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April 2013 | Vol. 6, No. 9 Publisher: Bill Patterson The contents of this free publication are copyrighted by Denton Publishing Company, 2008, a subsidiary of A.H. Belo Corp. (, NYSE symbol: AHC) with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. Kid Life is published monthly by Denton Publishing Company, 314 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201. E-mail:

On the cover: Blanton Elementary Principal Karen Satterwhite and Cayce Rodriguez react to the unveiling of the Official Texas Historical Marker honoring Dr. Annie Webb Blanton during a ceremony held recently. Courtesy Denton ISD


TABLE OF CONTENTS Shooting video is a lot of fun. We like to shoot videos here at the newspaper about everything from breaking news to a feature about someone doing something special. We also like including video that other people create on our website. We’ve had videos submitted by residents, students from the universities, etc. And now, with more of your time at school devoted to videos, we hope you or your parents and teachers will share them with us to show everyone how good you are. We always make sure the videographer (person shooting the video) gets full credit for his or her work. After all, you could one day make movies for the whole world to see!

Denton ISD Update . . . . . . . . .4-5 Top of the List . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Library Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Teachers & Principal Profiles. . . . .11 Lunchbox Bites. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Kid Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


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Kellogg’s promotes local school’s effort with video By Britney Tabor Staff Writer

As schools across the country observed National School Breakfast Week recently, Denton’s Hodge Elementary School was in the national spotlight for its efforts to promote starting the day off with a healthy breakfast. In the days leading up to School Breakfast Week, food company Kellogg Co. released a nearly two-minute video on that offers viewers a glimpse into the breakfast program at Hodge and its impact on students and families. For every time the video is shared, Kellogg’s and Action for Healthy Kids intend to donate a breakfast — up to 1 million — to children across the country who might go without. According to Kellogg’s officials, 1 in 5 children go without breakfast daily. Hodge Principal Sam Kelley spoke at Kellogg’s “Share Your Breakfast” campaign rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and said she intended to share a message about the breakfast initiative at Hodge that she hopes educates, empowers and gives hope to others. Last school year, 160 children were eating breakfast daily in the Hodge cafeteria.

Now that number has grown to 350 students, school officials say. According to Denton school district officials, Hodge has been awarded more than $4,500 in grants from Kellogg’s and Action for Healthy Kids to increase student and staff participation in eating breakfasts. Students interviewed at Hodge last fall said starting the day with breakfast helps them concentrate in class and have energy for the day. One parent said it also led her children to make healthier choices. If it can be done at Hodge, Kelley said, “it can be done at every school. If families and kids can be successful here at Hodge, if that somehow sparks something somewhere, then I’m glad with the spotlight.” Kelley and school nurse Sam Teel were also slated to be recognized for efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle at Hodge, district officials said. Hodge Elementary started School Breakfast Week on Monday with a kickoff event featuring University of North Texas cheerleaders and athletes and a fun run at recess. That evening, the school had its second annual Healthy Family Night. About 30 parents and students attended the health fair,

which included representatives from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, the American Red Cross, CCD Counseling PA and others. A representative from Cook Children’s Health Care System led a presentation on bringing families back to the dinner table. Various tables at the fair also offered fresh fruit, water, smoothies, brochures and cookbooks. Activities were also provided for children in the school gymnasium. Kelley said that although the turnout wasn’t as large as the more than 250 attendees who participated last year, “if it changes one thing for one family, then it’s well worth it.” The idea of the program, she said, is to educate families and offer information to help their children have productive lives. “I think any time you empower people, whether it’s adults or children, I think that that has a positive impact, period,” she said. “The No. 1 purpose really is to continue building and strengthening the branch between home and school.” Stephanie McDonald, mother to two children who attend Hodge Elementary, said that for families trying to make health changes and improvements, the event was a great opportunity to learn. She also enjoyed that her kindergartner had an opportunity to learn CPR basics.

