Knights in the Know

January 17, 2020

Blanton Teacher of the Year

We are proud to announce that Mrs. Michele Branch (4th grade) has been named Blanton Teacher of the Year. This is Mrs. Branch's 11th year at Blanton. Mrs. Branch is passionate about teaching children to become strong readers and writers. She believes that building relationships is key to helping students grow. Any student who has ever had Mrs. Branch as a teacher will tell you that she is friendly, engaging, and they appreciate her holding them accountable for their own learning. Her colleagues know that she is a learner and willingly shares what she has learned through research or attending staff development.

Mrs. Branch will be Blanton's nominee for the Denton ISD Teacher of the Year. We wish her all the best as she moves forward in this process. She will be honored at the district level later this spring.

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Blanton Community Service Opportunity

January 13th – 31st Blanton Elementary will be collecting Preschool/Infant Items to benefit DentonISD’s Fred Moore Day Nursery School/Fred More at Gonzales School for Young Children.

At this point in the school year these schools tend to run low on certain items needed for the infants and toddlers that they take care of each day.

We would like to help restock their nursery this year!!!

If you would like to donate, please send the following items with your child to school.

There will be boxes available in the front foyer for drop off.

Diapers- sizes 3-6


Fitted crib sheets

Formula (all kinds)

baby food ( single fruit and veggies)

disposable sippy cups


paint brushes with thick handles

teethers (cold to necklaces)

lotion (unscented)

q tips

cotton balls

Blankets for naptime

Thank you for helping our Blanton Knights learn to serve our community!

Community Night of STEAM

Blanton students and staff will be a part of the Community Night of STEAM on January 28 at the Greater Denton Arts Council. We love the STEAM activities we do and skills we build at Blanton and will have the opportunity to share this with our greater Denton ISD community on this night.

What are the goals?

  • To provide our students a platform to demonstrate their STEAM knowledge and guide others in completing activities and challenges.
  • To allow members from throughout our community to see the fun things that go along with STEAM learning.
  • To provide educators the chance to try out new resources, get inspired, and get connected.
  • To have fun!!!

We have several groups of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who will be leading activities that evening. There are groups from other Denton ISD schools and a TWU group as well! If your student is leading an activity that evening, we will be so excited to see you there! If your student is not leading, we want you and your students to come and join in on the STEAM fun, too! Please see the image below to get more information about this exciting event.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Krutka at

For information about an opportunity for donating to the STEAM resource giveaways for teachers:

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EXPO Referrals for Spring

Denton ISD's program for Gifted and Talented students is called EXPO. Gifted and talented students are those who excel consistently or who show the potential to excel in general intellectual ability, specific subject matter aptitude, and creative and productive thinking. These students require educational experiences beyond those normally provided by the regular school program. Students are identified through the use of multiple criteria specified by our district.

The spring semester referral deadline for EXPO is February 11th. Forms are available in the main hallway or on Mrs. Turner's website. We encourage you to contact Mrs. Turner if you have any questions.

Honor Choir News

Our Honor Choir group of 10 students had their first area practice this week. They practiced along with 60 students from the South side schools of Denton ISD. The students performed a difficult 6th grade level repertoire and represented their schools in their practice and performance. We look forward to their concert on February 21st, 2020 at Ryan High School.

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Mrs. Dorrell ~ Future Goals Teacher of the Month

Please join us in congratulating Lisa Dorrell who has been selected as the Dallas Stars Future Goals Teacher of the Month. We are excited she has been recognized for her work with children to promote a healthy lifestyle which includes physical activity.

Mrs. Dorrell will receive two tickets to a Dallas Stars game and be entered to win the NHL's Most Valuable Teacher Award.

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Common Sense Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media: Weekly Tech Tips

You can sign up for a weekly tip from Common Sense media about practicing healthy media habits at home. Follow this link: and see the image above for more information!

Student Spotlight ~ Reflections

Congratulations to Maddie Haddon (5th grade) and Carson Stone (2nd grade) for the honor of their Reflections entries moving on to the state level for the next round of judging.

Carson Stone is advancing in the Music Composition category. His piece is titled "Hope Rising". Madoline Haddon is advancing in the Film Production Category, and her film is titled "Pumpkin, Spice, Color Your Life".

We are so proud of all the students who participated in the Reflections Program, and will acknowledge their creativity and participation at the PTA meeting in March.

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Staff Strengths

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Thank You, Watch DOGS!

PTA Meeting Change ~ Social and Emotional Learning

The next General PTA meeting will be Thursday, January 30th at 6PM. (This is a date change from previous communications.) We will have a couple of special presenters speaking about 2 related topics:

1) Social and Emotional Learning: Denton ISD’s Focus on Educating the Whole Child

2) Recognizing and Addressing Stress and Anxiety in Your Child

We look forward to seeing all of our Blanton parents there! (You do not need to be a PTA member to attend.)

Knight's Night at Palio's Pizza Cafe

Our next Knight's Night is Monday, January 20th from 4-9 at Palio's Pizza Cafe in Highland Village. We hope you have the opportunity to grab dinner that evening.

Kroger Card Linked to Blanton PTA

Blanton PTA has enrolled with the Kroger Community Rewards Program. When you use your loyalty card, money is earned for our community organization. If you haven't already updated your Kroger card to link it to Blanton PTA, please take a moment to do so. It will benefit all our children.

You can find information about this program at or

Daddy-Daughter Dance

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Save the Date ~ Fun Run is March 27th

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January Menu

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Upcoming Events

Jan. 20 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Jan. 20 ~ Knights Night at Palio's Pizza Cafe

Jan. 28 ~ Community Night of STEAM at Greater Denton Arts Council

Jan. 30 ~ PTA Meeting 6:00 in Cafeteria

Jan. 31 ~ Last day to register for the Daddy-Daughter Dance

Feb. 3-7 ~ Counselor Appreciation Week

Feb. 7 ~ Daddy-Daughter Dance

Feb. 11 ~ Deadline for spring EXPO referrals

Feb. 14 ~ Valentine Parties

Feb. 17 ~ Student Holiday

Feb. 21 ~ Honor Choir Performance; 6:15 p.m. at Ryan High School