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I’ll always be a champion for neighborhood schools. Not only do they offer incredible programs for students, but they strengthen the communities where we live. Efforts to revitalize these schools through innovative programs like the STEAM focus at John H. Reagan Elementary or the leadership program at L.O. Donald Elementary are exciting examples of how campuses in our neighborhoods are breathing fresh life into their school community.  

District 7 has great neighborhood schools. Contact the school nearest you to arrange a visit.  If you need help finding the schools in your area, visit the district’s School Site Locator and plug in your address or click neighborhoods on the map to see where your home school and others are located.

For those who want to explore all the educational options available across the district, now is the time to check out these programs for the 2019-2020 school year. Most of these require applications, and that period is open now through January 31, 2019. Dallas ISD offers a load of educational options, including STEM/STEAM schools, magnet and collegiate academies, single-gender schools, personalized learning and project based offerings. Visit the Dallas ISD website for a complete look at your choices. 

If you need help applying, the district is holding workshops to give you a hand. 

Make the most of your student’s holiday time

In addition to enjoying some well-deserved down time, the holiday season offers students and families a chance to take care of important things like applying for college and scholarships and completing the FAFSA. It also provides more time to build stronger bonds with your children while sharpening their skills. Try: 

  • Reading for pleasure to your kids and encouraging them to read to you.
  • Strategizing over challenging puzzles as a family or individually. 
  • Encouraging your child to write or illustrate a book about their favorite holiday memories.

The additional time spent with your children has a lifetime of benefits. 

The impact of one

Dallas ISD experienced real academic growth this past year, and it was made possible by hard working students, staff, parents, and volunteers. District 7 has several schools that are looking for volunteers to help continue the academic improvements throughout their campuses. 

  • Lenore Kirk Hall Elementary needs classroom helpers, hall monitors and carpool lane helpers.
  • Stevens Park Elementary is looking for volunteers to help in the morning carpool lanes.
  • John Reagan Elementary needs volunteers to help in the library.

There are loads of volunteer opportunities across the district. Call the schools or visit the district’s volunteer website for more information and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students. When we all work together, everyone benefits, especially students.

Congratulations to Trini Garza ECHS teacher Donielle Edwards-Tyeskie for being honored with a prestigious 2018 TI Innovations in STEM Teaching Award for her outstanding efforts in the classroom.

Happy holidays, everyone!  

Dallas ISD Trustee Audrey Pinkerton, District 7