Congratulations to the Dallas ISD 2013 Principal of the Year
Richie Heffernan, principal at F.P. Caillet Elementary, was honored with the top administrator award last week. Principal Heffernan has served at Caillet for four years where he is credited with growing the Student Effectiveness Index from the 50th to the 99th percentile.
Brian DeVeaux was awarded the top AP honor last week as well. He serves as the associate principal at Seagoville High School and has been with the district in several capacities since 1987.
Elvira Aguirre, the librarian at Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary, was named our top librarian. She has served the district 30 years. We all recognize the critical role librarians play in the lives of our students.
Dallas ISD was presented a 2013 Preservation Achievement Award for the renovations and additions at Woodrow Wilson High School.
The award recognizes the work being done to preserve the history of our city. Thanks to the 2008 Bond Program, Woodrow received a new wing and a number of renovations throughout the school.
Moisés Molina students to study architecture with experts
Fifteen students from Molina High School’s Architecture program will participate in the Curtis W. Clerkley Jr. Architecture Academy for High School Students this summer. The students will spend one week in Dallas visiting the offices of nationally prominent architecture firms, talking with professionals and touring some of the city’s architectural landmarks. They’ll spend a second week at Texas Tech, learning what it takes to enter a career in architecture and working on personal architecture projects they will present to family and friends at a culminating event.
Congratulations to the Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year
Joshua Newton, a math teacher at the School of Science and Engineering, is our Teacher of the Year, and our Teacher Assistant of the Year is Rose Davidson from Dallas Environmental Science Academy. Congratulations and thank you for the tremendous work you do for our students.
Hats off to Skyline High School student for winning the Eddie Bernice Johnson Congressional Art Competition
Junior Crystal Hernandez won the competition for her drawing titled After Prisms. She will travel to Washington, D.C. to celebrate with winners from other congressional districts across the country. Their work will be displayed at the U.S. Capital.
Congratulations to W.H. Atwell Middle School teacher Barry Diggs
He was selected by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce as the Middle School Educator of the Year.
Student works to improve his school and earns an Eagle Scout pin
Noel Lynn Martin, a senior at Lincoln High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop #3223, recently completed requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout by helping to improve things at his own school. He decided that his Eagle Scout Project would be to give the Choir Room at Lincoln High School a makeover.
Kudos to the A.W. Spence Middle School and TAG Academy
They received top honors at UIL. The varsity and junior varsity orchestras earned superior ratings from all judges in concert and sight reading, earning sweepstakes awards. Their beginner, intermediate and advanced orchestras also received top honors at the Sandy Lake orchestra competition.
And finally, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts earns prestigious designation
The school has been named an Exemplary School by the Arts School Network, the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. The award recognizes the school’s commitment to excellence.
William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard received a superior ranking and other awards at band competition
Congratulations to the William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard band. They received top honors this past weekend at a contest held at Disney World. The band was awarded the Superior Rank, Best in Class, Best Overall along with Best Director Randy McCann.
Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year finalists
The finalists are: Paula Cushanick, Albert Sidney Johnston Elementary School; Kevin Grimes, George Bannerma n Dealey Montessori; Joshua Newton, School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center; Beth Poquette Drews, Harold Wendell Lang Sr. Middle School; and Linda Wood, Seagoville Elementary School. The winner will be announced at a reception and dinner on May 14.
Also congratulations to the Teacher Assistant of the Year finalists
They are: Rose Davidson, DESA; Nancy Gonzales, Eladio Martinez Learning Center; Betty Martinez, Seagoville Elementary; Cynthia Nagy, Stonewall Jackson Elementary; and Michelle Thomas, Charles A. Gill Elementary. The winner will also be announced at the May 14 event.
W.T. White High School has a Gates Millennium Scholar
Senior Chandon Adger has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar and will receive a scholarship to use at any college or university of his choice. He has been accepted to Rice University, Stanford University, Texas A&M University at College Station, and University of Texas at Austin. He will major in Petroleum/Chemical Engineering.
Student wins golf championship
Grace Choi of Woodrow Wilson High School won the 4A State Golf Championship. She set a new state record by finishing with a two day score of 132. She is also ranked first in her class academically.
Dallas ISD schools continue to shine across the nation
TAG was named the top public high school in the nation for the second consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Eleven district schools received gold, silver or bronze status in the publications Best High Schools rankings. Gold schools include:
- Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (#2 in the state; #14 in the nation)
- SEM (#4/state; #24/nation)
- Booker T. Washington (#18/state; #110/nation)
- Rosie Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services (#33/state; #239/nation)
- School of Health Professions (#42/state; #335/nation)
- Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet (#46/state; #367/nation)
- School of Business and Management (#60/state; #536/nation)
- W.T. White HS (#88/state; #864/nation)
- Trini Garza Early College (#152/state; #1749/nation)
Middle College High School received recognition on the Bronze listCongratulations to the School of Science and Engineering UIL team
Students competed this past weekend and won the 5A Region 2 competition for the second year in a row. Twenty-four students in all competed; 11 of them will compete in the state meet on May 21-22, in Austin.Hats off to our Destination Imagination teams from Rosemont ES and Central ES
Two teams from Rosemont and one team from Central advanced to the Destination Imagination global competition, which will be held in Knoxville, TN, May 21-25.Kudos to Emmett J. Conrad’s Gates Scholars
Shiva Acharya and Jamuna Kadariya, both students are from Nepal, are winners of the Gates Millennium Scholarships.
Townview students win various awards at Pan American Student Forum
Students from the School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center attended the 70th State Convention Pan American Student Forum of Texas and earned many awards. First place winners included Caroline Culver, Jennifer Mayen, and Claudia Ramirez who all placed in their respective categories. Cecilia Esquivel was reelected as the State Student Director and TAG teacher and sponsor Erik Buchanan was reelected as the State Director 2013-2015.
