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

District Goals

Dr. Hinojosa outlined the district goals last week, please begin internalizing the goals and use them to guide your instructional decisions.

  • Goal 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;
  • Goal 2: Dallas ISD schools will be the primary choice for families in the district;
  • Goal 3: The achievement gap by race, ethnicity and social economic status will be no greater than 10 percentage points on all academic measures;
  • Goal 4: 95% of students will graduate. Of the graduates, 90% have qualifying scores for community college, college, military, or industry certification;
  • Goal 5: 95% of entering kindergarten students are school-ready on a multidimensional assessment;
  • Goal 6: All students will participate in at least one extracurricular or co-curricular activity each year.

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

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14 Days to EOC EXAMS...

  • Algebra I
  • Biology
  • US History

Week at a Glance: 5th Six Weeks -"WEEK 6"

Monday April 11

Inclement Weather Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday April 12

Professional Learning Community Theme: Effective Lesson Planning

  • Skype Training in room 312 @ 9:00am
  • Campus Instructional Walks

Wednesday April 13 "College Day Staff & Students Wear College T-Shirts"

Professional Learning Community Theme: Effective Lesson Planning & Model Lessons

    • Campus Instructional Walks
    • Student Experience Survey's during 2nd Period

    Thursday April 14

    Professional Learning Community Theme: District PD

    • CIS Mentor/ Support Group in Room 118
    • SPED Indicator 13 Audit
    • Campus Instructional Walks

    Friday April 15: End of 5TH Six weeks

    Avenger Friday: Interventions/Gap Acceleration for Weak SE's

    • Spirit Day Staff Wear Black/Gold School Spirit Shirts and Jeans (NO Pass Needed)
    • Campus Instructional Walks
    Saturday April 16
    Saturday School
    Algebra I, Biology, U.S. History

    Viking Baseball vs. Carrollton Rachnview

    Tuesday, April 12th, 6:30pm

    8401 Valley Ranch Parkway East

    Irving, TX

    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

    Viking Softball vs. Madison

    Tuesday, April 12th, 6pm

    8233 Military Parkway

    Dallas, TX

    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....Teachers should maintain a status of "Clear" for unsubmitted attendance
    7. When attending field trips, the teacher sponsor is responsible for taking attendance prior to leaving and submitting the list of participating students to Ms. Vargas BEFORE departure.

    Lady VIking Track District Track Meet

    Wednesday, April 13th, 8am to Friday, April 15th, 7:30pm

    9191 South Polk Street

    Dallas, TX

    Smart Classroom Management

    8 Things Teachers Do To Cause Boredom

    By Michael Linsin on January 28, 2012


    When students get bored their minds drift.

    And while some settle on daydreaming, tile-counting, and general inattentiveness, other students are drawn to more…ahem…destructive pursuits.

    For where there is boredom, there is misbehavior percolating just under the surface, ready to pounce.

    Although there is a lot you can do to counter the onset of boredom, understanding what not to do is the first step to avoiding its negative effects.

    What follows is a list of the most common things teachers do to cause boredom.

    By steering clear of these eight attention killers, your students will spend more time on task and be far better behaved.

    And you’ll be a more effective teacher.

    1. Sitting too long.

    Although it’s important to increase your students’ stamina for both paying attention during lessons and focusing during independent work, if they’re made to sit too long, you’re asking for trouble. Good teachers are observant and thus learn to know precisely when to switch gears and get their students up and moving.

    2. Talking too much.

    Students need room to breathe or they’ll form an unspoken mutiny and turn your classroom upside down. Talking too much is especially smothering. It communicates that you don’t trust them, teaches them to tune you out, and causes their eyes to glaze over. The more economical and concise you are with your words, however, the more attentive your students will be.

    3. Making the simple, complex.

    Many teachers misunderstand the oft-heard mandate for more rigor. They take it to mean that they need to make their instruction more complex, more involved, more verbose—which is a major reason why students don’t progress. Our job, if we are to do it well, is to do the opposite. The most effective teachers simplify, break down, and cut away the non-essentials—making content easier for students to grasp.

    4. Making the interesting, uninteresting.

    Most standard grade-level subject matter is interesting, but your students don’t know that. In fact, many assume, based on their learning experiences in the past, that it’s boring. It’s your job to show them otherwise. It’s your job to give them a reason to care about what you’re teaching. So many teachers just talk at their students, forgetting the most critical element: selling it.

    5. Talking about behavior instead of doing something about it.

    Teachers who struggle with classroom management tend to talk endlessly about behavior. They hold class meetings. They hash things out. They revisit the same tired topic over and over, much to their students’ eye-rolling chagrin. Effective classroom management is about action. It’s about doing and following through and holding students accountable. It isn’t about talking.

    6. Directing too much, observing too little.

    Most teachers are in constant motion—directing, guiding, handholding, and micromanaging students from one moment to the next. This is not only remarkably inefficient, but it dampens enthusiasm for school. Instead, rely on sharp, well-taught routines to keep your students awake, alive, and responsible through every transition and repeatable moment of your day—while you observe calmly from a distance.

    7. Leading a slow, sloppy, slip-shod pace.

    Good teaching strives for a focus and efficiency of time, movement, and energy. The day crackles and glides cleanly from one lesson or activity to the next. As soon as one objective is met, it’s on to the next without delay. Moving sharply and purposefully forces students to stay on their toes, their minds engaged. Boredom never enters the picture.

    8. Failing to adjust.

    Regardless of what you’re trying to squeeze in by the end of the day, or how important it seems, the moment you notice heads wilting, you must make an adjustment. It’s never worth it to plow through. Sometimes all your students need is a moment to stretch their legs or say hello to a friend. Other times, you’ll simply move on to something else.

    Learning In The Spotlight

    The ability to concentrate over time is a critical and often-overlooked aspect of learning, and so pushing the time-on-task envelop is a good thing.

    But there is a fine line.

    And when students cross that line and into boredom, misbehavior is sure to follow. The good news is that by avoiding the common mistakes listed above, you can keep boredom at bay…

    And inspired learning in the spotlight.

    Note: I wrote an article last week for Jessica Balsley’s excellent blog, The Art of Education. If you’re an art teacher, or you just want to improve art in your classroom, I recommend checking it out.

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, please join us. It’s free! Click here and begin receiving classroom management articles like this one in your email box every week.

    Varsity Softball vs. Roosevelt

    Friday, April 15th, 6pm

    8233 Military Parkway

    Dallas, TX

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    We Celebrate You!!

    • Ana Rosales 4/12
    • Donnie James 4/13
    • Janie Brooks 4/17

    Viking Baseball vs. Madison

    Friday, April 15th, 6:30pm

    8228 Maddox Street

    Dallas, TX

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    TEI Roster Verification Window for Teachers

    Tuesday, May 10th, 8am to Wednesday, May 25th, 4:30pm

    This is an online event.