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

Bears battle Wildcats in playoff game

Photo by Hayden Posey

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.

Fort Worth ISD Standouts at 5A-Region 1 Swim Meet

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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.

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.

Student lands a visit from Astronaut

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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

Candidates file for school board

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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.

Southwest High graduate heading to the World Series

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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 invited to tour new Region 11 Education Service Center

Chamber members are guided through the main entrance to the newly renovated building.

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