District Accolades -- 4/28/2017

April 27, 2017 Board Meeting

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa was named Superintendent of the Year by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Dallas ISD’s 23 new collegiate academies were designated early college high schools by the Texas Education Agency. This makes Dallas ISD and DCCCD a statewide leader in providing opportunities for students to earn 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree—free. TEA only grants the ECHS designations to schools that are on track to meet six rigorous benchmarks and operate best practices.

U.S. News and World Report released their 2017 Best High Schools list and TAG garnered No. 1 in the state and No. 4, nationally. SEM earned the No. 3 spot in the state and No. 9, nationally. Other schools making the list include:

    • Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet – No.40 in Texas (No. 232 nationally)
    • Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services – No.44 in Texas (No. 259 nationally)
    • School of Health Professions – No. 50 in Texas (No.310 nationally)
    • School of Business and Management – No. 52 in Texas (No. 336 nationally)

Sixty-two graduating seniors from across the district were recently awarded Superintendent Scholarships worth $2,500. These funds are made available from the Golf Tournament’s proceeds each year.

Dallas ISD was recently recognized by the Texas Comptroller for achieving specific transparency goals through the state’s Stars program. The district received a star in the area of Traditional Finances for making information readily available to the public.

Congratulations to Sunset High School’s all-girl robotics team which became the first ever Dallas ISD team to qualify for the Robotics World Championship held in Houston last week.

Winnetka’s Robotics teams should also be congratulated. The Wildbots won 1st place and the Vex Masters placed 4th at the Create U.S. Open Robotics National Competition in Iowa earlier this month.

John F. Peeler Elementary was selected as a Dallas Bluebonnet Award School. The school will send representatives to San Antonio to participate in the state’s Bluebonnet Awards luncheon where they will have the opportunity to speak to some of the award-winning authors.

Kudos to the culinary students from Emmett J. Conrad High School for their win in the Cooking Up Change competition. Their winning combination of crispy chicken tender wraps, sassy Italian corn and banana delight will be served at schools throughout the district in May. The students also won an all-expenses paid trip to D.C. in June to compete at the national competition.

Five students at David W. Carter High School have received full-ride scholarships to attend Texas Christian University. The scholarships are valued at 250,000. The students are:

  • Nahjae and Tahjae Selby
  • Deanna Harper
  • Rickey Perry
  • Patricia Smith

Justin F. Kimball High School has been recognized as an AVID Certified Site for the 2017-2018 school year. This status was awarded following the school’s certification of AVID Program Essentials and Data Collections documentation that supports program effectiveness and student progress. 

The L. G. Pinkston High School Mighty Marching Band has been selected from thousands of bands across America to participate in the National Memorial Day Parade May 27 -29 in Washington D.C. The Mighty Viking Band Members will also attend a series of historic educational tours including the Ford Theater, the United States Holocaust Museum, and the Lincoln, Korean, Martin Luther King Jr., Vietnam, and National World War II Memorials.