Stacy Madden is a physical education teacher at Nelson Elementary School. She said she heard about the event and thought it would be something she could enjoy with her children. Madden said the fair was the perfect size. “We got a ton of informational stuff,” she said. She said she enjoyed the portion-size plates distributed to children, which is “a perfect way” to start kids off being healthy, the smoothies and snacks, and the information CCD Counseling PA offered on its services and information Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton shared about booster chairs and child safety seats. “It was just all around awesome,” Madden said. Throughout the week, families and Denton school board members were invited to eat breakfast with students at Hodge for free. Kelley said the effort was funded with a portion of grant money the school received. Established in 1989, National School Breakfast Week is aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program, a federal program that provides assistance to states for the purpose of providing nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential child care institutions.


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Denton ISD Update

4 Blanton Elementary awarded historical marker

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Ask any elementary-age student what their favorite subject is and nine times out of 10 the answer you’re most likely to not hear is history. History, which focuses on what happened in the past, doesn’t seem to have that “it” vibe that science, social studies or math do. Add in that most of the time it isn’t testable by doing a project or experiment, and the cool factor goes down again. But the first weekend of March, and the weeks that followed, showed Blanton Elementary students just how cool history can be. The school was awarded an Official Texas Historical Marker by the Denton County Historical Commission on Friday, March 1. The marker honored Dr. Annie Webb Blanton for her work in public education and recognized her for being the first female elected to state office, when voters named her Texas’ Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1918. The ceremony, which featured performances by the school’s Squire Choir and speeches by local and school officials, left an impact on fifth grader Gracie Raymond. “It was really fun and we got to meet a lot of important people, but really I liked hearing about her,” Gracie said. “When I got home that night I wanted to learn more about her, so I got on the computer and started researching everything she did. I thought it was cool to see that she wrote text books that kids used in schools.” A desire to learn about Dr. Blanton and her impact on the community has spread throughout the school since the historical marker went up, said Principal Karen Satterwhite. Students have been eager to learn that Dr. Blanton was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, was a professor at what is now known as the University of North Texas and how she helped found the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, which honors female educators. Anything associated with Dr. Blanton has recently become a

Music teacher Victor Lozada leads the choir in singing the school song during the ceremony.

Photo courtesy of the Denton school district

popular conversation topic between students, teachers and parents at the school. “There’s definitely been a buzz in the hallways with everyone wanting to know more [about her],” Mrs. Satterwhite said. “We have a saying here that states that our noble knights will exhibit a quest for knowledge and I think the his-

torical marker, ceremony and everything that came with it has served as a catalyst to get our students on that quest for more knowledge.” Ben Kudrna, a fourth-grade student at Blanton, said he never really paid much attention to the name on the front of the school until he learned how big an achievement it

is to receive a historical marker. Now, he and his friends are proud to attend the school and even more honored to know things about her and her background. After the dedication ceremony, Ben also decided to do some research and learn more about Dr. Blanton. He was surprised to learn how involved she was in the com-

munity and how much she did to help schools in Texas. “Our district naming this school after her shows how people, who are dedicated to helping their community, can be remembered,” Ben said. “It also shows us, and all the kids that will come to school here, that we can always give back to the community too.”

STAR STUDENT JOHANNA ELIZABETH PINEDA When I finish school I plan to: work as a veterinarian around the world

Name: Johanna Elizabeth Pineda Nickname: Joy

The best book I ever read was: Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.

