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Guyer High School

Barbara Fischer named  TASSP award finalist

Barbara Fischer, principal of Guyer High School, is one of three finalists for the High School Principal of the Year, which is awarded by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. Fischer has been principal at Guyer High since it opened in 2005.

The award recognizes principals who exemplify outstanding performances at the campus level. She was first recognized by her peers by being named TASSP Outstanding Principal for High Schools for Region 11, which includes dozens of high school campuses across North Texas.

The other two state finalists are Sharon McKinney from Port Aransas High School in Region 2 and Jeff Springer from Magnolia High in Region 6.

Prior to opening Guyer High, Fisher was principal at McMath Middle School for four years and principal at Strickland Middle School for nine years. In 2000, she was named one of the top three middle school principals in Texas by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.

Fischer started her career in the Denton school district as a special education teacher at Newton Rayzor Elementary School in 1987. A year later, she was promoted to assistant principal at Lee Elementary, a position she held for three years. In 1990 she was named director of deaf education and a year later was promoted to principal at Strickland.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Central University in Ada, Okla. She received her mid-management certification and has done work on her doctorate at the University of North Texas.


Guyer senior admitted to Harvard University

Adam Oh, a Guyer High School senior, has been accepted into the incoming freshman class at Harvard University.

Adam is scheduled to graduate from Guyer High next spring. He is a two-time Texas Music Educators Association all-state violinist and co-founder of Music Saves Lives, a nonprofit organization that uses music to encourage life-saving community action.

Adam, the senior class president, was recently recognized by the Denton school board as a National Merit Commended Scholar and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. He is the son of Eunkyong and Hungjae Oh.

“Adam will contribute to the culture at Harvard through his spirit of giving and also by inspiring his peers to do the same,” said Michelle Brians, orchestra director at Guyer High.


Hodge Elementary School

DARSPA donates 700 books to students

The Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association recently presented more than 700 books it collected to Hodge Elementary School students as part of its Children’s Book Project.

The purpose of the project was to put a personal book into the hands of each child in the school. Donna Gregory, former Hodge teacher and current DARSPA board president, made the presentation to Principal Sam Kelley at a school assembly.

Last year, students at Evers Elementary were recipients of the Children’s Book Project. The local chapter of Texas Retired Teachers Association has about 250 members and meets the first Friday of each month at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. Carol Coulter has served as chairman of the Children’s Book Project the last two years with help from members and friends of DARSPA. Each chapter of Texas Retired Teachers Association participates in this statewide project to provide books to Texas school children.




Food drive draws 21,000-plus items

For the last several weeks, students at Krum High School have collected canned goods for Special Touch Ministries, an organization that helps needy families within the Krum area. In a competition between the grade levels, students collected 21,450 food items — nearly twice last year’s record of 11,000 items.

The freshman class collected 10,898 items to win the contest. Denise Spivey from Special Touch Ministries was on hand at a school assembly to accept the donation and spoke about the significance of the students’ efforts to help those who are in need, particularly during the holiday season.

Krum High School Student Council members are under the direction of sponsors Jackie Jackson and Barbara Lightfoot.




Falcon Band lands nine in all-region band

Nine students with the Lake Dallas Falcon Band were recently named members and alternates to Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Band.

The students are Emily Schiemann, third chair, symphonic band; Greg Elder, 10th chair, trumpet, symphonic band; Mayra Gutierrez, eighth chair, clarinet, symphonic band; Ryan Eubank, second alternate, percussion; Brandon Motteler, second alternate, tuba; Sky King, first alternate, euphonium; Cody Hays, second alternate, trombone; Caden Ridge, second alternate, bassoon; and Katie Tudor, first alternate, oboe.

In January, all-region members compete with musicians from other regions for the all-state band. Musicians who make the all-state band are invited to the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in February in San Antonio, where more than 15,000 music educators meet annually. In San Antonio, each band member auditions again to find out whether they will be in the top band, the second band or orchestra.


Health services coordinator retires

Lake Dallas school district administrators, staff and students, as well as numerous community members filled the Lake Dallas Middle School library Dec. 19 for the retirement reception of Ruth Bowen.

