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Announcement: Three-hour early release day set for Friday, September 6
08/23/2019

The Dickinson ISD Board of Trustees amended the school calendar for 2019-2020 this summer to make Friday, September 6 a three-hour early release day for students. This means that DHS will release at 11:35 a.m., middle school and junior high at 12:15 p.m. and elementary campuses at 12:55 p.m. 


The Dickinson High School Gator Varsity Football Team is traveling for an away game that evening against the Allen High School Eagles. The 7 p.m. game will be played at Eagle Stadium, 155 Rivercrest Blvd. in Allen. The game was scheduled to give the Varsity Gators experience early in the season with one of the top football teams in Texas and a multiple UIL 6A State Football Champion.  

The early release day was requested to allow Gator families wanting to attend the game, time to travel to Allen, which is approximately 30 minutes outside Dallas. 

The DHS Field House will be selling tickets in advance from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5 to the Allen game. Eagle Stadium offers reserved seating similar to Sam Vitanza Stadium with chair back seats. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 for reserved, $6 for general admission and $4 for students. Reserved area tickets purchased at the game are $10 and all other tickets are $8. Eagle Stadium does charge $5 for parking, so please plan for this cost.  

The Dickinson Gators Booster Club is sponsoring one charter bus for fans wanting to pay for transportation to the game. Only 50 seats are available on a first-come basis. The cost is $85 (cash or check) per person and includes the bus ride, a t-shirt and a reserved seat at the stadium. The bus will leave DHS at 11:30 a.m. and will make one stop for food and a break before arriving at the stadium in time for the game. The bus will leave immediately after the game to return to Dickinson. To reserve your spot, visit the DHS Field House or call 281-229-6577. 


District accountability ratings increase in several areas
08/21/2019

 Dickinson ISD students and staff have several things to be proud about as they return to school with the recent announcement of accountability ratings based on student performance during the 2018-2019 school year.


"Dickinson ISD is excited with the progress made on our 2019 accountability ratings. Because of the focused effort and hard work from students and staff across the district, our overall rating improved six points," said Superintendent Carla Voelkel. 

In 2018, Dickinson ISD received a 79 (C) and for 2019, the district earned a rating of 85 (B). At San Leon Elementary, the overall performance improved by 15 points from a 67 in 2018 to an 82 for 2019. The number of Distinction Designations the district earned increased from 20 in 2018 to 22 in 2019, including Barber Middle School receiving six out of six distinctions.  

"We are moving forward in Dickinson ISD, and we are committed to providing our students with high-quality curriculum and instruction that is aligned to state standards.  We are also carefully and continuously monitoring student progress to ensure growth," said Voelkel.

 
2019 Distinction Designations:

 

  • English Language Arts/Reading - Kranz Junior High and Barber Middle School
  • Math - Barber Middle School, Bay Colony Elementary, Calder Road Elementary, K.E. Little Elementary and Lobit Elementary
  • Science - McAdams Junior High and Barber Middle School
  • Social Studies - McAdams Junior High
  • Academic Growth - McAdams Junior High, Barber Middle School, Calder Road Elementary and San Leon Elementary
  • Post-Secondary Readiness - Barber Middle School, Bay Colony Elementary, Calder Road Elementary and San Leon Elementary
  • Closing the Gaps - McAdams Junior High, Barber Middle School, Calder Road Elementary and San Leon Elementary

A message from Superintendent Carla Voelkel...
08/21/2019

Looking ahead with a "20/20 Vision for the Future"

 

Welcome to a new school year in Dickinson ISD. We are excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year, and we are glad to have you as part of our district family. 

It has been a very busy summer in DISD. Numerous professional development opportunities were provided for teachers and staff, summer enrichment camps were provided for students, a new playground was installed at Bay Colony Elementary, new adoption resources for English Language Arts in grades K-8 have arrived and been delivered to campuses, construction projects are almost completed, new campus and district staff have been hired, and much more. 

 

On August 19th, the doors of the Dickinson High School Ninth Grade Center opened to welcome over 900 9th grade students. This beautiful facility will add much needed space at Dickinson High School, and it will provide for future growth for several years. The STEM Academy will expand as the original cohort of 5th graders now begin 8th grade at Kranz Junior High, and 110 5th grade students will begin their first year in the STEM Academy at Barber Middle School. Residential construction within Dickinson ISD is very active, and it is anticipated that our enrollment will exceed 11,300 students in 2019-2020. 

As we soon begin a new decade and as we work to prepare our students to be happy, successful and productive citizens of the 21st century, our theme for this school year is 20/20: Vision for the Future. As a collaborative team, we will work together throughout the 2019-2020 school year to ensure:

 

  • Our schools are safe havens for students physically and emotionally. We will continue to harden our facilities, and we will begin a district initiative focusing on restorative practices to build and sustain relationships and manage behaviors.
  • Our students have curriculum and instruction that is aligned to high learning standards and that is relevant, challenging, and meaningful. Individual student performance will be carefully and continuously monitored, and all students will make growth - 1 year or more. DISD will exceed state performance in all content areas and in all student groups.
  • All district staff are supported and appreciated. We will recruit and retain DISD employees who love learning and understand the students they serve are their first priority.
  • Programs and facilities are reviewed and plans are made to meet the needs of future district growth. The District Facility Task Force will meet early in the year to review demographic data, determine facility needs, and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
  • A comprehensive shared vision, strategic framework and system of measures is developed to provide a culture of trust, collaboration, continuous improvement and innovation. A design team, consisting of teachers, parents, students, administrators, and community members, will work together to design a local vision for learning and strategic plan to ensure a culture of high performance and student achievement so that Dickinson ISD prepares students who are engaged, collaborative problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and ready for life beyond high school.

