Dallas School District
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The Dallas School District provides excellence in education to inspire all students to learn, lead, achieve, and succeed.
The Dallas School District has a vision focused on excellence in education. We utilize a rigorous, relevant, practical curriculum, technologically dynamic instruction, co-curricular opportunities, the workplace, and the community to help our students become collaborative, competitive, resourceful, and resilient. Our students will grow, learn, and develop through opportunities that support a variety of interests, preparing them to become responsible digital and global citizens, ready for college or a career. Our community values of responsibility, honesty, diversity, and strong work ethic will be central to our schools.
Upcoming Events & News
District Calendar Revised
Please be aware that the 2018-19 school calendar has been revised. Click on the menu item on the left to view the new calendar. Changes include:
October 26, 2018 - Act 80 Day - Early dismissal for students
November 21, 2018 - Half Day - Early dismissal for students/faculty
December 21, 2018 - Half Day - Early dismissal for students/faculty
April 16, 2019 - Half Day - Early dismissal for students/faculty
May 3, 2019 - Act 80 Day - Early dismissal for students
May 31, 2019 - Act 80 Day - Early dismissal for students
Please view the revised calendar for further details. Please contact your child's principal with questions.
The Dallas School Board (DSB) and Dallas Education Association (DEA) have ratified a contract that will be in effect through the school year 2022-2023. The contract was agreed upon during a negotiation session on 9/19/2018. It was then voted and passed by the DEA on 9/20 and the DSB on 9/23. Appreciation and thanks to the community, staff and students for their patience and support during this process. The future of the Dallas School District is bright with students, staff, administration and the community working together towards shared goals and continued success.
District to Conduct Drills in October
The month of October will allow for a variety of safety drills to be conducted in concert with Back Mountain Regional Fire and EMS and Dallas Township Police. Drills will be conducted by our community partners without advanced notice and will result in increased emergency vehicles on campus, students positioned outside of buildings, increased internal radio communication, and other authentic tactical, practice operations.
In the event of a real emergency, parents and community will be notified via automated texts and calls. Please contact your child's principal with questions.
The 2017-2018 Girls team has been ranked 6th in the nation of Class 5 public high schools (1-900 enrollment). Girls are represented by Class 5 through 8 (greater than 1900).
Row 1 Coach Paul Mierzwa, Coach Romayne Mosier and Coach Grant Luksic
Row 2 Olivia Roback, Emma Thomas, Hannah Thomas, Gianna Leo, Abbey Zolner, Amanda Puza and Gabby Krochta
Row 3 Mia Reinert, Abby Sutzko, Jaelyn Shaver, Jennifer Leonard, Sydney Bittner, Lindsey Jorda, Annalise Chescire, Kaitlyn Van Etten, Melissa Leonard and Jacy Muldoon.
Transportation Updates for the 2018-2019 School Year
General Transportation (large, traditional school buses)
Bus stops and pick up time have been updated, Review your stop and pick up time using the transportation page on our website. Click Departments and Services and next Transportation. For question regarding regular education transportation begin my calling the main office of your child’s school.
Meet the Driver - August 31, 2018
A practice run of all (typical, full size buses) will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018. A.M. secondary and elementary routes will be completed as they will be n the first day of school. Mid-day kindergarten routes will also be run. Students and families are encouraged to participate by being at their bus stop at the time listed on the stop sheets found online to meet the bus driver and alleviate any concerns prior to the first day of school.
Special Transportation (mini-buses and vans)
Parents of children who receive special transportation will receive a confirmation communication of stops and pick-up/drop off times during the week of August 27, 2018. For questions regarding special education transportation please call Mrs. Amanda Speicher at 570-674-2887
Non-public and West Side CTC Transportation
Parents of children who receive transportation to non-public schools who have not already been contacted and have questions should send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate needs or concerns. For questions regarding non-public transportation please call 570-675-5201.
2018 LifeSmarts National Champions
San Diego, CA—The student team from Dallas, PA, coached by Kevin West, was crowned national LifeSmarts champions in San Diego at the 24th annual National LifeSmarts Championship. In an exciting match against the Hawaii state champion team from ‘Iolani High School in Honolulu, the teens from Dallas High School outplayed their opponents in an exciting end to the 4-day competition.
