Beginning this week, Keller district offices and campuses will be closed on Fridays through Aug. 8. Campuses will be open Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for June 23 to July 11 when elementary, intermediate and middle schools will be closed. Administrative offices will also be closed June 30 through July 4. The first day of the 2014-15 school year will be Aug. 25.
The Keller ISD AVID programs raised more than $11,000 for Families for Effective Autism Treatment-North Texas (FEAT-NT) by hosting the first “Every Step for Autism” 5K fun run and walk May 17 at Fossil Ridge High School. FEAT-NT provides monthly support groups, workshops and family events for children and adults with autism and their families.
The Indian Springs Middle School’s yearbook was inducted into the 2014 Walsworth Yearbook’s Gallery of Excellence, showcasing the best yearbooks published by Walsworth. About 3 percent of the company’s yearbooks are selected for the gallery, used at conventions and workshops to demonstrate innovative design, copy and photography.
— Sandra Engelland
Byron Nelson High School, a Northwest school district campus in Trophy Club, has won its second 4A state debate championship in three years. In addition to the team title, Nelson junior Nicholas James picked up two individual state championships – Lincoln-Douglas debate and informative speaking.
O.A. Peterson Elementary School in north Fort Worth has been announced as a recipient of a Promising Practices Award from the Character Education Partnership. Peterson, a Northwest school district campus, is one of three schools in Texas and one of 203 public schools in the nation to receive this award. The campus received the award for an effective strategy used to develop good character in young people. Representatives from Peterson will be recognized in Washington D.C. this fall.
Harlem Globetrotter Sweet J Ekworomadu recently visited five elementary schools in the Northwest school district as part of the Harlem Globetrotter’s community outreach program called The ABCs of Bullying Prevention. The program focuses on action, bravery and compassion. Students had the chance to join in on a few of the famous Globetrotter basketball tricks.
Northwest Trustees at their May 27 meeting recognized 14 educators for completing a leadership program called I3. It’s a year-long series designed for Northwest school district staff who desire to be technology leaders. The cohort met monthly and covered such topics as planning for technology integration and technology application standards.
— Mark Wright