School/Class News






El Dallas ISD comienza inscripciones para kínder

Escuelas del Dallas ISD llevaron a cabo KinderCamp o Campamento de Kinder, para comenzar sus inscripciones de kínder para el año 2018-2019.

Padres de estudiantes que cursarán kínder y primer grado el próximo año escolar, tuvieron la oportunidad de aprender sobre el plan de estudios de estos grados y sobre las ventajas que una educación a temprana edad ofrece a los alumnos. Además, recibieron consejos para preparar a sus hijos para la transición a un nuevo grado.

Los padres también pudieron conocer a los nuevos maestros de sus hijos, visitaron los salones de clases y disfrutaron de unos ricos helados.

Para continuar preparando a los alumnos a que se adapten fácilmente a su nuevo grado escolar el próximo año escolar, durante el verano Dallas ISD ofrecerá un campamento para estudiantes cursando actualmente pre-kinder. El campamento será del 11 al 28 de junio. Para más información sobre el campamento, visite: dallasisd.org/summerlearning.

El distrito aún tiene espacios disponibles para pre-kinder y kínde para el próximo año escolar. Para inscribir a sus hijos, visite la escuela primaria más cercana a usted.


Solar Prep for Boys to open in August and cultivate future leaders

A new all-boys school opening next school that will cultivate future leaders is currently accepting applications.

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees on April 12 approved the opening of the Solar Preparatory School for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center. The school will replicate Solar Preparatory School for Girls, which has seen remarkable success and interest.

Seats are available for incoming pre-k through second graders. Parents can visit www.dallasisd.org/ApplyChoice to apply by May 11.

Parents wanting to learn more can attend information sessions being held at John F. Kennedy Learning Center on Tuesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 3, at 6p.m.


Dealey recibe visita de mascota de los Mavs debido a excelentes resultados en competencia de lectura

El 18 de abril, Champ, la mascota de los Mavericks de Dallas visitó el salón de clases de Mr. Moore en George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy.

La clase de Mr. Moore logró el segundo lugar en el Buzzer Beater Book Challenge, patrocinado por los concesionarios de Ford del norte de Texas y los Dallas Mavericks. La clase también recibirá 250 libros de su elección de First Book Marketplace.


KinderCamp kicks off Dallas ISD kindergarten enrollment

Schools throughout Dallas ISD hosted KinderCamp on Friday, April 20 to begin enrolling students for kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.

Parents of incoming kinder and first grade students had the opportunity to learn about curriculum for those grades, and the advantages that an early education offers students.

KinderCamp also included meeting the teachers, visiting classrooms, and an ice cream social.

To continue preparing for a smooth transition to kindergarten, Dallas ISD students currently enrolled in pre-k, can attend a summer camp from June 11– 28. For more information on the camp, visit dallasisd.org/summerlearning.

Pre-K and kindergarten spots are still available in schools throughout the district. Parents can visit their neighborhood school to enroll their child.


United Way organiza evento “STEM in the Schoolyard” en O.W. Holmes

Estudiantes de Oliver W. Holmes Humanities/Communications Academy recibieron palabras de aliento para estudiar carreras relacionadas a las ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM) con la ayuda de un invitado especial: Troy Aikman, jugador histórico de los Dallas Cowboys.

United Way, Mr. Cooper, Texas Instruments y el propio exjugador se unieron para presentar “STEM in the Schoolyard”, evento durante el cual los estudiantes participan en actividades prácticas. United Way organiza el evento cada año para motivar a los alumnos a pensar más allá de lo usual y de manera creativa. El evento contó con la participación de unos 150 voluntarios que lideraron las actividades a los más de 300 estudiantes que asistieron.


Diez excelentes alumnas reciben becas universitarias del programa Women LEAD

El programa de becas Women LEAD (Aprende, Destácate, Logra, Sueña) otorgó becas universitarias que suman $40,000 a 10 excelentes estudiantes de Dallas ISD.

El programa, fundado en 2013 por la Junior League de Dallas en colaboración con Mary Kay Inc., tiene la meta de ayudar a alumnas de preparatoria a cumplir sus sueños de recibir una educación postsecundaria y crear oportunidades para otras futuras líderes.

Las becas serán otorgadas a:

  1. Lal Lawmi – $15,000, Conrad High School
  2. Carol Flores – $10,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  3. Alondra Martínez Gallegos – $5,000, Conrad High School
  4. Sonya Soto – $4,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  5. Albana Gllareva $1,000, Conrad High School
  6. Anette Morales – $1,000, Conrad High School
  7. Ingrid Romero – $1,000, Conrad High School
  8. Yasmin Milan – $1,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  9. Elia Espinosa – $1,000, Conrad High School
  10. Eh Kaw Thaw – $1,000, Conrad High School

 

Las estudiantes tuvieron que preparar un discurso corto donde compartieron sus retos y como estas experiencias las han ido formando.

Las becas son posibles gracias a la generosidad de Mary Kay, Inc. y de Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.


Estudiante de Bryan Adams High School comienza primer club feminista

Después de pensar y reflexionar sobre lo que significa el feminismo, Erick, estudiante de 12º grado en Bryan Adams High School, decidió comenzar un club que se enfocará en el concepto y lo importante que es para la sociedad en general.

Erick comenzó el primer club feminista de la escuela cuando era estudiante de 10o grado.

“No es algo que se escuche regularmente, especialmente en la preparatoria, porque la gente suele tener una idea errónea de lo que significa el feminismo”, dijo Erick.

Por definición, el feminismo es la creencia de que las mujeres y hombres deben tener los mismos derechos y oportunidades.

“El club ofrece un lugar seguro para todo aquel que quiera venir y compartir cualquier idea que tenga sobre elecciones, temas políticos y escolares, vida social, redes sociales, y cualquier preocupación”, indicó Erick. “Si ponemos un poco de nuestra parte en algún proyecto que pueda ayudar a la población en general, estamos marcando una diferencia, y dejando un legado”.


Report: Dallas ISD’s alternative certification teacher program among best in the country

A national group named Dallas ISD’s alternative certification teacher program as one of the top 10 programs in the country.

The Dallas ISD program prepares college graduates and career changers to become top-tiered teachers in the district. The National Council on Teacher Quality in April ranked the Dallas ISD teacher certification program in the top 10 out of 129 similar programs.

“With the high number of new teachers in the workforce, particularly in schools with large populations of traditionally underserved students, it is imperative that programs provide prospective teachers with the proper support to become effective first-year teachers,” said Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality.

The Dallas ISD Alternative Certification program is currently accepting applications for future teachers. Go here to apply and learn more.


Ceremony honors Superintendent’s Scholarship recipients for 2018




Sixty-two graduating seniors in Dallas ISD’s Class of 2018 were recognized on Wednesday, April 18, with Superintendent’s Scholarships.

Each honoree received $2,500 to go toward costs at the college or university of their choice. Selection for the Superintendent’s Scholarship Program is based on need, character, grades, recommendations and the promise of future success. The scholarships are funded with proceeds from the annual Superintendent’s Golf Tournament.
Two other scholarship awards were also announced during the ceremony:

  • This year’s Sulentic Famly Foundation Scholarship recipients are Lal Lawmi, Emmett J. Conrad High School; Kateryna Desheva, Hillcrest High School; and Fatima Mendoza, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.
  • The Jose “Joe” May Scholarship, named after the former Dallas ISD trustee, is awarded to the Superintendent’s Scholarship recipient with the highest GPA. This year, that is Sasha Thomas, School of Science and Engineering.

Strong showing in reading competition nets Dealey a visit from Mavs mascot

Dallas Mavericks mascot Champ visited Mr. Moore’s class at George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy on April 18.

Mr. Moore’s class won second place in the Buzzer Beater Book Challenge sponsored by North Texas Ford and the Dallas Mavericks. Mr. Moore’s class will also get 250 books of their choice from First Book Marketplace.


Journalist’s message motivates boys to act now to build future success










Principal Dr. Chris Barksdale, right, presents a plaque of appreciation to Roland S. Martin on Wednesday, April 18.

Award-winning journalist Roland S. Martin visited Dallas ISD’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Florence on Wednesday, April 18, to motivate students to be more intentional with their time and effort and make positive choices now.

“Everything you are going through, every single day on this campus – your teachers – they are trying to position you for a better life than the one you have now,” Martin said. “It matters what we do today.”

He drove the point home by using a poignant example in his life.

When he was a junior in high school, he took the initiative to ask several questions of a guest speaker on career day. Because he was the only one in his class to do so, he had the opportunity to walk the speaker to the next class, and he talked with the man further. The guest was George Strake, a Houston oilman, former Texas secretary of state and former chairman of the Texas Republican Party.

A few years later, while attending Texas A&M University, Martin had founded a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. The group wanted to attend the national conference in New York City, but didn’t have the money to go. After seeking funding from more than 30 charitable foundations, just one answered with a check for $1,000 – from Strake. At the conference, Martin won a seat on the national organization’s board of directors, which boosted his professional networking opportunities.

Martin said that simply asking questions in that high school class shaped his career.

“Nearly every job I have had in my career has been a result of the individuals I have met through the National Association of Black Journalists,” he said. “Imagine if none of that had happened. My career would have looked completely different – if I sat in class as an 11th-grader and said nothing.”

Martin’s career ahas had him interviewing the top newsmakers, including U.S. presidents, top athletes and entertainers. Notably, he is currently the host and managing editor of TV One’s “News One Now,” which stakes a claim as the first daily morning news show to focus on the news of the day from an explicitly African American perspective.

Everything the students do today sets them up for the following years. “When I was your age I was not joking around,” he said.

Martin said that the people we choose as our friends make a difference in our lives, either positively or negatively. He warned students that the wrong kind of friends can ruin your own life. “Don’t get caught in somebody else’s mess,” he said. “All it takes if for one thing to happen in your life, and everything goes out the window.”

He told the students, from that moment on, students should know better.

“You can’t ever say, ‘I wish somebody would have told me that when I was younger,’” he said. “Not a single one of you can say that ever again.”

As students of a leadership academy, Martin said, the students are being taught how to lead. “Only you can decide if you want to lead or not,” he said. “If you listen, it could change your entire future; if you don’t listen, it could change your entire future.”

The assembly kicked off with a showcase of the school’s talent, including presentation of the colors by the school’s Leadership Cadet Corps and performances from the Gold Crew Dance Company, Debate Club, Advanced Guitar and Symphonic Band. Student Damien Charles, who will attend Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts next year, presented a dramatic monologue and a motivational speech.

Martin’s visit was made possible in part by UNT-Dallas. He was invited to the school by UNT-Dallas Distinguished Leader-In-Residence Michael Williams, who is a former Texas Commissioner of Education.


Ten outstanding seniors get $40,000 in scholarships from Women LEAD

The Women LEAD (Learn, Excel, Achieve, Dream) scholarship program awarded 10 outstanding Dallas ISD seniors with a total of $40,000 in college scholarships.

Founded in 2013 by the Junior League of Dallas in collaboration with Mary Kay Inc., the Women LEAD scholarship program assists female high school students in pursuing their dreams of higher education and to create opportunities for future women leaders.

The scholarship recipients are:

  1. Lal Lawmi – $15,000, Conrad High School
  2. Carol Flores – $10,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  3. Alondra Martinez Gallegos – $5,000, Conrad High School
  4. Sonya Soto – $4,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  5. Albana Gllareva $1,000, Conrad High School
  6. Anette Morales – $1,000, Conrad High School
  7. Ingrid Romero – $1,000, Conrad High School
  8. Yasmin Milan – $1,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  9. Elia Espinosa – $1,000, Conrad High School
  10. 10. Eh Kaw Thaw – $1,000, Conrad High School

Finalists for the scholarships had to prepare a short speech where they shared their challenges and how their journey shaped them.

The generosity of the presenting sponsor Mary Kay, Inc. and the addition of the supporting sponsor Dr. Pepper Snapple Group made the $40,000 in scholarships possible.


United Way brings STEM in the Schoolyard to O.W. Holmes

Students at Oliver W. Holmes Humanities/Communications Academy were inspired to pursue careers in STEM with the help of a special guest: Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman.

United Way, Mr. Cooper, Texas Instruments and, of course, Number 8 himself brought STEM in the Schoolyard to the campus. United Way hosts the annual event to immerse students in science, technology, engineering and math activities to inspire them to think outside the box. More than 150 volunteers led engaging sessions for 300 students.


La Junta Escolar recibe información sobre propuesta de Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos

La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD recibió información sobre la propuesta de una estrategia a largo plazo para lograr que el distrito sea fiscalmente sostenible y se apoyen iniciativas que han demostrado mejorar el rendimiento académico de los estudiantes.

Si se aprueba, la Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos (TRE, por sus siglas en inglés) de 13 centavos, posicionaría a Dallas ISD para el éxito a largo plazo, indicaron administradores del distrito a la Junta Escolar durante el taller que se realizó el 12 de abril. De ser aprobada, dicha elección permitiría:

  • Atraer y retener a maestros y personal escolar de alta calidad;
  • Apoyo continuo para seguir sentando una base solida de aprendizaje a temprana edad en los estudiantes;
  • Expandir las opciones de escuelas públicas de opción para padres y estudiantes;
  • Asegurar la equidad racial en el distrito;
  • Ser fiscalmente responsable en desarrollar el saldo de fondos asignado del distrito.

Si la Junta Escolar aprueba someter a elección la propuesta, formaría parte de la elección general en noviembre de 2018.

Una TRE llevaría la tasa de impuestos a $1.17 por $100 de valor de propiedad. Eso significa que incrementaría aproximadamente $20 mensuales para el propietario una vivienda valorada en $184,574.

El superintendente de Dallas ISD, Michael Hinojosa, dijo que el distrito se enfrentaría a problemas serios de presupuesto sin un TRE. Se espera una disminución en el número de estudiantes inscritos en Dallas ISD y su financiamiento a causa de una tasa de natalidad baja, un aumento de escuelas chárter, y una gentrificación significante en la ciudad. Asimismo, el próximo año escolar, el distrito se verá obligado a devolver millones de dólares al estado, de acuerdo al Capítulo 41 del Código de Educación de Texas.

Vamos por buen camino

El jueves, durante la reunión, funcionarios del distrito destacaron que el Dallas ISD ha logrado mejoras importantes en los últimos años. Entre estas se incluyen:

  • Una reducción en la cantidad de escuelas con necesidad de mejorar, de 37 en 2015-16, a menos de cinco, cantidad que se anticipa para el 2018-19;
  • Un aumento en la inscripción de prekínder de 10,413 en 2015–16 a un estimado de 12,930 en 2018–19;
  • Una disminución en la rotación de personal, con 1,927 maestros nuevos contratados en 2015-16 y un estimado de 1,000 maestros por contratar en el 2018-19;
  • Un aumento significativo en las preparatorias con programa de early college, de tres escuelas en 2015-16 a 25 en 2018-19.

“Pensamos que nuestro distrito ha progreso mucho los últimos años”, dijo Hinojosa a la Junta Escolar. “La aprobación de una TRE traería la estabilidad que tanto necesitamos para apoyar a nuestro personal, a nuestras familias y a las iniciativas estratégicas con un éxito comprobado”.

Si la propuesta para la elección procede, en agosto los representantes de la Junta Escolar votarán para determinar si deben presentar la TRE ante los votantes en noviembre.


Estudiantes aprenden sobre varios estilos de baile con Dance Planet

Dance Planet 22 se llevó a cabo el sábado, 7 de abril, en Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Este es el segundo año en el que Dance Planet colabora con Dallas ISD para realizar un evento, durante el cual los estudiantes tomaron más de 40 clases gratis con instructores de todo el mundo.

Los estudiantes también tuvieron la oportunidad de hacer pruebas para clases intensivas de baile durante el verano, y de obtener una de las 15 becas para bailar con el Dallas Black Dance Theatre.


El programa de robótica ofrecerá nuevas oportunidades para estudiantes de Educación Especial

Los equipos de Robótica Adaptada del Dallas ISD se están preparando para dar a relucir sus habilidades y robots durante una práctica el viernes, 27 de abril.

Los estudiantes que reciben servicios de educación especial tienen la oportunidad de explorar conceptos básicos en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM). Los equipos han aumentado de cinco en 2016-2017 a nueve en las escuelas secundarias este año.

En varias clases especializadas en las escuelas primarias del distrito, la interacción de los estudiantes con la robótica está expandiéndose por medio del uso del Ozobot y el BeeBot. Los estudiantes usarán estos robots para resolver problemas y participar en tareas académicas.

Durante la primera práctica del semestre de primavera en febrero en Loos Field House, los estudiantes trabajaron en sus habilidades sociales, participación comunitaria, pensamiento de alto nivel y resolución de problemas.

El Departamento de Educación Especial y el Departamento de STEM de Dallas ISD siguen colaborando para ofrecer oportunidades a estudiantes que reciben servicios de educación especial de explorar las abundantes profesiones en STEM.


4,600 estudiantes reconocidos por su alto rendimiento en ceremonia especial

Dallas ISD llevó a cabo una ceremonia especial para dar reconocimiento a 4,600 estudiantes de los grados 7 a 12 que han demostrado un alto rendimiento académico.

Más de 600 estudiantes asistieron a la ceremonia en Ellis Davis Field House. Fue una celebración para los estudiantes que han alcanzado los requisitos de preparación universitaria y profesional en el PSAT, SAT o ACT, o que han obtenido un resultado en el percentil 95 en el examen STAAR. Los estudiantes recibieron prendedores y cordones de honor que celebran sus logros académicos.

“Esperamos que además del reconocimiento, esto los motive a seguir su camino con determinación”, dijo Mitch Morken, director de Servicios académicos avanzados.


Bryan Adams High School student starts school’s first Feminist Club

After thinking and reflecting on what the concept of feminism means, Bryan Adams High School student Erick decided to start a club focused on the concept and its importance to society at large.

Now a senior, he launched the school’s first Feminist Club during his sophomore year.

“It’s not something you usually hear, especially in high school because people tend to have a misconception of what feminism means,” he said.

By definition, feminism is the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities.

“It’s more of a safe place for everyone who wants to come and share any ideas that they have about elections, political, school, social life, social media, any concerns that they have,” Erick said. “If we put a little bit of ourselves into something, into some sort of project that can help anyone in general, then we’re making a difference, and we’re leaving a legacy.”


Teachers, librarians and principals can apply for innovative teaching grants

The Junior League of Dallas is accepting applications through May 7 for its popular Grants for Innovative Teaching program.

For more than a decade, Junior League has funded hundreds of teachers’ projects designed to present students with exciting learning experiences. The grants of up to $2,000 are eligible for teachers, librarians, principals and assistant principals.

For more information and to apply, visit the Junior League of Dallas’ website at https://www.jld.net/gfit/.


Time’s running out to donate to college scholarships for deserving seniors

There are just a few more days for Dallas ISD employees and students to donate for scholarships that help deserving Dallas ISD seniors of all races attend college.

The Dallas ISD United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Workplace Campaign ends on April 16.  Dallas ISD campus employees can donate to the campaign by contacting their campus or department’s UNCF representative. Learn more here.

This is the top of the current leader board of which high school feeder pattern has contributed the most donations:

  • Samuell: $3,412.34
  • W.T. White: $2,648.61
  • Central Department: $813.25
  • Skyline: $750.00
  • Carter: $625.00

Funds raised by each campus will be used as scholarships for the graduating students of the high school within the feeder.


Trustees briefed on Tax Ratification Election proposal

Dallas ISD trustees were briefed on a proposed long-term strategy to make Dallas ISD fiscally sustainable and support initiatives proven to boost student achievement.

If approved, a 13-cent Tax Ratification Election would position Dallas ISD for long-term success, district administrators told trustees at an April 12 workshop. A 13-cent Tax Ratification Election would support:

  • Attracting and retaining high-quality teachers and staff;
  • Ongoing support for building a strong early learning foundation for students;
  • Expanding parent and student’s opportunity of public school choice;
  • Ensuring racial equity throughout the district;
  • Being fiscally prudent in building the district’s assigned fund balance.

If trustees approve bringing a TRE to voters, it would go on the November 2018 general election ballot.

A TRE would bring the tax rate to $1.17 per $100 of property value. This, for example, would translate to about a $20 monthly increase for the owner of a home valued at $184,574.

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said the district would face serious budget issues without a TRE. A lower birth rate, increase in charter schools and significant gentrification are expected to continue causing a decrease in enrollment—and funding—for Dallas ISD. Also, the district next school year will hit recapture, meaning it must start sending tens of millions of dollars back to the state under Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code.

On The Right Path

District officials at Thursday’s meeting noted how Dallas ISD has made significant improvements over the past few years. The gains include:

  • A reduction of Improvement Required campuses, from 37 in 2015-16 to less than five expected in 2018-19;
  • Early learning enrollment increased from 10,413 in 2015–16 to an estimated 12,930 in 2018–19;
  • A reduction in staff turnover, with 1,927 new teachers hired in 2015-16 and an estimated 1,000 new teachers to be hired for 2018-19;
  • A significant increase in early college high schools, from three in 2015-16 to 25 in 2018-19.

“We think our district has made a lot of progress over the past few years,” Hinojosa told trustees. “A TRE would bring some much needed stability to support our staff, families, and strategic initiatives that are proven to work.”

If the plan goes forward, trustees would vote in August on whether to bring a TRE before voters in November.


Students experience variety of styles at Dance Planet collaboration

Dance Planet 22 was conducted on Saturday, April 7, at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

The event, in its second year of collaboration with Dallas ISD, allowed students to experience more than 40 classes for free, taught by instructors from around the world.

Student dancers also had the chance to audition for summer dance intensives, including the opportunity to land one of 15 scholarships to dance with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.


Maestro de Stevens Park Elementary recibe premio de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Dallas

Alfonso Manzanera, maestro en Stevens Park Elementary School, ganó el premio de Maestro de música del año de parte de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Dallas (DSO, en inglés).

“Los maestros de música hacen una diferencia importante y positiva en la vida de los jóvenes, pero casi nunca reciben el reconocimiento que merecen”, dijo Jamie Allen, director de educación de la DSO. “Es probable que todos los integrantes de la Orquesta Sinfónica, ya sea en el escenario, tras bastidores o en el público, fueron inspirados por un maestro de música en algún momento de su vida”.

Se entregaron nominaciones a la DSO con una solicitud y dos cartas de recomendación. Alfonso Manzanera fue seleccionado de un grupo de cuatro finalistas. Entre los finalistas estuvieron:

  • Janet Behning, Obadiah Knight Elementary
  • Crystal Hanks, David G. Burnet Elementary
  • Michelle Vallejo, Eduardo Mata Elementary

Los finalistas y el ganador fueron seleccionados por el Comité de Educación de la DSO, el cual es constituido por miembros del Comité de Gobernadores de la Asociación Sinfónica de Dallas y de la Liga DSO, músicos de la DSO y miembros de la comunidad.

Se le presentó una placa a Manzanera en un reconocimiento el 23 de marzo en Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Manzanera recibió también $500, lo cual fue patrocinado por Rita Sue y Alan Gold.


El Departamento de Servicios alimenticios de Dallas ISD pide la opinión del público sobre la comida de las escuelas

A lo largo del año escolar, el Departamento de Servicios Alimenticios y de Nutrición Infantil (FCNS, en inglés) de Dallas ISD sirve aproximadamente 40 millones de comidas a los estudiantes.

Ahora, el departamento pide las opiniones de los estudiantes y padres al respecto. Los menús del próximo año se crearán con la ayuda de las contestaciones.

Puede completar la encuesta sobre comidas escolares en español haciendo clic aquí.

Las comidas y servicios ofrecidos por FCNS son una parte importante de la iniciativa de salud escolar del Dallas ISD que busca fomentar el bienestar de las familias dentro y fuera de la escuela. Todas las escuelas del distrito proporcionan desayuno y almuerzo gratis (la mayor parte de las escuelas disponen de desayunos en las aulas), y algunas escuelas también sirven la cena como parte de los programas después de clases.

Otras iniciativas como Harvest of the Month destacan la comida saludable cultivada en Texas, motivando así a los estudiantes a probar algo nuevo y ofreciendo una presentación específica de diferentes comidas. Además, durante recesos escolares largo y las vacaciones de verano, el departamento ofrece comidas para los niños de 18 años de edad y menos en diferentes sitios de la ciudad.


Tips to help your STAAR test-taker shine

The STAAR test is this week, so here are few things parents can do to best set their students up for success.

  • Download a copy of the District testing Schedule found at www.dallasisd.org/calendars to know when your children will be taking their STAAR tests.
  • Ensure that your children have their uniforms or clothing and their school bags ready the night before to avoid being late to class.
  • Encourage your children by telling them they will do well on the exam.
  • Practice reading at home—at least 15 minutes every night.
  • Children who are well-rested and have had a nutritious breakfast will be able to concentrate better, which will improve their self-confidence and allow them to complete the STAAR successfully.

