DISD STARTS THE 2010-11 SCHOOL YEAR on Aug. 23. Thanksgiving break is set for Nov. 24-26, and winter break will run Dec. 20-31. To view the full calendar, visit dallasisd.org/about/calendars.htm.

THE SHARE HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE PROGRAM is searching for host families for the fall semester. The program includes students from more than 30 countries and aims to enroll children this month. The students speak English and have spending money and health insurance. For more details, visit sharesouthwest.org.

THE W.T. WHITE CABALLERAS Drill Team took home awards at SMU’s dance camp. The girls won the sweepstakes award, home routine award and Gussie Nell Davis team of the week. Team captain Elizabeth Lara and first lieutenant Danielle Oliver received All-American honorable mentions and were selected to perform in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Lara was also awarded outstanding performer.

W.T. WHITE STUDENT SAVANNAH SMITH was part of the Highland Park Women’s Crew that finished in the nation’s top 25 at the 16th annual USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta in Bethel, Ohio. The event featured more than 1,600 high school and junior high athletes from 164 programs, with more than 360 boats competing.

SMU PROFESSOR JOHANNES BAUR received an Oak Ridge Associated Universities research grant for his work in life sciences. ORAU invests in the future of science and education, awarding $160,000 grants to 32 junior faculty from sponsoring institutions of the ORAU consortium.

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