Run-off election sites

On Saturday, June 5, 57 district facilities will be used as voting centers for the Joint Run-Off Election. Download the list. Department heads, principals and office managers of the facilities assigned to serve as polling locations are reminded to prepare and staff their facilities accordingly.

The facilities should be opened promptly at 5:30 a.m. to allow the election judges to set up.  Election judges will need access to the buildings until 8 p.m. or until the election staff is finished for the evening.  Please ensure that staff cooperate with the election judges regarding set-up requests and that campuses and polling locations are presentable.

A custodian will be required to work overtime from 5:30 a.m. until close. Two custodians may split the time, but there should be no overlap of time between the custodians. Custodial staff must use the supplemental pay icon on the biometric time clock to sign in and out. The activity code to be used by the custodian(s) working the election is 121023. Please note that at no time should a district facility be left unattended by district personnel.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please direct questions to Orlando Alameda at (972) 925-5142, or

Help yourself and others

People you know may be reacting to some life situations with feelings of anxiety or depression. This is common, especially during times of high stress like COVID-19 pandemic. You can help them get the right help with some guidance from experts.

Mental Health First Aid from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing has tips to help support those around you who might be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or depressed. With these tips, you can #BeTheDifference for your loved ones and help them through this challenging time.

  1. Assess for risk of suicide or harm. Identify if they’re experiencing a crisis such as a panic attack or suicidal thoughts, and address that first. It’s OK to do the assessment over the phone, text or social media. If the person’s life is in immediate danger, call 911.*
  2. Listen non-judgmentally. If the person isn’t in a crisis, ask how they’re feeling and how long they’ve been feeling that way. Pay attention and show you care.*
  3. Give reassurance and information. Your support can have a huge impact on the person. Reassure them that it is appropriate to experience fear, sadness or anxiety during situations like this. Remind them that help is available, and you’ll be there for them along the way.*
  4. Encourage appropriate professional help. Offer to help them find a professional for support, such as a primary care physician, mental health professional, psychiatrist or certified peer specialist. Behavioral health care providers can provide services by phone and/or secure videoconferencing, so they will be able to maintain physical distancing.*
  5. Encourage self-help and other support strategies. Self-help strategies and reaching out for support from family, friends, faith communities and others who have experienced depression or anxiety (peer supporters) can make a difference.*

Mental Health First Aid also offers resources for self-care strategies that can help manage symptoms of anxiety or depression whether they are your own or you are helping a loved one.


National Council for Mental Well Being


Legal assistance available

Volunteer attorneys will be available to answer legal questions at no cost from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in June through the LegalLine E-Clinic, sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association.

To participate in the legal clinic, complete the online form found at The LegalLine E-Clinics are June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23, and June 30. A volunteer attorney will call the participant to provide up to 15 minutes of free legal advice for the legal issue. Space is limited and registration will close at 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the clinic each week.

Please note that the volunteer attorney will remain anonymous. Participants should watch for a call from an unknown number that should be labeled “No Caller ID” or something similar. No attorney-client relationship will be established. We cannot guarantee that the attorney will speak any language other than English. Individuals may also receive referrals to local, legal, or social service agencies.


Creating your own success

When Salvador Becerra, a construction instructor at Career Institutes East, tells his students that their success is up to them, he is not just sharing platitudes. After more than 34 years as a custodian and maintenance staff at Dallas ISD, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and other companies, Becerra jumped at the opportunity to share his wealth of knowledge and experience as a full-time teacher.

“Teaching is a gift that allows me to do my part to change the community and share everything I’ve learned in the real world,” Becerra said.

Becerra has a degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration from Dallas Community College. Over the years, he also has become an expert in other areas like plumbing and electrical technology. His skills gave him the opportunity to earn high wages and successfully raise his family. In his view, this is what Career Institutes is all about.

