District Accolades - 4/24/2015

District Accolades From the April 24, 2015 Board Meeting
Students receive $250,000 college scholarship awards

David W. Carter High School students and staff are celebrating the accomplishments of two of their students, Courtney Ford and Chantice Redeau, who received college scholarships worth $250,000 each to attend TCU. Congratulations to them and to all of our seniors who are receiving scholarship awards to continue their education.

National Achievement Scholars
Dallas ISD has two National Achievement Scholarship winners. They are Monique Ward Pierce from SEM and Ebonie Pollock from Booker T.

Assistant Principal selected for national program
Carlos Walcott, an assistant principal at Charles Gill Elementary has been selected to attend a summer study opportunity with the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the workshop: The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture and History in the Mississippi Delta.

DESA honored for supporting healthy kids
Dallas Environmental Science Academy was recently featured by Let’s Move Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to promote healthy lifestyles. The school was recognized for its exemplary commitment to integrating at least 60 minutes of physical activity into the school day for students.

Two teachers honored for classroom excellence
Nathan Adams Elementary teachers Julie Bowles and Amanda Marietta received the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award of Excellence. The award recognizes teachers who display commitment and dedication to student achievement.

Students send positive messages through anti-bullying poster contest
Congratulations to the students who placed and participated in the 2014-2015 Anti-Bullying Poster Contest. The first-place winners are: Jocelyn Cardoza, second grade (Urban Park ES); Hannah Casillo, third grade (Ronald McNair ES); Luiz Vazquez, eighth grade (Greiner MS); and Irwin Almaraz, eleventh grade (H. Grady Spruce HS).

Students show how they give back
Dallas ISD’s Social Studies Department held its first Film Festival for students, pre-K through grade 12, to produce a video that depicts how they give back. The first place winning schools are: Charles Rice Learning Center (K-2nd category); Lorenzo DeZavala, (3rd-5th category); Raul Quintanilla Middle School; and Moises E. Molina High School.

Oak Cliff Chamber honors teachers

Rametria Smith, a teacher at Sunset High School, was named High School Educator of the Year by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Carmalie Sims at George Washington Carver Creative Arts Learning Center received Elementary School Educator of the Year.

Greiner business teacher accepts educator award
W.E. Greiner’s Stephen Thomas was chosen to represent Texas at the 2015 Global Enterprising Educator of the Year Award held in New York City last month. He teaches Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance as part of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship program.

School counselors recognized for serving students
Congratulations to all the counselors who won CREST awards this year. Counselors at 22 schools were recognized for their excellent counseling programs.

DART Art Contest winners
Eighth-grade student Pablo Compean took first-place honors in the middle school category of the DART Art Contest. Pablo attends Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy. Congratulations to him and everyone who competed in the contest.