Dallas High School students won the national title in 2016 and 2017 and returned to the 2018 National Championship to successfully defend their title.
Teams from Kansas and New Hampshire placed third.
“We are so proud of these students from Pennsylvania, who represented their state program with class and pride to take the championship for a third year in a row,” said LifeSmarts Program Director Lisa Hertzberg. “They played hard and demonstrated their consumer smarts throughout the four-day event. They are true LifeSmarts champions.”
LifeSmarts is an education and scholarship program run by the Washington, DC-based National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s oldest consumer advocacy organization. It competitively tests high school students’ knowledge of consumer awareness, with subjects including personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights and responsibility, technology, and the environment. LifeSmarts is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in partnership programs with student leadership programs FBLA and FCCLA.
Teens from each of the 33 state champion teams represented at nationals competed as individuals, and the top five scorers received scholarships from NCL. This year’s winners were:
Environment: Matt Metzloff, PA
Personal Finance: Tim Dobson, KS
Health and Safety: Raymond Perez, PA
Consumer Rights and Responsibilities: Sam Harder, KS
Technology: Jonathan Zhang, RI
Emma Boessen, from Missouri, and Matt Metzloff, from Pennsylvania, were named the 2018 Students of the Year. Sam Schachter (Rhode Island) and Don Zabelin (IL) were named LifeSmarts Coaches of the Year. Long-time State Coordinator Cheryl Varnadoe, from Georgia, earned the Coordinator of the Year honor.
“NCL’s LifeSmarts program is allowing us to rear a generation of consumer-savvy teenagers who often outsmart their parents on issues related to avoiding fraud, credit and debt, and complicated healthcare decisions,” said NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg. In the 24 years that LifeSmarts has been educating high school and middle school teens on consumer issues, it has grown dramatically, with more than 3 million consumer questions answered at www.lifesmarts.org in the online competition during the 2017-2018 program year.
Additionally, Hannah Wolfe finished in second place on the individual Consumer Rights and Responsibilities exam and Caleb Sweitzer finished in fifth place in Personal Finance.
Academic All American
Congratulations to DHS Swim and Dive Team Seniors on achieving Academic All American from The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.
To qualify for this award, you must:
Have a minimum GPA of 3.750 on a 4 point scale, or 93.7500% of the grade scale for 7 semesters, GPA may not be rounded up, be a graduating senior, and have lettered in your high school program (swimming or diving) your senior year.
L to R Gianna Leo, Annalise Cheshire, Abby Zolner, Mikail Krochta, Zach Minarik, Ryan Spears, Andrew Francis
The 2018-2021 proposed Special Education Plan is available for public review. A copy of the plan is available at the District Administration Office.
Texts from Dallas
We are pleased to announce that in cooperation with our automated communication vender, ONE CALL NOW, we will be able to offer the Dallas School District Community text message communication. Communication that was previously limited to voice recorded, automated messages will now be sent via text. Voice messages will still be utilized; text will be the preferred method of automated communication. The "Dallas APP" will no longer be necessary and will not be utilized.
Here is how you can update your contact information in our automated communication system.
ONE CALL NOW:
All users should use the link below to UPDATE their contact information. Users must have a mobile device entered into the system to receive texts. If signing up the first time, your information will need to be verified before it takes affect. This may increase the time it will take to receive confirmation.
Guest Teacher Program Opportunity at LIU 18
Attention Community Members!
The Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18 Guest Teacher Program is a service offered to our local school districts, Career and Technical Institutes and the Intermediate Unit programs in Luzerne and Wyoming counties. The purpose of the program is to train individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a variety of fields interested in serving as substitute teachers. The program provides substitute teacher training to people who have a bachelor’s degree but do not have a Pennsylvania teaching certificate. The blended training sessions, conducted by Luzerne Intermediate Unit professionals, will provide instruction in Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professionalism. This will be done in two parts. There is an online training and one ½ day training onsite from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Guest teachers leave the program with an emergency permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the basic knowledge to be an effective day-to-day substitute teacher in the consortium school districts and/or Luzerne Intermediate Unit classrooms. The opportunities are rewarding and gratifying. For more information visit the LIU website via the above link.
Address - 2000 Conyngham Avenue Dallas, PA 18612
Phone Number - (570)-675-5201