Keller Citizen

School briefs

Keller ISD

Bus registration

Registration for bus service for the 2014-15 school year runs through Aug. 8. All regular education students who live more than two miles from campus are eligible for free busing. Limited routes closer to some schools are available for $75 per semester. To register, go to

Vaccination clinic

Passport Health and North Texas Flu Shots will conduct a children’s vaccination clinic from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at Fossil Hill Middle School and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 6 at Indian Springs Middle School. Available vaccines include TDap, DTap, Chicken Pox, Polio, Mengingococcal, Hepatitis A and B and MMR. Some insurance plans will be accepted. Children under 18 without a qualified insurance plan can pay $10 per vaccine (cash or check).

Varsity football tickets

Season ticket renewals for 2014 Keller ISD varsity football games will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4-7 and Aug. 11-14 in the Athletic office at the KISD education Center, 350 Keller Pkwy., and applies to those renewing the same seats as last year. Public sale of season tickets begins Aug. 19 at 7 a.m. in the Teacher Training Center at the Education Center. A maximum of four tickets may be purchased per address.

Fish Camp

Incoming freshmen at Central High School can attend one of two sessions in the school’s annual Fish Camp Aug. 8 and Aug. 12. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and includes schedule distribution and information on daily class routine, homework policy and dress code. For a $10 registration fee, lunch and a class t-shirt will be provided. For more information, call 817-744-2000 or email

Residency verification

Parents and guardians are required to annually verify residence in the Keller school district. All campuses will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6. The Early Learning Center will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4. Proof of residency can include a current utility bill and a driver’s license. For more information, visit and look for the “Enrollment/Residency” link on the home page.

Summer hours

Keller district offices and campuses continue to be closed on Fridays through Aug. 8. Campuses will be open Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first day of the 2014-15 school year will be Aug. 25.

—Sandra Engelland

Northwest ISD

Start of school made easy

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.

Volunteer sign up goes online

The Northwest school district’s new Volunteers in Public Schools system is now accessible on the district’s web site. The system has been available since mid-July. The volunteer system, called VIPS, is designed to be an easy way for volunteers to prepare to help out at the district’s campuses. Volunteers can complete their background check forms and submit complete volunteer profiles. They can also update their contact information and other information. For more information, call Phil Beckman, Northwest Partners in Education specialist at 817-215-0172.

New student registration

Returning student online registration is now available for current Northwest school district students beginning. Registration began in mid-July. Parents of students currently enrolled in the district must have a Home Access Center account to complete the online enrollment. Access to the HAC requires an internet connection and a confidential username and password issued to the parent by the school. An Enrollment Online help desk is available at the district’s Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. week days. For more information, call 817-698-1099.

Back to School Fair next week

The countdown to fall has begun. To get ready for that first day back, the Northwest school district is partnering with Communities in Schools of North Texas to host the second annual Back to School Fair on Aug. 9. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Northwest High School, 2301 Texan Drive. This year’s fair will provide school supplies and assistance to families who need extra support based on their financial need (verified by their registration for free or reduced lunch). To make a tax-deductible donation, an in-kind contribution or to sponsor a family, visit

Great communication

The Northwest school district communications department has won six national awards in the National School Public Relations Association annual publications and electronic media competition. The department received an Award of Merit for three different types of media: The following awards were received: The Source staff newsletter, Northwest News enewsletter and its Mobile App video. The department received honorable mention for its 2014 annual report, its 2014 Partners in Education national report and NET Beats anti-bullying campaign.

—Mark Wright