It’s time for seasonal holiday cards, and the Graphics Department can print yours for $1 each. You can choose from any design, folded or flat. White boxes indicate the number of photos included in the card design. your order by Dec. 14 to guarantee completion before winter break. And for the perfect gift for loved ones, Graphics can print a personalized calendar.
Back by popular demand, the graphics department photo calendars are a hot ticket item this season. Send your family and friends a custom personalized calendar and you will win the “best gift award” this holiday season.
12 month flip calendar
Allows for one large photo for each month, and one cover photo. Spiral bound and top punched for easy wall hanging. Don’t forget to include your photo on your birthday month! Name the photos as the month for placement (March.jpg, April.jpg). For best quality, please send high quality photos.
18 x 24 laminated desk calendar, room for one large center photo or a collage of up to four photos.
Printed on 13 x 19 Gloss cover with a top punch for easy wall hanging. Room for one large center photo or a collage of up to four photos.
Order process and Payment info:
Send completed form with photos to firstname.lastname@example.org place your order. You will be called upon completion to schedule pick-up or delivery. You may pay at any time over the phone or at pick up. We accept exact cash, card, or personal check.
While the district may be closed, if you need assistance with your benefits, a number of resources are available.
District schools and administrative offices will be closed for fall break from Nov. 23-27, but the benefits call center will be open regular hours during the break to provide assistance, with the following exceptions when it will be closed:
Thursday, Nov. 26
Friday, Nov. 27
For those non-emergency health concerns such as cold and flu, TRS ActiveCare participants can utilize Teladoc at a reduced cost. Call 1-855-Teladoc (835-2362) or visit their main page.
If you have questions regarding your FSA, you can contact Connect Your Care at 877-528-9876 or visit www.connectyourcare.com. Connect Your Care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
You may reach the benefits call center at 972-925-4000 or email email@example.com. For questions regarding leaves of absence, email firstname.lastname@example.org. During the periods in which the district is closed, the email boxes will be monitored periodically to ensure any critical issues are resolved in a timely manner.
Being physically and mentally fit makes doing any job easier, but it’s crucial in the field of education. Body and mind fitness means a reduced risk of injuries and illness, which leads to less time away from helping students succeed. Exercise is also known to reduce stress, which can lead to mental health issues and cardiovascular disease. Local health and fitness expert Dimitrius Glenn shares some fitness tips as part of Dallas ISD’s Men’s Health Month series.
The various job stressors for educators can be overcome by practicing physical and mental conditioning through engaging in weightlifting, running, walking, swimming, meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, and other similar practices. Physical fitness is a type of discipline—actively pursuing fitness, good cardio and mental conditioning. Physical fitness and mental wellness can only increase a person’s effectiveness at work and in life.
Educators, like others, can start a new journey of fitness, nutrition, health and mental awareness by just making a conscious decision to focus on improving their lives. Some might want to hire a fitness specialist, attend yoga classes, or join a gym, but exercise can take place almost anywhere as long as the will is there.
For some, hiring a nutritionist is the answer to eating better because you need the coaching to make a change in diet. For others, it might be as simple as introducing healthier food choices into the diet and staying away from harmful choices.
An important and much overlooked component of health is maintaining good mental awareness. Stress and long hours can lead to making poor eating choices and giving up on healthy habits like exercise. Seek counseling if you need to deal with serious conditions. By being self-aware about stress and triggers that lead to poor decisions, you can make sure that you avoid them. For example, taking time to decompress at the end of the day with a walk in the park can not only help decrease stress but also helps keep you fit. When possible, group activities can also lead to better fitness and a healthier state of mind. For example, going out for a bike ride with family or shooting hoops with friends helps relieve stress and establishes healthy bonds.
Whatever you do, the important thing to learn for this series is that staying fit physically and mentally is key to a healthy and happy life at work and at home. Take the first step. You won’t regret it.
