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Denton ISD

Fifth-grade transition meetings Monday

All Denton school district middle-school campuses are hosting fifth-grade transition meetings for current fifth-graders and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday at each middle school campus.

Parent and students will have the opportunity to learn more about middle-school teams and elective choices. Counselors, teachers, organization sponsors and coaches will be available to talk with those in attendance. Families unable to attend the event or who have questions are asked to contact their school’s counseling office:

Calhoun Middle School — 709 Congress St., 940-369-2400

Crownover Middle — 1901 Creekside Drive, Corinth, 940-369-4700

Harpool Middle — 9601 Stacee Lane, Argyle, 940-369-1700

McMath Middle — 1900 Jason Drive, 940-369-3300

Myers Middle School will meet at Stephens Elementary, which is located next to the new middle school at 133 Garza Road in Shady Shores. The current contact number is 940-369-1502.

Navo Middle — 1701 Navo Road, Aubrey, 972-347-7500

Strickland Middle — 324 E. Windsor Drive, 940-369-4200


Fine Arts

Schools earn theater nominations

Denton’s three high schools delivered some of the top theatrical performances in the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the school year and earned a combined 18 Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Award nominations.

Each school’s performance was evaluated by a panel of judges who are professionals in the areas of entertainment, arts and theater education, arts administration, talent management and production design.

The winners will be announced at the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas.

Ryan received eight nominations, including three for individuals, for its performance of Little Shop of Horrors. Jeanenne Abney is the theater arts director at Ryan High.

Ryan theater’s nominations include: Dakota Ratliff, Best Leading Actress; Cody Vann, Best Leading Actor; and Jacob Campbell, Best Supporting Actor. The production also was nominated for Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Crew/Technical Execution and Best Scenic Design

Denton High finished with eight nominations, including two for individuals and one for best show, for its performance of A Christmas Carol — The Musical. Mark Baker is the director of musical theater at Denton High.

Denton musical theater’s nominations include: Megan Graves, Best Supporting Actress; and Javan Stalls, Best Supporting Actor. The production was nominated for Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Crew/Technical Execution, Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design.

Guyer finished with two nominations for its performance of Damn Yankees. Elisha Crotwell is the theater arts director at Guyer High.

Guyer theater’s nominations include: Best Costume Design and Best Choreography.

The winners in the best actor and best actress category will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City, where they’ll represent their schools in the fifth annual National High School Musical Theater Awards in June. Past national winners have received scholarships to attend New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.

Other Dallas Summer Musicals award winners will be eligible for more than $25,000 in scholarships.

Tickets to the awards ceremony start at $25 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at .


Denton High School

Student named finalist for art contest

Denton High School student Sidney Durmick was recently named a finalist in the Texas Congressional High School Art Competition.

Durmick, a senior and International Baccalaureate student, will be recognized and have her artwork “Running from Red Eyes” on display during a 5:30 p.m. reception on Monday at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton.

Winners of the grand prize and first-, second- and third-place winners also will be announced at the reception. Art by the winner of the grand prize will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for a year. The first-place winner’s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Michael Burgess’ office in Lewisville for a year.

The Congressional Institute-sponsored contest was established in 1982 as a way to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation. This year’s theme is “An Artistic Discovery” and Durmick’s work was sponsored by Denton High art instructor James Rosin.


DHS receives “Project Ignition” grant

State Farm will be recognizing students at Denton High School for their efforts to improve travel safety in their peer group. Denton has been named as one of 26 schools nationally to receive a $2,000 Project Ignition grant, which is a service-learning teen driver safety program sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council and State Farm.

The school will also receive a $2,500 Celebrate My Drive grant based on its participation in last fall’s “Celebrate My Drive” event, the largest national gathering of new teen drivers . This grant will support their school’s Celebrate My Drive efforts this year.

The grant presentations will be held during a ‘Drive-a-Palooza’ event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Denton, 1100 Malone St.

Drive-a-Palooza will feature various educational and safe driving activities in which local high school students can participate, according to State Farm officials.

Denton High is partnering with other area high schools to heighten awareness about safe driving at this Friday’s event, according to Denton school district officials.


Guyer High School

Guyer bands shine at Alamo Showcase

Guyer High School recently competed at the Alamo Showcase of Music in San Antonio, earning top honors for its performances.

The Guyer Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble each earned “Superior” ratings from judges and were named “Best in Class” at the competition. The Guyer band director is Chris Cansler. He is assisted by Amy Woody, associate director, and Ellis Hampton, percussion coordinator.


Silverados drill team plans celebration

Guyer’s Silverados drill team will hold the “Silverados Walk of Fame,” a dance celebration of all things Hollywood at 7 p.m. May 2-3.

