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Points of Pride 2023-2024


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    • Lamar Middle School’s Sofia Martinez placed second in the Prepared Speech category at the national Technology Student Association competition in Louisville, Ky.
    • MacArthur High School’s Paola Romero, Khoi Nguyen and Grace Marquez won the bronze in the Engineering Technology and Design Competition at SkillsUSA National Competition.
    • Irving ISD announced that both breakfast and lunch will be completely free for all Irving ISD students, beginning in the upcoming school year.


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    • The MacArthur High School Varsity Treble Choir received an invitation from the American Choral Directors Association to perform at the Southwestern Convention in Denver, Colo. in February. To put this into perspective, the last time MacArthur High School received a convention invitation for any fine arts organization was in 1975.
    • Irving ISD celebrated a new cohort of South Irving Collegiate at Nimitz students at a Signing Day ceremony.
    • Irving ISD celebrated 11 graduates at summer graduation.
    • Irving ISD welcomed new hires at the Back-to-School Luncheon, where Hanes Elementary School won the Annual Spirit Award.
    • Irving ISD kicked off the school year with all staff at Convocation. 
    • Irving ISD is named a District of Distinction by the Texas Art Education Association.
    • Irving ISD welcomed back students for the new school year. 
    • Irving ISD is named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.
    • Superintendent Magda Hernandez attends the back-to-school tour at the White House with Ms. Shelley Jeoffroy, Brown Elementary School fifth-grade teacher and the 2023 Texas Teacher of the Year. 


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    • Singley Academy’s Katy Nguyen is named a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist. 
    • 40 Irving ISD students are named Advanced Placement (AP) School Scholars and eight Class of 2023 graduates earned AP Capstone Diplomas.
    • Irving ISD begins reimagining the district’s physical learning spaces with kickoff meetings for each Bond Project Design Committee.
    • More than 130 colleges, universities and other post-graduation opportunities are represented at the annual Irving ISD Goes to College Senior College and Career Night.


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    • Fernando Delgado of Irving High School and Faith Farrar of MacArthur High School qualify for the regional cross country meet after placing in the top 10 in their respective races at the district meet.
    • Irving ISD earns the TXU Energy Leadership Award, which recognizes corporate and non-profit entities defining energy responsibility.
    • The Irving ISD Parent Education and Community Engagement Department is selected Partner of the Year by the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
    • Irving High School, MacArthur High School and Singley Academy are named to the 2023 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll based on their ability to increase their school’s college-going culture, to provide opportunities for students to earn college credit and by maximizing college readiness.
    • Bowie Middle School is recognized as a Solution Tree Model PLC at Work School.


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    • 7 Irving ISD students are named finalists for the QuestBridge National College Match program - Irving: Miriam Hernandez and Sebastian Rico; MacArthur: Grace Marquez and Christian Santana; Nimitz: Valentina Romero; Singley Academy: Janet Zuniga and Marie Friend
    • 180 Irving ISD Career and Technical Education students are inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. 
    • Dr. Sandi Cravens, Health & Physical Education Coordinator for Irving ISD, and Marcela Quiroz, Physical Education/Health Teacher at Johnston Elementary School, are named CATCH Champions. CATCH, which stands for Coordinated Approach To Child Health works with school districts to promote school health, and the award recognizes teachers, physical education specialists and administrators for their untiring dedication to create healthy environments for the students in their districts. 
    • Irving ISD gives an update on the Irving ISD Professional Learning and Wellness Center project.
    • LEGO Education President Victor Saeijs from Denmark and other dignitaries visit Johnston Elementary School to learn how Irving ISD integrates LEGOs into learning.


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    • Two Irving ISD students match with prestigious universities through the QuestBridge program - Grace Marquez of MacArthur High School matched with Duke University and Marie Friend of Singley Academy matched with the University of Chicago.
    • 32 students advance to the Texas Association of Future Educators (also known as TAFE) state competition in February. TAFE is an organization created for students to explore the teaching profession, and competitions consist of various education-related contests such as children’s literature (where students write and illustrate a book) and public speaking. 
    • Singley Academy students Jody Gardiner and Ash Guzman qualify for Nationals after winning at this year’s Texas Thespians State Festival.
    • The Singley Academy counseling team is awarded the CREST (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) Award by TSCA (Texas School Counselor Association).  This award recognizes schools with exemplary counseling programs that demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives and achievement of students in academic, career and personal social domains. 
    • Nimitz High School Floral Design students and teachers travel to Pasadena, Calif., over the Christmas Break to work on floats for the famous Rose Parade.


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    • Nimitz Vikings Cheerleaders earn the 2024 Texas Cheerleader Open State Championship. This historic win marks Nimitz High School’s first-ever cheerleading championship. 
    • Omar Mashat of Farine Elementary School wins the District Spelling Bee, advancing to compete in the Dallas County Spelling Bee.
    • 39 students from Irving, MacArthur and Nimitz high schools advance to the Texas state DECA competition, following a strong showing at District. DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
  • 2022-2023 Points of Pride