Irving ISD Education Notes
First Class of de Zavala Karate Students to Test for Black Belts – Saturday, May 20
Former de Zavala Middle School students will test for their black belts this weekend through the Kickstart Kids program. The test will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the de Zavala Middle School gym. This momentous occasion marks four years of dedication and hard work for these students as they perform to reach one of the highest levels of martial arts achievement. The students testing started the program during their sixth or seventh grade year, when the program was implemented at de Zavala in 2013. They attend Irving High School but returned to de Zavala in the evenings for black belt training.
Scholars Compete in 4th Annual Independent English Debate
For the third consecutive year, English Language Learner (ELL) students from Nimitz High School debated their way to the top of the 4th annual Independent English District-Wide Debate held Wednesday. ELL students who have been in the country 12 months or less and are still learning the English language debated what they feel is the greatest challenge graduating immigrants face today.
In the first round, teams from Irving, MacArthur and Nimitz high schools presented their problem with two examples. The Irving team argued the challenges surrounding a lack of education, while MacArthur’s team spoke to challenges due to a lack of support, and the team from Nimitz presented the challenge of adapting to a new culture. Afterwards, students pitched data with explanations, followed by a presentation of their solutions. In the final rounds, speakers gave their rebuttals and closing arguments.
The teams presented before a panel of judges, including special guest judge Sonia Sala from Univision. Teams were judged on the messages and supporting evidence presented, as well as their personal impression and language skills. MacArthur’s team placed second, and the Irving team came in third.
PHOTO CAPTION [NimitzDebaters]: ELL students from Nimitz High School took first place at the 4th annual Independent English District-Wide Debate on May 17. They are Mauricio Garcia Reyes, Leonardo Navas Varela, Maria Gutierrez Castañuela, Moncy Chavarria, Juan Burgos and Carlos Rodriguez de la Cruz.
Townsell Students Win District Geography Bee
Irving ISD held its annual District Geography Bee on May 17 in the MacArthur High School auditorium. Sixteen out of twenty elementary campuses fielded teams in this year’s competition, and the team from Townsell Elementary emerged as the winner. Good Elementary placed second, followed by Brandenburg Elementary at third.
PHOTO CAPTION [GeoBee-Townsell]: A team of scholars from Townsell Elementary School won the 2017 District Geography Bee. They are Ayusha Baral, Pranisha Shahi, Olivia McKee, Caiden Deniston, Gabriel Esqueda, and Anthony Soto. The team is coached by Jaime Parker and Tenisha Willis.
HIPPY Graduates Are School-Bound
Students in the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Preschool Youngsters) program celebrated completing curriculum aimed to prepare them for school. A graduation ceremony was held for the three-, four- and five-year-old students on May 13 at Irving High School, where they received a diploma, backpack and tassel in the color that represents their future high school. The ceremony included words of encouragement from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jose Parra and recognitions of HIPPY volunteers, fathers and parents of the year. The National Council of Jewish Women was also present to recognize MacArthur senior David Cardenas as one of two scholarship recipients designated for former HIPPY students. Photos from the event are on the district’s Photo Gallery.
PHOTO CAPTION [HIPPY]: Young students in Irving ISD’s HIPPY program celebrated completing home-based curriculum at a graduation ceremony where they received diplomas, backpacks and tassels in the color that represents their future high school cluster.
PHOTO CAPTION [HIPPYscholarship]: The National Council of Jewish Women recognized MacArthur senior David Cardenas as a HIPPY scholarship recipient. David is pictured with (from left) his mother and former HIPPY instructor Claudia Jinenz and Syl Benenson and Carol Tobias of the National Council of Jewish Women.
Bringing Deaf Awareness to Britain Students
Irving ISD’s Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) hosted its second annual Deaf Awareness Day on May 12 in honor of Better Speech & Hearing Month. From activities to equipment demonstrations, numerous community presenters and interpreters led Britain Elementary students in a variety of presentations designed to foster an appreciation for deaf culture. The afternoon was rounded out with special performances by award-winning deaf magician Magic Morgan and Emma Faye Rudkin, who was the first deaf woman to win Miss San Antonio in 2015, winning again in 2017.
Since the RDSPD is housed at Britain, Bowie Middle School and Nimitz High School, Deaf Awareness Day was a family affair. Former students served as presenters, and students from the deaf education program at Bowie and Nimitz American Sign Language (ASL) classes taught sign language lessons. Photos from the event are on the district’s Photo Gallery.
PHOTO CAPTION [Deaf Awareness Day]: Antoine Dinka, a former student in the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) at Britain Elementary and Bowie Middle School, was among the presenters at the second annual Deaf Awareness Day. Dinka is pictured here with his former teacher, now RDSPD Supervisor, Sherry Clifton.
Nimitz Stars Win Relay
Irving ISD Stars Special Olympics teams shined under the track lights at the Middle School City Track Meet held May 4 at Irving Schools Stadium. The district’s Special Olympics athletes ran a 4×100-meter relay and were then recognized on the middle of the football field. The Nimitz team ran a personal best time of 59.54 seconds to win the gold.
