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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.

The 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 weeks.

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.  Read more.

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:

Words 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.

Madalyn Teal   

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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:


Achieved passing grades in school and worked to their maximum ability


Helped out at home


Helped improve the community in which they live

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.

Each week, 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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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Calendar Highlights

May 2003

5 Board of Trustees Meeting
Administration Building, 7 pm
8 Employee Service Awards Banquet, Travis Cafeteria, 7 pm

Ballet Folklorico
Nimitz,  7 pm

10 Ballet Folklorico
Nimitz,  2 pm
19 Board of Trustees Meeting
Administration Building, 7 pm
22 Retiree's Banquet
DFW Marriott Hotel
28 Academic/Career & Technology Celebration, Irving Arts Center

June 2003

4-5 Exam Days (Early Dismissal)
6 Baccalaureate Program
Calvary Temple, 7 pm
7 Graduation Ceremonies
The Potter’s House Event Center
       8:30am   Irving HS
     12:30pm   Nimitz HS
       4:30pm   MacArthur HS

Click here for
2002-2003 School Calendar


Click here for Spring Fine Arts Calendar 

Fine Arts Spring Calendar

Painting A Blue Ribbon

Luis Perez's musical painting won Best of Show at the Irving ISD High School Art Show recently. Perez is a sophomore at The Academy of Irving ISD.


Girls Day Out

Girls from Irving High School's Project Impact visited the Women's Museum in Dallas last month. The trip was sponsored by Project Impact and Communities In Schools.

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