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  • January 14, 2019

    Posted by Julie Baur on 1/14/2019

    Early Release Dates – January 16 & 17

    Early Release Dates – January 16 & 17

    Wednesday, January 16, and Thursday, January 17, are early release dates for Irving ISD students. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

    • Elementary schools – 12:15 p.m.
    • Middle schools – 12:45 p.m.
    • Singley Academy – 12:15 p.m.
    • Cardwell Career Preparatory Center – 1 p.m.
    • Irving, MacArthur and Nimitz high schools – 1:15 p.m.

    Please note, early childhood schools will release at usual times.

    Student Holidays – January 18 & 21

    Student Holidays – January 18 & 21

    Friday, January 18, and Monday, January 21, are student holidays. Friday, January 18, is a work day for teachers and staff. Schools and district offices will be open. On Monday, January 21, all district offices and campuses will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

    Irving Community Met Magda

    Irving Community Met Magda

    Irving ISD parents, students, staff and community members lined the administration building atrium Thursday evening to meet and congratulate Irving ISD’s new Superintendent of Schools Magda Hernandez. View photos from the event here.

    Lady Cardinals Capture Tournament Title in Dramatic Fashion

    Lady Cardinals Capture Tournament Title in Dramatic Fashion

    The MacArthur Lady Cardinals soccer team defeated Nimitz in penalty kicks to win the Judy Hammond/Irving Schools Girls Soccer Tournament this weekend. In the final game, the Lady Vikings took a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Lady Cardinals fought back in the second half and scored two goals to take the lead 2-1. The Lady Vikings scored the equalizer goal with 12 minutes to play to force the game into penalty kicks. In penalty kicks, the teams entered the final round tied at 3. Nimitz missed their attempt and MacArthur junior Reese Reno beat the Nimitz goalkeeper to snag the title. “It is always a battle when these two programs get together and play,” says MacArthur girls soccer coach Eric Alonzo. “I was really impressed with Nimitz’s play in midfield and we will have to work on some things before the next time we face them in district play.”

    Nimitz Runners Earn State Academic Honors

    Congratulations to the following Nimitz High School cross country runners for being named to the Academic All-State roster:

    • Vanessa Castillo
    • Betzy Orta
    • Ronny Sorto

    Irving High Dancer Wows on All-State Team

    Irving High Dancer Wows on All-State Team

    Last weekend, dance students and educators from across the state invaded Houston for the 2018 Texas Dance Educators’ Association (TDEA) Convention. As a drill team captain, Irving High School’s own Loren Barahona was selected to participate in the TDEA All-State Drill Team. As a member, Loren joined peers, learning choreography from master instructors, attending leadership classes and visiting 22 collegiate team booths showcased at the convention. Her experience culminated in a choreographed performance with the all-state team for convention attendees. She is pictured (center) with Irving High Toy Tigers director Tasha Franklin (left) and assistant director Caitlin Goheen.  

    District Spelling Bees – Tuesday, January 15

    District Spelling Bees – Tuesday, January 15

    Best of luck to our students competing in the district-level spelling bees tomorrow. The bees will take place at the Administration Building Board Room in three clusters that will be open to the public and broadcast live on ISTV via cable (Verizon Fios channel 33 and Time Warner Cable channel 15.5) and online. The schedule is as follows:

    • 8:30 a.m. – Nimitz cluster
    • 10:30 a.m. – MacArthur cluster
    • 1 p.m. – Irving cluster

    Winners of the district’s spelling bees will advance to the Dallas County competition.


    Path to College Spring Parent Classes Series

    Path to College Spring Parent Classes Series

    Parents: We know you have college dreams for your children!  Would you like the opportunity to earn a free college trip to a major Texas university this spring?  We invite you to attend a special four-part parent class series designed just for you! The classes are scheduled as follows:

    • Part 1: Monday, January 14
    • Part 2: Monday, January 28
    • Part 3: Monday, February 11
    • Part 4: Monday, February 25

    All classes will be held at Lively Pointe Youth Center (909 N. O’Connor Rd, 75061). Morning and evening sessions are available for each class date, as well as free childcare and snacks. Morning sessions are held 9 to 10:30 a.m. with a free light breakfast served 8:30 to 9 a.m. Evening sessions will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a free light dinner served 5:30 to 6 p.m.. Parents 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. To register or for more information, contact Family and Parent Engagement Coordinator Erin Yacho at eyacho@irvingisd.net or 972-600-6132.

    Food For Thought Kickoff - Thursday, January 17

    Food For Thought Kickoff - Thursday, January 17

    The Irving Schools Foundation has launched Food For Thought, an initiative to curb hunger among Irving ISD students. A kickoff event will be held Thursday, January 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at La Cima Club (5215 North O'Connor Road, #2600, Irving, TX 75039). For entry, bring six cans of protein (chicken/tuna salad kits, canned pasta, etc.). For more information, call 972-600-5018.

    Community Invited to Review Considered Textbooks

    Irving ISD parents and other members of the community are invited to review sample instructional materials for English Language Arts and Reading classes adopted by the state last fall. Print and digital products are available at all elementary and middle school libraries through January 25. Digital evaluation forms will be available for anyone wishing to leave their feedback. The materials will be implemented in the 2019-2020 school year for the following Irving ISD classes:

    • English Language Arts and Reading, K-8
    • Spanish Language Arts and Reading, K-2 Bilingual/ K-5 Dual Language
    • Handwriting K-5 (English and Spanish)
    • Spelling, 1-6 (English and Spanish)
    • Personal Financial Literacy (High School)

    For more information, click here.

     

    FROM THE IISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    On behalf of the Board, I would like to welcome everyone back to school. I hope you all had  a very happy holiday and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

    The mid-year convocation was a great way to kick off the second half of the year. Excitement filled the auditorium, as I am sure it did all across our campuses. It was a very inspiring start with our new superintendent, Magda Hernandez, describing her passion for our students.

    The Board appreciated your commitment to our students as we navigated through our transition period. We will continue to provide you with the resources needed to be successful and finish the year strong.

    Randy Randle

    Board President

    DID YOU KNOW

    Irving ISD offers 10 free online classes high school students can take from home. After an orientation, students will complete the class on their own time as they read, watch videos, complete quizzes/activities and discuss with classmates and teacher. Courses offered are Art 1, Professional Communications, PE Foundations, Health, Psychology/Sociology, Economics, Web Design, Health, Government and English IV. Sign up by January 29 at www.irvingisd.net/onlinecourses.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Singley Academy Applications Due – Thursday, January 17

    Applications are now available for eighth- and ninth-grade students interested in attending Singley Academy next school year. To access the application, visit www.irvingisd.net/applytosingley. Applications are due at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17, and can be submitted to the students’ current school counselor or to the Irving ISD Administration Building. For more information about the application, call Kathy Brinkley at 972-600-5085.

    Biomedical Sciences Academy Science Fair – Thursday, January 24

    The Biomedical Science Fair is Thursday, January 24, at 6 p.m. at Irving High School. This competition showcases scientific research conducted by students in the School of Biomedical Sciences at Irving High. Awards are given out to the top four students/groups, and UT Southwestern and North Lake College will recognize a group for overall excellence.

    MacArthur Fine Arts Presents Once Upon a Mattress – January 24-26

    Join the MacArthur High School theatre department as it presents the musical Once Upon a Mattress. Performances run January 24-26, at 7 p.m. in the MacArthur auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students and staff and $10 for general admission.

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