Celebrating our Neighborhood schools

Ending the Year with Awards and Accolades

As 2021 draws to an end, we look back on a year of challenges but also a time of progress and accomplishment in District 3. I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight just a few of the schools and individuals who have stood out for their recent achievements in the classroom and beyond.

Congratulations to Ms. Ariana Zeb, a fourth-grade teacher at McShan Elementary, who was awarded an Innovative Teaching Grant for the second consecutive year by the Junior League of Dallas. She received the grant for her yearlong essay-writing and photo project, Voices of Vickery, which highlights the diverse heritage of McShan Elementary’s students, many of whom are immigrants or refugees.  The project encourages students to look back at where they came from and forward to the future.

This year’s campus Teachers of the Year have been named, and I’d like to congratulate them all and recognize those from District 3, below.

Abigail Rufer Emmett Conrad High School
Alan Shaw Sam Tasby Middle School
Olga Moctezuma Jill Stone Elementary at Vickery Meadow
Noemi Arnal Hotchkiss Elementary
Maria Carballo-Lopez Jack Lowe Elementary
Maria Sierra Personalized Learning Academy at Highland Meadows
Maria Van Hausen Lee McShan Jr. Elementary
Jeanine McMahon Truett Elementary
Vicky Tillery Bryan Adams High School
Morgan Rees Gaston Middle School
Ellyn Stroud Hill Middle School
Raymond Alake Conner Elementary
Martin Rivera Garcia Bayles Elementary
Patricia Cortez Casa View Elementary
Elijah Lee Gill Elementary
Yasmeen Harris-Youngblood Hexter Elementary
Ana Fouse Larry Smith Elementary
Maricela Zuniga Kiest Elementary
Maria Rojas Reilly Elementary
Zailet Suarez Reinhardt Elementary
Hector Rivera Alex Sanger Preparatory School


Kudos also to R.T. Hill Middle School for excelling in the classroom and on the playing field. Hill Middle School’s boys’ soccer team went undefeated for the season with a 6-0 record, winning the District 2 Championship with a score of 7-2 over Ann Richards STEAM Academy. Hill will play  Seagoville Middle School in the bi-district final on Thursday, Dec. 9. [Coach to send final result].

And on the academic side, I’d like to applaud Hill’s 8th Grade STEM Robotics Boys Team for their win at the VIX IQ Robotics Tournament at Larry Smith Elementary School, where they qualified for the state championship. This was the STEM Robotics teams’ 40th trophy. Way to go, Hill!

In other news:

Meals will be provided during the Christmas break

To ensure that all children 18 years and younger have access to food during the winter holidays, we will provide free curbside “grab-’n-go” meals on Dec. 20 and Dec. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last. These boxes will include a week’s worth of meals for every child. To find a school location near you, visit www.Dallasisd.org/FCNS.

Join us for Dallas ISD’s STEM Expo

On Saturday, Jan. 22, Dallas ISD will be hosting its annual STEM Expo, the largest of its kind in Texas. Exhibits will include activities and championships for elementary, middle, and high school students and parents. For more information, visit www.dallasisd.org/stemexpo.

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Dallas ISD Trustee Dan Micciche, District 2

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