Weiss World Weekly Updates

Week of October 17, 2016

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Creating a Leadership Legacy

MISSION

Our mission at Martin Weiss Elementary School of Leadership is to prepare students to lead both nationally and globally by facilitating data-driven, innovative instruction to prepare students for college, community leadership, and purposeful living. We place academic excellence, character development, and personal leadership at the forefront of our educational philosophy.

VISION

Martin Weiss School of Leadership will be a premiere school of choice serving the Oak Cliff community with pride and excellence.

DESTINATION

Martin Weiss School of Leadership will utilize our rigorous, performance based, leadership development model that is driven by the following pedagogical approaches:


  • Socio-Emotional Learning

    • Socio-Emotional development via “The Leader in Me” (2) character development regimen.
  • Project Based Learning
    • Project Based Learning Instructional Framework (1) via training and resources offered by the Buck Institute.
  • Personal Leadership Portfolio PK-5
    • A cumulative leadership portfolio comprising measurable characteristics that define the 5 Levels of Transformational Leadership. (Includes Grade 5 Leadership Internship)


Our goal is to place academic excellence, career and college readiness, and social development at the forefront of our educational philosophy. Using the Project Based Learning Cycle coupled with our 7 Excellent Leadership Habits, learners will demonstrate competency in the Five Levels of Transformational Leadership. We will develop critical thinkers, consumers of information, informed researchers, and effective communicators. By spring of 2016, 75% of our students will qualify for a Dallas ISD magnet or choice school.

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Week at a Glance 10-17

Monday 10/17

  • Leadership Team Meeting @ 8:30 a.m.
  • Instructional Rounds (No Instructional Rounds this week based on Climate Survey Feedback)
  • Goal Setting Conferences will begin. Bring your SWOT Analysis.


Tuesday 10/18

  • PBL Meetings
  • Principal for a Day Community Partner will visit campus!

Wednesday 10/19 PBL Practice

  • Practice What You Teach During Grade Level PLCs (SEE SCHEDULE)
  • Committee meetings after school
  • Clubs meet afterschool.
  • ALL Bulletin Boards must be updated with PBL artifacts.

Thursday 10/20 (PBL Night)

  • No Faculty Meeting: PBL Night


Friday 10/21 (Give 3 Week CA)

  • Camouflage Friday
  • Parents can eat lunch with their young leaders.
  • Data Walls must be present in classrooms.

Important Dates (Looking Ahead)

Professional Development Plans in School Net: October 14

Data Wall must be present in classrooms: October 21

Bulletin Boards must be updated with PBL artifacts and/or photos: October 19

Fall PBL Exhibition: October 20

Pumpkin Contest Begins: October 24

Costume Parade: October 31

Fall Carnival: November 4

Camouflage Spirit Shirts on Sale Now!

See Mrs. Mckinnon for details!

Teacher Uniforms

We are going to do one more order. You can place your order with Already Gear up until October 20!

AWESOME WORK TEAM WEISS

INSTRUCTIONAL SHOUT OUTS!!!

Practice What You Teach Yielded some AMAZING results!!! The teachers practiced their lessons on Wednesday, and implemented them flawlessly on Thursday.


KUDDOS to the following teachers for going the extra mile to improve their quality of instruction:


  • Ordonez
  • S Cooper
  • Celestin
  • Flores
  • City Jones
  • Coxson
  • Claiborne


AWESOME WORK TEAM!

Perfect Attendance 1st Six Weeks

Kuddos to the following staff members with Perfect Attendance for the 1st Six Weeks!


Adair, Kalann

Aguilar, Luisa

Barnes, Antonio

Bates, Christopher

Booker, Juan

Boone, Dathan

Colunga, Julianne

Cooper, Stephanie

Daniels, Tiffany

Diaz, Angelica

Espinoza, Veronica

Farahani, Lupe

Fierro, Perla

Gutierrez, Ludvinia

Johnson, Denae

Jones, Drucilla

Jones, Leslie

Lopez Guillen, Eduardo

McKinnon, Charlotte

Morfa, Miguel

Ordonez, Guillermo

Pohl, Lothar

Scales, Steven

Principal's Message

We are who we say we are...

