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Denton ISD

EXPO informational meetings scheduled

The Denton school district’s advanced academic division will conduct informational meetings Thursday for parents about EXPO, the district’s gifted and talented program for students, at the district’s Professional Development Center, 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.

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 meetings have two separate times so parents can ask specific questions in regard to their specific schools and programs.

Additionally, the EXPO specialists from each of the listed schools will be present.

Spanish interpretation will be available at each meeting.

For more information, call Lori Mabry, coordinator of advanced academics, at 940-369-0678 or e-mail her at .

Guyer, Ryan bands earn top-15 finishes

The district’s three high school bands performed at the 10th annual Golden Triangle Classic last weekend, with Guyer and Ryan both finishing in the top 15.

Guyer finished second in its class and seventh overall, advancing to the event’s evening finals. The Raider Marching Band finished seventh in its class and 14th overall.

Denton High could not compete due to its role as event host.

Guyer earned the top score in percussion and third place in music and color guard. The band earned sixth place in overall visual and ninth place in general effect to finish with a total of 856.8 points.

Sherman placed first in three of the five categories to edge Frisco Liberty for the 2013 Golden Triangle Classic title.

Ryan High School

Annual arts and crafts show set for Nov. 2

Ryan High School is conducting its 26th annual Great Holiday Shopping Arts and Craft Show from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. Ryan High is located at 5101 E. McKinney St. in Denton.

The show will include food, arts and crafts from more than 100 local artists, crafters and vendors.

Admission is $1 for adults, with free admission for students and children.

All proceeds from the show will be used to support Ryan High’s Renaissance program, which emphasizes academic excellence, good attendance and character, as well as the school’s PTSA scholarship program.

For more information, contact Jackie Jackson at 940-498-0322 or by e-mail at

Selwyn College Preparatory School

Senior named 2014 Commended Student

Selwyn senior Fawwad Khan was recently named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Pumpkin Fest offers safe trick-or-treating

Selwyn College Preparatory School will conduct its annual Pumpkin Fest with games, food and other kid-friendly activities from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Selwyn gym.

Pumpkin Fest offers Denton-area students an opportunity to wear costumes and trick-or-treat in a safe environment. All children must be supervised by an adult.

Admission is free. Tickets for purchasing food, games and activities cost 50 cents apiece. Raffle tickets for $3 apiece will be sold for two tickets to the Dallas Cowboys game against Oakland on Thanksgiving Day in Arlington. The raffle drawing will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 25. Participants do not have to be present to win.

All tickets are available for pre-purchase and at the event. For more information, or to pre-purchase tickets, call 940-382-6771.

Winfree Academy Charter School

Domestic violence awareness promoted

Winfree Academy Charter School in Denton continued promoting social awareness this week by celebrating National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October marks the second time this year Winfree Academy will provide domestic violence education to its students.

At Winfree Academy-Denton, students and staff will be wearing purple, the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as a way of demonstrating why ending domestic violence is important. The student council will be providing Domestic Violence Awareness items to the student body.

To learn more about domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit its website at .

Krum ISD

Choir students advance to next round

Six Krum High School students have advanced to the next round of Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir auditions after recently making it through round two of the auditions at Saginaw Boswell High School.

The students will travel to Texas Woman’s University on Nov. 8 to audition for the All-State Choir.

Results from the recent audition at Boswell were Hunter Hancock, second soprano, third chair; Madolyn McPhail, second alto, second chair; James Fitts, first bass, first chair; Will Keller, second tenor, 13th chair; Brent Hall, second bass, fourth chair; Zac Lax first bass, seventh chair.

National Honor Society to conduct blood drive

The Krum High School National Honor Society and Carter BloodCare are conducting a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the high school auditorium lobby.

Registration is not required. For more information, contact Barbara Lightfoot at 940-482-2700, ext. 5029.

Monster Mash scheduled for Oct. 26

The Krum Early Education Center will conduct Monster Mash, an annual fall event that includes games, prizes, train rides, a human-sized hamster ball, food and more, from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at 1513 Sequoia Drive.

Monster Mash committee members are currently accepting donations for Little Debbie snacks, 16-ounce soda bottles, canned whipped cream, Dum Dums lollipops, store-bought or homemade cakes and individually wrapped candy. For more information, contact the campus at 940-482-2605.

Homecoming king, queen crowned

Seniors Riley Place and Brennan Ellis were crowned Krum High School’s 2013 homecoming queen and king.

