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Denton ISD

Pre-registration for kindergarten on May 8

Children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 may be pre-registered for kindergarten at all 21 Denton ISD elementary schools on May 8.

Each school will offer two pre-registration sessions, from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Staff members will assist parents with the process.

During the sessions, parents will be able to set up an enrollment account for their child on a campus computer and set them up for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year. Denton ISD will issue all families an e-mail with instructions to complete the registration process for their child later this summer through Infosnap, an online enrollment system.

Parents should bring the following documents pertaining to their child: birth certificate, Social Security card and updated immunization records. Parents will also need to provide proof of residency (such as a utility bill or lease agreement) and at least three emergency contacts.

It is not necessary to bring the child to complete pre-kindergarten registration. Each elementary school is hosting activities to introduce incoming kindergartners to their new school, teachers, classrooms and classmates. Please contact the child’s campus for more information regarding these activities or possible extended pre-registration hours.

Parents not able to attend one of the kindergarten pre-registration sessions are welcome to visit their child’s campus at any time after May 8 during regular school hours and finish the process on a school computer.

To find out what school a kindergarten student will attend, visit the district’s School Finder tool at .


Extended School Day pre-registration open

Online pre-registration for Denton ISD’s Extended School Day program for 2013-14 is open through Friday.

To pre-register for the program, click on the link on the Denton ISD homepage or visit . Upon completion of this process and an online payment of a $50 registration fee, the student’s spot will be reserved in the Extended School Day program at their campus.

To complete the enrollment process, parents or guardians will need to bring a printed confirmation of pre-registration, driver’s license or identification card, and completed enrollment packet to Extended School Day registration from 8 a.m. to noon April 27 at Strickland Middle School, 324 E. Windsor Drive.

Enrollment packets may be obtained at all Denton ISD elementary schools and the Gonzalez School for Young Children.

The Extended School Day program offers enrichment for kindergartners through fifth-graders in a safe after-school learning environment.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 940-369-0080 or e-mail program director Steve Johnson at .


Solid showings at UIL district academic meets

Denton high school students recently competed in their respective district UIL academic meets, earning multiple event victories and individual top-six finishes for the district’s three main high schools.

Denton ISD accounted for 19 victories combined at the Conference 4A District 5 and Conference 5A District 5 University Interscholastic League academic meets. The top six finishers each scored for their teams, while the top three individuals and top team in each category advance to the regional meet. The fourth-place individuals and second-place teams are regional alternates.

The Class 5A UIL Region I academic meet is conducted annually at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and the Class 4A UIL Region I academic meet is at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

Guyer High School finished as the runner-up at the Conference 4A District 5 meet with 328 points. Denton High School finished third with 327.66 points. Ryan High School placed fifth at the Conference 5A District 5 meet with 171 points.

Students placing at the district level included:

Guyer High

Accounting: Zach Colpean, first place; Robert Brandford, fourth place; Dalton Wakefield, sixth place

Chemistry: Sang Yop Kwon, first place

Current Issues: Dalton Wakefield, sixth place

Computer Applications: Patrick Grace, third place; Dylan Graf, fourth place

Feature Writing: Sydnie McCormick, third place

Informative Speaking: Mark Hickey, fourth place; Hunter Snowden, fifth place; Eddie Montoya, sixth place

Lincoln-Douglass Debate: Pete Burley, fourth place

Literary Criticism: Devin Horton, sixth place

Math: Sang Yop Kwon, fourth place

News Writing: Sydnie McCormick, fifth place

Ready Writing: Chris Wooley, fifth place

Poetry Interpretation: Andrew Hansen, first place; Drake Lawson, second place; Tanile Lamb, third place

Persuasive Speaking: Jahanara Hoque, fourth place; Max Malone, fifth place; Michael Tabet, sixth place

Prose Interpretation: Michael Hansen, first place; Joey Bruce, fourth place; Lauren Champion, fifth place

Ready Writing: Jason Otolo, third place; Dria Wendle, sixth place

Physics: Sang Yop Kwon, first place

Science: Team Guyer (Sang Yop Kwon, Tyler Powell, Virin Temprateep, Meg Hoffman, Garrison Byrd, Missy Morris), first place; Sang Yop Kwon, first place; Tyler Powell, third place; Virin Temprateep, fifth place

One Act Play: first place

The Guyer UIL coaches are Steven Bredberg, Michael Bolen, Greg Coleman, Scott Dean, Karen Gossett, Dana Key, Tiffany Larson, Donna Lowe, Paula Robinson, Larry Turner and Phyllis Tucker.


