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Keller ISD

New administrators

At the July 18 board meeting, Keller trustees approved several new administrators.

Patricia McKeel will be the principal at South Keller Intermediate School. McKeel comes to Keller after six years as assistant principal at Eubanks Intermediate School in the Carroll school district and eight years as a CISD teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Tarleton State University.

The new principal at Freedom Elementary School is Heather Varon. Varon spent the last three years as assistant principal at Park Glen Elementary. Prior to becoming an administrator, she taught at Hidden Lakes Elementary and in the Birdville and Bastrop school districts.

Varon has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and completed the Region XI Alliance of Education Leadership Program.

Casey Stone is the new Director of Career and Technical Education, Innovation and Virtual Learning. Stone last served as executive director of secondary education and career and technical education in the Cedar Hill school district.

While there, he managed a career and technical high school, a ninth grade center and several other campuses. Prior to his time in Cedar Hill, Stone was an instructional technology specialist in the Fort Worth school district. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Texas.

Community Ambassadors

Keller ISD officials are seeking district residents who would like to know more about the district, how it operates and how decisions are made. Trustees launched the Community Ambassadors program last spring to help residents get an overview of the district. Key leaders make informal presentations at monthly meetings of participants.

For more information, contact the communications department at 817-744-1021 or email

TCHS grad featured speaker

Kersten Heidel, a 2013 graduate of Timber Creek High School and vice president of the school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, recently spoke to 4,500 educators at the AVID Summer Insititute in Dallas. Heirdel’s speech focused on the impact of education and the AVID program on her life.

AVID is a non-profit college readiness program that focuses on helping first-generation and underserved students prepare for college success.

Residency verification

Many Keller school district campuses are holding residency verification and new student registration on Aug. 6-7. Parents and guardians can go online to fill out information and upload a utility bill or they can bring it by the school office. Verification hours are 1 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 7.

For more information, go to and click on the link for Enrollment/Residency Information or call the school office.

Vaccination clinic

Passport Health and North Texas Flu Shots will be hosting a children’s vaccination clinic during Residency Verification. Immunization clinics will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at Willis Lane Elementary School, 1620 Willis Lane; and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Hillwood Middle School, 8250 Parkwood Hill Blvd.

Available immunizations include TDap, DTap, Chicken Pox, Polio, Gardasil, Meningococcal, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A and MMR. Several insurance plans along with CHIP and Medicaid will be accepted.

For those without insurance, the cost is $10 per vaccine for a child under 18. Contact campus nurses for more information.

—Sandra Engelland

Northwest ISD

Healthy return

Students and their families don’t need to get stressed about getting ready for a new school year in the Northwest school district.

The district’s Northwest ISD Partners in Education is partnering with Heavenly Supply Depot, a Lewisville-based non-profit, to supply students with financial needs with backpacks, school supplies, health screenings and more.

The Back to School Health Fair is scheduled for Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northwest High School. Families should pre-register to ensure they receive a backpack and supplies.

Visit to learn more.

Steele unveils cosmetology salon

Steele Accelerated High School in Roanoke will celebrate the Aug. 6 opening of Shears of Steele Cosmetology Salon during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the school. The Cosmetology Academy provides first-hand experience in hair, nails and skincare. Students will also learn about business and entrepreneurship training.

Fair to help families prep for school

Families can get school supplies and a variety of free services for their children at the Back to School Health Fair, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at Northwest High School.

The fair, sponsored by the Northwest ISD Partners in Education and Heavenly Supply Depot, is geared at helping children of families with financial needs by offering a one-stop destination for backpacks and school supplies, sports physicals and health screenings, vision screenings, dental information, haircuts and more.

Pre-registration is required to ensure each student gets a backpack of supplies. Parents can call 972-955-6057 or email for more information.

—Mark Wright

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