Dallas ISD has adopted a systemic approach and organizational philosophy that will bring consistency and excellence across the district. This Theory of Action will govern how we make decisions that ultimately impact student achievement. The TOA clearly describes which functions are managed by central staff, which levels of autonomies are given to schools, and the structure and boundaries for those autonomies.
Through the Theory of Action Standards of Service, the Dual Language/ESL Department provides professional development; direct campus support for English learners, including developing bilingualism and biliteracy in dual language programs; services for students and families who are new to the country through the Margaret and Gilbert Herrera Student Intake Center; and supports campus Language Proficiency Assessment Committees (LPACs). Specific support may include:
Both districtwide and campus specific professional development with resources and materials for implementation of learning
Instructional coaching through a coaching cycle, PLC support, co-teaching/modeling and professional development with follow-up for implementation
Wrap-around services for newcomer families including language proficiency testing, health screenings from staff nurse, instructional support for students, parent orientation and a variety of sessions available for parents
A top priority for Dallas ISD is to remove barriers to postsecondary education and increase higher education opportunities for students and staff. Through the Theory of Action Standards of Service, the Postsecondary Partnerships—Higher Education Accountability & Articulation Initiative provides support to campus staff and students as the district expands college, career, and dual credit opportunities.
What we do:
Serve as liaisons between the district, high school campus, and college partners regarding dual credit course offerings and guidelines.
Support campus staff members by providing guidance to counselors, administrators, and school personnel in order for campuses to effectively assist students and parents with dual credit offerings and selections.
Facilitate course enrollment between the high school campus and college partners.
Work with college partners and legal services to review and approve Interlocal agreements (ILAs).
What support looks like:
Provide professional development and technical training over the dual credit enrollment process, Dashboard/PowerBI access and usage, and dual credit grades.
Visit high school campuses to ensure that dual credit earning programs are being implemented with fidelity and recommended degree plans are being followed, including ECHS and P-TECH campuses. (Visits will be conducted virtually as needed.)
Monitor and support campuses with articulated curriculum maps and degree plans with their higher education partner.
Provide assistance regarding the dual credit Teacher credentialing process, course alignment, and dual credit policy concerns.
Campuses interested in these services should visit the Post-Secondary Dual Credit website at www.dallasisd.org/dualcredit to learn more about dual credit programming.
For additional information, contact Danielle Hernandez, director of Higher Education Accountability & Articulation Initiatives, at email@example.com.
Recently, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, hundreds of pounds of food and hygiene products were picked up by schools to distribute among the almost 4,000 Dallas ISD students who are considered to be homeless. The food distribution is one of the highlights of activities by the Homeless Education Program during November, Homeless Youth Awareness Month.
“We have been working with the North Texas Food Bank for a few years,” said Ashley Marshal, outreach manager for the district’s Homeless Education Program. “We are extremely grateful for this partnership this year since the pandemic has put such a strain on the usual nonprofits and donors that have donated Thanksgiving dinners to us in the past.”
The food bank sends food and hygiene products every other week during the school year, which are then sent to the high school drop-in centers for students and their families to access as needed. Last week, the food bank was able to double their delivery in light of the upcoming holiday, Marshall said.
Schools with a high number of homeless students were invited to come pick up boxes of food and products to stock their pantries for homeless students who attend the schools. Students are considered homeless if they lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
November was first declared as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month in 2007 to acknowledge the challenges homeless students face. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines, students who are homeless also lose their sense of stability and safety and are often victims of trauma.
In support of the Homeless Youth Awareness Month, the Dallas ISD Homeless Education Program also provided resources and trainings on the McKinney-Vento Act to help district staff and community partners better understand and support homeless youth.
Staff shared some family favorite recipes for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
Green Beans Casserole Fabiola Calix Aguilar, Ignacio Zaragoza ES
This is one of my family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipe that we have every year, I hope you like as much as us.
Beans and sauce:
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Kosher salt divided
1 Pound fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and cut into ½ – inch pieces
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup half and half
For the Topping:
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
¼ cup all- purpose flour
2 tablespoon panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Toss the onions 2 to 3 times during cooking. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.
