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  • November 12, 2018

    Posted by Julie Baur on 11/12/2018

    #myIrvingISD Salutes Veterans

    #myIrvingISD Salutes Veterans

    Across the district, many Irving ISD schools saluted our country’s brave servicemen and women with special activities in honor of Veterans Day. Some examples include Townsell Elementary’s annual Veterans breakfast and special student-led programs at MacArthur High School and Stipes Elementary. A dedicated wall of honor is on display at de Zavala Middle School, and the students of Elliott Elementary participated in a moment of silence while dressed in camo, green and military spirit gear. Fifth-graders at Brandenburg studied the American Revolution as part of an ongoing civic lesson - and the list goes on! As we celebrate our nation’s heroes, we extend a special thanks to every member of #myIrvingISD who has served.

    Thanksgiving Break November 19-23

    Thanksgiving Break – November 19-23

    Irving ISD schools will be closed for Thanksgiving break the week of November 19. The district’s Administration Building will be open on November 19 and 20, but will be closed November 21-23.  All schools and offices will reopen on Monday, November 26.

    Superintendent Search Community Meetings – this week!

    The community is invited to submit their input regarding the desired qualities and characteristics for the district’s next educational leader through an input form developed by the Irving ISD Board of Trustees. In addition, the board will host three community meetings to provide parents, staff, students and the community an opportunity to ask questions and complete the input form. The community meetings are scheduled as follows:

    For more information, including access to the input form, visit www.irvingisd.net/supersearch.

    More than $500,000 Raised for Irving ISD Students, Staff at ISF Gala

    More than $500,000 Raised for Irving ISD Students, Staff at ISF Gala

    The Irving Schools Foundation raised an impressive $535,810 at its Legacy Gala, held Friday at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. The money raised will support innovative programs, scholarships and activities that enhance creativity, leadership and academic success in Irving ISD. Thank you, ISF, for being #committed to #myIrvingISD.

    Middle School Fine Arts Excel in All-Region Performances

    This competition season has delivered great results for Irving ISD middle schools. The latest news includes three musicians from Travis Middle School who recently auditioned and placed in the Region 20 All-Region Mariachi contest. Student violinists Rebecca Martinez and Lauren Zuniga made middle school mariachi, while violinist Mia Armendariz placed in honors. With the accomplishment, Travis has become the first middle school to represent Irving ISD at the regional level. Congratulations also goes to middle school singers who participated in Region 20 All-Region choir auditions earlier this month. An impressive 46 singers from all eight middle schools will represent the district with Houston Middle School leading the way placing 11 students.

    Irving ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Excel in Hometown Meet

    Irving ISD Academic Decathlon Teams Excel in Hometown Meet

    Irving ISD hosted 20 teams and approximately 350 students this Saturday for the 2nd Annual Irving ISD Academic Decathlon Invitational meet. Irving took third overall, winning first-place in the subject areas of art, social studies and language/literature. Led by Alan Ta, the Nimitz team finished fifth overall. MacArthur earned a score of 17,208, fueled by Christina Jean-Louise, who placed third in music, third in literature and sixth in art.

    Lively's Literacy Night One to Remember

    Lively's Literacy Night One to Remember

    Getting students excited about reading has never been a challenge for the staff of Lively Elementary School. It’s no wonder there was a packed house earlier this month as the school celebrated its love for literacy while hosting “An Enchanted Evening.” As students and their families entered a balloon castle, they stepped foot into a transformed space where characters and books came to life. From group poetry readings to student-led fairy tale reenactments, families enjoyed fun-filled activities and delicious food, generously donated by El Pollo Loco.

    Celebrating National STEM Day

    Celebrating National STEM Day

    Students at Austin Middle School celebrated National STEM Day with our partners at Verizon. Members of Verizon’s Irving team spent the morning visiting Austin classrooms and sharing with students their experience working in the telecommunications industry. The employees talked about their jobs, a typical day at Verizon, new technologies and how hard work and passion equate to success.


    Nimitz Grad Elected to Fifth District Court of Appeals

    Nimitz Grad Elected to Fifth District Court of Appeals

    Cory Carlyle, Nimitz High School Class of 1997, was elected to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in last week’s election.  Cory was an honor student at Nimitz and a valuable member of the Nimitz Academic Decathlon team and Nimitz Viking Band. Upon graduation from Nimitz, he attended the University of Texas, where he was a four-year member and a section leader in the Longhorn Band. Carlyle graduated from the University of Houston Law Center and worked in the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. He then moved to Washington D.C., where he worked as a defense attorney. After moving back to the Metroplex about three years ago, he practiced as an attorney before his successful run for office.  This is yet another example of Nimitz graduates who can and do move on to great things.


    Irving ISD Switches from Paper to Digital Flyers

    Irving ISD Switches from Paper to Digital Flyers

    Irving ISD will soon ditch paper flyers! Beginning Friday, flyers and menus (breakfast and lunch) will be sent directly to parent email addresses and posted on school websites. Irving ISD has contracted with Peachjar, an innovative flyer management system that sends school-approved flyers directly to parents digitally. Parents can view flyers on their smartphone or computer screen and will be able to click to register their children for youth sports, enrichment programs and community events. No  sign-up or login required. Please note, parent email addresses will not be shared or used for any other purpose. The partnership with Peachjar is at no cost to Irving ISD. For more information, visit www.peachjar.com.



    English-Language Learners Parent Night – Wednesday, November 14

    The Irving ISD Department of Bilingual, ESL and Language Services is hosting an informational meeting for families of English-Language Learners on Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at Nimitz High School. Attendees will learn about the services and resources offered by the district to help English-Language Learner students and their families grow personally and professionally.

    Elementary Music Programs – Thursday, November 15

    Irving ISD elementary schools are bringing in fall with performances for family and friends Thursday, November 15. The choirs of Davis, Farine, Lively and Thomas Haley will each hold music programs at their individual schools at 6 p.m.

    Parents Totally Committed to the Path to College – November 26 & December 10

    Part 3 of Parents Totally Committed to the Path to College is Monday, November 26. The morning session is 9 to 11 a.m. with a free light breakfast served 8 to 8:45 a.m. at Lively Pointe Youth Center (909 N. O’Connor Rd, 75061). The evening session is 6 to 8 p.m. with a free light dinner served 5 to 5:45 p.m. at Irving High School. All sessions include free childcare, and those who attend all four classes and meet additional requirements discussed during the series will be eligible for a free tour of a major Texas university! Part 4 is Monday, December 10.

    Connecting the Dots Expo – Saturday, December 1

    The Irving ISD Special Education department invites families to an informational fair on December 1, taking place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at de Zavala Middle School. The day will be filled with valuable community-based resources to support families of children with disabilities and special needs. Sessions and experts will be on-hand to share information on insurance, medical and mental health services, legal guidance, early childhood, post-secondary planning, employment training, local support groups,  and more. Plus, kid-friendly activities and food will be available. The expo is hosted by Irving ISD in collaboration with neighboring school districts and Region 10. No registration is required.

    Coat Drive – now through December 14

    Help keep Irving ISD students warm by donating jackets and coats, new preferred. Irving ISD is holding a coat drive to benefit students in need. Drop off items now through December 14 at the Administrative Annex, located at 820 O’Connor Road. The Annex is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call 972-600-6114.

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