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Denton ISD

Sessions offer parents details on high school

The counseling services department will present Freshman Question and Answer Nights at Denton ISD’s seven middle schools this month.

According to school district officials, the event is designed to offer parents details about their child’s transition from eighth grade to high school.

The Freshman Q&A Nights will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:

Calhoun and Harpool middle schools — Today

McMath Middle School — Feb. 12

Crownover Middle School — Feb. 13

Myers Middle School — Feb. 17

Navo Middle School — Feb. 18

Strickland Middle School — Feb. 19

Topics that will be discussed at the events include course selection options and new high school graduation requirements. High school and middle school counselors will also be available to meet with families in one-on-one sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parents can visit any of the Q&A sessions, according to district officials, but parents with specific questions about their child’s feeder high school are encouraged to attend their child’s school session.

For more information, call the counseling services department at 940-369-0160.

Denton High School

Junior Fillies dance clinic scheduled for Feb. 15

Denton High School’s Fillies dance team will host their annual Junior Fillies Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 15.

During the clinic, young dancers can work with Fillies sponsor Kerri Burgess and members of the award-winning dance team. Participants will learn dances routines, play games and prepare a routine for the Fillies’ annual spring show, Fillies Follies, on Feb. 21-22.

Registration costs $25 for those who register by Monday; after Monday, registration costs $28. The cost includes a T-shirt, a complimentary ticket to Fillies Follies and snacks. Onsite registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15.

Registration forms are available online at Checks can be made out to Denton High School Fillies and mailed to 1007 Fulton St., Denton, TX 76201 in attention of Burgess.

Participants should dress comfortably, wear sneakers and be ready to dance.

For more information, contact Burgess at 940-369-2124 or

Navo Middle School

Choir selected to perform at convention

The Navo Middle School Varsity Treble Choir is one of four middle school choirs selected to perform at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association convention.

The Navo choir’s performance will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 13, at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. A free concert will be presented in Denton at 7 p.m. Monday in Margo Jones Performance Hall at Texas Woman’s University.

Members of the choir are Madeline Albert, Savannah Anderson, Tiara Bagby, Sherry Ann Buchanan, Ashley Byrd, Alexandria Carranza, Hanna Cater, Brittney Dear, Kara Freeman, Elizabeth Gaytan, Aminah Hall, Georgia Hay, Abigail Henri, Caroline Jackson, Alyssa James, Meriem Keyou, Cameron Lawson, Morgan Malin, Elizabeth Meade, Mary Miller, Brittany Pauly, Lily Redner, Gracen Schutze, Mary Rose Seaman, Jaci Sims, Leah Stover, Ginamarie Vanni and Hannah Wilson.

Navo choir director Mary Mathis-Sadler is in her 38th year of music education, and her fourth year at Navo.

E.P. Rayzor Elementary

Art teacher named TAEA Leadership Scholar

Kelley Quinn McGee, art teacher at E.P. Rayzor Elementary School, was recently named a 2014 Leadership Scholar by the Texas Art Education Association. McGee is one of only four Texas art educators selected for this position.

She was selected based on her ability for professional growth. As a Leadership Scholar she will learn about leadership in art education, service and structure of TAEA and work on further spreading the organization’s goals throughout the Denton school district.

McGee received her bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of North Texas and her master’s degree in art education from the University of Florida. She recently joined a group of art educators from Denton ISD in presenting at the TAEA state conference in Dallas in November.

Liberty Christian School

Students place in Liberty’s science fair

More than 100 projects were entered in the annual science fair at Liberty Christian School on Jan. 25, according to school officials.

Following are results from the science fair:



Reya Snyder, “Twisted Weather” (Earth science)

Ryan Folk, “Burn It Up” (chemistry)

Noah Villarreal, “High or Low? Which Is Better?” (physics and astronomy)


First place: Bailey Stoermer, “Flies Flies Buzz Off”

Second place: Callee Vander Stoep, “The Eye of a Bird”

Third place: Luke Foster, “Bass Gone Wild”


First place: Madison Sanford, “Can You Take the Heat?”