Greiner student wins 1st place in anti-bullying poster campaign sponsored by Dallas ISD Counseling Services
Eighth-grade student Mariela Lameli’s poster depicting the theme of the Counseling Department’s campaign: Be a H.E.R.O took top honors in the middle school category of the Anti-Bullying Poster Contest. The campaign promoted the need to Help, Encourage and Respect Others.
School of Health Professions students earn scholarships at area competition
Zainab Fatima and Ana Godinez were presented two of the three scholarships awarded at the Area Health Occupation Students of America Competition held recently in DeSoto.
Hillcrest senior nominated for Best Supporting Actress
The Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) performance group has nominated Hillcrest senior Lilly Stafford as Best Supporting Actress for her role as Paulette in the school’s fall production of Legally Blonde. The winners will be announced during the DSM’s High School Musical Awards in May.
Booker T. Washington students’ star power shines through
Students from the district’s High School of Performing and Visual Arts took top honors in several contests, including:
Taylor Martin who was selected as one of the top filmmakers in the 4th Annual TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest.
Elliot Skinner and Colby Ewatuya won Outstanding Soloist awards at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Festival. The BTW Jazz Singers and their director, Kent Ellingson, also took top honors at the festival.
All three BTW choirs received straight 1’s at pre-UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contests and will move on to regional competition April 12.
Also, freshman Jamie Lerman won the grand prize in the Dallas Water Utilities Art Contest.
School of Science and Engineering students capture the UIL District Championship
The students recently competed for the districtwide UIL title and came out on top. They will advance to the Regional UIL meet in Waco on April 21.
W.T. White students excel at UIL visual arts competition
Sixteen ceramics students at W.T. White High School successfully competed in the UIL All-State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition. This is the school’s first year offering the ceramics program, and six students received the highest rating awarded with perfect scores in all categories; one student received a highest rating score; and nine others earned recognition status.
Freshman wins scholarship to SMU TAG program for second consecutive year
School of Science and Engineering freshman Neyva Hernandez has been awarded the Chief Craig Miller SMU TAG Summer Program Scholarship for the second consecutive year. She will spend three weeks this summer living on the SMU campus and will have the opportunity to complete up to six hours of college credit.
Science teacher honored with an award for excellence by the Texas Medical Association
Dana Clark, a science teacher at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, was named a 2nd place winner of the 2013 Texas Medical Association Ernest & Sarah Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. This is the same teacher who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro last fall.
Masonic lodge honors Reinhardt counselor
The Edwin J. Kiest Masonic Lodge awarded Reinhardt Elementary School counselor Ellen Gutt its Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for Excellence in Education in honor of her service to children and public education.
A Seagoville Elementary teacher has been named a finalist for the 2013 H-E-B Lifetime Achievement in Education Award
H-E-B representatives surprised teacher Robin Gattis with a visit to Seagoville Elementary to announce that she is a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement in Education Award, one of the largest monetary award program for educators in Texas. Along with the surprise visit, H-E-B presented Gattis with two, $1,000 checks—one for Gattis and one for her school. Gattis will now advance to compete with educators across the state for a chance to win prizes ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Congratulations to Ms. Gattis. We appreciate all you do for your students, and best wishes.
Chavez receives $5,000 grant to resume ballroom dancing program
Cesar Chavez Learning Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas to resume the Dancing Classrooms program. Thanks to the grant, students will learn ballroom dancing techniques as a way to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem. The program will resume this fall.
Congratulations to SEM student recently honored with heritage award
Senior Alexis Moreno received the Dallas Hispanic Heritage Youth Award for his commitment to excellence in the classroom and the community. He received a $1,000 scholarship to support his plans to study electrical engineering in the fall at Rice, Texas A&M or UT-Dallas.
Congratulations to two students from W.T. White who served as honorary co- captains during recent Dallas Mavericks games
Jessica Ramirez and Luis Buenrostros (Buen ROS tros) each were chosen for their participation in STEM programs. The program is sponsored by Exxon/Mobil and the Dallas Mavericks.
Congratulations to Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy 10th-grader
Kendell Long was interviewed by the Urban Educator, a national publication, and quoted in the article about his experience at the Presidential Inauguration. Long was quoted in the article saying “I know that I’m able to accomplish anything if I set my mind to it…” The academy took 99 honor roll students to the event.
Jose Garcia, a teacher assistant, is a true hero
Garcia, an assistant at Cochran Elementary, saved the life of a young student by performing the Heimlich maneuver on him after food lodged in the young boy’s throat during lunch. Garcia noticed the student had fallen to the floor and ran to render aid.
Congratulations to some of our student athletes
We had 112 students sign Letters of Intent with colleges and universities earlier this month. We are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to great things from each of these talented athletes.
W.T.White sophomore Hayley Lim made a hole-in-one during a golf tournament at Keeton Park. She and her coaches are still celebrating.
Pinkston High School sisters are a dynamic duo in girls’ soccer. Senior Abby Hernandez is the leading scorer in girls’ soccer in the area, and her sister Yenni, a junior, is recognized for providing the majority of the passes to her big sister.
Students named as finalists for prestigious national awards
Felipe Reyes, a student at SEM, has been selected as a finalist for the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Four Booker T. Washington students were named candidates for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program. Those students are: Ani Mayo, Jenna Mitchell, Montana Michniak and Elliott Skinner.
We have several students who are finalists for the National Merit program: Sydney Pedigo, Hillcrest HS; Spencer Abrams, Rebekah Bell, Alia Eckardt, Augustus Garelick, Alcindor Leadon, Art Leangsuksun (Lee ang suk sun), Patrick Moore, Jee Yoo and Lucy Zhang (Shang), all from TAG; and SEM’s Cienna Dubay, Jake Robinson and Felipe Flores.
