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May Calendar

5/2 12/16

5 6 pm

Young Womens STEAM Academy

at Balch Springs Middle School
710 Cheyenne Road, Dallas, 75217
(more info at

6 7 pm

Community Conversation with the

Kimball High School
3606 Westmoreland Rd., Dallas, 75211


5 6 pm

Young Mens Leadership

Academy at Florence MS

1625 N. Masters Dr., Dallas 75217

(more info at


9 am 12


DISD Teacher Job Fair

8:30 am
9:30 am
8:30 am
12:30 pm



Get more information by contacting:

Volunteer and Partnership Services

Phone: 972-925-5440


Volunteer Orientation

Dallas ISD Administration Bldg

3700 Ross Ave., Dallas, 75204

Empowering Our Students

Technology Symposium

11:30 am

Dallas ISD Board Briefing

9 am 12

Prep U South Oak Cliff Feeder

South Oak Cliff HS
3601 S. Marsalis Ave., Dallas, 75216
>>> Must RSVP by May 6th <<<

1 pm

DCS Board Meeting

5 6 pm

Young Womens STEAM Academy

at Balch Springs Middle School
Young Mens Leadership
Academy at Florence MS
Dallas ISD Board Meeting


5 6 pm


6 pm


May 10th 8:30 9:30 am | June 14, 2016 8:30 9:30 am

Dallas ISD Administrations Building
3700 Avenue, Dallas, Texas

Mothers Day

12 3 pm


Want to volunteer for Dallas ISD for any school

in any department? Attend and upcoming orientation:

Emmett Conrad HS
7502 Fair Oaks Ave., Dallas, 75231

DCS Technology & Training Center

5151 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, 75228
Register online at



STAAR Testing

Memorial Day Holiday

DISD & NEA-Dallas will be closed

What are Prep U Super Saturdays in the district?

In addition to the weekday family workshop series, the Office of Family and Community
Engagement in collaboration with schools in the high school feeder patterns offer PREP
U Super Saturdays, fun and informational fairs for families. In addition to dozens of
resource tables from community organizations, free health screenings and educational
tables, these free events have games, giveaways, free food and refreshments, and
student entertainment. Super Saturdays take place from 9 a.m. to noon and offer a
great opportunity for families to spend a fun and educational day together.
For more information about the PREP University Workshop Series and Super
Saturdays, contact the Office of Family and Community Engagement at (972)
925-3916 or email at You can now follow them on
Facebook at

NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program

End of the Year Celebration 2016

May 14th - Saturday
12:00 pm 2:30 pm

Brandon Watson (512) 520-7248


The Old Mill Inn

6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520

Dallas, Texas 75206

(at Fair Park)

3611 Grand Avenue

Dallas, TX 75210

NEA-Dallas Members Free
+1 Guest/Non-Member - $20

Monday Friday
8:30 am 5:00 pm
[Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays]
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

MAY 2016

Are you
retiring this
year &
planning to
Let us know
your name &
years of service,
& NEA-Dallas
can recognize
you at this

Lunch will only be served from 12:15 12:45 pm

NEA-Dallas members are cordially invited to attend the annual End

of the Year Celebration! Come and enjoy food, desserts, and door
prize drawings as we celebrate the ending of the 2015-2016 school
Everyone MUST call or email to reserve a seat no later than 4:30 pm
on Friday, May 6, 2016. No walk-ins will be allowed.

Malinda McKee
TSTA Staff
(214) 923-2768 cell

E.J. Stewart
Office Manager
(214) 821-2061

Lunch will ONLY be served within the 12:15-12:45 pm time frame.

Only ONE guest/non-member per NEA-Dallas member is allowed and

prepaid by the 4:30 pm deadline on May 6, 2016. All reservations are
finalized in advance, therefore, no payments can be accepted at the
door. No exceptions.



