School/Class News






Thanksgiving a great time to practice habits of gratitude, show thanks

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to encourage all of our students, Dallas ISD staff members and families to make time for gratitude.  The habit of gratitude and appreciating important aspects of our lives are closely linked with Social and Emotional Learning, especially the competencies of Self-Awareness and Relationship Skills.

As you reflect on the positive aspects of your life (family, friends, safety, health, etc.), be sure to pass it on and share that gratitude by:

  • Writing a thank you note to a friend, neighbor, or colleague who has helped you
  • Taking time in a staff meeting to verbally share thanks to team members or write appreciation notes
  • Calling a long-distance friend or family member to let them know that you’re thinking about them and value their support
  • Running an errand for someone or bringing a small item for them as a favor (coffee, favorite snack, etc.)

We wish all of our Dallas community members happiness, health, and quality time with loved ones during this season of gratitude!


Antigua escuela primaria reabre como centro para jóvenes sin hogar










Hace un año, se anunció un plan para convertir Fannie C. Harris Elementary School en un centro para jóvenes que con el tiempo, acogerá a estudiantes de Dallas ISD que no tienen donde quedarse durante la noche.

El martes, 13 de noviembre, se llevó a cabo una ceremonia especial y un corte de listón para celebrar el trabajo realizado hasta el momento en preparación para la apertura del centro que será en unas semanas.

En un principio, el Fannie C. Harris Youth Center estará abierto después de clases para que los estudiantes sin hogar tengan un lugar seguro para pasar un rato, hacer tarea, y poder bañarse y lavar ropa. En la primavera, cuando se concluyan las reformas, se tiene planeado que el centro comience a operar el servicio para la noche con capacidad para 35 estudiantes.

El centro lo operará After8toEducate, un esfuerzo colaborativo formado a través de Social Venture Partners Dallas. Dicha colaboración reúne a Dallas ISD, Promise House y CitySquare para proporcionar servicios básicos a estudiantes del distrito y otros jóvenes de 14 a 21 años de edad sin hogar. Para más información, visite www.after8toeducate.com.


Escuelas con la mejor asistencia en septiembre reciben estandarte









En septiembre, el Departamento para la Mejora de Asistencia Escolar y Reducción de Ausentismo de Dallas ISD llevó a cabo un concurso para celebrar el Mes de Concientización sobre la Asistencia Escolar.

El concurso retó a las escuelas a tener la mejor asistencia en general y el mayor número de estudiantes con asistencia perfecta durante septiembre. También, se realizó la campaña “Show Up”, un esfuerzo para motivar a los estudiantes a no tener más de cinco faltas durante el año escolar.

Ganadores por Distrito

Escuelas con la mejor asistencia en general:

• Distrito 1: John J. Pershing Elementary School
• Distrito 2: Sudie Williams Talented & Gifted Academy
• Distrito 3: Charles A. Gill Elementary School
• Distrito 4: Pleasant Grove Elementary School
• Distrito 5: Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School
• Distrito 6: Robert L. Thornton Elementary School
• Distrito 7: L.O. Donald Elementary School
• Distrito 8: Alex W. Spence Talented/Gifted Academy
• Distrito 9: Skyline High School

Primer lugar, asistencia perfecta de los estudiantes:

• Distrito 1: George H.W. Bush Elementary School
• Distrito 2: Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
• Distrito 3: Casa View Elementary School
• Distrito 4: Edward Titche Elementary School
• Distrito 5: William B. Travis Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted
• Distrito 6: Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary School
• Distrito 7: Stevens Park Elementary School
• Distrito 8: Maple Lawn Elementary School
• Distrito 9: Félix G. Botello Elementary School

Segundo lugar, asistencia perfecta de los estudiantes:

• Distrito 1: Anne Frank Elementary School
• Distrito 2: Geneva Heights Elementary School
• Distrito 3: Robert T. Hill Middle School
• Distrito 4: William A. Anderson Elementary School
• Distrito 5: Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
• Distrito 6: Umphrey Lee Elementary School
• Distrito 7: Rosemont Elementary School
• Distrito 8: Mount Auburn Elementary School
• Distrito 9: Henry B. González Elementary School

La ganadora de la campaña en redes sociales fue Larry G. Smith Elementary School.


Fearlessness earns Carter cheerleader all-expense-paid trip to NYC for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Carter High School cheerleader Erica Richardson’s natural-born ability as a daredevil has earned her an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to be a part of the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Richardson completed her first back handspring at the age of 8 by jumping up and throwing her legs behind her head. Her fearlessness and ability led her to gymnastics and, later in life, to earning the captain role on the David W. Carter High School cheerleading squad, where she is often seen tumbling along the sidelines.

“I’ve always loved trying new things, and I have no fear or hesitation about going for it,” Richardson said.

Richardson was selected at a Dallas ISD cheer camp as the top female cheerleader, earning her the trip to New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Her mom, Kimberly Richardson, who is principal at Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary School, her brother and Carter cheer coach Lachon Jacobs will join her on the trip.

“I am thrilled for this trip to New York City, and I am so proud of Erica,” Jacobs said. “Erica has always had a star quality because she’s never been scared to set the example.”

In New York City, Richardson will practice for several hours every day, but she will also have time to attend a Broadway show, visit the One World Trade Center, and tour other parts of the Big Apple.

“I’ve been excited for this trip for months, and I can’t believe it’s almost here,” Richardson said. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to represent Dallas ISD in this parade.”


District sets $150,000 goal in 2018 United Way workplace campaign

Scores of nonprofits and agencies in our community depend on United Way funding to provide programs and services that help Dallas ISD students and families. That’s why Dallas ISD supports United Way and encourages employees to contribute via its annual workplace campaign. The district’s 2018 giving goal is $150,000, and the campaign runs through Dec. 14.

The theme of this year’s district campaign, is “This is Us.”

There are multiple ways for employees to contribute, and when you give you can specify your donation to support one or more of 150 United Way organizations. You can find the list of these organizations, view a dashboard that tracks department and school giving in real time, and download a variety of campaign resources from the district’s United Way webpage, www.dallasisd.org/unitedway.


Schools with best attendance in September are honored with banners









Dallas ISD’s Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction celebrated Attendance Awareness Month in September with a contest.

The”Show Up” campaign urges students to have no more than five absences each school year. The contest challenged schools to have the best overall attendance and have as many of their students have perfect attendance for the month of September.

Trustee Champion School Winners, which had the highest overall attendance, are:

• District 1: John J. Pershing Elementary School
• District 2: Sudie Williams Talented & Gifted Academy
• District 3: Charles A. Gill Elementary School
• District 4: Pleasant Grove Elementary School
• District 5: Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School
• District 6: Robert L. Thornton Elementary School
• District 7: L.O. Donald Elementary School
• District 8: Alex W. Spence Talented/Gifted Academy
• District 9: Skyline High School

First Place Student Perfect Attendance winners are:

• District 1: George H.W. Bush Elementary School
• District 2: Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
• District 3: Casa View Elementary School
• District 4: Edward Titche Elementary School
• District 5: William B. Travis Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted
• District 6: Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary School
• District 7: Stevens Park Elementary School
• District 8: Maple Lawn Elementary School
• District 9: Felix G. Botello Elementary School

Second Place Student Perfect Attendance winners are:

• District 1: Anne Frank Elementary School
• District 2: Geneva Heights Elementary School
• District 3: Robert T. Hill Middle School
• District 4: William A. Anderson Elementary School
• District 5: Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
• District 6: Umphrey Lee Elementary School
• District 7: Rosemont Elementary School
• District 8: Mount Auburn Elementary School
• District 9: Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School

The #ShowUpDallasISD Social Media winner is Larry G. Smith Elementary School.


Alimentos gratis durante semana de Acción de Gracias

El departamento de Food and Child Nutrition Services del Dallas ISD ofrecerá alimentos gratis a estudiantes durante la semana de vacaciones de Acción de Gracias.

El programa tiene como objetivo el proveer alimentos nutritivos a estudiantes, aún durante sus vacaciones.


Entre el lunes, 19 de noviembre y el miércoles, 21, escuelas participantes servirán un aperitivo de la mañana entre las 8 y 9 a.m. y comida entre las 11 a.m. y 12 p.m.


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

Alimentos gratis durante semana de Acción de Gracias

El departamento de Food and Child Nutrition Services del Dallas ISD ofrecerá alimentos gratis a estudiantes durante la semana de vacaciones de Acción de Gracias.

El programa tiene como objetivo el proveer alimentos nutritivos a estudiantes, aún durante sus vacaciones.


Entre el lunes, 19 de noviembre y el miércoles, 21, escuelas participantes servirán un aperitivo de la mañana entre las 8 y 9 a.m. y comida entre las 11 a.m. y 12 p.m.


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

Former elementary school reopens as a youth center for homeless students












A year ago, plans were announced to turn the vacant Fannie C. Harris Elementary School into a youth center that will eventually accommodate homeless Dallas ISD students who have nowhere else to stay at night.

Initially, the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center will open as an after-hours drop-in center for homeless youth to have a safe place to hang out, do homework and have access to laundry and shower facilities. In the spring, with further renovations, the center is planned to open its overnight component for up to 35 unaccompanied, unsheltered students.

The center will be operated by After8toEducate, a collaborative effort formed through the Social Venture partners Dallas. The collaboration brings together Dallas ISD, Promise House and CitySquare to provide essential services for district students and other homeless youth ages 14-21. Learn more at www.after8toeducate.com.


Skyline donation brings enough furniture to fill 16 trucks

After donating enough desks, chairs, conference tables and lamps to fill 16 trucks to Skyline High School, the leadership of Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) toured the country’s first magnet high school on Monday.

While touring the school, OxyChem President B.J. Hebert said he was impressed by the many different types of classes and programs offered at Skyline High School. He said he immediately thought of Skyline High School when OxyChem had excess furniture to donate after moving to a new office.

“We believe it’s critical to partner with and support schools such as Skyline High School since they are educating the leaders of tomorrow,” Hebert said. “We look forward to building on this partnership with Skyline.”

Skyline High School Principal Janice Lombardi said partnerships with businesses such as OxyChem bring a big benefit to the campus.

“Having leaders from the business community come into our school makes a big impression on our students,” Lombardi said. “Plus, this donation has really brightened up our teacher rooms, offices and classrooms.”


Skyline donation brings enough furniture to fill 16 trucks

After donating enough desks, chairs, conference tables and lamps to fill 16 trucks to Skyline High School, the leadership of Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) toured the country’s first magnet high school on Monday.

While touring the school, OxyChem President B.J. Hebert said he was impressed by the many different types of classes and programs offered at Skyline High School. He said he immediately thought of Skyline High School when OxyChem had excess furniture to donate after moving to a new office.

“We believe it’s critical to partner with and support schools such as Skyline High School since they are educating the leaders of tomorrow,” Hebert said. “We look forward to building on this partnership with Skyline.”

Skyline High School Principal Janice Lombardi said partnerships with businesses such as OxyChem bring a big benefit to the campus.

“Having leaders from the business community come into our school makes a big impression on our students,” Lombardi said. “Plus, this donation has really brightened up our teacher rooms, offices and classrooms.”


Dallas ISD schools to offer free meals over Thanksgiving Break

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services Department will offer students free meals during the Thanksgiving break, from Monday, Nov. 19, through Wednesday, Nov 21.

The effort is to ensure students have access to nutritious meals even during breaks from school.

Participating schools throughout the district will be serving morning snack from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon.

For a list of participating schools, go here


Important remaining dates in the Dallas ISD 2018-19 calendar

With the school year getting close to the halfway mark, here are the important remaining dates in the Dallas ISD 2018-19 calendar.

  • Dallas ISD Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 19–23
  • Dallas ISD Winter Break: Dec. 20–Jan. 8 (students), Dec. 21–Jan. 4 (staff)
  • Dallas ISD Spring Break: March 11–15
  • Student/Staff Holidays: Jan. 21, Feb. 18, May 27
  • Inclement Weather Makeup Dates: April 19 and 22

A pdf of the 2018–2019 approved school year calendar is available from www.dallasisd.org/calendars.


Sixteen students advance to semifinals of Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory competition

Sixteen students have advanced to the semifinal round of the 27th annual Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition.

The 16 placed first at their campus contests and will compete to determine the eight finalists starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at North Dallas High School.

Students at participating Dallas ISD schools wrote their own speeches based on this year’s theme, “What would Dr. King say to children of today’s world?” Their speeches are judged on their writing and delivery.

The semifinalists are (in no particular order)

  • Joselyn Torres, Arcadia Park Elementary School
  • Tynia Matts, John Neely Bryan Elementary School
  • Priscilla Delgado, Frederick Douglass Elementary School
  • Jakorian Jackson, Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center
  • Jada Wilson, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School
  • Jeremiah Wilson, T.L. Marsalis Elementary School
  • Donovan Dominguez, Eladio Martinez Elementary School
  • Layla Johnson, Ronald McNair Elementary School
  • Jasira King, William B. Miller Elementary School
  • Tory Robertson, Jr., Clara Oliver Elementary School
  • Kaiya Hudson, Charles Rice Learning Center
  • Kimberli Rouwtt, J.P. Starks Elementary School
  • Ayleen Morales, Thomas Tolbert Elementary School
  • Raeann Lowe, Urban Park Elementary School
  • Alexandra Torres, Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School
  • Presley Rivers, Harry C. Withers Elementary School

Escuelas de Dallas ISD conmemoran el Día de Veteranos

En reconocimiento del Día de Veteranos, el lunes, las escuelas de Dallas ISD diversas ceremonias para reconocer su servicio a nuestro país.

Entre tanto, los administradores del distrito agradecieron a los cientos de empleados del distrito que son veteranos por mostrar la misma entrega y dedicación ahora que laboran en el distrito.

En Skyline High School comenzaron el día con un saludo e izando las banderas de Estados Unidos y Texas, y el JROTC homenajeó a los veteranos manteniéndose de pie bajo la fría lluvia.

El Cuerpo de Cadetes de Liderazgo (LCC) de Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy participó en un evento especial en conmemoración del Día de Veteranos como parte de la noche informativa de la escuela. El LCC Military Museum ha estado abierto para que la comunidad lo recorra y en el salón del LCC se realizó una recepción para homenajear a los veteranos.

En el ayuntamiento de Dallas, los ganadores del Concurso de Arte del Día de Veteranos recibieron un reconocimiento por su trabajo de arte conmemorando los 100 años del armisticio que puso fin a la Primera Guerra Mundial. En Estados Unidos, dicho día se convertiría en el Día de Veteranos. El desfile que tenía previsto realizar la ciudad de Dallas, en el que participarían bandas y unidades de JROTC de Dallas ISD, tuvo que ser cancelado debido al mal tiempo.


Cuerpo de Cadetes de Liderazgo de Marsh Prep recibe a invitado especial para el Día de Veteranos

El jueves, 8 de noviembre, el Cuerpo de Cadetes de Liderazgo (LCC) de Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy participó en un evento especial en conmemoración del Día de Veteranos como parte de la noche informativa donde se destacaron los programas que se ofrecen en la escuela.

El LCC Military Museum estuvo abierto para que la comunidad pudiera recorrerlo y en el salón del LCC se realizó una recepción para homenajear a los veteranos. El sargento mayor Robert B. Breck del Comando Médico 807, con base en Fort Douglas, Utah, fue el invitado especial. Durante el día, conversó con los estudiantes de las clases de LCC, así como en la recepción por la noche, donde su hija Jamee Jones, maestra en Marsh, tuvo el honor de presentarlo.

El sargento Breck compartió sus experiencias y les recordó a los estudiantes lo importante que es ser humildes, amables y respetuosos.

El Día de Veteranos se celebra oficialmente el 11 de noviembre, pero este año se conmemorará el lunes, 12 de noviembre.


Dallas ISD commemorates Veterans Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, schools across Dallas ISD on Monday honored veterans of U.S. military service.

Meanwhile, district administrators thanked the hundreds of district employees who are veterans and bring the same devotion of sense and duty they gave to the country.

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

Skyline High School started the day by saluting and raising the flags of the United States and State of Texas, and the JROTC paid its respects to veterans while standing outside in the chilly rain.

Skyline High School ROTC members commemorate Veterans Day.

The Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy’s Leadership Cadet Corps on Thursday participated in a special Veterans Day event as part of the school’s Preview Night. The LCC Military Museum has been open for tours and a reception for family honoring veterans.

Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory’ Academy’s Leadership Cadet Corps (LCC) participated in a special Veterans Day event.

At Dallas City Hall, the Dallas ISD student winners of the Veterans Day Art Contest were recognized for their artwork commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I – Armistice Day – which later became Veterans Day. The City of Dallas Veterans Day Parade, which was going to feature Dallas ISD marching bands and JROTC units, was cancelled due to weather.

Stephanie Cardona of O.W. Holmes Middle School took first place in the three-dimensional art category with her sculpture of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in May 1915.

 


Marsh Prep’s LCC hosts special guest, tours in honor of Veterans Day




Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory’ Academy’s Leadership Cadet Corps (LCC) participated in a special Veterans Day event as part of the school’s Preview Night on Thursday, Nov. 8, to showcase the programs available at the school.

The LCC Military Museum was open for tours and a reception for families honoring veterans was conducted in the LCC classroom. Special guest Command Sergeant Major Robert B. Breck of the 807th Medical Command based in Fort Douglas, Utah, spoke in LCC classes during the day and also spoke during the evening reception, where he was introduced by his daughter Jamee Jones, a teacher at Marsh.

CSM Breck shared his experiences and also reminded students to be humble, kind and respectful. 

Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11, but will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12. A parade Monday through downtown Dallas will feature Dallas ISD students in JROTC, marching band and other groups to honor veterans.


Ceremony celebrates Sudie Williams’ transformation into a TAG Academy



















It was a busy week for Dallas ISD’s Sudie L. Williams Talented & Gifted Academy.

After having an open house to showcase the school’s programs to prospective families on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the campus hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate the school’s new direction on Friday, Nov. 9. That evening, the school had its Fall Carnival – complete with a haunted house. But that level of activity appears to be par for the course at a place where there’s always much to do, see and learn.

Opened in 1952, Sudie Williams was a traditional elementary school and became a TAG academy this year, at first accommodating grades 4-6, and adding a grade each school year up to 8th grade starting in 2020. Students must apply to attend, and there is an academic requirement to be considered.

Principal Michael Jackson welcomed guests and thanked them for their support of the school’s new direction. He shared a quote with a message that underpins the school’s new focus.

“Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success,” Jackson said. “Together we hope we will have an amazing, amazing first chapter of Sudie TAG, and a great day to start.”

Student leaders led the Pledge of Allegiance, Texas Pledge and the school’s Lion’s Creed, as well has introduced guest speakers, talked about the school’s vision from their perspective and about the life of Sudie L. Williams (1870-1940) – a Dallas music educator who notably fought to save the Dallas Symphony. Students in orchestra and modern band played musical pieces, and the school’s cheer team also performed.

High expectations

“It’s a great day for a celebration of a new school offering fresh learning opportunities for gifted students,” said District 2 Trustee Dustin Marshall, adding that the school’s goal is to produce the next generation of leaders. “You can see from the students who’ve already been up here that we’re off to a great start.”

Marshall congratulated Jackson and his staff for their hard work in launching the school. “You’ve already begun making a difference in the lives of these students and their parents,” he said.

For students, he said parents and teachers believe in them 100 percent. Now it’s up to them to meet those high expectations. “You need to work hard, learn all you can, read and study, help each other, and most of all, believe in yourselves,” he said. “It’s up to you to apply your talents and skills in a way that will make all of us proud of you.”

Angie Gaylord, Deputy Chief of Transformation and Innovation, thanked parents for partnering with the district in educating their children. The school provides high academic expectations, many extracurricular opportunities and will help students become future leaders.

“It’s a super day at Sudie Williams, can you tell?” Gaylor asked. “It’s so nice to walk in this building, you all feel it. There’s an energy in this school. Parents, it starts with you. Teachers, it starts with you. Students, all of you are gifted students with high academic expectations.”

A leap of faith

Parent Stephanie Rosuck serves on the school’s site-based decision-making committee and has a daughter in the fifth grade at Sudie Williams.

She said she was blown away by the students and especially the musical performances.

“This is an incredible example of what happens when you get talented and gifted kids together in an environment where they are nurtured, and learning together, and are incentivized by their teachers to grow,” Rosuck said. “That’s 57 days (of school so far), is that how many days? What? I’m floored by that.”

She thanked Gaylord, Marshall and trustees for seeing the need for a TAG academy at Sudie Williams.

“There were parents like my family that were going into private schools because our gifted and talented kids weren’t getting the kind of education they needed in the public school,” she said, adding that it takes a special program with special teachers to be successful. She pointed to Jackson and what she called his extraordinary ideas as the driving forces for the school.

When she attended the school’s first open house, before the school year began, no teachers had been hired and Jackson was not officially the principal.

“It was truly a leap of faith,” Rosuck said. “But after having met him, and after seeing the vision he had for this school, there was no doubt in my mind that this school was going to truly be exceptional. And I had no hesitation about sending my daughter here.”

She said her daughter used to come home frustrated after school, but while attending Sudie Williams she comes home excited, and is excited the next morning to return. She asked students to raise their hands if they love going to school there – and all their arms shot up in the air.

“I am really so excited about this school and so excited about where it’s going,” Rosuck said. “It takes a truly exceptional educator to meet children where they are, even when there’s a wide range of abilities.” She said she expects that more neighborhood families will be drawn to the school and stay in Dallas ISD because of the quality of the education there.

Applications are being accepted to attend Dallas ISD specialty schools for the 2019-2020 school year now until Jan. 31, 2019. Learn more at www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices.


Picture Perfect: Student photographers shine at art opening

Dozens of people showed up Thursday night for the opening of a special student-led photography exhibit featuring amazing shots of Dallas.

The reception at Polk-Wisdom Library honored the fifth-grade students from T.L. Marsalis Elementary School who took part “Our Community” project. Students were responsible for capturing an aspect of their community in a photo, and art teacher Jihan Mitchell had the photos professionally developed for the students at no cost. The best photos were selected for the exhibit.

“By photographing their community, the students get to see the beauty that is around them every day that they might otherwise not notice,” Mitchell said. “Then, this reception gives us the chance to honor these students and give them, their families and greater school community a way to celebrate their artwork and accomplishments.”

The photos will be on display at the Polk-Wisdom Library for the remainder of the school year.


Fundación Jiv Daya entrega tabletas Kindle a 38 escuelas de Dallas ISD 




Los estudiantes de tercer grado en Martin Weiss Elementary School entraron al gimnasio sin saber que estarían “atrapados” en un juego de escape hasta que terminaran varias tareas académicas.

Los grupos pequeños tuvieron que superar desafíos de lectura, ciencias, matemáticas y arte para descifrar un mensaje que les dijo que todos los estudiantes recibirían una tableta Kindle Fire de Amazon para usar con sus tareas. Se les repartirá a cada estudiante y permanecerán en la escuela. Los maestros también recibirán una tableta y serán capacitados sobre cómo aprovecharlas al máximo.

Esta revelación creativa fue uno de los diferentes métodos que emplearon las escuelas de Dallas ISD para sorprender a los estudiantes que recibirían las tabletas, y para incluir algo de diversión y aprendizaje.

Desde 2011, la fundación Jiv Daya ha donado tabletas Amazon Kindle a 80 escuelas de Dallas ISD. Este año, 38 escuelas recibieron tabletas para sus estudiantes de 3º a 5º grado para que las usen en el salón de clases. Las donaciones de 2018 se harán a escuelas en las zonas de asistencia de Adamson, Carter, Jefferson, Molina, Sunset, Seagoville y Wilmer-Hutchins.

La fundación Jiv Daya proporciona subsidios en busca de mejorar la calidad de la atención médica y de la educación en todo el mundo. La fundación opera principalmente en la India y en Dallas con el fin de cumplir su misión.


Dallas ISD progresa: La colaboración y la enseñanza integral mejoran el aprovechamiento académico en George W. Truett Elementary School



George W. Truett Elementary School es una de las 13 escuelas que lograron salir de la lista de escuelas con necesidad de mejorar, lista basada en calificaciones otorgadas por el estado. Existen muchas razones por las que en Truett pasan grandes cosas.

Una de ellas es que se ha logrado retener a muchos miembros de la administración y el personal los últimos años, lo que les ha permitido enfocarse en desarrollar sistemas sustentables para ayudar a garantizar el aprovechamiento estudiantil.

“Nuestro personal está comprometido a formar una comunidad colaborativa que se enfoca en estrategias basadas en la investigación para garantizar el éxito de todos los estudiantes”, dijo la directora Terre Evans. “Mediante esta colaboración, nuestra escuela ha podido enfocarse en el análisis de datos y estrategias educativas para mejorar el aprovechamiento estudiantil en general”.

Pero el éxito no se debe únicamente a la investigación y datos. La implementación de estrategias de aprendizaje socioemocional permite al personal conectar y fomentar relaciones con los estudiantes y sus familias. El resultado de esta colaboración ha sido una comunidad escolar sólida.


Oficina de Equidad Racial lanza iniciativa con el objetivo de reconocer experiencias de todos los estudiantes

La Oficina de Equidad Racial de Dallas ISD dio a conocer la Iniciativa de Lectura Multicultural (ALAANA, por sus siglas en inglés). ALAANA, acrónimo que significa africano, latino, asiático, árabe y nativo americano, tiene el objetivo de reflejar las voces que a veces no se muestran en los libros de historia y la literatura popular.

Una de las metas de la Oficina de Equidad Racial es asegurar que la voz de todos los estudiantes sea escuchada a través de varios medios. Se cree que es fundamental valorar las experiencias de los estudiantes y reconocer la importancia de que se puedan expresar por medio del arte, la literatura y el cine.

El primer evento que se llevará a cabo será una colaboración entre el Departamento STEM de Dallas ISD y el Centro de Ciencias Medioambientales. Los estudiantes que participen en esta excursión al centro recibirán libros de no ficción y ficción relevantes desde el punto de vista cultural.

La ALAANA tendrá varios compromisos con la esperanza de inspirar a los estudiantes, padres, maestros y al personal.


Estudiantes de Winnetka Elementary School disfrutan proyectos de ciencias gracias a colaboración con el Perot Museum








El jueves, 1 de noviembre, se llevó a cabo el evento “Learning is a Walk in the Park” en Winnetka Elementary School, donde los estudiantes y sus familias pudieron disfrutar de robots, lanzamientos de cohetes, garabatos de tres dimensiones, proyectos científicos y mucho más.

El Perot Museum llevó un par de sus camionetas TECH (Tinker, Engineer, Create, Hack, en inglés) y varios otros proyectos y dispositivos. Los estudiantes pudieron aprender sobre los conceptos de STEAM (Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería, Arte y Matemáticas) por medio de su participación.


Brashear Elementary School recibe donativo de $1,300 de Spring Creek Barbecue



El 19 de septiembre se llevó a cabo “Spirit Night” en el restaurante Spring Creek Barbecue ubicado en el 2827 W. Wheatland Road. El 20 por ciento de las ganancias netas que se recaudaron entre las 5 y 9 p.m. fueron donadas a Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School. Al final del evento se logró reunir $1,300. Para recibir el donativo, se debe contar con la participación de por lo menos el 12 por ciento de los estudiantes, y esa noche, hubo 116 alumnos listos para ayudar y disfrutar la comida.

Spring Creek Barbecue colabora con escuelas primarias (prekínder a 6o grado) que se encuentren a cinco millas de una de sus sucursales. Para más información, visite www.springcreekbarbecue.com/community.


Votantes aprueban Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos de Dallas ISD

El martes, los electores del condado de Dallas aprobaron una estrategia que se implementará a largo plazo que tiene como objetivo que el Dallas ISD sea fiscalmente sosteniblemente, mientras también apoyaron iniciativas que han demostrado pueden mejorar el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes.

Los funcionarios del distrito indicaron que la aprobación de la Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos (TRE) que aumentará la tasa de impuestos 13 centavos posiciona al distrito para el éxito a largo plazo. Los resultados extraoficiales muestran que cerca del 60 por ciento de los votantes respaldó la TRE, con lo que se busca:

  • Atraer y retener a maestros y personal altamente cualificados;
  • Ofrecer apoyo continuo para establecer una base sólida de aprendizaje a temprana edad;
  • Ampliar el número de escuelas de opción para los estudiantes y sus familias;
  • Asegurar la equidad racial en todo el distrito;
  • Ser fiscalmente responsable en el desarrollo del fondo de reserva del distrito.

La TRE aumentará la tasa de impuestos a $1.17 por cada $100 sobre el valor de una propiedad. Eso significa que, por ejemplo, el propietario de una casa con un valor de $184,574, verá un incremento de $20 mensuales en sus impuestos.

Por otra parte, los votantes también aprobaron las proposiciones de Dallas ISD para apoyar $75 millones en bonos para la compra de autobuses nuevos e instalaciones, $75 millones en bonos para reembolsar las notas de impuestos de mantenimiento pendiente, y la compra de créditos por asistencia.


2018 Fall Conference aims to equip teachers to support diverse learners

An annual Fall Conference for K-12 Reading Language Arts, Social Studies and World Languages teachers is set for 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at W.H. Adamson High School.

The theme of the Language, Literacy and Social Studies Conference is “Supporting Diverse Learners.” About 40 teachers will be presenting in the sessions.

Hundreds of teachers have already registered to attend, so spots are limited. Register today via this link.


Brashear’s Spring Creek Barbecue Spirit Night nets $1,300 for the school



Dallas ISD’s Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School yielded a $1,300 bounty from a barbecue-filled Spirit Night this fall.

The Spring Creek Barbecue restaurant at 2827 W. Wheatland Road played host to the Sept. 19 Spirit Night, with 20 percent of the net proceeds collected between 5 and 9 p.m. that night donated to the school. At least 12 percent of the students have to attend the Spirit Night to qualify for the donation, and with Brashear there were 116 ready to help out (and eat).

Spring Creek Barbecue partners with elementary schools (serving grades pre-K to sixth grade) within five miles of one of its locations. Visit www.springcreekbarbecue.com/community to learn more.


Voters approve Dallas ISD Tax Ratification Election

Dallas County voters Tuesday night approved a long-term strategy to make Dallas ISD fiscally sustainable while supporting initiatives proven to boost student achievement.

District officials said the approval of the 13-cent Tax Ratification Election (TRE) positions Dallas ISD for long-term success. Unofficial results show that nearly 60 percent of voters approved the TRE, which will 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.

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

Meanwhile, Dallas voters also approved Dallas ISD propositions to support a $75 million bond for new buses and a bus barn, a $75 million bond to refund outstanding maintenance tax notes, and the purchase of attendance credits.


District’s only standalone pre-K center is officially dedicated









Dallas ISD’s Arlington Park Early Childhood Center may be the district’s smallest campus, but that’s OK because its students are also among the smallest.

The school is the only one in the district to serve pre-kindergarten students exclusively. It opened in August and currently accommodates 103 pint-sized 3-year-old students in its all-day program.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, staff, students, parents and community members officially dedicated the new facility.

Principal Enrique Escobedo, who also leads nearby Obadiah Knight Elementary School, said it takes a special kind of teacher to spend the day with 3-year-olds: someone who is patient, humane and loving.

The diversity of the school – the students speak at least 10 different languages – is seen as an asset. “All children can get along regardless of where they came from, regardless of the language they speak,” he said.

He introduced Assistant Principal Maryann Rodriguez, who oversees the day-to-day operation of the school, who called the work she’s able to do at Arlington Park a blessing.

Executive Director Clarita Rivera said students who enroll in pre-kindergarten begin a path to not only being college-ready, but being college-strong. She thanked school staff for their hard work and the parents for their trust.