Place is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Place, and Ellis is the son of Kent Ellis and Carole and Brent Lang.

Students, educators of month named

October Students and Educators of the Month were honored for excellence at the Krum Independent School District’s monthly board meeting on Oct. 9.

At each campus, the winners were given a certificate of appreciation and $5 gift card.

This month’s honorees include:

Early Education Center — first-grade student Austin Schultz and kindergarten teacher Donna Hesters.

Dyer Elementary School — third-grade student Ruben Martinez and counselor Lindsey Boone.

Dodd Intermediate School — fourth-grade student Faith Butler and fifth-grade teacher Paul Smith.

Krum Middle School — eighth-grade student Ashley Coffey, seventh-grade student Justin Kragh and volleyball coach and math teacher Shanna Orsi;

Krum High School — freshman Remedy Applegate and world geography teacher Pamela Tutt.

KISD educators and students for the month of November can be nominated at Submissions are due by Nov. 7.

Liberty Christian School

Duke recognizes middle school students

Nearly a fourth of Liberty Christian School’s sixth- and seventh-grade classes have qualified for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, which identifies gifted children and provides resources to nurture the development of exceptionally bright students.

The following Liberty Christian students were recognized by Duke’s Talent Identification Program:

Sixth grade — Luke Bridges, Chad Currin, Julia Fetters, Tanner Hornsby, Carly Howard, Kendall Jones, Tyler Lane, Emma Lobbes, Tyler Lundblade, Nathan McCray, Conner Menckhoff, Ellie Owings, William Pearson, Samantha Pray, Gabe Ramirez, Rachel Ramsey, Marion Rowland, Bailey Shiflet, Sarahbeall Shaffer, Paige Smith, Skylar Smith, Hadley Stephenson, Alexander Tully, Kambryn Vera, RyLeigh Werner and Aidan Woodworth.

Seventh grade — Gillian Barnes, Garin Boniol, James Bryan, Kolton Cooper, Lauren Corradino, Cayman Duffer, Halle Duininck, Michael Filoso, Ashley Howard, Trevor Jones, Braedon Lindsey, Isabella Lovalvo, Kellen Majcher, Hunter Mason, Clara Mundy, Asheigh O’Neal, Mason Packwood, April Smith, Kate Stidham, Grant Widyn, Chance Wright and Samantha Wuensche.

Distinguished Alumni recipients honored

Each year, Liberty Christian School honors its alumni at homecoming by inviting them onto the football field at halftime to group together with their respective classes to reminisce with each other and be applauded by the fans in the stands.

The alumni committee chooses one male and one female recipient for the Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s recipients are Rocky Haire and Bailey McKissack Heard.

Haire graduated from Liberty in 1987 and is now a litigation attorney in the Dallas-Fort Worth area after graduating from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Haire and his wife, Andrea, live in Argyle and have five children, all of whom attend school at Liberty.

Bailey McKissack Heard graduated in 2003 and now lives in the Dallas area with her 2-year-old daughter, Ellie. Heard attended Baylor University and returned to Liberty to coach cheerleaders and teach Bible classes from 2007–09. She is now a life coach, speaker, author and blogger, inspiring many with her beautiful documentation of the journey she took while her late husband, former Liberty coach Andrew Heard, battled cancer. Her book, Beyond a Gray Faith, is slated to be published next year.

Author brings fun, learning to Liberty

Music blasted from the Liberty Christian School stage area and laughter could be heard down the halls on Oct. 3, when author and storyteller Sigmund Brouwer presented his “Cool 2 Read” program to students in grades five through eight and their English teachers.

Brouwer, who has written more than 100 books, used excerpts from his writings, Bible stories, musical selections and even movement during the morning sessions. Some teachers were seen dancing to the oldies.

The author made an effective point: that life experiences are best communicated when emotions are engaged. Through stories, whether told, sung or written down, people become part of each others’ lives.

Brouwer took the afternoon to talk on a more serious level with English classes about the roles of word choice, writing mechanics and ideas in creating an effective piece of writing. He stressed the power of the word to make someone pay attention.

Brouwer is originally from Red Deer, Alberta, but now resides in the Nashville, Tenn., area with his wife, singer Cindy Morgan, and their daughters. He has been writing for people of all ages for more than 25 years.

Golf teams take first at tournaments

Liberty Christian School’s varsity golf team took first place in at the Maypearl tournament on Oct. 4 at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Burleson.

The tournament included 11 other schools.

