Elementary academic programs
Pre-K registration set for Aug. 1-2 at ATC
Districtwide registration for all pre-kindergarten programs will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1-2 at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex, located at 1504 Long Road in Denton.
Families interested in the Denton school district pre-kindergarten programs for the 2013-14 school year should bring proper identification and proof of residency (a utility bill or lease agreement), as well as their child’s birth certificate, updated immunization records and Social Security card to complete registration.
The district offers a variety of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs to help 3- and 4-year-old children born on or before Sept. 1 prepare for success in school. Families interested in one of these free half-day programs may qualify if they meet the following criteria:
• are limited English speaking;
• qualify for free or reduced lunch;
• are active military dependents;
• have been with the Department of Family and Protective Services;
• or are homeless.
Families attempting to qualify for these free pre-kindergarten programs should be able provide proof of income (a 2012 tax return or three recent check stubs), proof of current military deployment papers or other necessary paperwork. Registration for free pre-kindergarten programs cannot be completed without all of the required items.
Denton ISD also offers a Pre-K Academy program currently offered only at Cross Oaks Elementary School and the Gonzalez School for Young Children, which is designed to help children grow academically and physically in preparation for school. Current tuition rates are $600 per month (full day) and $340 per month (half day) with a $90 registration fee that can be paid during registration. The academy is open to students not eligible for the free pre-kindergarten program.
Please note that all families of returning pre-kindergarten students that have received “snapcodes” by e-mail should complete the registration process in Infosnap, the district’s new online registration system, and bring their Infosnap verification form when they attend the registration event to expedite the process.
For additional information on this event, contact Elementary Academic Programs at 940-369-0132.
Cheerleaders earn awards at camp
Argyle school officials say the district’s three cheer squads made a “clean sweep” at the recent National Cheerleaders Association camp held at Texas Christian University.
The squads earned several awards at the event, held July 9-12 in Fort Worth.
According to district officials, the middle school — made up of seventh- and eighth-graders — was recognized for Top Team Champion Chant, while the junior varsity team — nine ninth-graders — was recognized for Top Team Performance in the JV category.
The Argyle High School varsity squad received the award for Top Team Performance in the Large Varsity Category, which judges squads on game time, champion chant and advanced stunting and tumbling, according to school officials.
All three squads also received the STUNT S.A.F.E. Award, given to teams displaying excellent technique in safety, spotting and stunt technique.
The entire Argyle program was also awarded the NCA HERKIE T.E.A.M. Plaque, which recognizes the squads that show true team spirit, unity and leadership throughout the entire week. Individuals on the teams that win this award have the opportunity to travel to an NCA special event.
Each day of camp, teams were awarded ribbons for their cheers and chants and were critiqued on technique, crowd appeal and the number of mistakes.
According to school officials, the varsity squad received four superior ribbons, the JV squad received one excellent ribbon and three superior ribbons and the middle school squad received two excellent ribbons and two superior ribbons.
Among the three Argyle squads, six Spirit sticks were received at camp. The sticks are presented to the squads showing sincere spirit and enthusiasm while taking into account attitude during classes, promptness, cooperation, relationships with other squads, leadership, etc.
The varsity and middle school squads also received the Technical Excellence Certificate, awarded for motions, jumps and stunts.
Senior varsity captain Riley Higgins was presented one of the two individual leadership plaques. Voted on by the NCA staff, the plaque is given to an individual displaying excellence in leadership throughout the week and in the captains class.
Forty-six out of 55 cheerleaders from Argyle were nominated for All-American honors. Girls nominated have the opportunity to try out for the nation’s All-American team.
Six Argyle cheerleaders were named to the All-American team and they were Sarah Fabian, Micki Hirschhorn and Heather Lindemann of the varsity squad; JV cheerleaders Gracie Baum and Haylee Holt of the JV squad; and Taylor Kirkpatrick from the middle school.
Baum was chosen by NCA as the top All-American at the camp.
Annually at camp, the NCA director and his staff look for candidates for their NCA staff. This year, Higgins and Fabian were both chosen to receive applications to apply for the NCA staff.
The middle school, JV and varsity squads all received a bid to compete at the National Cheerleaders Association’s National Competition.
Coaches for the week were Cori Hederich, junior varsity; Tina Shobe, middle school; and Sherrie Thompson, varsity. Each coach received their NCA Coaching Certificates for successfully completing the NCA Coach Credentialing Program.
Lake Dallas ISD
School board approves employee raises
The Lake Dallas Independent School District school board recently approved a $1,500 pay increase for employees on a step schedule and an approximate 3 percent raise for all other staff.
Each teacher, librarian, counselor, nurse, speech pathologists and special education professionals working the standard school year will receive a $1,500 pay increase for the 2013-14 school year. All other district employees will see an increase of approximately 3 percent, according to district officials.
The raises will be a part of the district’s 2013-14 general fund budget, which trustees are scheduled to consider adopting next month. A balanced budget is projected based on the restoration of almost two-thirds of the $5.4 billion reduction of state public education funding that occurred during the last biennium, according to district officials.
