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Life School Oak Cliff Elementary News & Notes

  • 4-Day School Week May Yield Mental Health Benefits for Life School Students and Families

    Over the past few years, Texas school districts have seen an increase in demand for new approaches to learning. In 2023, Life School was one of a few districts to have made the switch to a 4-day school week. Among the motivators was a goal to attract experienced teachers during an ongoing Texas teacher shortage. Teachers are known to be one of the biggest contributors to overall student success in the classroom. While 4-day did make an impact on average years of experience among teachers, it also made a big impact elsewhere. Parents repeatedly emphasize its effect on childrens’ mental health and overall well-being.

  • Board of Directors Approves $1.5M in Pay Increases

    Life School is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved the allocation of approximately $1,500,000 for increases in staff salaries for the 2022-2023 school year. This allocation will result in an average increase of 5% for certified teachers, $750 increase for non-certified teachers and 2% increase for all other Life School staff.

  • Charter School Pioneer Life School Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    In 1995 the Texas Legislature authorized the establishment of charter schools in Texas. Just 3 years later in 1998, Life School opened its doors in Oak Cliff, TX, with a small team of 15 staff members to serve 266 students. Sparked by the vision of Dr. Tom Wilson, the school was established to “provide a quality education and give parents educational choice regardless of their ability to pay.” Today, Life School employs more than 600 staff and serves more than 5,500 students across the Dallas area.

  • Continued Safety Efforts at Life School

    Dear Life School Families,

    Ensuring the safety and security of students and staff is always Life School’s top priority. Last year, we formed the Life School Safety & Security Committee. This committee is responsible for reviewing and approving Life School’s Emergency Operations Plan as well as makes recommendations for necessary security improvements across our district.

    As a result, Life School has spent the past year making significant improvements and investments toward keeping our students and staff safe while on campus. Some of the recently enhanced safety and security measures include:

    • Increased security presence on all campuses
    • Improved access control on several campuses
    • Additional security cameras at multiple campuses
    • Upgraded radios and communication on campuses

    The Life School security team has been working closely with local law enforcement in the communities in which all of our campuses are located. If we should encounter an emergency situation, these agencies are prepared to provide the necessary support to our campuses. Additionally, Life School has expanded our integrated school safety software system, Raptor, to include emergency management and communication capabilities.

    All of these efforts allow Life School and local law enforcement to respond quickly and efficiently in the case of any campus emergency. 

    Every month our security team publishes a security bulletin to inform you of any security updates and provides resources for parents and teachers to help keep our students and staff safe. Please be sure to stay up to date with all security measures by clicking here.

    We hope everyone has a safe, fun and relaxing spring break! We look forward to finishing the year strong when we return!

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Brent Wilson, Ed.D.
    Life School Superintendent

  • Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Read to LSOCE Students

    Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd. The annual event is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association to encourage reading in children at an early age. To celebrate the love of reading, Life School and Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC) hosted several Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders (DCC) and other special guests to read to the elementary students of Life School Oak Cliff Elementary (LSOCE).

  • Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Read to LSOCE Students

    Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2. The annual event is part of Read Across America, an initiative for reading created by the National Education Association to encourage children to read at an early age. To celebrate the love of reading, Life School and Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC) hosted several Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders (DCC) and other special guests to read to the elementary students of Life School Oak Cliff Elementary (LSOCE).

  • Education Foundation Raises $71,000 in Fairways for Life

     More than 120 golfers teed off during Life School's eighth annual Fairways For Leaders (FFL) Golf Tournament on June 13, raising $71,000 for the Life School Education Foundation (LSEF). This year marked a record year with the most funds raised, surpassing the previous 2016 record by $11,000. More than 45 businesses and individuals participated to support Life’s Schools mission – to develop leaders through strong academics, character training, and partnerships with parents and the community.

  • How to Save a Seat Before the Lottery at Life School

    With the launch of a 4-day school week, Life School has attracted quite a bit of interest in the Dallas area. The district already serves families from 47 cities, and this fall may experience longer wait lists than normal. However, there is a strategic way for new families to save a seat for August enrollment and avoid long waits when the summer rush hits, and it requires urgent action.

  • Life High School Oak Cliff Names New Head Boys Soccer Coach

    Life High School Oak Cliff recently named Kirk Redding as its head boys soccer coach. Coach Redding joins the Life School team with over twenty-three years of experience at the high school, club, and collegiate levels. Coach Redding also brings a record of success with winning seasons, district championships, state semifinal championships, and state championships.