“Continue to engage with us,” Rivera told parents. “Continue to be part of our community of learners.”

A rich history

District 8 Trustee Miguel Solis also thanked staff and also Assistant Superintendent of Early Learning Derek Little for being a champion of the concept at the administrative level.

“I get to cut a lot of ribbons. I’ve probably done more in the past two weeks than in my entire tenure as a trustee,” Solis said. “This is without a doubt, hands-down, the most special ribbon-cutting for me.”

As a former teacher and district employee, he decided to seek a seat on the school board in 2012 to represent District 8, which is physically, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. As he was knocking on a lot of doors to meet residents in the district, he discovered Arlington Park for the first time and learned a few things about the community.

It has a proud and rich history, developed by African American veterans who served in World War II. Just down the street is the former home of Sam Tasby, a parent whose lawsuit was the impetus for desegregation in the district.

He also found residents who were upset that their longtime neighborhood school had closed. “They wanted something to happen at this very location for kids,” he said.

Various forces aligned, including strong support from a community with high expectations and funding provided by the Bridge Plan, a program that made money available between the 2008 and 2015 bonds for priority construction.

“The vision for Arlington Park Early Childhood Center emerged, and here we are today,” Solis said. “This is what early learning and pre-K will look like in the future of Dallas ISD.”

Altha Ingram, an Arlington Park resident and volunteer at the new school, has a grandson who attends. She volunteers during lunchtime a few times a week, she said, because it is the responsibility of parents and grandparents to be involved.

“We have to make sure the little people grow up to be responsible, respectable adults,” she said. “We are all part of their village. We all have to work together.”

The future of pre-K

Early in the process, Little recalls Trustee Solis asking him how enrollment was going at Arlington Park. “We had two on that particular day,” he said, noting that with 103 students, the school is now at capacity for 3-year-olds.

He said about a third of the students live in Arlington Park, while the rest come from across Dallas ISD. There has also been interest from families outside the district. Some of the children have parents who work at one of the nearby hospitals.

Three students led the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge at the beginning of the ceremony. “They don’t develop into that without the work of their teachers and the folks who are in their classrooms every day,” Little said. “Our commitment to you is that this continues to be the best place for pre-K in Dallas ISD. This is a promise for decades to come.”

Amber Scanlan from business partner PNC Financial Services said her company has an early learning initiative to support children ages 0-5 called “Grow Up Great.” Citing scientific studies, she said the early years are important because research suggests that 90 percent of brain development happens by the age of 5.

“In the first five years of life, it is the most important time to set them on a path to success,” Scanlan said. “This school is one of the most innovative investments in education,” she said. “We’re so proud of all your work.”

So far, PNC has participated in Principal for a Day, among other things. She said the company is now working to provide a financial gift to allow teachers to fulfill some of the new school’s needs.

“Thank you for letting us be here, and we’ll be here a lot,” she said.

Getting a head start

Tim Strucely, executive director of Dallas ISD Construction Services, said the new school cost $4.5 million. “It is a small amount of money to build such a high-impact facility,” he said, also thanking the community for their patience during the construction. He also noted that the dedication plaque from the original Arlington Park Learning Center was preserved and installed in the new building, and the “Arlington Park” letters on the front are from that first building.

What happens inside the building is seen as the most important component of all.

Escobedo said that while pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds has been proven to help ensure future academic success, pre-K for 3-year-olds makes even a stronger case for giving students a head start.

“They are going to be the most advanced students in the classroom,” he said, adding that students who get a jump on their education are likely to stay ahead of peers.


Dallas ISD’s STEM Health and Physical Education Department is one of a kind

Under the leadership of Director Barbara Johnson, the STEM Health and Physical Education Department is likely the only one of its kind in the country.

Johnson said it makes sense to combine STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and Health and Physical Education since both are key components in growing students into strategic and creative problem solvers.

Formerly known as the Urban School Wellness Department, the STEM Health and Physical Education Department is coordinating in-school initiatives such as kinesthetic classrooms, the digital media fair, Fitness Stars—which teaches STEM through hockey—and Read and Ride, which places stationary bike desk is in campus media centers/libraries.

“Our primary goal for the 2018-2019 school year is to support the schools in Dallas ISD by encouraging campus administration to utilize their health and physical education teachers to lead the charge in establishing a campus culture of real world problem-solving, communicating, collaborating, and creating,” Johnson said. “Working together, we can prepare all students to be future leaders and healthy, successful lifelong learners.”


Explore las escuelas de Dallas ISD durante las noches informativas

Las noches informativas de Dallas ISD comenzaron el 1 de noviembre y las familias tienen la oportunidad de aprender sobre las excelentes opciones académicas que se ofrecen en las escuelas del distrito.

Invitamos a las familias para que se informen sobre las escuelas en los vecindarios, los programas de STEM/STEAM, artes escénicas, Montessori y magnet, el programa de lenguaje dual bilateral, las escuelas exclusivamente para niños o niñas y las academias universitarias.

Las noches informativas se realizarán del 1 de noviembre al 19 de diciembre.

Para ver el horario completo de las noches informativas haga clic aquí.


La Oficina de Equidad Racial ayuda a desarrollar el liderazgo en los jóvenes

La Oficina de Equidad Racial de Dallas ISD está colaborando con el programa Project MALE para ofrecer a los jóvenes de Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School, Mark Twain Elementary School y South Oak Cliff High School la oportunidad de desarrollar su carácter y liderazgo.

Los líderes de Project MALE diseñaron sesiones mensuales de 2 a 3 horas para enseñar los objetivos del programa por medio de las cinco áreas de contenido: educación, socialización, historia y cultura, autocontrol y vidas saludables. Los estudiantes también participarán en excursiones y exposición a diferentes profesiones, además visitarán una universidad.

También tomarán parte en actividades de aprendizaje financiero y en al menos un proyecto de servicio comunitario. En 2018 y 2019, las sesiones mensuales se realizarán cada segundo sábado en la Universidad del Norte de Texas en Dallas.

Los padres también pueden participar en el programa. Project MALE tendrá sesiones para los padres con un enfoque en proveer información útil sobre cómo relacionarse con sus hijos, cómo financiar su educación superior y cómo mantener vidas y dietas saludables.

Project MALE busca alcanzar las siguientes metas:

— Responsabilidad personal: donde explorarán la capacidad de vincular las opciones, acciones y consecuencias con la práctica de tomar decisiones éticas.

— Responsabilidad social: que incluye el conocimiento de otras culturas, la responsabilidad cívica y el beneficio de tomar parte en comunidades regionales, nacionales y globales.

​– Pensamiento crítico: Cómo leer y revisar información para determinar un problema y resolverlo.

Los integrantes de la Oficina de Equidad Racial están entusiasmados de trabajar con los socios de la comunidad comprometidos a ofrecer programas integrales a los estudiantes para mejorar sus experiencias en Dallas ISD y apoyar su desarrollo como líderes.

“¡La primera sesión de Project MALE fue estupenda! Me alegro de guiar a nuestros jóvenes en su camino a ser hombres al lado de líderes determinados”, expresó Joseph Thomas, líder de mentores en South Oak Cliff High School. “Es el momento justo para preparar a nuestros jóvenes a ser líderes”.


Miles asisten a evento Descubre Dallas ISD

Más de 1,300 familias—aproximadamente 4,000 personas en total—dieron un paso adelante en la búsqueda de la mejor escuela para su hijo durante el evento Descubre Dallas ISD que se realizó el 3 de noviembre en el centro de Dallas.

En el evento se contó con la presencia de representantes de 60 escuelas especializadas del distrito que ofrecen programas magnet, Montessori, o planteles exclusivamente para niños o niñas, y academias universitarias.

“Agradezco que todas las escuelas y sus excelentes programas estén en un solo lugar en un evento como este”, dijo Rachel Castillo, madre de un pequeño que asistirá al 1er grado el próximo año. “Esta es una manera provechosa de pasar un sábado por la mañana”.

Por primera vez, los padres tuvieron la oportunidad de completar una solicitud en el evento y las escuelas recibieron más de 700 solicitudes.

Descubre Dallas ISD dio comienzo oficialmente al periodo de solicitud para las escuelas de opción. Los padres de familia tienen hasta el 31 de enero para presentar una solicitud para una escuela especializada de Dallas ISD.


Evento destaca la importancia de los programas extracurriculares

Aproximadamente 80,000 niños de 5 a 14 años de edad en el condado de Dallas, pasan cerca de tres horas solos cada noche después de clases y hasta que llegan sus padres a casa después del trabajo. Se busca llenar este tiempo con programas extracurriculares en un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro para los alumnos.

Dicha estadística proviene de Christina Hanger de la organización Dallas Afterschool (https://dallasafterschool.org/), cuyo propósito es incrementar el número de programas extracurriculares y de verano, y mejorar su calidad en comunidades de bajos recursos.

La celebración Lights On Afterschool, evento nacional que se celebrá desde octubre de 2000, destaca la importancia de los programas extracurriculares.

El 25 de octubre, 80 estudiantes de las primarias John Quincy Adams, Martin Weiss y Ascher Silberstein participaron en actividades de ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM) con la ayuda de mentores adultos y policías de Dallas.

Thomas Taylor, jefe de personal para Renée Hall, jefa del Departamento de Policía de Dallas, dijo que muchos de sus sábados los pasa en eventos con jóvenes, lo cual les ofrece un lugar positivo para interactuar con la policía.

“Nos da la oportunidad de compartir con los jóvenes para que entiendan que apoyamos su desarrollo”, dijo Taylor.

Matt Smith, de la iniciativa Food for Good de PepsiCo, dijo que el programa surgió después de que los funcionarios de CitySquare explicaran que los estudiantes que dependen de los programas de desayuno y almuerzo en la escuela para su alimentación diaria a menudo no tienen acceso a este servicio durante el verano.

Smith comentó que, en 2016, se sirvieron casi 4 millones de comidas después de clases en el condado de Dallas.

“Si todos los niños que pueden recibir una comida después del día escolar lo recibieran, tendríamos que servir más de 50 millones”, expresó Smith. “Todavía falta mucho por hacer para lograrlo; debemos tratar de encontrar medidas que se ajusten a la necesidad y a soluciones al problema”.

Smith dijo que tener más programas extracurriculares de alta calidad donde participan niños da a PepsiCo más oportunidades de ofrecer alimentos.

Sherry West Christian, superintendente adjunta de servicios estudiantiles de Dallas ISD, dijo que hay muchos beneficios más allá del ambiente seguro que ofrecen los programas extracurriculares, como mejoras en el aprovechamiento académico.

“En su mayor parte, son programas divertidos e interactivos, y los estudiantes no se dan cuenta que están aprendiendo”, afirmó Christian.

También, hay oportunidades para que los estudiantes mejoren sus habilidades de comunicación y liderazgo, trabajo en equipo y comportamiento. Christian dijo que muchos participantes se comportan de manera excepcional durante el día escolar para poder seguir asistiendo a los programas extracurriculares que tanto les gustan.

“En el distrito, nos esforzamos al máximo para ofrecer acceso a programas equitativos de alta calidad a los estudiantes para garantizar que tengan todo lo necesario, asegurándonos así de que estamos trabajando en el desarrollo integral de cada estudiante”.

En el Dallas ISD ofrecemos más de 100 programas extracurriculares, algunos dirigidos por el personal escolar, y otros coordinados por increíbles organizaciones. El distrito está trabajando para establecer programas adicionales donde se necesitan, aseguró Christian.


Dual-language TAG school celebrates its grand opening in Pleasant Grove











The School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove breaks new ground in many ways, the most prominent that it’s the first such school in Pleasant Grove and the district’s first Dual-Language TAG campus.

On Nov. 2, the new school celebrated its official dedication. Just like the school’s curriculum, speakers gave remarks in both English and Spanish.

Principal Ruby Ramirez said the school develops a strong pride for bilingual education that goes further than programs in traditional school settings.

“The energy behind our program is what pushes us to not only challenge the status quo, but create buy-in from all of our leaders, many of whom are present this morning, that would otherwise not exist,” Ramirez said.

District 4 Trustee Jaime Resendez praised the school for offering a high-quality school choice in Pleasant Grove.

“We know that we have talented students all over this district,” Resendez said. “We know we have very, very intelligent students in this community.”

He thanked Ramirez and her staff for developing the school and creating a welcoming environment, and thanked parents for their support of the new school.

“Focus on your studies,” he told students. “Read every single day. Our city needs you, our world needs you, our state needs you. You will always represent Pleasant Grove in a very positive manner.”

Chief Academic Officer Ivonne Durant said Dallas boasts extremely talented children, and there is a core of that talent in Pleasant Grove.

She acknowledged parents for putting their trust in the district, the new school and its teachers. She also noted the work it takes to launch a new school.

“Opening a new school is not easy,” Durant said. “You wonder, ‘What did I get myself into?’ And then you see the children come in, and you say, ‘This is why I did it. I believe in my children. This is pioneer work that is not being done in many places.’ ”

Parent Victor Aguilera said the school represents a new direction for the community.

“As Hispanics, we are a proud people,” Aguilera said. “We push our kids to do better, but not really guiding them to where we want them to be. The school shows a commitment from Dallas ISD, shows that our kids have a different opportunity, a different choice to move forward.”

Juan Bustamante, a fifth-grade science and social studies teacher at the school, was recently selected as its campus Teacher of the Year. He said he was born, raised, attended Dallas ISD schools and still lives in the community he grew up in.

He told students that their leadership will be important, because Latinos and African Americans are predicted to represent the majority of Americans for the first time by the year 2040.

“You are going to be between 28 and 31 years old,” Bustamante said. “You guys will be the first generation of students who will need to take on the responsibility of being the new leaders in science, technology, education, business, military, politics, math and any other careers you decide to pursue.”

He told students they should never give up, always try their best, not make excuses and always give 100 percent effort.

Ramirez echoed those sentiments before the ribbon was cut. “It’s up to you to continue with your education,” she said. “Because that diploma is something no one can ever take away from you.”

A welcome was delivered by student Brisia Alderete. Fifth-graders performed a song, “Wade in the Water,” under the direction of music teacher Michael McFatter. The student broadcast team also streamed the dedication ceremony online, with students not inside the auditorium able to watch the event.


Thousands attend Discover Dallas ISD school shopping experience

More than 1,300 families—and about 4,000 total people—took a big step toward finding their dream school at the Discover Dallas ISD school shopping experience held Nov. 3 in Downtown Dallas.

Discover Dallas ISD featured representatives from 60 district schools that offer specialty programs such as magnets, Montessori, single-gender and collegiate academies. The district designed the user-friendly, customer-service rich experience with parents in mind.

Adamson High School Principal Diana Nunez talks with families about the school’s collegiate academy program.

“I appreciate how Discover puts all these different schools with outstanding programs conveniently under one roof,” said Rachel Castillo, a mother of a young child who will attend first-grade next year. “This is a very worthwhile way to spend a Saturday morning.”

Parents apply onsite for a specialty school or program at Discover Dallas ISD.

For the first time, Discover provided an opportunity for parents to complete and submit applications for their child onsite. Parents completed more than 700 applications at the event.

A student shows off his ‘Future Dallas ISD Graduate’ superhero cape at Discover Dallas ISD.

Discover Dallas ISD formally kicked off the Choice School Application window. Parents can go here to apply to a Dallas ISD specialty school through Jan. 31.


Dallas ISD Rising: Proven educator leading Dunbar Learning Center to next level

When Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center Principal Alpher Garrett-Jones started setting up for the school year’s first Parent Teacher Association meeting, she fielded questions on why they should set up so many chairs.

After all, only three people signed in for the PTA meeting the previous school year.

But Garrett-Jones, who previously served as the longtime principal at Charles Rice Elementary School—which many consider one of the best schools in Dallas—made parental involvement a top priority after taking over the campus this year. And by the time the PTA meeting kicked off with giveaways, student performances and a special talk with former Dallas Cowboys player Charles Haley, nearly 170 parents and family members had filled the room.

“You have to get parents involved in their child’s education. I’ve seen firsthand how it makes all the difference in the world,” Garrett-Jones said. “We are building trust among our parents, and they are seeing the changes happening here with their own eyes.”

Garret-Jones took over as principal at Dunbar Learning Center as it became part of the “ACE Leadership” model aimed at boosting student achievement through a strong focus on developing teacher leadership. The program incentivizes top teacher leaders, principals and campus leaders to study leadership, curriculum alignment, data and other best practices. They then apply these practices to improve teaching and learning on their campuses.

District to expand ACE program to boost struggling schools

“Strong leaders and effective teachers are the key to any school success. We are excited that through the ACE program, we can reinvigorate schools such as Dunbar to reach greater success for students with outstanding personnel,” said Jolee Healey, the Dallas ISD assistant superintendent who oversees the ACE program. “Through the ACE leadership model, we are focusing on learning and transformation by building expertise at all levels to ensure success is sustainable.”

While Dunbar Learning Center got off the Improvement Required list this school year, Garrett-Jones is focused on taking the school to the next level. The campus this year started offering extracurricular activities such as choir, dance club and chess club, and is partnering with the Frazier House and Boys and Girls Club to bring in after-school programs to the campus. As part of the ACE Leadership Model, Garrett-Jones was also able to recruit excellent educators and campus leaders.

“It is not a quick or simple process to transform a school, but we are well on our way here at Dunbar Learning Center,” Garrett-Jones said.


Black Panther car rolls into J.N. Ervin as part of ‘career day on wheels’










Students at J.N. Ervin Elementary School got a closeup look at Dallas Police cars, a DART bus and one special vehicle few get to see in person – one of the 10 Lexus LC500 cars used in the movie Black Panther – complete with simulated scratches and bullet holes.

During the “Career Day on Wheels,” students talked to police officers and DART representatives, as well as Toyota employees who, along with the special Lexus coupe, brought a more standard version and a giant Toyota Tundra pickup.

Toyota has a special partnership with Ervin Elementary that includes pairing students with company employees who help them read through TutorMate, an online tutoring program that connects them with virtual readings.


Perot Museum brings fun science projects to Winnetka Elementary








Robots, rocket launches, three-dimensional doodlers and so much more kept students and their families engaged on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Winnetka Elementary School.

The evening, “Learning is a Walk in the Park” – playing off a Jurassic Park theme – featured all kinds of hands-on scientific projects. The Perot Museum took a couple of its TECH trucks (Tinker, Engineer, Create, Hack) and a bunch of other projects and gadgets.

The projects demonstrated concepts of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).


Racial Equity Office launches initiative to help recognize experiences of all students

The Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office announced the ALAANA Multicultural Reading Initiative. ALAANA is an acronym for African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American, and the initiative’s intent is to capture the voices of humanity that are sometimes silenced in history books and in popular literature.

One of the goals of the Racial Equity Office is to ensure all student voices are heard through a variety of mediums. The office believes it’s imperative to value students’ lived experiences and recognize the importance of their voices being expressed in art, literature and film.

The first engagement of this initiative will be a collaboration with Dallas ISD STEM Department and the Environmental Science Center. All students that participate in a field trip to the center will receive culturally relevant fiction and non-fiction books.

There will be a number of engagements for the ALAANA Multicultural Reading Initiative, with the hopes of inspiring students, parents, faculty and staff.


Trustees briefed on ‘work-in-progress’ plan to address school facility needs

Dallas ISD officials briefed trustees Thursday on a proposal that sets strategic facility goals to modernize facilities and create greater efficiencies. District officials said the proposal is a work in progress and is expected to continue to evolve.

Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent Scott Layne emphasized that any of the actions proposed in the Strategic Facilities Plan—such as consolidating, closing or building new schools—are just considerations at this point, and each would have to be approved by trustees and incorporate community feedback. Layne said an approved future bond program—the earliest possibility being in 2021—would also be necessary to turn the proposed plan into reality.

The Strategic Facilities Plan Version 1.1 presented to trustees Nov. 1 proposes 17 new replacement campuses, two school closures and two demolitions. The previous Strategic Facilities Plan Version 1.0, which was presented to trustees during a Sept. 22 workshop, proposed 25 new replacement campuses, 22 school closures and 47 demolitions.

The draft Strategic Facilities Plan 1.1 is entirely separate from the Long-Range Master Plan, which simply provides data and information relative to facilities assessments, conditions and capacity/enrollment at every school.

Layne repeated throughout his presentation to trustees that the Strategic Facilities Plan 1.1 is a draft plan and will likely continue to evolve.

“We will continue to listen to and work with our community members and stakeholders as we go forward with identifying how we can make a long-term investment in district schools and a vision for renovated and modern campuses,” Layne said. “Together we can create the next generation of learning environments that set all students up for success.”


Explore Dallas ISD schools at Fall Preview Nights that kick off Nov. 1

The Dallas ISD Fall Preview Nights kick off Nov. 1 and will provide opportunities for families to learn about the exciting learning opportunities offered in district schools.

From neighborhood schools to STEM/STEAM, performing arts, Montessori and magnets, to two-way dual language, single-gender and collegiate academies, families are invited to see what Dallas ISD has to offer.

Campuses will hold the Fall Preview Nights from Nov. 1–Dec. 19.

For a complete list of Fall Preview Nights and dates, go here.


Adamson High School becomes Telemundo newscast set for a day









W. H. Adamson High School was the set for Telemundo 39’s 4, 4:30 and 5 p.m. newscasts on Thursday, Oct. 25, as part of the station’s Contigo Primero en Tu Comunidad (With You in the Community First) campaign. Newscast anchors, led by anchors Nancy Leal and Carlos Zapata, hosted three shows from the school’s auditorium. The hour-and-a-half broadcast featured Adamson’s automobile cluster, the track and basketball teams, the Collegiate Academy, cheerleaders, dancing team, cast members from the Dracula play, recent academic gains and much more.


La Preparatoria Adamson se convierte en set de noticias por un día









La Escuela Preparatoria W. H. Adamson, fue el set para los noticieros de las 4, 4:30, y 5 p.m. de Telemundo 39, el jueves, 25 de octubre, esto como parte de la campaña del canal – Contigo Primero en Tu Comunidad. Los presentadores de noticias, encabezados por Nancy Leal y Carlos Zapata, condujeron los tres noticieros desde el auditorio de la escuela. Durante la trasmisión de hora y media, se destacaron varios programas y áreas de Adamson como el programa de automotriz, los equipos de atletismo y baloncesto, la Academia Universitaria, las porristas, el equipo de baile, el talento estudiantil de la obra de teatro Dracula, recientes logros académicos y mucho más.


$20 la hora: Dallas ISD sube el salario inicial para conductores de autobús con CDL y credenciales necesarias

Dallas ISD subió el salario inicial a $20 a la hora para conductores de autobús con licencia comercial (CDL) vigente y certificaciones (endorsements) de transporte de pasajeros y estudiantes.

Si cuenta con una CDL y está interesado en ser conductor de autobús en Dallas ISD, le invitamos a comunicarse con el Departamento de Transporte al 972-925-3451.

Gloria Maddox-Powell, jefa adjunta de servicios de operación del distrito, dijo que el aumento le permite a Dallas ISD competir de mejor manera con los demás distritos en nuestra área.

“Valoramos a los conductores por el papel fundamental que desempeñan al transportar a los estudiantes de manera segura, antes y después del día escolar”, dijo Maddox-Powell. “Invitamos a todos los que cuenten con las credenciales necesarias a comunicarse con nosotros sobre la oportunidad de ser conductor en el Dallas ISD”.


The Mindful Moment: Mistakes offer opportunities for children to learn

Dallas ISD’s Psychological and Social Services produces a monthly newsletter to share ideas on how to approach aspects of a child’s education. The October 2018 edition makes the case for allowing children to make mistakes, and using mistakes as teaching moments to help them grow.

To receive each month’s “The Mindful Moment” newsletter, email Kiki Yardeni at @ryardeni@dallasisd.org.


Dallas ISD Rising: Teamwork, whole-child approach boost George W. Truett

Dallas ISD’s George W. Truett Elementary is one of 13 campuses to escape the Improvement Required list, which is based on ratings from the state. There are several reasons Truett is a school where great things are happening.

One factor has been retaining much of the administration and staff the past several years, which has allowed them to focus on developing sustainable systems for helping to ensure student achievement.

“Our staff has a commitment to build a collaborative community that focuses on research-based strategies to ensure the success of all students,” said Principal Terre Evans. “Through this collaboration, our school was able to focus on data analysis and instructional strategies to increase our overall student achievement.”

But the success isn’t due solely to research and data, however. Implementing Social Emotional Learning strategies allows staff to connect and build relationships with students and families. As a result, the collaboration has built a stronger school community.

 

Further, there are other ways students fall in love with learning.

“We offer a variety of extracurricular activities that keep all students engaged,” Evans said. “We have after-school clubs such as cheerleading, chess, basketball and soccer teams, debate team, Destination Imagination, Little Kids Rock, art club and many others.”

That approach means the campus can address the whole child’s needs on campus. That includes donated uniforms for students who need them; Brighter Bites, which provides nutrition and education for entire families; fresh fruit and vegetables on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and hot meals provided every day after school before club meetings and tutoring.

“Our teachers and staff are a cohesive group that collaborate to promote and support students’ academics, language and engagement,” Evans said. “The school has dedicated professionals who have a ‘can do’ and ‘will do’ attitude that will go the extra mile to foster a positive learning environment.”

 

Another factor is brining in parents to be a major part of the process. That includes, but is not limited to, a monthly coffee/breakfast with Evans to listen to the concerns of parents, provide clarification or explain school systems. Parents also visit the school during monthly PTA meetings, which include student performances.


Descubra la mejor escuela para su hijo en Descubre 2018

Cada padre sueña con encontrar la mejor escuela para su hijo, donde se aprovechen los intereses, aspiraciones y estilos de aprendizaje de cada uno de ellos— una tarea que puede resultar estresante.

El 3 de noviembre, el Dallas ISD realizará un evento diseñado para simplificar y agilizar dicho proceso. Descubre Dallas ISD promete ser el evento más importante en la ciudad donde los padres podrán explorar todas las opciones educativas especializadas que ofrece el distrito, desde escuelas STEM/STEAM, programas de artes escénicas, escuelas Montessori y magnet, programas de lenguaje dual bilateral, planteles exclusivos para niños o niñas y academias universitarias. Encontrarán un ambiente amigable pensado en los padres.

El distrito cuenta con múltiples opciones académicas ubicadas por toda la ciudad, por lo que seguro encontrarán una escuela que se adapta a las habilidades e intereses únicos de su hijo.

Habrá representantes de 58 escuelas especializadas de Dallas ISD que les proporcionarán información y contestarán sus preguntas sobre los requisitos de admisión, el proceso de solicitud, los programas académicos, y las actividades después de clases y extracurriculares. Además, este año, los padres podrán completar y presentar las solicitudes en el evento.

Para más información, visite www.dallasisd.org/descubre

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9 am – 1 pm
The Fashion Industry Gallery (The F.I.G.)
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Dallas, TX 75201
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Jiv Daya Foundation donates Kindle tablets to 38 Dallas ISD schools




Third-graders at Martin Weiss Elementary School filed into the gym recently not knowing they would be “trapped” in an escape room until finishing several academic tasks.

In small groups, they would complete reading, science, math and art challenges to decode a message that would tell them that each student would be receiving an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet to use for schoolwork. Teachers also receive Kindles and training on how to maximize their use. The Kindles are issued to each student, and the devices stay at school.

The creative “reveal” was one of several methods that Dallas ISD schools used to tell students about the Kindles and inject some fun and learning into the mix.

Since 2011, the Jiv Daya Foundation has donated Amazon Kindle tablets to a total of 80 Dallas ISD schools. This year, 38 schools received the Kindles for third- through fifth-grade students to use in class. The 2018 donations are going to schools in the Adamson, Carter, Jefferson, Molina, Sunset, Seagoville and Wilmer-Hutchins feeder patterns.

The Jiv Daya Foundation provides targeted grants to improve the quality of healthcare and education around the world. The foundation works primarily in India and Dallas to carry out its mission.


Dade Middle School counselor a finalist for national award

The American School Counselor Association announced that Billy Earl Dade Middle School counselor Nwakaego Edordu Oriji is one of six finalists for the 2019 School Counselor of the Year awards program.

The award honors the school counseling professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for students, helping them achieve success in school and life. Edordu Oriji has served as a counselor at Dade Middle School for four years.

“Being named a finalist is a privilege and honor, but the biggest privilege is to help students, help this school, and help this community,” Edordu Oriji said.

Three schools earn statewide counseling award

Nominations for the School Counselor of the Year awards program were submitted by the state school counselor associations. Edordu Oriji and the other five finalists and their principals will travel to Washington, D.C., in late January for special celebratory and educational events. The finalists will be honored in an award ceremony and be formally recognized at a black-tie gala.

“The School Counselor of the Year award is an esteemed recognition for our profession,” said Richard Wong, American School Counselor Association executive director. “School counselors make significant contributions to the overall well‐being of students and their success. Their unique qualifications and training allow them to support students’ academic achievement, career development and social/emotional needs. This award highlights their commitment, dedication and excellence.”


Racial Equity Office partners with program to build leadership skills in young men

The Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office has partnered with the Project MALE Program to provide young men from Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School, Mark Twain Elementary School and South Oak Cliff High School an opportunity to build character and leadership skills. Project MALE is a year-long program for young men.

​Project MALE leaders have designed 2-3 hour monthly sessions connected to program objectives delivered through five content areas: education, social, history/cultural, self-management, and healthy lifestyles.  Students also engage in field trips, career fairs, and a visit to a college.

Students will also participate in financial literacy activities and at least one community service project. For 2018-2019, monthly sessions are held each second Saturday on the campus of the University of North Texas at Dallas.

This program is also an opportunity to engage parents. Project MALE is holding sessions for parents focused on providing helpful information to parents for relating to their young boys, financing their college education, and maintaining healthy eating and lifestyles.

Project MALE’s goals are:

— Personal Responsibility:  To include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.

— Social Responsibility:  To include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage in regional, national, and global communities.

​– Critical Thinking:  To read and review data to define and solve problems.

The Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office is thrilled to work with community partners that are committed to providing students with well-rounded programming to enhance their experiences in Dallas ISD and support their growth and development as leaders.

“The first session with Project Male was great! I am excited to lead our young men into manhood with bold and courageous leaders,” said Joseph Thomas, South Oak Cliff High School male mentor lead. “It is the right place at the right time to prepare our young men to lead.”


$20 An Hour: Dallas ISD raises starting rate for bus drivers with CDL and appropriate credentials

Dallas ISD has raised the starting pay to $20 an hour for bus drivers with a current commercial driver’s license (CDL) and both the passenger and student endorsements.

Anyone with a CDL who is interested in becoming a Dallas ISD bus driver is encouraged to contact the transportation department at 972-925-3451.

Gloria Maddox-Powell, the district’s deputy chief of operation services, said the increase in starting pay makes Dallas ISD more competitive with the neighboring school districts.

“We value our bus drivers for the crucial role play in getting our students safely to and from school,” Maddox-Powell said. “We strongly encourage anyone with the necessary credentials to contact us about driver opportunities with Dallas ISD.”


Find your child’s dream school at Discover 2018

Every parent dreams of finding a school that taps into their child’s individual interests, learning styles, and aspirations— a task that can prove bewildering.

Dallas ISD’s Nov. 3 Discover event is designed to make the search easier and faster. Discover 2018 promises to be the city’s premier school shopping event where families can browse an array of specialty school options ranging from STEM/STEAM, performing arts, Montessori and magnets, to two-way dual language, single-gender and collegiate academies.

Discover will be a user-friendly, customer-service rich experience designed with parents in mind.  With a choice of dozens of different types of schools located all across the city, parents are certain to find a school tailored to their child’s unique abilities and interests.