Denton High

Calculator Applications: Omar Akram, sixth place

Current Issues: Team Denton (Varada Salimath, George Roberson, Brandon Shields, Seth Cope); first place; Varada Salimath, second place; George Roberson, fifth place

Computer Science: Team Denton (William Root, Emily Hu, Miles O'Keefe, Alex Elizalde); first place; William Root, first place; Emily Hu, second place; Miles O’Keefe, third place; Alex Elizalde, sixth place

Editorial Writing: Emily Fu, first place; Emily Fu, second place; Taylor Brown, fourth place

Feature Writing: George Roberson, first place; Emily Fu, second place

Headline Writing: Rebecca Fu, second place; George Roberson, third place; Emily Fu, sixth place

Journalism: Team Denton (composite score), first place

Literary Criticism: Team Denton (composite score), first place; Mwape Chintankwa, first place; William Root, second place

Math: Team Denton (William Root, Yiming Su, Emily Hu, Omar Akram) first place; William Root, first place; Yiming Su, second place; Emily Hu, third place; Omar Akram, fifth place

News Writing: George Roberson, second place

Number Sense: Team Denton (William Root, Omar Akram, Wade Cope, Kevin Ye), first place; William Root, first place; Omar Akram, fourth place; Jared Davis and Kevin Yie, sixth place (tie)

Ready Writing: Nico Cortes, fourth place

Spelling and Vocabulary: Team Denton (Omar Akram, Varada Salimath, Anna Mitchell, Rebecca Fu), first place; Omar Akram, first place; Varada Salimath, second place; Anna Mitchell, third place; Rebecca Fu, fourth place

The Denton UIL coaches are Greg Bogomol, John Curtis, Sandra Dieckman, Fred Mueller, Ashley Sharp,J ulie Seeley,and Barry Wagner.


Ryan High

Current Issues: J.D. McClanahan, sixth place

Feature Writing: Emily McPherson, fourth place

Headline Writing: Emily McPherson, third place

Informative Speaking: Elly Dearman, fifth place; Matt Russell, sixth place

Literary Criticism: Team Ryan (J.D. McClanahan, Rachael Rosenberg, Sarah Miles, Veronica Hardy), first place; J.D. McClanahan, first place; Rachel Rosenberg, fourth place; Sarah Miles, fifth place

Persuasive Speaking: Maddie Bell, fourth place

Poetry Interpretation: Conner Belt, second place

Prose Interpretation: Amanda Leavell, second place

Ready Writing: Sarah Miles, second place

Social Studies: Team Ryan (Kathryn Hokamp, Sarah Miles, Ryker Nelson, Nadia Rosales), first place; Kathryn Hokamp, fourth place; Nadia Rosales, sixth place

Speech: Team Ryan, second place

One Act Play: first place

The Ryan UIL coaches are Shawn Zeigler, Magan Hendon, Karen Guenther, Jeannene Abney, Kathleen Bossenbroek, Margaret Calabrese, Cindy Hess, Mark Kiraly and Virginia Keeling.


District fifth-grade honor choir sings in concert

The Denton school district’s Fifth-Grade Honor Choir recently hosted its sixth annual concert at the Guyer High School auditorium.

Cecile Johnson, former music teacher at Wilson Elementary School, served as guest conductor. She led the Woodrow Wilson All-Star Choir to three state honor choir selections by the Texas Music Educators Association and is a member of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

The honor choir features the top performers from each elementary school choir. The event also featured special performances by choral clusters from the Crownover and Harpool middle school sixth-grade choirs and the Guyer High School Chamber Choir.

Members of the 2013 Denton ISD Fifth-Grade Honor Choir include:

Blanton: Caleb Chapple, Marisa Gibbs, Emily Reyna, Erica Gibbs, Isabelle Kenneke, Hannah Stephens

Borman: Zoe Bernal, Lizbet Chavez, Audrey Sutcliffe, Nidia Canales, Grisselda Cortes, Marissa Wences

Cross Oaks: Emmanuel Aryee, Riley Gonzales, Kaitlyn Stanley, Gina Belocio, Tytiana Johnson, Samantha Villasana, Eli Ginn, Joshua Rivas, Rianna Wade

Evers Park: Madison Arbaugh, Cody Farrier, Ethan Jackson, Isabel Pena, Lyric Shelton

Ginnings: Elise Clements, Katie Munoz, Madison Franklin, Cy Ramon, Nicholas Hines, Shameia McKinzie, Desiree Williams, Brooke Kaszynski, Angelica Moore

Hawk: Lauren Barrett, Tori Nerpel, Travis Barton, Tabitha Sidandi, Jessica Chambers, Adam Lafortune, Skye Young, Haley Dortch, Emily Litchfield, Grace Ann Wallace

