School/Class News






Conrad Academy of Finance teaches real-world money skills to students

Students in Emmett J. Conrad High School’s Emmett J. Conrad High School’s NAF Academy of Finance aren’t simply studying money in an abstract way. Instead, they are learning practical ways to earn, manage and save money.

That’s especially important as many Conrad students help contribute to their families’ incomes.

Read and listen to a great story from KERA on the academy and its students. The NAF Academy of Finance is just one of many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Dallas ISD that teach students real-world skills in a variety of disciplines that they can carry with them into careers and life after school.


Central Market takes Teacher of the Year party to winners’ classrooms













After being honored at a special reception on Jan. 17, Dallas ISD’s 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year were visited in their classrooms the next day by representatives from Central Market.

This year’s top teachers are Josue Tamarez Torres, a fifth-grade math teacher at Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School; Beth Poquette Drews, who teaches mariachi, orchestra and guitar for grades 6-8 at L.V. Stockard Middle School; and Nedra Johnson, who teaches science for grades 6-8 at Alex W. Spence Middle School.

Along with balloons, a cake and a fruit tray, teachers received a ceremonial check symbolizing the $5,000 prize each takes home and also a poster signed by well-wishers at Thursday night’s event.


Destacando a: Audrey Pinkerton

Audrey Pinkerton representa al Distrito 7 en la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD que incluye el área del centro norte de Oak Cliff y partes del oeste de Dallas. En este fragmento de su columna mensual en The Advocate, la representante explica cómo la innovación en el salón de clases ayuda a los estudiantes a sobresalir y cómo un socio de la escuela apoya este esfuerzo.

La innovación impulsa la excelencia en los salones

Al observar algunos de los salones más exitosos hoy en día, probablemente descubrirá que comparten puntos en común, entre estos, oportunidades para que los estudiantes puedan explorar, resolver problemas, colaborar, crear e innovar.

Cada año, los maestros más innovadores de Dallas ISD determinan formas de integrar todos estos componentes en sus salones a través de actividades prácticas que brindan experiencias de aprendizaje increíblemente enriquecedoras para los niños.

La organización Junior League de Dallas apoya a muchos de estos maestros al otorgar subvenciones para la enseñanza innovadora para ayudar a dar vida a sus proyectos. Este año, cerca de 70 maestros recibieron becas para aumentar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes, y ocho de esos maestros son del Distrito 7.

Vea aquí una breve reseña de sus proyectos:

Jardines ecológicos con acuaponía en Trini Garza Early College

¿Qué es acuaponía? Los estudiantes de Trini Garza Early College están cultivando un jardín sostenible a través de este proceso que combina desechos de pescado y agua para fertilizar plantas y vegetales. Puede que no suene demasiado atractivo, pero permite a los estudiantes cultivar jardines interiores en un espacio mucho más pequeño y a un ritmo más rápido. El programa utiliza un enfoque multidisciplinario para los estudiantes, que combina la acuicultura, las matemáticas, la biotecnología, la zoología y mucho más.

También en Garza, los estudiantes evalúan los ecosistemas a través de su estudio de la calidad del agua y la contaminación del aire. Con la ayuda de las cuencas hidrográficas que se encuentran en las áreas de bosque que rodean el plantel escolar, los estudiantes analizan los efectos de la actividad humana que afecta el cambio climático.

La ciencia del sonido

Los estudiantes de Sidney Lanier exploran la ciencia del sonido a través de clases de música que se centran en el aprendizaje de percusión utilizando los tubos Joia inspirados por Blue Man Group.

Transmisión de noticias producida por estudiantes

Los estudiantes de Quintanilla Middle School investigan el mundo de la transmisión de noticias mientras programan una emisión, diseñan guiones gráficos y desarrollan las mejores formas de reportar historias que afectan su mundo.

Robótica y fracciones

Las escuelas primarias Stevens Park y Winnetka están añadiendo o expandiendo los programas de robótica que hacen posible que los estudiantes participen en la construcción y desarrollo de robots programables. Los estudiantes de Rosemont, a su vez, están utilizando material manipulable para tener un mejor entendimiento de las fracciones.

La innovación impulsa la excelencia en nuestros salones. Gracias a nuestros amigos de la organización Junior League por apoyar y fomentar ambientes de aprendizaje que ayudan a los estudiantes a progresar.


Trustee Spotlight: Audrey Pinkerton

Trustee Audrey Pinkerton represents District 7 which includes North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas. In this excerpt from her monthly column in The Advocate, she shares how innovation in the classroom helps students soar and how one partner supports that effort.

Innovation drives excellence in classrooms

When you look at some of the most successful classrooms today, you find many of them share commonalities, including opportunities for students to explore, problem solve, collaborate, create and innovate.

Every year, Dallas ISD’s most innovative teachers determine ways to bring all of these components to their classrooms through hands-on activities that provide incredibly rich learning experiences for kids.

The Junior League of Dallas supports many of these teachers by awarding Grants for Innovative Teaching to help bring their projects to life. This year, nearly 70 teachers received grants to increase student learning, and eight of those teachers are here in District 7.

Here’s a peek at their exciting projects:

Sustainable gardens with aquaponics at Trini Garza Early College

What’s aquaponics? Students at Garza Early College are growing a sustainable garden through this process that combines fish waste and water to fertilize plants and vegetables. It may not sound too inviting, but it allows students to grow indoor gardens in a much smaller space and at a faster pace. The program uses a multidisciplinary approach for students, combining aquaculture, math, biotechnology, zoology and much more.

Also at Garza, students evaluate ecosystems through their study of water quality and air pollution. With the help of watersheds that sit on wooded areas surrounding the campus, students analyze the effects of man-made activity that impacts climate change.

The science of sound

Sidney Lanier students explore the science of sound through music classes that focus on percussive learning using the Joia tubes that were inspired by the Blue Man Group.

Student produced broadcast news

Students at Quintanilla Middle School explore the world of broadcast news as they plan a broadcast, design storyboards and develop the best ways to tell stories that impact their world.

Robotics and fractions

Stevens Park and Winnetka elementary schools are adding or expanding robotic programs that will engage students in building and developing programmable robots, and Rosemont students are utilizing manipulatives to better understand fractions.

Innovation drives excellence in our classrooms.

Thanks to our friends at Junior League for supporting and encouraging learning environments that help students thrive.

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to thank local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for children and public schools. Dallas ISD joins other districts across the state in recognizing the work of its board. 


Young Women’s STEAM Academy donation helps support future scientists and engineers

Kimley-Horn, an engineering and planning firm, donated 74 boxes full of classroom supplies to teachers at Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs.

More than 500 employees at the firm chipped in to stuff the supplies boxes that included calculators, notebooks, STEM-related projects, and more. The supplies will help the students become the next generation of engineers and scientists.

“Kimley-Horn kicks off each new year with a gathering of our Texas staff. As we planned this year’s meeting, we sought ways to serve the engineering profession through community service. What better way than to support the education of future engineers and scientists in the Dallas area?”  Kimley-Horn Regional Leader Aaron Nathan said. “By creating supply boxes for the Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs, we are helping to support the Dallas Independent School District as well as a brighter, more diverse future for our industry.”

Dallas ISD is always looking for partners to help support Dallas ISD schools. Email partners@dallasisd.org to see how you can help!


Dallas ISD names its three teachers of the year

Dallas ISD named its three Teachers of the Year at a special reception on Jan. 17.

The 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year are:

  • Josue Tamarez Torres, fifth-grade math, Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School
  • Beth Poquette Drews, mariachi, orchestra, guitar for grades 6-8, L.V. Stockard Middle School
  • Nedra Johnson, science for grades 6-8, Alex W. Spence Middle School

The three teachers, who will each receive $5,000 from Central Market,  were among the 10 finalists for 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year. The other finalists, who were also recognized at the reception sponsored by Central Market, are:

Elementary Finalists

  • Tamesha Connaughton, physical education, George Bannerman Dealey International Academy
  • Gina Maffucci, fourth-grade reading language arts/social studies, Arthur Kramer Elementary School
  • Sarah Jane Rust, second-grade math/science, Stonewall Jackson Elementary School
  • Courtney Thomas, kindergarten, Urban Park Elementary School

Secondary Finalists

  • Jennifer Cambre, Pre-AP Biology, Pre-AP Chemistry, AP Chemistry for grades 9-12, School of Science and Engineering
  • Emily Schick, sixth- and seventh-grade Pre-AP science, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
  • Kayla Takats, seventh-grade language arts, Ann Richards Middle School

All teachers named Teacher of the Year at their campuses were honored at a reception in October. This group of campus winners were invited to apply for the district award.

The application process included a review of the candidate’s community involvement, professional development, two written essays and required three endorsements from students, parents, colleagues or a mentor. A variety of current and former Dallas ISD school leadership, former winners and finalists and community supporters assisted in a blind review and scored the essays and endorsements. Separating the teachers by categories, the average of those scores led to the finalists who were interviewed by a panel.


23 preparatorias del distrito ofrecen becas completas a todo estudiante de 12vo grado para ingresar a los colegios comunitarios de Dallas

Gracias a un compromiso financiero sin precedentes de la Fundación del Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas (DCCCD), todos los estudiantes de 12vo grado de 23 preparatorias de Dallas ISD, independientemente de su promedio general o ingresos familiares, tienen la oportunidad de obtener una beca completa, un mentor y acceso a becas adicionales de traslado para asistir a universidades de cuatro años como SMU y UNT-Dallas.

Los estudiantes interesados deben firmar una Promise Pledge a más tardar el 31 de enero para poder aprovechar este beneficio. Haz clic aquí para ver más información y para firmar la promesa.

A continuación, pueden ver las preguntas más frecuentes sobre la beca Dallas County Promise.

¿Que cubre la beca Dallas County Promise? 

La beca cubre el costo de la matrícula hasta por tres años, o hasta que termine un grado asociado (lo que ocurra primero), en cualquier colegio comunitario del Condado de Dallas. También, se les asignará un mentor, Success Coach en inglés, que les ayudará desde su último año en la preparatoria hasta que terminen su carrera universitaria.

Los estudiantes que reciban la beca, y que además cumplan los requisitos de ingresos y tengan un promedio general de 2.5 o superior (75 o mejor en una escala de 100 puntos), también recibirán la beca Rising Star para cubrir el costo de los libros de texto. Los estudiantes que reciban ambas becas también se les asignará un asesor de Rising Star.

Tome en cuenta que los estudiantes de 12vo grado en una de las siguientes preparatorias deben cumplir los tres plazos incluyendo firmar la “Promise Pledge” a más tardar para el 31 de enero para poder tener la oportunidad de recibir ambas becas.

¿Qué escuelas de Dallas ISD participan?

¿Qué universidades están asociadas al programa Dallas County Promise?

UNT-Dallas está proporcionando a TODO estudiante participante en el programa la oportunidad de continuar con su beca hasta que terminen su carrera universitaria en UNT Dallas. En la solicitud de ayuda financiera FAFSA/TASFA, deben seleccionar UNT-Dallas y llenar la solicitud de admisión a UNT-Dallas durante su último año en la preparatoria.

SMU está ofreciendo a un grupo selecto de estudiantes la oportunidad de una beca basada en el mérito y necesidad, para continuar con su beca Promise hasta que terminen su carrera universitaria en SMU.

 ¿Puedo aprovechar mi beca Promise en otra institución?

Las becas Promise y Rising Star solo se pueden utilizar en uno de los siete colegios comunitarios del Condado de Dallas; sin embargo, el firmar la promesa no te compromete a asistir a un colegio del DCCCD.

Las becas de transferencia están disponibles para UNT-Dallas y SMU, y pronto se incorporarán más universidades. Los estudiantes que terminen un grado asociado en la preparatoria, pueden tener la opción de usar sus becas en UNT-Dallas y SMU directamente después de la preparatoria.

¿Cómo otorgará becas SMU?

SMU seleccionará hasta cinco (5) estudiantes de último año de preparatoria para recibir una beca Mustang Promise de dos años. Esta es una beca que, combinada con otras subvenciones y becas, ayudará a cubrir la matrícula completa y cuotas. Está disponible exclusivamente para estudiantes que cumplieron con los requisitos del programa Dallas County Promise y planean obtener un grado asociado en Artes o en Ciencias en DCCCD antes de asistir a SMU. Para obtener más información, visite el sitio web de SMU.

Mi preparatoria no está en la lista de escuelas participantes. ¿Hay otra beca para mí?

Puede que aún tengas acceso a una beca de estudios y libros de texto para el DCCCD a través de Rising Star. Para mayor información, visita www.DCCCD.edu/RisingStar. Las solicitudes están disponibles desde el 2 de octubre hasta el 15 de marzo para las preparatorias no participantes.

¿Cómo se seleccionaron las preparatorias Promise de 2017-18?

Se invitó a las preparatorias a participar debido a su colaboración existente con el DCCCD. Las escuelas invitadas son una (1) Early College High School aprobada por la TEA para el año escolar 2017-18, copatrocinada por un colegio del condado de Dallas o son (2) copatrocinadoras junto con un colegio del condado de Dallas de una academia universitaria que egresó estudiantes con un título de un colegio del DCCCD en la primavera de 2017.

Por ejemplo, South Oak Cliff High School es parte de la primera opción porque comparte el plantel con la academia universitaria de South Oak Cliff que ahora es una Early College High School aprobada por la TEA.


Cheers! Two district varsity cheer squads place in state competition

Here’s something to cheer about! The varsity cheer squads from two Dallas ISD schools placed in the recent UIL State Spirit Competition held Jan. 11–13 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Varsity cheer squads from 20 Dallas ISD schools competed at the event that featured more than 500 squads from around the state. Learn more about the competition results here.


The largest STEM Expo in Texas is Saturday, Jan. 20!

Registration is now open for the largest STEM Expo in Texas!

The STEM Expo, which will feature a variety of fun, hands-on activities, is set for Saturday, Jan. 20 at Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Scheduled sessions include: 3D Printing, Build Your Own Flashlight, Concrete Bowling, Green Screen Tech, and Robots on the Move.

To register or find more information, visit www.dallasisd.org/stem.

The event is free and open to all Dallas area students and families. Don’t miss this opportunity to build, design, create and explore!


Bike raffle rewards Dan D. Rogers Elementary students with perfect attendance

Two students at Dan D. Rogers Elementary School are riding high after winning a special raffle for students with perfect attendance.

Schumacher Clinical Group, which is a new community partner of Rogers Elementary, donated two bikes to raffle off to students who didn’t miss any class during the first semester. First-grader Aylin Gutierrez Vega and fourth-grader Brandon Ibarra were the raffle winners.


Inician las conferencias de padres y maestros para el semestre de primavera

Las conferencias de padres y maestros para el semestre de primavera comenzarán el jueves, 18 de enero, en las primarias.

Asistir a las conferencias de padres y maestros es una manera efectiva de apoyar el progreso académico de su hijo. En las preparatorias se realizarán las conferencias el lunes, 22 de enero, y las secundarias el martes, 23 de enero. Comuníquese con las escuelas para informarse sobre el horario de las conferencias.

Durante las conferencias, los padres tendrán la oportunidad de hablar con los maestros sobre el comportamiento de sus hijos, sus hábitos de estudio y otros factores que podrían afectar su progreso.

Tome en cuenta estos consejos para beneficiarse al máximo de las conferencias:

  1. Las conferencias ofrecen la oportunidad para que los padres y maestros colaboren en el desarrollo de un plan para apoyar el aprendizaje de su estudiante. Por ejemplo: esto puede ser un acuerdo donde los padres se comprometen a tener en casa todo lo necesario y el maestro describe los proyectos, indica las fechas de entrega de trabajos y lo que se cubrirá en clase.
  2. Los padres y maestros pueden colaborar para asegurar que su hijo esté aprendiendo el material requerido de cada grado. Esta colaboración es sumamente importante, sobre todo cuando los estudiantes están preparándose para tomar los exámenes estatales. Muchas escuelas ofrecerán tutoría antes y después del día escolar durante las semanas previas a los exámenes. Infórmese sobre las tutorías y otros recursos disponibles para ayudar a los estudiantes antes o después del día escolar.
  3. Si no puede asistir a las conferencias, puede llamar a la escuela para programa una reunión con el maestro de su hijo. Si no es posible reunirse en persona con el maestro, no dude en preguntar si hay otras maneras de mantenerse informado sobre el progreso académico de su hijo.

Se da a conocer a los diez finalistas para maestro del año de 2017-2018

El Dallas ISD reconocerá a los finalistas para maestro del año 2017-2018 y anunciará a los ganadores durante una recepción especial, patrocinada por Central Market, que se llevará a cabo la próxima semana.

Entérese sobre los candidatos a continuación:

Finalistas de primarias

  • Tamesha Connaughton, Educación Física, George Bannerman Dealey International Academy
  • Gina Maffucci, Lectura y Artes del Lenguaje / Ciencias Sociales, 4º grado, Arthur Kramer Elementary School
  • Sarah Jane Rust, Matemáticas y Ciencias, 2o grado, Stonewall Jackson Elementary School
  • Josue Tamarez Torres, Matemáticas, 5o grado, Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School
  • Courtney Thomas, Kínder, Urban Park Elementary School

Finalistas de secundarias

  • Jennifer Cambre, Biología Pre-AP, Química Pre-AP, Química AP, grados 9-12, School of Science and Engineering
  • Beth Poquette Drews, Mariachi, Orquesta, y Guitarra, grados 6-8, L.V. Stockard Middle School
  • Nedra Johnson, Ciencias, grados 6-8, Alex W. Spence Middle School
  • Emily Schick, Ciencias Pre-AP, grados 6 y 7, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
  • Kayla Takats, Artes del Lenguaje, grado 7, Ann Richards Middle School

Los docentes que fueron nombraron maestros del año de su escuela recibieron un reconocimiento en octubre durante una recepción. Se animó a los maestros a presentar su solicitud para maestro del año del distrito.

Este proceso consistió en realizar una revisión de cada maestro con respecto a su participación comunitaria, desarrollo profesional, dos ensayos y tres cartas de recomendación escritas por estudiantes, padres, compañeros o un mentor. Un grupo de exlíderes y actuales funcionarios del Dallas ISD, exmaestros del año y finalistas anteriores, ademas de miembros de la comunidad, ayudaron con la revisión anónima de los maestros, calificaron los ensayos y evaluaron las cartas de recomendación. Se utilizaron los resultados promedio para determinar a los finalistas que después fueron entrevistados por un comité.


Trustee Spotlight: Bernadette Nutall

Trustee Bernadette Nutall represents District 9, and she shares how community support in her district is helping students soar.

Below is an excerpt from her monthly column, which appears in the Dallas Weekly.