While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes.
Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.
Almost healthy brussels sprouts
MariCarmen Eroles, Communication Services
I love brussels sprouts, and I am always looking for ways to make them so other people will love them. They are a great year-round vegetable, but I always think of them a great fall/winter dish.
1 lb. brussels sprouts whole or shaved
6 slices of maple smoked, thick cut bacon
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons of good aged balsamic vinegar
If your brussels sprouts are whole, clean them by removing the first layer of leaves and slicing off the end of the stalk. Rinse them and cut them in half; leave the very small ones whole. If you are using shaved brussels sprouts, rinse them and set them aside. Steam the brussels sprouts so that they are cooked but still firm. About three minutes in a steamer in the microwave.
Cut the bacon into small pieces. If it’s very fatty, remove some of the fat. Once you have cut up the bacon, fry it in a cast iron skillet (if you don’t have one, any skillet will do) until almost crisp. Pour out into a container the excess fat so that there is only a little bit left in the skillet.
Add the steamed or shaved brussels sprouts to the skillet and sautee with the bacon until the brussels sprouts are browning. Taste for salt because the bacon may have provided enough; if needed, add salt and pepper. Before they are done, pour the four tablespoons of balsamic vinegar over the bacon-brussels sprout mix and let it cook down for about two minutes, Serve warm. They make great leftovers.
Corn and Sausage Maque Choux Chef Trina Nelson, Food and Child Nutrition Services
This is a great take on fried corn for the holidays and one of my favorite ways to make corn—Cajun Style. Let me know what you think!
3 ears corn, husks and silk removed or 1 bag of frozen whole kernel corn
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 – 1 pound Andouille Sausage or smoked sausage, cubed
1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup diced tomato
Italian parsley to taste
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Roast corn until heated through, about 10 minutes, in a 400-degree oven on a roasting rack. Remove from the oven, cool and remove corn from the cob. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat butter and add Sausage, sauté for 3 minutes. Add corn, onion, bell pepper, Creole seasoning, thyme, garlic, hot sauce, green onion, tomato and parsley. Cook until soft, about 10 minutes.
Add cream and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning and serve warm.
Whether a cat, a dog or a bearded dragon, pets are truly family members for many in Dallas ISD. Dozens of you shared pictures and stories of your loved ones. Here are a few of them. We’ll share more in the coming weeks. If you want your furry family member featured here, send a photo, name, age and short story (75-100 words) about your pet to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject staff pets.
Did you know that Dallas ISD Benefits offers pet insurance as an extra benefit for staff. Visit www.dallasisd.org/benefits to learn more about pet insurance.
Rosie, age 3, brings me such joy. She’s not an overly affectionate dog, but whenever I look up, she’s always there, looking back.
Roxanne Garza, Sunset HS
Everyone, meet Chloe. She is a COVID puppy who was adopted in March. I was lonely during the quarantine and decided to adopt a puppy. Chloe is an 8-month-old shih tzu. Chloe enjoys treats, puppy school, and long naps. She loves to play fetch and belly rubs.
Roxana Robles, HCM
Jack Bauer is a feisty, energetic Pomeranian mix, who always makes you smile! Barks at every doorbell he hears on TV. He loves walks, camping, and cuddling, and is always up for a game of chase. But don’t mess with his treat or his “Jack Bauer” side come out and go after you. Stacy Coalson Redding,
Mary McLeod Bethune ES
This is Itchy. We found him crying and trembling under a parked car last summer. The car was just about to pull out and and crush him! His little paws were a little burned but he is doing fine. He lives with me now. Yanina Vashchenko,
Anne Frank ES
This is Norbert. She is a bearded dragon and is my class pet. She is also a queen.
