• Uniform Information

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  • June 3, 2017- Trinidad Garza ECHS Graduation

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  • May 10, 2017- Mountain View College Graduation

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  • Garza 2016-17 Tutoring Schedule

    Click here to see days and times

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  • debate
    Enrique Granados was a Debate Winner in the Fall Championship Tournament!
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  • National Early College Conference - Garza ECHS Student on National Panel
    Jesus Abraham Cantu Valdez, freshmen at Trinidad "Trini"Garza ECHS, spoke on the Student Voices Panel at the NATIONAL EARLY COLLEGE CONFERENCE in Dallas on December 9, 2014.  He told his story and how Garza ECHS is his family now.  He has a dream of becoming a medical doctor one day. Educate Texas assembled the student panel under the direction of Alma Garcia.  Great job, Jesus!
     Jesus Valdez
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  • Homecoming Court
    Knight and Lady (9th grade)
    Felipe Holman
    Samantha Martinez 

    Duke and Duchess (10th grade)
    Andres Barajas
    Stephanie Guerra

    Princess (11th grade)
    Guadalupe Resendiz 

    King and Queen (12th grade)
    Esai Flores
    Cassandra Sanchez
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  • Check out our new page with Trini Garza's biography!
    We added a page under "Our School" for our legacy namesake, Trini Garza!  Check it out!
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  • Student Applications for 2015-16 are available!  (Incoming ninth graders) 
    Please stop by Mountain View College W53 to pick up a packet.  You may also download an application and application information online under "Our School".
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  • PE and peanut butter
    Coach Finley's PE classes donated canned goods and PEANUT BUTTER to the North Texas Food Pantry this November.  Giving hearts and Healthy hearts = Sweet hearts!
    Tis' the Season to GIVE!
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  • Andrea Mata won the Mountain View College Essay Contest in honor of Early College High School Week.
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  • Safety and Sustainability Fair (Garza ECHS) At Mountain View College
    Seniors Represent at the Safety and Sustainability Fair – 10 Mountain View-Garza ECHS Seniors volunteered with Mr. Keller at the Mountain View College Safety and Sustainability Fair on Saturday 18 October.  They are: Andrea Mata, Ronny Andrade, Erika Vasquez, Ocie Chancellor, Joe Ariza, Maria Vasquez, Yesenia Morales, Luis A. Gonzalez, Allan Mendoza, and Diana Ortiz.  Each student earned 8 community service hours for outstanding representation of Trinidad Garza Early College High School.
    Sustainability Fair
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  • Junior League of Dallas Teaching Grants - THREE!
    Three of our Garza ECHS teachers wrote grant proposals and were awarded the Innovation in Teaching Grant from the Junior League of Dallas. The topics and teachers are listed below.  Congratulations to all!
    1. Creating a Sustainable Garden Using Aquaponics Part III  Ms. Edwards-Tyeskie (This is her third win!)
    2. Making Science Relevant:  Investigating Agriculture, Energy and Environmental Issues - Mr. Bennett O'Connor
    3. Beyond 60 minutes a Day:  Transforming P. E. into a Lifelong Habit - Ms. Elizabeth Arevalo. 
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  • young scientists
    Young Scientists of America
    A science team from Garza ECHS participated in the Young Scientists of America at UTDallas and brought home THIRD PLACE honors!  We are so proud of the students and their sponsor, Mr. Bennett Oconnor.
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  • Mr. Kuykendall is Debate Coach of the Year - Dallas Urban Debate Alliance!
    Kuykendall 1
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  • Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Ceremony   
    ~ May 16, 2014 ~
    Garza ECHS students enjoyed the festivities and celebration of awards at the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Ceremony.  State Representative Roberto Alonzo, School Board President Eric Cowan, School Namesake and Community supporter Trini Garza, Principal Janice Lombardi and Assistant Principal Macario Hernandez were all seated at the Garza ECHS table with Garza ECHS students.  Benjamin Yrigollan, community member and parent, sponsored the table for Garza ECHS.  A fun evening was had by all!
    Kristal, Jocelyn, Ben
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    Daniel Faz and Mr. Keller
    DANIEL FAZ, Trinidad "Trini" Garza ECHS sophomore, won the Grand Prize in the Dallas City Water Conservation Art Contest.  His artwork will be featured across the city of Dallas to represent one way to conserve water.  Daniel received an Ipad and his teacher, Mr. Phillip Keller won a $250 gift card.  The award event took place at Dallas City Hall in the Flag Room. The picture above was taken at the award ceremony on May 9, 2014.
     Daniel Faz
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  • Earth Day
    On Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, 2014, Garza ECHS participated in  Earth Day Dallas by hosting a booth in the Automobile Building at the State Fair.  The students were sponsored by Mr. Keller and Mr. OConnor. 
    From Mr. Keller:
    "Trammell Crow stopped by our Garza booth at 5:45 pm Sunday and thanked us for being there.  Many other schools had packed up.  I thanked him for supporting our school and assured him that, having been there from the start, we never packed up until it was time to go (6 PM, both days).  I was also able to point out our grand prize winning entry in the City of Dallas Water Conservation contest.  The booth still looked great and we were staffed with our 10th grade forerunners for next year."
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  • Check out the Garza Bio Club's website! 
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  • Dallas Mayor's Race ~ Salvador Sanchez, Garza ECHS junior, finishes FIRST in 5K!  And Garza ECHS won $250 FIRST place participation prize!

