This Week in Dallas ISD: Aug. 26 edition

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We are so excited to have students back in class for the 2016-2017 school year!

Watch the above video for a quick look at how new schools welcomed students, how teachers prepared for the new year, and to learn about some of the academic gains we will build on in the coming year.

Welcome tunnel

Male leaders from around the community formed a cheer squad to welcome students to the Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Fred F. Florence Middle School, a new single-gender campus. (Watch this)

Great start at “Joe” May Elementary

Students and staff got off to a smiling start on the first day of school at Jose “Joe” May Elementary School, the final school funded by the 2008 bond program. (Read this)

Professional development takes flight

Teachers at Umphrey Lee Elementary, a Dallas ISD ACE school, enjoyed aviation-themed professional development leading up to the start of school. (Watch this)

Sign up for Principal for a Day

Registration is open for business and community leaders looking to volunteer for Principal for a Day, which brings leaders into schools across the district. (Register online)

Passing the baton

W.W. Samuell High School hosted a baton passing ceremony to commemorate Jennifer Tecklenburg assignment as the school’s first-ever female principal. (Read this)

Strong STAAR results

STAAR results show that Transformation and Innovation schools, which are part of the district’s public school choice initiative, showed overall positive gains in student achievement. (Read this)

First day photos

Thanks to parents who shared some great photos of their smiling kids reporting for the first day of school. (See the photos)

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