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Report: Dallas ISD leading the way in providing students with nutritious meals and snacks

Dallas ISD is leading the way among large Texas school districts in providing low-income students with nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day, according to a new report.

Children at Risk released a report on Wednesday that ranked Dallas ISD second among large school districts, with 75 percent of eligible students participating in school lunch and 63 percent participating in breakfast.

“Students who are not hungry and have eaten nutritious meals are healthier and ready to learn,” says Dr. Bob Sanborn, president and CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK. “The school districts at the top of our rankings are doing the very best at making sure low-income students have one of the most important tools they need to be successful in the classroom.”


Meet the Dallas ISD teacher assistant who just won a boxing match at Madison Square Gardens

Students at the School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove chuckled when Oscar Mojica, the school’s beloved teacher assistant who is also a professional boxer, got slightly nervous addressing the school.

Just four days earlier, Mejia had won the biggest boxing match of his life in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Gardens. And while Mojica called the victory a dream come true, he told the students that helping them succeed is more important.

“I do box. But what drives me the most is helping you with your education and helping you become who you want to be when you grow up,” Mojica said.

TAG in Pleasant Grove congratulated Mojica at a school assembly on his incredible victory on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City against a former Olympic boxer.

Mojica is a product of Oak Cliff who graduated from W.H. Adamson High School. In addition to working at TAG in Pleasant Grove and boxing, he is enrolled in college to get a degree and is committed to raising his two children.

“I come from the same place you all come from,” Mojica told the students. “I know what you go through, and I am here to do whatever I can to help you succeed.”


Wilmer-Hutchins teacher to dig into the California Gold Rush

A media specialist from Wilmer-Hutchins High School will be digging into the California Gold Rush over the summer.

Specifically, Valerie Tagoe will attend a seminar on the California Gold Rush at the University of California–Davis after having her application accepted for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher seminar.

“I am thrilled to attend this seminar and bring the information and lessons I learn back to my campus,” Tagoe said. “This will help me collaborate with our teachers on this major event from American history.”

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. The institute will pay for much of Tagoe’s airfare for the seminar, and Tagoe will stay for free on the UC campus.


Ocho estudiantes obtienen becas para TCU valoradas en $260,000 cada una

Riane Meekins, estudiante de Lincoln High School, intentó contener el llanto al explicar lo que significa para su familia recibir una beca que cubrirá el costo total de sus estudios en Texas Christian University (TCU).

Meekins, parte del grupo de ocho estudiantes de Dallas ISD nombrados como TCU Community Scholars, estaba junto a su madre mientras pensaba sobre su futuro.

“Esto significa que no tendré que preocuparme por tener que pagar prestamos o tener deudas”, dijo Meekins. “(Mi mamá) sabe que voy a estar bien en la universidad, que no voy a tener dificultades”.

El 19 de marzo, representantes de TCU visitaron Lincoln High School, David W. Carter High School, y Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, para darles a los estudiantes la excelente noticia. Todos se mostraron visiblemente emocionados y contentos por dicho logro.

Los estudiantes elegidos como TCU Community Scholars son:

Carter High School
Sederick Oliver

Lincoln High School
Kevion Graham
Riane Meekins

Obama MLA
Oliyadi Girma
Jalen Lampkin
Savoy Curd
Dominick Gay
Christian Díaz


Specialized Programs Science Fair brings hands-on learning to students with special needs

The first annual Specialized Programs Science Fair was held at Thomas Jefferson High School on March 2.

Students from the Functional Living Skills program, the Total Communication/Autism program, and the Activities of Daily Living program participated in the fair. Projects ranged from the use of static electricity to animate butterfly wings to the design of a homemade cell phone charger. All of the participants enjoyed explaining their projects to the judges.

Special thanks

Loni Coots, Jared Tavares, and Jonathan Kramer from the STEM Science Department volunteered to judge the event. Lisa Trent-Wilder checked the projects and made sure that each project met certain guidelines.

Thomas Jefferson High School donated the space and support for the event. Laura Lyle, Evelyn J. Watts, Dr. Raquel Galvan, and Sandi Massey made this possible.

Thanks to the dedicated teachers and staff who pulled this event together. Teachers Dorcas Kassebaum from McNair Elementary, Jessica Degnan from North Dallas High School, Megan Vance and Kristen Neal from Lang Middle School, and Heidi Zeko from Hexter Elementary led the charge and were supported by Special Education staff, parents and family members.

A great time was had by all!


Estudiantes brillan durante debate organizado por el alcalde

A principios de este mes, cuatro estudiantes de Dallas ISD compitieron en el “Mayor’s Cup Debate”, organizado por el alcalde Mike Rawlings y la Dallas Urban Debate Alliance.

El tema del debate fue, “¿Debe Estados Unidos elevar el límite de refugiados que acepta a 75,000?”.  Olivia Northcutt-Wyly, de la School of Science and Engineering, y Asya Taylor, de la Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, debatieron a favor y Zoe Osborn y Christian Mendoza de la School for the Talented and Gifted presentaron argumentos en contra.

Los jueces eligieron a Osborn y Mendoza como ganadores, mientras que Northcutt-Wyly y Taylor fueron seleccionados por el público.

La organización sin fines de lucro, Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, fundada en 2007, apoya el acceso a programas de debate competitivos en preparatorias en el área de Dallas.


Rotary Club wants to honor teachers who go the extra mile

The Rotary Club of Dallas invites nominations from all district schools for its annual Service Above Self Teacher Awards. The award provides an opportunity to publicly applaud Dallas ISD teachers and to reward those who have demonstrated excellence in their profession by “going the extra mile.”

Applications may be submitted by Dallas ISD teachers on their own behalf or by other individuals on behalf of a teacher. Winning recipients each receive a customized engraved plaque and a cash award from the Rotary Club of Dallas.
April 15 is the application deadline. To learn more or to nominate a deserving teacher, go here.

Eight seniors earn full-ride scholarships to TCU valued at $260,000 each



Lincoln High School senior Riane Meekins tried to hold back tears as she talked about what a full-ride scholarship to Texas Christian University meant to her family.

As one of eight Dallas ISD seniors named a TCU Community Scholar, Meekins stood next to her mom and thought about the impact the scholarship valued at $260,000 would have on her future.

“This means I don’t have to worry about me having to pay back student loans or being in debt,” Meekins said. “(My mom) is going to know that I’m going to be okay when I’m in college, I’m not going to have to struggle.”

All eight Dallas ISD seniors who earned the full-ride scholarships to TCU were noticeably overwhelmed with joy and emotion on March 19. On that day, TCU visited Lincoln High School, David W. Carter High School, and the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy to tell the students they had been selected as TCU Community Scholars.

The 2019 Dallas ISD recipients are:

Carter High School
Sederick Oliver

Lincoln High School
Kevion Graham
Riane Meekins

Obama MLA
Oliyadi Girma
Jalen Lampkin
Savoy Curd
Dominick Gay
Christian Diaz


Alumnos utilizan el poder de la poesía para obtener becas

Fue una noche inolvidable para el evento inaugural Poetry Slam de Dallas ISD en Edison Learning Center ya que se sintió en el auditorio la energía y la emoción de los estudiantes, los padres orgullosos y los compañeros que se presentaron para demostrar su apoyo.

Los estudiantes participantes estuvieron compitiendo para recibir becas de $10,000 a través de una generosa donación del empresario, Roland Parrish. Su contribución caritativa proporciona un apoyo para que los estudiantes tengan la oportunidad de lograr una educación superior.

Más de 100 estudiantes de quinto grado, representando 60 escuelas, demostraron un talento impecable y creatividad literaria bajo el tema “Yo, Mi comunidad, Mi futuro” (“Me, My Community, My Future”). Los estudiantes fueron retados a escribir y presentar poesía usando como inspiración la comunidad en que viven. Sus palabras cobraron vida gracias al poder de su voz y ademanes dramáticos. El evento culminó con tres ganadores que utilizaron la plataforma para exhibir una visión comunal y para transmitir un mensaje de empoderamiento con presentaciones sobresalientes.

Este concurso fue un esfuerzo colaborativo del Departamento de Artes de Lenguaje y Lectura de Dallas ISD y la Oficina de Equidad Racial, que se asociaron con la plataforma Flocabulary, para darles a los estudiantes la oportunidad de expresarse a través de la poesía.

Ike Ramos, artista de Flocabulary, platicó sobre el poder detrás de la poesía.

“La poesía es una manera excelente de expresarse”, Ramos indicó. “estamos inculcando una destreza que puede transmitirse a muchas áreas y oportunidades de la vida.”

Los tres ganadores recibirán las becas después de graduarse de la preparatoria y también tendrán la oportunidad de hacer una presentación en el evento anual “Read for Me” el sábado, 23 de marzo, en W.H. Adamson High School, donde repartirán más de 10,000 libros.

Los ganadores son:

Primer lugar ($5,000): Otto Darnell, Eduardo Mata Elementary School

Segundo lugar ($3,000): Heidi Trinidad, School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove

Tercer lugar ($2,000): Evan Smith, Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School


Alumnos quienes digan NO a drogas y alcohol, pueden recibir atuendo para baile de graduación gratis

La temporada de los bailes de graduación está a la vuelta de la esquina. El programa Buzz Free Dress & Suit Giveaway proporcionará un atuendo de fiesta para los estudiantes que se comprometan a vivir libres de drogas y alcohol. El evento es el sábado, 30 de marzo de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m. en Townview Magnet Center, ubicado en 1201 E. 8 St. Los interesados ​​en asistir deben registrarse por adelantado en www.surveymonkey.com/r/buzzfree2019 .


High schoolers who commit to being drug- and alcohol-free can get free prom attire

Prom season is just around the corner!

The Buzz Free Dress & Suit Giveaway will provide free prom attire for students who commit to being drug- and alcohol-free. The event is 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Townview Magnet Center, 1201 E. 8th St.

Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance at www.surveymonkey.com/r/buzzfree2019.


Students invited to compete in the Digital Media Fair Competition

The STEM Health and Physical Education Department is encouraging all 4th – 12th graders in Dallas ISD to participate in the 2019 Digital Media Fair Competition. Together with the department’s Tech Fest, which was held at the STEM Expo in February, the Digital Media Fair provides an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and understanding of ways they can choose to live a healthy lifestyle utilizing technology and problem solving skills.

This year the students are being challenged to explore how STEM works in their community by coming up with their own creative and unique solution to a real-world problem. The competition was inspired by the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, but has been designed specifically for Dallas ISD students.

“STEM is more than just Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Barbara Johnson, Director of STEM Health and Physical Education. “STEM is providing a school culture that teaches all students to be creative problem solvers, with Health Literacy and Physical Literacy being two key components of that culture.”

The Digital Media Fair competition which opened on Nov. 1, 2018 will culminate with the winning projects being presented at the Get Kidz Fit Festival on Saturday, April 13 at Fair Park in Dallas. The deadline to submit entries has been extended to Sunday, March 31.

For more information about how to compete in the Digital Media Fair, rules, judging, prizes and sample projects please visit the website at: http://tiny.cc/18-19MediaFair.


Students use the power of poetry to win grand slam scholarships

The inaugural Dallas ISD poetry slam was nothing short of a memorable night at the Edison Learning Center, as infectious energy filled the auditorium with excited students, proud parents, and supportive peers.

Participating students competed for $10,000 in scholarship awards through a generous donation from business entrepreneur Roland Parrish. His charitable contribution provides a stepping stone for kids to achieve opportunities in higher education.

More than 100 fifth-graders from 60 schools exhibited impeccable talent and literary creativity under the theme “Me, My Community, My Future,” which challenged students to write and perform poetry related to their communities, using the power of voice and dramatic gestures to bring their words to life. Ultimately, three winners used this platform to showcase their communal visions and empowering messages with outstanding slam performances.

This competition was a collaborative effort of the Dallas ISD Reading Language Arts Department and the Racial Equity Office, which partnered with Flocabulary to give students an opportunity to express themselves through the power of poetry.

Flocabulary artist Ike Ramos discussed the power behind poetry.

“Poetry is a great way to have a voice,” said Ramos. “You’re cultivating a skill that’s relatable to so many areas and opportunities in life.”

All three winners will receive their scholarship money upon high school graduation and will also have the opportunity to perform at the annual “Read for Me” event on Saturday, March 23, at W.H. Adamson High School, which will include a giveaway of more than 10,000 books.

First-place ($5,000): Otto Darnell, Eduardo Mata Elementary School

Second-place ($3,000): Heidi Trinidad, School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove

Third-place ($2,000): Evan Smith, Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School


Student debate skills shine during Mayor’s Cup

Four Dallas ISD students competed in the Mayor’s Cup Debate earlier this month, hosted by Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance.

The topic for debate was to discuss whether the United States should raise its refugee admissions ceiling to 75,000. Students debating in support of the statement were Olivia Northcutt-Wyly of the School of Science and Engineering and Asya Taylor of the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet. Debating against the statement were Zoe Osborn and Christian Mendoza of the School for the Talented and Gifted.

Student debaters with Mayor Mike Rawlings

The judges selected Osborn and Mendoza as the debate winners, while Northcutt-Wyly and Taylor were selected as the audience choice.

The nonprofit Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, founded in 2007, supports the access of competitive academic debate to high schools in the Dallas area.


Reunión acerca del presupuesto del Dallas ISD para el 2019-2020

Se alienta a los padres, empleados del distrito y la comunidad a acudir a dos reuniones comunitarias para obtener información acerca de la propuesta de presupuesto del Dallas ISD para el año 2019-2020. Las reuniones son parte del proceso presupuestario del distrito y están abiertas al público. Ambas reuniones comenzarán a las 6 p.m. el:

• Martes, 19 de marzo, en Justin F. Kimball High School
• Jueves, 21 de marzo, en North Dallas High School

Ambas reuniones serán conducidas por el Acting Chief Financial Officer Dwayne Thompson y proporcionarán a los padres y miembros de la comunidad una excelente oportunidad de hacer preguntas y proporcionar sus opiniones.


Dallas ISD ofrecerán alimentos gratis durante vacaciones de primavera en 27 escuelas

El Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil (FCNS) de Dallas ISD ofrecerá alimentos gratis en 27 escuelas durante el receso de primavera. Para recibir este servicio, los estudiantes deben tener 18 años de edad o menos, o hasta 21 años si son estudiantes con necesidades especiales.

Este programa es una iniciativa importante diseñada para proporcionar a los estudiantes alimentos nutritivos, aun durante las vacaciones. Algunas cocinas en el distrito permanecerán abiertas y ofrecerán alimentos gratis a todos los niños, sin importar donde vivan o estén inscritos.

Los alimentos se servirán del lunes, 11 de marzo, al jueves, 14 de marzo, e incluirán un aperitivo por la mañana, de 8 – 9 a.m. y almuerzo de 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Asimismo, habrá actividades educativas y de enriquecimiento para los estudiantes. FCNS se enfoca en proporcionar alimentos nutritivos, educación sobre la importancia de seguir una dieta nutritiva, y actividades que apoyan un estilo de vida saludable y ayudan a estimular el aprendizaje exitoso.

Para ver la lista de escuelas participantes, visite: www.dallasisd.org/Page/52614


Regístrese hoy para el evento gratuito de alfabetización familiar ‘Read for Me’ el 23 de marzo

Read for Me, es una experiencia de alfabetización multicultural interactiva, diseñada para inculcar el amor por los libros y la lectura en los padres, estudiantes y la comunidad.

El evento se realizará de 8 a.m.-1 p.m. el sábado, 23 de marzo, en W.H. Adamson High School, 309 E. 9th St. La admisión y el estacionamiento son gratuitos.

Además del desayuno, almuerzo y regalos de más de 10,000 libros, el evento incluirá charlas por el orador motivador Danny Brassell y Ike Ramos, un artista de Flocabulary, una compañía que hace canciones educativas de hip hop, videos y materiales de aprendizaje para estudiantes. Vea más información en www.dallasisd.org/readforme. Regístrese gratis para el evento aquí.


Compañeros de clase de Hexter Elementary School dan calurosa despedida al equipo de Olimpiadas Especiales





Fue una mañana de estrellas de rock para el equipo de Olimpiadas Especiales en Victor H. Hexter Elementary School: fanáticos animándolos, una gran cantidad de entrevistas de los medios y un desfile de victoria para establecer el tono del día.

Todos los alumnos de la escuela se alinearon en los pasillos para darles a los siete competidores una cálida despedida antes de que partieran a las Olimpiadas Especiales del distrito el jueves 6 de marzo en Wilmer-Hutchins High School. Hubo carteles hechos a mano, algarabía y las porristas de la escuela mostrando su apoyo en Hexter antes de que los estudiantes subieran al autobús.

Heidi Zeko, quien es la entrenadora de los atletas olímpicos especiales de Hexter, dijo que la organización es excelente para atletas de todas las edades y habilidades.

“Les da confianza, la oportunidad de participar en algo que normalmente nunca pudieran participar, y les hace sentir que pueden hacer cualquier cosa”, dijo Zeko. “(La despedida es) maravillosa, porque estos son sus amigos y compañeros durante todo el año. El ver este apoyo de sus amigos que ven diariamente en la escuela, tiene significancia sinigual. Es fantástico.”

Otras escuelas que participaron en la competencia fueron Bryan Adams High School, Robert T. Hill Middle School, J.L. Long Middle School, W.H. Gaston Middle School, Harold W. Lang Sr. Middle School, Bayles Elementary School, Edwin J. Kiest Elementary School y Highland Meadows Elementary School.


Se programan reuniones públicas para tratar el presupuesto propuesto para

Invitamos a los padres, el personal y a la comunidad a que asistan a las reuniones comunitarias que se llevarán a cabo para que reciban información sobre el presupuesto propuesto de Dallas ISD para el año escolar 2019-2020. Las reuniones son parte del proceso de presupuesto anual del distrito y están abiertas al público. Ambas reuniones están programadas para las 6 p.m. y tendrán lugar el:

• Martes, 19 de marzo, en Justin F. Kimball High School
• Jueves, 21 de marzo, en North Dallas High School

Ambas reuniones serán dirigidas por el director financiero interino Dwayne Thompson, y los padres y miembros de la comunidad tendrán oportunidad para hacer preguntas y comentarios.


27 escuelas de Dallas ISD ofrecerán alimentos gratis durante vacaciones de primavera

El Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil (FCNS) de Dallas ISD ofrecerá alimentos gratis en 27 escuelas durante el receso de primavera. Para recibir este servicio, los estudiantes deben tener 18 años de edad o menos, o hasta 21 años si son estudiantes con necesidades especiales.

Este programa es una iniciativa importante diseñada para proporcionar a los estudiantes alimentos nutritivos, aun durante las vacaciones. Algunas cocinas en el distrito permanecerán abiertas y ofrecerán alimentos gratis a todos los niños, sin importar donde vivan o estén inscritos.

Los alimentos se servirán del lunes, 11 de marzo, al jueves, 14 de marzo, e incluirán un aperitivo por la mañana, de 8 – 9 a.m. y almuerzo de 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Asimismo, habrá actividades educativas y de enriquecimiento para los estudiantes. FCNS se enfoca en proporcionar alimentos nutritivos, educación sobre la importancia de seguir una dieta nutritiva, y actividades que apoyan un estilo de vida saludable y ayudan a estimular el aprendizaje exitoso.

Para ver la lista de escuelas participantes, visite: https://www.dallasisd.org/Page/52614


Free meals, activities available during Spring Break week at select sites

The Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services Department will offerfree meals at 27 select campuses during Spring Break. The meals are available for students up to 18 years old and special needs students up to age 21.

The Break Meals Program is a major initiative designed to provide students nutritious meals during their vacation. Select kitchens across the district will remain open and free to all children, regardless of where they live or are enrolled.

Meals will be provided Monday, March 11, through Thursday, March 14, which will include a breakfast snack from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon.

Educational and enrichment activities will also be available. FCNS focuses its efforts in providing nourishing meals, nutrition education, and activities that support a healthy lifestyle and fuel successful learning.

Find a participating school near you here.


Equipo culinario de Conrad gana desafío anual








Estudiantes de artes culinarias de cuatro preparatorias de Dallas ISD compitieron recientemente en el cuarto desafío anual Cooking Up Change.

Seis equipos, uno de Bryan Adams, uno de Conrad, dos de Molina y dos de Skyline, desarrollaron menús para el almuerzo que ofrecían un plato fuerte, una verdura y un postre. Los estudiantes prepararon almuerzos para cinco jueces y espectadores el evento del 28 de febrero.

Los menús debían ser nutritivos, tener un sabor fantástico y un precio de $1.40 o menos por cada porción.

La Amenaza Dorada, equipo de Conrad, se destacó y ganó un viaje pagado a la conferencia de la Asociación de restaurantes de Texas en Houston para este verano. El equipo se compone de María Cruz, Nicolás León y Leidy Morales. Los jueces se impresionaron con la quesadilla picosa de quínoa con maíz jugoso, seguido por un postre helado de durazno y fresa. Su instructora, la chef Cheryl Harris, ganó el desafío de los instructores, un concurso amistoso entre los maestros culinarios.

Los Cocineros con Crocs, equipo de Skyline, calificó en segundo lugar con su Explosión de espaguetis, ensalada caprese y postre de durazno y crema. 2 Legit 2 Quit, otro equipo de Skyline, calificaron en tercer lugar con su taco de pollo, maíz dulce y yogur de fruta.

Los estudiantes de Dallas ISD podrán ver algunos de los alimentos ganadores en sus bandejas el próximo año escolar.

Haga clic aquí para ver más fotos.


Estudiantes de secundaria aprenden sobre marcas y empresas durante conferencia

Estudiantes de cuatro secundarias de Dallas ISD aprendieron sobre marcas, empresas, conceptos de diseño, fundamentos de finanzas, programación y tecnología en la segunda conferencia anual titulada Innovate(her), presentada por Capital One y el Instituto de innovación y emprendimiento de la Universidad de Texas en Dallas.

Socios de Capital One, estudiantes de UTD y profesionales de la comunidad sirvieron de mentores para las estudiantes de Hector P. Garcia Middle School, J.L. Long Middle School, D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School e Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School durante el evento, que contó con las siguientes actividades:

Comet Cents: Un juego interactivo que retó a las estudiantes a crear un presupuesto poniendo en marcha métodos prácticos.
Pitch Perfect: Las estudiantes aprendieron cómo persuadir a sus compañeras mediante presentaciones de sus ideas.
Design Thinking: Las estudiantes diseñaron en pareja una mejor rutina matutina para sus compañeras usando la empatía para identificar el problema, resolverlo teniendo en cuenta las necesidades del cliente y luego perfeccionar su solución con las reseñas de los demás y revisiones.
Coders: Las estudiantes crearon su propia app móvil que trató de un juego de aplastar topos difíciles de eliminar en un campo.


Comienza la semana de desayunos escolares con un concurso de licuados


¡Dallas ISD dio inicio a la semana nacional del desayuno escolar el lunes con un concurso de licuados y mucho sabor!

Aproximadamente 50 estudiantes de cinco equipos inventaron licuados únicos durante el concurso que se llevó a cabo en Sunset High School. Las recetas de los licuados debían cumplir con ciertas reglas y llevar frutas frescas. El licuado ganador del equipo de Sunset se podrá servir en varias escuelas del distrito el próximo año escolar.

El Departamento de servicios alimenticios y nutrición infantil de Dallas ISD realizará varios eventos esta semana para dar a conocer el programa de desayuno escolar. Las actividades incluirán servir alimentos de desayuno durante el almuerzo, un concurso de arte de estudiantes de primaria y un desafío de desayuno que durará cinco días para los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria.


Skyline’s Aspen Challenge team aims to help immigrants be successful




Skyline High School’s Aspen Challenge Team is working to design a program to support immigrants by gathering valuable resources in one place to welcome them into the community.

Their challenge is one of five they could choose in the eight-week competition, in which 20 Dallas ISD high schools are working to create real solutions to real problems. Later in March, the teams will present what they have done and vie for a spot in the finals in Aspen, Colo.

“Our goal is to empower immigrants by creating a One Stop Shop Community Resource Fair and Panel Discussion that will connect them to the people, places, and resources that enable them to build successful lives and enrich our community,” said Darion Walton, who coaches Skyline’s “Resilience” team.

The panel discussion in early March featured representatives from the Dallas Police Department, Workforce, Catholic Charities and others whose work touches on immigration-related topics. Afterward, a community fair at the school gathered many of the resources immigrants could find useful to find success in Dallas.

“Diversity is one of Dallas’ strengths,” Walton said. “We believe if all Dallas residents feel empowered and valued, it will result in more new businesses stabilizing our local economy, a flourishing arts community, new voices and leadership at community meetings, and creative approaches to addressing our city’s challenges.”


Classmates give Hexter Elementary Special Olympics team sweet sendoff





It was a rock-star kind of morning for the Special Olympics team at Victor H. Hexter Elementary School: adoring fans cheering them on, a blitz of media interviews and a victory parade to set the tone for the day.

The entire school lined the hallways to give the seven competitors a warm sendoff before the district Special Olympics meet on Thursday, March 6, at Wilmer-Hutchins High School. There were handmade signs, high-fives and the school’s cheerleaders showing their support at Hexter before the students got on the bus.
Heidi Zeko, who coaches the Hexter Special Olympians, said the organization is a great one for athletes of all ages and abilities.
“It gives them confidence, it gives them a chance to participate in something they would normally never get to do, and it makes them feel like they could do anything,” Zeko said. “(The sendoff is) wonderful because these are their friends and their classmates and their peers all year long. To see this support from their friends they see every day, it just means a lot. It’s terrific.”
Other schools that participated in the meet were Bryan Adams High School, Robert T. Hill Middle School, J.L. Long Middle School, W.H. Gaston Middle School, Harold W. Lang Sr. Middle School, Bayles Elementary School, Edwin J. Kiest Elementary School and Highland Meadows Elementary School.

Register today for free ‘Read for Me’ family literacy event on March 23

Read for Me is an interactive, multi-cultural literacy experience designed to instill a love for books and reading in parents, students, and community members.

The event is set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at W.H. Adamson High School, 309 E. 9th St. Admission and parking are free.

In addition to breakfast, lunch and giveaways of 10,000-plus books, the event will feature talks by motivational speaker Danny Brassell and Ike Ramos, an artist from Flocabulary, a company that creates educational hip hop songs, videos and learning materials for students.

Learn more at www.dallasisd.org/readforme. Register today for the free event here.


Public meetings set to discuss proposed 2019-2020 budget

Parents, staff and the community are encouraged to attend two community budget meetings to obtain information about the Dallas ISD 2019-2020 proposed budget. The meetings are part of the annual district budget process and are open to the public. Both meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. and will take place on:

• Tuesday, March 19, at Justin F. Kimball High School
• Thursday, March 21, at North Dallas High School

Both meetings will be led by Acting Chief Financial Officer Dwayne Johnson and will provide parents and members of the community excellent opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.


Dallas ISD legends to join Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019

The Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 has been revealed – the list comprises five legendary former student-athletes, a prominent pair of girls’ basketball coaches, a former Major League Baseball hitting instructor and a longtime announcer.

The nine inductees tapped for this year’s Hall of Fame include: Gary Blair, Doug English, Michael Ensley, Rudy Jaramillo, Harvey Martin, Roy “Robot” Martin, J.D. Mayo, Barbara Brown-McCoy and John Pritchett.

For the second year, Dallas ISD is celebrating stellar individuals who have accomplished significant milestones in sports and in life. Often nominated by their peers and athletes they have mentored, these greats have been selected following a rigorous vetting process that considered their accomplishments, impact on Dallas school athletics, and career contributions. Hall of Fame honorees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character.

The 2019 class will be introduced at the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, April 26, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, presented by Credit Union of Texas. As per the induction requirements, each living inductee, whether retired or active, is expected to attend the ceremony.

The goal of the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame is to acknowledge athletes, coaches and supporters who have raised the level of public awareness and appreciation for high school athletics through their distinguished achievement and excellence, both on and off the field of competition. While virtually all have created a lasting legacy in the district’s sports community, the inductees’ successes have often garnered recognition at state, national and international levels.

Gary Blair began his journey as a standout all-city baseball player at Bryan Adams High School. Blair currently serves as head coach for the women’s basketball team at Texas A&M University, where he led A&M to the 2011 NCAA Championship. Since his appointment in 2003, he has transformed the program into a national powerhouse, which now holds the school record for most wins in Aggie history.

Doug English was a two-sport letterman at Bryan Adams High School in football and track & field. In 1975 English was drafted by the Detroit Lions and embarked on a 10-year professional career, which was highlighted by 59 quarterback sacks.

Michael Ensley’s arrival at LincolnHigh School in 1998 quickly set high standards for future teams as he led the Lady Tigers to three state titles in 1999, 2004 and 2008, establishing the Lady Tigers as among the all-time best in Texas girls basketball history.

Rudolpho “Rudy” Jaramillo, a graduate of Sunset High School, has played a major role behind the scenes in the development and success for some of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars throughout his career as a hitting coach for teams such as the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.

Harvey Martin’s path to NFL stardom began at South Oak Cliff High School where his talents scored him a place with the Dallas Cowboys in 1973. Martin went to four Pro Bowls and was named co-MVP of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl XII victory. He passed away in 2001 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer, but his legacy lives on.

Roy “Robot” Martin is regarded as one of the greatest high school sprinters of all-time, an accomplishment that earned him the nickname, “Robot.” His record-breaking speeds at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School propelled him to a spot on the U.S. track team at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

J.D. Mayo’s impact on the game of basketball has spanned nearly five decades in North Texas. During his 33-year career at Skyline High School, Mayo made a massive difference in the lives of student-athletes as the head coach. He still holds the record for most wins in district history.

Barbara Brown-McCoy is considered a trailblazer in Dallas ISD athletics for her accomplishments as a student-athlete, head coach and administrator at South Oak Cliff High School. Following her stellar career, Brown-McCoy continued to blaze new paths in her appointment as Dallas ISD’s first-ever female campus athletic director in 2001.

John Pritchett is a graduate of W.H. Adamson High School whose tenure in athletics spans 50-plus years as announcer for Dallas ISD athletic events and 30-plus years as an announcer for UIL State Track & Field Meets.


May Elementary School realiza festejo para apoyar a director en los premios HEB Excellence in Education









El lunes, 4 de marzo, Israel Rivera recibió una agradable sorpresa al entrar al auditorio de su escuela.

