From career institutes and three new Blue Ribbon schools, to completed bond projects, Dallas ISD’s 2020 State of the District highlighted recent district accomplishments.
The transformative impact that Dallas ISD is having on students has been a collaborative work between administrators, school staff, parents, students and partners.
Dallas ISD continues to made great strides on its relentless pursuit of becoming a premier urban school district with many innovative and unique opportunities for students and staff.
Some of Dallas ISD’s many successes and noteworthy recent achievements include:
- The immense community support following the October 20 tornados, which impacted our District 1 community, and the decisive leadership and partnerships that allowed classes to quickly resume for the most impacted school communities.
- The district’s outstanding principals and teachers of the year.
- Completed construction projects funded by the 2015 bond.
- Gathering significant community input on a potential 2020 bond.
- Celebrating three new Blue Ribbon schools.
- The ongoing and nationally-recognized success of the district’s Teacher Excellence Initiative.
- The transformative work Dallas ISD is doing to address racial equity.
- The four new Dallas ISD Career Institutes where students can develop and grow in-demand skills they need to secure a good-wage job in the near future.
I am excited for the opportunity to offer District 1 students a Career Institute somewhere in North Dallas. This program will provide high school students the opportunity to achieve a technical career, preparing them for high-wage, high-demand occupations such as aviation flight, construction and carpentry, plumbing, electrical and solar technology, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, architectural/interior design and much more.
As we continue to expand opportunities for District 1 students, we also focus on transforming our community and giving students back the home they had prior to the tornados on October 20.
I would like to invite the community to join us in meeting on Tuesday, March 10, to provide feedback on the new Thomas Jefferson High School. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Francisco “Pancho” Medrano Middle School, located at 9815 Brockbank Dr., Dallas, TX 75220.
Speaking of Thomas Jefferson High School, I’d like to thank T. J. Patriots who participated in the Common Cents/Pennies from the Heart program, and raised $450 in pennies for the non-profit Outlast Youth. Seeing these students giving back to the community, after they have recently been on the receiving end, is a true example of leadership and empathy and I commend them for their act of kindness.
On other topics, I encourage you to make note of important dates for the 2020–2021 Dallas ISD calendar:
- First day of school: Aug. 17
- Staff Development/Student Holiday: Sept. 25
- Elementary Fair Day and Secondary Student Holiday: Oct 9
- Secondary Fair Day and Elementary Student Holiday: Oct. 16
- Parent Conferences for Grades pre-K through 5: Oct. 5 and Jan. 11
- Parent Conferences for Grades 6–8: Oct. 6 and Jan. 12
- Parent Conferences for Grades 9–12: Oct. 12 and Jan. 14
- Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 23–27
- Winter Break for Students: Dec. 18–Jan. 5
- Student Development/Student Holiday: Feb. 12
- Spring Break: March 15–19
- Student/Staff Holidays: Sept. 7, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, and May 31
- Inclement Weather Makeup Days: April 2 and 5
- Last Day of School for Students: May 27
You can now find the calendar for next school year here.
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Trustee Edwin Flores, District 1
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