ACE Weekly Newsletter

May 8, 2016

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In This Week's Issue:

Note from Executive Director


Celebrating Excellence

Articles of the Week:

  • Mindfulness in the Classroom

Video Spotlight

  • Guided Relaxation


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Note from your Executive Director

Dear ACE Family,

I hope you all enjoyed Mother's Day weekend. Thank you to those helping with the job fair! Also, thank you to those giving our students extra learning time during Saturday School.

This week is an important time for our students to show what they have learned this year. You have prepared them well, but please continue to encourage and inspire them. Motivation will go a long way on the STAAR test. I included a video clip below of a relay race with unbelievable results. A runner from behind comes out of nowhere and actually wins the race. It highlights the power of perseverance.

I am confident that we will have much to celebrate.Thanks for your dedication and best wishes for a successful week,


Jolee Healey

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Are you in need of funds for a special project in your school or classroom?

Grants for Innovative Teaching is a Signature Project of the Junior League of Dallas. Its purpose is to encourage and support excellence in teaching by awarding grants up to $2,000 to Dallas ISD teachers for special and innovative projects that otherwise would not be provided for in school budgets. Deadline is May 16th at 5pm.

Click here for Procurement's Best Practices list and here for the website.

Dallas Pre-freshman Engineering Program

The Dallas Prefreshman Engineering Program is a mathematics-based, academic enrichment summer program that is presented in a six-week, five-day session over the course of four summers. Each summer builds upon the previous summer's program and is designed for students entering grades seven

through ten. Elective credits may be earned upon successful completion to apply to a student’s high school credits.

TexPREP provides STEM opportunities, by means of instruction, activities, relevant field trips, and guest speakers, to students who are recommended by teachers and counselors for academic performance, especially in mathematical ability.

Eligible students are those who complete the sixth grade by Summer 2016 and are interested in mathematics, science, technology, or engineering careers are eligible for the TexPREP program. Minority and female students are especially encouraged to apply.

The 2016 Dallas TexPREP Program will begin June 13, 2016 and end July 22, 2016. The daily schedule is Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Click here for more information!

Close Reading Applied to Problem Solving

Reading comprehension in the mathematics classroom is an integral part of problem solving. Sami Briceno will share how to use the close reading strategy in the mathematics classroom.

Register on SchoolNet now!

May 21, 2016 ● 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Haskell Building ● 408 North Haskell

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Counselor of the Year: Ms. Norma Wright!

Dade counselor, Ms. Norma Wright wins Counselor of the Year at this year's reception!

School of Character: Pease!

Elisha M. Pease Counselors brought home the Character Counts Award from this year’s counselor reception!

Pease Muffins with Moms

We had our Muffins with Mom Parent Workshop on Thursday and had over twenty moms to attend. Concillio was there to welcome the moms with roses and a t-shirt. Mr. Warfield welcomed the parents and gave a “State of the School” address. We greeted the moms and shared a quick video with them and shared ways they can become more involved in their child’s education even at this point in the school year. We gave them some helpful information on how to prepare their children for testing next week. Overall, we had a great time and wonderful dialogue with our parents.

Umphrey Lee Outstanding Business Partner

Last Thursday, one of our partners/adopters, Solar Turbines, Inc., WON outstanding business partner of the year with DISD. Solar Turbines has been a partner with Umphrey Lee for 2 years. They have purchased lunch and dinner for our entire staff on long parent conference days. They have adopted some of our most needy families during the holiday season. They purchased over 100 winter coats for those students who needed them. They totally renovated our courtyard. They serve faithfully on our SBDM committee each month and much more. We are excited they received some recognition.

Umphrey Lee Book Give Away

Students at Umphrey Lee received a free book for their personal library courtesy of KPMG. The giveaway was celebrated with the theme "Ballin' for Books." Students were allowed to self select a book and enjoy activities centered around basketball in honor of the NBA Finals. Approximately 25 volunteers from KPMG were on hand to assist with the book giveaway. In addition to purchasing books for the students, Company coordinator, Debra Chism (pictured with librarian, Toni Crawford), also donated an additional $3,000.00 on behalf of KPMG to purchase books for the library.

Edison Eagles take flight a Plano Music Festival!

Kudos to our Eagle Band for receiving 1st Division Superior rating at the Music Festival in Plano.

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