Community/school activities: Soccer and choir

The last movie I saw was: Life of Pi School/grade: 5th grade at Pecan Creek Elementary

The best movie I’ve ever seen is: Wreck It Ralph

Birthplace: Denton What’s in my CD player/iPod right now: Bruno Mars or Taylor Swift

Family: dad, Luis Pineda; mom, Patricia Pineda; sister, Leah Pineda and grandmother, Concepción Santos. My hobbies are: reading, listening to music, working on my homework and playing video games My favorite school subject is: Math

I wish I knew how to: play the guitar I’m so sick of: nothing really Two people I’d most like to meet are: Michelle Obama and Amelia Earhart (American aviation pioneer)

My worst habit is: being shy My favorite restaurant is: Olive Garden

Notas sobre su zona escolar La Primaria Blanton recibe marcador histórico Pregúntele a cualquier alumno cual es su asignatura favorita y 9 de las 10 veces la respuesta que recibirá posiblemente no sea la historia. Los temas de historias no son tan populares como la ciencia, los estudios sociales o las matemáticas. Añada que cualquier tema de historia por la mayoría no es comprobable al formalizar un proyecto o experimento y el factor “cool” vuelve a bajar. Durante la primera semana de marzo y las semanas siguientes, los alumnos de la Primaria Blanton se dieron cuenta de lo popular que puede ser los temas de historia. La Comision Historica del Condado de Denton otorgó un reconocimiento oficial histórico del estado de Texas a la Primaria Blanton el viernes, 1 de marzo. El reconocimiento se conoce en inglés como Official Texas Historical Marker. El reconocimiento se le otorgo a la Dra. Annie Webb Blanton por su trabajo en la educación pública. Este también se le otorgo por ser la primera mujer electa a una posición estatal cuando los votantes la nombraron la Directora de Instrucción Pública de Texas en 1918. La ceremonia, en la cual se presento el Coro Squire y donde varias representantes de la escuela y de la ciudad dieron discursos, impacto a Gracie Raymond, una alumna del quinto grado. “Fue muy divertido y llegue a conocer a personas importantes, pero lo que más me encanto fue escucharla a ella,” Gracie dijo. “Cuando llegue a mi casa esa noche, quería aprender más sobre ella, entonces prendí mi computadora y comenzar hacer investigaciones sobre su trabajo. Fue padre enterarme que ella escribió libros que los niños usan en las escuelas.” Desde que se le otorgó el marcador histórico, el deseo de aprender más sobre la Dra. Blanton y su impacto en la comunidad, se ha extendido por toda la escuela, dijo la directora Karen Satterwhite.

Victor Lozado, maestro de música, dirige el coro de la escuela durante una ceremonia.

Photo courtesy of the Denton school district

Los estudiantes han estado ansiosos de saber que la Dra. Blanton, se recibió de la Universidad de Texas en Austin. Ella fue profesora en lo que hoy se conoce como la Universidad del Norte de Texas y ella ayudó a fundar el capitulo que honora a mujeres educadoras, el Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Todo lo relacionado con la Dra. Blanton se ha convertido recientemente en un tema de conversación popular entre los alumnos, maes-

tros y padres de familia de la escuela. “Sin duda en los pasillos todo el mundo quiere saber más [de ella]”, dijo la señora Satterwhite. “Tenemos un dicho aquí que dice que nuestros nobles caballeros exhiben una búsqueda de conocimiento y creo que el marcador histórico, la ceremonia y todo lo que viene con esto ha servido como catalizador para conseguir que nuestros alumnos continúen en búsqueda de más conocimien-

tos.” Ben Kudrna, un alumno de cuarto grado de Blanton, dijo que en realidad nunca prestó mucha atención al nombre en el frente de la escuela, hasta que se enteró de lo importante que era recibir un marcador histórico. Ahora, él y sus amigos están orgullosos de asistir a la escuela y aún más se siente honrados de saber cosas acerca de la Dra. Blanton y su origen. Después de la ceremonia inaugural, Ben también decidió hacer

una investigación y aprender más sobre la Dra. Blanton. Él se sorprendió al saber cuán involucrada ella estaba en la comunidad y lo mucho que hizo para ayudar a las escuelas del estado. “Que el distrito le haya otorgado a la escuela su nombre, indica como las personas que se dedican a ayudar a su comunidad, pueden ser recordadas”, dijo Ben. “También nos muestra a todos los niños, que siempre podemos continuar una labor social.”