National Achievement finalists are: TAG’s Alcindor Leadon and Walter Oliver.
North Dallas High School honors
Five hundred and seventy-five (575) honor roll students at North Dallas recently received a nod from President Obama for their academic achievement in the third six weeks grading period. At the request of Principal Dinnah Escanilla, the students received certificates of achievement signed by the President and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Also, the school’s debate team students, Jose Ramirez and Raviola Wenno, will advance to the 2012-2013 UIL State Cross-Examination Debate Meet held, March 11-16, at The University of Texas at Austin.
Congratulations to Trini Garza Early College High School
The school won four national project awards from the Young Science Achievers Program which focuses on STEM project development and research. The students submitted projects on harnessing electric power from soil microbes and effective wind blades for generating electric power. The students are under the direction of Garza teacher Bennett O’Conner.
Dallas ISD student wins second place in national poster contest
Tiara Houston of Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary won second place in the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Poster Contest. The poster focused on the theme My Rules of Safety.
District fourth-grader wins MLK Community Center competition
Johanna Hernandez, a student at William B. Miller Elementary, won first place in the MLK Community Center’s oratory competition. Her topic was Passing on the Dream. Hernandez was awarded a certificate, yellow roses and a $50 gift card.
Congratulations to Hillcrest High School student for earning a $30,000 scholarship from the Davey O’Brien Foundation
Elizabeth Crowling, an athlete, scholar and animal-shelter volunteer will use the scholarship to pursue a degree as a veterinarian.
District counselors to be honored for excellence
The Texas School Counseling Association is recognizing 40 Dallas ISD counselors for their outstanding work supporting students’ academic, personal, social and career development. The counselors represent 11 schools that are among only 43 in the state selected to receive the CREST award.
Fourth-grader wins MLK Oratory Competition
Chinelo King, a student at John Neely Bryan ES, won the 21st annual competition sponsored by Dallas’ Gardere law firm. In his speech, Chinelo pledged to make the world a better place.
Students at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary will participate in NASA project
A group of fifth-graders from the school will build and operate robots this spring as part of NASA’s Robotics, Ocean, Microgravity Explorers (ROME) Challenge Project. The project is designed to expose students to STEM careers. Lowe is one of only 10 schools nationwide to be invited to participate in the program.
W.T. White ushered in a new schoolwide tradition to get students ready for finals
Teachers and staff prepared and served breakfast for more than 300 students. While eating, students formed study groups to prepare for the ACPs. There are plans for more Finals Breakfast events in the spring.
Two teachers named New Science Teacher Academy Fellows
Kathleen McAdams, a teacher at Booker T. Washington, and Michelle Porter, a teacher at Thomas Jefferson, have been named New Science Teacher Academy Fellows.
The two are among 244 middle and secondary science teachers nationwide selected by the National Science Teachers Association to take part in a year-long professional development program.
Albert Sydney Johnston Elementary receives book donation to build library
Thanks to the National Council of Negro Women-DeSoto and Earning by Learning, students at Johnston have added more than 200 books to their school library, and they will continue to receive books from the organization throughout the year.
Dealey International Academy students and teacher featured in national art magazine
Teacher Matt Mazur and students Brady Allen, Leslie Ku and Elvina Almeida are featured in the January issue of Arts & Activities magazine. The article, written by Mr. Mazur, showcases the students’ amate (ah-MAH-tay) art work—a form of traditional Mexican art.
Students at Oliver Wendell Holmes MS invited to hear acclaimed author
Walter Dean Meyers, author of young adult literature and five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, spoke recently to the students during a visit to the Dallas Public Library. He shared with the students how reading and writing changed his life.
Congratulations to T.J. Rusk Middle School
The school was recently named an AVID National Demonstration school.
Kudos to Molina HS English teacher
Irene Rangel is one of 10 recipients of the 2013 Texas Exes Award for Outstanding Teachers. Congratulations, Irene.
Dallas ISD employee receives hero award from District Attorney
Congratulations to Mr. Larry Barlow, from Withers Elementary, for receiving the Dallas County District Attorney’s first Hero Award for stopping to render aid to a crime victim nearly 30 years ago.
Students and staff at DESA used team spirit to garner a $1,000 donation for the school
DESA was one of 19 spectator teams at the Dallas Marathon to cheer runners throughout the event. Teams were judged on creativity, spirit, and noise, as well as how well they represented a positive image of West Dallas. DESA came in 2nd and received a $1,000 donation for the school.
“Trini” Garza Early College High School wins 1st place for having the largest number of student participants at the Dallas Marathon
As the Dallas ISD secondary school with the largest number of participants, the Garza team earned $250 to purchase fitness equipment.
Teen Board members featured in Dallas Post Tribune
Congratulations to Lupita Rios from Bryan Adams High School and Jaziah Masters from the School of Business and Management for being featured in the community paper for their involvement in Teen Board.
Booker T. Washington student makes All State four years in a row
Allie Stewart, a music senior, is the first student at the school to make All State for four years for her outstanding work on the violin.
Congratulations to Roosevelt High School. They are celebrating their 50th anniversary today!
SOC student will be featured on Channel 5 as Scholar Athlete of the Week
Anthony Smith can be seen this Saturday at noon on Inside High School Sports which airs on Ch. 5.
Congratulations to W.T. White High School for receiving a great boost in support of their arts program.
Thanks to the Timmons Art Foundation, W.T. White High School received a $2,500 check to be used for their Fine Arts Department. The foundation donated proceeds from the 2012 Designers Choice Fashion Preview held earlier this month in Dallas.
Eleven Dallas ISD high school teams will represent the district at the Regional Academic Decathlon in January.
