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Denton ISD

Foundation to award scholarships

The Denton African American Scholarship Foundation will recognize nine graduating seniors from Denton, Guyer and Ryan high schools with scholarships this month.

The foundation will also honor 12 students in the ninth through 11th grades for academic achievement.

According to Val Morgan, the foundation’s secretary, $15,000 in one-time scholarships will be distributed to graduating seniors at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. in Denton.

For more information, contact Morgan at 940-391-4148 or Harry Eaddy, foundation president, at 940-380-0761.

Fine Arts

Students’ artwork displayed at capitol

Artwork by students from Ginnings and Stephens elementary schools is on display this month in Austin at the Texas Capitol and Bullock Texas State History Museum for the Texas Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month celebration.

Artwork created by Ginnings Elementary fifth-graders Madison Cofer and Magdalena Perez and Stephens Elementary third-grader Amarea Flores and fourth-grader Anthony Xiao joins work from students across Texas featured as part of the celebration.

A picture of a bluebonnet done by Madison Cofer is a governor’s top-10 selection, and her work will be displayed in the governor’s office.

Kay Adamson and Megan Trammell serve as art teachers at Ginnings and Stephens elementary schools, respectively.

Denton High School

Teacher Appreciation Night set for Tuesday

The annual Teacher Appreciation Night will be conducted by Denton High School Baseball at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the high school, 1007 Fulton St.

The baseball team will play a district game against Guyer High that evening, and kicking off the event is Denton High testing coordinator Lori Hart, who will arrive via helicopter and sing the national anthem from center field.

Cotton Nix, former baseball coach at Denton High, and others will throw out the first pitch, and the Tekell and Baker families will be recognized with dedication plaques.

Guyer High School

Guyer recognizes students, staff for month

Guyer High School recently conducted a special breakfast recognizing its Wildcats, students and staff members of the month for February.

The award honors individuals for an “outstanding display of school pride and character,” according to school officials.

February Students of the Month were freshman Diego Valles, sophomore Chasity Johnson, junior David Haynes and senior Justin Swain.

The Guyer February Wildcats of the Month were freshman Tim Burley, sophomore Joe Davis, junior Jeremy Orosco and senior Madison Franklin.

Sarah Abbott, a Spanish teacher who will serve as group leader for the school’s trip to Costa Rica this summer, was recognized as the school’s Staff Member of the Month in February.

Nelson Elementary School

Nelson schedules playground mixer

Nelson Elementary School will have a playground mixer at 3:15 p.m. April 9.

The event is for incoming kindergarten students, and according to district officials, it allows for children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 and 5-year-old children not currently in kindergarten to meet the staff at the school, tour the campus, visit kindergarten classrooms and meet new friends.

Individuals interested in more information or reserving a spot at the event can call 940-369-1400.

Paloma Creek Elementary School

Fundraiser to have staff car hops at Sonic

Paloma Creek Elementary School has scheduled a fundraiser for today that will benefit school technology and the Feeding America hunger-relief charity.

The fundraiser will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sonic Drive-In, located at 26741 U.S. Highway 380 in Aubrey.

According to district officials, Principal Natalie Mead and school staff will serve as car hops during the two-hour fundraiser and tips received will fund education technology gadgets for the school.

Sonic will also donate a percentage of all sales during the two hours to Feeding America on behalf of Paloma Creek, district officials say.

Students at the school have already pledged to provide 260 meals to Feeding America, according to a district media release.

For more information, call 972-347-7300.

W.S. Ryan Elementary School

Play time for incoming kindergartners set

W.S. Ryan Elementary School is scheduled to have a play-time event for incoming kindergarten students at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

The event is for incoming kindergarten students, and according to district officials, it allows for children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 and 5-year-old children not currently in kindergarten to meet kindergarten teachers at the schools, future classmates and spend time on the school playground.

District officials said if there’s inclement weather on the day of the event, guests are asked to meet in the school commons area.

Individuals interested in more information or reserving a spot at the event can contact Nilda Lopez at 940-369-4600 or

Krum ISD

District conducts first chess tournament

The Krum school district recently conducted its inaugural Scholastic Chess Invitational at Hattie Dyer Elementary School.

According to district officials, 79 students in first through fifth grade from the Krum, Sanger and Decatur districts participated in the March 20 competition, which was divided into 20 divisions.

Students from Krum who placed in the contest included first-grader Alice Flores-Rico, third place; second-graders Logan John and Luke Zavishlak, first place; second-graders Eli Dollins, Aaron Lira, Will Lombard and Dwight Longley, second place; second-grader Chloe Coffin, third place; second-graders Lucas Butler and Katie Foster, fourth place; third-graders Zach Calmes, Alex Cannady, Aiden Garza, Connor Green and Christopher Hunter, second place; third-graders Macy Caughman, Gabe Creed, Austin North, Memori Osborn, Colin Roberts and Gage Wenger, third place; third-grader Damarques Kemp, fourth place; fourth-graders Austin Caudle and Jack Zavishlak, second place; fourth-graders Faith Butler, Whitney Dollins and Eric Salazar, third place; fourth-grader Levi Briceno, fourth place; fifth-graders Garrett Lutz and Nicholas Wear, first place; and fifth-graders Isabella Bocksell and Johnathan Foster, second place.

