TRAFFIC SUPPLIES DELIVERED TO SEVERAL NORTH EAST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT campuses just before the holidays are intended to improve the flow of vehicles in school zones, said District 9 Councilman John Courage. The elected representative and his staff delivered 118 traffic cones, 48 adult safety vests and nine crosswalk barricades to Bradley and Eisenhower middle schools, as well as Canyon Ridge, Encino Park, Harmony Hills, Huebner, Larkspur, Las Lomas, Stone Oak, Vineyard Ranch and Wilderness Oak elementary schools. Funding came from the council office.

BUSH MIDDLE SCHOOL RECENTLY STARTED “Ketchup on Your Work” during all three student lunch periods to allow pupils to catch up on homework, reading or preparing with a peer for exams. Initiated by Academic Dean Debbie Norton, learners “receive a ‘ketchup pass,’ which allows them to go to the front of the lunch line in order to have a good amount of quiet study time to complete their assignments,” according to a school post. Though only offered on Wednesdays, plans are to add days “as needed,” administrators said.

SENIOR LONG SNAPPER KARSTEN BATTLES FROM JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which was played Jan. 6 at the Alamodome. The East team was victorious over West 17-16, with a record attendance of more than 41,000 fans.

SLAM POETS INSPIRED fellow students during winter festivities in December at Johnson High School. Hosted by the campus chapter of the National English Honor Society, it was the first Poetry Slam in the institution’s history. Before some 300 audience members, the event featured nearly 70 pupils reciting either their own original work or favorite poems. Nationally recognized poet and author Taylor Mali opened the proceedings by reading his “What Do Teachers Make.” Students vied for Best Original Work, Best Previously Published Work and Judge’s Favorite.

DISTRICT 10 COUNCILMAN CLAYTON PERRY recently announced he’s seeking constituents worthy of recognition during upcoming City Council meetings. The first-term officeholder invites residents to submit the names and accomplishments of neighbors deserving a spotlight as “upstanding members” of the community. To nominate an individual or learn more, contact District 10 Communications Coordinator Landry Stafford at

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