This week was especially inspiring, and I am looking forward to the week ahead. I can see and feel the ways in which our work has transformed our campus into a School of Leadership.

  • Morning meetings centered around the 7 Habits are happening daily!
  • Students are working their jobs and taking ownership of their success.
  • PBL is happening and the student engagement is high.
  • 100% of our young leaders have leadership notebooks.
  • Community mentors are connecting with our students on a regular basis.


KUDDOS TO YOU for making it all happen for our students! On the Climate Survey, you said that you would like to receive shout outs for a job well done. Follow us on Twitter to see your Shout Outs in real time! @shunbrown_weiss

Each week, you can look here to see how we are responding to the feedback from the Climate Survey. Click here to see the Culture Tracker.


One recurring Climate Survey concern was TIME.


Grade Level & PBL Meetings: Did you know that this time is given back to teachers on a weekly basis? Each teacher has 45 minutes of Library Time and 45 minutes of "Leader in Me" time built into their weekly schedule. These are not common planning times; therefore, meetings do not occur. This is time designed for teachers to complete individual classroom tasks. If for some reason you do not get this time in a given week, please see Mrs. Brown.


We hear your voice: Moving forward, our goal is to minimize the time we spend in group meetings to give you more time to plan. Additionally, "Get Out of a Meeting" free passes are available in the teacher LEAD store. If a CIC needs to meet with you for feedback, they will give you the option of meeting before school, during your common planning time, or afterschool.

Instructional Rounds & Practice What You Teach

Practice What You Teach


** Teachers should come to this session prepared to teach the lesson that appears on their lesson plans for October 20.

Teacher should bring the following:


  • A copy of their actual lesson plans for the week.
  • All resources and materials required to implement the lesson.


Sessions will take place on Wednesday during planning. The grade level will meet in the practicing teacher’s classroom to allow them to conduct their practice session in their classroom. A CIC and or administrator will come to the classroom to watch the practice and give feedback along with the grade level team.


• Farahani

• Fierro

• Conway

• Lopez

• Colunga

• Aguilar

• Dorsey


Instructional Rounds Monday (Canceled this week based on climate survey feedback)

Weiss Data Updates

Attendance Goal: 98% ADA <5% Chronic Absences

ISTATION GOAL: 100% in Tiers 1 or 2

TTM Goal: There should be at least 70 passed lessons for each class at this point.

Achieve 3000 Goal: +1 Lexile for each grade level.

RM Goal: 2 Hours per week with at least 80% Level A Accuracy.

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November

3-1st DTR application deadline


December

6-Summative performance evaluation completed for new to the district DTR eligible teachers ( for 2nd application deadline)

15-Spot Observation-first semester checkpoint

15-SLO Goal Accomplishment competed (one semester course only)


January

18-2nd DTR application deadline

Late March Early April

Student survey administration begins


May

Teacher roster verification begins this month

12-Teachers submit SLO Goal- Accomplishment in Schoolnet

18-Last day to enter extended observations summatives and SLO scores into Schoolnet

22-Teacher rebuttal window opens in Oracle for summative performance evaluations


June

1-Last day to conduct spot observations and last day to hold summative conferences

5-Last day for teacher to input rebuttal in Oracle for summative performance evaluation

Common Assessment Window

As you are aware, the district will be implementing a district-wide common assessment system for all grades K-12 and content areas with a STAAR/STAAR EOC test.


There will be a window each six weeks to administer the common assessments, which can be found below. Please ensure your instructional calendars reflect the testing windows.


In order to provide adequate time for campus teams to cover the target standards, the 2nd six week common assessment window has been extended to October 31 thru November 4.