Community generosity is fueling success at District 9 schools

It’s shaping up to be another exciting year in District 9, with community organizations stepping up in an amazing way to support our students.

To mention a few examples:

o    A partnership between tech giant NEC and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network led to the donation of a second computer lab to Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.

o    The global publisher of children’s literature, Scholastic, donated a library makeover complete with three books for every child and a visit by Clifford the Big Red Dog to Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center.

o    The international nonprofit Jiv Daya Foundation distributed sets of classroom Kindles to John Ireland, Thelma Richardson, San Jacinto and Urban Park.

o    The soccer team FC Dallas supported the Ann Richards Middle School computer science program with a donation of 90 Chromebooks and charge carts valued at more than $33,000.

o    Four Dallas County Judges are supporting the African American Success Initiative by expanding the Pipeline to Possibilities project to students at Lincoln High School. The judges – Amber Givens Davis, Stephanie Mitchell, Shequitta Kelly and Lisa Green – provide mentoring, guidance and encouragement to teens to move them toward positive futures and away from involvement in the criminal justice system.

On behalf of the administrators and staffs of these schools, I thank all these organizations for your generous acts of support. Your donations of time and resources provide priceless learning opportunities for District 9 students.

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to thank local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for children and public schools. Dallas ISD joins other districts across the state in recognizing the work of its board. 


Is your child applying to one of Dallas ISD’s specialty schools? Let us help

We know the application process for Dallas ISD’s specialty schools can get confusing. So we’re holding four specialty school application workshops to help make the process a little less stressful.

Mark your calendar to attend one of the four scheduled workshops – Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at  Conrad and Thomas Jefferson High Schools, and Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at W.W. Samuell and W.H. Adamson High Schools. Please note: child care will not be provided.

Dallas ISD’s specialty schools include:

  • All-Boys Schools
  • All-Girls Schools
  • Collegiate Academies
  • Humanities, Communication, and Leadership Schools
  • International Baccalaureate Schools
  • Magnet Schools
  • Montessori Schools
  • Personalized Learning Schools
  • Project Based Learning, Urban Planning, Architecture & Design Schools
  • STEM/STEAM Schools
  • Two-Way Dual Language Schools

You can fill out the application on-site, and representatives will be on-hand to answer questions and help with the process. Certain programs require specific paperwork or information, including a report card, proof of residence or household income. To make sure you have all of the information to complete the applications for the schools your child is interested in, please visit www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, 4001 Walnut Hill Lane

Thursday, January 25, 2018

  • 6 – 8 p.m.
  • W.W. Samuell High School, 8928 Palisade Drive
  • W.H. Adamson High School, 309 E. Ninth St.

Download the flyer for the specialty school application workshops here.


Spring parent-teacher conferences begin this week for elementaries

Parent-teacher conferences for the Spring 2018 semester begin this week with elementary school conferences on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Meeting with their children’s teachers is one effective way to support their children’s academic progress. The conferences continue for high schools on Monday, Jan. 22, and middle schools on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Check with individual schools to find out at what times conferences will be conducted.

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

Make the most of the conferences with these tips:

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

Spring parent-teacher conferences begin this week for elementaries

Parent-teacher conferences for the Spring 2018 semester begin this week with elementary school conferences on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Meeting with their children’s teachers is one effective way to support their children’s academic progress. The conferences continue for high schools on Monday, Jan. 22, and middle schools on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Check with individual schools to find out at what times conferences will be conducted.

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

Make the most of the conferences with these tips:

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

Spring parent-teacher conferences begin this week for elementaries

Parent-teacher conferences for the Spring 2018 semester begin this week with elementary school conferences on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Meeting with their children’s teachers is one effective way to support their children’s academic progress. The conferences continue for high schools on Monday, Jan. 22, and middle schools on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Check with individual schools to find out at what times conferences will be conducted.

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

Make the most of the conferences with these tips:

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

Spring parent-teacher conferences begin this week for elementaries

Parent-teacher conferences for the Spring 2018 semester begin this week with elementary school conferences on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Meeting with their children’s teachers is one effective way to support their children’s academic progress. The conferences continue for high schools on Monday, Jan. 22, and middle schools on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Check with individual schools to find out at what times conferences will be conducted.

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

Make the most of the conferences with these tips:

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

Golden Bear mascot carries history through South Oak Cliff’s renovation

When South Oak Cliff High School relocated temporarily to the Village Fair campus a few miles away, a special part of the school’s history was left behind.

The Golden Bear won’t make the move, nor will he witness renovations at the school. To protect the old guy from potential damage during construction, he will be removed from his glass enclosure, boxed up and relocated to a secure location in the near future.

South Oak Cliff High School first opened in 1952. The Golden Bear was dedicated to the school two years later by Roland Pelt, a builder and developer in Oak Cliff. His nephew Jerry Shelby, a 1962 graduate of SOC, relates the story of the bear on the SOC62.com alumni website.

According to Shelby, Pelt shot the bear in Kodiak, Alaska. He donated the front half to the school to display as the mascot. He kept the back half and used the fur to make a rug for his home office. The Golden Bear was positioned on his front two paws to look like he was walking out of his den.

His glass case was incorporated into a large trophy case that protected him somewhat from the elements, although time has taken its toll.

“Though he has faded somewhat from his original golden color, he is indeed the same bear,” Shelby says on the website. “In fact, so much fading, that I had a lively discussion with a teacher a couple of years ago when we visited the school. She tried to tell me that it was a polar bear.”


Withers Elementary student takes top prize in MLK Jr. Oratory Competition









Wesley Stoker, a fourth-grader from Harry C. Withers Elementary School, took the top honors in the 26th Annual Gardere MLK Oratory Competition.

Eight finalists competed on Friday, Jan. 12, at W.H. Adamson High School. The students wrote their own speeches and delivered them based on their answer to the question, “What is your dream for today’s world?” The theme was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Stoker used a refrain in his speech that tied into the theme. “I may not look like Dr. King,” he said. “But I believe like Dr. King.”

Second place went to Skye Turner, a fourth-grader at Charles Rice Learning Center. Placing third was Jeremiah Wilson, a fourth-grader at Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary School.

Five judges scored the finalists. They were Jason Downing, North Texas managing parter, Deloitte; District 7 City Councilman Kevin Fielder; 194th Judicial District Court Judge Ernest White; Justice Bill Whitehill of the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals; and Micheal Williams, founder and president of 3i.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa congratulated finalists before the competition began. He related the story of a previous MLK Oratory winner, Dalton Sherman, whose speech at a Dallas ISD convocation afterward gave him national recognition.

The jazz orchestra from O.W. Holmes Middle School provided music as guests arrived, and the David W. Carter High School Choir entertained the crowd as judges deliberated afterward.

Clarice Tinsley of Fox 4 News served as Mistress of Ceremonies.


Ten educators in running for 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year honors

Dallas ISD will honor its 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year finalists and announce the winners next week at a special reception sponsored by Central Market.

Learn who the finalists are below.

Elementary Finalists

• Tamesha Connaughton, physical education, George Bannerman Dealey International Academy

• Gina Maffucci, fourth-grade reading language arts/social studies, Arthur Kramer Elementary School

• Sarah Jane Rust, second-grade math/science, Stonewall Jackson Elementary School

• Josue Tamarez Torres, fifth-grade math, Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School

• Courtney Thomas, kindergarten, Urban Park Elementary School

Secondary Finalists

• Jennifer Cambre, Pre-AP Biology, Pre-AP Chemistry, AP Chemistry for grades 9-12, School of Science and Engineering

• Beth Poquette Drews, mariachi, orchestra, guitar for grades 6-8, L.V. Stockard Middle School

• Nedra Johnson, science for grades 6-8, Alex W. Spence Middle School

• Emily Schick, sixth- and seventh-grade Pre-AP science, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

• Kayla Takats, seventh-grade language arts, Ann Richards Middle School

All teachers named Teacher of the Year at their campuses were honored at a reception in October. This group of campus winners were invited to apply for the district award.

The application process included a review of the candidate’s community involvement, professional development, two written essays and required three endorsements from students, parents, colleagues or a mentor. A variety of current and former Dallas ISD school leadership, former winners and finalists and community supporters assisted in a blind review and scored the essays and endorsements. Separating the teachers by categories, the average of these scores lead us to our finalists who were interviewed by a panel.


This Week in Dallas ISD: Jan. 12 edition

After two weeks of rest and relaxation, students and staff returned back to school for another great week! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition month, a time to thank local leaders for their dedication to serve as advocates for children and public schools (learn more).

Golden Bears on the move

South Oak Cliff High School students started reporting to the Village Fair School while their usual campus undergoes comprehensive renovations (learn more).

Renovations at Lakewood Elementary

Lakewood Elementary School celebrated its new renovations at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday (see photos).

IB status

Robert E. Lee Elementary School, which will become Geneva Heights Elementary School in July 2018, is officially now an International Baccalaureate campus (learn more).

Top teacher

The National Society of High School Scholars named School for the Talented and Gifted teacher Thelvie Cullins, Jr. as a Top Ten 2017 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year (learn more).

STEM Expo

Registration is now open for the Largest STEM Expo in Texas happening Jan. 20 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center (register).

Application month

Reminder: The application window is open to apply for one of Dallas ISD’s specialty programs and schools for next school year. Applications are due by Jan. 31 (learn more).


Lincoln High School basketball player nominated for McDonalds’ All-American Game

We’re Lovin’ It: Lincoln High School Girls Basketball Player Kennedy Taylor has been nominated for the prestigious 2018 McDonalds’ All-American Game.

Taylor led the Tigers during the 2016–2017 season to a 32–7 record, averaging 19 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals per game on her way to securing her third consecutive District MVP honor.

Kennedy Taylor

On top of her basketball accolades, Taylor is a 10-4A District champion in tennis and in multiple track and field events. Taylor also currently ranks number one in her class, is a member of the National Honor Society, and is a Dale Hansen Sports Scholar.


New partnership with UTD’s Jindal School aims to foster student leaders

Students, faculty and administrators from the Dallas Independent School District visited the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas on Dec. 5 to kick off the  Jindal Young Scholars Program, a new partnership between the school district and the Jindal School.

Spearheaded by Dr. Hasan Pirkul, dean and Caruth Chair, the initiative was created to help “Stars Shine Brighter Here” by supporting the academic, social, and emotional development of Dallas ISD high school students and increase their chances of postsecondary success.

Five Dallas ISD schools were selected to participate in the program: School of Business and Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, Moisés E. Molina High School, Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, H. Grady Spruce High School and W. T. White High School.

“What a great opportunity for these schools,” said Vince Reyes, Dallas ISD Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives and External Relations. “It’s amazing what UTD has put out there for these kids. What a generational impact it could have for students coming from these schools.”

The program comprises two components: year-round leadership activities for students in grades 9 through 12, and full scholarships. The leadership activities include academic enrichment programs such as tutoring for students enrolled in Advance Placement courses, a mentoring program, parent engagement activities, UT Dallas campus visits, SAT/ACT preparation courses, financial aid and scholarship application support. While students are encouraged to apply to UT Dallas, the program helps students navigate the financial aid and scholarship application process no matter where they apply.

The kickoff event was itself an enrichment activity for the 84 students from the five high schools who were on campus to celebrate the launch of the partnership. Billy Schewee, director of the program, opened the festivities in the Davidson Auditorium by introducing Dean Pirkul and Usamah Rodgers, an assistant superintendent at Dallas ISD, who each gave remarks. Schewee taught the students how to do the Whoosh, the signature gesture of UT Dallas students and alumni. The Dallas ISD students then displayed their new talent at a photo shoot with Temoc, the UT Dallas mascot.

After the photo shoot, students went on campus tours. They visited a residence hall and the Blackstone LaunchPad, the campus innovation incubator. After lunch at Dining Hall West, they attended a panel discussion led by students who represented various student organizations.

Idol Mallard, assistant principal at Roosevelt High School, chaperoned that school’s contingent of students. At the photo shoot, he saw the students’ excitement and commented on it.

“They don’t often get the opportunity to leave campus or even get out of their community,” he said. “For them to be able to experience other areas of Dallas and see what the options are — that’s an exciting piece for them.”

Rodgers described the necessity of having a program like the Jindal Young Scholars in the district.

“We have very talented students in our district that have opportunities to go to college — some even get to go to top-tier universities — and there’s always some level of financial support,” she said. “But a gap often exists between the social or emotional support they need to stay and persist and what they actually receive. That’s what sets this program apart from many others.”

The full-scholarship component of the program awards financial grant aid to students from the five high schools who participate in the program and fulfill all its requirements, including maintaining a qualifying grade-point average, actively participating in program activities, involving their parents whenever possible and applying to getting accepted to UT Dallas and the Jindal School. The funds cover any unmet needs after federal, state and institutional financial assistance is awarded. The scholarship may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and a stipend to help defray living expenses.


Live stream of annual MLK Jr. oratory finals set for 11 a.m. Friday









Tune in to Friday morning’s live stream video of the finals of the 2018 Gardere MLK Oratory Competition, and prepare to be inspired. The event will feature young orators sharing their dreams for today’s world. The live stream of the 28th annual competition will be available at 11 a.m. via a link on the district’s homepage as the event kicks off at W.H. Adamson High School.

The finalists and their schools are:

  • Marna Al-Isawi – J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard
  • Emerson Byrd – Thomas Tolbert Elementary
  • Asad King – William Brown Miller Elementary
  • Wesley Stokes- Harry C. Withers Elementary
  • Kennedi Stone – L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary
  • Skye Turner- Charles Rice Learning Center
  • Jeremiah Wilson – Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary

The finalists were selected from more than 120 district students who penned original essays on this year’s theme, “What is your dream for today’s world?” The speeches are judged on content, interpretation, memorization and delivery.


Lakewood Elementary celebrates new renovations at ribbon cutting ceremony






Lakewood Elementary School families were all smiles when they returned to school on Jan. 9, as the campus celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony for its new renovations.

The school’s completed renovations include:

  • More than 30 new classrooms in a new wing
  • A new lower-grades playground
  • A new library
  • Two new computer labs
  • A glass sky bridge that connects the two buildings.

“There is a high level of excitement for these new renovations,” Principal Katie Wilke said. “This will increase learning and sense of community at the campus.”

The 2015 interim bridge plan funded the majority of the renovations. Wilke credited the parent-led Lakewood Elementary Expansion Foundation (LEEF) for advocating for the renovations. On its own, LEEF also raised $500,000 from the Lakewood community that is going toward amenities such as furniture.

Phase Two renovations are now underway. The renovations include landscaping, a new teacher parking lot, and the demolition of portables and modular buildings. Meanwhile, improvements funded by the 2015 bond are scheduled to start over the summer.

The $1.6 billion bond program will fund several new schools and a variety of school and facility improvements and programs across the district to meet the needs of student learners.


National group names TAG teacher a Top 10 Educator of the Year

The National Society of High School Scholars has named Thelvie Cullins, Jr., an Advanced Placement Calculus teacher at the School for the Talented and Gifted, as a Top Ten 2017 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year.

This is the second year in a row that Cullins has received this honor.

According to the National Society of High School Scholars, Cullins aids students in both grasping difficult mathematical concepts and developing into hard-working, passionate learners.

“Mr. Cullins’ personal classroom results are astounding, but what is most impressive is the impact he’s had on those around him and our school,” TAG Principal Ben Mackey said.

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes 10 exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success. These 10 educators, who are all members of the Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction program, applied for the Educator of the Year Award to spotlight their accomplishments.  Since the inception of the Educators of Distinction program in 2004, NSHSS has recognized more than 40,000 educators worldwide.

“I am honored to receive this recognition. It lets me know that everything I do sincerely for students, not only can I do it and have the students benefit, but it also seems to be recognized in some kind of way,” Cullins said. “That gives students more confidence in me, and it gives me more confidence in what I’m doing and in my ultimate goal: helping other people.”


Trustee Spotlight: Edwin Flores

Trustee Edwin Flores serves as 1st vice president of the Board of Trustees, and he encourages parents to choose the right school for their children to help them soar to success. Below is an excerpt from his monthly column that appears in The Advocate’s Preston Hollow edition.

Choosing the right school for your child!

At Dallas ISD, our every effort is focused on preparing students for success.

A way to help students prepare for a bright future is exposing them to innovative programs and career pathways. Dallas ISD offers students a variety of opportunities to explore, based on their needs, skills and interests.

Some of the specialized programs offered at District 1 schools include:

  • Kramer Elementary School is an International Baccalaureate School. The program offers students a challenging academic environment that creates active, lifelong learners with an international mindset.
  • Both high schools in District 1, Thomas Jefferson and T. White, offer collegiate academies though a partnership with Brookhaven College. The academies enable students to earn up to 60 hours of college credit, tuition free, while still in high school.
  • George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy. Through Montessori programs, students have the freedom to choose how they learn while nurturing independence, social harmony and love of learning.
  • Students at Nathan Adams Elementary and P. Caillet Elementary school have an opportunity to master two languages through the Two-Way Dual Language program. Spanish and English language instruction in every classroom teaches students to read, write and think in two languages, increasing their career options and lifetime earnings.

These programs offer a wide variety of options to help parents find the right school for their children.

I understand how important it is for parents to choose not only the campus, but the educational program that best fits the needs and interests of their children. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you begin the search for the right school:

  • Consider your neighborhood school: When researching school options, start with the schools in your neighborhood. Our neighborhood schools are deeply rooted in Dallas tradition and history and offer well-rounded academic offerings, fine arts and sports programs.
  • Consider a school or program of choice: You can find a list of the programs by school at: dallasisd.org/yourchoices.
  • Review enrollment guide: This enrollment guide provides a comprehensive overview of all of our campuses, including academic and extracurricular program offerings, before- and after-school programs, state assessment ratings, location, contact information and enrollment criteria.
  • Schedule a campus visit: After reviewing the enrollment guide, schedule a visit to the campuses that have captured your interest. Contact the school directly to schedule a tour, meet the principal, and visit classrooms.
  • Prepare for Enrollment: Once you have selected a campus for your child, follow the enrollment steps and requirements.

Mark your calendar for an application workshop to take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson High School, 4001 Walnut Hill Ln. You will be able to receive on-site assistance to complete your child’s application for a specialty school. Additional workshops will take place throughout January. Visit www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices for more information.

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to thank local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for children and public schools. Dallas ISD joins other districts across the state in recognizing the work of its board. 


All seniors at 23 high schools eligible for full scholarship to Dallas community colleges

Thanks to an unprecedented financial commitment from the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Foundation, all seniors – regardless of GPA or family income – at 23 Dallas ISD high schools have the opportunity to earn a full-tuition scholarship, a Success Coach mentor, and access to additional transfer scholarships to attend partner four-year universities including SMU and UNT-Dallas.

