Author: Molly Schrader

Tuesday was no ordinary day for about 150 business and civic leaders from across the Metroplex, who got to spend the day with students on Dallas ISD’s 22nd annual “Principal for a Day.” From storytime to observing instruction and making morning announcements, this year’s honorary principals stepped into the shoes of campus administrators to further understand how they can help uplift students and ensure a quality public education for students.  The Principal for a Day partnership began in 1999 with about 100 participants; only one year was missed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Inspired by New York City’s version of…

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El entrenador titular Brandon “Bam” Harrison fue nombrado entrenador de la semana de preparatoria por los Dallas Cowboys en el lugar donde todo comenzó: Justin F. Kimball High School. Este reconocimiento es para los entrenadores locales que marcan una diferencia en su equipo, su escuela y su comunidad. Harrison conoce muy bien el fútbol americano, ya que jugó durante la preparatoria y la universidad antes de ser reclutado por los San Diego Chargers en 1995. Jugó dos años con los Chargers y otro con los Philadelphia Eagles.   Lleva 15 años como entrenador de preparatoria, y este verano se le nombró…

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Head Coach Brandon “Bam” Harrison was named the Dallas Cowboys’ High School Coach of the Week at the place where it all started – his alma mater, Justin F. Kimball High School. This honor recognizes local coaches who are making an impact on their team, school and community. Harrison is no stranger to the game of football, having played throughout his high school and college career before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1995. He played two years with the Chargers and another with the Philadelphia Eagles.  His high school coaching career stretches over a 15-year period, culminating…

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La prioridad número uno de Dallas ISD es garantizar que todos los estudiantes y el personal estén seguros cuando están en la escuela. El distrito ha pasado un tiempo considerable desarrollando, practicando y siguiendo su nuevo plan de seguridad integral que entró en vigor en agosto cuando comenzó el año escolar.  Si bien el distrito tiene un enfoque de varios niveles para proporcionar espacios de instrucción donde los niños se sientan bienvenidos y seguros mientras aprenden, el concepto Be SMART es una forma en la que los padres pueden hacer su parte para proteger a los niños. “SMART” en este…

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Dallas ISD’s number one priority is to ensure all students and staff are safe when they are at school. The district has spent considerable time developing, practicing, and following its new comprehensive safety plan which was enacted this August when the school year began.  While the district has a multilevel approach to providing instructional spaces where kids feel welcome and safe while they learn, the Be SMART framework is just one way that parents can do their part in protecting children. “SMART” in this case refers to: Secure all guns in your homes and vehicles Model responsible behavior around guns…

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Mount Auburn STEAM Academy celebró 100 años con una ceremonia de corte de listón por la reciente finalización del programa de bonos del 2015, el jueves 10 de octubre. Estudiantes, profesores, exalumnos y miembros de la comunidad reconocieron el rico legado de la escuela con los comentarios de apertura de la directora Brittany Swanson y el representante del Distrito 8, Joe Carreón.  “No importa las diferencias que puedan haber existido hace 100 años, estoy segura de que una cosa permanece sin cambios: el compromiso inquebrantable y la dedicación de Mount Auburn para los estudiantes de su comunidad”, dijo Swanson. El…

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Mount Auburn STEAM Academy celebrated its 100th anniversary along with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the recent completion of the Bond 2015 program on Thursday, Oct. 10. Students, faculty, alumni and community members honored the school’s rich legacy with opening remarks from Principal Brittany Swanson and District 8 Trustee Joe Carreón. “No matter the differences that may have existed 100 years ago, I am certain that one thing remains unchanged: the unwavering commitment of Mount Auburn’s dedication to the students in this neighborhood,” Swanson said.  The Mount Auburn kindergarten folklorico team performed a traditional dance for Hispanic Heritage Month, followed…

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La semana pasada, ocho escuelas de Dallas ISD recibieron cada una su propia caminata de historias de “Equidad, Diversidad, Inclusión, Accesibilidad (E.D.I.A.)” financiadas por la American Library Association. Las caminatas de historias brindan a los estudiantes y familias la oportunidad de aprender sobre la celebración del día de Juneteenth, que reconoce la emancipación de los afroamericanos esclavizados en 1865. Esta es una experiencia práctica de aprendizaje al aire libre para estudiantes donde pueden caminar, hablar y descubrir hechos juntos.  Durante el inicio de la caminata en Pacific Park Plaza en el centro de Dallas, el alcalde Eric Johnson y la…

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Last week, eight Dallas ISD campuses were each gifted their own “Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility (E.D.I.A.) Story Walk: A Pathway to Discovery” funded by the American Library Association. The Story Walks provide students and families the opportunity to learn about the national Juneteenth holiday, which recognizes the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in 1865. This is a hands-on outdoor learning experience for students where they are free to walk, talk and discover facts together.  During the Story Walk kickoff at Pacific Park Plaza in downtown Dallas, Mayor Eric Johnson and Fort Worth native Ms. Opal Lee – known as the…

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Last school year, more than 16,000 students were involved in at least one of 13 programs supported by the Student Activities department. This year, the department would like to expand extracurricular activities for students wherever possible. The current programs with the most student participation include chess, University Interscholastic League (UIL) academics, eSports and “Destination Imagination Winter Blitz,” which is a hands-on system of learning through open-ended academic challenges. At a board briefing last Thursday, Sharla Hudspeth, executive director of Extracurricular and Extended Learning Opportunities, shared with trustees the importance of extracurriculars for students in all grade levels. Her mission is…

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