Keller ISD and Northwest ISD news

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Keller ISD

Student film award

Fossil Ridge High School student Malak Abdallahi was named the first place winner of TXU Energy's "Light Up the Red Carpet" Student Film Contest for her work, "Positive Vibes." Malak was honored at the Dallas International Film Festival where her film was screened at the Angelika Film Center. She also attended the Annual Dallas Film Society Honors Reception at the Hotel Palomar Dallas where she was presented with a $3000 cash grant to be split evenly between the FRHS Audio Visual Department and a scholarship.

UIL academics

Eleven Keller High students on three teams advanced from the regional University Interscholastic League Academic meet in Lubbock April 17-18. Overall, Keller High School placed second overall out of 35 schools. The following students will compete at the State Competition in Austin May 21-22: the Spelling and Vocabulary team, which placed first, of Stacey Nguyen (second individually), Charlie Crum (third), Raul Olvera and Sara Dang; the first place Accounting team of Emily Ramsey (second), Lindsay Laird (third), Jordan Hansen (fourth) and Lauren Lawson; and the Literary Criticism team, which placed second, of Rebekah Engelland (second), Katie Phung (third) and Angie Dang.

CHS yearbook

Central High School’s yearbook, The Bolt, was recognized for excellence and featured in the 2013 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 11, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage. Josten's Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks. The Bolt was one of only 425 yearbooks selected for the honor from approximately 3,000.


Two Fossil Ridge students advanced from the HOSA State Competition: Paridhi Sheth, who placed third in Dental Spelling, and Kimmy Vu, Area V 2013-2014 President, Area 5 Voting Delegate Representative at National Competition and attending the HOSA Leadership University. Sheth and Vu will attend the HOSA National Competition June 25-30 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland hotel and Convention Center. HOSA is a student organization promoting careers in healthcare.

Summer school

Keller ISD's 2013 Summer Intervention Programs will begin on June 10. For students in kindergarten through sixth grade, participants will be those who are struggling academically, meet at-risk criteria or have limited English proficiency. Caprock, Friendship, and Willis Lane will host the K-4 Summer Intervention Program June 10-27 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday for general education and from June 10-28 Monday through Thursday and July 8-11 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for ESL/Bilingual.

Trinity Meadows Intermediate will host the fifth grade Summer Intervention Program while Trinity Springs Middle School will host the Summer Intervention Program for sixth through eighth grades. Both of those sessions will be held from 7:45-10:45 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 10-27.

The High School End of Course Exam Summer Intervention Program will be held at Keller Middle School and Fossil Ridge High School from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 13-28, while the High School Credit Recovery Summer Intervention Program will be held at Fossil Ridge High School from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, July 15-26. For more information, visit or contact your campus.

Northwest ISD

New director named

Melissa DeSimone has been hired as the Northwest school district’s new director of research, assessment and accountability. DeSimone has been the program coordinator at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, where she organized the secondary education master’s program. She has also served as a clinical instructor for the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Arizona State. DeSimone brings 10 years of secondary teaching experience at the middle and high school levels. DeSimone will begin her new position May 13.

Technological triumph

The Byron Nelson High School Technology Student Association won the 4A state championship in highest point total and third place for high point average project. This is the first state championship for the school’s Student Association and the team’s third year to compete. The team brought home the following medals: 30 best-in-state/first place, 36 second place, 29 third place, 16 fourth place and 13 fifth place.

Da best at debating

Byron Nelson High School’s speech and debate team won its third consecutive regional championship at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. Byron Nelson students secured five out of nine possible spots, advancing to the state tournament. The individual state qualifiers are: Brendan Gillette and Eryn Mascia, Lincoln Douglas Debate; Race Briggs, Persuasive Speaking; Steven Clark, Persuasive Speaking and Regional Champion; Courtney Pool, Informative Speaking and Regional Champion. The debate team will travel to Austin in May for the state championship. Last year, the team was named the 2012 UIL Speech and Debate State Champions.

Three Northwest principals to attend Harvard Institute

Three Northwest school district principals will take part this summer in a cohort of top campus leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kim Caley of Schluter Elementary, Michael Griffin of Haslet Elementary and Stephanie Espinosa of Seven Hills Elementary have been selected to participate in the cohort of top public school campus leaders. Raise Your Hand Texas has selected 50 Texas principals for this year’s program at Harvard. The institute will provide Caley, Griffin and Espinosa with the opportunity to work with renowned educators from across the country and to network with other campus leaders with similar interests and challenges.

Heavy medal

Students from the Academy of Medical Professions traveled to Galveston to compete in the state Health Occupation Students of America. Junior Ashley Humphries received first place in clinical specialty and junior Lyndee Crawford placed fifth in medical photography.

NHS drama students star as extras

Northwest High School Texan theater arts students Katie Key, Riley Payne, Drew White, Julian Alvarado, Zach Gutierrez, Briana Lopez and Chantil Bounheuanqvialy traveled to Waxahachie, Texas to be extras in the film Hoovey. The drama students were able to apply what they have learned in the NHS theatre program and experience the life of actors and actresses, while learning more about the components of a feature film.

Enrollment online available

Enrollment Online is available now for students new to Northwest. This will replace the back-to-school packets issued on the first day of school. To access the online registration feature, parents of students currently enrolled in the district must have a Home Access Center account. Access to the HAC requires an internet connection and a confidential username and password issued to the parent by the school. If parents are unsure of their HAC login, they may contact their child’s campus.For more information, go to Parents of returning students can begin the registration process Aug. 1.

Wilson Middle School to Host Spring Community Event

Wilson Middle School is teaming up with Haslet, Sendera Ranch and Thompson elementary schools for a spring community event on from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4. Start the morning with a Wildcat Way 5K Fun Run, enjoy music and food provided by Dickey’s BBQ and take advantage of a vendor fair open to community members.

Memorial Day

Northwest campuses and administrative offices will be closed May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Classes resume on May 28.

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