Woodrow Wilson HS
This is my rescue dog, Ruby. She and I will be featured on the show, To The Rescue, on Saturday Dec. at 7:30am on The CW station. I adopted her in January 2020 from Dallas Pets Alive. She was hit by a car, and her owners never came looking for a her. Dallas Pets Alive saved her life and paid for her medical care during recovery. Now, she’s a happy dog that loves to run around the backyard and take lots of naps!
John J. Pershing ES
Woof! My name is Bella, and I am a 5-year-old Siberian Husky mix that was a rescue dog with Texas Sled Dog Rescue. My mommy fostered me as a puppy and loved me so much, she decided to adopt me forever. As a puppy, I loved to eat dry wall. Now, I have finer tastes, like going to doggy day care and rollerblading with my daddy. I also like to visit schools and events to teach humans about the importance of nonprofit dog rescues in the community! Ashley Hall, Dyslexia Services
This cute guy is Mr. Ollie Hopnoodle Campos. Ollie is about 5 weeks old in this photo. He is a 3-pound rat terrier puppy. Ollie just came home with his mom and is enjoying being showered with attention and affection. He enjoys chewing (on everything) and playing with his little dinosaur friends. When he grows up, Ollie wants to star in dog food commercials and buy his mom a new house with his earnings. Ashley Campos, School Leadership
A few years ago, some friends were moving to the country and feared that a large bird of prey would scoop up their small dog. My wife and I were fortunate enough to adopt Chief, a long-haired Chihuahua. He is an integral part of our family that brings us perpetual joy. One of my favorite things about him is how much he enjoys wearing pajamas. Austin Craver, Bilingual ESL
This is a picture of my favorite guy. His name is Parker, and he is about 14 years old. He is going blind and is losing his hearing. But that does not stop him from sunbathing on a nice day! It must be nice to sleep, eat, and do absolutely nothing all day. Sandra Soto, Sunset HS
These two beauties are the loves of my life! Ms. Fiona, blonde and 4 years old, and Ms. Isabella, age 11, are both chiweenies, half Chihuahua and half Dachshund. Both are also rescue dogs from local rescue groups here in Dallas. Most of the dogs I’ve had in my adult life have been rescue dogs.
Isabella keeps her younger sister in line and Fiona absolutely adores her older sister. They both love to sleep, snuggle, eat, and go for walks. Fiona goes crazy chasing squirrels in our neighborhood. Isabella is a senior doggie and has gotten a little grumpy in her old age but she has no problem letting everyone know she is in charge.
Rescue dogs are the best dogs because they are so grateful everything; for a warm bed to sleep in, for the meals they get every day, for their toys, and for all the love they receive from their family. Even though I rescued them, in reality, they rescued me. My life would be empty without my two little girls who make me laugh and bring me so much joy especially now during the pandemic. Don’t shop. Adopt! Katherine Murdock, Maintenance
My two cats, Harley & Wondy, both 3.5 years old. Wondy is a wild and happy cat, running around everywhere. Harley is always quietly judging her sister and everyone else. Their hobbies include cuddling, eating, and jumping in anytime there is a video conference happening. When I got them in 2017, I asked the students to name them, Harley is named for Harley Quinn and Wondy, of course, for Wonder Woman. Maria Acevedo, William Lipscomb ES
Sir Bentley Maxwell is a 6-years and 9-month-old spoiled 4.4-pound Yorkie. He has been a part of our family since birth. Sir Bentley has a big personality with a bougie attitude to match. He is definitely bossy and runs this household. We wouldn’t trade him for nothing, he is the love of our home. Antonia Neal, Parent Services
This is my elderly kitty, Snickers, in her younger days when she would jump the fence to visit the cats next door. She’s now an old girl of 18 and doesn’t do much fence jumping anymore. However, she is still the perfect lap cat who never fails to wake me up in the morning for feeding time. Madeleine Bark, Frank Guzick ES
Meet Sophie, a 1-year-old Cavapoo. Sophie is a loving and playful lap dog, clocking in at only six pounds. She truly embodies the old adage “good things come in small packages.” Sophie was a regular feature in Miss Showalter’s virtual dyslexia therapy sessions last spring and loves to help her mom teach. Carlotte Showalter,
Eligible support staff whose current base salary is less than $50,000 have received a one-time incentive of $750 in their November paychecks. The incentive was approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2020 as part of the district’s compensation package and amounts to more than $4.9 million in additional compensation to Dallas ISD staff.
