School/Class News






Acompáñenos a las ferias escolares Descubre Dallas ISD

Marquen sus calendarios para el sábado, 2 de diciembre y el sábado, 9 de diciembre, y acompáñenos a las ferias escolares Descubre Dallas ISD.

¡Descubran por qué el Dallas ISD es la mejor opción para la educación de sus hijos! ¡Acompáñenos en una de las cuatro ferias escolares, Descubre Dallas ISD! En los eventos podrán informarse sobre los programas que se ofrecen en las escuelas de nuestro distrito, sus requisitos y el proceso de matrícula.

Las ferias Descubre Dallas ISD se realizarán en las siguientes fechas y lugares:

  • Sábado, 2 de diciembre, 9 a.m. a 1 p.m.
    • Ellis Davis Field House; 9191 S. Polk St., Dallas
    • Skyline High School; 7777 Forney Rd., Dallas
  • Sábado, 9 de diciembre, 9 a.m. a 1 p.m.
    • Emmett J. Conrad High School; 7502 Fair Oaks Ave., Dallas
    • Loos Field House; 3815 Spring Valley Rd., Addison

La entrada y el estacionamiento serán gratis. Para mayor información, visiten dallasisd.org/descubredallasisd.


Feliz descanso de Acción de Dar Gracias

Las escuelas y oficinas del Dallas ISD estarán cerradas a partir del lunes, 20 de noviembre, hasta el viernes, 24 de noviembre, debido a la semana de Acción de Gracias. Les deseamos una feliz semana y que tengan un descanso seguro y relajador. Los vemos de regreso el lunes, 27 de noviembre.


Join Dallas ISD for the largest school fair in the city

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 9 for the largest school fair in the city – Discover Dallas ISD!

Representatives from every campus across the district will be on hand to answer questions about enrollment, admission requirements, extracurricular activities and much more.  With four convenient locations across the city, parents and students will have the opportunity to discover the right school for their child.  For times and locations, visit www.dallasisd.org/discoverdallasisd.


Have a happy Thanksgiving Break!

All Dallas ISD schools and offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 20, through Friday, Nov. 24. We hope you have a safe, relaxing and happy break and will see you back on Monday, Nov. 27.


This Week in Dallas ISD: Nov. 17 edition

Thanksgiving break is almost here! Reward yourself by catching up on this week’s great Dallas ISD news. Watch this video, or read below, and have a great break!

Free meals over Thanksgiving

Twelve Dallas ISD schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to all students 18 and under from Monday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 22 (see the schools).

Scholarships for seniors

Thanksgiving break is a perfect time for seniors to apply to some available college scholarships(see available scholarships).

Check this out

A total of 359 students from 28 middle schools and 22 high schools participated in the Dallas ISD Secondary Chess Tournament (watch this).

Outstanding East Dallas teachers

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recognized Chris Evetts of Woodrow Wilson High School and Loretta Smith of Gaston Middle School as its Teachers of the Year (read this).

Amazing Shake

The inaugural round of the Amazing Shake Competition saw 240 students showing off their firm hand shakes, eye contact, and back-and-forth communication skills (watch this).

United Way campaign

Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign has raised about $25,000 so far, which is a great start to a great cause (learn more)!

Student of the Week

Woodrow Wilson High School IB student Annabelle Furrh is hosting an art show to transform heartache into the fight against pancreatic cancer (learn more).

Teacher of the Week

Angel Sitiriche was a private lawyer and Army reservist in Puerto Rico when he was called to active duty after 9/11. Now he teaches fifth-grade language arts and social studies at John J. Pershing Elementary School, among other duties (read this).

Alumni of the Week

This former Justin F. Kimball High School mascot is now helping students with special needs here in Dallas ISD (read this).


Elrod’s Supermarket raises funds for Dallas ISD field trips for third year




An annual fundraiser, now in its third year, will help send more Dallas ISD students on field trips.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, Elrod’s Cost Plus Supermarket presented a check to the district for $14,573 for the Dallas ISD Field Trip Fund. The presentation took place at a special reception at Rosemont Primary School-Chris V. Semos Campus. Rosemont second-graders had recently enjoyed a trip to the Dallas Arboretum as a result of the grant program.

This year’s funding will support more than 2,800 students, 51 teachers and 23 Dallas ISD schools.

Rosemont Principal Rachel Moon praised Elrod’s for its commitment to support students, and thanked them on behalf of all the schools benefiting from the funding. Two Rosemont teachers spoke about the importance of the field trips, and a few of their students talked about what they had learned.

Julia Johnson, director of marketing at Elrod’s / G.E. Foodland, initially approached the Dallas ISD Partnership Services team to create the Field Trip Fund so schools could send more students on local educational field trips. The Field Trip Fund finances transportation to and from the destinations, Customers at Elrod’s stores were able to contribute to the Field Trip Fund when they purchased their groceries in August.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be announced in May.


Elrod’s Supermarket raises funds for Dallas ISD field trips for third year




An annual fundraiser, now in its third year, will help send more Dallas ISD students on field trips.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, Elrod’s Cost Plus Supermarket presented a check to the district for $14,573 for the Dallas ISD Field Trip Fund. The presentation took place at a special reception at Rosemont Primary School-Chris V. Semos Campus. Rosemont second-graders had recently enjoyed a trip to the Dallas Arboretum as a result of the grant program.

This year’s funding will support more than 2,800 students, 51 teachers and 23 Dallas ISD schools.

Rosemont Principal Rachel Moon praised Elrod’s for its commitment to support students, and thanked them on behalf of all the schools benefiting from the funding. Two Rosemont teachers spoke about the importance of the field trips, and a few of their students talked about what they had learned.

Julia Johnson, director of marketing at Elrod’s / G.E. Foodland, initially approached the Dallas ISD Partnership Services team to create the Field Trip Fund so schools could send more students on local educational field trips. The Field Trip Fund finances transportation to and from the destinations, Customers at Elrod’s stores were able to contribute to the Field Trip Fund when they purchased their groceries in August.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be announced in May.


Teams from seven high schools learn the basics of commercial real estate







This year’s project in the CREW Careers: Building Opportunities® “Building a Community” program sent teams from seven Dallas ISD high schools back to school – an old school.

Now in its 13th year of partnership with Dallas ISD, the mock development competition focused on ways the students would redevelop the Dallas High School/Crozier Tech property in downtown Dallas near Pearl and Bryan streets. Teams from W.H. Adamson, Bryan Adams, Skyline, H. Grady Spruce, Sunset and W.T. White and Woodrow Wilson high schools created plans and presented them to judges.

Woodrow Wilson took first place in this year’s contest, with Bryan Adams coming in second.

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) members work with students and introduce high school-aged girls to career opportunities in commercial real estate, learn the basics of the business and have direct contact with some of the industry’s top women professionals.

The former Dallas High School building is being transformed into a mixed-use development with office and restaurant space.

“CREW enjoyed working with these bright young women, and look forward to seeing their success in the coming years,” said Holly Powers, CREW project leader.


Annual Irma P. Hall Festival inspires middle-school theatre students

More than 300 Dallas ISD middle school theatre students participated in the 2017 Irma P. Hall Festival on Nov. 4, hosted by the Dallas ISD Theatre Department.
During the festival, the students participated in four theatrical events: Costume Design, Monologue Performance, Improv Performance and Physical Acting Performance. The festival allowed students to showcase their artistry and express themselves through creation and performance.
The annual Irma P. Hall Festival is named after the legendary Dallas actress and former Dallas ISD educator. Irma Pamela Hall is best known for her work in “A Family Thing,” “Soul Food” and “The Lady Killers.” She continues to grace the big screen and the stage across the United States.
Hall took a break from her rehearsal schedule to make a special appearance at this year’s Irma P. Hall Festival. She inspired and encouraged the middle school theatre students to be the future theatrical students of our world. She praised their theatrical work and left the students feeling empowered.

Annual Irma P. Hall Festival inspires middle-school theatre students

More than 300 Dallas ISD middle school theatre students participated in the 2017 Irma P. Hall Festival on Nov. 4, hosted by the Dallas ISD Theatre Department.
During the festival, the students participated in four theatrical events: Costume Design, Monologue Performance, Improv Performance and Physical Acting Performance. The festival allowed students to showcase their artistry and express themselves through creation and performance.
The annual Irma P. Hall Festival is named after the legendary Dallas actress and former Dallas ISD educator. Irma Pamela Hall is best known for her work in “A Family Thing,” “Soul Food” and “The Lady Killers.” She continues to grace the big screen and the stage across the United States.
Hall took a break from her rehearsal schedule to make a special appearance at this year’s Irma P. Hall Festival. She inspired and encouraged the middle school theatre students to be the future theatrical students of our world. She praised their theatrical work and left the students feeling empowered.

United Way employee giving campaign raises $25,000 so far

Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign has raised about $25,000 so far, which is a great start to a great cause!

The campaign supports the many United Way programs that directly benefit district students and families. These programs include: after-school, scouting, early childhood, parent education, college and career readiness, homeless education, summer camps, mentoring, STEM, tutoring and many more programs. The goal this year is to raise $80,000.

Employees share why they support Dallas ISD’s United Way giving campaign

To learn how you can support the goal, contact your campus or department United Way coordinator, or visit the United Way webpage.


Becas disponibles para estudiantes de Dallas ISD

La semana de vacaciones del Día de Acción de Gracias es el momento perfecto para que los estudiantes de 12o grado se informen sobre las varias becas universitarias que están disponibles para ellos.

A continuación, pueden ver algunos detalles sobre alguna de las becas.

Teacher Quality Initiative

El Dallas ISD, Paul Quinn College y la Tom Joyner Foundation están colaborando en la Teacher Quality Initiative. Esta iniciativa ofrece becas que cubren el costo total de la matrícula, además de otras cuotas, a estudiantes graduados de Dallas ISD que se inscriban a tiempo completo en el programa de formación de maestros en Paul Quinn College.

El plazo de prioridad para presentar la solicitud cierra el 15 de diciembre y la fecha límite regular es el 15 de marzo. Haga clic aquí para ver respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes o visite la siguiente página http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/tqi/.

 

Dell Scholars Program

El programa Dell Scholars es una iniciativa de la Michael & Susan Dell Foundation que reconoce a estudiantes que han superado obstáculos significativos para seguir con sus estudios. El programa otorga 400 becas cada año.

Los estudiantes de Dallas ISD que participan en AVID, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, o un programa GEAR UP pueden revisar los detalles de esta beca en https://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/ y presentar su solicitud antes del 15 de enero de 2018.

https://www.dellscholars.org/

Joyce F. Burke Academic Excellence Scholarship

La beca Joyce F. Burke Academic Excellence otorgará dos becas de $1,500 cada una, dos becas de $1,000 cada una, y diez becas de $500 cada una, para ayudar a los estudiantes de preparatoria, que se enfrentan a adversidades y estén interesados en asistir a una universidad acreditada.

Ingresen a www.thebeltonfoundation.org o descarguen la solicitud aquí. Las solicitudes deben tener el sello postal fechado a más tardar el miércoles, 31 de enero de 2018.

http://www.thebeltonfoundation.org/ 

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Cada año, Princeton University patrocina un programa para estudiantes de preparatoria que estén interesados en mejorar las relaciones raciales en sus comunidades. Los ganadores recibirán un premio que consiste de $1,000 y un viaje con todos los gastos pagados a Princeton University para asistir al Princeton Prize Symposium on Race.

Animo a todo estudiante que actualmente esté inscrito en el 9o-12o grado, y que en los últimos 12 meses ha estado involucrado de manera activa en una causa que ha tenido un efecto positivo en las relaciones raciales en su escuela o comunidad, a que presente su solicitud para el 31 de enero de 2018. Para más información, vean el folleto del programa.

https://pprize.princeton.edu/

Dallas County Promise

Para la generación de 2018 de escuelas participantes, Dallas County Promise cubre el costo de los cursos universitarios (matrícula) para hasta 60 horas de crédito en cualquier campus del Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas, junto a un tutor académico que los ayudará a navegar el proceso.

Ingresen a DallasCountyPromise.org para completar el documento Promise Pledge para el 31 de enero de 2018. Para más información y fechas límites adicionales vea el folleto. 

http://dallascountypromise.org/

State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program

La feria estatal de Texas otorga varias becas de $6,000 cada una a estudiantes de las siguientes escuelas del área de Fair Park: Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas y Woodrow Wilson High School.

Los detalles de la beca están disponibles en BigTex.com/scholarship y la fecha límite para presentar la solicitud es el 23 de febrero de 2018.

https://bigtex.com/about/scholarship/

Car Seat Safety Scholarship Program

La beca Car Seat Safety requiere una solicitud y un ensayo o un vídeo donde se conteste una de tres preguntas.

Los requisitos y la solicitud se encuentran en https://bestcarseathub.com/scholarship-program/. La fecha límite para presentar la solicitud es el 24 de junio de 2018.


Alimentos gratis durante semana de Acción de Gracias

El departamento de Food and Child Nutrition Services del Dallas ISD ofrecerá a estudiantes menores de 18 años (o hasta los 21 años de edad para estudiantes con necesidades especiales), alimentos gratis durante la semana de vacaciones de Acción de Gracias.

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

Entre el lunes, 20 de noviembre y el miércoles, 22, escuelas participantes servirán desayuno entre las 8 y 9 a.m. y comida entre las 11 a.m. y 12 p.m.

Aquí tiene la lista de las escuelas participantes, las cuales también puede encontrar visitando www.dallasisd.org/fcns.


These schools are offering free meals over Thanksgiving break

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services Department will offer students 18 years and under (or special needs students up to age 21), free meals during the Thanksgiving break, from Monday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov 22.

The program aims at providing students nutritious meals even during their vacation.

Here is a map showing the participating schools. 

These participating schools will be serving breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon.

You can also see the list of participating schools below, or visit www.dallasisd.org/fcns.


Available college scholarships for Dallas ISD seniors

The upcoming Thanksgiving break is an ideal time for high school seniors to apply to some of the many college scholarships available to them.

Below is a rundown of some of the available college scholarships for Dallas ISD seniors.

Teacher Quality Initiative

Dallas ISD, Paul Quinn College and the Tom Joyner Foundation are collaborating in a Teacher Quality Initiative partnership.  This initiative covers full tuition and fees scholarships for Dallas ISD graduates enrolled full-time in the Paul Quinn College Teacher Education program.

The priority application deadline is Dec. 15 and the regular deadline is March 15. See this FAQ page for more information.

Dell Scholars Program

The Dell Scholars program, an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations. The program awards 400 scholarships annually.

Dallas ISD students who participate in AVID, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, or a GEAR UP program should review the Dell Scholars program details at https://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/ and apply before the January 15, 2018 deadline.

Joyce F. Burke Academic Excellence Scholarship

The Joyce F. Burke Academic Excellence Scholarship will award (2) two $1,500 scholarships, (2) two $1,000 scholarships & (10) ten $500 scholarships to assist high school students, with hardships, interested in attending an accredited four-year university.

Visit www.thebeltonfoundation.org or download the application here. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Each year, Princeton University sponsors an awards program for high school students committed to advancing the cause of race relations within their communities. Winners receive a prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Princeton University to attend the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race.

Any current 9th-12th grade student who in the past 12 months has been actively involved in a volunteer effort that has positively impacted race relations in his or her school or community is encouraged to apply by January 31, 2018. See this flyer for details.

Dallas County Promise

For class of 2018 high school graduates from participating schools, Dallas County Promise covers the cost of college classes (tuition) for up to 60 credit hours at any Dallas County Community College, along with a Success Coach.

Complete your Promise Pledge at DallasCountyPromise.org by January 31, 2018. See this flyer for more information and additional deadlines.

State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program

The State Fair of Texas awards multiple $6,000 scholarships to selected applicants from the following Fair Park-area high schools: Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas and Woodrow Wilson High Schools.

Application details are available at BigTex.com/scholarship and the deadline to apply is February 23, 2018.

Car Seat Safety Scholarship Program

The Car Seat Safety Scholarship requires an application and either an essay or a video answering one of three questions.

Eligibility requirements and the scholarship application can be found at https://bestcarseathub.com/scholarship-program/. The application deadline is June 24, 2018.


Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recognizes its Teachers of the Year

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recently honored its Teachers of the Year, including two from Dallas ISD: Loretta Smith from W.H. Gaston Middle School and Chris Evetts from Woodrow Wilson High School.

The Teachers of the Year were celebrated at a luncheon on Nov. 14. Here’s a little more information on these outstanding educators.

Chris Evetts

Chris Evetts

Chris Evetts receiving his Teacher of the Year Award

Seven Woodrow students nominated Chris Evetts for teacher of the year. As director of the Woodrow Wilson High School band, he has built the band program from about 10 students to more than 100 students.

The Woodrow band plays everything from football games and homecoming parades to nursing homes and the Rec Center to entertain Hurricane Harvey evacuees. Evetts also leads an annual fundraiser at the Granada Theatre to raise money for the band.

Loretta Smith

Trustee Dan Micciche and Loretta smith

Trustee Dan Micciche and Loretta Smith

Loretta Smith takes on a variety of tasks at W.H. Gaston Middle School. She participates in home visits with her students to address their needs; is a coach for Destination Imagination, UIL Academics and Pentathlon; leads professional development for the whole staff and serves as the campus TEI expert; and helped in implementing a restorative practices program at the school.

From her nomination: “Mrs. Smith can relate in ways many others can’t to our students, specifically the socioeconomically disadvantaged students, many of whom come from single parent or grandparent raised homes. She grew up with absent parents who ultimately gave up their legal rights as parents when she was three years old. Mrs. Smith is able to reach students who struggle the most to understand.”


Woodrow IB student’s art show to honor grandparents and help fight cancer

Annabelle Furrh, a senior in Woodrow Wilson High School’s International Baccalaureate program, has lost both of her grandparents to pancreatic cancer within the past three years.

As part of the IB program, Furrh needed to do a Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) Project. Furrh wanted her project to honor her art-loving grandparents, and she came up with the prefect idea: host an art show that will raise money for the Lustgarten Foundation, which is working toward a cure for pancreatic cancer.

“This seemed like a good way to honor my grandparents, who led amazing lives,” Furrh said.

Furrh’s art show, called ArtBOOM!, will be Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 5­–­8 p.m. at the Filter Building, 2810 White Rock Road. Professional artists and student artists have donated a variety of works to sell at the art show to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation.

“There will be some great artwork for sale, from sculpture and paintings to drawings,” Furrh said.

The Lakewood Advocate has a great in-depth story about Furrh and the art show. Read it here.


Estudiantes de Dallas ISD tienen oportunidad de estudiar gratis en DCCCD gracias al programa Dallas County Promise

Los estudiantes del grado 12 que asisten a la mayoría de las preparatorias tradicionales de Dallas ISD tienen la oportunidad de presentar su solicitud para asistir a cualquiera de los campus del Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas (DCCCD), sin tener que pagar la matrícula, gracias al programa Dallas County Promise.

Además, los alumnos tendrán la oportunidad de recibir becas para transferirse a las universidades UNT Dallas y SMU. En su primer año, el programa será ofrecido en 31 preparatorias del área y se tiene planeado expandirlo a otras escuelas con la ayuda de otras asociaciones.

Los estudiantes de dichas preparatorias de Dallas ISD, así como los que asisten a las preparatorias Kathlyn Gilliam Early College y Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College, pueden presentar su solicitud para el programa. Las becas las ofrece la DCCCD Foundation y cubren el costo total de la matrícula para hasta tres años de estudios o al cumplir los requisitos de un grado universitario en cualquier campus del DCCCD.

“El programa Dallas County Promise ofrece la gran oportunidad de aumentar el número de estudiantes que tienen acceso a la universidad”, dijo Michael Hinojosa, superintendente de Dallas ISD. “El costo de los estudios postsecundarios puede ser un factor determinante al momento de decidirse por seguir estudiando en la universidad. Este programa ayuda a eliminar ese obstáculo, y asegura que nuestros estudiantes estén más preparados para formar parte de una fuerza laboral educada y bien capacitada”.

Para participar y recibir este beneficio cada año, los estudiantes deben:

  • firmar un documento “Promise Pledge” para el 31 de enero de 2018
  • presentar solicitud de admisión a un campus del DCCCD para el 15 de marzo de 2018
  • inscribirse en un campus del DCCCD para el 31 de julio de 2018
  • mantener un promedio de por lo menos 2.0 y completar 18 créditos cada año académico

“Sabemos que el mayor obstáculo para la educación postsecundaria es el costo”, dijo el Dr. Joe May, rector del DCCCD. “Con el apoyo de nuestros colaboradores, crearemos vías más asequibles para los estudios universitarios, que también coincide con las necesidades de la fuerza laboral del norte de Texas. Es una oportunidad definitoria para los estudiantes, negocios y las comunidades que servimos que cambiará su vida”.

Los actuales colaboradores del programa incluyen a Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey and Company y Commit! Partnership.


Students prove they’re pawn stars at secondary chess tournament

A total of 359 students from 28 middle schools and 22 schools participated in the Dallas ISD Secondary Chess Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 4. Watch the video above to see some of the players in action.

TOP INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS

Grades 11-12
1. Antonio Eudable, Law
2. Christian Colbert, Gilliam
3. Jared Solorzano, Sunset

Grades 9-10
1. Dillon Quicksall, BTW
2. Mohammad Faroz, Conrad
3. Shriver Hansen, Woodrow Wilson

Grades 6-8
1. Yohualli Arreazola, DESA
2. Andrea Condormango, DESA
3. Lex Drake, Travis

TOP TEAMS

Grades 11-12
1. Adamson
2. Woodrow Wilson
3. Sunset

Grades 9-10
1. SBM
2. Conrad
3. Skyline

Grades 6-8
1. DESA
2. Travis
3. Longfellow


Dieciséis estudiantes compiten por un lugar en la final del 26o concurso de oratoria MLK Jr.

Dieciséis estudiantes avanzaron a la ronda de semifinales de la 26a competencia anual de oratoria Martin Luther King Jr patrocinada por la firma de abogados Gardere.

El martes, 5 de diciembre, a las 6 p.m., en el César Chávez Learning Center competirán los 16 estudiantes, que quedaron en primer lugar en las competiciones en su escuela, para decidir a los ocho finalistas.

Los estudiantes de las escuelas de Dallas ISD participantes escribieron sus propios discursos basándose en el tema de este año, ¿Cómo te gustaría que fuera el mundo? Los finalistas son seleccionados por su manera de escribir y presentar el discurso.

Los semifinalistas son (en ningún orden particular):

  • Alexandra M. Torres, Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary
  • Tijahanai Lane, John Neely Bryan Elementary
  • Wesley Stokes, Harry C. Withers Elementary
  • Kennedi Stone, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary
  • Jeremiah Wilson, Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary
  • Asad King, William Brown Miller Elementary
  • Víctor Delgado, Eladio Martinez Learning Center
  • Emerson Byrd, Thomas Tolbert Elementary
  • Kaliyah Logan, Frederick Douglass Elementary
  • Rhyanna Burks, Ronald E. McNair Elementary
  • Kevinyana Warren, Clara Oliver Elementary
  • Marna Al-Isawi, J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard
  • Joselyn Torres, Arcadia Park Elementary
  • Gabriela Vásquez, Urban Park Elementary
  • Brook Lucky, Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center
  • Skye Turner, Charles Rice Learning Center

Los primeros ocho semifinalistas avanzarán a la final que se realizará el viernes, 12 de enero, a las 11 a.m., en W.H. Adamson High School.

 


Competencia Amazing Shake ayuda a desarrollar habilidades sociales

Así fue como comenzó su conversación uno de los 350 estudiantes de Dallas ISD durante la primera ronda de la competencia Amazing Shake, que se llevó a cabo el 10 de noviembre en City Lab High School. El objetivo de dicha competencia es desarrollar habilidades sociales como el apretón de manos firme, el contacto visual, y la conversación recíproca. Más de 120 voluntarios de negocios de la ciudad de Dallas formaron parte como jueces.

Cada juez recibió una bolsa con cinco boletas donde calificaron el desempeño de cada estudiante. El lunes, 13 de noviembre, después de que se calcularon las boletas, se dieron a conocer los primeros cinco lugares de cada escuela que avanzarán a la siguiente ronda. En las siguientes rondas se incluirá la oratoria, debate y etiqueta sobre la mesa.

En el vídeo puede ver más información sobre este gran evento.


AlumNow: Former Kimball mascot learned to ‘seek the best no matter what’

Anyone who went to Justin F. Kimball High School in the ’90s might know Staci Johnson without realizing it.

Johnson was the “Mighty Knight,” the school mascot, while in high school. The Hub caught up with Johnson as part of the AlumNow series to see how she got from being the “Mighty Knight” to now helping Dallas ISD students with special needs.

What was your favorite subject/activity/involvement in high school?
School mascot; being the mascot was awesome. Being the mascot allowed to show my school pride at every given moment. I loved my school and supporting my peers when they did well. When I was in class, I was Staci, but when I put on that mascot uniform, I was the Mighty Knight!

Who was your favorite teacher?
Mrs. Sharon Toussaint, she taught math and she was a great teacher. In her class you were not going to fail. She worked with you until you got it. Until this day I am grateful to teachers like her. She inspired me to want to come back to Dallas ISD and be a part and do what I loved, which is seeing our youth advance in life.

What lesson did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years?
The lesson I learned while at Kimball was that we always seek the best no matter what. This has also helped me in my adulthood, no matter what comes my way in life, I know that I can reach my goals.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?
“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

What are your career or personal highlights/accomplishments since graduating from high school?
I have received: 2013 award “Teacher Assistant of the Year”; Perfect Attendance; 2017 award for Staff Member for the month of May; Licensed Minister at my local church; Gospel Comedian. And a mother to a beautiful daughter who is 8 years old.

If you are a Dallas ISD alum and would like to be considered for an AlumNow spotlight, please complete the questionnaire and submit along with a recent high-resolution headshot. We look forward to catching up with you and sharing your accomplishments.


Conrad and Seagoville win six-week learning challenge

Conrad and Seagoville high schools were named the Dallas grand prize winners of Khan Academy LearnStorm 2017, a free six-week learning challenge that kicked off the school year.

Nearly 1 million students and 20,000 teachers participated in the national challenge that helped students build skills and mindsets for a successful school year. Winning the Dallas challenge meant Conrad and Seagoville high schools each earned $5,000 to go toward technology or other needed school supplies.

“What we saw here at Conrad High School and Seagoville High School, two amazing Dallas ISD high schools, was that they really stood out in the crowd and went above and beyond in the learning challenge,” said Eric Lee, senior marketing manager with Khan Academy.


De soldado a profesor: maestro de Pershing Elementary School da el máximo por sus estudiantes

Ángel Sitiriche era abogado privado y reservista del ejército en Puerto Rico cuando se le llamó al servicio activo después del 11 de septiembre.

Estuvo a cargo del operativo multinacional de la división del norte de la policía iraquí y de oficiales de la policía militar, supervisando a 2,000 soldados. Durante su servicio recibió varias distinciones, incluyendo la Estrella de Bronce, el Premio por Servicio Humanitario, y la Medalla al Logro del ejército americano.

Después de regresar de Irak, decidió que quería ayudar en la comunidad y se convirtió en maestro de escuela pública. Los últimos 12 años, Sitiriche ha dado clases en John J. Pershing Elementary School. El mes pasado, se le reconoció por sus excelentes contribuciones a la educación ya que fue nombrado como Maestro del Año de la escuela.

“Ángel es un miembro valioso de nuestra familia aquí en Pershing, y se dedica desinteresadamente a mejorar la vida de los niños y las familias. Ayuda de diferentes maneras”, dijo Mary Ramos, subdirectora de Pershing Elementary School. “Su servicio a su país ha sido impecable y comparte su amplia experiencia con sus estudiantes. Los estudiantes lo admiran y lo ven como un ejemplo a seguir”.