Interested seniors must sign a “Promise Pledge” no later than Jan. 31 to qualify. Go here to learn more and sign the pledge.

Here and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Dallas County Promise.

What does the Dallas County Promise scholarship cover? 

Dallas County Promise scholarship covers the cost of tuition at any Dallas County Community College for up to three years or the completion of an associate degree (whichever comes first). Promise Scholars will also be matched with a Success Coach who will serve as a mentor to help students beginning at the end of their senior year through college completion.

Promise Scholars who also meet income requirements and have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher (75 or better on a 100-point scale) will also receive the Rising Star Scholarship to cover the cost of textbooks. Promise + Rising Star scholars will also be matched with an in-person Rising Star advisor.

Please note, seniors in a Promise high school must complete all three Promise deadlines including completing the Promise Pledge by Jan. 31 to be eligible for both Promise and Rising Star.

What Dallas ISD schools are eligible?

Which colleges are Dallas County Promise transfer partners?

UNT-Dallas is providing ALL Dallas County Promise students an opportunity to continue their Promise scholarship of free tuition through the completion of a bachelor’s degree at UNT Dallas. Students should list UNT-Dallas on their FAFSA/TASFA and also complete a UNT-Dallas admissions application as a senior.

SMU is providing select Dallas County Promise students a merit and need based scholarship opportunity to continue their Promise scholarship of free tuition through the completion of a bachelor’s degree at SMU.

Can I use my Dallas County Promise scholarship at another school?

Dallas County Promise and Rising Star scholarships can only be used at one of the seven Dallas County Community Colleges; however, completing the Promise Pledge does not commit you to attending a DCCCD college.

Transfer scholarships are available to UNT-Dallas and SMU, with more universities coming on board soon. Students that complete an associate degree in high school may be eligible to use their Dallas County Promise tuition scholarships at UNT-Dallas and SMU directly following high school.

How will SMU award scholarships?

SMU will select up to five (5) high school seniors to receive a two-year Mustang Promise Scholarship.  This is a last-dollar scholarship (combined with other grants and scholarships) to provide full tuition and fees.  It is available exclusively to students who fulfilled the requirements for the Dallas County Promise program and plan to earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from DCCCD prior to attending SMU. For more information visit the SMU website.

My high school is not on the participating school list. Is there another scholarship for me?

You may still be eligible to access a tuition and textbook scholarship to DCCCD through Rising Star. Visit www.DCCCD.edu/RisingStar for more information. Rising Star applications open October 2 and are due March 15 for non-participating Promise high schools.

How were the 2017-18 Promise High Schools selected?

The Dallas County Promise High Schools were invited because of their existing relationships with DCCCD. Invited campuses are either a (1) TEA-approved 2017-18 Early College High School that is co-sponsored by a DCCCD College or (2) be a co-sponsor with a DCCCD College of a collegiate academy that has produced graduates with a degree from a DCCCD college by Spring 2017.

For example, South Oak Cliff High School is part of cohort one because it shares a campus with the SOC Collegiate Academy that is now a TEA-approved ECHS.


Lee Elementary receives IB World School authorization

Robert E. Lee Elementary School, which will become Geneva Heights Elementary School in July 2018, is officially now an International Baccalaureate campus!

The campus is now a Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, which assists students ages 3-12 in developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. To become an official PYP school, the school participated in a nearly three-year process that included a review of qualifications and achievements, several months of consultations and trial implementation, and verification visits.

“This IB authorizations means we will be focused on turning our kids into world students, teaching them about different cultures and how they can impact the world as individuals,” Principal Bert Hart said.

Franklin Middle School receives IB World School authorization

J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School, which Lee Elementary feeds into, are also IB schools, meaning students can stay in the program until they graduate.


Destacando a: Dan Micciche

El compromiso del representante Micciche de ayudar a los alumnos a alcanzar el éxito queda manifiesto en sus esfuerzos por reclutar a miembros de la comunidad para ayudar como tutores. A continuación, pueden ver un fragmento de la columna del representante que se publica cada mes en el White Rock Lake Weekly.

Todos podemos tener un efecto extraordinario en los estudiantes

Si en algún momento han dudado el efecto que puede tener la participación de la comunidad en los estudiantes, solo tienen que ver el ejemplo de Lee McShan Jr. Elementary School en el área de Vickery Meadow. La escuela obtuvo el mejor resultado entre las 150 escuelas primarias de Dallas ISD en el índice de desempeño académico.

Una de las principales razones de su éxito es Dalene L. Buhl y su “ejercito” de 100 voluntarios, incluyendo un gran contingente de Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, que ella reclutó para ayudar como tutores de lectura en la escuela. Juntos, han trabajado a la par con un excelente equipo de educadores, todos ellos liderados por la directora Dayanna Kelly.

La escuela McShan es una de las primarias con uno de los mayores índices de pobreza en el distrito: 98 por ciento de los estudiantes sufre de desventaja económica, tiene un gran número de estudiantes refugiados, y el 87 por ciento de los estudiantes está aprendiendo inglés como segundo idioma.

El “indice de desempeño académico” mide el rendimiento de la escuela y el efecto que esta tiene en los resultados logrados por los estudiantes al no tomar en consideración los factores que la escuela no puede controlar, tales como el nivel socioecónomico, las características del vecindario y los niveles académicos del año escolar anterior.

La lectura es la base de todas las materias 

Si buscan una manera de tener un efecto duradero en nuestros estudiantes, les recomiendo ofrecer su tiempo para apoyar a alumnos que necesitan ayuda con la lectura. Si podemos lograr que todos nuestros estudiantes lean a su nivel académico para el tercer grado, no cabe duda que tendrán un mejor rendimiento en la escuela, mejor oportunidad de asistir a la universidad y completar una carrera, y de tener éxito en su vida. Cada alumno merece un gran comienzo, sin importar su estado socioeconómico, raza o género, y los grandes comienzos empiezan con nosotros, ciudadanos comunes, abogando por todos los niños.

¿Qué hacer si gustan ayudar?

Pueden comunicarse con la escuela de su vecindario o ingresar a http://dallasisd.voly.org para ver las oportunidades disponibles. Se pide que los voluntarios dediquen una o dos horas por semana a ofrecer tutoría. Se proporciona capacitación y un plan de estudios estructurado. Su tiempo puede ayudar a cambiar el mundo para uno de nuestros alumnos.


South Oak Cliff High School reopens in temporary spot during renovations










Students across Dallas ISD returned to class on Tuesday, Jan. 9, to begin the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. For South Oak Cliff High School students, the return was a little different, as they reported to the Village Fair School rather than their usual campus.

The school will be housed at Village Fair until their campus at 3601 S. Marsalis Ave. is renovated. The work will include a new public entrance and administrative offices, new courtyards, new student entry, classroom renovations, an expanded cafeteria and more. Learn about the project, funded by the 2015 Dallas ISD Bond Program, here.

Listen to Principal Willie Johnson talk about South Oak Cliff’s temporary space.

The Village Fair campus, which houses the district’s alternative schools for students with disciplinary issues, has been moved temporarily to Nolan Estes Plaza.

On Tuesday, students entered the Village Fair building and picked up their new schedules as staff directed them to the correct classrooms. A few familiar sights made the move from the high school, including a carved wooden bear and portraits of past principals.


Ya está abierta la inscripción para la Expo de STEM más grande de Texas

¡Alumnos, ya se pueden registrar para la Expo de ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas más grande de Texas!

El evento está programado para llevarse a cabo el sábado, 20 de enero, de 9 a.m.–3 p.m., en el Centro de Convenciones Kay Bailey Hutchinson, que se ubica en el 650 S. Griffin St., en el centro de Dallas. Durante la expo, los asistentes podrán disfrutar de varias actividades prácticas y divertidas.

Algunas de las sesiones que se ofrecerán son: 3D Printing, Build Your Own Flashlight, Concrete Bowling, Green Screen Tech, and Robots on the Move.

Para inscribirse y para ver más detalles, visite www.dallasisd.org/stem.

El evento es gratis y está abierto a todos los estudiantes y las familias del área de Dallas. ¡No pierdan la oportunidad de construir, diseñar, crear y explorar!


Trustee Spotlight: Board President Dan Micciche

Trustee Dan Micciche’s commitment to helping students soar to success can be seen in his efforts to recruit community members to tutor students. Below is an excerpt from his column, which appears each month in the White Rock Lake Weekly.

Ordinary citizens can make extraordinary impact

If you have ever doubted the effect of community involvement on student outcomes, take a look at Lee McShan Jr. Elementary School in Vickery Meadow, which had the highest score on Dallas ISD’s school effectiveness index out of 150 elementary schools.

One big reason for the school’s success is Dalene L. Buhl and the army of over 100 volunteers, including a large contingent from Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church that she has recruited to be reading tutors at the school.  They have worked hand in hand with an outstanding team of educators led by Principal Dayanna Kelly.

McShan is one of the highest poverty schools in the district: 98 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged; it has a large refugee population; and 87 percent of the students at the school are English language learners.

The “school effectiveness index” is a measure of performance of the school’s effect on student outcomes by controlling for differences the school cannot control, such as socio-economic status, neighborhood characteristics, and prior-year academic levels.

Reading is the foundation for all other subjects 

If you’re looking to make a lasting impact on kids, get involved in a tutoring program that focuses on helping students read on grade level.  If we can ensure that all of our students read on level by third grade, it is a fact that they will do better in school, have a better chance at attending and completing a collegiate program, and succeeding in life.

Every child deserves a great beginning, no matter their socioeconomic status, race, or gender, and great beginnings start with each of us, just ordinary citizens, advocating for children everywhere.

How to get involved

Check with your neighborhood school or visit: http://dallasisd.voly.org to start your remarkable journey.   The tutoring commitment is one or two hours per week.  Training and a structured curriculum is provided.   You can help change the world for a child.

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to thank local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for children and public schools. Dallas ISD joins other districts across the state in recognizing the work of its board. 


Registration now open for largest STEM Expo in Texas

Registration is now open for the largest STEM Expo in Texas!

The STEM Expo, which will feature a variety of fun, hands-on activities, is set for Saturday, Jan. 20 at Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Scheduled sessions include: 3D Printing, Build Your Own Flashlight, Concrete Bowling, Green Screen Tech, and Robots on the Move.

To register or find more information, visit www.dallasisd.org/stem.

The event is free and open to all Dallas area students and families. Don’t miss this opportunity to build, design, create and explore!


¡Enero es el mes de reconocimiento a la Junta Escolar!

Enero es el mes de reconocimiento a la Junta Escolar, momento para agradecer a los líderes locales por su dedicación y voluntad de servir como defensores de los niños y de las escuelas públicas. El Dallas ISD se une a otros distritos en el estado en reconocer la labor de nuestra junta.

Las juntas escolares tienen la responsabilidad de establecer una visión para el programa educativo de un distrito, diseñar la estructura para lograr esa visión, garantizar que las escuelas cumplan las expectativas de la comunidad y constantemente abogar por mejorar el aprendizaje estudiantil.

Cada año escolar, el Dallas ISD les pide a nueve profesionales que colaboren en administrar un sistema escolar de más de 156,000 estudiantes, con un presupuesto de más de mil millones de dólares, enfrentando los retos que presenta aumentar el aprovechamiento académico de niños de todos los entornos socioeconómicos y orígenes étnicos.

La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD, compuesta por un grupo de servidores voluntarios encargados de garantizar una enseñanza de calidad para los estudiantes del área de Dallas, sirve colectivamente con el enfoque principal de guiar a los niños hacia la preparación para la universidad y una profesión en un panorama educativo en constante cambio.

Para hacer honor a su incansable labor, y el trabajo de las juntas escolares en todo el estado, la Asociación de Juntas Escolares de Texas ha designado enero como el mes para agradecer a los líderes elegidos localmente que trabajan sin remuneración para crear experiencias educativas de calidad para los estudiantes de las escuelas públicas en Texas.

En el sitio web de Dallas ISD encontrará las biografías de cada representante de la Junta Escolar. Los representantes son:

  • Presidente — Dan Micciche, Distrito 3
    (Noreste de Dallas)
  • Primer vicepresidente — Edwin Flores, Distrito 1
    (Noroeste de Dallas, incluyendo el norte de Dallas, Addison, partes de Carrollton y Farmers Branch)
  • Segunda vicepresidenta — Joyce Foreman, Distrito 6
    (Suroeste de Dallas)
  • Secretaria — Audrey Pinkerton, Distrito 7
    (Centro norte de Oak Cliff y partes del oeste de Dallas)
  • Dustin Marshall, Distrito 2
    (Norte y el área del este de Dallas)
  • Jaime Resendez, Distrito 4
    (Sureste de Dallas, Seagoville y Balch Springs)
  • Lew Blackburn, Ph.D., Distrito 5
    (Oak Lawn, oeste de Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins y secciones del este de Oak Cliff)
  • Miguel Solís, Distrito 8
    (Love Field, noroeste de Dallas y área central de Dallas)
  • Bernadette Nutall, Distrito 9
    (Sur de Dallas, secciones del centro de Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown y el este de Dallas)

Principal of the Year finalists talk about what they love, challenges

In December, Dallas ISD announced its two new Principal of the Year winners.

This video highlights what all the finalists love about their jobs, and how they tackle challenges at their schools.

Our principals are back at school today to prepare for students’ return to class on Tuesday, Jan. 9.


January is School Board Recognition Month!

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to thank local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for children and public schools. Dallas ISD joins other districts across the state in recognizing the work of its board.

School boards are charged with establishing a vision for a district’s education program, designing a structure to achieve that vision, ensuring that schools are accountable to the community, and strongly advocating continuous improvement in student learning.

Each school year, Dallas ISD asks nine busy professionals to collaboratively manage a school system with more than 156,000 students and a billion dollar-plus budget while contending with the realities of increasing academic achievement for children from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, a group of volunteer public servants tasked with ensuring quality instruction for Dallas area students, collectively serves with the utmost focus on guiding children toward college- and career readiness in an ever-changing educational landscape.

To honor their tireless work and the work of school boards across the state, the Texas Association of School Boards has designated January as a time to thank the locally elected leaders who work without compensation to create quality educational experiences for public school students in Texas.

Complete biographies of each Dallas ISD Board Trustee are available on the district website. The trustees are:

  • President — Dan Micciche, District 3
    (Northeast Dallas)
  • First Vice President — Edwin Flores, District 1
    (Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch)
  • Second Vice President — Joyce Foreman, District 6
    (Southwest Dallas)
  • Secretary — Audrey Pinkerton, District 7
    (North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas)
  • Dustin Marshall, District 2
    (North and Near East Dallas)
  •  Jaime Resendez, District 4
    (Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, and Balch Springs)
  • Lew Blackburn, Ph.D., District 5
    (Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff)
  • Miguel Solis, District 8
    (Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas)
  • Bernadette Nutall, District 9
    (South Dallas and parts of downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas)

Men answer call for volunteers in a big way at Dade Middle School

Organizers who were planning Billy Earl Dade Middle School’s  first “Breakfast with Dads” event in December became concerned that not all the 150 male students who had signed up to participate would be matched with an adult male mentor.

That’s when Kristina Chäadé Dove, who had served on the Dade site-based decision-making committee, issued a call of action on social media. Word spread, and about 600 volunteers showed up to support the students.

Read the story from The Washington Post here.


Educators may apply for $20k award to further their own education

Dallas ISD educators and administrators can now apply for a $20,000 scholarship to continue their post-baccalaureate education to benefit the Dallas ISD community and its students.

The Credit Union of Texas established the William H. Cotton Scholarship in 2016. The scholarship is named after William H. Cotton, a Dallas ISD and credit union trailblazer.

Teachers and administrators can go here to learn more and download the scholarship application.

Eligibility requirements for scholarship applicants include:

  • Must be a CUTX member with a checking account prior to submitting an application.
  • Checking account, and all other accounts at CUTX, must be in good standing.
  • Must be a full-time or part-time DISD faculty or administrator. Must be intent to further your career in the field of education and serving the DISD community during the course of the

The scholarship entry packed must be postmarked by March 30.

The past winners of the scholarship are Nancy Bernardino, the principal of Dallas ISD’s Solar Preparatory School for Girls, and Zumwalt Middle School teacher Shareefah Nadir-Mason

“The Credit Union of Texas believes it is important to invest in the future of Dallas ISD educators because the future of the school district is directly tied to the quality of its leadership and teachers,” CUTX said in a statement. “Anytime we can support the Dallas ISD in its efforts to distinguish itself as one of the best urban school districts in the nation, it is in our best interests to do so because we know that a strong and healthy Dallas ISD means that the Credit Union of Texas enhances its chances of continuing as a strong and viable financial institution.  Given our long and storied history together as partners, we want all Dallas ISD employees and families to think of the Credit Union of Texas as their partner of choice for all of their financial needs.”


Have a Happy Winter Break!

Dallas ISD is closed Dec. 22–Jan. 8 for the Winter Break.

Students return on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.


A Winter Wonderland at Walnut Hill Elementary (video)

Walnut Hill Elementary and Harry C. Whiters Elementary schools, along with neighborhood businesses, hosted a Winter Wonderland holiday market where students from both campuses collaborated to build a World Record Human Candy Cane.

Participants also competed to see which school could create the most stripes on the candy cane in their school’s color.

Watch the above video to learn more.


2,000 estudiantes de nivel de primaria de Dallas ISD compiten en concurso académico de UIL

El 2 de diciembre se realizó la competición académica de primarias UIL A+ del Dallas ISD y fue tanta la participación que parecía un pequeño poblado.

Se presentaron 352 entrenadores y 210 acompañantes para apoyar a los aproximadamente 2,000 alumnos, de 111 escuelas primarias, durante el evento que se llevó a cabo Moisés E. Molina High School. Los estudiantes compitieron en las categorías de: ajedrez; aptitudes para el uso del diccionario; destrezas para escuchar; mapas y gráficas; conceptos numéricos; escritura; ciencias sociales; ortografía; y narración de cuentos.

Haga clic aquí para ver los resultados.


This Week! in Dallas ISD: Dec. 21 edition

Winter Break for students and staff is almost here!! Reward yourself by watching the above video of this week’s great news. Happy holidays. We will see students back on Jan. 9.

Tis the Season

Generous donations from partners to schools across the district brightened the holiday season for students (learn more)!

BOMLA Celebrates the Blue

Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy celebrated its National Blue Ribbon status at a special ceremony (see photos).

Winter Break meals

Select schools across the district will serve students free meals over the break (see the schools).

