IISD Will Host Fulbright Exchange Administrator
ISD has been selected as one of seven sites in the United States to host
an exchange administrator from
Nawal Ibdah. She will be
visiting Irving ISD Sept. 15-18 and will be visiting Highland Park ISD
Sept. 22-26. The Jordanian administrators are interested in interacting
with school staff and students, learning about teaching and
administration in America. They also look forward to observing the use
of technologies and media in American education.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under
legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of
Arkansas. It was designed to increase mutual understanding between the
people of the United States and the people of other countries. It is
administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the
U.S. Department of State. The program awards approximately 4,500 new
grants annually. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 140
Participants are chosen for their leadership potential
with the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic,
educational and cultural institutions.
Davis, Nimitz Create Audio Book
Nimitz drama students are helping second graders at
Davis improve their reading skills. Julie Lewis, a second grade teacher
at Davis, has teamed up with Debi Hall, drama teacher at Nimitz, to
create audio books for struggling young readers. Fourth-year drama
students are making the recordings of some second grade favorites for
the struggling readers to practice their reading at home or when
volunteers aren’t available to help them.
The young readers listen to the tape first, then read
along with the tape, and then gain enough confidence to read without the
tape, Lewis said.
"My goal this year is not only to have them read
fluently, but to have them read with expression," Lewis said. "And I
hope that it will help not only our second graders but also family
members who might listen and practice during homework time."
Drama students are using the exercise to practice vocal
skills and reading with tone and inflection.
Lewis’ husband, Michael Lewis, is a math teacher at
Nimitz and has agreed to shuttle books and tapes between home and school
for the project.
If the program works well, it may be used by other
second grade classes, Lewis said.
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Several IISD classrooms will commemorate the second
anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks this week. Below is a
list of online resources for parents and teachers dealing with
discussing grief and terrorism with children.
• The Smithsonian
• One School's 9-11
University of Illinois
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District Offering Healthier
USDA recently released a policy change which severely limits access to
certain "junk foods" in schools. The new policy essentially bans
specified "junk foods" from all elementary schools during the school
day. Middle schools, meanwhile, are prohibited from allowing
students to have access to the same foods during meal times.
For more information check
Irving ISD Food Services Website.
In keeping with the nationwide push toward healthier
school food, the IISD Food Service Department has made numerous menu
improvements this year. The new menus will feature several new entrées,
including beef tamales in corn husks, popcorn-style chicken,
Belgian-style waffle sticks, a gradual transition to turkey sausage
patties (replacing pork), popcorn-style shrimp, whole wheat dinner
rolls, high-fiber Graham-style crackers, baked/low-fat chips, and
multi-grain granola breakfast bars.
As important as what is being added is what is being
cut. French fries will be cut by 20 percent from the number of times
they were served in 2002-2003. The department is cutting back on simple
carbohydrates (mostly high-sugar items) and loading up on complex
carbohydrates. Snack cake varieties have been cut by more than 20
percent. Chips and snacks will be increasingly replaced with baked
or low-fat products. Brown rice will occasionally replace white
rice on the menu. Fresh fruit will continue to be featured
regularly. Fruit juice servings will be 50 percent larger than those
served last year, and will be available in new flavors. Finally, whole
wheat bread products, such as buns for grilled chicken sandwiches, will
be offered on a regular basis.
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Sign Language Classes Resume
The Regional School for the Deaf, located at Britain,
will again host a sign language class this fall. The course is open to
the public. Registration is $20 per person, but the course is free to
parents and family of deaf students. The class will meet for 12 weeks in
the Britain cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings
beginning September 16.
For more information on the class, contact Cyndi Stinson
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teachers will have a final chance to take part in the Irving Centennial
historical tour this fall. On Saturday, September 27 and Saturday,
October 4, the Education/Schools Committee of the Irving Centennial
Celebration Task Force will host an overview of Irving history for local
educators. The program, identical to the one offered this Spring, will
begin with a video about the city’s history. Then, teachers will board a
bus to visit notable locations that have played key roles in the city’s
development. Lunch will be served after the bus tour. For more
information or to register for the tour, visit the Teacher page on the
The Centennial Celebration Education Committee is also
organizing a speakers’ bureau in celebration of the city’s 100th
birthday. Speakers are available to visit any Irving classroom and share
interesting accounts about the history of Irving. To arrange a speaker,
call Tammy Hanson at 972-721-7600 or email
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Kunstadt Revisits Coaching Glory
Irving ISD trustee
Mike Kunstadt was honored recently by the members of the Corpus
Christi basketball teams he coached from 1968 to 1975. Kunstadt attended
reunion of the
School teams during the Labor Day weekend along with about 50 of his
former players. Kunstadt’s tenure at Carroll included a 1973 team that
he coached to the state semifinals.
Kunstadt spent 26 years in Texas education as a
teacher/coach, teaching business, health and physical education, and
serving as head basketball coach. The last 15 years of this career were
with Irving ISD. Kunstadt is the founder and owner of Great American
Sports, Inc., a high school basketball showcase and scouting service. He
has been a trustee since 1993.
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