High school students participated in the district Academic Decathlon on November 17, and eleven teams flexed their academic muscles to advance to regionals. The high school teams advancing are:
- W.T. White
- Thomas Jefferson
Regionals will be held at Emmett J. Conrad High School on January 25th and 26th.Dallas ISD was recently awarded a Farm to School grant by the USDA.
The grant, in the amount of $43,587, will be used to promote the use of local foods and increase awareness about healthier lifestyles among our students. The grant will also help to incorporate nutritional education activities in curriculum planning. And finally, congratulations to Dallas ISD for being named a finalist for the Race to the Top grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
The district is among 61 applicants selected as finalists. The DOE expects to select 15-25 winning applications for the four-year awards that will range from $5 million to $40 million. Awards are expected to be announced no later than Dec. 31, 2012.
Several district high school bands made an impressive showing recently at UIL competitions
Congratulations to the bands from Thomas Jefferson, Seagoville, Bryan Adams, and Sunset for receiving Division 1 superior ratings at the UIL Region 20 Marching Contest. Additionally, Sunset joined Madison to represent the district in the area contests. Other schools participating in the competition were: W.T. White, Samuell, SOC, Kimball, Adamson, Conrad, Carter, Hillcrest, Woodrow Wilson, Pinkston, Molina, Wilmer-Hutchins and Skyline.
John F. Kennedy Learning Center captures the Texas CREST award for excellence
The school’s guidance and counseling program has been recognized as one of the top 40 school counseling programs in Texas. Schools receiving the Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas award have demonstrated a commitment to using the school guidance and counseling program to improve the lives and achievement of students.
Students take top awards in Dallas Urban Debate Alliance competition
Dallas ISD schools took home 1st place wins at the Dallas Urban Debate held recently. Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet won the 1st Place Sweepstakes award for the high school division, while William B. Travis Academy took home the 1st Place Sweepstakes award in the middle school division. Other middle school teams included: Marsh, Spence, Quintanilla, Franklin, and Ann Richards.
First place individual winners included: Sadie Townsel and Dillon Mossman from Travis; Gabriel Jankousky (Jan kow ski), Kadrian (Kay dree an) Oliver, and Mac Murchison from Woodrow Wilson; Kenya Loya and Gustavo Alonzo from Skyline; and Victor Martinez and Erick Alonso from Sunset High School.
Congratulations to one of our “Trini” Garza High School students who was elected to serve as president of a college honor society.
High School student Erick Solis will preside over Sigma Delta Mu, the college level, Spanish Honor Society. Erick is a senior at Trini Garza Early College where he is dually enrolled as a college student at Mountain View.
Dallas ISD high schools earn top rating from US News and World Report.
In its annual review of high schools across the country, US News and World Report gave “top ranked” status to several of our high schools. The School for the Talented and Gifted was named number one in Texas and the nation, followed by the School of Science and Engineering which ranked number two in the state and third in the nation.
Dallas ISD student earns a top speaker prize in the George W. Bush Institute High School Debate competition held recently.
- Booker T. Washington (15th in the state)
- Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (23rd in the state)
- Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet (26th in the state)
- School of Business and Management (40th in the state)
- School of Health Professions (53rd in the state)
- W.T. White High School (60th in the state)
During the competition, North Dallas High School student Denisse Rangel ranked among the top ten speakers at the event and had an opportunity to meet President George W. Bush and have her photo taken with him. TAG student named to a state board position.
Cecilia Esquivel was named the Student Director for the Pan American Student Forum of Texas. The organization fosters cordial relations among all groups and works to provide opportunities for students and teachers to learn more about North and South America and the Spanish speaking world.
Arthur Kramer Elementary is a Green Ribbon School
The school was recognized for its efforts to raise awareness about the environment and promote green living. Kramer students and staff have initiated several projects at their school, including recycling, gardening, campus beautification, and many others.
2012 Yale Educator Award honors Dallas ISD teacher
Carolyn Reitz, a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School, is the recipient of the 2012 Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and achieve excellence.
Teachers surprised with $1,000 in office supplies
Dan D. Rogers teacher Sudhir Vasal (Su DEAR VAH sle) and Elisha M. Pease teacher Mildred Henry were both surprised with $1,000 in school supplies courtesy of OfficeMax. Teachers were nominated by their principals for their dedication in the classroom.
Students recognized as Commended in the National Merit Scholarship Program
Eight students at Booker T. Washington High School have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are: Sheridan Cavalier, Naomi Cohen, Aidan Earle, Craig Green, Lily Puff-Heffernan, Sara Pursell, Alexa Weiand, and Daryl Barth.
Five seniors named National Achievement Scholarship Program semifinalists
The annual recognition is part of the National Merit Scholarship Program. The students could each earn one of 700 scholarships worth $2,500.The students are: Shiarra D. Patrick, Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy; Cathryn M. Gibbs, James Madison High School; Broderick L. Williams, School of Science and Engineering; Alcindor E. Leadon, School for the Talented and Gifted; and Walter L. Oliver, School for the Talented and Gifted.
Spruce Academy of Engineering awarded grant
The Academy was awarded the 2012 Kelly Engineering Resources Grant in the amount of $2,000. They are one of three engineering academies in the nation to be awarded the grant.
Fifty-one Dallas ISD teachers were awarded Grants for Innovative Teaching
The grants, totaling $89,000, were presented by the Junior League of Dallas and TI. Teachers will use the grants to fund classroom projects that would otherwise be unfunded.
National Merit Scholars semifinalists named
Fourteen Dallas ISD students are among 16,000 other students from across the country named as semifinalists for the prestigious award. Winners will be announced beginning in April 2013.
