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October 2012 | Vol. 6, 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:

On the cover: Kaylee Rost opens a box containing a shoulder rest for her violin while listening to her friend Makenzie Gill talk about music during orchestra class at McNair Elementary. Courtesy photo/ Denton ISD

If you haven’t noticed the great art on the doubletruck (this week on pages 8-9), you should check it out. Several this month feature horses, one of our favorite animals. Draw a photo of your favorite animal and feel free to share it with us by having Mom or Dad drop it by at 314 E. Hickory St.! Sincerely,

Dawn Cobb 940-566-6879 P.O. Box 369 Denton, TX 76201

TABLE OF CONTENTS Top of the List . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Teachers & Principal Profiles . . . . 5 Denton ISD Update . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Library Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Kid Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Lunchbox Bites. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Dawn Cobb

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Rayzor Elementary observes International Day of Peace Students and staff at E.P. Rayzor Elementary School displayed artwork on their school grounds in observance of International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21, 2012. More than 100 E.P. Rayzor students gathered at the school and set out pinwheels and peace banners they created in art class as part of the Pinwheels for Peace project. This marked the third consecutive year E.P. Rayzor students greeted families and students with their peace-inspired artwork before the start of the school day. Started by two Florida art teachers in 2005 as a way for students to

express their feelings about what’s going on in their lives, Pinwheels for Peace uses pinwheels to remind others of childhood — a time in their lives when things were peaceful and joyful. More than three million pinwheels were created by students and planted in more than 3,000 locations across North and South America, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East last year. Various Denton school district art teachers have been involved with the movement the last three years, helping students express their creativity through peaceinspired art.

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October 2012 {BOOKS}


Graceling by Kristin Cashore, 2008 471 pages, ages 14 and up In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel, 2010 266 pages, ages 12 and up Garth Hale is as good as dead...The only problem is he’s still alive. When Garth Hale is accidentally zapped into the ghost world by Frank Gallows, a washed-up ghost wrangler, he discovers that he has special powers. Soon he finds himself on the run from the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who wants to use Garth’s newfound abilities to tighten his grip on the spirit world. After Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather’s ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, nearly losing hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake. Meanwhile by Jason Shiga, 2010 Unpaged, ages 10 and up In this choose-your-own adventure graphic novel, a boy stumbles on the laboratory of a mad scientist who asks him to choose between testing a mind-reading device, a time machine, and a doomsday machine. Matched by Ally Condie, 2010 369 pages, ages 13 and up All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well? Heist Society by Ally Carter, 2010 287 pages, ages 12 and up A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

{MOVIES} Library Larry’s Big Day (2010) The stars of this Denton Public Library and DTV-produced show are three puppets who “live” in the library: Library Larry, a good old Texas bull, Emmy Lou Dickenson, a word-loving pig, and Mr. Chompers, a madcap and funloving hippo. Together, they read books, visit places around town that relate to the books they read, and provide an entertaining and educational experience for Denton children. Not Rated Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel (2010) Chipmunk singing sensations Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are back for an encore in this hilarious 'squeakquel' packed with more action and more nutty fun for the whole family. When a concert mishap lands Dave in the hospital, the Chipmunks take a break from superstardom and enroll in school to fit in with kids their age. But they soon face some stiff competition when they meet the Chipettes, a beautiful, talented trio of chipmunks. Rated PG The Muppets (2012) On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage the Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary, and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways. Rated G Puss in Boots (2012) A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat's meeting with Shrek and his friends. Rated PG - Wylaina Hildreth is the Assistant Manager at the North Branch Library

Head of the Class


Carol Richmond is 2012 Wilson Teacher of the Year Carol Richmond has 13 years of teaching experience – all in Denton ISD as the librarian at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Ms. Richmond joined Denton ISD as a substitute teacher in 2007, eventually landing the position of librarian at Wilson in 1999. She also served as the campus technology integrator from 2004 to 2011 and continues to find ways to encourage students and staff to read. Ms. Richmond is a member of the Wilson PTA and a designated STAR Discovery Educator. She is also a member of the Texas Library Association, has presented at Lone Star TIA and the Region XI Education Services Center, has served as a campus trainer on a number web-based programs and technology and helped start the Wilson’s Wild About Reading program at the MLK Recreation Center on Wednesdays. She is a graduate of the State

Principal Profile

Meet Paloma Creek principal Natalie Mead

University of New York with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. Ms. Richmond is also a graduate of the University of North Texas with a master’s in library science. Her teaching philosophy: People of all ages learn by doing, so as a librarian my role is to provide students with the environment, resources and – most importantly – the inspiration for learning.

