Bryan Adams Schools Updates

June 3, 2015

Great Community, Great Schools

Letter from Your Executive Director

Feeder Celebrations

  • Six Dallas ISD Teams Earn Honors @ Destination Imagination Global Finals
  • Bryan Adams Destination Team Places 2nd @ Globals
  • Bryan Adams Host Career Day
  • Bryan Adams Celebrates Parents & Volunteers
  • Bryan Adams Color Guard Presents Colors at Wounded Warriors vs Cowboy Game
  • Bryan Adams Host "Operation Meet- a- Hero"
  • Congratulations Robert Allison Finalist for 2015 TI STEM Innovation Award
  • Gaston Softball Team wins District Champs
  • Robert T. Hill Winners of Digital Winner Fair
  • Gill Elementary Volunteers
  • Kiest Elementary Kicks off Summer Reading Program
  • Upcoming Events
  • Dallas Public Libraries Host Summer Book Buddies
  • SMU Coaching Class - Summer Session June 1 - 30
  • District to Host Parent & Community Meetings
  • Education Update/Edutopia May 15th
  • Starting Student Feedback Loops

Links for Feeder Use

  • BA Roaring Readers Volunteer Link

Letter From Executive Director, Jolee Healey

Good Morning Bryan Adams Feeder Family,

Thank you for your service and partnership in serving the students and families from our East Dallas community. It has been an outstanding year of growth with so many accomplishments to celebrate. For our final newsletter, I wanted to highlight just a few of the many accomplishments we achieved this year as a feeder pattern: we developed strong literacy programs, increased volunteerism, increased our college going-culture with colorful college banners, converted Sanger to a PK-8 Dual Language school, and initiated the Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy. In addition, our students won academic competitions, had winning athletic seasons and increased the amount of scholarships received for the Class of 2015. As a community, we spread our feeder pattern pride with a successful green and white yard sign campaign throughout Cougar Country. It all adds up to an exciting year made possible by the work of countless dedicated and talented people.

I am so proud of our work together and now, after ten years in our feeder pattern, I have accepted a new role. I will be serving as the Executive Director for the ACE “Accelerating Campus Excellence” schools. As many of you know, the ACE initiative is focused on transforming the most struggling schools in our district through strong leadership, effective teachers, and high expectations. This is a call to action to close the achievement gap and ensure all students are equipped to reach their full potential in college and career-readiness. With the support of partnerships with mission-centered professionals and community members, we are ready to change the trajectory of students’ lives through the power of a quality education.

Please know that I consider Cougar Country home and feel honored to have built so many special relationships. I am leaving you in good hands. Jo Anne Hughes, former Reading First Director and Dallas ISD principal, will serve as your new Executive Director. We will both remain working under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent Israel Cordero. Thank you for your relentless dedication to students.

I am confident that our schools will continue to thrive and that the Bryan Adams feeder pattern will truly become the exemplar of college-readiness and community pride and unity.

Go Cougars!


Six Dallas ISD teams earn honors at Destination Imagination global finals

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Bryan Adams Destination Imagination Team Places 2nd at Globals

For the second year in a row, the Bryan Adams Destination Imagination team was one of the selected DISD teams to advance to the final competition. Last year the team placed 3rd out of 46 teams in their category. This year, the "Literacy Militia" placed 2nd out of 40 teams, making them the highest ranked team in Texas in their category of Project Outreach. Teams from all over the world travel to compete and our students remained tenacious and collaborated effectively in order to gain a great victory! The team members were Julian Carrillo, Alejandro Arteaga, Karen Macias, Anel Quevedo, Gabriel Ortiz, Thomas Jennings, and Daniela Gonzalez.

Congrats, Cougars!

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Bryan Adams Host Career Day

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Bryan Adams hosted an EXCELLENT Career Day. Over 20 members of the community and local businesses received breakfast, certificates, and gift boxes for their participation. Thank you to all of the participants!
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Bryan Adams Celebrates Parents and Volunteers

On the evening of Thursday, May 21, 2015, Bryan Adams hosted a Parent & Volunteer Celebration Dinner, in which active parents and volunteers from the 2014-2015 school year were honored. All attendees received gift bags and certificates, as well as dinner and dessert courtesy of the Bryan Adams Culinary Arts department. A slideshow featuring students and staff holding a "Thank you, volunteers" sign played in the background. Special awards such as "Outstanding Leadership", "Very Involved Parent" and a "Community Service" certificate were awarded by the Bryan Adams Community Liaison, while Communities in Schools (CIS) awarded parents and volunteers with certificates and mini-trophies. Bryan Adams appreciates all of our parents and volunteers!

You can view the slideshow on the Bryan Adams website ( or by clicking here:

Special thanks to:

  • Bryan Adams Culinary Arts Department
  • Communities in Schools
  • DISD's Volunteer and Partnership Services
  • Bryan Adams Library Staff
  • Casa View Elementary Community Liaison- Maria Casarez

Bryan Adams Color Guard presents colors at Wounded Warriors vs Cowboys Game

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Bryan Adams hosts annual "Operation Meet-A-Hero"

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Congratulations Robert Allison Finalist for 2015 TI STEM Innovation Award

Congratulations, Robert Allison! Coach Allison was selected as one of seven teachers who will represent the Dallas Independent School District as a finalist for the 2015 TI STEM Innovation Awards! We appreciate his devotion for providing innovative instruction using technology with our students at Bryan Adams High School.

Gaston Softball Team wins District Championship

Congratulations to the Gaston softball team! They clinched the district championship by defeating J. L. Long 13 - 8. Way to go Lady Panthers!

Robert T. Hill Winners of Digital Media Fair

The Health & Physical Education Department would like to congratulate the following students who submitted projects to the Digital Media Fair! These winning projects will be on display at Tech Fest 2015 (Thursday May 21st, from 6-8:30pm, at Ann Richards MS).

Digital Video – Middle School...1st Place!

Gill Elementary Volunteer Appreciation

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Kiest Elementary Kicked off Summer Reading Program

Last week, Kiest Elementary, in partnership with the White Rock Hills Branch Library, launched their summer reading program with a Literacy Pep Rally that was enjoyed by students and parents. Students received information about the Mayor's Summer Reading Program and how they can continue learning in the summer.

Up Coming Events

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District to host Parent & Community Meetings

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SMU Coaching Class for Instructional Coaches and Lead Teachers - Summer Session June 1 - 30

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