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Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services

November 30--December 4, 2020

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Happy Holidays!

Hello, All!

I hope your Thanksgiving was restful and safe. We're back at it--planing, teaching, learning, reviewing, collaborating, meeting, recruiting, adjusting, zooming...and the list goes on. During the week of December 7th, we will begin testing again. Although we are on a nine weeks grading period, our testing schedule did not change. We will share more information as we learn more.

Thank you for supporting ESSM with your attendance at our parent meetings, Title I meetings, and our new Site-Based Decision Making Team participation. Our first official meeting is Decemer 08, 2020 at 6:30PM. Please join us if your schedule allows. Be safe, and Happy Holidays!

Meeting ID 829 5839 9792 Passcode 504203

Chairperson- Henry Shelton

Vice-Chair-Elaine Cole

Recorder- Vannette Padilla

Timekeeper-- Willie Anderson II

Member-- Akiyah Wright (Student)

Member-- Anthony Lyles (Business)

Member- Michele Pitts-Jordan (Counselor)

Member- Seanjula Matthews

Member- Valarie Kendrick (Principal)

Member-- Asha Kennedy (teacher)

College Financial Aid Information

For Seniors...

The 2021-22 Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) and Texas Application For State Aid (TASFA) are OPEN! Class of 2021, if you plan to attend college, congratulations! It is now time to begin completing your FREE financial aid application. What is financial aid? Financial aid is money from the federal government (FAFSA) or state government (TASFA) in the form of grants (free money), student loans, and/or work-study opportunities (grant). This application will provide institutions the information needed to determine how much financial aid you qualify for towards your college expenses. Don’t think you qualify? Fill it out anyway! It is important to note that this application is required for some scholarship selection processes.

Fill out the FREE FAFSA application by visiting Prefer a mobile app? The FAFSA form is on the myStudentAid app, available on the App Store (iOS) or on Google Play (Android).

Fill out the FREE TASFA application by clicking here: English and Spanish.

Did you know? Students who meet the following criteria may be classified as Texas residents, which may make them eligible for Texas financial aid. The criteria are:

  • Graduated from a Texas high school or received a GED certificate in Texas
  • Lived in Texas for three years before graduating from high school or receiving GED certificate
  • Lived or will have lived in Texas for 12 months prior to the census date of the semester in which they enroll in college
  • Has applied or plans to apply to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity

What do I need to fill out the application?

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income 2019 tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

Schedule an appointment for hands on virtual assistance filling out your financial aid application!

Great news! You do not have to face this application alone. Dallas ISD has provided College Access advisors at high school campuses to provide one on one virtual completion sessions. If you are needing assistance, please click your campus below to make an appointment ASAP! Priority deadline to completion an FAFSA/TASFA application is January 15,2021.

Disclaimer: Appointment availability may be a few weeks out due to high demand. Thus, it is important that once an appointment is scheduled it is vital to attend.

Attendance and Grades


If you are experiencing challenges accessing Parent Portal, please call us at 972.92.5940. This is crucial as you are able to see your scholar's grades and attendance. Parent confernences have begun to ensure we are all working together for students' academic success. If you have any questions regarding attendance and/or grades please reach out immediately so that we can do our part in helping to get your student on track. We are available!

Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services


Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services seeks to cultivate culturally competent citizens in order to impact their sphere of influence through education and service.


The committed, passionate educators of the Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services intentionally prepare students for academic achievement for global competitiveness through

  • Rigorous Instruction

  • Community Connections and Service

  • Critical thinking and social consciousness for resilience in college and career in an ever-changing world