Early release, closure announced
Students in the Denton school district will have a three-day weekend Oct. 5-7, with all elementary schools being released early the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 4.
Elementary students will be released at 12:50 p.m. Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 for parent-teacher conferences. Buses will depart from the elementary schools at 1 p.m. during that week.
On Oct. 7, students will not be in school so that teachers and staff may attend staff development workshops, and Oct. 7 also is considered the students’ State Fair of Texas Day. All students have received complimentary tickets to attend the fair on the weekdays.
Schools will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Oct. 8.
Meeting on gifted, talented program set
The Denton school district’s advanced academic division will host an informational meeting for parents about Expo, the district’s gifted and talented program for students, on Oct. 17 at the district’s Professional Development Center, located at 1212 Bolivar St. in Denton.
Parents with students at Pecan Creek, Stephens, Nelson, Hawk, Houston, McNair, Rivera, W.S. Ryan, E.P. Rayzor and Blanton elementary schools as well as Crownover, Harpool, McMath and Myers middle schools can get information on Expo from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Oct. 17 meeting.
Parents with students at Borman, Evers, Ginnings, Newton Rayzor, Lee, Wilson, Hodge, Providence, Cross Oaks, Savannah and Paloma Creek elementary schools as well as Calhoun, Strickland and Navo middle schools can get information on Expo from 7 to 8 p.m.
The meeting has two separate times to allow parents to ask questions about specific schools and programs. In addition, the Expo specialists from each of the listed schools will be present.
Spanish interpretation will be available at each meeting.
For more information on Expo, contact Lori Mabry, coordinator of advanced academics, at 940-369-0678 or email@example.com.
Crownover Middle School
Volunteers needed for annual Stampede
Crownover Middle School is seeking volunteers for its annual Stampede fundraiser Oct. 25.
Stampede, a student carnival, is Crownover PTA’s largest fundraiser of the school year. Volunteers are needed to man various positions at the event or to take part in the event’s drink drive, starting the first week in October.
The Crownover PTA will distribute four tickets to be used at Stampede to anyone donating a 24-pack of soft drinks or bottled water for a particular student. The soft drinks or water must be labeled with the student’s name and team number at the time it is dropped off.
For more information, contact the school at 940-369-4700 or e-mail Kimberly Rogers, PTA representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nelson plans fall festival for Saturday afternoon
Nelson Elementary School staff and volunteers will conduct the school’s annual fall festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on the school grounds, located at 3909 Teasley Lane in Denton.
The fall festival will feature carnival-style games, bounce houses, face painting, a cake walk and more. The event will feature a vendors’ marketplace with plenty of local goods for shoppers.
Tickets are 25 cents each and can be used for food, games and activities. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Nelson PTA.
For more information, call the school at 940-369-1400.
New security system affects visiting protocol
In an effort to make Krum school district students and faculty safer, a new security system has been installed at each campus.
Campus principals and secretaries are able to use the new security system’s video and intercom features to view and speak with visitors outside the building. Also, the security system automatically locks all campus doors that lead outside.
Near the front entrance doors at each campus, a silver speaker box has been mounted. Through this device, visitors are able to show their identification and speak with campus personnel.
Now, all visitors must take these steps before entering a campus:
1. Press the button located on the silver box at the campus’ main entrance doors.
2. State your reason for visiting after speaking with office personnel.
3. Show your driver’s license to the front office by holding your ID in front of the camera lens on the silver box.
4. Wait for the green light located above the main entrance door handles to flash. The green light indicates that the door is unlocked.
Watch D.O.G.S. holds kickoff party
Watch D.O.G.S., Dads of Great Students, conducted a kickoff pizza party at Dyer Elementary School last week to educate the community about the program and recruit volunteers.
Watch D.O.G.S. is a program at Hattie Dyer Elementary and the Early Education Center that provides fathers and father figures the opportunity to be an active participant in their student’s education, according to the Krum school district’s website.
During a typical school day, a Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer can be seen helping out in the lunchroom opening ketchup packets, reading to a group of students, playing basketball in the gym or patrolling the school campus and much more, Dyer Elementary counselor Lindsey Boone said.
More than 250 fathers, father figures, and children attended the kickoff event. Also, potential participants were able to sign up for a volunteer slot during the kickoff party.
For more information, go to www.krumisd.net/eeccounselor and click on the Watch D.O.G.S. tab.
Those interested can also contact Boone at 940-482-2604 or Early Education Center counselor Maegan Allen at 940-482-2605.
NISD to launch mobile app in October
Northwest school district officials will soon be able to announce, “We have an app for that.”
On Oct. 16, NISD will launch a mobile application for iPhone and Android devices. The first phase of the NISD Mobile App will include news, a directory including names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, a calendar and social media tools.
The second phase will be released in January and will provide parents with access to check their child’s grades, attendance and lunch account balance. Stay plugged in for updates on the district’s newest communication tool at www.nisdtx.org.
Steele Accelerated High School receives grant
James M. Steele Accelerated High School has been awarded a $4,470 corporate grant from Wells Fargo that will provide for a class set of each of the two required textbooks for dual credit English classes valued at more than $2,600.
A portion of the grant will provide training and resources for an Excel Club at the campus. This club will focus on providing students at Steele Accelerated High School with opportunities in leadership, community service and public relations. Wells Fargo will present a check at 8:45 a.m. today at Steele Accelerated High School, 606 N. Walnut St. in Roanoke.
NISD conducts community night
Northwest school district board members, staff, community members and local government officials gathered in the community room at NISD Stadium to cheer on the Bobcats football team at the annual Community Night on Sept. 13.
