Author: Lawana Porter

Continuing a 24-year tradition, the State Fair of Texas recently awarded college scholarships to 91 seniors from five district high schools located near Fair Park. The scholarships were presented at an April 29 luncheon to 21 students from Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, 12 students from James Madison High School, 20 students from Lincoln High School and 21 students from Woodrow Wilson High School. The students each received $6,000 scholarships in recognition of their academic performance and class ranking. The scholarships are named for former State Fair of Texas chairman Pete Schenkel. Go here to view the names of…

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Eleven seniors from seven Dallas ISD high schools have been awarded scholarships by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The students will receive $20,000 in financial support, a laptop and textbook assistance in addition to ongoing support to meet future challenges they may face in completing college. The Dell scholarship web page describes eligible candidates as first-generation college students from low income families who have demonstrated the drive to succeed in spite of obstacles, have overcome personal challenges, demonstrated the potential to succeed in post-secondary education and have the ambition to earn a college degree. To be eligible, scholarship recipients…

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Seniors from every Dallas ISD comprehensive and magnet high school will be honored for academic excellence and receive a share of  $192,000 in scholarships at the district’s 2016 Superintendent’s Scholarship Reception. The recognition event is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Dr. Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, district trustees and administrators will attend to congratulate the recipients from every district comprehensive high school. Of the recipients, 62 students were selected by their school’s scholarship committee to receive $2500 Superintendent’s Scholarships based on character, academic achievement, and community service. Three additional…

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For 25 years, the volunteer service organization Junior League of Dallas has opened doors to scores of learning experiences for Dallas ISD students by funding teachers’ proposals for creative educational projects. Since 1992, the group has invested $1.25 million in such opportunities for students through its Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT) Program. In preparation for next school year, the League is accepting proposals for grants of up to $2,000 from teachers and other school staff now through May 16. Information is available at www.jld.net. The variety of projects funded over the last quarter century is impressive. Traditional projects have included…

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Telling trustees that the district “must do something differently” to close the student achievement gap, Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa recently recommended that the district sunset the Imagine 2020 program and replace it with an alternate effort to bolster achievement in struggling schools. The Imagine 2020 program was launched in 2013 at 33 schools and offered in-school tutoring, extended school hours and extra staff, including urban specialists, social workers and psychologists. At the trustees’ March board briefing, the superintendent presented data showing the program had not performed nearly as well as the more recently created Accelerating Campus Excellence, or ACE program. Like…

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In most schools, students, teachers and parents can easily point out the most dedicated, hard-working teachers. They’re the ones who generously share their expertise with colleagues, volunteer to sponsor student clubs and activities and go the extra mile to tutor or provide assistance to students who need extra help. The Rotary Club of Dallas believes such teachers are the life’s blood of a successful school, which is why the club seeks to honor them through its Service Above Self teacher awards. From now through April 1, the Rotary Club invites educators, students and parents to help recognize outstanding teachers by…

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While most Americans know that black soldiers served proudly in all of the country’s modern wars, it may come as a surprise to some that thousands of black servicemen fought in the Civil War. This year, as part of black history month, several hundred Dallas ISD elementary school students received firsthand history lessons about the role of these troops, nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsors reenactments of the stories of the Buffalo Soldiers. Volunteers in full regalia recently visited several African American Success Initiative schools to share the history of these soldiers with students. At Mark Twain Elementary,…

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Family and friends of the late Dallas Independent School District trustee and civil rights pioneer Kathlyn Joy Gilliam will hold a ribbon cutting this weekend to mark the opening of a museum created in her honor. The public is invited to attend the museum opening at noon this Sat., Feb. 27. The museum is housed in Gilliam’s former home located at 3817 Wendelkin in South Dallas. The home was designated a city of Dallas Historic Landmark in 2015. The new museum will serve as a community learning space and house artifacts of Gilliam’s longtime involvement in education and civil rights.…

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At Saturday’s African American Read-In, it seemed that everywhere you looked you saw the event’s theme — Reading is the Wave of Life. Held at Cornerstone Baptist Church, the Read-In drew hundreds of parents and students to the Black History Month celebration that focused on culture, books and reading. After students filed in and picked up their souvenir shirts and badges, the event opened with a rousing performance by the Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Multiple elected officials urged students to read and study to learn about their heritage and prepare for the future. Charles Rice student and…

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Teacher Rose Bolden is a staunch advocate for her students who are working toward graduation in the Reconnection Center credit recovery program at J. Leslie Patton Academic Center, the district’s high school for overage students. Bolden describes herself as cheerleader, coach and chief encourager for the 54 students enrolled in her classes. “Every single, solitary one of them comes here with a goal. They know I’m in their corner, that I’m here to help them. They know that I’m pulling for them and I want them to have the success they desire.” In addition to teacher facilitators like Bolden, Reconnection…

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