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DHS Student Counsel raises over $1K for B.I.G. Love Cancer Care

(Pictured L to R: Student Council Vice President Faith Montgomery, President Maggie Aguero & Treasurer Michelle Jiang)


The Dickinson High School Student Council recently raised $1,050.28 during the month of September for the B.I.G. Love Cancer Care Services fundraising competition, “Coins 4 Cancer Kids.”

Student Council members placed bright yellow milk jugs in each high school classroom and walked around during lunch, at pep rallies and other campus events collecting spare change.

“Most people just gave whatever they could, even if it was just a single quarter or a penny at a time,” said Student Council Treasurer Michelle Jiang. “I think it is really amazing how a little bit can go such a long way when everyone contributes.”

The money raised will go to B.I.G. Love Cancer Care, a non-profit organization who fulfills the weekly wishes of cancer kids and their families as well as providing new diagnosis gift bags, weekly toys, parking passes, holiday gift baskets, catered meals and a comfort cart.

“It means the world to me to be able to help raise money for this cause because we have people that we know in our schools, district and community dealing with cancer and need assistance,” said Student Council Vice President Faith Montgomery.

Student Council President Maggie Aguero added, “Dickinson is such a connected community where everyone here is like one family and we do everything in our power to help each other. I think that raising money for Coins for Cancer was a big way for everyone in Dickinson High School to be able to help their family.”


DHS senior Claire Gregory named National Merit Semifinalist

Claire Gregory, a Dickinson High School senior who is enrolled in the Collegiate High School Program through College of the Mainland, was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Over 1.5 million high school juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/MNSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of the United States high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. 

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, which earns them the Merit Scholar title.


Employees awarded with October 2019 "Big Impact" awards

Dickinson ISD has many employees who make a big impact in the lives of the district's 11,600 students. The Big Impact Award is an employee recognition award presented at one Board of Trustees meeting per month to individuals who make an impact by going above and beyond the call of duty. Honorees are nominated by peers, supervisors or community members. The Big Impact Award honorees provide outstanding service to others, assist others beyond normal expectations, create a positive impression of their department, sacrifice their time and energy for the "Gator" good and act with honesty and integrity at all times. 


The following are the honorees for October 2019 and some information from the person(s) who nominated each honoree on how he or she is making a "Big Impact" in Dickinson ISD.

Katy Alvarez, Dickinson ISD Athletic Trainer 
Mrs. Alvarez is one of the Athletic Trainers who works with our athletes, band and dance at DHS, MJHS and KJHS. Mrs. Alvarez is someone who always puts kids first. She will come to school early, stay late and do the extra work to ensure our athletes have the best chance at success on the field or court. Katy is a lifetime learner that is always looking for a new technique to help our kids get better quicker. She develops wonderful relationships with our students that allow her to mentor them through tough times when they are injured. Katy always goes above and beyond for the good of our athletes. She stays late when needed, goes the extra mile calling parents/setting up doctor appointments and genuinely cares for ALL of our kids. We have a new athletic trainer and Katy came up this summer to show her around and show her the ropes, even though she wasn't getting paid to be here. While she was up here with Yazmin, she was able to do treatments and evaluations on kids that would normally have not been seen as this was her summer time and was not required to be here. As athletic trainers, our jobs at times, go unnoticed and unappreciated. Katy continues to put her head down and get the job done, without the "thank yous" or acknowledgement. I am lucky to have her as a co-worker and proud to call her my friend. She is a wonderful example of Gator Pride! 

Coy Powers, Dickinson ISD Technology Services Manager 
Coy is a true Gator in every way. He is a proud Gator Alum. Has served in the Armed Forces and genuinely LOVES his role in Dickinson ISD. He spends every day (and many weekends/evenings/early mornings) ensuring that the employees of Dickinson ISD have the resources they need to support instruction. Coy is the "GoTo" Guy for employees. He greets everyone with a smile, is willing to do any job and remembers the tiniest of details that brings smiles to the DISD Staff. Coy has spent every day of his almost 18 years on the DISD Technology Team improving his skills, knowledge and leadership. 

Elvira Rosas, Dickinson ISD Education Support Center Receptionist 
She always goes above and beyond to help community members and employees. She is continually calm and smiles in the stressful times. During the beginning of the school year, ESC took over the responsibilities for the Residency Affidavit process. It was crazy busy at ESC to say the least; hundreds and hundreds of families showed up to get their children's registration process started. I observed Mrs. Rosas serve the citizens of DISD with love, kindness, patience, and understanding as many people were frustrated with the new residency process. She answered questions with a smile and went the extra mile to help in any way. It was a pleasure to assist her in serving our citizens of DISD. Mrs. Rosas is what makes "GATOR NATION" a Great place to work.


Two students earn top honors in State School Bus Poster Contest

Dickinson ISD will be represented at the national level in the School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest sponsored by the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation. 

Mallory Wright, a Bay Colony Elementary third grade student, will be have her artwork compete at the national contest after winning first place in Division 1 (grades K-2) in the 2019 Texas State School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. Colton Wright, a Lobit Middle School fifth grade student, earned second place in Division 2 (grades 3-5) at the state contest. 

Mallory and Colton both entered their artwork into the contest last spring with the theme, "Red Light Means Stop" under the leadership of Bay Colony Elementary art teacher Kimi White.







Dickinson ISD recognizes Gulf Coast Educators FCU through the Texas Association of School Boards Business Recognition Program

Accepting this award on behalf of Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union are Executive Vice President Joseph Ditta and Taylor Hebert, Vice President of Strategic Development, both pictured in the middle.


Dickinson ISD had the opportunity earlier this week to recognize Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union for its tremendous support of the district. The Texas Association of School Boards allows school districts to recognize outstanding businesses and community groups through the TASB Business Recognition Program, which is an annual program started in 2014 to recognize the generous assistance provided to districts by businesses and other community organizations. This recognition program is designed to complement the Stand Up for Texas Public Schools advocacy campaign. 

This year, Dickinson ISD is honored to recognize Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union. Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union solely serves the financial needs of educators and their families in the greater Gulf Coast area. In Dickinson ISD, they go above and beyond to show support for our employees. Taylor Hebert, Vice President of Strategic Development, is an active member of the Dickinson ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors, helping support the district's more than 11,600 students and 1,800 plus employees. GCEFCU is an annual top sponsor of the district's New Teacher Luncheon in August as well as a supporter of the Employee Back to School Vendor Fair. They partnered with the school district to assist with a "Baby Shower" for employees who are expecting to provide information as well as refreshments. They also have supported Dickinson ISD Athletics for several years as a main scoreboard advertiser at the district's stadium. Basically, they do not hesitate to help whenever asked either monetarily or through beneficial information and other resources for employees.


A Homecoming Walk to Remember


Almost one year ago, Dickinson High School varsity volleyball setter Destiny Tom tore her ACL during practice.

Last week, she asked Athletic Trainer John Harmon, “the man who helped her walk again,” to escort her on the field after being named a finalist for Homecoming Queen. 

Dickinson High School CTE welding students create Halloween pumpkins


CTE welding students at Dickinson High School are hard at work this week creating Halloween pumpkins out of horseshoes! This fundraiser provides money for the program and opportunities for students to get hands on learning as they work towards becoming certified welders after high school.
Pumpkins are $30 each and the last day to order is November 8.

Kranz Jr. High STEM Drone Championship


On Friday, the Kranz Junior High STEM Brainiac block class wrapped up their Drone Challenge! Students battled for the top spot as they flew their way through a timed course. #GatorPride


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