Lincoln/ Madison Feeder
Legendary Leadership * World-class Scholarship
Week of April 4, 2016
Literacy and Critical Thinking
Student achievement on STAAR/EOC tests for reading, writing and math will increase by 10% across the feeder pattern by June 2016.
Indicator of Success: 100% of teachers will make at least a .25 increase on Domain 2 of the TEI rubric from December 2015 to May 2016.
The overall feeder performance will increase to 60% in Fall and 65% in the Spring as reported by the District’s climate survey in the Positive Culture and Environment Domain.
Literacy and Critical Thinking
Our students and staff worked extremely hard last week during our first round of testing. Now, 5 weeks are left before our second round occurs. The key for the coming weeks will be data-driven instruction. We will teach a little and then test a little. I have received 5 week plans from all of the elementary schools since they have to shift gears with their grouping. High schools should continue their STAAR plans for biology, U.S. History and Algebra 1 for the next 5 weeks. Ensure that you are collecting data daily through DOLs and at least weekly through quizzes. Students should be able to articulate their strengths and weaknesses, and you as the principal should know the hot SEs for your content areas. Update your data wall from last week's mini-marker and indicate the hot SEs that were spiraled from the released test that was given in the 4th six weeks. Stay focused.
Together, we are game changers for our students, schools and communities. I believe that we have everything that we need to win; in fact we are already victorious. I believe that each of our schools will meet standard with an increase in distinctions. I urge you to believe with me.
An Ode to Charles Rice: The South Dallas School that Could
If you have not taken a moment to read the Dallas Observer article which highlights the deeply embedded culture of excellence at Charles Rice, please take a moment to read it today at the link below. As I read it, I could not help but think about the things that were not mentioned such as the frequent home visits, counseling/ministering to struggling families or the trips to the golf course or India. The article did not describe how the few individuals who do come to the campus as new staff members are indoctrinated to high expectations by not only the principal, but the teachers who possess such great pride in their school. It does not mention how teachers hold each other accountable for always being Rice Ready for students or how the students hold each other accountable for being Rice Ready for teachers. The culture is real, sustainable and only attained through strong leadership. Thank you for letting us all know what is possible in South Dallas.
Madison to Host a Showcase at El Centro West
O.M. Roberts to Start a Two-Way Dual Language Program
Pre-K Round Up This Week
Lincoln Parade Rescheduled for April 9
20 Lincoln Students to Receive Scholarships
Lincoln/Madison Pride Prep U- April 16 @ Fair Park
Leadership Focus and Updates
We will discuss master schedules, spot observations. mini-marker data and 5 week plans when I visit this week.
On the Horizon
Music in Our Schools Month
Mar. 7-Apr. 6- TELPAS testing
Mar. 8- Apr. 22- Open transfer period
Mar. 30- Student discipline hearing training (optional) 11:00-1:00 @ Haskell
Apr. 4-8- Pre-Kindergarten Round Up Week
Apr. 4- 3rd-5th grade Literacy Cadre @ Nolan Estes 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Apr. 5- Madison Showcase at El Centro 5:00-7:00 (transportation provided from Madison)
Apr. 6- Principal's Focus Group @ Haskell 4:00-6:00
Apr. 8- Feeder Marketing plans due
Apr. 9- Lincoln's Championship Parade
Apr. 9- Two Way Dual Language Fair- Roberts
Apr. 11- Inclement Weather Day
Apr. 12-Apr. 22- Terra Nova Testing K-2
Apr. 12-Apr. 15- Student Surveys
Apr. 12- Master schedules due to ED for approval
Apr. 14- K-2 Literacy Cadre @ Rhoads
Apr. 15-AP Focus Group Feeder Meeting @ Haskell
Apr. 15- Six weeks Ends
April 16- Feeder Pattern Super Saturday @ Fair Park
April 16- Youth Empowerment @ Lincoln 1:30
May 9- Second round STAAR (elementary)
May 6- High school second round of STAAR