Rivera, quien es director de José “Joe” May Elementary School, fue nombrado uno de cinco finalistas en los premios HEB Excellence in Education. Representantes de HEB le presentaron un cheque de $1,000 a Rivera, y uno de $2,500 a la escuela. Los estudiantes y el personal escolar lo estaban esperando con pancartas que tenían palabras de agradecimiento y de apoyo.

En mayo, viajará a Austin donde al igual que los otros cuatro finalistas, espera lograr el máximo honor además de otros premios adicionales.

Rivera es director de May Elementary School desde que abrió sus puertas en agosto de 2016. Anteriormente, fue director de Harrell Budd Elementary School, y maestro en las primarias

James Bowie y Mount Auburn. Después de graduarse de Skyline High School en 1994, asistió a la Universidad de Texas en Austin y a la Universidad del Norte de Texas.

Más recientemente, Rivera fue finalista para director del año en la categoría de primarias para el año escolar 2018-2019 en Dallas ISD.


Se realiza primer torneo de debate para estudiantes de 5º grado en Edison Middle School

En Dallas ISD ha habido un programa de debate en las secundarias por más de 10 años, por lo que este año, el distrito decidió comenzar un programa piloto para estudiantes de 5º grado. Se seleccionaron 15 escuelas del distrito para participar en el programa piloto para primarias y se utilizó como base el currículo del programa DebateAble.

De septiembre a marzo, los entrenadores y estudiantes asistieron a prácticas y talleres después de clases para prepararse para el torneo. El currículo de este nivel esta diseñado para mejorar el pensamiento critico y las habilidades organizativas, el trabajo en equipo y de oratoria, mientras aprenden y educan a los demás a través de argumentos serios, persuasivos y civilizados. Los dos temas que se debatieron este año fueron: Estudiantes de 5º grado deben hacer tarea, y Los videojuegos son malos para los niños.

Este último tema fue el que se debatió durante el torneo de fin de año, It’s A DebateAble Elementary Debate Tournament, que se llevó a cabo el sábado, 2 de marzo, en Edison Middle School. El torneo contó con la participación de más de 50 estudiantes de 5º grado de 11 escuelas de Dallas ISD, en el que todos los equipos tuvieron que argumentar a favor y en contra de la premisa.

El premio en la categoría de las escuelas fue para George H. W. Bush Elementary School. Alex Privado, estudiante de 5º grado en Larry Smith Elementary School, fue seleccionado mejor orador. Abajo pueden ver la lista completa de premios, medallistas individuales y los integrantes más valiosos de los equipos de cada escuela.


National School Breakfast Week kicks off with a smoothie competition

Dallas ISD kicked off National School Breakfast Week on Monday in the tastiest way yet: with a smoothie competition!

Nearly 50 students on five teams thought up and blended their very own smoothies at the competition at Sunset High School. The smoothies followed set guidelines and included fresh fruits and nuts. The winning smoothie from the Sunset team could be served at schools across the district next school year.

The Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services Department is hosting a number of events this week to bring awareness to the School Breakfast Program. Activities include offering breakfast items during lunch, an elementary school art contest, and a five-day breakfast challenge for middle and high school students.


Conrad culinary team tastes victory in Cooking Up Change challenge








Culinary arts students from four Dallas ISD high schools competed recently in the fourth annual Cooking Up Change challenge.

Six teams – one from Bryan Adams, one from Conrad, two from Molina and two from Skyline – developed lunch menus featuring an entree, vegetable and dessert. Students prepared sample lunches for five judges and attendees of the Feb. 28 event.

The menus were called to be nutritiously sound, fantastically tasty and cost $1.40 or less per serving.

“The Golden Threat” from Conrad took the top honors and won a paid trip to the Texas Restaurant Association’s conference this summer in Houston. The team comprises Maria Cruz, Nicolas Leon and Leidy Morales. The judges were wowed by their Spicy Golden Quinoa Quesadilla with Juicy Golden Corn, followed by Golden Peach & Strawberry Parfait. Their instructor Chef Cheryll Harris also won the Instructors’ Challenge, a friendly contest among culinary arts teachers.

The “Cooks in Crocs” team from Skyline placed second with its Spaghetti Explosion, Capri Salad and Peaches n’ Cream. Also from Skyline, “2 Legit 2 Quit” took third with its Chicken Taco, Street Corn Cup and Fruit Yogurt.

Dallas ISD students could see some of the winning items on their lunch trays next school year.

See additional photos here.


Female middle school students learn personal branding, entrepreneurship at annual conference

Students from four Dallas ISD middle schools learned personal branding, entrepreneurship, design thinking, finance basics, coding and technology at the second annual Innovate(her) conference presented by Capital One and the University of Texas at Dallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Capital One associates, UTD students and professionals from the community served as mentors to the girls at the event, which featured activities such as:

  • Comet Cents An interactive game that challenged students to reimagine budgeting in a practical way.
  • Pitch Perfect: Students learned the art of persuasion by presenting a pitch to peers.
  • Design Thinking: Working in pairs, students designed a better morning routine for their partners using customer empathy to create a problem statement, solve the problem based on human needs and refined their solution through feedback and improved revisions.
  • Coders: Students created their own mobile app called “Mole Masher” that rids a field of pesky moles that kept popping up.

Hector P. Garcia Middle School, J.L. Long Middle School, D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School and the Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs.


Fifth-grader debaters bring their arguments to Edison Middle School

With a secondary debate program in Dallas ISD schools for more than 10 years, the the district piloted a debate program for fifth-graders this year. Using the DebateAble curriculum, 15 schools were selected from across Dallas ISD to participate in the elementary debate program.

Coaches and students attended after-school practices, workshops, and scrimmages from September to March. Educating self and others through thoughtful, persuasive and civil argument, the elementary debate curriculum is designed to enhance students critical thinking, organizational, teamwork and public speaking skills. The two resolutions that the students debated this year were: Fifth-grade students should do homework, and Video games are bad for children.

The latter topic was the resolution for the end of the year debate tournament that was held Saturday, March 2, at Edison Middle School. More than 50 fifth-graders from 11 schools competed in Dallas ISD It’s A DebateAble Elementary Debate Tournament where all teams had to argue one round affirmative and one round negative.

The overall school award went to George H. W. Bush Elementary. A fifth grader from Larry Smith Elementary, Alex Privado, received the top speaker award. Below is a complete list of school awards, individual medalist winners and most valuable team members from each campus.


Principal gets pep-rally surprise as HEB Excellence in Education finalist









Israel Rivera got a nice surprise on Monday, March 4, when he walked into his school’s auditorium.

Rivera, the principal of Jose “Joe” May Elementary School, has been named one of five finalists in the HEB Excellence in Education Awards. Representatives from HEB presented a check for $1,000 to Rivera, and another for $2,500 to the school. Students and staff were also waiting for him to return, holding up signs with words of thanks and encouragement.

In May, he will travel to Austin to compete with the other four finalists to vie for the top honors and additional prizes.

Rivera opened May Elementary as its principal in August 2016. He was previously the principal of Harrell Budd Elementary School, and before that served as a teacher at James Bowie and Mount Auburn elementary schools. After graduating from Skyline High School in 1994, he attended UT-Austin and UNT.

Most recently, Rivera was an elementary finalist for 2018-2019 Dallas ISD Principal of the Year.


Policías de Dallas ISD comparten sugerencias para mejorar la seguridad y protección en el distrito

El Departamento de gestión de riesgos (Risk Management) y el Departamento de policía del distrito de Dallas ISD compartieron varios recordatorios para ayudar a incrementar la seguridad y reducir el riesgo en todo el distrito.

El teniente de policías de Dallas ISD, Terri Thomas, dijo que, aunque los policías están a solo una llamada, la primera línea de defensa empieza con cada individuo.

“La primera persona que debes mantener segura es a ti mismo”, dijo Thomas. “Se consciente de la situación”.

En las escuelas y edificios, eso significa asegurarnos que el personal adecuado tenga radios y sepan cómo usarlos. El Oficial Derrick Anderson dijo que la policía del distrito puede escuchar todas las conversaciones transmitidas, así que hablar del almuerzo debería relegarse a palabras código breves. También dijo que los radios necesitan estar en cada ala y en cada planta del edificio.

Anderson dijo que el personal no debe dejar llaves o celulares sobre escritorios porque los escritorios pertenecen al distrito escolar y artículos personales dejados sin vigilancia o atención en una gaveta o sobre un escritorio son consideradas abandonadas. Eso significa que cualquier persona – incluyendo un estudiante – podría tomarlos posiblemente sin repercusiones legales.

La prevención es importante en el estacionamiento también, dijo. Las puertas traseras de camionetas y la tercera fila de asientos de las modelos SUV grandes son codiciadas por los ladrones, dijo, por ende, se recomienda estacionarse en reversa contra una pared para prevenir el acceso a los ladrones. Los oficiales también pueden acompañar a los empleados a sus carros por la noche.

Anderson advirtió contra la creencia que la mayoría de los crímenes ocurren en Dallas ISD y que es más acertado decir que el crimen ocurre en todas las áreas.

“Tenemos un excelente producto en Dallas ISD”, dijo él. “No queremos que pierdan la fe y esperanza. Están ocurriendo cosas muy buenas”.

Asegurar que todo el personal y los estudiantes mantengan visibles los gafetes de identificación es posiblemente la mejor manera de estar seguros en la escuela. Los gafetes inmediatamente identifican a alguien como una persona que pertenece a la escuela. Anderson dijo que cuando oficiales responden a una emergencia en una escuela, el gafete es importante para determinar qué está sucediendo.

“Si vengo a tu escuela y no tienes un gafete visible, ¿adivina dónde te encontrarás? Te encontrarás sobre el piso”, dijo él. La clave es empezar cada día con el enfoque de asegurar que cada persona que entre a la escuela traiga su gafete. “Eso te mantiene seguro. Si puedes cumplir con eso por la mañana, serás exitoso cuando se trate de la seguridad durante el día.”

La oficial Victoria Tsalikis animó a todos tomar seriamente los simulacros de cierre total, porque no se han tomado con esa actitud en el pasado.

“Cuando decimos que no puedes salir de un salón, no salgas de ese salón”, dijo ella. “No sabemos quién es la amenaza, y pareces la amenaza cuando te vemos caminando por el pasillo.

La seguridad y protección es un esfuerzo en equipo.

“Ayúdenos a ayudar a mantener a su escuela segura”, dijo Anderson. “Estás encargado de muchas vidas”.


Junta Escolar aprueba aumentos de sueldo a mitad de año para el Departamento de Operaciones

La Junta Escolar aprobó las recomendaciones de un estudio de salario conducido por Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) que instaba aumentos de sueldo a mitad de año para ciertos puestos en los departamentos de Alimentación y nutrición infantil, Policía y seguridad, Mantenimiento e instalaciones, Construcción, y Transporte escolar. El aumento resultará en cambios en la escala de sueldos y aumentos de compensación para 61% de los empleados en esos departamentos efectivos el 1 de marzo de 2019.

El estudio de TASB comparó los salarios y escalas de sueldo de los puestos en el Departamento de operaciones con el promedio de sueldo de puestos similares en el mercado laboral de Dallas. Las comparaciones se basan en trabajos que requieren habilidades, calificaciones y responsabilidades similares en otros distritos y empresas en el área.

El estudio encontró necesarios ajustes de salario para reclutar y retener empleados del mantenimiento de terrenos y servicios alimentarios. Como resultado, el estudio recomendó que el distrito proporcionará un aumento de sueldo inmediato a empleados en ciertas categorías para poder ser más competitivo en el mercado.

Algunas de las recomendaciones aprobadas por la Junta Escolar son:

  • Aumentar el sueldo mínimo a $12 por hora para todos los empleados.
  • Ajustes adicionales para empleados con experiencia con un salario en el rango inferior (por ejemplo, aquellos con un salario inferior al del mercado).
  • Reajustar los rangos de sueldo para que correspondan con las escalas del mercado.
  • Ajustar el sueldo para otros grupos de empleados durante el ciclo de preparación del presupuesto.
  • Crear una nueva estructura de sueldos para los Servicios de construcción.

Basado en la acción de la Junta Escolar, 1,900, o 61% de empleados en los departamentos de Policía y seguridad, Mantenimiento, Alimentación y nutrición infantil, y Transporte escolar recibirán un aumento de sueldo inmediato oscilando entre 9.6% y 15%. El costo anticipado para los aumentos por el resto del año fiscal es aproximadamente $1.6 millones, que procederá de los fondos de los presupuestos de operaciones generales e ingresos especiales del distrito.

Actualmente, TASB está conduciendo otro estudio para revisar los sueldos de todos los empleados del distrito. Los resultados serán presentados a la Junta Escolar en abril. Cualquier recomendación para ajustes en los sueldos como resultado del estudio, será considerada parte de las deliberaciones de presupuestos del distrito para el 2019-2020.


Dallas ISD solicita la opinión de la comunidad para el calendario estudiantil propuesto para el año escolar 2020-2021

Se invita a los padres, al personal, estudiantes y la comunidad en general a que revisen y den su opinión sobre el calendario propuesto para el año escolar 2020-2021. Para dejar su comentario o hacer una pregunta, haga clic aquí para llenar una encuesta corta, que estará disponible hasta el 15 de marzo.

Fechas importantes incluyen:

  • Maestros deben reportarse a trabajar el 8 de agosto.
  • El primer día de clases para los estudiantes será el lunes, 17 de agosto.
  • El último día de clases para los estudiantes será el jueves, 27 de mayo.
  • Días feriados incluyen Día del Trabajo (2 de sep.), vacaciones por el Día de Acción de Gracias (23 – 27 de nov.), vacaciones de invierno (21 de dic. – 5 de ene.)
  • Día de M.L. King (18 de ene.), Día de los presidentes (15 de feb.), receso de primavera (15 – 19 de mar.), y Día de la Recordación.
  • 9 y 16 de octubre son días libres para los estudiantes. El 9 de octubre es el día de la feria para estudiantes de primaria y el 16 de octubre para los estudiantes de secundaria.
  • El 9 de octubre será día de capacitación profesional para los maestros de secundaria y el 16 de octubre para los maestros de primaria.
  • 2 y 5 de abril están designados para reponer días perdidos por mal tiempo.
  • Los estudiantes asistirán a clases 172 días
  • Los maestros trabajarán un total de 185 días, que incluye 9 días de capacitación profesional y días de preparación.

Pendientes de cualquier cambio, se espera que la Junta Escolar tome en consideración el calendario para su aprobación en abril.


Dallas ISD solicita la opinión de la comunidad para el calendario estudiantil propuesto para el año escolar 2020-2021

Se invita a los padres, al personal, estudiantes y la comunidad en general a que revisen y den su opinión sobre el calendario propuesto para el año escolar 2020-2021. Para dejar su comentario o hacer una pregunta, haga clic aquí para llenar una encuesta corta, que estará disponible hasta el 15 de marzo.

Fechas importantes incluyen:

  • Maestros deben reportarse a trabajar el 8 de agosto.
  • El primer día de clases para los estudiantes será el lunes, 17 de agosto.
  • El último día de clases para los estudiantes será el jueves, 27 de mayo.
  • Días feriados incluyen Día del Trabajo (2 de sep.), vacaciones por el Día de Acción de Gracias (23 – 27 de nov.), vacaciones de invierno (21 de dic. – 5 de ene.)
  • Día de M.L. King (18 de ene.), Día de los presidentes (15 de feb.), receso de primavera (15 – 19 de mar.), y Día de la Recordación.
  • 9 y 16 de octubre son días libres para los estudiantes. El 9 de octubre es el día de la feria para estudiantes de primaria y el 16 de octubre para los estudiantes de secundaria.
  • El 9 de octubre será día de capacitación profesional para los maestros de secundaria y el 16 de octubre para los maestros de primaria.
  • 2 y 5 de abril están designados para reponer días perdidos por mal tiempo.
  • Los estudiantes asistirán a clases 172 días
  • Los maestros trabajarán un total de 185 días, que incluye 9 días de capacitación profesional y días de preparación.

Pendientes de cualquier cambio, se espera que la Junta Escolar tome en consideración el calendario para su aprobación en abril.


Dallas ISD solicita la opinión de la comunidad para el calendario estudiantil propuesto para el año escolar 2020-2021

Se invita a los padres, al personal, estudiantes y la comunidad en general a que revisen y den su opinión sobre el calendario propuesto para el año escolar 2020-2021. Para dejar su comentario o hacer una pregunta, haga clic aquí para llenar una encuesta corta, que estará disponible hasta el 15 de marzo.

Fechas importantes incluyen:

  • Maestros deben reportarse a trabajar el 8 de agosto.
  • El primer día de clases para los estudiantes será el lunes, 17 de agosto.
  • El último día de clases para los estudiantes será el jueves, 27 de mayo.
  • Días feriados incluyen Día del Trabajo (2 de sep.), vacaciones por el Día de Acción de Gracias (23 – 27 de nov.), vacaciones de invierno (21 de dic. – 5 de ene.)
  • Día de M.L. King (18 de ene.), Día de los presidentes (15 de feb.), receso de primavera (15 – 19 de mar.), y Día de la Recordación.
  • 9 y 16 de octubre son días libres para los estudiantes. El 9 de octubre es el día de la feria para estudiantes de primaria y el 16 de octubre para los estudiantes de secundaria.
  • El 9 de octubre será día de capacitación profesional para los maestros de secundaria y el 16 de octubre para los maestros de primaria.
  • 2 y 5 de abril están designados para reponer días perdidos por mal tiempo.
  • Los estudiantes asistirán a clases 172 días
  • Los maestros trabajarán un total de 185 días, que incluye 9 días de capacitación profesional y días de preparación.

Pendientes de cualquier cambio, se espera que la Junta Escolar tome en consideración el calendario para su aprobación en abril.


Schools celebrate Dr. Seuss, literacy








If you visited a Dallas elementary school on Friday, March 1, you might have thought green eggs and ham was on the lunch menu. However, that phrase, among other Seussian favorites, were read aloud to celebrate the late children’s author and highlight the importance of literacy.

The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a celebration of children’s literacy that is placed on our near the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss (born as Theodor Geisel in 1904). In schools, that often means volunteers visit classrooms to read aloud to children – particularly in elementary school.

At Lee A. McShan Jr. Elementary School, volunteers from Friendship-West Baptist Church and employees from Associa – a firm founded by former state Sen. John Corona – read to the children. Dallas ISD Trustee Dan Micciche, whose district incorporates McShan, also stopped by to read “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” to fifth-graders.

McShan has a booming immigrant population, and few had heard of the book before. Micciche said that particular Seuss book is great for new readers, but is also often given as gifts to graduating high school seniors. The story follows the lead character through several trials and tribulations.

“The main idea of the story is that you should never give up on yourself,” Micciche said. “When you are feeling depressed and alone, and you don’t know anybody else, those things are usually temporary.”

The United Way chose Julian T. Saldivar Elementary to focus its volunteer efforts and promote literacy.


Trustees approve mid-year raises for identified Operations positions

Trustees have approved the recommendations of a salary study conducted by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) calling for mid-year salary increases for certain job positions in Food & Child Nutrition Services, Police & Security, and Maintenance & Facilities Services, Construction Services, and Transportation Services. The action will result in pay scale changes and compensation increases for 61 percent of employees in those departments effective March 1, 2019.

The TASB study compared the salaries and pay scales for positions in the Operations division with average pay for similar positions in the Dallas labor market. Comparisons were based on jobs requiring similar skills, qualifications and responsibilities at other school districts and Dallas employers.

The study found that salary adjustments are needed to recruit and retain employees in grounds and food services. As a result the study recommended the district provide an immediate pay raise to employees in certain job categories to be more competitive in the market.

Among recommendations approved by trustees:

  • Raise the minimum wage for all employees to $12 per hour.
  • Add adjustments for experienced employees in the bottom half of the pay range (i.e., those below market pay).
  • Reset pay ranges to match market pay scales.
  • Adjust the pay for other groups of employees during the regular budget cycle.
  • Create a new pay structure for Construction Services.

Based on the Board’s action, 1,900, or 61% of employees in Police & Security, Maintenance, Food Services, Construction Services, and Transportation Services will receive immediate salary increases ranging from 9.6 percent to 15 percent. The anticipated cost for the raises for the remainder of the fiscal year is approximately $1.6 million, which will be covered with funds from the district’s general operating budget and special revenue funds.

TASB is currently conducting a second study to review the salaries of all other district employees. It’s expected the findings will be presented to the board in April. Any recommendations for salary adjustments as a result of that study will be considered as part of the district’s 2019-2020 budget deliberations.


Christian Nodal visita a alumnos de Greiner

El cantante Mexicano y nueva revelación musical juvenil, Christian Nodal, visitó la secundaria W. E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy.
Esta visita fue gracias a una colaboración de la fundación Latín Grammy Cultural Foundation y Ford Fund, con el propósito de apoyar a jóvenes Hispanos a desarrollar su talento y pasión por la música.
Moderado por Karen Falla de Univision 23, Christian contestó preguntas de los alumnos y compartió sobre su vida como cantante y le dio consejos a los jóvenes para salir adelante y tener éxito.
“Algo muy importante que quiero compartirles es que siempre sepan quienes son y que quiten hacer en su vida”, dijo Christian Nodal. “Nunca dejen que nadie los detenga a seguir sus sueños”.
Durante el evento, se otorgó $20,000 en instrumentos musicales al programa de música de la escuela. Además, el mariachi estudiantil de Greiner tuvo la gran oportunidad de tocar una canción con Christian.

Estudiantes recrean momento crucial del movimiento por los derechos civiles en Estados Unidos








El viernes, 22 de febrero, los estudiantes de John Neely Bryan Elementary School pudieron vivir un pequeño momento de la historia, gracias al senador estatal Royce West y un grupo pequeño de sus compañeros.

La visita del político formó parte de la celebración del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana de la escuela.

“Vamos a hacer algo distinto”, dijo West. “En lugar de ponerme acá enfrente de ustedes y pronunciar un discurso, les voy a hacer una pregunta. ¿Cuántos de ustedes han escuchado hablar sobre Rosa Parks?”.

La mayoría de los estudiantes levantó la mano, y lo mismo sucedió cuando les preguntó si sabían quién fue Thurgood Marshall. “Vamos a revivir lo que experimentó Rosa Parks y en esta ocasión, Thurgood Marshall la va a representar. Así que relájense y disfruten”.

Los estudiantes recrearon el momento en que Parks se rehusó a ceder su asiento en un autobús y tuvo que ir a juicio. Fue hallada culpable por violar la ley, aunque después su condena fue anulada. A diferencia de lo que sucedió en aquella ocasión, los demás estudiantes – quienes representaron al jurado – la declararon inocente.

West dijo que lo que hizo Parks fue un momento decisivo en el movimiento por los derechos civiles. Es importante recordar las contribuciones y la persecución a la que se ha enfrentado la comunidad afroamericana y por eso es significativo el mes de la historia afroamericana”, agregó el senador. “Aunque hemos avanzado, aún hay personas que sufren discriminación simplemente por el color de su piel”.

“Hubo una señorita, Rosa Parks, que decidió quedarse en su asiento porque ella había trabajado igual de duro que los demás”, afirmó West. “Espero que comprendan y aprecien la historia afroamericana”.

Además de la recreación, Tania Matts, estudiante de 5o grado, recitó el discurso con el que obtuvo el tercer lugar en el concurso de oratoria MLK Jr. en enero. El personal y los estudiantes también cantaron el “Black National Anthem” y recitaron los juramentos a las banderas de Estados Unidos y Texas, en inglés y en español.

La directora Tonya Anderson les presentó a los estudiantes un reto.

“Depende de ustedes seguir la lucha por la igualdad”, dijo Anderson. “Como dijo el senador, puede que entre nosotros se encuentre el próximo senador, abogado, médico, o incluso presidente de Estados Unidos. Sepan que confiamos en ustedes y sabemos que lo pueden lograr”.


Estudiantes con impedimentos visuales disfrutan visita a Museo de Arte de Dallas

Es un lunes por la mañana, y un grupo de estudiantes con impedimentos visuales de Dallas ISD están recorriendo el Museo de Arte de Dallas (DMA) y están simulando ser caballos.

La razón por la cual lo hacen es para conseguir la siguiente pista del juego de búsqueda que los guía por el museo. Erica Simms, maestra de estudiantes con impedimentos visuales en Dallas ISD, dijo que este tipo de actividad, ayuda a los estudiantes de primaria a ampliar sus destrezas.

“Este juego les está ayudando a tomar conciencia de su entorno en un ambiente desconocido”, dijo Simms. “Los estudiantes también están desarrollando la autodeterminación y estableciendo conexiones”.

El DMA y Dallas ISD están trabajando de manera conjunta para que estudiantes con impedimentos visuales puedan participar en un programa especial en el museo cada mes. Emily Wiskera, directora de programas de acceso del DMA, comentó que el programa hace posible que los estudiantes exploren el arte en el museo y después realizar una actividad de arte relacionada.


Estudiantes de Dallas ISD hacen donación a organizaciones a través de Common Cents



La 21a campaña anual Common Cents: Pennies from the Heart terminó con la presentación de un cheque el jueves, 21 de febrero, donde los estudiantes se reunieron con representantes de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro que eligieron apoyar.

Este año, 320 estudiantes de 30 escuelas, recaudaron cerca de $30,000 para así apoyar a 30 organizaciones. Durante los veintiún años del programa, estudiantes de Dallas ISD han logrado reunir más de $900,000.

Skyline High School, Dallas Environmental Science Academy y Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard son las escuelas que más dinero recaudaron en sus respectivos niveles de grado.

Juan González Puente, estudiante de 12o grado en Skyline recibió el Louise Gartner Scholarship Award, con un valor de $3,000. Gartner fundó el programa Common Cents.

Además de contribuir de forma económica, la meta es inculcar el amor por ayudar a los demás y entiendan la certeza de que cualquier persona, no importa la edad, puede marcar una diferencia positiva en su comunidad.


Estudiantes de C.F. Carr Elementary School toman parte en ejercicio de codificación auspiciado por Google












El miércoles, 20 de febrero, en el gimnasio de C.F. Carr Elementary School, se realizaron diferentes ejercicios de codificación que la empresa de tecnología Google presentó utilizando su currículo CS First.

CS First ofrece el plan de estudios de manera gratuita donde se enseña a los estudiantes a codificar, aun si los maestros no tienen experiencia previa en dicha actividad. Además, se utiliza Scratch, un programa de codificación visual, que sirve como introducción a la codificación.

Empleados de Google orientaron a los estudiantes por medio de un proceso con el que crearon una historia. Los estudiantes eligieron una embarcación y a los protagonistas, y se les mostró cómo dar vida a las olas, añadir efectos de sonido e incorporar diálogo entre los personajes.

El propósito es que los estudiantes se entusiasmen e interesen por la codificación, lo que podría resultar en la creación de un club de codificación en su escuela que les podría abrir posibilidades nuevas en el futuro.

Jamie Hill, portavoz de Google, dijo que su deseo es que la demostración de CS First sea una fuente de inspiración para los estudiantes.

“Esperamos que vean que la codificación es divertida e interesante”, dijo Hill. “En realidad se puede aplicar a cualquier cosa que les interese”.

Por la tarde, el congresista Marc Veasey visitó la escuela para observar a los estudiantes trabajar en la codificación.

“Quiero que sepan que cualquier persona lo puede hacer, no es solo para algunos, es para todos”, dijo Hill. “Ellos saben que hay trabajos excelentes, que tendrán la oportunidad de cambiar el mundo y hacerlo un lugar mejor para vivir. Y que la codificación e informática les puede ayudar a cumplir sus sueños”.


Community feedback sought on proposed 2020-2021 student calendar

Parents, staff, students and community members are invited to review and comment on the district’s proposed student calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. To provide feedback or pose questions, go here to participate in a short calendar survey, available through March 15.

Highlights:

  • Teachers report for work August 8.
  • The first day of class for students is Monday, August 17.
  • The last day for students is Thursday, May 27.
  • Holidays include Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Nov. 23-27), winter break (Dec. 21-Jan. 1),
  • M.L. King Day (Jan. 18), Presidents Day (Feb. 15), spring break (March 15-19), and Memorial Day.
  • October 9 and 16 are non-school days for all students. Oct. 9 is state fair day for elementary students. October 16 is state fair day for secondary students.
  • October 9 will serve as staff development day for secondary teachers. October 16 will serve as staff development day for elementary teachers.
  • Two days in April (April 2 and 5) are designated bad weather make-up days.
  • Students will attend school a total of 172 days
  • Teachers will work a total of 185 days, including 9 staff development days and 5 preparation days.

Pending changes to the draft, trustees will consider the calendar for approval in April.


Estudiante de Dallas ISD entre los finalistas en concurso de diseño de botas para Big Tex

El diseño de las botas de Big Tex para la Feria Estatal de Texas de 2019 es algo que se toma con mucha seriedad. Por ello, en Dallas ISD estamos orgullosos de apoyar a Noé Sánchez, estudiante de 9o grado en Skyline High School, que fue seleccionado como uno de los 10 finalistas entre 250 creativas propuestas recibidas.

La ilustración de Sánchez destaca su creatividad y define su representación de lo qué es el orgullo texano. Su trabajo original presenta la silueta del centro de Dallas, incluye una variedad de símbolos de Texas, además de una combinación de colores intensa que retrata una puesta de sol radiante típica de Texas.

El público decidirá la ilustración que aparecerá en las botas de Big Tex este año en la feria. Animamos a la comunidad de Dallas ISD a que voten en línea para apoyar a Sánchez. La votación estará abierta hasta las 10 a.m., del miércoles, 6 de marzo.

El concurso del diseño de las botas de Big Tex, auspiciado por Lucchese, les da a los aficionados a la feria la oportunidad de poner a prueba sus habilidades artísticas y crear un diseño único para el par de botas más grande en el estado.

Cada finalista será calificado de acuerdo a los siguientes puntos:
• Creatividad en el diseño
• Representación del orgullo texano
• Diseño para Big Tex

Para emitir su voto, visite https://bigtex.com/DesignMyBoots/.


Roosevelt students celebrate African American leaders through poster board competition






In celebration of Black History Month, a group of Roosevelt High School students used their creativity and research skills for a poster board competition.

Students created poster boards detailing the lives and accomplishments of African-American leaders. Roosevelt teacher Winifred Bell said she and other staff ended up learning from the students.

“These students worked hard on this project, and I am proud of what they have accomplished,” she said.

A group of Roosevelt teachers and staff then judged the poster boards on Feb. 27 and named the winner of the competition.


