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Denton ISD

GOAL to host soccer social at Briercliff Park

The Denton school district’s GOAL student enrichment program will conduct a soccer social from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Briercliff Park, 3200 State School Road.

Students from the district’s Guys Operating As Leaders program are invited to attend and play in a host of pickup soccer games at the park. Family members are welcome to attend, as are students interested in participating in the GOAL program.

Soccer equipment is optional, but GOAL program sponsors will provide balls, drinks and snacks. Parent attendance is welcome but not mandatory, and all participating students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the park.

GOAL is a proactive enrichment program aimed at getting students to develop leadership skills in and out of the classroom through academic exercises, team work activities and soccer.

For more information on the soccer social or the GOAL program, contact Chris Ice, GOAL sponsor, at 940-369-2382 or

Denton, Guyer bands advance to area contest

The district’s two Class 4A high schools recently competed at the University Interscholastic League Region 2 competition at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex and advanced to the area round competition in Justin with their performances.

The Bronco Band received a First Division rating from the judges. The Denton High School band director is Brian Wilson, and he is assisted by Jesse Woolery and Robert Brannock.

The Wildcat Band received a First Division rating from the judges for the sixth consecutive year. The Guyer High School band director is Chris Cansler, and he is assisted by Amy Woody and Ellis Hampton.

Students’ artwork to be shown at conference

Twelve Denton students from six elementary schools will have their artwork displayed during the Texas Art Education Association’s annual state conference next month in Dallas.

These students will have their work in an exhibit featuring student-created work from across the state.

The students with the selected artwork and their teachers include:

Ginnings Elementary School — Frida Gomez, fourth grade; Saraiya Cortez-Gomez, fifth grade; Kay Adamson, teacher.

Houston Elementary — Jolin Weng, third grade; Lindsey Garrison, teacher.

Nelson Elementary — Brynn Brown, fifth grade; Natalia McDermott, second grade; Denise Clyne-Ruch, teacher.

Paloma Creek Elementary — Daniel Ordieres, fourth grade; Monica Criswell, teacher.

E.P. Rayzor Elementary — Billy Windchief, second grade; Emily Langley, Davis Gillespie and Taylor McMillan, fifth grade; Kelley Quinn McGee, teacher.

Wilson Elementary — Tony Johnson, second grade; Karolina Siwek, first grade; Janet Jaramillo, teacher.

The Texas Art Education Association 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.

Advanced Technology Complex

ATC, chamber set Career Planning Fair

The LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex is partnering with the Denton Chamber of Commerce to conduct a Career Planning Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the complex, 1504 Long Road in Denton.

Local businesses will provide information on their trades while offering tips and insights into educational paths or technical skills students might need for careers in their field.

Students can expect to gain knowledge and understanding on career fields, including medicine, science, engineering, information technology, construction, manufacturing and business.

Local colleges and universities, including the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and North Central Texas College, also will be on hand to provide information.

The event is free and open to all current sophomores and juniors. Please note, students interested in coming to the fair from outside of the Denton school district must sign up for a session prior to attending the event.

For more information, call 940-369-4850.

Denton High School

Annual Bronco Salute to Veterans set

Denton High School will conduct its annual Salute to Veterans — featuring a breakfast, flag ceremony, speech and musical program — on Nov. 11.

A free continental breakfast sponsored by the Denton High Student Council will kick off this year’s event at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served in Room 106.

A flag ceremony by the school’s Air Force Junior ROTC will be held at 8:15 a.m. in front of the school. A procession will follow into the school auditorium, with music provided by the Denton High Lab Band One jazz ensemble at 9:45 a.m.

The Denton High National Honor Society will then conduct a special Veterans Day program at 10 a.m., with performances by the Junior ROTC and the Denton High chorale, orchestra, band and theater.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Bob Sikes, a retired U.S. Marine Corps major.

All Denton County veterans, active military personnel and members of the community are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Don Place, National Honor Society adviser, at 940-369-2000 or

Argyle ISD

Hilltop Elementary School

Hilltop students take lesson to heart

A recent lesson in a Hilltop Elementary School second-grade social studies class on state representatives moved some students at the campus to speak up about issues concerning them and their peers.

Gena Vanderveer, a second-grade teacher, taught her students that “the purpose of a state representative is to come up with concerns and make decisions.” This school year, she encouraged students to run for positions in which they would represent their class and its concerns. Students shared with their peers how they could best represent the second-grade class.

