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It’s time to kick off another school year, and I’m excited about the many opportunities waiting for students. From our youngest learners in expanded pre-K to middle and high school students enrolled in our most innovative programs, Dallas ISD’s educational landscape includes something for every student.

I’m particularly proud that students have access to diverse options here in our own neighborhood. Parents no longer have to look beyond District 7 to find programs like two-way dual language, pre-K for 3 and 4 year olds, early colleges, AVID, STEM and many more. Students can find programs to fit their needs, and I am eager to continue working with the community to build upon these efforts.

That is one of the many great things about public school education — we get to work alongside each other, neighbor to neighbor, strengthening the schools in our community and taking each of them to new heights along with the hopes and dreams of our children.

To encourage this kind of collaboration, I want to begin the year with a call to action challenging you to make this the year that you step up and bring your own brand of uniqueness to the discussions about what we want out of our schools in District 7 and to make the commitment to invest the time and energy our students deserve.

You can start by visiting the school in your neighborhood to see what they offer and how you might be able to support them by volunteering your time, adopting a classroom or offering your expertise. I encourage you to do this one thing, and watch how our schools transform. Let’s see what we can build together.

Other news in District 7:

Back to school information is online at dallasisd.org/backtoschool or contact the parent hotline at 972.925.5555. You have the option of enrolling you students online by visiting the back to school site or here.

We have two new principals in the neighborhood: Diana Nunez will take the reins at W. H. Adamson High School and Heather Holland will lead at L. V. Stockard Middle School. Here’s to a great year, and I look forward to working with each of you.

I want to send a hearty thanks to our good friends at Kroger for, once again, sponsoring the Dallas Backpack Boosters to help equip students for the coming year. Last year, this same effort provided school supplies for nearly 68,000 students.

In case you haven’t heard, Dallas ISD is launching the Athletic Hall of Fame to honor the many great athletes who have made significant contributions to the district’s storied high school athletic program. If you know of an athlete who should be included in the inaugural class, please take time to nominate her/him for one of three categories: Past Dallas ISD Student Athlete; Former Dallas ISD Coach; and Contributors. For more information and to nominate, visit dallasisd.org/athletichalloffame.

Audrey Pinkerton

Audrey Pinkerton

Audrey Pinkerton is the District 7 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees