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Denton ISD

FC Dallas Night to benefit DPSF

The Denton Public School Foundation is partnering with FC Dallas to host a Denton Independent School District Community Night at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

The foundation will use money raised from the event to set up a permanent endowment for student scholarships and teacher grants. Tickets have been reduced to $18 for adults and $5 for students, with a portion of each ticket sold donated to the foundation.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://bit.ly/1bmYdxk.

The event will feature district-oriented events and recognitions prior to the game, with the school that purchases the most tickets allowed on the field to welcome the team. Other prizes will be awarded to the top participating schools.

The foundation awarded more than $57,000 in scholarship and grant money to Denton ISD teachers and staff in partnership with the district, local businesses and community leaders last year. Since its inception in 1997, the foundation has awarded more than $2 million in awards granted to staff in Denton ISD.

For more information on this event, contact the foundation office at 940-369-0064 or e-mail Jackie Jackson, executive director of the foundation, at jjackson2@dentonisd.org.

Students’ artwork displayed at TASA/TASB conference

Three Denton schools had student artwork displayed in an art exhibit at the recent Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards Convention in Dallas.

The exhibit featured artwork by Bobbi Eckels and Kathleen Thiele of Newton Rayzor Elementary; Elijah Aguirre, Nayeli Soto and Frida Gomez of Ginnings Elementary; and Makenzie Lander, Jordan Jonas and Zaida Sadler of E.P. Rayzor Elementary.

The students’ work was selected from several entries from school districts and private schools across the state and displayed in the exhibit hall at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the TASA/TASB Conference.

Kay Adamson is the art teacher at Ginnings Elementary, Kristin Williamson is the art teacher at Newton Rayzor Elementary and Kelley Quinn McGee is the art teacher at E.P. Rayzor Elementary.

The Texas Art Education Association consistently provides avenues for children across the state to showcase their work and promotes the importance of promoting art education and students’ artwork within their communities.

For more information on the exhibit, contact David McCullar, director of fine arts for Denton schools, at 940-369-0076.

Guyer High

Students, Wildcats of the month named

Guyer High School named its monthly Wildcats, students and staff member of the month for September. These students and teacher were recognized by the student body and staff for their outstanding display of school pride and character, and honored at a recent breakfast.

Students of the Month for September were Jessica Thames, freshman; Seth Howard, sophomore; Jeremiah Earle, junior; and Christian Bailey, senior.

The Wildcats of the Month for September were Annalisa Terzini, freshman; Emily Ayers, sophomore; Drake Lawson, junior; and Roman Perez, senior.

The Staff Member of the Month for September is Jennifer Lawson, the school receptionist who assists the administrative staff in a number of ways.

Ryan High

Scholars, Raiders, teacher of the month named

Ryan High School recently announced its scholars, Raiders and teacher of the month for September. Students from 10th, 11th and 12th grades were recognized by peers and staff members for their school spirit, academic achievements and character.

The students and teacher were honored by parents and staff at a special breakfast in the school’s Renaissance Hall.

The Scholars of the Month for September were Nina Kauffman, sophomore; Nick Pierce, junior; and Dylan Turner, senior.

The Raiders of the Month for September were Aliina Elliot, sophomore; Reid Zimmerman, junior; and Janeciya (Jenny) Steward, senior.

The Teacher of the Month for September was Staci Gilmore, a career and technology teacher who serves as the sponsor for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club at the school.

Wilson Elementary

Film fest to raise funds for classroom technology

Wilson Elementary School has kicked off its inaugural Woodrow Wilson Film Festival, which showcases student-produced films in an effort to raise funds for improved classroom technology.

The goal of the fundraiser is to get as many iPads into the hands of Wilson students as possible. To accomplish that goal, students in each grade level created a short video highlighting what they’ve learned in class.

These videos can be accessed online at www.dentonisd.org/wilsonfilmfestival with viewers selecting their favorites by pledging funds via credit card directly on the Wilson Film Festival website or at the school. One hundred percent of all funds raised will go toward purchasing iPads for student use. Each class that earns $1,000 in donations will receive an iPad Mini for the class and an additional one for the school set.

All videos will be screened at the Wilson Film Festival Red Carpet event at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Ryan High School Auditorium. Admission is free, but attendees must get tickets through the school office.

For more information about the festival or the screening event, contact Carol Richmond, school librarian, at 940-369-4542 or by e-mail at crichmond@dentonisd.org.

McMath Middle School

Program to honor veterans set

McMath Middle School will have a special Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 in the school cafeteria.

Students from each of the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade social studies classes will deliver presentations, while the cheerleaders and other student-led groups will show their appreciation to Denton County veterans. There will also be a performance from the McMath Tiger Band.

The goal of the program is for students to show appreciation for current and former members of the armed forces. Local veterans, family members and supporters of McMath students are invited to attend.

For more information on the event, contact Eric Hauser, social studies department chair at McMath, at 940-369-3300 or by e-mail at ehauser@dentonisd.org.

Ryan High

Scholars, Raiders, teacher of month named

Ryan High School recently announced its scholars, Raiders and teacher of the month for September. Students from 10th, 11th and 12th grades were recognized by peers and staff members for their school spirit, academic achievements and character.

The students and teacher were honored by parents and staff at a special breakfast in the school’s Renaissance Hall.

The Scholars of the Month for September were Nina Kauffman, sophomore; Nick Pierce, junior; and Dylan Turner, senior.

The Raiders of the Month for September were Aliina Elliot, sophomore; Reid Zimmerman, junior; and Janeciya (Jenny) Steward, senior.

The Teacher of the Month for September was Staci Gilmore, a career and technology teacher who serves as the sponsor for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club at the school.

Wilson Elementary

Film fest to raise funds for better technology

Wilson Elementary School has kicked off its inaugural Woodrow Wilson Film Festival, which showcases student-produced films in an effort to raise funds for improved classroom technology.

The goal of the fundraiser is to get as many iPads into the hands of Wilson students as possible. To accomplish that goal, students in each grade level created a short video highlighting what they’ve learned in class.

These videos can be accessed online at www.dentonisd.org/wilsonfilmfestival with viewers selecting their favorites by pledging funds via credit card directly on the Wilson Film Festival website or at the school. One hundred percent of all funds raised will go toward purchasing iPads for student use. Each class that earns $1,000 in donations will receive an iPad Mini for the class and an additional one for the school set.

All videos will be screened at the Wilson Film Festival Red Carpet event at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Ryan High School Auditorium.

Admission is free, but attendees must get tickets through the school office.

For more information about the festival or the screening event, contact Carol Richmond, school librarian, at 940-369-4542 or by e-mail at crichmond@dentonisd.org.

McMath Middle School

Program to honor veterans set

McMath Middle School will have a special Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 in the school cafeteria.

Students from each of the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade social studies classes will deliver presentations, while the cheerleaders and other student-led groups will show their appreciation to Denton County veterans. There will also be a performance from the McMath Tiger Band.

The goal of the program is for students to show appreciation for current and former members of the armed forces. Local veterans, family members and supporters of McMath students are invited to attend.

For more information on the event, contact Eric Hauser, social studies department chair at McMath, at 940-369-3300 or by e-mail at ehauser@dentonisd.org.

Krum ISD

Middle school offers upcycling class

Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. at Krum Middle School, a room full of seventh-graders and one busy art teacher are giving new life to what seems like trash.

Students are creating a display that highlights rainforest information using pieces of construction paper, display boards from a past school contractor’s project and bits of fabric.

Art teacher Molly Deussen, Krum Middle School Principal Michelle Pieniazek and counselor Teri Wall together came up with the idea over the summer to offer an upcycling class to seventh-graders.

About 18 seventh-graders are enrolled in the class, which will be offered each school year, as long as there is student interest.

The goal for the yearlong course is not only to teach students how to upcycle but to motivate students to make recycling and upcycling a habit, Deussen wrote in an e-mail.

Throughout the year, students will create furniture for the middle school out of pallets, as well as fashion jewelry, organizational containers and gardening items.

Currently, Deussen is accepting recyclable donations, including poster board, fabric, wooden boxes, metal coffee cans, soda can tabs and corks.

She is also accepting tools for projects, including hammers, hot glue guns or sandpaper.

To donate items for the class, contact Deussen at molly.deussen@krumisd.net.

KHS class officers elected

The 2013-2014 class officers at Krum High School have been elected.

Senior class officers are Conner Brown, president; Savannah Brinkley, vice president; Wyatt Archer, secretary; Carlton Kutas, treasurer; Berenise Alman, historian; and Leslie Lovell, reporter.

Junior class officers are Derius Wilson, president; Kaitlyn Baird, vice president; Keni Reese, secretary; Valeria Ibarra, treasurer; and Mackenzie Ripple, historian.

Sophomore class officers are Fernando Moreno, president; Mackenzie Gramling, vice president; Lexi Carroll, secretary; Laura Marchman, treasurer; Kylee Myers, historian; and Sydney Lewis, reporter.

Freshman class officers are Remedy Applegate, president; Taylor Schertz, vice president; Gage Guffy, secretary; Ethan Ford, treasurer; Brandon Reeves, reporter; and Charlee Cope, historian.

Students audition for all-state choir

Krum High School choir students Madolyn McPhail, Hunter Hancock and Jane Speiser recently auditioned for the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir at Keller High School. The 10th-grade girls began practicing for the Sept. 21 auditions during the summer.

McPhail and Hancock advanced to the competition’s regional auditions, which will take place Saturday at Boswell High School.

Students nominated to homecoming court

The 2013 homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime of the Krum’s football game against Burkburnett on Friday night at Bobcat Stadium.

The following seniors are in the running to become the 2013 homecoming queen: Stephanie Bishop, Jordan Crawford, Leslie Lovell and Riley Place.

The following seniors are in the running to become the 2013 homecoming king: Matthew Jelen, Colten Lucas, Brennan Ellis and Jordan O’Kelley.

Freshmen Rheagan Borchardt and Coleton Spradley; sophomores Lacey Vardell and Jacob Enis and juniors Madison Sinku and Nathan Walterscheid were elected to represent their class in the 2013 homecoming court.

Senior selected as athlete of the week

Krum senior football captain Hunter Howard was selected as the WFAA Dale Hansen’s Sports Special Scholar Athlete of the Week.

Howard was interviewed at the WFAA-TV Channel 8 station last week, and the segment is set to air Nov. 17.

Howard is president of the Future Farmers of America and Key Club at Krum High. The senior has a 3.97 grade-point average and is currently enrolled in several Advanced Placement courses.

After graduation, Howard plans to attend Texas A&M University or Tarleton State University to pursue veterinary studies.

Gary Robinson, Krum athletic director and head football coach, said that Howard is a team leader and is proud to be his coach.

Dyer teacher named Star Discovery Educator

Patricia Barrera, a teacher in Hattie Dyer Elementary School, has been named a STAR Discovery Educator by Discovery Education for her commitment to harnessing digital learning to inspire students’ curiosity and prepare them for future careers.

STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a global community of educators who are passionate about teaching with digital media and technology and sharing ideas and resources.

For more information about Discovery Education and the Discovery Educator Network, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

Liberty Christian School

Dinner Theatre to present ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’

C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be performed in Liberty Christian School’s new Black Box Theatre by the Liberty Christian Dinner Theatre Thursday through Sunday.

The version being performed is adapted directly from the book by Liberty theater teacher Kirk Holland.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Because the theater seats only 70, registering for the performance is encouraged by e-mailing Misty Baptiste, fine arts department chair, at misty.baptiste@libertychristian.com.

Performances will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with dinner served prior to the show, and at 1 p.m. Sunday with lunch served prior to the performance.

Liberty Christian School is located at 1301 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle.

Teachers added to Master Teachers team

Four teachers were recently added to school’s team of Master Teachers.

Developed more than 20 years ago at the school, the Master Teachers program is rigorous, and teachers are encouraged to pursue excellence in their classroom instruction.

Those named were Amy Funderburk, fifth-grade; Ruthie Quam, 11th-grade English; Sharon Ramsey, ninth-grade world geography and 10th-grade world history; and Cindy Sanchez, kindergarten.

