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Denton ISD

Pre-K registration set for Thursday, Friday at ATC

Districtwide registration for all pre-kindergarten programs will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday and Friday 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:

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 that 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.


McMath Middle School

Teacher named finalist for national award

Ruth Westbrook, a math teacher at McMath Middle School, has been named one of eight state finalists for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Westbrook was the only teacher from a Denton County school recognized as a finalist. She has been with the district eight years and currently teaches English as a second language math to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at McMath.

A graduate of Midwestern State University, Westbrook has been a teacher for 15 years.

She was named the 2009 McMath Teacher of the Year and has been nominated for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching before.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the highest recognition a math or science teacher in the United States can receive for their exemplary work.

The honor is bestowed by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and annually recognizes seventh- through 12th-grade teachers whose teaching methods are innovating and inspiring to students.

National award winners are selected during the summer, with recipients receiving $10,000, a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., a citation signed by the president of the United States and professional development opportunities.


Little Elm ISD

New system set for substitute teachers

Signing up to substitute teach in the Little Elm Independent School District has never been easier, according to district officials. The district launched a new online screener to help the human resources department determine whether or not candidates meet the minimum qualifications, and candidates can do it from the convenience of their own computer.

Candidates meeting minimum qualifications will automatically be registered for the New Substitute Hire Session/Training program and will electronically receive additional instructions to be completed before the first training session.

New and returning substitutes will be required to attend New Substitute Training, where they will participate in professional development to ensure a successful 2013-14 school year by learning classroom management strategies.

During the training, subs will review and acknowledge receipt of the district’s updated substitute handbook. Any questions can be directed to or by calling 972-292-1847, ext. 15013.

For additional information, visit the human resources substitute website,


Northwest ISD

Online enrollment, registration Thursday

Enrollment online is now available for students new to the Northwest school district.

In order to access the online registration feature, parents of students currently enrolled in the district must have a Home Access Center account. Access to HAC requires an Internet connection and a confidential username and password issued to the parent by the school. Individuals unsure of their Home Access Center login, may contact their child’s campus.

For more information, go to . Parents of returning students can begin the registration process on Thursday.


Back to School Health Fair set for Saturday

The Northwest school district’s Partners in Education, in partnership with Heavenly Supply Depot, will conduct a Back to School Health Fair at Northwest High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The fair will help prepare children in need to go back to school through services provided by community agencies specializing in assisting children and families.

This one-stop destination will provide free assistance to children in the following ways:

  • Backpacks and school supplies (pre-kindergarten-12th grade)
  • Health screenings and health insurance information
  • Dental information, toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Vision screenings
  • Haircuts
  • Sports physical
  • Family-friendly games and activities
  • Financial aid workshops and college/university/trade school information
  • Community resource booths Information on NISD services

Families must pre-register for this event to ensure students receive a backpack full of supplies. For more information, go to .


Background checks needed on volunteers

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

The volunteer background check form is available online and can be completed before the new school year.

Visit  to complete a background check form and be approved to volunteer. Volunteers are a highly valued group of individuals within the Northwest school district, and the district appreciates the contribution of time and effort of the dedicated volunteers, according to district officials.



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