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May 20, 2019Posted by Erika Pedroza on 5/20/2019
Students from Elliott Elementary School Lead Pledges
Students from Elliott Elementary School led the pledges to the American and Texas flags at the May 20 board meeting. Pictured are Gionna Sumabon, Aracely Dimas, Alicia Galardi and Andres Reyes.
Anna Cornell Recognized as Teacher of the Month
Anna Cornell, a second-grade teacher at Brandenburg Elementary School, was honored by the Board of Trustees and Administration as the Irving ISD Teacher of the Month for May. Cornell, who has been with Irving ISD since 2005, is recognized for her passion for teaching high-needs students. “Ms. Cornell truly exemplifies our collective belief that ‘All students can learn.’ The students and staff at Brandenburg are truly fortunate to have her there each and every day,” says assistant principal Sam Bernal. Cornell is pictured with Trustee Pam Campbell.
Ana Navarro Recognized as Employee of the Month
Ana Navarro, food and nutrition services manager, was honored by the Board of Trustees and Administration as the Irving ISD Employee of the Month for May. She is fully engaged in all aspects of her operation, and her level of pride and professionalism is evident every day through the delivery of service by her and the teams she leads. Navarro has a positive energy, and instills a spirit of cooperation amongst her team. “Because of this, our students are provided with the very best breakfast and lunch experience each day,” says Heidy Then-Cortes, direct sales supervisor. Navarro is pictured with Trustee Tony Grimes.
Dana Hodgkins Recognized as Guest Educator of the Month
Dana Hodgkins, a guest educator nominated by Johnston Elementary School, was honored by the Board of Trustees and Administration as the Irving ISD Guest Educator of the Month for May. Her heart is entirely about helping students who require more than the average student. Johnston assistant principal Anne Clark states, “Students enjoy having her serve and support their learning for the short time we have her on campus. Teachers and support staff in the LIFE department are grateful for the skill set Ms. Hodgkins brings to our campus.” Hodgkins was unable to attend the board meeting. Accepting the award on her behalf is Johnston assistant principal Francisco Rico, pictured with Trustee Nuzhat Hye.
Recognition of Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) Scholars
The board recognized 9 seventh graders who earned the distinction of Duke TIP State Scholar by scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or SAT. Duke TIP Scholars are Valentina Romero of Bowie Middle School; Marie Friend of Crockett Middle School; Edrian Alon, Jhoselinne Alvarado, Rhiannon Hayle, Jayden Torres and Jarif Ullah of de Zavala Middle School; Marcos Bea Moncholi and Dannis Tran of Johnson Middle School. They are pictured with Irving ISD Superintendent of Schools Magda Hernandez and Board President A.D. Jenkins.
Recognition of National AP Scholars
The National AP Scholar designation is awarded to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these college-level exams. The board recognized six National AP Scholars: Shella Samonte and (not pictured) Rai Shaw from Singley Academy; Benjamin Ellis, Ana Yanez and Marshall Baldwin from MacArthur; and (not pictured) Minh Vu from Irving. They are pictured with Superintendent Hernandez and Board President Jenkins.
Recognition of AP Capstone Scholars
The AP Capstone Diploma is awarded to students who earned a score of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and additional scores of 3 or higher on other AP Exams. The board recognized three AP Capstone Scholars: Frediberto Hernandez-Valle from Irving; Tiffany Duong from Singley Academy; and (not pictured) Krisly Osegueda from MacArthur. They are pictured with Superintendent Hernandez and Board President Jenkins.
Recognition of State-Qualifying Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Students
Nimitz High School students swept the competition at the Meter Madness contest, as part of the state water conference. Students Jasmine Gurrola, Cody George and (not pictured) Ricardo Cruz placed first through third, respectively, winning the entire contest. The competition measured their skills at assembling a meter quickly, totally and accurately. Once assembled, the meters were tested to meter water and for water leakage. They are pictured with Superintendent Hernandez, Board President Jenkins and Nimitz principal Curtis Mauricio.
Recognition of School of Aviation Science at Irving High School for National Awards
The School of Aviation Science at Irving High School is among the best in the nation! The program was named the winner of the prestigious Excellence in Action award, which recognizes the best career and technical education (CTE) programs of study across the nation. This is Irving ISD’s third Excellence in Action award. Irving ISD is the only district in the nation to have won three Excellence in Action awards, and this award is the only national recognition for outstanding CTE programs. In addition, aviation science students competed at the national level in the Real-World Design Challenge for the second consecutive year after winning the Governor’s Cup at the state level. As part of the RWDC, competitors were tasked with designing and building a drone to complete a survey and crop-spraying mission. Using CAD and flight software, students modeled and performed test flights with their design, and correlated flight characteristics they learned in the Redbird simulator to tweak their prototype. The board recognized team members seniors Jason Bernal, Javier Ramirez and Gabriel Sanchez; juniors Caleb Fancher, Erika Gamboa, Anthony Stahl and Angie Maravi Campos; and their coaches Craig Heckel and Ernesto Pliego. They are pictured with Superintendent Hernandez, Irving High School principal Ahna Gomez and Board President Jenkins.
