North Elementary raised almost $500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation during an evening basketball tournament fundraiser.

staff vs. students

Pictured are: (front row) North staff members Pam Turpen, (center, l-r) Heather Lee, Iris Gonzales, Kelli Beckham, Monica Harp, Becky Marx, (back) Susan Hammonds, Nicole Gilmore, Courtney Kielman, Shannon Wilson, Jada Gehring, Katie Griffin and Valerie Mullinax.

Brewer High School Lady Bears basketball players are: Emma Craig, Danelle Day, Brittnee Fraizer, Destiny Jones, Crystal Luna, Sydney Staats, Sadie Troup, Asia and Autumn Bland, Morgan Cooley, Gabby Gonzalez, Ashley Jiles, Megan Morin, Kelly Jenkins and Callie Poyfair.

staff vs. navy

Team members from the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base also played North Elementary staff. They are pictured with Renato Olivares, Principal Coby Kirkpatrick, Nicole Gilmore, Courtney Kielman, Shannon Wilson, Kelli Beckham, Jada Gehring, Katie Griffin, Susan Hammonds, Heather Lee, Iris Gonzales, Monica Harp, Becky Marx, Valerie Mullinax and Pam Turpen.


Online Registration for Exit-Level TAKS Testing Now Available for Out-of-School Students


All registration for out-of-school examinees wishing to take the TAKS exit-level test will be online only for the March 2013 administrations.  Online registration will be available through Jan. 18.

TAKS examinees (including former TAAS and TEAMS examinees) must register online at   On-site registration is possible at a participating campus the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate the individual.

The TAKS exit-level tests will be administered on the following dates: March 4—English Language Arts; March 5—Math; March 6—Science; and March 7—Social Studies.

Since the TAAS tests are no longer being administered, former TAAS examinees (including former TEAMS examinees) will take the appropriate part of the TAKS exit-level English language arts and/or math test(s). TAKS scores will be matched to the appropriate TAAS passing standard.

Examinees should arrive at the test site by 7:30 a.m. for the 8 a.m. test and MUST present picture identification, such as a driver’s license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card to test. Examinees may not take the test(s) without a picture ID.

The testing site will be Brewer High School, 1025 W. Loop 820 N in Fort Worth.

Teacher wins award


Brewer Middle School teacher Michael Acuff is among only 11 K-12 Texas humanities teachers who the won the 2012 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. She received a $5,000 cash award towards professional development.

Acuff is also the sole recipient of the James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award; Brewer Middle School received an additional $500 for the purchase of humanities instructional materials.

Acuff, an eighth grade US history teacher, has 20 years teaching experience.

Students participate in spelling bee

   Four of the top spellers from every White Settlement ISD elementary school competed in a district-wide Spelling Bee on Nov. 8. Fine Arts Academy student Sydney Carithers won the bee. All students will compete in another district-wide bee, and one winner from every school will advance to the Area Bee in February.

Fine Arts Academy contestants were Brynleigh Hooten, Sydney Carithers, Peyton Chan and Gavin Daves.

West Elementary students were: Jim Karruli, Sunday Oleh, Ethan Le-Nguyen and Dawson Fagan.

Liberty Elementary spellers were Elijah Anderson, Kenley Heddins, Angelina Avila and Jacqueline Medina.

North Elementary contestants were Campbell Charrier, Madison Wilson, Carolina Luna and Camryn Wilson.

Blue Haze Elementary students were: E’lycia Larry-Lewis, Will Intfen, Natalie Ingram and Natalie Cain.

BHS Student Council

   The Brewer High School Student Council raised $2,200 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by selling Fight Like A Bear t-shirts. All students and staff in White Settlement ISD participated in a districtwide Pink Out Day in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness on Oct. 11.

Letter Jacket Ceremony

  Brewer High School invites parents and community members to its annual Academic Letter Jacket Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.  Monday, Nov.  26  in the Brewer High School auditorium. The ceremony honors students who achieved a top 10 percent ranking during the 2011-2012 school year for that school year.

First-time recipients will receive a jacket and second- and third-year recipients will receive a pin on their jacket previously earned. The event will begin with a performance by the Brewer High School choir and conclude with refreshments provided by the Culinary Arts program.

Red Ribbon Week

Students, teachers and even Longhorn fans celebrated Red Ribbon Week.

White Settlement ISD joined school districts across the nation to celebrate Red Ribbon Week, encouraging all Brewer Bears to lead healthy, drug-free lives. Students and staff participated in special dress days and a districtwide poster/slogan contest.  Continue reading

Parent meeting on protecting kids

White Settlement ISD invites all parents to learn how to protect their kids when they’re online on Monday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. A representative from the Texas Department of Justice will provide eye-opening statistics as well as the dangers all kids are susceptible to when using social networking, webcams and other technology. Parents will find out how to teach kids of all ages to be CyberSmart and safe when using the Internet.

The meeting will be in the Tannahill Intermediate cafetorium, 701 American Flyer Blvd. in Fort Worth.

BMS Cheerleaders win at competition

The Brewer Middle School Cheerleaders won first place at the NCA North Texas Classic Cheerleading Competition. Pictured are: front row (l-r) Cali Benton, Tamera Garza, Tori Fortman, Alyssa Reese, Kyler Boyd, (center) Carissa Cobb, Christell McBride, Katie Horton, Madison Jarvis, (back) Kirstyn Cain, Alexis Mathis, Peyton Summerhill, Alyssa Fukuhara, Bayleigh Green and Katelynn Clarke. Coach is Amanda Powers.

BMS students host canned food drive

Student teams were: (front row, l-r) Meagan North, Amy Koke, (center) Lexie Eadie, Peyton Summerhill, Madison Molinar, Calli Benton, (back) Christina Blevins, Makenna Blassingame, Emily Parker, Amanda Reed, Alexis Mathis, Alex Stepp, Lauren Jenkins and Karis Collins.

Brewer Middle School hosted its annual canned food drive volleyball tournament on Nov. 1, and the school raised $724. Students donated canned goods to be eligible to play in the tournament, and 22 teams of students and staff participated. All proceeds benefit the White Settlement ISD Thanksgiving Food Drive, coordinated by the WSISD Family Resource Center and benefiting families in the White Settlement community. Continue reading