It must be emphasized that there are only 6 active Time Capsule Project middle schools among the 33 DISD middle schools. Only one of the 25 non-Time Capsule Project middle schools is among the top 5 in SEI scores for 2017. See page 2 of the 2016-17 Summary List at https://mydata.dallasisd.org/SL/SD/SEI/Default.jsp for the middle school listings which are repeated in the chart below. Notice below that the 'worst' SEI for an active Time Capsule Project school still places them better-than-average as 13th best among 33 middle schools.
The newest recommendation is, when possible, that a school secure the large 43-cubic-foot vault below, now on sale at Costco for $775. With such a large vault every student can be given a large 9"x11" envelope to use in storing their envelopes every year in the vault. Each year students can read what they have written before as they plan that years letter. Ultimately the school can leave all letters in the vault for the 10 years. Fewer letters will be lost. The 10-year reunion will become more significant, especially with letters from parents and other relatives each year.
The SEI for Browne went up 14.2 points in just one year!
If you want to help another Dallas ISD school purchase a vault to start their Time Capsule Project, please send donations to: Time Capsule Project, c/o Lulac National Education Service Center, 345 S. Edgefield Ave., Dallas, Texas 75208. If you want to help a specific school, talk with that principal to see if they are willing to start at Time Capsule Project, and then specify which school you want your money used for.
You also may just buy a vault and bring it to the school, and help install the needed 10 shelves inside the vault. This is a very flexible system! Help your local schools! Below is one large vault on sale until 12-17-17 for $775 from Costco, a large 770-pound 43 cu. ft. vault.
Any school can start a Time Capsule Project on their own with any modifications they may want. We only ask that if you come up with what is considered a very successful improvement, that you share the details with us so more students can benefit. The students are the only reason for this project.