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Board of Trustees to meet March 19 

The Board of Trustees of Denton Independent School District has rescheduled its meeting to 6 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting was scheduled for March 26.

The board meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month in the Dennis E. Stephens Administration Building, 1307 N. Locust. However, the March 26th meeting was changed to March 19 so the superintendent and board of trustees could attend a special legislative meeting in Austin.


Guyer High School

Guyer earns five top-10 finishes at contest

Guyer High School accounted for five top-10 finishes at the 31st annual Texas State German Contest held last month at the University of Texas in Austin.

It was Guyer’s first time to compete at the state level, with Samantha Boie, Shiloh Thornton, Matt Pewterbaugh and Edgar Carrelo representing the school against more than 1,000 students from 64 high schools from across the state in a variety of academic and cultural categories in the contest.

As a team, Guyer earned a third-place finish in original German Skit and a 10th-place finish in Scavenger Hunt.

Dionne Agawu finished fourth in Poetry Reading, Level 4 and seventh in Reading Comprehension Level Four, while Boie finished sixth in Sight Reading, Level One.

The state competition allows German club students and sponsors to share what they’ve learned throughout the year in a fun and festive atmosphere while providing scholarship opportunities for students and grant opportunities for teachers. 

Tracy Levine is the German club sponsor at Guyer.


Denton High School

IB students to present “The Lyceum”

Denton High School students in the International Baccalaureate program will present their latest works as part of “The Lyceum” at 6:30 p.m. March 21 in the school gymnasium.

The Lyceum was known as a public meeting place in ancient Greece, where teachers and philosophers such as Plato, Socrates and Aristotle lectured and taught others. Students in the DHS IB Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme intend to do the same, informing the public with their projects.

The event will feature Year Five personal projects of select IB Middle Years students and an art exhibition featuring the work of students in the IB Diploma Years Programme. An extended essay forum also will be part of the discussion and presentation.

More than 170 projects will be on hand, showcasing the creative and inquisitive talent of students currently learning through the IB curriculum at DHS.

For more information on the IB Programme, contact Beth Hughes, IB coordinator at DHS, at 940-369-2000 or by e-mail at .


Ryan High School

Community blood drive scheduled March 20

Ryan High School will have a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 20.

Students and staff will be participating, but all members of the community are encouraged to participate. In addition, all adults who choose to take part will automatically be moved to the front of the line to reduce their waiting time at the event.

The blood drive will mark Ryan’s inaugural contribution to the Community Blood Center’s Red Cord Honors Program. The CBC annually recognizes those students who raise the community’s awareness for donating blood and donate themselves at least three times during their high school careers.

Students who complete the program requirements are recognized at graduation with a Red Honor Cord they can wear with their cap and gown. The CBC estimates that high school students account for more than 10 percent of blood donations in their area.

For more information on the blood drive or the Red Cord Honors Program, contact Scott Spaulding, Ryan teacher and event sponsor, at 940-369-3000 or by e-mail at


Hawk Elementary

Hawk Mini Mavs art and music time set

Hawk Elementary will have a special time for incoming kindergartners to visit their future art and music classes at 10 a.m. Monday.

Participants will be able to enjoy the experience of art and music class by singing songs with the school’s music teacher and making a craft with the art teacher. While the children are having fun with those activities, the Parent’s Corner will provide insight for parents wanting to know what they can expect in a kindergarten classroom.

The event is part of the school’s Mini Mavs Camp, which allows 4-year-olds, who will be 5 by Sept. 1, and 5-year-olds not currently enrolled in kindergarteners to get familiar with the various programs at Hawk.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Melissa Box at 940 369-1800 or by e-mail at .


Stephens Elementary

Bulldog Buddies cafeteria practice set

Stephens Elementary will conduct a special cafeteria practice for its Bulldog Buddies (incoming kindergartners) at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The event will allow 4-year-olds, who will be 5 by Sept. 1, and 5-year-olds not currently enrolled in kindergarteners to visit the Stephens cafeteria and see how lunchtime works at the school. All participants will also get a chance to practice expected cafeteria behavior by eating a snack with their friends.

For more information, contact the school at 940-369-0800.


Providence Elementary

PE, music time for new kindergartners set

Providence Elementary will conduct a special time for incoming kindergartners to visit their future physical education and music classes at 9:45 a.m. March 20.

The event will allow 4-year-olds, who will be 5 by Sept. 1, and 5-year-olds not currently enrolled in kindergarteners to get familiar with the music and physical education programs at Providence. Bring the children and come and enjoy some fun games with the school physical education teachers and sing songs with the music teacher.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kate Julian at 940-369-1900 or by e-mail at



Festival planned for April 27

The Shoot for the Stars Festival is planned from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 27 at Argyle High School.

Festivities will include three-on-three basketball tournaments, free-throw contests, heart screenings, blood donations, community vendors, business vendors, live music, food, carnival games, cow-patty bingo, child care and children’s activities. The event will end with a concert from Argyle’s own Zach Nytomt!

This event will benefit the Alex Betzhold Memorial Foundation along with Project Graduation 2015.

