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The beginning of the new year had great news for Dallas ISD! 

Against all odds, Dallas ISD has earned a grade of B in the state’s first-ever A through F grading system, which is a reflection of the hard work of our students, teachers, staff, and administrators. In fact, sixty-six (66%) percent of Dallas ISD schools scored a B or higher under the new grading system. I’m very proud of the fact that 11 of the 19 schools in District 1 achieved a B score. It gets even more exciting, because Dallas ISD is home to six of the 12 schools that achieved the highest-possible score on the 2018 STAAR test, according to TEA. 

The district also had 36 schools earning the maximum number of academic distinctions awarded by TEA, including the following schools in District 1:

  • Harry C. Withers Elementary
  • George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy 
  • Anne Frank Elementary School

These gains shown across the district are another indication that Dallas ISD students continue to thrive. While there is more work to be done, the recent accomplishments definitely show the district’s dedication to Dallas’ future.

I would like to thank everyone at the campuses for their outstanding work and remarkable commitment. This is a team effort, and together, we will continue to rise. 

In other news: 

  • September is Attendance Awareness Month, and the Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction Department is challenging students to “Show UP” and have perfect attendance this month. Students with perfect attendance will have the chance to enter a prize drawing conducted per each Trustee district. I’m looking forward to seeing District 1 students achieving perfect attendance not only during this month, but throughout the entire school year, because every day counts! We encourage you to also join the Attendance Awareness Month initiative via social media by using the hashtag #showupdallasisd.
  • The annual and free Dallas ISD Districtwide College Fair for all high school seniors and juniors and parents is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the district’s Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 South Polk Street. Schools will provide no-cost bus transportation for those who sign up with their school counselors. 

Mark your calendar for the following important dates:

  • Parent Conferences:

Monday, Oct. 8 – High Schools

Tuesday, Oct. 9 – Middle Schools

Thursday, Oct. 11 – Elementary School

  • Fair Days:

Friday, Oct. 12 – Elementary (Secondary Student Holiday/Staff Development Day).

Friday, Oct. 19 – Secondary   (Elementary Student Holiday/Staff Development Day).

For more district news, follow us on Facebook.com/Dallasisd or via Twitter @DallasSchools.

Trustee Edwin Flores, District 1

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