3rd Six Weeks: December 19-22 (6th week)

4th Six Weeks: February 13-17 (5th week)

5th Six Weeks: April 3-7 (5th week)

6th Six Weeks: Regular State Testing/ACP


TEKS Resource System (TRS) and common assessments are available at the trsystem@region10.org site


For grade levels and content areas that do not have a state assessment, assessment of student performance will also be conducted as a progress measure for students as they make their through the state standards. Specifically, the following are the non-state assessed grades/content area assessment expectations:


UPDATED

K-2:

Reading & Math: One CA each six weeks administered during the 5th or 6th week of the six weeks


3-5

3rd & 5th Writing: We will develop a feeder-wide CA to assess writing performance. We will administer this assessment once in the fall and once in early spring. AFs and select CICs will meet to review and develop this assessment. Principal feedback will be sought and we will come to a consensus prior to administering the assessment.


3rd & 4th Science: Campuses will have discretion on if six weeks assessments are administered for 3rd & 4th science. Although this is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged that an assessment is given. Campuses will be required to show how students in 3rd and 4th grade are being monitored in science if the decision is made to not administer a CA.


6-8:

6th & 8th Writing: We will develop a feeder-wide CA to assess writing performance. We will administer this assessment once in the fall and once in early spring. AFs and select CICs will meet to review and develop this assessment. Principal feedback will be sought and we will come to a consensus prior to administering the assessment.


6th & 7th Science/Social Studies: Campuses will have discretion on if six weeks assessments are administered for 6th & 7th science. Although this is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged that an assessment is given. Campuses will be required to show how students in 6th and 7th grade are being monitored in science and social studies if the decision is made to not administer a CA.


9-12:

All Common Assessments for all content areas will continue. Campuses will use campus created assessments for non EOC tested content areas.

District Wide Testing Calendar

DISTRICT-WIDE TESTING CALENDAR


OCTOBER

17-20--(TAKS) Exit Level English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and Social (retest-online only) Out of school (OOS) and credit recovery


DECEMBER

5--STAAR EOC English 1 (9-12)

7--STAAR EOC English II (9-12)

5-9--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

9—STAAR Make Up Assessment Deadline

19-22--ACP (K-12)


JANUARY

10-23--ACP Make Up Window (K-12)

30—March NEAP Assessments (select campuses)


MARCH

6-9--(TAKS) Exit Level English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and Social (retest-online only) Out of school (OOS) and credit recovery


6-April 5--TELPAS (K-12)

28--STAAR EOC English I (9-12 and Retest)

28--STAAR Writing Day (Grades 4 & 7)

28--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

29--STAAR Reading (Grades & 8)

29--STAAR Math (Grades 7 Pre-AP & 8)

30--STAAR EOC English II & Retest

31-- STAAR Make Up Assessment Deadline


APRIL

3-21--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

10-14—Terra Nova/Supera


MAY

1-5--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12 & Retest)

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

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

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

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

10--STAAR Science (Grades 5, 7th Pre AP, & 8)

11--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

12-- STAAR Make Up Assessment Deadline

26--1--ACP (Grades 6-12)


June

June 2--15--ACP Make Up Window (Grades 6-12)

Saturday School and Tutoring

The Saturday School and tutoring schedule has been sent to parents and teachers. Please ensure students put their signed letters and progress reports in their leadership notebook.
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DISD GOALS


1. All students will exhibit Satisfactory or above performance on State assessments. Students below Satisfactory performance will demonstrate more than one year of academic growth.


2. Dallas ISD schools will be the primary choice for families in the district;


3. The achievement gap by race, ethnicity and social economic status will be no greater than 10 percentage points on all academic measures;


4. 95% of students will graduate. Of the graduates, 90% have qualifying scores for community college, college, military, or industry certification;


5. 95% of entering kindergarten students are school-ready on a multidimensional assessment;


6. All students will participate in at least one extracurricular or co-curricular activity each year