District Accolades -- 11/29/2016

November 17, 2016 Board Meeting

The Dallas ISD 2016 Teachers of the Year are:

  • Carol Shelton, Jerry Junkins Elementary, elementary
  • Tony Benedetto, H. Grady Spruce High School, secondary
  • Sandra Urton, Solar Prep, magnet/choice schools

 Ten additional schools will launch collegiate academies for the 2017-2018 school year. Cohort II schools are:

  • H. Adamson and Lincoln high schools/to partner with El Centro
  • Bryan Adams High School—Eastfield College
  • Hillcrest High School—Richland College
  • Justin F. Kimball, Molina, and Sunset high schools— Mountain View College
  • North Dallas and W.T. White high schools—Brookhaven
  • Wilmer-Hutchins High School—Northlake College

Fourteen (14) district schools were recently named high-performing Title I schools by the TEA. One hundred and sixty (160) Texas schools were recognized based on reading and math performance, and graduation rate for high schools.

Additionally, 10 Dallas ISD schools were one of 140 Title I schools making TEA’s high-progress list. This list is comprised of schools ranking in the top 25 percent in annual improvement or closing the performance gaps. 

The Pinkston Viking Academic Decathlon Team is District Champion for the 3rd consecutive year! Out of a possible 63 medals, Pinkston took home an INCREDIBLE 37 at the November 12 Academic Decathlon Competition!

Congratulations to District 5 students for their amazing performance in the October 29 Middle and High School Chess Tournament. Nearly 400 students competed, and our students took top honors in several categories. Congrats to Zachary Emery and Tomisin Ogunfunmi from the School of Business and Management; and Christopher Trevino from DESA for placing first in their respective categories. The School of Business and Management took first place in the team category.

More than 210 middle school debaters, representing 20 Dallas ISD schools, recently met at the first Dallas Urban Debate Alliance tournament of 2016-17. Winning first place in the Advanced Division were Blaine Wells and Jaik Havlick of William B. Travis Academy and Vanguard. The top prize in the Beginner Division went to Hope Stanley and Risha Reddi, also from Travis. Way to go Travis!!

Congratulations to District 1 students who participated in the Elementary Chess competition this month. Daniel Dwyer and Anissa Herrera from George Bannerman Dealey earned 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the individual competition. While the school’s 3rd-grade team, comprised of Daniel and David Dwyer, Anissa Herrera and Joelle Tiao, earned the top team spot in their grade level.

Congratulations to Woodrow Wilson’s Robotics team. They competed in the Dallas Regional B.E.S.T. Robotics competition this month, and their team was the top qualifying team to advance to the Texas UIL State competition.

Woodrow students also volunteered to help build an outdoor classroom at Mount Auburn Elementary where students can expand their learning and explore the world through science. 

Congratulations to Robert T. Hill Middle School band students Kailey Hernandez, Nicole Rodgers, Luke Duncan, Stephanie Chavez, Natalia Alcala and Breyonica Holmes. These students made All City Band at recent auditions.

The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce honored several Dallas ISD teachers with the Chamber’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Award.  Congratulations to John David du Mars, Emmett J. Conrad High School and Shelly Thibodaux, Robert T. Hill Middle School.

Charles A. Gill Elementary is kicking off its 60 anniversary celebration and will observe the milestone with events throughout the year.

District 7 students participated in a number of extracurricular activities recently. Congratulations to Rosemont’s Ryan Ochoa and Gabriela Arriaga; and H. Adamson’s Javier Monsivais, Gisell Delgado and Jennifer Sanchez-Gomez. These students placed 1st in their respective categories at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association Invitational.

Third-graders at Ebby Halliday Elementary helped launch a districtwide reading initiative in partnership with the NCAA. Read to the Final Four is a reading competition based on the bracket system used by the NCAA. Today, students at Halliday interacted with former WNBA and Texas Tech All-Star, Alicia Thompson as part of the launch. Special thanks goes to the Seagoville High School Marching Band and cheerleaders for providing entertainment in support of their feeder pattern peers.

Two of District 8 students are also semifinalists in the MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. Semaj Moore at César Chávez Learning Center and Lacey Sims from Amelia Earhart Learning Center are among the students selected to advance in the competition.