TSTA Help Center


Cash, checks and money orders made out to NEA-Dallas are accepted
by drop-off (by the above deadline), or you may mail your payment to
our office at 6500 Greenville Avenue, SUITE 520, Dallas, TX 75206,
provided it is postmarked before the deadline. We recommend you call
to verify whether we received your payment or not, to avoid confusion
at check-in.
RSVP to E.J. Stewart, Office Manager at 214-821-2061 or email:

NEA-Dallas Board of Directors

Angela Davis
Vice President
Mary D. Smith
VP of Teacher Affairs
Delna Bryan
Sheila Walker
John Luster
Diane Birdwell
Peggy Rodgers-Pickron

A Message from the President
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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6. 2016 with National
Teacher Day being May 3rd. Lets show our teachers how
much they mean to us!

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ESP Highlight: Technical Services

A peek into the technical services profession and a few fun
facts about it.

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May AR Spotlight
Find out why Hope Lee & Dale Kaiser were chosen to be in
the spotlight as Association Representatives.

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District Summer Hours Schedule

Central staff hourly and biweekly employee schedules and

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$1,000 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Winner

Thomas Jefferson High School boys track was congratulated
as the winner of the California Casualty Insurance athletics
grant of $1,000!

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Prep University Super Saturdays

Fun and informative fairs for families with free fun, health
screenings, educational tables, games, & food, & events.

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A Message from the


We keep technology up-to-date. We facilitate

student learning. We bring school news to
the community.

By Angela Davis
It seems as if the 2015-2016 school
year has flown by! As you all
know, while the school year may
come to a close, our stand for your
rights as employees never does.
TSTA filed its suit against Texas
Education Commissioner Mike
Morath for his new teacher
evaluation plan. This Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System
(T-TESS) replaces the PDAS as the state-recommended teacher
appraisal system and is scheduled to go into effect on July 1st. As this
lawsuit progresses, NEA-Dallas will keep you updated on social
media as well as our website at You may also stay
updated at the website under the News tab.
We want to be sure to extend many, many heartfelt thanks to each
and every one of our educators in Dallas ISD, not only during
National Teacher Appreciation Week, but every day. Teaching is a
work of the heart, and we support and applaud the effort each of you
puts forth!
We look forward to seeing everyone at the End of the Year
Celebration on May 14th!

We lead the effort to maintain high standards of technology and

communications in our schools. We install, repair and upgrade computers
and networks that enable the timely communication of essential information
between parents, school district employees, and students. We mentor
students, teachers, and staff in the use of the latest computing and Internet
technologies. In order to maintain high standards, technical service ESPs are
continually learning about the trends and innovations in our fields. Sharing
this knowledge directly contributes to student success in our rapidly changing
* 49% of us work at school buildings,
20% work at central offices or
administrative centers, and 15%
work at multiple sites

* 96% work full time

MAY 2 6
Join NEAs 2016 #ThankATeacher Campaign!
Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need
one. Extra help when were having trouble. A welcoming presence when
everything else seems out of control. And though we know we cant ever
thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher
Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators
in our lives.

A picture of yourself with your favorite teacher, past or present;

A picture of your child with his or her teacher;

A picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with a simple

message saying Thank You to a teacher and why youre thanking
him or her.

Be sure to use the hashtag #ThankATeacher when sharing.

Lets show our teachers how much they mean to us!

National Teacher Day May 3rd

DCS AR: Dale Kaiser is AR at the Dallas

County Schools Administration Building. As an
NEA-Dallas member Dale has stepped up not
only to help out during important events such as
a House of Delegates meeting, but also as a
voice for fellow members. He attends meetings,
supports the mission of his organization, and
continues to be a vital part of NEADallas/TSTA/NEA & what keeps it strong.

* Computer Operators &

* Systems Analysis

* The average age is 48

* Media & Public Relations

* We are 2% of the total NEA


* Writers & Editors

* Designers, Photographers, &
Graphic Artists

NEA-Dallas thanks you for all you do!