Representatives of 58 Dallas ISD specialty schools will be on hand at Discover to provide information and answer questions about admissions requirements, the application process, program offerings, and after-school/extracurricular activities. New this year will be an opportunity for parents to complete and submit applications for their child onsite.

For more information, visit www.dallasisd.org/discover.

Mark your calendar for Discover 2018!
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9 am – 1 pm
The Fashion Industry Gallery (The F.I.G.)
1807 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Free Admission
Free Parking at Ross Tower Parking Garage across from the F.I.G.


Event highlights importance of quality afterschool programs












An estimated 80,000 children ages 5-14 in Dallas County spend about three hours alone each weeknight between school ending and their parents returning home from work. Afterschool programs aim to fill that time with learning in a safe environment.

That statistic came from Christina Hanger of Dallas Afterschool (https://dallasafterschool.org/), a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to increase the number and quality of afterschool and summer programs in low-income communities.

The “Lights On Afterschool” celebration is a nationwide observance of the importance of afterschool programs – highlighted first in October 2000.

The event on Oct. 25 culminated with 80 students from John Quincy Adams, Martin Weiss and Ascher Silberstein elementary schools participated in STEM activities with the help of adult mentors – including Dallas Police officers.

Thomas Taylor, Chief of Staff for Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall, said many of his Saturdays are spent at youth events, which provides a positive place for children to interact with police.

“It gives us an opportunity to have that first encounter with our youth, for them to understand we support their development,” Taylor said.

Matt Smith of PepsiCo’s Food for Good initiative said the program came about after CitySquare officials explained how students who depend on breakfast and lunch programs in school often don’t have access to food in the summer.

In 2016, he said, there were almost 4 million after-school meals served in Dallas County.

“But if every child got a meal every day a – every eligible child after school – it would be more than 50 million meals,” Smith said. “There’s a lot more work to do, in bridging that gap, trying to scale the solutions to have solutions that match the size of the need and the problem.”

He said more high-quality afterschool programs where children are gathered gives PepsiCo more opportunities to provide food.

Sherry West Christian, Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, said that there are many benefits beyond the safe and secure environments that afterschool programs provide – particularly academic gains.

“A lot of times, theses are fun and engaging, and they don’t realize that they’re learning, but they actually are learning,” Christian said.

There are also opportunities for students to work on communications and leadership skills, teamwork and behavior issues. She said many afterschool participants are on their best behavior during the school day so that they can continue to attend the afterschool programs they enjoy.

“Within the district, we work really hard to provide equitable programs, access and then high-quality programs to our students to make sure that they are getting the things they need to make sure we are working on the growth of the child from a whole-child perspective,” she said.

There are more than 100 afterschool programs in Dallas ISD, some led by campus staff and others coordinated by a host of incredible partner organizations. The district, she said, is also working to establish programs where they are needed.


Las estudiantes de Young Women’s STEAM Academy investigan la tecnología en Amazon

Las estudiantes de Dallas ISD de Young Women’s STEAM Academy en Balch Springs Middle School recientemente pudieron hacer un recorrido de las instalaciones de un Centro de Cumplimiento de Amazon en Fort Worth.

“Camp Amazon” permitió a las estudiantes ver el edificio, aprender sobre la codificación y como la empresa utiliza robots y otras tecnologías. Las alumnas quedaron impresionadas con la magnitud del edificio y de algunos de los robots a gran escala que se utilizan allí.

“Todas las alumnas aquí tienen un amor por las matemáticas y las ciencias y, cuando nos fijamos en eso, las matemáticas y las ciencias ayudan con la solución de problemas”, dijo Tony Vozzolo, gerente general de las instalaciones. “Aquí en Amazon, en particular en este edificio,– DFW 7 – es lo que hacemos a diario. ¿Cómo resolvemos problemas y cómo mejoramos cada vez más para beneficio de nuestros clientes? Hoy, definitivamente, pudieron ver esto las alumnas y por lo mismo formularon muchas preguntas y aumentaron sus conocimientos, lo cual hizo que esta excursión fuera aún más especial”.

Al final del campamento, la empresa le presentó un cheque de $10,000 a la escuela.


Les espera un futuro prometedor a los estudiantes de la nueva escuela Solar Preparatory for Boys









Los estudiantes, padres de familia, personal escolar y los funcionarios del distrito dedicaron la nueva preparatoria Solar Preparatory for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center el martes, 23 de octubre de 2018.

Este año escolar trae un nuevo programa a la escuela, el cual transforma el plantel escolar de una primaria tradicional mixta a una escuela primaria exclusivamente para varones que integra elementos de capacitación de liderazgo en el plan de estudios. Parecido a su escuela hermana, Solar Preparatory for Girls, que se inauguró en el 2016, la inscripción abierta de la escuela está diseñada cuidadosamente para brindar diversidad étnica y socioeconómica. Al igual que la escuela de niñas, Solar Prep for Boys se ha inaugurado con los grados de pre-K hasta segundo de primaria.

La directora Adriana González agradeció a quienes ayudaron a dar inicio a la escuela, entre estos, la directora de Solar Prep for Girls, Nancy Bernardino, y su personal.

El representante del Distrito 8, Miguel Solís, hizo mención del presidente John F. Kennedy, por el que se nombró originalmente la escuela, para ilustrar uno de los objetivos principales de Solar Prep for Boys.

En un discurso en el 1963 en la Universidad Rice, el presidente Kennedy dijo que era imprescindible que los Estados Unidos enviaran a un hombre a la luna antes del final de esa década.

“El presidente tuvo la visión de pensar de manera audaz”, dijo Solís. “Eso sería peligros o estaría lleno de desafíos, no habían garantías. Sin embargo, pensó que, a través de la innovación, el valor y la determinación, a pesar de los desafíos, fue posible llegar a la luna y hasta llevar a algunos a la luna.”

Asimismo, una escuela como Solar Prep for Boys puede luchar en contra de la segregación, en particular por motivos socioeconómicos y raciales.

“Esta escuela reúne a estudiantes de todos los ámbitos de la vida, en un ambiente acogedor que permite que los estudiantes se vean como son: como niños,” dijo Solís. “Ellos no se fijarán en sus diferencias” y representan un tipo de “lanzamiento a la luna” del distrito.

Los retos serán grandes, dijo el representante, “pero los superaremos y los superaremos juntos. Y nuestros muchachos, los líderes del futuro, serán ejemplos de lo que Dallas puede ser y de lo que debe ser Dallas.

Brian Lusk, Jefe de Iniciativas Estratégicas de Dallas ISD, dijo que la visión comenzó con la Directora González y que desempeñó un excelente trabajo en su escuela anterior, L.K. Hall Elementary School. Dijo que los funcionarios del distrito saben que el modelo de liderazgo de un solo género funciona; en particular, habló sobre su parte en la transición de la escuela Fred F. Florence Middle School a una Academia de Liderazgo Masculino.

El subdirector Derek Thomas habló sobre cómo la escuela proporcionará una base sólida para crear líderes a medida que los estudiantes crecen y continúan aprendiendo.


Maestra de Robert T. Hill Middle School gana premio de NBC5/SMU

Shelly Thibodaux, maestra de Educación Física y entrenadora en Robert T. Hill Middle School, es la ganadora del premio “Excellent Educator” de octubre.

El premio incluye un cheque de $1,000 para la escuela que fue presentado por el presidente de Southern Methodist University (SMU), el Dr. R. Gerald Turner.

La serie “Excellent Educator” es una colaboración entre el canal de televisión NBC 5 y SMU con la que buscan reconocer a educadores en nuestra región que hacen todo lo posible por el éxito de sus estudiantes. Para más información sobre Shelly Thibodaux y su labor en Hill Middle School haga clic aquí.


Maestros de Dallas ISD participarán en evento ‘Touchdown for Teachers’

El sábado, 27 de octubre, están invitados todos los maestros nuevos al evento “Touchdown for Teachers” que se realizará en el campus de Southern Methodist University (SMU) durante el juego de fútbol americano. Los primeros 500 maestros en inscribirse aquí podrán reclamar dos boletos de cortesía para el juego que está programado para comenzar a las 2:30 p.m.

Al mediodía, se organizará una fiesta gratis, tipo “tailgate”, donde habrá comida, bebidas y entretenimiento, así como un mensaje breve de animo de la maestra distinguida de Dallas ISD, Shareefah Mason, que imparte las clases de Gobierno de EE. UU., Gobierno AP y Economía en New Tech High School.

Durante el medio tiempo del juego, se reconocerá a los maestros de Dallas ISD, Matthew Abernathy y Melisa Simon, como “Rising Stars.”

Abernathy es maestro de Álgebra 2 y Precálculo en Justin F. Kimball High School. Simon es maestra de Ciencias de 5º grado en Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School. Recientemente, destacamos a Simon en Nota Escolar, debido a que después de graduarse de W.W. Samuell Early College High School, completó sus estudios universitarios y comenzó su carrera como maestra a la edad de 20 años.

Por último, en el evento también se lanzará oficialmente la coalición Best in Class, un grupo de 50 organizaciones en el área de DFW que están trabajando para asegurar que todos los estudiantes cuenten con excelentes maestros en sus salones de clases.


Alicia Keys y America Ferrera a estudiantes de Skyline: ejerzan su derecho al voto

Afuera del plantel más grande de Dallas ISD se podían escuchar los gritos y cánticos, junto con los tonos melódicos de la sección de percusión de la banda escolar.

El ambiente en la primera escuela magnet en el país era de locura al momento que los estudiantes recibieron una inesperada sorpresa. America Ferrera, mejor conocida por sus papeles protagónicos en el programa de televisión Ugly Betty, y la película The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, apareció junto a dos de sus amigas: la cantante Alicia Keys y Liza Koshy, influencer que ha revolucionado las redes sociales.

La multitud en el auditorio enloqueció. Por un momento, el ruido provocado por los 1,200 estudiantes, maestros, y personal de Skyline High School, así como de los medios de comunicación, enmudecieron el sistema altoparlante.

“Yo soy America Ferrera…”, dijo la actriz y ahora activista, mientras el público se silenciaba. “Pero, así como ustedes, soy estadounidense, y fui una niña de tez morena que creció en este país buscando las mejores oportunidades”.

Las celebridades emprendieron esta iniciativa apartidista como parte de la campaña “Get Out The Vote”, que tiene el objetivo de promover el voto. Durante el 23 de octubre visitaron distintos lugares en nuestra área, incluyendo Skyline High School. Varios estudiantes de último

año, quienes votarán por primera vez en esta elección, sabían de la visita de la actriz, pero se vieron sorprendidos cuando salió acompañada por una las cantantes más famosas del mundo.

“Es un honor para nosotras estar aquí con ustedes. No hay otro lugar en el mundo donde quisiera estar en este momento que Skyline”, dijo Keys. “Esto es Estados Unidos—con toda nuestra diversidad y nuestro propio estilo, y con todos los asuntos que nos preocupan—y tenemos la oportunidad de elegir a quienes nos representan”.

Liza Kosy se hizo eco del mensaje de Ferrera y Keys. Hacia el final del evento, patrocinado en parte por la Student Voter Initiative, un programa apolítico de inscripción de votantes jovenes en el estado, la visita empezaba a generar ruido en las redes sociales.

Quizás, el mejor momento para los estudiantes fue cuando Keys cantó pequeños fragmentos de sus canciones “Girl on Fire” y “No One”.

Keys encabezó su actuación espontánea con una pregunta simple.

“Saben, estaba pensando… si nos tenemos los unos a los otros, podemos lograr cualquier cosa, ¿cierto?”, preguntó Keys. “Así que estaba pensando, y en ese momento comenzó a deleitar al público interpretando una parte de “No One”, ‘You and me together through the days and nights, I don’t worry ’cause, everything’s going to be alright…’”.


Nueve estudiantes de Dallas ISD elegidos para el equipo de baile estatal

La Asociación de Educadores de Baile de Texas (TDEA, en inglés) seleccionó a nueve estudiantes de Dallas ISD, más que en todos los años anteriores, para que participen en el equipo de baile estatal.

El equipo de baile estatal de la TDEA está compuesto de bailarines que representan escuelas de todo el estado. Estos bailarines participarán en una convención que incluirá talleres de baile, capacitación de líderes, clases maestras y la oportunidad de conocer a nuevos colegas. La convención del TDEA se llevará a cabo del 9 al 12 de enero en Houston.

Los nueves bailarines de Dallas ISD que fueron seleccionados son:

• Irma Berlanga, Spruce High School
• Tyianah Duren-Clifton, Molina High School
• Carlos García, Thomas Jefferson High School
• Carolina González, North Dallas High School
• Jacqueline Hernández, Sunset High School
• Alize Rangel, Adamson High School
• Daisy Sosa, Bryan Adams High School
• Kyre Walker, Skyline High School
• Anna Weis, Woodrow Wilson High School

Asimismo, el TDEA dará a cada estudiante $10,000 en becas para sus estudios superiores.


Maestra de educación especial gana premio por sus esfuerzos sobresalientes

Leanne Woods es la segunda maestra galardonada con $250 que entrega Carter Financial Management cada trimestre a maestros de educación especial excepcionales. Los fondos se utilizan para comprar materiales para la clase.

Se invita a los padres, a la comunidad y al personal a que nominen a personas que demuestran las cualidades de un maestro de educación especial distinguido, que establece altas expectativas y esté comprometido a mejorar los resultados de los estudiantes que reciben servicios de educación especial en Dallas ISD.

Woods es maestra de programas especializados en Preston Hollow Elementary School. Fue nominada por un administrador, un padre y un colega. A continuación están algunos comentarios hechos durante su nominación:

• “Es una de las personas que llega primero a la escuela. Siempre está sonriendo y dispuesta a ayudar a toda persona que se lo pida, sin falta”.

• “Apoya la inclusión en toda la escuela y crea oportunidades para que los estudiantes de educación especial interactúen con todos los estudiantes en la escuela. Tienen compañeros de lectura y hasta se escriben cartas con estudiantes de otras clases”.


Hija de Billy Earl Dade inspira a estudiantes en escuela que lleva nombre de su padre

Durante una ceremonia especial en Billy Earl Dade Middle School, la hija del Dr. Dade animó a los estudiantes de la escuela secundaria a trabajar duro para lograr el éxito.

Billie Sanford Dade presidió la ceremonia que se realizó para reconocer a los estudiantes que demuestran excelencia en la escuela. Dade, que viajó desde Atlanta para la ceremonia, comentó que esto es solo el comienzo de una asociación con la escuela para apoyar a los estudiantes.

“Mi padre siempre creyó que toda persona debería recibir una buena educación, sin importar donde viven”, dijo Dade. “Sé que, si el viviera, participaría activamente en esta escuela. Decidí que necesitaba hacer algo por esta escuela para que los estudiantes supiesen que hay mucha gente que los está apoyando para que puedan triunfar”.

Billy Earl Dade fue una figura legendaria en el ramo de la educación que fungió como director en varias escuelas de Dallas ISD como las primarias Frederick Douglass, Paul L. Dunbar y C.F. Carr.

Tom Hayden, del Departamento de Iniciativas Estratégicas y Relaciones Externas de Dallas ISD, agradeció a Dade haber viajado a Dallas para la ceremonia especial.

“Es increíble que el extraordinario legado de estándares educativos continua en la vida de la hija del Dr. Dade”, dijo Hayden.


Young Women’s STEAM Academy students explore tech at Amazon

Students from Dallas ISD’s Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs Middle School recently got to tour the inner workings at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Fort Worth.

“Camp Amazon” allowed students to see the building, learn about coding and how the company uses robots and other technology. Students were amazed at the sheer size of the building, and of some of the large-scale robots in use there.

“All the students in here have a love for math and science, and when we look at that, math and science helps you with problem-solving,” said Tony Vozzolo, general manager of the facility. “Here at Amazon, especially at this building – DFW 7 – that’s what we do every single day. How do we solve problems and how do we get better and better for our customers? The students today definitely saw that, and brought a wealth of questions and knowledge, which made this trip even that much more special.”

At the end of the camp, the company presented a $10,000 check to the school.


Hill Middle teacher is October’s NBC5/SMU Excellent Educator

Shelly Thibodaux, a P.E. teacher and coach at Dallas ISD’s Robert T. Hill Middle School, is October’s “Excellent Educator.”

The award included a $1,000 check for the school, presented by SMU President Dr. R. Gerald Turner.

The Excellent Educator program is coordinated by NBC 5 and SMU to honor educators in the region who go above and beyond. Learn more about how Thibodaux makes a positive difference for students at Hill Middle School here.


Dallas ISD teachers to be part of ‘Touchdown for Teachers’ event

New teachers are invited to Touchdown for Teachers on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the SMU football game. The first 500 teachers to register here can claim two complimentary tickets to the game, which starts at 2:30 p.m.

A free tailgating party begins at noon and will feature food, drinks and entertainment along with a brief message of encouragement from distinguished Dallas ISD teacher Shareefah Mason, who teaches U.S. Government, AP Government and Economics at New Tech High School.

During the halftime program, Dallas ISD teachers Matthew Abernathy and Melisa Simon will be recognized as “Rising Stars.”

Abernathy is an Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus teacher at Justin F. Kimball High School. Simon is a fifth-grade science teacher at Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School who we featured previously on The Hub because after graduating from W.W. Samuell Early College High School, she was able to complete her bachelor’s degree and begin her teaching career at age 20.

The event also officially launches the Best in Class Coalition, a group of 50 organizations across DFW that are working to ensure all students have access to excellent teachers.


Booker T. Washington HSPVA to get professional-level recording studio

Thanks to a generous fundraising effort and a $766,000 grant, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is getting a professional-level recording studio to help students take a major step forward in accomplishing their education and future career goals.

The BTWHSPVA Advisory Board led the fundraising effort to make the recording studio a reality. The project, which also will include the ability to retrofit four classrooms/spaces as satellite recording studios, is scheduled to celebrate its grand opening in Fall 2019.

“The goal for us is to level the playing field and to ensure every student at Booker T. Washington has what they need to reach and achieve their best potential,” said BTWHSPVA Advisory Board Executive Director Lisa Walker.

Walker said when high school seniors apply to college music programs or national competitions, they typically must submit digital recordings of a performance. The BTWHSPVA studio will let students record a high-quality performance, at no cost to them, right on the campus.

“What we’ve found is that many students are not being considered for competitions or acceptance to certain college programs—not because of their ability—but because their recorded materials aren’t of a high enough quality,” BTWHSPVA Principal Dr. Scott Rudes said. “This recording studio will have a huge impact and, like Lisa said, level the playing field.”

Meanwhile, BTWHSPVA will start offering a production track for juniors and seniors to learn how to work behind the boards in the recording studio. Walker and Rudes said the plan is to open the recording studio for all Dallas ISD students who need high-quality recorded materials to submit.

To make the recording studio a reality, the BTWHSPVA Advisory Board committed over $500,000, and two private donors pledged $340,000. To fund the equipment and satellite spaces, the BTWHSPVA Advisory Board applied for and received a $766,000 grant from The Crystal Charity Ball.

“We are extremely thankful to the Booker T. Washington Advisory Board for having the vision to support our kids in this way and for raising the funds to make this possible,” Rudes said.


Preston Hollow special-ed teacher nets prize for going above and beyond

Leanne Woods is the second recipient of a quarterly $250 recognition provided to outstanding special education teachers by Carter Financial Management. Recipients can use the funds to spend on items for their classrooms.

Parents, community and staff are encouraged to identify nominees that demonstrate qualities of a distinguished special education teacher, setting high standards and demonstrating commitment for improving outcomes for students who receive special education services in Dallas ISD.

Woods is a specialized programs teacher at Preston Hollow Elementary.  She was nominated by an administrator, parent and colleague. Below are some of the comments that were made during the nomination.

• “She is one of the first people at school. She is always smiling and open to help every single person who reaches out for her, no matter what.”

• “She encourages inclusion throughout the entire school and creates opportunities for the special education students to interact with all students within the school. They have reading partners with other classes and even pen pals with other classes.”

“Ms. Woods goes above and beyond for the school as a whole. From having her students greet parents and students at carpool in the morning, to chairing the discipline committee and working with the at-risk students, Ms. Woods goes the extra mile every day. When a few struggling students wanted to start a soccer team, she encouraged them and became the team’s general manager. She attended every practice and game (even on rainy, cold Saturdays), and often spends her own time with the students’ families. She has also organized the school’s Talent Show and soccer banquet, which both have a positive affect on the students and our parents.

“She also helped win the healthy choices flash mob contest, awarded by the food services department, and every year organizes the PHE Buddy Walk group to raise awareness for down syndrome. As a result of her community involvement, student centered initiatives, as well as her encouragement of student leadership, our school was recently awarded IB World School status by the International Baccalaureate committee. She has made a huge impact on the student culture of Preston Hollow, and she has a passion for kids unlike any I have ever worked with.”

• “She is exceptional and encourages students to become the best version of themselves they can be. When my son started he couldn’t even write his own name. Now he is reading, doing math and taking spelling test. She genuinely loves these kids and pushes them to their maximum potential.”


Alicia Keys and America Ferrera urge Skyline students to vote

You could hear the loud screams and chants—coupled with the drumline’s melodic lows— from outside of Dallas ISD’s largest campus.

The nation’s first magnet school was pure pandemonium when students received the surprise of a lifetime. Actress America Ferrera, best known for her work in Ugly Betty and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, appeared from behind a curtain alongside two of her friends: singer Alicia Keys and social media sensation Liza Koshy.

Skyline Principal Janice Lombardi and singer Alicia Keys.

Massive cheers erupted from the crowd of students. For a moment, the excitement from the 1,200 Skyline High School students, teachers, staff and media drowned out the sound system.

“I’m America Ferrera…,” said the actress turned activist, as the crowd came to a silence. “But, just like you, I am a fellow American, and I am a brown kid who grew up in this country looking for the best opportunities.”

The team of celebrities embarked on a non-partisan Get Out The Vote effort that made several stops in DFW on Oct. 23, including Skyline High School. Various seniors, many of whom will be first-time voters this election, knew of Ferrera’s visit, but were taken off guard when she walked out with one of the world’s biggest singers.

“We are so honored to share today with you and there’s no place in the world I’d rather be than Skyline right now,” Keys said. “This is what America looks like—with all of our diversity, all of our flyness, with all the issues that we care about—and we get to choose who represents us.”

Liza Kosy echoed what Ferrera and Keys spoke about. As the half-hour rally came to an end, which was in part sponsored by The Student Voter Initiative, a non-partisan statewide student voter registration program, the visit received plenty of buzz on social media.

But, perhaps the greatest moment for students came when Keys bellowed notes of snippets from her songs “Girl on Fire” and “No One”.

Keys led the impromptu performance with a simple question.

“You know, I was thinking…if we have each other, we can do anything, right?” she asked. “So, I was thinking, ‘You and me together through the days and nights, I don’t worry ’cause, everything’s going to be alright…’”


Nine Dallas ISD students selected for All-State Dance Team

The Texas Dance Educators’ Association (TDEA) selected nine Dallas ISD students to participate in its All-State Dance Team, which is more than any previous year.

The TDEA All-State Dance Team is made up of dancers representing schools from across the state. All-State dancers participate in a convention that includes dance workshops, leadership training, master classes, and networking. The TDEA convention is scheduled for Jan. 9-12 in Houston.

The nine Dallas ISD dancers selected to participate are:

  • Irma Berlanga, Spruce High School
  • Tyianah Duren-Clifton, Molina High School
  • Carlos Garcia, Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Carolina Gonzalez, North Dallas High School
  • Jacqueline Hernandez, Sunset High School
  • Alize Rangel, Adamson High School
  • Daisy Sosa – Bryan Adams High School
  • Kyre Walker, Skyline High School
  • Anna Weis, Woodrow Wilson High School

Additionally, the TDEA will give each student $10,000 in scholarships toward their higher education.


District campuses celebrate new programs, facility upgrades this year

Several Dallas ISD schools have new focuses this year, from becoming Montessori or Personalized Learning schools to seeing their existing choice school expand physically to accommodate a growing enrollment and additional activities. See a rundown below:

• Two years after Solar Preparatory School for Girls opened at the former James B. Bonham Elementary School, staff and students celebrated the completion of a 44,000-square-foot addition on Oct. 5. Read the story here.

 

 

 

 

 

• On Monday, Oct. 15, students, staff, and district and community leaders celebrated the official transition of Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School to the Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez. At the beginning of this school year, the campus opened by serving students in pre-K and kindergarten using the Montessori Method of instruction. Read the story here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

• The oldest Dallas ISD facility to be continuously used as a school celebrated its 21st-century outlook with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Sam Houston Public School opened in 1909 and most recently was a traditional elementary school. This year, it has changed to Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston, continuing to serve elementary grades. Read the story here.

• Students, parents, staff and district officials dedicated the new Solar Preparatory for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Read the story here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ignite Middle School, a new personalized learning school at the former J.W. Ray Learning Center, was officially dedicated on Oct. 9.

 


Future looks bright for students at new Solar Preparatory for Boys









Students, parents, staff and district officials dedicated the new Solar Preparatory for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

This year brings a new program to the school, which transforms the campus from a comprehensive, coed elementary school to an all-male elementary that incorporates elements of leadership training into the curriculum. Much like its sister school, Solar Preparatory for Girls, which opened in 2016, the school’s open enrollment is balanced to provide ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. Also like the girls school, Solar Prep for Boys has opened with grades pre-K through second.

Principal Adriana Gonzalez thanked those who had helped launch the school, including Solar Prep for Girls Principal Nancy Bernardino and her staff.

District 8 Trustee Miguel Solis pointed to President  John F. Kennedy, for whom the campus is originally named, to illustrate one of the main goals of Solar Prep for Boys.

In a 1963 speech at Rice University, President Kennedy said it was crucial for America to send a man to the moon before the end of that decade.

“He had the vision to think something boldly,” Solis said. “That would be dangerous, that would be filled with challenges, was not promised. But he thought that through innovation, grit and determination, despite those challenges, that the moonshot, and landing some on the moon, was possible.”

Likewise, a school like Solar Prep for Boys can work to combat segregation, especially by socioeconomic and racial factors.

“This campus brings students from all walks of life into a nurturing environment that allows kids to see themselves for who they are: kids,” Solis said. They won’t see their differences, he said, and represents the district’s “moonshot.”

The challenges will be great, he said. “But we will overcome them, we will overcome them together. And our boys, these future leaders, will be shining examples of what Dallas can be and what Dallas should be.”

Brian Lusk, Dallas ISD Chief of Strategic Initiatives, said the vision started with Principal Gonzalez, and that she did excellent work at her previous campus, L.K. Hall Elementary School. He said district officials know the single-gender leadership model works; notably he talked about his part in transitioning Fred F. Florence Middle School into a Male Leadership Academy.

Assistant Principal Derek Thomas talked about how the school will provide a solid foundation to create leaders as the students grow and continue to learn.


Billy Earl Dade’s daughter inspires students at school named after father

The daughter of Billy Earl Dade encouraged students at her father’s namesake middle school to thrive at a special pinning ceremony.

Billie Sanford Dade hosted an award pinning ceremony at Dade Middle School to celebrate the many students demonstrating excellence at the school. Dade traveled from Atlanta to Dallas for the ceremony. Dade said the pinning ceremony was just the start of a partnership to support students at the school.

“My father was a person who believed that everyone should have a good education, regardless of where they live,” Dade said. “I know if my father were alive, he’d be deeply involved with this school. I decided I needed to do something for this school so the students know there are many people standing behind them to help them thrive.”

Billy Earl Dade was a legendary education figure who served as a principal at multiple Dallas ISD campuses, including Fredrick Douglass, Paul Dunbar, and C.F. Carr elementary schools.

Tom Hayden of Dallas ISD’s Strategic Initiatives and External Relations thanked Dade for traveling to Dallas for the powerful ceremony.

“It’s incredible that the outstanding legacy of exceptional educational standards continues on in the lives of Dr. Dade’s daughter,” he said.


‘Universo’ interviene para que autora de libro galardonado visite Marcus Elementary School

“When the universe talks, you should listen!” (Cuando el universo habla, debes escucharlo)

Esta frase es uno de los temas del libro ganador del Premio Newbery de este año, “Hello Universe”, de Erin Entrada Kelly. Rebecca McKee, bibliotecaria de Herbert Marcus Elementary School, siguió el consejo de la historia, y ahora algunos estudiantes afortunados de quinto grado en Marcus tendrán la oportunidad de conocer en persona a la autora.

“Cuando leí ‘Hello Universe’ durante el verano, inmediatamente me enamoré de Valencia, uno de los personajes de la historia, el cual es sordo”, dijo McKee. “Luego, obtuve el trabajo en la biblioteca en Marcus y me di cuenta que muchos de los estudiantes con los que conviviría están en el programa de educación para estudiantes sordos. Por ello, seleccionar esta historia para leer en voz alta fue algo natural. Además, ¡es una selección de Texas Bluebonnet este año!”.

McKee habló con los maestros de 5º grado para que les leyeran a los estudiantes en la biblioteca algunas veces por semana, lo cual les pareció una idea fantástica. Alisa Kline dijo que los estudiantes estaban extremadamente atentos durante la lectura.

“Todos nuestros estudiantes pudieron identificarse con al menos uno de los personajes, especialmente nuestros estudiantes sordos y con problemas de audición”, dijo McKee.

Al terminar la historia, McKee publicó una foto del grupo en Twitter y etiquetó a la autora. No solo respondió Kelly, sino que el universo intervino.

Lindsay Marchant, bibliotecaria de Good Shepherd Episcopal School, vio la respuesta de Kelly en Twitter e inmediatamente se comunicó con McKee con mejores noticias. Good Shepherd, escuela anteriormente asociada con Marcus, había reservado previamente a la Sra. Kelly para una visita en noviembre. Marchant, amablemente, decidió que los niños de Marcus deberían ser parte de este evento, y Kelly estuvo de acuerdo.

Por lo que, el próximo mes, los estudiantes que escucharon esta historia tendrán una oportunidad excepcional de tener una charla exclusiva con la autora. Durante este encuentro, seguramente hablarán sobre otro tema del cuento: “¡No hay nada mejor que las coincidencias!”.


Votación anticipada empieza el 22 de octubre para Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos

El 6 de noviembre, se les presentará a los electores del condado de Dallas para su consideración, la Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos (TRE) para el Dallas ISD.

Una Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos (TRE) es una elección especial que es convocada por la Junta Escolar de un distrito en la que se les pide a los votantes aprobar un aumento en la tasa de impuestos de mantenimiento y operaciones (M&O). Estos impuestos se utilizan para cubrir los costos diarios de operación. Desde 2008, el Dallas ISD ha mantenido una tasa tributaria para M&O de $1.04. Para poder superar dicha tasa se requiere la aprobación de los votantes. Si los electores votan a favor, la tasa para M&O aumentaría al limite de $1.17 permitido por el estado. Para mayor información sobre la elección TRE, haga clic aquí.

El periodo de votación anticipada comenzó el lunes, 22 de octubre, y termina el viernes, 3 de noviembre. Los votantes inscritos en el condado de Dallas pueden ejercer su derecho al voto en cualquier centro de votación en el condado. El día de la elección es el martes, 6 de noviembre. Para más información, haga clic aquí.


Seis escuelas de Dallas ISD reciben calificación de 99 en las últimas calificaciones de la TEA

Seis escuelas de Dallas ISD están entre las 11 que obtuvieron un 99 en las calificaciones de la Agencia de Educación de Texas en 2018.

Las escuelas son: • William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted (grados 4-5) • School for the Talented and Gifted • School of Science and Engineering • Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School • Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (grados 6-8) • Travis Academy/Vanguard (grados 6-8).