Gibson Terry won first with a score of 3-over 75, while True Matthews finished second with a 76 and Mason Shanahan was third with a 77. Also participating were Bailey Auerbach (79), Jackson Rojas (82), Jackson Marks (85) and Blake Stoermer (92).

Nine junior varsity boys played against 11 other teams in the Lake Cities Invitational at Lake Park Golf Club on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Two teams, the navy and gray, competed with navy winning first and gray winning third.

Navy team members were Chase Anderson, Kyle Lewis, Matthews and Jacob McAlister. Gray team members were Braden Garoutte, Blake Harris, John Paul Kosub, Stoermer and Bret Worley.

Matthews won individual honors with a score of 1 over, while McAlister finished third.

Northwest ISD

NISD to launch mobile application today

Today, Northwest schools will launch a mobile application for iPhone and Android devices.

Phase One of the NISD Mobile App will include news; a directory, which includes names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers; calendar and social media tools.

Phase Two will be released in January and will provide parents with access to check their children’s grades, attendance and lunch account balances.

To stay plugged in for updates on the district’s newest communication tool, visit

Feedback sought on school calendar options

Northwest schools is requesting community feedback on the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school calendar options.

Each calendar year has two options, and parents can go to to view the calendars, check out a list of frequently asked questions and complete the survey.

The online survey will be available through Oct. 31. The school board will vote on the final school academic calendars in December.

School takes lead in reading challenge

In the 2013-14 Texas Motor Speedway Speeding to Read Challenge, Sendera Ranch Elementary School takes the lead as the top overall school.

Each of the 11 schools (nine Northwest Independent School District schools and two schools outside the district) have been split into divisions. NISD’s Samuel Beck Elementary leads the Front Stretch division, NISD’s Clara Love Elementary School leads the Back Stretch division and NISD’s Sendera Ranch Elementary School leads the Pit Road division.

The Speeding to Read program began three years ago as an incentive to encourage elementary school students to read more frequently throughout the school year. This year’s contest will have three divisions, each based off of enrollment size and student body demographics, to determine a champion for kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade.

School district has community night

Northwest schools board members, staff, community members and local government officials gathered in the community room at the NISD Stadium to cheer on the Northwest High School football team at the annual community night on Oct. 4.

Prior to the game, secondary feeder school principals participated in a field goal contest. Wilson Middle School Principal Mike Blankenship won the contest along with $100 for his campus.

Nelson Student Council sets fundraiser

The Nelson High School Student Council is conducting the second annual Together We Walk event from 6 to 9 p.m. today to raise money for the MD Anderson Cancer Center, as well as raise breast cancer awareness.

The event will be conducted at the Nelson High School track.

Foundation to conduct annual Golf Classic

The Northwest Independent School District Education Foundation will conduct the 17th annual Golf Classic on Thursday at the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel and Golf Club at Champions Circle.

Proceeds from the Golf Classic will support programs and scholarships provided to NISD teachers and students. For golf registration and event information, visit

NHS student to compete for scholarship at fair

Haley Smith, a senior at Northwest High School, will compete in the Junior Floral Cup Design Championship contest Saturday at the 2013 State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

From noon to 2 p.m. on the stage at the Food and Fiber Pavilion, five students from across Texas will compete for the state title in two categories — “Surprise Situation” and “Theme Interpreted Design.”

Students competing in the competition have completed Level 1 High School Floral Design Certification and qualified based on winning performances at the Texas State Florists’ Association Junior Cup preliminary competition in their hometowns.

The finalists will compete for the top prize, a $300 floral scholarship and trophy.

Liberty Christian School

All Pro Dad comes to Liberty Christian School

All Pro Dad began a new chapter at Liberty Christian School earlier this month, as students from Liberty and their dads were treated to breakfast and a program with the goal of encouraging and strengthening the relationship between fathers and their children.

Alumni dad Bregg Smith has partnered with current Liberty dads and co-captains Stirling Vineyard and Jeffery Price to host a monthly breakfast for dads and their children at Liberty.

More than 160 dads, sons and daughters of all ages attended the meeting.

“All Pro Dad creates a special encounter once a month for fathers and their children … quality time spent together that they always remember,” Smith said.

“All Pro Dad strives to help fathers become passionate about their role in their family’s life. The organization strives to provide them every resource needed to rightly train up their children and give them a future full of hope.

“The aim is to interlock the hearts of the fathers with their children and the hearts of the children with their dads.”

With Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy as its spokesman, All Pro Dad is a program from Family First, an organization designed to help the family be a top priority in people’s lives.

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