Head of the Class Marlen Rosales is 2012 W.S. Ryan Teacher of the Year Marlen Rosales in her sixth year of teaching – all in Denton ISD, with the last four years as a second-grade bilingual teacher. Mrs. Rosales began her career as a teaching assistant in 2000 at the former Sullivan Keller School, which is now the Ann Windle School for Young Children. In 2007, she joined the W.S. Ryan staff as a bilingual first-grade teacher before moving into the second-grade classroom in 2009. She has also served as one of the district’s bilingual pre-k and kindergarten summer school teachers since 2008. Mrs. Rosales is a second grade team leader, has mentored student teachers and has had more than 80 percent of her students participate in the school science fair for the past five years. She is a member of the Guyer High PTSA, GHS athletics booster club, Friend of the Denton Public Libraries and has provided help to those seeking

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Name: Natalie Renee Mead Nickname: Nat My School: Paloma Creek Elementary My School’s mascot: Falcons Where you were born: Wichita, Kansas- grew up in Phoenix, Arizona My favorite food is: Pasta of all kinds My favorite color is: Kiwi Green My favorite subject in school was: Reading- My nose was always in a book! My favorite teacher was: Mrs. Boston (Second Grade)- I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. My most memorable moment as a child was: When I met Mickey and Minnie

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and share in our mission of “Inspiring passionate learners.” As we partner together, our goal is to collaborate to develop all students to their fullest potential.

Life Needs Agility.



Gymnastics — the foundation of all sports. their American citizenship. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies. Her teaching philosophy: To provide children with the access to materials and resources rather than serve as the prime source of information so they can learn to become risk-takers, problem solvers and self-confident learners.

Mouse and Cinderella at the Magic Kingdom. Do you have any pets? Yes- a Yorkshire Terrier named Buddy My hobbies are: Running, cooking, reading, and gardening The best movie I’ve ever seen is: My favorite movie has recently been replaced by The Help. Having lived near Jackson, Mississippi during my middle school years, I had a strong connection to the purpose and passion presented in this film. My favorite thing about my school is: Paloma Creek is a warm, friendly and inviting school. The students, staff and parents respect one another



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October 2012

Denton ISD Update

Orchestra open to fifth graders Kaylee Rost admits that signing up for orchestra wasn’t the first thing that crossed her mind at the end of fourth grade, but when a couple of her friends eagerly signed up, the McNair Elementary fifth grader decided she was up for the challenge too. “I thought it’d be fun to play violin with my friends, and if I like it, I’ll keep doing it” she said. For more than 20 years, every Denton ISD fifth-grade student has received the same opportunity as Kaylee and her friends. The school district is the only one in Denton County to offer orchestra as an option to fifth graders and part of approximately 10 percent in the nation that begins teaching strings in elementary school. Denton ISD had more than 570 students register for the program during the last school year and David McCullar, the district’s director of fine arts, anticipates it will grow in 2012. The exact number of students in this year’s program isn’t in yet, but Mr. McCullar said as the district has grown, so too has the demand for fifth-grade orchestra instruction. Each of the district’s 21 elementary schools offers the introductory orchestra class as a musical option to incoming fifth-graders in the spring of their fourth-grade year. Enrollment continues through the first two weeks of school, with most of the campuses averaging 20 to 30 students per class. Kaylee and her friends were just a handful of the 22 students that fill Michelle Brians’ class at McNair. Ms. Brians, who is the orchestra director at Guyer High School, is one of 12 secondary orchestra teachers that work with fifth-graders. “Our job is to set them with good posture, basic note reading – basically all the things that are really hard to fix once they get older,” Ms. Brians said. “And I love working with this age group because there is nothing they think they can’t do or aren’t afraid to try.”

