Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services

December 7-11, 2020

  • Rise Together.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  • Inspire Innovation.---------------------------------------------------------------------------

  • Serve Scholars First.-------------------------------------------------------------------------

  • Elevate Expectations.------------------------------------------------------------------------


Happy Holidays!

You may recall that we starte in July looking at our mission, theme, and I shared some core beliefs to consider. After several sessions of collaboration, we decided and agreed upon our vision, mission, and values. I am excited and encouraged of the work we've done to support our teachers, students, and parents. As we move towards the calendar end of 2020, I want to provide you an update of our Rising together, Inspiring innovation, Serving scholars first, and Elevating expectations:

  • Our ESSM Parent Focus Group has been faithful in supporting our campus. We started with the hopes of creating a formal PTSA. Based on the feedback from our parents and field supervisor, we agreed that we should focus on a consistent parent group and revisisit the goal in the spring. To date, we've had five sessions and a special session to support our students' transition to Townview. I am grateful for the consistent presence of our parents and look forward to seeing them at our last meeting of 2020 on December 14th.
  • Supporting our Education Pathway has led to four collaborations with Dr. Rosie Sorrells and her A &M Commerce colleagues to revive this pathway. We all agree that Education is a neccessary pathway in our school and because of this belief, the Commerce team is working on a grant. I will continue to work with the cluster teachers to restructure the scope and sequence to align it with what occurs in college. In addition, we will be clarifying our Social Services pathway.
  • Survey. A survey has been shared with our teachers, students, and parents to get a pulse of perceptions of our school and some requests. The survey closes Monday at midnight. I have not looked at the survey, but I've been told that students are desiring some leadership courses. I've located state-approved leadership courses that we can offer that will supplement our cluster.
  • Dual Credit. Thanks to cluster teacher, Ms. Kimberly Wilson, this is our first year of identifying ESSM students, creating the logistics, and collaborating with our district's Dual Credit office to provide our students an opportunity to take college courses while in high school. I can't begin to tell you how much work, Ms. Wilson has put into this work for our students and for our school.
  • Links Crew. Based on the observations and conversations of this year's freshman class (although it is a different kind of year), this will group will be helpful with next year's freshmen and to some degree, next year's sophomores. This group of students assists with the freshman transition to improve their overall first year experience at Townview. Links Crew will also provide our students an opportunity in leadership. I have submitted ESSM's interest in this pilot freshman transtion program.
  • AP Capstone. Our district has asked campuses to complete a request if they are interested in a Capstone offered by the College Board--another opportunity for college credit. I did and actually we were approved by the College Board. I am hoping that this research based class will be for our juniors. The focus of this class will be social justice to supplement our social services pathway.
  • Site Based Decision Making Team. Chairman Henry Shelton will lead our first official meeting on December 8, 2020 at 6:30PM. All offices are filled and we are ready to go!
  • Cluster-Aligned Student Organizations. We currently have one student organization that supports our Social Services pathway. We are looking to add Educators Rising for our education pathway, and a student-leadership organization. These are national organizations.
  • College Advisory Providers. Our new college advisor is provided through Princeton Review (district appointed). We now have two staff members to support our seniors' transition to college.
  • English Instruction. I am excited about the union in English instruction with ESSM and School of Business. We have a department with Mr. Lindsey leading the collaboration. Last week AP Language and AP Literature agreed to join for one Professional Learning Community on Wednesdays to learn and grow together. This group of five spent time reorganizing the PLC to make it a rich learning experience for teachers to support classroom instruction.
  • Customer Service. One area that I am particularly proud of is the service from our office staff. Ms. Contreras and Ms. Hamilton are always available to support students, teachers, and parents with various needs, questions, or connecting them with those who can help. Recently, this duo arranged over 40 parent conferences, began decluttering of equipment that no longers works, serve as the go-to for students' technology needs, as well as teacher requests and inquiries. Ms. Contreras is sought out to support other office managers--that's one indication that you're good at what you do! I am so grateful to have them at ESSM! Parents are often complimentary of their support as well.

I know this has been a long piece, but you see, we've been busy at ESSM--all for continuous growth in teaching and learning...and we've only just begun!

May your days be merry and bright,



SBDM Meeting 12.08.2020

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Monday, December 7, 2020

  • Week 4 of 2nd Nine Weeks
  • Teaching and Learning Continues
  • Counselor Collaboration
  • Magnet Principals Meeting
  • Common Assessment 2 Administration
  • Humanities Meeting
  • Cluster Teacher Check-In
  • ESSM Moving Onward and Upward Survey closes at Midnight
*Please make sure all students have grades in preparation of Progress Reports.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

  • EOC Testing Begins
  • Teaching and Learning Continues
  • Townview Principals' Meeting 2PM
  • ESSM Recruitment Fair 1 5PM
  • SBDM 6:30

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

  • EOC Testing Continues
  • Teaching and Learning Continues
  • Bell Training Schedule 11:30
  • Advanced Placement PLC
  • Progress Reports
  • ESSM Recruitment Fair 2 5PM

Thursday, December 10, 2020

  • EOC Testing Continues
  • Teaching and Learning Continues
  • ESSM Recruitment Fair 3 5PM

Friday, December 11, 2020

  • EOC Makeups
  • Inventory Assessment Due
  • Cluster PLC
  • Lesson Plans Due

Saturday, December 12, 2020

ESSM Assessment Session 1

9AM--Noon; 2-4PM

Teaching Like a French Parent

Employee Giving Campaign

I truly hope you had a restful break! We have 5 business days left in the Employee Giving Campaign, if you haven’t had a chance to pledge your donation, please consider doing so in the upcoming days. The district has raised $119,407.67 dollars so far thanks to the generosity of 1,999 staff members and the United Way Champions sharing our message. This year has keep us apart, but the employee giving campaign gives us the opportunity to come together and make a collective impact in our community! In this time of uncertainty, the needs of our students their families and our community are greater now than ever before. Remember no donation is too small! And, as you donate, we hope you give to the Dallas Education Foundation (DEF), Dallas ISD’s direct non-profit philanthropic partner and this year’s charity of choice—The Dallas Education Foundation- E10456.

A $10.00 donation today, is just .83 cents a pay period when you select a recurring payroll deduction in Oracle.

Need an additional incentive, take advantage of Jean Days! For a $5 donation per week to United Way, employees can wear jeans on any day of the week that works with their schedule and with supervisor approval.

  • $5.00- Week of 12/7-12/11 (One Day Only)
  • $15.00- Week of 12/14-12/18 (Entire Week!)

Jeans must meet dress code guidelines and not be faded or torn. For a total contribution of $25, employees can wear jeans once a week and then the whole week of Dec. 14-18. Simply make your contribution and email the screenshot to your school or department's United Way champion to receive your jeans pass.

Making your donation is quick and simple to setup in Oracle or Give360!

And I think to myself... that's the 2020 LEGO holiday season ad!

Reflection: What are the implications for our classrooms?

Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services


Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services seeks to cultivate culturally competent citizens in order to impact their sphere of influence through education and service.


The committed, passionate educators of the Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services intentionally prepare students for academic achievement for global competitiveness through

  • Rigorous Instruction

  • Community Connections and Service

  • Critical thinking and social consciousness for resilience in college and career in an ever-changing world.