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Denton ISD Back to School Briefs

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First Day of School
School begins Monday, Aug. 22, for more than 24,000 students in the Denton Independent School District, with the exception of high school freshmen, who will get an early insight of high school life at a special orientation Friday, Aug.19.

Freshman First Day
Ninth-graders will start with Freshman First Day at their respective high schools from 8:50 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. Aug. 19. This provides ninth-graders an early start on their high school careers. Participants will learn more about high school programs, location and expectations of classes and opportunities available in various clubs and organizations. Busing will be provided to qualifying students and lunch will be served.

School Start/End Times
Campus hours for the 2011-12 school year remain the same for elementary and middle schools, but have been extended for high schools.

The schedules include:

Elementary Schools – 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Middle Schools – 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
High Schools – 8:50 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
Fred Moore High: 8:50 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gonzalez School For Young Children: 7:50 to 10:50 a.m. and 12:15 to 3:15
p.m. for all half-day sessions and 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for all-day
sessions.
Ann Windle School for Young Children:  7:50 to 10:50 a.m. and 11:55 to
2:55 p.m. for all half-day sessions and 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 8:15 to
2:30 for all-day Head Start Programs.

Meal Prices
Cost of meal prices for students in the Denton Independent School District have not increased in almost five years. The prices again are remaining the same for the 2011-12 school year.

The elementary schools’ lunch price is $2.50. The lunch price for secondary schools is $2.75. The breakfast price at elementary schools is $1.10. Secondary students pay $1.35 for breakfasts. Reduced prices for students who need assistance are 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast. The free or reduced meal prices are available for students who qualify.

For additional information contact the child nutrition office at (940) 369-0270.

Bus Transportation
Denton ISD’s transportation department provides busing services to students who live two or more miles from their designated schools. Throughout the school year, the department pickups and delivers more than 8,000 students daily. For more information,  contact Transportation Director Aaron Robbins or call the main office at (940) 369-0300.

Volunteers Needed
Denton ISD’s Volunteer Advisory Board and Communities In Schools of North Texas (CISNT) are working jointly to recruit mentors and tutors who can work with students during school, after school and/or on Saturdays for the 2011-12 school year.

This year, because of state budget cuts, volunteers are in high demand to help the district’s 36 schools. During the 2010-11 school year, volunteers donated more than 357,248 hours to help the district’s 24,050 students.

The purpose of the volunteer program is to utilize the talents of parents, grandparents, caring citizens and employees in the business community to help students within the regular school program. Volunteers also allow teachers and staff more time for instruction and provide a chance for students to have one-on-one learning.

For more information, contact Sharon Cox, director of communications and community relations for Denton ISD, at (940) 369-0006 or scox@dentonisd.org.

Enrollment Projections
The Denton Independent School District is anticipating approximately 24,264 students to attend school on the first day of classes, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug, 22. Last year, the district reported an enrollment of 24,050 by the end of September.

Projected enrollment numbers for the schools serving Lantana are:

Blanton Elementary: 613
E.P. Rayzor Elementary: 691
Harpool Middle School: 980
Guyer High School: 2,184

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