William Prats-Palerm, first-grade dual language teacher, and Sharon Cayce, computer teacher, served as tournament sponsors and coordinators. According to district officials, the two teachers hope to make the invitational an annual event.

Liberty Christian School

Air Evac Lifeteam gives presentation

An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter landed on the football practice field at Liberty Christian on March 18 for a lesson on the daily role air ambulances play in saving lives.

Students studying anatomy and physiology at the school learned real-world applications and concepts and were given insight into what emergency responders face on a daily basis. According to school officials, emergency responders talked about their jobs, the importance of doing well in school, critical thinking, teamwork and accepting a level of risk.

For more information on emergency responders’ time at Liberty Christian, visit

Students volunteer in San Salvador

Nearly 150 students and staff members from Liberty Christian School spent their spring break digging ditches, preparing land for a church building, cleaning and organizing a warehouse, painting and planting flowers in El Salvador.

Students and staff also presented 75 dramatic performances of “The Journey” throughout San Salvador, the capital. The drama attempts to answer such questions as “what am I doing here” and “what is my life purpose,” according to a district official.

“Students raise funds for these trips by working part-time jobs and writing support letters to their church, family, and friends, requesting prayer and financial partnership,” a school media release stated.

According to a school official, Liberty Christian has taken more than 1,000 students to locales including Africa, Europe and Central America since 1997.

For more information on Liberty Christian’s trip to El Salvador, visit

Liberty senior chosen for All-State Jazz Band

Senior Rusty Vittrup was recently selected as lead alto saxophone chair for the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-State Jazz Band.

According to school officials, this is the second consecutive year a student from Liberty has been selected lead alto saxophone chair in the band.

Vittrup is drum major in the Liberty Christian band, and in addition to playing saxophone, he also plays the clarinet and piano and is currently learning how to play flute.

Lake Dallas ISD

Drug and alcohol forum scheduled

A drug and alcohol forum is slated for 6 p.m. Thursday at Lake Dallas Middle School, 325 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas.

The forum is a partnership of the Lake Dallas School District, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office and the four police departments serving the Lake Cities area.

According to a district official, the forum is open to parents, students and community members and will touch on topics including current trends and products, warning signs, preventative parenting tools and drinking and driving.

Childcare will be provided for children ages 2-7, and a Tweenz anti-drug program will be presented to children ages 8-12 by local police officers and students from the Lake Dallas High School Ready, Set, Teach! program, according to district officials.

Northwest ISD

NISD named a best music ed community

The Northwest school district was recently recognized among “2014 Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants.

This is the sixth consecutive year the district has been named to the national list. Weekly, 16,500 students receive fine arts instruction through the Northwest school district, according to district officials.

NISD receives national technology award

The Northwest school district was recently presented with an honorable mention for the Consortium for School Networking Team Award.

“This award recognizes an exceptional district team for its impact on education technology and its work to improve student learning, opportunities and access,” according to a district media release.

Culinary team advances to nationals

The culinary team at the Northwest school district’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality is among teams advancing to the National ProStart Invitational this May.

The team finished first in the culinary contest and second in the management contest at the Texas ProStart Invitational in Waco last month.

“The culinary teams were required to prepare a three-course meal in 60 minutes and were judged on knife skills, chicken fabrication, safety and sanitation. More than $1 million in scholarships to culinary institutes were awarded to schools in the top three culinary and management groups,” according to a district media release.

NHS sets Big Event for Saturday

Northwest High School will have its third annual Big Event on Saturday.

As part of the Big Event, students from the high school participate in service projects for six surrounding communities.

For more information visit, .

Selwyn College Preparatory School

Science fair winners announced at event

Selwyn College Preparatory School announced the school’s science fair winners at the second annual Math and Science Night on Thursday.

Science fair winners included first-grader Griffon Rentz, first place; second-grader Peter Wolverton, first place; third-graders Victoria Armor, first place; Hunter Terry and Sabella Smith, tied for second place; Hannah Morris, third place; fourth-graders Luke Jensen, first place; Aiden Hawley and Sarah Gee, tied for second place; Valerie Burridge and Astrid Hurd, tied for third place; fifth-graders Johnny Terry, first place; Ella Perry, second place; and Ethan deBruyn, third place.

Texas Education Centers-Denton

Fourth- through eighth-grade students from Texas Education Centers in Denton will present the musical Annie Jr., an adaption of Broadway show Annie on April 10 and 11.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. April 10 and 1 p.m. April 11.

Admission is free.

The Texas Education Centers Denton campus is located at 4601 N. Interstate 35 in Denton.

For more information, call 940-383-1972.

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