Sunset Feeder Excellence

Principal Newsletter- This Week March 23-27

This Week...

Trends- Best-practices

I am impressed with your diligence and continued refinement of best-practices. Our feeder has shared the following:

  • Student ownership of goals/TEKS, colored in green, red or yellow, teacher works with small groups utilizing student-owned data
  • Coaching of Teachers providing feedback to students
  • Small groups determined by Writing score and/or Reading Level
  • Interventions/Camps after-school with TEK work stations, students grouped by Writing score, all students invited including those who are already achieving well to ensure growth
  • Special Education Teacher partnering to tutor and ensure special education student growth per IEP
  • "All Hands-On Deck"- assisting small groups in all content areas in the classroom while the teacher works with small group
  • Reading- differentiated by questions (students focus on challenging TEKS- individualized)
  • Please add your best-practices to our Googledoc for sharing in our feeder!

Reflection: How are you leading with a laser focus daily? What growth is expected for each teacher by end of year? How can the leaders refine specificity of content area feedback with CIC and support from AF's? Do you have defined weekly administrator actions? How are you progress monitoring?

This Week- Mid-Year Follow-up (including AP status)

I will be following up with each of you on your Mid-Year Action Steps. Also, I will need to know how you are following up with your assistant principals on their Mid-Year action steps. I would like to review each AP's Mid-Year as well.

I will also be reviewing your testing plans for next week during my visits. Please see the Googledoc with notes from our principal meeting this month with ideas that you shared with each other on how to best ensure effective testing.

Tiered Supports

Please be sure you are able to communicate and lead your Tiered supports for all teachers. On the Job Coaching and New to Profession should be provided and refined. Ensure your leaders know the current Tiers of each teacher and are providing daily support and coaching. How are New to Profession at all levels being supported? What types of support are needed for New to Grade Level and Profession at state assessment grade levels? I know some of the campuses have a schedule for each assistant principal and the feedback/coaching for the week. Is the feedback and on the job coaching effective? Is engagement evident and/or coaching when it is not? Do you have formative data and how often is best to review the progress to guide adjustments? How are your departments using data and/or weekly DOL data? During a coaching visit, one teacher utilized colored cards for DOL questions and utilized the differentiated cards to plan small groups for the next day.

Budget/Leveling Summary - Please help me represent your needs by informing me of your needs this week. Questions to consider: Are the projections accurate, why? Are there needs, why? Can you provide the necessary scheduling and rooms/courses with the staff listed in the report? Have you obtained feedback from your campus leadership?

Zero Vacancies in May

Please review your weekly Talent Partner summary to view those candidates who have already received Early Contracts. You have permission to begin working with your talent partner to hire based upon the list you received in your weekly summary. Additionally, our feeder hosts Texas Tech Interns, those graduating before next year have already received a contract pending certification. Principals who hosted these interns get to select first. If you need a teacher from the list I forwarded, contact one of the principals listed and your talent partner immediately. Also, Texas Tech interns are able to expand to Peabody and Rosemont next year, if desired. Heather Asp also has a list of other graduating student teachers. Those not placed will be sent for hiring outside the feeder. Please act immediately if you have a known or possible vacancy (Please inform your Talent Partner now- these were due last week) so we can interview the interns trained by our own principals.

Systems Review

Please begin reviewing components of your systems review to refresh your memory and plan accordingly.

Notes from the Superintendent- be sure you are reading. Also, ensure you know the facilities plan for your campus or neighboring campuses.


Do you have a plan for input and a targeted completion date for your campus? Are your spots, extended observations and SLO's effectively input into Schoolnet? Veronica Martinez-Cantu has printed a report for each of your campuses. Please review and monitor your campus data closely to ensure TEI requirements. Also, there is a reminder of deadlines in your packet from our March 6 meeting. Have you coached your AP's on how to reflect with teachers using the TEI rubric? Are teachers confident with the rubric and do they understand how to become the exemplar? Praise, reflective questions and polish.

How are you ensuring 100% ownership of each teacher using the TEI rubric?

Feedback Data Meeting- please bring a copy of a SPOT from Schoolnet for each of your AP's (no teacher name- mark out for confidentiality). We will discuss using the TEI and principal rubric on Friday at 1:00- meeting at Greiner.

Culture and Climate

How can we lead with high expectations? How can we lead teachers with making sense of Climate/Culture from all stakeholders?

Sunset Feeder Meetings (Save the Dates)

March- Data Meeting Observation/Feedback

27th- Elementary/Secondary Data at Greiner 1:00-4:00 (time change)

April- Data Meeting TEI

10th- Sunset Principal Meeting at Sunset 9:00-12:00

15th- District-wide Principals' Meeting

17th- Elementary Data at Winnetka 9:00-12:00

24th- Secondary Meeting at Rosemont 9:00-12:00

May- Data Meeting

1st- Sunset Feeder Pattern Principal at Greiner

8th- Elementary Data at Kahn

15th- Middle School Holmes

20th- District-wide Principal

22nd- Sunset High School hosting High School

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Visits this Week- Mid-Year Action Steps (Principal/AP) and Testing Plans

Monday- Lida Hooe/Peabody both p.m.

Tuesday- AJES/Sunset/Rosemont

Wednesday- Leveling a.m./Kahn and Greiner p.m.

Thursday- Division 1 visits (ED's, Assistant Superintendent)/Rosemont

Friday- Leveling Kahn/Winnetka a.m./Feedback Data Meeting All Principals at Greiner 1-4

Core Beliefs

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.