Dallas ISD’s Career Institutes give students the opportunity to gain hands-on, real world experience that can be used to land high-demand, high-wage jobs in aviation, construction and carpentry, electrical and solar technology, interior design, HVAC, plumbing and pipefitting, cybersecurity or mechatronics.

“Career Institutes is a good program that allows students to learn by doing,” Becerra said. “The textbook is good and necessary, but there is nothing like using your hands to learn and grow.”

Becerra has thoroughly enjoyed teaching and interacting with students. For him, it is a way to give back and help students.

“When you see your students’ progress, it’s amazing,” he said.

For more information about Career Institutes, visit



Protect your assets

A home and vehicle are two of the biggest purchases most people will make in their lifetimes. These important assets deserve to have auto and home insurance that gives peace of mind. With Dallas ISD Benefits, district employees have access to an Auto Insurance Quote Comparison Tool that shows side-by-side quotes that can help them find the right fit. This tool lets users choose from multiple national carriers and access bundling discounts, convenient payroll deduction options, and more. Get a quote to find the best rate on the right coverage.

Access these benefits and more by visiting the HCM Benefits Department website at or by visiting the Benefits Enrollment Portal at and clicking on the Benefits Portal.

Be part of the Digital Palooza

Dallas ISD students in pre-K through second grade have been using technology in their class work since the start of the current school year. Some of their work will be showcased in the department’s upcoming Early Learning Digital Palooza, and submissions of technology creations by students, families, teachers and staff are currently being accepted for the project’s new website, which will “go live” during the virtual event.

All technology users across the district are encouraged to submit personal examples of their technology use to be featured on the website. Please visit the Early Learning Palooza Informational Hub for more information and to submit your technology example and register for the live event. All submissions are due by Friday, May 21.

The Digital Palooza, to take place virtually on Tuesday, June 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., will highlight the experience of teachers and students and will serve as the official launch of the Early Learning Digital Palooza website. On the site, teachers will also find more information about the technology programs offered (Digital Ambassadors and IMPACT Vanguard) and can apply to participate for the 2021-2022 school year.

“We are thrilled to see the growth that students and teachers have made with technology this year, and we are excited to celebrate all of their accomplishments. We have been amazed at the things our youngest learners have been able to create, and we look forward to seeing their uses of technology continue to grow,” said Victoria Miller, digital learning coordinator for the Early Learning Department.

With iPads distributed by the district and a partnership with Apple that provides two professional learning specialists, the Early Learning Department has been supporting professional development and training for teachers, families and students to integrate the use of technology into classroom work.

“I would have never thought iPads and technology would be a dream come true in pre-K,” said Cindy Cervantes, a pre-K teacher at Stevens Park Elementary School. “From working in Zoom breakout rooms to manipulating activities on Seesaw (a platform for student engagement), to recording themselves or taking pictures of their work, my four- and five-year-olds just love their iPads! I am so thankful to have been able to incorporate technology in my classroom. There is no bigger reward than seeing my students become avid independent learners at such a young age.”

Veronica Noziglia Wilde, a Pre-K Partnerships teacher, views technology as a way to expose her students to the world.

“I work on a campus where every one of my students is economically disadvantaged,” she said, “so when my kids open up their iPads, they open up possibilities to learn about a new world. I think this merger between technology and learning is what may better prepare them for the future, a future where technology and robotics will be the ABCs of any job. Thanks to this technology, we are able to share stories of learning, dreams, and hopes that help us grow as individuals.”



Dress for summer

Starting on June 1 and through Sept. 3, the district will adopt its summer dress code so employees can comfortable as they perform their normal work duties while still portraying a professional image to students, parents, and community members.