Dallas ISD student makes top 10 for Big Tex Boot Design contest

Designing Big Tex’s boots for the 2019 State Fair of Texas is a huge deal. Dallas ISD is proud to support finalist Noe Sanchez, a freshman at Skyline High School, who was one of 10 individuals selected from a vast pool of over 250 unique submissions.

Sanchez’s illustration showcases his outstanding creativity and defines his representation of Texas pride. His original work features the Dallas skyline, with a variety of Texas symbols, in addition to an intense color combination depicting a radiant Texas sunset.

The public will decide which illustration will be featured on Big Tex for this year’s State Fair of Texas. We encourage the Dallas ISD community to support Sanchez’s illustration by casting a vote online. Voting will remain open until 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 6.

The Big Tex Boot Design contest presented by Lucchese gives fair fans the opportunity to put their artistic skills to the test and create a unique design for the biggest pair of boots in the Lone Star State.

Each finalist will be scored on three factors:

  • Creativity of the Design
  • Representation of Texas Pride
  • Design for Big Tex

To cast your vote today, visit https://bigtex.com/DesignMyBoots/.


Dallas ISD Police share top tips to improve safety, security in the district





Dallas ISD’s Risk Management Services provided several helpful reminders to help boost safety and reduce risk districtwide – including a presentation by the district’s police department.

Dallas ISD Police Lt. Terri Thomas said that while officers are only a phone call away, the first line of defense begins with each individual.

“The No. 1 person to keep you safe is yourself,” Thomas said. “Be situationally aware.”

Inside schools and buildings, that means things like making sure the right staff members have radios and know how to use them. Officer Derrick Anderson said that district police can hear all the chatter on campus radios, so talking about lunch should be relegated to brief code words. Also, he said radios need to be on each wing and on each floor of a building.

Anderson told staff to not leave keys or cell phones on desks. Because desks belongs to the school district, unsecured personal items left on or in them are considered as abandoned. That means anyone – including a student – could take the items possibly without legal repercussions.

Prevention is important in the parking lot, too, he said. Tailgates and third-row seats in large SUVs are a hot theft item, he said, so backing vehicles up to a wall can prevent a would-be thief from having access to them. Patrol officers are also available to escort employees to their cars at night.

Anderson cautioned against believing more crime happens in Dallas ISD, he said, but that crime happens everywhere.

“We have a great product in Dallas ISD,” he said. “We don’t want you to lose faith and hope. There are great things going on.”

Possibly the best way to be safe on campus is to ensure all staff and students are visibly wearing their ID badges. The badges immediately identify a person as someone who is supposed to be on campus. Anderson said when officers respond to an emergency at a school, the badge is crucial in sorting out what is going on.

“If I come onto your campus and you don’t have one of these on, guess where you are? You’re on the on the ground,” he said. The key is starting off each day focused on screening everyone who comes on campus and ensuring they have their badges. “That’s what keeps you safe. If you can win the morning, you can win the day when it comes to safety.”

Officer Victoria Tsalikis encouraged everyone to take lockdown drills seriously, which hasn’t always been the case.

“When we say you can’t come out of the room, don’t come out of the room,” she said. “We don’t know who the threat is, and you look like the threat when you’re walking the hallways.

Safety and security is a team effort.

“Help us help you keep your school safe,” Anderson said. “You are in charge of a lot of lives.”


Students with visual impairments enjoy scavenger hunt at Dallas Museum of Art

It’s a Monday morning at the Dallas Museum of Art, and a group of Dallas ISD students with visual impairments are striking the pose of a horse.

The students are posing this way so they can learn the next clue for the artistic scavenger hunt that is taking them around the museum. Erica Simms, a Dallas ISD teacher of students with visual impairments, said the day is helping the group of elementary students expand their abilities.

“This scavenger hunt is helping these students become aware of their surroundings in an unfamiliar environment,” Simms said. “The students are also growing their self-determination and making connections.”

A partnership between the DMA and Dallas ISD has groups of students with visual impairments receiving special programming at the museum every month. Emily Wiskera, the manager of access programs at the DMA, said the program has students exploring art throughout the museum and then doing a related art activity.


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Students reenact pivotal moment in American civil rights movement








History came to life for students at John Neely Bryan Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 22, thanks to Sen. Royce West and a handful of their classmates.

West’s visit was part of the school’s celebration of Black History Month.

“We’re going to do something different,” West said. “Instead of me just standing up here, giving you a speech, I’m going to ask you a question. How many of you have heard of Rosa Parks?”

Most of the students raised their hands, and they did again when asked if they knew who Thurgood Marshall was. “We’re going to relive what Rosa Parks went through,” he said. “And she’s going to have Thurgood Marshall representing her today. So, sit back and enjoy this.”

Students reenacted the time when Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, and then went through a court trial. Unlike what happened historically, the rest of the students – serving as the jury – found Parks not guilty. In reality, after initially being convicted of violating the law, her conviction was eventually overturned.

West said Parks’ actions were a catalyst for the Civil Rights movement. It’s important to remember the contributions and persecution African Americans have faced, he said, which is why Black History Month is so important. Even with progress being made, he said, people often face discrimination simply because of the color of their skin.

“There was a lady by the name of Rosa Parks who decided not to get up, to stay in that seat, because she had worked hard like everybody else,” West said. “I hope you understand and appreciate what African American history is all about.”

In addition to the reenactment of Park’s historic action, fifth-grader Tania Matts recited her MLK Jr. Oratory Competition that garnered third place at the contest in January. Staff and students also sang The Black National Anthem and recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge in English and Spanish.

Principal Tonya Anderson gave students a challenge.

“It is up to you to continue to fight for equal rights,” she said. “As he stated, I may be looking at the next senator, attorney, doctor, maybe president of the United States. Know that we have confidence in you, we have faith in you, and we know you can do it.”


Dallas ISD students donate to 30 nonprofits through Common Cents



The 21st annual Common Cents: Pennies from the Heart campaign culminated in a check-presentation ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 21, where students met representatives from the nonnprofit organizations they chose to support.

This year, 320 students from 30 schools raised nearly $30,000 to support 30 community nonprofits. During the course of its 21-year run, Dallas ISD students have raised more than $900,000 through the Common Cents program.

Skyline High School, Dallas Environmental Science Academy and Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard were the top money-raisers in their respective grade levels.

Skyline senior Juan Gonzalez Puente received the Louise Gartner Scholarship Award valued at $3,000. Gartner founded the Common Cents program.

Besides contributing funding to the nonprofits, the goal is to instill a love of serving others and to provide the knowledge that anyone at any age can make a positive difference in their communities.

 


Escuelas organizan celebraciones para reconocer a directores del año

Recientemente, se organizaron celebraciones en las escuelas de los directores del año para celebrar su nombramiento.

El viernes, 15 de febrero, se llevó a cabo la ceremonia para reconocer a Dwain Simmons, director del año en la categoría de escuelas secundarias, que incluyó un almuerzo de barbacoa. Ese mismo día fue día libre para los estudiantes, y de formación profesional para el personal, por ello se aprovechó, para que el personal se relajara y disfrutara la celebración.

“Esto no es solo un reconocimiento para mí”, les dijo Simmons a los maestros y al personal que llenaron la cafetería de la escuela. “Todos ustedes forman parte de ello”. El director reconoció específicamente a colegas administradores de la escuela, maestros, al personal de limpieza y mantenimiento y al personal de la cafetería.

Damien Stovall, director del año de escuelas primarias, también fue reconocido en un evento en Edward Titche Elementary School. Simmons y Stovall fueron nombrados directores del año durante un almuerzo que se realizó en diciembre.

Ambas celebraciones fueron patrocinadas por AXA Advisors.


Programa de robótica para estudiantes con necesidades especiales sigue creciendo

El programa de robótica para estudiantes de educación especial sigue creciendo en Dallas ISD.

Más de 100 estudiantes, divididos en 14 equipos, participaron en el evento que se llevó a cabo en el Cobb Fieldhouse el 7 de febrero. El Departamento de Educación Especial de Dallas ISD y el Departamento de STEM se unieron para la organización.

“Al participar, los estudiantes desarrollan autoestima y la habilidad para trabajar en equipo y para comunicarse”, dijo Theresa Shattuck del Departamento de Educación Especial. “Estas destrezas beneficiarán a los estudiantes aun después de que se gradúen de la preparatoria”.

Los estudiantes trabajaron con estudiantes de educación general para construir los robots y practicar antes del evento. Las siguientes escuelas compitieron:

  • Kennedy-Curry Middle School
  • Gaston Middle School
  • Browne Middle School
  • North Dallas High School
  • J.L. Long Middle School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Hector P. Garcia Middle School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Wilmer-Hutchins High School
  • Billy Earl Dade Middle School
  • Medrano Middle School

Estudiantes de academias universitarias reciben “oferta de empleo” para ser maestros en Dallas ISD

El 5 de febrero, setenta estudiantes de academias universitarias de Dallas ISD recibieron una carta que les cambió la vida: después de graduarse de la universidad, tienen garantizado un empleo como maestros en Dallas ISD con un salario inicial de por lo menos $52,000.

Durante la ceremonia, funcionarios del distrito entregaron las cartas a estudiantes que asisten a las academias universitarias de las preparatorias Samuell, W.T. White, Bryan Adams y Sunset. El Departamento de Gestión de Capital Humano (HCM, por sus siglas en inglés) de Dallas ISD es uno de los socios de las academias universitarias que se enfocan en la educación a temprana edad. Cynthia Wilson, jefa de HCM, calificó a este programa nuevo como un escenario perfecto en el que tanto los estudiantes como el distrito se beneficiarán.

“Esto crea una oportunidad fabulosa para que los estudiantes ganen un gran salario inicial y tengan un efecto positivo en su vida”, dijo Wilson. “Pero aún más importante, esto creará y traerá de vuelta a Dallas ISD maestros talentosos que servirán a nuestras comunidades y ayudarán a nuestros estudiantes a lograr su potencial”.

Para Kimberly, estudiante en W.T. White High School Collegiate Academy, el evento marcó uno de los días más importantes en su vida.

“Esta es una gran oportunidad en mi vida, ser maestra y poder lograr un efecto positivo”, dijo Kimberly. “Nunca me había visto como alguien que podría inspirar a los estudiantes y cambiar el rumbo de su vida. Ahora sé que puedo”.

Por medio de una colaboración con el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas y la Universidad del Norte de Texas en Dallas, las academias universitarias del distrito proporcionan la oportunidad para que los estudiantes obtengan hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario, o un grado asociado, sin costo alguno, mientras cursan la preparatoria. Además de las siete preparatorias tradicionales con programa “Early College”, el programa de academias universitarias de Dallas ISD ahora incluye 18 Pathway to Technology Early College High Schools o P-TECH. Cada una de ellas también ofrece educación superior y socios de la industria que colaboran en beneficio de los estudiantes.


El 4 de mayo votantes elegirán a tres representantes nuevos para la Junta Escolar

Después del 4 de mayo, la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD tendrá a tres integrantes nuevos, ya que los representantes actuales del Distrito 4, Distrito 5 y Distrito 7, han decidido no buscar la reelección.

A principios de este mes, quedó vacante el puesto del Distrito 4 tras la renuncia de Jaime Resendez, mientras que el Dr. Lew Blackburn y Audrey Pinkerton, representantes del Distrito 5 y Distrito 7 respectivamente, han decidido no continuar en la Junta Escolar.

Los candidatos que aparecerán en la boleta son:

  • Distrito 4: Karla García, Omar Jiménez, Amalia Lozano y Camile D. White
  • Distrito 5: Maxie Johnson, David King y Ola M. Allen
  • Distrito 7: Ben Mackey y Brent McDougal

Para más información sobre los candidatos, haga clic aquí.

La votación temprana está programada para el 22 al 30 de abril. Si es necesaria una segunda vuelta para elegir a los representantes del Distrito 4 y Distrito 5, se realizará el 8 de junio.


Tres escuelas avanzan a competencia académica estatal

Tres escuelas de Dallas ISD avanzaron a la competencia de decatlón académico estatal al obtener las mejores calificaciones en sus divisiones en la competencia regional de Region XII que se realizó el 8 y 9 de febrero.

  • The School for the Talented and Giftedlogró el primer lugar en la división de escuelas grandes
  • Bryan Adams High Schoolobtuvo el primer lugar en la división mediana
  • L.G. Pinkston High Schoolobtuvo el primer lugar en la división de escuelas pequeñas

Las tres escuelas representarán al distrito en las competencias estatales del 7 al 10 de marzo. La competencia para las escuelas grandes se llevará a cabo en San Antonio mientras que, para las medianas y pequeñas, se realizarán en Frisco. Este es el segundo año consecutivo que Adams y Pinkston representarán a Dallas ISD a nivel estatal.

El Decatlón Académico está diseñado para incluir a estudiantes de todos los niveles académicos. Cada equipo está compuesto de nueve estudiantes, tres con promedio de calificación A, tres con promedio de B y tres con promedio de C. Además de una entrevista de siete minutos, un ensayo y dos discursos, se administran exámenes integrales en música, arte, literatura, matemáticas, economía, ciencias sociales, y el Super Quiz. El tema de este año fue La década de 1960: años transformadores. 

Resultados generales

División grande

  • Talented and Gifted, primer lugar
  • Science and Engineering, segundo lugar
  • Law Magnet, tercer lugar

División mediana

  • Bryan Adams High School, primer lugar
  • Seagoville High School, segundo lugar
  • Adamson High School, tercer lugar

División pequeña

  • Pinkston High School, primer lugar
  • Carter High School, segundo lugar
  • Madison High School, tercer lugar

Resultados del Super Quiz

  • Talented and Gifted, primer lugar
  • Science and Engineering, primer lugar
  • Roosevelt High School, segundo lugar
  • Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, segundo lugar
  • Health, tercer lugar
  • Wright L. Lassiter Jr. , tercer lugar

Dallas ISD supera la meta de recaudación para United Way

Gracias a la generosidad de los empleados del distrito se recaudaron $157,880, con lo que se superó la meta establecida de $150,000, todo ello en beneficio de United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

El dinero probablemente beneficiará a cientos de familias del distrito que reciben servicios de una variedad de programas que operan con el respaldo de la organización.

“Estamos enormemente agradecidos a nuestros empleados maravillosos por apoyar a United Way of Metropolitan Dallas”, dijo Pam Lear, jefa de personal de Dallas ISD. “Las contribuciones tendrán un efecto positivo en nuestros estudiantes que reciben servicios valiosos—como preparación para prekínder o para la universidad— proporcionada por United Way.”


Dallas ISD festeja a grupo élite de directores

El martes, durante una ceremonia especial que se llevó a cabo para reconocer a los directores de Dallas ISD con mejores resultados, el superintendente Michael Hinojosa recordó una reunión que había tenido unas horas antes con funcionarios del Departamento de Educación de Japón.

Ellos habían escuchado del progreso extraordinario que ha logrado Dallas ISD, calificándolo como el “distrito escolar que más ha mejorado en el país”. Hinojosa les dijo que la razón por la cual Dallas ISD ha logrado los recientes éxitos es por la gran calidad de los directores, maestros y líderes del distrito.

“Los resultados que están logrando con sus estudiantes marcan la diferencia”, afirmó Hinojosa.

El Dallas ISD relanzó este año el programa “Master Principals”, como parte de un esfuerzo continuo por identificar y premiar a los mejores educadores y administradores de las escuelas. El programa estuvo en vigor durante el primer término de Hinojosa como superintendente.

Brian Lusk, jefe de Iniciativas Estratégicas de Dallas ISD, dijo que el programa renovado evalúa medidas como la cultura y el clima de la escuela, y el progreso en general de los estudiantes para identificar a los mejores directores. Después, el distrito apoya y reconoce a los directores de diferentes maneras, como en el evento del pasado martes.

“Queremos que se sientan valorados, que sepan que están haciendo una labor excepcional, y que estamos muy orgullosos de ustedes”, dijo Hinojosa. “En su trabajo como educadores no reciben mucho agradecimiento. Disfruten esta celebración; se lo han ganado”.


Ocho planteles celebran designación como escuelas de innovación

Desde el canto a todo pulmón que se escucha de canciones inspiradoras hasta los desfiles en el pasillo, cada una de las ocho escuelas de Dallas ISD seleccionadas para ser escuelas de innovación celebraron de manera única su selección.

Las escuelas de innovación ofrecen un modelo académico nuevo dentro de una escuela existente que mantiene sus limites de asistencia tradicionales. Como parte del proceso de propuesta de la Oficina de Transformación e Innovación (OTI, por sus siglas en inglés), la administración de cada escuela trabajó por meses en el diseño de modelos académicos nuevos.

“Estas ocho escuelas de innovación se encuentran en planteles de nuestra comunidad, lo cual ofrece a las familias más opciones educativas cerca de su área”, dijo Angie Gaylord, jefa adjunto de Transformación e Innovación de Dallas ISD.

Las escuelas ofrecerán uno de dos modelos académicos: aprendizaje personalizado, que se centra en los intereses, talentos y metas del estudiante; o STEAM, que se enfoca en las ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería, artes y matemáticas.

Ariss Rider, directora de Ronald E. McNair Elementary School, explicó que ser un plantel STEAM tendrá un efecto positivo y significativo en los estudiantes.

“Nuestros estudiantes y la comunidad serán expuestos a materias académicas con las que por lo general no están familiarizados”, dijo Rider. “Esto puede tener un efecto positivo no solo en nuestros alumnos y la comunidad, sino posiblemente para la sociedad”.

Las otras escuelas seleccionadas para ser escuelas de innovación en 2019–2020 son:

  • Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School (Aprendizaje personalizado)
  • Arturo Salazar Elementary School (Aprendizaje personalizado)
  • Leila P. Cowart Elementary School (Aprendizaje personalizado)
  • Birdie Alexander Elementary School (Aprendizaje personalizado – programa piloto)
  • H.B. González Elementary School (Aprendizaje personalizado)
  • Jack Lowe Elementary School (Aprendizaje personalizado)
  • Kleberg Elementary School (STEAM – programa piloto)

Los estudiantes que actualmente asisten a estas escuelas son bienvenidos a seguir en el mismo plantel y beneficiarse del modelo académico nuevo.


Dallas ISD celebrates group of 22 ‘Master Principals’








During a special ceremony Tuesday night celebrating top-performing Dallas ISD principals, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa recalled a meeting he had earlier that day with the Japanese Department of Education.

Japanese education officials had heard about Dallas ISD’s amazing progress, referring to it as the “most improved school district in the country.” Hinojosa told the group of Master Principals the reason for Dallas ISD’s recent successes: the high quality of the principals, educators and district leaders.

“The results you are getting with your kids makes all the difference,” Hinojosa said.

As part of an ongoing effort to identify and reward top educators and campus leaders, Dallas ISD relaunched its Master Principals program this school year. The Master Principals program was in effect during Hinojosa’s first term as superintendent.

Dallas ISD Chief of Strategic Initiatives Brian Lusk said the revamped program looks at metrics such as a school’s culture and climate and overall student growth to identify top-performing principals. The district then supports and celebrates these Master Principals in various ways, such as Tuesday’s ceremony.

“We want you to know that you are valued, you are doing phenomenal work, and we are very, very proud of you,” Hinojosa said. “You don’t get lots of ‘thanks’ in your job as educators. Enjoy tonight’s celebration; you’ve earned it.”


Eight neighborhood campuses celebrate selection as new innovation schools








From the full-throated singing of uplifting songs to parades in the hall, each of the eight Dallas ISD campuses selected to become innovation schools celebrated in different ways.

An innovation school offers a new academic model inside an existing neighborhood campus that keeps its traditional boundaries. As part of the Office of Transformation and Innovation (OTI) proposal process, leadership at each of the eight schools spent months designing new academic models.

“These eight new innovation schools focus on our neighborhood campuses, bringing more educational choices into our families’ backyards,” said Angie Gaylord, Dallas ISD Deputy Chief of Transformation and Innovation.

The eight new innovation schools will have one of two academic models: Personalized Learning, which focuses on a student’s interests, talents and goals; and STEAM, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Ronald E. McNair Elementary School Principal Ariss Rider said becoming a STEAM campus would have a significant impact on students.

“This will expose our children and this community to subjects they usually aren’t as familiar with,” Rider said. “This could make an impact on not just our kids and community, but possibly our world.”

The seven other campuses selected as innovation schools to launch in 2019–2020 are:

  • Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School (Personalized Learning)
  • Arturo Salazar Elementary School (Personalized Learning)
  • Leila P. Cowart Elementary School (Personalized Learning)
  • Birdie Alexander Elementary School (Pilot Personalized Learning)
  • H.B. Gonzalez Elementary School (Personalized Learning)
  • Jack Lowe Elementary School (Personalized Learning)
  • Kleberg Elementary School (Pilot STEAM)

Students currently attending these schools are welcome to continue at the schools and benefit from the new academic model.


Google gives C.F. Carr Elementary students a taste of computer coding









The gym at C.F. Carr Elementary School played host to different types of exercises on Wednesday, Feb. 20, when Google took its CS First computer-coding curriculum to the campus.

CS First offers a free curriculum for teaching children how to code, even if the teachers themselves have no prior coding experience. CS First uses Scratch, a highly visual coding program that can serve as an accessible introduction to coding.

At Carr, facilitators from Google guided the students through a process that helped them create a story. The setting on the high seas let students choose a watercraft and characters, and showed them how to animate the waves, add sound effects and incorporate pop-up dialog between their characters.

As a result, the hope is that students will take away an excitement and interest in coding that could lead to launching a coding club at their school to opening up new possibilities for their future careers.

Google spokeswoman Jamie Hill said she hopes the CS First demonstration provides a bit of inspiration for Carr students.

“We hope they know that coding is fun, it’s exciting,” Hill said. “It can really apply to anything they are interested in.”

In the afternoon, Congressman Marc Veasey visited Carr to see the students’ coding in action.

“I want them to know that anyone can do it, it’s not just for certain people, it’s for everyone,” Hill said. “They know that there are great jobs out there, that there are opportunities to change the world and make it a better place. And that coding and computer science skills can help them achieve their dreams.”


May 4 election includes three contested seats on Board of Trustees

Three new faces will join the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees after the May 4 election, as the incumbents for District 4, District 5 and District 7 are not seeking re-election.

The District 4 seat is vacant after incumbent Jaime Resendez resigned this month after relocating to a home outside his district. District 5 incumbent Dr. Lew Blackburn and District 7 incumbent Audrey Pinkerton are not seeking re-election.

The candidates who will appear on the May 4 ballot are:

  • District 4: Karla Garcia, Omar Jimenez, Amalia Lozano and Camile D. White
  • District 5 : Maxie Johnson, David King and Ola M. Allen
  • District 7: Ben Mackey and Brent McDougal

Find information about the candidates here.

Early voting will be available April 22-30. If a runoff election is necessary for the District 4 and District 5 seats, it will be conducted on June 8.


Celebrations honor Principals of the Year at their campuses







Recent celebrations took the Principal of the Year party to the winners’ campuses.

Secondary Principal of the Year Dwain Simmons was celebrated on Friday, Feb. 15, with a catered barbecue lunch. The day was a student holiday/staff development day, which Simmons said was on purpose so that staff could relax and enjoy their lunch.

“This isn’t just about me,” Simmons told the cafeteria full of Pinkston teachers and staff. “It’s because of everybody in this room.” He specifically recognized fellow campus administrators, teachers, and also custodial and cafeteria staff.

Elementary Principal of the Year Damien Stovall was honored earlier with a celebration at Edward Titche Elementary School. He and Simmons were named principals of the year at a luncheon in December.

Both celebrations were sponsored by AXA Advisors.


Racial Equity Office makes strides to level opportunity for all students

Not quite a year ago, Dallas ISD’s Racial Equity Office was established to identify and remove obstacles to creating a level playing field for all students to succeed.

The new department is already making a positive impact with an intentional, focused and measurable approach. The first step has been identifying inequities in the district, not only student achievement, but student access to things such as technology, specialized programming and well-maintained facilities.

When inequities are found, the office collaborates with relevant departments to come up with solutions. In fact, when the office began its work, staff made an effort to meet with representatives of every Dallas ISD department.

“We reviewed the racial equity policies of urban school districts across the country,” said Leslie Williams, Deputy Chief Racial Equity. “We noticed that most of the policies were generic statements. We didn’t want that – we wanted to be very specific.”

Being specific isn’t enough. The progress of those strategic outcomes has to be monitored with goal progress measures – ways to gauge an effort’s effectiveness along the way. Williams said data-driven, deep-dive analysis of data helps drive their efforts and lets them know quickly when something is working.

“We are the only district in the country, that we’ve noticed, that does that,” Williams said. “The plan is for the racial equity in Dallas ISD to set the standard for the country. We plan to have school districts from all over this country to see how are you doing that.”

The office has seven major areas of focus, listed here.

Williams also points to strong support from the Board of Trustees, which unanimously passed a Racial Equity resolution in December 2017 and unanimously approved the policy in June 2018.

Existing initiatives won’t necessarily be going away, Williams said, but rather they are being taken districtwide. For example, the successful African American Success Initiative (AASI) was formerly only implemented at selected schools.

The latest African American Read-In on Feb. 9, which had been a major program of the AASI, was more inclusive than it ever had been.

“If you look at the pictures, you saw Muslim students, Hispanic students, African American students, Asian students – it was a very diverse group of kids there,” Williams said. “That’s our goal. I want the different ethnic groups to learn about each other’s cultures and history. If you know more about a person’s culture and their history, you’re going to get along better with that person.”

Although the department was established in April 2018, it wasn’t until June that Williams transitioned to head the effort. He was leading the Intensive Support Network and had to wait until STAAR results were out to determine which district schools were classified as Improvement Required. The results are one of the district’s recent success stories, as Dallas ISD had 43 Improvement Required campuses in 2013-2014, and just four in 2017-2018.

Williams credits Superintendent Michael Hinojosa for having the vision to create the Racial Equity Office in the first place. Without intentionally identifying inequities and working to solve them, change won’t happen.

Besides continually monitoring its work, the office is also working to develop a branding and marketing plan to share their efforts with others.


Three schools advance to State Academic Decathlon Competition

Three Dallas ISD schools advanced to the State Academic Decathlon Competition by earning top scores in their divisions at the Region XII competition held Feb. 8-9.

  • The School for the Talented and Gifted took first place in the large school division
  • Bryan Adams High School placed first in the medium division
  • L.G. Pinkston High School that took first place in the small school division

L.G. Pinkston High School

The three schools will represent the district at the state competitions March 7-10. The large division schools will compete in San Antonio. The medium and small division schools will travel to Frisco for the state competition. This is the second consecutive year that Adams and Pinkston will represent Dallas ISD at the state competition.

Bryan Adams High School

The Academic Decathlon is designed to include students from all academic backgrounds. Each nine-member team consists of three A students, three B students and three C students. In addition to a seven-minute interview, an essay and two speeches, written comprehensive exams are given in music, art, literature, mathematics, economics, social science, and the Super Quiz. This year’s theme was The 1960s: A Transformational Decade. 

Overall Team Results

Large Division

  • Talented and Gifted, First Place
  • Science and Engineering, Second Place
  • Law Magnet, Third Place

Medium Division

  • Bryan Adams, First Place
  • Seagoville, Second Place
  • Adamson, Third Place

Small Division

  • Pinkston, First Place
  • Carter, Second Place
  • Madison, Third Place

Super Quiz Results

  • Talented and Gifted, First Place
  • Science and Engineering, First Place
  • Roosevelt, Second Place
  • Rangel, Second Place
  • Health, Third Place
  • Lassiter, Third Place

Dallas ISD exceeds giving goal to benefit United Way

Thanks to the generosity of Dallas ISD employees, the district raised $157,880–exceeding the $150,000 goal—to benefit the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

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

The funds raised will likely benefit hundreds of district families through a variety of programs under the United Way umbrella.


Food & Child Nutrition Services nets perfect score on state review

Dallas ISD’s Food & Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) served up a perfect score on its Administrative Review in January – an unprecedented accomplishment for the department, which serves about 40 million meals to students each year.

During the week of Jan. 14, Texas Department of Agriculture auditors conducted the comprehensive review, which evaluated finances, adherence to policies and procedures as well as effectiveness in meeting the needs of students.

“I want to congratulate every member of Team FCNS!” said Michael Rosenberger, Executive Director of FCNS. “To say that I’m proud of everyone on our team is an understatement. We had a challenge before us, and our team rose to the challenge. As one person put it, we won our very own Super Bowl.”

A celebration for staff is being planned for Friday, Feb. 15, which is a student holiday.

Auditors noted in their report that the FCNS is on the forefront of innovation, including the way it implements culinary training for staff across the district. “The most impressive outcome of Dallas ISD’s efforts can be seen with the incredible kitchen staff teams at the schools that were observed during the review,” the report says. “Staff demonstrated outstanding teamwork and coordination at each of the meal services throughout the reviewed schools.”

The FCNS mission is to provide nutrition to students that fuels successful learning. FCNS provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and activities that support a healthy lifestyle. All Dallas ISD schools serve Breakfast in the Classroom, with some also offering after-school meals, and a fresh, locally grown produce item is featured as the Harvest of the Month.


Consejera de Dade Middle School es reconocida en Washington, D.C. por su labor excepcional

Recientemente, una consejera de Billy Earl Dade Middle School fue reconocida en Washington, D.C. por sus excelentes contribuciones al bienestar de los estudiantes.

La Asociación Americana de Consejeros Escolares nombró a Nwakaego Edordu Oriji finalista para el reconocimiento al consejero escolar de 2019. El premio reconoce a los profesionales en consejería escolar que dedican sus carreras a abogar por los estudiantes, y a ayudarles a triunfar tanto en la escuela como en la vida. Edordu Oriji lleva cuatro años como consejera en Dade Middle School.

“Ser finalista es un privilegio y un honor, pero mi mayor privilegio es ayudar a los estudiantes, a la escuela y a la comunidad”, dijo Edordu Oriji.

La directora de Servicios de Consejería de Dallas ISD, JoAnn Jackson-Powell, reconoció el efecto positivo que ha tenido Edordu Oriji en los estudiantes.

“Estamos muy orgullosos de que Nwakaego represente a Dallas ISD. En realidad se dedicada a los estudiantes y se esfuerza en marcar una diferencia”, afirmó Jackson-Powell. “Se enfoca del todo en las necesidades socioemocionales de los estudiantes mientras los prepara para el éxito. Así es el trabajo de los consejeros”.

