Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa was named Superintendent of the Year by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
Dallas ISD’s 23 new collegiate academies were designated early college high schools by the Texas Education Agency. This makes Dallas ISD and DCCCD a statewide leader in providing opportunities for students to earn 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree—free. TEA only grants the ECHS designations to schools that are on track to meet six rigorous benchmarks and operate best practices.
U.S. News and World Report released their 2017 Best High Schools list and TAG garnered No. 1 in the state and No. 4, nationally. SEM earned the No. 3 spot in the state and No. 9, nationally. Other schools making the list include:
Sixty-two graduating seniors from across the district were recently awarded Superintendent Scholarships worth $2,500. These funds are made available from the Golf Tournament’s proceeds each year.
Dallas ISD was recently recognized by the Texas Comptroller for achieving specific transparency goals through the state’s Stars program. The district received a star in the area of Traditional Finances for making information readily available to the public.
Congratulations to Sunset High School’s all-girl robotics team which became the first ever Dallas ISD team to qualify for the Robotics World Championship held in Houston last week.
Winnetka’s Robotics teams should also be congratulated. The Wildbots won 1st place and the Vex Masters placed 4th at the Create U.S. Open Robotics National Competition in Iowa earlier this month.
John F. Peeler Elementary was selected as a Dallas Bluebonnet Award School. The school will send representatives to San Antonio to participate in the state’s Bluebonnet Awards luncheon where they will have the opportunity to speak to some of the award-winning authors.
Kudos to the culinary students from Emmett J. Conrad High School for their win in the Cooking Up Change competition. Their winning combination of crispy chicken tender wraps, sassy Italian corn and banana delight will be served at schools throughout the district in May. The students also won an all-expenses paid trip to D.C. in June to compete at the national competition.
Five students at David W. Carter High School have received full-ride scholarships to attend Texas Christian University. The scholarships are valued at 250,000. The students are:
Justin F. Kimball High School has been recognized as an AVID Certified Site for the 2017-2018 school year. This status was awarded following the school’s certification of AVID Program Essentials and Data Collections documentation that supports program effectiveness and student progress.
The L. G. Pinkston High School Mighty Marching Band has been selected from thousands of bands across America to participate in the National Memorial Day Parade May 27 -29 in Washington D.C. The Mighty Viking Band Members will also attend a series of historic educational tours including the Ford Theater, the United States Holocaust Museum, and the Lincoln, Korean, Martin Luther King Jr., Vietnam, and National World War II Memorials.
Dallas ISD joined with DCCCD to announce more than 24 industries partnering with 10 new collegiate academies next school year. To date, 4,800 students have applied for 2,700 seats. So this initiative continues to build excitement among our students and the business community.
The Sunset Robo Flash robotics team now has a league of their own. The team, comprised of students with special needs, garnered a lot of attention last year as one of the first teams of its kind, and they began developing a robotics league where they could compete and continue building their skills. Thanks to the perseverance of students and staff, the league, which consists of students from five schools, competed in their first scrimmage this month. The league consists of:
They will have a second scrimmage later this year. Congratulations to all of these students.
Dallas ISD kicked off its annual UNCF workplace campaign, and this year’s goal is $50,000 to help support scholarships for deserving young students.
Congratulations to Josue Huerta from B.H. Macon Elementary who was the recipient of Dallas Cowboys Brandon Carr’s Top Reader Award. Josue has been persistent in his reading since the beginning of Carr’s reading initiative. For his efforts, he received a certificate of recognition and an autographed miniature helmet signed by Brandon Carr.
The third-grade class at Charles Gill Elementary showed its entrepreneurial spirit with the development of its very own board game—Turkey Math. The students worked with teacher Vel Nottingham to create the game which includes having the game’s winner do the Turkey Dance. They are using the game as a PTA fundraiser.
Congratulations to Terren Heard from Robert T. Hill Middle School. Terren was recognized, nationally, as an All Star for The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. All Stars are awarded for using their voices to raise awareness about childhood health and wellness, which Terren has done through numerous efforts.
Special acknowledgement to Justin F. Kimball High School for a job well done on their recent Young Ladies’ Conference 2017. Themed “Mindset Matters,” young women at Kimball met with
Lowe’s recently provided a $5,000 grant to Jerry Junkins Elementary to build a new soccer field for the students to enjoy. Through their Toolbox for Education program, Lowe’s has made it possible for students to have a real ball
Kudos to Townview sophomores Ammar Alinur and Tomisin Ogunfunmi, who were recently featured on Channel 8 for the chess club they started in January for kindergartners at Harlee Learning Center. They meet with the students twice a week, and the kindergartners have been quick to pick up the game. Since the program started teachers have noticed the young students using better decision making skills in the classroom.
Dallas ISD is proud to have three schools nominated for the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award. Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, and the Dallas Environmental Science Academy are among 26 public schools in Texas to be nominated for this prestigious award. The winners will be announced in September.
Dallas ISD STEM Expo is Saturday, February 4. This event has grown tremendously in the last few years, and this year it will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. There will be 150 exhibits and hands-on activities for students of all ages and their families. It’s free and open to the public. Everyone’s invited to come out and enjoy the fun.
Saumya Rawat from the School of Science and Engineering is a National Winner of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing award. She placed in the top 50 of over 3,500 applicants, and will travel to Charlotte, NC for the awards ceremony. Aryn Davis of SEM won an Honorable Mention award.
Natividad Medina, senior at Lassiter Early College High School, has been named a National Hispanic Scholar as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program for having scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT test takers in our region.
DESA math teacher Dr. Reynaldo Andrade was invited to present at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teachers in July. His presentation is on transformations of linear, quadratic and exponential functions for grades 6-12.