Athletic Hall of Fame

The district announced the inaugural class of the inaugural class of the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame (see the inductees).

Calendar approved for 2018–2019

The 2018–2019 school year will start for students on Aug. 20, include a full week off for Thanksgiving, and end for students on May 29 (see the calendar).

Application month

Reminder: The application window is open to apply for one of Dallas ISD’s specialty programs and schools for next school year. Applications are due by Jan. 31 (learn more).

Score!

Dallas ISD’s United Way Employee Giving Campaign ended up raising $120,000, far surpassing the original $80,000 goal (learn more).


Franklin Middle School recibe autorización de fundación educativa Bachillerato Internacional

El 12 de diciembre, Joseph Sotelo, director de Benjamin Franklin Middle School, dio a conocer que la fundación educativa Bachillerato Internacional (IB, por sus siglas en inglés) ha reconocido a la escuela como escuela del mundo IB. En septiembre, representantes de la fundación visitaron la escuela para entrevistar a los maestros, padres, estudiantes y administradores; revisar el esquema de los cursos y la planificación de las unidades; y para observar la enseñanza en el salón de clases.

Este reconocimiento culmina toda una preparación y capacitación rigurosa de dos años que incluyó la planificación de unidades junto a la planificación diaria de lecciones, un día tradicional de ocho horas modificado en un horario en bloque, y la inscripción de todos los estudiantes en ocho materias requeridas en cada nivel académico.

El programa de los años intermedios (MYP, en inglés), que se ofreció por primera vez en 1994, proporciona un método de aprendizaje que fomenta el pensamiento creativo, analítico y reflexivo. Además, enfatiza el reto intelectual, animando a los estudiantes a hacer conexiones entre sus estudios en las materias tradicionales y el mundo real.

El programa se ha implementado en 1,365 escuelas y en 108 países, e incluye a todo estudiante en las escuelas que lo ofrecen. Todos los estudiantes, sin importar sus intereses y habilidades académicas, se pueden beneficiar del programa. Se continua con el desarrollo del conocimiento, habilidades y actitudes que se aprendieron en el programa de la escuela primaria (PYP, por sus siglas en inglés) y prepara a los estudiantes para superar los retos académicos del programa del diploma (DP, en inglés) y el programa de orientación profesional (CP, en inglés).

Otras escuelas en el patrón de asistencia escolar de Hillcrest High School que ofrecen el programa IB son Kramer Elementary School (autorizada como PYP), Preston Hollow Elementary School (candidata a ofrecer el PYP), y Hillcrest High School (candidata a ofrecer el DP).


Organización proporciona libros que promueven la protección de animales

La organización Texas Humane Legislation Network entregó libros sobre animales a 10 primarias del Dallas ISD en Pleasant Grove.

Los libros fueron distribuidos a estudiantes en Julius Dorsey Elementary este mes. Felicia Kerny, ayudante del fiscal del distrito para el condado de Dallas, habló con los estudiantes sobre su trabajo de procesar a personas que abusan a los animales. Asimismo, Laura Donahue y Shelby Bobosky hablaron sobre lo que hace Texas Humane Legislation Network para apoyar las leyes que protegen a los animales.

Donahue explicó que su esperanza es que las personas traten a los animales correctamente una vez se les eduque sobre el tratamiento y cuidado adecuado, lo que en cambio hará que se requieran menos leyes para su protección. Los libros adicionales se entregarán en el centro de procesamiento de servicios bibliotecarios para después ofrecérselos a los estudiantes en las bibliotecas escolares.

El resto de las nueve primarias que recibirán libros son: William Anderson, John Ireland, Edward Titche, John Runyon, John Quincy Adams, Annie Webb Blanton, William A. Blair, Richard Lagow y Nancy Moseley.


¿Presentará su hijo una solicitud para una de las escuelas especializadas de Dallas ISD? ¡Podemos ayudarle con el proceso!

Sabemos que el proceso de solicitud para las escuelas especializadas de Dallas ISD puede ser confuso. Por ello, estaremos llevando a cabo cuatro talleres para ayudarles a completar la solicitud de su hijo.

Haga planes de asistir a uno de los talleres ya sea el martes, 16 de enero, en las preparatorias Emmett J. Conrad y Thomas Jefferson, de 6 a 8 p.m., o el jueves, 25 de enero, en W.W. Samuell High School y W.H. Adamson High School, a la misma hora.

Las escuelas especializadas de Dallas ISD incluyen:

  • Escuelas para varones
  • Escuelas para niñas/jovenes
  • Academias Universitarias
  • Escuelas de humanidades, comunicación, y liderazgo
  • Escuelas con programa de Bachillerato Internacional
  • Escuelas Magnet
  • Escuelas Montessori
  • Escuelas con aprendizaje personalizado
  • Escuelas con aprendizaje basado en proyectos y programas de planificación urbana, arquitectura y diseño
  • Escuelas con programas de STEM/STEAM
  • Escuelas con programa de lenguaje dual bilateral

Habrá representantes para contestarles cualquier duda que tengan y ayudarles con el proceso, y además podrán llenar la solicitud allí mismo. Hay ciertos programas que exigen documentos o información específica, incluyendo una boleta de calificaciones, comprobante de domicilio o ingresos familiares. Visite www.dallasisd.org/tusopciones para que verifique todo lo necesario para completar la solicitud para las escuelas que le interesan a su hijo.

Martes, 16 de enero de 2018

  • 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, 4001 Walnut Hill Lane

Jueves, 25 de enero de 2018

  • 6 – 8 p.m.
  • W. Samuell High School, 8928 Palisade Drive
  • H. Adamson High School, 309 E. Ninth St.

Haga clic aquí para descargar un folleto con información sobre los talleres.


Dallas ISD Cares: A roundup of the different school donations this holiday season

Volunteers and partners have really stepped it up this holiday season, bringing their time and donations to schools across the district.

Here’s a roundup of some of these donations:

Students at N.W. Harllee Early Childhood Center were all smiles as they received early Christmas presents: draw string backpacks full of pre-approved supplies donated by FedEx Office (read this).

William L. Cabell Elementary School received endangered species adoption kits thanks to a donation by Serena Simmons Connolly on Dec. 14. As a bonus, the Dallas Zoo also brought some cool animals to educate students about wildlife conservation (read this)

The Environmental League chapters from Conrad and Hillcrest high schools came together to conquer the trash-filled Conrad Pond (read this).

Students at Jose “Joe” May Elementary school selected three books each to take home thanks to a donation from KPMG Families for Literacy (read this).

The Texas Humane Legislation Network provided books about animals to 10 Dallas ISD elementary schools in Pleasant Grove (read this).

Employees from SalesForce, a business management consulting firm, visited Edwin J. Keist Elementary School to deliver donated gifts and watch the students open them (read this).

The African American Read-In is hosting a book drive, and you can help (learn how).


Score! United Way employee giving campaign sprints past goal

Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign ended up raising $120,000, which far surpasses the original $80,000 goal!

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


Escuela ofrecerá programa de lenguaje dual bilateral a estudiantes talentosos y dotados

La comunidad de Pleasant Grove está a punto de tener algo único: una escuela vanguard/academia con programa de lenguaje dual bilateral para estudiantes talentosos y dotados.

La Junta Escolar aprobó por unanimidad la escuela nueva durante la reunión del 14 de diciembre. La escuela servirá a estudiantes en 4º a 8º grado. Se utilizará un plan de estudios del programa de estudiantes talentosos y dotados donde los estudiantes cuyo idioma natal es el inglés o el español aprenderán los unos de los otros.

“Estamos presentando esta propuesta para expandir las oportunidades y la innovación académica a estudiantes en todas las áreas de nuestra ciudad”, dijo Stephanie Elizalde, jefa de liderazgo escolar.

La escuela, que estará ubicada en el 9610 Bruton Road, abrirá sus puertas durante el año escolar 2018–2019, y contará con cupo para 198 estudiantes en ocho salones de clases, en los grados 4 a 6. Paulatinamente, añadiendo un grado a la vez, la escuela llegará a un máximo de 440 estudiantes. Entre los planes esta llevar a cabo una renovación a gran escala de las instalaciones el próximo año escolar.

Jaime Resendez, representante del área, impulsó el proyecto de la escuela nueva.

“Estoy muy contento con esta iniciativa, y espero que mis compañeros en la Junta Escolar también lo estén”, dijo Resendez.

Aunque el distrito cuenta con varios planteles que ofrecen el programa de lenguaje dual bilateral, no existe ninguno en este momento específicamente para estudiantes talentosos y dotados. Elizalde dijo que el distrito promoverá fuertemente esta iniciativa durante la primavera para identificar a más estudiantes, para los que esta escuela podría ser la opción perfecta.


The Golden Bears are on the move

Students and staff at South Oak Cliff High School are ramping up to move to Village Fair Jan. 9, 2018.

The move is in preparation for the renovations of their campus, which is scheduled to begin in January. While renovations to Village Fair are underway, crews are working to complete the improvements in time for students to return from the winter break. Village Fair is expected to be their temporary home until August 2019.

Families are invited to celebrate the start of the new semester in the temporary location at a block party Jan. 8, 4 to 6 p.m., at Village Fair, 4949 Village Fair, 75224.

The above video shows crews hard at work getting Village Fair ready for students who will  return to school Jan. 9.

For more information visit the South Oak Cliff website.


Vea el calendario del Dallas ISD para el año escolar 2018-2019

Las clases comenzarán el 20 de agosto durante el año escolar 2018–2019, se incluirá una semana de vacaciones por el Día de Acción de Gracias, y el curso concluirá para los estudiantes el 29 de mayo.

Durante la última reunión de la Junta Escolar del 14 de diciembre, se aprobó el calendario del año escolar 2018-2019 para el Dallas ISD. Se tomó en consideración la opinión de los empleados, padres, estudiantes y la comunidad.

Fechas importantes en el calendario incluyen:

  • 171 días de instrucción empezando el 20 de agosto
  • Los maestros tienen 187 días de contrato, tres días de formación profesional obligatoria por el distrito, siete días de formación profesional, cinco días de preparación, y recibirán un día de crédito por dos noches de reuniones con los padres
  • Dos días para la Feria estatal para todos los estudiantes: día para la feria para las primarias será el viernes, 12 de octubre, y el día para para las secundarias será el viernes, 19 de octubre. El día para la feria de las primarias es un día de formación profesional para los maestros de secundaria, y el día de la feria de secundarias es un día de formación profesional para los maestros de primaria, lo que significa que los estudiantes no tienen clases ambos días
  • 19 al 23 de noviembre, semana de vacaciones por el Día de Acción de Gracias
  • Las vacaciones de invierno serán del 20 de diciembre al 8 de enero para los estudiantes y del 21 de diciembre al 4 de enero para el personal
  • El receso de primavera será del 11 al 15 de marzo
  • 3 de septiembre, 21 de enero, 18 de febrero y 27 de mayo serán días feriados para el personal y los estudiantes
  • 19 y 22 de abril serán designados para reponer días por mal tiempo

Durante la misma reunión, la Junta Escolar también aprobó el calendario para el año escolar 2019-2020.

Haga clic aquí para ver el calendario escolar 2018-2019 en formato PDF.


KPMG brings the gift of reading to Joe May Elementary

Smiles and excitement were the order of the day at Jose “Joe” May Elementary School as all 690 students in grades pre–K– 5 had the opportunity to select three books each to take home with them.
KPMG Families for Literacy teams up with Dallas ISD schools to support reading with gifts of books to students, and today’s celebration didn’t start nor end there.
Earlier this year select students from the school enjoyed lunch at a gala where they met former First Lady Laura Bush, and acted as models in a fashion show (and took home all the clothes they modeled). Then the school received $1,000 in resources for the library and classroom needs.
The presentation on Dec. 19 of more than 2,000 books – plus an additional 100 coats for students in need of warm winter wear –were a big hit for students and their teachers. Students brought messages of appreciation, and Principal Israel Rivera thanked KPMG’s Debra Chism, letting all the KPMG volunteers know “we are blessed to have this support for our students.”
This past year KPMG donated books to 20 schools for all students enrolled in summer school programs, as well as for the spring Read for Me event.
Jane Didear, Dallas ISD Partnership Coordinator, noted the growth of the partnership over the past five years.
“Dallas ISD students will read more and grow in their reading abilities if they have the opportunity to read for pleasure, at home,” Didear said. “KPMG has provided excellent support for this need, teaming with our librarians and principals at schools across the district, and we are grateful.”

Estudiantes de Kiest Elementary School reciben regalos de anticipado durante evento Secret Snowman

El viernes, 100 estudiantes de Edwin J. Kiest Elementary School se sentaron en el gimnasio de la escuela, esperando pacientemente a que colocaran regalos frente a ellos.

El evento titulado “Secret Snowman” contó con empleados de SalesForce, una firma consultora de administración de negocios, que visitaron la escuela y entregaron regalos donados para que los estudiantes los abrieran. Los regalos que recibieron los estudiantes estaban en su lista de deseos. El consejero Keich Willis y la maestra Kaitlyn Carlstrom coordinaron el evento.

Después de escuchar los mensajes de los representantes de la escuela y de SalesForce, los estudiantes hicieron un conteo regresivo y abrieron con mucho ánimo sus regalos. Entre papeles rotos y cajas abiertas, los felices estudiantes encontraron los juguetes, ropa y hasta golosinas que tanto deseaban.


FedEx Office delivers donated supplies to Harllee Early Childhood Center

Students at N.W. Harllee Early Childhood Center were all smiles as they received early Christmas presents: draw string backpacks full of pre-approved supplies donated by FedEx Office.

FedEx Office donated 1,000 of these backpacks to Dallas ISD as part of its FedEx Cares Day, 300 of which went to Harllee. Usamah Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations, spoke at the FedEx Office headquarters and thanked the business for supporting Dallas ISD students.

Usamah Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations, speaking at the FedEx Office headquarters along with Brian Phillips, the CEO and President of FedEx Office.

“We were extremely excited that FedEx Office provided Dallas ISD students with backpacks through the Jingle, Mingle and Give project,” Rodgers said. “FedEx is a valued district partner and supports many Dallas ISD programs, including the Collegiate Academies.”

FedEx dropping off the donated bags to the school.

For their part, Brian Philips, CEO and president of FedEx Office, said he couldn’t think of a better way to get in the holiday spirit than to come together and give back to the community.

“During our annual FedEx Cares Jingle, Mingle & Give event, we teamed up with the Salvation Army and hundreds of our team members assembled backpacks filled with supplies for pre-k and kindergarten Dallas ISD students,” Philips said.


Is your child applying to one of Dallas ISD’s specialty schools? Let us help.

We know the application process for Dallas ISD’s specialty schools can get confusing. So we’re holding four specialty school application workshops to help make the process a little less stressful.

Mark your calendar to attend one of the four scheduled workshops – Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Emmett J. Conrad and Thomas Jefferson High Schools, and Thursday, Dec. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at W.W. Samuell and W.H. Adamson High Schools

Dallas ISD’s specialty schools include:

  • All-Boys Schools
  • All-Girls Schools
  • Collegiate Academies
  • Humanities, Communication, and Leadership Schools
  • International Baccalaureate Schools
  • Magnet Schools
  • Montessori Schools
  • Personalized Learning Schools
  • Project Based Learning, Urban Planning, Architecture & Design Schools
  • STEM/STEAM Schools
  • Two-Way Dual Language Schools

You can fill out the application on-site, and representatives will be on-hand to answer questions and help with the process. Certain programs require specific paperwork or information, including a report card, proof of residence or household income. To make sure you have all of the information to complete the applications for the schools your child is interested in, please visit www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices.

Tuesday January 16, 2018

  • 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Emmitt J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, 4001 Walnut Hill Lane

Thursday January 25, 2018

  • 6 – 8 p.m.
  • W. Samuell High School, 8928 Palisade Drive
  • W.H. Adamson High School, 309 E. Ninth St.

Download the flyer for the specialty school application workshops here.


Lights! Camera! Sweaters! Principals have fun with holiday apparel










As part of their holiday luncheon and the Principal of the Year ceremony earlier this month, a few Dallas ISD campus leaders didn’t mind looking a little silly in the spirit of competition – namely an Ugly Sweater contest.

After lunch, it was time for the holiday sweaters to rear their ugly threads.

Eight principals strutted their crazy stuff for their peers, but only three could claim bragging rights (and gift certificates) as having donned the wackiest, tackiest seasonal apparel.

First place: Ben Dickerson, Edward H. Cary Middle School

Second place: Rachel Moon, Rosemont

Third place: Stephanie Amaya, John Ireland Elementary School


Pinkston H-TECH students visit industry partner Parkland Hospital



Health Science students from L.G. Pinkston High School’s H-TECH program recently had a worksite visit with industry partner Parkland Hospital. 

The purpose of the visit was to provide students with insight into the skills that they will need to learn during their time at the academy and with working with Parkland. Additionally, this worksite visit served as a culminating activity for the work students have done this past semester. This worksite visit further supported the H-TECH model by allowing students the opportunity to see  how working with an Industry partner will provide so much more than just a job upon graduation,  it will lead them to an increasingly challenging and rewarding career.
 Students were able to participate in the creation of New Employee Orientation materials, a tour of Parkland’s New Hospital, and a lunch in Parkland’s Hospital Cafeteria. The students were able to practice their workplace competencies, as well as see how their work over the semester contributed to the overall success of the worksite visit.

National Blue Ribbon just one of many successes at Obama MLA











The present, past and future of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy were celebrated during a special ceremony on Dec. 15 to commemorate the school’s 2017 National Blue Ribbon.

National Blue Ribbon winners are public and private schools that demonstrate overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps. In September, Obama MLA was announced as one of 342 Blue Ribbon schools this year.

Students led the beginning of the ceremony, which included a Lyceum Opening that reflects how Obama MLA students kick off each school day, talk about the occasion for the event and also the history of the campus. The school’s jazz band and Glee Club provided music.

PAST

The facility’s original namesake, Benjamin Franklin Darrell (1863-1919), was a teacher and principal at Colored School No. 1 in Dallas. He taught algebra, psychology, grammar and bookkeeping, while also directing the school’s choir. He also taught night school for African-American adults at the Colored High School.

After he died in March 1919, Colored School No. 2 was renamed in his honor. That school closed in 1969, but his name was used for a new school built in 1971 at 4730 Lancaster Road. Dallas ISD closed that school in 2009, but reopened the facility in 2011 as Obama MLA at B.F. Darrell, designed as an all-boys school.

Another key to the school’s past is Nakia Douglas, Obama MLA’s founding principal, who was guest speaker at the event. Douglas left campus to be an Executive Director in the district and now works at UNT Dallas.

