Carter Chronicle

The week of January 25-29

Carter Mantra

"Every Scholar, Every Day, NO EXCUSES!"

Carter Coalition Mission

The Carter Coalition is committed to working collaboratively in leading the transformation needed for continuous academic success and equity for ALL scholars. We will work with parents and stakeholders to foster productive relationships to ensure ALL scholars are college and career ready!

Carter Coaliton Leverage Points


Be sure to read the TEI NEWS emails that come from DISDNEWS each week.

January 25

Last day for students to count for teachers regarding second semester data.

February 15

Reminder to verify years of service in Oracle

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Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Monthly webinar for IR campuses regarding development of Turnaround Plan
  • Mark Twain Campus Visit (Ms. Torres)
  • DTR @ William B. Anderson Elementary 12:50 pm (Ms. Torres)
  • Unscheduled campus visits
  • Principals begin conferences with teachers for 3rd Six weeks Failure reports TODAY
  • Non Renewal Documentation Review Sessions Appointment only Please contact Yolanda Canas to schedule today

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • Birdie Alexander campus visit (Ms. Torres)
  • DTR @ Reagan Elementary 12:00 pm (Ms. Torres)
  • Public School Choice 2.0 Interview Round-Haskell 1st Floor @ 1:30

Wednesday, January 27 2016

  • K-2 -ISIP (MOY)Assessment- last day
  • Mid-Year Part 2 Haskell 8:00AM (Ms. Torres)
  • DTR @ J. W. Ray Elementary 9:30 am (Ms. Torres)
  • Unscheduled campus visits
  • Region 10 Accountability Training-Buckner Building @ 1:30 (Ms. Torres)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Carter Feeder Principals Meeting- Atwell M. S. @ 9:00-12:00 (PLEASE BE ON TIME!)
  • Carter Feeder Rookie Round Table Meeting -Atwell M. S. @ 12:30-2:00
  • Mid-Year 2:30PM
  • Atwell Spot observations
  • Board Appreciation @ Ross Ave 4:30PM
  • Region 10 ELAR PD Opportunity

Friday, January 29, 2016

  • School Leadership Meeting 8:15-10:30 @ Haskell (Ms. Torres)
  • Check in Meeting w/Mr. Cordero (Ms. Torres) @ 10:30
  • ED/AF Coaching Meeting 2nd floor Conference Room @ 11:00
  • AASI Mtg. w/School Leadership (Ms. Torres/Mr. Luna) 1:00-2:15
  • Non Renewal Documentation Review Sessions Appointment only Please contact Yolanda Canas to schedule last day for appointments
  • Deadline to complete the Annual Notification of District Polices and 2015-2016 Employee Handbook in oracle
  • Public School Choice 2.0 Interview Round-Ross- Superintendents Conference Room @ 1:30-5:30
  • Haskell office visit ( Ms. Torres) @ 2:30


The gifts for the Board Appreciation are due no later than Monday, January 25, 2016. The Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations Department is available to pick up items prior to Monday. If you would like to have your items picked up please contact the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations 972-925-3296

3-5 Cadre Training Topics for Cohort II (Elementary Principals ONLY)

Dates for Cohort II Training Sessions

  • Wednesday, February 10 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday. March 9 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, April 13 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, May 18 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, June 1 @ Nolan Estes

*All Training Sessions will be from 2:00-5:00PM- Send Literacy Coach and 2 strong teachers who can deliver the PD to your staff successfully*


The African-American Success Initiative (AASI) is moving full steam ahead for the 2015-2016 school year. This month we want to focus on Classroom Management, Academic Vocabulary and Academic Literacy. Participants who attended the AASI: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning by Dr. Sharroky Hollie walked away with valuable tools to utilize in their classrooms to effectively teach students while embracing cultural backgrounds and language utilized by students. I am eager to see those tools in action during campus visits.

AASI is now gearing up for students to participate in two exciting programming opportunities. On February 18, students will participate in a wonderful academic focused matinee at the Dallas Black Dance Academy. Students will be exposed to a program that is aligned with TEKS to encourage creative learning outside the classroom

Stay tuned for more exciting details coming from the African American Success Initiative! For more information, please contact Jamila Thomas, AASI Coordinator.


The City of Dallas Water Utilities is celeberating the 32nd anniversary of its poster contest and 10th annual year of its T-shirt contest with great prizes for students and teachers. The 2016 theme for both contests is "Water Conservation, Less Means More!

See links below for contest rules, deadlines and entry forms: Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. March 11, 2016





The Volunteer and Partnership Services Department is looking forward to benefitting the elementary schools of the Carter, Kimball and Seagoville feeder patterns They plan to provide backpacks with school supplies and non-perishables for up to 10,000 students – which will cover most but not all of your elementary enrollment. The following requests will be represented by T. G Terry and Adelle Turner Elementary for the Carter feeder:

• some student artwork/ large poster paper banners from a few schools to inspire and thank the AMC team as they prepare the backpacks

• personal stories/bios of a few students (identified only by first name) to create a connection for the AMC team from across the nation

We are so excited that our feeder will be a part of this wonderful project.

HB 1842 Rollout- 2016 Timeline Update

Please take note of the following 2016 dates for the required development of a Turnaround Plan for Improvement Required 2,3,4,5 campuses

  • January 22, 2016: TEA release of turnaround plan template and guidance document, phrase 1
  • January 25, 2016: Webinar for campuses and PSPs regarding development of the Turnaround Plan. TEA plans to have a monthly webinar to answer questions that campuses encounter in the development of the Turnaround Plan.

