The Ladybots of Casa View Elementary (Photo from Twitter)

District 3 students are winning in robotics! In the recent VEX Robotics World Championships, schools in our area brought home some of the top prizes.

The Ladybots of Casa View Elementary won the STEM Research Project Award, which is given to the team that creates the top-scoring project and video presentation related to an area of STEM.

The RoboBeasts of Robert T. Hill Middle School claimed the Innovate Award, which recognizes a team’s ability to implement an effective and efficient robot design process.

Both of these are all-girl teams, by the way. Way to go, girls!

These were not the only District 3 teams showing up and showing out in robotics this school year. In addition:

Alex Sanger Preparatory School was awarded first place in both Teamwork and Design at the VEX State Championship.

Larry G. Smith Elementary won second place in Teamwork at the VEX State Championship.

Gaston Middle School and Reilly Elementary qualified for VEX World through Skills ranking.

Reinhardt Elementary School participated in the VEX IQ Challenge at the State Championship.

And Bryan Adams High School will be participating in the UIL State Championship’s First Tech Challenge, June 15-17.

We are so proud of you all!


Seniors Will Walk the Stage

Graduations will be in person this year, and Dallas ISD is preparing festive celebrations for seniors and their families.

Bryan Adams’ graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, at Alfred J. Loos (Couch Stadium). In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at  7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19,  at Alfred J. Loos.

Emmett J. Conrad’s graduation is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 18, at Alfred J. Loos.

For a full list of graduation times and locations, visit Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Remembering Mrs. Cooper

On a somber note, I want to pay tribute to Mrs. Catrina Cooper of Hexter Elementary, who passed away on June 7 after a brave fight against cancer. Mrs. Cooper was a third- and fourth-grade teacher who continued to work as long she could because, as she said, teaching was her passion. She was an inspiration to her co-workers and students, who praised her determination to never give up.

Her online obituary reads, in part: “Catrina would want each of us to set the bar high and reach for the stars, to go after life and your dreams with the same passion and excitement she had about life, to live every day without regrets of yesterday and to shop like there is no tomorrow!”


In other news …

Free curbside meals

Beginning June 23, Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services will offer free curbside meals each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the end of July. The list of locations is available at

Pandemic Benefits for Food

Because Dallas ISD offers free meals to all its students, all district families are eligible to apply to receive the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a one-time benefit provided by the State of Texas for eligible families to buy food.

Dallas ISD Trustee Dan Micciche, District 2