School News: Staff at Reilly Elementary saves a life. Plus: East Dallas high school rankings

Fast-acting staffers at Martha Turner Reilly Elementary in East Dallas helped resuscitate a substitute teacher who fell to the floor unconscious earlier this month.

Office Manager Irene Aguilar was making a copy when the teacher fell to the floor. She called school nurse Beata Fik and counselor Amparo Guzman. All three of them used the AED and began CPR. The teacher eventually gained a pulse, and the three women supported him until the ambulance arrived. The substitute teacher is recovering.

About 2,200 staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid across Dallas ISD.

“It was just amazing how everyone played a part to help save his life,” Guzman told Dallas ISD. Watch a video interview of the women and learn more here.

US News and World Report released its annual high school rankings, giving local schools an idea about where they stand relative to their peers. Two Dallas ISD schools made the top 10 in Texas, with the Talented and Gifted Magnet earning second in the state and 11th in the country, while the Science and Engineering Magnet was third in the state and 13th in the nation.

In East Dallas, Woodrow Wilson High School clocked in at 161st in Texas and received a silver medal, awarded to the schools that ranked between 501 and 2,211 nationally. Bryan Adams was not ranked. They were both beat by Uplift Peak Preparatory in Old East Dallas, which was ranked the 39th best school in Texas and received a gold medal for its 208 ranking nationally.

US News uses a variety of measures to create their scores. They compare student performance at the school to what is statistically expected for students in that state, factoring in the performance of economically disadvantaged and historically disadvantaged populations like African Americans and Latinos. The ranking also measures the percentage of students who take AP or International Baccalaureate tests as well as how they score.

See the complete rankings here and learn about how the rankings are determined here.


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