Irving ISD Education Notes
Irving ISD Welcomes More Than 34,000 Students First Week of School
Monday was the first day of school in Irving ISD, and by Thursday, 34,527 students had reported to class for the 2015-2016 school year. Enrollment at the district’s three early childhood schools totaled 1,847 while 15,427 total students reported to the district’s 20 elementary schools. There were 7,493 students across the eight middle school and 9,756 students in the district’s high schools.
Photos from the first day of school can be found here and on the district’s various social media channels searching the hashtag #IISDfirstday.
Legislation Changes Truancy Mandates
House Bill 2398 ushered in many changes to truancy and attendance statutes. Beginning September 1, if a student has unexcused absences from school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year, parents/guardians are subject to prosecution and the student is subject to a truancy court referral.
Read more about the new legislation here. For more information about compulsory attendance, visit www.irvingisd.net/campusoperations.
District Launched New Website
Irvingisd.net got a facelift! In mid August, the district launched a new website, redesigned with you in mind. It contains several features to help parents, students and community members access information in a quick and efficient manner.
- Three global icons – students, parents, staff – on every page
- Quick links representing frequently viewed pages
- A translation feature to communicate in languages other than English
- Announcements and news sections with timely information
- A dropdown menu to easily access campus sites
- The ability to share information via newsletters
Take a look. We hope you like what you see.
Irving ISD has offered on-site after school programming with the YMCA since 1989. Parents can enroll their elementary school-aged child online atwww.ymcadallas.com.
The Amadi Guess Foundation After-School Program will be offered at no cost to all parents and students beginning August 31. Register your child today atwww.amadiguessfoundation.org. For more information, please call (972) 733-0176.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Teacher of the Year Ceremony – September 29, 2014
Irving ISD’s exemplary teachers will be honored during the annual Teacher of the Year Ceremony on Tuesday, September 29, at MacArthur High School. A reception is at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m.
Be a Mentor, Make a Difference
Irving ISD schools are looking for mentors to work with students in all grade levels. Mentors are paired with a student and are asked to give 30 minutes of their time one day a week. Research published by Child Trends has shown that mentoring has a profound effect on student achievement and personal development:
- Mentored youth have better school attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better attitudes toward school.
• Mentoring appears to help prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors.
• Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them.
To become a mentor, contact Jose Villaseñor at email@example.com or 972-600-5025.
All Volunteers Required to Complete New Application Using Raptor
Irving ISD uses the Raptor Volunteer Application System at all Irving ISD campuses and facilities. All returning and new volunteers will need to complete the application in order to be cleared to volunteer at any district location or district-sponsored event this school year. The Raptor Volunteer Application will be available at the following locations:
- All school front offices on designated computers
- All school parent centers and/or other designated locations where a computer station is available
- At the Administration Building reception desk