Ann Richards MS honored with top design/construction award by ENR Texas & Louisiana
The new middle school, which opened this year, was named the 2012 Best K-12 Education Project for achievements in design and construction. The architect/construction teams will be presented with the regional award in December and will be entered into the national competition.
Rangel teacher and student are on a climbing expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro
Teacher Dana Clark and student Leeann are part of the expedition expected to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on Sunday. They are accompanied by a film crew supported by the National Science Foundation documenting the climb for the GLOBE Web site. Live webinars are broadcasting the team’s experience back to Rangel. The next webinar is scheduled for Oct. 1.
Director named 2012 Administrator of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Barbara Johnson, director of Health and Physical Education, has been honored with the award for her excellence and accomplishments in the field of health and physical education. She is recognized across the state as an advocate for healthy lifestyles.
Congratulations to Lucia Sorensen from Degolyer Elementary
Ms. Sorensen is one of three winners of the Texas Alternative Certification Association Intern of the Year for 2011-2012.
Townview schools continue to receive national recognition
Congratulations to the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet for being named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
Also,congratulations to the School of Science and Engineering which has been named an Intel School of Distinction, netting the top award for high school mathematics and a prize package worth an estimated $75,000 from the Intel Foundation.
J.L. Long Middle School was awarded a $4,000 grant for deaf education program
Long received the grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The school will use the funds to support literacy in its deaf education program.
Zumwalt Middle School gets a fresh look
The school hosted more than 400 volunteers from the Entrepreneurs for North Texas who spent 9/11 sprucing up its campus. The service project is a collaborative effort with Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Grow South initiative.
Collegiate academy awarded outstanding design
Congratulations to the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy for being awarded the Grand Prize for Outstanding Design by School Planning & Management. The school graced the cover of that group’s national magazine for its architectural design.
W.T. White math chair is a Tech Titan
Hats off to Janine Amy, chair of the W.T. White Math Department, who was honored with the Tech Titan Award presented by the Metroplex Technology Business Council. The award recognized her for her innovative use of technology in the classroom and throughout the school.Michelle Porter, a teacher at Thomas Jefferson, was named a finalist for the award.
BTW dance teacher awarded Princess Grace honor
Bridget Moore, a dance teacher at Booker T. Washington,received the 2012 Princess Grace Award for choreography. The award was given by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA for Moore’s outstanding work with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Bowie student chosen as National Ambassador
Aleyda Sanches, a fifth-grader at James Bowie Elementary,was selected as one of four students from across the country to serve as National Student Ambassadors for Fuel Up to Play 60. She will attend the Student Summit held in Washington, D.C. in July. Seven teachers receive $10,000 STEM award from TI Foundation
The Texas Instruments Foundation recognized seven teachers with a $10,000 STEM award for innovative teaching in science, technology,engineering and math. The teachers are:
Congratulations to principals selected for Harvard leadership
- Aaron Baldridge, School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Molly Freid, North Dallas High School
- Michael Jones, Moises E. Molina High School
- Jayda Batchelder, L.V. Stockard Middle School
- Susan Bourenane, George Bannerman Dealey International Academy
- Rachel Burnett, W.T. White High School
- Veronda Washington, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
Principals Andrea Cockrell from Withers Elementary and Eric Markinson from Middle College High School were selected to participate in Harvard University’s leadership development programs this summer.The principals were selected by the Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Program which seeks to improve education in our state by supporting and developing school leaders. Alternative Certification interns honored
Teachers Elizabeth Pittman from H. Grady Spruce and Lucia Sorenson from DeGolyer Elementary were named 2012 Interns of the Year by the Texas Alternative Certification Association. Both teachers are part of Dallas ISD’s Alternative Certification Program.
Congratulations to the winner of the DART Poster Contest
Sophie Anthony, a 9th-grader at Booker T. Washington won the grand prize which included a cash prize of $300. Her artwork will be highlighted on the side of DART buses throughout the summer.
TAG and SEM continue to make headlines as top schools in the nation
The School for the Talented and Gifted and the School of Engineering at Townview continue to gain national recognition. This week, Newsweek named TAG the #2 school in the nation and SEM came in at #4. In a list compiled by The Washington Post, SEM ranks #3 and TAG ranks #6.
Earlier this month, U.S. News and World Report ranked TAG #1 in the nation and SEM was #3.
Principal of the Year named
Congratulations to the district’s Principal of the Year Irene Aguilar from Soto Elementary and the Associate Principal of the Year Pamela Wilson from Hill Middle School.
Central Elementary’s Michelle Huddleston was named Teacher Assistant of the Year. She has been a TA for two years and runs the school store, serves as assistant test coordinator, and many other duties.
Dallas ISD students named Gates Millennium Scholars
The district has 7 students named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars: Jannet Barrera, Sunset HS; D’Wahn Kelly, Roosevelt HS; Jasmine Lucas and Crystal Nwannunu (Nuh wan nu nu), Health Professions; Dayna Martin, Woodrow; Ursula Walker, Booker T. Washington; and Joseph Reyes, W.T. White.
Booker T. Washington students earn honors
Booker T. Washington dance student Taylor Rodman was named a 2012 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and Fiona Robberson, placed as one of ten finalists at the 29th English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York.
Lincoln student showcases film at festival
LaRhonda Summerville, a student at Lincoln, showcased her film Sean Bell: Police Brutality at the 6th annual Dallas International Film Festival. Her film was one of 20 student films to be showcased.
Congratulations to our Teacher and Teacher Assistant of the Year
Meshonda Cole, a sixth-grade math teacher at Kennedy-Curry Middle School was named Teacher of the Year Monday night. She has been an educator for 10 years and a master teacher for six years.
Central Elementary’s Michelle Huddleston was named Teacher Assistant of the Year. She has been a TA for two years and runs the school store, serves as assistant test coordinator, and many other duties.