Fifth graders Alyssa White and Nia Eberhard-Mattes ask Michelle Brians, the Guyer orchestra director, a question while she tunes a cello during orchestra class at McNair Elementary. Ms. Brians is one of 12 secondary teachers that work with fifth grade orchestra students at all 21 of the district's elementary campuses.

Photo courtesy of the Denton school district

That fearlessness is rewarded with fun activities, like playing music festivals at local theme parks and taking part in winter or spring orchestra concerts, normally reserved at the middle and high school level. Students in the program can expect to pay $30 to $40 per

month in instrument rental, but the district gives each student interested in orchestra the chance to participate. Denton ISD offers free and reduced instrument rental fees to those students that qualify for free or reduced lunch. The payoff is great with Ms. Brians estimating that “all but a few” of

her current Guyer students took part in fifth-grade orchestra. Mr. McCullar estimated that more than 90 percent of current Denton ISD high school orchestra students started in the program. “Just the fact that we get to touch the instruments – and play them as fifth graders – is awesome,” said

Makenzie Gill. “A lot of kids don’t get that chance, so I can’t wait to learn and get better.” NOTE: Those interested in learning more about the fifth-grade orchestra program can contact David McCullar, director of fine arts, at (940) 369-0076 or by email at

STAR STUDENT AMY ELIZABETH CADENA Community/school activities: I like math. School/grade: I am in 5th grade at Lee Elementary Family: mom, Mayra Cadena; dad, Francisco Cadena and brother, Christopher. My hobbies are: I like to do math problems, play on the computer, and read. My favorite school subject is: Math and Science. Two people I’d most like to meet are: Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. What’s in my CD player/iPod right now: a Justin Bieber CD. When I finish school I plan to: I plan to go see my grandfather in Mexico. The best book I ever read was: Back to

School Mallory by Laurie B. Friedman The last movie I saw: Men in Black 3. The best movie I’ve ever seen is: Madagascar 3. I wish I knew how to: do the splits! I’m so sick of: waking up early. My worst habit is: when I go to sleep I open my hands and move them around. My favorite restaurant is: Chick-Fil-A. My hero is: My grandma. The best summer I ever had was: when I went to San Antonio to see all of my family. If I had $100 I would: buy Justin Bieber stuff. My goal for this year is to: make higher grades.

Notas sobre su zona escolar Inscripción en el programa de orquesta disponible para alumnos del quinto grado Kaylee Rost admite que inscribirse en la orquesta no fue lo primero que cruzo por su mente al terminar el cuarto grado, pero cuando algunas de sus amigas ansiosamente le pidieron que se inscribieran, la alumna del quinto grado de la Primaria McNair tomo el reto. “Pensé que sería bueno tocar el violín con mis amistades, y si me gustaba, lo seguiría haciendo,” ella dijo. Por más de 20 años, cada alumno del quinto grado del Distrito Escolar de Denton ha recibido la misma oportunidad que Kaylee y sus amistades. El distrito escolar es el único en el Condado de Denton que ofrece la opción a los alumnos del quinto grado de participar en la orquesta. Aproximadamente 10 por ciento de los alumnos en la nación que empiezan en el aprendizaje de instrumentos de orquesta empiezan en la primaria. El distrito escolar tuvo más de 570 alumnos que formaron parte del programa el año pasado, y el director del departamento de Bellas Artes, David McCullar, dijo que anticipa el crecimiento del programa en el 2012. Actualmente el número de alumnos que participan en el programa no está disponible, pero el Sr. McCullar dijo que así como ha crecido los números de alumnos del distrito, también ha incrementado la instrucción de los alumnos dentro del programa de la orquesta. Durante la primavera y como una opción musical a los alumnos del cuarto grado, todos los 21 planteles del distrito escolar ofrecen una clase de introducción al programa de orquesta a los alumnos entrantes del quinto grado. La inscripción continúa durante las primeras dos semanas de escuela, y cuenta con un promedio de 20 a 30 alumnos por clase. Kayle y sus amistades fueron algunos de los 22 alumnos que llenaron la clase de Michelle Brians de la Primaria McNair. La Srta. Brians, directora de la orquesta del Colegio Guyer, es una de 12 maestras de colegio que trabajan con alumnos del quinto grado.

