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  • March 19, 2019

    Posted by Julie Baur on 3/19/2019

    Registration Extended! Engage U Parent & Family Engagement Conference

    Registration Extended! Engage U Parent & Family Engagement Conference

    Parents, there’s still time to reserve your spot for this one-of-a-kind experience! Join us for Engage U, a free, conference-style event for all Irving ISD parents/guardians to be held Saturday, April 13, at Singley Academy. Come learn from experts and discover tools to support your child through school and beyond. The event will feature a dynamic keynote speaker and a variety of sessions on topics such as bullying, online safety, dating violence, the pathway to college and more. Check-in and breakfast begin at 8 a.m., and the event is scheduled to wrap by noon. Registration is required to attend and ends Friday, March 22. Childcare for children between the ages of 4 and 6 is available to the first 300 registrants. For more information and to register by Friday, visit www.irvingisd.net/engageu.

    Nimitz Business Student Bound for Nationals!

    Nimitz Business Student Bound for Nationals!

    Congratulations to Heidy Stewart, a Nimitz High School sophomore, on qualifying for the national competition of the Business Professionals of America (BPA)! Heidy, a first-time BPA competitor, won fourth place in the banking and finance category at state to advance to the BPA National Leadership Conference May 1-5 in Anaheim. Best of luck!

    City Partnership Unveils Johnston Playground

    City Partnership Unveils Johnston Playground

    Playtime has a brand new look for students at Johnston Elementary School, thanks to a partnership between Irving ISD and the City of Irving. The project is a part of the city’s Capital Improvement Program that will invest more than $700,000 to install and replace old playground equipment. On the heels of renovations at Lively Elementary School, Johnston is the latest to unveil its new and improved playground hand-picked by the school’s student council. Irving ISD and the city hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony February 26 to commemorate the moment. Coverage from the event can been seen on the district Photo Gallery, as well as this WFAA story, this Rambler story and this ICTN story featuring fifth-grade student council president Cypress Drake.

    Nimitz, Irving Shine at State Academic Decathlon Meet

    Nimitz, Irving Shine at State Academic Decathlon Meet

    Two Irving ISD teams spent the first weekend of Spring Break shining at the state academic decathlon meet in San Antonio. Competing at state for the 32nd consecutive year, the Nimitz team placed 11th among the 40 participating teams while the Irving team finished 19th overall.

    Individually, Nimitz was led by Ryan Truong and Alan Ta.  Juan Gonzalez was the No. 9 ranked varsity student from a field of more than 100, and Sami Carranza was the top Nimitz Scholastic student.  Other individual medals are as follows:

    • Juan Gonzalez - Gold in Math, Bronze in Speech
    • Sami Carranza - Bronze in Interview
    • Karen Garcia - Gold in Interview with a perfect score of 1,000
    • Jessica Aguilera - Bronze in Speech

    Other Nimitz team members are Genesis Gonzalez and Rodrigo Betancourt. Coaches are Greg Thomson, Greg Jackson, Marc Slette and Marlene Hernandez.

    For Irving High School, individual medals are as follows:

    • Minh Vu - Bronze in Math, Gold Medal for High Score among Honor Students
    • Jake Giddens - Bronze in Economics
    • Giancarlos Dominguez - Gold for High Score among Scholastic Students  
    • Victoria Gillespie - Gold for Interview with a perfect score of 1,000
    • Fredi Hernandez - Gold for High Score among Varsity Students
    • Chance Malcomeusis - Silver for Interview

    Other Irving team members are Samuel Nguyen, Joe Fagan, Angel Diaz, Joe Rucker, Shanivi Srikonda, Antonio Soriano and Zeke Cordova. Coaches are James Newman, Randall Winter, Carlos Cruz, Kristin Lynch, Frank Houser, Jonathan Fontenot and Hector Zapata.

    After a long weekend of competition, both teams enjoyed dinner on the Riverwalk with Irving ISD administrators and trustees.

