School/Class News






Dallas ISD’s only standalone pre-K center to open in August

Dallas ISD’s first standalone pre-K center is opening in August.

Arlington Park Early Childhood Center, which is funded through the 2015 Bridge Project, will exclusively serve 3- and 4-year-olds. Construction is wrapping up on the 13,000-square-foot facility located at 5606 Wayside Drive.

“For families who want a place dedicated to teaching our youngest students, this is the place to go,” said Derek Little, assistant superintendent of Early Learning. “This will provide an additional outstanding learning opportunity for Dallas-area families.”

Arlington Park Early Childhood Center is located at 5606 Wayside Drive.

In addition to six classrooms, the learning center offers a full kitchen, multi-purpose room, clinic and administrative offices.

There are still several seats open for 3- or 4-year-olds to attend the new childhood center. Interested parents can visit the Dallas ISD Enrollment Center at 9400 N. Central Expressway to register their child.

The childhood center is specifically built to best serve the young students who will attend.

Dallas ISD pre-K is free—including at Arlington Park Early Childhood Center—for families who meet one of several eligibility requirements.


Programa de alimentos del Dallas ISD ha servido más de 261,000 comidas durante el verano

Hasta la fecha, se han proporcionado más de 261,000 comidas a estudiantes en las cerca de 200 escuelas del distrito que participan en el programa.

El Departamento de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil del Dallas ISD ayuda a organizar el programa con la finalidad de que ningún niño se quede sin comer durante esta temporada. Algunos planteles continuarán ofreciendo el servicio hasta principios de agosto. Haga clic aquí para ver las escuelas que aun están sirviendo alimentos.

A continuación, puede ver el número de alimentos que se han servido hasta el momento:

  • Desayuno: 94,897
  • Almuerzo: 152,306
  • Cena: 14,490

Programa de alimentos del Dallas ISD ha servido más de 261,000 comidas durante el verano

Hasta la fecha, se han proporcionado más de 261,000 comidas a estudiantes en las cerca de 200 escuelas del distrito que participan en el programa.

El Departamento de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil del Dallas ISD ayuda a organizar el programa con la finalidad de que ningún niño se quede sin comer durante esta temporada. Algunos planteles continuarán ofreciendo el servicio hasta principios de agosto. Haga clic aquí para ver las escuelas que aun están sirviendo alimentos.

A continuación, puede ver el número de alimentos que se han servido hasta el momento:

  • Desayuno: 94,897
  • Almuerzo: 152,306
  • Cena: 14,490

Dallas ISD tiene información de regreso a clases disponible

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas tiene a disposición de los padres un sitio en línea con información sobre el regreso a clases para el nuevo año escolar, 2018-2019, el cual comienza el lunes, 20 de agosto.

Disponible en inglés y español, la página en línea del Regreso a Clases, incluye información como:

  • Horario de clases
  • Línea de Regreso a Clases
  • Inscripción por Internet
  • Información de alimentos
  • Vacunas requeridas
  • Fechas para eventos escolares Conoce a los Maestros/Open House

La página en línea del Regreso a Clases se puede encontrar en: www.dallasisd.org/regresoaclases.


Getting Back to School ready is just a click away

Dallas Independent School District is providing parents a virtual one-stop-shop with helpful back to school information for the 2018-2019 school year, which starts Monday, Aug. 20.

Available in English and Spanish, the Back-to-School page, includes information such as:

  • School hours
  • Back to School Hotline
  • Online enrollment
  • School meals information
  • Immunization requirements
  • Meet the Teacher/Open House dates

The Back to School page can be found at www.dallasisd.org/backtoschool.


Dallas ISD Summer Meals Program has served more than 261,000 meals so far

Nearly 200 Dallas ISD schools have served more than 261,000 meals to students so far over the summer.

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services helps run the Summer Meals Program to ensure no child goes hungry over the summer. Some campuses will continue serving summer meals to all students and children through the start of August. Go here to see the campuses still offering summer meals.

Here is a breakdown of the number of summer meals served to date:

  • Breakfast: 94,897
  • Lunch: 152,306
  • Supper: 14,490

Generación de 2018 recibió más de $314 millones en becas universitarias

La generación de 2018 de Dallas ISD reporta haber recibido más de 8,854 becas universitarias, que suman un total de $314,925,703.

Más de 4,500 estudiantes de dicha generación solicitaron becas.

Los estudiantes reportan las cifras al consejero o asesor universitario en su preparatoria. Entre las becas se incluyen aquellas que se otorgan por una sola vez y las que se pueden renovar, proporcionadas por donadores privados y universidades públicas y privadas.

Este año hubo un aumento en comparación al año pasado, cuando la generación de 2017 recibió 5,728 becas o subvenciones institucionales, para un total de aproximadamente $212 millones. Dicho aumento se debió en parte a que más alumnos solicitaron becas y al número de estudiantes que participan en el programa Dallas County Promise, que ofrece becas que cubren el costo total de la matrícula de estudiantes que asisten a un campus del Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas.

Entretanto, por lo menos 62 por ciento de los estudiantes de la generación de 2018 completaron la Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes, conocida como FAFSA, con la que pueden acceder a becas, subvenciones, empleo de medio tiempo y préstamos a bajo interés. Esta cifra muestra un incremento de 3 por ciento en comparación al año pasado.


Este es el momento de vacunar a estudiantes antes del comienzo de clases

La ley del estado de Texas estipula que los estudiantes deben contar con todas las vacunas contra enfermedades específicas antes del primer día de clases, que en el Dallas ISD es el lunes, 20 de agosto. Por ello, es el momento perfecto para llevar a sus hijos a las clínicas y centros médicos en la ciudad, y así evitar las filas largas que se forman antes del regreso a clases.

Además, los estudiantes que serán inscritos por primera vez en el Dallas ISD deben proporcionar un comprobante de parte de un médico o clínica de salud que demuestre que recibieron las vacunas requeridas.

Los centros Youth and Family del Dallas ISD, así como las clínicas de salud del condado de Dallas, ofrecen vacunas a bajo costo a estudiantes que cumplen con los requisitos. Para mayor información, haga clic aquí, o para ubicar el centro más cercano a usted, llame al 972-502-4190.

Asimismo, se ofrecerán vacunas gratis a estudiantes en la Feria de Regreso a Clases del alcalde, que se realizará el viernes, 3 de agosto, de 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., en Fair Park.


Feria de Regreso a Clases se llevará a cabo el 3 de agosto

Cada vez está más cerca el comienzo del año escolar y, por ello, las familias y los niños no pueden perderse la 22a Feria de Regreso a Clases del Alcalde, presentada por Walmart. El evento, que prepara a los estudiantes para tener un año escolar exitoso, se realizará el viernes, 3 de agosto, de 8 a.m. a 2 p.m., en el edificio Centennial, ubicado en Fair Park.

“Durante más de dos décadas, la Feria de Regreso a Clases ha sido fundamental para asegurar que nuestros jóvenes tengan todo lo necesario para su primer día de clases”, dijo Mike Rawlings, alcalde de Dallas. “A las familias, les disminuye los gastos que representan la compra de útiles, las vacunas, los cortes de pelo, y las citas con dentistas. Estoy muy orgulloso de la evolución que hemos logrado con este evento, y agradecido a los patrocinadores, donantes y socios en la comunidad que hacen posible que tenga éxito año tras año”.

Se espera la asistencia de aproximadamente de 35,000 personas. Todos los estudiantes de Dallas ISD pueden asistir a la feria. Haga clic aquí para más información y para registrarse.


Class of 2018 reports receiving more than $314 million in college scholarships

The Dallas ISD Class of 2018 has reported receiving more than 8,854 different college scholarships totaling $314,925,703.

More than 4,500 students in the Class of 2018 reported applying for scholarships.

The Dallas ISD Class of 2018 reported receiving more than $314 million in college scholarships.

The scholarship data is self-reported by seniors to their high school counselor or college access advisor. The scholarships include one-time and renewable scholarships from private donors and public and private colleges/university.

The scholarship numbers are up from the previous year, when the Dallas ISD Class of 2017 initially reported receiving 5,728 scholarship or institutional grants totaling nearly $212 million. The increase is due in part to more seniors applying for scholarships and the number of students participating in the Dallas County Promise, which offers full-tuition scholarships for students to attend a Dallas County Community College District campus.

Meanwhile, at least 62 percent of seniors in the Class of 2018 completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), which opens the door to scholarships, grants, work study, and low-interest loans. This marks a 3-percent increase from the previous year.


Now’s the time for students to receive vaccinations before school starts

Texas state law requires students to be fully vaccinated against specified diseases by the first day of school, which in Dallas ISD is Monday, Aug. 20. That means now is the perfect time to avoid the long lines of the back-to-school rush at clinics and medical facilities across the city.

Students enrolling in Dallas ISD for the first time must provide proof of the required immunizations in the form of official records from a physician or health clinic.

Low-cost immunizations are available for eligible students at Dallas ISD’s Youth and Family Centers and at Dallas County’s health clinics. For information, visit this webpage or call 972-502-4190 for the location near you.

Additionally, free immunizations for schoolchildren will be available during the Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Fair Park.


Edificio administrativo de Dallas ISD recibe nuevo nombre en honor a ex-superintendente

Durante la última reunión de la Junta Escolar del año académico 2017-2018, se aprobó una medida para nombrar el nuevo edificio administrativo, que se ubica en el 9400 North Central Expressway, como el Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD Administration Building.

Ex-maestros y miembros de la comunidad asistieron a la reunión que se llevó a cabo el 21 de junio, donde muchos de ellos se expresaron a favor del cambio.

“Yo conocí a Linus hace 20 años cuando pertenecía al Club Rotario de Dallas… No hay una persona más honorable o realizada que Linus”, dijo John Buhl, miembro de la comunidad. “Consiguió que el distrito lograra un alto nivel de aprovechamiento académico, que lo hizo más competitivo, tomando en cuenta que es uno de los distritos urbanos más grandes”.

Verna Brown Mitchell, presidenta de la Asociación de Maestros Jubilados de Dallas, y ex-administradora de Dallas ISD, que recibió dicho nombramiento de parte de Wright durante las décadas que fungió como educadora, también habló a favor del cambio.

“Su vida la ha dedicado a mejorar las experiencias educativas de estudiantes a nivel nacional, en Texas, y más específicamente, en el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas”, dijo Mitchell. “Incluso, hoy en día, el Sr. Wright sigue promoviendo esfuerzos educativos que afectan a estudiantes, maestros y personal de escuelas públicas jubilado”.

La medida fue aprobada de forma unánime y entrará en vigor el 1 de julio.

Cada año, la Junta Escolar considera cambios de nombre recomendados para instalaciones del distrito, que deben ser aprobados por sus integrantes en la reunión de junio.

Como parte de la política, las propuestas de cambio de nombre deben presentarse antes del 1 de abril para incluirlas en el proceso de consideración de dicho año. Este año, se aprobaron varios cambios para el ciclo escolar 2018-2019:

  • Maceo Smith New Tech High School ahora se llamará New Tech High School at B.F. Darrell High School
  • Alex Sanger Elementary School cambiará a Alex Sanger Preparatory School
  • Ann Richards Middle School será Ann Richards STEAM Academy
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at B.F. Darrell llevará el nombre de Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at A. Maceo Smith 
  • Benjamin Franklin Middle School cambia a Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy 
  • Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center será Turney W. Leonard Governance and Training Center
  • Dual Language TAG at Pleasant Grove será School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove
  • George B. Dealey Montessori Vanguard a George B. Dealey Montessori Academy
  • Harry Stone Montessori Vanguard a Harry Stone Montessori Academy
  • Learning Alternative Center for Empowering Youth a Barbara M. Manns Middle School for the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
  • Mount Auburn Elementary School pasa a llamarse Mount Auburn STEAM Academy 
  • Onésimo Hernández Elementary School cambia a Montessori Academy at Onésimo Hernández
  • Sam Houston Elementary School a Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston
  • School Community Guidance Center a Barbara M. Manns High School for the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
  • Seagoville Agricultural Barn ahora será Wayne Phillips Agricultural Science Center
  • Sudie L. Williams Elementary School cambia a Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy
  • Campo de béisbol de Sunset High School se llamará Abe Barnett Field

Dallas ISD fortalece política contra el acoso para proteger a estudiantes inmigrantes

Durante la reunión de junio, la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD aprobó de forma unánime la adición de las palabras “estado migratorio” a la política del distrito “Bienestar del alumno: protección contra el acoso” FFI (Local).

Dicha política prohíbe todo acto de acoso escolar, incluyendo aquel que se base en el estado migratorio.

Todas las escuelas de Dallas ISD ofrecen un ambiente seguro y de tolerancia, tal como se indica en la resolución aprobada por la Junta Escolar en febrero de 2017.

De acuerdo a la ley federal y estatal, el Dallas ISD no tiene la autoridad, ni responsabilidad, en determinar el estado migratorio de los estudiantes o las familias, por lo tanto, tampoco tiene la obligación de hacer cumplir las leyes federales de inmigración.

El Dallas ISD aprecia la diversidad de nuestros estudiantes y las familias, y los ricos valores culturales y de lenguaje que aportan al distrito. El distrito esta comprometido a cumplir con la ley y proporcionar una educación de calidad a todo estudiante, sin importar su situación migratoria, etnicidad, origen nacional, lenguaje, raza, religión, orientación sexual, genero, identidad de genero, discapacidad, o nivel socioeconómico.


Mayor’s Back to School Fair set for Aug. 3

With the first day of school inching closer, families and children can get ready for a successful year at the 22nd Mayor’s Back to School Fair, presented by Walmart, on Friday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Centennial Building at Fair Park.

“For more than two decades, the Mayor’s Back To School Fair has been playing a crucial role in ensuring our youth have everything they need to start their first day of school,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “For families, the fair eases the burden of buying supplies, getting immunizations and haircuts, and seeing the dentist. I am so proud of how this event has grown and am grateful to the incredible sponsors, donors and community partners who keep it thriving year after year.”

With approximately 35,000 expected to attend, the Fair is a one-stop-shop complete with all the back-to-school basics. Parents and children can find everything they need to prepare for the school year – from free school supplies for Dallas schoolchildren (who meet eligibility requirements); to free health, dental and vision screenings; to immunizations and haircuts; plus the latest information on education, health and social services. The Fair also will feature musical entertainment, kids activities, games, interactive demos and more. Pre-K through 5th grade students also will receive a colorful backpack at the Fair.

“No one does back to school better than Walmart, and that’s why we are thrilled to continue our role as presenting sponsor of the Mayor’s Back to School Fair,” said Walmart Regional Health and Wellness Director Shantay Peloquin. “We are excited to officially kick off the back to school season, and Walmart associates across DFW are ready to help families prepare for the school year.”

Walmart will conduct free vision screenings and offer general health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose checks, for all family members. Texas A&M University College of Dentistry will provide free dental screenings and oral health information for everyone, plus fluoride applications, toothbrushes and toothpaste to students. Dallas County Health & Human Services will provide free immunizations; the National Kidney Foundation will offer kidney health screenings; and Children’s Health will offer consultations on asthma, behavioral health, BMI readings and nutrition. Cedric B’s Barber and Beauty Salon and Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails will offer free haircuts to students. Essilor Vision Foundation will be on site conducting eye exams and providing eye glasses at no cost to qualifying families. In addition, Half Price Books will give away 10,000 books.

Dallas ISD will have a large area with bilingual staff on hand to provide information on magnet schools, scholarship and alternative programs, psychological and social services, parenting and family literacy.

Additionally, educational information and services, in English and Spanish, will be offered at hundreds of community resource booths on crime prevention, fire safety, college readiness, housing, transportation, personal finances, health, nutrition and literacy.

Eligible families who qualify for free school supplies are encouraged to pre-register online by June 30 or in person at pre-registration events in July throughout Dallas.Families can attend a pre-registration event in July or register at the Fair Aug. 3. Families who pre-register will save time and guarantee receipt of school supplies at the Fair.


Dallas ISD strengthens anti-bullying policy to protect immigrant students

At its June board meeting, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the addition of the words “immigration status” in the district’s Student Welfare Freedom From Bullying FFI (Local) policy.

The district’s policy prohibits any acts of bullying, including those based on one’s immigration status.

All Dallas ISD schools are welcoming and protective environments, as stated in the resolution adopted by the Board in February 2017.

Under federal and state law, Dallas ISD has no authority or role in determining the immigration status of its students or families, as such, they do not enforce federal immigration laws.

Dallas ISD embraces the diversity of all students and families and the rich language and cultural assets they bring to the district. The district is committed to following the law and providing a high quality education to all students regardless of their immigration status, ethnicity, national origin, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or socioeconomic status.


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

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

Through this process, educators have the opportunity to create high-quality, best-fit options for Dallas ISD students to realize their full academic potential. The past Public School Choice competitive proposal processes have ushered in a total of 24 new Choice schools ranging from those that anchor teaching and learning under a Leadership model to Personalized Learning schools to schools driven by a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) framework.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dallas ISD headquarters renamed to honor former superintendent

Linus D. Wright, former Dallas ISD Superintendent

Linus D. Wright, former Dallas ISD Superintendent
Photo courtesy: Steve Foxall

During the final board meeting of the 2017-2018 school year, Dallas ISD trustees approved a measure to rename its new headquarters located at 9400 North Central Expressway to the Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD Administration Building.

Former educators and community members also attended the June 21 meeting, many of whom spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, in support of the name change.

“I met Linus 20 years ago when I was with the Rotary Club of Dallas…No one is more honorable or accomplished than Linus,” said John Buhl, community member. “He put the district on a high level of academic achievement that made it very competitive for large urban districts.”

President of the Dallas Retired Teachers Association, Verna Brown Mitchell, and a former Dallas ISD administrator who was appointed by Wright during her decades-long tenure as an educator, also spoke in favor of the renaming.

“His life has been centered around improving educational experiences for all students nationally, [in]the state of Texas and, more specifically, [in]the Dallas Independent School District,” Mitchell said. “Even today, Mr. Wright continues to promote educational efforts that impact students, active teachers and retired public school personnel.”

The vote passed unanimously and will go into effect on July 1.

Each year, the board considers recommended name changes for district facilities, which must be approved by the full board during the June board meeting.

By policy, proposed changes must be submitted prior to April 1 to be included in that year’s consideration process. This year, several other name changes were also approved for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year:

  • A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School to New Tech High School at B.F. Darrell High School
  • Alex Sanger Elementary School to Alex Sanger Preparatory School
  • Ann Richards Middle School to Ann Richards STEAM Academy
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at B.F. Darrell to Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at A. Maceo Smith 
  • Benjamin Franklin Middle School to Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy 
  • Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center to Turney W. Leonard Governance and Training Center
  • Dual Language TAG at Pleasant Grove to School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove
  • George B. Dealey Montessori Vanguard to George B. Dealey Montessori Academy
  • Harry Stone Montessori Vanguard to Harry Stone Montessori Academy
  • Learning Alternative Center for Empowering Youth to Barbara M. Manns Middle School for the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program(DAEP)
  • Mount Auburn Elementary School to Mount Auburn STEAM Academy 
  • Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School to Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez
  • Sam Houston Elementary School to Personalized Learning Preparatory at Sam Houston
  • School Community Guidance Center to Barbara M. Manns High School for the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
  • Seagoville Agricultural Barn to Wayne Phillips Agricultural Science Center
  • Sudie L. Williams Elementary School to Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy
  • Sunset High School baseball field to Abe Barnett Field

Sunset’s RoboFlash robotics team recognized for great accomplishments

The Sunset RoboFlash team joined Dallas ISD Trustee Dan Micciche at the regularly scheduled June 21 board meeting prior to being recognized for the their accomplishments this year.
RoboFlash is the first known competitive robotics team comprised of students with special needs. They have been instrumental in inspiring the development of other like teams.
RoboFlash joined with teams from Conrad High School and Rowlett High School to win first place at the North Texas Tournament of Robotics earlier this year.

Dallas ISD board swears in new trustees, elects new officers

Justin Henry was sworn in on June 21 as the newest member of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.
Henry was elected to represent District 9, which had been held by Bernadette Nutall for the last nine years. District 9 incorporates South Dallas, parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown and East Dallas.
The board also elected new officers at its meeting. The 2018-19 officers are:
President—Edwin Flores, Ph.D., J.D.
1st Vice President—Dan Micciche
2nd Vice President—Joyce Foreman
Secretary—Dustin Henry

New dual language school spotlighted at town hall meeting

The audience at Dallas Councilman Rick Callahan’s recent town hall meeting gathered to hear elected officials discuss future plans for the Pleasant Grove community.  Topics included code enforcement, litter control, parks development, state legislative priorities and the future of public education. Updates by Callahan, State Senator Royce West, State Representative Toni Rose, and Dallas ISD Trustees Jaime Resendez and Justin Henry were followed by a Q&A session.

Also on hand for the meeting were the administrators of the new School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove. The first of its kind in Texas, the school will bridge the worlds of two-way dual language instruction and Talented and Gifted instruction for students in grades four through six reading and writing instruction in English and Spanish, was spotlighted as a major new opportunity for students in the southeast Dallas community. Principal Ruby Ramirez and team hosted an information table, handed out literature and answered questions from parents and students about the dual language focus of the school and how students can enroll.

Trustee Resendez, whose district includes the new school, touted it as a major step forward for Pleasant Grove and evidence that Dallas ISD is taking steps in the right direction to improve educational opportunities for students.


Útiles escolares gratis para todos los alumnos de Dallas ISD

La Feria de Regreso a Clases del Alcalde del 2018 (Mayor’s Back to School Fair) se llevará a cabo el viernes, 3 de agosto en Fair Park. Este año, todos los estudiantes de Dallas ISD serán elegibles para recibir útiles escolares gratis durante la feria, sin importar los ingresos de sus familias, pero todos los participantes tendrán que inscribirse.

Las inscripciones en línea estará abierto hasta el 30 de junio en mayorsbacktoschoolfair.com o las familias también pueden asistir a un evento de inscripciones durante el mes de julio. Puede ver la lista de fechas y ubicaciones aquí.

Las familias deben mostrar pruebas de que el alumno asiste a una escuela del distrito escolar independiente de Dallas proporcionando el número de identificación del alumno. Los números de identificación de los alumnos pueden verificarse al mostrar UNO de los siguientes documentos:

  • La boleta de calificaciones más reciente
  • Una carta de la escuela del alumno que indique que asiste a una escuela del distrito escolar independiente de Dallas
  • La credencial de identificación del alumno
  • Una impresión del Portal para Padres en línea que muestre el número de identificación del alumno

La documentación provista arriba puede ser una copia impresa, una copia electrónica o una fotografía mostrada desde un teléfono.

Otros servicios que las familias podrán recibir durante la feria, sin costo alguno incluye: inmunizaciones, exámenes de salud, dental y visión, cortes de cabello y mucho más.


Free school supplies for all Dallas ISD students

The 22nd annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair will take place Friday, Aug. 3, at Fair Park. This year, all Dallas ISD students are eligible to receive free school supplies at the fair, regardless of their economic status, but participants must register.

Online registration is open through June 30, at mayorsbacktoschoolfair.com or families can also attend a pre-registration event during the month of July. For a list of dates and locations, click here.

Families must show proof that student or students attend a Dallas ISD school by providing student ID number. Student ID numbers can be verified by showing ONE of the following documents:

  • Most recent student report card
  • Letter from student’s school stating the student attends a Dallas ISD school
  • Student ID card
  • Printout from the online Parent Portal that shows student’s ID number

Documentation provided above may be a printed copy, an electronic copy or photo shown from a phone.

Other services to be offered at the fair, at no cost to families, will include immunizations, health, dental and vision screenings, haircuts, and more.


Cursos universitarios gratuitos, mientras estudian la preparatoria

Academias universitarias en cinco preparatorias de Dallas ISD aún tienen espacios disponibles para estudiantes que próximamente cursarán el noveno grado.

Las academias universitarias les ofrecen a alumnos la oportunidad de obtener 60 horas de créditos universitarios o un diploma asociados (2 años universitarios) –  sin costo alguno – mientras estudian la preparatoria. Las siguientes cinco preparatorias aún tiene están aceptando a alumnos que ingresarán al noveno grado. Haga clic en la academia que le interese para solicitar admisión.


Staff emerge as rising leaders





Dallas ISD’s Leadership Development Program took nearly 30 district staff and turned them into the next leaders to watch.

For 10 months, participants took part in leadership lessons that were held at UT Dallas Jindal School of Management and at 9400 NCX. Lessons included:

    • DiSC Profile, Self-Awareness, and Teamwork
    • Dallas ISD Governance, Structure, and Operations
    • Culture
    • Talent
    • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace and Boundary Spanning Leadership
    • Impact
    • Stakeholders

The participants were required to increase their understanding of high-level issues that affect Dallas ISD, including: managerial, legal, educational, and community issues. They also had to become knowledgeable in governance processes, serve on key leadership committees, and complete coursework.

Not only did participants build leadership capacity, but they were required to work cross-functionally as they increased their leadership skills.


Five collegiate academies still have spots open for incoming freshmen

The collegiate academies at five Dallas ISD high schools still have spots available for incoming freshmen.

Collegiate academies are where students can earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree—tuition free—while still in high school. Seats are available for incoming freshmen at the campuses listed below. Click the name of the school you’re interested in to apply.


Justin Henry gana segunda vuelta y representará al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD

Justin Henry derrotó a Bernadette Nutall en la segunda vuelta que se llevó a cabo el 16 de junio para representar al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD.

Henry recibió 1,501 votos (62.75 por ciento) mientras Nutall obtuvo 891 votos (37.25 por ciento).

Ninguno de los cuatro candidatos en la elección del 5 de mayo recibió por lo menos el 50 por ciento del voto. Henry y Nutall recibieron la mayor cantidad de votos, 1,088 (47 por ciento) y 730 (31 por ciento), respectivamente.

El Distrito 9 incorpora el sur de Dallas, secciones del centro de Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown y el este de Dallas. En el Distrito 9 se encuentran las preparatorias CityLab, Evening Academy, Lincoln, James Madison, Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Skyline y Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, además de seis secundarias y 18 primarias.

Nutall ha representado al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar desde diciembre de 2009.


Justin Henry gana segunda vuelta y representará al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD

Justin Henry derrotó a Bernadette Nutall en la segunda vuelta que se llevó a cabo el 16 de junio para representar al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD.

Henry recibió 1,501 votos (62.75 por ciento) mientras Nutall obtuvo 891 votos (37.25 por ciento).

Ninguno de los cuatro candidatos en la elección del 5 de mayo recibió por lo menos el 50 por ciento del voto. Henry y Nutall recibieron la mayor cantidad de votos, 1,088 (47 por ciento) y 730 (31 por ciento), respectivamente.

El Distrito 9 incorpora el sur de Dallas, secciones del centro de Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown y el este de Dallas. En el Distrito 9 se encuentran las preparatorias CityLab, Evening Academy, Lincoln, James Madison, Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Skyline y Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, además de seis secundarias y 18 primarias.

Nutall ha representado al Distrito 9 en la Junta Escolar desde diciembre de 2009.


Longtime educator named Dallas ISD 2018-2019 Librarian of the Year

Kelli Yonker will happily tell anyone who listens that she has one of the best jobs in the world.

As the library media specialist at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School—and the Dallas ISD 2018–2019 Librarian of the Year—she inspires a love of reading and researching in students. And while she appreciates the Librarian of the Year honor, nothing for her can top helping students succeed.

“Watching the lightbulb go off in students’ heads when they realize they know how to research and learn something new—or seeing their eyes light up when they pick out a book and get excited about reading—is the best feeling in the world,” Yonker said.

As the former technology teacher at Stonewall Jackson Elementary, which will be renamed Mockingbird Elementary School in July, Yonker infuses technology learning into the library. Students create “book trailers” on iPads and use the latest technology to research.

“The role of the librarian has dramatically changed over the past 10 years. You have to adapt to the latest technology so the students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed today,” Yonker said. “My daily goal is to make the library a warm and welcoming place where students enjoy reading and researching. This is truly a dream job.”


Longtime educator named Dallas ISD 2018-2019 Librarian of the Year

Kelli Yonker will happily tell anyone who listens that she has one of the best jobs in the world.

As the library media specialist at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School—and the Dallas ISD 2018–2019 Librarian of the Year—she inspires a love of reading and researching in students. And while she appreciates the Librarian of the Year honor, nothing for her can top helping students succeed.

“Watching the lightbulb go off in students’ heads when they realize they know how to research and learn something new—or seeing their eyes light up when they pick out a book and get excited about reading—is the best feeling in the world,” Yonker said.

As the former technology teacher at Stonewall Jackson Elementary, which will be renamed Mockingbird Elementary School in July, Yonker infuses technology learning into the library. Students create “book trailers” on iPads and use the latest technology to research.

“The role of the librarian has dramatically changed over the past 10 years. You have to adapt to the latest technology so the students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed today,” Yonker said. “My daily goal is to make the library a warm and welcoming place where students enjoy reading and researching. This is truly a dream job.”


Inscripción sigue abierta para prekínder y kínder en Dallas ISD

Durante el verano, los padres pueden visitar la oficina de prekínder en el Dallas Education Center, ubicado en el 9400 N. Central Expressway, para inscribir a su hijo en una escuela en su vecindario. La oficina se encuentra en el segundo piso y su horario es de 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. La oficina ofrece un centro de ayuda donde las familias pueden recibir asistencia para completar la solicitud por internet, tomar parte en las evaluaciones para determinar el idioma que domina el estudiante, entre otros apoyos.

En Dallas ISD, aproximadamente 8,000 estudiantes han sido inscritos hasta el momento en prekínder. Las cifras muestran que un estudiante que asiste a prekínder, y se mantiene en el distrito, supera académicamente y de manera considerable, a sus compañeros al momento de llegar al tercer grado.

“La respuesta de la comunidad ha sido excelente. En este momento, llevamos más o menos el mismo número de matriculaciones que el año pasado y si continuamos a este ritmo, seguiremos agregando estudiantes al distrito”, dijo Derek Little, superintendente adjunto del Departamento de Educación Preescolar. “Hemos podido añadir salones de clases por medio de nuestros socios en la comunidad y las escuelas de opción, lo que contribuye a aumentar la matriculación en general de prekínder el próximo año escolar. Los padres que estén interesados deben presentar su solicitud lo más pronto posible ya que, ¡quedan pocos lugares!”

El Dallas ISD ofrece prekínder gratis para niños que tienen 3 o 4 años de edad cumplidos para el 1 de septiembre de 2018 y reúnen por lo menos UNO de los siguientes requisitos:

  • El niño cumple con los requisitos para participar en el programa nacional de almuerzo gratuito o a precio reducido. Para ver si cumple con los requisitos, haga clic aquí.
  • El niño no puede hablar, ni entender, el idioma inglés.
  • El niño no tiene un hogar.
  • El niño es dependiente de un miembro activo de las fuerzas armadas de EE. UU.
  • El niño está, o ha estado, bajo cuidado temporal del gobierno (foster care).
  • El niño es dependiente de persona galardonada con el State of Texas Award.

Si no cumplen con uno de los cinco requisitos, también ofrecemos un número limitado de espacios para prekínder con pago de matricula en varias escuelas del distrito. El costo es de $525 por mes, por niño.

Para más información sobre el proceso de solicitud y los requisitos ingrese a prekdallas.org. También, ofrecemos una línea telefónica para aclarar cualquier duda que pueda tener. El número telefónico es 214-932-7735.


