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As students and families get back into the swing of school, it is important for parents to understand how to support and guide students toward a successful educational experience.

Revisit communication with teachers and administrators at school, discuss ways you can support student learning at home and ways to provide an extension of learning by visiting local libraries, museums or exhibits.

If needed, become more familiar with your students’ schedule and courses. Talk with them about how to balance academic responsibilities or ways in which you can help establish additional reinforcement of concepts and objectives through tutoring or other means of academic support.

As a reminder regarding ways to support student achievement…

  • Read with your students
  • Ensure they are on time to school each day
  • Set aside time in the family schedule for homework
  • Attend school meetings and conferences

No matter what time of year, students prosper when someone is actively involved and cares about their progress and development. 

Here’s to an outstanding spring in 2019!

Other news:

Apply for specialty schools

There’s still time to apply to a Dallas ISD specialty program for the 2019-2020 school year. Whether it’s single-gender, magnets, STEM/STEAM schools, collegiate academies, two-way dual language programs and more, there’s something for every student’s interest. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2019. Visit the Your Choices website for more information and to apply. 

Some specialty programs close to home are: Sunset, Garza, Adamson and Molina high schools collegiate academies, W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy, Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard, John H. Reagan’s STEM Academy, L.O. Donald’s Leadership Academy, Rosemont Primary and Elementary schools Dual Language and International Language program, and Felix Botello Elementary’s personalized learning program. If you need help applying, be sure to attend the application workshop scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 29 at W.H. Adamson High School, 308 E. Ninth St, 75203. 

Register now for STEM Expo

It’s time for Dallas ISD’s STEM Expo, the largest day of STEM fun in Texas, Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. This is an exciting experience for the entire family. Registration is open now. Whether you’re interested in science discoveries, math challenges, coding, aviation, athletics, animal fun and more, STEM Expo has it all, and it’s free. Come explore, design, build and create.  

Kudos to Teacher of the Year finalists

Congratulations to all of the district’s Teacher of the Year finalists and winners. District 7 can be particularly proud to have two of the eight teachers selected as finalists: Audrey Gagel from John H. Reagan Elementary School and Marcelo Migoni from Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School. Thanks to both of them for representing teachers in our district and for going the extra mile for students in our classrooms. 

Dallas ISD Trustee Audrey Pinkerton, District 7