District Accolades -- 6/23/2016

June 23, 2016 Board Meeting

The number of Dallas ISD graduates increased this year.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016, which had 7,446 seniors who graduated at the end of May and early June.

Librarian of the year honored

Congratulations to Dallas ISD Librarian of the Year Susi Parks Grissom. Ms. Grissom, who is retiring this year, has been a librarian at William B. Travis for the last 16 years.

Students complete summer boot camp

Nearly 800 students from the seven new collegiate academies and P-TECH Early College High School completed a two-week summer boot camp in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Physical eduation teacher honored

Kudos to physical education teacher Sharon Foster of James Bowie Elementary who received a 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. This honor recognizes individuals who improve the lives of others by engaging them in physical fitness and nutrition programs. Foster has been instrumental in raising awareness and implementing programs for students and parents at Bowie to improve their lives.

Student on track to becoming youngest teacher in Dallas ISD

Special recognition to Melisa Simon, a student who recently earned her associate degree through the Samuell Early College High School at Eastfield days before she earned her high school diploma. While that is a great accomplishment on its own, Melisa is also on track to become the youngest teacher in Dallas ISD through the TechTeach program that will make it possible for her to earn a bachelor’s degree and teacher certificate in one year. Her story has been featured by news outlets locally and nationally.

Culinary students travel to compete in national competition

Wilmer Hutchins High School Culinary Arts students Paloma Quiroga and Jeremy Tezano travelled to Washington DC to compete in the Cooking up Change National Finals on June 6. While the team’s menu of a chicken parmesan sandwich, green beans with cherry tomatoes and banana dip bites didn’t earn a national title, it will be served to students across the district this coming school year.

DESA receives grant from Laura Bush Foundation

The Dallas Environmental Science Academy received a grant from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. The school will use the grant to expand, update, and diversify its book and print collection. They are one of 130 school libraries across the country to be awarded grants by the foundation.

Student travels to perform at Kennedy Center

Booker T. Washington grad Jared Brown is a gifted dancer and one of 160 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts who visited Washington D.C. for a medallion ceremony hosted at the White House. Jared performed at the Kennedy Center under the direction Debbie Allen. Next fall, he will begin his studies at Juilliard School where he will attend on a full scholarship.

Teacher honored with national leadership award

Justin F. Kimball High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism lead teacher Mary White received the 2016 NAF Janet Linton Leadership Award which recognizes outstanding academy directors and educational leaders who have impacted student achievement and inspired us to find new ways to make a difference.