Henry wins District 9 seat on Board of Trustees

Challenger Justin Henry defeated incumbent Bernadette Nutall in a runoff election for the District 9 seat on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

Henry received 1,501 votes (62.75 percent) compared to Nutall’s 891 votes (37.25 percent).

The June 16 runoff was necessary after none of the four candidates in the regular election on May 5 received at least 50 percent of the vote. Henry and Nutall were the top two candidates in the regular election, with 1,088 (47 percent) and 730 (31 percent) of the votes, respectively.

District 9 incorporates South Dallas, parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown and East Dallas. High schools in the district include CityLab, Evening Academy, Lincoln, James Madison, Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Skyline and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. There are also six middle schools and 18 elementary schools in District 9.

Nutall has represented District 9 on the board since December 2009.


Parents can still register their child for pre-K and kindergarten

It’s not too late to register your child for Dallas ISD pre-K or kindergarten!

Parents over the summer can visit the pre-K office at the Dallas Education Center, 9400 N. Central Expressway, to enroll their child at a neighborhood campus. The office is open on the building’s second floor from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The office is a one-stop shop and can help families complete the online application, provide language proficient testing and other support.

About 8,000 students have been registered so far for Dallas ISD pre-K. Data shows that student who attend Dallas ISD pre-K and stay with the district significantly outperform their peers by third grade.

“Pre-K enrollment is strong again. We are roughly in the same place we were at this time last year and are on track to continue to add students to the district,” said Derek Little, assistant superintendent of Early Learning. “Some additional classrooms have been made available through our partnerships and choice schools, helping to increase overall pre-K enrollment next school year. Parents should apply soon, as schools are starting to fill up!”

Dallas ISD offers free Pre-K programs for children who are three- or four-years-old on or before September 1, 2018 and meet at least ONE of these requirements:

  • The child is eligible to take part in the national free or reduced-price school lunch program. To find out if your child is eligible,click here.
  • The child is unable to speak and comprehend the English language.
  • The child is homeless.
  • The child is a dependent of an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces.
  • The child is or has been in foster care.
  • The child is a dependent of a recipient of the State of Texas Award.

For children who do not meet one of the five eligibility requirements, a limited number of spots for tuition-paid Pre-K are available at several schools around the district. Tuition is $525 per month per child.

More information on the application process and requirements can be found at prekdallas.org/. Also, the Pre-K–Kinder Hotline is available to answer any questions: 214-932-7735.


Voluntarios embellecen escuela primaria para motivar la creatividad (vídeo)

Gracias al programa de voluntariado mundial Semana de Posibilidades que auspicia la AbbVie Foundation, Charles A. Gill Elementary School contó con la ayuda de más de 50 voluntarios que se reunieron para remodelar la biblioteca y el laboratorio de computación de la escuela.

Los voluntarios ensamblaron muebles, pintaron paredes, y crearon un área que ayudará a los estudiantes a participar en el aprendizaje cuando vuelvan a clases en agosto.

“Estamos trabajando para crear un mejor entorno para los estudiantes cuando vuelvan a clases”, dijo Nicole Mowad-Nassar, vicepresidenta de analítica y operaciones comerciales de AbbVie.

Shawki Freelon, directora de Gill Elementary School, agradeció a los voluntarios por todo su esfuerzo.

“Este espacio nuevo que tendrán nuestros estudiantes ayudará a estimular su creatividad”, dijo Freelon.

“Al celebrar el evento “Week of Possibilities”, nuestro socio de mucho años Heart of America, junto a AbbVie, trabajaron para asegurar que los estudiantes más necesitados tengan la oportunidad de contar con recursos y enseñanza del siglo XXI durante esta la semana ‘Week of Possibilities’”, añadió Tom Hayden, del Departamento de Voluntarios y Socios de Dallas ISD.


Voluntarios embellecen escuela primaria para motivar la creatividad (vídeo)

Gracias al programa de voluntariado mundial Semana de Posibilidades que auspicia la AbbVie Foundation, Charles A. Gill Elementary School contó con la ayuda de más de 50 voluntarios que se reunieron para remodelar la biblioteca y el laboratorio de computación de la escuela.

Los voluntarios ensamblaron muebles, pintaron paredes, y crearon un área que ayudará a los estudiantes a participar en el aprendizaje cuando vuelvan a clases en agosto.

“Estamos trabajando para crear un mejor entorno para los estudiantes cuando vuelvan a clases”, dijo Nicole Mowad-Nassar, vicepresidenta de analítica y operaciones comerciales de AbbVie.

Shawki Freelon, directora de Gill Elementary School, agradeció a los voluntarios por todo su esfuerzo.

“Este espacio nuevo que tendrán nuestros estudiantes ayudará a estimular su creatividad”, dijo Freelon.

“Al celebrar el evento “Week of Possibilities”, nuestro socio de mucho años Heart of America, junto a AbbVie, trabajaron para asegurar que los estudiantes más necesitados tengan la oportunidad de contar con recursos y enseñanza del siglo XXI durante esta la semana ‘Week of Possibilities’”, añadió Tom Hayden, del Departamento de Voluntarios y Socios de Dallas ISD.


Programa de alimentos durante el verano de Dallas ISD comienza de manera exitosa 

El 13 de junio, el Dallas ISD, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas y la Texas Hunger Initiative llevaron a cabo una celebración para dar comienzo al programa de alimentos durante el verano que proporciona desayuno y almuerzo a todo estudiante y niño en la comunidad.

El evento incluyó una batalla de globos con agua, juegos, entre otras actividades.

El Departamento de Alimentos y Nutrición Infantil de Dallas ISD sirve a más de 125,000 estudiantes diariamente durante el año escolar. Sin embargo, en promedio, solo el 14 por ciento de ellos aprovecha el programa durante el verano, que se ofrece sin costo alguno.

“El verano debe ser divertido para los niños, mas la realidad es que muchas familias pasan hambre, y aquí tenemos un recurso que puede cubrir esa necesidad”, indicó Jennifer Sampson, CEO de United Way of Dallas. “Nuestra meta es que ningún niño se quede sin comer y sufra de hambre”.

Más de 200 escuelas de Dallas ISD proporcionarán alimentos durante el verano. Para ver la ubicación más cercana a usted que estará participando en el programa haga clic aquí.

“Estaremos abiertos durante todo el verano para que los estudiantes y los niños en nuestras comunidades vayan a su escuela local, desayunen, almuercen y se diviertan”, dijo Julie Farris, directora del departamento.


Dallas ISD summer meals program kicks off with a splash

Dallas ISD, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Texas Hunger Initiative held a kickoff celebration on June 13 to raise awareness of the summer meals program that provides breakfast and lunch to all students and children.

The kickoff celebration included a water balloon battle, games, and much more.

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition department serves over 125,000 students each day during the school year. However, on average, only 14 percent take advantage of the no-cost summer meal program.

“Summertime should mean fun for kids, but the reality is that summer can mean hunger for many families, and there is a resource that can fill that gap,” said United Way of Dallas CEO Jennifer Sampson. “Our goal is to make sure that kids’ bellies are full this summer. No child should go hungry.”

More than 200 Dallas ISD schools are serving meals over the summer, and families can go here to see the nearest location serving free breakfast and lunch.

“We are open all summer for students and children in the community to come to their local school that’s open for summer meals, have some breakfast and lunch, and have some fun,” said Julie Farris, director of Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services.


Volunteers beautify elementary school to inspire creativity (video)

More than 50 volunteers renovated the library and computer lab at Charles A. Gill Elementary School thanks to the AbbVie Foundation’s Week of Possibilities global volunteering program.

Volunteers assembled furniture, painted the walls, and created a maker space that will engage students in learning when they return in August.

“We are working to create a better environment for students when they return,” said Nicole Mowad-Nassar, AbbVie vice president of commercial analytics and operations.

Gill Elementary Principal Shawki Freelon thanked the volunteers for their hard work.

“This maker space that our students are going to have gives them an opportunity to spark their creativity,” Freelon said.

“Our longterm partner Heart of America, along with AbbVie, worked to ensure that our most at-need students are exposed to 21st-century learning and resources with their ‘Week of Possibilities’,” added Tom Hayden with Dallas ISD’s Volunteer and Partnership Services.


Taller ayudará a promover el éxito de estudiantes inmigrantes

Los educadores, administradores y voluntarios de Dallas ISD tienen la oportunidad de inscribirse para tomar parte en un taller gratuito por internet para promover el éxito escolar de los estudiantes inmigrantes y refugiados.

El taller—Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators—se llevará a cabo el 10 y 11 de julio de 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Para registrarse, haga clic aquí.

En el taller se explorará cómo:

  • incorporar el tema de la inmigración en el currículo;
  • desarrollar relaciones con estudiantes, familias y comunidades de inmigrantes en situaciones delicadas;
  • contar historias para educar a todos los estudiantes sobre la inmigración;
  • empoderar a los maestros y a los estudiantes;
  • crear salones donde todos los estudiantes se sientan bienvenidos, entre otros temas.

Nuevo plan requiere más academias universitarias y centros para profesiones

El siete de junio, representantes del distrito presentaron a los miembros de la Junta Escolar el plan para operar academias universitarias en Skyline High School y North Lake College con la colaboración de los Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas (DCCCD). Bajo la propuesta, el año escolar 2018-2019 serviría como año de planificación y el siguiente año escolar iniciarían las academias con los primeros estudiantes.

Actualmente, Dallas ISD y el DCCCD operan 23 academias universitarias en las que estudiantes pueden obtener 60 horas de crédito universitario – o un grado asociado – gratis mientras completan la preparatoria.

Dallas ISD también está planeando expandir los programas de educación vocacional y técnica (CTE) abriendo centros para profesiones en cinco preparatorias del distrito para preparar estudiantes en profesiones de alta demanda cuando terminan la preparatoria. El centro para profesiones incrementará los programas CTE ofreciendo a los estudiantes la posibilidad de ganar un salario digno después de graduarse.

“Quítense de la cabeza la idea de la educación vocacional de antes,” dijo el Superintendente Michael Hinojosa a la Junta Escolar. “Estos (centros para profesiones) son para los trabajos del futuro, o trabajos actuales en los que uno puede ganar un buen salario.”

Los centros para profesiones son una colaboración entre socios de la industria, programas CTE, certificaciones de la industria, y los Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas. El primer grupo de centros para profesiones es:

  1. Grady Spruce High School
  • Posibles socios industriales: Service King, Atkinson Toyota, y Sewell Lexus
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Eastfield
  • Opciones de vocación: Técnico en reparación de carrocería
  • Salario medio: $31,000+

W.H. Adamson High School

  • Posibles socios industriales: Sewell Lexus y Atkinson Toyota
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Cedar Valley
  • Opciones de vocación: Técnico automotriz
  • Salario medio: $31,000+

L.G. Pinkston High School

  • Posibles socios industriales: Iron Workers Union y TDIndustries
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Mountain View
  • Opciones de vocación: Técnico en soldadura de metales
  • Salario medio: $31,000+

W.W. Samuell High School

  • Posibles socios industriales: TEXO y Hill & Wilkinson
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Northlake
  • Opciones de vocación: Técnico de construcción
  • Salario básico: $28,000

Wilmer-Hutchins High School

  • Posibles socios industriales: Walmart, O’Reilly, FedEx
  • Posible socio DCCCD: Cedar Valley
  • Opciones de vocación: Especialista en cadenas de suministro, técnico de suministro
  • Salario básico: $28,000+

Waste management awards prizes, scholarships in recycling contest




Dallas ISD students were recently recognized for their work in promoting recycling on their campuses in an annual contest sponsored by Waste Management.

Three students each received a $1,000 scholarship after submitting essays centering on why recycling is important and what they are doing at their schools. The 2018 winners are Brenda Castaneda, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School; Henry Lloyd, Woodrow Wilson High School; and Alexis Ojeda, School of Health Professions.

Additionally, prizes were awarded to Green Team logo design contest winners at J.J. Rhoads Learning Center, Arturo Salazar Elementary School, Solar Preparatory for Girls, Rosemont Middle School, H. Grady Spruce High School and Wilmer-Hutchins High School. Each school received $250 for their activity funds, and student winners received individual prizes ranging from $50-$250, depending on grade level.

The logos were designed to promote recycling, explain what each school’s Green Team is about and also push the Dallas ISD Energy and Sustainability Department’s recycling information page here.


Educators, volunteers invited to free online workshop promoting success of immigrant students

A free interactive, online workshop is open to Dallas ISD educators, administrators and volunteers to promote the success of immigrant and refugee students.

Teachers, administrators, librarians and volunteers can go here to register for free. The workshop—Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators—will be held July 10–11 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

The workshop will explore how to:

  • Integrate immigration into the curriculum;
  • Build relationships with immigrant students, families and communities in perilous times;
  • Use storytelling to educate all students on immigration;
  • Empower both teachers and students;
  • Create more welcoming classrooms, and more.

Plan calls for new collegiate academies, career institutes

District officials briefed trustees on June 7 about a plan to, along with the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), operate collegiate academies at Skyline High School and North Lake College. Under the proposal, the 2018-2019 school year would serve as a planning year and then open to incoming freshmen the following school year.

Dallas ISD and the DCCCD currently operate 23 collegiate academies where students can get up to 60 hours of college credit—or an associate’s degree—at no cost to them while still in high school.

Dallas ISD is also planning to enhance district career and technical education (CTE) programs by launching career institutes at five existing Dallas ISD high schools to prepare students to enter high-demand skilled professions after high school graduation. The career institutes will build on current CTE programs so students have the potential to earn a livable wage immediately after graduating from high school.

“Get out of your mind the old vocational education,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told trustees. “These (career institutes) are for jobs of the future, or current jobs where you can get an excellent wage.”

The career institutes will combine together industry partners, a CTE program pathway, industry certifications, and a Dallas County Community College District partner. The first group of career institutes are:

H. Grady Spruce High School

  • Industry Partners: Service King, Atkinson Toyota, and Swell Lexus
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Eastfield
  • Career Options: Auto Body Repair Technician
  • Median Starting Salary: $31,000+

W.H. Adamson High School

  • Industry Partners: Sewell Lexus and Atkinson Toyota
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Cedar Valley
  • Career Options: Automotive Technician
  • Median Starting Salary: $31,000+

L.G. Pinkston High School

  • Industry Partners: Iron Workers Union and TDIndustries
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Mountain View
  • Career Options: Welder, solderer, cutter, brazer
  • Median Starting Salary: $31,000+

 W.W. Samuell High School

  • Industry Partners: TEXO and Hill & Wilkinson
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Northlake
  • Career Options: Construction Technician
  • Median Starting Salary: $28,000

Wilmer-Hutchins High School

  • Potential Industry Partners: Walmart, O’Reilly, FedEx
  • Potential DCCCD Partner: Cedar Valley
  • Career Options: Supply chain specialist, logistics technician
  • Median Starting Salary: $28,000+

Estudiantes toman un viaje inolvidable a NASA como parte de la STEM-Liner Experience

Cuarenta estudiantes de Dallas ISD, y un puñado de maestros/acompañantes, volaron al Centro Espacial Kennedy (Kennedy Space Center) en Florida el mes pasado en avión privado como parte de la “STEM-Liner Experience,” que les dio la experiencia práctica increíble con instrucción en las ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas.

Estudiantes de W.H. Adamson High School, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, y South Oak Cliff High School fueron seleccionados por los directores para este viaje.

Crystal Alexander, una gerente del departamento STEM en Dallas ISD acompañó a los estudiantes y mantuvo un registro de la maravillosa aventura.

Sábado

Asistimos al banquete y visitamos el avión fletado en el que volaremos el próximo día.

Domingo

Nos levantamos a las 4 de la mañana para llegar al aeropuerto una hora después. El vuelo sale a las 6:15 a.m., y es la primera vez que muchos de los estudiantes viajan en un avión. ¡Estamos cansados pero muy emocionados!

Dos horas y media más tarde, somos parte de la historia al volar en el primer avión comercial que aterriza en la pista de aterrizaje de NASA en Florida. Esto genera varios selfies.

Los estudiantes empiezan a trabajar inmediatamente con el simulacro de conducir en Marte y volar en el espacio, colaborando en equipos para triunfar.

Lunes

Los estudiantes aprenden cómo se cultiva y es envasada la comida para llevar al espacio. Plantan semillas, las pasan por un procesador y, con pocas ganas, hasta prueban la comida.

Los estudiantes en una simulación de estar en la luna y programando a un robot a eliminar la arena de unos paneles fueron acontecimientos importantes del viaje.

Hicimos un recorrido de Complejo Turístico del Centro Espacial Kennedy (Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex) y vimos de cerca el transbordador espacial Atlantis.

Martes

Los estudiantes visitan el Instituto Aeronáutico de Tecnológica de Florida (Florida Institute of Technology Aviation), donde participan en simulacros aterrizando un avión. También imitan aterrizar un avión en condiciones de vientos fuertes – ¡lo cual fue muy difícil! Los estudiantes se sientan en aviones para escuchar a pilotos hablar sobre sus carreras y como lograron donde están hoy.

Finalmente, abordamos el avión de regreso a Dallas, agotados y fascinados con un viaje que nunca olvidaremos.

 Estos patrocinadores hicieron posible este viaje:

  • American Airlines
  • Buzz Aldrin ShareSpace Foundation
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Dallas ISD STEM Department
  • Envoy Air Inc.
  • Florida Institute of Technology ~ College of Aeronautics
  • Microsoft Corp
  • Sheraton DFW Airport

Más de 30 escuelas de Dallas ISD en el cuadro de honor de Texas

Más de 30 escuelas de Dallas ISD fueron reconocidas por el Educational Results Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll 2017 – 2018. El programa, patrocinado por el Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), forma parte del esfuerzo nacional para identificar escuelas y distritos cuyos estudiantes alcanzan altos niveles de rendimiento académico. Dallas ISD es uno de los siete distritos públicos reconocidos en Texas.

Este año, Texas Honor Roll reconoció a 729 escuelas públicas por demostrar alto rendimiento y éxito estudiantil, progreso continuo, y reducción en las brechas de aprovechamiento entre los estudiantes de minorías étnicas y económicamente desfavorecidos. Un total de 31 escuelas de Dallas ISD fueron reconocidas; siete fueron reconocidas en dos áreas.

Las escuelas fueron categorizadas en tres niveles. Star, reconoce las escuelas de alto rendimiento y reducción en la brecha de rendimiento con un número alto de estudiantes económicamente desfavorecidos. Las escuelas sin niveles significantes de estudiantes económicamente desfavorecidos y que están reduciendo la brecha de rendimiento son reconocidas en el nivel Scholar. Por último, las escuelas del Cuadro de Honor, con niveles altos de pobreza y rendimiento alto en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería, y matemáticas (STEM, por sus siglas en inglés) reciben la designación especial del reconocimiento, STEM.

El reconocimiento también incluye medidas de la preparación universitaria y de profesiones para las preparatorias. Igualmente importante, los administradores del Cuadro de Honor creen que este es el único programa de reconocimiento en Texas que basa la designación usando solamente el rendimiento estudiantil.

Las escuelas de Dallas ISD incluidas en el Texas Honor Roll 2018 son:

Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Dallas Environmental Science Academy
Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
Eladio R. Martinez Learning Center
Felix G. Botello Elementary School
George Bannerman Dealey Internationational Academy
George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard
Harry Stone Montessori Academy
Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploratory Academy
Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy (middle school)
Irma Lerma Rangel Young Womens Leadership Academy (high school)
J.P. Starks Elementary School
John J. Pershing Elementary School
Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School
Obadiah Knight Elementary School
Preston Hollow Elementary School
Rosie M. Sorrells Education and Social Work at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center,
Sam Houston Elementary School
School for The Talented And Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Business And Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Science And Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College
Victor H. Hexter Elementary School
Walnut Hill Elementary School
William B. Travis Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted
William B. Travis Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted


More than 30 Dallas ISD schools named to Texas Honor Roll list

More than 30 Dallas ISD schools have been named to the 2017-2018 Educational Results Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll, also known as the Texas Honor Roll. The program, sponsored by the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. Dallas ISD is one of seven public school districts in Texas to be acknowledged.

This year, the Texas Honor Roll recognized 729 public schools for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, improvement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Dallas ISD had 31 schools named, and seven of which were honored in two areas.

Schools considered were categorized in three levels. Star, which recognizes schools that are higher performing, higher in the number of economically disadvantaged students, and closing the achievement gap. Schools without significant levels of low-income students and also help achievement gaps close are identified as Scholar. Lastly, Honor Roll schools that are high poverty, and achieve higher performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are recognized with a special STEM designation.

The recognition also includes college and career readiness measures for high schools that were studied. Of equal importance, administrators of the Honor Roll suggest this is the only school recognition program in Texas using student achievement outcomes as the only criteria.

Below is a list of Dallas ISD schools named to the 2018 Texas Honor Roll:

Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Dallas Environmental Science Academy
Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
Eladio R. Martinez Learning Center
Felix G. Botello Elementary School
George Bannerman Dealey Internationational Academy
George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard
Harry Stone Montessori Academy
Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploratory Academy
Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy (middle school)
Irma Lerma Rangel Young Womens Leadership Academy (high school)
J.P. Starks Elementary School
John J. Pershing Elementary School
Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School
Obadiah Knight Elementary School
Preston Hollow Elementary School
Rosie M. Sorrells Education and Social Work at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center,
Sam Houston Elementary School
School for The Talented And Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Business And Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
School of Science And Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College
Victor H. Hexter Elementary School
Walnut Hill Elementary School
William B. Travis Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted
William B. Travis Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted


Woodrow Community Foundation awards 20 graduates with college scholarships

The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation announced that 20 graduating high school seniors have been awarded Foundation scholarships for Fall 2018.

The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation was established to support excellent education in public schools and recognize and honor academic excellence among the students within the Woodrow feeder pattern. Each scholarship is accompanied by an award ranging from $250—$10,000 to assist families in financing the costs of college

The scholarship recipients are:


STEM speakers peak students’ interests at the highest levels

Experts in their fields visited Anne Frank Elementary School throughout the year to advance STEM efforts.

Their unified message was that students should get involved with technology, science and math at an early age, pursue their career with hard work and passion and, of course, know their stuff. Representatives from Google, J.P. Morgan Chase Oil & Gas Management and Wailua Technology, Inc. generously volunteered their time to students to guide and encourage them, while imparting extremely high level data in engaging and exciting ways. Gifted and Talented Teacher, Jeni Baldwin, and 3rd Grade Social Studies and Science Teacher, Gabriela Oropeza, recruited the STEM speakers to peak the students’ interests.

Mr. Ivan Oropeza, a Level 3 Software Engineer, working on the Google Shopping Express project at Google, Inc. in Mountain View, CA, taught the value of perseverance and life skills to all of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. He taught the students that the keys to success lie not only in mastering science, technology, math and other classroom-learned skills, but also mastering their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. 

Mr. Oropeza guided that, firstly, you must dream big. Secondly, you must have a safety group net that is trustworthy to objectively evaluate your performance and behavior. He stated that teachers, counselors and coaches will honestly tell you if you are doing a good job or need improvement. Thirdly, he said it is critical to track all of your relevant skills progress to measure your need to improve and set goals accordingly. Fourthly, help others! In a small world like ours, a solid social network can make the difference in succeeding or not. Lastly, you must remember that even heroes, such as Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, also struggled. When asked what his dream was, Mr. Oropeza answered that he was already living it, working at Google.

During Career Day week, J. Stephen King, Vice President of Specialty Assets Oil & Gas Management of J.P. Morgan visited all 32 students of the two 5th grade Gifted and Talented classes who were busy with an energy unit to discuss fracking, a hot topic in North Dallas. The students were highly engaged with the energizing talk that featured multimedia and visuals. Students were allowed to demonstrate their new found, complex knowledge with interactive models as well.

Mr. King kindly stayed with a smaller group of students who then showed him their original PowerPoint presentations on alternative energy topics. Afterwards, these lucky students were treated to additional information and advice on how to be more effective speakers. He also handed out hit keepsakes: squishy mini safety helmets. Mr. King has a lifetime of experience in the oil fiends as he began his career as a drilling fluid engineer.

During the Skype-a-thon on November 29, 2017, the entire 5th Grade GT class earned their virtual miles with an interview with Jake Baldwin, a software developer with Wailua Technology in Houston, Texas. Via Skype, Jake Baldwin, recent Electrical Engineer graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, told the students that you can never be too young to start learning to code. He said, “I started when I was in college, but I wish I had started when I was in middle school!”

Mr. Baldwin explained that students should get hands-on experience writing code and building something, rather than only reading about it. He recommended starting with not only the coding languages C and C++, as they are the foundation to most languages used today, but also HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, because they are the core languages for web development.  A few of the 5th graders were familiar with the advice, which impressed Mr. Baldwin. He also encouraged them to put in the time because although it is incredibly difficult, if you have the passion for it, you will succeed with hard work.

The following week, the students participated in the Hour of Code with Code.org, along with several other ambitious classrooms around the school.  In the GT 5th grade room, knowledgeable students took the lead in teaching the rest of the class how to code, then all of the GT students participated during their class time. Code.org offered appealing, student-friendly programs such as Minecraft Hour of Code and Star Wars: Building a Galaxy of Code to make learning accessible to hungry young minds.


Students take out-of-this-world trip to NASA as part of the STEM-Liner Experience

Forty Dallas ISD students and a handful of teachers/chaperones flew to the the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last month on a private charter airplane as part of the “STEM-Liner Experience,” which gave them incredible hands-on experience with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math instruction.

Crystal Alexander, a manager in the Dallas ISD STEM Department and one of the chaperones, kept a running log of their amazing adventure.

Saturday

We attend a banquet, tour the charter plane we will fly in the next day, and hear from a Congressional Medal of Honor.

Students pose in front of the charter plane they will fly in the following day.

Sunday

We wake up at 4 a.m. to get to the airport an hour later. The flight leaves at 6:15 a.m., and it’s the first time many of the students have flown on an airplane. We are pretty tired, but excited!

Students fly on the chartered airplane from Texas to Florida.

Two-and-a-half hours later, we make history by being on the first commercial airplane to land on the NASA landing strip in Florida. Selfies ensued.

Students and chaperones document their landing in Florida with photos.

Students get right to work with a simulation of driving on Mars and flying in space, working as teams to succeed.

 

Monday

Students see how food is grown and packaged to take into space. They plants seeds, take it through the processor, and even (reluctantly) taste the food.

Students get first-hand experience with how food is grown, packaged and sent to space.

Students perform a simulation of being on the moon and also code a robot to remove sand off of panels, a definite highlight of the trip.

Students code robots to remove dust from solar panels.

Tuesday

Students visit the Florida Institute of Technology Aviation, where they perform simulations of landing a plane. They also simulate landing a plane in high winds, which is hard! Students sit in actual planes and hear from pilots on their careers and how they got to where they are today.

Students get the pilot experience by sitting in airplanes and checking out the controls.

We tour the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and get to see the Atlantis Space Shuttle up close.

Students visit the Kennedy Space Shuttle Complex and see Atlantis up close.

Finally, we  board the charter plane and fly back in Dallas, both exhausted and thrilled from a trip we will never forget.

Students on their final day in Florida before flying back to Texas.


Students learn TV production, tech skills in elementary’s Media Club

When students in the Media Club at Dallas ISD’s Larry G. Smith Elementary School turn on the lights, cameras and spring into action, they are learning crucial skills that could help them in their careers.

Students produce a morning newscast with the help of PE teacher and Club director Paul Curbow.

“They are responsible for getting everything set up, they do turn on all the cameras, they turn on all the TVs, the lights, they go get the kids that are actually doing the announcements for the day,” Curbow said. “I am here to help facilitate any way that I can and direct them if they need extra assistance.”

In the meantime, students are being introduced to technology, gaining confidence through public speaking an even learning to discern what information is accurate for their productions, said Principal Lora Morris. “That ties in with 21st-century skills,” she said.

Assistant Principal James Davis said the opportunity for students is incredible. “I’ve never seen such production at the elementary level since becoming involved in education,” he said.

Part of the production is a “Coach’s Corner,” and late in the school year, the show included STAAR questions with instructional coach Michelle Weiner. “The children work really hard in their research and putting everything together,” she said.

Students understand the Media Club offers them a world of opportunities.

“I see the news, and I wanted to get the experience to see what it would be like to be on camera,” one students said. “And another thing is that I like technology.”


Retirees move on to next chapter after combined total of 7,500 years of service

More than 350 Dallas ISD employees are retiring this year after helping countless kids succeed over the years.

Together they have nearly 7,500 years of service!

The links below list the names of this year’s retirees:


Empleada se jubila después de laborar en el distrito durante décadas

Durante todos los años que ha trabajado en el plantel, ha desempeñado muchos papeles, desde maestra y entrenadora y recientemente, coordinadora asistente de deportes del año de Dallas ISD. Paralelamente, ha inspirado a generaciones de estudiantes a esforzarse para alcanzar su máximo potencial. Ahora, después de un total de 47 años de servicio en Dallas ISD, Landy se jubilará.

“Ha sido una magnifica experiencia, y disfrute cada uno de mis años aquí. Si uno disfruta lo que hace, puede hacerlo durante mucho tiempo”, dijo Landy. “Pero ya estoy lista, y emocionada de empezar mi próximo capitulo”.

Entre los empleados que han indicado su intención de retirarse este verano, Landy es la empleada que ha laborado por más tiempo en Dallas ISD. Landy dijo que el secreto de su éxito a durante todo este tiempo fue contar con excelentes compañeros de trabajo y tener la capacidad de adaptarse a los cambios.

“Me siento agradecida por haber tenido la oportunidad de afectar de manera positiva la vida de mis estudiantes durante todos estos años”, dijo Landy. “Incluso, estoy aún más agradecida por cómo ellos marcaron mi vida”.


‘Rock the Block’ busca resaltar las excelentes escuelas en los vecindarios de la comunidad (vídeo)

Como parte de nuestros eventos comunitarios “Rock the Block”, el Dallas ISD está ofreciendo diversión e información sobre las excelentes escuelas que se encuentran en los vecindarios en cada comunidad.

Durante mayo y junio, representantes del distrito han estado llevando a cabo estos eventos en siete complejos de apartamentos en las zonas de asistencia de Kimball High School y Carter High School. El 31 de mayo, tuvo lugar el primero de ellos en el complejo Magnolia Creek. La comunidad tuvo la oportunidad de jugar baloncesto con policías del distrito, inscribir a sus hijos en escuelas de Dallas ISD, y de mostrar sus mejores pasos de baile.

“Estamos presentando de nuevo nuestras escuelas de vecindario y conectándolas con la comunidad”, dijo Jacqueline Bell, coordinadora de comunicaciones de escuelas de opción de Dallas ISD.

Vanetta, quien vive en el complejo de apartamentos Magnolia Creek, dijo estar agradecida de que se haya traído el evento a su comunidad. “Esto quiere decir que les importan los niños y su educación”, indicó.


Meet the longest serving retiree in Dallas ISD

For 45 year, Donnie Landy has been a smiling face at W.T. White High School.

She has played many roles over the decades at the campus—teacher, coach and, most recently, the Dallas ISD Assistant Athletic Coordinator of the Year—while inspiring generations of Longhorns to go out and reach their full potential. And now, after a total of 47 years of service to Dallas ISD, Landy is retiring

“It’s been a wonderful experience, and I have enjoyed every year. If you enjoy what you do, you can last a long time,” Landy said. “But I’m now ready, and excited, for my next chapter.”

