The Seagoville Feeder Pattern

"We are strong, Seagoville Strong!"

The Weekly Dragon Newsletter

The Week of April 11th

The Seagoville Feeder Pattern seeks to become the number one feeder pattern in the district. To achieve this, our principals work collaboratively in an effort to plan effective professional development for teachers, faculty and staff. Administrators calibrate during classroom observations to provide teachers with targeted and specific feedback to improve the quality of instruction in order to increase student achievement. Additionally, our principals lead professional learning communities to assist teachers with data driven instructional decisions, lesson plan development, the creation of aligned curriculum guides, and rigorous six week common assessments. All of these instructional initiatives will provide support for increasing the academic growth and development of the schools in the Seagoville Feeder Pattern.

The Seagoville Feeder Pattern Goals

The Weekly Administrative Information Packet

Click on the link to view the April 7, 2016 WAIP.

Upcoming Events: Check the WAIP for more details!

Open Transfer Period - March 8 through April 22

Graduation Lists, Diploma Requests, Attendance Certificates Due - April 16

Las Llaves del Exito/The Keys to Success Leadership & Career Symposium - April 16

EOY LPAC Training April 18-21

Reconnection Mandatory PD - April 20, May 11, June 8, July 11

Norm-Referenced Testing (TerraNova/SUPERA K-2) - April 12-22

Employee of the Year (Health Services) Nominations Due - April 15

Summer Meals Program Applications Due - April 15

Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) Training (Social Studies) Deadline - April 22

Elrod's Cost Plus Transportation Grant Deadline - April 29

SFP Indicator 13 Audit Compliance/ARD Deadline - April 29

Wellness Policy Checklist Deadline - April 29

Gifted/Talented Compliance Checklist - April 29

Aggie Rally - April 30

Spring Administration EOY ESTAR/MSTAR Closes - May 6

EOY Diagnostic Closes - May 13

Junior League Grant for Innovative Teaching Deadline - May 16

First Aid (Office Managers) - May 17, 18, 19

TEA Principal Survey

Principals, please make sure that you complete the TEA 2016 Principal Surveys to Evaluate Educator Preparation Programs in Texas by the June 15, 2016 deadline. The survey ONLY assesses the relevant teacher educator programs' effectiveness in preparing teachers to succeed in the classroom. The survey only applies to Texas educator preparation programs and it is required to be completed by all principals for ALL first year teachers. You should receive an email from TEA regarding this survey.


For more information, contact Dallas ISD Human Capital Management at rabel@dallasisd.org. You will be required to utilize your TEAL account to access the survey.

Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, April 11

Inclement Weather Day

Student/Teacher Holiday

Central Office Staff Work Day

Tuesday, April 12

Dallas ISD Media Event: Eastfield College

  • Collegiate Academy/P-TECH Showcase
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Achieve 3000 Meeting (EOY Assessment of Services)

  • Haskell, 3rd Floor, Room 310
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Principal Profile Meeting (Open Meeting)

  • Seagoville High School, Library
  • 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13

Seagoville North Elementary School

  • Special Education Meeting
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Campus Tour (Technology Services)

  • Seagoville High School
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Campus Visit @ Seagoville High School

  • Classroom Observations
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Interviews (Administration/P-TECH)
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ECHS Lead Team Meeting

  • Samuell ECHS Conference Room
  • Spruce, Samuell, Seagoville
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

Student Success Initiative Training

  • Campus Coordinator (Grades 5, 8)
  • Learning Alternative Center for Empowering Youth
  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Campus Visit @ Kleberg Elementary School

  • Classroom Observations
  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Campus Visit @ Seagoville Elementary School

  • Classroom Observations
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ECHS Benchmark Training

  • Haskell, 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 15

School Leadership Meeting

  • Haskell, 1st Floor Conference Room
  • 8:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Literacy Cadre Focus Meeting

  • Haskell, 3rd Floor Conference Room
  • 10:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m.

