Denton ISD Our Impact In Your Community Magazine Winter 2017-18 - Page 11

the 2016-17 school year and, following in line with tradition, his home district kicked off the convention with an artistic performance. And Denton ISD’s students didn’t disappoint. There were musical numbers from the McMath Tiger Jazz Band and the Houston Elementary Choir. The Braswell, Denton, Guyer and Ryan high school choirs combined for an impressive set and the Guyer Theatre Department’s combination of singing, dancing, acting and acrobatics brought the audience to its feet on numerous occasions with its performance of “More Than a Test Score,” an original theatrical production produced by Guyer Theatre Directors Elisha and Chris Crotwell. solving and public speaking skills. The project was part of the third annual TASB Student Innovation Challenge, which challenges students to solve a problem that has an effect on the world’s geography and population. Watching teenagers collaborate with architects on a presentation about how water sources are impacted during man-made natural disasters to more than 200 school board members from across the state may sound daunting, but much like the aerial pirouettes executed by the students hanging from the ceiling during the general session, it wasn’t anything some of the district’s most talented students couldn’t handle. “We rarely, if ever, see a Multi-talented students from the Denton ISD Fine Outside, in the exhibit hall, Arts Dept. wowed administrators and school board group as well organized, well a handful of the district’s members from across the state during their annual conference. They include Jake Lopez, Ashlynn Stewart disciplined, respectful and youngest students put their and Serena Khatri Chherti. talented as the Denton ISD artistic talents on display. group we worked with [at the Student teams from Ginnings convention],” said Jon Acker, the production manager and Adkins Elementary schools designed and painted for the TASA/TASB general session. “This is even more wooden chairs, bringing to life old and dated seats impactful for me because I live in Denton. I have two with new colors and textures as principals, school boys… and I could not be more happy and excited for board members and business leaders looked on and the possibilities that await them.” stopped to ask questions. The mismatched chairs, which were destined to sit in a local dumpster or landfill, were transformed into student-created works of art that now sit in the district’s fine arts department and superintendent’s office. An extra pair was donated to the Denton Public School Foundation and will be auctioned off to support scholarship initiatives at its annual Groundhog Gala fundraiser next month. “This was like a huge honor for me because I really like creating art. Mrs. [Kay] Adamson is a great teacher and I really liked getting to create it with her,” said Ruairi Ayre, a fifth grader at Ginnings. That creativity was also echoed by students in Mrs. Jennifer Wyman’s geography classes at Braswell High School as they worked with architects from DLR Group, a nationally recognized firm, on problem- Denton ISD Trustee Charles Stafford served as the president of the Texas Association of School Boards for the 2016-2017 school year. 11