KISD dyslexia specialists will host a screening of the film, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” and a panel discussion about the condition at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Central High School Fine Arts Center, 9450 Ray White Road. The film features uplifting accounts from dyslexics who have found great success. Parents and community members are invited to attend and learn more about dyslexia, which affects one in five students.
Fossil Hill Middle School science teacher Matt Sauls has been named a National Science Teacher Association Fellow. He will participate in webinars, be assigned a teaching mentor from a national pool of top educators and attend the NSTA annual conference in Chicago in March. The fellowship is designed for science teachers who have been teaching for two to five years.
Superintendent Randy Reid hosts his monthly Brown Bag Lunch on Oct. 16 at Indian Springs Middle School, 305 Bursey Rd. Parents and community members are invited to attend the informal Q&A sessions. Meetings begin at noon in the school library.
KISD students have a holiday Oct. 13 while educators have a day of professional development.
- Sandra Engelland
Early Dismissal, Day Off On Tap
Northwest students get to knock off early this Friday (Oct. 10). Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:15, Steele Accelerated High School at 1:05, Northwest and Byron Nelson high schools at 1:15 p.m. and middle schools at 2. Oct. 13 is a full day off for students. Class resumes Oct. 14.
Taking Care of Business
A pair of Byron Nelson High School seniors have earned recognition for their international business acumen. Lauren Perez is the recipient of the Future 50 International ANDY Award. Perez has been declared this year’s winner and will receive a $3,000 scholarship check. To be considered for the award, she had to submit solutions to a problem in her school, community, country or world as an example of an overall campaign. Jett Monroe has been selected from thousands of high school students across the nation to participate as a free agent entrepreneur in the Ashoka’s Catapult Business Program at Stanford and Harvard. Monroe will be working with teams alongside corporate and masters’ in business administration advisors to build and launch a business venture by April 2015.
Perez and Monroe are members of Byron Nelson High School’s Virtual Enterprises International business program. VEI students travel virtually out of the classroom and into a corporate environment, where they run their own virtual business firms and compete at the national and international level with students in 7,800 firms.
Northwest High School’s speech and debate team received multiple awards at the Grapevine Classic tournament. More than 104 teams competed from 14 states at one of the largest high school tournaments. Austin Hille won first place for overall outstanding performer. He also received second place in prose, second place in duet acting with Haley Page, fourth place in dramatic, and fifth place in duo with Ashleigh Allison. Alexa Dilone was a semi-finalist in poetry. Allison and Jonathan McNamee were semi-finalists in dramatic and the teams of Allison and McNamee and Diamond Jackson and Dilone were semi-finalists in due acting.