District Accolades--9/24/2015

September 24, 2015 Board Meeting


Semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Program

Congratulations to 14 Dallas ISD students who have been named semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Those students are: Elaine Hennig (Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts); Enrique De Alba, Connor Fritz, Calvin Graham, Caleb Hamada, and Isys Johnson from the School of Science and Engineering at Townview; Gabriella Chan, Mikaela Johnson, Ashley Mai, Shicheng (She-cheng) Rao, Sindhu Reddy, William Siedell, Aliya Somani and Jennifer Truitt from TAG.


Longfellow seventh-grade student publishes book

Kamille Padgitt, a seventh-grade student at H.W. Longfellow Career Exploratory Academy, recently published her first book. Kamille is a member of the Writer’s Guild for students and is being mentored through the program to continue developing her craft. Her goal is to publish more books and become a teacher.


School gets library makeover

The students and staff at Tom Field Elementary will enjoy a newly restored library thanks to the Junior League of Dallas and NorthPark Mall. The new space will transform the library into a literacy center designed to help students read on level.


Middle school cross country team participates in first-ever competition, finishes first

The newly-formed, girls cross country team at Medrano Middle School took first place earlier this month in their first-ever competition at Norbuck Park. The boys team placed second.


W.H. Adamson band teacher chosen as national finalist

Band teacher Christopher Green from W.H. Adamson High School has been named one of 15 finalists in the Farmers Insurance Dream Big Teacher Challenge. The winner of the challenge will receive a $100,000 education grant. Each finalist must create a video about how they would use the grant. The winner will be determined by viewers who will be asked to vote for their favorite video. If Green is chosen, the grant will go to purchase band equipment for Adamson. Online voting starts Oct. 1 at thankamericateachers.com.