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Calhoun Middle School

Students to learn about IB program at camp

Incoming sixth-grade students at Calhoun Middle School will get the opportunity for a hands-on learning experience about the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme with the second annual Overnight IB Camp.

Calhoun sixth-graders will register for the camp beginning at 8 p.m. Aug. 23, and check out at 9 a.m. Aug. 24. The camp’s goal is fostering team-building activities, completing a student action project and giving an overall understanding of how the IB programme works and benefits the student’s educational experience.

The Overnight IB Camp is the culmination of Calhoun’s Back-to-School Night, which also includes dinner and on-campus events and activities. Back-to-School Night begins at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23.


Gonzalez School for Young Children

Early education center has openings

The Popo and Lupe Gonzalez School for Young Children for 3-and 4-year-old students starts its fourth year on Aug. 26.

There are still openings in several of the school’s programs. Gonzalez offers tuition-based preschool programs as well as state-mandated free programs for students who qualify.

The Gonzalez School provides programs for 3- and 4-year-old students whose parents meet certain income requirements and children who have disabilities, children who are deaf, and children who are limited English speakers, homeless or a military dependent.

The school offers a full-day Preschool Academy from 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. and half-day programs from 7:50 to 10:50 a.m. or 11:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. The Denton school district’s Extended School Day program, which provides after-school care, is also available to enrolled students. The monthly cost for Preschool Academy is $750 for full day and $395 for half day.

The Denton school district is among a handful in the Dallas-Fort Worth area offering early education to 3-year-olds. The Gonzalez School is located at 1212 Long Road, adjacent to the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex and C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

For more information, call the school at 940-369-4360.


Guyer High School

Guyer counselor wins state CTAT award

Jeanie Bragg, a counselor at Guyer High School, has been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Career Guidance educator award by the Career and Technology Association of Texas.

Bragg is the career and technology education counselor at Guyer High School and has been at the school since it opened in 2005. She is entering her 14th year as a counselor in Denton schools and has more than 30 years’ experience in public education.

She earned the honor while attending the association’s recent state conference in Houston. She will now represent Texas and Denton ISD at the Association for Career and Technical Education competition in Las Vegas in December.

A University of North Texas graduate, Bragg earned her master’s degree in education and her bachelor’s degree in business administration, both with a 4.0 GPA. She is a certified vocational counselor, professional counselor and professional vocational supervisor.

Prior to joining the Denton school district, Bragg was a teacher and elementary school counselor in the Springtown school district and a guidance counselor for the Paradise school district.


Little Elm ISD

School board votes to repurpose campus

During a recent specially called meeting, the Little Elm school board voted unanimously to repurpose Zellars Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

The decision will transform the 17-year-old facility into a district support center and also house the district’s AIMS/GOALS program, Disciplinary Alternative Education Program and child care program, as well as all of the administrative departments including the child nutrition and technology departments. The building will retain the Zellars family name.


Principals chosen for two elementary schools

Debbie Clark, principal at Zellars Elementary School, will lead Oak Point Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year. Audra Vandiver, veteran assistant principal at Zellars, has been named the acting principal at the campus for the school year.

Clark joined the district in 2005 as principal at King Early Learning Academy. She began serving as Zellars Elementary principal in 2007.

During 2008-09, Zellars received its first “exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency.

Prior to joining the district, Clark served as an assistant principal and taught third grade and English as a second language to kindergarten through fifth-grade students in Denton.

Clark has a bachelor’s degree in social work, a master’s in education and principal certification from Texas Woman’s University.

The last 12 years, Vandiver has served as assistant principal at Zellars. She joined the district in 1999 as a fourth-grade teacher.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education with an endorsement in early childhood from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in education from the University of North Texas.


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