Keller Citizen

May 13, 2014

Keller and Northwest district news

Keller superintendent to host community forums to discuss potential bond election.

Keller ISD

Bond forums

Superintendent Randy Reid will host community forums at all four high schools to discuss a conceptual idea for a potential November bond election.

The forums, which all begin at 6 p.m., will be May 15 at Keller High School, 601 N. Pate Orr Rd., in the gym; May 22 at Central High School, 9450 Ray White Rd., in the Fine Arts Center; May 27 at Timber Creek High School, 12350 Timberland Blvd., in the cafeteria; and May 28 at Fossil Ridge High School, 4101 Thompson Rd., in the cafeteria.

State UIL Academics

Nine students from Keller High School and two from Central High School advanced to the State UIL Academic Competition in Austin next week.

The KHS Accounting Team of Lindsay Laird, Avery Burke, Hallie Hillebrand, and Sarah Sidener placed 1st at the Regional Competition and will advance to state. Keller's Literary Criticism team of Claire Beckley, Kaitlin Bethay, Angie Bang, and Brianna Hopper tied for first place and will also advance.

From Central, Kati Riedel placed first in Headline Writing while Brayden Gibson will advance to state for placing second in Prose Interpretation.

The UIL 5A State Academic Meet will be May 19-21 in Austin.

Athletics forms, physicals due

Students in grades 7 to 12 planning to participate in athletics during the 2014-15 school year must submit athletics information packets and annual physical and medical history forms to school officials by June 4. To get electronic forms, go to

Brown Bag Lunch

This school year’s final Brown Bag Lunch with Supt. Randy Reid will be May 15 at Eagle Ridge Elementary. The informal Q&A begins at noon.

—Sandra Engelland

Northwest ISD

Distinguished service

Kay Granger Elementary Kimmie Etheredge was the victim of a ruse by her assistant vice principals. And she couldn’t be more thrilled by the fake out. Her assistants rushed her off to an off-site meeting and then brought her back to campus for a surprise assembly in which Etheredge was named the Texas 2014 National Distinguished Principal by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.

"There are many outstanding elementary principals in Texas," said Etheredge, who has been the principal at Granger in north Fort Worth since it opened in 2007. "Our membership is some 5,000 strong, so to be honored in this way is almost unfathomable."

Making a State-ment

Northwest High School’s NHSTV, a student-run television station, was named best video newscast in Texas at the state Technology Student Association Competition. The award-winning show swept first, second and third place in the Video Newscast category, which included two of the station’s daily live shows, as well as NHSTV’s Weekly Update segment.

Trail Blazers

Northwest High School seniors and former Chisholm Trail Middle School students Mason, Jennifer Becan and Aliana Waters in April were each awarded $750 in scholarships from the Chisholm Trail PTA. The trio was presented with scholarships from the Melissa Barsanti Scholarship for Breast Cancer Awareness and the Deana Rawlings Scholarship for Breast Cancer Awareness. They will be honored at the Northwest High School Legacy Awards Ceremony on May 27.

Seminar targets Spanish speakers and first-generation college students

The Northwest school district and North Central Texas College on May 19 are having a presentation about college for Spanish speakers and first-generation college-bound students. The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Northwest High School lecture hall. Parents of all middle school and high school students are invited to attend. NCTC’s Bilingual Parent College Seminar will provide parents and interested students with information on admissions, financial aid and more. Call Norma Garcia at (817) 698-1324 for more information.

—Mark Wright

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