As of now, Landy is the longest serving Dallas ISD employee who is retiring this summer. Landy said the secret to her long-term success is her awesome coworkers and ability to adapt with the times.

“I am thankful that I’ve been able to touch students’ lives over these years,” she said. “I’m even more thankful for how they have touched my life in return.”


Alumnos de Conrad desarrollan aplicación móvil con recursos de salud y educativos

La academia de ingeniería de Emmett J. Conrad High School es una de las seis escuelas finalistas en el concurso Lenovo Scholar Network National Mobile App Development Competition, patrocinada por la National Academy Foundation (NAF) y la empresa Lenovo.

Con el concurso, se tiene la intención de fomentar el interés en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM) entre los estudiantes de preparatoria con pocos recursos, al mismo tiempo que se les enseña las habilidades tecnológicas avanzadas necesarias para triunfar en el ámbito laboral actual.

La aplicación de los estudiantes de Conrad lleva el nombre de “Klinik”, y provee a los usuarios una lista de recursos de la salud, alimenticios y educativos cerca de su ubicación actual.

Tiene hasta el 10 de julio para votar por su aplicación favorita. Para emitir su voto por el proyecto de los estudiantes de Conrad, haga clic aquí.

NAF es una red nacional de líderes educativos, comunitarios y empresarios, que ayuda a estudiantes de preparatoria a desarrollar las destrezas necesarias para la universidad, una carrera y para su futuro. Las academias de NAF se enfocan en una de cinco especialidades: finanzas, hospitalidad y turismo, tecnología de la información, ingeniería y ciencias de la salud. Para más información sobre las academias NAF en Dallas ISD, coordinadas por el Departamento de Educación Profesional y Técnica, haga clic aquí.


From Mustang to Greyhound: Roosevelt senior living his college dream

In the conference room of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School library, senior Zechary Thomas signs his letter of commitment to accept a full-ride scholarship to play college basketball and study kinesiology at Fort Scott College. The commitment represents the first step toward realizing his lifelong dream to play in the NBA and pursue a career as an athletic trainer.

Getting to this point wasn’t easy for the Mustang stand-out point guard who played football until a severe concussion convinced him that basketball was a better fit.  “Zack never picked up a basketball until he was 13,” says proud mom Gina Grant Thomas. “He came to me and his dad and said his dream was to play college basketball.  We told him that if his grades were there and if he put in the hard work every day, we would back him.”

Zack’s basketball career got off to a rocky start. A member of successful JV teams, as a junior Zack found himself benched. “My old coach told me I couldn’t dribble, and I couldn’t shoot. He said he didn’t feel I could go to college and play basketball, and I took that to heart,” Thomas remembers.

Just when it seemed his dream of college and basketball was slipping away, he says those comments fueled a fire in him that motivated him to work harder on and off the court. Zack spent the summer of 2017 playing AAU basketball with Dallas Showtyme, a program that provides talented young athletes the opportunity to hone their skills outside their school basketball programs. Showtyme sponsored local and national tournaments that matched the promising athletes against some of the nation’s best players.  It was on the summer courts that Zack would meet and play with future Roosevelt teammates DeMarcus Fisher and Gregory Roberts.  “Zack played with us for one year, but we knew he had what it takes the first time he stepped on the court,” said Showtyme director Erven S. Davis, a proud member of the Roosevelt Class of 1968.

That summer the Thomas family moved to Oak Cliff giving Zack the opportunity to reset his hoop dreams on the hallowed courts of Roosevelt High School, fondly known by alumni as Velt. On the same courts that produced college basketball legends Ira Terrell and Carl Wright, Zack found a new home.  He and teammates Fisher and Roberts proved to be a dominant force, boosting Roosevelt to the top of state basketball rankings for the first time in more than a decade.

“The work ethic at Roosevelt was much different from my old school,” Thomas said. “There was a sense of competition. And the teachers at Roosevelt pushed me to be the best and told me I could go to college. My teammates, who are like my brothers, challenged me, made me grow and took me to new levels on and off the court.” Thomas credits Mustang coaches Marco Barnes and Joe Stafford with using basketball as a platform to build the leadership skills necessary for success in college and life.

“Once Zack moved to Roosevelt he blossomed,” said Showtyme’s Davis. “He went from being a kid with no place to play to a leader both on and off the court.  Playing for Velt made him ready to play on the college level and beyond.”

“The whole Roosevelt family just took Zack in,” shares his dad, Arthur Thomas. “I wish Zack could have spent all fours years here. They care about these kids. Roosevelt is a great school; it’s a family.” Though their son has now joined the ranks of the school’s alumni, the Thomases say they will continue to support the students at Roosevelt, helping other Mustangs achieve their dreams. “We’re proud to say our son graduated from Roosevelt High School.”

Asked why a rising ninth-grader should choose Roosevelt, Zack called his alma mater the perfect place. “There’s a lot of history at Velt, and you get to be a part of writing that next chapter.” Thomas touts the senior portfolio project with giving Mustangs a competitive edge.  The project requires seniors to craft a resume, create a visual biography, apply for twenty-four scholarships, submit four college applications, and complete sixty community service hours. “The teachers and counselors give you everything you need to help you get into college or be ready for a career. Roosevelt is a place where you can grow up and learn to man up. Velt will take you anywhere you want to go.”


Dallas ISD Rocks the Block to spread word about great neighborhood schools (video)

Dallas ISD is bringing the fun—and information about its neighborhood schools—to the community as part of its Rock the Block celebrations.

District representatives are holding block parties at seven apartment complexes in the Kimball and Carter high school feeder patterns in May and June. At the May 31 kickoff at the Magnolia Creek Apartment Complex, families shot basketballs with Dallas ISD police officers, enrolled their children in Dallas ISD schools, and showed off a few dance moves.

“We are reintroducing and reengaging our neighborhoods with our neighborhood school,” said Jacqueline Bell, school choice communications coordinator for Dallas ISD

Vanetta, a parent at the Magnolia Creek Apartment Complex, said she was thankful for the event.

“This means you care about the kids, and their education,” she said.


Conrad students among winners in mobile app development contest

The Emmett J. Conrad Academy of Engineering is among six schools named as finalists in the Lenovo Scholar Network National Mobile App Development Competition, sponsored by the National Academy Foundation (NAF) and technology company Lenovo.

The contest aims to encourage greater interest among underserved high school students in STEM disciplines while providing them with high-tech skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace.

Conrad’s app is called “Klinik,” and provides users with a list of health, food and educational resources close to their current location.

Voting for the Fan Favorite app is open now through July 10. Vote for Conrad’s project here.

NAF is a national network of education, business and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college-, career-, and future-ready. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering and health sciences. Learn about Dallas ISD’s NAF academies, coordinated by the district’s Career and Technical Education Department, here.


Se espera poder “refrescar” al plantel de Dan D. Rogers Elementary School con parque nuevo lleno de arboles

Debido a la selva de concreto en la que vivimos, Dallas se encuentra entre las ciudades donde la temperatura promedio está aumentando más rápido. Recientemente, Texas Tree Foundation, coordinó un proyecto con la intención de crear una “Cool School” en Dan D. Rogers Elementary School que ayude a combatir el calor en la escuela.

“Hemos plantado 90 arboles y conforme crecen, refrescarán físicamente al plantel”, dijo Matt Grubishich, representante de la Texas Tree Foundation. “El propósito de este proyecto es que los estudiantes salgan e interactúen con la naturaleza”.

Los estudios señalan que cuando los niños pasan tiempo afuera su aprovechamiento académico mejora, indicó Grubishich.

El proyecto también creará un ambiente de aprendizaje en el exterior. “Todo el trabajo que conlleva este diseño está vinculado específicamente al plan de estudios”, dijo Grubishich.

Los estudiantes están aceptando este concepto nuevo.

“Estoy muy emocionada de tener un parque en mi escuela”, dijo Madeline, estudiante de quinto grado. “Espero que el parque esté aquí por muchos años”.


Stonewall Jackson Elementary School reconoce la trayectoria de cuatro maestras que han decidido poner fin a su carrera docente

Se llevó a cabo una fiesta en Stonewall Jackson Elementary School para celebrar a cuatro maestras que se jubilarán luego de un total de 118 años de trabajo en el plantel.

Cheri Flynn, maestra de arte, y Melissa Alloway, Heather Wood y Cyndy Jaremko, maestras de educación para estudiantes sordos, forman parte del último grupo de maestros que técnicamente se retirarán de Stonewall Jackson Elementary School. La escuela cambiará de nombre en agosto a Mockingbird Elementary School.

“Este es el final de nuestra historia. Las maestras representan el legado histórico de esta escuela, habiendo trabajado aquí por tantos años”, dijo Melanie Mans, directora de la escuela. “Estamos muy orgullosos de ellas y queremos que sepan lo agradecidos que estamos por todo lo que han hecho por nuestros estudiantes y escuelas a través de los años”.


Carter Cowboy came back home

Dallas ISD teacher Jamie Chatman beams with pride as she talks excitedly about returning to her Oak Cliff alma mater to make a difference in the lives of students.

The David W. Carter High School grad is a proud faculty member of the Carter collegiate academy, and couldn’t be happier about the assignment. “I jumped at the opportunity to come to Carter. I love Carter! I’ve always been in support of Carter,” said Jamie who attended Oak Cliff neighborhood schools from kindergarten through graduation.

“A lot of teachers invested in me – inside and outside the classroom,” she said. “They were very supportive, and I wanted to be the same for students who look like me – students who live in the neighborhood. I wanted to give back and be “that teacher” in their lives like I had when I was here. ”

During her earlier career in social work, clients often complimented Jamie for her natural rapport with teens and encouraged her to pursue teaching. Eventually, she decided to give it a shot and began her career in education at Emmett Conrad High School. While she was grateful for the opportunity, Jamie says she always knew where she ultimately wanted to teach.

One of several Carter alums teaching at the iconic Dallas high school, Chatman said they are invested in the school in a special way. “I do think that alumni coming back to teach at their schools promotes the school in a positive light,” she said. “I believe the staff is more dynamic because when you have that school spirit you want to see your school do well. You want to see your school go the next level. And you have a vested interest in your school.”

Drawing from her own experience, Chatman said there’s power in having walked the same halls as her students. “I have such a great relationship with my students because I can actually say, “I sat in this same classroom. I grew up in the same Wood Town community that you’re growing up in, and the sky is the limit. Just because you’re from the inner city doesn’t mean that you can’t get out and do great things.”

Jamie Chatman is one of many Dallas ISD grads returning to their former schools as teachers, principals and counselors – members of a growing chorus singing, “There’s no place like home.”


Valedictorians y Salutatorians…Estudiantes con mejores promedios de la generación de 2018

El Dallas ISD reconoce a los valedictorians y salutatorians, estudiantes con los dos mejores promedios académicos de cada preparatoria de la generación de 2018. Celebramos el arduo trabajo, compromiso y dedicación, que les permitió ser clasificados como los estudiantes más destacados académicamente de su generación. Estos dos primeros lugares son los más codiciados por los estudiantes del grado 12, y es un logro que se debe exaltar ahora que están a punto de comenzar el próximo capítulo de su vida.

Estamos orgullosos de los estudiantes de la generación de 2018 y les reconocemos durante las ceremonias de graduación que se llevarán a cabo del 25 de mayo al 4 de junio. A continuación, presentamos la lista de los estudiantes e información de las ceremonias de cada preparatoria en Dallas ISD.

James Madison High School
Valedictorian: David Caro Daniel 
Salutatorian: Ruby Cardenas

School for the Talented and Gifted at at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Jeremiah Reilly
Salutatorian: Julia McAulay

School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: José Luna
Salutatorian: Lornee Pride

School of Business and Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Odnan Galvan
Salutatorian: Chazzmon Roer

Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Citlally Lopez
Salutatorian: Lesslie Pecina

Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Michael Gao
Salutatorian: Nicole Jaramillo

Justin F. Kimball High School
Valedictorian: Ildefonso Sanchez
Salutatorian: Autumn Bunker

 Franklin D. Roosevelt High School
Valedictorian: Oswaldo Borrego
Salutatorian: Jacqeline Reyes

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
Valedictorian: Cinthya Meza-Gonzalez
Salutatorian: Brenda Castañeda

Woodrow Wilson High School
Valedictorian: Manuela Arroyave
Salutatorian: Annabelle Fuhrr

Lassiter Early College High School at El Centro Community College
Valedictorian: Skye Coronel
Salutatorian: Lucy Herrera

David W. Carter High School
Valedictorian: Dylan Arnette
Salutatorian: José Varela

North Dallas High School
Valedictorian: Helen Garcia
SalutatorianJerah Sanchez

Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy 
Valedictorian: Tabufor Junior Tabufor
SalutatorianAdalberto Treviño-Leija

Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College
Valedictorian: Jaqueline Villanueva Hernandez
Salutatorian: Matthew Gonzalez

H. Grady Spruce High School
Valedictorian: Alan Sanchez
Salutatorian: Melissa Sierra

South Oak Cliff High School
Valedictorian: Joemel Burks
Salutatorian: Lisette Osorio-Garcia

School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Kimmy Chang
Salutatorian: Sasha Thomas

Sunset High School
ValedictorianAna Karen Palomares
Salutatorian: Ana Karen Martinez 

Thomas Jefferson High School 
Valedictorian: Carol Flores
SalutatorianElia Espinosa

Moisés E. Molina High School
Valedictorian: Glenda Meyer
Salutatorian: Oscar Díaz

Seagoville High School
Valedictorian: Mikaela Morris
Salutatorian: Wendy Jimenez

W. W. Samuell High School
Valedictorian: Ashley Crispin
Salutatorian:  Carlos Francia

W. H. Adamson High School
Valedictorian: Mary Conde
Salutatorian: Arturo Marente

Bryan Adams High School
Valedictorian: Thien Nguyen
Salutatorian: David Martinez

L. G. Pinkston High School
Valedictorian: Erica Yudid Mata Portillo
SalutatorianAngel Barragan

W. T. White High School
Valedictorian: Katy Ly
Salutatorian: Britney Herrera

Lincoln High School and Communications/Humanities Magnet
Valedictorian: Kennedy Taylor
Salutatorian: Kiara Kabbara

Hillcrest High School 
Valedictorian: Latham Davies
Salutatorian: Madison Bowers

 

Wilmer-Hutchins High School
Valedictorian: Giovanni Guerra
Salutatorian: Luis Tafolla

Emmett J. Conrad High School
Valedictorian: Albana Gllareva
Salutatorian: Yasmin Milan 

A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School
Valedictorian: Raul Ojeda 
Salutatorian: Jalyn Beaty

John Leslie Patton Jr. Academic Center 
Final rankings have not been determined at this time. 

Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegaite Academy
Valedictorian: Aduragbemi Osunjimi
Salutatorian: Juan Daniel Roman

Skyline High School
Valedictorian: Alejandro Aguilar
Salutatorian: Jacqueline Villanueva

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Valedictorian: Molly Martinez
Salutatorian: Andrew Smith 


Dallas ISD honors Class of 2018 valedictorians, salutatorians

Dallas ISD honors valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2018 graduates at each high school. These students are celebrated for their hard work, commitment and dedication, as they hold the top two spots in their graduating class. The No. 1 and No. 2 spots are traditionally the most coveted for seniors, and is an accomplishment to celebrate as they advance to their next chapter in life.

We proudly recognize the Class of 2018 with a series of high school commencement ceremonies from May 25 through June 4. Below is the valedictorian, salutatorian and graduation information for each Dallas ISD high school.

The commencement ceremonies conducted at Dallas ISD facilities will be streamed live, and can be watched after they happen as well. Find information here.

James Madison High School
Valedictorian: David Caro Daniel 
Caro Daniel plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in computer engineering.
Salutatorian: Ruby Cardenas
Cardenas plans to attend Texas Woman’s University and major in nursing.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Friday, May 25 –  Ellis Davis Field House

School for the Talented and Gifted at at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Jeremiah Reilly
Reilly plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in computer science.
Salutatorian: Julia McAulay
McAulay plans to attend Purdue University and major in environmental engineering.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Friday, May 25 –  Gooch Auditorium

School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: José Luna
Luna plans to attend Amherst College in Massachusetts and major in neuroscience.
Salutatorian: Lornee Pride
Pride plans to attend Baylor University and major in neuroscience.
Commencement: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

School of Business and Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Odnan Galvan
Galvan plans to attend Rice University and major in physics.
Salutatorian: Chazzmon Roer
Roer plans to attend Duke University and major in sociology.
Commencement: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Citlally Lopez
Lopez plans to pursue a degree in applied math pre-med at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Salutatorian: Lesslie Pecina
Pecina plans to attend Abilene Christian University and major in education.
Commencement: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Michael Gao
Gao plans to attend Columbia University and pursue a degree in economics.
Salutatorian: Nicole Jaramillo
Jaramillo plans to attend Texas A&M University at Galveston and major in marine biology.
Commencement: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

Justin F. Kimball High School
Valedictorian: Ildefonso Sanchez
Sanchez plans to pursue a major in mathematics and minor in political science at the University of Houston.
Salutatorian: Autumn Bunker
Bunker plans to attend Lamar University and major in speech and hearing sciences.
Commencement: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26 –  Ellis Davis Field House

Franklin D. Roosevelt High School
Valedictorian: Oswaldo Borrego
Borrego plans to go to El Centro Community College then transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington to major in nursing.
Salutatorian: Jacqeline Reyes
Reyes plans to attend El Centro Community College, then enter the Rise for Success Program through Parkland Hospital, and later plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington.
Commencement: Noon, Saturday, May 26 –  Ellis Davis Field House

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
Valedictorian: Cinthya Meza-Gonzalez
Meza-Gonzalez plans to attend Harvard and major in biomedical engineering.
Salutatorian: Brenda Castañeda
Castañeda plans to attend the University of Chicago and major in neuroscience.
Commencement: Noon, Saturday, May 26 – W. H. Adamson High School

Woodrow Wilson High School
Valedictorian: Manuela Arroyave
Arroyave plans to attend Harvard University and major in physical and chemical biology.
Salutatorian: Annabelle Fuhrr
Fuhrr plans to pursue a degree in business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Commencement: 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

Lassiter Early College High School at El Centro Community College
Valedictorian: Skye Coronel
Coronel plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in health and exercise science.
Salutatorian: Lucy Herrera
Herrera plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and pursue a degree in chemistry with a teacher certification.
Commencement: 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26 –  W. H. Adamson High School

David W. Carter High School
Valedictorian: Dylan Arnette
Arnette is planning on attending Texas Christian University and majoring in biology. He plans to become an oncologist like his father.
Salutatorian: José Varela
Varela plans to pursue an astronomy degree from Texas A & M University.
Commencement: 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26 –  Ellis Davis Field House

North Dallas High School
Valedictorian: Helen Garcia
Garcia plans to attend Southern Methodist University to pursue a major in biological science and human rights, and then continue to law school.
SalutatorianJerah Sanchez
Sanchez plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in healthcare studies.
Commencement: 4 p.m., Saturday, May 26 – Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy 
Valedictorian: Tabufor Junior Tabufor
Tabufor plans to attend Cornell University and major in economics.
SalutatorianAdalberto Treviño-Leija
Treviño-Leija plans to pursue a major in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Saturday, May 26 – W. H. Adamson High School

Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College
Valedictorian: Jaqueline Villanueva Hernandez
Villanueva Hernandez plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and pursue a degree in biochemistry.
Salutatorian: Matthew Gonzalez
Gonzalez plans to attend the University of North Texas and major in biochemistry.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Saturday, May 26 –  Ellis Davis Field House

H. Grady Spruce High School
Valedictorian: Alan Sanchez
Sanchez plans to attend Southern Methodist University and pursue a degree in computer science.
Salutatorian: Melissa Sierra
Sierra plans to attend El Centro Community College and study dental hygiene.
Commencement: 1 p.m., Sunday, May 27 –   Ellis Davis Field House

South Oak Cliff High School
Valedictorian: Joemel Burks
Burks plans to attend Texas A & M University and major in biomedical science.
Salutatorian: Lisette Osorio-Garcia
Osorio-Garcia plans to pursue a degree in accounting at Texas Southern University or Prairie View A & M University.
Commencement: 5 p.m., Sunday, May 27 –   Ellis Davis Field House

School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Valedictorian: Kimmy Chang
Chang plans to attend Standford University and major in environmental science.
Salutatorian: Sasha Thomas
Thomas plans to attend Yale University and major in cellular & molecular biology.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 29 –  Majestic Theater

Sunset High School
ValedictorianAna Karen Palomares
Palomares is planning to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in engineering.
Salutatorian: Ana Karen Martinez 
Martinez is planning to attend Texas Southern University and major in pre-pharmacy.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 29 –  Ellis Davis Field House

Thomas Jefferson High School 
Valedictorian: Carol Flores
Flores plans to pursue a degree in computer science or mechanical engineering from the University of North Texas.
SalutatorianElia Espinosa
Espinosa plans to attend Texas A & M University.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 29 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

Moisés E. Molina High School
Valedictorian: Glenda Meyer
Meyer plans to attend the University of Chicago and major in astrophysics.
Salutatorian: Oscar Díaz
Díaz plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in medical laboratory science in a pre-med.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

Seagoville High School
Valedictorian: Mikaela Morris
Morris plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in business.
Salutatorian: Wendy Jimenez
Jimenez plans to major in anthropology and biochemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana
Commencement: 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 –  Ellis Davis Field House

W. W. Samuell High School
Valedictorian: Ashley Crispin
Crispin plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in accounting/finance.
Salutatorian:  Carlos Francia
Francia plans to attend the University of North Texas and pursue a biology/pre-med degree.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Thursday, May 31 –  Ellis Davis Field House

W. H. Adamson High School
Valedictorian: Mary Conde
Conde plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering from Louisiana State University.
Salutatorian: Arturo Marente
Marente is planning to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in business.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Friday, June 1 –  Ellis Davis Field House

Bryan Adams High School
Valedictorian: Thien Nguyen
Nguyen plans to pursue degrees in business and theater from Brown University.
Salutatorian: David Martinez
Martinez plans to attend Texas A & M University and major in engineering.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Friday, June 1 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

L. G. Pinkston High School
Valedictorian: Erica Yudid Mata Portillo
Mata Portillo is planning to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in kinesiology.
SalutatorianAngel Barragan
Barragan plans to major in mathematics at the University of Houston.
Commencement: 9 a.m., Saturday, June 2 –  Ellis Davis Field House

W. T. White High School
Valedictorian: Katy Ly
Ly plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas to major in biology with plans to become a dermatologist.
Salutatorian: Britney Herrera
Herrera plans to pursue a major in speech pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Commencement: 9 a.m., Saturday, June 2 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

Lincoln High School and Communications/Humanities Magnet
Valedictorian: Kennedy Taylor
Taylor plans to attend Texas State University to pursue a degree in communications.
Salutatorian: Kiara Kabbara
Kabbara plans to receive a pre-med degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Commencement: 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 2 –  Ellis Davis Field House

Hillcrest High School 
Valedictorian: Latham Davies
Davies plans to attend Wabash College and pursue a degree in philosophy.
Salutatorian: Madison Bowers
Bowers plans to attend Stephen F. Austin University and major in finance.
Commencement: 1 p.m., Saturday, June 2 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

Wilmer-Hutchins High School
Valedictorian: Giovanni Guerra
Guerra is planning on attending the University of Texas at Arlington and major in mechanical engineering.
Salutatorian: Luis Tafolla
Tafolla is planning to major in information technology from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Commencement: 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2 –  Ellis Davis Field House

Emmett J. Conrad High School
Valedictorian: Albana Gllareva
Gllavera is planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in medicine and business.
Salutatorian: Yasmin Milan 
Milan is planning to pursue a major on restaurant management and business from the University of Houston.
Commencement: 5 p.m., Saturday, June 2 –  Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex

A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School
Valedictorian: Raul Ojeda 
Ojeda is planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in theater and linguistics.
Salutatorian: Jalyn Beaty
Beaty is planning to pursue a major in computer science from Prairie View A & M University.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Saturday, June 2 –  Ellis Davis Field House

John Leslie Patton Jr. Academic Center 
Final rankings have not been determined at this time. 
Commencement
: 11 a.m., Sunday, June 3 –  Ellis Davis Field House

Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegaite Academy
Valedictorian: Aduragbemi Osunjimi
Osunjimi plans to pursue a degree in biology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Salutatorian: Juan Daniel Roman
Roman is planning to attend University of Texas at Dallas and major in biology.
Commencement: 2 p.m., Saturday, June 3 –  Ellis Davis Field House

Skyline High School
Valedictorian: Alejandro Aguilar
Aguilar plans to attend Macalester College in St. Paul Minneapolis and major in computer science.
Salutatorian: Jacqueline Villanueva
Villanueva plans to attend Texas A & M College Station and major in nursing.
Commencement: 5 p.m., Monday, June 4 –  Ellis Davis Field House (Career Development Center)
8:30 p.m., Monday, June 4 – Ellis Davis Field House (comprehensive high school)

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Valedictorian: Molly Martinez
Martinez plans to attend Harvard University and major in government with a minor Latino studies.
Salutatorian: Andrew Smith 
Smith plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in management information systems.
Commencement: 7 p.m., Monday, June 4 –  Meyerson Symphony Center


Installation of tree-filled park aims to make Dan D. Rogers a ‘Cool School’

It’s an obvious statement this time of year: Dallas is hot.

Because of its concrete jungle, Big D is among cities where the average temperature is rising the fastest. A recent project coordinated by the Texas Tree Foundation aims to create a “Cool School” at Dallas ISD’s Dan D. Rogers Elementary.

“By the 90 trees that we planted here, as these trees grow up, it will physically cool this campus,” said Matt Grubishich of the Texas Tree Foundation. “Our Cool School program is about leaving no child inside. It’s about getting kids outside, interacting with the natural environment.”

Studies point to time spent outdoors as a boost to student achievement, he said.

The project will also create an outdoor learning environment. “Everything that goes into this design is specifically tied twoard the curriculum,” Grubishich said.

Students are already embracing the concept.

“I’m so excited for having a park at my school,” said fifth-grader Madeline. “I hope the park is going to be around a long time.”


Stonewall Jackson Elementary celebrates four retiring teachers with combined 118 years of service at school

A party at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School celebrated four retiring teachers who combined together have worked 118 years at the campus.

Art teacher Cheri Flynn and deaf education teachers Melissa Alloway, Heather Wood, and Cyndy Jaremko are also the last group of teachers to technically retire from Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, as the school will change its name to Mockingbird Elementary School in August.

“This is a culmination of our history. These teachers are a legacy, having worked here for so many years,” Principal Melanie Mans said. “We are so proud of them and we want them to know today how thankful we are for everything they have done for our students and schools over the years.”


Nuevo consejo asesor sobre estudios multiculturales e historia asegurará que se celebre la diversidad

La Oficina de Equidad Racial de Dallas ISD creó el Consejo Asesor de Estudios Multiculturales e Historia.

Este grupo, abogará por crear estudios, experiencias y oportunidades multiculturales para que se escuche, se promueva, y se exprese la opinión de estudiantes y adultos en educación. Este consejo apoyará a la Oficina de Equidad Racial en su esfuerzo por utilizar varios recursos desde la literatura hasta la historia oral, para educar y celebrar la diversidad de culturas.

“La creación de este consejo representa un momento histórico en el Dallas ISD. Estamos muy contentos de contar con la participación de representantes de una gran variedad de grupos étnicos y culturas para empoderar a todos los niños”, dijo Leslie Williams, jefe adjunto de la Oficina de Equidad Racial.

Los participantes provinieron de diferentes entidades educativas en la ciudad de Dallas, incluyendo organizaciones sin fines de lucro, universidades, colegios comunitarios del condado de Dallas, la comunidad artística, cineastas, y organizaciones religiosas, entre otras. La Oficina de Equidad Racial de Dallas ISD está creando un número de modelos específicos de efecto colectivo que proveerán oportunidades para la colaboración.

“La historia incorpora de una variedad de puntos de vista sociales y culturales. Por lo tanto, es fundamental entender el contexto histórico que ha moldeado las experiencias de vida de la población de color”, dijo Jamila Thomas, directora de la Oficina de Equidad Racial. “Asimismo, es importante celebrar la variedad de culturas que representan la belleza de la diversidad. Si podemos demostrar cómo los estudiantes deben valorar su individualidad mientras celebran a aquellos que se ven, hablan y viven de manera diferente, podemos crear un bello mosaico de espacios educativos”.


Escuelas de Dallas ISD logran excelente participación en competencia mundial

Las escuelas de Dallas ISD tuvieron una excelente participación – incluyendo un primer lugar – en la competencia mundial de Destination Imagination (DI), que contó con la participación de 8,000 estudiantes de 15 países, y que se llevó a cabo en Tennessee.

Rosemont Elementary School logró el máximo honor en el Reto Científico. Diseñaron un parque de diversiones que puede operar en un lugar difícil. Otros resultados de la competencia incluyen:

  • El equipo de Eduardo Mata Elementary School obtuvo el segundo lugar en el reto de bellas artes;
  • El conjunto compuesto por estudiantes de William L. Cabell Elementary School y Henry W. Longfellow Middle School logró el segundo lugar en el reto de ingeniería;
  • El equipo de la School for the Talented and Gifted obtuvo el cuarto lugar en el reto de aprendizaje a través de servicio comunitario.

La competencia mundial es el evento final de cada temporada de DI. Los equipos que avanzan en los torneos regionales y afiliados son invitados a participar en la competencia mundial.


Estudiantes de Adamson High School reciben becas

La Adamson High School Scholarship Foundation otorgó un total de $44,000 en becas a 15 estudiantes de 12o grado de W.H. Adamson High School que les ayudará a continuar su educación postsecundaria.

Se dio a conocer a los estudiantes ganadores durante la Ceremonia de Premios que se llevó a cabo el 25 de mayo en la escuela.

“Es un placer continuar con esta tradición de 71 años de proporcionar a los estudiantes de Adamson la oportunidad de asistir a la universidad”, dijo Bob Johnston, presidente del consejo de la fundación.

Las becas varían de $2,500 a $6,000 para cuatro años de estudios. Los estudiantes tuvieron que presentar una solicitud al consejo, compuesto de 15 miembros, y después, un comité especial los entrevistó, para así tomar la decisión de quienes serían los afortunados ganadores.

Desde su comienzo en 1947, aproximadamente 1,500 estudiantes han recibido becas, que suman un total de $2 millones. Las becas se otorgan en base a méritos académicos y la necesidad económica.


Toyota y J.N. Ervin Elementary School celebran exitosa colaboración

Los estudiantes de J.N. Ervin Elementary School se reunieron con los tutores de Toyota quienes les ayudaron con su lectura por medio de TutorMate, programa de tutoría por internet que conecta a voluntarios de la empresa con estudiantes para realizar lecturas virtuales.

“Llegamos para quedarnos en J.N. Ervin”, dijo Wendy Walker, representante de Toyota. “Nos ha encantado colaborar con esta escuela y queremos pasar mucho tiempo aquí para formar parte de todo lo positivo que se esta realizando, y ayudar a los estudiantes a triunfar”.

