Bus service will change for WSISD

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A State Senator plans to introduce legislation this week that would do away with Dallas County Schools (DCS) and their bus service. Currently, 12 school districts use DCS for bus transportation including White Settlement ISD. Continue reading “Bus service will change for WSISD”

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Arlington Heights Choir Sings with Foreigner

The Treble Choir, from Fort Worth ISD’s Arlington Heights High School will perform onstage with the rock band Foreigner on Friday, February 3, at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie. The choir will appear during the performance of “I Wanna Know What Love Is” written by Mick Jones (and Lou Gramm).    

 Radio station KLUV (Dallas) sponsored a contest at the request of Foreigner to find a backup choir to have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing on stage with the British-American group. In the YouTube entry video senior Carlos Portales sings a verse of the song supported by the remainder of the choir belting out the chorus swaying back and forth in three part harmony. Arlington Heights Choir Director, Hans Grim, helped produce the video.

 “The kids went absolutely crazy with excitement in preparation for this contest,” said Grim. “One student actually raided her mom’s attic to find clothes from the 80’s to wear. Another made large signs to hold. At the last second someone suggested the use of cell-phone lights to provide a little more ambiance.”

Watch the contest submission video on YouTube.

Foreigner is still touring, 40 years after their New York City beginnings. The band chooses a choir in every city/venue to join them as a way to highlight music education and shine a light on the young adults that will keep music alive for generations to come.

Education agency releases ratings for Texas school districts

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by Ben Posey

The Texas Education Agency released this week the 2016 state accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as more than 8,600 campuses statewide.
Local School District Results:
Each campus in the White Settlement ISD and the Lake Worth ISD received the rating of “met standard” and in Fort Worth ISD, all high schools received the rating of “met standard” except Eastern Hills High School, which received “improvement required.” Twenty-one other middle and elementary campuses in the Fort Worth ISD were rated as “improvement required.” Continue reading “Education agency releases ratings for Texas school districts”

Many names for the full moon of July

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A full moon occurs each month when the sun, Earth, and moon line up. At this time, the Earth-facing side of the moon is completely lit up by sunlight. This month, the full moon rises to its prime at 6:57 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. However, for some unaided observers, the monthly full moon appears full about a day before and after the actual full moon phase

The moniker Full Buck Moon symbolizes the time of the year when male deer, known as bucks, start to grow their new antlers. While this nickname is most commonly used, it is only one of the many lunar names for this month’s full moon.

July’s full moon has also been called the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon, as July is considered to be the season with the most frequent thunderstorms and the time of year when farmers harvest, bale and stow hay for the upcoming winter.

Full moons generally rise once a month — with the exception of a “Blue Moon,” which appears twice in a month — and the variety of names given to these spectacular lunar events stems from ancient cultures, including Native American tribes living in the northeast U.S., according to The Farmer’s Almanac. In Chinese culture, for example, the full moon of July is referred to as the Hungry Ghost Moon.

Driver license-less student wins car

Pictured with Sablan are: Dick Titterington, Moritz Chevrolet general sales manager; Jim Hardick, general manager; Gabriel Lozano, sales manager; and Robert Sanders, sales.
Pictured with Sablan are: Dick Titterington, Moritz Chevrolet general sales manager; Jim Hardick, general manager; Gabriel Lozano, sales manager; and Robert Sanders, sales.

Micah Sablan may not have a driver’s license yet, but he scored big this past week when he won a 2016 Chevy Cruz from Moritz Chevrolet during a perfect attendance drawing.

“It was crazy and surreal,” said Sablan. “It was neat to think coming to school every day and working hard could payoff with such an award.”

Micah turns 16 this summer and is planning on getting his license.  The family received the car this last weekend from Moritz.  It’s in the garage waiting for his day to drive in the soon future.
Every student with perfect attendance this school year qualified for a drawing, and 10 students’ names were drawn to receive keys that could start the engine of the new car.
The other winners were: Jacob Kottwitz, Juan Calzada, Mari Ferrer, Christa Brown, Brendan Webber, Ramiro Botello, Kelsey Bushy, Tristen Allbright and Donovan Brown.

School hours changing next year for kids

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by A.C. Hall

A new piece of state legislature has influenced a change in the hours of operation of White Settlement Independent School District schools for the 2016-2017 school year.  House bill 2610 changed the attendance requirement from 180 days annually to 75,600 minutes annually.  WSISD will shift to a seven and a half hour school day to accommodate this change.  This slight increase in the amount of time spent at school will allow for students to get out for summer one week earlier than they currently do.   Continue reading “School hours changing next year for kids”

Students create artwork for citywide project

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Brewer student Daylee Mitchell stands with her artwork near Cherry Lane and Western Hills Blvd.

By Ben Posey

You might hear some honking horns around the city as drivers take a little longer pulling away from some street light intersections. That’s because they will be admiring artwork created by students at Brewer High School. Continue reading “Students create artwork for citywide project”

Superintendent honored with membership

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John Hebert, Current Superintendent of Lake Worth ISD and former White Settlement ISD administrator and Brewer Bear was recently honored at a meeting of students, parents and teachers in Waco, TX by being named a Regional Honorary Member of the FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Region II. This is the highest honor that FCCLA can bestow upon a person who is not a member of the organization. The recognition took place at the March 4-5 contest held in Waco. Continue reading “Superintendent honored with membership”

Students fill principal’s office with balloons

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Tannahill Inter-mediate fifth and sixth graders participated in National Young Readers Week, Nov. 9 through 13, by filling Principal Randy Summerhill’s office with balloons.
Every time a student read a book, he/she added a balloon with their book title and name to a collection in the principal’s office. Needless to say, Summerhill wasn’t able to use his office for two days; the kids read 750 books in just one week.
“Reading is the foundation and key to success for everything we strive to achieve with our kids in school,” said library aide Lisa Pearson. “We want our kids to not only be great readers, but to have a passion and love for reading so they can excel in their learning and in life.”