     Dallas Mayor's race
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  • Garza ECHS wears RED on National Heart Awareness Week

    Wear Red Day


    Thank you to Coach Finley and the Junior Class for organizing the Wear Red Day at Garza ECHS.  Lots of red was seen in the hallways of Mountain View College and Garza ECHS. 
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    SMU field trip
    What an eye-opening experience!  Our tenth graders toured the Meadows Museum with a writing assignment  and "look-for" list.  After visiting the art museum, they toured the SMU campus and were all enthusiastic about the college.  Well-behaved and well-mannered ~ that was the feedback from the museum and SMU greeters.  Those Garza blazers are sharp looking!
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  • Garrett Boone and class officers

    On October 16, Garza ECHS had a new principal for the day!  Garrett Boone, Chairman Emeritus of the Container Store and Chairman of the Boone Foundation, experienced a day in the life of a high school principal.  Mr. Boone visited science labs, English Literature classrooms, reviewed our school data, met individual students who had questions, and met with our college partner, Mountain View College President, Felix Zamora. 

    Most importantly, he met with the Garza Student Leadership Team (class officers from 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades) to take questions from the students about leadership.  Some of the questions were:  "How do you get unity among the group you lead?"; "When did you decide to go into business for yourself?"; "How do you suggest we communicate our message?"  "How can you become an entrepreneur?"

    A picture of Mr. Boone with Jonathan Gonzalez, Senior Class President, and Omar Salazar, Junior Class President, was taken before both class officers left to represent Garza ECHS at the DISD Teen School Board.
    It was a great day for all!  The students loved having this legendary leader in our school and we think that Mr. Boone enjoyed seeing the practical and positive things going on at Garza ECHS!
    Mr. Boone in Science
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  • UT Southwestern
    ECHS student selected for UT Southwestern Summer Research Paid Internship
    Felonie Doss, Class of 2014, completed a summer research internship at UT Southwestern during the summer of 2013.  She worked with neuroscientists to determine the effects of exercise and sedentary lifestyles.  She presented her research findings on August 2, 2013 to a group from the medical school.  We are VERY proud of her academic focus and her academic tenacity! 
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  • Longefellow Hall at Harvard

    Garza Principal Studies at Harvard University - Principal's Institute ~Summer of 2013
    Dr. Janice Lombardi, Principal at Trini Garza ECHS at MVC, was selected by Raise Your Hand Texas to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Principal's Institute in the summer of 2013.  The institute focused on "Enhancing Effective Teaching Practices in High Schools".  There were many administrators from across the globe in attendance.