KPMG is supporting students in District 5 with a donation of 1,000 books for the library at N.W. Harllee Early Childhood Center. Thanks to these great partners for supporting students.
Solar Preparatory School for Girls is the 1st campus in the nation to offer the Girl Scout curriculum with the entire school participating. The school received recognition for the program in local media outlets recently, just in time for the Girl Scout cookie sales. Congratulations to all the students and staff at this great school.
Catalaina Navaras, a student from IDEA, recently became one of the youngest students to participate in a program at UT Southwestern that allows students to get a first-hand look at the medical profession. This is a unique opportunity for Catalaina because she has expressed early interest in working in the medical field.
W.W. Samuell High School won the 100 percent participation Wellness Team Challenge. Each school in the feeder pattern will now receive one complete set of Kinesthetic Classroom materials designed to promote learning readiness. The new classroom equipment and materials provide a variety of strategies to support the diverse needs and learning styles of students.
Students from Woodrow Wilson’s creative and performing arts academy traveled to New York for a week of theater, instruction and sightseeing.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Benitez and Nancy Martinez of T. W. Browne Middle School and Jonathan Davis-Burrell of William Hawley Atwell Law Academy for their stellar performance in the Dallas ISD Amazing Scholars Race.
A huge thank you to Behr and the Heart of America Foundation for renovating the John W. Carpenter Elementary Library last month. The paint company and nonprofit organization teamed up to conduct six projects across the country to support literacy in 2016. The library now features brightly colored walls, inspirational signs and famous quotes and also new beanbags to help boost a love of reading, along with newly donated books. The school’s computer lab also got some sprucing up as well.
Much appreciation to Soccorro Dinsmore, owner of several Levine’s stores, who donated $600 worth of uniforms to support students at John Leslie Patton Jr. Academic Center. Many thanks to Ms. Dinsmore for her help for these older, but most-deserving, students!
Congratulations to Megan and Melanie Garcia at George W.H. Bush Elementary. The sisters swept the school’s spelling bee competition earning the first and second place awards.
Congratulations to the Dallas ISD 2016 Principals of the Year:
Dallas ISD’s application for the Texas Association of School Business Officials’ Award of Merit for Purchasing and Operations was approved with Recognized Status. The award honors innovative school districts that implement best practices in the area of procurement services.
More than 300 teachers and staff at Dallas ISD ACE schools were surprised with $400 gift cards from Target. The anonymous donor wanted to provide recognition for the incredible work being accomplished at these schools.
Ruel Hamilton, founder of AmericSouth donated more than $100,000 to the Roosevelt High School feeder pattern. This is the largest donation ever received by the feeder pattern, and it will help upgrade technology throughout the schools in that feeder pattern.
Dallas ISD teacher Eric Hale shared his perspective on education as one of 12 Texas teachers who met in Austin on Tuesday with Gov. Greg Abbott and members of an education task force. Hale is a third-grade math teacher at David G. Burnet Elementary School, and is one of the district’s Top 100 teachers.
Congratulations to the Bryan Adams Tech Crew which placed first in the Texas Techie Challenge. The team competed with more than 50 high schools across the state.
Kudos to the Gaston Middle School robotics club for their performance in the Greenville ISD’s VEX robotics event. Gaston had three teams to place in several categories and Team Alpha won the Think Award for developing the best strategic plan to solve the game challenge.
The Dallas ISD 2016 Teachers of the Year are:
Ten additional schools will launch collegiate academies for the 2017-2018 school year. Cohort II schools are:
Fourteen (14) district schools were recently named high-performing Title I schools by the TEA. One hundred and sixty (160) Texas schools were recognized based on reading and math performance, and graduation rate for high schools.
Additionally, 10 Dallas ISD schools were one of 140 Title I schools making TEA’s high-progress list. This list is comprised of schools ranking in the top 25 percent in annual improvement or closing the performance gaps.
The Pinkston Viking Academic Decathlon Team is District Champion for the 3rd consecutive year! Out of a possible 63 medals, Pinkston took home an INCREDIBLE 37 at the November 12 Academic Decathlon Competition!
Congratulations to District 5 students for their amazing performance in the October 29 Middle and High School Chess Tournament. Nearly 400 students competed, and our students took top honors in several categories. Congrats to Zachary Emery and Tomisin Ogunfunmi from the School of Business and Management; and Christopher Trevino from DESA for placing first in their respective categories. The School of Business and Management took first place in the team category.
More than 210 middle school debaters, representing 20 Dallas ISD schools, recently met at the first Dallas Urban Debate Alliance tournament of 2016-17. Winning first place in the Advanced Division were Blaine Wells and Jaik Havlick of William B. Travis Academy and Vanguard. The top prize in the Beginner Division went to Hope Stanley and Risha Reddi, also from Travis. Way to go Travis!!
Congratulations to District 1 students who participated in the Elementary Chess competition this month. Daniel Dwyer and Anissa Herrera from George Bannerman Dealey earned 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the individual competition. While the school’s 3rd-grade team, comprised of Daniel and David Dwyer, Anissa Herrera and Joelle Tiao, earned the top team spot in their grade level.
Congratulations to Woodrow Wilson’s Robotics team. They competed in the Dallas Regional B.E.S.T. Robotics competition this month, and their team was the top qualifying team to advance to the Texas UIL State competition.
Woodrow students also volunteered to help build an outdoor classroom at Mount Auburn Elementary where students can expand their learning and explore the world through science.
Congratulations to Robert T. Hill Middle School band students Kailey Hernandez, Nicole Rodgers, Luke Duncan, Stephanie Chavez, Natalia Alcala and Breyonica Holmes. These students made All City Band at recent auditions.
