District Accolades | May 2019

May 2019 Board Meeting 

  • Once again, the Townview schools of Science and Engineering (ranked 12th) and the Talented and Gifted (16th) are among the best high schools in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s top 20 list. The schools ranked No. 1 and No. 2, in Texas, respectively. Both schools continue to perform exceptionally well and should be commended for their efforts.
  • Seven Dallas ISD students were awarded the prestigious Gates Scholarship, which covers all college-related costs at the university or college of their choice. Congratulations to: Victor Nunez at Trini Garza Early College High School, Rogelio Mendoza of Skyline High School, Janeth Mendoza from Hillcrest High School, Ana Saucedo at School for the Talented and Gifted at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, Ammar Alinur from School of Science and Engineering, Townview, Timothy Ogunfunmi at School of Science and Engineering, Townview, and Ismael Carreno from School of Business and Management, Townview. Only 300 seniors nationwide earned the Gates award.
  • Booker T. Washington sophomore and music conservatory student Alina McSpadden has received the U.S. Department of State’s Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange High School scholarship. For the 2019-20 academic year, she will serve as a citizen ambassador in Germany, living with a host family and attending a German high school.
  • Medical City Children’s Hospital “kids teaching kids” program includes a 21- day healthy eating challenge – and all Dallas ISD elementary schools are encouraged to participate.  The winning schools, districtwide, are James Bowie Elementary (top performer for the fifth year) and Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard (for the past two years). These schools received $500 each to continue healthy activities on their campuses.
  • Special thanks to the NewSchools Venture Fund for supporting Ignite Middle School and Solar Prep Boys through a $375,000 grant for innovative classrooms at both schools. Ignite will use their grant to help students discover their super powers and Solar is building classrooms with flexible seating and collaborative spaces.
  • Congratulations to the 2019 Dallas ISD Counselor of the Year, Helaine Marberry of the School for the Talented and Gifted and DeWayne Johnson of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School on receiving the Counselor’s Choice award.
  • Kudos to Shareefah Mason, 12th-grade government teacher at New Tech High School at B.F. Darrell, on being named a 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year. The award, from National Life Group, includes a $3,000 cash prize.  Mason is one of 15 award winners selected from 830 U.S. nominees.