Otras escuelas en el distrito, que en general obtuvo una “B” (81), también lograron buenos resultados – incluyendo calificaciones en los altos 90. Para ver la clasificación por escuela haga clic aquí. Asimismo, el Dallas Business Journal publicó un artículo donde desglosa las mejores escuelas en la región.


Seis escuelas de Dallas ISD reciben calificación de 99 en las últimas calificaciones de la TEA

Seis escuelas de Dallas ISD están entre las 11 que obtuvieron un 99 en las calificaciones de la Agencia de Educación de Texas en 2018.

Las escuelas son: • William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted (grados 4-5) • School for the Talented and Gifted • School of Science and Engineering • Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School • Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (grados 6-8) • Travis Academy/Vanguard (grados 6-8).

Otras escuelas en el distrito, que en general obtuvo una “B” (81), también lograron buenos resultados – incluyendo calificaciones en los altos 90. Para ver la clasificación por escuela haga clic aquí. Asimismo, el Dallas Business Journal publicó un artículo donde desglosa las mejores escuelas en la región.


Montessori Academy en Onésimo Hernández celebra nuevo enfoque

El lunes, 15 de octubre, estudiantes, personal y líderes del distrito y la comunidad celebraron el cambio oficial de Onésimo Hernández Elementary School a Montessori Academy en Onésimo Hernández. El plantel inició el año escolar utilizando el método de instrucción Montessori en las clases de prekínder y kínder.

A menudo, los estudiantes en las escuelas Montessori son asignados a clases compuestas de varias edades. Los estudiantes seleccionan las actividades que quieren realizar de varias disponibles, y el aprendizaje se logra por medio del descubrimiento en lugar de la instrucción directa. El método Montessori, desarrollado hace más de cien años, es una de las primeras formas del aprendizaje personalizado.

“Al iniciar el año escolar, es obvio que están ocurriendo muchas cosas fabulosas”, dijo Brian Lusk, jefe de Iniciativas Estratégicas. “En las clases esta mañana, observé que las personas verdaderamente han adoptado el método”.

Dijo que padres e integrantes de la comunidad necesitan mantenerse involucrados. “Es un acto de fe permitir a nuestros hijos ser un poco más independientes, pero es lo correcto”.

Miguel Solís, representante del Distrito 8 en la Junta Escolar, agradeció a la comunidad por permanecer fiel al distrito durante la transición. “Sé que para muchos no fue una transición sencilla”, dijo Solís. “Quizás hubo preguntas sobre lo que estábamos haciendo en esta escuela y lo que significa ‘Montessori’ para los niños que asistirían”.

También, habló sobre el hecho de que Onésimo Hernández Elementary School salió de la lista de las escuelas con necesidad de mejorar por medio del esfuerzo y recursos adicionales proporcionados por el programa de Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE). “Por esas razones, Hernández no solo salió de dicha lista”, dijo Solís, “también se hizo un trabajo fenomenal para lograr que los estudiantes estuvieran al nivel que tenian que estar al final del año escolar.”

Stephanie Hernández, hija del fallecido Dr. Onésimo Hernández, habló sobre las primeras experiencias en la formación de su padre. Cuando empezó a asistir a Maple Lawn Elementary School, en ese entonces una escuela solo para anglos, un maestro se interesó en él y se preocupó por su progreso académico. Él llego a ser el primer méxico-americano egresado de la escuela de medicina de UT Southwestern y trabajó para abrirles las puertas a los demás.

La Dra. Samarpita Sengupta, madre de un estudiante, dijo que fue un acto de fe para los padres registrar a sus hijos en el programa nuevo en Hernández, pero existía precedente en el distrito.

“El éxito de los tres planteles Montessori establecidos hizo que la decisión fuera menos difícil”, dijo.

Los recursos proporcionados a la escuela, desde remodelaciones a las instalaciones hasta materiales de aprendizaje y muebles nuevos en cada salón, han mostrado el compromiso al programa Montessori.

Dijo que, a nivel personal, ella quería que su hijo asistiera a una escuela donde se sintiera cómodo – que hubiera otros estudiantes y maestros que se parecieran a él. “La diversidad en esta escuela entre los maestros, padres y estudiantes será su mejor recurso”, dijo Sengupta.

La meta, dijo ella, es que todos colaboremos a lograr que la escuela logré su máximo potencial y que los estudiantes salgan de Hernández dotados académicamente, pero también sean seres amables, generosos, y empáticos que promulguen un cambio positivo en el mundo.


Montessori Academy en Onésimo Hernández celebra nuevo enfoque

El lunes, 15 de octubre, estudiantes, personal y líderes del distrito y la comunidad celebraron el cambio oficial de Onésimo Hernández Elementary School a Montessori Academy en Onésimo Hernández. El plantel inició el año escolar utilizando el método de instrucción Montessori en las clases de prekínder y kínder.

A menudo, los estudiantes en las escuelas Montessori son asignados a clases compuestas de varias edades. Los estudiantes seleccionan las actividades que quieren realizar de varias disponibles, y el aprendizaje se logra por medio del descubrimiento en lugar de la instrucción directa. El método Montessori, desarrollado hace más de cien años, es una de las primeras formas del aprendizaje personalizado.

“Al iniciar el año escolar, es obvio que están ocurriendo muchas cosas fabulosas”, dijo Brian Lusk, jefe de Iniciativas Estratégicas. “En las clases esta mañana, observé que las personas verdaderamente han adoptado el método”.

Dijo que padres e integrantes de la comunidad necesitan mantenerse involucrados. “Es un acto de fe permitir a nuestros hijos ser un poco más independientes, pero es lo correcto”.

Miguel Solís, representante del Distrito 8 en la Junta Escolar, agradeció a la comunidad por permanecer fiel al distrito durante la transición. “Sé que para muchos no fue una transición sencilla”, dijo Solís. “Quizás hubo preguntas sobre lo que estábamos haciendo en esta escuela y lo que significa ‘Montessori’ para los niños que asistirían”.

También, habló sobre el hecho de que Onésimo Hernández Elementary School salió de la lista de las escuelas con necesidad de mejorar por medio del esfuerzo y recursos adicionales proporcionados por el programa de Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE). “Por esas razones, Hernández no solo salió de dicha lista”, dijo Solís, “también se hizo un trabajo fenomenal para lograr que los estudiantes estuvieran al nivel que tenian que estar al final del año escolar.”

Stephanie Hernández, hija del fallecido Dr. Onésimo Hernández, habló sobre las primeras experiencias en la formación de su padre. Cuando empezó a asistir a Maple Lawn Elementary School, en ese entonces una escuela solo para anglos, un maestro se interesó en él y se preocupó por su progreso académico. Él llego a ser el primer méxico-americano egresado de la escuela de medicina de UT Southwestern y trabajó para abrirles las puertas a los demás.

La Dra. Samarpita Sengupta, madre de un estudiante, dijo que fue un acto de fe para los padres registrar a sus hijos en el programa nuevo en Hernández, pero existía precedente en el distrito.

“El éxito de los tres planteles Montessori establecidos hizo que la decisión fuera menos difícil”, dijo.

Los recursos proporcionados a la escuela, desde remodelaciones a las instalaciones hasta materiales de aprendizaje y muebles nuevos en cada salón, han mostrado el compromiso al programa Montessori.

Dijo que, a nivel personal, ella quería que su hijo asistiera a una escuela donde se sintiera cómodo – que hubiera otros estudiantes y maestros que se parecieran a él. “La diversidad en esta escuela entre los maestros, padres y estudiantes será su mejor recurso”, dijo Sengupta.

La meta, dijo ella, es que todos colaboremos a lograr que la escuela logré su máximo potencial y que los estudiantes salgan de Hernández dotados académicamente, pero también sean seres amables, generosos, y empáticos que promulguen un cambio positivo en el mundo.


Schools highlight drug-prevention efforts during Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is officially Oct. 23-31 this year, which focuses on drug prevention through a variety of activities.

Dallas ISD schools across the district often participate with themed days that tie in with an anti-drug message. Campuses may share photos and information about their activities via email to thehub@dallasisd.org or by filling out this form.

District schools may also share social media posts by tagging us with @dallasschools on Twitter, @dallasisd on Instagram or @DallasISD on Facebook.

The 2018 theme is “Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free,” which was created by Ohio middle school student Taeya Moore. In addition to activities during the week, students are asked to sign the pledge that they will stay drug-free.

Since 1985, Red Ribbon Week has been a dedicated time to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs. The effort was sparked by the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, after which parents and youth across the country began wearing red ribbons to show their commitment for drug prevention.

The annual event is coordinated by the National Family Partnership. Find information and resources here.


Early voting starts Oct. 22 for Tax Ratification Election

Dallas County voters will consider a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) for Dallas ISD on the Nov. 6 ballot.

A TRE is a special election called by a school district’s board of trustees that asks voters to approve an increase in its maintenance and operating (M&O) tax rate. M&O taxes cover the day-to-day cost of school district operations. Since 2008, Dallas ISD has maintained an M&O tax rate of $1.04. The approval of voters is required for the district to exceed the $1.04 rate. If approved, the tax ratification election would increase the M&O tax rate to the state cap of $1.17.

Learn more about the TRE here.

Early voting started on Monday, Oct. 22, and runs through Friday, Nov. 3. Voters registered in Dallas County may vote at any early polling site in the county.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Find voting information here.


‘Universe’ intervenes to send award-winning author to Marcus Elementary

“When the universe talks, you should listen!”

This statement is one of the themes from this year’s Newbery Award winning book, “Hello Universe,” by Erin Entrada Kelly. Rebecca McKee, librarian at Herbert Marcus Elementary School, followed the story’s advice, and now some lucky fifth-grade students at Marcus will have the chance for some personal face-to-face time with the author.

“When I read ‘Hello Universe’ over the summer, I immediately fell in love with Valencia, one of the characters in the story who is deaf,” Kelly said. “Then, I landed the library job at Marcus and learned that many of the students I would be serving are in the deaf-education program. So, selecting this story as a read-aloud was a natural fit. Plus, it’s a Texas Bluebonnet selection this year!” 

Kelly approached the teachers of 5G about coming in a few times per week to read the story, and they were happy to oblige. Alisa Kline said that students were extremely engaged during the reading.

“All of our students were able to relate with at least one of the characters, especially our deaf and hard-of-hearing students,” Kelly said. 

Upon finishing the story,  McKee posted a picture of the group on Twitter and tagged the author. Not only did Kelly reply, but the universe intervened further.

Lindsay Marchant, librarian at Good Shepherd Episcopal School,  saw  Kelly’s reply Tweet and immediately contacted  McKee with some further good news. Good Shepherd, a previous partner school with Marcus, had previously booked Ms. Kelly for an author visit in November.  Marchant graciously decided that the kids at Marcus should share in this event, and Kelly agreed.

So, next month the students who heard this story will have a rare opportunity to have an intimate discussion with the Newbery author that created it.  At that time, they will surely discuss another theme from the tale: “There are no such things as coincidences!”


Abre las puertas la nueva escuela Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston












El miércoles, 17 de octubre, se llevó a cabo una ceremonia en el edificio más antiguo de Dallas ISD, que se ha utilizado continuamente como plantel escolar, para celebrar su reapertura como escuela con un nuevo modelo educativo.

Sam Houston Public School abrió sus puertas en 1909, y hasta hace poco aún funcionaba como una escuela primaria tradicional. Este año, su nombre cambió a Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston, aunque sigue sirviendo los mismos grados de primaria. El modelo de enseñanza también cambio. Ahora el aprendizaje es personalizado; los estudiantes tienen en poder de explorar y dirigir sus propios estudios dentro de los parámetros del currículo.

Durante el evento, los estudiantes dieron la bienvenida, lideraron el juramento a la bandera de Estados Unidos y de Texas, y compartieron lo que el aprendizaje significa para ellos. Raymie Venable, directora de la escuela, agradeció a los invitados especiales y al Departamento de Aprendizaje Personalizado por su apoyo.

“El país entero está al tanto de lo que sucede en esta escuela porque están haciendo algo único”, dijo Miguel Solís, representante del Distrito 8. “Atrás quedaron los días cuando era suficiente enseñar un currículo tradicional de cuatro por cuatro. Ahora creemos, especialmente en esta escuela, que cada estudiante merece la oportunidad de obtener una educación especifica que se ajuste a su manera de aprender para asegurar que el sueño americano se pueda hacer realidad”.

Les dijo a los estudiantes, “no sientan presión”, aunque todos quieren ver las excelentes cosas que lograran en la escuela. “Por lo tanto, hoy que cortamos la cinta, les estamos diciendo básicamente a todos ustedes: es un nuevo comienzo, y ustedes nos liderarán hacia el futuro”.

Brian Lusk, jefe del Departamento de Iniciativas Estratégicas, dijo que al entrar a una escuela uno puede ver señales que nos indican que tipo de lugar es. Los estudiantes con los que conversó mostraron seguridad en si mismos, y además agregó, que el tipo de comunidad que se esta creando en la escuela se extenderá hacia afuera del plantel.

“Hoy, al entrar al edificio, vi salones de clases donde los estudiantes trabajaban uno a uno con tecnología y algunos otros trabajaban con el maestro”, dijo Lusk. “Eso es exactamente lo que debe ser un modelo de aprendizaje personalizado – permitirles a los estudiantes autonomía para determinar cómo aprender.”

Indicó que, en un principio, el plan era implementar este modelo en kínder hasta segundo grado, pero se está implementó hasta el quinto grado. “Eso es algo que agradezco también”.

Angie Gaylord, jefa adjunto del Departamento de Transformación e Innovación, compartió lo que aprendió de tres estudiantes de Sam Houston sobre su experiencia con el aprendizaje personalizado.

Los tres mencionaron el enfoque que se le da a sus necesidades, a su propio ritmo de aprendizaje y sus deseos al momento de decidir qué estudiar.

“A veces cambiar el modelo o transforman una escuela no es fácil”, dijo Gaylord. “Pero lo que vamos a hacer aquí será extraordinario. Los estudiantes serán responsables de su aprendizaje, tendrán voz y libertad para elegir”.


Día de las Profesiones da a los estudiantes de South Oak Cliff un vistazo al futuro 






El 1er Día de las Profesiones Dr. Willie Fred Johnson Jr. en South Oak Cliff High School (SOC) fue especial por dos razones.

La primera razón es que el evento fue el primero de su clase nombrado por el director actual de SOC. La segunda es que el evento dio a los estudiantes la oportunidad de ver como lucirá SOC después de las renovaciones al edificio. Desde enero, los estudiantes han acudido a las instalaciones de Village Fair de Dallas ISD mientras se completa el trabajo de remodelación. Representantes de Kai Texas, la firma arquitectónica encargada de proyecto de South Oak Cliff High School estuvieron presentes el Día de las Profesiones. Se mostró un vídeo que ofreció una idea de lo diferente y mejor que será la escuela después de la remodelación y ampliación. El proyecto está financiado por el Programa de bonos del 2015.

Los estudiantes pudieron tocar muestras de los materiales que serán usados para las paredes y pisos y los representantes compartieron la importancia de la carrera de arquitectura.

En el evento del 16 de octubre, los estudiantes pudieron consultar con representantes de colegios técnicos y comunitarios para saber cómo solicitar admisión y ayuda financiera. También, el puesto de Dallas County Promise compartió información sobre la iniciativa de la Fundación del Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas que permite a egresados de las preparatorias del área estudiar en colegios locales por dos años sin costo y con recursos adicionales para incrementar su éxito.

Otros participantes incluyeron The Art Institutes, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, los colegios comunitarios Cedar Valley, El Centro, y Richland, además de The Ogle School y Texas Barber College.

El Día de las Profesiones fue patrocinado por la sede DML654 de Logia Masónica.


Six schools in Dallas ISD receive grade of 99 in latest TEA ratings

Six Dallas ISD schools were among only 11 that earned a grade of 99 from the Texas Education Agency in its 2018 ratings.

They are:
• William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted (grades 4-5)
• School for the Talented and Gifted
• School of Science and Engineering
• Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School
• Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (grades 6-8)
• Travis Academy/Vanguard (grades 6-8).

Other campuses in the district, which overall earned a grade of B (81), also fared well – including many high A’s. Find rankings by school here.

The Dallas Business Journal has an article that breaks down the top schools in the region here.


Families invited to experience STEM Environmental Education Center

Parents, students and community members are invited to join the STEM Environmental Education Center to learn more about the programs and resources available for students and teachers at the center.

The open house is set for 10 a.m.- 2p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The center is located at 1600 Bowers Road in Seagoville. The center’s mission is to help diverse learners develop an awareness, appreciation, and concern for the environment, and as citizens use 21st century knowledge and skills to make informed, responsible decisions, solve current environmental problems, and prevent new ones.


Estudiantes de Quintanilla Middle School reciben iPad como parte de iniciativa de Verizon




Raúl Quintanilla Sr. Middle School fue la quinta escuela de Dallas ISD en beneficiarse del programa Verizon Innovative Learning. Los estudiantes recibieron una iPad y dos años de servicios de datos a través de dicho programa.

El compromiso de Verizon, valorado en $9 millones, $1.8 millones por escuela, tiene el objetivo de facilitar que los estudiantes puedan hacer trabajos en la escuela y en su casa utilizando los dispositivos, aun cuando no tengan servicio de internet en casa. Los estudiantes de las secundarias Atwell, Cary, Lang y Medrano también recibieron dispositivos este año.

Los maestros de estos planteles también reciben un iPad y capacitación profesional, completa y continua, que les ayudará a sacarle el mayor provecho a la tecnología en sus salones de clases.

El equipo de porristas animó al público presente antes de comenzar con la distribución. Tras recibir el iPad, los estudiantes y sus familias pudieron aprender sobre todas las actividades después de clases que se ofrecen en Quintanilla, incluyendo el club de robótica.


Ribbon is cut on new Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston












The oldest Dallas ISD facility to be continuously used as a school celebrated its 21st-century outlook with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Sam Houston Public School opened in 1909 and most recently was a traditional elementary school. This year, it has changed to Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston, continuing to serve elementary grades. The learning is personalized because students are empowered within the curriculum’s parameters to explore and direct their own studies.

Students delivered the welcome, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge, and shared what Personalized Learning means to them. Principal Raymie Venable thanked special guests and the Personalized Learning Department for their support of the reimagined school.

“The eyes of the nation are on this school, because you are on to something unique,” said District 8 Trustee Miguel Solis. “Gone are the days when it was OK to just teach a traditional four-by-four curriculum. … Now, we believe – especially at this school – that every single child deserves the opportunity to get the specific education that is best-tuned and best-fit for them in order to ensure that their American Dream can be unlocked.”

He told students that – “no pressure” – but everyone wants to see the amazing things they will accomplish at the school. “So today, as we cut the ribbon, we are basically saying to all of you: it’s a new beginning, and you all will be leading us moving forward.”

Brian Lusk, Chief of Strategic Initiatives, said walking into a school can provide clues to what kind of place it is. Students he talked with were engaging and confident. He said the type of community being created inside the school will permeate to the outside.

“As I walked the building today, I saw classrooms where you had students working one-on-one with technology, and then some students with the teacher,” Lusk said. “That’s exactly what a PL model ought to be – allow students to have some autonomy to figure out their learning.”

He noted that the initial plan for the school was to implement Personalized Learning in kindergarten through second grade, but the model is being used through the fifth grade. “I appreciate that as well,” he said.

Angie Gaylord, Deputy Chief of Transformation and Innovation, shared what she learned from three Sam Houston students on their experience with Personalized Learning.

All three talked about focusing on their own needs, their own pace and desires when it came to choosing what to study.

“Changing a model, changing a school is not easy sometimes,” Gaylord said. “But what we’re going to do for these kids so they own their learning; they have student voice, they have student choice, it’s going to be amazing.”


Quintanilla Middle students receive iPads as part of Verizon initiative




Students from Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School were the fifth group of Dallas ISD middle schools to receive iPads and two years of data service through the Verizon Innovative Learning program.

Verizon’s $9 million commitment – $1.8 million per school – is designed to provide a way for students to do schoolwork on campus and at home using the devices, even if they do not have Internet service in their homes. Students at Atwell, Cary, Lang and Medrano middle schools were the others in this year’s distribution.

Teachers at the schools also receive iPads and comprehensive, ongoing professional development to help them make the most of the technology in their classrooms.

The school’s cheerleaders performed for the group before the iPads were distributed. After receiving their iPads, students and their families could learn about Quintanilla’s many after-school activities, including the Robotics Club.


Superintendente Hinojosa comparte plan maestro a largo plazo con miras al futuro

El superintendente Michael Hinojosa recientemente compartió un mensaje con los estudiantes, el personal y las familias sobre cómo podría afectar a Dallas el primer plan maestro a largo plazo de Dallas ISD.

El diálogo recién ha comenzado y se continúan analizando varios conceptos que se proporcionaron a la Junta Escolar durante un taller que se realizó en septiembre para su discusión, y que estuvo abierto a la comunidad.

Para ver el mensaje del superintendente, haga clic el vídeo.


Director por un Día conecta al mundo empresarial y a la comunidad con las escuelas de Dallas ISD

El martes, 9 de octubre, se celebró el Director por un Día, que une a empresarios y líderes de la comunidad con las escuelas de Dallas ISD.

Más de 200 voluntarios participaron en este evento donde tuvieron la oportunidad de acompañar a los directores de escuelas de Dallas ISD y ver en exclusiva al distrito escolar. Una vez más, Capital One Bank y el Dallas Regional Chamber se asociaron con el Dallas ISD para llevar a cabo el evento anual, que busca formar sociedades continuas entre la comunidad y las empresas con escuelas de Dallas ISD.

A continuación, pueden ver comentarios de algunos de los participantes:

Tiffany Cason, Capital One, en Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

 

“Este es mi tercer año en Rangel, y cada año me siento más emocionada sobre lo que nos depara el futuro al ver cómo aprenden las alumnas y se ayudan entre ellas mismas. Los diferentes métodos de enseñanza cambiarán la trayectoria de la vida de estas jóvenes, y me entusiasma mucho poder ser parte de un día como este”.

Carine Feyten, Texas Woman’s University, en Molina High School

Carine Feyten (izquierda) y la Dra. Terry-Ann Rodríguez, directora de Molina High School

“Me encanta estar de vuelta en la escuela y poder interactuar con los estudiantes. Es una de las cosas que más disfruto de mi profesión como rectora de TWU.”

Brill Garrett, Jason Garrett Starfish Charities, en Gabe P. Allen Charter School

“Pienso que pude tener una perspectiva más completa de la escuela. No me enfoqué solo en un grado, pude ver la labor que se hace con todos los demás, y todo el trabajo que se lleva a cabo y que no se ve”. Un director de tiempo completo tiene que estar en todos los lados durante un día escolar normal, y Garrett destacó la amabilidad de la directora Sheila Ortiz. Comentó que cuando llegó una familia a Allen para inscribir a sus nietos en la escuela, ella se detuvo para ayudarles. A pesar de la interrupción, “los hizo sentir bienvenidos”.

Charles Haley, exjugador de los Dallas Cowboy y miembro del Salón de la Fama de la NFL, en Clinton P. Russell Elementary School

“Jugué para los Dallas Cowboys cinco años y ganamos tres Súper Tazones, pero esa no ha sido mi mayor realización. Mi mayor logro fue jugar en la universidad. Mi madre lloró de la felicidad cuando fui a la universidad. Chicos, hagan que sus madres se sientan orgullosos de ustedes y asistan a la universidad. Hagan realidad sus sueños”.

J.D. Mayo, entrenador de baloncesto retirado de Skyline High School, en Frank Guzick Elementary School

(De izquierda a derecha) J.D. Mayo, Dra. Adreana Davis, directora, Larry Guzick, y la Sra. Guzick

J.D. Mayo lideró el esfuerzo para que Frank Guzick Elementary School llevara el nombre del director de Skyline High School. Mayo sirvió como director junto a Larry Guzick, quien es hijo de Frank Guzick.

“Es inspirador ver el aprendizaje que se lleva a cabo aquí. Frank Guzick estaría muy orgulloso de lo que se está logrando aquí”.

Adam McGough, miembro del concejo de Dallas, en Highland Meadows Elementary School

“Cada año, recuerdo el compromiso de los lideres escolares y la continua inversión que cada uno de nosotros debe hacer con las escuelas en nuestras comunidades. Me entusiasma ver la determinación de tantos estudiantes que conocí el día de hoy”.


Junior League of Dallas apoya la enseñanza innovadora

Recientemente, la Junior League of Dallas otorgó a50 maestros de Dallas ISD subvenciones de hasta $2,000 para apoyar la enseñanza innovadora.

Los proyectos, conocidos como Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT), varían desde un “cuarto de escape” y equipo de acuarios a plumas de 3D y ukuleles. Para ver la lista completa de las subvenciones otorgadas, haga clic aquí.

Este año, las subvenciones fueron posibles gracias a donaciones de Texas Instruments, Agnes Cluthe Oliver Foundation, y la Hillcrest Foundation, por medio de Bank of America. Desde su inicio en 1992, el programa GFIT de la Junior League of Dallas ha otorgado aproximadamente $1.8 millones a maestros de Dallas ISD.

El 25 de septiembre se realizó una ceremonia de entrega para reconocer los proyectos innovadores y a los maestros que trabajan de manera incesante para mejorar la educación.


Vocational Day gives South Oak Cliff students a glimpse into the future






The 1st Annual Dr. Willie Fred Johnson Jr. Vocational Day at South Oak Cliff High School was special for at least two reasons.

One, the event was the first of its kind named after the current SOC principal. Two, the event gave students a glimpse of what their reimagined school will look like. Since January, SOC has been housed at Dallas IDS’s Village Fair building while work is performed at high school.

Representatives from Kai Texas, the architectural firm that is handling the South Oak Cliff High School project attended the Vocational Day. An animated video provided an idea of just how different – and better – the renovated and expanded school will be once complete.The project is being funded by the 2015 Bond Program.

Students could also touch samples of materials that will cover the walls and floors, and representatives shared the importance of architecture as a career.

At the Oct. 16 event, students were able to speak with representatives from trade schools and community colleges to learn how to apply for admission and financial aid. One table focused on Dallas County Promise, an initiative from the Dallas County Community College District Foundation that allows area high school graduates to attend selected local colleges for two years tuition-free with additional resources to boost their success.

Other participants included The Art Institutes, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Cedar Valley College, El Centro College, The Ogle School, Texas Barber College and Richland College.

The Vocational Day was sponsored by DML654 Masonic Lodge.


Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez celebrates new focus








On Monday, Oct. 15, students, staff, and district and community leaders celebrated the official transition of Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School to the Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez. At the beginning of this school year, the campus opened by serving students in pre-K and kindergarten using the Montessori Method of instruction.

Students in Montessori schools are often placed in mixed-age classrooms. Students choose the activities they want to perform from an available range, and learning is often achieved through discovery by the student rather than direct instruction. Montessori, which was developed more than 100 years ago, is one of the earliest forms of personalized learning.

“As we launched the school year, already it’s obvious that there are so many great things happening,” said Brian Lusk, Chief of Strategic Initiatives. “As I watched classrooms this morning, it was that people have really embraced the model.”

He said parents and the community need to stay involved. “It is a little bit of a leap allowing our kids to be a little more independent,” he said. “But it’s the right thing to do.”

District 8 Trustee Miguel Solis thanked the community for sticking with the district as the school transitioned. “I know for many it was not the easiest transition,” he said. “There were perhaps questions about what we were doing to this school and what ‘Montessori’ meant for the children who would be attending this school.”

He said the fact that the pervious Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School escaped the Improvement Required list through hard work and added resources provided by the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) program. “Because of those things, Hernandez didn’t just make it off of the Improvement Required list,” Solis said. “It did a phenomenal job in getting kids where they needed to be in the final year.”

Stephanie Hernandez, daughter of the late Dr. Onesimo Hernandez, spoke about her father’s early educational experiences. When he began attending the all-white Maple Lawn Elementary School, a teacher took him under his wing and kept tabs on him as he progressed. He went to become the first Mexican-American to graduate from the UT Southwestern Medical School, she said, and worked to open doors for others.

Parent Dr. Samarpita Sengupta said that it was a leap of faith for parents to send their children to a brand-new program at Hernandez, but there was district precedent. “The success of the three Montessori campuses before this one made the leap of faith seem a little less daunting,” she said.

The resources the district has provided at Hernandez, from building renovations to new learning materials and furniture in every classroom, have shown the commitment to the Montessori program.

She said that on a personal level, she wanted her son to attend a school where he felt like he belonged – that there would be other students and teachers who looked and talked like he does. “The diversity of this school among teachers, parents and students is going to be its greatest asset,” Sengupta said.

The goal, she said, is for everyone to work together to help the school reach its full potential and also so that students who move on from Hernandez are academically gifted, but also kind, generous and compassionate people who enact positive change in the world.


Estudiantes colaboran en plan para aumentar el número de estudiantes que desayunan en la escuela 

Estudiantes de preparatoria participarán en la creación de planes de mercadotecnia con la intención de incrementar el número de estudiantes que desayunan en la escuela.

El Departamento de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil (FCNS) de Dallas ISD, en colaboración con Texas Hunger Initiative, el Departamento de Educación Profesional y Técnica del distrito y NAF, está organizando la competencia “Breakfast Battle”. A nivel nacional, la cifra de estudiantes que desayunan es baja y eso es un problema, por lo que Michael Rosenberg, director ejecutivo de FCNS, dijo que tiene sentido involucrar a los estudiantes para encontrar soluciones.

“Estamos muy emocionados de organizar el primer “Breakfast Battle” que tiene como objetivo aumentar el número de alumnos que desayunan diariamente”, dijo Rosenberg. “Varios estudios muestran que los estudiantes que comienzan su día con un desayuno saludable logran un mejor rendimiento en varias áreas, incluyendo en el aspecto académico y en actividades extracurriculares. Recomendamos firmemente a todos los estudiantes de Dallas ISD a que desayunen todos los días”.

Los 80 estudiantes, que provienen de las seis preparatorias participantes, asistieron a una orientación el 4 de octubre. Se les informó el criterio que deben cumplir para ganar, que incluye doblar el número de alumnos en su escuela que desayunan en comparación con el año anterior, y la creación de una estrategia de mercadotecnia y un plan de acción. El equipo ganador recibirá $3,000 para su escuela, el segundo lugar, $2,000, y el tercer lugar, $1,000.

Wendy, estudiante en la School of Business and Management, formó parte de un equipo que compartió un vídeo durante la orientación, donde se detalla la comida que los estudiantes quieren ver en el menú de desayuno.

“Me emociona poder presentar mis ideas y participar en el plan”, dijo Wendy. “Además, podre obtener experiencia en desarrollar un plan de mercadotecnia”.

Cada equipo presentará sus resultados finales el 30 de abril.


Hinojosa shares long-range master plan with eye on district’s future

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa recently shared a message with students, staff and families on how Dallas ISD’s first-ever Long-Range Master Plan could impact the future of Dallas.
The conversation has just begun and the district continues to look at various concepts provided to the Board of Trustees for discussion during a September workshop, which was open to the public.
Watch the video to learn more.

Solar Preparatory for Girls celebrates newly completed addition to campus







Two years after Solar Preparatory School for Girls opened at the former James B. Bonham Elementary School, staff and students celebrated the completion of a 44,000-square-foot addition.

Funded through the 2015 Bond Program, the new wing adds 15 classrooms; a cafetorium/storm shelter; music, art and maker spaces; a new administrative space; adds outdoor learning space with access from maker space and science labs; and removes portable classrooms.

