Two RISD schools in the Lake Highlands area need help forming partnerships with businesses, organizations or churches in the community.

Mentors and tutors are needed at Forest Meadow Junior High, 9373 Whitehurst, says Cheryl Salmon, eighth-grade counselor and head of the school’s Partners in Education committee, which has compiled a report about the school’s needs and demographics.

“We have a lot of kids from single-parent homes,” Salmon says. “We want to provide some positive role models that are out in the professional world, so the kids can see that there is a purpose behind education and see that they can get some positive rewards.”

Financial assistance isn’t required, Salmon says.

“That’s not what we’re looking for. We’re looking for people who want to get involved with the kids, help them with their studies and just be positive role models.”

Also, Moss Haven Elementary School, 9202 Moss Farm, has a wide range of volunteer possibilities, including spots for individual tutors, assistants in the computer labs and library, sponsors for field trips, judges for contests and Career Day resources.

Moss Haven also accepts donations of money, services and new and used equipment, such as copy machines, computers, files and furniture.

Both schools have identified ways to repay assisting groups,including providing publicity, speakers, student performances and displays, and support for events and projects.

For more information, call Salmon or principal Jeff Kane at Forest Meadow, 503-2400; principal Mary Mamantov at Moss Haven, 503-2430; or Dr. Bill Smith, head of RISD’s school adoption program, at 301-3318.

‘A’ Team Named for DISD Schools

Three cheers for members of the “A” Team – DISD high school and middle school students who maintain straight-A report cards during an entire school year.

Fewer than 500 students throughout DISD qualified for the 1991-92 “A” Team. They were recognized by Positive Parents of Dallas in a ceremony Sept. 22. The following are “A” Team members from Lake Highlands area DISD schools.

Robert T. Hill Middle School: Travis Cook, Jonathan Medlin, Sajay Nair, Adam Shook, Heather Sizemore, Hue Tang, Natalie Black, Joy Christensen, Kevin Faust, Roseleen Malhi, Joseph Massey, Cheryl McCormack, Tu Nga Nguyen, Alan Nguyen and Yen Truong.

L.L. Hotchkiss Montessori Academy: Alicia Blanton, Asia Cirigliana, Jenny Goodwin, Jeremy Graham, Linh Nguyn and Gabrielle Stanco. “A” Team members who completed Hotchkiss last year: Kiesha Flucas, Timothy Milley, Marieclaire Montilla and Amanda Valencia.

LH Seniors Named Merit Scholar Finalists

Four Lake Highlands High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Allison C. Brown, Bob R. Farmer, Marianne E. Husberg and Ryan R. Smith are eligible to compete for Merit Scholarships.

They are among 15,000 students nationwide who achieved top scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, taken during their junior year. Finalists will be named in the spring.

Northlake Elementary Hosts Family Picnic

Northlake Elementary School’s new principal, Kay Shickles, was welcomed to the school recently at the first Back-To-School Family Picnic. The event also celebrated a new playground built with funds raised by the Northlake PTA.

PTA president Susan Tomlinson led the program, and teacher Shirley Tye’s class entertained the group with a song told in sign language.

Northlake parent Katha Black, who is a faculty member at Lake Highlands High School and owner of the Texas Southwest entertainment group, taught the group the Texas Two-Step, the Northlake Hand-Jive and the Boot-Scootin’ Boogie.

The picnic was chaired by Suzanne Knudson; Sharon Clark chairs the marketing committee, which helped organize the event.

LH Future Educators Select ’92-93 Officers

Officers have been elected at Lake Highlands High School for the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), a club for students interested in learning about the teaching profession.

Officers for the 1992-93 school year are Jenedra Cade, president; Aisha Shaw, vice president; Venita Gray, Secretary; Chasity Sheppard, Financial Secretary; Kelly Gray, historian; Mary Heaton, parliamentarian; and Courtney Reyna, social.

Forest Meadow Students Select Group Leadership

Two Forest Meadow Junior High organizations have selected leaders for the year.

FMJH Student Council officers are Jennifer Haynes, president; Ross Carmichael, vice president; Katy Packard, secretary; Taylor Blessing, treasurer; and Meredith Miles, historian.

The National Junior High Honor Society officers for 1992-93 are Ashley Loaring-Clark, president; Carlton Johnson, vice president; Laura Smith, secretary; Keating Patterson, treasurer; and Melissa Berger, reporter.

Moss Haven Names Citizens of the Week

The following students have been Good Citizens of the Week at Moss Haven Elementary, 9202 Moss Farm. Good Citizens are students recognized for good behavior, kindness and helpfulness.

Week of Aug. 25: Rachel Elliston, Loren Fox, Paul Guest, Lari Kalu, Kelly Kepley, Katherine Kohan, Ashley Martin, Laura Mills, Meghan Ruble, Hunter Swindell.

