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Sign up by Oct. 1 for the 21-Day Challenge to become a Super Snacker

Time is running out for Dallas ISD elementary school students to sign up for the 21-Day Challenge – participants must register by Oct. 1.

The annual contest, sponsored by Medical City Children’s Hospital, challenges students to make healthier snack choices for three weeks. Those healthy snacks should contain at least one fruit or vegetable, and recipes available on the website can provide inspiration and great choices.

Kid-friendly recipes are developed by culinary arts students in the Texas ProStart program, along with partner the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association.

Registering in the challenge qualifies the top participating schools for prizes and bragging rights (not to mention the encouragement to eat all those yummy snacks). Learn more and register at  www.kids-teaching-kids.com.


Dallas ISD Rising: J.N. Ervin Elementary students, staff talk school’s turnaround

While teaching math at Kennedy Curry Middle School, Annette Powers kept encountering students from J.N Ervin Elementary School unable to add, subtract or multiply.

When Ervin became a Dallas ISD ACE School, which incentivizes high-performing teachers and campus leaders to voluntarily work at low-performing campuses, Powers signed on to help transform the school.

“I wanted to change the school’s culture and change the feeder pattern so students would leave knowing how to do the basics of math,” she said.

Dallas ISD Rising: Thirteen schools grab spotlight for tremendous turnaround

Thanks to Powers and the other outstanding teachers and campus staff, Ervin Elementary is now a much difference school than it was just two years ago. The school is not only no longer on the Improvement Required list, it earned two academic distinctions.

For a first-hand look at how the school has changed, the Hub asked the school’s students, teachers, staff and volunteers.

Annette Powers, Math Teacher

“It’s all hands-on deck, and everybody empowers the kids—as well as we empower each other—to make sure the climate is what it needs to be at the school.”

Amazing, Fifth-Grader

“What I love about (this school) is that it’s a community where people can learn together.”

Daniel Crisler, After-School Program Coordinator

“Kids are happy to be at school, parents are starting to get more involved, and the community is really starting to come around to invest in these kids, which is really cool to see.”

Melanie Jenkins, Office Manager

“We have more parent engagement, more activities going on for our students.”

Derrick Wesley, Physical Education Teacher

“It seemed like in the past that students were okay with just getting by. With the staff we have now, we are not allowing them to just get by. We want them to thrive.”

Gregory Chapman, Community Liaison

“This school year things are fixing to just blow up because all of our new partnerships—the church and the community—coming back to J.N. Ervin makes a huge difference for the students.”

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

James Wallace, Principal

“We are excited to build upon and exceed these gains, and I’m thankful to be a part of a wonderful staff and excellent school community.”


Dallas ISD grad’s AP exam success earns her Texas AP Scholar award

A Class of 2018 graduate is one of the top two Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars in the state.

Kimmy Chang, who gradated last May as the School of Science and Engineering’s (SEM) valedictorian, earned the State AP Scholar Award by scoring a 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams, and the highest average scores on the AP exams she took. She currently attends Stanford University. She is just one of this year’s top AP Scholars in Texas.

The list of AP tests Chang took is a bit staggering: AP Human Geography, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A,  AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus BC, AP World History, AP Physics 1, AP Art History, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP U.S. History, AP Latin, AP Stats, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Physics 2, AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Macroeconomics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government and Politics, and AP Psychology.

An emphasis on Advanced Placement tests at Dallas ISD’s School of Science and Engineering is seeing great success.

All SEM students are required to take AP Calculus. In 2011, 73 percent of SEM students passed the AP Calculus exam. In 2018, 100 percent passed the exam, with 75 percent (78 out of 106 students) earning the top score of 5. Nationally, 19 percent of students score a 5 on the AP Calculus exam.


Annual Districtwide College Fair draws more than 2,300 visitors




More than 2,300 students and their parents attended the 2018 Dallas ISD Districtwide College Fair on Sept. 19 to learn about opportunities available after high school graduation.

That attendance figure represents more than 1,800 Dallas ISD students, nearly 50 more who attend schools outside of Dallas ISD and the about 400 parents/guardians who also visited the fair.

When they arrived, they were greeted by dozens of representatives from colleges, universities, trade schools and the military who were eager to share information about their institutions.

Transportation was once again available to the fair from Dallas ISD schools. There were 830 students who rode 27 buses to the fair, with 123 bus chaperones riding along.

There were 45 event volunteers and representatives from supporting district departments including Student Engagement and Counseling Services, Custodial Services, Graphics, Communications Services, Health Services, Dallas ISD Police, Strategic Initiatives and External Relations and Transportation Services.


Campuses, departments prepare for racial equity grant requirements

Dallas ISD staff from various district departments and identified schools collaborated to complete individualized consultation sessions that align to five specific components of the Funds for Achievement and Racial Equity (FARE) Grant.

The purpose of the FARE Grant is to better support identified schools by providing additional funds to address academic and infrastructure needs in respect to these five components:

1) staffing

2) supplemental instructional programs

3) after-school enrichment programs

4) professional development

5) materials and resources

Departments participating were Teaching & Learning, School Leadership, Extended Learning Opportunities, Advanced Academic Services, Early Learning, Special Education, Student Engagement & Counseling Services and the Racial Equity Office.

Principals from the four participating high schools, nine middle schools and four elementary schools met with representatives from each of the featured departments to select appropriate resources, and update their Campus Improvement Plans with goals and instructional strategies to reflect the allocation of the FARE Grant.

Find information about the Racial Equity Office here.


Dallas ISD anuncia cambios en puestos de liderazgo

El viernes, funcionarios de Dallas ISD dieron a conocer varios cambios provisionales en los puestos de liderazgo para asegurar que el distrito siga progresando de manera significativa como lo ha hecho hasta el momento.

El puesto de superintendente adjunto, que ocupaba Israel Cordero hasta el día de su renuncia el pasado 20 de septiembre, se convertirá en jefe de iniciativas estratégicas. Brian Lusk, que tiene un largo historial de éxito en Dallas ISD y recientemente fungía como jefe adjunto del Departamento de Liderazgo Escolar, ocupará el puesto de jefe interino de iniciativas estratégicas. En este cargo, Lusk supervisará la Oficina de Transformación e Innovación y las Academias Universitarias. Lusk reportará directamente al superintendente Michael Hinojosa.

Asimismo, Jolee Healy ha sido nombrada jefa adjunto interina del Departamento de Liderazgo Escolar para suplir a Lusk. Healey también ha logrado éxito en Dallas ISD, recientemente como superintendente asistente donde supervisaba el programa Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE). En su nuevo puesto, Healy continuará supervisando el programa ACE además del programa LEAD.

Los otros cambios de liderazgo provisionales son:

  • Healy contratará a un director ejecutivo nuevo que le asistirá con el programa ACE;
  • La Dra. Ivonne Durant, jefa de asuntos académicos de Dallas ISD, ahora reportará directamente al superintendente y asumirá la responsabilidad de Título I y el Departamento de Educación Profesional y Técnica;
  • Pam Lear, jefa de personal de tendrá a su cargo el Departamento de Relaciones Gubernamentales;
  • Toni Cordova, jefa del Departamento de Comunicaciones de Dallas ISD asumirá la responsabilidad del Departamento de Servicios de Voluntarios y Asociaciones;
  • Stephanie Elizalde, jefa del Departamento de Liderazgo Escolar asumirá la responsabilidad del Comité Asesor del Distrito.

Dallas ISD announces several interim leadership changes

Dallas ISD officials announced on Friday several interim leadership changes to ensure the district is positioned for continued significant progress.

The position of Deputy Superintendent, which had been held by Israel Cordero prior to his resignation on Sept. 20, will become the Chief of Strategic Initiatives. Brian Lusk, who has a long history of success in Dallas ISD and most recently served as Dallas ISD Deputy Chief of School Leadership, will serve as Acting Chief of Strategic Initiatives. Through this position, Lusk will supervise the Office of Transformation and Innovation and the Collegiate Academies. Lusk will report to the superintendent.

Meanwhile, Jolee Healy has been appointed to replace Lusk as Acting Deputy Chief of School Leadership. Healey also has a long history of success in Dallas ISD, most recently as the Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent who oversees the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Program. Healy in her new role will still oversee the ACE program and LEAD.

The other interim leadership changes are:

  • Healy will hire a new executive director to assist her with the ACE program;
  • Dr. Ivonne Durant, the Dallas ISD Chief Academic Officer, will now report directly to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and assume responsibility for Title I and the Career and Technical Education Department;
  • Dallas ISD Chief of Staff Pam Lear will assume responsibility for the Dallas ISD Government Relations Department;
  • Dallas ISD Chief of Communications Toni Cordova will assume responsibility for the Volunteers and Partnership Services Department;
  • Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde will assume responsibility for the Districtwide Advisory Committee.

Statue honors late Dallas native, Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks








Chicago tries to claim Ernie Banks as its own, and there’s no denying that the late baseball player known as “Mr. Cub” and “Mr. Sunshine” had a positive impact during his 18 years of professional play there and through his community involvement. But Banks was born and raised in Dallas, and on Thursday, that fact was commemorated in a special way.

A statue of Banks was dedicated in front of the original building of Dallas ISD’s Booker T. Washington High School. The piece was sculpted by Booker T. Class of 1985 alumnus Emmanuel Gillespie. The event to dedicate it was celebrated by city, school and community officials; current and former students; staff; family member; and special guests – one of whom is an author whose definitive history of Banks’ life will be published soon.

Banks graduated from Booker T. Washington in 1950 when it was an all-black high school. The campus changed its focus to an arts school in the late 1970s, and the neighborhood – where the Banks family home once stood – has since become a collection of modern facilities providing space for visual and performing arts.

See additional photos here.


Graduate Together: alumnos de 5to grado visitan preparatorias

Heath Waffer, estudiante de ultimo año en North Dallas High School, aún recuerda su primer día en la escuela como estudiante de 9o grado.

Nunca había estado en una preparatoria, por lo que pensaba que era un “lugar intimidante”. La primera vez que entró a la escuela estaba notablemente aterrado.

En la actualidad, Waffer es uno de los mejores estudiantes; participa en actividades extracurriculares y le encanta la preparatoria. El 14 de septiembre, Waffer recibirá a otros estudiantes en North Dallas High School como parte de la iniciativa “Graduate Together”.

“Es importante tener días como este para que los estudiantes más jóvenes puedan venir y ver que la preparatoria es una etapa divertida y se puedan sentir entusiasmados de vivirla, no sentirse con temor”, dijo Waffer.

Este año escolar, todas las preparatorias de Dallas ISD llevarán a cabo un evento “Graduate Together” para darles la bienvenida a su plantel a estudiantes de 5o grado que asisten a primarias en su área de asistencia escolar. Louisa Meyer, fundadora de GraduateTogether.org, se asoció con el Dallas ISD para asegurar que todos los estudiantes de quinto grado reciban camisetas de la secundaria a la que asistirán, otra con el año que se graduarán de la preparatoria y una con la mascota de dicha escuela.

“En el Dallas ISD somos extremadamente afortunados de contar con colaboraciones sólidas con organizaciones como Graduate Together para ayudarnos a construir una comunidad de escuelas que establecen expectativas altas para los estudiantes y trabaja de la mano para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a lograr su máximo potencial”, dijo Brian Lusk, jefe adjunto en Dallas ISD. “La campaña Graduate Together promueve el orgullo por su comunidad escolar y establece la expectativa de graduación de la preparatoria y la universidad”.


Asociación de Idiomas Extranjeros de Texas nombra maestro del año a educador de J. L. Long Middle School

Un maestro de secundaria de Dallas ISD fue nombrado nuevo maestro del año por la Asociación de Idiomas Extranjeros de Texas (TFLA).

Dayne Harris, maestro de J.L. Long Middle School, será reconocido por sus logros durante la conferencia de otoño de la TFLA que se realizará en octubre.

“El comité quedó impresionado con la dedicación que has mostrado a tu escuela, tus estudiantes y la comunidad”, expresó Stephanie Escobar, presidenta electa de la TFLA, en una carta que enviaron a Harris. “Nos sentimos honrados e inspirados por la excelencia que has demostrado en tus años en la educación de idiomas extranjeros”.


Graduate Together: Fifth-graders visit their future high schools

North Dallas High School senior Heath Waffer still remembers his first day as a freshman.

He’d never visited a high school before, so he thought it was “some big scary place.” He was notably terrified the first time he walked through the front door.

Today, Waffer is a top student, involved in extracurricular activities, and loves high school. And on Sept. 14, Waffer served as a student greeter to North Dallas High School as part of the Graduate Together Initiative.

“It’s important to have days like this where younger students can come and see that high school is a fun experience to look forward to and be excited about, not something to dread,” Waffer said.

All Dallas ISD high schools will hold a Graduate Together event this school year to welcome fifth-graders—who attend elementary schools in the high school’s feeder pattern—to their campus. Louisa Meyer, the founder of GraduateTogether.org, partnered with Dallas ISD to ensure that all fifth-graders receive shirts with their high school graduation year, high school mascot, and middle school.

“Dallas ISD is extremely fortunate to have strong partnerships with organizations such as Graduate Together to help us build a community of schools that sets high expectations for students and works hand-in-hand to help our students realize their fullest potential,” Dallas ISD Deputy Chief Brian Lusk said. “The Graduate Together campaign promotes feeder pattern pride and sets expectations for students to graduate from high school and college.”


Texas Foreign Language Association names Long educator the New Teacher of the Year

A Dallas ISD middle school teacher has been named the New Teacher of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association (TFLA).

J.L. Long Middle School teacher Dayne Harris will be honored for his achievements in October at the TFLA Fall Conference.

“The committee was impressed by the obvious dedication you have shown to your school, students, and community,” TFLA President Elect Stephanie Escobar wrote to Harris in a letter. “We are humbled and inspired by the excellence you have demonstrated during your years in world language education.”


Dallas ISD lanza iniciativa All-Pro Dad para padres y figuras paternas

El draft de la NFL es un evento importante para todo aquel que sueña con jugar fútbol americano profesional. Sin embargo, para los papás en el Dallas ISD, este cobró un significado aún más importante ya que cientos de ellos se reunieron para lanzar la iniciativa “All-Pro Dad”.

La reunión se llevó a cabo anoche en Justin F. Kimball High School, donde se les seleccionó para el programa que tiene el objetivo de aumentar la participación de los papás en el distrito y construir una red sólida para apoyar a los estudiantes y ayudarse los unos a los otros. Durante el evento, se anunció a los padres de cada patrón de asistencia escolar y se les recibió en el escenario con una entusiasta ovación y saludos de mano de los otros padres. Para crear el ambiente festivo se contó con el equipo de porristas, bastoneros y la vibrante música de la línea de percusión de los Knights de Kimball.

Por medio de esta iniciativa, los padres y las figuras paternas aceptan participar más en la vida de sus hijos al adoptar la estrategia “One + One + One” que se toma directamente del manual Dads for Kids de Dallas ISD. Dicha estrategia establece que los padres pasen un minuto al día, una hora al mes y una vez al año con sus hijos aprendiendo, aconsejando y orientandolos.


Two new early college high schools to open next school year

Dallas ISD and the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) are planning to open early college high schools inside Skyline High School and North Lake College next school year.

District officials briefed trustees in September about the growth and future plans of the district’s Early College High School (ECHS) and Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) programs. Dallas ISD and the DCCCD currently operate 23 ECHS/P-TECH programs where students can get up to 60 hours of college credit—or an associate degree—at no cost to them while still in high school.

About 6,200 Dallas ISD students are currently enrolled in an ECHS or P-TECH program. In two years, that number will double to 12,000 Dallas ISD students, when the P-TECH program reaches full scale.

The benefits of Dallas ISD collegiate academies.

Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent Israel Cordero presented data to trustees showing that students enrolled in a collegiate academy perform well on assessments and have a higher attendance rate and retention rate as a result of participation in the ECHS/P-TECH programs.

The 69 industry partners that have teamed up with Dallas ISD and DCCCD.

Cordero also thanked the 69 industry partners who have partnered with the 18 P-TECHs to provide students with real-world knowledge and experience.

 “We are immensely thankful to our industry partners who are selflessly bringing their expertise to our students,” Cordero said. “Working hand in hand with the DCCCD and our industry partners, we are setting up our students for lifelong success.”


Dallas ISD celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

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

Dallas ISD celebra la rica cultura y las importantes aportaciones de los hispano americanos durante el mes nacional de la herencia hispana, que se celebra del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre.

El 15 de septiembre celebraron la independencia los países de Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua. México celebró su independencia el 16 de septiembre y Chile el 18 de septiembre. El 12 de octubre, se celebra día se celebra Columbus Day, ó el Día de la Raza.

En 1968 inició como Hispanic Heritage Week, y en 1988 se extendió la celebración a un mes.

Para más información y recursos adicionales durante el mes de la herencia hispana visite el sitio de web:  www.hispanicheritagemonth.org.

Comparta sus eventos y celebraciones con nosotros enviando los detalles a thehub@dallasisd.org.


Dallas ISD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Dallas ISD celebrates the rich culture and important contributions of Hispanic Americans during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15-Oct. 15 each year. Special events and educational lessons help bring the history to life for students.

The time period is an important one for several Hispanic countries. On Sept. 15, the countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate becoming independent nations. The next day, Sept. 16, is celebrated as Independence Day in Mexico. Chile celebrates its independence on Sept. 18. Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is celebrated on Oct. 12. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, and was expanded in 1988 to cover the current 30-day period.

Find information and additional resources at the National Hispanic Heritage Month website maintained by The Library of Congress.

Is your campus or department honoring Hispanic Heritage Month in a special way? Tell us about it at thehub@dallasisd.org.


Dallas ISD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Dallas ISD celebrates the rich culture and important contributions of Hispanic Americans during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15-Oct. 15 each year. Special events and educational lessons help bring the history to life for students.

The time period is an important one for several Hispanic countries. On Sept. 15, the countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate becoming independent nations. The next day, Sept. 16, is celebrated as Independence Day in Mexico. Chile celebrates its independence on Sept. 18. Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is celebrated on Oct. 12. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, and was expanded in 1988 to cover the current 30-day period.

Find information and additional resources at the National Hispanic Heritage Month website maintained by The Library of Congress.

Is your campus or department honoring Hispanic Heritage Month in a special way? Tell us about it at thehub@dallasisd.org.


Woodrow Wilson High School celebra 90 años de excelencia

Es viernes por la mañana, y el auditorio de Woodrow Wilson High School está lleno de estudiantes entonando la canción “Cumpleaños feliz” para celebrar el 90 aniversario de la escuela.

Mientras tanto, el director, Michael Moran, ha enumerado una lista de logros—siete distinciones académicas, un equipo de fútbol americano invicto, un programa de Bachillerato Internacional reconocido, para empezar—a los estudiantes como parte del festejo.

“Esta escuela tiene historia, una excelente reputación, y yo sé que cada uno de ustedes representarán de gran manera a Woodrow este año”, dijo Moran a los estudiantes.

Woodrow Wilson High School abrió sus puertas el 14 de septiembre de 1928. Conforme más familias eligen al Dallas ISD y Woodrow Wilson para la educación de sus hijos, la matrícula de la escuela ha crecido a 1,953 estudiantes este año. La firma IN2 Architects condujo una evaluación esta semana que reveló que en el plantel se puede “acomodar cómodamente y con seguridad al número de estudiantes matriculados en la actualidad con espacio para seguir creciendo.”

Para estudiantes como Noelle Martínez, inscrita en el grado 12, Woodrow Wilson ha sido la combinación perfecta que ofrece un programa académico riguroso y actividades extracurriculares.

“Me gusta la diversidad y el hecho de que conozco a gente nueva diariamente”, dijo Martínez. “Puedo participar en más de una actividad, en deportes y clubes, y seguir estudiando sin estresarme”.

Entretanto, se sigue trabajando en la construcción de un edificio de tres plantas, un gimnasio y vestuarios nuevos. Las mejoras están cubiertas bajo el programa de bonos de $1.6 mil millones y el trabajo estará listo en agosto de 2019.

“Todos estamos conscientes de la rica historia de esta escuela, y estamos esperando un gran año escolar para dar comienzo a los próximos 90 años”, dijo Moran. “Agradezco a los estudiantes, padres, maestros y al personal, y seguiremos haciendo de Woodrow Wilson el tesoro de Dallas”.


Celebran con corte de cinta la apertura del nuevo Anne Frank Early Childhood Center

Recientemente, los padres, la comunidad, el personal escolar y los estudiantes de Anne Frank Elementary School llevaron a cabo una celebración para conmemorar la apertura del nuevo centro de educación preescolar en la escuela. Dicha ceremonia es la primera de varias que están programadas para celebrar el crecimiento de las escuelas de opción y los programas de educación temprana de Dallas ISD.

Edwin Flores, presidente de la Junta Escolar, agradeció a la comunidad del norte de Dallas por su fuerte respaldo a las escuelas del distrito, lo que ha contribuido a mejorar el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes. Pamela Lear, jefa de personal de Dallas ISD, dijo que el anexo que cuenta con más salones de clases, y el crecimiento de programas de opción en el distrito, son señales claras del compromiso que tiene el distrito de ofrecer una educación de alta calidad. “El prekínder es una de las mejores inversiones que el Dallas ISD puede hacer por el futuro de la ciudad,” apuntó Lear.

Beverly Ford, directora de Anne Frank Elementary School, dijo que el personal escolar está muy contento por los 156 estudiantes inscritos en el programa de prekínder se impartirá en el anexo, el cual mide 16,000-pies cuadrados. El espacio está localizado al oeste de la primaria e incluye un área administrativa, enfermería, y salones de clases equipados con lo último en tecnología educativa. También, cuenta con tecnología de seguridad, un carril designado para que desciendan los estudiantes de los autos por la mañana y un estacionamiento. Los cuatro salones de clases son coloridos, y están enmarcados con ventanas grandes que permiten la entrada de luz natural y unas vistas magnificas del exterior, con dos áreas de parques infantiles a cada lado.

BRW Architects, Construction Zone y el Departamento de Servicios de Construcción de Dallas ISD integraron el equipo que estuvo a cargo de la edificación valuada en $4 millones.

Además de esta ceremonia, también habrá celebraciones de apertura en otras escuelas con programas nuevos de prekínder o escuelas públicas de opción:

  • Montessori Academy at Onésimo Hernández | miércoles, 3 de oct., 10:30 a.m.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls | viernes, 5 de oct., 9:30 a.m.
  • Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston | miércoles, 17 de oct., 10 a.m.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Boys | martes, 23 de oct., 9:30 a.m.,
  • School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove | viernes, 2 de nov., 9:30 a.m.
  • Arlington Park Early Childhood Center | martes, 6 de nov., 10 a.m.

Informe: prekínder en Dallas ISD da a estudiantes una ventaja académica

Los números siguen mostrando que los estudiantes que asisten a prekínder en Dallas ISD tienen un mejor rendimiento académico en el futuro comparado con los estudiantes que cumplen con los requisitos para asistir a prekínder en Dallas ISD pero no están inscritos en el programa.

El 13 de septiembre, Derek Little, superintendente adjunto a cargo del Departamento de Educación Preescolar, informó a la Junta Escolar sobre cómo el prekínder está preparando a los estudiantes para tener éxito de por vida. Le mostró a la Junta Escolar los datos de evaluación del 2017-18 que comparan a estudiantes que asisten a prekínder en Dallas ISD con estudiantes que podrían asistir a prekínder en el distrito, pero no lo hacen.

Asimismo, les dijo que el número de estudiantes inscritos en prekínder en el distrito continúa creciendo, especialmente el de los niños de 3 años de edad. Aproximadamente 12,700 estudiantes están inscritos actualmente en prekínder en Dallas ISD.

“Ahora estamos empezando a ver los resultados de nuestra inversión en el programa de prekínder”, dijo el superintendente Michael Hinojosa. “Me parece alentador lo que hemos escuchado hoy, y hacia donde vamos en el futuro”.


Ribbon-Cutting celebrates new Anne Frank Early Childhood Center







Parents, community members, school staff and students recently marked the opening of the new Anne Frank Early Childhood Center with a ribbon-cutting. The celebration is the first of several planned to mark the growth of Dallas ISD’s school choice and early learning programs.

Board of Trustees President Edwin Flores thanked the North Dallas community for its strong support for district schools, which he said has contributed to improving academic achievement. Chief of Staff Pamela Lear said the classroom addition and the growth of choice programs across Dallas ISD are signs of the district’s commitment to high-quality education. She called prekindergarten one of the best investments Dallas ISD can make in the city’s future.

Anne Frank Principal Beverly Ford said her staff is ecstatic about the 156 students who have enrolled in the school’s pre-K program, now housed in the new 16,000-square-foot early childhood addition. The space is located on the west side of the existing school and includes an administrative area, clinic, and classrooms outfitted with the latest educational technology. The building is also equipped with security technology, a circular drop-off lane and parking area. Its four, bright, colorful classrooms are framed by large windows that provide natural light and expansive outdoor views flanked by two playground areas.

BRW Architects, builder Construction Zone and Dallas ISD Construction Services comprised the team that created the $4 million addition.

Future ribbon-cuttings for new pre-K and public school choice campuses include:

  • Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez | 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls | 9:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 5
  • Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston | 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17
  • Solar Preparatory School for Boys | 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove | 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2
  • Arlington Park Early Childhood Center | 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6

Woodrow Wilson High School celebrates 90 years of excellence

It’s Friday morning, and an auditorium full of Woodrow Wilson High School students is belting out “Happy Birthday to You” to celebrate the school’s 90th year.

Principal Michael Moran has just listed off numerous accomplishments—a perfect seven out of seven academic distinctions, an undefeated football team, an acclaimed International Baccalaureate program, for starters—to students as part of an all-class pep rally to celebrate the school’s birthday.

“This school has history, this school has an outstanding reputation, and I know each and every one of you will make Woodrow proud this year,” Moran tells students.

Woodrow Wilson High School opened to students on Sept. 14, 1928. As more families choose Dallas ISD and Woodrow, enrollment at the school has grown to serve 1,953 students this school year. The firm IN2 Architects conducted an assessment this week that found the campus “can comfortably and safely accommodate the current enrollment with additional room to grow.”

For students such as senior Noelle Martinez, Woodrow has a perfect blend of rigorous academics and extracurricular activities.

“I like there is so much diversity and I meet new people every day,” Martinez said. “I can be involved in more than one thing. I can be in sports, in clubs, and still study without being stressed out.”

Back behind the school, construction crews are working on building a three-story addition, new competition gym and locker room facilities. The improvements funded by the $1.6 billion bond program will open by August 2019.

“Everyone here is well aware of the storied history of this school, and we are looking forward to a great school year to kick off the next 90 years,” Moran said. “Thanks to our students, parents, teachers and staff, we will continue making Woodrow a crown jewel of Dallas.”


Kevin Hart, actor y comediante, realiza visita sorpresa a Booker T. Washington High School

Los estudiantes de Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts recibieron una increíble sorpresa el miércoles, 12 de septiembre.

El Dr. Scott Rudes, quien ha sido director de la escuela los últimos cinco años, anunció que se la había presentado una oportunidad que no podía dejar pasar y que renunciaría a su cargo. Indicó que con la ayuda del distrito habían encontrado un director interino: el actor Kevin Hart.

Los estudiantes explotaron de emoción – entendiendo que todo había sido una broma del director – para darle la bienvenida al actor y comediante. Por su parte, en su discurso, Hart prometió que todos los días habría nuggets de pollo, días escolares de 15 minutos que empezarían al mediodía y después dijo que los alumnos tendrían que utilizar uniformes. En ese momento lo interrumpió el Dr. Rudes y le retiró el gafete, el walkie talkie y su placa. El cambio al código de vestir de la escuela, que se centra en la disciplina y en lo expresivo, fue la gota que colmó el vaso.

Hart, junto con el productor cinematográfico Will Packer, animó a los estudiantes que buscan triunfar en el mundo del entretenimiento a que no se den por vencidos, sigan trabajando y nunca dejen de creer en si mismos. “Ustedes son los únicos que conocen su propio talento”, dijo Hart.

Hart agregó, “Cuando uno empieza en este negocio, se conoce a mucha gente que les dice que no. Pero sigan buscando el sí”. “Ustedes son el futuro de la creatividad. Pronto será su turno”.

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Kevin Hart, actor y comediante, realiza visita sorpresa a Booker T. Washington High School

Los estudiantes de Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts recibieron una increíble sorpresa el miércoles, 12 de septiembre.

El Dr. Scott Rudes, quien ha sido director de la escuela los últimos cinco años, anunció que se la había presentado una oportunidad que no podía dejar pasar y que renunciaría a su cargo. Indicó que con la ayuda del distrito habían encontrado un director interino: el actor Kevin Hart.

Los estudiantes explotaron de emoción – entendiendo que todo había sido una broma del director – para darle la bienvenida al actor y comediante. Por su parte, en su discurso, Hart prometió que todos los días habría nuggets de pollo, días escolares de 15 minutos que empezarían al mediodía y después dijo que los alumnos tendrían que utilizar uniformes. En ese momento lo interrumpió el Dr. Rudes y le retiró el gafete, el walkie talkie y su placa. El cambio al código de vestir de la escuela, que se centra en la disciplina y en lo expresivo, fue la gota que colmó el vaso.

Hart, junto con el productor cinematográfico Will Packer, animó a los estudiantes que buscan triunfar en el mundo del entretenimiento a que no se den por vencidos, sigan trabajando y nunca dejen de creer en si mismos. “Ustedes son los únicos que conocen su propio talento”, dijo Hart.

Hart agregó, “Cuando uno empieza en este negocio, se conoce a mucha gente que les dice que no. Pero sigan buscando el sí”. “Ustedes son el futuro de la creatividad. Pronto será su turno”.

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Report: Dallas ISD pre-K gives students an academic boost

Data continues to show that students who attend Dallas ISD pre-K go on to academically outperform eligible students who do not attend Dallas ISD pre-K.

Derek Little, assistant superintendent of Early Learning, briefed trustees on Sept. 13 about how pre-K is setting up students for lifelong success. Little showed trustees the 2017-18 assessment data comparing students who attend Dallas ISD pre-K with eligible students who do not attend Dallas ISD pre-K.

Data shows that students who attend Dallas ISD pre-K go on to academically outperform eligible students who do not attend Dallas ISD pre-K.

Little also told trustees that enrollment in Dallas ISD pre-K continues to grow, especially for 3-year-olds. About 12,700 students are currently enrolled in Dallas ISD pre-K.

“We are now starting to see the payoff from investing in pre-K,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “I am very encouraged by what we have heard today, and where we are going in the future.”


14 estudiantes de Dallas ISD son semifinalistas para la beca nacional de mérito

Catorce estudiantes de Dallas ISD están entre los 16,000 semifinalistas para recibir la National Merit Scholarship (Beca nacional de mérito) con la oportunidad de ser uno de los 7,500 finalistas que recibirán becas que suman $31 millones.