Douglas evoked a few quotes from President Obama to illustrate the vision for the Dallas ISD school named after him. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time,” Douglas recited. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting. We are the change we seek.”

When Douglas was at A. Maceo Smith High School, he said, he had no intention of looking for other work. But things changed when that campus became a magnet school and his job went away.

“When that was snatched away from me, I went into a deep, dark place,” he said. At the time, he was disillusioned with Dallas ISD and was looking for work out of state when then-executive director Shirley Ison-Newsome reached out to him. “I was actually on my way to Chicago when she called me.”

Initially, he was not open to staying. Before the call, he did something he hadn’t done in three months: he had prayed.

“She said there was a plan. I didn’t understand the plan,” Douglas said. “But Jeremiah 29:11 talks about God having a plan for everything that we experience. And it’s not meant to harm us or hurt us; it’s meant to give us a future.”

Through that understanding, Douglas said, he was humbled.

People from many different places converged at the school, from students from forgotten neighborhoods, to parents with a hope and prayer that their sons can be positive forces in the future, to community members who joined in the work.

The plan started by calling those groups together.

“Hear ye, hear ye! Come forth! We have something for a new tomorrow,” Douglas said. “We need you to believe, we need you to have faith that one day we will achieve and that our young men will succeed in extraordinary levels you can never imagine.”

PRESENT

As the school continues to make progress, Douglas urged students to not forget where they came from or where they are going.

“These young men are overcoming, superseding those expectations,” Douglas said. “That’s why we’re here celebrating the Blue Ribbon award.” He cited the school’s 100-percent graduation rate; three graduating classes – not even one at a full 100 students – earning more than $15 million in scholarships; National Merit Scholars; and students succeeding at colleges and universities across the country. STAAR scores also exceed expectations, he said, particularly for minority males in south Dallas.

“People wonder about excellence, people wonder about traditions, some people wonder what our future looks like. I point them here,” Douglas said. “Because at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, there’s the expectation that you will do more, to get more and to be more than others.”

FUTURE

Michael Bland is the school’s current principal, which he called an honor and a privilege.

“The legacy was established here on this campus by founding members, starting back with Mr. Douglas, and all those that supported him and his vision,” Bland said. “Where we are today is a testament to that hard work and dedication, and commitment to mission.”

Bland said all the effort is for students. “Our young people, the people who are sitting out before us, are the ones we do this for,” he said. “We do it for your success, we do it for your futures. But ultimately we do it for our futures.”

He said it will be up to students in the future and their leadership if society will move forward. “But it’s you – that bright spot – that says the future is a brighter place, and that there’s more to come,” he said.

Obama MLA serves male students in grades 6-12. Applications to attend the school, along with other Dallas ISD magnet and specialty schools, are being accepted now through Jan. 31, 2018. Learn more here.


William L. Cabell Elementary School students go wild thanks to donation

William L. Cabell Elementary School students have gone wild.

Specifically, the students received endangered species adoption kits thanks to a donation by Serena Simmons Connolly on Dec. 14. As a bonus, the Dallas Zoo also brought some cool animals to educate students about wildlife conservation.

Watch the above video to learn more!


Reading Matters: Donate a book for the African American Read-In!

The African American Read-In is hosting a book drive, and you can help!

Donated books will be given to students during the Dallas ISD African American Read-In. Contact Charissa Govan at 972-925-8804 or chagovan@dallasisd.org for collection.

The suggested book titles for collection are:


Your Top 10 in sports. Who made Dallas ISD’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame list?

Davey O’Brien, Ernie Banks, Jerry Rhome, Dave Stallworth, Michael Carter, Fran Harris, Tim Brown, Larry Johnson, Chryste Gaines Courtney and Freddie James – names that have undoubtedly impacted school athletics in Dallas – have each been selected for induction into the inaugural class of the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame.

“Sports is renowned for building character and self-confidence in young athletes and uniting diverse communities,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa. “These are reasons Dallas ISD created the Athletic Hall of Fame and why the entire community shares in the excitement of recognizing the inaugural class of inductees.

The district’s Athletic Hall of Fame is a first of its kind recognition, which, according to some, is long overdue given the district’s storied history of athletic accomplishments. Administrators created this program to honor individuals who have accomplished significant milestones in athletics at the district, local, state and sometimes national levels.

“This event will shine a spotlight on our district’s great athletic legacy. It is just the first step in our efforts to honor the hundreds of athletes, coaches and supporters who competed within the various sports programs,” he said. “Tasked with selecting the first class of honorees, our staff faced a major challenge in choosing only ten. Nonetheless, it is an impressive list that justifies the pride we all feel for those who have served as champions both on and off the field.”

The Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame acknowledges those who have raised the level of public awareness and appreciation for high school athletics through their distinguished achievement and excellence, both on and off the field of competition. Honorees will include former student-athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials, media personnel, sports medicine personnel, athletic trainers, or distinguished volunteers. Whether active or retired, those chosen must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character.

As a requirement of induction, each living inductee will attend a special induction ceremony this spring to honor the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The event is set for 6 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2018, at Ellis Davis Field House.

Below is a complete list of the inaugural 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame class:

Ernie Banks*; Booker T. Washington High School (‘50); baseball
Tim Brown; Woodrow Wilson High School (‘84), football
Michael Carter; Thomas Jefferson High School (‘79); football
Chryste Gaines Courtney; South Oak Cliff High School (‘88); track and field
Fran Harris, South Oak Cliff High School (‘84); basketball
Freddie James; David W. Carter High School, head football coach
Larry Johnson; Skyline High School (‘87); basketball
Davey O’Brien*; Woodrow Wilson High School (‘35); football
Jerry Rhome; Sunset High School (‘60); football
Dave Stallworth*; James Madison High School (‘61); basketball

*deceased


See the approved Dallas ISD calendar for 2018–2019 school year

The 2018–2019 school year will start for students on Aug. 20, include a full week off for Thanksgiving, and end for students on May 29.

Trustees approved the 2018–2019 Dallas ISD calendar during their scheduled meeting on Dec. 14. The calendar incorporates feedback received from employees, parents, students and community members.

Important dates for the Dallas ISD calendar include:

  • 171 student instructional days starting Aug. 20
  • Teachers have 187 contract days, three Professional Development District Mandated Waiver days, seven professional development days, five teacher work days, and will receive one day credit for the two evenings of parent conferences
  • Two fair days for all students: Elementary Fair Day is Friday, Oct. 12, and Secondary Fair Day is Friday, Oct. 19. Elementary Fair Day is a professional development day for secondary teachers, and Secondary Fair Day is a professional development day for elementary teachers, meaning students have off both days
  • One week off for Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 19–23
  • For Winter Break students are out Dec. 230–Jan. 8 and staff are out Dec. 21–Jan. 4
  • Spring break, March 11–15
  • Staff/student holidays on Sept. 3, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and May 27
  • Inclement weather makeup days on April 19 and 22

Trustees on Dec. 14 also approved the 2019–2020 school year calendar.

Go here to see a pdf of the 2018–2019 school year calendar.


Proyecto anual de caballos mecedores ayuda a estudiantes a desarrollar habilidades en la construcción

Si le preguntan a Terry Stotts sobre su trabajo como maestro de construcción y tecnología en Multiple Career Magnet High School, sus ojos se iluminan.

Stotts puede pasar horas hablando sobre por qué le encanta su trabajo de enseñar habilidades prácticas a estudiantes con necesidades especiales en el Dallas ISD. Pero, sin duda, la parte favorita de su trabajo sucede en diciembre cuando los estudiantes regalan los caballos mecedores que construyen a mano durante el primer semestre.

Este año no iba a ser diferente. Durante el 14 de diciembre, Stotts sonreía ampliamente mientras sus estudiantes regalaban sus caballos a la organización sin fines de lucro Ronald McDonald House, que proporciona estabilidad y recursos a familias con hijos gravemente enfermos. La donación de los caballos de madera es especial para Stotts, ya que su hija sobrevivió al cáncer cuando era joven.

Los caballos mecedores se encuentran entre los regalos que reciben los niños de Ronald McDonald House, y siempre son de los primeros que seleccionan.

Stotts dijo que los caballos mecedores solo son uno de los muchos extraordinarios proyectos que sus estudiantes completan cada año. La meta final del programa es darles a los estudiantes las habilidades necesarias para tener éxito en un lugar de trabajo. En la escuela cuentan con un maestro de profesiones y tecnología que ayuda a colocar a los estudiantes en un empleo y les apoya durante el proceso.


Escuelas ofrecerán alimentos gratis durante las vacaciones de invierno

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

El propósito del programa es proporcionar a los estudiantes alimentos nutritivos durante el receso. Refrigerios se servirán de 8 a 9 a.m., y el almuerzo de 11 a.m. al mediodía, el viernes, 22 de diciembre y el martes, 2 de enero hasta el viernes, 5 de enero. Para ver la lista completa de las escuelas que participarán visiten www.dallasisd.org/fcns.

Aquí está la lista más reciente, de escuelas que estarán participando.


Schools to offer free meals over winter break

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services Department will offer students 18 years and under (or special needs students up to age 21), free meals during the winter break.

The program aims at providing students nutritious meals even during their vacation. Meals will be served Friday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 5, with a morning snack from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Visit www.dallasisd.org/fcns for the list of participating schools.

Here is the list of participating schools as of Dec. 18.


School to combine Two-Way Dual-Language with Gifted and Talented

Pleasant Grove is set to get what could be a first-of-its-kind school: a Two-Way Dual-Language Vanguard/Academy for Gifted and Talented students.

Trustees unanimously approved the new school during their Dec. 14 meeting. The school will serve students in grades 4–8 and feature native English and native Spanish speakers learning each others’ languages through a Gifted and Talented curriculum.

“We are bringing this proposal to expand opportunities and innovation for students in every sector of our city,” Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde said.

The school will start in the 2018–2019 school year by serving up to 198 students in eight classrooms grades 4 thru 6 at 9610 Bruton Road. The school will gradually build up to a maximum of 440 students, by adding one grade at a time with plans for a large-scale renovation to the entire facility coming next school year.

Trustee Jaime Resendez led the push for the new school.

“I’m excited about this initiative, and I hope my colleagues are, too,” he said.

While there are many Two-Way Dual-Language campuses across the district, there are none specifically for Gifted and Talented students. Elizalde said the district will aggressively campaign to identify even more Gifted and Talented students during the spring semester, some of whom could be a perfect fit for the new school.


Nuevo programa Montessori va más allá del aspecto académico

Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School cuenta con dos salones de clases nuevos para estudiantes de diferentes edades, donde se utiliza el método Montessori, que han tenido un gran éxito con los estudiantes.

Los salones de clases tienen a alumnos de 3, 4, 5 y 6 años de edad trabajando y aprendiendo juntos.

“Tenemos materiales que ayudan a los niños a desarrollar su independencia y la empatía y amabilidad hacia los demás”, dijo Marianne Carranza, maestra del método Montessori en la escuela.

Alejandra Abundis, madre de uno de los estudiantes, dijo que este ha sido el mejor método de enseñanza para su hija.

“Lo que aprende en el salón de clases, lo aplica en todos lados”, dijo Abundis.

Para los padres interesados en una escuela o salón de clases Montessori para sus hijos, el periodo para presentar una solicitud para una de estas escuelas de Dallas ISD se encuentra abierto hasta el 31 de enero. Para mas información, y para llenar una solicitud, haga clic aquí.


Estudiantes de Townview Center obtienen experiencia en el mundo de la radio

Es un miércoles por la mañana y KSBM Radio está transmitiendo en vivo. Los cuatro presentadores están hablando sobre cómo parece ser que la gente ya no está poniendo atención a los trabajos de limpieza después del huracán Harvey.

Mientras tanto, el equipo de medios sociales del programa de radio está tomando fotografías y transmitiendo por Facebook Live, los productores están guiando la dirección de la discusión, y el director está asegurándose de que no haya ningún problema.

KSBM Radio no transmite desde un lujoso edificio en el centro de la ciudad; su señal sale directamente desde Townview Center, y su operación está a cargo completamente de los estudiantes inscritos en la especialidad de mercadotecnia en la School of Business and Management ubicada en el complejo de Townview. Daniela, estudiante de último año y directora de KSBM Radio, dice que a través del programa los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de desarrollar habilidades que les serán útiles en el futuro.

“Aquí en KSBM Radio: The Voice of Townview aprendemos por medio de la práctica”, expresó Daniela. “Investigamos sobre temas controvertidos, aprendemos cómo utilizar los medios sociales de manera profesional, cómo gestionar un programa en vivo, o tener un debate inteligente, todo nos brinda una excelente oportunidad para aprender”.

KSBM Radio: The Voice of Townview comenzó en 2013, y transmite los miércoles, de 10:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Transmiten por medio de Facebook Live para aquellos que quieran ver el programa en vivo o también lo pueden escuchar en línea en Live365.

Para los estudiantes que estén interesados en asistir a la School of Business and Management, y tener la posibilidad de formar parte del equipo de KSBM Radio, tienen hasta el 31 de enero para presentar su solicitud. Para más información, y para llenar una solicitud, hagan clic aquí.


Conrad and Hillcrest students spend their Saturday cleaning up pond

It was a chilly Saturday morning, as students started to arrive at the parking lot behind Emmett J. Conrad High School.

They came from Conrad and Hillcrest High Schools to conquer the trash-filled Conrad Pond. Members of two chapters of The Environmental League came together to begin the clean-up of the pond, which is an overflow area of White Rock creek.

Seventy students came to make a difference, to start the process to reclaim the area from the trash and debris currently filling it.

The Conrad High School Environmental League chapter was born last year when a group of seniors taking Environmental Systems were looking for a water conservation project for the City of Dallas EEI Summit. A group of nine students chose the pond. They received full funding from the EEI Summit and also won a $1,000 grant from Earth Day Pitch.

Unfortunately, the pond was too muddy to start the cleanups last year, so they passed the torch to a group of rising seniors to continue to project. They had two cleanups last year across the street at the Harry Moss DORBA trail.

A student from Hillcrest was involved in the first clean-up at Harry Moss, and he founded the Hillcrest chapter. The second cleanup became a yearly competition between Conrad and Hillcrest called the Conservation Cup. The two schools come together to help with each other’s projects throughout the year.  Both schools will benefit from an outdoor learning space.

The students of The Environmental League have many projects in the works. Conrad has more clean-ups in the pond planned for the spring semester, a vegetable garden, starting a full recycling program, and a food sharing program.

Hillcrest is working on a Monarch Butterfly garden and has taken over the school’s recycling program. Of course, they both are preparing for The Conservation Cup, EEI Summit, and Earth Day Pitch. After all this is completed, the students from both schools will be enjoying a weekend camping trip to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the world they are working to improve.


Organization provides books promoting protection of animals






The Texas Humane Legislation Network is providing books about animals to 10 Dallas ISD elementary schools in Pleasant Grove.

Earlier this month, the books were delivered to Julius Dorsey Elementary. Felicia Kerney, Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County, spoke to the students about her work prosecuting people who abuse animals. In addition, Laura Donahue and Shelby Bobosky talked about the work that the Texas Humane Legislation Network does to support laws that protect animals.

Donahue explained that their hope is that fewer laws will have to be made because more people will treat animals well because they are educated about their proper treatment and care. The books will be delivered to the Library Services Processing Center and then made available to students through the school libraries.

The other nine schools receiving books are: William Anderson, John Ireland, Edward Titche, John Runyon, John Quincy Adams, Annie Webb Blanton, William A. Blair, Richard Lagow and Nancy Moseley elementary schools.


This Week! in Dallas ISD: Dec. 15 edition

It was another great week in Dallas ISD! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

Oncor Mayor’s Race

More than 10,000 students from 165 schools ran in the Oncor Mayor’s Race, a record high turnout for the annual event (learn more)!

Principals of the Year

Spruce High School’s Danielle Petters and Blanton Elementary’s Laura Garza were named the 2017 Principals of the Year (learn more and see the finalists).

UIL competition

About 2,000 students from 111 elementary schools competed in the UIL A+ Academic Competition (learn more).

Rocking horses

Students with special needs at the Multiple Career Magnet High School dropped off their hand built rocking horses to the Ronald McDonald House (read this).

‘Dream come true’

Grab the tissues and watch Woodrow Wilson High School student Manuela as she finds out she has been accepted into Harvard for next year (watch this).

Application month

Reminder: The application window is open to apply for one of Dallas ISD’s specialty programs and schools for next school year. Applications are due by Jan. 31 (learn more).


Kiest students receive early gifts at Secret Snowman holiday event











At Edwin J. Keist Elementary School on Friday, 100 students sat on the school’s gym floor, waiting patiently for wrapped gifts to be placed in front of them.

The occasion was a “Secret Snowman” event. Employees from SalesForce, a business management consulting firm, visited the school to deliver the donated gifts and watch the students open them. Gifts were purchased for the students based on their wish lists. Kiest teacher Kaitlyn Carlstrom coordinated the event on the school side.

After remarks from campus and SalesForce representatives, students counted down from 10 and then ripped open their packages. Amid the torn paper and open boxes, students found joy in receiving some of the toys, clothing and even snacks they’d asked for.


Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD aprueba nombres nuevos para tres escuelas que honraban a generales de la Confederación

El jueves, 14 de diciembre, la Junta Escolar votó unánimemente a favor de aprobar el cambio de nombre de tres escuelas del distrito que llevan nombres de generales de la Confederación.

Cada escuela formó comités compuestos por maestros, padres y administradores para decidir el nombre nuevo de los planteles. Las escuelas que cambiarán de nombre son:

• Robert E. Lee Elementary School será Geneva Heights Elementary School;

• William L. Cabell Elementary School cambiará a Chapel Hill Preparatory;

• Stonewall Jackson Elementary School se conocerá como Mockingbird Elementary School.

Mientras tanto, se tiene planeado que Albert Sidney Johnston Elementary School reciba nombre nuevo en febrero.

El cambio de nombres será efectivo el 1 de julio de 2018.


Trustees approve new school names for three campuses named after Confederate generals

Dallas ISD trustees unanimously voted Dec. 14 to approve changing the names of three district campuses named after Confederate generals.

Each school established committees made of teachers, parents and administrators to determine the new names for the campuses. The schools that will change their names are:

  • Robert E. Lee Elementary School will become Geneva Heights Elementary School;
  • William L. Cabell Elementary School will become Chapel Hill Preparatory;
  • Stonewall Jackson Elementary School will become Mockingbird Elementary School.

Meanwhile, Albert Sidney Johnston Elementary School is set to receive a new name by February.

The new names for the schools will go into effect July 1, 2018.