The Oct. 5 ribbon-cutting ceremony included student performances, guest speakers and tours of the new wing.

Solar Prep for Girls is on track to be the largest all-girls elementary school in the country, Principal Nancy Bernardino said. The new space will accommodate the growth while enhancing the learning experience for students.

Trustee Miguel Solis said that to him, Solar Prep represents hope. He was a district employee when the tough decision was made to shutter Bonham because of budget challenges. He said the reopening of the campus brought hope to the community, and the level of education students receive inside makes them a bright hope for the future.

Citing a quote from the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, Solis said, “ ‘Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?’ This is a ‘why not’ academy.”

Attendees also heard from Stephanie Elizalde, Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership; Rose Salinas, chairwoman of the Site-Based Decision-Making committee and a Solar parent; and Keshia Megie, Solar Prep Teacher of the Year.

Afterward, guests were taken on student-led tours of the new space.


Schools to close for State Fair Days

Schools will be closed for Fair Days this month, so that students and staff may attend the State Fair of Texas.

Elementary Fair Day is on Friday, Oct. 12. Secondary Fair Day is on Friday, Oct. 19. Students are off both days, but Oct. 12 is a staff development day for secondary staff, and Oct. 19 is a staff development day for elementary staff.


Principal For A Day brings business and community leaders into Dallas ISD schools

Principal for a Day brought business and community leaders from the private sector into Dallas ISD schools on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

More than 200 volunteers accepted the opportunity to shadow Dallas ISD principals to gain an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the school district. Capital One Bank and the Dallas Regional Chamber again partnered with Dallas ISD for the annual event, which looks to form ongoing partnerships between individuals and businesses with Dallas ISD schools.

Here are some thoughts from a few Principal for a Day participants:

Tiffany Cason, Capital One, PFAD at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Tiffany Cason

“This is my third year at Rangel, and every year I am more energetic about what our future holds by watching these kids learn and teach each other. The different methods of teaching will change the trajectory of these young women’s lives for generations to come, and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about participating in a day like this.”

Carine Feyten, Texas Woman’s University, PFAD at Molina High School

Carine Feyten (left) and Molina High School Principal Dr. Terry-Ann Rodriguez

“I am loving being back at school and interacting with students. That is one of the things that I enjoy doing in my profession as chancellor at TWU.”

Brill Garrett, Jason Garrett Starfish Charities, PFAD at Gabe P. Allen Charter School

Brill Garrett

“I think that it gave me a more complete picture of the school. Not only was I exposed to all the other grades, but also what goes on behind the scenes.” A full-time principal is pulled in many directions during a typical school day, but Garrett cited Principal Sheila Ortiz’s grace under pressure when a family visited Allen to enroll their grandchildren. Despite the unexpected interruption to her busy routine, Ortiz stopped what she was doing to talk to them. “She made it so welcoming for them.”

Charles Haley, former Dallas Cowboy and NFL Hall of Famer, PFAD at Clinton P. Russell Elementary School

Charles Haley

The living football legend shared inspiring words with students.

“I played football for the Dallas Cowboys for five years and won three Super Bowls, but that is not my highest achievement. My highest achievement was playing for college. My mom cried from happiness when I went to college. Guys, make your moms cry like I did and go to college. Make your dreams come true.”

J.D. Mayo, retired head basketball coach at Skyline High School, PFAD at Frank Guzick Elementary School

(From left) J.D. Mayo, Principal Dr. Adreana Davis, Larry Guzick, and Mrs. Guzick

J.D. Mayo led the effort to name Frank Guzick Elementary School after the principal of Skyline High School. Mayo served as PFAD at the campus along with Larry Guzick, who is Frank Guzick’s son.

“It’s very inspiring to see the learning that’s going on here. Frank Guzick, the school’s namesake, would be so very proud of what’s going on here.”

Adam McGough, Dallas City Council Member, PFAD at Highland Meadows Elementary School

Adam McGough

“Every year I am reminded the commitment of campus leadership and the continued investment each of us must make to our neighborhood schools. I am inspired by the determination and grit of so many of these students I met today.”


Llegó el momento de solicitar ayuda financiera para la universidad

La Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA, por sus siglas en inglés), que ayuda a cubrir los costos de la educación postsecundaria, ya está disponible para el año escolar 2018-2019.

Los estudiantes que solicitarán ayuda financiera por medio de la FAFSA deben hacerlo lo antes posible. Cada institución educativa tiene diferentes plazos para aceptar ayuda financiera, y la fecha límite del gobierno federal es el 30 de junio de 2019. Por medio de FAFSA, los estudiantes pueden solicitar tres tipos de ayuda financiera: subvenciones, empleo de medio tiempo en la universidad o prestamos con una tasa interés baja. Toda la información sobre la ayuda y la solicitud esta disponible haciendo clic aquí.

Asimismo, los estudiantes tienen la opción del Dallas County Promise Pledge. Los estudiantes que se graduarán en 2019 deben llenar la solicitud para dicho programa antes del 8 de febrero y así poder tener la oportunidad de que se les cubra su colegiatura en las universidades y colegios comunitarios participantes, y apoyo de un consejero que les ayudará a lograr el éxito académico.

Para mas información sobre las opciones de ayuda financiera disponibles para los estudiantes de Dallas ISD, haga clic aquí.


Junior League of Dallas grants support innovative teaching grants

The Junior League of Dallas recently awarded 50 Dallas ISD educators with grants of up to $2,000 to support innovative teaching.

The Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT) classroom projects range from an “escape room experience” and aquarium kits to 3D printing pens and ukuleles. Go here to see a full list of the awarded grants to Dallas ISD teachers.

This year’s grants are made possible through donations from Texas Instruments, Agnes Cluthe Oliver Foundation, and the Hillcrest Foundation through Bank of America. Since being established in 1992, the Junior League of Dallas GFIT program has awarded about $1.8 million to Dallas ISD educators.

An award ceremony on Sept. 25 celebrated the innovative projects and educators tirelessly working to improve education.


Food For Thought: High schoolers challenged to boost breakfast participation

Groups of high school students are being welcomed to the table to create marketing plans to get more high schoolers to eat breakfast at school.

In collaboration with the Texas Hunger Initiative, Dallas ISD Career and Technical Education Department and NAF, the Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) is hosting the Breakfast Battle competition. Not enough high schoolers eating breakfast is a national issue, so FCNS Executive Director Michael Rosenberger said it makes sense to involve high school students in addressing the issue.

“We are thrilled to host the first ever Breakfast Battle aimed at increasing the number of students who eat breakfast daily,” Rosenberger said. “Numerous studies show that students who start their day with a healthy breakfast perform better in many ways – including academically and in extracurricular activities – than students who do not. We strongly encourage all Dallas ISD students to eat breakfast every day.”

The 80 students from six high schools participating in the Breakfast Battle attended an orientation on Oct. 4. They learned that the criteria to win includes doubling breakfast participation at their school compared to the previous year, and the creation of a marketing strategy and implementation plan. The winning team will get $3,000 for their school, second place will get $2,000, and third place will get $1,000.

Wendy, a student at the School of Business and Management, was part of a team that brought a video to show at the orientation detailing what menu items students want to see on the breakfast menu.

“I’m excited to bring ideas to the table and become involved with the actions that will take place to boost breakfast participation,” Wendy said. “Plus, this will give me some real-world experience in developing a marketing plan.”

Each team will present their final marketing results on April 30.


Está por finalizarse el plan para el mejoramiento de las instalaciones del distrito

El Dallas ISD está por finalizar un plan a largo plazo que contiene información y datos respecto a las evaluaciones de las instalaciones del distrito, su condición, utilización de espacio y cupo máximo de estudiantes.

El 22 de septiembre, se les informó a los representantes de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD sobre el plan a largo plazo de las instalaciones (LRMP, por sus siglas en inglés). Este plan a 10 años es el resultado de 14 meses de trabajo y de análisis realizados a escuelas del distrito por empresas de arquitectura.

Durante el taller, los miembros de la junta aprendieron sobre posibles acciones que puede tomar el distrito para solucionar los problemas en las instalaciones que fueron identificados en el LRMP. El plan de instalaciones estratégicas reveló maneras en que se podrían usar los datos del LRMP para tomar decisiones a largo plazo con respecto al distrito, lo cual resultará en la modernización de las instalaciones y aumentará su eficiencia. Sin embargo, los funcionarios del distrito hicieron hincapié en que muchas de las posibles acciones, como consolidar, cerrar o construir nuevas escuelas, solo se están considerando, y que cada decisión deberán aprobarla los representantes y tener en cuenta la opinión de la comunidad.

Se podrían proponer más conceptos antes de que se presenten recomendaciones a la Junta Escolar.

“Debemos escuchar y trabajar con los miembros y padres de nuestra comunidad según avancemos y encontrar una manera de hacer una inversión duradera con la visión de tener planteles renovados y modernos”, dijo el superintendente deputado Scott Layne. “Juntos podemos crear el próximo modelo de ambientes de aprendizaje que preparan a los estudiantes para el éxito”. La presentación para los representantes de la Junta Escolar del taller está disponible aquí.


Superintendent’s Scholarship Golf Classic draws crowd for students



The 18th annual Dallas ISD Superintendent’s Scholarship Golf Classic was a rousing success, with the event selling out after a record number of teams participated on Oct. 1.

Twice the number of teams that have participated in recent tournaments signed up for the 2018 event. One of the players was former Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Moses, who presided over the early golf tournaments. This year’s celebrity golfer was former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco.

“We are grateful to our sponsors and supporters of this year’s Superintendent’s Golf Classic,” said Tom Hayden, a manager in Dallas ISD’s Strategic Initiatives and External Relations department. “It turned out to be one of our most successful tournaments on record. Because of your generous support, many of our students will receive the gift of higher education.”

In April, 62 Dallas ISD Class of 2018 graduating seniors were each awarded $2,500 scholarships funded through the golf tournament.

Next year’s tournament is set for Sept. 30, 2019, and it is slated to return to the Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine.


District celebrates Campus Teachers of the Year with special event








Dallas ISD celebrated its Campus Teachers of the Year at a special event on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

Each Campus Teacher of the Year rises to the top based on a variety of factors. The campus winners are now invited to apply to be a Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year.

Dallas ISD names its three teachers of the year

See the Campus Teachers of the Year here.


Descubra la mejor escuela para su hijo en Descubre 2018

Cada padre sueña con encontrar la mejor escuela para su hijo, donde se aprovechen los intereses, aspiraciones y estilos de aprendizaje de cada uno de ellos— una tarea que puede resultar estresante.

El 3 de noviembre, el Dallas ISD realizará un evento diseñado para simplificar y agilizar dicho proceso. Descubre Dallas ISD promete ser el evento más importante en la ciudad donde los padres podrán explorar todas las opciones educativas especializadas que ofrece el distrito, desde escuelas STEM/STEAM, programas de artes escénicas, escuelas Montessori y magnet, programas de lenguaje dual bilateral, planteles exclusivos para niños o niñas y academias universitarias. Encontrarán un ambiente amigable pensado en los padres.

El distrito cuenta con múltiples opciones académicas ubicadas por toda la ciudad, por lo que seguro encontrarán una escuela que se adapta a las habilidades e intereses únicos de su hijo.

Habrá representantes de 58 escuelas especializadas de Dallas ISD que les proporcionarán información y contestarán sus preguntas sobre los requisitos de admisión, el proceso de solicitud, los programas académicos, y las actividades después de clases y extracurriculares. Además, este año, los padres podrán completar y presentar las solicitudes en el evento.

Para más información, visite www.dallasisd.org/descubre

¡Anote en su calendario!
Sábado, 3 de noviembre de2018
9 am – 1 pm
The Fashion Industry Gallery (The F.I.G.)
1807 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Entrada gratis
Estacionamiento gratis en el Ross Tower Parking Garage enfrente del F.I.G.


Nearly 50,000 elementary students experienced inspiring performance and exhibit

Through the Visual and Performing Arts Department, elementary students are given a unique opportunity to experience world class artistic performances every year in grades 2–5.

In the 2017-2018 school year, 47,589 Dallas ISD students experienced an inspiring performance and exhibit.

The Elementary Experience Partners are:

Dallas Children’s Theater – 2nd grade
Texas Ballet Theater – 3rd grade
Dallas Museum of Art – 4th grade
Crow Collection of Asian Art – 4th grade
Nasher Sculpture Center – 4th grade
Dallas Contemporary – 4th grade
Meadows Museum – 4th grade
Dallas Symphony Orchestra – 5th grade
Dallas Winds – 5th grade


Now is the time to apply for student aid to help fund college education

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available now for the 2018-2019 school year to apply for financial assistance to pay for college or career school.

Students planning to apply for financial aid through FAFSA are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Schools have various deadlines for accepting aid, and the federal deadline is June 20, 2019. FAFSA lets students apply for three types of financial assistance: grants, work-study funds and low-interest loans. Information and the online application is available here.

Additionally, the Dallas County Promise Pledge is also available. Class of 2019 seniors must pledge by Feb. 8 to be eligible for free tuition and success coaching at participating colleges.

Learn more about financial aid options available to Dallas ISD students here.


Reuniones con los maestros se llevarán a cabo el 8, 10 y 11 de octubre

El participar en las reuniones con los maestros es una acción importante que puede rendir grandes resultados. Es bien sabido que cuando los padres o tutores legales participan en la educación de su hijo, estos logran un mejor rendimiento académico en la escuela.

Para las escuelas preparatorias las reuniones están programadas este el lunes, 8 de octubre; en las secundarias, el martes, 9 de octubre; y en las primarias el jueves, 11 de octubre.

Al reunirse con los maestros, los padres no solo demuestran que la educación de su hijo es una prioridad, sino también pueden aprovechar la oportunidad para hablar sobre el progreso escolar de su hijo e informarse sobre como ayudarlo a tener éxito en la escuela.

Asimismo, recibirán información sobre recursos que les ayudarán a supervisar el progreso, la asistencia y las tareas de su hijo.

Tenga presente los siguientes consejos para que aproveche al máximo las reuniones:

  1. Este es un buen momento para que los padres y los maestros trabajen en conjunto para desarrollar un plan de acción para apoyar el aprendizaje de su hijo. Por ejemplo, podrían desarrollar un contrato donde los padres se comprometen a hacer lo necesario en casa y el maestro define los proyectos, fechas límite y los temas que se cubrirán en la escuela.
  2. Trabajando en equipo, los maestros y los padres pueden asegurar que su hijo esté aprendiendo lo que se requiere en cada nivel académico. Esta colaboración es esencial conforme los estudiantes se preparan para las evaluaciones estatales. Varias escuelas proporcionaran tutoría antes y después de clases las semanas previas a las evaluaciones. Pregunte sobre sesiones de tutoría y si existen otros recursos para ayudar a su hijo fuera del horario escolar.
  3. Si no pueden asistir a las reuniones el día indicado, pueden comunicarse con la escuela para programar una reunión con el maestro de su hijo. Si se le dificulta presentarse a la escuela, no duden en preguntarles a los maestros que otras alternativas existen para recibir actualizaciones sobre el progreso de su hijo.

Car auction commentator inspires automotive students at Adamson High School

Students in Adamson High School’s automotive technology program enjoyed a special guest speaker this week: John Kraman, the commentator for Mecum Auction’s TV broadcasts.

Kraman talked with auto tech students about the collector car market and opportunities for students to apply their skills within the industry.

“With your knowledge and passion, you have a huge step up on your peers if you start looking for jobs in the automotive industry after you graduate,” Kraman said. “I commend you for taking the initiative. There are not enough students out there like you.”

Kraman was in town as part of the Mecum Car Auction being held at Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Oct. 3–6. The car auction donated tickets to students attending Dallas ISD auto tech programs so they could get a first-hand look at one of the world’s largest collector car auctions.

“We are fortunate to have John Kraman of Mecum, one of the most respected voices in the collector car industry, address our students,” said Tom Hayden of Dallas ISD’s Strategic Initiatives and External Relations. “For many years, Mecum has been a wonderful supporter of Dallas ISD.”

The goal of the Dallas ISD’s auto tech program is for students to obtain the applicable knowledge to become entry-level technicians. In addition to operating tools, equipment and being able to diagnose basic issues, the students also achieve various industry certifications that they can build on once they enter their automotive or logistics career.


Parent conferences to take place Oct. 8, 10, 11

Attending parent/teacher conferences is a small step that can achieve big results for students. It is well known that students whose parents or guardians are involved in their education perform better in school.

Parent-teacher conferences for high school students are Monday, Oct. 8; conferences for middle school students are Tuesday, Oct. 9; and conferences for elementary students are Thursday, Oct. 11.

By meeting with teachers, parents not only demonstrate that education is a priority, but they can also discuss their child’s progress and learn how to help their child succeed in school.

Parents can also learn about resources to help monitor their child’s progress, attendance, and assignments.

Consider these tips to get the most from conferences:

  1. Conferences are a good time for parents and teachers to work together to develop a plan of action to support students’ learning. This might take the form of an agreement where parents commit to what they will require at home and the teacher outlines projects, deadlines and what will be covered at school.
  2. Working as a team, teachers and parents can ensure that students are learning what’s required at each grade level. This kind of cooperation is crucial as students prepare to take state-mandated exams. Many schools will provide before- and after-school tutoring in the weeks leading up to the tests. Ask about tutoring and whether other resources are available to help students outside of school hours.
  3. Parents who can’t attend conferences on the designated day should know they can call the school to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher. And if meeting face to face is difficult, parents shouldn’t hesitate to ask teachers for other ways to receive updates on their student’s progress.

Henederson Elementary hosts read-in to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

On Monday, Oct. 1, M.B. Henderson Elementary School—along with 10 community partners from the Federal Reserve Bank and four parent volunteers from the community—joined together in the library media center to read aloud to students from books written and/or illustrated by Hispanic Americans.

This yearly event organized by librarian Ms. Dowell reinforced the importance of literacy as a skill that requires mastery, as well as showcased the cultural and literary contributions of Hispanic Americans to the development of the United States. Every student, teacher, and staff member attended this schoolwide literacy event.

Dallas ISD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15–Oct. 15.


Celebran la importancia de la preparación universitaria en Stockard Middle School

Los estudiantes de L.V. Stockard Middle School concluyeron la semana “Education Go Get It” con una divertida competencia de decoración.

Los pasillos del sexto grado fueron adornados con símbolos de universidades locales, los del séptimo grado con universidades estatales, y los del octavo grado de universidades reconocidas internacionalmente.

Todos los estudiantes ayudaron a decorar, y conforme se llevaba a cabo la votación, se presentaron en vestimenta de graduación a modo de celebrar lo que harán después de la preparatoria.


Dallas ISD progresa: estudiantes y el personal de J.N. Ervin Elementary platican sobre el progreso de la escuela

Mientras enseñaba matemáticas en Kennedy-Curry Middle School, Annette Powers se encontraba continuamente con estudiantes de J.N Ervin Elementary School que no podían sumar, restar ni multiplicar.

Cuando Ervin se convirtió en escuela del programa ACE de Dallas ISD, el cual crea incentivos para maestros y líderes del plantel con alto desempeño para que trabajen en escuelas de bajo rendimiento, Powers no dudó en cambiarse a la escuela para ayudar con la transformación.

“Tenía el deseo de cambiar la cultura de la escuela y el de la zona de asistencia para que los estudiantes pudieran pasar al siguiente grado con un conocimiento básico de las matemáticas”, dijo Powers.

Gracias a ella, y al resto de los maestros sobresalientes y el personal de la escuela, J. N. Ervin Elementary School ahora es una escuela muy distinta a lo que era apenas hace dos años. La escuela ya no está en la lista de Mejora Requerida, al contrario, ya obtuvo dos distinciones académicas.

Para conocer de primera mano cómo ha cambiado la escuela, le preguntamos a los estudiantes, maestros, personal y voluntarios de la escuela.

Annette Powers, maestra de Matemáticas

“Todo el personal se esfuerza por los estudiantes y da el máximo—así como por los compañeros, para asegurarnos de que el ambiente en la escuela sea beneficioso”.

¡Increíble!, estudiante de quinto grado

“Lo que me encanta de (esta escuela) es que es una comunidad donde las personas pueden aprender juntas”.

Daniel Crisler, Coordinador del programa después de clases

“Los niños están felices de estar en la escuela, los padres están comenzando a participar más y la comunidad realmente está empezando a invertir en estos niños, lo que es realmente maravilloso”.

Melanie Jenkins, Encargada de oficina

“Tenemos más participación de los padres y más actividades para nuestros estudiantes”.

Derrick Wesley, maestro de educación física

“Parecía que, en el pasado, los estudiantes estaban de acuerdo con solo existir. Ahora, con el personal que tenemos en la escuela, no permitimos que simplemente existan. Queremos que prosperen”.

Gregory Chapman, enlace a la comunidad

“Este año escolar, las cosas están a punto de mejorar en gran manera debido a la nueva asociación con las iglesias y la comunidad, esto es de gran beneficio para los estudiantes”.

James Wallace, director

“Estamos muy contentos de alcanzar y superar estos logros, y estoy agradecido de poder formar parte de un personal maravilloso y una excelente comunidad escolar”.


Elementary teacher awarded with $10,000 check for ‘inspiring teaching’

Shannon Kline, a second-grade teacher at Anson Jones Elementary School, was surprised with a $10,000 check after being named a recipient of the Sanford Teacher Awards.

Shannon Kline

Kline was one of five inaugural awardees who demonstrate the qualities of inspiring teaching. Sanford Programs and the National University System hosted the awards.

After being surprised with the award, Kline teared up and thanked her fantastic students.

“This is my inspiration right here,” she said, pointing to the students. “These kids are my heart.”

Go here to see video of Kline being surprised with the award.


District close to finalizing Long-Range Facilities Master Plan

Dallas ISD is close to finalizing a long-range master plan that provides data and information relative to facility assessments, conditions and capacity/enrollment at every school.

Dallas ISD trustees were briefed on the near final Long-Range Facilities Master Plan (LRMP) during a Sept. 22 workshop. The 10-year plan is the culmination of 14 months of work that included architectural firms walking and analyzing every Dallas ISD school.

Also at the Sept. 22 workshop, trustees were briefed on potential actions the district could take to address facility concerns identified by the Long-Range Facilities Master Plan. The Strategic Facilities Plan provided information regarding how the LRMP data could be utilized to make long-term decisions for the district resulting in the modernization of facilities and create greater efficiencies.  However, district officials stressed that any of these potential actions—such as consolidating, closing or building new schools—are just considerations at this point, and each decision would have to be approved by trustees and incorporate community feedback.

Other concepts may be brought forward prior to any recommendations being presented to the board.

“We must listen to and work with our community members and stakeholders as we go forward with identifying how we can make a long-term investment in district schools and a vision for renovated and modern campuses,” Deputy Superintendent Scott Layne said. “Together we can create the next generation of learning environments that set all students up for success.”

The draft presentation made to trustees during the workshop is available here.


Oficina central de Dallas ISD lleva nombre de exsuperintendente

La oficina central del distrito, ubicada en 9400 North Central Expressway, tiene nuevo nombre: Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD School Administration Building. Se rindió homenaje a los logros de Wright durante una ceremonia el 26 de septiembre.

Wright fue el superintendente de Dallas ISD de 1978 a 1987. Continuó apoyando a los estudiantes como subsecretario del Departamento de la Educación de Estados Unidos, como asesor a distritos y juntas escolares y como catedrático adjunto. Asimismo, sirvió en varias organizaciones comunitarias y educativas.

“Linus es una persona que todo el mundo en la ciudad admira”, dijo Dustin Marshall, representante del Distrito 2 de Dallas ISD. “Cuando decidí entrar en la política, Linus fue una de las personas que consulté”. Wright escribió cartas en apoyo a la campaña de Marshall.

Marshall leyó una carta de Mike Morath, comisionado de la Agencia de Educación de Texas, en la que felicitó al distrito por escoger el nombre de Wright para la oficina central.

Dalene y John Buhl, miembros de la comunidad, apoyaron nombrar el edificio en homenaje a Wright.

“Linus comenzó su carrera en la educación hace casi 70 años en 1949, después de servir en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y llegó a ser el superintendente auxiliar más joven en Texas en cinco años”, afirmó Dalene Buhl. “Linus siempre ha sido firme como líder y ha apoyado innovaciones que contribuyen al aprovechamiento académico”.

Buhl dijo que Wright estableció la primera iniciativa de pago a los maestros de acuerdo a su desempeño y logró que el distrito cumpliera con sus obligaciones financieras después de haber tenido $0 en fondos. Esa labor destacó a Dallas ISD como líder nacional en aprovechamiento académico estudiantil entre los distritos urbanos en la década de 1980.

Ver el nombre de Wright en el edificio motivará a algunos estudiantes a investigar quién es. “Podrían terminar inspirados a ser como Linus cuando sean grandes”, expresó Buhl.

John Buhl dijo entre risas que es más fácil mencionar lo que no ha logrado Wright en su carrera, como ser presidente de Estados Unidos o inventar la bombilla. Wright fue parte de varios esfuerzos, como ofrecer kínder en todo el estado, imponer la regla estudiantil que require a los estudiantes aprobar las clases para jugar deportes y contratar a mujeres para puestos altos de liderazgo cuando no se solía hacer.

El superintendente actual Michael Hinojosa recordó sus años como maestro y entrenador cuando Wright dirigía el distrito. “El era muy respetado en las escuelas por su manera de presentarse y por sus contribuciones al distrito”, dijo Hinojosa.

Hinojosa comentó que fue necesaria una persona especial para manejar el ambiente político cargado de los años ochenta, cuando entraba en vigor la integración – alguien que podía colaborar con la junta escolar, el personal y la comunidad para seguir adelante con el respeto de cada grupo.

Otra iniciativa importante dirigida por Wright fue la certificación alterna, la cual tenía como fin cubrir las vacantes de maestros cuando no había suficientes graduados con licenciaturas en la educación. Muchos de estos maestros llegaron a ser directores y grandes líderes en el distrito. “El legado de integridad que brindó Wright se siente aún”, dijo Hinojosa.

“Recuerdo que estaba en la antigua oficina central, donde él trabajó de superintendente, y que tuve que lidiar con organizaciones famosas por sus siglas, como el FBI”, dijo Hinojosa. “Ahí sentado me preguntaba, ‘¿Qué haría Linus?’”.

“Ver el nombre de Wright puede inspirar a los estudiantes y sus familias cuando entren al edificio”, dijo Hinojosa, “incluyendo a las familias recién llegadas al país que visiten el Centro de inscripción”.

“Verán su nombre y la dedicación con la que usted trabajó para la comunidad”, le dijo Hinojosa a Wright.

Después de que Hinojosa y la jefa de personal Pamela Lear develaron un retrato del previo superintendente, Wright se dirigió al público desde el podio.

Linus Wright afirmó que de los 50 años que lleva en el campo de la educación, sus años en Dallas son los más destacados. Expresó su gratitud por el apoyo que le brindaron sus amigos a lo largo de su trayectoria.

“La educación es la única herramienta, la más poderosa, que puede cambiar el mundo”, dijo Wright. “A eso nos dedicamos todos los presentes: a mejorar el mundo”.

Wright expresó que espera que las personas que ocupen el edificio en el futuro tengan la pasión que tiene Hinojosa y que sigan tomando las mejores decisiones para los niños.


Cuerpo de Cadetes de Liderazgo de la escuela Marsh presenta tributo a la bandera en evento especial

El Cuerpo de Cadetes de Liderazgo de Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy presentó un tributo a las banderas en una conferencia de prensa anunciando una donación de cinco millones de dólares para expandir la educación en las ciencias en el Perot Museum of Nature and Science (museo de la naturaleza y las ciencias).

Margot y Ross Perot donaron los cinco millones para hacer posible que el precio de admisión al museo sea un dólar para familias de escasos recursos y también para ofrecer asistencia financiera para los alumnos.

“Las investigaciones demuestran que experiencias educativas informales de STEM, como visitas a un museo, es donde ocurre una gran parte del aprendizaje científico en nuestra vida”, dice la Dra. Linda Silver, directora ejecutiva en el Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “Desde hace un tiempo, ha sido nuestro deseo expandir la accesibilidad a esas experiencias, y este regalo increíble del Sr. y Sra. Perot ayudará a hacerlo posible”.


Apoyando las Escuelas: madre voluntaria de Dallas ISD recibe el Premio “Heroes for Children”

La Junta Estatal de Educación nombró a Marnie Glaser, una madre y voluntaria de Dallas ISD, como ganadora del Premio Heroes for Children Award (Premio Héroes para los Niños).

La Junta Estatal de Educación (SBOE, por sus siglas en inglés) seleccionó a un voluntario extraordinario de cada junta distrital para honrar con este reconocimiento.

Ya fuera pintando un mural ella sola para la puerta principal de la escuela o creando un patio de ciencias completo con un estanque para peces koi, jardín de flores y pérgola, el año pasado Glaser trabajó para hacer de Preston Hollow Elementary School una escuela con un ambiente enfocado en el niño, con una sólida cultura de valorar el aprendizaje. Ella lideró un esfuerzo para fundar el programa Viaja por el Mundo a Través de la Lectura (Travel the World Through Reading) y ayudó a crear el tema “Alrededor del Mundo” para la biblioteca y cafetería.

“Estamos impresionados con su compromiso y tan agradecidos de la ayuda que los ganadores del premio Héroes para los Niños están aportando”, dijo Donna Bahorich, presidenta de la SBOE.

Por su parte, Glaser mencionó que es importante trabajar como voluntario, no solamente como padres, sino como miembros de la comunidad.

“Trabajar como voluntarios en nuestras escuelas es un servicio hacia nuestra ciudad y comunidad entera; en ese sentido, una ciudad es tan buena como su sistema de educación”, dijo Glaser.

 


Henry González Elementary School recibe jardín de aprendizaje nuevo

El viernes, 28 de septiembre, el Dallas ISD y Out Teach, anteriormente conocida como REAL School Gardens, celebraron haber plantado juntos el jardín escolar número 40.

Gracias al apoyo recibido de parte de Boston Consulting Group y el supermercado Sprouts, los empleados y voluntarios trabajaron en equipo para plantar el jardín en la escuela primaria. Como sorpresa, Boston Consulting Group presentó un cheque por $1,000 a Reymundo Cervantes, director de Henry González Elementary School.


Stockard Middle School celebrates college readiness with hallway decorating competition

L.V. Stockard Middle School closed out its Education Go Get It Week with a fun hallway decorating competition.

The school’s sixth-grade hallways were decorated with local colleges, seventh-grade hallways with state colleges, and eight-grade with Ive League schools.

The students all helped and, during the judging, came out in graduation caps and gowns to celebrate what they will be doing after high school.


Find your child’s dream school at Discover 2018

Every parent dreams of finding a school that taps into their child’s individual interests, learning styles, and aspirations— a task that can prove bewildering.

Dallas ISD’s Nov. 3 Discover event is designed to make the search easier and faster. Discover 2018 promises to be the city’s premier school shopping event where families can browse an array of specialty school options ranging from STEM/STEAM, performing arts, Montessori and magnets, to two-way dual language, single-gender and collegiate academies.

Discover will be a user-friendly, customer-service rich experience designed with parents in mind.  With a choice of dozens of different types of schools located all across the city, parents are certain to find a school tailored to their child’s unique abilities and interests.

Representatives of 58 Dallas ISD specialty schools will be on hand at Discover to provide information and answer questions about admissions requirements, the application process, program offerings, and after-school/extracurricular activities. New this year will be an opportunity for parents to complete and submit applications for their child onsite.

For more information, visit www.dallasisd.org/discover.

Mark your calendar for Discover 2018!
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9 am – 1 pm
The Fashion Industry Gallery (The F.I.G.)
1807 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Free Admission
Free Parking at Ross Tower Parking Garage across from the F.I.G.


