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Points of Pride 2023-2024
- 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.
- 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.
2022-2023 Points of Pride
- Shelley Jeoffroy of Brown Elementary School is named the Region 10 Teacher of the Year. She is the first Regional Teacher of the Year from Irving ISD in recent history.
- de Zavala students place third in the nation and MacArthur students take second and third in their competitions at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) national conference in San Diego.
- MacArthur High School SkillsUSA students place third in the nation in engineering design at the national competition in Atlanta.
- A team of MacArthur students take the national title at the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) competition in Washington, DC. Several students from Nimitz and MacArthur place as semi-finalists.
- Students from Lamar Middle School’s Technical Student Association (TSA) rank in the top in the nation at a competition in Grapevine.
- Khya Walton-Ravenell of Irving High School and Mikayla Douglas of MacArthur High School qualify for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games, held July 29 through August 6 in North Carolina.
- Noah Valdez of Nimitz High School is named an Outstanding Performer at the 2022 State Solo and Ensemble contest. Only 2% of the 100,000 students that performed across Texas earn this award.
- Irving ISD welcomes back almost 31,000 students for the first day of school.
- Shelley Jeoffroy of Brown Elementary School is named a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year.
- Irving ISD celebrates 58 summer graduates who persevered through tough circumstances and crossed the stage to receive their high school diploma.
- Irving ISD earns a B rating on the state accountability system. In addition, 15 campuses earned a combined total of 33 distinctions.
- Pierce Early Childhood School and Brandenburg Elementary School are named Professional Learning Communities at Work Model Schools for the second year in a row. The two schools are among 200 from across the nation and Canada recognized by Solution Tree with this honor.
- Irving ISD celebrates 42 students named to the Advanced Placement (AP) School Scholar Roster, 31 students named AP Scholars with Distinction and 11 students who earned AP Capstone Diplomas.
- Elsa Munoz, parent volunteer at Townsell Elementary School, is one of 15 recipients statewide selected for the Heroes for Children award.
- Isaiah Benny of Singley Academy and Aubrey Brown of MacArthur High School are named 2023 National Merit Semi-Finalists.
- Nine Irving ISD students were named National Merit Commended Scholars.
- Fernando Delgado of Irving High School qualified for the regional cross country meet.
- The Lamar Middle School band earns the Citation of Excellence from The Foundation for Music Education. This honor recognizes the top bands in the state of Texas, and only the top 25% of applicants achieve this prestigious award.
- Eric Vincent Fomo is one of six individuals from across the state named the Adult Education and Literacy Scholar of the Year by the Texas Workforce Commission.
- Thomas Haley Elementary School teacher Tamara Kyser is named Educator of the Year by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Irving-Carrollton chapter.
- Good Elementary School is named a Professional Learning Communities at Work Model School by Solution Tree.
- The Irving ISD Adult Education and Literacy Department receives the Empowering Adult Learners Award during the Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas October board meeting.
- Shelley Jeoffroy of Brown Elementary School is named the Texas Teacher of the Year.
- Superintendent Magda Hernandez launches a podcast, Heart to Heart with Superintendent Hernandez.
- All three bands from Nimitz, MacArthur and Irving High School advance to area round of UIL marching competition for the first time since 2018.
- Six high school choir students are named to the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Mixed Honor Choir - Brandon Rodriguez, Esperanza Eagans, Natalie Lemus and Jazmine Perez of Nimitz; and Joh’nya Jackson and Brielle Jones of MacArthur.
- Tamara Kyser, kindergarten ESL teacher at Thomas Haley Elementary School, is named Educator of the Year by the NAACP Irving-Carrollton Branch.
- 2022 Nimitz High School graduate Ximena Zamarron is recognized during Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series for being named the Texas Rangers Youth Academy Youth of the Year.
- First Realtor Luncheon in recent history is held with 26 realtors in attendance.
- 154 students are inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
- Three students match with prestigious universities through the QuestBridge program - Golden Anni (Singley Academy to Notre Dame) Stephannie Gallardo (MacArthur HS to Emory University), and Karen Valladares Villatoro (Irving HS to the University of Chicago).
- Schulze Elementary School counseling team is awarded the CREST (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) Award by TSCA (Texas School Counselor Association).
- Gold Card Club is revamped with a kickoff breakfast event.
