School briefs

08/19/2014 11:50 AM

08/19/2014 11:51 AM

Keller ISD

Tech donation

Sarah Ford, a fourth grade teacher at North Riverside Elementary School, recently received two Apple iPad Minis for her classroom through the website The Horace Mann Companies granted the request. The iPad Minis will be used for reading and writing activities, along with taking virtual field trips and visiting with students from all over the country via FaceTime. The small tablets allow lessons to be individualized to better meet student needs, Ford said.

BCI Principal a regional officer

Bear Creek Intermediate Principal Stacie Meadows has been named the Region 11 president-elect for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Meadows came to Keller in June to lead Bear Creek Intermediate. She previously served as an instructional leader and principal in the Paradise school district. TEPSA assists school leaders with training, resources and education on important issues.

Back to school

Keller students will be back in school on Monday, Aug. 25. Students and staff have their first holiday a week later, Sept. 1, for Labor Day. Families should check the district website: for information on bell schedules, immunizations, dress code, school supplies and more. Like Keller ISD on Facebook or follow @KellerISD on Twitter to get up-to-date information throughout the year.

—Sandra Engelland

Northwest ISD

Guide to going back

Visit for loads of information related to back to school. The 2014-15 school year begins Aug. 26. The special site includes school start times, attendance boundaries, registration and volunteer sign-up information, and more.

Fresh perspective

The Northwest school district is adding a fresh feature to liven up lunch time. The district’s elementary schools will now have a Fruit and Veggie Bar that will offer one fresh fruit and one fresh vegetable. Students may take one free serving of each featured item. The district’s food service web page – a link off the main site – will post monthly Fruit and Veggie Bar menu items.

Feeling stuffed

Northwest’s Partners in Education and volunteers boarded a big yellow school bus Aug. 4 and stopped by 24 business locations across the school district for its Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive. The school supply donations will be distributed to Northwest students in need of extra assistance to make the start of the new school year successful. This year’s Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive is expected to provide supplies to more than 900 students.

Taking the lead

About 750 educators attended Northwest’s recent TechnoPalooza event at Byron Nelson High School. This two-day Bring Your Own Device conference offered sessions for administrators and teachers on mobile applications, digital student discussions, QR codes and more.

Back to School Fair

The Northwest school district’s Back to School Fair earlier this month provided supplies and free services (physicals, haircuts and health screenings) to about 750 students. The event featured 55 volunteers, 30 vendors and a total of 1,445 backpacks and school-supply sets for students pre-kindergarten through 12thgrade. The event was presented by the Northwest ISD Partners in Education program.

Star student

Anais Arceneaux Donald, a senior at Northwest High School, recently completed a five-week Rising Star program at the acclaimed Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. She earned 10 hours of college credit through the program and is now eligible for early admission into the college. Donald, a fourth-year student in the Northwest school district’s Academy of Media Arts and Technology, will graduate from Northwest High in 2015 and plans to earn a degree in film.

Movax clinics offered

The Northwest school district is hosting Movax immunization clinics during the month of August. The cost per child is $20 for one vaccine, $25 for two and $30 for three or more. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must have current shot records. Visit the district’s web site for a list of dates and times.

Labor Day off

Northwest school district facilities will be closed Sept.1 for Labor Day.

—Mark Wright

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