Nine Schools Recognized by Texas Business and Education Coalition

Recognized nine Dallas Independent School District schools for outstanding academic performance.

DALLAS–The Texas Business and Education Coalition-Just for the Kids Honor Roll program have recognized nine Dallas Independent School District schools for outstanding academic performance.

The schools made the honor roll by meeting demanding comprehensive performance standards for three consecutive years. Five years ago, two of the state’s leading education reform organizations came together to create the TBEC-Just for the Kids Honor Roll program to identify and recognize public schools in the state of Texas for their high level performance.

“Being honored by Just for the Kids is very special,” said General Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “The organization only honors those schools which have shown continuous academic excellence at all levels. Congratulations to the educators at each of these schools chosen to receive this honor.”

DISD award recipients are C.F. Carr Elementary, James B. Bonham Elementary, T.D. Marshall Elementary, Mount Auburn Elementary, William B. Travis Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted, Phillis Wheatley Elementary, Dallas Environmental Science Academy, Harry Stone Montessori and Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy.

Sunset High School honored for most improved student attendance in 2004-2005

Sunset High School achieved the greatest improvement in student attendance of all the DISD schools that participated in the district s Perfect Attendance program during the 2004-2005 school year. The program rewards and recognizes students and teachers for their efforts in improving attendance. Among the rewards students received were CD players, tickets to Six Flags over Texas, movie tickets, and tickets to Dallas Mavericks games. Nine DISD high schools currently take part in the DISD Perfect Attendance program.

Seventeen DISD seniors

selected National Merit


Seventeen DISD seniors were selected National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists in September. As semifinalists, the seniors have the opportunity to compete for 2006 Merit Scholarship awards. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship, the semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the finalist level of the competition. The DISD school with most semifinalists six was W.T. White High School. The other five schools are Bryan Adams and Woodrow Wilson high schools, the School of Science and Engineering and the School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

L.V. Stockard MS celebrates annual Literacy Day

Community leaders representing various occupations and professions, including Dallas Board Trustee Jerome Garza and City Councilwoman Dr. Elba Garcia, spoke to students at L.V. Stockard Middle School about the importance of reading in their lives. During the all-day event, the guest speakers read selections from their favorite books to students in their classrooms, in the library, and in the auditorium.

Besides demonstrating that reading can be fun, the event emphasized that reading is essential to success in school and in life. Each speaker discussed how reading led to his or her own success.

Trustee Garza told students that knowing how to read well is important to being successful in high school and college. Students with a college degree will earn on average $2 million more than students without a degree over their working careers, he said.