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Denton ISD

Navo Middle School

Students recognized for participation

Students at Navo Middle School last month participated in a series of activities recognizing September as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.

The Navo counseling department led students in various activities to raise awareness regarding suicide warning signs and proper steps students need to take to help others or themselves.

The Walk of Hope was an activity in which all Navo students participated, and students who made posters with positive inspirational messages were recognized and had their posters displayed in the main hallway on the “Be The Voice” counselor wall.

Supper Extravaganza planned for tonight

Navo Middle School is partnering with Sonic Drive-In to conduct its Supper Extravaganza event from 5 to 7:30 tonight in the school cafeteria, located at 1701 Navo Road.

Sonic is serving supper with a coney dog, tater tots and water for $2, with proceeds benefiting the Navo PTA. Soft drinks also will be on sale for $1, with proceeds benefiting the Navo Student Council.

The event will feature performances from Navo musical and activity groups and each of the district’s elementary schools — Cross Oaks, Paloma Creek, Providence and Savannah — in the U.S. Highway 380 Corridor area.

Additionally, the Navo library will serve as an early voting location from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information on the event, call 972-347-7500.


Guyer High School

Veterans Day breakfast scheduled for Nov. 11

The Guyer Air Force Junior ROTC will conduct its annual salute to Denton County veterans on Nov. 11.

Cadets will serve breakfast tacos and coffee at 7:20 a.m. in the school cafeteria, with a ceremony at the school’s flag pole beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will be a guest speaker, and Guyer students and Air Force Junior ROTC cadets will form a line and personally thank all veterans present at the ceremony.

All local veterans are welcome to attend the event.

For more information, call 940-369-1000 or e-mail Lt. Col. J. Blake Fentress at

Harpool Middle School

Supper Extravaganza planned for Friday

Harpool Middle School is partnering with Sonic Drive-In to conduct its Supper Extravaganza event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria.

Sonic is serving supper with a coney dog, tater tots and water for $2, and soft drinks will be on sale separately for $1. All proceeds from the supper benefit the Harpool National Junior Honor Society.

The event will feature performances from musical or activity groups from Harpool as well as E.P. Rayzor and Blanton elementary schools. In addition, the Harpool library will serve as an early voting location from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information on the event, contact the school at 940-369-1700.

Gonzalez School for Young Children

Veterans Day Celebration set

Gonzalez School for Young Children will conduct its second annual Veterans Day Celebration at 11:10 a.m. Nov. 8.

The event will feature a ceremony on the school’s front lawn with a presentation of the colors and special flag folding procedure completed by a group of Denton County veterans.

A small reception allowing veterans, Gonzalez families and staff to visit will follow in the school’s activity room. All Denton County veterans are invited to attend this unique event and share their stories with students.

For more information on the event or to RSVP by Nov. 1, contact Jenny Coleman, event planner, at 940-369-4360 or by e-mail at

Northwest ISD

Theater department to present fall show

The Nelson High School theater department will present Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the high school’s Black Box Theatre, 2775 Bobcat Blvd. in Trophy Club.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. For reservations, call 817-698-5796.

Official dedication for school coming up

The Northwest Independent School District board of trustees, school administrators and the Wayne A. Cox Elementary School staff invite the community to celebrate the official dedication of the school, the district’s 17th elementary, at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

The school is located at 1100 Litsey Road in Roanoke.

PIE seeks volunteers for scholars program

The Northwest Independent School District Partners in Education program invites community members to come speak to students about the importance of higher education and present information on the Texas Scholars program one day during the week of Nov. 4-8 at one of the Northwest ISD middle schools. A PowerPoint will be provided for speakers.

The Texas Scholars program is a course of study that encourages students to take more-demanding classes in high school. It provides an education that prepares students to enter a technical school, a community college, a university or the work force.

The Texas Scholars program focuses on education and career planning during middle school and high school and prepares students for the transition to life after high school regardless of the path they choose. Individuals are being asked to e-mail their availability and time preference to Partners in Education specialist Phil Beckman at

College and career fair set for Nov. 4

In an effort to prepare students for their futures, Northwest Independent School District will conduct a college and career fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Northwest High School, 2301 Texan Drive in Justin.

Students and their families can experience a night of breakout sessions focusing on topics such as financial aid, college admissions and applications, scholarship information and more. Students and their families are encouraged to join in the discussion on Twitter at #NISDFutureReady.

Students to perform play about Wise County

Students and community members will perform Far and Wide, an original play produced by NISD that tells the story of a young family that make Wise County their home.

Through research for their children’s school project, the family discovers many interesting and exciting facts about the new home.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 15-16 at Chisholm Trail Middle School, 583 FM3433 in Rhome. Salt Creek, a Southern bluegrass band, will perform prior to the play at 6:15 p.m.

The performance is free, but tickets are required as seating is limited.

For more information, call 817-215-0159.

Renaming ceremony for ag science center set

The Northwest Independent School District board of trustees, administrators and the NISD agricultural science department invite the community to celebrate the official renaming ceremony of the Kelly W. Box Agricultural Science Center at 2 p.m. Nov. 17.

