Students miss out on many activities during snow days

Students may have enjoyed an unexpected four-day break because of this week's wintry weather, but the school shutdowns also meant that many student activities were canceled.

Besides having to schedule makeup days for the missed time, school districts are working to reschedule sporting events, musicals, debate tournaments and more.

Fourth-graders at Durham Elementary School in Southlake will have to wait a few weeks to showcase their entries in the campus cardboard boat regatta, which was scheduled for Friday at the Carroll school district's Aquatics Center.

Emily Evans, 9, had been looking forward to setting sail in her group's 5-foot boat. But her mother isn't complaining.

"I know it's probably a pain to reschedule, but in the end I think it's going to be a little bit better," Leslie Evans said. "She [Emily] was disappointed, but it's a fabulous snowy day."

Keller district officials are rescheduling dozens of events, including a midyear graduation ceremony for New Directions, the alternative education center.

"We don't know if the Rock Gym is available next week or if we will have to move it to a different venue," district spokesman Bryce Nieman said.

All Keller high school and middle school University Interscholastic League events for the weekend have been canceled. Numerous sporting events, a choir solo and ensemble contest, and an academic meet for elementary through middle school had been scheduled.

Fort Worth officials are updating the district's website to keep families abreast of date changes for sporting events, although some games rescheduled for this weekend are listed as tentative.

High school drama students have spent months learning songs, rehearsing scenes and crafting elaborate sets, only to have their performances postponed. School officials are trying to find ways for the missed performances to go on. Colleyville Heritage High School officials added a Sunday matinee of High School Musical after two performances were canceled this week.

Richland High School was supposed to stage The Wizard of Oz this week, but performances were called off when campuses were closed. Weather permitting, the show will open today, but students have not been able to rehearse all week, said Daniel Detrick, Birdville's fine arts director.

Some events were one-time opportunities that can't be rescheduled. At Arlington schools, Super Bowl-related activities were canceled.

Sometimes scheduling activities around bad weather falls to sponsoring organizations instead of faculty or school officials.

The Fort Worth chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers has postponed a regional Mathcounts competition at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth aeronautics plant that was scheduled for today.

Sponsors have rescheduled the event for next Saturday.

"We're thinking that since kids hadn't been in school for a week, and we didn't know whether parents would want to get out and drive them on Saturday, we would just wait a week," said Norman Robbins of Lockheed Martin.

Staff writers Eva-Marie Ayala, Sandra Engelland and Shirley Jinkins contributed to this report.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326