For the second year in a row, Keller schools will host a group of teachers from Korea with the Fulbright American Studies program. The 18 educators, who teach American studies and the English language, will visit 12 campuses Feb. 5-17 and have the opportunity to teach KISD students about Korean culture.
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A draft calendar for the 2015-16 academic year is available on the KISD website, kellerisd.net. Trustees are scheduled to approve the calendar in February. The draft includes a start date of Aug. 24, extended breaks Nov. 23-27, Dec. 21-Jan. 1 and March 14-18, and a final day of June 3.
The schools with the top attendance percentages for the third six-week grading period are Keller High School, Hillwood Middle School, Bear Creek Intermediate School and Shady Grove Elementary School. The winning campuses will display “Attendance Champion” banners while students get free ice cream during lunch one day and staff members receive lunch courtesy of sponsor Sodexo, Keller school district’s food service provider. —Sandra Engelland
Culinary students win regionals
The Northwest school district’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Byron Nelson High School won the recent Texas ProStart Regional competition in Hurst in two categories: culinary arts and management. The state ProStart competition in March in Waco. The management team members are Andy Johnson, Emily Dunn, Mark Fellbinger and Jason Ready. The culinary team members are Audrey Priest, Tiffany Simmons, Kehaulani Smith, Zach Coutee and Kyle Chase. Instructors for both teams are chef Damion Brown, chef Joseph Maher, Leslie Self and Allison Bode.
Fitness at NISD
For the second consecutive year, the Northwest school district has been recognized as a Fit-Friendly Workplace by the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life program. This year, the district received a Gold Achievement. Northwest was recognized for making the health and wellness of its employees a priority. The association strives to encourage and support the implementation of comprehensive wellness initiatives in the workplace. A committee awards the designation to a limited number of applicants.—Mark Wright