Además de enseñar artes de lenguaje y ciencias sociales de quinto grado, Sitiriche ayuda en el plantel de las siguientes maneras:

  • es entrenador de fútbol de los estudiantes de quinto grado los fines de semana, dedicando su tiempo y dinero
  • se desempeña como entrenador de la First Lego League de STEM
  • es coordinador de libros de texto
  • es representante de su nivel de grado

“Estamos orgullosos de contar con Ángel y de seleccionarlo como maestro del año de nuestra escuela”, dijo Ramos. “Es un modelo a seguir y una inspiración para todos”.


Pigskin planning: See the schedule for upcoming football playoff games

The UIL bi-district high school football playoffs kick off this week.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming games:

  Bi – District Football Playoffs  
DAY DATE CLASS VISITOR HOME SITE TIME
Thursday 11/16 5A-D2 Kimball Woodrow Wilson Forester Field 7:30pm
Thursday 11/16 4A-D1 Carter Mineral Wells Farrington Field – Ft. Worth 7:00pm
Friday 11/17 5A-D1 Molina Spruce Pleasant Grove Stadium 7:30pm
Friday 11/17 4A-D2 Lincoln Melissa Tom Kimbrough Stadium – Plano 7:30pm
Friday 11/17 5A-D2 Seagoville South Oak Cliff John Kincaide Stadium 7:30pm
Saturday 11/18 5A-D1 Samuell Bryan Adams John Kincaide Stadium 1:00pm

 


Amazing Shake competition builds practical life skills (video)

“What do you love most about yourself?”

This was the conversation starter for one of the 350 Dallas ISD students who competed in the inaugural round of the Amazing Shake Competition at City Lab High School on Nov. 10. The competition focused on tie-breaking life skills such as a firm handshake, eye-contact, and back-and-forth communication. More than 120 volunteers from businesses throughout Dallas participated as judges.

Each judge received a bag with five ballots were used to score each student. On Monday, Nov. 13, after all ballots are tallied, the top five shakers from each campus will be announced to advance to the next round of the competition. Future rounds of the competition will include public speaking, table etiquette and debate.

The above video has more information on the great event.


Employees share why they support Dallas ISD’s United Way giving campaign

Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign is underway, and it’s a chance to support the many United Way programs that directly benefit district students and families.

Here are some thoughts from Dallas ISD employees on why they support the United Way employee giving campaign:

“I give to United Way because it has been such a big help to so many people. There have been children and teachers in my school who have received help from United Way.” — Alpher Garrett-Jones, principal of Charles Rice Learning Center

“I think the importance of giving to United Way is not measured by money or by a number, but it’s measured by the impact it has on somebody’s life.” — Raul Pena, executive director of Molina High School feeder pattern

“I feel like we are all connected together as a community and we do better as a whole if everybody is at their best. So, when somebody struggles, we all suffer, and it’s important to build everybody up and bring everybody together.” — Kristin Parr, GIS analyst

The Dallas ISD United Way employee giving campaign goal is $80,000. To learn how you can support the goal, contact your campus or department United Way coordinator, or visit the United Way webpage.


Hundreds of students participate in annual Veterans Day Parade

















The 2017 Greater Dallas Veterans Parade rolled through downtown Dallas on Friday, Nov. 10, honoring all men and women who served in the U.S. military but specifically honoring veterans of the Gulf War: Desert Shield & Desert Storm.

Veterans groups, organizations and businesses were represented, but as usual the largest contingent was composed of Dallas ISD students in JROTC, band, drill team/dance and cheerleading.

District high schools represented in one way or another included Skyline, Justin F. Kimball, W.W. Samuell, Emmett J. Conrad, South Oak Cliff, L.G. Pinkston, W.H. Adamson, Woodrow Wilson, Seagoville, North Dallas and James Madison.

Watch the slideshow above for a glimpse at the parade.


From soldier to teacher: Pershing instructor goes extra mile for students

Angel Sitiriche was a private lawyer and Army reservist in Puerto Rico when he was called to active duty after 9/11.

Angel Sitiriche

He was in charge of the multi-national division north operational for the Iraqi Police and Military Police Officers, overseeing 2,000 soldiers. During his service he received many commendations, including the Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service Award, and Army Achievement Medal.

Upon returning from Iraq, he decided to invest in the community and become a public school teacher. And for the past 12 years, Sitiriche has taught at John J. Pershing Elementary School. His outstanding contributions to education were recognized last month as he was named a Dallas ISD Campus Teacher of the Year.

“As a valued member of the Pershing family, Angel invests selflessly in the lives of the children and families that he serves. He contributes in so many ways,” Pershing Elementary Assistant Principal Mary Ramos said. “His service to his country has been impeccable and adds a varied experience that he shares with his students. His students see him as a role model and someone they admire.”

In addition teaching fifth-grade language arts and social studies, Sitiriche supports the campus in these ways:

  • Coaches soccer for the fifth-grade students on the weekend, donating his own money and time
  • Serving as a STEM First Lego League coach
  • Textbook coordinator
  • Grade level Chair

“We are proud to have Angel on our campus and to name him our Campus Teacher of the Year,” Ramos said. “He is a role model and inspiration to everyone here.”


This Week in Dallas ISD: Nov. 10 edition

Spend the next 65 seconds catching up on many of the great things that happened across the district this week! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

Free college tuition

Seniors at most of our comprehensive high schools can apply to receive free tuition at any Dallas County Community College District campus through the just announced Dallas County Promiseprogram (read this).

Transportation FAQ

Dallas County residents voted to dissolve Dallas County Schools, an outside agency that bussed students. Families should not notice any change during this transition, as bus routes and times will stay the same (learn more).

Education summits

Dallas ISD is holding education summits to get ideas from students, parents, staff and community members that could shape the long term future for Dallas ISD (learn more).

Robotics teams get boost

National STEM Day was this week, and Texas Instruments Foundation gave a $350,000 grant to support Dallas ISD robotics teams (read this).

Saluting our veterans

Dallas ISD recognizes and salutes our veteran employees who give the district the same devotion to service and duty they gave to our country (watch this).

They have a dream

Sixteen students have advanced to the sminfnal round of the 26th annual Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition (read this)

Huddling up with United Way

Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign is officially underway, and it’s a chance to support many United Way programs that directly benefit Dallas ISD students and families (learn more).


Solar students part of global effort to stack up against world record










Students at Dallas ISD’s Solar Preparatory Academy for Girls were part of a global effort on Thursday, Nov. 9, to have more than 635,000 people participate during the day in cup-stacking activities to break a Guinness World Record.

The “Stack Up!” challenge has been coordinated by the World Sport Stacking Association since 2006. Last year’s effort had more than 622,000 verified participants.

The sport of cup-stacking involves stacking cups in preset patterns, with competitors trying to beat their opponents’ times while also adding their own flair.

Solar Prep teacher Mayra Trillo guided the students through five cup-stacking stations, including a relay, two-person stacking and team-stacking of giant cups. The high-energy activities involved speed, accuracy, teamwork and – more often than not – grins and giggles.


Marsh Military Museum to mark fifth anniversary with rededication

The Marsh Military Museum will honor Veterans Day by being open to the public starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10. A rededication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. will mark the fifth anniversary of the museum, believed to be the first such facility at a public middle school.

The museum is located at T.C. Marsh Preparatory Academy at 3838 Crown Shore Drive. It features donated items by community members and includes memorabilia as far back as World War I. Guided tours are conducted by members of the award-winning Marsh Leadership Cadet Corp (LCC).

First dedicated on May 8, 2012, the Marsh Military Museum continues to be a source of pride for the LCC, the school and the community.


TI Foundation gives $350,000 grant to boost Dallas ISD robotics teams

Robotics teams in Dallas ISD will receive additional resources to foster interest and ability in STEM learning through the help of a $350,000 grant from Texas Instruments Foundation (TI Foundation).

Oswaldo Alvarenga, executive director of Dallas ISD’s STEM department says the gift will create more exposure for students specifically interested in learning more about robotics. The donation will also help fund various competitive robotics events for Dallas ISD schools to compete in during the 2017-2018 academic year.

“This grant will also ensure the expansion of robotic teams and opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular STEM activities in all of our schools.”

A Conrad High School robotics student assembles one of his robots, in preparation of an upcoming competition. Photo courtesy: TI Foundation and Dallas ISD

Since 2013, Steven Smith and Bart Basile, both engineers at Texas Instruments, have dedicated nearly 800 volunteer hours annually to work with students in competitive robotics at Emmett J. Conrad High School.

“Many of the students at Conrad enter the classroom lacking not only the skillsets necessary to succeed in STEM professions, but also lacking a model for what an adult with those skills looks like,” said Smith. “So for them, the Conrad robotics club often becomes more than just a place to build robots; it becomes a comfortable place to go most days after school, where they can be challenged intellectually in a fun and engaging way that also nurtures teamwork, comradery and confidence.”

Over the years, Basile has witnessed the transformation of students who were once freshmen with little or no experience in robotics, who are now STEM experts, studying science and engineering in college.

“The robotics program [at Conrad]gives its students an opportunity to achieve STEM success that many of them would never get otherwise,” said Basile.

This year, Dallas ISD has approximately 260 teams from 183 schools that participate in eight robotics competitions. Additionally, STEM interest has grown to include a Special Needs Robotics League, comprised of 10 schools, which has seen a 50-percent increase over last year, to compete in adaptive robotics.

“This investment in Dallas ISD has the potential to pay powerful dividends in the lives of the students who participate in robotics competitions, which are proven to make an impact toward student interest and success in science and math subjects, including desire to pursue careers in STEM,” said Andy Smith, executive director of TI Foundation. “The grant funding from the TI Foundation will allow Dallas ISD to increase the reach of its robotics program and by adding more teams and student participants, in particular those who are traditionally under-represented in STEM studies, such as African-American, Hispanic and female students.”

That’s why robotics mentors like Smith and Basile are integral to the success of the grant’s implementation.

“Once students get involved in robotics, they all walk with their heads a bit higher, having contributed to the team. And on a personal note, I get a profound sense of accomplishment working with these students that my day job just can’t match,” said Basile.


Parents, students share ideas that could shape long-term future of Dallas ISD

A W.T. White High School student who wants to run a business with her older brother. A teacher interested in how technology can shape teaching and learning. A group of parents excited to brainstorm ideas on the future of Dallas ISD.

These were just a few of the stakeholders at Tuesday’s education summits who shared ideas that could help shape the long-term future for Dallas ISD learning, technology and facilities design.

Scott Layne

Deputy Superintendent of Operations Scott Layne tells stakeholders how their ideas could shape the long-term future of the district.

Dallas ISD is holding six of these education summits to kick off the strategic planning process. Parents, students, district staff, business leaders and community members are invited to the summits to share their innovative vision of the future. W.T. White High School and South Oak Cliff High School hosted the first two summits on Nov. 7, and the remaining sessions are:

6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
Emmett J. Conrad High School

6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
W.W. Samuell High School and Early College

6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14
James Madison High School

6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14
Justin F. Kimball High School
(*Free childcare and refreshments will be provided at each location.)

During the summits, citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about the learning, technology and facilities planning process and hear from a student panel, as well as talk about their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. In an effort to develop an actionable and measurable vision, Dallas ISD encourages all community members to join this effort.

Shannon Buerk of Engage to Learn

Shannon Buerk of engage2learn helps lead the discussion at W.T. White High School

Additionally, community members can provide feedback through an online survey now through Friday, Nov. 10 here. The survey will also be posted on the district and campus websites. The district is also hosting a series of focus groups representing various stakeholder groups in October and early November.

Information, feedback and input gathered at the summits, focus groups and from the survey will be used by a design team comprised of citizens and district staff who will create a community-focused strategic direction for technology and facilities. This strategic direction will include a set of community beliefs, call to action, goals, action steps and a learner profile. Additionally, it will allow Dallas ISD to measure student learning and serve as a guide for the district as it makes future decisions regarding instruction, technology, budgeting, staffing and facility planning.

As the district embarks on this process, all summits, documents and resources will be posted online at www.dallasisd.org/envisiondallasisd for community members to stay informed. The district will provide updates throughout this process.


Que significa para estudiantes del distrito la votación para disolver Dallas County Schools

El 7 de noviembre, los residentes del condado de Dallas votaron a favor de disolver Dallas County Schools, la agencia financiada por los contribuyentes que el Dallas ISD contrató para proporcionar el transporte escolar.

A continuación, pueden ver respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes sobre lo que sucederá en el futuro. 

¿Afectará esta situación la ruta escolar de mi hijo?

El Dallas ISD espera que las rutas y el horario del transporte no sufran cambios lo que resta del año escolar. Los mantendremos informados de cualquier cambio.

¿Qué podemos esperar como resultado de esta decisión?

Los padres de estudiantes de Dallas ISD no verán cambios significativos durante este tiempo, ya que no cambiarán las rutas escolares ni el horario.

¿Administrará el Dallas ISD su propio sistema de transporte escolar?

El Dallas ISD se encuentra en el proceso de finalizar un plan general sobre cómo poder proporcionar el mejor transporte escolar a los estudiantes. El distrito está estudiando las siguientes alternativas:

  • administrar su propio sistema de transporte escolar
  • contratar a un proveedor externo para hacerse cargo del transporte escolar
  • utilizar una combinación de las dos opciones anteriores

¿Habrá un cambió de conductor en la ruta escolar de mi hijo?

El distrito espera que los conductores sigan operando las mismas rutas este año escolar. El Dallas ISD valora a los conductores que están comprometidos a ofrecer un servicio de transporte escolar seguro a nuestros estudiantes.

¿Cuáles son las posibles ventajas de que el Dallas ISD administre su propio transporte escolar?

El distrito tendría más control y flexibilidad sobre las rutas escolares y el sistema de transporte en general, así como de sus obligaciones.

¿Podría haber posibles retos durante esta transición?

El Dallas ISD reconoce que se pueden presentar contratiempos al transportar cerca de 30,000 estudiantes diariamente, en más de 800 rutas escolares. El distrito se compromete a responder de manera oportuna a cualquier problema que surja con el sistema de transporte. Como siempre, la seguridad de los estudiantes es nuestra prioridad.

¿Adónde puedo comunicarme si tengo más preguntas?

Se puede comunicar al centro de llamadas de Dallas ISD al 972-925-5800. Contamos con representantes que estarán listos para contestar su llamada y responder cualquier pregunta referente al transporte escolar.


What vote to dissolve Dallas County Schools means for district students

Dallas County residents voted Nov. 7 to dissolve Dallas County Schools, the taxpayer-funded agency that Dallas ISD contracted with to bus students.

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about what happens next. 

Will this impact my child’s bus route?

Dallas ISD anticipates that the bus routes and times will stay the same throughout the rest of the school year. We will continue to keep our families informed about any potential changes.

What happens next?

Dallas ISD families should not notice any major changes during this time, since the bus routes and schedules are expected to stay the same.

Will Dallas ISD start managing its own transportation?

Dallas ISD is in the process of finalizing a comprehensive plan on how to best provide transportation for students. The plan explores these options going forward:

  • Dallas ISD manages its own transportation system
  • Dallas ISD contracts with an outside provider for transportation
  • Dallas ISD uses a hybrid of the above two options

Will my child have the same bus driver?

Dallas ISD anticipates the bus drivers will continue serving the same routes this school year. Dallas ISD values the bus drivers who are committed to safely transporting our students.

What are the possible benefits of Dallas ISD managing its own transportation?

The district would have more control, adaptability and accountability over the bus routes and transportation system.

Could there be any challenges during this transition?

Dallas ISD recognizes the potential challenges of transporting nearly 30,000 students every day on more than 800 bus routes. The district is committed to proactively addressing any transportation-related issues that may arise. As always, student safety remains the top priority.

What if I have other questions?

Please contact the Dallas ISD call center at 972-925-5555. A customer service representative will be standing by and ready to assist with any transportation-related questions.


Comstock Middle School inspiring tomorrow’s high-tech workforce

Dallas ISD’s E.B. Comstock Middle School is among 80 schools using a curriculum provided by nonprofit Project Lead the Way to ignite interest in STEM careers.

Jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are among the most high-demand and highest-paying jobs. Encouraging today’s students to pursue such careers to build a high-tech workforce could lure companies such as Amazon, which is looking for a place to build a second headquarters.

Classes like the one at Comstock are planting the seeds.

“Every time I pick up a material and I’m putting things together, it makes me feel like a real engineer,” said Comstock eighth-grader D’Karya Jones.

Watch a report from CBS 11 that shows the students building dollhouses out of cardboard. The assignment includes making iall the appliances and furniture, and figuring out the best way to power them with wind and solar energy.

“This is not a textbook class,” said STEM teacher Pamela Gantt-Lee. “It’s flight in space, creating apps, automation and robotics. Amazon runs off automation and robotics.”


Dallas ISD huddles up with United Way; $80K is the goal

When marching bands, drum lines and cheerleaders come out, you know something special is about to pop off, which was the case this morning at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas headquarters as Dallas ISD staff gathered to kick off its employee giving campaign.

The goal this year is $80,000, which goes to support the many United Way programs that directly benefit Dallas ISD students and families. These programs include: after-school, scouting, early childhood, parent education, college and career readiness, homeless education, summer camps, mentoring, STEM, tutoring and many more programs.

Go here to learn about Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign.


Sixteen students vie for spots in 26th Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

Sixteen students will advance to the semifinal round of the annual 26th annual Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition.

The 16 placed first at their campus contests and will compete to determine the eight finalists starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Cesar Chavez Learning Center.

Students at participating Dallas ISD schools wrote their own speeches based on this year’s theme, “What is your dream for today’s world?” Their speeches are judged on their writing and delivery.

The semifinalists are (in no particular order):

  • Alexandra M. Torres, Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary
  • Tijahanai Lane, John Neely Bryan Elementary
  • Wesley Stokes, Harry C. Withers Elementary
  • Kennedi Stone, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary
  • Jeremiah Wilson, Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary
  • Asad King, William Brown Miller Elementary
  • Victor Delgado, Eladio Martinez Learning Center
  • Emerson Byrd, Thomas Tolbert Elementary
  • Kaliyah Logan, Frederick Douglass Elementary
  • Rhyanna Burks, Ronald E. McNair Elementary
  • Kevinyana Warren, Clara Oliver Elementary
  • Marna Al-Isawi, J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard
  • Joselyn Torres, Arcadia Park Elementary
  • Gabriela Vasquez, Urban Park Elementary
  • Brook Lucky, Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center
  • Skye Turner, Charles Rice Learning Center

The top eight semifinalists will advance to the final competition, which is 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at W.H. Adamson High School.


Mock interviews have real impact on Conrad NAF Academy students

Students at the five NAF Academies at Emmett J. Conrad High School are serious about securing paid internships this summer.

In fact, these Conrad students from NAF Academies of Hospitality & Tourism, Health Sciences, Engineering, IT, and Finance are so serious that they participated in mock interviews Nov. 7 with 38 businesses and organizations across the DFW Metroplex. These businesses included well known insurance companies, financial institutions, hotels, healthcare facilities and retail establishments.

NAF graduation ceremony honored more than 400 seniors

Participating companies included Liberty Mutual, Marriott International, Pegasus Bank, NexBank, IBC, Capital One, Children’s Health, AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Services),  and Men’s Warehouse. There were also several retired business professionals, non-profits and small business owners who were on deck to hone the interviewing skills of the students.


Dallas Arboretum partnership brings real-world science to schools

For 12 years, the Dallas Arboretum has partnered with Dallas ISD in an after-school grant funded program, supported by United Way and other generous donors, that provides after school enrichment in the areas of life and earth science.

S.S. Conner, Edwin Kiest, Ignacio Zaragoza and Highland Meadows elementary schools currently participate in the program.  STEM First, for third-graders, and STEM in Action, for fifth-graders, provide participating schools with two nine-week units integrating real-world issues as they relate to the science content.

In the fifth-grade unit, students take an active role in investigations that are centered on a hydroponic tower. They discover how a plant is an important part of food chains/webs and how living organisms depend on plants.  They examine plant structures and functions that are necessary to support healthy plant growth.

Through soil, water, and photosynthesis experiments, students are able to explain how plants survive in their environment. They explore pollination and its role in the plant life cycle. Students engineer and build their own community with the knowledge they gain.

In the third-grade unit, students investigate the composition of soils, how they are formed, and its importance to plant and animal life. They observe the characteristics of environments and how they support life. Students discover the structures and functions of plants, examine the insect life cycle and investigate the interdependence between flowering plants and insects.

Along with the program, teachers can submit for a $1,000 stipend each year to support a school project that focuses on sustainability. Last year, Kiest Elementary used the funds to have students build a greenhouse for their campus, while Highland Meadows used their funds to purchase supplies to expand their current garden beds, replant fruits, vegetables and flowers, and install a compost bin.

In the spring, the students take a field trip to the Dallas Arboretum, including the eight-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden that was built to teach nature and science in a hands-on way to help students improve their science knowledge.

KERA recently profiled the partnership between Dallas ISD and the Dallas Arboretum. Go here to read that story. 


Dallas Arboretum partnership brings real-world science to schools

For 12 years, the Dallas Arboretum has partnered with Dallas ISD in an after-school grant funded program, supported by United Way and other generous donors, that provides after school enrichment in the areas of life and earth science.

S.S. Conner, Edwin Kiest, Ignacio Zaragoza and Highland Meadows elementary schools currently participate in the program.  STEM First, for third-graders, and STEM in Action, for fifth-graders, provide participating schools with two nine-week units integrating real-world issues as they relate to the science content.

In the fifth-grade unit, students take an active role in investigations that are centered on a hydroponic tower. They discover how a plant is an important part of food chains/webs and how living organisms depend on plants.  They examine plant structures and functions that are necessary to support healthy plant growth.

Through soil, water, and photosynthesis experiments, students are able to explain how plants survive in their environment. They explore pollination and its role in the plant life cycle. Students engineer and build their own community with the knowledge they gain.

In the third-grade unit, students investigate the composition of soils, how they are formed, and its importance to plant and animal life. They observe the characteristics of environments and how they support life. Students discover the structures and functions of plants, examine the insect life cycle and investigate the interdependence between flowering plants and insects.

Along with the program, teachers can submit for a $1,000 stipend each year to support a school project that focuses on sustainability. Last year, Kiest Elementary used the funds to have students build a greenhouse for their campus, while Highland Meadows used their funds to purchase supplies to expand their current garden beds, replant fruits, vegetables and flowers, and install a compost bin.

In the spring, the students take a field trip to the Dallas Arboretum, including the eight-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden that was built to teach nature and science in a hands-on way to help students improve their science knowledge.

KERA recently profiled the partnership between Dallas ISD and the Dallas Arboretum. Go here to read that story. 


Dallas County Promise offers free tuition to DCCCD colleges

Seniors who attend nearly all of Dallas ISD’s comprehensive high schools may apply to receive free tuition at any Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) college through the recently announced Dallas County Promise program.

With Dallas County Promise, students will receive free tuition at a DCCCD college and the opportunity to receive transfer scholarships to UNT Dallas and SMU. The first year begins with 31 area high schools and is planned to expand to other schools with the help of additional partnerships.

Graduating seniors at nearly every comprehensive high school in Dallas ISD, as well as those attending Kathlyn Gilliam  and Trinidad “Trini” Garza early college high schools, are eligible to apply for Dallas County Promise. The scholarships are offered by the DCCCD Foundation and pay the full cost of tuition for up to three years or degree completion at any DCCCD college.

“The Dallas County Promise program is a great opportunity that will provide college access to more students,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “The cost of college can be a deciding factor in whether or not students attend college. This program helps to remove that barrier and ensures that our students are even more prepared to join the ranks of an educated, well-trained workforce.”

To participate and receive tuition benefits each year, graduating seniors at the participating schools must:

  • Sign a “Promise Pledge” no later than Jan. 31, 2018
  • Apply for admission to a DCCCD college of their choice by March 15, 2018
  • Enroll and register at a DCCCD college by July 31, 2018
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and complete 18 credit hours each acadmic year

“We know that the greatest barrier to college completion is cost,” said Dr. Joe May, DCCCD chancellor. “With the support of our partners, we will create more affordable pathways to college completion, which also will align with the needs of the North Texas workforce. It’s a game-changer for students, businesses and the communities we serve that will transform lives.”

Current partners for the program include Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey and Company and the Commit! Partnership.


Dallas County Promise offers free tuition to DCCCD colleges

Seniors who attend nearly all of Dallas ISD’s comprehensive high schools may apply to receive free tuition at any Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) college through the recently announced Dallas County Promise program.

With Dallas County Promise, students will receive free tuition at a DCCCD college and the opportunity to receive transfer scholarships to UNT Dallas and SMU. The first year begins with 31 area high schools and is planned to expand to other schools with the help of additional partnerships.

Graduating seniors at nearly every comprehensive high school in Dallas ISD, as well as those attending Kathlyn Gilliam  and Trinidad “Trini” Garza early college high schools, are eligible to apply for Dallas County Promise. The scholarships are offered by the DCCCD Foundation and pay the full cost of tuition for up to three years or degree completion at any DCCCD college.

“The Dallas County Promise program is a great opportunity that will provide college access to more students,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “The cost of college can be a deciding factor in whether or not students attend college. This program helps to remove that barrier and ensures that our students are even more prepared to join the ranks of an educated, well-trained workforce.”

To participate and receive tuition benefits each year, graduating seniors at the participating schools must:

  • Sign a “Promise Pledge” no later than Jan. 31, 2018
  • Apply for admission to a DCCCD college of their choice by March 15, 2018
  • Enroll and register at a DCCCD college by July 31, 2018
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and complete 18 credit hours each acadmic year

“We know that the greatest barrier to college completion is cost,” said Dr. Joe May, DCCCD chancellor. “With the support of our partners, we will create more affordable pathways to college completion, which also will align with the needs of the North Texas workforce. It’s a game-changer for students, businesses and the communities we serve that will transform lives.”

Current partners for the program include Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey and Company and the Commit! Partnership.


This Week in Dallas ISD: Nov. 3 edition

Spend the next 53 seconds catching up on many of the great things that happened across the district this week! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

STEM skills 

The Dallas Women’s Foundation annual luncheon inspired Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School students to make their mark in a STEM field (read this).

A new tech lab at John Ireland Elementary School will help students become the next generation of coders, engineers and designers (read this).

Excellent extracurriculars

The Tech Olympics saw Technical Theatre program students competing and collaborating together at Richland College (watch this).

Five high school marching bands received first divisions at two UIL Marching Contests (learn more).

The Dallas ISD Elementary Chess Tournament had 634 participating students from 78 elementary schools (watch this).

Super staff and students

Skyline High School football coach Derick Roberson is the winner of the Week 8 Dallas Cowboys Whataburger Coach of the Week award (read this).

Students and staff at John F. Peeler Elementary who donated $1 toward a good cause taped the school counselor to the wall (watch the video).

The annual United Way Employee Giving Campaign kicked off this week, and staff are already chipping in to meet the campaign goal of $80,000 (learn more).

Conrad High School students made this must-watch music video about the three black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the height of the race to reach space (watch the video).

Walnut Hill Elementary School celebrated its 100 years by installing an outdoor learning garden with some help from Real School Gardens and other partners (watch this).

Awesome alumni

The Hillcrest High School Alumni Association recognized the High School Distinguished Alumni Class of 2017 (learn more).

This Woodrow Wilson High School graduate is traveling the world and running his own web design agency (read this).

Circle your calendar

All stakeholders are invited to the four upcoming Dallas ISD Education Summits to share their innovative visions of the future for the district (learn more).