Hodge: Tiffany Ayllon, Moises Garza, Olivia Parham, Kendall Dowling, Mathilda Hopkins, Veronica Reyes, Andrew Garrett, Seth Love

Houston: Zachary Britton, JihyunSeo, Kadee Hackler, Hajeong Sophia Kim, Karli Sherman, Rachel Helms, Kate Lee, Lily Snider, Nyza Johnson, Rae Perry, Derek Wawro, Sydney Katzmark, Haley Sanders, Reagan Wright

Lee: Paulina Alvarez, Courtney Payne, Tiffany Ramirez, Andrea Caballero, Mykiah Pogue, Viviana Wences

McNair: Gaige Bigrigg, Julie Norton, Anna Blankenau, Joshua Macias, Sophia del Rosario, Harlie Cooper, Mann-Ning Li, Raven Taylor, Joshua Hickson, Eliana Nark, Ian Thiele

Nelson: Daniela Barrera, Rufaro Murandu, Cynthia Bower, Lizbeth Jiminez, Courtney Quintero, Sara Brewington, Ania Mangwiro, Karen Rodriguez, Rachel Hughes, Dessa Morales, Brooke Walker

Paloma Creek: Alexa Anderson, Noah Norried, Abigail Buxton, Kaelyn Thurman, Heaven Cowin, Katelyn Jennings, Gina Vanni, Alex Garcia, Dallin Mecham, Andrea Zelaya

Pecan Creek: Grant Hull, Cali Neumeyer, Paola Soria, Aaliyah Marinez, Jamie Osborne, Triniti Washington-Pitts, Francisco Moran, Amaechi Simmons, Grace Wolff

Providence: Courtney Arnold, Frida Guzman, Mia Webb, Katelyn Brown, Zoe Howard, Adam Wilbert, Bryson Clem, Breon Rowe, Morgan Wood, Elizabeth Delcambre, William Skaugen, Lucy Yates

E.P. Rayzor: Lauren Adams, Priyanka Menon, Omar Shah, Chad Ayers, Ashley Meza, Hana Shahanawaz, Savannah Cruson, Lauren Moore, Madison Stover, Camila Leon, Iman Shah, Ireland Verrette

Newton Rayzor: Isaac Boodt, Katrina Rivera, Ella Eckels, Elena Mitchell, Celia Salgado, Rayanne Geletko, MiroPosson, Chloe Smith

Rivera: Emma Dunworth, Tristan Mack

W.S. Ryan: Alejandro Arias , Dolores Ramirez, Maddie Brumley, Emily Lara, Caleb Wainscott, Ivanna Gomez, Andrea Martinez, Kayla Willis, Grace Hanks, Bunsari Patel, Grace Wood

Savannah: Conley Beckwith, Aminah Hall, Whitleigh Powell, Jordana Bluitt, Ariel Keeney, Macy Reyes, Reagan Briggs, Madison McQuigg, Tristan Roseberry, Will Christian, Taytum Murphree, Noah Youngs

Stephens: Savanna Bassham, Kerrigan Grubbs, Kayla Schultz, Jedidiah Feyisetan, Bianca Leal, Blake Williams, Sierra Gaines, Kealy Shay Pedroso, Kelsie Wilson

Wilson: Morgan Cayce, Dorinda Ratliff-Johnson, Aryal De La Rosa, Stacia Fuller-Hallman, Tanner Robertson, Cristian Garcia, Julia McCane and Luke Sumpter


Denton High School

Band to host mattress fundraiser sale Saturday

The Denton High School band will be host its annual mattress sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria at 1007 Fulton St.

The sale will feature name-brand mattresses in a variety of styles and sizes, including mattresses named “Best Buys” by Consumer Digest. All mattresses are brand new and come with factory warranties. Delivery will be available.

Proceeds from the sale will go directly to the Denton High band and help support travel costs, uniforms, contest entries and other miscellaneous fees. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

For more information, contact band director Brian Wilson at 940-369-2000 or .


Ann Windle School for Young Children

Head Start Roundup set for April 15-19

The Ann Windle School for Young Children will be hosting the Denton school district’s annual Head Start Roundup from Monday through April 19 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road.

The purpose of the roundup is to determine the eligibility, recruitment and selection of children who are 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1 into the Head Start program. The federally funded program provides low-income children an academic and social school-readiness foundation.

Families interested in enrolling their children in Head Start may be eligible for services if it is determined they are currently at or below the federal poverty level. Children who are homeless, in foster care or receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income assistance also are eligible. Pregnant women with a child who is 3 years old and have no available child care may also be eligible.