The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce honored several Dallas ISD teachers with the Chamber’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Award. Congratulations to John David du Mars, Emmett J. Conrad High School and Shelly Thibodaux, Robert T. Hill Middle School.
Charles A. Gill Elementary is kicking off its 60 anniversary celebration and will observe the milestone with events throughout the year.
District 7 students participated in a number of extracurricular activities recently. Congratulations to Rosemont’s Ryan Ochoa and Gabriela Arriaga; and H. Adamson’s Javier Monsivais, Gisell Delgado and Jennifer Sanchez-Gomez. These students placed 1st in their respective categories at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association Invitational.
Third-graders at Ebby Halliday Elementary helped launch a districtwide reading initiative in partnership with the NCAA. Read to the Final Four is a reading competition based on the bracket system used by the NCAA. Today, students at Halliday interacted with former WNBA and Texas Tech All-Star, Alicia Thompson as part of the launch. Special thanks goes to the Seagoville High School Marching Band and cheerleaders for providing entertainment in support of their feeder pattern peers.
Two of District 8 students are also semifinalists in the MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. Semaj Moore at César Chávez Learning Center and Lacey Sims from Amelia Earhart Learning Center are among the students selected to advance in the competition.
Dallas ISD and Big Thought are the recipients of a $400,000 grant from The Wallace Foundation to help develop a strategic plan to provide social-emotional learning instruction for both in-school and out-of-school time. Twenty-three cities applied for the grant and Dallas ISD was one of 10 chosen.
Dallas ISD has three 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools—The School of Health Professions at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center and George Bannerman Dealey’s International Academy and the Montessori Vanguard. The schools will travel to Washington, DC in November for an official ceremony.
The Wilmer Hutchins High School “Marching Music Machine” Band has been invited to perform at the halftime show of the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl! The nationally televised game will be held on January 2 in the Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
Dallas ISD is proud to have 16 students named as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program. The students are:
School of Science and Engineering Magnet--
School for the Talented and Gifted--
School of Business and Management--
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts--
W.T. White High School--
Seven of the district’s top STEM teachers were recognized by the TI Foundation for consistently providing quality instruction and building student achievement in STEM subjects. The teachers receiving TI’s Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards are:
John Q. Adams Elementary received a grant from the Carson Scholars Fund to open a Dr. Ben Carson Reading Room on its campus. The room has more than 2,000 new books and provides a place for scholars to relax and read for pleasure. With the help of Domtar and its vendors, the room has been transformed from a classroom to a beautiful "campsite" in the mountains.
Kudos to Shelley Weiske, fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Dealey Montessori, who was awarded the Service Above Self-Outstanding Teacher Award by the Dallas Rotary Club last month for going that extra mile for her students and parents.
Dallas ISD began the year with a “Met Standard” rating from the Texas Education Agency. Data released by the agency shows 91 percent, or 210, of campuses met state standards. In all four categories— student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness — Dallas ISD outperformed thresholds set by the state.
Six Thomas Jefferson High School students, from the Chinese classes, spent a month in China with ILT Leadership Chapter School. The students had the opportunity to be immersed in Chinese culture. They received an overview of classes offered in Chinese high schools and were given the opportunity to experience those classes and utilize and strengthen their knowledge of the Chinese Language.
Harry C. Withers Elementary unveiled their newly renovated computer lab and lobby area. Community members, sponsors, families, students, teachers and staff participated in a ribbon cutting earlier today in celebration of the incredible financial and volunteer support that enabled the renovation.
Mary White, Justin F. Kimball High School’s career and technology chair, received a nod of excellence at the National Academy Foundation’s (NAF) Next Conference in Orlando. She was awarded the prestigious Janet Linton Award for her contributions to the foundation. Only three leaders are chosen annually for this award.
Martin Weiss School of Leadership was selected from hundreds of schools across the country to receive a grant from Leader.org. The grant is worth more than $42,000 each and will enable Weiss to implement The Leader in Me whole-school transformation process for developing 21st century leadership skills in K-12 students. This unique opportunity will teach students the leadership habits they will need to be successful in college, careers, and daily life.
Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities teamed up with Belk and Dallas ISD to provide students of Boude Storey Middle School and John Neely Bryan Elementary School brand new uniforms, dental and vision screenings, healthy groceries to take home, and more. Belk provided more than $50,000 in uniforms to outfit more than 1,200 students.
District 3 partnered with basketball legend Nancy Lieberman who recently encouraged students at Robert T. Hill Middle School to commit to 10 hours of community service for this year. In return, she donated 300 new backpacks to help them start the year, and committed her continued support to the school.
The Jiv Daya Foundation helped fund the cost of Kindles for every student in grades 3-5 in the nine elementary schools in the Bryan Adams feeder pattern.
James Hogg Elementary celebrated with Kroger at the Backpack Booster program where every student at the school received backpacks and school supplies to help them start the school year.
The TI Foundation recently awarded $3 million in grants to help Dallas ISD students. The grants will support improving STEM education in the district by providing training and support for math and science teachers.
The number of Dallas ISD graduates increased this year.
Congratulations to the Class of 2016, which had 7,446 seniors who graduated at the end of May and early June.
Librarian of the year honored
Congratulations to Dallas ISD Librarian of the Year Susi Parks Grissom. Ms. Grissom, who is retiring this year, has been a librarian at William B. Travis for the last 16 years.
Students complete summer boot camp
Nearly 800 students from the seven new collegiate academies and P-TECH Early College High School completed a two-week summer boot camp in preparation for the upcoming school year.