  • February 8, 2016: TEA release of guidance document, phrase 2

  • February 11 and 12, 2016: Training for IR 2, 3, 4, and 5 campus Principals, EDs, and PSP at Region 10. One needs to attend either February 11 or 12. Live-stream turnaround plan training

  • February 22, 2016: Webinar, Tentative topics-board approval, plan content follow up & QA

  • March 28, 2016: Webinar, Tentative topics- Q&A

  • April 15, 2016: DISD Turnaround Plans submitted to Dr. Chernosky for May Board Agenda Item.

  • May 2, 2016: Submission deadline of Turnaround Plan to TEA.

  • June 1, 2016: Board Approval of Turnaround Plans no later than June 1.

  • June 15, 2016: Commissioner Approval of School Turnaround Plans.



25th-Begin meeting with teachers for grade failure intervention plans

29th- Preliminary Enrollment Projections for 2016-2017 due


2nd-Grade Failure School Action Plans due to Ms. Torres TODAY

Feb 5th- (Secondary Principals Only) Cumulative Records for Over-Age Students

Feb 16-19- Ensure that your campus take the Feeder Benchmark Tests provided and created by AF's and CIC's approved by the Executive Director

NEWS YOU CAN USE.................


1st- African Heritage Lecture Series @ St Luke's Community 12:45- Carter High School Only

2nd-ALL Carter Feeder Principals 2nd Scheduled Evaluation Meetings w/Ms. Torres

9th- The Management Center training all day-Twain, McNair, Manns, and Carter

10th- Both the PSP progress reports and the quarterly progress reports are due to TEA

15th- Student/Teacher Holiday-No School

15th-Career Management System (CMS)-window for goal submission will be February 15 to March 1, 2016 for central staff.


14th-18th- Spring Break


15TH- DISD Turnaround Plans submitted to Dr. Chernosky for May Board Agenda Item

22nd- Nominations for School Counselor of the Year


  • Congratulations to Martin Weiss for being selected to advance to the Interview Round for Public Choice 2.0! Keep up the great work!

  • Carter HS Varsity girls beat Madison 55-24 last night Overall record 9-8 District record 2-2 Keep up the great work!


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Carter Coalition,

The time is fast approaching. This week you will begin to meet with your teachers to discuss class actions plans in regards to grade failure reports for those classrooms that exceed the percentage for your campus, i.e., 10% elementary, 15% middle school, and 20% for high school. Ensure that you incorporate a system of monitoring each classroom action plan. From the teacher action plans for failure reports, ensure that you are intentional with completing the Campus action plan for Failure reports as those are due by February 2.

We have less than 40 days until our scholars take the writing STAAR / EOC exam and fifth graders take the reading and math STAAR for S.S.I.

All the Carter Coalition has much work to be done and principal leadership will be the key to the success on each campus as well as the work we do as a feeder pattern. This work occurs through carrying out the campus vision, campus action plans and dedication to disaggregation of data daily with needed adjustments during lesson delivery. Please work with your CIC's to continue working with effective on the spot feedback during campus spot observations, that lead to immediate student success.

We also must think of creative ways to be intentional with our fifth graders as their STAAR reading and math tests are forthcoming. One of the best things we can do is to ensure that teachers are spiraling in all the weakest SE's from the ACP results so that the remainder of the curriculum is taught alongside the spiraled SE's and taught by the time the 5th STAAR testing days. This would allow the last weeks to serve as a review prior to testing.

Last, ensure that students are profiling their progress with fidelity. This practice will allow them to know strengths and weaknesses and be able to maximize their academic success. Although this is not a simple task, those of you who step-up to the plate to do this with fidelity, will see the results expected quickly. Carter Feeder deserves the best!

Have an awesome week of teaching and learning!

Ms. Torres


Testing Window: Feb. 16-19

February 22 is Make up testing

  • Who: 3-11 STAAR-assessed courses

  • What: AF provides assessments (2015 Released STAAR resources, 4-5 hours each)

  • Data Deadline: Feb. 26 Close of Business

  • Have you created your assessment plan (logistics, testing schedule, etc.) for that week?



    6-27--I-station's ISIP Assessment MOY (K-2)


    2--SAT (Grade 11)

    7-April 6--TELPAS (K-12)

    29--STAAR EOC English I (9-12)

    29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

    29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

    30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

    30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

    31-STAAR EOC English II


    4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

    4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grades 5, 9-12)

    12-15--Student Survey Window (Grades 3-12)

    12-22--ITBS/LOGRAMOS Window (K-2)

    18-19--ES Gym ACP (Grade 4)

    18-29--Secondary Band Performance ACP (Grades 6-12)

    20-21-ES Music Performance ACP (Grade 3)


    9-24--Middle School Gym Performance ACP (Grades 6-8)

    16-19--Middle School Art Performance ACP (Grade 7)

    2-6--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

    9--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)

    9--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

    10--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)

    10--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

    11--STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8)

    12--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

    2-27--Istation's ISIP Assessment EOY (K-2)

    18-26--ACP (Grades 3-5)

    27-June 2--ACP (Grades 6-12)

    **This chart will be updated as necessary

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    • David W. Carter High School: Principal, Fred Davis III
    • John L. Patton Academic Center: Principal, Leslie Swann
    • STEAM Hulcy Middle School: Principal, Jonica Crowder-Lockwood
    • William H. Atwell Law Academy: Principal, Selena Deboskie
    • Barbara Manns Education Center: Principal, LeTrice Portley
    • Ronald McNair Elementary: Principal, Ariss Rider
    • T. G. Terry Elementary: Principal, Alicia Bradley
    • Birdie Alexander Elementary: Principal, Valarie Kendrick
    • Mark Twain Vanguard: Principal, Derrick Ross
    • Adelle Turner Elementary: Principal, Michael Nickson
    • Martin Weiss Elementary: Principal, Shundra Brown


    Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

    Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic achievement.

    There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

    At risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at-risk students.

    Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.