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

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On the way down while other properties on the way up

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The old Lockheed Martin building in Westpoint is all but gone. Only a portion of the hull remains, and that will be gone in just days. Over the past several months, demolition workers have been sorting and hauling off the concrete and steel that once made this one of the most secure buildings in the country. In 1991, situated on 65 acres, Building 500 was a state-of-the-art 4-story facility. Still no word on what’s to come. Contact with the property owner only gets a “No comment” to all our questions, but we’ll keep trying.

For residents living in the Westpoint area of west Fort Worth, several large properties that have been vacant for years are now under contract to be sold. The developers have all filled out pre-application paperwork with The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for housing tax credits and are showing that they will be building multi-family housing units on the properties. Continue reading

Bears make strong showing in second half against the Bearcats

Brewer Bears quarterback #10 Carson Ingram follows a wall of blockers (#66 Christian Ramirez, #77 Fernando Monreal, #72 Justin Mayo, #68 Zach Bushey) in this past Friday night’s game against Aledo. Ingram lead the Bears with two touchdowns and a total of 236 yards in a 67-24 loss to the Bearcats. #8 Bryce Miller is also in the photo. Photo by Ellie Posey

Brewer Bears quarterback #10 Carson Ingram follows a wall of blockers (#66 Christian Ramirez, #77 Fernando Monreal, #72 Justin Mayo, #68 Zach Bushey) in this past Friday night’s game against Aledo. Ingram lead the Bears with two touchdowns and a total of 236 yards in a 67-24 loss to the Bearcats. #8 Bryce Miller is also in the photo. Photo by Ellie Posey

Although the Brewer Bears were shut out in the first half, the offense kept coming hard in the second half scoring 24 points against the #1 state ranked Bearcats of Aledo. The Bear defense gave up 67 points to the Bearcats, but they took a “never say die” attitude and fought hard against a tough rival. Bearcat fans said this was the toughest team played since their District opener against Mansfield Legacy.  The final score of the game was Aledo 67, Brewer 24, but the point spread did not tell the whole story of the fierce Bear play all throughout the game. Continue reading

Homecoming 2016 activities begin Wednesday at Brewer Bear stadium

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A Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned Friday night at the annual Homecoming game at Brewer Bear Stadium at BHS on Loop 820.   All of the traditional activities for the high school students have been planned including a Homecoming pep rally at 3:30 Friday afternoon in the BHS gym and a Homecoming dance on Saturday night from 7 to 11 p.m. at SplashDayz water park. Continue reading

Brewer wins close battle with Weatherford Roos

#20 Christian Calton scampers away from Weatherford defenders.

#20 Christian Calton scampers away from Weatherford defenders.

by Kyle Kirschner

What an exciting night for the Brewer Bears, starting off their second game of the season with a warm welcome for Officer Matt Pearce alongside the White Settlement Police to be honored by Brewer. Officer Pearce was also given the opportunity for initiating the coin toss, with Brewer receiving the kickoff from the Roos. Continue reading

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

Area athletic teams, bands start practices on hottest day of year

The Lake Worth Bullfrog football team works on passing drills.

The Lake Worth Bullfrog football team works on passing drills.

Area sports teams, bands, cheerleaders, drill teams are showing up for practices this week facing some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far. On Monday, temperatures hit 103 degrees and the forecast calls for dry and hot weather with temperatures that could reach a triple-digit high through Friday. See more photos. Continue reading

New Honeycomb director aims to continue tradition

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by A.C. Hall

When the new school year begins, it will be the dawning of a new era for the storied Brewer High School Honeycombs drill team.  Long time director Kelli Winn retired at the close of the 2015 – 2016 school year, and in her place the White Settlement Independent School District named Alesha Walpole to take over.
Last week, Walpole shared some thoughts with The Detail about her new approach as Honeycombs Director, her background and experience, and what Mrs. Winn meant to her.  First are our questions in italics, followed by her responses. Continue reading

Local student hits the links at inaugural Junior Invitational at Colonial last week

Javie Cerda (middle), and caddie Tre Wright (behind) from Benbrook Middle School walk down the fairway at Colonial.

Javie Cerda (middle), and caddie Tre Wright (behind) from Benbrook Middle School walk down the fairway at Colonial.

by Ben Posey

Javie Cerda, a Brewer Middle School student and soon to be freshman at BHS, was selected from the local chapter of First Tee players to participate in the Inaugural Junior Invitational at the Dean and DeLuca held at Colonial Country Club during the Memorial Day weekend pro golf tournament. The event, which was held on the Sunday prior to the tournament start, was part of the Nike Golf Youth Clinic, which was open to kids of all ages. Continue reading

Lockheed sponsors bike giveaway

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Ten White Settlement ISD elementary students won new bikes in the 18th annual Lockheed Martin Bike Giveaway this year. Students who earn perfect attendance and receive good citizenship for the entire year qualify for a random drawing to win a bike. One boy and one girl from each school wins.
Pictured are: (l-r) Robert Heick, Blue Haze Elementary; Erick Aguilar, West Elementary; Riley Frisbee, Liberty Elementary; Elora Mack, Blue Haze Elementary; Miguel Carrera, North Elementary; Hydey Maxwell, Fine Arts Academy; Heidi Flores, North Elementary; and Yareli Loya, West Elementary.
Not pictured is Tristan-Tan Le-Nguyen, Fine Arts Academy, and Crysten Quibol, Liberty Elementary.