Physical eduation teacher honored
Kudos to physical education teacher Sharon Foster of James Bowie Elementary who received a 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. This honor recognizes individuals who improve the lives of others by engaging them in physical fitness and nutrition programs. Foster has been instrumental in raising awareness and implementing programs for students and parents at Bowie to improve their lives.
Student on track to becoming youngest teacher in Dallas ISD
Special recognition to Melisa Simon, a student who recently earned her associate degree through the Samuell Early College High School at Eastfield days before she earned her high school diploma. While that is a great accomplishment on its own, Melisa is also on track to become the youngest teacher in Dallas ISD through the TechTeach program that will make it possible for her to earn a bachelor’s degree and teacher certificate in one year. Her story has been featured by news outlets locally and nationally.
Culinary students travel to compete in national competition
Wilmer Hutchins High School Culinary Arts students Paloma Quiroga and Jeremy Tezano travelled to Washington DC to compete in the Cooking up Change National Finals on June 6. While the team’s menu of a chicken parmesan sandwich, green beans with cherry tomatoes and banana dip bites didn’t earn a national title, it will be served to students across the district this coming school year.
DESA receives grant from Laura Bush Foundation
The Dallas Environmental Science Academy received a grant from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. The school will use the grant to expand, update, and diversify its book and print collection. They are one of 130 school libraries across the country to be awarded grants by the foundation.
Student travels to perform at Kennedy Center
Booker T. Washington grad Jared Brown is a gifted dancer and one of 160 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts who visited Washington D.C. for a medallion ceremony hosted at the White House. Jared performed at the Kennedy Center under the direction Debbie Allen. Next fall, he will begin his studies at Juilliard School where he will attend on a full scholarship.
Teacher honored with national leadership award
Justin F. Kimball High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism lead teacher Mary White received the 2016 NAF Janet Linton Leadership Award which recognizes outstanding academy directors and educational leaders who have impacted student achievement and inspired us to find new ways to make a difference.
Scholarship totals climbing for the Class of 2016
The Class of 2016 has done well in the scholarship department. To date, they have been awarded more than $104 million in college scholarships and institutional grants.
Two Presidential Scholars in the Arts named
Two students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts have earned prestigious national awards. Modern dance seniors Jared Brown and Kaylin Sturtevant are the 2016 Presidential Scholars in the Arts. The award, based on the students’ artistic and academic achievement, leadership and service, is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Seven students named Gates Millennium Scholars.
The Gates Millennium Scholarship program is one of the most prestigious in the country which covers all college-related costs for students at the university or college of their choosing and tuition for select graduate school programs. Congratulations to Dallas ISD students:
Two National Title I Distinguished Schools honored
Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and F.P. Caillet Elementary School were named 2016 National Title I Distinguished Schools. Every year, two schools are selected from each state, and it’s quite possible that this is the first time both Texas winners have come from the same school district.
Schools receive grants from the Cole Hamels Foundation
Winnetka and Adelfa Callejo elementary schools received grants from the Cole Hamels Foundation to support programs at the school. Winnetka won $5,500 to help with physical education equipment, and Callejo won $5,000 to support a counseling program at the school.
Greiner celebrates new wing
The entire W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy community celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the school’s new wing. The celebration included the unveiling of student artwork that reflects the school’s diverse heritage and student experiences. This is the last large addition of the 2008 Bond Program.
Wilmer-Hutchins takes track championship
Congratulations to Wilmer Hutchins High School Track, who are state champs in the boys 4A 4x100 meter relay after their win at UT Austin on May 14. The relay team was made up of:
Science student placed third in international science event
Townview Science and Engineering student Shelly Goel, the first Dallas ISD student in decades to qualify for the International Science and Engineering Fair, placed third at the fair held in Phoenix this month.
District student to represent Texas at DECA conference
Karrington Bradley, a sophomore student and first year DECA member at the Townview School of Business and Management, was selected to represent the state of Texas at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, TN.
Seventh-grader earns top debater award
The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance recently held their 2016 Awards Dinner, where Harry Stone Montessori Academy’s Justin Martinez was named the 7th Grade Debater of the Year. Justin’s in his first year of debate, and his passion for the practice was evident with consistently positive feedback.
School recognized by Children at Risk
This month, Children at Risk recognized H.I. Holland Elementary School at Lisbon as a “Gold Ribbon” North Texas Public School.
Top schools in the nation
For the fifth consecutive year, the School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview is the top public school in the nation according to the U.S. News and World Report. Joining TAG is the School of Science and Engineering, which garnered the number four spot. Thirteen schools in all were recognized at various levels of gold, silver and bronze.
Most challenging schools
Five schools were ranked among the nation’s 50 most challenging high schools by the Washington Post. SEM, TAG, Rangel, Law Magnet, and the School of Business were singled out based on the number of college-level test given, the number of graduates, the percentage of grads who passed at least one college-level test, and the percentage of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Presidential Scholars named
Four seniors from Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts have been named semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The students are: Jared Brown and Kaylin A. Sturtevant, in the Modern Dance category, Whitney Hester in Ballet Dance, and Madeline J. Boreham in Popular Vocal.
Dell Scholars honored
Eleven seniors from seven Dallas ISD high schools have been awarded scholarships by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The students will receive $20,000 in financial support, a laptop and textbook assistance in addition to ongoing support to meet future challenges they may face in completing college.
The recipients are: Thomas Mendez, Guadalupe Resendiz, Fernando Martinez Rivera, Brittany Siegmyer, and Cindy Umana, Trini Garza Early College High School, Karen Aguilar, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Destynee Cox, School of Science and Engineering at Townview, Joella Degollado, School of Business and Management at Townview, Jenna Do, School of Health Professions at Townview, Kenyonica Holmes, Bryan Adams High School, and Roddrick Jones, W.W. Samuell High School.
