PINKSTON POST

"COMMITTED TO CHILDREN, COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE" 2015-2016

Core Beliefs

  • Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

  • Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.

  • There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

  • With our help, 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.

Campus Goals & Targets

End of Course Exams

Algebra I, English I, English II - 65% STAAR at Level III ADV - 15%
Biology, U.S. History - 95% AP Exams - 10% College Readiness - 15%
ACP- 70% Passing in All Courses, Student Attendance - 95% All Grade Levels

Commitment to Children, Commitment to Excellence ~ Improving Staff Attendance

Pinkston students need effective instructors guiding their learning everyday. Join Viking Nation as we commit to improve our attendance!

Day Date Abs

Mon January 4th - 0

Tue January 5th - 7

Wed January 6th - 8

Thu January 7th - 7

Fri January 8th - 10

TOTAL WEEKLY ABSENCES: 32

Week at a Glance

Monday January 11

Professional Learning Community Theme: Data Review, Profiling, & R.T.I.

  • Parent Conference Night 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • PTA/SBDM @ 5:00pm in Super Lounge

Tuesday January 12

Professional Learning Community Theme: Effective Lesson Planning

  • Student Council Meeting 12:00pm
  • Campus Focus Walks - Evidence of ESL TOP 5 Strategies & Pinkston Questioning Protocol

Wednesday January 13

Professional Learning Community Theme: Effective Lesson Planning

  • Senior Meeting 10:00am in Auditorium
  • Campus Focus Walks - Evidence of ESL TOP 5 Strategies & Pinkston Questioning Protocol

Thursday January 14

Professional Learning Community Theme: PD, Article Study

  • STAAR/EOC Accountability Update Videos & ELL Strategies
Friday January 15 "Spirit Day" ~ Staff Wear School Spirit Shirts: NO JEANS

Professional Learning Community Theme: Teacher Nuts & Bolts

Sample Teacher PLC Activities (On Your Own):
  1. Lesson Planning
  2. Parent Contacts
  3. Profiling/Data Review
  4. Material prep for lessons
  5. Personal PD (video modules) via School-net, Curriculum Central, or Region X
  • Cost CO representative during lunches for staff
  • Instructional Rounds w/ CILT & CIC's 9:00 am Room 238


*Classroom Instruction That Works Chapter 1" Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback" Be Prepared to discuss reflections and take-aways during PLC JANUARY 19, 2016

VIKING BIG ROCKS..... Moving Instruction to Proficiency


  • Math - Student Reference Sheets/ Anchor Charts
  • Science - Vocabulary Journal Usage
  • Social Studies - Vocabulary Development & History Alive Implementation
  • ELAR - Balance Literacy & Text Based Evidence: Anchor Charts, Annotation Strategies


Campus Wide

  • USAGE of PINKSTON QUESTIONING PROTOCOL
  • Evidence of Student SELF-Profiling
ESL TOP 5

1. Question Stems & Sentence Starters

  • (Pinkston Questioning Protocol
  • Discussion Response Frames) Peer Interactions

2. Peer Interaction


  • Think, Read, Write, Pair, Share
  • Peer Tutoring (Expert - Novice)
  • Table-Talk
  • Partner Reading


3. Vocabulary Development



  • Interactive Word Wall
  • Words Across Contexts
4. Graphic Organizers



  • Frayer Model
  • Venn Diagram
  • T Charts
  • Story Board
  • Concepts Web
  • Timeline


5. Manipulatives


  • 3-D Flip Foldables
  • Card Sorts/ Hands-On Labs
  • Tiles

Important Reminders

  1. Students should not be released from class without an official pass from the teacher... for an official pass see Mrs. Espinosa
  2. Doors are expected to open 10 minutes after the bell rings each period: following a tardy freeze
  3. Ear buds, food, and drinks are NOT allowed in class
  4. Staff should be visible in the hallways during passing periods, prompting students to class.
  5. All staff members are expected to model appropriate dress code per DISD policy....NO EXCEPTIONS
  6. ALL TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT ATTENDANCE BY 4:15 pm DAILY

Have a Viking Birthday!!!

  • Therisa Millner 1/14
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Girls Basketball vs. Roosevelt

Saturday, Jan. 16th, 10am

Sprague Stadium, Dallas, TX, United States

Dallas, TX

Boys Basketball vs. Roosevelt

Saturday, Jan. 16th, 5pm

Sprague Stadium, Dallas, TX, United States

Dallas, TX

MLK Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 18th, 8:15am-4:15pm

2200 Dennison Street

Dallas, TX

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TEACHERS OF THE WEEK ~ Congratulations for Outstanding Performance on Fall 2015 ACP's!!

Ms. McInerney - Physics

Mr. D. Cantley - World History PreAp

Mr. C. Allen - World Geography PreAp

Ms. Hookfin, Ms. Loftis, & Ms. Castaneda - English I

Ms. Valle - Algebra 1 & Algebra 2 PreAp

Mr. Gaasbeck - Pre-Calculus

Mr. Meaux, Ms. Owens - Art

Viking New Teacher Academy

Friday, Feb. 5th, 8:15am

2200 Dennison Street

Dallas, TX

Attention all NEW Teachers........

If you are interested in learning strategies that will improve your classroom management, the Viking New Teacher Academy is for you! Sessions will be held alternating Fridays beginning February 5, 2016 during PLC 's.