As our hot Texas summer gives way to fall and the Texas State Fair, over 154,000 students have just finished the first six weeks and should be settling into familiar routines at school.
What I’ve Been Up To:
- Educator Advisory Group Kick-Off: I believe that the only way for me to be an effective trustee, is to engage with educators regularly about the policies that impact them. I convened a District 7 Educator Advisory Group, comprised of teachers, librarians, counselors, and administrators who I will meet with monthly to help define a specific, prioritized policy agenda, as well as to get perspective and real-time feedback on upcoming board decisions.
- Bond 2020 Committee Kick-Off: Dallas ISD kicked off its Bond Steering Committee this month. This includes community members from across Dallas, meeting throughout the rest of the year to assess the current conditions, needs, and direction of the district, and provide guidance on how best to utilize funds from a potential Bond 2020 election. District 7 is lucky to be represented by over 15 residents from all corners of our diverse district. As the Bond Committee begins to meet more regularly, we will have community meetings to share progress, so stay tuned!
Dallas ISD & District 7 Updates:
- Three District 7 Schools Receive Innovation Grant: Congratulations to three District 7 schools – Arcadia Park Elementary, George Peabody Elementary, and James Bowie Elementary – who received a $50,000 grant for the year to implement an innovative curriculum idea at their campuses!
- Three Dallas ISD Schools Receive National Blue Ribbon Awards: Three schools in Dallas ISD – the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, Walnut Hill Elementary School, and Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary – received the National Blue Ribbon Award, one of the highest honors a campus can receive.
Discover Dallas ISD
The district has opportunities to help parents select the best-fit school for their child. One of those opportunities is to attend Discover Dallas ISD, the annual school expo where parents can talk to representatives from the various school choice programs and apply on-site. This year, the event will take place Saturday, from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m., Nov. 2, at W. H. Adamson High School. The event will also include workshops to guide parents on how to select the best school for their child. For more information about the event, visit: www.dallasisd.org/discover.
- Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.: Mackey Office Hours (Mercado 369 on Jefferson Blvd.)
- Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.: Dallas ISD October Board Meeting (5151 Samuell Blvd.)
- Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.: District 7 Innovation Town Hall (W.H. Adamson High School Library)
- Friday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m.: Winnetka Elementary Turns 80 School Carnival (Winnetka Elementary School)
- Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m.: Discover Dallas ISD (W.H. Adamson High School)
As always, if you want to talk or hear about any other specific issues, please reach out to me at BenMackey@dallasisd.org.