Second place: Rugby Scruggs, “The Dubstep Distraction”

Third place: Carly Cook, “Lipstick Meltdown”


First place: Jaci Price, “Store Bought versus Homemade Lipstick”

Second place: Bryce Lindsey, “Yeasts for Feasts”


First place: Ben Ward, “Crazy Hair Everywhere”

Second place: Morgan Brewer, “Bacteria’s Survival of the Fittest”

Third place: Avery Portz, “Watered Down Grapes”


First place: Caroline Crow, “Your Hair Will Stay Using Which Hairspray”

Second place: Kelli Wissink, “Drink Well for a Swell Smile”

Third place: Mattie Goff, “What’s the Jiggle in JELLO?”


First place: Chance Wright, “Running Out of Storage?”


First place: Cole Shiflet, “Tide vs. Gain”

Second place: David Sprock, “Put It Out!”

Third place: Catherine Price, “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” and Brianna Krieger, “Burn Out”


First place: George Marye, “Water to Fuel”

Second place: Austin Hunt, “Lights Out”

Third place: Sungkyun Park, “The Disappearance”


First place: Jake Smither, “The Heat Is ON”

Second place: Noah Hopkins, “What Light Bulb Is Most Efficient at 120 Watts”

Third place: Chris Howells, “Muted Changes”


First place: Adam Johnson, “Fish On”

Second place: Lawrence Norton III, “Strong Trash Bag Brand”

Third place: Dylan Daggett, “Are Zippo Lighters Really Windproof”


First place: Dawson Fuller, “What’s the Effect of Acid Rain on Aquatic Life?”

Second place: Lizzy Shuey, “Keep It Warm”

Third place: Bryson Vera, “Man vs. Grasshopper: Chemical Warfare”


First place: Sammie Wuensche, “Wash Out!”

Second place: April Smith, “The Burning Question 2”

Third place: Braedon Gunn, “Somebody Call 911!”


First place: Mason Gunn, “Remember the Digits”


First place: Will Kuehne, “Is Microwaving Food Safe?”

Second place: Tristan Bulatao, “Alternative Cooking”

Third place: Isabella VanTrease, “Music From the Heart”


First place: Matthew Reneau, “Bacteria Battles!”

Second place: Elizabeth Reneau, “Can You Get My Mouth Cleaner?”

Third place: Ashley Howard, “5 Second Rule: Fact or Fiction?”


First place: Kayla Coppens, “Ice Melting”

Second place: Ashleigh O’Neal, “Rollercoasters and Loops”

Third place: Thomas Dvorsky, “Effect of Weight on a Pinewood Derby Car”


First place: Braedon Lindsey, “The Most Popular Soil in Town”

Second place: Cullen Martin, “Caffeine + Plants = ?”

Third place: Taylor Brewer, “Tomato Growth: Will It Work?”

Ninth Grade

Best of Fair: Tyler Dondrea and Brayden Dragoo, “Dimpled Flight”

First place: Logan Haire, Blake Harrison, and Luke Millican, “Protection of Your Protective Layers”

Second place: Katelyne Halovanic and Gracie Meek, “Illuminating Oils”

Third place: Tyler Barnes and Michael Becker, “Predicting the Pitch”

Student council raises money with ‘Charnival’

Liberty Christian School’s Student Council Association recently hosted its first “Charnival” and raised more than $7,000 for charity. More than 500 parents and children attended the Jan. 18 carnival event.

Clubs and organizations at the school hosted 21 booths to benefit 17 charities, such as Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home, the Ann Windle School for Young Children, Hearts for Homes, Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Students compete in spelling bee in Arlington

Liberty Christian students in third through eighth grades participated in the annual Association of Christian Schools International’s Spelling Bee Jan. 17 at St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy in Arlington.

Eighth-grade participants from Liberty included Tristan Bulatao, Jason O’Connor, Anna Sitzes and Noah Valenzuela.

