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Denton ISD

Adopt-A-School to honor art winners today

The Denton school district’s Adopt-A-School program will conduct a Young Artists Night tonight to honor all first-place winners in the recent Adopt-A-School Art Contest.

The event will take place 5:45 p.m. at Meridian Bank Texas, 1013 W. University Drive, where the winners will receive a book that includes their artwork. The book will be available in all Denton ISD elementary school libraries.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students were challenged to write essays and submit artwork for the contest regarding this year’s topic, “Why is Denton ISD the place to be?” Up to three art winners were chosen from fourth and fifth grades at each Denton ISD school; additionally, six students were chosen from each grade level as district winners.

Winning students were presented at their campuses Dec. 13 with trophies for their accomplishments.

The fourth-grade district art winners are:

Gabriela Sanchez, Ginnings Elementary, first place; Allie Wilson, E.P. Rayzor Elementary, second place; Sophie Alexander, Savannah Elementary, third place; and Yumin Hwang, Stephens Elementary, fourth place.

Fifth-grade district art winners are:

Mia Curtis, Rivera Elementary, first place; Jazer Gomez, Evers Park Elementary, second place; Grady Henexson, E.P. Rayzor Elementary, third place; Willem Bannick, Stephens Elementary, fourth place.

The art winners from each school are:

Blanton Elementary — Fourth grade: Camila Romero, first place; Sydney Bonder, second place; Jackson Williams, third place; Fifth grade: Faith Niemuth, first place; Kylie Williams, second place; Ryan Woodward, third place.

Borman Elementary — Fourth grade: Kalyn Cardona, first place; Amanda Lawrence, second place; Angelica Rodriguez, third place; Third place: Ulises Sotero, first place; Isaiah Kuchenmeister, second place; Miranda Metcalf, third place.

E.P.Rayzor Elementary — Fourth grade: Allie Wilson, first place; Kelsey Large, second place; Ashlyn Beckman, third place; Fifth grade: Grady Henexson, first place; MaciPitner, second place; Mason Rhoades, third place.

Evers Park Elementary — Fourth grade: Gerardo Zamarron, first place; Andrea Hernandez, second place; Rebecca Cazco, third place; Fifth grade: Jazer Gomez, first place; Aidan Ware, second place; Belen Lezama, third place.

Ginnings Elementary — Fourth grade: Gabriela Sanchez, first place; Melissa Audelo, second place; Esmeralda Caballero, third place; Fifth Grade: Scarlet Brown, first place; Elijah Aguirre, second place; Yaxeni Hernandez-Salazar, third place.

Houston Elementary — Fourth grade: Sarah Banoun, first place; Hunter Lamb, second place; Baylee Smith, third place; Fifth grade: Madeleine Scott, first place; Ali Gunn, second place.

Lee Elementary — Fourth grade: Jacquline Rodriguez, first place; Fifth grade: Joselyn Molina, first place.

Newton Rayzor — Fifth grade: Jennifer Jimenez, first place.

Paloma Creek Elementary — Fourth grade: Reagan Lawson, first place; Trevor Davis, second place; Max Conner, third place; Fifth grade: Lilly Tompkins, first place; Hailey Wilde, second place; Zannder Torres, third place.

Pecan Creek — Fifth grade: Ava Bohnert, first place; Faith Herring, second place; Natalia Elaiho, third place.

Providence Elementary — Fourth grade: Marleigh Bates, first place; Leah Matney, second place; Jadyn Nwagbara, third place. Fifth grade: Elizabeth Diaz, first place; Jordyn Owens, second place; Tyler Briggs, third place.

Rivera Elementary — Fourth grade: Hannah Williams, first place; Ilayla Hernandez, second place; Christopher Cueras, third place; Fifth grade: Mia Curtis, first place; Esmeralda Rojas, second place; Raine Ladeira, third place.

Savannah Elementary — Fourth grade: Sophie Alexander, first place; Jenna Henson, second place; Rylie Belk, third place; Fifth grade: Brynn Lowder, first place; Ashley Busick, second place; Micah Dodds, third place.

Stephens Elementary — Fourth grade: Yumin Hwang, first place; Abbey Elliott, second place; Gage Sperry, third place; Fifth grade: Willem Bannick, first place; Grace Nish, second place; Samuel Edwards, third place.

Wilson Elementary — Fourth grade: Stephanie Torres, first place; Gavin Sebesta, second place; Travis Harris, third place; Fifth grade: Mollie Taylor, first place; Lorena Bryant, second place; Jena Sparks, third place.

Denton High

Math team members win awards at meet

The Denton High School UIL Math Team recently competed in the annual Paschal High School Charity Math Meet in Fort Worth, winning 16 out of 26 available awards.

Denton High students earned the nickname “Big D” at the meet by competing in Number Sense, Mathematics and the Team Relay event, in which they earned first- and second-place trophies.