 


Expanding robotics program offers opportunities for special-ed students

Dallas ISD “Adaptive Robotics” teams are gearing up to show off their robots and skills during a scrimmage on Friday, April 27.

Students receiving special education services have the opportunity to explore basic concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Expanding from five teams participating during the 2016-2017 school year, there are nine participating secondary campuses this year.

In several district elementary specialized classrooms, the robotics experiences are being expanded through the use of robots such as the Ozobot and the BeeBot. Students will use these robots to solve problems and to participate in academic tasks.

At the first spring semester scrimmage in February at Loos Field House, students worked on social skills, community involvement, higher level thinking, and problem solving.

The Special Education Department and Dallas ISD STEM Department continue to collaborate to provide opportunities for students receiving special education services to explore the growing field of STEM.


Desempeño académico de estudiantes del Dallas ISD es un gran reflejo a tendencias del país en la evaluación nacional del progreso estudiantil

De acuerdo con la Evaluación Nacional de Progreso Educativo de 2017, resultados de evaluaciones en ambas, lecturas de estudiantes cursando cuarto grado y de matemáticas y lecturas de estudiantes cursando el octavo grado en el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas, se mantuvieron estables en comparación al año anterior. La evaluación, también conocida como la boleta de calificaciones del país (The Nation’s Report Card NAEP), se administra cada dos años.

Esta es la cuarta ocasión en la que el Dallas ISD ha participado en la evaluación Trial Urban District Assessment, o TUDA desde el 2011, y el primer año en el que los estudiantes a nivel nacional presentaron una evaluación en forma digital por internet.

En general, los resultados de las evaluaciones de matemáticas que obtuvieron los estudiantes de cuarto grado de Dallas están sobre los resultados de estudiantes de ciudades grandes comparables en tamaño, a pesar de una pequeña baja. No hubo un cambio significativo en los resultados que obtuvieron los estudiantes de octavo grado en matemáticas en comparación al año 2015. En lectura, los estudiantes de cuarto y octavo grado registraron una tendencia más baja. Sin embargo, la disminución en el rendimiento no tuvo un impacto significativo en las estadísticas.

“Estoy decepcionado en los resultados de las evaluaciones de matemáticas que obtuvieron estudiantes de cuarto grado, pero una de las razones por las cuales creemos en NAEP, es porque queremos saber cómo está el desempeño de nuestros estudiantes en comparación a otros alumnos no solo en Texas, sino en todo el país”, dijo el superintendente de Dallas ISD, Michael Hinojosa. “Aunque resultados de evaluaciones estatales muestran tendencias prometedoras con ganancias positivas en el transcurso de los últimos tres años, también tenemos que mostrar ese tipo de progreso a nivel nacional”

El perfil demográfico de los estudiantes en la ciudad de Dallas es poco usual, ya que refleja un porcentaje alto de estudiantes de nivel socioeconómico bajo, en particular en las poblaciones afroamericanas e hispanas, cuando se compara con los otros 26 distritos escolares que forman parte de TUDA. Por ejemplo, al comparar los estudiantes afroamericanos e hispanos de cuarto grado en matemáticas que reúnen el criterio para participar en el programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares (NSLP) con otros distritos, los números de Dallas están en el nivel superior.

En una nota muy significativa, los estudiantes aprendices del idioma inglés (ELL, English Language Learners, por sus siglas en inglés) de cuarto y octavo grado en el Dallas ISD, obtuvieron resultados más altos que otros estudiantes en escuelas públicas en ciudades grandes a nivel nacional.

“El distrito escolar de Dallas obtuvo resultados importantes por parte de los estudiantes aprendices del idioma inglés y estudiantes afroamericanos que reúnen el criterio para participar en el programa de almuerzos gratis o a precio reducido, cuando otros en todo el país y en Texas no lo lograron”, dijo Michael Casserly, director ejecutivo de Council of the Great City Schools, basado en Washington, D.C. “Por lo demás, la mayor parte de los resultados de Dallas reflejan las mismas tendencias que se ven en todo el estado de Texas. Los resultados también son indicativos de que Dallas, al igual que otros sistemas escolares de las ciudades grandes del país, necesitarán invertir más en la tecnología conforme sigan administrando la evaluación en forma digital de aquí en adelante”, dijo Casserly.

La NAEP se conoce como la boleta de calificaciones (The Nation’s Report Card) debido a que es la única evaluación a nivel nacional representativa de los conocimientos de los estudiantes y de su desempeño en las materias académicas básicas tal como matemáticas, lectura, ciencias y escritura. Es un informe sobre el rendimiento estudiantil a nivel nacional y estatal. Los distritos escolares que participaron en TUDA 2017 incluyen Nueva York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Austin y Fort Worth. En el 2017, 298,200 estudiantes de cuarto grado y 286,800 estudiantes de octavo grado presentaron el examen, el cual fue administrado entre enero y marzo.


Dallas ISD students largely mirror U.S. trends in national assessment of student progress

According to the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) scores in both fourth-grade reading, and eighth-grade math and reading, held steady from the previous year. The test, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, is administered every two years.

This is the fourth time, since 2011, that Dallas ISD has participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment, or TUDA, and is the first year the nation’s students tested with an online digital-based assessment.

Overall, Dallas’ fourth-grade math scores are still above those in comparable large cities, despite a slight decrease. The scores for eighth-grade math were not significantly different compared to 2015. Students in both fourth- and eighth-grade reading trended lower. However, the decrease in performance was not statistically significant.

“I’m disappointed in the fourth-grade math scores, but one of the reasons we believe in NAEP is that we want to know how our students compare not only in Texas, but throughout the country,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “Although the state assessment data shows promising trends with positive gains, over the last three years, we also need to show that kind of progress nationally.”

Dallas is unusual in its student demographics, as it contains a high percentage of low socio-economic students, especially in its African-American and Hispanic populations when compared to the other 26 TUDA districts. For example, when comparing fourth-grade African-American and Hispanic math students who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to other districts, Dallas’ numbers rank in the top end.

Of significant note, fourth- and eighth-grade English language learners in Dallas ISD performed higher than their peers in the nation’s public schools and large cities.

“The Dallas school district showed important results for English language learners and African-American students eligible for free and reduced priced lunch, where others across the country and in Texas did not,” said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, based in Washington, D.C. “Otherwise, much of Dallas’ result reflect the same trends that one sees across the state of Texas. The results also suggest that Dallas, like other big city school systems across the country, will need to invest more in technology as the national assessment is administered from now on, on a digital base,” Casserly said.

The NAEP is known as The Nation’s Report Card because it is the only nationally representative assessment of what U.S. students know and can do in core subjects such as mathematics, reading, science and writing. It reports on student achievement at the national and state levels. Participating districts in the 2017 TUDA include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Austin and Fort Worth. In 2017, 298,200 fourth-graders and 286,800 eighth-graders took the assessments, which were administered between January and March.


Dallas ISD recognizes 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Fran Harris (video)

Meet Fran Harris, one of 10 2018 Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Harris is a 1982 graduate of South Oak Cliff High School, where she dominated the basketball court and played on the Golden Bears women’s team that went to the state championship.

Dallas ISD announces its first-ever Athletic Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at a commemorative ceremony in May.

“It is an honor to be named to the inaugural class of the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame,” Harris said. “It brings back a lot of memories from growing up in Oak Cliff, going to South Oak Cliff High School and getting the foundation for what I’ve become.”


District staff, students part of Texas Library Association conference




The Texas Library Association’s (TLA) Annual Conference wrapped up on Friday, April 6, in Dallas, and included representation from Dallas ISD.

About 20 Dallas school librarians presented sessions at the conference, which is the largest statewide librarian conference in the U.S. There were an estimated 7,000 librarians from universities, public school districts and public libraries in attendance.

Cesar Chavez Learning Center student Jerry Handford spoke at the Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon.

Jerry Handford, a student at Cesar Chavez Learning Center and champion of this year’s campus spelling bee, represented his school at the Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon. Handford said he wanted to speak at the luncheon because he likes trying new things.

“I’ve never given a speech in front of a lot of people, so it’s something I wanted to do,” Handford said.

Also at the conference:

  • Dr. Rosenid Badia, librarian at Benjamin Franklin Middle School and a past Dallas ISD Librarian of the Year, was the only Dallas ISD librarian selected for the 2018 TLA Tall Texans Leadership Institute.
  • Michelle Touchet from N.W. Harrllee Early Childhood Center was awarded a Diversity prize from the Junior Library Guild.
  • Four Dallas school librarians were leaders in the TLA Local Arrangements Committee.
  • The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Jazz Singers performed for attendees during the second general session.

This Week in Dallas ISD: April 6 edition

It was another great week in Dallas ISD! Watch this video, or read below, to catch up on the latest news.

Pre-K registration kicks off

Pre-K registration kicked off on Monday! To celebrate, several young students talked about why they love school, and early education leaders answered questions from parents (learn more).

Scholars Recognition Ceremony

The Dallas ISD Scholars Recognition Ceremony celebrated 4,600 students who are achieving academic excellence (watch this).

Music teacher award

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra named Alfonso Manzanera of Stevens Park Elementary School as its Music Teacher of the Year (read this).

Summer internships

More than 900 students interviewed for 370 paid summer internships in the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program (watch this).

Beeping egg hunt

Students with visual impairments enjoyed the annual Beeping Egg Hunt at Flag Pole Hill
(watch this).

TCU scholarships

Texas Christian University offered full ride academic scholarships valued at $260,000 to seven Dallas ISD seniors (learn more).

Discover Summer this weekend

Come to the Discover Summer Resource Fair on Saturday, April 7, at Conrad High School to see the free and low-cost camps that keep kids learning over the summer (learn more).


Estudiantes de Sunset reciben vestido para prom gratis (video)

Gracias a Mockingbird Bridal, alumnas de la preparatoria Sunset High School, recibieron vestidos para su próximo baile de graduación gratis.

La donación de los vestidos, equivale a $9,000.

“Estamos muy agradecidos con Mockingbird Bridal por hacer realidad este sueño para muchas de nuestras estudiantes”, dijo Nora Garcia, community liasion de Sunset.


Dallas ISD Food Services wants your feedback on school district meals

During the course of a school year, Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) serves an estimated 40 million meals to district students.

Now, the department is asking students and parents to feed them opinions about those meals. Responses will help shape next year’s school menus.

The annual School Meal Survey can be taken in English or Spanish here.

FCNS meals and services are an important part of Dallas ISD’s Coordinated School Health initiative that aims to promote overall wellness of families in and out of school. All district schools offer free breakfast – most make breakfast available in the classrooms – lunch and select campuses also serve dinner as part of after-school programs.

Other initiatives include Harvest of the Month highlights healthy food grown in Texas, with meals featuring a specific item and encouraging students to try something new. Also, when school is out for summer and longer holiday breaks, the department offers meals to children ages 18 and younger at select sites in the city.


Stevens Park Elementary teacher wins award from Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra named Alfonso Manzanera of Stevens Park Elementary School as the winner of its Music Teacher of the Year Award.

“Music teachers make an important and positive difference in young people’s lives, yet they rarely get the recognition they deserve,” DSO Director of Education Jamie Allen said. “Everyone at the Dallas Symphony – on stage, behind the scenes and in the audience – was likely inspired by a music teacher at some point in their lives.”

Nominations were submitted to the DSO with an application and two letters of recommendation. Alfonso Manzanera was selected from a group of four finalists. The other three finalists were:

  • Janet Behning, Obadiah Knight Elementary
  • Crystal Hanks, David G. Burnet Elementary
  • Michelle Vallejo, Eduardo Mata Elementary

The finalists and the winner were chosen by the DSO’s Education Committee, which is comprised of members of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Board of Governors, DSO League members, DSO musicians and members of the community at large.

Manzanera was presented with a plaque and recognized on March 23 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Manzanera also received a $500 cash award, underwritten by Rita Sue and Alan Gold.


Stevens Park Elementary teacher wins award from Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra named Alfonso Manzanera of Stevens Park Elementary School as the winner of its Music Teacher of the Year Award.

“Music teachers make an important and positive difference in young people’s lives, yet they rarely get the recognition they deserve,” DSO Director of Education Jamie Allen said. “Everyone at the Dallas Symphony – on stage, behind the scenes and in the audience – was likely inspired by a music teacher at some point in their lives.”

Nominations were submitted to the DSO with an application and two letters of recommendation. Alfonso Manzanera was selected from a group of four finalists. The other three finalists were:

  • Janet Behning, Obadiah Knight Elementary
  • Crystal Hanks, David G. Burnet Elementary
  • Michelle Vallejo, Eduardo Mata Elementary

The finalists and the winner were chosen by the DSO’s Education Committee, which is comprised of members of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Board of Governors, DSO League members, DSO musicians and members of the community at large.

Manzanera was presented with a plaque and recognized on March 23 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Manzanera also received a $500 cash award, underwritten by Rita Sue and Alan Gold.


Prom dress dreams come true at Sunset High School (video)

Sunset High School female students had a dream come true: their very own high quality prom dress to keep!

Mockingbird Bridal donated $9,000 worth of prom dresses to the school. The students browsed the collection of dresses before picking out the perfect one.

“We are very grateful to Mockingbird Bridal for making this happen, ” said Sunset High School Community Liaison Nora Garcia. “This is like a dream for these girls. They get these dresses and for free.”

 


Más de 1,000 estudiantes participan en entrevistas para tratar de conseguir prácticas de trabajo para el verano

Son las 10:30 a.m., en un martes, y Julia, estudiante en Hillcrest High School, se encuentra en la sexta entrevista del día.

Está conversando con un posible empleador, argumentando que está dispuesta a aprender sobre cualquier tema.

“No quiero ser ignorante. Mientras más aprenda, creo que más me beneficiará y de distintas maneras”, explica Julia.

Julia se encuentra entre los cientos de estudiantes de Dallas ISD que intentan conseguir una de las 370 codiciadas prácticas para el verano que se ofrecen a través del programa “Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program. Los estudiantes que hayan obtenido una práctica profesional durante la feria de trabajo que se realizó el 3 de abril, trabajarán entre 20 a 40 horas por semana, durante ocho semanas en el verano, ganando un mínimo de $10 por hora.

“Queremos que nuestros estudiantes perseveren”, dijo Richard Grimsley, director del Departamento de Educación Profesional y Técnica de Dallas ISD. “Si los colocamos en un ambiente de trabajo mientras están en la preparatoria, verán como es el mundo laboral y empresarial en Estados Unidos”.

Para Julia, si no logra obtener una de las prácticas, no importa porque el día ha sido muy provechoso.

“Esto me ayuda a sentirme más cómoda hablando con adultos y a aprender como es una entrevista de trabajo”, comentó Julia. “Aquí todos somos muy jóvenes y no tenemos experiencia, así que estamos aprendiendo mucho”.


Juilliard School admite a cuatro estudiantes de Booker T. Washington High School

Cuatro bailarines de Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts han sido aceptados al prestigioso instituto de artes escénicas  Juilliard School.

Tres estudiantes de 12o grado: Luke Qualls, Eleni Loving y Jada German, además de Erin Brothers, quien se graduó en 2018 de Booker T. Washington, son los seleccionados  para asistir a la escuela localizada en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Cada año, la escuela acepta a cerca del 8 por ciento de los solicitantes, y a un número limitado de alumnos por cada disciplina. En 2017, cinco de los 12 bailarines admitidos al programa de primer año en Juilliard School fueron estudiantes de Booker T. Washington High School.


Read for Me acerca la lectura a cientos de familias

Más de 500 estudiantes asistieron a evento de lectura interactivo que le dio vida a libros e impulsó la lectura.

El Departamento de Lectura y Artes de Lenguaje de Dallas ISD organizó el evento que se realizó el sábado, 24 de marzo, en Adamson High School,. Contó con 40 sesiones diferentes para niños de todas las edades y sus padres, y se regalaron más de 10,000 libros. También, hubo invitados especiales como el reconocido escritor e investigador, Dr. Alfred Tatum; los autores y exjugadores de la NFL, Nate Livings y Langston Moore; además de personajes de los libros El gato en el sombrero (Cat in the Hat) y Jorge, el curioso (Curious George).

“Agradecemos la participación de nuestros socios en la comunidad y los patrocinadores que nos ayudaron con este evento. Esperamos que las familias hayan salido inspiradas y listas para continuar incluyendo la alfabetización en vida diaria”, dijo Arlena Gaynor, directora de lectura y artes de lenguaje de Dallas ISD.

Cada estudiante que asistió recibió una bolsa de regalo con varios libros para llevar a casa.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, KPMG, Achieve 3000, Warren Instructional Network, Carr Cares, Archie Comics, y Scholastic fueron los patrocinadores principales del evento.


Programas de verano evitan pérdida de conocimientos durante las vacaciones

La pérdida de conocimientos durante el verano es real, y décadas de estudios lo comprueban.

Afortunadamente, los expertos coinciden que hay remedio: llenar el verano con actividades interactivas y divertidas de enriquecimiento para apoyar el aprendizaje, como son las que se ofrecen en las clases de verano en las escuelas o en los programas de verano en la comunidad.

El Dallas ISD ofrece una variedad de programas de enriquecimiento de verano relacionadas con las artes, las ciencias y la tecnología además de otras áreas que ayudarán a prevenir la pérdida en el verano al reforzar lo que los estudiantes aprendieron durante el año con sesiones interactivas y divertidas.

“Queremos que nuestros estudiantes estén expuestos a actividades académicas y de enriquecimiento que sean entretenidas durante el verano”, dijo Lori Griffin, directora de Extended Learning Opportunities del Dallas ISD. “ Necesitamos cambiar la conversación de la pérdida de conocimientos durante el verano a una de ofrecer a los estudiantes una rica variedad de programación que les proporcione oportunidades de aprendizaje adicionales que aumenten su crecimiento académico”.

El sábado, 7 de abril, el Dallas ISD llevará a cabo Discover Summer PREP U Super Saturday and Resource Fair—en colaboración con Big Thought, Dallas City of Learning y la Ciudad de Dallas—para ofrecer a las familias acceso a programas de verano gratuitos y de bajo precio que se llevan a cabo en las escuelas o en organizaciones de la comunidad. El evento tendrá lugar de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. en Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks ve.

A través de los años, los expertos en la educación han estudiado el desempeño de los estudiantes antes y después del verano y se han dado cuenta que, en general, se registra una pérdida equivalente a un mes de aprendizaje durante las vacaciones. Según el Brookins Institution, esta pérdida es más pronunciada en las matemáticas que en otras materias.

La pérdida puede suceder a todas las edades pero los estudios muestran que es más común en los niveles escolares superiores. Y sus efectos son cumulativos. Según el National Summer Learning Association, para el quinto grado, la pérdida de conocimientos durante el verano puede llevar a que los estudiantes de bajos recursos estén de dos y medio a tres años más atrasados que sus compañeros. Pero por lo menos de dos a tres horas de actividades de aprendizaje a la semana pueden prevenir la pérdida durante el verano.

Además de inscribir a los niños en programas de verano de calidad para prevenir la pérdida de aprendizaje durante el verano, The Harvard Graduate School of Education recomienda a los padres que:

  • hagan hincapié en las matemáticas durante las actividades diarias como visitas el supermercado, la preparación de comidas y el ver programas de deportes;
  • leer todos los días con sus hijos, especialmente historias que tengan que ver con las matemáticas o se enfoquen en las matemáticas o números en la trama; y
  • jueguen juegos que tengan que ver con las matemáticas como Yahtzee, Racko, Blokus, Monopoly, y Set, los cuales se basan en las destrezas necesarias para las matemáticas como el contar, categorizar y construir.

Para más información acerca de Discover Summer PREP U Super Saturday and Resource Fair, llame al (972) 925-3916 o visite www.dallasisd.org/prepudiscoversummer.


Special ceremony recognizes 4,600 top-performing students (video)

Dallas ISD held a special ceremony to celebrate 4,600 students in grades 7–12 who have demonstrated academic excellence.

More than 600 students attended the Scholars Recognition Ceremony at Ellis Davis Field House. The event celebrated students who have met the college and career readiness level on the PSAT, SAT or ACT, or have scored in the 95th percentile on the STAAR. Students received pens and cords celebrating their accomplishments.

“We are hoping beyond the recognition piece of it, this will help motivate students on their path through determination,” said Mitch Morken, director of Advanced Academic Services.

Watch the above video to learn more!


Más de 1,000 estudiantes se preparan para competencia de Olimpiadas Especiales

Aproximadamente 1,000 estudiantes de Dallas ISD con necesidades especiales disfrutaron de la competencia local de atletismo en preparación para la competencia de las Olimpiadas Especiales del Área 10.

El Departamento de Educación Física Adaptativa del distrito organizó las competencias durante la semana.

“Esta clase de eventos desarrollan las habilidades sociales, la autoestima, la actitud positiva en nuestros niños y fomentan el espíritu deportivo”,  dijo Kelli Hackney del Departamento de Educación Especial Adaptativa.

Entre los eventos que se llevaron a cabo están las carreras de relevos y eventos de campo como salto de longitud y lanzamiento de pelota de tenis. Después, los estudiantes participarán en una competencia con otros distritos escolares como Garland ISD, Grand Prairie ISD y Waxahachie ISD.

“Los estudiantes aprenden a ser competitivos, habilidades de recreación y a ser parte de una comunidad”, añadió Elizabeth Chittim, maestra de Educación Física Adaptativa en Dallas ISD.


Discover summer programs that stop summer learning loss

Summer loss of knowledge and skills is real, and decades of studies prove it.

Fortunately, experts agree there is a remedy: filling the summer with hands-on, enriching and fun activities that support learning, such as the ones offered in summer school or summer programs through community organizations.

Dallas ISD offers a variety of enrichment summer programs with emphasis in the arts, science, technology and other areas that will help prevent summer loss by reinforcing what students learned during the year in fun and interactive sessions.

“We want to expose our students to engaging academic and enrichment activities during the summer,” said Lori Griffin, director of Dallas ISD’s Extended Learning Opportunities. “We need to change the dialogue from summer learning loss, to affording students access to a rich array of diverse summer programming that provides additional exposure and learning opportunities that enhance academic growth.”

On Saturday, April 7, Dallas ISD will hold Discover Summer PREP U Super Saturday and Resource Fair—in collaboration with Big Thought, Dallas City of Learning and the City of Dallas— to offer families access to free and low-cost summer programs offered in the schools and the community. Several of the organizations that will take part will offer summer programs appropriate for students with special needs. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.

Through the years, education experts have studied students’ achievement scores before and after summer and noticed that, in general, they decline during the break by one month’s worth of school year learning. According to the Brookins Institution, this loss is greater in math than in other subjects.

The loss can happen at all ages, but studies have revealed that it can be more pronounced at the higher levels. And its effect is cumulative. According to the National Summer Learning Association, by fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave students from low-income homes two-and-a-half to three years behind their peers. But at least two to three hours a week of a learning activity can prevent the summer slide.

In addition to enrolling children in quality summer programs to avoid summer loss of learning, The Harvard Graduate School of Education recommends parents:

  • highlight the math in every day activities during trips to the grocery store, while cooking, when watching sporting events, etc.;
  • read every day with their children especially short math stories or focusing on math and numbers in other stories; and
  • play math games like Yahtzee, Racko, Blokus, Monopoly, and Set, which rely on skills necessary for math, such as counting, categorizing, and building.

For more information about Discover Summer PREP U Super Saturday and Resource Fair, call (972) 925-3916 or visit www.dallasisd.org/prepudiscoversummer.


More than 1,000 students interview for prestigious paid summer internships

It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Julia, a student at Hillcrest High School, is already in the middle of her sixth job interview for the day.

She is making her case to her potential summer employer that she is willing to learn about anything.

“I don’t want to be ignorant, so if I can learn more about any subject, I think it will benefit me in many ways,” she explains.

Julia is among the hundreds of Dallas ISD students vying for one of 370 coveted summer internships with the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program. Students that land an internship at this April 3 job fair will work 20-40 hours per week for eight weeks this summer earning a minimum of $10 per hour.

“We want our students to persevere,” said Richard Grimsley, director of the Dallas ISD Career and Technical Education Department.  “And if we place them in work experiences while they are in high school, they will see what the work world looks like and what corporate America looks like.”

For Julia, even if she doesn’t land one of the summer internships, the day has still been worthwhile.

“This gets me in the atmosphere of speaking with adults and learning how a job interview goes,” she said. “We are all very young, so we are inexperienced at this, but we are learning a lot.


Maestros y administradores de planteles ACE reciben reconocimiento en ayuntamiento de Dallas

Los maestros y administradores de las escuelas ACE de Dallas ISD, que han mejorado de manera significativa el aprendizaje de los estudiantes los últimos tres años, recibieron un merecido reconocimiento durante una recepción especial que se realizó el 27 de marzo en el ayuntamiento de la ciudad de Dallas.

