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Hodge Elementary School

School plans Healthy Family Night in March

Hodge Elementary School will have a Healthy Family Night from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 4 in the school cafeteria to help kick off its participation in National School Breakfast Week.

The event will include local physicians and community leaders who will work with teachers and staff to provide information about family nutrition and fitness. Families can learn how to make low-cost healthy meals, provide nutritious snacks for children, read nutritional information on packaging and provide simple physical activities to increase fitness.

Hodge Elementary was among a select few schools nationwide to earn grants from Kellogg’s and Action for Healthy Kids to help increase participation in eating breakfast at school. The school will also have a variety of guest speakers as part of National School Breakfast Week.

For more information, contact Sam Teel at 940-369-2800 or .


Students’ artwork in annual state art exhibit

Students from McNair and Newton Rayzor elementary schools recently participated in the Texas Native Plant Art Exhibition.

The art exhibit serves as a way to educate students about the importance of maintaining native plants and their natural habitats.

As part of their participation, fourth-grade students at the two schools researched Texas’ native plants and the benefits of using these plants in landscaping.

The students studied paintings by landscape artist Georgia O’Keeffe and then created their own paintings of the plants.

Judges recognized the top three artists in each fourth-grade class and a best of show winner from each school.

The winners included:

McNair Elementary:

Adrian Wharton — Best of Show;

Adrian Wharton, Hannah Song, Saida Reyes — Shannon Koch’s class;

Jaden Sale, Erynn Autry, Carlos Cantu — Larissa Krueger’s class;

Arden Oliver, Andrew Beijan, Lizzie Hurd — Rachel Miller’s class; and

Caleb San Miguel, Tamira Franklin, Adrianna Gomez — Brenda Turrubiarte’s class.


Newton Rayzor Elementary:

Kathleen Thiele — Best of Show;

Kathleen Thiele, Secret Quesada, Nina Capehart — Kelly Born’s class;

Leby Perez, Maite Martinez, Jose Reyna — Monica Cervantes’ class;

David Arevalo, Yanet Martinez, Bryan Mazariegos — Ivonne Chavez’s class;

Ruth Smith, Natalie Lewis, Izabella Sangribay — Cheryl Gaston’s class;

Zander Moran, Greta MacMillan, Lilia Chesky — Jodie Langhorne’s class;

Hannah Savoie, Lucy Ford, Ixtli Salazar — Ria Morrison’s class.

All the winners currently have their artwork on display in the Eagle Exhibit Hall in the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building at the University of North Texas.

They will also have their work displayed during the Denton Redbud Festival on April 20 and at the Emily Fowler Central Library in May.

The art teachers who helped the students with the project were Jodi Dallas at McNair and Kristin Williamson at Newton Rayzor.


Denton High School

Spring junior cheer clinic set for Feb. 23

Denton High School’s cheerleaders will conduct their annual spring junior cheer clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 23, at the school’s main gymnasium.

The cheer clinic is open to girls age 5 years to eighth grade and will feature instruction from Courtney Swindle, varsity cheer coach, as well as the cheerleaders.

Participants can expect a fun-filled day learning cheers and dances, playing games and preparing for a special routine.

Cost for registration is $30 in advance and includes the clinic, snacks and a cheerleading T-shirt.

On-site registration, which will cost $35, will also be available the morning of the clinic at 8 a.m. Participants should wear workout clothes, bring plenty of water and have their hair in a ponytail.

For more information, contact Swindle, at 940-369-2211 or .


Jazz bands to join UNT lab band for concert

The Denton High School Jazz bands will perform with the Grammy-nominated One O’clock Lab Band from the University of North Texas at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 in a benefit concert at the Denton High auditorium. 

The One O’clock Lab Band is a jazz ensemble with members of the internationally acclaimed jazz studies program at the university.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Denton Community Health Clinic, which provides affordable health care to members of the community.

Tickets to the event are $10 for adults and $5 students and can be purchased at the Denton High box office the night of the concert.

Tickets can also be purchased online at

For more information, contact Jesse Woolery at 940-369-2209 or .


Borman Elementary School

Black History Month program set for Feb. 28

Borman Elementary School will have its annual Black History Month program from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. and an encore performance from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the school cafetorium.

The program will feature musical performances by third-grade students and the fourth-and fifth-grade honor choir.

Other presentations and performances will include a student fashion show showcasing traditional African attire; the Astro Tones Borman teachers gospel choir; the “Let’s Move” Borman dance team; Denton school district musical therapy; the Borman STOMP team and fifth-grade orchestra students with Sara Bollinger, orchestra director at Calhoun Middle School.

For more information, contact Amalaneze Herron at 940-369-2500 or .


Calhoun Middle School

Joint effort leads to museum field trip

A joint effort by the Denton Public School Foundation, Denton County Transportation Authority, city of Denton and local businesses will allow 130 Calhoun Middle School sixth-grade students to visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas on Feb. 25.

Students will learn the costs and benefits of various energy choices for transportation to individuals and the community. In addition, members from various city of Denton departments and City Council members will serve as chaperones and resources for students to ask questions about recycling, water management and city planning.



Northwest High School

Three selected as National Merit finalists

Northwest High School seniors Damon King, Kassidy Knight and Matthew Walker have been named finalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The three finalists were selected from approximately 16,000 semifinalists. More than half of the estimated 15,000 finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar.

King, a Fort Worth resident, plans to attend Brigham Young University and study financial law. He is the speech and debate captain at Northwest High School and a member of National Honor Society.

Knight, a Haslet resident, plans to attend the University of Texas and study industrial engineering. She is the Northwest High School Student Council president, senior class vice president, a member of National Honor Society and a cheerleader.

Walker, a Newark resident, plans to attend the University of Texas and pursue technical writing.He is a member of the Northwest High School band, Leading Individuals Fighting for Tolerance and National Honor Society.

King, Knight and Walker each have maintained an outstanding academic record throughout high school and earned SAT scores that confirmed their performance on the qualifying test, according to district officials. Each finalist, along with a high school official, submitted a detailed scholarship application.



Paramedics, physician bring lessons to lab

Liberty Christian upper-school students were visited by Argyle paramedics and Dr. Justin Northeim, a trauma and emergency physician at Denton Regional Medical Center, on Thursday in the school’s anatomy lab for real-life learning.

Northeim and the paramedics taught students how to read an electrocardiogram (EKG) and measure blood pressure and pulse rate.

Eight male students were connected to the 12 lead EKGs, and then the class was taught how to interpret the P, Q, R, S, and T Waves.

The students also learned that this diagnostic tool is used in conjunction with the protocols used today in medicine.



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