Well educated and experienced. Thirty-one percent have an

associates degree, 27% have a Bachelors, and 9% a Masters,
Professional, or higher degree.
Committed to students and our careers. Forty-eight percent
have spent their own money to purchase food or school supplies
for students. Eighty-eight percent plan to stay in the ESP field and
68 plan to stay in their current jobs until retirement. On average,
NEAs technical service ESPs have been working in the ESP field
for 13 years.
Active in the school community. Sixty-three percent live in the
communities where they work. Thirty-one percent have supported
a parent organization. Twenty percent have volunteered to read
books to students and 21 percent have coached or supported a
sports program.
Focused on safety. Forty-five percent have job responsibilities
that involve promoting school safety. Ninety-three percent believe
bullying is a problem in their schools. Seventy-six percent believe
that it is their job to intervene when bullying occurs and 76 percent
feel they have effective strategies for handling bullying situations.

Central Staff employees will work a four-day work week and the District will
close on Fridays during a portion of the summer. Central office hours during
the summer will be 7am until 6pm, Monday through Thursday.

Monthly Employees employees paid monthly will work the four-day

work week from June 6 through August 5, 2016 and resume their
regular work hours on August 8, 2016.

Biweekly Employees employees paid biweekly will work a four-day

work week from June 10 through July 28, 2016, NOT working on June
10th if they participate in the four-day. They will resume their regular
work schedule July 29, 2016.

The District will be closed for Summer Break from July 5 8, 2016.
Unless otherwise approved by your Chief, employees are not allowed
to work for pay while the District is closed. July 4 th is a holiday, and
employees will report back to work on July 10th.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND supervisors may require employees to change their
daily work schedule, work overtime and/or work on Fridays for operational
needs, instead of adhering to the summer schedule. It is the employees
responsibility to consult the supervisor for the start, end, and lunch times for
their daily work schedule during the summer.
JUNE 5 AUGUST 5, 2016 and JULY 5 - 8, 2016. Our summer
office hours will be 8:30 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday.
TSTA will still be able to be reached 7am 7pm at 1-877-ASK-TSTA,
Monday Friday.

Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High

School, winner of athletics grant
By NEA-Dallas


DALE KAISER Dallas County Schools / Supervisor

AR Spotlight because she definitely shines as an
AR for NEA-Dallas! As a member and Area 3
NEA-Dallas Board Member, Hope Lee is sure to
attend meetings, serve whenever needed, and
grow the organization through recruitment and

* Audiovisual, Language, Science,

Mechanical, and Electrical Techs

* Data Processing Specialists

HOPE LEE Blair Elementary / Teacher

DISD AR: Hope Lee was selected for May



* 73% are married

Join NEA and the National PTA in saying Thank You by sharing one
of the following on social media during Teacher Appreciation Week,
May 2-6:



Dallas ISD policy can be searched online.

Go to
Click on the tab Board of Trustees.
Click the link Board Policy & Procedures.
Scroll down to find & click the following link:
Search by policy name, keyword, or by advanced
There is an app to keep up with Dallas ISD news!
Get access to news, cafeteria menus, school bus routes, and
messages from schools using your Apple or Android smart
phones app from School Way. The FREE APP
offers information in English and Spanish.
Parents also can access their students
information and grades on the Parent Portal
through the app.

Last month we were happy to announce

that California Casualty Insurance
selected Thomas Jefferson High School
Dallas (boys track) as one of its two
high schools in Texas to receive a
California Casualty Thomas R. Brown
Athletics Grant (TRBAG) award for the
2015-2016 academic year. Each school
Brandon Watson, California Casualty,
presents Principal Sandi Massey the
received $1000 for their sports programs
check. (Also pictured is Trustee
mentioned. Our AR at Thomas Jefferson
Edwin Flores.)
HS is Delna Bryan. She was present to
help Brandon Watson, Representative for
California Casualty, award and congratulate the team.
In the last four years, Texas public high school sports programs have received at total
of $8,500 in grant awards.

National School Nurses Day

May 6, 2016
National Paraprofessionals Day
May 11, 2016
National Police Week
May 16 20

The Thomas Jefferson High School Boys

Track Team, one of their coaches, and
California Casualty Representative Brandon

AR Delna Bryan congratulates the boys track

team as they are presented their grant award.