Trustees approve new school names for three campuses named after Confederate generals

Dallas ISD trustees unanimously voted Dec. 14 to approve changing the names of three district campuses named after Confederate generals.

Each school established committees made of teachers, parents and administrators to determine the new names for the campuses. The schools that will change their names are:

  • Robert E. Lee Elementary School will become Geneva Heights Elementary School;
  • William L. Cabell Elementary School will become Chapel Hill Preparatory;
  • Stonewall Jackson Elementary School will become Mockingbird Elementary School.

Meanwhile, Albert Sidney Johnston Elementary School is set to receive a new name by February.

The new names for the schools will go into effect July 1, 2018.


Mentora y discípula comparten el honor de ser directoras del año de Dallas ISD

Danielle Petters, directora de H. Grady Spruce High School, y Laura Garza, directora de Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School, han sido nombradas directoras del año de Dallas ISD del 2017-2018.

“Hace veinte años, me tomó bajo su tutela”, dijo Garza.

“Ella es la razón por la que sigo en el ramo de la educación”.

Petters fue seleccionada como directora del año en la categoría de secundarias. Ha laborado en el distrito por 27 años, 16 de ellos como directora, y los últimos tres ha servido a la comunidad de Spruce High School.

Petters dijo que en un principio fue una sorpresa haber sido nombrada finalista para el honor de directora del año. “Por dos días completos no lo podía creer”, dijo Petters. “En realidad, lo que más sentí fue humildad”. Es un sentimiento que le recordó su niñez cuando era estudiante de Dallas ISD, el distrito del cual se graduaron ella y sus seis hermanos, así como dos de sus hijos.

Por otro lado, Laura Garza, directora del año en la categoría de primarias, ha trabajado para el distrito por más de 20 años, siete de ellos como directora. Los últimos tres años, ha fungido como administradora de Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School.

Su compromiso con el distrito queda demostrado no solo en sus años de servicio, y la calidad de su trabajo, sino también en su papel como madre de estudiantes de Dallas ISD.

El superintendente Michael Hinojosa dijo que confiar en la educación que ofrece el distrito, hasta el punto de enviar a sus propios hijos a nuestras escuelas es notable. Sus propios hijos asistieron y se graduaron de las escuelas del distrito.

“Nosotros inscribimos a nuestros hijos en el distrito”, dijo Hinojosa. “De hecho, Laura inscribió a sus hijos en su escuela, un plantel que estaba a punto de ser clausurado por el estado de Texas”. Sobre Petters, expresó que ella voluntariamente solicitó el puesto de directora de H. Grady Spruce High School, escuela donde ha sido difícil retener directores y que enfrentaba varios desafíos, antes de su llegada. “Cuando uno toma la iniciativa, como ella lo hizo, de entrar de lleno a una situación complicada, es más significativo,” dijo Hinojosa.

Los otros finalistas para director del año fueron:

Lourdes Garduño, Winnetka Elementary School

Robert C. Mclaurin, Walnut Hill Elementary School

Michele Broughton, School of Business and Management at Townview Center

Jonica Crowder-Lockwood D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School


Rocking horses

Ask Terry Stotts about his job as the construction and technology teacher at the Multiple Career Magnet High School, and his eyes light up.

Stotts could spend hours talking about all the reasons he loves his job teaching practical skills to students with special needs in Dallas ISD. But, by far, his favorite part of the job comes in December when his students give away the rocking horses they spent the first part of the year building by hand.

Multiple Career Magnet students donate their rocking horses to the Ronald McDonald House.

This year was no different, and Stotts smiled wide as his students gave away their rocking horses on Dec. 14 to the Ronald McDonald House, which provides stability and resources for families with a seriously sick child. Donating the wooden horses to the Ronald McDonald House is especially close to Stotts’ heart, as his daughter survived a battle with cancer when she was young.

The rocking horses are among the presents given to children at the Ronald McDonald House, and they are always some of the first gifts to go.

Stotts said the rocking horses are just one of many impressive projects his students complete every year. The ultimate goal of the program is to give the students skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The Careers Magnet includes a career and tech teacher who helps place graduates with a job and supports them throughout the process.


Franklin Middle School receives IB World School authorization

Benjamin Franklin Middle School Principal Joseph Sotelo announced Dec. 12 that the International Baccalaureate (IB) has recognized the campus as an IB World School. Representatives of the IB had visited the school in September to interview teachers, parents, students, and administrators; to review course outlines and unit plans; and to observe classroom instruction.

This authorization culminates a rigorous two-year preparation and training project that saw the inclusion of unit planning alongside daily lesson planning, a traditional eight period day modified to a block schedule, and the scheduling of all students into eight required subject areas in each grade level.

Benjamin Franklin Middle School Principal Joseph Sotelo tells staff at a meeting that the campus received IB World School Authorization.

First offered in 1994, the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world.

Implemented by 1,365 schools in 108 countries, the MYP is inclusive of all students at schools authorized to offer the program. Students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation. The MYP builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Programme (CP).

Other schools in the Hillcrest feeder pattern offering IB programs are Kramer Elementary (PYP authorized), Preston Hollow Elementary (PYP candidate), and Hillcrest High School (DP candidate).


Dallas ISD students and staff finish strong at 2017 Oncor Mayor’s Race

At this year’s Dallas Oncor Mayor’s Race on Saturday, Dec. 2, more Dallas ISD feet hit the street than ever in the event’s 14-year run.
More than 10,000 students from 165 district schools participated. In the past two years, participation in the event has increased by more than 110 percent. All Dallas ISD students and teachers can participate for free when they register through their schools, and complimentary transportation is made possible by many generous community sponsors.
The Mayor’s Race was launched in 2003 by then-mayor Laura Miller. The event is one of the many ways the BMW Dallas Marathon – which was conducted the day after the Mayor’s Race – encourages children to become physically active. The event is a positive partnership between Dallas ISD’s Urban School Wellness and the BMW Dallas Marathon.
The event is very much student-focused. To kick off the festivities, Skyline High School senior Timothy Johnson sang the National Anthem. The colors were presented by JRTOC students from L.G. Pinkston High School. Cheerleaders from W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy welcomed runners at the finish line, where 20 district principals handed out finisher medals. Participating in the run were 520 students who attend magnet schools at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center.
A poster contest celebrating school spirit and encouraging healthy habits led up to the run.

Long-ago campus colleagues reunite as 2017 Principals of the Year

A couple of decades ago, when they were teachers, Danielle Petters encouraged and mentored Laura Garza at the campus where they worked. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the two shared time in the spotlight as Dallas ISD’s 2017 Principals of the Year.

Garza, principal at Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School, said being a finalist with Petters means a lot to her. “Twenty years ago, she took me under her wing,” Garza said. “She’s the reason I’m still in education.”

She also credited her mother, who was in attendance at the luncheon. “She is the reason I can do all this,” Garza said. “She’s helping me raise my children.”

Petters said that being named a finalist for Principal of the Year was initially a shock. “For two full days, I was in a fog,” she said. “I decided the emotion I felt the most was humbleness.”

Petters and her six siblings graduated from Dallas ISD, as did her two children. Further, she earned her alternative certification to begin teaching and her administrative certification to become a principal through the district. She has been a Dallas ISD principal for 16 years.

“It’s been my life,” she said. “There are so many people in this room that I have learned from and learned with.

“I’m very grateful for this.”

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said believing in the district enough to send your own kids to Dallas ISD takes commitment. Likewise, his children attended and graduated from district schools.

“We put our kids in the system,” he said. “In fact, Laura put her own kids in her school that was about to be shut down by the state.”

Of Petters, he said she voluntarily applied to lead H. Grady Spruce High School, which has had a revolving door of principals before her tenure amid many challenges. “When you step up like that, it makes it that more meaningful, to stand up in a tough situation.”

Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde said being a principal has become an increasingly difficult position.

“The principalship is not a job, it’s a calling,” Elizalde said. “And that calling requires an additional three Cs. You must be confident, even when you stand alone; you must be compassionate, to the needs of all; and you must have courage, every single day to make really tough decisions.”

See the other finalists for Elementary and Secondary Principal of the Year here.


2,000 Dallas ISD students compete in elementary UIL academic contest









It may not have taken an actual village to conduct the Dallas ISD Elementary UIL A+ Academic Competition on Dec. 2, but it might have looked like it did.

To support the 2,000 or so students from 111 participating elementary schools, there were 352 coaches and 210 chaperones in attendance at Moisés E. Molina High School. Students competed in Chess; Dictionary Skills; Listening; Maps, Charts & Graphs; Number Sense; Ready Writing; Social Studies; Spelling; and Storytelling.

Find a list of the results here.


School’s new Montessori program teaches lessons beyond classroom

Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School has two new mixed-age Montessori classrooms that have been a big success for the students and campus.

The classrooms have 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds working and learning together.

“We have materials that really help the children develop their independence and building their empathy and kindness towards others,” said Marianne Carranza, a Montessori teacher at the school.

Alejandra Abundis, a parent of a student in a Montessori classroom, said it’s been a great fit for her child.

“What she learns in the classroom, she applies to everywhere she goes,” Abundis said.

For students interested in a Montessori school or classroom,  the window to apply to attend a Dallas ISD Montessori school is open now through Jan. 31. Go here to apply and learn more.


Conozca a los finalistas para Director del Año de Dallas ISD

El 13 de diciembre, se nombrarán a dos Directores del año de Dallas ISD seleccionados de un grupo altamente capacitados de seis líderes escolares.

Cada director presentó un paquete de solicitud que incluye su currículum vítae, respuestas a dos preguntas de ensayo, cartas de recomendación de padres, maestros y directores ejecutivos de varias zonas escolares. Dos ganadores serán nombrados, uno de una escuela primaria y otro de una escuela secundaria.

Conozca a continuación a los seis finalistas.

PRIMARIA
Lourdes Garduño se ha desempeñado como directora en Winnetka Elementary School por los últimos 10 años. En su solicitud, ella describe lo que significa ser una persona una cree en el liderazgo de servicio.

Laura Garza ha sido directora en Dallas ISD durante siete años, los últimos tres en Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School, un campus ACE (Accelerating Campus Excellence).

Robert C. Mclaurin ha sido director de Walnut Hill Elementary School durante los últimos tres años. En su solicitud, explica cómo el presentar continuamente desafíos profesionales a los maestros los ayuda a crecer e inspirarlos.

SECUNDARIA
Michele Broughton ha sido directora de Dallas ISD durante cuatro años, todos en la School of Business and Management at Townview. En su solicitud, ella comparte que aprender y aplicar nuevos conocimientos a su trabajo para mejorar las vidas de los estudiantes, maestros, familias y la comunidad es lo que la convierte en una líder de servicio.

Jonica Crowder-Lockwood ha trabajado como directora en Dallas ISD durante 12 años, los últimos tres en D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. En su solicitud, ella explica cómo establece la expectativa que los maestros impartan instrucción de alta calidad diariamente.

Danielle Petters ha sido directora en Dallas ISD durante 16 años, durante los últimos tres años ha sido líder en H. Grady Spruce High School. En su solicitud, ella explica la razón de cómo el empoderar e inspirar a los maestros no sucede por casualidad.


Top Dallas ISD campus leaders vying for 2017 Principal of the Year honors

Two 2017 Dallas ISD Principals of the Year will be named on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from a field of six highly skilled campus leaders.

Hopefuls submitted an application packet that includes their resumé, answers to two essay questions, letters of endorsement from parents, teachers and feeder-pattern executive directors. Two winners will emerge, one from an elementary school and the other from a middle or high school.

Learn about the six finalists below.

ELEMENTARY

Lourdes Garduño has served as principal at Winnetka Elementary School the past 10 years. In her application, she describes what it means to her to be a servant leader.

“The leader doesn’t wear a title as a way to show who’s in charge, doesn’t think she/he’s better than everyone else, and acts in a way to care for others,” Garduño writes. “She/ he may, in fact, pick up the trash after a carnival or help clean up cafeteria tables, help the Robotics team carry boxes to the bus, open the building at 6 a.m. for the team to pick up their materials, mop when there is a spill, help a teacher set up bulletin boards, and even cook the turkey for the staff’s yearly pot luck. Setting an example of service, the servant leader understands that it is not about the leader, but about others.”

Laura Garza has been a principal in Dallas ISD for seven years, the past three at Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School, which is an ACE (Accelerating Campus Excellence) campus.

“Inspiring and empowering teachers to deliver high-quality instruction daily and being agents of change is the focus of our work; it is what drives the transformation of a low-performing campus to become a learning environment that embodies our mantra ‘HARD WORK CONQUERS ALL,’ ” Garza writes. “To inspire is to influence someone to do something. To empower is to make stronger. The only way to make someone stronger is to believe that they can get stronger and to follow a mindset of improvement. For this reason, I have found it extremely important to focus on explaining why we do things and our urgency in getting it done. “

Robert C. Mclaurin has been principal at Walnut Hill Elementary School for the past three years. In his application, he explains how continually challenging teachers can empower and inspire them.

“It is important to develop teacher leaders on your campus who can support change and help make sense of things to all stakeholders,” Mclaurin writes. “All teacher leaders must understand that ongoing change and innovation are necessary to achieve our campus vision and true excellence. As principal, it is important to celebrate the achievement of goals, but never stop motivating the staff to push for higher goals in the pursuit of excellence. Teachers should always feel fully supported and challenged by campus leadership.”

SECONDARY

Michele Broughton has been a Dallas ISD principal for four years, all at the School of Business and Management at Townview Center. In her application, she shares that learning and applying new knowledge to her job to improve the lives of students, teachers, families and the community is what makes her a servant leader.

“A servant leader is one who understands his or her ethical responsibility to the greater society and is fully aware of the overall concept of growing people,” Broughton writes. “The most prominent difference between a stereotypical leader and a servant leader is the fact that a leader realizes the need for a common goal and the plan to achieve that goal. A servant leader realizes the same viewpoint but is sensitive to how each facet of the plan is implemented, thinks about whether it is for the good of the order, and ultimately utilizes the gifts of each individual to achieve a positive outcome for all. One of the servant leader’s greatest charges is to skillfully match talent to purpose and then motivate a team of people to become change agents together.”

Jonica Crowder-Lockwood has worked as a principal in Dallas ISD for 12 years, the past three at D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. In her application, she explains how she sets the expectation that teachers deliver high-quality instruction every day.

“In order for that goal to come to fruition I must provide an environment where learning can take place,” Crowder-Lockwood writes. “During the summer I meet with our campus Culture Team, our goal is to develop and review our plan for a creating an environment for positive student culture so learning can thrive. I want to develop not only the academic side of students but also the social and emotional side. At the beginning of each day all students and staff begin their day together in Hulcy Huddle, where a character lesson is taught.”

 Danielle Petters has been a principal in Dallas ISD for 16 years, the past three spent leading H. Grady Spruce High School. As part of her application, she explains why empowering and inspiriing teachers doesn’t happen by accident.

“Creating a school where quality instruction is the norm and teachers see themselves as agents of change does not happen by chance,” Petters writes. “It involves intentionally creating an aspirational and safe school culture, hiring the right people, supporting them, constantly asking for and acting on feedback, and intentionally developing leadership at all levels. Leading up to that moment when a teacher welcomes her first student, to her first class, on the first day of school, a sophisticated series of interlocking gears come together to supercharge and propel that instant forward and set the stage for high-achieving students, teachers, and schools.”


Townview magnet students getting schooled in the business of radio

KSBM Radio is live on air, and the four co-hosts are discussing how no one seems to be paying attention anymore to the Hurricane Harvey cleanup efforts.

Meanwhile, the radio show’s social media team is snapping photos and streaming the broadcast on Facebook Live, producers are guiding the direction of the discussion, and the director is making sure everything is running smoothly.

KSBM Radio is not broadcasting from some fancy building downtown; it’s coming live from the Townview Center and is entirely run by students in the marketing cluster at the School of Business and Management. Daniela, a senior and director of KSBM Radio, said students gain a variety of real world skills through the show.

“We learn by doing here on KSBM Radio: The Voice of Townview,” Daniela said. “From researching controversial topics, learning how to use social media professionally, running a live show, or making intelligent arguments, this is a great learning opportunity.”

KSBM Radio: The Voice of Townview launched in 2013, and it broadcasts weekly 10:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Wednesdays. You can watch on Facebook Live or listen at Live365.

For students interested in attending the School of Business and Management and potentially becoming a part of KSBM Radio, the window to apply to attend a Dallas ISD magnet school is open through Jan. 31. Go here to apply and learn more.


Los estudiantes del programa AVID en Stockard prueban lo que es la vida universitaria en SMU

Estudiantes del programa AVID en L.V. Stockard Middle School tuvieron la oportunidad de visitar Southern Methodist University en noviembre para descubrir cómo es la vida de un estudiante universitario.

Durante su visita a SMU, los estudiantes se reunieron con un profesor de periodismo, realizaron un recorrido por el centro de medios de la escuela y aprendieron sobre las diferentes becas disponibles para los estudiantes que desean asistir a SMU.

El programa AVID en Stockard está trabajando para cerrar la brecha de oportunidad y proporcionarles a nuestros estudiantes experiencias de la vida que de otro modo no tendrían. AVID (Avance A través de Determinación Personal) es un programa que enseña a los estudiantes aptitudes como tomar notas y organizar el trabajo escolar para aumentar su éxito académico y ayudarlos a prepararse para la universidad.


Roma Boots presenta donaciones de calzado a los estudiantes de Jill Stone Elementary School

Los estudiantes en una escuela primaria de Dallas ISD se están beneficiando de una donación del calzado adecuado justo a tiempo para prepararlos para el clima húmedo de invierno.

Samuel Bistrian, propietario de Roma Boots, recientemente donó un par de botas de lluvia para cada estudiante en Jill Stone Elementary School at Vickery Meadow. La edición especial “Wonder Boot” fue desarrollada en asociación con Lionsgate, la compañía que produjo la película que recientemente se exhibió en los teatros, “Wonder”.

Roma Boots tiene la meta de donar 1 millón de botas antes del año 2020.

Alexia MacIntosh de Shops at Park Lane, donde se encuentra la tienda Roma Boots en Dallas, realizó el enlace entre la empresa y la escuela.


La Junta Escolar aprueba resolución designando a todas las escuelas como tolerantes y seguras

El jueves, los representantes de la Junta Escolar aprobaron por unanimidad una resolución para designar a todas las escuelas del Dallas ISD como más tolerantes y seguras en la medida que permita la ley.

