District Accolades -- 2/28/17

February 23, 2017 Board Meeting

Dallas ISD joined with DCCCD to announce more than 24 industries partnering with 10 new collegiate academies next school year. To date, 4,800 students have applied for 2,700 seats. So this initiative continues to build excitement among our students and the business community.

The Sunset Robo Flash robotics team now has a league of their own. The team, comprised of students with special needs, garnered a lot of attention last year as one of the first teams of its kind, and they began developing a robotics league where they could compete and continue building their skills. Thanks to the perseverance of students and staff, the league, which consists of students from five schools, competed in their first scrimmage this month. The league consists of: 

  • Sunset High School
  • H. Gaston Middle School
  • Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs
  • Billy Earl Dade Middle School and
  • L. Long Middle School

They will have a second scrimmage later this year. Congratulations to all of these students.

Dallas ISD kicked off its annual UNCF workplace campaign, and this year’s goal is $50,000 to help support scholarships for deserving young students.

Congratulations to Josue Huerta from B.H. Macon Elementary who was the recipient of Dallas Cowboys Brandon Carr’s Top Reader Award. Josue has been persistent in his reading since the beginning of Carr’s reading initiative. For his efforts, he received a certificate of recognition and an autographed miniature helmet signed by Brandon Carr.

The third-grade class at Charles Gill Elementary showed its entrepreneurial spirit with the development of its very own board game—Turkey Math. The students worked with teacher Vel Nottingham to create the game which includes having the game’s winner do the Turkey Dance. They are using the game as a PTA fundraiser.

Congratulations to Terren Heard from Robert T. Hill Middle School. Terren was recognized, nationally, as an All Star for The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. All Stars are awarded for using their voices to raise awareness about childhood health and wellness, which Terren has done through numerous efforts.

Special acknowledgement to Justin F. Kimball High School for a job well done on their recent Young Ladies’ Conference 2017. Themed “Mindset Matters,” young women at Kimball met with

    • Faith Johnson, Dallas’ first African American Female District Attorney;
    • Regina Merson, a Yale-educated lawyer turned professional makeup artist;
    • Terri Thomas, Dallas ISD’s First Female Lieutenant for the DISD Police;
    • Michelle Carter, Olympian athlete

Lowe’s recently provided a $5,000 grant to Jerry Junkins Elementary to build a new soccer field for the students to enjoy. Through their Toolbox for Education program, Lowe’s has made it possible for students to have a real ball

Kudos to Townview sophomores Ammar Alinur and Tomisin Ogunfunmi, who were recently featured on Channel 8 for the chess club they started in January for kindergartners at Harlee Learning Center. They meet with the students twice a week, and the kindergartners have been quick to pick up the game. Since the program started teachers have noticed the young students using better decision making skills in the classroom.