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Northwest ISD

Class of 2013 receives diplomas at coliseum

Parents, friends and faculty cheered as more than 945 seniors walked across the stage at commencement ceremonies on June 11 at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

Northwest High School graduated about 505 students, and 446 graduated from Byron Nelson High School. James M. Steele Accelerated High School held its commencement ceremony honoring 15 graduates on June 6 at Northwest High School’s Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center.

This year, Northwest school district graduates earned $15 million in scholarships.


District to loan portables to West ISD

The Northwest school district will provide five portable buildings to the West school district.

“Our hearts go out to the entire West community — the students, the staff and the parents,” Superintendent Karen G. Rue said in a news release. “We stand united as a support system of educators, and we want to be able to help in any way we can.”

The portables buildings will be available for West ISD to use for the next two years while the district restores and repairs the damage caused to campuses from a fertilizer plant explosion.

Background check form can be done online

Parents and other volunteers who plan to work with children in Northwest schools must have passed a criminal background check prior to volunteering.

As a convenience, the volunteer background check form is available online and can be completed before the rush of the new school year.

Residents can go to to complete a background check and be approved to volunteer.


Denton ISD

Fleet maintenance supervisor wins contest

Alan Wilcox, fleet maintenance supervisor for the Denton school district’s transportation department, won first place in the Texas Best Technician Competition, held recently in San Antonio by the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians. He placed first after completing a “hands-on” competition and a written test.

Wilcox, who is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, has also been asked by the institute to help write the competition exam for next year. The institute will send Wilcox to Virginia later this summer to help write the test.

Wilcox has been with the transportation department for almost 13 years and will represent Denton school district and Texas at the America’s Best competition slated for September in Seattle.


Denton High School

District recognizes top student athletes

The Denton school district recognized 186 students from Denton High School as part of its annual program honoring top student athletes for success on the field and in the classroom.

The district began acknowledging the commitment to excellence its varsity athletes display with the Denton ISD Varsity Academic-Athlete Award. To receive recognition on this prestigious list, all student athletes must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 through the academic year, represent Denton ISD in a positive light on and off the playing field, and have been approved as a selection by their varsity head coach.

The 2012-13 Denton High honorees include:

Football — Samaki Adams, Jacob Audirsch, Derek Baker, Jesus Bautista, Cameron Brown, John Carmona, Jacob Cleveland, David Deramee, Ronald Disbrow, Quinn Gary, Josh Harden, Monroe Huband, Seong Jung, Nicholas Marshall, Matthew Peterson, Jose Reyes, Christen Rodriguez, Luke Satterfield, Sasawat Satumitra, Lawrence Tinsley and Kade Wagner.

Cheer — Briana Carter, Marisa Cervantes, Ashlyn Greene, Ann Patterson, Kylie Richter, Taylor Spillman and Kylee Williams.

Volleyball — McKayla Cecil, Sarah Clark, Danielle Jacobson, Kody Jones, Rylie Urban and Kendall Wagner.

Cross country — Mwape Chintankwa, Stephanie Duran, Sydairea Hamilton, Emma Hanby, Julia Hanks, Hagar Hudspeth-Sang, Annika Keesecker, Marlayna Kroma, Annya McManus and Christiane Tristan.

Golf — Devlin Carpenter, Marisa Cervantes, Emily Curtis, Cooper Durett, Jake Sahonick, Danica McMahon, Lindsey Heal, Patrick Mercer, Stephanie Mobley and Margaret Patterson.

Tennis — Andrew Ciulla, Alex Clerihew, Wade Cope, William Crouch, Flor De la Garza, Estefani Escamilla, Emily Fu, Rebecca Fu, Beatriz Galvan, Preston Hansen, Emily Hu, James Marsh, Ethan Morrison, Sara Prybutok, Luma Rashed and Maria Royo.

Basketball — Taylor Allison, Victoria Amadi, Ellen Biggerstaff, Leah Bowen, Diana Edwards, Jordan Hudspeth, LaNeisha Hudspeth, Lyric King, Ginger Krahl, Lauren Llanes, Jordan Mazziotta, Iris Melendres, Kobie Parr, April Pena, Malayshia Pouncil, Taylor Seastrunk and Hannah Winn.