W.W. Samuell students awarded $20,000 scholarships
W.W. Samuell High School students Kevin Vasquez and Tristan Stiggers were each awarded a $20,000 scholarship from the Deloitte/Fairway to Success program sponsored by the North Texas PGA.
Teams headed to Destination ImagiNation global competition
Destination ImagiNation teams from Central Elementary, Rosemont Chris V. Semos Elementary, and Lee McShan Elementary are headed to the Destination ImagiNation Global competition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville May 23-26.
Dallas ISD cross country scholars awarded scholarships
Six Dallas ISD senior runner-scholars were each awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the Dallas Running Club. The students are: KaBriesha (Ka bree sha) Barber, Lincoln HS; Carlos Flores, Bryan Adams HS; Alejandro Gonzales, TJ High School; Jatsive Hernandez and Jonathan Reyes, W.T. White; and Christine Kuehmeier (Ku my er), Hillcrest.
Students take 1st place in Dallas Bar Association Law Day Contest
Chandler Thomas, an 8th-grader at Harry Stone Montessori, won 1st place in the Dallas Bar Association Law Day essay contest. Tera Skinner, a 2nd-grader at Henry B. Gonzalez ES, placed 1st in the art contest. Both students will be honored at a luncheon in May.
Educator chosen to participate in national academy
LaKisha Thomas, academic coordinator at Arlington Park and Tom C. Field elementary schools, was selected to attend the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy July 22-27, at the Library Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. The Academy provides teachers with tools to enhance their curriculum and discover innovative ways to teach math and science.
Teacher of the Year finalists named
Congratulations to the district’s Teacher of the Year finalists: Meshonda Cole, Kennedy-Curry MS, Cedric Jacobson, Spruce HS, Shequita Miller, Hogg ES, and Lauren Tims, Spence Talented/Gifted Academy.
Congratulations also to the Teacher Assistant of the Year finalists: Tina M. Campbell, Stonewall Jackson ES, Blanca E. Espinosa, North Dallas HS, Gabriela Garcia, San Jacinto ES, Michelle M. Huddleston, Central ES, and Joycelyn Scott, School Community Guidance Center. Winners will be announced May 7.
Former John Quincy Adams Elementary principal named Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce Principal of the Year
Jaime Sandoval, former John Quincy Adams Elementary principal, has been named Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce Principal of the Year. Sandoval, recently promoted as Director for Dallas ISD’s Extended Year School Department, will be honored at the Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce Spring Awards Banquet.
Dallas ISD teachers recognized for students’ achievements in math and science
Teachers Stacey McMullen, W.H. Adamson High School and Todd Abronowitz, North Dallas High School were named 2012 All American Teachers of the Year by the National Math and Science Initiative. The awards honor outstanding Advanced Placement math, science, and English teachers who participate in the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program.
Student selected to perform with Herbie Hancock
Michael Mitchell, a music student at Booker T. Washington, has been selected to perform with jazz great Herbie Hancock at the International Jazz Day in New Orleans Monday, April 30.
The event is designed to bring together communities, schools, and other groups in a celebration of jazz music across the globe.
Also, at Booker T. Washington, student Christian Vasquez and his film team have been named semifinalists in the 3rd Annual TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Festival. The team’s film “A Spark” was one of six high school shorts selected out of several hundred entries.
J.L. Long sixth-grader wins second grand prize at science and engineering fair
Jett Jones, a student at J.L. Long Middle School won the Second Grand Prize at the 2012 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair. Jett won the honor with his project Choose Organic to Avoid Panic! He will now be eligible to compete this summer in the Broadcom MASTERS, a national STEM program for sixth through eighth-grade students. Winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to compete nationally this fall.
Lincoln High School Academy of Engineering featured on CBS 11
The Academy of Engineering at Lincoln High School was featured on CBS11 as a program that challenges students in multiple ways. Congratulations to teacher Darren Corollo and Principal Leslie Swann for providing students with an excellent program that will certainly give them a foundation for success.
W. T. White High School’s Debate Team wins city championship
Congratulations to the W.T. White Debate Team for earning the top spot in the 2012 Urban Debate Championship. The team will compete next for the national title in Washington DC in April. Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet earned 2nd place and will compete in the national competition as well.
Booker T. Washington students named finalists for National Merit honor; mock trial team placed third at state competition
Four students from Booker T. Washington High School have been named as finalists for the National Merit program: Adam Truett, Regan Devers, Graham Dudley and Katie Wolf.
Also, Booker T. Washington’s Mock Trial team placed third in the state competition.
D.A. Hulcy girls shine
Congratulations to the young ladies from D.A. Hulcy Middle School who participated in a program to introduce girls to engineering sponsored by ExxonMobil. The students were among 50 middle school girls throughout the area who participated. Hulcy’s team won the competition to build the strongest house made of playing cards.
Skyline students weigh in on national reading list for young readers
Five students from Skyline High School were chosen to help select the national Best Fiction for Young Adults list. The students are all members of Skyline’s Library Club, and they participated in the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Each of the students were given the opportunity to tell the panel of judges why they their favorite books should make the list.
Richard Lagow students win African-American Bowl
Sixth-grade students Sir Dean Moore, Gerardo Ramirez, and Alonso Castro won the African-American Bowl, an academic competition held at Northlake Community College. All three students participate in the after school program Project Manhood.
Greiner student wins Trinity River Art Contest
Emmanuel Ramirez, a seventh-grade student at Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy, won the Trinity River Art Contest celebrating the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. In addition to a monetary award for Emmanuel, Greiner will receive $1,000 for its fine arts program.
Atwell student wins essay contest and takes band members to the sympony
La’Darria Ervin, a student at W.H. Atwell Law Academy, won the district’s Dallas Wind Symphony Essay Contest. For her outstanding essay, La’Darria and her fellow band members were treated to the Dallas Wind Symphony Concert at the Meyerson.