Guzick Elementary students dance through barriers

Students at Frank Guzick Elementary School are dancing through barriers thanks to a special opportunity.

Dancing Classrooms taught Guzick students multiple life skills.

Dancing Classrooms uses ballrooms dancing to help teach emotional intelligence and enhance social and academic success among participants. Students participated in a 20-lesson residency that led to the culminating event: the Colors of the Rainbow.

Photos courtesy Guzick Elementary teacher Lavontase Strickland


Henry Gonzalez Elementary gets new outdoor learning garden

Dallas ISD and Out Teach, formerly known as REAL School Gardens, celebrated the 40th school garden planted together on Friday, Sept. 28.

Thanks to support from Boston Consulting Group and Sprouts, employees and volunteers came together to build the outdoor learning garden at Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School. As a special surprise, Boston Consulting Group presented a $1,000 check to Gonzalez Elementary Principal Reymundo Cervantes.


Estudiantes ayudan en torneo de golf de Nancy Lieberman Charities

Nancy Lieberman, leyenda del baloncesto, continúa apoyando a los estudiantes de Dallas ISD a través de donativos y becas universitarias. Aproximadamente hace dos años, Lieberman visitó Robert T. Hill Middle School para comprometerse a apoyar a la escuela, y no ha olvidado aquella promesa.

A principios de este mes, estudiantes de Hill y Bryan Adams High School, se ofrecieron para ayudar en el Nancy Lieberman Charities Celebrity Golf Classic. El torneo reunió a varias celebridades para recaudar dinero para la labor que realiza su organización en todo el país.

Los voluntarios recibieron cada uno de ellos un iPad y una mochila por su participación.


La salud y el bienestar son el enfoque principal de evento familiar en Mata Elementary School

El 20 de septiembre, se realizó la Feria de Salud de Eduardo Mata Elementary School donde se trató la salud y el bienestar de los estudiantes, el personal y los padres de la comunidad.

El tema de este año fue “¡Súper Héroes, Súper Salud!” En el evento hubo puestos informativos de salud y bienestar, demostraciones de aptitud física, primeros auxilios, información nutricional, entre otras cosas. Los niños disfrutaron de un circuito de obstáculos, aprendieron sobre los gérmenes para mejorar el lavado de manos, participaron en retos de aptitud física y recibieron meriendas saludables.

Para más información sobre Mata Elementary School, una escuela Montessori, haga clic aquí.


Supporting Schools: Dallas ISD parent volunteer earns Heroes for Children Award

The State Board of Education named Marnie Glaser, a Dallas ISD parent and volunteer, as a recipient of its Heroes for Children Award.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) selected one outstanding volunteer from each board district to honor with the award.

Whether it was painting a mural herself by the school’s front door or creating an outdoor science courtyard complete with koi pond, flower garden and pergola, Glaser last year worked to make Preston Hollow Elementary School a child-centered environment with a strong literacy culture. She spearheaded an effort to launch the Travel the World Through Reading program and helped create an “Around the World” theme for the library and café.

“We are in awe of their commitment and are so grateful for the assistance the Heroes for Children award recipients are providing,” SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich said.

For her part, Glaser said it’s important to volunteer not only as a parent, but as a community member.

“Volunteering in our schools serves our entire city and community; we are only as good as our education system,” Glaser said.


Students help out at Nancy Lieberman Charities golf tourney

Basketball legend Nancy Lieberman has continued to support Dallas ISD students through donations and college scholarships. About two years ago, Lieberman visited Robert T. Hill Middle School to commit her support, and she hasn’t forgotten that promise.

Earlier this month, students from Hill and Bryan Adams High School volunteered to support the Nancy Lieberman Charities Celebrity Golf Classic. The tournament brought together several celebrities to raise money for her organization’s work across the country.

Volunteers each received an iPad and a backpack for their effort.


Mata Elementary focuses on health and wellness at fun family event


Students, staff and parents focused on health at Eduardo Mata Elementary School’s Health and Fitness Fair on Sept. 20.

The theme this year was “Super Heroes, Super Health!” The event included health and wellness booths, fitness demos, first aid, nutrition information and more. Children enjoyed an obstacle course, germ lessons for improved hand-washing, fitness challenges and had healthy treats to taste.

Learn more about Mata, which is a Montessori campus, here.


Thomas Marsh Leadership Cadet Corps present colors at special event

The Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy Leadership Cadet Corps presented the colors at a press conference announcing a $5 million donation to expand science education at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Margot and Ross Perot donated the $5 million to support $1 admission for underserved families and financial aid for schoolchildren.

“Research shows that informal STEM experiences like visits to a museum are where most lifetime science learning occurs,” said Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “It has long been our dream to expand accessibility to those experiences, and this incredible gift from Mr. and Mrs. Perot will help make that possible.”


District’s names headquarters to honor former superintendent






The district’s headquarters at 9400 North Central Expressway is now officially the Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD School Administration Building. A naming ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 26, honored Wright’s achievements.

Wright was Dallas ISD superintendent from 1978 to 1987. His support for schoolchildren continued as he served as Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, was a consultant to boards of education and school districts, an adjunct professor and served on several community and education organizations.

“Linus is one of those people that everyone in the city thinks positively of,” District 2 Trustee Marshall said. “When I decided to get involved in politics, Linus was one of the people I sought out to meet with.” Wright hand-wrote letters supporting Marshall’s campaign as well.

Marshall read a letter from Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, congratulating the district for choosing to put Wright’s name on its administration building.

Community members Dalene and John Buhl advocated to have the building named to honor Wright.

“Having begun his teaching career nearly 70 years ago, in 1949, after serving in World War II, Linus rose in five years to become the youngest assistant superintendent in Texas,” Dalene Buhl said. “Linus has never wavered in leading academic achievement innovations.”

She said Wright enacted the first teacher performance-pay initiative and took the district from a $0 fund balance to financial solvency. That work positioned Dallas ISD as a national leader for student academic achievement among urban districts in the 1980s, she said.

With Wright’s name on the building, some schoolchildren who see it will research the man behind it. “They might just be inspired to be just like Linus when they grow up,” she said.

John Buhl joked that it’s easier to list what Wright hasn’t accomplished in his career, including never been President of the United States and not inventing the light bulb. Wright was, Buhl said, involved in the push for statewide kindergarten, no pass/no play and hiring women in top leadership positions when it wasn’t something that was done.

Current Superintendent Michael Hinojosa recalled being a teacher and coach while Wright lead the district. Wright was respected at the school level because of the way he carried himself and the contributions he gave to the district.

Hinojosa said it took a special person to navigate the politically charged climate of the 1980s, when integration was beginning – someone who could work with the board, the staff and the community to move forward with all the groups’ respect.

Another important initiative Wright began was Alternative Certification to fill in the gaps where there weren’t enough college graduates earning teaching degrees. Many of those teachers became principals and great leaders in the district. Wright’s impact as a person of integrity has lingered, Hinojosa said.

“I remember, sitting at the old Ross building where he was superintendent, and I had to deal with a few initials, like the FBI,” Hinojosa said. “And I would sit there, ‘What would Linus do?’”

Wright’s name can serve to inspire students and their families who enter the building, he said, including those new to the country who visit the Intake Center. “They’ll see your name and the inspiration that you’ve brought to the community,” Hinojosa said.

After Hinojosa and Chief of Staff Pamela Lear unveiled a portrait of Wright, the man himself took to the podium.

Linus Wright said that in his 50 years in education, his time in Dallas was the most memorable. He said he was thankful for the friends who had supported him along the way.

“Education is the only tool, and the most powerful tool, for changing the world,” he said. “That’s what we’re abut, all of us, trying to change the world for the better.”

He said he hoped that the people who occupy the building in the future continue to have Hinojosa’s passion and continue making the best decisions for children.


Feria Universitaria del Distrito atrae a más de 2,300 asistentes

El 19 de septiembre, se realizó la Feria Universitaria de Dallas ISD donde los estudiantes y padres recibieron información sobre las diferentes oportunidades disponibles para los alumnos después de que se gradúen de la preparatoria.

Entre los asistentes hubo más de 1,800 estudiantes de Dallas ISD, cerca de 50 alumnos de fuera de Dallas ISD, y aproximadamente 400 padres y tutores legales.

Al llegar al recinto, fueron recibidos por varios representantes de universidades, escuelas de formación profesional, y de las fuerzas armadas que con mucho gusto compartieron información con ellos.

Una vez más, las escuelas del distrito ofrecieron transporte a la feria, y 830 estudiantes aprovecharon el servicio junto con 123 chaperones.

El evento contó con 45 voluntarios y representantes de diferentes departamentos del distrito incluyendo el de Participación Estudiantil y Servicios de Consejería, Intendencia, Gráfica, Comunicaciones, Salud, Policía de Dallas ISD, Iniciativas Estratégicas y Relaciones Externas y Servicios de Transporte.


Sign up by Oct. 1 for the 21-Day Challenge to become a Super Snacker

Time is running out for Dallas ISD elementary school students to sign up for the 21-Day Challenge – participants must register by Oct. 1.

The annual contest, sponsored by Medical City Children’s Hospital, challenges students to make healthier snack choices for three weeks. Those healthy snacks should contain at least one fruit or vegetable, and recipes available on the website can provide inspiration and great choices.

Kid-friendly recipes are developed by culinary arts students in the Texas ProStart program, along with partner the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association.

Registering in the challenge qualifies the top participating schools for prizes and bragging rights (not to mention the encouragement to eat all those yummy snacks). Learn more and register at  www.kids-teaching-kids.com.


Dallas ISD Rising: J.N. Ervin Elementary students, staff talk school’s turnaround

While teaching math at Kennedy Curry Middle School, Annette Powers kept encountering students from J.N Ervin Elementary School unable to add, subtract or multiply.

When Ervin became a Dallas ISD ACE School, which incentivizes high-performing teachers and campus leaders to voluntarily work at low-performing campuses, Powers signed on to help transform the school.

“I wanted to change the school’s culture and change the feeder pattern so students would leave knowing how to do the basics of math,” she said.

Dallas ISD Rising: Thirteen schools grab spotlight for tremendous turnaround

Thanks to Powers and the other outstanding teachers and campus staff, Ervin Elementary is now a much difference school than it was just two years ago. The school is not only no longer on the Improvement Required list, it earned two academic distinctions.

For a first-hand look at how the school has changed, the Hub asked the school’s students, teachers, staff and volunteers.

Annette Powers, Math Teacher

“It’s all hands-on deck, and everybody empowers the kids—as well as we empower each other—to make sure the climate is what it needs to be at the school.”

Amazing, Fifth-Grader

“What I love about (this school) is that it’s a community where people can learn together.”

Daniel Crisler, After-School Program Coordinator

“Kids are happy to be at school, parents are starting to get more involved, and the community is really starting to come around to invest in these kids, which is really cool to see.”

Melanie Jenkins, Office Manager

“We have more parent engagement, more activities going on for our students.”

Derrick Wesley, Physical Education Teacher

“It seemed like in the past that students were okay with just getting by. With the staff we have now, we are not allowing them to just get by. We want them to thrive.”

Gregory Chapman, Community Liaison

“This school year things are fixing to just blow up because all of our new partnerships—the church and the community—coming back to J.N. Ervin makes a huge difference for the students.”

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

James Wallace, Principal

“We are excited to build upon and exceed these gains, and I’m thankful to be a part of a wonderful staff and excellent school community.”


Dallas ISD grad’s AP exam success earns her Texas AP Scholar award

A Class of 2018 graduate is one of the top two Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars in the state.

Kimmy Chang, who gradated last May as the School of Science and Engineering’s (SEM) valedictorian, earned the State AP Scholar Award by scoring a 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams, and the highest average scores on the AP exams she took. She currently attends Stanford University. She is just one of this year’s top AP Scholars in Texas.

The list of AP tests Chang took is a bit staggering: AP Human Geography, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A,  AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus BC, AP World History, AP Physics 1, AP Art History, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP U.S. History, AP Latin, AP Stats, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Physics 2, AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Macroeconomics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government and Politics, and AP Psychology.

An emphasis on Advanced Placement tests at Dallas ISD’s School of Science and Engineering is seeing great success.

All SEM students are required to take AP Calculus. In 2011, 73 percent of SEM students passed the AP Calculus exam. In 2018, 100 percent passed the exam, with 75 percent (78 out of 106 students) earning the top score of 5. Nationally, 19 percent of students score a 5 on the AP Calculus exam.


Annual Districtwide College Fair draws more than 2,300 visitors




More than 2,300 students and their parents attended the 2018 Dallas ISD Districtwide College Fair on Sept. 19 to learn about opportunities available after high school graduation.

That attendance figure represents more than 1,800 Dallas ISD students, nearly 50 more who attend schools outside of Dallas ISD and the about 400 parents/guardians who also visited the fair.

When they arrived, they were greeted by dozens of representatives from colleges, universities, trade schools and the military who were eager to share information about their institutions.

Transportation was once again available to the fair from Dallas ISD schools. There were 830 students who rode 27 buses to the fair, with 123 bus chaperones riding along.

There were 45 event volunteers and representatives from supporting district departments including Student Engagement and Counseling Services, Custodial Services, Graphics, Communications Services, Health Services, Dallas ISD Police, Strategic Initiatives and External Relations and Transportation Services.


Campuses, departments prepare for racial equity grant requirements

Dallas ISD staff from various district departments and identified schools collaborated to complete individualized consultation sessions that align to five specific components of the Funds for Achievement and Racial Equity (FARE) Grant.

The purpose of the FARE Grant is to better support identified schools by providing additional funds to address academic and infrastructure needs in respect to these five components:

1) staffing

2) supplemental instructional programs

3) after-school enrichment programs

4) professional development

5) materials and resources

Departments participating were Teaching & Learning, School Leadership, Extended Learning Opportunities, Advanced Academic Services, Early Learning, Special Education, Student Engagement & Counseling Services and the Racial Equity Office.

Principals from the four participating high schools, nine middle schools and four elementary schools met with representatives from each of the featured departments to select appropriate resources, and update their Campus Improvement Plans with goals and instructional strategies to reflect the allocation of the FARE Grant.

Find information about the Racial Equity Office here.


Dallas ISD anuncia cambios en puestos de liderazgo

El viernes, funcionarios de Dallas ISD dieron a conocer varios cambios provisionales en los puestos de liderazgo para asegurar que el distrito siga progresando de manera significativa como lo ha hecho hasta el momento.

El puesto de superintendente adjunto, que ocupaba Israel Cordero hasta el día de su renuncia el pasado 20 de septiembre, se convertirá en jefe de iniciativas estratégicas. Brian Lusk, que tiene un largo historial de éxito en Dallas ISD y recientemente fungía como jefe adjunto del Departamento de Liderazgo Escolar, ocupará el puesto de jefe interino de iniciativas estratégicas. En este cargo, Lusk supervisará la Oficina de Transformación e Innovación y las Academias Universitarias. Lusk reportará directamente al superintendente Michael Hinojosa.

Asimismo, Jolee Healy ha sido nombrada jefa adjunto interina del Departamento de Liderazgo Escolar para suplir a Lusk. Healey también ha logrado éxito en Dallas ISD, recientemente como superintendente asistente donde supervisaba el programa Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE). En su nuevo puesto, Healy continuará supervisando el programa ACE además del programa LEAD.

Los otros cambios de liderazgo provisionales son:

  • Healy contratará a un director ejecutivo nuevo que le asistirá con el programa ACE;
  • La Dra. Ivonne Durant, jefa de asuntos académicos de Dallas ISD, ahora reportará directamente al superintendente y asumirá la responsabilidad de Título I y el Departamento de Educación Profesional y Técnica;
  • Pam Lear, jefa de personal de tendrá a su cargo el Departamento de Relaciones Gubernamentales;
  • Toni Cordova, jefa del Departamento de Comunicaciones de Dallas ISD asumirá la responsabilidad del Departamento de Servicios de Voluntarios y Asociaciones;
  • Stephanie Elizalde, jefa del Departamento de Liderazgo Escolar asumirá la responsabilidad del Comité Asesor del Distrito.

Dallas ISD announces several interim leadership changes

Dallas ISD officials announced on Friday several interim leadership changes to ensure the district is positioned for continued significant progress.

The position of Deputy Superintendent, which had been held by Israel Cordero prior to his resignation on Sept. 20, will become the Chief of Strategic Initiatives. Brian Lusk, who has a long history of success in Dallas ISD and most recently served as Dallas ISD Deputy Chief of School Leadership, will serve as Acting Chief of Strategic Initiatives. Through this position, Lusk will supervise the Office of Transformation and Innovation and the Collegiate Academies. Lusk will report to the superintendent.

Meanwhile, Jolee Healy has been appointed to replace Lusk as Acting Deputy Chief of School Leadership. Healey also has a long history of success in Dallas ISD, most recently as the Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent who oversees the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Program. Healy in her new role will still oversee the ACE program and LEAD.

The other interim leadership changes are:

  • Healy will hire a new executive director to assist her with the ACE program;
  • Dr. Ivonne Durant, the Dallas ISD Chief Academic Officer, will now report directly to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and assume responsibility for Title I and the Career and Technical Education Department;
  • Dallas ISD Chief of Staff Pam Lear will assume responsibility for the Dallas ISD Government Relations Department;
  • Dallas ISD Chief of Communications Toni Cordova will assume responsibility for the Volunteers and Partnership Services Department;
  • Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde will assume responsibility for the Districtwide Advisory Committee.

Statue honors late Dallas native, Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks








Chicago tries to claim Ernie Banks as its own, and there’s no denying that the late baseball player known as “Mr. Cub” and “Mr. Sunshine” had a positive impact during his 18 years of professional play there and through his community involvement. But Banks was born and raised in Dallas, and on Thursday, that fact was commemorated in a special way.

A statue of Banks was dedicated in front of the original building of Dallas ISD’s Booker T. Washington High School. The piece was sculpted by Booker T. Class of 1985 alumnus Emmanuel Gillespie. The event to dedicate it was celebrated by city, school and community officials; current and former students; staff; family member; and special guests – one of whom is an author whose definitive history of Banks’ life will be published soon.

Banks graduated from Booker T. Washington in 1950 when it was an all-black high school. The campus changed its focus to an arts school in the late 1970s, and the neighborhood – where the Banks family home once stood – has since become a collection of modern facilities providing space for visual and performing arts.

See additional photos here.


Graduate Together: alumnos de 5to grado visitan preparatorias

Heath Waffer, estudiante de ultimo año en North Dallas High School, aún recuerda su primer día en la escuela como estudiante de 9o grado.

Nunca había estado en una preparatoria, por lo que pensaba que era un “lugar intimidante”. La primera vez que entró a la escuela estaba notablemente aterrado.

En la actualidad, Waffer es uno de los mejores estudiantes; participa en actividades extracurriculares y le encanta la preparatoria. El 14 de septiembre, Waffer recibirá a otros estudiantes en North Dallas High School como parte de la iniciativa “Graduate Together”.

“Es importante tener días como este para que los estudiantes más jóvenes puedan venir y ver que la preparatoria es una etapa divertida y se puedan sentir entusiasmados de vivirla, no sentirse con temor”, dijo Waffer.

Este año escolar, todas las preparatorias de Dallas ISD llevarán a cabo un evento “Graduate Together” para darles la bienvenida a su plantel a estudiantes de 5o grado que asisten a primarias en su área de asistencia escolar. Louisa Meyer, fundadora de GraduateTogether.org, se asoció con el Dallas ISD para asegurar que todos los estudiantes de quinto grado reciban camisetas de la secundaria a la que asistirán, otra con el año que se graduarán de la preparatoria y una con la mascota de dicha escuela.

“En el Dallas ISD somos extremadamente afortunados de contar con colaboraciones sólidas con organizaciones como Graduate Together para ayudarnos a construir una comunidad de escuelas que establecen expectativas altas para los estudiantes y trabaja de la mano para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a lograr su máximo potencial”, dijo Brian Lusk, jefe adjunto en Dallas ISD. “La campaña Graduate Together promueve el orgullo por su comunidad escolar y establece la expectativa de graduación de la preparatoria y la universidad”.


Asociación de Idiomas Extranjeros de Texas nombra maestro del año a educador de J. L. Long Middle School

Un maestro de secundaria de Dallas ISD fue nombrado nuevo maestro del año por la Asociación de Idiomas Extranjeros de Texas (TFLA).

Dayne Harris, maestro de J.L. Long Middle School, será reconocido por sus logros durante la conferencia de otoño de la TFLA que se realizará en octubre.

“El comité quedó impresionado con la dedicación que has mostrado a tu escuela, tus estudiantes y la comunidad”, expresó Stephanie Escobar, presidenta electa de la TFLA, en una carta que enviaron a Harris. “Nos sentimos honrados e inspirados por la excelencia que has demostrado en tus años en la educación de idiomas extranjeros”.


Graduate Together: Fifth-graders visit their future high schools

North Dallas High School senior Heath Waffer still remembers his first day as a freshman.

He’d never visited a high school before, so he thought it was “some big scary place.” He was notably terrified the first time he walked through the front door.

Today, Waffer is a top student, involved in extracurricular activities, and loves high school. And on Sept. 14, Waffer served as a student greeter to North Dallas High School as part of the Graduate Together Initiative.

“It’s important to have days like this where younger students can come and see that high school is a fun experience to look forward to and be excited about, not something to dread,” Waffer said.

All Dallas ISD high schools will hold a Graduate Together event this school year to welcome fifth-graders—who attend elementary schools in the high school’s feeder pattern—to their campus. Louisa Meyer, the founder of GraduateTogether.org, partnered with Dallas ISD to ensure that all fifth-graders receive shirts with their high school graduation year, high school mascot, and middle school.

“Dallas ISD is extremely fortunate to have strong partnerships with organizations such as Graduate Together to help us build a community of schools that sets high expectations for students and works hand-in-hand to help our students realize their fullest potential,” Dallas ISD Deputy Chief Brian Lusk said. “The Graduate Together campaign promotes feeder pattern pride and sets expectations for students to graduate from high school and college.”


Texas Foreign Language Association names Long educator the New Teacher of the Year

A Dallas ISD middle school teacher has been named the New Teacher of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association (TFLA).

J.L. Long Middle School teacher Dayne Harris will be honored for his achievements in October at the TFLA Fall Conference.

“The committee was impressed by the obvious dedication you have shown to your school, students, and community,” TFLA President Elect Stephanie Escobar wrote to Harris in a letter. “We are humbled and inspired by the excellence you have demonstrated during your years in world language education.”


Dallas ISD lanza iniciativa All-Pro Dad para padres y figuras paternas

El draft de la NFL es un evento importante para todo aquel que sueña con jugar fútbol americano profesional. Sin embargo, para los papás en el Dallas ISD, este cobró un significado aún más importante ya que cientos de ellos se reunieron para lanzar la iniciativa “All-Pro Dad”.

La reunión se llevó a cabo anoche en Justin F. Kimball High School, donde se les seleccionó para el programa que tiene el objetivo de aumentar la participación de los papás en el distrito y construir una red sólida para apoyar a los estudiantes y ayudarse los unos a los otros. Durante el evento, se anunció a los padres de cada patrón de asistencia escolar y se les recibió en el escenario con una entusiasta ovación y saludos de mano de los otros padres. Para crear el ambiente festivo se contó con el equipo de porristas, bastoneros y la vibrante música de la línea de percusión de los Knights de Kimball.

Por medio de esta iniciativa, los padres y las figuras paternas aceptan participar más en la vida de sus hijos al adoptar la estrategia “One + One + One” que se toma directamente del manual Dads for Kids de Dallas ISD. Dicha estrategia establece que los padres pasen un minuto al día, una hora al mes y una vez al año con sus hijos aprendiendo, aconsejando y orientandolos.


Two new early college high schools to open next school year

Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) are planning to open early college high schools inside Skyline High School and North Lake College next school year.

District officials briefed trustees in September about the growth and future plans of the district’s Early College High School (ECHS) and Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) programs. Dallas ISD and the DCCCD currently operate 23 ECHS/P-TECH programs where students can get up to 60 hours of college credit—or an associate degree—at no cost to them while still in high school.

About 6,200 Dallas ISD students are currently enrolled in an ECHS or P-TECH program. In two years, that number will double to 12,000 Dallas ISD students, when the P-TECH program reaches full scale.

The benefits of Dallas ISD collegiate academies.

Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent Israel Cordero presented data to trustees showing that students enrolled in a collegiate academy perform well on assessments and have a higher attendance rate and retention rate as a result of participation in the ECHS/P-TECH programs.

The 69 industry partners that have teamed up with Dallas ISD and DCCCD.

Cordero also thanked the 69 industry partners who have partnered with the 18 P-TECHs to provide students with real-world knowledge and experience.

 “We are immensely thankful to our industry partners who are selflessly bringing their expertise to our students,” Cordero said. “Working hand in hand with the DCCCD and our industry partners, we are setting up our students for lifelong success.”


Dallas ISD celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

El Mes de la Herencia Hispana será del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, y es una buena oportunidad para reconocer las contribuciones de los latinos que viven en Estados Unidos. Algunas de nuestras escuelas llevan el nombre de latinos destacados y para celebrarlo, les invitamos a que lean sobre ellos y sus contribuciones al Dallas ISD.

Dallas ISD celebra la rica cultura y las importantes aportaciones de los hispano americanos durante el mes nacional de la herencia hispana, que se celebra del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre.

El 15 de septiembre celebraron la independencia los países de Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua. México celebró su independencia el 16 de septiembre y Chile el 18 de septiembre. El 12 de octubre, se celebra día se celebra Columbus Day, ó el Día de la Raza.

En 1968 inició como Hispanic Heritage Week, y en 1988 se extendió la celebración a un mes.

Para más información y recursos adicionales durante el mes de la herencia hispana visite el sitio de web:  www.hispanicheritagemonth.org.

Comparta sus eventos y celebraciones con nosotros enviando los detalles a thehub@dallasisd.org.


Dallas ISD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Dallas ISD celebrates the rich culture and important contributions of Hispanic Americans during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15-Oct. 15 each year. Special events and educational lessons help bring the history to life for students.

The time period is an important one for several Hispanic countries. On Sept. 15, the countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate becoming independent nations. The next day, Sept. 16, is celebrated as Independence Day in Mexico. Chile celebrates its independence on Sept. 18. Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is celebrated on Oct. 12. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, and was expanded in 1988 to cover the current 30-day period.

Find information and additional resources at the National Hispanic Heritage Month website maintained by The Library of Congress.

Is your campus or department honoring Hispanic Heritage Month in a special way? Tell us about it at thehub@dallasisd.org.


Dallas ISD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Dallas ISD celebrates the rich culture and important contributions of Hispanic Americans during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15-Oct. 15 each year. Special events and educational lessons help bring the history to life for students.

The time period is an important one for several Hispanic countries. On Sept. 15, the countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate becoming independent nations. The next day, Sept. 16, is celebrated as Independence Day in Mexico. Chile celebrates its independence on Sept. 18. Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is celebrated on Oct. 12. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, and was expanded in 1988 to cover the current 30-day period.

Find information and additional resources at the National Hispanic Heritage Month website maintained by The Library of Congress.

Is your campus or department honoring Hispanic Heritage Month in a special way? Tell us about it at thehub@dallasisd.org.


Woodrow Wilson High School celebra 90 años de excelencia

Es viernes por la mañana, y el auditorio de Woodrow Wilson High School está lleno de estudiantes entonando la canción “Cumpleaños feliz” para celebrar el 90 aniversario de la escuela.

Mientras tanto, el director, Michael Moran, ha enumerado una lista de logros—siete distinciones académicas, un equipo de fútbol americano invicto, un programa de Bachillerato Internacional reconocido, para empezar—a los estudiantes como parte del festejo.

“Esta escuela tiene historia, una excelente reputación, y yo sé que cada uno de ustedes representarán de gran manera a Woodrow este año”, dijo Moran a los estudiantes.

Woodrow Wilson High School abrió sus puertas el 14 de septiembre de 1928. Conforme más familias eligen al Dallas ISD y Woodrow Wilson para la educación de sus hijos, la matrícula de la escuela ha crecido a 1,953 estudiantes este año. La firma IN2 Architects condujo una evaluación esta semana que reveló que en el plantel se puede “acomodar cómodamente y con seguridad al número de estudiantes matriculados en la actualidad con espacio para seguir creciendo.”

Para estudiantes como Noelle Martínez, inscrita en el grado 12, Woodrow Wilson ha sido la combinación perfecta que ofrece un programa académico riguroso y actividades extracurriculares.

“Me gusta la diversidad y el hecho de que conozco a gente nueva diariamente”, dijo Martínez. “Puedo participar en más de una actividad, en deportes y clubes, y seguir estudiando sin estresarme”.

Entretanto, se sigue trabajando en la construcción de un edificio de tres plantas, un gimnasio y vestuarios nuevos. Las mejoras están cubiertas bajo el programa de bonos de $1.6 mil millones y el trabajo estará listo en agosto de 2019.

“Todos estamos conscientes de la rica historia de esta escuela, y estamos esperando un gran año escolar para dar comienzo a los próximos 90 años”, dijo Moran. “Agradezco a los estudiantes, padres, maestros y al personal, y seguiremos haciendo de Woodrow Wilson el tesoro de Dallas”.


Celebran con corte de cinta la apertura del nuevo Anne Frank Early Childhood Center

Recientemente, los padres, la comunidad, el personal escolar y los estudiantes de Anne Frank Elementary School llevaron a cabo una celebración para conmemorar la apertura del nuevo centro de educación preescolar en la escuela. Dicha ceremonia es la primera de varias que están programadas para celebrar el crecimiento de las escuelas de opción y los programas de educación temprana de Dallas ISD.

Edwin Flores, presidente de la Junta Escolar, agradeció a la comunidad del norte de Dallas por su fuerte respaldo a las escuelas del distrito, lo que ha contribuido a mejorar el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes. Pamela Lear, jefa de personal de Dallas ISD, dijo que el anexo que cuenta con más salones de clases, y el crecimiento de programas de opción en el distrito, son señales claras del compromiso que tiene el distrito de ofrecer una educación de alta calidad. “El prekínder es una de las mejores inversiones que el Dallas ISD puede hacer por el futuro de la ciudad,” apuntó Lear.

Beverly Ford, directora de Anne Frank Elementary School, dijo que el personal escolar está muy contento por los 156 estudiantes inscritos en el programa de prekínder se impartirá en el anexo, el cual mide 16,000-pies cuadrados. El espacio está localizado al oeste de la primaria e incluye un área administrativa, enfermería, y salones de clases equipados con lo último en tecnología educativa. También, cuenta con tecnología de seguridad, un carril designado para que desciendan los estudiantes de los autos por la mañana y un estacionamiento. Los cuatro salones de clases son coloridos, y están enmarcados con ventanas grandes que permiten la entrada de luz natural y unas vistas magnificas del exterior, con dos áreas de parques infantiles a cada lado.

BRW Architects, Construction Zone y el Departamento de Servicios de Construcción de Dallas ISD integraron el equipo que estuvo a cargo de la edificación valuada en $4 millones.

Además de esta ceremonia, también habrá celebraciones de apertura en otras escuelas con programas nuevos de prekínder o escuelas públicas de opción:

  • Montessori Academy at Onésimo Hernández | miércoles, 3 de oct., 10:30 a.m.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls | viernes, 5 de oct., 9:30 a.m.
  • Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston | miércoles, 17 de oct., 10 a.m.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Boys | martes, 23 de oct., 9:30 a.m.,
  • School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove | viernes, 2 de nov., 9:30 a.m.
  • Arlington Park Early Childhood Center | martes, 6 de nov., 10 a.m.