A networking event on Nov. 9 for minority and women owned businesses could lead to opportunities to participate in the district’s $1.6 billion bond program (learn more)


Students rule the boards at district Elementary Chess Tournament

The Dallas ISD Elementary Chess Tournament drew 634 students to compete on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The districtwide chess program has more than 1,450 elementary students enrolled.  See the tournament results below:

Third-grade Gold Medalists
• Reese Widhelm, Hexter
• Lucas Castillo, Macon
• Leo Russo, Hexter
• Daniel Kang, Hexter
• David Mejorado, Ireland
• Jung-hwa Tutt, Gonzalez
• Adrian Manzanares, Henderson
• Samuel Hardy, Withers
• Adryan Corral, Gonzalez
• Giorgio Fabris-Rich, Lakewood
• Juan Herrera, Gonzalez

 Third-grade Team Winners
• First: Gonzalez
• Second: Hexter
• Third: Chavez
• Fourth: Henderson
• Fifth (tie): Bryan and Solar Prep

Fourth-grade Gold Medalists
• Jose Calderon, Gonzalez
• Anisa Herrera, Dealey
• Noelia Hernandez, Blanton
• Joshua Jones, Hernandez
• Geovanny Martinez, Gonzalez
• Elena Bravo, Russell
• Jose Gasca, Kahn
• Daniel Dwyer, Dealey
• Edward Messerschmitt, Lakewood
• Jonathan Ramirez, Blanton 

Fourth-grade Team Winners
• First: Blanton
• Second: Dealey
• Third: Gonzalez
• Fourth: Kahn
• Fifth (tie): Cuellar and DeZavala

Fifth-Grade Gold Medalists
• Christopher Williams, Hollant at Lisbon
• Jeremiah Tutt, Gonzalez
• Alessandro Alcaraz, Titche
• Edwin Barrera, Anderson
• Daniel Escandon, Gonzalez
• Edgar Arevalo, Weiss
• Nataly Macias, Kahn
• Anthony Lopez, Kleberg
• Ryan Aguilar, Moreno
• Oscar Pettit, Travis
• Anthony Chavez, Cowart
• Joseph Macias, Stemmons
• Nathan Flores, Gonzalez

Fifth-grade Team Winners
• First: Gonzalez
• Second: Travis
• Third: Moreno
• Fourth: Kleberg
• Fifth: Kahn

 


Novedosa colaboración ayudará a proporcionar vivienda y apoyo a estudiantes sin hogar

Se calcula que cada noche, 100 estudiantes de Dallas ISD duermen en carros, campamentos, edificios abandonados o en bancas en los parques.

A estos estudiantes de preparatoria se les clasifica como “no acompañados”, lo que significa que no cuentan con padres, o un tutor legal, y no tienen un hogar.

Para responder a las necesidades de estos estudiantes vulnerables y otros jóvenes en la ciudad que se encuentran en la misma situación, el Dallas ISD se asoció con Promise House, CitySquare y Social Venture Partners de Dallas bajo el programa After8toEducate. La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD votó unánimemente a favor de esta iniciativa pionera. La antigua escuela Fannie C. Harris Elementary School, ubicada en el área de Fair Park, y que actualmente está desocupada, se rediseñará para convertirla en una instalación donde se proporcionará:

  • refugio para 35 estudiantes de preparatoria inscritos en Dallas ISD;
  • servicios de apoyo académico, emocional y social, incluyendo tutoría y capacitación laboral;
  • un centro de acogida abierto permanentemente para jóvenes de Dallas entre los 14 y 21 años de edad, donde se les ofrecerá alimentos, baños, ropa y servicio de lavandería.

After8toEducate surge de la visión del empresario y filántropo local Jorge Baldor, quien se asoció con Social Venture Partners de Dallas para desarrollar un plan para ayudar a la creciente población de jóvenes sin hogar que viven en el área. El programa ampliará los servicios que proporcionan Promise House y CitySquare, además del apoyo adicional de socios y la comunidad.

After8toEducate organizará un foro comunitario sin costo el 13 de noviembre para compartir más detalles sobre la colaboración y oportunidades que existen para el público, el sector empresarial, y otros interesados en apoyar la iniciativa. Puede ingresar a after8toeducate.com para ver más información sobre el evento y para registrarse.

Lo que opinan algunos líderes sobre el programa nuevo:

“En el Dallas ISD estamos orgullosos de ser el primer distrito escolar en el país en asociarse directamente con agencias que proporcionan refugio, educación, y otros servicios, además de un centro de acogida permanente. Poder ofrecer estos servicios bajo un mismo techo, junto a nuestros socios, mejorará la vida del cada vez mayor número de jóvenes sin hogar en nuestro distrito escolar”. — Dallas ISD, superintendente Michael Hinojosa

“Cada uno de nuestros colaboradores tiene experiencias sólidas que complementan nuestro plan para reducir el creciente número de jóvenes sin hogar en Dallas y colocarlos en el camino al éxito. Junto a Dallas ISD, Promise House, CitySquare y Social Venture Partners, proporcionaremos un ambiente de estabilidad y autosuficiencia para los estudiantes de preparatorias que necesitan de un techo en Dallas ISD y otros jóvenes en nuestra área”. — Hillary Evans, directora ejecutiva de After8toEducate

“Estamos trabajando para cambiar la vida de los jóvenes. Hoy tenemos una epidemia en nuestras manos en Dallas y si en verdad vamos a marcar una diferencia, tenemos que ir más allá de la discusión y actuar ahora para cambiar la vida de nuestros jóvenes. Con este programa, estamos tomando un enfoque empresarial, respaldados por socios que comparten el compromiso de ayudar a nuestros jóvenes y a la comunidad”. — Jorge Baldor, empresario y filántropo


Stepping up: Four high school marching bands get first division at contest

Four Dallas ISD high school marching bands received first divisions at a UIL Marching Contest at Kincaide Stadium on Oct. 19. One band received a first division at the UIL Marching Band contest held in Duncanville on Oct. 23.
These are the first division bands from the events:
  • Bryan Adams – Dolores Perkins, Steven Ramirez
  • Woodrow Wilson – Chris Evetts
  • Sunset – Rametria Smith, Darwin Lewis
  • Jefferson – Bob Romano, Brian Davis
  • W.T. White – Keith Everett, Stephen Salas
Woodrow, Sunset, Bryan Adams, and Jefferson high schools went on to compete in the 5A Area C UIL Marching Contest on Oct. 28 at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

Chef shares easy cooking tips at Wilmer-Hutchins High School

Chef Chip Reid, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, taught some cooking techniques this week (on Halloween) to students at Wilmer-Hutchins High School. The students learned how easy it is to cook, and had a great meal, too.


Se organiza evento para inspirar a estudiantes de Rangel a dejar su huella en STEM

Las estadísticas muestran que, aunque las mujeres conforman el 48 por ciento de la fuerza laboral de Estados Unidos, solo representan el 24 por ciento de los trabajadores en los campos de STEM.

Después de asistir al 32º almuerzo anual de la Dallas Women’s Foundation, que tenía como tema: “She Who Dares”, las estudiantes de Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School están listas para cambiar esta cifra.

Las estudiantes de la escuela, que forma parte de la Young Women’s Preparatory Network, estuvieron entre las 1,400 asistentes a quienes se les retó a que hicieran más para crear mayores oportunidades de liderazgo para las mujeres. El evento ofreció de todo, desde un video motivacional de tres mujeres que viven en la localidad hablando sobre sus carreras en STEM hasta tarjetas de colección que destacaban a 33 líderes notables en STEM.

La Dra. Hope Jahren, científica laureada, una de las 100 personas más influyentes según la revista TIME, escritora del exitoso libro “Lab Girl” y promotora de la igualdad de género en STEM, fue la oradora principal. El discurso se transmitió en vivo a escuelas en Texas y fue visto por más de 10,000 estudiantes.


Skyline football coach earns Coach of the Week award

Skyline High School football coach Derick Roberson is the winner of the Week 8 Dallas Cowboys Whataburger Coach of the Week award.

Winning the award means Roberson earned a $2,000 grant for the school’s football program.

Now in its 23rd year, the weekly Whataburger Coach of the Week award engages North Texas football fans in recognizing local high school football coaches who are making a positive impact on their teams, school and community through hard work and dedication to young athletes.

During the high school football season, two local coaches are nominated as finalists for the award based off of their school’s most recent match ups. Students, faculty, parents and football fans everywhere can then help Whataburger and the Dallas Cowboys select that week’s Coach of the Week winner through online voting hosted on DallasCowboys.com.


Distinguished Hillcrest alumni celebrated for accomplishments










From a real estate titan to the founder of one of the most successful scrap metal recycling businesses in the country, the Hillcrest High School Distinguished Alumni Class of 2017 is full of impressive graduates.

The Hillcrest High School Alumni Association recognized these distinguished graduates at its annual Platinum Panther Celebration on Oct. 18. About 200 people attended the celebration.

Here are the brief bios of the Distinguished Alumni Class:

Joan LaPrelle Eleazer, class of ’66
A graduate of the University of Texas, Joan is a Titan in the real estate profession. Joan is one of the top realtors in the country. Her commitment to her career, where she is joined by her husband and oldest daughter, is matched by her numerous contributions to the community and her passion to make a significant difference in the lives of others.

Neil Goldberg, class of ’72
After graduation from the University of Texas, Neil and his brother Kenny founded one of the most successful scrap metal recycling businesses in the country, the multimillion dollar Gold Metal Recycling. Neil has contributed his time and extensive financial support to multiple charities, foundations and organizations throughout Dallas County.

Mitchell Rasansky, class of ’55
A self-made man from the beginning with his hard work ethic and astute business judgement, Mitchell has been remarkably successful in his chosen field of real estate development. His business investments include property holdings and oil investments. Not content to pursue only business interests, Mitchell has served the City of Dallas as a member of the Dallas City Council. He has served on numerous other City Committees and Boards.

Merrily Thornton Sartain, class of ’60, and John Sartain, class of ’60 (posthumously)
Their classmates who honored them with their nomination wrote that they couldn’t nominate one without the other. They were true partners in life, committed to each other and to the City of Dallas. Former HHS sweethearts and alumni leaders in their class, they were married in1965. John was a stellar academic graduate from Hampden Sydney and SMU graduate school. He founded a successful and well known economics consulting firm. Merrily attended the University of Oklahoma and became a skilled real estate broker and top seller for many of the city’s real estate companies.

Steve Watson, Class of ’65
Steve is described by his classmates as best in family, faith, friendship, citizenship, business, charity with a positive outlook on life. After receiving his electrical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin, early on Steve recognized the significance of computer technology and importance of developing skills to lead and manage. These skills have served him well in his career, in his participation in numerous business associations and trade groups and in participation in his community. He is the managing partner at Stanton Chase Executive Search Firm.

Caryl Yontz, Class of ’57
Caryl is known as beyond generous in public service and in her desire to help others. After graduation from Texas Tech, Caryl began her career in public service in Washington, DC where she worked for Texas Senator, Ralph Yarborough. She was later a lobbyist for the American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees, and served as a fundraiser for many Democratic Presidential and Gubernatorial campaigns. President Clinton appointed her to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center. After she returned to her home state and settled in Austin, Caryl’s passion, commitment and concern for the less fortunate and less privileged lead to volunteer work with young people through education and fundraising. She founded the Advisory Council for Texas State Retirees.

2017 HHS Distinguished Service Award

Debbie and Kevin Sherrington

As parents of four Hillcrest graduates, Debbie and Kevin have worked tirelessly to make Hillcrest the school it is today. For over 20 years they have given their time, talent, energy and financial support to everything from PTSA to Baseball, from Panaders to the Senior Retreat. They have hosted countless prom dinners, provided bus transportation, served on Dallas ISD advisory boards and organized Homecoming parades along with many ballgames Kevin has announced. Hillcrest, Franklin and the feeder schools are better today because of their support, not only for their four children, but for all of the students who have attended Hillcrest.


Innovative partnership to bring housing, support for unsheltered students

Every night an estimated 100 Dallas ISD unsheltered (homeless) students have to sleep in cars, campgrounds, abandoned buildings, and park benches.

These are “unaccompanied” unsheltered high school students, meaning they are without parent or legal guardian and don’t have a home.

Dallas ISD is partnering with Promise House, CitySquare and Social Venture Partners Dallas under the program After8toEducate to bring a first-of-its-kind service to address the needs of these vulnerable students and other unsheltered city youth. The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to support this initiative by repurposing the now vacant Fannie C. Harris Elementary School near Fair Park into a facility that will provide:

  • Shelter for 35 Dallas ISD-enrolled high school students;
  • Support for academic, emotional, and social services, including tutoring and job training for these students;
  • A 24/7 drop-in center for Dallas youth between 14-21 years of age, providing meals, showers, clothing and laundry services.

After8toEducate was the vision of Dallas businessman and philanthropist Jorge Baldor, who collaborated with Social Venture Partners Dallas to develop a plan to address the growing population of area unsheltered youth. After8toEducate will be sustained through the expansion of services now provided by Promise House and CitySquare, with additional support provided by partners and the community.

After8toEducate will host a free community forum on Nov. 13 to share additional details about the collaboration and opportunities for the public, business community, and others interested to support the initiative. Visit after8toeducate.com for event details and registration information.

Here are some thoughts on the new program:

“Dallas ISD is proud to be the first school district in the nation to directly partner with agencies providing shelter, education, and other support services, in addition to a 24/7 drop-in facility. Offering these services under one roof, with our partners, will make a vast improvement in the lives of a growing number of unsheltered youth in our school district.” — Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa

“Each of our partners brings proven complementary strengths to our plan to reduce the growing number of unsheltered Dallas youth and setting them on a path for success. Together with Dallas ISD, Promise House, CitySquare, and Social Venture Partners, we will provide an environment of stability and self-sufficiency for homeless Dallas ISD high school students and other youth in our area.”— Hillary Evans, After8toEducate executive director

“We are working to change the trajectory of these young people’s lives. We have an epidemic on our hands in Dallas today, and if we are truly going to make a difference, we must move beyond discussion and act now to make a difference in the lives of unsheltered youth. With this program, we are taking an entrepreneurial approach backed by partners who share a commitment to unsheltered youth and to our community.” — Businessman and philanthropist Jorge Baldor


Dallas ISD invita a la comunidad a Reuniones Educativas

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas (Dallas ISD) está preparando un proceso de planificación estratégica para crear una visión innovadora para el aprendizaje, la tecnología y el diseño de instalaciones. Para iniciar dicho proceso, el Dallas ISD invita a la comunidad a asistir a una de las cuatro reuniones educativas que se ofrecerán.

Los padres, estudiantes, personal del distrito, líderes empresariales y la comunidad, tendrán la oportunidad de compartir su visión sobre el futuro del distrito. A continuación, puede ver cuándo y dónde se realizarán estas reuniones.*

Martes, 7 de noviembre, 6 a 8 p.m.
W.T. White High School

Martes, 7 de noviembre, 6 a 8 p.m.
South Oak Cliff High School

Jueves, 9 de noviembre, 6 a 8 p.m.
Emmett J. Conrad High School

Jueves, 9 de noviembre, 6 a 8 p.m.
W.W. Samuell High School and Early College

(*Cada reunión ofrecerá guardería y refrescos gratis.)

En las reuniones, la comunidad recibirá información más detallada sobre el proceso de planificación del aprendizaje, tecnología e instalaciones, y podrá escuchar a un panel de estudiantes. También, podrán expresar los sueños y aspiraciones que tienen para sus hijos. Para desarrollar una visión práctica y medible, el Dallas ISD invita a toda la comunidad a que sea parte de este esfuerzo.

La comunidad también podrá aportar sus comentarios a través de una encuesta que estará disponible en línea hasta el viernes, 10 de noviembre, haciendo clic aquí. Esta encuesta la podrá encontrar igualmente en las páginas web del distrito y de las escuelas. Además, en octubre y a principios de noviembre, el distrito estará organizando una serie de paneles de discusión donde se representarán a varios grupos de ciudadanos.

Un grupo de diseño, compuesto por miembros de la comunidad y personal del distrito, utilizará la información y las opiniones recabadas en las reuniones, paneles de discusión y la encuesta para crear una dirección estratégica para la tecnología y las instalaciones. Dicha dirección incluirá una serie de creencias de la comunidad, un llamamiento a la acción, metas, pasos a seguir y un perfil del estudiante. Asimismo, le permitirá al Dallas ISD medir el aprendizaje de los estudiantes y servirá como guía para el distrito en las futuras decisiones sobre la enseñanza, la tecnología, el presupuesto, la contratación de personal y el planeamiento de instalaciones.

Para que la comunidad se mantenga informada, el distrito publicará todas las conferencias, documentos y recursos en www.dallasisd.org/envisiondallasisd y proporcionará cualquier novedad durante el proceso.


Annual race goes a Long way to supporting middle school

The J.L. Long Middle School community recently ran for a great cause: a fundraiser sponsored by the school’s PTA.

The 21st Annual Long Run started and finished at the front lawn of Long Middle School. After the races, runners, student groups, parents, families and community members enjoyed food, refreshments, and entertainment.

The Long Run is an annual tradition for J.L. Long Middle School.

The money raised by the fun run will go toward fees associated with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program; Leadership Cadet Corps uniforms; instruments for band and orchestra; and much more.

Go here to learn more about the annual event.


Rangel students inspired to make their mark in STEM

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School students attended the Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 32nd Annual Luncheon centered on the theme: “She Who Dares.”

Dr. Hope Jahren with Young Women’s Preparatory Network’s Irma Rangel students

The students from Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, a member of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, were among the 1,400 attendees who were challenged to do more to create greater opportunities for women and girls to lead. The event included everything from an inspirational video of three local women talking about careers in STEM to trading cards featuring 33 remarkable leaders in STEM.

Dr. Hope Jahren—an award-winning scientist, one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People, best-selling author of Lab Girl and advocate for female equality in STEM—was the keynote speaker. The speech  was also streamed to more than 10,000 students at 20 schools throughout Texas.


Dallas ISD invites community to Education Summits

The Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) is launching a strategic planning process to create a strategic and innovative vision for Dallas ISD learning, technology, and facilities design. To launch this process, the district is hosting four education summits and encourages all stakeholders to attend one of the summits.

Parents, students, district staff, business leaders and community members will have an opportunity to share their innovative vision of the future. Dates, times and locations are listed below*.

6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7
W.T. White High School

6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7
South Oak Cliff High School

6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
Emmett J. Conrad High School

6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
W.W. Samuell High School and Early College
(*Free childcare and refreshments will be provided at each location.)

During the summits, citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about the learning, technology and facilities planning process and hear from a student panel, as well as talk about their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. In an effort to develop an actionable and measurable vision, Dallas ISD encourages all community members to join this effort.

Additionally, community members can provide feedback through an online survey now through Friday, Nov. 10 here. The survey will also be posted on the district and campus websites. The district is also hosting a series of focus groups representing various stakeholder groups in October and early November.

Information, feedback and input gathered at the summits, focus groups and from the survey will be used by a design team comprised of citizens and district staff who will create a community-focused strategic direction for technology and facilities. This strategic direction will include a set of community beliefs, call to action, goals, action steps and a learner profile. Additionally, it will allow Dallas ISD to measure student learning and serve as a guide for the district as it makes future decisions regarding instruction, technology, budgeting, staffing and facility planning.

As the district embarks on this process, all summits, documents and resources will be posted online at www.dallasisd.org/envisiondallasisd for community members to stay informed. The district will provide updates throughout this process.


Students encouraged to get creative for Oncor Mayor’s Race poster contest

Before thousands of feet hit the street for the Oncor Mayor’s Race 5K on Saturday, Dec. 9, students are encouraged to use their creative talents to design posters that show their school spirit and pride.

Entries are due on or before Friday, Nov. 10, and will be judged in three grade-level categories: elementary, middle and high school. Photos of entries may be uploaded via an online Poster Submission Form accessible to Dallas ISD employees.

Posters will receive points by meeting certain criteria: Five points each for including campus name, school mascot, principal’s name, executive director’s name; 10 points each for using relevant graphics, graphics originality, being correct dimensions (at least 22 inches by 28 inches) and featuring proper spelling and grammar; 15 points for overall attractiveness; and 25 points for creativity.

The Oncor Mayor’s Race 5K is the day before the BMW Dallas Marathon.


Walnut Hill Elementary celebrates 100 years with new outdoor learning garden (video)

Real School Gardens with Boston Consulting Group and Sprouts Grocery installed an outdoor learning garden to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Walnut Hill Elementary School.

Watch the above video to see how the garden came to be.


AlumNow: Woodrow grad travels the world and runs own web design agency

Woodrow Wilson grad Joe Allen runs Jumprope Web Design, a boutique web design and development agency.

When he isn’t busy coding, designing and managing clients, Allen loves to travel the world. He just returned from a year in Ecuador where he designed and developed a flash card application called Flash-Vue to help people learn a variety of subjects.

The Hub caught up with Allen, who also attended George Bannerman Dealey Montessori, as part of the ongoing AlumNow series.

What was your favorite subject/activity/involvement in high school?
I would have to say that Biology class my senior year was my favorite subject. The teacher was interesting, my classmates were hilarious and it was a nice break between Calculus and English Lit.

Who was your favorite teacher?
Coach Washington was always easy to talk to and, when things got serious, you knew he meant business.

What lesson did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years?
High school helped me understand and learn more about the importance of being nice to everyone. This has helped immensely as I have seen later in life that being decent and friendly to everyone is less stressful and much healthier than being rude and uncaring.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?
Challenge yourself as much as possible, but take adequate time to relax. Also, social media is not too important.

What is your top career or personal highlight/accomplishment since graduating from high school?
I have done a lot of traveling which I am very grateful for. Especially, everyone who I met and who helped me along the way. Recently while in Ecuador, I designed/developed a web application for studying. It is essentially a flash card application (which helped a lot learning Spanish). It can be found at https://flash-vue.com – I am proud of the work I put in and what I learned while building it.

If you are a Dallas ISD alum and would like to be considered for an AlumNow spotlight, please complete the questionnaire and submit along with a recent high-resolution headshot. We look forward to catching up with you and sharing your accomplishments.


Networking event to showcase opportunities in district’s $1.6 billion bond program

Dallas ISD’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise department (M/WBE) is spearheading a free contractor networking event from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at the Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center, 5151 Samuell Blvd. The “In the Mix” networker is being held to promote strategic partnerships between general and subcontractors that can lead to opportunities to participate in the district’s $1.6 billion bond program.

M/WBE Program Manager Wilton Munnings said the event is aimed at expanding the number of firms participating in the bond program. “Our goal is to recruit and retain competitive minority and women- owned companies to participate in the renovation and expansion of our community’s schools,” he said. “We’re looking for all sizes of general contractors and subcontractors. The categories of services we need for this work range from drywall, painting, and plumbing to HVAC, electrical and concrete work.”

Information shared at the event will include:

  • A list of upcoming bond program business opportunities
  • A presentation on the services of the district’s M/WBE program
  • A chance to meet and talk with the district’s Construction Services leadership and staff
  • Introductions to event partners and trade associations: the Regional Black Contractors Association, Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, National Association of Minority Contractors, the Asian American Contractors Association of Texas and DFW Minority Supplier Development Council
  • How to access bonding and surety support services provided by event partner SSP Consulting, L.C.

A flyer with details is available here. The networker is free and open to the contractor community. Pre-registration is requested via EventBrite at https://2017_network_mixer.eventbrite.com. Additional information is available from M/WBE Program Manager Wilton Munnings at wmunnings@dallasisd.org.


Technical Theatre Program students shine at event (video)

The Dallas ISD Visual and Performing Arts Department held the Tech Olympics on Sept. 30 at Richland College.

Every Dallas ISD high school with a Technical Theatre Program participated and competed in the event representing more than 100 students from nine different schools, giving them the chance to collaborate with students from across the district.  Seventy students participated in workshops given by Richland Theatre College Tech Director Jennifer Owen, including a college information session with Andy Long, the head of theatre.

Eighty students competed in Team Design Challenges; fifty-six students competed in Tech Tournament Challenges;  and 25 students from across all nine high schools were nominated for the Top Tech Student Award.  Three Students from the competition were selected as Top Tech Students, allowing them to return to Richland to take part of the Tech Process for one of their Mainstage Shows.

All students participated in a Tech Panel lead by Long, discussing Tech Theatre as a career with four Theatre Professionals.  Eight DFW Technical Theatre professionals acted as judges and mentors throughout the day, working with Dallas ISD students in various competition events. DallasI SD students had the opportunity to work with eight Richland College Theatre students, giving them the opportunity to ask questions about pursuing Technical Theatre after College.


Trick-or-treat safety tips

Let’s face it, with Halloween right around the corner many kids (and adults) get lost in the excitement of dressing up and going door-to-door for sweet treats. But, we want students, staff and community to remain safe while being out on Halloween.

This year, the Dallas ISD Police Department would like to share some simple safety tips to help our Dallas students and parents in making the most of their experience on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Trick-or-treat safety tips

  • Do not go trick or treating alone.
  • Never go inside a house.
  • Don’t eat candy that is not properly wrapped.
  • Always have fun!

New tech lab at Ireland Elementary will prepare the next generation of coders, engineers

The next generation of coders, engineers and designers at John Ireland Elementary School celebrated their new tech center that will help prepare them for a world of resources.

Heart of America, North Texas Ford Dealers, CBS EcoMedia, and district officials unveiled the new tech center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 27. The new tech center includes vibrant paint, new furniture, and inspirational décor. Students will be able to use a flat-panel TV and 25 Chromebooks in the collaborative learning space.

The new tech cab will help students become coders, engineers and designers.

“For more than 10 fruitful years, Dallas ISD has partnered with Heart of America in creating top-notch reading environments. And now this new library/tech center will merge cutting-edge technology with the magic found in the pages of a book,” said Tom Hayden of Dallas ISD’s Volunteer and Partnership Services. “We are forever grateful to CBS EcoMedia and the North Texas Ford Dealers for making this dream a reality for John Ireland Elementary.”

Heart of America, North Texas Ford Dealers, CBS EcoMedia and district officials unveiled the new tech center on Oct. 27

Ireland Elementary School is committed to empowering students to become global learners. Learn more about the school here.


Consejos para un Halloween seguro

Ya se aproxima Halloween y para ayudar a que sus hijos tengan una celebración divertida y segura, los oficiales del Departamento de Policía de Dallas ISD aconsejan que sus niños:

  • No salgan solos
  • No entren a ninguna casa
  • Siempre caminen en áreas bien alumbradas

Para más consejos, vea este video.


Trustees recognize mayors of Wilmer and Hutchins for their service


The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees at their Oct. 26 meeting recognized the mayors of Wilmer and Hutchins for their support of their citizens and Dallas ISD.

The proclamation of recognition for Wilmer Mayor Casey Burgess states:

Mayor Casey Burgess serves and leads the more than 4,000 residents of the City of Wilmer. Mayor Burgess supports the vision and mission of the Dallas Independent School District.  Due to Mayor Burgess and his team’s collaboration with the District, the children of Wilmer, Texas now have a new elementary school.  Please join me in thanking Mayor Casey Burgess for his unwavering support to the Dallas Independent School District.

And the proclamation of recognition for Hutchins Mayor Mario Vasquez states:

The Honorable Mario Vasquez, mayor of Hutchins, serves his constituents consisting of nearly 5,500 residents. As a fine example of Mayor Vasquez’s leadership and commitment to the Dallas Independent School District, he made it possible for the children of Hutchins to have a new elementary school.  Join me in thanking Mayor Mario Vasquez for his indisputable commitment to the students of the Dallas ISD.


Héroe se escribe así: T.O.Y.

La definición de un héroe es: alguien que es admirado por su valor, logros sobresalientes o cualidades nobles. Para celebrar a los héroes de Dallas ISD, más de 230 maestros estelares se reunieron en el Museo Frontiers of Flight para elogiarlos por su logro, dedicación y liderazgo en el salón.

Fue una celebración de los Maestros del Año (de los planteles escolares y cada uno de ellos estuvo increíblemente emocionado mientras los administradores y los representantes de la junta escolar de Dallas ISD los elogiaban por sus actos de valor diarios, moldeando y guiando a los estudiantes para que sean ciudadanos responsables preparados para forjar su propio camino.

Todos los años, cada escuela selecciona a un maestro que representa el trabajo de un campeón del salón de clases por su dedicación invariable hacia los estudiantes.  Haga click aquí para ver la lista de maestro del año completa. 