ESTUDIANTE ESTRELLA JOHANNA ELIZABETH PINEDA Nombre: Johanna Elizabeth Pineda Sobrenombre/Apodo: Joy Actividades de la escuela y de la comunidad: el fútbol y el coro. Plantel y grado: Primaria Pecan Creek, 5° grado Lugar de nacimiento: Denton, Texas Mi familia incluye: papá, Luis Pineda; mamá, Patricia Pineda; hermana, Leah Pineda y abuela, Concepción Santos. Mis pasatiempos son: la lectura, escuchar música, mis tareas y los juegos de video. Mi asignatura o mi material favorita es: la matemática. Dos personas que me encantaría conocer: Michelle Obama y Amelia Earhart (una pionera americana de la aviación)

Cuando termine la escuela deseo: trabajar como veterinaria alrededor del mundo. El mejor libro que he leído: Out Of My

Mind por Sharon M. Draper. La última película que vi: La vida de Pi. La mejor película que he visto: ¡Rompe Ralph! La música que toca mi reproductor: Bruno Mars o Taylor Swift. Ojala supiera como: tocar la guitarra. Estoy cansado de: nada en especial. Mi peor hábito es: ser tímida cuando estoy con otras personas. Mi restaurante favorito es: Olive Garden. Mi héroe es: mi mamá. Mi recuerdo de mi mejor verano: cuando viaje a Cozumel, México en el 2012. Si tuviera $100, yo: gastaría $50 en juegos y en libros y guardaría los otros $50. Mi objetivo para este año es: pasar mi examen STAAR.


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NERDS : National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley, 2009 306 pages, ages 8-11 While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world. The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger, 2012 190 pages, ages 9-14 McQuarrie Middle School’s students miss Origami Yoda when Dwight leaves for Tippett Academy, but he sends Sara a paper Fortune Wookiee that seems to give advice just as good as Yoda’s—even if, in the hands of girls, it seems preoccupied with romance. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald, 2005 102 pages, ages 7-10 The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents’ Day at school. Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink and it’s always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Stink feels like even the class newt is growing faster than he is. Then, one day, the ruler reads-can it be?-three feet, seven and three quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking? The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter, 2011 Unpaged, ages 4-8 Acclaimed picture book biographer Jeanette Winter has found her perfect subject: Jane Goodall, the great observer of chimpanzees. Follow Jane from her childhood in London watching a robin on her windowsill, to her years in the African forests of Gombe, Tanzania, invited by brilliant scientist Louis Leakey to observe chimps, to her worldwide crusade to save these primates who are now in danger of extinction, and their habitat.

{MOVIES} Hotel Transylvania (2013) The Hotel Transylvania, run by Dracula, is a unique, high-end resort catering only to the finest monsters and their families. Dracula is preparing for an extra special weekend - his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday - when trouble arises: a human has stumbled upon the resort for the first time ever! Even worse: the human has taken a liking to Mavis! Rated PG Tangled (2011) When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower—70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo set off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense. Rated PG Arthur Christmas (2012) On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Rated PG Born to be Wild (2011) A short, nature documentary that examines the lives of orphaned orangutans and elephants because of poaching and habitat encroachment and follows the efforts of individuals who work to rescue, rehabilitate, and return these animals to the wild. Rated G The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. Rated G - Stacey Irish-Keffer is the Youth Services Librarian at the Emily Fowler Central Library

