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January is here, and with the New Year comes new opportunities to consider for next school year.

The window is open through Wednesday, Jan. 31, for students to apply to attend one of Dallas ISD’s specialty programs and schools for the 2018-19 school year.

Applications are open for the following:

Go here to learn more and apply for one of these Dallas ISD specialty schools or programs!

In other application news, all seniors at North Dallas and Hillcrest high schools — regardless of their GPA or family income — have an incredible opportunity to earn a full-tuition scholarship to a Dallas County Community College through the Dallas County Promise Scholarship.

The Dallas County Communication College District Foundation is providing unprecedented scholarships that cover the cost of tuition at any Dallas County Community College for up to three years or the completion of an associate degree (whichever comes first). Participating students will also have access to additional transfer scholarships to attend partner four-year universities, including Southern Methodist University and University of North Texas at Dallas. Interested seniors must sign a “Promise Pledge” no later than Jan. 31 to qualify. Go here to learn more and sign the pledge.

In other District 2 news…

Lakewood Elementary School celebrated its new renovations at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day back from winter break. The renovations include more than 30 new classrooms in a new wing, a lower-grades playground, a new library and two new computer labs. I give my deepest thanks to the parent-led Lakewood Elementary Expansion Foundation for advocating for these renovations.

Kudos to Sarah Jane Rust, a second-grade math/science teacher at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, for her nomination as a 2017–18 Teacher of the Year finalist! Rust and the other nine finalists were honored at a special reception sponsored by Central Market.

Lipscomb Elementary unveiled its new library that happened thanks to a unique private-public partnership. The East Dallas Exchange Club, The Real Estate Council, Munger Place Church, Lipscomb’s PTA and Old East Dallas Early Childhood PTA all chipped in to make it happen.

Robert E. Lee Elementary School, which will become Geneva Heights Elementary School in July, is officially now an International Baccalaureate campus. J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School, which Lee Elementary feeds into, are also IB schools, meaning students can stay in the program until they graduate.

Congratulations to the Woodrow Wildcat swim team for an outstanding performance at the district meet. The girls won the district championship, and the boys team had outstanding performances in multiple competitions.


Dustin Marshall

Dustin Marshall is the District 2 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

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