Keller and Northwest school briefs

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Keller ISD

KISD Athletics Hall of Fame

The athletics department is now accepting nominations for the district’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Every year, the department recognizes a former student athlete, coach or individual for outstanding achievement and character. Visit and click on link for the Athletics Hall of Fame to view eligibility requirements. Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 31.

Lightning dancers craft show

The Central Lightning Dancers will host their annual fall craft show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at Central High School, 9450 Ray White Rd. The event features vendors, live entertainment, kid activities and a silent auction. During the show, those attending can bring single serving food items for the Backpack for Kids program of the Tarrant Area Food Bank. For more information, go to

—Sandra Engelland

Northwest ISD

Mobile App proves popular

Northwest school district launched a mobile application for iPhone and Android smart phones in mid-October that gives users quick access to district news, school calendars, faculty/staff contact information and more. About 2,600 users downloaded the app in the first week it was available. A second phase is planned for early 2014 that will give parents access to grades, attendance records and school lunch account information. For more information, go to

Top teacher

Jennifer Simms, a teacher at J. Lyndal Hughes Elementary School in Roanoke, has been named the KLTY and CareNow Teacher of the Month. A school-wide assembly Oct. 17 at the Northwest school district campus honored Simms for her achievement. Simms, who was nominated by a Fort Worth school district teacher, has been teaching since 2002.


A group of Northwest High School students did their best at the Cowtown BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) robotics contest in October. Northwest’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Academy robotics team finished 14th in the competition. The students had to construct a robot, give a marketing presentation, develop a team documentation notebook and create a spirit booth — all within a six-week period leading up to the event.

Thankful holiday

Northwest school district’s campuses and offices will be closed the week of Nov. 25 through 29 for Thanksgiving. Classes resume Dec. 2.

Choosing a path

Northwest school district students can get help finding a promising career path or college choice at a college and career fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Northwest High School, 2301 Texan Drive in Justin. Students and families can attend breakout sessions on financial aid, scholarships, college admissions and other topics.

Cox dedication set

It’s been open since August, but the official dedication ceremony for the new Wayne A. Cox Elementary School is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the school, 1100 Litsey Road in Roanoke. The public is invited to the ceremony, which will include Northwest school district administrators, trustees and Cox Elementary staff. Cox is the Northwest school district’s 17th elementary campus.

Calendar choice

Northwest school district community members can play a role in determining the school days for 2014-15 and 2015-16. Each calendar year comes with two options. View the proposed calendars and complete a survey to offer feedback on the options by going to The online survey is accessible through the end of the month. Trustees are scheduled to vote on the final school academic calendars at a December meeting.

—Mark Wright

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