El programa ACE, que significa Accelerating Campus Excellence, busca mejorar el rendimiento estudiantil al colocar a maestros y directores eficientes en escuelas con mayor necesidad.

“Celebramos que estamos reduciendo la brecha del rendimiento académico garantizando que todos los estudiantes tengan escuelas excelentes en Dallas ISD”, dijo Jolee Healey, asistente superintendente que supervisa el programa ACE.

mejorar el rendimiento académico de los estudiantes.

Mike Rawlings, alcalde de Dallas, agradeció a los maestros y al personal por ofrecer su servicio para ayudar a cambiar las escuelas del distrito con mayores dificultades.

“El cambio de vida que están efectuando en la escuelas y en los estudiantes diariamente es espectacular”, dijo Rawlings.


Personal de Dallas ISD aprende cómo liderar el esfuerzo por apoyar a estudiantes LGBTQ

Un grupo de empleados de escuelas, además de personal administrativo de Dallas ISD, aprendieron cómo pueden liderar el esfuerzo por ayudar a los estudiantes que se identifican como lesbianas, gais, bisexuales, transgénero y queer/indecisos (LGBTQ) a sentirse seguros y apoyados en el distrito.

Más de 30 empleados de Dallas ISD asistieron a la capacitación que se llevó a cabo el 27 de marzo en Frazier House, ubicada en el 4600 Spring Ave. Esto fue como parte de una colaboración entre el Dallas ISD y el Resource Center, una organización líder en el servicio a la comunidad LGBTQ en el norte de Texas.

El Resource Center y el Dallas ISD están trabajando juntos para implementar un programa de apoyo que incluya asuntos de la comunidad LGBTQ. El programa sigue el modelo de “Out for Safe Schools”, que implementaron el centro LGBT de Los Ángeles y el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles.

Los empleados que asistieron a la capacitación después entrenarán a sus compañeros sobre cómo apoyar a dichos estudiantes. También, portarán distintivos que los identificarán como aliados de los estudiantes LGBTQ en el distrito.


Cuatro escuelas de Dallas ISD seleccionadas para recibir subvenciones de programa P-TECH

Las preparatorias Pinkston, Seagoville, South Oak Cliff y Wilmer-Hutchins han sido seleccionadas de manera preliminar para recibir una subvención del programa Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Success Grant de 2018–2020

“El Dallas ISD, el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas, la Universidad del Norte de Texas en Dallas y 63 socios en la industria, estamos todos comprometidos a trabajar juntos para asegurar que los estudiantes se gradúen con las habilidades laborales que les faciliten la transición de la preparatoria a la universidad y a una carrera”, dijo Israel Cordero, superintendente adjunto de Dallas ISD. “El recibir estas subvenciones mejora aún más las oportunidades educativas para nuestros estudiantes.”

Un total de 14 escuelas en Texas han sido seleccionadas de forma preliminar para recibir la subvención de la Agencia de Educación de Texas. El objetivo del programa 2018–2020 P-TECH Success Grant Program es invitar a las escuelas que cumplen con los requisitos, a presentar solicitudes para las subvenciones. Pasarán 28 meses fortaleciendo y mejorando prácticas actuales que ayudarán a su plantel P-TECH existente a progresar hacia niveles de desempeño  destacados, según el plan de P-TECH.

“Las escuelas utilizarán las subvenciones para enriquecer el currículo y reforzar el aprendizaje de habilidades laborales”, dijo Usamah Rodgers, superintendente asistente del Departamento de Iniciativas Estratégicas y Relaciones Externas de Dallas ISD.

Las 18 escuelas P-TECH de Dallas ISD ofrecen a estudiantes la oportunidad de adquirir hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario, o un grado asociado, mientras terminan sus estudios para obtener su diploma de preparatoria. Para más información sobre las escuelas P-TECH haga clic aquí.


Rotary Club wants to honor teachers who go the extra mile

The Rotary Club of Dallas invites nominations from all district schools for its annual Service Above Self Teacher Awards. To call attention to the importance of service contributed by teachers, the organization will award up to $10,000 in cash awards and gifts to the selected teachers.

The award is designed to recognize teachers who:

  • perform over and above their job descriptions in ways that benefit the community, at-risk and disadvantaged students;
  • demonstrate selfless conduct for the benefit of others;
  • plan classroom instruction that reflects innovation and creativity;

The deadline to apply is Mon., April 16, 2018. Honorees will be notified Mon., May 21, and honored at a special awards luncheon Wed., August 8, 2018.

Teachers may self-nominate or be nominated by colleagues or others who feel the nominee deserves special recognition for service above self.

For more information on the requirements for the award, download an informational flyer here. To nominate a deserving teacher, visit http://www.dallasrotary.org/teacher-awards.


¿Le interesa que su hijo asista a una escuela de innovación?

Tenemos espacio en algunas de nuestras escuelas de vecindario.

Envíe un correo electrónico a choice@dallasisd.org

  • Félix G. Botello Elementary School – Aprendizaje personalizado
  • Robert E. Lee Elementary School – Bachillerato Internacional
  • Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School – Montessori

Anyone interested in attending an Innovation Choice School?

Dallas ISD has room in some of its innovation choice programs in neighborhood schools. If interested, please contact choice@dallasisd.org.

There are still seats in:

  • Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School’s Montessori classrooms;
  • Felix G. Botello Elementary School’s Personalized Learning classrooms;
  • Robert E. Lee Elementary School’s International Baccalaureate classrooms.

¡El aprendizaje comienza a una edad temprana!

Dallas ISD comienza las inscripciones de prekinder para el año escolar 2018-2019, el lunes, 2 de abril. Escuelas del distrito ofrecen programas de prekinder gratis y de pago de matrícula.

Las clases de prekínder ofrecen un ambiente seguro que incluye lecciones académicas estructuradas diarias. Los estudios han demostrado que los niños que asisten a prekínder tienen mayor probabilidad de triunfar en la escuela, graduarse de la preparatoria y de asistir a la universidad.

El Dallas ISD ofrece el programa de prekínder para niños que tengan los tres o cuatro años de edad, cumplidos para el 1 de septiembre de 2018 y reúnan por lo menos UNO de los siguientes requisitos:

  • El niño cumple con los requisitos para participar en el programa nacional de almuerzo gratuito o a precio reducido. Para ver si cumple con los requisitos, haga clic aquí.
  • El niño no puede hablar, ni comprender, el idioma inglés.
  • El niño no tiene hogar.
  • El niño es dependiente de un miembro activo de las fuerzas armadas de EE. UU.
  • El niño está, o ha estado, bajo cuidado temporal del gobierno (foster care).

Si no cumplen con uno de estos requisitos, también contamos con un número de espacios limitados disponibles para prekínder con pago de matrícula en varias escuelas en el distrito. La matrícula tiene un costo de $525 por mes, por estudiante.

Si le interesa que su hijo asista a prekínder para el año escolar 2018-2019, puede empezar el proceso llenando la solicitud que estará disponible a partir del 2 de abril. Para más información sobre el proceso de solicitud y los requisitos, visten prekdallas.org/


Tres escuelas de Dallas ISD avanzan en competencia Aspen Challenge

Tres proyectos de 20 preparatorias de Dallas ISD que participaron en el Aspen Challenge resultaron ganadores y ahora competirán contra proyectos de escuelas de Philadelphia, en junio en el Aspen Ideas Festival que se realizará en Aspen, Colorado.

El martes, 27 de marzo, las preparatorias de Dallas presentaron sus proyectos a jueces para su evaluación. Para más información sobre el Aspen Challenge en Dallas haga clic aquí.

El proyecto“I.M.P.A.C.T.” de Emmett J. Conrad High School, “Mobility 4 All” de Moisés E. Molina High School y “Dreamers Not Criminals” de Sunset High School, fueron los mejores proyectos de las escuelas de Dallas.

Miembros del equipo de Molina (foto arriba) buscaron nuevas maneras de resolver los problemas de transporte para adultos mayores, aquellos que sufren de una discapacidad y otros para los que  la movilidad les resulta difícil. Se asociaron con funcionarios del ayuntamiento y DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) para encontrar soluciones, incluyendo el uso de bicicletas plegables que ocupan menos espacio en el transporte público.

El Aspen Challenge, patrocinado y coordinado por el Aspen Institute, es una competencia de ocho semanas en la que los participantes eligen un tema que afecta a su comunidad y buscan una solución viable.

Los estudiantes escogen un reto de seis que presentan miembros de la comunidad. Los equipos tienen una semana para trabajar en el desafío y establecer metas y encontrar una solución. Después, los equipos implementan su plan al promover la participación de su comunidad a través de eventos, encuestas y difusión en los medios.


Personal del Departamento de Educación Preescolar recorre la comunidad para informar sobre el programa de prekínder

El jueves, 29 de marzo, personal y voluntarios del Departamento de Educación Preescolar de Dallas ISD salieron a las calles para informar a la comunidad sobre las oportunidades de prekínder disponibles en el distrito. La inscripción para prekínder comienza el lunes, 2 de abril.

Los equipos fueron puerta a puerta en vecindarios de la ciudad para informar a los residentes sobre la importancia fundamental de programas de prekínder de calidad, y de la expansión que estará realizando el distrito el próximo año para ofrecer prekínder con pago de matrícula para niños de 3 años de edad.

El Dallas ISD ofrece prekínder gratis a las familias que cumplen con los requisitos. El programa con pago de matrícula beneficia a familias que no cumplen con los requisitos para el programa gratuito.

Para mayor información sobre el programa o para inscribir a su hijo, haga clic aquí.


Maestros de Dallas ISD reciben financiación para proyectos de salones de clases

El 28 de marzo, 125 maestros de Dallas ISD recibieron una gran sorpresa. Los proyectos de sus clases, que incluían desde bolas de estabilidad para estudiantes con ADHD y juegos de matemáticas, y tabletas para estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés, estaban entre los elegidos para recibir financiación de parte de la organización sin fines de lucro DonorsChoose.org.

Ripple, empresa de tecnología con sede en San Francisco, y sus ejecutivos, otorgaron una donación de $29 millones para financiar cada uno de los proyectos de salones de clases registrados en la página. Como parte de esta sorpresa, 175 proyectos de maestros de Dallas ISD recibieron financiación, para un total de $134,370. Si se combina esta cantidad con donaciones previas de ciudadanos y corporaciones, se recibió el apoyo en $181,022 para útiles escolares y recursos.

“Las donaciones de DonorsChoose marcan una gran diferencia en los salones de clases de Dallas ISD, en todos los niveles académicos y en toda la ciudad”, dijo Jane Didear, coordinadora de servicios de asociación de Dallas ISD.  “Estamos muy agradecidos con el equipo de  DonorsChoose.com, Ripple, y con todos aquellos que contribuyen para que los sueños se hagan realidad, desde los salones de clases de artes e inglés, hasta los de educación física y matemáticas”.

Esta es la primera vez en los 18 años de DonorsChoose.org que un donante ha financiado cada uno de los proyectos presentados. El martes por la noche, Stephen Colbert reveló la noticia durante su programa de televisión Late Show with Stephen Colbert, y la organización lo celebró en las redes sociales utilizando el hashtag #BestSchoolDay.

Ahora que los proyectos han recibido la financiación, el equipo de DonorsChoose.org comprará los materiales solicitados, y los enviará a escuelas de Dallas ISD. Entre los proyectos financiados en Dallas están:

  • Amplificadores, ukeleles, bajos, y micrófonos para el salón de clases de música de Pamela Jenkin en Joseph J. Rhoads Learning Center
  • Novelas de estudios culturales para el salón de clases de Catherine Cadigan en Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Equipo de astronomía para la clase de ciencias de la maestra Johnston en Robert T. Hill Middle School
  • Piezas de construcción, tecnología y materiales para codificar para el salón de clases de prekínder de la maestra Rutledge en Central Elementary School

Conforme aparezcan proyectos nuevos en DonorsChoose.org, los donantes pueden buscar proyectos de Dallas ISD ingresando a www.donorschoose.org, haciendo clic en “Find a classroom to support,” e indicando una escuela local o el nombre del maestro. Los maestros pueden crear un proyecto nuevo visitando www.donorschoose.org/teachers.


Enroll today in Dallas ISD pre-K

Dallas ISD pre-K enrollment for the 2018–2019 school year kicked off on Monday, April 2. The district offers both free and tuition-based Pre-K programs throughout the district.

Pre-K classes offer a safe environment that includes daily, structured academic lessons. Studies have shown that children who attend prekindergarten are more likely to succeed in school, more likely to graduate and more likely to go to college.

Dallas ISD offers free Pre-K programs for children who are three- or four-years-old on or before September 1, 2018 and meet at least ONE of these requirements:

  • The child is eligible to take part in the national free or reduced-price school lunch program. To find out if your child is eligible, click here.
  • The child is unable to speak and comprehend the English language.
  • The child is homeless.
  • The child is a dependent of an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces.
  • The child is or has been in foster care.

For children who do not meet one of the five eligibility requirements, a limited number of spots for tuition-paid Pre-K are available at several schools around the district. Tuition is $525 per month per child.

Parents interested in a Dallas ISD Pre-K program for the 2018-2019 school year, can apply beginning on April 2. More information on the application process and requirements can be found at prekdallas.org/.


Students with visual impairments enjoy special Beeping Egg Hunt (video)

Dallas ISD students with visual impairments participated in a special beeping egg hunt on Thursday, March 29. The event, which was coordinated by the Dallas ISD Special Education Vision Department, used special eggs that beep so students could find them more easily.

In addition to the beeping egg hunt, students enjoyed dying easter eggs, cookie decorating, and more.

Watch the above video to learn more.


This Week! in Dallas ISD: March 30 edition

It was another great week in Dallas ISD! Watch the above video, or read below, to catch up on the latest news.

Pre-K pounds the pavement

Dallas ISD Early Learning teams spread across the city to knock on doors to let families know that pre-K registration starts Monday, April 2 (watch this).

ACE teachers honored

A special reception at City Hall honored the teachers and leaders at Dallas ISD ACE campuses who have dramatically improved student learning over the past three years (watch this).

Aspen Challenge

High school teams presented their amazing projects from the Aspen Challenge, where they developed solutions for issues facing their community (read this).

Preparing for Special Olympics

Dallas ISD students with special needs enjoyed a local track and field competition to prepare for the Area 10 Special Olympics Competition (watch this).

Classroom projects funded

About 125 teachers saw their classroom project request on the nonprofit website DonorsChoose be fully funded by Ripple, a technology company (read this).

P-TECH grant

The Texas Education Agency selected four Dallas ISD high schools to receive the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Success Grant program (learn more).


SEM student’s project tops Texas State Science and Engineering Fair

Shelly Goel, a student at Dallas ISD’s School of Science and Engineering, took top honors earlier this month at the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair.

Her project, in the Biomedical Engineering category, created a smartphone application to facilitate early detection of cardiovascular diseases. Her work earned the Best of Show Award: Top Project in Senior Division; first place, Grand Physical Sciences Award; first place, Biomedical Engineering, Senior Division; and the Texas Board of Professional Future Engineer Award.


TCU awards full-ride scholarships to 7 seniors from 3 Dallas ISD schools








Seven Dallas ISD seniors were offered full-ride academic scholarships to Texas Christian University on Thursday, March 29, as part of TCU’s Community Scholars Program.

Each scholarship is valued at $260,000, which includes one year, all-expenses-paid, to study abroad.

TCU officials visited each of the district’s participating schools on Thursday to announce the scholarship recipients in front of students and staff. In Dallas ISD, students from David W. Carter High School, Lincoln High School and the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy were eligible to apply.

The 2018 Dallas ISD recipients are:

Carter High School
Dylan Arnette
Jordan Bryant

Lincoln High School
Kiara Kabbara
Kiaya Johnson

Obama MLA
Absu Girma
Francisco Ortiz
Jonathan Suarez


Four Dallas ISD schools selected for P-TECH grant program

Pinkston, Seagoville, South Oak Cliff and Wilmer-Hutchins high schools have been preliminarily selected to receive a grant for the 2018–2020 Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Success Grant program.

“Dallas ISD, Dallas County Community College District, University of North Texas Dallas and 63 industry partners are committed to working collaboratively to ensure that students graduate with workplace skills which will provide a clear pathway from high school to college to career,” said Israel Cordero, Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent of Academic Improvement and Accountability. “The receipt of the P-TECH Success Grants further enhances educational opportunities for our students.”

A total of 14 schools in Texas have been preliminarily selected to receive the grant from the Texas Education Agency. The purpose of the 2018–2020 P-TECH Success Grant Program is to solicit grant applications from eligible applicants who will spend 28 months strengthening and refining current practices that will advance their existing P-TECH campus to distinguished levels of performance, as measured by the P-TECH Blueprint.

“Campuses will utilize funds from the P-TECH Success grants to enrich the curriculum and reinforce workplace learning skills,” said Usamah Rodgers, Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations.

Dallas ISD’s 18 P-TECHs offer students a chance to earn up to 60 college hours or an associate degree as they earn their high school diplomas. Learn more here.


Early learning team knocks on doors to spread word about pre-K (video)

Members of Dallas ISD’s early learning team, staff, and volunteers took to the streets on Thursday, March 29, to let people know in person about available pre-K opportunities in the district. Pre-K registration starts Monday, April 2.

The teams went door-to-door in Dallas neighborhoods to tell residents about the critical importance of high quality pre-K, and how the district next year is expanding both tuition-based and pre-K for 3-year-olds

Dallas ISD offers pre-K for free to qualifying families. The expanding tuition-based pre-K program serves families that don’t meet certain eligibility requirements.

Go here to learn more or to register for pre-K starting April 2..


Dallas ISD teachers see classroom projects “flash funded” for National #BestSchoolDay Surprise

From stability balls for ADHD students and math games to classroom tablets for English Language Learners, 125 Dallas ISD teachers got a #BestSchoolDay Surprise on March 28: their classroom project request on the nonprofit website DonorsChoose.org was “flash funded.”

Ripple, a San Francisco-based technology company, and its executives announced a $29 million donation to fund every classroom project request on the site. As part of that surprise funding, 175 projects from Dallas ISD teachers were funded, totaling $134,370. Combined with previous citizen and corporate donations, $181,022 in Dallas ISD classroom supplies and resources were supported.

“Donations from DonorsChoose make a huge difference to Dallas ISD classrooms, throughout all grade levels and across the city,” said Jane Didear, Dallas ISD Partnership Services Coordinator.  “We are so grateful to the DonorsChoose.com team, to Ripple, and to all who make dreams come true – from Arts to English classrooms, from Physical Education to Mathematics. This support makes dreams come true!”

This is the first time in the 18-year history of DonorsChoose.org that a donor has funded every project on the site. Stephen Colbert revealed the news on Tuesday’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the organization celebrated all of the funded teachers on social media using the hashtag #BestSchoolDay.

Now that the projects have been funded, the team at DonorsChoose.org will purchase the requested materials and ship them to Dallas ISD schools. Among the other projects funded in Dallas ISD are:

  • Amplifiers, ukeleles, basses, and microphones for Pamela Jenkin’s music classroom at Joseph J. Rhoads Learning Center
  • Cultural studies novels for Catherine Cadigan’s class at Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Astronomy equipment for Johnston’s science class at Robert T. Hill Middle School
  • Building tiles, technology and coding materials for Rutledge’s Pre-K class at Central Elementary School

As new projects appear on DonorsChoose.org, donors can search for projects from Dallas ISD by visiting www.donorschoose.org, clicking “Find a classroom to support,” and typing in a local school or teacher name. Teachers can create a new project by visiting www.donorschoose.org/teachers.


Three projects top Aspen Challenge to resolve issues facing the community

Three projects from 20 Dallas ISD high schools participating in the Aspen Challenge have emerged as winners and will compete against others from Philadelphia – this year’s other partner city – in June at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo.

On Tuesday, March 27, Dallas high schools presented their projects for judging. Learn more about the Dallas Aspen Challenge here.

Emmett J. Conrad High School’s “I.M.P.A.C.T.” project, along with “Mobility 4 All” from Moisés E. Molina and “Dreamers Not Criminals” from Sunset high schools, are the top Dallas projects.

Members of the Molina team (shown above) focused their project on solving transportation issues for elderly, the disabled and others who find mobility stressful in the city.They partnered with City Hall officials and DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) officials to find solutions, including use of folding bicycles that take up less room on public transportation.

The Aspen Challenge, sponsored and coordinated by the Aspen Institute, is an eight-week competition during which participating students choose an issue facing their communities and then come up with a viable solution.

Students choose one challenge out of six presented by members of the community. Teams have a week to focus on their chosen challenge and draft their vision for solving it and set goals. Then, teams implement their plans by engaging their communities through events, surveys and media outreach.


City Hall reception honors ACE teachers and leaders (video)

A special reception at City Hall honored the teachers and leaders at Dallas ISD ACE campuses who have dramatically improved student learning over the past three years.

Mayor Mike Rawlings (center) told the ACE teachers they are making a life-changing impact on students and the city.

The ACE program, which stands for Accelerating Campus Excellence, boosts student achievement by staffing struggling schools with strong leaders and high-performing teachers. The reception held March 27 showed appreciation to these teachers and campus leaders.

“We are celebrating how we are closing the achievement gap and ensuring all students have excellent schools in Dallas ISD,” said Jolee Healey, the Dallas ISD assistant superintendent overseeing the ACE program.

Jolee Healey (left) thanked the ACE teachers and campus leaders for tirelessly working to boost student achievement.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings thanked the teachers and staff at the reception for volunteering to step up and help transform the district’s most struggling schools.

“The life-changing impact you are making in schools and with students every day is amazing,” Rawlings said.


DMN: Dallas ISD steps up as Texas kicks far too many of its youngest kids out of class

A new editorial from the Dallas Morning News details the positive ways Dallas ISD is emphasizing social and emotional learning with younger students to help address any underlying mental-health issues that could lead them to act out in class.

The editorial details how Dallas ISD and Big Thought, with a grant from the Wallace Foundation, are “training elementary school teachers to help students understand what’s happening in their brains and how to better handle their emotions.”

Social and Emotional Learning gets partnership support for a community movement

Go here to read the full Dallas Morning News editorial and see other ways Dallas ISD is addressing behavioral issues through social and emotional learning.


Read for Me brings books to life for hundreds of families

More than 500 students attended an interactive reading event that brought books and learning to life.

The Cat in the Hat poses with a family for a photo at Read For Me.

The Dallas ISD Reading and Language Arts Department hosted Read for Me at Adamson High School on Saturday, March 24. The event featured more than 40 different sessions for children of all ages and their parents and more than 10,000 books were given away. Special guests included renowned author and researcher, Dr. Alfred Tatum; authors and former NFL players, Nate Livings and Langston Moore; and book characters Cat in the Hat and Curious George.

“We are so appreciative of all of the community partners and sponsors that helped us with Read for Me. It is our hope that families leave the day inspired and ready to continue incorporating literacy into their lives every day,” said Arlena Gaynor, Director of Dallas ISD Reading Language Arts.

Read For Me gave out thousands of books to students.

Every student who attended received a goodie bag with several free books they could take home.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, KPMG, Achieve 3000, Warren Instructional Network, Carr Cares, Archie Comics, and Scholastic provided lead sponsorships for the event.


Dallas ISD staff learn how to lead effort to support LGBTQ students

A team of Dallas ISD campus and central staff employees learned how they can lead the effort to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students feel safe and supported in the district.

More than 30 Dallas ISD employees attended the training held March 27 at the Frazier House, 4600 Spring Ave. The training is part of a partnership agreement between Dallas ISD and the Resource Center, a leading LGBTQ service organization in North Texas.

The Resource Center and Dallas ISD are working together to implement a training support program inclusive of LGBTQ issues. The program is modeled after the “Out for Safe Schools” implemented by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Dallas ISD employees that attended the March 27 training will later train fellow team members on how to support LGBTQ sutdents. The employees will also wear badges identifying them as allies with LGBTQ students.


Stonewall Jackson Elementary celebrates 60 years of deaf education

Stonewall Jackson Elementary School hosted a deaf education reunion on March 24 to bring together 60 years of current and former deaf education students.

Current and former deaf education students from Stonewall Jackson Elementary gathered together on March 24.

Deaf education students shared stories and memories at the reunion.

Leading up to the reunion, the school live livestreamed its announcements on March 23 with deaf education students providing sign language, including for the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge. Watch the announcements here.


Nine Dallas ISD CTE academies net special designations for excellence

Nine Dallas ISD National Academy Foundation academies have achieved special designations this year from NAF among nearly 200 others recognized across the country.

There were more than 100 “Model” schools determined by NAF’s annual assessment. That designation recognizes academies that deliver high-quality educational experiences. Sixty-nine academies in the network reached the “Distinguished” level, which is the network’s highest level of achievement.

