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Denton ISD

High school choirs to perform at TWU

The Denton school district’s three comprehensive high schools’ choirs will combine to perform together at 7 p.m. Thursday at Texas Woman’s University.

The performance will feature John Rutter’s Requiem, in partnership with TWU musicians. The musical piece, as written by Rutter, routinely features an orchestra and soloists.

For more information, call the fine arts department at 940-369-0075.


Mariachi program plans fajita dinner fundraiser

The Denton school district’s student mariachi program, Mariachi Dorado, will have a fajita dinner at 6 p.m. May 18 in the Calhoun Middle School cafeteria, 709 W. Congress St.

The fundraiser will feature a dinner with fajitas, rice, beans and all the fixings. Entertainment will be provided by Mariachi Dorado and Mariachi Quetzal, a professional music group.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 5 and younger, and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the student mariachi program. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the bilingual/English as a second language department at 940-369-0150.


GOAL to host soccer tournament on May 18

The Denton school district’s bilingual and English as a second language department will present the fourth annual GOAL soccer tournament from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at Denton High School.

The tournament will feature club soccer teams from each of the district’s participating middle schools. Students on the club teams are all part of the district’s Guys Operating as Leaders (GOAL) program.

Each team will play 30-minute round-robin games and accumulate points. The two clubs that accumulate the most points throughout the tournament will meet in a championship game.

Admission to the tournament is free. Vendors will be selling concessions and T-shirts. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the GOAL program.

The GOAL program is an enrichment project aimed at getting students to develop leadership skills in and out of the classroom through academic exercises, teamwork activities and soccer.

For more information, contact Chris Ice, middle school ESL coordinator and GOAL sponsor, at 940-369-0154 or .


Blanton Elementary School

Squire Choir to perform at Dallas memorial

Blanton Elementary School’s Squire Choir has been invited to perform at the Dallas Police Memorial Day Ceremony at noon Wednesday at the memorial across from Dallas City Hall Plaza.

The choir will sing “Hero,” made popular by Mariah Carey, and will participate in a parade before the event. The students will wear special bracelets, which they will present to officers in attendance.

The Squire Choir has performed at various events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but its first appearance in downtown Dallas will be an emotional one. The group’s director, Blanton music teacher Victor Lozada, lost his father in the line of duty.

Senior Cpl. Victor Lozada Sr., a 19-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, is one of the 81 officers honored in the memorial. Victor Lozada Sr. was killed on Feb. 22, 2008, when he was serving as a motorcycle escort for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The annual ceremony is the city’s way to pay tribute to all officers killed since the establishment of the Dallas Police Department in 1881. In observance of the fallen officers, the event has featured chorale groups, bagpipe players, a police funeral salute and a horse without a rider.


E.P. Rayzor Elementary School

E.P. Rayzor hosting Fine Arts Night on Thursday

E.P. Rayzor Elementary School will present its third annual Fine Arts Night at 5:20 p.m. Thursday.

The event will feature performances from the fourth- and fifth-grade honor choirs, the fifth-grade orchestra and the Drama Kids troupe. There will also be an art show with student works placed in a gallery-style setting and artwork available for purchase.

For more information, contact art teacher Kelley Quinn McGee at 940-369-4100 or .


Ryan High School

Mattress fundraiser sale to benefit Grad Night

Ryan High School will have its annual mattress sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 in the school cafeteria, 5101 E. McKinney 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 new, come with factory warranties and will be sold as much as 60 percent off retail price. Free layaway will be available.

Proceeds from the sale will go to Ryan High Grad Night for the class of 2013. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

For more information, e-mail Robert Jones at .


Area students named National Merit winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently named some scholarship winners in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Six students who attend school in northern Denton County were among the approximately 1,000 students named in the first group of winners. Their awards are financed by 200 corporations, company foundations and business organizations.

Winners from the area include Iris E. Hill of Ryan High School. Hill, who plans to study chemical engineering, received the National Merit Jerry R. Junkins Memorial Scholarship, funded by Texas Instruments.

Four winners are students at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas:

Fait J. Yu of Arlington, who plans to go into mechanical engineering, received a scholarship funded by the Novartis Group.

Akshar Dash of Flower Mound, who plans to go into health care, received the National Merit BNSF Foundation Scholarship, funded by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.

Emily Tan of Plano, who plans to go into biomedical engineering, received a scholarship funded by Southwest Airlines.

Larry A. Xiao of Plano, whose probable career field is financial planning, received a scholarship funded by Rockwall Collins.

Five local students were recently named winners of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. A total of 2,500 scholarship winners were named nationwide.

