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The New Diane Patrick Elementary School Dr. Diane Patrick was surprised with what she called the “highest honor of her life” in late March as she learned that the new Arlington ISD campus on Timber Oaks Drive will be named Diane Patrick Elementary. “During the 12 years I served on the Arlington school board, we opened 15 new schools, and we had the distinct pleasure of bestowing this namesake honor to other school namesakes,” Patrick told the 250-plus people in attendance at the special called board meeting for facility naming on March 30. square foot campus on 18 acres in east Arlington. The school will offer a variety of opportunities for students, including outdoor learning venues, collaborative learning spaces, a 21st century media center (library), a broadcasting studio and the first two STEM labs in an AISD elementary school. These spaces will not only create unique learning opportunities, but they will also transform the very nature of the instruction that students will experience. “But never did I dream that one day I would be one of them.” “The staff at Patrick Elementary will dedicate themselves to providing innovative and rigorous instruction to students in an exciting and interactive way to yield the greatest impact on student achievement,” Brown said. Throughout her career as an educator, PTA president, AISD Board of Trustees member, State Board of Education member and State Representative, Patrick was an advocate for education and for students in the Arlington ISD. In the coming months, mascots and colors will be selected with the help of fifth-grade students from several campuses that will feed into Patrick Elementary as the school opens in the fall of 2015. And it didn’t take long for her to visit the campus as she takes on her new role of namesake. Brown and his administrative team – and, of course, Patrick herself – will be along each step of the way to ensure that Patrick Elementary will be successful for years to come. † Patrick and Patrick Elementary Principal Matthew Brown walked the construction site just two days after the naming ceremony to see the progress and visionary design of the campus. Patrick Elementary is an approximately 116,000 June/July 2015 - Arlington School & Family 15