Informe: prekínder en Dallas ISD da a estudiantes una ventaja académica

Los números siguen mostrando que los estudiantes que asisten a prekínder en Dallas ISD tienen un mejor rendimiento académico en el futuro comparado con los estudiantes que cumplen con los requisitos para asistir a prekínder en Dallas ISD pero no están inscritos en el programa.

El 13 de septiembre, Derek Little, superintendente adjunto a cargo del Departamento de Educación Preescolar, informó a la Junta Escolar sobre cómo el prekínder está preparando a los estudiantes para tener éxito de por vida. Le mostró a la Junta Escolar los datos de evaluación del 2017-18 que comparan a estudiantes que asisten a prekínder en Dallas ISD con estudiantes que podrían asistir a prekínder en el distrito, pero no lo hacen.

Asimismo, les dijo que el número de estudiantes inscritos en prekínder en el distrito continúa creciendo, especialmente el de los niños de 3 años de edad. Aproximadamente 12,700 estudiantes están inscritos actualmente en prekínder en Dallas ISD.

“Ahora estamos empezando a ver los resultados de nuestra inversión en el programa de prekínder”, dijo el superintendente Michael Hinojosa. “Me parece alentador lo que hemos escuchado hoy, y hacia donde vamos en el futuro”.


Ribbon-Cutting celebrates new Anne Frank Early Childhood Center







Parents, community members, school staff and students recently marked the opening of the new Anne Frank Early Childhood Center with a ribbon-cutting. The celebration is the first of several planned to mark the growth of Dallas ISD’s school choice and early learning programs.

Board of Trustees President Edwin Flores thanked the North Dallas community for its strong support for district schools, which he said has contributed to improving academic achievement. Chief of Staff Pamela Lear said the classroom addition and the growth of choice programs across Dallas ISD are signs of the district’s commitment to high-quality education. She called prekindergarten one of the best investments Dallas ISD can make in the city’s future.

Anne Frank Principal Beverly Ford said her staff is ecstatic about the 156 students who have enrolled in the school’s pre-K program, now housed in the new 16,000-square-foot early childhood addition. The space is located on the west side of the existing school and includes an administrative area, clinic, and classrooms outfitted with the latest educational technology. The building is also equipped with security technology, a circular drop-off lane and parking area. Its four, bright, colorful classrooms are framed by large windows that provide natural light and expansive outdoor views flanked by two playground areas.

BRW Architects, builder Construction Zone and Dallas ISD Construction Services comprised the team that created the $4 million addition.

Future ribbon-cuttings for new pre-K and public school choice campuses include:

  • Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez | 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls | 9:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 5
  • Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston | 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17
  • Solar Preparatory School for Boys | 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove | 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2
  • Arlington Park Early Childhood Center | 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6

Woodrow Wilson High School celebrates 90 years of excellence

It’s Friday morning, and an auditorium full of Woodrow Wilson High School students is belting out “Happy Birthday to You” to celebrate the school’s 90th year.

Principal Michael Moran has just listed off numerous accomplishments—a perfect seven out of seven academic distinctions, an undefeated football team, an acclaimed International Baccalaureate program, for starters—to students as part of an all-class pep rally to celebrate the school’s birthday.

“This school has history, this school has an outstanding reputation, and I know each and every one of you will make Woodrow proud this year,” Moran tells students.

Woodrow Wilson High School opened to students on Sept. 14, 1928. As more families choose Dallas ISD and Woodrow, enrollment at the school has grown to serve 1,953 students this school year. The firm IN2 Architects conducted an assessment this week that found the campus “can comfortably and safely accommodate the current enrollment with additional room to grow.”

For students such as senior Noelle Martinez, Woodrow has a perfect blend of rigorous academics and extracurricular activities.

“I like there is so much diversity and I meet new people every day,” Martinez said. “I can be involved in more than one thing. I can be in sports, in clubs, and still study without being stressed out.”

Back behind the school, construction crews are working on building a three-story addition, new competition gym and locker room facilities. The improvements funded by the $1.6 billion bond program will open by August 2019.

“Everyone here is well aware of the storied history of this school, and we are looking forward to a great school year to kick off the next 90 years,” Moran said. “Thanks to our students, parents, teachers and staff, we will continue making Woodrow a crown jewel of Dallas.”


Kevin Hart, actor y comediante, realiza visita sorpresa a Booker T. Washington High School

Los estudiantes de Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts recibieron una increíble sorpresa el miércoles, 12 de septiembre.

El Dr. Scott Rudes, quien ha sido director de la escuela los últimos cinco años, anunció que se la había presentado una oportunidad que no podía dejar pasar y que renunciaría a su cargo. Indicó que con la ayuda del distrito habían encontrado un director interino: el actor Kevin Hart.

Los estudiantes explotaron de emoción – entendiendo que todo había sido una broma del director – para darle la bienvenida al actor y comediante. Por su parte, en su discurso, Hart prometió que todos los días habría nuggets de pollo, días escolares de 15 minutos que empezarían al mediodía y después dijo que los alumnos tendrían que utilizar uniformes. En ese momento lo interrumpió el Dr. Rudes y le retiró el gafete, el walkie talkie y su placa. El cambio al código de vestir de la escuela, que se centra en la disciplina y en lo expresivo, fue la gota que colmó el vaso.

Hart, junto con el productor cinematográfico Will Packer, animó a los estudiantes que buscan triunfar en el mundo del entretenimiento a que no se den por vencidos, sigan trabajando y nunca dejen de creer en si mismos. “Ustedes son los únicos que conocen su propio talento”, dijo Hart.

Hart agregó, “Cuando uno empieza en este negocio, se conoce a mucha gente que les dice que no. Pero sigan buscando el sí”. “Ustedes son el futuro de la creatividad. Pronto será su turno”.

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Kevin Hart, actor y comediante, realiza visita sorpresa a Booker T. Washington High School

Los estudiantes de Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts recibieron una increíble sorpresa el miércoles, 12 de septiembre.

El Dr. Scott Rudes, quien ha sido director de la escuela los últimos cinco años, anunció que se la había presentado una oportunidad que no podía dejar pasar y que renunciaría a su cargo. Indicó que con la ayuda del distrito habían encontrado un director interino: el actor Kevin Hart.

Los estudiantes explotaron de emoción – entendiendo que todo había sido una broma del director – para darle la bienvenida al actor y comediante. Por su parte, en su discurso, Hart prometió que todos los días habría nuggets de pollo, días escolares de 15 minutos que empezarían al mediodía y después dijo que los alumnos tendrían que utilizar uniformes. En ese momento lo interrumpió el Dr. Rudes y le retiró el gafete, el walkie talkie y su placa. El cambio al código de vestir de la escuela, que se centra en la disciplina y en lo expresivo, fue la gota que colmó el vaso.

Hart, junto con el productor cinematográfico Will Packer, animó a los estudiantes que buscan triunfar en el mundo del entretenimiento a que no se den por vencidos, sigan trabajando y nunca dejen de creer en si mismos. “Ustedes son los únicos que conocen su propio talento”, dijo Hart.

Hart agregó, “Cuando uno empieza en este negocio, se conoce a mucha gente que les dice que no. Pero sigan buscando el sí”. “Ustedes son el futuro de la creatividad. Pronto será su turno”.

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Report: Dallas ISD pre-K gives students an academic boost

Data continues to show that students who attend Dallas ISD pre-K go on to academically outperform eligible students who do not attend Dallas ISD pre-K.

Derek Little, assistant superintendent of Early Learning, briefed trustees on Sept. 13 about how pre-K is setting up students for lifelong success. Little showed trustees the 2017-18 assessment data comparing students who attend Dallas ISD pre-K with eligible students who do not attend Dallas ISD pre-K.

Data shows that students who attend Dallas ISD pre-K go on to academically outperform eligible students who do not attend Dallas ISD pre-K.

Little also told trustees that enrollment in Dallas ISD pre-K continues to grow, especially for 3-year-olds. About 12,700 students are currently enrolled in Dallas ISD pre-K.

“We are now starting to see the payoff from investing in pre-K,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “I am very encouraged by what we have heard today, and where we are going in the future.”


14 estudiantes de Dallas ISD son semifinalistas para la beca nacional de mérito

Catorce estudiantes de Dallas ISD están entre los 16,000 semifinalistas para recibir la National Merit Scholarship (Beca nacional de mérito) con la oportunidad de ser uno de los 7,500 finalistas que recibirán becas que suman $31 millones.

Se prevé que más de 90 por ciento de los finalistas alcance la última etapa, donde la mitad obtendrá la beca.

Los finalistas de Dallas ISD son:

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Sophia Jalilvand
Katherine Pinkerton

School for the Talented and Gifted

Ana Paulina Gallart
Sophia Hooper
Caitlin Lambert
Kezia Lopez
Nathaniel Martin
Emily Morris
Aidan Ravnik
Avi Verma
Justin Wise

School of Science and Engineering

Shelly Goel
Charlo Leakey
Timothy Ogunfunmi


Estudiantes de Dallas ISD conmemoran el 11 de septiembre

Diecisiete años después, los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001, aún afectan a aquellos que los recuerdan, los que eran demasiado chicos para estar conscientes de lo que sucedía e incluso a los que aún no nacían.

El martes por la mañana, se realizó una ceremonia en L.G. Pinkston High School antes de empezar las clases, donde se reunió el personal de la escuela, estudiantes de JROTC, la banda escolar y escuelas primarias cercanas junto a miembros del Departamento de Policía de Dallas ISD, Departamento de Policía de Dallas y el Departamento de Bomberos y Rescate de Dallas. Se realizó una ceremonia, se arrió la bandera de Estados Unidos, se encendieron velas y se colocó una corona.

Después de un momento de silencio, se recordó el terrible suceso y se prendieron las luces y las sirenas de vehículos de emergencia estacionados al frente de la escuela.

El capitán Fernando Acuña del Departamento de Bomberos fue el invitado especial. “Uno nunca sabe cual será su destino”, dijo Acuña, al recordar su propia infancia y las carencias que tuvo que pasar, a después tener la oportunidad de graduarse de la universidad, contraer matrimonio y mudarse a Texas. Animó a los estudiantes a trabajar por mejorar su comunidad. “Un día, todos los adultos que ven aquí se jubilarán. Depende de ustedes tomar nuestro lugar”.

Los cadetes del JROTC de W.T. White High School también participaron en eventos relacionados a esta fecha.

 

El 9 se septiembre, ocho cadetes de la escuela participaron en la Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run, en Dallas en apoyo al personal de primeros auxilios. El cadete capitán Héctor Contreras terminó la carrera de 5 kilómetros en 19 minutos logrando así el primer lugar. También, el pasado fin de semana, 15 cadetes apoyaron la 8a gala anual Helping Our Heroes en el Cavanaugh Flight Museum.


Dallas ISD progresa: Los días comienzan de gran manera en Chávez Learning Center (vídeo)

Cada mañana comienza el día con un saludo en César Chávez Learning Center.

El viernes por la mañana, la Dra. Sherry Wilson, directora de la escuela, saluda personalmente a los estudiantes en la puerta y los anima a tener un excelente día de aprendizaje. Para ella, este pequeño saludo puede ser importante para lograr un cambio significativo en una escuela.

“Estamos aquí para proveer un entorno de aprendizaje positivo y una cultura estudiantil eficaz”, dijo Wilson. “Queremos que todos nuestros estudiantes sepan que estamos contentos de que están en la escuela”.

Chávez Learning Center forma parte del modelo “ACE Leadership”. Este programa tiene el objetivo de mejorar el aprovechamiento académico por medio de una gran atención al desarrollo de liderazgo de los maestros. El programa ofrece incentivos a maestros, directores y liíeres escolares para estudiar liderazgo, adaptación de currículo, datos y otras prácticas. Después, aplican estas prácticas en sus escuelas para mejorar la enseñanza y el aprendizaje.

“La cultura positiva es una de nuestras bases para acelerar la transformación”, dijo Jolee Healey, superintendente adjunto de Dallas ISD que supervisa el programa ACE. “El equipo de Chávez hace buen trabajo al saludar a los niños por la mañana en la entrada principal y en cada salón de clases, para marcar el rumbo y ofrecer un ambiente de aprendizaje alegre con altas expectativas”.

Además de pertenecer al programa “ACE Leadership”, este año, en Chávez se reunieron estudiantes que anteriormente asistían a J.W. Ray Learning Center y J.F.K. Learning Center, ya que ambos planteles cerraron. Wilson, quien fue directora de J. W. Ray Learning Center, dijo que no ha habido problemas con la consolidación de las tres escuelas.

“Hemos logrado combinar tres excelentes escuelas con maestros increíbles y lograr tener una sola familia para beneficio de los estudiantes”, dijo Wilson. “Estamos estableciendo rutinas y sistemas para que los estudiantes estén enterados de nuestras expectativas y las logren cumplir el 100 por ciento del tiempo”.


Fourteen district students are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Fourteen Dallas ISD students have been named among the 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, with a chance to become one of the 7,500 finalists who will take home scholarships worth a combined $31 million.

More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to reach the finals, with about half of the finalists earning a National Merit Scholarship.

The Dallas ISD National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are:

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Sophia Jalilvand
Katherine Pinkerton

School for the Talented and Gifted

Ana Paulina Gallart
Sophia Hooper
Caitlin Lambert
Kezia Lopez
Nathaniel Martin
Emily Morris
Aidan Ravnik
Avi Verma
Justin Wise

School of Science and Engineering

Shelly Goel
Charlo Leakey
Timothy Ogunfunmi


Kevin Hart makes surprise visit to Booker T. Washington High School





Juniors and seniors at Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts got a shock on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Dr. Scott Rudes, who has served as the school’s principal the past five years, announced he had an opportunity too good to pass up and was resigning. With the district’s help, he said, an interim principal had been found: actor Kevin Hart.

The students erupted with excitement – understanding Rudes’ ruse – to welcome the actor and comedian. For his part, Hart promised chicken nuggets every day, 15-minute school days that start at noon and then said he’d bring school uniforms to the campus. That’s when Rudes intervened and took back his badge, walkie talkie and desk nameplate. Modifying the arts school’s discipline-specific and sometimes expressive dress code was apparently the last straw.

Hart, along with movie producer Will Packer, encouraged students who aspire to find show-biz success to keep striving, work hard and continue believing in themselves. “You are the only one who knows your talent,” Hart said.

When starting out in the business, he said, there are a lot of people along the way who will say no. “Keep looking for that ‘yes’,” Hart challenged students. “You are the future of creativity. You guys are next up.”

Watch a Facebook LIVE video of the event here.


Los estudiantes de preparatoria están invitados a la próxima Feria Universitaria y cursos de preparación para el examen ACT

Los estudiantes del Dallas ISD están invitados para que se inscriban y participen en la próxima Feria Universitaria del distrito sin costos para un Boot Camp ACT.

La Feria Universitaria del distrito y la exhibición de Instituciones de educación superior históricamente para afroamericanos están programadas para el 19 de septiembre, de 5:30–8:30 p.m., en Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 Polk St. y en D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. Cientos de representantes de universidades estarán presentes para hablar con los estudiantes y contestar sus preguntas. Los estudiantes deben ir con el consejero de su preparatoria para inscribirse. La entrada y transportación son gratis.

Asimismo, los estudiantes de Dallas ISD también podrán asistir a cursos de preparación para el examen ACT, ¡dirigidos por los maestros de la organización Princeton Review!

Los cursos son gratis y se llevarán a cabo el 15 y 22 de septiembre en seis preparatorias del distrito. Sólo tenemos 35 espacios en cada escuela. Los estudiantes pueden inscribirse aquí.


Dallas ISD supera pronóstico de matrícula

El Dallas ISD ha superado la matrícula escolar pronosticada para este año escolar. Hasta el 7 de septiembre, más 156,100 estudiantes se habían inscrito en el distrito.

En un principio, se había augurado una matrícula de 155,089 estudiantes para este año escolar, sin embargo, esta cifra podría sobrepasar incluso los 156,832 del año pasado.

Los funcionarios del distrito dijeron que una de las razones por el crecimiento en el número de estudiantes es porque las familias del área de Dallas se están informando más sobre las excelentes escuelas de Dallas ISD y eligiendo la que mejor se adapta a su hijo. El distrito cuenta con la escuela ideal para cada estudiante en el área de Dallas, desde academias universitarias, donde los estudiantes pueden obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario, o un grado asociado, mientras estudian la preparatoria, hasta escuelas de opción innovadoras y un excelente programa de prekínder.

Pero más allá de todo, lo atribuyen a las calificaciones otorgadas por la Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA) que muestran un enorme progreso en todo el distrito. El nuevo sistema de calificación del estado, conocido como “A through F” otorga una calificación a los distritos escolares basándose en el aprovechamiento académico, el progreso/crecimiento de las escuelas, y en la reducción de la brecha en el rendimiento de los estudiantes. Según la TEA, el Dallas ISD obtuvo una calificación de “B” y cuenta con seis de las 12 escuelas a nivel estatal que lograron la puntuación mas alta en el examen STAAR en el 2018.

Asimismo, el Dallas ISD también ha logrado una reducción significativa en el número de escuelas con necesidad de mejorar, de 43 en 2013-2014, a cuatro en 2017-2018.

“Estamos orgullosos del enorme progreso en el Dallas ISD, y nuestras familias, los maestros y el personal escolar deben sentirse igualmente satisfechos por lo que hemos logrado juntos”, dijo el superintendente Michael Hinojosa. “Pero esto no significa que hemos llegado a la meta, apenas estamos empezando. Todavía nos queda mucho por hacer”.


High school students invited to free upcoming College Fair, ACT Boot Camps

Dallas ISD high school students are invited to register for and attend a free upcoming ACT Boot Camp and Districtwide College Fair.

The Districtwide College Fair and Historically Black Colleges & Universities Showcase is set for Sept. 19 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 Polk St. and nearby D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. Hundreds of representatives from colleges near and far will be there to meet face-to-face and answer questions. Students should see their high school counselor to sign up for free admission and transportation.

Answers about colleges and careers available at Sept. 19 College Fair

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD high school students can also attend an ACT Boot Camp taught by Princeton Review Teachers for free!

Dallas ISD high school students invited to free ACT Boot Camps

The free boot camps are being held Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 at six high schools. There are only 35 spots at each location. Students can sign up here.


Want to make at least $16.63 per hour driving a bus?

Dallas ISD is holding a job fair to recruit bus drivers on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The job fair is from 8 a.m.–noon at Leonard Center, 5151 Samuell Blvd. The job fair is open to Dallas ISD employees and members of the public interested in possibly becoming a Dallas ISD bus driver.

Dallas ISD bus drivers are paid a minimum of $16.63 per hour, with additional pay consideration for directly-related years of experience.

For more information, call 972-925-3451 or email transportation@dallasisd.org.


Dallas ISD Rising: Days at Chávez Learning Center start on high note (video)

Every morning starts with a high-five or fist bump at César Chávez Learning Center.

On this Friday morning, Principal Dr. Sherry Wilson is personally greeting students at the door and boosting them up for a day of learning. For Wilson, this small act can play a big role in transforming a school.

“We are here to have a positive learning environment and a positive student culture,” Wilson said. “We want all of our students to know we are excited they are here today.”

Chávez Learning Center is a part of the “ACE Leadership” model aimed at boosting student achievement through a strong focus on developing teacher leadership. The program incentivizes top teacher leaders, principals and campus leaders to study leadership, curriculum alignment, data and other best practices. They then apply these practices to improve teaching and learning on their campuses.

“Positive culture is one of the our key levers for accelerating transformation,” said Jolee Healey, the Dallas ISD assistant superintendent who oversees the ACE program. “The Chávez team does this well with morning greetings at the front door and at every classroom door to set the tone for a joyful learning environment with high expectations.”

In addition to becoming an ACE Leadership campus, Chávez Learning Center this school year also serves students who previously attended J.W. Ray Learning Center and J.F.K. Learning Center, both of which closed. Wilson, who last served as principal at Ray Learning Center, said the consolidation has gone extremely well.

“We have come together as three amazing schools with incredible teachers into one family to benefit students,” Wilson said. “We are putting routines and systems in place so students know our expectations and will meet those expectations 100 percent of the time.”


Estudiantes de preparatoria de Dallas ISD tienen oportunidad de asistir a cursos de preparación para el ACT

¡Los estudiantes de preparatorias de Dallas ISD tienen la oportunidad de asistir a cursos de preparación para el examen ACT conducidos por maestros de Princeton Review, y lo mejor de todo es que son ¡gratis!

Los cursos se llevarán a cabo el 15 y 22 de septiembre, de 9 a.m.–1 p.m., en seis preparatorias. Solamente hay cupo para 35 estudiantes en cada ubicación. Para inscribirse, hagan clic aquí. Las escuelas donde se realizarán los cursos serán:

  • Townview Center
  • Grady Spruce High School
  • James Madison High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Justin F. Kimball High School
  • Moisés E. Molina High School

Invitamos a estudiantes voluntarios a presentar solicitud para premio anual

Animamos a aquellos estudiantes en los grados 5o a 12o que hayan demostrado un excelente servicio como voluntarios los últimos 12 meses a que envíen su solicitud para el Prudential Spirit of Community Award. El premio, que consiste de $1,000; un medallón; y un viaje a Washington, D.C., con todos los gastos pagos, se otorgará a dos estudiantes en cada estado.

Los Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, patrocinados por la empresa Prudential Financial, en asociación con la National Association of Secondary School Principals, fueron creados en 1995 para reconocer el trabajo voluntario ejemplar de estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria.

La fecha límite para completar la solicitud es el 6 de noviembre de 2018. Para más información visiten, https://spirit.prudential.com/.


Dallas ISD students commemorate 9/11 with various events, support

















Seventeen years later, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, resonate with those who remember, and those who were too young to be aware or those yet to be born.

At L.G. Pinkston High School, a Tuesday morning ceremony before school began brought together staff and students in JROTC, band and from nearby elementary schools along with members of the Dallas ISD Police Department, Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire-Rescue. The event included the lowering of the U.S. flag, a flag-folding ceremony, lighting of candles and a wreath-laying.

After a moment of silence, the major events of the terrorist attacks in 2001 were outlined and punctuated by lights and sirens on emergency vehicles parked in front of the school.

Capt. Fernando Acuna of Dallas Fire Rescue was the special guest speaker. “You never know where life will take you,” he said, recounting his own childhood in poverty, later graduating from college, getting married and moving to Texas. He challenged students to give back to their communities. “One day, the adults in front of you and standing behind you will retire, and do what retired people do. It is up to you to take our places.”

W.T. White High School JROTC cadets participated in recent related events as well.

Eight cadets from the school ran in the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run on Sept. 9 in Dallas in support of first-responders. Cadet Capt. Hector Contreras posted a 19-minute time in the 5K to take first place overall. Also this past weekend, 15 cadets supported the 8th annual Helping Our Heroes gala at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.


Answers about colleges and careers available at Sept. 19 College Fair

High school juniors and seniors who want to attend college, but are unsure of exactly how to make that happen, are in luck. Hundreds of representatives from colleges near and far are coming to Dallas on Wednesday, September 19, to help you make your dreams of attending college come true. The free annual Districtwide College Fair and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Showcase is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 Polk St. and nearby D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. Whether you want to stay close to home or are determined to venture across the country, this is your chance to meet dozens of college representatives face-to-face to get information about options after high school graduation. And, of course, you’ll want to learn about how to cover the costs for college. There, too, the fair has you covered. There will be lots of information about financial aid.

Instead of college, let’s say you’ve got your heart set on joining the military or pursuing a skilled trade or other careers. The fair will also feature representatives to talk with you about deciding on a career, attending a trade school, and requirements to join the military. In short, there is no better place to start or complete your research than the Dallas ISD Districtwide College Fair.  To sign up for free admission and transportation, see your high school counselor today.

It’s important to note that parents are welcome to attend the event and encouraged to bring their own questions about financial aid, campus safety and student access to campus medical care.


Asistencia escolar: tema central de evento en Gabe P. Allen Charter School

Gabe P. Allen Charter School observó la primera semana del Mes de Concientización sobre la Asistencia Escolar, con una celebración especial que se llevó a cabo en el patio de la escuela.

La directora Sheila Ortiz Espinell felicitó a los estudiantes por su esfuerzo durante el año pasado en el que la escuela cumplió los estándares en las evaluaciones estatales y recibió una distinción en ciencias. Sin embargo, la escuela estuvo cerca de recibir todas las distinciones posibles, pero faltó el de asistencia– a pesar de que estuvo en un nivel alto.

La Dra. Sara Johnson del Departamento para la Mejora de Asistencia Escolar y Reducción de Ausentismo, presentó el premio por asistencia sobresaliente en el año escolar 2017-2018.

Brill Garrett, esposa de Jason Garrett, entrenador de los Dallas Cowboys, apoya mucho a la escuela, y animó a los estudiantes a esforzarse por asistir a la escuela todos los días.

En septiembre, se realizó una campaña en el distrito conocida como “Show Up”, un esfuerzo continuo para motivar a los estudiantes a asistir diariamente a la escuela y evitar tener menos de cinco ausencias durante el año escolar.

Este mes, las escuelas con mejor asistencia tendrán la oportunidad de obtener premios. Animamos a las escuelas y a los estudiantes a promover la asistencia escolar en las redes sociales utilizando el hashtag #ShowUpDallasISD. Las publicaciones que gocen de mayor interacción durante el mes también podrán ganar premios. Para más información, visite el sitio web del Departamento para la Mejora de Asistencia Escolar y Reducción de Ausentismo hacienda clic aquí.


Dallas ISD has already surpassed enrollment projections

Dallas ISD has already surpassed its student enrollment projections for the school year, with more than 156,100 enrolled as of Sept. 7.

The district, which originally projected an enrollment of 155,089 students this school year, is on track to top last year’s enrollment of 156,832 students.

District officials said one reason for the higher-than-projected enrollment is that more Dallas-area families are learning about and choosing best-fit schools in Dallas ISD. From collegiate academies—where students can earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree while still in high school—and innovative choice schools to the district’s growing high-quality pre-K program, district officials said there is an ideal school for every student in the Dallas area.

New accountability ratings show tremendous gains in Dallas ISD

But more than any other factor, district officials credited the higher-than-projected enrollment to the Texas Education Agency’s accountability ratings showing tremendous gains across the district. The new TEA state accountability rating known as “A through F” graded school districts on student achievement, school progress/growth, and closing the achievement gap. Dallas ISD received a “B” letter grade and is home to six of the 12 schools that achieved the highest-possible score on the 2018 STAAR test, according to the TEA.

Dallas ISD Rising: Thirteen schools grab spotlight for tremendous turnaround

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD has also achieved a steep decline in the number of Improvement Required campuses, from 43 in 2013-2014 to four in 2017-2018.

“We are proud of our tremendous gains in Dallas ISD, and our families, teachers and staff should feel great accomplishment in what we have done together,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “But this is not the finish line, we have just started this race. We still have much more work to do.”


Dallas ISD high school students invited to free ACT Boot Camps

Dallas ISD high school students can attend an ACT Boot Camp taught by Princeton Review Teachers for free!

The free boot camps are being held Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 at six high schools. There are only 35 spots at each location. Students can sign up here.

The free ACT Boot Camps will run 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at:

  • Townview Center
  • H. Grady Spruce High School
  • James Madison High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Justin F. Kimball High School
  • Moises E. Molina High School

Students volunteers encouraged to apply for annual award

Students in grades 5-12 who have demonstrated excellent volunteer service during the past 12 months are encouraged to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The prize, which comprises $1,000, a medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., will be awarded to two students from each state.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle- and high-school students.

Students must complete the online application by Nov. 6, 2018. Find information and apply here: https://spirit.prudential.com/.


‘Doble amenaza’: gemelos impulsan al equipo de fútbol americano de Woodrow Wilson

Los hermanos gemelos Semaj y Semari Johnson, y Jesús y Francisco Solís, del equipo de fútbol americano de Woodrow Wilson High School, comparten un vinculo poco común.

Cada uno sabe lo que es que lo confundan constantemente por el otro dentro y fuera del campo. Crecieron compitiendo contra su hermano gemelo y ahora, como titulares en el equipo de fútbol americano de Woodrow Wilson, están trabajando con el mismo objetivo en mente: convertir a su equipo en una potencia. Y durante los altibajos de las siguientes temporadas, los hermanos Johnson y Solís tendrán en quien apoyarse.

“Es genial tener a otros gemelos en el equipo: ellos nos entienden mejor que nuestros otros compañeros”, dijo Semari Johnson.

“Hemos tenido experiencias similares a Semaj y Semari, y eso definitivamente ayuda a unirnos más como equipo de fútbol americano,” añadió Francisco Solís.

Bobby Estes, entrenador de Woodrow Wilson, dijo que las habilidades atléticas de los hermanos Johnson y Solís se han visto fortalecidas por la competencia con sus hermanos durante toda su vida.

“Los cuatro son fuertes competidores y una parte importante de nuestro equipo,” dijo Estes. “Esta debe ser una gran temporada”.


Tatum Elementary School recibe visita especial para celebrar el Día Internacional de Alfabetización

El 8 de septiembre se conmemora el Día Internacional de Alfabetización, y por ello, Justin Henry, integrante de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD, y Daniel Luna, de Univisión, visitaron C.A. Tatum Jr. Elementary School para leerles a los estudiantes y fomentar la lectura.

“Estamos enormemente agradecidos con el Sr. Henry y el Sr. Luna por tomar un poco de su tiempo para ayudar a fomentar el amor por la lectura en nuestros estudiantes”, dijo Enrique Rodríguez, director de la escuela. “Fue la manera perfecta de celebrar el Día Internacional de Alfabetización.”

El Día Internacional de Alfabetización (ILD, por sus siglas en inglés) tiene el objetivo de destacar las necesidades de alfabetización a nivel mundial.


Tatum Elementary School gets special readers for International Literacy Day

In celebration of International Literacy Day, Dallas ISD Trustee Justin Henry and Univision’s Daniel Luna read to students at C.A. Tatum Jr. Elementary School to encourage students to be lifelong readers.

Trustee Justin Henry reads to students at Tatum Elementary School.

Trustee Justin Henry reads to students at Tatum Elementary School.

“We are immensely grateful to Mr. Henry and Mr. Luna for taking their time to spread a love of reading among our students,” Principal Enrique Rodriquez said. “This was the perfect way to recognize International Literacy Day.”

Univision's Daniel Luna poses with students at Tatum Elementary School.

Univision’s Daniel Luna poses with students at Tatum Elementary School.

International Literacy Day (ILD), which is celebrated annually on Sept. 8, shines a spotlight on global literacy needs.


Rally at Gabe P. Allen emphasizes showing up for school every day








Dallas ISD’s Gabe P. Allen Charter School celebrated the first week of School Attendance Awareness Month with a special celebration on the school’s playground.

Principal Sheila Ortiz Espinell congratulated students on their hard work last year. The campus met state testing standards and earned one distinction in science. However, she said, the school came close to earning all possible distinctions but fell just short and just barely because of attendance – even though attendance was high.

Dr. Sara Johnson of the district’s Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction department presented an award for outstanding attendance compliance in 2017-2018.

Brill Garrett, wife of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and a strong supporter of the school, offered words of encouragement for students to strive to attend school every day.

A districtwide effort highlighted in September but lasting all year challenges students to “Show Up” and strive to have fewer than five absences during the year.

During this month, campuses with the highest attendance are eligible for prizes. Students and schools are encouraged to also promote school attendance on social media using the hashtag #ShowUpDallasISD. Posts with high engagement during the month are also eligible for prizes. Find details on this webpage.