The center is located at 1960 Texan Drive in Justin.

NISD closed for Thanksgiving

Northwest Independent School District offices and campuses will be closed the week of Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving break. Classes will resume Dec. 2.


Lake Dallas ISD

District goes orange for anti-bullying Unity Day

Across the Lake Dallas school district, everyone was seeing orange Oct. 9.

Lake Dallas Independent School District students, faculty and staff decked themselves in orange from head to toe to show support for the National Bullying Prevention Center’s Unity Day.

Each LDISD campus participated in the “Orange Out” day and used it to kick off annual Rachel’s Challenge programs at the schools.


Falcon flag flies in Afghanistan

Victor Aguilar, a 2008 graduate from Lake Dallas High School and former Falcons football player, recently contacted English as a Second Language instructional aide Lydia LeBlanc to request a Falcon flag for his Army unit in Afghanistan.

Lake Dallas head football coach Michael Young said the team was excited to sign the flag.

“They loved the idea of one of their own over there fighting for us,” Young said. “Victor graduated in 2008, so not many of the current players remember him, but they do know his brother on the freshman team.”

His brother, Juan Aguilar, is a ninth-grader at Lake Dallas High School and was player of the week for the freshman football team recently. When LeBlanc received the request, it also included a message for Juan. Victor said, “Tell my little brother to work hard in football like his big brother used to.”

Young said that is exactly how he remembers Victor Aguilar — as “a great kid and a hard worker.” He played defensive end and linebacker for the Falcons when he was on the team.

Victor Aguilar is currently serving in in the Logar Province in Afghanistan. He is expected to return home in mid-November.


Corinth Elementary

Assemblies kick off Rachel’s Challenge

Posters and orange streamers lined the hallways as the students made their way to the gym for the Rachel’s Challenge kick-off assemblies at Corinth Elementary School. The Kindness and Compassion Ambassadors sponsored three assemblies throughout the morning.

The ambassadors — along with Principal Randall Caldwell, Assistant Principal Kerri Blevins and counselor Teresa Hardesty — greeted each student with wristbands and orange leis as they arrived. The ambassadors talked about kindness and compassion and how it can be shown in “just one minute.”

The Rachel’s Challenge video introduced students to Rachel Scott and the nationwide program her life inspired. The students were challenged to create a chain of falcons that will stretch through the hallways during the year as the students perform random acts of kindness.

The ambassadors concluded the assemblies with a demonstration of a chain reaction as each one started to dance, and the dance spread through the gym quickly.


Lake Dallas Elementary

Faculty rap group starts Rachel’s Challenge

Students at Lake Dallas Elementary were greeted in the morning gym assembly by a faculty rap group that performed the “LDE Kindness Rap” for students. The students then joined in and did the rap all together to kick off the anti-bullying campaign at Lake Dallas Elementary.

The gym started glowing orange, and orange glow bracelets were passed out to each student. The bracelets will be a reminder to each student that “kindness begins with you standing up for others and putting an end to bullying at LDE,” according to Cindy McClendon, a counselor at the school.

Throughout the day, students also signed the Rachel’s Challenge banner in the cafeteria.


Shady Shores Elementary

School begins Rachel’s Challenge

Teachers in orange feather boas strutted into the gym to music as Shady Shores Elementary kicked off Rachel’s Challenge on Unity Day.

Students and faculty alike were in orange as counselor Kim Gammon addressed the students after morning announcements and the teachers performed the “Shady Shores, Shady Shores” song and dance (in the style of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York”).

Gammon gave the students Rachel’s Challenges and explained the program as students received orange “hand-clapper” toys. They were all encouraged to give each other a “hand” when needed.


Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton

Red Ribbon Week concludes campaign

Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton concludes its month-long social awareness campaign by celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 28 through Nov. 1.

The week is headlined with guest speakers and drug-free awareness events. Each day will represent a different theme and be partnered with chemical dependency education to raise awareness.

The public is invited to join in celebrating “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.” The following is the schedule of events:

Monday: Drugs aren’t Cool, Kick it Old School! Wear ’70s or ’80s attire.

Tuesday: Be comfortable with Yourself — Pajama Day. Wear comfortable clothes (i.e. pajamas and sweats).

Oct. 30: My Life & My School Without Drugs! — School/Team Spirit Day. Wear favorite school, collegiate or sports team gear.

Oct. 31: Scare Drugs Away — Costume Day. Wear a Halloween costume

Nov. 1: No, Seriously ... We’re too Smart for Drugs! — Nerd Day! Wear stereotypical “nerd” clothing

For more information, call the campus at 940-243-0486.

Also, this week is special for the Courage Program at Winfree Academy. Courage is an academic support program at Winfree Academy that provides a safe, supportive environment for students who are in recovery.

Named the No. 1 anti-drug program in Texas by the Today Foundation in 2007, Courage celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Students and staff will commemorate this occasion by wearing special red courage wristbands.

For more information about Winfree Academy’s Courage Program, visit or call 214-WINFREE (946-3733).

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