For more information about the basketball tournaments, contact Steve Sheridan at .

For more information on supporting Project Graduation 2015, contact Karen Garnett at .

For more information about having a table or booth at the event or would like to represent a local business, contact Pamela Arrington at



Public library to show middle school art

The Aubrey Area Public Library is conducting an art exhibit for the art department at Aubrey Middle School through Tuesday.

The library is showcasing more than 100 pieces of art produced by the seventh- and eighth-grade art classes. When the exhibition ends, the artwork will then be returned to the middle school for an open house March 21. There are 11 categories in the exhibition: still life, self-portrait, textured animals, cartooning, Franz Marc inspired, Van Gogh rendition, one-point perspective, oil pastel fruit, contour drawing, houses and Day of the Dead.



Open enrollment begins April 1

Lake Dallas schools will accept open enrollment transfer applications for kindergarten through 12th grade for non-resident students starting April 1.

Open enrollment will enable students outside the Lake Dallas boundaries to attend tuition-free. This is the second year Lake Dallas ISD has opened its doors to transfers.

Online transfer applications for non-resident applications will be made available from April 1 to April 30 on the LDISD website. The number of applications accepted will be based on campus capacity. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The district’s webpage contains all the information and details regarding transportation, process, approval and denial and timelines as well as a section to answer frequently asked questions.


Lake Dallas High School

ESL students trained on Nooks

Sixteen Lake Dallas High School English as a Second Language students were trained last week on new Nooks provided by a grant from the Lake Cities Education Foundation. Julie Turley, LDHS ESL teacher, applied for the grant in the fall.

The Nooks, which are e-book readers, will be used in classes by the high school’s ESL students. The 25 Nooks have been custom designed with five reading levels.

Amy Harper, manager at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, along with employees Mary Siddons and Kathleen Schaefer from the Denton store provided hands-on training for the students on the new devices.


Corinth Elementary

New Guided Reading Library unveiled

Corinth Elementary School unveiled the new Guided Reading Library on Feb. 26. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held after school for faculty, staff and administration.

The library will be a resource for teachers to use for guided reading as it opened with approximately 1,500 titles.

The library was funded by a grant from the Lake Cities Education Foundation. The teachers who worked on the grant and set up the library were Cassandra Woods, Carrie Jones, Allison Rousey, Stacy Sorrells, Robin Reeves and Brian Fruendt.


Shady Shores Elementary

Students plant green LD wall

Shady Shores Elementary School students got their hands dirty March 4, as it was planting day for science lab instructor Marianne Welter’s “Green Wall for Growing Learning.”

The Lake Cities Education Foundation awarded a $3,500 grant for the project.

The “green wall” gives students an opportunity to plant and observe growth and changes to various plants during the season. Each class took turns during the day getting instruction and planting the wall.

Anthony Caggiano of Plant Connection Inc. gave presentations to each class about soil and plants and then demonstrated how to plant. The living wall includes a state-of-the-art software program that measures soil temperature, moisture levels and fertilizer levels.

The wall is located in front of the school.



Art students named district champions

In 12 of the last 13 years, Liberty Christian art students have been named overall district champions, and they received this award again at its recent district art competition on Feb. 28.

Many students individually placed, and those who placed fifth or higher will compete at the Texas Association and Private and Parochial Schools State Competition on March 22-23 at Concordia University in Austin.

Students who placed at district include the following:

First place — Allie Martin, Drawing Black and White; Virginia Sitzes, Communication Design; Geoffrey Little, Computer-rendered Art; Colby Dowdle, Relief/Two-dimensional Mixed Media and Senior Portfolio; Paige Jeary, Photography; Peyton Oliver, Sculpture; and Garrett Newland, Art History.

Second Place —Tiffany Besett, Drawing Black and White; Virginia Sitzes, drawing Color and Painting; Hannah Cullum, Printmaking; Abigail Fowler, Pottery; Maddie Ramirez, Onsite Drawing.

Third Place — Allie Martin, Drawing Black and White; Katie Wetteland, Drawing Color; Ian Brown, Computer-rendered Art; Tiffany Besett, Printmaking; Lexi Kulikauskas, Photography, Creative and Experimental; Tanner Moseley, Photography; Shelby Dragoo, Pottery.

Fourth Place — Audrey Ilami, Drawing Color; Katie Wetteland, Printmaking; Rebecca Lytle, Pottery; Virginia Sitzes, Senior Portfolio; Hugh Jeffery, Art History.

Fifth Place — Audrey Ilami, Drawing Color; Sean Wilson, Applied Design; Connor McMann, Photography — Creative and Experimental; Ashley Jenkins, Pottery.

Sixth Place — Maddie Ramirez, Drawing Black and White; Ashley Jenkins, Drawing Color; Allie Martin, Communication Design; Bradley Christensen, Computer-rendered Art; Shelby Westbrook, Photography — Creative and Experimental.

Honorable Mention — Maddie Ramirez, Printmaking; Chase Anderson, Photography — Creative and Experimental; Madison Briscoe, Mixed Media Three-dimensional; Caroline Goodson, Pottery.