    MacArthur Technology Students Advance to State

    MacArthur Technology Students Advance to State   MacArthur Technology Students Advance to State

    Eight MacArthur students will represent Irving ISD in two categories at the state Technology Student Association (TSA) competition, to be held April 25-27 in Fort Worth. MacArthur graphic design students swept the competition in promotional design, winning the top three medals as follows:

    • First place: Jose Gonzalez
    • Second place: Golam Mohaimin
    • Third place: Denise Zuniga Beltran

    In their first year of TSA regional competition, members of the architecture team won the bronze and a bid to state with their model of an energy-efficient and comfortable tiny home for people displaced by a natural disaster. Team members are Sophie Geiger, George Chernoff, Brandon Hernandez, Krishna Patel and Valerie Rogers.

    Nimitz Bowlers Strike Way to State, District Honors

    Nimitz Bowlers Strike Way to State, District Honors

    Lane Thompson, a member of the Nimitz High School bowling team, is headed to state! The junior placed second out of 18 to qualify for the state meet, scheduled for Sunday, March 31, at 12:30 p.m. at Forum Bowl in Grand Prairie. In addition, Nimitz bowlers earned various district honors, including junior Zaria Townsend, who was named district varsity girls rookie of the year.

    Academic All-District (90 and above average)

    • Serena Jacobo, junior
    • Isabella Kimberlin, sophomore
    • Marissa Spence, senior
    • Noah Perez, senior
    • Lane Thompson, junior

    All-District 1st Team

    • Anastasia Peterson, junior
    • Lane Thompson, junior

    All-District 2nd Team

    • Isabella Kimberlin, sophomore
    • Marissa Spence, senior
    • Karla Campos, sophomore
    • Zaria Townsend, junior
    • Serena Jacobo, junior

    Irving ISD Food and Nutrition Services Wins Gold in Summer Meals Campaign

    Irving ISD Food and Nutrition Services Wins Gold in Summer Meals Campaign

    In recognition of its work to provide quality meals and a safe environment to students when school is out, Irving ISD Food and Nutrition Services earned the Gold for Excellence in the Summer Meals Campaign. This award, given by Texas Hunger Initiative on March 1, is based on the Standards of Excellence developed by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and recognizes superior standards at summer programs. To earn the Gold, sites must:

    • offer more choices and variety in the menu,
    • serve fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains,
    • offer nutrition education once a week and opportunities for physical education every day and
    • conduct extensive community outreach by targeting children of all ages, canvassing neighborhoods and using all possible community resources to raise awareness.

    “FRAC created the Standards of Excellence to recognize superior standards at summer food sites throughout the country,” says Crystal Fitz Simons, FRAC’s Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs. “Irving ISD Food and Nutrition Services is showing a strong commitment to keeping children’s minds and bodies fueled during the summer months.”

    de Zavala Kickstart Kicks Competition

    de Zavala Kickstart Kicks Competition

    Congratulations to de Zavala Middle School Kickstart competitors and their instructor, Kristen Savala, for a strong showing at the Kickstart Kids Spring Qualifier Tournament earlier this month. de Zavala students won 26 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 36 bronze medals at the competition. In addition, seventh grader Jonathan Guevara was named Intermediate Grand Champion Kata Winner, and de Zavala as a whole was named Most Supportive School with 74 students registered in the Kickstart program and 64 students competing at the qualifier.

    Irving ISD Future Educators Shine at State TAFE Competition

    Irving ISD Future Educators Shine at State TAFE Competition

    Future educators from Irving ISD competed in the state TAFE (Texas Association for Future Educators) conference last month in Allen. Nimitz students garnered a handful of awards including:

    • Zabdi Pina - Blue Ribbon, Teacher-Created Materials
    • Samantha Meza/Mikaela Jauregui - Blue Ribbon, Teacher-Created Materials
    • Camryn Franco/Brenda Rios - Blue Ribbon, Project Visual-Teaching
    • Esmeralda Cruz - Red Ribbon, Interactive Bulletin Board

    In addition, three students won certificates for their score on the Educational Leadership Fundamentals Exam, which includes 50 questions and an essay:

    • Zabdi Pina - Silver Certificate for 80 and above
    • Mikaela Jauregui - Bronze Certificate for 70 and above
    • Jennifer Garcia - Bronze Certificate for 70 and above

    Irving High School’s Carol Ventura and Mercedes Lopez also competed at state in the Children’s Literature K-3 category.