To apply for consideration into Head Start, all families should bring proof of income (2012 tax return, TANF, SSI or three recent pay stubs), proof of residency (utility bill or lease agreements only), proof of medical insurance, and a driver’s license or identification card of the parent/guardian. In addition, the child’s birth certificate, up-to-date immunization records and Social Security card are required.

Applications for Head Start will be accepted only with all of the required documents and on the scheduled date for each considered child’s last name. The roundup sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday — last names A through F

Tuesday — last names G through L

Wednesday, April 17 — last names M through P

Thursday, April 18 — last names Q through Z

Denton ISD will also have open sessions from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the Windle School, 901 Audra Lane, and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Families who miss any of the scheduled Head Start Roundup dates are encouraged to come by the Windle School and apply to get on the program’s priority wait list.

Selection into Head Start is determined by a computer-generated list based on needs. Enrollment is granted only after all district and Head Start criteria have been met.

For more information on Head Start or the application process, call the school at 940-369-3900.


Guyer High School

Guyer drumline wins NTCA area title

Guyer High School’s winter drumline completed its inaugural season in team competition with a championship in the North Texas Colorguard Association’s Scholastic A percussion division.

The Wildcat drumline students placed first in each of the competitions they entered this winter, including its first NTCA Scholastic AA division championship. The victory at that competition earned Guyer a spot at the Scholastic A division contest, held last month at Flower Mound Marcus High School, where the group claimed its first championship in that division as well.

The Guyer drumline is led by Ellis Hampton, the school’s percussion coordinator. Chris Cansler is the Guyer band director.


Silverados finish among best at area contest

Guyer High School’s Silverados dance squad capped a successful competition season with several award-winning performances at the ShowTime International Dallas Grand Finale at Lewisville High School.

The Silverados earned one of the competition’s highest honors by being named the Team Sweepstakes winners by claiming the judges’ award and finishing in the Team Champions Circle. The squad officers also claimed first place in the small ensemble category.

The Silverado officers for the 2012-13 school year are Senior Capt. Kourtney Logan, Senior Lt. Angel Abuana, Senior Lt. Brittany Lee, Senior Lt. Monique Spikes and Junior Lt. Leann Galdo.

In addition, Guyer claimed prizes for Best in Jazz and Best in Modern categories as well as the Applause Award for Modern. Senior Alexis Durrett was also a finalist for Best Solo Performance.

The Silverados are led by director Rachel Simpson and assistant director Cali Hoffman.


Sparks Campus

Teacher takes part in history workshop

Thomas Huggins, who teaches social studies at J.D. Sparks Campus, was recently selected to participate in a one-day teacher workshop in Kilgore sponsored by Humanities Texas. The workshop offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with scholars studying major aspects of 19th century U.S. history, including slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Workshop faculty included Michael Les Benedict of Ohio State University, Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee, Albert S. Broussard of Texas A&M University and Eric Walther of the University of Houston.

Participants attended lectures and presentations and examined primary sources such as historic documents, maps and photographs.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout Texas.


Nelson Elementary School

Nelson presents event for new Kinder Cubs

Nelson Elementary School will present its Kinder Cubs program featuring physical education, art and music for incoming kindergartners at 10:10 a.m. April 18.

The event will allow children who will be 5 by Sept. 1 to become familiar with teachers and staff. Participants will get to sing songs with the music teacher, make a craft with the art teacher and play games with P.E. teachers.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Christy Bedford at 940-369-1403 or .


Providence Elementary School

Story time presented for new kindergartners

Providence Elementary School will host a special story time for incoming kindergartners at 9:45 a.m. Monday.

The event will allow children who will be 5 by Sept. 1 to get familiar with the school’s library, hear a story from a librarian, and share in a guidance lesson with the school counselor.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Kate Julian at 940-369-1900 or .


E.P. Rayzor Elementary

Library time offered for incoming kindergartners

E.P. Rayzor Elementary School will host a special library time for incoming kindergartners at 10:20 a.m. April 18.

Children who will be 5 by Sept. 1 can become familiar with the school’s library, hear a story from a librarian and share in some guidance lessons with the school counselor.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Michelle Payne at 940-369-4100 or .


Wilson Elementary School

Kindergarten information meeting on April 18

Wilson Elementary School’s informational meeting for incoming kindergarten parents will be at 6 p.m. April 18 in the school cafeteria.

Parents can meet principals, teachers and staff as well as learn about the school and its programs. The event will include a brief presentation and tours of the school.