Much recognized school to serve as model for others
Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College was recently awarded a $28,000 grant from TEA to show other schools how to build successful programs. The grant will allow Garza to host webinars, open houses and site visits so educators can visit the campus to see why the school continues to lead the way in excellence. Garza, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, and the only school in Texas to win the College and Career Transition Award presented by the ACT College and Career Readiness program, continues to be one of Dallas ISD’s most recognized schools.
Stonewall celebrates 20 years of outdoor learning
The garden at Stonewall Jackson Elementary has been credited with teaching students about much more than science; it has offered them a look into the world around them. Students and staff marked the garden’s 20th year by unveiling their latest attraction to the garden--the Amazing Arthropod Ambassador program—a lesson on helpful garden insects. The garden at Stonewall has been a major attraction for students and parents alike, and remains one of the district’s most cherished spaces.
Students earn Superintendent Scholarships
Sixty-two graduating seniors from across the district were selected to receive Superintendent Scholarships. The students each received $2,500 to help with college tuition. The recipients are chosen based on need, character, grades, essays and recommendations. The program has awarded more than $2 million dollars during the past 15 years.
Teachers and students honored by Oak Cliff Chamber
Congratulations to the students and educators recognized by the Oak Cliff Chamber for their outstanding efforts. Students honored are: Cindy Umana, Fernando Martinez Rivera, Priscilla Barron, and Derian Morales, Garza Early College; Alejandra Lozano, Sunset High School; Shatera Williams, David W. Carter High School; and Alexis Toscano, Judge Barefoot Sanders Center for Public Service, Townview.
Educators are: Kellie Lawson, Rosemont Middle School, named Middle School Educator of the Year; and Lynne Merlino, Rosemont Primary, named Pre-K/Early Childhood Educator of the Year.
Kimball students recognized at 53rd Annual V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Awards Luncheon
Justin F. Kimball High School students Deja Armani Hill and Azucena Garcia were presented with the 2016 V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Scholarship Award given by the South Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Inc.
Carter Seniors honored with TCU Community Scholarships
Six seniors at David W. Carter High School were awarded Texas Christian University Community Scholarships, each valued at more than $250,000. The students are: Courtnee Avery, Evelyn Barron, Reginald Cole, Tavon Griffin, Charity Mason, and Michael Scott.
DART features student’s work
Artwork created by Frank Guzick Elementary fourth-grader Kassandra Castaneda is now gracing several DART buses. Kassandra won first place and $1,000 in the DART student poster contest.
The students at the School of Science and Engineering (SEM) at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center earned a number of honors:
National Merit Finalists
Best wishes to all of our National Merit Scholarship finalists. They are: Enrique De Alba, Connor Fritz, Calvin Graham, Caleb Hamada, and Isys Johnson, all from SEM; from TAG: Gabriella Chan, Mikaela Johnson, Ashley Mai, Shicheng Rao, Sindhu Reddy, William Siedell, Aliya Somani, and Jennifer Truitt; and Elaine Hennig, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Winners will be announced next month.
Robotics teams heading to world competitions
Emmett J. Conrad’s Robochargers team advanced to the U.S. FIRST Robotics World Championship after taking second place at the regional competition in San Antonio earlier this month. The team will now travel to St. Louis, Missouri next month to compete in the world competition.
Three elementary robotics teams will represent the district in the VEX World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky—a competition that brings together some of the top robotics teams from around the world, which takes place April 20-23. Two of the teams are from Winnetka Elementary and the third is from Caillet Elementary. Congratulations to all of the teams.
Young entrepreneurs compete in financial literacy initiative
Students from several Dallas ISD middle schools are competing in the BizKid$ Entrepreneurship Contest sponsored by the Credit Union of Texas. The program uses the Emmy Award-winning series, BizKid$, to teach students the basics of financial literacy and entrepreneurship in a fun way, as they develop and present their own business plans. The teams are competing in the semi-finals tonight, and winners will advance to the regional round competing with teams from Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
The schools participating are: Robert T. Hill, STEAM Middle School at D.A. Hulcy, Harold W. Lang, H.W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy, Francisco “Pancho” Medrano, Boude Storey, Sam Tasby, and William B. Travis.
Dallas ISD recognizes scholars
Congratulations to the recipients of the Dallas ISD Scholars program who were recognized for demonstrating academic excellence by scoring in the 95th percentile on state exams or at a college-ready level on national exams. More than 1,000 students were recognized at a ceremony held earlier this week.
Tigers reign on the court
Kudos to the Lincoln Tigers Boys Basketball Team crowned 4A State Champions. Thanks to Coach Cedric Patterson and Principal Howard-Veazy for their leadership of these outstanding student athletes.
Garza Early College principal named finalist for excellence award
Congratulations to Dr. Janice Lombardi, principal at “Trini” Garza Early College High School, who was named a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education award. Dr. Lombardi was presented a check for $1,000, and her school received $2,500. The award recognizes the extraordinary efforts educators make every day to impact the lives of students.
Gooch Elementary gets spruced up
Kudos to the volunteers from DaVita Rx who helped to beautify the campus at Tom C. Gooch Elementary. In addition to sprucing up the garden, they donated $5,000 to the school for recess equipment and other school needs.
SEM and Seagoville academic teams advance to state
The School of Science and Engineering at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center took first place in the large school division of the Region XII Academic Decathlon at the end of January. In addition to SEM’s win, Seagoville High School also advanced in the medium school division. Both teams will represent Dallas ISD at the state level at the end of February.