La Semana Nacional de Consejeros Escolares se celebró del 4 al 8 de febrero, semana en que se reconoció su importante trabajo con los estudiantes. El tema de 2019 fue “Consejeros escolares: Proveer lecciones para la vida”.


Estudiantes destacados en debate tratan tema complicado: ¿Debería abolirse el Colegio Electoral?

Con la ayuda de una colaboración con el empresario Roland G. Parrish y Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, cuatro estudiantes de Dallas ISD compitieron en un debate público en James Madison High School en enero. El tema del debate fue la eliminación del Colegio Electoral para abrir paso a la elección del presidente por voto popular.

Los cuatro estudiantes calificaron para competir en el Roland Parrish Scholarship Debate después de destacarse con honores en el campeonato Fall City de Dallas Urban Debate Alliance en diciembre de 2018. Los ganadores de la competencia fueron estudiantes de las escuelas Science and Engineering Magnet e Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.

Durante el debate, el equipo afirmativo ganó el debate y los integrantes recibieron becas de $5,000: Sophie Rahman y Juan Díaz de la School of Science and Engineering.

Asimismo, el equipo negativo calificó en segundo lugar. Los integrantes recibieron becas de $2,5000: Joanna Márquez y Judith Juárez de Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.

Los jueces del torneo fueron Peter Bogdanow, socio de Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP y miembro de la junta de Urban Debate Alliance; Matt Houston, presidente de la Cámara de Comercio Afroamericana; y Dwayne I. Lewis, II, abogado en Buford & Ryburn, L.L.P. y copresidente del Comité de Servicios Infantiles de la Asociación de Abogados Jóvenes de Dallas.

Durante más de 10 años, Dallas ISD ha colaborado con Dallas Urban Debate Alliance para ofrecer un programa de debate político a estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria. La participación en debate les permite a los estudiantes formar parte de un entorno académica mente riguroso donde desarrollan su pensamiento crítico y seguridad al hablar en público, y aprenden a realizar investigaciones detalladas. Cada año, se inscriben más de 1,000 estudiantes en el programa en 50 secundarias y preparatorias de Dallas ISD.


Se anima a maestros de RLA de K–8º grado a votar por materiales educativos

Los maestros de lectura y disciplinas lingüísticas (RLA, por sus siglas en inglés) de los grados kínder a 8º tienen hasta el 15 de febrero para votar por los materiales educativos que piensan que debe adquirir el distrito.

Este proceso de votación ocurre una vez cada 10 años, por lo cual se anima a todos los maestros de RLA a participar.

Haga clic aquí para más detalles y para votar para el 15 de febrero.


Tres equipos de juicio simulado de Dallas ISD avanzan a competencia estatal

El equipo de juicio simulado de Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet obtuvo el primer lugar en la competencia regional del area de Dallas de 2019 .

De esta manera, la escuela avanza a la competencia estatal junto con los equipos de Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts y Skyline High School. En la competencia regional participaron un total de 26 escuelas preparatorias.

La competencia estatal está programada del 28 de febrero al 2 de marzo en la George Allen Court House de Dallas.

Patrocinado por la Dallas Bar Association y el Departamento de Ciencias Sociales de Dallas ISD, el juicio simulado ofrece conocimiento básico de leyes, problemas legales y el proceso judicial a estudiantes participantes.

¿Le gustaría saber más sobre el juicio simulado? La página web de la escuela Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet tiene una descripción excelente del programa aquí.


Alumnos revelan universidades donde continuarán estudiando y compitiendo durante el National Signing Day

El miércoles, 6 de febrero, cerca de 130 alumnos de la generación de 2019 de Dallas ISD participaron en el vigésimo evento anual del distrito, College Signing Day, en Ellis Davis Field House.

Los estudiantes dieron a conocer públicamente su compromiso de aceptar ofertas de becas de universidades para financiar sus estudios mientras siguen practicando su deporte favorito.

Para ver fotos de los alumnos en la alfombra roja haga clic aquí.

A continuación, una lista de los alumnos participantes:

Bryan Adams High School
Bryan Baldomero, fútbol americano: Austin College
DaQuon Bell, fútbol americano: Texas College
Dre Brown, fútbol americano: Minnesota State Comm. and Technical College
Ángel Guzmán, fútbol americano: Texas College
Zaki Henderson, fútbol americano: Texas College
Devin Jackson, fútbol americano: ASA College-Miami
Armani Kelly, porrista: Oklahoma Baptist University
Kenvodrick Shaw, fútbol americano: ASA College-Miami
Ethan Walters, fútbol americano: Millsap College

W.H. Adamson High School
Jaylen Freeman, fútbol americano: Lyon College, Texas Wesleyan, Austin College
Willie Mosley, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Iván Pina, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Krystifer Ross, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College

David W. Carter High School
Dominique Bailey, fútbol americano: Texas A&M-Commerce
Sebastian Blunt, fútbol americano: Missouri Southern State University
Detrevan Cooper, fútbol americano: Texas College
Asia Cunningham, fútbol americano: Texas College
Tommy George, fútbol americano: Texas College
Derrick Hall, fútbol americano: Texas College
Cedric Hayes, fútbol americano: Texas A&M-Commerce
Zahad Munford, baloncesto: Grambling State University
Sidney Reagor, fútbol americano: Texas College
William Savala, fútbol americano: Grambling State University
Daithan Waiters, fútbol americano: Texas College

Emmett J. Conrad High School
Ja’Korian Flentroy-Sanders, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Dereme Griffin, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Kohari Williams-Allen, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College

Hillcrest High School
Christan Evans, fútbol americano: Keiser/New Mexico Highlands

Thomas Jefferson High School
Jesus Deleon, fútbol americano: Southwestern College
Kendrick Murphy, fútbol americano: Texas A&M-Commerce
Robert Nooks , fútbol americano: Southwestern College

Justin F. Kimball High School
Mikyron Boulden, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Jameel Ibraheem, fútbol americano: Navarro Junior College
Jameel McWilliams, fútbol americano: UT-Permian Basin
Julius Monroe, fútbol americano: UT-Permian Basin
Sarah Ovalle, fútbol: Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock
Xzavion Pipkins-Florence, fútbol americano: Texas A&M-Commerce
Jalen Warren, fútbol americano: UT-Permian Basin
Edward White, fútbol americano: Lyons College
Khameron Wilkerson, fútbol americano: UT-Permian Basin
Cobe Williams, baloncesto: Louisiana Tech
Ronald Williams, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College

Lincoln High School
Devadrick Lockrdige, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Diamond Sweats, baloncesto: Weatherford College
Jaylen Thomas, fútbol americano: NE Oklahoma State University
Jacob Wilson, fútbol americano: McPherson College

James Madison High School
Marcus Cobin-Hill, fútbol americano: Cisco Junior College
Derrious Kinney, fútbol americano: Missouri Southern State University
Dadrian Marshall, fútbol americano: McPherson College

North Dallas High School
Xya Balderas, fútbol: Houston Baptist University
Adán Galván, béisbol: Cedar Valley College
Noel López, béisbol: Dallas Christian College

L.G. Pinkston High School
Vincent Carter, fútbol americano: Howard Payne University
Sama’Zha Hart, baloncesto: Stephen F. Austin University
Tamarrian Simon, fútbol americano: Howard Payne University
Jamare Williams, fútbol americano: Howard Payne University

Roosevelt High School
Luis Deleon, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Roosevelt Fleming, fútbol americano: Texas College
Ladavian Houston, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Jeremiah Moore, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Victor Parker, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Teranzo Sutton, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College

W.W. Samuell High School
Cedmichael Butler, fútbol americano: Cisco Junior College
Exavier Galloway: West Texas A&M University
Tyler Mayo, fútbol americano: Navarro Junior College

Seagoville High School
Wayland Gray, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Rio Hernández, fútbol americano: Southern Nazarene
Kameron Hoard, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College

Skyline High School
Darius Ashely, fútbol americano: East Central University
Kenneth Boston, fútbol americano: Austin College
Kane Bradford, fútbol americano: University of Arizona
Michael Butts, fútbol americano: SW Oklahoma State University
Kamryn Farrar, fútbol americano: Oklahoma State University
Velton Gardner, fútbol americano: University of Kansas
Martinez Hill, fútbol americano: East Central University
Jazion Jackson, baloncesto: University of North Texas
DaKerrius Lewis, fútbol americano: Howard Payne University
Keyshawn Moore, fútbol americano: Langston University
Dominique Shelmon, fútbol americano: Pittsburg State University
VonKeith Smith, fútbol americano: Langston University
William Terry, fútbol americano: Langston University
Jordan Thompson, fútbol americano: East Central University
Emilio Treviño, béisbol: Brookhaven College
KiMarquis Walker, fútbol americano: Trinity Valley Community College

South Oak Cliff High School
Gerald Ausborne, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
N’Kozi Bell, fútbol americano: Texas A&M-Commerce
Zecqurie Cannon Grant Fields, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Derrion Clark, fútbol americano: University of Arizona
Derrick Jerome Coleman, fútbol americano: Navarro College
KC Cook, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Deondre Dansby, fútbol americano: UT-Permian Basin
Kendrick Eldridge, fútbol americano: Texas College
Zakieth Ford, fútbol americano: Texas College
Dominique Gant, fútbol americano: Texas College
Braxton Haywood, fútbol americano: Grambling State University
Tracie Hicks, fútbol americano: West Texas A&M University
Bobby Holmes, fútbol americano: University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Delmon Jennings, fútbol americano: East Central Oklahoma University
Dequavion Ludd, fútbol americano: Texas A&M-Commerce
Demonte Minter, fútbol americano: Texas College
Steven Parker, fútbol americano: University of Kansas
Sean Simms, fútbol americano: Navy
Arrington Taylor, fútbol americano: Prairie View University
Arrington Thomas, fútbol americano: Oklahoma Panhandle State
Davion Wheeler, fútbol americano: Alabama A&M University
Rashad Wren, fútbol americano: Cisco Junior College

Grady Spruce High School
Donta Beasley, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Cadarius Doss, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Christopher Edmundson, fútbol americano: East Texas Baptist University
Cedric Johnson, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Adriana Torres, fútbol: Richland Community College

Sunset High School
Marisol Gutiérrez, fútbol: McMurry University

W.T. White High School
Cameron Brice, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Adolfo Carzares, fútbol americano: Culver Stockton University
Rodney Collier, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Alliyah Márquez, fútbol: UT-El Paso
Marcus McClanahan, fútbol americano: Texas A&M-Commerce

Wilmer-Hutchins High School
Latrell Cooper, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Tyreik Frazier, fútbol americano: West Texas A&M University
Christopher King, fútbol americano: Missouri Valley College
Keondre McKnight, fútbol americano: Alabama A&M University

Woodrow Wilson High School
Sean Berry, fútbol americano: UT-San Antonio
Z’Core Brooks, fútbol americano: Colorado State University
Joseph Contreras, béisbol: Dallas Christian College
Xavier Gipson, fútbol americano: Stephen F. Austin University
Porsche Johnson, vóleibol: Northern Vermont University
Austin Parks, béisbol: Weatherford College
Ashtyn Van Horn, fútbol: Iona College


Más de 3,000 estudiantes brillan en competencia regional de Destination Imagination

Más de 3,000 estudiantes de Dallas ISD de 95 escuelas compitieron en el torneo regional de Destination Imagination que se realizó en Conrad High School.

De los 270 equipos que participaron para resolver retos que variaron de ciencias a bellas artes e ingeniería, 26 avanzaron al torneo estatal que se llevará a cabo en Corpus Christi el 22 y 23 de marzo. Los equipos que competirán en el torneo estatal son:

 

Destination Imagination es un programa educativo en el que los estudiantes resuelven desafíos y presentan sus soluciones durante competencias. Con su participación se busca promover la creatividad y el trabajo en equipo entre más de 100,000 estudiantes por todo el país.


Students celebrate Black History Month with variety of activities

From special performances and guest speakers to performing African-American poetry in the community, Dallas ISD schools are celebrating Black History Month in a variety of ways.

At T.L. Marsalis Elementary School, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s dance ensemble brought its musical adaptation of “Peter and the Wolf” to the campus. Students also enjoyed the opportunity to learn a choreographed dance move

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) performed Feb. 12 at the DART City/Uptown station as part of the transportation agency’s Music Stations Black History Month performance. For senior Terrance Dean, a spoken word poet, the performance was meaningful.

“It’s important to not only reflect on the history of the African-American culture, but to teach those who are not aware of our culture and the bloodshed we have been through,” he said. “Yes, we have a long way to go. But we have made it far as a people and a country.”

BTWHSPVA students perform as part of a Black History Month show.

The Dallas ISD African American Read-In brought storytellers, interactive reading reflections, literacy games and much more to Justin F. Kimball High School on Feb. 9.

The entire student body at the Young Male Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence Middle School got free tickets to see the Dallas Mavericks play on African American Heritage Night.

Young Male Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence Middle School

The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History has established this year’s Black History Month theme as Black Migrations, focusing on the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and new social realities. You can learn more about the theme and the organization at https://asalh.org/asalhs-2019-theme-black-migrations/

The Hub will continue covering Black History Month events across the district. If you work on a Dallas ISD campus, please submit a list of your activities via the Online News Form, available here.


Robotics program for students with special needs is growing in Dallas ISD

A robotics program for students who receive special education services is growing in Dallas ISD.

More than 100 students on 14 teams participated in the Adaptive Robotics Scrimmage at the Cobb Fieldhouse on Feb. 7. The Dallas ISD Special Education Department and STEM Department teamed up to host the event.

“This builds good self-esteem, it builds the ability to work together, and it has worked on the students’ communication skills,” said Theresa Shattuck with the Special Education Department. “These are skills that will follow these kids after they leave high school.”

The students worked with general education students to build the robots and practice leading up to the event. The schools that competed in the Adaptive Robotics Scrimmage were:

  • Kennedy-Curry Middle School
  • Gaston Middle School
  • T.W. Browne Middle School
  • North Dallas High School
  • J.L. Long Middle School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Hector P. Garcia Middle School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Wilmer-Hutchins High School
  • Billy Earl Dade Middle School
  • Medrano Middle School

Dance ensemble visits Marsalis during Black History Month





In celebration of Black History Month, students at T. L. Marsalis Elementary School were treated to a performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s dance ensemble Encore!

The students watched the musical adaptation of the fairy tale “Peter and the Wolf,” learned a choreographed dance, and had the opportunity to watch an original performance piece by the troupe.


NXT Fest helps seniors level up their future




Activating the belief that students aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow, they’re the leaders of today, NXT Fest on Friday helped empower high school graduating seniors to build the future they want, while addressing their current needs.

The State Fair of Texas, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and several other community partners held the event for seniors attending Dallas ISD high schools in southern Dallas. Students met with industry leaders and executives, expanded their financial knowledge at informative workshops, gained job-readiness through exposure to potential employers, and learned how to amplify their personal branding to figure out what comes next.

Parents and guardians also attended the parent engagement session and other workshops including Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) support and free tax return filing. Free food was provided, and all students were given a backpack filled with school supplies and the opportunity to receive uniforms, in addition to free meningitis shots.


More than 3,000 students shine at Destination Imagination Regional Competition







More than 3,000 Dallas ISD students from 95 schools competed in the recent Destination Imagination Regional Tournament at Conrad High School.

Out of the 270 district teams that competed in challenges ranging from scientific to fine arts to engineering, 26 have advanced to the state tournament happening in Corpus Christi on March 22–23. The teams advancing to the state competition are:

DI Teams That Advanced To State

Promoting creativity and teamwork to more than 100,000 schoolchildren across the United States, Destination Imagination is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournament competitions.


RLA teachers for K–8 encouraged to vote on instructional materials for district purchase

Through Feb. 15, all Reading Language Arts (RLA) teachers for grades K–8 can vote on the instructional materials they think the district should purchase.

This voting process only happens once in every 10 years, so all K-8 RLA teachers are encouraged to vote.

Go here to learn more and click the link to vote by the Feb. 15 deadline.


Toyota sorprende a maestros del patrón de asistencia de Pinkston con útiles escolares

Toyota sorprendió a todos los maestros en el patrón de asistencia de Pinkston High School con una bolsa llena de útiles escolares para asegurar que tengan lo que necesitan para el resto del año escolar.

Los maestros en Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School expresaron su júbilo al recibir sus bolsas.

“Toyota aprecia el trabajo que hacemos cada día en Dallas ISD, y quiere que nos demos cuenta que se nos quiere y se nos apoya”, les dijo a los maestros Melissa González, directora De Zavala Elementary School.


Toyota sorprende a maestros del patrón de asistencia de Pinkston con útiles escolares

Toyota sorprendió a todos los maestros en el patrón de asistencia de Pinkston High School con una bolsa llena de útiles escolares para asegurar que tengan lo que necesitan para el resto del año escolar.

Los maestros en Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School expresaron su júbilo al recibir sus bolsas.

“Toyota aprecia el trabajo que hacemos cada día en Dallas ISD, y quiere que nos demos cuenta que se nos quiere y se nos apoya”, les dijo a los maestros Melissa González, directora De Zavala Elementary School.


Toyota sorprende a maestros del patrón de asistencia de Pinkston con útiles escolares

Toyota sorprendió a todos los maestros en el patrón de asistencia de Pinkston High School con una bolsa llena de útiles escolares para asegurar que tengan lo que necesitan para el resto del año escolar.

Los maestros en Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School expresaron su júbilo al recibir sus bolsas.

“Toyota aprecia el trabajo que hacemos cada día en Dallas ISD, y quiere que nos demos cuenta que se nos quiere y se nos apoya”, les dijo a los maestros Melissa González, directora De Zavala Elementary School.


Estudiantes de Geneva Heights dan comienzo a segundo reto anual de lectura




Hace unos días, los estudiantes de Geneva Heights Elementary School, escuela que recién obtuvo la designación de Bachillerato Internacional y participa en el programa para escuelas primarias, comenzaron su segundo reto anual de lectura con la colaboración de la organización “Room to Read” durante un evento especial de alfabetización por la noche.

Los estudiantes y sus familias visitaron la escuela en sus pijamas mientras voluntarios les leían a lo pequeños. En febrero, se les presenta a los estudiantes el reto de leer, o que alguien les lea, por lo menos 20 minutos cada noche del mes. Si los estudiantes cumplen la meta – que equivale a 3,500 horas de lectura en toda la escuela – se hará una donación de $2,500 a nombre de la escuela a “Room to Read”. El año pasado, los estudiantes alcanzaron el objetivo y se espera que este año se logre el mismo resultado.

Para más información sobre Room to Read y las causes que apoya, haga clic aquí.


NAF event highlights student opportunities, business partnerships



A recent NAF Dallas Partner Engagement Event kicked off the internship planning season and celebrated the achievements of the Dallas business community in supporting youth as they prepare to enter the business world.

More than 60 business partners and corporate executives from across Dallas attended to learn how they can hire NAF interns and conduct Future Ready Labs. The event was hosted by Capital One and included guests from AT&T, Verizon and Hilton, among other major companies.

In partnership with Dallas ISD, NAF has had a strong presence in the city for the past decade. This school year alone, there are 10,676 NAF students enrolled in 47 academies. In 2018, 99 percent of NAF seniors in the Dallas area graduated and 82 percent plan to go to college.

“On my most recent visits to Conrad and Adamson high schools, the impact of NAF academies was readily apparent,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “You could feel the enthusiasm and support for the NAF program immediately.”

Dallas is just one of the many cities where business partners provide internships to NAF students.

“We are thrilled to work in a space like Dallas that has such great support from the business community, as well as other organizations that have the same goals as NAF,” said Brenda Barry, NAF Chief Program Officer.

NAF awarded Capital One, one of the nation’s Top 10 largest banks, the first-ever Internship Champion Award. Introduced this year, the award celebrates a company that goes above and beyond to provide internships to NAF high school students. Capital One has been a partner with NAF for ten years, helping shape the future workforce. Marc Reed, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer of Verizon and NAF Board member, presented the award at the annual NAF Dallas Corporate Partner Engagement Event.


Discurso del Estado del Distrito destaca recientes éxitos, planes a futuro de Dallas ISD

El viernes, 1 de febrero, se realizó el primer discurso sobre el Estado del Distrito de Dallas ISD donde, ante un salón completamente llenó, se destacaron los logros extraordinarios que se han conseguido en el distrito durante los últimos años.

El superintendente Michael Hinojosa detalló algunos de ellos, desde la importante reducción en el número de escuelas con bajo rendimiento, el creciente programa de prekínder y el enfoque en la equidad racial, hasta el incremento rápido en el número de escuelas de opción. Cerca de 750 padres, personal del distrito, miembros de la comunidad y socios empresariales asistieron al evento.

Digno de destacar fue la magnífica participación de los estudiantes, que se dirigieron a los presentes, actuaron en el escenario, operaron un robot y lideraron ejercicios de respiración profunda, entre otras cosas. El discurso de Skye Turner, estudiante de Charles Rice Learning Center, y un tema interpretado por el coro de Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts estremecieron al público.

Otros logros que se compartieron durante el evento:

  • La Agencia de Educación de Texas otorgó a Dallas ISD una calificación de “B” como parte del nuevo sistema de calificación;
  • El enfoque del distrito en el aprendizaje socioemocional y una mayor participación de los estudiantes en actividades extracurriculares está preparando al alumno para el éxito;
  • La colaboración con el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas y la Universidad del Norte de Texas en Dallas ha resultado en un gran aumento en el número de academias universitarias, donde los estudiantes pueden obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario o un grado asociado, sin costo alguno, al mismo tiempo que cursan la preparatoria;
  • Programas de opción como el Lenguaje Dual Bilateral, STEM, y Aprendizaje Personalizado proporcionan varias oportunidades académicas a las familias.

Pam Lear, jefa de personal, agradeció a los patrocinadores que hicieron posible realizar el evento. Los patrocinadores inaugurales incluyeron a iStation, Achieve3000, el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas y Thompson & Horton LLP. Patrocinadores adicionales incluyeron a KPMG y Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Asimismo, se pudo disfrutar de exhibiciones que se enfocaron en las iniciativas del distrito y que mostraron las últimas tendencias académicas que se implementan en los salones de clases patrocinadas por Texas Instruments, Barnes & Thornburg, engage2learn y Sanford Harmony at National University System.


Dallas ISD celebra Mes de la Historia Afroamericana

¿Celebrará su plantel el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana con oradores especiales, competencias de oratoria u otras actividades especiales? Siguiendo la tradición de Dallas ISD, les invitamos a que envíen sus actividades al Departamento de Comunicaciones para compartirlas con la comunidad.

La Asociación para el Estudio de la Vida e Historia Afroamericana estableció la migración como el tema de este año, enfocándose en el movimiento de personas de ascendencia africana hacia nuevos destinos y realidades sociales. Puede conocer más sobre el tema y la organización en https://asalh.org/asalhs-2019-theme-black-migrations/

Envíe una lista de sus actividades a principios del mes usando la forma “Online News Form”, disponible aquí.


Junta Escolar acepta renuncia de representante del Distrito 4, autorizan proceso para ocupar el puesto provisionalmente

El 5 de febrero, la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD aceptó la renuncia de Jaime Resendez, representante del Distrito 4.

Asimismo, se aprobó un proceso para posiblemente nombrar a un representante que sirva provisionalmente a la comunidad del distrito que cubre el sureste de Dallas, Seagoville y Balch Springs. El término concluye en mayo cuando los votantes tendrán la oportunidad de elegir a su representante para un periodo regular de tres años.

Mediante el proceso aprobado por la Junta Escolar, el 6 de febrero el distrito emitirá una convocatoria de currículums y declaraciones de interés de parte de candidatos que cumplen con los requisitos legales y están interesados en formar parte de la Junta Escolar. Los documentos se deben presentar antes de las 5 p.m. del 19 de febrero.

Los integrantes de la Junta Escolar evaluarán a los candidatos antes de la reunión mensual del 28 de febrero. Después los entrevistarán y posiblemente seleccionen a un candidato el 4 de marzo para servir lo que resta del término, aproximadamente dos meses, en espera de la elección que se llevará a cabo en mayo.


Three Dallas ISD Mock Trial teams advance to state competition

The Mock Trial team from the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet took first at the recent 2019 Dallas Regional Mock Trial competition.

The Law Magnet advances to the state competition with teams from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Skyline High School. The state contest is set for Feb. 28-March 2 at the George Allen Court House in Dallas.

Sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas ISD Social Studies Department, Mock Trial gives participating students basic knowledge of the law, legal issues and the judicial process.

Want to know more about Mock Trial? The Law Magnet website has a fantastic rundown of the program here.


Equipos estudiantiles desarrollan estrategias para la comunidad durante el Aspen Challenge






El jueves, 31 de enero, equipos estudiantiles de 20 escuelas de Dallas ISD, recibieron instrucciones lograr un efecto positivo en sus comunidades a través del Aspen Challenge 2019.

Los equipos elegirán uno de los cinco desafíos para formular soluciones que presentarán en la competencia de Dallas a fines de marzo. El ganador de Dallas competirá en la ronda final en Aspen. El desafío consiste en diseñar estrategias que se adapten a sus comunidades individuales. Dicho desafío es una competencia de ocho semanas patrocinada y coordinada por el Aspen Institute.

“No te estamos pidiendo que cambies el mundo en ocho semanas”, dijo Zachary Epps, gerente del programa. “Resolver estos problemas cambiará el mundo, pero eso toma tiempo. Por ello, ¿qué se puede empezar en estas ocho semanas? ¿Cómo se puede usar esto como una fase piloto y medir lo que se puede lograr dentro de estas ocho semanas y desarrollar durabilidad en tus ideas y soluciones?”

Los cinco desafíos son:

• Desarrollar una solución para reducir la inequidad en la salud utilizando los recursos de la comunidad e identificando dónde se necesita más apoyo (emitida por Tigee Hill y Jennifer Valenzuela de Health Leads).

• Restaurar y proteger las zonas verdes en Dallas para que más miembros de la comunidad reciban los beneficios de vivir en un entorno natural mientras ayudan a apoyar la vida silvestre y la biodiversidad (emitida por Megan Davis y Aaryaman Singhal de Groundwork Dallas).

• Examinar el concepto de pertenencia en cuanto a la salud mental en la comunidad y fomentar una cultura inclusiva (emitida por Jessica Gómez del Momentous Institute).

• Organizar a los jóvenes en tu comunidad para ejercer el poder cívico y cultivar el carácter cívico (emitido por Eric Liu de Citizen University).

• Diseñar un programa que genere apoyo para los inmigrantes de la comunidad para establecer una auténtica condición hospitalaria (publicado por Liz Cedillo-Pereira de la Ciudad de Dallas).

Este es el segundo año que Dallas ISD participa en el desafío. La ciudad de Louisville, Kentucky, es el otro lugar participante en el 2019. El proyecto principal de Dallas del año pasado fue desarrollado por el equipo de Emmett J. Conrad High School. Se enfocaron en resolver problemas de transporte para personas mayores, discapacitadas y otras personas que encuentran estresante el desplazarse en Dallas.


Student-athletes commit to keep competing on National Signing Day





About 130 student-athletes in Dallas ISD’s Class of 2019 participated in the 20th annual College Signing Day ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Ellis Davis Field House.

The students publicly committed to accept college and university scholarship offers they have received to fund their educations while playing sports.

See photos of students walking the red carpet here.