The stipend was added to the paychecks of more than 6,570 non-exempt, full-time employees at campuses, central administration, Food and Child Nutrition Services, and the Maintenance and Facilities, Police and Security, IT, and Student Transportation departments. Employees who received the stipend must have been hired prior to March 15, 2020, be an active employee as of Nov. 1 and have no break in service within that time frame.
Educators’ schedules don’t always leave room for meal planning, but success in life and on the job is often tied to good nutritional choices. Local health and fitness expert Dimitrius Glenn shares some nutrition tips as part of Dallas ISD’s Men’s Health Month series.
Of course, it’s nearly impossible for anyone to achieve health and fitness goals without a proper nutrition program and good eating habits. It’s easier to follow a proper nutrition program when you understand how the body coverts food into fuel. Since water consumption is vital, the recommendation is to gradually consume water over the course of the day. Make a plan to figure out how to spread out the total consumption in a way that works with your daily schedule. It might take some trial-and-error experimentation to develop a working plan. Just remember that the right amount of water is the key to good nutrition.
Carbohydrates are extremely important because they fuel the body. Making sure that you load your first meal with healthy carbohydrates like fruits will give you a good start. Use vegetables and proteins throughout the day to supplement high fiber foods that can balance your energy levels throughout the day.
Proteins are essential for the growth and repair of all body tissues. They are not an efficient source of energy, and the body only uses protein as fuel in extreme cases when no carbohydrates or fat is available. Protein should not be the primary source of food intake.
Vitamins are essential nutrients because they help cell functions. While they are not a source of energy, they are essential in helping the body make energy.
The key to eating for fitness is being clear how your body uses food and choosing the proper foods and the right portions that benefit your bodily needs. For the type of schedule worked by most educators, a few nutrition options include bringing to work fresh fruits/vegetables, nuts and water.
Doing some meal preparation to have these healthy snacks handy means that when hunger strikes, you will be able to put something healthy into your bodies instead of reaching for processed foods that don’t contribute to your nutritional balance.
Even if you don’t have time for preparing meals and snacks ahead of time, you can still make healthy choices when buying prepared meals at fast food restaurants and stores. Pay attention to the ingredients, calories and your nutrition plan to make sure you are getting the variety you need to maintain your wellness and your fitness goals.
Dallas ISD is seeing the impact of COVID-19 in student performance and is working on plans to mitigate the learning loss, possibly with more TIME to LEARN.
Students were assessed at the beginning of the school year through MAP, a universal screener providing national, norm-referenced and STAAR-aligned information. MAP monitors growth over time; aligns with the TEKS; provides instructional and intervention guidance and resources; complements exams like common assessment, ACP, and STAAR; includes STAAR projections, and allows teachers to set individual student growth targets.
The results of MAP showed the impact the pandemic has had on Dallas ISD students. There was some learning loss at the elementary school level while students in the secondary levels fared slightly better. In all, 30 percent of students showed a loss in learning in reading.
In math, the impact is more pronounced—50 percent of students have a loss in learning—when compared to pre-pandemic results across grade levels.
The district is seeing continued, and large, equity gaps by race.
The district’s mitigation plan involves improving attendance, individualized supports for students who need it, and other strategies, which may included an extended school year, starting in 2021-2022.
Focus groups will continued to meet through November and December to review strategies and inform a plan that will be presented to the Board of Trustees in January. Town hall meetings and parent focus groups to gather input will be conducted during December.
Teacher input is key to the planning process. Teachers are being asked to participate by providing their opinions about the options under consideration by completing the survey. The survey closes at midnight, Thursday, Nov. 12.