Phoenix Times

Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services

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Week of August 16, 2020


I hope you and your families are well! We are working diligently to make sure that your student receives excellent instruction and care regardless of the setting--virtually or face-to face. Physically, PPE has arrived and more is arriving daily. Principals are pouring over the details for efficient systems and structures that adhere to the CDC guidelines while simultaneously planning for our teachers' arrival--in person or virtually so that they too are cared for, safe, and have all the tools to provide effective, impactful instruction. Stay tuned.

According to the board meeting, held on Thursday, August 13, 2020 our superintendent is hoping to make a decision later next week regarding virtual or a hybrid model. I know there is quite a bit of communication and that can be overhelming, but these are unusal times and we are attempting to overcommunicate. Thank you for bearing with us. Know that here at Rosie School of Education and Social Services we are here to gladly serve you.

Be safe,

Valarie Kendrick


Meet Ms. Contreras

In times like these, students and parents may have many questions and/or requests. The first line of communication happens most expediently through our office manager, Ms. Priscilla Contreras. Her office is located in the same suite as the principal's office. Her work hours are 8:15--4:30 and she can be reached via email at or by phone 972.925.5940.

Calling all Freshmen and New to ESSM Students!

Phoenix Orientation Camp!

August 25th

10AM--Noon and 1PM-3PM (If Needed)

Join us via Microsoft Teams to meet staff, learn how to survive and thrive in your freshman year at ESSM, get to know and meet new friends, ask questions, and simply connect. Parents, there will be a special break out session for you too! Our time together will be recorded!

Teachers New Students Must Know

Our PTA Needs You!

The google document is editable and ready to receive names of interested parents, teachers and students to jump start our PTA! Join us, please! Sign up Deadline: September 7, 2020.

Congratulations Courtney Gilbeaux!

ESSM 2020 Senior, Courtney Gilbeaux was awarded a scholarship from the Dallas Schools Administrators Association. A virtual ceremony was conducted in the honor of several Dallas ISD seniors on Wednesday, August 13, 2020. Courtney will be attending Southern University in Baton Rouge this fall.

Family and Community Engagement

The Family & Community Engagement Office will be hosting Week 2 of the Virtual Parent Conference on August 18th, 19th, & 20th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the district web page below. The schedule and registration link can be found at

Meet Ms. M. Jordan, ESSM Counselor

Ms. Jordan is beginning her second year at ESSM as our counselor. Her office is locaated on the first floor. This matters because most of our counselors are housed on the second floor. Ms. Jordan spends some time there as well. Should you have any questions regarding your schedule, transitioning to high school, or other challenges, please reach out to her to receive fast, friendly, focused, and flexible service!

Please Remember to Sign Up for Our PTA!!!

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Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services

At our school, ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE is the priority. We are a magnet school that provides a rigorous college-preparatory program along with a career and technology emphasis that prepares students for success in their college and career endeavors. Students graduating from the Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services earn more than a high school diploma. They gain the knowledge, skills, and experiences to make their college and career goals a reality.