Library Events

April events offered at Denton libraries 7 Twilight Toddler Time Stories, songs, and activities in the evening for toddlers and their caregivers. Tuesday 04/09 Emily Fowler Library 6:30 pm LEGO Builders Club Drop in and get creative by building with the library’s LEGOs. Meets every third Friday of the month. Ages 6 and up. Friday 04/19 Emily Fowler Library 4 pm Preschool Play and Read Help your child’s early literacy skills while having fun as a family! This come-and-go program offers children ageappropriate games, activities and crafts that assist in developing pre-reading skills. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Wed. 04/17 South Branch Library 9:30-10:30 Laughs and Crafts Need to unwind after a hard day at school? Then join us as we read funny picture books and make fun crafts! Best for grades K-3. Mon. 04/15 North Branch Library 4pm Read-Along StoryTime for Beginning Readers Join us for our new StoryTime for children who are just learning to read. At each program, a librarian will read an easy reader book while each child follows along with a copy of the book in-hand or on a projector screen. Each session will also include literacy-based games, a craft, and/or a simple writing activity. This program is best for children in Pre-K2nd grade and there is no requirement for reading ability. 04/17 I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Dr. Seuss Wed. North Branch Library 6:30pm

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Teen Advisory Board Help plan & run library programs. Discuss books, movies and music. Write reviews, make book trailers, work on service related projects, earn community service hours for school and more! For teens grades 6 – 12. For more information call Juli Gonzalez at 940-349-8741. Tue. 04/09 North Branch Library 6:30 - 8 pm Babysitter’s Workshop Learn great babysitting strategies, emergency procedures & more at this workshop presented by the City of Denton Fire Department. For teens 12 to 18. Space is limited, call 3498752 to register. Sat. 04/27 North Branch Library 2-5 pm TRASHion Show – Celebrate Earth Day in Style Designers of all ages have been preparing garments made of recycled trash and used materials and will show them off in the library’s 2nd Annual Trashion Show to be held at keep Denton Beautiful’s 20th Annual Denton Redbud Festival. Everyone is invited to attend this earth friendly celebration to see what creative garments have been created and to cheer for the participants and models! If you are interested in helping out with the show, call 940-349-8741. Sat. 04/20/13 Civic Center 12 pm

Right and below - Participants get ready to walk the runway at last year’s TRASHion Show.

Music and Movement StoryTime Get ready to move to music! We will sing, dance, play instruments and enjoy great musical books. For ages 1-5 and their families. Sat. 04/20 North Branch Library 10am Chicken Storytime and Egg Hunt Get ready for Spring with a storytime filled with chickens and eggs. After StoryTime, we will go on an egg hunt around the library. For ages 1-5 and their families. Sat. 04/06 South Branch Library 10 am Plant a Seed StoryTime Get ready for Earth Day and Arbor Day with plant and tree-themed stories, songs and rhymes. Plus, plant your own seed to take home after the StoryTime. For ages 1-5 and their families. Tues. 04/16 North Branch Library 7pm Art and Me: Eric Carle Read A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle and stay to create artwork inspired by the book. Pre-Kindergarten, ages 2-5. Wed. 04/24 South Branch Library 10 am Photos by Al Key/DRC

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Artistic Endeavors

Students in Lindsey Garrison’s art class at Sam Houston Elementary wrapped up their work with oil and pastels during the semester, but not before creating some great winterinspired artwork. Second graders (clockwise from top left) Nicole Cygan and Jake Meyering focused on candles and the shadows they make inside a dark room, while fifth graders Sophia Kim and Hannah Bond showcased their interpretations of a snowy landscape.

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Last quar ter

Royal Air Force formed (1918)





Pocahontas marries John Rolfe (1614)

Pony Express mail delivery system launched in U.S. (1860)

7 Singer Billie Holiday born (1915)





Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run (1974)





New moon

Mount Tambora erupts (1815)

Yury Alekseyevich Gagarin becomes first human in outer space (1961)

Playwright Samuel Beckett born (1906)




First quar ter

End of the Fifth Six Weeks

Pakistan adopts its third constitution (1973)



Bill Clinton establishes Giant Sequoia National Monument (2000)

Writer Sir Kingsley Amis born (1922)





Beginning of the Sixth Six Weeks

Lawyer/debater Clarence Darrow born (1857)

Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier (1956)




Full moon

United Republic of Tanzania founded (1964)

Inventor of Morse Code Samuel F.B. Morse born (1791)

Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born (1874)




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Denton Independent School District middle school choirs recently competed at the 2013 University Interscholastic League middle school choir concert and sight reading contest at Denton High School. Crownover Middle School’s varsity treble choir, non-varsity tenor-bass choir and non-varsity treble choir each earned a sweepstakes award. Harpool Middle School’s mixed varsity choir, varsity treble choir, varsity tenor-bass choir, non-varsity tenor-bass choir, non-varsity treble choir and sub non-varsity treble choir each earned a sweepstakes award. McMath Middle School’s nonvarsity treble choir earned a superior rating in sight reading. Navo Middle School’s varsity treble choir earned a sweepstakes award. Strickland Middle School’s varsity treble choir and non-varsity treble choir each earned a sweepstakes award.


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Head of the Class Anna Hendrix is 2012 Jostens Hawk Teacher of the Year Anna Hendrix is in her 20th year of teaching in Denton ISD and has been a fixture in the classroom for 25 years. Mrs. Hendrix began her career in 1978 as a music teacher for the Lincoln Public School system in Lincoln, Nebraska. After a six-year stint teaching music, she eventually landed in Denton as a thirdgrade teacher at Ginnings Elementary. Mrs. Hendrix taught fourth grade her last nine years at the school before coming to Hawk Elementary in that same role when the school opened in 2005. She is the campus representative for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, has served as a co-operative teacher with students teachers and was the fourthgrade team leader until 2007. Mrs. Hendrix is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in music education.

Name: Sara Reeves

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My School: Ginnings Elementary My School’s mascot: Jaguar Where you were born: Dallas, Texas My favorite food is: anything Mexican My favorite color is: Blue My favorite subject in school was: Math

Her teaching philosophy: “Children need to be exposed to music, art, literature and the everyday experiences found in nature as soon as possible. The sooner a child gains an understanding of the world around them, and the many diverse people within it, the better their future will be.”

My favorite teacher was: My fourth grade teacher named Mrs. Chapman. In fact, we recently reconnected and I was able to tell her how much she means to me! My most memorable moment as a child was: A memorable moment for me as a child was when I wrote a poem as a second-grader and it was chosen to be published in a book. I was able to go to a special ceremony to be presented with the book. It was pretty neat! Do you have any pets? I have a cat named Ollie.

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Laura Washington is Jostens Newton Rayzor Teacher of the Year


The best movie I’ve ever seen is: Les Miserables My favorite thing about my school is: My favorite thing about Ginnings is how we are a community. We always help each other be the best we can be.

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Laura Washington has been a teacher for eight years, all of them in Denton ISD. Ms. Washington began her career in 2004 as a long-term substitute for first grade in Keller ISD. She earned a spot as a thirdgrade teacher at Newton Rayzor Elementary in the fall of that school year and remains heavily involved on campus. Ms. Washington served as the third-grade chair for five years and helped orchestrate International Baccalaureate training during that time. In addition, she is the former coordinator of the Student Ambassador program and continues to work with students as a Saturday School tutor for nonEnglish speaking students and as the coach of the student dance team. Ms. Washington is also a mentor in the district’s Ready, Set, Teach program and is a member of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where


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Paloma Creek produces mini movies 15 Two subjects that always seem to get children’s attention instantly are dinosaurs and technology. The allure of seeing what the latest gizmo from Apple can do or how powerful the jaws of a Tyrannosaurus Rex were when those powerful animals roamed the Earth captures a child’s imagination better than most. With that in mind, Paloma Creek Elementary’s second grade team and librarian Melissa O’Rear figured out a way to combine the two popular interests and teach their students a valuable lesson in the process – how to develop proper researching techniques. Second-grade students at Paloma Creek have been conducting research on specific dinosaurs during their weekly library visits since the second six weeks of school. The students were broken up into small groups, with each group assigned a dinosaur from a selection of their own favorites to collect information such as size, habitat, eating preference, etc. for a project to be shared with the rest of the school. But instead of doing the typical book report or project display board, Mrs. O’Rear had the students produce mini movies on campus-issued iPads showcasing facts, figures and images of their dinosaurs. In addition, the students used various computer programs to create a timeline featur-

