June 25, 2019
Dear Woodrow Wilson High School Community:
Yesterday Dallas ISD School Leadership, Counseling Services, Teaching and Learning, Career and Technology, the Office of Transformation and Innovation, Hillcrest School Leadership, as well as Woodrow Administration, Counseling, Dr. Ritchie, and IB teachers met to collaborate on a plan that maintains the integrity of our International Baccalaureate program, promotes equity between our Academies, and aligns with policies set forth by governing agencies.
Students who take IB courses in 2019-2020 will earn .5 credits for each semester in which they meet attendance requirements and earn a passing grade of 70. This is the same practice for rising seniors and juniors who took these classes in the 2018-2019 school year and matches how credits are awarded for non-IB courses.
I will host a meeting for rising senior and junior families on Thursday, June 27th at 6:00 PM in the auditorium to present this information and answer questions that you may have. Our campus office will be closed between June 26th and July 18th. In July we will communicate details about registration and schedule pick up for returning students.
I’m excited about the teamwork between Dallas ISD departments and Woodrow Wilson. This will strengthen opportunities afforded to students and now and in the future.
Principal/Head of School
Woodrow Wilson High School
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme World School
UPDATE TO A CALL FOR FAIRNESS
Stephanie Elizalde with School Leadership will be hosting a parent meeting tomorrow evening, June 6, 2019, at 6:00 pm in the Woodrow Wilson Auditorium to discuss concerns regarding class rank, IB course credits, and other implications for course credit changes that can affect class ranking. Doors will open at 5:45 pm and the meeting will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Stephanie Elizalde con School Leadership organizará una reunión de padres mañana, 6 de junio de 2019, a las 6:00 pm en el auditorio de Woodrow Wilson para discutir inquietudes sobre el rango de la clase, los créditos de los cursos del IB y otras implicaciones para los cambios en los créditos de los cursos que pueden afectar ranking de clase. Las puertas se abrirán a las 5:45 pm y la reunión se llevará a cabo de 6:00 pm a 7:00 pm
Subject: A Call to Fairness
To all Woodrow Families,
It came to our attention on May 24, 2019 that the ranking procedure for Woodrow students was altered due to a clerical error at the district level. At that point it was requested that this error be corrected, that an explanation be delivered and the Woodrow community be notified of this error.
Despite repeated calls and requests made via email to: the Principal of Woodrow Wilson High School, to the Dallas ISD Executive Director, to the Dallas ISD Deputy Chief, to the Dallas ISD Director of School Leadership, to the Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership, and to the Woodrow Wilson Dallas ISD Trustee, this error has not been corrected or explained, nor has the Woodrow community been notified that their student’s ranking is likely incorrect.
This has affected many IB students, but has more so affected students from the other three Woodrow Academies. The IB Parent Board and IB families are deeply upset about this error and opposed to any unfair credits awarded due to this clerical error.
Please pass along this information to other Woodrow families to express your concern in the name of fairness and to ask for action to correct this mistake. Below is a list of contacts for you to reach out to.
In the name of all Woodrow Students,
The IBPO Executive Board,
Francie Hansen, IBPO President
Elizabeth Furrh, IBPO Vice-President
Susan Schwietzer, IBPO Treasurer
Nicole Loper, IBPO Secretary
Carrie Fisketjon, IBPO Volunteer Coordinator
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Woodrow’s IB test scores surpass global average
Woodrow students in IB Literature. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Ritchie.)
International Baccalaureate test scores at Woodrow Wilson surpassed the global average for the first time since the program was introduced five years ago, school officials said. more . . .