District Accolades--6/25/2015

District Accolades from the June 25, 2015 Board Meeting

Teacher named Educator of the Year by wildlife art group
Jennifer Brooks received the Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art 2015 Educator of the Year. She is a pre-k
through fifth grade art specialist at Botello Elementary and was recognized for her contributions to conservation education for young students.

Students earn UNCF scholarships
The UNCF scholarship luncheon honored 10 district students who each received $1,000 toward college expenses. The students are: Ta’tyana Jones (Carter HS), Baldwin Hamilton and Jazzmyne Warren (Conrad HS), Georgette Rojas (Garza ECHS), Urel Djiogan (Lassister ECHS), Carlos Montelongo (Sunset HS), LaKenya Franklin-Robinson (Townview—Business and Management), and DeAunte Vickers (Pinkston HS). 

Garza student selected to NASA summer program
Hugo Duran, a student at Trini Garza Early College High School, will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center
this summer to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars project. Students will work as teams to design a mission to Mars. 

Student debaters honored
The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance recognized several students for their outstanding participation this year.
Congratulations to: Brandon Canizales (Marsh Preparatory Academy), Karen Chavez (Rangel), Trace Rosenbower (Spence Academy), Fatima Alonso (Sunset High School), Enrique Granados (Garza Early College), Beverly Balasu (SEM), Zeles Vargas (W.T. White), Raviola Wenno (North Dallas), and National Finalist Victor Martinez (Sunset). 

The alliance also recognized A. Maceo New Tech High School and J.L. Long Middle School for their outstanding debate programs. In addition, Coaches of the Year are: Matt Summers (T.J.), Patricia Hay (Spence) and Patrick McGhee (Woodrow). 

Bowie ES students compete on national game show
Congratulations to the fourth- and fifth-grade students at James Bowie Elementary who were featured on the national TV game show “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” earlier this week. As a result, the school earned $10,000 to build a workout room on campus. Bowie—recently named a 2015 Gold Award School by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation—gained the attention of the show’s producers who wanted to help promote healthy lifestyles in schools. 

Culinary students join Taste of Dallas
Students in the culinary arts programs at Wilmer-Hutchins High School and School of Health Professions at
Townview showcased their skills at the Taste of Dallas held earlier this month at Fair Park. The students prepared pork and turkey sliders during the three-day event and served as great ambassadors for the district’s CTE program.

Students and staff recognized for green efforts
Lorenzo DeZavala Elementary won first place in the district’s first-ever Green Shield award for the school’s
environmentally-friendly practices. The school’s Green Team, which includes the entire fifth-grade, managed a daily recycle program and participated regularly in a number of conservation activities. Arthur Kramer ES took second place and Nathan Adams ES earned the third-place slot.