Keller Citizen

Keller ISD and Northwest ISD school briefs

Keller ISD

PTA Vendor Fair

The Keller Council of PTAs will host the Tenth Annual Vendor Fair from, 10 2 p.m., March 26 in the Texas Rooms of the Keller ISD Administration Building, 350 Keller Pkwy. The free event is open to the public and allows PTAs, booster clubs, athletics and other groups to visit with companies and see their products, services, fundraisers, spirit wear and educational programs. All proceeds raised from this event will go to funding student scholarships.

Hazardous route

KISD officials recently added a hazardous bus route for Hillwood Middle School students between Shiver and North Tarrant Parkway. Construction in the area has made it difficult for those walking to and from school. Durham Transportation now runs 18 hazardous routes in the district and a portion of the cost is covered by state funds. Officials use a rubric of hazards such as traffic speed, lack of sidewalks, lack of crossing guards and construction to determine special hazardous bus routes within two miles of campus.

Academic Decathlon

KHS’s Academic Decathlon team competed this month at the state meet in San Antonio, finishing 22nd out of 500 teams in Texas. Several KHS students finished in the top five in subjects in their division. In Honors Division, Max Liu took fourth place in Science, Grace Sheng placed fifth in Economics and Kendall Jeffery was fourth in Science. Brianna Hooper took third in Speech in the Scholastic Division. Other KHS state competitors were Taylor Driscoll, Amy Gee, Braylee Grisel, Brianna Hooper, Cody Shoop and Christian Turnley.

Deadline extended

The entry deadline for the Keller ISD Film Festival has been extended until March 23. Students can enter one of seven categories: story, comedy, music video, documentary, public service announcements, animation and Vine videos. The Oscar-style awards ceremony will be May 12 at the Alliance Cinemark XD Movie Theater.

Materials review

Texas school districts are in a review period for materials for K-12 social studies, K-12 fine arts and 9-12 mathematics. Members of the public can review options online or in person at the Region 11 Education Service Center. District representatives are reviewing samples and making decisions this month about materials. For questions email for social studies, for fine arts and for math.

Game for good

Chisholm Trail Intermediate School will host a students vs. staff basketball game at 6 p.m. March 19 in the gym at Fossil Hill Middle School. Tickets will cost $1 per person with proceeds going to Casey’s Kids, a charity benefiting KISD students in need.

—Sandra Engelland

Northwest ISD

Northwest’s new director

CyLynn Braswell was named Northwest’s new director of career and technical education. She has been the coordinator of the school district’s Outdoor Learning Center in Northlake and has been an educator in the district since 2010. She is pursuing a doctorate of education in educational leadership from the University of North Texas and has a master’s of science in information systems and agricultural education from Tarleton State University and a bachelor’s of science in agricultural services and development, also from Tarleton.

Contest winner

Madison Echols, a Chisholm Trail Middle School eighth-grader, won the state PTA Reflections contest for photography. Echols will compete in the national PTA Reflections contest. This is the first Chisholm Trail Middle School student to win the state-level contest.

Big Event

Northwest High’s Big Event, a day of community service in which students work to improve and beautify area communities, is set for 7:30 a.m., April 18. More than 900 students will meet at the high school then do work in the communities of Newark, Justin, Rhome, Haslet, New Fairview and Aurora.

Connection Luncheon

Connection Luncheon is rescheduled for 11:30 a.m., March 31 at the administration building. The event helps realtors and businesses learn more about NISD. Call 817- 215-0175 by March 24 to reserve a place.

—Mark Wright