School districts use distance learning to educate area students during closures

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, both Aubrey and Pilot Point ISDs are using technology and distance learning to help area kids stay up to date with their course work. Aubrey and Pilot Point ISDs both make some use of technology in their standard operations but are now offering their course work online only during their extended closures. Aubrey ISD Assistant Superintendent Terrie McNabb has spearheaded the efforts for distance learning, Superintendent David Belding said. “First and foremost, our full focus is to deliver the best instructional experience for our students, while they are at home and to work with parents to deliver that well,” he said. He’s proud of the teachers as well as M

Coronavirus prevention causes cascade effect

School districts close to prevent exposures across communities Denton County schools, including Pilot Point ISD and Aubrey ISD, announced Tuesday they will continue their extended closures through April 3 with the possibility of extending the break as needed. Tioga ISD has extended its closure to March 27 and will reevaluate the situation weekly, Superintendent Charles Holloway said Wednesday. Local, county and state officials are working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control to determine what is the best course of action to protect public health. “We’d rather say we went overboard,” PPISD Superintendent Dan R. Gist said. “The one thing we don’t want to say is we didn’t take e

Longtime barber hangs up shears

Barber Alois Pelzel hung up his clippers and retired March 6 after 47 years in the same barbershop on the Pilot Point Square. From noon to 5 p.m., Pilot Point residents gathered at the Pelzel’s Barbershop & Salon and Southern Junkies Boutique & Gifts shop for a come-and-go style retirement party where they reminisced about first visits and in some cases first haircuts in Pilot Point. He started his career in Denton in 1963 and moved to his hometown in 1973, Alois said. “Well it’s grown a whole lot, but they haven’t done much building,” he said. “The Square hasn’t changed, only one that changed is the north side.” The highlight for him was just starting in Pilot Point, he said. He has enjoyed

Lessons learned

Bearcats’ catcher has learned value of working hard Caden Koerbacher likes to stay at home most of the time. He likes to work and make money, usually helping out his dad framing houses. In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends and play video games. But if Koerbacher isn’t doing any of those things, you can usually find him at a baseball field practicing his hitting stance or catching fundamentals. If there’s one thing the starting catcher for the Pilot Point Bearcats has learned since he started playing sports at a young age, it’s that you have to work hard. “Me and my dad used to hit in the garage when I was little for like three to four hours at a time,” he said. “I think a lot

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