Cada uno de ellos es ahora elegible para ser considerado para obtener el título de Maestro del Año (T.O.Y.) del distrito, que se seleccionará en enero.


This Week! in Dallas ISD: Oct. 27 edition

Spend the next 67 seconds catching up on many of the great things that happened across the district this week! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

Hero is spelled T.O.Y.

The outstanding Campus Teachers of the Year were celebrated Wednesday night at a special event at the Frontiers of Flight Museum (see the teachers of the year).

Red Ribbon Week

Students dressed up throughout the week to recognize Red Ribbon Week, which brings attention to the dangers of drugs and alcohol (learn more).

AVID 

Sixty district directors from across the country visited two schools to see how their successful AVID programs prepare students for postsecondary opportunities (read this).

Rocking out

An outdoor music festival celebrating the arts in public schools brought the rock to four schools (watch this).

ESL classes

ESL classes for parents at Julius Dorsey Elementary School are translating into stronger success for students (read this).

Calendar feedback

Give us your feedback on the proposed academic calendars for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years (fill out the survey).

AlumNow

This Carter High School graduate is now an engineering financial analyst, and she credits her success to her high school physics teacher (read this).


Dallas ISD pide opinión en opciones para calendarios académicos para el 2018-2019 y 2019-2020

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas invita a empleados, padres, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad a dar su opinión sobre los calendarios académicos para los años escolares 2018-2019 y 2019-2020. Las opciones en ambos calendarios son virtualmente idénticas, en términos de la cantidad de días de escuela para estudiantes, descansos de días festivos y de vacaciones de otoño, cantidad de días de desarrollo profesional para maestros, etc…

Copias del calendario con algunos puntos destacados y una encuesta para recibir opiniones, están disponibles aquí, hasta el viernes, 10 de noviembre. La administración espera compartir los calendarios para aprobación de representantes de la junta escolar para la reunión de diciembre.


Hero is spelled T.O.Y.








A hero is defined as someone who is admired for courage, outstanding achievement or noble qualities. In celebration of its heroes, Dallas ISD gathered more than 230 stellar teachers at the Frontiers of Flight Museum to laude them for their achievement, dedication and leadership in the classroom.

It was a celebration of the Campus Teachers of the Year and each of them remained incredibly grounded while administrators and Dallas ISD trustees hailed them for their daily acts of courage, molding and guiding students into responsible citizens prepared to make their own way.

Every year, each campus selects its teacher who embodies the work of a classroom champion with an unwavering commitment to students.  Go here to see the full list of honorees. 

Each of them then are eligible to be considered for the districtwide title, which will be selected in January.


District invites feedback on proposed 2018-2019, 2019-2020 academic calendars

Employees, parents, students and community members are invited to provide feedback on proposed academic calendars for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. The features of the two calendars are virtually identical in terms of the number of student school days, holidays and winter breaks, teacher professional development days, etc.

Copies of the calendars, a brief list of highlights, and a survey to collect feedback on the proposed calendars are available here through Friday, Nov. 10. The administration expects to submit the calendars to trustees for consideration at the December board meeting.


Allen Elementary celebrates new Dallas Cowboys PLAY 60 Fitness Zone

Gabe P. Allen Elementary School has a great new Dallas Cowboys PLAY 60 Fitness Zone where students can enjoy the playground, kick the soccer ball, and get some exercise.

Allen Elementary held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 25 for its new Dallas Cowboys PLAY 60 Fitness Zone.

Representatives from the Dallas Cowboys, Briggs Equipment, which donated materials for the playground, and Allen Elementary students held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 25. Former Dallas Cowboy Rocket Ismail spoke with students at the ceremony about the importance of engaging in physical activity and making healthy choices.

As a bonus treat, Cowboys partner 7-Eleven was on site with their Slurpee Truck to provide students samples.


Comienza el proceso de propuestas 4.0 para las escuelas públicas de opción

La Oficina de Transformación e Innovación (OTI, por sus siglas en inglés) ha iniciado el proceso de propuesta 4.0 para las Escuelas Públicas de Opción.

Por medio de este proceso, los educadores tienen la oportunidad de ofrecer mejores opciones educativas y de alta calidad para los estudiantes de Dallas ISD, y así conseguir que logren su mayor potencial académico. El anterior proceso competitivo para las Escuelas Públicas de Opción (PSC) ha permitido crear diferentes estilos de escuelas, que incluyen aquellas que presentan un modelo de aprendizaje personalizado, una escuela de liderazgo además de escuelas con énfasis en las ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería, arte, y matemáticas (STEAM, por sus siglas en inglés).

Veintiséis escuelas presentaron su carta de intención a la OTI el 7 de septiembre. De ellas,19 presentaron su intención de convertirse en escuela de Transformación y Réplica, y 7 presentaron su solicitud para ser escuela de Innovación, ofrecer Programas de Opción Piloto y Programas de Rotación de Enriquecimiento.

Actualmente, las escuelas están participando en talleres de apoyo para la propuesta, que se enfocan en el proceso de diseño y desarrollo. Cada una de estas sesiones ha sido elaborada para proporcionar a los equipos apopo y orientación en el proceso de desarrollar y redactar sus propuestas. En los talleres se cubren los temas de participación de la familia y la comunidad, currículo, instrucción y evaluación, y desarrollo de escuelas y análisis de información. La fecha límite para presentar la propuesta final es el 19 de diciembre, y la participación en los talleres es un requisito.

Durante el mes de enero, las solicitudes se someterán a una revisión completa, que comienza con una ronda de revisión por escrito. Después, los equipos se entrevistarán con el Comité de Escuelas de Opción. La última fase es el Comité de Revisión del Superintendente.

El ciclo completo de propuestas 4.0 concluirá durante la segunda semana de febrero, cuando se notifique a las escuelas sobre su estado en el proceso de selección. Los planteles que sean seleccionados para ser escuelas de transformación empezarán su planificación para iniciar en agosto de 2019, mientras que las escuelas que sean seleccionadas como escuelas de innovación empezarán su planificación para comenzar en agosto de 2018.

Para más información sobre las escuelas públicas de opción, visite www.dallasisd.org/choice, envíe un correo electrónico a choice@dallasisd.org, o llame al 972-925–3306.


Nearly 4,000 Skyline students attend festival celebrating arts in public schools (video)

Skyline High School, Dallas ISD’s largest campus, hosted a High School Nation outdoor music festival this week.

The nationwide tour celebrates the arts in public school systems. Nearly 4,000 Skyline students attended the music and arts show, which was led by professionals in the industry. Participants had the opportunity to shadow experts and learn how a production comes together. For example, students got to take drum lessons; learned how to DJ; painted on canvas; designed their own hats; and learned to use green screen animation.

Others learned to dance from the winner of South Africa’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

High School Nation (HSN) tours are being held at a total of four Dallas ISD campuses this week: Seagoville, Skyline, David W. Carter, and W.T. White high schools. HSN will build a new studio for each of the selected campuses for a total value of $120,000.


Dallas ISD AVID program gets national attention

Sixty district directors from across the country visited two Dallas ISD schools to see their successful AVID programs in action.

AVID, which stands for Advancement via Individual Determination, is a global organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and postsecondary opportunities.

AVID program in action

National program directors visited the AVID programs at two Dallas ISD schools.

The directors visited Felix G. Botello Elementary School and A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School to see the students, unique instructional strategies and dedicated staff that help make the AVID program a success on their campuses. The AVID Center typically chooses at least two school districts each school year to expose District Directors to exemplar campuses nationwide.

Dallas ISD is celebrating its 15th year with AVID. Dallas ISD AVID Coordinators Ebony Palmer and Tamika Stevenson said they are proud the directors got to see the district’s great program in action.


Semana de Listón Rojo: celebración divertida para un asunto serio

Esta semana, los alumnos en el Dallas ISD estarán usando la camiseta de su equipo favorito o su piyama, y divirtiéndose con actividades que están planeadas para celebrar la Semana de Listón Rojo. El propósito de esta celebración es atraer la atención del público al grave problema del abuso del alcohol y las drogas entre nuestros jóvenes. Para educar a los estudiantes y a los padres sobre este tema, varias escuelas estarán organizando reuniones y presentaciones sobre los beneficios de vivir una vida libre de drogas y alcohol, y los peligros que puede causar el abuso.

La Semana de Listón Rojo fue creada en 1985 en respuesta al asesinato de Enrique Camarena, agente de la DEA, y ahora es famosa por los miles que portan listones rojos para crear conciencia sobre la muerte y daño que causa la venta y uso ilegal de las drogas.

Estén pendientes toda esta semana de la Nota Escolar para ver cobertura de la Semana de Listón Rojo.


Talking Stocks: TJ High School female students beef up on financial literacy

It’s a weekday morning at Thomas Jefferson High School, and 20 female high school students are discussing three stocks they’ve been tracking.

The discussions are part of a year-long financial literacy program provided by the nonprofit Rock the Street, Wall Street and Fidelity Investments. The program aims to empower female high school students to manage their money and learn to budget, negotiate their salary, and invest.

The students participated in four workshops and will take a field trip to Fidelity Investments offices in November. The students will also have opportunities for one-on-one mentoring and job shadowing next semester.

Kimberly Pardon, a first-generation American student, was one of the 20 students in the program. She said she gained practical knowledge from the program and is even sharing what she learns with her parents.

“I am teaching (my parents) how to spend their money better,” Pardon said.


Public School Choice 4.0 Proposal Process Underway

The Office of Transformation and Innovation (OTI) has kicked off the Public School Choice 4.0 Proposal Process.

Through this process, educators have the opportunity to create high-quality, best-fit options for Dallas ISD students to realize their full academic potential. The past Public School Choice competitive proposal processes have ushered in schools ranging from those that anchor teaching and learning under a Personalized Learning model to a Leadership school to schools driven by a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) framework.

Twenty-six interested applicants submitted Letters of Intent to OTI on Sept. 7.  Of those, 19 were submitted for Transformation and Replication Schools, and 7 were submitted for Innovation Schools, Choice Pilot Programs and Rotation Enrichment Programs.

All candidates are currently participating in Proposal Support Workshops, which focuses on the design and development process. Each of these sessions have been crafted to provide teams with support and guidance as they embark on developing and writing their proposals. Workshop topics include Family & Community Engagement, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, and School Design & Data Analysis. The deadline for submitting final proposals is Dec. 19, and participation in the workshops is a requirement.

During the month of January, applications will undergo the full review process, which begins with a Written Review Round. Teams will then have a face-to-face interview with the School Choice Committee. The final phase is the Superintendent’s Panel Review.

The full PSC 4.0 Proposal cycle will conclude during the 2nd week of February, when applicant teams are notified about their selection status. Selected Transformation Schools will then begin planning for an August 2019 launch, while selected Innovation Schools will begin planning for an August 2018 launch.

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


AlumNow: Physics teacher inspired Carter grad to become an engineer

Carter High School graduate Bridgette Bennett is now an engineer, and she credits her high school physics teacher for getting her to where she is today.

In addition to physics, Bennett treasured her time in JROTC, and she has some great advice for students today. The Hub checked in with Bennett as part of the ongoing AlumNow series.

What was your favorite subject/activity/involvement in high school?

Physics for a subject and JROTC for an activity. Those two opened so many doors for me after high school. Although, I gave the military a try at West Point, I ultimately decided to pursue an engineering degree as a civilian.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Mr. Louis Papadopoulos. He saw that I had a talent for something (physics) and spoke up. That’s literally the reason why I became an engineer.

What lesson did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years?

Be resourceful. My generation and those following simply does not have the luxury of slow-paced, dependent learning. Ask someone or look it up for yourself. Continual learning is worth the effort.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?

Endure (and enjoy) the 5-10 years that it takes to set yourself up for success. From about 15 to 25 years old, make that your focus so that you can have fewer worries throughout the other chapters of your life. Be resourceful. Ask questions. Make mistakes and don’t be afraid to admit it. Be prepared for opportunity when it finds you. Travel. Be kind. Get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated. Invest in yourself and don’t compare yourself to others.

Tell us about your career or personal highlights/accomplishments since graduating from high school.

After graduating from Carter, I tried my hand at a military academy but decided to pursue a bachelor at Rice University where I had an absolute blast. I did a couple of years of SAP consulting before deciding to attend graduate school in Europe. I’m back in Texas in a great career and life couldn’t be better.


İLa traducción de padres aprendiendo inglés es mejores estudiantes!

“Con lo que he aprendido en la clase, puedo ayudar más a mis hijos con sus tareas,” dijo Elia Lopez.

Lopez es una de 18 padres de familia de la escuela primaria Julius Dorsey, quienes asisten a clases de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL como se les conoce en inglés).

En colaboración con el colegio Eastfield del Dallas County Community College District, el programa gratuito les ayuda a los padres a adquirir la habilidad de manejar otro idioma, lo cual les ayudará a comunicarse mejor, los llevará a mejores oportunidades de empleo y les permitirá participar aún más en la educación de sus hijos.

“Mi tarea como su instructora es recordarme a mí misma la razón que tiene cada padre para querer aprender inglés, y encontrar una manera de ayudarlos a aprender el idioma de manera fácil e interactiva”, dijo Amber Herndon, maestra en Eastfield College.

Herndon también motiva a los padres a que utilicen la tecnología, y por esa razón, frecuentemente se comunica con ellos por medio de mensajes de texto.

“Muchos de los padres aprenden mejor visualmente, por eso trato de darles la oportunidad de usar la tecnología en diferentes formas para que eso les ayude a aprender inglés más fácilmente”, dijo Herndon. “Los padres escuchan archivos de audio y aprenden a buscar videos educativos en YouTube”.

Los administradores de Dorsey decidieron implementar el programa para ayudarles a los padres a poder participar más en la educación de sus hijos y para motivarlos a desarrollar su auto estima por medio de una educación de calidad.

“Aquí en Dorsey somos familia y queremos que los padres sepan que estamos aquí no solo para sus hijos”, dijo la consejera Cathy Gonzalez. “Les decimos a los padres que no hay límite en aprender y les recordamos qué como los primeros maestros de sus hijos que son, el poder comunicarse mejor con ellos los llevará a tener una mejor relación. Estamos muy agradecidos por el apoyo que nos brinda el colegio Eastfield porque nos facilita la oportunidad de proveerle recursos a nuestros padres para ayudarlos a prepararse mejor.

Las clases se llevan a cabo cada martes y jueves, durante el día escolar, para facilitarle el cuidado de niños a los padres. Mientras los estudiantes aprenden sus números, letras y otras cosas en clases, sus padres también aprenden lo mismo.

“A mis hijos se les hace algo divertido cuando estoy haciendo mis tareas del abecedario con ellos, pero me ayudan y me dicen que están contentos que estoy viniendo a la escuela con ellos”, dijo la madre de familia, Veronica Aguirre.

“El programa de ESL terminará en febrero. Para ese entonces, los padres tendrán un total de 60 horas de créditos, lo cual les permitirá poder inscribirse a clases de GED.


César Chávez Learning Center nurse loves the diversity of her job

From teaching about diseases and holding health screenings to helping get gum out of students’ hair, César Chávez Learning Center school nurse Heidi Frumkin does it all.

Frumkin says she loves the diversity of what she does for work every day.

“I also really love my coworkers, we pull together and help each other,” Frumkin said. “This really is a great place to work.”


Red Ribbon Week: a lighthearted observance, a serious issue

This week, students across Dallas ISD are sporting their favorite team jerseys, wearing their pajamas and having fun at activities planned to observe Red Ribbon Week. Behind this lighthearted celebration is the deadly serious issue of youth alcohol and drug abuse. To help educate students and parents, many schools are hosting assemblies and presentations about the benefits of living free of drugs and alcohol and the dangers of abuse.

Since 1985, Red Ribbon Week has focused public attention on these dangers. Created in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, Red Ribbon Week is now famous for the thousands who wear red ribbons to raise awareness of the death and destruction caused by the sale and use of illegal drugs.

Check back in all week for Red Ribbon Week-related coverage from the Hub.


ESL classes for parents translates into stronger success for students

It’s a weekday at Julius Dorsey Elementary School, and Elia Lopez, the mom of a Dallas ISD student, is doing some learning of her own.

Lopez is one of 18 parents of students at Dorsey Elementary who is attending English as Second Language classes (ESL) held at the campus every Tuesday and Thursday.

“With what I’ve been learning in class, I am now able to better help my children with their homework,” Lopez said.

In a partnership with Dallas County Community College District’s Eastfield College, the free program helps parents to acquire the language skills that will help them communicate better, leading them to better job opportunities and a higher engagement in their child’s education.

“My homework as their instructor is to remind myself of each of the parents’ reason to learn English, and find a way of helping them to learn the language in a simple but interactive way,” said Amber Herndon, a faculty member at Eastfield College.

Herndon also encourages parents to engage in technology by frequently communicating with them, in English, via text.

“A lot of the parents are visual learners, so I make it a point to provide them with hands-on digital opportunities to learn English, such as listening to electronic audio files or learning to search for educational videos in YouTube,” said Herndon.

The school decided to implement this program at the campus to help parents better relate to their children and their education, and also to encourage them to build their self esteem by improving their education.

“We are a family here at Dorsey, and we want parents to know that we are not just here to serve their children, but also them,” said counselor Cathy Gonzalez.” “We tell parents that there is no age limit to learn and remind them that as their children’s first teacher, they will make a greater impact on them by being able to communicate and understand them better. We are grateful for the support from Eastfield in providing the resources to help us empower Dorsey parents.”

The classes are held during the school day as a way of easing the child care burden on parents. While students are learning their numbers, letters, and other things in class, their parents are, too.

“My children find it a bit funny when I’m doing ABCs homework with them, but they help me and tell me they are happy that I’m coming to school with them, too,” said parent Veronica Aguirre.

The ESL program will end in February. Parents will have a total of 60 hours of college credit, making them eligible to then pursue a GED diploma.


This Week in Dallas ISD: Oct. 20 edition

Spend the next 62 seconds catching up on many of the great things that happened across the district this week! Watch this video, or read below, to learn more.

Flying high

William Hawley Atwell Law Academy students enjoyed an F-35 cockpit simulator and other activities at an Engineering Day presented by Lockheed Martin (watch this).

Crystal clear

Thanks to the Essilor Vision Foundation, several students at George H. W. Bush and Jerry R. Junkins elementary schools received eye exams and new glasses at no cost to them (watch this).

Power of poetry

A Dallas Poetry Slam workshop saw eighth-graders at L.V. Stockard Middle School become excited about the power of poetry (read this).

Outdoor learning

All elementary students at Harry Stone Montessori Academy got outside to learn thanks to a field trip to the Dallas Arboretum (read this).

Operation Comeback

As part of Operation Comeback, district staff called “no-show” students and their parents to help get them back to school (learn more).

Bitty Belles

Elementary students got the chance to learn some dance moves from the Bryan Adams Belles (watch the video)!


District schools receive banners touting their TEA distinctions

























Earlier this month, Dallas ISD schools that earned all possible academic distinctions from the Texas Education Agency were given banners to hang in their schools.

Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics. Depending on campus grade levels and type, the number of potential distinction designations can vary. Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for

• Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading;
• Academic Achievement in Mathematics;
•  Academic Achievement in Science;
• Academic Achievement in Social Studies;
• Top 25 Percent: Student Progress;
• Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and
• Postsecondary Readiness

The schools include:

• Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Center
• Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
• George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy
• Dallas Environmental Science Academy
• Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School
• W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy
• George H.W. Bush Elementary School
• Harry Stone Montessori Academy
• Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
• Lenore Kirk Hall Elementary School
• Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy
• Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary School
• Eladio Martinez Learning Center
• John J. Pershing Elementary School
• Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
• Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
• Arturo Salazar Elementary School
• Sam Houston Elementary School
• Alex W. Spence Talented and Gifted Academy
• J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard
• Leslie A. Stemmons Elementary School
• Thomas Tolbert Elementary School
• William B. Travis Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted
• Walnut Hill Elementary School
• W.T. White High School


Teachers-in-training get firsthand look at why they should work in Dallas ISD

The more than 130 clinical teachers in Dallas ISD toured multiple schools to see for themselves why they should work for the innovative school district

Clinical teachers are educators-in-training in Dallas ISD who are getting their teacher certifications from different programs. Clinical teachers go to a Dallas ISD school and work with a mentor teacher to get in-classroom experience.

“Our goal is for the high-quality clinical teachers to then become teachers in Dallas ISD,” said Jill Peeples, Dallas ISD coordinator of clinical teaching.

The clinical teachers visited Francisco “Pancho” Medrano Middle School, where they learned about social and emotional learning; L.G. Pinkston High School, where they observed Career and Technical Education classes and the collegiate academy program; and Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School, where they saw everything the school has to offer.

“Overall, we are trying to create this experience through these visits where the clinical teachers know about our district and feel a calling to work with our students,” Peeples said.


New garden grows at John Ireland Elementary thanks to volunteers











Employees from Hilton Worldwide and representatives from REAL School Gardens helped plant a new learning garden on Thursday, Oct. 19, at John Ireland Elementary School.

Principal Stephanie said many Ireland students live in the apartment complex next to the school. “They don’t have their own back yards,” she said. “This will mean a lot to them.”

The work on Thursday improves upon and renovates the seeds of an earlier garden – including one that draws monarch butterflies. New features will be raised flower and vegetable gardens, a covered outdoor classroom, a water feature, birdhouses and more.

Nonprofit organization REAL School Gardens helps schools with low-income students build and maintain learning gardens as well as provides accompanying curriculum.

Along with parent volunteers, students and staff members, the volunteers from Hilton did much of the heavy lifting for the new garden as part of the company’s Global Week of Service.


Se anuncian representantes de Teen School Board

Los representantes de Dallas ISD Teen School Board para el 2017 – 2018 fueron elegidos ayer, durante su reunión del mes de octubre.

Los representantes son:

  • Presidente Glenda Meyer, Moises Molina High School
  • Vice-Presidente, Lucky Lawhorn, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
  • Secretaria, Reagan Ruffin, Skyline High School
  • Servicios Comunitarios, Alexandra Brooks, Woodrow Wilson High School

Teen Board es un grupo estudiantil formado por los presidentes de las clases del onceavo y doceavo grado de cada preparatoria del distrito. Los estudiantes, quienes se reúnen cada mes, sirven como mediadores entre las escuelas y el superintendente y miembros de la junta escolar del distrito; los miembros de Teen Board comparten sus preocupaciones e ideas para mejorar servicios y programas estudiantiles en sus respectivas escuelas.

“Dallas Teen School Board les da a estudiantes de preparatoria la oportunidad de mejorar sus habilidades de liderazgo, mientras trabajan con administradores y miembros de la junta escolar del distrito”, dijo Jacki McFarland, directora de Districtwide Student Initiatives.

Miembros de Teen Board también tienen la oportunidad de participar en proyectos comunitarios juntos, y además, aprenden uno del otro sobre retos que impactan a las diversas comunidades del distrito.


Harry Stone students enjoy eye-opening trip to the Dallas Arboretum

Harry Stone Montessori students got acquainted with a moody oasis, powerful ocean, the earth from space, living plants, and a colorful pumpkin patch thanks to a field trip to the Dallas Arboretum.

All Harry Stone elementary students attended the field trip to the Dallas Arboretum.

All elementary students attended the field trip on Oct. 18, and Principal Niki Jones called it an eye-opening experience for students and teachers alike.

“I think it was life changing because the students expressed their desire to have more outdoor learning opportunities,” Jones said. “Our goal with both our school’s Montessori and International Baccalaureate programs are to develop global students that are prepared to engage in the world. This field trip that gave our students outstanding hands-on learning experiences is one way to help us meet this goal.“


Dallas ISD invita a la comunidad a Reuniones Educativas

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas (Dallas ISD) está preparando un proceso de planificación estratégica para crear una visión innovadora para el aprendizaje, la tecnología y el diseño de instalaciones. Para iniciar dicho proceso, el Dallas ISD invita a la comunidad a asistir a una de las cuatro reuniones educativas que se ofrecerán.

Los padres, estudiantes, personal del distrito, líderes empresariales y la comunidad, tendrán la oportunidad de compartir su visión sobre el futuro del distrito. A continuación, puede ver cuándo y dónde se realizarán estas reuniones.*

Martes, 7 de noviembre, 6 a 8 p.m.
W.T. White High School

Martes, 7 de noviembre, 6 a 8 p.m.
South Oak Cliff High School

Jueves, 9 de noviembre, 6 a 8 p.m.
Emmett J. Conrad High School

Jueves, 9 de noviembre, 6 a 8 p.m.
W.W. Samuell High School and Early College

(*Cada reunión ofrecerá guardería y refrescos gratis.)

En las reuniones, la comunidad recibirá información más detallada sobre el proceso de planificación del aprendizaje, tecnología e instalaciones, y podrá escuchar a un panel de estudiantes. También, podrán expresar los sueños y aspiraciones que tienen para sus hijos. Para desarrollar una visión práctica y medible, el Dallas ISD invita a toda la comunidad a que sea parte de este esfuerzo.

La comunidad también podrá aportar sus comentarios a través de una encuesta que estará disponible en línea hasta el viernes, 10 de noviembre, haciendo clic aquí. Esta encuesta la podrá encontrar igualmente en las páginas web del distrito y de las escuelas. Además, en octubre y a principios de noviembre, el distrito estará organizando una serie de paneles de discusión donde se representarán a varios grupos de ciudadanos.

Un grupo de diseño, compuesto por miembros de la comunidad y personal del distrito, utilizará la información y las opiniones recabadas en las reuniones, paneles de discusión y la encuesta para crear una dirección estratégica para la tecnología y las instalaciones. Dicha dirección incluirá una serie de creencias de la comunidad, un llamamiento a la acción, metas, pasos a seguir y un perfil del estudiante. Asimismo, le permitirá al Dallas ISD medir el aprendizaje de los estudiantes y servirá como guía para el distrito en las futuras decisiones sobre la enseñanza, la tecnología, el presupuesto, la contratación de personal y el planeamiento de instalaciones.

Para que la comunidad se mantenga informada, el distrito publicará todas las conferencias, documentos y recursos en www.dallasisd.org/envisiondallasisd y proporcionará cualquier novedad durante el proceso.


Octubre es el Mes Nacional de los Directores Escolares

Al igual que los maestros, los directores de las escuelas juegan un papel importante a la hora de sentar las bases para el éxito de los estudiantes.

Por esa razón, en octubre tenemos la oportunidad de agradecer a estos líderes que se esfuerzan por sacar adelante a sus escuelas.

El Dallas ISD invita a la comunidad, al personal escolar y a los estudiantes a compartir la imagen a continuación en las redes sociales. Incluyan el nombre del director por el que están agradecidos y usen los hashtags #DallasISD y #ThankAPrincipal.


Dallas ISD Teen School Board selects new officers

The 2017-2018 Dallas ISD Teen School Board officers were elected yesterday during the group’s October meeting.

The officers are:

  • President, Glenda Meyer, Moises Molina High School
  • Vice President, Lucky Lawhorn, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
  • Secretary, Reagan Ruffin, Skyline High School
  • Community Service Chairperson, Alexandra Brooks, Woodrow Wilson High School

The Teen Board is a student advisory group comprised of the presidents of each high school’s junior and senior classes. The students, who meet monthly, serve as mediators between schools and the district’s superintendent of schools and board of trustees. The students help address student concerns and share ideas for improving student services and programs at their respective schools.

“The Dallas Teen School Board provides high school students an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills while working with district administrators and board members concerning issues and topics from their respective schools,” said Jacki McFarland, the Dallas ISD Student Initiatives Director.

Teen Board members also have the opportunity of participating in community service projects together, as well as learning from each other about issues impacting communities throughout the district.


Atwell Law Academy students fly high at Engineering Day (video)

William Hawley Atwell Law Academy students were flying high at an Engineering Day presented by Lockheed Martin.

As part of the Engineering Day, students sat in an F-35 cockpit simulator, played a STEM game similar to Jeopardy, dug through old technology artifacts, and much more.

