This Week In Dallas ISD (video)

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Great things happen every week across Dallas ISD.

This Week In Dallas ISD is a new feature that brings together in one place the great news that happens every week.

Pre-K Registration Week

Quote of the Week:  “Since 90 percent of a child’s brain develops by the time they turn five years old, it’s critical that we set a strong foundation for learning inside the pre-K classroom. Every school day is rigorously structured to make sure we are giving students the skills they need for a bright future.” — Lindsey Hudman, pre-K teacher at Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary. (Read more)

The big news this week was Pre-K Registration Week, which had parents busy signing their kids up for pre-K classes all over the city.

Dallas ISD is heavily promoting pre-K because accepted research shows that 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs in their first five years. (Read about seven benefits of pre-K)

Lyriq Turner, a student at Charles Rice Learning Center and winner of the 2015 MLK Oratory competition, shared some great advice for parents of young children. You should listen to Turner, because she is bound for great things and may be an even better public speaker than you. (Watch video)

Awards and recognitions!

Pre-K Registration Week wasn’t the only news this week; teachers, schools, and the district received multiple awards and recognitions!

Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School received so many recognitions over the past two weeks, it requires a bullet point list.

Karolyn Brown, a teacher at Mt. Auburn Elementary School, was honored with the Mirabeau B. Lamar Annual Award by the Grand Lodge of Texas, 14th District Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Association. (Read this)

Mary Kay Inc. and the Junior League of Dallas (JLD) named four Dallas ISD seniors as recipients of the third annual Women LEAD (Learn/Excel/Achieve Dream) Scholarship Program. (Read this)

And that’s not all! The Center for Digital Education named Dallas ISD as a top school board/district in the nation for its use of technology. (Read this)

Great things happening in our schools

In celebration of Smart City Networks donating $10,000 to Maple Lawn Elementary to renovate the school’s soccer field, Maple Lawn staff took on students (and VIPs) in a soccer game on the renovated field. It was quite the event, as you can see here. 

Tracie Washington, a Dallas ISD Principal of the Year, continues doing great work at Dade Middle SchoolThis video shines a light on what Washington does every day at the school. 

Texans were asked to do four things this week: sweat more, shop healthy, serve their communities and pledge to support a healthier Texas. A kickoff event on Monday, April 4, at ‪#‎DallasISD’s Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School fulfilled at least the first directive. (Read this)

Want to see a video of WWE stars treating 150 students at Hope Medrano Elementary School to a reading celebration? If so, go here! As the school principal put it, the event “was like none other.”

What to do this weekend

Interested in giving your child an opportunity to grow and develop as a global citizen by learning another language and interacting with diverse cultures? Then the Two-Way Dual-Language Fair happening Saturday from 9 a.m.–noon is for you! Learn more here.

Please note: Dallas ISD recently made it easier for staff and students to access Youtube for professional and academic purposes. Here is how to view the above Youtube video: Staff signed into YouTube with their Google login (district email and EAD password) will have unrestricted access to YouTube. Staff signed into Chrome browser or a Chrome device will not be required to enter credentials for YouTube again, but may need to click the sign in button in the top right corner of the YouTube page to gain unrestricted access.

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