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This month, take the U.S. Healthy Kids Challenge like students at Hodge Elementary - like spending more time playing outside and doing activities to get your heart pumping as well as making healthier eating choices with less salt and sugar. Being healthy makes you feel better. On Page 10, between class snacks are suggested to be fruit like an orange or banana. We also have lots of reading suggestions on Page 11 as well as some fun library experiences below. On Page 9, check out the artwork from E.P. Rayzor Elementary students. We’re always looking for art, so think of us when you take time to draw and sketch. We also enjoy lots of photos - so please take a few snapshots of you and your friends at play or find interesting items to take photos of at school and at home.


TABLE OF CONTENTS Kid Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Denton ISD Update . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Artistic Endeavors . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Principal profile . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Lunchbox Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Top of the List . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Teacher profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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October library events offered to local children October 2011 | Vol. 5, No. 2 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:

Fire Fighter Afternoon Adventure Club Join us for a special Afternoon Adventure Club, as we read about Fire Fighters and learn about fire safety from our local Fire Fighters. Best for ages 6-8. 10/06/11 South Branch Library 3:30 pm 10/11/11 North Branch Library

4:30 pm 10/13/11 Emily Fowler Central Library 4:00 pm Day of the Jack O’ Lanterns We’ll read jack o’ lantern books and do fun jack o’ lantern crafts and activities. You can even decorate your own mini-pumpkin! For grades K-3. Pre-registration is

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Denton ISD Update Hodge Healthy Family Challenge motivates students Choosing between carrot sticks and a cookie to accompany a turkey sandwich at lunch is an easy decision right? Not exactly. Regardless of whether you’re six or 36, the temptation to pick the cookie more often than not is a constant struggle. Yet given the opportunity, the majority of elementary school children will always go with the sugary treat over the nutritious snack. It’s a dilemma schools across the country are battling every day and one that Hodge Elementary plans to tackle head-on this school year. Using its Hodge Healthy Family Challenge as a way to motivate students, parents and staff, Hodge aims to change the way its entire school family views food and fitness. “This isn’t just about losing weight – it’s about eating better, making healthier choices and changing your lifestyle for the better,” said Sam Teel, the school’s nurse and head of the healthy challenge committee. Hodge staff came up with the healthy challenge idea after a teacher brought up health concerns about a handful of overweight and malnourished children. The goal of the program is to use the school day as a consistent reminder that being healthy is as much of a choice as which library book you choose or what you draw in art class. To make sure the program succeeds, Hodge’s challenge committee has received support from the district’s child nutrition department, secured a $3,000 grant from the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and Dairy Max and has been reaching out to gain parent participation since the first day of school. “It helps to get our parents involved because if they become more active, their kids will become more active,” said Kim Crane, Hodge’s physical education teacher. Ms. Crane has done her part, ordering recess equipment that will require more aerobic activity from students with a portion of the grant money. She has also started

Sarah Shelton, a kindergarten teacher at Hodge Elementary, listens to her students talk about their lunch in the cafeteria. Teachers at Hodge spent the first six weeks eating lunch with their students to reinforce healthy eating habits as part of the Hodge Healthy Family Challenge.

Photos courtesy of the Denton school district doing exercise routines with students who arrive early at school and encouraging those in on-campus, after-school programs to spend more time on the playground or in the gym. In the cafeteria, Hodge adopted more stringent guidelines used by the U.S. Healthy Kids Challenge in order to make all the choices healthier options for the students. The breakfast and lunch options

now include lower sodium and sugar levels, greater uses of whole wheat and grains and more fresh fruit and vegetables. “We were already close to meeting those standards as a district, so we just took it a few steps further,” said Carrie Black, the cafeteria manager. Teachers are also going through the cafeteria line with their students, encouraging them to make

healthy choices, and eating lunch with them every day. Students have listened outside of the cafeteria too, planting vegetables and herbs that will be used to make salsa and other organic foods later in the school year. The education continues in the classroom, with 15 to 20 minutes set aside each week to talk about health and nutrition. Add in the school’s goal of completing

100,000 hours of physical activity before the end of the school year and its evident that Hodge has complete buy-in on completing its healthy challenge and setting an example for other schools. “We’d love to pull this thing off and have other schools copy us,” Ms. Crane said, “but the bottom line is we want our kids to be healthy so we’re going to do whatever we can to help them.”

