Author: Javier Giribet-Vargas

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees Thursday night approved a five-year contract extension for Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. His contract will go through 2024. Hinojosa is a Sunset High School graduate who started his education career in 1979 at Stockard Middle School. He led Dallas ISD as superintendent from 2005–2011, and has served as the district’s leader since returning in 2015. Under Hinojosa’s leadership, Dallas ISD has dramatically reduced its number of low-performing schools and increased the school choice options for students. Dallas ISD this year earned a “B” rating from the Texas Education Agency with a score of 86.

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“Maestro de la Semana” es una serie de videos cortos resaltando a educadores destacados del distrito escolar de Dallas. Durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana (septiembre 15 a octubre 15) estaremos presentandoles a nuestros maestros, quienes dan todo y más para sacar adelante a nuestros estudiantes. Esteban Gonnet tiene más de 30 años enseñando. Su carrera en educación comenzó mientras estudiaba leyes en la universidad en Buenos Aires, Argentina. El ciclo escolar 2019-2020 será su 12do año trabajando en la primaria Pleasant Grove Elementary, donde enseña literatura en inglés y en español a estudiantes de quinto grado. Anabel Ruiz,…

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“Maestro de la Semana” (Teacher of the Week) is a series of short videos where we highlight outstanding educators in the Dallas Independent School District. During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), we will be emphasizing our teachers who go above and beyond so our students can move forward. Esteban Gonnet has more than 30 years of teaching experience. He began his education career when he was a college student in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2019-2020 school year will be his 12th year working in Pleasant Grove Elementary School, where he teaches fifth-grade bilingual literature.  Pleasant Grove Elementary Principal…

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Tras graduarse en 2002 de Adamson High School, donde sobresalió como estudiante del programa de mecánica de autos, Eric Vara encontró un buen trabajo reparando suspensiones, reemplazando frenos e instalando sistemas de audio. Este año, Vara volvió a Adamson como instructor de mecánica de autos, enseñando en el mismo programa que inspiró su interés en los automóviles hace casi dos décadas. “Estoy disfrutando mi primer año de maestro”, dijo Vara. “Algunos de los estudiantes tienen las mismas preguntas que yo tuve cuando empecé. Aquí aprendí muchas cosas que desconocía por completo. Definitivamente me identifico con algunos de los estudiantes”. Vara…

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Mecum Auctions, host of the world’s largest collector car auctions, invited students from five Dallas ISD high schools to tour the auto show. The exhibition and auction took place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas from Sept. 4–7. Mecum Auctions provided tickets to high school students in automotive programs at L.G. Pinkston, W. H. Adamson, H. Grady Spruce, Wilmer-Hutchins and Skyline high schools. Mason Polasek was part of a group of 40 students who study automotive courses at Adamson. Cars have been his fascination since he was young. After graduation, he plans to join the U.S. Army,…

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Representatives from Dallas ISD, Toyota and Southern Methodist University (SMU) celebrated the one-year anniversary of a public-private partnership to develop a STEM-focused school in West Dallas. The school will begin a phased opening beginning fall 2021. “It is something that our community deserves, and the fact that we’re doing it in West Dallas and that we’re including the West Dallas community in this project is even more powerful,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said at the one-year aniversarry celebration held near SMU. Toyota USA Foundation is granting $2 million to SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, which will…

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La biblioteca de Dr. Barbara Jordan Elementary School recibirá más de 1,000 libros nuevos gracias a Whataburger y la organización sin fines de lucro, First Book. La cadena de hamburguesas tejana hizo una donación de más de $70,000 para proporcionar fondos para libros nuevos a 70 escuelas en el área de Dallas-Fort Worth. Whataburger se asoció con First Book, que proporciona material de lectura, recursos educativos y otros recursos básicos a estudiantes de todo el país. Las escuelas pueden solicitar subvenciones de $1,000 que son destinados para la compra de libros nuevos a través de la organización. “Desde un punto…

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The Dr. Barbara Jordan Elementary School campus library will receive more than 1,000 new books thanks to Whataburger and First Book. The Texas hamburger chain donated more than $70,000 to provide funding for new books to 70 schools in Dallas-Fort Worth. Whataburger partnered with First Book, a non-profit that provides reading materials, educational resources and other basic needs to students across the country. Schools could apply for $1,000 grants that would go toward supplying brand-new books through the non-profit. “From a charitable-giving standpoint, children’s education is one of Whataburger’s charitable pillars,” said Shannon Anderson, Whataburger franchise marketing manager. “It’s really…

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Representantes de una firma de ingeniería donaron 30 mochilas con útiles escolares a estudiantes de Elisha M. Pease Elementary School. Tres integrantes del equipo de liderazgo de Harambee entregaron las mochilas a los alumnos el pasado viernes. Harambee es la red de empleados afroamericanos de Jacobs Engineering Group, una firma de ingeniería global con sede en Dallas. La organización llevó a cabo su conferencia anual en agosto, y decidieron hacer una colecta de mochilas y útiles escolares. Se pusieron en contacto con el Departamento STEM de Dallas ISD y trabajaron juntos para encontrar un plantel con una población estudiantil alta…

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Representatives from an engineering firm donated 30 backpacks with school supplies to students at Elisha M. Pease Elementary School. Three representatives from the Harambee leadership team handed out each backpack to a student on Friday. Harambee is the African-American employee network of Jacobs Engineering Group, a global engineering firm with headquarters in Dallas. Harambee hosted its yearly summit in August, where their members decided to do a backpack and school drive. The representatives contacted Dallas ISD’s STEM department. Both entities collaborated to find a campus that had a high African-American student population and a high concentration of underprivileged families. “We wanted…

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