    The presentations from Harvard faculty were very focused on the Instructional Core; Engaging Teachers and Student Engagement; Cultivating Effective Professional Collaboration in Schools; and Leading Teams. And now, these strategies in leadership will be implemented at Garza ECHS.  Dr. Lombardi has written a Prospectus which outlines how Garza ECHS will incorporate the strategies learned into this year's Action Plan.  She will share with the teachers during the "back to school" week - August 19 - 23, 2013.
    Harvard hall
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  • Capitol Report

    Senior Class of 2013 Officers, Morgan Mitchell, Destin Germany, and Anthony Granadino spent Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Texas Capitol in Austin.  Garza ECHS was selected by Educate Texas as one of three schools to represent the 59 early colleges across the state of Texas during Early College Week.  Students were accompanied by Dr. Janice Lombardi and Liliana Ponce to Austin. Mountain View College supported the trip by furnishin their van as the transportation to Austin.  The seniors spent the day seeing how government works first hand.  This included recogntions in both the House Gallery and the Senate Gallery.  They also toured the entire Capitol complex with Eric Dominquez, the administrative assistant to Royce West.  The highlights of their visit were their opportunities to meet with Representative Alonzo and Senator Royce West each individually. 
    Read the information from one of the Capitol Reports of Representative Alonzo where the Garza ECHS seniors are featured fron and center!
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  • Garza Early College High School wins national award!
    Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School has been named a winner in the high school category of the National Center of Urban School Transformation’s 2012 Excellence in Urban Education Award. Garza is one of only three high schools in the country to win the award this year.
    “To make it on any list that includes successful urban schools throughout the United States is humbling,” said Dr. Janice Lombardi, principal at Garza. “We know that our academics are rigorous and our expectations are high – we make no excuses for expecting the best of our urban students. We know our faculty brings out the best in themselves and the best in our students.”
    Schools that met all the award’s criteria were named finalists in early January, with site visits by judges later that month. Judges reviewed data and interviewed students, parents and every teacher as part of their analysis of Garza. The school will be honored at the organization’s annual symposium in May in San Diego. 
    Garza currently serves 393 students, who are working toward earning their high school diplomas and an Associate’s degree from Mountain View College in the Dallas County Community College District, or 48 core college credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree. Opened in 2006, the high school employs its own staff and occupies space at Mountain View. The school is a Texas Education Agency Recognized school. Students are 85 percent Hispanic and 13 percent African American, 86 percent of them are eligible for free/reduced lunch and 27 percent are limited English proficient. 
    Students are not accepted to Garza based on college readiness criteria. “In fact, the opposite is quite true,” Lombardi said. “Many of our students would not ever go to college if they were not at our early college.” Eighty-four percent of Garza students are among the first in their families to attend college.
    The teaching approach at the school considers the whole student: their behavior, their academics and their strengths and weaknesses. “We have a culture of learning and college readiness here,” she said. “Our instructional emphasis is effort-based; working hard does matter.”
    The award celebrates urban schools that serve low-income communities and overcome multiple challenges, yet their students are performing well academically. Since 2006, the Excellence in Urban Education Award program has recognized 62 elementary, middle and high schools in 40 school districts and 17 states. 
    For information on the award, visit the National Center for Urban School Transformation’s
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  • Science Fair Winners ~ Garza ECHS won the UT Southwestern Medical School Emerging Science Awards in Physical and Life Sciences ! Judith Gasca and David Pecina

    Districtwide Science Fair Winners
    Environmental Management
    Judith Gasca #1
    Environmental Science
    David Pecina #2
    Plant Sciences
    Alex Granados #2
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  • Video of Garza ECHS:  Students at Garza Early College High School have the opportunity to earn an Associates degree by the time they graduate, which really puts them ahead of their competition. Early College High School students can earn dual credit for high school and college credit at Mountain View in order to graduate from both high school AND community college.

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