Se prevé que más de 90 por ciento de los finalistas alcance la última etapa, donde la mitad obtendrá la beca.

Los finalistas de Dallas ISD son:

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Sophia Jalilvand
Katherine Pinkerton

School for the Talented and Gifted

Ana Paulina Gallart
Sophia Hooper
Caitlin Lambert
Kezia Lopez
Nathaniel Martin
Emily Morris
Aidan Ravnik
Avi Verma
Justin Wise

School of Science and Engineering

Shelly Goel
Charlo Leakey
Timothy Ogunfunmi


Estudiantes de Dallas ISD conmemoran el 11 de septiembre

Diecisiete años después, los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001, aún afectan a aquellos que los recuerdan, los que eran demasiado chicos para estar conscientes de lo que sucedía e incluso a los que aún no nacían.

El martes por la mañana, se realizó una ceremonia en L.G. Pinkston High School antes de empezar las clases, donde se reunió el personal de la escuela, estudiantes de JROTC, la banda escolar y escuelas primarias cercanas junto a miembros del Departamento de Policía de Dallas ISD, Departamento de Policía de Dallas y el Departamento de Bomberos y Rescate de Dallas. Se realizó una ceremonia, se arrió la bandera de Estados Unidos, se encendieron velas y se colocó una corona.

Después de un momento de silencio, se recordó el terrible suceso y se prendieron las luces y las sirenas de vehículos de emergencia estacionados al frente de la escuela.

El capitán Fernando Acuña del Departamento de Bomberos fue el invitado especial. “Uno nunca sabe cual será su destino”, dijo Acuña, al recordar su propia infancia y las carencias que tuvo que pasar, a después tener la oportunidad de graduarse de la universidad, contraer matrimonio y mudarse a Texas. Animó a los estudiantes a trabajar por mejorar su comunidad. “Un día, todos los adultos que ven aquí se jubilarán. Depende de ustedes tomar nuestro lugar”.

Los cadetes del JROTC de W.T. White High School también participaron en eventos relacionados a esta fecha.

 

El 9 se septiembre, ocho cadetes de la escuela participaron en la Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run, en Dallas en apoyo al personal de primeros auxilios. El cadete capitán Héctor Contreras terminó la carrera de 5 kilómetros en 19 minutos logrando así el primer lugar. También, el pasado fin de semana, 15 cadetes apoyaron la 8a gala anual Helping Our Heroes en el Cavanaugh Flight Museum.


Dallas ISD progresa: Los días comienzan de gran manera en Chávez Learning Center (vídeo)

Cada mañana comienza el día con un saludo en César Chávez Learning Center.

El viernes por la mañana, la Dra. Sherry Wilson, directora de la escuela, saluda personalmente a los estudiantes en la puerta y los anima a tener un excelente día de aprendizaje. Para ella, este pequeño saludo puede ser importante para lograr un cambio significativo en una escuela.

“Estamos aquí para proveer un entorno de aprendizaje positivo y una cultura estudiantil eficaz”, dijo Wilson. “Queremos que todos nuestros estudiantes sepan que estamos contentos de que están en la escuela”.

Chávez Learning Center forma parte del modelo “ACE Leadership”. Este programa tiene el objetivo de mejorar el aprovechamiento académico por medio de una gran atención al desarrollo de liderazgo de los maestros. El programa ofrece incentivos a maestros, directores y liíeres escolares para estudiar liderazgo, adaptación de currículo, datos y otras prácticas. Después, aplican estas prácticas en sus escuelas para mejorar la enseñanza y el aprendizaje.

“La cultura positiva es una de nuestras bases para acelerar la transformación”, dijo Jolee Healey, superintendente adjunto de Dallas ISD que supervisa el programa ACE. “El equipo de Chávez hace buen trabajo al saludar a los niños por la mañana en la entrada principal y en cada salón de clases, para marcar el rumbo y ofrecer un ambiente de aprendizaje alegre con altas expectativas”.

Además de pertenecer al programa “ACE Leadership”, este año, en Chávez se reunieron estudiantes que anteriormente asistían a J.W. Ray Learning Center y J.F.K. Learning Center, ya que ambos planteles cerraron. Wilson, quien fue directora de J. W. Ray Learning Center, dijo que no ha habido problemas con la consolidación de las tres escuelas.

“Hemos logrado combinar tres excelentes escuelas con maestros increíbles y lograr tener una sola familia para beneficio de los estudiantes”, dijo Wilson. “Estamos estableciendo rutinas y sistemas para que los estudiantes estén enterados de nuestras expectativas y las logren cumplir el 100 por ciento del tiempo”.


Fourteen district students are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Fourteen Dallas ISD students have been named among the 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, with a chance to become one of the 7,500 finalists who will take home scholarships worth a combined $31 million.

More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to reach the finals, with about half of the finalists earning a National Merit Scholarship.

The Dallas ISD National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are:

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Sophia Jalilvand
Katherine Pinkerton

School for the Talented and Gifted

Ana Paulina Gallart
Sophia Hooper
Caitlin Lambert
Kezia Lopez
Nathaniel Martin
Emily Morris
Aidan Ravnik
Avi Verma
Justin Wise

School of Science and Engineering

Shelly Goel
Charlo Leakey
Timothy Ogunfunmi


Kevin Hart makes surprise visit to Booker T. Washington High School





Juniors and seniors at Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts got a shock on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Dr. Scott Rudes, who has served as the school’s principal the past five years, announced he had an opportunity too good to pass up and was resigning. With the district’s help, he said, an interim principal had been found: actor Kevin Hart.

The students erupted with excitement – understanding Rudes’ ruse – to welcome the actor and comedian. For his part, Hart promised chicken nuggets every day, 15-minute school days that start at noon and then said he’d bring school uniforms to the campus. That’s when Rudes intervened and took back his badge, walkie talkie and desk nameplate. Modifying the arts school’s discipline-specific and sometimes expressive dress code was apparently the last straw.

Hart, along with movie producer Will Packer, encouraged students who aspire to find show-biz success to keep striving, work hard and continue believing in themselves. “You are the only one who knows your talent,” Hart said.

When starting out in the business, he said, there are a lot of people along the way who will say no. “Keep looking for that ‘yes’,” Hart challenged students. “You are the future of creativity. You guys are next up.”

Watch a Facebook LIVE video of the event here.


Los estudiantes de preparatoria están invitados a la próxima Feria Universitaria y cursos de preparación para el examen ACT

Los estudiantes del Dallas ISD están invitados para que se inscriban y participen en la próxima Feria Universitaria del distrito sin costos para un Boot Camp ACT.

La Feria Universitaria del distrito y la exhibición de Instituciones de educación superior históricamente para afroamericanos están programadas para el 19 de septiembre, de 5:30–8:30 p.m., en Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 Polk St. y en D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. Cientos de representantes de universidades estarán presentes para hablar con los estudiantes y contestar sus preguntas. Los estudiantes deben ir con el consejero de su preparatoria para inscribirse. La entrada y transportación son gratis.

Asimismo, los estudiantes de Dallas ISD también podrán asistir a cursos de preparación para el examen ACT, ¡dirigidos por los maestros de la organización Princeton Review!

Los cursos son gratis y se llevarán a cabo el 15 y 22 de septiembre en seis preparatorias del distrito. Sólo tenemos 35 espacios en cada escuela. Los estudiantes pueden inscribirse aquí.


Dallas ISD supera pronóstico de matrícula

El Dallas ISD ha superado la matrícula escolar pronosticada para este año escolar. Hasta el 7 de septiembre, más 156,100 estudiantes se habían inscrito en el distrito.

En un principio, se había augurado una matrícula de 155,089 estudiantes para este año escolar, sin embargo, esta cifra podría sobrepasar incluso los 156,832 del año pasado.

Los funcionarios del distrito dijeron que una de las razones por el crecimiento en el número de estudiantes es porque las familias del área de Dallas se están informando más sobre las excelentes escuelas de Dallas ISD y eligiendo la que mejor se adapta a su hijo. El distrito cuenta con la escuela ideal para cada estudiante en el área de Dallas, desde academias universitarias, donde los estudiantes pueden obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario, o un grado asociado, mientras estudian la preparatoria, hasta escuelas de opción innovadoras y un excelente programa de prekínder.

Pero más allá de todo, lo atribuyen a las calificaciones otorgadas por la Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA) que muestran un enorme progreso en todo el distrito. El nuevo sistema de calificación del estado, conocido como “A through F” otorga una calificación a los distritos escolares basándose en el aprovechamiento académico, el progreso/crecimiento de las escuelas, y en la reducción de la brecha en el rendimiento de los estudiantes. Según la TEA, el Dallas ISD obtuvo una calificación de “B” y cuenta con seis de las 12 escuelas a nivel estatal que lograron la puntuación mas alta en el examen STAAR en el 2018.

Asimismo, el Dallas ISD también ha logrado una reducción significativa en el número de escuelas con necesidad de mejorar, de 43 en 2013-2014, a cuatro en 2017-2018.

“Estamos orgullosos del enorme progreso en el Dallas ISD, y nuestras familias, los maestros y el personal escolar deben sentirse igualmente satisfechos por lo que hemos logrado juntos”, dijo el superintendente Michael Hinojosa. “Pero esto no significa que hemos llegado a la meta, apenas estamos empezando. Todavía nos queda mucho por hacer”.


High school students invited to free upcoming College Fair, ACT Boot Camps

Dallas ISD high school students are invited to register for and attend a free upcoming ACT Boot Camp and Districtwide College Fair.

The Districtwide College Fair and Historically Black Colleges & Universities Showcase is set for Sept. 19 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 Polk St. and nearby D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. Hundreds of representatives from colleges near and far will be there to meet face-to-face and answer questions. Students should see their high school counselor to sign up for free admission and transportation.

Answers about colleges and careers available at Sept. 19 College Fair

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD high school students can also attend an ACT Boot Camp taught by Princeton Review Teachers for free!

Dallas ISD high school students invited to free ACT Boot Camps

The free boot camps are being held Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 at six high schools. There are only 35 spots at each location. Students can sign up here.


Want to make at least $16.63 per hour driving a bus?

Dallas ISD is holding a job fair to recruit bus drivers on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The job fair is from 8 a.m.–noon at Leonard Center, 5151 Samuell Blvd. The job fair is open to Dallas ISD employees and members of the public interested in possibly becoming a Dallas ISD bus driver.

Dallas ISD bus drivers are paid a minimum of $16.63 per hour, with additional pay consideration for directly-related years of experience.

For more information, call 972-925-3451 or email transportation@dallasisd.org.


Dallas ISD Rising: Days at Chávez Learning Center start on high note (video)

Every morning starts with a high-five or fist bump at César Chávez Learning Center.

On this Friday morning, Principal Dr. Sherry Wilson is personally greeting students at the door and boosting them up for a day of learning. For Wilson, this small act can play a big role in transforming a school.

“We are here to have a positive learning environment and a positive student culture,” Wilson said. “We want all of our students to know we are excited they are here today.”

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

“Positive culture is one of the our key levers for accelerating transformation,” said Jolee Healey, the Dallas ISD assistant superintendent who oversees the ACE program. “The Chávez team does this well with morning greetings at the front door and at every classroom door to set the tone for a joyful learning environment with high expectations.”

In addition to becoming an ACE Leadership campus, Chávez Learning Center this school year also serves students who previously attended J.W. Ray Learning Center and J.F.K. Learning Center, both of which closed. Wilson, who last served as principal at Ray Learning Center, said the consolidation has gone extremely well.

“We have come together as three amazing schools with incredible teachers into one family to benefit students,” Wilson said. “We are putting routines and systems in place so students know our expectations and will meet those expectations 100 percent of the time.”


Estudiantes de preparatoria de Dallas ISD tienen oportunidad de asistir a cursos de preparación para el ACT

¡Los estudiantes de preparatorias de Dallas ISD tienen la oportunidad de asistir a cursos de preparación para el examen ACT conducidos por maestros de Princeton Review, y lo mejor de todo es que son ¡gratis!

Los cursos se llevarán a cabo el 15 y 22 de septiembre, de 9 a.m.–1 p.m., en seis preparatorias. Solamente hay cupo para 35 estudiantes en cada ubicación. Para inscribirse, hagan clic aquí. Las escuelas donde se realizarán los cursos serán:

  • Townview Center
  • Grady Spruce High School
  • James Madison High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Justin F. Kimball High School
  • Moisés E. Molina High School

Invitamos a estudiantes voluntarios a presentar solicitud para premio anual

Animamos a aquellos estudiantes en los grados 5o a 12o que hayan demostrado un excelente servicio como voluntarios los últimos 12 meses a que envíen su solicitud para el Prudential Spirit of Community Award. El premio, que consiste de $1,000; un medallón; y un viaje a Washington, D.C., con todos los gastos pagos, se otorgará a dos estudiantes en cada estado.

Los Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, patrocinados por la empresa Prudential Financial, en asociación con la National Association of Secondary School Principals, fueron creados en 1995 para reconocer el trabajo voluntario ejemplar de estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria.

La fecha límite para completar la solicitud es el 6 de noviembre de 2018. Para más información visiten, https://spirit.prudential.com/.


Dallas ISD students commemorate 9/11 with various events, support

















Seventeen years later, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, resonate with those who remember, and those who were too young to be aware or those yet to be born.

At L.G. Pinkston High School, a Tuesday morning ceremony before school began brought together staff and students in JROTC, band and from nearby elementary schools along with members of the Dallas ISD Police Department, Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire-Rescue. The event included the lowering of the U.S. flag, a flag-folding ceremony, lighting of candles and a wreath-laying.

After a moment of silence, the major events of the terrorist attacks in 2001 were outlined and punctuated by lights and sirens on emergency vehicles parked in front of the school.

Capt. Fernando Acuna of Dallas Fire Rescue was the special guest speaker. “You never know where life will take you,” he said, recounting his own childhood in poverty, later graduating from college, getting married and moving to Texas. He challenged students to give back to their communities. “One day, the adults in front of you and standing behind you will retire, and do what retired people do. It is up to you to take our places.”

W.T. White High School JROTC cadets participated in recent related events as well.

Eight cadets from the school ran in the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run on Sept. 9 in Dallas in support of first-responders. Cadet Capt. Hector Contreras posted a 19-minute time in the 5K to take first place overall. Also this past weekend, 15 cadets supported the 8th annual Helping Our Heroes gala at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.


Answers about colleges and careers available at Sept. 19 College Fair

High school juniors and seniors who want to attend college, but are unsure of exactly how to make that happen, are in luck. Hundreds of representatives from colleges near and far are coming to Dallas on Wednesday, September 19, to help you make your dreams of attending college come true. The free annual Districtwide College Fair and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Showcase is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 Polk St. and nearby D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. Whether you want to stay close to home or are determined to venture across the country, this is your chance to meet dozens of college representatives face-to-face to get information about options after high school graduation. And, of course, you’ll want to learn about how to cover the costs for college. There, too, the fair has you covered. There will be lots of information about financial aid.

Instead of college, let’s say you’ve got your heart set on joining the military or pursuing a skilled trade or other careers. The fair will also feature representatives to talk with you about deciding on a career, attending a trade school, and requirements to join the military. In short, there is no better place to start or complete your research than the Dallas ISD Districtwide College Fair.  To sign up for free admission and transportation, see your high school counselor today.

It’s important to note that parents are welcome to attend the event and encouraged to bring their own questions about financial aid, campus safety and student access to campus medical care.


Asistencia escolar: tema central de evento en Gabe P. Allen Charter School

Gabe P. Allen Charter School observó la primera semana del Mes de Concientización sobre la Asistencia Escolar, con una celebración especial que se llevó a cabo en el patio de la escuela.

La directora Sheila Ortiz Espinell felicitó a los estudiantes por su esfuerzo durante el año pasado en el que la escuela cumplió los estándares en las evaluaciones estatales y recibió una distinción en ciencias. Sin embargo, la escuela estuvo cerca de recibir todas las distinciones posibles, pero faltó el de asistencia– a pesar de que estuvo en un nivel alto.

La Dra. Sara Johnson del Departamento para la Mejora de Asistencia Escolar y Reducción de Ausentismo, presentó el premio por asistencia sobresaliente en el año escolar 2017-2018.

Brill Garrett, esposa de Jason Garrett, entrenador de los Dallas Cowboys, apoya mucho a la escuela, y animó a los estudiantes a esforzarse por asistir a la escuela todos los días.

En septiembre, se realizó una campaña en el distrito conocida como “Show Up”, un esfuerzo continuo para motivar a los estudiantes a asistir diariamente a la escuela y evitar tener menos de cinco ausencias durante el año escolar.

Este mes, las escuelas con mejor asistencia tendrán la oportunidad de obtener premios. Animamos a las escuelas y a los estudiantes a promover la asistencia escolar en las redes sociales utilizando el hashtag #ShowUpDallasISD. Las publicaciones que gocen de mayor interacción durante el mes también podrán ganar premios. Para más información, visite el sitio web del Departamento para la Mejora de Asistencia Escolar y Reducción de Ausentismo hacienda clic aquí.


Dallas ISD has already surpassed enrollment projections

Dallas ISD has already surpassed its student enrollment projections for the school year, with more than 156,100 enrolled as of Sept. 7.

The district, which originally projected an enrollment of 155,089 students this school year, is on track to top last year’s enrollment of 156,832 students.

District officials said one reason for the higher-than-projected enrollment is that more Dallas-area families are learning about and choosing best-fit schools in Dallas ISD. From collegiate academies—where students can earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree while still in high school—and innovative choice schools to the district’s growing high-quality pre-K program, district officials said there is an ideal school for every student in the Dallas area.

New accountability ratings show tremendous gains in Dallas ISD

But more than any other factor, district officials credited the higher-than-projected enrollment to the Texas Education Agency’s accountability ratings showing tremendous gains across the district. The new TEA state accountability rating known as “A through F” graded school districts on student achievement, school progress/growth, and closing the achievement gap. Dallas ISD received a “B” letter grade and is home to six of the 12 schools that achieved the highest-possible score on the 2018 STAAR test, according to the TEA.

Dallas ISD Rising: Thirteen schools grab spotlight for tremendous turnaround

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD has also achieved a steep decline in the number of Improvement Required campuses, from 43 in 2013-2014 to four in 2017-2018.

“We are proud of our tremendous gains in Dallas ISD, and our families, teachers and staff should feel great accomplishment in what we have done together,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “But this is not the finish line, we have just started this race. We still have much more work to do.”


Dallas ISD high school students invited to free ACT Boot Camps

Dallas ISD high school students can attend an ACT Boot Camp taught by Princeton Review Teachers for free!

The free boot camps are being held Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 at six high schools. There are only 35 spots at each location. Students can sign up here.

The free ACT Boot Camps will run 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at:

  • Townview Center
  • H. Grady Spruce High School
  • James Madison High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Justin F. Kimball High School
  • Moises E. Molina High School

Students volunteers encouraged to apply for annual award

Students in grades 5-12 who have demonstrated excellent volunteer service during the past 12 months are encouraged to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The prize, which comprises $1,000, a medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., will be awarded to two students from each state.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle- and high-school students.

Students must complete the online application by Nov. 6, 2018. Find information and apply here: https://spirit.prudential.com/.


‘Doble amenaza’: gemelos impulsan al equipo de fútbol americano de Woodrow Wilson

Los hermanos gemelos Semaj y Semari Johnson, y Jesús y Francisco Solís, del equipo de fútbol americano de Woodrow Wilson High School, comparten un vinculo poco común.

Cada uno sabe lo que es que lo confundan constantemente por el otro dentro y fuera del campo. Crecieron compitiendo contra su hermano gemelo y ahora, como titulares en el equipo de fútbol americano de Woodrow Wilson, están trabajando con el mismo objetivo en mente: convertir a su equipo en una potencia. Y durante los altibajos de las siguientes temporadas, los hermanos Johnson y Solís tendrán en quien apoyarse.

“Es genial tener a otros gemelos en el equipo: ellos nos entienden mejor que nuestros otros compañeros”, dijo Semari Johnson.

“Hemos tenido experiencias similares a Semaj y Semari, y eso definitivamente ayuda a unirnos más como equipo de fútbol americano,” añadió Francisco Solís.

Bobby Estes, entrenador de Woodrow Wilson, dijo que las habilidades atléticas de los hermanos Johnson y Solís se han visto fortalecidas por la competencia con sus hermanos durante toda su vida.

“Los cuatro son fuertes competidores y una parte importante de nuestro equipo,” dijo Estes. “Esta debe ser una gran temporada”.


Tatum Elementary School recibe visita especial para celebrar el Día Internacional de Alfabetización

El 8 de septiembre se conmemora el Día Internacional de Alfabetización, y por ello, Justin Henry, integrante de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD, y Daniel Luna, de Univisión, visitaron C.A. Tatum Jr. Elementary School para leerles a los estudiantes y fomentar la lectura.

“Estamos enormemente agradecidos con el Sr. Henry y el Sr. Luna por tomar un poco de su tiempo para ayudar a fomentar el amor por la lectura en nuestros estudiantes”, dijo Enrique Rodríguez, director de la escuela. “Fue la manera perfecta de celebrar el Día Internacional de Alfabetización.”

El Día Internacional de Alfabetización (ILD, por sus siglas en inglés) tiene el objetivo de destacar las necesidades de alfabetización a nivel mundial.


Tatum Elementary School gets special readers for International Literacy Day

In celebration of International Literacy Day, Dallas ISD Trustee Justin Henry and Univision’s Daniel Luna read to students at C.A. Tatum Jr. Elementary School to encourage students to be lifelong readers.

Trustee Justin Henry reads to students at Tatum Elementary School.

Trustee Justin Henry reads to students at Tatum Elementary School.

“We are immensely grateful to Mr. Henry and Mr. Luna for taking their time to spread a love of reading among our students,” Principal Enrique Rodriquez said. “This was the perfect way to recognize International Literacy Day.”

Univision's Daniel Luna poses with students at Tatum Elementary School.

Univision’s Daniel Luna poses with students at Tatum Elementary School.

International Literacy Day (ILD), which is celebrated annually on Sept. 8, shines a spotlight on global literacy needs.


Rally at Gabe P. Allen emphasizes showing up for school every day








Dallas ISD’s Gabe P. Allen Charter School celebrated the first week of School Attendance Awareness Month with a special celebration on the school’s playground.

Principal Sheila Ortiz Espinell congratulated students on their hard work last year. The campus met state testing standards and earned one distinction in science. However, she said, the school came close to earning all possible distinctions but fell just short and just barely because of attendance – even though attendance was high.

Dr. Sara Johnson of the district’s Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction department presented an award for outstanding attendance compliance in 2017-2018.

Brill Garrett, wife of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and a strong supporter of the school, offered words of encouragement for students to strive to attend school every day.

A districtwide effort highlighted in September but lasting all year challenges students to “Show Up” and strive to have fewer than five absences during the year.

During this month, campuses with the highest attendance are eligible for prizes. Students and schools are encouraged to also promote school attendance on social media using the hashtag #ShowUpDallasISD. Posts with high engagement during the month are also eligible for prizes. Find details on this webpage.


Dallas ISD, Toyota y SMU colaborarán para apoyar nueva escuela en el oeste de Dallas que tendrá enfoque en STEM

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas (Dallas ISD), Toyota USA Foundation y SMU se han unido para colaborar en la creación de una escuela nueva e innovadora en el oeste de Dallas donde el enfoque será en STEM (Ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas).

El objetivo es motivar a los estudiantes y prepararlos para la siguiente generación de empleos relacionados a STEM por medio de un currículo que se basa en proyectos y se alinea con el mundo empresarial.

“Esta sociedad única entre una entidad pública y una privada, será una excelente oportunidad para nuestros estudiantes y las familias que viven en el oeste de Dallas”, dijo Michael Hinojosa, superintendente de Dallas ISD. “Los trabajos en el área de STEM son el futuro, y la contribución de Toyota y SMU es una inversión importante para lograr formar a la siguiente generación. Asimismo, es un cambio significativo en la rama de la educación por lo que agradecemos a estos increíbles socios”.

Toyota USA Foundation otorgará $2 millones a la Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development de SMU, que desarrollará el currículo, orientará sobre lo último en las prácticas educativas, proporcionará desarrollo profesional para maestros, coordinará a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro que operan en el área, y supervisará y evaluará el programa. La escuela será operada por Dallas ISD, que también estará a cargo de contratar al personal. La Oficina de Transformación e Innovación trabajará en conjunto con el liderazgo escolar del distrito para diseñar la escuela.

Esta colaboración también reunirá a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro, incluyendo a grupos que ya colaboran con el Dallas ISD a través del proyecto The School Zone de la Simmons School de SMU, así como a socios de Toyota Motor North America y Toyota Financial Services para tratar asuntos de interés en la comunidad como la alfabetización, nutrición, transportación y cuidado de niños después de clases, todos temas de gran importancia para lograr resultados positivos en la comunidad.

“Al trabajar de manera conjunta, nuestra meta es crear un futuro mejor para los estudiantes, ayudar a las familias a ser más resilientes, y crear un modelo comunitario y escolar que se pueda reproducir”, dijo Mike Goss, presidente de la Toyota USA Foundation. “Queremos mejorar las oportunidades de los estudiantes, conectándolos con los millones de trabajos en STEM que existen hoy en día, y todos aquellos que se crearán conforme siga avanzando la industria”.

Esta colaboración es el resultado del reclamo de la comunidad debido a la falta de educación STEM en el patrón de asistencia escolar de Pinkston High School.

“Esta colaboración impulsa la labor que estamos realizando en el oeste de Dallas, con un enfoque holístico que mejora la comunidad y brinda oportunidad a los estudiantes”, dijo R. Gerald Turner, presidente de SMU. “La educación fundada en hechos es la base de todo lo que hacemos en Simmons School, y esperamos tener la oportunidad de proporcionar recursos e investigación que recalquen el éxito de la escuela”.

Tras una fase de planificación inclusiva, los siguientes dos años académicos se enfocarán en el desarrollo del currículo y la capacitación profesional de los maestros.

“Todos los temas siguen abierto a discusión, incluyendo las decisiones sobre el currículo y qué servicios integrales proporcionarán los socios en la comunidad a través de la escuela”, dijo Stephanie L. Knight, decana de Simmons School. “Este anuncio tiene el objetivo de informar a la comunidad, incluyendo a los padres, que queremos su opinión a todo nivel a medida que avanzamos”.

La escuela tendrá una apertura gradual comenzando en el otoño de 2021.


Dallas ISD, Toyota and SMU collaborate to support future STEM-focused school in West Dallas

Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), Toyota USA Foundation and SMU have joined together to collaborate on the creation of a new and innovative STEM-focused school in west Dallas.

The aim is to inspire and prepare students for the next generation of STEM jobs through curricula that is project-based and business-aligned.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our students and families of west Dallas as  this unique public private partnership comes together,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “STEM jobs are the wave of the future, and Toyota and SMU’s contribution is a major investment in shaping the next generation. This is a significant shift in education, and we’re grateful to these incredible partners.”

Toyota USA Foundation is granting $2 million to SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, which will develop curricula, advise on state-of-the-art educational practices, provide professional development for teachers, coordinate nonprofits operating in the area, and monitor and evaluate the program. The future school will be operated and staffed by the Dallas ISD. The Office of Transformation and Innovation will co-facilitate the design of the school in collaboration with School Leadership.

The collaboration will also bring together nonprofits, including groups already working with Dallas ISD through the SMU Simmons School program, The School Zone, as well as Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services’ partners to address community issues like literacy, nutrition, transportation and after–school care –  each vital to creating successful outcomes for the community.

“Collectively, our goal is to create a brighter future for students, help families become more resilient, and create a community and school model that can be replicated,” said Mike Goss, president of Toyota USA Foundation. “We want to help increase access to opportunity, connecting students to the millions of STEM jobs that exist today, and the many more that will be created as industry advances.”

This partnership developed as a result of numerous requests from the community for STEM offerings within the Pinkston High School feeder pattern.

“This partnership advances our efforts currently underway in west Dallas, with a holistic approach that lifts the community and provides opportunity for students,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Evidence-based education is the foundation for everything we do in the Simmons School, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide resources and research that underscore the success of the school.”

Following an inclusive planning phase, the next two academic years will focus on curriculum and professional development for faculty.

“Everything is still on the table, including decisions about curricula and which wrap-around services will be provided through the school by community partners,” said SMU Simmons School Dean Stephanie L. Knight. “This announcement is meant to let all the stakeholders, parents included, know that we want their input at every level as we move forward.”

The school will begin a phased opening beginning fall 2021.


Tickets for Dallas ISD athletic events may be pre-purchased online

Football fans now have the chance walk past the long ticket lines that can form before middle- and high-school games.

The Dallas ISD Athletics Department is offering an online, mobile-friendly ticketing system that allows tickets to be purchased and printed beforehand. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketroar.com/DISD.

“We are extremely pleased to offer our fans and supporters the opportunity to pre-purchase their athletic event tickets online so that that they can avoid the ticket lines when they arrive at the stadiums and gymnasiums,” said Troy Mathieu, Executive Director of Athletics.

The option is already finding happy users.

“During the first week, we introduced the concept to those in line and many went right to their phones to purchase,” said Elisa Cordova-Long, Assistant Athletic Director of Business. “Within minutes they were in the door.”

The move adds convenience and has seen tickets being purchased in advance for big games, such as homecomings or rivalry games. “Logistically, it will reduce the ticket booth lines and provide for more security for students and fans to avoid having to always carry cash for the games,” Cordova-Long said. “The credit card option at the ticket booth will help as well.”

Online tickets will be available for all sports. Volleyball tickets are available now for matches played at central sites, Cordova-Long said. Molina, Skyline and Sunset high schools will begin using the system for matches at its campuses this week as district play begins. The next phase is slated to include all campus athletic events.

The new system is a big win for fans and Dallas ISD.

“We would like to improve customer service by offering more resources and convenience for our fans to purchase tickets,” Cordova-Long said. “At this time, we expect the same fan base, but hope this will allow for increased sales since the process will be easier.”


Número de estudiantes inscritos en prekínder con pago de matrícula aumentó más del doble

Canon Lindenmeyer, de cinco años de edad, tuvo un comienzo normal del año escolar en Walnut Hill Elementary School.

Debido a que el año escolar pasado asistió al programa de prekínder, Lindenmeyer tenía claro cómo le iba a ir el 20 de agosto, su primer día de clases en kínder.No hubo lágrimas, ni dijo “no quiero ir a la escuela”, estaba feliz y listo para aprender y ver a sus amigos.

“Después de asistir a prekínder el año pasado, está muy bien preparado y es independiente ahora que está en kínder”, dijo Clarisa Lindenmeyer, madre de Cannon. “Es increíble cuánto puede crecer un niño en el transcurso de un año”.

