Placement Scores Increase
The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program
offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level
while still in high
school, and receive college credit for successful
performance on AP exams.
the past three years, Irving ISD has seen a steady increase in the
number of high school students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP
exams. Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5.
2004-2005, 522 IISD high school students scored grades of 3 or higher on
AP exams. The number jumped to 651 in 2005-2006, followed by another
increase to 671 in 2006-2007.
IISD also ensures access to all advanced academic and elective classes
for all students. In that regard, the participation of minority students
in AP courses has continued to increase over the past several years. In
2002, 40 percent of minority students, who graduated from an IISD high
school, participated in AP courses. By 2007, the number had increased to
for Exemplary Attendance
The Exemplary Attendance (EA) Program will award $55,580 to 60 IISD
employees in their October paychecks. One hundred ninety-six District
employees earned the minimum number of days (15) over the past five
years to be eligible to “cash-in” some or all of their EA days during
employment. The sixty employees who took advantage of this opportunity
will receive an average of $926.33 per employee. The maximum benefit
was $1400, which is almost a three percent pay raise for many teachers.
EA days can also be sold
at retirement for a higher rate, or they can be used if all other sick
leave has been exhausted. Selling days during employment can be done
once a year, if an employee has a balance of at least 15 EA days. For
2007-2008, the first 10 days could be sold at a rate of $80 per day,
while the remaining days could be sold at a rate of $50 per day. Full
details on the Exemplary Attendance program may be found on the IISD
Capitol One and Junior
Achievement opened Finance Park last week at Capitol One corporate
facilities in north Irving. IISD eighth grade students had the
opportunity to participate in life scenarios that teach financial
literacy. The park consists of two 53-foot semi-trucks that have been
joined together and equipped to make a unique financial learning lab.
Metropolitan Winds to
Winds will present a concert for children and parents on Thursday,
November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the MacArthur High School auditorium. Music
from composers such as Copland, Mancini, Sousa and Stravinsky will be
performed under the direction of Randol Bass. Admission is free.
Schools Support Race
for the Cure
Bowie Middle School observed “Pink Day” October 19 in conjunction with
Breast Cancer Awareness Month to honor and support survivors at the
school. Faculty and staff donated over $1,200 to Cindy’s Cubbies, the
name of the Bowie team in the Race for the Cure.
Stipes Elementary School staff members showed support for the Race for
the Cure and their co-workers by “thinking pink”. Staff honored Ann
Nentwig, principal’s secretary, for 20 “cancer-free” years and teachers,
Jami Fabian and Shannon Brown, who will be participating in the 60 mile,
3-day Breast Cancer Walk on the weekend of October 27.
Students from Nimitz High School and The Academy of Irving ISD are
assisting the City of Irving in an aluminum can collection drive during
October. Through the “Cans from Fans” program, student volunteers are
collecting aluminum from Dallas Cowboy fans having tailgate parties
prior to the team’s home games this month.
Aluminum is also being collected at dumpsters dedicated to can
collection at various IISD schools. The city is hoping to collect
hundreds of pounds of aluminum to help Irving with a nationwide “Mayor’s
Lamar Employs Pirate
Middle School sixth grade faculty members dressed as pirates October 12
for a day of discovery. Reading classes researched and read about the
history of pirates. Science classes created pirate ships that could
carry the most treasure, as revealed in density and buoyancy tests.
English classes wrote about pirates and history classes studied the
Caribbean. Math classes solved word problems about pirates. Counselors
presented information about “No Bullying”, since pirates were notorious
Kindergarten students at Stipes Elementary School used their FOSS
Animals Two by Two science kits to learn about earthworms.