STAR STUDENT J.B. LILLEY Name: Jeff Bryan Lilley Nickname: JB Community/school activities: Robotics, Art club School/grade: 2nd grade Birthdate/place: May 27, 2004 Family: Mom, sister (4) and Dad My hobbies are: Reading, Writing, Researching topics that I am interested in My favorite school subject is: I like all of my subjects. Two people I’d most like to meet are: President Obama and Zahi Hawass (Egyptologist) What’s in my CD player/iPod right now: Magic Tree House audio book cd When I finish school I plan to: be a scientist or the President of the United States The best book I ever read was: Books on

ancient Egypt and Space The last movie I saw: Amazing Grace The best movie I’ve ever seen is: Educational movies! I wish I knew how to: ride my bike and keep my balance I’m so sick of: video games and Hollywood fantasy movies My worst habit is: I am not sure My favorite restaurant is: P.F. Chang’s My hero is: Any President of the United States of America The best summer I ever had was: when I went to Washington D.C. If I had $100 I would: Put it in the bank and save it for when I need it. My goal for this year is to: Learn how to ride my bike without falling down.

Notas sobre su zona escolar El programa Hodge Healthy Family Challenge motiva a los alumnos Tomar la decisión de acompañar un sándwich de pavo con unos trozos de zanahorias o con una galleta es fácil, ¿no? Bueno no totalmente. No importa que tengas seis o 36 años, la tentación de escoger la galleta de vez en cuando es una lucha constante. En cada oportunidad la mayoría de niños de escuela de enseñanza primaria siempre escogen opciones con azúcar en vez de un bocado más nutritivo. Este problema es uno que atraviesan todas las escuelas en nuestro país, y uno que los oficiales de la Primaria Hodge trataran de afrontaran durante este año escolar. La escuela ha adoptado el programa, “Hodge Healthy Family Challenge,” para motivar a los alumnos y sus padres a que tomen riendas en el asunto de su salud. El objetivos principal será cambiar la manera que la familia entera de la Primaria Hodge se identifica con los alimentos y su salud. “Esto no se trata solo de bajar de peso – se trata de comer mejor, tomar elecciones saludables y ayudar a influenciar el estilo de vida, para que este sea mejor,” dijo Sam Teel, la enfermera de la escuela y la persona encargada del comité del programa. El personal de Hodge propuso el programa después de que un maestro conversara sobre temas de salud y de sus preocupaciones sobre algunos alumnos con peso excesivo y niños desnutridos. El objetivo del programa es utilizar el día lectivo para explicar que la idea que ser sano es una opción que se toma, así como el libro que se escoge de la biblioteca o el dibujo que se hace dentro de la clase del arte. Para asegurarse de que el programa tenga éxito, el comité del programa ha recibido apoyo del departamento de nutrición del distrito, el cual aseguró una beca de $3.000 del programa, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60. La escuela también ha recibido información para participar en otro programa llamado Dairy MAX de una organización sin fines de lucro que está afiliada a el Consejo Nacional de la Industria Lechera. El programa de la NFL,

Sarah Shelton, una maestra del jardin de infantes de la Primaria Hodge, escucha a sus alumnos durante el almuerzo.

Photo courtesy of the Denton school district

de la asociación de americana de fútbol, ayuda a combatir la obesidad juvenil. “La intención es involucrar a los padres, ya que si ellos llegan a ser más activos, sus niños llegarán a ser más activos,” dijo Kim Crane, maestra de educación física de Hodge. Con una porción del dinero de la beca, la Sra. Crane ya puso de su parte y ordenó equipo de recreo para requerir más actividad aeróbica. Ella también hace ejercicios con los alumnos que llegan temprano a la escuela y ha alentado a los alumnos que participan en programas

extraescolares que dediquen más tiempo en el campo de juegos o dentro del gimnasio. En la cafetería, Hodge adoptó reglas más rigurosas utilizadas por el programa nacional Healthy Kids Challenge. Las opciones del desayuno y de la comida ahora contienen niveles más bajos de sodio y azúcar; y también ofrecen productos con trigo integral y granos; frutas y más verduras frescas. “Nuestros estándares ya estaban cerca de complementarse con esos del distrito, así que acabamos de tomar algunas opciones adi-

cionales,” dijo Carrie Black, jefe de la cafetería. Los maestros también participan, ya que atraviesan la línea de la cafetería con sus alumnos. Ellos alientan a sus alumnos a tomar elecciones más sanas, y la importancia de almorzar cada día. Los alumnos también participan fuera de la cafetería plantando verduras e hierbas que serán utilizadas para hacer salsa y otros alimentos de cultivo biológico durante el año escolar. La educación sigue también dentro del aula, con 15 a 20 minutos

cada semana dedicados a temas de la salud y de nutrición. Agregue el objetivo de la escuela de completar 100.000 horas de actividad física antes que el fin del año escolar y es evidente que Hodge desea completar su desafío y dar un ejemplo sano para otros planteles escolares. “Nos encantaría tener éxito con este programa y que otras escuelas nos copien,” la Sra. Crane dijo, “el propósito principal es que nuestros niños estén sanos, por eso haremos lo que esté a nuestro alcance para poder ayudarlos.”