La resolución aprobada establece que:

CONSIDERANDO QUE, la Junta Escolar del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas acepta la diversidad de nuestros estudiantes y familias y los ricos valores culturales y de lenguaje que aportan a nuestro distrito y firmemente apoya y fomenta la participación de todos los padres y familias en nuestras escuelas; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, la Junta Escolar del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas está comprometida 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, género, identidad de género, discapacidad, o nivel socioeconómico; y 

CONSIDERANDO QUE, el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas está comprometido a proporcionar un ambiente educativo que haga posible la seguridad física y el bienestar emocional de todo estudiante; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas ha adoptado políticas que prohíben la discriminación, incluyendo el acoso, en contra de cualquier estudiante por cualquier otra razón protegida por la ley, que crea un ambiente educativo intimidante, amenazante, hostil u ofensivo. (FFH (LOCAL); y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas reconoce que es necesario un ambiente seguro y civil para que los estudiantes aprendan y logren altos niveles académicos y para promover relaciones humanas sanas (FFI (LOCAL)); y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas está comprometido a preparar a todo estudiante para el éxito; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, ha habido un incremento en el número de casos en que estudiantes del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas han mostrado ansiedad y temor de que ellos o sus familias puedan ser deportados; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, bajo la ley federal y estatal, el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas no tiene la autoridad ni responsabilidad en determinar el estado migratorio de los estudiantes o sus familias, o de hacer cumplir las leyes federales de inmigración; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas cree que lo mejor para sus estudiantes es tomar medidas para asegurar a todos los estudiantes y sus familias que no se tolerarán interrupciones al ambiente de aprendizaje; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, para poder proporcionar ambientes escolares que conduzcan en lo más posible al aprendizaje, cada escuela del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas debe ser designada como tolerante y segura para todos los estudiantes y sus familias a la mayor medida que lo permita la ley.

ASÍ, POR LO TANTO, SE RESUELVE, que, la Junta Escolar del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas manifiesta que cada escuela del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas es tolerante y segura para todos los estudiantes y sus familias en la mayor medida que lo permita la ley; y

SEA RESUELTO, ADEMÁS, que el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas está plenamente comprometido a garantizar un ambiente escolar que facilite la seguridad física y el bienestar emocional de todo estudiante; y

SEA RESUELTO, ADEMÁS, que la Junta Escolar del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas requiere al superintendente que se asegure que el distrito garantice que los estudiantes estén informados de oportunidades para obtener acceso a la universidad, tarifa de matrícula para residentes del estado, ayuda financiera, becas, pasantías, y oportunidades profesionales, sin importar su estado migratorio; y

SEA RESUELTO, ADEMÁS, que ninguna parte de esta resolución debe ser interpretada como una exigencia hacia un empleado o agente del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas a tomar medidas en violación a la ley federal o estatal.


All-boys school just one of many specialty campuses in Dallas ISD

Gym class every Thursday at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence in Pleasant Grove is unusual. Instead of typical sports or activities, the Boy Scouts take over, teaching the students camping and other skills. Something else sets this school apart: It’s the district’s first all-boys school that’s not a magnet campus.

Read the entire article from KERA here.

Learn  more about the many choices in Dallas ISD by visiting dallasisd.org/yourchoices. Applications for magnet schools, choice schools and specialty programs are being accepted now through Jan. 31, 2018.


This Week! in Dallas ISD: Dec. 8 edition

It was another great week in Dallas ISD! Watch the above video, or read below, to learn more.

Discover Dallas ISD

Hundreds of families discovered a best-fit school at the largest school fairs in Dallas last weekend. There are two more of these Discover Dallas ISD School Fairs on Saturday, so come on out (learn more)!

Application month

The application window is open to apply for one of Dallas ISD’s specialty programs and schools for next school year. Applications are due by Jan. 31 (learn more).

Early release

Reminder: the district’s secondary schools will have early release days Dec. 19-21 (learn more).

They have a dream

After giving impassioned speeches on their dreams for today’s world, eight students advanced to the Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition Finals being held Jan. 12 (learn more).

Piano Man

The Cliburn in the Classroom music program recently took guest musicians – and a grand piano – to Jerry Junkins Elementary School (learn more).

These boots are made for walking

Roma Boots donated footwear to every Jill Stone Elementary School student (learn more).

United Way campaign

Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign has so far raised $77,541, which is close to the goal of $80,000! The campaign just has one more week to go (learn more).


Douglass Elementary gets students career-ready with computer coding

With Computer Science Education Week coming to a close, watch how Dallas ISD’s Frederick Douglass Elementary School is creating 21st-century learners by focusing on teaching computer coding to all its students, from pre-K to fifth grade.

“They are actually solving problems with the programs that they are creating,” said Principal Marquetta Masters. “Not only at school, but also it translates to them solving problems at home.”

The district is working to incorporate coding curriculum at all of its elementary schools to give students an advantage in their future careers.

“Computer Science, it’s something that is a discipline,” said Oswaldo Alvarenga, executive director of the Dallas ISD STEM Department. “If you just start it at the high school or the university level, it will be difficult. So you need early exposure to computer science.”


Dade students think about achieving a greater good during WE Day Texas event

Students from Billy Earl Dade Middle School participated in a “WE Day Texas” event, hosted by the Dallas-based nonprofit, Urban Specialists, in conjunction with the WE Volunteer Now Speaking Tour, that included captivating speeches and interactive workshops.

Students learned about and discussed how they can use their time and talents in pursuit of a greater good.

WE Schools, affiliated with the WE Charity network, “empowers young people to take meaningful action and become active local and global citizens” at WE Day events throughout the country.

Lincoln High School will host a “WE Day Texas” event on Dec. 14.


Stockard AVID students experience SMU college life up firsthand

Students from L.V. Stockard Middle School’s AVID program had the opportunity to visit Southern Methodist University in November to discover what life is really like as a college student.

While at SMU, students visited with a professor of Journalism, took a tour of the school’s media center, and learned about different scholarships that are available to students looking to attend SMU.

The AVID program at Stockard is working to erase the opportunity gap and provide our students with life experiences they might not otherwise have. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program that teaches students skills such as note-taking and organizing schoolwork to boost their academic success and help prepare them for college.


Se abre el plazo para presentar solicitudes para escuelas magnet, transformación

Ya pueden llenar su solicitud en línea los estudiantes interesados en asistir a uno de los reconocidos programas magnet o escuelas de transformación de Dallas ISD durante el año escolar 2018-2019. La fecha límite para presentar la solicitud es el miércoles, 31 de enero.

El distrito cuenta con algunas de las mejores escuelas magnet en el país. Pueden ver la lista completa de las escuelas magnet del Dallas ISD haciendo clic aquí. Los estudiantes que asisten a las escuelas magnet deben cumplir ciertos requisitos. Para más información sobre las escuelas y el proceso de solicitud, hagan clic aquí.

Las escuelas de transformación están diseñadas para atraer la atención de los alumnos, aprovechando los intereses, aspiraciones y estilos de aprendizaje de cada uno de ellos. Los programas son similares a las escuelas magnet, aunque no se tienen que cumplir requisitos académicos. Para más información sobre las escuelas y el proceso de solicitud, hagan clic aquí.


Stevens Park Elementary cuts ribbon on new outdoor learning garden

Dallas ISD’s Stevens Park Elementary School dedicated its new learning garden at a special event on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

The outdoor classroom was generously donated by surrounding neighborhood associations Stevens Park Estates, Stevens Park Village and the Old Oak Cliff Heritage Society. Also attending was Dallas ISD District 7 Trustee Audrey Pinkerton.

The school’s choir and cheerleaders performed for guests, who also enjoyed refreshments in the new garden.


Protocolo del distrito en caso de mal tiempo

En caso de mal tiempo, la decisión de abrir o cerrar las escuelas se tomará para las 6 a.m. y se informará lo más pronto posible a los padres, tutores legales y al personal escolar por diferentes medios:

  • Nos comunicaremos con las estaciones locales de radio y televisión para las 6 a.m. para informarles si las escuelas abrirán o permanecerán cerradas. Las estaciones difundirán la información pertinente a la comunidad.
  • Se realizarán llamadas automáticas lo más pronto posible a los padres y al personal escolar a los números de teléfono con los que contamos informándoles de la decisión.
  • Publicaremos información en la página web del distrito, dallasisd.org.
  • Proporcionaremos una grabación en la línea de información del distrito, (972) 925-3700.

Si las escuelas abren, se impartirán clases todo el día para no causar inconveniencias a los padres que trabajan y para no interrumpir el aprendizaje.

Procedimiento

Se cancelarán las clases si se determina que los autobuses escolares no pueden transitar de manera segura, si se interrumpe el servicio de electricidad, o se restringe el gas natural en las escuelas.

El procedimiento para tomar la decisión de cerrar las escuelas comienza temprano por la mañana cuando el personal escolar en cada área de la ciudad conduce en las calles cercanas a las escuelas del vecindario para revisar las condiciones del pavimento. El personal consulta con el servicio meteorológico, el departamento de policía, y con las compañías de gas y otros servicios sobre el pronóstico del tiempo, condiciones de las vías, y la energía disponible para encender la calefacción en las escuelas. Se le presenta dicha información al superintendente, quien toma la decisión final de abrir o cerrar las escuelas.


Read up on Dallas ISD’s inclement weather policy

Colder weather means that when precipitation falls, there is an increasing chance of snow or ice that could cause the closure of Dallas ISD schools. Find out how the decision to close schools is made and how that decision is communicated below.

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to open or close schools will be made no later than 6 a.m. on the day in question and communicated as soon as possible to parents/guardians and staff in several ways:

  • The district will call local radio and television stations by 6 a.m. to inform them whether or not schools are to be open or closed. The stations will then broadcast this information to the public.
  • Automated phone calls stating whether schools are to be open or closed are made as soon as possible to parents and staff for whom the district has current phone numbers.
  • The information is posted on the districts Web site at www.dallasisd.org.
  • A recorded message is placed on the districts information line at (972) 925-3700 .

Once schools are open for the day, classes are held for the entire school day so as to not inconvenience working parents or disrupt the learning environment.

Procedure

Classes will not be held if it is determined that buses are unable to operate safely; if electric service at schools is disrupted; or if natural gas to schools is curtailed.

The procedure for making the decision to close schools begins early in the morning when school personnel in each area of the city drive the streets near the neighborhood schools to check road conditions. Personnel confer with the weather bureau, police department, and gas and utility companies about forecasts, road conditions, and available energy for heating the buildings. The findings are reported to the superintendent of schools, who makes the final decision to open or close schools.


Eight students advance to 26th annual MLK Jr. Oratory finals Jan. 12









After giving impassioned speeches on their dreams for today’s world, the 14 Dallas ISD semifinalists in the 26th annual Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition learned which ones among them will compete in the final round next month.

The semifinalists, who had placed first at their campus contests, competed on Tuesday, Dec. 5, César Chávez Learning Center. The eight finalists will compete beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at W.H. Adamson High School.

The finalists are (in no particular order):

  • Wesley Stokes, Harry C. Withers Elementary
  • Kennedi Stone, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary
  • Jeremiah Wilson, Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary
  • Asad King, William Brown Miller Elementary
  • Emerson Byrd, Thomas Tolbert Elementary
  • Kevinyana Warren, Clara Oliver Elementary
  • Marna Al-Isawi, J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard
  • Skye Turner, Charles Rice Learning Center

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


AlumNow: SOC basketball star returns home to give back to community

After graduating in 1992 as a star basketball player from South Oak Cliff High School, Derrick Battie went on to play as a starter for all four of his years at Temple University — one of the top NCAA men’s basketball programs in the country.

Under the leadership of Hall of Fame coach John Chaney, Battie earned a trip to two NCAA Tournament Sweet 16s and one Elite 8 appearance. After spending some time playing basketball in the NBA and overseas, Battie is now giving back as a community liaison for his alma mater.

The Hub checked in with with Battie as part of its ongoing AlumNow series.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mrs. Barbara Brown McCoy; she was a larger-than-life figure in addition to being a former USA Olympian and SOC alumni Class of ’77 who won a state title and who came back to coach. Mrs. McCoy didn’t allow us to settle for less then our best. She was a strong teacher who understood our issues beyond the classroom and made us want more for our families and our future by teaching us the importance of family and getting a great education. We stay in touch even today. Her son, Rodrick, was a member on the state team, too.

What lesson did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years?
Back in the ’90s, the best thing any student could do was go to college. I was blessed to attend a top Division 1 college on the east coast, where I learned to take care of myself, learned the culture and history of the northeast — places like Philly, New York, D.C, Boston and Atlanta. These experiences where eye-opening and taught me the importance of traveling outside of your community, using the world as a teaching resource. Then I moved to Europe to play in Rome for some years, then from state to state in the NBA.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?
I always encourage students to do a few things: First, be very humble and respectful to everyone you are blessed to meet. Be good servers of the community, give back as much as they can. Also, do everything in your power to pursue a great advanced degree and college education. “GET THAT DEGREE,” then return home like I did and give back to others who will be blessed by your experiences.


Cliburn in the Classroom program keys into how music sparks growth

The Cliburn in the Classroom music program recently took guest musicians – and a grand piano – to Dallas ISD’s Jerry Junkins Elementary School.

“We do these programs because we believe music education is a big part of what helps kids grow emotionally, intellectually, psychologically,” said pianist Alex McDonald. “There’s no substitute, I believe, for having live music performed.”

Visiting schools is also fun, McDonald said, because he gets to present music students may never have heard before.

Cliburn in the Classroom has partnered with Dallas ISD for 11 years.

“Since 2006, the Cliburn Foundation has been sending professional pianists into Dallas ISD elementary schools, giving masterful live performances for our students,” said Tim Linley, executive director of Dallas ISD Visual & Performing Arts. “This year, the Cliburn will visit 30 Dallas ISD elementary campuses; we are so tremendously blessed to have our students exposed to the highest echelons of artistry through this collaboration.”


A-W-E-S-O-M-E: Joe May Elementary School hosts great spelling bee

Can you spell A-W-E-S-O-M-E?

Joe May Elementary School hosted its annual Spelling Bee on Dec. 5, with CBS 11 News anchor Ken Molestina serving as the guest pronouncer.

The spelling bee winners with Principal Israel Rivera and CSB 11 News anchor/spelling bee moderator Ken Molestina.

After several rounds of elimination, the winners are:

1st place: Arielle Hernandez (fifth-grade)
2nd place: Giselle De Paz Cortez (fourth-grade)
3rd place: Nicole Rivera (fourth-grade)

Those three students will now advance to the district competition.


Ferias escolares más grandes de Dallas ofrecen a familias oportunidad de descubrir todo lo que el distrito

Cientos de familias tuvieron la oportunidad de informarse sobre las diferentes escuelas del distrito y la variedad de opciones para los estudiantes durante las ferias escolares más grandes de la ciudad que se realizaron el 2 de diciembre.

Si se perdieron estas primeras dos ferias Descubre Dallas ISD, no tiene que preocuparse, porque se llevarán a cabo dos más el sábado, 9 de diciembre, de 9 a.m.–1 p.m. en los siguientes lugares:

  • Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.
  • Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Road

Desde mariachi hasta danza moderna, los estudiantes destacaron sus destrezas durante las ferias.

El mariachi de W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy durante su interpretación en la feria Descubre Dallas ISD.

Los padres recibieron información sobre las oportunidades académicas que se ofrecen, desde escuelas exclusivamente para varones o para mujeres, hasta academias universitarias, escuelas magnet y otras más.

Macario Hernández, director de Trinidad “Trini” Garza ECHS saluda a una familia durante la feria Descubre Dallas ISD.

También, estuvieron presentes las estupendas escuelas de vecindario del distrito para hablar con los padres sobre las ventajas que ofrecen sus planteles.

El equipo de C.A. Tatum Elementary School habló con los padres sobre los beneficios de su escuela.

¡Anote en su calendario la fecha, sábado 9 de diciembre, y venga a descubrir la mejor escuela para su hijo! También, pueden hacer clic aquí para ver un mapa interactivo que muestra todos los excelentes programas que ofrecen nuestras escuelas.


Hundreds of families discover a best-fit school at largest school fairs in Dallas

Hundreds of families helped discover their best-fit school at the city’s largest school fairs held Dec. 2.

For those who missed the first two Discover Dallas ISD school fairs, there are two more on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at:

  • Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.
  • Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Road

From mariachi to modern dance, the student performances were a highlight of the Discover Dallas ISD school fairs held Dec. 2.

The W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy Mariachi Band performs at the Discover Dallas ISD fair.

From all-boys and all-girls schools to collegiate academies, magnet schools and more, families learned about the academic opportunities that are a perfect fit for their child.

Trinidad “Trini” Garza ECHS Principal Macario Hernandez and a family at the Discover Dallas ISD Fair.

The district’s outstanding neighborhood schools were also on hand to talk with families about the benefits of their campuses.

The team at C.A. Tatum Elementary School talks with families about the benefits of the neighborhood school.

So mark your calendar and come out to discover the school that’s best for your child this Saturday, Dec. 9! And go here to see an interactive map showing what all of our outstanding schools have to offer families.


Estudiantes de escuelas secundarias saldrán temprano los últimos días de este semestre

Las oficinas y las escuelas de Dallas ISD estarán cerradas del viernes, 22 de diciembre al viernes, 5 de enero, debido a las vacaciones de invierno. El personal administrativo regresará a trabajar el lunes, 8 de enero, y los estudiantes volverán a clases el martes, 9 de enero.

Además, del 19 al 21 de diciembre, los estudiantes de las escuelas secundarias del distrito saldrán temprano de clases. La mayoría de las secundarias, academias, y escuelas Montessori dejarán salir a los estudiantes a las 12:35 p.m., mientras que la mayoría de las preparatorias, escuelas magnet y programas early college harán lo propio a la 1:15 p.m. Confirme la hora de salida con la escuela de su hijo. En la mayoría de los casos, las escuelas primarias saldrán a su horario normal. En la lista de abajo puede ver las excepciones.

Salida a las 12:00 p.m.
• Kathlyn Gilliam Collegiate Academy
• Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
• IDEA High School

Salida a las 12:35 p.m.
• Ann Richards Middle School
• Billy Earl Dade Middle School
• Thomas Edison Middle Learning Center
• Sarah Zumwalt Middle School
• J.L. Long Middle School
• Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs
• Young Men’s Academy at Florence
• Piedmont GLOBAL Academy

Salida a la 1 p.m.
• Bryan Adams High School
• Trinidad Garza Early College High School
• John L. Patton
• W.W. Samuell Early College High School

Otras excepciones: Woodrow Wilson High School, 1:05 p.m.; Lassiter Early College y A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School, 1:15 p.m.


Roma Boots donates footwear to every Jill Stone Elementary student

Students at one Dallas ISD elementary school are benefitting from a donation of the proper footwear just in time to prepare them for wet, winter weather.