Random Campus Visits

  • Classroom Observations
  • 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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The Dallas Mavericks, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), and Arborilogical Services, Inc., are teaming up for the fifth consecutive year for the “Trees for Threes” project. This group is committed to planting one tree for every three pointer the Mavs make at home this season. Toward the end of the regular season, hundreds of PwC’s Dallas staff will join with the Mavs, Arborilogical Services, Inc. and other local organizations to help beautify local schools in Dallas. “Planting these trees is a lasting way for us to give back to the community, and hopefully also to inspire the next generation to care for and improve the landscape of our community.”


The Mavericks understand the importance of proper tree maintenance to ensure their survival and has renewed its partnership with Arborilogical Services, Inc. These tree care experts will care for and maintain the trees for up to three years. The Trees for Threes planting project is part of the Mavericks eco-friendly initiative, Guard the Planet.


To date, over 1,400 trees have been planted in Dallas area parks and across campuses of the Dallas Independent School District. Giving back and improving our local schools creates a healthier and more positive learning environment for future generations, while helping to sustain the environment. The Mavericks hope to plant the 1,750th tree this season.Follow the Mavs throughout the season and keep track of how many three pointers are made at home games, and know that each “three” makes a difference!

"Trees for Threes" at Seagoville North Elementary

“Trees for Threes (or TF3) has been a huge success as the first program of its kind which has been replicated by three other NBA teams and is soon to be adopted by three other NBA teams” said Steve Houser, President of Arborilogical Services.


On Friday, April 8th, David Lee, Dallas Mavericks Forward #42, and several Dallas Maverick Cheerleaders, along with PwC and Arborilogical Services, Inc., surprised Principal Martinez, the students and the staff at Seagoville North Elementary School when they arrived to plant trees as part of their "Trees for Threes' project. The students participated in the event and learned about tree planting from a Arborilogical Services, Inc. horticulturist. In addition to planting the new trees, David Lee and the Mavs Cheerleaders presented the 4th grade students with "I Will Graduate" t-shirts as the faculty and staff cheered and took pictures. It was an amazing afternoon for the students and faculty of Seagoville North Elementary School.


“Due to the hard work of some amazing PwC volunteers and Mavs staff, large groves of trees will continually be planted as well as maintained in our area schools and parks each year. We leave a legacy of commemorative Mavs tree groves for future generations to enjoy! We are committed to improving our quality of life as well as being better stewards of our urban environment.”

Seagoville Elementary Volunteers Named Finalists

Congratulations to Seagoville Elementary School volunteers Reineta Merrick and Susanna Ortiz. Both ladies will be honored as finalists during the 47th Annual Volunteers and Partners Awards Ceremony and Reception on April 21, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center.


Ms. Reineta Merrick has been named a finalist for the District's Volunteer Impact Award for Classroom Support, and Susanna Ortiz has been named a finalist for the District's Volunteer Impact Award for Student Support. Good luck to both volunteers!


We would like to thank all the parents and community members who volunteer their time and resources to the students, teachers, and schools within the Seagoville Feeder Pattern.

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Congratulations to Lassiter Early College High School students Janice Bustillo and Corban Hayes for being named finalists in the 2016 Express Yourself! Youth Poetry Competition sponsored by the Dallas Public Library and the Dallas Foundation. Ms. Jennifer Trujillo, the students English teacher at Lassiter ECHS, the students and their families have been invited to the Award Ceremony and luncheon on April 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. The festivities are being held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.


Thank you, Ms. Trujillo for your commitment to your students and for encouraging your students to participate in the various writing competitions available to students throughout Dallas ISD and the City of Dallas.

Central Elementary Celebrates STAAR

Central Elementary School students encouraged each other before the first round of STAAR testing with a school wide hallway parade. Students made signs with words and phrases of encouragement and the 4th and 5th graders cheered as they marched through the hallways the Friday before the STAAR tests began. (Pictures Below)


On Friday, April 1st the 4th and 5th grade students also enjoyed an after school STAAR Dance in celebration of all their hard work in preparation for the upcoming tests. Students' attendance and positive behavior allowed entrance into the dance. The school PTA sold popcorn and drinks to the students throughout the dance. Thank you teachers for your commitment in preparing the students for the first round of assessments.