Toyota también donó 2,000 libros a la biblioteca de la escuela durante una celebración que se realizó el 25 de mayo.

“Estamos muy contentos de colaborar con Toyota y TutorMate para apoyar a los alumnos de J.N. Ervin Elementary School”, dijo Tom Hayden, del Departamento de Voluntarios y Socios de Dallas ISD. “Esperamos continuar viendo el efecto positivo que esta sociedad seguirá teniendo en el aprovechamiento académico”.


High school students inspired by powerful documentary on Malcolm X

With the support of Trustee Joyce Foreman and in collaboration with the Dallas Examiner and Mollie Belt, students from four Dallas ISD schools were inspired by the newly released documentary “Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement” at IBOC Church, which is led by Pastor Rickie G. Rush.
The documentary taught students from Carter, South Oak Cliff, Madison and Kimball high schools about past historical events that shaped United States history. Students also learned from local and national civil right leaders such as Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr. and other prominent leaders and pastors in the City of Dallas.
“I believe it is critical for students to learn their history and have out of the classroom experiences to enhance their learning,” Foreman said.
Some of the members of the audience and program included State of Texas Senator Royce West, Sr. Pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, and Sr. Pastor of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, Dr. Michael Bowie, Jr.
Dallas ISD College Access Provider Education is Freedom partnered to help to secure student participation in an effort to promote the importance of culturally relevant activities outside of the classroom.
In a powerful moment after the documentary screening, students along with Foreman, Trustee Lew Blackburn and Dallas ISD Executive Director Cheryl Wright took a historical photo with one of Malcolm X’s twin daughters, Malaak Shabazz.

School nurse goes above and beyond for all on campus, colleagues say

Pat Johnson, who serves as the nurse at Dallas ISD’s Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, is the 2017-2018 Health Services Employee of the Year.

Johnson said that one thing she enjoys about being a school nurse is that the job is different every day.

“You get to work with students, parents and staff to facilitate their health and well being,” she said. “In addition to providing health services such as first aid and medications, we do health education activities, screenings, counseling, and promote parent and community involvement. You can make a real difference in the lives of children every day.”

Johnson’s nomination stood out because she was nominated by both her principal and staff at the school. She is described as always going above and beyond to promote health in the school community.

”Unlike most school nurses who begin their day at 7:45 and leave at 3:40, Nurse Johnson opens her clinic doors before most staff members arrive,” wrote members of the school’s second-grade team.

Principal Melanie Mans said Johnson provides crucial health information. “She’s a walking ‘health’ encyclopedia,” Mans wrote in her nomination letter, adding that Johnson helped sanitize areas of the school to thwart the spread of flu.

Johnson co-founded the Stonewall Jackson Peace Pantry, which provides food for families in need. Assuring students have proper nutrition so that they are ready and capable to learn is one of Johnson’s goals. She is the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) team leader and organizes the Baylor Dental Sealant Program, Carter blood drives, campus community health fairs, Vogel Alcove toy drives, promotes participation in area fun runs and marathons, and tutors children through the Feed Lake Highlands group. That is on top of performing her daily nursing responsibilities at the school.

“My passions are related to promoting a healthy lifestyle and leading by example,” Johnson said. “I enjoy running, yoga, cycle/spin class as well as hiking. I make every effort to encourage students and staff to participate in events on and off campus.”


Dallas ISD schools win top honors at global competition

Dallas ISD schools had an outstanding showing—including earning first place—while competing among 8,000 students from 15 countries at the Destination Imagination Global Finals held in Tennessee.

Rosemont Elementary School won the top honors in the Scientific Challenge, where they designed an amusement park attraction that could operate in an unlikely location. Other DI Global results include:

  • Eduardo Mata Elementary School’s team earned second place in the Fine Arts Challenge;
  • The team of students from William L. Cabell Elementary School and Henry W. Longfellow Middle School won second place in the Engineering Challenge;
  • The School for the Talented and Gifted team won fourth place in the Service Learning Challenge.

Eight Dallas ISD teams headed to Destination Imagination Global Finals

Global Finals is the culminating event of every DI season. DI teams that advance past Regional and Affiliate Tournaments are invited to participate in the Global Finals


District’s new Multicultural Studies and History Advisory Council will ensure variety of cultures are celebrated

Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office established the Multicultural Studies and History Advisory Council.

This group will serve as an advocacy council for creating multicultural studies, experiences and opportunities for student and adult voices to be heard, engaged and expressed in education. This council will support the Racial Equity Office in its efforts to engage various sources from literature to oral history in an effort  to educate and celebrate a variety of cultures.

“This council marks a powerful moment in the history of Dallas ISD. We are excited to engage people from many different ethnic groups and cultures to empower all children,” said Leslie Williams, Deputy Chief of Racial Equity Office

Participates in this advisory council were from different educational entities from across the city of Dallas which included non-profits, local universities, Dallas County Community Colleges, arts community, film makers, artist,  faith-based organizations and more. Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office is creating a number of specific collective impact models that will serve as collaborative opportunities to engage Dallas ISD from a variety of different entry points.

“History comes from a variety of societal and cultural viewpoints. Therefore, it is critical to understand the historical context that has shaped the lived experiences of people of color,” said Jamila Thomas, Director of Racial Equity Office. “Equally important, is the opportunity to celebrate a variety of cultures that represent the beauty of diversity. If we can exemplify how students should value their individuality while celebrating those who may look, sound and experience life different, we can create a beautiful mosaic of educational spaces.”


Dallas ISD Social Studies Department supports fight against poverty

The Dallas ISD Social Studies Department recognized National Red Nose Day on May 24.

National Red Nose Day was launched in the United Kingdom with the goal of using comedy to raise money and help those leading tough lives. The vision?  Creating a world free from poverty.

The program was launched in America in 2015 and since has raised over $100 million and helped over 8 million children.

Red Nose Day in School provides educators with free resources to help their students understand the issue of child poverty, develop empathy, and inspire them to create positive change.  For more information: https://rednosedayinschool.org/


Consulte con la escuela de su hijo para el horario de salida esta semana

Algunas secundarias de Dallas ISD dejarán salir temprano a los estudiantes durante esta semana, y hasta el último día de clases, el viernes, 1 de junio, para poder administrar los exámenes finales.

Por lo general, las secundarias, academias y planteles Montessori permitirán salir a los estudiantes a las 12:35 p.m. Las preparatorias habitualmente dejan salir a los estudiantes a la 1:15 p.m. en estos días. Debido a que el horario puede variar dependiendo de la escuela, recomendamos a los padres y estudiantes que consulten con su escuela para informarse si saldrán antes de lo normal y en qué días.

Las ceremonias de graduación de preparatoria comenzaron el viernes, 25 de mayo. Para ver el horario completo de las ceremonias, haga clic aquí.


Hillcrest High senior lands full-ride scholarship for environmental efforts

Hillcrest senior Hayden B. Jackson is the recipient of the “First in Sustainability Scholarship Award” from Green Mountain College (GMC). The award comes with a full, four-year scholarship to the Vermont college, which is the most highly awarded college for sustainability.

Jackson founded The Environmental League at Hillcrest to work with students from other local high schools to clean up a nearby polluted pond. In an essay as part of the scholarship application, Jackson describes the project and how he will use his GMC education to develop solutions and grow the Dallas-area movement he helped start.

“At a time of heightened attention to the world’s sustainability challenges—environmental, economic and social—students like Hayden give us hope for the future,” said GMC President Robert Allen. “His essay conveyed his commitment to educating students about preserving the earth’s resources while appreciating nature’s beauty. He is exactly the kind of young leader the world needs: informed, enthused, and purposeful about ensuring a more sustainable world.”

Jackson says in his essay that the Environmental League’s goals is to “change everyday behavior in our schools, and show students the beauty we are fighting to preserve.” He stated, “My dream is to make the world a better more sustainable place. The Environmental League rewards students with outdoor experiences for their involvement helping the environment.”

In addition to studying at GMC, Jackson is interested in playing lacrosse and running cross country with the GMC Eagles. Jackson will be majoring in Adventure Education and Wildlife/Forest Conservation to continue the movement The Environmental League started.


Toyota and J.N. Ervin Elementary hold end-of-year celebration for successful reading partnership

Students at J.N. Ervin Elementary School met with their tutors at Toyota who have helped them read through TutorMate, an online tutoring program that connects volunteers with students to engage in virtual readings.

“We are here at J.N. Ervin to stay,” said Wendy Walker with Toyota. “We have fallen in love with this school and want to spend a lot of time here and feed into everything positive here and help these students flourish.”

Toyota also donated 2,000 books to the school’s library at the end-of-year celebration on May 25.

“We are thankful to have this joint partnership with Toyota and TutorMate to support the scholars at J.N. Ervin Elementary School,” said Tom Hayden with Dallas ISD’s Volunteer and Partnership Services. “We look forward to the positive impact this partnership will continue to have on achievement.”


Four partners recognized for positive impact on Dallas ISD students




Community partnerships are crucial to provide funding, support and enrichment for Dallas ISD students. Four awards were presented during the May 24 Board of Trustees meeting to this year’s outstanding volunteers and partners who made a positive impact on education.

The Superintendent’s Award was presented to Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities. Beginning in 2014, the organization has provided uniforms and resources to a growing number of students. A back-to-school event now serves all students at five Dallas ISD schools. Additionally, Smith Charities provided special funding assistance for Hurricane Harvey evacuees, and introduced additional partners to help families.

The Emmett J. Conrad Extra Mile Award was presented to KMPG. Focusing on improving literacy during the past five years, KPMG provided books for more than 75 district elementary schools. Most recently, the company provided books for the African American Read-Ins, the districtwide Read for Me event, all students in Summer School programs, the Model UN program and ESL Summer Backpack Reading Program. The company has also committed to adopting three schools for expanded services.

The Dallas Mavericks received the Jeanne Fagadau Leading the Charge Award. This year, the Mavs provided school supplies and a ticket voucher for all 157,000 students in Dallas ISD. The Community Block Tickets Program provided tickets to home games, the Science of Basketball STEM workshops, and scholarships. Teaming up with others, the Mavs supported the UPS Store for Classroom Champions; with Shock Doctor and McDavid HEX for basketball safety equipment; with American Airlines for the Black History Month Essay Contest; with North Texas Ford Dealers and First Book for the Buzzer Beater Reading Challenge; and with EVERFI and the Seth Curry Foundation to provide Venture-Entrepreneurial Expedition.

American Airlines was named the Premiere Industry Partner for its partnership and support of W.H. Adamson Collegiate Academy. The company provides staff to support student learning, college- and career-readiness and resources including school supplies and backpacks, iPads, and scholarships. It also recruits additional industry partners and provides support through Junior Achievement to several Dallas ISD schools with job shadowing and mentoring. This summer, the company is underwriting costs for out-of-state STEM experiences.


Check with campuses for early release times during final week

To accommodate final exams during the final week of school, some Dallas ISD secondary campuses will have early release leading up to the last day of the school year on Friday, June 1.

In general, on days they have early release, middle schools, academies and Montessori campuses will dismiss at 12:35 p.m. High schools typically dismiss early at 1:15 p.m. on affected days. As early release times can vary school by school, parents and students are encouraged to check with their particular schools to see if an when the school days will end earlier than normal.

Commencement ceremonies for high school seniors began on Friday, May 25. See the full schedule here.


Fifteen graduating Adamson High School students receive scholarships

The Adamson High School Scholarship Foundation provided 15 graduating W.H. Adamson High School seniors with $44,000 in scholarships to attend colleges and universities.

The 2018 honorees were announced at the school’s Awards Day Assembly on May 25 at the school.

“It’s a pleasure to continue the 71-year tradition of awarding worthy students at Adamson the opportunity to attend higher education,” Foundation Board President Bob Johnston said.

The scholarships range from $2,500 to $6,000 for  four-year awards and are the result of applications to the fifteen-member foundation board.  Applicants were interviewed by a special committee of the board, which made the award recommendations.

Since its inception in 1947, about 1,500 graduating seniors have received scholarships totaling $2 million.  Scholarships are awarded to Adamson graduating seniors based on academic achievement and economic need.


Miracle on Marsalis: SOC Special Olympic athlete overcomes hurdles

Parent ShaTonda Edmonds calls her 19-year-son Jheilaun Roberts a miracle.  Born at 23 weeks weighing one pound four ounces and only 12 inches long, he literally fit into the palm of her hand.  Released after a 10-month hospital stay, Jheilaun and his mom went home to start a new life that his doctors warned would be filled with challenges.

“Jheilaun is on the Autism spectrum, and his doctors said he would definitely be intellectually delayed,” said Edmonds. Born with the serious eye disorder retinopathy, Jheilaun was at risk of losing his vision and hearing, and doctors predicted he would require numerous surgeries. Despite the looming hurdles, his mom was determined her son would defy the odds.

Today, Jheilaun is a thriving Special Olympics scholar athlete at South Oak Cliff High School. An A/B student since elementary, in middle school, Edmunds said he struggled in social situations and basically kept to himself. That all changed when he enrolled at SOC, where Edmunds says the teachers helped him grow beyond his disabilities.

“When I met his teachers at SOC, I knew this was the right place. They care about these kids like their own.”  At SOC, she says Jheilaun came out of his shell and became a totally different kid.” Today, he’s a gold medal athlete, hangs out with other kids and gives his teachers and coaches fist bumps in the school hallways.

Jheilaun’s teacher and SOC Special Olympics Coach Getquiea Jones, is not surprised.  She says these kinds of changes are common among her student athletes. “One of the main changes I see is in socialization. Through sports, our students gain the confidence to become socially acclimated to high school.” An impressive record of athletic awards and the changed attitudes of students are proof of the program’s success.

Principal Dr. W. F. Johnson says his staff works at building an environment of inclusion where all students feel a sense of pride and accomplishment, despite their challenges.  “On a global perspective many of our students have challenges,” says Johnson. “Our job is to equip them, and support them to develop those skills necessary to be self-sufficient productive, contributing citizens. In this population in particular, not many will attend universities, but If they have the job skills, display emotional stability, and can cope, they are well on their way to being productive citizens earning their own income.”

Mom Edmonds says SOC’s winning team of caring Special Education teachers, Special Olympics and the school’s partnership with the Dallas ISD 18+ program has given her son’s life new purpose. Under the 18+ Program Jheilaun can continue at SOC until age 22. He’ll spend half days at SOC, and half days at the Multiple Careers Magnet Center working on career readiness skills. Already, Jheilaun has a passion for culinary arts.  “He gets excited and comes home every day and tells me what he’s cooked,” his mom says. “He’s even put together his own cookbook with 51 recipes.

“Before coming to SOC, I was worried about what he would do after high school,” she said. “I thought I would have to put him in an adult day rehab center while I worked, but now I don’t have to worry about that.  I’m sure that when he completes the training and internship, they will be able to find him a career in the food industry.”

Considering all Jheilaun’s progress in spite of hurdles, it appears he truly is a miracle in the making.


Estadísticas de deportista del año muestran su excelente rendimiento dentro y fuera de la pista

Sergio Armendáriz, estudiante de 12º grado en W.H. Adamson High School, es alto y delgado, con una voz suave y buenos modales. Le abre la puerta a los demás y escucha atentamente a su entrenador cuando conversan. Pero cuando empieza a hablar sobre su amor por el atletismo y las carreras, sus ojos se iluminan y endereza su postura.

Armendáriz, quien siente orgullo de haber vivido toda su vida en el área de Oak Cliff, y ha asistido a Adamson High School los últimos cuatro años. Recientemente, fue nombrado deportista del año de Dallas ISD debido a sus logros como estudiante y atleta. En tres años, ha acumulado un impresionante récord que incluye ser nombrado dos veces campeón regional de carrera a campo traviesa, campeón regional en atletismo, y finalista estatal también en atletismo, todo ello mientras mantenía un promedio general de 3.74. El entrenador Robert Urbina, que ha trabajado con corredores de fondo en Adamson por 23 años, dice que Armendáriz es único.

“Sergio es el mejor corredor de fondo que he entrenado”, dijo Urbina. “Le encanta correr, pero creo que es mejor en atletismo. En atletismo, aunque compites en equipo, también compites contra el cronómetro. Eres tú contra el mundo, tú contra todos los demás”.

Sergio, clasificado en el lugar 26 en su generación que se compone de 325 estudiantes, reconoce que lo motiva la pasión que siente por la competencia, pero también tiene otros motivos de peso para continuar corriendo y seguir estudiando. “Me ayudó a obtener becas para la universidad para que mi familia no tuviera que preocuparse por pagar. Además, tengo compañeros muy buenos y un entrenador excelente que siempre me ha apoyado”.

Cuando se le preguntó cómo equilibra su participación en deportes con el tiempo de estudio necesario para mantener sus calificaciones, dice que, “con la regla de si no apruebas, no juegas, tengo que tener buenas calificaciones, si no, no puedo competir”. El entrenador Urbina agregó que la concentración de Sergio en el aspecto académico se le puede atribuir a sus padres. Ellos apoyan firmemente su participación en los deportes, pero el entrenador dice que la madre hace hincapié en lo importante que son los estudios. “Su madre siempre está pendiente de sus calificaciones”, dice Urbina. Esa insistencia en lo académico es algo que a los maestros les encanta escuchar. También, eso le asegura a Urbina que Sergio tendrá éxito en la universidad tal como lo logró en la preparatoria.

En agosto, Armendáriz asistirá a Sam Houston State University, gracias a la beca en atletismo, siendo el primero en su familia en asistir a la universidad. Planea estudiar kinesiología deportiva que lo prepare para una carrera como terapeuta físico o entrenador deportivo.


Two Dallas ISD schools rank among the best at State Academic Pentathlon competition

Two Dallas ISD schools ranked among the very best in the State Academic Pentathlon competition!

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School’s eighth-grade team came in third place and Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School’s eighth-grade team came in the top 10 out of 85 schools. Rangel’s seventh-grade team came in fifth place out of 77 teams.

Texas Academic Pentathlon is the middle school competition equivalent to Academic Decathlon and Lone Star Challenge. Nine-member middle school teams complete five exams in different subject areas. Each year’s competition has a different theme, with this year’s theme being Africa.

Here are the Dallas regional results from the competition:

 


Athlete of the Year lets his stats speak for him

W.H. Adamson High School senior Sergio Armendariz is a tall, slender young man with a soft voice and polite manner. He’s quick to open doors for others and defers to his coach in conversation. But when he begins talking about his love for track and field and cross-country, his eyes light up, he sits a bit taller and leans in.

Recently named Dallas ISD’s male Student Athlete of the Year in recognition of his accomplishments as a scholar and athlete, 18-year-old Armendariz is a proud, lifelong resident of Oak Cliff and has attended Adamson High School for four years. For three of those years he’s racked up an impressive record as a two-time regional cross-country champion, a regional champion in track, and a state track finalist, all while maintaining a 3.74 GPA.  Citing Sergio’s athletic record, Coach Robert Urbina, who’s worked with distance runners at Adamson for 23 years, says he’s a one-of-a-kind competitor.

“Sergio is the best long-distance runner I’ve ever coached,” Urbina said. “He loves cross-country but I think track is his best sport. In track, even though you’re competing as a team, you’re also competing against the clock. It’s you against the world, you against everybody else.”

Twenty-sixth in his graduating class of 325, Sergio acknowledges he’s motivated by the love of competition, but he cites other compelling reasons for his staying power as a runner and scholar. “It’s helped me get scholarships for college so that my family doesn’t have to pay,” he said. “Also, I have very good teammates, and an awesome coach who always supports me.”

When asked how he balances his participation in sports with the study time required to keep up his grades, he says, “With no pass, no play, I have to keep up my grades or I can’t compete.” Coach Urbina quickly adds that some of the credit for the athlete’s focus on academics belongs to his parents. They are staunch supporters of his involvement in sports, but the coach says mom especially is all about academics. “His mom is on him all the time about keeping up his grades,” says Urbina. That insistence on academics is music to a teacher’s ear. It’s also what gives Urbina the confidence that Sergio will thrive in college much as he has in high school.

In August, Armendariz, the first in his family to attend college, will start school at Sam Houston State University on a track scholarship. He plans to study sports kinesiology to prepare for a career as a physical therapist or sports trainer.


Dallas ISD hace homenaje a sus socios y voluntarios destacados

El 22 de mayo, en una ceremonia especial, el Dallas ISD hizo homenaje a sus voluntarios y socios.

El programa de voluntarios y socios hizo reconocimiento a las personas y organizaciones que han invertido su esfuerzo en apoyar las escuelas del distrito.

“Contamos con más de 30,000 voluntarios y recibimos generosas donaciones, por ello, esta noche agradecemos a los voluntarios y socios de nuestras escuelas”, dijo la superintendente adjunta Usamah Rodgers.

Se reconoció individualmente a estos socios por su arduo trabajo:

El premio Succeeding Together Industry Partner de 2018: American Airlines

American Airlines es un destacado socio de la industria en W.H. Adamson Collegiate Academy. La compañía proporciona personal para apoyar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes, los prepara para la universidad y una carrera profesional, y brinda recursos, incluyendo útiles escolares y mochilas, iPads y becas. Además, reclutan socios de la industria y brindan apoyo a una variedad de escuelas de Dallas ISD a través de Junior Achievement por medio de observación de actividades profesionales y tutoría laboral. Además, están financiando costos para poder participar en actividades STEM fuera del estado.

El premio Jeanne Fagadau Leading the Charge: Los Mavericks de Dallas

Este año, los Mavericks de Dallas donaron útiles y boletos a los 157,000 estudiantes de Dallas ISD. Además, el programa Community Block Tickets proporcionó boletos para juegos en casa, talleres y becas de Science of Basketball STEM. También colaboraron con otros socios para apoyar a los estudiantes de Dallas ISD.

El premio Emmett J. Conrad Extra Mile: KPMG

Dedicados a mejorar la alfabetización, el apoyo de la firma KPMG ha aumentado durante los últimos cinco años para incluir cada sector de Dallas ISD. Han proporcionado libros a más de 75 escuelas primarias del distrito y, recientemente, financiaron la compra de libros para African American Read-Ins, el evento a nivel distrito Read for Me, todos los estudiantes de los programas de verano, el programa Modelo de las Naciones Unidas y el programa de lectura de verano del departamento de ESL. Además del apoyo que dieron a las recientes ferias de libros gratuitos, se han comprometido a adoptar tres escuelas para ampliar sus servicios.

El premio del Superintendente: Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities

Cada año ha aumentado la asociación de Dallas ISD con Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, la cual comenzó desde el 2014, que brinda servicio a más de 7,000 estudiantes y familias más necesitadas del distrito. Los estudiantes reciben servicios y útiles gratuitos, incluyendo uniformes, exámenes dentales, visón y anteojos, cortes de pelo, libros y alimentos saludables. Su programa de donativos para el regreso a clases se ha convertido en un evento estelar en Dallas ISD. Además, el año pasado proporcionaron $18,000 de fondos especiales para ayudar a los evacuados del huracán Harvey con uniformes y útiles escolares, y reclutaron socios adicionales para ayudar a estas familias.

La ceremonia también hizo reconocimiento a voluntarios destacados y el apoyo de socios nominados por las escuelas:

• Voluntaria del año por su apoyo al estudiantado: Claudia Zuniga, F. P. Caillet Elementary School
• Voluntaria del año por su apoyo al salón de clases: Clarice Pasierb, J.W. Ray Learning Center
• Voluntaria del año por su apoyo a la escuela: Sandy Wilson, Skyline High School
• Socio empresarial destacado: Baker Botts L.L.P., Julius Dorsey Elementary School
• Socio destacado de grupos religiosos: Park Cities Baptist Church, Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School
• Socio destacado sin fines de lucro: Rosemont Dads Club, Rosemont Schools
• Socio destacado de tecnología industrial: City of Dallas IT Department, James Madison P-TECH at El Centro College


El futuro de los estudiantes es brillante en Filadelfia

Anson Jones Elementary School participó por segunda vez en Dreamline Project, donde los 620 estudiantes escribieron sus sueños en banderas. Candice Lindsay, maestra de arte, dijo que los estudiantes se beneficiaron mucho al pensar en sus metas para el futuro, que incluían ser doctor, presidente o montar su propio negocio.

Cuatro miembros del personal de Jones Elementary viajaron a Filadelfia el 5 de mayo para exhibir las creaciones de los estudiantes y las banderas que contenían sueños de los estudiantes de Arcadia Park Elementary School.

“Algunos de los estudiantes nunca habían pensado en su futuro antes de hacer este proyecto”, dijo Lindsay. “El hecho de que los estudiantes se sentaron a pensar en sus sueños para luego visualizarlos puede cambiar el mundo”.

“Ver a los estudiantes expresar sus aspiraciones a través de la poesía y arte fue muy conmovedor y reafirmó el impacto que tenemos como educadores en nuestros estudiantes”, comentó Alberto Herrera, director de Anson Jones Elementary. “Con nuestras palabras y acciones fácilmente podemos fomentar o destruir los sueños de nuestros estudiantes. Es también prueba del trabajo en equipo que ha realizado el personal de Anson Jones, ya que han fomentado la imaginación de nuestros estudiantes y los han animado a expresar sus ambiciones y sueños de una manera importante”.

Jeff Harlan, fundador de Dreamline Project, describió a Anson Jones Elementary como ejemplo a seguir para los 120,000 estudiantes de 35 países y 42 estados que han declarado y compartido sus sueños en una bandera.

“La presencia de las banderas y líderes de Anson Jones en Filadelfia hizo nuestro evento mucho más conmovedor y potente. Todos estaban muy emocionados”, dijo Harlan. “Esperamos colaborar más con Anson Jones Elementary y ayudar a los estudiantes de Dallas a realizar sus sueños en los meses venideros”.


Exalumnos de Dallas ISD que están triunfando en la universidad reciben reconocimiento

El 30 de abril, ScholarShot reconoció a exalumnos de Dallas ISD que están teniendo éxito con sus estudios universitarios. ScholarShot es una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a ayudar a estudiantes en situación de riesgo a obtener y completar grados asociados, licenciaturas, o títulos vocacionales por medio de un modelo desarrollado comprobado que ofrece un navegador académico, orientación personal y apoyo financiero.

Los exalumnos de Dallas ISD que fueron reconocidos, así como la preparatoria de la que se graduaron y dónde están estudiando actualmente, puede verse a continuación:

• Sharmonique Ellis- L.G. Pinkston High School; El Centro College
• Yesenia Medina- Emmett J. Conrad High School; Eastfield College
• Athziri Rodríguez- Justin F. Kimball High School; Mountain View College (actualmente asiste)
• Anthia Rodríguez- Trinidad Garza Early College High School; Mountain View College (grado asociado); UT Arlington (licenciatura)
• Archesicia Thomas- Skyline High School; El Centro College
• DeAndre Jones- L. G. Pinkston High School; UT Arlington
• Laura Alcántar- L.G. Pinkston High School; El Centro College
• Ashley Bocanegra- Rosie Sorrells School of Education & Social Services at Townview Magnet Center; Brookhaven College
• Estefanía Alcántar- L.G. Pinkston High School; Texas A&M University
• Ayane Rodríguez- Trinidad Garza Early College High School; UT Arlington
• Nicolás Hernández- Skyline High School; UT Dallas
• Mayra Romero- Trinidad Garza Early College High School; Texas Woman’s University
• Michelle Thornton- Townview Magnet Center-TAG Magnet; University of North Texas
• Yasmine Henley- Lincoln High School; El Centro College
• Maribel Huerta Pliego- Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. Early College High School; University of Texas-Tyler
• Tmisha Henderson- L.G. Pinkston High School; PCI Health Training Center
• Eva Martínez Urbina- Irma L. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School; El Centro College
• DaQwalon Hinton- School of Business and Management at Townview Magnet Center; El Centro College
• Mario Muñoz- School of Science and Engineering at Townview Magnet Center; Richland College
• Melisa Martínez- Sunset High School; Mountain View College
• Fataha Ibrahim- L.G. Pinkston High School; UT Arlington
• Edna Gómez- Trinidad Garza Early College High School; University of North Texas-Dallas
• Maria Escobar- High School for Health Professions at Townview Magnet Center; Everest College
• Reneishia Jimmerson- Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy; University of Houston
• Erika Torres- Thomas Jefferson High School; Brookhaven College
• Nora Candelaria- Rosie Sorrells School of Education & Social Services at Townview Magnet Center; University of North Texas
• Ana Machado- Lincoln High School; El Centro College
• Elizabeth Mendoza- Lincoln High School; El Centro College (ahora asiste a Texas A&M-Commerce)
• Andre Wilson- W.T. White High School; North Lake College


Estudiantes de Dallas ISD ayudan a dar comienzo al programa de lectura del Alcalde de Dallas, Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge

¡Lee y recibe una recompensa! En un esfuerzo por mantener las aptitudes académicas de los estudiantes durante las vacaciones y animar a toda la familia a leer diariamente, Mike Rawlings, alcalde de Dallas, se unió a estudiantes de Charles Rice Learning Center y miembros de la comunidad para comenzar el Desafío de Lectura de Verano del Alcalde de 2018.

El programa gratuito durará 10 semanas, del 2 de junio al 11 de agosto, y con el se tiene la intención de fomentar la lectura diaria de libros, periódicos, revistas, libros en audio y libros electrónicos. El programa, presentado por Epsilon, es para toda la familia. Los participantes pueden disfrutar de maravillosos premios y más de 2,500 actividades semanales en STEAM (ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería, artes y matemáticas). Ya esta abierta la inscripción en cualquiera de las 29 bibliotecas públicas de Dallas o en línea en dallaslibrary.org/msrc.

Aunque el programa comienza el 2 de junio, se pueden inscribir durante todo el verano. Ese día, se llevarán a cabo fiestas para dar comienzo al desafío en cada biblioteca. En las fiestas habrá campamentos de capacitación de astronautas, proyección de la película Black Panther, un zoológico infantil, artistas, demostraciones de Mad Science, magos y más. (Consulte con su biblioteca local para más detalles.)


Estudiantes participan en evento sobre cómo prevenir la violencia en las escuelas

Miles de estudiantes de Dallas ISD aprendieron cómo pueden prevenir o responder a una crisis de un tiroteo en las escuelas durante un programa de capacitación, primero de este estilo, que se llevó a cabo en el American Airlines Center.

La campaña See, Say, Do Something se creó a través de una sociedad entre el Dallas ISD, American Airlines Center y la International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). El programa incluyó a presentadores del FBI, Departamento de Seguridad Nacional y la Policía de Dallas ISD, entre otros. Integrantes de la Junta Escolar de Adolescentes de Dallas ISD lideraron un panel donde se discutió cómo tratar de resolver el problema de la violencia con armas en las escuelas.

“Es fundamental que nos enfoquemos en lo que es importante, y eso es la voz de los estudiantes”, dijo el director de educación de IAVM, Mark Herrera. “Yo pienso que debemos concentrarnos en promover la concientización de los estudiantes y en ser la voz de la comunidad y reconocer y reportar algo que llame la atención”.

Glenda Meyer, estudiante en Molina High School dijo que el evento fue útil.

“Pienso que este evento fue muy provechoso porque cada uno de nosotros pudo aprender algo nuevo”, dijo la estudiante.


Momento de trofeos: Donativo permite que alumnos de prekínder de Harllee terminen el año de gran forma

Gracias a un donativo de Origin Bank, cada estudiante de prekínder en Harllee Early Childhood Center está concluyendo el año escolar de excelente manera.

