The Texas A&M Commerce Music Building received an Outstanding Design Award from the American School and University Magazine. Congratulations to the team and to Texas A&M. Click here to view the submission online.
I was recently honored to serve as Principal for a Day at Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School. Principal for a Day is a Dallas Independent School District project that brings community leaders into schools across the district. It was truly inspirational to witness firsthand, the dedication and professionalism of the faculty and staff. After morning announcements, I observed a student success team meeting. All of a student’s teachers team with a counselor to ensure a focused and coordinated team approach to coaching the student through their academic challenges. It is a method that seems sure to lead the way to student success. In visiting several classrooms, I saw passionate, talented teachers and engaged students. I may have only been a principal for one day but in that I felt privileged to witness just a small part of the day to day for several teachers and administrators within the Dallas Independent School District.
POSTED BY: LISA W. LAMKIN, AIA
BRW recently attended this year’s TASA TASB convention held at the Austin Convention Center. The Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards (TASA TASB) have been hosting this annual convention since 1960.
BRW was well represented by Lisa Lamkin, AIA , Jeff Choyce, AIA, Malia Nix, and Doug Hankins, Assoc. AIA. This dynamic team spent the convention meeting school administrators and school board members from across the state as well as while attending several seminar sessions. Listening to LaVar Burton speak Saturday morning was one of the highlights of the convention. BRW congratulates the Honor School Boards: Cedar Hill ISD, Klein ISD, Longview ISD, McAllen ISD, and Northwest ISD.
The past year has been a busy one for the North Texas Chapter of CEFPI. Just 11 months ago we changed our name, more than doubled our chapter programs, planned a successful inaugural golf tournament and designed a new chapter sponsored grant program; our IMPACT Award. CEFPI is an organization bringing professionals together who impact the school facility environment through design, planning and construction of school facilities. We now have an ability to further impact the school community we serve with an annual grant program selecting one of many worthy projects to sponsor with a cash award of $5000. The award vision statement:
To enhance the usability of an educational space with a permanent
enhancement or modification and to impact the community; supporting its involvement in the local education process
I was honored this week to celebrate this vision becoming reality with our first Impact Award given to the Fort Worth ISD’s Polytechnic High School – Family and Consumer Sciences “Poly’s Community Garden”.
The submittal for Poly’s community garden presented a persuasive argument for how their project met our award criteria:
- How will this investment impact the students at the school receiving the award?
- How will this investment impact, encourage and promote future community involvement in the school?
- Long term, how significant is the anticipated result from this investment?
Representing Fort Worth ISD in accepting the award were:
- Art Cavazos
Chief of District Operations
- Tobi Jackson
Board Member – District 2
- Daniel Scroggins
Polytechnic High School Principal
There is a clear and strong vision to have this become a ‘community garden’ as well as a school project which is incredibly powerful. The development of the project is planned to be executed by students and the surrounding community over the next school year. I look forward to seeing the impact Poly’s Community Garden makes in the Polytechnic High School Community as the chapter visits next year to see the results!
Lisa W. Lamkin, AIA, CSI, LEEP AP BD+C, CEFPI
President, North Texas Chapter, CEFPI
As a Dallas ISD parent and volunteer I get several publications sent to the house about the district’s growth (boring), money (drama), test scores (disappointing), and this time about CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SCHOOLS (Awesome!). Right there was picture of our very own renovation and addition of the Woodrow Wilson High School. The article is titled, “Applause, Applause for New Additions to Woodrow Wilson”. I quote… “Woodrow Wilson High School, the only International Baccalaureate World School in the Dallas ISD, is growing and improving, breaking new ground both physically and academically, all to the benefit of more than 1,500 students.”
As a DISD parent, I appreciate all the work, sweat, and effort BRW puts into its projects. Standing Ovation from me.
Click here for details and a progress update as well as photos from the groundbreaking: http://dallasisd2008bond.org/index.php/schools/detail/Woodrow_Wilson_High_School/
POSTED BY: MALIA NIX
Congratulations to the Fort Worth Independent School District for their leadership in promoting sustainability. John T. White Elementary has just been confirmed as a CHPS VERIFIED high performance school. Click here to learn more about CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) and the Fort Worth ISD.
Construction for Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School officially began with the groundbreaking ceremony held Thursday, May 31st. The ceremony was held indoors at neighboring San Jacinto Elementary School‘s auditorium because of muddy site conditions caused by two days of rain. That, however, didn’t temper the celebratory spirit of attendees, including elementary school children, school district representatives, a former student of Ms. Thelma Richardson and construction team members from filling the space with the anticipation of welcoming a bright, modern facility into the neighborhood.
The ceremony began with a welcome and Pledge of Allegiance from Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School students. The San Jacinto Elementary School Choir performed for the crowd. Anecdotes and remembrances were shared by Deardra Hayes-Whigham, senior Executive Director of the South Central Elementary Learning Community, Bernadette Nutall, DISD Trustee – District 9, Shirley Ison-Newsome, Interim Division Executive, Rita Cloman, and Marian Willard, Principal of James Madison High School and former student of Thelma Richardson. Ed Levine, Executive Director of Construction Services for DISD then described highlights of the new facility. The symbolic earth-shoveling followed on the auditorium stage, with a long trough of sand substituting for the mud on the construction site. Special guests and the construction team members, as well as, many of the children took the opportunity to lend a hand in breaking ground for Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School.
POSTED BY: ISAAC ROBINSON