The Central faculty and staff would like to thank Mr. Hernandez for providing lighting, sound, and DJ services for the event. The students had a blast, and it was defiantly a night to remember. (Picture Above)

Barn Hill Animal Preserve Visits Seagoville Elementary

The Baylor College of Dentistry visits Seagoville Students

On Thursday, April 7th, students at Seagoville Elementary School received dental exams from the Baylor College of Dentistry, With parental permission, the 2nd and 3rd grade students were able to have their teeth examined, receiving cavity sealant and fluoride treatment. The dental visit is part of the school's effort to ensure that the students have a healthy mind and body. The Seagoville Feeder Pattern would like to thank Nurse Ana Martinez for her efforts to ensure the students from Seagoville Elementary School stay healthy and happy.

5th Annual College Fair at Seagoville High School

The 5th Annual Seagoville High School College Fair was a huge success. On Thursday, April 7, 2016, the Seagoville High School Counselors and their ASP provider teamed up to enhance the college going process for the students. Students were given the opportunity to meet representative from various colleges and universities from around the State. There were over 15 colleges and universities in attendance, as well as representation from various branches of the military. Over 470 students that took part in this annual event.


The Seagoville Feeder Pattern would like to thank the awesome counseling staff for providing this wonderful experience and opportunity to the students of Seagoville High School. (Pictured Above)

Art Partners Brings History Alive at Central Elementary

Last week, the Dallas Arboretum provided a wonderful show for the Central Elementary School Pre-K students, Wishing for Wings (Pictured Right and Bottom Right). Additionally, the 3rd and 4th grade students enjoyed a program facilitated by Art Partners. The program, Celebrate Texas was a wonderful show that brought the history of Texas alive with music and dance! The Seagoville Feeder Pattern would like to thank Art Partners for their continued support to the students of Seagoville. The students, faculty, and staff loved these two learning experiences (Bottom Left).

Seagoville Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Events: There will be more information forthcoming regarding the following events. Stay tuned!


Mayfest:

Date(s): May 12-15

Time: TBA

The car show will be held on Saturday, May 14th. Stay tuned for more information.

Fireworks in the Park:

Date: July 2

Time: TBA

Waterslides and vendors on site. Stay tuned for more information.

Golf Tournament:

Date: July 22

Time: 8:00 a.m. TEE OFF

Place: Country View Golf Course

There will be a PUTT OFF challenge. Stay tuned for more information.

Seagofest:

Date(s): October 6-9

Time: TBA

Theme: Dr. Suess

The car show will be held on Saturday, October 8th. Stay tuned for more information.

Annual Chamber Banquet:

Date: November 19

Time: TBA

Theme: Hollywood Nights

Seagoville Teacher of the Year, Teacher Assistant of the Year for 2015-2016 will be announced. Stay tuned for more information.

City Employee Christmas Luncheon:

Date: December 9

Time: TBA

Stay tuned for more information.

Earth Day Texas

Earth Day Texas, named the world's largest public exhibition of conservation-related ideas, will host their annual Earth Day Expo Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24 at Fair Park. As a continued partner, Earth Day Texas has graciously donated 65 booths for the Dallas Independent School District to showcase schools and student science projects.


Come join selected Dallas ISD schools at this year's Earth Day Texas! Don't miss out on this exciting event. For more information, contact Christie Myers at 972-925-3277.

Spring ACP Performance Testing for Specials

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Elementary School Spring ACPs

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Middle School Spring ACPs

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High School Spring ACPs

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Seagoville P-TECH @ Eastfield

Click the button to receive detailed information about P-TECH and the district's seven other Collegiate Academies set to launch 2016-2017.

Summer Personalized Professional Learning & Development

For the 2016-2017 School Calendar, teachers will continue with a 187-day contract. The days will be broken down accordingly:


  • Student Instructional Days - 175
  • Professional Development Days - 7
  • Teacher Work Days - 4
  • Parent Conference Night Credit (2 Nights) - 1


Teachers will complete 14 credits (2 days) of district provided personalized learning prior to the 2016-2017 school year. Teachers will have two options for completing this training. Teachers may complete the training during the summer or return August 10th and 11th to complete the training.


