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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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