Bowen has been a nurse for 27 years and was the first registered nurse hired by the district. She has served the district for 22 years as a nurse at the middle school and as the health services coordinator for the district.

Superintendent Gayle Stinson presented Bowen with the traditional gold watch reserved for district retirees.

“Ruth has been a tremendous asset to the district through her years of service to the students and staff,” Stinson said. “Our health services department was always in good hands under her direction, and she will be missed. Because of her servant leadership and desire for excellence to continue, succession planning has taken place and students in LDISD will continue to have superb nursing care.”


Elementary students excel at academic meet

Lake Dallas elementary students competed in the University Interscholastic League academic meet at Hilltop Elementary in Argyle on Dec. 6.

The following students, listed by campus, placed in their events:

Corinth Elementary: Michelle Elliott, second place in fourth-grade art; Vanessa Mollenculp, third place in fourth-grade art; Jonah Webb, fifth place in fifth-grade listening skills; Jack Johann, first place in fifth-grade maps, graphs and charts; Sammy Dao, fifth place in fifth-grade maps, graphs and charts; Matt Collier, sixth place in fifth-grade maps, graphs and charts; Jaelyn McNeal, sixth place in fourth-grade oral reading; Stephanie Kerst, fifth place in fifth-grade oral reading; Maddie Vest, sixth place in fifth-grade oral reading; Chance Reeves, first place in third-grade ready writing; Lily Dao, sixth place in third-grade ready writing; Emma Harrison, third place in fourth-grade ready writing; Teagan Harkins, sixth place in fifth-grade social studies; Lily Dao, first place in third-grade spelling; Jillian Roberts, fifth place in third-grade spelling; Olivia Cromis, fourth place in third-grade storytelling; Grace Murray, fifth place in third-grade storytelling; third-grade team, spelling, second place; fifth-grade team, social studies, third place; fifth-grade team, number sense, third place; fifth-grade team, maps, first place; and fourth-grade team, art, first place.

Shady Shores Elementary: Simone Bergeron, fifth place in fifth-grade art; Camryn Crysdale, sixth place in second-grade creative writing; Anna Groll, tied for fifth place in fifth-grade listening skills; Grace Redmon, tied for fifth place in fifth-grade listening skills; Radlyn Barnes, fifth place in fourth-grade music; Anthony Kitamura, fourth place in fifth-grade number sense; Simone Bergeron, sixth place in fifth-grade number sense; Samantha Heer, third place in fourth-grade oral reading; Sicily Hines, second place in fifth-grade oral reading; Riley Craig, third place in fifth-grade oral reading; Sarah Perez, second place in fourth-grade ready writing; Lilly Gorman, fourth place in fourth-grade ready writing; Sydney Frazier, fourth place in fifth-grade ready writing; Sarah Perez, second place in fourth-grade spelling; Luke Westmoreland, third place in fourth-grade spelling; Jason Paro, first place in fifth-grade spelling; Anthony Kitamura, fourth place in fifth-grade spelling; Riley Craig, sixth place in fifth-grade spelling; Isabella Johnson, second place in third-grade storytelling; fourth-grade team, art, third place; fifth-grade team, number sense, third place; and fifth-grade team, spelling, second place.

Lake Dallas Elementary: Levi Koehle, third place in second-grade creative writing; Macy Belton, second place in fifth-grade dictionary skills; Hanna Michalek, sixth place in fifth-grade dictionary skills; Hanna Michalek, third place in fifth-grade listening skills; Mason Jeter, second place in fifth-grade maps, graphs and charts; Ava Haldeman, fifth place in third-grade ready writing; Morgan Hieb, first place in fourth-grade spelling; Eryn Leyden, sixth place in fourth-grade spelling; fourth-grade team, spelling, first place; and fifth-grade dictionary skills, second place.




Lobos raise funds for Newtown, Conn.

Little Elm High School students from the Health Occupations Student Association collected $628.25 for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

The United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, has created the “Sandy Hook School Support Fund” that will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected.

Checks for donations can be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470.

Donations can be made online at https://newtown.

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