Teaching and Learning will provide the 14 credits (2 days) of personalized learning. Teachers will work with their principals to determine the learning they should select. Teachers will receive information detailing the process for signing up and documenting credits.


Teachers will return to their home campus August 12th to begin four days of campus-based professional development and two teacher workdays prior to the return of students. Teachers who choose not to complete the 14 credits (2 days) will be docked accordingly.


Professional Development Recap:


  • Mandatory 14 credits (2 days) of personalized learning will be offered throughout the summer. Please note, teachers who do not complete the training during the summer will have a start date for the 2016-2017 school year on August 10th.
  • Teachers will return to their home campus August 12th. Teachers who completed the 14 credits (2 days) during the summer will start the 2016-2017 school year August 12th.
  • Teachers hired after August 10th, will be required o make up the 14 credits (2 days) and will receive notification of the dates offered.
  • Teachers will complete the six days of Professional Development (two central and four campus-based) and two Work Days prior to the start of school.
  • Additional day of Professional Development will be Monday, February 20, 2017.

Open Transfer Period Ends April 16th

Open Transfer Period:

The DISD Employee Open Transfer will end April 16, 2016. The deadline for recommendations is 5:00 p.m. on April 22, 2016. Employees that are interested in and that qualify for a transfer must apply on the open transfer application at http://dallasisd.org/careers.

Eligibility to Transfer:

In order to be eligible for an open transfer, teachers must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a valid Texas Teacher Certification in the requested subject-area vacancy
  • Meet "Highly-Qualified" NCLB standards for the position
  • Must not be on a growth plan or have an Unsatisfactory rating on previous TEI evaluation
  • Must not be entering their fourth year of a Alternative Certification Program
  • Must not be identified as a non-renewal at the end of the current school year due to performance
  • Must receive approval from Counseling Services to transfer - Counselors ONLY

Master Schedule Timelines

Campuses must use the scheduling timelines found by accessing the following links:

2016-2017 Elementary Scheduling Timelines: http://www.dallasisd.org/Page/39546

2016-2017 Secondary Scheduling Timelines: http://www.dallasisd.oeg/Page/39550

TEI: Support

For TEI-related questions moving forward, please contact the following individuals or call the TEI office at the following number: 972-749-5712.


TEI system questions: Betsy Cook, elambert@dallasisd.org

DTR process: Leila Wright, leiwright@dallasisd.org

TEI certification or calibration trainings: Ashley Lozano, aslozano@dallasisd.org

TEI: Student Surveys

Student Surveys will be administered in second period* during the week of April 12, 2016.*Surveys should be administered before lunch on elementary campuses.


Did you know?

  • Survey questions are differentiated by elementary and secondary
  • A target distribution is applied at the elementary, middle, and high school level to create greater equity across grade levels
  • A summary of your survey findings will be available in mid to late May


Click here for survey questions and more information on Student Surveys.

Questions? Email studentsurvey@dallasisd.org


TerraNova/SUPERA
Learn more about TerraNova/Supera by clicking
here.

TEI: Message of the Week

Are you ready to complete the Summative Evaluation?

  • Minimum number of Spot observations
    • A teacher who will have a minimum of 10 spot observations conducted annually must have 7 spot observations complete
    • A teacher who will have a minimum of 8 spot observations conducted annually must have 6 spot observations complete
    • A teacher who will have a minimum of 6 spot observations conducted annually must have 4 spot observations complete
  • Extended observation complete

Do you have a late hire or teacher who has taken a leave? Use this document to determine the adjusted number of spot observations.


SLO goal-accomplishment window is open on Schoolnet

  • Initiated by the teacher; please see Quick Reference Card
  • Scored using the SLO rubric in Schoolnet by a target date of May 19th
  • Submission deadline for teachers may be set by campus principal

TEI: Professional Development

Did you know Dallas ISD has a robust professional development catalog with workshops available by subject matter? You can browse the catalog and register for the workshops through the links below.
Elementary
Secondary

Don’t miss the Dallas ISD Listen and Learn Podcast Series


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Grade Levels: 4-12
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AP Prep Session - Science
Date/Time/Location: 4/16/2016 at 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at Townview High School

AP Prep Session – Social Studies
Date/Time/Location: 4/23/2016 at 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at Townview High School

TEA Launches Texas Gateway

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced the launch of the Texas Gateway (www.texasgateway.org), a free online resource library for educators and parents provided by the Texas Education Agency.

