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Do you have a middle school child who loves arts, enjoys performing and would like to pursue a career in music or dance? If so, I’d like to invite you to learn about a new academic option in Dallas ISD. 

Based on the success of the collegiate academy model, the district is launching two new fine arts collegiate academies in August 2019, one of them to be in our own W. T. White High School. The new W. T. White Fine Arts Collegiate Academy will feature extensive performance options for students, and training and career pathways for those who want to become arts educators. The program will include instruction in world dance and cultures, intermediate ballet, modern and jazz dance, and dance composition.

The new W.T. White Fine Arts Collegiate Academy is now recruiting incoming ninth-graders for a cohort of 50 students for the 2019-2020 school year. The deadline to apply is March 31. Families interested in the program can attend an upcoming information session to learn more about it and submit an application:

W.T. White High School 
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 5

Like all the district’s collegiate academies, the W.T. White Fine Arts Collegiate Academy will offer students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree, tuition-free, in four years. 

For more information about both programs, parents can call 972-925-5481.

In other news, congratulations to the Seven Submariners team and the 7 Imaginary Friends team, both from Harry C. Withers Elementary, for advancing to Destination Imagination State Tournament. These teams are among the 26 which will represent Dallas ISD in the state tournament in Corpus Christi at the end of March. Congratulations to all the team members from Withers Elem. for advancing this far in the competition and for creatively presenting solutions to challenges.

Kuddos to the three District 1 students who will be participating in the County Spelling Bee competition. The students are Diego Torres from Jerry R. Junkins Elementary, Leila Serratos from Walnut Hill Elementary, and JanCarlos Alas from John J. Pershing Elementary. The students were among the top 15 Dallas ISD spellers representing 15 schools. Good luck to each of them in the County Spelling Bee competition.  

Trustee Edwin Flores, District 1

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