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Quick notes on education and local youth programs

Special to The Dallas Examiner | 4/23/2018, 5:45 p.m.
Dallas ISD “Adaptive Robotics” teams are gearing up to show off their robots and skills during a scrimmage, April 27.
A Dallas ISD student reveals her robot created through the “Adaptive Robotics” program. Dallas ISD

Special to The Dallas Examiner

• Expanding robotics program offers opportunities for students

Dallas ISD “Adaptive Robotics” teams are gearing up to show off their robots and skills during a scrimmage, April 27.

Students receiving special education services have the opportunity to explore basic concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. Expanding from five teams participating during the 2016-2017 school year, there are nine participating secondary campuses this year.

In several district elementary specialized classrooms, the robotics experiences are being expanded through the use of robots such as the Ozobot and the BeeBot. Students will use these robots to solve problems and to participate in academic tasks.

At the first spring semester scrimmage in February at Loos Field House, students worked on social skills, community involvement, higher-level thinking, and problem solving.

The Special Education Department and Dallas ISD STEM Department continue to collaborate to provide opportunities for students receiving special education services to explore the growing field of STEM.

• Annual Male Initiative Summit focuses on academic success

Mountain View College will be hosting its annual Male Initiative Summit to help minority male students find their voices and commit to academic success April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college campus, located at 4849 W. Illinois Ave.

Michael W. Waters, activist and pastor at Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the keynote speaker.

Students will be paired with mentors and resources that will help them develop confidence to pursue their education, according to Initiative coordinator Courtney Brazile.

“We are working to better engage and retain our minority students,” Brazile said. “Engaging them in the classroom and intheir academics is essential if they are going to complete college and graduate. We want students to use their voices to become agents of change in their communities.”

The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Registration is required and high school students from neighboring schools are invited to participate as well.

For more information, call Brazile at 972-860-7164 or email CourtneyBrazile@dcccd.edu. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dcccd-male-initiative-summit-tickets-43338196713.

• Dallas ISD Food Services taking feedback on school district meals

Each school year, Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services serves an estimated 40 million meals to district students.

FCNS meals and services are an important part of Dallas ISD’s Coordinated School Health initiative that aims to promote overall wellness of families in and out of school. All district schools offer free breakfast – most make breakfast available in the classrooms – lunch and select campuses also serve dinner as part of after-school programs.

Students and parents now have an opportunity to feed FCNS opinions about school meals through the annual School Meal Survey. Responses will help shape next year’s school menus and will be accepted through the end of the school year.

Another initiative include Harvest of the Month that highlights healthy food grown in Texas, with meals featuring a specific item and encouraging students to try something new. Also, the department offers meals to children ages 18 and younger at select sites in while school is out for summer.