School briefs

05/20/2014 3:00 PM

05/20/2014 3:00 PM

Keller ISD

Community survey

Parents, students, employees and community members can give anonymous feedback to the Keller school district in a community survey available online through May 22. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. To find the survey, go to, click on “Read all News” and find link “Keller ISD Community Climate Survey available through May 22.”

KHS students place at Nationals

Keller High students Avery Burke and Lindsay Laird placed among the top eight in the nation in their respective categories at the Business Professionals of America Competion May 3 in Indianapolis. Burke competed in Fundamental Accounting and Laird was in Advanced Accounting.

Principal honored by peers

South Keller Intermediate Principal Trish McKeel has been named the Region 11 Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Honorees will be recognized at a TEPSA awards reception June 11 in Austin.

—Sandra Engelland

Northwest ISD

Culinary quality

The NISD’s Academy of Culinary Arts advanced to the National ProStart Invitational, where it took seventh place in the nation. This is the third year the team has placed in the top 10. Earlier this year, the culinary team placed first and the management team placed second in the state competition.

Renaissance woman

Linda Parker, Byron Nelson High School principal since it opened in 2009, was recently named the Jostens Renaissance 2014 Educator of the Year. Parker will soon leave her post at Nelson to become the NISD’s executive director of secondary education. Jostens honors educators, counselors and administrators who have demonstrated superior performance and achievement in the operation of their school’s Jostens Renaissance program, a program designed to improve K-12 school culture and climate, boost morale and increase graduation ranks. Parker is one of five educators to receive this national award and will be recognized at the Jostens Renaissance National Conference in July.

Fantastic French

Byron Nelson High School’s Merryl Kibibi and John-Stephanie Kouam received two national medal awards in the National French contest. Kibibi received a bronze medal level three (her second year to achieve national recognition) and Kouam received a bronze medal level five (her third consecutive year to achieve national recognition). French teacher Kyle Blonde was recognized as an AATF National Laureate Teacher based on the number of students ranking at high levels in the contest. This is the second year Blonde has achieved this national honor.

Up for debate

NISD’s Ashleigh Allison won first place in the state finals of the Rotary Club Four Way Test Speech. In addition, she received a $1,000 scholarship and will be a guest speaker for the Rotary this summer. This is the second year a Northwest High student has won first place.

Council gets awards

The Texas Association of Student Councils has recognized Northwest High School’s student council for these awards: Outstanding Student Council Award, DASH (Drugs, Alcohol, Safety and Health) Award, Energy and Environment Award, Pride and Patriotism Award, Community Service Award and Sweepstakes Award. The TASC outstanding school recognition program is designed to set a standard of excellence for Texas student councils. Northwest High is one of 20 percent of TASC member schools recognized in one or more areas.

—Mark Wright

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