By Joyce Foreman, Dallas ISD Trustee, District 6
The results are in, and I’m proud to announce that there are no low-performing schools in Dallas ISD District 6! Thanks to the tireless efforts of dedicated principals and teachers, and the partnership of hopeful parents, our students are continuing to demonstrate their potential for academic success.
Through the implementation of improvement-oriented programs and initiatives, campuses across District 6 are experiencing significant turnarounds. For instance, T. W. Browne Middle School is celebrating it’s status as a “met-standards” school, reflecting impressive growth in student performance. Campus leaders attribute this positive trend to data-driven strategies and customized professional development for teachers and staff. Browne is just one of several District 6 schools that are going the distance to support our students and improve our schools. I commend them for their commitment to excellence.
I am thrilled that T. L. Marsalis, Thomas Tolbert and Leslie Stemmons elementary schools have received all six of the TEA distinction designations for the 2017 STAAR testing season, the highest recognition an elementary school can receive from the state! These schools are an example of the stellar academic performance taking place across District 6.
Also to be commended are the staff and students of Justin F. Kimball High School for their acts of kindness in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Thanks to a school-wide donation drive organized by students, many received tangible support during this difficult time. It’s always heartwarming to see our students demonstrate a sincere concern for others. I’m inspired to see them take a project from idea to implementation. It’s evidence that we’re growing a generation of compassionate leaders and problem-solvers in our community.
The ideals of leadership and community aren’t new to District 6. The David W. Carter feeder pattern is rich in history, academic accomplishment, and neighborhood pride. A unique feature of District 6, this network of schools is one of the few predominantly African-American feeder patterns in all of Dallas ISD. And while I fully celebrate the growing diversity of students districtwide, it’s important to acknowledge the cultural traditions of academic excellence, professional success and community involvement in our own backyard.
See how many TEA distinction designations District 6 schools earned:
- Jimmie Tyler Brashear – 5 out of 6 distinctions
- Umphrey Lee – 3 out of 6 distinctions
- Thomas L. Marsalis – 6 out of 6 distinctions
- Ronald E. McNair – 2 out of 6 distinctions
- Maria Moreno – 1 out of 6 distinctions
- Leslie A. Stemmons – 6 out of 6 distinctions
- G. Terry – 3 out of 6 distinctions
- Robert L. Thornton – 2 out of 6 distinctions
- Thomas Tolbert – 6 out of 6 distinctions
- Adelle Turner – 5 out of 6 distinctions
- Mark Twain – 2 out of 6 distinctions
- Daniel Webster – 1 out of 6 distinctions
- W. Browne – 4 out of 6 distinctions
- STEAM at D.A. Hulcy – 2 out of 6 distinctions
- Boude Storey – 1 out of 6 distinctions
- Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy – 2 out of 6 distinctions
- Justin F. Kimball – 1 out of 6 distinctions