Wilmer-Hutchins culinary students place first
Wilmer-Hutchins High School 11th graders Paloma Quiroga and Jeremy Tezano recently placed first in the Dallas “Cooking up Change” competition sponsored by the Healthy Schools Campaign. These culinary arts students will travel to Washington D.C. in June to compete against other regional winners and present their meal to the U.S. Congress. Their winning entry was a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich on a whole wheat bun, steamed and seasoned green beans tossed with local cherry tomatoes, and banana cream bites for dessert (bananas dipped in yogurt and rolled in graham cracker crumbs). The meal will also be served every other week beginning next school year in the Wilmer-Hutchins cafeteria.
Debate teams advance to national competition
The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet debate team of seniors Michael Vera and Martin Anguiano met Woodrow Wilson High School seniors Gabriel Jankovsky and Alexander Green in the finals of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Varsity City Championship at SMU. While Woodrow took first place, both teams qualified for the National Urban Debate Championship, which will be held in San Francisco, April 14-17.
Pease Elementary featured on KERA
KERA recently featured Pease Elementary School in a piece praising the campus staff and their “over and above” efforts to turn around the school culture and community. Pease is an ACE campus this year, and the feature highlighted the positive changes happening at the school, and the increased focus on students and their success.
Booker T. Washington students comic book to be released
Visual arts students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts have won acclaim from comic book retailers and collectors for writing and illustrating their own full-length comic book. The 48-page comic book, titled “Vision Ink Magazine #1,” will be released in stores in April.
Botello Elementary earns AVID status
Felix G. Botello Elementary School has been named an AVID campus. The school met a number of stringent requirements in order to be considered for this distinction, which brings research based-strategies to students each day to develop thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
Three district schools among Blue Ribbon nominees
Congratulations to the School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center and both the International Academy and Montessori Vanguard at George Bannerman Dealey. The schools are among 26 schools in Texas that have been nominated for the 2016 National Blue Ribbon award. The schools will now undergo a rigorous application process to determine who will receive the coveted award.
Seventeen students advance to county spelling bee
Dallas ISD will be well-represented in the upcoming Dallas County Spelling Bee. Seventeen students from across the district advanced during the district level competition held earlier this month. The county competition takes place in February.
Seagoville students recognized at stock show
Kudos to Seagoville High School welding students Morgan Noble and Mathew Martin whose project came in 8th out of 572 entries in the Fort Worth Stock Show Livestock Feeding and Watering Equipment category. The students spent more than 70 hours each designing, planning, welding and painting their round bale sled.
School awarded LULAC leadership grant
Congratulations to teacher Esmeralda Martinez and the LULAC Youth Council of Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School who won a $15,000 grant from LULAC and AT&T to create a campus leadership development program. The grant will fund student involvement in service learning, financial literacy and college and career exploration.
MLK oratory champ crowned
Kudos to fifth-grader Lyriq Turner, winner of the 2016 MLK Oratory Competition. Lyriq wowed the judges with her great speech about what Dr. King would be saying on the campaign trail if he were running for president.
Trustee appointed to lead TEA
Congratulations to Trustee Mike Morath who has been tapped to lead the Texas Education Agency. Trustee Morath was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as the Texas Education Commissioner. Mr. Morath has been an integral part of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees and has served the students of this district with great commitment and dedication since 2011.
Kudos to Multiple Careers Magnet
Every Christmas season, our students at the Multiple Careers Magnet High School spend a considerable amount of time carving wooden toys to donate to children facing serious health issues. The Dallas Morning News featured these incredible Multiple Careers students who make this happen each year. This is a great effort, and the students and their teacher, Mr. Terry Stotts, should be commended.
School library gets $50,000 donation
Edward H. Cary Middle School received $50,000 to help bolster the school’s library budget. The donation was funded by Dollar General and PepsiCo. Three staffers also received all-expenses paid trips to Super Bowl 50 at the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers.
School selected as a distinguished campus
Kudos to the students, principal and staff of Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School on the school’s selection as a National Title l Distinguished School by the Texas Education Agency. Rangel is one of 100 schools selected for the national recognition based on its 2015 student achievement. This honor reflects the school’s success at helping students to make significant improvements academically.
District names top school leaders
Congratulations to Dallas ISD’s Principals of the Year. They are:
Tracie Washington, Billy Earl Dade Middle School, Secondary Principal of the Year.
Julie Singleton, H.I. Holland Elementary School, Elementary Principal of the Year.
Nakia Douglas, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Magnet/Special Programs Principal of the Year.
Tanya Shelton, Richard Lagow Elementary School, was honored by her peers with the Principals Choice Award.
Students talk their way to the top
Congratulations to our high school debate teams that participated in the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance tournament earlier this month. Brianne Montalvo and Madison White from Trini Garza Early College High School won the Novice division; Aedenise Nieves and Zoe Sifuentes, also from Garza, took the junior varsity division; and Gabriel Jankovsky and Alexander Van Geenen from Woodrow Wilson High School won the varsity championship.
Middle school students also competed this month with William B. Travis Academy sweeping the advanced division. Those students are: Tess Tippets, Lindsay Hudspeth, Julianne Tai, Olivia Northcutt-Wyly, Isabela Alameda, Jonathan Cartwright, Olivia Gaetz and Kate Springs.
Academic Decathlon teams advance to regionals
Congratulations to David W. Carter and L.G. Pinkston high schools which will represent the district in the small school division at the regional competition of the Academic Decathlon in January.
The teams will be joined by other schools in the medium division: Seagoville, Moises E. Molina, Bryan Adams, H. Grady Spruce, North Dallas, Emmett J. Conrad, and Hillcrest high schools.