The participating signees are:

Bryan Adams High School
Bryan Baldomero, football               Austin College
DaQuon Bell, football                        Texas College
Dre Brown, football                           Minnesota State Comm. and Technical College
Angel Guzman, football                    Texas College
Zaki Henderson, football                  Texas College
Devin Jackson, football                     ASA College-Miami
Armani Kelly, cheer                          Oklahoma Baptist University
Kenvodrick Shaw, football               ASA College-Miami
Ethan Walters, football                     Millsap College

W.H. Adamson High School
Jaylen Freeman, football                  Lyon College, Texas Wesleyan, Austin College
Willie Mosley, football                       Missouri Valley College
Ivan Pina, football                             Missouri Valley College
Krystifer Ross, football                     Missouri Valley College

David W. Carter High School
Dominique Bailey, football               Texas A&M-Commerce
Sebastian Blunt, football                  Missouri Southern State University
Detrevan Cooper, football                Texas College
Asia Cunningham, football               Texas College
Tommy George, football                   Texas College
Derrick Hall, football                         Texas College
Cedric Hayes, football                       Texas A&M-Commerce
Zahad Munford, basketball              Grambling State University
Sidney Reagor, football                     Texas College
William Savala, football                    Grambling State University
Daithan Waiters, football                 Texas College

Emmett J. Conrad High School
Ja’Korian Flentroy-Sanders, football           Missouri Valley College
Dereme Griffin, football                                Missouri Valley College
Kohari Williams-Allen, football                    Missouri Valley College

Hillcrest High School
Christan Evans, football                   Keiser/New Mexico Highlands

Thomas Jefferson High School
Jesus Deleon, football                       Southwestern College
Kendrick Murphy, football               Texas A&M-Commerce
Robert Nooks , football                     Southwestern College

Justin F. Kimball High School
Mikyron Boulden, football                Missouri Valley College
Jameel Ibraheem, football                Navarro Junior College
Jameel            McWilliams, football              UT-Permian Basin
Julius Monroe            , football                     UT-Permian Basin
Sarah Ovalle, soccer                          Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock
Xzavion Pipkins-Florence, football  Texas A&M-Commerce
Jalen Warren, football                      UT-Permian Basin
Edward White, football                    Lyons College
Khameron Wilkerson, football         UT-Permian Basin
Cobe Williams, basketball                Louisiana Tech
Ronald Williams, football                  Missouri Valley College

Lincoln High School
Devadrick Lockrdige, football          Missouri Valley College
Diamond Sweats, basketball                        Weatherford College
Jaylen Thomas, football                    NE Oklahoma State University
Jacob Wilson, football                       McPherson College

James Madison High School
Marcus Cobin-Hill, football               Cisco Junior College
Derrious Kinney, football                 Missouri Southern State University
Dadrian Marshall, football               McPherson College

North Dallas High School
Xya Balderas, soccer                         Houston Baptist University
Adan Galvan, baseball                      Cedar Valley College
Noel Lopez, baseball                         Dallas Christian College

L.G. Pinkston High School
Vincent Carter, football                    Howard Payne University
Sama’Zha Hart, basketball               Stephen F. Austin University
Tamarrian Simon, football               Howard Payne University
Jamare Williams, football                 Howard Payne University

Roosevelt High School
Luis Deleon, football                         Missouri Valley College
Roosevelt Fleming, football              Texas College
Ladavian Houston, football              Missouri Valley College
Jeremiah Moore, football                  Missouri Valley College
Victor Parker, football                       Missouri Valley College
Teranzo Sutton, football                   Missouri Valley College

W.W. Samuell High School
Cedmichael Butler, football              Cisco Junior College
Exavier Galloway                               West Texas A&M University
Tyler Mayo, football                          Navarro Junior College

Seagoville High School
Wayland Gray, football                     Missouri Valley College
Rio Hernandez, football                    Southern Nazarene
Kameron Hoard, football                  Missouri Valley College

Skyline High School
Darius Ashely, football                      East Central University
Kenneth Boston, football                  Austin College
Kane Bradford, football                    University of Arizona
Michael Butts, football                      SW Oklahoma State University
Kamryn Farrar, football                   Oklahoma State University
Velton Gardner, football                   University of Kansas
Martinez Hill, football                       East Central University
Jazion Jackson, basketball                University of North Texas
DaKerrius Lewis, football                 Howard Payne University
Keyshawn Moore, football               Langston University
Dominique Shelmon, football          Pittsburg State University
VonKeith Smith, football                  Langston University
William Terry, football                      Langston University
Jordan Thompson, football              East Central University
Emilio Trevino, baseball                   Brookhaven College
KiMarquis Walker, football              Trinity Valley Community College

South Oak Cliff High School
Gerald Ausborne, football                Missouri Valley College
N’Kozi Bell, football                           Texas A&M-Commerce
Zecqurie Cannon Grant Fields, football      Missouri Valley College
Derrion Clark, football                      University of Arizona
Derrick Jerome Coleman, football   Navarro College
KC Cook, football                               Missouri Valley College
Deondre Dansby, football                UT-Permian Basin
Kendrick Eldridge, football              Texas College
Zakieth Ford, football                        Texas College
Dominique Gant, football                 Texas College
Braxton Haywood, football               Grambling State University
Tracie Hicks, football                         West Texas A&M University
Bobby Holmes, football                     University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Delmon Jennings, football                East Central Oklahoma University
Dequavion Ludd, football                 Texas A&M-Commerce
Demonte Minter, football                 Texas College
Steven Parker, football                     University of Kansas
Sean Simms, football                         Navy
Arrington Taylor, football                 Prairie View University
Arrington Thomas, football              Oklahoma Panhandle State
Davion Wheeler, football                  Alabama A&M University
Rashad Wren, football                      Cisco Junior College

Grady Spruce High School
Donta Beasley, football                     Missouri Valley College
Cadarius Doss, football                     Missouri Valley College
Christopher Edmundson, football   East Texas Baptist University
Cedric Johnson, football                   Missouri Valley College
Adriana Torres, soccer                      Richland Community College

Sunset High School
Marisol Gutierrez, soccer                  McMurry University

W.T. White High School
Cameron Brice, football                    Missouri Valley College
Adolfo Carzares, football                  Culver Stockton University
Rodney Collier, football                    Missouri Valley College
Alliyah Marquez, soccer                    UT-El Paso
Marcus McClanahan, football          Texas A&M-Commerce

Wilmer-Hutchins High School
Latrell Cooper, football                     Missouri Valley College
Tyreik Frazier, football                      West Texas A&M University
Christopher King, football                Missouri Valley College
Keondre McKnight, football             Alabama A&M University

Woodrow Wilson High School
Sean Berry, football                          UT-San Antonio
Z’Core Brooks, football                      Colorado State University
Joseph Contreras, baseball              Dallas Christian College
Xavier Gipson, football                      Stephen F. Austin University
Porsche Johnson, volleyball             Northern Vermont University
Austin Parks, baseball                      Weatherford College
Ashton Van Horn, soccer                  Iona College


Collegiate academy sophomores get letters of intent to teach in Dallas ISD

Seventy Dallas ISD collegiate academy sophomores received a letter of a lifetime on Feb. 5: after they get their college degree, they are guaranteed a teaching job in Dallas ISD with a starting salary of at least $52,000.

District officials gave the letters of intent at a ceremony to the sophomores who attend the collegiate academies at Samuell, W.T. White, Bryan Adams and Sunset high schools. The Dallas ISD Human Capital Management (HCM) Department is an industry partner of the collegiate academies that have an emphasis on early childhood education. HCM Chief Cynthia Wilson called the new “homegrown teacher pipeline” a win-win for the students and district.

“This creates enormous opportunity for these students to earn a great starting salary and have a positive impact with their lives,” Wilson said. “But more importantly, this will create and bring back talented bilingual teachers to Dallas ISD who will serve our communities and help our kids reach their full potential.”

For W.T. White High School Collegiate Academy sophomore Kimberly, the event marked one of the biggest days of her life.

“This is a big chance for my life to be able to work as a teacher and make a difference,” she said. “I had never seen myself before as someone who can inspire students and change lives. Now I know I can.”

Through a partnership with the Dallas County Community College District and University of North Texas at Dallas, Dallas ISD collegiate academies provide the opportunity for students to earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree–tuition free–while still in high school. In addition to seven traditional Early College High Schools, Dallas ISD’s collegiate academy program now includes 18 Pathway to Technology Early College High Schools or P-TECHs, each of which has higher education and career industry partners.


Nuevas academias universitarias abrirán para brindar más opciones a los estudiantes

Si a su hijo de secundaria le encanta la interpretación artística y ha decidido estudiar una carrera en música o danza, ahora tiene opciones académicas en Dallas ISD. Basándose en el éxito del modelo de academias universitarias, el distrito abrirá dos academias universitarias nuevas de bellas artes en agosto de 2019. Los programas, que estarán disponibles en las preparatorias W.T. White y Wilmer-Hutchins, ofrecerán amplias oportunidades para que los estudiantes demuestren su talento, capacitación y un enfoque académico para aquellos que busquen dedicarse a enseñar artes en el futuro.

Cada escuela está reclutando futuros estudiantes de 9o grado para integrar un primer grupo de 50 alumnos para el año escolar 2019-2020. La fecha límite para entregar la solicitud es el 31 de marzo. Pueden conseguir más información sobre estos programas y llenar la solicitud en las siguientes sesiones informativas:

Wilmer-Hutchins High School, 5520 Langdon Road | Dallas 75241 6 a 8 p.m., martes, 5 de marzo de 2019 6 a 8 p.m., jueves, 7 de marzo de 2019

W.T. White High School | 4505 Ridgeside Drive | Dallas 75244 6 a 8 p.m., martes, 26 de febrero de 2019 6 a 8 p.m., martes, 5 de marzo de 2019

Tras el éxito de los programas de coro y banda establecidos en su zona de asistencia, Wilmer-Hutchins Fine Arts Collegiate Academy ofrecerá a los estudiantes instrucción en teoría musical, interpretación vocal y dirección instrumental, además de cursos sobre varias formas de baile. El programa incluirá clases de interpretación y presentación, y teoría.

En respuesta a la gran demanda por instrucción de danza en la comunidad, la nueva W.T. White Fine Arts Collegiate Academy ofrecerá capacitación técnica y especialidades a estudiantes que buscan dedicarse a la danza en el futuro. El programa incluirá instrucción en bailes y culturas del mundo, ballet de nivel intermedio, danza moderna y de jazz, y composición de danza.

Al igual que las demás academias universitarias del distrito, las academias de bellas artes ofrecerán a los estudiantes la oportunidad de obtener un diploma de preparatoria y hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario, o un grado asociado, sin costo alguno, en cuatro años. Estos

programas también ofrecerán varias oportunidades para que los estudiantes obtengan experiencia y se relacionen con organizaciones de artes locales.

Para mayor información sobre estos dos programas pueden llamar al 972-925-5481.


Board accepts resignation of District 4 trustee, approves process to temporarily fill seat

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees on Feb. 5 accepted the resignation of Jaime Resendez, who represented District 4.

Trustees also approved a process to potentially appoint a trustee to temporarily represent the seat that covers Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, and Balch Springs. The appointment would last until May, which is when voters will elect a District 4 trustee to a regular three-year term of office.

Under the process approved by trustees, the district on Feb. 6 will issue a call for resumes and statements of interest for candidates who meet the legal requirements and are interested in temporarily filling the District 4 seat. The resumes will be due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 19.

Trustees will review candidates before the Feb. 28 board meeting, and then interview and potentially select a candidate on March 4 to temporarily fill the seat for about two months until the May election.


¡Atención voluntarios! Necesitamos ayuda para evento de literatura African American Read-In

Se solicitan voluntarios para el evento anual de Dallas ISD, African American READ-IN, un proyecto impulsado por Joyce Foreman, Justin Henry y el Dr. Lew Blackburn, integrantes de la Junta Escolar, y la Oficina de Equidad Racial del distrito. La meta es fomentar el amor por la lectura, celebrar las diferentes culturas y apoyar a alumnos de diversas características desde kínder a 5o grado.

Se necesitan voluntarios para ayudar con la inscripción, la llegada y partida de estudiantes, servir desayuno y almuerzo, controlar a los asistentes y facilitar talleres.

African American READ-IN 2019 Poetry and Literature in Motion
Sábado, 9 de febrero, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Justin F. Kimball High School
3606 S. Westmoreland Road
Dallas, Texas 75233

Para apuntarse para el evento:

Voluntarios aprobados por Dallas ISD (autorizados):

Para ayudar con la preparación, el viernes, 8 de febrero, haga clic aquí.

Para ayudar el día del evento, el sábado, 9 de febrero, haga clic aquí.

Para ser voluntario en Dallas ISD, complete la solicitud y orientación, aquí.

Una vez sea autorizado como voluntario, elija una de las siguientes actividades:

Para ayudar con la preparación, el viernes, 8 de febrero, haga clic aquí.

Para ayudar el día del evento, el sábado, 9 de febrero, haga clic aquí.

Para más información, comuníquese con el Departamento de Servicios de Voluntarios de Dallas ISD al 972-925-5400 o envíe un correo a volunteer@dallasisd.org.


N-I-C-E: Fifteen students advance to County Spelling Bee

Can you spell  S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R?

These 15 Dallas ISD students who have advanced to the County Spelling Bee sure can! The students, who were the top spellers at the district-wide spelling bee that featured 131 students from 79 schools, will compete Feb. 14 at Hall of State Auditorium- Fair Park.  The students will compete for a chance to win more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

The top Dallas ISD spellers are:

James Marshall Dallas Environmental Science Academy
Ember Carvajal Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard
Benjamin Pelphrey William B. Travis Academy
Giavanna Cormier Geneva Heights Elementary School
Semaj Cline Boude Story Middle School
Joel Lomas Clinton Russell Elementary School
Diego Torres Jerry Junkins Elementary School
Leila Serratos Walnut Hill Elementary School
Steven Quiroz Richard Lagow Elementary School
Aubrianna Cleveland Richard Lagow Elementary School
Omar Muniz Ebby Halliday Elementary School
Sammi Reese Adelle Turner Elementary School
Miklo Rocha Lida Hooe Elementary School
Andrew “Jack” Blair William Lipscomb Elementary School
JanCarlos Alas John J. Pershing Elementary School

Dallas ISD Celebrates National School Counseling Week

Dallas ISD is celebrating National School Counseling Week Feb 4–8 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) sponsors National School Counseling Week, which highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for college and career.

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Dade Middle School counselor recognized in Washington D.C. for her outstanding efforts

JoAnn Jackson-Powell, Dallas ISD Director of Counseling Services, applauded Dallas ISD counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Dr. Richard Wong, ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

Dallas ISD is celebrating National School Counseling Week Feb 4–8

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide are participating in the week’s festivities. Many school counselors are hosting special events and activities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.

As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, Dallas ISD counselors are organizing and implementing various activities on their campuses. Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website, www.schoolcounselor.org.


Geneva Heights students embark on second-annual reading challenge

 




Geneva Heights Elementary School recently kicked off its second annual Reading Challenge with Room to Read during a special IB Literacy Night event.

Students and families visited the school at the evening event in their pajamas and were read to by volunteers. Students are challenged to read or be read to for at least 20 minutes every night in February. If students accomplish the goal – representing 3,500 hours of reading schoolwide – a donation of $2,500 will be made in the school’s name to Room to Read. Students met the goal last year and are expected to reach the goal this year as well.

Geneva Heights recently earned the International Baccalaureate designation and participates in the IB Primary Years Programme.

Learn more about Room to Read and the causes it supports here.


Two new collegiate options opening for artistic ninth-graders

If your artistic middle schooler adores performing and has vowed to pursue a career in music or dance, he or she now has new academic options in Dallas ISD. Based on the success of the collegiate academy model, the district is launching two new fine arts collegiate academies in August 2019. The programs, at W.T. White and Wilmer-Hutchins high schools, will feature extensive performance options for students and training and career pathways for those who want to become arts educators.

Each campus is now recruiting incoming ninth-graders for a cohort of 50 students for the 2019-2020 school year. The deadline to apply is March 31. Families can learn more about these offerings and submit applications at upcoming information sessions:

Wilmer-Hutchins High School, 5520 Langdon Rd. | Dallas 75241
6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2019
6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019

W.T. White High School | 4505 Ridgeside Dr. | Dallas 75244
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Building on strong choir and band programs already in place in its feeder school community, the Wilmer-Hutchins Fine Arts Collegiate Academy will offer students instruction in the basics of music theory, vocal performance and instrumental conducting along with courses in various forms of dance. The program will include courses in both performance and theory.

In response to strong demand for dance instruction in its community, the new W.T. White Fine Arts Collegiate Academy will offer technical training and career pathways for students who want to make dance their life’s work. At White, the program will include instruction in world dance and cultures, intermediate ballet, modern and jazz dance, and dance composition.

Like all the district’s collegiate academies, the fine arts academies will offer students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree, tuition-free, in four years. These programs will also offer a multitude of opportunities for students to gain performance experience and connect with area arts organizations for hands-on training and fine arts experiences.

For more information about both programs, parents can call 972-925-5481.


Toyota surprises every teacher in Pinkston feeder pattern with bags of supplies

Toyota surprised every teacher in the Pinkston High School feeder pattern with a bag full of school supplies to ensure they have what they need for the rest of the school year.

Teachers at Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School cheered when they received their bags.

“Toyota is very appreciative of the work we do here every day in Dallas ISD, and they want you to know you are supported and loved,” De Zavala Elementary Principal Melissa Gonzalez told teachers.


Feb. 9 Read-In needs volunteers to promote love of reading, culture and learning

Volunteers are needed to support the annual Dallas ISD African American READ-IN—a project of trustees Joyce Foreman, Justin Henry and Lew Blackburn and the district’s Office of Racial Equity. The goal is to promote a love of reading, celebrate cultures and support diverse learners in grades K-5.

Volunteers are needed to help with registration, arrival and departure of students, serving breakfast and lunch, crowd control and workshop facilitation.

African American READ-IN 2019 Poetry and Literature in Motion
Sat., Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Justin F. Kimball High School
3606 S. Westmoreland Road
Dallas, Texas 75233

Volunteers are needed to help with registration, arrival and departure of students, serving breakfast and lunch, crowd control and workshop facilitation.

To sign up to help:

Approved (cleared) Dallas ISD Volunteers:

To help with set-up, Friday, Feb. 8, click here.

To assist at the day of the event, Saturday, Feb. 9, please click here.

To become a Dallas ISD Volunteer and complete an application and orientation, click here.

Once approved as a volunteer, choose below:

To help with set-up, Friday, February 8, click here.

To assist at the day of the event, Saturday, February 9, please click here.

For additional information contact Dallas ISD Volunteer Services 972-925-5400 or volunteer@dallasisd.org.


Dallas ISD celebrates Black History Month

Is your campus hosting special speakers, organizing oratorical competitions, or planning other special activities in observance of Black History Month 2019? In keeping with Dallas ISD tradition, schools are invited to submit their activities to Communications to share with the community.

The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History has established this year’s theme as Black Migrations, focusing on the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and new social realities. You can learn more about the theme and the organization at https://asalh.org/asalhs-2019-theme-black-migrations/

Please submit a list of your activities as early in the month as possible via the Online News Form, available here.


Annual Dallas ISD STEM Expo provides joy, wonder for families















The annual Dallas ISD STEM Expo packed dozens of hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics activities for children of all ages – showcasing district schools with a STEM focus and highlighting career opportunities.

District robotics and bridge-building teams also competed during the Expo.

 


State of the District showcases recent successes, future plans in Dallas ISD













Community stakeholders got an up-close look at some of the many recent successes in Dallas ISD and got a taste of what’s yet to come at the inaugural State of the District event on Friday, Feb. 1.


Dade Middle School counselor recognized in Washington D.C. for her outstanding efforts

A Billy Earl Dade Middle School counselor is being honored in Washington D.C. this weekend for her outstanding contributions to the overall well-being of students.

The American School Counselor Association named  Dade Middle School counselor Nwakaego Edordu Oriji as 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.

Nwakaego Edordu Oriji

Dallas ISD Director of Counseling Services JoAnn Jackson-Powell applauded the impact Edordu Oriji has on students.

“We are so proud to have Nwakaego represent Dallas ISD. She is truly about the students and is striving to make a difference,” Jackson-Powell said. “She is entirely focused on their social and emotional needs, while setting them up to succeed. That’s what counselors do.”

National School Counseling Week is Feb. 4–8 and is chance to celebrate the contributions that school counselors make to students. The 2019 theme is “School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life.”


SEM students head to national finals in Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest

School of Science and Engineering juniors Oziel De La Fuente, Meagin Montes, Laura Thompson, and Jonathan Snow are participating in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.
The contest focuses on how STEM can be applied to help improve the community. They were selected as a State Winner in the 2018-2019 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest and won the school $20,000 in technology and classroom supplies.
These students are now competing to become National Finalists in the next phase of the competition by working on a Silent Alarm System for school emergencies.
Learn more about the competition at: https://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/

Student teams to develop community strategies during Aspen Challenge






Student teams from 20 Dallas ISD schools got their marching orders on Thursday, Jan. 31, to make a positive impact on their communities through the 2019 Aspen Challenge.

The teams will choose one of five challenges to develop solutions for, culminating in the Dallas competition in late March. The Dallas winner will compete in the final round in Aspen. They are challenged to tailor strategies to fit their individual communities. The challenge is an eight-week competition sponsored and coordinated by the Aspen Institute.

“We aren’t asking you to change the world in eight weeks,” said Zachary Epps, Program Manager for the Aspen Challenge. “Solving theses issues will change the world, but that takes time. So what can be started in this eight weeks? How can you use this as a pilot phase, and measure what you’re able to accomplish within these eight weeks and build sustainability into your ideas and solutions?”

The five challenges are:

• Develop a solution to reduce health inequity using community assets and identifying where more support is needed (issued by Tigee Hill and Jennifer Valenzuela of  of Health Leads).
• Restore and protect green spaces in Dallas so more community members will receive the benefits of being in a natural environment while helping support wildlife and biodiversity (issued by Megan Davis and Aaryaman Singhal of Groundwork Dallas).
• Examine the concept of belonging as it pertains to mental health in the community and foster a culture of inclusiveness (issued by Jessica Gomez of the Momentous Institute).
• Organize young people in your community to practice civic power and cultivate civic character (issued by Eric Liu of Citizen University).
• Design a program that creates support for immigrants in the community to create an authentic state of welcoming (issued by Liz Cedillo-Pereira of the City of Dallas).

This is the second year for Dallas ISD to participate in the challenge. Partner city Louisville, Ky., is the other location participating in 2019. Last year’s top Dallas project was developed by the Emmett J. Conrad High School team. They focused on solving transportation issues for elderly, disabled and others who find mobility across Dallas stressful.


Top Dallas ISD debaters take on tricky topic: Should U.S. abolish Electoral College?

Through a partnership with entrepreneur Roland G. Parrish and the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, four Dallas ISD students competed in a public debate on Tuesday at James Madison High School. The topic of the public debate was RESOLVED: The United States should abolish the Electoral College and elect the U.S. President by popular vote.

The Dallas ISD debaters

The four students qualified to compete in the Roland Parrish Scholarship Debate by taking top honors at the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Fall City Championship in December 2018. The winning students of that competition were from The Science and Engineering Magnet and Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.

At Tuesday’s debate, the affirmative team won the debate and received a $5,000 scholarship each: Sophie Rahman and Juan Diaz from the School of Science and Engineering.

Meanwhile, the negative team took second place and received at $2,500 scholarship each:  Joanna Marquez and Judith Juarez from Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Tournament judges include Peter Bogdanow, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Board Member; Matt Houston, President of the Black Chamber of Commerce; and, Dwayne Lewis I. Lewis, II, Attorney Buford & Ryburn, L.L.P. and Co-Chair of the Serving Children Committee of the Dallas Young Lawyers Association.

For more than 10 years, Dallas ISD has partnered with the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance to bring competitive policy debate to middle and high school students. Participation in debate provides an academically rigorous opportunity for students to develop critical thinking skills, gain confidence in public speaking, and to learn to thoroughly conduct research. Annual enrollment in the program exceeds 1,000 students across 50 Dallas ISD middle and high school campuses.


Maestra de Lowe Elementary School se reúne con la secretaria de Educación

Marisol García-Undiano, que tiene dos años como maestra de kínder en Jack Lowe, Sr. Elementary School, fue invitada a compartir sus experiencias con Betsy DeVos, secretaria de Educación de Estados Unidos.

El 17 de enero, García-Undiano participó en una conversación que trató el reclutamiento, la preparación, la retención y el salario de los maestros. Durante la plática, se mencionó que formó parte del programa TechTeach de Texas Tech University.

La maestra expresó que fue increíble hablar con funcionarios de tan alto nivel sobre el programa de preparación de maestros y de sus primeros años como maestra. “Fue alentador ver que dedicaron tiempo para escuchar y hacer preguntas concretas”, comentó García-Undiano. “¡Me sentí gratificada al poner en alto el nombre de Texas Tech y Jack Lowe y poder hablar de todo lo que pienso que estamos haciendo bien!”.

En cuanto a TechTeach, afirmó que el programa la preparó para dar clases e incluso le dio la oportunidad de colaborar con mentores de alta calidad en Dallas ISD durante su año como maestra aprendiz y durante la escuela de verano. Por ello, pudo evaluarse a si misma todos los días, reflexionar sobre sus experiencias, y usar análisis diarios para orientar la instrucción.

Durante su viaje, García-Undiano se percató de que hay varios puestos en la política educativa que deberían ocupar maestros. “Aprendí mucho durante mi visita a Washington, DC”, relató. “A veces, como educadores, hacemos lo mismo de siempre porque ‘es simplemente lo que decidieron los legisladores’. Es nuestro deber como maestros aplicar nuestro conocimiento y experiencia fuera de los salones de clases y del distrito”.

Lowe Elementary School también está adquiriendo una buena reputación fuera del distrito. La primaria es una de las tres escuelas de Dallas ISD que están siendo consideradas para recibir el National Blue Ribbon School Award de 2019. Este reconocimiento sería parte de una increíble mejoría los últimos cuatro años, cuando Lowe era clasificada como escuela en necesidad de mejorar. La fórmula para ganar la componen los excelentes maestros de Lowe.

 “Lo que más me gusta de ser maestra es ser testigo del desarrollo y progreso de mis estudiantes”, expresó García-Undiano. “¡Estoy ahí para motivarlos cuando dominan sus habilidades, aprenden a amarrarse las cintas, se vuelven mejores amigos y hasta cuando se les cae un diente!”


Students ‘Go Red for STEM’ to learn about building construction





On Tuesday, Jan. 29, a small group of Dallas ISD students got to tour a new hospital building – virtually.

Students from Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs, D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School and Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy were actually at the north Dallas building where the McCarthy Building Companies’ Dallas offices are housed. Through virtual reality headsets, the students were inserted into the three-dimensional digital renderings and able to “walk” into rooms and down hallways.

The virtual-reality experience is immersive, but students could also experience “augmented reality,” which is a digital experience that adds elements to the real-world environment that can be seen and interacted with. After the virtual experience, students toured the McCarthy offices and met with employees covering the gamut of functions there.

STEM Goes Red, an initiative of the American Heart Association (AHA), coordinated the visit to McCarthy – an AHA supporter. The program is designed to encourage more girls to pursue STEM careers that promote heart and brain health through mentorships and exposure to careers.


Wilmer Hutchins Elementary Crochet Club makes hats, scarves for homeless shelter

It’s a Tuesday afternoon at Wilmer Hutchins Elementary School, and eight fifth-graders are meticulously crocheting hats and scarves.

Charlotte Geisler, the Wilmer Hutchins Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year, leads the club that meets after lunch. Geisler makes monthly trips to a homeless shelter to donate the hats and scarves made by the students.

“This not only teaches students a skill they can use for life, but it teaches them to give back,” Geisler said.

For fifth-grader Daranisha, the club is a chance to have quiet time to reflect.

“If I’m in a bad mood or having a bad day, this helps relax me and makes me feel better,” she said. “Also, it’s fun!”


Directora de Servicios de Dislexia recibirá premio a la excelencia en la educación

Michelle Brown, directora de Servicios de Dislexia de Dallas ISD, ha sido seleccionada para recibir el premio Excellence in Education de 2019 de la Dallas International Dyslexia Association (IDA, por sus siglas en inglés).

Recibirá el reconocimiento el 8 de febrero en la Conferencia Regional de 2019 de Dallas ISD.

Según la IDA, el premio Excellence in Education se otorga cada año durante la conferencia regional de dicha asociación que se realiza en Dallas a maestros u otros profesionales que demuestran excelencia en la práctica y compromiso hacia los estudiantes con dislexia y diferencias relacionadas. Las nominaciones las puede presentar un colega, estudiante, padres u otro profesional en el mismo campo. Deben basarse en la dedicación, conocimiento, habilidades, éxitos y logros profesionales, además de la colaboración con las escuelas o la comunidad.


Hawthorne Elementary School recibe visita de museo STEM móvil

Recientemente, los estudiantes de 3o a 5o grado de Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School tuvieron la oportunidad de vivir la experiencia de una excursión en el plantel.

La Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME, por sus siglas en inglés) otorgó una subvención a la escuela, con lo que se pudo traer a la escuela un tráiler de 40 pies con capacidad para cerca de 200 estudiantes. El museo móvil incluyó exhibiciones interactivas sobre energía, espacio, biotecnología, el tiempo, y la aerodinámica alineados con los TEKS.

Los estudiantes se marcharon con conocimiento nuevo en relación a los objetivos de TEKS y profesiones relacionadas a STEM.


Essilor Vision Foundation proporciona exámenes de la vista en J.N. Ervin Elementary School





En agosto, estudiantes de siete escuelas primarias de Dallas ISD recibieron uniformes escolares durante un evento especial que se realizó en Ellis Davis Field House.

Parte del evento incluyó revisiones médicas y de visión gratis. J.N. Ervin Elementary School fue una de las escuelas participantes, pero la necesidad de exámenes de la vista y, en algunos casos, lentes, sobrepasó el número de estudiantes que fueron atendidos en agosto.

El viernes, 25 de enero, llegó una camioneta de Essilor Vision al frente de Ervin Elementary School para realizar exámenes de la vista a más estudiantes. La Essilor Vision Foundation proporcionará lentes gratis a aquellos estudiantes que los necesiten.


No olvide asistir a las reuniones mensuales para expresar su opinión sobre el transporte escolar

Con el fin de obtener su opinión y mantener a los padres informados sobre asuntos
relacionados al transporte escolar, el distrito llevará a cabo reuniones mensuales
comenzando en enero.

Dichas reuniones se realizarán en el Turney W. Leonard Governance and Training Center,
ubicado en el 5151 Samuell Blvd., de 5:30-6:30 p.m. Para facilitar la comunicación y tratar
toda preocupación de los Service Centers, pedimos a los padres que asistan a la reunión
según la ruta asignada a su hijo.

Las reuniones se realizarán los siguientes días:
Escuelas Magnet, Academias, Vanguards, y de Opción
• 30 de enero
• 25 de febrero
• 25 de marzo

Escuelas Tradicionales y Educación Especial
Kleberg (Rutas con números 1000) / Lawnview (Rutas con números 2000)
• 15 de enero
• 11 de febrero
• 19 de marzo

Escuelas Tradicionales y Educación Especial
North Dallas (Rutas con números 3000) / Rainey (Rutas con números 4000)
• 29 de enero
• 20 de febrero
• 19 de marzo

Utilizando la información obtenida en enero, febrero y marzo, realizaremos otra reunión el
17 de abril, de 5:30 a 6:30 p.m., para proporcionar a los padres la información más reciente
para el año escolar 2019-2020.

Si tiene preguntas o dudas sobre las reuniones, comuníquese con el Departamento de
Transporte al 972-925-5010.


Lowe kindergarten teacher meets with U.S. Education Secretary

Marisol Garcia-Undiano, a kindergarten teacher for two years at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School, was recently invited to share her experiences with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Garcia-Undiano participated in a roundtable discussion on Jan. 17 focusing on teacher recruitment, teacher preparation, retention and salary. She was a student of Texas Tech University’s TechTeach program, which was also part of the discussion.

She said it was incredible to speak to such high-level officials about her teacher-preparation program and first years of teaching. “It was uplifting to see that they took the time to listen and ask thoughtful questions,” she said. “It was rewarding to have the opportunity to give back to Texas Tech and Jack Lowe by bragging about all the things I believe we are doing right!”

Of the TechTeach program, she said the program did a lot to prepare her for the classroom, including placing her with high-quality mentors in Dallas ISD for an entire academic year of student teaching, as well as summer school; training to evaluate herself daily, reflect on experiences use daily data collection and analysis to guide instruction.

The trip showed Garcio-Undiano that there are many positions in educational policy that teachers should fill. “My visit to D.C. was eye-opening,” she said. “Sometimes as educators we go with the status quo because ‘that is just what our lawmakers have decided for us.’ We owe it to our students and our colleagues to take our knowledge and experience beyond our classrooms and district.”

Lowe Elementary is also receiving notoriety beyond the district. The school is one of three Dallas ISD schools being considered for a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School Award. For Lowe, the recognition is part of an incredible turnaround from just four years ago, when the school was an Improvement Required campus. Excellent teachers are just part of the winning formula at Lowe.

 My favorite part of being a teacher is getting a front row seat to my student’s growth and progress as they develop into little humans,” Garcia Undiano said. “I get to be there to cheer them on when they master a new skill, learn to tie their shoes, become better friends, or lose a tooth!”





