Happy New Year! Lew Blackburn, Dallas ISD Trustee, District 5



Lew Blackburn, Dallas ISD Trustee, District 5

January 2019

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. Melody Beattie A New Year is a time for new opportunities. As we look at educating all students for success, we must think of the best ways to connect with our students and engage them in the education process. Neighborhood schools are the building blocks for our District. Their rich legacy of educating generations of families should be celebrated and honored.


2019/20 Opportunities for Students

Dallas ISD continues to be a district of innovation offering new and exciting learning opportunities for families. January 31st is the last day to apply to attend one of the District’s specialty schools! Whether you’ll have a rising freshman next year who’s interested in cutting the cost of college by earning an associate degree while still in high school, or a younger student who could benefit from a Montessori, single-gender, STEM/STEAM, magnet, talented and gifted, visual and performing arts, personalized learning, or two-way dual language program, Dallas ISD has the school to meet the interests of every child. Don’t forget to share this information with your family and friends. Our specialty schools are open-enrollment campuses so students from outside of the Dallas ISD attendance zones can apply also. Act now. January 31 is around the corner. Applications are available online at www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices


Opportunities for graduating seniors

As we look forward to the second half of the school year, here is great opportunity for graduating seniors across Dallas ISD. Current seniors can save on college costs by receiving free tuition at any Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) through the Dallas County Promise program.


Thanks to this program, seniors in District 5 who attend New Tech, Pinkston, Roosevelt, South Oak Cliff, and Wilmer-Hutchins high schools can enroll in a DCCCD college, tuition free. In addition, students will have the opportunity to earn transfer scholarships to UNT Dallas and SMU and have success coach mentors to help them through the program. It is available now, but you must apply quickly and sign a “Promise Pledge” no later than Jan. 31. Find the pledge at www.dallascountypromise.org. Students at the participating schools are eligible regardless of GPA or family income. So, don’t delay. This is an incredible opportunity that could be a huge boost to plans for your future. This program is made possible thanks to the DCCCD, UNT-Dallas, SMU, and Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey and Company and the Commit! Partnership.



District 5 highlights

Congratulations to District 5 Schools with best attendance during National Attendance Awareness Month.

· Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School earned the Trustee Champion School recognition for having the highest overall attendance.

· William B. Travis Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted earned First Place for perfect attendance

· Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School earned Second Place for perfect attendance

Kudos to District 5 Principal of the Year Honorees:

· Cheryl Freeman, Clara Oliver Elementary School

· Arnoldo Zuniga, Dallas Environmental Science Academy

· LaSandra Sanders, Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center


Mark your calendars

Specialty school application workshops scheduled

The Communications marketing team is working with OTI, Magnet, Dual Language and Collegiate Academy teams to host application workshops to help families who want to apply to one of the district’s specialty schools. All workshops are from 6 to 8 p.m. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019. Remaining workshops are:

Tuesday, Jan. 22 | Solar Preparatory School for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center | 1802 Moser Ave. | 75206

Thursday, Jan. 24 | Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy | 1700 E. Camp Wisdom Rd. | 75241

Tuesday, Jan. 29 | W.H. Adamson High School | 308 E. Ninth St. | 75203

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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