School briefs

05/05/2014 4:59 PM

05/05/2014 5:00 PM

Keller ISD

Brown Bag Lunch

Superintendent Randy Reid’s last Brown Bag Lunch of the 2013-14 school year will be May 15 at Eagle Ridge Elementary School. Community members are invited to bring their lunches and participate in an informal discussion with the superintendent. The sessions, sponsored by the Keller Council of PTAs, begin at noon in the school library.

Craft show at Central

The Central High School Lightning Dancers will host the 11th Annual Spring Gift & Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 at Central High School, 9450 Ray White Rd. The free event features live entertainment and door prizes, crafts for kids and a silent auction.

The Lightning Dancers will accept donations of fruit cups, granola bars, ramen noodles, juice boxes and more to go into “Backpacks for Kids” to help the Tarrant County Area Food Bank. For more information, email

KHS band hosts patriotic concert

The Keller High School Band is hosting a patriotic dinner and concert May 22 to honor military veterans. Dinner will be catered by Hard Eight BBQ and desserts provided by Central Market.

The event is open to the public. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, $15 for senior citizens and $15 for veterans. Dinner seatings will be at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the cafeteria with the concert in the Fine Arts Center at Keller High, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd. Get information at and look for the link to the Annual Benefit Dinner and Concert flyer and ticket order form.

KISD official to be association’s president

Karin Mahlenkamp, director of early childhood programs, has been named president of the Texas Association of Administrators and Supervisors for Young Children (TAASPYC) for the 2014-15 school year. TAASPYC is a professional organization for leaders in early childhood education in Texas.

—Sandra Engelland

Northwest ISD

Good clean fun

Trophy Club Mayor Connie White helped students from Samuel Beck Elementary learn about the importance of cleaning up litter last month. White and the students shared a picnic lunch along the town’s bike path. After discussing the importance of picking up trash to improve the community, the students picked up trash along the path as they walked back to their campuses.

STEM Showcase shows of science and tech students

The Northwest school district’s Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is showing off the best work of students from the 2013-14 school year at the STEM Showcase on May 15. The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the east side of Northwest High School.

Night of No Limits nears

The Northwest School district’s second annual Night of No Limits is scheduled for May 29 at Byron Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Boulevard in Trophy Club. Kindergarten through high school students will present their inquiry projects and problem-based learning experiences. Families can engage in interactive exhibits from Dallas’s Perot Museum. CBS 11 meteorologist Jeff Jamison showcase the Mobile 11 Storm Chasing vehicle.

Online enrollment

Enrollment online for students new to the Northwest school district began last month. This enrollment feature is open to incoming kindergarten students. To access the online registration feature, parents of students currently enrolled in the district must have a Home Access Center account. Access to the HAC requires an Internet connection and a confidential username and password issued to the parent by the school. Parents of returning students can begin the registration process July 14.

Fair Deal

The Northwest school district is partnering with Communities in Schools of North Texas to host the second annual Back to School Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 at Northwest High School, 2301 Texan Drive, Justin. This fair will provide school supplies and assistance to families who need extra assistance based on their financial need. Need is verified by their registration for free or reduced lunch. To register for the fair, go to To make a tax-deductible donation, an in-kind contribution or to sponsor a family, visit

Summer time tech lessons

The Northwest school district’s TechnoPalooza is a summer conference designed to teach educators how to integrate learning with technology. Educators across the state can attend the July 30-31 TechnoPalooza conference at Byron Nelson High School. The conference will feature presentations for the first-time educator or the veteran teacher. The keynote speaker will be Sheryl Absire, the chief technology officer for Calcasieu Parish Schools in Lake Charles, La. For more go to

—Mark Wright

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