Author: Tina Pania

De los 4,200 cadetes de JROTC con los que cuenta la brigada de 23 escuelas en Dallas ISD, la Cadete Coronel Damari Amaya, estudiante de 12o grado en H. Grady Spruce High School, es la de más alto rango. Damari fue nombrada cadete coronel a finales de septiembre y es la única mujer de Spruce que ha recibido este título. Antes de su ascenso, fue comandante del batallón en Spruce, cargo que sigue ocupando además de ser comandante de la brigada general. El 11 de noviembre, Día de los Veteranos, encabezará a los cadetes durante la Ceremonia de la Bandera…

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Of the 4,200 JROTC cadets in Dallas ISD’s 23-school brigade, Cadet Col. Damari Amaya, a senior at H. Grady Spruce High School, is the highest ranking. Named to the position of cadet colonel in late September, Damari is the only female from Spruce known to have held this title. Prior to her promotion, she was battalion commander at Spruce, a post she still holds in addition to commanding the overall brigade. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, she will be leading the cadets during the Dallas parade’s Flag Ceremony. “I’ve been in JROTC for four years,” Damari says. “I became interested…

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On Tyler Street in Dallas’ Bishop Arts neighborhood sits a little store chock full of cultural nostalgia for Mexico. From leather goods to pottery, houseware, clothing, and jewelry, Heritage Collective DFW aims to elevate Mexican artisans. The store is owned and operated by the family of Elba Munoz, who – in her day job – is a longtime administrative assistant in Dallas ISD. Although Munoz was born in California, her Mexican roots run strong and deep. And the store is a reflection of the love she holds for her parents’ birthplace. “Both my parents were born in the beautiful colonial…

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En el vecindario Bishop Arts de Dallas, sobre la calle Tyler, hay una pequeña tienda llena de nostalgia por México. Heritage Collective DFW ofrece productos de piel, cerámica, artículos para el hogar, ropa y joyería, y su objetivo es destacar la labor de los artesanos mexicanos. La familia de Elba Muñoz, asistente administrativa en Dallas ISD desde hace muchos años, son los propietarios de la tienda. A pesar de haber nacido en California, Muñoz tiene raíces mexicanas profundas y la tienda es un reflejo del amor que siente por el lugar de nacimiento de sus padres. “Mis padres nacieron en…

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Dallas ISD’s Minority/Women Business Enterprise Department has been recognized as a Supplier Diversity Champion by Subcontractors USA, a Vaskey Media Group. The Supplier Diversity Champion Award celebrates companies who work tirelessly to foster business growth in minority communities and promote business diversity initiatives. Subcontractor USA is committed to fostering economic growth among subcontractors and delivering credible information through strategic connections, such as Dallas ISD. Through consulting, networking, and business development initiatives, they have developed a mutually beneficial platform to promote significant procurement opportunities and economic growth within Texas. “Because diversity is an important element in building our community, Dallas ISD…

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Los estudiantes de Dallas ISD de cuarto a sexto grado tendrán la oportunidad de participar de forma voluntaria en deportes después de clases a través de la iniciativa P.L.A.Y. (Ligas de Práctica para Jóvenes Activos). Este programa le ofrece a todo estudiante, sin importar su habilidad deportiva o discapacidad, la oportunidad de aprender y jugar deportes como futsal (fútbol sala), baloncesto, flag football, béisbol/sóftbol, fútbol al aire libre, vóleibol, lacrosse, hockey sobre césped y pickleball. “Lo maravilloso de este programa es que se abordará el acceso equitativo al aprendizaje y el enriquecimiento al ofrecer oportunidades a los estudiantes para participar…

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Dallas ISD students in grades four to six will have a chance to participate in voluntary, after-school sports through the district’s P.L.A.Y. Initiative (Practice Leagues for Active Youth). The program offers any student, regardless of athletic ability or disability, the opportunity to learn more about and play the sports of futsal (indoor soccer), basketball, flag football, baseball/softball, outdoor soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, and pickleball. “The wonderful thing about this program is that it will address equitable access to learning and enrichment by providing opportunities for students to participate in a variety of sports and physical activities without regard for…

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Syra Castillo, estudiante de Rosie Sorrells School of Education & Social Services at Townview, va camino a la Universidad de Notre Dame con una beca completa y un plan para el futuro. “Quiero ocupar el lugar de David Muir [presentador de noticias de televisión] cuando sea mayor. Ese es mi objetivo final”, dice Syra, quien es la presidenta de su generación y vicepresidenta del anuario. “Crecí viéndole, admirando cómo puede hablar de las cosas que ocurren en el mundo y como entrevista a personajes importantes. Es uno de mis modelos a seguir. Mi máxima aspiración en la vida es llegar…

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Syra Castillo, a recently graduated senior at Rosie Sorrells School of Education & Social Services at Townview, is on her way to the University of Notre Dame with a full-ride scholarship and a clear plan for the future.  “I want to take [television news anchor] David Muir’s job when I get older. That’s my ultimate career goal,” says Syra, who is senior class president and vice president of her yearbook staff. “I grew up watching him, admiring how he can speak about things that are happening in the world and is able to interview influential people. He is one of…

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When Principal Reymundo Cervantes arrived at Henry B. Gonzalez Personalized Learning Academy in 2017, parent engagement was not at its highest, to say the least. Five years later, as he leaves to take on the leadership of Pleasant Grove TAG, family involvement has more than tripled, and the elementary school in Southeast Dallas has become the district’s Whole School Model for Family Engagement. “I believe it is because of the work and commitment of our teachers to ensure that students will achieve, knowing that parent involvement is key,” Dr. Cervantes says.  “The staff is going the extra mile to involve…

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