2018 Distinguished academies include:

  • W.H. Adamson Academy of Finance
  • Emmett J. Conrad Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Emmett J. Conrad Academy of Finance
  • Emmett J. Conrad Academy of Engineering
  • Emmett J. Conrad Academy of Health Sciences
  • Thomas Jefferson Academy of Finance
  • Thomas Jefferson Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Skyline Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

Also, North Dallas Academy of Information Technology was named a Model academy.

The NAF’s annual assessment measures an academy’s strengths and challenges in implementing the organization’s design and includes site visits. The ultimate goal is to ensure students are receiving the education that will help make them college- and career-ready upon graduation.

The newly recognized academies will be honored at the NAF’s annual conference in July in Washington, D.C.

Dallas ISD has academies that were previously recognized by the NAF for excellence. The district’s Distinguished academies are: Justin F. Kimball Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, Justin F. Kimball Academy of Engineering, Woodrow Wilson Academy of Finance and Woodrow Wilson Academy of Hospitality & Tourism. The district already had two Model academies: Woodrow Wilson Academy of Engineering and Hillcrest Academy of Engineering.

Learn more about Dallas ISD’s NAF academies here.


Dos escuelas de transformación nuevas que abrirán en agosto ofrecerán programas académicos exitosos

La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD aprobó la apertura de dos escuelas de transformación nuevas con modelos de aprendizaje que han tenido éxito en otros planteles. Las escuelas abrirán en agosto de 2018.

Sam Houston Elementary School ofrecerá aprendizaje personalizado que se asemejará al modelo exitoso que se utiliza en Dan D. Rogers Elementary School. Los estudiantes que actualmente cursan los grados 2º a 4º en Sam Houston Elementary School podrán seguir asistiendo a la escuela, siguiendo el mismo modelo que se ha utilizado hasta el momento. Los estudiantes que actualmente están inscritos en prekínder a 1er grado comenzarán el próximo año escolar con el nuevo modelo de aprendizaje personalizado.

A su vez, Onésimo Hernández Elementary School se convertirá en una escuela Montessori en agosto. Los estudiantes que actualmente asisten a Hernández asistirán a Maple Lawn Elementary School. La nueva escuela Montessori empezará con estudiantes de prekínder a 2º grado y agregará un grado escolar cada año. Se les dará prioridad a los estudiantes de Hernández que ingresarán a kínder, primero y segundo grado cuando presenten una solicitud para la nueva escuela Montessori.

Las primarias Hernández y Houston tienen un bajo índice de matriculación. Angie Gaylord, jefa adjunto de la Oficina de Transformación e Innovación, dijo que la implementación de estos modelos de aprendizaje en los planteles preparará a las escuelas y a las familias para el éxito en el futuro.

“Existe una gran demanda por escuelas Montessori y con aprendizaje personalizado en Dallas”, indicó Gaylord. “Estos cambios ayudarán a las escuelas a tener mayor éxito y serán de beneficio a las familias durante décadas”.

Las familias pueden empezar el proceso de solicitud para ambas escuelas a partir del lunes, 26 de marzo.

Durante el más reciente periodo de solicitud para las escuelas públicas de opción, el Dallas ISD recibió más de 13,500 solicitudes para escuelas entre las que se incluyen escuelas magnet, preparatorias con programa early college y escuelas de transformación.


District to expand ACE program to boost six more struggling schools

Dallas ISD is expanding an initiative that helps boost student achievement by staffing struggling schools with strong leaders and high-performing teachers.

The district launched the ACE program, which stands for Accelerating Campus Excellence, in the 2016–2017 school year at seven historically low-performing schools. Dallas ISD this school year added an additional six schools to the ACE program. With ACE campuses showing significant improvement in student achievement, the district is building on this success by bringing these additional six schools into the ACE program for the 2018–2019 school year:

  • Cesar Chavez Learning Center
  • Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center
  • L.L Hotchkiss Elementary School
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
  • Elisa M. Pease Elementary School
  • Joseph J. Rhoads Learning Center

These six schools will be part of an ACE 3.0 hybrid model call “ACE Leadership” aimed at continuing to improve student achievement with a focus on building a foundation for college readiness with a strong focus on developing teacher leadership. The ACE 3.0 program will incentivize top teacher leaders, principals and campus leaders to study leadership, curriculum alignment, data and other best practices and then apply these practices to improve teaching and learning on their campuses.

ACE is part of Dallas ISD’s vision to prepare every student for college and the workforce based on placing an effective teacher in every classroom, equipping schools with strong leadership teams, and holding high expectations for both staff and students. The ACE plan was developed to help schools improve academically and better serve district students.

For those interested in learning more about the ACE program, visit http://dallasisd.org/ace.


Two new transformation schools opening in August will mirror winning programs

Dallas ISD trustees approved opening two new transformation schools in August with learning models that have been successful on other campuses.

Sam Houston Elementary will become a personalized learning campus that will mirror the successful model of Dan D. Rogers Elementary School. Students currently in grades 2–4 at Houston Elementary can stay at the campus under the same elementary school model as previous years, while students currently in grades pre-K­­-2 will start under the personalized learning model next school year.

Meanwhile, Onesimo Hernandez Elementary will become a Montessori school in August. The existing campus will consolidate with Maple Lawn Elementary. The new Montessori school will start by serving students in grades pre-K–2, and then build out in following years to serve additional grades. Current Hernandez students going into grades K–2 will be given priority if they apply to the new Montessori school.

Both Hernandez and Houston elementary schools have low student enrollment. Angie Gaylord, deputy chief of the Office of Transformation and Innovation, said bringing these new learning models to the campuses will set the campuses and families up for future success.

“There is proven demand for Montessori and personalized learning schools here in Dallas,” Gaylord said. “This decision will help these campuses succeed and serve families for decades to come.”

Families can start applying to the new Montessori and personalized learning schools on Monday, March 26.

More than 13,500 students applied to attend a Dallas ISD choice school—which includes magnets, early college high schools and transformation schools—during the application window that was open Dec. 1–Jan. 31.


NBC 5: Hexter Elementary puts mindfulness methods into practice

Students and staff at Dallas ISD’s Victor H. Hexter Elementary School are using mindfulness strategies to reduce and avoid conflict in the classroom. Check out the video here.


Nearly 1,000 Dallas ISD students prepare for Regional Special Olympics

Nearly 1,000 Dallas ISD students with special needs enjoyed a local track and field competition to prepare for the Regional Special Olympics.

Families and friends cheer on the athletes at the March 22 competition.

The Dallas ISD Adaptive Physical Education Department hosted the competitions throughout the week.

“These events build our kids’ social skills, sportsmanship, self esteem and positive attitude,” said Kelli Hackney with the Adaptive PE Department.

The William Brown Miller Elementary team shows off their game face.

The events included track events such as relay races and field events such as long jump and tennis ball throw. The students later this year will participate in an area competition with other district such as Garland ISD, Grand Prairie ISD and Waxahachie ISD.

“The students get to learn how to compete, be part of a community and learn lifelong recreation skills,” added Elizabeth Chittim, a Dallas ISD Adaptive Physical Education teacher.


Jugadores de baloncesto de SMU motivan a estudiantes de Rogers Elementary School

El 20 de marzo, los equipos de baloncesto de niños y niñas de Dan D. Rogers Elementary School recibieron la visita de jugadores de baloncesto de Southern Methodist University (SMU). Esto fue un gran apoyo antes de su último partido de la temporada regular, ya que tuvieron la oportunidad de entrenar y recibir consejos de parte de los jugadores.

Los cinco estudiantes de SMU que participaron en esta visita fueron, Jimmy Whitt, Everett Ray, Isiaha Mike, Ethan Chargois, Shake Milton, además del entrenador Nemanja Jovanovic. La directora del plantel, Lisa Lovato, les extendió una invitación para que compartieran con los niños.

“Ellos son un modelo para que nuestros estudiantes vean lo que pueden llegar a ser en el futuro”, dijo Lovato.

El entrenador Jovanovic dijo que el equipo estuvo contento de poder entrenar y motivar a los estudiantes.

“Los niños y los jugadores pasaron un buen rato”, comentó Jovanovic. “Tenemos el privilegio de poder ayudar a la comunidad de una manera divertida”.


Estudiantes de Lincoln High School participan en Ntarupt, programa de educación sexual

Recientemente, dieciséis estudiantes de Lincoln High School completaron Ntarupt, un programa de educación sexual para adolescentes. El programa se enfoca en temas como el VIH, crear conciencia sobre ETS (enfermedades de transmisión sexual), información sobre anticonceptivos, cómo construir relaciones sanas y la prevención de embarazos. El programa lo coordinó Winifred Bell, maestra en Lincoln High School.

Para más información sobre Ntarupt, que significa North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens, haga clic aquí.


Blanton Elementary organiza visita AVID Spotlight

En estas visitas, los planteles tienen la oportunidad de compartir cómo AVID Elementary ha transformado la instrucción, cultura, liderazgo y sistemas (fundamentos esenciales AVID) en su escuela. Aproximadamente 40 visitantes de distritos escolares como Arlington ISD, Cooper ISD y College Station ISD, asistieron al evento para observar a los maestros demostrar las mejores prácticas de instrucción.

Edgar Jaramillo, subdirector de la escuela, condujo el evento, hablando sobre cómo AVID ha contribuido positivamente a la cultura del plantel. Los participantes también participaron en conversaciones con los estudiantes y los padres sobre el efecto que ha tenido el programa en la escuela y en casa. Blanton Elementary School obtuvo seis distinciones el año escolar pasado y se anticipa que al terminar el año escolar mantendrán ese nivel.


WFAA: Company’s employees find reward as reading buddies at school

Eric Schaefer, president of Dallas-based Southwest Media Group, can measure the rapid success of his company in several ways, but one in particular is special to him and his employees. They serve as “reading buddies” for 30 minutes once a week to second-graders at Dallas ISD’s William B. Miller Elementary School.

Check out the WFFA-Channel 8 story here.


Julliard accepts four dancers from Booker T. Washington High School

Four dancers from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts have been accepted into the prestigious Julliard School.

Three Dance seniors: Luke Qualls, Eleni Loving and Jada German, along with 2018 Booker T graduate Erin Brothers, were selected to attend the arts school in New York City.

About 8 percent of applicants to Julliard are accepted each year, and the school takes a limited number of students pursing each discipline. In 2017, five of the 12 male dancers accepted into the first-year program at Julliard were Booker T. Washington students.


Lincoln students participate in Ntarupt sex-education program




Sixteen students at Dallas ISD’s Lincoln High School recently completed a sex-education program for teens called Ntarupt. The program focuses on topics such as HIV, STD awareness, contraceptive knowledge, how to build healthy relationships and pregnancy prevention. The program was coordinated at Lincoln by teacher Winifred Bell.

Find more about Ntarupt, which stands for North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens, here.


Blanton Elementary hosts AVID Spotlight Visit

Blanton Elementary School hosted their very first AVID Spotlight Visit on March 2.

A Spotlight is an opportunity for campuses to share how AVID Elementary has impacted the Instruction, Culture, Leadership, and Systems (AVID Essentials) at their site. Approximately 40 visitors from school districts such as Arlington ISD, Cooper ISD, College Station ISD, attended the event to observe teachers providing best instructional practices.

Assistant Principal Edgar Jaramillo led the campus’s event, discussing how AVID has caused a major paradigm shift in the campus culture. The participants also engaged in conversations with students and parents about the program’s influence on school and home. Blanton Elementary School earned six distinctions last school year and anticipates maintaining that status at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year.


SMU basketball players inspire students at Rogers Elementary

The Dan D. Rogers Elementary School boys and girls basketball teams got a big boost going into their final game of the regular season: drills and tips from Southern Methodist University basketball players.

SMU players inspired Dan. D Rogers students on March 20.

Five SMU players— Jimmy Whitt, Everett Ray, Isiaha Mike, Ethan Chargois, Shake Milton— and Coach Nemanja Jovanovic visited Rogers Elementary on March 20. Rogers Elementary Principal Lisa Lovato invited the SMU players to the campus.

“These SMU players are a model of what our students can strive to be,” Lovato said.

The SMU players taught students dribbling and shooting drills.

Coach Jovanovic said the team was happy to motivate and run drills with the aspiring elementary basketball players.

“Both the kids and players have had a great time today,” Jovanovic said. “We are privileged to be able to give back to the community in a fun way.”


SMU basketball players inspire students at Rogers Elementary

The Dan D. Rogers Elementary School boys and girls basketball teams got a big boost going into their final game of the regular season: drills and tips from Southern Methodist University basketball players.

SMU players inspired Dan. D Rogers students on March 20.

Five SMU players— Jimmy Whitt, Everett Ray, Isiaha Mike, Ethan Chargois, Shake Milton— and Coach Nemanja Jovanovic visited Rogers Elementary on March 20. Rogers Elementary Principal Lisa Lovato invited the SMU players to the campus.

“These SMU players are a model of what our students can strive to be,” Lovato said.

The SMU players taught students dribbling and shooting drills.

Coach Jovanovic said the team was happy to motivate and run drills with the aspiring elementary basketball players.

“Both the kids and players have had a great time today,” Jovanovic said. “We are privileged to be able to give back to the community in a fun way.”


Dos escuelas de Dallas ISD avanzan a competencia de futsal en el verano

Este mes, se realizó el torneo de futsal del distrito en la categoría de sexto grado donde dos escuelas secundarias salieron victoriosas, por lo cual ganaron un viaje a Disney World en el verano para competir contra equipos de todo el mundo.

El equipo varonil ganador fue el de Stockard Middle School, liderados por el entrenador Brent Bleasdell. El equipo femenil de Spence Middle School lo lidera el entrenador Scott Brothers. Ambos competirán en el United Scholastic Futsal World Championships en julio en Orlando, Florida.

Los equipos ya se están preparando para comenzar a recaudar fondos para cubrir el costo de sus viajes.

Se han realizado tres torneos hasta ahora, comenzando con el torneo en la categoría de primarias, para estudiantes de 1o a 5o grado, el 10 de febrero. Doce equipos participaron y la escuela vencedora fue Maple Lawn Elementary School. El segundo torneo fue el 17 de febrero, y también contó con la participación de doce equipos de estudiantes de los grados 7 y 8. La escuela Dallas Environmental Science Academy resultó ganadora de este torneo.

Más de 500 estudiantes de Dallas ISD participaron este año en futsal, programa ofrecido por el Departamento de Bienestar en Escuelas Urbanas. El juego es similar al fútbol de salón, pero se juega en un espacio más reducido con variaciones en las reglas. Este es el tercer año que los estudiantes de Dallas ISD compiten en este deporte.


SEM debate team’s 6th-place finish at state UIL a rare accomplishment



Student debaters from the School of Science and Engineering (SEM) made history on March 16 by being the first Dallas ISD school to place at the UIL state tournament in almost 40 years.

They are now preparing to compete at the national level for the second year in a row.

The team comprising students Olivia Northcutt-Wyly and Sophie Rahman placed sixth in the Cross Examination category among 6A schools. Their team and another featuring students Juan Diaz and Storm Lasseter, both made the Sweet 16 in the competition – also a first. Lasseter was also awarded the “golden gavel” for being the top individual debater in the state.

Debate coach Mary Gregg said the students meet an hour each week after school to practice and take time on weekends debating other district schools at local competitions.

“SEM Debate was a small club four years ago. Today, the debate team is one of the top programs in the state,” Gregg said. “These debaters proved this weekend that Dallas students can keep up with any debate team in the state.”

The club got to that level with students balancing an all Advanced Placement course load, during which the team members also find time to mentor younger debaters. Next month, they will travel to the National Urban Debate Championships in Washington, D.C.


Las solicitudes de traslados para el próximo año deben presentarse para finales de marzo

La fecha límite para solicitar un traslado para el año escolar 2018-2019 es el 31 de marzo.

Desde el año pasado, los estudiantes de Dallas ISD pueden solicitar un traslado de la escuela que se les ha asignado a otra escuela del distrito por cualquier motivo. La aprobación de la solicitud se basa en el cupo disponible para el grado académico que se solicite.

Además de los estudiantes actualmente inscritos en Dallas ISD, aquellos que viven dentro de los limites de otro distrito escolar también pueden presentar una solicitud para asistir a una escuela del distrito, siempre y cuando haya espacio disponible para su grado en la escuela que hayan elegido. Los estudiantes pueden presentar una solicitud en cualquier momento durante el año escolar para estudiantes nuevos de otros distritos.

Una vez admitido, el estudiante no tiene que presentar una solicitud de traslado cada año mientras exista cupo y cumpla con los requisitos que se exigen.

Los requisitos incluyen que los estudiantes asistan a la escuela con regularidad, mantengan calificaciones aprobatorias, sigan el código de conducta estudiantil y participen en la escuela. Les pedimos a los padres que ayuden a sus hijos a cumplir con estas expectativas y apoyen a la escuela nueva del estudiante.

El año pasado se simplificó el proceso para ayudar a más familias a encontrar la mejor escuela en el distrito para sus hijos. Los estudiantes pueden trasladarse a otra escuela por cualquier razón, sin tener que presentar una justificación relacionada con el plan de estudios o alguna dificultad.

Para mayor información y para llenar una solicitud haga clic aquí.


Olympic Gold Medalist promotes literacy among Pershing Elementary students

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez visited students at John Pershing Elementary School to share with them her experience as an Olympic athlete.

Hernandez also spent time reading books to students as a way of promoting a passion for literacy among the youth.

The visit was part of the Family for Literacy campaign by KPMG. The goal of the campaign is to provide books to students at need to help them enhance their reading skills. As part of the campaign, 500 Pershing students each received.


Laurie Hernandez, Medallista Olímpica, promueve la lectura entre alumnos de Pershing Elementary

Estudiantes de la escuela John Pershing Elementary recibieron una agradable visita de la medallista olímpica, Laurie Hernandez. Hernandez compartió sobre su experiencia como atleta olímpica, la cual la encamino hacia el liderazgo.

Hernandez también paso tiempo leyendo algunos libros a alumnos , para fomentar su interés por la lectura.

Esta visita fue parte de la campana Family for Literacy, de KPMG, la cual se enfoca en que estudiantes tengan acceso a libros. Como parte de este programa, KPMG donó 500 libros a alumnos de Pershing Elementary.


Alumnos de Longfellow están contra violencia de uso de armas

Estudiantes de Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy honraron a las víctimas del tiroteo del Parkland, FL, por medio de poemas y cartas al Congreso de Texas.

Más sobre esta nota en este video.


Tres nuevas escuelas propuestas reflejan programas exitosos de Dallas ISD

Los consejeros de Dallas ISD recibieron información sobre una propuesta para abrir tres nuevas escuelas de transformación en agosto siguiendo modelos de aprendizaje que han tenido éxito en otros campus.

Las escuelas de transformación ofrecen programas académicos especializados, similares a las escuelas magnet, pero sin requisitos de ingreso académico. Las tres nuevas escuelas de transformación propuestas son:

  • Una escuela primaria de un solo género para niños que seguiría el exitoso modelo de la escuela Solar Preparatory School for Girls;
  • Una escuela primaria de aprendizaje personalizado similar al exitoso modelo de Dan D. Rogers Elementary School. La nueva escuela pertenecería a la zona de asistencia escolar de Ignite Middle School e IDEA;
  • Una escuela Montessori de pre-K-8 en el noroeste de Dallas.

De ser aprobado, las escuelas abrirán en agosto y prestarán servicios a estudiantes de PK al 2do grado, y después se aumentarán un nivel de grado.

Bajo la propuesta actual, la escuela Sam Houston Elementary se consolidaría con Esperanza Medrano Elementary y  Onésimo Hernández Elementary se consolidaría con la Maple Lawn Elementary. Los campus de Houston y Hernández albergarían dos de esas escuelas de transformación.

Dallas ISD llevará a cabo una audiencia pública para informar a la comunidad sobre los planes de consolidación escolar recomendados para las escuelas primarias Houston y Hernández. La audiencia está programada para el 22 de marzo de 2018 a las 5:30 p.m. en 5151 Samuell Blvd.

Las personas interesadas en hablar durante la audiencia pública deben registrarse poniéndose en contacto con la oficina de Servicios de la Junta Escolar al 972-925-3720, a partir del lunes, 19 de marzo hasta el miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2018 a las 5 p.m.

Estas escuelas también serán anfitriones de reuniones comunitarias:
*Hernández Elementary: 6 p.m., martes, 20 de marzo, 5555 Maple Ave.
*Houston Elementary: 6 p.m., martes, 20 de marzo, 2827 Throckmorton St.
* Medrano Elementary: 5 p.m. miércoles, 21 de marzo, 2221 Lucas Drive.
*Maple Lawn Elementary: 6:30 p.m. miércoles, 21 de marzo, 3120 Inwood Road.

Gran interés en las escuelas de elección de Dallas ISD
Los detalles sobre las nuevas escuelas propuestas fueron presentados a los miembros de la Junta Escolar debido al gran interés en las escuelas de elección de Dallas ISD. Más de 13,500 estudiantes solicitaron admisión a estas escuelas del Dallas ISD, incluyendo escuelas magnet, early college y escuelas de transformación, durante el periodo de solicitud que inició el 1 de diciembre y finalizó el 31 de enero.

A continuación se presenta un reporte de cuántos estudiantes solicitaron ingresar a las escuelas de elección:
* 5,235 estudiantes solicitaron admisión a las escuelas preparatorias early college;
* 9.535 estudiantes solicitaron admisión a escuelas magnet
* 2,305 estudiantes solicitaron admisión a escuelas de transformación

Estas presentaciones fueron parte de un taller de la Junta Escolar del 8 de marzo sobre cómo Dallas ISD puede atraer más estudiantes al distrito. Haga clic aquí para ver los detalles del taller.


Equipos de robótica de seis escuelas avanzan a competencias internacionales

El Departamento de STEM-Informática y Tecnología desea felicitar a las cuatro escuelas que avanzaron a la competencia VEX IQ Robotics World Championship que se llevará a cabo el 30 de abril en Kentucky.

Los escuelas son:

  • Winnetka Elementary School (dos equipos)
  • Casa View Elementary School
  • Dallas Environmental Science Academy
  • George Bannerman Dealey Middle School

También, queremos reconocer a las dos escuelas que avanzaron al FIRST Robotics World Championship que se realizará en Houston, del 18 al 21 de abril. La School of Science and Engineering competirá en el FIRST Tech Challenge y Emmett J. Conrad High School hará lo propio en el FIRST Robotics Competition.

La competencia en robótica fomenta la curiosidad y conocimiento en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y las matemáticas (STEM). Asimismo, apoya la meta del distrito de asegurar que cada estudiante participe en por lo menos en una actividad extracurricular.


Longfellow students stand up against gun violence (video)

Students at Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy honored the victims of the Parkland, Florida, shooting through poems and written letters to Texas Congress.

Watch the above video to learn more.


Student transfer requests for next school year due by end of March

The deadline to apply for student transfers for the 2018-2019 school year is March 31.

Since last year, students in Dallas ISD may apply for a transfer from their assigned school to another district school for any reason. Approvals are based on space being available for the grade level requested.

In addition to current Dallas ISD students, those who live in another school district may apply to attend a Dallas ISD school – as long as space is available for their grade at their chosen campus. Students may apply at any time during the regular school year for new out-of-district transfers.

Neither in-district or out-of-district students need to reapply for transfers for the following school year as long as there is space and they meet transfer expectations.

Those expectations call for students to attend school regularly, maintain passing grades, follow the student code of conduct and participate in school. Parents are asked to help their students meet those expectations and also be supportive of their child’s new campus.

The process changed last year to be more simple and help additional families find their best-fit Dallas ISD school. Transfers no longer require a curriculum- or hardship-related reason.

Find information and apply from this page.


Robotics teams from six district schools advance to championships






The STEM-Computer Science and Technology Department wishes to congratulate the four schools that have advanced to the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship set for April 30 in Kentucky.

The teams are:

  • Winnetka Elementary School (two teams competing)
  • Casa View Elementary School
  • Dallas Environmental Science Academy
  • George Bannerman Dealey Middle School

Congratulations also goes to the two schools advancing to the FIRST Robotics World Championship set for April 17-21 in Houston. The School of Science and Engineering will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge and Emmett J. Conrad High School will compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Competitive robotics helps to foster interest and awareness in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It also supports the district’s goal of ensuring each student is involved in at least one extracurricular activity.


Two Dallas ISD teams heading to Futsal championships this summer

Two middle-school teams emerged from the sixth-grade Dallas ISD Futsal Tournament this month to earn a trip next summer to Disney World to compete against teams from across the globe.

The sixth-graders participated in non-coed divisions. The winning boys team is from Stockard Middle School, led by Coach Brent Bleasdell. The winning girls team is from Spence Middle School and is led by Coach Scott Brothers. Both will compete in the United Scholastic Futsal World Championships in July in Orlando.

The teams will start raising money to fund their trips to the championships.