To pursue the Master Teacher title, teachers must have a minimum five years experience in teaching at least one subject or a combination of subjects in an allied field at Liberty. They must also have documented evaluation of classroom management that is of exemplary quality.

Teachers applying for Master Teacher status must put together a portfolio that includes personal accomplishments and lesson plans. To be considered for the program, teachers must show their participation in continuing education and their flexibility of “stepping outside of the box” in teaching.

In applying for the program, teachers must demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with other professionals and have a mentor that provides leadership and support.

Senior named 2014 Commended Scholar

Senior Jacob Elliott was recently named a Commended Scholar in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Elliott will receive letter of commendation from Liberty Christian Upper School Principal Ed Cook and the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Approximately 34,000 Commended Scholars throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).

JV, ninth-grade golfers win tournament

Liberty junior varsity and ninth-graders teamed up to win the Denton High golf tournament on Sept. 24 at Turtle Hill Golf Course in Muenster.

The team of Gibson Terry, Blake Harris, Bret Worley, Braden Garoutte and John Paul Kosub won with a team score of 334. Liberty Christian also placed second with the team of Jacob McAlister, Jackson Marks, Kyle Lewis and Chase Anderson with a score of 337.

Terry won individual honors with a 1-under 71. Marks shot 78 for third place, and Harris finished fourth with a score of 80.

Also, the team of Matt Crawford, Drew Stevens, Jack Jones, Michael Goodson and Grayson Wilson finished sixth with a score of 371.

Northwest ISD

New HR executive director named

Northwest schools’ Kim Caley has been named the new executive director of human resources.

Caley opened Carl E. Schluter Elementary School as principal in 2011 and has served the district as a principal and assistant principal at J. Lyndal Hughes and Justin Elementary schools. Caley will begin work in her new position when a replacement is hired at Schluter Elementary School.

Three schools receive national award

Clara Love and Seven Hills elementary schools, along with Chisholm Trail Middle School, were recently presented the Pearson National Insight School award.

This award recognizes success in the categories of college and career readiness as well as classroom instruction. Last year, these campuses were designated National Model Schools by Pearson.

Teacher advances to National Leadership Competition

Northwest High School educator Mary Whittenberg has been named the Region 8 nominee for the Earl Reum Award through the National Association of Workshop Directors.

This award is designed to recognize individuals for their work with adults and student leadership training. Whittenberg will compete for the national title in December.

Bobcat Dazzlers set dance clinic

The Trophy Club Nelson High School Dazzlers will conduct a Pom Pom Party Dance Clinic from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the school, 2775 Bobcat Blvd. in Trophy Club, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

For more information, go to www.bobcatdazzlers.com.

Ponder ISD

Senior recognized as Commended Student

Senior Elizabeth M. Chilson has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

She will be presented with a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

About 34,000 students nationwide are being recognized as Commended Scholars. While the students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, they placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the contest by taking the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton

Campus “pinks out” for breast cancer awareness

The Winfree Academy Charter School Denton campus looks like any other high school on a normal day. This week became the exception as the campus began a monthlong color-coded tribute to raise awareness for multiple illnesses and social issues.

On Monday, the students and staff began “pinking out” for National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“The students really wanted to raise awareness,” student council sponsor Rebecca Parratt said. “It's personal to them because one of our student's family has been impacted by breast cancer.”

The student council planned activities ranging from pink hair and cheeks to an all-out pink day. The week’s activities will culminate in an all-school assembly Friday where the members of the school’s student council will educate students and staff on breast cancer and interventions.

Liberty Christian School

Dinner Theatre sets production

C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be performed in Liberty Christian School’s new Black Box Theatre by the Liberty Christian Dinner Theatre Thursday through Sunday.

The version being performed is adapted directly from the book by Liberty theater teacher Kirk Holland.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Because the theater seats only 70, registering for the performance is encouraged by e-mailing Misty Baptiste, fine arts department chair, at misty.baptiste@libertychristian.com.

Performances will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with dinner served prior to the show, and at 1 p.m. Sunday with lunch served prior to the performance.

Liberty Christian School is located at 1301 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle.


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