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School Year Highlighted by Success, Resiliency

The 2019-2020 school year was one marked by success for Duncanville ISD in academics, fine arts and athletics.

The district began the year celebrating its ‘B’ rating from the Texas Education Agency for the 2018-2019 school year. The double-digit increase to 84 makes Duncanville ISD the highest rated school district in the Best Southwest Dallas County region.

Parents with preschool kids saw more options added as the district expanded full day Pre-K at all nine elementary campuses. Duncanville High School has one of the best Career Technology Education programs in the area with more pathways than most districts under one roof. In 2019-2020, the district added the Business and Technology Program at Reed Middle School and the Health Science Program at Byrd Middle School.

Duncanville ISD has always had award-winning fine arts programs, but this school year, both the band and choir received notable accolades. The band was recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association for sustaining excellence throughout the years and the Texas Music Educators Association invited the high school choir to perform at the opening ceremonies of its centennial celebration.

The Duncanville Pantherettes girls basketball team won the state championship, and the boys basketball team was on its way to back-to-back state championships when concerns of COVID-19 shut down the state tournament at the last moment. Our football team led fans on a thrilling season and returned to the state title game.

Although the global pandemic ultimately forced all school districts to close campuses and transition to online learning, Duncanville ISD teachers and curriculum administration rose to the occasion to ensure the experience was engaging and beneficial for students. In a matter of weeks, the district provided instruction materials both on and offline. The technology department distributed thousands of laptops to families so students could work from home. The district also provided almost 30,000 grab-and-go meals to students who needed some extra help.

The year didn’t end as we had expected, but everyone – students, teachers and administrators – rose to the occasion to finish strong.

Published: 6/8/20