There have been three separate tournaments, starting with an elementary tournament on Feb. 10 for teams comprising students in grades 1-5. Twelve teams participated in the event, and Maple Lawn Elementary took first place. The second tournament on Feb. 17 was for teams made up of students in grades 7-8, with 12 teams competing once again. The Dallas Environmental Science Academy team took first in that one.

More than 500 Dallas ISD students participated this year in Futsal, a program offered by the district’s Urban School Wellness Department. The game is similar to indoor soccer, but is played in a smaller space with some rule variations. This is the third year Dallas ISD students have competed in the sport.


National Football Foundation Gridiron Club recognizes 22 Dallas ISD scholar-athletes

The National Football Foundation (NFF) Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter recognized 22 Dallas ISD scholar-athletes for their accomplishments during the chapter’s 10th Annual Awards Banquet on March 18.

Selected from a pool of candidates that covers the entire region, high school players earned NFF chapter scholar-athlete recognition in 2018 after a rigorous review. The selection committee, comprised of coaches, teachers, administrators and business leaders from North Texas, evaluated the college and high school candidates based on their athletic accomplishments, academic performance and leadership in the community.

These are the Dallas ISD scholar-athletes recognized by NFF: 

  • Sergio Alvarado– Molina High School
  • Devin Connor– Wilmer-Hutchins High School
  • Eric Cook– W.T. White High School
  • Jose Diaz– Hillcrest High School
  • Tykedreaus Elder– North Dallas High School
  • Bryan Flores– Conrad High School
  • Jeremiah Gray– Skyline High School
  • Arkivion Harris –Spruce High School
  • Darryl Herod– Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Travion Jackson– James Madison High School
  • Cedric Johnson– Pinkston High School
  • Dentalus Jones– Lincoln High School
  • Angel Juarez– Adamson High School
  • Toney Mitchell– South Oak Cliff High School
  • Matt Nagbe– Bryan Adams High School
  • Adrian Owens– Kimball High School
  • Daniel Prosper– Carter High School
  • Moyzes Rivera– Sunset High School
  • Greg Roberts– Roosevelt High School
  • Dalton Shaw– Samuell High School
  • Dylan Spoerl– Seagoville High School
  • Travis West– Woodrow Wilson High School

The NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas is one of 120 nationwide chapters of the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame.


This Week in Dallas ISD: March 9 edition

Kick off your Spring Break on a high note! Watch the above video, or read below, to see the latest great Dallas ISD news.

Spring Break meals

Select Dallas ISD schools will offer free meals for all students over the break (learn more).

Cat in the Hat comes back

Schools celebrated Dr. Seuss Day with volunteers and fun reading events (read this).

Inspiring future leaders

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall inspired Kimball High School students at an all-girls assembly to achieve their full potential (watch this).

Go Carter!

Carter High School sent the boys basketball team to the state tournament in style with a festive pep rally (learn about the team).

Cooking Up Change

The Cooking Up Change competition saw 12 teams from 5 high schools compete in the culinary competition. The “19 Raiders” team from Skyline won the contest (watch this).

Sport stacking

The Urban School Wellness Department hosted the Intra-District Sport Stacking Tournament to foster hand eye contact, teamwork and fun (watch this).


Three new proposed schools would mirror winning Dallas ISD programs

Dallas ISD trustees were briefed on a proposal to open three new transformation schools in August with learning models that have been successful on other campuses.

Transformation schools offer specialized academic programming, similar to magnet schools, but without academic entry requirements. The three new proposed transformation schools are:

  • A single-gender elementary school for boys that would mirror the successful model of Solar Preparatory School for Girls;
  • A personalized learning elementary school that would mirror the successful model of Dan D. Rogers Elementary School. The new school would feed into Ignite Middle School and IDEA;
  • A pre-K–8 Montessori school in northwest Dallas.

If approved, the schools would open in August and serve students in grades pre-K–2, and then build out in following years to serve additional grades.

Under the current proposal, Sam Houston Elementary would consolidate with Esperanza Medrano Elementary and Onesimo Hernandez Elementary would consolidate with Maple Lawn Elementary. The Houston and Hernandez campuses would then house two of those transformation schools.

Dallas ISD will hold a public hearing to share information with the community about the recommended school consolidation plans for Houston and Hernandez elementary schools. The hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., March 22, 2018, at 5151 Samuell Blvd.

Persons interested in making comments at the public hearing must register to speak by contacting the Board Services office at 972-925-3720, starting Monday, March 19 through 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

The campuses will also host community meetings:

Hernandez: 6 p.m., March 20, at the school, 5555 Maple Ave.

Houston: 6 p.m., March 20, at the school, 2827 Throckmorton St.

Strong interest in Dallas ISD choice schools

Details on the proposed new schools followed a presentation to trustees on the high interest in Dallas ISD choice schools. More than 13,500 students applied to attend a Dallas ISD choice school—which includes magnets, early college high schools and transformation schools—during the application window that was open Dec. 1–Jan. 31.

Here is a breakdown on how many students applied to the choice schools:

  • 5,235 students applied to early college high schools;
  • 9,535 students applied to magnet schools
  • 2,305 students applied to transformation schools

These presentations were part of a March 8 board workshop on how Dallas ISD can bring more students into the district. Go here to see the details of the board workshop.


Office of Transformation and Innovation announces plans for seven new choice schools




The Dallas ISD Office of Transformation and Innovation announced plans today for seven new choice schools.

The schools are the finalists from the latest Public School Choice Proposal Process, where educators can create high-quality, best-fit options for Dallas ISD students to realize their full academic potential. This year’s proposal process resulted in twice as many finalists as previous cycles.

These seven schools were selected from a pool of 14 proposals that were submitted into the district’s most recent Public School Choice proposal selection process, which was was open to educators locally and nationwide.

OTI Director Shakeatha Butler said the new choice schools will have a significant positive impact for families.

“We are bringing choice schools into feeder patterns and regions that have been underserved,” Butler said. “Now more students will get the types of learning opportunities that we have seen thousands of their peers benefit from.”

The seven approved choice school proposals are:

  • A Downtown Montessori K-8 Transformation School (pending location) that would serve as a leading education option for Downtown residents and employees and offered in a high-quality, diverse and inspiring environment;
  • Solar Prep for Boys; a single-gender Transformation replication elementary school for boys that would mirror the successful model of Solar Preparatory School for Girls;
  • LO. Donald Leadership Academy, an Innovation school which would empower students to envision themselves as leaders capable of addressing any challenge by equipping with the skills and abilities to communicate effectively, solve complex problems, and positively impact their world;
  • John H. Reagan S.T.E.A.M. Academy, an Innovation school where through dedication and hard work, students will learn and flourish through personal and academic accomplishment;
  • Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School will move from Innovation pilot to a full Innovation school and will offer a Montessori model where students will become self-motivated, responsible, critical thinkers and leaders;
  • Fredrick Douglass S.T.E.M. Academy, an Innovation pilot school that will prepare students to lead and be competitive in a technological society;
  • Thelma Richardson Elementary School, an Innovation pilot school that will offer a personalized learning model where every student can achieve their maximum potential in an environment that values high expectations, creativity and good citizenship.

This will bring the total of OTI Choice campuses to 24 schools, which is toward the district goal of creating 35 OTI Choice schools by 2020.

For more information about Public School Choice, visit www.dallasisd.org/choice, email choice@dallasisd.org, or call 972-925–3306.


Have a great Spring Break!

Dallas ISD will be closed the week of March 12-16 for Spring Break!

Reminder: Select Dallas ISD schools will offer free meals to all students over the break.

Students and staff will both return on Monday, March 19.


Evento familiar gratuito se enfocará en la alfabetización con actividades de lectura interactivas

El sábado, 24 de marzo, el Dallas ISD llevará a cabo un evento de lectura interactivo para niños y familias en W.H. Adamson High School.

En el evento habrá más de 40 sesiones diferentes para niños de todas las edades y para sus padres. También, se ofrecerá desayuno y almuerzo gratis, así como libros que podrán llevarse a casa.

Aunque la entrada es gratis, recomendamos a aquellos que deseen asistir que se inscriban haciendo clic aquí para asegurar que haya suficientes recursos para todos. Al hacer clic en el enlace, también podrán ver un vídeo y un folleto que puede descargar para ver la lista de las sesiones.


Estudiantes de Dallas ISD participan en evento con la posibilidad de obtener prácticas de empleo durante el verano

Más de 300 estudiantes de 11o y 12o grado de Dallas ISD participaron en talleres y entrevistas con empresas locales para ayudarles a conseguir prácticas remuneradas durante el verano.

Los estudiantes escucharon consejos de representantes de las compañías y de exparticipantes, y después tuvieron la oportunidad de ser entrevistados para obtener prácticas de empleo con empresas como Capital One, Verizon, Hilton, entre otras. También, pudieron hablar con representantes de universidades y otras instituciones de educación superior sobre las opciones educativas disponibles después de graduarse de la preparatoria.

El evento lo patrocinó Capital One y NAF, una red nacional de líderes educativos, comunitarios y empresarios, que ayuda a estudiantes de preparatoria a prepararse para la universidad, una carrera y para el futuro. Se invitó a participar en el evento a aproximadamente 15 preparatorias de Dallas ISD con academias NAF de finanzas, ingeniería, tecnología de la información, hospitalidad y turismo, y ciencias de la salud.


Free family event to focus on literacy with interactive reading activities

Dallas ISD will host an interactive reading event for children and their families on Saturday, March 24, at W.H. Adamson High School.

The event will feature more than 40 different sessions for children of all ages and their parents. Also included will be free breakfast and lunch and free books to take home.

Attending the event is also free, but those who wish to go are encouraged to register here to ensure there are plenty of resources for everyone. The webpage also features a video and downloadable brochure listing the planned sessions.


Dallas ISD students interview for paid summer internships at special event










More than 300 Dallas ISD high school juniors and seniors participated in workshops and interviews with local companies to help them secure paid summer internships.

The students learned tips from company representatives and former interns, and then sat down one-on-one to interview for internships with companies such as Capital One, Verizon, Hilton and others. They also talked with representatives from colleges and universities about education options after high school graduation.

The event was sponsored by Capital One and NAF, which is a national network of education, business and community leaders who help ensure high school students are college-, career- and future-ready. The NAF academies of finance, engineering, information technology, hospitality & tourism, and health sciences from about 15 Dallas ISD high schools were invited.


Veterano del ejército encuentra su vocación como maestro en McShan Elementary School

Cuando uno entra al salón de clases de Mr. García en Lee A. McShan Jr. Elementary School, de inmediato se da cuenta de la mesa de billar cerca del centro del salón.

Después, probablemente observarán los uniformes militares de Mr. García que están colgando cerca de las banderas de Estados Unidos y de los audífonos que ayudan a los estudiantes a participar en su aprendizaje.

Rápidamente, resulta evidente que Mr. García ha dedicado bastante tiempo al diseño de su salón.

“Lo organicé así porque pienso que les ayudará a mis estudiantes a concentrarse mejor”, dijo García.

Como exsoldado, García sabía que era importante encontrar una carrera que le diera la satisfacción de poder ver que su dedicación podía dar frutos. Después de 11 años de dar clases en McShan Elementary School, concluye que aún se despierta con ánimo para ir a enseñar a la escuela.


Pueden hacer lo que deseen’: fue el mensaje de la jefa de la policía de Dallas durante reunión para alumnas de Kimball High School

Durante una reunión que se realizó en Kimball High School, U. Renee Hall, jefa del Departamento de Policía de Dallas, tuvo la oportunidad de hablar con las alumnas y animarles a que logren su máximo potencial.

Hall es la primera mujer en 139 años en encabezar el departamento y les dijo que pueden lograr todo lo que se propongan, siempre y cuando trabajen duro y luchen por perseverar.

“Me encantó poder hablar con las alumnas de Dallas ISD”, dijo Hall después de la reunión. “Esta comunidad es maravillosa y queremos que sepan que es importante para nosotros”.

El tema de la reunión fue “#MeToo: Being a Lady in Today’s Society” (#MeToo: la experiencia de ser una señorita en el la sociedad de hoy en día), e incluyó a las siguientes oradoras:

  • Dominique Torres, dueña de The Torres Law Office, P.C.
  • Diana Martínez, gerente de relaciones corporativas de LATINA Style Magazine
  • Mariel Flores, maestra inglés en Kimball High School
  • Rayla Moore, exalumna de Kimball High School (2016) y artista de palabra hablada

Familias de Foster Elementary reciben ayuda en estos momentos difíciles

Un salón en la escuela primaria Stephen C. Foster que normalmente está vacío, ahora se encuentra lleno de ropa, alimentos y artículos para el hogar donados por Buckner International.

Al principio de la semana, el salón se encontraba todavía más lleno, pero los estudiantes y las familias han estado tomando de manera constante artículos esenciales mientras que sus hogares permanecen sin el suministro de gas y agua debido a las recientes fugas de gas en el área. Aunque en la escuela todo se sigue llevando a cabo de manera normal gracias a los tanques de gas natural que ha proporcionado la compañía de gas Atmos Energy, estos artículos han sido esenciales para las familias de la escuela.

“Los estudiantes y sus familias obviamente no anticipaban el cierre del servicio de gas por lo que agradecen cualquier apoyo durante este tiempo”, dijo la directora de Buckner International, Candace Gray.

Gray dijo que la organización inmediatamente se puso en contacto con Foster Elementary School después de enterarse de las fugas de gas. Gran parte de la ropa y los artículos provienen del centro de ayuda humanitaria de Buckner International, y además se ha utilizado su unidad móvil de lavandería para lavar ropa para los estudiantes y sus familias.

“Estamos muy agradecidos con Buckner International por el apoyo que han brindado a nuestras familias durante este tiempo”, dijo DeLauren Kruzel, consejera de Foster Elementary School. “Tener acceso a estos artículos necesarios y ropa limpia brinda a nuestra familias una mayor tranquilidad”.


Military veteran finds calling as a teacher at McShan Elementary (video)

Walk into Mr. Garcia’s classroom at Lee A. McShan Jr. Elementary School and you will immediately notice the pool table near the center of the room.

Your eyes will then probably spot Mr. Garcia’s Army uniforms hanging near the United States flags and the headphones that help students engage in learning.

It quickly becomes clear that Mr. Garcia has put plenty of thought into his classroom.

“I designed my classroom the way I did because I feel like it will help my students be more engaged,” Garcia said

As an ex-soldier, Garcia knew it was important to find a career that gave him value. After 11 years of teaching at McShan Elmeentary, he said he still looks forward to coming to school.


Hoop Dreams: Seniors look to lead Carter boys basketball team to first state championship

When the Carter High School boys basketball team takes on Seminole High School in San Antonio on Friday in the state tournament semifinals, five seniors will be leading the way.

These Carter seniors watched from the bench two years ago when the team lost in the playoffs to Lincoln, who then went on to win the state tournament. After that game, the Carter players pledged to do everything possible to earn the school its first state basketball championship.

“We’ve always been known as the underdog, so I feel like right now, especially since this school has never won state in basketball, we have the drive to get that more than anybody,” said Dante Stearns, a senior who plays center and power forward.

“We’re tough. We practice like we play, and I think that will pay off,” added Kyle Hill, a senior who plays shooting guard.

Coach Lyndon Love said he believes the team has the ability to win state thanks to the leaderships of the senior players, which also includes Dylan Arnette, Malek Butler and Anthony Turner.

“These players do a great job of leading on and off the court,” he said. “Winning state is something they always talk about doing, and I believe in their ability.”

Tipoff for the playoff game is at 1:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Alamodome.


Foster Elementary families get help during time of need amid gas leaks

Clothes, food and household essentials provided by Buckner International fill a normally empty room at Stephen Foster Elementary School.

The room was twice as full earlier this week, but students and families have steadily taken and used these essentials while their homes remain without gas or water due to the recent gas leaks in the area. And while it’s otherwise been business as usual at Foster Elementary thanks to tanks of natural gas provided by Atmos Energy, the donated items have been crucial for the school’s families.

“The students and their families obviously didn’t expect to have their gas shut off, so they’ve been very thankful to have any kind of support during this time,” said Buckner International Director Candace Gray.

Gray said the organization immediately reached out to Foster Elementary after the gas leaks in the area. Many of the clothes and supplies come from the non-profit’s Humanitarian Aid Center. Also, Buckner International has used their mobile laundry unit to wash clothes for the students and their families.

“We are very thankful to Buckner International for the support they have given our families during this time,” said Foster Elementary counselor DeLauren Kruzel. “Having access to household essentials and clean clothes gives our families a much greater piece of mind.”


Dallas ISD Police join Florida school administrators and law enforcement leaders

As students and teachers make their way back to classes this week in Parkland, Florida, the community is adjusting to their new normal.  Memorials and vigils continue, as leaders of some of the nation’s largest police agencies and community members join in a summit to address school safety.
As part of the symposium, Dallas ISD Police Department joined with law enforcement officers and safety practitioners from across the country, on Monday, to discuss school safety issues.
The session was held in Parkland, Florida on March 5, and it was hosted by the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department.
Police Chief Craig Miller and Assistant Chief Jason Rodriguez represented Dallas ISD Police, as members of the panel.
Efforts of the district’s safety and security plans were highlighted, as well as procedures that govern threat assessments.
The Parkland School District has roughly 10,000 students and 1,400 employees. It currently does not have a school district police department, but administrators are seeking support and guidance as they work to establish a security department that will be ready to respond to future unexpected threats.

Escuelas ofrecerán alimentos gratis durante las vacaciones de primavera

El Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil de Dallas ISD estará ofreciendo desayuno y almuerzo gratis durante las vacaciones de primavera. Los estudiantes deben ser de 18 años de edad o menores (o hasta los 21 años de edad si son estudiantes con necesidades especiales).

El propósito del programa es proporcionar a los estudiantes alimentos nutritivos durante el receso.

Refrigerios se servirán de 8 a 9 a.m., y el almuerzo de 11 a.m. al mediodía, del lunes, 12 de marzo al jueves 15, en algunas escuelas.

Para ver la lista de escuelas participantes, visite www.dallasisd.org/fcns.


Schools to offer free meals during spring break

The Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services Department will offer free meals at select campuses during spring break. The meals are available for all students up to 18 years-old and special needs students up to age 21.

The goal is to provide students nutritious meals even during their vacation.

Meals will be served Monday, March 12, through Thursday, March 15, including a morning snack from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon.

To view a list of participating school, visit www.dallasisd.org/fcns.


Schools to offer free meals during spring break

The Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services Department will offer free meals at select campuses during spring break. The meals are available for all students up to 18 years-old and special needs students up to age 21.

The goal is to provide students nutritious meals even during their vacation.

Meals will be served Monday, March 12, through Thursday, March 15, including a morning snack from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon.

To view a list of participating school, visit www.dallasisd.org/fcns.


Competitors rise to occasion during district cup-stacking tournament

On your mark, get set, stack!

Billy Earl Dade Middle School hosted the Dallas ISD Sport Stacking Tournament on March 3, with students from across the district competing to see who could stack—and unstack—plastic cups in the shortest period of times.

In addition to the individual and relay events, the tournament featured parent-child teams. Sport stacking is part of a broader district goal to get every student involved in at least one extracurricular activity.


‘You Can Do Anything’: Dallas Police Chief inspires at Kimball’s all-girl assembly

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall inspired Kimball High School students at an all-girls assembly to achieve their full potential.

As the first female chief of police in the city’s 139-year history, Hall told the female students they can do anything they set their minds to if they work hard and persevere.

“I am so excited to speak to Dallas ISD students,” Hall said after the assembly. “This community is wonderful, and we want them to know how important they are to us in the law enforcement community.”

The assembly’s theme was “#Me Too: Being a Lady in Today’s Society,” and other speakers included:

  • Dominique Torres, owner of The Torres Law Office, P.C.
  • Diana Martinez, Corporate Relations Manager of LATINA Style Magazine
  • Mariel Flores, English Teacher at Kimball
  • Rayla Moore, Kimball Alumna (2016) and Spoken Word Artist

Hillcrest High School se convierte en la más reciente escuela en ofrecer el programa IB

Hillcrest High School recibió la buena noticia que ha sido autorizada como una escuela con programa Bachillerato Internacional (IB).

Las escuelas IB tienen como meta ofrecer una educación rigurosa con enfoque internacional de alta calidad. Con esta noticia, el patrón de asistencia escolar cuenta con tres escuelas con el programa IB: Arthur Kramer Elementary SchoolBenjamin Franklin Middle School y ahora Hillcrest High School.

Asimismo, el patrón de asistencia escolar de Woodrow Wilson High School tiene tres escuelas que ofrecen el programa, Robert E. Lee Elementary SchoolJ.L. Long Middle School  y Woodrow WilsonHarry Stone Montessori Academy en el área de South Oak Cliff también ofrece el programa IB.

Para más información sobre el programa IB haga clic aquí.

Para conocer más sobre los pasos que tomó Hillcrest para implementar el programa IB, haga clic aquí donde podrá leer un artículo escrito en el 2016 sobre este tema.


Estudiantes presentan cheques con dinero recaudado en programa Common Cents

El miércoles, 28 de febrero, se reunieron estudiantes de Dallas ISD, para la presentación anual de cheques de la campaña Common Cents Dallas “Pennies from the Heart”.

El programa permite que equipos liderados por estudiantes reúnan fondos para las organizaciones de caridad que ellos decidan. Este año, más de 200 alumnos de 19 escuelas de Dallas ISD participaron en la campaña.

Common Cents surgió de una idea propuesta en 1988 por la fallecida filántropa de Dallas Louise Gartner. Cada centavo que se recauda beneficia a organizaciones benéficas que escogen los estudiantes, quienes lideran los esfuerzos de recaudación. La campaña lleva 20 años, y en este tiempo, los estudiantes de Dallas ISD han recaudado y donado más de $875,000. Para el año escolar 2017-2018, los estudiantes reunieron más de $37,000.

“No importa que edad tengas, puedes reunir cualquier cantidad y ser un filántropo y ayudar a los que lo necesitan”, dijo Gigi Gartner, cofundadora de Common Cents. “Este programa es 100 por ciento dirigido por los estudiantes. Aprenden sobre el altruismo, cómo recaudar fondos, y habilidades de liderazgo que enriquecen su vida y los preparan mejor para el futuro. Paso a paso, centavo a centavo, los estudiantes están cambiando el mundo. Los alumnos son los héroes”.

El trabajo de los estudiantes lo guían patrocinadores en la escuelas. Este año, Sally Anderson patrocinó a estudiantes en Seagoville North Elementary School.

“La mesa redonda de los estudiantes decidió apoyar al refugio de animales de Seagoville por segunda vez”, dijo Anderson. “Les encanta la idea de ayudar a esta instalación donde no se sacrifica a los animales y a su organización de voluntarios. El programa les permite a estudiantes de 8 y 9 años mostrar sus habilidades de liderazgo mientras demuestran su amor por ayudar a otros en su comunidad”.

Una beca de $3,000, que lleva el nombre de Louise Gartner, fundadora de Common Cents, se le otorgó a Dexter Law, estudiante de Skyline High School. Su escuela también fue la que recaudó la mayor cantidad de dinero, más de $6,000.

“Common Cents enseña los principios básicos de la filantropía, permitiéndole a los estudiantes afectar a su comunidad de manera positiva”, dijo Dave Scullin, presidente y CEO de Communities Foundation of Texas, que maneja los fondos de la beca. “Este programa ofrece un foro para que los estudiantes identifiquen las necesidades de su comunidad, planifiquen y organicen actividades para recaudar fondos, y para financiar a organizaciones sin fines de lucro locales.


Alumnas contemplan su potencial politico durante conferencia de IGNITE

Alumnas de cuatro escuelas de Dallas ISD están camino a convertirse en la próxima generación de líderes políticas gracias a IGNITE, que fomenta la ambición política en las jóvenes.

Las estudiantes en el programa IGNITE asistieron a la sexta conferencia anual Young Women’s Political Leadership el sábado, 17 de febrero, en Texas Woman’s University. Las cuatro escuelas que se han asociado con IGNITE son:

  • Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy
  • Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
  • Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
  • Skyline High School

Kenedi, estudiante de leyes en Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, dijo que IGNITE le ayudó a percatarse de su potencial.

“Conocí y escuche a muchas mujeres ejemplares que han influido para lograr cambios importantes”, dijo Kenedi. “Quiero ser parte de esos cambios y la política es una manera de garantizar que nuestra voz sea escuchada”.


Generosidad de empleados de Dallas ISD puede financiar estudios universitarios de estudiantes

El 15 de febrero, la United Negro College Fund (UNCF) comenzó su campaña anual de recaudación de fondos. Los empleados del distrito tienen la oportunidad de hacer un donativo para becas que ayudarán a estudiantes de Dallas ISD a asistir a la universidad, sin importar su raza.

La donación se puede realizar contactando al representante de UNCF en su plantel.

