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  • Dallas ISD Trustee Justin Henry | December 2019

    Posted by Dallas ISD on 12/2/2019

    ‘Tis the Season—and We Are Grateful for Your Support! 

    As Dallas ISD prepares for a break to gather for celebrations with family and friends, I want to say thank you on behalf of the District 9 family of schools and the entire district. Thank you to a big-hearted community that came through in multiple ways to help us recover from the October tornado. From the million-dollar donations of our major sports teams to school supplies, cash, gift cards, uniforms, technology and uplifting cards and letters to our students, your support was truly heartwarming.

    To everyone who lifted up even a prayer for us, I say thank you.

    Important to Know:

    Dallas ISD Transportation is proposing changes to reduce the number of bus stops and ride time for students who ride district buses to choice and magnet schools and collegiate academies. The plan is based on input and feedback collected from parents at focus groups and community meetings. The task force that developed the proposed changes weighed issues such as equity, the need to reduce student’s travel time, and the quality of the transportation experience. To review the proposed changes to the choice school bus routes, go to www.dallasisd.org/transportation.  

    Kudos and Congratulations:

    Teacher Tracy Savage of J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard received the Mary McLeod Bethune Outstanding Teacher Award at the recent conference of the National Association of Black School Educators. 

    The Dallas NAACP recently honored five District 9 students with their 2019 Juanita Craft Scholarships in recognition of scholastic achievement, involvement in school activities, community service and communication skills. The students, who each received $1,000 are:

    • Tim Fields, Lincoln High School
    • Da’Shayla Foard, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
    • Franchesca Jennings, Skyline High School
    • Jesus Ramos, Skyline High School
    • Hannah Selders, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts

    District 9 schools were well represented at the Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards. Science teacher Kamilah Crouch of Skyline High School and math teacher Mary Nunley of CityLab High School were among seven district honorees who each received $10,000 awards from Texas Instruments in recognition of teaching effectiveness, classroom innovations and success at sparking student interest in STEM subjects. 

    In Your Schools:

    Students at Frank Guzick collected more than 250 pounds of food through their annual canned food drive. The donation will provide access to 213 meals for chronically hungry children, families and seniors in North Texas. 

    CityLab High School students used their project management skills to plan a letter-writing event that helped students from Sam Houston Elementary practice their reading comprehension and writing skills by writing letters to Santa. The Polar Express party was featured on Channel 4/CBS news.   

    Mark Your Calendar:

    Mark your calendar for Sat., Jan. 18, and bring your family out to for fun and learning at the annual Dallas ISD STEM Fair. The FREE event will feature dozens of science-related exhibits and competitions of interest to the whole family. The Expo is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. 

    If your student is interested in attending a choice school—a magnet, transformation, or collegiate academy—next year, don’t’ forget that Friday, Jan. 31, is the deadline to apply. If you still need help selecting a best fit school or completing an application for admission, mark your calendar for Sat., Jan. 25, for a Last Chance Specialty School Application Workshop. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy, 1700 E. Camp Wisdom Rd.

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