“We are here to promote STEM and get kids excited about engineering and technology and what we do here at Lockheed Martin,” said Demetria Hall of Lockheed Martin. “There is a shortage of engineers today, so we are investing here in Dallas ISD.”

Watch the above video to learn more.


Dallas Poetry Slam inspires students at Stockard Middle School

Students’ definition of poetry quickly went from “confusing and “difficult” to “exciting and inspiring” when Dallas Poetry Slam recently visited L.V. Stockard Middle School.

Dallas Poetry Slam facilitated a poetry workshop for all eighth-grade students at the school as part of their poetry unit. Two Dallas Poetry Slam facilatators engaged the students with their presentation of autobiographical poetry.

Students were given the opportunity to write and share their own “Where I’m From” poems. Eighth-grade teacher Kelissa Terrell spoke highly of the workshop.

“Students were able to use sensory language in order to create vivid imagery in their poems,” Terrell said.

The eighth-grade English team is planning a Poetry Slam later this month to provide all students a platform to share their poetry. Because of the students’ enthusiasm and participation, Dallas Poetry Slam has planned to return to L.V. Stockard to attend the Poetry Slam.

“We are hopeful this will help students to find a long-lasting love of poetry and self-expression,” Terrell said.


Dallas ISD invites community to Education Summits

The Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) is launching a strategic planning process to create a strategic and innovative vision for Dallas ISD learning, technology, and facilities design. To launch this process, the district is hosting four education summits and encourages all stakeholders to attend one of the summits.

Parents, students, district staff, business leaders and community members will have an opportunity to share their innovative vision of the future. Dates, times and locations are listed below.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7
W.T. White High School

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7
South Oak Cliff High School

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
Emmett J. Conrad High School

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
W.W. Samuell High School and Early College

During the summits, citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about the learning, technology and facilities planning process and hear from a student panel, as well as talk about their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. In an effort to develop an actionable and measurable vision, Dallas ISD encourages all community members to join this effort.

Additionally, community members can provide feedback through an online survey now through Friday, Nov. 10 here. The survey will also be posted on the district and campus websites. The district is also hosting a series of focus groups representing various stakeholder groups in October and early November.

Information, feedback and input gathered at the summits, focus groups and from the survey will be used by a design team comprised of citizens and district staff who will create a community-focused strategic direction for technology and facilities. This strategic direction will include a set of community beliefs, call to action, goals, action steps and a learner profile. Additionally, it will allow Dallas ISD to measure student learning and serve as a guide for the district as it makes future decisions regarding instruction, technology, budgeting, staffing and facility planning.

As the district embarks on this process, all summits, documents and resources will be posted online at www.dallasisd.org/envisiondallasisd for community members to stay informed. The district will provide updates throughout this process.


AlumNow: Townview graduate creates own film company to tell important stories

While he was in high school at the School of Business and Management at Townview, David Wayne did not imagine he would be in the movie business.

But despite hating writing papers in his younger days, he has gone on to write and produce a film called “Giants Do Fall.” The biblical-inspired movie tells the story of two foster brothers taken in by an abusive foster mother.

Wayne and the team at His Strength Productions hope the film will start productive conversations about child abuse. Watch the trailer for the film here, and read below as the Hub checks in with Wayne as part of the ongoing AlumNow series.

What was your favorite subject/activity/involvement in high school? 

As strange as this is going to sound, my favorite subject was geometry. I was very left brain. Being a writer became my passion actually the year after I left school. I had no idea that this was gonna be my career path. In school I hated writing papers, but I loved doing math.

Who was your favorite teacher? 

My geometry teacher. I can not remember his name right now. I just always remembered he would tell us the best time to study is when we were using the bathroom. His point being it’s the best time because you have no distractions from your life at that moment in time. I will never forget that.

What lesson did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years? 

I learned hard work and determination at Townview. Townview created leaders and champions. Me and all the friends that I made, we believed in ourselves and knew we were the best, and I can truly say Townnview played a large role in that.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today? 

I would say enjoy your time, High school only happens once. Bump your head, you are supposed to. Remember it is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it. In your heart, believe that you can do anything. That is what makes you a Champion, don’t measure yourself against anyone else. Be the best you that you can be. You are only competing with yourself to be better than the day before. Lastly, treat each other well. You don’t want someone to be a road block on your journey, so don’t be a roadblock on theirs.

If you are a Dallas ISD alum and would like to be considered for an AlumNow spotlight, please complete the questionnaire and submit along with a recent high-resolution headshot. We look forward to catching up with you and sharing your accomplishments.


Celebrate campus leaders during National Principals Month in October

Along with teachers, school principals play a vital role in laying the foundation for student success.

With that in mind, October is National Principals Month, and it’s a chance to thank these campus leaders who work so hard to make their schools successful.

Dallas ISD is encouraging community members, staff and students to share the below image and post it on social media. Include the name of the principal you are thankful for, and use the hashtags #DallasISD and #ThankAPrincipal.


Operation Comeback aims to find no-show students

Efforts are currently under way to find the students designated as “no-shows,” or students in Dallas ISD’s system who have yet to show up for classes this school year.

Dubbed “Operation Comeback,” the coordinated effort to find and return the students is in its seventh year. As part of Operation Comeback, district staff are operating a phone bank to call no-show students and their parents.

Through the process, students who have moved out of the district are also identified and taken off the list.


Community liaisons find resources to help curb domestic violence

Community Liaisons Monica Zumaya from W.W. Samuell High School and Elsa Cardenas from Ann Richards Middle School attended Judge Faith Johnson and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office–Family Violence Division’s annual open house on Friday, Oct. 6.

During the open house, Ms. Zumaya and Ms. Cardenas were able to network with other organizations such as Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, The Family Place, Catholic Charities, and Human Rights Initiative of North Texas to take back resources for their campus, parents, and community as well as bring about awareness of domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.


Regístrese para el 20 de octubre para recibir mamografía gratis

Cualquier persona de 35 años o mayor puede registrarse para recibir una mamografía gratis durante el evento Vive tu Vida at Grovefest 2017 que se llevará a cabo en W.W. Samuell High School.

Parkland Hospital estará presente en el evento que se realizará el sábado, 4 de noviembre. Si está interesado en recibir una mamografía gratis, debe registrarse con anterioridad llamando al número 214-670-4052. Deberá proporcionar su nombre, fecha de nacimiento, número de teléfono, fecha de cuando se realizó la más reciente mamografía, y su seguro médico. Nota: si no cuenta con seguro médico, no se le negará la mamografía y seguirá siendo gratis.

Recuerde que debe registrarse para el 20 de octubre.


DMN: More families are embracing Hill Middle School

The Dallas Morning News ran a great story over the weekend about how family and community engagement at Robert T. Hill Middle School are making great thing happen.

More and more families are embracing the school, which has a STEM program, among other offerings. As the Dallas Morning News points out, the school has “also added more courses for the general student population, such as Spanish, algebra and astronomy. And it introduced a program to help underrepresented high school students get into college.”

Read the full Dallas Morning News story here.


Register for a free mammogram by Oct. 20

Anyone ages 35 and up can sign up for a free mammogram at an event happening at W.W. Samuell High School.

Parkland will be at the Vive tu Vida at Grovefest 2017 event happening Saturday, November 4, at Samuell High School. Anyone interested in receiving a free mammogram at the event must pre-register by calling the Parkland office at 214-670-4052. You will just need to provide your name, date of birth, phone number, date of last mammogram, and name of insurance provider. Note: if you do not have insurance, a mammogram will still be provided toyou at no cost.

Oct. 20 is the deadline to register for the free mammogram.


A lifetime of service: Longtime cafeteria supervisor thrives on the job





When you meet Yarlette Bryant, it’s immediately obvious that she loves her job. After all, it’s a position she’s held for nearly 40 years.

Bryant is the cafeteria supervisor at Dallas ISD’s Piedmont Global Academy (formerly John Hood Middle School). She started working there in 1976, at age 20.

“My work is everything to me!” she said. “I love the interaction I have with my students and seeing them eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch.”

She started as a cashier, a job she worked for four years. “My specialist at that time approached me and asked if I would be interested in the supervisor-training program. She went on to say that, she loved my consistent and up-beat attitude. She was moved by how I worked with others and could see that my love for teaching, listening and inspiring others would be optimal in a supervisor role.”

After some prayer, she took the job. “God has blessed me with the strength and courage to proudly represent myself as a cafeteria supervisor of the past 37 years and still counting,” she said.

Bryant and her crew have won awards for their customer service from Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services. Her employees also appear to love their jobs, comprising a  mix of longtime and new employees.

The week of Oct. 9 was National School Lunch Week, a celebration of nutritious school food and the people who prepare and serve it to students. We salute Ms. Bryant and all the men and women who work each schoolday to provide delicious, healthy food for Dallas ISD students.


Students at two schools receive free eyeglasses on World Sight Day

Thanks to the Essilor Vision Foundation and in honor of World Sight Day on Thursday, Oct. 12, several students at George H. W. Bush Elementary School and Jerry R. Junkins Elementary School received eye exams and new eyeglasses at no cost to them.

Watch students at Bush receive their glasses and listen to Principal Carol Crowling explain the program in the video above.


A maestro en Escuela Primaria Callejo le pagan por hacer lo que más disfruta: ayudar a estudiantes

Rogelio Garcia, maestro de quinto grado en la escuela Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary, dice haberse convertido en maestro por suerte.

Después de haber sido voluntario en una escuela, Garcia desarrolló una pasión por la educación y una motivación por ayudar a estudiantes.

“Ser maestro no es un empleo para mi, es como ir a la escuela nuevamente”, dice Garcia. “Me pagan por hacer lo que más disfruto … ayudar a niños”.

Tras 18 años de maestro, Garcia pronto verá a algunos de sus primeros estudiantes recibiéndose de la universidad a finales de este ciclo escolar. Al concluir nuestra celebración por el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, honramos a Rogelio Garcia por su dedicación a estudiantes del Dallas ISD!


Callejo teacher gets paid to do what he loves most: helping kids

Rogelio Garcia, a fifth-grade teacher at Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary, says he became a teacher by luck.

After volunteering at a school, Garcia developed a passion for education and a motivation to impact students.

“Teaching is not a job, it’s like going to school again,” said Garcia. “I get paid to do what I love the most … helping children.”

After 18 years of teaching, he will get to see some of his first year students graduating from college at the end of this school year! As we conclude our observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, we salute Rogelio Garcia for his dedication to Dallas ISD students!


‘Grace and Courtesy’ lessons extend into lunchtime this year at Mata Montessori

Mata parents who attend open lunch this year will find a new addition in the cafeteria: Mata teachers.

For the last three years, most teachers have eaten lunch separately during their students’ 30-minute lunch period, but this year all teachers are joining their classes at cafeteria tables as an extension of Montessori Grace and Courtesy lessons.

These are “simply the common human pleasantries we often take for granted, assuming that children will acquire them as they grow,” says Mata Montessori instructional coach John Hutcheson, known around Mata as Mr. John. “[Maria] Montessori understood that unless these behaviors are appreciated, taught and modeled, they are unlikely to emerge on their own.”

During lunchtime, Mata teachers reiterate table manners with their students — chewing with their mouths closed, not talking with food in their mouths, making eye contact, and saying please, thank you or pass the napkins. Teachers instruct students to speak in an indoor, conversational tone.

“When given the sound-amplifying acoustics of a large, active dining space with over a hundred students entering and leaving every 30 minutes,” Mr. John says, “the teacher presence has helped ensure an enjoyable dining experience for all.”

There isn’t a set curriculum of Grace and Courtesy lessons, Mr. John says, so practices will vary from classroom to classroom. Lower Elementary teacher Ms. Chantille Diaz, new to Mata this year but not to Montessori, assigns students to carry a basket of placemats and napkins to the cafeteria and then “set the table.” The spatial awareness the placemats provide help them “keep better track of their food,” she says.

Social skills are at the heart of the lunchtime instruction, Ms. Diaz says.

“This age is a really big leap for social skills and finding their place,” she says.

Ms. Diaz gives her students the freedom to choose their seats, and the girls in her class naturally gravitate to one table, with the boys gravitating to another. Conversely, Lower Elementary Dual Language teacher Ms. Veronica Sias, now in her fourth year teaching at Mata, arranges seating for her students each day to “make sure everybody finds a new friend” and to “separate cliques.”

“Students don’t necessarily need to feel left out if they don’t have someone to eat with,” Sias says.

Ms. Sias reminds her students that the way they eat lunch should reflect dining in a restaurant, with the aim of enjoying food and conversation without disrupting people around you. For the last five minutes of lunch, her students dine in silence, giving everyone a chance to finish their food.

Then Ms. Sias’ students clear the tables, shake any crumbs from the placemats into the trash, and roll up their placemats to put back into the basket. In Ms. Diaz’ class, one student is assigned to collect the placemats while others sweep and wipe down the tables.

The students then head outside for recess while the teachers eat lunch or, if they eat with their students, they can use the time for additional planning. Last year, most did the opposite — eating lunch separately from their students then joining them for recess.

The change “provide[s]a greater consistency” and “extend[s]their nurturing into the cafeteria,” Mr. John says. “As Mata continued to expand and age up each year, it became increasingly apparent that the children would benefit from the same level of guidance they were receiving in their classrooms.”

When parents visit for open lunch, they are encouraged to observe Grace and Courtesy being practiced by Mata students and teachers, as well as to participate themselves by following the guidelines sent home in last Tuesday’s folder:

  • Enjoy eating with your child at the three round yellow tables in the center of the cafeteria.
  • Please do not invite other children to join you. Those who are not invited feel excluded.
  • Please arrive and depart according to your child’s lunch schedule. Limited space prevents waiting at the tables.
  • To protect children against allergic reactions, we ask that food not be shared outside your family.
  • To ensure that all parents have the opportunity to eat with their children, please choose either Tuesday or Thursday (not both) to visit.
  • Please allow your child to convey gratitude for your visit by cleaning up the table.

Dallas ISD students sing, help escort Holocaust survivors at groundbreaking ceremony (video)

Students from Anne Frank Elementary School and Skyline High School played a big role in the groundbreaking for the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum that is scheduled to open in summer 2019.

Skyline High School students provided music and Anne Frank Elementary students escorted holocaust survivors to the stage.

“We are so thrilled to have these Dallas ISD students here helping escort our survivors in and providing the music, and we look forward to being able to have so many more students from Dallas ISD visit the museum,” said Mary Pat Higgins of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.

The new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will feature a 250-seat theater, classrooms, a library, and much more. The new museum will accommodate more students, teachers and visitors on a daily basis.


Semana Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares: descubra los deliciosos alimentos de nuestras cafeterías

El tema de este año para la Semana Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares (NSLW) es “Rock the Week”, y la diversión comenzó el lunes, 9 de octubre, en las cafeterías de Dallas ISD.

Celebraremos la alimentación nutritiva y sabrosa con días temáticos como el “Día de la década de los 50”, que se realizó el martes, 10 de octubre; el “Día de la década de los 80” el miércoles, 11 de octubre; y el “Día de traer a los padres a almorzar” el jueves, 12 de octubre.

La Semana Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares se ha realizado en escuelas en el país desde 1962. La inició el presidente John F. Kennedy, quien entendía lo importante de ofrecer almuerzos saludables y deliciosos para ayudar a los estudiantes a tener éxito.

Para más información sobre los alimentos escolares en Dallas ISD haga clic aquí. Para ver el menú de las escuelas haga clic aquí.


Dade Middle School superstar a finalist for statewide Counselor of the Year award

Norma Wright, a counselor at Billy Earl Dade Middle School, is one of five finalists for the Lone Star State School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year program.

The program honors the best of the best in Texas: school counselors who are running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program at either the elementary, middle or high school level. This year’s school counselor of the year candidates completed an extensive application process and were judged by a panel of counseling professionals on multiple criteria, including school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership skills, and contributions to student achievement. There were 35 nominations submitted, 14 semi-finalists, and 5 finalists.

Wright was named the 2015–2016 Dallas ISD Counselor of the Year. Wright says that being a counselor is a calling.

“It is the work in serving the needs of any educational community that has driven me to be equipped with the skills necessary to meet the needs of that community,” Wright said. “We dice the children on academics, and performance, but the focus has to be on the whole child. It’s my unwavering commitment to building relationships that keep the core of the school on one heartbeat.”


Cafeteria teams break out in dance to celebrate National School Lunch Week (video)

To celebrate National School Lunch Week, cafeteria teams at multiple schools rocked out and showed off their dance moves.

See for yourself in the above video!


Networking event to showcase opportunities in district’s $1.6 billion bond program

Dallas ISD’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise department (M/WBE) is spearheading a free contractor networking event from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at the Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center, 5151 Samuell Blvd. The “In the Mix” networker is being held to promote strategic partnerships between general and subcontractors that can lead to opportunities to participate in the district’s $1.6 billion bond program.

M/WBE Program Manager Wilton Munnings said the event is aimed at expanding the number of firms participating in the bond program. “Our goal is to recruit and retain competitive minority and women- owned companies to participate in the renovation and expansion of our community’s schools,” he said. “We’re looking for all sizes of general contractors and subcontractors. The categories of services we need for this work range from drywall, painting, and plumbing to HVAC, electrical and concrete work.”

Information shared at the event will include:

  • A list of upcoming bond program business opportunities
  • A presentation on the services of the district’s M/WBE program
  • A chance to meet and talk with the district’s Construction Services leadership and staff
  • Introductions to event partners and trade associations: the Regional Black Contractors Association, Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, National Association of Minority Contractors, the Asian American Contractors Association of Texas and DFW Minority Supplier Development Council
  • How to access bonding and surety support services provided by event partner SSP Consulting, L.C.

A flyer with details is available here. The networker is free and open to the contractor community. Pre-registration is requested via EventBrite at https://2017_network_mixer.eventbrite.com. Additional information is available from M/WBE Program Manager Wilton Munnings at wmunnings@dallasisd.org.


¡Se acercan los días de la feria de Dallas ISD para el 2017!

La Feria Estatal de Texas comenzó el 29 de septiembre y eso significa que próximamente los estudiantes de Dallas ISD tendrán un día libre para asistir a la feria.

La feria tendrá lugar hasta el 22 de octubre, y brinda diversión para toda la familia, exposiciones fantásticas, oportunidades de aprendizaje y todo el sabor de nuestro estado.

Este año, las escuelas primarias de Dallas ISD tendrán su día libre para asistir a la feria el viernes, 13 de octubre, y las secundarias y preparatorias harán lo propio el viernes, 20 de octubre.


Next two Fridays in October are holidays for all Dallas ISD students

A combination of Fair Days and staff development days will give all Dallas ISD students days off from school on Friday, Oct. 13, and Friday, Oct. 20.

Friday, Oct. 13
• Elementary schools will be closed for Fair Day.
• Middle and high school students are off; campus employees will have a staff development day.

Friday, Oct. 20
• Elementary students are off; campus employees will have a staff development day.
• Middle and high schools will be closed for Fair Day.

The State Fair of Texas offers family fun, fantastic exhibits, learning opportunities and the flavor of the Lone Star State through Oct. 22. See other important dates on the 2017-2018 Student Calendar here.


National School Lunch Week: Find out what’s rocking in our cafeterias

This year’s theme for National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is “Rock the Week,” and the fun starts Monday, Oct. 9, in cafeterias across Dallas ISD.

Themed days will celebrate the tasty, nutritious food served including “’50s Day” on Tuesday Oct. 10; “’80s Day” on Wednesday, Oct. 11; and “Bring a Parent to Lunch Day” on Thursday, Oct. 12.

NSLW has been celebrated by school districts throughout the country since 1962. The celebration was initiated by President John F. Kennedy, who understood the importance of healthy, delicious school lunches for student success.

Find information about Dallas ISD school meals here. Find out what’s for lunch here.


Tips for effective parent-teacher conferences

Parents who are looking for effective ways to support their children’s academic progress should be sure to take advantage of this week’s parent-teacher conferences.

Parent-teacher conferences for high school students are Monday, Oct. 9; conferences for middle school students are Tuesday, Oct. 10; and conferences for elementary students are Thursday, Oct. 12.

The conferences are an opportunity for parents to check in with their child’s teachers, discuss their child’s classroom behavior, homework habits, and other factors that can impact student progress.

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.

Reconociendo a Dani Grimaldo, maestra de la primaria L. P. Cowart, durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana.

Dani Grimaldo, maestra de cuarto grado en la escuela primaria L. P. Cowart, celebra su cultura Mexicana y le habla a sus estudiantes orgullosamente sobre su herencia, para desarrollar una mejor relación con ellos.

“Les platico a mis estudiantes que yo también crecí festejando con piñatas y les comparto que al igual que muchos de ellos, vengo de una familia inmigrante”, dijo ella. “Mi cultura me ayuda a conectarme con muchos de mis estudiantes y sus padres. Quiero ayudarlos a que aprendan sobre la importancia de asistir a la universidad, al igual que mis padres hicieron conmigo”.


Evento de director por un día acerca a líderes comunitarios y empresarios a las escuelas de Dallas ISD

El 5 de octubre, el evento de Director por un día le dio la bienvenida a líderes comunitarios y empresarios a escuelas de Dallas ISD.

Más de 175 voluntarios aceptaron la oportunidad de leer a estudiantes, observar clases y presentaciones de los estudiantes, dar los anuncios de la mañana, y participar en otras actividades que definen lo que es un día escolar típico. El Dallas Regional Chamber y Capital One ayudaron a patrocinar el director por un día, que también busca formar alianza entre personas en la comunidad y empresas con escuelas de Dallas ISD.

A continuación, les presentamos lo que pensaron algunos de los participantes sobre su día como director escolar.

Roberto Alonzo, miembro de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas, en W.H. Adamson High School

“Me gusta poder interactuar con los jóvenes y animarlos a pensar en un buen futuro, ¡lleno de salud, estabilidad económica y amor!

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

“Es importante para nosotros ayudar a formar a los líderes de mañana. Por eso estamos tan interesados en lo que hace este programa. Es fenomenal ver las habilidades de liderazgo que desarrollan en esta escuela y en todo Dallas ISD”.

Francisco de la Torre Galindo, cónsul general del Consulado de México, en Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School

“Estoy contento de poder ser director por un día en este hermoso plantel, y ver cómo los niños aprenden y se preparan para asistir a la universidad”.

Faith Johnson, fiscal de distrito del condado de Dallas, en Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School

“Acabo de estar en una de las clases y vaya que hay estudiantes muy brillantes en esta escuela. Es un honor estar aquí y ser su directora por un día”.

Nathan Lenahan, WeWorken School of Business and Management

“No estaba enterado de que existía esta escuela y me he llevado una muy buena impresión. Voy a ver cómo puedo apoyarla en el futuro”.

Liz Cedillo Pereira, directora de la Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, en North Dallas High School

“Estoy muy feliz de tener aquí a algunos de mis amigos, un teniente, un abogado, un médico, y un comandante en la policía, para que podamos compartir con los jóvenes las diferentes profesiones que existen y todas las oportunidades disponibles, si siguen con sus estudios y logran sus sueños”.


This Week in Dallas ISD: Oct 6 edition

Spend the next 63 seconds catching up on many of the great things that happened across the district this week! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day brought more than 175 business and community leaders from the private sector into Dallas ISD schools (learn more).

Books for elementary schools

Thanks to a donation from AT&T, each Dallas ISD elementary school will receive two copies of a children’s book written by state Rep. Jason Villalba (learn more).

Thanks to custodial workers!

National Custodial Workers’ Recognition Day was this week, and it was a chance to thank those who help keep schools safe, clean and welcoming (learn more).

Innovative Teaching Grants

The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) and Texas Instruments awarded 69 Dallas ISD teachers with grants of up to $2,000 each through the Grants for Innovative Teaching Program (read this).

Beautifying TJ High School

More than 300 volunteers from Fidelity Investments joined Thomas Jefferson High School students and teachers to help beautify the campus (learn more).

Fair Days

A Big Tex-sized reminder that elementary schools will close Oct. 13 and secondary schools will close Oct. 20 for the State Fair (see the full district calendar).


Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Dani Grimaldo at Cowart Elementary

Dani Grimaldo, a fourth-grade teacher at L. P. Cowart Elementary,  embraces her Mexican culture and talks proudly about her heritage with her students as a way of relating with them.

“I tell my students that growing up I had piñatas too and share with them that I come from an immigrant family like many of them,” she said. “My culture helps me connect with many of my students and parents. I want to help them learn about the importance of higher education, just like my parents taught me.”


Principal for a Day brings community and business leaders to Dallas ISD schools

Principal for a Day brought business and community leaders from the private sector into Dallas ISD schools on Oct. 5.

More than 175 volunteers accepted the opportunity to read to students, observe classes, attend student performances, deliver morning announcements, and participate in other activities that define a typical school day. The Dallas Regional Chamber and Capital One help sponsor Principal for a Day, which also looks to form ongoing partnerships between individuals and businesses with Dallas ISD schools.

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

Roberto Alonzo, Texas House of Representatives, PFAD at W.H. Adamson High School

“I enjoy engaging with youngsters and encouraging them to think ahead and plan a good future for themselves. A future full of health, financial stability and love!

Monica Lira Bravo, Capital One, PFAD at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

“It’s important for us to help shape the leaders of tomorrow, today. That’s why we are so invested in what this program does. It’s phenomenal to watch the leadership skills that are developed at this school and throughout Dallas ISD.”

Francisco de la Torre Galindo, head of mission at Mexican General Consulate, PFAD at Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School

“I’m excited to be Principal for a Day in this beautiful campus, seeing kids learning and preparing themselves to go to college.”

Faith Johnson, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson, PFAD at Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School

“I just had the opportunity to attend one of the classes, and boy, are there some brilliant students in this school. It’s an honor to be here and an honor to be their Principal for a Day.”

Nathan Lenahan, WeWork, PFAD at School of Business and Management

“I didn’t know there was anything like (the School of Business and Management), and I’ve been super impressed. I want to see how I can support it going forward.”

Liz Cedillo Pereira, director of the Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, PFAD at North Dallas High School

“I’m so happy to have some of my friends here who are professionals—a lieutenant colonel, an attorney, a doctor, and a major in police force—so we can share with the kids all the professions that exist, all the opportunities that are available, if they stick to their studies and achieve their dreams.”


Essay contest asks students what it would be like to discover their own magic tree house

What would it be like if you discovered your own magic tree house? Where and when would it take you? Who would you meet and what kind of adventures would you have there?

The 2017 Dallas Celebration of Reading Contest is posing that question to DFW area 2nd–5th grade students.

Mary Pope Osborne is one of the best-selling guest authors reading at the 16th Annual Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth event on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. This year’s essay contest is based on her award-winning Magic Tree House series. The books are filled with tales of Osborne’s characters Jack and Annie, who discover a magical, book-filled tree house that takes them on amazing journeys and historical adventures.

To enter the contest, young authors should write an essay responding to the following prompt:

In the Magic Tree House book series, siblings Jack and Annie discover a magical, book-filled tree house that takes them on amazing journeys and historical adventures. Write an essay in which you imagine what it would be like if you discovered your own magic tree house. Where and when would it take you? Who would you meet and what kind of adventures would you have there?

Essays should be no longer than 500 words.

Entries are due Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 5 p.m. CDT.

All entries must be submitted electronically to contest@barbarabush.org, and must be accompanied by an official entry form.

Three winners will be selected from each grade. All winners will be notified by Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Contest winners, accompanied by their parents and teachers, will be invited to a special VIP breakfast held at AT&T Stadium—generously provided by the Dallas Cowboys—with guest author Mary Pope Osborne on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Contest winners will receive certificates recognizing their achievements, special prizes, and books signed by Osborne. The students will be Osborne’s guests at the Celebration breakfast, and will have the opportunity to visit with the author and share their winning submissions.


