This Week in Dallas ISD: May 20 edition


The end of the school year might be quickly approaching—June 2 is the last day of classes for students—but the great news in Dallas ISD keeps coming in.

From a huge recognition for two of our schools to a senior on track to make history, today’s edition of This Week in Dallas ISD is full of great stories.

Watch the 110-second video recap here, or read below to catch up on this week’s news.

A big recognition for Dallas ISD

Dallas ISD schools were the only two in Texas to earn the 2016 National Title I Distinguished honor. Go here to see which schools received the recognition.

Students co-star in Mayor’s Summer Reading Club promo

Two Dallas ISD fifth-graders, Lyriq Turner and Marco Mares, co-star in the just-launched Mayor’s Summer Reading Club promotional video. Go here to see how Turner responds to Mayor Mike Rawlings talking on his phone in the library.

An inspiring look at college life

Students at C.A. Tatum Jr. Elementary toured SMU on Monday so they could see a college campus firsthand. Here’s why that is important.

Rockets take flight

Watch students from the Gooch Elementary Rocketry Club launch rockets they built over the past two months. 

Hoop dreams

Learn why a second-grade bilingual teacher started a basketball club at Anne Frank Elementary to teach basketball skills to students who don’t have access to team play.

Expansion at Greiner

Greiner Academy celebrated a ribbon cutting for its 57,000-square-foot classroom addition on Thursday. (Read this)

Girl power

Junior and senior girls from Carter and Wilmer Hutchins attended a girls empowerment luncheon hosted by the African American Success Initiative. (Read this)

Appreciation for parents

Parents of Dallas ISD students were celebrated at a special event on Wednesday for the roles they play in supporting their children’s educations. (Read this)

Meet a Top 100 Teacher

Lydia Degollado, who went from being the first in her family to get a college degree to a top educator in Dallas ISD, talks about why she loves teaching at Pleasant Grove Elementary. (Read this)

Super Seniors

Melisa Simon, a graduating senior at Samuell Early College High School, is on track to make history in more than one way. See how.

Mohamed Mohamed at Samuell High School has gone from a Kenyan refugee camp called Kakuma, which translates to “nowhere,” to a top student, scholarship recipient, and future Longhorn. (Read this)


Learn how Samuell grad William Kruse is living life on his own terms while also serving others. (Read this)


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