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McMath Middle School counselor Bobbie Roberts and Jeovanni Dodson, an eighth-grader in the Guys Operating As Leaders program, lead a group of fifth-grade students from Borman Elementary on a tour of McMath. Borman fifth-graders sat in on a regularly scheduled classes, talked to students at McMath and ate lunch in the cafeteria with the rest of the student body as part of the tour that was organized by the school’s two administrative teams and led by students in McMath’s GOAL program.

Denton ISD

Schools close Friday for winter break

Students attending school in the Denton Independent School District will be released for the holidays and winter break at the close of school Friday. Middle and high school students will be released from classes early Thursday and Friday.

All Denton ISD schools will reopen for a staff development day Jan. 6, and students will return to classes Jan. 7.

Calhoun Middle School

Students to honor emergency personnel

Students in Cole Docktor’s seventh-grade math class will recognize local emergency personnel with homemade fudge during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday in the auditorium.

Fudge will be distributed to workers from the Denton Police Department, Denton Fire Department, Denton County Emergency Services and the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.

Students applied skills from a “cooking with fractions” unit to make the fudge, and the project coincides with an International Baccalaureate community service project.

“This is just our students’ way of saying thank you to them for keeping us safe and always being there for us and our community when we need them,” Docktor said in a district media release.

The ceremony marks the second consecutive year students at Calhoun have recognized emergency personnel with fudge.

For more information, contact Docktor at 940-369-2400 or via e-mail at

Selwyn College Preparatory School

More than $60,000 pledged at fundraiser

Friends of Selwyn, a recently established fundraising organization, generated more than $60,000 in pledges at an open house earlier this month benefiting restoration to Selwyn College Preparatory School’s Moody Dining Hall, a room built by renowned Texas architect O’Neil Ford.

The Moody Dining Hall was first built with a Moody Foundation grant and dedicated in 1969. A fire last year damaged the hall and destroyed the school’s kindergarten through fifth-grade classroom building, administrative offices and kitchen.

The Friends of Selwyn is made up of alumni, former and current Selwyn families, faculty and staff.

“The goals of the Friends of Selwyn are to restore Moody Dining Hall and build a new Selwyn kitchen; re-establish the tradition of family-style dining for Selwyn students, faculty and staff; create an events pavilion to be used by the Selwyn community; and generate revenue for further building restoration by making the events pavilion available for use by the North Texas community,” according to a school media release.

For more information on Friends of Selwyn, e-mail Angela West at

Krum ISD

Annual holiday musical set for Thursday

The fine arts department at Krum High School will conduct its second annual Holiday Musical at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium.

The event, which is themed “Christmas in New York,” kicks off with pre-show entertainment provided by the Krum High School Steel Drum Band. Throughout the musical, students will perform holiday favorites including “Sleigh Ride in Central Park” and scenes from “The Nutcracker.”

Krum Band Boosters will also conduct a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the band’s trip to New York’s Carnegie Hall next semester.

Tickets for Thursday’s musical are $5 at the door. For more information, contact Carol Turner, band director, at

Northwest ISD

Schools to close for winter break

Offices and schools in the district will be closed Friday through Jan. 3 for the winter break. According to district officials, Jan. 6 is a student holiday, and students will resume classes Jan. 7.

Weather makeup days scheduled

District officials say schools will make up two of the three days missed last week due to inclement weather on Feb. 17 and April 18.

The district will look to request a waiver from the Texas Education Agency for the third school day missed because of weather.

The district’s school board must give its approval for the district to pursue a waiver.

Mobile application update scheduled

The district will issue an update on Jan. 22 to its mobile application, giving parents the ability to check student grades, attendance, lunch account balance and other items.

The mobile app is available via Google Play and the Apple iTunes Store. For more information, visit .

Volunteers needed for annual Northwest Reads

The Partners in Education program is looking for volunteers to read to pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students at the district’s 17 elementary schools as part of the sixth annual Northwest Reads from 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 23.

“This event provides community members with an opportunity to inspire young NISD students to become lifelong readers,” according to a district media release.

For more information, call 817-215-0172.

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