ISF Teacher Grants Awarded
The Irving Schools Foundation “Prize
Patrol” visited 17 classrooms throughout the District last week carrying
balloons, flowers and large checks. Chosen from a field of 22, the 17
winners of the Spring 2003 ISF Grants to Teachers were surprised last
Thursday and Friday with in-class announcements of their winnings. The
grants totaled $12,352.
grant recipients are Joanne Allsup, Gilbert Elementary School; Karen
Post, Barton Elementary School; Diana Asimakis, Thomas Haley Elementary
School; Peggy Chesnutt, Elliott Elementary School; Penne Dicken, Barton
Elementary School; Jeanette Cole, Brown Elementary School; Joe Guerin,
Crockett Middle School; Danah Abbett, Brandenburg Elementary School;
Charlotte Gleghorn, Brown Elementary School; Mary Hagar, Elliott
Elementary School; Michael Huebner, Nimitz High School; Annabel Glass,
Townley Elementary School; Donnetta Sestak, Lee Elementary School; and
Pam Grimes, Britain Elementary School.
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Teachers Receive Special Training
Twelve Irving ISD teachers have
completed a one-year training program for Reading Recovery or
Descubriendo la Lectura and will receive college credit through Texas
Woman’s University. Reading Recovery and Descubriendo la Lectura are
early intervention programs for struggling readers in first grade in
which students work one-on-one with a trained teacher for 12 to 20
A reception honoring these teachers
will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at the Technology
Center. Those teachers completing their Reading Recovery training are
Misty Cheslock, John Haley Elementary School; Connie DuBois, Good
Elementary School; Wendy Lewis, Brandenburg Elementary School; Tammy
Stinger, Brandenburg Elementary School; Mary Perry, Thomas Haley
Elementary School; Robin Pickens, Gilbert Elementary School; and
Jennifer Welch, Keyes Elementary School. Teachers completing
Descubriendo la Lectura training are Lara Cantu, Good Elementary School;
Maria Rodriguez, Good Elementary School; Eileen Busbice, Britain
Elementary School; Karla Williams, Farine Elementary School; and Laura
Ramirez, Johnston Elementary School.
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Mac Gets Student Council President
MacArthur High School junior Alex
Gnaedig was elected president of the Texas Association of Student
Councils this weekend at the TASC annual convention in Arlington.
Gnaedig and his fellow students have worked for weeks on a platform and
campaign for the event. Though Gnaedig is formally the president,
students actually voted on schools, not individuals, for the honor.
School names, and not individual’s names, are listed on the ballot.
Students campaign by setting up
booths, writing and performing a skit, creating a campaign platform, and
answering questions about their platform in a public forum. More than
5,000 students attended the event. This is the first time that MacArthur
has ever received the honor.
The council members who represented
MacArthur at the state convention are Gnaedig, Amanda MacDonald, Cherie
Rivero, Justin Morgan, Jasmine Lynch, Starr West, Aida Jobe, Steven
Long, Rachel White, Krystal McKinney, Ploy Chotiratkul, Christine Ellis,
Robby Lane, Aisha U-Kiu, and Kristen Ritter. The Student Council sponsor
is Cathy Vernon.
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Teal Thanks IISD Family
Last month, the son of IISD Director
of Special Education Madalyn Teal was killed in a helicopter crash while
serving his country in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. John “Mike” Teal, a
29-year-old Air Force flight engineer, was on a mercy mission to help
two injured Afghan children when the accident occurred.
Since then, Teal said, she has
received more than 400 cards, notes and other expressions of sympathy.
The following is a note from Madalyn Teal to her IISD coworkers.
To the IISD Family:
cannot begin to express my deep appreciation and gratitude for the
many cards and messages I received from all over the District at
the time of my son’s death. Please know that your generosity, care
and concern have been so helpful to me. I truly feel blessed to be
a part of such a wonderful group of people.
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Cruising In The Right Lane
The Irving Police Department
recognized 12 outstanding young people this weekend for “Cruising In The
Right Lane”. At a ceremony on Saturday at Senter Park, the department
awarded two $100 savings bonds and a dozen certificates to 12 local
students who have:
Cruising In The Right Lane is
supported by the Greater Dallas Crime Commission, corporate sponsors,
and several Metroplex police associations. Ten months each year, 12
young people are recognized in a different North Texas city. The winners
in each of those ceremonies are then considered for one of two $500
savings bonds donated by Lions Club International. Runners-up from each
city receive certificates, T-shirts and coupons from local merchants.
In the age group of six to 10,
Gabrielle Pressley, a student at Brandenburg Elementary School, was the
top winner in Irving and received a $100 savings bond. Runners-up in
that age group were Juan Castillo, Britain Elementary School; Beatriz
Ramos, Barton Elementary School; Garron Booker, Schulze Elementary
School; and two students from Valley Ranch Elementary School in Coppell
ISD. In the 10-14 year age group, the winner was a student from Valley
Ranch Elementary School. Runners-up were Jannet Zavala, John Haley
Elementary School; Diana Sanchez, Lamar Middle School; Christopher
Daman, Lamar Middle School; Abraham Cruz, Travis Middle School; and
Carlos Belmonte, Schulze Elementary School.
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Teacher of the Week
Kinkeade bilingual teacher Fernando Sanchez has been
chosen as the 32nd and final winner of the Minyard First Class Teacher
of the week. Sanchez was nominated by one of this students,
four-year-old Jennifer Castro.
Minyard chooses one teacher by random drawing from thousands of
nominations to receive the award. This was the last drawing of the
year. Sanchez received a check for $1,000 from Minyard, a basket
of apples, a framed certificate, and a crystal apple. His class
will receive a free pizza part from Dominoes Pizza and Kinkeade also go
a check for $1,000.
Sanchez was surprised during
class on Monday by representatives from Minyard and the radio station
99.5 The Wolf. Sanchez was interviewed about the award and that
interview will air at 7:40 and 8:40 am on Friday on The Wolf.
Sanchez will also appear in an advertisement in The Dallas Morning News
and his photo will appear in all North Texas Minyard, Carnival and
Sack'n Save food stores.
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