Proyecto insignia de Junior League de Dallas otorgó fondos para programas especiales

Por medio del programa Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT), la Junior League de Dallas (JLD), junto con el patrocinador principal Texas Instruments (TI), otorgó subvenciones de hasta $2,000 cada una, a 69 maestros del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas (Dallas ISD). Haga clic aquí para ver la lista completa de las subvenciones.

Este proyecto insignia de JLD ha otorgado más de $1.7 millones a educadores de Dallas ISD y tiene el objetivo de fomentar la excelencia en la educación al financiar proyectos especiales que abordan las siguientes áreas: enriquecimiento de la lectura y alfabetización; diversidad; educación especial; ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM); o el enriquecimiento de las artes y la cultura, en todos los niveles académicos. Este año, se repartieron $123,307 para financiar los proyectos de los maestros ganadores.

Entre los patrocinadores se encuentran: Texas Instruments (patrocinador principal); MoneyGram Foundation; Agnes Cluthe Oliver Foundation; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation; Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee; y W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trusee.

“En este su 26to año, el proyecto insignia promueve la excelencia en la educación al proporcionar fondos para proyectos especiales que de otra manera no sería posible llevar a cabo con los presupuestos de las escuelas”, dijo Eleanor Luna, presidenta del programa GFIT para el 2017-2018. “El programa Grants For Innovative Teaching es uno de los más gratificantes para la Junior League de Dallas porque nos permite darle seguimiento y ver el


Creación de música: la banda une a los estudiantes en García Middle School

Esto sí es música para sus oídos: este año, cerca de 300 estudiantes están participando en la banda de Héctor García Middle School, un aumento de los 120 estudiantes que participaron el año pasado.

En Dallas ISD nos estamos esforzando para que todo estudiante participe en por lo menos una actividad extracurricular. Gary Auld, director de García Middle School, dijo que las actividades extracurriculares, como la banda, tienen un efecto positivo en los estudiantes.

“Ayuda en el aspecto académico, social, y con su autoestima, y además les ayuda a sentirse más como parte de la cultura de la escuela”, dijo Auld.


Dallas ISD’s Fair Days for 2017 are coming up!

The State Fair of Texas kicked off on Sept. 29, and the Fair Days for Dallas ISD students are quickly approaching.

The State Fair of Texas offers family fun, fantastic exhibits, learning opportunities and the flavor of the Lone Star State through Oct. 22.

This year, Dallas ISD elementary schools will be closed for a Fair Day on Friday, Oct. 13, and middle and high schools will be closed for a Fair Day on Friday, Oct. 20.


Donation gives copies of Villalba’s book to every district elementary




Each Dallas ISD elementary school is receiving two copies of “The Little Boy and the Old Woman,” a book written by state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), thanks to a donation from AT&T.

The book chronicles a boy’s friendship with an old woman he meets in a park, which teaches him many lessons about making his way in the world.

On Sept. 29, Villalba visited John J. Pershing Elementary School to read his book and celebrate the donation.


Making Music: Band brings students together at Garcia Middle School

Here’s some music for your ears: About 300 students are participating in band this school year at Hector Garcia Middle School, which is up from the 120 students who participated last year.

Dallas ISD is aiming to get all students to participate in at least one extracurricular activity. Garcia Middle School Principal Gary Auld said extracurricular activities such as band have a noticeable impact on the students.

“It helps with academics, it helps with their self-esteem, and it gets them more involved socially and with the culture of the school,” Auld said.


Deadline nears for Kids Teaching Kids Healthy Eating Challenge

Do you have a student in a Dallas ISD elementary school? Have you signed them up for the Kids Teaching Kids 21-Day Healthy Eating Challenge? Well, what are you waiting for – you only have until Monday, Oct. 9!

Medical City Children’s Hospital and the Dallas Restaurant Association have partnered with Dallas-area high school culinary students who participate in Texas ProStart to create a cookbook full of healthy snack options that elementary students can assemble on their own.

The recipes, made with easily accessible healthy ingredients, are designed to get young students in the habit of reaching for healthy snack options after school. If successful, these habits will result in healthier students and ultimately healthier families. Plus, they’ll win fun prizes they can use in the kitchen just for completing the online registration and survey!

This year the cash award for the campus in the district that has the most students complete the challenge is definitely worth fighting for, so join the challenge for a healthier student and the chance for a cash award for your school!

Check out the Kids Teaching Kids website to learn more about the program and to download the North Texas Recipe Book. Online registration closes Monday, Oct. 9. Sign up today!


Participating seniors are taking the ACT today at no cost to them

In an effort to increase access to college and help all Dallas ISD students meet college and career readiness benchmarks, the district is funding the in-school administration of the ACT college entrance exam.

Campus test coordinators are administering the ACT with Writing to all students in grade 12 during the regular school day on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Students participating in ACT School Day will receive college-reportable scores, just as they would if they tested on a Saturday for a national ACT administration, and have the additional opportunity to send four score reports to colleges of their choice for free.


Mes de la Herencia Hispana: César Chávez

El Mes de la Herencia Hispana será del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, y es una buena oportunidad para reconocer las contribuciones de los latinos que viven en Estados Unidos. Algunas de nuestras escuelas llevan el nombre de latinos destacados y para celebrarlo, les invitamos a que lean sobre ellos y sus contribuciones al Dallas ISD.

César Chávez fue un importante líder sindical y organizador de trabajadores que se dedicó a mejorar el trato hacia los trabajadores agrícolas. Ayudó a fundar la Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores Agrícolas, y la escuela César Chávez Learning Center, ubicada en el 1710 N. Carroll Ave., lleva su nombre.


Voluntarios ayudan a darle nueva imagen a Thomas Jefferson High School

El pasado fin de semana, más de 300 voluntarios de Fidelity Investments se unieron a estudiantes y maestros de Thomas Jefferson High School para ayudar a darle a la escuela una imagen nueva y fresca. Con el uso de martillos, brochas, pintura, y artículos de limpieza, lograron su objetivo, y de pasó celebraron el nuevo año escolar.

Como parte del evento School Transformation Day de Fidelity Investments, los voluntarios mejoraron la apariencia del plantel para sus más de 1,700 estudiantes, maestros y personal al:

  • Renovar el salón para estudiantes nuevos y el área de la estación para padres donde les dan la bienvenida a estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés (ELL, por sus siglas en inglés) y a sus familias mientras se matriculan en Thomas Jefferson High School;
  • Actualizar el salón Family Life Skills para servir mejor a los estudiantes con necesidades especiales mientras aprenden habilidades para la vida como ir de compras al supermercado;
  • Fomentar el orgullo escolar al decorar espacios con murales coloridos de la mascota de la escuela (Patriota) e instalando arte con vasos de plástico en la valla.

He aquí algunas reflexiones de los voluntarios de Fidelity Investments en Thomas Jefferson High School:

“Como exmaestra, este día de transformación escolar me brinda la oportunidad de ayudar a la comunidad educativa y seguir conectada con los maestros y los estudiantes. Agradezco a Fidelity Investments por valorar el servicio comunitario”. — Marcia Hensley, asesora de aprendizaje, Fidelity Investments

“El ayudar es una experiencia única y viene acompañada de mucha humildad. Te permite ver como un proyecto, sea grande o pequeño, afecta a toda una comunidad. Pienso que los proyectos de revitalización enriquecen la vida de los maestros y ayudan a hacer del entorno escolar un lugar positivo para los estudiantes”. — Jennifer Passamano, asistente ejecutiva sénior, Fidelity Investments

“Lo más importante es esa sensación que uno siente cuando ve todo el trabajo que se ha realizado y saber que las 4 horas que pasó ayudando son una parte pequeña de su vida, pero tienen un efecto importante en la vida de los estudiantes y los maestros en la escuela”.  — Jessica Tomlinson, asesora de servicios, Fidelity Investments

“Es muy fácil donar dinero. Es otra cosa donar tu tiempo y esfuerzo por causas nobles, como esta que ayuda a levantar el ánimo de las personas”. —Fabián Capdevila, director, Fidelity Investments

 


Volunteers help give TJ High School a fresh new loook

Moore than 300 volunteers from Fidelity Investments joined Thomas Jefferson High School students and teachers over the weekend to pick up hammers, brushes, paint and cleaning supplies to give the school a fresh face-lift to celebrate the new school year.

As part of Fidelity Investments’ School Transformation Day, volunteers enhanced the campus for its more than 1,700 students, teachers and staff by:

  • Renovating the Newcomer Room and Parent Station area that greet new English Language Learner (ELL) students and their families as they enroll at Thomas Jefferson;
  • Upgrading the Family Life Skills room to better serve special needs students as they master such life skills as grocery shopping;
  • Boosting school pride by decorating spaces with colorful murals of the school mascot (Patriot) and installing fence cup art.

Here are some thoughts from Fidelity Investments volunteers at Thomas Jefferson High School:

“As a former school teacher, School Transformation Day gives me an opportunity to give back to the educational community and remain connected to teachers and students. I’m very grateful that Fidelity Investments values community service.” — Marcia Hensley, Learning Advisor, Fidelity Investments

“Volunteering is a unique experience and it comes with a lot of humility. It opens your eyes to how a project, big or small, impacts an entire community. I feel the revitalization projects enrich the lives of the teachers and help make the school setting a positive place for the students.” — Jennifer Passamano, Sr. Executive Assistant, Fidelity Investments

“It’s all about the feeling. That feeling you get when you can look at all the work you’ve done and know that those 4 hours of volunteering are such a small part of your life, but they make such a huge impact on the lives of the students and teachers at the school.”  — Jessica Tomlinson, Service Consultant, Fidelity Investments

“It’s real easy to give money. It’s another story to give your time and effort for worthy causes – lifting people up.” —Fabian Capdevila, Director, Fidelity Investments

 


Cuando era estudiante en Sunset High School, el ahora director de Trini Garza ECHS fue inspirado a ser educador

Macario Hernandez, director de la escuela Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View, decidió ejercer como educador para ser un modelo a seguir para los jóvenes de Dallas, al igual que maestros de la preparatoria Sunset High School hicieron con él. Homenajeaos al Director Hernandez, como parte del Mes de la Herencia Hispana.


Two student entrepreneurs need your help to win national competition

Woodrow Wilson High School student Mary Holt and Amari DeFrance, a student at the Seagoville Pathways to Technology Early College High School, are heading to a national competition for entreperenuers, and they need your help!

The students are competing in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship National Business Competition this month in October in New York City. The public can vote on their business ideas to help them win the competition.

Holt and her friend and former classmate, Hannah Wahl, have a business idea called Brownie Bar. The business would be a food stand, a la Chipotle, where customers could customize all-natural brownie orders with a selection of flavors, spreads and toppings. Go here to learn more and to vote for the business.

DeFrance’s business idea is called Amari’s City of Scrub. The business would be a residential cleaning service that uses only eco-friendly cleaning products. Go here to learn more and to vote for the business.

The students recently appeared on Good Day Texas to talk about their business ideas. Go here to learn more.


Trinidad Garza ECHS principal was inspired as a student at Sunset High School

Macario Hernandez, principal at Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College, became an educator to make a positive impact on Dallas’ youth, just as teachers at Sunset High School made a positive impact on him.

We salute Principal Hernandez, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.


Explore available Dallas ISD jobs and careers

Dallas ISD’s commitment to success drives the district’s search for innovative, enthusiastic team members with the courage to lead.

Dallas ISD welcomes potential candidates to join the district’s community of educators and administrators who bring diverse skills and experience, thought leadership, and a passion for delivering effective and innovative instruction to the 161,000 students of Dallas ISD.

Go here to search available Dallas ISD jobs in teaching, campus leadership and non-instructional.


Escuelas del Dallas ISD visitarán Washington D.C. para recibir designación como escuelas National Blue Ribbon

La escuela Dallas Environmental Science Academy (DESA), así como las secundarias en Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy e Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, fueron nombradas como escuelas National Blue Ribbon para el 2017. Así lo anunció hoy Betsy DeVos, secretaria de Educación de Estados Unidos, quien reconoció a 342 escuelas del país.

Dicho reconocimiento se basa en el rendimiento académico en general de la escuela o en el progreso logrado para reducir la brecha de aprovechamiento entre los grupos de estudiantes. Cada escuela nominada fue seleccionada como ejemplar y con un alto rendimiento, según las evaluaciones estatales, y además tiene una población de 22 por ciento o mayor que sufre de una desventaja económica

En noviembre, las tres escuelas de Dallas ISD recibirán el reconocimiento durante la ceremonia de premiación de Blue Ribbon Schools que se realizará en Washington, D.C.

“Este increíble honor ayuda a validar el excepcional trabajo, dedicación y compromiso de los estudiantes con la excelencia, y refrenda nuestra misión de preparar a las jóvenes estudiantes a ser líderes en la sociedad global”, dijo Lisa Curry, directora de Irma Rangel.

En 2011, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School y DESA recibieron la distinción Blue Ribbon.

“Dallas Environmental Science Academy ha conseguido distintos logros, y este premio viene a realzar la visión de la escuela para continuar sobresaliendo académicamente por medio de la oferta académica rigurosa y experiencias en el entorno exterior, y apoya las opciones profesionales que abarcan los campos de la ciencia”, dijo Arnoldo Zúñiga, director de DESA.

Cada una de las escuelas de Dallas ISD atribuyeron la distinción al arduo trabajo de los estudiantes, los maestros, el personal y la comunidad.


This Week in Dallas ISD: Sept. 29 edition

Spend the next 101 seconds catching up on many of the great things that happened across the district this week! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

Feeling Blue

Three Dallas ISD schools have earned the national 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools award, one of the highest honors for a campus (see the schools).

Training with Dallas Cowboys 

The Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club and Essilor Vision Foundation celebrated the NFL’s PLAY 60/READ 20 initiative this week at James Bowie Elementary School (watch this).

Read this

Paul Dunbar Learning Center hosted a schoolwide literacy celebration on Tuesday. Scholastic donated books to students and classrooms, and Clifford the Big Red Dog and author Pam Allyn made special appearances (learn more).

Go, Rover!

Students at William B. Travis Academy got a hands-on demonstration of Rover, a new educational robot from Texas Instruments. The students used calculators to program the rovers to dance (watch this).

Baking for good

Bianca, a student at Alex Sanger Elementary School, was recognized at a special ceremony for hosting a bake sale to benefit students impacted by Hurricane Harvey (learn more).

STEM Innovators

The Dallas ISD STEM Department partnered with Ten80 Education so eight Dallas ISD schools could participate in the STEM Innovators in Training Experience (learn more).

Three cheers for college

C.A. Tatum Jr. Elementary School students participated in a College Day Parade to celebrate their commitment to success after high school (watch this).


Trustees approve changing names of four schools named after Confederate generals

Dallas ISD trustees unanimously voted Thursday night to approve changing the names of four district campuses named after Confederate generals.

Stonewall Jackson, William L. Cabell, Albert Sidney Johnston and Robert E. Lee elementary schools will receive new names. Each school will establish committees made of teachers, parents and administrators to determine new names for the four campuses. Those committees will then bring the recommended new school names before the board by February.

Trustees will vote whether to approve the new recommended school names at the regularly scheduled Feb. 22 board meeting. The new names will go into effect July 1, 2018.


Junior League grants fund innovation in Dallas ISD classrooms





The Junior League of Dallas (JLD), along with presenting sponsor Texas Instruments (TI), awarded 69 Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) educators with grants of up to $2,000 each through the Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT) program. Go here to see a full list of the awarded grants.

This JLD Signature Project has awarded more than $1.7 million to Dallas ISD educators and is designed to encourage excellence in education by funding special projects addressing: reading and literacy enrichment; diversity; special education; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); or arts and culture enrichment across one or more grade levels. This year, $123,307 was distributed to fund deserving educators’ winning projects.

Sponsors include: Texas Instruments (presenting sponsor); MoneyGram Foundation; Agnes Cluthe Oliver Foundation; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation; Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee; and W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trusee.

Some of the grants selected include: Invent an Alien; Powerful City; Kids Helping Kids; and The Wall Book Study and Comic Book Project.

Invent an Alien is a project designed by Lynn DeFord at Johnston Elementary School where students will create an alien who could inhabit the planet or other environment that they have chosen. They will create a 3D model, diagram or poster of this alien out of materials they can find at home. Students will consider the atmosphere, composition, atmospheric pressure, gravitational pull and the other characteristics of their planet.

The goal of the Powerful City project by Tamara Thomas at D.A Hulcy STEAM Middle School is to help teach students about all three forms of energy, soil, and scale models in a tangible way. Students will build wind turbines, solar panels, and hydraulic generators to power a small city that they will build based off scale models of actual buildings that the students will design and create using a Makerbot 3D printer. All of these concepts are things that are taught in science and math, and the children will receive an enhanced learning opportunity through this project.

Teacher Terry Stotts’ Kids Helping Kids is a project carried out by special needs students in the Construction Trades Cluster at Multiple Careers Magnet High School. Students will construct wooden toy rocking horses to be donated to kids staying at Ronald McDonald House while they are receiving medical treatment during the Christmas Holidays, as well as students at Maya Angelou High School who are mothers-to-be. By taking part in this innovative project, students are prepared to be productive, responsible citizens with good work habits, attitudes and career skills.

Dallas Environmental Science Academy’s Katie Hairgrove created The Wall Book Study and Comic Strip Project to improve students’ comprehension of the characteristics of free enterprise and communist economic systems by reading and analyzing a graphic novel, The Wall, by Peter Sis. Students will showcase their understanding by creating a comic strip describing their journey into the world of Peter Sis, where they experience communism as he did as a young child.

“Now in its 26th year, this Signature Project encourages excellence in education by providing funding for special projects that otherwise would not be possible within school budgets,” said Eleanor Luna, the 2017-2018 GFIT Chair. “The Grants For Innovative Teaching program is one of the most rewarding projects for the Junior League of Dallas because we get to follow along and see the impact that these projects have on the schools, educators and students.”


Three Dallas ISD schools net 2017 National Blue Ribbon awards

The Dallas Environmental Science Academy (DESA), along with both middle schools at Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, have been named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The announcement was made Thursday, Sept. 28, by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who recognized 342 schools across the nation.

The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Each school nominated for the 2017 honor was selected as exemplary, high-performing schools as measured by state assessments, and has an economically disadvantaged population of 22 percent or greater.

In November, the three winning Dallas ISD schools will be recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“This incredible honor helps to validate our students’ extraordinary work, dedication and commitment to excellence and reaffirms our mission to prepare young women for leadership in a global society,” said Lisa Curry, principal at Rangel.

In 2011, Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and DESA each received a Blue Ribbon.

“With the various accomplishments at Dallas Environmental Science Academy, this award enhances the vision for the school to continue excelling academically through its rigorous curricular offerings, field experiences in the outer environment, and support of career options spanning throughout the science fields,” said Arnoldo Zuniga, principal at DESA.

Each of the Dallas ISD campuses awarded credit the hard work of their students, teachers, staff and community for helping secure the nomination.


FAFSA launches Oct. 1 for high school seniors

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) launches October 1, 2017 for high school seniors. National and local reports show that students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to attend college, and the sooner they complete the application the better their chances are for receiving all eligible aid.

To help build momentum around the FAFSA launch date, the district’s college access partners and high school counselors will wear green FAFSA T-shirts on Friday, Sept. 29. Students and parents can turn to these campus staff members for assistance with financial aid applications for college. There are several myths about financial aid that prevent eligible students from completing the FAFSA, but advisors and counselors are ready to debunk the myths and help more students access money for college.

What Parents and Students Can Do NOW

Seniors and parents can watch this short video and create their FSA IDs, which they will use to electronically sign the FAFSA.

Additional resources can be found on the district’s Pay for College page.


Good Day Texas: Two Dallas ISD student entrepreneurs heading to competition in New York City

Woodrow Wilson High School student Mary Holt and Amari DeFrance, a student at the Seagoville Pathways to Technology Early College High School, appeared on Good Day Texas to talk about their accomplishments as entrepreneurs.

The students will compete in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship National Business Competition in October in New York City.

Go here to see the full story!


Two elementary chess clubs find success with online learning tool

Two chess clubs at Dallas ISD elementary schools are having winning ways under the direction of coach Yolanda Peña at Louise Wolff Kahn and Arcadia Park.

In April, both clubs competed in the UIL chess puzzle competition. The Kahn fifth-graders took first and second place, and fourth-graders placed third and fourth. Third-graders, who were new to chess club last year, placed first, second and third. Arcadia Park’s fifth-graders placed fourth and second.

A chess puzzle requires players to know the chess pieces and rules to solve chess-related problems, often finding the very best move or series of moves as a solution.

Peña credits much of the teams’ improvement to a web-based teaching tool called ChessKid, which helps children of all skill levels learn more about the game. She wrote an article about her teams’ successes that is featured on ChessKid’s site. This year, the program is available for use by all district students.

Last year, the Kahn team won a districtwide chess puzzle competition sponsored by ChessKid, while Arcadia Park took third.

This year’s chess season begins with an invitational tournament on Oct. 7 at Bilhartz Elementary School in Duncanville. District scholastic chess tournaments are slated for Oct. 28 (grades 3-5) and Nov. 4 (grades 6-8). UIL contests are Dec. 2 (elementary school) and Dec. 9 (middle school), both at Emmett J. Conrad High School. The Dallas ISD Districtwide Tournament for all grade levels is set for May 5 at Conrad.


Bowie Elementary scores visit from Dallas Cowboys as part of Play 60 Read 20 event (video)

As part of the week-long celebration of NFL Play 60, the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club and Essilor Vision Foundation teamed up to bring an NFL PLAY 60 / READ 20 clinic to James Bowie Elementary School in Dallas on Tuesday, September 26.

Prior to the start of the clinic, Essilor Vision Foundation set up a vision event for the fifth-grade class. The vision event focused on vision as a driver of overall wellness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vision impairment is one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children in the U.S. Good vision is crucial for learning, because approximately 80 percent of what a child learns up to age 12 is through his or her eyes.

During the clinic, fifth-grade students participated in a series of youth-focused football drills with assistance from Cowboys mascot Rowdy and team volunteers.

Students received t-shirts to wear during the event courtesy of Rookie Club presenting sponsor, Essilor Vision Foundation, along with Fuel Up to Play 60 eye blacks to wear during the clinic, courtesy of Dairy MAX – the Dallas Cowboys Official Nutrition Partner.

At the conclusion of the clinic, the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club escorted the students inside to read from Unstoppable written by former NFL player and education advocate, Tim Green. Play 60/Read 20 shows students the importance of exercising both their bodies and their minds as part of maintaining a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. At the end of the event, Essilor Vision Foundation graciously gifted Bowie Elementary students with individual copies of Unstoppable to continue the theme of exercising body and mind at home.

The Dallas Cowboys and NFL’s PLAY 60 initiative is designed to inspire kids to play well and eat better. NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL and Dallas Cowboys long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of partner organizations. For ten years, the Dallas Cowboys and NFL Play 60 have have helped members of the community and children of all abilities get active for 60 minutes a day all year long.


Dunbar Learning Center books huge donation to boost love of reading

Dallas ISD’s ongoing “Super Heroes: Teaming for Success” initiative hit a major milestone on Sept. 26.

The district hosted a schoolwide literacy celebration for more than 500 students at Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center in South Dallas. The initiative, which has the goal of fostering a lasting culture of literacy within the district, will increase access to books in both the classroom and in students’ homes.

Clifford the Big Red Dog makes an appearance at a literacy celebration at Dunbar Learning Center.

This event included the unveiling of classroom library makeovers for all pre-K – 5 classrooms at the elementary school, donated by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company. Presenters and special guests included the world-renowned literacy expert and author Pam Allyn and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Students participated in classroom read-alouds and received three free books of their choice for their home library. Teachers received copies Allyn’s book, Every Child a Super Reader, to extend their professional development.


Travis TAG students program a robot to dance (video)

Meet Rover; Texas Instruments’ first robot for educational use to help promote computer programming in a fun and simple way. He’s blue, he has wheels, and he can dance.

Talented and Gifted students at William B. Travis Academy were among the first in the country to play and interact with Rover during an unveiling. The students learned to use calculators to program him to dance.


Eight district high schools attend innovative Ten80 STEM experience




Students from eight DallasISD high schools attended a Ten80 Innovators-in-Training Experience focusing on STEM-related projects and careers on Tuesday.

Hands-on workshops included work with model race cars, coding, gaming and flying/powering paper airplanes, among other experiences. After the event, participants can submit entries into challenges ranging rom game concepts to an innovative business pitch to earn cash prizes to further project development.

District schools participating included David W. Carter High School, Hillcrest High School, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, James Madison High School, Justin F. Kimball High School, Lincoln High School Collegiate Academy, Skyline High School and South Oak Cliff High School.


Venta de pasteles de Bianca conmueve a la comunidad de Dallas ISD

Después de ver los daños ocasionados por el huracán Harvey en el área del golfo, Bianca Reynoso, estudiante de 11 años, supo que tenía que hacer algo al respecto.

Así que la estudiante de Alex Sanger Elementary School hizo lo que mejor sabe hacer: hornear.

Reynoso pasó 12 horas en su cocina preparando pasteles para una venta que beneficiaría a estudiantes que asisten a escuelas de Dallas ISD que fueron afectados por el huracán.

Después, vendió varios de los pasteles que había preparado a personas que no conocía para ayudar a compañeros de clase recién llegados del área de Houston. Reynoso recaudó cerca de $500 para las víctimas del huracán Harvey.

El 21 de septiembre, la estudiante de sexto grado le presentó a la organización United Way del área metropolitana de Dallas el dinero que había reunido, la impresionante cantidad de $486.83, durante una presentación especial en la escuela.

El presidente de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD, Dan Micciche, y la madre de Bianca, Amy Reynoso, participaron en la ceremonia.

“Hizo un gran esfuerzo y yo quería que viera lo que había logrado con su trabajo”, dijo Amy Reynoso.


Tatum Elementary’s College Day Parade gets students excited for their futures (video)

To close out Education: Go Get it Week, C.A. Tatum Jr. Elementary School hosted a College Day Parade to help get students excited for their futures.
Education: Go Get It Week was Sept. 18-22 and helped students districtwide learn about postsecondary opportunities.

This Week! in Dallas ISD: Sept. 22 edition

Spend the next 78 seconds catching up on many of the great things that happened across the district this week! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

First of its kind

Arthur Kramer Elementary School is the first Dallas ISD school to receive this distinction (learn more)!

Future careers

As part of Education: Go Get It Week, students at Leila P. Cowart Elementary School dressed for the job they want to have when they grow up (see photos).

Enhancing STEM 

Students, staff and project partners celebrated three new mobile carts that will enhance STEM education at Ann Richards Middle School (read this).

Computer Lab

NEC and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network celebrated a ribbon cutting for a new computer lab at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (read this).

Hispanic Heritage Month

Jose “Joe” May Elementary School celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month at its Back to School Night (read this).


Bianca’s bake sale gets to the heart of the Harvey

When Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast region, 11-year-old Bianca Reynoso knew she wanted to help.

So, the Alex Sanger Elementary School student did what she does best: she baked.

For the next 12 hours, she stood tirelessly in her kitchen preparing goodies for a bake sale that would benefit students attending Dallas ISD who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Alex Sanger Elementary student Bianca Reynoso gets kudos for hosting a bake sale to benefit students impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Soon after, she sold various homemade treats to people whom she never met to benefit peers she never met. And on one Sunday afternoon, Reynoso raised nearly $500 for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

On Sept. 21, the sixth-grader presented United Way of Metropolitan Dallas with the money she raised—an impressive $486.83, to be exact—during a special check presentation at the school.

Dallas ISD Board President Dan Micciche and Bianca’s mom, Amy Reynoso, took part in the special honor.

“She worked very hard to get this going, and I [wanted]her to see where her hard work is going,” Amy Reynoso said.


Desde Puerto Rico hasta la escuela primaria Cowart: Maestro reflexiona sobre su viaje (video)

Luis Díaz, maestro de tercer grado de la escuela primaria L. P. Cowart, quiere brindarles a estudiantes del Dallas ISD lo que sus maestros en Puerto Rico le dieron a él … la oportunidad de conocer el mundo por medio de la educación.

