Dallas ISD has much for which to be thankful

Lew Blackburn, Dallas ISD Trustee, District 5

November 2018


Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey

The approaching holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on the incredible things we are thankful for in our school district.

I’m thankful for dedicated District 5 parents. We are grateful for the trust you have in our staff. An amazing level of parent involvement keeps our schools running smoothly, and strong partnerships between parents, teachers and students are key to student success. Thank you for the incredible support you give children and our schools.

I’m thankful for the remarkable District 5 staff. From the mechanics who ensure buses are safe and reliable, the drivers who greet our children and get them safely to school each morning, the teachers and school administrators who work tirelessly to educate and build lasting relationships with students, and everyone else, thank you for your work to ensure our schools are safe, nurturing learning environments.

I’m thankful for committed District 5 community members. I am inspired by your attendance at the recent series of community meetings regarding the district’s proposed long-range plan. I am thankful to be part of such an engaged and passionate community. You provided great insight into the hopes, desires, and expectations for our schools. Know that your voices were heard, and I am committed to continuing to work to meet your expectations.

Finally, I’m thankful for amazing District 5 alumni. I’m proud to be a District 5 alumnus, and I’m grateful to the alumni associations of all high schools for giving back to their alma maters. From feeding scholar athletes before and after games, to purchasing uniforms, to serving as mentors and role models, you are continuing a legacy of excellence.

DISTRICT 5 HIGHLIGHTS

District 5 is the Home of Winners!

Kudos to all District 5 scholar athletes on great football, volleyball and cross-country seasons. Congratulations to the following teams that advanced to the playoffs:

· District 4 Football Champions Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School Tigers

· The undefeated District 6-5A Division II Champion South Oak Cliff High School Golden Bears football team

· District 8-4A Division I Football Champions Wilmer-Hutchins Eagles and Lady Eagles Volleyball teams

· Sarah T. Zumwalt Lady Lions Volleyball A & B Teams

· Franklin D. Roosevelt Mustangs Football, Lady Mustangs Volleyball and Men’s Cross-Country

Congratulations to the 2018 MLK Oratory District 5 Semifinalists:

· Tynia Matts – John Neely Bryan Elementary

· Jasira King – William Brown Miller Elementary

· Tory Robertson, Jr. – Clara Oliver

· Alexandra Torres – Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary

2018 College Road Trip to Jackson State

It was exciting to help students from South Oak Cliff, Wilmer-Hutchins, Lincoln, Madison, Carter and Kimball high schools take a recent college road trip to Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.



Great things are happening across District 5. Mark your calendars for Fall Preview Nights to see for yourself:

J. N. Ervin Elementary


Thursday, November 29, 2018


4:30 p.m.

William B. Travis Vanguard for Talented And Gifted


Tuesday, December 4, 2018


6 p.m.

The magnets of Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center


Wednesday, December 5, 2018


6 p.m.

Wilmer Hutchins Elementary School


Tuesday, December 11, 2018


5 p.m.

Wilmer-Hutchins High School


Tuesday, December 11, 2018


5 p.m.

As always, I am available to meet with your group or organization to discuss Dallas ISD in general and District 5 specifically. Contact me at (972) 925-3722 or at LBlackburn@DallasISD.Org. Thanks for supporting Dallas ISD.

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