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Schools closed Friday

Students in the Denton district will be out of school on Friday. Schools and offices will close at the regular time Thursday and reopen Monday morning.

For more information, call 940-369-0006.


Advance registration starts for bus riders

Advance registration begins Monday for Denton school district students who plan to ride the bus to and from school during the 2013-14 school year.

Students will be given an application by their bus driver to bring home to parents, school officials said. Completed applications should be returned to the bus driver by April 19. An online application system is currently under construction and will be available later this spring.

Students who have an active bus access card will not need to purchase a new one for next school year.


Meeting to cover advanced math

The Denton school district’s department of secondary curriculum, instruction and staff development will host an informational meeting Thursday for parents of sixth- and seventh-grade students about advanced mathematics courses offered at the middle school level. The meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the district’s Professional Development Center, 1212 Bolivar St.

The meeting will inform parents about gaining admission into the advanced math courses as well as explain the curriculum. Questions will be answered following a brief presentation. Information will be presented in English and Spanish.

For more information, contact Grace Anne McKay, the district’s secondary math coordinator, at 940-369-0650 or .


Ceremony to honor scholarship winners

The Denton Afro-American Scholarship Committee and the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation will host a ceremony celebrating the academic achievements of ninth- through 11th-graders from Denton’s three traditional high schools.

The ceremony will also recognize scholarship recipients.

The event will take place at noon April 13 at Martin Luther King Center, 1300 Wilson St.


Students earn honors in UIL solo, ensemble

Denton high school band students accounted for 50 prestigious first-division ratings at the recent University Interscholastic League solo and ensemble contest at Saginaw High School.

Students from Denton, Guyer and Ryan high schools auditioned for spots at the Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest, which will be in May at the University of Texas.

Denton High finished with 24 first-division medals among its 23 soloists and one ensemble. Those students included Sarah Ben-Ezra, guitar; D’Angelo Brackeen, marimba; Kali Britton, flute; Tim Burke, marimba; Alexi Dollar, marimba; Josh Eckel, trumpet; Christian Hammonds, clarinet; Annie Heffley, snare and keyboard; Camden Hunt, trumpet; Truette Ide, oboe; Matt Jorgensen, alto sax; Miles Koroly, trombone; Kaitlynne Peters, alto sax; David Renner, snare drum; Omar Rivera, B-flat clarinet; Madison Saner, trumpet; Alex Souris, marimba; Yiming Su, flute; and Seth Cope, Charlie Marsh, Valerie Natividad, Madison Saner and Brian Zellmer, trumpet quintet.

Denton High band director Brian Wilson is assisted by Jesse Woolery, associate director, and Robert Brannock, percussion director.

Ryan High finished with 19 first-division medals among its 11 soloists and two ensembles. Those students included Sara Guerrero, alto sax; Michael Hamilton, bassoon; Isaac Hill, euphonium; Destiny Murphy, marimba; Charles Nichelson, euphonium; Stacie Paul, French horn; Joseph Proctor, marimba; Mandy Schwark, flute; Susana Urbina, marimba; Jarod Wilson, trumpet; Erica Yarbrough, oboe; Kelsey Cogswell, Matthew Martino and Kathy Modrow, clarinet trio; Robie Bidleman, Ivey Fisher, Mandy Schwark, Emily Staniszewski and Erica Yarbrough, woodwind quintet.

Ryan band director Eddy Russell is assisted by Lee Smith, associate band director, and Mary Brown, assistant band director.

Guyer finished with seven first-division medals among its three soloists and one ensemble. Those students included Madison Pasdernick, flute; Mikaela Pyle, flute; Mollie Ramsey, flute; and Madison Pasdernick, Jackie Peterson, Mikaela Pyle and Mollie Ramsey, flute ensemble.

Guyer band director Chris Cansleris assisted by Amy Woody, associate director, and Ellis Hampton, percussion coordinator.


Ginnings Elementary School

Students’ artwork displayed at Capitol

Three students from Ginnings Elementary School had their artwork displayed at the Capitol in Austin as part of the Texas Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Capitol Celebration.

Fifth-graders Colby Massengale, Damari Romero and Adela Splawn represented the Denton school district in the exhibit, which was in the rotunda of the Texas Capitol last week. Their works were among the few chosen from more than 50 school districts.

Kay Adamson is the art teacher at Ginnings.


Guyer High School

Guyer to take part in anti-bullying day

Guyer High School students and staff will participate in Unite Against Bullying Day Thursday.

The entire school is being encouraged to participate in the anti-bullying campaign by wearing orange and signing a pledge during lunch. The event is part of the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights national bully prevention center’s movement to have students across the country stand up to bullying.

Guyer’s anti-bullying committee has been involved in planning the event and will have students take part in a presentation and provide schoolwide facts and trivia related to bullying. Freshmen will take part in an essay contest and compete for prizes.


Ryan Elementary School

Story time offered for new kindergartners

Ryan Elementary School will be hosting a special story time for incoming kindergartners at 9 a.m. Monday.

Four-year-olds who will be 5 by Sept. 1 and 5-year-olds not currently enrolled in kindergarten can become familiar with the school’s library and hear a story from the school librarian. Participants will also share some guidance lessons with the school counselor.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Nilda Lopez at 940-369-4600 or .


Ryan High School

Students earn honors at state BPA contest

Ryan High School recently earned a second consecutive state title and several individual honors at the Texas Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Houston.

The Ryan parliamentary procedures team won the state title and qualified for the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. Team members included Jocelyn Almaraz, Dominique Benson, Krystal Cunningham, Sam DeLeon, Salman Hasan, Nadja Hemphill and Eva Sadowski.

Ryan also fared well individually in parliamentary concepts testing, with Sadowski. winning first place, Hasan in second place, Cunningham third and Hemphill fifth.


Argyle ISD

District offers limited open enrollment

Students living outside Argyle school district boundaries will soon have the opportunity to enroll in Argyle schools as the district continues its Limited Open Enrollment program.

The district will accept applications May 1-3 for enrollment from non-resident students who have siblings attending an Argyle ISD school. During May 6-23, the district will accept applications for enrollment from non-resident students without siblings attending an Argyle school. Students accepted as out-of-district transfers will be able to attend Argyle ISD schools with no charge for tuition.

The district is implementing the limited open-enrollment program to increase student enrollment, which in turn will increase the funding the district receives from the state.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis to fill a limited number of spaces. Space will be available from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. However, space is more limited in some grades than others.

Requirements that must be met to be accepted include academic history, attendance and discipline record at the student’s previous school.

Applications are available at the Argyle ISD Administration Building and on the district’s website and must be returned in person at 800 Eagle Drive in Argyle. Each application must be dropped off by the parent or guardian named on the form.

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of district administrators and approved by the campus principal. Students who are approved will be eligible to attend Argyle ISD schools for the 2013-14 school year and beyond. All students who are accepted must reapply each year and will be approved as long as they continue to meet requirements. Transfer students are expected to abide by district policies and rules, and any violation could result in revocation of enrollment.

Parents will receive notification of whether or not their child’s application has been accepted by June 7.

Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to and from school.

For more information about the program, call 940-464-7241, ext. 1002, or visit .

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