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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 12/2/2013, 1:15 a.m.

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This year, Dallas ISD and the city of Dallas are joining forces to take a stand against bullying with the Take the Lead: Be a HERO – Help, Encourage, and Respect Others – campaign. The collaboration brings Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings together in a joint public service announcement encouraging everyone to take a stand against bullying.

The national statistics show that 160,000 students miss school each day because of bullying-related issues; it is a leading factor of suicides among children ages 11-16 and 60 percent of bullies have been charged with a crime by age 24.

The initiative began on Monday and will run through Friday. All schools will participate in several activities geared toward providing effective ways to prevent bullying. For more information, visit http://www.dallasisd.org.


South Dallas Cultural Center and Thriving Minds are collaborating to share the love of music and excitement of jazz improvisation with the next generation. The Thriving Minds Youth Jazz Orchestra brings together some of the top jazz musicians in North Texas to lead instrument-specific clinics and workshops in an effort to meet and increase interest in music education and offer classes not available in public schools.

The program is free for youth 12 years of age and older but space is limited. Classes take place on Saturdays during November and December from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Students interested in the program should have their own instrument, unless they play piano or drum kit. Registration is open until the end of the year. For more information, call 214-939-2787.


Twelve high schools advanced to regional competition after their performance in the Dallas ISD Academic Decathlon on Saturday. The event, held at Emmett J. Conrad High School, highlighted students from 16 Dallas ISD high schools.

The teams moving onto regionals are:

• School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

• School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

• Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

• School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

• H. Grady Spruce High School

• Sunset High School

• W.T. White High School

• Hillcrest High School

• Moises E. Molina High School

• Emmett J. Conrad High School

• Bryan Adams High School

• James Madison High School

Winners of the Super Quiz:

• H. Grady Spruce High School, 1st place, medium school division

• School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, 1st place large school division

Regionals will be held Jan. 24 and Jan. 25.