Author: The Hub

Connecting you to the personalities, places and perspectives of Dallas ISD

Monday afternoon was full of surprises for students and staff at Edward H. Cary Middle School. During an assembly on Dec. 14, students heard from surprise guest Matt Cassel, the current starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Students also learned they would each receive a copy of E.B. White’s book, Charlotte’s Web. Then they watched Principal Ben Dickerson pull a $50,000 check out of a box – funds that will bolster the school’s library budget. Dollar General and PepsiCo provided the funding for the donations. The importance of reading was highlighted, not only as demanded by careers or schoolwork, but also…

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Students and teachers at two Dallas ISD elementary schools got a surprise visit from the season’s Man in Red, along with gifts of books and classroom materials on Monday, Dec. 14. Santa Claus stopped by Roger Q. Mills Elementary and H.I. Holland Elementary at Lisbon to spread cheer and – along with community volunteers – distribute the gifts to classrooms. Coordinated by the Commit! Partnership and funded by an anonymous donor, the items were distributed to 234 kindergarten-second grade teachers in the South Oak Cliff and Molina feeder patterns and ACE schools. “This donation presented to the Dallas ISD by…

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The South Oak Cliff High School community came together again this holiday season to grant Christmas wishes to 72 elementary students from eight Dallas ISD schools. The Bear-y, Merry Christmas Party in a Winter Wonderland is an annual tradition that sees students and some staff at South Oak Cliff High School adopt elementary students and buy and collect presents on their Christmas wish list. Each elementary school in the South Oak Cliff feeder pattern was invited to nominate 10 deserving students to have their wish list come true. From bicycles and tablets to basketballs and games, the elementary students often…

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Dallas Independent School District officials today congratulated Trustee Mike Morath on his appointment by Governor Greg Abbott as the new Texas Education Commissioner. Morath will replace Michael Williams, who announced his resignation earlier this fall. Morath has served on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees since 2011 and was elected to a second term in 2014. He represents District 2, which covers sections of North Dallas and Near East Dallas. District reforms he supported during his tenure included: helping to implement the new Teacher Excellence Initiative, making Dallas ISD the first major school system in Texas to pay teachers based…

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The Hub last week announced the four winners of the 2015 Principal of the Year award. As a reminder, the winners are: Julie Singleton, H.I. Holland Elementary School; Tracie Washington, Billy Earl Dade Middle School; Nakia Douglas, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy; Tanya Shelton, Richard Lagow Elementary. Watch the above video for an inside look at the award ceremony recognizing the outstanding Dallas ISD principals.

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Eight students in the Dallas Independent School District have earned their way to the finals of the annual Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition. The following students will compete in the final round of the competition, to be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75201. The event is free and open to the public. •    Kywin Brown, fifth grade, Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary •    Jayden Jackson, fifth grade, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary •    Donna Guevara, fifth grade, John Neely Bryan Elementary •    Guadalupe Zamora, fifth grade, Arcadia Park Elementary •    Marco Mares,…

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A variety of additional supports and resources will be provided to Dallas Independent School District campuses identified by the Texas Education Agency as Public Education Grant (PEG) schools for the 2016-2017 school year. TEA plans to release the list to the public on Monday. TEA defines a Public Education Grant, or PEG school, as a campus designated as an improvement required campus once in the previous three years (2013, 2014, 2015) or one that recorded an aggregated passing rate of less than or equal to 50 percent on any subject-area STAAR or TAKS assessment (including end-of-course assessments) for any two…

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Ask Terry Stotts about his job as the construction and technology teacher at the Multiple Career Magnet High School, and his eyes light up. Stotts could spend hours talking about all the reasons he loves his job teaching practical skills to students with special needs in Dallas ISD. But, by far, his favorite part of the job comes in December when his students give away the rocking horses they spent the first part of the year building by hand. This year was no different, and Stotts smiled wide as his students gave away their rocking horses on Dec. 11 to…

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Huddled around their desks inside a classroom at Townview Center, Mrs. Ping Zhuge’s students are deciding whether to provide a loan so a 21-year-old nursing student in Cambodia can pay his college tuition. Or, the students’ discuss, maybe they should instead provide a loan to a Kenyan farmer so she can buy the lights and inputs needed to plant six acres? Then again, there is also 24-year-old in the Gaza Strip who is requesting a loan to buy a solar system for heating water for the family house. Maybe they should give a loan to him instead? The students are…

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