District Accolades -- 4/29/2016

April 28, 2016 Board Meeting

Top schools in the nation

For the fifth consecutive year, the School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview is the top public school in the nation according to the U.S. News and World Report. Joining TAG is the School of Science and Engineering, which garnered the number four spot. Thirteen schools in all were recognized at various levels of gold, silver and bronze. 

Most challenging schools

Five schools were ranked among the nation’s 50 most challenging high schools by the Washington Post. SEM, TAG, Rangel, Law Magnet, and the School of Business were singled out based on the number of college-level test given, the number of graduates, the percentage of grads who passed at least one college-level test, and the percentage of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Presidential Scholars named

Four seniors from Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts have been named semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The students are: Jared Brown and Kaylin A. Sturtevant, in the Modern Dance category, Whitney Hester in Ballet Dance, and Madeline J. Boreham in Popular Vocal. 

Dell Scholars honored

Eleven seniors from seven Dallas ISD high schools have been awarded scholarships by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The students will receive $20,000 in financial support, a laptop and textbook assistance in addition to ongoing support to meet future challenges they may face in completing college. 

The recipients are: Thomas Mendez, Guadalupe Resendiz, Fernando Martinez Rivera, Brittany Siegmyer, and Cindy Umana, Trini Garza Early College High School, Karen Aguilar, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Destynee Cox, School of Science and Engineering at Townview, Joella Degollado, School of Business and Management at Townview, Jenna Do, School of Health Professions at Townview, Kenyonica Holmes, Bryan Adams High School, and Roddrick Jones, W.W. Samuell High School. 

Much recognized school to serve as model for others

Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College was recently awarded a $28,000 grant from TEA to show other schools how to build successful programs. The grant will allow Garza to host webinars, open houses and site visits so educators can visit the campus to see why the school continues to lead the way in excellence. Garza, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, and the only school in Texas to win the College and Career Transition Award presented by the ACT College and Career Readiness program, continues to be one of Dallas ISD’s most recognized schools. 

Stonewall celebrates 20 years of outdoor learning

The garden at Stonewall Jackson Elementary has been credited with teaching students about much more than science; it has offered them a look into the world around them. Students and staff marked the garden’s 20th year by unveiling their latest attraction to the garden--the Amazing Arthropod Ambassador program—a lesson on helpful garden insects. The garden at Stonewall has been a major attraction for students and parents alike, and remains one of the district’s most cherished spaces. 

Students earn Superintendent Scholarships

Sixty-two graduating seniors from across the district were selected to receive Superintendent Scholarships. The students each received $2,500 to help with college tuition. The recipients are chosen based on need, character, grades, essays and recommendations. The program has awarded more than $2 million dollars during the past 15 years. 

Teachers and students honored by Oak Cliff Chamber

Congratulations to the students and educators recognized by the Oak Cliff Chamber for their outstanding efforts. Students honored are: Cindy Umana, Fernando Martinez Rivera, Priscilla Barron, and Derian Morales, Garza Early College; Alejandra Lozano, Sunset High School; Shatera Williams, David W. Carter High School; and Alexis Toscano, Judge Barefoot Sanders Center for Public Service, Townview. 

Educators are: Kellie Lawson, Rosemont Middle School, named Middle School Educator of the Year; and Lynne Merlino, Rosemont Primary, named Pre-K/Early Childhood Educator of the Year.

Kimball students recognized at 53rd Annual V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Awards Luncheon

Justin F. Kimball High School students Deja Armani Hill and Azucena Garcia were presented with the 2016 V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Scholarship Award given by the South Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Inc. 

Carter Seniors honored with TCU Community Scholarships

Six seniors at David W. Carter High School were awarded Texas Christian University Community Scholarships, each valued at more than $250,000. The students are: Courtnee Avery, Evelyn Barron, Reginald Cole, Tavon Griffin, Charity Mason, and Michael Scott. 

DART features student’s work

Artwork created by Frank Guzick Elementary fourth-grader Kassandra Castaneda is now gracing several DART buses. Kassandra won first place and $1,000 in the DART student poster contest.  

The students at the School of Science and Engineering (SEM) at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center earned a number of honors: 

  • Student Shelly Gael qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held May 8-13 in Phoenix, AZ. This is an historic opportunity - she is the first student from Dallas ISD to qualify in decades. 
  • SEM’s "RoboBusters" FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) three-team game alliance won the Dallas FRC Regional competition last month. With their first place win at the Dallas Regionals, the team advances to the Global Championships held in St. Louis, Missouri April 27 through April 30. Forty-three teams competed in the three-day regional competition which featured several international teams including three teams from China, two teams from Brazil, and one from Mexico. 
  • SEM student Sasha Thomas is a Biology Olympiad semifinalist.  As the premier biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biology Olympiad enriches the life science education of nearly 10,000 students each year. It provides the motivation, curricular resources, and skills training to take them beyond their classroom experience to the level of international competitiveness. Sasha was one of 533 semifinalists among 10,000 students who competed across the nation.