Austin – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced the launch of the Texas Gateway (www.texasgateway.org), a free online resource library for educators and parents provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The Texas Gateway not only builds upon the success of TEA’s online learning community Project Share but also expands access to resources – such as videos, interactives, formative assessments, professional development courses, and other classroom support materials – designed to strengthen classroom instruction to help every student succeed.

Final Decisions for 2016 Accountabiity

In a nutshell:

  • The Index 1 or 2 will remain as last year (plus Index 3 and 4).
  • The performance target for Index 1 will remain at 60 even though STAAR A, STAAR Alt 2, and math will be included.
  • Performance targets for Index 2 & 3 will stay at the 5th percentile (includes Math, STAAR A and Alt2) and Index 4 targets will also stay the same (includes Math and STAAR A).
  • The passing standard will go to the next step (as part of the progression approach that will rise every year until 2022 vs. utilizing phase-in 2 and phase in 3).


For more information please go to: http://tea.texas.gov/

Testing-at-a-Glance

April

4/12 - 4/15 Student Survey Window (Gr. 3-12)

4/12 - 4/22 ITBS/Logramos Window (Gr. K-2)

4/18 & 4/19 ES ACP PE Performance (Gr. 4)

4/18 - 4/29 MS/HS ACP Band Performance (Gr. 6-12)

4/20 & 4/21ES ACP Music Performance (Gr. 3)

4/25 - 5/6 CIRCLE EOY Assessment Window (Pre-K)

4/25 - 5/6 CIRCLE EOY Phase II Observables (Pre-K)

4/25 - 5/20 Reasoning Mind EOY Assessment Window (Gr. 2-5)

May

5/2 - 5/27 ISIP EOY Assessment Window (Gr. K-2)

5/2 - 5/27 SRI EOY Assessment Window (Gr. 9-12)

5/2 - 5/6 STAAR EOC Alg. I, Biology, US History (Gr. 9-12, Retest)

5/9 - 5/24 MS ACP PE Performance (Gr. 6-8)

5/9 STAAR Math (Gr. 3-4, 6-7)

5/9 STAAR Math Retest (Gr. 5 & 8)

5/10 STAAR Reading (Gr. 3-4, 6-7)

5/10 STAAR Reading Retest (Gr. 5 & 8)

5/11 STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8, 7 Pre-AP)

5/12 STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

5/16 - 5/19 MS ACP Art Performance (Gr. 7)

5/18 - 5/26 ES ACP Window (Gr K-5)

5/27 - 6/2 ACP Window (Gr. 6-12)

5/27 - 6/13 ACP Make-Up Window (Gr. K-5)

June

6/6 - 6/17 ACP Make-Up Window (Gr. 6-12)

6/21 STAAR Math Retest (Gr. 5 & 8)

6/22 STAAR Reading Retest (Gr. 5 & 8)

6/23 STAAR Make-Up Assessment Deadline


*District-wide testing information is subject to change.

District Policy EIA Regulation

Click the button to review district policy on Academic Achievement: grading guidelines, progress reports to parents, failure rates, and test preparation/remediation.

2014-2015 Distinctions Earned

Central Elementary School

Ebby Halliday Elementary School – 1 Distinction

Kleberg Elementary School – 2 Distinctions

Seagoville Elementary School

Seagoville North Elementary School

Seagoville Middle School

Lassiter Early College High School @ El Centro – 5 Distinctions

Seagoville High School – 5 Distinctions

Our Feeder Family

Seagoville Elementary School - Mrs. Gibson

Seagoville North Elementary School - Mrs. Martinez

Central Elementary School - Mrs. Moore

Kleberg Elementary School - Mrs. Zbylut

Ebby Halliday Elementary School - Dr. Finn, Interim Principal

Seagoville Middle School - Mr. Chaparro

Seagoville High School - Robert Ward, Interim Principal

Lassiter Early College High School @ El Centro - Mr. St. Ama