District Accolades -- 1/31/17

January 26, 2017 Board Meeting

Dallas ISD is proud to have three schools nominated for the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award. Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, and the Dallas Environmental Science Academy are among 26 public schools in Texas to be nominated for this prestigious award. The winners will be announced in September. 

Dallas ISD STEM Expo is Saturday, February 4. This event has grown tremendously in the last few years, and this year it will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. There will be 150 exhibits and hands-on activities for students of all ages and their families. It’s free and open to the public. Everyone’s invited to come out and enjoy the fun. 

Saumya Rawat from the School of Science and Engineering is a National Winner of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing award. She placed in the top 50 of over 3,500 applicants, and will travel to Charlotte, NC for the awards ceremony. Aryn Davis of SEM won an Honorable Mention award. 

Natividad Medina, senior at Lassiter Early College High School, has been named a National Hispanic Scholar as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program for having scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT test takers in our region.  

DESA math teacher Dr. Reynaldo Andrade was invited to present at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teachers in July. His presentation is on transformations of linear, quadratic and exponential functions for grades 6-12. 

KPMG is supporting students in District 5 with a donation of 1,000 books for the library at N.W. Harllee Early Childhood Center. Thanks to these great partners for supporting students.

Solar Preparatory School for Girls is the 1st campus in the nation to offer the Girl Scout curriculum with the entire school participating. The school received recognition for the program in local media outlets recently, just in time for the Girl Scout cookie sales. Congratulations to all the students and staff at this great school. 

Catalaina Navaras, a student from IDEA, recently became one of the youngest students to participate in a program at UT Southwestern that allows students to get a first-hand look at the medical profession. This is a unique opportunity for Catalaina because she has expressed early interest in working in the medical field. 

W.W. Samuell High School won the 100 percent participation Wellness Team Challenge. Each school in the feeder pattern will now receive one complete set of Kinesthetic Classroom materials designed to promote learning readiness. The new classroom equipment and materials provide a variety of strategies to support the diverse needs and learning styles of students. 

Students from Woodrow Wilson’s creative and performing arts academy traveled to New York for a week of theater, instruction and sightseeing. 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Benitez and Nancy Martinez of T. W. Browne Middle School and Jonathan Davis-Burrell of William Hawley Atwell Law Academy for their stellar performance in the Dallas ISD Amazing Scholars Race. 

A huge thank you to Behr and the Heart of America Foundation for renovating the John W. Carpenter Elementary Library last month. The paint company and nonprofit organization teamed up to conduct six projects across the country to support literacy in 2016. The library now features brightly colored walls, inspirational signs and famous quotes and also new beanbags to help boost a love of reading, along with newly donated books. The school’s computer lab also got some sprucing up as well. 

Much appreciation to Soccorro Dinsmore, owner of several Levine’s stores, who donated $600 worth of uniforms to support students at John Leslie Patton Jr. Academic Center.  Many thanks to Ms. Dinsmore for her help for these older, but most-deserving, students!  

Congratulations to Megan and Melanie Garcia at George W.H. Bush Elementary. The sisters swept the school’s spelling bee competition earning the first and second place awards.