Show and Tell: Knight Elementary students receive letter from White House


From Knight Elementary School second-graders receiving a letter from President Barack Obama to students helping kick off City of Learning with the mayor, plenty of notable things are happening in Dallas ISD.

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President Obama sends letter to Knight Elementary School second-graders
Earlier this spring, students in Ms. Ortiz’ second-grade class were studying the significance of Presidents Day and decided to write letters to President Barack Obama. While the letters ranged from asking President Obama if he liked pizza to students sharing their dream of being president, the most common subject in the letters was immigration reform. Last week, the students received a letter from the White House with photos of the First Family, President Obama, and the First Dogs. Ms. Ortiz also received a letter from President Obama thanking her for her service and encouraging her to keep pushing her students to dream big. (From TJ High School Feeder Pattern Newsletter)

Knight Elementary students show off the photos they received in a letter from President Barack Obama.
Knight Elementary students show off the photos they received in a letter from President Barack Obama.

Reihardt student a finalist in poetry competition
Ayanna Hammonds, a third-grade student at Reinhardt Elementary, was one of 60 finalists (selected from a pool of 1,400) in the 19th annual Express Yourself Poetry Competition. The Dallas Public Library sponsored the competition that was funded in part by the Joe M. and Doris Russell Dealy Fund of the Dallas Foundation. The finalist winners were selected based on their poems’ originality and structure. The finalists were honored at an awards ceremony with a medal and a luncheon. (From the Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Newsletter)

Saldivar Elementary Students Kick Off ‘City of Learning’ with Mayor Mike Rawlings
On Saturday, May 23, students from Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School traveled to Klyde Warren Park to join Mayor Mike Rawlings in kicking off the new Dallas City of Learning. Rawlings’ office and Big Thought, an education nonprofit, launched the Dallas City of Learning last summer as a way to help youths ages 5–18 further their knowledge beyond the classroom. The program weaves together activities for kids to engage in a variety of interest areas, both in person and online. At the event at Klyde Warren Park, kids constructed paper buildings for their dream city with help from people at the Dallas Center for Architecture, built circuits with Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy, and painted sections for a collaborative mural with Catalyst Arts Movement. (From TJ High School Feeder Pattern Newsletter)

Students from Saldivar Elementary helped Mayor Mike Rawlings kick off City of Learning.

Robert T. Hill celebrates its inductees to STEM Academy
On Friday, May 15, Robert T. Hill held a ceremony to introduce its inductees into the STEM Academy for next year. A total of 126 student are enrolled fro the STEM Academy for next year, including 40 new sixth-graders. The honorees were presented with a certificate, and students and their families then went to the library for a reception. To learn more about the STEM Academy at Hill, click here. (From the Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Newsletter)

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