Author: Lawana Porter

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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Dallas ISD is monitoring the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and working with national and local health authorities to provide the latest information to families and staff. While no cases have yet been reported in Dallas, the district is taking measures to inform the community about the progression of the illness. A website with frequently asked questions and links to information resources is available at www.dallasisd.org/healthupdates, and letters are being distributed to campuses to send home with students. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Novel Coronavirus belongs to a family of…

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Since 2015, Dallas ISD educator Roderick Goudy has worked at mastering the Toastmaster skills of public speaking and leadership, delivering speeches and taking on leadership roles in Dallas ISD Talk It Up! Toastmasters Club and at the Toastmasters’ district level as an area director, training facilitator, and mentor. Goudy credits lessons learned in Toastmasters for helping to propel him several rungs up the professional career ladder in Dallas ISD. Since 2012, he has advanced from special education teacher to distinguished teacher to first-year assistant principal at Mockingbird Elementary. “Participating in Toastmasters helped develop my interpersonal communication and presentation skills,” said…

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More than 300 employees assigned to campuses and departments across Dallas ISD are bidding friends and colleagues farewell this spring as they prepare to enter the next chapter in their lives. The 2019 group of retirees are leaving behind them more than 6,600 years of service to the district. List of High School Retirees List of Middle School Retirees List of Elementary School Retirees List of Central Staff Retirees Among this year’s retirees are a number of longtime, valued employees, including these who have achieved 35 or more years of service: Skyline Special Education Teacher Katherine Woolridge with 41 years…

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Operation Services is committed to providing quality services and environments that enhance learning through safe, effective and efficient management of facilities and resources.  Come join us! To prepare for a successful start to the 2019-2020 school year, Dallas ISD’s Operation Services division is hosting a job fair to fill critical positions in the following areas: Custodial Services; Food and Child Nutrition Services; Grounds and Athletic Fields; HVAC; Maintenance Services; Police and Security; Student Transportation Services The job fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Sat., June 8, at the Turney W. Leonard Governance & Training Center, 5151 Samuell…

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Walking the halls of Umphrey Lee Elementary with volunteer Nell Maston, it’s clear she’s a VIP at the Oak Cliff school.  She attracts smiles and warm greetings from teachers and students in every hallway. As PTO president, grandparent of two Lee students and an almost daily volunteer, Maston is dedicated to helping students reach their potential. She said the school’s welcoming environment and teachers inspired her to get involved as a supporter. “They are interested in your child and always attentive to the students,” she said. Maston, who was recently recognized as Dallas ISD Volunteer of the Year for School…

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With the launch of two career institutes, Dallas ISD is expanding career options for highly motivated students who want to enter the construction trades and earn a living wage right out of high school. The institutes will launch in August to offer courses leading to certificates in construction, plumbing, electrical, and heating and air conditioning at locations in North Dallas and Oak Cliff. Starting April 15, Dallas ISD will host a dozen information/recruitment sessions to register interested eighth-graders. Families can go here to view the dates and locations of the sessions. Dallas ISD’s Oswaldo Alvarenga said the new institutes are…

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Parents, staff, students and community members are invited to review and comment on the district’s proposed student calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. To provide feedback or pose questions, go here to participate in a short calendar survey, available through March 15. Highlights: Teachers report for work August 8. The first day of class for students is Monday, August 17. The last day for students is Thursday, May 27. Holidays include Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Nov. 23-27), winter break (Dec. 21-Jan. 5). M.L. King Day (Jan. 18), Presidents Day (Feb. 15), spring break (March 15-19), and Memorial Day. October 9 and…

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Si a su hijo de secundaria le encanta la interpretación artística y ha decidido estudiar una carrera en música o danza, ahora tiene opciones académicas en Dallas ISD. Basándose en el éxito del modelo de academias universitarias, el distrito abrirá dos academias universitarias nuevas de bellas artes en agosto de 2019. Los programas, que estarán disponibles en las preparatorias W.T. White y Wilmer-Hutchins, ofrecerán amplias oportunidades para que los estudiantes demuestren su talento, capacitación y un enfoque académico para aquellos que busquen dedicarse a enseñar artes en el futuro. Cada escuela está reclutando futuros estudiantes de 9o grado para integrar…

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