“Mis maestros me ayudaron a viajar imaginariamente por medio de sus lecciones, entonces yo crecí con una pasión por conocer el mundo dijo Díaz”. Él ha viajado a 20 países y esa experiencia le ha permitido aprender y valorar la cultura y herencia de otras personas. Díaz, quien ha sido maestro por nueve años, motiva a sus estudiantes a aspirar alto.

“Vengo de un sistema educativo público y les digo a mis estudiantes qué si yo he podido sobrepasar obstáculos y alcanzar mis sueños de viajar por el mundo y de ser maestro, ellos también pueden lograr sus sueños. Les digo que no dejen de soñar, pero aún más importante, que estén orgullosos de su herencia”.


From Puerto Rico to Cowart Elementary: Teacher reflects on journey (video)

Luis Díaz, a third-grade teacher at L. P. Cowart Elementary School, wants to give Dallas ISD students what his teachers in Puerto Rico gave him … an opportunity to get to know the world through education.

“My teachers helped me travel, imaginarily through their lessons, so I grew up with a passion to discover the world,” he said.

Díaz has traveled to 20 countries, and that experience has allowed him to appreciate people’s culture and heritage. The nine-year teacher also motivates his students to aim high.

“I come from a public school system and I tell my students that if I have overcome obstacles and have been able to accomplish my dreams of traveling around the world and teaching, they can do the same thing,” he said. “I tell them to not stop dreaming, but most importantly, to be proud of their heritage.”


Details of coming improvements to be shared at trio of community meetings

Architects and project managers for proposed renovations and additions at three schools will be on hand to talk with parents, students, staff and community members at a series of upcoming community meetings. The gatherings are an ideal opportunity to provide input and ask questions about proposed improvements. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, Lakewood Elementary School, 3000 Hillbrook St., Dallas, 75214 (Go here to download meeting flyer.)

6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, B.H. Macon Elementary School, 650 Holcomb Rd., Dallas, 75217

5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9, Thomas Jefferson High School, 4001 Walnut Hill Ln., Dallas 75229


Six Dallas ISD math and science teachers honored as TI STEM Fellows





Six Dallas ISD teachers were recognized during a special event on Sept. 20 as 2017 Texas Instruments STEM Fellows, each receiving a $10,000 prize as part of the honor.

This year’s TI STEM Fellows are:

  • Marcelo Migoni, science teacher at Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School
  • Luis Araiza, math teacher at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
  • Steven Murray, math teacher at W.B. Travis Vanguard and Academy
  • Caitlin Hull, science teacher at Bryan Adams High School
  • Davide McLoda, robotics and science teacher at the School of Science and Engineering
  • Chenay Taylor, math teacher at Skyline High School

This is the 11th year of the TI STEM Fellows program. To date, $1.6 million has been awarded to STEM teachers in six Dallas-area districts. Eighty-four winners who have received a total of $864,000 are from Dallas ISD.

The $10,000 prize includes $5,000 for professional development/technological classroom enhancement, and $5,000 as a personal reward.

“Hopefully that will be a plus to you personally,” said Lewis McMahan, chairman of the Texas Instruments Foundation. “And that it may help motivate you to continue with the great work you have done.”

To qualify for the TI award, a Dallas ISD STEM teacher must be eligible to become a Distinguished teacher, be nominated by their principal, complete an application and be observed by central staff members who are experts in the specific content areas.

A seventh Dallas ISD teacher won the award this year, but has since left the district. Anne Papacostas was a science teacher at James Madison High School.


Kramer Elementary School obtiene distinción del programa IB

Los maestros y administradores de las escuelas se esfuerzan por ayudar a los estudiantes a lograr una A en todas sus calificaciones, pero cuando su escuela recibe una designación de B, ¡no hay nada mejor! ¿Por qué una calificación B es tan especial en este caso? Básicamente es porque la escuela se ha unido a una comunidad mundial de escuelas con el programa de Bachillerato Internacional (IB, por sus siglas en inglés).

Ese es el caso de Arthur Kramer Elementary School en el Dallas ISD, que ha recibido la designación de IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), programa de la escuela primaria. El programa PYP se enfoca en desarrollar el aspecto académico de los alumnos mientras se les prepara para aprender toda su vida, ser solidarios, y sean respetuosos consigo mismos, los demás y el mundo que los rodea.

“Sentimos mucho orgullo por la comunidad de Kramer Elementary School ya que son la primera escuela oficial en Dallas ISD que cuenta con el programa de la escuela primaria del Bachillerato Internacional”, dijo el Dr. Mark Ramírez, director ejecutivo del patrón de asistencia escolar de dicha escuela. “El camino que han de recorrer no solo los estudiantes, sino también los maestros, será emocionante, ya que esta designación les presentará oportunidades de aprendizaje a toda la comunidad de Kramer. Estoy sumamente contento y orgulloso de todos los que contribuyeron para que este logro fuera posible”.

¿Qué significa exactamente el ser una escuela IB?

“Para los estudiantes significa que tendrán la oportunidad de formar parte de experiencias de aprendizaje transformadoras”, dijo Kate Walker, directora de Kramer. “Tendrán la oportunidad única de aprender sobre el mundo por medio del plan de estudios e interacciones con otras personas, lo que los hará crear consciencia cultural. También, aprenderán a relacionarse mejor con las personas en un mundo que cada vez es más globalizado y está cambiando constantemente. Como directora nueva, me siento honrada de haber llegado a Kramer en un momento tan emocionante, donde no solo celebraremos la designación, sino que nuestra comunidad puede estar segura que continuaremos implementando el programa IB”.

IB desarrolla programas retadores de educación internacional y evaluaciones rigurosas. El currículo incluye oportunidades de enseñanza y aprendizaje que exploran asuntos locales y globales y ofrece oportunidades en contextos de la vida real.

Para poder convertirse en escuela con programa IB, los planteles deben completar un proceso de autorización, que toma por lo menos tres años. Kramer Elementary School logró la designación bajo el liderazgo de la exdirectora Katie Eska, quien ahora funge como directora en North Dallas High School de Dallas ISD.

Eska elogia el apoyo del distrito y a los maestros, padres y estudiantes por haber logrado la designación. “Para convertirse en escuela con programa IB se necesita mucha colaboración del personal de la escuela y su comunidad”, dijo Eska. “Bajo la dirección de nuestra invaluable directora de programas IB, Kim West, maestros aprenden a ponerle enfoque interdisciplinario a la instrucción y a basarla en investigaciones. Los estudiantes tienen un perfil de aprendizaje y los padres participan activamente en la educación de sus hijos. Kramer es la primera escuela en Dallas ISD con el programa IB a nivel primaria gracias al arduo trabajo y dedicación de toda la comunidad de la escuela. Estoy orgullosa del equipo en Kramer y espero ver su crecimiento dentro de la comunidad global de escuelas IB”.

Los maestros y el personal de Kramer Elementary School se unirán a una comunidad IB de educadores que tiene la oportunidad de interactuar en línea para compartir las mejores prácticas en la enseñanza y tendrá acceso a otros recursos para mejorar su desarrollo profesional.

El Dallas ISD cuenta con otras tres escuelas con el programa IB: J. L. Long Middle School, Harry Stone Montessori Academy y Woodrow Wilson High School.


Dallas ISD’s Kramer Elementary earns first-of-its-kind IB distinction

Teachers and school administrators strive to help students achieve all As, but when their school receives a B designation, it can’t get better that that! What exactly makes a B so special in this case? Simply that the school has now joined a global community of International Baccalaureate (IB) schools.

This is the case for Dallas ISD’s Arthur Kramer Elementary School, which has received an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) designation. The PYP program focuses on developing students’ academics while preparing them to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and the world around them.

“There is pride and happiness surrounding Kramer Elementary School’s community as they have become the first official International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school in Dallas ISD,” said Executive Director Dr. Mark Ramirez, who leads the feeder pattern for that school. “The journey ahead not only for  Kramer students, but for teachers as well, will be exciting, as this international designation will open doors to many learning opportunities for the entire Kramer elementary community. I am extremely proud and happy of all those involved in making this achievement possible.”

What exactly does it mean to be an IB school?

“For students, being part of an IB school means that they will have an opportunity of being part of transformative learning experiences,” said Kramer principal Kate Walker. “Students at Kramer will have a unique opportunity of learning about the world through curriculum and interactions with other people, which will make them more culturally aware. They will also learn to better engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world. As the new principal, I feel honored to have come to Kramer at such an exciting time, where we can not only celebrate, but our community can be assured that we will continue to implement the IB program.”

The IB program develops challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessments. Curriculum will include teaching and learning opportunities, which explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.

In order to become an IB school, campuses must complete an authorization process, which takes a minimum of three years to complete. Kramer Elementary achieved this designation on schedule under the leadership of former principal Katherine Eska, who is now principal at Dallas ISD’s North Dallas High School.

Eska commends district support, teachers, parents, and students for this accomplishment. “Becoming an IB school takes high-levels of collaboration from all of our stakeholders,” she said. “Under direction from our invaluable IB Coordinator, Kim West, teachers transition instruction to be interdisciplinary and inquiry based. Students embody the Learner Profile and parents are true learning partners in the process. Kramer is the first authorized Primary Years Programme in Dallas ISD thanks to the hard work and dedication of the whole school community. I am so proud of the Kramer team and look forward to seeing their continued growth as an IB World School!”

Teachers and other staff at Kramer elementary will join an IB community of educators who will have the opportunity of collaborating online to share best practices in teaching students and will have access to other resources to enhance their professional growth.

Dallas ISD has three other IB schools: J. L. Long Middle School, Harry Stone Montessori Academy and Woodrow Wilson High School.


İAcompáñenos en un viaje camino a la lectura!

Estudiantes, padres y toda la comunidad del área de asistencia escolar de la escuela preparatoria Moisés E. Molina, están invitados al evento Camino a la Lectura Prep U Saturday, el sábado, 23 de septiembre, de 9 a.m. a las 12 p.m., en la escuela secundaria L. V. Stockard, ubicada en el 2300 S. Ravinia Drive.

Habrá actividades para toda la familia, incluyendo juegos de lecturas para ayudar a los padres a motivar a sus hijos para que se interesen en la lectura. También habrá libros, rifas, entretenimiento, refrigerios, exámenes de salud y vacunas para niños entre 2 y 18 años de edad, todo gratuitamente.


Free books, immunizations part of Super Saturday event for Molina Feeder Pattern

Students, parents and the entire community at the Moisés E. Molina High School Feeder Pattern, are invited to the Journey to Literacy Prep U Super Saturday, on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, at L. V. Stockard Middle School, 2300 S. Ravinia Drive.

There will be family activities, including interactive games, which will help parents to better engage their children in reading. Free books, giveaways, entertainment, food and drinks, as well as health screenings and immunizations for children ages 2- 18, will also be available on site.


Top questions to ask college recruiters at Districtwide College Fair

The Districtwide College Fair is Wednesday, Sept. 20, and it’s a chance for Dallas ISD juniors and seniors to talk with representatives from colleges and universities across the country.

With that in mind, here are four great questions students can ask the college and university representatives.

  1. What academic programs is your college known for?
  2. What housing and financial aid options do you offer?
  3. What is the best way to prepare for your school?
  4. What are the major factors you consider in admitting new students?

The Districtwide College Fair is at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St. Transportation will be provided for Dallas ISD students who registered with their counselor by Sept. 13. For more information about the fair, call 972-925-3505.


Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Cesar Chavez

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15–Oct. 15, and it’s an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of Latinos living in America. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, read about some of our schools’ namesakes and their historical contributions to Dallas ISD.

Cesar Chavez was a prominent union leader and labor organizer who was dedicated to improving the treatment for farm workers. Chavez helped found the National Farm Workers Association, and he is the namesake of the Cesar Chavez Learning Center located at 1710 N. Carroll Ave.


La primaria Joe May celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con estilo

La escuela primaria Joe May comenzó el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con una celebración durante la Noche de Regreso a Clases el pasado jueves, 14 de septiembre.

Las familias aprendieron sobre la cultura de países Latinos por medio de actividades y presentaciones de bailes folclóricos del grupo Ben Hipsh Dance Studio.

El Dallas ISD está celebrando en Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana entre el 15 de septiembre y 15 de octubre.


Dallas ISD employee shells out mirth as turtle at city’s hurricane shelter

Reggie Jordan, a social worker in Dallas ISD’s Psychological & Social Services Department, took personal time on Saturday, Sept. 16, to share some joy among children displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
During a visit to the Dallas shelter at the convention center, Jordan dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. He is shown posing for a photo with two of the evacuees and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Joe May Elementary celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in style








Joe May Elementary School kicked off celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month during the Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Families learned about different Latino countries through activities and a wonderful performance by folklorico dancers from the Ben Hipsh Dance Studio

Dallas ISD is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) by recognizing and thanking Hispanic educators who are contributing to building strong future leaders for Dallas.


Honrando a Educadores Hispanos Durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Con el tema Dar Forma al Futuro Brillante de América, el Dallas ISD celebra el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana (15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre) reconociendo y agradeciendo a educadores Hispanos quienes están contribuyendo a formar los futuros líderes de Dallas.

“El Dallas ISD celebra la diversidad de nuestros estudiantes y sus familias”, dijo el Superintendente de Escuelas Michael Hinojosa”. En honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana, agradezco a nuestros maestros y administradores escolares no sólo por trabajar arduamente para brindarle una educación de calidad a todos los estudiantes, sino también por motivarlos a estar orgullosos de su herencia y cultura para continuar compartiendo tradiciones con las futuras generaciones.”

Cincuenta y cinco por ciento de los estudiantes del Dallas ISD son Hispanos y un gran número del personal del distrito comparten la misma herencia.

En honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana, homenajeamos a nuestros educadores Hispanos quienes están ayudando a Dar Forma al Futuro Brillante de América. Conozca a una de nuestras egresadas del Dallas ISD, quién ahora es directora de una de las escuelas preparatorias localizada en el corazón de Oak Cliff.

Nacida en México, Diana Nuñez, directora de la escuela preparatoria W. H. Adamson, llegó a los Estados Unidos con sus padres y hermanos cuando estaba en cuarto grado. Nuñez asistió a la escuela primaria John H. Regan, la secundaria W. E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy y se graduó con el último grupo que asistió a la escuela preparatoria Crozier Tech. Los invitamos a ver este video y a que conozcan más sobre Nuñez y su pasión por la educación y por convertirse en un modelo a seguir para los estudiantes.

Durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, visítenos en Nota Escolar y conozca a otros educadores en Dallas ISD quienes contribuyen al desarrollo de la comunidad Hispana en Dallas.


Hispanic Heritage Month: Shaping the Bright Future of America

With the theme “Shaping the Bright Future of America,” Dallas ISD celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) by recognizing and thanking Hispanic educators who are contributing to building strong future leaders for Dallas.

“Dallas ISD embraces the diversity of our students, families and staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa. “In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I commend our school teachers and administrators for not only working hard to provide a quality education to all students but also for empowering the youth to embrace their heritage and culture to continue sharing traditions with future generations.”

Fifty-five percent of Dallas ISD’s enrollment is composed of Hispanic students and a large number of district staff shares the same heritage.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage, we salute our Hispanic educators who are helping us to Shape the Bright Future of America. Meet one of our own Dallas ISD graduates, now leading one of Dallas ISD’s high schools located in the heart of Oak Cliff.

Born in Mexico, Diana Nuñez, principal of W. H. Adamson High School, came to the United States with her parents and six siblings when she was in fourth grade. Nuñez attended John H. Reagan Elementary, W. E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy and graduated from the last class attending Crozier Tech High School. Watch the video to learn about Nuñez’s passion for education and becoming a role model for students.

Additional videos will follow during the next month.


Project boosts STEM education at Ann Richards Middle School











Students, staff and project partners celebrated two new mobile carts that will enhance STEM education at Dallas ISD’s Ann Richards Middle School on Friday, Sept. 15.

STEM is shorthand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, disciplines that are increasingly involved in many current and emerging careers.

The carts, which support student use of Chromebooks in class, were made possible through a partnership between FC Dallas and Southern New Hampshire University. Specifically, the devices will be used for computer science lessons that include Algebra I, coding and robotics programming.

Principal Francine Taylor said the gift is an important one for a school in her community.

“Being in Pleasant Grove, it’s all about access and opportunity,” Taylor said. “If we give our kids access and opportunity, they will change the world.”

Oswaldo Alvarenga, executive director of Dallas ISD’s STEM Department, said that initiatives that bring technology to students is crucial, as the city is poised to become the largest technology hub in Texas. He said that within three years, every district elementary school will include a computer science component for students, starting in pre-kindergarten.

“Imagine that a student in the third grade will have had three years of computer science under their belt,” he said.

Steve Thiel of Southern New Hampshire University announced a full scholarship for Ann Richards teacher Christie Lewis, who will take courses online.

Ann Richards students participated in a STEM activity with FC Dallas defender Aaron Guillen and midfielder Jacori Hayes, using a computer program to score a goal in a simulated soccer game.


This Week in Dallas ISD: Sept. 15 edition

Extra(curricular) fun on Saturday

This week will close on a high note with Saturday’s After School and Extracurricular Activities Fair. The one-stop shop will help Dallas families explore more than 100 out of school time, co-curricular and extracurricular learning opportunities and activities offered by the district (learn more).

Pep rally

Professional sports mascots stole the show at Lee Elementary School for the formal kickoff to the Oncor Mayor’s Race 5K happening in early December (learn more).

Grants for teachers

Dallas ISD trustee Lew Blackburn’s foundation selected 11 teachers to receive $100 grants to help cover the cost of decorating their classrooms (learn more).

Kindle Tablets at Gooch

The Jiv Daya Foundation donated a Kindle Tablet to each third-, fourth- and fifth-grader at Tom C. Gooch Elementary School (read this).

Remembering 9/11

Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy and T.C. Marsh Leadership Preparatory Academy conducted September 11 remembrance events to honor the victims of the attack (read this).

Ready for the day

Here’s a look at how Brandon at J.W. Ray Learning Center starts his school day. Hint: it involves dancing, and you should try it (watch this).


NEC donates second computer lab to Dallas ISD’s Irma Rangel YWLS








Almost exactly a year after NEC donated a computer lab for high school students at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, the company did the same thing for the school’s younger grades.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, Rangel middle school students celebrated their new space along with officials from NEC and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network.

Students Hannah Wesley and Etana King talked about how the new computers and refreshed lab space will improve their studies during the dedication ceremony. Also speaking were Lynn McBee, CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network;  Juan Fontanes, Chief Information Officer of NEC; and Principal Lisa Curry.

A ribbon-cutting in the new computer lab was followed by a demonstration by the Rangel robotics team.

Read about last year’s donation of a computer lab for Rangel here.


Día escolar se alarga para estudiantes de Dallas ISD

Cuando termina el día escolar, ¡comienza la diversión!

Los estudiantes del Dallas ISD tienen la opción de alargar su día escolar para participar en actividades de después de clases y extracurriculares incluyendo karate, ajedrez, robótica, mecanografía, el equipo de porristas, STEM, deportes y bellas artes.

Los programas de después de clases no son simplemente juegos y diversión. Les ofrecen a los estudiantes un ambiente seguro y aprendizaje personalizado fuera de clase para seguir mejorando su desempeño académico, además de ayudarles a aumentar su asistencia académica.

“Participar en actividades extracurriculares es lo más memorable y estimulante de la experiencia escolar”, expresó Sharla Hudspeth, la directora de Servicios para los estudiantes. “Las amistades formadas entre los entrenadores y miembros del equipo y el desarrollo del liderazgo, comunicación y habilidades sociales son parte de las actividades extracurriculares, que son la razón por la que muchos estudiantes asisten diariamente a la escuela”.

Para cumplir con las necesidades e intereses específicos de los estudiantes y para darles la oportunidad de participar en actividades previamente inaccesibles para algunos, el distrito ofrece más de 100 programas extracurriculares y después de clases sin costo para los estudiantes desde prekínder hasta el grado 12.

“Los estudiantes que participan en programas de bellas artes adquieren creatividad, confianza, habilidades para resolver problemas y perseverancia mientras que aumentan su probabilidad de tener éxito después de la preparatoria”, afirmó Tim Linley, el Director Ejecutivo de Bellas Artes. “Pero no olviden el mejor motivo para participar en programas de bellas artes… ¡es divertido!”

Para más información sobre las opciones de programas extracurriculares, los padres y estudiantes del distrito tienen la oportunidad de ver las más de 100 actividades extracurriculares y de después de clases que se ofrecen durante el año escolar este sábado, 16 de septiembre, durante la Feria de actividades de después de clases y extracurriculares Prep U Super Saturday de las 9 a.m. a la 1 p.m. en Emmett J. Conrad High School, ubicada en 7502 Fair Oaks Ave. Durante este evento gratuito se ofrecerán refrigerios gratis, pruebas de salud, inmunizaciones para los niños de 2 meses a 18 años de edad y actividades divertidas para toda la familia.

Los padres tendrán la oportunidad de inscribir a sus hijos en programas extracurriculares o de después de clases durante el evento, o pueden inscribirlos en estos programas en sus escuelas correspondientes.


Students benefit from participating in variety of extracurricular programs

Dallas ISD offers several extracurricular and after-school activities that enhance students’ experiences, learning and fun during and after school.

Some of the activities include  karate, chess, robotics, typing, cheerleading, STEM, sports and fine arts.

After-school programs are more than fun and games. They provide students a safe environment and personalized learning outside the classroom to continue enhancing their academic performance, as well as help them increase academic attendance.

“Participation in extracurricular activities is the most memorable and exciting part of the school experience,” said Sharla Hudspeth, director of Student Services. “From relationships built among coaches and team members to the development of leadership, communication and social skills, extracurricular activities are the reason many students come to school every day.”

The district 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 interest of students and provide them with an opportunity of experiencing activities they might have access to otherwise.

“Students who participate fine arts programs, learn creativity, confidence, problem solving, and perseverance while increasing their likelihood of success after high school,” said Tim Linley, executive director of Fine Arts. “Although, don’t forget the biggest reason to get involved in fine arts –  it’s fun!”

To learn more about the options in fine arts and other programs, district parents and students can come and see the more than 100+ extracurricular and after-school activities to be showcased at the Prep U Super Saturday After-School and Extracurricular Activities Fair. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, Sept. 16, at Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave. The free event will also offer free food, drinks, health screenings, immunizations for children ages 2 months through 18, and fun family activities.

Parents will be able to sign up their children for extracurricular and after-school programs while at the event. Parents may also to enroll their students for these programs at their respective school.

Student participation in at least one extracurricular or co-curricular activity each year is one of the six Student Achievement Goals adopted by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.


Twelve district students are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Twelve Dallas ISD students have been named among 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, with a chance to become one of the 7,500 Finalists who will take home scholarships worth a combined $32 million.

About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to reach the finals, with half of the Finalists winning a National Merit Scholarship.

According to a Sept. 13 news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., Dallas ISD’s Semifinalists are:

Judge Barefoot Sanders Magnet Center for Public Service: Government, Law and Law Enforcement
• Michael D. Gao

School for the Talented and Gifted
• Adelle Jia
• Solvay Linde
• Julia M. McAulay
• Jeremiah D. Reilly
• Jessica H. Wang

School of Science and Engineering
• Matthew B. Callahan
• Yash A. Chandak
• Daschel R. Cooper
• Saumya Rawat
• Raviraj J. Rege
• Sasha Thomas

About 1.6 million high school juniors from more than 22,000 high schools applied to become Semifinalists by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To become Finalists, each Semifinalist’s high school must submit a detailed scholarship application that provides information about academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

 

 


Pep rally spotlights training program for annual Oncor Mayor’s Race 5K













Very few children or adults could resist the temptation to dance, jump and hula-hoop at a kickoff event Tuesday, Sept. 12, for the annual Oncor Mayor’s Race 5K

The high-energy outdoor pep rally at Dallas ISD’s Lee Elementary featured mascots from the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, FC Dallas and Texas; an obstacle course; basketball-shooting game; and tours of Dallas Fire-Rescue and Dallas Police vehicles added to the fun. The purpose was to highlight the 5K and a program to help participants train.

The 3 Months to 3 Miles – 5K Training Plan includes a schedule based on a person’s current level of fitness, and aims to get them running at a comfortable pace at the Oncor Mayor’s Race 5K on Saturday, Dec. 9. The 5K leads up to the 26-mile marathon the next day.

Dallas ISD elementary, middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in the 5K and can do so at no cost if they sign up through their schools thanks to Oncor and other event sponsors. In fact, the 5K was launched in 2003 specifically to encourage district students to become more physically active.


Gooch Elementary students net Kindles thanks to donation





Each third-, fourth- and fifth-graders received a Kindle tablet to use at school Monday at Dallas ISD’s Tom C. Gooch Elementary School, thanks to the Jiv Dya Foundation.

Last year, the Foundation provided tablets to schools in the Bryan Adams feeder pattern, but this year is expanding to distribute the devices to students in other feeder patterns, including W.T. White. To date, the Jiv Dya Foundation has provided 14,000 devices to district schools for student use.

Gooch students received their tablets after a surprise pep rally in the school’s auditorium.


Feria de PREP U destacará actividades disponibles fuera del horario escolar

PREP U Super Saturday After-School and Extracurricular Activities Fair es una feria gratis de Dallas ISD donde las familias de Dallas pueden informarse sobre más de 100 oportunidades y actividades de aprendizaje fuera de la escuela, complementarias y extracurriculares, para niños desde prekínder hasta el 12do grado, todo en un mismo lugar.

La feria se realizará el sábado, 16 de septiembre, de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m., en Emmett J. Conrad High School, que se ubica en el 7502 Fair Oaks Ave. Está programada para llevarse a cabo al aire libre, llueva o haga sol. En caso de que llueva, se trasladará a adentro de la escuela. Las primeras 500 familias recibirán una bolsa de regalo.

Este evento se realiza gracias a la colaboración entre el Dallas ISD y Dallas Afterschool, organización fundada en 2007 con la misión de mejorar la calidad de los programas después de clases y durante el verano en Dallas. Durante la feria, el Dallas ISD presentará sus programas y varias agencias de la comunidad compartirán información sobre actividades que se realizarán en lugares como bibliotecas públicas, centros de recreación, etc. Las familias podrán inscribirse para algunas de estas actividades en el lugar de la feria.

También, se ofrecerán revisiones médicas (presión arterial, glucosa, visión) y vacunas para niños desde los

2 meses hasta los 18 años de edad, incluyendo la vacuna contra la meningitis para estudiantes en el 11er y 12do grado, todo gratis. Además, contaremos con un área de lectura en familia, libros y recursos gratis, información sobre inmigración y acceso a otros recursos.

Será un día lleno de diversión para toda la familia donde podrán disfrutar de comida y bebidas gratis, se les pintarán las caras a los niños, y habrá juegos inflables, un camión de videojuegos, demostraciones de robótica, demonstraciones de deportes, demostraciones de ajedrez, y la oportunidad de ganar premios como iPads y audífonos Beats.

Para más información, puede llamar a Office of Family and Community Engagement al (972) 925-3916 o enviar un correo electrónico a family@dallasisd.org.


Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy remembers 9/11 at event

Dallas ISD’s Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy conducted a 9/11 remembrance event on Monday.

The school’s Leadership Cadet Corps raised the flag – first at half staff to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The school’s choir sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The school, formerly John B. Hood Middle School, has conducted similar events each year to commemorate the attacks, honor the victims and show the strength of the country as it moves forward.


PREP U Super Saturday After-School and Extracurricular Activities Fair showcases out-of-school time activities

Dallas ISD’s PREP U Super Saturday After-School and Extracurricular Activities Fair is a one-stop shop for Dallas families to explore more than 100 out-of-school time, co-curricular and extracurricular learning opportunities and activities for children in prekindergarten through 12th grade under one roof.