ESTUDIANTE ESTRELLA J.B. LILLEY Nombre: Jeff Bryan Lilley Sobrenombre/apodo: JB Actividades de escuela y comunitarias: La robótica y el Club de Arte. Plantel y grado: Primaria Newton Rayzor; 2° grado Fecha de nacimiento: 27 de mayo, 2004 Mi familia incluye: mi mamá, mi papa y mis cuatro hermanas. Mis pasatiempos son: la lectura, la escritura y los temas de investigación de mi interés. Mi materia favorita es: Me gustan todas las materias. Dos personas que me encantaría conocer: El presidente de los Estados Unidos Barack Obama y Zahi Hawass, un egiptólogo. La música que toca mi reproductor en este momento: el audio del libro Magic Tree House.

Cuando finalice mis estudios planeo: ser científico o el presidente de Estados Unidos. El mejor libro que he leído: se tratan sobre el

espacio y el antiguo Egipto. La última película que vi: Amazing Grace. La mejor película que he visto: ¡Películas educativas! Me encantaría saber cómo: subir mi bicicleta y mantener mi equilibrio Estoy cansado de: videojuegos y películas de fantasía de Hollywood Mi peor hábito es: no estoy seguro cual sea Mi restaurante favorito es: P.F. Chang Mi héroes son: cualquier Presidente de Estados Unidos de América Mi recuerdo del mejor verano fue cuando: fui a Washington D.C. Si tuviera $100, yo: lo guardaría en el banco hasta que lo necesite. Mi objetivo este año escolar es: Aprender cómo andar en mi bicicleta sin caerme.


October 2011


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8 Thousands attend GRAND-parents Day

October 2011

More than 5,000 grandparents attended the 10th annual GRAND-parents Day on Sept. 9. GRAND-Parents Day Grandparents Reading And Nurturing Day – was initiated to encourage grandparents to get involved in the public schools. The district’s elementary schools planned various activities for the grandparents. At McNair Elementary, they planned a literacy event for the week where the grandparents were invited to read to the students. “The week was a huge success,

The grandparents of Cade DuPont enjoy reading to the students at McNair Elementary School. especially with the focus on literacy,” McNair Principal Sean Flynn said.. At E.P. Rayzor Elementary, grandparents were invited to have

lunch throughout the week. At Pecan Creek Elementary, grandparents were treated to a special reception in the morning and afternoon. GRAND-parents Day was initiated in 2001 by the Grandparents in Public Schools Task Force to honor the important role grandparents have in a child’s education. The 2011-12 chair of the group is Vanna Ingram, grandparent and retired teacher for Denton ISD. The day was established to coincide with National Grandparents Day, which falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Alica Garza treated her granddaughter, Sarai Puente, with a special meal on Grandparents Day. Sarai is a first-grader at Houston Elementary School.

Jennifer Duncan takes a photo of her daughter Kate, a first grader at E.P. Rayzor Elementary, with her grandparents during a Grandparents Day activity.

Hawk first-grader Lilly Aydelott gets a big hug from her grandmother, Vickie Jackson.

Make school attendance a top priority. Schedule appointments to avoid missing classes if possible.

Artistic Endeavors


October 2011

Albert Puentes transformed the number eight into a penguin.

Zaida Sadler used a combination of shapes and colors to create a collage of a bird in its natural habitat.

Jude Bourque created a snail from the number nine using crayons.

Ben Krebs used a crayon resist technique to create an alphabet painting using water colors.

First-grade students in Kelley Quinnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art class at E.P. Rayzor Elementary worked on various projects involving numbers and letters during the first month of school.

Principal profile

10 Meet Stephens principal Chris Rangel

October 2011

Name: Laura Christine Rangel Nickname: Chris My School: Olive Stephens Elementary My School’s mascot: Bulldog Where you were born: Dallas, Texas My favorite food is: Steak My favorite color is: Green My favorite subject in school was: Reading My favorite teacher was: Mrs. Messick, my 6th grade reading teacher My most memorable moment as a child was: Moving to the East Coast (Princeton, New Jersey) at age 7. Do you have any pets? We have a 9-year old Shepherd named Sadie. My hobbies are: Reading, watching movies, and spending time with my daughters

The best movie I’ve ever seen is: Terms of Endearment My favorite thing about my school is: The dedication of the

Olive Stephens Elementary staff and the positive atmosphere that has been created for the students and parents.