Soccer — Zach Alspach, Alejandra Amaya, Zach Ardis, Juan Borda, Alana Burns, Kartikeya Charturvedi, Rigels Diko, Zachary Farmer, Sara Fremder, Angeleigh Gerdes, Giovanny Gomez, Josh Harden, Kirsten Holmes, Peyton Lenaburg, Danica McManhan, Michael Migaud, Luis Navarrete-Ramirez, Madi Palasota, Braeden Petrie, Kayla Petrie, Christopher Penny, Amber Phillips, Tyler Proffitt, Christian Rodriguez, Morgan Rushing, Gabriel Wawro and Lindsay Wilson.

Swimming and diving — Alex Barker, Rosalee Bayer, Hannah Bowen, Rachael Crews, Dennis Lang, Kayla McGill, Anthony Milbitz, Gwenne Page, Tegan Specht, Andy Ye and Kevin Ye.

Track and field — Victoria Amadi, Maribel Barrera, Samichhya Baruwal, Sha-Kyla Booker, Leah Bowen, Mwape Chintankwa, Emily Curtis, Kenzie Dozier, Stephanie Duran, Julia Hanks, Shelby Howell, Jordan Hudspeth, Hagar Hudspeth-Sang, Lyric King, Ginger Krahl, Marlayna Kroma, Annya McManus, Adesimbo Odunaiya, Vivian Olabamiji, Taylor Olson, April Pena, Taylor Seastrunk, Christiane Tristan, Bre’Ana Walker, Juanita Wilson, Hannah Winn and Oluwasemilore Yessuff.

Softball — Gabriela Godina, Allison Hamilton, Jessica Juarez, Elizabeth Kahrs, Jordan Lewis, Jordan McLaren, Esperanza Mendez, Jenna Moberly, Jordan Rutledge, Miranda Seal, Alexandra Shelton, Emily Smith, Taylor Sorrells, Mireya Villanueva, Courtnie Walker and Cori Wilkinson.

Baseball — Josh Boring, Josh Chavez, John Collins, Caleb Crockett, George Elliott, Frank Farris, Austen Milam, Malik Minter, Julian Moberly, Joseph Ralston, Luke Satterfield, Jack Sawko, Dakota Soward, Lucas Taylor, Logan Trachta and Dawson Wright.

Athletic training — Maggie Mae Ellison and Jenna Moberly.


Ryan High School

Assistant principal in finals for state award

Martin Brumit, assistant principal at Ryan High School, was recently named a finalist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators Administrator of the Year award.

Brumit’s duties as assistant principal include coordinating the anti-bullying and anti-drug campaigns on campus, the academic banquet and senior awards assembly, the use of facilities by extracurricular and curriculum groups, and graduation. He also serves as the instructional leader for the English and social studies departments as well as the monitor of discipline and attendance for one-fourth of the campus’ 2,300 students.

Prior to joining the staff at Ryan High in 2011, Brumit served as an assistant principal at Calhoun Middle School and a social studies teacher for the Lake Dallas, Irving, Terrell and College Station school districts.

He is a graduate of West Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in history and kinesiology and received his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas. Brumit is currently a student in the superintendent certification program at UNT.

The winner of the ATPE Administrator of the Year award will be announced during the Summit Awards Banquet in Austin in July.


Immaculate Conception Catholic School

Pre-K, kindergarten registration continues

Preschool and Kindergarten Roundup is underway for the 2013-14 school year at Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

The school will offer full-day class sessions for children who are ages 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 in its Little Knights preschool on the following days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Tuesday and Thursday; or Monday through Friday.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School offers a full-day, five-day kindergarten for children who are age 5 by Sept. 1. Extended care services are available from 7 to 8 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.

Registration is offered during summer office hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment. The office will be closed the week of July 1. Parents will be asked to provide immunization records as part of the registration process.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School is fully accredited by the state of Texas and is located at 2301 N. Bonnie Brae St. It is part of the 19-school Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth system and serves 250 students ages 3 through eighth grade from Denton and surrounding counties.

For more information, call 940-381-1155 or visit .


Students honored during promotion ceremony

Marga Del Mundo and Alexis Wood received the Academic Achievement Award for the highest academic average in the eighth grade during recent promotion ceremonies at Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

Taylor Schertz and Scott Wisker received the Esto Dux Leadership Award from Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth. Anthony Caeti and Olivia Johnson received Outstanding Leadership awards.