Local scholarship winners, whose one-time payment scholarships are funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., include:

Davis W. Coghlan, an Argyle High School student who plans to study mechanical engineering;

Dylan R. Airey, a student from Coppell who attends the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at UNT and plans to go into mathematics;

David Z. Hao, a student from Plano who attends TAMS and plans to study computer science;

Kianing Jenny He, a student from Plano who attends TAMS and plans to go into pediatrics; and

Emily K. Crouse, a home-schooled student from Ponder whose probable career field is counseling.



Harpool Middle School

Harpool plans blood drive on May 30

Students and staff at Harpool Middle School will host a community blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. May 30.

Carter BloodCare will operate the blood drive in the practice gym at the school, 9601 Stacee Lane in the Lantana area. The blood drive is open to members of the community. Harpool’s goal is to collect 28 units of blood.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hutson at 940-369-1700 or .


Two named to TCDA all-state honor choir

Harpool Middle School eighth-graders Madison Bourgeois and Victoria Gardner will represent the Denton school district as members of the 2013 Texas Choral Directors Association Middle School/Junior High All-State Honor Choir.

Madison and Victoria were selected among more than 1,200 finalists for this honor. As members of the all-state choir, the two Harpool students will participate in a clinic hosted by Lynne Gackle, professor of choral music at Baylor University, and will perform in a concert at the Texas Choral Directors Association Convention in San Antonio in July.

Nathan Dame and Jenna Smith are the choir directors at Harpool.


Retirement reception to honor Karen Crozier

Harpool Middle School teachers and staff will honor longtime educator Karen Crozier during a reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at El Guapo’s Mexican Restaurant, 419 S. Elm St.

Crozier, a technology specialist at Harpool, will be retiring after a 28-year career in education. She has spent the last 25 years working at Harpool and Strickland middle schools. The reception will be hosted by Guyer High School Assistant Principal Regena Little.

For more information, e-mail Little at .


Rivera Elementary School

Fifth-grader recognized for math prowess

Abdiel Serrano, a fifth-grade student at Rivera Elementary School, was recently honored with a THINK Nation Award by Think Through Math.

Abdiel was one of 10 students across Texas recognized for his ability to solve math problems during the 2012-13 school year as part of the THINK Nation campaign.

He solved a total of 20,451 math problems and earned 50,000 THINK points in the process.

Students can use THINK points to “buy” gear for their avatars on the Think Through Math system, or have their points converted to a dollar amount to be donated to a specific charity in their name.

Think Through Math is an online math intervention system that helps students struggling with math improve their skills through adaptive learning and prepare them for the rigors of algebra and beyond.


Stephens Elementary School

Community blood drive set for May 30

The staff and student council at Stephens Elementary School will host a community blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. May 30.

A Carter BloodCare mobile unit will be set up in the school parking lot at 133 N. Garza Road in Shady Shores. The blood drive is open to members of the community.

For more information, contact Stephani Short at 940-369-0804 or



Argyle High School

Awards program spotlights academics

Argyle High School had its annual awards program on April 29. This year’s program coincided with an art display show presented by school’s Art Honor Society as well as a spring open house.

The awards program kicked off with the Argyle High Jazz Band and choir. Hosts for the event were student council seniors Shelby Smith and Andrew Kolember.

Students were honored for for outstanding achievement, perfect attendance, top 10, “A” honor roll and senior individual scholarships. More than 120 students received academic awards. Teachers were on hand to deliver awards to students and congratulate them onstage.


Liberty Christian School

Chicago drummer to lead clinics, perform

Walfredo Reyes Jr., drummer of the band Chicago, will be in concert with a professional jazz band and Liberty Christian School’s back-to-back state champion band at 7 p.m. Friday at the school, 1301 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle. Tickets are available for $5 at .

Reyes will be the featured artist in the Guest Artist Clinic and Concert Series hosted by Liberty Christian’s band department.

Friday’s concert will include songs from classic big-band jazz charts such as “Sing, Sing, Sing” from Louis Prima to contemporary songs such as Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park,” “Make Me Smile” and “25 or 6 to 4.”

“Our winning state again has given us a lot of exposure, which has led in part to these amazing opportunities for our school to share,” band director Scott Himel said in a news release.

In between tour dates with Chicago, Reyes will lead two days of clinics with band students from fifth to 12th grade, including master classes with the advanced upper school jazz band.

Reyes has toured or recorded with artists including Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Jackson Browne, Gloria Estefan, Richard Marx, Smokey Robinson and Christina Aguilera.

National sponsors Mapex Drums and LP Percussion as well as The Music Academy of Denton and The (Ghost) Note drum shop are co-sponsoring the event.



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