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  • Dallas ISD Trustee Justin Henry | September 2021

    Posted by Dallas ISD on 9/20/2021

    Welcome back to Dallas ISD! A brand-new school year has arrived filled with opportunities and possibilities. While we have several challenges, including educating students during an ongoing pandemic, I am optimistic that we will continue to thrive and exceed expectations. Dallas ISD is home to the greatest students, parents, and educators anywhere. Together we will rise to the occasion.

    District taking steps to protect students and staff

    Dallas ISD is working diligently to keep students and staff members safe as we endure the resurgence of COVID-19. Even as I pen this column, confirmed cases of coronavirus are soaring and hospitals are filling up in Dallas County. In response, the district has reinstituted its masking mandate in all district schools and facilities. We are also encouraging social distancing where possible, and we encourage all eligible students and staff to get vaccinated. Virtual learning options are also available for students who meet key requirements.

    Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15

    Dallas ISD will observe Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15. Several events, activities, and special menu items will be offered to highlight the diversity and rich legacy of the Hispanic culture. For more information about this commemoration, visit www.dallasisd.org/HHM

    Spanish Website for Dallas ISD Parents

    As part of the Dallas ISD Hispanic Heritage Month observance and the equity and racial effort, the Dallas ISD Parent Advocacy Department has launched a Spanish web page to offer culturally relevant information for parents: www.dallasisd.org/padres, to include the Spanish weekly information sessions broadcast live on Facebook, Spanish podcast episodes, parent resources and Dallas ISD department links, all on one page. For the latest districtwide information and events, parents may also visit the district’s main Spanish web page: www.dallasisd.org/espanol.

    September is School Attendance Awareness Month

    We all know how important school attendance is to the academic success of all students. Studies prove students who make school attendance a priority are more likely to excel. The Dallas ISD Parent Services Department is commemorating School Attendance Month with a variety of fun activities designed to highlight the importance of school attendance. Visit www.dallasisd.org/attendance for more information.

    Junior League funds teacher projects to the tune of $86,880 in grants 

    For almost three decades, the Junior League of Dallas’ Grants for Innovative Teaching project has funded dream projects for district educators to provide interesting and unique learning experiences for students. This year, 41 teachers received grants to cover the cost of dozens of projects – for a total of $86,880 in grants.

    Many thanks to the Junior League of Dallas, and congratulations to the following District 9 educators who received grants:

    Prescilia Ndjana, Rufus C. Burleson Elementary School, $1,855.75

    Brandy Verseckes, Frank Guzick Elementary School, $2,486.85

    Blanca Vazquez, Eduardo Mata Montessori Elementary School, $2,486.85

    Naylee Azad, Frederick Douglas Elementary School, $2,500.00

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