Lindenmeyer es uno de un cada vez mayor número de estudiantes inscritos en el programa de prekínder con pago de matrícula del distrito. Dicho programa está disponible para las familias que no califican para prekínder gratis. Este año escolar, en el Dallas ISD hay 120 estudiantes matriculados en prekínder con pago de matrícula, el doble del número de estudiantes que el año pasado.

El prekínder con pago de matrícula tiene un costo de $525 por mes y actualmente se ofrece en aproximadamente 25 escuelas. Lindenmeyer y Monica Phillips, madre también de un estudiante de prekínder, dijeron que el Dallas ISD ofrece una gran oportunidad, ya que cada clase tiene un maestro certificado junto con un maestro asistente, un currículo basado en investigación, y ayuda a los niños a acostumbrarse al entorno escolar.

“Los maestros han sido increíbles y el plan de estudios es fantástico”, dijo Phillips. “Después de nuestra experiencia el año pasado en prekínder, ni siquiera contemplamos otra escuela diferente para el kínder”.

Antes de que la escuela pudiera ofrecer la opción de prekínder con pago de matrícula en 2016, Robert Mclaurin, director de Walnut Hill Elementary School, tenía que rechazar a las familias del vecindario que no califican para el prekínder gratuito. Ahora esos estudiantes tienen acceso a dos excelentes programas de prekínder en escuelas como Walnut Hill.La escuela ofrece un programa tradicional de prekínder así como un programa de lenguaje dual bilateral, por lo que los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de poder llegar a hablar, leer y escribir en dos idiomas. Además, todos los estudiantes de prekínder en Walnut Hill asisten a clases de arte, música, chino mandarín, entre otras más.

“Ahora, tenemos familias del vecindario que asisten a nuestras escuelas para prekínder, que ven la excelencia académica y las opciones de aprendizaje que ofrece el distrito, y que eligen inscribir a sus hijos en Dallas ISD en lugar de matricularlos en una escuela privada o escuela chárter”, dijo Mclaurin. “Espero que el programa de prekínder con pago de matrícula continúe creciendo en Dallas ISD para el beneficio de muchas más familias”.


González Elementary School, número 1 en seguridad en Dallas ISD

El personal de Henry B. González Elementary School logró que la escuela consiguiera el máximo reconocimiento como el plantel más seguro en el distrito durante una reciente sesión de capacitación para coordinadores de seguridad de los planteles organizada por el Departamento de Administración de Riesgos de Dallas ISD.

El director Reymundo Cervantes, y José Robles, subdirector, atribuyeron este éxito al compromiso de un grupo de miembros del personal que no solo cumplió con los requisitos de seguridad, sino fue más allá.

Todos los maestros y miembros del personal de la escuela participaron en los eventos de seguridad durante el año. Tuvieron la oportunidad de presentar sus ideas para mejorar la seguridad, y varias de ellas se implementaron con éxito.

En la primaria, se enfocaron específicamente en el tema de la seguridad.

“Todo fue planeado, comunicado, realizado, monitoreado, informado y reportado de la manera más oportuna y menos intrusiva posible”, dijo Robles. “Nos fijamos el objetivo de mejorar la seguridad en toda la escuela y aumentar la capacitación de todo el personal para beneficiar a toda la comunidad escolar. ¡El premio Eagle Safety es el sello de nuestros grandes logros en seguridad!”

Las demás escuelas que lograron destacarse entre las 10 mejores son: David W. Carter High School, Highland Meadows Elementary School, Eladio Martínez Elementary School, Multiple Careers Magnet Center / Maya Angelou High School, George Peabody Elementary School, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, John W. Runyon Elementary School, Celestino M. Soto Elementary School y Wilmer-Hutchins High School.

Cinco escuelas también recibieron menciones honoríficas: Thomas Jefferson High School, Moisés Molina High School, John H. Reagan Elementary School, Walnut Hill Elementary School y Harry C. Withers Elementary School.

Los premios se otorgaron durante una capacitación anual para los coordinadores de seguridad en las escuelas de Dallas ISD. Las escuelas obtienen puntos durante todo el año en función de la calidad y la cantidad de actividades relacionadas con la seguridad que llevan a cabo.

Los miembros del personal llevan a cabo la labor de supervisar el programa de seguridad del distrito en sus escuelas, además de las tareas y responsabilidades a su cargo. Estas personas se han comprometido a promover una cultura de seguridad y a concientizar al personal sobre la seguridad. Algunas de sus responsabilidades incluyen realizar simulacros de incendio cada mes, inspecciones básicas de seguridad del plantel, capacitación en seguridad y distribución de material de seguridad. Los coordinadores son esenciales para el éxito del programa de seguridad en todo el distrito.

“Un lugar de trabajo seguro y sano protege a los empleados de lesiones y enfermedades, anima a los empleados a prestar atención a su entorno, lo cual reduce las lesiones, los costos, y el ausentismo, además, aumenta la productividad y eleva la moral de los empleados”, dijo Barbara Neal, directora ejecutiva de Administración de Riesgos. “Todo esto es vital para los servicios de administración de riesgos”.

Los miembros del personal de González Elementary no han terminado su labor. Este año, planean mejorar la seguridad durante la llegada y la salida de los estudiantes durante días de mal tiempo. También quieren involucrar a los padres en talleres sobre la seguridad en el hogar, mientras conducen sus autos, entre otras cosas.


Nominate an outstanding special education teacher for a cash award

The Dallas ISD Special Education Department is looking for nominees that demonstrate qualities of a distinguished special education teacher, setting high standards and demonstrating commitment for improving outcomes for students who receive special education services in Dallas ISD.

These teachers assume formal and informal leadership roles, mentor and develop others, share new ideas and best practices for serving students with disabilities, and are collaborative, solutions-oriented team members.

Special-education teacher at Hernandez is first to win award

Nominations may be made by Dallas ISD parents, district staff and/or administrators.  One winner will be selected for a cash award of $250 each quarter. The cash award, sponsored by Carter Financial Management, must be used toward materials, resources and supplies for the winner’s special education classroom.

Nominations can be made HEREhttps://goo.gl/forms/iQiKg8HJn2QXWVyr2.

The winning teacher will have a presentation at his/her school which may be included in District media channels. Mia Witt, the program’s inaugural winner, was honored in May.


Superintendente: El Dallas ISD está trabajando para corregir deficiencias en el servicio de transporte

El superintendente Michael Hinojosa, en el día de hoy, expresó que el Dallas ISD ha brindado un servicio de transporte “inaceptable” en lo que va de este año escolar. Dijo que los funcionarios del distrito están conscientes de que todos deben colaborar para identificar y resolver los problemas relacionados al transporte. Además, agradeció la paciencia de las familias “que están naturalmente frustradas” por esta situación.

“Todavía no estamos funcionando como debemos, pero estamos seguros de que lo lograremos”, dijo Hinojosa. “Debimos haber identificado estos problemas antes de que comenzara el año escolar. Yo espero más de nuestro distrito y me decepciona no haber podido solucionar estos problemas. Esperamos que los padres, estudiantes y directores nos disculpen”.

Además de la falta de conductores de autobuses, Hinojosa dijo que algunos estudiantes no han recibido el servicio como se esperaba debido a problemas con las rutas. El Dallas ISD ha implementado soluciones provisionales: se realizó una feria de trabajo que tuvo gran éxito y que ha resultado en que los futuros conductores de autobuses obtengan su certificación y tramiten sus solicitudes, se reorganizó el centro de llamadas del Departamento de Transportación para responder mejor a cualquier pregunta y preocupación, y los conductores contratados están transportando a los estudiantes de forma segura, a la vez que buscamos soluciones a largo plazo como nuevas rutas.

“Pero estas no son soluciones simples”, dijo Hinojosa. “Estos problemas no se solucionarán de la noche a la mañana, sin embargo, confío en que resolveremos la mayoría de ellos en las próximas semanas”.

Esta semana, Kayne Smith, quien se desempeñaba como jefe de transporte de Dallas ISD, anunció que aceptó empleo como director del servicio de transporte en Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Smith trabajó anteriormente con ese distrito escolar y su familia aún vive allí.

Hinojosa manifestó que varios posibles candidatos han expresado su interés en liderar el Departamento de Transporte de Dallas ISD. Además, instó a las familias que tienen problemas relacionados con el transporte a llamar al centro de llamadas, al 972-925-4BUS.

Este año, el Dallas ISD comenzó a operar su propio sistema de transporte después de que en el 2017 los residentes del condado de Dallas votaran a favor de disolver Dallas County Schools, la agencia financiada por los contribuyentes que el Dallas ISD contrataba para transportar a los estudiantes.


Superintendent: Dallas ISD working to correct ‘unacceptable’ level of transportation service

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said today that Dallas ISD has not provided an acceptable level of transportation service so far this school year. He said the district leadership team is taking an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to identify and resolve transportation-related issues, and thanked “understandably frustrated” families for their continued patience.

“We have not quite turned the corner, but we are confident we will get there,” Hinojosa said. “We should have identified these transportation issues before school started. I expect more out of our district and I’m disappointed we have not been able to handle these issues. We hope the parents, students, and principals will forgive us.”

In addition to a shortage of bus drivers, Hinojosa said routing issues have caused some students to not receive transportation service as expected. Dallas ISD has implemented interim solutions—a successful job fair has led to future bus drivers being certified and processed, a revamped call center can better answer any questions and concerns, and contracted bus drivers are safely transporting students—while also addressing long-term solutions such as revamped bus routes.

“But these are not overnight solutions,” Hinojosa said. “These things won’t smooth out overnight, but I’m confident we will work most of these issues out in the next few weeks.”

Kayne Smith, who has served as the Dallas ISD transportation chief, announced this week that he has accepted a position to lead transportation services for Cypress Fairbanks ISD. Smith has previously worked with the school district and his family still lives there.

Hinojosa said the district has already heard from several potential qualified candidates to lead the Dallas ISD transportation department. He urged families who are having any transportation-related issues to call the transportation call center, which is 972-925-4BUS.

Dallas ISD is running its own transportation system for the first time this year after Dallas County residents voted in 2017 to dissolve Dallas County Schools, the taxpayer-funded agency that Dallas ISD contracted with to bus students.


Double Trouble: Two sets of twins help power Woodrow football team

As two sets of twins on the Woodrow Wilson High School Varsity football team, Semaj and Semari Johnson and Jesus and Francisco Solis share an uncommon bond.

Each brother knows what it’s like to constantly be confused with each other, both on and off the field. They each grew up competing with their twin brother, and, now, as starters on the Woodrow football team, are all working toward the same goal: making Woodrow a powerhouse football team. And through the highs and lows of the upcoming seasons, the Johnson and Solis brothers will have each other to lean on.

Semaj and Semari Johnson

“It’s cool having other twins on the team: they understand us more than any other teammates,” Semari Johnson said.

Jesus and Francisco Solis

“We’ve had such similar experiences growing up to Semaj and Semari, it definitely helps us bond together as a football team,” added Franciso Solis.

Woodrow Coach Daniel Estes said the Johnson and Solis brothers’ athletic abilities have clearly been honed from them challenging their twin through sports over their entire lives.

“All four players are fierce competitors and a big asset to our team,” Estes said. “This should be a great football season.”

The Woodrow football team plays Heritage High School on Sept. 6 at Franklin Stadium, 10000 Hillcrest Road.


New principal selection process to attract, prepare, develop and retain the best educators

Dallas ISD School Leadership has developed a new principal pipeline strategy focused on attracting, preparing, developing and retaining the best educators.

Coordinating with internal and external partners, the Leader Excellence, Advancement and Development program, or LEAD, will spearhead several key initiatives for the district. LEAD’s first initiative this year is to revise the principal selection process, ensuring the highest quality leaders and best-fit candidates for all schools will be identified and selected. This new process launched on Sept. 1.


Nominate the next inductees into the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame

The nomination window is now open for the next class of the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates those who have raised the level of public awareness and support for Dallas ISD high school athletics. Individuals can be nominated here in one of these three categories:

  • Past Dallas ISD Student-Athlete
  • Former Dallas ISD Coach
  • Contributors

The future inductees will join the distinguished sports legends who were the inaugural members of the Dallas ISD Athletic Half of Fame.

Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony celebrates 10 sports legends

Go here to learn more about the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame and to nominate someone today.


Gonzalez Elementary ranks No. 1 in safety among Dallas ISD schools












Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School took the top honors as the safest school in the district during a recent training session for campus Safety Coordinators coordinated by Dallas ISD’s Risk Management department.

At Gonzales, Principal Reymundo Cervantes Assistant Principal Jose Robles pointed to the commitment of a group of staff members who went above and beyond mere safety compliance.

All faculty and staff members at the school were included and involved in every safety event during the year. That allowed staff members to present their ideas to improve safety, and several of those were successfully implemented.

There was an intentional focus on safety at Gonzalez.

“Everything was planned, communicated, performed, monitored, debriefed, and reported in a timely and least intrusive manner,” Robles said. “We set the goal of enhancing safety in our school in all areas and increase training for all staff to benefit the whole school community. The Eagle Safety award is the seal to our great achievements in safety!”

Other schools in the Top 10 are David W. Carter High School, Highland Meadows Elementary School, Eladio Martinez Elementary School, Multiple Careers Magnet Center/Maya Angelou High School, George Peabody Elementary School, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, John W. Runyon Elementary School, Celestino M. Soto Elementary School and Wilmer-Hutchins High School.

Five schools also received honorable mentions: Thomas Jefferson High School, Moisés Molina High School, John H. Reagan Elementary School, Walnut Hill Elementary School and Harry C. Withers Elementary School.

The awards came during an annual training for Dallas ISD campus Safety Coordinators. Schools earn points throughout the year based on the quality and quantity of safety-related activities they conduct.

That role is filled by staff members who, in addition to their assignments and responsibilities, oversee the district’s safety program at their sites. These individuals are committed to promoting a safety culture and raising safety awareness. Some of their responsibilities are: monthly fire drills, conducting basic site safety inspections, providing safety training and distributing safety material. The coordinators are an essential part of a successful districtwide safety program.

“A safe healthy workplace protects employees from injury and illness, teaches employees to pay attention to their surroundings, which lowers injuries and costs, reduces instructional absenteeism, increases productivity and raises employee morale,” said Barbara Neal, executive director of Risk Management. “All of these are vital in Risk Management Services.”

Gonzalez Elementary staff members won’t rest on their safety laurels. This year, they plan to work on improving safety during arrival and dismissal during inclement weather. They also want to involve parents in workshops about safety at home, while driving and more.


DMN: Governor touts Dallas ISD’s gains in push for school funding

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has visited Dallas ISD twice in the past month, once to unveil a school safety plan and just last week to gather input from teachers and officials on the best ways to educate children.

On Aug. 29, the Dallas Morning News published an op-ed piece Abbott wrote about boosting funding for the state’s public schools. In it, he cites some of the incredible academic news in Dallas ISD.

“Texas has already seen substantial student gains from similar reforms in Dallas, which is arguably leading the nation’s greatest urban education turnaround,” Abbott writes. “Five years ago, Dallas Independent School District had 43 failing campuses; today it is down to four. Under Dallas’ teacher compensation plan, master educators are already making upward of $90,000 per year.”

Read the entire piece here.


Enrollment in paid pre-K more than doubled this school year

Five-year-old Canon Lindenmeyer had an anticlimactic start to the school year at Walnut Hill Elementary School.

Because he attended the school’s tuition-based pre-K program last school year, Lindenmeyer knew what to expect when he started kindergarten on Aug. 20. There were no tears or “I don’t want to go to school” on the first day; just a happy kid ready to learn and see his friends.

“After attending pre-K through the tuition option last year, he is now so prepared and independent in kindergarten,” said Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Cannon’s mom. “It’s amazing how much your child can grow over the course of a year.”

Enroll today in Dallas ISD pre-K

Lindenmeyer was one of a growing number of students who took advantage of the district’s tuition-based pre-K program that is available for families that don’t qualify for free pre-K. Dallas ISD this school year has 120 students enrolled in tuition-based pre-K, which is more than double the number of students as last year.

Tuition-based pre-K costs $525 per month and is currently offered at about 25 schools. Lindenmeyer and fellow parent Monica Phillips said Dallas ISD pre-K is a great deal, since each class has a high-quality state certified teacher with a teacher assistant, research-based curriculum, and acclimates the child to being in school.

“The teachers have been amazing and the curriculum is fantastic,” Phillips said. “After our experience with pre-K, we didn’t consider for one second going to a different school for kindergarten.”

Trustees approve expansion and rates for tuition-based pre-K for 2017-2018

Before the school started offering tuition pre-K in 2016, Walnut Hill Elementary School Principal Robert Mclaurin had to turn away neighborhood families who didn’t qualify for free pre-K. Now those students have access to two great pre-K programs at schools such as Walnut Hill. The campus offers both a traditional pre-K program and a Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Pre-K program, which puts students on the path toward becoming bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish. Additionally, all pre-K students at Walnut Hill attend art, music, Mandarin Chinese classes, and much more.

“We now have neighborhood families coming to us in pre-K, seeing the academic excellence and learning options offered in on our schools, and sticking with us instead of going to a private school or charter school,” Mclaurin said. “I look forward to watching the tuition pre-K program continuing to grow in Dallas ISD to benefit many more families.”


Dallas ISD Avanza: Trece escuelas captan la atención por su excelente desempeño

La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD, el liderazgo del distrito y la comunidad se pusieron de pie para ovacionar a 13 escuelas que se esforzaron arduamente por mejorar el aprovechamiento estudiantil el año pasado y, por ello, ya no se encuentran en la lista de las escuelas con bajo rendimiento.

El Dallas ISD ha logrado una reducción significativa en el número de escuelas calificadas en necesidad de mejorar (IR), de 43 en 2013-2014, a solo cuatro en 2017-2018. En la Junta Escolar del 23 de agosto, el superintendente Michael Hinojosa atribuyó el impresionante cambio en las 13 escuelas a los líderes del distrito, los administradores en las escuelas y a los excelentes maestros.

“Cuando tienes a liderados comprometidos que no aceptan pretextos y establecen expectativas altas, pueden lograr un cambio importante en las escuelas”, dijo el superintendente Michael Hinojosa.

Las 13 escuelas que han mejorado considerablemente y ya no se encuentran en la lista IR son:

  • F. Carr Elementary School
  • Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School
  • Thomas A. Edison Middle School
  • N. Ervin Elementary School
  • Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School
  • Lincoln High School
  • James Madison High School
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
  • W. Ray Elementary School
  • J. Rhoads Elementary School
  • J. Rusk Middle School
  • Edward Titche Elementary School
  • George W. Truett Elementary School

El descenso significativo en número de escuelas IR es solo uno de los logros que muestran el éxito de Dallas ISD. Otros puntos sobresalientes incluyen:

  • 66 por ciento de las escuelas de Dallas ISD recibieron una puntuación de 80 por ciento o mayor bajo el nuevo Sistema de evaluación de la Agencia de Educación de Texas.
  • El Dallas ISD cuenta con seis de 12 escuelas a nivel estatal que recibieron la calificación más alta posible de 99 en el examen STAAR de 2018.
  • Más estudiantes de Dallas ISD están cumpliendo los estándares en el examen STAAR, al reducir la brecha entre el distrito y el estado:
    • 2013-2014: 27% Dallas ISD; 39% estado
    • 2017-2018: 40% Dallas ISD; 47% estado

Abre el periodo de nominación para el programa para estudiantes Talentosos y Dotados

El programa de Educación para Talentosos y Dotados (TAG) de Dallas ISD está aceptando nominaciones para estudiantes de 1o a 5o grado. Se aceptan nominaciones del 27 de agosto al 7 de septiembre.

Los padres, tutores legales y miembros de la comunidad pueden nominar a los estudiantes e incluso, los alumnos pueden nominarse a sí mismos.

Los paquetes informativos se encuentran con el maestro del programa TAG en las escuelas en su comunidad. Los alumnos deben estar inscritos en el Dallas ISD para poder ser evaluados. Para más información, visite la página del Departamento de Servicios Académicos Avanzados.


Posible apoyo adicional de Fundación Gates para doce escuelas secundarias

Los estudiantes de 12 escuelas secundarias de Dallas ISD podrían tener la oportunidad de lograr mejoras académicas constantes gracias a una subvención de $7.4 millones que la Fundación Gates otorgó al Institute for Learning (IFL), un programa del Learning Research and Development Center de la Universidad de Pittsburgh.

Previa aprobación de la Junta Escolar en septiembre, el programa IFL colaboraría con Dallas ISD para proporcionar capacitación profesional y servicios de apoyo a equipos de maestros y administradores de las escuelas secundarias seleccionadas. El objetivo de esta sociedad sería incrementar el número de estudiantes afroamericanos, hispanos, aprendices de inglés y alumnos de bajos recursos que al final del 9º grado han sido  identificados como alumnos que están cumpliendo con los requisitos para graduarse de la preparatoria.

La iniciativa Networks for School Improvement (NSI), de la Fundación de Bill and Melinda Gates, otorgó la subvención al IFL. NSI apoyará a las escuelas en su esfuerzo por mejorar y servir mejor a los estudiantes por medio de la elaboración de currículo y la implementación de las mejores prácticas.

Aunque la Fundación Gates aprobó la subvención recientemente, durante la sesión informativa de la Junta Escolar que se llevará a cabo en septiembre, se compartirán más detalles sobre esta posible colaboración y los beneficios para el distrito.


Best Schools In Dallas: Season 1 Recap

Season one of Best Schools in Dallas kicked off during the 2017-2018 school year, using Facebook Live to show viewers firsthand what makes Dallas ISD schools so special.

With Season 2 of Best Schools in Dallas starting the week of Sept. 10, now is the perfect time to catch up on everything that happened in Season 1.

Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School

Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence Middle School

E.D. Walker Middle School

J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard

Dan D. Rogers Elementary School

L.O. Donald Leadership Academy

 


Gates grant would provide additional supports for 12 secondary schools

Students at 12 Dallas ISD secondary schools may have the opportunity to make continuous academic improvement with the help of a $7.4 million Gates Foundation grant awarded to the Institute for Learning (IFL), an outreach of the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center.

Upon the Dallas ISD Board approval in September, the IFL would like to partner with Dallas ISD to provide professional learning and support services to teams of teachers and administrators from the selected secondary schools. The focus of the partnership would be to increase the number of African-American, English Learners, Latino, and low-income students identified as on track for high school graduation at by the end of ninth grade.

The Networks for School Improvement (NSI), an initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, awarded the grant today to the IFL. NSI will support schools in their efforts to improve and better serve students through curriculum development and best practice implementation.

While the grant was only recently approved by the Gates foundation, more details about the potential partnership and benefits to the district will be shared during the September board briefing.


Seven elementary schools net new uniforms donated by Smith Charities










On Friday, Aug. 24, students from seven Dallas ISD elementary schools celebrated a donation of uniforms to their schools by Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities and JCPenney with a pep rally-style event at Ellis Davis Field House.

John Quincy Adams, James Bowie, J.N. Ervin, Tom Field, Martin Luther King Jr., Umphrey Lee and Herbert Marcus elementary schools together received a total of 3,000 donated uniforms valued at $150,000. To showcase the donations, students from each school modeled examples of the uniforms on a raised runway. They also carried signs declaring how many uniforms their particular schools received this year through the program.

This is the fifth year Smith Charities and other partners have supplied uniforms to Dallas ISD students, with the donation growing each year. At the Aug. 24 event, students received free dental and vision screenings; and free school supplies and backpacks. Entertainment was provided by the David W. Carter High School Band, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and a DJ.


Camp Kindle teaches teachers how to use technology in the classroom (video)

Jiv Daya has donated kindles to grades 3–5 in six feeder patterns!

At Camp Kindle, several teachers from each network learned how to best use kindles as a learning tool. The training was done by Jiv Daya, Dallas ISD IT, Personalized Learning and the Blended Learning Coaches from School Leadership.

Watch the above video for a spooky fun look into the camp.


13 Dallas ISD schools grab spotlight for escaping low-performing list



The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, district leadership and community members gave a standing ovation to the 13 Dallas ISD schools that diligently worked to improve student performance last school year and, as a result, are no longer on the list of the state’s lowest-performing schools.

Dallas ISD has achieved a steep decline in the number of Improvement Required (IR) campuses, from 43 in 2013-2014 to four in 2017-2018. At the Aug. 23 board meeting, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa credited the district leaders, campus leaders, and outstanding teachers for the phenomenal turnaround at the 13 schools.

“When you have dedicated leaders who take no excuses and have high expectations, they can turnaround schools in a significant way,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said.

The 13 campuses that have seen a remarkable turnaround and are no longer on the IR list are:

  • C.F. Carr Elementary School
  • Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School
  • Thomas A. Edison Middle School
  • J.N. Ervin Elementary School
  • Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School
  • Lincoln High School
  • James Madison High School
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
  • J.W. Ray Elementary School
  • J.J. Rhoads Elementary School
  • T.J. Rusk Middle School
  • Edward Titche Elementary School
  • George W. Truett Elementary School

The significant drop in IR schools is just one recent metric of Dallas ISD’s success. Other success metrics include:

  • Sixty-six percent of Dallas ISD scored 80 percent or higher on the Texas Education Agency’s new accountability system
  • Dallas ISD is home to six out of 12 schools that received the highest possible score of 99 on the 2018 STAAR.
  • More Dallas ISD students are meeting state standard on the STAAR exam, narrowing the gap between the district and the state:
    • 2013-2014: 27% Dallas ISD; 39% State
    • 2017-2018: 40% Dallas ISD; 47% State

Stockard Middle teacher is Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year

The third time was a charm for Beth Poquette Drews.

Drews was a finalist for Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year three times, in 2013, 2017 and 2018, winning the honor this past year. But the accolades don’t stop there.

She is the Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year, representing Dallas ISD teachers and those from the 143 public, private and charter school districts served by the regional organization.

“What I enjoy most about teaching is getting to be part of my students lives as they grow up into young men and women,” Drews said. “I especially like to hear about the accomplishments of my former students and how their participation in Fine Arts classes influenced their careers and their life.”

As a teacher in Dallas ISD for 17 years, this is her fifth year teaching at L.V. Stockard Middle School, where she leads classes in mariachi, orchestra and guitar for students in grades 6-8.

“Teaching is an incredibly challenging profession and every day the talented teachers of North Texas surpass these challenges,” she said. “I am honored to represent the teachers of Dallas ISD and Region 10 as their Teacher of the Year.”

Drews’ husband Chris Drews is the music teacher at Leslie A. Stemmons Elementary School, which is a special bond they share. “I like being able to ‘talk shop’ with Chris and he so understanding of all my performances with my students,” she said. “He is a phenomenal teacher as well.”


Nominate a student for the Dallas ISD Gifted and Talented Education Program

Dallas ISD is now accepting nominations for students in first- through fifth-grade to be screened for the Dallas ISD Gifted and Talented Education Program. The nomination window is open Aug. 27–Sept. 7.

Parents, guardians and community members may nominate students for consideration. Students may also nominate themselves.

Information packets are available at local campuses from the school’s Gifted and Talented Education Program teacher. Students must be enrolled in Dallas ISD to be tested. For more information, visit the Advanced Academic Services homepage.


Trustees approve $33 million in raises for teachers, support staff and central staff

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees on Aug. 23 unanimously approved up to $33.3 million in salary increases for eligible teachers, campus leaders and non-instructional staff.

The district is able to fund the salary increases after receiving higher-than-expected revenue from property taxes.

The salary increases will go toward:

Employees that are eligible for salary modification TEI/Teachers: $16.1 million (includes benefits)

  • Eligible teachers at Progressing II and above based on their 2018-19 earned Effectiveness Level will receive the greater value of a 2-percent salary increase or any earned Effectiveness Level change
  • Performance Based Retention Increase – removed due to minimum of 2-percent increases for eligible groups.
  • A revised salary level for Progressing I from $51,000 to $52,000 to align with the Novice Teacher introductory rate
  • Eligible High School ROTC instructors will receive a salary increase of 2 percent
  • For teachers new to Dallas ISD, placement on the 2018-19 modified Teacher Introductory Compensation Schedule to ensure market competitiveness
  • All teacher salary changes will be reflected in the October 2018 paycheck

Principals and Assistant Principals: $3.9 million (includes benefits)

  • For eligible employees evaluated under the Principal and/or Assistant Principal Excellence Initiatives, the earned Effectiveness Level or the modified Effectiveness Levels based on market adjustment (if applicable)
  • Implementation of an APEI and PEI salary schedule for Magnet schools
  • All Principals/Assistant Principals will receive the new compensation in October 2018 check

All Eligible Non-Instructional, Operations, Counselors, Media Specialists, Central, Technical, Non- TEI Instructional Support and Support Staff: $13.3 million (includes benefits)

  • For other eligible employees, the Board approved salary increase for 2018-2019 of 3 percent
  • A revised hiring schedule for Media Specialist to align with updated Teacher Introductory Compensation Schedule
  • A revised salary schedule for Police Officers and Telecommunicators to align with the 3% increase
  • All Dallas ISD Transportation must be hired on or before August 23, 2018 to be eligible
  • All other staff must be hired prior to December 31, 2017 to be eligible for the increase
  • All eligible monthly staff in this category will receive the new compensation in September 15, 2018 paycheck
  • All eligible bi-weekly staff in this category will receive the new compensation in September 21, 2018 paycheck

Agradece el distrito la paciencia de las familias durante los primeros días del transporte escolar

Ayer, administradores del Dallas ISD agradecieron a las familias su paciencia mientras el distrito da solución a los problemas que han causado que algunas rutas del transporte escolar no operen como se esperaba.

Scott Layne, superintendente adjunto, dijo que, aunque las llegadas a tiempo han aumentado conforme han pasado los días, el Dallas ISD aún necesita aproximadamente de 100 conductores. El distrito está reclutando conductores, tanto internos como externos, por lo cual llevará a cabo una feria de trabajo el sábado, 25 de agosto, en el Leonard Center, ubicado en el 5151 Samuell Blvd., de 8 a.m. a 2 p.m.

Los problemas se deben a que choferes que solicitaron el empleo y fueron contratados, no se presentaron a trabajar el primer día tal como se esperaba. También, como cualquier distrito escolar, hubo factores inesperados que resultan de trasladar estudiantes nuevos y las rutas nuevas.

Para poder contestar cualquier pregunta o inquietud de la comunidad, el distrito está extendiendo el horario del centro de llamadas de transporte escolar, de 6 a.m. a 8 p.m. El numero a marcar es el 972-925-4BUS.

Este año, el Dallas ISD comenzó a operar su propio sistema de transporte. En 2017, los residentes del condado de Dallas votaron a favor de disolver Dallas County Schools, la agencia financiada por los contribuyentes que el Dallas ISD contrataba para transportar a los estudiantes.