Silverados will showcase all styles of dance from jazz, hip hop, lyrical and tap to traditional high-kick. Performances will be held in the Guyer High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 at the door and $5 pre-sale until May 1.


Ryan High School

Grad Night Fundraiser Golf Tournament set

Ryan High School will host its Grad Night Fundraiser Golf Tournament at 9 a.m. May 6 at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth. The tournament will feature a four-man scramble set up with a shotgun start. Registration is $100 per player or $400 per team and includes green fees, cart and lunch.

A silent auction with sports collectibles and gifts will accompany lunch.

Those interested in helping sponsor the tournament can do so through event or hole sponsorship with prices starting at $50. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Ryan High Project Grad Night 2013.

For more information on the tournament or sponsorships, please contact Dan Lucas at 940-765-7410.


Ryan Elementary

P.E. time for incoming kindergartners set

Ryan Elementary School will be hosting a physical education time for incoming kindergartners at 10:45 a.m. Monday.

The event will allow 4-year-olds who will be 5 by Sept. 1 and 5-year-olds not currently enrolled in kindergarten to get familiar with Ryan Elementary. Students will take part in fun games and activities with the P.E. teachers. The students will also tour the kindergarten classrooms and meet kindergarten teachers.

While children take part in these activities, Ryan Elementary administrators will discuss kindergarten expectations with parents.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Nilda Lopez at 940-369-4600 or by e-mail at .


Liberty Christian School

Stay and Play Day planned for Friday

Liberty Christian School invites families with preschool-aged children to its Stay and Play Day on Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. Parents will be given a tour, and preschoolers will enjoy playing on the playground.

Liberty Christian’s Early Childhood Education for preschool and pre-kindergarten students uses an advanced academic curriculum that includes fun-filled themes and activities that correlate to the objectives taught for the week.

Hands-on science, fun with food, music and movement, hot lunch, computer classes, library visits, character rewards and special Christmas and Grandparent Day performances all characterize Liberty’s ECE.

For more information, visit  or call 940-294-2000.


Fine Arts students to put on Artist’s Garden

Liberty Christian’s Fine Arts students will display their talent at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Christian School’s 19th annual Artist’s Garden.

The 2013 show is the grand finale of a spectacular year that saw students win first at state in one-act play, art, band, speech and academics. Vocal students also performed well at state, almost tripling their score from last year.

“From the Small Screen to the Silver Screen” is the theme for this year’s performance. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 and student and senior adult tickets are $7.

Artist’s Garden will include performances from the theater department, band, chorale and DanzTeam. Students’ artwork will also be on display.


Band wins TAPPS state contest again

For the second year in a row, Liberty Christian students won first overall at the state contest of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools in Belton on April 12.

Students played an average of 10 songs within multiple groups over the span of nine hours. Liberty entered 15 student solos, eight woodwind small groups, one brass small group, two percussion ensembles, four jazz small bands, two large jazz bands and its full concert band, including sight reading.

The following is a list of the solos, ensembles and groups and their instrument and score. A score of one (1) is for a superior performance, two (2) for excellent, three (3) for good and four (4) for fair:


Kennedy Collins, Flute – 2

Austin Crabill, Snare – 2

Aaron Ilami, Trumpet – 4

Tiffany Lu, Piano – 1

Tiffany Lu, Snare – 1

Cameron Meath, Snare – 2

Elijah Parr, Tympani – 2

Caroline Sharp, Flute – 3

Sawyer Teague, Snare – 2

Russell Vittrup, Clarinet – 2

Matthew Walsh, Alto Sax – 1

Mixed Wind Ensemble – 1

Erin Achenbach, Clarinet 1; Kennedy Collins, Flute; Justin Mooneyham, Clarinet 2

Mixed Wind Ensemble – 2

Justin Mooneyham, Clarinet 2; Caroline Sharp, Flute; Russell Vittrup, Clarinet 1

Mixed Wind Ensemble – 1

Erin Achenbach, Clarinet 1; Kennedy Collins, Flute; Caroline Sharp, Flute

Mixed Wind Ensemble – 1

Kennedy Collins, Flute; Justin Mooneyham, Clarinet 1; Caroline Sharp, Flute

Sax Quartet – 1

Nicole Boudreaux, Tenor Sax; Antoine Michels, Alto Sax 2; Jordan Sharp, Baritone Sax; Rusty Vittrup, Alto Sax 1

Sax Quartet – 1

Anna Hudelson, Alto Sax 2; Jordan Sharp, Baritone Sax; Mary Jane Stidham, Tenor Sax; Matthew Walsh, Alto Sax 1