Principal receives Masonic honor
Jonnice Berns, principal at Anne Frank Elementary, will be honored by the White Rock Masonic Lodge #234 with the Community Builders Award on February 14. This award is regarded as the highest honor a Masonic Lodge can bestow on a non-Mason for uncommon devotion to community.
TAG students named finalists for National Merit honor
Five students from the School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview have been named as finalists for the National Merit program: Victor de la Cruz, Samuel Fernandez, Liam McShane, Benjamin Renard, and Sheridan Taylor. Students Theo Adama and Nicholas Okafor were named as National Achievement finalists.
Molina culinary students head to state
Molina HS culinary arts students won the ProStart Regional Competition sponsored by the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association. Alondria Ruiz, Elizabeth Limon, Ashley de Jesus, Margarita Lara, and Jasmin Meza will next compete at the state competition on March 3, in Round Rock.
East Dallas Chamber names Teacher of the Year
Brooke Varner, a teacher at Woodrow Wilson, was named Teacher of the Year by the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Varner is the International Baccalaureate coordinator and teaches biology.
Garza Early College a finalist for 2012 Excellence Award; Gooch Elementary makes honor roll
Trinidad “Trini” Garza has been named a finalist for the 2012 NCUST Excellence in Urban Education Award. They are one of five high schools in the nation to be named finalist. Tom C. Gooch Elementary School has been named as an Honor Roll School.
Congratulations to Dr. Janice Lombardi, principal at Garza, and to Katrina De Los Reyes, principal at Gooch, and their dedicated staff, and incredible students.
SEM senior receives Hispanic Heritage Youth Award
Cristhian Ulloa (oo YO ah), a senior at the School of Science and Engineering was recognized by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation for his achievements in engineering and mathematics. Ulloa was awarded the 2011 ExxonMobil Gold Medallion at the regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony held at SMU.
Jazz educator receives national award
Bart Marantz, head of jazz studies at Booker T. Washington High School, was honored with the prestigious John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year award by the Jazz Education Network and Berklee College of Music.
Three schools nominated to be 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools
Judge Barefoot Sanders School of Law Magnet, C.A. Tatum Jr. Elementary and Umphrey Lee Elementary have all been nominated as 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools. The schools are among 26 Texas public schools nominated. The winners will be announced in September.
Finalists named in 2012 MLK Jr. Oratory Competition
Eight finalists in the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition were named last week after the semifinal round of the annual oratory contest.
The finalists are:
- Kofi Forson, William L. Cabell Elementary
- Breyelle Gooden, Robert L. Thornton Elementary
- Harper Jones, Charles Rice Learning Center
- Michael Jones, Louise Wolff Kahn Elementary
- Tawfiq Mohammad, William Lipscomb Elementary
- George Rivera, Urban Park Elementary
- Marcel Williams, Ronald E. McNair Elementary
- Jacob Wizeman, H.C. Withers Elementary.
The finals are set for 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 13, at the Majestic Theater.
Fourth-grader takes first place in state competition
Michael Sanchez, a fourth-grade student at Umphrey Lee Elementary placed first in the 3rd-5th-grade category at the 24th Annual Geography Awareness Week Poster Contest sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education. Michael and his family, teacher and principal all traveled to Austin for a ceremony honoring the winners at the state capitol.
Ten teams advance to regional competition in the Dallas ISD Academic Decathlon
Ten district teams placed in last weekend’s Academic Decathlon held at Molina High School and will advance to regional competition Jan. 20 and 21 at Conrad High School.
The teams are:
- Thomas Jefferson
- W.T. White
- School of Health Professions
Mount Auburn Elementary gearing up to celebrate 90 years
Students and staff at Mount Auburn Elementary are gearing up to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary at the school Wednesday, December 14.
Dallas ISD students place in Thanksgiving art/essay contest
Donovan Graves, a third-grader at J.P. Starks, and Carina Rabago, 10th-grade student at North Dallas High, placed first in their respective categories in the annual Thanksgiving Expressions Art Competition sponsored by Thanks-Giving Square.
Skyline Raiders vie for the Class 5A division title
Dallas ISD's Skyline High School Raiders (13-0) will take on The Woodlands Highlanders (12-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Class 5A Division 1 Region 2 Final football game at Waco ISD Stadium. The winner will play a state semifinal game against the winner of the Region 1 final between Southlake Carroll and Arlington Martin.
Volunteers came out in force to emphasize reading
More than 2,500 volunteers converged on district schools to read to students for 11 minutes on 11.11.11. In an effort to promote literacy on this special calendar date, trustees and district staff joined volunteers from throughout the city to share the joy of reading with students.
TAG awarded $25,000 grant
The School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the ORIX Foundation to be used to purchase critical educational supplies and classroom equipment.
Six schools recognized with 2011 College Readiness Awards
Six Dallas ISD schools were recognized by the Texas ACT Council for significantly increasing ACT composite scores over the past five years, increasing or maintaining participation in the ACT, and improving student college readiness:
- School of Business and Management
- Rosie Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services
- W.W. Samuell
- W.T. White
Music students score in regional competition
A number of Dallas ISD students were victorious in their efforts to represent the district at regional competition:
- 16 students and 3 alternatives from Booker T., Townview and Sunset made the All Region Jazz Band.
- 16 middle school students from Greiner placed in the Middle School All Region Mariachi.
- 4 high school students from Booker T. and Woodrow placed in the High School All Region Mariachi.
- The bands from Thomas Jefferson and Bryan Adams high schools advanced to Area Competition in the Class 4A UIL Marching Band Competition.
