Author: Javier Giribet-Vargas

More than 9,000 students received school supplies during the 23rd-annual Dallas Mayor’s Back To School Fair, which took place onFriday. Melanie Jefferson brought her two godchildren, Terrell and Ta’heaven, who attend Billy Earl Dade Middle School and Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School. Terrell and Ta’heaven were among the 9,074 students who received free school supplies at the event. “It’s the second year we have come here, and we’ll sure come back next year,” Jefferson said. “Some parents don’t have a lot of money to buy school supplies, so this is a big help because all children should be able to start…

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The Dallas ISD Extended Learning Opportunities Department has partnered with a local non-profit to encourage parent involvement in schools among immigrant families. The Concilio, a Dallas-based organization, taught biweekly summer programs at four Dallas ISD elementary schools throughout the summer. Dozens of parents, mostly Hispanic mothers, completed the four-week program on Monday. “Most of the parents that participated grew up in other countries, therefore they’re mostly unfamiliar with how the American school system works,” said Leticia Tudon, program director for The Concilio. “They learned about the role of the teachers, counselors and principals, and how to be the best advocates…

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Durante el verano, representantes de Orquesta Sinfónica de Dallas (DSO) ofrecieron clases de música en varias escuelas primarias de Dallas ISD. Los estudiantes que participaron, la mayoría de ellos por primera vez, tuvieron la oportunidad de aprender sobre la lectura de la partitura y pudieron familiarizarse con varios instrumentos. Hace aproximadamente 100 años, la DSO organizó el primer Youth Concert para estudiantes de Dallas ISD, dijo Jamie Allen, director de educación en la sinfónica. Desde entonces, ambas entidades han colaborado para suplementar el currículo de música que ofrece el distrito con capacitación de concierto de alto nivel y experiencias que…

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All Dallas ISD school administrators, 222 principals and approximately 430 assistant principals strengthened their leadership skills during a three-day, in-depth training conference. Dallas ISD, in partnership with the educational nonprofit Teaching Trust, organized this seminar to prepare administrators for the 2019-2020 academic year. The campus leaders gathered at Emmett J. Conrad High School on Tuesday for the School Leadership Summer Intensive kickoff. The instructors focused on teaching lessons about leadership and instructional excellence, among other topics. “This is our kickoff and we’re setting the tone and the expectations for the school year of what we want to accomplish, and how…

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Representatives from Dallas Symphony Orchestra taught music lessons at several Dallas ISD elementary schools during the summer. Students learned the basics about reading a music sheet and interacted with many different instruments, most of them for the very first time. DSO organized the first Youth Concert for Dallas ISD students almost 100 years ago, said Jamie Allen, DSO Director of Education. Since then, both entities have collaborated to supplement the district’s music curriculum with high level concert training and experiences that are not otherwise available. “For young musicians, the overall goal is to provide those students who want to play…

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El Dallas ISD aumentó los límites de ingreso familiar para ofrecer becas e incrementar el número de niños de 3 y 4 años que pueden asistir a prekínder sin costo alguno. En junio, la Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD aprobó el programa de becas para prekínder. Líderes de la Oficina de Equidad Racial y el Departamento de Educación Preescolar indicaron a la Junta Escolar que la política de becas abordará las desigualdades raciales estructurales y brindará beneficios duraderos a más familias. “Es una ventaja para el distrito y nuestros estudiantes el lograr matricular al mayor número posible de estudiantes en…

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Dallas ISD has raised family income limits and is offering scholarships to expand the number of 3- and 4-year-olds eligible to attend pre-K at no cost. The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees in June approved the pre-K scholarship program. Executives of the district’s Racial Equity Office and Early Learning department told trustees the pre-K scholarship policy will help address structural racial inequities and bring the long-lasting benefits of prekindergarten to more families. “It’s to the advantage of our district and students to have as many students participate in our pre-K program as possible,” said Leslie Williams, Racial Equity Office deputy…

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Siete escuelas más ofrecerán el programa de lenguaje dual bilateral este año escolar, dando así a los estudiantes más oportunidades para aprender a leer, escribir y hablar en dos idiomas. En este programa, los estudiantes que hablan inglés aprenden español y los hispanohablantes aprenden inglés. Se vuelven bilingües tanto en el habla como en la lectura, alcanzando un alto aprovechamiento académico y adquiriendo capacidades multiculturales. Dallas ISD ahora contará con 68 escuelas que ofrecerán el programa de lenguaje dual bilateral. A lo largo de un día en este programa, los estudiantes que hablan inglés, junto con los que lo están…

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La ley estatal de Texas requiere que los estudiantes estén completamente vacunados contra determinadas enfermedades para el 19 de agosto de 2019, el primer día de clases en Dallas ISD. Con esto en mente, hay que aprovechar el momento para evitar las largas filas que se formarán en las clínicas de la ciudad al aproximarse el nuevo año escolar. Los padres de los estudiantes inscritos por primera vez en Dallas ISD deben presentar registros oficiales de un médico o de una clínica de salud como prueba de que han recibido las inmunizaciones requeridas. Vacunas a bajo costo están a disposición…

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Two Dallas Police Department officers joined a group of middle school students for a discussion regarding the national conversation on police brutality. Twenty-three students hosted the talk in a classroom at Boude Storey Middle School. Their presentation focused on their concerns over the use of excessive force by police nationwide. This project was the Service Learning component of the Summer Leadership Academy Program, organized by Dallas ISD’s Extended Learning Opportunities. Senior Corporal Bronner and Senior Corporal McDowell, both from the DPD – South Central Division, listened closely to the students’ concerns. Both officers stood in front of the class to…

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