District Accolades- 2/26/2015

District Accolades From the February 26, 2015 Board Meeting
Elementary student wins national contest
Vanessa Sanchez, a student at Martin Weiss Elementary, won the 44th Annual Nationwide Writing Contest for Bilingual Students sponsored by the National Association of Bilingual Educators. Vanessa’s victory earned her an all-expense paid trip to the NABE conference in Las Vegas next month where she will read her essay. As the elementary level winner, she also will receive $500.

Two schools are in the running for Blue Ribbon status
Harry Stone Montessori Academy and Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School are among 26 Texas schools nominated as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. The schools are in the application process and winners will be announced in September.

Seagoville High School makes history
The Academic Decathlon team at Seagoville High School advanced to the state competition to represent the district in the medium school category. This is a first for the school. They join the SEM team which advanced in the large school category. That competition is taking place today.

Middle school students score big at district’s Pentathlon competition
Teams from Harry Stone Montessori Academy and Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School took first place as the top overall teams competing in the Seventh- and Eighth-grade Academic Pentathlon earlier this month. Winners of the Super Quiz were: E.D. Walker Middle School, Rangel and William B. Travis.

Debaters advance to national competition
Debate teams from Sunset and Woodrow Wilson high schools are advancing to compete in the Urban Debate National Championships at the University of California-Berkeley in April. The students competed in the Varsity City Championship held earlier this month. During the event Mac Murchison and Gabriel Jankovsky, both of Woodrow, were crowned Varsity City Champs.

Twenty-one DI teams are state bound
Congratulations to the 21 schools advancing to the State Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament, which will be held April 10-11 at Skyline High School and Jesse Owens Memorial Athletic Complex.

Three Mock Trial teams heading to state
Mock Trial teams from Hillcrest High School, TAG and Skyline will compete at the state competition March 6-8. The teams were recently recognized by the Dallas Bar Association for their accomplishments.

Young thespians take top prize at theatre arts festival
Theatre students at Booker T. Washington, Sunset High School and Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy earned gold, silver and bronze medals at the Irma P. Hall Theatre Arts Festival. Students competed in acting, directing and playwriting.

Teacher wins national bilingual education award
Irma De La Guardia, a third-grade teacher at Withers Elementary School in northwest Dallas, has been named the 2015 Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Bilingual Education.

Students named National Merit Scholars finalists
In recognition of their stellar academic performance, three students from Booker T. Washington HSPVA were named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are Simon Cohen, Sara J. Klein, and Byron Otis.

BTW honored for contributions to the arts
The Texas Cultural Trust named Booker T. Washington HSPVA one of 14 Texas Medal of Arts award-winners. The awards celebrate Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts locally and around the world.