Standards for daily attire is still at the discretion of the supervisor. However, remember that casual does not mean unkempt. The dress code does not allow for inappropriate apparel. [See OH(LOCAL) and DH (REGULA TION)]

  • Casual includes clothing that is comfortable and neatly put together while communicating professionalism.
  • Casual may differ based on the various business needs of the department. Please consult with your department supervisor to determine appropriate attire for your job.
  • Certain events on the district’s calendar may require employees in a specific department or location to wear business attire instead of the casual look.
  • Take your workday schedule into account when considering your attire for the day. If you have a meeting scheduled with the public or vendors, you may need to wear business attire.
  • Administrators will have the discretion to make exceptions to appropriateness of attire as it relates to culture, religious beliefs, vocational courses, physical education, maintenance, medical necessities, events, and spirit days.
  • Employees required to wear district-issued uniforms are expected to wear the assigned uniform.

Acceptable attire:

  • Clothing should be clean, pressed and wrinkle-free, without holes or frayed areas
  • All attire should fit appropriately (not excessively tight or loose)
  • Footwear – Loafers, boots, flats, sandals, and leather deck shoes are acceptable
  • Slacks – Nice pants or cotton slacks
  • Shirts – Blouses, casual shirts, and golf shirts are acceptable
  • Dresses and skirts – Casual dresses and skirts appropriate for an office environment are acceptable

Unacceptable attire:

  • Inappropriate attire includes, but is not limited to, form-fitting, snug, sagging, or transparent clothing
  • Revealing or provocative attire
  • Dresses and skirts shorter than three inches above the bend of the knee
  • Excessively worn, faded, or tight clothing
  • Slippers, flip-flops, house shoes, sneakers, and athletic shoes
  • Jeans, sweatpants, shorts, bib overalls, leggings, spandex, and lycra
  • Tank tops and shirts or t-shirts with inappropriate messages/graphics
  • Gym clothes and beach wear

Keep your teeth young

Tooth decay is not child’s play. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth decay is as common in adults as it is in children, but it can be prevented.

Tooth decay begins when dental plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—builds up on teeth. Plaque produces acids that, over time, eat away at the tooth’s hard outer surface and create a cavity, even in teeth that have fillings. And if the gums have pulled away from the teeth—gum recession that is more common with age—can also make the roots vulnerable to tooth decay.

To prevent tooth decay:

  • Brush twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride can protect teeth against decay and often heal early decay. Brushing regularly helps remove dental plaque that forms on teeth. Drinking fluoridated water also helps prevent tooth decay in adults.
  • Floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Or use a special brush or wooden or plastic pick recommended by a dental professional.
  • See a dentist for routine check-ups. If you are at a higher risk for tooth decay (for example, if you have a dry mouth because of medicines you take), the dentist or dental hygienist may give you a fluoride treatment such as a varnish or foam during the office visit. The dentist might also recommend a fluoride gel or mouth rinse to use at home.

Gum disease is another common problem among adults. The good news is that gum disease can be prevented and doesn’t have to be a part of growing older. With thorough brushing and flossing and regular professional cleanings by a dentist, adults can reduce their risk of developing gum disease as they age.

And preventing gum disease—gingivitis or periodontitis—can help keep teeth healthy and strong. These conditions develop when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line.

While gingivitis is usually mild and easily reversible, periodontitis can damage the soft tissues and bone that support teeth. In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth can be destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.

Preventing gum disease and tooth decay is important for overall health and easy by following the recommended steps: brush, floss, visit the dentist regularly.

Principal of the Year: Finalists are revealed

Seven principals have been chosen as finalists to be named Dallas ISD Principal of the Year in each of three categories. The three winners will be chosen in the coming days.

Elementary School Finalists

Sandra Barrios-Rojas, Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School

Under Barrios-Rojas’ leadership, Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School has
earned an “A” campus from the Texas Education Agency. Located in the center of refugee and immigrant community, this Title I school has a diverse student population. Lowe students come from 50 countries worldwide. The students and teachers collectively speak over 25 languages. As a first-generation Mexican American born to immigrant parents, Barrios-Rojas views education as a calling rather than a job or career. She worked as a teacher for 10 years at the elementary school level before becoming an administrator in 2014 when she became an assistant principal and a principal two years later. She is one of 10 recipients of the national Terrell H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership from the U.S. Department of Education. Barrios-Rojas is pursuing a doctoral degree in superintendency at The University of Texas.