El banco donó un cheque para que cada estudiante pudiera recibir un trofeo durante una ceremonia especial de fin de año.

“Para muchos de nuestros estudiantes serán sus primeros trofeos, así que poder proporcionarles un recuerdo y reconocimiento es una bendición”, dijo Onjaleke Brown, directora de Harllee.


Dallas ISD celebrates its outstanding volunteers and partners

Dallas ISD celebrated some of its amazing volunteers and partners at a special ceremony on May 22.

The Volunteers and Partner Award Program recognized those who have gone above and beyond in supporting district schools.

“We have more than 30,000 volunteers and tremendous in-kind contributions, so tonight we are just saying thank you to all of our campus volunteers and partners,” Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent Usamah Rodgers said.

These partners were individually recognized for their amazing work:

The 2018 Succeeding Together Industry Partner Award: American Airlines

American Airlines is a premiere industry partner at W.H. Adamson Collegiate Academy, providing staff to support student learning, college and career readiness and resources, including school supplies and backpacks, iPads and scholarships. They recruit additional industry partners and provide support through Junior Achievement to a variety of Dallas ISD schools with job shadowing and mentoring. In addition. they are underwriting costs for out-of-state STEM experiences.

The Jeanne Fagadau Leading the Charge Award: The Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks this year provided all 157,000 Dallas ISD students with supplies and a ticket voucher. In addition, the Community Block Tickets program provided tickets to home games, the Science of Basketball STEM workshops and scholarships. They also teamed up with others to support Dallas ISD students in multiple ways.

The Emmett J. Conrad Extra Mile Award:  KPMG

Dedicated to improving literacy, KPMG’s support has grown over the past five years to include every part of Dallas ISD. They’ve provided books for more than 75 Dallas ISD elementary schools and, most recently, funded books for the African American Read-Ins, the districtwide Read for Me event, all students in Summer School programs, the Model UN program, and the ESL department’s summer backpack reading program.  In addition to recent free book fairs and additional support, they have committed to adopting three schools for expanded services.

The Superintendent’s Award: Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities

Dallas ISD’s partnership with Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities began in 2014 and has grown each year as they have served more than 7,000 of our Dallas ISD students and families most in need of assistance. The students receive free services and supplies including uniforms, dental and vison screenings and eyeglasses, haircuts, books and healthy foods. Their signature Back to School program has become a premier event in the Dallas ISD. In addition, this past year they provided $18,000 of special funding assistance to help Dallas ISD’s Hurricane Harvey evacuees with uniforms and school supplies, and introduced additional partners to help support the Harvey families.

The ceremony also recognized outstanding volunteers and partners nominated by schools for their support:

  • Volunteer Of The Year For Student Support: Claudia Zuniga, F. P. Caillet Elementary School
  • Volunteer Of The Year For Classroom Support: Clarice Pasierb, J.W. Ray Learning Center
  • Volunteer Of The Year For School Support: Sandy Wilson, Skyline High School
  • Outstanding Business Partner: Baker Botts L.L.P., Julius Dorsey Elementary School
  • Outstanding Faith-Based Partner: Park Cities Baptist Church, Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School
  • Outstanding Non-Profit Partner: Rosemont Dads Club, Rosemont Schools
  • Outstanding P-TECH Industry Partner: City of Dallas IT Department, James Madison P-TECH at El Centro College

Trophy Time: Donation helps Harllee pre-K students end year on high note

Each pre-K student at Harllee Early Childhood Center is ending the school year on a high note thanks to a donation from Origin Bank.

The bank donated a check so each student could receive their own trophy at a special end-of-year ceremony.

“These will be the first trophies for many of our kids, so to be able to provide them with this memory and recognition is a blessing,” Harllee Principal Onjaleke Brown said.

Origin Bank also helped out with the school’s field day by providing volunteers and snack packs for the young students.

“We thank you for allowing us to have a little place in your lives,” said Origin Bank Dallas Regional President Warrie Birdwell to the students.


Luncheon celebrates outstanding Dallas ISD alumni succeeding in college

A graduate luncheon celebrated more than 30 Dallas ISD alumni who are succeeding in college.

ScholarShot commemorated students at the event on April 30. ScholarShot is a non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk students earn and complete life-changing vocational, associate or undergraduate degrees through a developed proven model of academic navigation, personal guidance and financial support.

These are the Dallas ISD alumni who were honored, as well as what high school they graduated from and where they are pursuing their degree.

  • Sharmonique Ellis- L.G. Pinkston High School; El Centro College
  • Yesenia Medina- Emmett J. Conrad High School; Eastfield College
  • Athziri Rodriguez- Justin F. Kimball High School; Mountain View College (still currently attending)
  • Anthia Rodriguez- Trinidad Garza Early College High School; Mountain View College (Associates); UT Arlington (Bachelors)
  • Archesicia Thomas- Skyline High School; El Centro College
  • DeAndre Jones- L. G. Pinkston High School; UT Arlington
  • Laura Alcantar- L.G. Pinkston High School; El Centro College
  • Ashley Bocanegra- Rosie Sorrells School of Education & Social Services at Townview Magnet Center; Brookhaven College
  • Estefania Alcantar- L.G. Pinkston High School; Texas A&M University
  • Ayane Rodriguez- Trinidad Garza Early College High School; UT Arlington
  • Nicolas Hernandez- Skyline High School; UT Dallas
  • Mayra Romero- Trinidad Garza Early College High School; Texas Woman’s University
  • Michelle Thornton- Townview Magnet Center-TAG Magnet; University of North Texas
  • Yasmine Henley- Lincoln High School; El Centro College
  • Maribel Huerta Pliego- Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. Early College High School; University of Texas-Tyler
  • Tmisha Henderson- L.G. Pinkston High School; PCI Health Training Center
  • Eva Martinez Urbina- Irma L. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School; El Centro College
  • DaQwalon Hinton- School of Business and Management at Townview Magnet Center; El Centro College
  • Mario Munoz- School of Science and Engineering at Townview Magnet Center; Richland College
  • Melisa Martinez- Sunset High School; Mountain View College
  • Fataha Ibrahim- L.G. Pinkston High School; UT Arlington
  • Edna Gomez- Trinidad Garza Early College High School; University of North Texas-Dallas
  • Maria Escobar- High School for Health Professions at Townview Magnet Center; Everest College
  • Reneishia Jimmerson- Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy; University of Houston
  • Erika Torres- Thomas Jefferson High School; Brookhaven College
  • Nora Candelaria- Rosie Sorrells School of Education & Social Services at Townview Magnet Center; University of North Texas
  • Ana Machado- Lincoln High School; El Centro College
  • Elizabeth Mendoza- Lincoln High School; El Centro College (now attends Texas A&M-Commerce)
  • Andre Wilson- W.T. White High School; North Lake College

See for yourself why Botello Elementary is an attractive option for Oak Cliff families

Located in the heart of the Oak Cliff community near the Bishop Arts District, Felix G. Botello Elementary is a neighborhood school with a track record of success. The pre-K through five school earned five academic distinctions from the Texas Education Agency in reading, math, science, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. The campus also serves as an elementary model school site for the college prep program known as AVID.  The teachers who lead the schoolwide college awareness program work with students on notetaking, time management, how to ask and answer questions, and other skills that are needed for success in a college setting. Every year, students in every grade level visit the campus of a local university like SMU, UT-Arlington, or UT-Dallas.

In August 2017, the campus adopted a Personalized Learning instructional model. Imagine a school that taps into each student’s strengths, needs, and interests to customize learning that gives students voice and choice in what, how, when, and where they learn. Personalized learning has transformed Botello Elementary.

Another factor that makes Botello attractive is its status as a true neighborhood school with no academic entry requirements and no need for students to apply. If you live in the neighborhood, you simply attend the school, and if space is available, students who live outside the school attendance zone can attend by requesting a transfer.

Oak Cliff neighborhood families are invited to learn about Botello and how to enroll their child at a school open house from 9 to 10 a.m., Friday, May 25.  Families will receive an overview about personalized learning and the AVID college awareness program, take a tour of the campus and get answers to their questions in a Q&A session. For more information, contact the school at 972.502.4600, or visit dallasisd.org/botello.


Immigrant student thrives thanks to teachers

A journey that started as a frightening experience for Thomas Jefferson High School senior Daniel Akwei has become the opportunity of a lifetime, thanks to caring teachers who reached out when he needed them most. With more than $20,000 in scholarship awards, the immigrant student turned future financial analyst will step onto the University of North Texas at Dallas campus as a freshman this fall.

“My first day as a student in America was very hard. I cried the whole time. It was very challenging. And my teachers felt sorry for me,” recounts Akwei as he flashed back to the day he started classes at T. C. Marsh Middle School.

Akwei and his family migrated from Ghana to Dallas in 2012. Challenged to master English as his third language, Akwei was pressed to overcome the language barrier. And his accent didn’t make it easy to fit in with his fellow classmates.

“The biggest challenge I had to face as a student was my English. I knew I had to keep reading to be able to comprehend everything. The teacher who helped me the most was Mr. Williams Collins,” said Akwei, referring to his seventh grade English teacher whose time and patience helped him believe he could overcome the language hurdle.

Thankfully, the support didn’t stop there. Upon entering high school, Akwei connected with other supportive teachers at Thomas Jefferson – Caroline Hitt, Robert Delgado, Rocio Diaz and Chanel Brown, to be exact. Along with counselor Coleman Price, they each took a special interest in the college hopeful, helping him to improve his English and self-confidence.

Thanks to help mastering the English language, caring teachers who encouraged him to apply for scholarship opportunities, and patient advisors helping him navigate the college application process, Akwei blazed through high school with the backing of an amazing team.

Kpakpo Akwei, Daniel’s father, praised the district for reaching out to his son.

“The teachers were so good and they were very supportive. I received text messages if he did not attend class or attended late. They were very good in every way that I could’ve imagined,” he said. “I appreciate their hard work and everything they’ve done for Daniel. Dallas ISD is a great institution. It’s been helping people a lot even before I came here. So, I recommend everybody to send their child to Dallas ISD.”

Akwei’s hard work coupled with the support he received from his teachers proved to be a winning combination. He is one of seven Dallas ISD seniors on the road to success with a Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success scholarship in the amount of $20,000, giving Akwei another reason to cry, except this time they’re tears of joy.


Thousands of students learn to prevent, respond to gun violence

Thousands of Dallas ISD students learned how they can help prevent or respond to an active shooter crisis at a first-of-its kind situational awareness training at American Airlines Center.

The See, Say, Do Something Campaign was created through a partnership between Dallas ISD, American Airlines Center and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). In addition to speakers from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Dallas ISD Police, among others, Dallas ISD Teen School Board members led a panel discussion on how to address the issue of gun violence in schools.

Students lead conversation on how to prevent and address gun violence (video)

“It’s imperative that we focus on what is important, and that is the voice of the students,” said IAVM Director of Education Mark Herrera. “For me, it’s about raising the students’ level of awareness and being the voice of the community to spot and report on the things that stand out.”

Molina High School student Glenda Meyer said the event was very helpful.

“I think this is something that every student can take something back from,” she said.


Dallas ISD student dreams fly high in Philadelphia

Each student at Anson Jones Elementary School has a dream, and now people across the world know it, too.

The campus participated for the second time in two years in the Dreamline Project that saw the school’s 620 students each write down their dreams on individual flags. Whether the student dreamed of being a doctor, President of the United States, or running their own business, art teacher Candice Lindsay said the students greatly benefited from thinking about their future goals.

Four staff members from Jones Elementary traveled to Philadelphia on May 5 to show off the students’ creations, as well as dream flags from Arcadia Park Elementary School.

“Some of these students had never really thought about the future before this project,” Lindsay said. “The fact that these students sat down and thought about their dreams and were then able to visualize them, that could change the world.”

“Seeing students express their aspirations through poetry and art was very powerful and reinforced the impact we as educators have on our students,” added Anson Jones Elementary Principal Alberto Herrera. “We can easily extinguish or ignite these dreams by our actions and words. It is also a testament to the teamwork exhibited by Anson Jones staff as they kindled our student’s imaginations to voice their ambitions in a relevant, heartfelt manner.”

Jeff Harlan, founder of the Dreamline Project, called Anson Jone Elementary a model to all 120,000 students across 35 countries and 42 states who have declared and shared their dream on a flag.

“The presence of Anson Jones flags and leaders in Philadelphia made our event so much more powerful and potent. Everyone was touched by it,” Harlan said. “We look forward to more collaboration with Anson Jones and to supporting a surge of dreaming and doing across Dallas in the months ahead.”


Five cafeteria teams get top district award for going above and beyond









During the past week, officials from Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) visited five schools to present the department’s top honor to deserving cafeteria staff.

The Heart of Child Nutrition Award is given to campus FCNS employees who go above and beyond the lunch line to positively impact their schools.

This year’s winners are Solar Preparatory School for Girls, Seagoville Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School; and Everette L. DeGolyer Elementary School.

At Thomas Jefferson, FCNS executive director Michael Rosenberger presented a certificate and trophy to the cafeteria staff, and the department provided lunches for them. Each worker also received a medal. Principal Sandy Massey gave the cafeteria employees an apron signed by school staff.

Rosenberger noted that each school day, about 900 breakfasts and 1,200 lunches are served, but that cafeteria staff do much more than prepare and distribute food. Of all the school cafeteria teams nominated for the award, the TJ staff received the most, he said.

“We call the kitchen the heart of the home,” he said. “That’s why here at school the kitchen can be called the heart of the school. … Cooking itself is an act of love.”


Equipo de futsal de Spence Middle School se organiza para apoyar a miembro de familia luchando contra el cancer

A menudo, los deportes pueden tener un propósito más grande, más allá de lo que sucede dentro del campo de juego.

Eso fue exactamente lo que sucedió este año cuando Scott Brothers, entrenador del equipo de futsal de Spence, dedicó el torneo de futsal Disney Scholastic a su esposa, que está luchando contra el cáncer.

Para mostrar su apoyo a Diana Brothers, las alumnas de sexto grado utilizaron calcetas en color rosa con su uniforme. Además, ganaron el torneo, que se realizó a principios de marzo, con un récord de 4 ganados y 0 perdidos. Futsal es una variante del fútbol en el que participan cinco jugadores por equipo en una cancha más pequeña bajo techo.

En algunos años, muchas de las estudiantes asistirán a North Dallas, y algunas de ellas tienen hermanos, hermanas y primos en North Dallas.

El entrenador Brothers dijo que Diana tuvo su primer tratamiento de quimioterapia el viernes antes del torneo, y no pudo asistir a los primeros tres juegos debido a que se sentía débil y con malestar por el tratamiento. Se mantuvo al tanto del progreso de las niñas en el torneo por  medio de mensajes de texto.

Cuando Diana se enteró de que las niñas habían clasificado al juego de campeonato, le pidió a su hermana que pasara a buscarla a su casa y la llevará al juego. El entrenador Brothers dijo que ella también quería apoyarlas.

 

Las alumnas no solo mostraron su apoyo, destacaron en la cancha ya que dominaron a sus oponentes con resultados de 15-0, 13-0 y 9-0, y después ganaron el título 9-1.

El campeonato las clasificó para el torneo AAU World Futsal Championships que se realizará a finales de julio, en el ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex de Walt Disney World Resort, en Orlando, Florida. Jugarán contra equipos de todo el mundo.

El entrenador Brothers dijo que el Dallas ISD no proporciona financiación para el viaje. Por lo tanto, el entrenador y el resto del grupo están organizando eventos de recaudación de fondos y donaciones. La meta es reunir $10,000 para julio.

“Está muy emocionada por el viaje a Disney y por el equipo de sóftbol, que también le dedicó la temporada, y tiene un record de 5-0, y esta jugando por el campeonato del distrito hoy. Todo ello le ayuda a sentirse fuerte y la aleja de la depresión”, dijo Brothers.

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NASA Astronaut shares his out-of-this-world journey with students

Students from Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School and Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School were starstruck to meet an out-of-this-world guest: former NASA astronaut and engineer Jose M. Hernandez.

Hernandez talked with the students at Mountain View College as part of SER National Community Day, which also featured a job fair. Hernandez, who is a migrant worker turned NASA astronaut and engineer, enthralled students with his life story. He also shared five tips that can help any person succeed.

Trini Garza ECHS Principal Macario Hernandez called the former astronaut an inspiration to all students.

“Jose Hernandez showed these students that anything is possible if they work hard and are determined,” Principal Hernandez said.

Community Day was added as part of SER National’s STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Mathematics) programs and as interest in SER’s year-round Robotics Program has grown. SER’s program is a hands-on educational experience, led by engineering students and professionals. The program also enhances middle and high school students’ academic, technical and leadership skills.


Launched from Lincoln: Lady Tiger Ready to Roar

In a few short months, Lincoln High School senior Kennedy Taylor will be headed to Texas State University on a basketball scholarship to study broadcast journalism. It’s the realization of a dream for the scholar-athlete who was recently named Dallas ISD’s female Student Athlete of the Year. Kennedy stands just over 5 feet, and few would guess that within that petite frame is a determined four-sport athlete who her coach describes as a game changer.

“Since the first day she arrived on campus, we knew Kennedy was a special individual,” said Coach Reginald Bell, Lincoln’s athletic director.

On a campus that fields teams in more than eight sports, Bell says Kennedy’s skill and hustle has helped make Lincoln a state competitor in volleyball, track and basketball.

“I recall we had been out of the playoffs in volleyball for several years when Kennedy arrived. As a freshman, she helped our volleyball team get back in the playoffs,” says Bell. “As a trackster, she led us to the state in 4×2 (relay),” And on the basketball court, Bell says with a chuckle that though she’s just a hair over five feet, “she plays like she’s six foot plus.”

While Kennedy’s athletic accomplishments are impressive, her academic resume is even more stellar. She has mastered the art of a true student-athlete as she has maintained a 3.8 GPA while still in high school.

Kennedy, who is also number one in her senior class, says her teachers at Lincoln share much of the credit for her success. “Lincoln is a great school that prepares you for the real world.” And she says teachers go the extra mile to help and support students. “The teachers always offer tutoring sessions. They always offer extra help and, whenever you need them, they’re always there.”

Because of its caring, nurturing environment and student opportunities, Kennedy recommends Lincoln to other students looking for a great high school experience. She encourages students to see for themselves what the school has to offer.

“If they come here and take care of their business and work hard, they will receive a good education,” Kennedy said.


Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge kicks off with help from Dallas ISD students

Read and get rewarded! In an effort to keep academic skills sharp and encourage the whole family to read every day, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings joined students from Charles Rice Learning Center and community supporters to kick off the 2018 Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Charles Rice Learning Center students helped kick of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The free 10-week program, which runs June 2-Aug. 11, encourages daily reading of books, newspapers, magazines, audiobooks and e-books. Presented by Epsilon, the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge is a family affair open to children and adults. Participants can enjoy great prizes and more than 2,500 weekly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities offered throughout the summer. Registration is now underway at any of the 29 Dallas library locations or online at dallaslibrary.org/msrc.

While the Challenge officially begins June 2, people may register throughout the summer. Special kickoff parties will take place at every library location on Saturday, June 2. These include astronaut training camps, Black Panther movie parties, petting zoos, performers, Mad Science demos, magicians and more. (Check with each local library for specific details.)


Director de Dallas ISD recibe beca escolar

Israel Rivera, director de la escuela José “Joe” May Elementary recibió una beca de $20,000 del Credit Union of Texas, para sus estudios universitarios en SMU, donde actualmente estudia su doctorado. El cheque fue presentado durante la asamblea STAAR Pep Rally, para motivar a los alumnos de la escuela a sobresalir en los exámenes estatales.

Students have say in shaping design for new L.G. Pinkston High School







About 100 students at L.G. Pinkston High School got the chance to weigh in on aspects of their new school’s design during a workshop on May 15 with architect Henry R. Muñoz III.

“This past year, we have seen the youth of the country rise up and make their voices heard on issues of national importance, and that is exactly what we wanted to accomplish with today’s event: hear directly from the students,” Muñoz said. “It only makes sense to bring them into the process of designing the cultural identity of their new school.”

Muñoz & Co. created the award-winning design for Dallas ISD’s Billy Earl Dade Middle School. Elements in the entryway at Dade – a variety of doors adorning the walls and the word “opportunity” in the floor – are just a few signals that the building is not an ordinary school.

Muñoz encouraged students to contribute their ideas to the new school, with “Everyone is a Designer” being the overall theme for the day.

Built in 1962, the existing Pinkston High School building will be replaced by a new facility to be constructed nearby and funded by the 2015 Bond Program.

Also part of the event was nationally renowned climatologist Nicole Hernandez Hammer. She is and Southeast Climate Advocate for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Hernandez Hammer challenged students to consider how climate change affects them and their West Dallas community.

“Discussing climate change is a logical next step as we’re seeing our country’s youth stepping up to tackle the issues the generations before them haven’t been able to fix,” Hernandez Hammer said. “I’m excited and hopeful to see these young people involve and dedicate themselves to the betterment of our planet, starting in our local communities.”

After a news conference to kick off the special event, students representing Pinkston school programs such as Architecture, Environmental Systems, Early College, Law, JROTC, Athletics and Student Council gathered in the existing school’s cafeteria.

Students were guided through a series of exercises to get them thinking about what their school and community means to them. The culmination of the session was the beginning of a mural for the new facility that will reflect the school and West Dallas culture.


Programa Fairway to Success otorga becas a 7 estudiantes de Dallas ISD

Este año, siete estudiantes de la generación de 2018 de Dallas ISD recibirán becas del programa Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success.

El programa, que comenzó en 2007, cada año otorga becas a estudiantes basándose en el desempeño académico, actividades extracurriculares, compromiso social y necesidad económica. Se ha implementado en tres preparatorias de Dallas ISD, W.W. Samuell, Thomas Jefferson y Lincoln, e incluye una introducción al golf y lecciones valiosas de disciplina, honor e integridad, que son importantes en este deporte.

Los estudiantes seleccionados son Daniel Akwei (Jefferson), Ashley Crispin (Samuell), Elia Espinosa (Jefferson), Juwon Grant (Lincoln), Francheska Johnson (Lincoln) y Sonya Soto (Jefferson); y cada uno recibirá una beca de $20,000. Una beca nueva, que cubre los costos de la universidad por cuatro años para asistir a UNT-Dallas, financiada por dicha universidad, se le otorgó a Tyra Shockley (Samuell). Fairway to Success también incluye orientación para apoyar a los estudiantes con sus estudios universitarios.

Fairway to Success les da a aquellos que realmente tienen una necesidad una oportunidad real de asistir a la universidad”, dijo Jason Downing de Deloitte. “Aún más que eso, el programa apoya a todos los estudiantes participantes y se asegura que tengan acceso a los recursos y orientación que nuestro personal les puede ofrecer para que tengan éxito”.

Bob Mong, presidente de UNT-Dallas, dijo que la universidad está orgullosa de formar parte del programa.

“Nuestra universidad, que está ubicada en un entorno urbano y en constante crecimiento, se rige por la creencia de que todos debemos tener acceso a la educación, y de eso se trata este programa”, dijo Mong. “Felicitaciones a Tyra Shockley, que recibirá la beca completa por cuatro años para UNT-Dallas, y enhorabuena para todos los premiados de Dallas ISD”.

El programa, que consiste de cinco semanas de golf y que se organiza después del día escolar, se llevó a cabo en el otoño y la primavera de 2017-2018, y contó con la participación de 155 estudiantes de Dallas ISD. Golfistas profesionales de la PGA les enseñaron lo básico del golf y los alumnos de 12º que participaron en el programa tuvieron la oportunidad de solicitar las becas. Hasta ahora, 51 estudiantes de Dallas ISD han recibido becas que rebasan un total de $1 millón – financiadas por socios de Deloitte, empresarios y profesionales en el norte de Texas.


Estudiante destacado a nivel nacional busca enriquecer el teatro afroamericano en Dallas

Emir Price ha hecho historia en el Dallas ISD como el primer estudiante proveniente del programa de teatro de Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts en recibir el reconocimiento de U.S. Presidential Scholar.

En junio se llevará a cabo una ceremonia nacional en Washington, DC, donde Price y 160 más estudiantes serán reconocidos. Aunque Price aprecia este reconocimiento nacional, su meta es más bien local: quiere enriquecer el teatro afroamericano en Dallas.

La madre de Price, Guinea Bennett-Price, es maestra en Booker T. Washington y directora artística de Soul Rep Theatre Company, una compañía de teatro afroamericano que fundó en Dallas para resaltar temas sociales.

Price asistirá a Howard University en el otoño, pero desea volver a Dallas después de graduarse para ayudar a dirigir la compañía.

“Yo tengo fe en esta labor porque educa e informa a las personas que viven en el sur de Dallas que quizá no consideren que el teatro sea un medio artístico importante”, dijo Price.

Price descubrió su amor por el teatro en la secundaria cuando su madre le pidió (o, mejor dicho, le exigió) actuar en una obra que estaba produciendo. Price terminó encantado, por lo cual asistió a Booker T. Washington y dedicó su futuro al teatro. Ahora quiere infundir ese amor por el teatro en otros miembros de la comunidad afroamericana de Dallas.

“El teatro inspira la empatía. Si te pones en los zapatos de otro, puedes hacer grandes cosas por un niño del sur de Dallas que piensa que todo el mundo está en su contra”, expresó Price. “Mi misión es servir a mi comunidad a través de mi arte”.


Greiner, nuevo campeón de béisbol de las secundarias del distrito

¡El equipo de béisbol de varones de W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy venció a J.L. Long Middle School para convertirse en campeón de las secundarias del distrito!

“Este equipo entrenó y trabajó duro todos los días. Corregíamos los errores que habíamos cometido en el juego anterior para prepararnos para el próximo”, dijo el entrenador Wayne Pridgett. “El equipo entendió que todos debemos estar preparados y trabajar como equipo, y por ello dieron su mejor esfuerzo en cada entrenamiento”.


Dieciocho escuelas P-TECH de Dallas ISD oficialmente forman parte de red nacional

Las 18 escuelas preparatorias P-TECH de Dallas ISD oficialmente se han unido a la red nacional de P-TECH y se encuentran entre las 90 escuelas en la pagina web de la organización, ptech.org.

En las preparatorias con el programa Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH), los estudiantes pueden elegir una especialidad profesional y tomar cursos que proporcionan habilidades académicas, técnicas y laborales. Los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de obtener un grado asociado en cuatro a seis años, junto con certificaciones de la industria en la especialidad que hayan seleccionado. Estas oportunidades podrían resultar en prácticas remuneradas y empleo después de su graduación. Los estudiantes también pueden obtener hasta 60 horas de crédito universitario gratis, mientras terminan sus estudios de preparatoria. Lo mejor de todo es que esta oportunidad es gratis.

Las escuelas P-TECH colaboran con socios de la industria y los campus del Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas. Algunas escuelas también colaboran con UNT Dallas.

Las escuelas P-TECH de Dallas ISD son:

  • Bryan Adams P-TECH at Eastfield College
  • David W. Carter P-TECH at Cedar Valley College
  • Emmett J. Conrad Global Studies H-TECH at Richland College
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt H-TECH at El Centro College
  • Hillcrest E-TECH at Richland College
  • James Madison P-TECH at El Centro College
  • Justin F. Kimball E-TECH at Mountain View College
  • G. Pinkston H-TECH at El Centro College
  • Lincoln B-TECH at El Centro College and UNT Dallas
  • Moisés Molina B-TECH at Mountain View College
  • North Dallas P-TECH at Brookhaven College
  • Seagoville P-TECH at Eastfield college
  • South Oak Cliff P-TECH at Mountain View College
  • Sunset P-TECH at Mountain View College and UNT Dallas
  • Thomas Jefferson P-TECH at Brookhaven College
  • H. Adamson P-TECH at El Centro College
  • T. White B-TECH at Brookhaven College
  • Wilmer-Hutchins E-TECH at North Lake College

Para más información sobre las escuelas preparatorias de Dallas ISD con programa early college hagan clic en el siguiente enlace https://www.dallasisd.org/collegiateacademies.


Dallas ISD school’s math team wins state championship

The School of Science and Engineering (SEM) math team came in first place at the UIL State Championship.

Seven SEM students competed in multiple events after spending years preparing for the events.

The four SEM students on the first-place Mathematics team are:

  • Raviraj Rege
  • Victor Diaz
  • Yash Chandak
  • Pranay Varada

Top district players compete in districtwide chess tournament





The annual Dallas ISD Districtwide Chess Tournament on Saturday, May 5, brought together the best chess players among the more than 2,200 students enrolled in the districtwide chess program.

There were 461 participating students from 17 high schools, 28 middle schools and 86 elementary schools. Only the top four players from each participating school were eligible to compete in the districtwide tournament. The winners are listed below.

High School Individual Gold Medalists
• Kristina Badrak, School of Business and Management
• Zach Emery, School of Business and Management

High School Team Winners
• First, Sunset High School
• Second, Woodrow Wilson High School
• third, W.W. Samuell High School

Middle School Individual Gold Medalists
• Aung Phaye, Sam Tasby Middle School
• Cody Fulenwider, Robert T. Hill Middle School

Middle School Team Winners
• First, William B. Travis Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted
• Second, Dallas Environmental Science Academy
• Third, L.V. Stockard Middle School

Elementary School Individual Gold Medalists
• Jose Gasca, Louise Wolff Kahn Elementary School
• Alessandro Alcaraz, Edward Titche Elementary School
• Reese Widhelm, Victor H. Hexter Elementary School
• Diego Remigio, Kleberg Elementary School
• Jonathan Ramirez, Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School
• Fabian Arellano, Maria Moreno Elementary School
• Alex Perez, Rosemont Elementary School

Elementary School Team Winners
• First, Edward Titche Elementary School
• Second, Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School
• Third, Victor H. Hexter Elementary School


Special-education teacher at Hernandez is first to win award

Mia Witt didn’t know why she got summoned to the principal’s office earlier this month, but some of her students thought it was funny.

Witt, a special education inclusion teacher at Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School, is the first recipient of a quarterly $250 recognition provided by Carter Financial Management. The effort will spotlight and thank dedicated teachers by providing funds for them to spend in their classrooms. The award is coordinated by the district’s Partnership Services and Special Education departments.

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

Witt graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and studied Elementary Education at UNT.

“Ms. Witt goes above and beyond what is expected of a teacher,” said teacher Danielle Wegman. “She seeks out challenging students and goes the extra mile to engage them in their learning and help them conquer challenges outside of school as well. She sought out the challenge of joining an ACE school because of her love for transforming the lives of disadvantaged students. During her time at Hernandez ACE she has worked well outside the prescribed hours of tutoring to even ride the bus with her students to prevent fights.”

Teacher Dora Griffin said Witt helps her students from the minute they walk into Hernandez until the minute they leave to go home.

“She knows every student on campus by name, even the gen ed students,” Griffin said. “She helps motivates and encourage every student to be and do his or her best.”


Eight Dallas ISD teams headed to Destination Imagination Global Finals

Eight teams from Dallas ISD schools are headed to the Destination Imagination Global Finals going on May 23–26 in Tennessee.

The teams advanced out of the State Destination Imagination Tournament.