PHOTO CAPTION [NimitzStars]: The Nimitz Stars Special Olympics team ran a personal best time of 59.54 seconds to win a relay race among the district’s Special Olympics teams. Team members are (from left) Marquise McCain, Alex Santivanez, Cristopher Fuentes and Daniel Correa.
Middle School Track City Champions
Irving ISD middle school track teams wrapped up a successful season at the City Track Meet held May 4 at the Joy and Ralph Ellis Stadium (formerly known as Irving Schools Stadium). This year’s City Track Champion teams are as follows:
· 7th grade girls – Travis Middle School
· 7th grade boys – Bowie Middle School
· 8th grade girls – Travis Middle School
· 8th grade boys – Austin Middle School
PHOTO CAPTION [TravisGirlsTrack]: The Travis Middle School girls track teams won the City Championship for both the seventh and eighth grade levels.
PHOTO CAPTION [7thBowieBoys]: The Bowie Middle School seventh grade boys track team completed an undefeated season winning first place in the City Track Meet.
PHOTO CAPTION [8thAustinBoys]: The Austin Middle School eighth grade boys track team capped a stellar season with the City Championship.
AEL is Building Local Entrepreneurs
Irving ISD’s Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program joined forces with the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Michigan-based apparel company Stahl’s to launch a new entrepreneurial program for adults. Students in English Literary and Civic classes participated in a 13-week course focused on heat printing and the decorated apparel industry. The curriculum included essential business skills, knowledge on how to start a business and heat press training. Before completing the course, students toured the Stahls’ warehouse in Irving to view the equipment, products and tools needed to start a decorated apparel business. Last month, 30 students graduated from the program and received the Stahl’s Clothing and Textiles certification during a celebration held at the Irving Public Library.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Alcohol & Drug Trends Workshop – May 22, 23, 25
Irving ISD is committed to providing parents and families with information on alcohol and drug trends. Please join the discussion at the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Workshops, to be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., as follows:
· Monday, May 22, at MacArthur High School for students in the MacArthur cluster;
· Tuesday, May 23, at Nimitz High School for students in the Nimitz cluster; and
· Thursday, May 25, at Johnson Middle School for students in the Irving cluster.
Parents of students at Singley Academy and Cardwell Career Preparatory Center can attend the event of their choice. These town hall meetings will include information on alcohol and drug trends, how children hide drugs in their bedroom and Family Advocacy Center support. Students are welcome to attend.
Irving Reads (10@10) – Friday, May 26
Irving ISD presents 10@10, a time when all students and staff read for 10 minutes at 10 a.m. The 10@10 initiative will be held on Friday, May 26. It is part of the Irving READS! program, which provides free books to students, encouraging their love of learning and love of reading during the summer. A kickoff ceremony will be held at Brown Elementary School.
Student Holiday – May 29
Monday, May 29, has been designated a student holiday for Irving ISD in observance of Memorial Day. All schools and district administrative offices will be closed.
ISF Alumni Mixer – Thursday, June 1
Calling Irving ISD Alumni! The Irving Schools Foundation is hosting an Alumni Mixer on Thursday, June 1, at NYLO Irving/Las Colinas (1001 W. Royal Lane, Irving, TX 75039) from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be complimentary refreshments and door prizes. RSVP here.
Early Release Dates – May 31 & June 1
Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1, are early release dates for Irving ISD
students. School dismissal times are as follows:
· Elementary schools – 12:15 p.m.
· Middle schools – 12:45 p.m.
· Singley Academy – 12:15 p.m.
· Cardwell Career Preparatory Center – 1 p.m.
· Irving, MacArthur and Nimitz high schools – 1:15 p.m.
Early childhood schools will operate normal hours for both morning and afternoon classes.
Graduation – Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3
Irving ISD commencement ceremonies will be held over the span of two days. All ceremonies will be held at the Potter’s House, 6777 Kiest Blvd. in Dallas. The schedule is as follows:
· Friday, June 2, 2017
o Nimitz High School – 2 p.m.
o Singley Academy – 8 p.m.
· Saturday, June 3, 2017
o MacArthur High School – 9 a.m.
o Irving High School – 3 p.m.
Adult English Literacy Summer Academy Registration – June 5
Irving ISD will host a free Adult English Literacy Summer Academy during the month of June. Classes will meet Monday-Thursday, June 5-29 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Irving ISD Administrative Annex (820 N. O’Connor Road, Irving, TX 75061). Topics include family literacy, ESL, GED basic literacy skills, citizenship and civics lessons, entrepreneurship, computer literacy and conversations. Register in person at the Administrative Annex on the first day of class. Please bring a government-issued form of identification (social security card, driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, Texas ID, residency card). For more information, call 972-600-3770.
In accordance with various laws and guidelines, Irving ISD posts required notices on the Irving ISD website. Click the links below to access the information.
June 2017 TAKS Test Notification
Notice for Credit By Examination (CBE)
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