AP Scholar with Honor is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Those students include: 2012 graduate Joshua McAlister, who is attending the University of Oklahoma; and senior Logan McDivitt.

The AP Scholar with Distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Austin Hudelson, 2012 graduate, received this honor and is attending Rice University.


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