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

The Dallas ISD teams head to the Global Finals are:

  • William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted
  • Rosemont Elementary School
  • William L. Cabell Elementary School and Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy
  • George Bannerman Dealey Montessori, Travis Academy/Vanguard, and J.L Long Middle School
  • Eduardo Mata Elementary School
  • Kleberg Elementary School
  • School for the Talented and Gifted
  • Harry C. Withers Elementary School

Carter High School boys and girls track teams sweep state championships

As the Carter High School boys and girls track teams swept the Class 4A team state championships on May 12, their former teammate—Ledajrick “LD” Cox—was close to their hearts.

Cox was tragically killed soon after graduating last year. The Carter athletes dedicated their season to Cox, wearing his name on their shoes and gear.

Sha’Carri Richardson, the Carter track star who is headed to LSU, said her former teammate’s spirit motivated the team.

“Losing LD was a shock to everyone. We were able to turn what he brought to Carter, his energy, into motivation on the boys side just as well as the girls,” she said. “We did for him, we did it for ourselves, we did it for our school and, most importantly, we did it for the community.”

The Dallas Morning News reported that Carter High School on Saturday marked the 17th time in UIL history that a boys and girls team from the same school swept the team state championship.


Spence Middle School futsal team rallies around family member battling cancer

Often, sports can carry a bigger purpose than what happens on the court or field.

That’s the case this year when Spence Coach Scott Brothers’ futsal team dedicated its Disney Scholastic Futsal Tournament to his wife Diana, who is battling breast cancer.

To show their support for Diana Brothers, the sixth-grade girls wore pink socks with their uniforms. And they won the futsal tournament in early March, going 4-0. Futsal is a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller indoor field.

Two Dallas ISD teams heading to Futsal championships this summer

Many of these girls will be going to North Dallas in a few years, and some already have old brothers or sister and cousins at North Dallas.

Coach Brothers said Diana had her first chemo treatment on the Friday before the tournament in early March and was not able to attend the team’s first three games because of weakness and being sick from the treatment. But through text messaging, she stayed up-to-date on the girls’ progress in the tournament.

When Diana found out that the girls were in the championship game, she had her sister pick her up at the house and take her to the game. Coach Brothers said she wanted to be there because she wanted to support them as well.

Not only did the girls visibly show their support, they excelled on the court and finished 4-0 in the Disney Futsal tournament. They dominated their opponents by scores 15-0, 13-0, and 9-0, and then won the championship game 9-1.

With the championship, the sixth-graders qualified for the AAU World Futsal Championships in late July at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, Coach Brothers said. The Spence girls will play teams from all over the world.

Coach Brothers said that Dallas ISD does not provide funding for these young futsal student-athletes to go on the trip. So, now Coach Brothers and the group is counting on fundraisers and donations to make this trip to the World Cup happen. The goal is to raise $10,000 dollars by July, Coach Brothers said, and they are working on a few fundraisers.

“She [Diana] is so excited about the trip to Disney,” Coach Brothers said, “and that the softball team, whom dedicated their season to her as well, is 5-0 and playing for a District championship title tonight. This is all helping her stay strong and keep her from being depressed.”

People can donate to the Futsal team here.


Booker T. Washington’s Presidential Scholar wants to elevate Black theatre in Dallas

Emir Price is making Dallas ISD history as the first U.S. Presidential Scholar from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Theatre Program.

A national ceremony in Washington, D.C., in June will honor Price and 160 other outstanding American high school seniors named Presidential Scholars. While Price appreciates the national recognition, his life goal is much more local: he wants to elevate Black theatre in Dallas.

Price’s mother, Guinea Bennett-Price, is a Booker T. Washington HSPVA teacher and co-founder/co-artistic director of Soul Rep Theatre Company, which provides transformative Black theatre in Dallas.

Price, who will attend Howard University in the fall, wants to return to Dallas after he graduates and help run the theatre company.

“It’s work that I believe in,” he said. “It’s educating and informative for people in South Dallas who might not consider theatre as a medium of art that is important.”

Price discovered his love of theatre in junior high when his mom asked—well, technically told him—to be in a play her theatre company was producing. Price ended up loving it, leading him to attend Booker T. Washington HSPVA and pursuing theatre as his future. He now wants to bring that same love of theatre to the Black community in Dallas.

“Theatre breeds empathy. If you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, that can do amazing things for some kid from South Dallas who thinks everyone is his enemy,” Price said. “My mission is to use my art to better serve my community.”


Eighteen Dallas ISD P-TECH schools officially part of national network

The 18 Dallas ISD P-TECH schools are now officially part of the national P-TECH network and among the 90 schools featured on the organization’s website at ptech.org.

At Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH), students can choose a career pathway and take courses that provide academic, technical and workplace skills. Students have the potential to earn an associate’s degree in four to six years, along with industry certificates for their selected career pathway — opportunities that can potentially lead to paid internships and job placement after graduation. Students also have the opportunity to earn up to 60 hours of free college credit while pursuing their high school diploma. Best of all, the opportunity comes tuition-free.

The P-TECHs work with industry partners and campuses in the Dallas County Community College District. Some P-TECHs also partner with UNT Dallas.

The current Dallas ISD P-TECHs are:

Bryan Adams P-TECH at Eastfield College
David W. Carter P-TECH at Cedar Valley College
Emmett J. Conrad Global Studies H-TECH at Richland College
Franklin D. Roosevelt H-TECH at El Centro College
Hillcrest E-TECH at Richland College
James Madison P-TECH at El Centro College
Justin F. Kimball E-TECH at Mountain View College
L.G. Pinkston H-TECH at El Centro College
Lincoln B-TECH at El Centro College and UNT Dallas
Moisés Molina B-TECH at Mountain View College
North Dallas P-TECH at Brookhaven College
Seagoville P-TECH at Eastfield college
South Oak Cliff P-TECH at Mountain View College
Sunset P-TECH at Mountain View College and UNT Dallas
Thomas Jefferson P-TECH at Brookhaven College
W.H. Adamson P-TECH at El Centro College
W.T. white B-TECH at Brookhaven College
Wilmer-Hutchins E-TECH at North Lake College

Learn about all of Dallas ISD’s Early College High School options here: https://www.dallasisd.org/collegiateacademies.


All-class reunion at Adamson High School unites different generations of Leopards

The W.H. Adamson High School Alumni Association recently held its 18th Annual All-Class Reunion at the school. Located in Oak Cliff, Adamson High School is the oldest continuously-active high school in Dallas ISD.

On the Friday prior to the reunion, the Adamson Alumni 2018 Charity Golf Classic was held at the Prairie Lakes Golf Course.

Saturday’s all-class reunion included activities for all former students, including the reunion program, induction of outstanding alumni and faculty into the Adamson Hall of Honor, tours of the school, and a luncheon in the school cafeteria catered by the favorite Norma’s Restaurant.

Oak Cliff High School was built in 1915 at Ninth and Beckley streets in Oak Cliff and was renamed for its long-time principal and former Oak Cliff Public School Superintendent W. H. Adamson upon his death in 1935. Operating continuously as a high school at that location makes it the oldest continuously operating high school building in Dallas. The original building is a city, state and national Landmark and still stands next to the new building opened in 2012.


Greiner wins district middle school baseball championship

The W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy boys baseball team are the middle school district champs!

The Greiner team beat J.L. Long Middle School in the final.

“This team would come to practice and work hard every day. We would work on mistakes we had made in the previous game in order to prepare us for the next game,” said Coach Wayne Pridgett. “The team understood that we all must be prepared and working together as a team, so they would put in the hard work every practice.”


Personal de Reilly Elementary School salva la vida de maestro

Irene Aguilar se encontraba imprimiendo un formulario en Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School cuando, de repente, escuchó a un maestro colapsar debido a un paro cardiaco.

Aguilar, encargada de la oficina de la escuela, rápidamente llamó a Beata Fik, enfermera de la escuela, y a Amparo Guzmán, consejera. Su capacitación en primeros auxilios entró en efecto mientras utilizaban el desfibrilador de la escuela y la reanimación cardiopulmonar (RCP) para ayudar al maestro sustituto, que había perdido el pulso.

“Es asombroso como todas jugamos un papel importante para salvarle la vida”, dijo Guzmán.

Hoy en día, el maestro sustituto puede caminar y se recupera en el hospital. Jennifer Finley, directora de Servicios de Salud de Dallas ISD, elogió al personal de la escuela por sus heroicas acciones.

“Hicieron un excelente trabajo. El médico que admitió al maestro al hospital les llamó para agradecerles por facilitar su labor”, dijo Finley. “Hicieron todo correctamente. Trabajaron en equipo, no entraron en pánico y pusieron en práctica su entrenamiento”.

Cada año, el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Dallas ISD capacita a aproximadamente 2,200 maestros, estudiantes y personal escolar en primeros auxilios y reanimación cardiopulmonar. Cada escuela cuenta con una enfermera y tiene por lo menos un desfibrilador.

El 9 de mayo es el Día Nacional de Enfermeras Escolares, y es una oportunidad de reconocer el gran trabajo que realizan diariamente en las escuelas de Dallas ISD.

“Tenemos la fortuna de contar con enfermeras en nuestros planteles que pueden responder a emergencias, proveen mayor seguridad, y fomentan un estilo de vida saludable entre los estudiantes”, dijo Finley. “Nuestras enfermeras son indispensables en cada una de nuestras escuelas”.


Fairway to Success program awards scholarships to 7 Dallas ISD seniors

Seven members of Dallas ISD’s Class of 2018 have been awarded this year’s Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success scholarships.

Established in 2007, the Fairway to Success program annually awards scholarships to students based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement and financial need. The program covers three DISD high schools – W.W. Samuell, Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln – and includes introducing students to golf and the life lessons of discipline, honor and integrity that are central to the game.

The students are Daniel Akwei (Jefferson), Ashley Crispin (Samuell), Elia Espinosa (Jefferson), Juwon Grant (Lincoln), Francheska Johnson (Lincoln) and Sonya Soto (Jefferson), each receiving a $20,000 scholarship. A new full, four-year scholarship to UNT Dallas, funded by the university, was awarded to Tyra Shockley (Samuell). Fairway to Success also includes mentorship to support scholarship recipients throughout their college careers.

“Fairway to Success gives those most in need a real opportunity to go to college,” said Jason Downing of Deloitte. “Even more than that, the program is invested in all of the participating students and sees that they have access to the tools and guidance our people can offer to help them on that pathway to success.”

UNT Dallas President Bob Mong said the university is proud to join the Fairway to Success scholarship program.

“Our growing urban university is built on the belief that everyone should have access to education, and that’s what this program is all about,” Mong said. “Congratulations to Tyra Shockley, who will receive a full four-year scholarship to UNTD, and congratulations to all of the scholarship winners from DISD.”

During the 2017-2018 school year, 155 DISD students took part in a five week after-school golf program in the fall and spring. They learned the basics of golf from PGA golf professionals, and graduating seniors who qualified by participating in the program had the chance to apply for the scholarships.So far, 51 DISD students have received the scholarships, now topping $1 million – funded by Deloitte partners, principals and professionals in North Texas.


Miss Texas visits J.J. Rhoads to inspire students to do well on STAAR











Students at Dallas ISD’s J.J. Rhoads Learning Center were inspired and encouraged by a visit from Miss Texas Margana Wood on Thursday, May 10. She has also recently visited other district schools.

Wood highlighted her anti-bullying platform by using the word “SMART” to teach students what to do when they see bullying. S is for speak up; M is for mean kids are not the cool kids; A is for apologize when you hurt someone’s feelings; R is for respecting differences; and T is for teamwork.

Five teachers served as pageant contestants and answered mock interview questions, which Wood called the hardest and most intense part of competing. Each contestant answered a question relating to the five parts of SMART.

Wood’s visit also served to encourage students to do their best on the upcoming STAAR tests next week.


Escuelas de Dallas ISD siguen destacándose a nivel estatal y nacional

Dos escuelas en el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas (Dallas ISD) siguen destacándose a nivel estatal y nacional entre las mejores preparatorias de 2018, según la revista U.S. News & World Report. Entre ellas, la School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center (TAG) ha sido clasificada como la segunda mejor preparatoria en Texas, y la número 11 en la nación.

Esta no es la única escuela con altos honores. La School of Science and Engineering (SEM) at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center fue clasificada como la tercera mejor preparatoria del estado, y la número 13 del país. En total, 17 escuelas de Dallas ISD obtuvieron un lugar en la lista de las mejores preparatorias de Texas, y ocho fueron premiadas con medallas de oro.

Ben Mackey, director de TAG, dice que su equipo se ha enfocado en elevar las expectativas de aprovechamiento académico para los estudiantes y en garantizar un acceso igualitario para todos. La escuela que ha visto un gran aumento en el número de estudiantes que vienen de familias de bajos ingresos.

“Las clasificaciones no lo dicen todo, pero son una buena indicación del trabajo de nuestros increíbles estudiantes y dedicados maestros y del apoyo de la comunidad”, dijo Mackey. “El trabajo que hemos realizado ha beneficiado a todos nuestros estudiantes”.

A nivel nacional, cuando una escuela recibe más estudiantes de familias de bajos ingresos, los resultados de los exámenes generalmente bajan. Sin embargo, Mackey afirma que lo opuesto ha ocurrido en TAG.

“En los pasados cinco años, el porcentaje de estudiantes de familias de bajos ingresos ha aumentado a más de 40 por ciento, pero todas las mediciones de aprovechamiento estudiantil incrementaron de igual manera”, dijo Mackey. “Lo importante es que lo mismo está sucediendo en otras escuelas de Dallas ISD, lo cual es muy alentador”.

Las siguientes escuelas fueron premiadas con la medalla de oro por tener los niveles más altos de preparación universitaria, lo cual las coloca entre las mejores preparatorias en Texas. (Las estrellas indican que la escuela se encuentra en Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center.)

  • School for the Talented and Gifted** – No. 2
  • School of Science and Engineering ** –  No. 3
  • Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School – No. 23
  • Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts – No. 26
  • Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet** – No. 38
  • School of Health Professions** – No. 63
  • School of Business and Management** – No. 64
  • Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services** – No. 69

Sixth-graders address global challenges at Model UN Conference

The Dallas ISD Social Studies hosted the 2018 Model UN Conference at Ellis Davis Field House on May 1.

Students represented nine countries and discussed resolution issues on 10 of the top literacy and technology issues across the world. The students also created table displays for their country, including facts, information and food samples. Sixth-graders from these schools participated:

  • Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy
  • Rosemont Middle School
  • J.L. Long Middle School
  • Raul Quintanilla Senior Middle School
  • Zan Wesley Holmes Middle School
  • Thomas C. Marsh Middle School
  • D.A. Hulcy Middle SChool

Students from W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy and Alex W. Spence Middle School did cultural performances.


Texas Best: School for the Talented and Gifted, School of Science and Engineering hold strong in state, national rankings list

Two schools in the Dallas Independent School District School (Dallas ISD) continue to earn top spots on the 2018 Best High Schools state and national rankings, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center (TAG) has been named the second best high school in Texas and No. 11 in the nation.

TAG shares top honors with the School of Science and Engineering (SEM) at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, which placed No. 3 in the state and No. 13 in the nation. In total, 17 Dallas ISD schools were recognized in the magazine’s list of Texas Best High School rankings, and eight received gold medals.

Ben Mackey, TAG principal, says his team has focused on raising the achievement bar, while ensuring equity and access for all students at a campus with a growing number of students from lower income families.

“While rankings never tell the whole story, it’s a great indicator to show the work of our incredible students, dedicated teachers, and supportive community,” said Mackey. “The work we’ve done has paid dividends across the board for our students.”

Nationally, as a school’s enrollment of students from lower income backgrounds increases, the school generally sees a drop in test scores. However, Mackey says at TAG, the opposite has occurred.

“Over the past five years, the percentage of our students from low income backgrounds has risen to more than 40 percent, but each student achievement metric has also increased.” said Mackey. “But more importantly, great things like this are happening across Dallas ISD, and that is most encouraging.”

The following schools earned the “gold medal” designation for demonstrating the highest college readiness, placing them among the top in Texas.

  • School for the Talented and Gifted** – No. 2
  • School of Science and Engineering ** –  No. 3
  • Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School – No. 23
  • Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts – No. 26
  • Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet** – No. 38
  • School of Health Professions** – No. 63
  • School of Business and Management** – No. 64
  • Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services** – No. 69

** denotes the school is housed at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center


Campus staff have until May 15 to apply for $2,000 innovative teaching grants

Campus staff have until May 15 to apply for the Grants for Innovative Teaching program.

The Junior League of Dallas provides the grants of up to $2,000 to fund innovative learning projects. Teachers, librarians, principals and assistant principals can apply for the grants.

Apply here!


Reilly Elementary staff use first aid training to bring teacher back to life

Irene Aguilar was printing out a form at Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School when she heard a substitute teacher at the school fall to the ground due to cardiac arrest.

Aguilar, the school’s office manager, quickly called School Nurse Beata Fik and Counselor Amparo Guzman. Their first-aid training kicked in as they used the school’s defibrillator and CPR to bring the substitute teacher, who had lost his pulse, back to life.

“It was just amazing how everyone played a part to help save his life,” Guzman said.

Today the substitute teacher is walking and on his way to recovery in the hospital. Dallas ISD Health Services Director Jennifer Finley applauded the Reilly Elementary staff for their heroic actions.

“They did such an amazing job. The admitting physician called to thank them for making his job easier,” Finley said. “They did everything perfectly. They worked as a team, didn’t panic, and relied on their training.”

Dallas ISD Health Services trains about 2,200 staff, teachers and students every year in first aid and CPR. Every campus is allocated a nurse and has at least one defibrillator machine.

May 9 is National School Nurse Day, and it’s a chance to recognize the amazing work campus nurses do every day across Dallas ISD.

“We are so fortunate to have our campus nurses there to respond to emergencies, provide an extra layer of safety, and encourage our students to make healthy choices and live a healthy lifestyle,” Finley said. “Our nurses are a valuable member of every campus.”


Programa ‘take home library’ de Céscar Chávez Learning Center tendrá nombre nuevo el próximo año

El programa “Take Home Library” de César Chávez Learning Center tendrá un nombre nuevo el próximo año.

Actualmente, el programa lleva el nombre de Linda Thomas, jueza jubilada, pero la Sra. Thomas decidió continuar la biblioteca en memoria de Stewart Lang, 37, quien falleció en abril, y era hijo del juez Doug Lang y Martha, su esposa.

Recientemente, socios y voluntarios de la escuela donaron libros, tarjetas de regalo, cheques y dinero en efectivo para beneficio de los estudiantes.


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

From “Mr. Raider” to “Grandmama,” the inaugural Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony celebrated 10 outstanding alumni who have made their mark both on and off the field of competition.

The ceremony held May 4 at the American Airlines Center presented the inductees with jackets, plaques and rings to celebrate their accomplishments. Each living inductee addressed the audience, sharing jokes, stories and inspirational words about their life journey.

Dallas ISD Athletic Director Troy Mathieu applauded the 10 phenomenal student-athletes who were inducted into the Hall of Fame and inspiration they provide students everywhere.

“We need to celebrate the great history we have here in Dallas ISD,” Mathieu said. “This is a motivational tool that shows students that, one day, they too can be great.”

Also at the ceremony, Kennedy Taylor of Lincoln High School and Sergio Armendariz of Adamson High School were selected as the 2018 Dallas ISD Student-Athletes of the Year.

Armendariz received a cross country and track scholarship and will attend Sam Houston State University to complete his studies. Kennedy recieved a basketball scholarship and will attend Texas State University to further her academic career.

Kennedy and Sergio both received a $2500 scholarship.

Below are the inaugural Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Go here to see more photos from the great event.

Ernie Banks*; Booker T. Washington High School (‘50); baseball

Ernie Banks family member.

Tim Brown; Woodrow Wilson High School (‘84), football

Tim Brown

Michael Carter; Thomas Jefferson High School (‘79); football

Michael Carter

Chryste Gaines Courtney; South Oak Cliff High School (‘88); track and field

Chryste Gaines Courtney

Fran Harris, South Oak Cliff High School (‘84); basketball

Fran Harris

Freddie James; David W. Carter High School, head football coach

Freddie James

Larry Johnson; Skyline High School (‘87); basketball

Larry Johnson

Davey O’Brien*; Woodrow Wilson High School (‘35); football

Davey O’Brien’s son

Jerry Rhome; Sunset High School (‘60); football

Jerry Rhome

Dave Stallworth*; James Madison High School (‘61); basketball

Dave Stallworth family member

*deceased


Starks students do Lemonade Day





Fifth-graders at Dallas ISD’s J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard participated in “Lemonade Day” on Saturday, May 5.

The goal of Lemonade Day is to inspire today’s children to become tomorrow’s business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens – one lemonade stand at a time. Learn more about the regional effort here.

 


Logros en examen estatal STAAR indican mejora significativa

Los estudiantes de quinto y octavo grado del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Dallas (Dallas ISD) lograron mejoras significativas en la primera administracion del examen STAAR en matemáticas y lectura. La Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA), dio a conocer los resultados que muestran que en todas las comparaciones de matematicas de Dallas ISD se logró un aumento de por lo menos 5 puntos porcentuales, en comparación con el año anterior, con mejoras de doble dígito en la categoría de “Cumple con el nivel de rendimiento”.

El año pasado, cambió la denominación de los niveles de rendimiento del examen STAAR a los que ahora se les conoce como: Domina el nivel de grado, Cumple con el nivel de grado, Cerca de nivel de grado y No cumple con el nivel de grado.

Los índices de aprobación en lectura también mostraron mejoría, en comparación con el año anterior, ya que los estudiantes de 5o grado mejoraron en cada categoría. Cabe resaltar que los estudiantes de Dallas ISD tuvieron mayor aprovechamiento en lectura en la categoría de “cumple con el nivel”, con un aumento de 9.2 puntos porcentuales, mientras que los estudiantes en “cerca de nivel de grado” lograron una diferencia de casi 7 puntos porcentuales.

“Es evidente que nuestros resultados sólidos en matemáticas continúan demostrando crecimiento en el distrito, sin embargo, es igualmente importante asegurar que nuestros resultados en lectura incrementen de la misma manera cada año, y es algo que en el distrito nos estamos esforzando por mejorar”, indicó el superintendente Michael Hinojosa.

Los resultados también son alentadores para las poblaciones estudiantiles con mayor representación en el distrito, ya que indican que algunas de las brechas en el aprovechamiento académico están disminuyendo. Los alumnos afroamericanos e hispanos mostraron un excelente desempeño en matemáticas en los niveles “cerca de nivel de grado” y “cumple con el nivel de grado”, con un mayor progreso en este último. Los estudiantes afroamericanos en 5o y 8o grado lograron su mejor crecimiento en el nivel “cumple con el nivel de grado”, con un incremento de 9 y 10 puntos porcentuales respectivamente. Los alumnos hispanos también tuvieron un buen desempeño en el mismo nivel, logrando un crecimiento de 12 y 12.4 puntos porcentuales, en comparación con el año anterior.

Aunque el crecimiento que se logró en lectura no fue tan alto, los alumnos afroamericanos en 5o grado mejoraron su índice de aprobación, en comparación con el año anterior, por 9.2 puntos porcentuales en el nivel “cerca de nivel de grado”. Igualmente, los estudiantes hispanos en 5o grado mejoraron sus resultados en el nivel “cumple con el nivel de grado”, 10.4 puntos.

Este es el tercer año que los estudiantes de Dallas ISD logran resultados sólidos en matemáticas, por lo que  la administración del distrito confía que algunas de las escuelas que en multiples años han sido calificadas como “requieren mejoría”, cumplirán con los estándares al final de la administración de los examenes. La TEA aún no ha dado a conocer los resultados del estado en la primera adminsitración del examen estatal.

“Estos resultados muestran el arduo trabajo de nuestros estudiantes y el personal, y se debe reconecer el esfuerzo de todos”, dijo Hinojosa. “Pero no hay que darnos por satisfechos. Debemos continuar enfocándonos en identificar las áreas que se necesitan mejorar para lograr un mayor rendimiento”.


Dallas ISD elementary teams compete in 2018 Lone Star Challenge








Nine-member teams comprising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Dallas ISD elementary schools competed in the Lone Star Challenge on Saturday, April 28.

The Lone Star Challenge is the elementary equivalent of Academic Decathlon and Academic Pentathlon – a rigorous academic competition that tests their mastery of material on the STAAR tests. This year’s theme was A Traveler’s Guide to the World.

The overall Lone Star Challenge Winners are:

  1. Alex Sanger
  2. Lakewood
  3. Maple Lawn
  4. Jimmie Tyler Brashear
  5. Arcadia Park
  6. William Cabell
  7. Georage H.W. Bush
  8. Seagoville North
  9. Sidney Lanier
  10. F.P. Caillet

Overall Lone Star Challenge Super Quiz winners:

  1. Maple Lawn (gold)
  2. Seagoville North (gold)
  3. Nancy Moseley (gold)
  4. Daniel Webster (silver)
  5. Alex Sanger (silver)
  6. Esperanza “Hope” Medrano (bronze)

For a complete list of school and individual winners, visit Student Activities.


District 9 trustee election headed to a runoff

The election for the District 9 seat on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees is headed to a runoff after no candidate received at least 50 percent of the vote on May 5.

Incumbent Bernadette Nutall and Justin Henry are the candidates in the runoff election for the seat that represents South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown and East Dallas.

The runoff election is on June 16.


STAAR gains point to significant improvement

Fifth- and eighth-grade students in the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) achieved significant gains on the first administration of the STAAR test in both mathematics and reading. The results released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show all Dallas ISD math comparisons increased by at least 5 percentage points, up from last year, with double-digit gains at the Meets Performance Level.

STAAR performance levels were renamed last year and are noted as Approaches Grade Level, Meets Grade Level, Masters Grade Level, and Does Not Meet Grade Level.

Passing rates in reading also showed improvement from the previous year, as fifth-graders posted an increase at every performance level. Of particular note, Dallas students saw their strongest growth in reading at the Meets Level with a 9.2 percentage point gain, while students at the Approaches Level earned a difference of nearly 7 percentage points.

“It is evident our strong math scores continue to show growth throughout the district, however, it is equally important to ensure our reading scores make the same great gains from year to year, and that is something the district is looking to strengthen,” said Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

The scores are also encouraging for the district’s largest student populations indicating some achievement gaps are closing.  The African-American and Hispanic subgroups demonstrated strong performances in math at Approaches and Meets, with their highest gains in the latter. African-American students in grades 5 and 8 saw top gains at the Meets Level, with 9.3 and 9.4 percentage point increases, respectively. Hispanics equally performed well at the same level by posting 12.3 and 12.4 percentage point gains up from the previous year.

While gains in reading were not as high, African-Americans in fifth grade increased their passing rate over the previous year by 9.2 percentage points at the Approaches Level. Likewise, Hispanic students in grade 5 improved their Meets scores, by 10.4 points.

This is the third year Dallas ISD students posted strong math results, leading district administrators to expect some multi-year improvement required schools will meet standards by the end of testing season. TEA has not released the state’s first administration scores.

“The results truly demonstrate the hard work our students and staff have put forth, and their efforts should be commended,” said Hinojosa. “But this is not a time to get comfortable. There is still significant focus on identifying areas that need to be refined for greater achievement.”


John Neely Bryan Elementary celebrates Cinco de Mayo

John Neely Bryan Elementary’s LPAC committee organized a daylong event on May 4 to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with faculty, students and staff dressing in traditional Mexican attire.

Audiences were treated to morning and afternoon performances where the history of Cinco de Mayo was explained. Various grade levels performed typical Mexican folk dances. “La Raspa” was performed by pre-K students, “El Caballito de Palo” by Kindergarten students, and “El Cerro de la Silla” performed by first-grade students.

The grand finale of the program featured the fifth-grade students singing to “Mexico, Mexico” by Timbiriche.

The day’s festivities concluded with a schoolwide parade and a classroom nacho party.


Thank your favorite educator during Teacher Appreciation Week

Dallas ISD is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 7–12, and it’s an opportunity to recognize the tremendous work district educators do every day.

We need your help to give these educators the recognition they deserve!

Have good photo or a story about your favorite Dallas ISD teacher? Email it to thehub@dallasisd.org, or post the photo or story to social media with the hashtag #ThankATeacher and tag us on Twitter (@dallasschools), Facebook (@DallasISD) and Instagram (@DallasISD).

Are you a business offering a special discount to teachers this week? Email thehub@dallasisd.org, and we will share the best deals for teachers throughout the week.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Offers aim to make teachers feel special

Dallas ISD is home to thousands of highly qualified and certified teachers, and this is a week to thank them for helping students discover their potential.


Teacher Appreciation Week: Offers aim to make teachers feel special

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7–12, and, to celebrate, multiple Dallas businesses and restaurants are offering special discounts to our tireless classroom educators.

Tacos Y Mas

Tacos Y Mas has deals going on for teachers all week. Teachers need to show a valid teacher ID to redeem. See the flyer here. The deals are:

  • Monday: Free street taco
  • Tuesday: Free churo
  • Wednesday: Free drink
  • Thursday: Free tortilla soup
  • Friday: Free nachos

Raising Cane’s

Teachers who show their ID can receive a free box combo on Tuesday from 3­–8 p.m. See the flyer here.

Chipotle

Teachers, faculty and staff who stop by Chipotle with their faculty ID on Tuesday from 3 p.m.–close can get a buy-one/get-one-free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. The deal is only valid in-restaurant.

Cicis

Teachers with a valid ID can enjoy a free buffet at Cicis on Tuesday. Get the coupon here.

Designer Shoe Warehouse

Designer Shoe Warehouse is offering Dallas ISD employees 20-percent off regular priced items and 10-percent off clearance items on Thursday, May 10 from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. DSW has locations at the Preston Center Pavilion, 9335 Westchester Drive, and The Shops at Park Lane, 8160 Park Lane. See the flyer here.

Snuffers

In honor of teacher appreciation week, Snuffers is offering all teachers 15 percent off their meals from May 7-11. Go here to see a list of Snuffers locations.

JCPenney

JCPenney is offering Dallas ISD teachers and staff a re-usable discount card redeemable in-store or online. All district employees are welcome to use the coupon available through the staff email announcement. The coupon is valid through July 31.

Online purchases

65-percent off select original and regular priced apparel, shoes, accessories and home purchases || 30-percent off select sale and clearance priced apparel, shoes, accessories and home purchases || Extra 15-percent off select furniture, mattresses, housewares, floor care, custom blinds and shades. **Standard Exclusions Apply

In-Store Purchases

 60-percent off select original and regular priced apparel, shoes, accessories and home purchases || 30% off select sale and clearance priced apparel, shoes, accessories and home purchases || Extra 15% off select furniture, mattresses, housewares, floor care, custom blinds and shades. **Standard Exclusions Apply

Email thehub@dallasisd.org to add any other deals to this list!


Celebración da comienzo a programa de becas Dallas County Promise















La oportunidad de asistir a la universidad gratis es algo que vale la pena celebrar.

El miércoles, 2 de mayo, los estudiantes que se comprometieron con el programa Dallas County Promise, que brinda la oportunidad de obtener becas completas para asistir a cualquier campus del Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Dallas (DCCCD), recibieron un reconocimiento.

Funcionarios de Dallas ISD, DCCCD y Dallas County Promise acompañaron a la Dra. Jill Biden, esposa del exvicepresidente Joe Biden, para hacer hincapié en lo importante que es que la universidad esté al alcance de todos. Estudiantes de 12o grado, de 23 escuelas de Dallas ISD, sin importar su promedio general o ingreso familiar, tuvieron la oportunidad de inscribirse para Dallas County Promise. Solo tuvieron que firmar una promesa antes del 31 de enero, en la que se comprometían a cumplir con los requisitos del programa.