Reymundo Cervantes Guajardo, Henry B. Gonzalez Personalized Learning Academy

Reymundo Cervantes Guajardo became a school administrator in 2014 after serving in elementary schools since 2006. As principal for Gonzalez Academy, Cervantes Guajardo has facilitated the school’s choice transformation to a personalized learning academy and led the work that earned it an A rating from the Texas Education Agency. The campus has also been recognized as the safest school in Dallas ISD since 2018. Cervantes Guajardo is currently finishing his doctoral studies at Southern Methodist University.

Lourdes Garduño, Winnetka Elementary School

Lourdes Garduño began her career in Dallas ISD as a bilingual teacher at César Chávez Learning Center in 1997. Since then, she’s been an instructional coach, an assistant principal and a summer school principal. She has been principal at Winnetka Elementary since 2008.


Secondary School Finalists

Joseph Sotelo, Hillcrest High School

Joseph Sotelo has been an administrator with Dallas ISD for eight years, all at the secondary level. He began his career in Dallas ISD in 2013 as an assistant principal at Sunset High School where he oversaw both the English and science departments. In 2015, Sotelo was promoted to principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Within 18 months, the school was authorized as an International Baccalaureate campus. Sotelo left Franklin Academy to become principal of Hillcrest High School. As of 2021, Hillcrest is the only high school to offer both a collegiate academy and an IB program. Sotelo also oversaw the addition of 21 new classrooms, two new gyms, a weight room, and renovations to several classrooms.

Marian Willard, James Madison High School

Marian Willard is a proud Dallas ISD graduate. She obtained her undergraduate and graduate degree from East Texas State University. She has served in education for 45 years. She was an educator at W.W. Adamson High School for 17 years before becoming an assistant principal at Daniel Chappie James and Thomas Edison learning centers. She led several schools as principals before becoming principal at Madison High School where she has served for 13 years. Willard provides supports for new principals and is the proud winner of the Finish Strong Campaign.


Choice/Magnet Finalists

Ruby Ramirez, School for the Talented and Gifted at Pleasant Grove

Ruby Ramirez is proud daughter of an immigrant mother and Dallas ISD graduate. Learning and growing in Dallas ISD as a bilingual talented and gifted student, she was able to graduate with honors from Woodrow Wilson High School. She always knew she wanted to one day give back to the district, community, and families where her opportunities started. In 2003, she became a teacher assistant at William Lipscomb Elementary School, the same campus she attended as a child. Ramirez became an assistant principal at Felix G. Botello Elementary School in 2013 and a year later at John H. Reagan Elementary School, both in Oak Cliff. In 2018, she was called to open a unique Two-Way Dual Language Talented & Gifted campus in the heart of Pleasant Grove.

Raymie Venable, Personalized Learning Prep at Sam Houston

Raymie Venable is in her ninth year as a principal and 21st year in education. After spending the first years of her teaching career in Dallas, she served in the roles of teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal in two neighboring districts. She returned to Dallas ISD to lead the transformation of Sam Houston Elementary to a personalized learning campus.

Update your information

Human Capital Management requests employees review and update their personal contact information in Oracle by June 15 to ensure they receive important communications from the district, such as benefit information and inclement weather alerts.

To receive notices from the district, employees must add a cell or home phone number in the Home type.

To review and update your information, log into Oracle using one of the following links:

Within the district network or VPN:

Outside the district network:          

Go to Human Resources/Payroll Employee Self-Service, then select Employee Self-Service, Human Capital Management Information, and, finally, Personal Information.

Download the instructions to update your mailing/home address or cell/home phone number. For login or technical assistance with Oracle, please contact the IT Service Desk at (972) 925-5630.