Author: Lawana Porter

Fifteen-year-old Zimaya Propes fits the description of a natural-born athlete. Throughout her school career, Propes has played basketball, volleyball, and run track.  But it is in her primary sport of swimming that she excels. Zimaya is a tenth grader at the School for Health Professions at Townview and a member of the swim team at her home campus, Lincoln High School. She recently turned heads at the UIL District 12-5A Swim Meet, outperforming her competitors with a time of 30 seconds in the 50- meter race, her signature event. Combined with a victory in the 100-meter, the performance made her…

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Dallas ISD graduating seniors can apply now for $2,500 and $10,000 scholarships funded in honor of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. The $2,500 annual Superintendent’s Scholarships, funded through the annual Superintendent’s Scholarship Golf Tournament, will be awarded to at least two recipients from every comprehensive high school. The district will award one $10,000 Green-Garner scholarship, funded by the Council of Great City Schools. To be considered for either scholarship, students must complete the application, show acceptance to a college or university, and submit transcripts, letters of recommendation and essays. Both scholarships are listed with many others under the Scholarships 2021 tab on…

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Following trustees’ general expressions of support for the proposed student and family resource centers funded in the district’s 2020 Bond election, Chief of Staff Pam Lear and Racial Equity Deputy Chief Sharon Quinn are spearheading a planning team to move the project forward. The concept calls for the creation of community hubs to house crucial social services in neighborhoods served by Lincoln, L.G. Pinkston, H. Grady Spruce and Franklin Roosevelt high schools. The $40M in bond funds allocated for the project is limited to facility construction to create space for services to these historically underserved communities. Lear recently announced that…

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Schools across the district are honoring individual mentors and tutors, faith-based partners, businesses and nonprofits for making a difference in the lives of students at the campus level. The team in Volunteer and Partnership Services selected the 2019-2020 honorees  from among dozens nominated by their partner schools in the following categories in recognition of their generosity and service to individual campuses. Dr. Anastasia Bobilev, selected as Volunteer of the Year for Student Support, was nominated by Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in recognition of her service as a mentor to who provided Rangel’s first-generation college students with hours of…

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As district and school leaders explore ways to mitigate learning loss related to the COVID-19 crisis, parents are reminded that regular school attendance is vital to ensure students master the skills required for academic success. The opposite is also true—students who do not attend school regularly miss essential instruction possibly resulting in learning loss and other negative consequences, including retention and penalties related to truancy. Texas state law requires students to attend 90% of scheduled class days to receive a course grade at the elementary level or credit for a class at the secondary level. Board policy requires that parents…

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The stress of working from home, juggling family responsibilities, and managing the instruction of students and your own children is enough to challenge anyone’s well-being says Dr. Lenora Ivy, a school psychologist with Dallas ISD Psychological and Social Services.  “Everyone is affected by COVID-19 in some way—mentally, emotionally, financially, or physically,” she says. To manage the stress, Ivy, who has authored an easy-to-read book with coping strategies, offers the following advice: Be gracious with yourself, your students, and others, because we are all under a lot of stress. Keep in mind that everyone copes differently, and it’s okay if you…

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For 13,000 students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, a date with destiny is fast approaching. This year’s Advanced Placement exams will be held online May 11-22. Dallas ISD’s Advanced Academic Services team urges students enrolled in AP classes to take a few final steps to prepare for the May exams. Students enrolled in AP classes who have questions about this year’s AP exams should contact their campus AP coordinator. Due to COVID-19, the College Board, which oversees the administration of the exams, is making several new resources available to students online. These include the AP testing guide, exam day checklist,…

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If concern over COVID-19 has you feeling anxious, nervous, distressed and overwhelmed, you are not alone. According to mental health experts, these are common feelings resulting from the new normal of sheltering in place, constantly checking social media and watching nonstop news about the coronavirus outbreak. For those who struggle with anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges on a regular basis, odds are high they will experience even more stress than usual, which can make life in isolation extra difficult. While we protect ourselves from the coronavirus by self-isolating, we should also take care of our emotional and mental…

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Junior League of Dallas has awarded $4,000 scholarships to 10 female seniors at Emmett J. Conrad and Thomas Jefferson high schools through its Women LEAD scholarship program. One of several Junior League programs that benefits Dallas ISD students, LEAD is an acronym for Learn, Excel, Achieve, Dream. The annual scholarship program is open to seniors at Conrad, Jefferson and South Oak Cliff high schools. Seniors submit applications in December, and 10 finalists are named in March and invited to prepare and present speeches to the scholarship committee, which names the winners. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the organization was forced…

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The head of Dallas ISD’s Racial Equity Office Leslie Williams is intent on taking action to reverse the pervasive poverty in Dallas’ poorest communities. “We want to address past inequities that are still having an impact on redlined neighborhoods,” he says. Williams is spearheading an effort to assign a portion of the proposed 2020 bond package to correct past inequities that have created a legacy of poverty in communities around Lincoln, James Madison, L.G. Pinkston, Franklin Roosevelt and H. Grady Spruce high schools. He is meeting with parents, residents and elected officials, presenting evidence that the poverty surrounding these schools…

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