Author: Jessica Coppedge

Sunset High School varsity cheer caption Jourdyn Hawkins knows how to start and finish strong. Last fall, Hawkins made Sunset athletic history as she was one of four cheerleaders from Sunset High School to make the National Cheerleading Association’s (NCA) All-American team.  Now, as her senior year quickly comes to an end, it is on another high note as her team took first place in the Game Day category at the “Sock it To Em” Nationals competition on April 18. Hawkins made further athletic history this year when she was the first-ever Sunset student invited to apply to join NCA…

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The third annual Dallas ISD Poetry Slam will be held virtually on Thursday, March 11, at 2 p.m., and centers on this year’s theme: I Matter, We Matter, Words Matter. The top 10 finalists will perform their original poems in front of a live Zoom audience, as well as a panel of judges. Representatives from Flocabulary, an educational company that produces hip-hop videos and instructional activities that promote literacy and spark creativity, will be in attendance as well as the event’s sponsor, Roland Parrish. Parrish will provide $10,000 in scholarships and pizza parties for the top 10 winning classes. Flocabulary…

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Dallas ISD is one of six school communities across the nation that is a part of the Partnership for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), an initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation. A new podcast series from The Wallace Foundation shares findings and early lessons from a RAND Corporation study of PSELI. The five-episode series features in-depth conversations with school, district, afterschool and out-of-school time leaders about their experiences working together to help children develop social and emotional skills. PSELI is a comprehensive, multi-year initiative to explore whether and how children can benefit from intentional partnerships between schools and afterschool/out-of-school…

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Dallas ISD’s Social and Emotional Learning Department has a new discussion series just for teachers. The SEL In Action: Teacher Discussion Series will meet every fourth Wednesday, in February through May, to engage Dallas ISD teachers in informal discussions centered around important topics educators are facing. These open forums will be a safe place to discuss these topics, build community, form healthy relationships, and discuss social and emotional wellness. SEL In Action: Teacher Discussion Series Schedule: February: Celebrating Black Educators | *Wednesday, March 10, 4:45-5:30 p.m. February discussion articles: Teaching While Black: An Open Letter to School Leaders by Sharif…

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Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard está aceptando solicitudes de admisión para el año escolar 2021–2022. Visite www.dallasisd.org/lanier para más información. Cuando Jamie Nelson supo que había un puesto vacante de maestro de teatro en Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard, donde asisten sus hijos y es miembro activa de la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA), no dudó en preparase para solicitarlo. Empezó como voluntaria a finales del otoño de 2019, completó la certificación alternativa para maestros durante las vacaciones de invierno y fue contratada como maestra de teatro en enero de 2020, por lo que ha podido aprovechar su licenciatura…

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Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year until February 7. Visit www.dallasisd.org/lanier to learn more. When active PTA mom Jamie Nelson learned there was a vacant theater teacher position at Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard, where her two sons attend, she immediately told the principal she was stepping in.  Starting in the late Fall of 2019 as a volunteer, Nelson finalized her alternative teaching certification over winter break and was officially hired in January 2020, putting to good use her bachelor’s in drama and MFA in sound design as Lanier’s theater teacher.  In addition…

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Mark Twain School for the Talented & Gifted está aceptando solicitudes de admisión para el año escolar 2021–2022. Visite www.dallasisd.org/twain para más información. Cuando la COVID-19 transformó el mundo en marzo pasado, Pamela Rambert supo que necesitaba cambiar por completo la forma en que operaba la biblioteca en Mark Twain School for the Talented & Gifted. Los libros electrónicos fueron una gran parte de la solución de Rambert para hacer llegar la literatura a sus estudiantes. Cada estudiante tiene acceso a libros electrónicos y audiolibros a través de Sora, una aplicación de lectura para estudiantes. “Antes de la pandemia, hablábamos…

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Mark Twain School for the Talented & Gifted is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Visit www.dallasisd.org/twain to learn more. When COVID-19 turned the world upside down last March, Pamela Rambert knew she needed to completely change how she operated the library at Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted. E-books were a big part of Rambert’s solution in getting literature into the hands of her students. Every student has access to eBooks and audiobooks through Sora, a student reading app. “Before Covid, we touched on eBooks every now and then, but now it’s a big push,”…

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La STEM Expo de Dallas ISD, la más grande de Texas, se realizó virtualmente el 23 de enero. Aquellos que no pudieron asistir el 23 de enero podrán ver el evento en línea. Invitamos a los estudiantes y las familias en todo Dallas, independientemente de si asisten a una escuela de Dallas ISD, a que exploren los STEM Zones, vean las presentaciones de ciencias en el escenario STEM, aprendan sobre los nuevos institutos de profesiones y disfruten de las competencias del distrito. La expo contó con más de 180 exhibiciones y sirvió como el punto culminante para los campeonatos del…

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The largest STEM EXPO in Texas went virtual last weekend when Dallas ISD hosted their annual STEM Expo on Saturday, Jan. 23. Those unable to attend on the Jan. 23 are in luck: the Dallas ISD Virtual STEM EXPO is available online until Sunday, Feb. 21! Students and families all across Dallas, regardless of whether they attend a Dallas ISD school or not, are invited to explore the STEM Zones, catch the fun and action-packed science on the STEM Stage, check out the new Career Institutes and the STEM District Competitions. The expo has over 180 hands-on exhibits and served…

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