Posts by Georgia Fisher
Even if you can’t be there in person to wish your favorite DISD graduate well, you can technically still watch him or her walk the stage.
Commencements for W.T. White and Thomas Jefferson high schools will be on June 1, and Hillcrest’s is set for June 5 at the Alfred J. Loos Athletic Complex. All three events will be streamed on Time Warner Cable channel 492 and U-verse channel 99 (you’ll apparently select “Dallas” from the main menu, then “Dallas ISD-492″).
Ceremony times vary, so check here for details.
A huge, boisterous crowd is currently clearing out of the Dallas City Council chambers, and many people — I’d say most — in attendance are grinning because Ursuline’s request for a lighted athletic field has finally gotten the green light.
The specific-use permit will come with plenty of caveats, but Ursuline supporters’ loud applause and standing ovation just spoke for itself. The victory is theirs.
We’ll have more for you in Friday’s paper.
The City Council hearing about Ursuline’s request for a lighted athletic field was stalled last month, but it’s officially on the books this afternoon (and that link will lead you to a colossal PDF, by the way, so just skip to agenda item No. 94).
Hearings begin at 1 p.m.
Considering the crowd a City Plan Commission meeting drew for the same item back in February, I expect we’ll see a packed house.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk won’t come to Dallas until early November, but event organizers suggest participants begin training for the 60-mile trek well in advance — as in, now.
At 7 a.m. Saturday, New Balance on Northwest Parkway will host an hour-long training walk followed by a “Get Trained Workshop” to discuss proper shoes, clothes, and preparation for the big event (with product pitches worked into the mix, one figures). A seasoned 3-Day walker will also take questions from the crowd.
Author, Pushcart Prize winner and self-dubbed “wandering poet” Naomi Shihab Nye is coming to Ursuline a week from today to work with students who are enrolled in creative writing, and to spend some one-on-one time with those who are especially passionate about their craft. (Insert wistful sigh here. This sounds like so much fun.)
In its annual “best high schools” list, U.S. News & World Report ranked W.T. White No. 88 in the state. The campus is one of 11 within DISD to be honored by the magazine, which rated the School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview No. 1 in Texas and the nation.
You can learn more about DISD’s rankings here.
Thomas Jefferson High School’s Distinguished Alumni awards ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon on campus.Businessman Ryhs Best, retired Marine Colonel Hart Dinkins, and WFAA anchor Cynthia Izaguirre are among the alumni honorees. Drill-team sponsor Alice Davenport — who was led the team for the last 29 years — will get the Distinguished Service award.Presenters at today’s event include former city manager Jan Hart Black; Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, retired Admiral Patrick Walsh, and former T.J. principal Edwina Brown.
Mark your calendars. It’s budget-crunching time again in DISD, so the school district has scheduled town-hall meetings at elementary schools in early May.
The one at Cigarroa Elementary (which happens to be in Thomas Jefferson High School’s feeder pattern) is planned for 6 p.m. on May 7.
Students and staff at Hillcrest and W.T. White high schools are stepping up on behalf of those hurt and displaced last night in the West, Texas factory explosion.
A mobile blood drive is ongoing at W.T. White today, and a school-supply drive will run Monday through Friday next week at Hillcrest, where West ISD Superintendent Marty Crawford once worked as principal.
Hillcrest is also funneling gift cards and financial donations to West to help with relief efforts (checks should be made out to Point West Bank West ISD Disaster Fund).
Armed with a concept for camera-enabled glasses to help blind people see, four St. Mark’s boys are now regional finalists in this year’s ExploraVision contest. Winners of the national science and technology competition are set to get $10,000 in savings bonds, and they’ll be named in around two weeks — hopefully with eighth-grader Gopal Raman and freshmen Raja Akula, Rohan Banerjee, and Rishav Sinha among them.
From contest spokeswoman Katherine Higuera-McCoy:
Right now the team has just submitted a website for national judging. The national winners will be announced at the end of this month, tentatively on Tuesday, April 30 or Wednesday, May 1. If St. Mark’s school is announced as a national finalist they will be heading down to Washington, D.C. from June 5-8 for a fun weekend filled with a visit to Capitol Hill, the science fair, and the awards gala.
The students will all be flown down to D.C., all expenses paid, with their families, coaches, and team mentors. There will be eight teams selected — four first-place and four second-place in each grade category.