Stonewall students create environmental calendar

Stonewall Jackson Elementary students have combined their artistic talents with their love for the Earth to produce a multi-paged environmental calendar for 1993 entitled Partners Protecting our Precious Planet.

Filled with drawings and captions created by the students, the calendar gives countless tips for recycling, energy conservation and protecting the environment.

The month of January focuses on feeding birds in the winter, while February gives tips on conserving energy and water, and June promotes cleaner beaches.

Other Earth-loving tips from the students include: “recycle old tires and make a swing”; “make a snowman with nuts and seeds”; “save grocery bags to make a kite”; and “plant a butterfly garden”.

“We wanted our students to be aware of some of the simple options available in caring for the environment, beyond three recycling domes,” says Pat Bowman, chairman of the cultural arts committee sponsoring the calendar.

“We were astounded by the wonderful ideas the children shared through their art.”

Stonewall is selling the calendars for $5. Proceeds benefit the student activity fund, student incentives and enrichment programs.

The calendar is signed by each Stonewall student as “a pledge to protect our planet.”

It is made of scrap paper donated by the Riverside Press printing company and is recyclable. Call the school at 841-5155 if you would like to purchase a calendar.

IN OTHER STONEWALL NEWS: Three students performed in the green cast of the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, a Dallas Children’s Theater production. Third-grader Ashley Hess, fourth-grader Jason Harms and sixth-grader Tevis Smith appeared in the play last month at El Centro College.

Among other neighborhood students taking part were Evan Daugherty (St. Mark’s), Sean Leatherby (Lamplighter), Lokeilani Kaimana (Whole Kids), Valerie Parks (St. Michael’s), Linn Daugherty (Lamplighter), Brian McGahan (St. Thomas), Patrick Deore (Highlander), Nolan McGahan (St. Thomas), Barclay Nihill (Lakewood), Laura Smith (Lakewood), Margie Cording (Lakewood), Erin Hinz (Lakewood), Mary Monigold (White Rock Montessori), Erin Hess, Amy Smith and Ellen Smith (Lakewood).

More than 80 children participated in the production. The theater group employs professional adult actors, directors and designers for its 11-play season and selects area students to participate in its productions.

Young Audiences Inspire Dan D. Rogers Students

Dan D. Rogers Elementary students were inspired recently by artists from Young Audiences of Greater Dallas. Young Audiences offers artist-in-residency programs to all DISD schools.

The artist-in-residence visits school classrooms on a regular basis, working with both teachers and students to provide ongoing performing and visual arts experiences that enhance learning and stimulate imagination and creativity to reinforce traditional curriculums.

The program is designed to familiarize the students with visual, multi-cultural and performing arts, says Lucy Livingston, Rogers vice principal.

Artists that were a part of Rogers’ residency program include: Lisa Schmidt, theater and prop construction; Charlotte Lindsey, visual art; Alonzo Garza, general theater/self esteem; Ayubu Kamau, dance, music, storytelling, creative drama, and Jan Alexander, story telling and creative writing.

Woodrow Choir, Band Honored at Contests

Woodrow Wilson High School choir students recently competed in the UIL District, Region and Area Choir Contests.

Woodrow’s all-district choir include Jamie Beach, Philip Boone, Randy Clewis, Neki Davis, Isaac Fuller, Tate Henderson, James Hurse, Blake Johnson, Ryan Looper, Tony Mayes, Harriet Patterson, Knox Peden, Trey Pendergrass, Zach Redington and Brennan Wallace.

The All-Region Choir includes Jamie Beach, Phillip Boone, Randy Clewis, Tate Henderson, Blake Johnson, Ryan Looper, Harriet Patterson, Trey Pendergrass and Zach Redington.

The All-Area Choir members include Jamie Beach, Tate Henderson and Trey Pendergrass. Henderson and Pendergrass will go on to state choir competition in January. Henderson also will be singing the lead role in Woodrow’s spring musical, “Annie”.

The district-wide, ninth-grade Honor Choir (which consists of about 30 members including Elena Grothe, Nhaila Hendrickse, Stephen Holley, Fox Holt, Adam Jacobs, Knox Peden, Kara Pendergrass, Jason Powell, Michael Sartain, Rene Smith, Max Voltmann and first alternate Kelly Theriot.

The Honor Choir performed last month at NorthPark Shopping Center, the Texas Convention of Engineers, and the Texas State Convention of Dental Wives. Scheduled January performances include the Dallas Opera Guild and Dallas Women’s Club.

IN OTHER WOODROW NEWS, seven band members have been selected to perform with the all-city band at Seagoville High School Jan. 29-30. They include Sara Farrier, Jamie Burch, Lauren Johnson, John Feuer, Benjamin Olsson, Oscar Uribe and Anna Rhodes.

Woodrow’s Spanish Club helped under-privileged children celebrate Christmas at the Anita Martinez Recreation Center. The students also delivered candy necklaces to the residents of the Juanita Fowler Retirement Home.

