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  • Dallas ISD Trustee Maxie Johnson | November 2019

    Posted by Dallas ISD on 11/1/2019

    Thankful to Serve District 5

    This has been a trying year for our nation, our communities, and for me personally.  It is in these difficult times that we learn to value those things that are nearest and dearest to our hearts.  As we start the holiday season, I would like to issue a District 5 challenge.  I challenge each of us to take five minutes to make a list of five people who have somehow touched our lives.  Then take five days to reach out to them to say, “Thank You”. 

    I’ll start the challenge by saying thank you to an amazing group of individuals in District 5. When I am out and about visiting our schools, the joy of learning can be felt in the hallways.  The sense of accomplishment I see on the faces of our children as they learn and master new skills swells my heart with joy.    None of this would be possible without amazing teachers.

    As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of those teachers who, every day, take our children by the hand and guide, nurture, and teach them so they are prepared to go forward into the world and chart their own path. It is, without a doubt, one of the most noble of professions that helps to mold our future and plants seeds of greatness, discovery, and possibilities.

    Dallas ISD recently celebrated its Campus Teachers of the Year, and they each deserve our highest praise. Thank you for the amazing work you do each day educating our District 5 scholars.  I’m proud to recognize our District 5 Campus Teachers of the Year: Precilla Benjamin, Arvette Williams, Sharmekia Jones, Jinhe Upshaw, Jessica Martinez, Robert Jacobs, Terra McKinney, Christina Esparza, Zakiya Ross, Melody Singleton, Marjorie Jones, Samuel Jackson, Johann Jacobs, Alexander Wakefield, Nadiyah Williams, Austin Hickey, Angela Strong, Temesa Loving, Astrid Cruz, David Reyes, Haddy Brun, Pamela Greer, Ramin Gilani, Tamika Cobb, Lachon Jacobs, Stephanie Tangman, Temeika Spruiells, Valeria Elizondo, Grace Barber, Tyariel Prede, Lindsay Dear, Shanell de la Cruz, Samantha Diaz, Diana Diez de Sollano, and Shavonn Stearns.

    Gather & Give Thanks

    Saturday, November 23rd, I am hosting a Thanksgiving Lunch for District 5 at the Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk Street, Dallas, TX 75232.  I invite you to join us for food, fellowship and fun.  Free turkeys will be available for low-income families and those impacted by the recent tornadoes.

    Time to Choose Dallas ISD

    I’m grateful that in addition to amazing neighborhood schools, District 5 is also home to many open-enrollment choice schools.  The application period is now open through Jan. 31. Parents can learn more about the specialty schools offered in Dallas ISD by visiting www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices, where they can choose the school that best fits the needs and interests of their child. In a continued effort to assist families with navigating the application process, there will be a workshop at New Tech High School at B. F. Darrell on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The school is located next to Veterans Hospital, at 4730 S. Lancaster Rd. Dallas, TX 75216. 

    See What District 5 Has to Offer

    You are invited to attend our Fall Preview Nights to learn about all the exciting academic options offered in Dallas ISD schools. From neighborhood schools and STEM/STEAM, performing arts, Montessori and magnets, to two-way dual language, single-gender, collegiate academies and much more. Explore a school near you. For dates and times visit: www.dallasisd.org/fallpreview

    I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your trustee.  Please feel free to contact me at (972) 925-3720 or at MaxieJohnson@dallasisd.org with questions about Dallas ISD in general and District 5 specifically. I am available to speak with your organization or group and welcome the opportunity. Thank you for supporting Dallas ISD.

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