- 53 high school students and 30 middle school students placed in the All Region Orchestras.
Stand out student
Terrance Dean Jr., a 5th-grader at Carver Creative Arts Center, is already making a name for himself in all the right ways. During the month of October, Terrance served as the show host for the Dream Concert held at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters; he was later asked to introduce actors Ruby Dee and Clifton Davis at separate TBAAL events; and appeared on KGGR radio sharing his ambitions and dreams. He says that he already has his eye on Harvard.
NCEA 2011 Higher Performing Schools
Fifty-one Dallas ISD schools were named 2011 Higher Performing Schools by the National Center for Educational Achievement. These schools were recognized for consistently preparing students for college and careers.
Bowie Elementary coach recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama
Sharon Foster, the physical education coach at James Bowie Elementary, returned recently from the White House where First Lady Michelle Obama recognized her along with 1,200 physical education teachers and food service directors from across the country for their efforts to make schools healthier.
Principal to receive honor
Cheryl Freeman of Elisha M. Pease has been selected as the Texas Arts Education Association Principal of the Year. She will be recognized at the organization’s annual conference in Galveston on November 11.
W. T. White High School selected to participate in university study
W. T. White High School is one of 29 high schools in Texas chosen to participate in a research study by Texas A&M University to determine the factors that schools utilize to ensure all their students, including minorities, are successful. W. T. White teachers Ramona Heard-Ford and STEM award-winner Jason Wallace will represent the school in meetings and conversations with the university and other school districts across the state.
Half of Dallas ISD 2010 high school graduates enrolled in college
According to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse, 50 percent of our 2010 graduates enrolled in college following high school graduation. The report shows the numbers have continued to increase each year since 2008.
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy students Austin Davis, Ceaser Hernandez, Bryce Samuel, Dalton Sherman and Jeremy Terrell all had an opportunity to meet and shake hands with the President of the United States when President Obama visited Dallas early this month.
LifeChangers at W.W. Samuell High School
Israel Cordero, principal at W.W. Samuell High School and Sandra Winkley, a teacher at Samuell have both been named a LifeChanger of the Year by the National Life Group for making a positive difference in students’ lives.
C.F. Carr selected for $5,000 grant
Texas Rangers Michael Young selected C.F. Carr Elementary to receive a $5,000 grant from the Major League Baseball Trust earmarked for technology purchases.
TAG teacher is the 2011 Region 10 Rising Star
Stephanie Savala, a Gifted and Talented teacher at William Lipscomb and Asher Silberstein elementary schools, was named the 2011 Region 10 Rising Star by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for her commitment to advanced professional development and dedication to gifted students.
Administrator returns to classroom in PJs to promote reading
Clarissa Plair, our Reading Language Arts director, headed back to the classroom to promote the importance of reading at bedtime. Earlier this month, Clarissa joined elementary students to read the storybook Llama Llama Red Pajama, and they all dressed in their PJs—including Clarissa; and there are pictures on Flickr, and video on News Beat to prove she did.
Two student entrepreneurs to pitch ideas today (Oct. 6)
Aden Shank of Woodrow Wilson HS and Chelsi Hubbard of Conrad HS are pitching their products at the Network for Teaching and Entrepreneurships’ Elevator Pitch 2011 competition today (Oct. 6) in New York City. An "elevator pitch" is a carefully crafted message designed to explain a business to a potential investor in the amount of time it takes to ride an elevator. Both students developed their product, their business plan, and their marketing strategy as part of their Career and Technology classes.
Nine schools honored with the 2011 Texas Honors Circle Award
Nine Dallas ISD schools were recognized for achieving significant academic growth among students while maintaining cost-effective operations. They were among 313 Texas schools to receive the Texas Honors Circle Award and recognized by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. The schools are:
- Arcadia Park Elementary School
- F.P. Caillet Elementary School
- Tom C. Gooch Elementary
- Stephen C. Foster Elementary
- Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School
- Ronald E. McNair Elementary School
- George Peabody Elementary School
- Edna Rowe Elementary School
- Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services
Innovative teaching grants awarded to more than 90 teachers
More than 90 teachers received Junior League of Dallas Grants for Innovative Teaching to support groundbreaking projects addressing literacy, STEM, arts, and enrichment initiatives. More than $112,000 was awarded to teachers at 45 district schools.
Sixteen Dallas ISD schools named to 2011 TBEC Honor Roll
Sixteen Dallas ISD schools were named to the 2011 TBEC Honor Roll for sustained academic excellence. The Honor Roll represents less than 4 percent of all public schools in Texas and is comprised of schools considered to be among the state’s most outstanding schools. TBEC evaluates each school based on its commended performance over the past three years.
Four schools honored with Blue Ribbon title
Congratulations to the staff and students at Dallas Environmental Science Academy, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services, and School of Science and Engineering on being named 2011 Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.
Operation Graduation students reported back to school
Kudos go out to Erica and LaMont, students at H. Grady Spruce High School, for returning to school. They are just two of the students we visited during Operation Graduation earlier this month. These young people were at risk to become dropouts and had not returned to school for various reasons. I’m happy to report they are back at school and continuing their education.
Seven Dallas ISD teachers honored with TI STEM teaching awards
Seven Dallas ISD teachers have earned 2011 Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Teaching Awards from the Texas Instruments Foundation.
The teachers are:
- Willy Flores, Hillcrest High School
- Jason Hogan, Sunset High School
- Toni Legg, Robert T. Hill Middle School
- John Long, Woodrow Wilson High School
- Bennett O’Connor, Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College
- Jan Taylor, Emmett J. Conrad High School
- Scheryl Woodard, Townview Academic Center
Each of the honorees received $10,000, half of which is directly awarded to the teacher and half is to be used at the teacher’s discretion for professional development or instructional technology.