The cast of Woodrow’s 1993 One Act Play will perform “Good”. The play is set in pre-World War II Germany, with Adolf Hitler as one of the main characters. Cast members under the direction of Monty Holamon include Knox Peden, Alison Queal, Melissa O’Neil, Nicole Duryee, James Hurse, Nhaila Hendrickse, Trey Pendergrass, G.P. Theriot, Tony Mayes, Erin Fite, Tate Henderson, Kelly Grandjean, Stephen Bert, Ryan Looper, Harriet Patterson, Brantley Aufill and Jason Hill.

Woodrow students will enjoy an extra day of holiday vacation this year. While most schools resume classes Jan. 5, Woodrow resumes classes Jan. 6. Principal Robert Giesler asks students not to visit other schools, as that would hurt Woodrow’s chances for an extra vacation day in the future.

White Rock Montessori Adopts Family for Holidays

White Rock Montessori School celebrated the holiday season by providing an “adopted family” with a large Christmas box filled with food, clothing and toys.

According to staff member Sue Henry, this is the third year the school has helped a family during the Christmas season.

“We are trying to instill into the children the joy of giving,” Henry says. “The children play a large role in the process by selecting and sorting items that a particular family member may need. They may either buy something or bring something from home that is gently used.

“They really get into the spirit by helping to make a nicer Christmas for someone else,” Henry says.

White Rock works with the Dallas Police Storefront in selecting a family. This year, the adopted family included six children. The school plans to adopt two families next year.

Lakehill Honors Math Students

Lakehill Preparatory School recently held its annual “Celebration of Math” by inducting new members into Mu Alpha Theta, the National Mathematics High School and Junior College Mathematics Club. The organization recognizes students who have achieved high standards in math courses.

New members include Angie Buckner, Heather Cook, Chris Edvardsen, Scott Nye and Anton White.

The week-long Celebration of Mathematics program is designed to show students at all grade levels the integral part math plays in the workplace. Guest speakers representing 25 occupations shared with students the importance of math in their jobs.

Zion Lutheran Students Win Math Awards

Students from Zion Lutheran School brought home top awards from the Lutheran Middle School Mathematics Contest held at Lutheran High School recently.

Winners include Matt Frisch (1st in Practical Applications), Marianne Stanton, Matt Grimes, Jon Allmon (3rd in Practical Applications), David Gardner, Kasey Schlutow, Amy Wood (1st in Mental Math and 2nd in Number Theory), Ginny Hall, Jimmy Stanton (3rd in Practical Application, 1st in Mental Math, Top Individual Award), Adie Buchanan, and Stephen Gardner (3rd in Practical Applications).

Long Hosts Orientation for Students, Parents

J.L. Long Middle School, 6116 Reiger, invites sixth-grade students and parents to attend “Something to See in ’93: Learn About J.L. Long”, a Jan. 28 orientation program to acquaint potential students with the school and its programs.

Affected students include those attending Stonewall Jackson, Lakewood, Robert E. Lee, Lipscomb, Mt. Auburn, O.M. Roberts and Zaragoza elementary schools, although anyone interested in Long programs is invited, says Mary Jo Milbank, Long PTA president.

The program begins in the auditorium but continues with parent/student visits to classrooms where faculty members will speak about their academic subjects. The cafeteria also will be filled with information concerning elective courses and extracurricular activities, Milbank says.

The program begins at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Long staff, the School Centered Education Council and the PTA. Call 841-5270 for information.

IN OTHER LONG NEWS: Long student Jessica-Kizer Lawrence won 1st place in the bridge-building competition at the fourth annual Science-Olympiad sponsored by Southern Methodist University and the Winston School. More than 4,000 students from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma competed in the contest. In addition to a first place trophy, she also will receive a $200 savings bond.

Long, Spence Students Receive Essay Honors

Deanne Lee of J.L. Long Middle School and David Antonio of Spence Academy recently were recognized at a screening of a Dallas-based AIDS educational film targeting middle school students. The students were honored for their participation in the “AIDS/HIV Infection – I Have a Choice” essay contest.

The 10-minute film and essays target middle school students, who are cited as one of the most vulnerable populations to the HIV infection and AIDS.

Fannin Teacher Supported by Dallas Junior League

Judy Faltiss, a teacher at Fannin Elementary, will receive $310 from the Junior League of Dallas for a traveling mini-museum of artifacts reflecting Native American and Asian cultures and histories.

Grants for Innovative Teaching is a new Junior League project designed to encourage and support excellence in teaching. The group has provided $25,000 in grants to 35 DISD schools.

The funds will enable teachers to implement creative teaching strategies not provided for in school budgets.

Lakewood Resident Wins Debate Honors

Greenhill School student and Lakewood resident Ellen Oberwetter was among the winners at a recent statewide debate tournament held in Dallas. Oberwetter participated in the varsity division of cross-examination debate for Greenhill.

Education Calendar

Jan. 21 – Stonewall Jackson PTA meeting, An Environmental Fair, will be held at 7 p.m. at the school, 5828 E. Mockingbird. Representatives from several environmental groups will give short, informal sessions in various classrooms. Topics include endangered animals, recycling and cleaning up Texas.

Feb. 4: Lakewood Elementary Sweetheart Supper will be held at 7 p.m. at the school, 3000 Hillbrook. The menu includes lasagna, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $2.50 and can be purchased in advance by calling Holly Greef at 821-5032 or Debbie Denman at 824-7088.


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