Wes Eversole, the district’s deputy superintendent/chief financial officer presented the proposed budgets for each department to the school board during the summer board meetings and will present the final budget in August.
Texas Academy Of Mathematics And Science
Five students named NMS recipients
Five students from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas were recently named recipients of National Merit Scholarships. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently announced the winners of approximately 1,800 scholarships sponsored by colleges and universities – approximately 2,500 other recipients were announced in May.
Scholarship recipients from TAMS include:
Sawyer D. Foyle of Baytown, who intends to study chemistry. Foyle is receiving a scholarship from the University of Alabama.
Warren K. Mo of Denton, who intends to study health care administration. Mo is receiving a scholarship from the University of Chicago.
Ari Gao of Plano, who intends to study medicine. Gao is receiving a scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis.
Alice Liu of Plano, who intends to study computer science. Liu is receiving a scholarship from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Yashwanth Makkapati of Plano, who intends to study medicine. Makkapati is receiving a scholarship from the University of Texas at Dallas.
The scholarship recipients are expected to receive anywhere between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years from the college or university financing their scholarship.
Little Elm ISD
Students offered dress-code incentive
The Little Elm school district looks to reward middle school and high school students for behavior and making good choices.
Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, Lakeside Middle School and Little Elm High School will issue students a Lobo “TRUST” card.
According to district officials, the incentive will be slightly different on each campus, and the expected outcome will aid those students who engage in Teamwork, Respect, Understanding, Self-Discipline and Truth, according to district officials.
District officials say they’re hopeful that through use of the program the number of dress-code violations by students will continue to decline.
For more details on the program visit, www.leisd.ws/pages/leisd/News/Dress_Code_and_the_Lobo_TRUST_ .
McAtee appointed to school board
Elisa McAtee was recently appointed to an unexpired one-year term in Place 4 on the Little Elm school board.
She replaces longtime trustee Bill Hidell, who recently resigned.
Per board policy, an open call for candidates was held in June and five individuals were considered and/or interviewed by board members for the position.
McAtee volunteers on the Little Elm ISD Design Team, working to change the manner in which classroom instruction is delivered to students. She has also served on the district’s Magnet School Committee, STEM Academy Visioning Committee and the Building Usage Committee.
She has worked for 20 years with State Farm Insurance, currently in the contract litigation department. She collaborates with defense counsel to develop and execute litigation strategies and participates in mediation, depositions and trials.
McAtee earned her bachelor’s of business administration from New Mexico State University. Her term expires in May 2014.
Board slates workshop for Saturday
The school board will hold a Board/Community Workshop to discuss facility priorities for the district from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Little Elm High School, 1900 Walker Lane.
It is anticipated that the school board will not take any action on proposals that are currently before the board regarding the movement of programs prior to the August meeting.
Members of the public are welcome to attend Saturday’s meeting; however, the workshop will not allow for public participation. For more information, contact the superintendent’s office.
Traffic study presented regarding STEM site
During the business services report portion of a recent Little Elm school board meeting, Robert Howman with Glenn Engineering presented a report outlining the traffic flow and the plan for the positioning of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy on the district’s 31-acre site in The Tribute subdivision in The Colony in the fall of 2014.
The traffic study reflects that the estimated 729 students can clear the campus each afternoon via a carpool lane and separate bus lane in approximately 10 minutes.
The plan demonstrates bus traffic will be routed to the campus via Prescott Avenue and the bus-loading zone will be in a parking area on Oxford Street.
The plan calculations are based upon 30-passenger buses, a conservative estimate since the district recently signed a new contract for student transportation with GoldStar. A key part of that contract includes the delivery of 42 new, fully air-conditioned 72-passenger buses to be leased/purchased by the district.
Carpool traffic will enter the campus on the opposite side of the building via Stonefield Drive, and cars will be double stacked in the drive that will hold 92 vehicles at a time.
By double stacking cars, the exiting traffic will be split in half and diminish the potential for increased traffic through the neighborhood.
“We want to continue to be a good neighbor, and we are very cognizant of the impact a school might have on an area,” said Linda Engle, assistant superintendent of business and operations. “Based on our experience at our other campuses, this traffic plan is very realistic.”
Howman told the the board “the initial plan regarding the location of this school was developed in 2002 when the district purchased the property.”
Students who attend the new K-8 STEM Academy will not only come from the neighborhood surrounding the school but from across the district.
NISD to purchase hybrid energy systems
Northwest Independent School District has been awarded $80,600 from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Texas State Energy Conservation Office to purchase two hybrid renewable energy systems.
As a recipient of the Innovative Energy Demonstration Grant Program, funds will allow Northwest ISD to purchase two 4-kilowatt solar photovoltaic arrays. One solar array will be paired with a 5-kilowatt wind turbine (located at Northwest High School) and a second solar array will be paired with a 2.5-kilowatt wind turbine (located at the Outdoor Learning Center).
Students will be able to use the systems to study renewable energy technologies through the installation of a small scale system. Installation is expected to be complete by the end of August.