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It’s another school year, and Dallas ISD is excited to continue its work to build a premier district that supports student achievement at every turn and prepares graduates for college and career success.

As the new trustee for District 7, I am delighted to be part of this journey and to serve students, parents, schools and this community.

This year promises to be a pivotal one with the expansion of programs designed to engage, motivate, inspire and empower students to live their best lives. Programs like the growth of early childhood education at John Reagan, James Hogg, Leila Cowart, Nancy Cochran, Winnetka and other elementary schools allow learners as young as 3 years old to prepare for school success; and initiatives such as the collegiate academy expansion offer the opportunity for high school students to earn up to 60 hours of college credit while earning their high school diploma, similar to the program at Trini Garza Early College High School.

These are just a few of the many choices available to students and are more reasons parents should take time to discover Dallas ISD. From two-way dual language options, which are now available at 11 schools in District 7, including Stevens Park, both Rosemont campuses, Reagan, Margaret Henderson and L.O. Donald elementary schools, as well as Sunset High School, to single gender campuses opening this fall, Dallas ISD is moving forward with a real sense of purpose that will ensure students have every opportunity to achieve.

As we begin the new year, it’s a great time to recognize new principals who are joining District 7 schools: Lucia Salinas, Leila P. Cowart Elementary School community; Macario Hernandez, Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School; Terry-Ann Louise Rodriguez, Moises E. Molina High School; Salem Hussain, Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School; and Claudia Vega, who is returning to her alma mater to lead Sunset High School. Welcome to each of you, and I wish you and all of our school staff, students and parents a successful year.

I also want to congratulate the students and staff at Cochran Elementary School for incredible work last year. Thanks to their efforts, the school is no longer IR (improvement required). This is a major feat and one that should be celebrated. Great job and continued success!

Upcoming events:

Hogg Elementary is celebrating with Kroger at the Backpack Booster event tonight, Aug. 25. Thanks to this great community partner, every student at the school will have backpacks and school supplies to help them start the school year. Thank you, Kroger!

The Districtwide College Fair is planned for 5:30 p.m., Sept. 21, at Ellis Davis Field House.

Molina High School will host Prep U Super Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at 9 a.m., for the entire Molina feeder pattern. It will be a day of fun educational activities for the family.

Finally, Principal for a Day is scheduled for Oct. 11. This is a great opportunity for business and community leaders to form ongoing partnerships with Dallas ISD schools. If you’d like to volunteer to be a Principal for a Day, click here.

I look forward to updating you on initiatives and events taking place in District 7 throughout the year. It is a pleasure to serve you, and I welcome your comments and suggestions at audreypinkerton@dallasisd.org or 972.925.3722.

Audrey Pinkerton

Audrey Pinkerton

Audrey Pinkerton is the District 7 representative for Oak Cliff on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.