ing all of their dinosaurs as well the basis for models that they plan on displaying at a student-created dinosaur “museum” in the library later this spring. Taj Nash, a student in Karen Flusche’s class, said he learned new things about his dinosaur by reading a variety of books, while Brooke Bwisa said she didn’t know how much went into making a short movie until her group had to put it together. “We used all of our notes, drew pictures and wrote facts on the back of our pictures just to get ready for our iMovie project,” said Brooke. The project may sound difficult or complex to put together, but Mrs. O’Rear said it wasn’t. She worked with all of the students’ teachers to modify the Guided Inquiry Design process that is part of their normal curriculum and picked subjects that children would enjoy learning about and applied what they learned to today’s popular technology. The end result is an assignment that despite time constraints – students average only 25 minutes work on the dinosaur project per week – has taught every student new library skills, helped develop better research methods, built camaraderie through teamwork and brought out unexpected creativity through the use of technolo-

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Paloma Creek Elementary second graders (left to right) Miguel Flores, Andrew Larson, Emaurie Kamuroko and Ianisha Joseph join librarian Melissa O’Rear in editing part of their dinosaur movie on an iPad. Mrs. O’Rear and the second grade teachers plan on hosting a dinosaur museum in the school library featuring the students’ multimedia projects later this spring. gy. “We’re tying technology into what they’re doing in a way that they enjoy so they maintain an interest,” Mrs. O’Rear said. “We’ve seen that students immersed in a topic that they picked are more inclined to ask questions on their own and come up with better research.”

The days of librarians pulling hordes of books or sorting through magazines for relevant information students can use are long gone, joked Mrs. O’Rear. Now she’s more concerned with making sure she finds enough digital content (3-D renderings, photos, videos, interactive graphics, etc.) to supplement the books and magazines students

find on their own. Christy Marunza, another student in Ms. Flushe’s class said that’s what makes working on the project fun. “I liked watching the videos the most,” she said. “They helped me learn about the stegosaurus so I could write down more interesting facts.”

Sprains, strains and other pains As the warm weather approaches and the Spring season gets in full swing, you’ll find many reasons to head outside and play. And lots of outside play time can often cause minor bumps and bruises that usually follow games of soccer and baseball or falls from playground equipment or riding your bike around the neighborhood. While most of the accidents and injuries are minor, I hope this article will help you to understand how to limit the injuries that sometimes follow and decrease the time you miss playing

because you are hurt. The most common sports injury is a contusion, which is a big word for bruise. A bruise is caused by bleeding under your skin in the muscle. A bruise hurts and it often takes several days for the black and blue mark to change colors and finally disappear. Another common injury is a strain or sprain. The muscles, tendons and ligaments in your body are designed to hold your bones and joints in place. If one of these muscles, tendons or ligaments overworks or is over stretched or strained - it becomes swollen and

painful. Signs of a strain or sprain are: swelling, pain, decreased ability to move the joint or pain with movement. The best treatment for most minor sports injuries is RICE. R is for rest- if you are injured you should let the injured part rest. I is for Ice. Apply an ice pack to the injured area for 20 minutes and then take it off for 20 minutes. Never place the ice directly against your skin. Use a towel. C is for compression. Sometimes you will need to wrap the injured area with

an ACE bandage or tape to give the strained muscle a little help to keep itself in place. E is for elevation Put the injured part on a pillow. Elevating the injury helps the swelling and pain to go away and the pain too. You should always tell your coach, parent or an adult if you are injured. And remembering and practicing RICE will help you get back outside playing and having fun before you know it. - Jonita Widmer, Director of Health Services for Denton ISD




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April Kid Life 2013  

Monthly education magazine for the Denton Record-Chronicle

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