Families will also be able to meet members of the Wilson PTA and participate in the school’s family game night following the kindergarten event.

For more information, call 940-369-4500.


Texas Connections Academy

Information session slated for Monday

Texas Connections Academy will offer an information session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hilton Garden Inn Denton, 3110 Colorado Blvd.

The session is open to families currently enrolled at the academy and families considering enrollment for the 2013-14 school year.

Texas Connections Academy is a virtual public school for students in third through 11th grades (12th grade pending approval).

The school provides all curriculum materials.

Each student is also assigned a professional teacher to oversee learning and assess student progress.

Texas Connections Academy at Houston is a full-time statewide virtual school for students in grades 3 through 11 under the terms of the Texas Electronic Course Pilot in partnership with the Houston Independent School District.

For more information, visit .


Krum ISD

Dyer Elementary School

Students raise money for heart association

Students at Dyer Elementary School concluded the Jump Rope for Heart event after raising $4,615 for the American Heart Association during a month of jumping for health and charity.

Third-grade student Sierra Sanford was named the top school fundraiser with a total of $265, while second-grader Sydney Schertz was named the top fundraiser in her class with $178.

Students who raised an individual total of $65 or more got the chance to make a “Coach A Sundae” during the final ceremony, when students topped physical education teacher and coach Lacey Alexander with their choice of ingredients.

All money collected by Dyer students will benefit the American Heart Association. In addition, the students will receive a certificate to purchase P.E. equipment for the school as a reward for their efforts.


Selwyn College Preparatory School

Students depart for Perspectives Trips

Middle and upper school students are now on their annual Perspectives Trips, which have been part of Selwyn College Preparatory School’s curriculum for more than 40 years.

About 30 sixth- through eighth-graders and faculty departed Sunday for a week in Corpus Christi and the Texas Gulf Coast, where the students will be immersed in the science, history and culture of the coast. They will return on Saturday.

Selwyn’s 30 upper school students and faculty in ninth through 12th grades were divided into two groups — one traveling to Chicago and the other to Boston and New England. The groups left Monday and will return Sunday. The students will present research projects on the cities and sites they visit.


Prospective students welcome for visitor day

Selwyn will have a student visitor day from 9 a.m. to noon April 23 for kindergarten through 12th grade. Students who are considering attending Selwyn for the 2013-14 school year can visit for all or part of the day. Parents must register students in Sid Richardson Library at drop-off time.

Kindergarten and first-grade parents are invited to visit a classroom with their student for 30 minutes. E-mail  or call 940-382-6771 to reserve a spot.


Golf tournament, dinner fundraiser coming up

Selwyn will have a golf tournament and barbecue dinner fundraiser April 19 at the Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch. The theme of the event is “Fore the Future.”

The golf tournament will begin at 1 p.m. and costs $100 per player. The dinner, at 6:30 p.m., will include music and a silent auction. Dinner tickets cost $30 each, or $50 for two.

For more information or to register for the tournament, call 940-382-6771. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased online at .


Liberty Christian School

Liberty students win state art competition

Liberty Christian School’s art students took first place overall with 124.5 points at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools State Competition on March 22-23 at Concordia University Texas in Austin.

The following students placed in the competition:

First place: Colby Dowdle, mixed-media 2D; Allie Martin, drawing black and white; Virginia Sitzes, painting, senior portfolio.

Second place: Colby Dowdle, senior portfolio; Ashley Jenkins, pottery; Lexi Kulikauskas, photo creative and experimental; Virginia Sitzes, drawing color; Sean Wilson, applied design.

Third place: Tiffany Besett, drawing black and white; Ian Brown, computer-rendered art; Audrey Ilami, drawing color; Becca Lytle, pottery; Maddie Ramirez, seek and sketch black and white.

Fourth place: Geoffrey Little, computer-rendered art; Katie Wetteland, print-making.

Fifth place: Allie Martin, drawing black and white; Tanner Moseley, photography; Garrett Newland, art history; Katie Wetteland, drawing color.

Sixth place: Tiffany Besett, print-making; Audrey Ilami, drawing color; Paige Jeary, photography.

Honorable mention: Shelby Dragoo, onsite design; Abigail Fowler, pottery; Allie Martin, seek and sketch black and white; Virginia Sitzes, seek and sketch color.


Ninth-graders travel to visit Texas colleges

Liberty Christian’s academic advisers and several members of the faculty led the freshman class on a tour of Texas universities to allow them to meet with admissions counselors and learn more about what is expected of them academically in high school and in college.

Students traveled to Texas Tech University and Abilene Christian University on Feb. 25, and Baylor University and Texas A&M University on Feb. 26.

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