Samuel Bistrian, owner of Roma Boots, recently donated a pair of rain boots for every student at Jill Stone Elementary School at Vickery Meadow. The special-edition “Wonder Boot” was developed in a partnership with Lionsgate, the company that produced the recently released movie, “Wonder.”

Roma Boots is on a mission to donate 1 million boots by the year 2020.

Alexia MacIntosh from the Shops at Park Lane, where the Dallas Roma Boots store is located, made the connection between the company and school possible.


Computer Science Education Week: How parents can help students with STEM

Computer Science Education Week is Dec. 4–10, and it’s a chance to highlight how Dallas ISD schools are preparing students for success in the 21st-century.

In recognition of this week, Dallas ISD STEM Executive Director Oswaldo Alvarenga has a few tips with how parents can help get their kid interested in the important subject. Watch the above video to see what Alvarenga has to say.


Secondary schools have early release days leading up to Winter Break

Dallas ISD schools and offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Jan. 5, for Winter Break. Students return on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, with staff reporting back to work the day before on Monday, Jan. 8.

Additionally, the district’s secondary schools will have early release days Dec. 19-21. Most middle schools, academies and Montessori schools will dismiss at 12:35 p.m., while most high schools, magnet schools and early colleges will dismiss at 1:15 p.m. Exceptions are noted in the list below. Confirm early release times with your child’s school. Elementary schools will in most cases dismiss at the normal end-of-day times.

12:00 p.m. dismissal
• Kathlyn Gilliam Collegiate Academy
• Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
• IDEA High School

12:35 p.m. dismissal
• Ann Richards Middle School
• Billy Earl Dade Middle School
• Thomas Edison Middle Learning Center
• Sarah Zumwalt Middle School
• J.L. Long Middle School
• Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs
• Young Men’s Academy at Florence
• Piedmont GLOBAL Academy

1 p.m. dismissal 
• Bryan Adams High School
• Trinidad Garza Early College High School
• John L. Patton
• W.W. Samuell Early College High School

Other exceptions: Woodrow Wilson High School, 1:05 p.m.; Lassiter Early College and A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School, 1:15 p.m.


District accepting applications now for magnet, transformation schools

Students who wish to begin attending one of Dallas ISD’s excellent magnet programs or transformation schools for the 2018-2019 school year are encouraged to apply online now. Applications are do no later than Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The district is home to some of the nation’s top-rated magnet schools. Find a list of magnets here. Students who attend our magnets meet certain eligibility requirements. Learn more and begin the application process here.

Transformation schools are designed to provide a “best-fit school” to students that aligns with a child’s specific interests, aspirations and preferred learning style. The programs are similar to magnets, but do not have an academic entry requirement. Learn more and begin the application process here.


This Week! in Dallas ISD: Dec. 1 edition

This week will close on a high note at the two Discover Dallas ISD school fairs happening on Saturday, where families can find the school that’s just right for their child. To learn more about the event—and the other great news from the week—watch the above video or read below!

Discover Dallas ISD

Representatives from every school will be at the upcoming Discover Dallas ISD schools fairs conveniently located across the city. Each fair will also feature live performances, student demonstrations, and a whole lot more (learn more).

So many options…

See for yourself what makes our schools special! Check out this interactive map showing the instructional highlights and extracurricular activities at every Dallas ISD school (learn more).

Visit from the pros

Dallas Mavericks Forward Harrison Barnes recently met with the Lincoln High School basketball team to announce the donation of protective gear (learn more).

Field Trip Fund

Elrod’s Cost Plus Supermarket presented a check to the district for $14,573 to fund field trips for Dallas ISD schools (learn more).

Building knowledge

Female students from seven high schools learned the basics of commercial real estate at a mock development competition (learn more).

United Way campaign

Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign has raised more than $44,000 so far for a great cause! There are just two weeks to go to meet the goal of $80,000 (learn more).


Rusk Middle keeps designation as AVID demonstration school








Students and staff at Dallas ISD’s Thomas J. Rusk Middle School got the answer they wanted to hear on Thursday, Nov. 30.

After a thorough review, Rusk once again earned a designation as an AVID National Demonstration School. This time, the renewed certification won’t expire for three years, which is the longest time period granted.

The announcement came in a pep rally-type setting, with Rusk cheerleaders and the band setting an exciting tone. Mike Mozingo’s confirmation of the recertification made students and staff in the school auditorium cheer.

“You are a very good school,” said Mozingo, a program manager for AVID in Texas. “To be a National Demonstration School, you have to do AVID very well.”

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and its techniques give students the tools they need to succeed academically. That includes such things as teaching them how to take effective notes in class to learning how to be organized by using a detailed binder for all their schoolwork. The end goal is to make students college-ready. Several Dallas ISD schools offer the AVID program.

Being a National Demonstration School means that Rusk’s program exhibits best practices, and will be an example other schools in the region can visit to see what it takes to implement a high-level AVID program.

Principal Juan Cordoba credited AVID students and staff for putting in the hard work necessary to renew the certification.

Rusk is in its first year as an ACE (Accelerating Campus Excellence) school, a district effort that staffs academically struggling schools with experienced, proven educators and also requires an added commitment from students and parents to strive for excellence.

Cordoba called the AVID recertification a big win, and it is among many others sure to follow.


Descubre Dallas ISD: aprendiendo dos idiomas.

Conozca más sobre el Programa de Lenguaje Dual Bilateral en Dallas ISD, y el de más rápido crecimiento en el Norte de Texas. Por medio de este programa, los alumnos aprenden inglés y español desde una temprana edad. Aprenda más sobre este y otros programas especializados en escuelas del Dallas ISD durante las ferias escolares Descubre Dallas ISD, las cuales se llevarán a cabo este sábado, 2 de diciembre y el sábado, 9 de diciembre.


Discover Dallas ISD is almost here!

Discover the school that’s just right for your child at one of four Discover Dallas ISD school fairs conveniently located across the city! From all-boys and all-girls schools to collegiate academies, magnet schools and more, Dallas ISD has an academic opportunity that’s a perfect fit for your son or daughter.

This weekend’s Discover Dallas ISD fairs are Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., at Skyline High School and Ellis Davis Field House.

Representatives from these schools and neighborhood schools in your geographic area will be on hand at each fair to answer questions about admission requirements, the application process, program offerings, and after-school and extracurricular activities.

At each fair, you can also enjoy live performances by our incredible visual and performing arts students along with student demonstrations of STEM and robotics projects. Those who attend the Southeast location on December 2 at Skyline High School are in for a special treat from the STEM Department as they host a “Bridge Building Competition.”

Admission and parking are free at all four locations.

Interested in attending? Download a flyer for yourself or your family and friends.


United Way employee giving campaign up to $44,000 so far

Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign has so far raised $44,496 for a great cause! There are just two weeks to go to meet the goal of $80,000.

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

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


Descubre Dallas ISD: Estudios universitarios sin costo alguno

¿60 horas de créditos universitarios gratis, mientras estudia la escuela preparatoria? Este es uno de los beneficios que las Academias Universitarias del Dallas ISD ofrecen, además de encaminar a los estudiantes hacia una carrera profesional. Conozca más sobre este y otros programas en Descubre Dallas ISD este sábado, 2 de diciembre y el sábado, 9 de diciembre.


Contest asks students to use technology to promote health

An annual contest aims to not only urge students to think about health and fitness, but to also use technology to promote an aspect of healthy living.

Tech Fest 2018 is coordinated by Dallas ISD’s Urban School Wellness Department and has been a component of the district’s annual STEM Day Expo. Submitted work will be displayed at the event, which is set for Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

The Tech Fest competition accepts entries from any Dallas ISD student in five categories: Animation, Digital Photography, Multimedia, Digital Video and Desktop Publishing. The entries should center on the importance of staying active and making healthy choices and relate to concept that fosters that lifestyle.

Contest winners will be eligible for technology prizes. The deadline for all entries is Friday, Dec. 15.

Learn more about each category, see examples of past winning projects and submit entries at www.techfestmediafair.com.


Dallas Mavs player gives Lincoln High School basketball team a practice to remember

Dallas Mavericks Forward Harrison Barnes recently met with the Lincoln High School basketball team to announce the donation of Shock Doctor basketball mouthguards and McDavid HEX protective arm and leg sleeves.

Harrison Barnes meets with the Lincoln High School basketball team

Harrison Barnes meets with the Lincoln High School basketball team.

As part of this donation, 10 Dallas-area high schools will receive the protection gear to help players stay safer and perform at their best throughout the season.

Harrison talked with the Lincoln High School basketball team, and even challenged players to a game of knockout. Shock Doctor and McDavid will send product donations directly to youth athletes at nine other schools.


Descubre Dallas ISD: Conozca las escuelas Montessori de Dallas ISD

Estas escuelas ofrecen enseñanza centrada en cada alumno donde se les anima a trabajar a su propio ritmo.

Aprenda más sobre este y otros programas educativos en Dallas ISD en las ferias escolares Descubre Dallas ISD, las cuales se llevarán a cabo el sábado 2 y el sábado 9 de diciembre, de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. Para las ubicaciones, visite https://www.dallasisd.org/descubredallasisd.


CityLab High School’s focus and location is all about downtown

Dallas ISD’s CityLab High School offers a unique setting in the perfect environment for its focus on urban development: downtown Dallas.

Watch the video above to hear what students have to say about their experiences at the school, which opened for the first time in August 2017. Visit the school’s website here.

Per the school’s Mission statement, the school aims “to prepare and create opportunities for students to become the next generation of citizens, design professionals, and civic leaders equipped with an appreciation and holistic understanding of the urban environment, and the knowledge and skills to design, build, and participate in the future development of the city.”

To fulfill the mission, CityLab students often study an aspect of downtown by experiencing it for themselves, just steps from the school’s front door. Downtown offers the perfect classroom/lab experience.

The school’s Vision statement  “is to be an open enrollment inner-city high school where students use the city itself as a classroom to engage with the diverse social fabric and neighborhoods of the city. Working with community partners on real world projects, students will develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the natural world, the built environment, and the social and economic systems of the city while developing their academic and social emotional skills as they prepare for college and post secondary success.”

Find out what CityLab High School has to offer your child at school fairs on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 that will showcase the excellent offerings across Dallas ISD at Discover Dallas ISD. CityLab representatives will be on hand at all four events.


Anne Frank Elementary’s new girls basketball team nets stellar season

Anne Frank Elementary School’s girls basketball team posted a near-perfect record at 7-1 and earned the title of Area Champions even though the nine girls started the season as beginners.

Fans took notice, as the team’s home games were standing-room only.

Starting fifth-grader Alexa Rodriguez is a Gifted and Talented student who sacrifices her fall time in the GT Leadership Team to devote herself to the basketball team’s success.

“I loved watching Alexa grow as a player,” said coach Carla Ford. “She really listened to instructions and applied the steps to improve herself and became better. It was exciting to watch her grow as a player due to her focus and hard work.”

Ford, a teacher assistant at Frank, is a former college basketball forward from 1993-95 at Texas A&M, attributes the success of the team to their drive and hard work. The team (along with a boys’ team) practiced after school twice a week when they were not playing games. Players are also required to meet high academic and behavior standards to remain on the team.

She coaches the team along with second-grade teacher Viviane Johnson and PE teacher John Hoover.

Johnson first led a Basketball Club after-school program at Frank in 2015. The program evolved into the first two competitive teams that formed this year, a boys’ team and a girls’ team. “I am so proud of our athletes and program in its third year,” Johnson said.

Coach Hoover requires physical fitness from all of his players, including running drills on top of regular basketball practice.

Fifth-grader Sherlin Bravo said she went out for the team because her dad made her do it, but she has no regrets. “I love it because it is exercise and we have fun,” Bravo said. The three coaches also guide the boys, who are also passionate and competitive about the game.

Ford is a typical competitive athlete, a woman of few smiles and few words. She reserves her statements for thoughtful replies. She is serious about the team and their well-deserved accolades on the horizon. But when asked about their 7-1 record, she simply grinned from ear to ear.


Discover Dallas ISD: Neighborhood schools offer excellence districtwide

Inside Dallas ISD’s neighborhood schools, caring teachers await to guide your child through innovative programs incorporating rigorous academics, designed to shape tomorrow’s leaders and global citizens.

Learn more about the schools in your community by attending one of four Discover Dallas ISD school fairs. The first two are Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ellis Davis Field House and Skyline High School, with two more on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Conrad High School and Loos Field House. Find details here.


Acompáñenos a las ferias escolares Descubre Dallas ISD

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

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

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

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

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


Feliz descanso de Acción de Dar Gracias

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


Join Dallas ISD for the largest school fair in the city

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

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


Have a happy Thanksgiving Break!

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


This Week in Dallas ISD: Nov. 17 edition

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

Free meals over Thanksgiving

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

Scholarships for seniors

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

Check this out

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

Outstanding East Dallas teachers

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

Amazing Shake

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

United Way campaign

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

Student of the Week

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

Teacher of the Week

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

Alumni of the Week

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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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







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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Becas disponibles para estudiantes de Dallas ISD

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

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

Teacher Quality Initiative

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

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

 

Dell Scholars Program

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

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

https://www.dellscholars.org/

Joyce F. Burke Academic Excellence Scholarship

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

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

http://www.thebeltonfoundation.org/ 

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

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

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

https://pprize.princeton.edu/

Dallas County Promise

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

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

http://dallascountypromise.org/

State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program

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

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

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

Car Seat Safety Scholarship Program

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

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


Alimentos gratis durante semana de Acción de Gracias

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

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

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

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


These schools are offering free meals over Thanksgiving break

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

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

Here is a map showing the participating schools. 

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

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


Available college scholarships for Dallas ISD seniors

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

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

Teacher Quality Initiative

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

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

Dell Scholars Program

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

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

Joyce F. Burke Academic Excellence Scholarship

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

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

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

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

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

Dallas County Promise

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

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

State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program

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

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

Car Seat Safety Scholarship Program

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

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


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

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

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

Chris Evetts

Chris Evetts

Chris Evetts receiving his Teacher of the Year Award

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

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

Loretta Smith

Trustee Dan Micciche and Loretta smith

Trustee Dan Micciche and Loretta Smith

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Students prove they’re pawn stars at secondary chess tournament

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

TOP INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS

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

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

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

TOP TEAMS

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Los semifinalistas son (en ningún orden particular):

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

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

 


Competencia Amazing Shake ayuda a desarrollar habilidades sociales

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Conrad and Seagoville win six-week learning challenge

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pigskin planning: See the schedule for upcoming football playoff games

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

Here is the schedule for the upcoming games:

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

 


Amazing Shake competition builds practical life skills (video)

“What do you love most about yourself?”

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

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

The above video has more information on the great event.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Hundreds of students participate in annual Veterans Day Parade

















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

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

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

Watch the slideshow above for a glimpse at the parade.


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

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

Angel Sitiriche

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

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

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

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

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

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


This Week in Dallas ISD: Nov. 10 edition

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

Free college tuition

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

Transportation FAQ

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

Education summits

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

Robotics teams get boost

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

Saluting our veterans

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

They have a dream

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

Huddling up with United Way

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


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










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

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

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

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


Marsh Military Museum to mark fifth anniversary with rededication

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Scott Layne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shannon Buerk of Engage to Learn

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

¿Afectará esta situación la ruta escolar de mi hijo?

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

¿Qué podemos esperar como resultado de esta decisión?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

¿Podría haber posibles retos durante esta transición?

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

¿Adónde puedo comunicarme si tengo más preguntas?

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


What vote to dissolve Dallas County Schools means for district students

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

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

Will this impact my child’s bus route?

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

What happens next?

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

Will Dallas ISD start managing its own transportation?

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

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

Will my child have the same bus driver?

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

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

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

Could there be any challenges during this transition?

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

What if I have other questions?

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


Comstock Middle School inspiring tomorrow’s high-tech workforce

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

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

Classes like the one at Comstock are planting the seeds.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The semifinalists are (in no particular order):

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

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


Mock interviews have real impact on Conrad NAF Academy students

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

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

NAF graduation ceremony honored more than 400 seniors

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


Dallas Arboretum partnership brings real-world science to schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dallas Arboretum partnership brings real-world science to schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dallas County Promise offers free tuition to DCCCD colleges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dallas County Promise offers free tuition to DCCCD colleges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


This Week in Dallas ISD: Nov. 3 edition

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

STEM skills 

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

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

Excellent extracurriculars

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

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

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

Super staff and students

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

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

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

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

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

Awesome alumni

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

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

Circle your calendar

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

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


Students rule the boards at district Elementary Chess Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lo que opinan algunos líderes sobre el programa nuevo:

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

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

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


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

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

Chef shares easy cooking tips at Wilmer-Hutchins High School

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


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

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

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

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

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


Skyline football coach earns Coach of the Week award

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

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

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

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


Distinguished Hillcrest alumni celebrated for accomplishments










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

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

Here are the brief bios of the Distinguished Alumni Class:

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 HHS Distinguished Service Award

Debbie and Kevin Sherrington

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


Innovative partnership to bring housing, support for unsheltered students

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some thoughts on the new program:

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

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

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


Dallas ISD invita a la comunidad a Reuniones Educativas

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

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

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

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

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

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

(*Cada reunión ofrecerá guardería y refrescos gratis.)

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

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

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

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


Annual race goes a Long way to supporting middle school

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

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

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

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

Go here to learn more about the annual event.


Rangel students inspired to make their mark in STEM

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

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

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

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


Dallas ISD invites community to Education Summits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Information shared at the event will include:

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

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


Technical Theatre Program students shine at event (video)

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

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

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

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


Trick-or-treat safety tips

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

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

Trick-or-treat safety tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Consejos para un Halloween seguro

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

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

Para más consejos, vea este video.


Trustees recognize mayors of Wilmer and Hutchins for their service


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

The proclamation of recognition for Wilmer Mayor Casey Burgess states:

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

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

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


Héroe se escribe así: T.O.Y.

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

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

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

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


This Week! in Dallas ISD: Oct. 27 edition

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

Hero is spelled T.O.Y.

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

Red Ribbon Week

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

AVID 

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

Rocking out

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

ESL classes

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

Calendar feedback

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

AlumNow

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


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

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

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


Hero is spelled T.O.Y.








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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Allen Elementary celebrates new Dallas Cowboys PLAY 60 Fitness Zone

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Dallas ISD AVID program gets national attention

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

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

AVID program in action

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

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

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


Semana de Listón Rojo: celebración divertida para un asunto serio

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Public School Choice 4.0 Proposal Process Underway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


AlumNow: Physics teacher inspired Carter grad to become an engineer

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

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

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

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

Who was your favorite teacher?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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