District Accolades -- 2/29/2016

February 25, 2016 Board Meeting

Garza Early College principal named finalist for excellence award

Congratulations to Dr. Janice Lombardi, principal at “Trini” Garza Early College High School, who was named a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education award. Dr. Lombardi was presented a check for $1,000, and her school received $2,500. The award recognizes the extraordinary efforts educators make every day to impact the lives of students.

Gooch Elementary gets spruced up

Kudos to the volunteers from DaVita Rx who helped to beautify the campus at Tom C. Gooch Elementary. In addition to sprucing up the garden, they donated $5,000 to the school for recess equipment and other school needs. 

SEM and Seagoville academic teams advance to state

The School of Science and Engineering at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center took first place in the large school division of the Region XII Academic Decathlon at the end of January. In addition to SEM’s win, Seagoville High School also advanced in the medium school division. Both teams will represent Dallas ISD at the state level at the end of February.

Wilmer-Hutchins culinary students place first

Wilmer-Hutchins High School 11th graders Paloma Quiroga and Jeremy Tezano recently placed first in the Dallas “Cooking up Change” competition sponsored by the Healthy Schools Campaign. These culinary arts students will travel to Washington D.C. in June to compete against other regional winners and present their meal to the U.S. Congress. Their winning entry was a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich on a whole wheat bun, steamed and seasoned green beans tossed with local cherry tomatoes, and banana cream bites for dessert (bananas dipped in yogurt and rolled in graham cracker crumbs). The meal will also be served every other week beginning next school year in the Wilmer-Hutchins cafeteria.

Debate teams advance to national competition

The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet debate team of seniors Michael Vera and Martin Anguiano met Woodrow Wilson High School seniors Gabriel Jankovsky and Alexander Green in the finals of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Varsity City Championship at SMU. While Woodrow took first place, both teams qualified for the National Urban Debate Championship, which will be held in San Francisco, April 14-17.

Pease Elementary featured on KERA

KERA recently featured Pease Elementary School in a piece praising the campus staff and their “over and above” efforts to turn around the school culture and community. Pease is an ACE campus this year, and the feature highlighted the positive changes happening at the school, and the increased focus on students and their success.

Booker T. Washington students comic book to be released

Visual arts students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts have won acclaim from comic book retailers and collectors for writing and illustrating their own full-length comic book. The 48-page comic book, titled “Vision Ink Magazine #1,” will be released in stores in April.