Snacking smart may help in the classroom Students of all ages need snacks – that why you will often see high school students eating something during after-school activities and college students eating snacks between classes. Whether you’re an 8- or 28-yearold, your body needs that extra bit of energy to help you get through a busy day of school. Depending on your school schedule, your lunchtime might be as early as 10:45 a.m. or as late as 1 p.m. Since most school days are from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., an early lunch can cause you to run low on energy in the afternoon or a late lunch can make your morning tough to get through. To help you deal with the long stretch before or after lunch, many teachers allow students to bring a snack to class. But snack time is not for junking down on sugar! It’s to give your body a healthy boost to last until your

next meal. In fact, if your snack is just junk, like lots of sugar, salt or fat, your mind and body may feel worse than if it had no snack at all. That’s because most junk foods make your blood sugar climb really fast, then it crashes down and you feel icky! Scientific research shows that healthy or “smart” foods can actually help concentration and fight the feeling of being tired, so be smart when choosing snacks for school. Bringing fresh fruit like a banana, an orange or some grapes can fill you up and provide smart vitamins and nutrients you need to think and grow. Other smart snack choices include: dry cereal, veggie sticks, cheese sticks, whole grain crackers, mixed nuts and raisins. – Jonita Widmer, director of health services for Denton ISD





The tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread by Kate DiCamillo, 2006 267 pages, ages 7-12 The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. Savvy by Ingrid Law, 2008 342 pages, ages 9-12 Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her “savvy”—a magical power unique to each member of her family—just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

{MOVIES} The Sandlot (1993) Fifth-grader Scotty Smalls has just moved into town with his parents. The local kids call him a Dork because he can’t even throw a baseball. That changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. It’s the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses, and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded Beast and its owner who live behind the left field fence. Soon nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend. Rated PG - Juli Gonzalez is the Teen Librarian at the North Branch Library

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Chipotle Pepper Dip Makes 5 Servings Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 10 min Ingredients 1 teaspoon Chipotle pepper sauce 2 (8-ounce) containers low-fat plain yogurt 1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded Assorted cut vegetables or corn chips Combine all ingredients in medium bowl; mix until blended and refrigerate. Add shredded cheese. Serve with assorted cut vegetables or

October 2011 corn chips. Yields: 1/2 cup, per serving Nutritional Facts Calories: 90 Total Fat: 3 g Saturated Fat: 2 g Cholesterol: 10 mg Sodium: 440 mg Calcium: 20% Daily Value Protein: 6 g Carbohydrates: 9 g Dietary Fiber: Less than 1 g - Recipe provided by 3-ADay, the National Dairy Council

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Houston Teacher of the Year

Kathy Shiflet has been in education for nine years, all in Denton ISD. Mrs. Shiflet began her career working in 1986 as an occupational therapist with adults at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. She maintained the occupational therapy focus but expanded to children and adults in 1990 and eventually moved to pediatric occupational therapy at Denton Regional Medical Center a year later. In 2002, she joined Denton ISD as a speech pathologist at the Ann Windle School for Young Children and Houston Elementary, where she is now based. Mrs. Shiflet is an active member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, Texas Speech and Hearing Association, American Occupational Therapy Association and has served as a site supervisor for University of North Texas speech interns. Mrs. Shiflet attended Texas Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University, where she


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graduated Magna Cum laude with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in occupational therapy and is a UNT graduate, where she received her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in speech pathology. Her teaching philosophy: â&#x20AC;&#x153;To draw from the both the rehabilitation and educational fields, analyze where the there are gaps and target those areas so children can achieve their highest potential.â&#x20AC;?

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Jennifer Rowe is 2011 Providence Elementary Teacher of the Year Jennifer Rowe has 10 years of teaching experience, with the last six coming in Denton ISD at Providence Elementary. Mrs. Rowe began her career at Plano ISD as a special education teacher in 2001. She joined the Providence staff as a like skills teacher for third through fourth grade students with disabilities when the school opened in 2005. She is a member of the Texas Behavior Support Initiative, the Region XI Assistive Technology team, the Providence PTA and recently received the North Texas Award for Educational Leadership at NCTCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth annual Conference for American Leadership last year. Mrs. Rowe is a graduate of University of North Texas with a





bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Rehabilitation Studies. Her teaching philosophy: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any child can achieve the impossible, if only their teacher believes they can do it.â&#x20AC;?





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