El evento, que se realizó en W.H. Adamson High School, comenzó con una pep rally. Después, se honró a los próximos graduados de Adamson que han tomado la decisión de asistir a la universidad o unirse al ejército. Luego, se reconoció a los estudiantes que aprovecharán el programa para asistir a los colegios comunitarios de DCCCD.

Biden, quien es profesora en un colegio comunitario, resaltó la importancia de una educación postsecundaria.

“La educación universitaria les cambia la vida a los estudiantes y sus familias”, dijo Biden. “Con la beca, los mentores y el apoyo de organizaciones, este programa les da a los estudiantes la oportunidad de asistir a la universidad, completar su educación, ampliar sus opciones profesionales y construir vidas económicamente estables”.

“También, ayuda a fortalecer a la fuerza laboral de Dallas, mejorando la economía de la región”, apuntó Biden. “Con el lanzamiento de este programa, espero que otras comunidades en el estado y en el país se inspiren para crear un programa similar”.

Enseguida, visitó a los estudiantes de 9o grado de la academia universitaria de Adamson. Las preparatorias de Dallas ISD con programa early college ofrecen a estudiantes la oportunidad de obtener su diploma de preparatoria y un grado asociado a la misma vez. Biden indicó que el programa del distrito es una excelente oportunidad para los estudiantes.

En su primer año, Dallas County Promise atrajo la atención de 9,300 estudiantes en Dallas ISD y otros distritos en el condado de Dallas – 80 por ciento de ellos clasificados como en desventaja económica. Además de cubrir la matrícula, el programa conecta a los estudiantes con mentores y puede resultar en becas con instituciones de cuatro años tales como SMU y UNT-Dallas.

El próximo año, las preparatorias Skyline y Woodrow Wilson, se sumarán a las 23 escuelas de Dallas ISD que forman parte de Dallas County Promise, para que sus estudiantes puedan tener la opción de asistir a un colegio comunitario gratis.


Se da a conocer el horario de ceremonias de graduación de 2018

¡Llegó la temporada de graduaciones de Dallas ISD de 2018!

Las ceremonias de graduación se llevarán a cabo en Alfred J. Loos Fieldhouse y Ellis Davis Field House y se transmitirán en vivo por internet. Haga clic aquí para ver más información.

Si no tiene oportunidad de observar las ceremonias en vivo, no se preocupe. En la página de Dallas ISD en YouTube encontrará cada una de ellas una vez que finalicen.


Escuelas primarias de Dallas ISD logran excelentes resultados en torneo nacional de robótica

Dos escuelas de Dallas ISD obtuvieron excelentes resultados en torneo nacional de robótica que se llevó a cabo el 30 de abril en Kentucky.

Casa View Elementary School ganó el premio CREATE y Winnetka Elementary School obtuvo el tercer lugar en la categoría de trabajo en equipo, en su división, en el VEX IQ Robotics World Championship. Dallas Environmental Science Academy, Alex Sanger Elementary School, Onésimo Hernández Elementary School y George Bannerman Dealey Middle School también participaron en el evento.

Las competencias de robótica ayudan a fomentar el interés en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM). También, apoya la meta del distrito de asegurar que cada estudiante participe en por lo menos una actividad extracurricular.


Dallas ISD announces senior staff changes amid HCM chief’s retirement

Dallas ISD Chief of Human Capital Management Karry Chapman has announced her retirement effective June 30. Chapman began serving Dallas ISD as interim chief of HCM in February 2015 and was subsequently selected to permanently fill the position, bringing her extensive years of leadership in human resources to the district.

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said, “Karry has been a great supporter and an important member of the leadership team.” We’re grateful for her dedication and service to the students and staff of this district and wish her well on her retirement.”

Houston ISD Chief of Staff Cynthia Wilson, who formerly served as Dallas ISD chief of staff, has agreed to return to Dallas ISD as chief of Human Capital Management.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Wilson back and look forward to having her with us in this capacity,” Hinojosa said. “She is a dynamic leader, and I know she will do well.”

Wilson served as Dallas ISD chief of staff from 2015 to 2017 before joining Houston ISD. She will rejoin the district in her new leadership post July 1.

In addition, John Vega, executive director of the L.G. Pinkston feeder pattern, has been promoted to deputy chief of HCM effective June 1.

Effective today, Angie Gaylord has been appointed deputy chief of the Office of Transformation and Innovation. Gaylord, who was hired as executive director of Professional Development in 2016, has served as acting deputy chief of OTI since January.

“Angie has done an outstanding job in this position, and I’m confident she will continue to effectively lead the Office of Transformation and Innovation,” said Hinojosa.


Dallas Black Chamber awards 19 Dallas ISD seniors with college scholarships

Nineteen Dallas ISD seniors will have an easier time affording college thanks to scholarships provided by the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Business Development Corporation

The chamber has been providing the Excellence in Education Scholarships to deserving students since 1986. The scholarships provide $2,000 to students for their freshman year attending a four-year college or $1,4000 to students for their first year attending a Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) campus.

A ceremony on April 30 celebrated the recipients of the chamber’s scholarships. The ceremony also presented the second annual Leadership in Education Award to four education leaders, including Dallas ISD Chief of Staff Pamela Lear.

“We want to recognize leaders in the community who are making significant contributions to education and students,” said Marnese Elder, president of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. “These outstanding leaders such as Mrs. Lear have dedicated a large portion of their lives to impacting children through education.”

The 19 Dallas ISD scholarship recipients are:

JaCaeron Bolden, Wilmer Hutchins High School
Tre’ Brown, Woodrow Wilson High School
Leticia Bruton, A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School
Sundai Gibson, Justin F. Kimball High School
Stefhany Gonzalez, North Dallas High School
Amy Guiterrez, A.Maceo Smith New Tech High School
Alejanda Hernandez, James Madison High School
Joseph Hernandez, Justin F. Kimball High School
Amanda Lira, Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College
Rebecca Nava, A.Maceo Smith New Tech High School
Festus Oyinwola, Emmett J. Conrad High School
Cinthia Rayas, North Dallas High School
Lexie Richards, Skyline High School
Kevin Salomon, James Madison High School
Ana Sanchez, Sunset High School
Dorian Perez, Wilmer-Hutchins High School
Carrington Whigham, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts
Tamia Wilson, David W. Carter High School
Destiney Winn, Justin F. Kimball High School


North Dallas High School, campeón del Distrito 12-5A en béisbol

El equipo de béisbol de North Dallas High School es el nuevo campeón del Distrito 12-5A después de vencer a Adamson High School 9-1 el martes por la noche en Reverchon Park.

Xavien Shay, lanzador de North Dallas, permitió tres hits y ponchó a nueve bateadores para lograr la victoria de su equipo. Garion Doyle conectó un doblete hacia el jardín derecho que impulsó tres carreras para darle a North Dallas una ventaja decisiva de 7-1 en la segunda entrada. Después de lograr el último out del partido, llegó el momento de celebrar.

“Fue increíble. Todo nuestro esfuerzo durante el verano valió la pena, pero hay que seguir trabajando duro”, dijo Shay. “Fue un momento inolvidable que me alegra poder haber compartido con mis compañeros. Todos queremos alcanzar una meta y queremos seguir mejorando nuestras habilidades en el béisbol”.

Después del juego, Steven De La Cerda, manager de North Dallas, recibió el trofeo de campeones de parte de Katherine Eska, directora de la escuela.

“Se siente muy bien. Los muchachos se prepararon durante todo el año”, dijo De La Cerda. “Aceptaron formar parte de la cultura que estamos tratando de crear en North Dallas. Se esfuerzan al máximo. No ponen excusas. Al final del día, el éxito se alcanza si tienes buenos jugadores, y nosotros tenemos excelentes jugadores”.

Silvia Salinas, subdirectora de deportes de Dallas ISD, acompañó Eska en el campo de juego para la celebración.

Photos by Gary Piña/ NDHS Class of ’74


Nueva estructura de liderazgo escolar apoyará redes de aprendizaje profesional

El Dallas ISD está rediseñando la estructura de liderazgo escolar para fomentar y apoyar redes de aprendizaje profesional.

La estructura actual agrupa a los planteles por zonas de asistencia, incluyendo escuelas primarias, secundarias y preparatorias. La nueva estructura alinea a las escuelas por grado académico, aunque aún habrá reuniones por zona de asistencia escolar en 2018-2019. Con este cambio, los directores de primarias tendrán oportunidades de tener interacciones más significativas con sus colegas de escuelas primarias.

“El fomentar redes de aprendizaje profesional entre nuestros administradores en las escuelas, mientras combinamos las competencias de nuestro personal, es una manera más eficiente de mejorar el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes”, dijo Stephanie Elizalde, jefa de liderazgo escolar de Dallas ISD.

Haga clic aquí para ver la nueva estructura de liderazgo.


Chávez Learning Center ‘take home library’ gets new name for next year




The “Take Home Library” at Dallas ISD’s César Chávez Learning Center will carry a new name next year.

Retired Judge Linda Thomas’ name is currently used for the project, but she decided to continue the library in memory of Stewart Lang, 37, who passed away in April. He was the son of Martha and Judge Doug Lang.

Additionally, partners and volunteers recently donated books, gift cards, checks and cash to benefit students.


Two elementary schools place in national robotics tournament

Two Dallas ISD schools placed in a national robotics tournament held in Kentucky on April 30.

Casa View Elementary School won the CREATE award and Winnetka Elementary School won third-place in teamwork in their division at the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship. Dallas Environmental Science Academy, Alex Sanger Elementary School, Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School, and George Bannerman Dealey Middle School also competed at the event.

Competitive robotics helps to foster interest and awareness in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It also supports the district’s goal of ensuring each student is involved in at least one extracurricular activity.


Florida A&M University visita Dallas ISD para informar a estudiantes sobre programas académicos

Estudiantes de las preparatorias Wilmer-Hutchins, Lincoln, James Madison, y Franklin D. Roosevelt tuvieron la oportunidad de informarse sobre la oferta académica y extracurricular de Florida A&M University a través de FAMU: Next Generation Connect with Dallas ISD Day. Lew Blackburn, integrante de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD, y la Asociación de Exalumnos de FAMU de Dallas/Fort Worth organizaron el evento.

Esta sesión fue una manera de familiarizar a los estudiantes con la experiencia universitaria mientras aún están en la preparatoria. El personal académico y exalumnos de FAMU estuvieron disponibles para brindar información sobre los requisitos académicos, prerrequisitos para los programas académicos, y posibles opciones en carreras profesionales. Toda esta información les permitirá tomar la mejor decisión de si se ven como estudiantes de Florida A&M University.

“Hoy queremos que estén informados sobre todas las opciones postsecundarias disponibles”, dijo Blackburn. “Estamos muy contentos de tener a una Universidad históricamente para afroamericanos (HBCU), como FAMU, visitar y compartir información sobre sus áreas de estudio y posibles oportunidades de becas”.


Conferencia de Educación Especial brinda a padres herramientas esenciales

El viernes, 27 de abril, el Departamento d Educación Especial llevó a cabo una conferencia gratis para compartir información y recursos con padres y personal del distrito.

Entre las sesiones que se presentaron se incluyó información sobre cómo hablar con su hijo con discapacidades; cómo enseñar a su hijo a interactuar socialmente; cómo encontrar apoyo para ayudar a niños diagnosticados con trastorno del espectro autista; y ayuda para entender los servicios bilingües y de educación especial. Estudiantes de Dallas ISD que reciben servicios de educación especial realizaron actuaciones para los asistentes y hubo una exhibición de arte y proyectos.


Más de 2,400 estudiantes de primaria participan en competencia académica

El 14 de abril, más de 2,400 estudiantes de 104 escuelas primarias participaron en la competencia académica de primavera UIL A+ de nivel primaria de Dallas ISD.

Entre las competencias hubo concursos de ajedrez, habilidades para utilizar un diccionario, ciencias sociales y narración de cuentos. Haga clic aquí para ver los resultados finales.


Event celebrates launch of Dallas County Promise, program pledges














The chance to go to college for free is worth celebrating.

On Wednesday, May 2, students who committed to Dallas County Promise, which gives them the opportunity to earn full-tuition scholarships to any Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) school, were also celebrated.

Officials from Dallas ISD, DCCCD and Dallas County Promise joined Dr. Jill Biden – former second lady – to highlight the need for access to college. Graduating seniors fro 23 Dallas ISD schools, regardless of GPA or family income, were eligible to sign up for Dallas County Promise. All they had to do was sign a “Promise Pledge” before Jan. 31 to qualify

The event, at W.H. Adamson High School, started with a pep rally. Graduating seniors at Adamson who made post-graduation decisions to attend colleges or enlist in the military were honored. Then, students using the Dallas County Promise to attend a DCCCD schools were recognized.

Biden, herself a community college professor, highlighted the importance of college.

“The chance to go to college is life-changing for students and their families,” she said. “With a dynamic scholarship, mentoring and support from partnering organizations, the Dallas County Promise is giving local students the chance to attend school, complete their education, expand their career choices and build lives that are more financially secure.”

That works to also strengthen the Dallas workforce, boosting the region’s economy, Biden said. “With today’s launch, I hope communities throughout the state and the nation will be inspired to create a program of their own.”

After her remarks, she visited with ninth-graders attending the Adamson Collegiate Academy. Dallas ISD early college high schools offer students the chance to earn their diplomas and an associates degree simultaneously. Biden called the district’s program another incredible opportunity for students.

In its first year, Dallas County Promise drew 9,300 students in Dallas ISD and other districts in the county – 80 percent of them classified as economically disadvantaged. In addition to paying for tuition, the program connects students with mentors and can lead to scholarships at partnering four-year institutions, currently SMU and UNT Dallas.

Next year, in addition to the 23 Dallas ISD high schools that are part of Dallas County Promise, Skyline and Woodrow Wilson high school students may also pledge to receive free DCCCD tuition.


See the Dallas ISD 2018 graduation schedule

The Dallas ISD 2018 graduation season is almost here!

The commencement ceremonies held at Loos and Ellis Davis field houses will be streamed live. Visit the Commencement Streaming page for more information.

If you are unable to watch a commencement ceremony live, you can find all of the graduation events on the district’s YouTube channel playlist after the live event.


Workshops promoting college awareness culminates with trip to SMU

Dallas ISD parents who attended the Family Literacy Project workshops that promoted college awareness took a trip to Southern Methodist University for an up-close tour of the campus.

The Latino Family Literacy Project is a series of workshops initiated by the Office of Family & Community Engagement. The purpose of the workshops is to increase college awareness and to help parents and students became exposed to the opportunities of schools (Magnets, Choice and Collegiate Academies) that Dallas ISD currently offers.

The sessions were held at Zan Wesley Holmes Middle School, Piedmont GLOBAL Academy and W.W. Samuell High School. Each family that completed the workshop received an invitation to tour and participate in a STEM presentation by Dario Villarreal, a distinguished director of NeuroMechatronics at Southern Methodist University.


Hands-on science project creates tasty treat for Hulcy students










The science lesson in Malcolm Finkley’s class at D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School was delicious.

“It’s like ‘bootleg Blue Bell,’ bro!” one student declared.

“This is like the best thing I’ve ever tasted,” a classmate agreed.

The recipe for success on this particular day included milk, heavy cream, sugar, rock salt, 3 cups of ice and either vanilla, strawberry or chocolate flavoring to make ice cream. Once combined into plastic bags, students had to mix the concoctions until they froze into ice cream.

Students learned about the importance of getting the quantities just right, as Finkley purposely altered the formula so the mixture wouldn’t freeze the first time. With a bit more rock salt and another cup of ice, the process worked.

The ice cream lesson came from Project Lead the Way, an organization that provides hands-on curriculum in subjects such as engineering, computer science and biomedical science. Teachers learn as well through training and professional development. Hulcy is among the about 30 Dallas ISD schools that use a Project Lead the Way component.

Hands-on projects are the norm in the engineering class at Hulcy, with the next lesson using a plastic shoebox to replicate a beach environment that is subjected to an oil spill. Students will have to determine the best way to clean up the spill and also create a budget for the supplies to get the job done.

Finkley’s teaching focuses on one of the letters in Hulcy’s focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).

“Ever since I started at this school, and I told Ms. Lockwood, the ‘e’ is on me,” Finkley said.

Following up after the ice cream had been devoured, students asked and answered questions about the project. Finkley encouraged them to try out the recipe at home. He said even cafeteria employees at the school have asked about making the ice cream.


Students with special needs compete in fun robotics scrimmage (video)

Students receiving special education services competed in a fun robotics scrimmage that promoted a love of STEM and extracurricular activities.

The Dallas ISD STEM and Special Education departments hosted the robotics scrimmage April 27 at the Communities Foundation of Texas. Nine secondary Dallas ISD schools have robotics teams for students who receive special education services.

“In a fun way, this event build students’ social skills, their ability to work together and collaborate while also being aligned to their postsecondary success,” said Dallas ISD Special Education Director Beth Garcia.

These schools participated:

  • Billy Earl Dade Middle School
  • J.L. Long Middle School
  • Francisco “Pancho” Medrano Middle School
  • Young Women Steam Academy at Balch Springs
  • Sunset High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Wilmer Hutchins High School
  • North Dallas High SChool
  • Gaston Middle School

Upgrading light fixtures to LEDs brightens learning environment







It’s a bright idea whose time has come: retrofit outdated and dim T12 fluorescent light fixtures with more effective, longer-lasting and energy-efficient LED lamps.

Dallas ISD’s W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy is undergoing the transformation now, with the project starting April 2 and expected to be complete by May 26. The District’s Electrical Maintenance team is performing the work after school and on weekends, which saves money over using outside contractors and prevents interruptions to instructional time.

At Greiner, there are 3,900 lamps that will be replaced, at a total cost of $79,000. That includes classrooms, the cafeteria, locker rooms, staff offices, hallways and the main entrance, as well as lighted display cases throughout the school.

The original facility was built in 1990, with a new wing completed last year. An older building adjacent to Greiner owned by the YMCA is also used for classroom space, and lights will be upgraded there as well.

LED lamps, which run at a lower wattage and cost less to operate, are expected to provide an annual energy savings at Greiner of $22,000 annually and pay for the project in about 3.5 years. Further, the LED lamps also require less maintenance because they are are rated to last more than three times as long as than the existing fluorescent lamps, 50,000 hours vs. 15,000 hours. LED lamps are also more durable than and produce less heat than fluorescent lamps.

Students, in one of the LED-upgraded art classrooms, said the colors they were working with seemed more vibrant. Even the paper they were using appeared whiter. Principal Yvonne Rojas said students noticed the sharper, crisper light immediately after first seeing the upgraded lights, particularly in the cafeteria.

Other schools that are slated to receive upgraded lighting in the near future are Justin F. Kimball High School, T.W. Browne Middle School and Umphrey Lee Elementary School.

The LED project is being implemented with the collaboration of Dallas ISD’s Electrical Department and Energy and Sustainability Department. They are charged with implementing cost effective and energy efficient lighting systems that enhance the learning environment.

Learn more about LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, which are becoming more common in homes as well.


This Week in Dallas ISD: April 27 edition

It was another great week in Dallas ISD!  Watch the above video, or read below, to catch up on the latest news.

KinderCamp

Schools across the district hosted KinderCamp to begin enrolling students for kindergarten next school year (watch this).

State Fair scholarships

The State Fair of Texas awarded more than $600,000 in college scholarships to 105 Dallas ISD students (read this).

NAF Ceremony

A special ceremony at Ellis Davis Field House celebrated the nearly 500 Dallas ISD seniors who completed a NAF Academy (read this).

Bulldogs are baseball champs

The North Dallas High School Bulldogs baseball team earned bragging rights as the District 12-5A champions (read this). 

UIL academics

More than 2,400 elementary students attended the UIL Spring Academic event, competing at events such as chess and storytelling (read this).

Celebrating diversity

Anne Frank Elementary School’s Cultural Diversity Night celebrated how its students come from 62 different countries (watch this).

Best Schools in Dallas

A new Facebook Live series celebrates how Dallas ISD is home to the best schools around. This week’s edition spotlighted E.D. Walker Middle School (watch this).


Construyendo Pequeñas Bibliotecas

Alumnas de tercer grado de la escuela Solar Preparatory School for Girls trabajaron en ayudar a preparar materiales para construir pequeñas bibliotecas gratuitas. “Little Free Libraries” es parte del proyecto de Girl Scouts, con la meta de fomentar la lectura y alfabetización.

Próximamente, el distrito también tendrá una escuela para varones con el mismo modelo y concepto de la Solar Preparatory School for Girls. La Solar Prepartory School for Boys abrirá en agosto del 2018. Para más información y solicitar admisión, visite https://www.dallasisd.org/applychoice.


Special Education conference helps equip parents with important tools















Dallas ISD’s Special Education Department coordinated a free conference on Friday, April 27, to share information and resources with parents and district staff.

Sessions included information about talking to your student about disabilities; teaching your student social interactions; finding support for Autism Spectrum Disorder; and understanding bilingual and special education services. Dallas ISD students who receive special ed services performed for attendees, and an exhibit showcased student artwork and projects.


Solar Prep School for Girls build Little Free Libraries (video)

Third-grade students at Solar Preparatory School for Girls spent their day working with tools and measuring materials to help build Little Free Libraries.

Helping build the Little Free Libraries was the students Girl Scouts Take Action Project so they could earn the last key from their Brownie Quest Badge. Solar Prep has partnered with Girl Scouts to bring in-school lessons of sisterhood and entrepreneurship to students.

The four Little Free Libraries the students helped build will be placed in underserved parts of Dallas.

Dallas ISD will soon have a school for boys with the same successful model as the Solar Prep for Girls School. The new Solar Preparatory School for Boys will open August 2018. For more information or to enroll your child, visit https://www.dallasisd.org/applychoice.


La escuela Anne Frank Elementary celebra una Noche de Diversidad Cultural

Anne Frank Elementary School llevo a cabo un colorido y divertido festejo, la Noche de Diversidad Cultural, para destacar el origen de los alumnos y sus familias. Los estudiantes de esta escuela provienen de 62 países.

El festejo incluyo comida, actuaciones estudiantiles, un desfile, y presentaciones que compartían un poco sobre las diversas culturas y raíces que forman parte de la familia estudiantil de la primaria.


New school leadership structure will support professional learning networks

Dallas ISD is redesigning its school leadership structure to foster and support professional learning networks.

The current structure groups campuses together by feeder patterns, which includes elementary, middle and high schools. While there will still be feeder pattern meetings in 2018-2019, the new structure aligns schools by grade levels. This means, for example, that elementary school principals will have opportunities for more meaningful interactions with fellow elementary school principals.

“Fostering professional learning networks among our campus leaders, while also matching the skill set expertise of our personnel, is a more effective way to boost student achievement,” said Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde.

Go here to see the new leadership structure.


AVID Model Showcase shows educators best practices

Young Women’s STEAM Academy hosted the Dallas ISD AVID Model Showcase on April 23 where more than 50 educators gathered to learn and see best practices about AVID hands-on.

The showcase experience included Dallas ISD Trustee Jaime Resendez, Deputy Superintendent Israel Cordero, Deputy Chief Stephanie Elizalde, and a few others who came to support AVID and share a few words of inspiration.

The showcase experience included classroom observations and a chance to speak with experienced AVID teachers, administrators, and students.

Dallas ISD is celebrating 16 years with the AVID program and is thrilled to have two AVID National demonstration schools in the district, T. J. Rusk Middle School and A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School. As the program continues to grow, it is adding more campuses and working hard to show student achievement through proven data.

Tamika Stevenson and Ebony Palmer, AVID District Coordinators, work daily with campuses to make sure the four domains of AVID are met: Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture.  AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

“I have a degree in the STEM field and have always valued the importance of training young women in the areas of STEM,” said Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde.  “As educational leaders it is critical  that we to teach our young women three C’s – Competence, Courage and Compassion, and it is clear today that the young women at this school are truly being led by example.”


Anne Frank Elementary celebrates Cultural Diversity Night

Anne Frank Elementary School hosted a Cultural Diversity Night to celebrate how is students come from 62 different countries.

The school’s diversity committee put on the event that featured food, performances, presentations and a parade.

 


Four Rangel student projects vying for votes in NASA technology contest

Four projects from students at Dallas ISD’s Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School are finalists in the 2018 NASA Goddard OPSARC contest and need your vote to win.

Their challenge was to identify a product created with NASA spinoff technology that we use in our everyday lives, then creating their own product using that technology. The top 10 projects from across the country were picked as finalists, and all four of the Dallas projects are by eighth-grade Astronomy students at Rangel.

Students used online tool Glogster to create “glogs,” which are virtual, interactive graphic posters.

The project that receives the most public votes wins the contest. Voting is open now through Monday, April 30. Learn about the projects and vote here.


La Feria Estatal de Texas otorga más de $600,000 en becas universitarias a 105 alumnos de Dallas ISD

Big Tex obsequió varios cheques de grandes cantidades a un total de 105 alumnos de Dallas ISD quienes próximamente se graduarán de cinco preparatorias del distrito. Las becas universitarias equivalen a más de $600,000 y son otorgadas por La Feria Estatal de Texas.

La Beca Pete Schenkel de La Feria Estatal de Texas reconoce a estudiantes sobresalientes, cursando el último año de preparatoria en escuelas cercanas al parque de la feria. Cada alumno recibe $6,000 en becas por su desempeño académico y su rango en su grupo de graduación. Las becas están nombradas en honor al ex presidente de La Feria Estatal de Texas, Pete Schenkel.

Estos son los alumnos que recibieron las becas:

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Chastity Chavez, Karen Devora Cigarroa, Dulce Ipina Valencia, Jocelyn Jasso, Fatima Mendoza, Cinthya Meza, Fabiola Murillo, Melany Ochoa, Lucero Perez, Rosa Perez, Amy Phan, Fernanda Roman, Jennifer Romero Vasquez, Daniela Saldana, Aolany Sanchez, Melissa Serrano, Jael Tesfaye, Elizabeth Torres, Jennifer Ulloa, Katherine Villa, y Jennifer Villalobo

James Madison High School

Katelyn Bell, Erica Boulden, Aneja Cardell, Ruby Cardenas, David Caro, Jaqueline Cepeda, J’keisha Collins, Tatyana Dunn, Alejandra Hernandez, J’otvia Lewis, Malayshia Roberson, Qua’Dajea Rogers, Kevin Salomon, Alyssa Simpson, Thomas Tolliver, Travion Williams, y Havanna Williams

Lincoln High School

Jose Aranda, Dayjus Hill, Laderrika Holland, Kia Hooker-Russell, Kiara Hooker-Russell, Tonarion Jenkins, Kiaya Johnson, Kiara Kabbara, Broderinique Knox, Kymarra Lewis, Naila Lopez, Kiana Moore, Sandra Moreno, Montarius Reed, Randa Slone, Kennedy Taylor, Akieryni West, y Tatyana Wright

North Dallas High School

Antonia Cabanas, Jennifer Calderon, Leonel Campos, Claudia Canales, Brenda Cruz, Jasmine Diaz, Dragana Djakovic, Helen Garcia, Trong Hoang, Alma Macias, Esperanza Manqueros, Kelly Montes De Oca, Alejandro Murillo, Tommy Nguyen, Kathy Nguyen, Jesus Orta, Cristy Ottenwarden, Monica Ozuna De Luna, Cinthia Rayas, Aliyah Reeves, Jerah Marie Sanchez, Jason Solorzano-Delacruz, Stephany Soto, Yaumiri Subiza, y Antonio Zaragoza

Woodrow Wilson High School

Victoria Arenas, Liyat Assefa, Adam Becker, Audrey Blumenstock, Charlotte Devine, Aaron Furman, Annabelle Furrh, Angelica Islas, Michael Kavas, Paul Kraus, Henry Lloyd, Zachary Longhway, Chloe Mabry, Madeline Mcculloch, Elizabeth Mcpherson, Daniel Ramos, Emily Rosas, Ethan Rose, Marino Sanchez, Julia Van Witzenburg, William Warncke, Travis West, Carly Williams, y Alexa Zotos


State Fair of Texas awards more than $600,000 in college scholarships to 105 Dallas ISD students

Big Tex wrote some big checks for students: A total of 105 graduating seniors from five Dallas ISD high schools received more than $600,000 in college scholarships from the State Fair of Texas.

The State Fair of Texas Pete Schenkel Scholarship awards outstanding seniors from the five Dallas ISD high schools surrounding the State Fair of Texas. The students each received $6,000 scholarships in recognition of their academic performance and class ranking. The scholarships are named for former State Fair of Texas chairman Pete Schenkel.

These are the scholarship recipients:

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Chastity Chavez, Karen Devora Cigarroa, Dulce Ipina Valencia, Jocelyn Jasso, Fatima Mendoza, Cinthya Meza, Fabiola Murillo, Melany Ochoa, Lucero Perez, Rosa Perez, Amy Phan, Fernanda Roman, Jennifer Romero Vasquez, Daniela Saldana, Aolany Sanchez, Melissa Serrano, Jael Tesfaye, Elizabeth Torres, Jennifer Ulloa, Katherine Villa, and Jennifer Villalobo

James Madison High School

Katelyn Bell, Erica Boulden, Aneja Cardell, Ruby Cardenas, David Caro, Jaqueline Cepeda, J’keisha Collins, Tatyana Dunn, Alejandra Hernandez, J’otvia Lewis, Malayshia Roberson, Qua’Dajea Rogers, Kevin Salomon, Alyssa Simpson, Thomas Tolliver, Travion Williams, and Havanna Williams

Lincoln High School

Jose Aranda, Dayjus Hill, Laderrika Holland, Kia Hooker-Russell, Kiara Hooker-Russell, Tonarion Jenkins, Kiaya Johnson, Kiara Kabbara, Broderinique Knox, Kymarra Lewis, Naila Lopez, Kiana Moore, Sandra Moreno, Montarius Reed, Randa Slone, Kennedy Taylor, Akieryni West, and Tatyana Wright

North Dallas High School

Antonia Cabanas, Jennifer Calderon, Leonel Campos, Claudia Canales, Brenda Cruz, Jasmine Diaz, Dragana Djakovic, Helen Garcia, Trong Hoang, Alma Macias, Esperanza Manqueros, Kelly Montes De Oca, Alejandro Murillo, Tommy Nguyen, Kathy Nguyen, Jesus Orta, Cristy Ottenwarden, Monica Ozuna De Luna, Cinthia Rayas, Aliyah Reeves, Jerah Marie Sanchez, Jason Solorzano-Delacruz, Stephany Soto, Yaumiri Subiza, and Antonio Zaragoza

Woodrow Wilson High School

Victoria Arenas, Liyat Assefa, Adam Becker, Audrey Blumenstock, Charlotte Devine, Aaron Furman, Annabelle Furrh, Angelica Islas, Michael Kavas, Paul Kraus, Henry Lloyd, Zachary Longhway, Chloe Mabry, Madeline Mcculloch, Elizabeth Mcpherson, Daniel Ramos, Emily Rosas, Ethan Rose, Marino Sanchez, Julia Van Witzenburg, William Warncke, Travis West, Carly Williams, and Alexa Zotos


NAF graduation ceremony honored nearly 500 seniors

A special ceremony celebrated the nearly 500 Dallas ISD seniors who completed a NAF Academy.

