Week of May 16, 2016
There are only 13 more days left of school with our students! I cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by. Although the countdown has begun, let's work together to maintain a climate of teaching and learning until the very last day. During these last weeks, students begin to lose focus. It is up to us to hold them accountable. Hold students accountable by assigning grades, homework and planning engaging activities. Passing periods during this time of the year can be a challenge because students want to congregate outside and socialize with their friends. Teachers and staff please help by standing at your door during passing periods to make sure everyone makes it to class on time. Eighth graders have speakers lined up during second/sixth period every day this week. This disruption to their normal routine can definitely get them off task. Please help by ensuring they stay busy before and after their planned activities this week and remind them that these activities are privileges and therefore can be taken away. Let's work together to ensure we end the year strong.
TEI Roster Verification
TEI Roster Verification (TRV) is available through MyData Portal. Teachers must submit rosters by 5:00 p.m. on May 25.
Did you know?
- TRV is the teacher’s only opportunity for teachers to ensure the rosters accurately reflect the students they taught during the school year.
- Students are eligible for inclusion in a teacher’s TEI achievement metrics based on their scheduling and attendance with the teacher.
- You can also sign up for an open lab session or a one-on-one telephone support call with OIR staff if you have questions about your rosters.
- NOTE: If you are not a teacher of record or your students do not take district, state, or national assessments, you will not have rosters to verify.
Click here to log into MyData Portal and access your rosters and training materials.
2016-2017 Contract Dissemination for Eligible Employees
Human Capital Management has issued contracts for the 2016-2017 school year. Contract-eligible employees can now access their contract via Oracle Employee Self Service.
- Depending upon an employee’s certification and length of service in a contract-eligible position, the contract will be either an Educator Probationary or Educator Term contract.
- Contract acceptance occurs by electronic signature within Oracle Employee Self Service.
- Employees will have two weeks to accept the contract offer. The deadline to accept the 2016-2017 contract is May 25, 2016.
- Please review the contract fully and contact
firstname.lastname@example.org you have any questions about your contract or employee data.
- According to the Texas Education Code, contract-eligible employees wishing to resign must do so 45 days before the first instructional day of the school year. The last day to resign prior to the 2016-2017 school year is July 08, 2016.
Need instructions on how to log into Oracle to accept your contract? Want to see a list of contract-eligible positions? Visit the contracts home page at http://www.dallasisd.org/contracts
Free Jeans Pass
Key Action #1
Promote a college and career going culture
Key Action #2
Provide differentiated professional development, individual support plans and effective feedback and coaching.
Key Action #3
Increase the advanced levels through data driven rigorous instruction and progress monitoring.
Our vision is to create a nationally recognized academy of 21st century learners equipped with the necessary academic and social skills to make a positive impact in an evolving global society.
MissionOur mission is to empower Henry W. Longfellow learners to excel in an evolving society through a challenging academic and collaborative environment that includes specialized courses, leadership development, enhancement of critical thinking skills, and career exploration.
Commitment Statements by Department
As ELAR educators we commit to:
Reading complex text;
Incorporating strategies that prompt critical thinking;
Student generated questioning;
Having students reference quotes in writing;
Giving students multiple opportunities to respond to text orally and written; and
Effective annotation strategies according to genres.
As MATH educators, we commit to:
effective facilitation in a student-centered classroom;
more student-led discussions;
Bloom’s Taxonomy and higher order questioning;
students creating math problems;
the discussion of essential questions;
multiple representations of both problems and solutions, multiple response strategies, and student voice; and
connect to interdisciplinary courses (real-life application).
As SCIENCE educators, we commit to:
providing a safe space where students can make mistakes, ask questions, challenge existing ideas, develop new ideas, and critique explanations and solutions; and
giving students opportunities to learn in different ways including student-driven instruction, labs, exploration, research, modeling activities, and connecting learning to pre-existing knowledge.
As SOCIAL STUDIES educators, we commit to:
an environment of collaboration, challenge, and relevancy through passionate instruction;
fostering discussion; and engaging students with meaningful dialogue candidly relating to real-world experiences.
Important Dates to Remember
Department Chair Meeting
Happy Birthday Mr. Bruno!
8th Grade Picnic
8th Grade Ball 7PM-11PM
TEI Roster Verification Window
8th Grade Week
8th Grade Ball
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
TEI Roster Verification Deadline
Last Day to Sign Contracts
6th,7th grade Awards
8th Grade Awards
Last Day for Students
End of Year Luncheon
Last Day to Resign from the District without Penalty