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Denton ISD

Guyer High School

School to present ‘Les Miserables’ this week

Guyer High School’s theater department will present the Tony Award-winning musical Les Miserables at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the school’s auditorium, 7501 Teasley Lane.

Les Miserables opened in Paris in 1980 and subsequently in London’s West End and on Broadway. It earned multiple Tony nominations and won for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

The production design is based on the original artwork found in Victor Hugo’s novel, on which the musical is based, and it also includes flying effects and a large set with barricades constructed by the students.

Tickets are $10 for all ages and can be purchased at the door or at the Guyer front office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information on the performances or tickets, contact theater director Elesha Crotwell at 940-369-1156 or

Monthly students, Wildcats, staff named

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

The October Students of the Month were Andrew Villanueva, freshman; Kevin Gray, sophomore; J.P. Lorimer, junior; and Chi-Chi Ileje, senior.

Wildcats of the Month for October were: Matthew Morgan, freshman; Caleb Jordan, sophomore; Brianne Van Voohis, junior; and Kaileigh Thompson, senior.

The October Staff Members of the Month are Fawnda Dooley and Staci Taylor, who are administrative assistants in the counseling office.

Harpool Middle School

Orchestra to play at national competition

Harpool Middle School’s CD (Claude Debussy) Orchestra was recently selected to participate in the American String Teachers Association National Orchestra Festival in March in Louisville, Ky.

The orchestra was one of only three middle schools selected from across the country. The group will perform in the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts’ famed Whitney Hall.

The association’s National Orchestra Festival is among the country’s premier musical festivals, as it allows middle and high school students the opportunity to attend workshops with nationally renowned conductors and perform before judges from nationally recognized universities and musical programs.

Carmen Wiest is the orchestra director at Harpool. She is assisted by Kara Ortiz.

Krum ISD

Krum High School

Krum High students practice career skills

Students in coach Ray Miller’s career preparation class at Krum High School are getting a jump start on understanding adult responsibility.

Last month, three adult volunteers conducted mock interviews with students in an effort to prepare them for future job interviews.

To prepare for the exercise, the students developed a resume and cover letter and learned how to ask insightful questions during an interview.

To enroll in the course, students are required to be currently employed and work at least 15 hours per week. The exercise was designed to prepare students to interview for a job more advanced than the one they currently hold.

Throughout the course, Miller said students will learn about managing personal finances, buying a car and balancing work and school responsibilities.

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Dyer Elementary School

Students to raise money for diabetes research

Students at Hattie Dyer Elementary School will make laps around their campus gym as part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes program.

Kendall Luther, a representative from the foundation, spoke with children a few weeks ago about juvenile diabetes.

Students are now accepting donations on behalf of the foundation, which focuses on Type 1 diabetes research.

On Friday, students will walk in their gym in honor of people living with Type 1 diabetes. Last year, Dyer students raised more than $1,500 for the organization.

For more information, call Dawn Schertz at 940-482-2604.

KMS Student Council holding food drive

The Krum Middle School Student Council and Special Touch Ministries are conducting a Thanksgiving canned food drive through Friday.

The drive will assist local families in need during the holiday season. Students, as well as anyone in the community, can donate any nonperishable food items at the middle school campus. Students should submit donations to their fourth-period teachers. Community members can bring donations to the middle school’s front office. The fourth-period class submitting the most items will receive a pizza party.

For more information, call 940-482-2602.

KHS names 2013 Football Sweetheart

Breanna Lowrimore was elected the 2013 Football Sweetheart and was recognized during Senior Night at Krum High School’s Nov. 1 football game.

The Krum High School varsity team also nominated Tori Cook, Nicole Madrigal and Stephanie Bishop for the 2013 Football Sweetheart.

Liberty Christian School

Missions Week encourages service

Liberty Christian School recently devoted a week to the study of mission work.

Known as Missions Week, students learned about a different country culturally, politically and spiritually. From lower school to upper school, students were challenged to care about people from other lands and pray for them and their needs on a consistent basis.

During Missions Week, students raised more than $14,000 to help people in El Salvador and Uganda, two destinations Liberty students will travel to in the coming months. Students also bought T-shirts showing their support of Uganda, and through sales, almost $6,500 was raised for God Cares Christian School and Buyamba Orphanage in Uganda’s Kampala City.

