Irving ISD Education Notes: September 11th, 2015
Irving High JROTC Partners with Irving FD for 9/11 Ceremony
Irving ISD schools will take a moment to honor and remember the victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. The Irving High School JROTC, in conjunction with the Irving Fire Department, will participate in a flag-raising ceremony at 8:45 a.m. in front of the school, 900 N. O’Connor.
Irving ISD Offers Online Courses
Irving ISD students can take a free online class from home. The classes offered for the fall semester are Government, Economics, Psychology, Art, English 4, Professional Communications, Foundations of Personal Fitness (PE), Health and Web Design. Sign up online by September 22. Classes fill up fast. For more information, visit irvingisd.net/onlinecourses or talk to your counselor.
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, click here.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Irving Schools Foundation Pre-Legacy Gala Kick-Off Party – Thursday, September 17
Join the Irving Schools Foundation for food and fun at the fifth annual Pre-Legacy Gala kick-off party to be held on Thursday, September 17, at 6 p.m. at the Texas Musicians Museum. Guests are encouraged to bring a Gala auction item valued at $100 or more to be featured at the Legacy Gala in November. The Legacy Gala supports support the Foundation’s scholarship and educational programs for district teachers and students. RSVP, by September 8, to 972-600-5018 or to email@example.com .
United States Naval Academy Admissions Forum – Saturday, September 19
The United States Naval Academy will host an Admissions Forum for all interested students and parents from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 19, at Irving High School (900 N. O’Connor Blvd., Irving, TX 75061). RSVP online at bit.ly/USNAForum
College and Career Night – Tuesday, September 22
A College and Career Night for Irving ISD students is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, at Singley Academy (4601 N. MacArthur, Irving, TX 75038). There will be more than 100 tables providing information on colleges, universities and technical schools from across the United States; financial aid and scholarships; and college testing and preparation. There will also be financial aid speakers for parents at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Register for the event at www.gotocollegefairs.com.
Teacher of the Year Ceremony – Tuesday, September 29
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.
MacArthur Architecture Receives Book Donation
Local organizations are helping build up the architecture program at MacArthur High School for success. On Wednesday, the Dallas chapter of Latinos in Architecture (LiA) and American Institute of Architects (AIA) donated architectural books to the program. Members of Dallas AIA and LiA, including Dallas Chapter President Al Hernandez, were on hand to make the donation and give a presentation on architecture and becoming an architect.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Volunteers Needed for the LIVE the Dream Expo
Volunteers are needed to assist with the LIVE the Dream Expo on Saturday, October 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Singley Academy. This event is a resource fair for parents, professionals and providers offering opportunities and solutions for children, youth and adults with disabilities. Exhibitors will provide information about options for education, medical, legal, therapeutic, day-habilitation, summer camps, art programs, products, and more. While parents and caregivers learn about new research into disabilities at workshops or explore opportunities in the Expo, kids can enjoy balloon art, face painting, games and goodies. To volunteer, contact Sharen McKinney at email@example.com.