August 25, 2016 Board Meeting
Dallas ISD began the year with a “Met Standard” rating from the Texas Education Agency. Data released by the agency shows 91 percent, or 210, of campuses met state standards. In all four categories— student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness — Dallas ISD outperformed thresholds set by the state.
Six Thomas Jefferson High School students, from the Chinese classes, spent a month in China with ILT Leadership Chapter School. The students had the opportunity to be immersed in Chinese culture. They received an overview of classes offered in Chinese high schools and were given the opportunity to experience those classes and utilize and strengthen their knowledge of the Chinese Language.
Harry C. Withers Elementary unveiled their newly renovated computer lab and lobby area. Community members, sponsors, families, students, teachers and staff participated in a ribbon cutting earlier today in celebration of the incredible financial and volunteer support that enabled the renovation.
Mary White, Justin F. Kimball High School’s career and technology chair, received a nod of excellence at the National Academy Foundation’s (NAF) Next Conference in Orlando. She was awarded the prestigious Janet Linton Award for her contributions to the foundation. Only three leaders are chosen annually for this award.
Martin Weiss School of Leadership was selected from hundreds of schools across the country to receive a grant from Leader.org. The grant is worth more than $42,000 each and will enable Weiss to implement The Leader in Me whole-school transformation process for developing 21st century leadership skills in K-12 students. This unique opportunity will teach students the leadership habits they will need to be successful in college, careers, and daily life.
Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities teamed up with Belk and Dallas ISD to provide students of Boude Storey Middle School and John Neely Bryan Elementary School brand new uniforms, dental and vision screenings, healthy groceries to take home, and more. Belk provided more than $50,000 in uniforms to outfit more than 1,200 students.
District 3 partnered with basketball legend Nancy Lieberman who recently encouraged students at Robert T. Hill Middle School to commit to 10 hours of community service for this year. In return, she donated 300 new backpacks to help them start the year, and committed her continued support to the school.
The Jiv Daya Foundation helped fund the cost of Kindles for every student in grades 3-5 in the nine elementary schools in the Bryan Adams feeder pattern.
James Hogg Elementary celebrated with Kroger at the Backpack Booster program where every student at the school received backpacks and school supplies to help them start the school year.
The TI Foundation recently awarded $3 million in grants to help Dallas ISD students. The grants will support improving STEM education in the district by providing training and support for math and science teachers.