Agradece el distrito la paciencia de las familias durante los primeros días del transporte escolar

Ayer, administradores del Dallas ISD agradecieron a las familias su paciencia mientras el distrito da solución a los problemas que han causado que algunas rutas del transporte escolar no operen como se esperaba.

Scott Layne, superintendente adjunto, dijo que, aunque las llegadas a tiempo han aumentado conforme han pasado los días, el Dallas ISD aún necesita aproximadamente de 100 conductores. El distrito está reclutando conductores, tanto internos como externos, por lo cual llevará a cabo una feria de trabajo el sábado, 25 de agosto, en el Leonard Center, ubicado en el 5151 Samuell Blvd., de 8 a.m. a 2 p.m.

Los problemas se deben a que choferes que solicitaron el empleo y fueron contratados, no se presentaron a trabajar el primer día tal como se esperaba. También, como cualquier distrito escolar, hubo factores inesperados que resultan de trasladar estudiantes nuevos y las rutas nuevas.

Para poder contestar cualquier pregunta o inquietud de la comunidad, el distrito está extendiendo el horario del centro de llamadas de transporte escolar, de 6 a.m. a 8 p.m. El numero a marcar es el 972-925-4BUS.

Este año, el Dallas ISD comenzó a operar su propio sistema de transporte. En 2017, los residentes del condado de Dallas votaron a favor de disolver Dallas County Schools, la agencia financiada por los contribuyentes que el Dallas ISD contrataba para transportar a los estudiantes.


New ‘peace pantry’ opens up at Geneva Heights to feed a need

Built on the success of a “peace pantry” stocked with canned food that benefits students and their families at Woodrow Wilson High School, a new one has started this school year at nearby Geneva Heights Elementary School.

Teachers help identify students whose families would benefit from a gift of food, and on Friday the students take home bags filled with food, prepared by volunteers.

The community has embraced the idea, with children collecting canned goods for the pantry. Check out the full story from CBS 11 here.

Geneva Heights, formerly Robert E. Lee Elementary, is also officially becoming an International Baccalaureate school.


Con veinte años de edad y un título universitario, ya tiene empleo. El poder de las academias universitarias del Dallas ISD

Melisa Simon está empezando su primer año completo como maestra en Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School, localizada en el área de Pleasant Grove. Simon se graduó del programa preuniversitario conocido como early college, de W.W. Samuell High School, y atribuye gran parte de su éxito a dicho programa. Es la primera en su familia en asistir a la universidad y está por comenzar su carrera como docente a la edad de 20 años. “Estoy muy emocionada de darles la bienvenida a mis estudiantes y preparada para entregarles lo mejor de mí.”

Simon dijo que su intención nunca fue ser la maestra más joven en Dallas ISD. Se enteró del programa early college del distrito que se ofrecía como un programa dentro de Samuell cuando ella era estudiante en Skyline, y decidió probar suerte. “Era algo completamente nuevo”, dijo Simon. “Me arriesgué y no sabía nada sobre la universidad. Me dijeron que si me inscribía en el programa en Samuell no tendría que pagar por mis estudios universitarios. Entonces dije ‘¿es gratis? OK, lo voy a hacer’. Esa decisión cambió mi vida y me abrió tantas puertas, y es exactamente lo que los estudiantes pueden lograr al asistir a las academias universitarias”.

Según Israel Cordero, superintendente adjunto de Dallas ISD, el distrito lanzó el programa early college y las academias universitarias para cambiar el destino de estudiantes como Melissa y su familia. El distrito trabaja junto con el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas, y la Universidad del Norte de Texas en Dallas, para operar el programa. “En la actualidad, 25% de nuestros estudiantes en 9o y 10o grado están inscritos en la universidad, tomando clases para conseguir un grado asociado”, dijo Cordero.

Después de graduarse del early college de Samuell High School y Eastfield College con el grado asociado, Simon se matriculó en el programa Tech Teach en Texas Tech University que dura un año. Con el apoyo de un mentor que cubrió el resto del costo de inscripción, pudo recibirse sin deudas, algo que le parece increíble.

“Como yo lo veo, la educación es el medio para salir de la pobreza. Y así como yo lo logré, otros también lo pueden lograr”.

Los estudiantes de Dallas ISD interesados en las academias universitarias pueden presentar una solicitud de admisión, de noviembre al 31 de enero del año escolar en curso. Contamos con 23 academias universitarias por toda la ciudad que ofrecen una variedad de oportunidades sin pago de matrícula, por lo cual seguro pueden encontrar una en su comunidad. Para más información, visiten: www.dallasisd.org/collegiateacademies.


District thanks families for patience as it works through bus issues

Dallas ISD administrators today thanked families for their patience as the district continues working through issues that have caused some bus routes to not operate as expected.

Deputy Superintendent Scott Layne said while the on-time arrival rates are increasing daily, Dallas ISD is about 100 bus drivers short. The district is actively recruiting internal and external candidates and will hold a job fair on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 5151 Samuell Blvd. from 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

The bus shortage is largely due to drivers who applied and were processed but did not show up as expected on the first day. Also, like any school district, there have been unexpected challenging factors that come with transporting new kids and additional bus routes.

To help answer and address any questions or concerns, Dallas ISD is extending the hours of the transportation call center—which is 972-925-4BUS— to 6 a.m.–8 p.m.

Dallas ISD is running its own transportation system for the first time this year after Dallas County residents voted in 2017 to dissolve Dallas County Schools, the taxpayer-funded agency that Dallas ISD contracted with to bus students.


Summer learning helps teachers start school year well prepared (video)

As students returned to class on Monday, Aug. 20, Dallas ISD teachers were well prepared to start a great school year of learning, thanks in part to the district’s summer professional development opportunities.

As part of the 2018 Summer Institute, Dallas ISD offered more than 1,730 sessions at four campuses for four weeks over the summer. From building positive classrooms to differentiating instruction in the digital age, teachers received the tools and learning needed to succeed in the classroom.

The Dallas ISD Teaching and Learning Department also brought in external professional development from partners such as the Dallas Zoo, Region 10 Education Service, and many others.


New Office of Racial Equity convenes with local groups for discussion

A recent collaborative luncheon brought together Dallas ISD’s new Office of Racial Equity, Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, and the City of Dallas’ Office of Equity and Human Rights to discuss equity issues.

The Equity Luncheon was held at the Hall of State in Fair Park, and historical societies from several communities—Remembering Black Dallas, Dallas Mexican American Historical League, Dallas ISD’s American Indian Education Program, Dallas Jewish Historical Society—presented on their preservation, research and archival efforts.

This was the first of many equity-focused collaborative events.


Enfermeras del Dallas ISD reciben capacitación para manejar situaciones de emergencia

Una semana antes del inicio de clases, se reunieron las enfermeras del distrito para aprender diferentes maneras de detener un sangrado con un torniquete y gasa en situaciones de emergencia.

Las enfermeras trabajaron en equipo para aprender cómo aplicar torniquetes, un dispositivo que detiene el flujo de la sangre y también, practicaron técnicas para empacar heridas abiertas con gasa (utilizando un simulador).

Varias organizaciones externas como UT Southwestern, y personal de emergencia de Dallas y Denton, ayudaron a las enfermeras durante las demostraciones.


Dallas ISD recibe donación de Kroger y otros socios para ayudar a los estudiantes

La cadena de supermercados Kroger donó de más de 5,000 equipos de útiles escolares y $14,000 en tarjetas de regalo para ayudar a todos los estudiantes a triunfar.

Kroger, se unió a sus socios KDFW FOX 4, KDFI My 27, iHeartRadio y Dasani, para llevar a cabo una colecta de útiles escolares del 18 al 31 de julio.

Durante la ceremonia, que se realizó en L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, Dan Micciche, representante del Distrito 3 en la Junta Escolar del Dallas ISD, agradeció a Kroger su apoyo al distrito.

April Martin Nickels, gerente de asuntos corporativos de Kroger, les dijo a los estudiantes que la colecta superó las expectativas.

“En Kroger estamos comprometidos a cumplir nuestro objetivo de ofrecer apoyo a la comunidad”, dijo Martin Nickels. “Por ello, nos entusiasma ver las reacciones de los niños en su primer día de clases – la emoción, el nerviosismo y la ansiedad. Más importante aún, sabemos que no tendrán que preocuparse por tener todos los útiles y recursos que necesitan para comenzar el año escolar”.


Dallas ISD needs bus drivers, Multiple Passenger Van (MVP) drivers and bus monitors

Dallas ISD is holding a job fair this Saturday to recruit bus drivers, MPV drivers (No CDL required) and bus monitors.

Interested candidates should plan to attend the job fair this Saturday, August 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Leonard Center, (formerly the offices of Dallas County Schools) at 5151 Samuell Blvd. in Dallas. This event is open to the public, and candidates should bring their driver’s license and job history.  For more information, please contact Priscilla Soltren in Dallas ISD Human Capital Management at (972) 925-4227 or at psoltren@dallasisd.org.


Twenty. Degreed. Employed. The Power of Dallas ISD Collegiate Academies

Melisa Simon is starting her first full year of teaching at Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School in Pleasant Grove. A graduate of Dallas ISD’s W.W. Samuell Early College High School, she credits that program for a large measure of her success as a first-generation college graduate who is degreed and beginning her career at the age of 20. “I’m looking forward to welcoming my new students. I’m excited and ready to give them all that I can.”

Simon said she never set out to become the youngest teacher in Dallas ISD. She learned about the district’s first school-within-a-school early college high school as a student at Skyline, visited the Samuell campus and decided to take a chance. “It was completely new,” she said. “It was a risk I took not knowing anything about college. They told me if you go to Samuell Early College you’ll get free college. I said ‘free? OK, let’s go.’ That small step changed my life and opened so many doors for me, and that’s exactly what collegiate academies can do for students.”

According to Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent Israel Cordero, the district launched the early college and collegiate academies in partnership with Dallas Community College District and the University of North Texas at Dallas to serve as game changers for students like Melisa and their families. He said, “Currently 25% of our ninth- and tenth-grade students are enrolled in college working toward an associate degree.”

After graduating Samuell Early College and Eastfield with her associate degree, Simon enrolled in the one-year Tech Teach program at Texas Tech University. With the support of a mentor who covered her remaining year of tuition, she was able to graduate debt-free, a circumstance she describes as amazing.

“As I see it, education is the way out of poverty.   And just like it happened to me, it can happen to anyone else.”


Kroger donates school supply kits and gift cards to Dallas ISD

At a special in-class ceremony, Kroger donated more than 5,000 school supply kits and $14,000 in Kroger gift cards to help all students succeed.

Kroger, along with its parters KDFW FOX 4, KDFI My 27, iHeartRadio and Dasani, teamed up to hold the Backpack Boosters school supply collection drive from July 18-31.

At the special ceremony held at L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, Trustee Dan Micciche thanked Kroger for its support of Dallas ISD.

“Kroger has been a really good citizen to our schools and all of our students, and we are so thankful they are investing in our schools and our community,” Micciche said.

Students at Hotchkiss celebrate receiving the donation from Kroger.

April Martin Nickels, corporate affairs manager for Kroger, told the students how the Backpack Boosters collection drive exceeded expectations.

“Kroger is committed to live our purpose and feed the human spirit,” Martin Nickels said. “We are excited to see all of the mixed emotions children go through on their first day of school – excitement, nervousness anxiousness. Most importantly we know they will not have to worry about having the tools and resources they need such as school supplies to start their school year.”


Comienza un nuevo año escolar lleno de expectativas y nuevas opciones

Llegó el primer día de clases y los estudiantes de Young Male Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence Middle School son recibidos con palabras de aliento de parte de mentores para empezar el nuevo año escolar.

“Los estudiantes son nuestro futuro y queríamos darles la bienvenida a la escuela junto con la administración”, dijo el senador Royce West, uno de los mentores que participó en la bienvenida a los estudiantes. “Debemos ayudarlos a convertirse en los futuros líderes del país”.

En la nueva escuela de opción L.O. Donald Leadership Academy, el superintendente Michael Hinojosa escuchó sobre los resultados perfectos que obtuvo la clase de ciencias de la maestra Natalia Rodríguez Pérez en el examen STAAR el año pasado. Su clase es uno de los tantos ejemplos que muestran que el Dallas ISD está progresando, y que seguirá mejorando aún más este año.

Este año, las familias del Dallas ISD cuentan con más opciones para encontrar el mejor centro de aprendizaje para sus niños, incluyendo nuevas escuelas como Donald Leadership Academy, Onésimo Hernández Elementary School que está en vías de convertirse en una escuela Montessori oficial, y la nueva Solar Preparatory School for Boys. Ignite Middle School abrió sus puertas como el nuevo plantel de transformación que ofrece aprendizaje personalizado. Arlington Park Early Childhood Center y Anne Frank Early Childhood Center, financiadas por el programa Bridge Project de 2015, abrieron sus puertas exclusivamente para estudiantes de 3 y 4 años.

L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School marcó su inicio como escuela ACE  con donaciones de útiles esenciales en los salones y tarjetas de regalo de Kroger. Dicha tienda y sus socios, KDFW FOX 4, KDFI My 27, iHeartRadio y Dasani, donarán más de 5,000 equipos de útiles y $14,000 en tarjetas de regalo de Kroger al distrito.

El 20 de agosto fue el primer día que el Dallas ISD comenzó a operar su propio sistema de transporte. En 2017, los residentes del condado de Dallas votaron a favor de disolver Dallas County Schools, la agencia financiada por los contribuyentes que el Dallas ISD contrataba para transportar a los estudiantes. Aunque hubo dificultades, los oficiales del distrito afirmaron que están haciendo todo lo posible para solucionar estos contratiempos. Los padres que tienen preguntas sobre el transporte pueden llamar al 972-925-4BUS, y para preguntas generales sobre el regreso a clases pueden marcar 972-925-KIDS.


Parents invited to share first-day pics



Parents are invited and encouraged to share photos of their children on the first day of school.

To share, post to your own social media pages using the hashtag #BTSDallasISD. You may also email photos to thehub@dallasisd.org.

Thank you for participating, and we hope your family has an excellent school year!


Students get welcoming start to new school year

It’s the first day of school at the Young Male Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence Middle School, and every student is scoring dozens of high fives and words of encouragement from male mentors as they walk in the front doors.

“These students represent our future, and we want to make sure we welcome them back with our administrators,” said Sen. Royce West, who was among the dozens of male mentors greeting students. “These students need to be molded into future leaders of America.”

Sen. Royce West joins other male mentors in welcoming students to YMLA at Florence.

Meanwhile, over at L.O. Donald Leadership Academy, which became a neighborhood choice school this school year, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa heard about how Natalia Rodriguez Perez’s science class received perfect scores on the science STAAR last year. Mrs. Perez’s class was just one of many outstanding data points that show how Dallas ISD is making tremendous gains that the district will build on this school year.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa welcomes students to L.O. Donald Leadership Academy.

With new options such as Donald Leadership Academy, Onesimo Hernandez Elementary school working to become an official Montessori campus, and the brand-new Solar Preparatory School for Boys, Dallas ISD families have even more best-fit learning options this school year. Ignite Middle School also opened its doors as the district’s newest Personalized Learning transformation campus, and Arlington Park Early Childhood Center and Anne Frank Early Childhood Center, which are funded through the 2015 Bridge Project, opened to exclusively serve 3- and 4-year-olds

Students are excited to attend the new Solar Prep for Boys.

L.L Hotchkiss Elementary School celebrated becoming part of the new group of “ACE Leadership” schools by hosting an in-class donation of Backpack Boosters and gift cards from Kroger.  Kroger, along with its partners KDFW FOX 4, KDFI My 27, iHeartRadio and Dasani, is donating more than 5,000 school supply kits and $14,000 in Kroger gift cards to the district.

Students at Hotchkiss celebrate receiving the donation from Kroger.

Aug. 20 also marked the first day for Dallas ISD running its own bus system. Dallas County residents voted in 2017 to dissolve Dallas County Schools, the taxpayer agency that Dallas ISD contracted with to bus students. And while there were the expected first-day hiccups of delayed routes, district officials said they were diligently working toward smoothing out any bumps. Parents with any questions about transportation can call 972-925-4BUS, and parents with any general back-to-school questions can call 972-925-KIDS.


Dallas ISD school nurses train for emergency medical situations






About a week before the first day of school on Aug. 20, school nurses from across Dallas ISD gathered to learn ways to stop bleeding in emergency situations with tourniquets and gauze.

The nurses practiced applying tourniquets – a device that stops the flow of blood – on each other. They also practiced techniques for packing open wounds (using a simulator) with gauze.

Several outside organizations such as UT Southwestern and emergency personnel from Dallas and Denton took part in guiding the nurses through the demonstrations.

 


Junta Escolar del Dallas ISD convoca elección de ratificación de impuestos

La Junta Escolar del Dallas ISD votó a favor de incluir la ratificación de impuestos en la elección de noviembre. Si los electores votan a favor, el distrito contaría con fondos para financiar iniciativas estratégicas que apoyan el aprendizaje de los estudiantes.

El distrito contaría con $126 millones adicionales cada año para apoyar programas y servicios como:

* Educación preescolar

* Equidad racial

* Escuelas de opción

* Compensación estratégica

La elección se llevará a cabo el 6 de noviembre. El 9 de octubre es el último día para registrarse para votar en la elección.

¿Qué es una Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos (TRE)?

Una TRE es una elección especial que es convocada por la Junta Escolar de un distrito escolar en la que se les pide a los votantes aprobar un aumento en la tasa de impuestos de mantenimientos y operaciones (M&O).

Desde 2008, el Dallas ISD ha mantenido una tasa tributaria para M&O de $1.04. La TRE aumentaría 13 centavos la tasa para M&O, del $1.04 actual a $1.17. Esto significa que los impuestos sobre la propiedad para un propietario de una vivienda con un valor promedio de $185,000, subirían $20 por mes. La TRE no afectará a los contribuyentes de 65 años o mayores, o a aquellos con una discapacidad, si su pago de impuestos ha sido congelado.

De los 38 distritos escolares en los condados de Dallas y Collin, 25 han aprobado una elección de ratificación de impuestos. Desde 2006, más de 500 distritos escolares de Texas han convocado una TRE.

Mejoras en el distrito

La Junta Escolar aprobó la TRE un día después de que la Agencia de Educación de Texas diera a conocer los resultados del sistema de evaluación de las escuelas que demuestran que el Dallas ISD está logrando avances notables. Entre los puntos sobresalientes incluyen:

* El Dallas ISD cuenta con seis de 12 escuelas a nivel estatal que recibieron la calificación más alta posible de 99 en el examen STAAR de 2018.

* El Dallas ISD logró una reducción importante en el número de escuelas con necesidad de mejorar, de 43 en 2013-2014 a solo cuatro en 2017-2018.

* Más estudiantes de Dallas ISD están cumpliendo los estándares en el examen STAAR, al reducir la brecha entre el distrito y el estado:

* 2013-2014: 27% Dallas ISD; 39% estado

* 2017-2018: 40% Dallas ISD; 47% estado


Dallas ISD muestra enorme progreso en nuevo sistema de calificaciones del estado 

Ayer, la Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA) dio a conocer los resultados del nuevo sistema de evaluación de las escuelas en el que queda demostrado que el Dallas ISD está logrando avances notables.

El nuevo sistema, conocido como “A through F”, otorga una calificación a los distritos escolares basándose en el aprovechamiento académico, el progreso/crecimiento de las escuelas, y en la reducción de la brecha en el rendimiento de los estudiantes. Según la TEA, el Dallas ISD obtuvo una calificación de “B” y cuenta con seis de las doce escuelas a nivel estatal que lograron la puntuación más alta posible en el examen STAAR en el 2018.

“Estamos orgullosos del enorme progreso en el Dallas ISD, y nuestras familias, los maestros y el personal escolar deben sentirse igualmente satisfechos por lo que hemos logrado juntos”, dijo el superintendente Michael Hinojosa. “Pero esto no significa que hemos llegado a la meta, apenas estamos empezando. Todavía nos queda mucho por hacer”.

Información reciente de múltiples evaluaciones sigue mostrando que las escuelas del Dallas ISD registran una tendencia ascendente en el aprovechamiento académico, ya que un 66 por ciento de ellas recibieron una puntuación de 80 por ciento o mayor bajo el nuevo sistema. Estos resultados son evidencia de que los estudiantes del Dallas ISD continúan reduciendo la diferencia que existe entre el distrito y el estado. Asimismo, una reducción significativa en el número de escuelas con necesidad de mejorar, combinado con un rendimiento sólido en lectura y matemáticas, son logros significativos que han contribuido al progreso del distrito.

Otros factores que respaldan el crecimiento del distrito incluyen la expansión de las academias universitarias, escuelas públicas de opción, programas preescolares, y una iniciativa estratégica de compensación que premia la excelencia de los maestros.

Puntos sobresalientes del aprovechamiento académico en Dallas ISD incluyen:

* El Dallas ISD cuenta con seis de 12 escuelas a nivel estatal que recibieron la calificación más alta posible de 99 en el examen STAAR de 2018.

* El Dallas ISD logró una reducción importante en el número de escuelas con necesidad de mejorar, de 43 en 2013-2014 a solo cuatro en 2017-2018.

* Más estudiantes de Dallas ISD están cumpliendo los estándares en el examen STAAR, al reducir la brecha entre el distrito y el estado:

* 2013-2014: 27% Dallas ISD; 39% estado

* 2017-2018: 40% Dallas ISD; 47% estado


Trustees call for tax ratification election

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees approved bringing a tax ratification election to voters in November that, if approved, would fund strategic initiatives that support students.

If approved by voters, the TRE would provide an additional $126 million every year to support:

  • Early Learning
  • Racial Equity
  • Schools of Choice
  • Strategic Compensation

Election Day is Nov. 6, and Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the election.

What is a Tax Ratification Election (TRE)?

A TRE is a special election called by a school district’s board of trustees that asks voters to approve an increase in its maintenance and operating (M&O) tax rate.

Since 2008, Dallas ISD has maintained an M&O tax rate of $1.04. The TRE would increase the M&O tax rate by 13 cents to $1.17. This would raise property taxes for the average homeowner—which is an $185,000 home—by $20 a month. The TRE would not affect taxpayers 65 years or older or those who are disabled if they have a frozen tax levy.

Of the 38 area districts in Dallas and Collin counties, 25 have passed a TRE. Since 2006, more than 500 Texas school districts have called a TRE.

District gains

Trustees approved bringing the TRE to voters one day after the Texas Education Agency released accountability ratings showing that Dallas ISD is making tremendous gains. The gains include:

  • Dallas ISD is home to six out of 12 schools that received the highest possible score of 99 on the 2018 STAAR.
  • Dallas ISD achieved a steep decline in the number of Improvement Required campuses, from 43 in 2013-2014 to four in 2017-2018.
  • More Dallas ISD students are meeting state standard on the STAAR exam, narrowing the gap between the district and the state:
    • 2013-2014: 27% Dallas ISD; 39% State
    • 2017-2018: 40% Dallas ISD; 47% State

Southeast network schools join for fun, focus on goals in new year










On Aug. 14, teachers and staff from the 35 schools in the Dallas ISD Southeast Schools Network convened at Loos Field House for a packed pep rally. The Southeast comprises schools in the W.W. Samuell, H. Grady Spruce, Seagoville and Wilmer-Hutchins high school feeder patterns.

The festive atmosphere included performances from student groups representing each of the four high schools, music and dancing – the network’s principals also got into the act

But besides the fun, leadership aimed to set the tone for the coming school year. Laura Garza, who oversees elementary schools in the Samuell and Seagoville feeder patterns, rallied the crowd with a message about the importance of the everyone’s jobs at their schools. Students deserve the best, and have them in what became a chant: “Dream team! Dream team!”

 


Multicultural leaders work to ensure all races are well represented in Dallas ISD

As a professor who has taught students about the African American experience for more than 40 years, Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney has seen first-hand how bringing a multicultural approach to history and social studies helps students see themselves in the curriculum.

Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney

Dulaney’s distinguished background made him an ideal member for Dallas ISD’s new Multicultural Studies and History Advisory Council formed by the district’s Racial Equity Office. As an advisory council member, Dulaney joins leaders from many Dallas multicultural institutions in helping guide Dallas ISD to develop multicultural studies, experiences and opportunities for all students and staff.

“I’m encouraged to see that Dallas ISD is looking to make sure all of its students from different cultures and races are represented and empowered,” Dulaney said.

Dulaney was among the powerful voices at the Multicultural Studies and History Advisory Council meeting held Aug. 13 at the Pan African Connection, which is owned by Akwete Tyehimba, who is one of the advisory council members. At the meeting, the advisory council members discussed strategies for bringing a multicultural lens to a Dallas ISD History Hackathon—which was the brainchild of advisory council member Jerry Hawkins, executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation—as well as language for an African American History Class.

Jamila Thomas of the Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office.

Jamila Thomas, director of the Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office, said the advisory council members bring invaluable resources and knowledge that can benefit Dallas ISD students.

“It’s important to have the community voice at the table and make sure they are a formative part of the whole process,” she said. “These multicultural leaders are living and breathing this on a daily basis, and they are eager to work together to bring out the various cultures we represent in Dallas ISD.”

Dallas ISD formed the Racial Equity Office last school year to manage, implement and develop projects that align with a Racial, Socio-Economic, and Educational Equity resolution adopted by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees in December 2017.

“I am excited about all of the various efforts to bring Dallas ISD’s Racial Equity Office to life,” said Leslie Williams, deputy chief of the Racial Equity Office. “This is powerful.”


Multicultural leaders work to ensure all races are well represented in Dallas ISD

As a professor who has taught students about the African American experience for more than 40 years, Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney has seen first-hand how bringing a multicultural approach to history and social studies helps students see themselves in the curriculum.

Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney

Dulaney’s distinguished background made him an ideal member for Dallas ISD’s new Multicultural Studies and History Advisory Council formed by the district’s Racial Equity Office. As an advisory council member, Dulaney joins leaders from many Dallas multicultural institutions in helping guide Dallas ISD to develop multicultural studies, experiences and opportunities for all students and staff.

“I’m encouraged to see that Dallas ISD is looking to make sure all of its students from different cultures and races are represented and empowered,” Dulaney said.

Dulaney was among the powerful voices at the Multicultural Studies and History Advisory Council meeting held Aug. 13 at the Pan African Connection, which is owned by Akwete Tyehimba, who is one of the advisory council members. At the meeting, the advisory council members discussed strategies for bringing a multicultural lens to a Dallas ISD History Hackathon—which was the brainchild of advisory council member Jerry Hawkins, executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation—as well as language for an African American History Class.

Jamila Thomas of the Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office.

Jamila Thomas, director of the Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office, said the advisory council members bring invaluable resources and knowledge that can benefit Dallas ISD students.

“It’s important to have the community voice at the table and make sure they are a formative part of the whole process,” she said. “These multicultural leaders are living and breathing this on a daily basis, and they are eager to work together to bring out the various cultures we represent in Dallas ISD.”

Dallas ISD formed the Racial Equity Office last school year to manage, implement and develop projects that align with a Racial, Socio-Economic, and Educational Equity resolution adopted by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees in December 2017.

“I am excited about all of the various efforts to bring Dallas ISD’s Racial Equity Office to life,” said Leslie Williams, deputy chief of the Racial Equity Office. “This is powerful.”


Titche Elementary School, tras estar cerca de cerrar, muestra excelente mejora académica

Falta menos de una semana para que comiencen las clases, y los maestros de Edward Titche Elementary School están preparando sus salones de clases, decorando, organizando las estaciones de trabajo y haciendo una lista de todo lo que deben tener listo antes del primer día de clases, el 20 de agosto.

Y, aunque esto mismo está ocurriendo en todas las escuelas del distrito, en la primaria Titche se percibe un ambiente diferente. El año pasado, la escuela registró una de las más altas mejoras académicas en el estado, tras estar bajo amenaza de un posible cierre si no cumplía con los estándares estatales. Damien Stovall, director de Titche Elementary School, dijo que el riesgo de que la escuela fuera clausurada logró sacar lo mejor del personal escolar y los maestros, quienes fueron traídos a la escuela con el solo propósito de mejorar el rendimiento de los estudiantes.

“Vinimos a Titche porque queríamos cambiar el entorno de aprendizaje de los estudiantes”, dijo Stovall. “Sabíamos las expectativas y trabajamos juntos para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a triunfar”.

Titche Elementary School forma parte de la iniciativa Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE), que incentiva a maestros y directores eficientes a trasladarse de manera voluntaria a escuelas con bajo rendimiento. El Dallas ISD comenzó el programa en 2016-2017 y, después de ver los excelentes resultados, ha expandido la iniciativa este año. Otros distritos escolares cercanos como Garland ISD y Richardson ISD han imitado el modelo ACE en busca de lograr mejorar el aprovechamiento académico en las escuelas con bajo rendimiento.

“Mr. Stovall y su equipo de trabajo son un gran ejemplo del modelo ACE, ejemplifican lo que se puede lograr cuando se tienen expectativas altas con un apoyo estratégico y sólido”, dijo Jolee Healey, superintendente adjunto responsable del programa ACE del distrito. “Esta combinación perfecta nos ayuda a asegurar que nuestros estudiantes que necesitan más ayuda, reciban lo mejor”.

Mientras tanto, en Titche Elementary School, los padres siguen visitando el plantel para inscribir a sus hijos y saludar a los maestros y la administración.

“Los padres vienen y nos abrazan tras ver el gran progreso que han alcanzado sus hijos”, dijo Stovall. “Yo siempre digo, ‘Si logras que los estudiantes crean en si mismos, pueden lograr cualquier cosa’”.


La División de Operaciones de Dallas ISD se reúne en grupo por primera vez

El viernes, 10 de agosto, la División de Operaciones de Dallas ISD tuvo varias nuevas experiencias.

La celebración de capacitación y regreso a clases marcó la primera vez que todos los departamentos dela división de Operaciones se reunieron bajo el mismo techo. Ese día también marcó la primera vez que los choferes recién contratados en el departamento de Servicios de Transporte Escolar fueron incluidos como empleados del distrito.

Los Dallas Cowboys animaron a la multitud el viernes por la mañana con la participación de la sección de percusión, Rhythm & Blue, y la mascota Rowdy, quien lanzó pelotas de fútbol americano a los emocionados fanáticos.  Un grupo bailó al ritmo de la canción “Y.M.C.A.” durante el evento que ofreció a los empleados una pausa en sus labores.

El Superintendente Michael Hinojosa se dirigió a la multitud, agradeciéndoles por su arduo trabajo. El Superintendente Adjunto de Operaciones Scott Layne reconoció a los líderes de los diferentes departamentos de Operaciones y dijo a todos los empleados que el trabajo que hacen es importante, especialmente el primer día de clases. Muchos visitantes formarán impresiones duraderas de los planteles basadas en como lucen. Además, los empleados de Operaciones proporcionan un entorno seguro y saludable para los estudiantes y personal para que aprendizaje pueda ser posible.