El tema de este año es ¡En sus marcas… listos… a donar!, y la meta es reunir $50,000.

Lo que se recaude en cada plantel se usará para becas para los estudiantes de la preparatoria del patrón de asistencia escolar del distrito. Las escuelas pueden conseguir un marcador para mostrar la cantidad que se ha recaudado en cada área haciendo clic aquí.

Para conocer más sobre la campaña haga clic aquí. El 16 de abril es el último día para hacer un donativo.


This Week in Dallas ISD: March 2 edition

Catch up on this week’s great news! Watch this video, or read below, to learn more.  

Distinguished school

Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School celebrated its designation as a National Title I Distinguished School (see photos).

Addressing violence

Students attended a forum to lead respectful conversations on how the district and greater community can address threats of gun violence in schools (watch a video).

Political leaders

Female students from four Dallas ISD schools saw their political ambitions ignite after attending the Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference (learn more).

Hall of Fame

Dr. Beverly Chinn from Wilmer-Hutchins High School was inducted into the National Association of Negro Musicians Dallas Chapter Hall of Fame (read this).

Toyota tutors

Students at J.N.Ervin Elementary School met their tutors from Toyota who will help them read through TutorMate (watch this).

Boxing for gold

Stephen Acosta, a Sunset High School senior, is training for a shot to box in the 2020 Summer Olympics (watch this).


The Cat in the Hat is Back: Schools celebrate Dr. Seuss Day (video)

The Cat in the Hat broke loose across Dallas ISD schools to celebrate the legacy of late children’s author Dr. Seuss.

To honor what would have been the iconic author’s 114th birthday, volunteers visited campuses to read to students and help with Seuss-themed activities.

Volunteers and teachers read Dr. Seuss books to students across the districts.

Over at Jill Stone Elementary School, KPMG, Central Market and Texas Instruments enchanted students with stories and poems from Dr. Seuss. As a bonus, KPMG donated books to all students at Stone and Elisha M. Pease Elementary School.

Each stone at Jill Stone Elementary received a free book to take home thanks to KPMG.

Meanwhile, United Way volunteers read and gave out books at numerous other schools, and NFL player Brandon Carr brought the Seuss spirit to Thomas Tolbert Elementary School.


Hillcrest High School becomes latest district school to offer IB program

Dallas ISD’s Hillcrest High School recently received the good news that it has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

IB schools share a commitment to a high quality, challenging internationally focused education. With the news, the feeder pattern now features schools at all three levels that have IB programs: Arthur Kramer Elementary School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and now Hillcrest.

That is similar to the Woodrow Wilson feeder pattern, which features the IB program at Robert E. Lee Elementary School, J.L. Long Middle School and at Woodrow Wilson. Harry Stone Montessori Academy also offers IB.

Learn about the IB program here.

Read a 2016 article about Hillcrest’s journey to implementing IB here.


Rotary Club wants to honor teachers who go the extra mile

The Rotary Club of Dallas invites nominations from all district schools for its annual Service Above Self Teacher Awards. To call attention to the importance of service contributed by teachers, the organization will award up to $10,000 in cash awards and gifts to the selected teachers.

The award is designed to recognize teachers who:

  • perform over and above their job descriptions in ways that benefit the community, at-risk and disadvantaged students;
  • demonstrate selfless conduct for the benefit of others;
  • plan classroom instruction that reflects innovation and creativity;

The deadline to apply is Mon., April 16, 2018. Honorees will be notified Mon., May 21, and honored at a special awards luncheon Wed., August 8, 2018.

Teachers may self-nominate or be nominated by colleagues or others who feel the nominee deserves special recognition for service above self.

For more information on the requirements for the award, download an informational flyer here. To nominate a deserving teacher, visit http://www.dallasrotary.org/teacher-awards.


Students present funds they raised to charities in Common Cents program

Students who attend schools across Dallas ISD convened on Wednesday, Feb. 28, for the annual check presentations in the Common Cents Dallas “Pennies from the Heart” campaign.

The program charges student-led teams with raising funds for charities of their own choosing. More than 200 students from 19 Dallas ISD schools participated this year.

Common Cents grew from an idea proposed in 1988 by late Dallas philanthropist Louise Gartner. Every penny collected benefits the charities chosen by students, who also lead all the fundraising efforts. Now in its 20th year, Dallas ISD students have raised and donated more than $875,000 during the life of the program. For the 2017-2018 school year, students raised more than $37,000.

“You can be any age and raise any amount to be a philanthropist and help others in need,” said Gigi Gartner, co-founder of Common Cents. “This program is 100 percent student-driven. They learn philanthropy, fundraising and leadership skills, which enriches their lives and better prepares them for the future. Step by step, penny by penny these students are helping to change the world. The students are the heroes.”

Students’ efforts are guided by campus sponsors. Sally Anderson sponsored students this year at Seagoville North Elementary School.

“The student roundtable wanted to support the Seagoville Animal Shelter for a second time,” Anderson said. “The students love the idea of helping this no-kill facility and its volunteer organization,. The Common Cents program allows 8- and 9-year-old students try out their leadership skills while exercising their love of helping others in our own community.”

A $3,000 scholarship named after Common Cents founder Louise Gartner went to Dexter Law, a student at Skyline High School. His school also raised the most total money – more than $6,000.

The value of learning the importance of giving goes beyond the dollars.

“Common Cents teaches the key fundamentals of philanthropy, enabling students to actively impact their communities,” said Dave Scullin, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, which manages the Common Cents scholarship funds. “The program provides a forum for students to identify community needs, to plan and organize fundraising activities, and finally to fund local nonprofits.”

 


Pipeline to Possibilities opens up for students at four middle schools

The Dallas ISD Social Studies Department and African American Museum in Fair Park hosted students from Zan W. Holmes, Boude Storey, W. H. Atwell and T. W. Browne middle schools on Feb. 22.

Dallas County Judges Stephanie Mitchell, Lisa Green, Amber Givens-Davis and Shequitta Kelly presented the Pipeline to Possibilities program focusing on inspiring students to be the best they can be and encouraging them to make the right critical decisions for their bright futures.  

For more information on the Pipeline to Possibilities program, visit www.pipelinetopossibilities.com/about.


Wilmer-Hutchins High School es admitida a Salón de la Fama de músicos

La Dra. Beverly Chinn, maestra de Wilmer-Hutchins High School, ha sido nombrada al Salón de la Fama de la sección de Dallas de la National Association of Negro Musicians.

Chinn ha pasado la mayor parte de su carrera como maestra de coro en escuelas secundarias en planteles con designación de Título I, y más recientemente, en Wilmer-Hutchins High School. Producto de una familia de músicos, su amor por la música la inspiró a enseñar para compartir ese amor con la siguiente generación.

“Cuando comencé mi carrera en la educación, descubrí que me apasionaba la enseñanza y el aprendizaje”, dijo ella. “Me encanta planear mis lecciones, identificar las necesidades de los estudiantes y poder enseñarles lo que deben hacer para subir al siguiente nivel”.

Chinn dijo estar sorprendida y halagada de ser admitida al Salón de la Fama.

“Me siento muy orgullosa y contenta de que alguien haya evaluado mi carrera como maestra de música y pensado que merezco este reconocimiento”, dijo la maestra.


Toyota y TutorMate, nuevos socios de J.N. Ervin Elementary School

Los estudiantes de J.N. Ervin Elementary School conocieron a los tutores de Toyota que les ayudarán con la lectura a través de TutorMate, programa de tutoría por internet que conecta a voluntarios de la empresa con alumnos para realizar lecturas virtuales.

Después de conocerse, los integrantes del grupo African American Collaborative de Toyota disfrutaron de una presentación por los estudiantes en reconocimiento al mes de la historia afroamericana.

“Estamos muy contentos de contar con esta nueva colaboración con Toyota y TutorMate para apoyar a los estudiantes de J.N. Ervin Elementary School”, dijo Tom Hayden, del Departamento de Voluntarios y Socios de Dallas ISD. “Esperamos ver resultados positivos y una mejoría en el aprovechamiento académico”.

Por su parte, los empleados de Toyota dijeron que pasaron un momento increíble durante el evento.

“Es importante para Toyota y el African American Collaborative formar parte de la comunidad”, dijo Wendy Walker de Toyota. “En nuestra empresa no solo se trata de vender vehículos. Queremos sembrar la semilla en nuestra comunidad que nos permita ser un mejor lugar para vivir”.


Garza ECHS celebra designación como National Title I Distinguished School

El lunes, 26 de febrero, durante la celebración en Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School la palabra que se escuchaba constantemente era familia.

Mientras que el personal y los estudiantes celebraban la designación de la escuela como National Title I Distinguished School, el enfoque se centró en la cultura que se ha fomentado para poder lograr este reconocimiento. Garza es una de dos escuelas en Texas, y 63 en el país, en conseguir el premio nacional.

“Somos una familia y así es como nos tratamos los unos a los otros”, dijo Macario Hernández, director de la escuela.

Lo mismo piensa Claudia Simpkins, maestra en la escuela.

“Si uno ve la población de nuestra escuela se dará cuenta que es como cualquier otra escuela en Dallas ISD”, dijo Simpkins. “Sin embargo, la cultura en Trinidad ‘Trini’ Garza Early College High School es lo que la hace especial, y un lugar sagrado. Aquí todos somos una familia y lo expresamos a menudo. No porque sea un lema sino porque en realidad nos sentimos como que pertenecemos a una familia”.

Audrey Pinkerton, representante del área en la Junta Escolar, dijo que debido a los desafíos en la educación en área urbanas, los maestros y el personal escolar tienen que ver más allá del salón de clases para ayudar a los estudiantes a lidiar con el mundo que les espera fuera del aula.

“Los estudiantes tienen que estar presentes en la escuela todos los días”, dijo Pinkerton. “Tienen que esforzarse al máximo, para lograr la excelencia. Eso es lo que sucede en Trini Garza diariamente”.

La agencia educativa de cada estado elige a las escuelas que recibirán el premio en una de tres categorías: Garza registró un excelente desempeño académico estudiantil por dos o más años consecutivos. Las escuelas Título I son planteles donde la mayoría de los estudiantes pertenecen a familias de bajos ingresos.


Students create, taste-test snacks for ‘kids teaching kids’ cookbook

Medical City Children’s Hospital “kids teaching kids” program was at Dallas ISD’s Bowie Elementary on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for a snack demo and awards ceremony. 

Culinary students from Emmett J. Conrad, Skyline, Franklin Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson high schools participated in the snack contest, giving live demonstrations of their snack-recipe creations in front of students from Sidney Lanier Elementary and James Bowie Elementary. The students, parents and staff helped rate each snack to determine the winners. 

Each year, the kids teaching kids partnership includes the donation of a snack cookbook to every elementary school student in Dallas ISD. The four top snacks from Tuesday will be published in next year’s book. 

The gathering also included an award ceremony.  Physical Education teachers from Sidney Lanier (Theanna Kellogg) and James Bowie (Sharon Foster) won the PE incentive from the 21-Day Challenge sponsor, Kroger.  Each teacher was awarded $500 to help support their classrooms. Bowie Elementary was again the top-performing school in Dallas ISD and was able to retain the trophy and claim themselves Snack Masters in Dallas ISD.  Moreover, of the 447 schools in the 14 area participating school districts, Bowie elementary ranks 7th this past year.   


Junta Escolar reconoce a cantantes, orador y escuela durante reunión mensual

La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD reconoció a estudiantes y al personal escolar por logros especiales durante su reunión mensual el jueves, 22 de febrero de 2018.

  • Timothy Johnson, estudiante de 12do grado en Skyline High School, fue premiado como primera silla – tenor 1 – en el Texas All-State Mixed Choir, el mayor reconocimiento que se le puede otorgar a un estudiante de música en Texas. De 14,000 estudiantes que comenzaron el proceso de audición en septiembre, él fue seleccionado para el Texas All-State Mixed Choir. En el área de Dallas, fue uno de tres tenores 1 elegidos. Es el primer estudiante de Skyline High School que representa a la escuela en el All-State Choir.
  • Emmie Arduino, estudiante de 12do grado en Woodrow Wilson High School, ocupó primera silla – soprano 2 – en el Texas All-State Mixed Choir, el mayor reconocimiento que se le puede otorgar a un estudiante de música en Texas. De 14,000 estudiantes que comenzaron el proceso de audición en septiembre, ella está entre las 224 voces seleccionadas para formar parte del Texas All-State Mixed Choir.
  • Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School fue reconocida con el premio “National Title I Distinguished Performance Award”, que solo 63 escuelas en el país lograron este año. El 9 de febrero, recibieron esta distinción durante la “National Title I Conference” en Philadelphia. La Agencia de Educación de Texas presentó el premio en el plantel el lunes, 26 de febrero.
  • Wesley Stoker, estudiante de cuarto grado en Harry C. Withers Elementary School, fue reconocido por ganar el 26º concurso anual de oratoria MLK Jr., patrocinado por la firma de abogados Gardere. Los estudiantes redactaron sus propios discursos, basándose en la siguiente pregunta, “¿Cuál es tu deseo para el mundo de hoy?” El jurado estuvo compuesto de líderes comunitarios y empresarios reconocidos localmente. Calificaron a los estudiantes en su manera de leer el discurso, presencia en el escenario, conducta, interpretación del contenido, y memorización de los discursos.

Students lead conversation on how to prevent and address gun violence (video)

Dallas ISD students led honest, respectful conversations on how the district, greater community and entire country can address threats of gun violence and threats in schools.

Students from almost every high school attended the Course Correction Conversation: Student Edition event held at Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center at Fair Park. Bishop Omar Jahwar, CEO of Urban Specialists, Inc., moderated the event.

“The students are having conversations about what to do in the event that they see something suspicious, that they need to say something, and then what can we as a group do together to correct the issues that students are seeing,” said Sherry West Christian, Dallas ISD assistant superintendent of Student Services.

Chazz Roper, a student at the School of Business and Management, said the students were encouraged to bring these conversations back to their schools and communities.

“We are empowering students to know that we have experiences with this and our opinions really do matter,” he said.


Estudiante de Sunset se prepara para asistir a los JJ. OO. de verano de 2020 en Tokio

Mientras en las últimas dos semanas la televisión transmitía las olimpiadas de invierno en Corea del Sur, un estudiante de Sunset High School se mantenía ocupado en el gimnasio, entrenando para tener la oportunidad de asistir a las olimpiadas de verano del 2020 que se realizarán en Tokio.

En enero, Stephen Acosta, estudiante de 12do grado en Sunset, entrenó en el Centro de Entrenamiento Olímpico en Colorado y en marzo, competirá en Polonia por la oportunidad de ganarse un lugar en el equipo olímpico de Estados Unidos.

“Intento ser un gexcelente estudiante, no me meto en problemas. Soy humilde  y vivo día a día”, dijo Acosta. “No puedo creer que tengo esta oportunidad, tengo 18 años y soy el más joven del equipo.”


Wilmer-Hutchins alumnus, state senator delivers powerful message to SOC males

One of Texas’ longest serving black senators paid South Oak Cliff High School a visit on Feb. 21, but it was a males only event.

State Sen. Royce West helped continue efforts, led by the campus this year, to host an all-male forum during its S.O.C. Male Leadership Series program. The series is specifically designed for male students to hear from other men who are successful  figures within the community and business sector.

West met with the students during an hour-long discussion on various discussion topics that spoke to the importance of an advanced education, recent legislation enacted that will impact public education, and how to exercise their civic duty.

Perhaps the greatest message resonated with students when West shared his perspective, on the hills of the recent school shooting attacks, of how he plans to help protect students in Dallas ISD, Dallas County and Texas from any more mass shooting happening.

“We would like to thank Sen. West for delivering an inspirational message to the male students at our outstanding institution,” said principal Dr. Willie Fred Johnson.  “It is not a debate that community stakeholders play an integral role with the nurturing of our students, which the male mentoring series seeks to provide.

Johnson believes West is a trailblazer and has inspired his male students, many of whom he shares are fighting to overcome the perceived impossible.


Dallas ISD es clasificado en 7º lugar por alta participación en programa de desayunos

El Departamento de Servicios de Alimentación y Nutrición Infantil (FCNS) del distrito fue clasificado en séptimo lugar entre los 75 distritos de mayor matrícula escolar en el país debido al alto nivel de participación en el programa de desayuno.

Todas las escuelas ofrecen desayuno, ya sea desayunos entregados en los salones de primaria o en quioscos donde los estudiantes de preparatoria pueden recoger algo rápido antes de ir a clase.

“La meta de nuestro departamento es ofrecer alimentos que aumenten el rendimiento estudiantil y apoyen la labor que se realiza en las escuelas del Dallas ISD”, dijo Michael Rosenberger, director ejecutivo de FCNS. “Ofrecer desayuno a los estudiantes para que todos comiencen el día de igual manera es crucial. Hemos podido alimentar al mayor número de estudiantes posible cada mañana usando las estrategias innovadoras que hemos creado para el desayuno en nuestro distrito”.

A principios de este mes, el  Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) publicó un informe calificativo llamado School Breakfast Scorecard junto al informe School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts para calcular cuántos estudiantes de familias de bajos ingresos tuvieron acceso a una nutrición adecuada en sus escuelas durante el año escolar 2016-2017.

El informe del FRAC está disponible haciendo clic aquí.

“El desayuno es fundamental para estimular al cerebro y poner en marcha el aprendizaje. El acceso diario a desayunos nutritivos da a los estudiantes la energía y enfoque necesarios para triunfar en la escuela y lograr el éxito en su vida”, afirmó Melinda Hillis, nutricionista registrada y supervisora de planificación de menús.


Female students see their political ambitions IGNITE

Female students from four Dallas ISD schools are on their way to becoming the next generation of political leaders thanks to IGNITE, which builds political ambition in young women.

Dallas ISD students in the IGNITE program attended the sixth-annual Young Women’s Political Leadership conference Saturday, Feb. 17, at Texas Woman’s University. These four schools have teamed with IGNITE:

  • Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy
  • Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
  • Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
  • Skyline High School

Students participated in the IGNITE Young Women’s Political Leadership conference on Feb. 17.

Kenedi, a Law Magnet student, said IGNITE has helped her realize her future potential.

“I have seen, met, and heard about so many inspirational women who have influenced so much change,” she said. “I want to be a change maker one day, and getting involved in politics is one way to make sure my voice is heard.”


Toyota and TutorMate team up with J.N. Ervin Elementary School

Students at J.N. Ervin Elementary School met their tutors at Toyota who will help them read through TutorMate, an online tutoring program that connects volunteers with students to engage in virtual readings!

Following the meet-and-greet, members from Toyota’s African American Collaborative enjoyed a Black History Month performance from the students.

“We are excited to have this new joint partnership with Toyota and TutorMate to support the scholars at J.N. Ervin Elementary School,” said Tom Hayden with Dallas ISD’s Volunteer and Partnership Services. “We look forward to the positive impact this partnership will have on achievement.”

For their part, the Toyota employees said they had an incredible time at the kick-off event.

“It’s important to Toyota and the African American Collaborative to be a part of the community,” said Wendy Walker with Toyota. “We are not just about selling vehicles. We are about sowing seeds into our community and making our community a better place.”


Garza ECHS celebrates its National Title I Distinguished School award














The word that kept popping up on Monday at Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School was family.

While staff and students were celebrating the school’s designation as a National Title I Distinguished School,  the focus was on the culture that helped get them there. Garza is just one of two schools in Texas, and only one of 63 across the country, to net the national award. Schools are selected by their state education agency in one of three categories; Garza posted exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. A Title I school is one that has a majority of students from low-income families.

“We are a family, and we treat each other as family,” said Principal Macario Hernandez.

His sentiments were echoed by teacher Claudia Simpkins.

“Demographically, our school looks like any other Dallas ISD school,” Simpkins said. “However,  the culture here at Trinidad ‘Trini’ Garza Early College High School  is what makes it unique, and what makes it a sacred place. Garza is a family. And we say that often. Not because it’s some catchphrase but because we really are very much a family.”

Trustee Audrey Pinkerton said that because of the real challenges in urban education, teachers and staff must work beyond the classroom to help students navigate the world outside of the school.

“Students are required to be present every day,” Pinkerton said. “To push themselves, to pursue, to achieve, to move toward excellence. This is what happens every day at Trini Garza.”

She said sometimes the work there might have gone unnoticed. “Garza Early College High School is one of the hidden gems of Dallas ISD, and now the secret’s out.”

An official from the Texas Education Agency said that the agency nominates schools to the national office based on data. “It’s only when we actually truly get here to the campus, and we get to see the school, see the students, meet the teachers, that we’re sure we made the right choice,” he said. “We made the right choice.”


Wilmer-Hutchins High School teacher gets Hall of Fame honor

A career educator from Wilmer-Hutchins High School has been inducted into the National Association of Negro Musicians’ Dallas Chapter Hall of Fame.

Dr. Beverly Chinn has spent most of her career as a secondary choral educator at Title I schools, most recently at Wilmer-Hutchins. As the product of a family of musicians, Chinn’s love of music inspired her to start teaching to pass along her love of music to the next generation.

“When I started my career in education, I discovered that I am passionate about teaching and learning,” Chinn said. “I love planning for classes, identifying the needs of students and delivering what will move the students from one level to the next.”

Chinn said she was surprised and humbled to be inducted into the National Association of Negro Musicians’ Dallas Chapter Hall of Fame.

“I am extremely honored and thrilled that someone looked at my career as a music educator and thought I was worthy of this award,” she said.


Dallas ISD ranks seventh for high participation in breakfast program

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) ranked seventh among the 75 largest school districts in the country for participation in the district’s breakfast program.

All Dallas ISD campuses offer Breakfast in the Classroom, with meals being delivered to younger students in their classrooms and grab-and-go kiosks available in high schools.

“Our goal as a department is to provide meals that boost student achievement and support the efforts of Dallas ISD schools,” said FCNS executive director Michael Rosenberger. “Providing every student breakfast, and in turn an equitable start to their day, is crucial in this. Creating innovative breakfast strategies across our diverse district has allowed us to reach and feed as many students as possible each morning.”

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) issued a School Breakfast Scorecard and a companion report, School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts, earlier this month, to gauge how many low-income students have access to proper nutrition at their schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

Both FRAC reports may be read here.

“Breakfast is key to providing fuel for the brain to jumpstart the learning process,” said Melinda Hillis, registered dietitian and menu planning supervisor. “Access to nutritious breakfast options each morning gives students the energy and focus to be successful at school and in other areas of their life.”


This Week! in Dallas ISD: Feb. 23 edition

Catch up on this week’s great news! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

Dad’s Day

Skyline High School’s Bring Dads to School Day saw fathers enjoy a presentation and an inside look at the school (watch this).

Destination Imagination

Twenty-eight Dallas ISD Destination Imagination teams qualified for the state tournament (see photos).

Partnership takes off

The Adamson High School Collegiate Academy officially welcomed the American Airlines employees who will work out of the school (learn more).

Performance at Conrad

The only South Asian Qawwali group based in the US performed at Conrad High School (watch this).

Stonewall expansion

Stonewall Jackson Elementary School celebrated its new 12-classroom addition that will help relieve overcrowding (see photos).

Last chance

Third- through fifth-graders have until Wednesday, Feb 28, to apply to one of five fantastic magnet schools accepting applications (learn more).

Sensory room

Here’s a look at the new sensory room at Rosemont Primary that is helping students with special needs unwind (watch this).


Sunset senior has chance to box in the 2020 Summer Olympics (video)

While the Winter Olympics play on TVs across the world, one Sunset High School student is staying busy in the gym training for a shot in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Stephen Acosta, a senior at Sunset, will compete in Poland in March for a chance to earn his spot on the USA Olympic team. He trained in January at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

“I try to be a great student, I don’t give anyone any problems. I stay humble and get through the day,” Acosta said. “I can’t believe I have this shot, I’m 18 years old and I’m the youngest one on the team.”


Trustees recognize singers, speaker and special campus award at meeting





The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees recognized students and staff for special achievements at its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

• Timothy Johnson, a senior at Skyline High School, was awarded 1st Chair – Tenor 1 – in the Texas All-State Mixed Choir, the which is the highest achievement a student in music can be awarded in the State of Texas. From the 14,000 students who started the audition process in September, he was among the 224 voices selected to the Texas All-State Mixed Choir. In the Dallas area, he was only one of three Tenor 1’s selected. He is the first student in 30 years to represent Skyline High School at the All-State Choir.

• Emmie Arduino, a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School, was awarded 1st Chair – Soprano 2 – in the Texas All-State Mixed Choir, which is the highest achievement a student in music can be awarded in the State of Texas. From the 14,000 students who started the audition process in September, she was among 224 voices selected to the Texas All-State Mixed Choir.

• Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School was awarded the National Title I Distinguished Performance Award. Only 63 schools in the nation were selected. Distinguished schools were honored on February 9, 2018 at the National Title I Conference in Philadelphia. The Texas Education Agency will present the Title I Distinguished National award at the campus on Monday, Feb. 26.

• Wesley Stoker, a fourth-grader at Harry C. Withers Elementary School, was recognized for winning the 26th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. Students wrote their own speeches and delivered them based on their answer to the question, “What is your dream for today’s world?” Finalists were judged by panels of local well-known community and business leaders on their delivery, stage presence, decorum, content interpretation, and memorization of five-minute speeches written by the participants.


Dallas ISD employees’ generosity can fund college dreams for students

The Dallas ISD United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Workplace Campaign kicked off on Feb. 15. The campaign is an opportunity for district employees to donate to scholarships to help deserving Dallas ISD seniors of all races attend college.

Dallas ISD campus employees can donate to the campaign by contacting their campus or department’s UNCF Representative.

This year’s UNCF Workplace Campaign theme is Ready. Set. Give!, and the goal this year is to raise $50,000.

This year, the high school feeder pattern that raises the most money will have more scholarships awarded for their qualified applicants. A running scoreboard on how much the feeder patterns have raised is available here.

Go here to learn more about the UNCF Workplace Campaign. April 16 is the deadline to contribute to the campaign.


Townview ‘Big D’ Band members play a part in TV commercial for Ford SUV

You might have already seen a recent TV commercial making the rounds for the newly redesigned Ford Expedition SUV, but take a close look at some of the teens featured.

View the commercial here.

Some of them are members of the Townview “Big D” Band, comprising students who attend magnet schools at Dallas ISD’s Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center.

“The casting director was looking for a teacher who had a great impact in the music field,” said Dean Hill, longtime director of the Big D Band. The band got attention, he said, because of the many videos students and parents have posted of past performances.

Once they were selected, things started happening quickly, Hill said. There were a few hurdles to overcome, one of them being the district about to close for Winter Break. Another was that the band helps welcome teams and fans each year to the Cotton Bowl Classic football game, which was happening around that time.

There wasn’t time to secure permission to use district facilities or the band’s actual uniforms, although the blue-and-gold duds the band members are wearing look simlar to the real thing. Their part of the commercial was shot at the Greenhill School and Memorial Stadium in Mesquite.

Because the Townview schools don’t have a football team or other sports where the band would normally play, Hill said they take every opportunity to venture out and perform. The more dynamic and exciting the opportunity, the better. “How did this all come around for us? We use it as a teaching moment,” he said.

Another Ford commercial is in the works, Hill said, one that will tell a story of students getting ready for competitions. The Big D Band is expected to be a large part of it.

Also on the near horizon, the Big D Band will host the annual Dallas Music Educators Association (DMEA) Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 3, at Townview Center.


Harry Stone Montessori celebrates Chinese New Year in style

Harry Stone Montessori Academy celebrate the Chinese New Year with a fantastic performance from the Chua Phap Quang Lion Dance Team.

The Chinese New Year celebration was a big success at Harry Stone Montessori.

The dance team performed traditional Chinese New Year music dances to the delight of students. Harry Stone, an International Baccalaureate World School, spent the entire week building up to the performance, with traditional decorations from the Chinese New Year covering the campus. The Harry Stone PTA cosponsored the great event.


Se invita a alumnas a escoger vestidos y accesorios para baile anual

St. Andrew United Methodist Church invita a las alumnas a The Prom Closet a escoger y llevarse un vestido junto con accesorios para el baile anual, o prom, gratis.

The Prom Closet abre:

  • 27 y 28 de febrero y 1º de marzo, de 4 a 8 p.m.
  • 3 de marzo, de 9 a.m. a 12 p.m.

Las estudiantes podrán escoger vestidos de tallas 0 a 28, incluyendo vestidos nuevos. Se requiere solamente que las estudiantes acudan en persona para escoger sus vestidos y accesorios.

Negocios, organizaciones, grupos locales y miembros de la comunidad han donado vestidos, zapatos, chales, joyas, bolsas y otros accesorios para este evento anual organizado por St. Andrew United Methodist Women. The Prom Closet fue creado para ofrecer una experiencia única a las jóvenes que, por razones financieras, no podrían asistir al prom.


All female students invited to pick out a free prom dress and accessories

St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites all girl students to the Prom Closet to pick out and take home, for free, a prom dress and accessories.

The Prom Closet is open:

  • Feb. 27–28 and March 1 from 4–8 p.m.
  • March 3 from 9 a.m.–noon

Students can pick out dresses sized 0 to 28, many of which have never been worn. The only requirement is that the girls must be present to select their dresses/accessories.

Community members, businesses, organizations, and local groups have donated dresses, shoes, wraps, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories for this annual event, organized and operated by The St. Andrew United Methodist Women. The Prom Closet was created to provide a unique shopping experience for young ladies who because of finances would be unable to attend prom.


Veintiocho equipos del Dallas ISD clasifican para el torneo estatal de Destination Imagination

El pasado fin de semana, compitieron 269 equipos en el torneo regional de Destination Imagination, y 28 equipos del Dallas ISD clasificaron para la competencia estatal. Para clasificar, los equipos deben quedar en primer o segundo lugar en su categoría después de presentar un desafío en equipo y un desafío instantáneo.

Los equipos ganadores son:

Destination Imagination es un programa educativo que promueve la creatividad y trabajo en equipo en más de 100,000 estudiantes en todo Estados Unidos. A través del programa, tienen la oportunidad de presentar soluciones a problemas con múltiples posibilidades durante los torneos.

El torneo se realizará del 6 al 7 de abril en Mansfield, TX.


Estudiante funda organización para promover STEM con las estudiantes de secundaria

El año pasado, Saumya Rawat fundó IT Empowerment for Her,  organización que ofrece campamentos y talleres para las jóvenes que quieren experiencia práctica en actividades de tecnología informática y de ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM, en inglés).

Su labor llamó la atención en todo el país y recibió varios premios, incluyendo el National Award for Aspirations in Computing, el premio SWENext Global Innovator de 2017 y el premio Technology Stars of the Future del Centro Nacional para las Mujeres y la Tecnología de la Información.

Rawat, quien ahora cursa el último año en la Escuela de Ciencias e Ingeniería del Dallas ISD, lleva dos años ofreciendo estos eventos a las estudiantes de secundaria. Estos eventos cuentan como el proyecto final que deben completar los estudiantes de su escuela antes de graduarse.

El 17 y 18 de febrero, ofreció su tercer evento en la Universidad de Texas en Dallas. En el curso de robótica, los participantes aprendieron a programar robots y tuvieron la oportunidad de hacer amigos con quienes tenían cosas en común. Además, conocieron a estudiantes y profesionales mentores y aprendieron sobre las profesiones en STEM.


Las escuelas empezarán a aceptar pagos con tarjetas de crédito

El Dallas ISD iniciará un programa que permitirá que todas las escuelas del distrito acepten tarjetas de crédito, débito y cheques electrónicos ya sea en línea o en persona para pagar excursiones, cargos escolares e incluso para hacer donaciones.

En la actualidad, el 90% de las secundarias participan en RevTrak, el programa que permite que los padres paguen cargos escolares en línea sin tener que mandar a su hijo a la escuela con un cheque o dinero en efectivo. Se espera que el resto de las secundarias y las primarias reciban capacitación para empezar a usar RevTrak a mediados de abril.

“El éxito de RevTrak es un tema popular en las escuelas y el personal escolar de varias escuelas estan pidieron recibir el programa para la comodidad de los estudiantes y sus padres. Además, sirve para reducir su cantidad de trabajo y les da más oportunidad de atender a los estudiantes, padres y empleados”, dijo Darlene Williams, directora ejecutiva de Servicios de Tesorería. “Asimismo, los departamentos administrativos también piden participar en el proceso, y estamos trabajando para agregarlos cuanto antes con la ayuda de Tecnología Informática, teniendo como prioridad a nuestros planteles”.

RevTrak cobra un cargo de conveniencia por cada transacción, por lo cual el Dallas ISD no pierde ni gana dinero. Los padres aún tendrán la opción de pagar en efectivo o con cheque en la escuela.


Burnet Elementary’s ‘100’s Club’ setting students up for success

Teachers at David G. Burnet Elementary School were confused at first when students kept coming to them asking for extra assignments.

Turns out, the students were part of the “100’s Club,” an after-school program at the campus that motivates students to get perfect scores on assignments, tests and attendance.

“The club is having a noticeable positive impact on our students’ grades and performance,” said Mrs. Johnson, who runs the club along with Alejandra Romo, a recreation program specialist with the City of Dallas.

Every month the students in the club set a goal for how many 100s they will get as a group. Additionally, the three students who get the most 100s—as well as the most improved—get a small prize.

“It’s been a blessing to watch the students thrive as part of this club,” Romo said. “I’m looking forward to watching it grow.”


Inicia colaboración educativa entre American Airlines y Adamson Collegiate Academy

Brandon Villegas, estudiante del noveno grado en Adamson High School Collegiate Academy, acepta abiertamente que al principio no queria ser parte de la academia universitaria.

Por supuesto que la posibilidad de obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario y aprender de socios de la industria, al mismo tiempo que estudiaba en la preparatoria, le parecía una buena oportunidad, aunque también algo difícil.

Sin embargo, en la actualidad, Villegas está inmerso por completo en la academia universitaria. Siente un gran entusiasmo por aprender de primera mano de American Airlines, el socio de la industria de la academia universitaria, que colocará a más de 10 empleados de tiempo completo en el plantel escolar. El 14 de febrero, Adamson llevó a cabo un evento de bienvenida para los empleados de la aerolínea.

“Mi sueño de ser arquitecto será una realidad gracias a la academia universitaria y a American Airlines”, dijo Villegas. “Mis padres están orgullosos, y algún día les podré construir una casa”.

Entre los empleados de American Airlines que laborarán en Adamson High School se encuentran programadores, desarrolladores y arquitectos.

“Los estudiantes podrán tener experiencias de primera mano con los empleados de American Airlines que trabajarán en proyectos aquí en Adamson”, dijo Jeannette Papadopoulos, directora de P-Tech del Dallas ISD.

Adamson High School Collegiate Academy es una de las 23 academias universitarias y escuelas con programa early college que manejan el Dallas ISD y el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas este año escolar. Más de 53 socios de la industria colaboran con las academias universitarias. American Airlines será el primer socio de la industria que colocará empleados de tiempo completo en una escuela del Dallas ISD.


Inicia colaboración educativa entre American Airlines y Adamson Collegiate Academy

Brandon Villegas, estudiante del noveno grado en Adamson High School Collegiate Academy, acepta abiertamente que al principio no queria ser parte de la academia universitaria.

Por supuesto que la posibilidad de obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario y aprender de socios de la industria, al mismo tiempo que estudiaba en la preparatoria, le parecía una buena oportunidad, aunque también algo difícil.

Sin embargo, en la actualidad, Villegas está inmerso por completo en la academia universitaria. Siente un gran entusiasmo por aprender de primera mano de American Airlines, el socio de la industria de la academia universitaria, que colocará a más de 10 empleados de tiempo completo en el plantel escolar. El 14 de febrero, Adamson llevó a cabo un evento de bienvenida para los empleados de la aerolínea.

“Mi sueño de ser arquitecto será una realidad gracias a la academia universitaria y a American Airlines”, dijo Villegas. “Mis padres están orgullosos, y algún día les podré construir una casa”.

Entre los empleados de American Airlines que laborarán en Adamson High School se encuentran programadores, desarrolladores y arquitectos.

“Los estudiantes podrán tener experiencias de primera mano con los empleados de American Airlines que trabajarán en proyectos aquí en Adamson”, dijo Jeannette Papadopoulos, directora de P-Tech del Dallas ISD.

Adamson High School Collegiate Academy es una de las 23 academias universitarias y escuelas con programa early college que manejan el Dallas ISD y el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas este año escolar. Más de 53 socios de la industria colaboran con las academias universitarias. American Airlines será el primer socio de la industria que colocará empleados de tiempo completo en una escuela del Dallas ISD.


Rosemont Primary sensory room helps students with special needs unwind

A new sensory room at Rosemont Primary is helping students with special needs unwind.

With the support of Rosemont’s Parent Teacher Association and Dad’s Club, Special Education teacher Sarah Contreras helped make the sensory room a reality to benefit the students.

“This is an outlet for our students to release some of that sensory overload or take in some of that sensory that they might need,” Contreras said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated those who helped make the sensory room a reality.

A ribbon cutting on Feb. 16 saw members of the PTA, Dad’s Club and Trustee Audrey Pinkerton celebrate the new sensory room. As students laughed and played in the ball pit, trampoline and tunnels, Rosemont Principal Rachel Moon thanked everyone for making the room a reality.


Rosemont Primary sensory room helps students with special needs unwind

A new sensory room at Rosemont Primary is helping students with special needs unwind.

With the support of Rosemont’s Parent Teacher Association and Dad’s Club, Special Education teacher Sarah Contreras helped make the sensory room a reality to benefit the students.

“This is an outlet for our students to release some of that sensory overload or take in some of that sensory that they might need,” Contreras said.

A ribbon cutting on Feb. 16 saw members of the PTA, Dad’s Club and Trustee Audrey Pinkerton celebrate the new sensory room. As students laughed and played in the ball pit, trampoline and tunnels, Rosemont Principal Rachel Moon thanked everyone for making the room a reality.


Familias recibirán ayuda para llenar solicitud para escuelas magnet

El Dallas ISD estará llevando a cabo talleres donde ofrecerá ayuda para completar una  solicitud para tres escuelas magnet que añadirán grados el próximo año escolar.

Los talleres se realizarán el miércoles, 21 de febrero, de 6-8 p.m., en  J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard; Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard; y Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard. Estas tres escuelas, que se encuentran en el plantel de escuelas tradicionales de vecindario, han servido a estudiantes de 4to y 5to grado, y agregarán un nivel académico cada año hasta ofrecer de 4to a 8vo grado en el año 2021.

Para más información sobre estas escuelas y otras escuelas magnet de Dallas ISD que están aceptando solicitudes hasta el miércoles, 28 de febrero, haga clic aquí.


Familias recibirán ayuda para llenar solicitud para escuelas magnet

El Dallas ISD estará llevando a cabo talleres donde ofrecerá ayuda para completar una  solicitud para tres escuelas magnet que añadirán grados el próximo año escolar.

Los talleres se realizarán el miércoles, 21 de febrero, de 6-8 p.m., en  J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard; Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard; y Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard. Estas tres escuelas, que se encuentran en el plantel de escuelas tradicionales de vecindario, han servido a estudiantes de 4to y 5to grado, y agregarán un nivel académico cada año hasta ofrecer de 4to a 8vo grado en el año 2021.

Para más información sobre estas escuelas y otras escuelas magnet de Dallas ISD que están aceptando solicitudes hasta el miércoles, 28 de febrero, haga clic aquí.


All schools will soon accept credit card payments for school-related expenses

Dallas ISD is bringing a program districtwide that will allow all schools to accept credit cards, debit cards or “e-checks” online or at the campus to pay for everything from field trips to campus related fees to donations to the schools.

Currently, 90-percent of secondary schools now participate in RevTrak, which means parents can pay for school-related expenses online and not have to send a check or cash to school with their kid. The plan is that the remainder of secondary and all elementary schools will receive training and start using RevTrak beginning in mid-April.

“The success of RevTrak has spread by word-of-mouth through the campuses, and many are now asking to be added to the program for the convenience of their students and parents, and to also alleviate their workloads and give themselves more time to provide customer service to their students, parents and campus staff,” said Darlene Williams, executive director of Treasury Services. “Additionally, we now have central departments asking to be added to this process, and we are working to add them as fast as we and our IT staff can accommodate these additions, all while giving our campus implementations precedence.”

Dallas ISD is working with the vendor, RevTrak, to allow the schools to accept credit card, debit card and e-check payments. RevTrak charges a small convenience fee on the transactions, so Dallas ISD does not lose or make any money from the transactions. Parents still have the option to pay by cash or check at the campus versus online.


All schools will soon accept credit card payments for school-related expenses

Dallas ISD is bringing a program districtwide that will allow all schools to accept credit cards, debit cards or “e-checks” online or at the campus to pay for everything from field trips to campus related fees to donations to the schools.

Currently, 90-percent of secondary schools now participate in RevTrak, which means parents can pay for school-related expenses online and not have to send a check or cash to school with their kid. The plan is that the remainder of secondary and all elementary schools will receive training and start using RevTrak beginning in mid-April.

“The success of RevTrak has spread by word-of-mouth through the campuses, and many are now asking to be added to the program for the convenience of their students and parents, and to also alleviate their workloads and give themselves more time to provide customer service to their students, parents and campus staff,” said Darlene Williams, executive director of Treasury Services. “Additionally, we now have central departments asking to be added to this process, and we are working to add them as fast as we and our IT staff can accommodate these additions, all while giving our campus implementations precedence.”

Dallas ISD is working with the vendor, RevTrak, to allow the schools to accept credit card, debit card and e-check payments. RevTrak charges a small convenience fee on the transactions, so Dallas ISD does not lose or make any money from the transactions. Parents still have the option to pay by cash or check at the campus versus online.


Twenty-eight Dallas ISD Destination Imagination teams qualify for state tournament

With 269 teams competing at the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament this past weekend, 28 Dallas ISD teams qualified for the upcoming state competition. In order to qualify, teams had to place first or second in their category after performing a team challenge and an instant challenge.

The winning teams are:

Promoting creativity and teamwork to more than 100,000 schoolchildren across the United States, Destination Imagination is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournament competitions.

Dallas ISD had 28 of the total 33 teams that qualified for the state tournament. Hosted in Mansfield, Tex., the Destination Imagination State Tournament will be held April 6-7.


Twenty-eight Dallas ISD Destination Imagination teams qualify for state tournament

With 269 teams competing at the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament this past weekend, 28 Dallas ISD teams qualified for the upcoming state competition. In order to qualify, teams had to place first or second in their category after performing a team challenge and an instant challenge.

The winning teams are:

Promoting creativity and teamwork to more than 100,000 schoolchildren across the United States, Destination Imagination is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournament competitions.

Dallas ISD had 28 of the total 33 teams that qualified for the state tournament. Hosted in Mansfield, Tex., the Destination Imagination State Tournament will be held April 6-7.


See the schedule for this week’s Basketball Playoffs

The girls basketball regional quarterfinals and boys basketball bi-district games are this week!

Here’s the schedule:

 


Maple Lawn Elementary staff gives back to the community

The staff at Maple Lawn Elementary School is dedicated to giving back to the community it serves.

Members of the school’s staff have been volunteering at the Salvation Army to serve meals to those in need. Maple Lawn Elementary team members originally volunteered in December as part of “Wellness Wednesday,” singing Christmas carols along with serving meals. They had such an amazing time that they returned in February to serve more meals as part of “Kindness Month.”

“It truly makes the heart warm to give back and the people are always so gracious, appreciative and thankful,” said Stacy Owens, counselor at Maple Lawn Elementary.


Beginner’s Guide to applying for magnet schools still accepting applications

Five Dallas ISD magnet schools have extended their application deadlines through Feb. 28. This is a great opportunity for students currently in grades 3–5 to attend a phenomenal school in Dallas ISD.

What are the magnet schools still accepting applications?

These magnet schools are accepting applications from students currently in grades 3–5:

How do I apply?

Go here to fill out the application for any of these five magnet schools.

The magnet school application is a five-step process. You will:

  1. Select the grade you are applying for.
  2. Select your first choice program. Also, optionally you can select your second choice program at the same time.
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Review and submit your application.
  5. Print, sign, and take your application to your first-choice program by with the required supporting documentation.

Who is eligible to apply?

Here are the magnet school requirements for students currently in grades 3–5:

What if I need help applying?

Dallas ISD is hosting special application workshops on Wednesday, Feb. 21, for J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard; Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard; and Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard. The application workshops will be held at each campus from 6–8 p.m.


Student’s organization shares love of STEM with middle-school girls


Last year, Saumya Rawat founded IT Empowerment for Her, an organization that offers camps and workshops for young girls to give them hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities, Information Technology and Computer Science.

Her work drew national attention, as she was awarded the 2017 National Award for Aspirations in Computing and also the 2017 SWENext Global Innovator Award. She also won a Technology Stars of the Future award from the National Center for Women & Informational Technology.

Rawat, now a senior at Dallas ISD’s School of Science and Engineering, is in her second year of offering the events for middle-school girls. The project also fulfills a required “passion project” that students at the school must complete before graduation.

Her third offering of 2018 is this weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18 at UT-Dallas. Registration is currently closed for this weekend’s session. The Weekend Robotics Immersion course will teach participants how to program robots and make new like-minded friends, meet student and professional mentors and learn about STEM careers.


This Week! in Dallas ISD: Feb. 16 edition

Catch up on this week’s great news! Watch this video, or read below, to learn more.

Food Festival

Students at the Dallas ISD Food Festival tasted and rated breakfast and lunch items to help determine what cafeterias will serve next school year (watch this).

Sweetheart Read

The Eduardo Mata Elementary School library and PTA hosted a special Sweetheart Read where parents, grandparents and special guests read books to students (see photos).

Getting wild

The Dallas Zoo and AT&T brought the Animal Adventures Program to Ebby Halliday Elementary School (watch this).

100 days

Schools across the district celebrated the 100th day of school in creative ways (see a photo).

Meeting mentors

Young ladies at Lincoln High School met with mentors and received powerful pep talks at the “Breakfast With A Bunch of Beauties” event (learn more).

Be kind

To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, hear from students on why it’s important to be nice (watch this).


Workshops to help families apply to three expanding magnet schools

Dallas ISD will host special application workshops next week at three magnet schools that are adding grades starting in the 2018-2019 school year.

The workshops, which will help parents fill out applications for their child, will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at  J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard; Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard; and Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard. All three schools, which have served students in grades 4-5, will add one grade each year until each serves grades 4-8 in 2021.

The three magnet schools are housed within neighborhood schools. Learn more about these and other Dallas ISD magnets that are accepting applications until Wednesday, Feb. 28, here.


Superintendente: Dallas ISD se une al dolor de la comunidad del condado de Broward; revisa los procedimientos de seguridad

El superintendente de Dallas ISD Michael Hinojosa se ha manifestado sobre el tiroteo ocurrido el 14 de febrero en una preparatoria en el estado de Florida.

“Con gran tristeza, hoy el Dallas ISD se une al duelo de la comunidad del condado de Broward como consecuencia del trágico ataque del miércoles en Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, en Parkland, Florida. La incomprensible pérdida de tantas vidas es una tragedia nacional que es especialmente difícil para todos los que estamos relacionados con el ambiente educativo.

“La seguridad de los estudiantes es nuestra prioridad principal en el Dallas ISD. Los planteles cuentan con profesionales que están capacitados y preparados para apoyar a los estudiantes, con la enseñanza y demostración de habilidades sociales y emocionales. Se recomienda que los maestros, estudiantes y el personal escolar siempre estén conscientes de su entorno escolar e informen a la administración y al personal de seguridad sobre cualquier conducta potencialmente preocupante.

“Como resultado de este terrible suceso, el Dallas ISD está revisando todos los procedimientos de seguridad para asegurar que todos los estudiantes, el personal escolar y la comunidad se mantengan seguros. Asimismo, contamos con consejeros listos para ayudar a estudiantes que se sientan afligidos”.


Superintendent: Dallas ISD mourns with Broward County community, reviews security procedures here

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has issued a statement about the Feb. 14 shootings at a high school in Florida.

“Amidst heavy hearts today, Dallas ISD joins in mourning with the Broward County community in the wake of Wednesday’s tragic attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The senseless loss of so many lives is a national tragedy that is especially difficult for everyone connected to schools.

“Student safety is Dallas ISD’s top priority. Campuses are trained and equipped to support students by teaching and modeling social and emotional skills. Teachers, students and staff are always encouraged to monitor the school environment and to bring to the attention of administrators and security any potentially troubling behavior.

“In the wake of this horrible event, Dallas ISD is reviewing all safety and security procedures to ensure students, staff and community remain safe. Additionally, counselors stand ready to assist any students experiencing emotional distress.”


Partnership with airline takes flight at Adamson Collegiate Academy

Brandon Villegas, a freshman in the Adamson High School Collegiate Academy, will openly admit that he at first didn’t want to be a part of the collegiate academy.

Sure, being able to earn up to 60 hours of college credit and learn from industry partners while still in high school seemed like a good opportunity. But it also seemed hard!

However, Villegas is now fully on board with the collegiate academy. Specifically, he is thrilled to learn first-hand from the collegiate academy’s industry partner—American Airlines—which will house more than 10 full-time employees at the campus. Adamson hosted an introductory event Feb. 14 to welcome the American Airlines employees who will work from the school.

