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Vedant Tapiavala, a senior at Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted, and three of his friends – including a Plano ISD student – have developed an app to help Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients. The AlzBuddy app is designed to help entertain and engage those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The three modules in the app allow a user to select sounds, games or pictures. Sounds include popular music from the 1940s forward, commercials, speeches, animals and miscellaneous sounds to listen to and reminisce.  Games include color matching grids and other similar games.  Pictures include political figures, household items, professional…

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Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and his son Taylor Hinojosa, a graduate of Hillcrest High School and former Samuell High School teacher and coach, were featured on Dallas Love Field’s Lead with Love show+podcast this week. Dallas Love Field’s Lead With Love show+podcast is a 30-minute conversation of two voices of Dallas discussing ways that strong leadership, respect of diversity and inclusion, and celebration of local culture make a difference in the community. During the live interview, Taylor and Superintendent Hinojosa shared about their paths to success, how Dallas ISD schools and initiatives make a difference in the community, particularly…

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The Board of Trustees recently approved pay increases for Dallas ISD employees.   As of result of these increases, CDL drivers will now have a minimum hourly rate of $22.69 per hour.  Existing Dallas ISD CDL drivers will have their pay rates adjusted to the new pay scale as well and will receive approximately a 10% increase in their hourly rate. Dallas ISD’s CDL Driver Referral Incentive program will reward any Dallas ISD staff member who refers a CDL driver applicant who is then hired as a bus driver. It will pay $200 for referring an applicant with a CDL and P/S endorsement at the…

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Families of eligible students for the district’s Strive for No More than 5 attendance campaign should have received a School Messenger call on June 28 informing them of their eligibility to receive: 1. One (1) free general admission ticket (valid for one day) with the purchase of one (1) ticket at $29.99 + tax ($32.46 tax inclusive). 2. Unique code valid for the purchase of a maximum of (2) admission tickets at a price of $29.99 + tax ($32.46 tax inclusive). This opportunity was open to students who received five or fewer absences this school year. Students who qualified can click…

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