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Donna ISD's Monthly Newsletter

August 2023

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Donna ISD Fall Convocation kicked off the 2023-2024 School Year in a big way

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Over 2,200 Donna ISD employees gathered for our Fall Convocation Aug. 9th to kick off the 2023-2024 school year. It was an event filled with district information, fun, excitement and motivation. Superintendent Dr. Angela Dominguez officially welcomed everybody back and reminded our teachers and staff about the district’s true purpose and number one outcome, which is to graduate all students ready for college, career, or the military. Everyone on our team plays a vital role in successfully accomplishing this outcome!

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Back to School Expo a huge success

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Families came out in force to attend Donna ISD’s annual Back to School Expo held at Veterans and Solis Middle School campuses. Hundreds of backpacks were distributed and free haircuts were offered along with onsite registration, campus information, required immunizations, health screenings and fun activities for the kids. Thank you to all the businesses and organizations that participated and helped make this event a huge success.

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Employees take advantage of Back to School Wellness Bash

Donna ISD employees took advantage of our Back-to-School Wellness Bash held at Todd Middle School and Donna North High School campuses. Free Glucose/blood pressure and cholesterol screenings were offered along with PSA & TSH testing and pain & injury assessments. Vendors also provided healthy snacks, promotional items and door prizes. Thank you to our businesses and organizations that provided our staff with the free screenings and health related information.

New & Returning Teachers Gear Up for the New School Year

Meet the Teacher Draws Hundreds of Families

Meet the Teacher Night was held across all our campuses on Aug. 9th & 10th. It was a great opportunity for teachers to introduce their classroom and teaching style to families as they stopped by to visit. It also allowed for teachers to create a relationship and establish communication with this year’s students and parents. For parents, it was a chance to get a sneek peek of their child's classroom set up and meet other families whose students will be in class with their child, preview the curriculum and say hello to the teacher.

New School Year off to a Great Start

August 14th marked the first day of school for teachers and students who were eager and excited to kick off another year of teaching and learning. Superintendent Dr. Angela Dominguez and members of the district's administrative team visited schools across the district throughout the day — from morning drop off to afternoon pickup — to ensure a smooth start for students and their parents. Donna ISD wishes everyone a great and successful 2023-2024 school year.

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Donna ISD Police Chief Officially Sworn-In

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Before a crowd of family, friends, district employees, Board of Trustees and law enforcement colleagues, Domingo Aguirre was officially named Donna ISD’s new Chief of Police during a swearing-in ceremony held at the administration complex Aug. 18th.

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New Principal Named at Salazar Elementary

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The Donna ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of a new elementary principal at a special school board meeting held Aug. 8th. Ms. Janie Alaniz, Asst. Principal at Ochoa Elementary was appointed to lead Salazar Elementary. Congratulations to Ms. Alaniz! We wish her the very best in her new leadership role.

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Custodial Employee Retires After 25 Years with DISD

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Calendar of Events

Sept. 04 - Labor Day

Sept. 04-08 - National Substitute Appreciation Week

Sept. 06 - National Read a Book Day

Sept. 08 - Parent & Family Learning Academy

Sept. 10-16 - National Arts in Education Week

Sept. 15-Oct. 15 National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 22 Student Holiday/Teacher Planning Day (These employee groups do not work: Campus Security Officers, Drill Instructors, Elem Attendance Clerks, Instructional Aides, Parent Educators)

Sept. 23 Education Technology Day

Sept. 29 National Teacher's Assistant Day

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After 25 years of keeping Donna ISD buildings and campuses across the district in tip top shape, Custodial employee Joaquin Hernandez officially retired Friday, Aug. 25th. In his honor, the Custodial Dept. hosted a breakfast and administration treated him for lunch that included a cake and gifts. We'd like to wish Mr. Hernandez the best of luck in his retirement.