“Thanks to the collegiate academy and its partner American Airlines, my dream of being an architect is going to be a reality,” Villegas said. “My parents are proud, and they will one day have a son who builds them a house.”

The American Airlines employees who will work out of Adamson High School range from coders and developers to architects.

“With full-time American Airlines employees working on projects here at Adamson, students will be able to come in and get first-hand lab experience,” said Jeannette Papadopoulos, the Dallas ISD P-TECH Director.

Adamson High School Collegiate Academy is one of the 23 collegiate academies and Early College High Schools being operated by Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District this school year. More than 53 industry partners are partnering with the collegiate academies. American Airlines will be the first industry partners to house full-time employees out of a Dallas ISD school.


Herbert Marcus Elementary student has a wish come true

Olssen Fuentes, third-grader at Herbert Marcus Elementary School, will soon be granted with his wish of going shopping. That’s what the ten-year old asked for as a celebration of being cancer free for almost a year now. Fuentes underwent through chemotherapies for a few months as part of his battle with leukemia.

The Make-A-Wish foundation surprised Fuentes at school on Feb. 15, along with his classmates, teachers and a family.

When Fuentes goes on his shopping spree in a few weeks, he knows the first thing he wants to get: an iPad.


İUn deseo hecho realidad!

El deseo de tener un día de compras ahora pronto será una realidad para Olssen Fuentes, estudiante de tercer grado de la primaria Herbert Marcus. Acompañado de sus maestros, compañeros de clases y su familia, Olssen recibió una visita sorpresa de representantes de la fundación Make-A-Wish, quienes le compartieron que para celebrar el haber ganado su batalla contra la leucemia, harán realidad su deseo de ir de compras.

Voluntarios de la fundación llevarán a Olssen de compras el 4 de marzo. Él compartió que una de las primeras cosas que quiere comprar es una tableta ipad.

Olssen venció la batalla contra la leucemia después de haber padecido la enfermedad por casi un año y recibir quimioterapias durante seis meses.


Six student-athletes receive college scholarships from basketball legend’s foundation

Six Dallas ISD senior student-athletes are the proud recipients of the Nancy Lieberman Educational College Scholarship.

The students can use the one-time $10,000 scholarship toward college tuition payments. The scholarship goes toward deserving high school student-athletes who excel in sports and academics and have made a positive impact on the community. The Dallas ISD scholarship recipients are:

  • Helen Garcia – North Dallas High School
  • Oscar Leal – W.H. Adamson High School
  • Anna Martinez – Sunset High School
  • Kathy Nguyen – North Dallas High School
  • Martin Valdez – W.H. Adamson High School
  • Matthew Nagbe – Bryan Adams Leadership Academy

A gala on Feb. 19 will recognize and celebrate the scholarship recipients.

Scoring Supplies: Basketball legend donates 500 backpacks to students

Lieberman, whose foundation is behind the scholarships, is one of the most successful American basketball players of all time, from being a standout in high school, to helping her college team earn two consecutive championships, to representing the USA in the Pan American Games and the Olympics. The $10,000 scholarships are synonymous with the number 10 Lieberman wore throughout her career.


Dallas ISD initiative aims to engage, encourage, empower students

The African American Success Initiative (AASI) has a student advocacy component that focuses attention on students who have the potential to perform well and make academic and social strides given the right support and nurturing.

The program provides a student advocate coordinator who creates and monitors educational plans, improves educational services, empowers and supports students, and builds a supportive network in the school.  AASI has identified these best strategies and targeted initiatives to increase achievement at 25 campuses this school year:

  • A literacy initiative that includes a structured literacy program, reading intervention and targeted professional development;
  • A mentoring program that provides additional resources and support for students, including mentors, tutoring and peer support networks;
  • Community and business partnerships;
  • Professional development;
  • Debate, chess club and mindfulness yoga.

AASI was originally established in 2006 to adapt the gaps that group had compared to other demographic groups on standardized math tests. After a brief hiatus, the program was re-established in 2015 by Dallas ISD Trustee Dr. Lew Blackburn.

“AASI strives to educate all students for success through customized, innovative programming and curriculum support for students,” said AASI Director Regina Rice. “We’re excited by what’s going with student participants and teachers.”

ASSI has evolved to assist students in reading and math and is overseen by Dallas ISD Chief of Staff Pam Lear as one of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s strategic initiatives.

Learn more: www.dallasisd.org/aasi.


Zoológico de Dallas trae un poco del parque a Halliday Elementary (vídeo)

El 13 de febrero, Ebby Halliday Elementary School recibió a unos invitados especiales que incluyeron un búho, una víbora y un oso hormiguero durante el programa Animal Adventures del zoológico de Dallas que se presentó en la escuela.

AT&T y el zoológico de Dallas patrocinaron el programa, al que se unió el concejal de la ciudad de Dallas Tennell Atkins. Algunos estudiantes se quedaron asombrados al ver a los animales increíbles.

¡En el video pueden ver más sobre lo que sucedió ese día!


Aumenta el número de idiomas del Departamento de Traducciones de Dallas ISD

Ninayo habli njema! ¡Esa es la traducción a swahili de “¡Tengo buenas noticias!”, y es verdad.

El Departamento de Traducciones de Dallas ISD ha expandido el número de idiomas disponibles para servir a los estudiantes y padres del distrito. Ahora también ofrece lenguaje de señas americano, kirundi, kinyarwanda y swahili, que se suman a árabe, birmano, chin, francés, italiano, portugués y español, idiomas que ya ofrecía el departamento.

La matrícula de Dallas ISD muestra que se hablan más de 67 idiomas en los hogares de nuestros estudiantes. Para conocer más sobre el Departamento de Traducciones, que ofrece servicios gratis a las escuelas y departamentos del distrito haga clic aquí.


Cambia de lugar las reuniones de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD

Las sesiones informativas y reuniones de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD cambian de lugar empezando en febrero.

Las reuniones serán en el area de conferencias del edificio de Dallas County Schools (DCS) Technology and Training Center, que se ubica en el 5151 Samuell Blvd.

Las sesiones informativas de la Junta Escolar se llevan a cabo el segundo jueves de cada mes, a las 11:30 a. m. Las reuniones regulares de la Junta Escolar son a las 6:00 p. m., el cuarto jueves de cada mes. Puede encontrar el calendario de las reuniones y las agendas haciendo clic aquí.

Si le gustaría dirigirse a la Junta Escolar durante alguna de las reuniones, debe inscribirse en la lista antes de las 5 p. m. el día previo a la reunión llamando al Departamento de Board Services al (972) 925-3720.


Dallas Zoo helps Halliday Elementary get wild (video)

An owl, snake, and anteater were among the special guests at the Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures Program held at Ebby Halliday Elementary School on Feb. 13.

AT&T and the Dallas Zoo sponsored the program that also brought out Dallas City Councilman Tennell Atkins to the school. Some students’ jaws dropped as they saw the incredible animals.

Watch the video to learn more!


Mentors empower female students at Lincoln High School

Young ladies at Lincoln High School met with mentors and received powerful pep talks at the “Breakfast With A Bunch of Beauties” event presented by the Be You Tiful Girls, Trustee Bernadette Nutall and sponsored by Urban Specialists.

The event connected students with mentors and provided information on how to prepare for success physically, spiritually and emotionally. Students also learned how to dress for job interviews and received practical advice on how to stand out in the business world.


Students pitch ideas ‘Shark Tank-style’ to Verizon engineers

High School students from several NAF-Dallas ISD engineering, finance, and hospitality & tourism academies recently met with Verizon’s engineering leadership team to demo their senior projects and share business product ideas, shark tank-style. Students received immediate on-the-spot coaching from Verizon engineers, the friendly sharks, to take their concept to the next level.

Additionally, students heard from Verizon Chief Network Engineering Officer and STEM advocate Nicki Palmer and then engaged in an elevator pitch workshop and an internship discussion. Many of the students, now high school seniors, interned with Verizon last summer.

Students participated from these NAF-Dallas ISD engineering, finance, and hospitality & tourism academies:

  • Hillcrest High School
  • Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Justin F. Kimball High School
  • Townview School of Science and Engineering Magnet
  • Woodrow Wilson High School

NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready. NAF has more than 9,000 students in 42 academies in 20 Dallas ISD high schools. NAF academy themes include finance, information technology, engineering, hospitality and tourism, and health sciences.


Students from two district schools learn about maternal-fetal medicine






Sixty Dallas ISD students and six staff members joined members of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine for its annual national conference on Thursday, Feb. 1, in Dallas.

Strategic Initiatives and External Relations/ Partnership Services teamed up with Dr. Brian Casey of UTSW Medical to ensure two groups of students could participate:  School for Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center and Sunset Collegiate Academy-Public Health Pathway.

The event included a day of presentations and programs led by members of the society. According to Assistant Superintendent Usamah Rodgers, “These are the types of meaningful experiences our students need to grow and develop.  We are grateful for the opportunities provided.”

One goal of the students’ participation is to spark interest in pursuing maternal-fetal medicine as a specialty.

“This program was designed to expose young students to the specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine as well the scientific process,” said Dr. Brian Casey, UTSW Medical. “The Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting held here in Dallas represents the culmination of that scientific process with the presentation of cutting-edge research findings to an international audience of high risk obstetricians and researchers.”

Suji Ha, a biology teacher at Sunset Early College High School and one of the chaperoning, thanked organizers for inviting students to the unforgettable experience. “Students really enjoyed and what makes me shocked was that my students were actually able to understand the the research and what the doctors were talking about,” Ha said. “One of my students was telling me that ‘it is everything we learned in your class!’ After we got back to school, we had long discussion about the oral plenary and poster sessions.  Students were still excited to share out their new knowledge and information they received from the experience.”


Tres escuelas magnet están expandiendo, aún aceptan solicitudes

¡Tenemos excelentes noticias! Tres escuelas magnet excepcionales de Dallas ISD están expandiendo su cupo y aún están aceptando solicitudes de estudiantes que actualmente cursan el 3er, 4to y 5to grado.

J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard, Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard, y Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard están aceptando solicitudes hasta el 28 de febrero. Animamos a los padres y sus hijos a que llenen una solicitud haciendo clic aquí.

Las tres escuelas magnet están localizadas en edificios dentro de escuelas de vecindarios. Las escuelas magnet, que tradicionalmente servían a estudiantes en 4to y 5to grado, agregarán un grado cada año hasta ofrecer los grados 4 al 8 en el año 2021.


Estudiantes de Lipscomb Elementary School reciben tecnología valorada en $10,000

¡Recientemente, los maestros de William Lipscomb Elementary School sorprendieron a sus estudiantes con tecnología en sus salones de clases valorada en $10,000! La escuela fue una de 10 en el país seleccionadas para recibir una subvención a través del programa Softchoice’s Power Up. 

El programa otorga subsidios para tecnología en los salones de clases a escuelas públicas que sirven a estudiantes de prekínder hasta el 8vo grado. En 2016, el primer año del programa, Power Up aumentó el acceso a la tecnología para más de 3,000 estudiantes.


Three magnet schools are expanding, still accepting applications

Great news! Three outstanding Dallas ISD magnet schools are expanding and still accepting applications from students currently in grades 3­­–5.

J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard, Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard, and Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard are accepting applications through Feb. 28. Students are encouraged to apply here.

The three magnet schools are housed within neighborhood schools. The magnet schools, which traditionally have served students in grades 4–5, will add one grade every year until it serves grades 4–8 in 2021.


Lipscomb Elementary students surprised with $10,000 in classroom technology

Teachers at William Lipscomb Elementary School recently surprised their students with $10,000 in classroom technology! Lipscomb was one of 10 schools across the country selected as a 2018 grant recipient through Softchoice’s Power Up program. 

The Power Up program awards classroom technology grants to publicly-funded schools serving students from grades pre-K–8. In 2016, the program’s inaugural year, Power Up increased access to technology for more than 3,000 students.


This Week! in Dallas ISD: Feb. 9 edition

It was another great week across the district in Dallas ISD! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.   

Celebrating school counselors

Dallas ISD celebrated National School Counseling Week to recognize the outstanding counselors positively impacting their schools (read this).

Amazing Shake

The Amazing Shake Competition saw more than 100 students showing off life skills such as a firm hand shake and the ability to hold back-and-forth conversations (watch this).

Supporting ‘Dreamers’

Check out the district’s new web page with resources for families impacted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is commonly known as DACA (learn more).

Athletic Signing Day

Signing Day recognized senior student-athletes who have signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level (read this).

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These 18 Dallas ISD students have advanced to the County Spelling Bee (learn more)!

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The application window is now open for students who want to attend the new Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy (learn more) or the city’s first Two-Way Dual Language Talented and Gifted Academy (learn more). Current third- through fifth-graders can apply through Feb. 28.


Todos los estudiantes del grado 11 de Dallas ISD tomarán el examen SAT el 7 de marzo

Los estudiantes del grado 11 de las preparatorias de Dallas ISD tienen aproximadamente un mes para prepararse para tomar el examen Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT, por sus siglas en inglés) el miércoles, 7 de marzo.

Para prepararse para el examen, los estudiantes pueden acceder a lecciones personalizadas, gratis, en satpractice.org.

La inversión de Dallas ISD en la administración de los exámenes PSAT les permite a los estudiantes vincular los resultados del PSAT a Khan Academy y acceder a Official SAT® Practice empezando en el 8vo grado. Un estudio que se le hizo a la generación de 2017 muestra que los estudiantes que utilizaron las herramientas de estudios por 6 horas en Official SAT® Practice mejoraron sus resultados en un promedio de 90 puntos de la PSAT/NMSQT a la SAT y los estudiantes que pasaron 20 horas practicando mejoraron en promedio 115 puntos. Para un estudiante de preparatoria, estos puntos pueden ser la diferencia entre ser rechazados o ser admitidos a las mejores universidades, o cumplir los requisitos para una beca basada en el mérito.


Estudiante de Bowie Elementary School explica por qué aprecia a la consejera de su escuela

Víctor Moreno, estudiante de James Bowie Elementary. explica por qué aprecia a Aimey Cole, consejera de su escuela, además de consejera del año de Dallas ISD. Ella organiza los días de profesiones, lecciones de orientación, reconocimiento al estudiante del mes, entre muchas otras labores.

“Ella te ayuda cuando te sientes triste o enojado. Sabe cómo hacerte sentir feliz. Te ayuda mucho si estás teniendo un mal día”.

¡La Semana Nacional de Consejería Escolar se celebra del 5 al 9 de febrero!


Dallas ISD no abandona a los estudiantes “soñadores”

En un esfuerzo por tranquilizar la ansiedad que sienten muchas familias en nuestro condado, incluyendo a familias de Dallas ISD, como resultado de los últimos acontecimientos referentes al programa del gobierno federal de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia, mejor conocido como DACA, el distrito presenta la página dallasisd.org/daca, donde la comunidad encontrará recursos útiles.

“He recibido muchas preguntas de parte de la comunidad sobre qué sucederá con ellos si se termina el programa DACA”, dijo el superintendente Michael Hinojosa durante una presentación sobre la página a la Junta Escolar. “¡Lo que les digo es que no se preocupen!”

El superintendente dijo que, si el gobierno federal no aprueba un plan para las personas protegidas bajo DACA, muchos distritos escolares serian afectados de diferentes maneras.

Si bien el Dallas ISD no lleva un registro del número de estudiantes indocumentados, el distrito tiene aproximadamente 70 mil estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés (ELL), aunque no todos forman parte del programa DACA.

El distrito también tiene 78 empleados protegidos bajo DACA, 36 de ellos maestros.

“Su contribución, dentro y fuera del salón de clases, es fundamental en la preparación de los estudiantes para ser líderes en el futuro”, dijo Hinojosa en una carta que pueden ver en la página web. “Estaremos atentos a la decisión que tome el Congreso con respecto a DACA, y nuestros abogados seguirán trabajando para determinar la mejor manera de ayudar a estos valiosos empleados.”

La página está disponible en inglés y español, e incluye una lista de preguntas frecuentes para ayudar a las escuelas con sus respectivas comunidades. Asimismo, pueden encontrar una lista de organizaciones comunitarias que proveen servicios de inmigración, y una lista de oportunidades de becas para estudiantes indocumentados, además de testimonios personales.


Dallas ISD to stand united with “Dreamers”

In an effort to ease the uncertainty that many families throughout the county, including those in Dallas ISD, face due to the recent changes to the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Dallas ISD launched dallasisd.org/daca, a web page with resources, and information for those who are impacted.

“I’ve had a lot of questions from the community about what will happen to them if DACA goes away,” said Superintendent Michael Hinojosa during a presentation of the resources page to the Board of Trustees. I tell them “do not panic!”

Hinojosa stated that if the federal government does not approve a plan for individuals under DACA, many school districts would be impacted in multiple ways.

While Dallas ISD does not track the number of undocumented students, the district has around 70,000 English Language Learners (not all under DACA). Meanwhile, the district has 78 employees under DACA, 36 of them are teachers.

“Their contributions, both in and outside the classroom, are vital to prepare our students to become future leaders,” said Superintendent Hinojosa in a letter included on the web page. “As Congress makes a decision on the future of DACA, our attorneys will continue working to determine how we can best support these valuable employees.”

The page, which is in English and Spanish, includes frequently asked questions to help school staff address questions from their specific community. A list of community organizations, which provide immigration services is also included, as well as a list of scholarship opportunities for undocumented students and personal stories.


Presente su solicitud hoy para la primera academia en Dallas con programa de lenguaje dual bilateral y programa para alumnos talentosos y dotados (TAG)

Pleasant Grove está a punto de recibir la primera escuela con programa de lenguaje dual bilateral y programa para estudiantes académicamente talentosos y dotados (TAG), la única en su clase en Dallas. Si su hijo está actualmente en 3ro, 4to o 5to grado, les animamos a que llenen una solicitud para esta escuela innovadora haciendo clic aquí. ¡La fecha límite es el 28 de febrero, así que no se pierda esta gran oportunidad!

Two-Way Dual Language Talented and Gifted Academy estará ubicada en el 9610 Bruton Road y abrirá sus puertas en agosto de 2018 ofreciendo los grados 4 al 6. Después, el plantel agregará un grado cada año hasta ofrecer los grados 4 al 8 en el año 2021.

En las clases se implementará el plan de estudios del programa TAG y habrá estudiantes cuyo idioma nativo es el inglés y aquellos cuyo idioma natal es el español, aprendiendo los unos de los otros.

Se están realizando renovaciones a gran escala en la escuela para tenerla lista para agosto, por lo que Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School, que se ubica en el 8915 Greenmound Ave., nos ha prestado su plantel para llevar a cabo sesiones informativas que serán el:

  • 20 y 22 de febrero, de 6 a 8 p.m.

Para conocer más sobre el plantel y para llenar una solicitud, visite  https://www.dallasisd.org/DualLanguageTAG.


Se abre el plazo para presentar solicitud para la más nueva academia para alumnos talentosos y dotados (TAG)

¡Tienen hasta el 28 de febrero para completar una solicitud para la nueva Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy, la nueva escuela para estudiantes académicamente talentosos y dotados en la ciudad de Dallas! Si su hijo está actualmente cursando el 3ro, 4to o 5to grado, les animamos a que completen una solicitud haciendo clic aquí.

Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy, ubicada en el 4518 Pomona Road, abrirá sus puertas en agosto de 2018 y comenzará sirviendo a estudiantes de los grados 4 al 6. Después, agregará un grado cada año hasta ofrecer los grados 4 al 8 en 2021.

Ofreceremos sesiones informativas en la escuela el 20 y 22 de febrero, de 6 a 8 p.m.


Dallas ISD Translation Services expands language offerings

Ninayo habli njema! That’s the Swahili translation for “I have good news,” and it’s true!

Dallas ISD Translation Services has expanded the number of languages available to serve district students and parents. American Sign Language, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda and Swahili have been added to Arabic, Burmese, Chin, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish — languages that were already offered by the department.

Enrollment records reflect that more than 67 languages are spoken in the homes of district students. Go here to learn more about Translation Services, which provide free services to Dallas ISD schools and departments.


Bowie Elementary student on why he appreciates his school counselor

“She will help you if you are feeling sad or mad. She knows how to make you feel happy. She’s very helpful if you’re having a bad day.”

James Bowie Elementary student Victor Moreno on why he appreciates the school counselor, Aimey Cole, the Dallas ISD Counselor of the Year who also hosts career days, guidance lessons, celebrates the student of the month, and much, much more. National School Counseling Week is Feb. 5–9!


Estudiante de Solar Prep gana concurso de ensayo bilingüe, viaje a Nuevo México

Lizbeth Alonso, estudiante de Solar Preparatory School for Girls, tiene varias razones para agradecer el que habla, escribe y lee en dos idiomas.

Una de ellas es que saber dos idiomas es como un “mini superpoder” que le permite comunicarse en dos culturas. La otra es que su ensayo, donde explica el porqué está orgullosa de ser bilingüe, le ha permitido ganarse un viaje, con todos los gastos pagos, a Nuevo México, para asistir a la conferencia de 2018 de la Asociación Nacional para la Educación Bilingüe (NABE, por sus siglas en inglés).

Aunque Alonso está contenta por recibir este reconocimiento y asistir a la conferencia y ser nombrada la estudiante del año en la categoría de primarias de educación bilingüe de 2018 de la NABE, lo que más la emociona es el viaje.

“No he viajado por avión y mi abuelita dice que es increíble y que se puede ver el mundo entero desde arriba”, dijo Alonso.

Sandra Urton, quien fuera maestra del año 2016-2017 en Dallas ISD y actualmente es maestra de Alonso, dijo que es un orgullo ayudar a estudiantes como ella a tener éxito.

“Cuando me nombraron maestra del año, a menudo me preguntaban, ‘¿Por qué eres maestra?’ ¡Por esto precisamente! Por ver a nuestros estudiantes triunfar y ser los líderes del futuro”, dijo Urton. “La enseñanza se trata de inspirar a los demás para que descubran su propósito y potencial. Lizbeth es un gran ejemplo a seguir para las demás alumnas de Solar Prep”.


Application window opens for newest TAG academy

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 28 for Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy, the newest talented and gifted academy in the city of Dallas! Students currently in grades 3–5 are encouraged to apply here.

The Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy, 4518 Pomona Road, will open in August 2018 and start by serving students in grades 4–6. The campus will then add one grade every year until it serves grades 4–8 in 2021.

The campus is hosting information sessions on Feb. 20 and 22 from 6–8 p.m.

The Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy, 4518 Pomona Road, will open in August 2018

The Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy is designed to replicate the success of William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted.

Learn more about Sudie Williams Talented and Gifted Academy and apply at http://www.dallasisd.org/WilliamsTAG.


Estudiante de Spruce High School recibe premio por leer más de 1 millón de palabras

Ángel Silva, estudiantes de Spruce High School, ha leído más de 1 millón de palabras en lo que va de este año, ¡lo que equivale a 12 libros!

En reconocimiento a su gran esfuerzo en la clase de lectura “Read 180” con la maestra Griselda Whitaker, Silva recibió un dispositivo Kindle.

(Izquierda a derecha: Christine Elliott, Danielle Petters, Angel Silva, Griselda Whitaker, Tiffany Cameron, Carol Terracina, Tracie Walker-Reed)


Semana Nacional de Consejería reconoce la importante labor de los consejeros

En el Dallas ISD, al igual que en otros distritos, celebraremos la Semana Nacional de Consejería Escolar del 5 al 9 de febrero. Como parte de dicha celebración, los consejeros del distrito organizarán e implementarán varias actividades en sus planteles.

La semana es patrocinada por la American School Counselor Association (ASCA, por sus siglas en inglés) para centrar la atención pública en la contribución única de los consejeros escolares profesionales en los sistemas de educación en Estados Unidos, y como se benefician los estudiantes gracias a la labor de los consejeros. Durante la semana se resalta el enorme impacto que los consejeros pueden tener en ayudar a los estudiantes a lograr el éxito académico y planificar para la Universidad y una profesión.

Juany Valdespino-Gaytán, directora de Participación Estudiantil y Servicios de Consejería, aplaude a los consejeros de Dallas ISD por trabajar intensamente para ayudar a los estudiantes a evaluar sus habilidades, cualidades intereses y talentos.

“Los consejeros escolares profesionales son educadores certificados y con experiencia, además de tener un título de maestría en orientación y consejería”, dijo Valdespino-Gaytán. “Esa combinación de capacitación y años de experiencia los hace una pieza fundamental del programa académico”.


Winter Blitz despierta la creatividad de los estudiantes

Winter Blitz está en marcha, y podemos ver una canica rodando por una pista construida por estudiantes.

Esta actividad es solo una de muchas que se llevaron a cabo en el taller de Destination Imagination al que asistirán más de 2000 estudiantes. El tema de este año, “Lo increible, les está dando a los participantes la oportunidad de explorar su creatividad a la vez que se preparan para la competencia regional, estatal y mundial.