Liberty’s preschool to lower school students also participated in fundraising by purchasing T-shirts, earning additional allowance and having a lemonade stand in their neighborhood. The funds go directly to helping impoverished countries where Liberty students serve.

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Burgess provides insight to students

Liberty Christian School students welcomed U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, to the campus on Thursday. As part of their government class, students learned firsthand how Congress works, and each received a copy of the Constitution.

“It was a great honor to have Congressman Burgess on campus,” said Upper School Principal Ed Cook. “He was a great encourager to our students to become involved in public service.”

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Northwest ISD

Thompson teacher named ‘Today’ finalist

Deborah Young, a fourth-grade teacher at J.C. Thompson Elementary School, was recently named one of three finalists for Teacher of the Year by NBC’s Today show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

A Thompson Elementary parent nominated Young for the award. The winner was Billie Yardley from Tennessee, who will receive $10,000 for her campus.

NHS graduates to present poems at event

Three Northwest High School graduates will present poems from the book Hometown, Texas with Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at a poetry reading and book signing at The Book Carriage and Coffee Shop, 304 N. Oak St. in Roanoke.

Included in the book are poems by 2013 Northwest High graduates Brittany Moore and Kieryn McLeod. Graduate Lyndsey Lepore, whose artwork is featured in one of the poems, will also be at the signing.

The Northwest High creative writing club will provide refreshments.

Roanoke takes lead in reading challenge

Roanoke Elementary School currently leads as the top overall school in the Texas Motor Speedway Speeding to Read challenge.

Students from 11 participating schools (nine Northwest Independent School District schools and two schools outside of the district) have read more than 340,280 books since this year’s challenge began last month.

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 has three divisions, each based on enrollment size and student body demographics, to determine a champion for kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade. Champions will be announced in April.

Lakeview to conduct community open house

Lakeview Elementary School in Trophy Club will conduct a community open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The school added on to its building this past spring and opened its doors in August with a completely new look.

During the open house, the choir will perform and community members can receive student-led tours of the new additions. Refreshments will be provided.

Selwyn College Preparatory School

Students qualify for Duke program

Ten students from Selwyn College Preparatory School’s fourth and fifth grades qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program by scoring in the 95th percentile on the Educational Records Bureau test given in the spring.

Qualifying students received a recognition certificate and have the opportunity to participate in an online curriculum and other resources such as publications, EXPLORE testing and programs for talented students.

Fifth-grade students who qualified are Ethan deBruyn, Ella Perry, Jared Strittmatter and Johnny Terry.

Fourth-grade students who qualified are Valerie Burridge, Aiden Hawley, Astrid Hurd, Luke Jensen, Sarah Catherine Massey and Claire Pettit.

Annual Grandparent’s Tea set for Nov. 22

Faculty and staff will play hosts to the annual Grandparent’s Tea from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 22 in the Sid Richardson Library on the Selwyn College Preparatory School campus.

Grandparents will be treated to performances by pre-kindergarten to fifth-grade students in the lecture hall and tea and refreshments in the library.

Guests will also have the opportunity to shop at the Scholastic Book Fair, and a professional photographer will be available for family portraits.

For more information, call 940-382-6771 or visit .

Elementary music program awarded grant

The Texas Music Educators Association recently awarded Selwyn College Preparatory School’s lower school music program an $800 grant.

The grant was awarded through the Elementary Music Instructional Support Program.

Karla Dunning, music teacher and an active member of the association, applied for the grant by submitting a wish list of instruments and resources to be used in the classroom, along with information about Selwyn. She was chosen among several Texas music teachers to receive the requested supplies.

The grant will allow Selwyn’s music class inventory to increase by three drums, seven auxiliary percussion instruments, an autoharp and necessary accessories, a set of 12 drums designed for smaller hands and a curriculum for teaching recorders.

Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton

Fall Talent Show scheduled for Friday

Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton’s School of Creative Arts will be conducting its Fall Talent Show on Friday during the community assembly.

Members of the School of Creative Arts have worked weeks to design and create the staging and decorations for the show.

The talent showcased will include vocal, instrumental and dance artistic abilities by the student body. Guest appearances will be made by select staff members.

In addition to the talent show, the student council will sell theater snacks before and after the show. All funds raised will support Prom 2014.

For talent show times, call 940-243-0480.

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