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.
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
Photo by Hayden Posey
The Dunbar Wildcats (19-11) stayed one step ahead of the Brewer Bears (18-14) in the Region 1 Bi-district game Tuesday night at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth. Dunbar held a small lead over the Bears at the end of each period and held off a late surge by Brewer to win 55-48. Senior Richard Juarez led the Bears with 26 points on the night. This is the fourth year in a row the Bears have made it into the post-season.
Alexis Hackney – Western Hills HS
Western Hills High School Junior Alexis Hackney has earned the gold – for a second consecutive year. Just as she did last year, Alexis won the 100-yard breaststroke event at the 5A-Region 1 Swim Meet in Mansfield this past weekend.
Both Alexis and Brandon Baron of Arlington Heights High School will advance to the State Meet in Austin on February 19 and 20.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Reader stories” and yours might end up in print or online.
After two delays because of stormy weather, the groundbreaking ceremony for Fort Worth ISD’s new Westpark Elementary School finally took place on Thursday, June 4. Continue reading
Updated Story: Caitlyn Williams has been found safe in Bossier City, Louisiana, according to the Benbrook Police Department.
The suspect in the case, Jessie Nicholas Williams, is dead after a struggle with authorities. Continue reading
Benbrook Middle-High School in Benbrook was evacuated for a short time Tuesday morning due to a bomb threat received on social media. Continue reading
Jayden Bradshaw is a first grader at Fort Worth ISD’s Westpark Elementary School in Benbrook. This week, Jayden and his classmates had a very special visitor. Recently, Jayden’s grandfather participated in a fund-raiser for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. As a result, he won a school visit by Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise. Mr. Haise was introduced by Jayden and then recounted nearly being lost in space on the Apollo 13 mission. He shared how teamwork, education and perseverance led the Apollo 13 crew home safely to Earth. Continue reading
Incumbent Raymond Patterson (Place 1), Glenn Lowry (Place 2), and incumbent Amanda Sanchez (Place 3) filed for the WSISD school board this past month. Danny Knowles, currently Place 2, is not seeking re-election. Since there are no opponents in any of the seats, no election will be held.
FWISD school board applicants for District 5 West/Northwest Fort Worth include Judy Needham – Incumbent, Linda LaBeau, and Michael Johnston.
Below is a link to the Fort Worth ISD Board of Trustee candidate information for the upcoming election on May 9. District 5 includes parts of West and Northwest Fort Worth.
The Fort Worth school board nominated Dr. Joel D. Boyd as their finalist earlier in February.
The Fort Worth ISD’s only pick for superintendent has withdrawn his nomination. Continue reading
Eleven Fort Worth ISD high schools will receive artificial turf fields approved by the FWISD Board of Education. Continue reading
Southwest High School graduate Brandon Finnegan pitches for the Royals.
by A.C. Hall
The Kansas City Royals are having a dream post season, winning eight straight games to blaze through the playoffs and get into the World Series for the first time since 1985. One of the playoff wins that got them back to the series came on the arm of relief pitcher Brandon Finnegan, a 2011 graduate of Southwest High School in Fort Worth. Continue reading
Chamber members are guided through the main entrance to the newly renovated building.
By Ben Posey
Members of the White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce received a sneak peak of the newly renovated Sam’s Club warehouse building located at 1451 S. Cherry Lane, soon to be home to the Region 11 Education Service Center (ESC Region 11). Continue reading
School Superintendent Walter Dansby offered his resignation Monday night, and school trustees voted 6-3 to accept it. Continue reading
A Wise County jury has awarded a former Fort Worth school employee $2.4 million in damages in a wrongful-termination suit according to news reports. Continue reading
A former Arlington Heights High School coach accused of engaging in sexual contact with two students last year will be serving prison time. Continue reading
The University Interscholastic League released the conference cutoff numbers for the 2014-2016 reclassification and realignment today. Continue reading
School starts for most districts this next week.
Traffic patterns and peak travel times can change as drivers alter daily routines once school is back in session. Continue reading
By A.C. Hall
At their meeting last week, the Benbrook City Council heard the results of the 2013 citizen satisfaction survey. The city scored well above national benchmarks and was in line with previous year results which have scored Benbrook seven Voice of the People awards. Continue reading
By A.C. Hall
The Benbrook City Council and city officials held a meeting with the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education at Benbrook Middle School on Thursday to talk about all the schools in the Benbrook area. Continue reading
Three people, including two children, were injured Thursday morning when a school bus rear-ended a pickup truck causing a chain-reaction crash, police said. Continue reading