The Knights of Columbus presented certificates and monetary awards for the group’s annual essay contest on citizenship. Scott Wisker placed first, Daniel McDonald was second and Valeria Garcia was third.

Each eighth-grader received an engraved Bible as a parting gift from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Scholarship Home and School Association. The school’s eighth-grade Class of 2013 includes Anthony Caeti, Gabriella Castillo, Marga Del Mundo, Brooke Devers, McKenna Dorais, Ford Feigle, Valeria Garcia, Katie Garrett, William Gibbons, Olivia Johnson, David Levia, Daniel McDonald, Gus Ovalle, Matthew Payne, Taylor Schertz, Cierra Stafford, Carmen Villa, Lauren Will, Scott Wisker, Alexis Wood and Siarra Wood.


Lake Dallas ISD

District announces Teachers of the Year

Beverly Webb, kindergarten teacher at Shady Shores Elementary School, and Felicia May, band director at Lake Dallas Middle School, have been named the 2012-13 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year, respectively, for the Lake Dallas school district.

Webb has taught for 22 years — all in kindergarten and all at Lake Dallas ISD. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas while raising three children. She has been a mentor to many new teachers in the district.

“Mrs. Webb is always willing to help with whatever needs to be done,” Vangee Deussen, Shady Shores Elementary principal, said in a news release. “She often requests inclusion students to be placed in her classroom, and these children routinely benefit and excel from her instruction.”

As a staunch proponent of her profession in this community, Webb has continued to grow as a teacher, stay current and encourage others to do the same, officials said.

May began working for the Lake Dallas district in 2000, after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University in Mississippi and her master’s degree from UNT.

“She is always concerned with what is best for all kids,” said Jim Parker, Lake Dallas Middle School principal. “Mrs. May is kid-centered and works with kids in need to make sure they have what they need … equipment, lessons, music or clothes.”

Officials said May is always in the pursuit of excellence, is never satisfied and works continuously towards improvement.

Both teachers were presented with rings from the district at the end of year celebration on June 7.


Lake Dallas adopts new learning platform

ALL In Learning and the Lake Dallas school district now have a districtwide partnership that will provide personal cloud-based accounts for all teachers, allowing them to utilize the ALL In Learning platform to grow student success.

“Lake Dallas ISD is thrilled to extend our excellent instructional programs utilizing the ALL In Learning cloud-based platform and instructional technologies,” said Marci Malcom, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “This innovative and green platform will provide our administrators, teachers and students state-of-the-art engagement, feedback and collaboration activities while reducing paper costs and teacher grading time.”

Lake Dallas is the first Texas district to embrace the ALL In Learning platform districtwide.

“ALL In Learning is delighted to be a districtwide partner with Lake Dallas as our integration with Eduphoria and our unique and seamless instructional technologies deliver unparalleled time savings as well as exceptional data collection and analysis tools for all stakeholders,” said Darrell Ward, chief executive officer of ALL In Learning.


Lake Dallas High School

Lake Dallas High among best schools in U.S.

Lake Dallas High School has been named to the 2013 Best High Schools in the U.S. list published by U.S. News & World Report. The high school received a National Silver Medal.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report evaluates nearly 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college, and other factors. According to the report, Lake Dallas High School students have 100 percent proficiency in reading and 96 percent in math.

Led by Principal Kristi Strickland, Lake Dallas High was one of only 410 Texas schools to make the list. The magazine reviewed 21,035 public high schools in the U.S. Only 7 percent received the silver ranking.

“Honors like this one are a testament to the dedication at every level of Lake Dallas High School. Everyone plays a part — students, teachers, administrators, parents, volunteers and local businesses,” Strickland said in a news release. “It supports our belief that it takes the entire community working together to build successful schools.”

U.S. News has published the Best High Schools rankings since 2007.

“U.S. News & World Report has publicly recognized how I’ve felt about Lake Dallas High School for many years,” Superintendent Gayle Stinson said. “Our students and staff work very hard every day, and it is rewarding for them to receive national recognition. We live in a community that supports our students and our district and that makes all the difference.”

Other area high schools making the list included Argyle and Pilot Point.



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