Recognition of National-Qualifying MacArthur JROTC Team
The MacArthur High School’s Army JROTC Battalion is headed to nationals - again! After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Leadership Team qualified for the national JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl, to be held June 21-25 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The team is comprised of students Cadet Corporal Asia Brito (Captain), Cadet Corporal Andrea Guzman, Cadet Corporal Javier Valenzuela and (not pictured) Cadet Staff Sergeant Erick Saldierna. This is the fourth time in five years, that MacArthur is among the qualifying 40 teams - out of more than 1,350 teams worldwide. They are pictured with Superintendent Hernandez, MacArthur High School principal Deeadra Brown, Board President Jenkins and Col. Vincent Freeman.
Recognition of National-Qualifying Nimitz JROTC Team
The Nimitz Navy JROTC qualified for two national competitions this year. At state, the team won three individual championships, finishing fourth overall and qualifying for the Navy national competition in Pensacola, Fla., in April. The team also qualified for the all-services national meet in Daytona, Fla., in May after winning two regional drill meets. There Nimitz teams ranked 5th in the nation in armed overall and 13th in unarmed overall. They are pictured with Superintendent Hernandez, Board President Jenkins, Nimitz High School principal Curtis Mauricio and instructors Lt. Trevor Smalls, Master Chief Donald Shaft and 1st Sgt. Armando Carbajal. Additional photos of the cadets being recognized at the board meeting can be found on the district’s Photo Gallery.
Recognition of Nimitz High School's National-Qualifying SeaPerch Teams
For the fourth time in five years, Nimitz High School teams are headed to the national SeaPerch competition after winning first and second place at regionals. The Megalodon team - Jeremy Bogue, (not pictured) Victor Paz and Daniel Rodriguez - won first place, while the Sea Lions team - Genesis Benavidez, Kimberly Gomez, Josue Ruiz and (not pictured) Erwin Ventura - captured second. SeaPerch is an underwater robotics competition where students build a custom Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that can complete a series of challenges, including maneuvering through an obstacle course. They are pictured with instructor Kevin Garner, Superintendent Hernandez, Board President Jenkins and Nimitz principal Mauricio.
A. Approved Consent Agenda Items:
- Approved Minutes of Board Work Session on April 15, 2019, and Regular Board Meeting on April 22, 2018
- Approved Financial Statement for March 2019
- Approved Resolution and Order No. 18-19-21 Authorizing May Amendment to the 2018-2019 Budget
- Approved Resolution and Order No. 18-19-22 Approving Supplements to Irving ISD Tax Rolls
- Approved Requests for Additional Compensation to a Contract or Non-contract Employee
- Approved Resolution No. 18-19-08 of the Board of Trustees of the Irving Independent School District, Authorizing County of Dallas to Resell Tax Foreclosed Property by Section 34.05 of the Texas Property Tax Code
- Approved Expedited Waiver for Staff Development for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 School Years
- Approved the 2019-2020 Application for Timeline for Accelerated Instruction Waiver
- Approved Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification Form 2019-2020
- Approved Agreement with Head Start of Greater Dallas
- Approved Agreement between KICKSTART KIDS Martial Arts and Character Development Program and Irving ISD
- Approved Item No. 2019-23 Approving the Renewal of Award of Request for Proposal (RFP) #16-21-737 for the Leasing of District-Wide Copiers & Multifunctional Devices and Related Services
- Approved Item No. 2019-24 Approving the Renewal of Award of Request for Proposal (RFP) #18-20-872A and RFP# 18-21-872A for the Purchase of Professional Development Consulting Services, Authors, Speakers, and Presenters
- Approved Item No. 2019-25, Approving the Renewal of Award for Request for Proposal (RFP) #17-52-916 for the Purchase of Milk and Dairy Products and #17-54-916 for the Purchase of Bread Products
- Approved Item No. 2019-26 Approving the Renewal of Award of Request for Proposal (RFP) # 18-47-914 for the Purchase of Waste Collection Services
- Approved Item No. 2019-27 Approving the Renewal of Award for Request for Qualifications (RFQ) #17-64-739 for the Purchase of Architectural and Engineering Services
- Approval Item No. 2019-28 Approving the Renewal of Award of Request for Proposal (RFP) #17-61-914 for the Purchase of Plumbing Services
- Approved Item No. 2019-29 Approving the Award of Request for Proposal (RFP) #19-42-735 and Approve the Bank Depository Agreement and Authorize the Superintendent or Designee to Execute any Additional Supplemental Documents Necessary to Administer the Depository Services During the Term(s) of the Agreement
- Approved Item No. 2019-30 Approving the Award of Request for Proposal (RFP) #19-36-908 for the Purchase of Local Analog Telecommunication Services
- Accepted Gifts and Donations to the District
B. Approved Renewal of Probationary and Term Contracts of Employment of Administrative Professional, Certified and Non-Certified Employees, as Listed on Exhibit A
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