Thursday, November 23, 2017

DISD In The News



 
Posted by DISD Communications on Tuesday, Nov 7th, 2017.

Designing neighborhoods at B. Mac Intermediate School

B. McDaniel's library recently became the site of a mock City of Denison Planning Commission meeting, with 35 B. Mac 6th graders presenting community planning projects for approval by Denison City Manager Jud Rex, Planning Manager Steven Doss, and B. Mac Social Studies teachers Erin Boling and Joya Walters. According to Rex, all 35 students arrived at the library with open minds, eager to learn. After dividing into six groups, the students spent the first 15 minutes absorbing detailed instructions from Rex and Doss on how to plan and design quality neighborhoods, followed by a half-hour of actually putting their plan on paper for formal presentations to the Commission, which occupied the final 15 minutes of the class. "We were so excited to meet and interact with such a dynamic group of smart and creative students," said Rex. "Each student group was given a poster board that had land, water and hills on it. We then challenged the kids to design a quality neighborhood around the natural terrain, carefully designating roads and building sites for 30 houses in the neighborhood. We were really impressed with the quality of the plans and designs the students submitted." Walters said that rapid northward growth of the Metroplex helped the teachers decide that community planning would make a very timely and interesting project for their sixth graders. "Our goal was three-fold: to introduce our kids to key local people who are instrumental in crucial city planning that impacts their futures; to increase awareness among our students about current environmental issues and challenge them to come up with positive solutions; and to stoke excitement and interest in the field of community planning. We have new curriculum this year in Social Studies that has a lot of concepts our kids are being introduced to for the very first time. This project proved to be a perfect fit. We actually extended the session into the classroom with a reflection on what the kids could have done differently or added to their projects to further enhance and improve them." B. Mac Principal Alvis Dunlap commended Rex and Stevens for taking time out of their busy schedules to help students learn and grow in positive directions. "Learning opportunities made possible by knowledgeable community partners continue to stimulate curiosity and drive learning and success among our B. McDaniel students," said B. McDaniel Principal Alvis Dunlap. "We are very grateful for this kind of positive community involvement that helps our kids grow into tomorrow's successful leaders."

B. McDaniel Principal Alvis Dunlap, Assistant Principal Susan Arthur, and 6th grade Social Studies teachers Joya Walters and Erin Boling brainstormed with six hard-working groups of students during the early stages of a recent community planning project that paired City officials with B. Mac students.

Denison City Manager Jud Rex and City Planner Steven Doss praised sixth grade Social Studies students for the great job they did planning and designing neighborhoods. "Each group of students was given a poster board with land, water and hills on it. We then challenged the kids to designate roads and building sites for 30 houses," said Rex. "We were really impressed with the quality of the plans and designs the students submitted."

 

A group of sixth grade Social Studies students put the finishing touches on the neighborhood they planned and designed for  a mock Planning Commission comprised of Denison City Manager Jud Rex, City Planner Steven Doss and B. Mac Social Studies teachers Joya Walters and Erin Boling.


B. McDaniel sixth graders listened closely as City Manager Jud Rex and City Planner Steven Doss explained important planning and design concepts for creating quality neighborhoods. "Learning opportunities made possible by knowledgeable community partners continue to stimulate curiosity and drive learning and success among our students," said B. Mac Principal Alvis Dunlap. "We are very grateful for this kind of positive community involvement that helps our kids grow into tomorrow's successful leaders."

Posted by DISD Communications on Tuesday, Nov 7th, 2017.

DISD students aid Hurricane Harvey victims

 

Caring students and staff on campuses across Denison ISD have generously opened their hearts and pocketbooks to aid South Texas families whose educational and personal lives have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

At B. McDaniel Intermediate School, students just wrapped up a month-long book drive to benefit an intermediate school in Houston that was particularly hard-hit by Harvey.

"We set up collection boxes around our school and throughout the district and community to collect books and cash donations to help students and schools in Texas coastal communities who are hurting because of Hurricane Harvey," said B. Mac teacher Sarah Heflin. "The response has been tremendous, with students and teachers bringing hundreds of books to fill the boxes. A lot of people have donated money, and we also sponsored a t-shirt sale to help raise money. We are privileged to work in a school district that cares about people and will roll up their sleeves to help those less fortunate. We're all extremely proud of this project and how we're helping others."

Elsewhere across the district, Denison High School's National Honor Society raised almost $350 in one week for Harvey relief. "We decided to donate the money to Convoy of Hope because they were directly involved in Texas and Louisiana -- and all money donated to them goes directly to Hurricane Harvey victims and nowhere else," said NHS sponsor David Bullard.

  Mayes Elementary School raised $487 for Hurricane Harvey relief and donated it to the Red Cross. Neighboring B. McDaniel Intermediate School raised an additional $632 through a student popcorn sale. DISD's Administration building raised over $900. The list is long and the efforts continue.

"We want our neighbors in South Texas to know that they are not forgotten…and that we're devoted to helping them rebuild in every way possible," said B. McDaniel Principal Alvis Dunlap.  "Our kids and staff simply want to do what we can to ease the suffering…to let them know we care. I'm extremely proud of our school and our entire district for the kindness and compassion they have displayed. It's just very heartwarming to be a part of this great school district."

  Kristi Hernandez, Chief Communications Officer at Region 4 which serves one of the hardest-hit areas, expressed heartfelt gratitude for DISD's generosity. "Thank you so much for the support your school district is providing. Your donations will assist our 49 public school districts and 36 open-enrollment charter schools, representing more than 1.2 million students, 95,000 educators, and 1,500 campuses as they work to recover and repair from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. On behalf of our schools, please extend our gratitude and thanks to the members of your district who so generously offered to help. We cannot thank you enough nor tell you how much we appreciate the support."

Second graders at Mayes Elementary gathered around teacher Stephanie Harvey to flash the "V for Victory" sign after raising almost $500 to donate to the Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Money poured in at B. McDaniel Intermediate School during a campus-wide popcorn sale and other projects that benefited victims of Hurricane Harvey. "We want our neighbors in South Texas to know that they are not forgotten," said Principal Alvis Dunlap.

 

Denison High School's National Honor Society, including officers and project organizers (from left) Caiden Geesling, Conner Massenburg , Haylee Cannon, Katy Bonham, Courtney Gillespie and Wilson Kirkbride, raised almost $350 in one week for Hurricane Harvey relief. "We decided to donate the money to Convoy of Hope because they were directly involved in Texas and Louisiana, and all money donated goes directly to Hurricane Harvey victims and nowhere else," said NHS sponsor David Bullard.

B. McDaniel students gathered book donations daily during the school's month-long Hurricane Harvey benefit activities. "We set up collection boxes around our school and throughout the district and community…and the response has been tremendous," said B. Mac teacher Sarah Heflin. "We collected hundreds of books and also made a lot of money off popcorn and t-shirt sales. We are very privileged to work in a school district that cares about people."