We are extremely proud of our campuses in DISD and their continued commitment to high academic standards and improved student achievement. Year after year, DISD students excel in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the performing arts, and in extracurricular activities. With our 20/20: Vision for the Future, we will continue to move forward, inspire success, and produce a culture of life-long learning in Gator Nation. 

I am excited for the start of this school year, and I am very thankful to serve as your superintendent. Dickinson ISD is blessed with incredible employees, committed parents and supportive community members. Working together, we will continue making a difference for each student and each other. 

 


Dickinson ISD welcomes back students for the new school year
08/20/2019

Dickinson ISD welcomed back students for the start of the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, August 19, 2019.

 

In a welcome back video posted to social media, Superintendent Carla Voelkel said, "We are excited to begin the new school year. Great things are happening in Dickinson ISD and 2019-2020 will be the best year yet."

 

To see more photos of the first day of school click here!

 

Click here to see a list of district and campus social media pages to help you stay connected all year!

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 


Welch named to Houston area pre-season football team
08/15/2019

The Touchdown Club of Houston recently selected Dickinson High quarterback Mike Welch to their 2019 All-Greater Houston Preseason High School Football Team.
 
Welch was one of only 32 high school student athletes in the Greater Houston Area selected as a recipient for the prestigious award.
 
“Winning this award means a lot to me,” said Welch. “I’ve seen others who have won this award in previous years and it’s an award that I have wanted to win as well. It’s a major accolade and it feels really good.”
 
Members of the All-Greater Houston Preseason High School Football Team are chosen by a Touchdown Club committee made up of members of the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association, media and college recruiting experts.

During the 2018 season, Welch threw for 2,543 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his passes. He also added 815 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. For his accomplishments on the gridiron, Welch was named first team all-district first team, all Galveston county first team and second team all-state last year.

Off the field, Welch is a model academic student with a 3.5 GPA and has college scholarship offers to Air Force, Westpoint and others.

 

"Mike has grown up in our fieldhouse and bleeds Gator blue," said Head Football Coach and Athletic Director John Snelson. "He’s an outstanding young man, a great student athlete and a tremendous leader. He leads by example and you can always count on him to do the right thing and to do his best. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

 

Welch and the rest of the All-Greater Houston preseason team were recently honored, along with Touchdowner of the Year, legendary Houston Oiler quarterback and Houston Sports Awardee Dan Pastorini at the club’s annual dinner and awards ceremony.

 

New administrators join Gator Nation for 2019-2020 school year
08/11/2019
When Dickinson ISD students return on August 19, they will be greeted by several new administrators, as well as a few familiar faces in new roles. 

Dickinson High School welcomed Courtney Ramirez at the end of last school year as the school's new Associate Principal. She will specifically oversee the new DHS Ninth Grade Center and has been working with DHS Principal Dr. Billye Smith in getting everything ready for this new addition to the DHS campus. DHS also has two new assistant principals joining the administrative team. They are Cara Reyes, who was formerly the school's testing coordinator and Matt Cooper, who previously served as an assistant principal in Texas City ISD. In athletics, Tina Knight-Gray has joined Gator Nation as the district's new Girls' Athletic Coordinator. 

At Kranz Junior High, three familiar faces in Dickinson ISD will be helping Principal Kim Kelley lead the school. Laura Breaux is the new Kranz Dean of Instruction. She previously served as an assistant principal at DHS. Also joining Kranz as assistant principals are Patrick Spies, a former DHS teacher and coach, and Brendan Fitzpatrick, former STEM Academic Coach at Barber Middle School. Dunbar Middle School will welcome new Principal Temeka Brown, who previously served as an assistant principal at Kranz Junior High. Brown will be joined by new Assistant Principal Jeremy Walker, who is joining the district from Pasadena ISD. 

At the elementary level, there are three assistant principal changes, including Hayde Lopez at K.E. Little Elementary, Martha White at Lobit Elementary and Julianna Walker at Hughes Road Elementary.

New faces and job changes at the district's Education Support Center include Dr. Jeff Pack promoted to Executive Director of Data Quality, Compliance and Accountability; Laurie Rodriguez promoted to Executive Director of Special Programs; Dr. Melissa Everett, Director of Career and Technical Education; Debby Noffsinger, District Assessment Coordinator; Kimberly Davidson, Coordinator of 
Special Programs; Maggie Burk, Coordinator of Evaluation and Related Services; Jacquelyn Kennedy, Curriculum Specialist for Elementary Math; Alyse Durdin, Purchasing Accountant; and Jade Wise, Communications Specialist. 

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