Sax Quartet – 1

Jordan Sharp, Baritone Sax; Mary Jane Stidham, Tenor Sax; Russell Vittrup, Alto Sax 2; Matthew Walsh, Alto Sax 1

Sax Quartet – 1

Erin Achenbach, Alto Sax 2; Nicole Boudreaux, Tenor Sax; Jordan Sharp, Baritone Sax; Russell Vittrup, Alto Sax 1

Brass Ensemble – 1

Tyler Clifford, Trumpet 3; Trevor Dondrea, Trumpet 2; Aaron Ilami, Trumpet 1; Juhyeok Kim, French Horn; Logan McDivitt, Baritone Sax; Kade Orsburn, Trombone 2; Jonathan Palmer, Tuba; Erin Ramsey, Trombone 1

Percussion – 1

Natalie Belokin, Austin Crabill, Cameron Meath, Elijah Parr, Sawyer Teague

Percussion – 1

Natalie Belokin, Austin Crabill, Tiffany Lu, Elijah Parr, Jarius White

Jazz Combo – 1

Kyle Lewis, Guitar; Rachel Lorentz, Bass; Tiffany Lu, Piano; Logan McDivitt, Trombone; Sawyer Teague, Drums; Matthew Walsh, Alto Sax

Jazz Combo – 1

Aaron Ilami, Trumpet; Kyle Lewis, Bass; Cameron Meath, Guitar; Kade Orsburn, Piano; Elijah Parr, Drums; Russell Vittrup, Alto Sax

Jazz Combo – 1

Austin Crabill, Drums; Kyle Lewis, Guitar; Rachel Lorentz, Bass; Tiffany Lu, Piano; Matthew Walsh, Alto Sax

Jazz Guitar – 1

Kyle Lewis, Guitar 1; Rachel Lorentz, Bass; Logan McDivitt, Piano; Cameron Meath, Guitar 2; Sawyer Teague, Auxiliary Drums

Freshman Jazz Band – 2

Natalie Belokin, Drum Set; Nicole Boudreaux, Tenor Sax 2; Tyler Clifford, Trumpet 1 and 2; Kennedy Collins, Flute; Trevor Dondrea, Trumpet 1 and 2; Anna Hudelson, Alto Sax 1; Juhyeok Kim, French Horn; Cameron Meath, Guitar; Antoine Michels, Alto Sax 2; Justin Mooneyham, Clarinet; Kade Orsburn, Trombone; Jonathan Palmer, Tuba; Elijah Parr, Drum Set; Payge Perdue, Alto Sax 2; Caroline Sharp, Flute; Mary Jane Stidham, Tenor Sax 1; Jarius White, Percussion

Senior Jazz Band – 1

Erin Achenbach, Soprano Sax; Nicole Boudreaux, Tenor Sax 2; Tyler Clifford, Trumpet 1 and 2; Austin Crabill, Drum Set; Trevor Dondrea, Trumpet 2 and 3; Aaron Ilami, Trumpet 1 and 2; Kyle Lewis, Guitar; Rachel Lorentz, Bass; Logan McDivitt, Trombone 1 and 2; Justin Mooneyham, Clarinet; Kade Orsburn, Piano; Erin Ramsey, Trombone 1 and 2; Jordan Sharp, Baritone Sax; Mary Jane Stidham, Tenor Sax 1; Sawyer Teague, Drum Set; Russell Vittrup, Alto Sax 2; Matthew Walsh, Alto Sax 1

Large Ensemble

Concert Band – 2

Sight reading — 1
Erin Achenbach, Natalie Belokin, Nicole Boudreaux, Tyler Clifford, Kennedy Collins, Austin Crabill, John Dastugue, Trevor Dondrea, Anna Hudelson, Aaron Ilami, Juhyeok Kim, Kyle Lewis, Rachel Lorentz, Tiffany Lu, Logan McDivitt, Cameron Meath, Antoine Michels, Justin Mooneyham, Kade Orsburn, Jonathan Palmer, Elijah Parr, Payge Perdue, Erin Ramsey, Caroline Sharp, Jordan Sharp, Mary Jane Stidham, Sawyer Teague, Russell Vittrup, Matthew Walsh, Jarius White


Northwest ISD

Award-winning chef to conduct contest

As part of a 30-day book tour, celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan will make a stop at Byron Nelson High School on Friday to conduct a classic cooking competition for culinary arts academy students.

Students will have 40 minutes to create an entrée that represents contemporary American cuisine.