The PREP U Super Saturday After-School and Extracurricular Activities Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Emmett J. Conrad High School, located at 7502 Fair Oaks Ave. The event is scheduled to be outdoors and will take place rain or shine. In case of rain, it will take place inside the school. The first 500 families that attend will receive a special gift bag.

This free event is a collaboration between Dallas ISD and Dallas Afterschool, an organization formed in 2007 with a mission to improve the quality of after-school and summer programs in Dallas. During the fair, Dallas ISD will showcase its programs and a variety of agencies in the community will share information on opportunities in venues such as libraries, recreation centers, etc. Families will be able to sign up for some of these opportunities on the spot.

Families also will have access to free health screenings (blood pressure, glucose, vision) and free immunizations for children 2 months through 18 years of age, including the meningitis vaccine for high school juniors and seniors. The event will feature a family reading area, free books and resources, immigration information and access to other resources.

The Dallas ISD’s PREP U Super Saturday After-School and Extracurricular Activities Fair will also be a day for family fun and will include free food and drinks, face painting, inflatable games, a video game truck, robotics demonstrations, sports demonstrations, chess demonstrations, and the opportunity to win prizes like iPads and Beats headphones.

For more information about the event, please call the Office of Family and Community Engagement at (972) 925-3916 or email family@dallasisd.org.


This Week in Dallas ISD: Sept. 8 edition

Spend the next 98 seconds catching up on many of the great things that happened across the district this week! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more!

12 days in…

Can you believe it’s already been about 12 days/288 hours/17,280 minutes/1,036,800 seconds since school started? Here are some great first day photos, and here’s a video diary of a Dallas ISD dad dropping off his daughters.

Donations, donations, donations

There have already been generous donations this school year. Here’s a roundup:

  • The Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban will donate school supplies and a Mavs game voucher to every Dallas ISD student this fall (watch this);
  • Dallas ISD has received thousands of dollars of donated supplies and uniforms for Houston-area students impacted by Hurricane Harvey (read this);
  • Commercial real estate firm HFF collected and donated more than $5,000 in supplies to help teachers and students at Esperanza “Hope” Medrano Elementary (read this);
  • In honor of his son who passed away, the director of IT at American Airlines has started a $5,000 college scholarship for the top student who graduates from the Adamson High School Collegiate Academy (read this).

Mark your calendars… 

The Districtwide College Fair is Sept. 20 at Ellis Davis Field House. Representatives from colleges and universities across the country will share information about their schools with all junior and senior students.

Speaking of calendars, here is a look at the important dates for this school year. September 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, but since that is not considered “important,” it did not make the district calendar.

New Texas laws

In addition to a new statewide texting-while-driving law, a few other other laws went into effect Sept. 1 that directly impact Texas students (learn more).


Carter-Kimball football rivalry lives on after 26 years with Sept. 9 game












In 1991, the David W. Carter and Justin F. Kimball football teams were both vying for the district championship. Twenty-six years later, the rivalry is rekindled each year when the schools meet on the field in what some call the “Oak Cliff Super Bowl.”

The 2017 version of the matchup is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Dallas ISD’s Kincaide Stadium, 9191 S. Polk St. The day before, Dallas City Councilman Casey Thomas conducted a news conference on the Dallas City Hall Plaza to draw attention to the rivalry and the great schools in the Oak Cliff community.

Kimball is in Thomas’ council district, and Carter is in Councilman Tennell Atkin’s district. The two agreed on a friendly wager that at next Wednesday’s Dallas City Council meeting, one of them will be wearing a shirt supporting the winning team.

Members of the drum lines from each school provided a pep-rally atmosphere as the principals from each school – Kimball’s Llewellyn Smith and Carter’s Jonathan Smith – talked a little friendly trash about the other school’s chances of winning Saturday’s game.

Another aspect is that the head football coaches from each school – Kimball’s Henry Cofer and Carter’s Patrick Williams – were members of the teams they now coach. Both were players when the Carter-Kimball rivalry began, and two played together on a club team. Read a story from last year that explains the rivalry’s roots and the current coaches’ feelings about the game.

Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said he will attend the game Saturday and will be pulling for both teams, something he can do because he graduated from Roosevelt High School.


Sigue tu futuro

El Dallas ISD invita a estudiantes de 11 y 12 grado a asistir a la Feria Universitaria 2017, para prepararse a tomar el siguiente paso para su futuro.

La feria se llevará a cabo el miércoles, 20 de septiembre, de 5:30 a 8:30 p.m., en Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St., Dallas, TX 75232. Representantes de colegios y universidades de todo el país, estarán disponibles para compartir información sobre sus diversos programas.  Para inscribirse para la feria, visite www.gotocollegefairs.com.

Se proveerá transporte para estudiantes del Dallas ISD quienes se registren con su consejero (a) escolar para el 13 de septiembre. Para más información, llame al 972-925-3505.


Districtwide College Fair set for Sept. 20

Dallas ISD invites all junior and senior students to begin preparing to take the next step toward their future, by attending the 2017 Districtwide College Fair.

The fair will take place Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St., Dallas, TX 75232. Representatives from colleges and universities throughout the country, will be available to share information about their school’s programs.

To register for the fair, please visit:www.gotocollegefairs.com. Transportation will be provided for Dallas ISD students who register with their counselor by Sept. 13. For more information about the fair, please call 972-925-3505.


Sunset cross country runner helps member of an opposing team

Sometimes it’s more important to help a stranger than run your hardest – a time when good sportsmanship overcomes the desire to win.

That was the case during the Sept. 2 Marcus I Invitational cross country meet for Katie Shaw, a member of the Sunset High School team. She saw a fellow runner on another team – Sydnee Olive of Keller High School – struggling to keep moving forward. Katie slowed to encourage Sydnee, and both crossed the finish line together.

“I was dying out there, this is my first race,” Olive told Texas Mile Split. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to finish. She kept pushing me, telling me I wasn’t allowed to walk.”

Shaw said she just couldn’t leave Olive behind. “To me it’s just running. I like to run. I wasn’t really thinking about winning,” Shaw said. “I want to help people.”

Watch the full interview here.


Dallas ISD acepta nominaciones para programas de Gifted and Talented

Estudiantes del Dallas ISD pueden ser nominados a ser evaluados para programas Gifted and Talented. Las nominaciones están abiertas hasta el 15 de septiembre.

Los estudiantes pueden ser nominados para consideración al programa por parte de padres, guardianes legales, y miembros de la comunidad. Un estudiante también puede nominarse a sí mismo. Folletos con más información están disponibles en las escuelas con los maestros del programa Gifted and Talented, u otro personal de la escuela.

Para poder presentar el examen para el programa, los estudiantes deben estar inscritos en Dallas ISD. Para más información, visite la página Advanced Academic.


District accepts student nominations for Gifted and Talented Program

Dallas ISD is accepting nominations for students to be screened for the Gifted and Talented Program through Sept. 15.

Parents, guardians and community members may nominate students for consideration. A student can also nominate themselves. Information packets are available at the local campus from the Gifted and Talented Program teacher,  or AP/GT Manager.

Students must be enrolled in Dallas ISD to be tested. For more information, visit the Advanced Academics homepage.


Nuevas leyes estatales de Texas que afectan la educación y estudiantes ahora en efecto

Una nueva ley estatal que prohíbe mandar mensajes de texto mientras se conduce, ha captado mayor atención recientemente. Esta prohibición también se extiende al uso de dispositivos portátil en zonas escolares que ya estaba en vigor.

Sin embargo, hay algunas otras leyes que entran en efecto a partir del viernes, 1 de septiembre, que afectan directamente a estudiantes de Texas.

Aquí hay una breve lista:

  • La llamada “Ley de David” (SB 179) que tiene como objetivo frenar el acoso cibernético, convierte en un delito menor de Clase A el uso de textos, correos electrónicos, medios sociales u otros medios digitales para alentar a otro niño a lastimarse o suicidarse. La ley lleva el nombre de David Molak, un estudiante en Alamo Heights High School en San Antonio, que se suicidó en enero de 2016 a la edad de 16 años después de que fue intimidado en Instagram.
  • Con la aprobación de HB 367, los empleados de las escuelas ahora pueden proporcionar gratuitamente alimentos sobrantes a estudiantes hambrientos, los cuales pueden ser almacenados en el campus y distribuidos de cualquier manera que se atenga a los códigos de salud.
  • Los nuevos autobuses escolares deben tener cinturones de seguridad que se ajustan a los hombros y al regazo para todos los pasajeros, por aprobación de la ley SB 693.

Otras medidas promulgadas por la Legislatura estatal durante la sesión de este año, la cual ya están en vigor, incluyen proporcionan gratuitamente educación de prekínder a los hijos de oficiales de policía fallecidos o heridos en el cumplimiento del deber; prohibir las suspensiones disciplinarias para los niños hasta el segundo grado; y otorgar períodos de gracia más largos para pagar las facturas del almuerzo escolar.


Fondo de becas de la preparatoria Adamson honra a hijo de empleado de American Airlines

En un esfuerzo por convertir la angustia en una oportunidad futura para un estudiante en la academia universitaria de W.H. Adamson High School, Patrick Morin, Director gerente de tecnología informatica de American Airlines, ha establecido la beca Eric J. Morin Memorial.

El hijo de Morin, Eric James Morin, falleció antes de cumplir dos años. En honor de Eric, Morin y su familia están donando personalmente una beca universitaria de $5,000 para un estudiante que se gradúa de la academia universitaria de W.H. Adamson High School. American Airlines ha ofrecido generosamente igualar la donación, permitiendo asi que un segundo graduado reciba una beca universitaria de $5.000.

“La posibilidad de que los estudiantes obtengan un grado de asociado en tecnología mientras obtienen un diploma de preparatoria es una gran oportunidad para los estudiantes graduados, las corporaciones que buscan empleados y la comunidad de Oak Cliff,” dijo Morin a la clase de estudiantes de primer año de preparatoria. “Y aunque la capacidad de ingresar inmediatamente a la fuerza de trabajo después de la graduación de la academia universitaria es sin duda una perspectiva emocionante, esperamos que algunos estudiantes se sientan inspirados a continuar su educación y aplicar los créditos que obtienen hacia una licenciatura de cuatro año. En honor a la memoria de mi hijo, hemos creado un fondo de becas para premiar a estudiantes que se graduan con una beca de $5,000. “

American Airlines es el socio de la industria de la academia universitaria de Adamson High School. Como socio, American Airlines proporcionará mentores a los estudiantes, visitas a lugares de empleo, y oportunidades potenciales para pasantías y entrevistas de trabajo.

La academia universitaria de Adamson es una de las 23 academias universitarias y preparatorias de early college (ECHS, por sus siglas en inglés) que son operadas por Dallas ISD y por el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios de Dallas este año escolar. Los cerca de 3.800 estudiantes de Dallas ISD matriculados en una academia universitaria o ECHS pueden obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario, o un grado de asociado, sin costo para ellos, mientras que obtienen un diploma de escuela preparatoria.

Hay más de 53 socios de la industriale, como American Airlines, que están apoyado con las academias universitarias. Morin dijo que para American Airlines, la asociación tiene sentido práctico.

“Estamos aquí porque siempre buscamos estudiantes talentosos y capacitados en tecnología para unirse a nuestro equipo en American Airlines”, dijo Morin. “A través de esta asociación y estos cuatro años que hemos comenzando juntos, tenemos la esperanza de que los futuros graduados considerarán comenzar una carrera gratificante en American Airlines”.

 


AlumNow: Kimball grad credits JROTC for setting her up for future success

AlumNow is a Hub feature that checks in on Dallas ISD alumni to see what they are up to now. If you are interested in sharing your story, make sure to follow the link at the bottom of the page.

Tonya Caston, a 1994 graduate from Kimball High School, returned to Dallas ISD to work as a High School Data Controller and Professional Graphic Designer. She credits her time in JROTC at Kimball for helping prepare her for a successful future.

What was your favorite subject or activity/involvement in high school?

My favorite activities included Majorette and JROTC. As a Majorette, I was able to learn the true meaning of sisterhood as well as show my baton twirling skills on the field in front of hundreds of people. JROTC taught me self-discipline, courage and honor, and I was able to meet classmates from all types of lifestyles.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

Mr. Holmes was my band teacher, and even though I didn’t play an instrument, he still treated the majorette squad as an essential part to his band. He taught us how to be young ladies, and how to be a part of a team that is focused on one goal. The Kimball Knight Marching Train was and still is a family!

What lesson did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years?

I’ve learned that no matter what’s going on in your life, stay focused and you can achieve anything you set your mind too.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?

Stay focused and get to know your counselors and administrators on a positive level. They will help you in furthering your education beyond high school. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to speak up.

If you are a Dallas ISD alum and would like to be considered for an AlumNow spotlight, please complete the questionnaire and submit along with a recent high-resolution headshot. We look forward to catching up with you and sharing your accomplishments


Adamson scholarship fund honors son of American Airlines employee

In an effort to turn heartbreak into a future opportunity for a student at W.H. Adamson High School Collegiate Academy, Patrick Morin, Managing Director of Information Technology at American Airlines, has established the Eric J. Morin Memorial Scholarship.

Morin’s son, Eric James Morin, passed away before he turned 2. In honor of Eric, Morin and his family are personally donating a $5,000 college scholarship for the top student who graduates from W.H. Adamson High School Collegiate Academy.  American Airlines has generously offered to match the donation, allowing a second top graduate of the Collegiate Academy to receive at a $5,000 college scholarship.

“The possibility for students to earn an associate degree in technology while pursuing a high school diploma is a huge opportunity for the graduating students, the hiring corporations and the Oak Cliff community.” Morin told the class of incoming freshmen. “And while the ability to immediately enter the workforce upon graduation from the collegiate academy is certainly an exciting prospect, we hope some students will be inspired to continue their education and apply the credits they earn in the collegiate academy towards the completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree.  In my son’s memory, we have set up a scholarship fund to award the top graduate from the W.H. Adamson Collegiate Academy with a $5,000 scholarship.”

American Airlines is the industry partner of the Adamson High School Collegiate Academy. As an industry partner, American Airlines will provide students with mentorship, site visits and potential opportunities for internships and job interviews.

Adamson High School Collegiate Academy is one of the 23 collegiate academies and Early College High Schools being operated by Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District this school year. The nearly 3,800 Dallas ISD students enrolled in a collegiate academy or ECHS can earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree—at no cost to them—while earning a high school diploma.

More than 53 industry partners such as American Airlines are partnering with the collegiate academies. For American Airlines, Morin said the partnership makes practical sense for the company.

“We are here because we are always seeking talented students trained in technology to join our team at American Airlines.” Morin said. “Through this partnership and the 4-year journey that we are starting together, we are hopeful that future graduates will consider a pursuing a rewarding career at American Airlines.”


La comunidad del Dallas ISD comparte muestras de apoyo a familias impactadas por Huracán Harvey










Dallas ISD se enorgullece en ver las enormes muestras de apoyo por parte de personal, estudiantes, padres, socios y amigos del distrito hacia nuestros amigos del área de Houston. 

La familia del distrito se ha unido a los esfuerzos de ayuda, los cuales varían desde aportar tiempo como voluntarios en albergues y haciendo donativos monetarios o artículos como útiles escolares, uniformes, mochilas, entre otras cosas.  İGracias por su apoyo y muestras de amor y compasión hacia nuestros amigos y vecinos!


Students, staff show outpouring of support for hurricane evacuees








Efforts across Dallas ISD are under way to supply hurricane survivors with much-needed supplies and support as some of them make their way to the city.

Three schools have been designated to welcome any Houston-area students who stay at the city’s mega shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. They are John F. Kennedy Learning Center, Alex W. Spence Middle School and North Dallas High School. Other schools across the district are collecting donated supplies and are ready to embrace individual students who have sought shelter in their neighborhoods.

At Spence, eighth-graders brought in donations and are ready to welcome new students to the school. They wrote personal notes and attached them to the backpacks that will be distributed to students.

A representative from the Red Cross picked up donations on Sept. 1 from  Robert T. Hill Middle School.  Josh Ault’s seventh-grade social studies class collected toiletries and filled several donation boxes.

Dallas ISD employees have been volunteering at the shelter inside the convention center. Pictured above is employee Malia Nix with Dallas Cowboys wide receive Cole Beasley, who was among players who stopped by to thank workers on Thursday.

We will add to this photo gallery as we find or receive additional images. Send them to thehub@dallasisd.org or post to social media and tag @dallasschools (Twitter) or @DallasISD (Facebook and Instagram).

Related stories:
Dallas ISD accepts items for students displaced by Hurricane Harvey
Dallas ISD committed to serving any students impacted by Hurricane Harvey


New Texas state laws affecting education, students now in effect

A new statewide texting-while-driving law has gotten perhaps the most attention lately. It extends the ban on using handheld devices behind the wheel that was already in effect for active school zones.

Buses used to transport Dallas ISD students already comply with the new state law mandating shoulder belts for all riders.

However, there are a few other laws now in effect as of Friday, Sept. 1, that directly affect Texas students.

Here’s a brief list:

  • Called “David’s Law,” SB 179 aims to curb cyberbullying, making it a Class A misdemeanor to use texts, emails, social media or other digital means that encourage another child to harm or kill themselves. The law is named in memory of David Molak, a student at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio who committed suicide in January 2016 at age 16 after he was bullied on Instagram.
  • With the passage of HB 367, school employees can now provide hungry students with free leftover food, which can be stored on campus and distributed in any manner that abides by health codes.
  • New school buses must have shoulder-to-lap seatbelts for all riders, per passage of SB 693.

Other measures enacted by the state Legislature during this year’s session already in effect provide free pre-kindergarten for the children of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty; prohibit disciplinary suspensions for children through the second grade; and mandate longer grace periods for paying school lunch bills.


Partnership at Medrano Elementary helps boost student achievement








They had to fill up multiple shopping carts multiple times, but three employees at commercial real estate firm HFF successfully found everything they wanted to donate to Dallas ISD’s Esperanza “Hope” Medrano Elementary School this year.

The employees from the company’s Dallas office collected $5,477 for the effort. With stops at Wal-Mart, Target, Sam’s Club and Office Depot, it was early afternoon before the intrepid shoppers delivered their bounty to the school just a few days before classes resumed.

“We got everything on our list except manila paper,” said Vanessa DeLacretaz of HFF. “We have enjoyed working with them so much for the past year – five years in a row now. We want to help out where we can.”

Besides the annual donation of school supplies and uniforms, HFF staff members visit the campus regularly to help tutor students.

The supplies and uniforms will be distributed as needed throughout the school year. A portion of Medrano’s student population comes from nearby family shelters, so the needs are sometimes great.

Teachers from each grade helped DeLacretaz and her two shopping partners unload several flatbed carts of items into the school’s library. As she readied her space for the looming school year, librarian Michele Buehler got a little emotional. She thanked HFF for its generous donation.

“It’s always wonderful when someone comes out to give to our kids,” Buehler said. “They don’t have to do this. We’ve been blessed; they’re a great group.”

Principal Mariela Magro-Malo said that HFF’s effort exemplifies how the community really cares about students.

“The donation shows that we want our kids to come to Medrano, and the community will do whatever it takes for them to be successful,” she said. “We’ll take care of the rest.”


Trustee Foreman recognized for earning Master Trustee status

Dallas ISD Trustee Joyce Foreman, District 6, has been honored as a Master Trustee by Leadership TASB, the nationally recognized leadership training program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards.

Leadership TASB is a highly selective program where normally only one in four applicants is accepted as a member of a class of 36 participants. Over a 10 month period, the class meets five times in five different Texas cities. They hear from nationally recognized speakers, tour a variety of school districts and conduct personal research on a topic of relevance to Texas school trustees. Class members represent districts from all parts of Texas with varying sizes of student enrollment and varying levels of property wealth.

This designation places Foreman in the ranks of more than 800 Leadership TASB alumni who commit to working a little harder; being challenged with new thoughts; and renewing their commitment to make a difference on behalf of the schoolchildren in Texas.


Iniciativa de la academia universitaria de Pinkston ofrece oportunidad única a los estudiantes

Cuando Daniel se inscribió el año pasado en la academia universitaria de L.G. Pinkston, no tenía una idea clara de cómo esta experiencia cambiaría su vida. Hoy en día, es un estudiante de segundo año en este programa y la universidad ya no es un sueño: es una realidad.

“Lo que me gusta de este programa es la oportunidad que ofrece de visitar varias universidades. El año pasado, realizamos viajes escolares a Texas Christian University, la Universidad de Texas, y muchas otras universidades más. Tengo deseos de visitar otras este año “, explicó Daniel.

Sus compañeros de clases expresaron que el programa los ayuda con sus carreras y así es. Estos estudiantes, a la temprana edad de 14 y 15 años, ya están centrando su atención en planificar y prepararse para lo que quieren hacer en su edad adulta, y ven la universidad como una parte fundamental de la ecuación.

Cuando los estudiantes de la academia universitaria de Pinkston regresaron a clases, tuvieron un incentivo y razón para celebrar. Eber Perla, administradora en la academia, anunció que de las ocho academias que se inauguraron en 2016, Pinkston alcanzó las estadísticas más altas en varias categorías:

  • 100 por ciento de estudiantes aprobaron clases de crédito dual
  • 98 por ciento de retención de estudiantes
  • 99 por ciento aprobaron la clase de Biología
  • 94 por ciento aprobaron la clase de Inglés I

Para unirse a la celebración, los socios escolares, Brent Beckert de Haynes y Boone, LLP y Tiffany Haley de Parkland Hospital, y el socio comunitario Shawn Scott de Hack My Future, visitaron a los estudiantes y los animaron a tener otro año exitoso.

Perla retó a los estudiantes a seguir dando el 100 por ciento de su esfuerzo en su labor académica, “porque otras academias universitarias quieren ser como nosotros. Quieren tener el éxito que tenemos.”

En asociación con el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas, Dallas ISD ofrece 23 programas universitarios en todo el distrito.  En estos centros, los estudiantes pueden obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario o un título de grado asociado, sin costo alguno para ellos. Esta es una iniciativa que muchos denominan como única para los estudiantes de Dallas ISD. Viendo los resultados y planes futuros de estos estudiantes de Pinkston, ellos están decididos a aprovechar esta magnífica oportunidad al máximo y tener un brillante futuro.


Dallas ISD está aceptando donaciones de uniformes y útiles escolares para estudiantes afectados por el huracán Harvey

El Dallas ISD continúa brindando una mano amiga a familias desplazadas por el Huracán Harvey.  Estamos aceptando donaciones de uniformes, útiles escolares y mochilas para estudiantes que pronto se inscribirán en nuestras escuelas. El distrito tiene disponible un sitio donde las donaciones están siendo recaudadas.

Los artículos donados pueden ser llevados a las oficinas del distrito, Dallas ISD Education Center, ubicadas en el 9400 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231, comenzando hoy hasta el 8 de septiembre.  El horario para dejar las donaciones es de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.; no se aceptarán donaciones el Día del Trabajo por ser día feriado y el distrito estará cerrado.  Los artículos pueden ser dejados en la cafetería del edificio, localizada en el área de recepción del primer piso.

Dallas ISD está aceptando uniformes nuevos, útiles escolares y mochilas para todas las edades y en todas las tallas.

Los artículos que pueden donar son:

  • Camisas blancas de cuello
  • Pantalones color khaki
  • Cinturones color negro o café
  • Mochilas; y
  • Útiles escolares para grados Kinder al 12

¿Desea ayudar?

Para poder ayudar como voluntario deben registrarse utilizando la solicitud para voluntarios de Dallas ISD que está disponible en https://dallasisd.voly.org/.

Si les gustaría hacer una donación monetaria al fondo de ayuda del huracán Harvey, lo puede hacer por medio de United Way de Dallas, visitando su página de internet https://unitedwaydallas.org/harveyrelief/. Si les interesa servir como voluntario en el Centro de Convenciones de Dallas, visite https://www.voly.org/.


Dallas ISD accepts items for students displaced by Hurricane Harvey

As Dallas ISD continues to lend a helping hand to families displaced by Hurricane Harvey who are now arriving in the City of Dallas, the district is collecting donations of uniforms, school supplies and backpacks for students expected to enroll in district schools.

Donations may be dropped off at Dallas ISD’s Education Center, 9400 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75233, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday, Sept. 8 (with the exception of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4). The drop-off area is available on the first floor of the building.

Those who wish may also purchase school supplies for the affected students via this link.

Uniforms of all sizes are needed: white-collared shirts, khaki pants and brown or black belts. School supplies and backpacks for K-12 grades are also being accepted.

Anyone wishing to serve as a volunteer must also register using the Dallas ISD volunteer application, which is available at dallasisd.voly.org.

To make a general monetary donation to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the United Way of Dallas is accepting donations at unitedwaydallas.org/harveyrelief/. To volunteer at the Dallas Convention Center, visit voly.org/.


Cheer on your favorite Dallas ISD student-athletes this fall

The fall sports season is ramping up as high school football, volleyball, cross country and tennis competitors ready for games, matches and meets, followed closely by the beginning of middle school sports in the coming weeks.

Find schedules by choosing your favorite Dallas ISD school from the list here and then selecting the sport. Make plans to attend an upcoming event to cheer on your favorite students and schools. Marching bands, color guards, drill teams, cheerleaders and more will be adding to the festivities at varsity football games.

While today’s student-athletes are working hard to shine in and out of the classroom, the Dallas ISD Athletics Department wants to honor the best who have come before them. Nominations for the first-ever district Athletic Hall of Fame must be received by Sept. 30, 2017, to be considered for the Class of 2018. Find information here.


Pinkston Collegiate Academy students set the tone for life-changing initiative




When Daniel enrolled in the L.G. Pinkston Collegiate Academy last year, he was not fully aware of how the experience would change his life. Today, he is a sophomore in the program and college is more than a dream; it is a reality.

“What I like about this program is the opportunity to visit a number of colleges. Last year, we had field trips to visit TCU, Texas, and many more. I’m looking forward to more visits this year,” Daniel explained.

Other classmates chimed in saying the program helps them with their careers. That’s right, these students, at the tender age of 14 and 15, are already sharply focused on planning and preparing for what they will do in their adult years, and they see college as a critical part of the equation.

As students returned to class for the first day of school, Pinkston Collegiate Academy students had extra incentive and reason to celebrate as College Administrator Eber Perla announced that of the eight collegiate academies that launched in 2016, Pinkston had the top stats in several categories, including:

  • 100 percent passing for dual credit courses
  • 98 percent student retention
  • 99 percent biology pass rate
  • 94 percent English I pass rate

To help celebrate, the school’s industry partners Brent Beckert with Haynes and Boone, LLP and Tiffany Haley with Parkland Hospital and community partner Shawn Scott of Hack My Future stopped by to cheer the students on and encourage them to have another successful year.

Perla issued a light-hearted challenge to the students to continue giving 100 percent, “because other collegiate academies are coming for us. They want to have the success we’re having.”

In partnership with the Dallas County Community College District, Dallas ISD has 23 early college programs across the district where students can earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree, at no cost to students. It is an initiative that many term a game changer for Dallas ISD students. Based on the reactions and plans for the future of these Pinkston students, they are determined to make the most of this unique opportunity and see a bright path ahead.


Health/PE Department taps new name to reflect broader duties

The Dallas ISD Health and Physical Education Department has a new name to reflect its additional role to provide districtwide support for the physical, social and emotional well-being of students, families and staff.

Now called the Urban School Wellness Department, it will continue to provide curriculum, assessment and professional development for health and physical education for grades K-12.

The department has become responsible for supporting district compliance with many local, state and federal mandates related to the overall health and wellness of the school community. That means it has to help build an infrastructure to support activities to achieve those goals.

As the department’s role has expanded, so have the district’s recognitions because of its work. Some of the recent awards include a USDA Healthier US School Challenge Award for all elementary and middle schools; Texas Catch (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Champion Award; It’s Time Texas, Health Advisory Council Award and more.