Los empleados escucharon presentaciones de los departamentos de Administración de Riesgos, Igualdad Racial, Salarios y Beneficios para concluir la orientación anual.


La División de Operaciones de Dallas ISD se reúne en grupo por primera vez

El viernes, 10 de agosto, la División de Operaciones de Dallas ISD tuvo varias nuevas experiencias.

La celebración de capacitación y regreso a clases marcó la primera vez que todos los departamentos dela división de Operaciones se reunieron bajo el mismo techo. Ese día también marcó la primera vez que los choferes recién contratados en el departamento de Servicios de Transporte Escolar fueron incluidos como empleados del distrito.

Los Dallas Cowboys animaron a la multitud el viernes por la mañana con la participación de la sección de percusión, Rhythm & Blue, y la mascota Rowdy, quien lanzó pelotas de fútbol americano a los emocionados fanáticos.  Un grupo bailó al ritmo de la canción “Y.M.C.A.” durante el evento que ofreció a los empleados una pausa en sus labores.

El Superintendente Michael Hinojosa se dirigió a la multitud, agradeciéndoles por su arduo trabajo. El Superintendente Adjunto de Operaciones Scott Layne reconoció a los líderes de los diferentes departamentos de Operaciones y dijo a todos los empleados que el trabajo que hacen es importante, especialmente el primer día de clases. Muchos visitantes formarán impresiones duraderas de los planteles basadas en como lucen. Además, los empleados de Operaciones proporcionan un entorno seguro y saludable para los estudiantes y personal para que aprendizaje pueda ser posible.

Los empleados escucharon presentaciones de los departamentos de Administración de Riesgos, Igualdad Racial, Salarios y Beneficios para concluir la orientación anual.


La División de Operaciones de Dallas ISD se reúne en grupo por primera vez

El viernes, 10 de agosto, la División de Operaciones de Dallas ISD tuvo varias nuevas experiencias.

La celebración de capacitación y regreso a clases marcó la primera vez que todos los departamentos dela división de Operaciones se reunieron bajo el mismo techo. Ese día también marcó la primera vez que los choferes recién contratados en el departamento de Servicios de Transporte Escolar fueron incluidos como empleados del distrito.

Los Dallas Cowboys animaron a la multitud el viernes por la mañana con la participación de la sección de percusión, Rhythm & Blue, y la mascota Rowdy, quien lanzó pelotas de fútbol americano a los emocionados fanáticos.  Un grupo bailó al ritmo de la canción “Y.M.C.A.” durante el evento que ofreció a los empleados una pausa en sus labores.

El Superintendente Michael Hinojosa se dirigió a la multitud, agradeciéndoles por su arduo trabajo. El Superintendente Adjunto de Operaciones Scott Layne reconoció a los líderes de los diferentes departamentos de Operaciones y dijo a todos los empleados que el trabajo que hacen es importante, especialmente el primer día de clases. Muchos visitantes formarán impresiones duraderas de los planteles basadas en como lucen. Además, los empleados de Operaciones proporcionan un entorno seguro y saludable para los estudiantes y personal para que aprendizaje pueda ser posible.

Los empleados escucharon presentaciones de los departamentos de Administración de Riesgos, Igualdad Racial, Salarios y Beneficios para concluir la orientación anual.


Donaciones ayudan a estudiantes a empezar bien el año escolar

Varios negocios, equipos deportivos y organizaciones comunitarias están aumentando grandemente sus donaciones para garantizar que los estudiantes empiecen el año escolar listos para aprender.

Aquí encontrará una lista actualizada de algunas de estas generosas donaciones que han sido actualizadas por el Departamento de Servicios de Voluntarios y Colaboraciones de Dallas ISD. Si desea ayudar a nuestras escuelas y estudiantes por medio de donaciones o como voluntario, haga clic aquí para información para voluntarios o haga clic aquí para información sobre donaciones.

Nancy Lieberman Charities

La agencia de caridad, Nancy Lieberman Charities, donó 500 mochilas para estudiantes en ocho escuelas de Dallas ISD.  Desde su destacada experiencia en la preparatoria, a su triunfante participación ayudando a su equipo de baloncesto universitario ganar dos campeonatos consecutivos, hasta a su destacada participación representando a los EE. UU. en los juegos Panaméricanos y las Olimpiadas, la hoja de vida de Lieberman no deja duda de que es una de las más exitosas jugadoras de baloncesto de todos los tiempos. Nancy Lieberman Charities ha donado mochilas en los años anteriores y en la primavera otorgó becas de $10,000 cada una a seis estudiantes del distrito.

Jóvenes Empresarios y Profesionales de la Cámara de Comercio de los EE. UU y la India

 

El 10 de agosto, voluntarios del grupo Jóvenes Empresarios y Profesionales de la Cámara de Comercio de los EE. UU y la India (YEP, por sus siglas en inglés) distribuyeron mochilas llenas de útiles escolares a estudiantes que asisten a Whitney M. Young Jr. Elementary School. YEP fue creado para facilitar el intercambio, desarrollo de liderazgo entre los EE. UU e India y aumentar el desarrollo económico en el norte de Texas.

Equipo de Sóftbol Dallas Titans Softball

El equipo de sóftbol, Dallas Titans, distribuyó útiles para maestros y estudiantes de las primarias Ben Milam y Sam Houston. Por los últimos tres años, el equipo ha surtido las escuelas con útiles escolares valorados en casi $15,000.

Looney & Associates

Looney & Associates donó varias lámparas, muebles y una alfombra para el Centro de Bienvenida de Dallas ISD. Looney & Associates tiene una larga tradición de apoyar a estudiantes del distrito, incluyendo una donación de muebles y útiles escolares y materiales de recreo a J.W. Ray Elementary School

Otros donantes

A continuación, se encuentra una lista completa (hasta el 13 de agosto) de los donantes y las escuelas beneficiadas.


Información de la mayoría de las rutas de autobuses escolares de Dallas ISD está disponible en internet

La página del Departamento de Transporte de Dallas ISD presenta información de la mayoría de las rutas de los autobuses del distrito.

Para ver instrucciones sobre cómo buscar las rutas de los autobuses, pueden ingresar a la pagina del Departamento de Transporte del distrito, al hacer clic aquí. Si su hijo esta inscrito en programas especiales en escuelas magnet y en escuelas publicas de opción, o en el programa de educación especial, deben comunicarse directamente a la escuela. Si necesitan más información, pueden llamar a línea de transporte al 972-925-4287.


New accountability ratings show tremendous gains in Dallas ISD

Accountability ratings released today by the Texas Education Agency show that Dallas ISD is making tremendous gains.

The new state accountability system known as “A through F” grades school districts on student achievement, school progress/growth, and closing the achievement gap. Dallas ISD received a “B” letter grade and is home to six of the 12 schools that achieved the highest-possible score on the 2018 STAAR test, according to the TEA.

“We are proud of our tremendous gains in Dallas ISD, and our families, teachers and staff should feel great accomplishment in what we have done together,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “But this is not the finish line, we have just started this race. We still have much more work to do.”

Recent data continues to prove Dallas ISD schools are trending upward in academic achievement across multiple measures, with 66 percent of its campuses scoring 80 percent or higher on the new grading system. The scores are another indication that Dallas ISD students continue to narrow the achievement gap between the district and the state. A steep turnaround of Improvement Required campuses— coupled with strong performances in both reading and math—are significant achievements that can be attributed to the district’s rise.

Other factors for the district’s growth include the expansion of the collegiate academies, schools of choice, early learning programs, and a strategic compensation initiative that rewards teacher excellence.

Rising Academic Achievement in Dallas ISD includes:

  • Dallas ISD is home to six out of 12 schools that received the highest possible score of 99 on the 2018 STAAR.
  • Dallas ISD achieved a steep decline in the number of Improvement Required campuses, from 43 in 2013-2014 to four in 2017-2018.
  • More Dallas ISD students are meeting state standard on the STAAR exam, narrowing the gap between the district and the state:
    • 2013-2014: 27% Dallas ISD; 39% State
    • 2017-2018: 40% Dallas ISD; 47% State

Distrito propone plan para ofrecer recursos adicionales a escuelas más necesitadas

Las autoridades escolares del Dallas ISD informaron a la Junta Escolar sobre una propuesta que proporcionaría recursos adicionales a cerca de 20 de las escuelas más necesitadas del distrito.

Según la propuesta, los fondos, llamados en inglés, Funds for Achievement and Racial Equity (FARE), proporcionarían $245 adicionales por estudiante en dichas escuelas. El director de cada una de estas escuelas presentaría una propuesta sobre cómo se utilizarían los fondos para mejorar el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes y la infraestructura. El liderato del distrito revisaría y tomaría la decisión de aprobar la propuesta.

Entre las posibles áreas de apoyo adicional se incluye:

  • Personal (entrenadores, enlaces con las familias, trabajadores sociales)
  • Programas educativos y plan de estudios suplementarios
  • Programas después de clases o de enriquecimiento
  • Capacitación profesional

El superintendente Michael Hinojosa dijo a los miembros de la Junta Escolar que el distrito cuenta con más ingresos de lo que originalmente se tenia proyectado debido a una mayor cantidad de ingresos tributarios por el impuesto a la propiedad. Los aproximadamente $3 millones para financiar FARE provendrían de estos ingresos adicionales.

La Junta Escolar considerará aprobar FARE durante la reunión del 23 de agosto. Si votan a favor, entraría en efecto este año escolar.


Details for most bus routes are available online

Most Dallas ISD families can view their child’s bus route online.

Go to the Dallas ISD Student Transportation page for information on how to view the bus route. For special programs such as magnets, choice schools and special education, parents should call the school for information on the bus route.

Special ceremony welcomes hundreds of bus drivers new to Dallas ISD

Go here to visit the Student Transportation page. Parents with any questions can call the transportation hotline at 972-925-4287.


Lo nuevo para el año escolar 2018-2019

El año escolar 2018-2019 comienza el 20 de agosto y los padres de familia notarán algunos cambios.

Esta es una lista que se actualizará continuamente.

Centros para profesiones y academias universitarias

El Dallas ISD abrirá centros para profesiones en cinco preparatorias este año. Dichos centros ayudarán a los estudiantes a potencialmente obtener un salario justo inmediatamente después de graduarse de la preparatoria.

Mientras tanto, el Dallas ISD y el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas (DCCCD) se encuentran en el proceso para poner en funcionamiento academias universitarias en Skyline High School y North Lake College. Según la propuesta, el año escolar 2018-2019 sería el año de planificación para después abrir sus puertas a estudiantes nuevos de 9o grado el siguiente año escolar. El Dallas ISD y el DCCCD actualmente operan 23 academias universitarias donde los estudiantes pueden obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario—o un grado asociado—gratis mientras cursan la preparatoria.

Escuelas nuevas

IGNITE Middle School, que abrirá sus puertas este año, es la escuela de transformación más nueva del distrito con el modelo de aprendizaje personalizado. La escuela ofrecerá instrucción individualizada, que se basa no solo en las necesidades académicas del estudiante, sino también en sus intereses y metas.

Arlington Park Early Childhood Center y Anne Frank Early Childhood Center, creados usando fondos del programa 2015 Bridge Project, servirán exclusivamente a niños de 3 y 4 años.

Oficina de equidad racial

Este año escolar el Dallas ISD abrirá su primera oficina de equidad racial (Racial Equity Office) en un esfuerzo por mejorar la paridad educativa y socioeconómica de los estudiantes.

Aprendizaje social y emocional

El Dallas ISD continúa ampliando su enfoque en el aprendizaje social y emocional (SEL, por sus siglas en inglés) que ayuda a estudiantes a desarrollar las habilidades, conocimiento y actitudes necesarias para triunfar en la escuela, el trabajo y la vida. Cerca de 120 planteles implementarán estas prácticas emblemáticas de SEL en sus salones.

Transporte escolar

Este año, el Dallas ISD operará su propio transporte escolar ya que en el 2017 los residentes del condado de Dallas votaron a favor de disolver la agencia Dallas County Schools – financiada por los contribuyentes y contratada por el distrito para ofrecer dicho servicio.


Donations help students and schools start year on the right foot

Businesses, sports teams and community organizations are stepping up in a big way through donations to ensure students and schools start the school year on the right foot.

Here is a running list of some of these great donations facilitated through Dallas ISD Volunteer and Partnership Services Department. if you want to help our schools and students through donations or by volunteering, go here to learn how to volunteer and go here to learn how to donate.

Nancy Lieberman Charities

Nancy Lieberman Charities donated 500 backpacks to students from eight Dallas ISD schools. Lieberman’s professional resumé leaves no doubt that she is one of the most successful American basketball players of all time, from being a standout in high school, to helping her college team earn two consecutive championships, to representing the USA in the Pan American Games and the Olympics. Nancy Lieberman Charities has donated backpacks to Dallas ISD schools in previous years, and also awarded $10,000 college scholarships each to six Dallas ISD seniors last Spring.

U.S. India Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals

On Aug. 10, volunteers with the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals (YEP) group distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to students attending Whitney M. Young Jr. Elementary School in Dallas. YEP was created by the US India Chamber of Commerce to facilitate networking, leadership, and further economic development in North Texas.

Dallas Titans Softball Team

The Dallas Titans Softball Team provided supplies for teachers and students at Ben Milam and Sam Houston elementary schools. For the past three years, the team has supplied the schools with almost $15,000 worth of supplies.

Looney & Associates

Looney and Associates donated several lamps, furniture and a rug for the Dallas ISD Welcome Center. Looney & Associates has a history of supporting Dallas ISD students, including donating furniture, school supplies and recess equipment to J.W. Ray Elementary School

Other Donors

And here is a full list of the donors and their matched schools as of Aug. 13.

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Titche Elementary bounces back from possible closure to amazing academic gains

It’s two weeks before the first day of school, and teachers at Edward Titche Elementary School are hanging up posters, setting up their classroom work stations and making to-do lists of the dozens of tasks that must happen before Aug. 20.

While this is a common scene at campuses across the district, there is extra celebration inside Titche Elementary. The school, which faced closure last year if it failed to meet state standards, is coming off some of the best academic gains in the state. Titche Elementary Principal Damien Stovall said the possibility of closure brought out the best in the staff and teachers, who were specifically brought in to turnaround the school.

“We came to Titche because we wanted to change the learning environment for our students,” Stovall said. “We came together, knew the expectations, and bonded together to help our students excel.”

Titche Elementary students.

Titche Elementary is part of the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Initiative, which incentivizes high-performing teachers and campus leaders to voluntarily work at the lowest-performing schools. Dallas ISD launched the ACE program in 2016-2017 and, after significant student achievement gains at the schools, has expanded the initiative every year. Meanwhile, surrounding school districts such as Garland ISD and Richardson ISD have copied the ACE model to boost student achievement at their struggling schools.

“Mr. Stovall and his team are a great example of the ACE model, exemplifying high expectations with robust, strategic support,” said Jolee Healey, the Dallas ISD assistant superintendent overseeing the ACE program. “This winning combination helps ensure our students who need the most get the best.”

District to expand ACE program to boost struggling schools

Back at Titche Elementary, parents are coming to the school to enroll their children and catch up with teachers and campus leaders.

“Parents come in and give us hugs after they see how much their students are growing,” Stovall said. “I always say, ‘If you get students to believe in themselves, they can do anything.’”


All of Dallas ISD’s Operations Division gathers as a big group for first time

















On Friday, Aug. 10, Dallas ISD’s Operations Division marked a couple of firsts.

The in-service and back-to-school kickoff celebration marked the first time that all of Operations gathered under one roof. The day also marked the first time that newly hired drivers in Student Transportation Services were included as district employees.

The Dallas Cowboys helped pump up the crowd Friday morning an appearance of the Rhythm & Blue Drumline and mascot Rowdy, who drilled footballs into the arms of excited fans. A crew danced to the song “Y.M.C.A.” as a break between more serious work.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa addressed the crowd, thanking them for their hard work. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Scott Layne thanked the leaders of Operations’ individual departments and told all the employees that their work is crucially important, especially on the first day of school. Many visitors will form lasting impressions about the campuses based on how they look. Further, Operations employees provide a safe and healthy environment for students and staff so that learning can happen.

Employees heard presentatoins from Risk Management, Racial Equity, Payroll and Benefits to round out their orientation for the year.


Conoce a Maestros/Open House

Padres y alumnos tendrán la oportunidad de visitar su escuela y conocer a los maestros antes del primer día de clases. Los días de Conoce a Mestros/Open House están programados para las siguientes fechas:
◦martes, Aug. 14 – Secundarias
◦miércoles, Aug. 15 – Preparatorias
◦jueves, Aug. 16 – Primarias
Para los horarios exactos, se les pide a los padres comunicarse con su escuela.
Los padres recibirán información sobre lista de clases, proceso para dejar y levantar a los alumnos, horario escolar y mucho más.
Recuerden que las clases comienzan el lunes, 20 de agosto.

Parents invited to Meet the Teacher night at their child’s school

Parents are invited to visit their child’s campus and meet the teachers before the first day of school.

The Meet the Teacher/Open House nights are:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 14: Middle Schools
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15: High Schools
  • Thursday, Aug. 16: Elementary Schools
Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school to find out the exact time of the open houses. Teachers will share information such as class schedules, drop off and pick up procedures, school hours, and much more.
The first day of school is just around the corner, as classes begin Monday, Aug. 20.

Nueva Oficina de Equidad Racial asegurará que todo estudiante esté preparado para triunfar

Este verano, el distrito aprobó una nueva política de equidad racial, en un esfuerzo por mejorar la paridad educativa y socioeconómica de los estudiantes.

El propósito de dicha política es implementar la nueva política de equidad racial, socioeconómica y educativa que la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD aprobó el 14 de diciembre de 2017. La resolución detalla las medidas que el distrito esta tomando para establecer las normas para erradicar la desigualdad.

“Confiamos en que podemos proporcionar acceso equitativo a las oportunidades educativas y cerrar las brechas en el desempeño académico de los estudiantes, y que esto puede lograrse de manera integral y colectiva, combatiendo los retos que afectan las escuelas con un alto índice de pobreza, mientras trabajamos para promover más escuelas con una población socioeconómica y racialmente diversa en todo el distrito”, afirma la resolución.

Asimismo, la primera Oficina de Equidad Racial del distrito tiene la responsabilidad de administrar, implementar y desarrollar proyectos que concuerden con la resolución sobre equidad racial, socioeconómica y educativa.

Recientemente, la oficina organizó su primera reunión con el Departamento de Liderazgo Escolar donde estuvieron presentes directores ejecutivos, directores, instructores educativos y facilitadores académicos.

Entra las metas de la reunión se encuentran:

  • Proporcionar oportunidades a los líderes escolares para que ofrezcan su opinión sobre las metas de la Oficina de Equidad Racial
  • Comenzar el proceso colaborativo de establecer alianzas con los lideres en los planteles
  • Prepararse para el año escolar 2018-2019 con respecto a obtener información sobre programas y la distribución de los recursos disponibles.
  • Establecer un taller continuo para recibir la opinión de lideres en los planteles

Para leer la Resolución sobre Equidad Racial, Socioeconómica y Educativa en su totalidad, haga clic aquí.


Ceremonia da la bienvenida a cientos de conductores de autobuses

El 8 de agosto, el Dallas ISD realizó una ceremonia especial para darles la bienvenida a cientos de conductores de autobuses al distrito.

Este año, el Dallas ISD está operando su propio departamento de transporte luego de que los residentes del condado de Dallas votaran a favor de disolver Dallas County Schools (DCS) el pasado 7 de noviembre. Anteriormente, el Dallas ISD tenía un contrato con DCS, una agencia financiada por los contribuyentes, para ofrecer transporte a los estudiantes.

El superintendente Michael Hinojosa agradeció a los conductores y mecánicos, muchos de los cuales trabajaron anteriormente con DCS, su profesionalismo y entusiasmo por transportar de manera segura a nuestros estudiantes.

“La Junta Escolar, el distrito, y toda la ciudad de Dallas están en deuda con ustedes por su servicio”, dijo Hinojosa.

El Departamento de Transporte de Dallas ISD aún está contratando conductores. Haga clic aquí para presentar una solicitud.


Estudiantes viven experiencia inolvidable en torneo de futsal en Florida

Cerca de 20 estudiantes de dos escuelas de Dallas ISD están de vuelta en la ciudad tras participar en una experiencia que les cambió la vida: un torneo de futsal en Florida contra equipos de todo el mundo.

Futsal es similar al fútbol de salón, pero solo participan cinco jugadores a la vez. Los equipos de las secundarias Stockard y Spence clasificaron para el torneo World Futsal Championships tras ganar el torneo de Dallas ISD para estudiantes de sexto grado en marzo. Aunque no quedaron campeones, Ruby Ayala, entrenadora de Stockard, y Scott Brothers, entrenador de Spence, dijeron que fue una experiencia que no tiene precio.

“Esta fue una oportunidad única para los estudiantes”, dijo Ayala.

Los estudiantes pasaron la mayor parte del viaje fascinados por las experiencias que vivieron, desde viajar por primera vez en avión hasta conocer a Mickey Mouse en Disney World.

Adam Medrano, concejal de la ciudad, y Miguel Solís, representante del Distrito 8 en la Junta Escolar, lideraron el esfuerzo por recaudar fondos para que los estudiantes de Spence Middle School pudieran asistir al torneo. El equipo de Spence compartió parte de lo recaudado con el equipo de Stockard.

Después de concluir el viaje y aterrizar en Dallas, los entrenadores Ayala y Brothers escucharon lo mismo de sus jugadores: “¿Cuándo podemos volver?”.


District proposes plan to provide additional resources to most at-need schools

Dallas ISD leadership briefed trustees on a proposal that would provide additional resources to about 20 of the district’s most at-need schools.

Under the proposal, the Funds for Achievement and Racial Equity (FARE) would provide an additional $245 per student at the most at-need schools. Each school’s principal would propose how to use that funding to boost student achievement and infrastructure needs, and district leadership would then review and approve the proposal.

Possible areas of additional support include:

  • Staffing (coaches, family liaisons, social workers)
  • Supplemental curriculum and instructional programs
  • After-school or enrichment programs
  • Professional development

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told trustees that Dallas ISD has more revenue than originally projected due to higher-than-expected property tax revenue. The approximately $3 million to fund FARE would come from this additional revenue.

Trustees will consider approving FARE at the Aug. 23 board meeting. If approved, it would go into effect this school year.


Anne Frank Early Childhood Center se prepara para recibir a los estudiantes más pequeños

Cuando comience el año escolar el 20 de agosto, el nuevo Anne Frank Early Childhood Center les dará la bienvenida a los estudiantes más pequeños en el distrito.

El centro de educación preescolar, que está ubicado en un edificio separado, aunque forma parte de Anne Frank Elementary School, tendrá un salón de clases de prekínder para niños de 3 años de edad, y seis salones para niños de 4 años de edad.

“El Anne Frank Early Childhood Center será un valioso recurso para el desarrollo de las habilidades socioemocionales, destrezas motoras finas y las bases de aprendizaje de nuestros estudiantes más pequeños”, dijo Beverly Mullins Ford, directora de la escuela primaria. “Los estudiantes recibirán la educación que necesitan para triunfar en el futuro”.

El centro de educación preescolar es posible gracias al programa provisional de mejoras de 2015 conocido como Bridge Plan.


Ya puede inscribir a su hijo en persona en el plantel asignado

Los padres de alumnos de Dallas ISD ahora pueden inscribir a su hijo en persona en el plantel al que ha sido asignado.

Para ver los documentos necesarios haga clic aquí y para ubicar la escuela en su comunidad, haga clic aquí.

Si necesita más información acerca de la inscripción en Dallas ISD, comuníquese a la escuela de su hijo, llame a la línea de ayuda del distrito al 972-925-5550 o envíe un correo electrónico a enroll@dallasisd.org.


Special ceremony welcomes hundreds of bus drivers new to Dallas ISD

A special ceremony on Aug. 8 welcomed hundreds of bus drivers to Dallas ISD.

Dallas ISD is running its own transportation this school year after Dallas County residents voted Nov. 7 to dissolve Dallas County Schools (DCS). Previously, Dallas ISD contracted with DCS, a taxpayer-funded agency, to bus students.

Dallas ISD bus drivers were welcomed to the district at the special ceremony.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa thanked the bus drivers and mechanics—many of whom previously worked with DCS—for their professionalism and eagerness to safely transport students.

“Our school board, our district, and the entire City of Dallas is indebted to your service,” Hinojosa said.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa thanked the bus drivers for safely transporting Dallas ISD students.

The Dallas ISD Transportation Service is still hiring several more bus drivers. Go here to apply.


Student Record Services Department moves to 2940 Singleton Blvd.

(Updated July 31): In preparation for the move, Student Record Services will close at 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2 and will reopen 8 a.m., Monday, Aug. 6 at their new location.

(Original Story) The Dallas ISD Students Record Services Department, which handles transcripts and diploma requests, is moving to a new building.

Beginning Aug. 6, Student Record Services will be located at their new address: 2940 Singleton Blvd. The department looks forward to continuing assisting with transcript and diploma requests at the new location, which is the former Thomas A. Edison Middle Schoo building. The department has most recently been located at 9400 N. Central Expressway.


New Teacher Academy prepares educators new to district for success











About 1,500 teachers new to Dallas ISD were welcomed with pep-rally fervor on Wednesday, Aug. 8, during the annual New Teacher Academy.

Student performances were a large part of the event. Cheerleaders from L.G. Pinkston High School greeted the new teachers as they entered the Music Hall at Fair Park. As the Hillcrest High School JROTC color guard presented the colors, Charles Rice Learning Center fifth-grader Skye Turner led the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas pledge. The Carter High School band pumped up the crowd, and the Skyline High School drill team entertained – all before lunch. In the afternoon, members of the Townview Choir, W.T. White Dance Company and Stockard Middle School Mariachi performed.

The teachers heard from Board President Edwin Flores, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and keynote speaker Dr. Ernest Morrell, an accomplished author and the director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame. They also heard from district officials on the nuts and bolts of teaching in Dallas ISD, as well as learning about employee benefits. Before a “block party” to close the event, 2017 Teachers of the Year Beth Poquette Drews, Nedra Johnson and Josue Tamarez Torres offered words of encouragement and advice.

Wednesday’s event was a general orientation. During the previous two days, new teachers focused on professional development in their content areas at W.H. Adamson and Wilmer-Hutchins high schools.


Nominate the next inductees into the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame

The nomination window is now open for the next class of the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates those who have raised the level of public awareness and support for Dallas ISD high school athletics. Individuals can be nominated here in one of these three categories:

  • Past Dallas ISD Student-Athlete
  • Former Dallas ISD Coach
  • Contributors

The future inductees will join the distinguished sports legends who were the inaugural members of the Dallas ISD Athletic Half of Fame.

Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony celebrates 10 sports legends

Go here to learn more about the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame and to nominate someone today.


Preschoolers Collect Back-to-School Supplies for Local Students

The Goddard School of Allen Filled the Bus to Benefit AISD Students

 

From backpacks to glue sticks and everything in between, students and staff at The Goddard School located in Allen, TX came together to support their local community. On July 31, 2018, they packed a school bus with school supplies for underprivileged Allen students.

For the past five years, The Goddard School of Allen has partnered with The Allen Community Outreach (ACO) to help residents in need through the Allen Independent School District’s Fill the Bus program. Collecting a wide range of donations aside from school supplies, the ACO’s mission is to help transform lives by providing essential human and social services in communities.

One of the yellow school buses resided at the school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It collected 300 back-to-school items. Notifying parents of the charitable event, the School encouraged them to participate, as well as educate the children on the initiative. They stressed the importance of the donations and how it will impact on the lives of the recipients.

The bus will be parked at other various locations in the community throughout the month of August.

“Teaching young children to help others creates a foundation for character development by building a strong sense of self, the importance of caring for others and an awareness of their ability to influence the world in positive ways,” said Amanda Snowman on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Allen. “We are proud to continue validating for the children the value of goodwill and caring for others.”


What’s new for the 2018-2019 school year

When the 2018-2019 school year kicks off Aug. 20, many Dallas ISD families will notice what’s new this year.

This is a continually updated list of what’s new this school year.

Career Institutes and Collegiate Academies

Dallas ISD will operate career institutes at five high schools this school year. The career institutes will help give students the potential to earn a livable wage immediately after graduating high school.

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD and the Dallas Community College District are in the planning year to, along with the Dallas Community College District, operate collegiate academies at Skyline High School and North Lake College. Under the proposal, the 2018-2019 school year would serve as a planning year and then open to incoming freshmen the following school year. Dallas ISD and the DCCCD currently operate 23 collegiate academies where students can get up to 60 hours of college credit—or an associate’s degree—at no cost to them while still in high school.

Plan calls for new collegiate academies, career institutes

New schools

IGNITE Middle School opening in August is the district’s newest Personalized Learning transformation campus. A Personalized Learning campus will provides individualized instruction, not only based on each student’s academic needs, but also on their interests and goals.

Principal’s passion sparks direction for new IGNITE Middle School

Arlington Park Early Childhood Center and Anne Frank Early Childhood Center, which are funded through the 2015 Bridge Project, will exclusively serve 3- and 4-year-olds.

Racial Equity Office

Dallas ISD this school year will have its first ever Racial Equity Office, which will help strengthen the district’s socio-economic and educational parity for its students.

New Racial Equity Office will ensure all students are set up for success

Social and Emotional Learning

Dallas ISD continues ramping up its focus on Social and Emotional Learning, which helps students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to be successful in school, work and life. About 120 campuses this school year will incorporate SEL practices into the classroom.

Social and Emotional Learning training helps teachers ‘focus on the whole child’

Transportation

With Dallas County residents voting in 2017 to dissolve Dallas County Schools—the taxpayer-funded agency that Dallas ISD contracted with to bus students—Dallas ISD is operating its own transportation this school year.

What vote to dissolve Dallas County Schools means for district students


Todos los estudiantes son bienvenidos en Dallas ISD

Alumnos de Dallas ISD provienen de 115 países y hablan más de 70 idiomas.

Como parte del compromiso que tiene Dallas ISD de brindar un ambiente donde todos los estudiantes e sientan seguros y protegidos, familias quienes son nuevas al país y estén por inscribirse a la escuela por primera vez, pueden visitar el Centro de Admisión Margaret y Gilbert Herrera.

En el Centro de Admisión Margaret y Gilbert Herrera, estudiantes de kínder al doceavo grado, pueden recibir asistencia con inscripción escolar, además de examen de idioma, evaluación de calificación escolar del país de origen, orientación sobre el sistema educativo en Dallas ISD, y útiles escolares.

Los siguientes documentos son necesarios para completar la inscripción: comprobante de domicilio o carta comprobando que vive con alguien quien reside dentro de la zona de asistencia de Dallas ISD; acta de nacimiento del estudiante; identificación del padre o guardián legal con fotografía; cartilla de vacunas (si la tiene disponible); y calificación escolar del país de origen (si la tiene disponible).

