Employees make a home in Dallas ISD

Married for 16 years, Elena and David Bates are Dallas ISD Darlings. Their love story began while both worked at Thomas C. Marsh Middle School and led and supported student groups and community partnerships.

David began his career in Dallas ISD in 1999 as a Leadership Cadet Corps Instructor at Marsh Middle School, athletic coach and campus leader. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and currently serves the district as Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance and Facility Services/Construction Services Support

Elena joined Dallas ISD as an English as a Second Language teacher at Marsh Middle School in 2000. Elena transitioned to W.T. White High School, where she served in several roles. She later returned to Marsh Preparatory Academy as an assistant principal in 2015 and was later selected as W.T. White Principal in 2016 where she remained until her move to current position in the Office of Transformation and Innovation.

Laney Bates, their 13-year old daughter, attended Everette L. DeGolyer Elementary and Marsh Middle School, now named Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy.

“Dallas ISD Is Home for us because we are invested in the success of our district,” said Elena. “The district’s highs and lows are personal to us.”

Their personal commitment to the district shows on their daily work. Elena is a key team member for the launching and opening of Public School Choice schools, offering more learning experiences to students throughout the district.

David’s work is visible every day in all schools, as him and his team are responsible for the maintenance and operations of schools and central office buildings. David led a team of unsung heroes who quickly took action in clearing schools in the north and northeast Dallas areas affected by a tornado in October 2019, so students could return to class quickly.

“We have countless memories and experiences that we have shared through service to others and have seen the reciprocity as others have poured into us and our daughter,” said David. “Through our years of service to Dallas ISD school communities, we have built lasting relationships with colleagues, students, and their families. We are honored to call Dallas ISD our HOME!”

Are you and your significant other Dallas ISD Darlings? Share your This Is Home to Dallas ISD Darlings story by sending an email to: thisishome@dallasisd.org.



Nominations are in

Principals districtwide are now voting on who among the 21 nominees for Principal of the Year they think should win the award, which is broken down into three categories: elementary, secondary, and choice/magnet.

Elementary nominees (see a book of the nominees)
Sonja Barnes – Jimmie Tyler Brashear ES
Sandra Barrios – Jack Lowe Sr. ES
Reymundo Cervantes – Henry B. Gonzalez Personalized Learning Academy
Lourdes Garduno – Winnetka ES
Gloria Kennedy – Bayles ES
Adrian Luna – Nathan Adams ES
Stephanie McCloud – Umphrey Lee ES
Maria Puentemejia – Felix G. Botello ES
Kimberly Richardson – Thomas L. Marsalis STEAM Academy
Enrique Rodriguez – C.A. Tatum ES
Sharri Zachary – Elisha M. Pease ES
Amy Zbylut – Kleberg ES

Secondary nominees (see a book of the nominees)
Sharron Jackson – Oliver Wendell Holmes Humanities/Communications Academy
Jesus Martinez – Seagoville Middle School
Yvonne Rojas – W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy
Ryan Bott – Bryan Adams High School
Joseph Sotelo – Hillcrest High School
Marian Willard – James Madison High School

Choice/Magnet nominees (see a book of the nominees)
Gabrelle Dickson -Young Women’s Steam Academy at Balch Springs
Ruby Ramirez – School for the Talented and Gifted at Pleasant Grove
Raymie Venable – Personalized Learning Prep at Sam Houston

Got Allergens?  Get MealViewer

When it comes to cafeteria food and allergens, MealViewer offers peace of mind. Food and Child Nutrition Services’ newest app for school meals offers allergen alerts. Once parents create their students’ profiles, the allergen feature will automatically generate alerts to parents and students notifying them when an allergen is present on the menu. This cuts down on uncertainty and potentially dangerous situations.

Download the MealViewer App today at https://schools.mealviewer.com/district/dallasisdtx.

For special dietary modifications for school meals, parents must fill out a Dietary Request Form.




Maintaining the learning environment

Maintenance and Facilities Services supports learning by maintaining the physical environment that allows teachers to teach and students to learn. The Maintenance and Facility Service teams ensure that all district facilities:

  1. Function properly in terms of building systems.
  2. Provide the necessary indoor environment that is conducive to academic success; and
  3. Create a welcoming atmosphere because of their aesthetic appeal.