Six students were selected to represent the second-grade classes: Nissa Brooks, Luke Spies, Allison Giese, Madison Brinkley, Hannah Doyle and Ella Stoops.

Those representatives took their peers’ concerns to the school’s vice principal. Some of their concerns included having more designated Fridays for wearing pajamas because they have had a long week, having teachers be more spread out at recess, giving cafeteria workers the day off on days when there are field trips and special events and suggesting that students bring sack lunches, exterminating ant hills at the school and serving healthier meals.

“We need more healthier food in the cafeteria, like watermelon, because it is better for our body,” Ella Stoops said.

According to school officials, Hilltop Elementary staff wants to have this lesson plan go further and possibly hear concerns from other grade levels.

Aubrey ISD

Seventh-grader wins state fair honors

Karlee Collins, a seventh-grader at Aubrey Middle School, competed at the State Fair of Texas in the Pan-American Colored Angora show with championship results.

Karlee is a member of the Aubrey FFA and raises colored Angora goats. Karlee won Grand Champion Buck, Grand Champion Doe and Reserve Grand Champion Doe. She then won the Pair of Kids doe class and the Breeders Herd class. She was then awarded the Premier Exhibitor award. Karlee is raising and showing her animals as her project for the Aubrey FFA.

Karlee also placed in the following categories: Buck Kid, first place; Doe Kid, first, second and third place; Yearling Doe, first place; and Aged Doe, first and fourth place.

Northwest ISD

Teacher of the month recognized at assembly

Hughes Elementary School teacher Jennifer Simms has been named the KLTY and CareNow Teacher of the Month.

Simms was recognized at a school-wide assembly Oct. 17.

She was nominated by a teacher in the Fort Worth school district. Simms has been teaching since 2002.

NHS counselor named semifinalist for award

Northwest High School lead counselor Jamie Farber has been named a semifinalist for the American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year award.

Farber will be listed as a semifinalist in the School Counselor of the Year gala program and is invited to attend a gala in January in Washington, D.C.

Robotics team competes at contest

The Northwest High School Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Academy robotics team competed at the Cowtown BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) robotics contest.

The team finished 14th out of 20 teams in the competition. During the contest, the students constructed a robot, gave a marketing presentation, developed a team documentation notebook and created a spirit booth within a six-week period.

Nelson student named Outstanding Participant

Nelson High School senior Rahaun Perkins has been named one of the 3,100 Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Perkins scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 African-Americans who requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Program.

Selwyn College Preparatory School

Students inducted into National Honor Society

Two seniors, three juniors and two sophomores became new members of the Selwyn College Preparatory School National Honor Society chapter at the second annual induction ceremony Oct. 16.

Members are selected based on consideration in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character.

Sophomores, juniors or seniors who meet Selwyn’s scholastic requirements are invited to become candidates considered for membership to the society.

Members are selected by a faculty council based on information provided by candidates to support their membership.

The new National Honor Society members at Selwyn are Jimmy Clint Chism, Alyssa Joy Dahler, Derek Joseph Frendo, Samantha Lee Hagen, Rachel Madison Maglisceau, Wesley Witt Stenovitch and Rachel Suzanne Valentine.

This fall, Selwyn’s National Honor Society members worked with their chapter adviser, Cheryl Taliaferro, to organize middle and upper school students for decorating a tree located at a school entry with gold ribbons to commemorate Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September.

Members also helped establish a pre-med club, which is open to all high school students interested in pre-med studies.

In 2012-13, National Honor Society members completed 970.5 hours of community service on both individual and group service projects.

On-campus projects sponsored by the group included Selwyn’s Math and Science Night and a Kite Fest for students from preschool through 12th grade.

Off-campus projects included working with the Denton Ramp Project to build two wheelchair ramps and with a local food pantry to provide food assistance to families in need.

Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton

Red Ribbon Week programs end

Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton will conclude its weeklong Red Ribbon Week programming with a Day of the Dead (Los Dias de los Muertos) celebration on Friday.

Student volunteers will be pulled out of class to have their faces painted white and remain silent for the remainder of the day to represent teens who have died from drugs and drinking while driving.

Additionally, students will be making a memorial (ofrenda) to remember all of their loved ones who have died. They will decorate the ofrenda with painted papier-mache skulls and photos of their loved ones to celebrate their lives.

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