El Centro de Admisión Margaret y Gilbert Herrera, está ubicado en el 9400 N. Central Expy., Ste. 200. Se aceptan visitas sin cita, pero es recomendable el hacer una cita, llamando al (972) 749-5760.


Dallas ISD ofrece ayuda para obtener uniformes escolares

Además de los útiles escolares, los uniformes escolares son una necesidad primordial para muchos estudiantes que están por empezar el año escolar.

Si su hijo esta inscrito en prekínder a octavo grado, y necesita ayuda para obtener el uniforme, puede comunicarse con el coordinador de uniformes de su escuela.

Los padres que soliciten ayuda para comprar uniformes deben completar el formulario de información socioeconómica para determinar si cumplen con los requisitos de ingresos económicos para recibir la asistencia. El coordinador de uniformes del plantel tiene ambos formularios y se le deben regresar una vez que los haya llenado. Para información sobre el programa, o para descargar los formularios, haga clic aquí. Las familias que califiquen recibirán un uniforme por cada alumno que sea aprobado.

El programa de asistencia con los uniformes de Dallas ISD se ofrece de agosto a marzo. Para más información sobre el programa de uniformes escolares, haga clic aquí.


Talking TRE: Passage of tax proposal to fund continuing district progress

Multiple data points show that Dallas ISD is making significant progress toward its vision of becoming a premiere urban school district that is the first choice of Dallas families.

Dallas ISD’s achievement growth has exceeded all other comparable school districts in the state, leading to a significant reduction in the number of low-performing schools. Meanwhile, the district continues to focus on improving student achievement through expanded academic options such as:

  • A prekindergarten program with more classes in every area of the city;
  • A growing selection of schools of choice, including leadership, STEM/STEAM, single-gender, personalized learning, two-way dual language, and Montessori;
  • The region’s largest selection of collegiate academies offering tuition-free college credit for high school students.

District leadership is recommending to the Board of Trustees approval of a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) to provide the funding to maintain this forward momentum. If called by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, the TRE election would be held Nov. 6, 2018. Go here to visit the Dallas ISD TRE website.

What is a Tax Ratification Election (TRE)?

A TRE is a special election called by a school district’s board of trustees that asks voters to approve an increase in its maintenance and operating (M&O) tax rate.

Since 2008, Dallas ISD has maintained an M&O tax rate of $1.04. Should Dallas ISD trustees approve calling a TRE, it’s anticipated they would seek to increase the M&O tax rate by 13 cents to $1.17. This would raise property taxes for the average homeowner—which is a $185,000 home—by $20 a month. The TRE would not affect taxpayers 65 years or older or those who are disabled if they have a frozen tax levy.

What would the TRE fund?

If approved by trustees and voters, the TRE would provide an additional $126 million every year to fund strategic initiatives that directly benefit Dallas ISD students. These strategic initiatives are:

What are the next steps?

Dallas ISD is holding a series of community meetings to present information and take questions about the TRE. The meetings all start at 6 p.m. and are being held at:

  • Aug. 7: Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Aug. 8: Bryan Adams High School
  • Aug. 14: L.G. Pinkston High School
  • Aug. 15: James Madison High School

Should trustees call a TRE, the following dates would apply:

  • Oct. 9: Last day to register to vote in a Nov. 6, 2018 TRE
  • Oct. 22: First day of in-person early voting
  • Nov. 2: Final day of in-person early voting
  • Nov. 6: Election Day

Staff from ACE campuses prepare for new school year with intense training








Last week, staff members from Dallas ISD’s ACE schools convened to prepare for the coming school year.

ACE stands for Accelerating Campus Excellence and is a strategic staffing initiative that hires proven educators at perpetually struggling schools to boost student achievement and college readiness.

The core plan focuses on instructional excellence from teachers and high expectations for students. Other aspects of the plan include additional resources for students and designated time for staff development. ACE focuses on leadership through the use of teams comprising campus staff. A laser-focus on goals focuses on specific academic benchmarks, but the plan also aims for a much-improved culture at each school.

The initiative began in 2015 with six elementary schools and one middle school, where the ACE plan helped students make incredible academic gains. The second group of ACE schools were designated in 2017, and added five additional elementary schools and one middle school.

For the 2018-2019 school year, four ACE schools remain from 2017 (C.F. Carr, J.M. Ervin, Eward Titche and Thomas J. Rusk) and one remains from 2015 (Elisha M. Pease). Newly added to the ACE roster are César Chávez, Paul L. Dunbar, L.L. Hotchkiss, Martin Luther King Jr., Maple Lawn and J.J. Rhoads.

During the recent kickoff event, Damien Stovall, principal at Titche Elementary School, shared his philosophy for boosting student success.

That success begins in forming a positive relationship between teachers and students, which leads to confident children.

“Before you try to teach them anything, they don’t care what you know, until you know that you care,” Stovall said. “Once you boost their self-confidence, the sky’s the limit, I don’t care where they started or where they’re at.”

He recited a pledge students sign at the beginning of the school year. It says, in part, “I am somebody. I was somebody before I came here, and I’ll be a better somebody when I leave. … I deserve the education that I get here. I have things to do, places to go and people to impress. I will go to college and prove people wrong. I will follow my dreams and persevere.”

Learn more about Dallas ISD’s ACE plan here.


School uniform assistance available for qualifying Dallas ISD families

Aside from school supplies, school uniforms are a primary need for many students going into the new school year.

Families of students in preK–eighth grade in need of uniform assistance can contact their campus uniform coordinator for help in obtaining a uniform.

Parents requesting uniform assistance must meet income eligibility guidelines and complete the Socioeconomic Information form to determine their eligibility. Both forms are provided by their campus uniform coordinator and returned to that coordinator once they are completed. Qualifying families receive one uniform for each approved student. Information and forms are available here.

Dallas ISD’s Uniform Assistance program runs from August–March of each school year. For general information about school uniforms, visit this page.


Families can now enroll their child in-person at assigned campus

Dallas ISD families can now enroll their child in-person at their assigned campus.

Parents and families can go here to access the documents needed for in-person enrollment.

To locate your neighborhood school, go here to access the SchoolSite locator.

For more information regarding enrollment in Dallas ISD, call your student’s assigned campus or contact the Dallas ISD Enrollment Helpline at 972-925-5550 or email enroll@dallasisd.org.


New Racial Equity Office will ensure all students are set up for success

A new policy on racial equity was adopted this summer in an effort to strengthen the district’s socio-economic and educational parity for its students.

The purpose of this policy is to adhere to the Racial, Socio-Economic, Educational Equity Resolution that was adopted by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees on Dec. 14, 2017. The resolution details steps the district is taking to establish guidelines to eradicate inequity.

“We believe that we can create equitable access to educational opportunities and close gaps in academic performance for students, and that this can be done by holistically and collectively addressing the challenges of high-poverty schools while also working to promote more socioeconomically and racially diverse schools throughout the district,” the resolution read, in part.

The district’s first ever Racial Equity Office was also formed, following the resolution, and is charged with managing, implementing and developing projects that align with the Racial, Socio-Economic, and Educational Equity resolution.

The office recently hosted its inaugural meeting with the School Leadership department, which included executive directors, principals, instructional coaches and academic facilitators.

The goal of their meeting included the following:

  • Provide opportunities for school leaders to offer input regarding goals of the Racial Equity Office
  • Begin the collaborative process of establishing alliances with campus leaders
  • Prepare for the 2018-2019 school year with respect to gaining input regarding programs and understanding resource allocation
  • Establish an ongoing workshop for input from campus leaders
To read the Racial, Socio-Economic, Educational Equity Resolution in its entirety, click here.

Dallas ISD enrollment center welcomes students new to the country

Dallas ISD’s student population comes from 115 countries and speaks over 70 different languages.

As part of the district’s commitment to providing a welcoming and protective environment for every student, families who are new to the country and enrolling in school for the first time can visit the Margaret and Gilbert Herrera Student Intake Center.

At the Margaret and Gilbert Herrera Student Intake Center, all new-to-the-country students in grades K through 12 will receive not only enrollment assistance, but also language testing, transcripts evaluation, orientation about the educational system in Dallas ISD and school supplies.

The following items are required for enrollment: proof of address (i.e. utility bill or lease) or a letter proving they are living with someone in the Dallas ISD boundaries, birth certificate of the student, a picture ID of parent or guardian, immunization records (if available) and a report card or transcript (if available).

The Intake Center is located at 9400 N. Central Expy., Ste. 200. Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are encouraged. To make an appointment, call (972) 749-5760.


Marca la diferencia – únete a los voluntarios de Dallas ISD

Ser voluntario en Dallas ISD es una excelente manera de marcar la diferencia y ayudar a que los estudiantes y escuelas prosperen.

Las investigaciones muestran que existe una correlación entre la labor de los voluntarios y el aprovechamiento superior de los estudiantes, por lo cual el distrito promueve este programa. VOLY, el sistema de administración de voluntarios del distrito conecta voluntarios con estudiantes y escuelas dónde pueden ayudar.

A continuación, puede ver unos pasos sencillos de como registrarse, sea esta su primera vez o si ha sido voluntario anteriormente.

Voluntarios nuevos:

Voluntarios registrados:

Para preguntas o ayuda, comuníquese con Volunteer Services por medio de volunteer@dallasisd.org o 972-925-5440.


Anne Frank Early Childhood Center gets ready to welcome district’s youngest students

When school starts on Aug. 20, the new Anne Frank Early Childhood Center will welcome in some of the district’s youngest students.

The early childhood center, which is a separate building but part of Anne Frank Elementary School, will have one classroom for 3-year-old pre-K and six classrooms for 4-year-old pre-K.

“The Anne Frank Early Childhood Center will be a valuable resource in developing our youngest students’ social and emotional learning abilities, fine motor skills, and basics of learning,” Anne Frank Principal Beverly Mullins Ford said. “These students will be set up for future success.”

The 2015 bridge project funded the early childhood center.


Are you ready to rebrand your school or design a new Choice School?

The Office of Transformation and Innovation (OTI) is excited to formally announce the release of the Public School Choice (PSC) Competitive Proposal Process, Version 5.0.

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 a total of 24 new Choice schools ranging from those that anchor teaching and learning under a Leadership model to Personalized Learning schools to schools driven by a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) framework.

Future Choice Schools could include a variety of instructional approaches and content/themes, such as Montessori, International Baccalaureate (IB), Single Gender, Virtual, academies for Visual and Performing Arts, Business/Entrepreneurship, Government/World Affairs, Health, Humanities, and Communications. Additionally, through Choice Schools, the district would continue to expand socioeconomic diversity pilot schools and programs.

There are three (3) types of proposals for 5.0:

• Innovation Schools are existing neighborhood schools that want to implement a new academic model, but stay in their existing facility and keep their traditional attendance boundaries. Existing neighborhood school leadership teams can apply for their current schools to become an Innovation School. Botello ES, Chapel Hill (formerly Cabell) ES, Lorenzo De Zavala ES, L. O. Donald ES, Frederick Douglass ES (pilot), Geneva Heights (formerly Lee) ES, Lipscomb ES, Preston Hollow ES, John Reagan ES, Kramer ES, Thelma Richardson ES (pilot), Rogers ES, Martin Weiss ES, Franklin MS, Marsh MS, and Bryan Adams HS are the district’s current Innovation Schools and Innovation Pilot Schools.

• Transformation Schools are brand new, start-up, open enrollment schools. Applicant Teams are not required to have a proposed principal as part of their team in order to be eligible to submit a proposal. Downtown Montessori (location pending), Mata ES, Montessori Academy at Hernandez, Personalized Learning Prep at Sam Houston, Solar Prep for Girls, Hulcy STEAM MS, Ignite MS , IDEA HS, and CityLab HS are the district’s Transformation Schools.

• Transformation Replication Schools will be new, start-up, open enrollment schools where teams will replicate an existing successful model, such as a single gender campus for boys modeled after Solar Prep, or a Leadership Academy modeled after Weiss ES. The intent of this option is to focus on replication and teams applying for this model will be vetted, selected, and then paired with existing schools to help coach them through planning and implementation. Solar Prep for Boys is the district’s first Transformation Replication School and the first all-boys elementary school.

The application opened on Thursday, June 28. The deadline for Letters of Intent is at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept 14, 2018. The final proposal is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 8, 2019.

The process and any relevant information related to PSC 5.0 (templates, resources, due dates, etc.) can be found here by clicking on “Design and Launch a Choice School.”

The OTI looks forward to meeting and supporting all interested applicants. Individuals may contact Shakeatha Butler, Director, Transformation and Innovation, at shakbutler@dallasisd.org or (972) 925-3306.


Almuerzo celebra los Becarios del Alcalde de Dallas

Analizar exámenes cerebrales y data de imágenes de resonancia magnética, coordinar conferencias de prensa para deportes profesionales, explorar las operaciones de aeropuertos, presenciar el nacimiento de un bebé, y trabajar junto a arquitectos e ingenieros, son algunas de las oportunidades transformadoras en los que cientos de estudiantes de preparatoria – muchos de ellos de escuelas de Dallas ISD— participaron este verano como parte del 11º Programa Anual de Becarios del Alcalde.

Para celebrar, el alcalde de Dallas Mike Rawlings, el Superintendente de Dallas ISD, Michael Hinojosa, y más de 1,000 estudiantes y colaboradores se reunieron en el hotel Hyatt Regency Dallas el 27 de julio para un almuerzo donde se le dio reconocimiento a los becarios y agradecer a los negocios y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que apoyan el programa.

Estudiantes participaron en prácticas de empleo con sueldo por ocho semanas. Trabajaron entre 20 a 40 horas por semana ganando por lo menos $10 la hora en algunas de las mejores corporaciones, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y despachos jurídicos de Dallas. Las prácticas empezaron el 11 de junio y concluirán el 3 de agosto.

Desde su inicio, el programa, ha ofrecido experiencias de empleo a 2,569 estudiantes de preparatoria han cambiado sus días tranquilos de verano por trabajos verdaderos, generando un total de salarios de alrededor de $5.65 millones. Este año, aproximadamente 2,325 estudiantes solicitaron trabajo como becario, 930 cualificaron para la Feria de Trabajo, y un número rompe-récords de 394 estudiantes fueron contratados por 238 negocios y organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

Acompañando a Hinojosa y a Rawlings en el almuerzo estuvieron Mike Peterson de AT&T, Richard Holt de Bank of America, Jay Clingman de JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mark Okada y Marcia Page de Education is Freedom. Steve Pickett, reportero y presentador de noticias de CBS 11, fue el maestro de ceremonias.


Programa del distrito aspira aumentar la consistencia en la enseñanza

El 25 de julio, se reunieron alrededor de 1,500 empleados de Dallas ISD en Wilmer-Hutchins High School para dar inició oficial al programa del distrito que hace hincapié en el trabajo en equipo y promueve las mejores prácticas de enseñanza.

Los equipos de liderazgo de enseñanza del plantel (CILT) están compuestos de cinco personas, incluyendo el director y maestros, y ayudarán orientar la implementación efectiva y consistente del plan de estudios en el distrito. El programa CILT existía anteriormente, pero no ha estado en práctica los últimos años.

El día de la reunión, el Superintendente Michael Hinojosa y miembros de su equipo ejecutivo de liderazgo, promovieron los beneficios de la colaboración para garantizar los mejores resultados para los estudiantes. Después de escuchar a los líderes del distrito, los integrantes de los equipos se separaron por nivel escolar y materia académica para participar en talleres específicos.

Este programa continuará con cinco reuniones de los equipos CILT antes de cada periodo de  seis semanas para identificar los aspectos que serán en enfoque del plan de estudios.


PPG completa proyecto Colorful Communities en De Zavala Elementary

Los estudiantes de Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School tendrán una bienvenida llena de color cuando regresen a clases el 20 de agosto gracias a voluntarios de PPG Industries, Inc.  revitalizaron la biblioteca y cafetería de la escuela.

El programa Colorful Communities, de la compañía de pintura PPG, ofrece voluntarios, pintura y contribuciones financieras para llevar colorido y vitalidad a las comunidades alrededor del mundo donde opera la compañía.

“Este regalo nos ayudará a inspirar a nuestros estudiantes,” dijo Melissa González, directora en Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School. “¡No podemos esperar para que regresen nuestros estudiantes y vean lo hermoso que quedó nuestro edificio!”


Capacitación en Aprendizaje Social y Emocional ayuda a maestros a ‘pensar holísticamente en cuanto al niño’

Es lunes por la mañana y un grupo de maestros de Dallas ISD aprende cómo usar un Medidor del Humor, el cual les ayudará a reconocer sus propias emociones—y las de sus alumnos.

Una de las sesiones de verano de aprendizaje profesional realizada el 23 de julio en la Preparatoria W.H. Adamson forma parte de un enfoque continuo del distrito en el Aprendizaje Social y Emocional (SEL, por sus siglas en inglés), el cual ayuda a los estudiantes a desarrollar las habilidades, conocimiento y actitudes necesarias para tener éxito en la escuela, el trabajo y la vida. Por medio del Medidor del Humor, por ejemplo, los estudiantes pueden reflexionar sobre sus emociones, nombrarlas e identificarlas con el propósito de poner en práctica el conocimiento de sí mismos, la conciencia social y autogestión. Esto ayuda a que los estudiantes adopten las habilidades necesarias para el éxito con apoyo de su maestro.

Este año 120 planteles de Dallas ISD en colaboración con el Departamento de Servicios de Participación Estudiantil y Consejería, tomarán parte en una serie de sesiones de aprendizaje profesional de SEL. Dichas escuelas se han comprometido a implementar las prácticas emblemáticas de SEL. Este verano, las sesiones de aprendizaje profesional SEL también han estado disponibles para administradores de planteles y maestros de todo el distrito.

“Hay evidencia rotunda que muestra que las escuelas que implementan las prácticas SEL observan una reducción significativa en los incidentes de disciplina”, dice Juany Valdespino-Gaytan, Directora Ejecutiva de Servicios de Participación Estudiantil y Consejería para Enseñanza y Aprendizaje de Dallas ISD. “Las escuelas están emocionadas de integrar SEL a sus prácticas e instrucción, y anticipamos experiencias académicas, y dentro del salón de clases, mucho más positivas para los estudiantes”.

La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD en el 2016 adoptó una política que requiere estándares SEL sean integrados al plan de estudios para complementar las Habilidades y Conocimientos Esenciales de Texas (TEKS, por sus siglas en inglés) y orientación para enseñar SEL. Para líderes de plantel, como la directora de la primaria Dan D. Rogers, Lisa Lovato, los beneficios son claros: los estudiantes aprenden mejor cuando se sienten mejor.

“El enfocarnos en un aprendizaje social y emocional nos ayuda a desarrollar al niño holísticamente”, dice Lovato. “Y al enfocarnos en el niño holísticamente, estamos preparando a nuestros estudiantes para el éxito”.


Futsal tournament in Florida gives students life-changing experience

About 20 students from two Dallas ISD schools are back from a life-changing experience: competing in Florida in a Futsal tournament against teams from across the globe.

Futsal is similar to indoor soccer, but involves only five players at a time. By winning the sixth-grade Dallas ISD Futsal Tournament held in March, teams from Stockard and Spence middle schools earned their entry into the World Futsal Championships. And while neither team came out as the tournament champion, Stockard Coach Ruby Ayala and Spence Coach Scott Brothers said the trip was a priceless experience for the players.

Two Dallas ISD teams heading to Futsal championships this summer

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students,” Ayula said.

From their first airplane rides to meeting Mickey Mouse at Disney World, the students spent much of the trip in awe.

Spence Middle School futsal team rallies around family member battling cancer

Councilman Adam Medrano and Trustee Miguel Solis helped lead a fundraising effort so Spence Middle School could attend the tournament. The Spence team then shared some of those funds with the Stockard team.

After the trip ended and the students safely landed back in Dallas, Coach Ayala and Coach Brothers both heard the same thing from the players: “When can we go back again?”


All Dallas ISD students invited to Mayor’s Back to School Fair on Friday, Aug. 3

The Mayor’s Back to School Fair—a one-stop shop for free school supplies and services—is happening Friday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Centennial Building at Fair Park.

All Dallas ISD families can still register at the fair for free school supplies and services. Dallas ISD families can register by providing a student ID number and by showing one of the following documents:

  • Most recent student report card
  • Letter from student’s school stating the student attends a Dallas ISD school
  • Student ID card
  • Printout from the online Parent Portal that shows student’s ID number

With approximately 35,000 expected to attend, the Fair is a one-stop-shop complete with all the back-to-school basics.

Go here to learn more.


El Dallas ISD informará a la comunidad sobre las oportunidades que ofrece el distrito, posible elección (TRE)

En agosto, el Dallas ISD llevará a cabo cuatro reuniones comunitarias para informar a las familias sobre las oportunidades extraordinarias de aprendizaje que ofrece el distrito, y proporcionar detalles sobre la Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos que se ha propuesto.

Las reuniones comenzarán a las 6 p.m. en los siguientes planteles:

  • 7 de agosto: Thomas Jefferson High School, 4001 Walnut Hill Lane
  • 8 de agosto: Bryan Adams High School, 2101 Millmar Dr.
  • 14 de agosto: L.G. Pinkston High School, 2200 Dennison St.
  • 15 de agosto: James Madison High School, 3000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Four Dallas ISD community meetings will inform families about learning opportunities, possible TRE

Dallas ISD is holding four community meetings in August to inform families about the outstanding learning opportunities in the district and provide details about the proposed Tax Ratification Election.

The community meetings all start at 6 p.m. at these locations:

  • Aug. 7: Thomas Jefferson High School, 4001 Walnut Hill Lane
  • Aug. 8: Bryan Adams High School, 2101 Millmar Dr.
  • Aug. 14: L.G. Pinkston High School, 2200 Dennison St.
  • Aug. 15: James Madison High School, 3000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd


Luncheon celebrates Dallas Mayor’s Intern Fellows

Analyzing brain scans and MRI data, coordinating professional sports press conferences, exploring airfield operations, witnessing a baby’s birth and working side-by-side with architects and engineers. These are just a handful of the life-changing opportunities that hundreds of high school students—many of whom attend Dallas ISD schools— experienced this summer as part of the 11th-annual Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program.

To celebrate, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and more than 1,000 students and supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency Dallas on July 27 for a luncheon to honor the interns and thank the hundreds of businesses and nonprofits that back the program.

Mayor Mike Rawlings celebrates 11 years for the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program.

Students participated in eight-week paid internships working 20-to-40 hours per week earning at least $10 an hour, at some of Dallas’ top corporations, nonprofits and legal firms. The internships, which began June 11, will conclude Aug. 3.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and a Mayor Intern Fellow.

Since the program’s inception, 2,569 high school students have traded in their laid-back summer days for real-world jobs, generating payrolls topping $5.65 million. This year, approximately 2,325 students applied for internships, 930 qualified for the Job Fair, and a record-breaking 394 students were hired by 238 businesses and nonprofits.

Joining Rawlings and Hinojosa at the luncheon were Mike Peterson of AT&T, Richard Holt of Bank of America, Jay Clingman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mark Okada of Education is Freedom, and Marcia Page of Education is Freedom. CBS 11’s senior reporter and anchor Steve Pickett served as emcee.


Make a difference by volunteering in Dallas ISD

Volunteering in Dallas ISD is a great way to make a difference and help students and schools thrive.

Data shows a correlation between volunteers and higher student achievement, so the district highly encourages volunteerism. VOLY, the district’s volunteer management system, connects volunteers with students and schools where they can help.

Here are a few quick easy steps on how new and returning volunteers can register to volunteer.

New Volunteers:

  • Go to https://www.dallasisd.org/domain/10416
  • Click on “VOLUNTEER on your campus” button or “Log-In or Sign” to create a VOLY account
  • Complete and orientation and provide E-signature
  • Wait for clearance notification
  • Sign up for an opportunity

Returning  Volunteers:

  • Go to https://www.dallasisd.org/domain/10416 
  • Click the purple log in button and log in with your email and password
  • Review all information and make changes as needed, “consent to the background check”
  • Click the green SAVE/SUBMIT
  • Complete orientation and provide E-signature
  • Wait for clearance notification
  • Sign up for an opportunity

For questions or assistance, contact Volunteer Services at volunteer@dallasisd.org or 972-925-5440.


PPG completes Colorful Communities project at De Zavala Elementary

Students at Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School are in for a colorful treat when they return on Aug. 20: PPG volunteers revitalized the school’s library and cafetorium.

The Colorful Communities program provides PPG volunteers and paint products along with financial contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where the company operates around the world.

“This gift will help us inspire our students,” said Melissa Gonzalez, principal at Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School. “We cannot wait for our students to return to school and see the new beauty given to our building!”


Información sobre el Regreso a Clases disponible por medio de una llamada

Para Dallas ISD, el año escolar 2018 – 2019 comenzara el lunes, 20 de agosto. Para ayudar a que padres tengan un buen regreso a clases, el distrito ha organizado dos líneas de Regreso a Clases por medio de las cuales se ofrecerá información sobre inscripciones, rutas de autobús, vacunas, horarios de clases y más.

Las líneas le ofrecerán a los padres información sobre el Regreso a Clases de manera rápida y fácil, en inglés y español.

Los padres pueden llamar al Parent Hotline, al (972) 925-5555, si tienen preguntas o dudas antes del primer día de clases. El horario es el siguiente:

7 a.m. – 6 p.m. (hasta el 3 de agosto)
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (comenzando el 6 de agosto)

Durante la primera semana de clases, los padres pueden hablar a la Línea de Regreso a Clases, (972) 925-5437 para cualquier pregunta o duda que tengan.

6 a.m. – 5 p.m., agosto 20 y 21 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., agosto 22 – 24

Información sobre el Regreso a Clases también está disponible en dallasisd.org/regresoaclases.


Hotline provides Back-to-School information to parents

Dallas ISD will kick off the 2018-2019 school year on Monday, Aug. 20. To help parents have a smooth first day of school, the district has set up two hotlines to answer questions and provide Back-to-School information such as: enrollment, bus routes, immunization requirements, school locations, school hours, and more.

The hotlines are a one-stop shop, which allows parents to call one number and get quick and reliable information in English or Spanish.

Parents may call the Dallas ISD Parent Hotline to ask questions prior to the first day of school by calling the Parent Hotline at (972) 925-5555. Hours are as follows:

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (through Aug. 3)
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (starting Aug. 6)

During the first week of school, Aug. 20 to Aug. 24, parents may call the Back-to-School Hotline at (972) 925-KIDS (5437), hours will be as follows:

6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 20 and 21
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 22-24

Parents can also find Back-to-School related information at dallasisd.org/backtoschool


Social and Emotional Learning training helps teachers ‘focus on the whole child’

It’s Monday morning, and a group of Dallas ISD teachers are learning how to use a Mood Meter, which will help them recognize their own—and their students’—emotions.

One of the summer professional learning sessions happening July 23 at W.H. Adamson High School is part of a continued district focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), which helps students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to be successful in school, work and life. Through the Mood Meter, for example, students can reflect, name, and label their emotions in an effort to practice self-awareness, social awareness, and self-management. This helps the students practice the skills needed for success with support from their teacher.

There are 120 Dallas ISD campuses this school year that have partnered with the Student Engagement and Counseling Services Department to engage in a series of SEL professional learning sessions. These campuses have committed to implementing SEL signature practices. This summer, SEL professional learning sessions have also been made available to campus administrators and teachers across the district.

“There’s tremendous evidence showing campuses that implement SEL practices see a significant reduction in discipline incidents. ” said Juany Valdespino-Gaytan, Executive Director of Student Engagement and Counseling Services for Dallas ISD’s Teaching and Learning. “Campuses are excited about integrating SEL into their instruction and practices, and we can expect to see much more positive academic and classroom experiences for students.”

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees in 2016 adopted a policy requiring SEL curriculum standards to supplement the TEKS, and guidance for teaching SEL. For campus leaders such as Dan D. Rogers Elementary Principal Lisa Lovato, the benefits are clear: students learn better when they feel better.

“Focusing on social and emotional learning helps us develop the whole child,” Lovato said. “And by focusing on the whole child, we are setting our students up for success.”


Districtwide program aims to boost consistency in teaching curriculum

About 1,500 Dallas ISD school employees convened on July 25 at Wilmer-Hutchins High School to officially kick off a districtwide program to foster best classroom practices by emphasizing teamwork.

Campus Instructional Leadership Teams (CILT) are made up of five people, including the principal and teachers, and will help guide a more effective and consistent implementation of curriculum across the district. The CILT program had previously existed, but had been shelved the past few years.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and members of his Executive Leadership Team touted the benefits of working together to help ensure the best results for students. After hearing from district officials, CILT members broke into smaller sessions based on grade level and subject to focus on specifics.

The kickoff will be followed by five additional CILT group meetings before each six-week grading period begins to pinpoint what aspects of the curriculum will be the focus.


Departamento de Registros Académicos Estudiantiles se muda a nuevo edificio

El Departamento de Registros Académicos Estudiantiles de Dallas ISD, que maneja los expedientes académicos y las solicitudes de diplomas, se mudará a un nuevo edificio.

Comenzando el 6 de agosto, lo podrán encontrar en su nueva dirección, 2940 Singleton Blvd. El departamento continuará ofreciendo los mismos servicios en su nueva ubicación, que anteriormente era Thomas A. Edison Middle School. Recientemente, el departamento estaba localizado en el edificio administrativo en el 9400 N. Central Expressway. Si tiene preguntas, no dude en llamar al (972) 925-3645.


Primer centro preescolar independiente de Dallas ISD abrirá en agosto

Arlington Park Early Childhood Center, ubicado en el 5606 Wayside Drive y financiado a través del programa provisional de mejoras de 2015 conocido como Bridge Plan, servirá exclusivamente a niños de 3 y 4 años de edad. La construcción del edificio de 13,000 pies cuadrados está en su etapa final.

“Este es el lugar ideal para las familias que buscan un lugar que se dedicará a educar a nuestros estudiantes más pequeños,” dijo Derek Little, superintendente adjunto del Departamento de Educación Preescolar. “Esta es otra excelente oportunidad para las familias de Dallas”.

Además de seis salones de clases, el complejo incluye una cocina completa, un salón multiusos, enfermería y oficinas administrativas.

Aún quedan lugares disponibles por lo que los padres que estén interesados en inscribir a su hijo deben visitar la Oficina de Inscripción del distrito que se ubica en el 9400 N. Central Expressway.

Prekínder en el Dallas ISD es gratis—incluyendo en Arlington Park Early Childhood Center—para las familias que cumplen con varios requisitos.


Student Record Services Department moves to 2940 Singleton Blvd.

The Dallas ISD Students Record Services Department, which handles transcripts and diploma requests, is moving to a new building.

