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Happy first month of school!

This month, parents sent their most precious treasures – their children – back to school! Now, educators across the metroplex get to live out the best parts of the job: making sure every student gets an amazing education and feels welcome in their school and classroom. As a principal and a teacher, the first Monday of the school year is always one of the highlights of my year!

On the Rise 

It’s always exciting to receive good news, and Dallas ISD recently received great news from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The TEA announced that Dallas ISD earned a grade of B for the second year in a row with a five-point gain. While this is an improvement, there is still work to be done, but we are in positive territory and will continue to rise together. Kudos to the students, parents and partners who made it all happen!

What I’ve Been Up To: 

School and Community Events:  This month was chock-full of community events that I had the pleasure of attending and/or speaking at. They ranged from For Oak Cliff’s Back to School Festival at Glendale Park and Horchata Night at Molina HS to the Stonewall Democrat’s monthly meeting and Meet the Teacher Night at Bowie Elementary.  

Joint City Council & School Board Community Meeting: City Councilmember Chad West and I hosted the first of what will be quarterly joint meetings with both the city and school district represented. The turnout was AMAZING, with over 80 people in attendance! Our goal is to build a tradition of our school district and city working closely together in meaningful ways. The next meeting is tentatively set for Wednesday, December 4 at 6pm at a location TBD. 

Sunset HS & Rosemont Upper Campus Bond Projects: We have two major projects in District 7 remaining from the 2015 bond: Rosemont Upper Campus and Sunset High School. I’ve had numerous meetings this month with both constituents and district staff to ensure that these bond projects have meaningful and well-communicated community meetings this fall to seek input before moving forward with construction. Be on the lookout for more information soon!

Districtwide college fair

Hundreds of representatives from colleges near and far are coming to Dallas on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to help make dreams of attending college come true. The free annual Districtwide College Fair is set for 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Ellis Davis Field House.

Whether a student wants to stay close to home or venture across the country, this is their chance to meet dozens of college representatives face-to-face to get information about options after high school graduation. To register click here.

Dallas ISD Trustee Ben Mackey, District 7