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Keller ISD

Safe and drug-free

Keller ISD will host the fourth annual Safe and Drug-Free Wellness Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. May 28 at the Keller ISD Education Center, 350 Keller Pkwy. The event will feature a panel discussion on recovering from addictions and presentations on school safety, anti-bullying, stopping dating violence and reducing stress and anxiety. Resources will be available from many local assistance organizations. For more information, contact Marcene Weatherall at 817-744-1041.

Athletics registration

Athletics registration is now open online for the 2013-14 school year. Parents and legal guardians of all Keller ISD student athletes entering grades 7-12 are required to fill out and submit the required UIL and District forms prior to the 2013-14 school year in order to participate in his or her school's athletic program. All necessary forms can be completed via the online registration process, except for the annual physical and medical history. Parents will be given the opportunity to print the physical and medical history form during the electronic session. The physical/medical history must be completed by a parent and a physician after January 1, 2013. For more information, go to and click on the link "Athletics Registration."

China scholarship

Timber Creek Senior Chance Chambers has been awarded one of approximately 625 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships to study in China this summer. He has studied Chinese language for the past four years, two years at Robinson High School in Fairfax, Va., and two years at the Lone Star Chinese School in Keller. Chance will study Chinese and live with a family for six weeks in Xi'an, China.

Northwest ISD

Good character

Kay Granger Elementary School has been named a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership. Granger is among 29 schools and districts across the nation to receive this honor. The campus is recognized for its commitment to character education and for fostering a positive environment for social and academic learning. Granger Elementary will be featured in October at the National Forum on Character Education in Washington, D.C.

Destination Global

Lakeview Elementary’s Team RAD has advanced to this week’s Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. Team members include fourth-graders Olivia Carter, Jordan Sarmento, Tess Winkler, Riley Scott and Eden Fussleman. The team is competing in an open-ended challenge called Wind Visible, where students apply science, technology, engineering and math skills in addition to improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management and communication.

Recognized leaders

Northwest Trustees recognized 23 Leadership NISD participants at a reception and graduation at the school board’s May 13 meeting. Parents and community members involved in the yearlong Leadership NISD program had the chance to go behind the scenes for an in-depth look at Northwest. Those interested in participating in Leadership NISD for the 2013-2014 school year can call (817) 215-0175 for more information.

Enroll online

Enrollment Online is now available for students new to the Northwest school district. In order to access the online registration feature, parents of students currently enrolled in the district must have a Home Access Center (HAC) 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 can contact your child’s campus. For more information, go to Parents of returning students can begin the registration process on Aug. 1. This will replace the back-to-school packets previously issued on the first day of school.

Steele accepts metroplex students

Northwest school district is opening the enrollment for James M. Steele Accelerated High School to students across the Metroplex. Steele provides an avenue for students to accelerate their studies. Thanks to a partnership with North Texas Community College, students can take expanded dual credit classes. Steele is home to the district’s fifth career academy, The Cosmetology Academy. Shears of Steele will debut in August, providing a year of state-mandated training for cosmetology students prior to opening for business in 2014. Since Steele opened its doors in 2010, every graduate is either employed, serving in the military or enrolled in college. To submit an application, go to Applications are due July 24. For more information, contact (817) 698-5800.

Operation Don’t Bug Me

Granger Elementary fourth-grade students participated in a service project, Operation Don’t Bug Me from the Adopt a Platoon Organization, to assist with troops overseas. The program helps to provide bug spray, suntan lotion, sunglasses, eye drops, anti-itch creams and other items to different platoons stationed around the world. Lt. Commander Clifton Johnson spoke to Granger students about the importance of Operation Don’t Bug Me. The service men and women visiting Granger Elementary wanted to extend their appreciation for the support and donations that have been provided by families at the campus.

Board of trustees host award ceremonies

The Northwest Board of Trustees is recognize top students in the Byron Nelson High School feeder pattern for their achievements in regional, state, national and international competitions on Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center at Byron Nelson High School. The board is recognizing top students in the Northwest High School feeder pattern for their achievements in regional, state, national and international competitions on Thursday at the Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center at Northwest High School.

STEM to host annual showcase

The Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is hosting its third annual STEM Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Northwest High School. The event lets ninth- through 12th-grade students showcase their best work from the 2012-13 school year.

Prize possession

Northwest ISD Partners in Education will team up with Moritz Chevrolet to give away a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro to one high school student in the Northwest school district for outstanding academic efforts and attendance throughout the year. The car giveaway is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Memorial Day holiday

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

Board meeting

A Northwest School Board Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 28 at the NISD Administration Building Board Room (2001 Texan Drive, Justin).

Nelson boosters host golf tourney

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

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