Finalists included:

Novice Number Sense: Tony Gao, first place; Jimmy Du, second place; Gabriella Webster, third place.

Advanced Number Sense: William Root, first place; Omar Akram, second place; Yiming Su, fifth place; Neel Shroff, sixth place.

Novice Mathematics: Tony Gao, first place; Jimmy Du, third place; Seth Cope, sixth. place.

Advanced Mathematics: William Root, first place; Yiming Su, fourth place; Katri Chaturvedi, fifth place; Omar Akram, sixth place. Also competing were Vanessa Jimenez and Brianna Young.

Denton ISD

Eighth-grade transition meetings scheduled

The Denton school district is sponsoring its eighth-grade transition meetings Monday at each of the district’s three high schools.

The meetings will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at each of the district’s three comprehensive high schools.

The meeting will an information session for parents that explains the high school enrollment process and other procedures, and on the changes to high school graduation requirements that are expected to be approved later this month by the State Board of Education.

An activity fair will also allow students to meet with teachers and other staff and to learn about clubs, organizations, athletics and other elective classes. Parents should attend the high school that their student will attend.

To check which high school a middle school student will feed into, visit and type in the address of residency and current grade level.

For more information, contact the district’s counseling services department at 940-369-0160.

Groundhog Day Gala scheduled for Feb. 1

The Denton Public School Foundation will conduct the 12th annual Groundhog Day Gala at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the University of North Texas’ Gateway Center.

The popular event will feature a seated dinner, student entertainment groups and silent and live auctions that will include exotic vacation packages, autographed footballs and personal-experience opportunities. This year’s theme is “Education is Key,” and the event will also include the sale of special keys, with one offering its owner the opportunity to claim one of the live auction prizes.

All proceeds from the event benefit Denton school district students, teachers and staff. The foundation awards grants for classroom use or professional development and student and staff scholarships. The foundation has awarded more than $2.3 million in awards to students, teachers and staff in Denton ISD since its inception in 1997.

Tickets are $75 per person and table sponsorships are available at various price levels. A portion of all tickets and table sponsorships are tax-deductible. Tickets can be purchased online at

For more information, contact the foundation at 940-369-0143.

Eight students on TMEA All-State Choir list

Eight Denton school district students were named as members or alternates to the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir.

Denton, Guyer and Ryan high schools each placed at least one student on the list. These students will join the other top choral singers in the state by performing at the annual TMEA State Convention in San Antonio in February.

Students named to the TMEA All-State Choir are:

Denton High — Megan Graves, junior, alto 1; and Courtney Lawson, freshman, soprano 2. The Denton High choir director is Mark Baker. He is assisted by Patti Freeman

Guyer High — Andrew Hansen, senior, tenor 2; Evan Smith, senior, tenor/bass; Justin Ritchie, freshman, tenor 1; Michael Hansen, senior, tenor 1 (alternate); and Kate Gillman, freshman, alto 2 (alternate). The Guyer High choir director is Stephen Evans. He is assisted by Jeremy Bowen.

Ryan High — Julia Durbin, junior, soprano 2. The Ryan High choir director is David Rives. He is assisted by Scott Thompson.

Other students who had the opportunity to audition for the all-state choir by qualifying for the all-area choir included Ivana Igbeka and Josh West, Guyer High; and Sarah Curran, Denton High.

For more information on Denton ISD choir programs, contact David McCullar, director of fine arts, at 940-369-0075 or by e-mail at

UIL academics team captures top honors

The Denton High School UIL Academics Team recently competed at the Flower Mound Invitational and posted six top-10 individual finishes.

DHS was led by senior William Root, who claimed three of the spots. Root took first place in literary criticism, third place in number sense and fifth place in math to finish with the fifth-highest composite score at the competition.

Other students placing at the meet were Anna Mitchell, fourth place, spelling; George Roberson, sixth place, headline writing; and Tony Gao, ninth-grade division, seventh place, number sense.

Denton High UIL academic sponsors include Greg Bogomal, Sandra Dieckmann, Darby Dyer, Fred Mueller, Julie Seeley, Ashley Sharp and Barry Wagner.

Argyle ISD

School celebrates Christmas with activities

Hilltop Elementary School rang in the holiday season with a series of activities in the week before Christmas.

The kindergarten classes performed in the gym, singing all kinds of Christmas music. The parking lots were full, and the gymnasium was crowded with proud parents and teachers. The students sang and danced.

“I thought they did awesome,” said music teacher Dianne Chrestopoulos, whom the students call Mrs. C.

Chrestopoulos and the kindergarteners began practicing for the program at the beginning of December. Each class spent 50 minutes once a week with her, and she provided the classroom teachers with the music. Each day the teachers would help them practice as they walked from class to lunch or recess they would sing.