Seventh-grade contestants representing Liberty included Mattie Goff, Morgan Monschke, Delana Nehib, Mason Packwood, Grant Widyn and Kelli Wissink. Mason Packwood earned second place in the seventh-grade division and was one of just 16 in the division for grades 5-8 who competed in the final spell-off round.

Lower school participants included third-grade students Teaghan Barber, Sophia Graves, Avery McGlothlin, Molly Monschke and Keane Ryan; fourth-grade students Dario Cardinali, Kayla Carrizales, Jordan Hunter, Ashlyn Lamont and Reagan Moilan; and fifth-grade students Rachel Hatcher, Rebecca O’Neal, Drennan Ryan and Carter Vander Stoep.

Fourth-grade students Kayla Carrizales placed third and Ashlyn Lamont placed fourth out of all of the fourth-grade students who competed.

Rachel Hatcher placed fourth out of all the fifth-grade students who participated and was able to move into the spell-off round.

Pilot speaks at school

Eric Hansen, a senior pilot at American Airlines, recently spoke with Liberty Christian School applied engineering students about the future of the aviation industry and how to become a part of it.

He encouraged students to write goals and start planning their career paths now, and he answered students’ questions.

Lake Dallas ISD

Teachers receive grant awards from foundation

The Lake Cities Education Foundation prize patrol recently presented six Lake Dallas school district teachers with nearly $14,000 in grant awards.

Tim Campbell, an Allstar Learning Environment teacher at Lake Dallas Elementary School, was awarded $977 for “Small Steps, Big Gains,” a grant he wrote to assist special education students struggling with social skills. Through the grant, students “will receive specialized instruction to help develop self-regulation skills and social-emotional competencies that will enable them to be successful socially, behaviorally and academically.”

Loran Bradshaw, a science lab teacher at Corinth Elementary School, was awarded $335 for “Zoo for a Day,” which will bring six to eight zoo animals to a schoolwide assembly through the Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures Outreach Program. According to the grant, the state requires that students “be able to identify various animals, know their environments, recognize survival adaptations, and understand life cycles.”

Denise Evans-Jackson, an English as a second language/bilingual specialist at Lake Dallas Elementary, received $957 for a grant called “Empowering Parents,” which will look to increase parent involvement at the school by increasing the number of books in the parent library, offering more resources and providing parent workshops.

Katie Chalkley, a Lake Dallas High School geometry teacher, was awarded $2,500 for a grant called “TI Nspiration.” The grant money will go toward TI-Nspire CX calculators. According to the grant, using the calculators will help students gain a better understanding of math and science concepts while the teacher can actively monitor their understanding via a wireless component.

Kim Gammon, a counselor at Shady Shores Elementary School, was awarded $5,000 for “Trending Now,” which will provide Rachel’s Challenge presentations at Lake Dallas Middle School and Lake Dallas High and three-hour staff development for staff members at all grade levels.

Auralie Ruggiere, a dyslexia specialist at Corinth Elementary, received $3,500 for “Technology Grant for iPads for Use in Dyslexia Classes.” The grant will be used in dyslexia classes throughout the district. According to Ruggiere, iPads are “a familiar learning tool that also promotes reading fluency, comprehension, spelling, and handwriting for our students.”

The Lake Cities Education Foundation prize patrol included Executive Director Karla Landrum, foundation board members Tom Davenport, Tina Hicks and Frank Graham, and Lake Dallas school district administrators Gayle Stinson and Marci Malcom.

The grants were provided with contributions to the foundation from individual donors, businesses and community service organizations. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information or to volunteer, call Landrum at 940-497-5233.

Selwyn College Preparatory School

Students raise $2,100 for cancer research

High school students at Selwyn College Preparatory School organized Cancer Awareness Week to educate the school community about prevention and current statistics on different types of cancers.

During the week, members of the National Honor Society and the student council raised more than $2,100 for the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center.

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