Large school division teams advancing are: TAG, SEM, Rangel, W.T. White, Health Professions and Lassiter Early College High School.
Students are not talking trash, they’re recycling it
Kudos to students who participated in the 2015 First Lego League Trash Trek Challenge that required teams to explore the world of trash, from collecting, sorting, and recycling and complete a robotic project to assist them in their efforts. The top teams are: Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary, Thomas C. Marsh Academy, and Stevens Park Elementary.
Partnerships that work
A big thank you to the Walnut Hill Neighborhood Association for presenting more than $22,000 to Walnut Hill Elementary to help fund the school’s butterfly garden, and to the Rotary Club of Dallas for donating more than 130 dictionaries to L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary.
Four teachers honored as Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Dallas ISD Teachers of the Year: Tara Broadus, a prekindergarten teacher at Joseph J. Rhoads Learning Center for the past 11 years was named elementary Teacher of the Year. Michael Ruiz from William B. Travis Vanguard/Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted was named elementary magnet/special schools Teacher of the Year. Rachel Harrah from Thomas Jefferson High School was awarded secondary Teacher of the Year, and Dana Clark at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School received the Teacher of the Year for magnet/special programs secondary category.
Eight other finalists were recognized as well: Evelyn Gallegos, W.A. Blair Elementary; Monica Battison, T.G. Terry Elementary; Rafael Mercado, Urban Park Elementary; Elizabeth Pittman, H. Grady Spruce High School; Aparna Sankararaman (Sanka RARE ra man), Woodrow Wilson High School; Angela Adams, Sarah Zumwalt Middle School; William Adkins, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy; and Nancy Shotts, W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy.
Congratulations to each of these outstanding teachers and thanks for the work you do for students every day.
Students advance in annual oratory competition
Students from 15 elementary schools have advanced to the semifinals for the annual Gardere MLK Oratory Competition. Semifinals will be held December 8 here in the Ada Williams Auditorium. The winners of this round will compete in the finals January 15 at the Majestic Theatre.
The semifinalists are: Kywin Brown, Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary; Jayden Jackson, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary; Tashanti Ridley, Ronald E. McNair Elementary; Donna Guevara, John Neely Bryan Elementary; Guadalupe Zamora, Arcadia Park Elementary; Mason Price, Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary; Kevin Henderson, Thomas Tolbert Elementary; Angel Wade, Amelia Earhart Learning Center, Marco Mares, William Brown Miller Elementary; Ashley Patterson, Harry C. Withers Elementary; Sania Daniels, Frederick Douglass Elementary; Adrian Ojeda, Urban Park Elementary; Zakiya Bell, J.P. Starks Vanguard; Lyric Turner, Charles Rice Learning Center, and Mariah Hickman, Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center.
District distinguished alum gets day of celebration
November 6 has been proclaimed by the City of Dallas as Tim Brown Day across the city. To help honor our distinguished Woodrow Wilson alumnus for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dallas ISD will celebrate with several activities across the district including a community celebration that night at the Woodrow Wilson and Bryan Adams football game starting at 7 p.m., at John Kincaide Stadium. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission to the game is required.
Burnet Elementary to celebrate 60th anniversary
The students and staff at David G. Burnet Elementary will join the community to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 14. Congratulations to that entire community.
Semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Program
Congratulations to 14 Dallas ISD students who have been named semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Those students are: Elaine Hennig (Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts); Enrique De Alba, Connor Fritz, Calvin Graham, Caleb Hamada, and Isys Johnson from the School of Science and Engineering at Townview; Gabriella Chan, Mikaela Johnson, Ashley Mai, Shicheng (She-cheng) Rao, Sindhu Reddy, William Siedell, Aliya Somani and Jennifer Truitt from TAG.
Longfellow seventh-grade student publishes book
Kamille Padgitt, a seventh-grade student at H.W. Longfellow Career Exploratory Academy, recently published her first book. Kamille is a member of the Writer’s Guild for students and is being mentored through the program to continue developing her craft. Her goal is to publish more books and become a teacher.
School gets library makeover
The students and staff at Tom Field Elementary will enjoy a newly restored library thanks to the Junior League of Dallas and NorthPark Mall. The new space will transform the library into a literacy center designed to help students read on level.
Middle school cross country team participates in first-ever competition, finishes first
The newly-formed, girls cross country team at Medrano Middle School took first place earlier this month in their first-ever competition at Norbuck Park. The boys team placed second.
W.H. Adamson band teacher chosen as national finalist
Band teacher Christopher Green from W.H. Adamson High School has been named one of 15 finalists in the Farmers Insurance Dream Big Teacher Challenge. The winner of the challenge will receive a $100,000 education grant. Each finalist must create a video about how they would use the grant. The winner will be determined by viewers who will be asked to vote for their favorite video. If Green is chosen, the grant will go to purchase band equipment for Adamson. Online voting starts Oct. 1 at thankamericateachers.com.
Thomas Jefferson students have summer theater experience at NYU
Five students from Thomas Jefferson High School attended the “Looking for Shakespeare” summer program at NYU. The program is an intensive study for theater students from across the country that provides them the opportunity to work with a director and a production team to produce a Shakespearian play on NYU’s campus.
Walnut Hill Elementary turns 100
Students, staff and the entire Walnut Hill Elementary community are celebrating the school’s 100-year anniversary. Activities are planned throughout the school year to commemorate this major milestone.
Schools named to Newsweek’s Best Schools list
The School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview ranked No. 36 on Newsweek’s 500 Best High Schools list. The school, along with the School of Science and Engineering (No. 229), earned high marks for the percentage of students who demonstrate college readiness as well as the graduation rate and the percentage of students who are college bound.
