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Denton ISD

Destination Imagination information night set

Denton Independent School District’s curriculum department will conduct an informational event for parents about Destination Imagination, a creative problem-solving program, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dennis E. Stephens Central Administration Building, located at 1307 N. Locust St.

Destination Imagination puts students in teams of two to seven to work toward finding creative solutions to complex challenges. Participants compete at a regional tournament and have the opportunity to advance to state and global tournaments.

Parents who attend the information night will learn about the program and have the opportunity to meet its regional and district coordinators.

Destination Imagination teams are currently forming at schools and are open to elementary and middle school students, with students competing at age-appropriate levels. Information about expanding Destination Imagination into the high school level will be considered.

Teams must be led by adult supervisors who facilitate meetings but don’t contribute ideas toward the solution.

For more information, contact Lori Mabry, coordinator of advanced academics, at 940-369-0678.

ESL coach earns state honor

Amy Molina, a dual language/English as a Second Language coach, was recently named Bilingual Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Bilingual Educators.

Molina will be recognized by her peers at the Texas Association for Bilingual Educators state conference in Houston next month. She was selected as the state’s top bilingual educator for her dedication to helping English language learners and for her outstanding leadership of other educators in meeting their needs.

A former teacher at Lee Elementary School, Molina was also recognized as the Bilingual-ESL Education Association of the Metroplex’s Bilingual Teacher of the Year during the 2012-13 school year.

Molina is member of Denton Independent School District’s Future Bilingual Teachers Initiative, has been a presenter at the state’s annual conference on Parent Education and Parenting, served as a bilingual summer school reading teacher for the district and was a finalist for the Communities in Schools Educator of the Year award in 2010.

A graduate of the University of North Texas, Molina is in her seventh year with Denton ISD.

Ryan High

Strutters junior dance clinic set for Sept. 21

Ryan High School’s dance team, the Strutters, will conduct its annual fall Junior Drill Team Clinic from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the school’s gymnasium.

The Strutters’ dance clinic will feature instruction from director Keli Jones and members of the award-winning dance team. Girls in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to attend and learn actual dance routines performed by the Strutters.

Cost for early registration is $20 and includes the clinic, snacks and a T-shirt. Checks can be made out to Ryan High School Strutters, to the attention of Jones, and mailed to 5101 E. McKinney St., Denton, TX 76208.

All registration forms received after Thursday will be charged an additional $5. On-site registration will also be available at 8:15 a.m. on the day of the clinic.

Participants should bring a water bottle, dress comfortably and wear sneakers.

There will be a short performance featuring the participants for all family and friends at noon, Sept. 21 in the gymnasium. Following the performance, the Strutters will conduct the sixth annual Kick-A-Thon fundraiser, which will feature kicking contests, a high-energy routine and a raffle. All proceeds go toward dance competitions for the drill team.

For more information, contact assistant director Breana Peden at 940-369-3000 or

Sanger ISD

Butterfield teachers receive $2,000 grant

Jan Looper and Margarita Dunn, teachers at Butterfield Elementary School, recently received a $2,000 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support literacy programs.

The grant will be used to purchase five iPads to provide engaging hands-on activities for students who are struggling in reading.

In the Area

Semifinalists announced for 2014 NMS Program

Nearly 70 area high school seniors are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists named for the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Among the area semifinalists are: Brady S. Whitfield, Trophy Club Nelson; Omar M. Akram, Denton High; Skye M. Johnson, Little Elm; and Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas students Hans C. Ajieren, Lauren M. Breeding, Cheng Chang, Benjamin H. Chi, Eileen Dai, Tony L. Deng, Pranav Devalla, Ethan M. Fan, Ankitha Gangarapu, Brian J. Geise, Veena V. Ghorakavi, Leon Gu, Lucy Hao, Kathyrn B. Harrington, Jiacheng Jason He, Alec S. Hendricks, Stacy M. Ho, Shawn G. Hu, Valerie U. Huynh, Peter E. Jiang, Vivek A. Kuppurajan, Kevin Lin, Jason S. Liu, Helen Lu, Rosalind Ma, Ian G. Macalinao, Sivabalan Manivasagam, Roja R. Manohar, Sanjana R. Musku, Reshma Narain, Dino B. Occhialini, William C. Ou, Preetam R. Palchuru, Jenny C. Park, Subodh Potla, Rishika M. Raja, Maneesh K. Rao, Mathews F. Roy, Kinnari V. Ruikar, Danyang Shan, Harvey Y. Shi, Siddhartha Srivastava, Shelby A. Stanfield, Allison R. Teng, Sherwin S. Thomas, Austin J. Toppert, Khang-Chris D. Truong, Robert R. Tung, Annabel L. Wang, Bobby C. Wang, Evan Wang, Jason Wang, Qing Wang, John Weng, Arnold Wey, Michael Wu, Shuqing Steve Xia, James H. Xiao, Huilin Yang, Kevin Z. Yang, Victor C. Yau, James S. Ye, Sai A. Yeluru, Cindy Yu, Eric Zhang and Hao Ling Zhu.

Krum ISD

Band students to perform at Carnegie Hall

The Krum Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform in the National Youth Concert on March 25 at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble is among a small group of bands selected from across the country to perform at the New York City venue.

The Krum High School Band has performed at the Alamo, the Texas Capitol, as the warm-up band for Six and the Shanghai Circus in Branson, Mo., and at other venues throughout Texas. The band also has performed at Disney World and was chosen to record songs at the amusement park’s recording studio.

Krum High School Band Boosters and students will be raising money for the trip throughout the fall.

Northwest ISD

AMAT filmmakers create tour video

Northwest High School Student Television student filmmakers and Academy of Media Arts and Technology facilitator Jeremy Rawe created a tour video over the summer for GE Manufacturing Solutions, a maker of rail and transportation products

The students spent several days interviewing key personnel at GEMS as well as shooting B-roll footage of locomotives as they were being built. The students also created a two-minute time lapse video of a locomotive being assembled, which was taped over a six-hour period.

The project was shot using 1080p, using Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Mark III Digital SLR cameras as well as GoPro cameras that were attached to forklifts and golf carts. The video was edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC for motion graphics as well as Adobe SpeedGrade CC for color correction.

This experience provided students with hands-on opportunities with a local business organization. Their work will be viewed by tour guests at the Fort Worth GEMS plant as well as featured in other corporate communications.

The videos can be found on the Northwest High School Student Television YouTube channel:

GE Transportation Tour Video —

GE Locomotive Time Lapse —

Sanger ISD

Butterfield teachers receive $2,000 grant

Jan Looper and Margarita Dunn, teachers at Butterfield Elementary School, recently received a $2,000 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support literacy programs.

The grant will be used to purchase five iPads to provide engaging hands-on activities for students who are struggling in reading.

“Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to help make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and chief executive officer. “At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it’s exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people’s lives.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit

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