Superhero Tuesday Times

Elite 11 Portfolio, Dalia Denise Flores - ILD

September 15, 2015

Happy Tuesday Superheroes!

I truly hope you were able to have a great weekend. The highlight of my weekend has to be this gorgeous weather!! It's beginning to feel a lot like fall...

September is a pretty popular month with Attendance Awareness, Hispanic Heritage and Hunger Action! September 12th - 20th marks Restaurant Week. Have you ever participated??

During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus with 10% of all sale proceeds used to fight hunger. Hunger is a real problem in the United States as well as locally in Tulsa. Having personally struggled with hunger and homelessness in my life I can completely sympathize with and understand the reality of this dilemma.

Data you should be aware of:

  • 50 million people in the US struggle with hunger
  • 16 million children in the US struggle with hunger
  • Oklahoma ranks among the top states in number of people who are hungry

Take a look at the participating restaurants so that you can get out there to try something new at a great price, and while enjoying a delicious meal contribute to fighting hunger!

Participating Restaurants:

Not a foodie? 30 ways in 30 Days calendar can help you find another way to get involved.

This Week's Site Visit Focus

During this week's site visits we will focus on two items:

  • School Culture - This is the last week in the Beginning-Of-Year (BOY) site walk-through for you and your Culture Team. We will conduct a mini-walk using the rubric, as well as discuss the progress of your Culture Team's walk-through as well as the results and potential next steps you have in mind for this lever.

  • Professional Learning Plans - During this visit we will also take some time to discuss the year-long professional learning plan you have created (or are creating) for your school. Please have materials related to this work handy for reference (i.e. - planning documents, agendas from learning that's already taken place, etc.). DO NOT worry about creating anything special for this meeting. We will take a look at what you have, and use those items as a starting point for our discussion.

**Update: the McREL 2nd Order Change Goal deadline has been extended to Friday, September 25th in order to accommodate for the re-balancing process.

2015 Rebalancing Process

Each year, TPS adjusts its staffing plan based on student enrollment numbers. You received updated information regarding this process yesterday from Kay Schmitz ( ).

Please be sure to read ALL emails and information related to this process thoroughly. Reach out to me or your HC Partner (Linda Fouch) anytime with questions, comments and/or concerns.

Attendance Awareness Month

Happy Attendance Awareness Month!

Did you know??

"Attendance is essential to school success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences — excused and unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ninth-graders dropping out of high school.1 Low-income students, who most depend on school for opportunities to learn, are especially harmed when they miss too much instruction."

Do you know how many students are chronically absent in your school?

This quote was taken from the introductory text of the 2015 Attendance Works Attendance Awareness Month Toolkit ( ). This toolkit is an incredible resource for information building, planning and promoting attendance activities for your school.

Check out the website created by Attendance Works ( ) aimed at mobilizing ALL STAKEHOLDERS with information, tools and resources to ensure children are in school every day.

There are also many great resources for parents in both English and Spanish, such as this parent flyer:



I'm an Oakland School Kid (ft. Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch)

Year To Date Attendance

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Our attendance goal is 95% and we will be tracking this on a weekly basis. Shout outs for Lanier, McKinley, Mitchell and Disney for reaching and exceeding the YTD Average!!

Color Coding Legend:

95% and above - Green (Meets/Exceeds the goal)

93% - 94.99% - Yellow (Progressing towards meeting the goal)

Below 93% - Red (On the rise towards the goal)

I've gone ahead and color coded the entire grid so that we can easily see how we're doing over time. Clearly we can see that the first two days of school were a challenge, and that's partially due to PowerSchool issues. That being said our goal doesn't change so let's keep trending upward Superheroes!!

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Hispanic Heritage month (September 15 - October 15)

Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15-October 15? Some people believe that September 15 is the start date due to the fact that at midnight on September 15, Mexico began its fight for Independence. Other the other hand, September 15 is the anniversary of the independence of several Central American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

A Straight Up Fact: The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

Each week during Hispanic Heritage Month, I will send you a timeline of important historical dates that you can share with your staff and students. In addition, I have provided a link below with information your teachers can use to inform lessons and activities.

This week in History...
September 15: Celebration Independence Day: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
September 16: Mexico Independence Day
September 17: Fernando Valenzuela, LA Dodger Pitcher, sets National League rookie record (1981)
September 18: Chile Independence Day (from Spain)

click here to teacher resources from


Reminder - this is the last week in the Beginning-Of-Year site walk through window. Please be sure to carve out time to engage your Culture Team in this critical exercise. The data collected during this walk-through will provide you and your team with rich information to reflect upon as you plan your next steps in building a strong school culture.

Due Friday: BOY Walk-Through Data sent to me via email

Dates to Remember:

  • 8/31-9/18 BOY Site Walk-through Window
  • 9/21-9/25 BOY Data Reflection Window
  • 9/28-10/2 BOY Response Planning Window

Guided Reading Implementation: Running Records

A message from Natalie Hutto:


I want to thank you for your participation yesterday! It is such a privilege to work with all of you! As promised here is the link to yesterday’s presentation as well as the google folder with the resources for Book Rooms and Guided Reading.

Guided Reading and utilizing book rooms will continue as a focus for PD next month. I am excited to discuss your experiences with conducting running records and finding an instructional level for a 1st and 5th grade student.

I am scheduling after school PD for school leaders this year on various literacy topics including guided reading. Dates will be published in the School Leader Memo as the sessions are scheduled.

Thank you!

Supervision & Feedback

As you're making your way into classrooms for TLE Observations or informal walk-throughs keep in mind the importance of taking low-inference notes on what you see and hear.

Low-inference notes:

  • describe observable facts or events without interpretation
  • use a low degree of subjectivity
  • are just the facts, not your opinion
  • are factual observations not judgement

Below is a simple template that you can use when collecting low-inference notes.

For Principal/Assistant Principal partnerships:

As you and your AP go out into classrooms, take low-inference notes and identify the key action step for the teacher to work on it is also important to take time as a pair to norm expectations and calibrate on what excellence is.

An opportunity where this can take place is: during a leadership meeting. Each leader shares what they have been following with their teachers. In addition, artifacts are shared (images, drawings, low-inference notes). Principal and AP review the artifacts and identify the Glows and Wonderings (owner listens to the team member's conversation and shares follow up input once the they are finished).

Of course many of you may already have a process for sharing and comparing notes. The most important pieces here are:
- Sharing artifacts
- Listening to team member input
- Collaboratively defining Exemplars and norming high expectations

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Upcoming Dates

  • 9/8-23 - Online MPG (K-2) and MAP (3) Testing Window
  • 9/14 - Last day for SRI/SMI Testing
  • 915 - Strategic Planning Community Forum @ McClain HS from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • 9/18 - Culture Walk Data Due
  • 9/25 - 2nd Order Change Goal Due
  • 9/25 - Deadline for PreK Early Childhood Inventory Submission

Please download the September My Learning Plan Calendar for a detailed list of learning opportunities for the month of September: