District Accolades -- 3/25/2016

March 24, 2016 Board Meeting 

National Merit Finalists

Best wishes to all of our National Merit Scholarship finalists. They are: Enrique De Alba, Connor Fritz, Calvin Graham, Caleb Hamada, and Isys Johnson, all from SEM; from TAG: Gabriella Chan, Mikaela Johnson, Ashley Mai, Shicheng Rao, Sindhu Reddy, William Siedell, Aliya Somani, and Jennifer Truitt; and Elaine Hennig, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Winners will be announced next month. 

Robotics teams heading to world competitions

Emmett J. Conrad’s Robochargers team advanced to the U.S. FIRST Robotics World Championship after taking second place at the regional competition in San Antonio earlier this month. The team will now travel to St. Louis, Missouri next month to compete in the world competition.

Three elementary robotics teams will represent the district in the VEX World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky—a competition that brings together some of the top robotics teams from around the world, which takes place April 20-23. Two of the teams are from Winnetka Elementary and the third is from Caillet Elementary. Congratulations to all of the teams.

Young entrepreneurs compete in financial literacy initiative

Students from several Dallas ISD middle schools are competing in the BizKid$ Entrepreneurship Contest sponsored by the Credit Union of Texas. The program uses the Emmy Award-winning series, BizKid$, to teach students the basics of financial literacy and entrepreneurship in a fun way, as they develop and present their own business plans. The teams are competing in the semi-finals tonight, and winners will advance to the regional round competing with teams from Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. 

The schools participating are: Robert T. Hill, STEAM Middle School at D.A. Hulcy, Harold W. Lang, H.W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy, Francisco “Pancho” Medrano, Boude Storey, Sam Tasby, and William B. Travis.

Dallas ISD recognizes scholars

Congratulations to the recipients of the Dallas ISD Scholars program who were recognized for demonstrating academic excellence by scoring in the 95th percentile on state exams or at a college-ready level on national exams. More than 1,000 students were recognized at a ceremony held earlier this week. 

Tigers reign on the court

Kudos to the Lincoln Tigers Boys Basketball Team crowned 4A State Champions. Thanks to Coach Cedric Patterson and Principal Howard-Veazy for their leadership of these outstanding student athletes.