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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.nisdtx.org/mobileapp .
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.