Keller Citizen

School briefs

Keller ISD

Middle school honor band

Out of 229 students selected for the Region 2 Middle School Honor Band, 138 are from KISD schools. More than 1,200 students from 26 schools competed. The combined group will perform at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Eagle Mountain Saginaw’s Chisholm Trail High School. Admission is free.

Cans for a cause

The Keller Middle School Student Council recently sponsored a drive that collected 1,400 cans of food for the Keller Community Storehouse. Students far surpassed their goal of getting 1,000 cans. Seventh and eighth grade home rooms competed to see who could collect the most items. Seventh graders in Jennifer Gilpin’s class and eighth graders in Kris Heffner’s class won the challenge.

Photo contest winner

Hidden Lakes Elementary third grader Nicholas Gunter was one of the top entries in last month’s “Your Best Shot” online photo contest for the National Wildlife Federation. Nicky’s shot of an iguana on the trunk of a tree was one of three entries with the most votes.

Northwest ISD

Stately Singer

Gini Choi has made quite a statement. The freshman from Byron Nelson High School in the Northwest school district has made the Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra. Choi was one of only 347 students chosen to make a CD to be judged at state level. Choi, who finished the second and third rounds of the competition ranked seventh place overall, is the first Northwest school district student to make All-State in orchestra. The All-State concert is set for February in San Antonio.

Education Dedication

The official dedication for the new Wayne A. Cox Elementary School took place Nov. 7 with student performances, a message from Cox’s family a gift presentation and the dedication of the campus. The school, which opened in August with 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, is located in the fast-growing Fairway Ranch neighborhood in Roanoke. It’s the 17th elementary in the Northwest school district and is projected to be among the fastest growing schools in the next few years.

Chisholm Trail Student Wins Scholarship

Ty Schneider is only in the sixth grade but he just picked up some cash for college. The Chisholm Trail Middle School student has been named a recipient of the United States Achievement Academy scholarship award and will receive a check for $100. Schneider was nominated by teacher Linda Braddock for his academic potential, personal motivation and enthusiasm for education and leadership qualities.

Turkey Days Off

Northwest school district students and employees are getting a week off for Thanksgiving. The district is closed Nov. 25-29. Classes resume Dec. 2.

Virtual Tree to Help Children

Northwest ISD Partners in Education seeks to help more than 600 children this holiday season through its Virtual Angel Tree program. Those interested in adopting an angel can contact Phil Beckman at or (817) 215-0172 or visit to make an online selection. Items must be delivered to the Northwest Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive, by Dec. 6.