  • Life High School Oak Cliff Names New Head Football Coach

    Life High School Oak Cliff recently named Welton Johnson as its next head football coach. During his time at Life School, Johnson made an immediate impact, serving as the Varsity Quarterbacks Coach and Middle School Offensive Coordinator, earning recognition as the Life School Oak Cliff Assistant Coach of the Year. This year, Johnson was the Varsity Quarterbacks Coach and the Middle School Head Coach, leading the team to the first undefeated football season in school history. Coach Johnson served in various coaching roles at Newman International Cedar Hill from 2017 to 2022. While in his role as Varsity Offensive Coordinator in the 2019/2020 season and as Varsity Head Coach in 2021/2022, Coach Johnson secured two TCSAAL state championship titles.

  • Life School 4-Day School Week, Teachers’ Perspectives

    It’s no secret that teaching has become one of the most challenging professions one can endure. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, public education has experienced a mass exodus of teachers not only leaving their schools, but exiting the profession altogether.

    Student learning loss, behavior issues, parent disengagement and mental health concerns are among the chief reasons teachers have left their jobs. For school districts, attracting and retaining the highest quality teachers has become a significant challenge.

  • Life School Achieves Record Enrollment of 5,797 Students

    Life School, a leading K-12 school district committed to providing exceptional education and fostering student success, announced a groundbreaking milestone: a record-breaking enrollment of nearly 5,800 students. This unprecedented achievement is attributed to the implementation of the innovative 4-day school week, which has garnered significant praise from students, parents, and educators alike; along with a continued focus on character development.

  • Life School Announces Exciting Expansion Plans

    Life School, a charter school network in operation for over a quarter-century, announces its latest expansion efforts to provide quality educational opportunities that will serve the growing needs of their families and students.

  • Life School Appoints New Members to the Board of Directors

    Life School, a public charter school district operating in North Texas, has recently appointed three new members to serve on the Board of Directors.

  • Life School Celebrates 25 Years of Educational Excellence in North Texas

    Life School, a network of public charter schools in the Dallas area, proudly announces a celebration event to commemorate 25 years of dedicated service to students and families in North Texas. Founded in 1998, Life School has become one of the longest-running charters in the state, significantly impacting the community.

  • Life School Earns Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating

    Life School officials announced that the district received an “A” rating for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ 2020-2021 Charter FIRST financial accountability rating system.

  • Life School Earns Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating

    Life School officials announced that the district received an “A” rating for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ 2022-2023 Charter FIRST financial accountability rating system.

  • Life School Earns Seven Campus Distinctions

    On Friday August 12th, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released new accountability ratings for the 2021-2022 school year. Accountability ratings are based on end-of-year test scores including STAAR and EOC exams. As a district, Life School received a score of 87 out of 100, earning a ‘B’ rating and improving from a score of 81 in 2018-2019. Students across the district saw growth in all grades and subjects. Four campuses earned a cumulative seven distinctions. Overall, Life School students outperformed their peers in many surrounding school districts.

  • Life School Elementary Campuses Celebrate Career Readiness

    In February, Life School celebrated College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) across its elementary campuses. Each campus invited community members, parents and Life School staff members to share their college, career or military experiences.

  • Life School Holds 2022 District-Wide Science Fair

    Six Life School elementary campuses came together for the Life School District Science Fair at Life School Red Oak Elementary on April 1, 2022. The district also partnered with The Perot Museum for the event. While students waited to present their projects to the judges, they participated in STEM activities with employees from the Perot Museum.

  • Life School Holds Annual Gifted & Talented Expo

    Life School held its annual Gifted & Talented (GT) Expo Awards on April 21, 2023. This year, the GT Expo was held at Life School Red Oak. Students, parents and staff filled the campus as GT students competed for the title of “Humanitarian of The Year” and participated in activities that explored the way of life of those in developing countries.

  • Life School Holds Annual Gifted and Talented Expo

    Life School held its annual Gifted & Talented (GT) Expo Awards on April 22, 2022. This year, the GT Expo was held at Life School Red Oak. Students, parents, and staff filled the campus as GT students competed for the title of “Humanitarian of The Year” and participated in activities that explored the way of life of those in developing countries.

  • Life School Holds District-Wide Science Fair

    Six Life School elementary campuses came together for the Life School District Science Fair at Life School Red Oak Elementary on February 24, 2023. The district also partnered with The Perot Museum for the event. While students waited to present their projects to the judges, they participated in STEM activities with employees from the Perot Museum.

  • Life School Hosts 7th-annual Parade of Choirs

    School choirs from across Dallas-Fort Worth gathered in Oak Cliff Sunday evening for the 7th-annual Parade of Choirs. Life School Oak Cliff’s Everlasting Life Gospel Choir hosted the 2022 event on February 27, 2022. The 2020 competition was featured on Channel 5 for its community impact, showcasing Elementary, Middle, and High School choirs, community choirs, and gospel choirs from around DFW.

  • Life School Hosts Future Chefs Cooking Contest

    Life School is working to teach students about the importance of making healthy food choices through a cooking contest hosted by its food service provider, Sodexo. The event, called Future Chefs, was held on April 27, where students competed in a competition that allowed students to put their cooking skills to the test.

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