Beginning Aug. 6, Student Record Services will be located at their new address: 2940 Singleton Blvd. The department looks forward to continuing assisting with transcript and diploma requests at the new location, which is the former Thomas A. Edison Middle Schoo building. The department has most recently been located at 9400 N. Central Expressway.


Principal’s passion sparks direction for new IGNITE Middle School

While enrolled in medical school and doing night rounds at a hospital, Michael Gayles came to a life-changing decision: he would follow his dream of becoming an educator.

After graduating from medical school, Gayles went on to serve as a teacher at North Dallas High School and, several years later, as an assistant principal at T.W. Browne Middle School. Today, Gayles is helping open and serving as principal at IGNITE Middle School, the new Dallas ISD Personalized Learning transformation campus opening in August.

For Gayles, his goal for IGNITE Middle School is simple: help students envision their best possible life, and set them on the path toward making that life a reality.

“Growing up I didn’t have anyone who helped me think about what I was passionate about or possible career paths I could pursue,” Gayles said. “What I’m most excited about is how Ignite Middle School will help students discover their passions at an early age.”

IGNITE Middle School is seeing tremendous interest: more than 700 incoming sixth-graders applied for what was originally 150 seats. Due to the high interest, the campus increased its inaugural class to 230 students.

IGNITE Middle School is a Personalized Learning campus that will provide individualized instruction, not only based on each student’s academic needs, but also on their interests and goals. The students will take field trips to high schools, colleges and workplaces to help them better envision their future.

“The most important resource in a child’s educational life is their own potential. If we can ignite that potential, they will be unstoppable,” Gayles said. “Ignite is dedicated to helping students discover their super powers.”

IGNITE Middle School is opening thanks to the Office of Transformation and Innovation’ Public School Choice Competitive Proposal Process. The process gives educators the chance to create high-quality, best-fit options for Dallas ISD students to realize their full academic potential.

The Public School Choice Competitive Proposal Process, Version 5.0, is currently underway for any educator interested in rebranding their campus or designing a new choice school.


Dallas ISD’s only standalone pre-K center to open in August

Dallas ISD’s first standalone pre-K center is opening in August.

Arlington Park Early Childhood Center, which is funded through the 2015 Bridge Project, will exclusively serve 3- and 4-year-olds. Construction is wrapping up on the 13,000-square-foot facility located at 5606 Wayside Drive.

“For families who want a place dedicated to teaching our youngest students, this is the place to go,” said Derek Little, assistant superintendent of Early Learning. “This will provide an additional outstanding learning opportunity for Dallas-area families.”

Arlington Park Early Childhood Center is located at 5606 Wayside Drive.

In addition to six classrooms, the learning center offers a full kitchen, multi-purpose room, clinic and administrative offices.

There are still several seats open for 3- or 4-year-olds to attend the new childhood center. Interested parents can visit the Dallas ISD Enrollment Center at 9400 N. Central Expressway to register their child.

The childhood center is specifically built to best serve the young students who will attend.

Dallas ISD pre-K is free—including at Arlington Park Early Childhood Center—for families who meet one of several eligibility requirements.


Programa de alimentos del Dallas ISD ha servido más de 261,000 comidas durante el verano

Hasta la fecha, se han proporcionado más de 261,000 comidas a estudiantes en las cerca de 200 escuelas del distrito que participan en el programa.

El Departamento de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil del Dallas ISD ayuda a organizar el programa con la finalidad de que ningún niño se quede sin comer durante esta temporada. Algunos planteles continuarán ofreciendo el servicio hasta principios de agosto. Haga clic aquí para ver las escuelas que aun están sirviendo alimentos.

A continuación, puede ver el número de alimentos que se han servido hasta el momento:

  • Desayuno: 94,897
  • Almuerzo: 152,306
  • Cena: 14,490

Programa de alimentos del Dallas ISD ha servido más de 261,000 comidas durante el verano

Hasta la fecha, se han proporcionado más de 261,000 comidas a estudiantes en las cerca de 200 escuelas del distrito que participan en el programa.

El Departamento de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil del Dallas ISD ayuda a organizar el programa con la finalidad de que ningún niño se quede sin comer durante esta temporada. Algunos planteles continuarán ofreciendo el servicio hasta principios de agosto. Haga clic aquí para ver las escuelas que aun están sirviendo alimentos.

A continuación, puede ver el número de alimentos que se han servido hasta el momento:

  • Desayuno: 94,897
  • Almuerzo: 152,306
  • Cena: 14,490

Dallas ISD tiene información de regreso a clases disponible

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas tiene a disposición de los padres un sitio en línea con información sobre el regreso a clases para el nuevo año escolar, 2018-2019, el cual comienza el lunes, 20 de agosto.

Disponible en inglés y español, la página en línea del Regreso a Clases, incluye información como:

  • Horario de clases
  • Línea de Regreso a Clases
  • Inscripción por Internet
  • Información de alimentos
  • Vacunas requeridas
  • Fechas para eventos escolares Conoce a los Maestros/Open House

La página en línea del Regreso a Clases se puede encontrar en: www.dallasisd.org/regresoaclases.


Getting Back to School ready is just a click away

Dallas Independent School District is providing parents a virtual one-stop-shop with helpful back to school information for the 2018-2019 school year, which starts Monday, Aug. 20.

Available in English and Spanish, the Back-to-School page, includes information such as:

  • School hours
  • Back to School Hotline
  • Online enrollment
  • School meals information
  • Immunization requirements
  • Meet the Teacher/Open House dates

The Back to School page can be found at www.dallasisd.org/backtoschool.


Dallas ISD Summer Meals Program has served more than 261,000 meals so far

Nearly 200 Dallas ISD schools have served more than 261,000 meals to students so far over the summer.

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services helps run the Summer Meals Program to ensure no child goes hungry over the summer. Some campuses will continue serving summer meals to all students and children through the start of August. Go here to see the campuses still offering summer meals.

Here is a breakdown of the number of summer meals served to date:

  • Breakfast: 94,897
  • Lunch: 152,306
  • Supper: 14,490

Generación de 2018 recibió más de $314 millones en becas universitarias

La generación de 2018 de Dallas ISD reporta haber recibido más de 8,854 becas universitarias, que suman un total de $314,925,703.

Más de 4,500 estudiantes de dicha generación solicitaron becas.

Los estudiantes reportan las cifras al consejero o asesor universitario en su preparatoria. Entre las becas se incluyen aquellas que se otorgan por una sola vez y las que se pueden renovar, proporcionadas por donadores privados y universidades públicas y privadas.

Este año hubo un aumento en comparación al año pasado, cuando la generación de 2017 recibió 5,728 becas o subvenciones institucionales, para un total de aproximadamente $212 millones. Dicho aumento se debió en parte a que más alumnos solicitaron becas y al número de estudiantes que participan en el programa Dallas County Promise, que ofrece becas que cubren el costo total de la matrícula de estudiantes que asisten a un campus del Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas.

Entretanto, por lo menos 62 por ciento de los estudiantes de la generación de 2018 completaron la Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes, conocida como FAFSA, con la que pueden acceder a becas, subvenciones, empleo de medio tiempo y préstamos a bajo interés. Esta cifra muestra un incremento de 3 por ciento en comparación al año pasado.


Este es el momento de vacunar a estudiantes antes del comienzo de clases

La ley del estado de Texas estipula que los estudiantes deben contar con todas las vacunas contra enfermedades específicas antes del primer día de clases, que en el Dallas ISD es el lunes, 20 de agosto. Por ello, es el momento perfecto para llevar a sus hijos a las clínicas y centros médicos en la ciudad, y así evitar las filas largas que se forman antes del regreso a clases.

Además, los estudiantes que serán inscritos por primera vez en el Dallas ISD deben proporcionar un comprobante de parte de un médico o clínica de salud que demuestre que recibieron las vacunas requeridas.

Los centros Youth and Family del Dallas ISD, así como las clínicas de salud del condado de Dallas, ofrecen vacunas a bajo costo a estudiantes que cumplen con los requisitos. Para mayor información, haga clic aquí, o para ubicar el centro más cercano a usted, llame al 972-502-4190.

Asimismo, se ofrecerán vacunas gratis a estudiantes en la Feria de Regreso a Clases del alcalde, que se realizará el viernes, 3 de agosto, de 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., en Fair Park.


Feria de Regreso a Clases se llevará a cabo el 3 de agosto

Cada vez está más cerca el comienzo del año escolar y, por ello, las familias y los niños no pueden perderse la 22a Feria de Regreso a Clases del Alcalde, presentada por Walmart. El evento, que prepara a los estudiantes para tener un año escolar exitoso, se realizará el viernes, 3 de agosto, de 8 a.m. a 2 p.m., en el edificio Centennial, ubicado en Fair Park.

“Durante más de dos décadas, la Feria de Regreso a Clases ha sido fundamental para asegurar que nuestros jóvenes tengan todo lo necesario para su primer día de clases”, dijo Mike Rawlings, alcalde de Dallas. “A las familias, les disminuye los gastos que representan la compra de útiles, las vacunas, los cortes de pelo, y las citas con dentistas. Estoy muy orgulloso de la evolución que hemos logrado con este evento, y agradecido a los patrocinadores, donantes y socios en la comunidad que hacen posible que tenga éxito año tras año”.

Se espera la asistencia de aproximadamente de 35,000 personas. Todos los estudiantes de Dallas ISD pueden asistir a la feria. Haga clic aquí para más información y para registrarse.


Class of 2018 reports receiving more than $314 million in college scholarships

The Dallas ISD Class of 2018 has reported receiving more than 8,854 different college scholarships totaling $314,925,703.

More than 4,500 students in the Class of 2018 reported applying for scholarships.

The Dallas ISD Class of 2018 reported receiving more than $314 million in college scholarships.

The scholarship data is self-reported by seniors to their high school counselor or college access advisor. The scholarships include one-time and renewable scholarships from private donors and public and private colleges/university.

The scholarship numbers are up from the previous year, when the Dallas ISD Class of 2017 initially reported receiving 5,728 scholarship or institutional grants totaling nearly $212 million. The increase is due in part to more seniors applying for scholarships and the number of students participating in the Dallas County Promise, which offers full-tuition scholarships for students to attend a Dallas County Community College District campus.

Meanwhile, at least 62 percent of seniors in the Class of 2018 completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), which opens the door to scholarships, grants, work study, and low-interest loans. This marks a 3-percent increase from the previous year.


Now’s the time for students to receive vaccinations before school starts

Texas state law requires students to be fully vaccinated against specified diseases by the first day of school, which in Dallas ISD is Monday, Aug. 20. That means now is the perfect time to avoid the long lines of the back-to-school rush at clinics and medical facilities across the city.

Students enrolling in Dallas ISD for the first time must provide proof of the required immunizations in the form of official records from a physician or health clinic.

Low-cost immunizations are available for eligible students at Dallas ISD’s Youth and Family Centers and at Dallas County’s health clinics. For information, visit this webpage or call 972-502-4190 for the location near you.

Additionally, free immunizations for schoolchildren will be available during the Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Fair Park.


Edificio administrativo de Dallas ISD recibe nuevo nombre en honor a ex-superintendente

Durante la última reunión de la Junta Escolar del año académico 2017-2018, se aprobó una medida para nombrar el nuevo edificio administrativo, que se ubica en el 9400 North Central Expressway, como el Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD Administration Building.

Ex-maestros y miembros de la comunidad asistieron a la reunión que se llevó a cabo el 21 de junio, donde muchos de ellos se expresaron a favor del cambio.

“Yo conocí a Linus hace 20 años cuando pertenecía al Club Rotario de Dallas… No hay una persona más honorable o realizada que Linus”, dijo John Buhl, miembro de la comunidad. “Consiguió que el distrito lograra un alto nivel de aprovechamiento académico, que lo hizo más competitivo, tomando en cuenta que es uno de los distritos urbanos más grandes”.

Verna Brown Mitchell, presidenta de la Asociación de Maestros Jubilados de Dallas, y ex-administradora de Dallas ISD, que recibió dicho nombramiento de parte de Wright durante las décadas que fungió como educadora, también habló a favor del cambio.

“Su vida la ha dedicado a mejorar las experiencias educativas de estudiantes a nivel nacional, en Texas, y más específicamente, en el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas”, dijo Mitchell. “Incluso, hoy en día, el Sr. Wright sigue promoviendo esfuerzos educativos que afectan a estudiantes, maestros y personal de escuelas públicas jubilado”.

La medida fue aprobada de forma unánime y entrará en vigor el 1 de julio.

Cada año, la Junta Escolar considera cambios de nombre recomendados para instalaciones del distrito, que deben ser aprobados por sus integrantes en la reunión de junio.

Como parte de la política, las propuestas de cambio de nombre deben presentarse antes del 1 de abril para incluirlas en el proceso de consideración de dicho año. Este año, se aprobaron varios cambios para el ciclo escolar 2018-2019:

  • Maceo Smith New Tech High School ahora se llamará New Tech High School at B.F. Darrell High School
  • Alex Sanger Elementary School cambiará a Alex Sanger Preparatory School
  • Ann Richards Middle School será Ann Richards STEAM Academy
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at B.F. Darrell llevará el nombre de Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at A. Maceo Smith 
  • Benjamin Franklin Middle School cambia a Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy 
  • Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center será Turney W. Leonard Governance and Training Center
  • Dual Language TAG at Pleasant Grove será School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove
  • George B. Dealey Montessori Vanguard a George B. Dealey Montessori Academy
  • Harry Stone Montessori Vanguard a Harry Stone Montessori Academy
  • Learning Alternative Center for Empowering Youth a Barbara M. Manns Middle School for the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
  • Mount Auburn Elementary School pasa a llamarse Mount Auburn STEAM Academy 
  • Onésimo Hernández Elementary School cambia a Montessori Academy at Onésimo Hernández
  • Sam Houston Elementary School a Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston
  • School Community Guidance Center a Barbara M. Manns High School for the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
  • Seagoville Agricultural Barn ahora será Wayne Phillips Agricultural Science Center
  • Sudie L. Williams Elementary School cambia a Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy
  • Campo de béisbol de Sunset High School se llamará Abe Barnett Field

Dallas ISD fortalece política contra el acoso para proteger a estudiantes inmigrantes

Durante la reunión de junio, la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD aprobó de forma unánime la adición de las palabras “estado migratorio” a la política del distrito “Bienestar del alumno: protección contra el acoso” FFI (Local).

Dicha política prohíbe todo acto de acoso escolar, incluyendo aquel que se base en el estado migratorio.

Todas las escuelas de Dallas ISD ofrecen un ambiente seguro y de tolerancia, tal como se indica en la resolución aprobada por la Junta Escolar en febrero de 2017.

De acuerdo a la ley federal y estatal, el Dallas ISD no tiene la autoridad, ni responsabilidad, en determinar el estado migratorio de los estudiantes o las familias, por lo tanto, tampoco tiene la obligación de hacer cumplir las leyes federales de inmigración.

El Dallas ISD aprecia la diversidad de nuestros estudiantes y las familias, y los ricos valores culturales y de lenguaje que aportan al distrito. El distrito esta comprometido a cumplir con la ley y proporcionar una educación de calidad a todo estudiante, sin importar su situación migratoria, etnicidad, origen nacional, lenguaje, raza, religión, orientación sexual, genero, identidad de genero, discapacidad, o nivel socioeconómico.


Mayor’s Back to School Fair set for Aug. 3

With the first day of school inching closer, families and children can get ready for a successful year at the 22nd Mayor’s Back to School Fair, presented by Walmart, on Friday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Centennial Building at Fair Park.

“For more than two decades, the Mayor’s Back To School Fair has been playing a crucial role in ensuring our youth have everything they need to start their first day of school,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “For families, the fair eases the burden of buying supplies, getting immunizations and haircuts, and seeing the dentist. I am so proud of how this event has grown and am grateful to the incredible sponsors, donors and community partners who keep it thriving year after year.”

With approximately 35,000 expected to attend, the Fair is a one-stop-shop complete with all the back-to-school basics. Parents and children can find everything they need to prepare for the school year – from free school supplies for Dallas schoolchildren (who meet eligibility requirements); to free health, dental and vision screenings; to immunizations and haircuts; plus the latest information on education, health and social services. The Fair also will feature musical entertainment, kids activities, games, interactive demos and more. Pre-K through 5th grade students also will receive a colorful backpack at the Fair.

“No one does back to school better than Walmart, and that’s why we are thrilled to continue our role as presenting sponsor of the Mayor’s Back to School Fair,” said Walmart Regional Health and Wellness Director Shantay Peloquin. “We are excited to officially kick off the back to school season, and Walmart associates across DFW are ready to help families prepare for the school year.”

Walmart will conduct free vision screenings and offer general health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose checks, for all family members. Texas A&M University College of Dentistry will provide free dental screenings and oral health information for everyone, plus fluoride applications, toothbrushes and toothpaste to students. Dallas County Health & Human Services will provide free immunizations; the National Kidney Foundation will offer kidney health screenings; and Children’s Health will offer consultations on asthma, behavioral health, BMI readings and nutrition. Cedric B’s Barber and Beauty Salon and Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails will offer free haircuts to students. Essilor Vision Foundation will be on site conducting eye exams and providing eye glasses at no cost to qualifying families. In addition, Half Price Books will give away 10,000 books.

Dallas ISD will have a large area with bilingual staff on hand to provide information on magnet schools, scholarship and alternative programs, psychological and social services, parenting and family literacy.

Additionally, educational information and services, in English and Spanish, will be offered at hundreds of community resource booths on crime prevention, fire safety, college readiness, housing, transportation, personal finances, health, nutrition and literacy.

Eligible families who qualify for free school supplies are encouraged to pre-register online by June 30 or in person at pre-registration events in July throughout Dallas.Families can attend a pre-registration event in July or register at the Fair Aug. 3. Families who pre-register will save time and guarantee receipt of school supplies at the Fair.


Dallas ISD strengthens anti-bullying policy to protect immigrant students

At its June board meeting, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the addition of the words “immigration status” in the district’s Student Welfare Freedom From Bullying FFI (Local) policy.

The district’s policy prohibits any acts of bullying, including those based on one’s immigration status.

All Dallas ISD schools are welcoming and protective environments, as stated in the resolution adopted by the Board in February 2017.

Under federal and state law, Dallas ISD has no authority or role in determining the immigration status of its students or families, as such, they do not enforce federal immigration laws.

Dallas ISD embraces the diversity of all students and families and the rich language and cultural assets they bring to the district. The district is committed to following the law and providing a high quality education to all students regardless of their immigration status, ethnicity, national origin, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or socioeconomic status.


Are you ready to rebrand your school or design a new Choice School?

The Office of Transformation and Innovation (OTI) is excited to formally announce the release of the Public School Choice (PSC) Competitive Proposal Process, Version 5.0.

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 a total of 24 new Choice schools ranging from those that anchor teaching and learning under a Leadership model to Personalized Learning schools to schools driven by a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) framework.

Future Choice Schools could include a variety of instructional approaches and content/themes, such as Montessori, International Baccalaureate (IB), Single Gender, Virtual, academies for Visual and Performing Arts, Business/Entrepreneurship, Government/World Affairs, Health, Humanities, and Communications. Additionally, through Choice Schools, the district would continue to expand socioeconomic diversity pilot schools and programs.

There are three (3) types of proposals for 5.0:

• Innovation Schools are existing neighborhood schools that want to implement a new academic model, but stay in their existing facility and keep their traditional attendance boundaries. Existing neighborhood school leadership teams can apply for their current schools to become an Innovation School. Botello ES, Chapel Hill (formerly Cabell) ES, Lorenzo De Zavala ES, L. O. Donald ES, Frederick Douglass ES (pilot), Geneva Heights (formerly Lee) ES, Lipscomb ES, Preston Hollow ES, John Reagan ES, Kramer ES, Thelma Richardson ES (pilot), Rogers ES, Martin Weiss ES, Franklin MS, Marsh MS, and Bryan Adams HS are the district’s current Innovation Schools and Innovation Pilot Schools.

• Transformation Schools are brand new, start-up, open enrollment schools. Applicant Teams are not required to have a proposed principal as part of their team in order to be eligible to submit a proposal. Downtown Montessori (location pending), Mata ES, Montessori Academy at Hernandez, Personalized Learning Prep at Sam Houston, Solar Prep for Girls, Hulcy STEAM MS, Ignite MS , IDEA HS, and CityLab HS are the district’s Transformation Schools.

• Transformation Replication Schools will be new, start-up, open enrollment schools where teams will replicate an existing successful model, such as a single gender campus for boys modeled after Solar Prep, or a Leadership Academy modeled after Weiss ES. The intent of this option is to focus on replication and teams applying for this model will be vetted, selected, and then paired with existing schools to help coach them through planning and implementation. Solar Prep for Boys is the district’s first Transformation Replication School and the first all-boys elementary school.

The application opened on Thursday, June 28. The deadline for Letters of Intent is at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept 14, 2018. The final proposal is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 8, 2019.

The process and any relevant information related to PSC 5.0 (templates, resources, due dates, etc.) can be found here by clicking on “Design and Launch a Choice School.”

The OTI looks forward to meeting and supporting all interested applicants. Individuals may contact Shakeatha Butler, Director, Transformation and Innovation, at shakbutler@dallasisd.org or (972) 925-3306.


Dallas ISD headquarters renamed to honor former superintendent

Linus D. Wright, former Dallas ISD Superintendent

Linus D. Wright, former Dallas ISD Superintendent
Photo courtesy: Steve Foxall

During the final board meeting of the 2017-2018 school year, Dallas ISD trustees approved a measure to rename its new headquarters located at 9400 North Central Expressway to the Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD Administration Building.

Former educators and community members also attended the June 21 meeting, many of whom spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, in support of the name change.

“I met Linus 20 years ago when I was with the Rotary Club of Dallas…No one is more honorable or accomplished than Linus,” said John Buhl, community member. “He put the district on a high level of academic achievement that made it very competitive for large urban districts.”

President of the Dallas Retired Teachers Association, Verna Brown Mitchell, and a former Dallas ISD administrator who was appointed by Wright during her decades-long tenure as an educator, also spoke in favor of the renaming.

“His life has been centered around improving educational experiences for all students nationally, [in]the state of Texas and, more specifically, [in]the Dallas Independent School District,” Mitchell said. “Even today, Mr. Wright continues to promote educational efforts that impact students, active teachers and retired public school personnel.”

The vote passed unanimously and will go into effect on July 1.

Each year, the board considers recommended name changes for district facilities, which must be approved by the full board during the June board meeting.

By policy, proposed changes must be submitted prior to April 1 to be included in that year’s consideration process. This year, several other name changes were also approved for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year:

  • A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School to New Tech High School at B.F. Darrell High School
  • Alex Sanger Elementary School to Alex Sanger Preparatory School
  • Ann Richards Middle School to Ann Richards STEAM Academy
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at B.F. Darrell to Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at A. Maceo Smith 
  • Benjamin Franklin Middle School to Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy 
  • Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center to Turney W. Leonard Governance and Training Center
  • Dual Language TAG at Pleasant Grove to School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove
  • George B. Dealey Montessori Vanguard to George B. Dealey Montessori Academy
  • Harry Stone Montessori Vanguard to Harry Stone Montessori Academy
  • Learning Alternative Center for Empowering Youth to Barbara M. Manns Middle School for the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program(DAEP)
  • Mount Auburn Elementary School to Mount Auburn STEAM Academy 
  • Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School to Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez
  • Sam Houston Elementary School to Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston
  • School Community Guidance Center to Barbara M. Manns High School for the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
  • Seagoville Agricultural Barn to Wayne Phillips Agricultural Science Center
  • Sudie L. Williams Elementary School to Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy
  • Sunset High School baseball field to Abe Barnett Field

Sunset’s RoboFlash robotics team recognized for great accomplishments

The Sunset RoboFlash team joined Dallas ISD Trustee Dan Micciche at the regularly scheduled June 21 board meeting prior to being recognized for the their accomplishments this year.
RoboFlash is the first known competitive robotics team comprised of students with special needs. They have been instrumental in inspiring the development of other like teams.
RoboFlash joined with teams from Conrad High School and Rowlett High School to win first place at the North Texas Tournament of Robotics earlier this year.

Dallas ISD board swears in new trustees, elects new officers

Justin Henry was sworn in on June 21 as the newest member of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.
Henry was elected to represent District 9, which had been held by Bernadette Nutall for the last nine years. District 9 incorporates South Dallas, parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown and East Dallas.
The board also elected new officers at its meeting. The 2018-19 officers are:
President—Edwin Flores, Ph.D., J.D.
1st Vice President—Dan Micciche
2nd Vice President—Joyce Foreman
Secretary—Dustin Henry

New dual language school spotlighted at town hall meeting

The audience at Dallas Councilman Rick Callahan’s recent town hall meeting gathered to hear elected officials discuss future plans for the Pleasant Grove community.  Topics included code enforcement, litter control, parks development, state legislative priorities and the future of public education. Updates by Callahan, State Senator Royce West, State Representative Toni Rose, and Dallas ISD Trustees Jaime Resendez and Justin Henry were followed by a Q&A session.

Also on hand for the meeting were the administrators of the new School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove. The first of its kind in Texas, the school will bridge the worlds of two-way dual language instruction and Talented and Gifted instruction for students in grades four through six reading and writing instruction in English and Spanish, was spotlighted as a major new opportunity for students in the southeast Dallas community. Principal Ruby Ramirez and team hosted an information table, handed out literature and answered questions from parents and students about the dual language focus of the school and how students can enroll.

Trustee Resendez, whose district includes the new school, touted it as a major step forward for Pleasant Grove and evidence that Dallas ISD is taking steps in the right direction to improve educational opportunities for students.


Útiles escolares gratis para todos los alumnos de Dallas ISD

La Feria de Regreso a Clases del Alcalde del 2018 (Mayor’s Back to School Fair) se llevará a cabo el viernes, 3 de agosto en Fair Park. Este año, todos los estudiantes de Dallas ISD serán elegibles para recibir útiles escolares gratis durante la feria, sin importar los ingresos de sus familias, pero todos los participantes tendrán que inscribirse.

Las inscripciones en línea estará abierto hasta el 30 de junio en mayorsbacktoschoolfair.com o las familias también pueden asistir a un evento de inscripciones durante el mes de julio. Puede ver la lista de fechas y ubicaciones aquí.

Las familias deben mostrar pruebas de que el alumno asiste a una escuela del distrito escolar independiente de Dallas proporcionando el número de identificación del alumno. Los números de identificación de los alumnos pueden verificarse al mostrar UNO de los siguientes documentos:

  • La boleta de calificaciones más reciente
  • Una carta de la escuela del alumno que indique que asiste a una escuela del distrito escolar independiente de Dallas
  • La credencial de identificación del alumno
  • Una impresión del Portal para Padres en línea que muestre el número de identificación del alumno

La documentación provista arriba puede ser una copia impresa, una copia electrónica o una fotografía mostrada desde un teléfono.

Otros servicios que las familias podrán recibir durante la feria, sin costo alguno incluye: inmunizaciones, exámenes de salud, dental y visión, cortes de cabello y mucho más.


Free school supplies for all Dallas ISD students

The 22nd annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair will take place Friday, Aug. 3, at Fair Park. This year, all Dallas ISD students are eligible to receive free school supplies at the fair, regardless of their economic status, but participants must register.

Online registration is open through June 30, at mayorsbacktoschoolfair.com or families can also attend a pre-registration event during the month of July. For a list of dates and locations, click here.

Families must show proof that student or students attend a Dallas ISD school by providing student ID number. Student ID numbers can be verified by showing ONE of the following documents:

  • Most recent student report card
  • Letter from student’s school stating the student attends a Dallas ISD school
  • Student ID card
  • Printout from the online Parent Portal that shows student’s ID number

Documentation provided above may be a printed copy, an electronic copy or photo shown from a phone.

Other services to be offered at the fair, at no cost to families, will include immunizations, health, dental and vision screenings, haircuts, and more.


Cursos universitarios gratuitos, mientras estudian la preparatoria

Academias universitarias en cinco preparatorias de Dallas ISD aún tienen espacios disponibles para estudiantes que próximamente cursarán el noveno grado.

Las academias universitarias les ofrecen a alumnos la oportunidad de obtener 60 horas de créditos universitarios o un diploma asociados (2 años universitarios) –  sin costo alguno – mientras estudian la preparatoria. Las siguientes cinco preparatorias aún tiene están aceptando a alumnos que ingresarán al noveno grado. Haga clic en la academia que le interese para solicitar admisión.


Staff emerge as rising leaders





Dallas ISD’s Leadership Development Program took nearly 30 district staff and turned them into the next leaders to watch.

For 10 months, participants took part in leadership lessons that were held at UT Dallas Jindal School of Management and at 9400 NCX. Lessons included:

    • DiSC Profile, Self-Awareness, and Teamwork
    • Dallas ISD Governance, Structure, and Operations
    • Culture
    • Talent
    • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace and Boundary Spanning Leadership
    • Impact
    • Stakeholders

The participants were required to increase their understanding of high-level issues that affect Dallas ISD, including: managerial, legal, educational, and community issues. They also had to become knowledgeable in governance processes, serve on key leadership committees, and complete coursework.

Not only did participants build leadership capacity, but they were required to work cross-functionally as they increased their leadership skills.


Five collegiate academies still have spots open for incoming freshmen

The collegiate academies at five Dallas ISD high schools still have spots available for incoming freshmen.

Collegiate academies are where students can earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree—tuition free—while still in high school. Seats are available for incoming freshmen at the campuses listed below. Click the name of the school you’re interested in to apply.


Justin Henry gana segunda vuelta y representará al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD

Justin Henry derrotó a Bernadette Nutall en la segunda vuelta que se llevó a cabo el 16 de junio para representar al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD.

Henry recibió 1,501 votos (62.75 por ciento) mientras Nutall obtuvo 891 votos (37.25 por ciento).

Ninguno de los cuatro candidatos en la elección del 5 de mayo recibió por lo menos el 50 por ciento del voto. Henry y Nutall recibieron la mayor cantidad de votos, 1,088 (47 por ciento) y 730 (31 por ciento), respectivamente.

El Distrito 9 incorpora el sur de Dallas, secciones del centro de Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown y el este de Dallas. En el Distrito 9 se encuentran las preparatorias CityLab, Evening Academy, Lincoln, James Madison, Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Skyline y Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, además de seis secundarias y 18 primarias.

Nutall ha representado al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar desde diciembre de 2009.


Justin Henry gana segunda vuelta y representará al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD

Justin Henry derrotó a Bernadette Nutall en la segunda vuelta que se llevó a cabo el 16 de junio para representar al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD.

Henry recibió 1,501 votos (62.75 por ciento) mientras Nutall obtuvo 891 votos (37.25 por ciento).