- Irving ISD participates in the City of Irving Holiday Parade, and the HIPPY Department is awarded first place for the third consecutive year.
- Andrea Viehweg from MacArthur High School along with Rhiannon Hayle, Esperanza Eagans and Reymundo Gomez from Nimitz High School are named All-State musicians by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).
- Irving High School Toy Tigers Captain Victoria Higgins represents Irving ISD at the Texas Dance Educators Association Conference in Houston as an All-State dancer.
- Francisco Miranda, principal at Nimitz High School, is named a Distinguished Administrator by the Texas Music Educators Association.
- Dua Nasser of Houston Middle School wins the District Spelling Bee. Genesis Mata of Brown Elementary School is the runner-up.
- Sarai Maldonado of Bowie Middle School and Anthony Guardado of Crockett Middle School win the district’s 2nd Annual Oratory Contest.
- Eight Irving ISD wrestlers qualify for the regional tournament.
- Four relay teams - two girls’ relays and one boys’ relay from MacArthur and a girls’ relay from Nimitz - advance to the regional swim meet.
- Academic decathlon teams from Nimitz, Irving and MacArthur advance to state competition.
- Nasly Veliz Miralda from Keyes Elementary School and Nataly Hernandez Claros from Crockett Middle School win the District Spanish Spelling Bee.
- 42 DECA students qualify for state competition in March.
- Five Destination Imagination teams qualify for the Lone Star Finals - two teams from Nimitz High School, two teams from Singley Academy and one team from Gilbert Elementary School.
- The main gym at MacArthur High School is dedicated as the Suzie Oelschlegel Gymnasium, in honor of the legendary basketball coach who served Irving ISD for 42 years.
- Irving ISD breaks ground on the Professional Learning and Community Wellness Center.
- de Zavala Middle School becomes the district’s fourth school this school year to be named a Solution Tree Model PLC at Work School.
- 12 seniors are named Dell Scholar Semifinalists.
- Two athletes from Nimitz High School sign letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level: Ashton Thompson will play football at Texas College Tyler and Nick Coronado will play baseball at Clarendon College.
- The Irving High School boys’ soccer team advances to the regional quarterfinals of the state playoffs while the Nimitz boys’ team qualifies for the area round.
- Nimitz High School senior Thomas Vo is accepted into the United States Naval Academy, with a $750,000 scholarship.
- Hetzenny Gallardo, Stephannie Gallardo, Brianna Rodriguez and Fion Wistam, members of the MacArthur High School Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) qualify for national competition.
- Aubrey Brown, MacArthur High School senior, is named a National Merit finalist!
- Nimitz JROTC places third at state, advancing to national competition.
- More than 400 attendees support the State of the District event.
- The district’s Purchasing Department earns the 2023 Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations from the Texas Association of School Business Officials.
- Irving ISD celebrates nine additional college athletic signings: MacArthur football (Glendon Casas-Willis, Julian Garza - Midwestern State University, Omar Mohamed - Independence Community College, Kyle Flye - Southwestern College, Amareus Walker - Stephen F. Austin State University, Nijel Akpom - Fort Hayes State University), MacArthur soccer (Alexandra Reyes - Hill College, Arianna Arboleda - Texas Woman’s University), Nimitz soccer (Melissa Morales - North Lake College).
- Travis Middle School claims all four Middle School City Championships in track - 7th grade girls, 7th grade boys, 8th grade girls and 8th grade boys.
- Khya Walton from Irving High School and Mikayla “MJ” Douglas from MacArthur High School compete in the prestigious Texas Relays. Khya ran the 100-meter hurdles and threw the javelin while MJ ran both the 100 and 300 hurdles.
- Approximately 100 Education pathway students from Irving, MacArthur and Nimitz high schools are recognized at the I Am Next ceremony.
- More than $538,000 in scholarships are awarded to 253 students, one teacher and one staff member at the 36th Annual Breakfast With The Stars event.
- Cindy Guevara of Singley Academy and Harrison Nguyen of Nimitz High School are named Dell Scholars.
- Briana Rodriguez of MacArthur High School advances to the National FCCLA competition.
