Keller Citizen

February 25, 2014

School briefs

Keller, Northwest school district news

Keller school district

PTA Vendor Fair

The Keller Council of PTAs will host a PTA Vendor Fair from 10 .am. to 2 p.m. March 20 at Education Center, 350 Keller Parkway. Fundraising, spirit wear and educational program vendors will be on hand to display their services. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event or signing up as a vendor, contact Khan Moutafis:

Film Fest entry deadline

The deadline for entries in the Keller ISD Film Festival is March 16. Students can choose from seven categories: story, comedy, music video, documentary, instructional, animation and public service announcement. The Oscar-style awards ceremony will be May 8 at Timber Creek High School. For more information, go to

Playing for Preemies

The Fourth Annual “Playing for Preemies” Soccer Game sponsored by the Lady Chargers soccer program will be 7 p.m. March 4 at Central High School. Playing for Preemies t-shirts are on sale for $10. Proceeds go to the Quint Boenker Preemie Survival Foundation. For more information, email Lauren Arias:

TCHS band news

Timber Creek’s Winterguard and Drumline recently competed at the North Texas Colorguard Association’s Competition in Coppell. The Junior and Varsity Winterguards won their classes, as did the drumline, earning the best score of the competition.

Northwest school district

New graduation requirements

Public meetings are scheduled for March to answer Northwest middle school parents’ and students’ questions about the changes Texas House Bill 5 has made to high school graduation requirements. The meetings are set for March 18 in the Wilson Middle School cafeteria and in the Pike Middle School cafeteria. An information meeting for Medlin and Tidwell middle school students and parents is set for March 24 at Byron Nelson High School. Chisholm Trail Middle School will host a meeting March 25. All of the information sessions start at 6:30 p.m.

The new Foundation High School Program affects students entering ninth grade in the 2014-15 school year and subsequent years. The core coursework in English language arts, math, science and social studies is still required but students must now also align their focus of study in a specific field by obtaining at least one endorsement. The new requirements are optional for current students graduating in 2015-17.

Innovative grants given out

Chisholm Trail Middle School received a grant for $2,400 from the Northwest school district’s education foundation to purchase a program that allows music students to receive immediate feedback on their performance by showing correct pitches and rhythms on their smart devices. In all, the foundation’s grant brigade traveled to 16 campuses on Feb. 14 to present 34 innovative teaching grants totaling $103,408.20. To date, more than $1.3 million has been distributed to Northwest school district teachers.

Crime Stoppers excels at state

The Northwest school district’s campus Crime Stoppers program received three state awards at the 2014 Texas Campus Crime Stopper Conference earlier this month. The program received: the productivity award for general dollar amount recovered/most cases cleared, the newsprint competition/general news print award, and the best website award.

Spring break beckons

Northwest school district is closed March 10-14 for spring break. Class resumes March 17.

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