Mobile STEM museum visits Hawthorne Elementary

Students at Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School in grades 3–5 had the recent opportunity to experience an on-campus field trip.

TAME, also known as Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, provided a grant to the campus, which accommodated nearly 200 students in a 40-foot trailer. TAME’s traveling STEM museum-on-wheels included hands-on interactive exhibits on energy, space, biotechnology, weather, and aerodynamics mapped to the TEKS.

Students left the exhibits with new knowledge in relation to science TEKS and STEM professions.


Parents invited to provide feedback at this week’s transportation meetings

In order to get input and keep parents updated on transportation-related items, the district is hosting monthly meetings.

All meetings will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Turney W. Leonard Governance and Training Center at 5151 Samuell Blvd. In order to facilitate dialogue and address any concerns from Service Centers, parents are asked to attend the meetings based on the routes assigned to their children.

Below are the dates for upcoming meetings:

Magnets, Academies, Vanguards, and Choice

• Jan. 30
• Feb. 25
• March 25

Comprehensive and Special Education

Kleberg (Routes with 1000 numbers) / Lawnview (Routes with 2000 numbers)

• Jan. 15
• Feb. 11
• March 19

Comprehensive and Special Education

North Dallas (Routes with 3000 numbers) / Rainey (Routes with 4000 numbers)

• Jan. 29
• Feb. 20
• March 19

Using feedback from the January, February, and March meetings, a meeting will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 17 to provide updates to all parents for the 2019-2020 school year.

For questions related to the meetings, please contact the Transportation Department at 972-925-5010.


This Week In Dallas ISD: Jan. 25 Edition

Catch up on the district’s great news in under a minute! 

Two New TAG Schools

Parents looking for a gifted and talented school for their child now have two additional options available in Oak Cliff (learn more).

Extra Extracurriculars

These three sisters are involved in 18 different sports and clubs at Sunset High School
(read this).

MLK Oratory Champ

William Brown Miller Elementary’s Jasira King won the MLK Jr. Oratory Competition with her powerful speech (see the winners).

Teachers Of The Year Celebrated

Alex Sanger Preparatory staged an assembly to celebrate Dallas ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year Elisa Morrisey and J.L. Long Middle School held an in-school parade to celebrate Nadirah Shakir, the Dallas ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.


Essilor visits Ervin Elementary to provide needed sight for sore eyes





In August, students from seven Dallas ISD elementary schools received uniforms for their schools at a special pep rally-style event at Ellis Davis Field House.

Part of the event included free medical and vision screenings. J.N. Ervin Elementary School was one of the participating campuses, but the need for eye exams and – in some cases – eyeglasses went beyond the students who were served in August.

On Friday, Jan. 25, an Essilor Vision truck pulled up to the front Ervin Elementary to conduct vision screenings for additional students. The Essilor Vision Foundation will provide eyeglasses free of charge to students who need them.


Dos escuelas nuevas para estudiantes talentosos y dotados abrirán en Oak Cliff en agosto de 2019

Los padres que buscan una escuela para estudiantes talentosos y dotados (TAG) ahora tienen dos opciones adicionales en el área de Oak Cliff. El distrito abrirá Roger Q. Mills School for the Talented and Gifted y Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted en agosto de 2019. Ambas escuelas están diseñadas para estudiantes talentosos quienes necesitan de un entorno académico riguroso para alcanzar su máximo potencial. La admisión a dichas escuelas se basa en el rendimiento académico y es necesario entregar una solicitud.

Mills está aceptando estudiantes de 1º a 6º grado, aunque a largo plazo, ofrecerá de 1º a 8º grado. En cambio, Twain está aceptando a estudiantes de 1º a 5º grado. El plazo de solicitud termina el 18 de marzo. Para mayor información sobre Roger Q. Mills o para llenar la solicitud en línea, visite dallasisd.org/mills. Para Mark Twain, visite dallasisd.org/twain.

Las escuelas ofrecerán enseñanza en artes de lenguaje, matemáticas, humanidades, ciencias, tecnología, bellas artes y educación física. También, ofrecerán actividades extracurriculares entretenidas para que los estudiantes se diviertan mientras aprenden.

Los alumnos que actualmente asisten a Twain y Mills tendrán la oportunidad de seguir yendo a dichas escuelas y completar su formación primaria, o presentar una solicitud para los nuevos programas TAG.

Invitamos a las familias a que asistan a las siguientes sesiones informativas:

Roger Q. Mills School for the Talented & Gifted
27 de febrero | 5:30- 7 p.m.
1515 Lynn Haven Ave. | Dallas 75216

Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted
28 de febrero | 4:30 p.m. Y 1 de marzo | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
724 Green Cove Lane | Dallas 75232

Para preguntas específicas sobre las escuelas magnet de Dallas ISD, llame al (972) 925-3335, o envíe un correo electrónico a magnetschools@dallasisd.org.


Two new talented and gifted schools opening in Oak Cliff in August 2019

Parents looking for a gifted and talented school for their child now have two additional options available in Oak Cliff. The district will open Roger Q. Mills School for the Talented and Gifted and Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted in August 2019. Both will cater to gifted students who need a challenging academic environment to reach their full potential. Admission is based on academic achievement, and applications are required.

Mills is accepting applications for incoming first- through sixth-graders, and will eventually expand to eighth grade. Twain is accepting applications for students entering grades one through five. Applications will be taken through March 18. To learn more about Roger Q. Mills or to apply online, visit dallasisd.org/mills. For Mark Twain, visit dallasisd.org/twain.

The schools will include instruction in language arts, mathematics, humanities, the sciences, technology, fine arts, and physical education. Both will also offer exciting extracurricular activities that will make learning fun.

Students who currently attend Twain and Mills elementary schools may stay at the campuses and complete their elementary education, or apply to the new TAG programs.

Families who want to learn more are invited to upcoming information sessions:

Roger Q. Mills School for the Talented & Gifted
Feb. 27 | 5:30- 7 p.m.
1515 Lynn Haven Ave. | Dallas 75216

Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted
Feb. 28 | 4:30 p.m. AND March 1 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
724 Green Cove Ln. | Dallas 75232

For specific questions about Dallas ISD magnet schools, call (972) 925-3335, or email magnetschools@dallasisd.org.


Dyslexia Services director to receive Excellence in Education Award

Michelle Brown, Director of Dallas ISD Dyslexia Services, has been chosen to receive the 2019 Excellence in Education Award from the Dallas International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

She will be recognized on Feb. 8 at the Dallas ISD’s 2019 Regional Conference.

According to the IDA, The Excellence in Education Award is presented annually at Dallas IDA’s regional conference to teachers or other professionals who demonstrate excellence in practice and a commitment to students with dyslexia and related differences. Individuals may be nominated by a colleague, student, parent, or other professional in the field. Nominations should be based on professional dedication, knowledge, skills, successes, achievements, school or community collaboration.


Jasira King, alumna de William Brown Miller Elementary School, es la ganadora del concurso de oratoria MLK Jr.

Jasira King, alumna de 4º grado en William Brown Miller Elementary School, obtuvo el primer lugar en la 27a competencia anual de oratoria Martin Luther King Jr.  

El segundo lugar fue para Tory Robertson Jr., de Clara Oliver Elementary School; el tercer lugar lo obtuvo Tynia Matts, alumna de 5º grado en John Neely Bryan Elementary School.

Los estudiantes participantes escribieron, memorizaron y pronunciaron sus propios discursos basándose en el tema de este año, ¿Qué les diría el Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a los niños de hoy?

Dieciséis estudiantes avanzaron a la ronda de semifinales que se llevó a cabo el pasado diciembre. Los primeros ocho clasificados obtuvieron un lugar en la final. Los demás finalistas son:

  • Kaiya Hudson, 5o grado, Charles Rice Learning Center
    • Layla James, 5o grado, Ronald E. McNair Elementary School
    • Presley Rivers, 5o grado, Harry C. Withers Elementary School
    • Kimberli Rouwtt, 4o grado, J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard
    • Alexandra Torres, 5o grado, Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School

El evento lo patrocina la firma de abogados Foley Gardere.


Roosevelt alumnus sprints his way into national Track & Field honor

Roy “Robot” Martin, a 1985 graduate of Roosevelt High School, is among the second class of inductees into the National High School Track & Field Hall of Fame.

 

He is considered one of the greatest high school sprinters in American history, later helping SMU win the 1986 NCAA track & field competition and competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea.

 

During his senior year, Martin set the National High School Record for the 200 meters with a time of 20.13 seconds – at the state championship meet in Austin. He recorded the fasted prep time in the nation for the 100 meters at 10.18 seconds, and anchored the Roosevelt 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams with times (40.28 seconds and 3:09.4 minutes, respectively) that remain among the fastest ever recorded for high school competitors. Track & Field News named him Male Prep Athlete of the Year in 1984 and 1985. He was also ranked No. 3 in the world for the 200 meters in his senior year.

 

Martin earned the nickname “Robot” from Roosevelt classmates because of the machine-like form he took while running.


OK to be extra: Sunset sisters involved in 18 sports and clubs

When the three Shaw sisters get home from Sunset High School, they are usually too tired to do much more than homework, eat and sleep.

The sisters—Cadie, Linda and Meghan–together are involved in 18 different sports and clubs at the high school throughout the year. They make up three of the starting five players on the girls’ basketball team and compete together in cross country and track.

Meanwhile, the Sunset High School Football Team gave its 12th Man of the Year Award to the sisters for their support in filming football practices and games and providing water on the sidelines.

“When I was in middle school, I wasn’t involved in anything and would get in some trouble,” Linda Shaw said. “But now being involved in these different sports and playing with my sisters, I love school and am succeeding both on and off the court.”

Dallas ISD is working toward getting every student involved in at least one extracurricular activity.

Dallas ISD is focused on boosting student participation in extracurricular activities because of the positive impact it has on students such as the Shaw sisters. The district is on track to meet its 2018–2019 goal of having 76 percent of students involved in at least one extracurricular activity.

Dallas ISD offers more than 100 extracurricular and after-school programs for students in pre-K through grade 12 at no cost. The activities are designed to meet the specific needs and interests of students and provide them with an opportunity of experiencing activities they might have access to otherwise.

“Research shows that extracurricular participation is positively associated with student academic success, increases in attendance, and aspirations for continuing education beyond high school,” said Sherry West Christian, Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. “Participation in extracurricular activities also promotes social growth by strengthening relationships and building self-confidence.”

Back at Sunset High School, the Shaw sisters are reflecting before a game on why they love being involved in sports.

“For me, playing with Cadie and Linda makes us stronger as sisters and teammates,” Meghan Shaw said. “We know we have each others’ backs.”


Distrito busca alianzas con organizaciones sin fines de lucro para mejorar aún más el rendimiento académico de estudiantes y escuelas

Dallas ISD ha lanzado una convocatoria de propuestas para organizaciones sin fines de lucro, instituciones de educación superior y entidades gubernamentales que busquen colaborar con el distrito para afectar de manera positiva la vida de los estudiantes. Las solicitudes de grupos que estén interesados en unirse a la meta del distrito deben presentarse antes del 25 de enero de 2019. El distrito no estará considerando colaborar con escuelas charter o una red de dichas escuelas.

“Esto crea una oportunidad para que los posibles socios tengan un impacto importante en la vida de los estudiantes y apoyen a la comunidad”, dijo Brian Lusk, jefe de Iniciativas Estratégicas de Dallas ISD. “Los posibles socios pueden aportar su conocimiento, experiencia y recursos a escuelas del distrito que ya están logrando un gran rendimiento. Esto podría llevarlas a otro nivel”.

En 2017, la Legislatura de Texas votó a favor del Proyecto de ley 1882 del Senado que anima a los distritos escolares a aliarse con grupos sin fines de lucro para implementar prácticas innovadoras y mejorar el desempeño académico de los alumnos. Aquellas organizaciones que sean aprobadas por la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD regirían y operarían una escuela seleccionada por el distrito. Las responsabilidades, autoridades y autonomías específicas se determinarían mediante un acuerdo de gestión de colaboración y un contrato de rendimiento.

Durante la reunión del 10 de enero, los representantes de la Junta Escolar debatieron una propuesta para delinear los requisitos a nivel del distrito de estas posibles asociaciones. Está previsto que se vote esta propuesta durante la reunión del 24 de enero.


Se buscan voluntarios para realizar censo de jóvenes indigentes del área

El Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Youth Committee está en busca de voluntarios que ayuden a realizar encuestas para determinar el número de jóvenes indigentes en la ciudad, un paso importante para contribuir a erradicar la indigencia entre dicha población.

Este esfuerzo se llevará a cabo del 31 de enero hasta el 3 de febrero, y del 7 al 10 de febrero. Grupos de voluntarios dirigidos por el personal de la agencia y otros profesionales que trabajan con la juventud, visitarán los condados de Dallas y Collin para identificar a lo jóvenes que viven en las calles o en otras situaciones desfavorables. Estos datos ayudarán a recopilar información importante sobre la cantidad de jóvenes sin hogar en nuestra ciudad al igual que aprender sobre que necesitan para crecer y triunfar. Para ser voluntario envíe un correo a: countusindallas@gmail.com y recibirá un enlace para registrarse para trabajar en una de las áreas.


Tres escuelas de Dallas ISD reciben nominación para premio ‘National Blue Ribbon’

Tres escuelas de Dallas ISD están entre sólo 26 en el estado de Texas nominadas para el premio “National Blue Ribbon School” en 2019. Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet School, Walnut Hill Elementary School y Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School son las escuelas que recibieron la nominación.

El Departamento de Educación de Estados Unidos otorga el reconocimiento Blue Ribbon a las escuelas donde los estudiantes tienen un nivel de desempeño muy alto o donde se está logrando un progreso ejemplar con el fin de cerrar las brechas de rendimiento académico.

La directora de Lowe Elementary School, Sandra Barrios, gritó de alegría cuando recibió el correo electrónico sobre la nominación. Hace apenas cuatro años, Lowe Elementary School estaba clasificada como una escuela con necesidad de mejorar. Esta escuela de la comunidad sirve a una población estudiantil diversa, con muchos estudiantes refugiados o que no pueden hablar inglés.

“Lo bello de nuestra cultura y de Jack Lowe Elementary School es que tenemos un lugar aquí en la escuela que nos une”, comentó Barrios. “Creemos en nosotros mismos y nos impulsamos los unos a los otros hasta lograr nuestro máximo potencial.”

Mientras tanto, Walnut Hill Elementary School podría ser la primera escuela de la comunidad de Dallas ISD en obtener dos distinciones de Blue Ribbon como una escuela ejemplar con alto rendimiento académico, declaró el director, Chase McLaurin. La escuela logró su primer premio de Blue Ribbon en 1999.

“Esta nominación es un recordatorio de que Walnut Hill Elementary, que es una escuela tradicional de la comunidad, es una de las mejores escuelas del país”, observó McLaurin. “Menos del 1 por ciento de las escuelas obtienen el premio de Blue Ribbon. La posibilidad de que esta escuela lo logre por segunda vez es un testimonio del gran trabajo que está sucediendo aquí en Walnut Hill”.

La nominación de Blue Ribbon fue particularmente especial para Garet Feimster, exalumno de Dallas ISD y director de Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet. Atribuyó el éxito de la escuela al personal que cumple con las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes y los lleva a donde deben estar.

“Esto me demuestra de lo que son capaces nuestros estudiantes y que pueden lograr lo que se propongan”, dijo Feimster. “Como graduado del Dallas ISD, parte de mi esfuerzo es que no importa de dónde vengas ni de tus antecedentes. No hay pretexto para no poder lograr un nivel más alto.”

Este podría ser el segundo premio de Blue Ribbon para la escuela Magnet de leyes, que logró el primero en el 2012.

Las escuelas nominadas ahora deben completar un proceso riguroso con el Departamento de Educación. Se anunciarán los ganadores del premio nacional en septiembre de 2019. Aquellas escuelas que sean premiadas serán reconocidas en una ceremonia de entrega de premios Blue Ribbon Schools en Washington, D.C.


Junior League of Dallas ahora acepta solicitudes para subvenciones para enseñanza innovadora

La Junior League of Dallas está aceptando solicitudes para su proyecto distintivo, subvenciones para enseñanza innovadora, que otorga hasta $2,000 en fondos para proyectos especiales que de otra manera no serían posibles dentro del presupuesto escolar.

El período de solicitud termina el 18 de marzo. Para mayor información y para llenar una solicitud, visite www.jld.net/gfit/.


31 de enero, fecha límite para solicitar ingreso al Mayor’s Summer Intern Fellows de 2019

Se acerca el plazo para que los estudiantes soliciten trabajo en el Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program de 2019, la fecha límite es el 31 de enero.

El programa ofrece una pasantía remunerada de 8 semanas (el año pasado, los pasantes recibieron un pago de $10 a $17 por hora) en una compañía local o una agencia sin fines de lucro. El año pasado, 2400 estudiantes solicitaron pasantía y 395 fueron seleccionados. En su 12o año, el programa diseñado por Education is Freedom, tiene el propósito de expandirse en más de una manera.

El martes, 15 de enero en un evento de inauguración, el alcalde de Dallas, Mike Rawlings, y representantes de las compañías patrocinadoras AT&T, Bank of America, Chase y Highland Capital Management promovieron la expansión del programa para incluir compañías adicionales y organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Con dicha expansión, más estudiantes podrán ser aceptados en pasantías.

Sin embargo, la mejor promoción del programa la hicieron ocho pasantes anteriores. Cada uno le dio crédito al programa de pasantes por hacer una diferencia en su vida, al impulsarlos para seguir una carrera futura o darles confianza para esforzarse para lograr el éxito.

Los estudiantes que deseen solicitar una pasantía deben vivir en la Ciudad de Dallas y asistir a una escuela de Dallas ISD, a una preparatoria de Richardson ISD o a una preparatoria chárter. Deben tener 16 años de edad y ser elegibles para trabajar en los Estados Unidos y solicitar la pasantía antes del 10 de junio. Además, tener por lo menos un promedio general acumulativo (GPA) de 3.0, un registro impecable de asistencia escolar y una carta de recomendación de sus escuelas.

También se requieren sesiones de capacitación y de entrevistas simuladas realizadas por cada escuela participante. Los solicitantes asistirán a una feria de trabajo el 1º de abril para entrevistarse con posibles empleadores.

Puede encontrar información detallada y la solicitud en www.mayorsinterns.org.


Egresados de Academia Universitaria ahorran 120$ en colegiatura universitaria

No es común que una familia pueda presumir que ha ahorrado más de $100,000 en colegiatura universitaria. Una familia que definitivamente puede decirlo es la familia Edwards de Oak Cliff cuyos trillizos: Michael, Morgan y Moriah que, en el 2014, sin pago de colegiatura, se graduaron de la Academia Universitaria Kathlyn Joy Gilliam con su diploma de preparatoria y grado asociado.

Al igual que todas las academias universitarias de Dallas ISD y las preparatorias Early College, Gilliam ofreció a los trillizos Edwards la oportunidad de ahorrarse $40,000 cada uno en colegiatura universitaria. Eso es lo que se calcula el costo de dos años de colegiatura en una universidad o colegio de cuatro años.

Los ahorros fueron solo una parte de la motivación para elegir a Gilliam, dijo Michael Edwards, uno de los trillizos. “Ya había elegido asistir a la escuela Jesuita o St. Marks después de la preparatoria, pero nuestra madre tomó la decisión cuando recibió una carta anunciando que los tres fuimos aceptados en Gilliam”.

Recapacitando, Michael dijo que era la mejor decisión. “Esto aceleró el proceso de obtener nuestra licenciatura”, dijo haciendo referencia a su título en Comunicación de Masas/Ciencias Políticas, el título de su hermana Morgan en Desempeño Humano, y pendiente en pre-medicina su hermana Moriah, todos obtenidos de la Prairie View A&M University.

Al momento, los tres están avanzando: Michael está cursando una maestría en estudios liberales en SMU; Morgan está estudiando en UT Arlington en una maestría en entrenamiento deportivo, y Moriah está por graduarse esta primavera con su título de pre-medicina.

Morgan describe la experiencia de la academia universitaria como un gran impulso de confianza. “Me ayudó a decidir simplemente en seguir adelante. Me he dado cuenta que nunca permitiré que las circunstancias se interpongan en mi camino.  He alcanzado mucho hasta ahora, en contraste con otros jóvenes de 20 años de edad que necesitarán años para lograrlo”.

Monique Morgan Edwards, madre de los trillizos, está más que orgullosa de los logros de sus hijos y agradecida por los ahorros en la colegiatura y el apoyo del personal de Gilliam. “El conserje, la señorita de la cafetería, la directora, todos eran parte de la comunidad”, a la cual ella le da crédito por enriquecer la vida de sus hijos.


Cuatro escuelas avanzan a competencias estatales de debate de UIL

Cuatro escuelas del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas avanzaron al Torneo Estatal de Debate CX de UIL al ganar primero y segundo lugar en la competencia UIL del Distrito en sus respectivas divisiones. James Madison, Wilmer-Hutchins, Bryan Adams High School y la Escuela para Talentosos y Dotados, competirán en marzo en el Torneo Estatal de Debate CX 2019 en la University of Texas at Austin.

Los equipos ganadores son:

Conferencia 3A Distrito 11
Madison High School

  • Julia Ford y Coriesha Lowe, primer lugar
  • LaDarious Crayton y Zarious Morgan, segundo lugar

Conferencia 4A Distrito 12
Wilmer Hutchins High School

  • Tiana Dean y Jailyn Woods McCarthy, primer lugar
  • Ryesha Gabriel y Téona Grant, segundo lugar

Conferencia 5A Distrito 12
Bryan Adams High School

  • Gloria Alvarez y Sana Hassan, primer lugar
  • Alondra Camacho y Elijah Guerra, segundo lugar

Conferencia 6A Distrito 8
Escuela para Talentosos y Dotados

  • Hector Hernandez y Christian Mendoza, primer lugar
  • Zoe Osborn y Miles Scholten, segundo lugar

Dallas ISD y North Lake College están aceptando futuros estudiantes de 9º grado para nueva academia universitaria

La nueva North Lake Collegiate Academy, una colaboración entre el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas (DCCCD) y Dallas ISD, estará abriendo sus puertas en agosto de este año. El programa —disponible para estudiantes de todo el condado de Dallas— pondrá un diploma de preparatoria y un grado asociado, sin pago de matrícula, al alcance de más estudiantes del área y de esta manera, les ayudará a ahorrar una cantidad importante en los costos universitarios.

El currículo incluye cursos y especialidades en las áreas de servicio público, derecho penal y administración de empresas. Los estudiantes interesados tienen hasta el 31 de enero para presentar una solicitud. Para llenar la solicitud visiten, www.dallasisd.org/tusopciones. Además, los padres y los estudiantes podrán obtener más detalles en la sesión informativa que está programada para el jueves, 24 de enero, a las 6 p.m., en North Lake College, que se ubica en el 1081 W. Shady Grove Rd., en la ciudad de Irving.

Christa Slejko, presidenta de North Lake College, celebra la llegada del programa a su campus. “Esta es una excelente oportunidad para que más estudiantes de preparatoria obtengan un diploma de preparatoria y un grado asociado simultáneamente”, dijo Slejko. “La academia universitaria es una gran opción para los estudiantes en nuestra comunidad, y los esperamos en el otoño para darles la bienvenida a North Lake”.

Chase McLaurin, exdirector de Walnut Hill Elementary School, y quien fungirá como el administrador del programa, dice que asistir a la preparatoria en el campus de un colegio comunitario es un gran aliciente para estudiantes quienes de cierta forma, empezarán a tomar cursos de nivel universitario directamente después de la secundaria.

“Creo que el lugar es importante para los alumnos”, comentó McLaurin. “Al asistir a un colegio comunitario, los estudiantes comprenden que sus sueños de asistir a la universidad son verdaderos, posibles y se están convirtiendo en realidad. Es algo innovador para los estudiantes y les abre un mundo de oportunidades”.

Esta oportunidad se ofrece sin pago de matrícula, por lo cual las familias tienen la posibilidad de ahorrar hasta $40,000 en el pago de la misma. De la misma manera, los estudiantes pueden obtener crédito universitario, experiencia práctica y orientación de parte de socios en las industrias y en una variedad de especialidades.

Desde su creación en 2016, las academias universitarias de Dallas ISD se han convertido en la opción ideal para estudiantes altamente motivados que cuentan con el apoyo de sus familias que reconocen el valor de tener un hijo que al graduarse de la preparatoria tendrán un diploma  y un grado asociado, o hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario, sin costo alguno. Las escuelas son posibles gracias a una colaboración entre Dallas ISD y el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas, en la cual comparten profesores y el currículo, y permiten a estudiantes de 11º y 12º grado asistir a clases en un campus universitario.


Junior League of Dallas now accepting applications for Grants for Innovative Teaching

The Junior League of Dallas is now accepting applications for its signature project, Grants for Innovative Teaching, which provides up to $2,000 in funding for special projects that otherwise would not be possible within the school budget.

Junior League of Dallas grants support innovative teaching

The application window ends March 18. For more information and to fill out an application, visit www.jld.net/gfit/.


Dallas ISD and North Lake College now recruiting rising ninth-graders for new collegiate program

The new North Lake Collegiate Academy is opening in August as a joint effort of Dallas County Community College District and Dallas ISD. The new program—open to students anywhere in Dallas County— will put a tuition-free high school diploma and college degree within reach of more area students at a substantial financial savings to their families.

The new academy will offer courses and career pathways in public service, criminal justice and business administration. Rising ninth-graders have until Jan. 31 to apply at www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices.  Parents and students can obtain details at an information sessions planned for 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at North Lake College, 1081 W. Shady Grove Rd. in Irving.

North Lake College President Christa Slejko welcomes the new program. “This is a wonderful opportunity for more high school students to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time,” she said. “The collegiate academy is a great option for students within our community, and we look forward to welcoming these new Blazers to our North Lake family this fall.”

Dallas ISD Principal Chase McLaurin, who will serve as administrator of the new program, says attending high school on a college campus is a major attraction for students who will in one sense be able to jump directly from middle school to college.

“I think the location is important for students,” he said. “Being on a college campus helps students realize that their dreams of going to college are real, possible, and coming true. This is a game changer for students and opens up a whole new world of opportunities.”

The tuition-free opportunity offers families the potential to save up to $40,000 in college tuition. Students also earn credit, hands-on experience and mentoring from industry partners in a variety of career pathways.

Since their inception in 2016, Dallas ISD’s collegiate academies have become a niche for highly motivated students whose families recognize the value of their student graduating with both a high school diploma and up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree at no personal cost to their families. The schools are a partnership of Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District, which share faculty and curriculum and allow juniors and seniors to take classes on a college campus.


Fourth-grader Jasira King wins top prize in MLK Jr. Oratory finals






The winner of the 27th annual Dallas Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition is Jasira King, a fourth-grader at William Brown Miller Elementary School.

The second-place finisher is Tory Robertson Jr. of Clara Oliver Elementary School; third place went to Tynia Matts, a fifth-grader at John Neely Bryan Elementary School.

Competitors write, memorize and deliver the speeches based on the theme. This year, students were asked to provide their takes on “What would Dr. Martin Luther King say to the children of today’s world?”

Campus winners from the 16 participating schools advanced to the semifinals, which were conducted in December. The top eight in that round advanced to the finals. The remaining five finalists are:

• Kaiya Hudson, fifth grade, Charles Rice Learning Center
• Layla James, fifth grade, Ronald E. McNair Elementary
• Presley Rivers, fifth grade, Harry C. Withers Elementary
• Kimberli Rouwtt, fourth grade, J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard
• Alexandra Torres, fifth grade, Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary

The event is sponsored by law firm Foley Gardere.


Collegiate Academy grads save $120K in college tuition

It’s a rare family that can boast of saving more than $100,000 in college tuition. One family that can definitely make that claim are the Edwards of Oak Cliff whose triplets—Michael, Morgan and Moriah graduated with their high school diplomas and tuition-free associate degrees from the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy in 2014.

Like all Dallas ISD collegiate academies/early college high schools, Gilliam offered the Edwards triplets the opportunity to realize a savings of $40,000 each in college tuition. That’s the estimated cost of two years of tuition at a four-year college or university.

The savings were just part of the motivation for choosing Gilliam, said one of the triplets, Michael Edwards. “I had my heart set on attending Jesuit or St. Marks after high school, but our mom made the call when she received a letter announcing that all three of us were accepted at Gilliam.”

Looking back, Michael said it was the best possible decision. “It speeded up the process of receiving our bachelor’s degrees,” he said referencing his B.A. in Mass Communications/Political Science, his sister Morgan’s B.S. in Human Performance and sister Moriah’s pending pre-med degree—all earned at Prairie View A&M University.

Today, all three are forging ahead—Michael is pursuing a master of liberal studies at SMU; Morgan is studying at UT Arlington working on a master’s in athletic training, and Moriah is on track to graduate with her pre-med degree this spring.

Morgan describes the collegiate academy experience as a major confidence boost. “It helped me decide to just go for it. I’ve realized that I will never allow circumstances to get in my way. I’m doing a lot now that other 20-year-olds will need years to accomplish.”

The triplets’ mom, Monique Morgan Edwards, is beyond proud of her children’s accomplishments and grateful for both the tuition savings and the support of the Gilliam staff. “From the custodian and cafeteria lady to the principal, everyone there was part of the village” that she credits for enriching her children’s lives.


Four schools advance to UIL State Debate Competitions

Four Dallas ISD schools advanced to the UIL State CX Debate Tournament by placing first and second at the UIL District Meet in their respective divisions. James Madison, Wilmer-Hutchins, Bryan Adams high school and the School for Talented and Gifted will compete in the 2019 CX Debate State Tournament at the University of Texas at Austin in March.

The winning teams are:

Conference 3A District 11
Madison High School

  • Julia Ford and Coriesha Lowe, First Place
  • LaDarious Crayton and Zarious Morgan, Second Place

Conference 4A District 12
Wilmer Hutchins High School

  • Tiana Dean and Jailyn Woods McCarthy, First Place
  • Ryesha Gabriel and Téona Grant, Second Place

Conference 5A District 12
Bryan Adams High School

  • Gloria Alvarez and Sana Hassan, First Place
  • Alondra Camacho and Elijah Guerra, Second Place

Conference 6A District 8
School for the Talented & Gifted

  • Hector Hernandez and Christian Mendoza, First Place
  • Zoe Osborn and Miles Scholten, Second Place

Four schools advance to UIL State Debate Competitions

Four Dallas ISD schools advanced to the UIL State CX Debate Tournament by placing first and second at the UIL District Meet in their respective divisions. James Madison, Wilmer-Hutchins, Bryan Adams high school and the School for Talented and Gifted will compete in the 2019 CX Debate State Tournament at the University of Texas at Austin in March.