The winning students will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will spend the day cooking with one of the featured chefs of the White House Chef Tour.


NISD named ‘Top Five Digital District’

Northwest ISD ranks fifth in the large student population district category for the Digital School Districts Survey Award.

The survey showcases exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students and the community, as well as improve district operations.

NISD was recognized at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference in San Diego. This is the second year NISD has ranked among the top 10 digital school districts in the nation. Last year, NISD rated seventh in the nation.


Graphic design students qualify for nationals

Northwest school district Academy of Media Arts and Technology (AMAT) students Jennifer Becan and Vannessa Kantaphone, both juniors, are 2013 SkillsUSA state champions.

Becan received first place in advertising design, and junior Kantaphone received first place in T-shirt design. The two graphic design students will advance to the national contest in June. Both students attend Northwest High School.


Enrollment Online now available

Enrollment Online is now available for students new to the Northwest school district. This includes incoming kindergarten students. Returning student registration will begin Aug. 1.

This will replace the back-to-school packets issued on the first day of school. In order to access the online registration feature, parents of students currently enrolled in the district must have a Home Access Center (HAC) account. Access to the HAC requires an Internet connection and a confidential username and password issued to the parents by the school.

Individuals unsure of their HAC login can contact their child’s campus. For more information, go to Parents of returning students can begin the registration process on August 1.


Kindergarten Round-Up set to begin Monday

Children who will attend kindergarten this August are asked to register online beginning Thursday. To register, kindergarten students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 and complete online registration at

Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for Monday through May 3. Round-Up events are specific to each campus. Check school websites for exact times.

Even though kindergarten registration begins online, parents and students are encouraged to attend the Round-Up at their child’s school to meet staff, tour the facility and provide the necessary documents needed to complete the registration process.

Parents are asked to bring the following items in order to complete their child’s enrollment: birth certificate, immunization records (immunizations must be up-to-date to attend school), proof of residency (housing contract, rental agreement, etc.), student’s Social Security card and license or government-issued identification of the parent/guardian.

Computers will be available at the campus during Kindergarten Round-Up for parents unable to register online from home. Find local schools at


Students send care packages to troops

Baby wipes, hand sanitizer, snacks, gum, razors and toothpaste have been donated, packed and sent to Afghanistan with love from third-grade students at Justin Elementary School.

Each third-grade classroom is sponsoring a soldier, including teacher Becky Carlson’s son-in-law, Shawn, through the Adopt A Soldier program. At the end of each month, students send letters and care packages. The program runs through May.


District to present ‘Night of No Limits’

Northwest kindergarten through 12th-graders will present their best work in science and problem-based learning at the “Night of No Limits” from 6 to 8 p.m. May 16 at Northwest High School.

Students will share their projects through live presentations and in a gallery format. Families and community members are invited to watch student presentations and engage in hands-on, interactive exhibits from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and KTVT-TV meteorologist Jeff Jamison.


Student to be awarded new car this spring

The Northwest school district Partners in Education will team up with Moritz Chevrolet to give away a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro to one high school student in Northwest ISD for outstanding academic efforts and attendance throughout the year.

The car giveaway will take place at 10:30 a.m. May 24 at Texas Motor Speedway.


Booster club sets golf tournament

The Trophy Club Nelson High School football booster club is conducting a golf tournament at 2 p.m May 30 at Trophy Club Country Club.

For more information, contact Cyndi Huizenga at .


Enrollment begins for TechnoCamp

TechnoCamp offers students the opportunity to challenge their creativity using the Lego Education robotics program and is available for any current 2012-13 Northwest Independent School District student in first through fifth grades.

The registration form, along with more information, can be found at


Student accepted into FBL Academy

Steele Accelerated High School junior Sam Moseley has been accepted into the Future Business Leaders Academy at Mercy College in New York.

This summer, Moseley will spend four days at Mercy College learning from the top business leaders in New York City firms.

The academy will provide Moseley with the opportunity to gain leadership skills and network.


Little Elm ISD

District changes to GoldStar Transit

The Little Elm school board approved GoldStar Transit as the carrier for student transportation for the 2013-14 school year.

As part of the agreement, the district has entered into a lease-purchase agreement to gain ownership of 45 school buses.

Terms of the approved contract stipulate all buses must be less than 12 years old, be fully air-conditioned, operate on propane and include GPS tracking.

Four companies, including the district’s current contractor, Durham School Services, responded to the request for proposals. GoldStar was selected to manage the day-to-day operation of the department for $2.55 per mile.

The transition to the new service provider will take place during the summer months and will not affect current bus service.

GoldStar currently operates in 160 school districts; six of them in Texas.



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