Brewer graduation moved to convention center on Friday as storms threaten area

Happy young woman, just graduated with diploma.

The White Settlement ISD administration has decided to move graduation from the school’s football stadium to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Brewer High School Commencement Ceremony will be on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. The district sent out a press release on Tuesday around noon apologizing to students, family and friends for the inconvenience. The threat of showers and thunderstorms throughout the week prompted the change in location. Commencement practice on Wednesday has been cancelled and graduates will have a mandatory practice at noon on Friday at the FW Convention Center. Students needing transportation to the practice will be able to ride a bus leaving the high school at 11 a.m. on Friday. All students and families are responsible for their own transportation to the actual ceremony in the evening.

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

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

Brewer Middle to be closed Wednesday, March 30 due to major electrical outage

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White Settlement ISD closed Brewer Middle School for the day on Wednesday, March 30, after a major electrical power outage shutdown the campus on Tuesday evening. School, city officials and electric providers were evaluating the situation to hopefully ensure the campus would be open on Thursday, March 31. None of the other district schools were affected or closed. The school was in the middle of STAAR testing this week. Administration will make an announcement later today or Thursday morning on the status of the school.

School kids duck and cover as high winds, hail and rain cause damage

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The billboard near the entrance of BHS is folded over and twisted by the storm.

By A.C. Hall and Cheryl Posey

Brewer High School and Tannahill Intermediate both lost power in an early morning storm Tuesday that wreaked havoc on the BHS campus and put all White Settlement ISD schools into Tornado mode around 8 a.m. Heavy storms and severe winds blew through White Settlement, Benbrook, Lake Worth, Aledo and most other area communities and brought at least three confirmed E1 tornadoes to the area.   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.

Brewer Colorguard wins top honors at competition

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The Brewer High School Color Guard competed in the North Texas Colorguard Association Contest Jan. 23, and the varsity team won a First Division rating and earned first place out of 19 teams in the Regional A class. The JV team took sixth place and a First Division rating in the Novice class.
Members are: (front row, l-r) Victoria Hatfield, Felicity Zohrehvandi, Myrranda Harp, (center) Valorie Hertel, Isabel Caceres, Sydney Schultz, Valerie Cazares, (back) Madeleine Barnes, Brooke Frazier, Mari Ferrer, Brianna Merneigh, Devon May and Cassandra Harding.
Not pictured is Veronica Davis. Director is Jason Maeir.
Varsity will compete again at the Winterguard International/Dallas Regional on Feb. 6 at Thomas Coliseum in Birdville ISD, and Junior Varsity will perform on Feb. 26 at the North Texas Colorguard Association Contest at Byron Nelson High School.

BMS team wins basketball tournament

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The Brewer Middle School eighth grade A boys’ basketball team won first place at the Stephenville Tournament. Pictured l-r are: (front row) Trey Yount, Travis Bradley, Antjuan Geiger, Brayton Chitty, Alonzo Wright, (center) Andrew Juarez, Skylar Vaughn, Devin Avent, Brandon Debaca, (back) De’marques Henry, Josh Uranga, Devan Soucy and Ryan Harris. Coaches are Dustin Burchfield and Zach Redden.

BHS tennis players honored

 

TennisSuperintendent Frank Molinar and Board President Randy Armstrong recognized the Brewer High School All-District tennis players. Honorees are: Ross Houk and Daniel Richey, Honorable Mention boys’ doubles; Vinit Shah and Valentine DeLa Rosa (not pictured), 1st Team boys’ doubles; Ross Houk, Daniel Richey and Vinit Shah, second team boys’ singles; Valentine DeLa Rosa (not pictured), second team boys’ singles; Eric Gurtner and Jake and Kyle Walpole (not pictured); Honorable Mention boys’ singles; Garrett Bitters and Kate Duke, Honorable Mention Mixed Doubles; Taylor Banda and Ana Martinez (not pictured), 2nd Team, girls’ doubles; Savannah Burnett and Olivia Farris, Honorable Mention girls’ doubles; and Ana Martinez (not pictured), Honorable Mention girls’ singles. Coaches are Steve Foster and Phil Burris.

WSISD posts board positions for May election

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The White Settlement ISD Board of Trustees will have a school board election on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Incumbents are Randy Armstrong, Place 4, and Ben Davis, Place 5.
Application period for a place on the ballot is Jan. 20 through Feb. 19. Applications will be available at the WSISD Administration Building, 401 S. Cherry Lane, during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19.
Drawing for places on the ballot will be in the Human Resources Office at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.

Turf installation underway on ball fields

Construction workers preparing the ground for the new artificial turf on the baseball field.

Construction workers preparing the ground for the new artificial turf on the baseball field.

by A.C. Hall
When the softball and baseball teams of Brewer High School next step on the field, they’ll feel an unfamiliar substance under their cleats.  Turf is being installed at the softball and baseball fields in preparation for the 2016 season.  This $1.4 million project was approved by the WSISD Board of Trustees in November with a completion date set for mid-January. Continue reading