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Keller ISD

FCCLA State Contest

Keller High School had a team place first and qualify for the national contest at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Meeting & Competition, April 13-14. The winning team was in Interior Design Occupational: Kayla Gollihar, Brianna Fill and Kaitlin White. Also placing in the top three were in Fashion Design Comprehensive: Natalie Birch, third place; in Interior Design Occupational: Lexi Urbanczyk and Ruby Blackwell, second place; Interior Design Comprehensive: Ashley Kime, third place.

Fossil Ridge student Savannah Rogers took home the gold during the Culinary Arts Competition. She battled 14 other Culinary students from all over Texas in an event modeled after the TV show Chopped.

Central High also had several students and teams place in the top three. Shannon Damon took third in Teach and Train; Jared King, third in Job Interview; and the team of Airos Lopez, Morgan Tiller and Alyssa Herrera took third in Promote and Publicize FCCLA.

KHS band event

The Keller High School Band will sponsor its Annual Recycling Event on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community members interested in recycling their old electronics —including computers, portable devices, cameras and videos games—can look for the big truck in the Keller High parking lot, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd. Items can be in any condition: damaged, non-working or fully operational. Go to for more information.

On May 24, the Indian Band will hold its annual patriotic benefit dinner and concert. The event will take place in the KHS cafeteria and Fine Arts Building and is open to anyone who would like to purchase tickets. Tickets must be purchased by May 17. The event also will feature a silent auction. For more information, call Marie at 817-337-0388 or look for the band benefit dinner link at

Foundation Gala

The First Annual Keller ISD Education Foundation Inspiration Gala raised approximately $70,000 to help fund teacher grants and student scholarships. The event, held April 19 at the Texas Motor Speedway, drew 500 attendees, including grant recipients, teachers of the year, administrators, corporate donors and sponsors, as well as Keller district and Education Foundation Board Members.

Yearbook honor

Central High senior Sara Brown was recently named the Interscholastic League Press Conference Yearbook Editor of the Year. Brown, the 2013 editor the Bolt yearbook, was chosen by a panel of judges from the state UIL organization. To be considered for the award, letters of recommendation from staff members and teachers had to be submitted along with a portfolio of yearbook work. Hundreds of yearbook editors from throughout the state could be considered for the award.

Spring craft show

The CHS Lightning Dancers will host their 10th Annual Spring Gift & Craft Show on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central High School, 9450 Ray White Road. This year's event will host numerous vendors, live entertainment, door prizes given away all day, silent auction baskets, and free Kiddie Korner crafts for the kiddos.

The CHS Lightning Dancers will be supporting the Tarrant County Area Food bank throughout the show by accepting donations for “Backpacks for Kids.” This includes individual servings of fruit cups, cereal, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, tuna packs, juice boxes, raisins, Ramen Noodles, and pudding. Please visit for complete details.

Northwest ISD

Oct. 19 - NHS Fall Craft Show, 9-5 p.m., Northwest High School. Looking for vendors to sign up. To get details about the booth sizes and price contact Julia Fortune at 940-230-6099 or email at The event is hosted by Northwest Texans Baseball.

New volunteer event

Northwest ISD Partners in Education is hosting a New Volunteer Orientation at 5 p.m. May 14 at Wilson Middle School, 14250 Sendera Ranch Blvd., Haslet. The organization will share ways to become involved and partner in Northwest school district. RSVP to Phil Beckman at 817-215-0175.

Trustees host award ceremonies

The Northwest school district Board of Trustees will recognize top students in the Northwest High School feeder pattern for their achievements in regional, state, national and international competitions at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center at Northwest High School, 2201 Texan Drive, Justin.

Trustees will recognize top students in the Byron Nelson High School feeder pattern for their achievements in regional, state, national and international competitions at 7 p.m. May 21 at the Performing Arts Center at Byron Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Blvd., Trophy Club.

Memorial Day

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

Football booster club hosts golf tournament

The Byron Nelson High School football booster club is hosting a golf tournament at 2 p.m. May 30 at 2 p.m. at Trophy Club Country Club. For more information, contact Cyndi Huizenga at

NISD Night at Ranger game

Northwest school district students, staff and family gathered May 2 for NISD Night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Students from Byron Nelson and Northwest high schools and Steele Accelerated High School sang the National Anthem.

Tanya Ledger, Seven Hills Elementary School teacher and Exemplar Educator, threw the first ceremonial pitch. Students from the district’s Academy of Media Arts and Technology created a marketing video about Northwest that debuted before the start of the game.

Department honored

NISD’administrative services department has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Annual TASB Risk Management Fund Innovation Award. The administrative services team created two video presentations and a PowerPoint to demonstrate how simple injuries can occur at work. The department received a plaque and $1,000 to apply toward the district’s risk management program. The video was edited by Byron Nelson High School junior Brandon Gindt.

Grammy Winning Visit

Michael Dyson, a Grammy award-winning producer, performed on April 30 at Prairie View Elementary. He treated students to a performance of his Mr. Blue Shoes routine. This live music experience combines blues music, oral history and life lessons. It is designed to inspire students about music and learning . Mr. Blue Shoes was funded by a grant from the NISD Education Foundation and The Texas Commission of the Arts.

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