- Seven students represent Irving ISD at the National DECA competition - Abril Cardona, Selena Mata and Bianca Soto from Nimitz High School; and Vianely Franco, Makenna Hearne, Evelyn Vega Hernandez and Karen Valladares from Irving High School
- Karleigh Johnson of Nimitz High School and Grace Marquez, Paola Romero and Khoi Nguyen of MacArthur High School qualify for the National SkillsUSA competition.
- Singley Academy students Golden Anni, Isaiah Benny and Samia Sadmin advance to national HOSA competition.
- BPA students from Lamar Middle School qualify for nationals for the first time in school history. The students are Josue Cordova, Miranda Gutierrez Ramirez, Omar Molina, Christian Ramos and Tyson Sanichanh.
- Irving ISD celebrates its 114th birthday.
- The Nimitz softball team advances to the state playoffs.
- Angela Aukes of Elliott Elementary School is named the ConnectED Mentor of the Year and Thalia Perez of Travis Middle School is named the ConnectED Teacher of the Year.
- Approximately 60 other parents and district staff take the annual parent college trip, this time to the University of Oklahoma.
- Stephane Richel Tatchim Kouam of Singley Academy, and Julieta Rodriguez and Harrison Nguyen of Nimitz High School are awarded the prestigious Gates Scholarship.
- Maresa Martinez of Lively Elementary School and Theresa Spencer from Cardwell Career Preparatory Center are named the District Teachers of the Year.
- Khya Walton of Irving High School and Mikayla Douglas, Nigel Akpom and Elvin Belepe of MacArthur High School advance to regionals in UIL track and field.
- Irving ISD celebrates additional athletic signings - MacArthur soccer (Ivan Valdez - Dallas Christian College); Irving soccer (Milton Lopez - Southern Methodist University and Patrick Banich - Dallas Baptist University); MacArthur basketball (Josiah Hill - Tyler Junior College)
- The Parent Education & Community Engagement hosts the second annual Bringing Irving Together Community Resource Fair, with an attendance of 1,287.
- Voters pass Propositions A, B and C of Irving ISD’s first bond in 16 years.
- Nimitz Navy JROTC places second in the nation at the National High School Drill Team Championships.
- Mikayla Douglas from MacArthur High School qualifies for the state UIL track and field meet in the 300-meter hurdles.
- The “Today Show with Hoda and Jenna” recognizes Chrishae Powell of Johnston Elementary School for Teacher Appreciation Week.
- Bowie Middle School is named a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School and Brandenburg, Brown, Gilbert and Hanes elementary schools are named CKH Rising Star Recognized Schools.
- Irving ISD celebrates 653 team members who have reached milestone years of service and 22 retirees at the Salute to Service employee recognition event.
- 161 of our youngest learners graduate from the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and Home Instruction Extension for Parents as Educators (HIEPE) programs.
- Technology Student Association teams from MacArthur High School, Singley Academy and Lamar Middle School advance to national competition.
- Irving ISD Special Olympic athletes win 85 medals from several basketball and track and field events.
- Irving ISD recognizes Golden Apple partnership winners Haim Vasquez (individual) and UT Southwestern (company).
- Brandenburg Elementary School wins Irving Police Department Penny Drive.
- Nimitz High Schools win the Independent English Debate for the eighth year.
- MacArthur student council is named a 2023 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council and a Sweepstakes Council by the Texas Association of Student Councils.
- The Irving ISD Athletic Hall of Fame inducts the Class of 2023: Suzie Oelschlegel, also known as Coach O, former MacArthur girls basketball coach; Chris Hall, former Irving High School football player; Terry Knouse, former MacArthur wrestling coach; and Rodrick Walker, former Nimitz High School football player.
- de Zavala Middle School celebrates its 20th anniversary.
- Irving ISD celebrates additional athletic signings - Nimitz basketball (Gerald Murage - Centenary College and Caleb Harris- Texas Wesleyan); MacArthur basketball (Abigail Ramos - Oklahoma Wesleyan); Irving soccer (Aolany Martinez - Arlington Baptist University); MacArthur soccer (Luis Rubio Reyes - Jacksonville College); Nimitz soccer (Pedro Diaz and Bryan Argueta - Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus, Audiel Lopez - Paul Quinn College); Nimitz track (Jada Garner - University of Texas at Dallas); MacArthur track (Mikayla Douglas - University of Louisiana at Monroe).