In addition, seven Dallas ISD schools were among 500 nationwide to be included on Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds” list that recognizes schools for their ability to overcome the challenges presented by poverty and prepare all students for college. “Trini” Garza Early College came in at the No. 16 spot on this list.
District Accolades from the June 25, 2015 Board Meeting
Teacher named Educator of the Year by wildlife art group
Jennifer Brooks received the Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art 2015 Educator of the Year. She is a pre-k
through fifth grade art specialist at Botello Elementary and was recognized for her contributions to conservation education for young students.
Students earn UNCF scholarships
The UNCF scholarship luncheon honored 10 district students who each received $1,000 toward college expenses. The students are: Ta’tyana Jones (Carter HS), Baldwin Hamilton and Jazzmyne Warren (Conrad HS), Georgette Rojas (Garza ECHS), Urel Djiogan (Lassister ECHS), Carlos Montelongo (Sunset HS), LaKenya Franklin-Robinson (Townview—Business and Management), and DeAunte Vickers (Pinkston HS).
Garza student selected to NASA summer program
Hugo Duran, a student at Trini Garza Early College High School, will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center
this summer to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars project. Students will work as teams to design a mission to Mars.
Student debaters honored
The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance recognized several students for their outstanding participation this year.
Congratulations to: Brandon Canizales (Marsh Preparatory Academy), Karen Chavez (Rangel), Trace Rosenbower (Spence Academy), Fatima Alonso (Sunset High School), Enrique Granados (Garza Early College), Beverly Balasu (SEM), Zeles Vargas (W.T. White), Raviola Wenno (North Dallas), and National Finalist Victor Martinez (Sunset).
The alliance also recognized A. Maceo New Tech High School and J.L. Long Middle School for their outstanding debate programs. In addition, Coaches of the Year are: Matt Summers (T.J.), Patricia Hay (Spence) and Patrick McGhee (Woodrow).
Bowie ES students compete on national game show
Congratulations to the fourth- and fifth-grade students at James Bowie Elementary who were featured on the national TV game show “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” earlier this week. As a result, the school earned $10,000 to build a workout room on campus. Bowie—recently named a 2015 Gold Award School by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation—gained the attention of the show’s producers who wanted to help promote healthy lifestyles in schools.
Culinary students join Taste of Dallas
Students in the culinary arts programs at Wilmer-Hutchins High School and School of Health Professions at
Townview showcased their skills at the Taste of Dallas held earlier this month at Fair Park. The students prepared pork and turkey sliders during the three-day event and served as great ambassadors for the district’s CTE program.
Students and staff recognized for green efforts
Lorenzo DeZavala Elementary won first place in the district’s first-ever Green Shield award for the school’s
environmentally-friendly practices. The school’s Green Team, which includes the entire fifth-grade, managed a daily recycle program and participated regularly in a number of conservation activities. Arthur Kramer ES took second place and Nathan Adams ES earned the third-place slot.
David W. Carter High School students and staff are celebrating the accomplishments of two of their students, Courtney Ford and Chantice Redeau, who received college scholarships worth $250,000 each to attend TCU. Congratulations to them and to all of our seniors who are receiving scholarship awards to continue their education.
National Achievement Scholars
Dallas ISD has two National Achievement Scholarship winners. They are Monique Ward Pierce from SEM and Ebonie Pollock from Booker T.
Assistant Principal selected for national program
Carlos Walcott, an assistant principal at Charles Gill Elementary has been selected to attend a summer study opportunity with the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the workshop: The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture and History in the Mississippi Delta.
DESA honored for supporting healthy kids
Dallas Environmental Science Academy was recently featured by Let’s Move Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to promote healthy lifestyles. The school was recognized for its exemplary commitment to integrating at least 60 minutes of physical activity into the school day for students.
Two teachers honored for classroom excellence
Nathan Adams Elementary teachers Julie Bowles and Amanda Marietta received the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award of Excellence. The award recognizes teachers who display commitment and dedication to student achievement.
Students send positive messages through anti-bullying poster contest
Congratulations to the students who placed and participated in the 2014-2015 Anti-Bullying Poster Contest. The first-place winners are: Jocelyn Cardoza, second grade (Urban Park ES); Hannah Casillo, third grade (Ronald McNair ES); Luiz Vazquez, eighth grade (Greiner MS); and Irwin Almaraz, eleventh grade (H. Grady Spruce HS).
Students show how they give back
Dallas ISD’s Social Studies Department held its first Film Festival for students, pre-K through grade 12, to produce a video that depicts how they give back. The first place winning schools are: Charles Rice Learning Center (K-2nd category); Lorenzo DeZavala, (3rd-5th category); Raul Quintanilla Middle School; and Moises E. Molina High School.
Oak Cliff Chamber honors teachers
Rametria Smith, a teacher at Sunset High School, was named High School Educator of the Year by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Carmalie Sims at George Washington Carver Creative Arts Learning Center received Elementary School Educator of the Year.
Greiner business teacher accepts educator award
W.E. Greiner’s Stephen Thomas was chosen to represent Texas at the 2015 Global Enterprising Educator of the Year Award held in New York City last month. He teaches Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance as part of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship program.
School counselors recognized for serving students
Congratulations to all the counselors who won CREST awards this year. Counselors at 22 schools were recognized for their excellent counseling programs.
DART Art Contest winners
Eighth-grade student Pablo Compean took first-place honors in the middle school category of the DART Art Contest. Pablo attends Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy. Congratulations to him and everyone who competed in the contest.