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Freshman First Day to kick off school year

The 2013-14 school year starts Monday for all students in the Denton school district, except high school freshmen.

Denton ISD’s Freshman First Day program, taking place Friday, ensures these students get an early, firsthand look at high school life at each of their respective campuses before the rest of their classmates.

The program lets first-year high school students attend classes and walk the halls on their own, allowing them to get acclimated to the larger campuses.

Freshman First Day also introduces participants to various school clubs, organizations and programs without the added stress of a typical first day of school, school officials said.

Lunch will be available for purchase or students can bring it from home. In addition, bus transportation will be provided for students who would normally receive it.

For more information, incoming freshman or their parents can contact their respective high school or the department of secondary academic programs at 940-369-0032.

Denton High School

Fillies announce members for 2013-14

Denton High School’s Fillies recently held tryouts for the 2013-14 squad with the top participants earning spots on the award-winning drill team lineup.

New Fillies members include:

Seniors — Marisol Amaya, Janet Barrera, Juliana Bershell, Mackenzie Blagg, Sha’Kylia Booker, Rhealee Boydston, Keiaira Cole, Keke Dews, Lizzy Dieterich, Maijah Dixon, Shelby Dupree, Aide Espinoza, Tally Hicks, Dynasti Jefferson, Becca Jewett, Mandi Knabe, Ariana Lamb, Tyaiteiyhana Marcellous, Daija McCall, Kacey Perez, Haley Ridge, Zenovia Sanchez, Katherine Scott, Taryn Scott, Allie Shelton, Cheyenne Thompson and Erica Williams.

Juniors — Kelli Arthurs, Hannah Asis, Sha’Coria Brookins-McAlister, Nylah Brooks, Paisha Brown, Brittany Cisneros, Breanna Courson, Jordan Gill, Maia Gunn, Simorea Jefferson, Katie Johnson, Lori Kyser, Alexis Martinez, Jada McCall, Clysta Meza, Jocelyne Moreno, Madisyn Mullett, Floribel Nunez, Kiersten O’Bryan, Alyssa Padilla, Jaira Poole, Carmen Sanchez, Miranda Seal, Paige Walter, Michala Wawro, Rachel Williamson and Morgan Woods.

Sophomores — Emma Besier, Valerie Bershell, Darby Birdwell, Rebekah Cheek, Logan Crumpley, Abbey Dacus, Monet Ellis, Samantha Guerrero, Hagar Hudspeth, Morgan Jackson, Marlayna Kroma, Tiana Martinez, Madilyn Palacios, Sandivel Pina, Iesha Sang, Victoria Santiel, Cierra Sasiain, Madison Wommack and Shaelynn Wolfe.

The elected Fillies dance officers are Madisyn Mullett, captain; Sha’Kylia Booker, Lizzy Dieterich, Ariana Lamb and Haley Ridge, senior lieutenants; and Jordan Gill, junior lieutenant.

The elected Fillies social officers are Juliana Bershell, president; Taryn Scott, vice president; Allie Shelton, secretary; Jaira Poole, chaplain; and Paige Walter, historian.

Kerri Burgess is the Fillies director. She is assisted by Kristina Shelburne.

Purple Out block party scheduled for Sept. 6

The Denton High School class of 2015 will conduct the third annual Purple Out block party in front of Bronco Field on Sept. 6 immediately following the school pep rally.

Purple Out III will feature music from a live disc jockey, carnival-style games and several local food vendors. All Denton High students, families, alumni and supporters are invited to join the festivities and wear purple.

Admission to Purple Out III is free, but food and entry into events and activities must be purchased. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit service projects for the Denton High School class of 2015.

The event will lead up to the kickoff of the season-opening home football game between Denton and the Carrollton R.L. Turner Lions. Advance tickets to the game are $6 for adults, $3 for students. Tickets at the gate will cost $7.

For more information, contact Robert West, Denton High class of 2015 sponsor, at 940-369-2000.

Denton Public School Foundation

CrossFit partnering with foundation

CrossFit of North Texas will be joining forces with the Denton Public School Foundation to conduct the inaugural Back to School Barbell Bash at 9 a.m. Saturday at its location at 1017 Shady Oaks Drive in Denton.

The event will serve primarily as a fundraiser, but also it will serve as an effort to promote physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle among school administrators, teachers, parents and students. Several personnel from the Denton school district and surrounding school districts are scheduled to participate.

Three-person teams (two male, one female) from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area will participate in a CrossFit competition featuring aerobic and strength-training exercises. Each team will complete the designed exercise, with the one that finishes the most amount of repetitions in the shortest amount of time declared Barbell Bash champions.

The cost is $90 per team, with all proceeds from the event benefiting the Denton Public School Foundation and its efforts to help families with their back-to-school needs.

The foundation has awarded more than $2 million in awards and grants to students, teachers and staff in Denton school district since its inception in 1997, as well as helped countless families across Denton County through various donations, events and fundraisers.

Those interested in participating in the Barbell Bash can register through the CrossFit of North Texas website at Registration fees can be paid at the event.

For more information, call 940-369-0143 or e-mail

Northwest ISD

NISD offers Movax Immunization Clinics

State law requires students attending public schools have up-to-date immunizations. As a convenience to families, Northwest school district is conducting Movax Immunization Clinics during the month of August.

The cost per child is $20 for one vaccine, $25 for two and $35 for three or more. Children need to bring current shot records, and a parent/guardian must be present. For a list of dates, times and locations, go to

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