Keller and Northwest ISD school news

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Keller ISD

Focus on dyslexia

Dyslexia specialists in the Keller school district are hosting a screening and discussion of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” a documentary that promotes understanding of the learning condition, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Central High School Fine Arts Center, 9450 Ray White Road.

The film focuses on people who have been successful despite dealing with dyslexia. Parents and community members are invited to watch the film and participate in a discussion with dyslexia specialists.

Brown bag lunch

Superintendent Randy Reid will host his first Brown Bag Lunch of the year at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at Willis Lane Elementary in the school library. The monthly events usually start at noon. Parents and community members can bring their own bag lunches and participate in an informal Q&A session with Reid.

Dance clinic

The Keller High School Indianettes will host a Pee Wee Dance Clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at Keller High School, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd. Participants are invited to perform a routine prior to the Sept. 27 Keller football game against Northwest. The cost of the clinic is $30 and includes a t-shirt and a snack. Deadline to register is Sept. 13. For more information, contact

Community ambassadors

Keller district resident can learn more about how Keller ISD operates and how decisions are made in the Community Ambassadors program, which kicks off this month. The semester-long program involves four evening meetings, one per month, at various locations throughout the district.

At every meeting, key KISD leaders make informal, interactive presentations where questions and comments are welcome. For more information, contact the communications department at 817-744-1021 or email

-Sandra Engelland

Northwest ISD

Outstanding honor

When Northwest school district Superintendent Karen Rue recommended Kim Barker in early August for the position of principal at Tidwell Middle School, she called Barker “a tremendous leader.”

Rue’s not the only one who has noticed Barker’s leadership qualities. Barker, who was previously associate principal at Northwest High School, has been chosen to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as a Region XI Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year. Barker is eligible to compete for the state title of Texas Assistant Principal of the Year.

The association recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the 20 region education services centers in Texas. Barker was nominated and selected by peers within the region. Nominations are based on outstanding leadership.

Staff welcomed back

Before the students went back, Northwest school district faculty and staff got back in the swing of things with a district-wide convocation on Aug. 22. The district’s 1,900-plus staffers were entertained by performances from the Northwest Convo Staff Band and Staff Choir, Northwest elementary music students, Wilson Middle School steel drum band, Byron Nelson High School cheerleaders and Northwest High School cheerleaders. Jamie Vollmer, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, encouraged staff to be a powerful voice for public education in the community. Vollmer, from Iowa City, is an award-winning public education advocate and author.

School Board to meet twice in September

The Northwest School Board has two regular meetings in September. The Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 meetings each begin at 7 p.m. at the Northwest school district’s Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive.

Hello Dahly

Five seemingly lucky children are about to win a trip to a strange chocolate factory run by a quirky candy magnate. And they are inviting the Northwest school district community along on the journey.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr. is the district’s sixth annual middle school musical. The Broadway junior version of Willy Wonka is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 13-14 at Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center (2301 Texan Drive, Justin). Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students. Call 817-215-0268 to make reservations.

-Mark Wright

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