The Dallas ISD NAF program supports students on their path towards college or career.

NAF academies are small learning communities within larger Dallas ISD schools. In addition to core academic courses, students take industry-specific classes and participate in work-based learning to get real world experience.


Florida A&M University brings college experience to Dallas ISD students

Students from Wilmer-Hutchins, Lincoln, James Madison, and Franklin D. Roosevelt were given the opportunity to learn first-hand about Florida A&M University’s academic and extracurricular offerings through the FAMU: Next Generation Connect with Dallas ISD Day. Dallas ISD Trustee Lew Blackburn and the Dallas/Fort Worth FAMU Alumni Association hosted the event.

This information session was a way of bringing the college experience to the high school level. FAMU faculty and alumni were available to provide students with information about academic qualifications for admission, prerequisites for academic programs, and professional career paths. Armed with such knowledge, students will be able to make an educated decision on whether they can see themselves as a student at Florida A&M University.

“Today we want to make sure you are educated about all of the possible college and university choices available to you,” Blackburn said. “We are excited to have a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), like FAMU, visit and share information about their degree programs and potential scholarship opportunities.”


North Dallas High School wins baseball championship

The North Dallas Bulldogs are District 12-5A champions after defeating the Adamson Leopards 9-1 Tuesday night at Reverchon Park.

Sophomore pitcher Xavien Shay gave up three hits and struck out nine batters in the victory. Garion Doyle’s double to right field drove in three runs to give North Dallas a commanding 7-1 lead in the second inning. After Xavien got the final out, it was time to celebrate.

“It was amazing. All the hard work that we put in in the summer paid off and we just got to keep on grinding,”Shay said. “It was unforgettable moment and I’m glad I got to spend it with my boys. We all want to reach a goal and we want to work on our craft.”

North Dallas Coach Steven De La Cerda received the District 12-5A trophy after the game from North Dallas Principal Katherine Eska.

“It feels great. The boys prepared all year,” De La Cerda said. “They bought in to the culture that we’re trying to create at North Dallas. They work hard. They don’t make excuses. At the end of the day, you only have success if you have players, and we have players.”

Dallas ISD Assistant Athletic Director Silvia Salinas joined Eska on the field in the celebration.

Photos by Gary Piña/ NDHS Class of ’74


Office of Racial Equity holds inaugural School Leadership Breakfast

The Dallas ISD Office of Racial Equity has been established to eliminate inequitable practices that inherently negatively impact student achievement. The goal of this office is the management, execution and facilitation of the programmatic ideology expressed in the Board of Trustees approved Racial, Socio-Economic and Educational Equity Resolution.

Dallas ISD Office of Racial Equity hosted its inaugural meeting with School Leadership, which included Executive Directors, Principals, Instructional Coaches and Academic Facilitators.

The goal of the meeting included the following:

  • Provide opportunities for school leaders to offer input regarding goals of the Office of Racial Equity
  • Begin the collaborative process of establishing alliances with campus leaders
  • Prepare for the 2018-2019 school year with respect to gaining input regarding programs and understanding resource allocation
  • Establish an ongoing workshop for input from campus leaders

A number of school leadership executives also attended the meeting including Deputy Chief Brian Lusk , Executive Directors Earl Jones, Elena Hill, Stanley Munro and Joanne Frantzen.

The Office of Racial Equity is excited to begin this extremely important work.


Estudiantes que recibirán beca del superintendente son reconocidos durante ceremonia

El miércoles, 18 de abril, sesenta y dos estudiantes de 12o grado recibieron un reconocimiento por recibir las becas académicas del superintendente, conocidas en inglés como Superintendent’s Scholarship.

Cada estudiante recibirá $2,500 para ayudar a cubrir el costo de la universidad. El programa de las becas se basa en la necesidad, el carácter, las calificaciones, recomendaciones y la promesa de un futuro exitoso. Las becas son financiadas con las ganancias del torneo de golf anual del superintendente.

Durante la ceremonia, también se dieron a conocer a los ganadores de otras dos becas:

  • Los receptores de este año de la beca de la Fundación de la Familia Sulentic son Lal Lawmi, de Emmett J. Conrad High School; Kateryna Desheva, de Hillcrest High School; y Fátima Mendoza, de Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.
  • La beca Jose “Joe” May Scholarship, nombrada así en honor al exmiembro de la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD, se le otorga al estudiante con el promedio más alto (GPA) que reciba la beca del superintendente. Este año, le corresponde a Sasha Thomas, School of Science and Engineering.

Informe: programa de certificación alternativa para maestros de Dallas ISD de los mejores del país

Un consejo nacional nombró al programa de certificación alternativa de maestros de Dallas ISD como uno de los 10 mejores programas en el país.

El programa del distrito prepara a personas con título universitario y aquellas procedentes de otras profesiones para ser maestros de nivel superior. En abril, el National Council on Teacher Quality clasificó al programa de Dallas ISD entre los primeros 10 de 129 programas similares.

“Es fundamental que con el alto número de maestros nuevos que se unen a la fuerza laboral, particularmente en escuelas con una población grande de estudiantes que tradicionalmente no han tenido los recursos, los programas proporcionen a los futuros docentes el apoyo adecuado para ser maestros eficientes en su primer año”, dijo Kate Walsh, presidenta del consejo.

El programa está aceptando solicitudes para todos los interesados. Para más información y para llenar una solicitud haga clic aquí.


Meteoróloga de Univision motiva a alumnos a “Vivir Verde”

Nelly Carreño, meteoróloga de Univision-Canal 23, visito la primaria José “Joe” May Elementary School, como parte de la campaña “Vive Verde” de la estación.

La visita de Nelly y el otros del equipo de Univision, tiene como propósito el motivar a alumnos a “vivir verde” y cuidar del medio ambiente.

Tal y como Nelly compartió, simples y sencillos cambios como el reciclar y usar menos agua, pueden contribuir a tener un mejor medio ambiente. Nelly también les enseño un poco sobre el clima a los estudiantes, y hablo sobre fenómenos como tsunamis, tormentas y terremotos, entre otras cosas.

Después de la plática con Nelly, ella y varios alumnos plantaron un árbol, donado por Univision, cerca del área de juegos de la escuela.


Univision meteorologist encourages elementary students to Live Green











Nelly Carreño, a meteorologist for Univision 23 Dallas, visited Jose “Joe” May Elementary School on Tuesday, April 24, to encourage students to make small changes in their lives to help the environment.

The visit was part of Univision’s “Vive Verde” initiative, or “Live Green.” Some of those small changes, Carreño said, could be turning off the faucet while brushing teeth and recycling. She also answered students’ questions about weather-related phenomena, from blizzards and rainstorms to tsunamis and earthquakes.

After her presentation, students helped plant a tree near the school’s new playground.


More than 2,400 elementary students compete in academic competition

More than 2,400 students from 104  elementary schools competed in the Dallas ISD Elementary UIL A+ Spring Academic Competition on April 14.

The competitions at the event ranged from chess and dictionary skills to social studies and storytelling. Go here to see the results from the competition.


Author, pro football player read to Clara Oliver Elementary students



Pro football player Brandon Carr and children’s author Michelle Staubach Grimes visited Dallas ISD’s Clara Oliver Elementary School on Wednesday, April 18.

The two read to second- and third-graders in the school’s reading program, as well as helped honor the late Barbara Bush. Grimes donated autographed copies of her books, “Where is Pidge?” and “Pidge Takes the Stage” to the school.

Clara Oliver Elementary and South Oak Cliff High School are matched in the Carr Cares Foundation/Barbara Bush Foundation Teen Trendsetters reading mentoring program.

The foundation created by Carr, a former Dallas Cowboys player, has benefitted several Dallas ISD schools. Grimes is also the daughter of legendary Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach.


Early voting kicks off for District 9 trustee election

Early voting started Monday, April 23 for the District 9 seat on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Bernadette Nutall, Justin Henry, Edward Turner and Ona Marie Hendricks are running for the seat that represents South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown and East Dallas.

District 1 Trustee Edwin Flores and District 3 Trustee Dan Micciche are running unopposed in the election.

To find early voting polling locations and other information about the May 5 election, visit the Dallas County elections website.


Early voting kicks off for District 9 trustee election

Early voting started Monday, April 23 for the District 9 seat on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Bernadette Nutall, Justin Henry, Edward Turner and Ona Marie Hendricks are running for the seat that represents South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown and East Dallas.

District 1 Trustee Edwin Flores and District 3 Trustee Dan Micciche are running unopposed in the election.

To find early voting polling locations and other information about the May 5 election, visit the Dallas County elections website.


El Dallas ISD comienza inscripciones para kínder

Escuelas del Dallas ISD llevaron a cabo KinderCamp o Campamento de Kinder, para comenzar sus inscripciones de kínder para el año 2018-2019.

Padres de estudiantes que cursarán kínder y primer grado el próximo año escolar, tuvieron la oportunidad de aprender sobre el plan de estudios de estos grados y sobre las ventajas que una educación a temprana edad ofrece a los alumnos. Además, recibieron consejos para preparar a sus hijos para la transición a un nuevo grado.

Los padres también pudieron conocer a los nuevos maestros de sus hijos, visitaron los salones de clases y disfrutaron de unos ricos helados.

Para continuar preparando a los alumnos a que se adapten fácilmente a su nuevo grado escolar el próximo año escolar, durante el verano Dallas ISD ofrecerá un campamento para estudiantes cursando actualmente pre-kinder. El campamento será del 11 al 28 de junio. Para más información sobre el campamento, visite: dallasisd.org/summerlearning.

El distrito aún tiene espacios disponibles para pre-kinder y kínde para el próximo año escolar. Para inscribir a sus hijos, visite la escuela primaria más cercana a usted.


Solar Prep for Boys to open in August and cultivate future leaders

A new all-boys school opening next school that will cultivate future leaders is currently accepting applications.

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees on April 12 approved the opening of the Solar Preparatory School for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center. The school will replicate Solar Preparatory School for Girls, which has seen remarkable success and interest.

Seats are available for incoming pre-k through second graders. Parents can visit www.dallasisd.org/ApplyChoice to apply by May 11.

Parents wanting to learn more can attend information sessions being held at John F. Kennedy Learning Center on Tuesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 3, at 6p.m.


Dealey recibe visita de mascota de los Mavs debido a excelentes resultados en competencia de lectura

El 18 de abril, Champ, la mascota de los Mavericks de Dallas visitó el salón de clases de Mr. Moore en George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy.

La clase de Mr. Moore logró el segundo lugar en el Buzzer Beater Book Challenge, patrocinado por los concesionarios de Ford del norte de Texas y los Dallas Mavericks. La clase también recibirá 250 libros de su elección de First Book Marketplace.


KinderCamp kicks off Dallas ISD kindergarten enrollment

Schools throughout Dallas ISD hosted KinderCamp on Friday, April 20 to begin enrolling students for kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.

Parents of incoming kinder and first grade students had the opportunity to learn about curriculum for those grades, and the advantages that an early education offers students.

KinderCamp also included meeting the teachers, visiting classrooms, and an ice cream social.

To continue preparing for a smooth transition to kindergarten, Dallas ISD students currently enrolled in pre-k, can attend a summer camp from June 11– 28. For more information on the camp, visit dallasisd.org/summerlearning.

Pre-K and kindergarten spots are still available in schools throughout the district. Parents can visit their neighborhood school to enroll their child.


United Way organiza evento “STEM in the Schoolyard” en O.W. Holmes

Estudiantes de Oliver W. Holmes Humanities/Communications Academy recibieron palabras de aliento para estudiar carreras relacionadas a las ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM) con la ayuda de un invitado especial: Troy Aikman, jugador histórico de los Dallas Cowboys.

United Way, Mr. Cooper, Texas Instruments y el propio exjugador se unieron para presentar “STEM in the Schoolyard”, evento durante el cual los estudiantes participan en actividades prácticas. United Way organiza el evento cada año para motivar a los alumnos a pensar más allá de lo usual y de manera creativa. El evento contó con la participación de unos 150 voluntarios que lideraron las actividades a los más de 300 estudiantes que asistieron.


Diez excelentes alumnas reciben becas universitarias del programa Women LEAD

El programa de becas Women LEAD (Aprende, Destácate, Logra, Sueña) otorgó becas universitarias que suman $40,000 a 10 excelentes estudiantes de Dallas ISD.

El programa, fundado en 2013 por la Junior League de Dallas en colaboración con Mary Kay Inc., tiene la meta de ayudar a alumnas de preparatoria a cumplir sus sueños de recibir una educación postsecundaria y crear oportunidades para otras futuras líderes.

Las becas serán otorgadas a:

  1. Lal Lawmi – $15,000, Conrad High School
  2. Carol Flores – $10,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  3. Alondra Martínez Gallegos – $5,000, Conrad High School
  4. Sonya Soto – $4,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  5. Albana Gllareva $1,000, Conrad High School
  6. Anette Morales – $1,000, Conrad High School
  7. Ingrid Romero – $1,000, Conrad High School
  8. Yasmin Milan – $1,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  9. Elia Espinosa – $1,000, Conrad High School
  10. Eh Kaw Thaw – $1,000, Conrad High School

 

Las estudiantes tuvieron que preparar un discurso corto donde compartieron sus retos y como estas experiencias las han ido formando.

Las becas son posibles gracias a la generosidad de Mary Kay, Inc. y de Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.


Estudiante de Bryan Adams High School comienza primer club feminista

Después de pensar y reflexionar sobre lo que significa el feminismo, Erick, estudiante de 12º grado en Bryan Adams High School, decidió comenzar un club que se enfocará en el concepto y lo importante que es para la sociedad en general.

Erick comenzó el primer club feminista de la escuela cuando era estudiante de 10o grado.

“No es algo que se escuche regularmente, especialmente en la preparatoria, porque la gente suele tener una idea errónea de lo que significa el feminismo”, dijo Erick.

Por definición, el feminismo es la creencia de que las mujeres y hombres deben tener los mismos derechos y oportunidades.

“El club ofrece un lugar seguro para todo aquel que quiera venir y compartir cualquier idea que tenga sobre elecciones, temas políticos y escolares, vida social, redes sociales, y cualquier preocupación”, indicó Erick. “Si ponemos un poco de nuestra parte en algún proyecto que pueda ayudar a la población en general, estamos marcando una diferencia, y dejando un legado”.


Report: Dallas ISD’s alternative certification teacher program among best in the country

A national group named Dallas ISD’s alternative certification teacher program as one of the top 10 programs in the country.

The Dallas ISD program prepares college graduates and career changers to become top-tiered teachers in the district. The National Council on Teacher Quality in April ranked the Dallas ISD teacher certification program in the top 10 out of 129 similar programs.

“With the high number of new teachers in the workforce, particularly in schools with large populations of traditionally underserved students, it is imperative that programs provide prospective teachers with the proper support to become effective first-year teachers,” said Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality.

The Dallas ISD Alternative Certification program is currently accepting applications for future teachers. Go here to apply and learn more.


Ceremony honors Superintendent’s Scholarship recipients for 2018




Sixty-two graduating seniors in Dallas ISD’s Class of 2018 were recognized on Wednesday, April 18, with Superintendent’s Scholarships.

Each honoree received $2,500 to go toward costs at the college or university of their choice. Selection for the Superintendent’s Scholarship Program is based on need, character, grades, recommendations and the promise of future success. The scholarships are funded with proceeds from the annual Superintendent’s Golf Tournament.
Two other scholarship awards were also announced during the ceremony:

  • This year’s Sulentic Famly Foundation Scholarship recipients are Lal Lawmi, Emmett J. Conrad High School; Kateryna Desheva, Hillcrest High School; and Fatima Mendoza, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.
  • The Jose “Joe” May Scholarship, named after the former Dallas ISD trustee, is awarded to the Superintendent’s Scholarship recipient with the highest GPA. This year, that is Sasha Thomas, School of Science and Engineering.

Strong showing in reading competition nets Dealey a visit from Mavs mascot

Dallas Mavericks mascot Champ visited Mr. Moore’s class at George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy on April 18.

Mr. Moore’s class won second place in the Buzzer Beater Book Challenge sponsored by North Texas Ford and the Dallas Mavericks. Mr. Moore’s class will also get 250 books of their choice from First Book Marketplace.


Journalist’s message motivates boys to act now to build future success










Principal Dr. Chris Barksdale, right, presents a plaque of appreciation to Roland S. Martin on Wednesday, April 18.

Award-winning journalist Roland S. Martin visited Dallas ISD’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Florence on Wednesday, April 18, to motivate students to be more intentional with their time and effort and make positive choices now.

“Everything you are going through, every single day on this campus – your teachers – they are trying to position you for a better life than the one you have now,” Martin said. “It matters what we do today.”

He drove the point home by using a poignant example in his life.

When he was a junior in high school, he took the initiative to ask several questions of a guest speaker on career day. Because he was the only one in his class to do so, he had the opportunity to walk the speaker to the next class, and he talked with the man further. The guest was George Strake, a Houston oilman, former Texas secretary of state and former chairman of the Texas Republican Party.

A few years later, while attending Texas A&M University, Martin had founded a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. The group wanted to attend the national conference in New York City, but didn’t have the money to go. After seeking funding from more than 30 charitable foundations, just one answered with a check for $1,000 – from Strake. At the conference, Martin won a seat on the national organization’s board of directors, which boosted his professional networking opportunities.

Martin said that simply asking questions in that high school class shaped his career.

“Nearly every job I have had in my career has been a result of the individuals I have met through the National Association of Black Journalists,” he said. “Imagine if none of that had happened. My career would have looked completely different – if I sat in class as an 11th-grader and said nothing.”

Martin’s career ahas had him interviewing the top newsmakers, including U.S. presidents, top athletes and entertainers. Notably, he is currently the host and managing editor of TV One’s “News One Now,” which stakes a claim as the first daily morning news show to focus on the news of the day from an explicitly African American perspective.

Everything the students do today sets them up for the following years. “When I was your age I was not joking around,” he said.

Martin said that the people we choose as our friends make a difference in our lives, either positively or negatively. He warned students that the wrong kind of friends can ruin your own life. “Don’t get caught in somebody else’s mess,” he said. “All it takes if for one thing to happen in your life, and everything goes out the window.”

He told the students, from that moment on, students should know better.

“You can’t ever say, ‘I wish somebody would have told me that when I was younger,’” he said. “Not a single one of you can say that ever again.”

As students of a leadership academy, Martin said, the students are being taught how to lead. “Only you can decide if you want to lead or not,” he said. “If you listen, it could change your entire future; if you don’t listen, it could change your entire future.”

The assembly kicked off with a showcase of the school’s talent, including presentation of the colors by the school’s Leadership Cadet Corps and performances from the Gold Crew Dance Company, Debate Club, Advanced Guitar and Symphonic Band. Student Damien Charles, who will attend Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts next year, presented a dramatic monologue and a motivational speech.

Martin’s visit was made possible in part by UNT-Dallas. He was invited to the school by UNT-Dallas Distinguished Leader-In-Residence Michael Williams, who is a former Texas Commissioner of Education.


Ten outstanding seniors get $40,000 in scholarships from Women LEAD

The Women LEAD (Learn, Excel, Achieve, Dream) scholarship program awarded 10 outstanding Dallas ISD seniors with a total of $40,000 in college scholarships.

Founded in 2013 by the Junior League of Dallas in collaboration with Mary Kay Inc., the Women LEAD scholarship program assists female high school students in pursuing their dreams of higher education and to create opportunities for future women leaders.

The scholarship recipients are:

  1. Lal Lawmi – $15,000, Conrad High School
  2. Carol Flores – $10,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  3. Alondra Martinez Gallegos – $5,000, Conrad High School
  4. Sonya Soto – $4,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  5. Albana Gllareva $1,000, Conrad High School
  6. Anette Morales – $1,000, Conrad High School
  7. Ingrid Romero – $1,000, Conrad High School
  8. Yasmin Milan – $1,000, Thomas Jefferson High School
  9. Elia Espinosa – $1,000, Conrad High School
  10. 10. Eh Kaw Thaw – $1,000, Conrad High School

Finalists for the scholarships had to prepare a short speech where they shared their challenges and how their journey shaped them.

The generosity of the presenting sponsor Mary Kay, Inc. and the addition of the supporting sponsor Dr. Pepper Snapple Group made the $40,000 in scholarships possible.


United Way brings STEM in the Schoolyard to O.W. Holmes

Students at Oliver W. Holmes Humanities/Communications Academy were inspired to pursue careers in STEM with the help of a special guest: Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman.

United Way, Mr. Cooper, Texas Instruments and, of course, Number 8 himself brought STEM in the Schoolyard to the campus. United Way hosts the annual event to immerse students in science, technology, engineering and math activities to inspire them to think outside the box. More than 150 volunteers led engaging sessions for 300 students.


La Junta Escolar recibe información sobre propuesta de Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos

La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD recibió información sobre la propuesta de una estrategia a largo plazo para lograr que el distrito sea fiscalmente sostenible y se apoyen iniciativas que han demostrado mejorar el rendimiento académico de los estudiantes.

Si se aprueba, la Elección de Ratificación de Impuestos (TRE, por sus siglas en inglés) de 13 centavos, posicionaría a Dallas ISD para el éxito a largo plazo, indicaron administradores del distrito a la Junta Escolar durante el taller que se realizó el 12 de abril. De ser aprobada, dicha elección permitiría:

  • Atraer y retener a maestros y personal escolar de alta calidad;
  • Apoyo continuo para seguir sentando una base solida de aprendizaje a temprana edad en los estudiantes;
  • Expandir las opciones de escuelas públicas de opción para padres y estudiantes;
  • Asegurar la equidad racial en el distrito;
  • Ser fiscalmente responsable en desarrollar el saldo de fondos asignado del distrito.

Si la Junta Escolar aprueba someter a elección la propuesta, formaría parte de la elección general en noviembre de 2018.

Una TRE llevaría la tasa de impuestos a $1.17 por $100 de valor de propiedad. Eso significa que incrementaría aproximadamente $20 mensuales para el propietario una vivienda valorada en $184,574.

El superintendente de Dallas ISD, Michael Hinojosa, dijo que el distrito se enfrentaría a problemas serios de presupuesto sin un TRE. Se espera una disminución en el número de estudiantes inscritos en Dallas ISD y su financiamiento a causa de una tasa de natalidad baja, un aumento de escuelas chárter, y una gentrificación significante en la ciudad. Asimismo, el próximo año escolar, el distrito se verá obligado a devolver millones de dólares al estado, de acuerdo al Capítulo 41 del Código de Educación de Texas.

Vamos por buen camino

El jueves, durante la reunión, funcionarios del distrito destacaron que el Dallas ISD ha logrado mejoras importantes en los últimos años. Entre estas se incluyen:

  • Una reducción en la cantidad de escuelas con necesidad de mejorar, de 37 en 2015-16, a menos de cinco, cantidad que se anticipa para el 2018-19;
  • Un aumento en la inscripción de prekínder de 10,413 en 2015–16 a un estimado de 12,930 en 2018–19;
  • Una disminución en la rotación de personal, con 1,927 maestros nuevos contratados en 2015-16 y un estimado de 1,000 maestros por contratar en el 2018-19;
  • Un aumento significativo en las preparatorias con programa de early college, de tres escuelas en 2015-16 a 25 en 2018-19.

“Pensamos que nuestro distrito ha progreso mucho los últimos años”, dijo Hinojosa a la Junta Escolar. “La aprobación de una TRE traería la estabilidad que tanto necesitamos para apoyar a nuestro personal, a nuestras familias y a las iniciativas estratégicas con un éxito comprobado”.

Si la propuesta para la elección procede, en agosto los representantes de la Junta Escolar votarán para determinar si deben presentar la TRE ante los votantes en noviembre.


Estudiantes aprenden sobre varios estilos de baile con Dance Planet

Dance Planet 22 se llevó a cabo el sábado, 7 de abril, en Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Este es el segundo año en el que Dance Planet colabora con Dallas ISD para realizar un evento, durante el cual los estudiantes tomaron más de 40 clases gratis con instructores de todo el mundo.

Los estudiantes también tuvieron la oportunidad de hacer pruebas para clases intensivas de baile durante el verano, y de obtener una de las 15 becas para bailar con el Dallas Black Dance Theatre.


El programa de robótica ofrecerá nuevas oportunidades para estudiantes de Educación Especial

Los equipos de Robótica Adaptada del Dallas ISD se están preparando para dar a relucir sus habilidades y robots durante una práctica el viernes, 27 de abril.

Los estudiantes que reciben servicios de educación especial tienen la oportunidad de explorar conceptos básicos en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM). Los equipos han aumentado de cinco en 2016-2017 a nueve en las escuelas secundarias este año.

En varias clases especializadas en las escuelas primarias del distrito, la interacción de los estudiantes con la robótica está expandiéndose por medio del uso del Ozobot y el BeeBot. Los estudiantes usarán estos robots para resolver problemas y participar en tareas académicas.

Durante la primera práctica del semestre de primavera en febrero en Loos Field House, los estudiantes trabajaron en sus habilidades sociales, participación comunitaria, pensamiento de alto nivel y resolución de problemas.

El Departamento de Educación Especial y el Departamento de STEM de Dallas ISD siguen colaborando para ofrecer oportunidades a estudiantes que reciben servicios de educación especial de explorar las abundantes profesiones en STEM.


4,600 estudiantes reconocidos por su alto rendimiento en ceremonia especial

Dallas ISD llevó a cabo una ceremonia especial para dar reconocimiento a 4,600 estudiantes de los grados 7 a 12 que han demostrado un alto rendimiento académico.

Más de 600 estudiantes asistieron a la ceremonia en Ellis Davis Field House. Fue una celebración para los estudiantes que han alcanzado los requisitos de preparación universitaria y profesional en el PSAT, SAT o ACT, o que han obtenido un resultado en el percentil 95 en el examen STAAR. Los estudiantes recibieron prendedores y cordones de honor que celebran sus logros académicos.

“Esperamos que además del reconocimiento, esto los motive a seguir su camino con determinación”, dijo Mitch Morken, director de Servicios académicos avanzados.


Bryan Adams High School student starts school’s first Feminist Club

After thinking and reflecting on what the concept of feminism means, Bryan Adams High School student Erick decided to start a club focused on the concept and its importance to society at large.

Now a senior, he launched the school’s first Feminist Club during his sophomore year.

“It’s not something you usually hear, especially in high school because people tend to have a misconception of what feminism means,” he said.

By definition, feminism is the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities.

“It’s more of a safe place for everyone who wants to come and share any ideas that they have about elections, political, school, social life, social media, any concerns that they have,” Erick said. “If we put a little bit of ourselves into something, into some sort of project that can help anyone in general, then we’re making a difference, and we’re leaving a legacy.”


Teachers, librarians and principals can apply for innovative teaching grants

The Junior League of Dallas is accepting applications through May 7 for its popular Grants for Innovative Teaching program.

For more than a decade, Junior League has funded hundreds of teachers’ projects designed to present students with exciting learning experiences. The grants of up to $2,000 are eligible for teachers, librarians, principals and assistant principals.

For more information and to apply, visit the Junior League of Dallas’ website at https://www.jld.net/gfit/.


Time’s running out to donate to college scholarships for deserving seniors

There are just a few more days for Dallas ISD employees and students to donate for scholarships that help deserving Dallas ISD seniors of all races attend college.

The Dallas ISD United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Workplace Campaign ends on April 16.  Dallas ISD campus employees can donate to the campaign by contacting their campus or department’s UNCF representative. Learn more here.

This is the top of the current leader board of which high school feeder pattern has contributed the most donations:

  • Samuell: $3,412.34
  • W.T. White: $2,648.61
  • Central Department: $813.25
  • Skyline: $750.00
  • Carter: $625.00

Funds raised by each campus will be used as scholarships for the graduating students of the high school within the feeder.


Trustees briefed on Tax Ratification Election proposal

Dallas ISD trustees were briefed on a proposed long-term strategy to make Dallas ISD fiscally sustainable and support initiatives proven to boost student achievement.

If approved, a 13-cent Tax Ratification Election would position Dallas ISD for long-term success, district administrators told trustees at an April 12 workshop. A 13-cent Tax Ratification Election would support:

  • Attracting and retaining high-quality teachers and staff;
  • Ongoing support for building a strong early learning foundation for students;
  • Expanding parent and student’s opportunity of public school choice;
  • Ensuring racial equity throughout the district;
  • Being fiscally prudent in building the district’s assigned fund balance.

If trustees approve bringing a TRE to voters, it would go on the November 2018 general election ballot.

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

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said the district would face serious budget issues without a TRE. A lower birth rate, increase in charter schools and significant gentrification are expected to continue causing a decrease in enrollment—and funding—for Dallas ISD. Also, the district next school year will hit recapture, meaning it must start sending tens of millions of dollars back to the state under Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code.

On The Right Path

District officials at Thursday’s meeting noted how Dallas ISD has made significant improvements over the past few years. The gains include:

  • A reduction of Improvement Required campuses, from 37 in 2015-16 to less than five expected in 2018-19;
  • Early learning enrollment increased from 10,413 in 2015–16 to an estimated 12,930 in 2018–19;
  • A reduction in staff turnover, with 1,927 new teachers hired in 2015-16 and an estimated 1,000 new teachers to be hired for 2018-19;
  • A significant increase in early college high schools, from three in 2015-16 to 25 in 2018-19.

“We think our district has made a lot of progress over the past few years,” Hinojosa told trustees. “A TRE would bring some much needed stability to support our staff, families, and strategic initiatives that are proven to work.”

If the plan goes forward, trustees would vote in August on whether to bring a TRE before voters in November.


Students experience variety of styles at Dance Planet collaboration

Dance Planet 22 was conducted on Saturday, April 7, at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

The event, in its second year of collaboration with Dallas ISD, allowed students to experience more than 40 classes for free, taught by instructors from around the world.

Student dancers also had the chance to audition for summer dance intensives, including the opportunity to land one of 15 scholarships to dance with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.


Maestro de Stevens Park Elementary recibe premio de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Dallas

Alfonso Manzanera, maestro en Stevens Park Elementary School, ganó el premio de Maestro de música del año de parte de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Dallas (DSO, en inglés).

“Los maestros de música hacen una diferencia importante y positiva en la vida de los jóvenes, pero casi nunca reciben el reconocimiento que merecen”, dijo Jamie Allen, director de educación de la DSO. “Es probable que todos los integrantes de la Orquesta Sinfónica, ya sea en el escenario, tras bastidores o en el público, fueron inspirados por un maestro de música en algún momento de su vida”.

Se entregaron nominaciones a la DSO con una solicitud y dos cartas de recomendación. Alfonso Manzanera fue seleccionado de un grupo de cuatro finalistas. Entre los finalistas estuvieron:

  • Janet Behning, Obadiah Knight Elementary
  • Crystal Hanks, David G. Burnet Elementary
  • Michelle Vallejo, Eduardo Mata Elementary

Los finalistas y el ganador fueron seleccionados por el Comité de Educación de la DSO, el cual es constituido por miembros del Comité de Gobernadores de la Asociación Sinfónica de Dallas y de la Liga DSO, músicos de la DSO y miembros de la comunidad.

Se le presentó una placa a Manzanera en un reconocimiento el 23 de marzo en Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Manzanera recibió también $500, lo cual fue patrocinado por Rita Sue y Alan Gold.