Prior to the game on Community Night, secondary feeder school principals participated in a field-goal contest.
Nelson High School Assistant Principal Branden Richardson won the contest along with $100 for his campus.
Nelson Dazzlers to conduct dance clinic
The Nelson High School Dazzlers will conduct a Pom Pom Party Dance Clinic from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Blvd. in Trophy Club, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
For more information, go to www.bobcatdazzlers.com.
NISD sets early release times for Oct. 11
The Northwest school district will dismiss early on Oct. 11.
Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:15 p.m., Steele Accelerated High School will dismiss at 1:05 p.m., Northwest and Nelson high schools will dismiss at 1:15 p.m. and middle schools will release at 2 p.m.
Oct. 14 is a student holiday. Classes will resume Oct. 15.
NEF to conduct annual Golf Classic on Oct. 17
The Northwest school district’s Education Foundation (NEF) will conduct the 18th annual Golf Classic on Oct. 17 at the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle.
Proceeds from the event will support the programs and scholarships provided to NISD teachers and students.
For golf registration and event information, go to http://conta.cc/15Pjg7w.
Liberty Christian School
DanzTeam officers succeed at camp
Liberty Christian’s DanzTeam officers won numerous awards at the Half-Time Entertainment Dance training camp and competition this summer in Richardson.
Fifty-eight teams with more than 350 officers attended the camp, including Liberty’s Abbi Armstrong, Sarah Jaderlund, Lauren Kazemba, Chelsi Patton, Maddie Ramirez and Emily Wheeless.
“Liberty Christian was the only private school at this camp, and I am very excited for our officers and all that they accomplished there,” said Julie Price, DanzTeam director.
For the third year in a row, Liberty’s officers won the Outstanding Choreography Award, given to teams that demonstrate outstanding choreography on their original choreography piece.
They also were awarded the “Additude” Staff Award, a recognition from the HTED staff for outstanding officer squads and the strength they demonstrated at camp.
Officers also were able to audition for kick and dance academies.
“These auditions push dancers to get outside of their comfort zone, which makes them a better performer in the future,” Price said.
In the kick academy, Kazemba, Patton and Wheeless were invited to perform in London during spring break next March, and in the dance academy, Kazemba also was chosen.
“It was an intense audition with more than 300 girls competing,” Price said. “I am very proud of the three from our squad who were invited to represent Liberty Christian and the United States in London this spring.”
In its 15th year, HTEDance and Spirit Group Inc. specializes in training students in a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of dance and drill teams and cheer squads.
2013 AP Scholars announced
Seniors and recent graduates from Liberty Christian School recently were named Advanced Placement Scholars for exams taken last school year.
The AP program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams with the AP Scholar awards, including AP Scholar with Distinction, AP Scholar with Honor and AP Scholar.
A “qualified” score of 3 on an AP exam means students have proven themselves capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular college subject. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 (well qualified) or 5 (extremely well qualified).
To receive the AP Scholar with Distinction award, students must receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
The following Liberty Christian students and recent graduates received the AP Scholar with Distinction award: graduate Emily Edwards, National Merit Scholar, Baylor University; senior Jacob Elliott; graduate Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt University; graduate Logan McDivitt, Texas A&M University; graduate Haylee Smith, Harvard University; and graduate Christopher Svatik, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
To receive the AP Scholar with Honor award, students much receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Liberty Christian students receiving the AP Scholar with Honor award were seniors Grace M. Dansby and Benjamin D. Menard.
To receive the AP Scholar award, students must receive a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
The following Liberty Christian students and graduates received the AP Scholar award: graduate Clara Burr-Lonnon, Boston University; senior Sarah Jaderlund; graduate John Pennypacker, Baylor University; senior Nick Valenzuela; and graduate Dereck Woodcock, Wheaton College.
Colleges reach out to students at annual fair
Representatives from nearly 120 universities converged on Liberty Christian School’s campus Sept. 12 to meet with students and invite them to learn more about their colleges.
“It is of great benefit to give our students the opportunity to see so many colleges at once,” Upper School Principal Ed Cook said. “It is possibly the first time for them to engage college representatives about their particular university.”
Cook said at the fair students are gaining skills that will help them succeed in the future.
“The interaction between students and representatives gives students confidence to ask questions, formulate new ones and even determine what degrees are important to them.”
Colleges represented at the event included Baylor University, Purdue University, the United States Military Academy at West Point, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse University, Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and the University of California, Irvine.
Selwyn College Preparatory School
Seventh-grade students qualify for Duke program
Seventh-grade students Jaeden Bobbitt, Ally Frendo, Lola Henry and Ivan Mo recently qualifed for the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
They will be registered by the Duke program to take either the SAT or ACT, the same test college-bound high school seniors take.
Selwyn students were identified for the Duke Talent Identification Program by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on the Comprehensive Testing Program standardized test administered in the spring of their sixth-grade year.
Students will receive two reports, one comparing their results to recent high school graduates and one comparing their scores with other seventh-graders in the talent search. Participants will be eligible to apply for a wide range of Duke educational programs, and they will receive publications about planning for high school and college.
Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science
Three in semifinals for national scholarship
Three students from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas have been selected as semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship Program, National Merit Scholarship Corp. officials have announced.
More than 1,600 African-American high school seniors will compete for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarships worth about $2.5 million that will be awarded next spring. The National Achievement Scholarship recognizes “academically promising black students throughout the nation,” according to a National Merit Scholarship Corp. announcement. Since 1964, approximately 32,700 students have received the scholarships worth about $103 million, according to the corporation.
Among the local semifinalists from TAMS are Victoria Abbey, Hans C. Ajieren and Ifeoluwa Ibitayo.