Alumnas del quinto grado, Alyssa White y Nia Eberhard-Mattes, le hacen una pregunta a la Srta. Michelle Brians, directora de la orquesta del Colegio Guyer.

Photo courtesy of the Denton school district

“Nuestro trabajo es ayudarlos con las postura y como leer las notas básicas – hábitos que son difíciles de arreglar cuando son mayores,” la Srta. Brians dijo. “Y me encanta trabajar con alumnos de esta edad porque no hay nada que no puedan hacer o tienen miedo de intentar.” Ese audacia se premia con actividades divertidas como presentaciones en festivales de música en diferente parques de diversiones y con participación en los conciertos

de orquesta en el otoño y primavera –– eventos reservados para alumnos de la secundaria (intermediaria y de colegio). El distrito escolar ofrece la oportunidad a cada alumno de participar en el programa de orquesta, y los alumnos que desee rentar un instrumento deben contribuir una cuota de $30 a $40 por mes. El distrito escolar ofrece precios reducidos o totalmente gratis para alumnos que cualifican en el programa de almuerzo reducido o gratuito.

La Srta. Brians afirma que el resultado es estupendo y eso se nota con los algunos de los sus alumnos del colegio que formaron parte de grupos de orquesta en el quinto grado. El Sr. McCullar calcula que 90 por ciento de los alumnos de los colegios de distrito escolar empezaron con la orquesta en el quinto grado. “Solo con saber que podemos tocar los instrumentos y ––– tocar con ellos cuando estamos en el

quinto grado ––– es padrísimo,” dijo Makenzie Gill. “Muchos alumnos no tienen esa oportunidad, y estoy ansiosa de aprender y seguir mejorando.” NOTA: Los alumnos interesados en recibir información sobre el programa del quinto grado de la orquesta deben comunicarse con David McCullar, director de departamento de Bellas Artes, llamando al 940-369-0076 o por su correo electrónico,

ESTUDIANTE ESTRELLA AMY ELIZABETH CADENA Nombre: Amy Elizabeth Cadena Actividades de la escuela y de la comunidad: me gusta las matemáticas. Plantel y grado: Primaria Lee; 5º grado. Los miembros de mi familia son: mi mamá, Mayra Cadena; mi papá, Francisco Cadena y mi hermano, Christopher Cadena. Mis pasatiempos son: me encanta resolver problemas de matemáticas, jugar en la computadora, y leer. Mi asignatura o materia favorita en la escuela son: las Matemáticas y Ciencia. Dos personas que me gustaría conocer: Justin Bieber y Taylor Swift. La música que toca mi reproductor de CD/iPod en este momento: un CD de

Justin Beiber. Cuando termine la escuela deseo a: ver a mi abuelo en México.

El mejor libro que he leído: A Clases Otra Vez, Mallory por Laurie B. Friedman La última película que vi: Hombres de Negro 3. La mejor película que he visto es: Madagascar 3 Desearia saber cómo hacer: un abrir de piernas Estoy cansada de: despertarme temprano. Mi peor hábito es: al dormir, abro las manos y las muevo por donde sea. Mi restaurante favorito es: Chick-Fil-A. Mi héroe es: mi abuelita Mi recuerdo de mi mejor verano fue: cuando estuve en San Antonio y vi a toda mi familia.


October 2012

Kid Clubhouse

Artistic Endeavors

Students in Kay Adamson’s art class at Ginnings Elementary entered an art contest at the North Texas State Fair during the summer and had their work displayed at the event. Each of these fourth-grade students’ artwork depicts a scene from the fair including (clockwise from top left): Baylee Robichaux’s red carpet entrance, Carla Gonzalez’s stallion, Kalev Edwards’ bucking bull rider and Jacob Sparks’ rodeo clown in action.