Students compete in robotics competition

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The Brewer High School Robotics Club (BlueBots) competed in the Cowtown BEST Robotics Competition on Oct. 31, earning the Blood, Sweat, and Duct Tape Award for the most creative use of duct tape as well as determination and perseverance to remain competitive throughout the tournament.  (Most first-year teams do not complete a working robot, but the BlueBots did despite a few setbacks during the competition.)
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) inspires students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology and math through participation in a science and engineering-based robotics competition.  Teams have six weeks to design and build a radio-controlled machine to accomplish specific tasks. Continue reading “Students compete in robotics competition”

School zones flashing as kids head back to class

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The first day of school is here, which means a new crop of youngsters will be taking the traumatic step towards growing up: going to preschool or kindergarten. Tiny tots all over town will cling to mom’s hand and hide behind dad’s legs. Some will act tough, but deep down they’re really going to miss their mommies.
So we want to know – what are your memories of the first day of school? Did you throw the biggest tantrum in the class? Were you the kid that hid under the desk all day? We want to hear your stories, be they embarrassing, hilarious or otherwise.
Email your stories (and a photo, if you’d like to share) to news@grizzlydetail.com with the subject line “Reader stories” and yours might end up in print or online.

New one way traffic pattern for Liberty Elementary

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by A.C. Hall

The White Settlement Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to make the portion of Odie Street that runs by Liberty Elementary a one way street from 6:45 – 7:45 a.m. and from 1:45 – 3:45 p.m. on school days.  This was in an effort to reduce traffic congestion as parents drop off their kids and pick them up at Liberty.
The need for this change comes in large part due to changes in the White Settlement Independent School District boundaries that will see more students coming to Liberty.  White Settlement Police Department Chief J.P. Bevering touched upon this as he addressed the council. Continue reading “New one way traffic pattern for Liberty Elementary”

IRS phone scam hits westside, citizens should be cautious

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by A.C. Hall

A recent telephone scam where callers pretend to be with the IRS has started calling numbers in White Settlement.  The White Settlement Police Department has received multiple reports from people who have received the calls.  One such person who received a call from the scam artists was White Settlement City Council member Steve Ott. Continue reading “IRS phone scam hits westside, citizens should be cautious”

Above and beyond for students

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WSISD TEACHERS RECOGNIZED

Part 3: A few questions with the teachers of the year

by A.C. Hall

The White Settlement Independent School District teachers of the year go above and beyond for the children of our community.  School may be out for the summer, but over the next several weeks we’ll get to know these honored teachers.
This week we’re talking with Lacey Brewer, the teacher of the year from Brewer High School.   Continue reading “Above and beyond for students”

Above and beyond for students

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WSISD TEACHERS RECOGNIZED

Part 2: A few questions with the teachers of the year

by A.C. Hall

The White Settlement Independent School District teachers of the year go above and beyond for the children of our community.  School may be out for the summer, but over the next several weeks we’ll get to know these honored teachers.
This week we’re talking with Lisa Brown, the teacher of the year from the Fine Arts Academy.       Continue reading “Above and beyond for students”

BHS band students

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Brewer High School Band students Savannah Foster and Rudy Puente won gold medals, and Xander Southern won a silver at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest on May 23. The students qualified for state after earning Superior ratings on their memorized solos at the Region Solo and Ensemble Contest.
Band directors are Steve Shadman, Keith Duke and Lance Libby.

BMS Whiz Quiz team wins first place

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The Brewer Middle School Whiz Quiz Team won this year’s Whiz Quiz Tournament, defeating Irma Marsh Middle, Aledo Middle and All Saints Episcopal School.
Eighth graders are: Adam Bradley, Victoria McManamy, Angelo Ochoa, Lesly Salazar, Autumn Siegmund and Michelle Taylor.
Seventh graders are: Braxton Cannon, Jacob Olds, Kayela Denison, Alyssa Lobbes, Carson Morrill, Nicole Speiser, Christopher Starr, Austin Sykes and Trinity Weyandt.
The academic team is sponsored by Susan Wilson and Levi Jordan.

Students at Relay for Life

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Fine Arts Academy Student Council members recently volunteered at an American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  Students decorated luminaria bags in memory of those who lost their battle with cancer and in honor of those continuing to fight.
Pictured are: Katelyn McGowan, Amber Utter, Brandon Jenkins, Jeanine Laboy and sister Julie Laboy.
Sponsors are Candace Summerhill (pictured) and Katherine Sewell. Also pictured are Donna Utter, Hayley McGowan and Coleen Seeker. Not pictured are students Caleb Bartee, Micah Medrano, Brynleigh Hooten and Landry Brannon.

Brewer Alumni award scholarships

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By Cheryl Posey

Monday night, the Brewer Exes Association presented 3 scholarships to seniors at the annual Honors Night program.

The scholarships were made possible by donations from former Brewer students, including a $250 check from the students in the combined classes of the 1950’s.  The scholarships were all given in honor of one of the Exes Association’s beloved board members, David Deming.   Continue reading “Brewer Alumni award scholarships”