About Cheek Middle School
Cheek Middle School, serving sixth through eighth grades, is located off FM 1385 between Noles and Fishtrap/Gee Roads in the Town of Prosper supporting the Braswell High attendance zone. It is the third middle school in the zone and opened in the fall of 2023.
Denton ISD’s ninth middle school is named for Pat Hagen Cheek, a longtime Dentonite and advocate for children. During her 37 years in the district, Mrs. Cheek taught at Denton Junior High, Strickland Junior High (now Strickland Middle School), Denton High School, Congress Junior High (now Calhoun Middle School), and at the elementary grade level.
While teaching in the district, Mrs. Cheek volunteered as a tutor for special education classes at Strickland Middle School and mentored at-risk students at Calhoun Middle School. She served on the Newton Rayzor Elementary PTA where her children attended elementary school.
Upon her retirement in 2002, Mrs. Cheek became active in a new Denton ISD mentoring program called Grandparents in Public Schools (GIPS). Mrs. Cheek played a vital role in helping to implement a program that paired grandparent volunteers with elementary-aged students at Denton ISD schools. The program exploded and has nearly doubled in grandparent volunteers since its inception more than twenty years ago thanks in large part to the role Mrs. Cheek played in helping get the program started.
Mrs. Cheek has also been very active in the community over the years. She began teaching Sunday School at Trinity United Presbyterian church in 1959. It was through Mrs. Cheek’s association with the church that she and other women in the community formed the Denton Christian Interracial Fellowship, a group of black and white women, who sought to ease the integration of black students into Denton public schools during the 1960s.
Mrs. Cheek, a graduate of Milby High School, arrived in Denton in 1957 to attend school at Texas Woman’s University studying English, Spanish and history. She soon met and married Bill Cheek and the two raised a family of Dentonites.
Cheek Middle School is one of the final projects from the 2018 Capital Improvement Plan approved by district voters.
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