Join Dallas ISD for the largest school fair in the city

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 9 for the largest school fair in the city – Discover Dallas ISD!

Representatives from every campus across the district will be on hand to answer questions about enrollment, admission requirements, extracurricular activities and much more.  With four convenient locations across the city, parents and students will have the opportunity to discover the right school for their child.  For times and locations, visit

Employees share why they support Dallas ISD’s United Way giving campaign

Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign is underway, and it’s a chance to support the many United Way programs that directly benefit district students and families.

Here are some thoughts from Dallas ISD employees on why they support the United Way employee giving campaign:

“I give to United Way because it has been such a big help to so many people. There have been children and teachers in my school who have received help from United Way.” — Alpher Garrett-Jones, principal of Charles Rice Learning Center

“I think the importance of giving to United Way is not measured by money or by a number, but it’s measured by the impact it has on somebody’s life.” — Raul Pena, executive director of Molina High School feeder pattern

“I feel like we are all connected together as a community and we do better as a whole if everybody is at their best. So, when somebody struggles, we all suffer, and it’s important to build everybody up and bring everybody together.” — Kristin Parr, GIS analyst

The Dallas ISD United Way employee giving campaign goal is $80,000. To learn how you can support the goal, contact your campus or department United Way coordinator, or visit the United Way webpage.

Dallas ISD huddles up with United Way; $80K is the goal

When marching bands, drum lines and cheerleaders come out, you know something special is about to pop off, which was the case this morning at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas headquarters as Dallas ISD staff gathered to kick off its employee giving campaign.

The goal this year is $80,000, which goes to support the many United Way programs that directly benefit Dallas ISD students and families. These programs include: after-school, scouting, early childhood, parent education, college and career readiness, homeless education, summer camps, mentoring, STEM, tutoring and many more programs.

Go here to learn about Dallas ISD’s United Way employee giving campaign.

United Way Giving Campaign is off and running

The annual United Way Employee Giving Campaign officially kicks off today. If you see colleagues wearing sports jerseys, it likely signals their support for United Way.

Jeans days, department and campus fundraising events and individual giving are under way across the district to meet the 2017 campaign giving goal of $80,000. When you give, you help prepare kids to graduate ready to succeed, enable families to leave poverty behind, and make quality health care more accessible to those who need it. To learn how you can support the goal, contact your campus or department United Way coordinator, or visit the United Way webpage.

Dallas ISD invites staff to Education Summits

Dallas ISD is launching a strategic planning process to create a strategic and innovative vision for Dallas ISD learning, technology, and facilities design. To launch this process, the district is hosting four education summits and encourages all stakeholders to attend one of the summits.

Parents, students, district staff, business leaders and community members will have an opportunity to share their innovative vision of the future. Dates, times and locations are listed below*.

6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7
W.T. White High School

6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7
South Oak Cliff High School

6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
Emmett J. Conrad High School

6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
W.W. Samuell High School and Early College
(*Free childcare and refreshments will be provided at each location.)

During the summits, citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about the learning, technology and facilities planning process and hear from a student panel, as well as talk about their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. In an effort to develop an actionable and measurable vision, Dallas ISD encourages all community members to join this effort.

Additionally, community members can provide feedback through an online survey now through Friday, Nov. 10 here. The survey will also be posted on the district and campus websites. The district is also hosting a series of focus groups representing various stakeholder groups in October and early November.

Information, feedback and input gathered at the summits, focus groups and from the survey will be used by a design team comprised of citizens and district staff who will create a community-focused strategic direction for technology and facilities. This strategic direction will include a set of community beliefs, call to action, goals, action steps and a learner profile. Additionally, it will allow Dallas ISD to measure student learning and serve as a guide for the district as it makes future decisions regarding instruction, technology, budgeting, staffing and facility planning.

As the district embarks on this process, all summits, documents and resources will be posted online at for community members to stay informed. The district will provide updates throughout this process.

Dress up for a cause on Tuesday, Oct. 31

In support of the district’s annual United Way Campaign, employees are invited to dress up for Halloween in exchange for a $5 donation. There are three ways to pay:

Cash:      See your department’s United Way coordinator.

Check:    Pay to “United Way of Metropolitan Dallas” and submit to your United Way coordinator.

Oracle:   Starting Oct. 26, log in to Oracle and make a one-time donation to United Way.

Your contribution will be deducted from your next check. Click here for instructions.

Please note: Costumes must meet the district’s dress code standards; specifically:

•          No masks.

•          No inappropriate language, photos, or imagery.

•          Facial features cannot be disguised–

Face paint/body stickers are allowed on no more than 25% of the face.

•          Replicas of guns, knives, or other weapons are prohibited.

Give us your feedback on proposed 2018-2019, 2019-2020 academic calendars

Employees, parents, students and community members are invited to provide feedback on proposed academic calendars for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. The features of the two calendars are virtually identical in terms of the number of student school days, holidays and winter breaks, teacher professional development days, etc.

Copies of the calendars, a brief list of highlights, and a survey to collect feedback on the proposed calendars are available here through Friday, Nov. 10. The administration expects to submit the calendars to trustees for consideration at the December board meeting.

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