It is time to celebrate the accomplishments of District 4 students, parents, teachers, principals and other school staff. The recently released Texas Education Agency ratings and distinctions show that schools in District 4 worked very hard last year to make sure that all the students had the best education to reach their potential.
Most of the schools received at least one distinction, which is awarded in several areas—reading, math, science, social studies, academic growth, closing the achievement gap, and postsecondary success—based on performance compared to other schools that are similar. We should be very proud that several District 4 schools received all or most distinctions: Central and Annie Webb Blanton elementary schools received all six elementary distinctions, Julius Dorsey Elementary School and Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs Middle School received five, and Gilbert Cuellar Elementary School received four. Several others received three distinctions.
Everyone at Edward Titche Elementary School should be particularly impressed with last year’s academic performance. I know I am. Not only did the school shed the “improvement required” designation, but it also received all six possible distinctions.
Learning is a life long activity, and what better way to show our children that an education is important than taking the time to go to class to learn something new or improve a skill. Parents who want to learn or improve their English can attend a free 18-week course through the Dallas ISD’s PREP University English-as-a-second-language program. The classes will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Sept. 18 at Kleberg and Nathaniel Hawthorne elementary schools. The times vary so make sure you contact the school for more information.