The winning teams are:

Conference 3A District 11
Madison High School

  • Julia Ford and Coriesha Lowe, First Place
  • LaDarious Crayton and Zarious Morgan, Second Place

Conference 4A District 12
Wilmer Hutchins High School

  • Tiana Dean and Jailyn Woods McCarthy, First Place
  • Ryesha Gabriel and Téona Grant, Second Place

Conference 5A District 12
Bryan Adams High School

  • Gloria Alvarez and Sana Hassan, First Place
  • Alondra Camacho and Elijah Guerra, Second Place

Conference 6A District 8
School for the Talented & Gifted

  • Hector Hernandez and Christian Mendoza, First Place
  • Zoe Osborn and Miles Scholten, Second Place

Dallas ISD da a conocer a maestros del año para el ciclo 2018-2019

Dos de los 10 finalistas  anunciados con anterioridad recibieron la distinción de Maestro del Año de Dallas ISD para el año escolar 2018-2019.

Elisa Morrissey, de Alex W. Sanger Elementary School, fue elegida como maestra del año en la categoría de primarias, y Nadirah Shakir, de J. L. Long Middle School, en la categoría de secundarias.

Stephen Butt, presidente de la división Central Market de H-E-B, presentó a Morrissey y Shakir cheques de $5,000 durante una recepción que se realizó el miércoles, 16 de enero, para reconocer a los finalistas. El superintendente Michael Hinojosa y los representantes de la Junta Escolar agradecieron a los maestros por su arduo trabajo y dedicación.

Dora Hornick, madre de dos niños que han sido estudiantes de Morrissey, elogió a la maestra por su dedicación y lograr sacar lo mejor de cada estudiante.

“Antes de entrar a su clase, mis dos hijos le temían a la escritura, pero la Sra. Morrissey utilizó sus habilidades y ahora se divierten y la disfrutan”, dijo Hornick.

Mientras tanto, en una secundaria no muy lejos de Sanger Elementary School, los estudiantes de 7o grado tienen el honor de ser estudiantes de la clase de matemáticas de nivel Pre-AP de Nadirah Shakir.

Shakir tiene cinco años como educadora en J. L. Long Middle School.

“Shakir es el tipo de maestra que uno quiere en su equipo y la clase de maestra que uno quiere para su hijo”, dijo Erin Moore, maestra también en J. L. Long. “Tiene una habilidad natural de conectar con todos sus estudiantes de una manera relevante. También, tiene un cierto encanto para desarrollar relaciones con cada uno de sus alumnos, de manera que entienden que son importantes para ella dentro y fuera del plantel”.


Dallas ISD da a conocer a maestros del año para el ciclo 2018-2019

Dos de los 10 finalistas  anunciados con anterioridad recibieron la distinción de Maestro del Año de Dallas ISD para el año escolar 2018-2019.

Elisa Morrissey, de Alex W. Sanger Elementary School, fue elegida como maestra del año en la categoría de primarias, y Nadirah Shakir, de J. L. Long Middle School, en la categoría de secundarias.

Stephen Butt, presidente de la división Central Market de H-E-B, presentó a Morrissey y Shakir cheques de $5,000 durante una recepción que se realizó el miércoles, 16 de enero, para reconocer a los finalistas. El superintendente Michael Hinojosa y los representantes de la Junta Escolar agradecieron a los maestros por su arduo trabajo y dedicación.

Dora Hornick, madre de dos niños que han sido estudiantes de Morrissey, elogió a la maestra por su dedicación y lograr sacar lo mejor de cada estudiante.

“Antes de entrar a su clase, mis dos hijos le temían a la escritura, pero la Sra. Morrissey utilizó sus habilidades y ahora se divierten y la disfrutan”, dijo Hornick.

Mientras tanto, en una secundaria no muy lejos de Sanger Elementary School, los estudiantes de 7o grado tienen el honor de ser estudiantes de la clase de matemáticas de nivel Pre-AP de Nadirah Shakir.

Shakir tiene cinco años como educadora en J. L. Long Middle School.

“Shakir es el tipo de maestra que uno quiere en su equipo y la clase de maestra que uno quiere para su hijo”, dijo Erin Moore, maestra también en J. L. Long. “Tiene una habilidad natural de conectar con todos sus estudiantes de una manera relevante. También, tiene un cierto encanto para desarrollar relaciones con cada uno de sus alumnos, de manera que entienden que son importantes para ella dentro y fuera del plantel”.


Three Dallas ISD schools nominated for National Blue Ribbon honors

Three Dallas ISD schools are among only 26 in Texas nominated for the 2019 National Blue Ribbon School award. Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet School, Walnut Hill Elementary School and Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School are the district nominees.

The U.S. Department of Education awards the Blue Ribbon recognition to schools where students perform at very high levels or where exemplary progress is being made toward closing achievement gaps.

Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School

Lowe Elementary Principal Sandra Barrios screamed in joy when she saw the email about the Blue Ribbon nomination. Lowe Elementary School was an Improvement Required campus just four years ago. The neighborhood elementary school serves a diverse student population, with many students coming as refugees or unable to speak English.

“The beauty of our culture and being at Jack Lowe Elementary is that we have this one place here at school that unifies us,” Barrios said. “We believe in and push each other until we achieve at our best potential.”

Walnut Hill Elementary

Meanwhile, Walnut Hill Elementary School could be the first Dallas ISD neighborhood elementary school to earn two Blue Ribbons as an exemplary high-performing School, Principal Chase McLaurin said. The school earned its first Blue Ribbon in 1999.

“This nomination is a reminder that Walnut Hill Elementary, which is a comprehensive neighborhood school, is one of the premiere schools in the country,” McLaurin said. “Less than 1 percent of schools ever earn a Blue Ribbon. The possibility of this school earning a second Blue Ribbon is a testament to the great work happening here at Walnut Hill.”

Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet

The Blue Ribbon nomination was especially special for Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Principal Garet Feimster as a Dallas ISD alumni.  He credited school’s success to the staff meeting the individual needs of students and moving them to where they need to be.

“This shows me what our students are capable of and that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to,” Feimster said. “As a product of Dallas ISD myself, part of my push is that it doesn’t matter where you come from or your background. There are no excuses why we can’t achieve at a high level.”

This could be the second National Blue Ribbon for the Law Magnet, which earned its first one in 2012.

Nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Announcements of the national award winners will be made in September 2019. Schools that receive the award will be recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.


District names 2018-2019 Elementary, Secondary Teachers of the Year

Two of 10 finalists have been named Dallas ISD 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year.

Elisa Morrissey from Alex W. Sanger Elementary School is this year’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Nadirah Shakir from J. L. Long Middle School has been named Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Stephen Butt, president of H-E-B/Central Market Division, presented $5,000 checks to Morrissey and Shakir during a dinner reception on Wednesday, Jan. 16, recognizing the educators. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and trustees thanked the teachers for their hard work and dedication.

Parent Dora Hornick, who’s had two sons taught by Morrissey, praises the teacher for her dedication of bringing out every child’s best qualities.

“Before entering her class, both of my sons dreaded writing, but Mrs. Morrissey worked her magic and they both enjoy writing and find it fun,” said Hornick.

Meanwhile, at a middle school not far from Sanger Elementary, seventh-grade students have the honor of being taught Pre-AP mathematics by the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year, Nadirah Shakir.

Shakir has spent five years as an educator in Dallas ISD’s J. L. Long Middle School.

“Shakir is the teacher you want on your team and the teacher you want your children to have,” said Long teacher Erin Moore. “She has a natural ability to reach out to all her students in a way that is relevant to each of them. She also has a special charm of building connections with each of her students, in a way that helps them understand how much she cares for them in and out of school.”


Dallas ISD launches new district homepage

A new year brings a new look for the Dallas ISD homepage.

The revamped Dallas ISD homepage provides easy access to the most useful district-related information and news. The new design incorporates feedback from staff and parents.

A few notes on the Dallas ISD homepage…

The most frequently accessed district resources—Calendar, Menu, School Choice, Transportation, and Unified Classroom—are now readily accessible from the homepage.

It is now easier to directly access the full list of Dallas ISD schools and their websites through the drop-down menu.

Check out the “I Want To” box in the top right corner.  We will update this throughout the school year to respond to specific questions that come up.

Turning on the High Contrast button in the top right corner will ensure the website is easily legible for anyone with visual impairments.

We are still sharing the great stories happening every day in Dallas ISD. If you know of a great story for consideration, please fill out this Dallas ISD News Request Form.

We will continue improving this website. Please email any feedback or comments to webservices@dallasisd.org, and we are looking forward to a great 2019!


Sophomore P-TECH students to receive letters of intent at ceremony

Sophomore P-TECH students are invited to attend a Letter of Intent Celebration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Eastfield College Performance Hall.

The students will be recognized as they receive letters of intent in their pathways.

Eastfield College is located at 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite.

Students who enrolled in a Dallas ISD P-TECH have the chance to earn up to 60 hours of college credit, tuition-free. They can earn an associate’s degree or industry certification while earning their high school diplomas.

P-TECH stands for Pathways to Technology Early College High School. After attending their freshman and sophomore years at their high school campus, juniors and seniors attend pathway-specific classes at a partnering Dallas County Community College.

Applications are being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year for specialty programs and schools now through Jan. 31. Learn more about P-TECHs here. Find information on of the district’s special programs and schools and apply here.


Propuesta crearía dos escuelas nuevas con programa para estudiantes talentosos y dotados

Un plan bajo consideración de la Junta Escolar crearía dos escuelas nuevas que ofrecerían el programa para estudiantes talentosos y dotados (TAG, en inglés) en el sur de Dallas.

Roger Q. Mills Elementary School y Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard pasarían a ser escuelas TAG según dicha propuesta. Los estudiantes actualmente matriculados en Twain y Mills tendrían la opción de quedarse para terminar sus estudios primarios en dichas escuelas.

Stephanie Elizalde, directora de Liderazgo Escolar, comentó que las escuelas producirían más oportunidades de aprendizaje en el sur de Dallas. En el distrito, hay aproximadamente 1,800 estudiantes que pueden participar en el programa, pero no asisten a una escuela con dicho programa.

“Las dos escuelas nos ayudarían a dar equidad a las familias en el sur de la ciudad”, dijo Elizalde.

Los funcionarios del distrito trataron el plan con la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD durante la reunión del 10 de enero. Más detalles a continuación:

  • Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard serviría a los estudiantes TAG, de 1o a 5o La zona de asistencia de Twain se combinaría con las de Adelle Turner Elementary School y John Carpenter Elementary School.
  • Roger Q. Mills Elementary School se expandiría para servir a estudiantes TAG de los grados 1 a 8. La zona de asistencia de Mills se combinaría con la de Cedar Crest Elementary School.

El Dallas ISD llevó a cabo reuniones en ambas escuelas para escuchar la opinión de la comunidad sobre la propuesta. La Junta Escolar tomará en consideración el plan durante la reunión del 24 de enero.


Propuesta crearía dos escuelas nuevas con programa para estudiantes talentosos y dotados

Un plan bajo consideración de la Junta Escolar crearía dos escuelas nuevas que ofrecerían el programa para estudiantes talentosos y dotados (TAG, en inglés) en el sur de Dallas.

Roger Q. Mills Elementary School y Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard pasarían a ser escuelas TAG según dicha propuesta. Los estudiantes actualmente matriculados en Twain y Mills tendrían la opción de quedarse para terminar sus estudios primarios en dichas escuelas.

Stephanie Elizalde, directora de Liderazgo Escolar, comentó que las escuelas producirían más oportunidades de aprendizaje en el sur de Dallas. En el distrito, hay aproximadamente 1,800 estudiantes que pueden participar en el programa, pero no asisten a una escuela con dicho programa.

“Las dos escuelas nos ayudarían a dar equidad a las familias en el sur de la ciudad”, dijo Elizalde.

Los funcionarios del distrito trataron el plan con la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD durante la reunión del 10 de enero. Más detalles a continuación:

  • Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard serviría a los estudiantes TAG, de 1o a 5o La zona de asistencia de Twain se combinaría con las de Adelle Turner Elementary School y John Carpenter Elementary School.
  • Roger Q. Mills Elementary School se expandiría para servir a estudiantes TAG de los grados 1 a 8. La zona de asistencia de Mills se combinaría con la de Cedar Crest Elementary School.

El Dallas ISD llevó a cabo reuniones en ambas escuelas para escuchar la opinión de la comunidad sobre la propuesta. La Junta Escolar tomará en consideración el plan durante la reunión del 24 de enero.


Apply by Jan. 31 for 2019 Mayor’s Summer Intern Fellows program













Time is running out for students to apply for a job in the 2019 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program – the deadline is Jan. 31.

The program offers an 8-week, paid internship (interns were paid $10-$17 per hour last year) with a local company or nonprofit agency. Last year, 2,400 students applied and 395 were chosen for internships. In its 12th year, the program, designed by Education is Freedom, is seeking to expand in more ways than one.

At a kickoff event on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from sponsoring companies AT&T, Bank of America, Chase and Highland Capital Management made pitches to expand the program to include additional companies and nonprofits. With expansion, more students could land internships.

The best pitch for the program, however, came from eight former interns. Each credited the intern program for making a difference in their lives – from giving them a jumpstart in a future career or giving them confidence to push themselves to succeed.

Internship hopefuls must live in the City of Dallas and attend a Dallas ISD school, Richardson ISD high school or charter high school. They must be age 16 and eligible to work in the United States by June 10. Additionally, they must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, solid school attendance record and a letter of recommendation from their schools.

There are also required training sessions and mock interview sessions conducted by each participating school. Applicants will attend a job fair on April 1 to meet with potential employers.

Find detailed information and the application at www.mayorsinterns.org.


Apply by Jan. 31 for 2019 Mayor’s Summer Intern Fellows program













Time is running out for students to apply for a job in the 2019 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program – the deadline is Jan. 31.

The program offers an 8-week, paid internship (interns were paid $10-$17 per hour last year) with a local company or nonprofit agency. Last year, 2,400 students applied and 395 were chosen for internships. In its 12th year, the program, designed by Education is Freedom, is seeking to expand in more ways than one.

At a kickoff event on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from sponsoring companies AT&T, Bank of America, Chase and Highland Capital Management made pitches to expand the program to include additional companies and nonprofits. With expansion, more students could land internships.

The best pitch for the program, however, came from eight former interns. Each credited the intern program for making a difference in their lives – from giving them a jumpstart in a future career or giving them confidence to push themselves to succeed.

Internship hopefuls must live in the City of Dallas and attend a Dallas ISD school, Richardson ISD high school or charter high school. They must be age 16 and eligible to work in the United States by June 10. Additionally, they must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, solid school attendance record and a letter of recommendation from their schools.

There are also required training sessions and mock interview sessions conducted by each participating school. Applicants will attend a job fair on April 1 to meet with potential employers.

Find detailed information and the application at www.mayorsinterns.org.


Apply by Jan. 31 for 2019 Mayor’s Summer Intern Fellows program













Time is running out for students to apply for a job in the 2019 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program – the deadline is Jan. 31.

The program offers an 8-week, paid internship (interns were paid $10-$17 per hour last year) with a local company or nonprofit agency. Last year, 2,400 students applied and 395 were chosen for internships. In its 12th year, the program, designed by Education is Freedom, is seeking to expand in more ways than one.

At a kickoff event on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from sponsoring companies AT&T, Bank of America, Chase and Highland Capital Management made pitches to expand the program to include additional companies and nonprofits. With expansion, more students could land internships.

The best pitch for the program, however, came from eight former interns. Each credited the intern program for making a difference in their lives – from giving them a jumpstart in a future career or giving them confidence to push themselves to succeed.

Internship hopefuls must live in the City of Dallas and attend a Dallas ISD school, Richardson ISD high school or charter high school. They must be age 16 and eligible to work in the United States by June 10. Additionally, they must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, solid school attendance record and a letter of recommendation from their schools.

There are also required training sessions and mock interview sessions conducted by each participating school. Applicants will attend a job fair on April 1 to meet with potential employers.

Find detailed information and the application at www.mayorsinterns.org.


Apply by Jan. 31 for 2019 Mayor’s Summer Intern Fellows program













Time is running out for students to apply for a job in the 2019 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program – the deadline is Jan. 31.

The program offers an 8-week, paid internship (interns were paid $10-$17 per hour last year) with a local company or nonprofit agency. Last year, 2,400 students applied and 395 were chosen for internships. In its 12th year, the program, designed by Education is Freedom, is seeking to expand in more ways than one.

At a kickoff event on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from sponsoring companies AT&T, Bank of America, Chase and Highland Capital Management made pitches to expand the program to include additional companies and nonprofits. With expansion, more students could land internships.

The best pitch for the program, however, came from eight former interns. Each credited the intern program for making a difference in their lives – from giving them a jumpstart in a future career or giving them confidence to push themselves to succeed.

Internship hopefuls must live in the City of Dallas and attend a Dallas ISD school, Richardson ISD high school or charter high school. They must be age 16 and eligible to work in the United States by June 10. Additionally, they must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, solid school attendance record and a letter of recommendation from their schools.

There are also required training sessions and mock interview sessions conducted by each participating school. Applicants will attend a job fair on April 1 to meet with potential employers.

Find detailed information and the application at www.mayorsinterns.org.


Apply by Jan. 31 for 2019 Mayor’s Summer Intern Fellows program













Time is running out for students to apply for a job in the 2019 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program – the deadline is Jan. 31.

The program offers an 8-week, paid internship (interns were paid $10-$17 per hour last year) with a local company or nonprofit agency. Last year, 2,400 students applied and 395 were chosen for internships. In its 12th year, the program, designed by Education is Freedom, is seeking to expand in more ways than one.

At a kickoff event on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from sponsoring companies AT&T, Bank of America, Chase and Highland Capital Management made pitches to expand the program to include additional companies and nonprofits. With expansion, more students could land internships.

The best pitch for the program, however, came from eight former interns. Each credited the intern program for making a difference in their lives – from giving them a jumpstart in a future career or giving them confidence to push themselves to succeed.

Internship hopefuls must live in the City of Dallas and attend a Dallas ISD school, Richardson ISD high school or charter high school. They must be age 16 and eligible to work in the United States by June 10. Additionally, they must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, solid school attendance record and a letter of recommendation from their schools.

There are also required training sessions and mock interview sessions conducted by each participating school. Applicants will attend a job fair on April 1 to meet with potential employers.

Find detailed information and the application at www.mayorsinterns.org.


Apply by Jan. 31 for 2019 Mayor’s Summer Intern Fellows program













Time is running out for students to apply for a job in the 2019 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program – the deadline is Jan. 31.

The program offers an 8-week, paid internship (interns were paid $10-$17 per hour last year) with a local company or nonprofit agency. Last year, 2,400 students applied and 395 were chosen for internships. In its 12th year, the program, designed by Education is Freedom, is seeking to expand in more ways than one.

At a kickoff event on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from sponsoring companies AT&T, Bank of America, Chase and Highland Capital Management made pitches to expand the program to include additional companies and nonprofits. With expansion, more students could land internships.

The best pitch for the program, however, came from eight former interns. Each credited the intern program for making a difference in their lives – from giving them a jumpstart in a future career or giving them confidence to push themselves to succeed.

Internship hopefuls must live in the City of Dallas and attend a Dallas ISD school, Richardson ISD high school or charter high school. They must be age 16 and eligible to work in the United States by June 10. Additionally, they must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, solid school attendance record and a letter of recommendation from their schools.

There are also required training sessions and mock interview sessions conducted by each participating school. Applicants will attend a job fair on April 1 to meet with potential employers.

Find detailed information and the application at www.mayorsinterns.org.


Apply by Jan. 31 for 2019 Mayor’s Summer Intern Fellows program













Time is running out for students to apply for a job in the 2019 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program – the deadline is Jan. 31.

The program offers an 8-week, paid internship (interns were paid $10-$17 per hour last year) with a local company or nonprofit agency. Last year, 2,400 students applied and 395 were chosen for internships. In its 12th year, the program, designed by Education is Freedom, is seeking to expand in more ways than one.

At a kickoff event on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from sponsoring companies AT&T, Bank of America, Chase and Highland Capital Management made pitches to expand the program to include additional companies and nonprofits. With expansion, more students could land internships.

The best pitch for the program, however, came from eight former interns. Each credited the intern program for making a difference in their lives – from giving them a jumpstart in a future career or giving them confidence to push themselves to succeed.

Internship hopefuls must live in the City of Dallas and attend a Dallas ISD school, Richardson ISD high school or charter high school. They must be age 16 and eligible to work in the United States by June 10. Additionally, they must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, solid school attendance record and a letter of recommendation from their schools.

There are also required training sessions and mock interview sessions conducted by each participating school. Applicants will attend a job fair on April 1 to meet with potential employers.

Find detailed information and the application at www.mayorsinterns.org.


Effort seeks volunteers to count, survey area homeless youth

The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Youth Committee is seeking volunteers to help conduct brief surveys to help determine the number of homeless youth in the city, an important step in helping end youth homelessness.

The effort will be conducted Jan. 31-Feb. 3 and Feb. 7-10. During the city’s “See Us Now-Youth Survey,” groups of volunteers led by agency staff and other youth-serving professionals will visit areas in Dallas and Collin counties to identify youth living on the street or in other unstable housing situations. By conducting brief surveys, we’ll be able to collect important data about the number of homeless youth in our city and what they need to grow and thrive.

To volunteer, email countusindallas@gmail.com to receive a link to register for one of the available outreach locations and times.


Marque su calendario para asistir a las conferencias de padres y maestros la semana del 14 de enero

Las conferencias de padres y maestros están programadas para la semana del 14 de enero. En ellas, los padres y tutores de los estudiantes puedan platicar sobre el progreso de su hijo con los maestros ahora que estamos a la mitad del año escolar 2018-2019.

Las conferencias para estudiantes de preparatoria se realizarán el lunes, 14 de enero; las conferencias para estudiantes de secundaria se llevarán a cabo el martes, 15 de enero; y las conferencias para estudiantes de la primaria serán el jueves, 17 de enero. Invitamos a los padres a que se comuniquen con la escuela de su hijo para la hora exacta de las conferencias en su plantel.

Cuando los padres se reúnen con los maestros, no solo demuestran que la educación es una prioridad, sino también tienen una buena oportunidad para platicar sobre el progreso de su hijo e informarse sobre las distintas maneras en que pueden ayudarle a salir adelante en la escuela. Asimismo, pueden aprender sobre los recursos disponibles en línea para estar al tanto del progreso académico, al igual que la asistencia escolar y las tareas asignadas.

Considere estos consejos para aprovechar las conferencias al máximo:

  1. Las conferencias ofrecen una oportunidad para que los padres y maestros trabajen en colaboración en el desarrollo de un plan para apoyar el aprendizaje del estudiante. Esto puede incluir un acuerdo en el que los padres se comprometen a tener requisitos en el hogar y el maestro define proyectos, fechas de entrega y lo que se va a cubrir en la clase.
  2. Al trabajar en equipo, los maestros y los padres pueden asegurar que los estudiantes estén aprendiendo lo requerido en cada grado escolar. Este tipo de colaboración es imprescindible en lo que los estudiantes se preparan para presentar los exámenes del estado. Varias escuelas proporcionarán sesiones de tutoría antes y después del día escolar las semanas previas a los exámenes. Pregunte sobre la tutoría u otros recursos disponibles para ayudar a los estudiantes fuera del horario regular de clases.
  3. Aquellos padres que no pueden asistir a las conferencias los días indicados deben saber que pueden comunicarse a la escuela para programar una conferencia con el maestro de su hijo. Si no es posible reunirse con el maestro en persona, no duden en preguntar si hay otras maneras de mantenerse informado sobre el progreso académico de su hijo.

Plan would create two new TAG schools in southern Dallas

A plan under consideration would create two new Talented and Gifted schools in southern Dallas.

Roger Q. Mills Elementary School and Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard would become TAG campuses under the proposal. Students who currently attend Twain and Mills elementary schools would be invited to stay and complete their elementary educations at the campuses.

Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde said the schools would increase learning opportunities in southern Dallas. There are approximately 1,800 Dallas ISD elementary students who qualify as talented and gifted but do not attend a TAG school

“These two schools would help us provide equity to families in southern Dallas,” Elizalde said.

District officials discussed the plan with Dallas ISD trustees during a Jan. 10 board briefing. Other details include:

  • Mark Twain Leadership Vanguard would serve TAG students in grades 1–5. The school’s attendance zone would consolidate with Adelle Turner and John Carpenter elementary schools.
  • Roger Q. Mills Elementary School would grow to serve TAG students in grades 1–8. The school’s attendance zone would consolidate with Cedar Crest Elementary School

Dallas ISD is holding public meetings at the schools to gather feedback and input on the proposals. Mark Twain Leadership Vaguard, 724 Green Cove Lane, is holding a meeting at its school on Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Mills Elementary School, 1515 Lynn Haven Ave., is holding a meeting at its school on Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.

Trustees will consider approving the plan at its Jan. 24 board meeting.


Diez educadores son finalistas para premio de “Maestro del Año” de 2018-2019 en Dallas ISD

Diez maestros se encuentran en la lista final para ser considerados para el premio “Maestro del Año” de Dallas ISD para el año escolar 2018-2019; cinco en la categoría de escuelas primarias y cinco de escuelas secundarias. Los ganadores se darán a conocer el miércoles, 16 de enero, en una ceremonia especial.

Finalistas de escuelas primarias:

  • Audrey Gagel, John H. Reagan Elementary School
  • Sheri Kirby, Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
  • Chantrelle Lovett, Umphrey Lee Elementary School
  • Heather Massie, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School
  • Elisa Morrissey, Alex W. Sanger Elementary School

Finalistas de escuelas secundarias:

  • Shana Cawthorne-Woods, Maya Angelou High School
  • Megan Malone, School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview Center
  • Marcelo Migoni, Raúl Quintanilla Sr. Middle School
  • Nadirah Shakir, J.L. Long Middle School
  • LaToya Shanks, W.H. Gaston Middle School

Academias Universitarias están aceptando solicitudes hasta el 31 de enero

El periodo para solicitar admisión a las academias universitarias que operan a través de una sociedad entre Dallas ISD y el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas, está abierto para aquellos estudiantes de 8º grado interesados en aprovechar de esta gran oportunidad. Aquellos estudiantes que son seleccionados tendrán la oportunidad de obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario, o un grado asociado mientras completan un diploma de la preparatoria — sin costo para las familias.

Además de las siete Early College High Schools tradicionales, el programa de academias universitarias de Dallas ISD ahora incluye 18 Pathway to Technology Early College High Schools, escuelas conocidas como P-TECHs, cada una ofrece una educación superior y cuenta con socios en varias industrias.

Estudiantes de octavo grado pueden solicitar admisión aquí antes del 31 de enero.

Dallas ISD está lanzando dos academias nuevas para el año escolar 2019–2020, que también están aceptando solicitudes hasta el 31 de enero. Skyline Collegiate Academy abrirá sus puertas en el plantel de Skyline High School en el sureste de Dallas y North Lake Collegiate Academy se ubicará en el campus del área sur de North Lake College en Irving.

Este año, Dallas ISD inauguró siete academias universitarias y una escuela P-TECH en sus preparatorias. El distrito anticipa lanzar 10 academias universitarias nuevas en el futuro.


Escuelas exclusivamente para niños o niñas están aceptando solicitudes hasta el 31 de enero

Las escuelas de Dallas ISD exclusivamente para niños o niñas se enfocan en el desarrollo del carácter y las habilidades de liderazgo y preparan a los estudiantes para la universidad y una carrera.

Cinco de dichas escuelas están aceptando solicitudes hasta el 31 de enero. Haga clic aquí para llenar una solicitud.

Las escuelas que están aceptando solicitudes son:

  • Solar Preparatory School for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center, 1802 Moser Ave.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls at James B. Bonham, 2617 Henderson Ave.
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at A. Maceo Smith, 3030 Stag Road
  • Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, 1718 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.
  • Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs, 710 Cheyenne Road

Las escuelas STEM/STEAM están aceptando solicitudes hasta el 31 de enero

Nueve escuelas STEM/STEAM del Dallas ISD están aceptando solicitudes de admisión para el año escolar 2019–2020 hasta el 31 de enero.

Estas escuelas preparan a los estudiantes para carreras en los campos de ciencias, tecnología e ingeniería. Los estudiantes pueden ingresar a esta página para solicitar admisión antes del 31 de enero.

Las escuelas STEM/STEAM que están aceptando solicitudes hasta el 31 de enero incluyen:

  • Solar Preparatory School for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center, 1802 Moser Ave.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls at James B. Bonham, 2617 N. Henderson Ave.
  • Dallas Environmental Science Academy, 3531 N. Westmoreland Rd.
  • D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School, 9339 S. Polk St.
  • J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard, 3033 Tips Blvd.
  • Justin F. Kimball High School, 3606 S. Westmoreland Rd.
  • School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, 1201 E. 8th St.
  • School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, 1201 E. 8th St.

Elementary students respond to stuttering in unique way: By making a movie

Students at L.K. Hall Elementary have responded to stuttering in a unique way: by producing a video called “All Lions Roar Differently.”

Speech language pathologist Andrea Vargas brainstormed with Hall students she works with about ways to help others gain perspective on the various obstacles and issues faced by students who stutter. They decided that making a video would be the most innovative approach.

The aspiring filmmakers invited teachers, parents and the principal to the movie premiere. As an introduction to the movie, Vargas provided information on the various techniques used to decrease moments of stuttering. The students also explained what strategies help them the most.

“The students left their big premiere knowing that their voice matters in the community,” Vargas said. “They now know they can accomplish anything they set their minds to; with or without a stutter.”


Make plans to attend parent-teacher conferences during week of Jan. 14

Parent-teacher conferences are slated for the week of Jan. 14 so that parents and guardians can discuss their child’s progress with teachers as we reach the halfway point of the 2018-2019 school year.

Conferences for high school students are Monday, Jan. 14; conferences for middle school students are Tuesday, Jan. 15; and conferences for elementary students are Thursday, Jan. 17. Parents are encouraged to check with their child’s school to learn specific times for the conferences.