“The teachers help so much; they are the best,” she said.

As for the pre-k, first and second grades, they all had Christmas parties the same day. Second-grade teacher La Shea Butts had a fun-filled day with her students and their parents. They wore pajamas and the parents set up a pancake station and activities for the kids.

“The parents are great and set up everything. I just sit back and relax,” Butts said.

Liberty Christian School

Students take third at speech tournament

Liberty Christian students earned third place at the annual StoneGate speech tournament in Irving on Jan. 11.

“These contests are such a great way for students to learn and watch from others,” said Misty Baptiste, Fine Arts Department chairwoman. “It also helps them become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses, showing them how they can best prepare for the next level of competition.”

The competition results are:

Solo Acting — Jacob Quast, first place; Ross Earley, second place; Brooke Morrissy, third place.

Duet Acting — Jason Clemons and Cole Porter, second place.

Group Improvisation — Ross Earley, Lauren Massing, Brooke Morrissy and Diana Park, second place.

Prose — Ross Earley, third place.

Students who qualified will compete at the district academic meet at Liberty on Feb. 10.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School

Catholic Schools Week to be celebrated

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper and Alumni Recognition Night will kick off Catholic Schools Week activities at Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

Visitors are welcome to tour Immaculate Conception Catholic School from Sunday through Feb. 1 as students and staff join more than 2 million Catholic school students nationwide in celebrating Catholic Schools Week.

The national theme of this year’s celebration is, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

School bookkeeper Diane White will be honored for her 15 years of service on Saturday as the school’s 2014 Honoree of the Year during the Celebration of Catholic Schools Banquet at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

There will be no school on Jan. 29 to allow families to attend the ordination and installation of the fourth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, Michael Olson, at the Convention Center.

The school, located at 2301 North Bonnie Brae in Denton, is open for tours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

The school serves families from Denton and throughout the North Central Texas area. Alumni Night will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday in the school gymnasium as the basketball teams play host to Sacred Heart in a North Texas Independent League contest.

The spaghetti supper will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in the gym and visitors can tour the school during the open house. Tickets are free for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, $5 for students above eighth grade, with a maximum family price of $35.

Tickets can be purchased at the school office or at the door.

On Jan. 30, Mass will be celebrated at 8:15 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church located on the school campus with special recognition of Catholic Schools Week.

The school’s Cherub Choir, consisting of more than 60 students from kindergarten through third grades, will sing during the service.

Those attending the service are asked to bring a non-perishable food or toiletry item for the local food pantries.

Staff Appreciation Day is Jan. 30, and Jan. 31 is Student Appreciation and Spirit Day. There will be a pep rally at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 recognizing various contest winners, including NTIL academic competition, and recognizing the basketball players and coaches who will participate in the NTIL tournament Feb. 1 in Tioga.

Registration for 2014-2015 for children ages 3 through grade 8 will begin Feb. 3.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School is a member of the 20-school Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth system.

For more information, contact the school office at 940-381-1155 or log on to the school’s website at

Northwest ISD

Senior named scholarship finalist

The Davey O’Brien Foundation has named Madison Edwards as a finalist for the 2013 Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award.

The scholarship is presented each year to an exceptional senior student-athlete in the North Texas area.

The recipient of the $30,000 scholarship will be announced this month during the seventh annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Luncheon at The Fort Worth Club.

The foundation will also award a $2,500 scholarship to each of the four remaining finalists.

NISD releases update to mobile app

Northwest ISD will release an update to the NISD Mobile App today.

The update will give parents the ability to check their students’ grades, attendance, lunch account balance and more. The NISD mobile app is available on Google Play and at the Apple iTunes store. For more information, go to

Volunteers needed for Northwest Reads

The Northwest ISD Partners in Education program is seeking volunteers for the sixth annual Northwest Reads from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday.

Participants will choose from a variety of books to read to pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students at one of the school district’s 17 elementary schools.

This event provides community members with an opportunity to inspire young NISD students to become lifelong readers. For more information, call 817-215-0172.

Principal named to head programs center

The Northwest school board has named Susan Moore to take the lead as principal of the Special Programs Center.

Moore, an assistant principal at Nelson High School, is set to begin her new position this month. She replaces Paula Myers, who is retiring from the district.

District recognizes board trustees

Northwest ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank school board members for their service during School Board Recognition Month.

The Northwest ISD trustees include President Mel Fuller, Vice President Josh Wright, Secretary Devonna Holland, and Judy Copp, Mark Schluter, and Anne Davis-Simpson. The group was applauded for their leadership and “for truly caring about our kids.”

District’s annual report available online

Northwest ISD is introducing its first interactive annual report.

To view the document, go to While looking through the document, viewers can get extended information on a topic by hovering over an image, story, heading or text.

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