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Local school district sponsors heritage tour

Real estate agents, business leaders and educational partners will get to view firsthand the newest school — Bettye Myers Middle School — during the free “2013 Our Future … Our Heritage” Tour and Brunch.

The event, sponsored by the Denton school district and Adopt-A-School: Partners in Education program, starts at 9:30 a.m. March 6 at Los Toreros Restaurant, 2900 Wind River Lane.

School officials will share information about the district and its International Baccalaureate program and other special programs at Denton High School. It also gives business leaders an opportunity to ride a school bus to the new Bettye Myers Middle School.

Some participants will receive free “bus bag” prizes. 

Those who attend the tour will also receive other district information, including a book of essays on What’s Cool About My School … written and illustrated by local fourth- and fifth-graders.

There are still seats available for this free bus tour and luncheon. Anyone interested in attending should contact Sharon Cox at 940-369-0006.


Guyer freshman named to all-state orchestra

Guyer High School freshman Inki Lee will represent the Denton school district on the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra.

The Guyer High orchestra director is Michelle Brians. She is assisted by Jeremy Atkins.

Inki will be part of a strong Denton district student contingent performing at the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention in San Antonio.

For more information, contact David McCullar at 940-369-0075 or by e-mail at .


District offers athletic physicals March 6

The Denton school district athletics department is offering physicals for the 2013-14 school year at 5:30 p.m. March 6 at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex, 1504 Long Road.

Athletic physicals are required for all seventh-, ninth- and 11th-grade students new to the school district who plan to compete in any sport during the upcoming school year. Costs for the physicals are $10 per athlete and can be paid by cash or check, made payable to Denton ISD Athletics.

Information packets must be completed prior to the physical being performed, with physicals performed on a first-come, first-served basis. Packets can be downloaded by visiting . For more information, call 940-369-0073.


Evers Park Elementary School

‘Seussville’ literacy night set for March 7

Evers Park Elementary School teachers and staff will conduct the school’s annual literacy night from 6 to 7 p.m. March 7.

This year’s fun-filled event, titled “Seussville,” will feature books, games and activities featuring the works of children’s author Dr. Seuss.

For more information, contact Dee Ann Annett at 940-369-2669 or .


Harpool Middle School

Retirement reception for Vance scheduled

Harpool Middle School teachers and staff will have a reception for former school Principal Mike Vance from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at El Guapo’s Mexican Restaurant, 419 S. Elm St.

The reception will honor Vance for his 32-year career as an educator. Vance, a Denton High School graduate, spent 26 years of his career with the Denton school district, the last 21 as assistant principal and principal at Strickland Middle School and principal at Harpool Middle School.


Myers Middle School

Families invited to meet with principal

Incoming Myers Middle School students and families are invited to attend an informal meet-and-greet session with Principal Angela Ricks at three locations within the district.

The goal is to give families the opportunity to visit with Ricks and gather information about the new middle school at or close to their current campus. The three meet-and-greet sessions will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Calhoun Middle School on Monday, Stephens Elementary School on March 4 and Crownover Middle School on March 6.

Ricks, Myers staff members and district officials will be on hand to provide information about the programs that will be offered at the school and give updates on the construction progress.

The school is set to open the start of the 2013-14 school year.


Providence Elementary School

School slates Black History Month program

Providence Elementary School will have a Black History Month program at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the school cafeteria.

The event will feature singing from students and staff as well as short speeches and presentations on the significance of Black History Month from members of the Denton, Providence and nearby communities.

For more information, call 940-369-1900.



Hattie Dyer Elementary School

Students to jump to fight heart disease

Students at Hattie Dyer Elementary School are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers.

On March 1, Dyer Elementary will conduct its Jump Rope for Heart event during physical education classes to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research along with community and educational programs for youth.

Jump Rope for Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. At Dyer, that education includes learning jump rope tricks and skills in addition to learning about the importance of regular physical activity.

The 294 second- and third-grade students at the campus have spent the last month raising money and awareness through jumping. Money collected by students will benefit the American Heart Association. In addition, the students will receive a certificate to purchase physical education equipment for the school as a reward for their efforts.

To make a donation on behalf of Dyer Elementary, contact Lacey Alexander at .


Dodd Intermediate School

School schedules Shamrock Shuffle

Dodd Intermediate School will have it annual Shamrock Shuffle on March 8, continuing the implementation of its Coordinated Approach to Child Health curriculum.

Parents and community members are invited to participate in the 2-mile walk and fun run to emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Participants may run, jog or walk the course, which begins in the parking lot west of the Dodd Intermediate gym at 8:30 a.m.

Learn more at .


Krum High School

Choir advances 13 soloists, 2 ensembles

The Krum High School choir program took 16 soloists and two ensembles to the University Interscholastic League solo and ensemble contest at Sanger High School on Feb. 2.

Of those who attended the contest, 13 soloists and both ensembles are advancing to the state competition, being held in Plugerville on May 25.

Advancing students are: seniors, Tracy Berg, Cody Cox and Ashley Rennspies; juniors, Berenise Aleman, KayLeigh Fikes and Joselyn Flores; sophomores, Grace Kirkland, Hailee Labrum, James Fitts, Brent Hall and Zac Lax; and freshmen, Madolyn McPhail, Hunter Hancock, Jane Speiser and Will Keller.

For the Feb. 2 contest, students performed either a class 1, 2, or 3 solo or ensemble for a judge. Only class 1 performances had the opportunity to advance to state competition.

The Krum High choir is led by director Kaitlyn Carty and voice teacher Christine Beutner.



School schedules spring performance

From Friday to Sunday, Liberty Christian School upper students will transform the Liberty stage to the Reagan Eisenhower Polk High School stage for the school’s spring show R.I.P.H.S.

As the story goes, Rachel Iris Perkins has enrolled at the school, but she’s not the typical 300-year-old teenager. She’s an agent for the Department of Death, and she needs a vacation. 

Featuring music by Weezer, Beck and The Lumineers, R.I.P.H.S. is a “dance-ical” written by fine arts teacher Kirk Holland. Addressing issues that concern modern teenagers, such as bullying, the performance is appropriate for students fifth grade and older.

R.I.P.H.S. opens this weekend, and performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. The school is at 1301 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle.



Chavez Elementary School

Career Fair planned for Friday at school

Local business leaders will participate in a Career Fair for students beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Chavez Elementary School. Students will explore a variety of professions ranging from town management to nursing.


Oak Point Elementary School

Children’s opera set to perform Friday

As part of its annual 100th Day of School Celebration, the Oak Point Elementary PTA is engaging the Fort Worth Children’s Opera for two performances of The Bremen Town Musician. The performances are at 9 and 10 a.m. Friday at Oak Point Elementary.


Lakeside Middle School

Students compete in one-act play festival

Lakeside Middle School theater students participated in aone-act play festival at Ryan High School.

The cast and crew of Balcony Scene earned the following recognitions: honorable mention; all-star cast honors went to Harrison Collins; Tyler Sieffert was named to the all-star cast; and the outstanding technician was Shelby Luongo.


Schools seek father figures to volunteer

Little Elm High School and Lakeside Middle School are inviting all fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles and other father figures to volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by schooladministrators.

Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) generally spend a half-day or a full day at school. They start the morning off by helping with student drop-off, saying hello to parents and friends in the parking lot at about 8 a.m., then assist in monitoring students and keeping students safe in the hallways and cafeteria.

Little Elm High is having its organizational meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

Lakeside Middle School will have two organizational meetings for its mentoring program as well as its new Watch DOGS program from noon to 1 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the lecture hall.

Volunteers have a special shirt that identifies them as a Watch DOGS member.





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