Ninguno de los cuatro candidatos en la elección del 5 de mayo recibió por lo menos el 50 por ciento del voto. Henry y Nutall recibieron la mayor cantidad de votos, 1,088 (47 por ciento) y 730 (31 por ciento), respectivamente.

El Distrito 9 incorpora el sur de Dallas, secciones del centro de Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown y el este de Dallas. En el Distrito 9 se encuentran las preparatorias CityLab, Evening Academy, Lincoln, James Madison, Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Skyline y Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, además de seis secundarias y 18 primarias.

Nutall ha representado al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar desde diciembre de 2009.


Longtime educator named Dallas ISD 2018-2019 Librarian of the Year

Kelli Yonker will happily tell anyone who listens that she has one of the best jobs in the world.

As the library media specialist at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School—and the Dallas ISD 2018–2019 Librarian of the Year—she inspires a love of reading and researching in students. And while she appreciates the Librarian of the Year honor, nothing for her can top helping students succeed.

“Watching the lightbulb go off in students’ heads when they realize they know how to research and learn something new—or seeing their eyes light up when they pick out a book and get excited about reading—is the best feeling in the world,” Yonker said.

As the former technology teacher at Stonewall Jackson Elementary, which will be renamed Mockingbird Elementary School in July, Yonker infuses technology learning into the library. Students create “book trailers” on iPads and use the latest technology to research.

“The role of the librarian has dramatically changed over the past 10 years. You have to adapt to the latest technology so the students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed today,” Yonker said. “My daily goal is to make the library a warm and welcoming place where students enjoy reading and researching. This is truly a dream job.”


Longtime educator named Dallas ISD 2018-2019 Librarian of the Year

Kelli Yonker will happily tell anyone who listens that she has one of the best jobs in the world.

As the library media specialist at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School—and the Dallas ISD 2018–2019 Librarian of the Year—she inspires a love of reading and researching in students. And while she appreciates the Librarian of the Year honor, nothing for her can top helping students succeed.

“Watching the lightbulb go off in students’ heads when they realize they know how to research and learn something new—or seeing their eyes light up when they pick out a book and get excited about reading—is the best feeling in the world,” Yonker said.

As the former technology teacher at Stonewall Jackson Elementary, which will be renamed Mockingbird Elementary School in July, Yonker infuses technology learning into the library. Students create “book trailers” on iPads and use the latest technology to research.

“The role of the librarian has dramatically changed over the past 10 years. You have to adapt to the latest technology so the students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed today,” Yonker said. “My daily goal is to make the library a warm and welcoming place where students enjoy reading and researching. This is truly a dream job.”


Inscripción sigue abierta para prekínder y kínder en Dallas ISD

Durante el verano, los padres pueden visitar la oficina de prekínder en el Dallas Education Center, ubicado en el 9400 N. Central Expressway, para inscribir a su hijo en una escuela en su vecindario. La oficina se encuentra en el segundo piso y su horario es de 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. La oficina ofrece un centro de ayuda donde las familias pueden recibir asistencia para completar la solicitud por internet, tomar parte en las evaluaciones para determinar el idioma que domina el estudiante, entre otros apoyos.

En Dallas ISD, aproximadamente 8,000 estudiantes han sido inscritos hasta el momento en prekínder. Las cifras muestran que un estudiante que asiste a prekínder, y se mantiene en el distrito, supera académicamente y de manera considerable, a sus compañeros al momento de llegar al tercer grado.

“La respuesta de la comunidad ha sido excelente. En este momento, llevamos más o menos el mismo número de matriculaciones que el año pasado y si continuamos a este ritmo, seguiremos agregando estudiantes al distrito”, dijo Derek Little, superintendente adjunto del Departamento de Educación Preescolar. “Hemos podido añadir salones de clases por medio de nuestros socios en la comunidad y las escuelas de opción, lo que contribuye a aumentar la matriculación en general de prekínder el próximo año escolar. Los padres que estén interesados deben presentar su solicitud lo más pronto posible ya que, ¡quedan pocos lugares!”

El Dallas ISD ofrece prekínder gratis para niños que tienen 3 o 4 años de edad cumplidos para el 1 de septiembre de 2018 y reúnen por lo menos UNO de los siguientes requisitos:

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

Si no cumplen con uno de los cinco requisitos, también ofrecemos un número limitado de espacios para prekínder con pago de matricula en varias escuelas del distrito. El costo es de $525 por mes, por niño.

Para más información sobre el proceso de solicitud y los requisitos ingrese a prekdallas.org. También, ofrecemos una línea telefónica para aclarar cualquier duda que pueda tener. El número telefónico es 214-932-7735.


Henry wins District 9 seat on Board of Trustees

Challenger Justin Henry defeated incumbent Bernadette Nutall in a runoff election for the District 9 seat on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

Henry received 1,501 votes (62.75 percent) compared to Nutall’s 891 votes (37.25 percent).

The June 16 runoff was necessary after none of the four candidates in the regular election on May 5 received at least 50 percent of the vote. Henry and Nutall were the top two candidates in the regular election, with 1,088 (47 percent) and 730 (31 percent) of the votes, respectively.

District 9 incorporates South Dallas, parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown and East Dallas. High schools in the district include CityLab, Evening Academy, Lincoln, James Madison, Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Skyline and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. There are also six middle schools and 18 elementary schools in District 9.

Nutall has represented District 9 on the board since December 2009.


Parents can still register their child for pre-K and kindergarten

It’s not too late to register your child for Dallas ISD pre-K or kindergarten!

Parents over the summer can visit the pre-K office at the Dallas Education Center, 9400 N. Central Expressway, to enroll their child at a neighborhood campus. The office is open on the building’s second floor from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The office is a one-stop shop and can help families complete the online application, provide language proficient testing and other support.

About 8,000 students have been registered so far for Dallas ISD pre-K. Data shows that student who attend Dallas ISD pre-K and stay with the district significantly outperform their peers by third grade.

“Pre-K enrollment is strong again. We are roughly in the same place we were at this time last year and are on track to continue to add students to the district,” said Derek Little, assistant superintendent of Early Learning. “Some additional classrooms have been made available through our partnerships and choice schools, helping to increase overall pre-K enrollment next school year. Parents should apply soon, as schools are starting to fill up!”

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

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

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

More information on the application process and requirements can be found at prekdallas.org/. Also, the Pre-K–Kinder Hotline is available to answer any questions: 214-932-7735.


Voluntarios embellecen escuela primaria para motivar la creatividad (vídeo)

Gracias al programa de voluntariado mundial Semana de Posibilidades que auspicia la AbbVie Foundation, Charles A. Gill Elementary School contó con la ayuda de más de 50 voluntarios que se reunieron para remodelar la biblioteca y el laboratorio de computación de la escuela.

Los voluntarios ensamblaron muebles, pintaron paredes, y crearon un área que ayudará a los estudiantes a participar en el aprendizaje cuando vuelvan a clases en agosto.

“Estamos trabajando para crear un mejor entorno para los estudiantes cuando vuelvan a clases”, dijo Nicole Mowad-Nassar, vicepresidenta de analítica y operaciones comerciales de AbbVie.

Shawki Freelon, directora de Gill Elementary School, agradeció a los voluntarios por todo su esfuerzo.

“Este espacio nuevo que tendrán nuestros estudiantes ayudará a estimular su creatividad”, dijo Freelon.

“Al celebrar el evento “Week of Possibilities”, nuestro socio de mucho años Heart of America, junto a AbbVie, trabajaron para asegurar que los estudiantes más necesitados tengan la oportunidad de contar con recursos y enseñanza del siglo XXI durante esta la semana ‘Week of Possibilities’”, añadió Tom Hayden, del Departamento de Voluntarios y Socios de Dallas ISD.


Voluntarios embellecen escuela primaria para motivar la creatividad (vídeo)

Gracias al programa de voluntariado mundial Semana de Posibilidades que auspicia la AbbVie Foundation, Charles A. Gill Elementary School contó con la ayuda de más de 50 voluntarios que se reunieron para remodelar la biblioteca y el laboratorio de computación de la escuela.

Los voluntarios ensamblaron muebles, pintaron paredes, y crearon un área que ayudará a los estudiantes a participar en el aprendizaje cuando vuelvan a clases en agosto.

“Estamos trabajando para crear un mejor entorno para los estudiantes cuando vuelvan a clases”, dijo Nicole Mowad-Nassar, vicepresidenta de analítica y operaciones comerciales de AbbVie.

Shawki Freelon, directora de Gill Elementary School, agradeció a los voluntarios por todo su esfuerzo.

“Este espacio nuevo que tendrán nuestros estudiantes ayudará a estimular su creatividad”, dijo Freelon.

“Al celebrar el evento “Week of Possibilities”, nuestro socio de mucho años Heart of America, junto a AbbVie, trabajaron para asegurar que los estudiantes más necesitados tengan la oportunidad de contar con recursos y enseñanza del siglo XXI durante esta la semana ‘Week of Possibilities’”, añadió Tom Hayden, del Departamento de Voluntarios y Socios de Dallas ISD.


Programa de alimentos durante el verano de Dallas ISD comienza de manera exitosa 

El 13 de junio, el Dallas ISD, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas y la Texas Hunger Initiative llevaron a cabo una celebración para dar comienzo al programa de alimentos durante el verano que proporciona desayuno y almuerzo a todo estudiante y niño en la comunidad.

El evento incluyó una batalla de globos con agua, juegos, entre otras actividades.

El Departamento de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil de Dallas ISD sirve a más de 125,000 estudiantes diariamente durante el año escolar. Sin embargo, en promedio, solo el 14 por ciento de ellos aprovecha el programa durante el verano, que se ofrece sin costo alguno.

“El verano debe ser divertido para los niños, mas la realidad es que muchas familias pasan hambre, y aquí tenemos un recurso que puede cubrir esa necesidad”, indicó Jennifer Sampson, CEO de United Way of Dallas. “Nuestra meta es que ningún niño se quede sin comer y sufra de hambre”.

Más de 200 escuelas de Dallas ISD proporcionarán alimentos durante el verano. Para ver la ubicación más cercana a usted que estará participando en el programa haga clic aquí.

“Estaremos abiertos durante todo el verano para que los estudiantes y los niños en nuestras comunidades vayan a su escuela local, desayunen, almuercen y se diviertan”, dijo Julie Farris, directora del departamento.


Dallas ISD summer meals program kicks off with a splash

Dallas ISD, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Texas Hunger Initiative held a kickoff celebration on June 13 to raise awareness of the summer meals program that provides breakfast and lunch to all students and children.

The kickoff celebration included a water balloon battle, games, and much more.

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition department serves over 125,000 students each day during the school year. However, on average, only 14 percent take advantage of the no-cost summer meal program.

“Summertime should mean fun for kids, but the reality is that summer can mean hunger for many families, and there is a resource that can fill that gap,” said United Way of Dallas CEO Jennifer Sampson. “Our goal is to make sure that kids’ bellies are full this summer. No child should go hungry.”

More than 200 Dallas ISD schools are serving meals over the summer, and families can go here to see the nearest location serving free breakfast and lunch.

“We are open all summer for students and children in the community to come to their local school that’s open for summer meals, have some breakfast and lunch, and have some fun,” said Julie Farris, director of Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services.


Volunteers beautify elementary school to inspire creativity (video)

More than 50 volunteers renovated the library and computer lab at Charles A. Gill Elementary School thanks to the AbbVie Foundation’s Week of Possibilities global volunteering program.

Volunteers assembled furniture, painted the walls, and created a maker space that will engage students in learning when they return in August.

“We are working to create a better environment for students when they return,” said Nicole Mowad-Nassar, AbbVie vice president of commercial analytics and operations.

Gill Elementary Principal Shawki Freelon thanked the volunteers for their hard work.

“This maker space that our students are going to have gives them an opportunity to spark their creativity,” Freelon said.

“Our longterm partner Heart of America, along with AbbVie, worked to ensure that our most at-need students are exposed to 21st-century learning and resources with their ‘Week of Possibilities’,” added Tom Hayden with Dallas ISD’s Volunteer and Partnership Services.


Taller ayudará a promover el éxito de estudiantes inmigrantes

Los educadores, administradores y voluntarios de Dallas ISD tienen la oportunidad de inscribirse para tomar parte en un taller gratuito por internet para promover el éxito escolar de los estudiantes inmigrantes y refugiados.

El taller—Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators—se llevará a cabo el 10 y 11 de julio de 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Para registrarse, haga clic aquí.

En el taller se explorará cómo:

  • incorporar el tema de la inmigración en el currículo;
  • desarrollar relaciones con estudiantes, familias y comunidades de inmigrantes en situaciones delicadas;
  • contar historias para educar a todos los estudiantes sobre la inmigración;
  • empoderar a los maestros y a los estudiantes;
  • crear salones donde todos los estudiantes se sientan bienvenidos, entre otros temas.

Nuevo plan requiere más academias universitarias y centros para profesiones

El siete de junio, representantes del distrito presentaron a los miembros de la Junta Escolar el plan para operar academias universitarias en Skyline High School y North Lake College con la colaboración de los Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas (DCCCD). Bajo la propuesta, el año escolar 2018-2019 serviría como año de planificación y el siguiente año escolar iniciarían las academias con los primeros estudiantes.

Actualmente, Dallas ISD y el DCCCD operan 23 academias universitarias en las que estudiantes pueden obtener 60 horas de crédito universitario – o un grado asociado – gratis mientras completan la preparatoria.

Dallas ISD también está planeando expandir los programas de educación vocacional y técnica (CTE) abriendo centros para profesiones en cinco preparatorias del distrito para preparar estudiantes en profesiones de alta demanda cuando terminan la preparatoria. El centro para profesiones incrementará los programas CTE ofreciendo a los estudiantes la posibilidad de ganar un salario digno después de graduarse.

“Quítense de la cabeza la idea de la educación vocacional de antes,” dijo el Superintendente Michael Hinojosa a la Junta Escolar. “Estos (centros para profesiones) son para los trabajos del futuro, o trabajos actuales en los que uno puede ganar un buen salario.”

Los centros para profesiones son una colaboración entre socios de la industria, programas CTE, certificaciones de la industria, y los Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas. El primer grupo de centros para profesiones es:

  1. Grady Spruce High School
  • Posibles socios industriales: Service King, Atkinson Toyota, y Sewell Lexus
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Eastfield
  • Opciones de vocación: Técnico en reparación de carrocería
  • Salario medio: $31,000+

W.H. Adamson High School

  • Posibles socios industriales: Sewell Lexus y Atkinson Toyota
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Cedar Valley
  • Opciones de vocación: Técnico automotriz
  • Salario medio: $31,000+

L.G. Pinkston High School

  • Posibles socios industriales: Iron Workers Union y TDIndustries
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Mountain View
  • Opciones de vocación: Técnico en soldadura de metales
  • Salario medio: $31,000+

W.W. Samuell High School

  • Posibles socios industriales: TEXO y Hill & Wilkinson
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Northlake
  • Opciones de vocación: Técnico de construcción
  • Salario básico: $28,000

Wilmer-Hutchins High School

  • Posibles socios industriales: Walmart, O’Reilly, FedEx
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Cedar Valley
  • Opciones de vocación: Especialista en cadenas de suministro, técnico de suministro
  • Salario básico: $28,000+

Waste management awards prizes, scholarships in recycling contest




Dallas ISD students were recently recognized for their work in promoting recycling on their campuses in an annual contest sponsored by Waste Management.

Three students each received a $1,000 scholarship after submitting essays centering on why recycling is important and what they are doing at their schools. The 2018 winners are Brenda Castaneda, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School; Henry Lloyd, Woodrow Wilson High School; and Alexis Ojeda, School of Health Professions.

Additionally, prizes were awarded to Green Team logo design contest winners at J.J. Rhoads Learning Center, Arturo Salazar Elementary School, Solar Preparatory for Girls, Rosemont Middle School, H. Grady Spruce High School and Wilmer-Hutchins High School. Each school received $250 for their activity funds, and student winners received individual prizes ranging from $50-$250, depending on grade level.

The logos were designed to promote recycling, explain what each school’s Green Team is about and also push the Dallas ISD Energy and Sustainability Department’s recycling information page here.


Educators, volunteers invited to free online workshop promoting success of immigrant students

A free interactive, online workshop is open to Dallas ISD educators, administrators and volunteers to promote the success of immigrant and refugee students.

Teachers, administrators, librarians and volunteers can go here to register for free. The workshop—Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators—will be held July 10–11 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

The workshop will explore how to:

  • Integrate immigration into the curriculum;
  • Build relationships with immigrant students, families and communities in perilous times;
  • Use storytelling to educate all students on immigration;
  • Empower both teachers and students;
  • Create more welcoming classrooms, and more.

Plan calls for new collegiate academies, career institutes

District officials briefed trustees on June 7 about a plan to, along with the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), operate collegiate academies at Skyline High School and North Lake College. Under the proposal, the 2018-2019 school year would serve as a planning year and then open to incoming freshmen the following school year.

Dallas ISD and the DCCCD currently operate 23 collegiate academies where students can get up to 60 hours of college credit—or an associate’s degree—at no cost to them while still in high school.

Dallas ISD is also planning to enhance district career and technical education (CTE) programs by launching career institutes at five existing Dallas ISD high schools to prepare students to enter high-demand skilled professions after high school graduation. The career institutes will build on current CTE programs so students have the potential to earn a livable wage immediately after graduating from high school.

“Get out of your mind the old vocational education,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told trustees. “These (career institutes) are for jobs of the future, or current jobs where you can get an excellent wage.”

The career institutes will combine together industry partners, a CTE program pathway, industry certifications, and a Dallas County Community College District partner. The first group of career institutes are:

H. Grady Spruce High School

  • Industry Partners: Service King, Atkinson Toyota, and Swell Lexus
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Eastfield
  • Career Options: Auto Body Repair Technician
  • Median Starting Salary: $31,000+

W.H. Adamson High School

  • Industry Partners: Sewell Lexus and Atkinson Toyota
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Cedar Valley
  • Career Options: Automotive Technician
  • Median Starting Salary: $31,000+

L.G. Pinkston High School

  • Industry Partners: Iron Workers Union and TDIndustries
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Mountain View
  • Career Options: Welder, solderer, cutter, brazer
  • Median Starting Salary: $31,000+

 W.W. Samuell High School

  • Industry Partners: TEXO and Hill & Wilkinson
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Northlake
  • Career Options: Construction Technician
  • Median Starting Salary: $28,000

Wilmer-Hutchins High School

  • Potential Industry Partners: Walmart, O’Reilly, FedEx
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Cedar Valley
  • Career Options: Supply chain specialist, logistics technician
  • Median Starting Salary: $28,000+

Estudiantes toman un viaje inolvidable a NASA como parte de la STEM-Liner Experience

Cuarenta estudiantes de Dallas ISD, y un puñado de maestros/acompañantes, volaron al Centro Espacial Kennedy (Kennedy Space Center) en Florida el mes pasado en avión privado como parte de la “STEM-Liner Experience,” que les dio la experiencia práctica increíble con instrucción en las ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas.

Estudiantes de W.H. Adamson High School, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, y South Oak Cliff High School fueron seleccionados por los directores para este viaje.

Crystal Alexander, una gerente del departamento STEM en Dallas ISD acompañó a los estudiantes y mantuvo un registro de la maravillosa aventura.

Sábado

Asistimos al banquete y visitamos el avión fletado en el que volaremos el próximo día.

Domingo

Nos levantamos a las 4 de la mañana para llegar al aeropuerto una hora después. El vuelo sale a las 6:15 a.m., y es la primera vez que muchos de los estudiantes viajan en un avión. ¡Estamos cansados pero muy emocionados!

Dos horas y media más tarde, somos parte de la historia al volar en el primer avión comercial que aterriza en la pista de aterrizaje de NASA en Florida. Esto genera varios selfies.

Los estudiantes empiezan a trabajar inmediatamente con el simulacro de conducir en Marte y volar en el espacio, colaborando en equipos para triunfar.

Lunes

Los estudiantes aprenden cómo se cultiva y es envasada la comida para llevar al espacio. Plantan semillas, las pasan por un procesador y, con pocas ganas, hasta prueban la comida.

Los estudiantes en una simulación de estar en la luna y programando a un robot a eliminar la arena de unos paneles fueron acontecimientos importantes del viaje.

Hicimos un recorrido de Complejo Turístico del Centro Espacial Kennedy (Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex) y vimos de cerca el transbordador espacial Atlantis.

Martes

Los estudiantes visitan el Instituto Aeronáutico de Tecnológica de Florida (Florida Institute of Technology Aviation), donde participan en simulacros aterrizando un avión. También imitan aterrizar un avión en condiciones de vientos fuertes – ¡lo cual fue muy difícil! Los estudiantes se sientan en aviones para escuchar a pilotos hablar sobre sus carreras y como lograron donde están hoy.

Finalmente, abordamos el avión de regreso a Dallas, agotados y fascinados con un viaje que nunca olvidaremos.

 Estos patrocinadores hicieron posible este viaje:

  • American Airlines
  • Buzz Aldrin ShareSpace Foundation
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Dallas ISD STEM Department
  • Envoy Air Inc.
  • Florida Institute of Technology ~ College of Aeronautics
  • Microsoft Corp
  • Sheraton DFW Airport

Más de 30 escuelas de Dallas ISD en el cuadro de honor de Texas

Más de 30 escuelas de Dallas ISD fueron reconocidas por el Educational Results Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll 2017 – 2018. El programa, patrocinado por el Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), forma parte del esfuerzo nacional para identificar escuelas y distritos cuyos estudiantes alcanzan altos niveles de rendimiento académico. Dallas ISD es uno de los siete distritos públicos reconocidos en Texas.

Este año, Texas Honor Roll reconoció a 729 escuelas públicas por demostrar alto rendimiento y éxito estudiantil, progreso continuo, y reducción en las brechas de aprovechamiento entre los estudiantes de minorías étnicas y económicamente desfavorecidos. Un total de 31 escuelas de Dallas ISD fueron reconocidas; siete fueron reconocidas en dos áreas.

Las escuelas fueron categorizadas en tres niveles. Star, reconoce las escuelas de alto rendimiento y reducción en la brecha de rendimiento con un número alto de estudiantes económicamente desfavorecidos. Las escuelas sin niveles significantes de estudiantes económicamente desfavorecidos y que están reduciendo la brecha de rendimiento son reconocidas en el nivel Scholar. Por último, las escuelas del Cuadro de Honor, con niveles altos de pobreza y rendimiento alto en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería, y matemáticas (STEM, por sus siglas en inglés) reciben la designación especial del reconocimiento, STEM.

El reconocimiento también incluye medidas de la preparación universitaria y de profesiones para las preparatorias. Igualmente importante, los administradores del Cuadro de Honor creen que este es el único programa de reconocimiento en Texas que basa la designación usando solamente el rendimiento estudiantil.

Las escuelas de Dallas ISD incluidas en el Texas Honor Roll 2018 son:

Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Dallas Environmental Science Academy
Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
Eladio R. Martinez Learning Center
Felix G. Botello Elementary School
George Bannerman Dealey Internationational Academy
George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard
Harry Stone Montessori Academy
Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploratory Academy
Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy (middle school)
Irma Lerma Rangel Young Womens Leadership Academy (high school)
J.P. Starks Elementary School
John J. Pershing Elementary School
Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School
Obadiah Knight Elementary School
Preston Hollow Elementary School
Rosie M. Sorrells Education and Social Work at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center,
Sam Houston Elementary School
School for The Talented And Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Business And Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Science And Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College
Victor H. Hexter Elementary School
Walnut Hill Elementary School
William B. Travis Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted
William B. Travis Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted


More than 30 Dallas ISD schools named to Texas Honor Roll list

More than 30 Dallas ISD schools have been named to the 2017-2018 Educational Results Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll, also known as the Texas Honor Roll. The program, sponsored by the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. Dallas ISD is one of seven public school districts in Texas to be acknowledged.

This year, the Texas Honor Roll recognized 729 public schools for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, improvement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Dallas ISD had 31 schools named, and seven of which were honored in two areas.

Schools considered were categorized in three levels. Star, which recognizes schools that are higher performing, higher in the number of economically disadvantaged students, and closing the achievement gap. Schools without significant levels of low-income students and also help achievement gaps close are identified as Scholar. Lastly, Honor Roll schools that are high poverty, and achieve higher performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are recognized with a special STEM designation.

The recognition also includes college and career readiness measures for high schools that were studied. Of equal importance, administrators of the Honor Roll suggest this is the only school recognition program in Texas using student achievement outcomes as the only criteria.

Below is a list of Dallas ISD schools named to the 2018 Texas Honor Roll:

Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Dallas Environmental Science Academy
Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
Eladio R. Martinez Learning Center
Felix G. Botello Elementary School
George Bannerman Dealey Internationational Academy
George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard
Harry Stone Montessori Academy
Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploratory Academy
Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy (middle school)
Irma Lerma Rangel Young Womens Leadership Academy (high school)
J.P. Starks Elementary School
John J. Pershing Elementary School
Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School
Obadiah Knight Elementary School
Preston Hollow Elementary School
Rosie M. Sorrells Education and Social Work at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center,
Sam Houston Elementary School
School for The Talented And Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Business And Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Science And Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College
Victor H. Hexter Elementary School
Walnut Hill Elementary School
William B. Travis Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted
William B. Travis Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted


Woodrow Community Foundation awards 20 graduates with college scholarships

The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation announced that 20 graduating high school seniors have been awarded Foundation scholarships for Fall 2018.

The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation was established to support excellent education in public schools and recognize and honor academic excellence among the students within the Woodrow feeder pattern. Each scholarship is accompanied by an award ranging from $250—$10,000 to assist families in financing the costs of college

The scholarship recipients are:


STEM speakers peak students’ interests at the highest levels

Experts in their fields visited Anne Frank Elementary School throughout the year to advance STEM efforts.

Their unified message was that students should get involved with technology, science and math at an early age, pursue their career with hard work and passion and, of course, know their stuff. Representatives from Google, J.P. Morgan Chase Oil & Gas Management and Wailua Technology, Inc. generously volunteered their time to students to guide and encourage them, while imparting extremely high level data in engaging and exciting ways. Gifted and Talented Teacher, Jeni Baldwin, and 3rd Grade Social Studies and Science Teacher, Gabriela Oropeza, recruited the STEM speakers to peak the students’ interests.

Mr. Ivan Oropeza, a Level 3 Software Engineer, working on the Google Shopping Express project at Google, Inc. in Mountain View, CA, taught the value of perseverance and life skills to all of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. He taught the students that the keys to success lie not only in mastering science, technology, math and other classroom-learned skills, but also mastering their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. 

Mr. Oropeza guided that, firstly, you must dream big. Secondly, you must have a safety group net that is trustworthy to objectively evaluate your performance and behavior. He stated that teachers, counselors and coaches will honestly tell you if you are doing a good job or need improvement. Thirdly, he said it is critical to track all of your relevant skills progress to measure your need to improve and set goals accordingly. Fourthly, help others! In a small world like ours, a solid social network can make the difference in succeeding or not. Lastly, you must remember that even heroes, such as Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, also struggled. When asked what his dream was, Mr. Oropeza answered that he was already living it, working at Google.

During Career Day week, J. Stephen King, Vice President of Specialty Assets Oil & Gas Management of J.P. Morgan visited all 32 students of the two 5th grade Gifted and Talented classes who were busy with an energy unit to discuss fracking, a hot topic in North Dallas. The students were highly engaged with the energizing talk that featured multimedia and visuals. Students were allowed to demonstrate their new found, complex knowledge with interactive models as well.

Mr. King kindly stayed with a smaller group of students who then showed him their original PowerPoint presentations on alternative energy topics. Afterwards, these lucky students were treated to additional information and advice on how to be more effective speakers. He also handed out hit keepsakes: squishy mini safety helmets. Mr. King has a lifetime of experience in the oil fiends as he began his career as a drilling fluid engineer.

During the Skype-a-thon on November 29, 2017, the entire 5th Grade GT class earned their virtual miles with an interview with Jake Baldwin, a software developer with Wailua Technology in Houston, Texas. Via Skype, Jake Baldwin, recent Electrical Engineer graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, told the students that you can never be too young to start learning to code. He said, “I started when I was in college, but I wish I had started when I was in middle school!”

Mr. Baldwin explained that students should get hands-on experience writing code and building something, rather than only reading about it. He recommended starting with not only the coding languages C and C++, as they are the foundation to most languages used today, but also HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, because they are the core languages for web development.  A few of the 5th graders were familiar with the advice, which impressed Mr. Baldwin. He also encouraged them to put in the time because although it is incredibly difficult, if you have the passion for it, you will succeed with hard work.

The following week, the students participated in the Hour of Code with Code.org, along with several other ambitious classrooms around the school.  In the GT 5th grade room, knowledgeable students took the lead in teaching the rest of the class how to code, then all of the GT students participated during their class time. Code.org offered appealing, student-friendly programs such as Minecraft Hour of Code and Star Wars: Building a Galaxy of Code to make learning accessible to hungry young minds.


Students take out-of-this-world trip to NASA as part of the STEM-Liner Experience

Forty Dallas ISD students and a handful of teachers/chaperones flew to the the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last month on a private charter airplane as part of the “STEM-Liner Experience,” which gave them incredible hands-on experience with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math instruction.

Crystal Alexander, a manager in the Dallas ISD STEM Department and one of the chaperones, kept a running log of their amazing adventure.

Saturday

We attend a banquet, tour the charter plane we will fly in the next day, and hear from a Congressional Medal of Honor.

Students pose in front of the charter plane they will fly in the following day.

Sunday

We wake up at 4 a.m. to get to the airport an hour later. The flight leaves at 6:15 a.m., and it’s the first time many of the students have flown on an airplane. We are pretty tired, but excited!

Students fly on the chartered airplane from Texas to Florida.

Two-and-a-half hours later, we make history by being on the first commercial airplane to land on the NASA landing strip in Florida. Selfies ensued.

Students and chaperones document their landing in Florida with photos.

Students get right to work with a simulation of driving on Mars and flying in space, working as teams to succeed.

 

Monday

Students see how food is grown and packaged to take into space. They plants seeds, take it through the processor, and even (reluctantly) taste the food.

Students get first-hand experience with how food is grown, packaged and sent to space.

Students perform a simulation of being on the moon and also code a robot to remove sand off of panels, a definite highlight of the trip.

Students code robots to remove dust from solar panels.

Tuesday

Students visit the Florida Institute of Technology Aviation, where they perform simulations of landing a plane. They also simulate landing a plane in high winds, which is hard! Students sit in actual planes and hear from pilots on their careers and how they got to where they are today.

Students get the pilot experience by sitting in airplanes and checking out the controls.

We tour the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and get to see the Atlantis Space Shuttle up close.

Students visit the Kennedy Space Shuttle Complex and see Atlantis up close.

Finally, we  board the charter plane and fly back in Dallas, both exhausted and thrilled from a trip we will never forget.

Students on their final day in Florida before flying back to Texas.