Pre-qualification begins for 4-year-olds

Northwest ISD offers pre-kindergarten (PreK) classes for qualifying 4-year-olds and it’s now time to begin the pre-qualification process.

To adequately plan for the 2013-2014 school year, the district would like to pre-qualify as many 4-year-olds as possible this spring.

Pre-Qualification Packets are available at all NISD elementary schools and can be picked up now through March 25.

For more information, visit  or call 817-215-0198.


District offers adult fitness course

Beginning March 25, Northwest ISD will offer an adult fitness course at the Northwest High School Indoor Activity Center.

During the eight-week program, participants will receive an individual fitness assessment, participate in strength training and cardio circuit three times per week and receive personalized nutritional evaluations.

The class meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.For more information, call 817-215-0011.


Student holiday scheduled for March 29

In accordance with the district calendar, Friday, March 29, has been designated a bad weather day.

Since school has not been canceled because of inclement weather, March 29 is a student holiday. Classes will resume April 1.


District to begin paperless registration

Northwest ISD is announcing the transition to an online student enrollment system.

Beginning April 18, the district will launch Enrollment Online for students new to the district.Current students will be able to register online this summer.

In order to participate, parents should have a valid e-mail address and register for a Home Access Center (HAC) account. Enrollment Online will be accessible on the Parent Resources webpage.For more information, contact your child’s school.

Mark calendars for Kindergarten Round-Up

Parents of children who will attend kindergarten this August are asked to register online beginning April 18.To register, kindergarten students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for April 29 through May 3. Parents and students are encouraged to attend this event to meet staff, tour the facility and provide the necessary documents needed to complete the registration process.

Bring the following items in order to complete your child’s enrollment: birth certificate, updated immunization records, proof of residency (housing contract, rental agreement, etc.), student’s Social Security card and driver’s license or other suitable photo ID of the parent/guardian.

If parents do not have access to a computer at home, computers will be available at the campus during this time.



Students conduct Techno Expo

Northwest school district students showcased their technology skills to parents and community members at the third annual Techno Expo on Feb. 28.

Approximately 2,500 visitors chose from a variety of 450 breakout sessions with topics ranging from multimedia and animation. Students in the district’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality served dinner, and NISD fine arts students provided musical performances. This year’s expo featured more than 980 student presenters.


NISD volunteers share the love of reading

In conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Northwest ISD and NISD Partners in Education held the fifth annual Northwest Reads at elementary school campuses on March 1.

Elementary schools played host to volunteers, staff and community members who took part in an opportunity to inspire young NISD students to become lifelong readers.

Students compete in video contest

Chisholm Trail Middle School and Tidwell Middle School are each eligible for a $5,000 prize in the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) “Texas Public Schools Rock!” student video contest.

The winners will be selected based on the videos most viewed by visitors to TASB’s website March 4-8. The contest was open to all elementary and secondary schools in Texas.Chisholm Trail Middle School’s video can be viewed at and the Tidwell Middle School video can be viewed at


Kay Granger Elementary

School named finalist for national recognition

Kay Granger Elementary School is one of 35 finalists across the nation vying for the title of National School of Character.The Character Education Partnership named 28 public schools, two charter schools and five school districts national finalists.

This spring, Granger Elementary School will undergo an intensive screening process that includes site visits and an analysis of the character-related efforts on academics, student behavior and campus culture. The 2013 National Schools of Character will be announced in May.Granger Elementary School was named a State School of Character in 2012 and O.A. Peterson Elementary School was named a State School of Character in 2013.


Nelson High School

Freshman advances to national contest

Byron Nelson High School freshman Savanna Smith has advanced to the National PTA Reflections competition for her senior literature entry, Concentrated Hope.Smith received an Overall Award of Excellence in the Texas PTA Reflections contest. Winners from the national competition will be announced in May.


Clara Love Elementary

PTA receives grant from foundation

The CoServ Charitable Foundation awarded a $4,000 grant to the Clara Love Elementary School PTA to provide snack sacks each weekend during the school year. A check was presented to the campus and PTA members March 5.



Selwyn holds TAPPS district competition

On March 4, Selwyn played host to the TAPPS 1A District 1 art and academic competitions. More than 200 people across Texas, including students, faculty, judges and volunteers traveled to Denton to participate in the competitions.

In the art competition, 110 students from seven schools entered 277 pieces in 16 categories.

In the academic competition, 147 students from seven schools participated in 17 categories. Many students competed in both the art and academic competitions.

Selwyn finished fourth overall in the both the art and academic district competitions. Students awarded first through fourth qualified to go to the State Art and Academic Competition.

School celebrates annual International Night

Faculty, staff, parents, guests, and students celebrated the annual International Night on March 1.

After dinner, catered by Mi Casita, students in grades pre-kindergarten to upper school entertained guests with performances representing eight countries — France, Madagascar, Italy, Turkey, Ireland, Columbia, Sweden and China.

Guests enjoyed a finale by the Mayan dance group Grupo Pakal.

During International Week, Selwyn students raised $544 to donate to Heifer International, an organization dedicated to ending world hunger.


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