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Beginning of 2nd Six Weeks

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District Staf f Development

Vice president Spiro T. Agnew resigns from office (1973)

Writer Eugenio Montale born (1896)

B’nai B’rith founded (1843)

Last Quarter Moon Accident at Windscale nuclear facility (1957)

Wayne Newton becomes the United Service Organization’s “official celebrity front man” (2001)






Dow Jones Industrial average experiences largest one-day drop in the stock market’s history (1987)

Deepest underwater pipeline in the world opens in Turkey and is used to transport natural gas (2002)




U.S. invades Grenada (1983)

France’s first socialist president Francois Mitterrand born (1916)

First Saturn rocket launched (1961)

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New Moon Long March begins (1934)





Final debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon before 1960 Presidental election (1960)

First Quarter Moon

Hungarian Revolution begins (1956)





Cuban missile crisis ends (1962)

Full Moon

City of Antinoopolis founded in ancient Egypt (130)


Birth flower: Marigold Visit for more information on Denton Independent School District events and holidays. Moon phases taken from Learn more about the historical events and information on this calendar by visiting the Encyclopedia Britannica at


10 Students enjoy first day of school

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Clockwise from top left Zachary Massey plays Backto-School Bingo at L.A. Nelson Elementary School, Borman Elementary Principal Robert Gonzalez gets to know Ethan Chavez, a teacher at Blanton Elementary School reads to her pupils and a student gets help on her first day of school at Harpool Middle School.

Library events


City of Denton libraries offer events in October Details: All programs are free. For more information, call 940349-8752 or visit Twilight Toddler Time Bring your toddler (ages 12-24 months) for this evening Toddler Time that promotes literacy, social interaction, and caregiver bonding. Tue. 10/09 Emily Fowler Library 6:30 pm Treblemakers Get ready for an afternoon filled with singing, listening and moving! Join music instructor Kim Forguson as she brings books to life through music-centered games and activities. Best for ages 6-8. Sat. 10/20 North Branch Library 2 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 age-appropriate games, activities and crafts that assist in developing pre-reading skills. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Wed. 10/10 South Branch Library 9:30-10:30 am Sat. 10/27 North Branch Library 10-11 am It’s a Girl Thing! Join our mother-daughter book club for refreshments and book discussion. Best for girls ages 10-13. 10/17 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Wed. South Branch Library 4 pm B.O.Y.S. - Boys Only Yucky Stories

Calling all boys grades 2 – 5! Join the yuckiest book club ever! We’ll read and talk about funny, yucky and gross stories. You won’t have to sit still while we talk because you will be too busy with funny, gross or downright bizarre projects. Each month a new book and exciting activity. 10/18 Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen Thursdays Emily Fowler Library 6:30 pm LEGO Builders Club Drop in and get creative by building with the library’s LEGOs. A different theme is picked for each month and kids can build on that theme or build a creation of their own. Ages 6 and up. Fri. 10/19 Emily Fowler Library 4 pm Fire Fighter StoryTime Join us for a special StoryTime, as we read about fire fighters and learn about fire safety from our local fire fighters. Best for ages 1-5 Wed.10/10 Emily Fowler Library 11 am 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. Tue. 10/09 Emily Fowler Library 4 pm Milk and Cookies StoryTime Come in your pajamas and enjoy a stories and songs all about cookies. After the program we will decorate and eat cookies, and there will be plenty of milk for dunking, of

course! For ages 1-5. Wed.10/10 North Library 7 pm


Science Lab: Physics See the principles of physics in action and learn how to conduct experiments with everyday materials in this hands-on workshop. Space is limited; call 349-8752 to register. Ages 8 - 12. Fri. 10/12 Emily Fowler Library 4pm Animal Explorers: Bats Join us for an afternoon filled with our favorite nocturnal flying mammals. You will have a chance to share your knowledge about bats and maybe learn something new, as well. We will read bat books, make bat crafts and enjoy all types of batty activities. Best for ages 6-8. Wed.10/17 North Branch Library 4 pm Glow Fun Ready for a glow-in-the-dark Halloween? Join us for these glowing activities: paint pumpkins, look for germs and much more! For ages 8-12. Call 349-8752 to register. Fri.10/19 South Branch Library 4 pm Baseball Adventure Club Are you ready for the World Series? Join the Adventure Club and learn more about the history of baseball and the World Series, and make a baseball-inspired craft. For ages 5-8. Tue. 10/23 Emily Fowler Library 4 pm Science Explorers: Mummies Discover the science behind mummification while having a pet-