Week of Sept. 1: Jennifer Ackerson, Evan Alterman, Ashley Bradford, Brandon Carter, Adam Cross, Spencer Henderson, Christopher Hulme, Alysha Lalji, Kathleen Patterson, Blaire vanHartesvelt.

Week of Sept 8: Ashley Bradford, Jessica Bronner, Brett Crockett, Drew Davis, Kitty Davis, Elizabeth Glantz, Allison McNearney, Carly Molloy, Kevin Shultz, Adriane Whitman.

Hotchkiss Artists Honored by Pentel

Stand aside, Picasso. Out of the way, Van Gogh. Make way for students from L.L. Hotchkiss Montessori Academy!

The creations of five young artists from the school have won awards from the Pentel Co. of Tokyo. The students won medals and certificates for pieces completed last spring in art classes conducted by Louise Hudgins.

Olivia Charbeneau, second grade, and Diana Garland, sixth grade, won Silver Awards. Chelsea Snider, sixth grade, won a Bronze Award. Adrienne Hunter, seventh grade, and Henry Wilkins, fifth grade, won Pentel Awards (honorable mention).

The Pentel Co. annually sponsors a traveling exhibit of children’s art work. The 22nd International Children’s Art Exhibition will be in San Antonio March 8-26, 1993.

Hotchkiss Computes After $375,000 Drive

Students are byte-ing into education this year at L.L. Hotchkiss Montessori Academy. A new IBM computer system and printer were installed in the school’s multi-media library in May, and another printer is on the way.

Hotchkiss parents and students saved more than $375,000 in receipts from Tom Thumb/Page stores to qualify for the system in Tom Thumb’s “Knowledge for the ’90s” program. Susan Odeski counted and tabulated the receipts.

White Rock Elementary Hosts Playground Fund-raiser

Get out your running shoes and start training for the third annual 5K race and 1 mile fun run/walk sponsored by the White Rock Elementary PTA. This year’s event is scheduled Nov. 7, with the 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. and the fun run/walk at 9:15 a.m.

Both races start and finish at the White Rock Elementary, 9229 Chiswell Road. Sponsors says the 5K is a “challenging” course in the hills of Lake Highlands.

Entry fee is $12. Proceeds will be used to renovate and improve the school’s playground. For an entry form or information, call 341-1532.

Moss Haven Sponsors Oct. 24 Madness Carnival

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be featured at the annual Moss Haven Madness Carnival Oct. 24 from 4-8 p.m.

The entire school, located at 9202 Moss Farm Lane, will be decorated for the event, which will include games, a magic show, a spook house, dunking booth, bake sale and dinner. Admission is free, but each activity will require purchase of a certain number of 25-cent tickets.

The carnival, which is geared to elementary-age children, is the PTA’s main fundraising event. For information, call 503-2430.

Forest Meadow Hosts Arts & Crafts Market

Jewelry, clothing, arts, crafts and more will be featured at the eighth annual Market in the Meadow Oct. 17-18 at Forest Meadow Junior High, 9373 Whitehurst.

More than 100 selected vendors will sell goods at the event, which will be indoors at the school. Admission is free, and hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Children’s groups of all ages will provide entertainment, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The event is the only fund-raiser sponsored by the school’s PTA, and last year netted about $13,000. Last year’s proceeds were used to purchase items requested by teachers, including books, stools for science laboratories and a piano for the choir program.

For more information, call Ida Deats at 341-7706.

Education News & Notes

TEEN DRINKING PANEL: A panel discussion concerning teenage drinking is on the agenda for a PTA Parent Education program Oct. 20 at Lake Highlands High School, 9449 Church Road. The discussion, “So Is Everyone Really Drinking in High School…Fact or Fiction?,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in the LH Student Center. Call 553-4200 for information.

GANG DISCUSSION: “Dallas Street Gangs” will be the focus of a PTA program Oct. 13 at Northlake Elementary School, 10059 Ravensway. Det. Steve Spradling of the Dallas Police Department Gang Unit will speak. The program is open to the public and will start at 7 p.m. For information, call 503-2470.

PRESCHOOL PTA MEETS: The Lake Highlands Area Preschool PTA will meet from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 14, at Highlands Christian Church, 9949 McCree Road. Susan Skinner Wyatt of the Dallas Association for Parent Education will present “Talking With Your Preschoolers About Sexuality.” Nursery care will be provided on a reservation-only basis. Admission is free, but there will be a small fee for nursery care. For information, call 349-3308.

FOREST MEADOW HONOR: For the third consecutive year, the Parent Education Program of Forest Meadow Junior High PTA is a finalist for a state award. The Texas State PTA will announce the winner of the Danforth Award for Outstanding Parent Education Program at the state PTA convention Nov. 22. Coordinators of Forest Meadow program last year were Tricia Harrison, Candy Haynes, Kathy Molaison, Linda Roby, Sandy Long and Cheryl Salmon.

The public is invited to the group’s upcoming Parent Education programs at the school, 9373 Whitehurst Road. Call 503-2400 for more information.