Through the Theory of Action Standards of Service, the MFS team services include but are not limited to the following for all campuses across the district:

  • Addressing routine maintenance work orders as requested by campuses and facilities.
  • Preventative maintenance and inspections of district facilities and systems.
  • Inspections, repairs, and service of the district’s building envelopes.
  • Identifying any maintenance risk on equipment, such as but not limited to chillers, boilers, pumps, cooling towers, ground sources heat pumps, and rooftop units.
  • Installing, maintaining, and repairing ventilation and various air condition systems and equipment
  • Installing and maintaining all the electrical and power systems which include the Main Distribution Panel (MDP) or switchgear, transformers, breaker panels, disconnects, conduit, cable, wiring, lighting, outlets, connected equipment, lighting controls, etc. within Dallas ISD schools and facilities.

Campuses interested in these services can work with their Lead Custodian to submit a work order through SchoolDude.


A good dental start

Teeth are among the body parts that are most used by people of all ages, and they deserve attention, and good dental health starts as soon as the teeth start to come out.

United Health Care has some tips to keep your children’s teeth healthy from the beginning:

  • When your child’s teeth first appear, brush them twice daily with a soft toothbrush or wipe with a washcloth or soft gauze
  • Make their first dental appointment at about age 1
  • At age 3, add a pea‑sized dab of fluoride toothpaste and continue to brush their teeth twice a day
  • Floss when teeth start touching
  • Limit sugary snacks and drinks
  • Provide meals from the five basic food groups
  • Take your child to the dentist regularly and ask about sealants and fluoride supplements

These activities will not only help keep your children’s teeth healthy, but they will also teach them about the importance of having good dental hygiene and not skipping on visits to the dentist as they grow up.

Most insurance covers two regular screenings per year for people covered. Check out dental insurance and benefits provided through Dallas ISD for more information.

Take care of yourself

For many people, dealing with the changes they have had to make because of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about levels of stress and anxiety they had not experienced before. It is normal to experience a range of emotions, including fear, anxiety, and grief, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. Self-care is key to dealing these unexpected emotions.

Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact, according to the NIMH.

Here are some tips the agency’s experts compiled to help people get started with self-care:

  • Get regular exercise.Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. Small amounts of exercise add up, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do 30 minutes at one time.
  • Eat healthy, regular meals and stay hydrated.A balanced diet and plenty of water can improve your energy and focus throughout the day. Also, limit caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks or coffee.
  • Make sleep a priority. Stick to a schedule, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Blue light from devices and screens can make it harder to fall asleep, so reduce blue light exposure from your phone or computer before bedtime.
  • Try a relaxing activity.Explore relaxation or wellness programs or apps, which may incorporate meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing exercises. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy activities you enjoy such as journaling.
  • Set goals and priorities.Decide what must get done now and what can wait. Learn to say “no” to new tasks if you start to feel like you’re taking on too much. Try to be mindful of what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
  • Practice gratitude.Remind yourself daily of things you are grateful for. Be specific. Write them down at night or replay them in your mind.
  • Focus on positivity. Identify and challenge your negative and unhelpful thoughts.
  • Stay connected.Reach out to your friends or family members who can provide emotional support and practical help.

Self-care looks different for everyone, and it is important to find what you need and enjoy. It may take trial and error to discover what works best for you. In addition, although self-care is not a cure for mental illnesses, understanding what causes or triggers your mild symptoms and what coping techniques work for you can help manage your mental health.

For other ideas for healthy practices for your mind, body, surroundings, and relationships, see the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Wellness Toolkits.

*Source: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/

Contracts are here

Human Capital Management has issued electronic contracts for the 2021-2022 school year to contract-eligible employees. These employees can now access their contract via Oracle Employee Self Service. Contract acceptance occurs by electronic signature within Oracle Employee Self Service.

According to Texas Education Code (TEC), contract-eligible educators can resign up to 45 days before the first day of instruction of the coming school year. The resignation deadline for this year is July 2, 2021. Not signing your contract does not mean you have resigned from the district; you will still need to submit the appropriate forms.

A list of contract-eligible positions and additional information may be found on the contracts home page at http://www.dallasisd.org/contracts.

If you have any questions about your contract you can reach out to Human Capital Management at contracts@dallasisd.org and a team member will assist you.