Carrie’s Princess Characters

rifying-ly good time. We will read mummy books, play mummy games, and make our own mummified apples. Best for ages 6-8. Wed.10/24 North Branch Library 4 pm Spooky StoryTime Wear your costume for spooky stories and a Halloween trick-ortreating parade! Not too scary, best for ages 1 to 5. Friday 10/26 South Branch Library 10 am Sat. 10/27 South Branch Library 10 am Tue. 10/30 Emily Fowler Library 7 pm Wed.10/31 North Branch Library 11 am Mad Scientist Laboratory Become a mad scientist and experiment with batches of oozing slime, bubbling potions and other gooey creations. Supplies are limited; call 349-8718 to register. Ages 8 - 12. Sat. 10/27 Emily Fowler Library 11 am DPL 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 940349-8741. Tue. 10/09 North Branch Library 6:30 - 8 pm Animanga Watch anime? Read Manga? Draw fan art? Come to the North Branch Library every 3rd


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Favorite Character Halloween Bash Come dressed as your favorite book character for our costume contest. Enjoy trivia, food, and activities from some of your favorite books. For ages 11 and up. Wed. 10/24 South Branch Library 7 pm

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Zombie Night for Teens Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse? Test your knowledge of zombie trivia and survival, and then join in zombie games, zombie snacks, and zombie crafts. Dress like a zombie for extra thrills. Supplies are limited, so call 3498752 to register. For ages 12 and up. Tue. 10/16 Emily Fowler Library 7 pm

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Totally Teen Fiction Makeover When reading your favorite books, do you automatically become familiar with the lead characters and feel a sense of connection with them? At times you may even want to be the characters. Join us for Totally Teen Fiction Makeovers, become your favorite character through a make-up transformation. We will discuss who our favorite lead female characters are and why, and then everyone will be able to choose who’s “look” they want to wear. Sat. 10/06 North Branch 2 – 3:30 pm


Invite a Princess to your next party

Call today to schedule your introductory lesson!

Wednesday of the month to share your love of all things anime/manga. This program is best for teens in 6 - 12th grade. No meeting in November due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Wed. 10/17 North Branch Library 6:30 – 8 pm




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12 Snacking smart

October 2012

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-year-old, 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, raisins, or even a small peanut butter sandwich. If you like chips, always choose baked chips over regular ones. Pretzels, pretzel sticks and pop corn are also a good option if you just want a crunchy snack. And remember to take it easy on all that candy you’ll probably collect over Halloween. Sweet treats are always yummy, but too much will likely cause upset stomachs and isn’t good on your teeth. Being smart about gaining energy by choosing and eating the right foods and snacks will help you feel better and – like scientists have shown – maybe even grow smarter! – Jonita Widmer, Director of Health Services/ Denton ISD

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14 Pumpkin Spice Muffins with frosting

October 2012

Makes 12 Servings Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 25 min Ingredients 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling) 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1 whole egg 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla For Topping: 2 tablespoons of sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg For frosting: 1/4 cup softened butter 1/2 pound powdered sugar 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a12-muffin tin. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Cut in butter with two knives or a pastry blender until it is fully incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla.

Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture. Add raisins. Fold gently until mixture is just combined. Pour into a greased muffin pan—batter hardly ever fills all twelve unless you keep it down to 1/2 full. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugarnutmeg mixture over the top of each unbaked muffin. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool. Ice with cream cheese frosting. To make the frosting, mix all ingredients on high until soft and whipped. Spread onto completely cooled muffins, or place into a large pastry bag with a large star tip and go crazy! Store in the fridge, as icing will soften at room temperature. Nutritional Facts Calories: 219 Fat: 4 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 32 mg Sodium: 155 mg Calcium: 10% Daily Value Protein: 1 g Carbohydrates: 18 g - Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

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Denton Independent School District briefs

Complex hosts dinner Students and staff from the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex hosted their annual scholarship dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the school commons area. Each dinner featured a plate of spaghetti, salad, bread sticks and dessert for $6. All dinners are made by students in chefs Paul Niles and Robert Sayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culinary arts classes with ingredients donated by Carinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Restaurants. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward scholarships for ATC students and provide funding for supplies, career certifications and auto technology, engineering or cosmetology laboratory attire. For more information, call 940369-4850.

Students participate in leadership program The Denton Independent School District had 10 students from four campuses take part in the 2012 Lone Star Leadership

October 2012

ERIC S. SMITH, DDS Our Values:

Early release days set Students in the Denton Independent School District will have a three-day weekend Oct.6, through Oct. 8, with all elementary schools being released early the week of Oct. 1. Elementary students will be released early at 12:50 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 5, for parent-teacher conferences. Buses will depart from the elementary schools at 1 p.m. during that week. On Monday, Oct. 8, all students will not be in school so the teachers and staff may attend staff development workshops. The Oct. 8th date also is considered the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; State Fair of Texas Day. All students have received complimentary tickets to attend the fair on the weekdays. Schools will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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The Adopt-A-School: Partners in Education program, which is a joint venture between the Denton school district and the Denton Chamber of Commerce, is recruiting businesses and agencies for the 2012-13 school year. The annual free Adopt-A-School Exhibition and Kick Off Luncheon was held on Sept. 20 at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex, 1504 Long Road. In the early 1990s, a group of forward-thinking business leaders met at the chamber office in search of innovative ways to forge beneficial partnerships between the public schools and local businesses. From these meetings, Dentonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adopt-A-School was initiated. Today, Adopt-A-School has more than 200 businesses and agencies involved in the program. Anyone interested in the AdoptA-School program or wants to attend the luncheon may call 940369-0006 or e-mail

each of the four locations. The event was sponsored by Education in Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young Texans to become informed and active leaders in their communities.


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Academy this summer. The participating students included: I Blanton Elementary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stacee Goldstein, fourth grade; Ceanna Cooksey and Sebastian Vazquez, fifth grade; I Savannah Elementary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christie Penny, fourth grade, and Hannah Newburn, fifth grade; I Harpool Middle School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jordan Goldstein, seventh grade I Navo Middle School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Heather Heon and Holly Heon, sixth grade; Omar Mohamed, eighth grade These students were part a distinguished contingent of 956 students that took part in a weeklong program designed to build leadership skills and teach children about Texas. Students participating in the Leadership Academy visited the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the Texas State Capitol, the Alamo, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, NASA and many other important historical, political, environmental and scientific sites. The educational field trips varied in regard to their academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location, but Denton ISD had students participate in




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16 Chiropractors donate school supplies

October 2012

districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social services department. Those at the presentation included: district services employee Nancy Dobson, left, Dr. Vince Baugher, Dr. Jane Torrie, Apple, Cathy Huffer, Hawley Diaz, Barbara Haflich and Sara Walling.

A group of Denton chiropractors joined Mrs. Denton County, Sonya Apple, in collecting school supplies for needy children in the Denton school district. The group collected many items and more than $1,500 in donations and presented them to the

Please recycle this Kid Life magazine HEARING PROBLEMS? If your child has failed their hearing screening at school or is having difficulty listening to or hearing the teacher, Denton Hearing Health Care can be your first point of contact to conduct a diagnostic hearing test and central auditory processing screening. For children with chronic middle ear problems, swimmers ear, or P.E. tubes, we can make colorful custom made earplugs to prevent water from entering the ear canal. These are floatable and can be used when swimming or bathing and may also be used for sound protection as well. Dr. Judith Caudle has served the children in Denton County and the surrounding areas for over 25 years.


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October Kid Life 2012  

Monthly educational magazine in a combined effort from the Denton Record-Chronicle and the Denton ISD.