    Calling all Hot Rides for Davis Car Show

    Calling all Hot Rides for Davis Car Show

    Davis Elementary School has something for all you car enthusiasts out there! On Saturday, April 6, the Bruins will host the school’s first Spring Fling Car Show, complete with carnival games, food trucks and fun galore for the entire community. Irving residents are invited to showcase their unique cars, trucks and motorcycles during the event for all to see. The fan favorite will vie for the chance to be voted on as People’s Choice award winner. To participate, owners must register their vehicle the day of the event between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All makes and models are welcome. A $20 registration fee is requested, and all proceeds will benefit the campus. For more information, contact Davis teacher Lindsay Wieck at lwieck@irvingisd.net. Spread the word and save the date!

    Saying Thanks with Pancakes

    Saying Thanks with Pancakes

    Bowie Middle School student council showed their appreciation for the first responders that serve the school and community with a breakfast featuring principal Natasha Stewart’s infamous pancakes. The student council invited the school’s resource officers, security guards, nurse, local police and fire departments, and the family members of students and staff who are first responders. Photos from the event can be found on the district Photo Gallery.

    PreK Travels Around the World

    PreK Travels Around the World

    PreK scholars at Clifton and Pierce early childhood schools explored the beauty of diversity during each school’s annual multicultural celebration. From learning how to use chopsticks to getting Crayola-inspired henna drawings, students studied various countries and cultural traditions through interactive week-long activities. The week culminated with a festive parade at each school, where students and staff dressed in traditional clothing from a variety of countries, many paying homage to their own family roots.  The processional included an excited audience of family and friends, including a few special guests. Mayor Rick Stopfer and his wife joined the fun along with Superintendent of Schools Magda Hernandez and Chief of Schools Andrè Smith, Ed.D. Photos from the event can be found on the district Photo Gallery.

    March Teen Cuisine: Overnight Blueberry French Toast

    March Teen Cuisine: Overnight Blueberry French Toast

    MacArthur High School culinary arts students Kimberly Huynh, Daniel Henderson Silva and Keiry Montano deliver a delicious breakfast treat that is so easy to prepare, you could do it in your sleep - literally! Feast your eyes on yummy Overnight Blueberry French Toast in this edition of Teen Cuisine.

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    2019 Parent, Staff Survey Available Through March 29

    2019 Parent, Staff Survey Available Through March 29

    Irving ISD is committed to providing a quality education and continuously improving our practices and programs. We encourage parents to share feedback through the district’s annual Parent Involvement Survey, available now through March 29. To access the survey, follow the links below:

    A survey is also available for teachers, campus administrators, other campus professionals and campus paraprofessionals here.

    Dual Language Enrollment Through April 1

    The enrollment window for Irving ISD’s Dual Language Immersion program is open now through April 1. Families of students entering kindergarten and first grade in August are eligible to apply. For more information about the program and application process, visit www.irvingisd.net/DLI. Please note, Dual Language is offered at four designated elementary campuses - Brandenburg, Farine, Lee and Thomas Haley. Families who are not zoned to attend these schools must also submit an in-district transfer request by April 1 for consideration.

    Transfer Requests Accepted Through April 1

    Transfer Requests Accepted Through April 1

    The window to submit an in-district and out-of-district transfer request for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. An in-district transfer allows current Irving ISD students to attend a district school outside of their attendance zone for approved reasons, while an out-of-district transfer is reserved for students living outside of Irving ISD attendance zones in grades K-12. To learn more and to apply by the April 1 deadline, visit www.irvingisd.net/transfers. For questions, please contact the Office of Campus Operations at 972-600-5023.

    IN THE NEWS

    Townley Elementary Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence

     Townley Elementary Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence

    Townley Elementary School celebrates 40 years of educating youngsters as alums and former staff members honored the school’s anniversary on Friday, February 21. Read more about the celebration in this Rambler article.

    Irving ISD Offers Free Swimming Classes

    To date, more than 8,000 students have learned to swim through Irving ISD’s Swim Safe program. Learn more in this Telemundo feature.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Irving ISD Elementary & Middle School Art Exhibits - through April 3

    The artwork of Irving ISD student artists is on display this spring at the Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Blvd). The elementary showcase closes Wednesday, March 20 and culminates with a open house for family and friends today, March 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Next up is the middle school exhibit which runs March 23 through April 3 with its open house scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

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