Dallas ISD, Toyota y SMU colaborarán para apoyar nueva escuela en el oeste de Dallas que tendrá enfoque en STEM

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas (Dallas ISD), Toyota USA Foundation y SMU se han unido para colaborar en la creación de una escuela nueva e innovadora en el oeste de Dallas donde el enfoque será en STEM (Ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas).

El objetivo es motivar a los estudiantes y prepararlos para la siguiente generación de empleos relacionados a STEM por medio de un currículo que se basa en proyectos y se alinea con el mundo empresarial.

“Esta sociedad única entre una entidad pública y una privada, será una excelente oportunidad para nuestros estudiantes y las familias que viven en el oeste de Dallas”, dijo Michael Hinojosa, superintendente de Dallas ISD. “Los trabajos en el área de STEM son el futuro, y la contribución de Toyota y SMU es una inversión importante para lograr formar a la siguiente generación. Asimismo, es un cambio significativo en la rama de la educación por lo que agradecemos a estos increíbles socios”.

Toyota USA Foundation otorgará $2 millones a la Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development de SMU, que desarrollará el currículo, orientará sobre lo último en las prácticas educativas, proporcionará desarrollo profesional para maestros, coordinará a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro que operan en el área, y supervisará y evaluará el programa. La escuela será operada por Dallas ISD, que también estará a cargo de contratar al personal. La Oficina de Transformación e Innovación trabajará en conjunto con el liderazgo escolar del distrito para diseñar la escuela.

Esta colaboración también reunirá a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro, incluyendo a grupos que ya colaboran con el Dallas ISD a través del proyecto The School Zone de la Simmons School de SMU, así como a socios de Toyota Motor North America y Toyota Financial Services para tratar asuntos de interés en la comunidad como la alfabetización, nutrición, transportación y cuidado de niños después de clases, todos temas de gran importancia para lograr resultados positivos en la comunidad.

“Al trabajar de manera conjunta, nuestra meta es crear un futuro mejor para los estudiantes, ayudar a las familias a ser más resilientes, y crear un modelo comunitario y escolar que se pueda reproducir”, dijo Mike Goss, presidente de la Toyota USA Foundation. “Queremos mejorar las oportunidades de los estudiantes, conectándolos con los millones de trabajos en STEM que existen hoy en día, y todos aquellos que se crearán conforme siga avanzando la industria”.

Esta colaboración es el resultado del reclamo de la comunidad debido a la falta de educación STEM en el patrón de asistencia escolar de Pinkston High School.

“Esta colaboración impulsa la labor que estamos realizando en el oeste de Dallas, con un enfoque holístico que mejora la comunidad y brinda oportunidad a los estudiantes”, dijo R. Gerald Turner, presidente de SMU. “La educación fundada en hechos es la base de todo lo que hacemos en Simmons School, y esperamos tener la oportunidad de proporcionar recursos e investigación que recalquen el éxito de la escuela”.

Tras una fase de planificación inclusiva, los siguientes dos años académicos se enfocarán en el desarrollo del currículo y la capacitación profesional de los maestros.

“Todos los temas siguen abierto a discusión, incluyendo las decisiones sobre el currículo y qué servicios integrales proporcionarán los socios en la comunidad a través de la escuela”, dijo Stephanie L. Knight, decana de Simmons School. “Este anuncio tiene el objetivo de informar a la comunidad, incluyendo a los padres, que queremos su opinión a todo nivel a medida que avanzamos”.

La escuela tendrá una apertura gradual comenzando en el otoño de 2021.


Dallas ISD, Toyota and SMU collaborate to support future STEM-focused school in West Dallas

Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), Toyota USA Foundation and SMU have joined together to collaborate on the creation of a new and innovative STEM-focused school in west Dallas.

The aim is to inspire and prepare students for the next generation of STEM jobs through curricula that is project-based and business-aligned.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our students and families of west Dallas as  this unique public private partnership comes together,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “STEM jobs are the wave of the future, and Toyota and SMU’s contribution is a major investment in shaping the next generation. This is a significant shift in education, and we’re grateful to these incredible partners.”

Toyota USA Foundation is granting $2 million to SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, which will develop curricula, advise on state-of-the-art educational practices, provide professional development for teachers, coordinate nonprofits operating in the area, and monitor and evaluate the program. The future school will be operated and staffed by the Dallas ISD. The Office of Transformation and Innovation will co-facilitate the design of the school in collaboration with School Leadership.

The collaboration will also bring together nonprofits, including groups already working with Dallas ISD through the SMU Simmons School program, The School Zone, as well as Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services’ partners to address community issues like literacy, nutrition, transportation and after–school care –  each vital to creating successful outcomes for the community.

“Collectively, our goal is to create a brighter future for students, help families become more resilient, and create a community and school model that can be replicated,” said Mike Goss, president of Toyota USA Foundation. “We want to help increase access to opportunity, connecting students to the millions of STEM jobs that exist today, and the many more that will be created as industry advances.”

This partnership developed as a result of numerous requests from the community for STEM offerings within the Pinkston High School feeder pattern.

“This partnership advances our efforts currently underway in west Dallas, with a holistic approach that lifts the community and provides opportunity for students,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Evidence-based education is the foundation for everything we do in the Simmons School, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide resources and research that underscore the success of the school.”

Following an inclusive planning phase, the next two academic years will focus on curriculum and professional development for faculty.

“Everything is still on the table, including decisions about curricula and which wrap-around services will be provided through the school by community partners,” said SMU Simmons School Dean Stephanie L. Knight. “This announcement is meant to let all the stakeholders, parents included, know that we want their input at every level as we move forward.”

The school will begin a phased opening beginning fall 2021.


Tickets for Dallas ISD athletic events may be pre-purchased online

Football fans now have the chance walk past the long ticket lines that can form before middle- and high-school games.

The Dallas ISD Athletics Department is offering an online, mobile-friendly ticketing system that allows tickets to be purchased and printed beforehand. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketroar.com/DISD.

“We are extremely pleased to offer our fans and supporters the opportunity to pre-purchase their athletic event tickets online so that that they can avoid the ticket lines when they arrive at the stadiums and gymnasiums,” said Troy Mathieu, Executive Director of Athletics.

The option is already finding happy users.

“During the first week, we introduced the concept to those in line and many went right to their phones to purchase,” said Elisa Cordova-Long, Assistant Athletic Director of Business. “Within minutes they were in the door.”

The move adds convenience and has seen tickets being purchased in advance for big games, such as homecomings or rivalry games. “Logistically, it will reduce the ticket booth lines and provide for more security for students and fans to avoid having to always carry cash for the games,” Cordova-Long said. “The credit card option at the ticket booth will help as well.”

Online tickets will be available for all sports. Volleyball tickets are available now for matches played at central sites, Cordova-Long said. Molina, Skyline and Sunset high schools will begin using the system for matches at its campuses this week as district play begins. The next phase is slated to include all campus athletic events.

The new system is a big win for fans and Dallas ISD.

“We would like to improve customer service by offering more resources and convenience for our fans to purchase tickets,” Cordova-Long said. “At this time, we expect the same fan base, but hope this will allow for increased sales since the process will be easier.”


Número de estudiantes inscritos en prekínder con pago de matrícula aumentó más del doble

Canon Lindenmeyer, de cinco años de edad, tuvo un comienzo normal del año escolar en Walnut Hill Elementary School.

Debido a que el año escolar pasado asistió al programa de prekínder, Lindenmeyer tenía claro cómo le iba a ir el 20 de agosto, su primer día de clases en kínder.No hubo lágrimas, ni dijo “no quiero ir a la escuela”, estaba feliz y listo para aprender y ver a sus amigos.

“Después de asistir a prekínder el año pasado, está muy bien preparado y es independiente ahora que está en kínder”, dijo Clarisa Lindenmeyer, madre de Cannon. “Es increíble cuánto puede crecer un niño en el transcurso de un año”.

Lindenmeyer es uno de un cada vez mayor número de estudiantes inscritos en el programa de prekínder con pago de matrícula del distrito. Dicho programa está disponible para las familias que no califican para prekínder gratis. Este año escolar, en el Dallas ISD hay 120 estudiantes matriculados en prekínder con pago de matrícula, el doble del número de estudiantes que el año pasado.

El prekínder con pago de matrícula tiene un costo de $525 por mes y actualmente se ofrece en aproximadamente 25 escuelas. Lindenmeyer y Monica Phillips, madre también de un estudiante de prekínder, dijeron que el Dallas ISD ofrece una gran oportunidad, ya que cada clase tiene un maestro certificado junto con un maestro asistente, un currículo basado en investigación, y ayuda a los niños a acostumbrarse al entorno escolar.

“Los maestros han sido increíbles y el plan de estudios es fantástico”, dijo Phillips. “Después de nuestra experiencia el año pasado en prekínder, ni siquiera contemplamos otra escuela diferente para el kínder”.

Antes de que la escuela pudiera ofrecer la opción de prekínder con pago de matrícula en 2016, Robert Mclaurin, director de Walnut Hill Elementary School, tenía que rechazar a las familias del vecindario que no califican para el prekínder gratuito. Ahora esos estudiantes tienen acceso a dos excelentes programas de prekínder en escuelas como Walnut Hill.La escuela ofrece un programa tradicional de prekínder así como un programa de lenguaje dual bilateral, por lo que los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de poder llegar a hablar, leer y escribir en dos idiomas. Además, todos los estudiantes de prekínder en Walnut Hill asisten a clases de arte, música, chino mandarín, entre otras más.

“Ahora, tenemos familias del vecindario que asisten a nuestras escuelas para prekínder, que ven la excelencia académica y las opciones de aprendizaje que ofrece el distrito, y que eligen inscribir a sus hijos en Dallas ISD en lugar de matricularlos en una escuela privada o escuela chárter”, dijo Mclaurin. “Espero que el programa de prekínder con pago de matrícula continúe creciendo en Dallas ISD para el beneficio de muchas más familias”.


González Elementary School, número 1 en seguridad en Dallas ISD

El personal de Henry B. González Elementary School logró que la escuela consiguiera el máximo reconocimiento como el plantel más seguro en el distrito durante una reciente sesión de capacitación para coordinadores de seguridad de los planteles organizada por el Departamento de Administración de Riesgos de Dallas ISD.

El director Reymundo Cervantes, y José Robles, subdirector, atribuyeron este éxito al compromiso de un grupo de miembros del personal que no solo cumplió con los requisitos de seguridad, sino fue más allá.

Todos los maestros y miembros del personal de la escuela participaron en los eventos de seguridad durante el año. Tuvieron la oportunidad de presentar sus ideas para mejorar la seguridad, y varias de ellas se implementaron con éxito.

En la primaria, se enfocaron específicamente en el tema de la seguridad.

“Todo fue planeado, comunicado, realizado, monitoreado, informado y reportado de la manera más oportuna y menos intrusiva posible”, dijo Robles. “Nos fijamos el objetivo de mejorar la seguridad en toda la escuela y aumentar la capacitación de todo el personal para beneficiar a toda la comunidad escolar. ¡El premio Eagle Safety es el sello de nuestros grandes logros en seguridad!”

Las demás escuelas que lograron destacarse entre las 10 mejores son: David W. Carter High School, Highland Meadows Elementary School, Eladio Martínez Elementary School, Multiple Careers Magnet Center / Maya Angelou High School, George Peabody Elementary School, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, John W. Runyon Elementary School, Celestino M. Soto Elementary School y Wilmer-Hutchins High School.

Cinco escuelas también recibieron menciones honoríficas: Thomas Jefferson High School, Moisés Molina High School, John H. Reagan Elementary School, Walnut Hill Elementary School y Harry C. Withers Elementary School.

Los premios se otorgaron durante una capacitación anual para los coordinadores de seguridad en las escuelas de Dallas ISD. Las escuelas obtienen puntos durante todo el año en función de la calidad y la cantidad de actividades relacionadas con la seguridad que llevan a cabo.

Los miembros del personal llevan a cabo la labor de supervisar el programa de seguridad del distrito en sus escuelas, además de las tareas y responsabilidades a su cargo. Estas personas se han comprometido a promover una cultura de seguridad y a concientizar al personal sobre la seguridad. Algunas de sus responsabilidades incluyen realizar simulacros de incendio cada mes, inspecciones básicas de seguridad del plantel, capacitación en seguridad y distribución de material de seguridad. Los coordinadores son esenciales para el éxito del programa de seguridad en todo el distrito.

“Un lugar de trabajo seguro y sano protege a los empleados de lesiones y enfermedades, anima a los empleados a prestar atención a su entorno, lo cual reduce las lesiones, los costos, y el ausentismo, además, aumenta la productividad y eleva la moral de los empleados”, dijo Barbara Neal, directora ejecutiva de Administración de Riesgos. “Todo esto es vital para los servicios de administración de riesgos”.

Los miembros del personal de González Elementary no han terminado su labor. Este año, planean mejorar la seguridad durante la llegada y la salida de los estudiantes durante días de mal tiempo. También quieren involucrar a los padres en talleres sobre la seguridad en el hogar, mientras conducen sus autos, entre otras cosas.


Nominate an outstanding special education teacher for a cash award

The Dallas ISD Special Education Department is looking for nominees that demonstrate qualities of a distinguished special education teacher, setting high standards and demonstrating commitment for improving outcomes for students who receive special education services in Dallas ISD.

These teachers assume formal and informal leadership roles, mentor and develop others, share new ideas and best practices for serving students with disabilities, and are collaborative, solutions-oriented team members.

Special-education teacher at Hernandez is first to win award

Nominations may be made by Dallas ISD parents, district staff and/or administrators.  One winner will be selected for a cash award of $250 each quarter. The cash award, sponsored by Carter Financial Management, must be used toward materials, resources and supplies for the winner’s special education classroom.

Nominations can be made HEREhttps://goo.gl/forms/iQiKg8HJn2QXWVyr2.

The winning teacher will have a presentation at his/her school which may be included in District media channels. Mia Witt, the program’s inaugural winner, was honored in May.


Superintendente: El Dallas ISD está trabajando para corregir deficiencias en el servicio de transporte

El superintendente Michael Hinojosa, en el día de hoy, expresó que el Dallas ISD ha brindado un servicio de transporte “inaceptable” en lo que va de este año escolar. Dijo que los funcionarios del distrito están conscientes de que todos deben colaborar para identificar y resolver los problemas relacionados al transporte. Además, agradeció la paciencia de las familias “que están naturalmente frustradas” por esta situación.

“Todavía no estamos funcionando como debemos, pero estamos seguros de que lo lograremos”, dijo Hinojosa. “Debimos haber identificado estos problemas antes de que comenzara el año escolar. Yo espero más de nuestro distrito y me decepciona no haber podido solucionar estos problemas. Esperamos que los padres, estudiantes y directores nos disculpen”.

Además de la falta de conductores de autobuses, Hinojosa dijo que algunos estudiantes no han recibido el servicio como se esperaba debido a problemas con las rutas. El Dallas ISD ha implementado soluciones provisionales: se realizó una feria de trabajo que tuvo gran éxito y que ha resultado en que los futuros conductores de autobuses obtengan su certificación y tramiten sus solicitudes, se reorganizó el centro de llamadas del Departamento de Transportación para responder mejor a cualquier pregunta y preocupación, y los conductores contratados están transportando a los estudiantes de forma segura, a la vez que buscamos soluciones a largo plazo como nuevas rutas.

“Pero estas no son soluciones simples”, dijo Hinojosa. “Estos problemas no se solucionarán de la noche a la mañana, sin embargo, confío en que resolveremos la mayoría de ellos en las próximas semanas”.

Esta semana, Kayne Smith, quien se desempeñaba como jefe de transporte de Dallas ISD, anunció que aceptó empleo como director del servicio de transporte en Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Smith trabajó anteriormente con ese distrito escolar y su familia aún vive allí.

Hinojosa manifestó que varios posibles candidatos han expresado su interés en liderar el Departamento de Transporte de Dallas ISD. Además, instó a las familias que tienen problemas relacionados con el transporte a llamar al centro de llamadas, al 972-925-4BUS.

Este año, el Dallas ISD comenzó a operar su propio sistema de transporte después de que en el 2017 los residentes del condado de Dallas votaran a favor de disolver Dallas County Schools, la agencia financiada por los contribuyentes que el Dallas ISD contrataba para transportar a los estudiantes.


Superintendent: Dallas ISD working to correct ‘unacceptable’ level of transportation service

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said today that Dallas ISD has not provided an acceptable level of transportation service so far this school year. He said the district leadership team is taking an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to identify and resolve transportation-related issues, and thanked “understandably frustrated” families for their continued patience.

“We have not quite turned the corner, but we are confident we will get there,” Hinojosa said. “We should have identified these transportation issues before school started. I expect more out of our district and I’m disappointed we have not been able to handle these issues. We hope the parents, students, and principals will forgive us.”

In addition to a shortage of bus drivers, Hinojosa said routing issues have caused some students to not receive transportation service as expected. Dallas ISD has implemented interim solutions—a successful job fair has led to future bus drivers being certified and processed, a revamped call center can better answer any questions and concerns, and contracted bus drivers are safely transporting students—while also addressing long-term solutions such as revamped bus routes.

“But these are not overnight solutions,” Hinojosa said. “These things won’t smooth out overnight, but I’m confident we will work most of these issues out in the next few weeks.”

Kayne Smith, who has served as the Dallas ISD transportation chief, announced this week that he has accepted a position to lead transportation services for Cypress Fairbanks ISD. Smith has previously worked with the school district and his family still lives there.

Hinojosa said the district has already heard from several potential qualified candidates to lead the Dallas ISD transportation department. He urged families who are having any transportation-related issues to call the transportation call center, which is 972-925-4BUS.

Dallas ISD is running its own transportation system for the first time this year after Dallas County residents voted in 2017 to dissolve Dallas County Schools, the taxpayer-funded agency that Dallas ISD contracted with to bus students.


Double Trouble: Two sets of twins help power Woodrow football team

As two sets of twins on the Woodrow Wilson High School Varsity football team, Semaj and Semari Johnson and Jesus and Francisco Solis share an uncommon bond.

Each brother knows what it’s like to constantly be confused with each other, both on and off the field. They each grew up competing with their twin brother, and, now, as starters on the Woodrow football team, are all working toward the same goal: making Woodrow a powerhouse football team. And through the highs and lows of the upcoming seasons, the Johnson and Solis brothers will have each other to lean on.

Semaj and Semari Johnson

“It’s cool having other twins on the team: they understand us more than any other teammates,” Semari Johnson said.

Jesus and Francisco Solis

“We’ve had such similar experiences growing up to Semaj and Semari, it definitely helps us bond together as a football team,” added Franciso Solis.

Woodrow Coach Daniel Estes said the Johnson and Solis brothers’ athletic abilities have clearly been honed from them challenging their twin through sports over their entire lives.

“All four players are fierce competitors and a big asset to our team,” Estes said. “This should be a great football season.”

The Woodrow football team plays Heritage High School on Sept. 6 at Franklin Stadium, 10000 Hillcrest Road.


New principal selection process to attract, prepare, develop and retain the best educators

Dallas ISD School Leadership has developed a new principal pipeline strategy focused on attracting, preparing, developing and retaining the best educators.

Coordinating with internal and external partners, the Leader Excellence, Advancement and Development program, or LEAD, will spearhead several key initiatives for the district. LEAD’s first initiative this year is to revise the principal selection process, ensuring the highest quality leaders and best-fit candidates for all schools will be identified and selected. This new process launched on Sept. 1.


Nominate the next inductees into the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame

The nomination window is now open for the next class of the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates those who have raised the level of public awareness and support for Dallas ISD high school athletics. Individuals can be nominated here in one of these three categories:

  • Past Dallas ISD Student-Athlete
  • Former Dallas ISD Coach
  • Contributors

The future inductees will join the distinguished sports legends who were the inaugural members of the Dallas ISD Athletic Half of Fame.

Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony celebrates 10 sports legends

Go here to learn more about the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame and to nominate someone today.


Gonzalez Elementary ranks No. 1 in safety among Dallas ISD schools












Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School took the top honors as the safest school in the district during a recent training session for campus Safety Coordinators coordinated by Dallas ISD’s Risk Management department.

At Gonzales, Principal Reymundo Cervantes Assistant Principal Jose Robles pointed to the commitment of a group of staff members who went above and beyond mere safety compliance.

All faculty and staff members at the school were included and involved in every safety event during the year. That allowed staff members to present their ideas to improve safety, and several of those were successfully implemented.

There was an intentional focus on safety at Gonzalez.

“Everything was planned, communicated, performed, monitored, debriefed, and reported in a timely and least intrusive manner,” Robles said. “We set the goal of enhancing safety in our school in all areas and increase training for all staff to benefit the whole school community. The Eagle Safety award is the seal to our great achievements in safety!”

Other schools in the Top 10 are David W. Carter High School, Highland Meadows Elementary School, Eladio Martinez Elementary School, Multiple Careers Magnet Center/Maya Angelou High School, George Peabody Elementary School, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, John W. Runyon Elementary School, Celestino M. Soto Elementary School and Wilmer-Hutchins High School.

Five schools also received honorable mentions: Thomas Jefferson High School, Moisés Molina High School, John H. Reagan Elementary School, Walnut Hill Elementary School and Harry C. Withers Elementary School.

The awards came during an annual training for Dallas ISD campus Safety Coordinators. Schools earn points throughout the year based on the quality and quantity of safety-related activities they conduct.

That role is filled by staff members who, in addition to their assignments and responsibilities, oversee the district’s safety program at their sites. These individuals are committed to promoting a safety culture and raising safety awareness. Some of their responsibilities are: monthly fire drills, conducting basic site safety inspections, providing safety training and distributing safety material. The coordinators are an essential part of a successful districtwide safety program.

“A safe healthy workplace protects employees from injury and illness, teaches employees to pay attention to their surroundings, which lowers injuries and costs, reduces instructional absenteeism, increases productivity and raises employee morale,” said Barbara Neal, executive director of Risk Management. “All of these are vital in Risk Management Services.”

Gonzalez Elementary staff members won’t rest on their safety laurels. This year, they plan to work on improving safety during arrival and dismissal during inclement weather. They also want to involve parents in workshops about safety at home, while driving and more.


DMN: Governor touts Dallas ISD’s gains in push for school funding

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has visited Dallas ISD twice in the past month, once to unveil a school safety plan and just last week to gather input from teachers and officials on the best ways to educate children.

On Aug. 29, the Dallas Morning News published an op-ed piece Abbott wrote about boosting funding for the state’s public schools. In it, he cites some of the incredible academic news in Dallas ISD.

“Texas has already seen substantial student gains from similar reforms in Dallas, which is arguably leading the nation’s greatest urban education turnaround,” Abbott writes. “Five years ago, Dallas Independent School District had 43 failing campuses; today it is down to four. Under Dallas’ teacher compensation plan, master educators are already making upward of $90,000 per year.”

Read the entire piece here.


Enrollment in paid pre-K more than doubled this school year

Five-year-old Canon Lindenmeyer had an anticlimactic start to the school year at Walnut Hill Elementary School.

Because he attended the school’s tuition-based pre-K program last school year, Lindenmeyer knew what to expect when he started kindergarten on Aug. 20. There were no tears or “I don’t want to go to school” on the first day; just a happy kid ready to learn and see his friends.

“After attending pre-K through the tuition option last year, he is now so prepared and independent in kindergarten,” said Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Cannon’s mom. “It’s amazing how much your child can grow over the course of a year.”

Enroll today in Dallas ISD pre-K

Lindenmeyer was one of a growing number of students who took advantage of the district’s tuition-based pre-K program that is available for families that don’t qualify for free pre-K. Dallas ISD this school year has 120 students enrolled in tuition-based pre-K, which is more than double the number of students as last year.

Tuition-based pre-K costs $525 per month and is currently offered at about 25 schools. Lindenmeyer and fellow parent Monica Phillips said Dallas ISD pre-K is a great deal, since each class has a high-quality state certified teacher with a teacher assistant, research-based curriculum, and acclimates the child to being in school.

“The teachers have been amazing and the curriculum is fantastic,” Phillips said. “After our experience with pre-K, we didn’t consider for one second going to a different school for kindergarten.”

Trustees approve expansion and rates for tuition-based pre-K for 2017-2018

Before the school started offering tuition pre-K in 2016, Walnut Hill Elementary School Principal Robert Mclaurin had to turn away neighborhood families who didn’t qualify for free pre-K. Now those students have access to two great pre-K programs at schools such as Walnut Hill. The campus offers both a traditional pre-K program and a Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Pre-K program, which puts students on the path toward becoming bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish. Additionally, all pre-K students at Walnut Hill attend art, music, Mandarin Chinese classes, and much more.

“We now have neighborhood families coming to us in pre-K, seeing the academic excellence and learning options offered in on our schools, and sticking with us instead of going to a private school or charter school,” Mclaurin said. “I look forward to watching the tuition pre-K program continuing to grow in Dallas ISD to benefit many more families.”


Dallas ISD Avanza: Trece escuelas captan la atención por su excelente desempeño

La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD, el liderazgo del distrito y la comunidad se pusieron de pie para ovacionar a 13 escuelas que se esforzaron arduamente por mejorar el aprovechamiento estudiantil el año pasado y, por ello, ya no se encuentran en la lista de las escuelas con bajo rendimiento.

El Dallas ISD ha logrado una reducción significativa en el número de escuelas calificadas en necesidad de mejorar (IR), de 43 en 2013-2014, a solo cuatro en 2017-2018. En la Junta Escolar del 23 de agosto, el superintendente Michael Hinojosa atribuyó el impresionante cambio en las 13 escuelas a los líderes del distrito, los administradores en las escuelas y a los excelentes maestros.

“Cuando tienes a liderados comprometidos que no aceptan pretextos y establecen expectativas altas, pueden lograr un cambio importante en las escuelas”, dijo el superintendente Michael Hinojosa.

Las 13 escuelas que han mejorado considerablemente y ya no se encuentran en la lista IR son:

  • F. Carr Elementary School
  • Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School
  • Thomas A. Edison Middle School
  • N. Ervin Elementary School
  • Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School
  • Lincoln High School
  • James Madison High School
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
  • W. Ray Elementary School
  • J. Rhoads Elementary School
  • J. Rusk Middle School
  • Edward Titche Elementary School
  • George W. Truett Elementary School

El descenso significativo en número de escuelas IR es solo uno de los logros que muestran el éxito de Dallas ISD. Otros puntos sobresalientes incluyen:

  • 66 por ciento de las escuelas de Dallas ISD recibieron una puntuación de 80 por ciento o mayor bajo el nuevo Sistema de evaluación de la Agencia de Educación de Texas.
  • El Dallas ISD cuenta con seis de 12 escuelas a nivel estatal que recibieron la calificación más alta posible de 99 en el examen STAAR de 2018.
  • Más estudiantes de Dallas ISD están cumpliendo los estándares en el examen STAAR, al reducir la brecha entre el distrito y el estado:
    • 2013-2014: 27% Dallas ISD; 39% estado
    • 2017-2018: 40% Dallas ISD; 47% estado

Abre el periodo de nominación para el programa para estudiantes Talentosos y Dotados

El programa de Educación para Talentosos y Dotados (TAG) de Dallas ISD está aceptando nominaciones para estudiantes de 1o a 5o grado. Se aceptan nominaciones del 27 de agosto al 7 de septiembre.

Los padres, tutores legales y miembros de la comunidad pueden nominar a los estudiantes e incluso, los alumnos pueden nominarse a sí mismos.

Los paquetes informativos se encuentran con el maestro del programa TAG en las escuelas en su comunidad. Los alumnos deben estar inscritos en el Dallas ISD para poder ser evaluados. Para más información, visite la página del Departamento de Servicios Académicos Avanzados.


Posible apoyo adicional de Fundación Gates para doce escuelas secundarias

Los estudiantes de 12 escuelas secundarias de Dallas ISD podrían tener la oportunidad de lograr mejoras académicas constantes gracias a una subvención de $7.4 millones que la Fundación Gates otorgó al Institute for Learning (IFL), un programa del Learning Research and Development Center de la Universidad de Pittsburgh.

Previa aprobación de la Junta Escolar en septiembre, el programa IFL colaboraría con Dallas ISD para proporcionar capacitación profesional y servicios de apoyo a equipos de maestros y administradores de las escuelas secundarias seleccionadas. El objetivo de esta sociedad sería incrementar el número de estudiantes afroamericanos, hispanos, aprendices de inglés y alumnos de bajos recursos que al final del 9º grado han sido  identificados como alumnos que están cumpliendo con los requisitos para graduarse de la preparatoria.

La iniciativa Networks for School Improvement (NSI), de la Fundación de Bill and Melinda Gates, otorgó la subvención al IFL. NSI apoyará a las escuelas en su esfuerzo por mejorar y servir mejor a los estudiantes por medio de la elaboración de currículo y la implementación de las mejores prácticas.

Aunque la Fundación Gates aprobó la subvención recientemente, durante la sesión informativa de la Junta Escolar que se llevará a cabo en septiembre, se compartirán más detalles sobre esta posible colaboración y los beneficios para el distrito.


Best Schools In Dallas: Season 1 Recap

Season one of Best Schools in Dallas kicked off during the 2017-2018 school year, using Facebook Live to show viewers firsthand what makes Dallas ISD schools so special.

With Season 2 of Best Schools in Dallas starting the week of Sept. 10, now is the perfect time to catch up on everything that happened in Season 1.

Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School

Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence Middle School

E.D. Walker Middle School

J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard

Dan D. Rogers Elementary School

L.O. Donald Leadership Academy

 


Gates grant would provide additional supports for 12 secondary schools

Students at 12 Dallas ISD secondary schools may have the opportunity to make continuous academic improvement with the help of a $7.4 million Gates Foundation grant awarded to the Institute for Learning (IFL), an outreach of the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center.

Upon the Dallas ISD Board approval in September, the IFL would like to partner with Dallas ISD to provide professional learning and support services to teams of teachers and administrators from the selected secondary schools. The focus of the partnership would be to increase the number of African-American, English Learners, Latino, and low-income students identified as on track for high school graduation at by the end of ninth grade.

The Networks for School Improvement (NSI), an initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, awarded the grant today to the IFL. NSI will support schools in their efforts to improve and better serve students through curriculum development and best practice implementation.

While the grant was only recently approved by the Gates foundation, more details about the potential partnership and benefits to the district will be shared during the September board briefing.


Seven elementary schools net new uniforms donated by Smith Charities










On Friday, Aug. 24, students from seven Dallas ISD elementary schools celebrated a donation of uniforms to their schools by Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities and JCPenney with a pep rally-style event at Ellis Davis Field House.

John Quincy Adams, James Bowie, J.N. Ervin, Tom Field, Martin Luther King Jr., Umphrey Lee and Herbert Marcus elementary schools together received a total of 3,000 donated uniforms valued at $150,000. To showcase the donations, students from each school modeled examples of the uniforms on a raised runway. They also carried signs declaring how many uniforms their particular schools received this year through the program.

This is the fifth year Smith Charities and other partners have supplied uniforms to Dallas ISD students, with the donation growing each year. At the Aug. 24 event, students received free dental and vision screenings; and free school supplies and backpacks. Entertainment was provided by the David W. Carter High School Band, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and a DJ.


Camp Kindle teaches teachers how to use technology in the classroom (video)

Jiv Daya has donated kindles to grades 3–5 in six feeder patterns!

At Camp Kindle, several teachers from each network learned how to best use kindles as a learning tool. The training was done by Jiv Daya, Dallas ISD IT, Personalized Learning and the Blended Learning Coaches from School Leadership.

Watch the above video for a spooky fun look into the camp.