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 using online tools.

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.

District seeking partners to further boost student, school success

Dallas ISD has issued a Call for Proposals for non-profits, institutions of higher education, and governmental entities that want to partner with the district to positively impact students’ lives.

Applications from interested potential partners are due by Jan. 25, 2019. Applications can be accessed here. The district is not considering partnering with a charter school or charter school network.

“This creates an opportunity for potential partners to have a significant impact on the lives of students and further support the community,” said Brian Lusk, Dallas ISD Chief of Strategic Initiatives. “These potential partners would bring their knowledge, expertise and resources into our schools that are already doing well. This could take our schools to the next level.”

In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1882 that encourages school districts to leverage partnerships to grow innovative practices and improve student outcomes. Proposed partners that are approved by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees would govern and operate an identified district school. Specific responsibilities, authorities and autonomies would be determined by a partnership management agreement and performance contract.

At their Jan. 10 briefing, trustees discussed a proposed policy to outline district-level requirements regarding these potential partnerships. Trustees are scheduled to vote on the proposed policy at the Jan. 24 regular meeting.


Departamento de Transporte llevará a cabo reuniones para informar y escuchar opinión de los padres

Con el fin de obtener su opinión y mantener a los padres informados sobre asuntos relacionados al transporte escolar, el distrito llevará a cabo reuniones mensuales comenzando en enero.

Dichas reuniones se realizarán en el Turney W. Leonard Governance and Training Center, ubicado en el 5151 Samuell Blvd., de 5:30-6:30 p.m. Para facilitar la comunicación y tratar toda preocupación de los Service Centers, pedimos a los padres que asistan a la reunión según la ruta asignada a su hijo.

Las reuniones se realizarán los siguientes días:

Escuelas Magnet, Academias, Vanguards, y de Opción
• 30 de enero
• 25 de febrero
• 25 de marzo

Escuelas Tradicionales y Educación Especial
Kleberg (Rutas con números 1000) / Lawnview (Rutas con números 2000)
• 15 de enero
• 11 de febrero
• 19 de marzo

Escuelas Tradicionales y Educación Especial
North Dallas (Rutas con números 3000) / Rainey (Rutas con números 4000)
• 29 de enero
• 20 de febrero
• 19 de marzo

Utilizando la información obtenida en enero, febrero y marzo, realizaremos otra reunión el 17 de abril, de 5:30 a 6:30 p.m., para proporcionar a los padres la información más reciente para el año escolar 2019-2020.

Si tiene preguntas o dudas sobre las reuniones, comuníquese con el Departamento de Transporte al 972-925-5010.


Ten are finalists for 2018-2019 Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year awards

Ten teachers are in the running for 2018-2019 Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year, five in the Elementary category and five in the Secondary category. The winner will be announced at a special reception on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Elementary finalists:

Audrey Gagel, John H. Reagan Elementary School
Sheri Kirby, Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
Chantrelle Lovett, Umphrey Lee ELementary School
Heather Massie, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School
Elisa Morrissey, Alex W. Sanger Elementary School

Secondary finalists:

Shana Cawthorne-Woods, Maya Angelou High School
Megan Malone, School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview Center
Marcelo Migoni, Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School
Nadirah Shakir, J.L. Long Middle School
LaToya Shanks, W.H. Gaston Middle School


Transportation to host meetings to gather feedback, inform parents

In order to get input and keep parents updated on transportation-related items, the district will begin hosting monthly meetings in January.

All meetings will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Turney W. Leonard Governance and Training Center at 5151 Samuell Blvd. In order to facilitate dialogue and address any concerns from Service Centers, parents are asked to attend the meetings based on the routes assigned to their children.

Below are the dates for upcoming meetings:

Magnets, Academies, Vanguards, and Choice

• Jan. 30
• Feb. 25
• March 25

Comprehensive and Special Education

Kleberg (Routes with 1000 numbers) / Lawnview (Routes with 2000 numbers)

• Jan. 15
• Feb. 11
• March 19

Comprehensive and Special Education

North Dallas (Routes with 3000 numbers) / Rainey (Routes with 4000 numbers)

• Jan. 29
• Feb. 20
• March 19

Using feedback from the January, February, and March meetings, a meeting will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 17 to provide updates to all parents for the 2019-2020 school year.

For questions related to the meetings, please contact the Transportation Department at 972-925-5010.


Recuerde que la prevención contra la gripe comienza con su familia

El número de casos de gripe, reportados en el condado Dallas continúa aumentando.

No es tarde para vacunar a sus hijos contra la gripe. La vacuna es una de las mejores maneras de proteger a sus hijos y familia de la gripe. La vacuna de la gripe puede reducir enfermedades, visitas médicas, faltas a la escuela o trabajo, y el tener que ser hospitalizados a causa de la gripe.

Después de recibir la vacuna, toma aproximadamente dos semanas para que la protección haga efecto.

Otras maneras de proteger a sus hijos de un resfriado común o de la gripe son:

  • Asegure que se laven las manos frecuentemente con jabón y agua o que usen desinfectante de manos
  • Pídales que se cubran la boca al toser o destornudar
  • Asegure que se queden en casa si están enfermos

İRecuerde que la prevención contra la gripe comienza con su familia!

Recurso: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm


Reminder Parents: Flu Prevention Starts With Your Family!

Current flu reports in Dallas County are on the rise.

It is not too late for your child to receive the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is one of the best ways to protect your children and family from getting the flu.  Flu vaccination can reduce flu illness, doctors’ visits, missed school or work and flu-related hospitalizations.

Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks for protection to set in.

Other ways to protect your children from common colds and the flu is to:

  • Make sure they wash their hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Ask them to cover when coughing or sneezing
  • Make sure they stay home when ill

Remember, Flu Prevention Starts With Your Family!

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm


SMU to honor jersey of Roosevelt High School alumni and basketball great Ira Terrell

Southern Methodist University will honor the jersey of all-time great Ira Terrell, a graduate of Roosevelt High School, during a halftime ceremony on Jan. 12 at Moody Coliseum. Terrell wore number 32 during his basketball career from 1972-76.

His jersey will join those of Mustang legends Jim Krebs, Jon Koncak and Gene Phillips in being recognized by SMU. Terrell was inducted into the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

Terrell was the 1976 Southwest Conference Player of the Year and was a three-time All-SWC first team honoree. He is the only Mustang to average a double-double for three seasons. He finished his career as the SMU leader and now ranks second all-time in rebounds (1,077). He is also sixth in scoring (1,715) and second in career scoring average (21.4 per game). In 1973-74, Terrell led the Mustangs to a tie for second in the SWC and the Collegiate Coaches Association postseason tournament.

Terrell was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the third round of the 1976 NBA Draft. From 1976-78, he played for the Suns, New Orleans Jazz and Portland Trailblazers.

The Jan. 12 game is a 5 p.m. matchup against American Athletic Conference foe Tulsa. Tickets are available at SMUMustangs.com/Tickets.


¡En enero se reconoce la importante labor de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD!

En enero, el Dallas ISD y los demás distritos escolares del estado celebran el Mes de reconocimiento a la Junta Escolar, un momento para agradecer a los líderes escolares por su dedicación como defensores voluntarios de los estudiantes y de las escuelas públicas.

El tema de este año es: “Sembrando semillas para el éxito”, y los integrantes de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD hacen su parte, no solo al vigilar la política del distrito y tomar decisiones de adquisiciones en las reuniones mensuales, sino también al visitar con regularidad las escuelas en sus propios distritos.

En general, las juntas escolares tienen la responsabilidad de establecer una visión para el programa educativo de un distrito, diseñar la estructura para lograr dicha visión, garantizar que las escuelas cumplan las expectativas de la comunidad y constantemente abogar por mejorar el aprendizaje estudiantil.

Cada año escolar, el Dallas ISD les solicita a nueve profesionales que colaboren en la administración de un sistema escolar de más de 156,000 estudiantes y un presupuesto de más de $1,000 millones. A la vez, deben considerar y enfrentarse a las realidades que presenta aumentar el aprovechamiento académico de niños de varios entornos socioeconómicos y orígenes étnicos. La finalidad es fomentar un ambiente donde se asegure contar con instrucción de calidad, continuamente se mejore el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes, y se forme estudiantes preparados para el éxito en la educación superior o en una profesión.

Para más información sobre los representantes que conforman la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD, haga clic aquí. Los representantes son:

  • Presidente, Edwin Flores, Distrito 1 (Noroeste de Dallas)
  • 1erVicepresidente, Dan Micciche, Distrito 3 (Noreste de Dallas)
  • 2oVicepresidente, Joyce Foreman, Distrito 6 (Suroeste de Dallas)
  • Secretario, Justin Henry, Distrito 9 (Sur de Dallas)
  • Dustin Marshall, Distrito 2 (Norte y el área del este de Dallas)
  • Jaime Resendez, Distrito 4 (Sureste de Dallas, Seagoville y Balch Springs)
  • Lew Blackburn, Ph.D., Distrito 5 (Oak Lawn, oeste de Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins y secciones del este de Oak Cliff)
  • Audrey Pinkerton, Distrito 7 (Centro norte de Oak Cliff, partes del oeste de Dallas)
  • Miguel Solís, Distrito 8 (Love Field, Noroeste de Dallas, área central de Dallas)

Consulte el calendario del Dallas ISD para el ciclo escolar 2019–2020

Bajo el calendario escolar aprobado para el año escolar 2019-2020, los estudiantes comenzarán sus clases el 19 de agosto, tendrán una semana de vacaciones por el Día de Acción de Gracias, y terminarán el curso académico el 27 de mayo.

Fechas importantes para tener en cuenta:

  • Primer día de clases: 19 de agosto
  • Día feriado para estudiantes y personal escolar: 2 de septiembre
  • Día de la feria – escuelas primarias/Día de capacitación para personal de escuelas secundarias: 11 de octubre
  • Día de la feria – escuelas secundarias/Día de capacitación para personal de escuelas primarias: 18 de octubre
  • Vacaciones por el Día de Acción de Gracias: 25 – 29 de noviembre
  • Vacaciones de invierno: 23 de diciembre – 3 de enero
  • Día feriado para estudiantes y personal escolar: 20 de enero
  • Día feriado para estudiantes y personal escolar: 17 de febrero
  • Receso de primavera: 16-20 de marzo
  • Día feriado para estudiantes y personal escolar: 10 de abril
  • Días para reponer tiempo perdido por mal tiempo: 13 de abril y 1 de mayo
  • Día feriado para estudiantes y personal escolar: 25 de mayo
  • Último día de clases: 27 de mayo

Regístrense ahora para la Expo STEM de Dallas ISD 2019

La Expo de STEM anual de Dallas ISD se realizará el sábado, 2 de febrero, de 9 a.m. a 3 p.m., en el Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Acompáñennos a disfrutar de este evento, el más grande de su tipo en Texas, donde encontrará más de 140 actividades prácticas y podrá presenciar competencias de matemáticas, ciencias, robótica, tecnología y construcción de puentes entre estudiantes de Dallas ISD. Además, podrán tratar con expertos en diferentes campos, miembros de la comunidad, educadores, socios del distrito en varias industrias y organizaciones de STEM.

La entrada es libre para las familias del área de Dallas, aunque si planean asistir, les pedimos que se registren aquí.

Para más información sobre el Departamento de STEM de Dallas ISD, visiten: www.dallasisd.org/stem.


Single-gender schools accepting applications through Jan. 31

Dallas ISD single-gender schools focus on character and leadership-building skills while preparing students for college and career.

Five Dallas ISD single-gender schools are accepting applications through Jan. 31. Go here to apply.

The single-gender schools accepting applications are:

  • Solar Preparatory School for Boys, 1802 Moser Ave.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls at James B. Bonham, 2617 Henderson Ave.
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, 3030 Stag Road
  • Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, 1718 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.
  • Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs, 710 Cheyenne Road

STEM/STEAM Schools Accepting Applications Through Jan. 31

Nine Dallas ISD STEM/STEAM schools are accepting applications through Jan. 31 for the 2019–2020 school year.

These schools prepare students for careers in the science, technology and engineering fields. Students can go here to apply by Jan. 31.

The STEM/STEAM schools accepting applications through Jan. 31 are:

  • Solar Preparatory School for Boys, 1802 Moser Ave.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls at James B. Bonham, 2617 N. Henderson Ave.
  • Dallas Environmental Science Academy, 3531 N. Westmoreland Road
  • D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School, 9339 S. Polk St.
  • J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard, 3033 Tips Blvd.
  • Justin F. Kimball High School, 3606 S. Westmoreland Road
  • School of Health Professions, 1201 E. 8th St.
  • School of Science and Engineering, 1201 E. 8th St.

Collegiate Academies accepting applications through Jan. 31

The application window is open for current eighth-graders interested in attending a collegiate academy operated by Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District. Students who attend a collegiate academy can earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree—at no cost to them—concurrently while earning a high school diploma.

In addition to the seven traditional Early College High Schools, collegiate academies now include 18 Pathways to Technology Early College High Schools. Each P-TECH has a higher education partner and career industry partners.

Current eighth-graders can go here to apply by Jan. 31.

Dallas ISD is opening two new collegiate academies in 2019–2020, which are also accepting applications through Jan. 31. Skyline Collegiate Academy will open on the Skyline High School campus in southeast Dallas, and North Lake Collegiate Academy will be housed on the south campus of North Lake College in Irving.

Now accepting applications: Dallas ISD to launch two new collegiate academies next August

Dallas ISD launched seven collegiate academies and a P-TECH at existing high schools this school year. The district next school year will launch an additional 10 collegiate academies.


Magnet schools accepting applications for 2019–2020 school year

Dallas ISD is home to some of the nation’s top magnet schools. Students interested in attending one of these schools for the 2019–2020 school year can submit applications through Jan. 31.

There are programs for every age level covering a variety of interests. The magnet programs combine challenging academics with specialties such as humanities, communication, STEM and visual and performing arts.

Go here to apply to a magnet school by Jan 31.

The requirements to attend magnet programs vary by school. Applications can be found online. The deadline to apply is January 31.


Dallas ISD Montessori schools accepting applications through Jan. 31

The Montessori schools in Dallas ISD are designed for independent thinkers who enjoy hands-on, collaborative learning.

Four Dallas ISD Montessori schools are accepting applications through Jan. 31. Go here to apply. 

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.

The Montessori schools accepting applications are:


Application window is open for Two-Way Dual Language program

In Dallas ISD’s Two-Way Dual Language program, students learn to read, write and speak in two languages.

Two-Way Dual Language is currently offered at 51 elementary schools, four middle schools and one high school. Families can apply to a Two-Way Dual Language school through Jan. 31 by going here.

Rhonda Edmundson is a parent of twins who’ve attended a Two-Way Dual-Language program since early childhood. Edmundson said the program has helped her daughters become more academically competitive, socially confident and prepared for a world full of additional languages and cultures.

“Having our girls involved in the two-way dual-language program was a no-brainer,” Edmundson said. “When I think about their future jobs and their future opportunities, we live in a global world and I don’t want to tie them to Texas for the rest of their lives. But, if they should stay here, their Spanish abilities will help them right here at home as well. We live in a global society, and language is really the key to unlocking business opportunities.”

Students in pre-K through first grade are eligible to enroll in the program. The program extends as students advance from grade level to grade level and allows for development in their first and second language.

Students who wish to continue a dual language education at the secondary level can enroll in sixth- through eleventh- grades. In order to qualify for the Secondary Dual Language program, students need to have participated in a Dual Language program in elementary school and be fluent in Spanish.


All high schoolers invited to MLK Youth Summit on Jan. 12

Dallas ISD is moving towards a progressive model of Racial, Socio-Economic and Educational Equity. In this effort, student voices are a valuable and necessary component toward the next steps of engagement.

The Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office in collaboration with the City of Dallas and the MLK Celebration Planning Committee encourages students in grades 9–12  to participate in this powerful opportunity. The theme for the 2019 MLK Youth Summit is “Reconciliation: Moving the Dream Forward”

The Youth Summit is a one-day interactive equity forum for high school students to engage with other students while addressing the challenges faced within their local communities. Students will explore the history of Dallas’ Civil Rights Movement, social engagement, and social and racial equity within the City of Dallas.

The Youth Summit will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at IDEA High School, 4800 Ross Ave. Lunch will be provided. Registration is free but students must go here to register to attend.

For any questions or concerns, email info@dallasmlkcenter.com or arnelle.woods@dallascityhall.com.


Sam’s Club donates $252,000 toward STEAM education in Dallas ISD

Sam’s Club donated $252,000 to support STEAM education in Dallas ISD on Jan. 7, with funds going to three schools and the STEM Department.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics and points to a focus on providing experiences in each discipline as they relate to real-world careers.

Sam’s Club donated $100,000 to the Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy; $60,000 each to Solar Preparatory for Girls and Solar Preparatory for Boys; and $32,000 to the district’s STEM Department. The presentation of the funds was during the grand-opening celebration of the new Sam’s Club Dallas Tech office in downtown.

The three schools are among Personalized Learning campuses that require students to submit applications to attend. Learn about these and the many other speciality programs and schools available here. Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 31.


See the approved Dallas ISD 2019–2020 calendar

Under the approved Dallas ISD 2019–2020 calendar, the school year will start for students on Aug. 19, include a full week off for Thanksgiving, and end for students on May 27.

Important dates for the Dallas ISD calendar for 2019-2020 include:

  • First Day For Students: Aug. 19
  • Staff/Student Holiday: Sept. 2
  • Elementary Fair Day/Secondary Professional Development Day: Oct. 11
  • Secondary Fair Day/Elementary Professional Development Day: Oct. 18
  • Dallas ISD Thanksgiving Break 2019: Nov. 25–29
  • Dallas ISD Winter Break 2019: Dec. 23-Jan. 3
  • Student/Staff Holiday: Jan. 20
  • Student/Staff Holiday: Feb. 17
  • Dallas ISD Spring Break 2020: March 16–20
  • Student/Staff Holiday: April 10
  • Inclement Weather Days: April 13 and May 1
  • Student/Staff Holiday: May 25
  • Last Day For Students: May 27

Register now for free 2019 Dallas ISD STEM Expo on Saturday, Feb. 2

Dallas ISD’s annual STEM Expo will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Join us for the largest STEM Expo in Texas featuring more than 140 hands-on exhibits and showcases of the Dallas ISD STEM championships in mathematics, science, robotics, technology and bridge-building. Visitors will interact with field experts, community members, educators, industry partners and STEM organizations.

The event is free and open to all Dallas-area families, but those planning to attend are asked to register here.

Learn more about Dallas ISD STEM: www.dallasisd.org/stem.


School Board Recognition Month honors trustees for their dedication

Dallas ISD and school districts across the state are celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January, a time to thank local leaders for their dedication as volunteer advocates for children and public schools.

From left: Audrey Pinkerton, Joyce Foreman, Dustin Marshall, Dan Micciche, Lew Blackburn, Edwin Flores, Miguel Solis, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, Jaime Resendez and Justin Henry.

This year’s theme is “Planting Seeds of Success,” and Dallas ISD trustees do that through not only overseeing policy and purchasing decisions at monthly meetings, but also by regularly visiting the schools in their individual districts.

Overall, school boards are charged with establishing a vision for a district’s education program, designing a structure to achieve that vision, ensuring that schools are accountable to the community, and strongly advocating continuous improvement in student learning.

Each school year, Dallas ISD asks nine busy professionals to collaboratively manage a school system with more than 156,000 students and an annual budget of more than $1 billion. At the same time, they must consider and contend the realities of boosting academic achievement for children from a variety of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. The end goal is to foster an environment that ensures quality instruction, continually increases student achievement and produces graduates who are prepared for success in college or in careers.

Learn more about Dallas ISD trustees on the district website here. The trustees are:

  • President, Edwin Flores, District 1 (Northwest Dallas)
  • 1st Vice President, Dan Micciche, District 3 (Northeast Dallas)
  • 2nd Vice President, Joyce Foreman, District 6 (Southwest Dallas)
  • Board Secretary, Justin Henry, District 9 (South Dallas)
  • Dustin Marshall, District 2 (North and Near East Dallas)
  • Jaime Resendez, District 4 (Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs)
  • Lew Blackburn, Ph.D., District 5 (Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins, portions of East Oak Cliff)
  • Audrey Pinkerton, District 7 (North Central Oak Cliff, parts of West Dallas)
  • Miguel Solis, District 8 (Love Field, Northwest Dallas, Central Dallas)

Como solicitar admisión a Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy

Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy es una escuela secundaria magnet que ofrece a los estudiantes un currículo riguroso y donde además se les anima a identificar e investigar opciones profesionales para el futuro. En Longfellow se ofrece el mismo plan de estudios de secundarias que en las demás escuelas secundarias de Dallas ISD y de igual forma, se prepara a los estudiantes con clases de nivel pre-AP, cursos de crédito de preparatoria, oportunidades de educación profesional y técnica, prácticas, aprendizaje basado en proyectos, informática y más.

El personal de Longfellow invita a las familias y a los estudiantes a un evento especial el lunes, 7 de enero, de 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., en la escuela, ubicada en el 5314 Boaz St. El propósito es ayudar a las familias a tomar la importante decisión de elegir la mejor escuela para su hijo antes del 31 de enero, fecha límite para entregar una solicitud para una escuela especializada de Dallas ISD.

Para ver un folleto con información sobre lo que se ofrece en Longfellow, haga clic aquí. Para información sobre lo que debe traer al evento, haga clic aquí. Un vídeo reciente, disponible aquí, también muestra un poco de lo que sucede en el día a día en Longfellow.


Michelle Obama sorprende e inspira estudiantes a que realicen sus sueños

Estudiantes de Irma Rangel Leadership School participaban en un panel de discusión en el Winspear Opera House sobre la nueva autobiografía de la ex primera dama Michelle Obama cuando recibieron una gran sorpresa.

Obama salió detrás de una cortina durante la discusión lo que sorprendió a las estudiantes ya que no tenían idea que estaba allí. Fue tanto el shock fue que algunas lloraron de la emoción.

Obama se encontraba en la ciudad para platicar sobre su nuevo libro, Becoming, esa noche en el American Airlines Center (AAC). Gracias a varios patrocinadores y donaciones de la oficina de Obama, más de 100 estudiantes de Dallas ISD tuvieron la oportunidad de escucharla en el AAC.

Mientras tanto, el Departamento Extended Learning Opportunities de Dallas ISD, en colaboración con Educate Texas/Texas College Access Network, regaló 100 entradas donadas por la oficina de Michelle Obama a estudiantes de preparatoria. Antes de su discurso, las estudiantes se reunieron en las oficinas de Communities Foundation of Texas dónde recibieron copias del libro de parte de Half Price Books, decoraron cartulinas para mostrar su aprecio hacia la ex primera dama y hablaron sobre lo que significa para ellas.

“Esta experiencia llena mi futuro de esperanza. Me motiva a esforzarme en lo que estoy haciendo en la escuela”, dijo Julia, estudiante de James Madison High School. “Nos da el valor para seguir adelante, sin importar nuestros origines. No importa de dónde vengamos, todo es posible”.

Asimismo, 20 estudiantes de 11 escuelas del distrito escucharon la plática de Obama en AAC gracias a entradas donadas por el College Board. El Departamento Servicios Académicos Avanzados y la Oficina de Equidad Racial de Dallas ISD eligieron estudiantes diferentes de culturas y áreas de la ciudad.

“Nuestra meta en la Oficina de Equidad Racial es ayudar y apoyar al distrito al proveer recursos adicionales y diferentes para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes”, dijo el jefe adjunto de la Oficina de Equidad Racial, Leslie Williams. “Esta fue una gran oportunidad para un grupo diverso de estudiantes pudiera ver y escuchar a una líder importante y aprender más sobre la cultura afroamericana”.


Racial Equity Office announces the first Racial Equity Leadership Training Team


The Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office (REO) is excited to announce the first Racial Equity Leadership Training Team.

The strategic professional development framework for Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office is a model that includes the following theoretical and philosophical components: Implicit bias / Unconscious bias, Cultural Intelligence, Cultural Competency, Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching and Learning. In addition, the REO recognizes the need to deliver content on the historical ramifications of race, which is why Critical Race Theory through the medium of ongoing “Courageous Conversations” will be an overlay of the professional development framework in various context.

The Racial Equity Office will utilize internal and external thought leaders to create a professional development sustainability model that will support district wide distribution of essential content.

The first Racial Equity Leadership Training cohort includes a multitude of district employees from a wide variety of departments, including, but not limited to, the following departments: Human Capital Management, School Leadership, Teaching and Learning, amongst others. The team recently participated in a two-day training that was conducted by the Cultural Intelligence Center. The Cultural Intelligence Center has trained global organizations, educational institutions such as Harvard University and corporations such as Google, Inc.

Training for Dallas ISD district employees started Fall 2018 and will continue throughout the 2019 spring semester; with ongoing professional development each year.

Eventually, students will also receive educational content designed specifically to enhance student professional growth and development to support their transition into a globalized world full of culture.


H.W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy to hold Jan. 7 application open house

Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy is a magnet middle school that challenges students academically while encouraging them to identify and explore career options. Longfellow offers the same middle school academic curriculum available in all Dallas ISD middle schools, and also helps students prepare for the future with pre-AP classes, courses for high school credit, career and technical opportunities, internships, project-based learning, computer science, and more.  

The Longfellow staff invites families to bring their students and their questions to a special application open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at the campus at 5314 Boaz St. The goal is to help families make the all-important decision on a best-fit school for their child before the Jan. 31 deadline to apply to a Dallas ISD specialty school.

Parents can go here for a brochure describing Longfellow’s offerings and here to learn what to bring to the application workshop. This video reveals a bit of what campus life is like at Longfellow.


Dallas ISD cheerleading squads strut their stuff at district challenge

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Dallas ISD high school cheerleading squads tuned up their routines to prepare for the UIL State Spirit Competition.

The Dallas ISD Cheer Challenge was conducted at Ellis Davis Field House. Here is how the top squads fared:

3A and 4A
• 1st Place, Hillcrest High School
• 2nd Place, L.G. Pinkston High School
• 3rd Place, Franklin D. Roosevelt High School

5A, Division II
• 1st Place, W.H. Adamson High School
• 2nd Place, Justin F. Kimball High School
• 3rd Place, Seagoville High School
• 4th Place, South Oak Cliff High School

5A Division 1/Coed
• 1st Place, Sunset High School
• 2nd Place, Moises E. Molina High School
• 3rd Place, Bryan Adams High School
• 4th Place, W.W. Samuell High School

Stunt Competition
• 1st Place, David W. Carter High School
• 2nd Place, Justin F. Kimball High School
• 3rd Place, W.H. Adamson High School
• 4th Place, H. Grady Spruce High School
• 5th Place, Hillcrest High School

Find photos from the Dallas ISD Cheer Challenge here.

The State Spirit Competition is set for Jan. 17-19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The “Spirit” extracurricular activity focuses on the traditional game-day role that cheerleaders have on the sidelines and in schools to support athletics teams. Schools will compete in three categories: crowd leading, fight song, and band dance.


Escuelas ofrecerán alimentos gratis durante las vacaciones de invierno

Este año, la cantidad de alimentos ofrecidos a los estudiantes por el Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil de Dallas ISD durante las vacaciones del Día de Acción de Gracias casi se triplicó.

Break Meals, un programa del distrito creado para asegurar que los estudiantes tengan acceso a alimentos saludables y sabrosos cuando no hay clases, se ofreció en 34 escuelas, del 19 al 23 de noviembre. El número de alimentos servidos representó un crecimiento de 260 por ciento en comparación con el año pasado.

Los alimentos se ofrecerán el 21 y del 26 al 28 de diciembre, y del 2 al 4 de enero, de 8 a 9 a.m. y 11 a.m. al mediodía, en escuelas participantes. Break Meals son gratis para todos de 18 años de edad o menos que participen en una actividad educacional o enriquecedora.

Aquí está la lista más reciente de escuelas que estarán participando.


Escuelas ofrecerán alimentos gratis durante las vacaciones de invierno

Este año, la cantidad de alimentos ofrecidos a los estudiantes por el Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil de Dallas ISD durante las vacaciones del Día de Acción de Gracias casi se triplicó.

Break Meals, un programa del distrito creado para asegurar que los estudiantes tengan acceso a alimentos saludables y sabrosos cuando no hay clases, se ofreció en 34 escuelas, del 19 al 23 de noviembre. El número de alimentos servidos representó un crecimiento de 260 por ciento en comparación con el año pasado.

Los alimentos se ofrecerán el 21 y del 26 al 28 de diciembre, y del 2 al 4 de enero, de 8 a 9 a.m. y 11 a.m. al mediodía, en escuelas participantes. Break Meals son gratis para todos de 18 años de edad o menos que participen en una actividad educacional o enriquecedora.

Aquí está la lista más reciente de escuelas que estarán participando.


Michelle Obama surprises, inspires students to ‘Reach Higher’

Students from Irma Rangel Women’s Leadership School were on a panel discussing First Lady Michelle Obama’s new memoir when they got a surprise of the lifetime.

Obama walked out from behind the curtain during their discussion, much to the shock of the students at the Winspear Opera House who had no idea she was there. More than a few happy tears followed.

Obama was in town to discuss her new book Becoming later that night during a sold-out presentation at American Airlines Center (AAC). Thanks to various partners and ticket donations from Obama’s office, more than 100 Dallas ISD students got to hear her speak at the AAC.

Photo courtesy Amanda Harris of amandalynn.co for Educate Texas at Communities Foundation of Texas

Meanwhile, Educate Texas/Texas College Access Network provided 100 tickets for high school students to see Obama. Prior to the speech, the students gathered at Communities Foundation of Texas and were surprised with free copies of Becoming from Half Price Books. The students also made posters showing their appreciation of Obama and talked about what she means to them.

“This experience gives me hope for my future. It encourages me to do better in anything I’m doing in school,” said Julia, a student at Madison High School. “It gives us the courage to push forward, no matter what our background is. No matter where we come from, anything is possible.”

Meanwhile, 20 students from 11 Dallas High Schools heard Obama speak at the AAC thanks to donated tickets from the College Board. The Dallas ISD Advanced Academic Services and Racial Equity Office selected the students, who came from all races and parts of the city, to attend.

“Our goal in the Racial Equity Office is to assist and support the district as we provide additional and differential resources to support our students,” Racial Equity Office Deputy Chief Leslie Williams said. “This was an opportunity for a very diverse group of students to see and hear from a powerful leader and learn more about the African-American culture.”